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Obituaries for May 27, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pat (Mary Francis) House, 87, of Ridgely, died Sunday, May 22, 2011 in Norman, OK.

She was a retired educator and counselor for Lake County School System and a member of First Baptist Church in Ridgely.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Ridgely with Bro. Tom Pirtle officiating. Burial will be in Clifton Family Cemetery in Ridgely. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the church.

Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Clifton Parks and husband, Steve, of Ridgely; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Clifton of Pauls Valley, OK.; four grandchildren, Clif Parks and wife, Jennifer, Colt Parks, Tiffany Clifton and Delta Clifton; two great-grandchildren, Paige Parks and Chase Parks; and a sister, Claire Kendal Dorris and husband, Joe, of Huntsville, AL.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Joe Barker Clifton and Charles Phillip House; a son, Joe Barker Clifton, II; and her parents, Clarence and Annie Maie Kendall.

Pallbearers will be Clif Parks, Colt Parks, Steve Parks, Joe Dorris, Rob Shaw and Tim Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Taylor, Mack Forrester and Wilkes Moore.


Clarance Tarry Poindexter, III, 61, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was retired from the collections department of First Tennessee Bank in Franklin, member of Holy Hills Baptist Church, where he served as the trustee and was active in their prison ministry.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Holy Hills Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeremy Ballinger officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include his daughter, Kathryn P. Hazelwood of Franklin; two sons, Clarance Tarry Poindexter, IV and wife, Dana, and Matthew James Poindexter, all of Franklin; his mother, Ina Ashley of Dyersburg; three sisters, Tandy Tinkle of Holladay, Mary Barret Gillum and Lina Rowland, both of Nashville; and two grandchildren, Seth Hazelwood and Katelynn Poindexter.

He was preceded in death by his father, C.T. Poindexter, Jr.

Pallbearers will be Tony Lawrence, David Hall, Rusty Grills, Hunter Grills, Cody Grills and Jimmy Whittle.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Holy Hills Baptist Church or The Dyersburg/Dyer County Union Mission.


Malcolm Leon Ragsdale Jr., 87, of Cordova, formerly of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.

He was a retired postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service in Dyersburg, member of Cordova Baptist Church and a WWII U.S. Army Veteran of the 95th Division, where he received two Purple Hearts.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Dr. Jim Muston officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive visitors from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Survivors include his two sons, Jon Dana Ragsdale of Memphis and Tommy Mac Ragsdale and wife, Judy, of McMinnville; two brothers, Howard Ragsdale and wife, Billie, of Union City and Charles Ragsdale and wife, Drucilla, of Knoxville; two grandchildren, Kimberly Dawn Ragsdale Woods and husband, Travis, of Birmingham, AL. and Mary Elizabeth Ragsdale Dyer and husband, Brad, of Lexington; and five great-granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Tommye Austin Ragsdale; his parents, Malcolm, Sr. and Ima Dozier Ragsdale.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Cordova Baptist Church or the charity of the donor's choice.


Mr. Hurschel Runion, 82, of Tiptonville, TN died Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Reelfoot Manor Nursing Facility. He was a member of Tiptonville Church of Christ where he has served as a deacon, a member of the Civitan Club of Tiptonville, and had been a barber at East End Barber Shop in Tiptonville for 50 years. He was an avid gardener and received numerous awards for his gardening abilities. He was known for his love of the history of the City of Tiptonville where he served several terms as an alderman.

The family will receive visitors at the Tiptonville Church of Christ on Friday, May 27, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until noon with graveside services and interment immediately following at Antioch Cemetery near Hornbeak.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Runion; a daughter Debbie Sanford and husband Steve of Dyersburg; a son, John Runion of Tiptonville; a sister, Jane Harmon of Nashville, TN.; three brothers, Donnie Runion of Nashville, TN., Bobby Runion of Lawrenceburg, TN., and Damon Runion of Memphis, TN.; and two Grandchildren Neil Sanford of Memphis, TN and Drew Sanford of Tuscaloosa, AL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, "Buck" and Eva Bottoms Runion and one sister, Betty Roberts.

Pallbearers will be Greg Williams, Craig Williams, Tony Wallace, Allan Butler, Billy Wayne Orr, and Robert Micheal.

Online condolences are available on our website- www.curryfuneral.com


Elmer "Junior" Sawyers Jr., 79, of Halls, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Graveside service will be held at noon Saturday in Archer's Chapel Cemetery. Halls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.