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Obituaries for July 7, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Donald Chester Faris, 88, of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at his residence.

He was a retired certified public accountant, member of First United Methodist Church and a WWII veteran of U.S. Navy.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011 in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Dr. David Russell, Rev. Mike Hickman and Rev. Raymond Boston officiating.

The family will receive visitors from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Merigold Faris of Dyersburg; a daughter, Beth Marie Gephardt and husband, David, of Anderson, IN.; two sons, Philip Mason Faris and wife, Cindy, of Indianapolis, IN. and Stephen Faris and wife, Lisa, of Dallas, TX.; a sister, Lois Shively and husband, John, of Tampa, FL.; a brother, Gene Faris and wife, Betty, of Bloomington, IN.; eleven grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Davis; a brother, Douglas Faris; and his parents.

The family requests that memorials be directed to First United Methodist Church or to First Baptist Church.


Cara Virginia Williams Jones, 88, of Tiptonville, a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother and owner of the Lake County Banner, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Methodist LeBonheur Germantown Hospital in Memphis. As a mother, she left a legacy of honor, integrity, and a love for helping others. As a newspaper woman, some of her jobs included society editor, proofreader, and bookkeeping.

She was born in Nevada, Mo. on April 19, 1923, to the late Arthur W. Williams of St. Louis, Mo. (who preceded her in death in July 1956), and Gladys Atherton Williams of Nevada, Mo. (who preceded her in death July 23, 1985). She lived in Nevada, Mo. from 1923 through 1925, then moved to Johnson City, Tenn. until 1932. From there, she lived in Tallahassee, Jacksonville Beach, and St. Petersburg, Fla. (1932-1933); back to Nevada, Mo. from 1933-1946; Lawrence, Kansas, and finally, in January of 1950, she moved to Tiptonville. She graduated from Nevada High School in 1941, and Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., in 1943. She also attended Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas. She was selected and honored to attend the first ever Missouri Girls State in 1940. She was a Deputy County Court Clerk in Vernon County from 1943-1946, and was a University of Kansas Press Secretary to Insurance Adjuster Lloyd L. Gains of the Commercial Union Group from 1947-1949. Other previous employment included working at the Cottey College Library, and for Archer and Archer Architect-Engineers/Camp Clark POW Camp during rebuilding.

She married Richard S. Jones of Sheldon, Mo. on Sept. 1, 1946 at Centenary Methodist Church in Nevada, with Rev. Vernon W. Becker officiating. Her husband of 52 years preceded her in death in1997.Some of her many accomplishments include being Lake County Citizen of the Year 1995-1996, a certified Red Cross Nurse's Aide during World War II, serving in the Nevada City Hospital, a member of the First United Methodist Administrative Board, Nursery Department for 12 years, taught Sunday School in both Nevada and Tiptonville, was organist for the evening services at Centenary Methodist Church in Nevada, sang in church choirs in both Nevada and Tiptonville, She participated in the Girl Scouts from childhood and then became a beloved leader for many years as an adult. She was a charter member of the Tiptonville Wesleyan Service Guild and later the United Methodist Women, charter member of the Lake County BPW, an early member of the Lake County American Legion Auxiliary, and a member of the Lake County Historical Society.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Tiptonville with the Rev. Marita Burkeen officiating. Burial will be in Tiptonville City Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church.

She leaves two daughters, Sharon Beth Jones Hutchison and husband Stephen, and Nancy Jane Jones Blake and husband C.W. (Chuck) of Germantown; a son, Evan Storrs Jones and wife Judy of Tiptonville; five grandchildren, Jeremy Jones, Katie Jones, both of Tiptonville, Catherine Childs of Memphis, Casey Childs and Richard Evan Swift, both of Nashville; two bonus-grandchildren, Wilson Blake of Germantown and Leigh Hutchison Adams of Austin, TX; three great-granddaughters, Lexi Jones and Khloe Ramsey, both of Tiptonville, and Elizabeth Blake of Germantown; a step- great granddaughter, Hannah Walley of Tiptonville; and two brothers, Larry A. Williams of Lexington, Neb and Jerry G. Williams of Mesa, Ariz.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Laurel Elaine Jones Childs (2009); three brothers, Jack A. Williams (1996), Dr. Evan R. Williams (1998), James E. Williams (1965); and a sister, Charlotte Williams Richardson (1986).

Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church, 536 Church Street, Tiptonville, TN 38079.


Crystal Newman, 29, of Clarksville, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Curry Funeral Home.