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Obituaries for July 15, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Birdie Palmore Castleman, 73, of Decaturville, Tenn., formerly of Newbern, died Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Decatur County General Hospital in Parsons.

She was a member of Mt. Tirzah Baptist Church and the East Dyersburg Fire Department.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Archer's Chapel Cemetery in the Frog Jump community.

The family will receive visitors from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Survivors include a daughter, Pam Howerton and husband, Curtis, of Parsons; and two grandsons, John Yates and Joe Yates, both of Dyersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Castleman; her parents, Neal and Charlie Mae Cheney Palmore; and four sisters, Christine Perry, Nealy Mae Campbell, Nola Spencer Campbell and Sue Brewer.

Pallbearers will be Brian Rice, Johnny Capps, Travis Leach, Matt Leach, Ricky Burr, Jimmy Burr and Jamie Lowe.

Sign online condolences at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome. com


Jimmy K. Davis, 79, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a retired Senior Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 20 years, retired mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and a member of Forked Deer Antique Car Club.

Graveside services with Full Military Honors will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cool Springs Cemetery in Yorkville with the Rev. Mike Pendergrass officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Barbara Martin Davis of Dyersburg; two sons, Robert Davis of Holly Hills, FL. and Wade Davis of Bald Knob, AR.; a step-daughter, Paula Gregory of Trenton; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and three step-great-granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by a son, Roy Davis; his parents, Calvin and Bessie Cobb Davis; and a brother, Billy Davis.

Pallbearers will be Members of the United States Air Force.


Mary Martha Hemby Dyer, 87 of Halls, died Wednesday, July 13, 2011 in the Woodcrest at Blakeford Nursing Facility in Nashville.

Born in Halls, TN, she was the daughter of the late William David and the late Louise (Mitchell) Hemby.

She was a Teacher, a member of the First Baptist Church of Halls, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the McDowell Music Club, and the Dyersburg Little Theater.

Survived by two sons: Dr. David N. Dyer and wife Nina of Nashville, TN and Charles T. Dyer and wife Cindy of Dyersburg, TN

Grandsons; Brandon Jenkins of Brentwood, TN; Neil Dyer of Nashville, TN; Matthew Dyer of Dyersburg, TN; and a granddaughter, Amy Dyer Foshee of Starkville, MS; and a great grandson, David Crews Jenkins.

Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Halls at 1:00pm Saturday, with visitation to begin at 11:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday. Entombment will be Saturday in Halls Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Hollis Gilliland Jr., Robert Phillips, Bobby Goodwin, Brandon Jenkins, Matthew Dyer and Neil Dyer.


Elliott Puckett, 98, of Dyersburg, TN died Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Facility. He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church for 51 years, served as president of The Vern Forcum Sunday School Class and as Building Superintendent. He participated in the Men's Choir and Men's Prayer Breakfast. He was a farm machinery mechanic for a number of years and retired from Dyer County Farmer's Co-op.

Funeral services for Mr. Puckett will be Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church in Dyersburg conducted by Dr. Phillip Cook and Dr. David Russell. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of services.

Visitation for Mr. Puckett will be Saturday. July 16th from 9 to 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Janie Hendrix and husband, Bob of Memphis; two sisters, Virginia Puckett and Leetrice Cummings both of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren, Lauren Daughtry and husband Scott, Carol Ann Weidenhoffer and husband, Greg, and John Hendrix and wife, Kristi; three great-grandchildren, Anna Jordan, Tanner Hendrix and Abbey Weidenhoffer and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn Spence Puckett.

The family request that memorials be directed to First United Methodist Church of Dyersburg.

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