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Obituaries for July 31, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Billy E. "Speck" Evans, 74, of Newbern, died Saturday, July 30, 2011 at his residence.

He was retired as maintenance supervisor for the Dyer County Board of Education and was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with Bro. Sean Sullivan officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

The family will receive visitors today from 2:30-5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Survivors include a daughter, Teresa D. Bullock of Newbern; a son, Tony Evans (Polly) of Dyersburg; two sisters, Tommie Christine Puckett of Cottage Hills and Jo Nelle Johnson of Newbern; two brothers, Ronnie Joe Evans and Jerry Lee Evans, both of Newbern; four grandchildren, Elisha Evans Childress of Halls, Hunter Evans of Franklin, Brian Thomas Qualls and Brittney Qualls, both of Newbern; and three great-grandchildren, Lynley Qualls and Levi Qualls, both of Newbern, and Crawford Childress of Halls.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lil Evans; his parents, Walter C. and Annie Lee Ladd Evans; a sister, Annie Sue Murray; and four brothers, James Howard Evans, Cecil Edward Evans, Wilbern Leon "Squeekie" Evans and William Robert "Willie Bob" Evans.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Thomas, Joey Murray, John Mark Johnson, John Monroe, Don Maxidon and Haskins Ridens.

Sign online condolences at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome. com


Charles Monroe Hickerson, 77, of Newbern, died at The Highlands of Dyersburg.

He was a retired employee for Cottrell Electric.

Services were Saturday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. James Combs and the Rev. Ronnie Turner officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Hickerson of Newbern; three daughters, Barbara Crenshaw and Katie Winchester (Alton), both of Newbern, and Janie Clements of Dyersburg; three sons, Larry Joe Hickerson of Barbourville, Ky., George Cottrell (Diane) and Don Cottrell, both of Newbern; a sister, Marilyn Bowden of Covington; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Beatrice Perrigan Hickerson; and a brother, James Hickerson Jr.

Pallbearers were Phillip Cottrell, Trevor Cottrell, Barry Cottrell, Tony Winchester, Don Cottrell and George Cottrell. Honorary pallbearer was Dillon Cottrell.

Sign online condolences at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome. com


Margaret Scott Hodges (Peggy) died at her home in Dyersburg, Tn. on July 29, 2011.

She was born on April 14, 1924 to Charles and Margaret Scott. While growing up in Memphis, she graduated from Central High School before going to Christian College in Missouri.

After graduation, she volunteered at the Jane Adams Hull House in Chicago.

In 1946 she married John Fleming Hodges, Jr. of Dyersburg who was attending law school at the University of Tennessee.

After law school, they returned to Dyersburg where they raised their three children.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband of 63 years; her brother, Charles Scott of Oxford, Miss.; and her sister-in-law, Martha Chase Scott.

She is survived by her twin daughters, Carol Hodges Miller and husband Richard of Loxley, Alabama; Lynn Hodges Smith and husband Fred of Knoxville, Tennessee; her son, John Fleming Hodges and wife Polly of Knoxville, Tennessee.

She also leaves her brother, Rowlett Scott of Memphis; her sister-in-law, Lou Breazeale of Oxford, Mississippi, eight grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-nephews.

A lifelong Episcopalian, she was very active until recently at St. Mary's Episcopal Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She also served on the board of McIver's Grant Library, Dyersburg City Beautiful, and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Besides selling real estate, Peggy had many interests and hobbies including genealogy, antiques, and gardening. She shared her flowers with friends and strangers alike until recently.

Special thanks to her devoted caregivers, Alicia Ivie and her team: Kathy Robertson, Debra Overton and Serle Mims.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends at the family home, 607 West Parkview following the service.

Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 108 King Street, Dyersburg, Tn. 38024 or the charity of your choice.


Bobby Joe Smith, age 69, of Dyersburg, Tn passed away Friday, July 29, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tn. He worked for Colonial Rubber Works for 42 years in the Custom Mix Dept.

Funeral services will be Monday, August 1, 2011 at 11 AM in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Kenny Chessor. Visitation for Mr. Smith will be 5-8 pm Sunday evening at the funeral home. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

He is survived by his two sons Shannon Burnette and wife Angie, of Friendship, Tn. and Tim Burnette and wife Laura, of Dyersburg, Tn. and his mother Lillian Smith of Masseyville, Tn. Seven sisters Betty Smith, Donna Hatch, Patsy Hatch of Masseyville, Tn. Nancy Patterson and Diane Bullman of Henderson, Tn. Kathy McMahan of Middleton, Tn. and Judy Hodges of Jackson, Tn. Four brothers Don Smith, Jimmy Smith, and Barry Smith of Henderson, Tn., and Mickey Smith of Jackson, Tn. Five grandchildren Beth Ann Burnette, Heather Burnette, Niki Burnette, Blake Burnette and Ashlyn Pruitt, and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his family at Colonial Rubber Works.

He was preceded in death by his wife Joyce Ann Burnette and his father George Guy Smith.

Pallbearers will be Don Smith, Jimmy Smith, Barry Smith, Mickey Smith, Robert Pope and Lowell Welch.


Ferrell Harris, 84, of Finley, died Saturday, July 30, 2011 at his residence.

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