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Obituaries for August 9, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Funeral services for Helen Jane Culp, 60, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Ronk Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Polly Swims; and a son, Jason Bram Culp.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Anthony Culp; a daughter, Darcy Culp; three sisters, Bett McGuire, Patty Zoricak and Kay Kilpatrick; and a brother, Bill Harris.

Visitation will be at 12-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jo Hunt, 89, of Dodson, Texas, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 at Highlands Nursing Home in Dyersburg.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dodson Church of Christ. Burial will be in Dodson Cemetery. Adams Funeral Home in Wellington, Texas is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be at 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jo was born on May 4, 1922 in Dodson to Z. McKinney and Georgia Branum McKinney. She married Howard Hunt on Dec. 21, 1941 in Collingsworth County. He died in 1997. She is also preceded in death by a son, Eddie Z. Hunt; and two sisters, Wilma Gene Swift and Juanita Dumire.

She was a homemaker and a member of Dodson Church of Christ.

Survivors include a son, Tommy H. Hunt and wife, Betty, of Dyersburg; a daughter-in-law, Martha Bass Hunt of Crockett, Texas; five grandchildren, Stace Hunt, Greg Mitchell, Leigh Ann Krosp, Kenneth Taylor McGuire and Jaimee Semsky; seven great-grandchildren, Shelby and Ashley Drinkard, Marshall and Caroline Hunt and Dalton, Wyatt and Eden McGuire.

The family request memorials be directed to the Dodson Cemetery.

You may sign online condolences at adamsfuneralsvc.com.

Lyla Frances Lilley, 89, of Halls, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Floyd's Chapel Methodist Church with the Rev. Brian Griffith and the Rev. Wendell Smith officiating. Burial will be in Floyd's Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery. Halls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born in Crockett County on July 12, 1922 to the late Joseph Lyle Vaughn Sr. and Ollie Hammond Vaughn.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Alymer D. Lilley; two sisters, Marie Harden of Dyersburg and Mackie Slayton (Charles) of Crockett Mills; three brothers, Bobby Vaughn (Carolyn) of Gates, Danny Vaughn (Margaret) of Maury City and Charles Vaughn (Phyllis) of Dyersburg; a sister-in-law, Ruby Vaughn (wife of the late J.L. Vaughn Jr.) of Dyersburg; and a host of special nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was active with her church, Woodmen of the World, American Cancer Society, Home Demonstration Club as well as many other community projects.

Although she had no children of her own, she was a mother to many. She loved all children and was always ready, willing and able when the need to help arose.

The family request that any memorials be directed to Floyd's Chapel United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society or to the Gideons International.

Master Sgt. Will Sawyer (Ret), 91, of Newbern, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 in Shelby County.

Master Sgt. Sawyer Entered the United States Army at age 16. He was assigned to the 30th Infantry Divison I Company. He served in World War II, operations included the Battle of the Buldge and the Normandy Invasion. He completed three world tours during his service. He earned 3 Silver Stars, 2 Bronze Stars, and 3 Purple Hearts with Oak Leaf Clusters. He was reported dead three separate times. 1st he was manifested on the USS Arizona Battleship sunk in the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor. 2nd he was actually reported and left for dead during the Normandy Invasion where he received head and shoulder injuries. Lastly, on his return trip home from Europe, the ship he was manifested on was sunk at sea. Again, he was on another boat.

After his retirement from the US Army, he continued to serve his country 13 more years with the Tennessee National Guard and an additional 10 with the US Air Force Reserves.

He has been a member of the VFW for over 50 years. He was a Mason and holds a Certificate from the City of Memphis as a Master Electrician. He was affectionately known as "Master Handy man of Everything". Master Sgt. Sawyer was honored by the Military Order Of The Grodennes with the Cross of Homage as a honorary lifetime member.

Funeral services with full military honors at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive visitors today at the funeral home.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Sawyer Eden-Kilgour of Newbern; a granddaughter, Heather Allison Eden-Bramhall of North Pole, Alaska; two great-grandsons, William "Kieran" Hughes and Terrance Mason Snow, both of North Pole, Alaska; a great-granddaughter, Cassie Drennan of Temple, Texas; two great great-grandchildren: Devon and Savannah; two sisters, Lela Bell Stafford of Newbern and Lucille Stephens of Dyersburg; a brother, Joe H. Sawyer of Gary, Ind.; and a special friend: Beverly Miller of Lakeland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Petty Sawyer; his parents, Toy & Etta Mae Arendell Sawyer; four sisters; and three brothers.

You may sign online condolences at Johnson-williamsfuneralhome .com.

Maria Vissering, 47, of Rives died 8:20 p.m. Sunday Aug. 7, 2011.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home in Union City with Brother Julian Huey officiating. Burial will be in Terrace Hill Cemetery.

The family will visitors at 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Maria was born June 1, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of the late Vince Wright and the late Grace (Campbell) McManis. She married Gene Vissering on December 28, 2008. He survives. She had been employed at the former Dana Corporation in Fulton, Kentucky and was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith.

She is also survived by her daughter, Jennifer Danner of Union City; her granddaughter, Lexi Danner of Union City; her step-son, Bobby Vissering of Union City; five sisters, Mary Burnes of Rives, Debbie Botts and Bridget Faught both of Union City; Patty Prater of Middletown, Ohio and Vivian Huey of Newbern; and five brothers, Merle Gumm of Corbin, Kentucky, Bill Gumm of Midland, Ohio and Gary Gumm, Dewey Wright and Vince Wright all of Union City.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Vissering, Gary Gumm, Vince Wright, Dewey Wright, Dan Baggett and Lester Burnes.

Honorary pallbearers will be Merle Gumm and Bill Gumm.

Edith H. Estes, 84, of Kernersville, N.C., formerly of Dyersburg, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011.

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