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Obituaries for August 25, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Virginia Sigman Brunson of Dyersburg, formerly of Memphis, TN, retired teacher of Memphis Preparatory School, died Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at Dyersburg Manor in Dyersburg, TN. She was a member of Whitehaven Baptist Church where she was secretary of the Adult II Department. She was a graduate of University of Memphis. Mrs. Brunson was a prominent member of the Shelby County School System for many years. She taught Latin and English at Whitehaven High School from 1963 to 1972, taught at Whitehaven Presbyterian School in 1973, and taught at Memphis Preparatory School from 1974 to 1985. She was a member of Kennedy Book Club, past President of Longview Heights Elementary School, past secretary of Memphis Council of P.T.A. and founder of Teen Town in Whitehaven.

Visitation will be held in the Fireside Room at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Friday, August 26, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Funeral services for Mrs. Brunson will be Saturday, August 27, 2011 in the Fireside Room at 11:30, conducted by Dr. Jim Meredith. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown.

Mrs. Brunson, the widow of Bruce H. Brunson, leaves two sons, Dr. Bruce C. Brunson and Theresa of Silt, CO and Dr. Kenneth L. Brunson and Angela of Dyersburg, TN, a sister Bonnie S. Pearson of Memphis, seven grandchildren, Missy Brunson of Dyersburg, Dr. Michael Brunson and wife Donna of Knoxville, TN, Magen Brunson McCulloch and husband Alex of Memphis, Mallory Brunson of Dyersburg and Jeffrey Brunson and David Brunson, both of Atlanta, GA, Elizabeth Murphy of Wesley Chapel, FL, and eight great-grandchildren, Blake Alford, Steven Alford, Brett Horner, Connor Brunson, Danielle Festa, Matthew Murphy, Chandler Murphy, and Xander Murphy.

The family request that any memorials be sent to Whitehaven Baptist Church or to the charity of the donor's choice.

She was preceded in death by a brother J.W. Sigman.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.

Online condolences are available at www.memorialparkonline.com


Rosie Lee Bryant, 74, of Newbern, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

She was a domestic worker.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Dyersburg Christian Center with Bishop Wesley Arije officiating. Burial will be in M.C.C.O. Cemetery in Newbern.

The family will receive visitors at 6-8 p.m. at H.H. Hudson Funeral Home.

Survivors include three daughters, Brenda (Melvin) Wesley and Joyce Ann (Aundra) Gilton, of Newbern, April Hadley of Jackson; five sons, Larry Pirtle and William Bryant, both of Newbern, Billy (Mary) Pirtle of Dyer, Dweight (Sharon) Bryant of Swansea, Ill. and Ricky (Nita) Bryant of Milwaukee, Wis.; six brothers, Simon Lee (Charlene) Pirtle, Bobby (Corinthia) Hayes of Newbern, Robert Pirtle and Raymond Pirtle, both of Cedar Rapid, Iowa, Jesse James Pirtle of Union City and Frank (Mary) Pirtle of Nashville; 49 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Artie Pledge.

She was preceded in death by a son, L.J. Pirtle; her parents, Roosevelt and Nadie Pirtle; and three sisters, Essie Hill, Mary Emma Easley and Hattie Mae Pirtle.


Frances Juanita (Smithson) Jaco, 74 of Jackson, passed from this life peacefully at her home with her loving husband at her side Thursday, August 18, 2011. Mrs. Jaco was born October 18, 1936 in Sherman, TX to Johnnie and Myrtle Smithson. She graduated from Sherman High School in 1955; continuing her education in St. Paul, MN at Apostolic Bible Institute and graduated in 1960.

She loved people and sending cards of encouragement to those in need. She loved photographs, organizing photo albums for her family to enjoy and was the family historian. She and her husband have given their lives in many locales and churches as a pastor and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, James Harold Jaco, Jr., her mother Myrtle Smithson, brother, Jack Smithson (wife Peggy) brother, James Smithson (wife Johnie), three children: James (Jim) Harold III (wife Kimberley), Jina (Jaco) Crain (husband Jeff), and Jeffery (wife Traci); seven grandchildren: Chesley Jaco-Moore (husband John), Justin Crain, Isabella, Victoria, and Evangeline Jaco, Jay (Jeffery Young II), and Hope Jaco; and one great grandchild: Peyton Moore.

Friends and family may call at The Lighthouse Church, 1435 Old Humboldt Road, Jackson, TN from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Monday, August 21. Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, August 22 at The Lighthouse Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be addressed to The Tupelo Children's Mansion, 1801 East Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38802 - (662) 842-6982.


Frazier G. Webb, 83, of Springville, Tenn., died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.

He was a retired Maintenance Department supervisor for Stanray Corporation of Hammond, Ind., member of Springville Church of Christ and member of East Chicago Masonic Lodge No. 595 F&AM.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Springville Church of Christ with Bro. Charles Cate and Bro. Willard Alls officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern at 3:30 p.m. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors Friday from 9 a.m. until service time at the church.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Howell Webb of Springville; a daughter, Laura Jane Martin (Thomas P.) of Springville; three sisters, Katie Lee Pace of Metropolis, Ill., Wilma Elaine Cox of Merrillville, Ind. and Sally Jo Morris of Mayfield, Ky.; two brothers, Luther Webb (Sue) of Springville and Bobby Webb (Joye) of Springville; two grandchildren, Tim Martin (Kathleen) of Noblesville, Ind. and Tammy Farmer (Daniel) of Schererville, Ind.; and three great-grandchildren, Abby Martin, Delaney Martin and Allie Farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Roy and Katie Williams Webb; and a sister, Alberta Wiley.

Pallbearers will be Tim Williams, Justin Webb, Clayton Webb, Tim Martin, Daniel Farmer, Darnell Kirkland, Jimmy Webb and Jerry Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Evans, Phil Sweeney, Levelle Davidson and Travis Cox.

Memorials may be directed to Springville Church of Christ, P.O. Box 49, Springville, TN 38256.

Sign online condolences at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome. com


Charles French 62, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

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


Malcolm Pevahouse, 76, of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at his residence.

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


Hurtle Thurmon, 88, of Obion, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 at his residence.

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