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Obituaries for September 9, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Thomas N. Carter, 93, of Bellvue, Wash., formerly of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Grace's Alzheimer's Facility in Bellvue, Wash.

He was a retired auto parts manager for American Motors, a US Army veteran, a member of Volunteer Baptist Church and a member of the American Legion.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in RoEllen Cemetery with the Rev. Billy Tucker officiating.

The family will receive visitors at 6-8 p.m. today at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice D. Kerechek of Issaqah, Wash.; a son Thomas Elgin Carter of Rio Rancho, NM; a sister, Betty Ayers of Martin; a brother, Carl Carter of Martin; and four grandchildren.

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


Jessie Mae Foster, 74, of Jackson, formerly of Tiptonville, died Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

She was the owner of Lazy Daisy Florist Shop in Tiptonville. She was a Methodist.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Tiptonville City Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 1-2:45 p.m. Friday in the Tiptonville Chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include her daughter, Marlice Gordon and husband, Mike, of San Diego, CA.; a son, Wilson Foster and wife, Tammy, of Jackson; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Foster; her parents, Eldridge and Lilly Curvin Taber; five sisters; and six brothers.


Bishop Wilson Mays, 97, was born March 29, 1914 to the parents of Douglas and Emma O'Neal Mays and departed this life on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Deliverance Apostolic Church in Dyersburg with Elder Leonard Byrum officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Garden in Dyersburg.

Survivors include five daughters, Flossie Mae (Herman) Booker and Dorothy Ann Durden, both of Cleveland, Ohio, Ida Sue (Robert Lee) Lawrence, Alma Dean Johnson, and Emma Ruth (Larry) Reynolds, all of Dyersburg; eight sons, James Lee (Mary Louise) Mays of Chicago, Ill., Bill Wilson (Johnnie Mae) Mays of Inkster, Mich. and Knoxville, Tenn., Lynn Thomas Mays of Union City, Larry Douglas Mays, Charlie Ray (Gail Ann) Mays, Dennis Wayne Mays, David Max Mays and Freddie Dewayne (Lizzie Mitchell) Mays, all of Chicago, Ill. Children preceding him in death are Lola Marie Keys, Alvin Mays and Bennie James Mays.

In addition to his 13 living children, Bishop Mays also leaves a beloved and devoted first cousin, Mrs. Mildred O'Neal Lee of South Bend, Ind.; 57 grandchildren, 95 great-grandchildren, 96 great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and acquaintances, numerous children of the Lord too numerous to name as a result of his early vision for the Lord.