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Obituaries for October 18, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mary Belle Adkins, 86, of Newbern, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a beautician and a member of Newbern First Baptist Church.

Services were at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. With the Rev. James Hooper and the Rev. Danny Klutts officiating. Burial was in Zion Cemetery in Elbridge.

Survivors include a daughter, Diana Holland and husband, Robert, of Newbern; two grandchildren, Barry Holland and Brian Holland, both of Newbern; and four great-grandchildren, Caleb Holland, Kylee Holland, Zach Holland and Bradley Holland, all of Newbern

She was preceded in death by her husband, Enlow Adkins; her parents, Jacob Pinkney and Nellie Ruth Ferguson Bradshaw; two sisters, Margaret Pritchett and Alene Keeling.

Pallbearers will be Ben Allen, David Allen, Jerry Seratt, Howard McBride, Dennis Davis and Lanny Abernathy.

The family request that any memorials be directed to Emmanus Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Rev. James Hooper, P.O. Box 831, Dyersburg, TN 38025.

You may sign online condolences at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com.


Marie Runion, 79, of Tiptonville, TN died Sunday, October 16, 2011 at Reelfoot Manor in Tiptonville. A resident of Tiptonville for nearly 65 years, Marie graduated from Tiptonville High School in 1951 where she was a star basketball player for the Earthquakes. A year after graduation, Marie was married to Hurschel Runion, a lifelong mate with whom she would spend the next 59 years. She was an active member of the Tiptonville Church of Christ where she taught children's Sunday school classes for nearly 40 years. She was also an active member of the Tiptonville community at large, helping to guide, influence, and inspire others, by either lending a helping hand or simply through the example she set in her daily life.

Graveside services will be 2:00 PM at Antioch Cemetery conducted by Mr. Wilford Mobley and Mr. Don Reel. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Greg Williams, Craig Williams, Robert Michael, Tim McKenzie, Tony Wallace and Kurt Chisolm. Honorary pallbearers will be Allen Butler, Shelby Barker and Shelby C. Barker.

The Runion family will receive visitors Tuesday, October 16th from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Tiptonville Church of Christ.

Survivors include her daughter Debbie Sanford and husband Steve of Dyersburg, her son John Runion of Tiptonville, 3 sisters: Irene Howell and husband Al of Union City, TN, Nell Wallace and husband Charles of Tiptonville, Bonnie Hayden of Paducah, KY, 2 brothers: Clovis "Tobe" Pitts and wife Mary Lou and Charles Pitts and wife Jean, all of Tiptonville, and 2 grandchildren: Neil Sanford of Memphis and Drew Sanford of Tuscaloosa, AL.

She was preceded in death by her husband Hurschel Runion, brother Richard Pitts and her parents Joe and Nellie Pitts.

The family requests memorials be directed to Tiptonville Church of Christ, 515 Church St., Tiptonville, TN 38079 or Jones Chapel Church of Christ, Hwy. 22 N., Tiptonville, TN 38079.

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


Evelyn Elvern Tirey, 84, of Dyersburg, died Monday, October 17, 2011 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a homemaker and a member of First United Pentecostal Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Clark and Bro. Bobby Metcalf officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Survivors include her two daughters, Joan Tirey and Deborah Wheeler, both of Dyersburg; a son, James Tirey of Dyersburg; four grandchildren, Jeff Tirey, Toby Hays, Shane Parnell and Jon Wheeler; five great-grandchildren, Chris Tirey, Samantha Tirey, Riley K. Parnell, Colton Hays and Caleb Hays; and two great-great-grandchildren, Jordan Neal and Alexis Neal.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Dillie Braden Clark.

Pallbearers will be Shane Parnell, Jon Wheeler, Chris Tirey, Bill Dawson, Kenneth Tirey and Donnie Reagan.