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Obituaries for January 19, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Brandon Nicholas Cross, age 28, of Dyersburg, TN, died Sunday, January 15, 2012. Cross was employed by Trinity Industrial in Caruthersville, Missouri.

Funeral services for Mr. Cross will be 2:00 PM, Friday in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will be Rev. Ronnie Turner and Rev. Jason Reynolds. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Visitation will begin Friday at 11:00 AM until service time.

He was the son of Teddy A. Cross of Arlington, Texas and Patricia Gail and Randy Pratt of Halls, Tennessee. Other survivors include one sister, Starr Grappone of Thornton, Colorado; one stepsister, Judy Spraker of Halls, Tennessee; one stepbrother, Joshua Pratt of Halls, Tennessee; grandparents, Frances Pilgrim of Dyersburg, Tennessee and Edward and Mary Cross of Arlington, Texas; one great-grandmother, Margie Reagor of Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Pallbearers will be Justin Bishop, Chris VanDyke, Brian Hawkins, Jeremiah Reed, Cory Lewyllyn, Jason Crum, Billy Ford and Jacob Swafford.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kyle Moore, Adam Henry, Davy Bell, Jeremy Lemons, Brock Williams, Christopher Pilgrim, Blake Pilgrim, Brooke Pilgrim, Jimmy Lee Pleasant, Jeremy Sykes and Seth Moss (posthumously).


Funeral services for Helen Smith, 79, will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday January 21, 2012 at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church with Rev. Gus Lohrum officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Mrs. Smith died Wednesday January 18, 2012 at Jackson-Madison Co. General Hospital.

Helen was born April 29, 1932 in Gibson County, TN the daughter of the late George and Opal Kelly Legions. Helen worked at Kellwood in Rutherford, TN for over 40 years and was a member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church for over 60 years.

She is survived by her son, Randy Smith of Dyersburg, TN; a daughter Linda Parnell of Newbern, TN; a sister, Georgia Zarecor of Yorkville, TN; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, W.H. "Baby Boy" Smith and a son, Robert L. Smith.

Pallbearers to serve are Jim Pilcher, Jim Zarecor, James Bell, Jerry Ring, John Gregory and Jimmy Hassell.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Mt. Carmel Cemetery Fund 7751 Trimble Rd. Newbern, TN 38059

The family will receive friends Saturday January 21, 2012 from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church.


Dorothy Louise Armstrong, 54, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. Thompson's Mortuary will be in charge of arrangements.


Mae Ruth Palmer, 62, of Ripley, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at Methodist Hospital in Memphis.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Antioch Curve. Thompson's Mortuary will be in charge of arrangements.