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Obituaries for January 26, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ralph "Shorty" Balthrop, age 74, of Dyersburg, Tennessee, died Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at Dyersburg Manor in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Funeral services for Mr. Balthrop will be Friday, January 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home, with Mr. Jerry Leach and Mr. David Spence officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern, Tennessee. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:30-7:30 at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Mr. Balthrop was born on November 20, 1937 in Dyer County, Tennessee, the son of the late Ed and Gladys Brown Balthrop. He was the retired owner of Volunteer Realty and former employee of Rick Hill Nissan.

Mr. Balthrop is survived by one daughter, Jan Balthrop Menard of Centennial, Colorado; two sons, Marty Balthrop of Dyersburg, Tennessee and Doug Balthrop of Newbern, Tennessee; three sisters, Sue Ladd of Greenfield, Tennessee, JoAnn Ladd of Newbern, Tennessee and Mary Kate Ladd of Atoka, Tennessee; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ed Balthrop and Billy Balthrop; and the Mother of his children, Janice.

Pallbearers will be Danny Joe Ladd, Mike Ladd, Jeff Ladd, Jonathan Ownby, Ray Horner and John Boatwright.

Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Ralph "Shorty" Balthrop. Please sign online condolences at johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com


Tommy Wayne Sawyer, 64, was born February 17, 1947 in Dyersburg, TN. He departed January 23, 2012 at his home.

Mr. Sawyer was a retired farmer. He was preceded in death by his parents Wilmer "Doc" Sawyer and Clara Mae "Maw" Sawyer, a step-son Jody Balentine all of Friendship.

He leaves his wife of 30 years Joyce Sudbury Sawyer, sisters; Wanda (Bob) Garrett of Friendship, Sherrie (Phillip) Daniel of Munford, TN, step-sons Jason (Nikki) Balentine, Joey (Amy) Balentine all of Friendship, 6 step grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10 am Friday January 27, 2012 at the Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg with Dr. Jerry Drace and Rev. Tommy McElyea officiating.

Online registry at MedinaFuneralHome.com