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Obituaries for January 29, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Grady Anderson, 76, of Dyersburg, died Friday, January 27, 2012 at Jackson Regional Hospital.

He was the retired owner of Grady's Auto Service.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Mr. Larry Fowlkes officiating.

The family will receive visitors from 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Survivors include his two daughters, Debbie Anderson Weigold and husband, Jeff, of Huntsville, AL and Cathy Lucent and husband, Richard, of Arab, AL; a son, Mike Anderson and wife, Reca, of Dyersburg; a sister, Annabelle Harris and husband, Gene, of Dyersburg; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Millie Fay Anderson; and his parents, Clarence and Georgetta Spradley Anderson.

The family requests that memorials be directed to a charity of the donor's choice.

Odell Viar, 86, of Halls died on Jan. 26,2012, at Covington Manor in Covington, TN.

Funeral services for Mr. Viar will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2012 at Westside Baptist Church, where he was a member, with Pastor John Compere officiating. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2012 at Halls Funeral Home. Mr. Viar was a World War II veteran, serving in the Marine Corps in the Pacific. After the war, he returned to Halls where he worked with his father, Lon Viar, on a farm purchased by his father in 1944. C. O., as he was known by friends, and his brothers later bought his father's interest in the farm and turned Knob Creek (Henning) Farm into one of the larger and most successful farming operations in West Tennessee. Comprising 5500 acres, Knob Creek Farm was a showplace and home to 31 families. After selling Knob Creek Farm in the early 1960s, Mr. Viar continued his farming interest, but also became more involved in thoroughbred horse racing, fueled by his lifelong love of horses. Racing under the banner of C. O. Viar Farms, Mr. Viar enjoyed much success at venues in Hot Springs, Louisville, Chicago, Louisiana and Florida. At its zenith, Viar Farms carried a stable of 30 horses. Mr. Viar also served Lauderdale County for 50 years as a member of the County Equalization Board. Mr. Viar is survived by his second wife, Judy Burroughs Viar of Covington; one stepdaughter, Paula Kauhi (Keith) of Covington, one step-grandson, Keith Lewis Kauhi; one step-sister-in-law, Barbara Lollar of Steele, MO.; and sisters-in-law Mary Ella Graves Sullivan and Naulene Jordan of Halls. Mr. Viar was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Wilkes Viar of Halls; by his parents; Lonnie and Pearl Viar; by sisters Anna Francis Canada, Ebbie Lee Parker, Montine Robertson, and Virginia Crihfield Austin; by brothers; C.Wilson Viar and L. R. Viar.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Westside Baptist Church music fund or the Halls Veterans Museum.