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Obituaries for February 21, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Donald Wayne Lambert, 71, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a retired mechanic after 35 years with Illinois Central Railroad, a member of Springhill Baptist Church, a 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner with Al Chymia Memphis Unit and a member of Scottish Rite and York Rite.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Johnson and Dr. Bill Oakley officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Nancy Slaughter Lambert; a daughter, Karen Lambert of Orlando, Fla.; a son, Steve Lambert of Friendship; a sister, Shelia Binkley of Dyersburg.

He was preceded in death by a son, Chad Alan "Bert" Lambert; and his parents, Donald R. and Mildred Lambert.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Lambert, Phil Bivens, Mark Rowland, Dewayne Rowland, Jeff Yarbrough and R.J. McCutcheon.


Joe D. Moss Sr., 73, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at her daughter's residence in Bloomsdale, Mo.

He was born Thursday, August 18, 1938 in Trenton, TN.

He married to Patricia A (Garwood) Moss on Wednesday, May 08, 1991.

He was a retired sheet metal worker and served in the US Army as a Medic

Survivors include his wife, Patricia A. (Garwood) Moss, Dyersburg; three sons, Joe (Pam) Moss, Jr., Huntingdon and Virgil (Jennifer) Barnes, Jr., Fenton, MO, and Frank (Christine) Barnes, St. Charles, MO; two daughters, Lisa (Rob) Phelps, Hillsboro, Mo. and Linda (FiancÚ--Rick Tuck) Richardson, Bloomsdale, Mo.; a brother, Kenneth Moss of Dyersburg; a sister, Judy (Jack) McCormick of Nashville, TN; 12 grandchildren: Garrott Moss, Hillary Moss, Lucy Cody, Amber Anderson, Jeremy Ledbetter, Danny Barnes, Kim Davis, Ashley Barnes, Leslie Rohfling, Lisa Schuetz, Gary Butler, Elizabeth Richardson; 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Brodie Moss, Sr. and Audra (Gilliland) Moss; two sisters, Evelyn Eloise Tate and Oliva Rose; and a brother, Ray Moss

Visitation will be at Basler Funeral Home, Ste. Genevieve, Mo. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 from 2-4 p.m.

Memorial Service will be at Basler Funeral Home, Ste. Genevieve, Mo. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at 4 p.m.

Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society.

Basler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Milton Lucas Newsom

One week shy of his 86th birthday, Milton Lucas Newsom passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family and loved ones. He joined his wife of 64 years, Bertie, his parents Ettie and Ernest, his sisters, Thelma, Kathleen and Sue, and his son-in-law, Elby Martin in eternal life on February 18, 2012. Left to cherish his memory are his four children, Sonny and wife Vickie, Susan Martin, Mike and wife Marty, Kelly and wife Becky, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Milton was born in West Tennessee in 1926 and raised in a small town called Newbern where he was a star on one of the most memorable football games ever played on Nov. 28, 1940.

He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS La Salle during WW II and was engaged in the battle of Leyte Gulf and the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He graduated from Bethel College where he was a multi-sport star and was later one of the first inductees into their Athletic Hall of Fame. He then coached football for a brief period before beginning his career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1951. He had several positions with the FBI during his 30-year career such as Firearms Instructor, Special Agent and Special Agent Supervisor in the Dallas Bureau. He played an instrumental role in the JFK assassination investigation, and years later, he was in charge of organizing federal security for DFW International Airport which was, at the time, the largest in the world, and he was Senior Resident Agent there until he retired in 1980.

Milton will be remembered by many for his playful singing and animated storytelling. He was an exceptional storyteller, whether it was an exciting tale of his time in the Navy or FBI or a romantic anecdote about his high school sweetheart and beloved wife Bertie. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and loyal friend that will be remembered for putting the needs of others before his own. His life was filled with enough love, excitement and adventure to fill three more lifetimes.

A celebration of his life will take place at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Richardson on Feb 21 at 3:00 p.m. Memorials in Milton's memory may be made to FUMC Richardson TX 75080 or to FUMC, Newbern TN 38509.

Dad, We will always remember, Newbern 7 Dyersburg 6.


Mrs. Emma Ruth O'Malley, 95, of Dyersburg, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012 at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she was active in Women's Ministries.

Services for Mrs. O'Malley will be 3 pm Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Cumberland Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. Dr. Larry Blakeburn. Internment will be in Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors at the Church beginning at 1 p.m. until service time at 3 p.m.

Survivors include her two daughters Patricia Horn of Apalachicola, Fla. and Katherine O'Malley of Dyersburg. She has three grandchildren, Libby Templeton, Audrey Bruno, Dr. Larry Horn; and four great-grandchildren, Brandi and Brad Templeton and Paige and Courtney Horn.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald O'Malley, her brother Lloyd H. Johnson Jr., and her parents Lloyd H. and Eliza Date Cotton Johnson.

Pallbearers will be John Ford, Billy Parmenter, Danny Johnson, Danny Green, Phil Edwards and William Mallard. Honorary pallbearer will be John Hart.

The family requests that memorials be made to Cumberland Presbyterian Church or a charity of the donor's choice.


Gerald Caton, 67, of Ridgely, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Cottonwood Grove Baptist Church. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Thomas Ward Payne, 90, of Memphis, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 in Memphis.

Graveside services for Mr. Payne will be 3 p.m. today at Rehoboth Cemetery. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. today at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newbern.


Philip Shands, 63, of Henning, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 at his residence.

Services will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Thompson's Mortuary Chapel in Ripley.