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Obituaries for March 1, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Patricia Stevens Pendergrast Brown, 84, of Kingsport passed away on Tuesday evening, February 28, 2012 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center after a long illness.

She was born and raised in Dyersburg, TN, was a former resident of Newbern, Greeneville, Johnson City and had lived in Kingsport for the past 10 years. Mrs. Brown was former director of the First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging retiring in 1994. She was Past President of the Johnson City Rotary Club and a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, where she was active with the United Methodist Women. She loved and enjoyed her grandchildren and gardening. Patricia was a "people person", loving and loved by many.

She was preceded in death by her son, Nolen S. Pendergrast who died on Jan 19, 2012; her mother, Celine Delvecchio Stevens; father, Bertrand Peyton Hodge; brother, Bertrand P. Stevens and sister-in-law, Joanne S. Locklear.

Survivors include her daughter, Celine P Cross & husband, Kyle of Kingsport; son Craig P. Pendergrast & wife Kathy of Cain Ridge, TN; stepdaughter, Meridee B. Barnes & husband Eddie of Greeneville, TN; seven grandchildren, E. Celine Thackston & husband Matt, John B. Pendergrast & wife Jen, Alex P. Pendergrast & wife Alyssa, Patricia K. Pendergrast, Megan M. Hardwick & fiancÚ Oliver Whitman, Robert P. (Robb) Cross and Caitlyn E. Cross; step-grandson, W. Zackary Barnes; a great-grandson, Nolen Pendergrast, a great-grandchild Thackston anticipated in August; three nieces; one nephew, and numerous special friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, March 2, 2012 at First Broad Street United Methodist Church Chapel , 100 E. Church Circle, Kingsport, with Rev. Mickey W. Rainwater and Rev. Jack Edwards, officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

A graveside service will be held at on Sunday March 4, 2012 at 2 pm at Fairview Cemetery, Dyersburg, TN with Dr. David Russell, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Broad Street United Methodist Church, 100 E. Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660 or charity of donors choice.

You may send online condolences to the family by visiting www.cartertrent.com

Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport is serving the Brown family.


lleana June Fitzpatrick, 83, of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Center.

She was a homemaker and a 52-year member of Phillips Street Church of Christ.

Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Obion with Bro. Andy Brewer officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Survivors include her two nephews, Bubba Cobb of Dyersburg and Lexie Cobb of Batesville, MS; three great-nieces, Christy McDonald of Bethel Springs, Brook Cobb of Dyersburg and Heather Cobb of Norfolk, VA; and three great-nephews, Ty Cobb of Dyersburg, Major Tom Cobb of Ft. Leavenworth, KS and Jeremy Cobb of Johnson City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Pauline Thompson Fitzpatrick; a sister, Muriel Cobb; and a nephew, Skipper Cobb.

Pallbearers will be Bubba Cobb, Ty Cobb, Jeff Robertson, Brian McDonald, Brodie Cupples and Jimmy Barber.


A memorial service for Frances York Richardson, 95, of Dyersburg will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at First United Methodist Church, Dyersburg. Mrs. Richardson died Feb. 27 in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

Mrs. Richardson was born Nov. 2, 1916, in Pekin, Ill., the daughter of John U. and Mabel Thirza York. She married Julian Hank Richardson on Nov. 20, 1949 in Pekin. The couple moved to Tennessee where Mr. Richardson attended the University of Tennessee in Martin and later in Knoxville.

She worked as a hairdresser before her marriage but was primarily a homemaker during her adult years. The couple moved many times during their marriage, living in Indiana, Texas, Maryland, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. She and her husband retired to Dyersburg in the early 1990s. A lifelong Methodist, she attended the First United Methodist Church of Dyersburg for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1996. Survivors include two daughters, Joan Richardson of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., and Jean Codrey of Appleton, Wisc., five grandchildren, Jennifer Richardson-Rossbach of Marina, Calif., Emily Richardson-Rossbach of Galesburg, Ill., David Richardson-Rossbach of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., Daniel DiMambro of Leroy, Mich., and Michael Leal of Charlotte, N.C., and a beloved niece, Tommie Sue Cummings of Dyersburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Dyersburg or the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.


Mary Williamson Strawn, 87, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Center.

She was a retired cafeteria employee for Dyersburg High School, where she worked for 22 years and a member of West Dyersburg Church of Christ.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Crawford officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 12-1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, George Freeman Strawn of Dyersburg; two sons, Mack Strawn of Dyersburg and Mark Strawn and wife, Tracey, of Medina; two brothers, Doug Williamson and Bobby Williamson, both of Dyersburg; three grandchildren, Tony Strawn and wife, Dawn, of Dyersburg, Tracy Strawn of Nashville and Dakota Strawn of Medina; and three great-grandchildren, Carley Strawn and Adriana Strawn, both of Dyersburg and Blake Strawn of Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Cora Lewis Williamson; a sister, Jo Ella Eudaley; and a brother, James Williamson.

Pallbearers will be Dakota Strawn, Johnny Lambert, Lynn Williamson, Tony Strawn and Ronnie Lowery.


James Audrey Poyner, 39, of Tiptonville, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Calvary Independent Baptist Church in Ridgely. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia Daniel, 68, of Parkridge, Ill., died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 in Parkridge, Ill.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Dyersburg Funeral Home.


Paula Wheatley Trahan, 72, of Troy, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at her residence.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.