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Obituaries for March 14, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 13, 2012, Thomas "Roland" Criswell, got to see Jesus Christ face to face when he left this earth. He leaves behind his wife of fifty-eight years, Joice Miller Criswell. Celebrating his life are also his daughter and her husband, Ricki and Larry Elks of Jackson, TN and Roland's two sons and their wives -- Tommy and Kay Criswell and Shawn and Karen Criswell (all of Dyersburg). Joining in this celebration of the life of this well-loved man are also his grand-children: Renee Bassham, Leigh Anna Veal, Ryan Elks, Joshua Pruett, Leah Jacobs, Selina Purvis, Ashley Stevens, Matt Willis, Jonathan Criswell and Justin Criswell; plus eleven great-grand-children and many loving nieces and nephews.

Roland was born April 30, 1929 in Obion County to Laby and Jettie Criswell. He had eight brothers and sisters. Leaving this world before him was his sisters -- Mildred Whittle; Virginia Suratt and Jewell Higgins and two brothers - Joe Criswell and John Criswell. Surviving siblings are his brother Glen Criswell of Dyersburg and sister Gwen Aycock and Stella June Hopper who are now living in Texas.

Roland's life was full of adventures and accomplishments. His varied careers included being a professional wrestler, a brick mason and an X-ray tech for a pipeline. As a young man, for a time, he was even a real cowboy! Roland also served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. All who knew him often heard him share how his heart was touched by the children he encountered during his tour there. His hunting and fishing expeditions took him to Canada, Alaska, Montana and many other wonderful places. He was very proud of the trophies that filled his den.

Roland loved his family. He loved his country and fought for its freedom. He was proud to be a Mason. He treasured his many friends. However; Roland, who was a member of McCullough's Chapel Baptist Church, would always say his greatest accomplishment was to be a Christian. For that reason, those who love him are now able to celebrate!

At Dyersburg Funeral Home, visitation will be Wednesday, March 14th 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Funeral Services will be Thursday, March 15th at 1:00 P.M. following a visitation of family and friends beginning at 11:00 A.M. Presiding over the service will be Bro. Ronnie Turner of Second Baptist and Bro. Stan Young of McCullough Chapel. Pallbearers will be Matt Willis, Justin Veal, Lanny Long, Joe House, Sam Warren and Keith Hawkins.


Josie Bell Combs Godwin, 91, of Newbern, Tennessee died on Monday, March 12, 2012, at Dyersburg Manor in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Born Friday, April 2, 1920 in Dyer County, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Halbert Coldwell Combs and the late Lula Josephine Lambert Combs.

Mrs. Godwin was a retired grocer and during World War II she served as an inspector at the Milan Arsenal and the Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church where she had served as clerk and was a Sunday School Teacher for many years.

Funeral services for Mrs. Godwin will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will be Rev. James Combs. Interment will follow in Poplar Grove Cemetery in Newbern, Tennessee.

She is survived by two daughters, Margaret Viar of Nashville, Tennessee and Anita Taylor of Newbern, Tennessee; one son Willis F. "Buddy" Godwin, Jr. of Trimble, Tennessee; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Willis F. Godwin, Sr.; five brothers, Edward Combs, Jerry Combs, Cherry Combs, Fred Combs and Bill Combs and two sisters, Lavina Borden and Eliza Cawthon.

Pallbearers will be David Norsworthy, Anthony Combs, Corey Peevyhouse, William Borden, William Parnell and Terry Combs.

Online condolences may be made to the family at johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com, Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Josie Bell Combs Godwin.


Herman Elton Hopkins, 80, of Friendship, died Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Dyersburg Manor.

He was a retired supervisor for Dyersburg Fabrics, a U.S. Army veteran of Korean Conflict and a member of Millers Chapel Church of Christ.

Graveside services were held Monday in Friendship Funeral Home with Keith Ozment officiating. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Hopkins of Friendship; a daughter Tammy Ozment (Bobby) of Friendship; a son, Tim Hopkins (Beth) of Chattanooga; three brothers, Thomas Hopkins of Obion, Glynn Hopkins of Denver, Colo. and Lyndell Hopkins of Corinth, Miss.; and three grandchildren, Keli Ozment, Kim Ozment and Lauren Hopkins; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Voda Hopkins; and a brother, Talmadge Hopkins.

Pallbearers were Scott Greer, Bubba Greer, Josh Hendren, Ty Fisher, Bobby Ozment and Johnny Lambert.


Ms. Ella L. Kindle, age 91 of Newbern, TN died Friday, March 9, 2012 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. Cosmopolitan Funeral Services is in charge. Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m.-7:00p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Fairview Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America, 2187 Ozment Road in Dyersburg, TN. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 17, 2012 12:00 Noon at Fairview Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America in Dyersburg, TN. with Rev. Albert Jarrett, officiating. Pallbearers: Grandsons, Donald Edwards, Bennie Greene Jr., Lacy S. Mims, James Kindle, Willie Gentery, Rodrick Kindle, Matthew Kindle, Mark Greene. Burial will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery, Dyersburg, TN. Survivors: Daughters, Louise (Bennie) Greene, Frances (Edward) Mims, Serle (Lacy) Mims, Newbern, TN.; Sons, R.B. (Dorothy) Kindle, Detroit, Michigan, Tommy (Eva) Kindle, Newbern, TN., Donny Ray (Diane) Kindle, Seattle, Washington; Daughter-In-Law, Silverlene Kindle; 25 Grandchildren, 43 Great-Grandchildren, 27 Great-Great-Grandchildren. Mrs. Kindle was preceded in death by her husband James B. Kindle, Son, Jeff Ricky Kindle, Sister, Elnora Roberson, Three Brothers, Frank Sharp, Floyd Sharp, Clarence Sharp, Paul Sharp, Mother, Willie Taylor Sharp, Father, Bennie Sharp. You may give online condolence at www.cosmopolitanfuneralservices.net


Jack Maxie Welch, 64, of Halls, died Monday, March 12, 2012 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.

He was a self-employed construction worker and mason, member of Phillips Street Church of Christ, U.S. Army Veteran of Vietnam War, where he served with the 101st Airborne Division and received the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 995.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Edgar Schults, Jr. and Bro. Andy Brewer officiating.

The family will receive visitors from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Survivors include his daughter, Miranda Welch Paige and husband, Brandon, of Halls; his mother, Maxine Welch of Dyersburg; three sisters, Betty Welch Stephens, Judy Welch Sentell and Carol Welch Richards, all of Dyersburg; a brother, Lowell B. Welch of Dyersburg; and three grandchildren, Klaeton Welch, Lauren Brown and Audrina Paige.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bennie A. Welch.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.