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Obituaries for April 10, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Widdis Baker, age 62, of Trimble, loving husband, father and grandfather, went to God on Resurrection Sunday, April 8, 2012, after a courageous battle with a terminal illness. He was member of Fairthway Baptist Church of Troy, Tennessee. He leaves behind a large and devoted family including his wife of 44 years, Maxine Baker; a daughter Sherry Baker of Dyersburg, Tennessee; a son, Mark Baker and his wife, Tina of Trimble, Tennessee; two grandsons, Hunter Baker, Dawson Baker and special friend Jordan Galey of Greenfield. He also leaves a sister, Diane Webb of Valparaiso, IN, and three brothers, Bobby Baker and his wife, Ruby of Trimble, Johnny Baker and his wife, Katie of Dyersburg, and Joe Baker of Greeneville, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Thelma Baker of Trimble and a brother-in-law James Webb of Valparaiso, IN. Pallbearers will be Jeff Epperson, David Epperson, Neal Tubbs, Jerry Hinson, Andy Grills and Bill Dycus. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark, Dawson and Hunter Baker, Bobby, Johnny and Joe Baker and all the men of his church. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Officiating the service will be Perry Grills and Roger Bone. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Community Cancer Fund of Dyer County, P.O. Box # 1002, Dyersburg, TN 38025. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.


R.B. Cannon of Dyersburg was born July 17, 1922 in Halls and died Thursday, April 5, 2012 in Jackson.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He farmed, managed a boat dock and campground on Everett's Lake. He was a rural mail carrier for over 50 years. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Unionville and attended the Finley Methodist Church with his wife, Bettye. He enjoyed duck hunting, attending basketball games, going to the river at Cannon's Landing, chewing cigars, riding around, and spending time with family and friends.

He celebrated 70 years of marriage on June 15, 2011 to Bettye Pritchett Cannon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Benjamine and Estella Bohanon Cannon. He was also preceded by a sister, Joyce Cannon.

He leaves the following to cherish his memory: wife - Bettye Pritchett Cannon of Dyersburg; daughter - Belinda Riles of Finley; grandson - Brandon Riles of Finley; great-grandson - Cadon Lane Riles of Finley; brother - Royce Aaron Cannon of Flint, Mich.; and a host of other relatives and many, many friends.

Graveside services were held April 6, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg with Gary McGill officiating. Pallbearers were Jeremy Pate, George, Jeremiah and Luke Hollingsworth, Levi Gentry and Bob Brock.

Memorials can be made to the Finley United Methodist Church, Finley, Tenn.


Thomas Henry "Bud" Pate Jr., 87, of North Little Rock, passed away Monday, April 9, 2012. He was the owner operator of Pate Construction Company in Dyersburg, Tenn.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Ray Richey of Maumelle; son and daughter-in-law, Buddy and Debbie Pate of Little Rock; sister, Marie Hollingsworth of Dyersburg, Tennessee; eight grandchildren, Michael Cupples (Danae), Jennifer Compton (Adam), Laura Wilson (David), Hank Pate, Jessyka Hanna (Tim), Jason Richey, Scott Richey and Ryan Richey and 10 great-grandchildren. Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine (Brewer) Pate; parents, Thomas Henry and Eleanor Pate; and three sisters.

Bud grew up in Dyersburg, Tennessee and moved to North Little Rock, Arkansas 9 years ago to be closer to his children and grandchildren. His last 3 years were spent at Foxridge Assisted Living with several loving caregivers. He served his country in the Army Air Corps, taught high school math and then settled into his lifelong career running his construction company. During his 87 years on this earth, Bud lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed flying his plane, gambling anywhere and most of all being with his wife of 60 years, Maxine, their kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. He will be greatly missed by the many, many family and friends who loved him dearly, but who will always be thankful for his long, blessed life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ The King Catholic School, 4002 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72212 or Immaculate Conception Catholic School, 7000 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel, 1921 Main, 758-1170. Burial will be in Meadowbrook Cemetery, Beebe, Arkansas. The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Online obituary and guest registry at www.nlrfh.com.


Betty Sue Wright McAlpin, 63, of Halls, died Sunday, April 8, 2012.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Halls Funeral Home chapel.