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Obituaries for May 1, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Billy Gerald Adams, 58 of Friendship, TN, died Saturday in the Jackson Madison Co. General Hospital, Jackson, TN.

Born in Dyersburg, TN, he was the son of the late Aaron and the late Pazetta (Steward) Adams.

He was a Salesman, employed by Pennington Seed Co. in Dyersburg, TN

Survived by his wife: Dolly Faye (Reece) Adams, two daughters: Christie Hughes of Brownsville, TN. and Sherry Young of Halls, TN; and three sons: Ashley Adams of Brownsville, TN, Bradley Adams of Halls, TN, Billy Ray Norris of Covington, TN

Brother of one sister: Sandra Pruitt of Dyersburg, TN and three brothers: Earl Adams of Dyersburg, TN, Donnie Adams of Halls, TN, Ricky Adams of Ripley, TN.

Predeceased by his three brothers, Hollis Adams, brother, Gene Adams, brother, Terry Adams, Sister, Linda Kay Hayes

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Halls Funeral Home, 109 N. Church St., Halls. Interment will be Monday in Fairview Cemetery, Dyersburg.


James Dodson, 86 of Trimble, Tennessee died on Monday, April 30, 2012, at his Residence in Trimble, Tennessee.

Born Wednesday, November 4, 1925 in Trimble, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Finis Lee Dodson and the late Mollie L. Dodson.

He was a Farmer and Member of Trimble United Methodist Church.

Graveside services will be 11:00 AM. Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Rutherford Cemetery. Officiating this service will be Rev. Bill Parks. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newbern, Tennessee.

Mr. Dodson is survived by one daughter Jan Eddlemon and her husband Robert of Trimble, Tennessee; three step-daughters, Amanda Herren and Stephney Myers both of Dyersburg, Tennessee and Becky Miller of Trimble, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Renee Cupples of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee and Tony Eddlemon of Trimble, Tennessee; four great-grandchildren, Brandon Watson, Summer Cupples, Brittney Eddlemon and Haley Eddlemon and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Combs Dodson; five brothers, Drue Dodson, Ewell Dodson, Neal Dodson, Harold Dodson and Glenn Dodson and two sisters, Rue Glasgow and Blondell Pruitt.

Pallbearers will be Carlton Yarbrough, George Wade, Dennis Cupples, Brandson Watson, Tony Eddlemon and Barry Cranford. Honorary Pallbearer will be Rayburn Simmons.

Online condolences may be made to the family at johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of James Dodson.


Wes Garrison, 68, passed away in his Utica, KY home with his two children by his side April 24, 2012. Garrison was born September 12, 1943 in Newbern, TN to John Wesley Garrison and Mary Clyde DeShazo Garrison.

He is survived by a daughter, Tammy Garrison, her husband Dr. Terry Likes, and their daughter Katie of Bowling Green, KY and a son, Jimmie Garrison and his two daughters Megan and Maddie of Owensboro, KY; One brother, John Garrison and three sisters, Sandy Garrison and Pat Munaco, all of Cuba, MO; and Gail McWilliams of Fayetteville, AR; 14 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and great nephews.

Garrison is preceded in death by the mother of his children, Nancy Garrison, of Owensboro, KY (formerly Finley, TN); two brothers, Bobby Joe and Larry Glenn Garrison of St. Louis, MO (formerly Mason Hall, TN); and one sister, Rose Simpson of Finley, TN.

Wes Garrison was a dynamic and charismatic person, respected and loved by many and liked by everyone who met him and his infectious smile. He never met a stranger, loved a good joke and possessed a quick wit. He was a supportive father, loving grandfather, good brother and great friend. A natural leader and businessman, Garrison knew how to motivate people and how to bring out their best qualities. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to someone and mentored many people throughout his life. He loved life in the outdoors boating, fishing, gardening, hunting, and golfing. Garrison loved women and the water, was on the water every chance he could get and was very well known around the dam boils on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. Garrison was known in Utica for having an open garage door policy. If the garage door was open, you could stop in for a visit and wisdom. His towering absence leaves a gaping hole in the lives of his family and friends.

Garrison's career began in manufacturing with Chase Bag of St. Louis, MO. He joined Advanced Drainage Systems in 1969 and moved into management until his 2007 retirement. While with A.D.S., Garrison won more company awards than any other employee. He managed 9 plants as Regional Manager and was manager of plants during his working career in Brownsville, TN, Harvard, IL, Versailles, KY and Livermore, KY. On April 4, 2012, in recognition of Garrison's spirit and life-long contributions to A.D.S, two manufacturing scholarships will be given under the Honorary Wes Garrison A.D.S Livermore Manufacturing Scholarship Program to two McLean County Kentucky High School seniors each year for the next 5 years. The second award bestowed on Garrison is The Wes Garrison Customer Service Excellence Award that commemorates his 38 years of dedication. This is an annual award given to one of the 53 domestic plants within the A.D.S. network. Garrison was also a member of the coveted A.D.S. Ring Club.

Garrison was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church beginning in 2002. Prior to that he was a member and Deacon of Buck Creek Baptist Church.

No formal service is planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Garrison's name to Hospice of Western Kentucky. Messages to the family may be left at www.davisfuneralhome.com. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at a later date.


Marion Lewis Mitchell, 67 of Dyersburg, Tennessee died on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Jackson-Madison County General in Jackson, Tennessee.

Born Thursday, May 18, 1944 in Union City, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Alvin Ernest Mitchell and the late Addie Mai Sanders Mitchell.

He was an insurance agent for Modern Woodmen Life Insurance Company, Member of Christ Ministries Church and Board Member of the National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will be Bro. John Stacy and Bro. Carl Mills. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Obion, Tennessee. Visitation will be Monday, April 30, 2012 at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Mr. Mitchell is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Mitchell of Dyersburg, Tennessee; one son, Kevin Lewis Mitchell of Dyersburg, Tennessee; a daughter, Kimberly Rena Krebs and husband, Barry, of Mableton, Ga.; a step-daughter, Sarah Catherine Flowers of Dyersburg; a step-son Michael Hale of Dyersburg; and two grandchildren, Logan Bryce Dykes and Kaitlyn Ann Brough, both of Dyersburg.

Pallbearers will be Don Regan, Carl Minton, Joe Wood, Jerry Wilson, Junior Birmingham and John Gray. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Beasley and Dan Fowlkes.

The family request that memorials be made to the American Lung Association, One Vintage Way Suite B 130, Nashville, Tennessee 37228 or Christ Ministries, 640 B Highway 51Bypass East, Dyersburg, Tennessee 38024.

Online condolences may be made to the family at johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com.


Dorothy Cravens, 86, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, April 29, 2012 in Illinois.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at and will be announced by Curry Funeral Home.


J.H. Ward, 81, of Halls, died Saturday, April 28. 2012.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Enon Baptist Church in Halls. Halls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.