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Obituaries for May 8, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mildred L. Parker Brandon, 89, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

She was a homemaker and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Dyer County Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Danny Tackett and the Rev. Jeremy Ballinger officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include her two daughters, Joann Langley and husband, Marshall, of Ripley and Wanda Criswell of Dyersburg; two sons, Jim Parker of Centennial, CO and Douglas Parker and wife, Becky, of Dyersburg; three step-daughters, Mae Brandon Tackett and husband, Danny, of Portage, IN, Elizabeth Brandon Johnson and Martha Brandon Sanford, both of Dyersburg; two step-sons, Ernest N. Brandon and wife, Edith, of Johnston City, IL and John D. Brandon, Jr. and wife, Frances, of Dyersburg; eight grandchildren, Jeff M. Parker and Stephanie Parker, both of Centennial, CO, Toni D. Parker Broglin and Dana Criswell Fulcher, both of Dyersburg, Carre Criswell Gordon of Newbern, Mark A. Langley, Sr. of St. Roberts, MO, Cindy Langley Olds and Sherry Langley McClellan, both of Ripley; and many great and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Cecil Norris Parker and John D. Brandon, Sr.; her parents, Elmer Fee and Bertha Martin Brown; a son-in-law, Buford Criswell; and three half-brothers.

Pallbearers will be Jeff M. Parker, Sammy Broglin, Johnny Fulcher, Jeff Gordon, Mark A. Langley, Sr., Mark A. Langley, Jr. and Jeremy Ward.


Wynona Riblett-Smith, 58, of Cordova, TN, passed away, Saturday, May 5, 2012. She was a devoted Pastor's wife to her husband of 35 years, Rev. Kelly E. Smith. Mrs. Smith was an active and faithful member of Providence Baptist Church. She was an Assistant Librarian for Rivercrest Elementary School. Mrs. Smith is also survived by her daughter, Rebekah Maurer (Michael) of Cordova TN, a son, Joshua Smith of Cordova, two sisters, Marinel Kopecky of Grand Island NE, and Tammy Kimbrell of Dyersburg TN, one brother, Richard Riblett, and her father, Irvin Riblett both of Central City NE. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2012 at Memorial Park Funeral Home located in Memphis, TN. The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Baptist Church Building Fund, 4351 N. Germantown Rd. Arlington TN 38002. www.memorialparkonline.com


Ricky Dean, 53, of Kenton, formerly of Tiptonville, died Monday, May 7, 2012 at his residence.

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