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Obituaries for May 23, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Robert F. "Bob" Little, 92 of Dyersburg, Tennessee died on Monday, May 21, 2012 at his residence.

Born Saturday, November 8, 1919 in Hoisington, Kansas, he was the son of the late Robert Clyde Little and the late Effie F. Little.

Robert F. "Bob" Little was a B-17 pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Attached to the 23rd Bomb Squadron, 5th Bomb Group where he flew 72 missions in the Pacific before coming to the Dyersburg Army Air Base in November 1943. He was an instructor for the B-17 crews at the base until it closed in 1945.

"Bob" served on the Board of The Dyersburg Army Air Base Memorial Association from 1997-2006 when he became a member of the Honorary Board. He was a dedicated docent, avid Museum supporter, and invaluable resource for visitors who cherished their talks with him about his experiences.

Mr. Little started his commercial pilot career with Chicago & Southern Airlines who merged with Delta Airlines on May 1, 1953. When Mr. Little retired from Delta Airlines, in 1979, he held the title of International Captain.

He was the Command Pilot for the final flight of the famed B-17, The Memphis Bell, from Altus, Oklahoma to Memphis, Tennessee on June 15, 1946.

From April, 1951 until 1953, Mr. Little's Tennessee National Guard Unit, the 155th Fighter Squadron was reactivated for service during the Korean War. In 1963 he retired from the military reserve with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

Mr. Little was a member of the Dyersburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church and an avid collector of watches and clocks. He was also a past board member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.

Memorial services will be 7:00 PM Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Officiating this service will be Rev. Larry Blakeburn.

Visitation will be from 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

He leaves his wife of 67 years, Jane Latta Little of Dyersburg, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by a sister, Roberta L. Stewart.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the Donor's Choice.

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


Sandra Fay Graves Turner, 55, of Dyersburg, died Friday, May 18, 2012 at Baptist Hospital-East in Memphis.

She was a physical therapist with Lauderdale County Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church with Bishop Bobby Nesbit officiating. Burial will be in Garden of Everlasting Life in Covington.

The family will receive visitors at 1-5 p.m. Friday at Currie's Funeral Home in Henning and at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Survivors include a daughter, LaKesha Turner of Dyersburg; two sons, Courtney Turner and Dantis Williams, both of Dyersburg; her stepmother, Earnestine Graves of Ripley; a sister, Chandra DeNene Graves of Dyersburg; a brother, James Thomas Graves of Nashville; and two grandchildren.


Jonas "Happy" Rogers, 86, of Halls, died Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley.

He was a retired construction worker for C&N Armour and a member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Halls.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Halls High School with Rev. Tommy Broadnax and Rev. A.E. McCadney officiating. Burial will be in Henning Grove Cemetery in Halls.

The family will receive from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Matthew Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mary L. Rogers; 12 sons, Douglas, Jerry, Phillip, Leslie, Tommy Charles, Bruce, Michael, Jarrett, Marlon, Ronald and Clayborn; eight daughters, Elma Sue, Marshel, Beulah, Eula, Andrea, Tracy, Levitta and Brandy; 58 grandchildren; 96 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Roslyn; his parents, Beulah and Jonas Rogers Sr.

H.H. Hudson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements: www.hhhudsonfh.com


Shelia Binkley, 64, of Lenox, died Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at her residence.

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


Jerry Blurton Sr., 73, died Monday, May 21 at his residence.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hunts-Shelton Funeral Home in Humboldt.


Billy Buchanan. 58, of Memphis, formerly of Dyersburg, died Monday, May 21, 2012 at his residence.

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


John "Pee Wee" Mann, 61, of Toledo, Ohio, formerly of Dyersburg, died Thursday, May 17, 2012 in Toledo.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cosmopolitan Funeral Services.


Mary E. Michael, of Trimble, Tennessee, died Tuesday at Dyersburg Manor.

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