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Obituaries for July 3, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rev. E. C. Davis, 90 of Samburg, Tennessee died on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Union City, Tennessee.

Born Friday, September 2, 1921 in Ridgely, Tennessee, he was the son of the late James Wilson Davis and the late Onnie Bell Wyatt Davis.

Rev. Davis was saved in February 1943 at the Trimble Assembly of God Church where he preached his first sermon on December 6, 1953. He was licensed by the Assembly of God General Council on July 14, 1954 and was ordained on May 10, 1956. He retired from the ministry after 54 years of serving the Lord and preaching his last sermon at the Trimble Assembly of God Church on April 29, 2007. After his retirement from the Trimble Assembly of God Church, Rev. Davis, wrote religious booklets, which were distributed as far as Arizona and California. Rev. Davis wrote his last booklet on July 24, 2011. Rev. Davis was a U S Army Veteran serving during World War II.

Funeral services for Rev. Davis will be held 1:00 PM, Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at the Trimble Assembly of God Church. Officiating this service will be Rev. James Roberts, Rev. George Hutchison and Rev. Terry Bailey. Internment with military honors will follow in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely, Tennessee. Visitation will be Monday from 5-8 at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newbern and on Tuesday from 11:30 until service time at the Trimble Assembly of God Church.

Rev. Davis is survived by his wife of 72 years Imogene Parnell Davis of Samburg, Tennessee; one daughter Diana L. Davis Babel of Memphis, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Jana Piggott (David) of London, England and Chuck Jackson (Shelley) of Arlington, Tennessee; two great-grandchildren, Sierra Rose Jackson and Charlie Jackson both of Arlington, Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Lois Davis, James Hubert "Sonny" Davis and Aubrey "Snooks" Davis; and two sisters, Karnese Miller and Wilma Cantrell.

Pallbearers will be Danny Davis, James Aubrey Davis, George Land, Bud Travis, Charles Brewer and Shane Cockrum.

The family asked that memorials be directed to the Trimble Assembly of God Church, 19 Pierce Street, Trimble, Tennessee 38259.


Mary Ann Lacy Ellis, 49, of Dyersburg, died Friday, June 29, 2012 at her residence.

She was a homemaker and a volunteer for the Salvation Army.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael C. Swims officiating. Burial will be in Pierce Cemetery in Trimble.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Survivors include her son, Bobby Ellis of Dyersburg; her mother and step-father, Vollie and Ronald Hendrix of Dyersburg; three sisters, Denise Swims and husband, Michael, and Jewell Ables and husband, Larry, all of Dyersburg and Norma Scobey and fiancÚ, Kevin Nolen, of Dyer; six nieces and nephews; and ten great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Ellis; her father, Doil Gene Lacy, Jr.; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Puckett, Mr. and Mrs. Doil Gene Lacy, Sr., George Freeman and Clara Hendrix; and a niece, Christin Lynn Moore Robinson.

Pallbearers will be Robby McDonald, Michael C. Swims, Joshua Swims, Dustin Bailey, Christopher Pucci and John Pucci. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael R. Swims, Scott Gasparas and Tommy Moore.


Randolph Alexander Ashley, Jr., 84, of Memphis, formerly of Dyersburg died Monday, July 2, 2012 at his residence.

Funeral arrangements for Mr. Arnold are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by Curry Funeral Home.


Virginia Hays, 83, of Ridgely, TN died Monday, July 02, 2012 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Hays are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by Curry Funeral Home.


Arthur Jordan, age 91 of Dyersburg, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

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


James Edward "Jim" Simpson, of Dyersburg, died Monday, July 2, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.

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