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Obituaries for July 10, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Brenda Lee Partee Davenport was born January 23, 1960 in Dyersburg, Tennessee. She is the second of four children born to Arnold and Dorothy Partee. Her siblings are Thomas Partee, James Partee, and Jettie Partee. Brenda grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ at an early age. She was baptized at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church where she sang in the young adult choir.

Brenda received her early education in the Dyersburg Public School System where she enjoyed cheerleading and graduated with honors in 1978. After graduating, she was employed at First Citizens National Bank in Dyersburg.

While living in Dyersburg during 1980, Brenda met Bob Davenport who lived in St. Louis, Missouri. They were united in marriage on August 7, 1982, and she soon relocated to St. Louis, where they started a family - welcoming Briana Nicole in 1987 and Brandon Alan in 1988. Brenda was devoted to her family and loved sports - often talking about baseball, basketball, and football with family and friends.

For several years after moving to St. Louis, Brenda continued her career in the banking industry working at Commerce Bank. She also pursued her life goal of attaining a higher education. She received undergraduate degrees from Florissant Valley Community College and Lindenwood University. She achieved her ultimate goal by earning a Master's Degree from Fontbonne University. In the beginning of her career with Florissant Valley Community College, she was employed as a clerk and was promoted to the position of Manager of Admissions and Registration. Brenda remained in this position at Florissant Valley Community College until she became ill.

After a long illness, Brenda was called Home on July 3, 2012. She was preceded in death by her step-son, Kevin Davenport. She leaves to celebrate her life: her husband, Bob Davenport; daughter, Briana; son Brandon; parents, Arnold and Dorothy Partee; grandmother, Sara Partee Grandville; brothers, Thomas (Shirley) Partee and James Partee; sister, Jettie Partee; special aunt, Callie Fowlkes; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

The memorial service is to be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Archway Memorial Chapel, Hazelwood, Missouri. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m.


Billy H. Mooney, 78 of Trimble, Tennessee died on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Obion County Nursing Home in Union City, Tennessee.

Born Thursday, December 7, 1933 in Lake County, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Jesse Mooney and the late Elsie Page Mooney.

Mr. Mooney was the retired manager of Farmers Fertilizer and Seed Company in Trimble, Tennessee, U.S. Army Veteran, Former Mason, Member of Trimble First Baptist Church and avid Nascar fan. Mr. Mooney served the Town of Trimble as Mayor from 1971-1981 and 1984-1988, and police officer and was the former owner of the Trimble Market.

Funeral services for Mr. Mooney will be Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of the Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will be Rev. Jack Long. Internment will follow in Cool Springs Cemetery near Trimble, Tennessee. Visitation will be Monday, July 9, 2012 from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Mr. Mooney is survived by his son, Terry Mooney and fiancée, Pamela Davis of Trimble, Tennessee; two daughters, Sheila Gidcumb & Husband Larry of Union City, Tennessee and Susan Dunivant and Husband Harold of Newbern, Tennessee; 4 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mattye Thomason Mooney; one great-grandson and one great-great-grandson.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Stafford, Jerry Ring, Robert Gates, Richard Park, Albert Markham and Carlton Yarbrough. Honorary Pallbearers will be Donald Coleman and Floyd Sullivan.


Ruth Simmons, 92 of West Chicago, Illinois died on Thursday, July 5, 2012, at her Residence in West Chicago, Illinois.

Born Tuesday, June 1, 1920 in Newbern, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Earnest Beasley and the late Myrtle Jacobs Beasley.

She was a home-maker and member of the Church Of Christ in Chicago, Illinois.

Funeral services for Mrs. Simmons will be 12 Noon, Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will be Bro. Larry Cox. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern, Tennessee. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 AM until service time.

Mrs. Simmons is survived by one son, Dannie Simmons of Wilmington, Illinois; one daughter, Joyce Olson of West Chicago, Illinois; two brothers, James Beasley of Chicago, Illinois and Gene Beasley of Newbern, Tennessee; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Simmons and a son, James Evert Simmons.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

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


Jane Baird Viar, 79, of Dyersburg, TN died Saturday, July 7, 2012 at her residence in Dyersburg. She was a homemaker, a lifelong resident of Dyersburg and a member of First United Methodist Church.

A private service will be held at a later date. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Katherine Viar Hinson and husband, Ed of Madison, Alabama; two sons, Bert F. Viar III of Dyersburg and John Baird Viar of Harvest, Alabama; one sister, Alice L. Baird of Diamondhead, Ms.; one brother, Dr. Kiem L. Baird and wife, Phoebe, of St. Charles, Mo.; and one granddaughter, Leslie Baird Hinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Houston Keim Baird and Alice Lauderdale Baird.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Humane Society.

Online condolences are available on our website - www.curryfuneral.com


William David Rice, 74, of Dyersburg, died Monday, July 9, 2012 at his residence.

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