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Obituaries for July 13, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Mrs. Betty Francis Little Davis of Memphis, formerly of Dyersburg, age 87 and widow of C.E. Davis, Jr. died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Kirby Pines Estates in Memphis. She was the Chief Operating Officer of Marine Transportation Company. She was a member of Dyersburg First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Sellers Sunday School class and a member of the Eastern Star.

Funeral services for Mrs. Davis will be at 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2012 in the Chapel of Curry Funeral Home conducted by Reverend Jim Wolfgang. Interment will follow in Bellevernon Cemetery in Friendship. Visitation will be from 3:00 -- 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Collin Davis Fountain, Laughlin Britt Fountain, III, James Terrell Davis, Jr., Frank Chestley Davis, Jerry Roberts and Scott Smith.

Honorary pallbearer will be Jim McClure.

She is survived by her daughter Darlene Davis Fountain of Memphis, her sons James Terrell Davis, Sr. of Memphis and Frank Chestley Davis and wife Pam of Franklin, TN, 5 grandchildren Collin Davis Fountain, Laughlin Britt Fountain, III, James Terrell Davis, Jr., Frank Chestley Davis and Valerie Davis Smith, and 4 great-grandchildren Emma Faye Smith, Abby Jane Smith, Ella Rose Smith and Laughlin Britt Fountain, IV. She is also survived by her dear friends Betty Yarbro Rickert who was her Maid of Honor and also Jim McClure who served as the Best Man in their 1948 wedding.

The family requests memorials be directed to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 452, Dyersburg, TN 38025-0452 or Alzheimer's Association, 326 Ellsworth St., Memphis, TN 38111-4417.

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


Gene Carrell Hassell, 70 of Yorkville, Tennessee died on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Dyer Nursing Home in Dyer, Tennessee.

Born Thursday, August 7, 1941 in Gibson County, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Earl Hassell and the late Virginia Carrell Hassell.

Mr. Hassell was a lifelong resident of Yorkville, Tennessee where he owned and operated Hassell Transformer Company with his brother, Bobby. He was a US Army veteran and Member of the Yorkville Church of Christ.

Funeral services for Mr. Hassell will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 14, 2012 in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will Bro. Victor Hassell. Interment will follow in Yorkville Cemetery. Visitation for Mr. Hassell will be Friday, July 13, 2012 at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Mr. Hassell is survived by two sons, Shane Hassell & Wife Gina of Yorkville, Tennessee and Shannon Hassell of Franklin, Tennessee; two brothers, Kenneth Hassell of Yorkville, Tennessee and Jimmy Hassell of Churchton, Tennessee; one sister, Gaye Hassell Allmon of Memphis, Tennessee; a grandson, Alex Hassell of Newbern, Tennessee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Shari Carrell Hassell; four brothers, Jamie Hassell, Buddy Hassell, Bobby Hassell and Vicky Hassell and one sister, Bamie Jo Hassell.

Pallbearers will be Terry Stafford, Franklin Pope, Benny Scarbrough, Tim Hassell, Lynn Hassell and Joey Hassell. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Allmon, Mickey Hassell, Casey Hassell, Stacy Hassell, Kevin Hassell, Chris Nelson and Justin Hassell.

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


Harper Kayte McIntosh, daughter of Brandon and Amy Pope McIntosh, died on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Jackson-Madison County General in Jackson, Tennessee.

Private funeral services will be held on Friday, July 13, 2012 at the Trimble United Methodist Church. Officiating this service will be Rev. Buck Carroll. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

In addition to her parents Harper Kayte is survived by her Grandparents, Robert and Debbie Pope of Trimble, Tennessee, Diane McIntosh of Dyersburg, Tennessee and Tracy McIntosh of Elm Grove, Louisiana; great-grandparents, Patsy Clanton of Obion, Tennessee, Bobby Pope of Trimble, Tennessee, Jerry and Pat Sollis of Dyersburg, Tennessee and Odie and Carolyn Frizzell of Dyersburg, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her Great-Grandmother, Melba Pope.

Pallbearers will be Chris Stewart, Tristan Sipes, Jared Davis, T. J. Todd and Mike Sollis.

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


Billy Sykes, 81, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, July 12, 2012 at Jackson Regional Hospital.

He was retired from the maintenance department with Dana Corporation, member of Southside Baptist Church, member of the American Legion and an Army Veteran of the Korean War.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Wright officiating. Burial will be in Rehoboth Cemetery in RoEllen.

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

Survivors include his two daughters, Judy Roberson and husband, Morris, and Linda Whitaker and husband, Larry, all of Newbern; a son, Mark Sykes and wife, Michelle, of Dyersburg; a step-daughter, Jesselyn Pierce and husband, David, of Dickson; two step-sons, Buddy Prince of Dickson and Mike Prince of Dyersburg; a sister, Mary Stanley and husband, Charles, of Newbern; a brother, Roger Sykes and wife, Sandy, of Bogota; a special friend, Lou Baker of Arlington; and five grandchildren, Joshua Roberson, Matthew Whitaker, Luke Whitaker, Bobby Sykes and Deborah Sykes.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Prince Sykes; his parents, George and Ethel Whitaker Sykes; and a brother, Joe Sykes.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Rigsby, Mike Aday, Chuck Campbell, Teddy Ogden, Chris Reeves and Lynn Ogden. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Barham and employees of the Dyersburg Fire Department.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society.


Ray Allen Waller, 74, of Milan died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at his residence.

He was born June 5, 1938 in Dyer County.

Ray was a member of the Baptist Church, made his living a farmer, a member of the National Guard, had served as an Alderman, Volunteer Fireman for the city of Newbern, TN and had served as President of the Newbern Jaycees.

Ray leaves his wife Mae Waller of Milan; sons, Milton (Pam) Waller of Halls, Raymond (Penny) Waller, Johnny (Dawn) Waller of Alaska; sister, Brenda Huey of Jackson; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded by his parents, Charles Edward and Nola Waller; and brother, Landon Waller.

Services are 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2012 at the Beech Grove Baptist Church in Dyersburg, TN.

Online registry at www.MedinaFuneralHome.com


Johnnie P. Whitelaw, 87, of Memphis, TN, formerly of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

Cosmopolitan Funeral Services is in charge.

Visitation will held Saturday, July 14, 2012, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 539 East Court St., Dyersburg.

Funeral services will began at 1 p.m. at the church with Rev. Edward McKelvy officiating. Burial will be held at National Veteran Cemetery in Memphis on Monday, July 16, 11:30 a.m.

Mrs. Johnnie Parker Whitelaw was the widow of the late Sgt. Joe Porter Whitelaw, and retired teacher in the Dyersburg City School System. Mrs. Whitelaw led a rewarding 33 career in education at Bruce and Jennie Bell Schools. She delighted in touching the lives of her students as they traveled their individual paths to education excellence. Running parallel to her career in education was her devotion to civic duties and community organizations. Mrs. Whitelaw was a Diamond Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Dyersburg Alumnae Chapter; Past Grand District Deputy, Order Eastern Star, Member of St. Mary OES Chapter 125 PHA Dyersburg, Charter member of NAACP; member of Community Resource Development; Tabernacle Baptist Church secretary for 35 years; and official Bruce Historian.

Johnnie was the elder of three siblings; the younger two, Bertha and Richard Parker Jr. preceded her in death.

She had two daughters, Sandra Butler (George), who preceded her in death and survivor, Joyce Douglas (Elijah), Memphis, TN. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Elijah Grant Douglas, Jr., Joy Douglas-Wells (Demar); Sonya Butler Porter (Reginald); George Butler Jr. and Janal Douglas; two great-grandsons, Demar and Devin Wells; nephew, Michael Parker (Tara); two cousins, Dorotha Dewalt and family, Frances Byars and family. Additionally, she leaves numerous lifelong friends and colleagues.

Pallbearers will be Elijah Grant Jr., George Butler Jr., Michael Parker, Reginal Porter, Barry Byars, Demar Wells Sr. You may give online condolences at www.cosmopolitanfuneralservices.net