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Obituaries for August 9, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Evelyn Justine Jordan, 66, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

She was a retired lab technician with the Women's Clinic and a member of First United Methodist Church in Dyersburg, where she was the former President of United Methodist Women, founder of Prayer Quilt Ministry, leader of Campbell Soup Label Project, former Kindergarten Teacher, was in charge of mailing weekly newsletters, member of Hand Bell Choir, former director of Vacation Bible School and was founding member and current Treasurer of Jubilate DEO Sunday School Class. She was a Red Cross Volunteer, a former Cub Scout Den Mother of Pack 87 and a former member of Year-A-Round Garden Club.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. David Russell and the Rev. Wade Cox officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday in the church sanctuary.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Jordan, Jr. of Dyersburg; a daughter, Brandy Andrea Jordan of Dyersburg; two sons, James William Jordan and Brandon Andrew Jordan and wife, Janet, all of Dyersburg; a brother, Charles K. Hendrix and wife, Louise, of Dyersburg; twelve grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer Hendrix and Thelma Woodard Hendrix.

Pallbearers will be Dick Breedlove, Jake Browning, Roy Campbell, Dan Felkner, George Goldsby and J.D. Stephens. Honorary pallbearers will be Lowell Beck, Lloyd Collier, Dawson Whitkopf and members of the Jubilate DEO Class.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Reelfoot Rural Ministries, Hand Bell Fund at First United Methodist Church or to Dyer County Community Cancer Fund.

Max Smith passed away August 2 at the age of 81.

A resident of Diamondhead, Mississippi, at the time of his death, Max had lived in the New Orleans and Slidell areas beginning in the 1990s. Born in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1931, he was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Madge Smith, and his older sisters Helen Phillips, Sarah Phillips, and Suzie Dunevant. Raised primarily in the small town of Newbern, Tennessee, during the Great Depression and WWII, he graduated from Columbia (Tennessee) military school in 1950, and served in the US Air Force during the Korean War, as he put it "guarding Colorado Springs successfully against Communist invasion". Afterwards, he attended the currently named University of Memphis, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He worked in heavy industry, later became an industrial salesman, and ran several small businesses. He retired from his last business, Bingo Mate of Louisiana, in 1999 to devote his time to family, travel, fishing and attending LSU football games. He was known as a friend to all, a lover of socializing and good food and for having an abundance of patient and humor.

He is survived by his sons, Mike Smith (Natalie Coker) of Slidell, Louisiana and Stacy Smith (Kelly Ward) of The Woodlands, Texas, five grandchildren, and by a host of nieces and nephews. Max's memorial service will be held August 11 at 3:00 p.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 360 Robert Boulevard, Slidell, Louisiana. Internment will be private. Donations in lieu of flowers are requested in Max's name to either UMCOR (United Methodist Committee of Emergency Relief), P.O. 9068, NY, NY. 10087, or the USO at www.USO.org.

Arrangements by Bagnell & Son Funeral Home of Covington, LA.

William McKinley "Bill" Wheeler, died Saturday, July 14, 2012 at his residence in Longview, Texas.

He was born Aug. 1, 1949 in Benton Harbor, Mich. to Otis M. Wheeler Jr. of Sodus, Mich. and Imogene Clark of Dyersburg.

He was employed with Cassidy Jones Carpet Company and a member of the Second Baptist Church in Benton Heights, Mich. He was employed with Bendix Corp until moving to Dyersburg in 1973 and was employed with Dyersburg Fabrics in Dyersburg until me he moved to Longview, Texas.

He was the oldest child of Otis M. Wheeler Jr. of Sodus, Mich. and Imogene Crumley Clark of Dyersburg. He was the grandson of Clarence and Pearl Crumley of Benton, Harbor, Mich. and Delia and Otis M. Wheeler I of Riverside, Mich.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Jo Wheeler; a son, William Wheeler II (Laura); four daughters, Michelle Jackson of Benton Harbor, Mich., Renee Barthlone of Phoenix, Ariz., Star Wheeler and Donna Dial, both of Longview, Texas; four sisters, Louann Baur (Jerry) of Michigan, Leeann Clark, Sandy Walker Thurmond and Tracy Walker Johnson, all of Dyersburg; four brothers, Barry Wheeler (Pam), David Wheeler and James Robert Clark (Faith), all of Dyersburg and Charles Clark (Amanda) of Trimble; 10 grandchildren Savannah Grace Wheeler, Marshall Wheeler, Cody Dial, Glen Flowers, Allen Flowers, Aaron Stansel, Jacob Stansel, Kailey Hill, Nicholas Jackson and Christopher Jackson; and two great-grandchildren, Austin Hill and Maddox Hill.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Pamela Kay Clark; and his stepfather, Charles Ellis Clark.

Louis Dimillio, 74, of Newbern, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

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

Helen Jeanette Grizzle, of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 in Gulfport, Miss.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Joe Smith, 69, of Ripley, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at Baptist Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley.

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