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Obituaries for August 12, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Frances Marion Flatt Bennett, 87, of Dyersburg, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 at The Bridge in Ridgely.

She was a retired nurse and a member of Phillips St. Church of Christ.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fairview Cemetery with Edgar Shults officiating. The family will receive visitors from 1-2 p.m. Sunday at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband, Carmack Bennett; and several cousins, especially two who have been very close: Dennis Stafford and Nancy Blasingame.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Perry and Sally Flatt; and a brother, Max Edward Flatt.

Pallbearers will be Doug Medlin, Kyle Caton, Larry Spiess, Brodie Cupples, Jeff Golson and David Mullins.


Perry T. Butler, 71, of Tiptonville, died Friday, August 10, 2012 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.

He was a retired farmer, a faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Tiptonville, a 1959 graduate of Columbia Military Academy in Columbia, TN, graduate of Lambuth University, member of Tiptonville Fire Department, member of Lions Club and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Tiptonville with the Rev. Marita Burkeen officiating. Burial will be in Lake Memorial Gardens. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Survivors include his daughter, Julia Butler Cureton and husband, Joel, of Norfolk, VA; two sons, Alan Butler and wife, Lisa, of Tiptonville and Kevin Butler and wife, Erica, of Marion, AR; a sister, Joy Butler Merritt of Olympia, WA; and a brother, Tim Butler of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI.

He was preceded in death by his son, John Baker Butler; his longtime companion, Paula Cox Butler; and his parents, Perry and Tennessee Tipton Butler.

Pallbearers will be Albert Markham, Jerry Jones, Greg Allen, Waymon Tipton, Joel Cureton, David Perkins and Brent Work. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Lindamood and Kirby Jones.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Tiptonville First United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society or Reelfoot Rural Ministry.


Jana Laurie Record Harris, 55, of Dyersburg, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 at her residence.

She was a finance manager.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Tom Pilcher and Bro. Bill Phipps officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 5:30-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Survivors include a son, David Lowery and wife, Holly, of Dyersburg; a stepdaughter, Sandy Winchester of Dyersburg; her parents, Buddy and Margaret Record of Henderson; a sister, Jennifer Lowery and husband, Danny, of Dyersburg; a brother, Jeffery Record and wife, Ellen, of Henderson; two stepsisters, Allison Hill of Savannah, Ga., and Constance Campbell of Henderson; five grandchildren, Hunter Lowery, Madelyn Lowery, Lucas Lowery, Hannah Ramsey and Tucker Cozort; and a step-great-grandchild, Blake Winchester.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan Harris; and a daughter, Ricki Suzanne Lowery.

Pallbearers will be Hunter Lowery, Blake Winchester, Eloiett Johnson II, Preston Ozment, Ben Lowery and Josh Lowery.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to LeBonheur Children's Medical Center.


Joe E. Smith, 69, of Ripley, died Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at Lauderdale Community Hospital in Ripley.

He was a retired bricklayer, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Vietnam Veterans Association.

Mr. Smith is being cremated and no services are planned at this time. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his son, Joseph Smith of Ripley; a sister, Joan Dormanen of Howell, MI; and two brothers, Terry Gene Smith of Ripley and William Anthony Smith of Westland, MI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Price and Martha Poole Smith.

Online condolences may be sent to our website at www.dyersburgfuneralhome.net


Roy Maxwell Thompson, Age 76, went to be with the Lord and his daughter, Dawn Marie Thompson, on Wednesday, August 8, with his loving wife of 27 years, Merle Becker Thompson, and sister, Martha Ray Letts, by his side.

Roy was the loving father and family man to Derry Max Thompson and wife, Cathy, Dean Michael Thompson and wife, Deidre, Stephanie McCarten and husband, Dr. Paul McCarten and Cary Becker and wife, Susan, 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Roy is also survived by Irma Sue Hipp Thompson and Roger, Jimmy and Bobby Hendren.

Roy was a 1953 graduate of Trimble High School, attending the University of Tennessee at Martin for 1 year before joining the Army for 3 years. Roy graduated from the University Of Tennessee College Of Engineering in 1958 and was a member of the Alpha Pi Mu honorary Industrial Engineering Society. He loved watching U.T. sports, remaining an avid fan of his Alma mater. He worked for General Electric for 11 years. Roy was Plant Manager for Harnischfeger in Panama City, Florida and Beloit Manhattan in Columbus, Mississippi before retiring to Panama City where he enjoyed family and friends visiting him as often as they would come. Roy's boat called "Roy's Toy" was one of many ways he loved entertaining family and friends by taking them out in the Gulf. Roy was a devoted father and grandfather and a master host. He was a member of Woodlawn United Methodist Church.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in Dyersburg, Tennessee on Saturday, August 18th at 1pm at the Post House Apartment Club House (next to Dyersburg Funeral Home). Parking is available behind the Club House.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Trimble School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 5, Trimble, Tennessee 38259-4115.


Ms. Mattie M. Brown, age 92 of Dyersburg, TN died Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will announced later by Cosmopolitan Funeral Services - www.cosmopolitanfuneralservices.net