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Obituaries for October 2, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

James Yancey Carroll, born February 17, 1924, in Ozark, Alabama, died peacefully September 29, 2012, at the Sims Veterans' Nursing Home, Springfield, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth Reynolds Carroll and William Grady Carroll, and baby daughter, Susan Reynolds Carroll.

Funeral services have been rescheduled to 3:00 P. M. Tuesday, from the First United Methodist Church of Ozark with Reverend Dr. Christian Eckert, and Reverend Dr. Jason Thrower officiating. Interment will follow in Westview Memorial Cemetery, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing. The family will receive friends Tuesday at the church from 1:00 P.M. until service time.

He and the former Merle Tilley of Ozark, married 62 years, became the proud parents of Mary (Mrs. Robert Herdegen III) of Hampden-Sydney, VA, and Ellen (Mrs. Fred Moore III) of Dyersburg, TN. James and Merle were blessed with five beloved granddaughters, Sarah Barkley (soon to be Mrs. Chad Raaymakers) of Oldsmar, FL, Meg Barkley Sterbenz (Mrs. Chris) of Ft. Hood, TX, Elizabeth and Rebecca Moore, students in Nashville, TN, and Genevieve Herdegen, a student in Gettysburg, PA.

He and his wife enjoyed many years of foreign travel, golf, fishing, and Alabama football. Often their children joined them in these happy activities.

After his freshman year at the University of Alabama (Kappa Sigma Fraternity), he joined the Navy during early World War II. He went to officer training at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and Columbia University in New York City, where he graduated 47th in a class of over 1,100. He served three years as his ship's navigator in the South Pacific theatre of war.

Returning home, he graduated in business from the University of Alabama and one year later, upon his father's death, he became sole owner of Carroll Hardware. He later added Parker-Johnson Building Supply, Carroll Heating and Air Conditioning, Carroll Gift Shop, and Carroll Well Drilling to his business interests.

He became a major contractor, providing a trainload of sheetrock for the housing at Ft. Rucker and air conditioning all of the houses at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL. He was greatly aided by his cousin and business manager, Frances Kingsley of Ozark.

He has served as the charter president of the Ozark Rotary Club, president of the Dale County Chamber of Commerce, co-chairman of the Dale County United Way, Chairman of the Ozark-Dale County Public Library Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Ozark Water Board for several years, and was a long time director of South Trust Bank of Ozark.

He has served since young manhood as a steward in the First United Methodist Church of Ozark. He has been chairman of the administrative board, a Sunday school teacher, church and district lay leader, the second President of the Alabama-West Florida Methodist Foundation, and he was on the Board of Trustees of Birmingham Southern College for nine years.

In 2010 the Dale County chapter of the University of Alabama Alumni Association honored James with a perpetual scholarship named for him and his wife for deserving Dale County students.

The family is deeply grateful to James's cousins, Oliver Kingsley, Jr., and his wife, Sally, for their ever present help during James's long illness. The family is also indebted to Cathey and Ralph Hobbs and their staff at Parker Realty, Mexico Beach, FL, the staff and members of the Ozark United Methodist Church, and the caring staffs at The Bridge Nursing Home, Port St. Joe, FL, and the Sims Veterans Home, Springfield, FL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to the First United Methodist Church of Ozark Mission Fund, 167 East Broad Street, Ozark, AL 36360; or to the Ozark-Dale County Library, 416 James Street, Ozark, AL 36360; or the charity of your choice.

For complete information visit www.HolmanFuneralHome.com


Ricky Jerome Doss, Jr., 34 of Dyersburg, Tennessee died on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Born Friday, August 25, 1978, he was the son of Ricky Jerome Doss, Sr. of Dyersburg, Tennessee and Janet Kaye Haynes Stallings of Dyersburg, Tennessee.

He was an employee of Sweet Peppers.

Funeral services for Mr. Doss will be 1:00 PM, Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will be Rev. Calvin Smith. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Visitation will be Monday, October 1, 2012 at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM.

In addition to his parents Mr. Doss is survived by one daughter, Ashtyn Hope Doss of Dyersburg, Tennessee; two brothers, Scotty McGuire of Dyersburg, Tennessee and Neal Doss of Dyersburg, Tennessee and one sister, Brooke McGuire of Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Pallbearers will be Cody Marbry, Luke Moser, Kao Organ, Tim Long, Michael Hamm, Kenny Smith, Bubba Hudson and Justin Long. Honorary pallbearers will be William McCanless, Jeff McKee, Clint Pannell, Dustin Pride, Daniel Watson and John Paul Henry.

Online condolences may be made to the family at johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ricky Jerome Doss, Jr.


Anthony Bledsoe, 32 of Hickman, Ky., formerly of Tiptonville, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 in Hickman, Ky.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be by Cosmopolitan Funeral Services.


James T. Everton, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at Regional Hospital in Jackson.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by H.H. Hudson Funeral Home.


Lori Hicks, age 52 of Tigrett, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at Regional Hospital of Jackson.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cosmopolitan Funeral Services.