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Obituaries for October 18, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Charlene Etheridge Dudley, 69, of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at her residence.

She was a retired co-owner of Dyersburg Piano Company and Storage and a member of West Dyersburg Church of Christ.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Dr. Ricky Burse and Mr. Larry Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely.

The family received visitors from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include her daughter, Carla Dudley Taylor and husband, Marty, of Newbern; a step-son, Jimmy Dudley of Newbern; a sister, Dolly Johnson of Kenton; and three grandchildren, Kara Taylor, Ali Grace Taylor and Hunter Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Freeman Dudley; her parents, Charles and Mildred Flowers Etheridge; and a brother, Charles Etheridge.

Pallbearers will be Wallace Dudley, Roger Dudley, Jacob Dudley, Rick Crawford, Sonny Sykes and Tom Autry.


William L. Haywood age 72 of Ripley, TN. died October 9, 2012 at Lauderdale Community Hospital in Ripley, TN. Cosmopolitan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held Friday, October 19, 2012, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Cosmopolitan Funeral Services Chapel 1101 Hornbrook St., Dyersburg. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 20, 2012, 11:00 a.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1100 Carter Lane with Rev. Elbert Holliman officiating. Burial will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery in Dyersburg. Survivors include, Sisters, Alice (John) Johnson, Dyersburg, TN., Bessie Micou, Iowa, Mary Lynich, Ellenora Caldwell, Chicago, IL., Deryl Robinson, Betty Caldwell, Cleveland, OH. Brothers, Charles Haywood, Edward Treadwell, Chicago, IL. Pallbearers will be family and friends. You may give online condolences www.cosmopolitanfuneralservices.net


Juanita "Joyce" Parker (formerly Polsgrove) passed from this life, Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at age 77. In wellness, if you were with Joyce, she was making sure you were laughing. Because of her spirit and intentional living, Joyce had few disappointments in life. Whatever struggle came her way (and there were plenty of them) she always managed to find silver linings in those clouds and exemplified finding-the-good. In health, Joyce was a woman of integrity; she was truthful, ethical, and did what was right and kind.

Joyce began her family as she married John Polsgrove in 1953. The couple began their life's journey living where the Air Force sent them. Following three kids and four years in Japan the couple enter civilian life and made their home in Texas. When the couple split, Joyce headed for Dallas along with her daughter, all-the-while John moved to Fort Worth, with their sons.

Professionally, Joyce worked for McCrary Egg Company in Amarillo, Texas until the family left for Japan. Then, upon returning to the states, she worked for LTV in Greenville and switched to Collins Radio, (AKA E-Systems) where Rocky Sanders her boss, brought her from a secretary to the drafting team, launching her career.

Joyce began drafting as an Illustrator, then Draftsman, and lastly Designer in electronic schematic design, working primarily integrated circuits on around the clock drafting teams. Joyce mostly spent her years in design of integrated circuits for calculators and toys. She loved what she did.

Joyce was very active in her life. She walked six miles every day. She was always about people, so Mom would rally those folks living in her apartment complex to get out and walk with her 3 miles in the morning and 3 miles in the evening. She was a long time member and active volunteer for the Dallas Chapter of Parents without Partners, and the Dallas Motor Raceway. Joyce loved Road Rally Events and the fellowship of the members and it's activities. She served in most every office and was always willing to be a worker for dances, seminars, luncheons, and wherever she was needed. She served on Raceway teams bringing drag racing events as ticket sells, or crowd control, or wherever she could serve the event team.

In the years surrounding and following 2007 the heart-breaking nature of Alzheimer's Disease struck the hearts of her friends and loved ones; yet, those who trust in Christ live differently, because our hope is not in what is seen, but rather, our hope is in the joys of tomorrows with God and the Body of Christ, in Glory. So, even though, Alzheimer's disease snatched away so much of what we all knew Joyce to be, that sad alteration at the ending of her life, could never offset the generous spirit of what she was in health. So much so that we feel this final journey Mom, Joyce, Grandmommie took into the City of God caused us to smile. It was always in God's heart for Joyce and each one of us, to join Him, as He God longs to welcome every single one of us into Heaven, when He saw Jesus carrying Mom into Heaven's city gates, we imagine God standing to His feet applauding because after all, Mom lived out goodness against great and swift currents and obstacles in her life; we saw the love of Christ through our mother. Heaven was Mom's reward, her perfect gift from God. We were happy for goodness to shine and warm her. Now, Mom was in a place free from sorrow.

Joyce is survived by two sons: Jac and Bill Polsgrove, a daughter: Terre Wade, two grandsons, Ben Wade and Andy Polsgrove, one sister, Jean Bell, and two brothers Edgar and Pete Parker.

A Memorial and Inurnment Service to be held at Art United Methodist Church, 7300 State Highway 29 Mason, TX 76820 on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 6:00pm. Memorial Service in Union City, Tennessee to follow on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6:00pm at UC First Christian Church 603 South 2nd St. Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.


Brian Edward Smith, 71 of Dyersburg, Tennessee died on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at his residence in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Born Thursday, January 9, 1941 in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom, he was the son of the late Edward Charles Smith and the late Alice Pain Smith.

He was a retired employee of Goodyear, avid sportsmen, Member of the Dyersburg Moose Lodge and Member of The Farms Golf Course.

Mr. Smith will be returned to the land of his birth for burial.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Smith of Dyersburg, Tennessee; one son, Stephen Miller & Wife Linda of Cumberland, Rhode Island; three daughters, Michelle Smith Brockwell & Husband Jason of Abingdon, Maryland, Cheryl Griffin-Palmer & Husband William of Caruthersville, Missouri and Tammy Rushing & Husband Mark of Caruthersville, Missouri; one brother, Terry Smith & Wife Lee of Cranleigh Surrey, England, United Kingdom and four grandchildren, Ashley Brockwell of Abington, Maryland, Andrew Miller of Cumberland, Rhode Island, Caleigh Jo Ann Griffin of Caruthersville, Missouri and Bobby Rushing and his wife Christina of Caruthersville, Missouri.

The family ask that memorials be directed to the Caruthersville Humane Society, P.O. Box # 345, Caruthersville, Missouri 63830

Online condolences may be made to the family at johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Brian Edward Smith.


Harry Field Bevis, 63, of Dyersburg, Tennessee died on Monday, October 15, 2012 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

Graveside services for Mr. Bevis will be 2:00 PM, Friday at Church Grove Cemetery in Newbern, Tennessee. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 AM until 1:30 PM at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made to the family at johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com.


Alvon Cariker, 75, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 at his residence.

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