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Obituaries for October 23, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Stephen R. Gunter, age 50, of Halls, died on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Med in Memphis, Tennessee.

Funeral services and visitation have been postponed. Arrangements will be posted as soon as possible.

He was born on December 4, 1961 at Milan Hospital to Alvin R. and Gloria D. Gunter. He grew up in a parsonage home across West Tennessee and Western Kentucky. He joined the Oak Level Church where he professed his faith in Jesus Christ in August 1972. He graduated from Covington High School, in Covington, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Army during Desert Storm as a radio operator. He married Heather Shupe and from this union came two children, Austin and Elizabeth Gunter. Later he came to the Dyersburg area and worked for the Dyersburg Housing Authority where he worked until his untimely death on October 20. He was a member of Finley United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his parents, Alvin R. and Gloria D. Gunter; his children, Austin and Elizabeth Gunter and their mother, Heather; one sister, Debra K. Curran and husband, Billy; one nephew, Justin Brock; four aunts; four uncles; and seventeen cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Stephen Andrew and Lalie Elizabeth Holaday and Aaron and Muriel Gunter; one aunt, Juanita Gunter; and two cousins, Timothy Brinkley and Seth Foster.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Wayne Gunter, Michael Foster, Keith Foster, Jeff Wren, Douglas Wren, Johnny Dale Wren and Lynn Brinkley.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Finley United Methodist Church or to Halls High School Band.


Martha McCanless, 81, of Dyersburg, died Monday, October 22, 2012 at Bailey Park Community Living Center in Humboldt. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services for Mrs. McCanless will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in the chapel of Curry Funeral Home conducted by Adam Thompson and Cari Buchanan. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Wayne Thompson and wife, Shirley, of Humboldt and Danny Lynn Thompson and wife, Anita, of Newbern; one sister, Carolyn McDonald of Finley; three brothers, Hershell Simpson of Finley, Bill Simpson of Covington, and Benny Simpson of South Carolina; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy McCanless; her parents, Hershell and Rebbie Hill Simpson; one son, Eddie Thompson; two sisters, Glenda Patterson and Mary Hudson; and two brothers, Charles Simpson and Ray Simpson.

Pallbearers will be Billy Daniels, Ricky Daniels, Randy Carlisle, Art McDonald, Stenson Hughes, and Gregg Thompson.

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


Johnnie Frank Tyus, 83, of Ripley, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Brownsville. Thompson's Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.