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Obituaries for January 3, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

CPO David Walker Hammersley, USN, Ret., age 75, of Dyersburg, Tennessee went to be with The Lord on January 1, 2013. Mr. Hammersley suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and died from complications thereof at the Tennessee Veterans Home in Humboldt, Tennessee. He was born on December 13, 1937, in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Mary Alexandria (McManus), of Providence, Rhode Island and Pearl Snead Hammersley, of Lynchburg, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Judith Ann McCauley of Providence, Rhode Island and is survived by his second wife, Dessie F. "Dee" Gaskins Hammersley of Dyersburg, Tennessee. He was a career military officer in the United States Navy, he served in Vietnam from 1963-1966, and retired in 1986.

Funeral services for Mr. Hammersley will be 11:00 AM Saturday, January 5, 2013 in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will be Rev. Billy Criswell. Interment will follow in Rehoboth Cemetery Visitation for Mr. Hammersley will be Friday, January 4, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters; Mrs. Susan Knight (John) Andrew of Union City, Tennessee, Mrs. Alexandra Joan (Don) Murray of Adrian, Michigan; Karen Gaskins of Dyersburg, Tennessee; his sons, Mr. Daniel Walker Hammersley of Weiner, Alaska, Mr. Jonathan Andrew (Tara) Hammersley of Huntingburg, Indiana, Charles V. Gaskins of Dyersburg, Tennessee and Gregory Gaskins of Newbern, Tennessee; his grandchildren, Elizabeth Hammersley of Union City, Tennessee, Amanda (Brad) Carr of Obion, Tennessee, Andrea Ryan and Bradon Anthony Wilcox of Charlotte, Michigan, Mrs. Brianna Nicole (Tyler) Pratt of East Lansing, Michigan, John, Josephine and Owyn Hammersley of Austin, Alaska, Austin Gaskins of Newbern, Tennessee, Wade Gaskins of Kentucky, Brian Gaskins of Dyersburg, Tennessee and Blake Ellis of Dyersburg, Tennessee; great-grandchildren, Madeline and Angelina Killion, Drake Anthony Ryan Wilcox, Kevin Maxwell Pratt of Memphis, Tennessee, David Jerome Hankins and Evelyn Hankins; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Pearl Hammersley; brothers: Pvt. Robert Randolph, US Army; Pvt. William Richard, US Army; Earl Edward, Pvt. Donald Stuart, and Richard Campbell Hammersley, all of New England; one sister: Barbara Joan Hammersley-DuVall, of Vermont; one son, Dennis Gaskins, Memphis TN; and one grandchild, Katelynn Marie Hammersley of Hintingburg, IN.

Mr. Hammersley was a long time member of the Fraternal Order of Masons, including the Scottish Rite & the Blue Lodge, the Shriners and Eastern Stars, the Lions Club and other organizations. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors, Veterans Programs, Lions Club or the Shriner's Foundation.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Online condolences can be made at johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. David Walker Hammersley.


Allen Lyndal Hollingsworth, 84, of Newbern, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at his residence.

He was a welder for TVA, member of Emmaus Baptist Church, member of District 57 Boilermakers Union, became a self-employed welder at Tanky Welding Service after retirement and an U.S. Navy Veteran.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Emmaus Baptist Church with the Rev. James Hooper officiating. Burial will be in Woodville Cemetery near Curve, TN. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at the church.

Survivors include his two daughters, Joan Lamb of Newbern and Laura Patterson of Dyer; two sisters, Rosie Powell of Vicksburg, MS and Jewell Jones of Johnson City, TN; four grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Yancey Hollingsworth; a son, William "Butch" Lamb; his parents, James Sr. and Ivy Mangrum Hollingsworth; and three brothers, Wink Hollingsworth, James Grady Hollingsworth and David Eugene Hollingsworth.

Pallbearers will be David Hollingsworth, Eddie Hicks, Larry Speedy Edwards, Parker Lamb, Jim Valois, Terry Brown, Jr., Michael Hollingsworth and Adam Oxley.

The family requests that memorials be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


James Jay Nash, age 81 of Norris passed away December 26, 2012 at Norris Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born January 30, 1931 in Bonicord, TN. He was faithful member of Clinton Church of Christ where he had served as elder. He was alumnae of Tennessee Tech, Freed-Hardeman and David Lipscomb Universities, retired with 30 years' service with TVA and Army veteran of Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. C. T and Betty Nash; brother, Max Nash; sisters and spouses, Frances and J.T. Reel, Sue and Robert Hartmann; brother-in-law, Joe Neal.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Bunny Hash Nash; Children: Jamye Nash of Kingston, Eric Nash (Kelly) of Knoxville, Melea Smith (Steve) of Karns and Rebecca Nash of Luxembourg; grandchildren: Nathan, John, Whitney Nash, Jordan, Melea Jean, Bryan, and Sarah Smith; sister, Marie Neal; sister-in-law, Fern Nash and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Garry Jones Mission to India, Jones Mission Fund, P. O. Box 1126, Clinton, TN 37717.

The family received friends on Friday, December 28, 2012 from 6-8pm at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home with funeral service to follow at 8:00pm with Minister Garry Jones and Minister Don Reel officiating. Graveside services will be Saturday, December 29th at 2:00pm at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Clinton. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of the arrangements. www.holleygamblefh.com.


Mary Elizabeth Owens, 87, of Paris, formerly of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at her residence.

She was married May 25, 1944 to Edward J. Owens, who died March 18, 2010. She was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. She was a former employee of Wilker Brothers Pajama Factory in McKenzie, worked 10 years at Holley Carburetor Plant, worked eight years at Henry County Extension Office as the nutrition spokesperson. She also helped her husband farm. She enjoyed painting, music and singing and is a former residence of Rose Stone Retirement Community.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Wall officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery in Henry.

The family will receive visitors from 4-8 p.m. Friday and at 12 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Survivors include two daughters, Gloria (Jerry) Muzzall of Henry and Rose Owens of Paris; three sons, James Edward (Sharon) Owens of Greer, S.C., Roger (Peggy) Owens and Robert Owens, both of Henry; three sisters, Louise King of Jackson, Sammie Davis of Newbern and Dessie Hammersley of Dyersburg; two brothers, Lee Holland of Dyersburg and Joe Holland of Newbern; seven grandchildren, Emily (Bo) Walker of Henry, Sara Putt of Paris, Leigh Anne Sheppard of Kingsport, Kelly (Chad) Galloway of Anderson, S.C., Amanda Owens of Greenville, S.C., Cacy (Jason) Wade of Henry and Amber Owens of Henry; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Owens; her parents, Lee Roy and Edna Mai Holland; a sister, Edith Roberts, two grandchildren, Paul Owens and Marty Owens; and a great-grandchild, Coach Morley Owens.


Ima Joyce Ramsey, 71, of Newbern, died Sunday, December 30, 2012 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Newbern.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in Sorrell's Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include her daughter, Renita Baker of Newbern; two sons, Timothy Ramsey and wife, Shevonne, of Newbern and Johnny Ramsey and wife, Shirley, of Baltimore, MD; three brothers, Carlton McCann and wife, Gail, and Tony McCann and wife, Cindy, all of Dyersburg and Ray McCann and wife, Beverly, of Newbern; seven grandchildren, Will Ramsey, Alesia Ramsey, Chrissie Hamblin, Greg Ramsey, Tim Ramsey, Ashley Barron and Brian Baker; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Ramsey; her parents, Earl and Ottist Moore McCann; and a brother, Fred McCann.

Pallbearers will be Russell Cozart, David Hamblin, Joe Moody, Dennis Moody, Joey Murray and Bobby Box.


Rheba Westmoreland, 89, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, December 29, 2012 at The Highlands of Dyersburg.

She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Grave-side memorial services for Rheba Westmoreland and her son, Freddie Michael Westmoreland will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fairview Cemetery with the Rev. Ronnie Turner officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Smallwood of Dyersburg; a son, Steve Westmoreland of Memphis; two grandchildren, Brian Callis of Dyersburg and Emily Westmoreland of Jackson; and a great-grandson, Brian Anthony Callis of Dyersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie A. Westmoreland; a son, Freddie Michael Westmoreland; her parents, Hubert and Vera Capps Duncan; and a brother, Thomas Duncan.

The family requests that memorials be directed to a charity of the donor's choice.

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


Carol S. Connell of Dyersburg died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 in Plano, Texas.

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


Pearl Elaine King, 88, of Hornbeak, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at The Bridge at Ridgely.

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


Helen Lucy Taylor, 89, of Memphis, Tennessee died Wednesday at Dyer Nursing Home.

Graveside services for Mrs. Taylor will be 1:00 PM, Friday at Yorkville Cemetery. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Joshua Matthew Ward, 24, of Dyersburg, formerly of Halls, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

Services will be held on Friday, Jan. 4 at Halls Funeral Home at 11 a.m.


Paul Prentiss Wynn Jr., 74, of Wynnburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City.

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