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Obituaries for January 15, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Doug Davis, 64, of Covington, TN died Saturday, January 12, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett.

Visitation for Mr. Doug Davis will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, January 14, 2013 at Curry Funeral Home. Services for Mr. Davis will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, in the Chapel of Curry funeral Home with services conducted by Bro. Clyde Thompson. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Davis of Covington; one son, Doug Davis and wife Mindy of Louisville, Ky. one step daughter, Kimberly Cross of Covington; Ky. and one step son, Allen Cox and wife Ashley of Covington; five sisters, MartI Miller and Elizabeth Edwards both of Colorado, Marie Vickers pf Friendship, Barbara Wireman of Indiana, and Kathy Patterson of Ripley; two brothers, Rusty Edwards of Washington and Eddie Edwards of North Carolina; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Mary Joslin Davis; and one brother, Cliff Edwards.

Pallbearers will be Allen Cox, Tommy Bearden, Anthony French, Frankie Griffin, John Weatherly, and Austin Anderson.

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


Betty Jean Latham Grant of Memphis, passed safely into the loving arms of her Savior on Sunday morning, January 13 at the Kirby Pines Estates Manor in Memphis, Tennessee after a long hard fought battle with dementia. Her life's journey has ended and a joyous eternal one has begun. Funeral services will be held at First Assembly, 8650 Walnut Grove in Cordova on Wednesday, January 16 with viewing and family visitation beginning at 11:30 am and a memorial service in the chapel at 1:30 pm.

Betty, a resident of Kirby Pines Estates, is survived by her husband of 58 years, Warren S. Grant of Memphis, two daughters, Jeanne Ruth Hamilton (Steve) of Collierville Tennessee, Candyce Jill McEwen (Perry) of Arlington, Tennessee and one son, Warren Scott Grant II (Kasey) of Chelsea, Alabama. There are nine beautiful grandchildren, Ryan Hamilton (Kara) of Birmingham Al, Matthew McEwen (Courtney) of Memphis, Tennessee, Brett Hamilton of Collierville, Andrew, Brandon, Jillian McEwen of Arlington, and Riley, Fletcher and Gavin Grant of Chelsea, Alabama. One great grandchild is on its way in Birmingham, Alabama. She was born to Leonard and Lela Latham in Dyersburg, Tennessee, March 24, 1932 and has one loving brother, Roger Latham of Counce, Tennessee. There are many nephews, nieces and in-laws, Don and Wanda Clark of Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Betty taught school for over forty years in Memphis, Tennessee; Sacramento and Stockton, California; Lewiston, Idaho; and Springfield, Missouri. Her last teaching assignment was her dream one, a reading specialist at Shannon Elementary in Memphis, Tennessee. Betty retired in 2002.

She graduated high school in Dyersburg, Tennessee in 1950, proudly attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, and completed her degrees with honors from Sacramento State University, BA, in Sacramento, California and Drury University, MA, in Springfield, Missouri. She was named "Who's Who Among American Teachers". The "Who's Who" award honors America's most respected teachers and acknowledges their excellence as distinguished educators.

Her musical versatility included Betty playing violin and traveling with Southwestern's orchestra during her first year at SAGU. During her second year she sang with the Harvester Choir directed by the gifted director, Leslie Stubbs. Following a morning chapel service featuring the nationally travelled Missionaries Quartet for Speed the Light, she met one of its members and later married him in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Betty moved to Sacramento, California, in 1957; later to Lewiston, Idaho; Stockton, California; and Springfield, Missouri; returning to Memphis in 1975 where she has continued to live until her passing. She stood by her pastor-husband serving in Lewiston and Stockton as the Director of Worship and Music. She introduced and directed their

Singing Christmas Tree presentations, a concept founded in 1958 by a Sacramento church staff that included her husband. She recruited, planned, rehearsed and led both the choir and orchestra enjoyed by thousands in large venues at Christmas time.

She was a unique worship vocalist, pianist and organist. Her special soprano voice singing old familiar songs brought joy, tears and inspiration to many people over the years. "The Lily of the Valley, "What a Friend". "He the Pearly Gates Will Open", "Holy Ground" and others. She was the first soloist on First Assembly's WHBQ-TV "Christ Is the Answer" television in 1956. BJ, as she was affectionally called, never forgot her home town, Dyersburg, Tennessee, and enjoyed being a southern girl.

The family will receive guests and friends on Wednesday, January 16 from 11:30 a.m. until funeral services begin at 1:30PM all at First Assembly Church, 8650 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN 38108. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Memphis Funeral Home. Pastor Thomas Lindberg and Pastor Wesley Payne will conduct the service. Bob and Diane Geabhart will provide the music with Betty's Maid of Honor, Betty Johnson, at the organ console. Internment at Memphis Memorial Park will immediately follow the memorial service at First Assembly.


Helen Crouson Walton, 89 of Trimble, Tennessee died on Sunday, January 13, 2013, at her residence in Trimble, Tennessee.

Born Friday, December 14, 1923 in Obion County, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Jimmy Lee Crouson and the late Josie Nevil Crouson.

Mrs. Walton was a retired third grade teacher from Trimble School where she taught for many years, received the honor of Teacher of the Year from the Dyer County School System in 1975-1976, she was a member of Trimble First Baptist Church since 1938 and member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Teacher's Sorority.

Funeral services fro Mrs. Walton will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the the Trimble First Baptist Church. Officiating the service will be Dr. William P. Oakley, Mr. Robert Ell Hurt and Rev. David Bartholomew. Interment will follow in Pierce Cemetery in Trimble, Tennessee. Visitation for Mrs. Walton will be Monday, January 14, 2013 from 4:30 PM-7:30 PM at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newbern, Tennessee.

She is survived by her husband of sixty seven years, Reed Walton, Sr. of Trimble, Tennessee; one son, Reed Walton, Jr. & Wife Denice of Humboldt, Tennessee; one daughter, Charlotte Hampton of Union City, Tennessee; two sisters, Dorothy West of Trimble, Tennessee and Bettye Jo King of Kenton, Tennessee; four grandchildren, William Hampton of Memphis, Tennessee, Zac Walton, Samantha Walton and Sydnee Walton of Humboldt, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Tom Crouson and Harry Crouson; two sisters, Edith Hammonds and Opal Bell and a son-in-law, Bill Hampton.

Pallbearers will be Gary Houston, Donnie Walton, Michael Walton, Brad Walton, Gerald Emerson, Eddie West, Tim Partin and Tim Williams. Honorary pallbearer will be Charles Crouson.

The family ask that memorials be directed to the Trimble First Baptist Church, Obion County Walk of Hope, American Heart Association or the charity of donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made to the family at johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Helen Crouson Walton.


Laverne House, 87 of Ridgely, TN died Sunday, January 13, 2013 at The Bridge of Ridgely.

Funeral arrangements for Doug Davis are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by Curry Funeral Home.