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Obituaries for January 20, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Christine Norman, 77, of Halls, died Friday, January 18, 2013 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a retired housekeeper for American Health Centers in Parsons, TN, member of New Life Fellowship in Ripley, TN, an avid gardener and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Nick Wright and Bro. Steve Woods officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include her four daughters, Brenda White of Panama City Beach, FL, Vanessa Burns and Joyce Blurton, both of Halls and Cindy Mays-Donaldson of Dyersburg; three sisters, Bobbie Harris of Newbern, Lorene Bryson and Flossie Fields, both of Dyersburg; two brothers, Charlie Fortner of Kingstree, S.C. and Daniel Fortner of Parsons; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Dennis Norman; her parents, Charlie and Mary Hall Fortner; a granddaughter, Tabitha McGee; a sister, Hattie Smith; and three half-brothers, James Fortner, Leon Fortner and Edward Fortner.

Pallbearers will be Neil Warner, Larry Warner, Charles "Bubba" Harris, David Harris, Marty Harris, Daniel Joe Fortner, Bradley Fortner and Ronnie Bryson. Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Pearcey, Dallas Burns, Robby McGee and Zach Blurton.


James Dennis West, 62, of Dyersburg, died Friday, January 18, 2013 at his residence.

He was a tool-and-dye engineer at Heco.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Barry Greenlee officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

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

Survivors include his four daughters, Stacey Smith and husband, Reggie, of Olive Branch, MS, Shelley Ledbetter and husband, C.J., Suzanne West and Destiny West, all of Dyersburg; two sisters, Susan Osborne of Dyersburg and Phyllis Keenum of Cordova; a brother, Gene West of Dyersburg; six grandchildren, Jerrod Smith, Tristen Smith, Katelin Herren, Gillian Herren, Madalyn Ledbetter and Connor Ciaramitaro; and his companion, Becca Taylor of Dyersburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra West; and his parents, James and Ocie Bush West.

Pallbearers will be C.J. Ledbetter, Michael Arguello, Reggie Smith, Devon Keenum, Johnny Fulcher, David Osborne and Ricky Collins.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society.


Harold Spicer, age 74 of Dyersburg, passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Sorrell's Chapel Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Michael Tippit, age 44 of Ridgely, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at The Highlands of Dyersburg.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Calvary Independent Baptist Church. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.