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Obituaries for February 15, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Martha Jean Anderson, 70, of Lenox, was called home to be with the Lord Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at her home in Lenox.

She was born and raised in RoEllen along with her identical twin, Joan, whom she dearly loved.

She was a member of Finley Baptist Church where she utilized her gift of working with children in the nursery. One of her greatest joys in life was attending church and reading her Bible daily.

She was a retired employee of Dyer County Health Department, where she worked for 26 years. Her favorite job was being a wife, mother and grandma "on call" helping to take care of her family. She also loved worshiping with all of her church family. Her favorite verse was Jude 1:2 "Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied".

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery with the Rev. Charlie Halliburton officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandy Anderson Stafford of Finley; a son, Keith Anderson and wife, Tammy, of Lenox; her twin sister, Joan Mills Lanier of RoEllen; a brother, Tom Mills and wife, Donna, of Brawley, CA; five grandchildren, Jaclyn Stafford, Kaylee Anderson, Katelyn Anderson, Kade Anderson and Mary Jean Stafford; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends whom she dearly loved. She also leaves behind a special friend in Christ who helped care for her the past few months, Lawanda Vaughn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Anderson; and her parents, Joe and Virginia Hendrix Mills.

Pallbearers will be Bob Bodron, Jim Bodron, David Haddock, Brad Studard, Eddie Wilbanks and Steve Sartin. Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Wallace, George Larry Wallace, Ann Starnes, Sissy Kirk, Causton Johnson, David Johnson, Kurt Walker and the men of Finley Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Finley Baptist Church or a favorite charity in her honor.


Richard Eugene Cole, age 84, of Dyersburg, Tennessee went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

He was a retired Electrician from the maintenance department at Dyersburg State Community College where he worked for 25 years. Before that he worked for 25 years for Dyer Electric Motor Service of Dyersburg.

He attended Springhill Baptist Church with his wife of 63 years Angel Johnston Cole.

Services will be at 3 P.M. Saturday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. James Branscum officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Angel Johnston Cole of Dyersburg; one daughter, Camille Welborn of Antioch Tennessee; one son, Tony E. Cole of Dyersburg; three grandchildren, Jessica Elizabeth Cole of Sandy Utah, Sarah Welborn and Michael Welborn, both of Antioch; a cousin, James Harold Powell of Ridgley, Tennessee and wife Anne Mae.

He was preceded in death by his parents, P.H. and Opal Cole.

Pallbearers will be Carl Hicks, Lloyd Koonce, Charley James, Mike Lunsford, John Moore and Dale Woods. Honorary Pallbearers are Phil Newsom and Grover McCraw.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Dyersburg-Dyer County Cancer Fund.


Glenda Joan Tirey Godwin, 73, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at her residence.

She was a conservator for Comcare and a member of Springhill Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Crews officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

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

Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Whitt of Dyersburg; a son, Al Wallace of Nashville; her mother, Lucille Gurley of Dyersburg; a brother, Andrew Gurley of Cincinnati, OH; her lifelong friend, Betty Ball of Dyersburg and her family, Gina Ball Poore of Woodstock, GA, Scott Ball of Nebo and Patti Ball Chou of Columbus, GA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Godwin; and her father, Homer Tirey.

Pallbearers will be Scott Ball, K.B. Chou, Dustin Ennis, Jim Hill and Phillip Francher.


Joseph (Joe Baby) Gueary III age 56 of Memphis, formerly of Dyersburg, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

He is a US Army and Air Force veteran.

Visitation will be held Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Cosmopolitan Funeral Services chapel 1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. Words of comfort will follow by Rev. W.L. McCadeny. Burial will follow in the M.C.C.O. cemetery, Newbern, TN.

Survivors include his wife Connie, Herron, Memphis; his mother, Cleopatra Gueary, Dyersburg; daughters, Toni (Glen) Baranski, Minnesota. Rachel (Colburn) Cheese, Nashville, Jade Gueary, Memphis, Melissa (Mack) McLauren, North Carolina, Crystal Gueary, Bradford; sons, Andrew (Anne) DeLeon, Paul DeLeon, Minnesota, Joseph Herron, Memphis, Joseph (Amber) Gueary, New Jersey, Leonard Thomas, Fort Smith, Ark. Sister, Deborah Gueary, Toledo, Ohio; brothers, Lonnie (Diane) Starks, Newbern, and Gary Wallace, Memphis.

You may give your online condolence at www.cosmopoliatnfuneralservices.net.


Elsie Sue Jennings, 80, of Dyersburg, TN died February 14, 2013 at the Jackson-Madison County Hospital in Jackson, TN

She was a homemaker and a member of the Miston Baptist Church in Miston, TN.

Mrs. Jennings was preceded in death by her parents, O.C. and Mary Elizabeth (Pierce) Clark, husband, Billy Joe Jennings, daughter, Sharon Jo (Shea) Wilson, grandchild, Covey Hollandsworth and four brothers.

She is survived by her sons, Joe Jennings (Paige) of Dyersburg, TN and Roger Clark(Virginia) of Miston, TN; daughter, Marty Kay Harris (Jeff) of Ridgely, TN; sister, Shawanne Cook (Billy Joe) of Ridgely, TN; grandchildren: Steven Clark (Brandy), Wendy Clark Gentry (Levi), Kansas Harris Eddelman, Denver Harris, Graham Jennings and Mary Grace Jennings, great grandchildren, Dylan Clark, Luke Clark, Quade Gentry, Jake Gentry, Presley Shea Eddelman, Lilly Hollandworth and Mady Hollandworth.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Miston Baptist Church in Miston, TN with Rev. Carmen Dennison officiating. Burial will be in the New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely, TN.

The family will receive visitors from 5 PM to 8 PM at the Miston Baptist Church on Friday, February 15th and again at the church from 9 AM until service time.


Edward Mims age 85 of Newbern, died Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Dyersburg Manor.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Cosmopolitan Funeral Services in charge. Visitation will be held at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church 208 St. George Ave. Dyersburg Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the church with Rev. AL Seward, officiating. Burial will be held in the Hopewell church cemetery in Millsfield.

Survivors include his wife Frances Mims, Newbern; daughters, Barbara (Gregory) McGee, Jennifer (Steve) Howell, Milwaukee, WI., Marcella Kindle, Columbus, Ohio, Karen (Roy) Hamilton, Nashville; sons, Edward (Marie) Mims Jr. Toledo, Ohio, James (Pam) Kindle, Willie (Terri) Gentry, Gregory (Pat) Rucker, Freemont, Ohio; sister, Mary Sue Lauderdale, Dyersburg; brothers, J.B. (Bertha) Mims, Dyersburg, Charles Mims, Jackson, Miss., Lesil (Helen) Mims, Perland, Texas, Lacy (Serle) Mims, Newbern, Parnell Mims, Dyersburg; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers: Larry Williams, Eddie Ward, Wilbert Ridley, Jason Mims, Douglas Cooper, David Haillburton. Honorary Pallbearers, David Thomas, Tim Thomas, Douglas BoBo, Vandy Mims, James Kindle, Michael Jenkins, Larry Roberson. Edward was preceded in death by two Sons, Barrett Mims, Elton McLain. One sister, Virginia Mims BoBo, Mother, Susie Douglas Mims, Father, Lesil Mims.

You may give online condolence at www.cosmopolitanfuneralservices.net


Johnny Simmons age 60 of Dyersburg died Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at his residence.

Cosmopolitan Funeral Services is in charge. Visitation will be held Sunday, February 17, 2013 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Cosmopolitan Funeral Services chapel and Visitation will be held Monday, February 18, 2013 11:00a.m. until time of Funeral services at 12:Noon at Wortham Chapel Baptist Church 147 W. Church St. in Alamo, TN. Minister James Holloway officiating. Burial will be held in the Harris Grove cemetery in Alamo, TN.

Survivors include his wife Sonia Dobbins Simmons, Dyersburg; a daughter, Sondra Simmons, Memphis; sisters, Zodie Brown, Lucy McKinney, Racine, WI. Brothers, Willie Batchelor, Raymond Simmons, Racine, WI., David Nelson, Louis Simmons, Toledo, OH.

Pallbearers will be Nephews.

You may give online condolences at www.cosmopolitanfuneralservices.net.


Bertha Shipman, 93, of Tiptonville, TN died Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at The Bridge of Ridgely.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2013 at Lake Memorial Gardens in Tiptonville, TN. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.