Obituaries for August 25, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Dave Richard Bullington, 97, of Newbern, Tennessee (Millsfield community), made his final jump at The Bridge of Ridgely, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. He had a soft, peaceful landing into the arms of his loving savior Jesus Christ while in his sleep, surrounded by his two children Paul Bullington and Nancy Bullington Turnbo. He attended the Church of Jesus Christ.

Born July 14, 1920 in Martin, Tennessee, he was the son of James William Bullington and Davie Wright Bullington. When he was very young, his family moved to Dyer County, Tennessee. Until he joined the military, he worked on the family farm located between Dyersburg and Newbern and was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). During his time with the CCC, he was one of three chosen to survey in Nevada.

Dave was a member of the U.S. Army for twenty-six years, serving in World War Two and the Korean War. During World War Two, he participated in all four combat jumps with the 82nd Airborne Division – 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) - “A” Company. These combat jumps included Sicily, Salerno, La Fiere (Normandy) and Groesbeek, Holland (Operation Market Garden). He was also at the Battle of the Bulge. Near the end of the War in Europe, Dave was briefly stationed north of Berlin, Germany. In the Korean War, he served with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (ARCT) and participated in the first combat jump in North Korea near Sunchon, North Korea. He also served with the 11th Airborne and the 101st Airborne (non-combat).

For many years Dave was on the Army Pistol Team, distinguishing himself as a Marksman, Sharpshooter and Expert with 22, 38 and 45 pistols. He won boxes of medals for his high scores in pistol matches across the U.S. Dave also served as an Army Intelligence Analyst for several years.

His awards include the Legion of Honor Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and two Purple Hearts (Sicily and Battle of the Bulge in Belgium). Although Dave was wounded four times, two of those times (a second time in Sicily and in Holland), he chose to keep fighting with his brothers in arms, rather than be removed from the battle.

Phil Nordyke, the official historian for the 82nd Airborne, interviewed Dave and he is mentioned several times in his books “All American, All the Way, A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne in World War Two” and “Four Stars of Valor.” Dave’s friend Robert “Bob” Murphy also mentions Dave in his book “No Better Place to Die.” In 1999, Dave, Bob Murphy, and Marcus Helm, Jr. dedicated a plaque at La Fiere Causeway/Bridge in France, not far from Ste Mere Eglise, the first town liberated on D-Day in honor of the brave men of “A” Company – 505th PIR who allowed no Germans to cross the bridge to reinforce those Germans fighting at the beaches. Upon completing operations in the Ste Mere Eglise area and Operation Market Garden in Holland, the 505th PIR received the Presidential Unit Citation. See www.505rct.org He returned to France several times and attended many reunions of the 82nd Airborne and the 505th PIR.

Visitation will be Friday, August 25, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dyersburg Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Dyersburg Funeral Home. Bro. William Turnbo and Bro. Jerry Stafford will be officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include his daughter Nancy Turnbo (William) of Newbern and son Paul Bullington of Newbern. Grandchildren include Matthew Nathaniel Turnbo (LaShawna), Susan Amanda Heffington, Laurie Kerr, Paula Hendrick and Brynda Williams (Hal). He is survived by ten great-grandchildren Olivia and Isaac Turnbo, Keith Nicholson, Lauren Kerr Lay (Jeremy), Kristen Kerr Van Cleve (Jonathan), Trae Hendrick (Melissa), Krista Hendrick and Brennan, Bella and Beau Williams and one great-great grandchild Bear Lay.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of almost fifty-nine years, Sue Reasons Bullington; four brothers, William, Luther and Jess Bullington and Charles Coplin; two sisters, Florence Bullington Wilson and Nina Bullington Hutchinson; a great-granddaughter, Angel Williams; and a daughter-in-law, Brenda Sue Bullington.

Pallbearers will be Tim Bivens, Timmy Turnbo, Bradley Turnbo, John Turnbo, Roger Ray and Jimmy Turnbo.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in honor of Mr. Bullington to Reelfoot Rural Ministries.

Condolences may be left at: www.dyersburgfuneralhome.net (Arrangements by Dyersburg Funeral Home, 420 Hwy 51 Bypass West, Dyersburg, TN 38024, 731-285-3021)


Rodolfo G. Tijerina, 58, of Finley, Tennessee died Thursday at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Visitation for Mr. Tijerina will be Friday, August 25, 2017 from 2:30 PM until 8:00 at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Rodolfo G. Tijerina.