Obituaries for August 8, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Alaina Katherine Gant, 16, of Ridgely, TN, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018 at West Tennessee Healthcare Dyersburg Hospital.

She was born on July 11, 2002 in Dyersburg, TN. Alaina was a student at Dyer County High School, where she was a member of the soccer team. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Ridgely and was also a member of the youth group at Cottonwood Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Ridgely with the Rev. Paul Adams and the Rev. Mickey Hanks officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the church.

Survivors include her mother and step-father, Amanda and Kent Patterson of Ridgely; her father, Mike Gant of Ridgely; a brother, Forrest Patterson of Ridgely; her grandparents, Tony and Wanda Leake and Doug and Brenda Gant, all of Ridgely; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and her cat, Bella.

Pallbearers will be Ty Wray, Hayden Hutcheson, Cameron Hutcheson, Joshua Holder, Braxton Holder, Paine Keiser, Tucker Rivers, Chris Dunn and Blake Holder.

Memorials may be directed to the Youth Fund at Cottonwood Baptist Church or to the Youth Fund at Ridgely First Baptist Church.

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


Elizabeth Medora Henry, born November 19th 1957 in Memphis, passed away August 5th 2018 in Dyersburg, Tennessee. She was known to most as Beth and to her closest family she was “B.” Beth absolutely treasured her 59 years of living on Montclair in High Point Terrace in Memphis, Tennessee. She had recently moved to Ridgley, Tennessee to be closer to her brother. She absolutely treasured all of her new caregivers and friends at The Bridge.

At the age of 21, Beth was left paralyzed after the vehicle she was traveling in was struck by a drunk driver on Poplar Avenue. She spent the remaining 40 years of her life confined to a wheelchair. Beth had such an amazing spirit and will to live a purpose filled life that her wheelchair never stopped her from much of anything and especially if it was happening in the 901. Her determination and patience led her to learn how to drive again, knit, cross-stitch, put her own make-up on, feed herself and so many other things that most do effortlessly. Her late mother, Elizabeth Crockett, and her father, Clarence (Bubba) Crockett were her primary caregivers and very instrumental in her vitality.

For over 15 years Beth worked on the Naval Base in Millington, TN. Beth had a passion to tell her story to inspire others to not drink and drive. Through the Baptist Health System, Beth volunteered her time to speak to teenagers at many local high schools across Memphis. Her philosophy was if she only saved one life by telling her story hundreds of times, that was enough. Beth volunteered at The Pink Palace Museum for over 20 years. Her heart led her and her mother to volunteer their time at the St. Jude Target House teaching parents and cancer patients to knit and the duo taught knitting in several church’s and businesses across the Memphis area. She loved spending time with her family, knitting, and attending as many concerts as she possibly could. She is preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Crockett and her brother, Randy Crockett.

Beth is survived by her father, Clarence (Bubba) Crockett of Bon Secour, AL, brother, Neil Henry and sister in law, Kori Henry of Dyersburg, TN, brother David Crockett and sister in law Nicole Crockett of Foley, AL, nieces: Ashley Kirby, Lizzie Henry, Harley Tate Burkhead, Rachael Crockett, nephews: Alex Crockett, Josh Crockett, and great niece Alexis Crockett.

The family will receive friends Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis at a later date.

Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers: First United Methodist Dyersburg Children’s Ministry, 100 McGaughey Street, Dyersburg, TN 38024 or to St Jude Target House.

We are privileged and honored to serve the Henry family. You may share your condolences and your memories with the family at www.curryfuneral.com.


The sun set on Rosemary Hughes, 71, of Dyersburg, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018 at her residence.

Sunrise was on August 1, 1947, in Dyersburg, TN, to the late Issac "Ike" Dunevant and the late Ruth Curtis Dunevant. Rosemary was an LPN for the Tennessee Department of Corrections and loved helping others through her career as a nurse. She was a member of Independent Free Holiness Church and loved working in her yard and mowing the grass.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Sorrell's Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Calvin Smith officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include her two daughters, Susan Redden of Dyersburg and Janet Hughes of Nashville; a son, Tommy Lynn Hughes of Dyersburg; a brother, Jerry Dunevant of Friendship; six grandchildren, Leah Butler, Derendia Redden, Joshua Hughes and Matthew Butler, all of Dyersburg, Brittany Burse and Jessica Tubbs, both of Caruthersville, MO; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Tommie L. Hughes; and a great-granddaughter, Emmalynn Butler.

Pallbearers will be Leah Butler, Matt Butler, Derendia Redden, Joshua Hughes, Jerry Barlow and Kayla Phillips. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Dunevant, Jayden, Jacob, Dylan, Kaiden, Jackson and Cyrus.

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


Rhovean Langley Moore Rinella, 92 of Newbern, Tennessee died on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Dyersburg Health and Rehabilitation Center in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Born Saturday, June 5, 1926 in Obion, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late L. V. "Dunk" Langley and the late Mattie Esque Farrar Langley. She was a home-maker.

A celebration of life service for Mrs. Rinella will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, August 12, 2018 in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will be Tom Moore and Kirk Moore. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

She is survived by three sons, Tom Moore (Diane) of Milan, Tennessee, Mike Moore (Diane) of Dyersburg, Tennessee and William "Slim" Moore (Lisa) of Newbern, Tennessee; seven grandchildren, Kellee Smith (Chris), Amy Ladd (Tim), Kirk Moore (Megan), Kyle Moore (Mandy), Laura Beth West (Greg), James William Moore, II and Lanna Jo Moore; thirteen great-grandchildren, Chloe Smith, Parker Smith, Harris Smith, Garret Moore, Lydia Moore, Mills Moore, Laney Moore, Lucy Moore, Trevor Seratt, Tanner Seratt, Abby West, Grant West and Langley West.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her two husbands, Ham Moore and Ralph Rinella and two sisters, Letha Langley Dodds and Nevilla Langley Rogers.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that memorial contributions be made to

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959 or to the charity of donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made to the family at johnsonwilliamsfuneralhome.com. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Rhovean Langley Moore Rinella.


Victor Middlebrook, 50, of Pine Knot, Ky., died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital-Somerset, Ky.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at Dyersburg Middle School with Anthony Taylor officiating. Burial will be in New Jerusalem Temple Cemetery in Dyersburg.

The family will receive visitors Saturday, Aug. 11 at Dyersburg Middle School from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.


Sheila Stepp, 69, of Tiptonville, passed away on Monday at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at New Haven Cemetery with the Rev. John Troutman officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Family members and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.


Jeffrey Winfrey, 36, of Newbern, Tennessee, died August 7, 2018. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Winfrey will be announced by Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.