Obituaries for April 25

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Mary Kathleen Cook

Mary Kathleen Cook, formerly of Dyersburg, Tennessee, passed away on April 16, 2024 at the age of 92. Kathy, as she was known by her friends and family, and “Leen” to her grandchildren, was born December 3, 1931, in Scotts Hill, Tennessee, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Richard Swift. She graduated from Scotts Hill High School and went on to receive her associates degree from Freed Hardeman College and continued her education at Memphis State College, eventually becoming a teacher in the Shelby County School system.

On October 10, 1958, she married her husband of 63 years, Dr. Bobby Owen Cook. Upon his completion of dental school and following three years in the military, the couple moved to Dyersburg, Tennessee in 1963 where he remained in family dental practice for 56 years, all the while Kathy was the epitome of a hardworking homemaker, tirelessly caring for him and their four children.

Kathy enjoyed reading, a day spent antique shopping with her dear friend, countless weekends at Sportsman’s Trout Dock on the White River fishing with family and friends, cheering on the UT Vols and Memphis State Tigers, and any time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild. After her children were grown, Kathy treasured the opportunities she had to travel internationally with her husband to many places including Russia, China, Europe, Iceland, the United Arab Emirates, and even the Amazon Rainforest.

Above all else, Kathy was a devout Christian and active member of her church, the Phillips Street Church of Christ in Dyersburg, for more than fifty years. She was a genuine and faithful servant and was always generous with her time, volunteering to help those in need, including working in the food program for over fifty years. Kathy routinely prepared meals for elderly shut-ins and delivered them herself well into her 80’s. After the passing of her husband in 2021, Kathy moved to Heber Springs, Arkansas to be closer to family and remain in a smaller community. Once in Heber Springs, Kathy placed her membership with the Heber Springs Church of Christ. She commented frequently on how thankful she was for her new church family because of their warm welcome and all the care and concern they showed her.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dr. Bobby Owen Cook. She is survived by her four devoted and loving children, Mark Cook of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Jill Krantz (Kevin) of Nolensville, Tennessee, Dr. Timothy Cook (Sarah) of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Beth Lawrence (Steve) of Heber Springs, Arkansas. She is also survived by seven grandchildren who loved her dearly, Sara Beth Coleman, Hannah Hall, Mary Lawrence Schroeder, Sophia Lawrence, Jackson Cook, Harrison Cook, Rose Cook, and one great grandson, Asher Coleman. Kathy’s sisters, Joan and Carolyn Swift, both from Henderson, Tennessee, and her sister-in-law, Tammye Freeman of Rockport, Texas, all shared a close and loving relationship throughout her life, also survive her.

Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 27, 2024 in the chapel of the Dyersburg Funeral Home. Services will be at 2:00 PM with Mr. Andy Brewer officiating. Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jackson Cook, Harrison Cook, Christopher Coleman, Mason Schroeder, Jesse Lawrence, and Cooper Lawrence. Honorary pallbearers are Franklin Robertson, Edgar Shults, Glen Phillips, Joe Rogers, Brodie Cupples, Patrick Cupples, Rob Enoch, Bruce Babbit, Doug Medlin, Brian Boyd and Joe King.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be sent to the Phillips Street Church of Christ, 912 Phillips Street, Dyersburg, TN 38024 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to

Virginia Dare Smith McAdams

Virginia Dare Smith McAdams

January 15, 1926 – April 20, 2024

Virginia Dare Smith McAdams, 98, of Henderson TN passed away peacefully at home on April 20, 2024. Visitation will be at 10 am and funeral services at 11 am on Saturday, April 27 at Shackelford Funeral Directors at 304 Crook Avenue in Henderson TN. Burial will follow at Henderson City Cemetery.

Dare was born in Henderson, TN, the beloved daughter of Robert Algie Smith and Jimmie Rachel Record Smith. In 1947 she married Hayes N. McAdams of Henderson. Not long after having a daughter and son, they moved to Memphis where Hayes went to work for Lummus Cotton Gin Company.

The family moved to Dyersburg in the late 1950’s where Virginia Dare was involved with kids and carpool, PTA, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She served on the leadership group of the Reelfoot Girl Scout Council, as a Girl Scout troop leader and organized and directed Girl Scout Day camp for 9 years, taking close to 100 girls to the woods to learn about nature and experience outdoor living.

When Hayes’ work took them back to Memphis in 1967, she was active in PTA, her neighborhood garden club, Ladies Bible Class and a tennis and bridge group of friends. In 1980 she and Hayes returned to renovate an older home and live in Henderson TN. Virginia Dare was predeceased by her husband, Hayes, in 1989.

Throughout her life she enjoyed camping, fishing, rock collecting, travel, reading, bird watching, entertaining, playing bridge and tennis.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara McAdams of Collierville TN, a son, Thomas N. McAdams (Melissa) of Knoxville and two beloved grandchildren, William G. Youngk (Kristen) of Charleston SC and Madeline Dare Griffey (Doug) of Knoxville TN, along with 4 precious great granddaughters. She is also survived by her brother, Neal Smith of Henderson, and several nieces and nephews.

She will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Chester County Library 1012 East Main St, Henderson TN, 38340 or The Gleaner’s House, 121 N Washington Ave, Henderson TN, 38340.

Sharon Lynnette Neal

Sharon Lynnette Neal, 73, of Dyersburg, Tennessee, died Monday, April 22, 2024, at West Tennessee Healthcare-Dyersburg Hospital. Cremation services for Mrs. Neal are under the direction of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Sharon Lynnette Neal.

John C. Smith

John C. Smith, 80, of Dyersburg, Tennessee died Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at AHC of Dyersburg.  Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 27, 2024, in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.  Officiating the service will be Bro. Ronnie Turner.  Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg, Tennessee.  Visitation for Mr. Smith will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.  Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of John C. Smith.