Obituaries for May 9

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Donald Robin Rockett

Mr. Donald Robin Rockett, of Dyersburg, passed away Monday, May 6, 2024 at West Tennessee Healthcare-Jackson General Hospital.  He was born September 23, 1945 in Sacramento, California to the late Don Lee and Eleanor Stinson Rockett.  Robin spent many years working for the State of Tennessee as the Regional Director of Probation & Parole.  He is remembered for his passion for everything he was involved in.  He was a volunteer investigator for the Dyersburg Fire Department, where he also led a Sunday School group and reserve deputy for the Dyer County Sheriff’s Department.   He was an avid photographer, sportsman and gunsmith, sharing his knowledge as a Hunter Education instructor and sport-shooting supporter.  He also volunteered and supported the Dyer County Humane Society.  He and his family were members of First Baptist Church in Dyersburg. 

Robin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sandra Pendry Rockett, his son, Russell Lee Rockett & wife, Ginger, of Franklin, TN, his daughters, Randa Christian & husband, Drew, of Jackson, MO and Holly Rockett, of Dyersburg and his five grandchildren, Reese Calloway Rockett, Piper Reagan Rockett, Genevieve Drew Christian, Noah Rockett Christian and Hannah Shay Robertson.  He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Gaylon Wilson Rockett and Brian Lee Rockett. 

Visitation will be held at Dyersburg Funeral Home on Thursday, May 9, 2024 beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. conducted by Rev. Mike Hickman with interment to follow in Fairview Cemetery. 

The family asks that memorials be directed to the American Heart Association at , the American Diabetes Association at , First Baptist Church in Dyersburg or a local community support organization of choice.  

Laura Vaughn Roofener

Laura Vaughn Roofener, 82, of Dyersburg, died Monday, May 6, 2024 at West Tennessee Healthcare Dyersburg.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2024 in the Chapel of Curry Funeral Home officiated by Brother Calvin Smith with interment to follow in Sorrell’s Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday beginning at 11:00 am until service time at the funeral home.

Funeral services are under the direction of Curry Funeral Home. We are privileged and honored to serve the Roofener family. You may share your condolences and your memories with the family at

Joseph Clinton Tull

Joseph Clinton Tull, 75, Friendship passed away Monday, May 6, 2024.

Services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, May 9th at Friendship Funeral Home with burial

following in Bellevernon Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until service time.

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John Edward Alsup

John Edward Alsup,76, of Newbern, Tennessee, died on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at his residence in Newbern, Tennessee. Visitation for Mr. Alsup will be held on Friday, May 10, 2024 from 5:00 PM until 6:45 PM at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home, with military honors to follow at 6:45 PM. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of John Edward Alsup.