Obituaries for May 21

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Lina Ashley Rowland

Lina Ashley Rowland, 54, of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away on May 8, 2024, following a long, valiant battle with breast cancer. Lina was born on June 16, 1969, in Dyersburg, Tennessee. She attended Dyersburg High School and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1992. She was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Lina moved to Nashville after graduation and took a job with Herndon & Merry, a small but nationally renowned ornamental iron fabrication company. She later joined Sirrom Capital Corporation, where she worked until late 2001 in Sirrom’s downtown Nashville office. Lina possessed a magnetic and engaging personality. She made and collected friends everywhere she went. She was incredibly giving and gracious with her time and energy and committed to a life of service as a volunteer for a number of charitable organizations. She served as President of the Nashville Girls Cotillion Club, and after marriage and the birth of her children she continued to devote her time and significant energy to a number of other charitable ventures, including the Junior League of Nashville, Cheekwood, and the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition, where she served as a member of the Board of Directors. She was an elite party planner, table setter, and floral arranger. She knew every word to every 80’s pop song. And she could dance. She loved her house and everyone who stepped inside it. Her infectious positivity was eclipsed only by her beautiful smile.

Lina was preceded in death by her parents, John Barret and Ina Claire Ashley, as well as a brother, Tarry. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, John, as well as her two children, Elizabeth Hayden and John Mitchell, and her sisters, Mary Barret Farnsworth (Bob) and Tandy Tinkle (Eddie). She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Sara Rowland, her brother-in-law David Rowland (Jill), and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will take place in the Sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nashville, at 3pm on Thursday, June 27. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a contribution to the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition ( or the Nashville Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition ( The family wishes to thank the incredible group of doctors, nurses, and caregivers at the Vanderbilt University Hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit, as well as Lina’s oncology team at the Vanderbilt Breast Center.

Larry Glen Bennett

Mr. Larry Glen Bennett, age 84, of Cat Corner, TN, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at his residence.

Born June 2, 1939, he is the son of the late Benjamin and Ila Fossett Bennett. He was a farmer, was co-owner of Bennett's Tool and Die from 1967-1995, and was a member of West Dyersburg Church of Christ. Larry was the heart and soul of Bogota’s “Never Ready for Primetime Players” Hee-Haw, where he served as Director, cast member, and announcer for over 60 plus years. He truly loved making folks laugh and brought endless joy to our community. In the towns of Bogota, Dyersburg, Newbern, Tiptonville and Trimble, Larry worked with these charities/ organizations- multiple PTO's, DCHS project graduation for 10 years, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, St. Jude, Dyer County Community Cancer Fund, and many families in need, raising over a half of million dollars.

From 1967-1968, Larry attended the Newbern Vocational Technical School, where he completed Engineering/Drafting, Machinist and Small Business Administration Degree. Larry completed the Dale Carnegie Course in 1982, Graduate Assistant 1983, 1990.

Larry served as State Representative Candidate for Lake, Dyer and Obion Counties in 2008, served as Board Member of the Elbridge Water Department, was Vice President of the Bogota Community Center, and was a special guest on a podcast for the Bogota Boys in April 2024.

Larry cherished sharing stories of his upbringing on Sandy Lane and was always proud to tell you he hailed from Cat Corner, Tennessee. His unique spirit and infectious laughter made him irreplaceable. There will never be another one like him.

Larry proudly served his country in the US Army from 1962-1964 Active Service, E4 Military Policeman, Stationed at Fort Bragg NC. He received the Good Conduct Medal and was part of the Company A 503 MP Battalion for the US Army. In 1963 he guarded James Meredith while he attended Old Miss and made history documented in the book (An American Insurrection; The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi) about him shooting a gun off in a bus. Larry was honorable discharged in 1967.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at West Dyersburg Church of Christ with Mr. Stephen Sutton and Mr. Jim Chamblee officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The Bennett Family will receive visitors from 4:30-8 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2024 and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at West Dyersburg Church of Christ.

Survivors include his daughter, Andrea Michelle Bennett Black of Cat Corner, TN; and his grandson, Bennett Stanford Black of Cat Corner, TN.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Williams Bennett; a son, Carlton Junior Sullivan; five brothers, Harold K. Bennett, Thomas Bennett, Billy Bennett, Bobby Bennett and Joe Bennett.; and a sister, Mary Sue Carroll.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Jones, Robert Moore, Ronnie Price, Rhett McIntosh, Doug Robertson, Wally Childress, Tony Childress and Kevin Beaver Farrow. Honorary pallbearers will be Bennett Black, Eric Maupin, David Jones, Danny Burress, James Lewis, Jackie Bennett, Lynn McIntosh, Jack Tibbs, Danny Willis, David Nichols, John Tibbs, Scotty Hale, Tanner Nichols, Doug Singletary, Tyler Nichols, Doug Robertson, Jr., Greg Ervin, Joe Lee Williams, Michael Parker, Dylan Parker, Steve Bennett, Zach Bennett, Adam McGuire and Rusty Grills.

In lieu of flowers: Help support the kids at St. Jude in their fight against cancer. Larry was an avid supporter of St. Jude Children's Hospital to help kids fight against cancer. He raised money from Hee-Haw Shows for years and Andrea and Bennett have carried on the tradition though the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend Runs. You can personally hand or mail (7026 Cat Corner Road, Obion, TN 38240) a check made payable to St. Jude to Andrea that will go towards their commitment this year.

Mary Lou Hogg

Mary Lou Hogg, 88, of Tiptonville, Tennessee died on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Reelfoot Manor Nursing Home in Tiptonville, Tennessee.  A Celebration of Life service for Mrs. Hogg will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Samburg Baptist Church. Officiating the service will be Rev. Chris Gooch.  Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mary Lou Hogg.