Miscellaneous Dyer County, Tennessee Obituaries

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Charles C. Dawson Sr.
Tuesday, June 19, 2001
Charles c. Dawson Sr., 82, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. He was a bailiff with Dyer County Sheriff's Department, a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a veteran of World War II with U.S. Army Medical Corps. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today in Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Doctor Pam Phillips-Burk officiating. The family will receive visitors at 11 a.m. today at J.W. Curry & Son Funeral Home. He leaves his wife, Dorys Dawson of Dyersburg; two sons, Charles C. Dawson Jr. of Dyersburg and Roger Dawson of Plano, Texas; a sister, Harriet D. Cousins of Dyersburg; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Jeff Bailey, Charles Cowles, Steve Shauf, Calvin Lambert, Charles S. Dawson and Chris Dawson. The family requests that any memorials be directed to the Dyersburg High School Athletic Fund.

Evert M. Carter
Tuesday, June 19, 2001
Evert M. Carter, 66, of Memphis, died Sunday, June 17, 2001 at his residence. He was a Millington business entrepreneur, operator of Pumpkin City in Millington, graduate of Columbia Military Academy and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Northridge-Woodhaven Funeral Home in Millington. Burial will be Northridge-Woodhaven Cemetery. Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Carter Cooper of Dyersburg; a son, Clarence Richard Carter of Memphis; a sister, Rub Elois Carter of Memphis; and five grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be directed to St. Jude Hospital.

Walter Thomas Binkley
Tuesday, June 19, 2001
Walter Thomas Binkley, 54, of Dyersburg, died Monday, June 18, 2001 in Dyersburg. He was a retired employee of Oldberg Manufacturing, a member of Fowlkes Baptist Church, an avid sportsman and a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Gardner officiating. Burial will be Palestine Cemetery in Dyersburg. The family will receive visitors at 5:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Survivors include a daughter, Beth Rhodes of Dyersburg; a son, Jon Binkley of Dyersburg; a sister, Patricia Blalock of Dyersburg; two brothers, David Binkley and Jack Binkley, both of Dyersburg; and two grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Curtis Lentz, Ronnie Doss, Larry Paschal, Bennie Hendren, Guy Thomas Ownby and William Hulme.

Bertha Mildred Barr
Tuesday, June 19, 2001
Bertha Mildred Barr, 76, of Dyersburg, formerly of Trenton, died Monday, June 18, 2001 at Methodist Healthcare-Dyersburg Hospital. She was a homemaker and a former employee of Harlen Morris Home in Trenton, a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Milan and a former member of Home Demonstration Clubs. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Darren Morrow and the Rev. Waymon Hogue officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Henderson County. The family will receive visitors from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Survivors include three sisters, Gurlie Joslin and Betty Carr, both of the Viar community, and Dorothy Powers of Atwood; six brothers, Grady Allen of New Hartford, Conn.; Lowell Allen of Evergreen Park, Ill., Harold G. "Slim" Allen of Newbern, Limon Allen of Alsip, Ill., Horace Allen of Dyersburg and Carnell Allen of RoEllen; 23 nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Barr; and her parents, Frank and Pairesettie Cole Allen. Pallbearers will be Grady Allen, Lozell Allen, Harold G. "Slim" Allen, Limon Allen, Horace Allen and Carnell Allen.

Mary Priscilla Walker Locke
Wednesday, June 20, 2001
Mary Priscilla Walker Locke, 75, of Somerville, died Monday, June 18, 2001 at Methodist Hospital-North in Memphis. She was a retired teacher, a graduate of Fayette County High School, held a bachelor's degree from Asbury College and a masters degree from Murray State University, leader in the community bible study, a member of United Methodist Women, former member of Craddock Book Club, member of Chancel Choir and Wesley Sunday School class, Somerville Organ Club and a member of Wesleyan Fellowship. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Somerville. Burial will be Garnett Cemetery near Somerville. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include her husband, the Rev. J. Reeves Locke; a daughter, Priscilla Walker Locke Daniels of Terra Alta, West Va.; three sons, Josiah Parker Locke of Huntsville, Ala., Joseph Reeves Locke Jr. of Hermitage and Mark Galloway Locke of Dyersburg; two sisters, Elizabeth Winfrey Walker Reid and Patsy Louise Walker King, both of Brownsville; two brothers, Dr. Arthur Winfrey Walker Sr. of Waverly and Junius Galloway Walker Jr. of Somerville; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The family requests that any memorials be directed to Montreat-Anderson College, Asbury College, Joyner's Campground Association, Wycliffe Bible Translators or to the music fund of Somerville First United Methodist Church.

Sandra Jane Bradley
Wednesday, June 20, 2001
Sandra Jane Bradley, 60, of Dyersburg, died Monday, June 18, 2001 at Methodist Healthcare-Dyersburg Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of Bryant's Chapel United Methodist Church. Graveside services were at 9 a.m. today in Dyer County Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Darren Morrow officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Survivors include her husband, Charles Bradley of Dyersburg; and two sons, Scott Bradley and Brian Bradley, both of Dyersburg.

Thelma Ophelia Via
Friday, June 22, 2001
Thelma Ophelia Via, 91, of Newbern, formerly of Atwood, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at her daughter's home in Newbern. She was a homemaker and a member of Atwood First Baptist Church. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Hogue officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Milan. Visitation will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The widow of Ben David Via, she is survived by two daughters, Betty Crenshaw of Newbern and Martha Murray of Dyersburg; two sons, David Via of Newbern and John Via of Atwood; a sister, Lynn Walker of Paris; two brothers Paul Pitts of Louisville, Ky. and Gloice Pitts of Dyersburg; 12 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons. The family suggests memorials to the Joe Crenshaw Missionary Fund - Feed the Hungry, c/o Fairview Baptist Church, 4756 Biffle Road, Newbern, Tenn. 38059.

Castell Laydell Sweet
Friday, June 22, 2001
Castell Laydell Sweet, 75, of Stanton, died Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the stewardess board at Prospect CME Church. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion CME Church in Ripley with the Rev. Richard E. Hassell officiating. Burial will be in Morrow Cemetery in Henning. Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the Henning Chapel of Currie's Funeral Home. The widow of Marion Sweet, she is survived by five daughters, Carolyn Hassell of Houston, Mae Helen Williams of Memphis, and Stella Sweet, Cathy Vaulx and Sandra B. Shaw, all of Stanton; seven sons, Charlie Gwyne of Decatur, Ill., Holy Sweet, Walter Sweet and Roy Sweet, all of Stanton, Nathan Sweet of Springfield, Ill., Christopher Sweet of Memphis and Daniel Sweet of Atlanta; two sisters, Flossie Taylor of Henning and Lee Burton Reed of Pontiac, Mich.; three brothers, John Walker and James Walker of Henning and Wash Walker of Jackson, Mich.; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Joe P. Ray
Friday, June 22, 2001
Joe P. Ray, 91, of Finley, died Thursday, June 21, 2001 at Maple Ridge Retirement Home in Dyersburg. He was a retired principal and teacher at Finley Elementary School, where he served for 43 years, a member of Finley United Methodist Church, an avid fisherman and gardener, a graduate of the University of Memphis with a master's degree, an active member of the retired teacher association, 4-H and Lions Club, a member of the Finley Volunteer Fire Department and helped start the Boy Scouts in Finley. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Dyersburg chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Ray Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Rehoboth Cemetery in RoEllen. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Survivors include two daughters, Kay Ray Malone of Memphis and Rosie Baker of Tiptonville; a son, Larry Joe Ray of Olive Branch, Miss.; a sister, Marvel Watson of Dyersburg; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Ray. Pallbearers will be Spence Ray, Michael Malone, Mark Malone, Clay Baker, David Baker and Martin Ray. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Dyersburg-Dyer County Education Foundation, c/o Danny Walden, Dyersburg Intermediate School.

Todd Lee Newsome
Friday, June 22, 2001
Todd Lee Newsome, 28, of Dyersburg, died Monday, June 18, 2001 at Methodist Healthcare-Dyersburg Hospital. He was a crop duster for H&H Flying Service and a member of Three Oaks Baptist Church. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Phipps officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Survivors include his parents, Jane and Bill Newsome Jr., two sisters, Tracye Lynn Newsome of Dyersburg and Tammy Lanelle Bolt of Beaufort, S.C.; his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Bill Newsome of Newbern; his fiancé Tammy Anderson of Dyersburg; and three special friends, Jenny Rinks, Justin Rinks and Zackary Webb, all of Dyersburg. Pallbearers will be Gerald Canada, Tim Windle, Charlie Patton, Coby Kimbrell, David Norville and Tom Niklas. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of H&H Flying Service, Billy Bolt, Robert Newsome and Mindye Bolt. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the charity of the donor's choice.

Mabel V. Anderson
Friday, June 22, 2001
Mabel V. Anderson, 92, of Nashville, formerly of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at Meadows Nursing Home in Nashville. She was a homemaker, communicant and senior member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, and former assistant to the administrator of the Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station. Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Father Elbert Callis officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The widow of Dr. William E. Anderson, survivors include two sons, Dr. William C. Anderson and Dr. Edward E. Anderson, both of Nashville; a sister, Betty Vesey of Buckley, Wash.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Alice Woodliff
Monday, June 25, 2001
Alice Woodliff, 97, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at Oakwood Manor Nursing Home. She was a homemaker. Graveside services were Friday at City Cemetery with the Rev. John Morris officiating. J.W. Curry & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The widow of Lawrence Woodliff, she is survived by two sons, Ron Woodliff of Dyersburg and Richard Woodliff of Wisconsin; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Schenk.

David McCuiston
Monday, June 25, 2001
David McCuiston, 91, of Dyersburg, died Friday, June 22, 2001 at Wesley at Dyersburg Nursing Care. He was a retired farmer. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 5:30-9 p.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home. Survivors include his wife, Hazel McCuiston; a daughter, Kelly Franks of Newbern; a stepdaughter, Charlotte Hogue of Dyersburg; two sons, Jimmy Dale McCuiston and David Gale McCuiston, both of Finley; a stepson, Vick Burns of Finley; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Susie Smith, Lillie Peck, Martha Free and Rosie McCuiston; and four brothers, Bige McCuiston, Lige McCuiston, Charlie McCuiston and Dan McCuiston. Pallbearers will be Vick Burns, Dennis Hogue, James Franks, Brandon Franks, Lindsey Franks, Daniel Burns, Larry McGuire and Kerrie McGuire. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Rebecca Newsome Buckelew
Monday, June 25, 2001
Rebecca Newsome Buckelew, 72, of Tiptonville, died Saturday, June 23, 2001 at her daughter's residence in Lavinia. She was a retired bookkeeper. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely with the Rev. Tom Brann officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Shuford of Lavinia; three sons, James Michael Buckelew of Tiptonville, Jimmie Buckelew Jr. of Dallas and Dennis Wayne Buckelew of Union City; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be John Shuford, Mark Durrance, Tommy Gene Eddlemon, Sammy Parker, Ben Patterson and Joe Tillman Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmie Buckelew Sr., Thomas Martin Wyatt and J.R. Thomas, MD.

Clauzell Mays LaGrone
Tuesday, June 26, 2001
Clauzell Mays LaGrone, 68, of Dyersburg, died Friday, June 22, 2001 at Methodist Healthcare-Dyersburg Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at H.H. Hudson Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Scott officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Dyersburg. The family will receive visitors at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Survivors include a son, Frankie Lee Ganaway of Flint, Mich.; three sisters, Carrie Jones and Essie Randaul, both of Dyersburg, and Jimmer Jones of Flint, Mich.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Suella Crews
Tuesday, June 26, 2001
Suella Crews, 89, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, June 24, 2001 at Wesley of Dyersburg Nursing Center. She was a former winder for Dyersburg Fabrics and a member of Phillips Street Church of Christ. Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Williams officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 5:30-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The widow of Hubert R. Crews, survivors include a daughter, Sue Adkins of Dyersburg; two sons, Doug Crews of Dyersburg and Jerry Crews of Murfreesboro; a sister, Reba Wright of Dyersburg; a brother, Bill Savage of Rives; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Pallbearers will be Douglas Crews, Shawn Crews, Jeff Adkins, Michael Adkins, Joey Adkins and Danny Adkins.

Marvine Clay
Tuesday, June 26, 2001
Marvine Clay, 81, of Tiptonville, died Saturday, June 23, 2001 at Reelfoot Manor Nursing Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. John #3 Church in Tiptonville with the Rev. E.L. Barnette officiating. Burial will be in Citizens Cemetery in Tiptonville. H.H. Hudson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive visitors from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at the church. Survivors include five daughters, Minnie Avery, Gwen Avery, Pauline Clay, Lettie Howard and Mildred Jones, all of Tiptonville; two sons,, Willie Lee Clay and Henry Lee Clay, both of Tiptonville; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Erma Louise Ashley
Wednesday, June 27, 2001
Erma Louise Ashley, 75, of Dyersburg, died Monday, June 25, 2001 at Beverly Healthcare in Tupelo, Miss. She was a homemaker and a member of East Dyersburg Pentecostal Church. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Friendship Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray Carson officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Survivors include a son, William Ashley of Tupelo, Miss.; a brother, J.B. Sawyer of Finley; and three grandchildren.

Wilson Eleihue VanTassel
Thursday, June 28, 2001
Wilson Eleihue VanTassel, infant son of Howard and Angie VanTassel of Dyersburg, died June 14, 2001. In addition to his parents, he leaves two sisters, Brianna VanTassell and Katherine VanTassel; two brothers, Greg Gibbons and Jeff Gibbons; his grandparents, Tony and Patricia Vowell of Olive Branch, Miss. and Richard and Agatha Volk of Corry, Pa.; and his great-grandmother, Sue Richard of Dyersburg. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Howard VanTassel; and his great-grandfather, Wilson Richard.

Cornelia Cage Moore
Thursday, June 28, 2001
Cornelia Cage Moore, 77, of Nashville, formerly of Newbern, died Friday, June 22, 2001. She was active in Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Tennessee Historical Society, Friends of Cheekwood, United Methodist Women and Vanderbilt Woman's Club, she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School for many years at the First United Methodist Church in Newbern. She attended Brevard College in North Carolina, George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville and Dyersburg State Community College. Services were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville. Alexander Funeral Home in Nashville was in charge of arrangements. Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Richard T. Moore Sr. of Nashville; three sons, Richard T. Moore Jr., Kirby Cage Moore and Harry Edward Moore; a brother, Harry Cato Cage; and five grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be directed to First United Methodist Church in Newbern, West End Methodist Church in Nashville, the American Cancer Society, The Health Center at Richland Place, Odyssey Hospice or to the charity of the donor's choice. Pallbearers were Richard Thomas Moore Jr., Kirby Cage Moore, Harry Edward Moore, Samuel Thomas Moore, John Bright Cage, Johnny Bradley, James Dowland and Jerry Roberts. Honorary pallbearers will be John D. Adams, Robert Y. Adams, Harry Cato Cage, Jean S. Denny, Joe B. Dillon, Dr. James H. Hendrix, Rutledge Kittrell, Stanley G. Moore, Edward M. Stratton, A. Don Walker III, Dr. Allen Williams and James Young.

Christopher L. Casey
Thursday, June 28, 2001
Christopher L. Casey, 31, of Kansas City, Kan., formerly of Dyersburg, died Sunday, June 24, 2001 in Kansas City. He was a construction worker and a member of Greater Pentecostal Temple in Kansas City. Services will at 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Deliverance Church of Jesus Christ with Elder Denard Williams officiating. Burial will be in Newbern-RoEllen Cemetery in Newbern. The family will receive visitors from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Cosmopolitan Funeral Services in Dyersburg. Survivors include three daughters, Ayonnia Casey and Ashli Brundage, both of Kansas City and Amber Young of Dyersburg; his mother, Mae Helen Casey of Kansas City; his father, John W. Mosley Sr. of Dyersburg; three sisters, Renee Mosley and Rhonda Ferguson, both of Dyersburg and Rosalind M. Davis of Shawnee, Kan.; six brothers, John Mosley Jr., Brent Mosley, Brian Mosley and Jimmy Mosley, all of Dyersburg, Robert Daniels of Oceanside, Calif. and James C. Mosley of San Diego, Calif.

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