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JAMES PRESNALL WADE - 73, retired maintenance employee for Gordon Equipment Co. in Detroit and former employee of Ridgeway Morticians, died of heart disease Monday at Henry County Medical Center. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Ridgeway Morticians with burial in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Big Sandy. He attended the Church of God of Prophecy in Paris. Mr. Wade, the husband of Peggy Nell Wade, also leaves six daughters, Maxine Cearbaugh of Rochester, IN, Cheryl Garibia of Lincoln Park, MI, Caroline McMullan and Pamela Everets, both of Detroit, Patsy Bomba of Paris and Pricilla Smith of Erin; two sons, James Clinton Wade of Mayfield, Ky., and Donald Coleman of Paris; two sisters, Estelle Wade and Lois Barrow, both of Paris; three brothers, John P. Wade of Louisville, Ky., William V. Wade of Buchanan and Baxter Oneal Wade of Paris, 25 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
From Melissa Clayton Key At Find-A-Grave - (Published in The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN, on 12/26/1995)

WILLIE MADISON WADE - The funeral service for Willie M. Wade of Paris was at 11 a.m. Monday at Ridgeway Funeral Home. Fred Shackelford officiated. Burial followed in Mount Carmel Cemetery at Big Sandy. Pallbearers were David and Jason Wade, Wayne Perry, Andy Fitzgerald, Phillip Rolling and Perry Herndon. Honorary pallbearers were Tracy Wade and Russell Peelman. Wade, 99, died Friday, May 23, 2008, at Henry County Healthcare Center. The son of the late Robert McCluster Wade and Julia Vaughn Wade, he was born Feb. 12, 1909, in Big Sandy. His wife Norine Ray Wade died Oct. 23, 1985. They were married on Nov. 2, 1930. Wade was a member of Mount Carmel Methodist Church in Big Sandy. He attended Springhill Baptist Church. He worked at Porter Chevrolet in Paris for 23 years. He also was a self-employed farmer for many years. He leaves two daughters: Lorine Perry of Pinson, Ala., and Gracie (David) Fitzgerald of Knoxville; two sons: John F. (Judy) Wade of Paris and William (Carolyn) Wade of Shelbyville; one sister: Annie Ferguson of New Era, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by a daughter: Betty Burnette; two sisters: Zillie Burnette and Gladys Kuykendall; a brother: Aaron Wade; and a great-granddaughter.
From Melissa Clayton Key at Find-A-Grave

LESLIE PAUL WALKER - Services for Leslie Paul Walker, age 68, will be held Monday, June 24, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Oakdale Chapel with burial to follow in Eastview Cemetery. Mr. Walker died Friday, June 21, 2002 at Manor Care Nursing Facility in Cleveland, OH. He is survived by a daughter, Pamela Lewis and a son, Anthony Walker.

JESSIE WALLS - Funeral service swere Friday, November 20, 2009 at the chapel of Dilday-Carter Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Sellers officating. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Leach TN. He is survived by his wife, Janice Bush Walls, one son, David Lynn, Cedar Grove; his mother Martha Lucille Walls, Huntingdon; three brothers, Johnny Walls Cedar Grove; Danny McMinn and Charlie McMinn, both of Lexingtonk one sister Joyce Wood Lexington and five grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 25 Nov 2009

RUTH T. WALTER - Funeral services for Ruth T. Walter, age 91, of Camden, were held Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Stockdale-Malin Chapel in Camden with Bro. Michael Walker officiating. Burial followed at Benton Memorial Garden. Mrs. Walter passed away Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Camden Healthcare & Rehab. She was born July 6, 1915 to the late Claude Tatchell and Mary Hoke Tatchell in Middletown, Ky. She was a homemaker and a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her sister Mildred Graves. Survivors include her husband Charles T. Walter; one daughter, Mary (Jack) Dashper of Camden; two grandsons, Stephen Dashper and Michael (Laurie) Dashper.

JERRY DALE WALTON - Services for Jerry Walton, age 56, were held Aug. 26, 2013 in Camden at the Stockdale-Malin Chapel. Mr. Walton died Aug. 22. He was buried in the Camden City Cemetery with Bro. Jeff McKee officiating. Survivors include his parents, Charles and Mildred Lewis Walton; one daughter, Terri Lutts; one son, Jonathan Walton; three sisters, Tammy Walton, Peggy Hedge and Debbie Madrey; one brother James Walton and six grandchildren. He is preceded by four sisters, Shirley Antee, Evelyn Clifton, Patsy Thomas and one brother Charles Walton.
Lexington Progress 28 Aug. 2013

ZACHARY WAMBLES - Funeral services for Zachary Neil Wambles, age 17, were conducted on Saturday, August 4, 2007, at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Oakdale Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Eaton officiating. Burial followed in Eastview Cemetery. Zachary, a student at Camden Central High School, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2007, at Camden General Hospital of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Billy Walker and John Wambles. Survivors include his parents Jeff and Melinda Walker Wambles, one sister, Lindsey Wambles, maternal grandmother, Mattie Walker, paternal grandmother Barbara Wambles all of Camden

WILLIAM WARREN , age 33, of Camden, TN died Saturday, September 29, 2007 in Benton County. He was born June 15, 1974 at Dickson, TN. Mr. Warren was employed at C and C Metals of Benton County. He is survived by his father, Gary Warren and Dinah of Camden, TN; mother, Susan Gilliam and John of South Houston, TX. He is survived by one son, Cody Warren; one daughter, Madison Warren of the family home; one brother Charles Perry and wife Tracie of Camden, TN; one sister Deborah Perry of Dickson, TN; special friend, Gina Hardin; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 1:00 PM from the chapel of Oakdale Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Townsend and Bro. Eulas Greer officiating. Interment followed in the Dalton Cemetery under the direction of the Oakdale Funeral Home of Camden.

FRANCES I. WARRICK , age 86, of Camden, TN died August 16, 2007 at her residence. She was born October 27, 1920 in Georgia. She is preceded in death by her husband, Carnell Warrick; son, Ronald Mack Warrick; father, Irving Petty; brother, Stanley William Petty; sisters, Mildred Petty and Robbie Petty. She is survived by her grandchildren, Jennae (Daniel) Hunter, Phillip (Lindsey) Warrick, Ronnie Warrick; niece, Peggy Brown; nephew, Bill Petty; and seven great grandchildren. Mrs. Warrick was in the care of Oakdale Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Monday, August 20, 2007, 10:00 AM in the chapel of Oakdale Funeral Home with Bro. Gary Greer officiating. Interment followed in the Flatwoods Methodist Cemetery

CAROLYN SUE (TUBBS) WATERS - 55, of Big Sandy, died Saturday morning, May 31, 1997 at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Funeral services were conducted on Monday June 2, at Flatwoods Methodist Church. Burial followed in Berry Cemetery, near her home in the Cedar Grove community, in Benton County. Brother Marty Arnold officiated. Mrs. Waters was the daughter of Inez Russell Tubbs, of Big Sandy, and the late Earl Ingram Tubbs. She was born in Benton County on March 7, 1942. She was a homemaker, a member of Flatwoods Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Dale Waters; a daughter Sue Berry of Big Sandy; a son Ricky Waters of Big Sandy; two sisters, Earline Farmer of Big Sandy and Betty Nichols of Paris, and one brother Ray Tubbs, of Big Sandy. She also leaves three grandchildren, Brad and Stephanie Berry of Big Sandy, and Elizabeth Waters of Big Sandy.
Source: Donald Nichols (Find-A-Grave)

CLETIS WATERS - Notes: Waters, Cletis, 9714 Anderson Ave., beloved husband of Ethel (nee Hargis), father of James C., son of Selena (nee Brewer) and the late Elisha, brother of Clifford. Hershel and Mitchell. The family will receive friends at the Louis Ferfolia Funeral Home, 9116 Union Ave., at E. 93d St., Monday 2-10 P.M. And Tuesday 2-8 P.M. Interment Big Sandy, Tenn.
Source: Lace Lynch Date: Jun 29 1959 Cleveland Press; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #165.

ROZELLE (Norwood) WATTS - ormer Henry Countian and longtime Jim Adams IGA grocery store worker Rozelle Watts, 96, of Huntingdon died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at Huntingdon Health & Rehab Center. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ridgeway Funeral Home. Jesse Hawkins will officiate. Burial will follow in Ramble Creek Cemetery at Big Sandy. Chosen as pallbearers are Earl Davis, Vernon Wade, Doyle Watts, Jack Norwood, Horace Whitehead and Eric Gilbreth. Born Aug. 27, 1913, in Big Sandy, she was the daughter of Jerry Myrtle Norwood and Vina Janie Davis Norwood, now both deceased. She was married on June 1, 1929, to Johnie A. Watts, who died Jan. 23, 1983. Watts was a member of New Hope Baptist Church and according to a family member enjoyed quilting. She leaves one daughter: Brenda (Gary) Pierce of Huntingdon; one son: Danny Watts of Paris; four grandchildren: Bo Watts, Terri Matheny, Sylvia Fields and James Askew; Six great-grandchildren: Cassandra, Jennifer, Jessica and Rachel Matheny and April and Chase Kennedy; and three great-great-grandchildren: Michael Watts, Kaidence Matheny and Amorette Davis. She also was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law: Shelia Watts

WILBURT "HERSHEL" WATERS - Services for Wilburt "Hershel Waters will be at 3:00 PM Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at Liberty United Methodist Church in Camden with burial following in the Liberty Cemetery. Brother Tom Powell will officiate. Mr. Waters died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at Henry County Medical Center and was born June 12, 1920 in Big Sandy, TN to the late Elisha Hamilton Water and Selena Brewer Waters. He was a retired lab analyst with TVA and a World War II veteran. He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Lee Waters; and three brothers, Clifford Waters, Cletis Waters, and Mitchell Waters. He is survived by Faye Hudson Waters; daughter, Diana "DeeDee" (Billy) Woodard; and a son, Donald Hudson Waters of Cumberland City, TN.

BILLY JOE WEATHERBY , age 75, of Camden, TN died Tuesday, July 24, 2007 in St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, TN. He was born June 9, 1932 in Camden, TN, to the late William Vernon and Una Cowell Weatherly. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers Purcell Weatherly, and Gail Weatherly, and one sister Vernell Higgason. Mr. Weatherly is survived by his wife, Iva Dell Cain Weatherly of Camden; daughters, Jo (Gary) Jones of Camden, Barbara Weatherly Harris of Memphis; son, Keith (Kathy) Weatherly of Camden; brothers, Jimmy (Sue) Lowry of Gulfport, MS, Harold (Carol) Weatherly of Dallas, TX, Ronnie (Rose) Weatherly of Gulfport, MS, Gary (Jane) Weatherly of Gulfport, MS, Alton (Barbara) Mitchell of Dallas, TX; sister, Maurine (Lloyd) Clement of Murfreesboro, TN; seven grandchildren, Brian (Crystal) Weatherly, Beth Weatherly, Bevin Weatherly, Angi (JD) Smith, Justin (Ryan) Jones, Marsha (Dale) Dieckman, Jay (Kristie) Harris; and eight great grandchildren. Mr. Weatherly’s remains were in the care of Oakdale Funeral Home in Camden. Services were conducted Thursday, July 26, 2007, 2:00 PM in the chapel of Oakdale Funeral Home with Bro. Eulas Greer officiating. Interment followed in the Cowell’s Chapel Cemetery

BOB WELLS - Around 4 o'clock in the afternoon, 18 year old Bob Wells was struck and killed by lightening as he sat under a tree on Birdsong Creek. Well's mother, Mrs. Frank Wells, and her younger son were shocked by the lightening bolt, but they survived. The family had been at work in a field on the Cox farm when the storm approached. They ran for cover to a large tree near the creek and when a bolt of lightening struck the tree, Wells was struck and knocked headfirst down a 20 foot embankment into the creek.
The Camden Chronicle

JOHN HARVE WHEATLEY - Graveside services for John Harve Wheatley of Brighton. Tenn., who died Tuesday night at Wychmere Nursing Center, will be at 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Camden. Tenn. Camden Funeral Home has charge.
Thursday, June 27, 1968 Paper: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee)

VONELLE (OXFORD) WILLIAMS , Funeral services for Vonelle Oxford Williams, of Arlington, Texas, age 92, will be held Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m. at Cowell's Chapel Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, June 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the chapel of Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home. Stockdale- Malin Funeral Home of Camden will be in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Williams passed away Saturday, June 21 surrounded by loved ones. She was born May 26, 1916 at Cedar Hill, near Holladay, to the late Ulis Grant and Lenora Furr Oxford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray T. Williams, a brother, three sisters and one grandchild. She is survived by two daughters, Myrna (Richard) Dohr, of Arlington, Texas and Laura (William) Murphy of Eolia, Mo.; a son, Darryl (Deborah) Williams, of Bedford, Texas; a brother, William B. (Nina) Oxford, of Holladay; two sisters, Faye (Charles) Stills, of Little Rock, Ark. and Nadine (Hubert) Quinn, of Camden; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren.

BROWNING ROOSEVELT WILSON - Funeral services for Browning Roosevelt Wilson, of Camden, age 71, were held Saturday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home with Harold Batson and David Prince officiating. Burial followed at Chalk Hill Cemetery. Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home of Camden was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Wilson passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Camden General Hospital. He was born Mar. 10, 1937 in Eva to the late Buel Wilson and Allie Corbitt Wilson. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, a retired carpenter, and a Baptist. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Wilson, a sister, Marie Hagger, and two brothers, Buddy and W.T. Wilson. He is survived by his wife, Mary Elmore Wilson; two daughters, Judy (Brian) Thompson, of Eva, and Tina (David) Prince, of Newburn; two sons, James Ray (Susan) Wilson, and Roger Dale Wilson, both of Camden; three sisters, Clellie Corbitt and Mary Faye King, both of Camden, and Frances Hamilton, of Paris; a brother, Leslie Ray Wilson, of Eva; nine grandchildren, and five great- grandchildren
Contributed by Sandra "Sandy" Annette Holder Whitten at Find-A-Grave

, 78, of Rt. 3, Corbin, Ky., formerly of Dixon, (Lee Co. IL), died Friday Sep 27, 1990, in Corbin. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon, with the Rev. Robert Lockhart, pastor of Park Hill Baptist Church, Corbin, Ky., officiating. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. Mrs. Winebrenner was born Feb. 24, 1912, in Camden, Tenn., the daughter of Ruben and Vannie (Douglas) Bell. She married Earl "Cy" Winebrenner May 21, 1932 in Dixon. She is survived by her husband; two sisters, Mrs. Marlene Hall, Cape Coral, Fla.; Mrs. Lola Sconn, Fort Meyers, Fla.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 1, 1990 - Monday, pg A2

TILMAN DEWEY WINTERS - Graveside services will be held Sat., April 20, 2002 at 11 am Flatwoods Cemetery for Tilman Dewey Winters, 96, of Camden with Bro. Jimmy Ellis officiating. Mr. Winters was born Jan. 26, 1906 in Benton County to Daniel J. Winter and Mattie Winters, and died Wed., April 17, 2002 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN. Mr. Winters was a retired farmer and was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Lillian Winters on Aug., 23, 1999. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Pennington of Orlando, FL; and a son Danny (Gale) Winters of Camden. Seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren. Visitation will be Fri, April 19 from 6 - 9 PM at Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home in Camden

GUY NAPOLEON WOODS - was born September 26, 1908 in Vardeman, Mississippi. He was the son of George Emmett and Eula Estelle Stokes Woods. His paternal grandfather was Napoleon Burrow Woods (1845-1907), and paternal grandmother was Mary Emma Leslie (1858-1903). His maternal grandfather was Henry Jefferson Stokes (1863-1949). His maternal grandmother was Mary Eliza Wood (1864-1949), both of Benton County, Tennessee. His maternal great grandparents were John King Wood and Nancy Burrell Foster of Benton County, Tennessee. He was the oldest of three children. His brother G. Earle was a gospel preacher, and his sister was Annie Mae Woods Bawcum. In his youth, Guy worked on the farm, and around the saw mill. His father was a logger, which was the reason Woods was born in Mississippi instead of the family hometown of Holladay, Tennessee. His father had worked at a sawmill in Vardeman for a brief period when Guy was born. Soon after they moved back to the family home of Holladay on the same acreage where the Church of Christ in Holladay now stands. He attended high school in Holladay and was active on the debate team, an activity that would set the stage for a career of deliberation on the polemic platform. He was baptized by J.W. Grant August 24, 1926. The next month he preached his first sermon at Holladay, Tennessee on his sixteenth birthday. He attended Freed-Hardeman College, Henderson, Tennessee for two years. Through the years he preached for a number of congregations on a regular basis: South Parkway, Memphis, Tennessee; Tompkinsville, Kentucky, 1929-1931; Post, Texas, 1932-1933; Kirkland, Texas, 1934; Wellington, Texas, 1934-1940; and Lubbock, Texas, 1943-1944. Beginning in 1945 he devoted himself to Gospel Meeting work throughout the country preaching for hundreds of different congregations. For over twenty-five years he conducted between 40 and 50 Gospel Meetings a year. Woods was a great debater. By the early 50's he had debated over one hundred leading denominational debaters in the country. In his lifetime he perhaps debated more people than any of his fellow preachers before or since. Of his debating skills, Grover Stevens in the 1946 Woods-Nunnery Debate wrote, "Bro. Woods has been successful as a debater for several reasons. One is his thoroughness. He never allows an argument of his opponent to go unnoticed. He makes his arguments in a forceful, intelligent, yet very simple manner. He does not become excited, nor does he allow his temper to show itself. He confines his remarks to the issues and not to personalities, as can be plainly seen from reading this debate." He debated men from numerous denominations. Some of the Baptists that he met were: D. N. Jackson (twice), H. F. Pepper (five times), A. U. Nunnery (twice), L. J. Crawford (twice), M. L. Welch (three times). Also, it may be of interest to note that he has met L. J. Crosswell, able materialist debater, six times. The occasions arose where he was called upon to debate his brethren from time to time as well. During the 1950s and 1960s the "ultra conservative," or "anti" movement among brethren caused the need for someone to arise to the occasion and defend the truth of God's word. He very logically and succinctly defended the truth against all attacks. Perhaps the most famous of the debates held with brethren was the discussion known as the Birmingham Debate, November 18-23, 1957 between Woods and Roy E. Cogdill on the subject of support of benevolent institutions from the treasury of the church. Guy N. Woods passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday evening, December 8, 1993. Thus ended the life and work of one of the most influential men in the church in the twentieth century.
Source: "Sorrowful" at Find-A-Grave

FRANK WRIGHT , 83, died at the home of his son, Freeman, in the Flatwoods community Saturday, March 31. Funeral services were conducted at Flatwoods Church by the Rev. W. M. Vaughn and the Rev. Paul Lyles Sunday afternoon. Interment was in Flatwoods Cemetery. He is survived by his widow, four sons, Theron Wright of Trenton, Whealon Wright, Camden, Freeman Wright, Eva, Leaby Wright of Big Sandy and two daughters, Mrs. Nona Clark of Millersville, Mo., and Mrs. Eunia Barfield, Pine Bluff, Ark.

LAWONA WRIGHT - Services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock for Mrs. Lawona Wright, 89, by the Rev. Frank Daniels at Flatwoods Methodist Church. Interment in church cemetery. Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home in charge. Mrs. Wright, who passed away Monday at the home of her son, Freeman Wright, is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Homer Barfield, Pine Bluff, Ark., Mrs. Nona Clark, Millersville, Mo.; four sons, Theron Wright of Trenton, Wheeling Wright, Freeman Wright and Leabie Wright, all of Camden; 17 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

JESS WYNN died after a short illness at Jackson Madison General Hospital of lung cancer which had metastasized. Oakdale Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Jess Wynn was born in Harlan County, Kentucky, the 11th of 13 children. He became the first of his family to graduate from high school. He played football at Evarts High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. He then taught high school English in Evarts, KY and later at a private prep school. He had a great love for learning and reading. Wynn was a staff sergeant in the United States Army during the last of the Vietnam era, earning commendations and a purple heart when he was wounded in a fire fight explosion. After his discharge he worked as a house painter and construction worker before moving to Tennessee in 1979. Mr. Wynn worked for many years at Oak Ridge Associated Universities at the NOAA facility. For the last 3 years he taught at a private school in West Tennessee. Mr. Wynn wrote fiction, poetry, and autobiographical novels for his own enjoyment, and he loved to sing and play the guitar. He was also an excellent gardener and an avid fly fisherman. During one outdoor excursion he plucked a tiny puppy out of a raging river and brought her safely home in his fishing vest. He was a very caring person to both animals and humankind. He is loved and missed by many friends, family and co-workers. Plans for his memorial service are incomplete at this time. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to the American Cancer Society or your local animal shelter in his name