Decatur Co TN Obituaries

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EVELYN (SMITH) BAKER - Services for Mrs. Evelyn Baker were Sunday Dec. 12, 1999 at Parsons Mortuary with burial in Jeannette Cemetery. Mrs. Baker 75, died Thursday Dec. 9, 1999 at Vanderbilt Hospital. She was a homemaker. She leaves her husband, Jordan Baker of Decaturville; two daughters, Phyllis Grams of Ottawlake MI; and Joy Lynn Conrad of Franklin; a sister, Jerry Vanderpool of Nashville and five grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 15 Dec 1999

FRED SAILS BAKER - Services for Fred Sails Baker were Saturday, August 11, 2001 at Calvary Baptist Church. Parsons Mortuary was in charge. Mr. Baker, 101, died Wednesday, August 8, 2001 at Westwood Manor ofheart failure. He was a carpenter. He leaves a son, Thomas D. of Parsons; three daughters, Aletha Oakley of Pekin IL, Nellie Faye Milne of Phoenixville PA and Sarah E. Baker of Cotati CA; a sister, Nona Jones of Parsons, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 15 August 2001

HUGH EARL "SQUACK" BAKER - of Parsons, died Nov. 3, 2013 at Decatur Co. Hsp. Services will be Wednesday at Parsons Mortuary. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cem. He is survived by his wife Imogene Young, stepsons, Timmy Reddix and Mark, stepdaughters, Pam Lee and Kathy Williams; brothers Jordan Baker, Oneal, Bob and Donnie Baker; sisters Glenda Shea, Sherry Keeton, Betty Albright and Darlene Brown and 16 grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 6 Nov 2013

JAMES EDWARD BAKER - Services for James Edward Baker were Monday Oct. 30, 1995 at Boyd Parsons Funeral Home with burial in Oak Grove Cem. Parsons. Mr. Baker, 76, died Saturday Oct. 28, 1995 at his residence. He was a retired farmer and State Dept. employee. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Leola Norman Baker of Holladay; a son, Charles of Holladay. A sister Ruthie Jane Lomax of Galatin and a grandchild.
Lexington Progress Nov. 1, 1995

JOE D. ODELL BAKER - 85, passed away December 22, 2009 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Visitation was held Tuesday, December 22, 2009 from 6 PM until 9 PM and 9 AM until 1:30 PM on Wednesday. Funeral services were held graveside Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 2 PM at the Dr. O.A. Kirk Memorial Cemetery in Linden with Rev. Dave Kingsley officiating. He was born June 28, 1924, in the Sugar Tree Community in Decatur County, to the late Therman Baker and Daisy Bawcum Baker. Mr. Baker had retired from the City of Linden Water Plant. He was a former Perry County School Board member. He served during WWII in the United States Army. He received two Bronze Stars and one Purple Heart for his service during the invasion on Okinawa. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Nettie Lois Richardson Baker; infant son, Donald Baker; grandson, Jacob Mills; brother, Forbus “Star” Baker; sister Leado “Bussie” Baker. Survivors include one son, David Baker of Parsons; one daughter, Sue Ann (William) Mills of Parsons; one sister, Cleao Miller of Parsons; four grandsons, Zack Mills, Billy Joe Baker, Michael Baker, Trevor Baker; one great granddaughter, Anna Elizabeth Baker. Young Funeral Home in Linden, TN was in charge of services.
Decatur County Chronicle

MARY JANE BAKER - Services for Mary Jane Baker were held on Monday at Parsons Mortuary Chapel with Brol Doug Sanders officiating. Burial was held at Yellow Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Baker, age 89, died on June 14 at Decatur County General Hospital. She is the widow of Tommy Baker. Survivors include a son, J.C. Baker of Parsons; a daughter, Lavern Hays of Decaturville; 5 grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 18 Jun 2003

THOMAS D. BAKER - Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 8 for retired Kaddis Manufacturing plant manager Thomas D. Baker, 69, of Parsons. Services for Thomas D. Baker, 69, will be held Saturday, March 8, at 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with Bro. Greg Stanford officiating. Burial will follow at Jeanette Cemetery. Mr. Baker died Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at Decatur County General Hospital after a long illness. A life-long resident of Decatur County, Mr. Baker was born November 30, 1933 to Fred and Grace Houston Baker, both deceased. He attended Parsons High School, where he was selected as a running back to the Volunteer Conference All-Star Football Team his senior year. Mr. Baker served in the US Air Force and attended the University of Tennessee, Martin. Following college, his employment included work for Hayes Aircraft Company in Birmingham, Alabama as an aircraft engine mechanic. He worked briefly for McDonnell Aircraft Company in St. Louis before returning to Hayes as a technical writer of aircraft maintenance manuals. In 1959, he began employment at Kaddis Manufacturing Company in Parsons as a machinist. Later, he completed a degree in Industrial Management at Jackson State Community College, and in 1977 was promoted to plant manager for Kaddis, a position he maintained until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for many years, and active in the Parsons Lions Club, serving as president in 1988-89.

He is survived by his wife, Vonelle; daughter, Katrina Carrington and husband Patrick of Jackson, Tennessee; and son, Lance Baker and wife Sherry, of Clarksville. Grandchildren are Ellen Carrington, Brad Carrington, Amber Baker, and Will Baker. Sisters are Aletha Oakley of Pekin, Illinois; Nellie B. Milne of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and Sarah Baker of San Francisco, California. Nieces are Pamela Milne, Cindy Schneider, Sheera DeGroot and Rebecca Milne. Nephews are Greg Oakley, Jeff Oakley and Scott Milne. Serving as pallbearers will be Thomas Carrington, Tony Taylor, Steve Todd, Collins Pratt, Ray Morris and Tommy Doyle. The family requests that Honorary Pallbearers be employees of Kaddis Manufacturing Company.

WILLODEAN BAKER - Services for Willodean Baker were Sunday May 23, 2010 at Parsons Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed in Parsons City Cemetery. Mrs. Baker, age 89, died May 21, 2010 at Decatur Hospital.
Lexington Progress 26 May 2010

JACK P. BALLARD - Services for Jack P. Ballard were Monday at Oak Grove Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery with Parsons Mortuary in charge. Mr. Ballard, 59, died Sunday at Methodist Hospital in Memphis of injuries sustained in an accident of Oct. 19, 1966 in which his wife was killed. He leaves three sons, Lawrence, Joe and Johnny all of Decaturville; five daughters, Mrs. Hazel Gilbert of Lexington, Mrs. Martha Overton, Mrs. Jimmy Moody, both of Scotts Hill, Mrs. Minnie Pearl Moody of Steele MO and Mrs. Sizie Teague of Decaturville; and two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Jackson of Decaturville and Mrs. Mittie Moody of Steele MO.
Lexington Progress 24 Nov. 1966

JONELL (AUSTIN) BARNICKLE - Services for Jo Nell Barnickle, age 76, of Parsons, were held on Saturday, April 15th, 2006 at Parsons Mortuary Chapel, with Bro. Todd Bowman officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Parsons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. She was born on July 22, 1929 in Decatur County, to the late Farris and Mamie Austin. She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Wayne Barnickle; a daughter, Kerry Jane Barnickle; one sister, Rose Farley; and one brother, Dewayne Austin. “Mama Jo” was deeply loved by her surviving family members; one daughter, Terry Jean (Willie) Smith of Parsons; one son, Larry J. (Debbie) Barnickle and their children, of Greenfield; one brother, Jack (Janet) Austin of Converse, IN; one sister, Erlene Crews of Parsons; a granddaughter, Cindy (Jerry) Whitsitt of Jackson; and four great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Robert Crocker, Henry Bowman, Tim Whitsitt, Larry Marshall, Matt Marshall, and Andy Marshall

AARON H. BARROW , age 76 of Decaturville, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at the Henderson County Hospital. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and a retired employee of the Clarion Health Partners (Methodist Hospital) in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Barrow; two daughters, Anita Odle of Florida and Vicky Barrow of Indiana; two sons, Randall Barrow of Indiana and Ronald Barrow of Kentucky; three sisters, Lura McDaniel and Thelma Miller of Lexington, and Brenda Sparkman of Decaturville and two brothers, James Harold Barrow of Indiana and Kenneth Barrow of Lexington. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Birdie Barrow and two brothers, David and William Barrow.

EDITH LEE BARTHOLOMEW - Services for Edith Lee Bartholomew were Sunday November 7, 1999 at Parsons Mortuary with burial in Mt. Zion, Decaturville. Mrs. Bartholomew, 68, died Friday, November 5, 1999 at Decatur County Hsp. She was a homemaker and the widow of Lonice Bartholomew. She leaves a son, Joe of Lexington; a daughter, Betty Joyce Wilson of Memphis, a sister, Mattie Welch of Scotts Hill, 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Lexington Progress November 10, 1999

THOMAS L. BARTHOLOMEW , 67, of Bartlett, formerly of Parsons, employee of Kimberly-Clark Corp., died of cancer Tuesday at his home. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Bear Creek Cemetery. Parsons Mortuary has charge. Mr. Bartholomew, the husband of Margaret Hays Bartholomew, also leaves two daughters, Sherry Cooper of Memphis and Tonya Bartholomew of Bartlett; his mother, Edith W. Bartholomew of Parsons; a sister, Betty Wilson of Bartlett; and two brothers, Jerry Bartholomew of Charleston, Miss., and Joe Bartholomew of Lexington.
The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN 11-27-1997 - Contributed by Carole McCaig (Find-A-Grave)

MARIAN M. (JURY) BATEMAN , 76, of Jackson, Tenn., died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at Jackson County General Madison Hospital. Born Feb. 19, 1929, at Clearfield, she was a daughter of Charles and Nora (Moore) Jury and was raised by Roy and Fannie Fullington. She graduated from Clearfield Hospital School of Nursing in 1950 and joined the Nurse Corps of the U.S. Air Force. She wed Dr. Richard Maurice Bateman of Jackson, who survives. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bateman is survived by three sons, Dr. Richard E. Bateman and his wife. Sandy, of Kingsport, Tenn., Dr. Jeffrey M. Bateman and his wife, Tammy, of Yorktown, Va., and Dr. Mark M. Bateman and his wife, Jennifer, of Jackson; and seven grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Rose Marie Clark of Clearfield; and two brothers, Harrison Jury of Clearfield and Richard Jury of Salt Lake City. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Roxane; and two brothers, Don and Dean. Services were held at Pafford Funeral Home, Lexington, Tenn. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Source: Wilda Graves Patterson at Find-A-Grave

RICHARD MAURICE BATEMAN - Services for Mr. Bateman are scheduled for Friday March 11, 2016 at First Uniteed Meth. Church with Rev. Dr. Doug Norfleet officiating with Pafford Funeral Home of Lexington in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Bateman, 87, the son of the late Thomas P. and Martha Dean Crowder Bateman, died Friday March 4, 2016 in Lexington. Maurice a faithful memeber of the Metodist Church of Lexington, grduated from the UT College of Denistry in 1952 and joined the Air Force Dental Group, discharged from the Korean War as a Capt. Maurice returned to Lexington in 1956 where he practiced dentistry for 35 years. He enjoyed playing golf, talking politices at McDonalds and in his later years playing rook and dominos with his wife Peggy and friends. Maurice was preceded by his wife of 50 years, Marian Jury Bateman. He is survived by their three sons, Dr. Rick Bateman of Kingsport, Dr. Jeff Bateman of Maryville and Dr. Mark Bateman of Jackson and seven grandchildren. In September of 2008, Maurice married Peggy Britt. Also preceding him is one sister and five brothers.
Lexington Progress 9 Mar 2016

GRAY LYNN BAWCUM - Funeral services for Mr. Gray Lynn Bawcum, age 81, are scheduled for 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lexington, TN with Rev. William Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Parsons. Pafford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Bawcum died late Sunday (29 October 2006) in Jackson, TN. He was born August 7, 1925 in Decatur County to the late Samuel H. and Maggie A. (Livingston) Bawcum. He was a U. S. Air Force Veteran, serving in WWII and Korea, a retired aerospace engineer for Westinghouse, a member of the Masons, Shriners, Scottish Rite, and York Rite, and a Presbyterian. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Bawcum and four brothers, Connie, Jack, John, and Charles Bawcum. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Calaway Bawcum of Lexington; his son, Russell Lynn Bawcum of Woodbridge, VA; his daughter, Melissa Garrett of Lexington, three stepsons, Andy Calaway of Bartlett, TN, Dennis Calaway of Mobile, AL, and Bill Calaway, Jr. of Lexington; three stepdaughters, Belynda Looney of West Memphis, AR, Deondra Baker of Lexington, and Carolee Stafford of Marion, AR, four brothers, Hersell Bawcum of Nashville, TN, Henry Bawcum of Parsons,TN, Dean Bawcum of Hollow Rock, TN and Robert Bawcum of Ocean Springs; a sister, Frances Haggard of Nashville; three grandchildren, Boyd, Sean, and Kristin Garrett; two great grandchildren, Kiara and Aubrey Garrett; many step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, and a step great great grandson. The family will receive friends today from 8:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M. and Wednesday 8:00 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. Pafford Funeral Home 731-968-2544

MAX BAWCUM , age 71, died Wednesday, November 2nd at Decatur County General Hospital. He was born on August 20th, 1934 in the Bunches Chapel community of Decatur County, to Clearance Ray Bawcum and Mary Della Newsom. His family moved to North Decatur County when he was about three years old. They resided there for many years, and he left at age 16 to live with his grandparents in Parsons. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at age 14 at home on his bed. He publicly announced Christ as his Lord and Savior a short time later at a little country church nearby that his dad helped to establish and build, and is today named Franks Chapel. He said that the only time that he heard his dad shout was when he walked down that aisle. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ima Jean (Houston) Bawcum; one daughter, Vickie Renee Collins and husband Leslie, of Parsons; one son, Johnny Ray Bawcum, of Parsons; six grandchildren, Jennifer Reape and husband Billy of Port St. Lucie, FL; Amanda Swan and husband Tim of Beach Park, IL; David Collins of U.S. Navy, Jacksonville FL; Jonathan Bawcum of Lakeland FL; and Craig Bawcum and McKenzie Bawcum of Parsons, two great-grandchildren, Savannah and Shawn Reape; one sister, Erma Moore of Parsons; and 15 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Cleamon Bawcum of Mason Hall, TN and Lloyd Bawcum of Holladay, TN; and one sister, Willie Quinn of Parsons, TN. He met his wife, Ima Jean, in 1953 when he was employed at the old Rustic Theater as projector operator and after getting married, he found that he could not support a wife on $25 a week, so he left Parsons and went back to a previous job in Huntingdon. Even though he was furnished a company vehicle to drive to and from, in those days that was a long daily drive. In 1954, their first child, Vickie Renee was born on December 12th. That year they moved to Huntingdon where they lived until June of 1956, after he was offered better employment in Jackson. In 1959, their son Johnny was born. The family lived in Jackson until 1965, when Max was recruited by a company where he put in a two-year training. In 1966, he was transferred to Florida to finish his training program in Lakeland. After his training period was over, he was made superintendent of operations and served at two different locations until his retirement, when he moved back to Tennessee. After moving back to Tennessee, he and his wife became members of First Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon and taught the Sunday School Fellowship class until his health failed him

ORA JANE BAWCUM - Services were Nov. 21, 2009 at Parsons Mortuary with burial at Yellow Springs Cemetery. She is survived by one son, McDaniel bawcum; one daughter, Virginia Nell Bawcum; both of Holladay, one sister Delta Walker, Parsons and 6 grandchildren.
Lexington Progreee 25 Nov 2009

TOM BAWCUM - Services for Tom Bawcum, age 72, were March 17, 2013 at Parsons Mortuary with Bro. Don Franks officiating. Interment followed in Wesson Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Bawcum died March 14, 2013 at his home in Williamson County.. He was preceded by his brother Bobby. He is survived by his wife, Glenda Smith Bawcum, son, Chance Bawcum, daughter Heather Bawcum and one grandchild.
Lexington Progress 9 Mar 2013

COY BIVINS - Services for Coy Bivins, 73, were Nov 19, 1980 at Parsons Mortuary with the Rev. Cletus Duke officiationg. Burial was in Red House Cemetery. Mr. Bivins, a retired farmer, died at Jackson=Madison county General Hospital after a long illness. He was born in Decatur County. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Stella Mayo Bivins: A son, Paul Bivins of Bathsprings: two brother, Edgar Bivins of Dyesburg and Earlis Bivins of Parsons: a sister, Mrs. Lona White of Somerville: and two grandchildren.
Source: May Bell Rootsweb World Connect

ERNEST MARVIN BIVINS , 57, of 1673 Nelson, farmer, died at 3 p.m. Tuesday at City of Memphis Hospital. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today in National Cemetery. Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis has charge. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Hazel Taker of North Little Rock; three sons, Johnny Bivins of Sardis, TN., and Tommy Bivins and Henry Bivins, both of Little Rock; a sister, Mrs. Lonnie White of Sommerville, TN.; two brothers, Woodrow Bivins and Erles Bivins, both of Scotts Hill, TN., and two grandchildren.

JAMES MAX BIVINS , 64, of Scotts Hill, Tn. died March 10, 2012 at WestwoodHealthcare. James is survived by his wife Patricia of Scotts Hill; two sons, Larry D. and James Robert of Jackson; two sisters, Wanda Scott, Lexington; Linda Moore of Maryland; two brothers William of Lexington; Dale of Scotts Hill; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by 2 brothers, Thoma sandJ.T. Bivins and a sister Betty Jo. Services were Reeds of Scotts Hill and burial in Libety Cemetery.
Lexington Progress 14 Mar 2012

JOHN WOODROW BIVINS , 73 died December 7, 1978 at his home in the Liberty Community after an apparent hear attack. Funeral Services were held December 9, 1978, at Liberty Methodist Church with the Rev. Dennis Beasley And Rev. Don Yancey officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Scotts Hill Funeral Home in Charge. He was a former TVA employee and a retired farmer. He was a member of Liberty Methodist Church and a Veteran of World War II. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Willie Britton Bivins; 4 daughters; Mrs. Charlene Martindale of Freeburg, Ill, Mrs. Betty Jo Fritz of Buckeysdown, Md. Mrs. Wanda Glyn Scott of Sardis, Tenn. and Mrs. Linda Kay Moyers of Grotoes, Va; 6 sons, Billy Thomas Bivins of Marked tree, Ark, John Thomas Bivins of Henderson, Tenn, William Mearn Bivins of Lexington, Tenn. James Mack Bivins of Scotts Hill, Lenard Dale Bivins also of Scotts Hill, and Thomas Joseph Bivins of Decaturville: 3 Brother, Earlis Thomas Bivins of Parsons, Edgar Bivins of Dyersburg, and Coy Bivins of Bath Springs; 1 sister, Mrs. Lona Wyatt of Sommerville, Tenn,; 19 gradchildren and 3 great grandchildren
Contributed by Melinda Bell

MARY LOIS (RENFORE) BIVINS - age 89 of Parsons, died Jan. 31, 2015 at Decatur County Health Center. Services were held Feb. 1, 2015 at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church with interment in New Prospect Cemetery. She is survived by one son, Jerry Bivins; one brother, Loy Renfroe; two sisters, Lottie Fisher and Annie Montgomery and four grandchildren. She was preceded by husband Erles Bivins.
Lexington Progress 4 Feb 2015

PAUL BIVINS - age 87, of Bath Springs died Oct. 23, 2015 at Decatur Co Hospital. Services were Oct. 25, 2015 at Parsons Mortuary with interment in the Red House Cemetery. He is survived by son David Bivins and daughter Tammie Lummus and 1 grandchild. He was preceded by his wife Jimmie Bivins.
Lexington Progress 28 Oct 2015

WILLIE DEE (BRITTON) BIVINS - Services for Mrs. Willie Dean Britton Bivens were Friday at Liberty Methodist Church with the Revs. Dennis Smith and Dennis Lunsford officiating. Burial with Thomas-Scotts Hill Funeral Home in Charge. Mrs. Bivens, Who was 57, died Wednesday (15 April 1923) at Decatur County Hospital after a short illness. She was the widow of John Woodrow Bivens and a life long resident of the Liberty Community. She was a Methodist. She leaves five sons, James Bivens, Lenard Dale Bivens, Both of Scotts Hill, John Bivens of Henderson, William Bivens of Lexington and Rev. Thomas Joseph Bivins of Decaturville: three daughters, Mrs. Betty Jo Fritz 0f Buckeystown,MD., Mrs. Wanda Scott of Scotts Hill and Mrs. Linda Kay Moyers of Grottoes, VA: three brother, James Britton of Bells, Frank Britton of Franklin and Robert Lee Britton of Ramer: three sisters, Mrs. Betty sue Moore of Chicago, Mrs. Cordellia Taylore of Bells and Mrs. Theena Mae Johnson of Brownsville: 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Melinda Bell

GRADY MARVIN BLACKSTOCK , 43, died Thursday night, September 14, 1964 at the Decatur County Hsp. Services were held at 3 p.m. at Peace Chapel with Rev. Les Haggard officiating. Burial was in the church cemetry under direction of Parson mortuary. Mr. Blackstock is survived by his mother, Mrs. Maggie Blackstock of Decaturville; one brother, Omer of Decaturville; three sisters, Mrs. Festus Jackson of Decaturville, Mrs. Lector Marr of Scotts Hill and Mrs. Youal Arrington of Parsons.
Contributed by Kathy Gautney

OMER LEE BLACKSTOCK - Services for Omer Lee Blackstock were Tuesday at Boyd Funeral Home with burial in Peace Chapel cem. near Scotts Hill. Mr. Blackstock, 73, died Monday morning at Decatur County Hospital after a long illness. He was a retired garment worker and farmer. He leaves his wife, Anna Mae of Decaturville; five daughters, Mrs. Shirley Brasher, Miss Betty Lou, both of Decaturville, Mrs. Jimmie Stevens of Nashville, Mrs. Jackie Jordan of Parsons and Mrs. Jonnie Cromwell of Counce; two sons, Ronnie and Donnie both of Decaturville; three sisters, Mrs. Dee Arrington of Parsons, Mrs. Mae Marr of Scotts Hill and Mrs. Mittie Jackson of Decaturville; 13 grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren.
Contributed by Kathy Gautney

CORENE (McMINN) BLANKENSHIP , age 75, died October 25 at JMCGH. Funeral services were October 27 in the Chapel of Dilday Funeral Home. Internment followed in the Chapel Hill Cemetery . She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank James, and two daughters, Mary Lee James and Debbie Gail James. She is survived by five sisters, Lucille Walls of Cedar Grove; Lisa Marie Hollowell of Huntington; Lorene Pinkley and Mildred Sue Barber both of Milan; and Doris McMinn of Lexington; three brothers, Prentice McMinn of Cedar Grove; Thomas McMinn and Jimmy Dunn McMinn both of Milan.
Contributed by Beck Keen - The Lexington Progress, 10-29-2003

DOROTHY MAE (KEETON) BLANKENSHIP - Funeral services for Mrs Dorothy Mae Keeton Blankenship age 81, are scheduled for 11 AM April 23, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Rev. Stan McDaniel officiating. Buril will follow in Keeton Cemetery in Bath Springs. Pafford Funeral home in Lexington is in charge. Mrs. Blankenship died early Tuesday in Franklin. She was born November 28, 1927 in Decatur County to the late Bedford and Ora Mae Duck Keeton. She was a retired secretary and a member of First United Methodist Church. She was preceded by one son Dennis Blankenship. Survivors include her son, Mike (Teresa) Blankenship of Franklin, two brothers, Donald and Bryan of Keeton Springs TN, three sisters Majorie Fiddler of Lexington, Sue Reynolds of Texas and Helen Harrington of Keeton Springs TN and one grandson Chris (Ashley) Blankenship.
Lexington Progress 22 Apr 2009

LOYCE BLANKENSHIP - Services for Loyce Blankenship Jr. will be Thursday May 20, 1999 at Parsons Mortuary with burial in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. He was 59, died Tuesday May 18, 1999 at Vanderbilt Hospital. He was a security officer at Wayne Co Boot Camp. He leaves his wife Betty of Decaturville; a daughter Tina Gardner of Parsons; his mother Pauline of Parsons, sister, Patsy Pratt ofScotts Hill and a grandson.
Lexington Progress 19 May 1999

MAC L. BLANKENSHIP - Services for Mac L. Blnkenship were Saturday July 18, 2009 at Parsons Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed in Sardis Ridge. Mr. Blankenship, age 62, died July 15, 2009 at St. Thomas Hospital. He was preceded by a brother James Robert Blankenship. Survivors include one son, Bart of Parsons and three children.
Lexington Progress 22 July 2009

VIRGINIA (CONRAD) BOATWRIGHT - Services for Virginia Boatwright,, age 63, were held May 14, 2013 at Friendship Church with Bro. Don Franks officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Survivors include her husband James A. Boatwright; two sons, Douglas Griggs and Jason Boatwright; two brothers Jimmy and Charlie Conrad and three grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 15 May 2013

ADA HELEN BOROUGHS - Funeral services for Ada Helen Boroughs were Saturday, October 20, 2007, at Bear Creek Baptist Church, Parsons. Burial followed in Bear Creek Cemetery. Mrs. Boroughs, age 77, died Friday, October 19, 2007, at Decatur County General Hospital. She was preceded in death by one grandson. Survivors include three daughters, Bettina Diane Rosson and Felecia Gail Dick both of Parsons, Darlene Boroughs, Cordova; one son, David Anderson Boroughs, Parsons; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Linda Fiedor from the Lexington Progress. October 24, 2007.

TAMMY (MANESS) BORRON - Services for Tammy Maness Borron were held Friday at Parsons Mortuary Shapel. Interment followed at Concord Cemetery. Mrs. Borron age 49, died June 26, 2008 in her home. She is survived by her husband Charles Borron of Decaturville; a step- daughter, Jennifer Bedwell of Lexington; her father, Thomas Maness of Decaturville; and a sister, Ramona Maness of Dcaturville. She was preceded in death by her mother, Zana Lou Griggs Maness.
(Lexington Progress July 2, 2008)

DARLA (SWIFT) BOWMAN - 51, of Scotts Hill TN died Jan. 4, 2013 at Jackson TN Hospital. Darla is survived by a daughter Sara Lynn Carter of Scotts Hill; by her parents Bobby and Nellie Swift of Decaturville; three sisters, Cindy Creasy, Sonda Thornton and Sherry Brawley of Decaturville and a dear friend, Glen Carrington. Services were held at Reeds Chapel at Decaturville with Bro. Mike yarbro officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill.
Lexington Progress 10 Jan 2013

GERALD BOWMAN - 71, of Holladay TN, passed away April 16 at his home. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Quinn Bowman. Services were April 18 with burial in Yellow Springs Cemetery. Bro. Clint Ezell officiated.
Lexington Progress 24 April 2013

JAMES BOWMAN - Funeral services for James Bowman were Monday May 26, 2008 at Parsons Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed in Bear Creek Cemetery with a Flag Ceremony by Veterans Honor Guard. Mr. Bowman, age 74, died May 24, 2008 at Decatur County Hsp. He is survived by hsi wife Ima Jean Crues Bowman, Parsons; one son, Jeff of Parsons; two brother Jerry Bloodworth and Henry Bowman both of Parsons; two sisters, Wanda White, Memphis and Sandra Stearnes, Munford.
Lexington Progress 28 May 2008

JAMES T. BOYD - A severe accident occurred in Decatur county near the Carroll county line several days ago. James T. Boyd owned and was running a saw mill; his fireman allowed the water to run low in the boiler which resulted in an explosion followed by fatal results. Mr. Boyd… body blown into atoms. A son of WILLAIM RIGGS was also badly crippled. Boyd was about 45 years old, leaves a wife and several children. He is an own cousin of FRANK ROGERS of this place and has other relatives in the county who sadly deplore the unfortunate occurrence.
From the Carroll County Democrat Dec. 24, 1891

CLINT P. BRASHER - Funeral services for Mr. Clint P. Brasher, age 91, of Bath Springs, were held Monday, May 17, 2004 in the Reed's Chapel, in Decaturville. Interment followed at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, in Bath Springs. Mr. Brasher died Saturday, May 15, 2004, at Decatur Co. General Hospital. He was a retired farmer and county employee. He is survived by a sister, Reba Patterson, of Bath Springs, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a wife, Lillie Alma Brasher, and father & mother, Robert Cecil and Mexie Martha (Montgomery) Brasher.
The News Leader, Parsons, TN, May 26, 2004, Page B-4

GENE ROBERT BRASHER - Funeral service for Gene Robert Brasher will be at Reeds Chapel Decaturville on Wednesday July 21, 2010 with burial to follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Bath Springs. Mr. Brasher, age 74, of Parsons, TN died Sunday July 18, 2010 at Decatur Co. Hospital. He is survived by his wife Betty; two sons, Donny of Parsons, Michael of Parsons; two brother Jimmy of Decaturville; Ralph of Decaturville and five grandchildren . He was preceased by his parents, James Oren and Rubie Brasher and two brothers, Ben Frank and W. J. Brasher.
Lexington Progress 21 July 2010

GRAPEL M. BRASHER - Services for Grapel M. Brasher were Monday at Red Walnut Church of Christ. Burial followed in Church Cemetery. Mrs. Brasher age 97, died May 8, 2011 at Decatur County Hsp. She was preceded by two brothers, Finis Patterson and Earnest. Survivors include one son, Robert Lynn Brasher, Bath Springs and Imalee Montgomery, Henderson and two grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 11 May 2011

JAMES R. BRASHER - Services for James R. Blankenship were Saturday October 9, 1999 at First United Methodist Churchk Decaturville, with burial in Decaturville CIty Cemetery, Brewer Memorial Funeral Home Decaturville was in charge. He was 57, died Thursday October 7, 1999 at Jackson Hospital. He was a tug boat engineer. He leaves his wife Carole Smith Blankenship of decaturville; two daughters, Tammy Chummy and Kimberly Schawab, both of Parsons; two sons, James Anthony Blankenship of Clarksburg and Kelly Smith Blankenship of Decaturville; a brother, Mac of Parsons and nine grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 13 Oct 1999

JESSE GLENN BRASHER - Services at Reeds Chapel-Decaturville at 3 pm on Wednesday, April 28th with Rev. Steve Doublas officiating. Burial will followin Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mr. Brasher age 86, died Monday APril 266. 2010 at Decatur County Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents jesse and Demesse Brasher, eight sisters, Lavon Ethridge, Nettie Fisher, Grapel Fisher, and four brothers, Grady, Elvin, Cleo and Lamarse Brasher. He was he husband of Iris (Morgan) Brasher who survives him. Other survivors include two daughters Rebecca Stanfill of Decaturville, Mary Grishal of Hendersonville; two sisters, Omega McClure of St. Louis, Betty Brasher of Parsonf and 3 grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 28 Apr 2009

JOAN R. (SMITH) BRASHER - 75, of Decaturville TN passed away Sept. 30, 2012 at Baptist Hsp. in Nashville. Joan was a member of Decaturville First Baptist Church. She is survived by two daughters Vickie Wallace of Centerville; and Renee Carr of Austin TX; two sons Doug and David both of Parsons and 10 grandchildren. She was preceded by her husband J.G. Brasher, a grandaughter Melissa Gurley, a sister, Jo Ethlan Smith and her parents, Jake and Magnolia Smith. Services were held at Reeds Chapel, Decaturville TN oct. 3rd with Bro Don Franks officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Lexington Progress 10 March 2012

MAXINE (VISE) BRASHER - Funeral services for Maxine Brasher will be at the First United Methodist Church. Decaturville on April 30, 2009. Ms. Brasher, died SUnday APril 26, 2009 at Henderson Co Hsp. SHe is survived by a son, Larry D. (Gail) Brasher of Montgomery TX; a daughter Dian Brasher of Lexington; two granddaughters Michelle Brasher Lloyd) Swanson of Montgoemry TX, Laura Brasher (Bobby) Sampson of Southlake TX and four great grandchildren; a sister, Loraine Vise Howie and a brother, James L. Vise. She was preceded by her husband of 59 years, William A. Brasher, her parents John Wesley Vise and Maggie Luna White Vise; a wonderful stepmother, Edna Sewell Vise; four brothers, John W. Jr., Robert M., William G and Earnest Roach Vise, one sister, Lucille V. Houston and many friends.
Lexington Progress 29 April 2009

PAUL BRASHER - Funderal services for Paul D. Brasher were Oct. 15, 2009 at Parsons Mortuary. Burial followed in Trinity Cemetery. Mr. brasher, age 73, died October 13, 2009 at his home. He was preceded by a brother W. Earl Brasher. Survivors include his wife Lounell Douglas Brasher; one son Shane of Parsons; on daughter Vickie Ward, Parsons; two sisters Sue Davis, CA and Margaret Brown ofLexington - two grandaughters and two great grandsons.
Lexington Progress 21 Oct 2009

PHILLIP BRASHER - Services for Phillip Brasher were Sunday June 20, 2010 at Parsons Mortuary. Burial followed in Perryville Cemetery. Mr. Brasher, age 68, died June 18, 2010 at Vanderbilt. He is survived by a son, Andy Prsher, Coma MS and two grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 23 Jun 2010

RALPH CRAIG BRASHER , 83, of Decaturville, died Nov. 14, 2011 at Decatur Co Hosp. He was a retired towboat engineer and a veteran of the US Air Force. Mr. Brasher is survived by his wife, Shirley Brasher of Decaturville; four sons, Dale of Parsons, Terry of Decaturville, Steve of Lexington, Bob of Lexington, a brother J.H. of Decaturville. He is also survived by six grandchildren. He ws preceded by his parents, James Oren and Ruby Lee Brasher and three brothers, W.J. Ben Frank and Gene Robert Brasher. Services will be held at Reeds Chapel Nov. 16, 2011 with Bro. Steve Douglas officiating. Burial will follow in Old Baptist Church Cemetery near Decaturville.
Lexington Progress 16 Nov 2011

RAY COLE BRASHER , 65, of Decaturville passed away March 31, 2010 at Decatur Hospital. He was a retired firefighter with the Memphis Fire Department and a Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife Nancy Rebecca Poston of Decaturville; by a daughter Jennifer Lynn Brasher of of South Haven MS; a son, Bryce Cole Brasher of South Haven MS. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Ruth White, of Decaturville; a sister Nancy Sue Smart of Franklin; two brotehrs, Walter James Brasher of Parsons, Edgar Frank Brasher of Jackson TN by five grandchileren, Shean, Sabrina, Seth, Olivia and Payton. Burial in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.
Decatur Chronicle

ROBERT CECIL BRASHER - Services for Robert Cecil Brasher were Monday afternoon at Pleasant Hill Methodist Church near Bath Springs with Rev. Clyde Johnson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Pafford Funder Home in charge. Mr. Brasher, 80, died early Sunday at Lexington Hospital. he was born in Decatur County and had spent most of his life near Reagan. He was a retired groceryman and a Baptist. He leaves his wife Quinnie Brasher of Reagan; four sons, Clint, Ray and Ennis all of Reagan and WIlton of Decaturville; a daughter Mrs. Reba Patterson of Bath Springs; a brother Will and a sister, Miss Mae Brasher, both of Decaturville; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 10 November 1966

VIRGINIA LEE BRASHER - age 85, of Lexington, passed away Mar 16, 2016 in Jackson. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lexington and was a retired factory worker and towboat cook. She is survived by two daughters, Linda White and Brenda Walker of Lexington, two sons, Wayne an Reagan Tuten of Bath Springs, two brothers, Wayne and Gale Camper of KY; a sister Cathy Edwards of KY and five grandchildren. Services were Mar 18 at the Church with burial following in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bath Springs. She was preceded by her husband Robert Creed Tuten; parents, Ruby Camper and Holland Reynolds; and a sister Jean Martin.
Lexington Progress 23 Mar 2016

WALTER EUGENE BRASHER - 82, of Parsons, died 18 Dec. 2013 at his home. Services were held Dec. 20, 2013 at Parsons Mortuary. Interment followed in Perryville Cemetery. He is survived by his son, Roger Brasher, daughter, Debra Warren; sisters, Martha Ann Greenway and Dorothy Cruse and nine grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 25 Dec 2013

ALICE SUE (JORDAN) BRIGANCE - Services for Alice JOrdan age 68, were March 9, 2011 at Parsons Morturary with Bro. Chris Warren officiating. Burial will follow at Brigance Cemetery. She was preceeded by her mother Vera Morgan Jones, her father, Locie A. Jones, four brothers, WIlliam Jones, James Jones, Fred and W.O. Jones; three sisters, Waleen Seymour, Nellie Haven and Irene Rhodes. She is survived by two daughters Teresa (Bill) Pendelton ofLexington and Michelle 9Jacky) Hicks of Parsons and eight grandchildren.
Lexington Ppogress 9 March 2011

DAN BRIGANCE - Funeral services for Mr. Dan Brigance, age 72, are scheduled for 11 am.m. June 11, 2008 at Red Walnut Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Bath Springs, Pafford, funeral home in charge. Mr. Brigance retired Air Force and Army, died late Monday in Parson. Survivors include his wife, Lela Mae Brigance of Bath Springs; one son, Roy Thomas Mayfield of Moulton AL; four daughters, Phyllis McWhorter of Hardy AK, Juaniece Davenport of Marietta GA, Kimberly Brigance of Atlanta GA and Lee Ann Macky of Chesapeake VA; seven grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 11 Jun 2008

NEIL BRIGANCE - Services for Neal Brigance were Saturday March 5, 2011 at Red Walnut CHurch of Christ with burial following at the cemetery. A flag ceremony was held by the veterans Honor Guard. r. Brigance age 78, died Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Jackson Hospital. He was apreceded by his brothers Earl and Fed and his sister Grace Mitchell. He is survived by his wife Robie Jean Harrell Brigance, one son, Jackie (Vonda) Brigance of Bath Springs; his sisters Graple West of Decaturville and Mable Johnson of Memphis and two grandsons.
Lexington PRogress 16 Mar 2011

OPAL BRIGANCE - Services for Opal Brigance were Saturday at Parsons Mortuary Chapel. BUrial followed in Brigance Cem. Mrs. Brigance age 99, died Nov. 4, 2010 at Decatur County Gen. Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband W. F. Brigance; two brothers, Phelia Wright and Willie Wright; four sisters, Letie Cole, Nina Sue Bates, Beulah Funderburk and Julie Funderburk.
Contributed by Lexington Progress 10 Nov 2010

JOHN WESLEY BRITT - Services for John Wesley Britt 73, were conducted Sunday morning at Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Decatur Co by the Rev. Crowder. Mr. Britt, who was born near Shady Hill in this county died at his home at Bath Springs Friday. He had suffered a stroke four days earlier. Mr. Britt was a member of the Pleasant Hill Church. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Clovis Roadh, Bath Springs; Mrs. Finis McClure, Luray; Mrs. Vernie Roadh, Milledgeville; a son, Ervin Britt of Decaturville; a brother Jim Britt, Flint MI and a sister Mrs. Frank Meeks, Bath Spring. Burial was in Pleasant Hill.
(Lexington Progress Feb. 2, 1951)

MONIE MAE (SPARKS BRITT - of Decaturville, TN, passed away Wednesday, January 22nd, at the Decatur County General Hospital. She is survived by 3 grandchildren, Pam (Chres) Villaflor, Jason (Sarah) Britt and John Britt; a daughter-in-law, Betty Britt, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Olen Britt; her sons, James and Dewey Britt; a daughter-in-law, Nettie Britt Martin; a granddaughter, Debbie Maness; her parents, Jake and Nola Sparks; two brothers Ruil and Elco Sparks; and two sisters, Adell Meggs and Beatrice Blankenship. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 25th, at Reed's Chapel, Decaturville, TN.
Lexington Progress

DONNA MARIE (TOMLIN) BRITTAIN - 51, of Parsons, died suddenly June 9, (2014) in Riverside OH. She had worked at Wally Mo Trailers in earlier years and was an avid Facebook user. She kept up with family and friends on Facebook and enjoyed every minute of it. Donna had been traveling with her husband David, as he job carrier him to different locations. Donna is survived by her husband, a son Brian Burdette and his special friend Ashley of Parsons; her mother Barbara Campbell of Parsons and a grandaughter Gracie Burdette. She was predeceased by a son, Logan Michael Brittain, her father, Logan Tomlin; her brother David Tomlin and her step father James Campbell. Memorial services were at Reeds Chapel in Decaturville TN on June 21, 2014 with Rodney Hardin officiating. Burial followed in Perryville Cem.
Lexington Progress 18 June 2014

JACKIE BRITTAIN - Funeral services for Jackie Brittain were Sunday Sept. 14, 2008 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home. Burial followed in South Side Baptist Cemetery Parsons. Mr. Brittain age 48, died Sept. 11, 2008 at Henderson County Hsp. Survivors include his father Marvin Briattain , his stepmother; one daughter, Ashley Brittain, one son, Joshua all of Lexington; two sisters, Diane Holmes, Lexington and Debbie Hays, Reagan; one brother, Marvin Lee Brittain, Omaha NE.
Lexington Progress 17 Sep 2008

FREDA ANN (PHILLIPS) BROWDER - Funeral services for Ms. Freda An Browder were Friday, January 29, 2006 , at Gray’s Chapel Church ; Pentecostal Church, Decaturville. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Cemetery . Reed’s Chapel, Decaturville was in charge of services. Mrs. Browder, age 58, died Friday, January 27, 2006 , at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital . Survivors include her husband James Edward Browder, one daughter, Lorie Martin, Milledgeville; five sons, Randle Browder, Billy Browder, Phillip Browder, all of Decaturville, Joey Browder, Savannah, Bromdon Browder, Jacks Creek; four sisters,, Kinda Jackson, Linda Moss, Judy McCain all of Decaturville, Carolyn Paige, Mississippi; one brother, Don Phillips, Adamsville; 15 grandchildren. She was predeacesed by a sister, Jo Ann Phillips.
Contributed by Becky Keen - The Lexington Progress, February 1, 2006

BETTY (AUSTIN) BUCZYNSKI - Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Buczynski, age 74, are scheduled for 2 PM on Sunday August 9, 2015 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home in Scotts Hill with Todd Buczynski officiating. Burial will follow in Corinth Methodist Cemetery. Mrs. Betty passed away on Friday August 7, 2015 in Parsons, TN. Born September 5, 1940 in Decatur County, TN to the late Albert Curt and Merlee Mae Creasy Austin, Mrs. Betty was a retired employee of H.I.S. Mrs. Betty was preceded in death by a son Kevin Buczynski, three brothers, Herbert, Landon, and MacArthur Austin, and two sisters, Colleen Wilbanks and Irma Austin. Survivors include her two sons, Todd Buczynski (Susan) and Mark Buczynski, daughter, Pam Rikard, two brothers, Curtis and Billy Austin, 5 sisters, Bonnie Lambert, Ollie Faye Evans, Kathleen McVey, Julia Carr, and Mary A. Yarbro, 6 grandchildren, Jessica Taylor, Heather Cupples, Lauren, Ryan, and Sarah Buczynski, and Hannah Rikard, also four great grandchildren, Niatalia Cupples, Jessamyn, Desmond, and Quinton Buczynski.
Lexington Progress 12 August 2015





























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