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EVELENA EADS - Funeral services for Mrs. Evelena " Granny" Eads, age 86, were Saturday, May 8, 2010 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with bro. Curtis Gardner officiating. Burial followed in Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery. Mrs. Eads passed away Wednesday in Lexington. She was born Sept. 20, 1923 in Henderson Co to the late Grover H. and Ada Shakelford Lewis. She was a retired employee of Johnson Controls and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Logan Eads; one brother Elmer Ray Lewis; and one sister, Lula Ann Davenport. Survivors include her daughter Jackie Sego and son in-law Billy of Lexington; five brothers, Billy Lewis of Albuquerque NM, Jack of St. Paul MN, John Lewis of Porterville, CA, Bobby Joe Lewis of Bartlett, and Charlie of Jackson TN; four sisters Letti Bell of Kennewich WA, Sarah Maness of Jackson TN, Martha Wilson of Huron TN and Lennie Maness of Jackson TN; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 12 May 2010

JAMES B. EADS - Services for James B. Eads, retired Baptist minister and farmer were Sunday afternoon from Corinth Baptist Church by the Rev. Earl Owens. He had been in Ill health for the past three years, die Thursday afternoon at hishome near Chesterfield. He had suffeed a stroke, earlier that day. He was 75. The Rev. eadshad prior to his retirement charge of several churches. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mattie Carrington Eads, and other relatives. He was the last of his family. He was the son of the late Noah and Martha Eads. Burial was in Corinth Cemetery with Wright -Timberlake Funeral Home in charge.
Lexington Progress 6/6/1951

LINNIE CLOELL EADS - Services fro Cloell Eads were Saturday at Parsons Mortuary with the Rev. J.V. Reeves officiating. Burial was in Mt. Ararat Cemetery. Mr. Eads who was 52, died Thursday at Decatur County Hospital. He was a deacon at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, a veteran of WW II, a livestock grower and construction worker. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Naomi Fayoma Eads of Darden; a son, William Gregory Eads of Lexington; a daughter, Mrs. Debbie Maxwell of Parson; his mother, (Obituary abruptly ends here)
Lexington Progress 2 Feb. 1977

MARTHA (DAVIS) EADS - aged 77 years, died Wednesday night, May 20, 1913 at her home near Darden, this county, after a long illness. She was a most estimable lady and a consistent member of the Baptist Church. She is survived by four children, Mrs. W.H. Hays of Lexington,Mrs. B.A. Carrington and Rev. James E. Eads being among the number. She was an aunt of Felix M. and Christopher C. Davis of this place. Her remains will be laid to rest in the Corinth Cemetery today after services by Rev. W.F. Boren of Darden.
The Lexington Progress May 30, 1913

RAYMOND EUGENE EASLEY - Funeral services for Mr. Raymond Eugene Easley, 56, will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2007 at St. Paul Baptist Church in Lexington, TN with Dr. Rev. Lonnie Black officiating. Burial will follow in Lexington City Cemetery. Mr. Easley, an employee of Lexington City School System, died Saturday, October 13, 2007 at Henderson County Community Hospital in Lexington, TN. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Mrs. Gwendolyn T. Easley; his father, Mr. John M. Easley of Lexington, TN; (2) sons, Karreem (Sherrill) and Kenya Easley; a daughter, Bethany Ard-Teague (Bryan) all of Lexington, TN; (3) brothers, John C. (LaRuth) Easley, Dennis (Gladys) Easley all Lexington, TN; and Cecil Easley of Seattle, WA; a sister, Virginia Easley of Lexington, TN; and (7) grandchildren. He will lie in state at the church today from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. Family hour will be today from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church. Memorials may be directed to: Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund 60 Brown St. Lexington, TN 38351 For more information, call Bledsoe Funeral Home at 731-427-1521.
Contributed by Linda Fiedor from the Lexington Progress October 17, 2007

ANGELIA CAROL EASON - Graveside services were Wednesday for Angelia Carol, two day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Joe Eason of Lexington. The Rev. James Hale officiated. Burial was in Jowers Cemetery with Pafford Funeral Home in charge. The infant also leaves her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Nichols and Mr. and Mrs. Mack Eason.
The Lexington Progress, December 14, 1967

CHARLES EDGAR EASON - Services for Charlie Edgar Eason, 80, were today at Scotts Hill Funeral Home with the Revs. Cleo Kelley and J.W. Hannah officiating. Burial was in Doe Creek Cemetery near Scotts Hill. Mr. Eason, a retired farmer, was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at Decatur County General Hospital in Parsons after a long illness. He was a native of Scotts Hill, a WW II veteran and belonged to the Church of Christ. Surviving are nieces and nephews.
Henderson County Times 2 May 1984

ETHELENE (WYATT) EASON of Muscle Shoals, AL died Thursday July 31, 1997. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Tuscumbia AL. She leaves her husband Edgar Lyon Eason; two daughters, Betty Lawler of Pittsburgh PA and Patricia Ann Eason; a son Steven Wyatt of Florence AL and two grandsons.

FLOSSIE EASON - Services for Mrs. Flossie Lee Eason will be Thursday August 31, 2000 2 p.m. at Reed's Chapel with burial in Lexington Cem. Mrs. Eason 78, died Tuesday August 29, 2000 at Lexington Methodist Hospital of a stroke. She was a housewife and the widow of Mack Eason. She leaves a daughter, Betty Lee Manes of Lexington; a son, Coy Lee Mills of San Bernadino CA and Bobby Lee Weatherlford of Jackson; a sister, Ester Mae Lemmonds of Ridgely; two brothers, Bill Jack Woods and Jack Woods, both of Ridgley; two brothers, Bill Jack Woods and James Woods, both of Ridgely, 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

GABRIAL EASON was born March 20, 1864, and peacefully expired, May 19, 1932. (Died in Scott's Hill, Tenn. while visiting with Charles, his eldest son. He is buried in Doe Creek Cemetery near Scott's Hill, Tenn.) He is survived by his devoted wife and the following children: Mr. Charles Issac Eason, Mr. Perry Elmer Eason, Mrs. Armentha Ellen Kennedy, Mrs. Arbie Idella Smith, Mrs. Ollie Bell Clenney, Mrs. Lucy Smith, and Miss Lizzie Ethel Eason. Those who preceded him to the grave are: Mr. Jess Armstead Eason, Mrs. Arthur Lewis Eason, and Mr. Chesley Omar Eason. Brother Eason united with the Free Will Baptist in 1884, with this denomination he remained until death, and worked zealously for his Savior's cause. He was very loyal husband, and affectionate father. No home will ever know a better one. It can truly be said of this beloved man that he incessantly rendered laudable service to his God and to his fellow man, with a pure heart and with will hands. We believe he was one to die without an enemy. Our dear brother died with a beautiful, placid countenance, which assured his folks and friends that the same Jesus with whom he had humbly walked through life, was waiting to accompany him across death's lonely valley. All the good and well deserved things we might say of him would soon be forgotten, but those who know him can never forget the humble useful life he has lived. He has written an epitaph, not merely for the marble that may mark his resting place, but one that is filled with enduring fidelity, loving service and crowned with an unfaltering faith in Christ Jesus. Although from a devoted husband, affectionate father and true friend we must part, his departure will add a shining gem to the mansions prepared for the righteous. We pray the merciful Heavenly Father to send His comforting Holy Spirit to sustain his folks, friends and relatives.
Contributed by Brenda Kay (O'Neill) Irons
Written by Earlis Scott believed to be a Freewill Baptist minister who lived in the Wetumka area and was long time friend of Grandpa Eason. This obituary appeared in the Wetumka Gazette
Gabrial Eason's Homestead
Gabrial and Melinda along with about 8 of their 10 children, moved by train from Scott's Hill, Tennessee, to Wetumka, Oklahoma (Hughes County) in about 1907. They settled 3 miles east of Wetumka in the community called "Greasey Creek" and started a farming operation. In the years leading up to (World War 1) the price of cotton was very high. Gabrial with plenty of help available a from Arbie, Minnie, Jess, Lucy, Ollie, Arthur, Omar, Perry & Ethel planted lots of cotton made lots of money. By around 1914 he had a new house built on 80 acres of land in the Hobson Community. It is about 6 miles Northeast of Wetumka. The house very large, well designed well painted and trimmed and fenced with a white picket fence a real showplace. . By around 1915 most all the children had married and moved to other places in the Wetumka area, Arthur, Omar, Perry and Ethel where still home. Fine teams of horses, fancy buggies, saddles, orchards, milk cows, hogs, chickens, geese, cotton, corn, other grains, vegetable gardens, the farm flourished, big Sunday dinners, lots of relatives, visiting and bringing their children. In my memory, these were wonderful days, months and years. My father, Arthur returned from France World War 1, in late 1919. He began an intensive courtship with Katie Hirrill a girl of 16, Arthur was 23. Fancy buggies all polished to a high shine, spirited horses with a fancy saddles, Sunday pies. Confrontation with other "Fancy Dans" that were trying to court Katie. This led to Arthur and Katie's marriage in the year of 1919. Just a few months later (May) Arthur was dead and July of 1920 Chesley was born in this house (Grand pa Gab's house.)

GLEN EASON age 88, were held Thursday, June 15, 2006 at Reed's Chapel Funeral Home-Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Mr. Eason died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at Lexington Manor. Mr. Eason was an Air Force Veteran and a member of the Cheap Valley Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Louise Eason of Lexington; a son, Jerry Ralph Eason of New Johnsonville; three daughters, Glenda Lindsey of Falls Church, VA, Freda Hudspeth of Eads, and Jan Eason of Lexington; one brother, Lynn Eason of Muscle Shoals, AL; two grandchildren, Kelli Wynne and Sarah Ruth Lindsey; and three great-grandchildren, Chloe Wynn, Kenny Wynn, and Cady Marie Wynn.

GLORIA DIANE EDWARDS age 64, died Jan. 21, 2013. She was born Oct. 31, 1948 in Duluth MN to Alvin and Phoebe Vandenbusche. She is survived by her hsuband, Joe T. Edwards; a dauhter Jan Guy of CA; her mother; a sister, Dawn Clarke. She and her husband resided at the Parkers Crossroads Campground for the past year and a half and had made many friends. She loved animals and was a member of the Wildlife Preserve. Memorial services held Jan. 29 at St. Mary's Catholic CHurch in Meadowlands, MN.
Lexington Progress 30 Jan 2013

HAROLD McEWEN EASON - Services for Harold McEwen Eason will be today at 11 a.m. at Reed Chapel with the Rev. Timothy Gant officiating. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery. Mr. Eason who was 68, died Tuesday at Jackson General Hospital. He was a veteran of WW II and a Baptist. He leaves three daughters, Mrs. Linda Scott, Mrs. Janet Hart, both of Lexington and Mrs. Maxine Wooley of Pikeville AL; two sons, Bobby Eason of Lexington and Harold Eason of Rogers, AR. Eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

JAMES A. EASON - Services for James A. Eason were Saturday Feb. 27, 1999 at Pafford Funeral Home with burial in Independence Cemetery. Mr. Eason, 77, died Thursday Feb. 25, 1999 at Lexington Hospial. He was a retired Henderson County Highway Dept. worker. He leaves a son, Ronnie Eason of Lexington; two daughters Lois Williams of Beech Bluff and Joyce Woods of Lexington; a sister, Martha Phipps of Lexington, 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, March 3, 1999

JAMES EARL EASON - Funeral services for James Earl Eason Sr. were Nov. 1, 2008 at Expressway Church of Christ. Burial followed in Lewis Cemetery. Mr. Eason, age 77, died Oct. 30, 2008 at his home. Survived by his wife Marie Lewis Eason; sone son, James Jr., of Jackson and one grandaughter.
Lexington Progress Nov. 12, 2008

LENA IDELL EASON - Services for Ms. Lena Idell Eason will be Saturday January 26, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Reeds Chapel with burial at Henderson County Memorial Gardens. Ms. Roberts who was 75 died Wednesday January 23 at the Lexington Methodist Hospital. She leaves three daughters Linda Scott of Lexington, Maxine Wooley of Pikeville TN and Janet Mashburn of Jackson; two sons Harold Eason of Rogers AR and Bobby Eason of Lexington; three sisters Josie Seymour of Gibson TN, Jewel Ament of Donelson and Joyce Mayo of Humboldt; one brother Billy Jowers of Jackson; one special friend Troy Doyle of Lexington and 10 grandchildren.

LESTER F. EASON - Services for Lester F. Eason were Tuesday morning at Memphis Funeral Home Chapel and Tuesday afternoon at Walnut Grove Baptist Church near Ripley with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Eason, 72, died Sunday at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis after a long illness. He was formerly of Lexington and was a retired employee of Firestone Tire and Rubber. He was a Baptist. He leaves his wife, Della Rita Craig Eason of Memphis; a daughter Mrs. Linda Frye of Orlando; two sisters, Mrs. Lois Lundsford and Mrs. Elvelene Lundsford both of Lexington; a brother James E. Eason of Lexington and five grandchildren.

MARTHA EVELYN (KENNEDY) EASON - Evelyn Kennedy Eason died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, of heart failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She retired from Sears Roebuck in 1981 and formerly owned and operated a trucking and construction supply business. She raised horses and dogs after retiring to her son's farm and traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. She leaves 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great grandsons. Graveside service will be at Doe Creek on Friday arrangements by Reed's Chapel.
Contributed by Kathy Haney Williams - Published in The Jackson Sun on May 29, 2003

MINNIE LEE (TURNER) EASON - Services for Mrs. Minnie Lee Turner Eason were Saturday at Reeds Chapel with the Revs. Tim Baker and Wayne Holmes officiating. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Mrs. Eason who was 86, died Thursday afternoon at Lexington Methodist Hospital. She was a homemaker and a Methodist. She leaves her husband, Vester Eason of Lexington; a daughter, Mrs. Martha Gibbs of Lexington; a son James Eason of Lexington; a brother Charles of Batesville MS; two sisters, Edna Turner of Batesville MS and Mrs. Zona Pryor of Kalamazoo MI; five grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, May 18, 1988

RILEY HOUSTON EASON - Services for Riley Houston Eason were Tuesday at Pafford Funeral Home with the Rev. John David White officiating. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Mr. Eason, 86, died Saturday at Shelby County Nursing Home in Memphis after a long illness. He was a retired construction worker and the widower of Dinzle Fuller Eason. He leaves 6 daughters, Mrs. Freddie Hardy, Mrs. Carl Tyler, both of Lexington, Mrs. Jeanette Swindle, Mrs. Mary Looney both of Southaven, MS, Mrs. Onida Phipps of Homeland CA and Mrs. Margaret Vandergrift of Memphis; three sons, Rudolph "Doc" Eason of Lexington, Gerald Eason of Southaven and John Eason of Jackson and several grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, July 1992

RILEY RUDOLPH "DOC" EASON - Services for Riley "Doc" Eason were Saturday October 13, 2001 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church with Burial in Independence Cemetery with Pafford Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Eason 74, died Thursday October 11, 2001 at his home. He was retired. He leaves his wife, Evelyn Lavern Eason of Lexington, two daughters, Janice Gourley and Deborah Ross, both of Lexington; a son Larry Dean Eason of Senatobie MS; five sisters, Freddie Lynn Hardy of Beech Bluff, Mary Looney of Horn Lake MS; Onita Phipps of Homeland CA; Jeanette Swindle of South Haven MS and Carol Tyler of Lexington; two brothers, Jerrold Wayne of South Haven MS and John Robert of Jackson, six grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, October 11, 2001

SYLVESTER EASON - Services for Sylvester Eason of Poplar Springs will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Poplar Springs Methodist Church with Rev. Wayne Medline and Ralph Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery. with Reeds Chapel in charge. Mr. Eason died Monday at his home after a long illness. He was 76 and was a retired farmer. He was a Methodist. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Minnie Eason; a daughter, Mrs. Martha Gibbs of Lexington; a son, James Eason of Lexington; a brother, Riley Eason of Lexington; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, June 11, 1980

WILMA (McCASLIN) EASON - Funeral services for Wilma Eason, age d69, will be 3 p.m. Ausut 16, 2002 at the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons with Rev. Brent McMinn officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Eason died Wednesday morning at her residence. She was born on November 12, 1932 in Henderson County the daughter of the late Dallas Sampson and Velma Waller McCaslin. She was a retired bookkeeper, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and she was baptist in faith. She is survived by her husband, John Robert Eason of Jackson, five sons, Gary A. Eason of Boston MA, Ricky L. Eason of Chattanooga, Mickal A. of Piggott AR, Myron O. of St. Louis MO, Ryan A. of Baldwin MO; one brother, Billy E. McCaslin of Lexington and twelve grandchildren. She was preceded by a grandson and a brother Leon McCaslin. Pallbearers are Joshua Shane and jeremy Eason, Virgil Scott, Larry D. Eason and Ronnie McCaslin.
The Jackson Thursday 8/15/02

AUBREY EAVES - Services for Aubrey Eaves were Tuesday afternoon at Oakfield Methodist Church with burial in Oakfield Cemetery. Mrs. Eaves, 60, died Sunday morning at Jackson General after a long illness. He was a Methodist. He leaves his wife Norvelle Priddy Eaves, six daughters, Peggy Eaves, Mrs. Charles White, Mrs. Morris Payton, Mrs. Glynn Moore of Oakfield, Mrs. Fred O. DeLoach of Jackson and Mrs. Wayne Ross of Plesenton CA; a brother Grady of Los Angeles, two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Forsythe of Jackson and Mrs. E.T. McCoy of Lexington.
Lexington Progress 16 May 1968

WILLIAM MORGAN EDENS - Services for William Morgan Edens were Monday November 8, 1999 at Stones Funeral Home with burial in Louisville Memorial Gardens East. Mr. Edens, 93 died Thursday November 4, 1999 at his home. He was a self-employed painter. He leaves three sons, James and Carmel both of Crestwood and Frank of Luray, four daughters, Virgie Sparrow of LaGrange, Faye Rahn of Taylorville, Linda Miller of LaGrange and June Joseph of Louisville, a brother, Pat of Louisville, a sister Della Combs of Virginia, 46 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 10 November 1999

MARCUS EDDINGS - Services for Marcus Eddings were Saturday, May 6 at Reed's Chapel with burial in Lindsey Cemetery. Mr. Eddings, who was 72, died Thursday, May 4, at Manchester Medical Center. He was a retired disabled veteran and farmer. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Girtrude Lindsey Eddings; a son, Danny Eddings of Murfreesboro; two sisters, Mary Eddings and Sarah Eddings, both of Humboldt; four brothers, John Eddings, Walter Eddings, both of Little Rock, Earl Eddings of Jackson and Gordee Eddings of Chicago, a grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, May 10, 1995

EARL DEE EDGIN - Funeral services for Mr. Earl Dee Edgin, age 69, are scheduled for 3 PM, Friday, May 3, 2013 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home in Scotts Hill. Interment will follow in Scotts Hill Methodist Cemetery. Mr. Edgin passed away Wednesday in Jackson. He was born August 28, 1943 in Henderson County to the late Kenneth and Hazel Buck Edgin. He was a retired employee of Lexington Lumber. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Maxine Edgin of Scotts Hill, three sons, Barry (Diane) Edgin of Lexington, Gary (Janna) Edgin of Cherokee, AL, Bryan Edgin of Sardis, a step son, Bryan (Renee) Smith of Sardis, a brother, J. T. (Kathleen) Edgin of Collierville, twelve grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 8/May 2013

HAZEL MAE (BUCK) EDGIN - 73, retired cook of the Scotts Hill school system, died Monday at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Pafford Funeral Home with burial in Scotts Hill Methodist Cemetery. She was a member of the Scotts Hill Baptist Church. The widow of Kenneth Edgin, she leaves two sons, J.T. Edgin of Memphis and Earl Edgin of Scotts Hill; a brother, Earl Buck of Scotts Hill, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Lexington Progress

LESSIE ALINE (HARRELL) EDGIN - 76, of Scotts Hill, formerly of Memphis, retired baker for Keathley's Baker in Memphis, died Monday at the Methodist Hospital of Lexington. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pafford Funeral Home of Scotts Hill with burial in Scotts Hill Methodist Cemetery. She was a former member of the Temple Baptist Church in Memphis. Mrs. Edgin, the widow of Dee Edgin, leaves a son, Howard Neal Edgin of Montreal, Canada; a sister, Flossie Butler of Decaturville; and a brother, Paul Harrell of Nashville.
Lexington Progress

LILLIE (WHITE) EDGIN - Services for Mrs. Lillie Edgin were Sunday afternoon at Scotts Hill Meth. Church with the Rev. E.J. Grimsley and Walker Whittle officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Scotts Hill Funeral Home in charge. Mrs. Edgin, 74, died Saturday afternoon (December 17, 1966) She was a life-long resident of Henderson County and a member of the Pentecostal Church. She leaves her husband, Howard Edgin; two sons, Kenneth and Dee both of Scotts Hill; a sister, Mrs. Flora Powers of Scotts Hill; two brothers, Bob and Freake White, both of Scotts Hill; three grandchildren and four g-grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 22 December 1966

CARL W. EDWARDS , aged 60 years or less, died suddenly Tuesday night in his home in Hot Springs, AR. He was a son of the late John R. and Mrs. Celestia Buckley Edwards, and was born near Luray, this county. On Dec. 26, 1906 he was married to Stella, youngest daughter of Esq. R.W. and Mrs. Araminta Threadgill Stewart, of Lexington, and to this union were born four children all of whom survive; Ada (Mrs. Edward G. Barry), Carl Junior, Elizabeth and Rebecca, all of Hot Springs. For several years Mr. and Mrs. Edwards lived at Luray, then moved to Lexington and in 1925 to Hot Springs. We have known Carl Edwards in his home and that he was affectionate but undemonstrative, and the quaintest, most kindly and self-effacing of men and naturally his family was deeply devoted to him. He is survived by two brothers, Robert of Jackson and John of Memphis; two sisters, Mrs. Charlie Lockwood of Memphis and Mrs. Joe Fry of Henderson.
Lexington Progress 27 Apr 1934

GRADY B. EDWARDS - Services for Grady B. Edwards will be today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Maizes Chapel Baptist Church with the Revs. Connie V. Burton and Harry Birlew officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Pafford Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Edwards, who was 62, was dead on arrival at McNairy County General Hospital Monday afternoon. He leaves a son, Wayne Edwards of Lexington; three daughters, Mrs. Carol Hays, Mrs. Martha Hurt, both of Lexington and Mrs. Margaret Powers of Scotts Hill; five brothers, Robert Edwards, Bobby Edwards, both of Selmer, Benny Edwards of Peoria, Ill., Claude Ray Edwards and William Edwards, both of Birmingham, Ala.; two sisters, Mrs. Clara Morgan of Clarksburg and Miss Mildred Edwards of Selmer and 10 grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, January 23, 1985

JOHN J. EDWARDS , aged 66 years, died Monday at his home between Alberton and Wildersville. He is survived by one unmarried sister, Miss Mary, who lived with him and two married sisters, Mrs. H. L. Garner and Mrs. Pony McDaniel, and one brother, Fayette, the latter living in Madison county. His sister, Ellen, also unmarried, who lived in the house with him, died January 14th. We are informed that all are of the Baptist faith. Mr. Edwards had suffered some misfortunes in life, but those who knew him best testify that he was a good man of good disposition and principle.
Lexington Progress, January 22, 1926 - transcribed by Nicki Coffman

JOHN ALLEN ELFORD - Funeral services for John Allen Elford, 69, will be held at 2:00 P. M. Friday, February 8, 2008 at the Union Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Eric Martin and Rev. Lynn Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Elford died on Monday, February 4, 2008 at Humboldt General Hospital. Arrington Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements. John was born in Flint, MI on December 12, 1938, the son of the late Wesley Elford and the late Lorraine Long. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean Conflict. He was the owner and operator of Dixie Distributing from 1983 until his retirement in 2006. He loved the Lord and was a very active member of Union Grove Baptist Church serving on various committees. John was a loving father and friend to his children and grandchildren being involved in their daily lives. He was active in the Tennessee Walking Horse Association and had been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Jackson for many years. He is survived by his wife, Judy Elford of Oakfield, TN; his children, John Allen Elford, II and wife Rhonda of Jackson, TN, Martina Smith and husband Eddie of Jackson, TN and Matthew Elford of Jackson, TN; brothers and sisters, Kay and husband Edward Daniel of Indian Rivers, MI, Janet Long of Mt. Morris, MI, Edward Jr. and wife Diana Long of Grand Blanc, MI, Susan Long of Indian Rivers, MI, Tom Long and partner Chris Calderone of Livonia, MI and Jack and wife Donna Long of Ozark, AL; grandchildren, Erica Smith, Casey Smith, John Elford III and Olivia Elford; step-children, Scott Diffee of Huron, TN and Greg Diffee and his wife Ginger of Beech Bluff, TN; step-grandchildren, Hayden Diffee, Maddox C. Diffee and Jayce Elliott and his mother-in-law, Ollie Dunlap of Oakfield, TN. John was preceded in death by a son Scott Elford. Pallbearers to serve will be Edward Long, Jack Long, Jerry Crosser, Mike Bobbitt, Ellis Woods, Jr. and George Beal. Honorary pallbearers to serve will be Tom Long and James Johnson.
The Jackson Sun, February 6, 2008 ---

JAMES ALBERT ELLER , son of David and Elevera Eller, was born June 2, 1852 at Waxhaw, NC. He had five brothers, all of whom are dead, and is survived by one half brotehr Henry D. Eller who yet lives at Waxhaw. Mr. Eller's first move from the place of his birth was to Richmond VA and at the age of 19 years he came to Lexington. Later he located at the old village of Lone Elm, Henderson County, where on Sept. 4, 1878 he was happily married to Sarah Jane, daughter ofMr.a nd Mrs. William H. Walker. To this union were born three children, Cora, now the widow of J.J. Harvey Garner, Elver, who remains unmarried, and Irby W., who a few years ago married Annie Jones and now lives in Memphis. Some 18 years ago Mr. Eller moved to Lexington, boutht property here and commenced working at his trade, that of an iron and wood workman, at which he continued steadily until several months ago when he had to retire on accounty of failing health. Mr. Eller's Masonic history is covered by the fact that he was made a Master Mason at Cheap Valley Lodge at the age of 28 years and when he removed to Lexington hismembership was transferred to Constantine Lodge No. 64. At the age of 33 Mr. Eller jined the Baptist Church in which he remained the remainder of his life. As stated, his health began to decline some time ago, quite a while before he could be induced to give up his trade which he loved as he did everything else to which he belonged or which belonged to him. Lately he had been quite feeble but he was often out attending church and circulating among friends - hence it was a distinct shock when it became known on Friday that he was in a critical if not a hopeless condition from acute indigestion. The town, however, was somewhat prepared for the sad event when he passed away on Saturday monring at the hour of 4:55 o'clock. On last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock the members of Constantine lodge, with a number of visiting Masons marched from teh Masonic Hall tot eh Eller residence on Purdy Street and from there led the funeral cortege to the Baptist Church, where the service was conducted by Rev. Fleetwood Ball, to whom the deceased was notable attached. The songs rendered by the choir were those best loved by the man. From teh church the Masons continued their procession to Lexington Cemetery, where the remains of their brother were consigned with the beautiful ceremonies of the Masonic order.
Lexington Progress 30 June 1916

SARAH JANE (WALKER) ELLER - Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Jane Eller, 84, were conducted at the Pafford Funeral Home Chapel Sunday afternoon with E.E. Deusner officiating. Mrs. Eller, who was one of Lexington's oldest residents, passed away aat her home Friday morning. Mrs. Eller had been in failing health for more than four months. She was a membe of the First Baptist Church for more than 40 years. She was born in October 1862. Survivors include a son, Irby W. Eller of Memphis. Her husband, the late J.A. Eller, died 30 years ago.
Lexington Progress

POLLY ELLIS - age 68, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2013 in Jackson. She is survived by her husband, Jessie Ellis of Lexington; 1 son, Jimmy Minor (Janet) of Lexington; 1 daughter, Misty Woods (Brandon) of Lexington; 1 sister, Mauree Gardner of Lexington; 4 grandchildren, Justin Flowers (Talley), Mandy Blankenship, Heather Middleton, and J.T. Minor; and 3 great grandchildren, MaKayla Harden, Hadley Middleton, and Walker Robertson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Venia Lewis Wood; and 1 daughter, Michele Minor. Funeral services will be on Thursday, August 22 at 1PM at Reed's Chapel in Lexington with burial to follow in Bible Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5PM-9PM, Wednesday from 12PM-9PM, and Thursday from 9AM till service.
Lexington Progress 21 Aug 2013

WILBURN MICHAEL ELLIS - Services for Wilburn Michael Ellis were Tuesday at Mazies Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Glennie Phelps officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Pafford Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Ellis, who was 33, died Sunday in an auto accident. He leaves his parents, Wilburn D. Ellis of Camden and Betty Wood Roberts of Lexington; two sisters, Donna Tate of Reagan and Margo Ellis of Lexington and a brother, Tim Ellis of Lexington.
The Lexington Progress, February 1992

AB. ENGLAND - Died at Luray Wednesday night, leaving a small family. Mr.England was extra operator for the N.C. railroad and worked at various places. He was well known and much liked here. He will be buried in Lexington Cemetery with Masonic honors this afternoon as ///// Rest is missing..

JANICE SUE ENNIS - Graveside services for Janice Sue Ennis were Saturday, November 10, 2007 at Union Hill Cemetery. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Mrs. Ennis, age 54, died Wednesday, November 7, 2007 Survivors include her father, Lawrence Woods, Cherokee, Alabama; her mother, Margery Holmes, Huron; one son, Justin Ennis, Huron; one sister, Sandra Wilson, Holly Springs, Mississippi
Contributed by Linda Fiedor - December 5, 2007. Lexington Progress

ARLIE EPPERSON - Services for Arlie Epperson were Thursday, April 28, 2010 at the Fairview Church of Christ and burial following in Parkers Crossroads Cem. Mrs. Epperson, age 86 of Lexington died Tuesday April 27, 2010 in Parsons. She was a retired clerk of Big Star Grocery. She is survived by two sons, Terry of Lexington and Steve (Judy) Epperson of Parsons; eight grandchildren. She was preceded by her husband James Epperson and a daughter=in-law Linda Epperson.
Lexington Progress 5 May 2010

HERBERT BENJAMIN EPPERSON - Services for Herbert Epperson were Tuesday, February 20, at Reed's Chapel with burial in Beech River Cemetery. Mr. Epperson, who was 75, died Monday, February 19 at Lexington Methodist Hospital of respiratory failure. He was retired from Magnetek. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Norma Jean Epperson of Lexington; three sisters, Nola Beal, Lorene Epperson, both of Wildersville and Irene Blaydes of Memphis and two grandchildren.
(A note from Brenda Duke Epperson) -- He also leaves a son, Kenneth Neal Epperson and wife Brenda, with their children, Whitney Elizabeth and Tyler Neal Epperson.

LORENE EPPERSON - Services for Lorene Epperson, 85, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 6, 2004 at Reed's Chapel. Burial will follow in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery. Ms. Epperson died Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at Henderson County Hospital. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Herbert and James Epperson and a sister, Lettie Epperson. She is survived by a son, Harry Epperson of Lexington; two sisters, Nola Beal of Wildersville and Irene Blaydes of Lexington; two grandchildren, Tracy and Greg Epperson; one step grandchild, Tammy Blackmon; two great grandchildren, Cody Wood and Carlie Epperson and two step great grandchildren, Dallas Halland and J.C. Blackmon

EATHEL KELLEY ERVIN - Services for Mrs. Eathel Kelley Ervin were held on July 8 at Chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with burial at Shiloh Cemetery. Mrs. Ervin, age 93, died on July 6 at Decatur County Hospital. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Ervin. Survivors include a daughter, Janice Stone of Reagan; 2 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, July 9, 2003

WILLIE ERVIN - Service at Reeds Chapel, Lexington, Dec. 28, 2011 with Bobby Bray officiating. Burial following in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Mrs. Ervin, age 85 of Lexington, died Monday Dec. 27, 2010 at Briarwood Nursing Home. She was the widow of Maxell Ervin and was predeceased by two brothers and five sisters.
Contributed by 29 Dec 2010

BETTY ESSARY - Services for Mrs. Betty Jean Essary were Wednesday at Reeds Chapel with the Rev. Onnie Blankenship and E.G. Baker officiating. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery. Mrs. Essary, 27, died Monday at her home near here after a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of the county and a Baptist. She leaves her husband, Carlos Essary; a daughter, Marilyn; her mother Mrs. Lula Fesmire of Lexington; two brothers, James Fesmire and Lloyd Fesmire, both of Lexington; three sisters, Mrs. Clara Mae Renfroe, Mrs. Loraine Dunivant, both of Lexington and Mrs. Lucille Roberts of Chicago; and her grandmother Mrs. Dolly Smith of Lexington. (1940 - 1968)
Photo and Obituary provided by Jimmy White

CARLOS RAY ESSARY , 56, died Sunday at Jackson General. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Blue Goose Pentecostal Church with burial in Independence Cemetery. Reeds Chapel in charge. Mr. Essary, the husband of Betty W. Essary, also leaves a daughter, Marilyn Jowers of Lexington; his mother, Erma Essary of Cedar Grove; a brother, Jerry of Cedar Grove; five sisters, Ruth McKee, Barbara Hutson, Linda Gasaton, Betty McAlexander and Janice Hart all of Cedar Grove and a granddaughter, Jordan Jowers.
Photo and Obituary provided by Jimmy White

ERNEST WASHINGTON ESSARY , was born near the Village of Lone Elm (Chesterfield), eight miles east of Lexington. He had his early educational training in the common schools of the County, after which he entered the Southwestern Baptist (now Union) University at Jackson, where he received his B. A. Degree. He then returned to his native county where he became principal of a school at Lexington. After two years he entered the Cumberland University Law School at Lebanon, Tennessee, receiving his Law Degree there, and was licensed to practice law on May 18, 1896. He then returned to Lexington and formed partnership with S. E. Murray, the style of the firm being "Murray & Essary". This partnership continued for several years after which a partnership was formed with W. H. Denison, the style of the firm being Essary & Denison. This association continued until Denison retired to become Circuit Judge of this Judicial Circuit. In the fall of 1896 he was elected to the Legislature and represented Henderson County two terms. He was then elected Mayor of the Town of Lexington and served one term. In the Presidential Campaign of 1904 Mr. Essary was a Republican Elector from the Eighth Congressional District and in 1908 was sent as a delegate to the National Republican Convention at Chicago from the State at large. From 1910 to 1914 he was State Prison Commissioner. When Hoover was nominated as a Candidate for President, Mr. Essary again represented his District as a Republican Delegate to that Convention at Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Essary is the present County Attorney for Henderson County and is engaged in practicing law with his son under the style of "Essary & Essary". Mr. Essary was married to the eldest daughter of Dr. W. T. Watson and from that union he had two children, a son Ernest, W. Jr., who is now a law partner with him, and a daughter, Mary Louise, who intermarried with Elmer O. Scates, now residing in Memphis, Tennessee. His father, Mr. William Essary of Chesterfield, is perhaps the oldest citizen in the County. He was a Union soldier during the Civil War and has since been an influential citizen. He has ever been a friend to the poor and has helped many a man purchase a home. He is yet active, driving or riding his horse when he wishes, and is loved and honored by those who know him.

HANNAH JANE (INGRAM) ESSARY ,daughter of Larkin and Mary "Polly" Ann Irvin, born Perry (now Decatur) Co., Tenn., April 1826; married Nathan C.(Uncle Buck) Essary, August 28, 1846;died Chesterfield, October 29, 1903; of 11 children, 4 died and 7 survived her. Surviving: Larkin, Wesley, Sarah Ann, wife of P. R. Dennison; G. W.; Augusta, wife of William Evans of Texas; Belle, wife of Abner McCall. Burial old Union Cem.

MARY ELLEN (ALTOM) ESSARY , wife of J. Larkin Essary, aged seventy-five years, died March 21st, at her home near Chesterfield. She is survived by her husband and three children, Mrs. W.G. (Dora) Frizzel, Mrs. Florence Lindsey, both of Chesterfield; and Mrs. C.L. (Eula) Jimerson of Ridgely; also a stepson and nephew, S.H. Essary, a member of the faculty of the University of Tennessee. She was the daughter of John and Mary Ann Davis Altom, and has several brothers living in Arkansas, where the family moved years ago. Mrs. Essary was all that can be said of a good Christian woman whose life was centered in her home, and whose kind and neighborly habits won her the regard of a wide circle of friends. She had been a member of Union Church for forty-nine years, where the funeral service was conducted by Revs. Fleetwood Ball and W.F. Boren.

JACKIE RAY ESSARY - Services for Jackie Ray Essary were Sunday at Reeds Chapel with burial in Farmville Cemetery. Jackie, 15, was electrocuted when he came into contact with a high voltage wire while playing near his home in Jackson last Friday. He was a student at Jackson Jr. High. He belonged to the Church of Latter Day Saints. He leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymodn Essary and a sister Marilyn all of Jackson.
Lexington Progress 01 Dec 1966

LUDA B. ESSARY , age 86, of Lexington died THursday April 1, 2010 in Lexington. She was retired from Johnson Controls and was a member of the Center Ridge United Methodist Church. She is survived by three daughters, Janice (Charles) Johnson, Joy Wilkerson and Faye 9Kim) Blankenship, three sons, Charles, Daniel and David; a brother Buster Hamilton and 11 grandchildren. All survivors are of Lexington. She was preceded by her husband Bob Essary and a grandchild April Brown.
Lexington Progress 7 Apr 2010

MARTHA JANE ESSARY - Services for Mrs. Martha Jane Essary were Wednesday afternoon at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church with the Rev. James L. Spain officiating. Burial was in Spain Cemetery with Pafford Funeral Home in charge. Mrs. Essary, 93, died Monday at her home near Cedar Grove. She was a Baptist. She leaves three sons, Ephie Lindsey of Gobler MO, F. Lindsey of Lexington and Fielder Fortner of Cedar Grove; four daughters, Mrs. Frances Carneal of Gobler MO, Mrs. Glora Drinkard of Lexington, Mrs. Lucille Carneal of Ridgely and Mrs. Opel Lee Kirk of Cedar Grove; a brother, Charlie Fortner of Chesterfield and 30 grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 10 Nov. 1966

SAMUEL WESLEY ESSARY - Services for Samuel Wesley Essary, Henderson County's oldest citizen, were conducted Monday afternoon from Union Baptist Church, near Chesterfield by the Rev. Floyd Rogers andthe Rev. G.W. Kolwyck. Mr. Essary, who would have been 100 years old on Aug. 22, died Sunday morning at the home of a great-niece, Mrs. R.L. Park. Mr. Essary,formerly a farmer and stock dealer, had been in steadily declining health for the past two months. This afternoon Uncle Wesley Essary was laid to rest. He failed to reach the coveted age of 100 by just 30 days. A friend of his commented beautifully on his life, then said, "Wesley will still have his birthday but in a far happier and more beautiful place than this old world." I like to think that he will see and hear all the lovely things that he was not privileged to hear and see while living. We would like to mention all the ones from a distance who attended his funeral but they were so many this is impossible. A son of the Lte Nathan C. and Hannah Ingram Essary, "Uncle Wesley was born in Henderson County and spent his entire life within a mile of his birthplace. Mr. Essary never married and for 42 years had made his home with a niece, Mrs. Dora Frizzell. For the past 84 years, Mr. Essary was a member of the Union Baptist Church. Immediate survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Louise Dennison of Chesterfield and Mrs. Belle McCall of McLemoresville. Pallbeareers were Carl, Roy, Guy, Dent, John L. and Rex Frizzell. Burial was in Union Cemetery with Wright-Timberlake Funeral Home in charge.
Lexington Progress 7/27/1951

JUANITA (FUGATE) ETHERIDGE - Funeral services for Mrs. Juanita Fugate Ethridge were Tuesday April 8, 2008 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home in Scotts Hill. Mrs. Ethridge age 60, died Saturday in Savannah. She was preceded in death by one brother, Willard Fugate, two sisters, Gladys and Hazel Fugate. Survivors include two children, Jimmy Ehtridge Jr. of Saltillo and Annette Rushing of Jackson; three brothers, Don Baker, Ray and Wendell Fugate of Clayhole KY>
Lexington Progress 9 April 2008

VAN BUREN ETHERIDGE - Services for Van Buren Ethridge were Friday at Scotts Hill Pentecostal Church with the Revs; Cleo Kelly, E.J. Grimsley and J.W. Hanna officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery (Temple Holiness - Decatur County) with Scotts Hill Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Ethridge, who was 74, died Wednesday at Decatur County Hospital. He was a retired farmer. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Mae Heath Ethridge of Scotts Hill; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Ann Chessor of Savannah and three grandchildren.
Lexington Progress Feb. 2, 1977

MAUDIE J. (LINDSEY) EUBANKS - Services for Maudie Lindsey Eubanks were Monday at Pafford Funeral Home with David Sellers officiating. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Mrs. Eubanks, who was 91, died Saturday at NuCare Nursing Home. She was the widow of Charlie S. Eubanks and a member of the Church of Christ. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Clara Rhodes, Mrs. Ethel Mae Clark, both of Lexington and Mrs. Ruby King of Jackson; a son, Joseph A. Eubanks of Jackson; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, October 7, 1987

ELLIS MARTIN EVANS - was born April 9,1874 on a farm near old Moores Hill, in the northeastern part of the county. He was one of the five children of the late J. M. and Eliza Davis Evans. He spent his early life at the place of his birth and he got his early education at the Moores Hill school. When he was five years of age, his mother died, but his father remarried in a few years to the sister of his first wife and the young boy was reared by this good woman, scarcely knowing the difference from his real mother. When he was 11 years old, his father moved to Lone Elm and here he finished his education. Alter the railroad was built, his father again moved to the town of Chesterfield, where he has made his home since then, with the exception of six years. Soon after coming to Chesterfield, the young Mr. Evans started out for himself. He was first employed as a clerk in a general store. He then moved to Beacon where he worked for his uncle as a clerk for six years. He then accepted the position as agent for the N.C.&St.L. railroad at Chesterfield and served in this capacity for 35 years until the agency was removed in 1931, and he is still caretaker for said company. He was postmaster at Chesterfield from 1900 to 1934. In 1900 he was married to Miss Olivia Essary. He was a partner in the mercantile business with O. L. Wallace for two years, who later sold to John T. Moore. This partnership continued until 1930 when other duties made it Impossible for him to continue, and he sold his business to said Mr. Moore, who still runs the store. By an Act of Legislature, he was made district road commissioner in 1922, and continued in this capacity until the death of H. E. Graper in 1924. He was then made chairman of the Highway Commission and served In this office throughout the dark days of the Henderson County roads when the county was wrapped up in debt and remained to see the county road warrants worth 100 cents in the dollar. He served as Chairman of this Commission until the legislative act of 1931, which abolished same. He has been a member of the County Board of Education for 13 years and served as chairman of this august body for several years. This has always been Mr. Evans pet hobby, as he has always been a strong advocate of better teachers and better schools. In his own section of the county he was instrumental in getting nine new school buildings, all of which were two and three teacher schools except two. He has likewise been as progressive for other sections of the county. He is now back at his favorite occupation as merchant. He, together with his sons, is still in the mercantile business at Chesterfield. He was a member of the State Executive Committee of the Republican party for eight years. E. M. Evans has made a success of his own business which qualifies him to look after the business of the public.

FERRELL A. EVANS - Aged 85, died June 16th, near Juno. We have been furnished no data except that he was the grandfather of Jim Azbill, of Lexington. He was a Baptist in religion was carried to Rock Hill for burial last Tuesday and Rev. Fleetwood Ball officiating in the services.
Contributed by Ginny Melton - Lexington Progress 6/20/30

JAMES RAY EVANS - Funeral services for James Ray Evans were held Sunday at Parsons Mortuary Chapel. Internment was held at Mazies Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Evans, 76, died April 2 at Decatur County General Hospital. He is preceded in death by his wife, Aline Evans. Survivors include a step-son and step-daughter, Dennis Hale of Parsons and Nadine Box of Chesterfield; a brother, Jerry Evans of Parsons; two sisters, Ruby Thomas of Humbolt and Jewell Duke of Parsons; and a very special friend, Maggie Mae Moore of Decaturville.
The Lexington Progress, April 7, 2004

JANELL (TOWNSEND) EVANS - Services for Janell Evans, 77, of Parsons will be held at 11 am March 16, 2016 at Parsons First Baptist Church with Kevin Bromley officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Henderson County. Parsons mortuary is in chare of arrangements. Mrs. Evans passed away March 13, following a lengthy illness. She was born on Aug. 20, 1938 n Parsons. A lifelong resident,, she was a 1956 graduate of Parsons High School. She married her high school sweetheart Jim Evans on Sep. 14, 1956. She was preceded by an infant son, Branson C. Evans; her parents, Wilburn and Emma Lou (Long) Townsend; and a sister, Nancy Yarbro. Survivors include her husband of 59 years, James Franklin; four sons, Mark Franklin, Wilburn Joe, James Bruce and Alan Clay; one brother, Branson; ten grandchildren. Mrs. Evans was a homemaker and co owner of the Townsend=Evans Insurance Agency. She was also a long time member of First Baptist Church in Parson and a Sunday School teacher. Throughout her active years, she belonged to the Eastern Star, the DAR, the Parsons Book Club and was a founder of an investment club. Janell enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. Pallbearer will be Jonathan Evans, Drew Evans, Ty Evans, Ruben Yarbro, Robert Conger and Chris Powers.
Lexington Progress 16 Mar 2016

LEWIS EVANS - age 83 of Nashville, Died on March 31, 2013. He was preceded by his wife, Elizabeth Orr; parents Connie Gray and Mary Lewis Evans. Survivors include his children Lewis Jr., Franklin, Beth Vessel, and 3 grandchildren.| Lewis was a graduate of UT Knoxville with a Civil Engineering Degree and retired in 1994 as the director of the TN Dept. of Transportation, a member of Granny White Church of Christ, was a long time fan of Univ. of TN athletics and was a avid reader. Services were 3 Apil at Granny White Church with burial following in Lexington City Cemetery.
Lexington Progress 5 April 2013

MALANIA EVANS - Services for Mrs. Malania Evans were Sunday afternoon at Ridge Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Onnie Blankenship officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Reeds chapel in charge. Mrs. Evans, 83, died Thursday afternoon at Lexington Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Henderson County and a Baptist. She leaves a son, Herman Evans of Lexington; a daughter, Mrs. Lula Mae Cottrell of Marked Tree AR; two brothers, Edward Garrigus of Fulton KY, Calvin of Martin; Two sisters, Mrs. Kate Smith of Alma TX and Mrs. Gertrude Allen of Memphis; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one gg- grandchild.
Lexington Progress 01 Dec 1966

NEDRA MAE (ELLIS) EVANS , age 84, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday March 9, 2011 at Jackson-Madison Hospital surrounded by her children and dear Christian family members. Services were held Sunday March 13, 2011 at Independence Church of Christ. Burial was at the Church cemetery. Mrs. Evans was born Feb. 28, 1927 in Mongomery Co. TN to the late Arthur Wm. and Bertha (Griffith) Ellis. She was the 2nd child of 3 born in the family. She graduated from Clarksville High School and was selected as 1 of 2 students to go to telegraph school in Columbus GA. DUring WW II she worked as a telegraph operator for Western Union in various cities including Louisville KY. Included in that job, Nedra received and sent telegrams , galanced the daily accounts and deposited funds. Her compassion was utilized when she arranged delivery of the telegrams to the families of fallen soldiers. In 1945, she met the love of her life in Louisville. On Jan. 9, 1946 she married Thomas Wylie Evans of Lexington TN. They made their home in Lexington. She not only made a loving home for her young family, but she also kept the accounting books for Evans Welding Shop and later the Evans Family Farm. Nedra obeyed the gospel and was baptized into Christ. They were faithful members of the Broad Street Church of Christ. In 1963, they moved to the Poplar Springs community where they became a full time farm family. They then began worshipping at the Independence Church of Christ. She taught her love of God to people of all ages and backgrounds. Nedra taught the classes for "little people" at church. Her home was always open with delicious meals. Her hospitality and "doing for others" continued throughout her life with making cookies, sewing pillows and writing cards of encouragement to even people she did not know but read about in the newspaper. In 2007 when Wylie went to be with the Lord, she began a ministry for widows. Her last activity was planning a Valentine party, with the help of her Christian Sisters for the residents of Oak Haven Assisted Living on Feb. 14, 2011. Nedra was preceded by her husband, and sister, Othel Veal, Tullhoma TN. She is survived by a sister, Rena Jean Slate, Alvin TX; a son Arthur David and wife Shelia of Luray TN; 2 daughters, Joan Gateley and husband, Bill of Lexington and Connie Powell and husband Randy of Louisburg KS; 7 grandchildren, David Lane Evans and wife Christy, Kyle Thomas Evans and wife, Cara, Ryan Wade Gateley, Melanie Gateley Bush and husband Joey, Anthony Quinn Powell, Jacob Wm. Powell and Jordan Powell, 3 great grandchildren, Martha Ann Evans, David Wylie Evans and Lauren Carol Bush. Pallbearers to serve are Nedra's 6 grandsons.
Lexington Progress March 16, 2011

PETER SOLOMON EVANS - The Progress was not apprised last week of the death of Mr. Peter Evans, which occurred at his home at Moore's Hill in the old 15th district on Wednesday, the 14th inst. Mr. Evans was 71 years old and until a short time before his death seemed to be in enjoyment of excellent health. He is survived by his wife and eight children -- three sons and five daughters -- all of whom are married. Mr. Evans was an excellent citizen and had long been a friend and patron of this paper - which fact makes us regret that some friend was not kind enough to give us the news of his death. He was well known in Lexington and all who had come to knowledge of his real character pay tribute to him as a man of high ideals and correct life. He was reared near Chattanooga, East Tennessee, but had come to love the section of the state in which he lived for so many years. We extend to the family the sympathy that we naturally feel in the loss of one who had been for several years a friend both personally and business.
The Lexington Progress, June 23, 1916

RUBY (BLANKENSHIP) EVANS , beloved wife of Purd Evans, aged 23 years, died Thursday, the 9th inst., at 6:30 o'clock p.m., at the home of her father, John H. Blankenship, on Clifton Street, after an illness of three months with sciatica rheumatism. One child of but seventeen months' age is left too young to realize one of the greatest losses that can befall mortal man. Something like a year ago Mrs. Evans went to Nashville for treatment and underwent an operation, which seemingly restored her to health which continued until last December when she was attacked by sciatica rheumatism from which she got no relief until death set her free from further suffering. The remains were interred Saturday, the 10th inst., at Union Cemetery, near Chesterfield, Revs. Fleetwood Ball and Frank Boren officiating.
Lexington Progress 17 Mar 1911

WILMA (GULLEDGE) EVANS - Graveside services for Wilma Evans, 86, of Milan formerly of Decatur County will be held at 2:00 P. M. on Sunday, September 30, 2007 at Sweet Bud (Pleasant Grove) Cemetery in Henderson County with Chris Manner speaking. Parsons Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Evans died on Wednesday, September 26 at Milan General Hospital. She was born in Decatur County on December 28, 1920 to the late Ruby Greenway Gulledge and Tom Gulledge. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Evans; son, James Floyd (Pete) Evans; a brother, Ralph Gulledge and a sister, Bonnie Larean Fiddler. She is survived by two grandchildren, James Darrell Evans and Marie Evans; two great grandchildren, James Garrett Evans and Gabrielle Evans and Janie Evans, the wife of the late Pete Evans all of Milan.

JANET LOUISE (CLOSTERMAN) EWERTZ - age 80, of Marshall MO, died Tuesday March 22, 2016 at Apple Ridge Care Center in Waverly
At Janet's request, no services will be held. Memorial are suggested to Community Cancer Center in Marshall in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. An online guestbook is availabe at
Born June 17, 1935 in Waverly, she was the daughter of the late Lee Closterman and Louise Johnson Closterman. Janet was a 1953 graduate of Santa Fe High School, and spent her career as a bookkeeper at various places. In May 1976, she married Reinhart Ewertz who survives. She had previously lived in Lexington TN where she was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sons; Cliff Christopherson of Waverly, Richard Christopher of Waverly, Scott Christopherson of Nashville TN and Greg Christopherson of Lexington TN; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Sharon Arth of Gravois Mills; as well as nieces and nephews.
She was preceded by her parents; and two brothers, David and James Closterman.
Lexington Progress 23 March 2016

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