OBITUARIES of HENDERSON COUNTY

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RUSH OAKLEY - Services were held for Rush Oakley on Oct. 5, 2010 in Hoover AL. Rush age 82, passed away on Sunday Oct. 3, 2010. He was born in Lexington and has been a resident of Hoover for the past 44 years. Rush retired from the US Tobacco company in 1989. He was preceded by his wife Maxine. He is survived by his daughters, Carla Milstead and Linda Bryant and three children of Birmingham AL.
Lexington Progress 13 Oct 2010

BERTHA LOUISE O'BRIEN - Services for Mrs. Louise O'Brien were Thursday, April 11 at Reed's Chapel with burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mrs. O'Brien, who was 74, died Tuesday, April 9, at her home. She was a retired employee of Johnson Controls. She was the widow of Robert Hilton O'Brien. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Sue Smith and Mrs. Janice Graves, both of Cedar Grove, four sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Weaver, Mrs. Beulah Brasher, Mrs. Alene Buck, all of Lexington and Mrs. Lula Pratt of Huron; three brothers, James Phillips Loyce Phillips and John Phillips, all of Lexington and a granddaughter.
The Lexington Progress, April 17, 1996

ROBERT E. O'BRIEN - Services for Robert Emmett O'Brien, retired farmer, were Tuesday at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church with burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Reed's Chapel had charge. Mr. O'Brien, who was 83, died Monday at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Jackson after a short illness. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Fannie Ross O'Brien; two sons, Shelly O'Brien of near Lexington and Hilton O'Brien of Cedar Grove; a daughter, Mrs. Willie Mae Thompson of Aurora, Ill., and a brother, Pat O'Brien of Milan.
The Lexington Progress, August 9, 1962

ROBERT HILTON O'BRIEN - Services for Robert Hilton O'Brien were Saturday at Reed's Chapel with the Revs. Clayton Joyner and Don McKee officiating. Burial was in Hill Cemetery. Mr. O'Brien, who was 63, died Thursday night at Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis after a short illness. He was a Lexington native, a retired Tennessee Valley Authority employee and a veteran of World War II. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Louise O'Brien of Lexington; two daughters, Mrs. Sue Smith and Mrs. Janice Graves, both of Cedar Grove; a sister, Mrs. Willie Mae Thompson of Beech Bluff and a grandchild.
e=2>The Lexington Progress, October 13, 1982

EDNA MAE O'DELL - age 92, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 in Lexington, Tenn. She is survived by 4 daughters, Mary O'Dell, Barbara Mowery, Judy Bray and Sandra Hart; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon W. O'Dell; and a great-great-granddaughter, Brooklyn O'Dell. Funeral services will be Friday, January 11, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Reed's Chapel in Lexington. Burial will be in the Henderson County Memory Gardens.
Lexington Progress 10 Oct 2013

THOMAS "SONNY" O'DELL - Services for Mr. Thomas Odell age 83, were Nov. 29, 2012 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Beecham and Bro. Jerry Grimsley officiating. Interment followed in Palestine Presbyterian Cemetery. Mr. O'Dell passed away late Tuesday in Lexington. He was born Feb. 13, 1929 in Henderson County to the late Walter Mitchell and Ida (Millner) Odell. He was a farmer and a member of Blue Goose Pentecostal Church. Mr. Odell enjoyed fellowshipping and having fun with people and spending time with his family. He was preceded by his son, Tommy Gerald, his daughter, Sandra Janece Odell, a brother, James Henry O'Dell and three sister, Lena Mays, Ruth Aldridge and Inez Blackstock. Survivors include his wife Mrs. Dorris Jean Tyler Odell, three sisters Edith Weatherford, Lithia Montgomery and Peggy O'Dell.
Lexington Progress 5 Dec 2012

BOBBY ALLEN ODLE - Services for Bobby Allen Odle will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Reed’s Chapel with the Rev. Earl Owens and Dr. Hoyt Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery. Mr. Odle, who was 43, died Sunday in El Paso, Texas. He leaves a son, Bobby Allen Odle Jr., of Chicago, Ill., two step-daughters; Donna Jarman and Wanda Chipchase of Chicago; his step-mother, Mrs. Hessie Odle, Lexington; four sisters, Mrs. Patty Sue McCollum of Yuma, Ariz; Mrs. Stella Jo Nichols of Decaturville, Rebecca Ann Lindsey and Reba Carol Goodrich, both of Lexington.
(The Lexington Progress, June 9, 1982)
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CAROL ODLE - Age 68, of Lexington, passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 in Jackson. She is survived by two daughters, Shonda Vargason of Jackson and Fonda Burch of Lexington; two sisters, Ann Lindsey of Lexington and Patty McCollum and six grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents, Preston and Rebecca Odle an dsiblings Bobby Odle and Stella Nichols. Services held Feb. 15 at Reeds Chapel.
Lexington Progress 18 Feb. 2015

MARY REBECCA (WILKERSON) ODLE - Services for Mrs. Odle, 45, were conducted Thursday afternoon from Pafford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Earl Owens officiating. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery. The former Rebecca Wilkerson, Mrs. Odle was a native Henderson Countian and a Baptist. She was employed at Salant & Salant. She leaves her husband, Preston Odle; a son, Bobby Odle; four daughters, Mrs. Pattie McCollum, in Pakistan; Stella, Reba and Rebecca A.; two sisters, Mrs. Walson Connally and Mrs. Earl Martin, both of near Lexington.
(The Lexington Progress, April 6, 1956)
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PRESTON S. ODLE - Services for Preston S. Odle were Sunday at First Baptist Church with Dr. E. E. Deusner, the Rev. Earl Owens and G. T. Stewart officiating. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery with Pafford Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Odle, 61, died soon after arrival at Lexington Hospital Friday following a heart attack. He was a native of Henderson County, a Baptist and one of the first employees of Salant and Salant where he was a mechanic. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Hessie Reeves Odle of Lexington; a son, Bobby Odle of Chicago; a stepson, Utley (Putt) Tolley of Lexington; four daughters, Mrs. Pattye McCollum of Tokyo, Japan, Mrs. Guy Nichols, Mrs. Gordon Lindsey and Mrs. Carol Maness, all of Lexington; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Margaret Davis of Memphis; a brother, J. C. Odle of Memphis; two sisters, Mrs. Jack Bilderback and Mrs. Edward Mullins, both of Lexington and 14 grandchildren.
(The Lexington Progress, March 1969)
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RICHARD FREDERICK ODLE (JR) - Passed away 25 Jan. 201 at the age of 78 in Lexington. He was born on Dec. 22, 1937 in Jackson TN to Fred and Ruth (Threadgill) Odle, brother of David W. and Mary Frances (Odle) Cowan. He was married to Judy Teague on Dec. 2, 1979 in Lexington. Richard was a graduate of Univesity of MS. After college, he returned to Lexington to join his father and brother in the family car business, Odle Chevrolet/Olds. He was a lifelong famer and outdoorsman and spent much of his life farming in Henderson and Perry County. In 1985 he became owner and President of E.L. Thomas & Sons Concrete Products (later Southern Concrete), where he was known as "Big O" for the remainder of his career. Mr. Odle was a National Guard member for 22 years before retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was a member of numerous organizations and boards including Hospital Chairman, Chamber of Commerce founding member and chairman First Bank board member, and Community Bank board member. Richard was a patriot who believed in his country and paying taxes. He was a lifelong resident of Lexington and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He spent many hours with his friends and family in the woods and taking trips. Mr. Odle was a lifetime member of First United Methodist in Lexington. He served in many leadership positions. Pops is survived by his wife, his four children, Vicki Odle, Rick Odle, Herron Odle and Leigh Ann Vaughn; a brother David; a sister Mary Frances Cowan; as well as seven grandchildren. Services are Jan. 28, 2016 ath the church with Hoyt Wilson and Dr. Doug Norfleet officiating. Interment followed in Lexingotn Cemetery.
Lexington Progress 27 Jan 2016

BONNIE O'GUINN - Services for Bonnie O'Guinn were Feb. 8, 2011 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home. Burial followed in Hare Cemetery. Mrs. O'Guinn, age 70, died Monday in Lexington. She was preceded by one daughter, Murel Ann Perry; a brother, Kyle Warren; three sisters, Sarah Culbertson, Mary Gordon and Shirley Morgan. Survivors include her husband Thomas Ray O'Guinn of Reagan; her daughter, Donna Sharp of Alamo; one brother, Kenneth Warren of Linden; four sisters, Ruth Moody of Reagan, Olene Sharp of Murray City, Linda Warren of Alamo and Janice Frazier of Scotts Hill and three grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 9 Feb 2011

BILLY E. OLIVE - Funeral services for Mr. Billy E. Olive, 78, were at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2007, in the Chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Rev. John D. Small officiating. Burial will follow at Jones Cemetery near Parkers Crossroads. Mr. Olive, the son of the late John Bailey and Evelena Walker Olive, died early Sunday, September 23, 2007 in Jackson. He was a Korean Army veteran and a lifelong resident of Parkers Crossroads. Mr. Olive served his community in many ways, whether as a business owner, merchant, city commissioner, farmer, charter Ruritan Club member or as a supervisor of Jones Cemetery. Survivors include two nieces: Rita Owen (Ronnie) and Darla Olive of Parkers Crossroads; a great niece, Tiffany Olive of Livingston; a great nephew, Bobby Olive (Cindy) and their children: Madison and Peyton all of Lexington.
Lexington Progress September 26, 2007.

JULIA ANN LUCINDA (TAYLOR) OLIVE was born September 18, 1860 and died May 10, 1944 aged 83 years. She was married to Homer L. Olive in 1886, who preceded her three years ago. The couple had eight children, with two dying in infancy. Surviving children are John, Sam, Orb, and Ivory, all of the home place; Mrs. C.B. Pendergrass, this county and Mrs. C.L. barnett of Huntingdon; one brother Bud Taylor, one half brother, Joe Taylor, Hot Springs AR and one half-sister, Emma Taylor of Bruceton. Rev. D.A. Bishop conducted the funeral services at Rock Springs Cemetery.
Lexington Progress 19 May 1944

WILLIAM JESSE OLIVE - was born Feb. 25, 1861 - died Jan. 8, 1944 aged 82 years. He was married to Miss Betty Lyon in 1891. She preceded him to the grave in 1926. To this union were born two daughters, Mrs. JessieMae Parker and Mrs. Ophelia Beal. He was later married to Mrs. Emily Tate in 1928. He was kind and devote dto his family, a splendid neighbor and a good citizen. He was courteous and friendly to all. His funeral was conducted in the home by Elder J. L. Fuller with interment in Jones Cem.
(Lexington Progress Jan. 14, 1944)

JIMMY ROGERS OLIVER - age 58, passed away Sep. 24, 2015 in Lexington. He is survived by his mother Ruby Wells Oliver of Lake Hills TX; 2 daughters, Hillary Keymon of Decaturville and Leslie Thompson of Decaturville; 3 brothers, William, Ollis and Randall Oliver; 1 sister, Carols Ashby of Chesapeake VA and 4 grandchildren. The family has chosen cremation.
Lexington Progress 30 Sep 2015

SAMMIE OLIVER - Services for Mr. Sammie Oliver age 77, are scheduled for Oct. 13, 2010 in the chapel of Pafford Fuenral Home in Scotts Hill with Bro. Lloyd Blankenship and Bro. Roy Wyatt officiating. Burial will follow in Corinth Methodist Cemetery. Mr. Oliver passed away Sunday in Parsons. He was born Sep. 15, 1933 in Decatur County to the late William Thomas and Dellar Western Oliver . He was a truck driver for Creasy Hardwoods. Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Mrs. Norma Jean of Saltillo, six sons Sammy Oliver of Lebanon OR, Roy Oliver, Darryl Oliver, Jerry Oliver and Thomas Oliver all of Beech Bluff and Roy Flatt of Bath Springs; two daughters, Debbie Westerman of Scotts Hill and Cindy Swinford and eight grandchildren.
Lxington Progress 13 Oct 2010

FAYE IMOGENE BRITT OLSON - A memorial service was held in Redmon WA on April 14, 2009. She was preceded in death by daughter, Terri Lee Scribneer, her parents Fate and Alice Britt; two brothers, Tommy Britt and Tony Britt. She is survived by a son Phillip Ray Olson; two brothers, Charles E. Britt and Faye Britt Jr.
Lexington Progress 6 May 2008

XAVIER ORENGO - Funeral services for Mr. Orengo, age 56, were Sunday Feb. 20, 2011 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home. Burial followed in Darden Cemetery. Mr. Orengo, the son-in-law of Ray and Inez Reeves of Darden, died late Tuesday in Knoxville. He served 24 years in the US Army and later was employed by American Healthways in Nashville, Mr. Orengo was preceded in death by his father, Miguel A> Orengo; a half sister, Blanca Orengo; and a grandson, Isaiah. SUrvivors include his wife of 26 years, Susie Reeves Orengo of Maryville TN; two sons, Xavier Orengo II of Japan and Emilio V. Orengo of Maryville; three daughters, Jennifer Lemon of Houston TX, Rita Robinson of Louisiana, Raquel I. Orengo of Maryville; his mother , Rosa Orengo of Amsterday NY and eights brothers, Miguel of Orlando, David, Jose, Ricardo, Adalberto, Gabriel and Edgardo all of Amsterdam NY, Louis Orengo of Tampa FL; one sister Madeline Millan of Amsterday NY and five grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 23 Feb 2011

EDWARD BENNETT ORIO , 66, died August 17, 2009 surrounded by family and friends. The son of Harry and Edith Orio, he was raised in Lexington TN. A lifelong Methodist, he served the church as MUF President and counselor at Lakeshore Camp. Ed graduated from the Univ. of Memphis with BS and MA degrees and had completed curriculums for his doctorate in Educational Administration. After serving as an administrator and teacher in Fayette Co. and Dean at Lausanne School, he dedicated his talent, his expertise and his heart, to the University of Memphis, retiring in 2005. His life's greates passion was Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity where he served all his adult life as a friend, mentor, and true brother. In 2006, Ed received the Fraternity's highest honor the Lambda Chi Alpha Order of Merit. Ed's devotion to God and his love and compassion for his family and friends will be his eternal legacy. He is survived by his beloved sister, Beverly Brooks Romines; brother-in-law Steve Romines; nieces Tara, Jessica, Amanda and cherished cousins. Memorial services are scheduled for 11 am Saturday August 29, 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Rev. Stan McDaniel officiating with private graveside services flowing.
Lexington Progress 26 August 2009 - no mention of where he was buried.

EUGENE CLARENCE OSIER - Services for Eugene Clarence Osier, 69, were conducted Thursday afternoon from Pafford Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Edwin Deusner. Mr. Ozier, formerly a resident of Watertown, N.Y., died early Wednesday morning (19 December 1951) at the home of Mrs. F.M. Davis, where he lived with his son, John B. Ozier. Mr. Ozier had made his home here for the past four months. He was a communicant of the Episcopal Church. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery with Pafford in charge.
Lexington Progress December 21, 1951

JESSIE OVERMAN - Services for Jessie Faye Overman were Tuesday August 12, 2008 at Mazies Chapel Baptist Church. Burial followed in Hare Cemetery. Mrs. Overman, 67, died Sunday August 10, 2008 at Jackson Hsp. She was preceded by her husband Elmer Brandon Overman, one son, Brandon Keith Overman and her father, Irvy Pope Jr. She is survived by one daughter, Angela Denise Wood, Lexington; her mother nell Pope of Huron; three grandchildren; one sister Teresa Pope and one brother David Pope of Huron.
Lexington Progress 13 Aug 2008

LILLY F. (BARTHOLOMEW) OVERMAN - Services for Mrs. Lily Bartholomew Overman were July 1 at Pafford Funeral Home with Charles Thomason, the Rev. Earl Owens and the Rev. Les Haggard officiating. Burial was in Hare Cemetery. Mrs. Overman died Sunday afternoon at Lexington Hospital after a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of Henderson County and a Baptist. She leaves a son, James Howell Overman of Memphis; two daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Lewis of Lexington and Mrs. Lois Lindsey of Memphis and a sister, Mrs. Becky Ann Powers of Gideon, Mo.
The Lexington Progress, July 11, 1968

MARY OVERMAN - Services for Miss Mary Overman age 71, are scheduled for 4 pm Wednesday Oct. 2, 2013 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Hare Cemetery. Miss Overman passed away late Monday in Jackson. She was born May 17, 1942 in Lexington to the late Joe and Meldeen Watson overman. She is survived by her five brothers, Roscoe, Mickey, Jimmy, Tony and Rooser Overman; and three sisters, Betty Brown, Dorothy Heathscott and Peggy Overman.
Lexington Progress Oct 3, 2013

RUTH HELEN OVERMAN , age 83, passed away on Wednesday May 1, 2013 in Jackson. She is survived by 4 sons, Virgil, Lynn, Danny and Gary Overman all of Lexington; 1 daughter Pat of Lexington; 2 brothers, Jack Fowler of Lexington and J.D. of Cedar Grove; 2 sisters, Mildred Martingdale and Virginia Kirby; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Burial was in Hare Cemetery.
Lexington Progress May 8 2013

W.C. OVERMAN - Services for Mr. Overman were May 23, 2011 at Reeds Chapel in Lexington with burial in Crowell Cemetery. Mr. Overman, age 75 passed away May 21, 2011. He was preceded by his parents, Wylie Clayton Overman and Lois Weaver and a sister, Alene Cunningham. He is survived by three children,Linda Peterson, Brenda Johnson and Gary Clay Overman all of Lexington; seven grandchildren; a brother Billy Overman of Lexington and a sister Nellie Sue Burkett of Lexingtonnn and his companion of 30 years, Jamie Greenway of Lexington.
Lexington Progress

JANICE FAYE (FIELDS) OVERSTREET , passed away May 19, 2012 at her home after a short illness, she was born May 7, 1944. She is survived by her children; Norman Kenneth Wilson of N.J., Glory Ann Pritchard of Lexington, Cindy Salmons of N.J., Jerry David Overstreet Jr., ofNC and Tracy Dale Overstreet of VA. Her sisters; Diane Reeves; Joanne Gutierrez both of Lexington and Kat Parnell of KY. Brothers; Wayne Fields and Tommy of N.J.; Wendall Fields of KY and Roger and Jeffrey of TN. She is preceded by her parents Herschell and Glory Fields, a child Tommy Overstreet, and three brothers, James, Allen and Michael Fields and a daughter Marie Elizabeth Salmons. She had 7 grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 23 May 2012

MILDRED (DICKSON) OVERTURF , age 83, died on Feb. 2, 2012 in Lexington. She is survived by 2 sons, Ronald Gairhan and Butch Overturf; 1 daughter Wendy Overturf; 2 sisters Sue Wallace and Beatrice Blankenship and 3 grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents; Cordie and Pearl Dickson and a daughter Mary Hagen. Services were Feb. 4, 2012 with burial following in Lexington Cemetery.
Lexington Progress 8 Feb. 2012

A.Y. OWEN - Word has reached here of the death of A.Y. Owen, 61, a native Henderson Countian in Oklahoma. Mr. Owen, a linotype operator for a printing company there died January 27, 1947. Born at Juno he was known as Arthur Owen, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Owen. Survivors include his wife, a son, A.Y. Owen Jr., four sisters, Mrs. W.T. Pearson,Mrs. R.T. hart and Mrs. A. B. Dickson all of Nashville and Mrs. H.C. Coffman of Jackson MS.
Lexington Progress 14 Feb 1947

J.L. OWEN , who lived three miles west of town was stricken with heart failure about four o'clock Tuesday morning (April 7, 1908) and died two hours later. Mr. Owen spent Monday in town as well as usual and the news of his death so soon thereafter came as a shock. Mr. Owen leaves a second wife and several children to mourn the loss of an excellent husband and father. He was our friend as well as patron and we deeply sympathize with the bereaved family.
Lexington Progress April 10, 1908

ROBERT HENRY "BOB" OWEN - Services for Robert "Bob" Henry Owens were Saturday, April 19, at First Baptist Church, with burial in Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery. Pafford Funeral Home was in charge. Mr. Owens, who was 82, died Wednesday, April 16, at TN State VA Home, Humboldt, Tn. He was a retired Memphis Fire Department employee of 26 years, also supervisor for Woodland Homes, Lexington for 13 years and a painter for 45 years. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Jerelene June Owens of Lexington; a son, Robert H. "Robby" Owens of Memphis; two daughters, LaVonda Roberts of Lexington and Valinda Russell of Jackson; a brother, Glynn Owens of Ripley; two sisters, Ollie Fitzgerald of Memphis and Louise Fitzgerald of Collierville; two granddaughters, Tera Roberts and Kelsey Roberts.
The Lexington Progress, April 23, 1997

RONALD D. OWEN - age 67, passed away Jan. 24, 2015 in Wildersville. He is survived by his wife, Rita Owen, mother Flora Owen; two brothers, Bernice of Bartlett andJesse of Columbus GA; three sisters, Donna Campbell of Houston MO, Marsha Johnson of Millington TN and Denise Owen of Jackson TN. He was preceded by his father Jesse Owen. Services were Jan. 26, 2015 at Reeds Chapel in Lexington - burial in Jones Cemetery.
Lexington Progress 28 Jan 2015

VERA MAE OXFORD - Services for Vera Mae Oxfrod were Friday June 13, 2008 at Reeds Chapel-Lexington. Burial followed in Rock hill Cemetery. Mrs. Oxford, 87, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at Lexington Manor. Survivors include three sisters, Irene Bingham, Sardis, Ailene Fesmire, Huron, Kathleen Halters, Wildersville; one brother, Hubert Stribling, Lexington. She was preceded by her husband Lee Oxford and one brother, Lebirt Stribling and a sister Jean Gardner.
Lexington Progress 18 Jun 2008

CINDY OZIER - Services for Cindy Ozier were May 17, 2011 at Reeds Chapel with burial followed in Spain Cemetery. Mrs. Ozier, age 45, died May 14, 2011 in Jackson. She was preceded by her father, James Shackelford. She is survived by her husband, Ed Ozier; two children, Kelsey and Evan Ozier; her mother Elizabeth Shackelford ; a sister, Deby Gullett of Dickson and a brother Tim Shackelford.
Lexington Progress May 18, 2011

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