OBITUARIES of HENDERSON COUNTY

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NANCY MARIE (PHILLIPS) PAFFORD daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Phillips and named Nancy Marie, was born in Gadsden, Tennessee, August 14th, 1897. She received her education in the schools of Jackson, and while yet in her teens, wishing to make for herself the living which her education had equipped her to do, she came to Lexington to accept a position with the United Grocery Company, in which capacity, by her modest demeanor and strict attention to duty, she endeared herself to all the workers of that business. Her coming to Lexington resulted in the great romance of her life--and also the greatest tragedy to those who loved her, for by it she met Royal R. Pafford, who wooed and won her for his helpmate, and they were married November 2th, 1918. On the 17th day of March this year, Mr. and Mrs. Pafford became the proud parents of their first child, Eva Louise, but that glorious pleasure was soon marred by the appearance of alarming symptoms in Mrs. Pafford's condition, which prompted their physician , Dr. George A. Brandon, to suggest that she be carried to Memphis for the most expert treatment obtainable and on Friday evening March 19th she was carried to that city and to the Baptist Memorial Hospital, where Dr. Eugene Johnson and three other specialists did all that human skill could suggest, but all in vain, to save her precious life, and at the hour of 12:38 a.m., March 26th, she breathed her last and her pure soul was wafted back to God who gave it. The remains were brought back to Lexington last Friday afternoon and carried to the Pafford home in which she had spent more than seven years. In that home the mortal remains, watched by relatives and loving friends, remained until 2:00 o'clock, p.m., Sunday March 28th when the last sad rites were performed, Prof. J. O. Brown and Rev. W. D. Jenkins conducting the services, which were concluded at the grave by Prof. Brown, who represented the religious faith of Mrs. Pafford for she had been a member of the Christian Church since the age of twelve years. The tributes paid her truly consecrated life and beautiful Christian character were richly deserved, for in both religion and everyday life, Mrs. Pafford represented the highest type of virtuous woman, whom the Bible classes as "more precious than rubies." The home was her safe haven, the place she loved, and while endowed with rare precious charms as well as mental attainments, which might have distinguished her in society, she had no longing for that manner life and her heart turned only to the home and to make happy the devoted husband and the others who loved her. It was not our privilege to know her in the privacy of her home, but we did come in contact with her often enough to make us believe, to know, that she had the disposition of rare sweetness and a heart that was truly unselfish. Her death is a calamity, a blow which only the softening effect of time can ameliorate, a wound that can never be healed. It is sweet to believe that her spirit will hover over the home which will shelter the motherless babe in which the devoted grandmother, Mrs. Linnie Pafford, will lavish her love and attention on the little Eva Louise who may find in such a perfect mother that she may never miss the real one. Mrs. Pafford is survived by her husband, Royal R. Pafford, and infant daughter, Eva Louise; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Phillips of Jackson, and one sister, Mrs. J. B. Thomas of Martin, and one brother, J. C. Phillips, Jr., Okalona, Mississippi, and one grandmother, Mrs. Nancy Dunagan of Jackson. The funeral offerings were numerous and wonderfully beautiful, coming from many who took that method of expressing their love and esteem for the departed.--W. V. Barry
(The Lexington Progress, April 2, 1926)

ROYAL R. PAFFORD - Services for Royal R. Pafford, 59, were conducted Tuesday morning from the funeral home chapel by the Rev. O.C. Wrather, assisted by the Rev. Edwin Duesner. Mr. Pafford, Lexington undertaker, died at Baptist Hospital, Memphis Sunday afternoon at one following a critical illness of 3 weeks. He had recently undergone an operation at the hospital, but his condition became steadily worse. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery. Mr. Pafford entered the undertaking profession early in life becoming associated with his father the late D.D. Pafford. After his father's death 32 years ago, he assumed full charge of the business. He also organized one of the largest burial associations in the section. Mr. Pafford was a native of Lexington and had lived here all his life. He was a member of the First Methodist Church. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Zula Mae Reed Pafford; a daughter Mrs. Eva Louise Pafford Helms, both of Lexington and a brother Aubrey Pafford of Paducah. Pallbearers were John A. McCall, John H. Wadley, J.T. Stewart, Jos. C. Davis, Roy Holmes, Joe A. Appleby, Hal Johnson and Claude Fesmire.
(Lexington Progres Jan. 5, 1951)

ROBERT LEE PARK - Services for Robert Lee Park were Friday at Union Baptist Church with the Rev. David Walker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Reed’s Chapel in charge. Mr. Park, who was 90, died Thursday at his home after a long illness. He was a retired farmer and a Baptist. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Ruth Park of Chesterfield; a daughter, Mrs. Angalee Reeves of Jackson and a sister, Mrs. Jim Maxwell of Nashville.
The Lexington Progress, September 17, 1975

ARCHIE FLOYD PARKER Services for Archie Floyd Parker were Thursday at Reed’s Chapel with the Rev. Connie B. Burton officiating. Burial was in Jowers Cemetery. Mr. Parker, who was 81, died Tuesday morning at Methodist Hospital of Lexington. He was a retired farmer. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Marie Jowers Parker of Lexington and a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Summerfield of St. Louis, Mo.
The Lexington Progress, February 17, 1993

BENNIE MAE (OAKLEY) PARKER - Friends in Lexington were shocked and grieved to learn that Mrs. Paul Parker had died in Nashville at the St. Thomas Hospital April 1st, 1931, following an operation there a few weeks ago. Mrs. Parker before her marriage was Miss Bennie Oakley, and was born at the old Oakley home in Madison County. About ten years ago the family moved to Lexington and about six years ago she was married to Paul Parker, who died last August. She is survived by a child by a former marriage, Orion Hinsley; by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Oakley; two brothers, Thompsie and James Polk and four sisters, Jessie, Woodrow, Edward, and Mary. She was a woman of considerable ability. At one time she had studied nursing. In partnership with Mr. Parker she ran the old Hotel Lexington before it burned. Last year she made a trip to California, booking plays for a Kansas City firm, in which she was very successful and at the time of her death was one of the engrossing clerks of the State Legislature. The remains were brought here in the Pafford hearse Wednesday night and were taken to her father's home near Poplar Springs. As we go to press Thursday morning funeral arrangements have not been completed.
(The Lexington Progress, April 3, 1931)

BOBBY LYNN PARKER - Services for Bobby Lynn Parker were Dec. 14, 2010 at Reeds Chapel with burial following in the Jones Cemetery. Mr. Parker age 30, of Yuma died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at his home. He was employed by the City of Lexington. He is survived by his wife, Miracle Kayla Middleton Parker; four children, Briley Leigh Ann, Daniel Wayne, Hunter Bryce and Trace Alan Parker; his parents Keith and Brenda Webb Parker; a sister Jami Lee Hart of Clarksburg and grandparents, Louise Payne and Alene Webb.
Lexington Progress 15 Dec 2010

CALLIE PARKER - Services for Callie Parker age 70, a retired factory worker were Monday Sept. 28, 2009, at Natchez Trace Baptist Church with Bro. Don Jones officiating. Burial followed in Natchez Trace Cemetery. Pafford Funeral H ome of Lexington was in charge. Mrs. Parker died Saturday in Lexington. Mrs. Parker was preceded by her father, Raymond Burton, her husband Joe Parker and a granddaughter LReba Ross. Survivors include her mother, Gertrude Burton; four sons, Larry, Garry, Ricky and Danny Parker; a daughter Lilly Ross; three brothers, Wilbert, Charles and Eugene Burton and a sister JoAnn Lunsford all of Lexington and eight grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 30 Sep 2009

CYNTHIA MARIE PARKER - Services for Cynthia Parker, six months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Parker, were Sunday afternoon at Mazies Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Earl Owens officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Pafford Funeral Home in charge. The infant died suddenly at her home in Chicago Thursday afternoon. The family had been living there about two months. Other than her parents she leaves her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Estus Jowers of near Lexington and her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Priest Parker of Wildersville.
The Lexington Progress, November 21, 1963

JOE PARKER aged about 45, was found Sunday morning seated under a tree, dead, with a pistol grasped in his hand and a bullet through his head. The body was found near noon by some children of Homer Hamilton who were playing about halfway between his home and that of his father-in-law Jess Olive. Parker had apparently been dead since about nine or ten o'clock. He is survived by his wife, eleven children, one sister, Mrs. Harvey (Faustine) Neal of Knoxville and three brothers, Cecil of Cross Roads, Emmett of Dyersburg and Harry of Memphis. Another brother Dennis, killed himself just seven years ago to the day while living at Portageville MO. Services were held at the ones Cemetery with Rev. A.U. Nunnery officiating.
Lexington Progress Oct. 29, 1937

MARGARET LUVENA (MULLINS) PARKER was born Dec. 10, 1848 and departed this life in the home of her son, Dave Parker May 26, 1938 making her stay on this earth 89 years, 5 months and 16 days. She was married to the late James R. Parker, who preceded her ten years ago. This union was blessed with six children, one dying in infancy; John of Jackson, Dave of Jackson, Mrs. E.B. (Bettie) Azbill of Wildersville; Mrs. W.E. (Dee) Gooch of McKenzie and Mrs. R.L. (Minnie) Walker of Wildersville. She was a member of the Methodist Church and was a true Christian until death called her to her heavenly home. She was a true, loyal and devoted companion and mother and we realize that from the dept's of our hearts that our loss is Heaven's gain. She cannot come back to us but we can go to her. To know her was to love her. She was a kind and loving mother, a faithful friend and was always willing to lend a helping hand and will be sadly missed by the children and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Lewis Cemetery by Rev. Barnett of Jackson and a large crowd of sympathizing friends and relatives were present. (Written by her children, Mrs. Gooch and Mrs. Walker)
Lexington Progress 3 Jun 1938

ONETA HART PARKER , age 57, of Wildersville TN died Thursday July 30, 2009 at her home in Wildersville. She was born March 10, 1952 in Henderson County TN to the late Mr. and Mrs. William S. Hart who proceedsher in death. She attended Bible Hill Missionary Baptist Church and she attended Montgomery and Lexington High School. SHe is known for singing, cooking and gardening. She leves behind her husband of 16 years James Parker, a son Lincoln (Lynetta) Dent of Memphis; a daughter, Della (Bryant) Hollingsworth of Wildersville; six grandchildren, Adrion, Kalob and Alanna Dent, and Caitlynn, Brooklynn and Madalynn Hollingsworth; two sisters Dessie Moody and Doris Hart; five brothers, Joe Bobby, WIlliam S. Jr., James Roy and Barry D. of Lexington and Larry of Savannah. She leaves an uncle Howard Carter and three aunts.
Lexington Progress 5 August 2009

RICKY LYNN PARKER - Funeral services for Ricky Lynn Parker, age 51, are scheduled for 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 1 at Sand Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Rodney Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in Natchez Trace Church Cemetery. Pafford Funeral Home of Lexington is in charge of the arrangements.
Ricky, the son of the late Joe and Callie Burton Parker, died Saturday night, April 27, 2013 in Jackson. The owner & pitmaster of Scott's BBQ, he had been cooking whole hog for over 39 years. A native of Henderson County, he was proud of his hometown & was always willing to lend a helping hand. The over-flowing parking lot until the "Sold Out" sign was posted was a true testament to his BBQ mastery. What was once a hidden Southern gem soon grew to be nationally recognized. Ranked 3rd nationally & 1st in the U.S. , Ricky was recognized by many highly acclaimed publications; Southern Living, Pit Masters, Southern Foodways Alliance, to name a very few, and soon was honored to travel across the U.S. showcasing his BBQ. Although he will definitely be remembered for his BBQ, long after the memory of the delicious pulled pork sandwich has faded, most will remember his easy nature & how he made you feel when you stepped up to the takeout window. In his own words, " When I see a customer coming back and a smile on their face, it makes it all worthwhile."
Ricky is survived by his wife, Lisa Parker; his sons: Matthew Parker, Zachery Parker and Joshua Westbrook; daughters: Hope Parker and Olivia Parker; a grandson, Parker Westbrook; a sister, Lilly Story (Mike) and brothers: Larry Parker (Debbie), Gary Parker (Donna) and Danny Parker (Vicky). He is also survived by his Scott’s BBQ family: Austin “Tea Pot” Thomas, Terri Martin and Rusty Dickson.
Lexington Progress May 1, 2013

PAUL PARKER , son of the late Joe P. and Mrs. Mary Barnhill Parker, was born at Wildersville, May 10th, 1896, and died but some twenty minutes after being stricken August 19th, 1930. He had been in his office and about town generally Monday, full of life and the genial humor which never failed him and up to the very moment he was stricken there was no intimation of the tragedy about to happen. He and Mrs. Parker had driven out to Wolf Ridge and spent the evening in the home of Mrs. Parker's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Oakley. Paul Parker was reared in Wildersville, and for years was connected with the merchandising business of his father until nine years ago when he came to Lexington as one of the members of the Watson-Parker Drug Company. Eight years ago he made his first successful race for the office if Clerk of the County Court of Henderson County, to which office he was reelected four years ago, and from which office he was to retire the first day of next month, his retirement being of his own free will. As an efficient official, he could receive no higher tribute than that paid him by Judge W. H. Lancaster, former county judge who says Mr. Parker was more efficient in the office after a few months than other clerks were after years of experience. The fact that he, a Democrat, was twice elected over Republicans in a heavy Republican county must be a tribute to his personality. He was strongly urged to again run for office, but had passed his word that he would not again run, and kept it. Another tribute to him was the race he made recently for the Democratic nomination for the State Senate in which he received the entire Henderson county vote except for 207 over H. C. Anderson of Jackson, a man who in the office of attorney-general, an office which often makes enemies for the incumbent, won for himself a host of friends who believe in his ability and integrity.

Joe P. Parker, father of Paul, died in Lexington October 31, 1926, and the mother died November 30, 1921. He is survived by four brothers, Will, Lexington; Dr. Sam T. Parker, Jackson; John and George, Wildersville; also four sisters, Libbie (Mrs. W. H. Barnhill), Rosebud, Texas; Lessie, Jackson, widow of W. F. Appleby, Henderson County; Lila (Mrs. W. R. Johnson), Wildersville; and Mary (Mrs. Frank Crockett), Huntington. On August 5th, 1925, he was married to Miss Bennie Mae Oakley, who survives him with a young son by her former marriage, and the complete and utter devotion of Paul to his wife was well known, the greatest object of his life being to make her life a happy one. Paul Parker is going to be sorely missed in the courthouse, the community and his place will be hard indeed to fill.
(The Lexington Progress, August 22, 1930)

VELMA (HIGGS) PARKS , wife of W.T. Parks, was born Feb. 17, 1870 and died Feb. 13, 1904. She joined the Methodist Church when young and lived up to its teaching until death. Her maiden name was Higgs. She leaves a husband and on child, a little boy.
Lexington Progress March 4, 1904

WAYNE PARKER , Funeral services for Wayne Parker will be Oct. 22, 2009 at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Wayne Parker age 53, of Lexington died Monday Oct. 19, 2009 in Lexington. He is survived by his wife, Pam; a son Kellen, his parents, Genie Parker JR. and Leara Parker; a sister Boddie Parker, a brother Warren; two aunts, Hazel Parker and Virginia Laster and an uncle Lanier Douglas.
Lexington Progress October 21, 2009

CAROL ANN (BEVILL) PARRISH PARRISH , of Lexington was the daughter of the late James and Inita Beal Bevill born April 4, 1963 in McKenzie TN, departed this life August 28, 2013 at her home. She was preceded in death by heer parents, grandparents Odell and ARuth Bevill and Albert and Elizabeth Beal. Carroll was married to Freddy Parish r. on April 1, 2010. She went to Paris School of Cosmology and worked in this field for several years. After being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012 she had lived her life loving and serving the Lord. She didn't take one day for granted even though throughout the past 15 months she had to undergo several surgeries and hospital stays. Her thoughts were to get better and get back to her church and family which she loved dearly. Carol is survived by her husband, one son, Britton Thomas Gream of Dallas, a stepson, Tristan Lee Parrish of Trenton, a brother James Richard Bevill from Buchanan TN. A sister Debbie Bevill Fuzzell of Synne AR. Even though Carol's life was filled with lots of ups and downs her memory will forever live in our hearts as knowing that she now rests in the arms of Jesus. Burial in Hillcrest Cemetery in Paris, TN.
Lexington Progress 9/4/2013

MARTHA PARRISH died at the home of her sister, Mrs. E.K. Foster last Thursday night after an illness of only a few hours. Deceased was 78 years of age and had spent the greater part of her life in Gibson County, but had been for the past two years making her home here. For many years past, she had been a member of the M.E. Church, South and since her profession of faith has always been true to her Master. The interment was in Lexington Cemetery, (must be unmarked - could find no listing) Friday afternoon and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.P. Riddick. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved ones.
Lexington Progress March 25, 1910

HELEN LARUE PARROTT , age 72, passed away on June 6, 2013 in Jackson. She is survived by 1 daughter, Sherry Grisham of Decaturville; 5 brothers, Charles Lee, Bill, Donald Fay, Roger, and Stanley Woods; 1 sister, Bonnie Duke of Lexington; 1 grandchild and 2 great grandchildren. She was preceded by heer husband James Parrott; and her parents, Howard and Martha AWoods. Burial in Bible Grove.
Lexington Progress 12 June 2013

CHARLES PATTON - Services for Mr. Charles Patton, 73, were Tuesday Dec. 8, 2009 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Steve Wilkinson officiating. Burial followed in Hare Cemetery. Mr. Patton died Sunday at his home in Lexington. He was born August 4, 1936 in Henderson County to the late John and Lorene Lewis Patton. He owned and operated Patton Tire Shop for over 30 years. Mr. Patton enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was preceded by his wife. Betty Roberts Patton. Survivors include his two sons, Rob and Chuck and his three grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 2 Dec 2009

DAVID CHRISTOPHER PATTON, one of Henderson County’s oldest and most respected citizens, died March 6th, 1939, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. L. Douglas, in the Bargerton community at the age of 87. He was born in 1852. For years Mr. Patton was prominent in the affairs of the Law community, and many years ago he was a Lexington merchant. At about the time he gained his majority, he was married to Miss Rebecca Meals, who died in June 1930. To this union were born: James and Mrs. Liddie Wilson, who lives in Oklahoma, Mrs. Bob Douglas and Henry Patton, who died in January, 1935. Mr. Patton has long been a member of the Methodist Church, South, and it was fitting that his funeral was held in the church at Sharon. The service was conducted by the pastor, Rev. R. B. Mackey, assisted by Rev. J. A. Page, a long-time friend. Interment was made at Pleasant Hill cemetery.
 (The Lexington Progress, March 10, 1939)

EDNA (HALL) PATTON - Services for Mrs. Patton, age 93, were june 6, 2011 in the Chapel of the Pafford Fuenral Home with Bro. Charlie Watkins and Bro. Randall Woods officiating. Burial followed in New Hope Methodist Cemetery. Mrs. Patton passed away June 4, 2011 in Lexington. She was born April 2, 1918 in Henderson County to Riley H. and Maudie (Houston) Hall. She was a retired beautician and homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Lexington TN. Mrs. Patton was preceded in death by her husband Grady W. Patton and two sisters Ruth Mitchell and Jewell Hall. Survivors include two sons, Jerry Johnson of Lexington and Jeffrey Patton of Wakeman OH; one daughter Brenda K. Woods of Lexington TN; two sisters Opal White of Lexington and Marie Neeley of Denmark TN; and five grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 8 Jun 2011

JOHN HENRY PATTON , son of David L. and Rebecca (Laws) Patton was born April 13, 1875 and died April 5, 1935 in the home of his wife's mother near Bargerton. He was married in early manhood to Ida, daughter of the late Columbus Meals and the following children were born to the union; Mrs. Essie Boyer, James, Henry, Jr., Miss Pauline and William Patton. He is also survived by his aged father and one brother, James Patton, a resident of Oklahoma; two sisters, Mrs. J.S. (Lillie) Wilson and Mrs. R.L. Douglas. Henry Patton was one of those big hearted boys and men whom one could not help liking, and he had many friends in Lexington, having lived here. Rev. J.R. Page conducted the service in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, assisted by Rev. W.S. Simms.
Lexington Progress 12 April 1935

LORENE (LEWIS) PATTON - Funeral services for Mrs. Patton, age 86 were Saturday April 22, 2006 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Charles Thomason officiating. Burial followed in Hare Cemetery. Mrs. Patton died early Friday (April 21, 2006) in Lexington she was born February 22, 1920 in Henderson County to the late Truman Lewis and Ella Melton. She was a retired cook for Lexington City School and a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded by her daughter in-law- Mrs. Betty Patton; her brother, Truman Lewis Jr and two sisters, Anna Mae Connley and Jewell Knott. Survivors include her husband of 72 years, John Patton, her son Charles, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Lexington Progress April 26, 2006

MARK C. PAYNE - Funeral services for Rev. Mark C. Payne, age 51, of Wildersville were Saturday Dec. 20, 2008 at Reeds Chapel with John D. Small, Dennis Lunsford and David Neely officiating. Burial followed in the Jones Cemetery. Mr. Payne, a distribution manager for teh Lexington Water System died Wednesday in Lexington. He is survived by his wife Louise Payne, a stepdaughter, Sherri Beardsley of Wildersville, a stepson Keith Parker of Clarksburg, three brothers Johnny of Lexington, Chris and Steven of Amarillo TX.
Lexington Progress 24 Dec 2008

WILLIAM HENRY PAYNE - Services for William Henry Payne were Sunday at Reed's Chapel with Gary Johnson and Bill Munson officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mr. Payne, who was 70, died Friday at Lexington Hospital after a long illness. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Ruth Rogers Payne; four daughters, Mrs. Sue Edwards of Lavinia, Mrs. Louise Terry of Cedar Grove, Mrs. Josie Horner of Ridgely and Mrs. Helen Neisler of Cedar Grove; three brothers, John Payne of McKenzie, Edward Payne of Big Sandy and Hulie Payne of Michigan; four sisters, Mrs. Judy Morgan of Paris, Mrs. Fannie Stone, Mrs. Susie Stone, both of McKenzie and Mrs. Anna Lou Breeden of Huntingdon; 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Lexington Progress April 26, 2006

CHARLES EDWARD PEARSON - age 63, died Friday, March 1, 2013. Memorial services were held March 3 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. The family chose creamation. Survivors include one daughter Dwane Nixon; one sister Barbara Ann Edward; and four brothers, Ronnie Lee Pearson and Carl, Timmy and Lynn Houghton.
Lexington Progress 6 Mar 2013

CHESTER PEARSON - Services for Chester Pearson were Oct. 17, 2010 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. Burial followed in Lexington Cem. Peoples funeral home was in charge of arrangement. Mr. Pearson, age 70 died Oct. 13, 2010 at his home. He is survived by three daughters, Teresa Pearson, Regetta Pearson, and Jennifer Melton; two sons Fred Pearson, Christopher Pearson; and four grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 20 Oct 2010

DELBERT GLENN PEARSON - Services for Delbert Pearson were May 8, 2011 at Reeds Chapel with burial following in Poplar Corner Cemetery. Mr. Pearson, age 62, of Wildersville died Friday May 6, 2011 at his home. He is survived by 2 sons, Matthew and William both of Scotts Hill; a sister Vauncille Priddy of Lexington and a nephew James Pearson of Wildersville.
Lexington Progress 11 May 2011

ELIZABETH (McLEARY) PEARSON - Services for Mrs. Elizabeth Pearson were Thursday, Nov. 19, at Reed's Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Beecham officiating. Burial was in the Poplar Corner Cemetery. Mrs. Pearson, who was 87, died Tuesday morning at Lexington Manor. She was the widow of John Pearson. She leaves a step-daughter, Mrs. Vauncille Priddy of Lexington and a step-son, Delbert Glenn Pearson of Wildersville.
(The Lexington Progress, November 25, 1992)

ESTELLE (HARDIN) PEARSON - Services for Mrs. Estelle Hardin Pearson, life-long Lexington resident, were conducted Wednesday afternoon from Pafford Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. O.C. Wrather and the Rev. E.E. Deusner. Mrs. Pearson, widow of the late Leo Pearson, who died 16 years ago, passed away at her home on Huntingdon Street Tuesday (16 October 1951). She was 70. She is survived by two children, Leo Howard Pearson of Lexington and Mrs. L.W> Scott ofJackson; four brothers, Jasper, Walter, Willie and Thompsie Hardin, all of Lexington; five sisters, Mrs. Augusta Autry, Mrs. Myrtle Gibson and Mrs. Ludie Webb, all of Lexington, Mrs. Clara Boswell, Beech Bluff and Mrs. Henrietta Watson, Bruceton. Two grandchildren also survive. Burial was in Lexington Cemtery.
Lexington Progress 19 October 1951 - Friday

IMOGENE PEARSON - Services for Imogene Pearson will be July 16, 2010 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church at 2 pm. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery. Mrs. Pearson age 90, died July 7, 2010 at Lexington Manor. She is survived by a daughter Kay Raspberry; and a son Earnest Cathey; nine grandchildren; a sister Evagene Yarbro; four brothers Robert Russell J. L. and Chester Pearson. Peoples Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Lexington Progress 14 Jul 2010

JAMES DUSTIN PEARSON - Graveside services for James Dustin Pearson, infant son of James and Wilda Pearson, were Wednesday afternoon at Poplar Corner Cemetery with the Rev. Teddie Rose of Jackson officiating. The infant was born May 19 and died July 1 as a patient in the University of Tennessee Newborn Center in the City of Memphis Hospital. Survivors other than his parents, are his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Mabel Maness and his paternal great-grandfather, Ernest Pearson of Lexington.
(The Lexington Progress, July 9, 1980)

JOHN ERNEST PEARSON - Services for John Ernest Pearson were Friday at Reed's Chapel with burial in Poplar Corner Cemetery. Mr. Pearson, who was 87, died Wednesday morning at Lexington Methodist Hospital after a long illness. He was a retired farmer and school bus driver. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Pearson of Lexington; a daughter, Mrs. Vauncille Priddy of Lexington; a son, Delbert Glenn Pearson of Wildersville; a sister, Mrs. Lorene Coldwell of Trenton; three brothers, Deroy Pearson and Curtis Pearson, both of Jackson and Moran Pearson of Peoria, Ill.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
(The Lexington Progress, November 15, 1989)

JOHN HENRY PEARSON , a Negro man, 25, was instantly killed Thursday afternoon of last week, three miles south of Lexington by a northbound N.C. & St. L. passenger train. Pearson had been hunting with Herman Taylor, colored, and had agreed to wait at the Hinson Springs crossing for his companion. When the train struck him he had apparently fallen asleep sitting on a cross tie of the track. Pearson had been working at Milan Wednesday night and had gone hunting without further sleep. John received a broken arm, broken leg, two skull fractures and possible internal injuries. The engineer saw him sitting on the track. He blew the whistle two or three times which failed to awaken him. At the rate of speed he could not stop before striking Pearson. John Henry was an enrollee in the Selective Service and would possibly have been enrolled in the service in January.
Lexinton Progress Dec. 5, 1941

NANCY EXELL PEARSON - Services for Mrs. Nancy Exell Pearson were yesterday afternoon at Poplar Corner Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Otis Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Reed's Chapel in charge. Mrs. Pearson, who was 53, died Monday night at Lexington Hospital after a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of Henderson County and a member of the Pentecostal Church. She leaves her husband, J. E. Pearson of Wildersville; a son, Glynn Pearson of Wildersville; two daughters, Miss Wanda Pearson and Mrs. Iley Priddy, both of Lexington and her mother, Mrs. Omie Kee of Wildersville.
(The Lexington Progress, November 21, 1963)

PETER PEARSON - The Hon. Peter Pearson for many years a leading citizen of old Henderson, who represented us in the Legislature two or three times since the war, died Monday morning, full of years. He was trusted and respected by all that knew him. In the death of Peter Pearson, the people lose a good man and patriotic citizen.
West Tennessee Whig May 21, 1887

PETER S. PEARSON , one of 12 children born to the late Peter and Mrs. Mary (Pritchard) Pearson, was born in Henderson County, February 21, 1858, and breathed his last in his home in Lexington at 6:30 p.m. Saturday December 29, 1923. On January 10, 1896 he married Miss Ella, daughter of Mrs. Martha Fuller Dennison and her husband, the late W.W. Dennison. Five children, four daughters and one son were born to the union and all survive with their mother. Mr. Pearson is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. T.L. Kee and Mrs. G.L. Laws. Peter Pearson was educated in the common schools of Henderson County and attended a good school at Claybrook, Madison County. His father was one of the leading citizens of Henderson County and in the days when it was truly and honor to be elected to the General Assembly of the state he was so honored. Peter Jr. was big in soul and heart as he was in body, always ready for an argument and to espouse the cause of the masses rather than the favored classes. In religion he was a member of the Christian Church since 1895. His health had been failing for some three years but his last illness dated to a hurt of one of his toes several weeks before his death and he had recently been in a Nashville hospital for expert treatment, but his body was disordered and science could not save his life. The funeral service was held Sunday afternoon in the home on Maple Street, conducted by Prof. J.O. Brown and Elder Coleman Overby, the new pastor of the Lexington Congregation of Disciples, after which the remains were interred in Lexington Cemetery.
Lexington Progress January 4, 1924

RUTH (PENIX) PEARSON - Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Penix Pearson age 89, were Friday June 11, 2010 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Rev.Jimmy Buroughs officiating. Burial followed in Lexington Cemetery. Mrs. Pearson died early Wednesday in Franklin. She was born 30 May 1921 in Wildersville to the late Frank and Jennie Bartholomew Penix. She was a retired Walmart employee an done of the oldest members of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She loved cooking and recipes. Mrs. Pearson was prededed by her husband Harold S. (Bill) Pearson and two sons, Jim and Andy Pearson. Survivors include her son, Johnny Pearson of Lexington; Sherry Pearson of Franklin; a sister, Millie Finch of Clinton; a sister-in-law Lucille Penix of Lexington and two grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 16 Jun 2010

SIDNEY A. PEARSON - Another noble, true and manly spirit has been called from the cares of life to its eternal abode. On the morning of May 26, 1892 the death angel summoned our young friend from a life of pain and suffering to, we trust, a happier and higher life. Sidney Pearson was born January 23, 1866 and was at the time of he death 26 years, 4 months and 3 days old. For many hears he had been a cripple and a great sufferer from white swelling and for five months previous to his death he had been confined to his bed. His character was truly amiable and noble. When a school boy and his health would permit, he brightened the society in which he moved by cheering words and a pleasant disposition and in after life these traits were predominant. At home where on account of his affliction he was kept a great part of his time, he was the idol of fond parents, brothers and sisters.
(Clipping,May 1892, courtesy of Janice Parker Carnal).

TOALIE PEARSON , age 87, of Cedar Grove TN died May 25, 2009 at Briarwood Nursing Home. Services were Friday May 29, 2009 at the Parkers ChapelMissionary Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Parkers Chapel Cemetery. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Pearson, five brothers, Erdis Harris, Shawie Harris, Augustus Harris, Hurley Harris, Hulon Harris, three sisters Cordelia Johnson, Beatrice Harris and Mary L. H arris. She is survived by a son, LA Pearson of Cedar Grove and ten grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 3 June 2009

BABY PEELER - Mrs. Lula Peeler's two month old baby died in the 19th district last Thursday and Mrs. Peeler was very low at the time, not expected to recover. The entire family of five children have been down with flux and fever. Mrs. Peeler's husband Joe Peeler, died last summer.
The Lexington Progress October 2, 1905

DONA LOU (BOWMAN) PEELER , age 91, died Tues. Nov. 5, 2013 in Lexington. She is survived by two daughters, Ina Lou Fesmire (Ronnie) of Lexington and Linda faye Perritt (James) of Huntingdon; one brother Bobby Jack Bowman (Carolyn); one grandchild, Darla Lynn Reed (Tim); and one great grandchild, Lila Claire Reed. She was preceded by her parents, Henry and Ina Lyles Gowman; heer husband, Wilburn Peeler; one brother, Lloyd Bowman; and one sister, Tommie Sue Fox. Services will be Thursday Nov. 7 at 2 pm at Lexington Cemetery.
Lexington Progress 11/6/2013

ALAN W. PETERSON - A committal service for Mr. Alan Peterson, age 81, are scheduled for 1 pm Saturday December 5, 2009 at Henderson County Memory Gardens. Pafford Funeral Home is in charge. Mr. Peterson died Saturday, November 26, in Lexington. He was a retired senior resident engineer for MagneTek. He was preceded by his first wife, Edna Mackland Peterson and one son, Eric Alan Peterson. Survivors include his wife Lavonia Helms Peterson of Lexington; his son, Tom of Lexington; his daughter Beth Blow of Cedar Grove; two brothers Richard Peterson of Las Vegas and Robert Lee Peterson of Michigan and two grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 2009 November

ALVIN FRANKLIN PETERSON - Services for Alvin F. Peterson, 82, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lawrence-Sorenson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery in Henderson County. Mr. Peterson, a retired farmer and mechanic, died early Monday morning at his home after a year's illness. He was born in Henderson County, son of the late George T. and Louella Gatlin Peterson, had lived the past 40 years in Madison County and formerly worked as a mechanic for the Madison County school bus garage. He was a member of the Law Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Alzada Hamilton Peterson; a daughter, Mrs. Joyce Todd of Spring Creek; a son, Danny Peterson of Somerset, Ky; a sister, Mrs. Estelle Brassfield of Jackson; a brother, Herman Peterson of Jackson; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be nephews Samuel Gateley, Bobby Jack Hicks, Devie Peterson, Jerry Fullerton, Johnny Kirk and Brent Peterson. The Jackson Sun, July 30, 1985

BETTY MAE PETERSON - Services for Mrs. Betty Mae Peterson were Tuesday, March 11, at Reed's Chapel with burial in Poplar Corner Cemetery. Mrs. Peterson, who was 50, died Sunday, March 9 at her home at Cedar Grove. She was a housewife. She leaves her husband, Michael R. Peterson of Cedar Grove; two daughters, Christal Belew and April Belew, both of Trezevant; three sons, Sherill Belew, William Belew, both of Trezevant and Quentin Peterson of Cedar Grove; a step-son, Michael Richard Peterson of Lexington; four step-daughters, Windie Fiddler of Lexington, Marcie Peterson, Michelle Peterson and Vickie Peterson, all of Chicago; her mother Zina Mae Turner of Hohenwald; her father, Richard Melton of Jackson; four sisters, Rachel West of Jackson, Sue Amacher, Shelia Brewer, both of Hohenwald, and Anita Craig of Memphis; six brothers, Mike Melton, Richard Melton, Anthony Turner, Joe Lee Turner, all of Hohenwald, Dexter Turner of Cleveland, Ga., and David Wayne Gitterman of Gibson, and eight grandchildren.
(The Lexington Progress, March 12, 1997)

CARSE OLIVER PETERSON - Services for Carse Oliver Peterson were Monday afternoon at Pafford Funeral Home with the Rev. Earl Owens officiating. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery. Mr. Peterson, who was 72, died Saturday night at his home after a year's long illness. He was a lifelong resident of Henderson County, a retired farmer and a Baptist. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Lula Mae Peterson; four sons, Jess Riley Peterson and Charles Peterson, both of Lexington, Jack Peterson of Memphis and Edward Peterson of Towoco, N. J.; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Brown of Philadelphia, Pa. and Mrs. Mary Arthur of Huntsville Ala.; two sisters, Mrs. Ardelle Azbill of Lexington and Mrs. Bertha Swain of Nashville and 10 grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, October, 8, 1964

CHARLES W. PETERSON - Services for Charles W. Peterson were Sunday at Pafford Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Sellers and Dr. Hoyt Wilson officiating. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery. Mr. Peterson, who was 59, died Friday night at Perry County Hospital after a short illness. He was a retied Tennessee Valley Authority employee. He leaves two sons, Paul Peterson, of Lexington and Phillip Peterson of Jackson; three daughters, Joan Garner of Huron; Jane Meek and Charlotte Dyer of Memphis; a brother, Jack Peterson of Lexington; a sister, Mary Arthur Williams of Huntsville, Ala.; and 10 grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, October 23, 1985

DOROTHY (SISK) PETERSON - Services for Dorothy Sisk Peterson, 67, will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, July 30, 2001 in the Chapel of Arrington Funeral Directors with Ray Hawk and Ralph Gilmore, ministers, officiating. Burial will follow in Independence Cemetery in Henderson County, Tennessee. Mrs. Peterson died Saturday morning at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital after an extended illness. She was born on August 15, 1933, the daughter of the late Larry and Lillie Smothers Sisk. Mrs. Peterson was a homemaker that enjoyed her family and collecting dolls. She was a member of the Campbell Street Church of Christ of Jackson. She is survived by her husband, Roy T. Peterson of Jackson; two daughters, Brenda Wyatt of Jackson and Venessa Whaley of Jackson; a brother, T. J. Sisk of Jacksonville, FL; two sisters, Louise Stegall of Jackson and Clara Mae Hollis of Erin, TN; four grandchildren, Buddy and Wendy Wyatt and Corey and Wesley Whaley and three great-grandchildren. Pallbearers to serve will be H. B. Armstrong, William Prince, Mike Grooms, Junior Maness, Glen Yates and Dennis Peevyhouse. The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 29, 2001 at Arrington Funeral Directors from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM.
The Jackson Sun, July 29, 2001

EDNA PETERSON - Services for Edna Peterson will be Aug. 10, 2011 with burial in Parkers Crossroads Cem. Edna Peterson, age 90 at Yuma died Aug. 8, 2011 in Lexington. She is survived by three daughters, Charlotte Dyer, Jane Meek and Joan Garner; two sons Phillip and Paul; a sister Dorothy Perry; and a brother of Yuma; fifteen grandchildren. She was preceded by two sisters, Mary Patterson and Clara McKee.
Lexington Progress 10 Aug 2011

GEORGE THOMAS PETERSON, 75, died at his home, 179 Taylor Street at 6:15 last night following an illness of five years. His condition became critical a year ago. Mr. Peterson, a retired farmer, was member of the Law Church of Christ in Henderson County. He was born in Henderson County and moved from Law about 13 years ago. Surviviing are his widow, Mrs. Louella Peterson of Jackson; four sons, Elmer of Jackson, T. A. of MEdon, A. F. of Claybrook and H. L. of Law; a daughter, Mrs. N. T. Brasfield of Jackson, a brother Jim Peterson of Huntingdon; a sister, Mrs. Mattie James of Bargerton, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be conducted from the Independent Church of Christ in Henderson County Saturday at 2, with O. D. Johns, pastor of Highland Avenue Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in the Independent Cemetery, under the direction of Alexander-Wray Funeral Home.
The Lexington Progress, October 14, 1949

GERTHA VIOLA (PITTS) PETERSON - Services for Mrs. Gertha V. Peterson, 83, widow if Roy Elmer Peterson, will be Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Main Street Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons with James Meadows and Ralph Gilmore, Ministers, officiating. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery. Mrs. Peterson died Wednesday at her residence after a sudden illness. A native of Decatur County, she was the daughter of the late Ozier I. and Maggie Hays Pitts and had spent most of her life in Madison County. She was a member of Campbell Street Church of Christ. She leaves a daughter, Dorothy Mae Williams, two sons, Roy Thomas Peterson and Devie Dean Peterson all of Jackson, three sisters, Ruby Scott and Hazel Esra both of Jackson and Nora Swindle of St. Petersburg, Fl., six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
The Jackson Sun, January, 1989

HERMAN LEE "CRACKER" PETERSON - Services for Herman "Cracker" Peterson, 78, will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Watson officiating. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery in Henderson County. Mr. Peterson, retired farmer, died Monday morning at Forest Cove Nursing Home. A Henderson County native, he was the son of the late George Thomas and Lou Gatlin Peterson. He was a member of Allen and Edgewood Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife, Pearl King Peterson; a daughter, Anna Long of Milan; a sister, Estelle Brasfield of Jackson; four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The Jackson Sun, January 6, 1987

JEAN (BOLEN) PETERSON - Services for Jean Bolen Peterson will be Wednesday Dec. 15, 2010 at 1 pm at Reeds Chapel with burial to follow in the Jones Cem. Mrs. Peterson, age 77, of Wildersville, died Monday Dec. 13, 2010 at her home. She is survived by 10 children, Anne Hall, Iva Seagraves, Robbie Seagraves, Butch, Cindy Whitaker, Mark, Tim, Janet Wood, David and Steven and eighteen grandchildren; a sister Bonnie Jowers; a special sister-in-law, Madelyn Bolen and a cousin Emma Lee Cagle. She was preceded by her husband Bobby Peterson and two grandchildren Waylon and Melanie Segraves.
Lexington Progress 15 Dec 2010

JESSIE CALVIN PETERSON - was born in the old first district of Henderson County, Jun 11th, 1858, and died at his home in Lexington last Sunday morning, his 64th birthday. Esq. Peterson was stricken suddenly with paralysis June 8th, and while he never recovered speech following the stoke he showed improvement by returning to consciousness which gave his family hope, but at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, he apparently breathed his last and the sad news went out to that effect. But he revived and lived until 25 minutes before 1:00 Sunday morning. Forty-two years ago he married Miss Rebecca Smith and five children were born to the couple: Irvin, who went West several years ago; Estelle (widow of the late John Wilkerson); Ardell (Mrs. Luther Azbill), Carson, and Bertha (Mrs. Leroy Swain). Calvin Peterson had scant opportunity to obtain an education, but he had an excellent mind and developed into a man of god average business ability. Before moving to Lexington about twenty-four years ago he resided in the old first district and was a member of the County Court. He was elected to the office of county register, which place he filled for three terms or twelve years. After retiring from the office of register, he was appointed to Federal office under President Taft and after that he was elected and reelected a magistrate of the old 10th and new 5th district in which office he heard many cases and transacted much business, being always an active member of the County Court. He was a member of the Lexington Baptist Church, his membership here from the first district a year or two ago and when the last service was held over his remains last Sunday, Rev. Fleetwood Ball officiated.
(The Lexington Progress, June 16, 1922)

JESSIE RILEY PETERSON - Services for Jessie Riley Peterson were Friday at Pafford Funeral Home with the Rev. Earl Owens officiating. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery. Mr. Peterson, who was 66, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital East in Memphis after a long illness. He was a native of Henderson County, a retired painter, a veteran of World War II and a Baptist. He leaves two brothers, Jack Peterson of Memphis and Charles Peterson of Lexington and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Arthur Williams of Huntsville, Ala., and Mrs. Ruth Brown of Pennsylvania.
The Lexington Progress, October 4, 1978

JOHN THOMAS PETERSON On Monday, the first day of July at 8:30 o'clock p.m., the innocent soul of John Thomas, the two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Carson Peterson, left its earthly tenement of clay and winged its flight to Him who said, "Of such if the Kingdom of Heaven." Little John Thomas had been ill but for four days. He was taken with flux, followed by congestion, and the heroic and loving efforts to save his precious life were unavailing. The little fellow had lived long enough to win his way into the deepest love of his parents, his paternal grandparents, Esq. J. C. and Mrs. Peterson, and others, and his rather sudden taking away was one of those blows hard indeed to bear. The healing power of time alone can bring balm to the hearts which mourn his loss in which the parents and others who loved him have the most profound sympathy.
(The Lexington Progress, July 12, 1918)

LAVONIA (HELMS) DICKSON - Services for Lavonia Helms Dickson Peterson, age 95, were scheduled for 3 pm Monday Nov. 11, 2013 at Mt. Gilead Presbyterian Church in the Shady Hill Community with Rev. Hoyt Wilson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pafford Funeral Home in Lexington was in charge of arrangements. Lavonia died early Saturday in Lexington. She was born June 24, 1918 in Henderson County to the late Walter Lee Helms and Minnie Pinkston. She was a woman who loved life and enjoyed people both in her professional and private life. She attended Shady Hill School prior to marrying her true love, Huley Dickson in Decaturville TN on May 2, 1936. Once she said they ran off "because I knew Daddy would have killed us. One of her best friends, Ida Mae Gurley, cousin to Huley, "helped me out with him." She worked as a dental hygienist with Dr. John M. Douglass for 25 years. Prior to the birth of her only son, Mike Dickson, she worked at Salant and Salant for four years. During the 73 years in her home in the Reagan community, she cultivated a wonderful garden of plants and friends. She loved sharing her plants, her stories of traveling, and he rlife. After the passing of her husband, later in life, Lavonia married Alan Peterson. They traveled extensively enjoying dancing and taking photos of their adventures. Lavonia was preceded by one sister, Edith Fesmire, and five brothers, Bill Brooks, Paul Helms, R.D., Brooks and Max Helms. Survivors include her son, two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren. She grew up in New Hope Methodist Church but was a long-time member of Mt. Gilead.
Lexington Progress 13 Nov 2013

LULA MAE (WILKERSON) PETERSON - Services for Mrs. Lula Mae Peterson were Friday afternoon at Pafford Funeral Home with the Rev. earl Owens officiating. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery. Mrs. Peterson, who was 73, died Wednesday morning at Lexington Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Henderson County and a Baptist. She leaves four sons, Jess Riley Peterson, Charles Peterson, both of Lexington, Jack Peterson of Memphis and Edward Peterson of Powoca, N. J.; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Brown of Philadelphia, Pa. and Mrs. Mary Arthur Williams of Huntsville, Ala.; a sister, Mrs. Ida Belew of Memphis; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The Lexington Progress, November 18, 1965

QUENTIN HOWARD PETERSON - Services for Quinton Howard Peterson were Monday at Pafford Funeral Home with the Rev. Connie V. Burton officiating. Burial was in Mazies Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Peterson, who was 66, died Saturday morning at his home after a long illness. He was employed as a floor finisher. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Evelyn Peterson of Lexington; seven sons, Terry Lee Peterson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Danny Peterson of Joliet, Ill., Randy Peterson of Whiting, Ind., Dave Peterson of Round Lake Beach, Ill., Michael Peterson, Tony Peterson, Dennis Peterson, all of Lexington; four daughters, Mrs. Shelby Dunham of Lexington, Mrs. Sandy Bentkouski of Darden, Mrs. Sunshine Powell of Posen, Ill., Mrs. Susanne Eads of Aurora, Ill.; two brothers, Kenneth Peterson of Rockford, Ill. And Burton Peterson of Winona, Minn.; four sisters, Miss Arlene Peterson, Mrs. Alyce Henninger, Mrs. Lora Mroz, all of Barnum, Minn.; and 18 grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, April 30, 1980

REBECCA (SMITH) PETERSON - wife of Esq. J. C. Peterson, aged 60 years, died on the 13th inst., at her home two and a half miles west of Lexington, from influenza. Survived by husband, "whose life almost hung in a balance at the time she passed away," and by two sons, Irvin and Carson, and three daughters, Mrs. Estelle Wilkerson (a widow), Mrs. Luther Azbill, and Mrs. Leroy Swain. Funeral held in the home, interment in Lexington Cemetery, Rev. Fleetwood Ball officiating.
(The Lexington Progress, January 17, 1919)

ROY ELMER PETERSON - Services for R. Elmer Peterson were Wednesday at George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Jackson with Ray Hawk officiating. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Mr. Peterson, who was 72, died Tuesday at his home after a long illness. He was a native of Henderson County and had lived in Jackson for the past 46 years. He was a retired foreman of Independent Oil Mill, and a former employee of the Wayne Monks Fertilizer Corp. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Gertha Viola Pitts Peterson of Jackson; a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Williams of Jackson, two sons, Roy T. Peterson of Lexington and Devie Dean Peterson of Jackson; a sister, Mrs. Estelle Brasfield of Jackson, three brothers, Herman Peterson of Jackson, Arvin Peterson of Medon and Alvin Peterson of the Claybrook community; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, May, 1979

TONY PETERSON - Services for Mr. Tony Peterson were Tuesday, July 9 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home. Burial was in Mazies Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Peterson, age 37, died July 6 at Lexington Hospital. He was employed with D&D construction. He leaves one son; Tony Randall Peterson of Reagan and one step-son Clayton Little of Reagan, three sisters, Sandy Renkowski; ok Linchfield, Ky., Sunshine Powell of Chicago, Ill., Susie Eads of Hammon, Ind., six brothers; Michael Peterson of Cedar Grove, Terry Peterson of Linchfield, Ky., Danny Peterson of Radcliff, Ky., Randy Peterson of Hammon, Ind., Dennis Peterson of Reaverdam Wis., and David Peterson of Chicago, Ill. Pafford Funeral Home was in charge of the service.
The Lexington Progress, July 10, 2002

WILLIAM EDWARD PETERSON - Services for William Edward Peterson were Sunday afternoon at Pafford Funeral Home with the Rev. Earl Owens officiating. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery. Mr. Peterson, who was 43, died Friday in Huntsville, Ala. He was a former postal employee. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Edna Peterson of Towaco, NJ; a son, Keith Peterson of Towaco; three brothers, Jess Riley Peterson, Charles Peterson, both of Lexington and C. O. Peterson Jr. of Memphis and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Brown of Upper Darby, Pa., and Mrs. Mary Arthur Williams of Huntsville, Ala.
The Lexington Progress, February 8, 1968

CHARLES MITCHEL PETTIGREW - Funeral services for Charles Pettigrew were Sunday Oct. 12, 2008 at New Lewis Chapel AME Church. Burial followed in Lexington Cemeery. Peoples and Dixie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Pettigrew died October 7, 2008 in Jackson Hsp. He is survived by his wife Linda; two daughters, Tonia of Dallas, GA and Beanka of Lexington; two sons, Sven Randles and Tony Carver; two stepsons Stevan Ellis and Shon Randles; and four grandchildren.

JAMES LEWIS PETTIGREW - Services for James Lewis “Stinker” Pettigrew were Saturday at New Lewis Chapel Ame Church with the Rev. S.B. Moore officiating. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery with Peoples Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Pettigrew, was 32, died early Sunday morning at Lexington Methodist Hospital from a gunshot wound. He was a Perryville native and had lived most of his life in the Lexington area. He was a state Transportation Department employee and a Mason. He leaves his wife, Cherly D. Pettigrew of Lexington; a stepson, Lewis Moffit of Lexington; his parents, John and Beedie Pettigrew of Perryville; two sisters, Lucille Bender of Nashville; and a brother, Charles Pettigrew of Lexington.
The Lexington Progress, 9-10-1986 – transcribed by, Becky Keen

EVERETT PETTY - Service for Everett Petty will be held Monday, August 6, 2007 in the sancturay of First United Methodist Church in Jackson, TN. Interment will be in Center Hill Cemetery in Henderson County, TN. Mr. Petty, 94, died Saturday, July 14, 2007 after a brief illness. Mr. Petty was born January 1, 1913 in Henderson Co, TN, the son of Henry Jasper Petty and Agnes Goff Petty. His family moved to Jackson, TN, where he attended Jackson city schools. He graduated from West Tennessee Business College and Union University, and studies newspaper advertising at Columbia University in New York City. Mr. Petty married Cathrine Pedigo on October 3, 1941 at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Jackson. They made their home in Jackson and raised two sons, John Pedigo Petty and George William Petty. In 2005, Mr. and Mrs. Petty moved to Rochester, MN. In the 1930's and 1940's, Mr. Petty worked for the Agricultural Adjustment Admin. and U.S. Goverment Ordinance Offices in Tennessee and Kentucky. During WWII, he served in the 163rd Bomb Disposal Squad attached to the 12th Army Group under Omar Bradley in England, Belgium, France, and Germany. Mr. Petty started his newspaper advertising career with the Jackson Sun in May 1946 and became advertising manager of the Sun in 1969. After retiring in 1973, he worked in the advertising departments of WTJS and WTNN radio stations in Jackson until 1987. Survivors include his wife, Catherine Petty, son, Dr. George William Petty of Rochester, MN; three grandchildren; a half sister, Marie Forsythe of Jackson; and daughter-in-law, Linda Anderson Petty of Kansas City, MO. Preceding him in death were his son, John Pedigo Petty; his sisters, Evelyn Johnson, Evorah Merriwether, and Eunice Kelleher; his brothers, Houston Petty, Jerome Petty, and William Petty, and his half sister, Margaret King.

KATIE (HENDRIX) PETTY - Services fro Katie Hendrix Petty, age 90, were August 30, 2011 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Bro. Thomas Derryberry officiating. Interment in Center Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Petty, the daughter of Estes Green and Dora Mincey Hendrix; died August 29, 2011 in Lexington. She was a homemaker and a member of Dyer's Chapel Church of Christ. Survivors include there daughters, Marilyn Chandler, Redonna White and Christine Malone. She was preceded by her husband, Laudie Elzworth Petty; her son, Dave Elsworth, two sisters, Lucy Petty and Maybelle Azbill and four brothers, Irvin,Mark, Ethridge and Charles Hendrix.
Lexington Progress 31 Aug 2011

RICHARD THOMAS PETTY , 78, conducted this Thursday from Center Hill Church by BBro. J.H. Kennedy. Mr. Petty, a retired farmer, died early Wednesday night at the home of his son, Wilson Petty, in the Union Cross community. He had been ill only a short time. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Daisy Petty; four sons, Robert B. and William H. of Memphis; Doyle of Arbyrd MO and Wilson; four daughtes, Mrs. Mary Horn and Mrs. Estelle Dyer of Peoria IL; Mrs. Luck Sparks of Pinson, Mrs. Martha McDaniel Route 4; three sisters, Mrs. Ada Adams, Wildersville; Mrs. Cora Parker, Jackson and Mrs. Ethel Coble of Memphis; and two brothers Jim and George Petty, Arbyrd MO. Burial in Center Hill cemetery with Wrights-Timberlake Funeral Home in charge.
(Lexington Progress April13, 1951)

RILEY HUBERT PETTY - Services for Riley Hubert Petty were Tuesday afternoon at Scotts Hill Pentecostal Church with the Revs. J.W. Hanna and Cleo Kelley officiating. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery with Reed's Chapel in charge. Mr. Petty, 82, died Sunday night at Baptist Hospital in Memphis after a long illness. He was a retired farmer, a highway commissioner for 32 years, a 50 years member of the Woodman of the World and a Pentecostal. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Alice Goff Petty of Reagan; a son, Jimmy of Reagan; a step-daughter Mrs. Flora Mae Ivey; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 12/23/1981

ROBERT D. PETTY - Services for Robert D. Petty were Saturday at Pafford Funeral Home with burial in Center Hill Cemetery. Mr. Petty, who was 96, died Thursday morning at Methodist Hospital of Lexington. He was formerly of Memphis and retired from the U. S. Postal Service. He was a veteran of World War I and a Baptist. He leaves three half-sisters, Mrs. Lucy Sparks, Mrs. Martha McDaniel and Mrs. Estelle Dyer, all of Lexington.

TOM FRANK PETTY , who has lived practically all his life in the Center Hill community was kicked by a mule Monday afternoon about sunset. His condition was not thought to be serious, but Tuesday he grew worse and was rushed to the hospital in Memphis where he died shortly after arrival there. He was brought back to Lexington in a Wright & Timberlake ambulance Wednesday.
Lexington Progress June 17, 1938

FRANCES (BRANDON) PIERCE - A celebration of Life service was held Monday Oct. 19, 2009 at Lackey Manor Nursing Home. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Cedar Grove, TN at 10 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 21, 2009. Mrs. Pierce, age 90, died Tuesday Oct. 19, 2009 at Lackey Manor in the Baptist Village Community of Oklahoma City. She was preceded by her husband William Blasingame Pierce and a sister Betty Wood, Fredonia NY. Survivors include a sister, Enid Wynn of Oklahoma city OK; two daughters, Kay Lu Kirtley, Los Angeles and Susan Masters, Oklahoma City and one grandaughter.
Lexington Progress 21 Oct 2009

GERAL PIERCE - Services for Geral Pierce 21 year old honor student at the University of Tennessee at Martin will be at 3 this afternoon (13 Apr 1967) at Scotts Hill Pentecostal Church. The Rev. W.M. Greer Q. A. Singleton and E.J. Grimsley will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Scotts Hill Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Pierce died of a self-inflicted rifle shot and the body was found early yesterday in the storage room of the carport at the family's home. He was valedictorian of the 1964 graduating class at Scotts Hill and continued to gain scholastic honors in college. He leaves his father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Pierce and a sister Janice Pierce of the Ebenezer community.
(Lexington Progress 13 Apr 1967)

JOHN T. PIERCE - aged about 50 years died Tuesday morning at his home three miles south of Reagan. He was the son of Joel Pierce, one of the oldest citizens of that area. John Pierce owned and managed a farm but had been so crippled for many years that he had to go on crutches. He is survived by his wife and one child.
Lexington Progress June 2, 1922 

RICHARD M. PILLOW, - From Law: We regret to have to chronicle the death of R. M. Pillow, one of our most valuable citizens, who passed away on the 20th at his home here. Mr. Pillow was reared in this community and has lived here all of his life except two or three years spent in Gibson County. He leaves a wife, married daughter and grown son and smaller children. They are comfortably provided for by the hard work and business management of Mr. Pillow. Dr. Gardner, assisted by faithful friends, did everything in his power to prevent the dread fever from taking him. The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved family which has lost its mainstay. Mr. Pillow was a notary public and an active working Democrat that will be missed by the party's council.
(The Lexington Progress, September 2, 1904)

CATHERINE (HARMON) POOL - Died at her residence in Lexington Thursday July 2, 1874 in the 62nd year of her age.
Lexington Report / Whig and Tribune July 11, 1874

PLEAS POOL - aged and respected colored man, died last Friday night at his home four miles east of Lexington. Pleas was known to all as a man whose word was as good as his bond. His death was said to be the result of a hurt by accident to one of his feet.
Lexington Progress July 23, 1920

LOUELLA PEGRAM POTEETE - Mra. Louella Pegram Poteete was born born March 29, 1879, and died March 30, 1945, aged 66 years. She was the daughter of the late Elijah and Alice Oakley Pegram and had spent her entire life in the community in which she was born. On January 3, 1903, she was married to L. E. Poteete, and to this union were born four children, two dying in infancy, and a son, Joseph, dying at the age of twenty. She is survived by a daughter, Vennie, and her father. She also reared a nephew, Robert Hilton O'Brien, whom she took into her home after his mother's death when he was ten months of age, and she loved and cared for him as if he were her own. Robert is now with the Armed Forces in Germany. She leaves two sisters, Miss Dora Pegram and Miss Lillian Poteete; and one brother, Joe Pegram. She confessed faith in Christ at an early age and united with the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, where she lived a faithful member. Largely attended funeral services were conducted in Mt. Gilead Baptist Church by her former pastor, Rev. Fred Hurt, after which her body was laid to rest beneath a beautiful mound of flowers in Pleasant Hill Cemetery to await the resurrection morn.
(The Lexington Progress, May 4, 1945)

VENNIE DELORES POTEETE - Services for Miss Vennie Delores Poteete were Tuesday at Pafford Funeral Home with burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Miss Poteete, who was 80, died Monday morning at Lexington Methodist Hospital. She was a native of Henderson County.
clipping, unknown newspaper, 1985, Henderson Co. Library obituary collection

AMY (BAKER) PRATT - Services for Mrs. Amy Baker Pratt were Monday at Pafford Funeral Home with Rev. C.D. Ridley officiating. Burial was in Lewis Cemetery. Mrs. Pratt, 76, died Sunday at the home of a daughter after a heart attack. She was born in Decatur County and had spent most of her life in Henderson County. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church. She leaves, four daughters, Mrs. Mae Hatchett, Miss Bonnie Pratt, both of Lexington, Mrs. Doris DeBeau of Fayetteville and Mrs. Berna Foster of Huron; four sons, Willie Pratt, L.H. Pratt of Lexington, Clifford Pratt of Huron and Ray of Memphis; two brothers, Billie Baker of Los Angeles and Ben Baker of Dyersburg and a sister, Mrs. Alice Pratt of Sugartree.
Lexington Progress September 14, 1967

BONNIE LEE PRATT - Services for Miss Bonnie Lee Pratt were Saturday at Pafford Funeral Home with Rev. Dewey McClanahan officiating. Burial was in Lewis Cemetery. Miss Pratt, 57, died late Thursday at Lexington Hospital. She was a native of the county and a member of the Pentecostal Church. She leaves three brothers, Clifford Pratt of Huron; L.H. Pratt of Lexington and Ray Pratt of Memphis; three sisters, Mrs. Verna Foster of Huron, MRs. Doris DeBeau of Fayetteville and Mrs. Mae Hatchett of Lexington.
Lexington Progress June 24, 1971

CLIFFORD CLAY PRATT - Graveside services for Clifford Clay Pratt, 80, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 15, 2001, at the Lewis Cemetery. Mr. Pratt, a retired city employee of Lexington, died Saturday, October 13, 2001, at the Lexington Methodist Hospital. Survivors include three daughters, Bonnie Haynes of Parsons, TN, Sherry Honeycutt and Barbara Ann Lewis, both of Huron, TN; two sons, Allen Pratt of Cedar Grove, TN and Andy Pratt of Huron, TN; two sisters, Doris Debeau of Fayetteville, TN and Mae Hatchett of Lexington, TN; two brothers, L. H. Lynn Pratt of Lexington, TN and Ray Pratt of Jackson, TN; fifteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Jackson Sun on Oct 14, 2001.

HARRY D. PRATT JR. , 79, died May 2, 2012. He was retired from Ford Motor, a member of Auburndale Baptist Church, a Mason and an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was preceded by his parents, Denver and Ester Pratt. Harry is survived by his wife Joyce, sons, Jim and Bobby, daughters Janet and Kim; brother Billy Pratt and 6 grandchildren. Services wereheld on Monday, 12 noon at W.G. Hardy Funeral Home with burial in Louisville Memorial Gradens.

KEVIN ADAM PRATT - Memorial services for Kevin Adam Pratt, age 35, were Saturday, July 16, 2011 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home. Mr. Pratt died July 11, 2011 in Lexington. He was employed with Minor Enterprises. Survivors include his parents, Winfield and Brenda Pratt; his brother, Keith and his sister Ehellie Earnest, all of Lexington.
Lexington Progress 20 Jul 2011

MAGGIE (MOORE) PRATT - was born May 20, 1878, near Darden and died May 24, 1944 at her home near Wildersville at the age of 66. She was married to E.L. Pratt in Dec. 1901. To this union were born five children; Mrs. Hazel Fowler, Paul, Denver, Mrs. Elene Bartholomew and Fred. She is survived by three brothers, Press of Oklahoma City, Berry of Lexington, Hubert of Darden and one sister, Mrs. Anna Armstrong of Marietta GA.
Lexington Progress 4 June 1944

MARY BEULAH (ADAMS) PRATT - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Beulah Pratt, age 91, are scheduled for today, Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Lewis Cemetery near Wildersville. Mrs. Pratt, a homemaker and the widow of Walter Perry Pratt, died Thursday, April 5, 2007 in Lexington. She was the daughter of the late Luther and Lillie Azbill Adams and is survived by three daughters, Helen Gearin (Elroy) of Greenfield, Lillie Galvin (John) of Fayettville and Mary Weaver (Billy) of Bloomfield, NM; a son, Walter Winfield Pratt of Greenfield; nine grandchildren, Mike, Sandy, Cynthia, Robert, Lisa, Shellie, Kevin, Keith and Amanda; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sue Myracle and Anita Bird and a brother, Joe Lynn Adams. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Perry Pratt and her sister, Lorene Myracle.
Jackson Sun 7 April 2007

WALTER ERIE PRATT - Services for Walter Erie Pratt were Saturday afternoon at Pafford Funeral Home with the Rev. E.E. Wilkins officiating. Burial was in Lewis Cemetery. Mr. Pratt, 73, died Thursday night at Lexington Hospital. He was born in Decatur County and had lived in Henderson County most of his life. He was of the Pentecostal faith. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Amy Baker Pratt; four sons, Willie Pratt and L.H. both of Lexington, Clifford of Huron and Ray of Memphis; four daughters Miss Bonnie Pratt and Mrs. Mae Hatchett, both of Lexington, Mrs Doris DeBearu of Fayetteville and Mrs. Berna Foster of Huron; four brothers, Carlton Pratt of Missouri, George Pratt of Parsons, Lowell Pratt of Sugar Tree and Sam Pratt of California.
Lexington Progress 8 November 1962

WILLIAM PERRY PRATT - Services for Perry Pratt were Tuesday August 3, 1999 at Pafford Funeral Home with burial in Lewis Cemetery. Mr. Pratt, 24, died Saturday July 31, 1999 at Baptist East Hospital, Nashville. He was a grounds keeper. He leaves his Father and mother, Walter and Brenda Pratt of Lexington; a sister Shellie Bartholomew of Wildersville; two brothers, Keith Pratt and Kevin Pratt both of Lexington, his grandparents, Bill Jones and Norma Jones, and Mary Beulah Pratt, all of Lexington; his great-grandmother, Bradie Jones of Parsons
Lexington Progress 8/419/99

HOSEA PRESLAR - (Cemetery Marker 30 January 1814 - April 5, 1887) Hosea Preslar, a Primitive Baptist preacher, is dead. He was an old man and removed from North Carolina to this state many years ago. He was respected by all that knew him.
West Tennessee Whig, April 30, 1887

ELIZA DRUCILLA (JONES) PRIDDY - On Friday, February 8th, the death angel visited our community and took from our midst Mrs. Eliza Drucilla Priddy. Mrs. Priddy was the daughter of Allen K. and Annie Jones. She was born September 2, 1844, near Mifflin, in Henderson county Tennessee, and died at her home five miles east of Humboldt, February 8th 1924, at the age of 79 years, five months and six days. The subject of this sketch was married to James Thomas Priddy on Dec. 18, 1873, who preceded her to the grave twenty years. To this union three children were born. Two of whom survive her, Mrs. Henry Henderson and Miss Minnie Priddy. She professed faith in Christ in early life and united with the Baptist Church at Friendship. She moved to Gibson County in 1900 and united with the Baptist Church at Gibson, Tenn. Mrs. Priddy was agreeable and affectionate to her family, relatives and friends, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services were held at her home Saturday morning, February 9th at 10:00 o'clock, conducted by her pastor, Rev. Baldridge, assisted by Rev. C. A. Riggs, in the presence of sorrowing relatives and friends, after which the remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery at Gibson, Tennessee, under a mound of beautiful flowers.
Contributed by Rita Morgan - (The Courier Chronicle, Friday, February 22, 1924)

G.P. & "GRAMPY" PRIDDY , Measles Causes the Death of Two Citizens Near Luray: Two members of the Priddy family of Luray have succumbed to a complication of measles and pneumonia within less than eight hours. G. B. Priddy, aged 26 years, died Thursday afternoon of last week and Thursday night the young man's father, Gramp Priddy, passed away. Two other members of the family are. on the verge of death with the same malady, the daughter of Gramp Priddy as well as his maiden sister. Small hope is held for the recovery of either. The family was first stricken with measles several weeks ago. It was a very malignant form of the disease but no alarm was felt until every one of the sick persons developed pneumonia before the measles had half run its course. The complication of these two diseases is very dangerous and very frequently fatal. The appalling harvest of the grim reaper in the stricken family has aroused the sympathy of the entire community. Gramp Priddy was a man of 60 years and was highly respected in Luray. A double funeral was held Friday.
The Lexington Progress, March 3,1911

JAMES T. PRIDDY , formerly of this county, but for the past few years of near Gibson, Gibson County, died at his home last week. He was one of 10 children of Mr. and Mrs. George Priddy, and the first of them to die, though the youngest is past middle life. Mr. Priddy was reared in this county. He was a brother of Mrs. J.S. Wayne and Mrs. G.W. Priddy of Luray and Mrs. J.H. Gilliam of Life, and also with brothers and sisters in Texas and Kentucky.
Lexington Progress March 11, 1904

JENNIE PRIDDY , aged 54 years, died Tuesday 6 January 1931 at about 7 a.m. from pneumonia after a week of illness. She is survived by her husband and one son. Mrs. Priddy was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and Elder J.H. Fuller officiated in the service at Antioch Wednesday afternoon.
Lexington Progress Jan.9, 1931

LARRY THOMAS PRIDDY , age 60, passed on Thursday May 30, 2013 in Lexington. He is survived by his mother, Vauncille Pearson Priddy; a brother Danny Harold Priddy and a sister Sandra Marlar. He was preceded by his father Thomas Iley Priddy andhis grandparents, Robert and Myrtle David Priddy and John and Excell Kee Pearson. Services were June 1, 2013 at Reeds Chapel with burial following in Antioch Cemetery.
Lexington Progress 5 Jun 3013

SALLEY PRIDDY died at her home near Luray Thursday of last week. Miss Priddy had been sick for some time and her death came as no surprise to those who have been with her. She was about 40 years old and up to the time of the death of her brother, which occurred about ten days ago, made her home with him. Miss Priddy was a good Christian woman and her death was a calamity to the neighborhood.

THOMAS ILEY "RED" PRIDDY - Services for Thomas Priddy were held on Monday Jan. 10, 2011 at Reeds Chapel in Lexington. with Bro. David Beecham and Bro. Bobby Beecham officiating. Burial followed at Antioch Cemetery in Lexington. Mr. Priddy went to be with the Lord on Friday evening Jan. 7, 2011 at Jackson Hospital at the age of 78. He ws born in Lexington on Feb. 5, 1932 to the late Robert Iley and the late Myrtle Davis Priddy. He married his lifelong sweetheart Vauncille Pearson on Feb. 25, 1950. Mr. Priddy lived and raised his family in Lexington where he worked at Lexington Electric System for 43 years, retiring in 1992. He was a faithful member of First Pentecostal Church of Lexington. Survivors who will cherish hismemory are his wife of 61 years; three children; Larry T. of Lexington; Danny H. of Lexington and Sandra Priddy Marlar of Forney TX; and four grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 12 Jan 2011

WILLIAM HOWARD PRIDDY , age 84 of Lexington, died Feb. 4, 2012 at his home. He was a veteran of the US Army and a retired mechanic and woodcrafter. He is survived by his wife Nelle; 2 daughters Ginger (Kevin) Bankston of Jackson and Jan (Bill) Page of Huron, a sister Betty Roberts of Lexington, a brother Raymond (Deen) Priddy of Bartlett, 5 grandchildren, Joshua (Kristy), Jake (April), and Jon (Rebecca) Pattersoon, Mylee and Payton Bankston, 4 great grandchildren Grant and Eli Patterson and Tyler and Layla Beecham. Services were Monday February 6, 2012 at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lexington with burial following in the Lexington Cemetery with military Honors.
Lexington Progress 8 February 2012

ALMA (DUCK) PRIORE - Services for Mrs. Alma Duck Priore will be tomorrow at 2 at Reed's Chapel with Dr. E. E. Deusner officiating. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery. Mrs. Priore, who was 52, died Tuesday at Westerly R.I. She was born in Henderson County and moved to Rhode Island 17 years ago. She leaves her husband Frank Priore of RI, a daughter, Mrs. Rush Oakley of Lexington; two brothers, Russell Duck of David, OK and J.B. Duck of Jackson; a sister Mrs. Eugene Sheppard of Miami FL and one grandchild.
Lexington Progress Dates unknown

RICKEY PRUETT - Funeral services for Rickey Pruiett were Friday Jan. 2, 2009 at Reeds Chapel. Burial followed in Rock Hill Cem. Mr. Pruett age 59, died Wednesday Dec. 31, 2008. He is survived by his wife Regina Pruett, one daughter Misty Moore, Savannah; one stepdaughter Christy Lyles, Lexington; two sons, Mark Pruett and Chris Pruett both of Lexington; one stepson John James, Lexington and four grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 7 January 2009

JANIE M. (BINGHAM) PUGH - Services for Janie M. Pugh were Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at Reeds Chapel with burial in Lewis Cemetery. Mrs. Pugh, 84, died Monday, March 15, 1999 at Lexington Methodist Hospital. She was a homemaker and the widow of Walter Pugh. She leaves three sons, Walter J. of Cedar Grove, James F. of Memphis and Charles E. of Lexington. Eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 3/17/1999

WALTER BROCK PUGH - Services for Walter B. Pugh were Saturday November 22, 1997 at Reeds Chapel with burial in Lewis Cemetery. Mr. Pugh, 82, died Thursday, November 20, 1997 at his home. He was a retired sheet metal worker. He leaves his wife Janie Bingham Pugh of Cedar Grove; three sons, Walter J. of Cedar Grove, Jafner F. of Memphis and Charles of Lexington; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Welch of Pearl MS and Allie Mae Toten of Jackson MS; a brother Claude Pugh of Southaven MS, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 11/26/1997

<FRANK M. PUTNAM - aged 78 years, died March 21, 1926 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Kennedy, six miles west of Lexington. Mr. Putnam was born in Alabama, moved when young to Mississippi and finally came many years ago to Tennessee. He first married Mary Estes, who left one child, W.A. Putnam, who survives and lives in Texas. His second wife was Margaret Patterson, who died in 1913 and left two children, Jess and Mrs. John Kennedy. Mr. Putnam was a Democrat in politics and a Primitive Baptist in religion. He was buried at Middlefork, and Elder Eli Reed conducted the service.
Lexington Progress March 26, 1926

ADDISON PYLES - Also heard that Mr. Addison Pyles had a stroke of paralysis about breakfast time this morning. I rode in after supper and walked over to hear how he was. Had just breathed his last 5 minutes past 7. He was in his 80th year. November 24; Attend funeral & burial of Mr.Pyles this morning at 10 o'clock. (Addison Pyles, October 31, 1805 - October 22, 1882) ( Addison Pyles was one of the earliest settlers in Henderson County.He was living in the area of Red Mound by 1833 where he was appointed Postmaster in October 1840. He served as Henderson County Circuit Court Clerk from 1836 to 1844).
(Excerpt from the Diary of Robert H. Cartmell, Jackson Tenn. Vol. 4, January 1879 - May 1883; November 22, 1882, Vol. 5. p. 208. Courtesy of Jonathan K.T. Smith)
On Rootsweb / World Connect a William L. has a birthdate of 31 October 1803 - death at 22 November 1882.. Have no idea which one is correct so I've presented both accounts. I'm assuming that he too is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson TN alongside his wife.

MARTHA A. PYLES - Died in this city on Monday March 17, 1873, the wife of Mr. Addison Pyles, in the 63rd year of her age. She was married to her now widowed husband in Newberry District, S.C. and removed to Tennessee in January 1830. She leaves an aged and disconsolate husband, two sons and a daughter and several grandchildren to mourn her departure.
Whig and Tribune March 22, 1873 -  (Martha A. (Crenshaw) Pyles is buried at Riverside Cemetery - Madison County TN)

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