OBITUARIES of HENDERSON COUNTY

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SUE TALLEY - Services for "Mama" Sue Talley were Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 at Reeds Chapel with burial to follow in the Henderson County Memory Gardens. Mrs. Talley, age 69, of Lexington died Thursday Feb. 3, 2011 in Lexington. She was a retired LPN. She is survived by her husband Charles Talley; a daughter Susan Talley; two sons, Mike (Debbie) Talley and Randy (Lori) Talley all of Lexington; a sister Renee (Chuck) Walgamotte of Slidell LA; five grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 9 Feb 2011

LULA EXCELL TART - Funeral services for Lula Excell Waddle Tart, age 83, were Monday September 15, 2008 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Beecham officiating. Burial followed in Palestine Presbyterian Cemetery. Ms. Tart died Sunday in Jackson. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her son, Daniel Threadgill of Lexington, her daughter, Mary Miller Wilson of Brownsville, three sisters, Geraldine Easater of Chicago IL, Sue Climer of Henderson, and Thelma Singleton fo Lexington, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 17 September 2008

ARDIE BELL TATE - Services for Mrs. Ardie Bell Tate were Thursday at Mazies Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Elmer Lee Woods officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Pafford Funeral home in charge. Mrs. Tate, who was 79, died early Wednesday at Lexington Hospital. She was a Baptist. She leaves three sons, Calvin Tate, Billy Tate and Curtis Tate, all of Lexington; a daughter, Mrs. Addie Mae Moody of Lexington; two sisters, Mrs. Bertie Stegall of Parsons and Mrs. Odie Mae Fowler of Florida; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
The Lexington Progress, June 17,1981

BERTHA MAE TATE - Services for Bertha Mae Tate were at Reeds Chapel Scotts Hill, Sunday Jan. 3, 2010. Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery near Sardis. Mrs. Tate age 93, of Sardis, died Friday, January 1, 2010 at Henderson Co. Community Hospital. She was the widow of Plase Tate. She is survived bytwo daughters Phyllis Johnson of Bath Springs; Virginia Scott of Lexington and five grandchildren. She was preceasesed by a son Louis Tate.
Lexington Progress 6 Jan. 2010

CURTIS B. TATE - Services for Curtis B. Tate were March 27th at Mazies Chpael Baptist Church with burial at Mazies Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Tate, who was 65, died Thursday, March 25th at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. He is survived by two daughters, Shirley Lindsey of Wildersville and Redonna Overman of Lexington; one son, William Tate of Lexington; a sister, Addie Moody of Lexington and seven grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, March 31, 1999

DALTON LLOYD TATE - Services for Dalton Lloyd Tate were at Reeds Chapel on April 18, 2009. Mr. Tate age 90, died April 16, 2009 at Jackson Hsp. He was the widowere of Marie (Threadgill) Tate. He was predeceased by a son, Dalton Jr. He served in the Army Air Force and retired from the Milan Arsenal. He is survived by a daugher, Donna Morel of Lexington; two grandchildren, two sisters, Lyndel Phodes of Lexington, Jackie Anderson of Lexington; two brothers, Morris Tate of Memphis and Ben Tate of Lexington.
Lexington Progress 22 April 2009

EUNICE PEARL (SEGO) TATE - Funeral services for Mrs. Eunice Pearl Tate, age 81, were Monday, November 23, 2009 at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Bro. David Leslie officiating. Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery. Pafford Funeral Home of Lexington in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Tate died late Friday in Lexington. She was born March 11, 1928 in Lexington to the late Willie R. and Allie (Scott0 Sego. She was a retired employee of Salant & Salant and a member of Oak Grove Church. She was preceded by her son Bobby Gene Tate; three brothers, Ray, Charles and Carlos Sego and a sister Patsy Fesmire. Survivors include her five sons, Rick Tate of SPring City, Ronnie (Nettie) Tate of Lexington, Mike (Amanda) Tate of Wildersville, Marth 9Lena) Tate of Scotts Hill and Jimmy (Michelle) Tate of Lexington, a brother Billy (Laura) Sego of Lexington and thirteen grandchildren.

JAMES E. TATE - Services for James E. Tate were Oct. 3, 2010 at Reeds Chapel with burial in Jones Cemetery. Mr. Tate, age 85, of Wildersville died Friday Oct. 1, 2010 to Jackson TN. He was a retired farmer and cotton ginner. He is survived by his wife, Evonne Tate; a daughter, Michelle Tate; a son, Michael (Wendy) Tate; a brother, Joe Tate and three grandchildren, Carina Tate MOoney, Allison Walker and Katie Walker.
Lexington Progress 6 Oct 2010

JAMES MURRAY TATE - Services for John Murray Tate were Monday, May 10, 2010 at Reeds Chapel with Masonic Rites to follow. Burial followed in Jones Cemetery with military honors. Mr. Tate, age 90, of Lexington died May 7, 2010 at his home. He was retired from the US Army,,,,,,, retired from General Motors, was a member of Wildersville Baptist Church and was a 50 year member of Constatine Masonic Lodge. He is survived by two sons, John Britt Tate of Lexington and Terry Michael (Annie) Tate of Draper Utah; two grandchildren, Kendall and Drew Tate; and two brothers James andJoe TateofWildersville. He was receded by his wife BIllie and siblings, Evelyn Fesmire, Willie Hollis Tate, Arnell Bateman, Peggy Roberts and Pattie Sue Scott.
Lexington Progress 19 May 2010

(MARY) IVA TATE - Services for Mrs. Iva Tate White will be Thursday Feb. 8, 2001 at Pafford Funeral Home with burial in Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery. Mrs. White, 71, died Monday Feb. 5, 2001 at Lexington Methodist Hsp. of heart failure. She was a retired factory worker. She leaves a daughter Shelia Parrish of Lexington; two sons, Gary Tate and James Tate, both of Lexington; a brother Carlos Lindsey of Lexington and five grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 7 Feb 2001

JESSIE CALVIN TATE - Services for Jessie Calvin Tate were Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Mazies Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Randall Wood officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Pafford Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Tate, who was 68, died Monday, Jan. 10 at Jackson General Hospital. He was a retired sawmill employee. He leaves a brother, Curtis B. Tate of Lexington; and a sister, Mrs. Addie Mae Moody of Lexington.
The Lexington Progress, January 12, 1994

KATHY (LITTLE) TATE - Services for Mrs. Tate will be Wednesday at the Chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with the Rev. Danny Adkisson officiating. Burial will be in Caraway Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Tate of Reagan; one son, Will Eric Tate and her daughter, Katie Ruth Tate, all of Reagan. She also leaves her mother, Mrs. Ruthie Bledsoe Little of Lexington; a sister, Mrs. Edna Marie Duck of Reagan, and her parents-in-law, Virginia and Ben Tate of Lexington.
(The Lexington Progress, April 15, 1987)

LEVA JANE TATE - Services for Leva Jane Tate were March 27th at Mazies Chapel Baptist Church with burial at Mazies Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Tate, who was 32, died Thursday, March 25th at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. She is survived by her mother, Barbara Cagle; one son, Rex Tate; two sisters, Shirley Lindsey and Redonna Overman and one brother, William Tate.
The Lexington Progress, March 31, 1999

LOUIS TATE - Services for Mr. Louis Tate age 61, were Sunday September 28, 2008 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home in Scotts Hill with Bro. Keith Kirk and Bro. Arthur Bain officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Mr. Tate die late Thursday at his home in Sardis. He was born September 6, 1947 in Henderson County to the late Plase Tate and Mrs. bertha Mae Ward Tate. He was a Job Superintendent for S.M. Lawrence Comfort Systems in Jackson. He was preceded by one sone, Jerry Lynn Tate and his father, Plase Tate. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Mrs. Georgia Tate of Sardis , his mother, Mrs. Bertha Mae Tate of Sardis, two daughters, Donna Rushing (Steve) of Scotts Hill and Sonya McLin (Brian) of Decaturville, two sisters, Phyllis Johnson of Bath Springs and Virginia Scott of Lexington and two grandchildren, Adam Rusing and AZack McLin.
Lexington Progress 1 October 2008

VIRGINIA (HELMS) TATE - Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Helms Tate, 82, were 11 am.m. Sat. October 18, 2008 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Rev. Mark McCaslin officiating. Burial followed in Ebenezer Cemetery near Scotts Hill. Mrs. Tate died October 16, 2008 in Jackson. She was born July 14, 1926 in Henderson County to the late George Sherman and Tina Houston Helms. She was a retired retail sales lady, a member of Ebenezer Church and a long time member of Lexington BPW. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Mr. Ben F. Tate of Lexington, her son, Bobby Tate (Donna) of Reagan, her daughter Vickie Tate Ricketts of Lexington, two sisters, Grace Scott of Jackson and Joyce Ann Sullivan of Decatur AL, five grandchildren, Suzanne Ricketts, Will and Katie Tate, Mallory and Stephanie Barrels and two great grandchildren, Blaine and Rhylee Ridley.
Lexington progress 22 October 2008

WILLIAM ANDERSON TATE - Funeral services for Mr. William Anderson Tate, age 39, are scheduled for 2:00PM, Wednesday, June 18, 2008 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Bro. Randall Woods officiating. Burial will follow in Mazies Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Tate died Sunday in Jackson. He was born May 28, 1969 in Lexington. He was truck driver for Stanfill Enterprises and a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Tate was preceded in death by his father, Mr. Curtis Tate and one sister, Janie Tate. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Patricia Tate, two sons, William Cody and Justin Dale Tate, one stepson, David M. Bruce, one stepdaughter, Holly Lynn Scott, his mother, Barbara Cagle, all of Lexington, two sisters, Redonna Overman of Lexington and Shirley Lindsey of Wildersville, and one grandchild.
The Lexington Progress, June 18, 2008



ZYLPHIA (BLEDSOE) TATE - Services for Zylphia Bledsoe Tate, 89, will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 6, 2002 at Poplar Corner Pentecostal Church with burial in Poplar Corner Cemetery. Mrs. Tate, a housewife, died Thursday, July 4, 2002 at Lexington Methodist Hospital. Survivors include five daughters, Nellie Stegall and Madge McEarl, both of Lexington, Tn., Mavine Russell of Huron, Tn., Maxine Flowers of Scotts Hill, Tn. and Mable Ethridge of Reagan, Tn.; one son, J. B. Bledsoe of Sardis, Tn.; three sisters, Cleva Ann Woods, Litha Burton and Meldean Overman, all of Lexington, Tn.; fourteen grandchildren and twenty eight great-grandchildren and eleven great-great grandchildren. (Decatur County Chronicle)

AILENE TAYLOR - Services for Ailene Taylor were June 11, 2011 at Reeds Chapel with burial to follow in the Hendeerson County Memory Gardens. Mrs. Taylor age 79, of Lexington died June 9, 2011 in Lexington. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a retired employee of Wal-Mart. She is survived by two daughters, Connie Ailene Croney Nelson of Gates and Karen Dianne Croney of Lexington and four grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 15 Jun 2011

CHRISTY TAYLOR - Services sfor Christy Taylor were May 18, 2010 at Parson Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed at Spring Hill Cemetery in Henderson County. Ms. Taylor age 21, died May 16, 20109 at Decatur County Hsp. Survivors include her mother Beverly and her father Charles Edward Taylor; two sons Rodney E. Brew and Ethan B. Brew both of Darden; one brother Shane Rosson, Linden; three sisters, Shellie Martin, Parsons, Lesley Peterson, Reagan and Mallory Taylor of Darden.
Lexington Progress 19 May 2010

COREY GENE HOPPER TAYLOR - Services for Corey Tucker, age 21, are Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home in Lexington with Bro. Clint Burkhead officiating. Burial will follow in Scotts Hill Methodist Cem. Mr. Tucker passed away Monday. He was born Nov. 29, 1989 in Jackson. He was a member of Luray Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He graduated from TN Tech. through the Machinist Class I and Welding Program and was employed at Young Touchstone as a CNC operator. Survivors include his parents, Tim Tucker of Beech Bluff and Marsha Hopper of Lexington: Step-oparents Larry and Anita Greenway; his brother, Nathan Tucker of Beech Bluff; his stepmother Sonia Tucker of Beech Bluff; and his grandparents Shirley and Jimmy Tucker and Mableen Hopper. He was preceded in death by his sister Candice Tucker and his grandfather Eugene Hopper.
Lexington Progress

CROOK TAYLOR - On Friday night of last week Taylor Crook, the Negro confined in the Henderson County Jail for violating the person of a little white girl, was taken by a party of disguised men, swung up in the Courthouse yard and then perforated with bullets. Terrible was his crime and terrible did he expiate it. But who will say his fate was not a just one? While the laws of Tennessee make highway robbery a capital and rape only a penitentiary offense, such scenes as that of Friday night will be enacted. Public opinion, which is stronger than all law, is not wrong.

CURTIS TAYLOR - Funeral services for Mr. Curtis Taylor, age 77, were Monday, February 16, 2009 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home. Burial followed in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Mr. Taylor died Friday 13 February 2009 in Lexington. He was a retired employee of Big Star. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Patsy Gail Taylor. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Eva Singleton Taylor of Lexington; three sons, Curtis Randy Taylor of Jackson, Kenneth Ronald Taylor of Beech Bluff, and Keithie Taylor of Cedar Grove; two daughters, Sheila Ann Blankenship of Lexington andJanie Marie Tucker of Huntingdon; two sisters, Sue Carroll of Linden and Donna Morris of Henderson, fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
From the Lexington Progress February 18, 2009

ED TAYLOR , son of John & Emma Taylor, died near Cruicifer in the old second district last Tuesday, at the age of about 21 years. Deceased was hurt by being thrown from a buggy several months ago and never recovered from the accident. In his death we deeply sympathize with the bereaved family.
Lexington Progress Mary 27, 1908

EDITH L. TAYLOR , age 85, passed away on Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012 at St. Thomas Hospital.
She is survived by her husband Jerry Taylor; two sons, Greg Taylor and Jamey Taylor; one daughter Renee Taylor Swift; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren all of Decaturville.
She was preceded by brothers Eag Davis and Olan Davis. Services were held on Friday Oct. 12, at 3:00 pm at Scotts hill Methodist Church with Bro. Paul Mulligan officiating. Burial followed in Scotts Hill Methodist Church Cemetery.
Lexington Progress 17 Oct 2012

EDWINA TAYLOR , Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Taylor, who live at the former Miller place on Clifton Street, have the sympathy of all our people in the loss of their little daughter, Edwina, aged seven, which occurred Thursday of last week. The funeral was conducted last Friday, Revs. Fleetwood Ball and C. E. Azbill officiating, with burial in Lexington Cemetery.
(The Lexington Progress, April 11, 1924)

FRANCES MARIE (WILLIAMS) TAYLOR - Funeral services for Ms. Frances Marie Taylor, age 71, are scheduled for 3 PM on Tuesday October 9, 2012 in the Chapel of Pafford Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Ms. Taylor passed away Saturday October 6, 2012 in Jackson, TN. She was born April 8, 1941 in Henderson County, TN to the late Barney and Frances Wood Williams. She worked at Brown Shoe for over 30 years until their closing, she later retired from Wal-Mart. Ms. Taylor enjoyed spending time with her family. Survivors include her daughters, Lisa Taylor James and Teresa Taylor, brother, Bobby Williams, and three sisters, Thelma Moody, Katherine Beecham, and Pat Little, survivors also include two grandchildren, Shane Bartholomew and Casey Richardson.
Lexington Progress 10 Oct 2012

ELIZABETH TAYLOR was born in NC May 5, 1822. She moved to Henderson County with her parents while young. She professed religion and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at the age of 16 at Shady Grove of which she lived a consistent member until her death, which occurred Sept. 5, 1885, aged 63 years and 7 months. She was married to eague Taylor in the year 1848. She had four children, two sons and two daughters, all of whom survive. She was a devoted wife and set a true Christian example for heer children. May her children live as she lived and may they constitute a family in heaven as they did on earth. The funeral services were attended by a host of friends and relatives. The sermon was by Rev. J.M. Hurt at Spring Hill Church Sept. 6, 1885 -- J.W. Ballard.
From Crossing the Dark River

J.E. TAYLOR - Services for J.E. Taylor will be Wednesday APril 28, 2010 at 2 pm at Reeds Chapel in Scotts Hill with burial to follow in the Scotts Hill Methodist. Mr. Taylor Jr., age 78, of Reagan, died Monday April 26, 2010 at his home. He was a retired merchant and pastor. He is survived by 3 daughters, Janice (Dan) Perkins of Hernando, Miss Vickie 9Larry) White of Scott Hill and Cathy 9Jimmy) Maness of Lexington, a son James Paul (Trisha) Taylor of Cordova, 3 sisters Pauline Reed of Memphis, Lillian Woody of Oakland and Kathleen Robbins of Middleburg and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded by his wife Bobbie Jean Taylor.
Lexington Progress 28 April 2010

JAMES THOMAS TAYLOR - Services for James Taylor, age 80, were Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 at Pafford Funeral Home. Burial followed in Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery. Mr.s James passed away Sep. 1, 2013 in Jackson TN. He was preceded by his wife, Marie Keen Taylor, a son, Charles, brother Billy and sister, Eulene Elliott. Survivors include his brothers, Paul and Wayne taylor; sister Carrie Norman and five grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 9/4/2013

JOHN MAY TAYLOR - On last Friday evening, February 17, at 8:10 o'clock, the spirit of Judge John M. Taylor quitted its tenement of clay and winged its flight to the bar of Him to whom all men must give an account of all the deeds done in the body, to whom all must make in the end full showing of their stewardship in this fleeting life. Judge Taylor had lived the allotted three score and ten with an additional three years, come May 18 next, and at the last, in full possession of his mind, he was humbly willing but not fearful to meet at the judgment bar that God who is all merciful as well as indefinitely good and just. Since the recurrence of his trouble which happened just one month before his death, there had been practically no hope of recovery, hence the blow came somewhat softened. Judge Taylor suffered much in his last days, but the end came peacefully with all the devoted family at his bedside. John May Taylor was born at Lexington, Tennessee, May 18, 1836 [some records date birth as 1838]. His father, Jesse Taylor, was a Virginian by birth and his mother, Mary May, was of North Carolinian parentage. Jesse Taylor served in the War of 1812, seeing action in the battle of New Orleans under Gen. Jackson. Three of his sons were Confederate soldiers, the eldest of whom, Capt. Jesse Taylor, commanded the heavy artillery at Fort Henry during the bombardment February 1862, and was surrendered at that place. C. C., another brother, served with Gen. Forrest. John M. was educated at Lexington Academy and Union University at Murfreesboro. In 1861 he took part in the organization of Henderson County Sharpshooters, Company K., 27th Tennessee Regiment of infantry and was elected First Lieutenant and upon the organization of the Regiment was made Captain. In this rank he was with Albert Sidney Johnston at Bowling Green, Kentucky, and in the two days' battle of Shiloh in the Brigade of Gen. S. A. M. Wood. In this remarkable battle, the regiment lost Col. Christopher H. Williams, Maj. S. T. Love and Sergeant-Major Wilkinson, killed, and Lieutenant-Colonel Brown, wounded, besides two captains, S. A. Sayle and I. G. Hearn, killed, and a number killed and wounded, Captain Taylor's Co. losing heavily. The regiment again had severe losses in the battle of Perryville, in Cheatham's Division, capturing a battery at the cost of sixteen killed and ninety-six wounded and missing out of 210 engaged. In his report of the battle Lieutenant Col. W. Frierson mentioned Captain Taylor among the Company Commanders who "Exhibited more than ordinary coolness and daring" and added that it was feared he was mortally wounded. He received two severe wounds and two lesser ones, both thighs being shot through and the bone of the right broken, crippling him for life. Captain Taylor was left on that field for dead, but surviving he was taken prisoner and sent to Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and afterward to Lexington, Kentucky, being kept in jail with prisoners of war at the latter place. He was afterward in the military prisons at Cincinnati, Camp Chase and Baltimore. When exchanged in Virginia, he was still on crutches and was assigned to post duty at Rome, Georgia, being promoted to the rank of Major and afterward made Commander of the post at Gadsden, Alabama While commanding troops there he made a number of captures of Federal soldiers.

At the beginning of the Atlanta campaign he joined his regiment at Dalton and continued on active duty till the close of the war, participating in the battles of Franklin and Nashville, at the close having reached the rank of Acting Lieutenant. After the war he began his career as a lawyer at the Lexington bar. In 1869 he was elected Mayor of Lexington and was next honored by election as delegate from Henderson County to the State Convention which framed the constitution of 1870, which is still in force. In August, 1870, he was elected Attorney-General, composed of a district then of eight counties, and that office he filled with marked distinction for eight years. He was a delegate to the National Democratic convention in 1880, a member of the Tennessee Legislature in 1881, and in 1882 and 1884, was elected to the Congress of the United States, serving the two terms with credit. In 1892 Col. Taylor was one of the Democratic Presidential Electors for the State-at-large and made an active canvass of the State. In 1895 Gov. Turney appointed Col. Taylor Judge of the Criminal Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and in 1896, he was elected for the regular term of six years. In 1902 Judge Taylor was elected Judge of the State Court of Chancery Appeals, and in 1910, was reelected for the term of eight years. In religious belief Judge Taylor was a Southern Methodist, for many years being a steward in the Lexington Church. For twelve years Judge Taylor was Brigadier-General commanding Second Division United Confederate Veterans, and since that time has been reelected at each succeeding reunion. Just before the close of the Civil War John M. Taylor was married to Amanda J. McHaney, who survives him and who is now, as she has ever been, the most admirable type of Southern womanhood. Three children survive Judge Taylor-Mary Lou, widow of the late Adam W. Harmon, William M., who is practicing law in Blytheville, Arkansas, and Daisy A., who is at home and has for years been an invalid. Judge Taylor was a member of John Ingram Bivouac Confederate Veterans at Jackson, Tennessee In 1891 he was elected second Vice-President of the State Association of Bivouacs and in 1892 its President. As a member of the constitutional convention in 1870, he was a member of the committee on the Bill of Rights and was the author of and introduced the resolution providing that no school established under or aided by the constitution "Shall allow white and negro children to be received as scholars together in the same school." He also introduced the resolution providing that the Supreme court should consist of five judges and that the credit of the state should not be given or loaned in aid of any corporation, etc. In his usual health, Judge Taylor reached home from Nashville, where his court was sitting on the 26th of last November, and soon after reaching home was stricken with partial paralysis from which he made such seemingly rapid recovery that there was hope of his return to the work he loved so well. One month ago, the 15th inst., he became so much worse that since that time the coming of the Grim Reaper has been but a question of days. In his last few days he had such a strong desire to see his old friends that a number of them went to his bedside and bade him goodbye. He told all that he loved them, that he hoped that God might bless and keep them. He was ready to go before the One to whom he must give an account of the life-of the deeds done in the body. Judge Taylor's heart was always in Lexington and his love for wife and family, his town, his church, his county, his friends and the Democratic party was the abiding characteristic of his life. He passed away not fearing to meet his God, as he has lived his whole life not afraid to look all men in the face. In his 73 years not one breath of suspicion ever touched or tainted the character of John M. Taylor and that priceless heritage is left to those who loved him.

The funeral of Judge Taylor will be recorded as notable among the sad events which have transpired in the history of Lexington. The funeral procession, led by the pallbearers, Messrs. W. V. Barry, M. A. Hare, E. F. Boswell, E. E. Muse, J. W. Enochs, R. A. Lewis, J. R. Montgomery, J. E. Scales, N. R. Barham and T. Edwards, left the residence at a little past 3 o'clock on Saturday afternoon for the Southern Methodist Church, where the last service was to be conducted. The pallbearers, except three, who had been chosen by Mrs. Taylor, and the son, W. M. Taylor, were named by Judge Taylor a few days before his death. At the church the service was conducted by the Pastor Rev. Yates Moore, but a part was taken by Rev. J. M. Pickens, now of Camden, former Pastor of the Lexington Church, and under whose pastorate the beautiful new house of worship was erected, and Rev. Fleetwood Ball, pastor of Lexington Baptist Church. Bro. Ball read an appropriate selection from the Scriptures and the talks made by the former and present pastor of the church, to which the dead Judge had been deeply attached, were tender and touching. The first song selection was rendered by the children of the Sunday school of which the Judge was so long Superintendent, in accord with an expressed wish of the deceased, it was growing quite late when the mournful cortege left the church for the cemetery and the shades of night were beginning to fall when the body had been consigned to Mother Earth. The Taylor lot in which the body of the Judge was laid to rest beside others of his kin, lies within one hundred yards of the spot on which years ago stood the old Jesse Taylor home in which John M. first saw the light of day. During life, the Judge more than once told friends that he would be buried very near to the spot of his birth. Besides the many friends at home who were present to pay the last tribute to one of the most distinguished citizens this community has ever produced. There were friends and relatives from other places among whom we noticed Judges Joe C. Higgins and Frank P. Hall, of the Court of Appeals, the former of Fayetteville and the latter of Dresden, and Judge S. Frank Wilson, also a judge of that court, Tom B. Carroll of Jackson, Clerk of the Supreme court, Miss Pauline Weber of Knoxville, who for eight years has been Judge Taylor's stenographer, James A. Demming, Marshal of the Supreme Court, Dr. and Mrs. Joe L Crook, Mrs. B. A. Hayes of Jackson, sister of the deceased, Mrs. J. Arrington and daughter, Mrs. Ross Witherspoon and W. L. Stegall, of Jackson, Mrs. M. L. Buckley of Henderson, sister of Judge Taylor; Mrs. Thomas Harrell of Henderson, Jim Stockard of Blytheville, Arkansas, and Dr. H. A. McHaney of White Oak, Missouri, brother-in-law of the deceased. Mrs. W. M. Taylor and younger child arrived from Blytheville, Arkansas, on the train that came from the West while the church service was in progress, her condition of health preventing her coming sooner. Judge Taylor's people have to the greatest extent been our people during the twenty-seven years of our residence in Lexington, and in their loss we feel for them the sympathy which can come only after long and friendly association.
Lexington Progress February 24, 1911
  Biography

ETHEL (MAYFIELD) TAYLOR - Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Ethel Taylor, age 73, were Sunday Feb. 22, 2009 at Judson Cemetery. Mrs. Taylor died Saturday in Memphis. She was a retired employee of Milli's Hallmark. She was preceded by her husband James E. Taylor, her son, Keith Taylor; four brothers and three sisters.. Survivors include her daughter Vicki Armour of Bartlett and her grandchil.
Lexington Progress 25 Feb 2009

EULA MARIE TAYLOR - Funeral services for Mrs. Eula “Marie” Keen Taylor, age 72, are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Thursday, August 3, 2006 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Bro. Guss Lohrum officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery (Lexington). Mrs. Taylor died Monday (31 July 2006) in Milan. She was born July 30, 1934 in Henderson County to the late Esely Stewart and Ardell Middleton Keen. She was retired. She was preceded in death by her son, Charles Ray “Chuck” Taylor. Survivors include her husband, Mr. James Taylor of Bradford, two brothers, James (Joan) Keen of Dowagaic, MI and Billy Ray Keen of Rutherford, two sisters, Beulah (George) Ognibene of McKenzie and Martha Howell of Lexington, six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

JAMES E.TAYLOR - Graveside services for James E. Taylor were Saturday, September 1, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. Burial followed in Judson Cemetery. Mr. Taylor, retired construction worker, age 73, died Thursday, August 30, 2007, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Ethel (Mayfield) Taylor, Bartlett, TN; his mother, Mrs. Ruby Irene (Cooley) Couch, Scotts Hill; one daughter, Vicki Armour, Bartlett; one brother, Von Couch, Olive Branch, MS; one sister Faye Duke, Scotts Hill; one grandchild.
Lexington Progress September 5, 2007.

LUCY (BROWNING) TAYLOR , wife of Major Jesse Taylor of this city, died Monday after an illness of a few days of pneumonia. Deceased was a cultured and estimable lady. She was before her marriage Miss Browning of Kentucky. Her life was given to teaching. She instructed some of the first ladies of the old commonwealth of Kentucky. During the war her Christian virtues shown brightly in her tender care and nursing of many poor soldiers who were wounded in battle. After the war she came to Tennessee and resumed teaching in the vicinity of Mifflin. She met, loved and married Maj. Taylor. She taught school some years at Lexington and about six years ago came to Jackson and has taught here ever since a select school for young ladies, her pupils coming from Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.. In her death the community loses a valuable woman, her husband a loving, true and devoted wife. The funeral took place from the First Presbyterian Church yesterday at 8 o'clock, Rev. J.N. Hall officating, and the remains interred at Spring Creek. The husband has our sympathy in his sorrow.

Henderson County News: We were pained to hear of he death of Mrs. Lucy Taylor. She lived for many years in Lexington, and it was here our people learned to love and appreciate this intellectual and Christian lady. She was acknowledged to be one of the many leading educators of her day, and many of the young ladies of both town and country date their intellectual development to Mrs. Lucy's careful training. She was indeed a superior woman and a lady of rareculture, and one of the most conscientious and faithful teachers I ever knew. She discharged her whole duty to her patrons, sick or well and never tired of her noble work, and like a true soldier, died at her post. Long will her memory remain green in the hearts ofthose who were fortunate enough to be the recipients of her painstaking and faithful training, and within the charming influences of her friendship. Major Jesse Taylor's many friends deeply sympathize with him in his deplorable loss andhope that he will return to Lexington, the scene of his early manhood and again make it his home among a people that have long admired his generous and noble nature and know him to be a friend as true as steel.
Excerpt from "Crossing the Dark River" by Brenda Fidler (West Whig, April 27, 1887)

MARY (PENN) TAYLOR died at the family residence, the Oakwood, on Singleton Street, at 9:30 a.m., wife of C.C. Taylor, aged 63 years. The deceased was born in Gibson County, near Humboldt, and moved with the family of her father, George D. Penn, to Lexington in early childhood. She became a Christian at the age of seven and united with the Baptist Church. She was married to Mr. Taylor in 1876 and moved to Temple, Texas and moved from there to Eureka Springs in 1892. She leaves a husband, a daughter (Miss Corrie), and a sister (Miss Sallie Penn). She was a sister of the great Baptist evangelist, Major W.E. Penn who died here a few years ago. The funeral will occur at the Emmanuel Baptist Church Friday with interment at Odd Fellows Cemetery --- In Daily Times-Echo, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. (C.C. Taylor was a Confederate soldier and served under General N.B. Forrest. He was the son of Jesse Taylor and was born in Lexington TN).
Lexington Progress March 13, 1908

MELBA TAYLOR - Services for Melba Taylor, age 78, were October 21 at Reeds Chapel. Burial followed at Waller-Douglas Cemetery. Ms. Taylor died October 19 at JMCGH. She is survived by one daughter, Shelia White of Lexington; one son, Tim Taylor of Lexington; two sisters, Mable Thompson of Houston, TX.; Mary Melton of Hurts, TX.; two brothers, Cletus Douglas of Nicholasville, KY.; Joe Douglas of Lexington, KY.; seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, 10-29-2003 – transcribed by, Becky Keen

OBE TAYLOR - Elder J. H. Trammell conducted funeral services for Obe Taylor at Christian Chapel Church January 17th. Mr. Taylor, aged 66, died January 16th, 1944, at his home near Christian Chapel. Obe Murray Taylor ws born in Perry County December 17, 1877, the son of the late Jack and Rosie Taylor. On September 17, 1899, he was married to Miss Susan Craig, and to this union was born one son, Claude Taylor of Clarksburg, who with his mother survives. Others surviving are four brothers, Garfield Taylor and Steele Missouri; Ashley Taylor of Shiloh, and Clyde and Lloyd Taylor of Wildersville and a sister Mrs. George Pritchard of Huntingdon.
Lexington Progress January 28, 1944

SALLIE (DYER) TAYLOR , daughter of the Late R.J. and Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Dyer, died at her home in Lexington Feb. 11, 1942. She was born June 4, 1862 and moved to Lexington of Jackson some 35 years ago. Mrs. Taylor is survived by one son, R.L. Taylor and two grandaughters, Mrs. Joe Albritht of Jacckson and Mrs. Jim Williams of Brownsville, and two great grandchildren, Joan Elizabeth Albright and James W. Williams Jr. Mrs. Taylor has long been a member of the Methodist Church and it was fitting that her pastor Rev. Corner Hastings, conducted the funeral and interment in Lexington cemetery.
Lexington Progress 1942

TIM TAYLOR , age 50, of Lexington TN died Tuesday, June 16, 2009 in Ft. Walton Beach FL. He was in contract sales and was a member of Highland Park Church. He leaves behind many loving family members and friends including his wife Judy, his children Jeremy Beck, Alicia Hollis, Misty Taylor, Toby Taylor and three grandaughters; a sister Sheila White ofLexington. He was preceded by Leon and Melba Taylor. Services were June 20, 2009 at Highland Park Church in Jackson; burial followed in the Waller-Douglas Cemetery in Henderson County.
Contributed by Lexington Progress 24 June 2009

WILLIAM McHANEY TAYLOR - Since the last term of Court death has invaded our ranks and has removed from us one of our most beloved and worthy members, Judge William M. Taylor. William M. Taylor, the first son of the late Judge John M. and Mrs. Amanda McHaney Taylor was born in Lexington September 3, 1868 and with the exception of time spent away at literary school, law school and some time in Washington, where his father was a member of Congress, his whole life was spent in Lexington until 1905 when he moved to Blytheville (Arkansas) where he lived until the date of his death. Judge Taylor graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1891 and was admitted to the bar in 1892. He practiced law in Lexington and was formerly County Judge of Henderson Co TN being the only Democrat who ever filled that office in that county. He was for four years County Judge of M ississippi County and engaged to the practice of law during his life in this county. Judge Taylor ever since arriving at young manhood has all the times taken part in the religious and public affairs of his community. During the war he served as Chairman of the Draft Board for Mississippi County and for many years was Chairman of the County Democratic Central Committee, which position he filled with the highest degree of patriotism and integrity. Among other positions as public importance, Jude Taylor was one of the Commissioners of Road Improvement Dist. 1 known as the "Scenic Highway". October 10, 1895 Judge Taylor married Miss Ida Kindred. No man ever appreciated home life and his family more than Judge Taylor did. He is survived by his widow, three sons, Jesse, Harmon and Albert, and two daughters, Ida and Mary Louise; also his mother Amanda Taylor of Lexington. Judge Wm. M. Taylor, in his private and public life was the very soul of honor; a man of unquestionable integrity, loyal to his country and true to his friends; a man with high ideals, steadfast and uncompromising in his convictions. He was a man of deep religious convictions and for many years was a consistent member of the Methodist Church. As he believed, he died, in fear of Almighty God and with a heart filled with love for his fellow man.
Lexington Progress March 20, 1925

CHARLIE F. TEAGUE - Services for Charlie Franklin Teague, 68, will be this Friday afternoon from Crowell Chapel by the Rev. D.J. Jones. Mr. Teague died at his home near Reagan Thursday morning. He leaves his wife; four sons, Ernest, Roy and Fay of Reagan and Floyd of Memphis; four daughters, Mrs. Sally Wright and Mrs. Mattie Wright, Reagan; Mrs. Junie Brasher, Lexington and Mrs. Vesta Hodgins, Memphis; and a sister Mrs. Ada Moody, Dyersburg.
Lexington Progress 29 Feb 1952

JAMES ISAAC TEAGUE , elder son of J.A. Teague, deceased, and Mrs. N.L. Teague, died of fever and jaundice of fever at Temple TX May 1, 1908, aged about 37 years. Before death came at 8 a.m. the bedside was reached by Mrs. Teague, Arthur and Miss Bird, who came from Gainesville finding their loved one conscious but speechless. Deceased was married last September to Miss Robertson and his death occurred at the home of his wife's mother. Ike Teague was born and reared in Lexington and here he had none but friends. He was a young man whom it was good to know - kindly, genial, upright and his taking away just when life was giving him its most desirable blessings in the love of a good wife, the devotion of his kindred and the confidence of his employees, was one of those sad dispensations of Providence hard for a man to understand. Ike was a member of the Knights of Pythias, but if he was a church member we were not informed of the fact. The remains were interred at Cameron, the former home of the beareaved wife.
(Lexington Progress May 1, 1908)

JAMES TEAGUE , past seventy years of age, died Tuesday morning not long before break of day, at his home near the Frank Rogers store, in the old 8th district. Mr. Teague and wife had sold their farm and on the day before Mr. Teague's death had had a sale of their personal property, preparatory to moving to Texas, to spend their remaining days with their daughter, Mrs. M. Dodd, who was with them at the time of her father's sudden death. Mr. Teague was a hard working man and a good citizen who harmed no man and was known as one who attended strictly to his own affairs. He had many friends who regret the intended departure of himself and wife from the community but were glad that the remaining days were to be spent in the home of their good daughter.
Lexington Progress November 3, 1916

WILLIAM HENRY TEAGUE JR. - Funeral services for Mr. William Henry Teague, Jr. , age 79, are scheduled for 2 PM, Sunday, June 30, 2013 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Crocker and Bro. Danny Adkisson officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Methodist Cemetery. Mr. Teague passed away late Thursday in Nashville. He was born January 25, 1934 in Henderson County to the late William Henry and Nola Mae Todd Teague. He was a retired Navy Veteran, farmer, and construction worker. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Lexington. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Electa McPeake, Alene Powers, and Exie Campbell. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mrs. Johnnie Moore Teague of Lexington, his son, Terry Teague of Lexington, his daughter, Sherry (Harold) Renfroe of Darden, a brother, Jerry Teague, a sister, Jean Johnson, two grandchildren, Jessica Lynne (Tom) York and Erica Nicole (Josh) Quarles, a step grandson, Craig Barton, step granddaughter, Hannah Keymon, and two step great grandchildren, Adyson Paige and Parker Lane Barton. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be sent to Oak Grove Methodist Cemetery
Lexington Progress 3 Jul 2013

REV. BENJAMIN HARRISON THETFORD - Services for the Rev. Ben H. Thetford, 60, were conducted Wednesday afternoon from Mt. Gilead Baptist Church by the Rev. J. J. Britt. The Rev. Thetford was stricken Monday night at 8:30 while preaching in a tent revival at Blue Goose, which he was conducting with Bro. Moody. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Thetford was a member of the Mt. Gilead Church for the past 33 years and had been in the ministry for the past seven years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Willie Thetford of Mt. Gilead; daughters, Mrs. Audie Henderson, Mrs. Nannie B. James and Mrs. Estelle Stanford, all of the Mt. Gilead community; Mrs. Rennie Lovell, Ridgely, and Mrs. Ramelle Reynolds, Lexington; a half brother, Daniel Meals, Clarksburg; two half sisters, Mrs. Susie Johnson, Clarksburg, and Mrs. Willie Douglas, Yuma.
(The Lexington Progress, September 29, 1950)

ESTA LEE THOMAS - Services for Esta Lee Thomas will be Wednesday Sept. 2, 2009 at Reeds Chapel with burial in Lexington Cemetery. Esta Lee Thomas, age 86 of Lexington died Monday August 31, 2009 at her home. She is survived by her husband Lythel "Dutch" Thomas; four sisters, Edra Scott, Naomi Pearson, Martha Sego of Memphis and Marie Ivy of Decaturville. She was preceded by a sister Valera Yeary and a brother Irby Sullivan.
Lexington Progress 2 Sept. 2009

GREGORY LYNN THOMAS - Graveside services for Gregory Lynn Thomas, age 50, were Tuesday Aug. 4, 2009 at Lexington Cemetery, Pafford Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Mr. Thomas Died Sunday in Lexington. He was born June 21, 1959 in Henderson County. He was preceded by his father Charles Alton Thomas; a brother Terry Charles Thomas; a son Adam Thomas and three sisters, Sandra Beecham Greene, Betty Carol Thomas and Barbara Thomas. He is survived by his mother Mrs. Zula Mae Thomas.
Lexington Progress 5 August 2009

JAMES HARRISON THOMAS - "Uncle Harrison Thomas, aged 90 years, died at his home in Stringtown, a few miles south of Lexington, last Wednesday. Mr. Thomas was the only Federal soldier left in the county and was one of its oldest citizens. He was a prisoner in the Andersonville prison for 241 days during the Civil War. Mrs. Nancy Thomas preceded him to the grave several years ago, and about 16 years ago he was married to Mrs. Molly Knowles. She survives him and also one daughter, Mrs. Jerry Garner of Lexington. Rev. T. C. Jowers conducted the funeral services with the interment in Lexington Cemetery. The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church, a farmer and a Republican.
(The Lexington Progress, May 11, 1934)

KILE EDWIN THOMAS - Funeral services for Kile Edwin Thomas, age 84, will be held Thursday, July 21, 2 p.m., at Reeds Chapel with Roy Wyatt officiating. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Mr. Thomas died Monday at Henderson County Hospital after a short illness. Mr. Thomas was a devoted father and Christian, a deacon in the Darden Baptist Church, a member of the Cheap Valley Masonic Lodge, a WWII Veteran First Calvary Division Quartermaster serving in Admiralty Islands and the Philippines, and was a general contractor and brick mason. He is survived by a daughter, Nancy Sue Thomas; 3 sons, Edwin Dwayne, Billy Glenn, and Ricky Lynn Thomas, all Lexington; 3 brothers, Lythel (Dutch) Thomas and Billy Bob Thomas of Lexington and Coy Lee Thomas of Alamo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Thomas; and his wife, Lavern Moore Thomas. Visitation with the Thomas family will be Wednesday, 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. until time of service. Family requests in lieu of flowers memorials are made to the Easter Seals of Tennessee.
The Lexington Progress, July 20, 2005 – transcribed by, Becky Keen

NANCY THOMAS - Services for Nancy Sue Thomas were March 20, 2009 at Reeds Chapel in Lexington with Dr. Hoyt WIlson officating. Burial followed in the Lexington Cemetery. Ms. Thomas age 52, of Lexington died Tuesday March 17, 2009 at her home in Lexington. She was the daughter ofthe late Kyle and Lavern Thomas. She is survived by 3brothers Edwin Dewayne, Billy Glynn and Ricky Lynn Thomas of Lexington.
Lexington Progress 25 Mar 2009

R. C. THOMAS - Officers yesterday said the gunshot wound which claimed the life of a Lexington Negro Tuesday was self-inflicted. Officer J. D. Hays said the body of R. C. Thomas was found about 6 p.m. at Thomas’ home on Reeves St. with a single bullet wound in the chest. Officer Hays said a 22 cal. rifle was found and indications were that Thomas had been dead 5 – 6 hours.
The Lexington Progress, July 11, 1968

ZULA MAE (BIGGS) THOMAS - Services for Zula Thomas, 79, were August 11, 2009 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Be3echam officiating. Burial followed in Lexington Cemetery. Mrs. Thomas passed away Sunday in Parsons. She was born Jan. 27, 1930 in Henderson County to John Barnett and Gracie Mae 9Hayes) Biggs. She was a homemaker. She was preceded by her husband, Charles Thomas, two sons, Greg and Terry Charles; three daughters, Sandra Beecham Greene, Betty Carol Thomas and Barbara Thomas; a brother, Howard Edward Biggs; two sisters, Johnnie Sue Herndon Newman and Norma Jean Rhodes; and a grandson Adam Thomas. Survivors include her brother Mr. Thorn Vernon Biggs (Betty) of Parsons and four grandchildren.
Lexington Program 12 August 2009

RICHARD TAYLOR THOMAS , 96, resident of Pine Bluff, AR since 1913, died July 15, 1945 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jocie Mahon following an illness of two weeks. In spite of his advanced age, he had enjoyed comparatively good health until he suffered a fall several weeks ago. He was born in Lexington on Apr. 2, 1849, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Steve Thomas, pioneer residents in TN. The Rev. Mr. Thomas made his home in his native city for almost 50 years, coming to AR in 1898, where he continued to reside. He was married near Lexington to the former Ruth Powers. Mrs. Thomas died near Butterfield AR on Apr. 2, 1900 and began his long career as a minister three years later. He served as a circuit rider between Memphis and Lexington and was caught in the yellow fever quarantine of 1878. Of a family of six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, four survive; two daughters, Mrs. Mahon of Pine Bluff and Mrs. Doria Ashcraft of Tyronza AR, two sons, Neal Thomas of this city, a popular employee of the Cotton Belt route and W.A. Thomas of Malvern AR and other relatives.
(Lexington Progress July 27, 1945)

BESSIE JANE THOMPSON - was born Nov. 7, 1895 and died April 25, 1943 aged 47 years. She was married to Felix Thompson Oct. 31, 1925 and to the couple was born one child who died in infancy. Mrs Thompson is survived by her father, two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Harriet Russell and Mrs. Dovie Evans of Lexington, John Powers of Dyersburg and Richard Powers of Lexington.
(The Lexington Progress 7 May 1943)

DON THOMPSON - Services for Don Thompson age 58, were Sunday April 25, 2010 at Grays Chapel Church. Mr. Thompson died April 22, 2010 at JMCGH. He was born July 4, 1951 in Hardin Co to the late J.L. and Lucille Ponds Thompson. He is survived by his wife Joyce, two sons, Eric of Sardis and Jeremy of Hardin Co. one daughter April (Carl) Brunt of Reagan, one brother Jimmy (Sharon) Ponds of New Johnsonville; three sisters Barbara Tucker of Sardis, Carolyn Butler of Michie, and Lynda (Randall) Eason of Lexington. Don Also had four grandchildren. Other than his parents he was also proceded by two brother-in-laws, Max Tucker and James Butler. Don had a love for life and for his horses. You will be loved and missed always, Rest in Peace.
Lexington Progress May 5, 2010

GEORGE A. THOMPSON - No man in Lexington ever had more friends than George Thompson and news of his death which occurred in Cincinnati August 3, 1932, was received here with universal regret. Mr. Thompson was in the neighborhood of 70 years old. His father was a prominent physician of Williamson County and the family home was at Thompson's Station. He was twice married and has a son living in the West. His second wife was Miss Russie Echols of Savannah, and she survives him with their only child "Miss Mary". For years Mr. Thompson traveled this territory for Manier, Dunbar and Co., and later worked for several other shoe firms. After leaving Lexington the family lived in Nashville for several years and soem two or three years ago moved to Cincinnati where their only daughter had a position. He was a brave and gallant gentleman, a genial companion, a citizen of high type, a man whose memory may well be held in reverence by the friends who loved and respected him in life.
Lexington Progress August 5, 1932

HATTIE MAE THOMPSON was born Sept. 14, 1896 and died November 26, 1941. She was married to James W. Thompson August 24, 1913 and to this union was born one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Middleton. She joined the Missionary Baptist Church at Union Hill on Sept. 27, 1914. Funeral services were hld at the home by Revs. Woodard Bartholomew and T.C. Jowers with interment at Ridley Chapel.
Lexington Progress Dec. 12, 1914

JOHN MALONE THOMPSON - Funeral services for John Malone Thompson, 61, will be at 2 p.m. today at Independence Church with the Rev. James Resin officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Reeds Chapel in charge.

Mr. Thompson died Friday night at his home in Lexington. He was a member of Wards Grove Baptist Church and was an employee of the State Forestry. Surviving are his wife Mattieleene; a son Jerry of Cedar Grove; three daughters, Mrs. Beatrice Williams of Cedar Grove, Mrs. Dorothy Lou Abels of Nashville, and Mrs. Sandra Stanhope of Jackson; two brothers, Ezra and Flavil both of Milan; a sister Mrs. Gertie Karnes of Milan.
Photo and Obituary provided by Jimmy White Mt. Gilead Baptist Church









JOHNNIE "RALPH" THOMPSON - Graveside services for Mr. Johnnie Thompson, age 87, are scheduled for 4 pm Wednesday August 19, 2009 at Marl Bluff Cemetery with Bro. Larry Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow. Pafford Funeral Home of Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Thompson died early Tuesday in Reagan. He was born October 3, 1921 in Henderson County to the late John B. and Willie (Washburn) Thompson. He was a retired trucker and farmer. He was preceded by his wife, Maxine VanDyke. Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn (Paul) Aaron of Reagan, his brother Lanoice of Reagan, his sister, Nell Blankenship of Jackson, andtwo grandchildren. There will be no visitation for forMr. Thompson, graveside services only.
Lexington Progress 19 August 2009

NANNIE MATTIELEEN THOMPSON - (See John Malone Thompson for Photo) - Services for Nannie Mattieleen Thompson were held Tuesday July 22, 2003 at 4 p.m. at Reeds Chapel. Burial followed at Independence Cemetery. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Thompson, 8, died Monday July 21, 2003 at Briarwood Nursing Home. She is preceded by her husband Malone Thompson. Survivors include three daughters, Beatrice Williams, Sandra Stanhope of Cedar Grove, Dorothy Abels of Nashville, one son, Jerry Thompson of Cedar Grove. Seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren
Photo and Obituary provided by Jimmy White Mt. Gilead Baptist Church

DONNA BELINDA THREADGILL - Funeral services for Donna Belinda Threadgill, age 53, are scheduled for 11:00AM, Thursday, February 14, 2008 at Natchez Trace Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Randall Woods and Bro. Don Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Natchez Trace Missionary Baptist Cemetery. Ms. Threadgill died Monday in Jackson. She was born April 14, 1954 in Reno, NV to the late James Howell Davis and Marie Wallace Horton. She was a homemaker and a member of Natchez Trace Baptist Church. Ms. Threadgill was preceded in death by one brother, Lee Horton. Survivors include her daughter, Melissa Wood of Lexington, her son, Vaughn Wood of Lexington, her stepmother, Loa Davis of Beacon, her companion, Larry Threadgill of Lexington, two brothers, James Davis, Jr. of Parsons and Connie Ray Horton of Lexington, two sisters,Linda Beth Davis of Bells and Darlene Reece of Milan, and three grandchildren, Jessica Rodgers, Logan Webb, and Abi Wood.
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JAMES ALLEN "JIM" THREADGILL - Services for Jim Allen Threadgill were yesterday afternoon at Blue Goose Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Otis Jones and the Rev. Jerry Grimsley officiating. Burial was in Independence Cemetery with Reed's Chapel in charge. Mr. Threadgill, who was 81, died Tuesday at his home in the Blue Goose community. He was born in Henderson County and was a retired farmer. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Lythe Threadgill; two sons, Lawrence Threadgill of Chicago; a daughter, Miss Essie Threadgill of Huron three brothers, John Threadgill of Lexington, George Threadgill and Gus Threadgill, both of Huron; five sisters, Mrs. Bertha Fesmire and Mrs. Edna Amis, both of Lexington, Mrs. Lura Todd of Huron, Mrs. Fannie Walch of Medina and Miss Betty Wise of Humboldt.
The Lexington Progress, December 19, 1963

JOE THREADGILL - Aged about 60 years, Joe Threadgill, died June 12th at his home near Huron. He is survived by his wife and children; Buck, Pete, Miss Rebecca, Miss Lavonia and Allen. He married two daughters of a widow Greenway, Margaret and Louella, the first leaving one child, Buck. Interment in Bethel Cemetery, Pastor Stanfill officiating.

KRISTY KAY THREADGILL - Services for Kristy Threadgill were Sept. 30, 2011 at Reeds Chapel, burial in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Threadgill, age 40, died Sept. 28, 2011 at her home in Lexington. She was a retired nurse of 20 years. She leaves her husband Mike; a son Joseph; three daughtes, Morgan and Megan and Amber Taylor; her parents Bobby H. and Nyra Wilson; a sister Krystal Roberts, a brother Kenneth Wilson. She was preceded by her sister Kim Wilson.
Lexington Progress Oct 5, 2011

MARY (NICHOLS) THREADGILL was born Decembe 26, 1861 and died November 2, 1945 aged 83 years. She was married to James Henderson Threadgill June 17, 1880 and to this union were born 11 children, 10 of whom survive; one son Wyatt, died Feb. 24, 1907 in early manhood. Survivinig are Mrs. John (Emma) Walso, Medina; Mrs. Emmett (Emma ) Thompson, Big Springs TX; Mrs. Bettie Wise, Humboldt; Mrs. E.D. (Lura) Todd, Huron; J. A.G.W. John B.E.A., Mrs. R.H. (Bertha) Fesmire and Mrs. S.S. (Edna) Amis, all of Henderson County. She lived with Mrs. Amis. Her husband died May 23, 1925. Mrs. Threadgill professed faith in Christ at an early age and united with the C.P. Church at Bell's Chapel and remained a consistent member until this church ceased to exist, at which time she joined the Methodist Church at Shady Grove of which she was a devoted member. The funeral services were held at Shady Grove by Rev. Humbert Weir.
Lexington Progress November 30, 1945.

PAUL REID THREADGILL JR - Services for Mr. Threadgill Jr. arage 75, scheduled for Nov. 3, 2011 at Pafford Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Daniel officiating. Interment following in Lexington Cemetery. Mr. Paul Reid Jr. Threadgill passed away late Monday at his home in Lexington. He was born July 1, 1936 in Camden to the late Paul Reid Threadgill Sr. and Irene Bateman. He was a retired partner in Threadgill Lumber Co. and a retired Manager for Lexington City Water System. Mr. Threadgill was a member of First United Methodist Church and was an avid golfer, fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin on the Buffalo River. He is survived by his wife of 56 years and two sons, Reid and David and four grandchildren.
Lexington Progress

VIRGINIA ANN (TILSON) THREADGILL - Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Ann Tilson Threadgill age 100, are scheduled for 2 a.m. today Wednesday November 26, 2008 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Charles Thomason and P.J. Hardy officiating. Burial will follow in Lexington cemetery. Mrs. Threadgill died Sunday (23 November 2008). She was born April 23, 1908 in WIldersville to the late Joe Thomas and Mary Adlaid Tilson. She married Wyatt Taylor Threadgill on June 24, 1929 at Jackson TN by W.D. Jenkins at the Methodist Parsonage. Mr. Wyatt died March 14, 1987. Mrs. Threadgill was the retired owner of Lexington Dry Cleaners. She was very active in her community, as a member of Broad School Church of Christ, American Legion Auxiliary, Order of Eastern Star, as well as volunteering to work for the Red Cross Blood Mobile and Lexington Civic Center Senior Citizens group. Survivors include her nephews, Alan Fesmire of Evansville IN and Wyatt Dean Pettigrew of Brownsville TN and her niece Mary Jane Walker of Thomasville NC
Lexington Progress 26 Nov 2008

DORIS TINES - Graveside services for Doris Tines were Monday June 7, 2010 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Tines age 76, died Friday June 4, 2010 in Lexington. She is survived by a daughter Pam (Roy Jr) Jordan of Lexington; tow brothers Mike Mount of Martin and Loys Wade of Sharon; two grandchildren Clint Gossett and Chasity McCann and two great-grandchildren Caylee Elizabeth Mc Cann and Emmalyn Rose McCann.
Lexington Progress 9 Jun 2010

JAMES E. TINES - Services for James Tines were Thursday at Reed's Chapel with burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mr. Tines, who was 79, died Tuesday at Somerville Health Care Center. He was a retired truck driver. He leaves his wife, Zora Coffman Tines; a daughter, Genenda Joyce Worthen of Aurora, Ill.; three sons, James Everett Tines of Lanett, Ala., Titus Joel Tines of Cedar Grove and Charlie Tines of Somerville; a brother, Floyd Tines of Bemis, 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, December 16, 1992

TITUS JOEL TINES - Services for Titus Joel Tines were Saturday, January 4 at Reed's Chapel with burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mr. Tines, who was 63, died Thursday, January 2 at his residence in Cedar Grove. He was a retired maintenance employee. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Doris K. Mount Tines of Cedar Grove; a daughter, Pamela Joyce Jordan of Lexington; his mother, Mrs. Zora Coffman Tines of Lexington; a sister, Grenenda Worthen of Carpentersville, Ill.; a brother, Charlie Tines of Laconia, Tenn. and two grandchildren, Clint Gossett and Chasity Jordan.
The Lexington Progress, January 8, 1997

CHARLES H. TODD - Funeral services for Mr. Charles H. Todd, age 96, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2012 in the Pafford Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Howard Russom officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Methodist Cemetery. Mr. Todd passed away early Tuesday in Lexington, TN. He was born October 15, 1916 in Henderson County, TN, to the late Witt Todd and Lelah White Todd. He was a World War II U.S. Army Force Veteran, a 50-year member of the Ebenezer Masonic Lodge, a Master Mason, and a member of Oak Grove Methodist Church. He was a retired farmer and a long time employee of the Lexington Methodist Hospital. Mr. Todd was preceded in death by his wife, Reba Millner Todd and three brothers, Thomas Hal Todd, Glenn Hugh Todd and James Todd. Survivors include a son, Dennis Todd and wife Pat of Lexington; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 28 Nov 2012

CHARLES T. TODD - Services for Charles Todd are May 25, 2011 at Reeds Chapel with burial in Independence Cemetery. Mr. Todd age 78, of Huron, died May 22, 2011 at his home. He was retired from Jackson Hospital and was a veteran. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Geneva Merlene; three children, Charles Todd of Huron, Garry L. of Nashville and Mary C. Todd of Jackson; nephews, Danny and Billy Todd; an honorary daughter Lillian Williams and an honorary grandaughter Molly Williams Whitaker. He was preceded by a brother William Todd.
The Lexington Progress 25 May 2011

DEMETRA GENEVA TODD , aged seven years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Todd, living on the Fisher farm north of Lexington, was accidently so injured at about 8 o'clock on a Lexington street that she died in a Jackson hospital at 5 p.m. the same day. The child unexpectedly ran from behind a car standing on Linden Avenue, the short street that runs from Main Street to Church street, and was struck by the car driven by Robert Huntsman. The accident admitted by all to have been unavoidable by Bob Huntsman was deeply deplored and Robert Huntsman was assured that he was held blameless. Besides the parents the little girl is survived by three brothers and three sisters. The funeral service was held on the 12th inst. at the Kizer graveyard, and the service was conducted by Rev. Dorsey JOnes, a minister of the Holiness faith, assisted by Brother George Bolen of the Baptist faith in the presence of one of the largest of crowds ever assembled at a funeral in that section.
Lexington Progress Sept. 20, 1935

EDITH GENEVA (ELLIOTT) TODD , age 73, of Wildersville passed away Friday Dec. 20, 2013 in Jackson. She was a retired bus driver. She is survived by her husband Larry Joe Todd, a son; Randy (Tracy) todd of Wildersville, a daughter; Sherry Ann (Keith) Gordon of Lexington and 3 grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents and a brother Everett Elliiott. Services were Dec. 23 with burial in the Jones Cemetery.
Lexington Progress 25 Dec 2013

GLORIA JEAN TODD , age 71, died Monday August 24, 2009 at her home in Lexington. She was a member of the Fairview Church of CHrist. She is survived by her husband Charlie Todd; two daughters, Kay (Dennis) Scott and Kim Todd and a son, Terry (Fran) Todd all of Lexington, five grandchildren. Funeral services will be August 26, 2009 at the Fairview CHurch of Christ with burial to follow in the church cemetery.
Lexington Progress 26 Aug. 2009

J.T. TODD - Services for Bro Todd age 88, were March 21, 2010 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Mness officiating. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery. Bro. Todd passed away Friday in Lexington. He was born November 30, 1921 in Henderson County to the late Cecil and Celia (Powers) Todd. He received his B.S. Degree from Bethel and his Masters from Memphis. He was Principal at Westover Elementary from 1959 - 1974, served as Henderson County Executive from 1974-1982 and also served as Pastor for several churches in Henderson and Decatur COunties. He was a member of Rock Hill Baptist Church. Bro. Todd was preceded by his wife Vernell. Survivors include his son, Mr. Michael Todd (Phyllis) of Lexington; his daughter Jennifer Bateman(Mark) of Medina and four grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 24 Mar 2010

JEANETTE GRACE (DUCK) TODD - Graveside services for Mrs. Jeanette Grace Todd, one of twelve children, age 89, are scheduled for 11 AM on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Central Grove Cemetery with Bro. Tim Maness officiating. Mrs. Jeanette passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2013. She was born June 5, 1923 in Scotts Hill, TN to the late Elmer and Sudie Mullis Duck. She was a retired employee of Century Electric. Mrs. Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. James P. Todd and one grand daughter, Amanda Maness. Survivors include her son, James (Jeanie) Todd, daughter, Belinda (Willie) Maness, sister, Paris Medbery, five grandchildren, James Michael Todd, Julie Todd Hurbis, Patrick, Alex, and Dylan Maness, and three great grandchildren, Haley and Connor Maness, and Ben Hurbis. In leui of flowers the family requests memorial contribution be made to the St. Jude's Children Research Hospital.
Lexington Progress 5 Jun 2013
Attended Doe Creek School House

JIM DONALD TODD , age 82, passed away APril 7, 2012 at h is home. Military services were April 9, 2012 at House of Worship Baptist Church, with Bro. Lavaughn Moody and Bro. Jeff Todd officiating. Pallbearers: Andy Todd, Roy Todd, Ryan Todd, Dustin Todd, Zachary Todd and Blake Todd. Honorary pallbearers were Josh Todd, Mark Montgomery, Chris Carter, Hunter Butler and Paul Westerman. Burial followed at Sand Ridge Cemetery. Jim worked 42 years on the railroad and was a Charter member of House of Worship Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Deanie Britt Todd, four sons, Roy, Tony, Jeff and Andy and 14 grandchildren. He is preceded by his parents Paul and Maudie Todd, 4 sisters, 2 brothers and one daughter, Kimberly Denise Todd , one grandaughter and a special brother-in-law, Fray Landen Britt.
Lexington Progress 18 Apr 2012

LARRY TODD - A sorrowing crowd estimated conservatively at 1500 overflowed Beaver School auditorium Friday afternoon for the triple funeral of three Wildersville young people who died in a tragic auto crash Wednesday night (09 January 1952). The Rev. W.A. Moody, the Rev. Edwin E. Deusner and Bro. Joe Cooke Van Dyke conducted services for Miss Velda Bolen, 21; Billy Faye McDaniel 18, and Larry Todd, 18. Burial was in Jones Cemetery with Pafford Funeral Home in charge. Miss Bolen leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ad Bolen; two sisters, Mrs. Ivy Jeane Peterson and Bonnie Ruth Bolen; two brothers, Leonard Romley and Priest Holland, all of Wildersville. The McDaniel youth leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl McDaniel; three brothers, James Ray, Tampa FL; Bobby Joe and Jerry, Wildersville; four sisters, Mrs. Clara Adcock, Nashville; Mrs. Audry Hale, Yuma; Jean and Joyce Ann, Wildersville. Young Todd is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cova Todd and a brother, Warren G. of Jackson. Meanwhile another death Saturday morning brought to four the number of victims of the tragedy. John Lloyd Ross, 57, died at Jackson General Hospital of injuries received in the wreck. Mr. Ross was a state wiring inspector and lived in Greenfield. Services were conducted there Sunday afternoon.
Lexington Progress 18 Jan 1952

LUETTA (SANFORD) TODD - Services for Ludie E. Todd, 91, will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 19, 2002, at Reed's Chapel in Lexington. Burial will follow in Jones Cemetery in Wildersville, TN. Mrs. Todd, died Wednesday, December 18, 202, at Lexington Manor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cova Todd; and one son, Larry Todd. Survivors include one son, Warren G. Todd of Lexington; one daughter, Lovetta Todd of Lexington; two grandchildren. Vickie Wadley and Jan Childress and her husband Dale; three great grandchildren, Ashley Wadley, Erica Childress and Matthew Childress

MONNIE LORENE (FISHER) TODD - Funeral services for Mrs. Monnie Lorene Fisher Todd, age 90, are scheduled for 1 PM on Monday August 13, 2012 at Judson Baptist Church with Bro. Donald Bain officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Mrs. Todd passed away Saturday August 11, 2012 in Lexington, TN. She was born in Henderson Co. TN to the late Martin and Arbie Todd Fisher. She was a retail worker retiring from Wal-Mart. Mrs. Todd was a member of Judson Baptist Church and enjoyed sewing, making crafts, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren. Mrs.Lorene was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Noah Arnold Todd to which she was married 62 years. Survivors include her daughter, Betty Bright, and brother Farris Fisher. Survivors also include three grandchildren, Michael (Stacy) Bright, Johnathan Bright, and Teresa (Kenneth) Scott, 7 great-grandchildren, Nicole Snelson, Kristen Frye, Tyler Williams, Amanda Scott, Raven, Robin, Cody, and Keylee Bright, and also three great-great children, Callie Frye, Christian Frye, and Mckenna Anderson.
Lexington Progress 15 Aug 2012

OLEN A. TODD - Services for Olen A. Todd were Sunday at Reed’s Chapel with the Rev. John D. Small and the Rev. Howell Gossett officiating. Burial was in Farmville Cemetery. Mr. Todd, who was 67, died early Saturday at Jackson General Hospital. He was a retired farmer and a Baptist. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Juanita Seagraves Todd of Wildersville; two sons, Randal Todd of Lexington and Brent Todd of Wildersville; two daughters, Mrs. Jerry Wilson of Lexington and Mrs. Jamie Bruce of Jasper; three sisters, Mrs. Allie Azbill and Mrs. Ollie Moore, both of Wildersville and Mrs. Lena Weeks of Jackson.
The Lexington Progress, January 15, 1975

PETER TODD , three miles south of Wildersville committed suicide Saturday morning by drowning himself in the creek. Mr. Todd had not been in his right mind for some time. He is survived by three daughters and a son.
(Lexington Progress October 27, 1916)

ROBERT R. TODD - Born in 1869 in Tennessee. At the age of 74, Robert R. died on 1 Jan 1943. Buried in Jan 1943 in Farmville Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in District 24, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1880. Resided in 6th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910. Alias/AKA: "Buddy".

Rev. W.S. Joyner, Baptist Minister of Huntingdon, conducted largely attended funeral services for (Robert R.) "Buddy" Todd at the Willie Boyd Cemetery near Farmville in this county. Mr. Todd, who was 72 years old, died New Year's morning in the home of his son, Turner Todd, near Yuma, following a short illness. He was a son of the late Benjamin Todd and was born and reared and lived his entire life in the Farmville community. He was a member of the Baptist Church at Mt. Pisgah. In 1891 he was married to Miss Dora Nunnery, who bore him ten children. She preceded him in death in 1939. The children surviving are Mrs. Henry (Ollie) Moore, Comerville; Mrs. James (Lena) Wicks, Jackson; Everett and Turner Todd and Mrs. Albert (Hassie) Hodge of Yuma; and Mrs. Bomer (Era) Phelps, Mrs. Henry (Allie) Azbill, and Ollin Todd of Wildersville. A son, Dennis Todd, died in young manhood several years ago. A daughter died in infancy. Mr. Todd is survived by two brothers, Willie and Ector, and a sister, Mrs. Belle Douglas, all of Yuma. He was a member of the Baptist Church at Mt. Pisgah. (On 21 Oct 1890 he married Isadora Nunnery, daughter of Nathaniel Nunnery & Frances Isabella Brewer, in Carroll County, TN. Born on 13 Mar 1871. At the age of 67, Isadora died in 1939. Buried in 1939 in Farmville Cemetery, Henderson County, TN. Resided in 6th District, Henderson County, TN in 1910)

ROBERT RAY TODD - Services for Mr. Robert R. Todd, 80 will be Saturday at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Lawrence Sorensen Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Swain officiating. Burial will follow in Independence Cemetery in Henderson County with military rites at the graveside. Mr. Todd died Wednesday afternoon at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, Tennessee. He was the son of the late Robert Chester and Estelle Josephine Adams Todd and was born in Henderson County. He served in the US Army 7th Calvary during World War II in the European Theater. Mr. Todd was a retired respiratory therapist with the Jackson Madison County General Hospital. He was a member of the Church of Christ and was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a former member of the Lions Club. Mr. Todd was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce N. Todd, on June 25, 1996. He is survived by a daughter, Sandra T. Carter and husband Tommy of Franklin; two sons, Robert "Monty" Todd and wife Valda of Medon and Tommy Joe Todd and wife Debbie of Jackson; three sisters, Sue Greenway of Memphis; Shirley Floydd of West Memphis, AR, and Jose Mae Coffelt of Morfolk, VA, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 5 until 9 pm.
The Jackson Sun, October 17, 1997

WARREN G. TODD - Funeral services for Warren G. Todd are scheduled for Tuesday, March 28 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Burroughs officiating. Burial will follow in Jones Cemetery near Wildersville. Mr. Todd, a retired accountant with L & N Railroad and retired buyer for H O Forgy & Sons, died at his residence on Sunday, March 26, 2006. He was the son of the late Cova and Ludie Sanford Todd, a member of the Pine Grove Baptist Church, a charter member of the Wildersville Ruritan Club and a member of the Constantine Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Betsy Clay Mullins Todd of Wildersville; his two daughters: Vickie Moffitt (Sid) of Wildersville and Jan Childress (Dale) of Jackson; three grandchildren: Ashley Wadley, Erica Childress and Matt Childress and one step-grandson, Brandon Moffitt.

WILLIAM ALBERT TODD , 75, were conducted Tuesday afternoon from his home at Yuma by the Rev. W.H. Hopper. Mr. Todd passed away Monday night at nine. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Laura Todd; a brother, Ester Todd of Huntingdon; a sister Mrs. Bell Douglas of Lexington. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.
(Lexington Progress Jan 26, 1951)

WILLIAM H.TODD - Funeral services for William H. Billy Todd were Sunday, November 11, 2007. Burial followed in Independence Cemetery. Mr. Todd, age 76, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2007, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Survivors include two sons, Danny Todd, Lexington, and Billy Wayne Todd, Texas; one brother, Charles Todd, Huron; two granddaughters.
December 5, 2007. Lexington Progress

CORA (HOLMES) TOLLEY , daughter of Mrs. Ethel and the late A.W. Holmes, was born September 11, 1918 and died May 10, 1944 aged 25 years. She was married to Aaron W. Tolley July 15, 1939. She leaves her husband and mother and the following brothers and sisters: J.W> Holmes, Memphis; Hassel Holmes, Jackson; Mrs. Bertha Mae Manley, Medina; Mrs. Ruth Sheel, Atlanta, Gergia; Mrs. Vannie Martha Leach, Memphis; Mrs. Ardie White, Poplar Springs; Mrs. Velma Anderson, Crucifer; Warren Holmes, Poplar Springs; LaVerne Holmes, Sam Bernardino CA; and Pvt. Bersey Lee Holmes of the US Army serving overseas. One sister, Clara Frank Holmes, died several years ago.
Lexington Progress May 19, 1944

HERMAN S. TOLLEY - Services for HErman S. Tolley were Friday March 20, 2009 at Parsons Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed in Bible Hill Cem. Mr. Tolley, age 78, died March 18, 2009 at his home. He was preceded by his wife Geralding Tolley. Survivors include five sons, Joe Kenneth Wilson, IN, Clrence Eugene WIlson, AR, Ronnie Wilson AL, Sammy Mathis, Lewisburg, James Timothy Tolley, Nashville, anne daughter, Patricia D.Maddox, Parsons, one stepdaughter, Golden Hayes, Smyrna; two brothers Marshall Tolley, Parsons, Leslie Tolley AR; one sister, Gertie Chumney, Parsons and three grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 25 Mar 2009

MARTIN ANDREW TOLLEY , son of the late Arthur and Morning Tolley was born January 5, 1862 (Decatur County) and died February 22, 1952, age 90 years, 1 month, 17 days. He married Sofronia Ann Fisher Jan. 25, 1883, who passed away, December 29, 1949, after living happily together for almost 67 years To this union were born 12 children: 6 girls, Martha Jane, who died in infancy, Anna Tubbs, Rachel Blankenship, Neila Mae Carrington, Gracie Wilkins, and Myrtle Essary, and 6 boys: Andrew, William, Charlie, Wesley, Herbert, and Gordon, all of whom survive. He is also survived by one brother, Sam Tolley, Parsons, Tenn, and one half-sister, Ellen Tolley Gross, Perryville, Tenn; 47 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; a number of nephews and nieces and a host of friends who mourn his departure. He professed faith in Christ in early life and united with the Mt. Lebanon Methodist Church about 1886 and remained a faithful member of it until 1917 when he and his wife joined the eleven children and united with the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church and were baptized at the same time with the 2 youngest, to which he was faithful to the end.* He was a successful farmer and also ran a country store, mill, and blacksmith shop** from 1905 until 1940 when he retired on account of his age.
From the website of "BOBO"/ World Connect
**According to Grace Tolley Wilkins a spring at the "Maxwell Place" near Arms Creek on Mt. Ararat Cemetery Road was dammed up to have water deep enough to baptize. She also related the store was opened to provide for the workers when a sawmill located in the community (on Tolley land??). One of the workers was named Roby. This was an unusual name in the area, subsequently, Many new baby boys were given the name.
**There was a blacksmith shop near the Tolley Mill, However, Grace Tolley Wilkins related on many occasions this was operated by James Madison Wilkins (father-in-law of Grace) and William Lafayette Fisher (Uncle of Grace) who married Evans sisters. M. A. Tolley was afraid sparks from the blacksmith shop would cause a fire at his mill. This information with asterisks is included by Orene W. Hemby. The first information was copied by Orene Wilkins Hemby from what appeared to be an obituary.
June 28, 2001 -- Orene Wilkins Hemby
Tolley Baseball Team

SOPHRONIA ANN (FISHER) TOLLEY - Funeral serives for Mrs. Sophronia Fisher Tolley, 85 years of age, were conducted Friday afternoon at Mt. Ararat Church by the Rev. A. U. Nunnery of Parsons. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Tolley died Thursday afternoon at her home in the Central community. Her death ended one of the most unusual family circles in the state and extended for nearly 65 years. She and her husband, Martin A. Tolley, spent 61 years on the same farm which they traded for in 1889. Mrs. Tolley is survived by her husband; six sons, Andrew of Darden, William M. of Lynchburg, Charlie of Union City; F. W. of Calhoun City, Mississippi, M. H. of Lexington, Gordon of Darden; and five daughters, Mrs. E. E. Tubbs of Beacon, Mrs. Add Blankenship of Darden, Mrs. Auda Carrington of Darden, Mrs. Ernest Wilkins of Lexington, and Mrs. Myrtle Tolley Essary, who resides with her father.
The Lexington Progress, January 6, 1950

MARTIN HERBERT TOLLEY - Services for Martin Herbert Tolley were Saturday morning at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church with Dr. E.E. Deusner and the Rev. Kenneth Sparkan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Tolley, 70, died Thursday at his home in the Darden community. He was aretired farmer. He was a Mason, active church worker and a member of the Henderson County Court for several years. He served two terms as County Register. He leaves his wife Zula Tolley; a son, Martin Jr. of Darden; three daughters, Mrs. Samuel Z. Holcomb of Lexington, Mrs. John W. Frost of Darden and Mrs. Johnny McClary of New York; four brotehrs, A.J. of Darden, William M. of Tullahoma, Wesley of Calhoun City, MS, Mrs. Ada Blankenship, Mrs. Gordon Tolley of Darden; five sisters, Mrs. E.E. Tubbs, Auda Carrington, Mrs. Myrtle Essary and Mrs. J.E. Wilkinson , all of Darden.
Lexington Progress 08 December 1966
Tolley Baseball Team

TRICIA SUZANNE (LOMAX) TOMLIN - age 29, passed away on June 27, 2012 in Lexington. She is survived by her husband Jonathan Tomlin; 2 sons Jonathan James and Jacob Dustin Tomlin; 2 daughters, Autumn Marie and Winter Suzanna Tomlin; her parents EdwardJenkins and Sue (Hines) Lomax, and mother-in-law Sue Pearson. Funeral services were eld on Saturday, June 30 at Poplar Corner Pentecostal with burial following in Poplay Corner Cemetery.
Lexington Progress 4 July 2012

KENNETH C. TRAMMELL - Services for Kenneth C. Trammell are today at 3 at Pafford with the Rev. J.T. Todd and Charles Thomason officiating. Burial will be in Rock Hill. Mr. Trammell, 72, died about noon Wednesday at lexington Hospital after a short illness. He as born in Mississippi but had lived most of his life in Henderson County. He was a retired carpenter and a Baptist. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Willie Powers Trammell of Lexington; a son, Robert Carroll Trammell of McKenzie, a daughter Mrs. Minette Dyer of Lexington, three brothers, Will, Earl both of Memphis and David of Sardis, Miss. and six grandchildren.
Lexington Progress Dec. 17, 1970

ROBERT TRAMMELL - Services for Robert Carroll Trammell were Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Reed's Chapel with the Rev. J.T. Todd officiating. Burial was in Rock Hill Cemetery. Mr. Trammell, 56, died Nov. 3, 1990 at Tuscaloosa Ala., VA Medical Center after a long illness. He was a machinist and disc jokey. He was formerly of Lexington. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Mary Ellen Trammell of Tuscaloosa; a daughter, Mrs. Cindy Kizer of Northport AL; his mother, Mrs. Willie Trammell of Lexington; a sister, Mrs. Minette Culp of Lexington and two grandsons..
Contributed by Linda Feidor - Lexington Progress 14 November 1940

WILLIE LOUISE (POWERS) TRAMMELL - Funeral services for Mrs. Willie Louise Trammell were Sunday, January 29, 2006, at Reeds Chapel. Burial followed in Rock Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Trammell, age 98, died Thursday, January 26, 2006, at Decatur County Manor. She is survived by one sister, Helen Powers Boatwright, Memphis; 5 grandchildren, Linda (Steven) Fiefor, Pat (Gary) Evans, Beth (Andy) Siegel, Teresa Dyer Pratt, Cindy (Mike) Kizer; 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by children, Minnette Trammell and Robert Carroll Trammell, brothers, Raymond and L. M. Powers Jr. and sisters Toppie Baker and Elta Powers, a granddaughter, Kaye Miller and a great-granddaughter Kira Kizer.
The Lexington Progress, 2-1-2006 – transcribed by, Becky Keen

JAMES O. TUCK – Services for James O. Tuck were Monday at Griffin Funeral Home in Jackson with the Rev. B. L. Gaddle officiating. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery. Mr. Tuck died Sunday morning at Lexington Hospital after a short illness. He was 74. He was a Methodist. Mr. Tuck was a wholesale poultry distributor and a former teacher. In the 20s he was chief deputy U. S. Marshall for West Tennessee. He leaves two sons, James R. Tuck of Nashville and W. C. Finch of Washington; a daughter, Mrs. Frank Klein of New York; and eight grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, July 11, 1968

ALEXANDER LAFAYETTE TUCKER , aged 68 years, breathed his last early Sunday morning at the family home near Law in the Old First District of this county, after a lingering illness of a dropsical trouble. A son of J. J. Tucker and Mary (Sarah) Jane Tucker, he was born December 26th, 1854, in Decatur County, east of Scotts Hill. He was married to Miss M. C. Ivey March 4th, 1879, and to this union were born eight children of whom five are still living. They are Mrs. Bud (Eddie) Altom, Mrs. W. P. (Jeler) Anderson, Miss Willie Tucker, Mart and Coy, who with their broken-hearted mother, survive this true husband and father. He leaves also Miss Eilene Lovell who had made her home with the family for years, and five brothers, J. F. of Sardis, James M. and Van of Scotts Hill, George and Dee Tucker.

A lifelong farmer, Republican, member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, he led an active, useful life. In the home, the church, the lodge, society and every circle in which he moved, his unselfish life radiated sunshine and good cheer. A home lover and good neighbor, his place can never be filled. A number of years ago he professed religion and took the Methodist Church vows. In quiet, dutiful living he exemplified the fact that his profession was genuine and none knew him but to love him. None named him but to praise. A very large crowd attended the funeral service conducted by Rev. Fleetwood Ball at Pleasant Hill Cemetery Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Bargerton Lodge No. 577, Independent Order of Odd Fellows had charge of the interment. A number of the order were in the procession.--Rev. Stanfill of Scotts Hill
(The Lexington Progress, April 27, 1923)

FRED TUCKER - Services for Mr. Tucker, age 94, are scheduled for August 10, 2011 at Union Hill Baptist Church. Burial will fllow in Union Hill Cemetery. Mr. Fred Tucker died Monday in Lexington. He was a farmer and formerly owned and operated Tucker Grocery. Survivors include his wife, Inez Brasher Tucker of Lexington; two daughters, Doris Paulette Singleton of Reagan and Carolyn Poindexter of Selmer and five grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 10 Aug 2011

GEORGE OLIVER TUCKER - Services for George Oliver Tucker were yesterday at Shiloh Baptist Church near Henderson with Elder J.S. Kennedy officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Reed's Chapel in charge. Mr. Tucker, who was 89, died Tuesday at his home in Blytheville AR. He was formerly from Lexington and was a retired farmer. He leaves three sons, Grady of Jacks Creek, Ovid of Henderson and Fred of Reagan; a daughter Mrs. Audry Perkins of Blytheville AR and two brothers, William of Jacks Creek and Frank of Enville.
Contributed by Kathy Guatney from the Lexington Progress

INEZ (BRASHER) TUCKER - Services for Mrs. Inez Brasher Tucker, age 91, were Aug. 27, 2011 at Union Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Derrick Jowers, Bro. John D. Small and Bro. Rufus Chandler officiating. Burial followed in Union Hill Cemetery, Pafford Funeral Home of Scotts Hill in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Tucker passed away early Thursday in Lexington. She was born Jan. 10, 1920 in Decatur County to the late Coy and Stella Bagby Brasher. She was a retired employee of Salant & Salant and a member of Union Hill Baptist Church. Mrs. Tucker was preceded by her husband Fred Tucker and a brother, Marvin Brasher. Survivors include two daughters, Doris Paulette Singleton ofReagan and Carolyn Poindexter of Selmer; one brother Logan Brasher of Reagan; two sisters Freda Gilliam and Sharon Brasher and five grandchildren.
Lexington Progress 31 Aug 2011

JANET DENISE TUCKER - Services for Janet Denise Tucker were Wednesday Dec. 22, 2010 at Reeds Chapel with burial following in the Chapel Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Tucker, age 46, died Saturday Dec. 18, 2010 in Decaturville. She is survived by two sons, Chad Kirk of Memphis and Christopher Shook of Adamsville; four brothers, Larry Wayne Fesmire of Newbern, Jimmy Glen Tucker of Little Rock, Terry Lynn Hays of Metropolis IL and Tracy Tucker of Lexington; a sister Bridgett Anderson of Memphis.
Lexingtno Progress 29 Dec 2010

LAVERNE M. TUCKER - Funeral services for Laverne M. Tucker, age 78, were held Friday, July 20, 2007 at Chapel Hill Baptist Church. Burial followed in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Tucker, a homemaker, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007, at the Henderson County Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Robert Tucker, three sons, John Tucker of Southhaven, MS, Samuel Tucker of Huron, and David Tucker of Naplerville, IL; two sisters, Shirley Huffine of Lexington and Sandra Snider of West Frankfort, IL; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Tucker.
Lexington Progress

MELINDA CAROLYN TUCKER - Services for Mrs. Melinda Carolyn Tucker were conducted Wednesday afternoon from Pleasant Hill by the Rev. Chester Byrd. Mrs. Tucker died Tuesday night. She had been an invalid for some time. She was 91 years of age. She is survived by two sons, M. G. Tucker, Bath Springs, and Coy Tucker, Cedar Grove; three daughters, Mrs. Etta Altom, Caruthersville, Mo., Mrs. John Anderson and Miss Willie Tucker, Juno; two brothers, J. W. Ivey, Mt. Lebanon, and A. M. Ivey, Parsons. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Wylie & Gurley Funeral Home in charge.
The Lexington Progress, July 6, 1951

WILLIE ESTELLE TUCKER - Services for Miss Willie E. Tucker were Friday, Oct. 29 at Reed's Chapel with Kenny Bradford. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Miss Tucker, who was 94, died Thursday, at Briarwood Manor. She was a housekeeper. She leaves nieces and nephews.
The Lexington Progress, November 3, 1993

JONATHAN SAMPSON TURNER - Funeral services for J.S. Turner, 89, were conducted at Scotts Hill Church of Christ with L.L. Brigance head of the Bible Dept. at Freed-Hardeman College, officiating. Burial was in Holmes Cemetery. Mr. Turner, one of the oldest residents of Scotts Hill, died Tuesday at the home of his son, Gordon Turner, in Nashville. At the turn of the century Mr. Turner operated the Central Hotel in Scotts Hill and prior to his retirement in 1936, he operated the Wylie Drug Co. He served for 35 years as a member of the Scotts Hill School Board and was a leader in the CHurch of Christ. He was also a student of the old B.A> Tucker College. Survivors include his son, Gordon, of Nashville; two daughters, Mrs. John C. Graham of Pensacola FL and Mrs. R.L. Wylie of Scotts Hill. (His wife Mary Frances Austin Turner died July 13, 1942).
Lexington Progress Feb. 28, 1947

JENNY MARIE TURPIN - Services for Miss Jenny Marie Turpin, 1 year old daughter of Stevie and Georgie Bowman Turpin, were held Sunday at Decaturville Pentecostal Church with Jimmy Mustain and Bobby Beecham officiating. Burial was in Henderson County Corinth Cemetery. The infant died Friday afternoon at Lexington-Henderson County General Hospital after a short illness. Besides her parents, the infant leaves her grandparents, Bobby and Georgie Bowman of Lexington and James and Thelma Turpin of Decaturville.
Henderson County Times, February 2, 1983

JERRY TURPIN , age 74, of Scotts Hill died Thursday July 23, 2009 in Scotts Hill. He was a retired farmer and factory worker. He is survived by his wife Cordie Couch Turpin; a daughter Lisa (Byron) Cannon of Lexingtno; two sons, Mark Turpin of Lexington and Mitchell Turpin of Scots Hill; two half-sisers, Nancy Lemay of Parsons and Frances Ballinger of Nashville, two grandchildren Stephen (Deidre) McPeake and Matthew Cannon. Services were July 25, 2009 at Judson Baptist with burial following in the church cemetery.Reeds Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Lexingon Progress 29 Jul 2009

JOHN D. TYLER - Funeral services for John D. "J. D." Tyler, 86, will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, November 29, 2001 in the Chapel of Replogle-Lawrence Funeral Home in Medina conducted by Rev. Jackie Wilkerson. Burial will follow in Poplar Corner Pentecostal Church Cemetery in Henderson County. Mr Tyler died Monday, November 26, 2001 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, Tennessee. He was born in Decatur County, the son of the late James Isaac and Betty Jane Davis Tyler. He was a retired farmer and had lived near Milan most of his life. Mr. Tyler was preceded in death by his wife, Mitchell B. Tyler, on August 24, 2001. Survivors include two daughters, Annie Jean Rimmer of Southaven, MS and Evone McLendon of Memphis, TN; four sons, Glenn Tyler of Memphis, TN, James Tyler of Collierville, TN, Earl Tyler of Memphis, TN, and Loyce Tyler of Milan, TN; seventeen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.
(The Jackson Sun, November 28, 2001)

MARY FERN (THREADGILL) TYLER - Services for Mrs. Mary Fern Tyler will be Thursday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m. at Reeds Chapel. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Mrs. Tyler, age 82, died Tuesday, January 14 at her home. She was retired from Tennessee Dept. of Human Services. She is survived by a son-in-law, Neil Wilson of Lexington, two grandsons, Richard Wilson and Wife Gina of Chattanooga, Roger Wilson of Oxford, Mississippi, two great-grandchildren, Caitlyn & Reayan Wilson. She was preceded in death by her husband I.D. Tyler, and daughter Nancy Wilson. Reed's Chapel was in charge of the service. The Lexington Progress, January 15, 2003

MITCHELL B. TYLER - Funeral services for Mrs. Mitchell B. Tyler, 85, will be held at 2:00 p. m. Monday, August 27, 2001, in Poplar Corner Pentecostal Church in the Union Cross Community of Henderson County, conducted by Brother Wayne Burton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Replogle-Lawrence Funeral Home of Medina in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Tyler, a homemaker, died Friday, August 24, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon. She was born in Henderson County, the daughter of the late John and Nancy E. Swafford Bartholomew and was educated in the schools of that county. Survivors include her husband, John D. Tyler of Milan, TN, two daughters, Jean Rimmer of Olive Branch, MS and Evone McLendon of Memphis, TN; four sons, Glenn Tyler of Memphis, TN, James Tyler of Collierville, TN, Earl Tyler of Memphis, TN, and Loyce Tyler of Milan, TN, seventeen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.
(The Jackson Sun, August 26, 2001)

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