Tipton County, TN

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TALLEY, LAURA - Laura Talley, an old and well known colored woman, wife of the late Robert Talley, died very suddenly at the home of her son-in-law, Henry Smithers, in this city, at 6:30 o'clock Saturday morning, her death being due to heart trouble.  She had for some time been employed as maid for Dr. L. J. Lindsey and others in the Enterprise building and was able to be in the discharge of her duties as usual Friday, but was taken suddenly ill that night.  She was 68 years of age and is survived by a son and daughter.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, April 26, 1917)


TARLETON, MRS. E. A. - Mrs. Tarleton, widow of the late E. A. Tarleton, died at her home near Tabernacle, Wednesday, after a long illness, and was buried at Leigh's Chapel graveyard Thursday morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. R. A. Clark conducting the funeral services.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, September 13, 1917)


TARLTON, ERNEST - (Mr. Tarlton's obituary was included with his mother-in-law's obituary)

Mrs. Eliza Burgess, who lived on the J. S. Clark place in the vicinity of Leigh's Chapel, died Sunday morning at 9 o'clock of measles and pneumonia, after an illness of only a few days, and was buried at Leigh's Chapel graveyard Monday morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. A. H. Bezzo conducting the funeral services.  She is survived by four children.  Mrs. Burgess' son-in-law, Mr. Ernest Tarlton, who also lived on the Clark place, died at 6 o'clock Monday morning of measles and was buried in the same graveyard Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, Mr. Bezzo conducting the services.  Mr. Tarlton was 35 years of age and is survived by his wife and two children.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, June 21, 1917)


TATE, "Infant" - The little son of Mr. J. C. Tate, of the Phelan neighborhood, aged two months, died at 1 o'clock Saturday morning, after a week's illness, and was buried the same afternoon at 2 o'clock at Charleston graveyard.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, January 11, 1917)


TAYLOR, CAMBRIDGE - Cambridge Taylor, an old and well known colored man who lived at the McClanahan "quarter" place in the 9th district, died at his home Monday night at 11 o'clock of tuberculosis, after a long illness.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, September 13, 1917)

TAYLOR, CARRIE - COVINGTON - Mrs. Carrie Taylor, 85, of Zion, Ill., formerly of Memphis and Covington, died Feb. 15 at Victory Memorial Hospital in Waukegan, Ill. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John MB Church with burial in Galilee Cemetery in Memphis. Barlow Funeral Home has charge. Mrs. Taylor, the widow of B. Taylor, leaves a daughter, Ms. Ester Peete of Zion; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Annie Adams of Covington; a stepson, Frank Taylor of Union City, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.  (The Commercial Appeal - Friday, February 22, 1991)

TAYLOR, CHARLES - Charles Taylor, 44, died Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis after a short illness. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Mason with burial in Belmont Cemetery. Mason Funeral Home has charge. Taylor leaves two daughters, Mrs. Sharon Williams of Galloway and Miss Tracy Taylor of Mason; three sons, Charles Taylor Jr. and Larry Taylor, both of Mason, and Morris Taylor of Memphis; three sisters, Miss Alice Taylor and Mrs. Linda Barbee, both of Mason, and Mrs. Shirley Taylor of Chicago; seven brothers, Eddie Taylor, James Curtis, Robert Taylor, Don Taylor and Willie Earl Taylor, all of Mason, Alanda Taylor of Covington and James Taylor of Milwaukee and a grandson.

(The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Thursday, July 26, 1990)


TAYLOR, CLAIBORNE - Claiborne Taylor, a well known colored man, died of dropsy at his home in this city Sunday night.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, August 2, 1917)


TAYLOR, JAMES A. - MASON - James A. Taylor, 75, retired farmer, died Sunday at Methodist Hospital in Memphis after a long illness. Services will be at noon Saturday at Cedar Grove MB Church here with burial in Belmont. Mason Funeral Home has charge. Taylor, the husband of Dorothy Taylor, also leaves three daughters, Miss Shirley Taylor of Chicago, and Miss Alice Taylor and Miss Linda K. Barbee, both of Mason; seven sons, James Taylor of Milwaukee, Wis., Eddie Taylor, James C. Taylor, Robert Taylor, Alanda Taylor, Don Taylor and Willie Taylor, all of Mason; a brother, Morris L. Taylor of Chicago, 42 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

(The Commercial Appeal, Thursday, November 22, 1990)


TAYLOR, JAMES EARL - Covington - James Earl Taylor, 58, died at his home in Covington after a sudden illness. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Matthew's Cemetery in Stanton. Barlow Funeral Home has charge. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Taylor, the husband of Yvonne Taylor, also leaves a daughter, Ms. Patricia Taylor of Memphis; a son, Kirk Taylor of Memphis; three sisters, Mrs. Flossie Smith and Ms. Edna Taylor, both of Chicago, and Mrs. Hattie McDonald of Milwaukee; and three brothers, Rev. I. V. Taylor and Henry Taylor, both of Stanton, and Charles Taylor of Nashville.

(The Commercial Appeal, Thursday, October 18, 1990)


TAYLOR, JANE - Jane Taylor, better known as Jane Jesse, possibly the oldest person in Tipton county, died at the home of her son-in-law, Ben Terry, on the S. H. Mitchell place in the 9th district Monday night.  It is said that she was considerably more than 100 years old.

(The Covington Leader, May 2, 1918)


TAYLOR, JOHN Y. - Death Claims Prominent Citizen of Mason Monday - After an illness of three weeks with chronic bronchitis, Mr. John Y. Taylor died at his home at Mason Monday morning at 9:15 o'clock.  The funeral services were held at the family residence Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. J. P. Perry, rector of Trinity Episcopal church, with which church the deceased connected himself in early life.

Mr. Taylor was a son of the late George A. and Jane Frances Taylor and was born in the 9th district of this county, March 15, 1855, hence, had he lived a little more than two weeks, would have been 62 years of age.  On August 3, 1892, he was married to Miss Florence Maclin, daughter of the late Dr. James N. Maclin, who, with two sons, Messrs. J. N. M. and George A. Taylor, survives him, as do seven brothers and one sister.

A man of the most genial and friendly disposition, he made friends of all with whom he came in contact and by his great loyalty and devotion held them fast to him.  During the 11 years he had carried the mail on Rural Route No. 2, out of Mason, he had gotten very close to the patrons, and their devotion to him, as well as his to them, was something beautiful to see.  He was noted for his great kindness of heart, generosity, love and charity for his fellowman and it can be truly said of him that he was a devoted husband and father, a loyal friend and a good citizen.

The splendid floral tributes placed by friends from far and wide on the mound of earth that covered his remains, and the large concourse of friends that attended the burial in Cedar Hill cemetery, following the funeral at the house, gave splendid and touching evidence of the universal esteem and love in which he was held.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, March 1, 1917)

TAYLOR, SARAH A. - Died, in this county on the 27th Dec., Mrs. Sarah A. Taylor, consort of William A. Taylor Esq., formerly of Granville Co., N. C.  (Randolph Recorder, Friday, January 9, 1835)


TENNAN, ALICE V. - Mrs. Alice V. Tennan, wife of the late Henry Tennan, died at her home in the 3rd district Monday of pneumonia, and was buried in the Simpson graveyard Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.  The deceased was 72 years of age at the time of her passing away.  She was a member of the Methodist church, and is survived by two sons and two daughters.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, May 16, 1918)


TERRY, ANNA MAE BURRELL - Stanton - Anna Mae Terry, 78, died Sept. 24 at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Tipton in Covington after a short illness. Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthews Baptist Church, where she was a member, with burial in the church cemetery. Barlow Funeral Home in Covington has charge. Mrs. Terry, the widow of Walter Terry, leaves eight daughters, Thelma Teamer, Emma Terry, Ruby Mae Dye and Esther Terry, all of Flint, Mich., Laura Brown of Mason, Lucille Sneed of Brownsville, Bertha Sanders of Memphis and Elizabeth Boyd of Stanton; a son, Walter Terry Jr. of Flint; two sisters, Ira Davis of Mason and Everine Tucker of California, 40 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.

(The Commercial Appeal, Saturday, October 3, 1992)


THOMPSON, ANNETTE - MASON - Ms. Annette Thompson, 86, retired farmer, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital in Memphis after a long illness. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Poplar Springs MB Church in Gallaway with burial in Prospect Cemetery there. Mason Funeral Home has charge. Thompson leaves two sisters, Ms. Bessie Chambers of Memphis and Ms. Celia Thompson of Braden.

(The Commercial Appeal, Thursday, November 22, 1990)


THOMPSON, "Child" - A child of Lewis Thompson, of the Chapel Hill neighborhood, died of congestion Thursday and was buried the day following at Indian Creek graveyard.

(The Covington Leader, July 5, 1907)


THOMPSON, DOROTHY DAVIS - Dorothy Davis Thompson, 45, of Chicago, formerly of Memphis, died Saturday at her home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Bartlett with burial in St. Mathews Cemetery in Stanton, Tenn. Millington Funeral Home has charge. Mrs. Thompson, the wife of Morris Thompson, also leaves two daughters, Tracy Thompson and Wendy Thompson, and a son, Morris Thompson Jr., all of Chicago; a stepdaughter, Melody Thompson of Memphis; a stepson, Kevin Thompson of Chicago; her father, Eddie Davis Jr. of Bartlett; four sisters, Martha Tolbert, Linda Crawford and Rita Davis, all of Memphis, and Cleo Bell of Birmingham, Ala.; six brothers, Mark Davis, Charles Davis and Emmitt Davis, all of Memphis, and Arthur Davis o f Gulfport, Miss., Eddie Davis of Hammond, Ind., and Willie Davis of Oakland, Calif., and two grandchildren.

(The Commercial Appeal, Thursday, January 27, 1994)


THOMPSON, "Infant" - The infant son of Mr. John Thompson, of the Gilt Edge neighborhood, aged about five months, died suddenly Monday night of congestion, and was buried Tuesday at Mt. Lebanon graveyard.  Rev. J. E. Miles conducting the funeral services.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, July 4, 1918)


TILLMAN, ROBERT - Mr. Robert Tillman, a well known and highly respected citizen, died at his home in the vicinity of Indian Creek church Monday night of typhoid fever, after an illness of several weeks, and was buried at the above church graveyard Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. A. H. Bezzo.  Mr. Tillman was about 40 years of age at the time of his death and was unmarried.  He was a member of the Pisgah Methodist Church.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, July 26, 1917)

Mr. Robert P. Tillman, son of Mr. B. E. Tillman, died at his home in the Brighton vicinity Monday morning, July 23, at 2 o'clock, after an illness of four weeks, and was buried in the Indian Creek church graveyard Tuesday afternoon, after funeral services held at the graveyard at 4 o'clock, conducted by Rev. G. W. Gean.  Mr. Tillman was 48 years, 1 month and 16 days of age at the time of his death.  He had been a member of the Methodist church of Pisgah for a number of years and was a most estimable man.  Mr. Tillman was the sole support of his step-mother, and now she is left alone; but God grant that they may meet in a better home, where he has gone to join his parents and brother, who have gone before.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, August 2, 1917)


TODD, "Infant" - The infant son of Mr. W. E. Todd, of the Solo vicinity, aged 10 days, died Monday, and was buried at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Townsend graveyard, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. C. E. Wauford.  (The Covington Leader, Thursday, March 28, 1918)


TODD, SARAH A. - Mrs. Sarah A. Todd, aged 22 years, wife of Mr. W. E. Todd, died at her home in the vicinity of Solo at 10 o'clock Friday morning, of tuberculosis, after a long illness.  The funeral services, conducted by Rev. C. E. Wauford, were held at the residence at 9 o'clock Saturday morning, after which the interment took place in the Townsend graveyard.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, April 18, 1918)


TOOLEY, JIM WILLIE - COVINGTON - Jim Willie Tooley, 77, retired cook, died Monday at Covington Manor Nursing Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Canaan Baptist Church with burial in King's Hill Cemetery in Brighton. Barlow Funeral Home in Covington has charge. He leaves a daughter, Ms. Doris Hall of Pontiac, Mich.; a son, Jim W. Tooley Jr. of New York; a brother, L. V. Tooley of Covington, and several grandchildren. (The Commercial Appeal - Saturday, February 2, 1991)


TORRENCE, JOHN EDWARD - John Edward, little son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Torrence, aged two years, died at their home, in this city, Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock, after an illness of three weeks, and was buried at Munford cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. R. A. Clark, of the Methodist church, officiating.  The fond young parents have the sincere sympathy of many friends in their great grief.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, January 4, 1917)


TOWNSEND, DANIEL H. - Mr. Daniel H. Townsend, a former well known citizen of this county, died at his home in Memphis Monday evening, July 22, at 7:40 o'clock.  The remains were brought to Covington on the 9:21 train Wednesday morning, and thence were taken to Munford cemetery, where the interment took place.  The deceased was 65 years of age, and is survived by his widow, Mrs. Laura M. Townsend, and by three brothers, Messrs. George, Tollie and William Townsend.  He had been a member of the Methodist church during the greater part of his life and was a consistent Christian man.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, July 25, 1918)


TOWNSEND, JOSEPH - Joseph Townsend, 28 years of age, son of Mr. G. B. Townsend, was found dead on the side of the Illinois Central railroad track just south of Millington, between 7 and 8 o'clock Sunday morning, by the section foreman of the Millington section.  The skull of the unfortunate young man was crushed, and his hands and knees were badly bruised, though indications were that he had only been dead a short while.  Young Townsend had been clerking at a store in Mississippi, and it is stated that he was seen in Memphis Saturday.  The supposition is that he started to come out to his father's home in this city on some train Saturday night or Sunday morning, and either fell off or was knocked off at the point named above.  The body was brought through the country to this place Sunday by Undertaker R. S. Maley, where the funeral services were held on Monday morning by Rev. R. A. Clark, of the First Methodist Church.  The body was then taken to Shiloh cemetery for burial.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, April 4, 1918)


TRANSOU, DAVID P. - David P. Transou was born in Madison county, Tennessee, 48 years ago the past December, and departed this life at his home, in Mason, Tennessee, between 12 and 1 o'clock Sunday morning, of lobar pneumonia, after only a few days' illness.  Mr. Transou grew to manhood in the county of his birth, where he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Cole in 1893.  This union was blessed with seven children, four sons and three daughters, and with their mother, all survive and were at the bedside of the departed at the time his spirit was called hence. The deceased was a member of the M. E. church, W. O. W., M. W. A., and the Maccabees.  The remains were interred at Cedar Hill cemetery Sunday evening, services being conducted by Rev. J. L. Latta.  Mr. Transou had been one of our recognized leading business men for 13 years, ever ready to lend a helping hand to public improvement and any worthy cause, quiet and unassuming, yet strong for that he deemed right.  Mason has lost one of her best citizens and his family a husband and father that was kind, affectionate and indulgent.

Additional note found elsewhere in same paper - Mr. H. H. Transou and wife and Transou Harris, of Jackson, Tenn; Mr. Hewitt Alvis, of Memphis; Mr. R. X. Williams, of Taylors, Miss., and Mr. and Mrs. Tucker, all relatives, attended the funeral of Mr. D. P. Transou.

A 2nd obituary appeared in the same paper which gave the following additional information:

His wife, one brother, Hewitt Transou, and six children survive.  His two oldest sons, Lewis and David, are students of Vanderbilt University, and eldest daughter, Miss Katie, is attending Tennessee College.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, January 18, 1917)


TRACY, ANNIE ELIZA LUTTRELL - 10/20/1873 - 5/15/1966 - Mrs. Annie Luttrell Tracy of the Kelley’s Chapel community died at 9:30 Monday night in Methodist Hospital after an illness of six months. She was 92.  Mrs. Tracy, the widow of Rev. G. W. Tracy, was a lifelong resident of Tipton County. She was a member of Kelley’s Chapel Church of God (Holiness).  Services were held at 10:30 Wednesday morning at the Kelley’s Chapel church with Rev. Guy Hulett officiating. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery with Maley Funeral Home in charge.  She leaves four brothers, J. L. Luttrell, S. M. Luttrell and T. L. Luttrell, all of Covington, and P. N. Luttrell of Obion, and one sister, Mrs. Laura Kelley of Burlison.

(Newspaper unknown - Submitted by Susan Krall & Leslie Roane)


TUCKER, JAMES S. - Mr. James S. Tucker, a well known citizen of Belmont, Fayette county, died at his home Saturday night of pneumonia, after an illness of several weeks, and was buried at Belmont graveyard Sunday afternoon.  Mr. Tucker was a highly respected man, and had for some time been superintendent of the Sunday school at Old Belmont.  He leaves surviving him one sister, Mrs. C. C. Poindexter, formerly of this city, who is the last surviving member of a family of three sisters and two brothers.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, January 17, 1918)


TURNAGE, W. A. - Mr. W. A. Turnage died at his home in the vicinity of Gilt Edge Friday.  The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Mr. Dallas, of Randolph, and interment was in the old Campground graveyard.  Mr. Turnage was 39 years old.  He was a member of the Methodist church and a good citizen.  He leaves surviving him his wife, six children and mother.

(The Covington Leader, Thursday, August 10, 1916)


TURNER, FRANCES KELLEY - Nov. 22, 1914 - Jan. 17, 1989 - Frances Kelley Turner of Covington died in Baptist Memorial Hospital-Central in Memphis following a lengthy illness. A homemaker, she was the daughter of Albert Alonzo and Laura Ellen Luttrell Kelley.  She was a member of Kelley’s Chapel in Garland. Graveside services were held Wednesday morning in Covington Memorial Gardens with Dr. Charles Skutt officiating.  Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home Inc. was in Charge of the arrangements.  She is survived by three sons, Sidney Turner of Clarksdale, Ms., Jess Kelley Turner of Dallas, TX., and John Turner of Memphis; one daughter, Amy Turner of Fort Worth, TX.; three brothers, Bruce Kelley of Memphis and Albert and Billy Kelley of Covington; three sisters, Jeanette Seaton of West Memphis, Ark., Alma Patterson of Covington and Mary Knoll of Baltimore, Md.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

(The Covington Leader, January 18, 1989) (Submitted by Susan Krall and Leslie Roane)


TURNER, PETER A. - P. A. Turner of Covington, Tenn., was a boss who took care of his business and its employees. Turner, the chief executive officer of Turner Dairies Inc., died Monday at age 80. He had a stroke in late November. He and his brother, W. H. 'Harry' Turner, converted a family dairy farm into a commercial milk processing operation on Jan. 22, 1946. A half-century later, the business had grown from Covington to a regional company with properties
in Memphis and sales in nine states. The company has annual sales of more than $100 million and employs about 670 people. Some of Turner's employees had been with him for much of the company's history. Ed Fleming, vice president of sales, joined the firm in January 1960 after graduating from high school in 1959. He began working in the plant with another classmate, Darrell Rogers, now controller secretary-treasurer. The two men worked their way up to positions that rank beneath only Turner's sons, Steve and Jim. "You went to work for him, and you liked the man so well you stayed," Fleming said. He said he and Rogers rose through the company with the help of Turner.  "He was good to a lot of people," Fleming said. "He gave me a lot of education through sales schools and management school. Every opportunity that came up, he believed in educating his people." Turner grew up in Covington where his parents ran a dairy farm. He helped milk cows and distribute the milk. He attended the University of Tennessee where he earned a degree in dairying in 1939.  Turner's goal was to operate a dairy, but he postponed that goal and worked as a dairy inspector, assistant county agent and county agent. "I think he realized the war was highly likely and it wasn't the time yet to start a business," said his son, Steve. Turner was a military pilot during World War II. He returned to Covington to join his brother in the dairy business. On his 30th birthday in 1946, he and his brother produced their first bottle of pasteurized milk. That was the start of the expansion from a family business to a commercial operation in which they bought milk from other dairies and processed it. Soon after that, the Turners began homogenizing milk. Turner expanded into Memphis in 1969, with the acquisition of Klinke-Reed Dairy. It later acquired other dairies in
Memphis and the region. Turner bottles milk and juices primarily under the Turner and Forest Hill names, and makes ice cream and other dairy products.  Graveside services for Turner will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Munford Cemetery
in Covington, with memorial services following at 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Covington. Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home has charge. Turner is also survived by his wife, Hazel Messamore Turner; two brothers, Hugh Turner and Harry Turner , both of Covington; and two grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, First Presbyterian Church of Covington or a charity of the donor's choice.

(Published in The Commercial Appeal 12/24/1996) (Submitted by Susan Krall and Leslie Roane)


TYSON, HENRY T. - Died, At Covington, Tenn. Henry T. Tyson, Esq. formerly of Baltimore.

(National Banner and Nashville Whig, March 26, 1834, Submitted by Marla Zwakman)