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Gladys Henley
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:40 PM

Gladys Henley
1923 ~ 2012

 Gladys Black Henley, of the Somerville and wife of Byron B. Henley died Thursday morning, January 19, 2012 at her daughter’s residence in Somerville where she had resided for a few weeks. She was 88 years of age and died following an extended illness.
 Services of Remembrance for Mrs. Henley were conducted at 2 pm Sunday, January 19 at Peebles Main Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Dr. Clinton Buck of the Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Laconia officiating. Interment followed in the Old Union Cemetery at Laconia. Arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center — Main Chapel of Somerville.
 Mrs. Henley was born November 9, 1923 in Saulsbury, a community in Hardeman County. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilcie Wilbert Black and Lillie Ann Anderson Black. She received her education in the Hardeman County Public School System and was a 1941 graduate of Grand Junction High School. On October 30, 1942, she married Byron Boyd Henley, retired Western Auto Auditor, who survives.
 Mr. and Mrs. Henley lived in various locations of the United States during Mr. Henley’s employment with Western Auto. After their retirement, they returned to Fayette County and had been residents of the Williston and Somerville communities for over 30 years. She was a devoted member of the Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church and will be remembered as a family-oriented person who enjoyed family gatherings.
 In addition to her husband of 69 years, Mrs. Henley is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Ann Kirkpatrick (Bill) of Somerville, Janice Wiles (Harry) of Somerville; her son, Byron B. Henley, Jr. (Sue) of Cherokee Village, AR; three sisters, Margaret Hensley of Hammond, IN, Euline Roberts of Kingwood, TX, Mildred Camburn of Olive Branch, MS; three brothers, Wilbert Black of Memphis, Charles Black of Crown Point, IN, Byron Black of Hickory Valley, TN; six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
 Those honored to serve as casketbearers were Joshua Wiles, Michael Cannon, Kyle Kirkpatrick, Jim Wiles, Donald Henley and Tom Henley.
 The family requests that memorials be directed to Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, c/o Harry Wiles, 106 E. Marginal St., Somerville, TN 38068.

 

 
Willie Mae "Bill" Morris Garrett
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:38 PM

Willie Mae "Bill" Morris Garrett, age 88 of Whiteville, departed this life Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Mrs. Garrett was born in Hardeman County June 3, 1923 to the late Charlie Hugh and Maggie Mae Clutts Morris. She married Finis J. Garret in December of 1939 and the two worked together as farmers in the Hillville area. Mrs. Garrett primarily worked as a homemaker but was also employed as a production worker for the Rose Lamont Glove Factory for a period of time. She and her family lived in Brownsville, where her children graduated high school. After her husband passed January 20, 1989, she moved to Whiteville where she was a member of the Friendship Group at Whiteville Senior Citizens Center and attended the Whiteville First Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 21 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar’s main chapel with Bill Sorrell officiating. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Laconia.

Mrs. Garrett leaves as her survivors four daughters, Valerie Dowdy of Somerville, Mary Ann Jackson of Flatrock, MI, Judy Neal of Okeana, OH, and Maggie Geraldine Billings of Bolivar; a son, Charles Thomas Garrett of Bolivar; a sister, Dorothy Russell of Bolivar; fifteen grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Donald Finis Garrett; two sisters, Jeanette Morris and Bernice Napoli; and a brother, Charles Coffman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Mrs. Garrett be sent to the First Baptist Church of Whiteville.

 
Sue Sain Scott
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:35 PM

Mrs. Sue Sain Scott, age 87 of Middleton, passed from this life Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Hardin Medical Center in Savannah.

She was born in the Hebron area of Hardeman County December 30, 1924 to the late John and Hittie Pearl Vaughn Sain. On June 17, 1944, she married Robert E. "Bob" Scott, who preceded her in death September 13, 2008. A native of Hardeman County, she previously lived in Sardis, MS, Houma and Natchitoches, LA, and most recently in Middleton. She was a graduate of Middleton High School and was a member of the Middleton Church of Christ.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 21 at Shackelford Funeral Directors’ Middleton chapel with John Scott officiating. Burial was in Middleton City Cemetery.

Mrs. Scott leaves as her survivors, three daughters, Charlotte Smith of Marshall, TX, Judy Scott Forsythe of Leesburg, VA and Paula Austin of McKinney, TX; a son, Robert D. Scott of Franklin; eight grandchildren, David, Donald and Carey Scott, Rebecca and Kimberly Smith, Brandon and Kyrsten Floyd and Summer Forsythe; and a sister, Juanita Richardson of Adamsville.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Lenon Sain and Mayo Sain, and three sisters, Gloria Roberts, Katrina Sain and Joan Sain.

Memorials may be sent to the donor’s choice.

 
James Lynn Maples
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:34 PM

James Lynn Maples, age 72 of Mercer, died Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Cades Center Assisted Living in Jackson.

Mr. Maples was born in Mercer February 20, 1939 to the late Robert Clifford and Nancy Leona Yarbro Maples. Having lived all of his life around Mercer, except for a few years in Memphis, he was a member of Maple Springs Baptist Church as well as a member of the 45 Masonic Lodge in Jackson, the Scottish Rite and the Shriners in Memphis.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 18 at Maple Springs Baptist Church in Medon with Steve McKnown officiating. Burial was in Maple Springs Cemetery. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar are in charge of the professional service.

He is survived by numerous cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Lillian R. Hill and a nephew, Thomas Edward Hill.

Memorials may be sent to the Maple Springs Baptist Church Building Fund.

 
Fletcher Higgs, Jr.
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:32 PM

Fletcher Higgs, Jr.
1925-2012
Fletcher Higgs, Jr., 86, died on Thursday January 12, 2012 at Bolivar General Hospital. He was born on September 17, 1925 in Hardeman County to the late Fletcher, Sr. and Ida Higgs.
 
His funeral service will be held on Thursday January 19, 2012 at 12:00 noon at May's Hill MB Church-Hickory Valley. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Family visitation was on Wednesday from 5-7 pm at Dixie Funeral Home-Bolivar.
 
He was a Army and World War II veteran. He was a member of the May's Hill Church deacon board.
 
His wife, Mildred Higgs, preceded him in death.
 
He leaves his children:Teresia (Danny) Knight of Nashville, Clint and Takisha Higgs, both of Bolivar, Janis Hunt, Mary (John) Jordan and Wilmo Simpson, all of Memphis, Loistene (John) Matthews of Dayton, OH and Bill (Bobbie) Higgs of Somerville; one sister, Sally Woods; and many other relatives and friends that will miss him.

 

 
Joan E. Stewart
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:31 PM

Mrs. Joan E. Stewart, age 69 of Bolivar, passed away Sunday, January 15 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

She was born in Buffalo, NY April 11, 1942 to the late Jack and Agness Greenwood Coe. She married Arthur T. Stewart, Jr., who survives, August 20, 1967. A native of New York, she lived in Sacramento, CA for over 20 years and lived the past 19 years in Bolivar. She attended the Bolivar First United Pentecostal Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a sister, Amy Burgres of West Falls, NY; three grandchildren, Thomas Sparr and wife Courtney of Ft. Bliss, TX, John Sparr and wife Katie of Decatur, IL, and Arthur R. Stewart, Jr. and wife Selena of Hardeman County; and three great-grandchildren, Lillie Sparr, Lucas Stewart and Adrian Stewart.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Ann Womack and a son, Arthur Ray Stewart.

Memorials may be sent to the First United Pentecostal Church of Bolivar.

 
Evelyn Louise Colley
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:29 PM

Evelyn Louise Colley, 88, of Memphis, went to be with the Lord on January 21, 2012. Ms. Colley was a retiree of Kroger, having worked there as a meat wrapper. She was also a member of Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett. Louise is survived by her sons, Robert (Brenda) Colley of Baytown, TX, Don (Linda) Colley of Munford, TN and Jerry (Bonnie) Colley of Eads, TN; 1 sister; 2 brothers; 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren and her grandson, Ricky Bruno. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, at Family Funeral Care, with services to follow at 2 p.m. Interment will take place in Memphis Memory Gardens. The family requests that memorial donations be sent to Faith Baptist Church, 3755 North Germantown Rd. Bartlett, TN 38133.

 

 
Kenneth C. Rutledge
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:09 PM

Kenneth C. Rutledge

 Kenneth C. Rutledge, age 77 of Selmer, passed from this life at his home Saturday, January 7, 2012. A native of Bolivar, where he grew up, he was the son of the late Clyde E. Rutledge and Eva Catherine Richie Rutledge. At the age of 21, Mr. Rutledge moved to Chicago, eventually becoming the owner of Rutledge Fence Company, which he operated for 40 years. He had most recently lived in Selmer. Mr. Rutledge attended the Sulphur Springs Baptist Church.  Graveside services and burial were Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at Ebenezer Cemetery near Toone with Stan Smith and Arthur Richie officiating. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar handled the arrangements.
 He leaves as his survivors, his wife, Deborah K. German Rutledge of Selmer; son, Michael Rutledge of Somerville; daughter, Cathy Collins and husband, Bob, of Somerville; daughter, Terrie Pody and husband, Jim, of Wisconsin; son, Jeffrey German and wife, Sarah, of Lake In The Hills, IL; daughter, Vanessa Doyle and husband, Patrick, of Hampshire, IL; son, Kevin Rutledge and his son, Kadin, of Lake In The Hills, IL; two sisters, Ruby Weaver of Horn Lake, MS, and Hazel Smith and husband, Stan, of Selmer; and a brother, Edward Fawcett and wife, Janice, of Cameron, NC. He leaves a total of 11 grandchildren.
 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George H. Fawcett, and a sister, Earnestine Brown. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society or to the donor's choice.

 

 
Elmer Mast
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:08 PM

Elmer Mast
1935—2012

Elmer N. Mast, resident of the Whiteville Community and retired Mennonite Minister died Sunday evening, January 8, 2012 at his residence. He was 76 years of age and died unexpectedly from a massive heart attack.

Services of Remembrance for Mr. Mast were conducted at 10 A.M. Thursday, January 12th at the Whiteville Mennonite Church with Kevin Yoder, L.J. Helmuth and LaVern Eash officiating. Interment followed in the Whiteville Mennonite Cemetery. Arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center — Main Chapel of Somerville.

Mr. Mast was born September 11, 1935 in Hutchinson, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Noah Mast and Elizabeth Nisly Mast. As a young lad, Elmer’s family moved to Stuarts Draft, Virginia, where he met Mary Jane Yoder, daughter of the late Alvin Yoder and Ida Byler Yoder. They were married October 25, 1956 and in April of 1966 they moved to Leon, Iowa.

Elmer was ordained as a minister in 1966. In 1976, they moved their family to Whiteville, where Elmer was ordained as Bishop in 1980. He served in that capacity faithfully until 2002, when he semi-retired due to health issues. Mary Jane preceded him in death after sharing the joys and sorrows of life in loving matrimony for 46 years, 8 months and 20 days.

Elmer was self employed as a farmer, operating the Mt. Moriah Dairy for much of his life. He had been a resident of Fayette County for 35 years.

Mr. Mast is survived by his wife, Norma Kuepfer Jantzi, whom he married June 12, 2005 and were united in matrimony for 6 years, 6 months and 27 days; two daughters, Susan Darlene Overholt (Paul) of Dickson, TN, Ruby Fern Overholt (Loren) of Williston, SC; three sons, Marvin Eugene Mast (Lois Miller) of Hutchinson, KS, Nelson Ray Mast (Donna Champ Byler) of Bonners Ferry, ID and David Lavon Mast (Luann Steiner) of Seneca, SC; stepchildren, James Jantzi (Sheila) of New Hamburg, Ontario, Kathy Lucknow (Floyd) of Lucknow, Ontario, Mark Jantzi (Linda) of Wellesley, Ontario; two sisters, Sylvia Parker of Hampton, VA, Verna Mast of Sarasota, FL; one brother, Eli Lloyd Mast of Whiteville; 26 grandchildren, 14 step grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Mr. Mast was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Jane Yoder Mast, who died July 15, 2003; four sisters, Fannie, Mary, Sadie, Wilma; and two grandsons, Friedrick Mast and Caleb Overholt.

Those honored to serve as casketbearers were Samuel Kauffman, Benjamin Mast, Derek Overholt, Josiah Overholt, Karlton Overholt, Mark Overholt, Matthias Overholt and Ronald Overholt.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Whiteville Mennonite Church, 960 Walker Drive, Whiteville, TN 38075.

In our grief, we also know joy, as we think of the rejoicing in Heaven, as another dear one has reached his goal, and as we anticipate that glorious day, when all of God’s children will gather to sing His praises throughout eternity. We know that it would be our Father’s desire that each of you, too, may be among those redeemed.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for the many prayers and other expressions of sympathy. May God bless you all.

www.peeblesfuneralhome.com

 
Naomi Johnson
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:07 PM

Naomi Johnson
1932—2012

Naomi Cates Johnson, resident of the Mason Community and wife of the late James Earl Johnson died Thursday evening, January 5, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett where she had been patient for six weeks. She was 79 years of age and died following an extended illness.

Services of Remembrance for Mrs. Johnson were conducted at 2 P.M. Monday, January 9th at Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland with Bro. Loyd Shelton of Rossville officiating. Interment followed in the Eads Cemetery. Arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center — West Chapel of Oakland.

Mrs. Johnson was born August 16, 1932 in Shelby County. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Cates and Ada Irene Henley Cates. She received her education in the Fayette County Public School System and was the wife of the late James Earl Johnson, who preceded her in death in 1984. Mrs. Johnson was of the Baptist faith and was a homemaker throughout her life.

She had been a resident of the Burrowtown Community near Mason for the past 11 years and was a lifelong resident of the Eads, Arlington and Mason Communities. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed preparing food for her family, reading and walking. She possessed a great love for her grandchildren.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her son, Billy Johnson of the Mason Community; her sister, Ruth Bishop of Whiteville; her brother, Buddy Cates of Hickory Withe; five grandchildren, Anthony Wayne Denniston, Jennifer Dianne Johnson, Sara Nicole Johnson, Andrea Michelle Johnson, Angela Renee Johnson; and four great grandchildren.

Those honored to serve as casketbearers were Bubba Cates, Chris Clark, Anthony Denniston, Charlie Devore, Ray Robertson and Adam Yarbro.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Eads Cemetery Association, c/o Phyllis Johnson, 12671 Coburn Road, Eads, TN 38028.

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