Obituaries

OBITUARIES FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2003

 

Lonnie A. Bray
1916-2003
LAVINIA:
Services for Lonnie A. Bray, 86, were at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, August 24 at Bodkin Funeral Home with burial in Hopewell Cemetery near Lavinia.
Mr. Bray, a retired construction employee with TVA, died on Friday, August 22 at the Milan General Hospital. He was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Ethelene McMinn Bray; one daughter, Brenda Bray McMinn of Medina; three sons, Charles R. Bray and Travis W. Bray, both of Cedar Grove and James D. Bray of Lavinia; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys Dennison and a brother, Tom Bray.
Memorials may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church.

Alfred Richard Cunningham
1931-2003
TREZEVANT:
Funeral services for Mr. Alfred Richard Cunningham, 72, a retired construction foreman were Friday, August 22 at Cedar Avenue Chapel in the McKenzie Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Wilder’s Cemetery near McKenzie.
Mr. Cunningham died Wednesday morning, August 20 at his residence. He was the widower of Mrs. Roma Lee Henthorn Cunningham.
He was born April 1, 1931 to the late James Robert Cunningham and Mary Hunt.
Survivors include three daughters, Erika Denise Crews and Darlene Sue Lanham, both of McKenzie and Donna Myers of Ohio; two sons, Richard Allen Cunningham of McKenzie and David Lee Cunningham of Trezevant; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Also preceding Mr. Cunningham in death were two daughters and two sons, Linda Denke and Tammy Lynn Cunningham, James Robert Cunningham and Timothy Wade Cunningham.

Willie Ervin
1935-2003
HUNTINGDON:
Mr. Willie Ervin, 68, died on Sunday, August 17 at the Huntingdon Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, August 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Dilday Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Carroll Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Ervin was born on May 15, 1935 in Mississippi. He was preceded in death by a brother, Austin Ervin.
Survivors include his mother, Mae Francis Walker Ervin; four daughters, Lilly B. Jones of Louin, Mississippi; Sabrena Fillyaw, Tangelyn Winston and Elgeania Ervin, all of Chicago, Illinois; one son, Billy Ervin of Chicago, Illinois; three sisters, Lillie Mae Walker of Hazel Hurst, Mississippi, Flossie Ervin and Bertha LaMothe, both of New Orleans, Louisiana; 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

H.H. “Joe” Houston
1913-2003
GALLATIN:
Services for H.H. “Joe” Houston, 89, formerly of McKenzie, were at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 20 at Brummitt Funeral Home with Bro. Aaron Holmes officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Mr. Houston, retired co-owner of Houston’s Grocery died on Sunday, August 17 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin.
He was born November 26, 1913 to the late Sassie Fly Houston and William Smith Houston. He was a member of Pilgrim’s Rest Presbyterian Church in McKenzie and a World War II naval veteran.
Survivors include a son, Jim Houston of Gallatin; three sisters, Ina Mae Berryhill of McKenzie, Pansy Martin of Gleason and Mary Frances Phelps of Waldren, Arkansas; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Nannie Marie Houston.

James Ralph Ivy
1952-2003
HUNTINGDON:
Mr. James Ralph Ivy, 51, died Tuesday, August 19 at the Life Care Center in Bruceton. Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, August 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Dilday Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bobby Ivy officiating. Interment followed in the Hebron Cemetery.
Mr. Ivy was born June 22, 1952 in Cedar Grove. He was a construction worker and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his father, James Alvis Ivy.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Virginia and Richard Oswald of Wichita, Kansas; two daughters, Andrea Connolly of Washington State and Anita Ourchene of California; five brothers, Bobby Ivy, Alvis Ivy, Matt Ivy and Randy Ivy, all of Milan and Richard Ivy of Iola, Kansas; one sister, Darlene Ivy of McKenzie and five grandchildren.

Jesse H. Presley
1928-2003
TREZEVANT:
Services for Jesse H. Presley, 75, were at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 25 at Brummitt Funeral Home, Inc. with burial in Hopewell Cemetery in Lavinia.
Mr. Presley, a retired farmer, died Friday, August 22 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon.
He was born July 20, 1928 in Trezevant to the late Vester Lee Presley and Varney Presley. He was a member of the McLemoresville Baptist Church.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Lee Junior Presley.
Survivors include two brothers, Bro. Virgil Presley of Ripley and Jerry Presley of McKenzie and a sister, Imogene Presley of Trezevant.

Virgil Wall
1910-2003
CLARKSBURG:
Mr. Virgil Wall, 93, died Thursday, August 21 at the Life Care Center in Bruceton. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, August 22 at 3:00 p.m. at the Clarksburg Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Phillip Halter and Bro. Andrew Stokes officiating. Interment followed in the Clarksburg Cemetery.
Mr. Wall was born March 25, 1910 in Carroll County to the late Luther and Elizabeth Pendergrass Wall. H was a retired farmer, member of the Ruritan Club of Clarksburg and the oldest serving deacon for 50+ years for the Clarksburg Missionary Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Crider Wall, who died April 29, 2002; his stepmother, Eva Pritchard Wall; one son, Bobby Wall and two brothers, Henry Wall and Bernice Wall.
Survivors include one daughter, Betty Swearingen of Hollow Rock and one daughter-in-law, Ruth Wall of Bartlett; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Chase Funeral Home in Huntingdon was in charge of the arrangements.

Samuel Elbert McGowan
1903-2003
LAVINIA:
Services for Samuel Elbert McGowan, 90, were at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 23 at Bodkin Funeral Home. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Mr. McGowan, a retired farmer, died Thursday, August 21 at his home. He attended Lavinia Baptist Church and was a World War II U.S. Air Force veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine C. McGowan of Lavinia; two daughters, Shirley McGowan of Memphis and Carolyn Ridgely of Huntingdon; three sons, Samuel E. McGowan, Jr. of Missouri City, Texas, Mike McGowan of Lavinia and Patrick McGowan of Huntingdon; three sisters, LaNell Essary of Humboldt, Ruth Clark of Lavinia and Opal McGowan of Milan; one brother, Larry McGowan of Camden; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials be directed to the Lavinia Baptist Church Building Fund.

William Aaron Lowe
1926-2003
MILAN:
Services for William Aaron Lowe, 76, were at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 24 at Bodkin Funeral Home. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery.
Mr. Lowe, a retired painting contractor with Tolley and Lowe, died Thursday, August 21 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Milan and a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.
Survivors include a daughter, Carol West of Milan; a sister, Margie Dring of McKenzie; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Edward Elco Powers
1928-2003
ATWOOD:
Services for Edward Elco Powers, 75, will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 27 at Christ Chapel Church in Atwood. Burial will be in the Pisgah Cemetery. Bodkin Funeral Home in Milan is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Powers, retired employee of Milan Army Ammunition Plant, died Monday, August 25 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
He was a member of Christ Chapel Church.
Survivors include his wife, Miep R. Powers, three daughters, Debbie Griffin, Lorie Barrow and Lisa Killen, all of Atwood; a son, Ronald Powers of Jackson; a sister, Norma Hickerson of Atwood; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

 
 
 
      

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