Lonnie A. Bray
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
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
Mr. Cunningham died Wednesday morning, August 20 at his
residence. He was the widower of Mrs. Roma Lee Henthorn
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
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
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
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
James Ralph Ivy
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
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
Jesse H. Presley
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
Survivors include two brothers, Bro. Virgil Presley of
Ripley and Jerry Presley of McKenzie and a sister,
Imogene Presley of Trezevant.
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
Survivors include one daughter, Betty Swearingen of
Hollow Rock and one daughter-in-law, Ruth Wall of
Bartlett; five grandchildren and ten
Chase Funeral Home in Huntingdon was in charge of the
Samuel Elbert McGowan
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
The family requests memorials be directed to the Lavinia
Baptist Church Building Fund.
William Aaron Lowe
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
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
Edward Elco Powers
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
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