OBITUARIES of some of those interred in Love (and Old Chapel) Cemetery

Halls - Emmit B. Abernathy, 80, died January 16, 2006 at the Regional Hospital in Jackson. Visitation from 12-2 p.m. Saturday, January 21 at Matthew Zion Baptist Church, with services to follow at 2 p.m. Burial in Old Chapel Cemetery.
Barlow Funeral Home
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: January 19, 2006

RIPLEY - Bertha Pitts Amos, 86, former nurse's aide, died Sunday at her home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holly Grove Baptist Church with burial in Love Cemetery in Halls. Bell's Funeral Home in Covington has charge. She leaves four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: May 30, 2002

Traci Marie 'Peaches' Barbee, 33, of Covington, Tenn., formerly of Ripley, Tenn., nurse's aide for Lauderdale Community Living Center, died Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton in Covington. Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Henning, Tenn., with burial in Bethlehem Cemetery there. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mrs. Barbee, the wife of Anthony Waynes Barbee, also leaves two daughters, Annetta M. Boyd and Annasthaisa D. Taylor; a son, Jeremiah Cortez Boyd, and her mother, Louise Campbell Boyd, all of Ripley; two sisters, Aretha Boyd-Davis of Detroit and Treasa Faye Boyd of Southfield, Mich.; five brothers, Dennis Ray Boyd of Washington, Stevie Lynn Boyd of West Memphis, Randy Boyd of Waynes, Mich., Jake Travis Boyd of Ionia, Mich., and James Travis Boyd of Grand Rapids, Mich.; her grandmother, Alice Campbell of Halls, Tenn., and a grandchild.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 9, 2002

HALLS - Elnora M. Bell, 67, domestic worker, died Monday at Methodist Hospital of Dyersburg after a stroke. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church in Halls with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home has charge. She leaves two sisters, Adell Stevens and Evelyn Smalls, and two brothers, George Simmons and Julian Simmons, all of Columbus, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: January 12, 1996

HALLS - Emmett 'Buddy' Bell, 69, retired employee of Irvy Construction and Colonial Rubber, died Monday at Methodist Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home of Ripley has charge. Mr. Bell, the husband of Elnora Bell, also leaves a daughter, Carolyn Conley of Lacey, Wash.; a son, Willie 'Junior' Small of Columbus, Ohio; four sisters, Bertha Jackson, Bernice Banks and Lucille King, all of Jackson, and Ida L. Bell of New Orleans; five brothers, Eddie Bell of Jackson, Miss., Calvin Bell of San Francisco, C. T. Bell of Oakland, Calif., Roosevelt Bell of Chicago and Odell Bell of Cleveland, and two grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: May 29, 1992

Joshua DeShaney Bond, 18-month-old son of Thomas and Elena Bond of Memphis, died Friday at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Norris Road Church of Christ with burial in Love Cemetery in Halls, Tenn. Rawls Funeral Home in Brownsville, Tenn., has charge. He also leaves a brother, Artis Merritt Bond of the home; his grandparents, Wilbert and Laverne Bond and Ernest and Dorothy Merritt, all of Memphis.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: October 2, 1990

Wilbert Bond always fought for fairness -- Was former president of Tennessee NAACP. For Wilbert Bond, civic duty was about standing up for fairness, for his community and for his family. A past president of the Tennessee NAACP and former Memphis Alcohol Commission member, Mr. Bond died Friday at Methodist University Hospital of complications from prostate cancer. He was 81. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity CME Church, where he was in the male chorus, with burial in Love Cemetery in Halls, Tenn. Rawls Funeral Home in Brownsville, Tenn., has charge. The South Memphis resident was the state's NAACP president from 1977 through 1995.
Gloria J. Sweet-Love, the current statewide president, was a vice president during his term. She said he was a great leader who nurtured future leaders. "A number of his vice presidents went on to be elected officials and do great things," she said. His involvement with the civil rights group grew out of experiences growing up in segregation and a desire to make the life better for his family, said his son, Wilbert Bond Jr. of Portland, Ore. "It was very segregated, very Jim Crow. Having kids and growing up in the segregated South, he decided it was something he needed to do," the son said. A World War II Navy veteran, Mr. Bond earned a bachelors degree in 1950 from Fisk University in Nashville. While teaching in Murfreesboro City Schools, he earned a master's degree in education administration from what was then Middle Tennessee State College in 1965. "It was rough (going to school) in those days," he told The Commercial Appeal in 2005. "Some people don't believe me when I tell them I was the first Negro student to obtain a degree at MTSC but I have the article to prove it. The college was integrated in 1963 and I was one of 13 graduates in the January section of 1965." Wilbert Bond Jr. said, "He was working and going to school, as well as having to deal with being the only black face around." Mr. Bond retired in 1968 from teaching in Murfreesboro. He then became an equal employment opportunity manager for the Navy in Millington, from which he retired in 1985. But he stayed busy. He next owned Bond Training and Consultants for five years, providing teaching methods to military personnel. He became the AARP's vote coordinator for Tennessee's Ninth Congressional District. He was appointed to the alcohol commission in the late 1990s. And he led the Veterans Day parade Downtown in November 2005. "He just had to be doing something," his son said. "He thought it was his responsibility. He had a responsibility to the community to do what he could." Mr. Bond also leaves his wife, LaVerne Love Bond; two daughters, Loretta Grubb of Maywood, Ill., and Cordia Starling of Tunnel Hill, Ga.; another son, Thomas Bond of Memphis; two sisters, Mollie Rawls of Nashville and Bernice Burgess of St. Louis; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild. - Pamela Perkins
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: February 4, 2007

HALLS - Joe L. Bostic, 83, retired railroad laborer, died of heart disease June 7 in Ripley. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Matthew Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where he was an usher board member, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery here. Barlow Funeral Home has charge. He leaves a niece who cared for him, Leora Abernathy.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 13, 1999

Halls - Cooper Brown, Jr., 74, died October 20, 2006 at St. Francis Hospital, Memphis. Visitation from 5-7 p.m., October 27, and funeral service at 11 a.m. October 28, both at Matthew Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Halls.
Currie Funeral Home
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: October 27, 2006

HALLS - Sylvester Brown, 80, butcher, died Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley after a stroke. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Halls with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home of Ripley has charge. Mr. Brown, the husband of Annie Sue Brown, also leaves four daughters, Dorothy Alexander of Peoria, Ill., Toria Wright of Ripley, Beverly McNeil of Mobile, Ala., and Pamela Brown of Jackson; three sons, Walter Parr of Ohio, Sylvester Brown of Halls and Dennis Brown of Ripley; two sisters, Lue Nell Wilson and Mattie Brown, both of Milwaukee; a brother, Herb Hightower of Ripley, 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 27, 1996

HALLS - Robert Gene Campbell, 59, bus driver, died of heart failure Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Fountain of Life Church of God in Christ with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Currie's Funeral Home of Henning has charge. Mr. Campbell, the husband of Marilyn Campbell, also leaves three daughters, Carolyn Campbell and Alice Parks, both of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Cassie Dejesus of Indiana; his mother, Alice Peoples Campbell of Halls; two sons, Michael Campbell of Fort Pierce and Marvin Campbell of Atlanta; four sisters, Louise Boyd of Ripley, Polly Ann Campbell of Nashville, and Laverne Campbell Harris and Anna Faye Rogers, both of Halls; a brother, Rev. David Campbell, and eight grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: April 15, 2000

HALLS - Anderson 'A. C.' Carter Jr., 80, farmer, died of heart failure Wednesday in Ripley. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Halls High School Gymnasium with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. H. H. Hudson Funeral Home in Dyersburg has charge. Mr. Carter, the husband of Edna Carter, also leaves three daughters, Mary Woods of Detroit and Mary Piphus and Arnatha Carter, both of Halls; three sons, Anderson Carter III, Galion Carter and William Carter, all of Halls; a foster son, Charlie Dyson of Ripley; a sister, Ovallie Thurmond of Gary, Ind.; a brother, Rev. William Carter of Halls, 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: October 5, 2001

HALLS - Mark Chaney, 33, laborer, died of heart failure Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cleaves Temple CME Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thomas/Bledsoe Funeral Home in Ripley has charge. Mr. Chaney, the husband of Era Chaney, also leaves a daughter, Nicole M. Bernard of Gates; a stepdaughter, Mary Burrus of Halls; a stepson, Bobby Edwards of San Diego; his father, I. H. Chaney of Henning, and two grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: January 1, 2000

Halls - Beverly Jean Williams Covington, 51, died Monday, November 21, 2005. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, November 25, at Cleaves Temple CME Church. Services at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 26 at the church.
Currie Funeral Home
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: November 24, 2005

RIPLEY - Arnell Mabins Currin, 93, of Milwaukee, formerly of Ripley, retired teacher for Lauderdale County School System, died of heart failure Friday at St. Michaels Hospital in Milwaukee. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Love Cemetery in Halls. Thompson's Mortuary has charge. She was a Christian education instructor, Sunday school teacher and president of the Missionary Society at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Halls and Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Milwaukee. Mrs. Currin, the widow of Willie Mabins, leaves a daughter, Roxie Brown of Milwaukee; a son, Willie Mabins Jr., and a sister, Willie B. Dupree, both of Halls, 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: May 2, 2000

HALLS - Jewel Davenport, 88, retired dry cleaner employee, died of heart failure Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Cleaves Temple CME Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home in Ripley has charge. Mrs. Davenport, the wife of J. B. Davenport, also leaves five daughters, Beverly Davenport of Nashville, Joyce Davenport and Ernestine Dabbs, both of Parsons, Bonita Lowery of Indianapolis and Mattie Robertson of Halls; three sons, Thomas Davenport of Rockingham, N.Y., and Tony Lowery and Ronnie Lowery, both of Indianapolis, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: May 6, 1999

HALLS - Maggie Davis, 90, retired teacher in the Lauderdale County school system, died Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Halls with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home of Ripley has charge. She was the choir president, a Sunday school teacher and a deaconess at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Ms. Davis leaves a niece.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: September 3, 1993

DYERSBURG - Katherine Dunigan, 83, homemaker, died Sunday at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cleaves Temple CME Church in Halls with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. H. H. Hudson Funeral Home has charge. She leaves two daughters, Pamela Dunigan of Halls and Marcia Kelley of Memphis; a sister, Vera Nelson of Halls, and two grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: November 19, 2003

HALLS - Harold Lee Edward Jr., 26, laborer, died of heart failure Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Cleaves Temple CME Church with burial in Anderson Cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home has charge. He leaves his parents, Era Delois Chaney of Halls and Harold Lee Edards; a sister, Mary Ann Burrus of Halls, and a brother, Bobby James Edward of Silverdale, Wash.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: January 18, 1997

JACKSON - Verla Jean Fingers, 55, formerly of Halls, homemaker, died Tuesday at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Spiller Hill Church of God in Christ in Ripley with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary in Ripley has charge. Mrs. Fingers, the wife of Rev. Herman Fingers, also leaves her mother, Hattie Tate of Halls; five sisters, Cassandra Tate and Emma Heggenbottom, both of Halls, Mary McKinney of Milwaukee, Shirley Wright of Montgomery, Ala., and Shirley Payton of Gary, Ind., and three brothers, Frederrick Tate of Hayti, Mo., and William Tate and Walter Lawrance Tate, both of Halls.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: September 5, 2003

HALLS - Toni Olivia Brown Forbes, 49, operating room technician, died of cancer Saturday at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mrs. Forbes, the wife of John T. Forbes of Brooklyn, N.Y., also leaves two daughters, Zita Michelle Barbee and Crystal Deanna Barbee; a son, Anthony Barbee, and her mother, Jewel Harris Brown, all of Halls; her father, James Robert Brown of Chicago; six sisters, Julius Buford of Ripley, Deborah Persons and Audrey Williams, both of Gates, and Rhonda Person, Rosiland Brown and Paula Taylor, all of Halls, and 10 brothers, Marvin Brown of Ripley, Tyus Brown of Clarksville, Joe Brown, Collis Brown, Keith Taylor and Jeffery Taylor, all of Halls, and Jimmy King, Eugene King, Alvin Brown and Darrell Brown, all of Chicago.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: January 11, 2001

HALLS - John William 'Pap' Fowlkes, 62, highway department worker, died of lung disease Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home has charge. Mr. Fowlkes leaves two daughters, Dorothy Jean 'Molly' Currin of Memphis and Ruby Carey of Milwaukee; a son, James Otis Fowlkes of Milwaukee; a sister, Margaret Roberts of Halls, and two brothers, John Fowlkes Jr. of Toledo, Ohio, and Cooper Brown Jr. of Philadelphia.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: April 9, 1997

HALLS - William Henry Gregory, 75, farm worker, died March 28 at Ripley Healthcare. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cleaves Temple CME Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. He leaves three daughters, Cecilia Rogers and Nelluth Taylor, both of Halls, and Mary Edward of Toledo, Ohio; four sons, Martin Taylor, Harold Edward and Conrad Edward, all of Halls, and Charles Edward of Toledo; a sister, Louis Gregory, and a brother, Booker Gregory, both of Richmond, Va., 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: April 2, 2003

HALLS -- Nathaniel Hall, 42, self-employed automobile mechanic, died Saturday at Methodist Hospital in Dyersburg. The cause of death was being investigated. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Halls, where he was a member, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery here. Currie's Funeral Home of Henning has charge. He was an Army veteran. Mr. Hall, the husband of Linda Faye Roundtree Hall, also leaves five daughters, Nathiean Hall, Marnatha Hall and Delaunda Hall, all of Halls, Mashandra Hall of Memphis and Nesha Hall of Milwaukee; three sons, Curtis Smith and Mario Hall, both of Halls, and Nathan Terrell of Milwaukee; his mother, Evelyn Hudson Hall of Dyersburg; five sisters, Shirley Moore of Gary, Ind., Lula Mae Midget t of Minneapolis, and Mae Reed, Gladys Browning and Deborah Smith, all of Dyersburg; five brothers, John C. Hall Jr., Johnny Hall and Epsie Hall, all of Gary, John Frank Hall of Brownsville and David Hall of Dyersburg, and a grandson.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: February 3, 1994

Harris, Laverne Campbell
City/State: Halls, TN
Age: 55
Date of Death: Friday, September 15, 2006
Services: 9/22, 11am, Halls High School
Funeral Home: Currie's
Jackson Sun, The (TN)
Date: September 25, 2006

RIPLEY - Flossie 'Jobie' Helm, 87, died of cardiac arrest July 20 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale. Services were Thursday at Thompson's Mortuary with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery in Halls. He leaves a daughter, Katherine Pearson of Ripley; two sons, Robert Helm of Ripley and R. B. Helm of Detroit; a sister, and three grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: July 27, 1997

Tommie G. Hicks
HALLS - Services for Mr. Hicks will be 10:00 a.m. Sat. at Praise Temple Comm. Church, Ripley, with interment in Old Chapel Cemetery, Halls, TN. He died Jan. 20, 2003 at Baptist East, Memphis. Survivors are daughters, Mary Lee Hicks, Rebecca Warren; sons Tommie Hicks, Jr., Freddie Hicks, Clinton Hicks, 30 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren. Thompson's Mortuary, 731-635-9322
Jackson Sun, The (TN)
Date: January 25, 2003

L. C. "Mike" Hudson, 81, of Brownsville, brother of Louis Hudson, Jr., and Gertrude Jones, of Halls, and Lou Ella Carder, of Gates, died Thursday of last week, in his home. Rites were Wednesday in Matthew Zion Baptist Church in Halls, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery, Halls, Thompson’s Mortuary, of Ripley, in charge. He had been employed by Colonial Rubber. Survivors include his wife, Wilma Jean Hudson; a daughter, Ruth Ann Claybrook, of Nashville; stepchildren, Eleanor and Jones Douglas, of Jackson; other sisters, Dorothy Love, of Decatur, Ill., and Marie Eisom, of Milwaukee, Wis.; two grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The Lauderdale County Enterprise, Ripley, Tennessee, June 28, 2007

GATES - Michael Lenard Hudson, 33, employee of Colonial Rubber Co. in Dyersburg, died Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley after an auto accident. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Halls Junior High School with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. He was a member of Cleaves Temple CME Church in Halls. Mr. Hudson, the husband of Eyvette Campbell Hudson, also leaves a daughter, Lequita Campbell of Gates; two sons, Michael Lenard Hudson Jr. and Jeremy Dewaun Hudson of Gates; his parents, Edna and Louis Hudson of Halls; four sisters, Joan Moore and Vanessa Williams, both of Halls, Virginia Brackens of Milwaukee and Wanda Mayfield of St. Louis, and five brothers, Tony Hudson and Reginald Hudson, both of Halls, Rev. Louis Hudson III of Ripley, Paul Hudson of Brownsville and Steve Hudson of Memphis.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: April 28, 1996

HALLS -- Martha Macklin Johnson, 41, of Flint, Mich., died Monday of cancer at a hospital in Michigan. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Matthews Zion Baptist Church in Halls with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery here. Thomas Funeral Home of Ripley has charge. Mrs. Johnson, the wife of Jimmie Johnson, also leaves a daughter, Trishanda Johnson of Flint; three sons, Darin Johnson and Merin Johnson, both of Flint, and Kenneth Johnson of Bells; her mother, Willie Macklin of Halls; three sisters, Florence Gillette and Alice Lee, both of Halls, and Lula Barbee of Ripley; four brothers, Johnny B. Macklin and Willie Gene Macklin, both of Halls, M. C. Macklin of Chicago and Charle Macklin of St. Louis, and five grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 10, 1994

HALLS - M. L. Jones, 63, retired employee of Colonial Rubber Factory in Dyersburg, died Saturday at Methodist Hospital-Dyersburg. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home of Ripley has charge. Mr. Jones, the husband of Gertrude Hudson Jones, also leaves three daughters, Aleice Adams and Cathy Jarrett, both of Halls, and Iris Harris of Germany; a son, Christopher Jones of Memphis; three sisters, Leora Abernathy and Juanita Webb, both of Halls, and Gertrude Hall of Queens, N.Y.; two brothers, Rochester Jones of Palo Alto, Calif., and F. A. Jones of San Francisco, and nine grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: March 26, 1992

HALLS - Ophelia 'Duck' Koonce, 101, homemaker, died of heart failure Monday in Blytheville, Ark. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mrs. Koonce, the widow of Van Koonce, leaves a daughter, Addie Doyle of Blytheville; two sons, Sylvester Ward of Halls and Tom Ward of St. Louis, 10 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, 50 great-great-grandchildren and 74 great-great-great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: October 21, 2000

HALLS -- Lula B. Laurison, 85, died Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cleaves Temple CME Church in Halls, where she was a member, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery here. Thomas Funeral Home of Ripley has charge. Mrs. Laurison, the widow of T. O. Laurison, leaves a son, John Wesley Currin of Memphis, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: December 30, 1993

HALLS - Elgie Leake, 89, of Memphis, formerly of Halls, retired laborer, died Tuesday of heart failure at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke Baptist Church in Ripley, where he was a member, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery in Halls. H. H. Hudson Funeral Home of Dyersburg has charge. Mr. Leake, the husband of Nannie Leake, also leaves a daughter, Regina Nash Jones of Memphis; a sister, Earleane Townsend of Harvey, Ill.; and a brother, Dick Leake of Ripley.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: February 9, 1995

HALLS - Nannie Leake, 93, retired teacher, died Saturday in Halls. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Love Cemetery. H. H. Hudson Funeral Home has charge. She leaves a daughter, Regina Nash of Halls, and a son, Darrell Nash of Chicago.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: August 18, 2004

HALLS - Veronica Renee Lee, 4-year-old daughter of Alice and Homer Lee, died Friday at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church in Halls with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. She was in the primary Sunday school class and Angel Choir. She also leaves two sisters, Kristy Lee and Sparkle Lee, and two brothers, Homer Lee Jr. and Aleinus Lee, all of Halls; and her grandparents, Flagg and Leora Lee of Henning and Willie Maclin of Halls.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: December 23, 1991

Gates - Abradella Rose Love, 65, domestic worker, died Monday in Brownsville. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark Church with burial in Love Cemetery. H.H. Hudson Funeral Home in Dyersburg has charge. Mrs. Love, the wife of James Love of Brownsville, also leaves three daughters, Donie Watkins of Brownsville, Jammie Love of Jackson and Tina Tatum of Ripley; a son, Billy Love of Gates, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: April 1, 2005

Curtis Love, well-known and respected minister,and son of John W. Love of Halls,died Monday May 27th at his home here of pneumonia.Services were held Thursday with burial in family cemetery.Surviving is his wife and six children; his father; and three sisters.
THE HALLS GRAPHIC
FRIDAY JUNE 7,1946

HALLS - Donnie Love, 87, of Milwaukee, formerly of Halls, homemaker, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary in Ripley has charge. She leaves six daughters, Cleo Jones, Georgia Wright, Deborah Love, and Alice Love, all of Milwaukee, and Virginia Currin and Linda Love, both of Sacramento; seven sons, Thomas Love, Doras Love and Darenton Love, all of Milwaukee, Willie Love of Decatur, Ill., James Love of Brownsville, Terry Love of Dyersburg and Henry Love of Halls; a sister, Mamie Macklin of Milwaukee, 28 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: January 25, 2002

James Newton Love, 72, laborer, of Brownsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Haywood Park Community Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at Thompson’s Mortuary Chapel in Ripley with burial in Love Cemetery in Halls. Mr. Love leaves three daughters, Donie Love Watkins of Brownsville, Jamie Love and Tina Tatum, both of Jackson, Tenn.; five sons, Conrad Edwards of Halls, and Billy Love of Gates; six sisters, Linda Love of Ripley, Virgie Currin of Sacramento, Calif., Georgia Wright, Cleo Jones, Alice and Debra Love, all of Milwaukee, Wis.; five brothers, Daren Love of Brownsville, Willie Love of Decatur, Ill., Terry Love of Dyersburg, Thomas Love of Milwaukee, and Doris Love of Ripley; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The Lauderdale Voice, Wednesday, December 12, 2007

HALLS - Murlon Love, 80, retired from Red Ball Freight Line, died Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Halls Funeral Home with burial in Halls Cemetery. He was a member of Hales Point Baptist Church. Mr. Love, the husband of Mackie Hinton Love, also leaves two daughters, June Critchfield of Memphis and Ann Smith of Millington; a son, James Anthony Love of Memphis; a stepdaughter, Wanda Savage of Dyersburg; two sisters, Mozell Blakley of Halls and Shirley James of Vero Beach, Fla.; a brother, Danny Love of Halls, eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: May 12, 2004

EARLEAN Palmer Mabins, 87, of 273 Dunaway Spur Rd. Halls, died March 23, in her home. Rites were Saturday in Jerusalem Church in Bells, with burial in Love Cemetery near Halls, Hudson Funeral Home, of Dyersburg, in charge. She leaves daughter, Rose Overall, of 303 Dunaway Spur Rd., Halls, Gertie Walker, of Centralia, ILL., and Naomi Loving, of Ft. Worth, Tex.; a sister, Louise Noel, of Pontiac, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
The Lauderdale County Enterprise
April 5, 2007

HALLS - Gertrude Mabins, 86, homemaker, died of cardiac arrest Sunday at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Matthew's Zion Baptist Church of Halls with burial in Love Cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary has charge. She was the president of the Women's Missionary Auxiliary of Mississippi Valley District Association for more than 20 years and trustee of the Love Cemetery Association of Halls. Mrs. Mabins, the widow of Rev. T. L. Mabins, leaves two sisters, Willie B. Dupree of Halls and Arnell Currin of Milwaukee.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: November 15, 1996

RIPLEY - Tina Marie Mabins, 43, of Dallas, formerly of Ripley, nurse's aide, died of heart failure Thursday in Dallas. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Thomas Bledsoe Funeral Home of Ripley with burial in Love Cemetery in Halls. She leaves her parents, Louise Jones of Columbus, Ohio, and Willie E. Mabins Jr. of Halls; a sister, Alisha Pratt of Garland, Texas; three brothers, Niem Abdul Salakm, Stanley Battle of Columbus and Keith Mabins of Halls, and her grandmother, Arnell Curren of Milwaukee.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: April 19, 2000

HALLS - Willie Eugene Mabins III, 39, of Dallas, formerly of Tennessee, salesman, died Oct. 26 of heart failure at his home. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with burial in Love Cemetery here. Thomas Funeral Home of Ripley has charge. Mr. Mabins leaves a son, Shaun Markis Mabins of Milwaukee; his mother, Louise Jones of Mansfield, Ohio; his father, Willie Eugene Mabins Jr. of Halls; three sisters, Tina M. Mabins of Dallas, Cathy Davison of Mansfield and Alisha Pratt of Garland, Texas; three brothers, Keith Mabins of Halls, Stanley Battle of Columbus, Ohio, and Larry Mabins of Dallas, and his grandmother, Arnell Curren of Milwaukee.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: November 5, 1994

Illinois, Chicago Heights - Melvin C. "Mc" Maclin, 70, formerly of Halls, TN, died Tuesday, November 28, 2006. Visitation 10-11 a.m., Monday, December 4 at Matthew Zion Baptist Church, Halls, TN, with services to follow. Burial in Old Chapel Cemetery.
Currie's Funeral Home
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: December 1, 2006

HALLS - Ella Mae Manns, 65, died Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Lauderdale. Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where she was a member, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home has charge. Mrs. Manns, the wife of Roosevelt Manns, also leaves a stepdaughter, Thelme Manns of Toledo, Ohio; four stepsons, Warren Thompson of Halls, Wardell Manns of Detroit, L. D. Manns of Toledo and Willie Manns of Baltimore; three sisters, Rosie Lee, Sally Austin and Ethel Trowell, all of Detroit; two brothers, George Manley and William Manley, both of Detroit, 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: January 17, 1992

Halls - Maderia Manns, 79, homemaker, died Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary has charge, She leaves four daughters, Linda Thompson of Blytheville, Ark., Luvenia Thompson of Louisville, and Anita Thompson and Charlene Hill, both of Halls; four sons, Anthony Thompson of Halls, Warren Thompson of Radcliff, Ky., Maurice Thompson of Denver and Joe Junior Thompson of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters, Eddie Mae Moody of Cleveland, Ohio, and Elizabeth Carson of Earle, Ark.; two brothers, Eugene Jordan of Memphis and Charlie Jordan of Cleveland, 24 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 29 great-great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: December 12, 2004

COVINGTON - Gennette Reed-Maynor, 50, of Brunswick, Ga., special education teacher for Camden County Schools, died Saturday at her home. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Halls. Bells Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of Mt. Orum Missionary Baptist Church in Waverly, Ga. Mrs. Reed-Maynor, the wife of Joe Maynor, also leaves a daughter, Peggy Alicia Reed of Brunswick; her mother, Marie A. Currin of Ridgely; three sisters, Rose M. Currin of Ridgely, Patricia A. Baltimore of Dyersburg and Terry S. Currin of Birmingham, and four brothers, Searcy M. Currin Jr. of San Antonio, Texas, Carl Currin of Brunswick, Lloyd Currin of St. Louis and Edgar R. Currin of Dyersburg.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: May 16, 2002

Halls - Danny S. McClellan, 46, died November 14, 2005. Visitation from 12-5 p.m. Friday, November 18 at Thompson's Chapel. Services at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 19 at St. Mark Baptist Church, Gates. Burial in Old Chapel Cemetery.
Thompson's Mortuary
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: November 18, 2005

GATES - Jesse Rogers McCutchen, 68, retired from Chrysler Motor Co., died Monday at his home. Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Halls with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery there. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. He was a member of the Whole Truth Church of God in Christ in Detroit. Mr. McCutchen, the husband of Aline Johnson McCutchen, also leaves a daughter, Katrina Peet of Gates; three sons, Victor McCutchen, Marice McCutchen and Jessie R. McCutchen Jr., all of Detroit; his father and stepmother, Willard and Laura McCutchen of Henning; four brothers, Earnest McCutchen, James McCutchen, Louis McCutchen and Ralph McCutchen, all of Detroit, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: September 30, 2004

COVINGTON - Marjorie McLin, 87, retired medical assistant, died March 6 in Los Angeles. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Canaan Baptist Church with burial in Love Cemetery in Halls. Barlow Funeral Home has charge. She leaves a niece who helped care for her, Gladys King-Crawford.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: March 14, 2002

DYERSBURG - Mr. James O. Merriweather, 84 Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2003 at Cleaves Temple - Halls, TN with interment in Old Chapel Cemetery. He died April 12, 2003 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. Survivors: one sister, Mrs. R. A. Stocklin of Henning, TN. Visitation Thursday 1pm - 8pm; Family Hour 6pm-8pm at Thompson's Chapel. Thompson's Mortuary 635-9322
Jackson Sun, The (TN)
Date: April 16, 2003

Halls - Margaret Emma Jean Midgett, 56, social worker and case manager for Tennessee Department of Human Services, died June 2 in New Orleans. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Matthew Zion Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Love Cemetery. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. She leaves three daughters, Carlene Midgett, Tangela Midgett and Bernive Midgett Haynes, all of New Orleans; two sisters, Lera Ivney of Halls and Mary Lucille Prather of Bolivar; two brothers, Lars Ivory of Omaha, Neb., and Collis Ivory of Chicago, and six grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 9, 2005

HALLS - L. J. Mitchell, 93, retired steel mill worker, died Sunday at Methodist Healthcare-Dyersburg. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary in Ripley has charge. He leaves four sons, Leo Jones, Rickey Jones and Ray Jones, all of Halls, and Raymond Jones of Ripley; two sisters, Beula Mae Means and Luvenya Darty, both of Chicago; a brother, Issac Ringer of Halls, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: January 12, 2002

HALLS - Willie Eugene Nash, 54, employee of Chrysler Corp., died of heart failure Tuesday in St. Louis. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. She leaves a daugher, Larteena Montgomery of Memphis; two sisters, Diana Haskin of Blytheville, Ark., and Dolores Donald of Saginaw, Mich.; three brothers, Marshall Nash of Memphis, Louis Nash of Blytheville and Paul Nash of St. Louis, and two grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: March 23, 2001

Jaden Bryant Lee Pearson, born Nov. 25th, in Covington, to Michael Bryant Pearson and Octavia Catrice Harris, of Ripley, died Jan. 5th in Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Rites were Wednesday of last week in Old Chapel Cemetery near Halls. Survivors include his great-grandparents, Anna Sue Brown, of Halls, and Jessie Anderson and Leeoard and Hazel Pearson, of Jackson; his grandparents, Lee and Toria Wright and Bobby Harris, of Ripley, Leeoard “Ricky” Pearson, Jr., of Jackson, and Matthew and Shelinda Anderson, of Killeen, Tex.; brothers, Demarion Harris and Michael Pearson, and a sister, Adreayna Harris, of Ripley; and another brother, Latrell Pearson, of San Diego, Calif.
The Lauderdale County Enterprise, Ripley, Tennessee, January 17, 2008

Hurmean Piphus
HALLS - Mrs. Hurmean Piphus Johnson, 69, died Monday at Baptist Hospital Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Matthew Zion Baptist Church in Halls, where she was a member, with burial in Love Cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home of Ripley has charge. She leaves five daughters, Miss Dorothy Piphus, Miss Carlyn F. Piphus and Miss Carole E. Piphus, all of Nashville, Miss Barbara M. Piphus of Halls and Mrs. Eunice Tyus of St. Louis, Mo.; two sons, Charles B. Piphus of Halls and John F. Piphus of Rock Island, Ill.; four sisters, Mrs. Willette Beard of Ripley, Mrs. Estanoly Taylor of Brownsville, Mrs. Gertrude Sanders of Washington state and Mrs. Cassie Cassandra Howard of St. Louis; three brothers, Leroy Reed and Eldredge Reed, both of Chicago, and James Eric Reed of Nashville; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: April 13, 1991

HALLS - John Frank Piphus, 51, of Nashville, formerly of Halls, died Wednesday at Trevecca Medical Center in Nashville. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Matthews Zion Baptist Church, where he was a member, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home of Ripley has charge. Mr. Piphus leaves five sisters, Dororthy Piphus, Carolyn Piphus and Carol Piphus, all of Nashville, Barbara P. Howard of Halls and Eunice Tyus of St. Louis, and two brothers, Charles V. Piphus of Halls and Eric Reed of Nashville.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: February 16, 1992

ALAMO - Services for Billy Pitts, 40, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark Baptist Church in Gates. Burial will be in the Love Cemetery in Halls. Mr. Pitts, a farmer, died Sunday at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital of heart failure. For information, call H.H. Hudson Funeral Home at (731) 285-3070.
Jackson Sun, The (TN)
Date: July 6, 2001

In Loving Memory of Mr. Eternal Pitts, Sr.
May 16, 1925 - Sept. 9, 2005
The family of the late Mr. Eternal Pitts Sr. wishes to express sincere thanks and appreciation to our many friends for every act of kindness rendered during the passing of our loved one. May God's richest blessings be with each of you.
The Family
Jackson Sun, The (TN)
Date: September 20, 2005

GATES - Kathryn Pitts, 65, homemaker, died of heart failure Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery in Halls. Thompson's Mortuary in Ripley has charge. She leaves a daughter, Vancilla Pitts, and a sister, Ida Mae McCadney, both of Gates; two brothers, Eternal Pitts of Gates and Thomas J. Pitts of Alamo, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: March 24, 2001

HALLS - General Lee Pitts, 67, of Memphis, formerly of Halls, security guard for Imperial Guard Service in Memphis, died of heart failure Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. H.H. Hudson Funeral Home of Dyersburg has charge. Mr. Pitts, the husband of Debrah Pitts, also leaves two sisters, Ida Mae McCadney and Kathryn Pitts, both of Gates, and two brothers, Eternal Pitts of Halls and Thomas James Pitts of Alamo.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: November 25, 1999

GATES - Lucy Neal Pitts, 98, homemaker, died Tuesday of heart failure at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Gates, where she was a member, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery in Halls. H. H. Hudson Funeral Home of Dyersburg has charge. Mrs. Pitts, the widow of Love Pitts, leaves three daughters, Alberta Palmer of Dyersburg, and Ida M. McCadney and Kathryn Pitts, both of Gates; three sons, Eternal Pitts and Tho mas J. Pitts, both of Halls, and Rev. General L. Pitts of Memphis, 35 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: December 23, 1994

HALLS - Robert L. Pitts, 67, truck driver, died of injuries received in an auto accident Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Ripley. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Cleaves Temple CME Church with burial in Love Cemetery here. Thompson's Mortuary in Ripley has charge. Mr. Pitts, the husband of Rebecca Pitts, also leaves three daughters, Camille Pitts Yancy and Kimberly Pitts, both of Dyersburg, and Michelle Pitts of Memphis; a son, Bobby Pitts of Chesapeake, Va.; a brother, Jessie Pitts of Nashville, and three grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: October 21, 1998

RIPLEY - Samuel Corinthians Pitts, 50, formerly of Springfield, Ill., claims adjuster for the Social Security Administration in Peoria, Ill., died Saturday at St. John Hospital in Springfield. Services will be at noon Saturday at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in Henning with burial in Love Cemetery in Halls. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. He leaves two sons, Adrian Pitts and Anthony Pitts, both of Springfield; his mother, Juanita Pitts of Ripley; three sisters, Mildred Mason of Auburn Hills, Mich., Kathryn McGhee of Cincinnati and Jean Veal of Saginaw, Mich., and a brother, George Pitts of Saginaw.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: October 3, 2002

RIPLEY - Willie Earl Pitts, 65, of Pine Bluff, Ark., retired employee of General Motors in Flint, Mich., died July 6 at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Spiller Hill Church of God in Christ with burial in Love Cemetery in Halls. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mr. Pitts, the wife of Barbara D. Pitts, also leaves two daughters, Carmen Pitts and Lisa Pitts, and three sons, Raphael Pitts, Jamel Pitts and Juan Pitts, all of Flint; two stepdaughters, Kenya Fisher of Little Rock and Latasha Malone of Flint; a stepson, Darrell Malone of Flint; his mother and stepfather, Anna Bell and Bobby Johnson of Ripley; two sisters, Rhonda Bealore of Southfield, Mich., and Linda Fisher of Flint, 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: July 12, 2002

HALLS - Premon Reynolds Jr., 57, farmer, died Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Ripley after being hit by an automobile. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Cleaves Temple CME Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary has charge. He leaves a son, Randall McKinney of Nashville; two sisters, Willie Lou Smith of St. Louis and Ann White of Chicago; a brother, Frederick Tates of Halls, and a grandchild.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: April 7, 1999

HALLS - Isaac Ringer, 89, saw mill operator, died Saturday at Methodist Healthcare-Dyersburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Bell's Funeral Home in Covington has charge. Mr. Ringer, the husband of Marie Thurmond Ringer, also leaves two sisters, Beulah Mae Means and Luevina Dorsey, both of Chicago.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: May 30, 2002

HALLS -- Willie James Roberts, 54, factory worker, died Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley after an apparent heart attack. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Halls with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery here. Thomas Funeral Home of Ripley has charge. Mr. Roberts, the husband of Margrett Roberts, also leaves three daughters, Margaret Stenson, Martha Roberts and Marilyn Roberts, and a son, Willie Sam Roberts, all of Halls; his father, Willie B. Roberts of Nashville; two sisters, Dorothy M. Parrish of Cincinnati and Sandra Roberts of Nashville; two brothers, Milton Roberts and Charles Roberts, both of Nashville, and nine grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 2, 1994

HALLS - Alice Sue Robertson, 64, homemaker, died of heart failure Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Love Cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home in Ripley has charge. She leaves three daughters, Cecila E. Rogers and Nelluth E. Taylor, both of Halls, and Mary D. Edwards of Ohio; four sons, Harold L. Edwards, Martin J. Edwards, Conrad C. Edwards and Charles S. Edwards, and a sister, Mattie D. Taylor, all of Halls, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: May 15, 1998

HALLS - Thomas Edward Robinson Jr., 29, of Waldorf, Md., formerly of Halls, aeronautical engineering technician, died Monday at D.C. General Hospital in Washington of injuries in a motorcycle accident. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. He was an Air Force veteran. He leaves a brother, Marc Anthony Parr; his mother, Deborah Brown Pearson, and his grandmother, Jewel Brown Halliburton, all of Gates.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: April 27, 2001

Halls - Dorothy Sawyer, 76, retired teacher, died Sept. 30 in Covington. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cleve Temple Church with burial in Love Cemetery. H.H. Hudson Funeral Home in Dyersburg has charge. She leaves two brothers, James Sawyer of Halls and Thomas Sawyer of Havre de Grace, Md.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: October 7, 2004

HENNING - Moses Garvan Sawyer, 85, retired laborer, died of heart failure Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at noon Saturday at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery in Halls. Currie's Funeral Home has charge. Mr. Sawyer, the husband of Arthilia M. Sawyer, also leaves a daughter, Lisa Brown of Meridian, Miss.; three sons, Darrell Sawyer, Micheal Sawyer and Reginald Sawyer, all of Cincinnati, and two sisters, Katherine Dunnigan and Vera Nelson, both of Halls.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 6, 2001

HALLS - Ophelia Koonce Sawyer, 90, homemaker, died of cardiac arrest Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cleaves Temple Christian Episcopal Church, where she was a stewardess and a member of the usher board and Missionary Society, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mrs. Sawyer, the widow of Thomas D. Sawyer, leaves a daughter, Dorothy N. Sawyer of Memphis; two sons, James Allen Sawyer of Halls and Thomas Sawyer of Baltimore; two nieces, whom she raised, Florine Pierce of Halls and Paulette Vaughn of Gates; a sister, Louise Koonce of St. Louis, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: December 1, 1998

HALLS - Mary Aline Shaw, 80, cook for Halls School System, died of heart failure Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary of Ripley has charge.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: January 29, 2000

Ida Mae Smith, 48. Services 2 p.m., Saturday, July 16, 2005, Fountain of LIfe C.O.G.I.C., Halls. Thompson's Mortuary, Ripley.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: July 15, 2005

Halls - Willie B. Stenson, Jr., 46, janitor at Halls High School, died February 19, 2007. Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 24 at St. Mark Baptist Church, Gates, TN, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery, Halls. Thompson's Mortuary
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: February 23, 2007

RIPLEY - Mamie Esther White Taylor, 67, factory worker, died of cardiorespiratory arrest Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Cleaves Temple CME Church in Halls, where she was a member and pianist, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery there. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mrs. Taylor, the widow of Emerson Taylor, leaves three daughters, Dawn Taylor of Ripley, and Deborah Norman and Cassandra Harrell, both of Milwaukee; two sons, Dewayne Taylor of Milwaukee and Ricky Taylor of Halls, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 12, 1999

HALLS - John Henry Thurmond, 90, retired employee of R. C. Thurmond Lumber Co. of Dyersburg, died Tuesday of heart failure at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Halls, where he was a member, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery here. Mr. Thurmond, the widower of Willie Mae Thurmond, leaves a sister, Lucille Thurmond, and his caretaker, Geraldine Eison, both of Halls.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: October 13, 1994

HALLS - Lucille Thurmond, 87, retired teacher, died Thursday at Hillhaven Convalescent Center in Ripley after a heart attack. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Cleves Temple CME Church, where she was a member, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary of Ripley has charge. Miss Thurmond leaves a great-niece who cared for her, Meeka Reynolds of Halls.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: September 23, 1995

HALLS - Willie Jean Ward, 63, homemaker, died Monday of heart failure at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church in Halls, where she was on the mother board, with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery here. Currie's Funeral Home of Henning has charge. Mrs. Ward, the wife of Sylvester Ward, also leaves three daughters, Rhonda Ward and Denice Smith, both of Halls, and Yvonne Jacox of Gates; two sons, Rod R. Ward of Halls and Ronnie Ward of Tucson; two sisters, Elmar Currie and Ruby Bolds, both of Halls; a brother, W. C. Peoples of Harvey, Ill.; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 14, 1995

HALLS - Norma Jean White, 61, of Atlanta, formerly of Halls, homemaker, died of cancer Saturday at DeKalb Medical Center in Atlanta. Services will be at noon Saturday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church, where she was a member of the usher board, with burial in the church cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary in Ripley has charge. Mrs. White, the widow of Charlie White, leaves a daughter, Carmela Kidd of Atlanta; two sisters, Louise Travis of Chicago and Dorothy Halliburton of Halls; four brothers, Johnny Frank Wells and James Wells, both of Gates, Steve Wells of Halls and Kenneth Wells of Maury City, and two grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: July 15, 1999

DYERSBURG - Eddie Lee Fuller Williams, 86, retired teacher, died of heart failure Sunday at Dyersburg Manor. Services will be at noon Sunday at New Jerusalem Temple Church of God in Christ with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery in Halls. Thompson's Mortuary has charge. She was a licensed evangelist missionary for 50 years, a Sunday school teacher at Holiness Church of God in Christ, New Jerusalem Temple Church of God in Christ in Dyersburg and at St. Mark Baptist Church in Gates. She leaves three nieces whom she raised, D. R. Middlebrook King of Dyersburg, M. R. Holder Jones of Atlanta and Evelyn V. Haymond of Gary, Ind.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 23, 2000

Ripley - Harold Winbush, 69, retired teacher and principal for Lauderdale County School System, died of heart failure Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale. Services will be at noon Monday at Holly Grove Baptist Church with burial in Love Cemetery in Halls, Thompson’s Mortuary has charge. He was regional director of TSU Alumni Association and president of Rice Pak Committee. Mr. Winbush, the husband of Syvelia Winbush, also leaves two sons, Sylvester Winbush of Danville, Va., and Ronald Winbush of Nashville; two sisters, Mary Arnold of Pine Mountain, Ga., and Dorthy Reeves of Harvey, ILL.; two brothers, Nelson Winbush of Kissimmee, Fla., and Robert Winbush of Detroit, and four grandchildren.
The Commercial Appeal
October 7, 2000

HALLS - Donia Merriweather Young, 89, retired teacher, died of heart failure Wednesday at Wesley at Dyersburg Nursing Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cleaves Temple CME Church with burial in Old Chapel Cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary in Ripley has charge. Mrs. Young, the widow of Robert Young, leaves two sisters, Robin A. Stocklin of Henning and Amanda James of Dyersburg, and a brother, James Merriweather of Dyersburg.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: July 2, 1999

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