OBITUARIES of some of those interred in
Thomas Andrew Adams, 65, of
Ripley, retired truck driver, died Saturday of heart failure, in Baptist Hospital East, Memphis.
Services were at 2 p.m. Monday in Eastland Baptist Church in Ripley, of which he was a member,
with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home in charge. He leaves his wife; Louise,
his sons; Tommy, of Ripley, Don, of Bartlett, and Randy of Trenton, his daughters; Glenda Hafford,
of Cordova, Pam Dudas and Sherry Binkley, both of Munford, his step-son; Michael Fain, of Ripley,
his step-daughters; Joann Champion, of Ripley, Betty Ferris, Betty Roper, and Mary Dunham, all
of Memphis, his sisters; Jean Odegaard, of Ripley, Carolyn Wildman, of Booneville, Miss., and
Joann Williams, of Tampa, Fla.; 37 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.
Alston, Carrie N. (Mrs.) Widow
Mrs. Laura Smith Alston--who was born near
Ripley, died early Tuesday of last week at her home in Memphis, after lenghty illness, she was
82. Services were last week in Memphis Funeral Home, burial in Maplewood Cemetery, Ripley. Mrs.
Alston, the widow of William B. Alston, moved to Memphis 40 years ago. She leaves a daughter,
Mrs. Louise Goldsmith of Memphis.
Mr. L. B. Archer died at his home in Ripley, Sunday
morning about 9 o'clock after an illness which had confined him to his home nearly four years.
A partial stroke of paralysis thirteen years ago was the beginning of his illness. His second
stroke came in 1921.Mr.Archer was born at Garland in Tipton County and was in his 66th year.
When a young man, he moved to Halls, where he held the posion of depot agent for 12 years. He
moved to Ripley in 1903. In 1890, he was married to Miss Mamie Young, the daughter of Esq. J.
F. Young of Halls. To this union three children were born, Charles Archer of Pine Bluff, AR.,
D. B. Archer of this city and Mrs. Clarence Thurmond of Dyersburg; Three brothers also survive;
W. T. Archer of Memphis, W. A. Archer of Helena , AR., and I. S. Archer of Greensville, MS.The
funeral was held at his home, burial in Maplewood Cemetery.
C. R. Barbee
RIPLEY - Martha Griffin Bartlett, 90,
retired secretary for Memphis Board of Education, died Monday at Saint Francis Nursing Home
in Memphis. Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Maplewood Cemetery. Garner Funeral Home has
charge. She was a member of Prescott Memorial Methodist Church.
RIPLEY - Beulah Mae Bogue, 87, retired grocer,
died of heart failure Saturday at her home. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist
Church with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Garner Funeral Home in Ripley has charge. Mrs. Bogue,
the widow of Kinloch Owen Bogue, leaves two daughters, Janette Kirby of Ripley and Dean Poston
of Murray, Ky.; a sister, Velma Mills of Halls, nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and
Mrs. Emma Boydstun, Dead--She passed away at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Clara Tarrant in Ripley on Thanksgiving Day. Married to Mr. Wood
Boydstun, who passed away some 35 years ago, she is the mother of Cecil Boydstun, of this place;
Elbert Boydstun of San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. F. B. Bradford, of Mo. The remains were laid
to rest in Maplewood Cemetery.
HORNBEAK - Steven Lynn Bruce, 40, tire builder
at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., died Friday at his home after an apparent heart attack. Services
will be at 11 a.m. Monday at White-Mahon Funeral Home in Troy with burial in Maplewood Cemetery
in Ripley. He attended the Church of God in Troy. Mr. Bruce, the husband of Angela Calandrillo
Bruce of Savannah, also leaves a daughter, Kelly Bruce of Martin; three sons, Chris Bruce of
Martin, and Anthony Roark and Jason Roark, both of Savannah; his mother, Louise Jernigan Bruce
of Troy; a sister, Cheryl Graves of Mars Hill, Maine, and two grandchildren.
Mary Hellen Campbell
In the death of Mrs. Sarah S. Carson, wife of Mr. S. B. Carson, which occurred at her home in Ripley July 20th, 1907, another name has been stricken from the ever-lessening roll of our older settlers, and the aged husband, who had shared her companionship for 40 years and two sons and three daughters are left to attest how sadly they will miss her. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Long, were held at the family residence Sunday afternoon at 4:30, and the remains were laid to rest in Maplewood Cemetery.
HENNING***Mrs. Therza Meazles Carter, wife
of Mr. Frank Carter, a merchant of this place, passed away quietly January 31, 1923. She was
59 years of age. Owing to the failing health, Mrs. Carter had been confined to her home for
quite awhile, but bore her confinement with the greatest patience and cheerfulness. The community
extends deepest sympathy to the bereaved husband, and may he be made to feel by Divine instinct,
that his loss, is her eternal gain. Funeral service was held at the Baptist Church in Henning
the following day @ 10 a.m. and interment was in Maplewood Cemetery.
First Lt. Wilbur L. Chism, killed in action in
France on August 17, 1944, was reburied Thursday morning in Maplewood Cemetery after 11 a.m.
services at Garner’s Ripley Funeral Home. The Rev. C. C. Lewis officiated, assisted by
the Rev. W. L. Drake. He was a native of the Lightfoot community, but had resided in Memphis
from 1937 until his entrance into the Army. He leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Chism,
of Hayti, Mo., and a sister, Mrs. Roy Stewart, a resident of Memphis.
RIPLEY - Helen Thornley Coffman, 82, homemaker,
died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Maplewood Nursing Home in Jackson. Services will
be at 2 p.m. today at Garner Funeral Home with burial in Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley. She was
a member of Curve Baptist Church. Mrs. Coffman, the widow of Robin E. Coffman, leaves a daughter,
Judy Long of Jackson; two sons, Jim Coffman of Nashville and Robin T. Coffman of Germantown;
a sister, Lois Adkerson of Kosciusko, Miss., six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Raymond H. Coffman, 59, died at 5:30 a.m. last
Friday in Lauderdale County Hospital, which he entered June 28th, after long illness. Services
were Saturday in Ripley Funeral Home, burial in Maplewood Cemetery. He leaves his wife, Eva
Maye Phillips Coffman; daughter, Mrs. Robert A. Harrison, of Ripley; brother, Robin Coffman
of Ripley; sister, Mrs. Jewell Lee, of Ripley; and his grandchild, Miss Suzie Littlefield, of
Robin E. Coffman, 61, Woodville farmer, died at
3 a.m. Wednesday in his home. Services were at 2 p.m. Thursday in Ripley Funeral Home Burial
was in Maplewood Cemetery. He was treasure, Sunday School superintendent, and deacon in Curve
Baptist Church. He was manager and a member of the board of directors of Forked Deer Electric
Co-operative in Halls for ten years. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Helen Thornley Coffman; two sons,
Robin T. Coffman, of Jackson and James Raymond Coffman, of Louisville, Ky.; a daughter, Judy
Coffman, of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Jewell Lee, of Ripley; and four grandchildren.
RIPLEY - Florence 'Marnty' Coker, 69, homemaker,
died Thursday of heart failure at a daughter's home in Millington. Graveside services will be
at 2 p.m. Sunday in Maplewood Cemetery. Garner Funeral Home has charge. Mrs. Coker, the widow
of George H. Coker Jr., leaves two daughters, Cathy Morton of Millington and Robin Craddock
of Summerfield, N.C.; two sons, George H. Coker III and John R. Coker, and a sister, Ann Morehouse,
all of Memphis; three brothers, Warner R. Pace Jr. of Ripley, Buddy Pace of Grand Valley, Ariz.,
and Charles Pace of Georgia, and nine grandchildren.
RIPLEY - George H. Coker Jr., 75, retired highway
department employee, died of cancer Wednesday at his home. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m.
Friday at Maplewood Cemetery. Garner Funeral Home has charge. He was a World War II Navy veteran
and a member of the American Legion. Mr. Coker, the wife of Florence Coker, also leaves two
daughters, Cathy Morton of Millington and Robin Craddock of Summerfield, N.C.; two sons, George
H. Coker III and John R. Coker of Memphis; a sister, Dorothy Woolsey of Memphis; two brothers,
Walter Coker of Ripley and Walt Coker of Memphis, and nine grandchildren.
Conner, Champ Carter
DROWNED--The death by drowning of J. T. Coughlan, Jr., 14-year-old son of Sheriff and Mrs. J. T. Coughlan, which occurred in Klutts pond Sunday morning about 10 o'clock, brought sadness to the entire community and hearts went out to the grief-stricken parents. In the company of four other boys, he had gone to the pond to enjoy an outing. It is said he had been in the water quite a while when the tragedy took place. His playmates were unable to save him and he sank in about seven feet of water. After the alarm was given, it was with some difficulty that the body was located by rescurers who hurried to the scene. Two physicians worked faithfully to resuscitate him. The playmates with him were Clyde Chalk, Lynn Crook, Leon Watson and Homer Jamison. Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon at 4:40 o'clock, the remains laid to rest in Maplewood. The pallbearers were his playmates: Jack Hutcheson, Henry Hungate, Homer Jamison, Jack Currie, Clyde Chalk, Lynn Crook, Edward Craig and Ed ROBERSON. Thirty-one years ago last May, two of Ripley's promising youths, John Roberson, son of Mr. & Mrs. W. M. Roberson; and George Palmer, son of Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Palmer; were drowned in this same pond.
RIPLEY - Magnolia E. Coughlan, 88, died of
heart failure Wednesday at Hillhaven Convalescent Center. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday
at Garner Funeral Home with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. She was a member of First Baptist
Church of Ripley.
Ripley - Ellen Marie Cowan, 73, retired machine
operator for Master Casual Ware, died Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale. Services
will be at 2 p.m. today at Garner Funeral Home with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Mrs. Cowan,
the widow of William D. Cowan, leaves a daughter, Renee Burns; a son, Charles Crawford, and
two sisters, Betty Jean Pipkin and Judy Hargett, all of Ripley; three brothers, Lynnwood Shoemake
and David Shoemake, both of Ripley, and Billy Shoemake of Nesbit, Miss., and six grandchildren.
RIPLEY - Hilda Majors Craig, 96, homemaker
and retired saleswoman, died of heart failure Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Ripley, where she was a member
of WMU, with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Garner Funeral Home has charge. Mrs. Craig, the widow
of John Edward Craig, leaves a daughter, Frances Fitzhugh, and a son, John Ed Craig, both of
Ripley, a grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
John E. Craig passes away--He was the son of Ed &
Piercy CRAIG. he served in WWI, spending two years in France. In 1921 he was married to Miss
Hilda Majors, and is survived by his widow and two children, John Edward, Jr., and Frances.
He is also survived by his mother; sisters, Mrs. H. J. Maness and Mrs. James Klutts; and brothers,
Charles R. Craig and James Porter Craig, all from here except the latter, he is living in Mobile,
Ala. He was born December 5,1892, he died October 8th, after having been stricken at his place
of business. He underwent an operation for constricted gall bladder due to adhesion. He seemed
to be recovering but his condition became worse and he past away. Interment in Maplewood Cemetery.
Mrs. J. A. Hart and Mrs. Charlie Hart attended the funeral of Mr. John E. CRAIG Friday.
William Wesley Craig died at his home on South Main Street at 9:50 Tuesday morning, after several weeks’ illness. Born in Friendship, Crockett County, September 29, 1869, he graduated from the Academic department of Vanderbilt in 1895 and received his diploma from the Vanderbilt Law School in 1897. He began the practice of law in Alamo in the Fall of 1897, comming to Ripley in 1903, opening his own law office. His services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Methodist Church, with Dr. Loyal O. Hartman, the Rev. W. L. Drake and the Rev. James Irion, of Bells, officiating. Burial in charge of Garner’s Ripley Funeral Home was in Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley
Joseph Charles Currie
Howard Basil Cursey, 67, retired produce merchant
of Ripley, died about 12:10 a.m. Saturday in Lauderdale County Hospital, which he entered three
weeks earlier. Services were Tuesday in Ripley Funeral Home, burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Born
in Dyer County, he moved to Lauderdale County in 1912. He leaves his son, H. B. Cursey, Jr.,
of Madrid, Spain; his brothers, Lowell Cursey, of Ripley, and B. N. Cursey, of Dyersburg; and
his sister, Mrs. Ed Roberson, of Ripley.
Mrs. Lee Cursey, 91, died at 2 a.m. last Friday in
her home at 142 Highland in Ripley, after a long illness. Services were Saturday in Ripley Funeral
Home, burial in Maplewood Cemetery. She had lived in Lauderdale County 56 years. She was the
widow of Osceola Cursey, Ripley produce merchant who died in 1943. She leaves sons, Howard Cursey
and Lowell Cursey, both of Ripley, and Bennie Cursey, of Dyersburg; daughter, Mrs. Bernice Roberson,
of Ripley and a brother, Walter Pinchley, of Dyersburg.
2008 Robbie Harrell
updated: August 22, 2008