OBITUARIES of some of those interred in
Frances Herron Dailey, 79,
retired teacher, of Ripley, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, at her residence. Services will be at 10 a.m.
on Thursday, Dec. 5, at First United Methodist Church with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Ms.
Dailey was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, First United Methodist Church, and
United Methodist Women. The widow of John W, Dailey, she leaves a daughter, Melissa Glenn of
Ripley; two sons, Tom Dailey of Ripley and John Dailey of Memphis; a sister, Joyce Higgs of
Jackson, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorials may be sent to the First
United Methodist Church in Ripley or the American Cancer Society.
RIPLEY - Herbert Davis, 95, of Memphis, formerly
of Ripley, metallurgist, died of heart failure Saturday at Allen Morgan Health Center. Graveside
services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Maplewood Cemetery here. Garner Funeral Home has charge.
He was a Shriner and member of Bellevue Baptist Church and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Mr. Davis
was the widower of Thelma Hart Davis. Any memorials may be sent to Trezevant Manor Foundation.
W. H. Davis
Carl Dodson, who lived in Ripley for several years
while employed by the Illinois Central Railroad, died Monday in his home in Memphis. He was
80. Services were in Memphis Funeral Home, burial in Maplewood Cemetery, Ripley. His wife, Mrs.
Willie Dewalt Dodson was buried March 28th. He leaves four sisters-in-law, Mrs. Alma Midyett,
Mrs. Lurline McDade, Mrs. Dassa Dupree and Mrs. Mary Neal, all of Memphis.
Mrs. Lillian Wood Drake, 78, died at 9:15 p.m.
Saturday in Jackson-Madison County Hospital. Services were Monday in Ripley Funeral Home, burial
in Maplewood Cemetery. She was the widow of R. Y. Drake, Ripley merchant, who died in 1957.
She leaves her son, Dr. Robert Drake, novelist, literary critic, and professer of English in
the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
A. O. Durham is dead; Ripley, Tenn. Jan. 3.
William Albert Durham
Ripley - Jerald "Jere" Henderson Escue,
died Saturday, January 6, 2007 in Ripley. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, January
10 at Garner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 11 at First
United Methodist Church where he was a lifelong member and was confirmed in 1968. Burial will
follow in Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley, TN. Jere was born to Ella Mae Henderson Escue and Joe
Turner Escue on March 5, 1956 in Ripley, TN. He graduated in 1974 from Ripley High School, where
he was on the varsity football team for four years. During this time, he attended Philmont Scout
Ranch, where he received the "God and County Award", and achieved the rank of Eagle
Scout. He also attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, TN and Dyersburg State Community
College, later he joined his father in a partnership on the family farm until his death. Jere
married Angelia Dianne Ray in 1981. To this union was born Melissa Victoria Escue in 1988. Mr.
Escue is survived by his wife, Angelia; a daughter, Melissa Escue; his father, Joe Turner Escue,
all of Ripley; a sister, Joan Vaughn, husband, Mike and children, Kirk and Andrea of Franklin,
TN; and a brother, Joe T. Escue, wife, Julie, and children, Jessica, Jennifer, Trey, Caroline
and Coleman of Anniston, AL; his father-in-law, James Edward Ray and two brothers-in-law, Thomas
Ray, wife, Kate, and daughter, Katelyn, Mike Ray, wife, Tammy, and son, Michael, all of Ripley,
TN. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ella Mae Henderson Escue and his mother-in-law,
Victoria Smith Ray.
Mrs. Katherine Thompson Escue, 47, of
Memphis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thompson, of Ripley, died at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in Methodist
Hospital in Memphis. Services were at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in Ripley Funeral Home. Burial was
in Maplewood Cemetery. She also leaves her husband, Robert P, Escue; a son, Perry Wayne Escue,
of Memphis; a daughter, Mrs. Kitty Carol Gibson, of Millington; a sister, Mrs. Marguerite Walsh,
of Ripley; two brothers, Paul E. Thompson, of Brownsville, and Robert C. Thompson, of Memphis;
and a grandchild.
Estes, Minnie (Mrs.)
The remains of Patricia Ann Evans, two-year-old
daughter of Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Evans, who died in Memphis Saturday; were brought to Ripley
and laid to rest in Maplewood Cemetery Sunday afternoon. The child was badly scalded two weeks
ago when she stumbled into her aunt, Mrs. P. L. ROGERS, who was lifting a pot of boiling water
from the stove.
Martha Louise Fain 63, of Henning, widow of
Charles Edward FAIN, died Saturday of heart failure, in Baptist Hospital in Memphis. Services
were Monday in Yarbrough Funeral, Ripley, burial in Maplewood Cemetery. She leaves a son, C.E.
"Chuck" FAIN, Jr. of Henning; two brothers, John Stacy BALLARD of Halls, and G. P.
BALLARD of Covington; seven sisters, Alice PERRY, Connie BURRIS, Josephine TRAVIS, Shirley BEST,
and Virginia WEIR, of Covington, Mildred SONDERMAN of Memphis, and Frankie LOVETT, of Downers
Miss Louise Flack, who resided with Miss Mary Brandon
JENKINS in Ripley, died at 3:15 p.m. last Fruday at their home on Highland Street. Services
were Sunday in Ripley Funeral Home, burial in Maplewood Cemetery. She leaves he sister, Mrs.
J. H. CECIL, of Huntsville, Ala.
Ripley mourns the death of Mr. W. H. Flippen, which occurred at his home near town last Sunday morning of dropsy, after an illness of several weeks. He was one of Lauderdale’s best citizens, a most enterprising, industrious farmer and a gentleman whose life measured up to the plane of honor and integrity in its broadest, truest sense. He went by the familiar name of “Penny” and his comrades always found in him the most exacting ties of friendship, a willingness and a readiness to share with them whatever he possessed, and added to the sum of human happiness in every way possible. His remains were laid to rest Monday afternoon in Maplewood Cemetery.
Florence Hart Murphy Freeland
RIPLEY - John E. Gaines, 81, retired City of Ripley
employee, died of heart failure Monday at Ripley Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. Services
will be at 2 p.m. today at Garner Funeral Home with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. He was a member
of Eastland Baptist Church and a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Gaines, the husband of Mary
Evelyn Gaines, also leaves two daughters, Angela Littles of Ripley and Patricia Anderson of
Nevada, Mo.; two sons, Richard Gaines of Gideon, Mo., and Jerry Gaines of Jefferson City, Mo.;
two stepdaughters, Alice Harber of Gates and Pat Pruitt of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Nadine
Kerley of Henning and Loula Pilcher of Ripley, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
JACKSON - Nell Henderson Gardner, 86, formerly
of Ripley, homemaker, died of respiratory failure Tuesday at Jackson-Madison County General
Hospital. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ripley First United Methodist Church with
burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Garner Funeral Home in Ripley has charge. She was a member of
Jackson First Baptist Church. Mrs. Gardner, the wife of George P. Gardner Jr., leaves two stepsons,
George P. Gardner III and John Gardner, both of Jackson; two sisters, Ruth Smith and Ella Mae
Escue, and two brothers, Roland Henderson and Sam Henderson, all of Ripley.
The remains of Andrew U. Given, who died from a
heart attack at his home in Elizabethton at an early hour Monday morning, arrived in Ripley
Wednesday morning on the 8:38 train, and after funeral services were laid to rest in Maplewood
Cemetery. Mr. GIVEN was in his 57th year, having been born in Ripley on October 19, 1875. For
several years he resided in Martin and Covington, and during this perion was engaged in highway
construction for the State of Tennessee, building over 100 miles of hard surface roads. Some
two years ago, he moved to Elizabethton and organized the East Tennessee Sand & Gravel Co.,
of which he became general manager at the time and continued in this position until his death.
Mr. & Mrs. GIVEN lived in Ripley five years after marriage, and it was here that their three
oldest children were born. Mr. GIVEN was a son of Mrs. Kate Hearring GIVEN, who died in 1926,
and who was a member of one of the pioneer families of Ripley. He is survived by his widow,
who before her marriage was Miss Lena HAMPTON, of St. Louis; one daughter, Mrs. J. A. BOYD,
of Memphis; five sons, A. U. GIVEN, Jr., of Atlanta, Ga., William GIVEN, of Memphis, Phillip
GIVEN, Robert Alvin GIVEN and Joseph Hampton GIVEN, who reside with their mother in Elizabethton;
Phillip being ill with scarlet fever, and the home being in quarantine, preventing Mrs. GIVEN
and the three sons living with her from attending the last sad rites. The other sons and daughter
were present; also Dr. & Mrs. J. J. BOYD, of Covington, parents of Mr. J. A. BOYD.
Katherine Hearring Givens
W. E. Glenn
Halliburton, Florence Hope
Claude "Leslie" Hamby, 89, widower of
Merida Wilson Hamby, of Memphis, formerly of Ripley, died Tuesday in Saint Francis Hospital
in Memphis. He was a graduate of Ripley High School where he played football and basketball.
He served in the United States Coast Guard for four years during WWII. After the War he returned
to Ripley as a partner in the H.M. Wilson and Company, a grocery store on the east side of the
Ripley Square. He was employed by the United States Postal Service for twenty-five years. He
also served in the Army National Guard for eighteen years. He was a member of Ripley's First
United Church where he served on the Administrative Board, was a member of the Men's Comeback
Sunday Class and an usher. He also served on the board of Maplewood Cemetery. He is survived
by one daughter, Delaine H. Kelly and son in law Jim Kelly, of Germantown, a grandson Gordon
Kelly and wife Terry of Germantown and a granddaughter Kimberlee K. Chaney and husband Mark
of Charlotte, North Carolina, three great grandsons: Hayden, Harrison and Hudson Kelly of Germantown.
He was a devoted husband, a loving father and a wonderful grandfather and great-grandfather.
Memorials: Ripley First United Methodist Church or Donor's Choice.
Ripley - Merida Wilson Hamby, 83, former owner
of H.M. Wilson Co., died Tuesday at Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis. Services will be at 11
a.m. today at Ripley First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of John Hedgepeth
Gleaners Sunday school class and United Methodist Women, with burial in Maplewood Cemetery.
Yarbrough Funeral Home has charge. She was president of Ada Nixon Book Club, regent of Fort
Prudhomme chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and member of Lauderdale Historical
Society. Mrs. Hamby, the wife of Claude Leslie Hamby, also leaves a daughter, Delaine Hamby
Kelly of Germantown, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family requests that
any memorials be sent to Ripley First United Methodist Church.
Harry L. Hanna
John Dawson Hanson
Martha Rose Hardy, 81, of Nut Bush, formerly
of Ripley and Memphis, died Thursday of last week in Baptist Hospital in Memphis. Rites were
Sunday in Garner Funeral Home in Ripley, with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. She was a member
of the Westside Church of Christ in Brownsville. She leaves her husband for 63 years, George
Tracy Hardy; daughters, Cyndy (Mrs. David E.) Ray and Susan (Mrs. Charles R.) Clayton; and four
grandchildren. A son, Stephen Russell Hardy, preceded her in death. His widow, Patrice Austin
RIPLEY - Billie Jane Harlen, 78, homemaker,
died Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at
Ripley First Presbyterian Church, where she was a member, with burial in Maplewood Cemetery.
Garner Funeral Home has charge.
RIPLEY - Bell Ferguson Harmon, 84, died of
pneumonia Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale. Graveside services will be at 2:30
p.m. today at Maplewood Cemetery. Garner Funeral Home has charge. He was a member of Faith United
Methodist Church. He leaves a daughter, Janice Osborne of Crown Point, Ind., two grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
RIPLEY - Wilma Virginia Henley Harmon,
86, homemaker, died of heart failure Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Garner Funeral Home with burial in Maplewood Cemetery.
She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. Mrs. Harmon, the widow of John Milton Harmon
Jr., leaves four sons, John M. Harmon III of Henning, William Henley Harmon of Columbia, Donald
Louis Harmon of Mt. Juliet and Richard Trent Harmon of Aiken, S.C.; five grandchildren and six
RIPLEY - Guy Tucker Henderson, 61, pharmacist
and investigator for Tennessee Board of Pharmacy, died Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-
Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley First Baptist Church, where
he was a member, with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Garner Funeral Home has charge. He was a
member of Scottish Rite and a Mason. Henderson, the husband of Camille Bass Henderson, also
leaves a daughter, Mrs. Alice Noel of Cadiz, Ky.; a son, David Guy Henderson o f Ripley; a sister,
Mrs. Martha Roper of Memphis, and four grandchildren.
Walker Joseph Herndon,
infant grandson of Tim and Kitty Herndon, of 225 Lackey Lane, Ripley, died Monday of Last week
in Arlinton, Tex. His parents, Frew and Carolyn Hendon, reside in Mansfield, Tex. Rites were
Sunday in Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley, Garner Funeral Home in Charge. Other grandparents are
Larry and Vera Cockrell, of The Colony, Tex. Great-grandparents are Ann (Mrs. Joe H.) Walker,
of Ripley, Carl and Maxine Herndon, of Pontotoc, Miss., and Novelle Boylston, of Santa Anna,
Tex. Uncles are Tucker and Tyler Hendon, of Ripley. An aunt is Cathy (Mrs. Brett) Fuller, of
Mr. William Henry died at his residence in Ripley Wednesday night at 10 o'clock, at the ripe age of 85 years. For several months he had been gradually failing in health, but was confined to his bed only a few days, before passing away. During his declining days, he was the object of the tenderest affection from his devoted wife, kindred, and friends. With the exception of a few years spent in Texas, he had been a citizen of Ripley since the Civil War, and he and his devoted companion had been married 53 years last August. He was born in Decatur County, TN., in 1840.He was a Confederate War Vet. The funeral was Thursday at the home, burial in Maplewood Cemetery. (parents William Henry, NC & Annie Latta, SC)
Walker Joseph Herndon, infant grandson of
Tim and Kitty Herndon, of 225 Lackey Lane, Ripley, died Monday of last week in Arlington, Tx.
His parents, Drew and Carolyn Herndon, reside in Mansfield, Tex. Rites were Sunday in Maplewood
Cemetery in Ripley, Garner Funeral Home in charge. Other grandparents are Larry and Vera Cockrell,
of the Colony, Tex. Great-grandparents are Ann (Mrs. Joe H.) Walker, of Ripley, Carl and Maxine
Herndon, of Pontotoc, Miss., and Novelle Boylston, of Santa Anna, Tex. Uncles are Tucker and
Tyler Herndon, of Ripley. An aunt is Cathy (Mrs. Brett) Fuller, of Plano, Tex.
Ripley - Keith Daniel Hill, 74. Services will
be at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 24, 2005 at Garner Funeral Home. Burial at Maplewood Cemetery
in Ripley. (husband of Carolyn Hill)
Hipp, Jane Hickox
L. Tucker Hipp
Mattie Sue Holman, 97, homemaker, of Ripley,
died Wednesday, June 4, at Lauderdale Community Living Center. Services were held Friday, June
6, At Garner Funeral Home with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. The widow of W. T. Billy Holman,
She leaves two daughters, Linda Thomas and Billie Joe Davis, both of Ripley; a son, Tommy Holman
of Ripley; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Clara Howard, 83, of 1048 Winfield Road, Memphis,
formerly of Ripley, died last Friday in St. Joseph Hospital, Memphis. Services were Saturday
in Ripley Funeral Home, burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Born in Tipton County. She was the widow
of J. W. HOWARD, who died in 1961. She leaves her daughter, Mrs. George CRAIG, of Memphis.
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updated: June 27, 2008