OBITUARIES of some of those interred in
Maplewood Cemetery


John M. Taylor
After having spent a most delightful Sabbath Day surrounded by his immediate family and Mr. & Mrs. Jim HALE, friends from Crockett County, who were guests in his home, Mr. J. M. TAYLOR, Sr., suffered an acute attack of indigestion about 6 o'clock, and expired a short time thereafter. Mr. TAYLOR was born in Hardinsburg, Ky., in 1865. He was a son of a Methodist minister. At the age of 18, he entered the service of the railroad as a telegraph operator, which was his life's work. On December 1886, he was united in marriage to Miss Lula J. SHOFFNER at Halls, and to this union three children were born, two of whom survive; J. M. TAYLOR, Jr., of Ripley and Mrs. D. M. PEARCE, of Dyersburg; also his wife; mother; and four grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Bettie HOLBROOK, of Owensboro, Ky. ; one brother, Henry R. TAYLOR, of Vine Grove, Ky. Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon, interment in Maplewood Cemetery.

RIPLEY - Mrs. Etta Mai Thompson, 80, died Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Garner Funeral Home with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. She was a member of Ripley First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Thompson leaves nieces and nephews.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: March 11, 1991

Thompson, Knox
b 4 Sep 1928 d 20 Jan 1929
parents Hugh Thompson - Emma Kinzer
cemetery Maplewood
Garner Funeral Home

Lexie Crews Thompson, 83, died January 20, 2004 in Suffolk, Virginia. Born in Lauderdale County, Tennessee December 2, 1920 she was the youngest sibling of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elzie Crews. She was predeceased by 7 brothers and sisters (George Crews, Effie Garrett, Estelle Keltner, Ladye Sanders, Barney Crews, Eloise Bratcher, Montelle Crews) and her husband John Wesley Thompson. Recently she attended Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church in Suffolk, VA. She was a member of St. Luke's Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee for about 45 years and prior to that a member of Mt. Pleasant Church in Arp, Tennessee. Lexie taught school for 32 years - 7 years in Lauderdale County, Tennessee; 25 years in the Memphis,Tennessee School System. Lexie enjoyed living at Kirby Pines Retirement Center in Memphis, Tennessee for 16 years. She recently resided at Lake Prince Retirement Center in Suffolk, VA. Lexie will be missed by her son Jerry N. Thompson and his wife Minna Yancey of Suffolk, Va; and her grandchildren: Heather Boyer and husband David of Suffolk, Va; Andrew Thompson of Virginia Beach, Va; Holly Collins and husband Lance of Lynchburg, Va. She dearly loved her 6 great grandchildren; Joshua and Jonathan Boyer, Sarah, Emma, Joseph and Clara Collins. Lexie was known for her enjoyment of teaching, her modeling (which she started at 64), and her great desserts including her angel food cake, pineapple upside down cake, ambrosia, and boiled custard. Lexie wants all former students to know she loved them very much. Lexie deeply loved her extended family and her "family" at Kirby Pines. She had a great love for Jesus and desired that all members of her family and friends receive Jesus into their life. Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley, Tennessee for family members. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Memphis, Tennessee at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The family will be available after the Celebration Service. Memphis Funeral Home - Poplar Chapel (Memphis, Tennessee) is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church Building Fund in Memphis, TN.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: January 22, 2004

Tibbs, Clara Maybell
father Martin J. KINDLE
wife of J. L. TIBBS

George A. Tillman, retired farmer of Flippin, died Sunday evening at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. He was 91. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Garner’s Ripley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery. Born in Lauderdale County, he was the oldest member of Flippin Cumberland Presbyterian Church in which he serves as Sunday School superintendent 15 years and as an elder. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Emma Caldwell Tillman; two sons, Hubert Tillman of Ripley, Ralph Tillman of Bator Rouge, La.; three daughters, Mrs. Herman Milam, Mrs. Emmett White and Mrs. Jamie L McMahan, all of Ripley, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
August 18, 1964

Hubert Allen Tillman, 99, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Ripley, Visitation was held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Garner Funeral Home with funeral services to follow at 1 p.m. in Garner Funeral Home chapel. Burial followed in Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley. Garner Funeral Home had charge of the services. Tillman was born on Nov. 14, 1908 to George and Emma Caldwell Tillman. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Annie Mae Parker Tillman, his parents, three sisters and one brother. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Doris Tillman of Halls; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Robert Jones of Cordova; five grandchildren, JoAnne and Ned Lewis, David and Lynn Tillman, and Benjamin Jones; and two great-grandchildren, Grace Tillman and Ben Lewis. He also leaves many nieces and nephews and his Asbury Cove family. “Grand-daddy as he was known to all his family and many friends, owned and operated Tillman’s Grocery at Flippin for over 30 years, during which time he was also a rural mail carrier. He was a strong believer and a great man to all and loved by many and will be missed greatly by everyone.
The Lauderdale Voice, Wednesday, January 2, 2008

H. W. Tucker
One of the largest as well as most impressive funerals ever witnessed in Ripley was held at the Baptist Church Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock over the remains of Mr. WATKINS TUCKER, who passed away at his home in Ripley at 5 a.m. Sunday, after an illness of two weeks of flu and pneumonia, (There is a full column on this man, I'll type to best points) The remains were interred in Maplewood cemetery. In the death of Mr. Tucker, Ripley and Lauderdale County loses one of the most prominent merchants and churchmen in this community. He was senior member of the firm of Wat Tucker Hardware Company, one of the leading mercantile establishments of Ripley and also a member of the City Lumber Company and the firm of Julian Belton & Co. Mr. Tucker was in his 49th year. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Rissa McCallum Tucker; and four children, Watkins. Shelby, Phillip and Aubrey Lee Tucker, all of Ripley. Four brothers and two sisters also survive him: William Tucker, Jr., Joe and John Tucker, all of Ripley and R. A. Walker(?); Mrs. H. C. Kirkpatrick of St. Louis and Mrs. Gordon S. Moore of Ripley.(parents Wm Tucker b. VA and Annie Watkins, b. TN)
Lauderdale County Enterprise, Ripley, Tennessee Friday April 3rd, 1925

Mrs. Ida Majors Tucker, whose sweet spirit took its flight to the home land of the soul on last Saturday, and whose body was laid to rest in Maplewood cemetery Sunday afternoon. Mrs. TUCKER was born January 4,1885,in Fulton,Tennessee. She was the daughter of Mr. M. D. MAJORS. She was married to Joe M. TUCKER on Thanksgiving Day, 1906. This the union six children were born, all of whom, together with the husband and father survive, to wit; Joseph TUCKER, Landrum TUCKER, Marshall TUCKER, John TUCKER, Matthew TUCKER, and Francis TUCKER. Brothers surviving are: L.L. MAJORS, Flint, Michigan, W. Dan MAJORS, Ripley, H.J. MAJORS, Winthrop, Ark., Thomas B. MAJORS, Memphis, and Jack MAJORS
of Luxora, Ark.

Joe M. Tucker, Sr., who was stricken with a heart attack Tuesday night, and was carried to the Baptist Hospital, in Memphis, for treatment, died Thursday afternoon. Mr. Tucker was one of Ripley’s most prominent civic and church leaders and had a host of friends. Funeral services will be Friday morning at 10 o’clock at First Baptist Church, of which he was a member. Pallbearers will be Matthew Tucker, John Tucker, Landrum Tucker, Marshall Tucker, Joe M. Tucker, Jr., his sons, and Charles Lee, his son-in-law. He is also survived by on daughter, Mrs. Lee.
The Lauderdale County Enterprise, Ripley, Tennessee, August 24, 1951

Johnny Tucker...28, of Ripley, died at 6:30 a.m. Monday in the home of his parents, Dr.& Mrs. Landrum S.TUCKER. Services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the home. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Ripley Funeral Home in charge. He also leaves two brothers, Chris TUCKER, of Ripley, and Dr. Lanny TUCKER, of Chapel Hill, NC; a sister, Sydney TUCKER, of Ripley; and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Wayne ROBERTS, of Hot Springs, NC.

RIPLEY - William Tucker V, 46, died of heart failure Thursday at his home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Yarbrough Funeral Home with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. He was a member of Georgetown Baptist Church in Pottsboro, Texas. He leaves a daughter, Shelby Lynn Tucker, and two sons, Colin Tucker and Clay Tucker, all of Sherman, Texas; his mother, Marjorie Newman Tucker, and a sister, Sarah Tucker Covington, both of Dallas, and a brother, Scott Tucker of Tucson, Ariz.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: February 25, 2001

RIPLEY - William 'Bill Pete' Tucker IV, 68, of Pottsboro, Texas, formerly of Ripley, retired from the Air Force, died of an aneurysm Friday in Texas. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley First Baptist Church with burial in Maplewood Cemetery here. Garner Funeral Home has charge. He was former county commissioner and chairman of the Lauderdale County election commission. Mr. Tucker, the husband of Marjorie Newman Tucker, also leaves a daughter, Sarah Gwen Covington of McKinney, Texas; two sons, William Tucker V of Pottsboro and Scott Tucker of Tucson, Ariz.; two sisters, Ann Tucker Walker and Robin Tucker Mays, both of Ripley, and five grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: October 19, 1999

Verser, Mrs Annie
b 5 Jul 1839 d 20 Aug 1928
parents Champ C Conner, VA - Ann Slaughter, VA
cemetery Maplewood
Garner Funeral Home

William H. Volkmar
The sudden death of W. H. VOLKMAR, which occurred at his home at Fort Pillow, 25 miles west of here Saturday night, was a distinct shock to his many friends in Ripley and all over the county. For many years, he has been affected with a throat trouble, but members of his immediate family were not alarmed over this. Saturday night at the supper table, without warning he fell from his chair to the floor, suffering a heart attack. His wife immediately called his son, who was at the store nearby, but by the time further assistance could arrive, Mr. Volkmar was dead. Mr. Volkmar was one of the county's leading planters and business men, owning about 1200 acres of fine delta land in the Mississippi bottom. He was born in Louisville, KY.,68 years ago. When quite young, he moved to Memphis, where he resided until 1884,when he came to Lauderdale County. He is survived by his wife ;and two children; Ward Volkmar of Fort Pillow and Mrs. W. R. Smith, Jr., of Camden, AR.; four sisters also survive, Mrs. F. A. Henry and Mrs. George W. Young of Ripley, Mrs. B. A. Hobbs of Wilson, VA., and Mrs. C. L. Dupuy of Marianna, Ar. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2:30 in the Methodist Church, interment in the Maplewood Cemetery.
The Lauderdale County Enterprise, Ripley, Tennessee Friday February 27th, 1925

Col. R. H. Watkins, one of Lauderdale’s aged and respected citizens, died suddenly at his home in Ripley on the morning of Dec. 7th in his 76th year, and his remains were laid to rest in Maplewood Cemetery. Col. Watkins was a native of Virginia, was a graduate of West Point, and served in the Confederate army throughout the war. He had been an honest and influential citizen of
Ripley since 1882, and held a warm place in the hearts of all who knew him. He had been a member of the Christian Church 17 years, and was one of the charter members of the church organized in Ripley in 1894, and was made a deacon.

Webb, Christopher
father Paul WEBB
mother Carla MARTIN
cemetery Maplewood
funeral home MALEY-YARBROUGH

Services for Mrs. Mary Jane Webb, prominent church worker, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Phelan THOMPSON, near Ripley, were held Friday morning with Rev. C. N. Jolley officiating. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery. She was 78, and a member of the Baptist Church. She leaves another daughter, Mrs. Walker RODGERS, Ripley; two sons, R. Lee WEBB, Dyersburg and Louis WEBB, Memphis.
FRIDAY MAY 24,1946

Daniel Carl Wells, 73--of Ripley, who after his retirement from the Navy, as a lieutenant commander, won prominence for his art works depicting ducks and other wild life, died Wednesday of last week, of heart failure in Oakwood Manor in Dyersburg. Services were at 2 p.m. Friday in Immanuel Episcopal Church in Ripley, of which he was a commuicant, with burial in Maplewood Cemetery, Garner Funeral Home in charge. He served in WWII and in the Korean War. He leaves his wife, BETTY; his sons, DALE PATRICK WELLS, of Memphis, and DAN WELLS, JR. of Germantown; and his daughter, BETH PICKRON, of Germantown; his brother, RICHARD WELLS, of Toledo, Ohio; and his sister, JOAN MILLER, of Toledo, Ohio.

West, Infant daughter
The friends of Mr. & Mrs. Robert WEST sympathize with them in the death of their infant daughter born last Friday and laid to rest Sunday afternoon in Maplewood Cemetery. The Lauderdale County Enterprise, Friday April 1, 1932

Mrs. I. P. West, widow of the late Isaac P. West, died at her home on Brownsville Street Saturday night after an illness of two weeks of pneumonia. She was born in Haywood County, TN., Feb.22nd,1854 and was a little over 71 years of age. She was twice married, the first time to J. Y. West and to this union one son, J. Y. Jr., was born and survives her. In 1878 she was married to I. P. West. Six children were born, four of whom survive her; Mrs. E. R. Charlton, Isaac P. West, Jr., Mrs. J. N. Fleming and Robert L. West, all of Ripley. Mrs. West was a good mother, kind neighbor and a faithful friend. Interment was in Maplewood Cemetery.
Lauderdale County Enterprise, Ripley, Tennessee Friday March 13th,1925

Miss Annie White, 81, retired Latin teacher in Ripley High School died last Friday in Lauderdale County Hospital, Services were Saturday in Ripley Funeral Home, burial in Maplewood Cemetery. She leaves her sisters, Mrs. Ben CHAPMAN, of Ripley and Mrs. George ADAMS, of Pine Bluff, Ark.
The Lauderdale County Enterprise, FRIDAY OCTOBER 18, 1968

Wilburn, Betty Sue
father Robt. Ryland HALLIBURTON
mother Mattie Lee LASSITER
cemetery Maplewood
funeral home MALEY-YARBROUGH

John S. Wilkerson Jr.
John S. WILKERSON, 60, formerly of Ripley, died Tuesday of last week in John Gaston Hospital, Memphis. Services were Wednesday of last week in Maplewood Cemetery. Born in Louisville, Ky., he moved to Memphis from Lauderdale County 20 years ago. He leaves a number of relatives including a son, John S. WILKERSON, a former employee of the Enterprise.
The Lauderdale County Enterprise, FRIDAY AUGUST 9, 1968

Dr. C. O. Wilkes
This week the county mourns the passing of Dr. C. O. Wilkes, whose death occurred at his home on Henning Street about noon Tuesday. For about three weeks he had put up a brave fight, but finally lost to the ravages of typhoid fever and other complications. He graduated from a dental college in Memphis. When the World War broke out he volunteered and was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe and while there met and married Miss Isabel Abbott of Atlanta. To this union came two children, Isabel, age 4 1/2 years and Charles, four months. He was in his 33rd year, son of Mr. C. N. Wilkes of Gates. Interment was in Maplewood Cemetery with Masonic honors.
ENTERPRISE Friday December 3, 1926

Ben Williams died at his home near Maplewood Cemetery Wednesday evening. He had been afflicted for many years and on several occasions visited the hospitals in Memphis for treatment. His last illness confined him to his bed only a few days when death relieved him of his suffering. His remains were laid to rest in Maplewood Cemetery Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
The Lauderdale County Enterprise, Friday, April 22, 1932

Mrs. Emma Williams, dies August 8th, 1909. The funeral services of Mrs. Emma Williams will be held this afternoon at her late residence in Ripley at 4:30 conducted by Rev. R. I. Long. Interment will be at Maplewood Cemetery immediately afterward. Friends and family are invited to attend. The town was shocked and grieved soon as it was known that Mrs. Emma Williams had died very suddenly at her home here Sunday evening, August 8, 1909, at about 7 o'clock. She had been very ill of typhoid fever, but her case was not thought at all serious hence her death came as a perfect surprise to her many friends throughout the town and county. The funeral took place at the family residence Monday afternoon, the service, which was sweet and impressive being conducted by Reverend R. I. Long of the Presbyterian Church, to which the deceased had belonged since early girlhood. The interment was at Maplewood, and in her final sleep she lies beneath the beautiful flowers which friends brought in great quantities to express their love for her and sympather for her boys and other loved ones. Mrs. Williams, daughter of Mr. Reek Wood, one of the oldest citizens of the county, was an unusually good woman. She was a good, kind, generous neighbor. She was especially attentive to the sick and was the gentlest, tenderest and best of mother to her two young men, who have been sufferers fro rheumatism since boyhood and who have needed just such attentions as she bestowed upon them. She has been both father and mother and it seems that they are doubtly bereaved. She is survived by father, brother, Mr. Currie Wood, City Marshall of this place, a sister, Mrs. Burks, living near town, and two sons, Messrs. Ed and Ben Williams. To those who grieve, The News extends its deepest sympathies.

Robert A. Williams
R. A. Williams died at his home in this city late yesterday afternoon. He was one of the editors of the Lauderdale County Enterprise, but did not like the newspaper business and sold out. For six years he was clerk and master of the chancery court and resigned this position to accept the Cashiership of the Lauderdale County Bank which was organized in 1900, and which position he held at the time of his death. For three terms he was Mayor of Ripley, and member of the County Court a number of years. He represented Lauderdale County in the lower house of the General Assembly in 1895, and was delegate to the National Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1896. Mr. Williams was the promoter of many enterprises for the upbuilding of Ripley, the most notable ones being the Ripley Oil Mills, Lauderdale County Gin Company, the Farmers and Merchants Milling Company and others. At the time of his death he was President of the Board of Education, and in memory of (the) deceased, Professor McLeod suspended school this afternoon. The funeral was held at the Methodist Church at 3 o'clock and all places of business were closed during the services. He was a great church worker and a teacher in the Methodist Sunday School. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, Maccabees, and K. of P. His remains were laid to rest in Maplewood Cemetery with honors of the lodges to which he belonged. Dr. Warner Moore conducted the services at the church." Robert A. Williams was married to the former Emily E. Pitts, and father to three sons and four daughters, of which son Max C. Williams was a partner in the firm Williams, Dunavant and Rice and son L. A. took over his father's position as Cashier of Lauderdale County Bank. Robert A. Williams was the son of David and Elvyann Manery Walker Williams. He was a brother to Mary Jane Williams (Mrs. Wm. C. Brown), Benjamin Williams, Francis A. Williams (Mrs. James R. Jenkins), Eliza Verlie Williams (Mrs. John T. Martin), Phredonia W. Williams ((Mrs. Robert W. Burks), Martha Harriett Williams (Mrs. John R. McGaughey), Ellen Louise Williams (Mrs. Eli Martin), and Cornelia B. Williams (Mrs. William Cornelius Burks). He died at the age of 50 of Bright's Disease complicated by the sudden onset of typhoid fever.

RIPLEY - Dr. Luis L. Wong, 63, physician, died Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Hurricane Hill Methodist Church, where he was a member, with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Garner Funeral Home has charge. He was a Navy veteran. Dr. Wong, the husband of Pamela Wong, also leaves two daughters, Blanca Thomas of Greenville, S.C., and Jennifer Camper of Ripley; six sons, Luis Wong of Palm Bay, Fla., Peter Wong of Haverhill, Mass., James Mashburn of Halls, and Chris Wong, Jonathan Wong and Andi Wong, all of Ripley; two sisters, Teresa Rueda of Yonkers, N.Y., and Victoria Wong of Miami; a brother, Severo Rueda of Ecuador, and 10 grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: October 14, 2003

Nathan A. Yancey, prominent farm and business man and owner of extensive farm tracts in Lauderdale and Dyer counties died early Saturday morning at his farm home near Hales Point. He was 75. Services were Sunday at Curry Funeral Home, burial in Maplewood Cemetery, Ripley. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Bertha YANCEY, of Ashville, NC; four daughters, Miss Margeurite YANCEY, Washington, D. C., Mrs. William H. BARKLEY, Ashville, NC, Mrs. R. L. Bird, Finley, TN, and Miss Sadie YANCEY, Ashville, NC; sister, Mrs. Belle PONDER, Blue Springs, Miss. Pallbearers were: L. L. McDEARMAN and Lon VIAR of Halls, Sam BRADSHAW and George WEAKLEY of Dyersburg and George WATKINS of Ripley.

Sadie Yancey
BURIAL IN MAPLEWOOD CEMETERY--in Ripley, followed services Saturday at 1 p.m. for SADIE YANCEY, 86, Dyer County land-owner, who died Wednesday of last week of heart failure in Wesley of Gyersburg. Services were in St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dyersburg, whose Alter Guild she had headed, Dyersburg Funeral Home had charge. She had been a hospital Pink Lady and a Girl Scout Leader.

W.B. Young
Services for William Bryan YOUNG, 72, of Ripley, who died Tuesday evening of last week in his winter home in Delray Beach, Fla., were at 2 p.m. Saturday in Ripley Funeral Home, burial was in Maplewood Cemetery.

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