OBITUARIES of some of those interred in
John M. Taylor
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.
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.
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.
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
H. W. Tucker
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
William H. Volkmar
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
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.
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
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.
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.
John S. Wilkerson Jr.
Dr. C. O. Wilkes
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.
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
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.
2008 Robbie Harrell
updated: June 27, 2008