OBITUARIES of some of those interred in Trinity Church Cemetery


RIPLEY - William G. Bausal, 87, Services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2003 at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church with burial in Trinity Cemetery. Mr. Bausal, retired, died Sunday. Survivors: wife, Henrietta Bausal; daughters, Mary Bausal, Patricia Taylor, Kathy Dawson, Barbara Junior & Dorothy Moss; sons, William Bausal, Herman (Sonny) Smith & Charles Smith. Thompson's Mortuary 731-635-9322.
Jackson Sun, The (TN)
Date: January 25, 2003

GATES - Isadore Blankenship, 76, homemaker, died of cancer Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity CME Church with burial in Trinity Cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary has charge. She leaves a son, Willie Blankenship of Gates, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: May 23, 2001

HALLS - Clores Bradford, 83, retired farmer, died Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cleavas Temple CME Church, where he was a member, with burial in Trinity Cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home has charge. Mr. Bradford leaves three daughters, Bobbie Palmer of Pomona, Calif., Gloria King of Los Angeles and Angela Bradford of Decatur, Ala.; two sons, Clores Bradford of Chicago and Michael Bradford of Ripley, 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: March 20, 1992

HALLS - Rebecca Sawyer Cole, 83, domestic worker, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cleaves Temple CME Church with burial in Trinity Church Cemetery in Gates. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mrs. Cole, the widow of Maclin Cole, leaves a brother, James Sawyer.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: February 2, 2001

HALLS - Arline Evans, 61, state case worker, died Thursday at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cleaves Temple CME Church with burial in Trinity Cemetery in Gates. Thompson's Mortuary in Ripley has charge. Mrs. Evans, the wife of Jesse Evans of Chicago, also leaves three sons, Sammy Lee Taylor and Kelvin Geoffrey Taylor, both of Chicago, and Daniel Taylor of Springfield, Ill.; five sisters, Mary Rose Halliburton and Betty Joe Gardner, both of Halls, Bobby Palmer of Brownsville, Clarrice Hart of Dyersburg and Dorothy Pitts of Maury City; four brothers, Brian D. Taylor of Ripley, Willie Taylor and James Herbert Taylor, both of Halls, and Ralph Taylor of Dalton, Ill., and five grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: October 13, 2003

GATES - Virginia Lee Dewalt Glynn, 52, factory worker, died of cardiac arrest Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Church with burial in Trinity Cemetery. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mrs. Glynn, the widow of George L. Glynn II, leaves a daughter, Sondra Glynn of Murfreesboro; four sons, George L. Glynn III and Jarvous Glynn, both of Gates, Ronnie L. Glynn of Fort Bragg, N.C., and Donald Glynn of Jackson; 14 sisters, Glory Dewalt and Rita Dewaltt, both of Atlanta, Annie Dixon, Yvonne Peet, Lucy Tyus, Martha Lee, Corrine Stinson and Callie Taylor, all of Ripley, Katherine Spivey and Isola Lee, both of Henning, Dorothy Whitelow of Detroit, Lola Mae Lee of Milwaukee, Deborah Dewalt of St. Louis and Jackie Johnson of Evansville, Ind.; seven brothers, Jerry Dewalt of St. Louis, Rodney Dewalt of Atlanta, David Dewalt, Bobby Dewalt and James Dewalt, all of Ripley, Homer Lee of Halls and James Lee of Henning, and six grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: September 30, 1999

Charles Willis Halliburton, 62, of Halls, brick-layer, died Thursday of last week in Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. Rites were Tuesday in Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Halls, with burial in the cemetery of Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church at Gates, Thompson’s Mortuary, of Ripley, in charge. He leaves his wife, Mary Rose Taylor Halliburton; step-sons, Barry Taylor, of Ripley, and Maurice Taylor, of Martin; step-daughters, Anna Strayhorn Taylor and Brenda C. Taylor, of Halls, and Judy S. Johnson, of Dyersburg; brothers, Robert Gates and Larry and Randy Adams, of Halls, Ray Van Adams, of Henderson, and Michael Gates, of Lincoln, Nebr.; sisters, Angela Hudson, Linda Gates, and Willie Mae Brantley, of Halls, Jennie Cates, Maggie Whirl, and Mary Foultz, of Lincoln, and Lucille Adams, of Beloit, Wisc.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The Lauderdale County Enterprise, Ripley, Tennessee, July 5, 2007

Lerlie Mae Halliburton, 52, of 377 Cherrydale Drive, Halls, died Aug. 18th in Jackson-Madison County Hospital. Rites were Saturday in Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church at Gates, with burial in its cemetery. She leaves sons, Donald and Harold, and a daughter, LaKenia Stafford, of Gates; brothers, Danny, Rickey, and Terry Glynn, of Halls, Willie Glynn, of Memphis, and Clifford Glynn, of Radcliff, Ky.; and six grandchildren.
The Lauderdale County Enterprise, Ripley, Tennessee, August 30, 2007

GATES - Phyllis Wells Holton, 24, homemaker, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity CME Church with burial in the church cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary in Ripley has charge. Mrs. Holton, the wife of David Lynn Holton, also leaves two daughters, Davianne Holton and Ashyia Holton, and her father, Johnny Wells, all of Gates; two brothers, Johnny Wells Jr. of Gates and Phillip Wells of Ripley, and her grandmother, Isadore Blankenship of Gates.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: May 12, 2001

DYERSBURG - Jack Johnson, 89, Services 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Trinity C.M.E. Church in Gates with burial to follow in the Church Cemetery. Mr. Johnson died May 17, 2003 in Dyersburg. Survivors are two brothers, Tom Johnson of Louisiana, Rev. C.L. Johnson of Saginaw, MI and nephews, Frederick Wells of Dyersburg and Douglas Pitts of Ripley. Thompson's Mortuary 731-635-9322.
Jackson Sun, The (TN)
Date: May 22, 2003

HALLS - Livingston 'Lab' Liggons, 90, retired mechanic, died of heart failure Sept. 29 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Trinity Church Cemetery in Gates. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mr. Liggons, the widower of Allie B. Liggons, leaves three sons, Jerry Liggons of Dyersburg and Carl Liggons and James L. Liggons, both of Chicago, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: October 5, 2000

Aaron Mack, 68, of Nashville, formerly of Halls, died Monday of last week in Vanderbilt Hospital. Services were at 1 p.m. Saturday in Thomas Funeral Home, with burial in Trinity Cemetery near Gates. He leaves three sons, Robert, Ed and Rodgers Mack, of Nashville; a daughter, Miss Annie Lee Mack, of Milwaukee, Wisc.; four brothers, Robert Pitts, of Halls, Jessie Pitts, of Nashville, and Robert Odell McPhearson and Robert Louis McPhearson, of Indiana; and five grandchildren.
Death date Nov. 16, 1987

GATES - McKinley Parish, 95, retired farmer, died Saturday of heart disease at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Trinity CME Church in Gates, where he was a member, with burial in the church cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary of Ripley has charge. Mr. Parish leaves a daughter, Julia Claybrooks of Gates; six sons, Wilbert Parish of Gates, James Frank Parish of Ripley, Willie Parish, Fletcher Parish and John Ellis Parish, all of Milwaukee, and Matt Parish of Cincinnati, 40 grandchildren and 61 great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: April 27, 1995

HALLS - O. Z. Sawyer, 97, homemaker, died May 21 at Brooklyn (N.Y.) Hospital. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Church in Gates with burial in Trinity Cemetery there. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mrs. Sawyer, the widow of Jerry Sawyer, leaves three sons, Larry Sawyer and O'Dean Sawyer, both of Brooklyn, and Jerry Sawyer Jr. of Cincinnati; a sister, Pauline Johnson of Orlando, Fla., 16 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: May 28, 2003

HALLS - Lula Taliaferro, 78, domestic worker, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Trinity CME Church in Gates with burial in the church cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary of Ripley has charge. She leaves a son, Willie Esters of Halls; two sisters, Mae Johnson and Aretha Johnson, both of Memphis; a brother, Otis Leake, and a foster sister, Ollie Coleman, both of Gates, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 7, 1997

HALLS - Morine Taylor, 81, homemaker, died of heart failure Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Matthew Zion Baptist Church with burial in Trinity Cemetery in Gates. Thompson's Mortuary in Ripley has charge. She leaves five daughters, Mary Halliburton and Betty Gardner, both of Halls, Arline Evans of Chicago, Bobbye Palmer of Indianapolis, Ind., and Clarrice Hart of Dyersburg; four sons, Willie S. Taylor and James Taylor, both of Halls, Ralph Taylor of Chicago and Brian Taylor of Ripley; a stepdaughter, Annie D. Pitts of Halls; two brothers, Wendell Bonds and Otis Bonds, both of St. Louis, 29 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: March 20, 2001

Eddie Mae Turner, 80, of Halls, homemaker, died Sunday at Oakwood Manor in Dyersburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Trinity CME Church in Gates with burial in Trinity Cemetery there. Thompson's Mortuary in Ripley has charge. Mrs. Turner, the wife of George Turner, also leaves a daughter, Margree Turner of New Orleans; a son, Irby Turner of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother, Warneal Currin of Halls, 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: January 22, 2004

Ripley - Eula Mae Walker, 76, died February 8, 2007. Visitation, 12 Noon - 6 p.m., Wednesday, February 14 at Currie's Chapel, Henning. Services, 2 p.m., Thursday, February 15 at Springhill Baptist Church, Ripley. Burial in Trinity Cemetery, Gates.
Currie's Funeral Home

RIPLEY - Andre Wells, 35, of Ripley, formerly of Gates, truck driver, died of an aneurysm Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at noon today at Halls High School with burial in Trinity Cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary has charge. Mr. Wells, the husband of Burt Emma Wells, also leaves a daughter, Kameshia Wells, and a son, Andreas Wells, both of Ripley; his mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Sammy L. Halliburton of Gates; three sisters, Kimberly Morgan, Lille Morgan and Elvis Morgan, all of Atlanta; three brothers, Bruce Halliburton of Atlanta, Brian Halliburton of Halls and Keith Morgan of Chicago; two stepsisters, Carolyn Halliburton and Rochelle Halliburton, and a stepbrother, Sammy L. Halliburton Jr., all of Tunica.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: November 17, 2001

HALLS - Bulah Wells, 87, retired chef, died of heart disease Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Trinity CME Church with burial in Trinity Cemetery in Gates. Thomas Funeral Home has charge. She leaves a son, Wayne K. Glynn of Indianapolis.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: July 27, 1996

GATES - Barbara Ann Wells, 43, employee of Dyersburg Fabric, died Sunday at Methodist Hospital in Memphis after a heart attack. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity CME Church in Gates with burial in the church cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary in Ripley has charge. Mrs. Wells, the wife of Johnny Frank Wells, also leaves a daughter, Phillis Wells, and two sons, Johnny Wells and Philip Wells, all of Gates; a brother, Willie Blankenship of Portsmouth, Va., and five grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 11, 1998

RIPLEY - Otha Wells, 101, retired farmer, died June 18 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Springhill Baptist Church with burial in Trinity Cemetery in Gates. Thompson's Mortuary has charge. She leaves two daughters, Beulah Williams and Ulah Walker, and a son, Lonnie Wells, all of Milwaukee, 25 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 26, 2002

GATES - Diane Wright, 85, died Friday morning at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Lauderdale. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity CME Church, where she was a member, with burial in the church cemetery. Thompson's Mortuary has charge. Ms. Wright leaves a sister, Rebecca Sawyer of Halls, and two brothers, Percy Sawyer of Memphis and James Sawyer of Gates.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: January 25, 1992

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