RIPLEY - Clyde Boyd 'Chic' Smith,
73, of Missouri City, Texas, formerly of Ripley, founding partner of Westfield Engineering, died
of cancer Sept. 21 at his home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ripley First Presbyterian
Church with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Garner Funeral Home has charge. Mr. Smith, the husband
of Mary Ruth Smith and widower of Tommie Eaton Smith, also leaves two sons, William Smith of Humble,
Texas, and Burnell Smith of Eagle River, Ark.; a brother, Roy Smith of West Memphis, and two grandchildren.
The family requests that memorials be sent to Texas Medical Center Hospice in Houston.
OBIT FROM OCT., 2000 COMMERCIAL APPEAL
HALLS - Alene Sanders, 80, of Southaven,
Miss., formerly of Halls, homemaker and former owner/operator of Halls Dairy Queen, died of myocardial
infarction Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. Services will be at 11 a.m.
Monday at Halls Funeral Home with burial in Gates (Tenn.) Cemetery. She was a member of Halls
First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Sanders, the widow of Charlie Sanders, leaves three sisters,
Rena Wheatley of Ripley, Opal White of Halls and Jeanette L. Baker of Memphis, and a brother,
Charles Baker of Dyersburg.
OBITUARY OCTOBER 3rd, 2000 The Commercial
RIPLEY - Virginia Lou Howell, 65,
homemaker, died of heart failure Sunday at her home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at
Garner Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Mrs. Howell, the wife of Billy C. Howell,
also leaves three daughters, Debbie Howell Blankenship of Ripley, Carol Howell Montgomery of Tunica,
Miss., and Patricia Ann Williams of Halls; a brother, William G. Williams of Madison, Ala., six
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
OBITURARY October 4th,2000 The Commercial
HALLS-- Sharon Thomason Grimes, 43,
employee of Magnetek Universal Electric Co. in Ripley, died Sunday at Methodist Healthcare-Central
of complications from surgery. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Halls Funeral Home with burial
in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Ripley. She was a member of Alamo First United Pentecostal Church.
Mrs. Grimes, the wife of John Henry Grimes, also leaves her stepmother, Peggy Thomason of Ripley;
three sisters, Debrah Bowers, Patsy Land and Tonie Cannon, all of Ripley, and six brothers, Donnie
Thomason of Gainesville, Texas, Ronnie Thomason, Earlin Thomason and James Johnson, all of Thackerville,
Okla., and Rickey Thomason and Willie Thomason, both of Ripley.
OBITUARY The Commercial Appeal October
RIPLEY - Mattie Louise Alexander,
52, homemaker, died of cardiac arrest Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale. Services
will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Canaan Baptist Church in Henning with burial in the church cemetery.
Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mrs. Alexander, the widow of Arthur Lee Alexander,
leaves two daughters, Deborah Brown and Etta Louise Harris, and a son, Tony D. Alexander, all
of Ripley; two sisters, Shirley Anderson and Linda Anderson, both of Benton Harbor, Mich.; four
brothers, Albert Anderson of Ripley, and Robert Anderson, James Anderson and Otha Anderson, all
of Detroit, and eight grandchildren.
OBITUARY 7 October 2000 The Commercial
RIPLEY - Ivan Vester Jenkins, 33,
died of heart failure Wednesday at his home. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Garner Funeral
Home with burial in Southfork Cemetery in Halls. He leaves his foster parents, Jane and Marley
Mayfield of Ripley; two sisters, Carolyn Joy of Covington and Shirley Woodard of Halls, and four
brothers, Robert Jenkins of Dyersburg, Jerry Jenkins of Ripley, Kenneth Jenkins of Covington and
Dewayne Mayfield of Friendship.
Obituary 7 October 2000 The Commercial
RIPLEY - Harold Winbush 69, retired
teacher and principal for Lauderdale County School System, died of heart failure Wednesday at
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale. Services will be at noon Monday at Holly Grove Baptist Church
with burial in Love Cemetery in Halls. Thompson's Mortuary has charge. He was regional director
of TSU Alumni Association and president of Rice Park Committee. Mr. Winbush, the husband of Syvelia
Winbush, also leaves two sons, Sylvester Winbush of Danville, Va., and Ronald Winbush of Nashville;
two sisters, Mary Arnold of Pine Mountain, Ga., and Dorthy Reeves of Harvey, Ill.; two brothers,
Nelson Winbush of Kissimmee, Fla., and Robert Winbush of Detroit, and four grandchildren
OBITUARY 9 October 2000 The Commercial
HALLS - Billy Hunter Reece, 65, carpenter
and bridge construction worker, died of a myocardial infarctionSaturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale
in Ripley. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Halls Funeral Home with burial in Archers Chapel
Cemetery. He was a member of Halls Methodist Church. He leaves a daughter, Dolly Faye Adams of
Dyersburg; three sons, Billy Wayne Reece of Humboldt, Danny Wayne Reece of Collierville and David
Wayne Reece of Halls; a stepdaughter, Gail White of Halls; three stepsons, Jimmy Bonds of Memphis,
Norman Bonds of Chattanooga and John Bonds of Halls; five sisters, Maxine Alley of California,
Lois Ellington of Jackson, Mervie Hughes of Nutbush, Mildred Terry of Halls and Dolly Stutts of
Dyersburg; two brothers, Vernon Reece and John H. Reece, both of Halls, 14 grandchildren and four
OBITUARY 10 October 2000 The Commercial
HALLS - Demetra Espey, 83, homemaker,
died of heart failure Sunday at Allen Brook Nursing Home in Memphis. Graveside services will be
at noon Wednesday at Halls Cemetery. Halls Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of Halls
First Baptist Church. She leaves a cousin who cared for her, Winnogene Schrader of Memphis.
OBITUARY 6 February 2000 The Commercial
RIPLEY - James Gilbert Bailey, 77,
retired employee of Tupperware Co. Inc. in Halls, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Saturday at Baptist
Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Halls Funeral Home in Halls
with burial in Ripley Memorial Gardens Cemetery. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
Mr. Bailey, the husband of Almeda Keltner Bailey, also leaves a daughter, Janet Harris, and a
son, Danny Bailey, both of Halls; three stepsons, J. B. Houchens and Kenneth Houchens, both of
Ripley, and Alan Houchens of Hampton, Va.; two sisters, Iris Lowery of Halls and Peggy Hilliard
of Pearl, Miss., nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
OBITUARY FEBRUARY 1, 2000
The Lauderdale County Enterprise
Page 1 October 12, 2000
Crash Into Truck Fatal For Riplian
Ricky Lynn Cox, 47, a carpenter,
of 8558 Highway 19 West, Ripley, died Monday of last week, in the Regional Medical Center in Memphis,three
days after his 1982 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up struck the left rear of a Peterbilt tractor-trailer.
That Friday, about 11:40 p.m., Cox was north bound on US 51, nearing the Hatchie River bridge.
The Peterbilt, owned by Robert McDaniel Trucking, of Nappanee, IN,and driven by Jose V. Amorim,
49, of 248 Mountain Drive, Jerome, IL, was headed for World Color Press, to pick up freight. Amorim
was unhurt. Impact left much of the pickup adhering to the rear of the truck. Cox was thrown about
30 feet from the pick-up, which left no evasive tire marks, according to Highway Patrolman Marvin
Norfolk, seen at left in photo above. Patrol Lt. Tommy Smith, at right in photo, told The Covington
Leader that achohol was involved. The crash closed the north bound lanes of the highway for about
four hours. Services for Mr. Cox were at 3 p.m. Friday in Garner Funeral Home, Ripley, with burial
in Indian Creek Cemetery, Tipton County. He leaves three brothers; Eugene Cox, of Burlison; James
Junior Cox, of Silvertop; and Billy Cox, of Shreveport, LA; and two sisters, Peggy Sires, of Bossier
City, LA ; and Sue Theovald, of Millington.
OBITUARY 13 October 2000 The Commercial
RIPLEY - Betty Jane Sanders Kirkpatrick,
58, homemaker, died of respiratory failure Wednesday at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Dyersburg.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Whitefield Assembly of God, where she was a member, with burial
in Whitefield Cemetery. Garner Funeral Home has charge. Mrs. Kirkpatrick, the wife of Don Kirkpatrick,
also leaves a daughter, Mary Beth Caldwell of Ripley; a son, Mark Kirkpatrick of Biscoe, Ark.;
a sister, Mary Alice Starnes of Munford; six brothers, Jessie Sanders of Santa Rosa, Calif., Talmadge
Sanders of San Diego, and Zelford Sanders, Albert Sanders, Charles Sanders and Jasper Sanders,
all of Ripley, and four grandchildren
OBITUARY 15 October 2000 The Commercial
RIPLEY - John Smith Rice, 84, of
Bartlett, formerly of Ripley, retired employee of International Harvester, died of heart failure
Thursday at his home. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Garner Funeral Home with burial in Maplewood
Cemetery. He was a member of West Frayser Baptist Church. Mr. Rice, the widower of Ruby Lee Rice,
leaves four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
OBITUARY 16 October 2000 The Commercial
DYERSBURG - Charles A. Gay, 71, driver
for Northwest Tennessee Health Resources Agency, died of cancer Saturday at his home. Services
will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at J. W. Curry & Son Funeral Home with burial in Friendship Cemetery.
He was a Navy veteran and a member of Three Oaks Baptist Church. Mr. Gay, the husband of Dollie
Holland Gay, also leaves a daughter, Angie Johnson of Dyersburg; two sons, Charles Lynn Gay of
Cleveland, Miss., and Michael Gay of Texas; two sisters. Bertha Kiesler of Ripley and Reba Steelman
of Henning; three brothers, Gene Gay, Wayne Gay and Lynn Gay,all of Ripley, and four grandchildren.
OBITUARY 17 October 2000 The Commercial
RIPLEY - Johnny Franklin Pittman,
67, truck driver, died of heart failure Sunday at Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis. Services
will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Garner Funeral Home with burial in Edith Cemetery. He was a member
of Macedonia Baptist Church. Mr. Pittman, the husband of Dorothy Campbell Pittman, also leaves
a daughter, Gwendolyn Booker of Ripley; a son, Danny Pittman of Aurora, Ill.; a sister, Dora Rupple
of New Albany, Miss., and three grandchildren.