The funeral experience during COVID-19

By Brandy Cochran Special to The Press With its rich, long-lasting legacy within Martin, dating all the way back to 1944, Murphy’s Funeral Home is considered a staple of the Martin community. It has served as the place for many as a final farewell to loved ones throughout modern history, encompassing 15 major wars, 14…

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Martha Jo Damron

December 03, 1942 – May 23, 2020 Ms. Martha Jo Damron, age 77, died Saturday, May 23, 2020, at Van Ayer Manor Nursing and Rehab Center in Martin. Memorial graveside service and Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in East Side Cemetery with Murphy Funeral Home of Martin in charge of…

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Betty Brockwell King

November 27, 1931 – May 25, 2020 Mrs. Betty Brockwell King, age 88, died Monday, May 25, 2020, at her daughter’s residence in Medina, Tennessee. Graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in East Side Cemetery with Bro. Ricky Phillips officiating. Murphy Funeral Home of Martin was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. King…

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Donnie “Peter Rabbit” Essary

June 11, 1943 – May 22, 2020 Graveside service for Donnie “Peter Rabbit” Essary age 76 of Greenfield, TN, will be held Wednesday May 27th at Highland Cemetery in Greenfield. He was survived by his wife Nancy Essary of Greenfield, two sons Bradley Essary and wife Lisa, and Corry Essary and wife Eva. He also…

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Charlotte P. Roberts

August 13, 1929 – May 20, 2020 Graveside service for Charlotte P. Roberts age 90 formally of Sharon, TN, will be held on Thursday May 28th at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sharon, TN. Charlotte was survived by son Arnold Roberts and wife Nancy of Memphis, TN, daughters Donna Reed and husband Matt of Memphis, Emily Laird…

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Legion Riders, Murphy partner for foot marker project

By Sabrina Bates News Producer As part of an effort to pay final respects to area service members after death, the American Legion Riders of Post #55 in Martin have partnered with Murphy Funeral Home and local families to install numerous service foot markers in local cemeteries. The project began when Rider members discovered numerous…

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UT Martin evaluates budget, enrollment

The University of Tennessee at Martin Advisory Board met Friday during the annual summer meeting to discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the campus, the strategic enrollment plan, the proposed budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year and an update on the improvements made to the university’s Clery Act compliance. UT Martin Chancellor Keith…

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Charles Hardin

Charles Hardin, 74, of Dyersburg, formerly of Union City, died May 18, 2020, at his residence. A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Sunday at Rawls Funeral Home in Union City. Published 5.22.20

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Marland Maddox

Mrs. Marland Kyra Maddox, 76, of Union City passed away 5:55 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at Obion County Nursing Home. Visitation will be held at Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday. She was born Dec. 26, 1943, in Lauderdale County, daughter of the late Alfred and Ruth (Brandonberg) Buckner. She married…

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VOLUNTEERING FOR VETERANS

VOLUNTEERING FOR VETERANS — American Legion Post No. 20, with financial assistance from organizations like Magnolia Place Assisted Living Center, purchases flags each year to be placed on the graves of Obion County veterans for Memorial Day. Every year, volunteers are needed to place the flags on the graves of as many local veterans as…

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