Obituaries for January 4

Obituaries for January 4

Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 4:01 pm

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Ronald J. Arant

Ronald J. Arant, 68, of Martin, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at Volunteer Community Hospital, Martin.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Murphy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Dowdy officiating. Burial will be in East Side Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arant was born Sept. 27, 1942 in Fulton, Ky., son of the late J. C. and Mary Evelyn Johns Arant. He was retired from the United State Air Force after 23 years of service and was a member of McConnell Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Glenda Hastings Arant of Martin; two sons, Jayton Scott Arant of Martin and Shannon Lee Arant of Davenport, Fla.; two brothers, Noel Arant of Martin and Joel Arant of Orlando, Fla.; two sister, Diana Kivett of Washington and Debra Bartholomew of Orlando; and five grandchildren, Jessica Arant, Branden Arant, Justin Raggonet, Caleb Arant and Jacob Arant.

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Thelma Myers Baird

Mrs. Thelma Myers Baird, 90, of Adairville, Ky., died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at NHC Healthcare Center in Springfield.

Services were held at noon Monday at Adairville Baptist Church with Rev. Carl Fruedenthal, Rev. Mark Bond, Rev. C. David Brown, Rev. Philip Brown and Rev. Andrew Brown officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery with Dean Funeral Chapel in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Baird was born Feb. 6, 1920 in Crofton, Ky., daughter of the late Rex Myers Sr. and Helen Godward Myers Pullman. She was the widow of Charles Cona Baird. She was a teacher of home economics, a member of the Gideon’s Auxiliary and a member of Adairville Baptist Church. 

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and David Brown of Martin, Mae Ann and David Watson of Brentwood; her step-mother, Lucille Young Myers of Phoenix; one sister, Emma Ralke of Los Angeles, Calif.; one step-brother, Wallace Myers of Scottdale, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Andrew and Amy Brown, Philip and Chanda Brown, Anna and Brandon Carl, Davis Watson and Maria Watson; and three great-grandchildren, Brennan, Eden and Leah Brown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s International.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Rex Myers Jr. and John R. Myers; and one sister, Mary Corder.


Pam Janes Brooks

Mrs. Pam Janes Brooks, 84, of Martin, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 at Volunteer Community Hospital, Martin.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at East Side Cemetery with Rev. Mike Sams officiating with Murphy Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Jim Graves, Tom Stewart, John Harris and Lowell Fields served as pallbearers.

Mrs. Brooks was born Jan. 29, 1926 in Weakley County, daughter of the late Ulis and Edna Ellis Janes. She was the widow of Harry E. Brooks, a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church, Martin.

Survivors include two sons, Randell K. “Randy” Brooks of Memphis and Richard E. “Ricky” Brooks of Paris; three brothers, Ellis Janes of Dresden, Charles Janes of New Castle, Ind. and Gene Janes of Indiana; two sisters, Mildred Frields of Memphis and Colleen Moon of Martin; and two grandchildren, Alex Brooks and Devon Brooks.

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Janice Marie Hayes

Janice Marie Hayes, 60, of Union City, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at her residence.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Monday at Macedonia Cemetery with Wendell Jellison officiating and Williams Funeral Home in Greenfield in charge of the arrangements.

Brad Galloway, Cody Ricketts, Thomas Edmontson, Kenny Hayes and Kevin Knott served as pallbearers.

 Mrs. Hayes was born April 21, 1950 in Dyer, daughter of Cinda Alexander Powers of Greenfield and the late Harold Hayes. She was a factory worker for Bryan Plastic in Kenton.

Survivors also include two sons, Darren Scott Hayes of Greenfield and Keith Gabel of Milan; and one sister, Deena Ricketts of Greenfield.

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Pauline Moore Hinds

Pauline “Polly” Moore Hinds, 88, of Martin, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at Greenbrier Manor in Martin.

Services were held at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis with Bro. Michael Priest officiating.

Ron Austin, Austin Black, Pryce Black, Jeff Fowler, James Hanna and Albert Moore served as pallbearers.

Mrs. Hinds was born Aug. 25, 1922 in Louisville, Miss., daughter of the late Coy and Lattie Moore. She was the widow of Leonard Hinds. She was a resident of Memphis until 2005 when she moved to Martin. She was a retired representative for World Book Encyclopedia, a retired bookkeeper with IRS in Memphis and a long-time member of Bartlett Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Michael and Nancy Hinds of Martin; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Ron Austin of Franklin, Theresa and Leon Helton of Dalton, Ga.; two sister and one brother-in-law, Evelyn and Conner Hanna of Louisville, Miss. and Thelma Douglas of Milton, Fla.; two brothers, Duane Moore of Dallas and Leroy Moore of Louisville, Miss.; one sister-in-law, June Hinds of Destin, Fla.; five granddaughters, Ashley Black, Kristin Fowler, Marianne Wanamaker, Elizabeth Hinds and Rebecca Hinds; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Marion Moore.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Martin First United Methodist Church Building Fund, We Care Ministries or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Lessie Virginia Sanders Long

Mrs. Lessie Virginia Sanders Long, 96, of Gleason, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at the Weakley County Nursing Home, Dresden.

Services will be held at noon Wednesday at Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Gleason with Rev. Tom Spelling officiating. Burial will be in New Valley Cemetery, Gleason. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. tonight.

Mrs. Long was born July 1, 1914 in Hickman County, daughter of the late Thomas Alex and Sarah Frances Elizabeth Harrington Sanders. She was the widow of James Howard Long. She was retired from H.I.S. Plant in Gleason and a member of the New Valley United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Joyce Marie Long Lofton of Dresden; one brother, Jimmie Sanders of Gleason; one sister, Mattie McCaslin of Lexington; six grandchildren, Tim Long, Melinda Pember, Amy McDowell, Darrell Guerra, Greg Lofton and Kim Chadwell; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Dr. James Thomas Long; one daughter, Jessie Faye Long Guerra; three sisters, Winnie Ellis, Elease Williams and Katherine McCoy; and three brothers, Ira Sanders, Elmer Sanders and Robert Sanders.

Memorials may be made to the New Valley United Methodist Church, c/o David and Judy Belew, Gleason, TN 38229 or to Henry County Hospice, 301 Tyson Ave., Paris, TN 38242.

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Minnie Bell Morton McCollum

Mrs. Minnie Bell Morton McCollum, 96, of Martin, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at VanAyer Manor Nursing Center, Martin.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Murphy Funeral Home Chapel  with burial in East Side Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. tonight and after 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Mrs. McCollum was born March 1, 1914 in Obion County, daughter of the late Will and Drucy Warix Morton. She was the widow of Clay Franklin McCollum. She formerly worked at City Dry Cleaner and Copeland Cleaners, and a member of Central Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Bobby McCollum of Southlyon, Mich. and Cecil McCollum of Winchester, Ill.; one daughter, Vera Owen of Martin; one brother, Clay “Bill” Morton of Troy; two half brothers, Marion Davis of Troy and Roland Davis of Samburg; one sister, Ava Lee Roberson of Troy; eight grandchildren, Kathy Pendergrast, Dennis Owen, Jerrie Owen, Ronnie McCollum, Sandy Schlitters, Florance Southworth, Cecil McCollum Jr. and Mark McCollum; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Jimmie Gerald Pruiett

Jimmie Gerald Pruiett, 71, of Calvert City, Ky., died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at Lourdes Hospital, Paducah, Ky.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hornbeak Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton, Ky. with Rev. Bobby Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. tonight and Wednesday until funeral time.

Pruiett was born June 17, 1939 in Obion County, son of the late James “Pete” and Estelle Campbell Pruiett. He had retired from the Fulton Fire & EMT after 17 years of service and then worked for the South Fulton Fire Department for 17 years. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife who he married on Aug. 14, 2008, Mrs. Nancy Duke Pruiett of Calvert City; one daughter, Kristi Tripp of Mayfield, Ky.; three sons, Mark Pruiett of Mayfield, Shane Pruiett of Smyrna and David Shannon Pruiett of Martin; one stepson, Tony Potts of Fulton; one stepdaughter, Kelli Jo Bennett of Martin; two sisters, Jo Ann Green of Paducah and Ruth Hailey of South Fulton; his former wife, Linda Weems Pruiett of Mayfield; 11 grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Jackson Chapel Church, c/o Sadie Humphreys, 778 Humphreys Rd., Clinton, Ky. 42031.

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David Elbert Sills

David Elbert Sills, 66 passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 in the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the Lea and Simmons Funeral Home in Brownsville. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be tonight from 5-7  p.m. in the Lea and Simmons Funeral Home. 

He was a graduate of Memphis State University, upon graduation he was commissioned into the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served in both Active Duty and the Reserves, during which time he achieved the rank of Major. In later years, he used his journalism degree and wrote for various West Tennessee newspapers, where he especially enjoyed covering sporting events and human interest stories. 

He was preceded in death by his father:  Elbert Pershing Sills. 

He is survived by his mother: Zora Nell Smith Sills, Brownsville; a son: John David Sills, Smyrna;  a sister: Dorothy Sills Jackson (Dan) Brownsville and two nieces: Ashley Jackson Simmons, Brownsville and Laura Jackson, Richardson, Texas. 

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to Disabled American Veterans Headquarters, 3680 South Mendenhall Dr., Memphis, TN 38115. 


Betty J. Stout

Betty J. Stout, 78, of Greenfield, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at the Volunteer Community Hospital, Martin.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Greenfield with James Harold Hazelwood officiating. Burial will be in Meridian Cemetery, Greenfield. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Jason Stout, Scott Stout, T. J. Stout and Sean Stout will serve as pallbearers.

Mrs. Stout was born May 9, 1932 in Christmasville, daughter of the late Homer Franklin and Edna Mae Capps. She worked as a secretary for Baptist Hospital and attended Southland Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, David Stout and John Stout, both of Greenfield and Tim Stout of Tennessee; three sisters, Dean White of McKenzie, Myrna Lamb and Pat Sellers, both of Greenfield; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

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Travis Austin Taylor

Travis Austin Taylor, 22, of Union City, a student at the University of Tennessee at Martin, died Jan. 1, 2011, at Volunteer Community Hospital in Martin after a single-car automobile accident.

Services were set for 2 p.m. Monday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jerry Leggett and Clint Wilson officiating. Burial followed in Obion County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Cory Wilcox, Josh Hogan, Justin Speed, Jared Willcutt, Spencer Minyard and Scottie Somerville. Honorary pallbearers were employees of Union City’s Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse in Union City and Alan Taylor, Brett Taylor, Lee Taylor, Madison Raines, Jeremy Finch, Jerry Ward II, Joey Faulkner and Adam Battles.

He was born Nov. 29, 1988, in Union City, son of Terry and Lynn (Guess) Taylor of Union City. He was a graduate of Obion County Central High School and attended Lake Road Baptist Church. 

He is also survived by his grandmothers, Imogene Guess of Union City and Zelma Puckett of Obion; four aunts and uncles, Jane and Randall Perry, Melinda and Gary McBride and Sherry and Mike Taylor, all of Union City, and Nancy and Earl Taylor of Yorkville;  and five cousins, Alan Taylor and Brett Taylor, both of Troy, Lee Taylor of Memphis, Jeremy Finch of Martin and Madison Raines of Union City.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, James Guess and John Taylor.

The family requests that memorials be made to Vanderbilt Medical Center donor’s program in Nashville or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website:


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