Obituaries for Jan. 18

Obituaries for Jan. 18

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:01 pm

Mattie May Crowell

Mrs. Mattie May Crowell, 72, of Dresden, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, Jackson.

Services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Bowlin Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ben Pollock and Bro. Joe Eaton officiating. Burial was in Jolley Springs Cemetery, Dresden.

Jeff Jones, Ronnie Jones, Kenny Turnbow, Ronnie Barner, Michael Dale Barner and Robert Hopgood served as pallbearers. Jamie Jones was an honorary pallbearer.

Mrs. Crowell was born Feb. 5, 1938 in Dresden, daughter of the late Fred and Edna Mai Chappell Barner. She was a factory employee for Carhartt Clothing and a member of Hodges Chapel Baptist Church near Palmersville.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Ray Crowell of Dresden; one daughter and son-in-law, Tonia Sue and David Gallimore of Dresden; one sister, Carolyn Christian of Sharon; three brothers, Billy Barner of Sharon, Donald Ray Barner of Dresden and James Ronald Barner of Bradford; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Jesse Thomas Jones and John Carlos Jones; one sister, Mary Nell Horn; and one brother, L. C. Barner.

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Billy F. Featherstone

Billy F. Featherstone, 81, of Dresden, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 at the Weakley County Rehab and Nursing Center, Dresden.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Dresden First United Methodist Church with Bro. Mark Earheart and Bro. Jim Calhoun officiating. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, McKenzie with Bowlin Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Daniel Gipson, Judd Miller, Harold Pinkley, Joe Walker, Joe Walker Jr. and Jerry Weatherford served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Anderson, Tom Beard, Junior Moore, Mike Pentecost and members of the Young Men’s Bible Class.

Featherstone was born Oct. 13, 1929 in Christmasville, son of the late Bowdie and Vera Dunn Featherstone. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was the former owner of the Ben Franklin Department Store in Dresden and later Bill’s Frame Shop. A charter member of Dresden Jaycees, charter member of the Dresden Business Association which organized the annual Iris Festival. Past president of the Dresden Rotary Club with a 30-year perfect attendance record. Dedicated adult leader of Cub Scout Pack 40 and Boy Scout Troop 40. Member of Dresden First United Methodist Church with activities including Sunday School superintendent., chairman of the Board of Trustee, president of the Young Men’s Bible Class, chairman of the Fellowship Hall Window Committee, member of the Parsonage Committee and cook for the Methodist Men.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Betty Rucker Featherstone of Dresden; one daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Jerry Ray of Jackson; one son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Tammy Featherstone of Evansville; one sister, Virginia Walker of McKenzie; four grandchildren, Mark and Jeri Ray, Martha Ray, Susan Featherstone and Sam Featherstone; and one great-grandchild. Emma Ray.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Ray Featherstone.

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Roberta Blair Poscharscky

Roberta Blair Poscharscky, 85, of Goshen, Ind., died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 at The Maples at Waterford Crossing.

Friends called from 1-6:30 p.m., Sunday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home in Goshen where at 6:30 p.m. Women of the Moose memorial service was conducted. A 10:30 a.m., Monday funeral service was held at Yoder-Culp Funeral with Pastors Ed and Brenda Fritz of First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Violett Cemetery, Goshen.

Mrs. Poscharscky was born Dec. 4, 1925 in Latham, daughter of the late Robert and Hattie Griffith Danner. She worked at Goshen General Hospital in admitting for 15 years until her retirement in 1992.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Goshen, American Legion Auxiliary, New Paris Puzzle Quilters and Maple Leaf Quilters, and a lifetime member of Women of the Moose where she received several honors, including Academy of Friendship, Star Recorder and College of Regent.  She enjoyed playing euchre.

Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Gwen and Michael Stutzman of Goshen, Mary and Frank Rupe of Three Rivers, Mich. and Jackie Miller of Jenison, Mich.; one son, William Adrian Poscharscky; one brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Mildred Danner of Gladwin, Mich.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, David Wayne Poscharscky; and one brother, James Danner.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Goshen or Goshen Care at Home Hospice.

Alma Odessa Rhodes

Alma Odessa “Tootsie” Rhodes, 86, of Tiptonville, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 at Reelfoot Manor Nursing Home.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wynnburg Baptist Church with Rev. Chop Davis officiating. Burial was in Lake Memorial Gardens with Dyersburg Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

David Roberson, Randy Roberson, Terry Roberson, Stephen Ross, Sherrell Armstrong, David Armstrong, Frank Gardner Roberson, Dave Roberson, Leon Roberson, Tommy Roberson, Tom Makin and Aaron Smith served as pallbearers.

Mrs. Rhodes was the daughter of the late, Odie B. and Odessa “Dessie” Roberson. She was a retired bookkeeper for Roberson Bro. Lumber Company, Ross & Son Furniture Company and Tiptonville First Baptist Church and a lifelong member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Diane Rhodes of Tiptonville; one sister, Imogene Ross of Martin; two brothers, Odie Leon “Buddy” Roberson and Thomas Gardner Roberson, both of Hornbeak; two grandchildren, Jim and Michelle Rhodes, Ashleigh and Mike Matteson; and five great-grandchildren, Trey Rhodes, Jennifer Matteson, Christopher Matteson, William Matteson and Hailey Rhodes.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Artie Smith and Lucille Weaver; three brothers, Ilar Roberson, Toy Roberson and Carl Roberson; and Lyman Rhodes.

Memorials may be made to Wynnburg Baptist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.


Barbara Carol Riddle

Mrs. Barbara Carol Riddle, 57, of Palmersville, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 at the Alive Hospice Residence in Nashville.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Palmersville Baptist Church with Bro. Kieth Dublin officiating. Burial was in Macks Grove Cemetery near Dresden with Bowlin Funeral Home of Dresden in charge of the arrangements.

Kerry Harris, Dewey McClure, Brannon Stafford, Gath Meeks, Calvin Capps and Ted Cantrell served as pallbearers. Hugh Brann and Bob Webb served as honorary pallbearers.

Mrs. Riddle was born Feb. 1, 1953 in Surry, Va., daughter of Mrs. Virginia May Hunt Branscome Albrecht of Williamsburg, Va. and the late Robert Albrecht. She was a housewife and member of Palmersville Baptist Church.

Survivors also include her husband, William Riddle of Palmersville; one daughter, Stephanie Diane Foster of McKenzie; one son, Christopher Riddle of Palmersville; her father-in-law and mother-in-law George and Danie Riddle of Palmersville; and five grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Audie Branscome, Jerry Branscome and Charles Branscome.

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Caleb Eugene Turner

Caleb Eugene Turner, 18, of South Fulton, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Parkway Church of Christ, Fulton, Ky. with Bro. Cecil May III officiating.

Turner was born May 7, 1992 in Weakley County, son of Berry and Kim Turner of South Fulton. He was a graduate of South Fulton High School and had enlisted with the United States Air Force and was scheduled to enter on Feb. 1, 2011. He was a member of Parkway Church of Christ.

Survivors also include one sister, Kaitlin Turner of South Fulton; maternal grandparents, Bob and Patsy Craven of Fulton; his maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Grooms of Fulton.

He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, L. R. and Mattie Turner.

Memorials may be made to Parkway Church of Christ, Community Developmental Services and South Fulton Baseball program.

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Edna R. Yates

Mrs. Edna R. Yates, 78, of South Fulton, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 at her residence.

Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hornbeak Funeral Home Chapel, Fulton with Rev. William “Bill” Tate officiating. Burial was in Obion County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Yates was born May 21, 1932 in Graves County, Ky., daughter of the Erland Norphlett Ballard. She was the widow of John Virgil Yates. She was a former secretary for Fulton City Schools Board of Education and a member of First United Methodist Church in Fulton.

Survivors include two sons, Virgil Dale Yates of South Fulton and John Keim Yates of Dresden; and one grandchild. Margaret Lynn Yates of South Fulton.

She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Oakley Ballard; and one brother, Joseph Champ Reaves.

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