Obituaries for Feb. 24

Obituaries for Feb. 24

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 4:01 pm

Tom D. Copeland

Tom D. Copeland, 78, of Martin, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital East, Memphis.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Martin with Rev. Randy Cooper officiating. Burial will be in East Side Cemetery with Murphy Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. tonight and from 9 a.m. until service time at the church on Friday.

Adam Brewer, Dennis Adkins, Brandon Copeland, Cory Copeland, Jeff Morrison, and Michael Stephenson will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Bob Carroll Sunday School Class.

Copeland was born March 14, 1932 in Martin, son of the late George Perry and Viola Allene Yates Copeland. He was a graduate of Martin High School, attended University of Tennessee Junior College, former comptroller with Argo-Collier Truck Line, Inc., served two terms as Mayor of Martin, former CEO of Martin First Federal Savings & Loan, a 50-year member of Martin Lodge 551 and at retirement was owner of the Tom D. Copeland CPA in Humboldt.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs., Carolyn Robinson Turner Copeland of Martin; one son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Becky Copeland of Lawton, Okla.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Richard Brewer, Melinda and Jeff Morrison, all of Martin; one sister, Irene Harper of Martin; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund.

He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Watson Copeland; one daughter, Darra Adkins; three brothers, J. R. Copeland, W. D. Copeland and Charles Copeland; and one sister, Mildred Covington.

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Bill D. Franklin

Bill D. Franklin, 80, of Greenfield, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at his residence.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Greenfield with Bro. Mike Crossno officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery, Greenfield. Visitation will be at the funeral from 5-8 p.m. tonight.

Franklin was born March 26, 1930 in Greenfield, son of the late Arthur and Mary Dolan Franklin. He was a farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Frances Franklin of Greenfield; two sons, Michael Franklin of Greensboro, N.C. and Billy Franklin of Sharon; and two daughters, Carol Jeanne Franklin and Denise Franklin, both of Greenfield.

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Joey W. Guest

Joey W. Guest, 41, of Martin, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 at the Volunteer General Hospital, Martin.

Services were held at 11 a.m. today at Martin Church of Christ with Bro. Danny Walker officiating. Burial was in Hatler’s Chapel Cemetery, Martin with Murphy Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Dr. Hobart Beale, Gary Capers, Joe LaFaro, Jim Steele, Dave Murphy, Jason Menees, Bryan Harding, Chad Yates, Randy Kemp, Alan Knapp, Chuck Lewis, Chris Laney, Brent Annaratone, Curtis Dortch, Mike Newsom, Kenny Parks, Roger Todd, John David Cole and Norm Betts served as honorary pallbearers.

Guest was born June 29, 1969 in Cleveland, son of Mrs. Shelia Walker Thompson of Martin and the late Joe W. Guest. He was a graduate of Westview High School and the University of Tennessee at Martin, was a former sports editor and employee for the Weakley County Press, employed in the field of promotions for NASCAR, originated the Press Box #1 website and an employee at Servall.

Survivors also include his wife, Mrs. Carol Scott Guest of Martin; one son, Bo G. Guest of Martin; his stepfather, Mike Thompson of Martin; two brothers, Michael Thompson of Clinton, Maine and Brad Thompson of Troy; one sister, Christel McKee of Martin; his maternal grandparents, T. Joe and Verna Mae Walker of Martin; and one uncle, Michael Guest of Cleveland.

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Joe B. Wheeler

Joe B. Wheeler, 64, of Dresden died Friday, Feb. 18, 2001 at his residence.

Services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Greenfield with Terry English officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Greenfield.

Wheeler was born Jan. 17, 1947 in Greenfield, son of the late William Dee and Vonnie Ezell Wheeler. He was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He was a retired Memphis firefighter.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Sandra Kennedy Wheeler of Dresden; three sons, Eric Wheeler of Selmer, Mark Wheeler of Memphis and Aaron Wheeler of Dresden; one sister, Shirley Futrell of Bruceton; two brothers, Early Wheeler of Rockford and Roy Wheeler of Horn Lake, Miss.; and three grandchildren, Drew Wheeler, Kyle Wheeler and Parker Wheeler, all of Selmer.

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