Obituaries for March 3

Obituaries for March 3

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 2:44 pm


Lois Evelyn Black

Mrs. Lois Evelyn Black, 81, of Dresden, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 of Hillview Community Living Center, Dresden.

Services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bowlin Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Darrell Pollock officiating. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery.

Ricky Black, Dan Black, Danny Ray Hal, Johnny Hall, Joe Turner and Max Johnson served as pallbearers.

Mrs. Black was born Dec. 23, 1929 in Camden, daughter of the late Ray and Maude Oxford Ashby. She was the widow of Wendell Lee Black. She was a housewife and member of Siloam Baptist Church, Dresden.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky and Chris Black of Dresden, Dan and Vickie Black of Waterloo, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters; and two brothers.

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Anthony William Edwards Sr.

Anthony William Edwards Sr., 50, of Dresden, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 in Broward County Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Graveside service was held at noon Tuesday, March 1, at Parham Cemetery in Martin with Rev. James Hampton officiating with Bowlin Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Edwards was born July 17, 1960 in Salina, Kan., son of Eugene and Jean Elizabeth Henderson Edwards of Detroit. He was a realtor.

Survivors also include three daughters, Tiffany Edwards, Jordan Kenndy and Jaleel Kenndy, all of Detroit; three sons, Anthony W. Edwards Jr., Laron Edwards and Brandon Edwards, all of Detroit; four stepchildren, Alexandra, Erica, Shayne and Dominique; and three brothers, Kevin Edwards Sr., Corey Edwards and Marcus Edwards.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Diane Edwards; and two brothers, Ronnie Edwards and Darryl Edwards.

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Florette L. Mabry

Mrs. Florette L. Mabry, 89, of Greenfield, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 at the Volunteer Community Hospital in Martin.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Greenfield with Wayne Perkins officiating. Burial was in Hornbeak Cemetery, Greenfield.

Mrs. Mabry was born April 11, 1921 in Dyer, daughter of the late Earnest and Velmer Davis Leyhue. She was the widow of Marshall Mabry. She was a seamstress for Green Apparel and attended Bethel Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Debbie “Debi” Horn of Greenfield; one sister, Shirley Sanders of Greenfield; six grandchildren, Shannon Mabry, John Bills, Leann Mabry, Bethany Arnold, Brittany Floyd and Justin Mabry; and five great-grandchildren, Clayton Floyd, Abby Floyd, Hunter Mabry, Noah Arnold and Laura Elizabeth Mabry.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Paul Terrill “Terry” Mabry; four brothers, Leroy Leyhue, Paul Leyhue, Don Leyhue and Alonzo Leyhue; and four sisters, Elsie Pentecost, Ruth Leyhue, Audrey Franklin and Goldie Leyhue.

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J. Charles Scates

J. Charles Scates, 85, of Martin, died Monday, March 1, 2011, at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living in Nashville.

Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. today at the East Side Cemetery in Martin with Bro. John Forgy officiating with Murphy Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Scates was born Jan. 11, 1926 in Martin, son of the late Paul H. and Claire Wharton Scates. He was a 1944 graduate of Martin High School, a World War II United States Army veteran, formerly owned and operated ACE Hardware for 24 years in Martin and member of Church of Christ, Martin.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Faye Gardner Scates of Martin; two sons, Paul Scates of Nashville and John Scates of San Francisco, Calif.; one daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Charles Hodges of Nashville; and two grandchildren, Rhiannon Langford of Dallas, Texas and Nathan Hodges of Nashville.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Scates and Dan Scates.

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Joe Alan Todd

Joe Alan Todd, 56, of Burnsville, Miss., died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 at Northeast Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, Miss.

Private memorial service will be held for the family.

Todd was born May 24, 1954 in Chicago, son of the late Joe and Rebecca Sue Price Todd. He was a counselor with Alcoholics Anonymous.

Survivors include one daughter, Keri Michelle Bailey of Kingsport, Wash.; two brothers, Roger Todd of Martin and David Todd of Sidonia; one sister, Louise Jones of Troy.

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James Arthur ‘Billy’ Ford

James A. Ford passed away peacefully on February 23, 2011. He had celebrated his 80th birthday born Feb. 19, 1931 in Dresden, TN. He was preceded in death by his mother Richie Lee Ford and sisters Frances Nell Ford (Billy Irvine) and Eleanor Ruth Ford ( Sol Lee Lighter). He is survived by his loving wife Marietta Jean Ford (nee Bell) of 52 years and daughter, Dr. Sabrina Ford Williams of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and two grandchildren Alexandria and Christopher-Alan. He also leaves in memory a surviving sister, Ivy Jean Ford (Earl Tanner) of New York, New York, twenty-seven nieces and nephews, and a host of grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins all of whom he loved dearly.

As a young man, Billy loved playing baseball and fishing. He entered the United States Army with his first tour of duty to Korea. As an accomplished soldier, he became a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne (ABN) Division, the 82nd ABN Division, and then served with the elite 101st ABN Division. In addition, he was also an accomplished baseball pitcher with his Army divisions. Billy toured extensively throughout the United States and overseas including Germany, Panama, and Viet Nam and was highly decorated including two bronze stars. His last tour of duty was at the United States Military Academy where he retired after 21 years.

After retirement, Billy moved his family to Lansing, Michigan where he was employed by General Motors as a plant protection officer retiring after 19 years. He enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing, golfing, lawn care, vegetable gardening, and spending time with his loving grandchildren and family.

The funeral service will held at 1:30 p.m. at Fuller Street Baptist Church, Dresden, on Friday, March 4, 2011 with visitation from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Sunrise Cemetery, Dresden. In lieu of flowers and gifts please make donations to Fuller Street Baptist Church, 310 N. Fuller Street, Dresden, TN 38225.


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