Obituaries – January 11, 2024

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DENNIS ROSS – Sept. 14, 1945 – Jan. 9, 2024

Dennis Wayne Ross, 78, of Henderson passed away Jan. 9, 2024, at the TN State Veterans Home at Humboldt.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Crook Avenue with burial to follow at Chester County Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at Crook Avenue from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. service time Thursday.
He was born Sept. 14, 1945, to L. J. and Geneva Blakney Ross in Huron. He graduated from Southside High School in 1963 and joined the TN National Guard in 1963, serving 28.5 years. During his Military service he received numerous awards and certificates.  He earned his title of SFC Dennis Ross. He was an avid TN Vols Football fan. He enjoyed watching old westerns the history channel and crime mysteries. He also loved country dancing.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Ross; sons, David (Cindy) Ross and Don (Kim) Ross; a daughter, Kim (Tony) Tummins; grandchildren, Cody Ross, Hunter Ross, Kaitlyn Norsworthy, Justin Parrish, Cody Tummins and Kelsey Tummins; and great-grandchildren, Tynlee, Kyler, Carolyne, Eli, Callie and Chevy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dot.

MAXINE RIDLEY – Nov. 4, 1932 – Jan. 3, 2024

Venita Maxine Mathenia Ridley, 91, of Henderson passed away Jan. 3, 2024, at AHC at Humboldt. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Crook Avenue with Tyler Carr and Brent Weeks officiating. Burial followed at Chester County Memory Gardens. The family received friends at Crook Avenue from 9-11 a.m. service time on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brodie Weeks Memorial Scholarship through a check or money order payable to Community Foundation of West Tennessee, 74 Directors Row, Jackson, TN 38305 or online at or Antioch Baptist Church, 3415 Wilson School Road, Henderson, TN 38340.
She was born Nov. 4, 1932, in Dyess, Ark., the daughter of the late Solon Franklin Mathenia and Bernice Leona Cobb Mathenia Hunter. She married Wallace Ridley in 1947, and they made their home in the Wilson School Community of Chester County where they farmed. 
She worked alongside her husband, driving a truck or doing whatever was needed on the farm, while providing three cooked meals a day for her family. She helped to establish the Wilson School Mission, which became Antioch Baptist Church where she was very active. She was an excellent seamstress, making all her children’s clothes. She enjoyed vacationing in the Smoky Mountains. She and Mr. Ridley enjoyed square dancing.
She is survived by four daughters, Janet Ridley Terrell of Jackson, Ellen (Robert) Dodd of Trenton, Ruth (Mark) Carr of Pinson and Susan Mullins of Jackson; six grandchildren, James Wallace Ridley, Kim White, Brent Weeks, Tyler Carr, Will Mullins and Ethan Mullins; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a grandson, Brodie Weeks.

WANDA BRYANT – June 3, 1972 – Jan. 6, 2024

Wanda Gean Smith Bryant, 51, of Reagan passed away Jan. 6, 2024, at her home.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Crook Avenue Chapel with Bishop Douglas Carter officiating.
Burial followed at Bailey Cemetery.
The family received friends at Crook Avenue from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a reception following the committal at By The Master’s Hand Church. 
She was born June 3, 1972, in Jackson and grew up in Finger, the daughter of David Leon Smith and Wanda Faye Smith Williams. She attended school in McNairy County. She married Danny Bryant in 1987 and they lived in Red Banks, Miss., and Reagan.
She worked for Murray Guard for a few years and Garner Automotive in Lexington. She loved her “Big Family” and adored her grandbabies. She was a member of By The Master’s Hand Church.
She is survived by her husband, Danny Ray Bryant of Reagan; her father, David Leon (Marilyn) Smith of Finger; her mother, Wanda Faye (Robert) Smith Williams of Finger; two sons, Danny Ray (Courtney) Bryant, Jr. of Enville and Steven Phillip Bryant of Toone; two daughters, Malinda Gail (T.W.) Phillips of Medon and Shyan Renae (James) Smith of Toone; 10 grandchildren; three brothers, Michael Smith of Bethel Springs, Billy Joe Williams of Bethel Springs and Bobby Williams of Bethel Springs; and two sisters, Joy Weathers of Jackson and Becky Wilson of Lexington.

EUGENE MCCAGE – Dec. 28, 1940 – Jan. 2, 2024

Robert Eugene McCage, 83, of Pinson passed away Jan. 2, 2024, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
The family received friends at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Crook Avenue from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 7.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to West Tennessee Council Area Boy Scouts of America.
He was born Dec. 28, 1940, in Chester County, the son of the late Lester Bell and Daisy Viola Gladney McCage. He graduated from Chester County High School in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 until 1964. He was stationed at West Point, N.Y. He was married to Sandra Bates in 1963. They lived most of their married life in the Wilson School Community. He worked for the TN Department of Transportation from 1967 until January 2003 as a road designer. He was actively involved as a leader with the Boy Scouts of America for many years. He served as a Deacon at Antioch Baptist Church.
He is survived by a son, Vance (Lisa) Allen McCage of Jackson; five grandchildren, Julie (Ryan) Flynn, Joey (Keli) Anglin, Logan McCage, Shelby McCage and Ty McCage; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Larry (Nancy) McCage of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Sandra McCage, in 2007.

DANNY MAYS – Jan. 5, 2024

Danny Joe Mays, 75, of Pinson passed away Jan. 5, 2024, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Shackelford Funeral Directors – East Main Chapel with Jerry Woods officiating.
Burial will follow at Deanburg Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at East Main Chapel from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday.
He was born in Bolivar and grew up in the Deanburg Community and Memphis, the son of the late Kenneth Stewart Mays and Mary Elizabeth Maroney Mays.
He graduated from Frayser High School in Memphis. He attended Memphis State and entered the U.S. Army and served in Kaiserslautern, Germany, in a large medical hospital. The army had sent his brother Michael to Vietnam and would not allow Danny to serve there at the same time. He worked for International Harvester a few years prior to his army service.
After the service he moved to Columbus, Ga., in 1981 and worked at Columbus Foundries in Quality Control Management. He moved back to Deanburg after her retried. He was a big sports fan, Tennessee Football, University of Memphis Basketball and Atlanta Braves Baseball. He was a member of the Deanburg Baptist Church.
He is survived by two sons, Christopher Alan Mays of Loganville, Ga., and Jason Scott Mays of Tampa, Fla.; four grandchildren, Josh Jasper, Alexander Mays, Milana Mays and Samantha Mays; and two sisters, Sandra Landers and Patricia Rose both of Deanburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Michael Stewart Mays.

Betty Lou Roaten – March 17, 1939 – Dec. 30, 2023

Betty Lou Marbury Roaten passed away Dec. 30, 2023. Services were held at Bethel Baptist Church in Henderson at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, with burial following in Bethel Cemetery. The family received friends from noon-2 p.m. service time Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Calvary Baptist Church, (Building Fund) P. O. Box 485, Anna, TX 75409 or to Bethel Baptist Church (Building Fund). 125 Hwy 125, Henderson, TN. 38340. She was born in Haywood County on March 17, 1939.

BERTIE TIDWELL – June 2, 1933 – Jan. 1, 2024

Bertie Loise Tidwell, 90, of Selmer passed away Jan. 1, 2024, at AHC McNairy Healthcare.
There will be no services.
She was born June 2, 1933.

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