James Dixon III (3-26-11) services 3-31-11


James Dixon III

James Dixon III, 60, of Savannah, died Saturday, March 26, at Baptist Memorial East in Memphis.

He was born in Savannah, son of the late James Howard and Mary Frances Dixon Sr.

Mr. Dixon was an employee at TSU as an agriculture farmer and janitor for 20 plus years.

Services were held on Thursday, March 31, at St. John’s Missionary Baptist in Savannah with Sam Reeves officiating. Burial was in the Savannah Cemetery.

He is survived by four daughters, Yolanda Porter from New York; Jessica Shelton of Bethel Springs; Sgt. Quailla Abraham from New York; Nakiska Dixon of Nashville; one sister, Janice Bumpous of Savannah; one brother, Anthony Dixon of Savannah; a host of grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Pamela Dixon.

Dorothy Mae Cherry (3-28-11) services 4-2-11


Dorothy Mae Cherry

Dorothey Mae Cherry, 97, of Savannah, died Monday, March 28, at her home.

She was born in Savannah, the third child to Pate and Mary Hopson. She was united in marriage to Monroe A. Cherry, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Cherry retired from Hardin County General Hospital on March 27, 1976. She was a member of Saint Mark Baptist Church.

Services were held on Saturday, April 2, at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Rev. Gallian Fulton, Prentis Burdine officiating. Burial was in the Memory Gardens at Savannah.

She is survived by two daughters, Fannie B. Cherry of Savannah and Mary C. Steele of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren;

She was also preceded in death by both parents; three children, Peggy Mariah, Forrest Eugene and Monroe Ellis Cherry; two brothers Ellis and James Hopson.

Larry Baxter (4-3-11) services 4-5-11


Larry Baxter

Larry (Fat Cat) Baxter, 60, of Adamsville, died Sunday, April 3, in Jackson, Tenn.

He was born in Hardin County, the son of the late Robert and Bonnie Harville Baxter. He was united in marriage to Linda Springer, who survives.

Mr. Baxter worked 20 years as a first mate for Pillsbury Towing Company. After retiring from Pillsbury, he operated a paving machine for APAC Construction Company. He was a Methodist in belief.

Services were held on Tuesday, April 5, at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Adamsville with Darrell Mofett and Brenda Scott officiating. Burial followed in the Piney Grove Cemetery near Savannah.

In addition of his wife, Linda Baxter of Adamsville, he is survived by a daughter, Robbie Hunt of Lavinia, Tenn.; a son, Heath Baxter of Arkansas; four grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Gregory Lee Baxter.

David Gene Phillips (4-1-11) services 4-3-11


David Gene Phillips

David Gene Phillips was born in Hardin County on Nov. 1, 1940, the son of the late Ray Allison and Gladys Holt Phillips.

On Jan. 29, 1964, he was united in marriage to Maxine Copeland, who survives.

Mr. Phillips was the co owner and operator of Maxine’s House of Music in Savannah. He also had worked for the Hardin County School System. Mr. Phillips graduated from Bethel College in McKenzie, Tennessee. He attended New Harmony Baptist Church in Savannah. Mr. Phillips was very active in church and the community and everything else he could help with.

He departed this life on Friday, April 1, in Savannah, at the age of 70 years and 5 months.

In addition to his wife, Maxine of Savannah, he is survived by three daughters, Paivi Niemi Toubirin and her husband Jean-Christive of Paris, France, Tanja Wolf Wengerik and her husband Joheim of Munich, Germany and Onintza Aguirre Amundarain and her husband Inigo of San Sabastian, Spain; five grandchildren, Aimar, Eider, Lily, Nina and Cloe; two sisters, Nettye Lou Beck and her husband Bruce of Savannah and Helen Joyce Brown and her husband Dr. James Brown of Ripley, Miss.; one brother, Roy Marvin Phillips and his wife Margaret of Clifton.

Services were held on Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m., at New Harmony Baptist Church in Savannah with Rev. Randy Isbell officiating. Burial was in the New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery at Savannah.

Christine Thacker (3-31-11) services 4-2-11


Christine Thacker

Christine Thacker was born in McNairy County, Tenn., on Dec. 28, 1935, the daughter of the late Arthur and Jewell Fowler Morgan.

On Dec. 15, 1953, she was united in marriage to Edwin Thacker, who preceded her in death on Dec. 5, 1985.

Mrs. Thacker was a waitress for Coleman’s BBQ in Corinth, Miss. She enjoyed her family and never met a stranger. She was a member of the Liberty Church of Christ in Michie.

Mrs. Thacker departed this life on Thursday, March 31, at the age of 75 years, 3 months, 3 days.

Mrs. Thacker is survived by six sons, Ledford Thacker, Billy Thacker and wife Anne, Bobby Thacker and wife Angie, all of Adamsville, Ronny Thacker of Shiloh, Steve Thacker of Iuka, Miss., Jimmy Thacker and wife Tammy of Stantonville, Tenn.; a daughter, Tammy Hennen and husband Michael of Adamsville; four brothers, Billy Joe Morgan, William Morgan and wife Jewell, Eugene Morgan, Wilford Morgan and wife Diane, all of Shiloh; a sister, Jenny Martin and husband Lonnie of Shiloh; 24 grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Wilbren Morgan; two sisters, Reba Doris Morgan and Lorine Collier; a grandson, Billy Thacker.

Services were held on Saturday, April 2, at 3 p.m., at Liberty Church of Christ in Michie with Ralph Lambert officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Cemetery at Michie.

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