Alma Jean Welch

Alma Jean Welch, 76, of Hardin County, died Friday, March 28. She was born in Hardin County, the daughter of the late Frederick Lee and Myrtle Ethel Tacker Cook. She was united in marriage to Daniel Welch, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Welch was a homemaker and a member of the First Church of God. Services were held Sunday, March 30, at Shackelford Chapel with Rev. Ronnie White officiating. Burial was in Wesley's Chapel Cemetery. She is survived by two daughters, Peggy Jean Crotts and Sherry Joyce Russell, both of Savannah; two sons, Jimmy Clark and Jeffrey Lynn Welch, both of Savannah; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son, Daniel Welch Jr.; six sisters, Josephine Cook, Ollie Hinton, Eura Bivens, Betty Cummings, Ella Mae Cook and Louise Bryant; and six brothers, George, Earnest, Johnny, Press, Ledford and Cecil Cook.

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Roger W. Cox

Roger W. Cox, 57, of Pekin Ill., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009.

Born Feb. 10, 1952, in Princeton, Mo. to Troy and Eva Joe Young Cox. He married Valerie Doan on Nov. 25, 1984.

Surviving are his wife, his children, Vanessa Cox and Spencer Cox of Pekin, his parents of Savannah, Tenn.; brothers, Vernon (Cindi) Cox of Groveland, Ill., Warren (Suzann) Cox of Arvada, Colo. and Phillip (Jeanette) Cox of Highland Village, Texas.

Roger was an inspector at Caterpillar Inc., retiring in Oct. 2009.

He loved hunting and fishing and was a loving husband and father who will be missed by his family.

Visitation was from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3. A memorial service was held at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 4, at Abts Mortuary, with Deacon Mark Wilder officiating. Cremation was accorded.

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Bentley Shelley

Bentley Max Shelley, infant, of Adamsville, died Dec. 31, in Jackson, Tenn.

He was the son of Rickey L. Shelley and Crystal M. Christopher.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Adamsville Cemetery with Danny Hicks officiating. Arrangements by Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Danny and Judy Christopher of Adamsville; and paternal grandparents, Richard and Barbara Shelley.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Vickie Christopher.

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Sam O’Neal

Sam O’Neal, 77, of Enville, died Thursday, Dec. 31, at his home.

He was born in Enville, the son of the late John Robert and Jessie Ella Sewell O"Neal. He was united in marriage to Marie Webb, who preceded him in death.

Mr. O’Neal was in the livestock business operating O’Neal Farms. He had worked livestock sales over much of West Tennessee and North Mississippi.

Services were held Saturday, Jan. 2, at Shackelford–Casey Chapel with Chris Kitchen officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Enville.

He is survived by two sons, Stan of Enville and Dan O’Neal of Dover, Tenn.; three grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Max and Don O’Neal; and two sisters, Robbie Jones and Louise Patrick.

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Bobby Wilkerson

Bobby Wilkerson was born in Savannah on Sept. 24, 1960, the son of the late Clark and Lucille Hurley Wilkerson.

Mr. Wilkerson worked for Stan Smith Sawmill and also had worked for Ingle Sawmill. He loved to fish and hunt and he enjoyed having a good time with friends.

He departed this life on Thursday, Dec. 31, in Savannah, at the age of 49 years, 3 months and 7 days.

Mr. Wilkerson is survived by two daughters, Amanda Ducat of Savannah and Rebecca Brockway of Dexter, Mo.; five grandchildren, Callum Rainey, Haley Rainey, Richard Brockway, Logan Brockway and Evelyn Brockway; one sister, Annie Mae Ayers of Savannah; one brother, Johnny Wilkerson of Savannah; and his companion, Brenda Wilkerson of Savannah.

Services were held on Sunday, Jan. 3, at 1 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah, with Larry Paul Rich officiating. Burial was in the Campground Cemetery at Hardin County.

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