Ida Lou Morris Walker, of Savannah, was born in Adamsville on Feb. 7, 1937, the daughter of the late Thomas Lester “Doc” and Clyde Long Morris.
On Feb. 3, 1967, she was united in marriage to James Kenneth Walker, who survives.
Mrs. Walker was a homemaker. She was a charter member of Adamsville Shiloh Golf Course. She coached girls softball and basketball. She was very athletic. While in Adamsville High School, she held record for many years for most points scored in a game.
Mrs. Walker departed this life on Monday, Feb. 13, in Savannah, at the age of 80 years and 6 days.
In addition to her husband Kenneth of 50 years, she is survived by her children, Kenny Walker and LuAnn Walker Brewer of Adamsville; two grandchildren, Dustin Brewer and Dakota Brewer; one brother, Tommy Morris and his wife Nancy of Adamsville; and one sister, Rose Morris Crunk of Savannah.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one infant sister, Judith Ann Morris.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center, 935 Wayne Road, Savannah, Tenn. 38372.
Services were held on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Helen Hamilton officiating. Burial followed in Pine Hill Memorial Garden at Adamsville.
Nina Jo Hill entered this world in Water Valley, Mississippi on Dec. 17, 1932, the daughter of the late John Davidson and Ella Mae Hunt Hill.
After completing high school she received her nurse’s training at Baptist Hospital in Memphis – and once she was through raising her children she enrolled in Lambuth University from which she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree.
On Aug.16, 1975, she was united in marriage to Robert H. “Bob” Yeiser.
Her community involvement was as varied as it was extensive and included serving as the chairperson of the Red Cross Bloodmobile as well as a member and chairperson of the Planning and Zoning Board of the City of Savannah. Thanks to her children, she became a Girl Scout leader and PTA president; she also served on the Hardin County School Board, the first woman to be elected to that position. Any spare time she found was spent gardening, a beloved hobby that led her to take classes and achieve the title of Master Gardener, or playing bridge with the Bridge Club in Pickwick.
Nina was extremely active at Pickwick United Methodist Church, serving as the church organist until her death. She had been the Sunday school superintendent and leader of the Women’s Study Group as well as serving on and chairing the Church Board. It was under her oversight that a scholarship was established and funded through the church.
In addition to her community and church involvement, Nina was active in her chosen profession of nursing, having worked as a nurse for the Carroll-DeBerry Clinic in Savannah. Her knowledge and dedication led to her appointment to the Tennessee Medical Examiners Board as the consumer member, a position she held from 1995-2016, serving as the vice chairperson for five of those years. And her political activity certainly cannot be overlooked. Nina helped establish the Pickwick Republican Women’s organization and was elected as their first president. Despite her busy schedule, she still found time to open a shop known as “A Woman’s Touch” with one of her daughters – and just a few weeks ago she was considering returning to Lambuth as a student, just because she could.
Nina Jo Hill Yeiser left us unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 13, at the age of 84 years, 1 month and 27 days.
She leaves to mourn her passing her husband of 41 years, Robert H. “Bob” Yeiser, her daughter, Jean Marie Hinton and husband Tommy and her daughter Annette Hill DeBerry, her sons, Bennett DeBerry and wife Helen, Joseph DeBerry and partner Bob Ayers and David DeBerry and wife Jamie. Nina is also survived by her sister, Jean Hill Staneck; and her brother, Billy Hill; as well as her three granddaughters, Nina Elizabeth Raffel and husband Richard, Jennifer Stracener and Sara Liles and husband Cody; and five great-grandchildren, Elijah, Ella, Eva Reece and Eden Raffel, and Asher Liles. She also leaves her stepdaughters Julianne Cole and her husband Richard and Ginna Wahoff and her husband David; as well as her stepgrandchildren Caitlin and Allie Davis and Lily, Jack and William Wahoff.
In addition to her parents, Nina was preceded in death by her grandson, Benjamin Thomas Hinton; and her stepson, Robert Yeiser Jr.
Memorial donations can be made to the Rachel Malone Scholarship Fund, c/o Pickwick United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 28, Pickwick Dam, Tenn. 38365.
Services were held on Friday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m., at Pickwick United Methodist Church in Counce with Ray Chandler officiating. Burial followed in Savannah Cemetery.
Katharion “Kay” DeShazier Arnold, 78, of Wildersville, Tennessee, died on Thursday, Feb. 16.
She was born in Lauderdale County, Alabama, the daughter of the late Lewis and Nettie Pearl Kelley DeShazier.
She had worked as a cook in a cafe and a housekeeper in the hospital.
She is survived by a daughter, Norma Jean Wood of Savannah; son, Johnny Lee DeShazier of Savannah; four grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and half-sister, Rita Fay McIntyre of Missouri.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Bill DeShazier; her second husband, Joe Arnold; two sons, Billy and Larry Cleveland DeShazier; sisters, Cora Lee Sauerwin and Nettie Bell White; and a brother, Wesley DeShazier.
Services were held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Josh Franks officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens at Savannah.
Richard Earl Foust, 51, of Savannah, died on Saturday, Feb. 18.
He was the son of Mary Ann Bonee Sanford and the late Kenneth Eugene Foust.
Along with his mother, Mary Ann Sanford and her husband Gary, Richard is survived by his son, Jacob Hunter Foust of Jackson, Tennessee; sister, Lisa Benson of Savannah; brother, Kenny Allen Foust of Hardin County; step-sisters, Paula Blair of Savannah and Cindy Parrish of Iuka, Mississippi; and step-brothers, Jerry Melson of Savannah and Jeremy Melson, of Counce.
In addition to his father, Richard was preceded in death by his stepfather, Jerry Melson.
Services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Paul Weaver officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Hermon Cemetery.
Katie Mae Griffin, 92, of Selmer, died on Saturday, Feb. 18, in Selmer.
She was born in McNairy County, the daughter of the late Emmett and Wrenetta White Blanton. She was united in marriage to James Henry Griffin who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Griffin was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Selmer.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Jane Morris of Corinth, Mississippi, Diane Qualls of Michie, and Kaye Sanders of Corinth, Mississippi; two sons, James E. Griffin of Jackson, Tennessee, and Leon Griffin of Michie; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gay Brown of Olive Hill.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Griffin was preceded in death by a sister, Agnes Cooksey.
Services were held on Monday, Feb. 20, at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer with Charlie Martin and Steve Byrd officiating. Burial followed in Old Union Cemetery at Morris Chapel.
Arrangements by Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer.