Jeffrey Hurst (1-15-17) service 1-18-17

Jeffrey Paul Hurst, of Savannah, was born Oct. 30, 1951, in Wayne County, the son of the late James Elijah and Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Hurst.
Mr. Hurst was an eye glass technician and departed this life Sunday, Jan. 15, at Jackson-Madison County Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee at the age of 65 years, 2 months, 16 days.
He is survived by four nieces and one nephew and several great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
 In addition to his parents, Mr. Hurst was preceded in death by brothers, James (Tony) Hurst, Ray Hurst and Kenneth Hurst.
Services were Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m., at Shackelford Funeral Directors chapel, Waynesboro, with Tommy Burke officiating. Burial was in Memorial Gardens, Waynesboro, with Shackelford Funeral Directors, Wayne County, directing.

Helen Shelby (1-24-17) service 1-27-17

Helen Alexander Shelby, of Cerro Gordo, was born on July 10, 1932, in Hardin County, the daughter of the late Edd and Addie Alexander.
On July 2, 1955, she was united in marriage to Guy Shelby, who preceded his wife in death on April 25, 2001.
Mrs. Shelby worked for Brown Shoe Company. She attended Grace Church Nashville, New Harmony Baptist Church, and Sheltering Tree Ranch.
Helen loved her family and the Lord. Her kind and compassionate ways served as a Godly example to all who knew her. Many lives were touched throughout her 40 years of teaching Sunday school. Helen loved spending time with her family. The mountains and the beach were two of her favorite places.
She departed this life on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the age of 84 years, 6 months and 14 days.
Mrs. Shelby is survived by one daughter, Kim Foust and her husband Keith of Savannah; two grandsons and one granddaughter-in-love, Kai and Alexa Foust and Kasey Foust of Savannah; one sister, Ella Phillips; and one brother, Jim Alexander and his wife Jo Ann; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Irene Polk and her husband E.J.; two brothers, Edwin Reese Alexander and his wife Juanita and F. Bruce Alexander and his wife Maxine; and brother-in-law, Rex Phillips.
Services were held on Friday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Dave Boroughs, Tony Polk and Johnny Burns officiating. Burial followed in New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery at Savannah.

Jimmy Hardin (1-27-17) service 1-31-17

Jimmy Hardin was born March 11, 1944, the son of the late Billy Gipson and Mary Frances McCasland Hardin. He left this earth on Friday, Jan. 27, at the age of 72 years, 10 months and 16 days.
Jimmy worked as a towboat pilot for Conti-Carriers. He previously worked for the Altar Barge Company and Ingram. Jimmy loved country music, camping, cooking and Civil War history.
Jimmy is survived by his companion of 25 years, Jo Hazel Dickson; sons, Jeff Hardin and wife Starla of Columbia, Tennessee and Dewayne Hardin of Savannah; stepdaughters, Barbara Lackey of Florida, Beverly Jones and husband Charlie of Savannah and Belinda Dickson of Savannah; sisters, Phyllis Bullard and Regina Cromwell, both of Savannah; and grandchildren, Storie Hardin, Eli Hardin, Wes Hardin, Jake Hardin, Caylie Jones and Monica Lovelace.
Along with his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by his brother, Sammy Hardin; sister, Janice Davis; stepson, Mike “Doodle” Dickson; and grandparents, Charlie and Elizabeth Hardin and Adley and Madras McCasland.
Services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Bob Pickett and Jeff Hardin officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Carmel Cemetery Hardin County, at Savannah.

Jack Farris (1-26-17) service 1-29-17

Jack Farris departed this life on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the age of 81 years, 8 months and 1 day. 
He was born in Savannah, the son of the late Lon and Amy Alexander Farris. On April 13, 1968, he was united in marriage to Iva Brown, who survives.
Jack farmed with his dad as a young man and had run the boat dock at the Botel for many years. At one time he lived in Hohenwald, Tennessee, where he worked for Dana Corporation in maintenance as a machinist for 32 years. He then returned to Hardin County. Jack was a member of the Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union and a former member of the National Rifle Association. He had served in the United States Army.
He loved four-wheeling and camping at Indian Creek and really enjoyed going to flea markets looking for old stuff. Jack was very knowledgeable about older vehicles and their maintenance. He had a 1956 Chevrolet that he was the second owner of and still owned his first vehicle, a 1938 Ford.
Jack is survived by his wife of 48 years, Iva Farris and son, Michael Farris, both of Savannah.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hugh and Mollie Alexander and Dave and Nancy Farris.
Services were held on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Charles Linam and Chad Balentine officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Hebron Cemetery at Wayne County.

Lucile Austin (1-28-17)

Anna Lucile Johnson Austin of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, at the age of 97.
Lucile was born in Tennessee, Nov. 21, 1919, the daughter of William and Otha Johnson. She was very active at First United Methodist Church. Lucile was chairman of Priscilla’s Circle, a Sunday school teacher, belonged to the United Methodist Women and was on the PTA. She was active in many senior groups and part of the “good ol’ girls” at Westwood United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo. She enjoyed sewing and flower gardening.
Lucile is survived by her daughter, Martha Karlzen of Charlotte; son, David Austin of Texas; grandchildren, Stephen (Kimberly) Karlzen, Kathryn (Ron) Lovejoy, Kathleen Austin, Rebecca (Matthew) Bridges, Karen (Corey) Austin-Ack;
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earby Austin; brothers, Daniel, Leithe, Charles, Sam, Paul and Jamie Johnson; and sister, Mildred.
Services will be held later. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids Building Fund. Arrangements were entrusted to the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. To place online condolences or to sign the guest register, please visit our website,

The memorial service for Lucile Johnson Austin will be held at Barnhill United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 1, Visitation will be at 11 a.m. and the service at 12 p.m.
Those who remember the family are invited to come and share the memories as they visit with her children and other family members.

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