Belle Sawner (12-29-09) services 1-09-10


Belle Sawner

Belle Ingle Sawner: "Miss Belle" spent a joyous Christmas Day with her family, including grandchildren and great-grand children, before being diagnosed with pneumonia and going to the hospital. She passed away Dec. 29, 2009 at Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, Ariz.

Belle was born in Savannah and lived there until 2001 when she moved to Tempe.

Belle and her husband, Edgar celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1983. He passed away in March of 1984.

Belle enjoyed every day of her ninety six and one-half years and used each to the fullest.

She retired from Brown Shoe Company, taught ceramics, and spent fifteen years as a greeter for Wal-Mart. Belle was a founding member East End Methodist Church, a fifty year member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Mabryville Home Demonstration Club. Belle loved books and spent untold hours volunteering at the Hardin County Library. She especially loved being in the Tennessee Room gathering information about her family and helping others with their research.

Belle told wonderful stories to her grandchildren about Bill and Jim, two boys who lived in the county and was the author of three poem books.

Belle continued her volunteer work after moving to Arizona receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Belle is survived by her son Tom and daughter-in-law Doris of Tempe, Ariz.; grandson Tom and wife Bettina of Arlington, Va.; granddaughter, Jan Robertson and husband Robert of Union, Ky.; grandson, Jeff and wife Cathy of Tempe, Ariz.; granddaughter Beth Kowalski and husband Bill of Hinsdale, Ill.: great grandchildren Annie and TJ Sawner; Chris Robertson and wife Stephanie, Tim Robertson; Jordyn, Haley, and Kara Kowalski.

She also leaves two half-brothers, a half-sister and nieces and nephews.

Poet, storyteller, volunteer, ceramic teacher, quilter, seamstress, prize winner for baked goods, jelly, ceramics, vegetable and flower garden! It is no wonder that it took ninety six years, and she had projects lined up to do!

Belle would be honored to have memorial donations sent to East End Methodist Church, the Hardin County Library, or an organization of your choice.

Services for Belle will be conducted at Shackelford Funeral Chapel on Sunday Jan. 9, at 1:30 p.m., with visitation on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Iva Raines (12-31-09) services 1-02-10


Iva Raines

Iva L. Jaggars Raines was born April 17, 1917, in Stantonville, Tenn., the daughter of the late John Louis Malone Jaggars and Dollie Young Jaggars.

She was united in marriage to Archie C. Raines on Sept. 22, 1936. Mr. Raines preceded her in death on May 17, 1992.

Mrs. Raines was a homemaker. She was a member of the Stantonville United Methodist Church in Stantonville, Tenn., Stantonville Home Demonstration club and Methodist church quilting club.

Mrs. Raines departed this life on Thursday, Dec. 31, in Selmer, at the age of 92 years, 8 months, 14 days.

She is survived by a son, Larry W. Raines and wife Kay of Stantonville, Tenn.; a granddaughter, Nancy Jane Cooper and husband Phillip of Stantonville; two great granddaughters, Lauren Elizabeth and Anna Morgan Cooper, both of Stantonville; and host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Raines was preceded in death by two sisters, Cleyon Harris, and Mable Dancer; three brothers, Hershel Reynolds, Robert Jaggars, and Amos Jaggars.

Services were Sunday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m., with Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer in charge. Officiating were Danny Adkisson, David Harstin. Interment: Stantonville Cemetery.



Laura Mable Opdycke (12-25-09) services 12-28-09


Laura Mable Opdycke

A graveside service for Laura Mable Opdycke, 86, of Counce was held at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28, at Dogwood Cemetery, under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home, Corinth, with Ben Henson officiating.

Mrs. Opdycke died Friday, Dec. 25, at her son’s residence. She was born March 13, 1923. She was a housewife and a member of Oak Hill Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Opdycke; her parents, William and Lula Fowler Hudson; seven sisters and one brother.

Survivors include her son, Tommy Freeman (Tammy) of Counce; and daughter, Ruby Coffman (Roy) of Adamsville; four grandchildren; one step grandchild; four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

James Young (12-27-09) services 12-30-09


James Young

James Hubert Young, 97, of Hardin County, died Sunday, Dec. 27.

He was born in Hardin County, the son of the late Richard Alexander and Eliza Alice Scott Young. He was united in marriage to Ledia Jewel Morton, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Young was a member of the Hardin County Senior Citizens and Campground United Methodist Church, where he was song leader for many years, church superintendent, and Bible teacher. He received a plaque for oldest member of the church.

Services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Campground United Methodist Church in Savannah with David Kingsley, Don Lee officiating. Burial was in the Campground Cemetery at Savannah.

He is survived by a daughter, Nila Franks of Columbia, Tenn.; three sons, Ernest and David Ancil Young, both of Savannah, and Aaron Young of Kansas City, Mo.; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Seleta McCall; a son, Seamon Rayford Young; two sisters, Marie Godwin and Mazie Godwin; five brothers, Archie, L.V., Dalton, Ruben Young, and an infant brother.


William Vanhoose (12-18-09)


William Vanhoose

William Glen Vanhoose, 61, of Savannah, died Friday, Dec. 18.

He was born in Hardin County, the son of the late John Thomas and Edna Earl Falls Vanhoose.

Mr. Vanhoose was enlisted with the United States Navy for four years and served in Vietnam. He worked as a river boat pilot before he retired.

No services were held.

He is survived by a son, William Lee Vanhoose of Nashville; two brothers, Tommy Earl and John Wheeler Vanhoose, both of Savannah; two sisters, Kathy Baugns and Jane Logan, both of Savannah.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Vera Ruth Vanhoose.

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