Benton County, Tennessee Genealogy

The following obituaries have been contributed to the web site.


Robert A. (Bobby) Bell, age 59 of Big Sandy, Tn died October 2, 1994 at Jackson-Madison County Gen'l Hosp. Jackson, Tn. Funeral held Wednesday October 5, 1994 at Stockdale-Malin Chapel in Big Sandy, Tn. with Bro. Ray Forrest officiating.

Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Big Sandy. Robert Bell was born July 5, 1935 in Faxon, Tn. His father Henry Nolan Wyatt, mother Nina Pearl Bell McKenzie, and stepfather Gerald David McKenzie preceded him in death. Survivors were his wife Irma Deanna Berry Bell, stepmother Elsie Wyatt of Michigan, 4 sons Stephen Gene, Southgate, Mi, Harvey A., Big Sandy, Tn, Bryan K. Bell, El Paso, Tx, Larry 0. Bell, Big Sandy, Tn, one stepson Timothy A. Baker, Big Sandy, one-half sister Betty Wyatt, Michigan, 5 half-brothers Willard McKenzie, Big Sandy, Tn. Charles Wyatt, and Neal Wyatt, Leon Wyatt and Bill Wyatt, all of Michigan 4 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mr. Bell was a retired machinist for Conrad Railroad, veteran of U.S. Marine Corps, member of New Beginnings Church and member of the Masonic Lodge in Big Sandy, Tn.

Submitted by Norma Watson


Elizabeth Luville "Lou" Nobles age 92, died Oct. 15, 1994 in Paris, Tn. Funeral held Oct. 18, 1994 at LeDon Chapel with Bro. Jerry Masey, Buck Morton and Charles Orr officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Paris, Tn. Elizabeth Nobles was born July 21, 1902 Big Sandy, Tn. She married Jesse Sherman Nobles on Dec.22, 1924 and he died July 17, 1971. Also preceded in death by her father Jesse Park Andrews, mother Susan Bell Zora Andrews, twin sister Martha Lucille Sexton, and 4 brothers Jesse Andrews, Victor Andrews, Hubert Andrews and Russell Andrews.

Survivors 2 daugs Joyce Cook, Paris, In, Carolyn Hicks and one sister-in-law Marie Andrews, 2 grandsons David Hicks, Paris, Tn. and Gregory Hicks. 2 granddaughters Leslie Hicks and Suzanne Greer Wynn.

Mrs. Nobles was member of Fairview Baptist Church in Paris and also member of Martha Chapter No. 155 Order of Eastern Start.

Submitted byNorma Watson


Paul Samuel McCampbell, age 71 of Big Sandy, Tn. died Wednesday, November 25, 1992 in the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tn. Funeral was held Nov.27, 1992 at the Baptist Church in Big Sandy with Brother Bill Holbrook officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery-Stockdale Malin in charge of services.

Paul Samuel McCampbell was born Aug.22, 1921 in Benton County, Tn. He was preceded in death by his parents James Rufus and Lillie Fay Dortch McCampbell; 2 brothers, Victor and Nelson McCampell, 2 sisters Mable Hutchison and Delia Mae Robins.

Mr. McCampbell survived by wife Rebecca Garner McCampbell, 2 daus. Paulette Cole of Nashville, Tn and Jeanette Coulter of Hendersonville Tn, 2 sisters Evelyn VanHuss and Dathel Louise Wynn both of Big Sandy, Tn, 2 grandchildren Jeffrey Daryl Cole of Nashville and Bradley Shane Coulter of Hendersonville, Tn, one gr. grandson, Warren Darryl Cole of Nashville, Tn.

Mr. McCampbell was a retired heavy equipment operator for TVA, member of the Big Sandy Baptist Church, Chairman of Deacons, World War II Veteran, an Alderman for the City of Big Sandy, Tn. and a former Mayor of Big Sandy, Tn.

Submitted by Norma Watson


Russell Hicks Andrews, age 84 of Paris, Tn. died May 7, 1992 in Paris, Tn.

Funeral was held at LeDon Chapel, May 9, 1992 with Roger Wallace officiating. Burial was in Memorial Cemetery in Paris, Tn with Ridgeway Morticians in charge. Russell Hicks Andrews was born Dec. 2, 1907 in Big Sandy, Tn. His parents, Jessie Park Andrews and Susan Belle Zora Hicks (daughter of Abraham Jackson Hicks and 3rd wife Martha Jane Melton) all preceded Russell in death. Survivors include his wife Letha Andrews, one sister Luville Nobles, 2 nieces Joyce Cook and Carolyn Hicks, One nephew Richard Andrews. Mr Russell Andrews was a Retired Minister.

Submitted by Norma Watson


Virlie M. Andrews, age 92, Paris, Tn. formerly of 28 Oak St. Big Sandy, Tn. died April 13, 1993 Henry County Nursing Home in Paris, Tn. Services held at Stockdale-Malin Chapel in Big Sandy, Tn. with Brother Bill Holbrook officiating. Verlie M. Andrews was born Aug.11, 1900 in Carroll County, Tn. Her parents were Horace Provow and Luzaine Provow who preceded her in death. Her first husband was Hubert Andrews, 2nd Raymond Andrews who also died before her. Survivors include one son, James Richard Andrews, Westminister, California, 2 sister-in-laws Marie Andrews, Paris, Tn, 2 nieces Joyce Cook and Carolyn Hicks(daughter of EIiz. and Jesse Sherman Nobles) from Paris, Tn., 2 grand and 4 great grandchildren. Virlie Andrews of a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church, Big Sandy, Tn.

Camden Chronicle 4/21/1993

Submitted by Norma Watson


Rubye Gay Arnold, age 82 of Camden, Tn. died April 14, 1993 at Valley Regional Hosp. in Camden, Tn.

Funeral held April 14, 1993 at Stockdale-Malin chapel with Bro. Harold Carver officiating. Burial was in Crossroads Cemetery with Stockdale in charge. Rubye Gay Arnold was born Feb.27, 1911 in Benton County, Tn. Her parents Luther Jones and Peral (Pearl ?) Jones preceded her in death. Husband Vernon Arnold died in Oct. 7, 1988. 2 sisters, Lois Cowell and Mavis Kinnard preceded her in death. Survivors are 1 dau. Laverne McKelvy, Camden, Tn. 1 son Fred Arnold, 1 brother Leaburn Jones, both of Camden, Tn. 9 grandchildren and 10 gr grandchildren. Mrs. Arnold homemaker and member of Crosswoods Baptist Church.

Camden Chronicle 4/21/1993

Submitted byNorma Watson



Charlotte "Lotta" Vester Cole, b. 1847 Benton Co., TN, d. 9 Dec 1893 Benton Co., TN

Mrs. Lotta Cole, the wife of Mr. Lewis Cole, who resides about three miles south of Big Sandy, died last Saturday after a two weeks illness from pneumonia and heart trouble.  She was about forty-eight years of age, and besides a husband also leaves three children who have the condolence of their many sympathizing friends.  Mrs. Cole was a daughter of Berry Vester, esq., and was a pious, Christian woman.  The remains were interred Monday at the Berry graveyard at the head of Sulphur Creek.

Camden Chronicle 12/15/1893

Note: The children she left behind were Mary C. Cole Townsend, Ada Florence Cole McDavid, and Sarah Bell Cole Harrison.

Submitted by Michelle McKeon 


Woodrow Wilson Cowell, age 76 of Camden, Tn. died April 16, 1993 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tn. Funeral held April 18, 1993 at Stockdale-Malin chapel with Bro. Lloyd Doyle officiating. Burial was in Cowell's Chapel Cemetery. Woodrow Willson Cowell was born Dec.21, 1916 Davidson County, Tn. His parents William Luther Cowell and Hettie Chester Cowell preceded him in death. 2 brothers Paul and James also. Survivors include wife Hattie (Hettie ?) B. Cain Coswell, 2 daus Deborah Douglas, Cathy Odle, both of Camden, Tn. and 3 grandchildren. Woodrow Wilson was a retired coal tower foreman for TVA, WWII Army Veteran, member of Cowell's Chapel Methodist Church, Mason, Shriner and Order of the Eastern Star Scottish Rite.

Camden Chronicle 4/21/1993

Submitted by Norma Watson

Rev. Lemuel Herrin

The Tennessee Baptist published at Nashville,Tn on Saturday,October 16 1852 has the following:

Rev. Lemuel Herrin died at his residence in Panola County Texas at 3 o'clock pm Aug,25,1852 of bilous cholic, The Rev. Lemuel Herrin--an old resident of this County , and originally from Henry County Tn. He was a Baptist Minister of great worth and respectability; and a better or purer man never lived--never died and all who knew him knew him but to love him.

Father Herrin lived on earth 98 years,and died leaving no enemies behind him;borne upon the Angel wing of love to Heaven

Rev. Lemuel Herrin was a Preacher at the Rushing Creek Baptist Church

Submitted by David Pierce

"While the obituary on Rev. Lemuel Herrin published in The Tennessee Baptist in 1852 gave his age as 98 years, on February 26, 1853 The Tennessee Baptist published a Tribute of Respect which included the fact that he died on the 25th of August, 1852 at his residence in Panola (Co.) Texas at the age of about 66 years. The 1850 census of Panola County, TX lists his age as 63."

Submitted by Charlie Blakley


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