Benton County, Tennessee Genealogy

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Lillian Fay McCampbell, 89, of Big Sandy, died Monday October 26 at Benton County General Hospital. Funeral services were held Thursday, October 27 at First Baptist Church in Big Sandy. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetary. Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home of Big Sandy wan in charge.

Mrs. McCampbell was a member of the First Baptist Church of Big Sandy. She was the daughter of the late Johnny Dortch and Delia Barnes Dortch. Survivors include four daughters, Mable Hutchison, Lincoln Park, Mich.; Dathel Wynn, Evelyn VanHuss of Big Sandy; Delia Barker, Tennessee Ridge; one son, Paul McCampbell, Big Sandy; and 29 grandchildren.

(This obiturary was first printed in the Camden Chronicle 2 November 1977)

Submitted by Kenneth Allen


One of Lexington's Oldest and Best Beloved Citizens Passed to the Great Beyond--Summons Came Rather Suddenly: Lexington has never suffered a greater loss than in the passing away of George W. Florence which occurred at the Daws Hotel on Friday afternoon of last week, at 5 o'clock, January 22. Mr. Florence had been indisposed for several days but had become able to return to his store until Wednesday night, preceding his death, when he suffered a relapse and on Thursday morning was unable to leave his room. On Friday he was able to sit up and at 2 o'clock p.m., died from an asthmatic attack. The funeral occurred Saturday at 2 o'clock p.m., Rev E. K. Bransford officiating at the service with the following active and honorary pallbearers: E. F. Boswell, E. E. Muse, J. E. Scales, J. W. Page, T. Edwards, D. E. Scott, J. W. Scott, J. W. Enochs and L. T. Fielder; J. H. Howard, John M. Taylor, E. J. Timberlake, J. N. Hall, C. F. McHaney, W. T. Threadgill, J. R. Reid and C. H. Reid. George W. Florence was born in North Carolina in 1832. In childhood his parents moved to Benton County, Tennessee He first came to Lexington in 1866, as a clerk for Adam Hall, after serving as a Confederate soldier in the War of 1861-1865. Later he brought out the Hall business and since that time until his death was known and honored as one of the best and most respected merchants of our town and county. Deceased was a member of the Masonic fraternity, holding membership in Constantine Lodge No. 64, for many years.

Mr. Florence was never married, but he was wedded always to his friends, and his connections, whatever they might be. It was especially noticeable that during his long residence here he never missed a service at his place of worship, the Southern Methodist Church, or in another church, when there was no service in his own, unless prevented by positive illness or absence from the town which rarely occurred. The sweetest thing we can say of Mr. Florence is that we never knew or heard of his purse and heart being closed when charity appealed to him, nor did he ever fail to aid any business enterprise in this community. He was simple in his tastes and desires, the soul of honor, generous to a fault if possible and taken all in all was a most lovable and admirable character. The world is better that Mr. Florence spent a long life in it and his place as citizen, churchman and business man will be hard to fill--can be filled by none except he be from every standpoint the noblest work which comes from the hand of God, a truly good man. He leaves two brothers and four sisters, Dr. J. B. Florence, J. W. Florence, Miss Sarah Florence, Mrs. J. T. Frazier, Mrs. Ann Beasley and Mrs. Malitia Cuff, all of whom reside in Benton County. May his soul rest in sweet peace.

Submitted by Dan Florence

1916 - 2000

Evelyn VanHuss, age 84 of Big Sandy, died Thrusday, April 13, 2000 at her residence in Big Sandy.

Mrs. VanHuss was born on April 3, 1916 in Benton Co. to the late James R. and Lillie Fay Dortch McCampbell, and was a homemaker. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 15, 2000 at 2:30 at the Mt. Carmel Methodist Church in Big Sandy. Burial followed at the Cooper Cemetery in Big Sandy.

Survivors include husband, Nelson VanHuss; two daughters, Lois Mahoney of Cordova, TN, and Nancy Allen of Corpus Christi, TX; two sons, Claude VanHuss of Greenville, TX, and Virgil VanHuss of Big Sandy; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

(The above obituary was taken from the Camden Chronicle dated 20 April, 2000). Mrs. VanHuss actually had three and not two great-great grandchildren.)

Submitted by Kenneth Allen


Entered into rest Thurs., July 27, 1978, dear wife of the late William A. Williams, dear mother of Woodrow Williams and Laura Haran, dear grandmother of Rita and Tina Haran, dear mother-in-law of Virginia Williams and Nick Haran.

Funeral from KRIEGSHAUSERS WEST, 9450 Olive Blvd., Sat., July 29 at 11 a.m. Interment Oak Grove. Member of St. Thomas Mission For The Dead. Visitation after 4 p.m. Fri.

Submitted by Jerry Johnson


39, of Memphis, worked for 10 years with the Jewish Community Center and also a USO volunteer, died at 1 a.m. yesterday at Regional Medical Center at Memphis of respiratory failure. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Miss Brewer was a member of Highland Heights Methodist Church. She leaves her mother, Mrs. Grace E. Brewer of Memphis; two sisters, Mrs. David Carpenter of El Dorado, Ark., and Mrs. John O'Callaghan of Irving, Texas, and a brother, G. Franklin Brewer of Memphis.

Submitted by Jerry Johnson


Of 1018 N. 43rd St., on Thursday, Nov. 6, 1952. Wife of the late Terry Pafford, Mrs. Granville (Grace) Brewer, Mrs. Elsworth (Thelma) Niebregge, Mrs. Roy (Corinne) Bauer, and Mrs. Leo (Mary) Johnson; sister of Marvin and Alfred Williams, Mrs. Ollie Summers, Mrs. Ruth McKelvy, and Mrs. Ruby Baker; 14 grandchildren; our dear mother-in-law, sister-in-law and aunt. Services Kassley Chapel, Monday, Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m. Interment Valhalla Burial Park. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Saturday. KASSLY SERVICE

Submitted by Jerry Johnson


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