Benton County, Tennessee Genealogy

The following obituaries have been contributed to the web site.

Granville Brewer

Granville F. Brewer, 60, of 943 Beatrice, a retired carpenter, died yesterday at Methodist Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memorial Park.

He was a member of Long Street United Methodist Church.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Grace Brewer; two sons, Robert Brewer and Franklin Brewer, both of Memphis; three daughters, Miss Bertha Brewer of Memphis and Miss Vonita Brewer and Mrs. John J. O'Callaghan, both of Irving, Texas; three sisters, Mrs. Otis Kirby and Mrs. Pat Cox, both of Huntingdon, Tenn., and Mrs. Eldon Horn of Camden, Tenn.; his father Harrison Brewer of Huntingdon; sever brothers, Paul Brewer of Milan; Elzie Brewer, Herbert Brewer and Orin Brewer, all of Huntingdon, Ben Brewer of Lexington, Ky., Will Brewer of Chicago, and Leon Brewer of Memphis; and three grandchildren.

Ate 87, she was born in Troy on Oct. 28, 1901, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Beutel.

Her husband, Herman Henke, also preceded her in death.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Troy, and has no known survivors.

Submitted by Jerry Johnson

Mary Pixley

Mary Virginia Johnson Pixley, a resident of the 200 block of West Washington, Caseyville, died at 2:10 p.m. on Dec. 28, 1988, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Age 67, she was born in East St. Louis on Sept. 7, 1921, daughter of the late Terry Pafford Sr. and Carried Bertha Williams Pafford.

He first husband, S. Leo Johnson, died in June 1973. Her second husband, Earl Pixley, died in January 1985.

She was also preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

She was a member of the Caseyville United Methodist Church, Goldens Agers group of the church, Caseyville Senior Citizens, Junior Woman's Club and Queen City Chapter 697 Order of the Eastern Star in Fairview Heights.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Herr Caseyville Chapel. The Rev. Bruce Rushing officiated, with burial in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville.

Survivors include one son, Jerrold L. Johnson of New Market, Tenn.; two sisters, Grace E. Brewer of Memphis, Tenn., and Corrine Baur of Cahokia; and two grandchildren.

Mary Virginia Johnson Pixley

Mary Virginia Johnson Pixley, nee Pafford, 67, of Caseyville, died Wednesday, December 28, 1988 at Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of First United Methodist Chruch in Caseyville, Golden Agers in Caseyville, Caseyville Senior Citizens, Junior Women's Club, Queen City Order of the Eastern Star No. 697 in Fairview Heights.

Preceding in death were two husbands, S. Leo Johnson in June 1973 and Earl Pixley in January 1985; parents, Terry and Carrie Bertha, nee Williams, Pafford, Sr.; a brother and a sister.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Jerrold L. and Florence Johnson of New Market, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Grace E. Brewer of Memphis, TN and Mrs. Corinne Baur of Cahokia; two grandchildren, Jerrold L. Johnson II and Mary Virginia Lynn Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Herr Caseyville Chapel in Caseyville with Rev. Bruce Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.

Friends may call between 6 and 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

An Eastern Star Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Herr Caseyville Chapel.


William Riley Summers, 83, died April 23 at Benton County General Hospital. Service will be conducted Wednesday (today), April 25 at Stockdale-Malin Chapel with Rev. Jesse Brown officiating. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery.

Mr. Summers, a retired farmer, was the son of the late Joe Summers and Lillie Prince Summers. He was a member of Natchez Trace Church and was a World War I veteran and member of D.A.V.

Survivors include his wife, Ollie Williams Summer; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Collins of East Prarie, Mo.; and one brother, Dewey Summers of Hollow Rock and a host of nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Jerry Johnson

Mrs. Ruby Baker

CAMDEN - Services for Mrs. Ruby Williams Baker, 71, retired H.I. Siegel Co. employee, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery.

Mrs. Baker died Sunday at her home after a long illness.

She leaves her widower, Gusty Baker of Camden; a daughter, Mrs. Etta Lee Graves of Jackson; four sons, Comon Baker of New Concord, Ky., James Baker of Lanham, Md., Jerry Baker of Gautier, Miss., and Carl Baker of Camden; two sisters, Mrs. Ollie Summers and Mrs. Rugh Diefenlock, both of Canden; a brother, Marvin Williams of Poplar Bluff, Mo.,; 27 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Jerry Johnson

T. Niebruegge

Mrs. Thelma Niebruegge, age 52, of 205 South 2nd Street, Caseyville, died at 8:45 a.m. April 5, 1969 at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis. She had been ill for the past month.

Mrs. Niebruegge was born July 11, 1916 in Memphis, Tenn., daughter of the late Terry and Carrie Williams Pafford. She lived in Caseyville the past 33 years, was a member of the Caseyville Firemen's Auxiliary and Caseyville Methodist Church, and was employed by Emerson Electric for a total of 24 years.

Friends may call today at the Herr Caseyville Chapel. Rev. William Leckrone will officiate at the 1:30 p.m. service at the chapel tomorrow, with burial in the Caseyville Cemetry.

Survivors include her husband, Ellsworth A. Niebruegge; a son Donald R. Niebruegge of Collinsville; a daughter, Mr. Jack (Judy) Koonce of Caseyville; three sisters, Mrs. Granville (Grace) Brewer of Memphis, Tenn., Mrs. Roy (Corrine) Baur of Cahokia and Mrs. Leo S. (Mary) Johnson of Caseyville; one son Terry Pafford, Jr. of Rosemont; and six grandchildrren.

Submitted by Jerry Johnson

Mrs. Virginia Ruth Kirby

CAMDEN - Services for Mrs. Virginia Ruth Kirby, 76, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home with the Revs. Tommy Oatsvall and Hughie R. Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Benton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Kirby died early this morning at Benton County General Hospital after a short illness.

She was a Benton County native and a member of Eva Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Elbert McKelvy of Camden; a sister, Mrs. Ollie Summres of Camden; a brother, Marvin Williams of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today.

Submitted by Jerry Johnson


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