Susan Harris passed away September 22, 2018. Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 (901) 767-8930. “Celebrating Life… Behind the Stone Wall”. Service details and obituary will be posted as soon as they become available.
Gwendolyn Young Augustine, age 70, better known as “Nonni”, passed away after a brief and sudden illness, surrounded by the love of her family and friends, on September 21, 2018, in Bartlett, Tennessee. Gwen was born on June 15, 1948, in Selmer, Tennessee. She was raised in Memphis, Tennessee,
attending Kingsbury Elementary School and graduating from Treadwell High School in 1966. On November 15, 1986, she married the love of her life and best friend, John Augustine, whom she had first started dating on November 22, 1960, when they were 12 years old. She often said of John that the reason he was born the day after her, on June 16, was that God knew she was going to need some help later on.
She began her career in the medical field as a lab technician at Baptist Memorial Hospital, going on later to work as a physician’s assistant, transcriptionist, medical secretary, and finally practice administrator at the Memphis Cancer Center. But her favorite occupation came when she and John opened their own business together, Tradewinds International, where they were able to work together every day brokering wild rice.
Nonni was best known to her family, her friends, and her fellow church members for her lively spirit, her generosity, her hospitality, her sense of humor, her ability to make others laugh, and for he amazing capacity to love and make those around her feel treasured. She never merely existed, but always lived her life to the fullest. She was always busy, whether cooking and baking, painting, shopping with her granddaughter, spending time with friends, or attending the grandkids’ activities — but always giving of her time and talents no matter what she engaged in.
Gwen was preceded in death by her mother, Inez Young; her father; two sisters; and two brothers. She is survived by her loving husband, John Augustine; her daughter and son-in-law, Laney and Jeff Traylor; her stepdaughters and their husbands, Denise Augustine Gandis and John Gandis and Julie Augustine
Bater and Tim Bater; her “adopted” children Angie and Will Dougan; and her eight grandchildren, Spencer William Dougan, Rebekah Ellen Dougan, John Augustine Dougan, Cliff Gandis, Zoe Gandis, Constantine Gandis, Wyatt Augustine Spurrier, and Patrick Bryce Spurrier.
Visitation will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Tennessee, 2949 Davies Plantation Road, Lakeland, TN 38002. (Davies Plantation at U. S. Hwy. 64). The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m., with a meal afterward in the church Fellowship Hall.
Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Paul UMC.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 (901) 767-8930. “Celebrating Life… Behind the Stone Wall”. Service details and obituary will be posted as soon as they become available.
Carolyn A. Henderson, 80, of Memphis, passed away September 19, 2018. Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 (901) 767-8930. “Celebrating Life… Behind the Stone Wall”. Service details and obituary will be posted as soon as they become available.
Virdie Burns, 87, passed away September 20, 2018. Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 (901) 767-8930. “Celebrating Life… Behind the Stone Wall”. Service details and obituary will be posted as soon as they become available.
Derek Sherron, 48, passed away September 20, 2018. Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 (901) 767-8930. “Celebrating Life… Behind the Stone Wall”. Service details and obituary will be posted as soon as they become available.
Anthony James Churney, 65, passed away September 21, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Sherry L. Churney; 2 children; 2 step-children; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; and several grandchildren. Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 (901) 767-8930. “Celebrating Life… Behind the Stone Wall”.
Lisa Anne Horrell Baldizon, 48, of Memphis, died September 19, 2018, at her home.
Lisa is survived by her loving husband, Nekser; her most precious sons, Matthew and Christian; step-daughter, Peyton Baldizon; mother, Cheryl Horrell; father and step-mother, Frank and Pam Horrell; brothers, John Horrell and J.B. Horrell; nephew, Mykah; niece, Ava; and many loving family members.
With an open heart, a vivacious personality, and a caring and nurturing soul, she was a friend to so many. Her unending love for her sons will transcend her in this world.
Please join her family and friends at Memorial Park Funeral Home, on Sunday, September 23, between 2-4 p.m. as we remember with love her life.
Lt. Col. Allen Howard Somers of Germantown, TN, – husband, father, grandfather, patriot, golfer and jokester – died peacefully on Sept. 20, 2018 surrounded by a daughter and stepson. His family will miss his tremendous wit, generous spirit, and powerful presence. He embodied the USMC moto, Semper fidelis, “always faithful.” His Marine Corp experience embodied his greatest passion, others. He honored others by always striving to be the best friend and the best man he could be. He loved to take any appropriate opportunity to tell a good joke. He loved to laugh and to make others laugh.
Allen Howard Somers was born in Paducah, KY, on July 19, 1929 to Kathlene Allen Somers and Robert Howard Somers. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1953 and served 22 years on active duty in the United State Marine Corp, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.
In 1975, he began working at The C.P. Hall Company as the Operations Manager for the Southern Region. He retired in 1991. An avid, lifelong golfer, he quickly turned to dedicating himself to his lifelong passion, the game of golf. Col. Somers was named a committee member of the United States Golf Association in 1992. He served in that capacity while also serving on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Golf Association. He officiated at many professional tournaments, but his passion was officiating amateur tournaments, especially at the collegiate level. He was a long-time member of the Germantown Country Club and was inducted into the Tennessee Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
He was survived by his daughters Margaret Anderson Balogh of Memphis (husband Scott) and Alison Ann Somers of Beaufort, South Carolina. Also, by his step-children, Mike Speros and Sandy Sandouk of Memphis, TN; grandchildren Margaret Sinclair Anderson and David Brooks Anderson of Atlanta, GA.; Kristina Hyde (husband Drew) and Alexis Powers (husband John) of Boulder, CO, Katherine Sandouk of Memphis, and Spero Sandouk of Atlanta. Great-grandchildren include Drew Hyde, Addison Hyde, Cassidy Powers, and Todd Michael Powers. He is also survived by his stepmother, Faye Somers, of Paducah, KY. He is predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Katherine (Kitty) Somers, married July 1, 1972.
Viewing and funeral services will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119. The viewing is on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 5-7 p.m., with funeral services on Monday, September 24 at 1 p.m. He will be entombed next to his wife, Kitty.
In lieu of floral arrangements, the family asks that donations be made to The Wounded Warrior Project or to the First Evangelical Church of Christ in Germantown, TN in his memory.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 (901) 767-8930. “Celebrating Life… Behind the Stone Wall”.
Alvin Russell Clack, Jr., 77, entered into the Heavenly presence of our Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, September 20, 2018. He was born October 27, 1940 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina to parents Alvin and Lola Clack (both deceased). He was preceded in death by the love of his life for 53 years, Barbara Raines Clack. He is survived by his beloved sons Alvin Russell Clack, III (Kelley) of Cordova, TN, Robert Brent Clack of Somerville, TN and daughter Melanie Feltner (Jeff) of Winchester, VA. He adored his six grandchildren: Brandon Clack (Marian) of San Antonio, TX, Angel Clack Edwards (Josh) of Batesville, MS, Carlie Clack and Chase Clack of Cordova, TN, Josh Feltner (Stephanie) and Will Feltner (Tara) of Winchester, VA. He was proud to be a great grandfather to: Ava McClellan, Mason Edwards, Teagan and Kinsey Feltner, Colton Feltner, Gavin and Colton Barber.
He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and later earned his masters from Memphis State University. For the last 25 years he served in the financial industry. His current position was President of Strategic Wealth Management.
Russell made it his heart’s mission to be involved with multiple men’s ministries such as First Evangelical Church Monday morning prayer group, Thursday Band of Brothers prayer group and Friday men’s group. He was the founder of Warriors on the Wall prayer ministry, supporter of Contender Ministry and the John Bramlett Ministries. He served on the Advisory Council to Christ’s Community Church, the board of Barnabas Associates, was a member of the Gideon’s Ministry and helped in church planting. His true passion was supporting missionaries, too many to list.
He was a long time member of First Evangelical Church where he served as deacon, elder and teacher. He currently was a member of the Refuge Church, where he served as deacon.
Russell was an avid sportsman. In high school he was a basketball point guard, and state champion tennis player. He always enjoyed cheering on the Tigers at the University of Memphis games with his son Russ. He had a great love for soccer. While his sons attended ECS, he was an active member of the athletic booster club and was one of the founders of their soccer program. He coached many games and later proudly cheered on the sidelines for both his son and
grandsons. He was instrumental in assisting his son Brent in founding the Fayette Community Sports Association.
In his youth, he grew up on the beaches of North Carolina where he worked as a lifeguard. During the summer months at the beach, he learned to shag, an east coast dance step. His love for dance and music led him to start the Memphis Shag Club. You could find him many nights at the Bop Club, Shag Club or BB Kings dancing and listening to music.
After the passing of his wife Barbara, and because of her unconditional love for him and her desire for him to know Jesus Christ as his Savior, he was moved to write a book to encourage men to be Godly husbands and strengthen marriages. Before She is Gone, is a testimony of God’s grace, forgiveness and redemption through his Son Jesus Christ. Over 1200 books have been distributed.
Russell was a loving husband, dad, grandfather and friend. He was a Godly example, and encouraged everyone around him.
Visitation is Monday, September 24th from 5:00-7:00 pm at First Evangelical Church. The burial will be on Tuesday, September 25th at 1pm at Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Parkway in Bartlett. The Celebration of Life will follow at 3 pm at First Evangelical Church, 735 Ridge Lake Boulevard in Memphis.
In lieu of flowers please send memorials to a Mission of your choice that works to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Ralph Tyler Stovall, 32, of Holly Springs, Mississippi, passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, September 24 from 12pm until 2pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Avenue. There will be a graveside service immediately following at 2pm.