Monday, October 14th
Judge Ardell Cole, who died October 14, 2013 at 94 in Nashville, served the public for 28 years as a judge and circuit court clerk and was a distinguished World War II veteran. He was Henry County’s Circuit Court clerk from 1962-1976 and was General Sessions Court judge here from 1976-1990.
Born in Henry County, he graduated from Grove High School and attended Denver (Colo.) University.
In 1962, Cole, who was youth director at First United Methodist Church, took a leave of absence, to seek the office of circuit court clerk. He was elected and held the office until he was appointed General Sessions Court judge by then-Gov. Ray Blanton in 1976. Cole was recognized as the last of the “nonlawyer” judges to preside over General Sessions Court in Henry County.
One of Cole’s most memorable judgments was signing a legal order declaring video poker machines contraband. The order, which led to seizure of illegal poker machines here, resulted in district attorneys and law enforcement officials taking similar action in larger East Tennessee counties, as well as in Metro Nashville.
In his military service, Cole was drawn into the 115th Field Artillery of the Tennessee National Guard in May 1940. Made up mostly of Paris and Henry County men, the unit was federalized in September. After officer training July 1943 with Battery B, 463rd Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, a unit of the 101st Airborne Division. He remained with the same unit throughout the war. He made combat jumps in the invasion of Sicily and southern France, survived five months at Anzio against strong German resistance and disabled Nazi tanks at point blank range in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne.
Cole advanced from the rank of private to major and received eight campaign ribbons. In the community, Cole was the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Person of the Year in 1985. He also was spotlighted in a Paris! Magazine article in the Spring of 2007.
Cole died under the care of his daughters, Dr. Cathy Cole, retired and Christy Cole, Tax Attorney and Financial Advisor with Merrell Lynch. Mr. Cole was married August 18, 1948 to the former Dottie Lowe of Paris and she preceded in death June 11, 2006.
The funeral service will be Thursday October 17, 2013 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Paris. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 – 5:30 pm and after 1 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church.
Entombment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Former Paris pharmacy owner and operator George F. Moore, 78, of McKenzie died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at his residence.
His body was cremated. Visitation will be Tuesday Oct. 15, from 5 - 8 p.m. at Ridgeway Funeral Home.
Moore was a member of First Baptist Church in Paris. He owned and operated Moore Pharmacy from 1964-1980. He retired from Henry County Medical Center.
He was a member of Kappa Psi Ro Ki, a pharmacy fraternity. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee at Martin and earned his pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.
He leaves three daughters: Michelle (David) Guy of Nashville, Minette (Danny) Veazey of Paris and Miranda (Mark) Jones of Huntingdon; eight grandchildren: Sarah and Shannon Guy, Arianna (Jimmy) Green and Rachel, Nicholas, Lydia, Matthew and Claire Jones; and a special friend: Janice Smith of McKenzie.
Marie Long Dicus, age 67, of Paris, Tenn., died Sunday, October 13, 2013, at Alive Hospice at St. Thomas Hosp. in Nashville, Tenn. She was Married June 22, 1963 to Harold Eugene Dicus and he survives.
Maris was a Member of West Wood Pentecostal Church of God, A devoted wife, who loved her family, and a dedicated church worker who loved her church family.
She is also survived by One Daughter, Debra Lynn (Tony) Hughes of Newbern, Tenn.; Two Sons, Johnnie Lewis Dicus of Lavergne, Tenn., and Jeffrey Eugene (Deanna) Dicus of Henry, Tenn.; One Brother, David Dwayne Long of Paris, Tenn., and five Grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday, October 15, 2013 and after 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at West Wood Pentecostal Church of God. The Funeral service will be at West Wood Pentecostal Church of God at 1:00 PM Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Paris, Tenn.
Funeral services for Arby Reeves, 89, of Georgia, formerly of Paris, will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at McEvoy Funeral Home, with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery. She was retired from Holly Carburetor Plant and left a local sister, Lorene Arby, Buchanan.
12pm – 6pm