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Obituaries for the week of July 1, 2009

Emily O. Creasy
Funeral services for Ms. Emily O. Creasy, 83, were 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2009 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Thrower officiatingand burial following in Lexington Cemetery. Ms. Creasy died Monday, June 22, 2009 in Jackson. She was born August 16, 1925 in Gibson County to the late John Calvin and Laura Goff Gilliam. She was a retired department manager at Walmart, and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, Women on Missions, and BP&W.
Mrs. Creasy was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Grady R. Creasy; a daughter, Charlotte Creasy Lunsford; two brothers, Ernest and James Calvin Gilliam; three sisters, Addis Vestal, Myrtle Sue Gilliam and May Maness Gilliam.
Survivors include her two sons, Tommy (Cornelia) Creasy of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Gary (Julia) Creasy of Lexington; a daughter, Shannon Creasy of Lexington; six grandchildren, Chip (Patricia) Creasy, David Lunsford, Michael (Stephanie) Creasy, Camelia Creasy, Rob (Angela) Creasy and Adam (Brandy) Jowers; six great-grandchildren, Christy Watson, Courtney and Carly Adams, Naomi Creasy, Ethan and Madelyn Jowers, and a very special and close friend, Mr. Bob Churchwell.

Nathanial Matthew Harris
Nathanial Matthew Harris was stillborn June 22, 2009 in Jackson.
He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Robyn Harris; his brother, Derek Harris and his grandparents, Richie Weaver, Cathie Bishop and Nathan and Dinah Harris, all of Lexington. Pafford Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Tommy Long
Graveside services for Mr. Tommy Long, 39, were 2 p.m. Thursday, June 25, 2009 at Pafford Scotts Hill Cemetery. Pafford Funeral Home of Scotts Hill was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Long died Tuesday, June 24, 2009 in Lexington. He was born June 13, 1970 in San Antonio, Texas.
Survivors include his parents, Jim and Fern Long; two sons, Denny James Long and Thomas Franklin Long Jr.; his daughter, Lisa Kristine Long, a sister, Jamie Lancaster; two nieces, Deidre McPeake and Gini Savage, all of Scotts Hill and his grandmother, Virginia Tvedt of Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Samuel E. Poisal III
Mr. Samuel E. Poisal III passed away Friday, June 26, 2009 at his home near Lexington. He was born April 6, 1933 in Higginsville, Mo. to the late Edwin and Frances Horner Poisal. He retired from the U.S. Navy Hospital Medical Corps and was a Korean War Veteran. He later worked as a chiropractor, retiring after over 20 years of practice. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Lucille Beck, Katherine Poisal, and Patsy Rinne.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mrs. Martha Poisal of Lexington; his son, Samuel E. Poisal IV of Atoka; a sister, Frances Barnes of Kerrville, Texas; four grandchildren, Samuel Poisal V, Arthur, Andrew and Marina Poisal; and three great-grandchildren, Samuel Poisal VI, Nancy and Owen Poisal. The family has chosen cremation.

Margaret Ridley
Graveside services for Mrs. Margaret Ridley, 78, were 4 p.m. Thursday, June 25, 2009 at Lexington Cemetery with Charles Thomason and P.J. Hardy officiating. Pafford Funeral Home of Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Ridley died late Tuesday in Nashville. She was born Sept. 6, 1930 in Henderson County to the late Pat and Mary E Murren Lewis. She was a homemaker and a member of Broad Street Church of Christ.
Mrs. Ridley was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. James Earl Ridley.
Survivors include her two sons, Alan Ridley of Linden and Denny Ridley of Lexington; two brothers, George Lewis of Lexington and Bob Lewis of Wildersville; three sisters, Bertha Stevens and Eva Terry of Lexington and Martha Durall of Dothan, Ala.; four grandchildren, Valerie Ridley, Morgan Powers, Eric and Jill Ridley and two great-grandchildren, Blaine and Rhylee Ridley.