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James Melvin Jackson, age 92, of Paducah passed away at home on Monday, May 18, 2015, at 1 a.m. Melvin was born November 18, 1922, in Kirbyton, where he lived most of his life. He graduated from Milburn High School and served his country in World War II for three years from November 1942 to November 11, 1945, in Europe with the 320th Infantry. Upon returning from the war, he received his B.S. from Murray State University and continued his education at the University of Kentucky where he received his M.S. He worked as a lab supervisor with Martin Marietta/USEC where he was known as "Jim." He retired after 42 years of service. Melvin was a deacon at Kirbyton Baptist Church where he served as treasurer for 35 years. He was a 4-H leader and council member and continued to support 4-H through the years. Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife of 71 years, Wanda Holt Jackson; two daughters, Melva Boles and her husband Dr. Shawn Boles of Eugene, Oregon, and Ruth Ogden of Paducah; one son, Dr. Stephen Jackson and wife Karen of Paducah; five grandchildren, Dr. Seth Ogden and wife Dr. Kristen Ogden of Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Lauren Jackson Kepsel and husband Levi, Kelly Jackson Johnson and husband Kyle, and Ben Jackson, all of Paducah, and Darcy Boles of Portland, Oregon; three great-grandchildren, Smith Ogden of Nashville, Saylor Jackson and Annalee Johnson of Paducah; one sister, Ruth Miller of Kirbyton; and a brother, Martin Jackson and wife Florence of Kirbyton; sister-in-law, Libby Jackson Wallace of Paducah; and brother-in-law, Bob Sigler of Knoxville, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Lura and Jerry Jackson; a sister, Rudelle Sigler; and two brothers, Dr. William Jackson and Dr. Morris Jackson. The family will receive family and friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at Kirbyton Baptist Church in Kirbyton, Kentucky, with visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. The Rev. J. Mark Wilson and the Rev. Michael Lee will officiate. Burial will follow in the Kirbyton Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Kirbyton Cemetery Fund, c/o Rod Martin, 2996 County Road 110, Fancy Farm, KY 42039. You may leave a message, light a candle or share a song tribute for the family at www.milnerandorr.com.

Mary Elizabeth Wright of Kernersville, North Carolina, formerly of South Fulton and Union City, died Friday, May 15, 2015, at Forsyth Memorial Hospital Palliative Care unit in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was a member of the Water Valley Pentecostal Tabernacle. Mrs. Wright is survived by her daughter, Joanna Woodruff Burrow of Kernersville; four sons, Charles Coleman Woodruff of Knoxville, Jeff Brandon Woodruff of Lynchburg, Virginia, William Duffy Woodruff of Duluth, Minnesota, and James Robert "Bob" Woodruff of Mahtomedi, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles McIlwain, and two sisters, Barbara Simmons and Margaret Kennedy, all of Union City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover C. Wright; two brothers, and two sisters. Her parents were John B. Potts McIlwain and Vira Tansil McIlwain. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Hornbeak Funeral Chapel and burial will be in the Obion County Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 5â "8 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at the funeral home.

Ethel Sims, 92, of Bardwell died at 6:08 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Countryside Center. Arrangements were incomplete at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Bardwell.

Harry Monroe Lydick, 82, of South Fulton died Monday, May 18, 2015, at his home. Mr. Lydick retired as a computer operator for the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Vietnam war. He is survived by two sons, Russell Lydick and Roy Lydick, both of South Fulton; and one grandchild, MacKenzie Lydick of South Fulton. He was preceded in death by four brothers. His parents were Frayne and Margaret Grumbling Lydick. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Water Valley Pentecostal Tabernacle Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time to leave for the cemetery Thursday at Hornbeak Funeral Home.

Billy G. Todd, age 77, of Bardwell, passed away at 11:20 p.m. on May 13, 2015, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO. Mr. Todd was born November 21, 1937, in Bardwell where he lived most of his life. He retired from Westvaco as a maintenance mechanic and was a member of the paper workers local 680 union. He was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his wife, Joyce A. Todd of Bardwell; two sons, Michael Todd and wife Kim of Bardwell, Brian Todd of Paducah; one sister, Marilyn Polivick of Bardwell; two grandchildren, Hannah Todd and companion Tyler Wildharber of Kevil, Ethan Todd of Bardwell; two grandpups, Jed and Jack. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie H. Todd and Willie May Hogancamp Todd; three sisters, Elizabeth Crooks, Patsy Owsley, Jane Webb; four brothers, Elmo Todd, Millard Todd, Edward Todd, Graves Todd. A funeral service was held at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Bardwell Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Bill Mason officiated. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 and Paducah Lions Club Telethon, c/o Independence Bank, P.O. Box 966, Paducah, KY 42002-0966. You may leave a message, light a candle or share a song tribute with the family at www.milnerandorr.com.

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