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Obituaries March 21


Frank Arthur Coyle, Jr. born Jan. 14, 1941 in Memphis, died March 14, 2013 in Memphis. He was a Southern intellectual, football player, psychologist, and believer in social justice, a devoted son, loving husband, caring father and good friend.  He was a member of the Order of the Stars and Bars, ACLU, NRA, and APA, among others and a lifelong Episcopalian. He was a 1958 graduate of Millington Central High School, and he attended Tulane University; transferred to Southwestern at Memphis and graduated Class of 1962. Mr. Coyle was recruited for Canadian Football Leagues but instead attended University of Nebraska-Lincoln and then University of Alabama -Tuscaloosa for graduate studies in psychology.  He earned Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Memphis and taught in several universities and Memphis City Schools.  He served as an independent psychologist, Director of the Employment Training Center (Ill.) and psychological examiner for the State of Tennessee. He leaves behind wife Alice M. Coyle of Memphis, daughter and son-in-law Cathleen Coyle Randall and Brendan W. Randall of Boston, cousins Elizabeth Tucker Goforth of Millington, Pamela Oglesby of Laurel, Miss., and Lee Tucker of Nashville.   He was preceded in death by his father Frank A. Coyle and mother Letitia Ruth Williams Coyle of Rembert Springs.   He was faithfully cared for by Evangeline Ruffin and by the Glenmary at Evergreen community. Funeral services will be at Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20.  Interment will be at Ward Memorial Cemetery. Floral tributes, contributions to Rhodes College, and donations to charities are welcome. “He only went to Heaven because Hell was too crowded.” Canale Funeral Directors 452-6400.



James Leo “Jim” Swift, Jr., resident of the Brighton Community in Tipton County with extended family members in Fayette County, a retired business owner and husband of Louise Marie “Lou” Swift departed this life Saturday morning, March 9, 2013 at the Methodist North Hospital in Memphis where he had been a patient for one week. He was 80 years of age and died following an illness of two years. Services of Remembrance for Mr. Swift were conducted March 12 at the Peebles Main Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Bro. Will Bechard officiating. Interment was private and arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center — Main Chapel of Somerville. Mr. Swift was born September 18, 1932 in Blytheville, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, James L. Swift, Sr. and Mary Rilla Sides Swift. He received his education in the Arkansas Public School System and was a member of the high school football team at the Blytheville, Arkansas High School. He was married May 19, 1951 to the former Louise Marie “Lou” Younger, a native of Pleasant Grove, Arkansas, who survives. Mr. and Mrs. Swift were residents of West Tennessee for much of their life and have family members in Shelby, Tipton and Fayette Counties. Mr. Swift was a demolition building and residential contractor for many years in the Memphis area before his retirement ten years ago. He was a resident of Millington for a number of years before moving to the Brighton Community three years ago. His family remember him as a “take charge” person and the outspoken patriarch of his family. He was a family-oriented person who will be remembered for his passion of hunting and trout fishing. In addition to his wife of 62 years, Mr. Swift is survived by his daughter, Jimmie Lou Free (Kenny) of Millington; his son, James L. “Jamey” Swift, III (Cindy) of Memphis; his sister, Barbara Emmons of Harrison, AR; his brother, Sonny Swift of Ravenden, AR; six grandchildren, Tonya Coleman, Melissa Swift, Kenneth Free, Jeff Free, Joey Free, Chad Free; and nine great grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the church, charity or organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be left on our online guestbook at



James Leo “Jim” Swift, Jr.

James Leo “Jim” Swift, Jr.


James 'Smiley' G. Shanklin

James ‘Smiley’ G. Shanklin


James “Smiley” G. Shanklin, 82, of Millington, passed away March 12, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Norma Shanklin; son, Michael Shanklin; two daughters, Linda Foulks and Sandra Parker; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a sister, Doris Vencion. Funeral service was held March 15 at Northridge Woodhaven Funeral Home in Millington, with burial in Northridge Wood-haven Cemetery.


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