Obituaries – July 2007
James N. Cherry Jr., 80, died May 22. He was the first black uniformed patrolman in the history of the Jackson, Tenn., police department. He held the rank of deputy chief when he retired and was a member of the East Jackson church.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria, three daughters, two sons, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister.
Ryan Collins, 20, died May 19 in combat in Hamiyah, Iraq. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army, assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was a member of the Wilbarger Street church in Vernon, Texas. Survivors include his parents, a brother, two half-brothers, his grandmothers and a grandfather.
Will Setliff “Bill” Daniel, 84, died May 2. A real estate agent, he was an elder of the Fairlane church in Shelbyville, Tenn. He was preceded in death by two grandsons and a sister. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn, a son, two daughters, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Herman Davidson, 90, died April 10 in Clearwater, Fla. He was an elder of the Kimberly Downs church in Lansing, Mich., and a member of the Clearwater church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn. Survivors include two daughters, a son, nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild.
Floyd Davis, 77, died April 22. He was a minister for 40 years, serving churches in Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, California and Maryland. He also served as a missionary to France, Belgium, Haiti and India. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Beth. Survivors include two daughters, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a brother.
Harold Norman Gipson, 88, died May 14 in Lubbock, Texas. He was a longtime minister and instructor at Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock. He also served as an instructor at Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annice Aline, and two sons. Survivors include three daughters, seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a sister.
Kristopher Allen Higdon, 25, died May 22 from injuries sustained from a roadside bomb in Iraq. He served in the 82nd Airborne of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Sherwood church in Odessa, Texas. Survivors include his wife, McKayne, a son, a daughter, his parents, his grandmothers, a grandfather and two great-grandmothers.
Clyde Therman Johnson, 84, died April 4. He was music director for Fort Worth Christian College and Amarillo Christian School, both in Texas. He wrote books on music theory and a cappella singing and conducted singing schools for more than 40 years. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Ruda, two sons, a daughter, 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
David Otis Kelley
David Otis Kelley, 98, died April 8 in Albuquerque, N.M. He started the library at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. He was an elder of the Pennsylvania Street church in Albuquerque.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Onetia May, and a brother. Survivors include a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson and a brother.
Carl Maples, 89, died April 7. He was a minister for 55 years, serving churches in Texas and Oklahoma. He helped establish the Jamaica School of Preaching. He and his wife, Kathryn, worked with churches in Colorado, South Carolina and Missouri. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Merlin D. Michael
Merlin Delaine Michael, 78 died May 16 in Longmont, Colo. He was an elder of the Boulder, Colo., church. He was preceeded in death by a sister and a brother. Survivors include his wife, Virginia, a daughter, three sons, five grandchildren and two brothers.
Charlotte Wiesen Perry, 87, of Franklin, Tenn., died May 23. She was a member of Berry’s Chapel church in Franklin and was active in missions in Pakistan, Thailand and the United States.
She was preceded in death by a son. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Francis M., two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.
Dale Russell, 48, died Jan. 17 in Woodville, Texas. He was a hospital worker and a member of the Woodville church. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Russell, a daughter, his father, a sister and his grandmothers.
Michael and Justin Tiderman
Michael Tiderman, 38, and his son, Justin, 11, died May 17 in a traffic accident. Michael Tiderman was a firefighter with the Oklahoma City Fire Department for 17 years and was a member of the Tuttle, Okla, church. Survivors include his wife, Kim, two sons and his parents.
George M. Yates, 76, died May 18. He was a minister for more than 50 years, serving churches in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. He was an elder of the Northside church in Nashville, Tenn.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Shelbia, two daughters, two sons and nine grandchildren.