Obituaries for Sat. Sept. 14, 2013

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 14, 2013


Maude Thompson, 88, of River Falls, died Fri., Sept. 13, 2013, in Opp.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Keahey Funeral Home.



Wayne Lynn, known as “Grumpy” to those closest to him, passed away Sept. 3, 2013, following a lengthy illness.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., today, Sat., Sept. 14, at New Providence Baptist Church in Paul, with the Rev. Ed Ganus, officiating and Trahan Family Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 14, 1942, in Moss Point, Miss., and grew up in Red Level. He was the youngest child of a Baptist minister, and the description “son of a preacher man” – alas –fit him to a “T.” Teachers and principals experienced firsthand his mischievous pranks but, despite the intervention of his parents, he charmed his way out of a number of sticky situations and managed to excel in his classes. Decades later, his teachers still recalled him with great fondness.

In 1960, he joined the Army National Guard, serving his country for four years. His career was spent in telecommunications, first as a technician and later as a central office engineer. His customers would ask for him by name, for he left a mark on everyone he worked with.

He took his beautiful high-school sweetheart, Brenda Bennett, to the prom, and then married her in 1960. Their union lasted 53 years. As his health declined, she became his constant caregiver, never leaving his side. His wife and family were the center of his life, followed closely by his camp house, boiled peanuts and Alabama Crimson Tide football.

His parents, Emery and Mildred Lynn, preceded him in death.

He leaves many behind who cherish his memory: his wife, Brenda; children, Caron Sjoberg, Sandy Lynn (Juliann) and Christi Lynn; great nephews, Josh and Dylon Jackson; grandchildren, Brittany Miller, Aaron and Andrew Lynn; brother, Don Lynn; and many close relatives and friends.

The family wishes to thank the staff and doctors of Covenant Hospice for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or Council on Aging of WFL.