Thomas Dunavent

BATESVILLE — Thomas Edward “Eddie” Dunavent, 43 resident of Batesville, passed away Thursday, July 25, in Southaven.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, at Sumner Baptist Church with Bro. Joe Young and Bro. Shane Hoes officiating.  Interment followed in Hamilton Cemetery in Carlisle, Ark.  Newsom Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Eddie was born August 28, 1975 in Clarksdale to Thomas and Patti Grisham Dunavent and grew up in Webb, Sumner and Charleston. He graduated from Charleston High School in 1993 and was married to Dayla Grissom on July 26, 2003. They welcomed their daughter Lila on November 18, 2004.

Survivors include his wife, Dayla; his daughter, Lila Dunavent; parents, Thomas and Patti Dunavent of Hernando; sisters, Julie Dunavent of Southaven and Stacy Reed (Robby) of Hernando; three nephews, Logan Dunavent, Bailey Crafton and Conner Reed, all of Hernando; one niece, Harper Reed; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Eddie is also survived by his mother-in-law, Gwen Grissom of Tutwiler and father-in-law, Dale Grissom (Diane) of Starkville.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Polly and Jim Grisham of Pontotoc; and paternal grandparents, I.V. and Robert Dunavent of Sumner.

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