New Arrival Is Local Families’ Fifth Generation

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Benson Tyler Madden (center) is a welcome addition to local families. His birth makes up the fifth generation for (from left) great-great grandmother, Jane Whiteman Guill of Dresden; grandmother, Lesa Finch of Dresden; mother, Grace (Finch) Madden and great-grandmother, Julie Cooper of Dresden.

The birth of Benson Tyler Madden adds a fifth generation to both sides of his family. Benson made his arrival at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City on Oct. 4. He weighed eight pounds and five ounces and was 21 inches long. His parents are Ty and Grace (Finch) Madden, who are now residents of Paris, Tenn.

His late, great-great grandfather, Francis E. Whiteman, was the minister at Evergreen Church of Christ in Dresden during the late 1970s. Welcoming him into the family are great-great grandmother, Jane Whiteman Guill of Dresden; great-grandmother, Julie Cooper of Gleason; grandmother, Lesa Finch of Dresden; great-great grandmother Evonne (Winchester) Shopher of Dresden and great-grandfather Stanley Shopher of Como.

The family reported Benson, along with his parents, are well.

The Shophers welcomed their fifth-generation family with the birth of Benson Tyler Madden earlier this month. Pictured are (from left) great-grandfather Stanley Shopher of Como; great-great grandmother Evonne (Winchester) Shopher of Dresden, who is holding Benson; mother, Grace (Finch) Madden and grandmother, Lesa Finch of Dresden.