Thursday, March 24, 2005

Obituaries

Peggy Bennett
Peggy Bennett, 59, of Searcy, Ark., formerly of Memphis, Tenn., died March 17, 2005, at her home.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on March 19 at Powell Funeral Home Chapel in Searcy, with burial in Foster Chapel Church Cemetery. Bro. Johnny Johnson, son-in-law, officiated.

She leaves her husband of 41 years, Gene Bennett; a son, Gene Bennett Jr. of Boston, Mass.; three daughters, Yvette Rand of Gunter, Tx., Dawn Johnson of Tyler, Tx., Shannon Adams of Searcy; a grandson she raised, Vince Ollis of the home; a sister, Linda Jones of Laws Hill; two brothers, Dennis Duke of Memphis, Tenn., Danny Duke of Wynne, Ark.; and 16 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Gene Bennett Jr., Clint Rand, Brandon Johnson, Vince Ollis Jr., Blake Johnson, Drew Bennett.

Elizabeth Walters Bobb
Elizabeth Walters Bobb, 89, of Olive Branch, formerly of Vicksburg, died March 15, 2005 at her home. She was the widow of John Cashman Bobb, a Catholic and an Army veteran of World War II.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on March 16 at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg. Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves a daughter, Barbara Anne Mullins of Braxton; a son, John Norman Bobb of Olive Branch, formerly of Holly Springs; two sisters, Helen Beatty of Pennsylvania, Irene Wagner of Nevada; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Joe Lewis Brown
Joe Lewis Brown, 64, of Etta, died March 16, 2005 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of Flint Hill Church. He was employed with the Fayette Co. Solid Waste where he was supervisor.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 23 at T.O.M.B. Association Building in Oxford. Burial was in Flint Hill Cemetery in Etta. Rev. Hickinbottom officiated. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Eloise Brown; eight children, Irish Brown, L.G. Brown, Eddie Brown, all of New Albany, Anthony Brown of Oxford, Judy Driver of Oxford, Jennifer Coleman, Tiffany Adams of Etta, Missy Foster of Myrtle; two brothers, C.D. Brown of Louisville, Ky., Willie D. Brown of Oxford; a sister, Mattie Mae Brown Smith of Kankekee, Ill.; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Michael McClain, Keith Holland, Paul Williams, Lonzo Dennis, James McIntosh, Charles Cook, Brian Crockett, Jeffrey McIntosh.

Bobby Chatman
Bobby (Bob) Chatman, 54, of Oxford, died March 18, 2005 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a retired mechanic and a native of Lafayette County.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 22 at Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial was in Cypress Grove Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges Funeral Home in Oxford was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Gloria Jean (Barksdale) Chatman, formerly of Holly Springs; two daughters, Barbara Chatman of Oxford, Jacqueline Chatman of Oxford; four sisters, Bessie Flemons of Thaxton, Mary Alice Pegues, Mary Jane Pegues, both of Oxford, Robessie Cornner of Lewisville, Tx.; six brothers, Robert Chatman, Willie Chatman, both of Oxford, Johnnie Price, Louis Chatman, Johnnie Ivy, all of Indianapolis, Ind., Lee Russell Price of Memphis, Tenn.

Thelma Nelson Childers
Thelma Nelson Childers, 86, of Hickory Flat, died March 19, 2005 at Baptist Hospital Union County in New Albany. She was the widow of Earl Childers and a member of Flat Rock Baptist Church.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 22 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Flat Rock Cemetery. Bro. William Phillips officiated.

She leaves three sons, Don Childers of Hickory Flat, Tommy Childers of Potts Camp, Jerry Childers of Hickory Flat; eight daughters, Earlene Reed of Hickory Flat, Molly Cranston of Marne, Iowa, Martha Vanzant of Memphis, Tenn., Jane Goode of New Albany, Jo Simpson of New Albany, Sandy Brown of Germantown, Tenn., Neva Sing of Hickory Flat, Debbie Crist of Mandeville, La.; two brothers, Lynn Nelson of Olive Branch, John Nelson of Byhalia; four sisters, Mary Lois Gurley of Potts Camp, Hazel Ferrell of Memphis, Tenn., Sue Seitz of Osceola, Ark., Laverne Provost of Apopka, Fla.; 31 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Childers; a brother, James Nelson, and a sister, Juanita Naquin; two sons-in-law, Bobby Reed, Harold Sing.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Maggie Cooke
Maggie Cooke, 86, of Macedonia, died March 11, 2005 at East Jefferson Hospital in Louisiana. She was a member of Parkview Baptist Church and former owner of Pop’s Hardware in Metairie, La.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on March 16 at Hill Crest Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves two sons, Chester G. Cooke III of Metairie, La., Barney Lee Cook of Pearl; a daughter, Patricia Bond of Metairie, La.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Doris Perrine Edwards
Doris Perrine Edwards, 61, of Holly Springs, died March 20, 2005 at Oxford. She was the widow of Cecil Edwards and a Baptist. She worked at Wurlitzer and Maury Manufacturing.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 23 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery.

She leaves two sons, Keith Kimery of Falkner, Timothy Edwards of Holly Springs; a daughter, Carla Edwards Davis of Holly Springs; two sisters, Mary Childers, Josephine Gibson, both of Ashland; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Kenny Smith, Terry Childers, David Gibson, Jimmy Kimerly, Roy Davis, Clay Skelton, Burt Bradford.

Edward Fant
Edward Fant, 55, of Holly Springs, died March, 4, 2005 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven. He was a member of World Overcomers Outreach Ministry Church in Memphis, Tenn., an usher, perfecting school, Apostolic Leadership, equipping training and ministerial. He was also a self-employed building contractor.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 11 at World Overcomers Outreach Ministry Church in Memphis, Tenn. Burial in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. Apostle A.R. Williams officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Evelyn M. Jones-Fant of Holly Springs; a daughter, Natalie Nicole Fant of Nashville, Tenn.; three sons, Prynceston Fant Sr. of Jacksonville, Fla., Edward Fant Jr. of Horn Lake, Tony Fant of Nashville, Tenn.; a stepson, Bobby Wilson Fant of Horn Lake; four sisters, Mamie Ruth Nunally of Holly Springs, Johnnie M. Cochran of Huntsville, Ala., Cora Nash of Cleveland, Miss., Reola Burke of Cleveland, Miss.; three brothers, Oscar Lee Fant of Holly Springs, David Fant of Dallas, Tx., Arthur Fant of Memphis, Tenn.; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Alduth Nunally, Warrick Jones, Sanchez Nash, Charles Wayne Jones, WOOMC ushers. Honorary pallbearers were Oscar Lee Fant, David Fant, Arthur Fant, Bonnie L. Falkner, Norman Burke Jr., Sam Nash.

Ameera Mai Pierini Gaia
Ameera Mai Pierini Gaia, 73, of Olive Branch, formerly of Memphis, Tenn., died March 15, 2005 at her home. She was retired from the IRS after 18 years. She also worked for Memphis Transit Company for 14 years; a communicant of Queen of Peace Catholic, Olive Branch; active in Girl Scouts; coached basketball, softball and soccer. She was a member of St. John Alter Society, active in the community and church volunteer.

Mass services were held at 9 a.m. on March 19 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Olive Branch. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves three daughters, Regina Gail Gaia Hoyt of Holly Springs, Patti Gaia Marshall of Holly Springs, Ameera Celeste Gaia Smith of Emory, Va.; four sisters, Susie Pierini-Hagey of Fla., Dorothy Pierini Moore of Memphis, Patsy Pierini Stanfill of Memphis, Tenn., Camille Pierini Moretta of Memphis; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Methodist Alliance Hospice and Martha’s Manor and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Parthina Phillips Hopkins
Parthina (Tick) Phillips Hopkins, 76, of Holly Springs, died March 3, 2005 at her daughter’s home in Rockford, Ill.; She was a retired cook.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 12 at Union Valley MB Church in Byhalia, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Joe Richmond officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves her husband, Hezekaiha Hopkins of Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Martha Hopkins of Rockford, Ill., Shirley (Tean) Sims Peyton of Holly Springs; two sisters, Iola Rayford, Kattie Phillips, both of Byhalia; a brother, Freeman Phillips of Memphis, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, James Hopkins.

Pallbearers were Jason Hopkins, Jonathan Hopkins, Bryant Hopkins, James Hopkins Jr., Dwyan Phillips, Jerry Lewis Phillips. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Johnson, Victor Peyton, Freeman Phillips, Freeman Phillips Jr.

Frances R. Johnston
Frances R. Johnston, 84, of Barton, died March 14, 2005 at Collierville Health and Rehab. She was the widow of R. Harrison Johnston and a retired factory worker from Gem, Inc.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 16 at Barton First Baptist Church. Burial was in Byhalia Cemetery. Collierville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves a daughter, Sarah Farley of Barton, a son, Jimmy Johnston of Cayce; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Johnston.

Memorial contributions may be made to Barton First Baptist Building Fund.

James Edward Jones Sr.
James Edward Jones Sr., 66, of Lamar, died March 12, 2005 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in DeSoto. He was the widower of Tempie Lee Jones.

Services were held at 12 noon on March 19 at Concord Baptist Church in Slayden. Burial was in Williams Temple Church Cemetery in Moscow, Tenn. Rev. Clyde Williams, pastor, and Elder Robert L. Williams officiated. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Lovie Jean Briggs Jones; five sons, Eddie Jones, Joe Jones, James E. Jones Jr., Carl A. Jones, all of Memphis, Tenn., Vernon L. Briggs of Nashville, Tenn.; six daughters, JoEarline Woods, Brinda Douglass, Benita Jones, all of Memphis, Juanita Jenkings, Angela D. Jones of Slayden, Carol Childs of Orlando, Fla.; five sisters, Dora Morris, Nancy Nunnally of Memphis, Loretta Jones, Gladys Jones, Margaret Murphy of Slayden; 25 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Sandy Jones Jr., Ernest Jones, Oliver Blackmon, John Henry Blackmon; a sister, Ola Mae Jones.

Prentiss Lipsey
Prentiss Lipsey, 61, of New Albany, died March 14, 2005 at his home.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 19 at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in St. John Cemetery in Oxford.

He leaves a daughter, Pauline Lipsey of New Albany; a son, Bobby Gean Lipsey of New Albany; five brothers, Curtis Lipsey, Barry Lipsey, Matthew Lipsey, all of New Albany, Kenneth Wayne Lipsey of Evanston, Ill., James Lipsey of Champagne, Ill.; two sisters, Geraldine Simpson of New Albany, Sarah Foster of Aurora, Ill; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Albert Lee Lipsey, Edward Lipsey, Sammie Lee Lipsey, Arthur Lipsey.

Lena Mae Carman Mills
Lena Mae Carman Mills, 89, of Byhalia, died March 19, 2005 at Byhalia. She was a retired physician’s bookkeeper and a member of Memphis First Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 22 at Brantley Funeral Home Chapel in Olive Branch. Burial was in Byhalia Cemetery.

She leaves her husband, Charles Gilbert Mills, a daughter, Donna Mills Long of Germantown, Tenn.; a son, Don Gilbert Mills of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Alma Ford Norfleet
Alma Ford Norfleet, 94, of Red Banks, died March 15, 2005 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven. She was the widow of Hosie Norfleet, a member of the Order of Eastern Star and a church stewardess. She was also a retired cook with H.W. Byers School in Mt. Pleasant.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 22 at New Hope CME Church in Red Banks, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. O.P. White officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves four daughters, Earlie Mapp of Detroit, Mich., Ruth E. Betts of Red Banks, Lottie Stephens, Ida L. Wells, both of Memphis, Tenn.; four sons, Roosevelt Norfleet of Red Banks, Edison Norfleet of Memphis, Tenn., Clarence Norfleet, Orlando Norfleet, both of Detroit, Mich.; a brother, R.W. Ford of Osceola, Ark.; 44 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Carrie Norfleet, Gladys Norfleet; and two sons, Cottrell Norfleet, Howard Norfleet.

Pallbearers were Randy Stephen, Anthony Norfleet, Joe Hines, Hosea Stephen, Michael Todd, Leo Luellen. Honorary pallbearers were Clarence Norfleet, Orlando Norfleet, Edison Norfleet, R.W. Ford, Roosevelt Norfleet, James Betts.

Annie Lorene Pannell
Annie Lorene Pannell, 78, of Holly Springs, died March 16, 2005 at Holly Springs. She was a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church and a medical assistant with Trinity Mission.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 18 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Clear Creek Cemetery in Lamar.

She leaves her husband, Lawrence Pannell; four sons, Lawrence Pannell Jr., Tommy Pannell, both of Red Banks, James Pannell of Southaven, Jimmy Dale Pannell of Red Banks; two daughters, Linda Evans of Red Banks, Kathy Bailey of Southaven; three brothers, Gene Yeager of Union City, Marcel Yeager, Wayne Yeager, both of Ashland; a sister, Faye Pannell of Holly Springs; 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Luther Yeager; and a sister, Chestene Pannell.

John D. Patterson Jr.
John D. Patterson Jr., 75, of East St. Louis, Ill., died March 10, 2005.

Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on March 19 at Foundation of Life Christian Learning Center in Lamar. Burial was in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves a daughter, Debra Patterson of East St. Louis, Ill.; three sons, John Alvin Patterson, Marion Patterson, Calvin Patterson, all of East St. Louis, Ill; a brother, James T. Patterson of Memphis, Tenn.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Jessie Bell Scroggins
Jessie Bell Scroggins, 60, of Oxford, died March 15, 2005 at her home.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on March 21 at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville.

She leaves three daughters, Linda Perry Sattazahn of Memphis, Gerry Jo Perry Blaylock of Southaven, Lonita Perry Toombs of Memphis, Tenn.; a son, John W. Perry of Enid; three sisters, Mary Scroggins McGregor of Batesville, Peggy Scroggins O’Neal of Memphis, Cathleen Scroggins of Holly Springs; a brother, Sonny Scroggins of Holly Springs; and 14 grandchildren.

Dellar Smith
Dellar Smith, 83, of Collierville, Tenn., died March 16, 2005 at Collierville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. on March 20 at Hardaway MB Church in Michigan City. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. A. Gholson officiated. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves her husband, Earlie B. Smith; six children, Christine Smith of Michigan City, Willie Smith of Bolivar, Tenn., Earnestine Royston of Potts Camp, Early Smith of Bolivar, Tenn., Della Norment of Whiteville, Tenn., Martha M. Polk of Olive Branch; a brother, Eugene Williams of Memphis, Tenn.; seven sisters, Lizzie Robinson, Dorothy Morrow of Bolivar, Tenn., Lukie Hill of Canaan, Jennie Anderson of Jackson, Tenn., Fannie McCarley of Collierville, Tenn., Betty Rivers, Bernice Beard of Whiteville, Tenn.; 29 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.

Garnet Hitt Stone
Garnet Myrl Hitt Stone, 88, of Holly Springs, died March 16, 2005 at her home. She was the widow of Alvin E. Stone.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 20 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery.

She leaves a son, Bennett E. Stone of Walls; three daughters, Angela Gephart of Hernando, Lois Holland, Sara Stone, both of Holly Springs; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marsena Sparks.

Harry C. Vaughn
Harry C. Vaughn, 70, of Cayce, died in Memphis, Tenn. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a truck driver.

Services were held at 11 a.m. at Collierville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery in Collierville, Tenn.

He leaves his wife, Betty Vaughn; six daughters, Wanda Paty of Dickson, Tenn., Barbara Vaughn of Centerville, Tenn., Donna Wylie of Byhalia, Penny Vaughn of Byhalia, Paula Yopp of Memphis, Angela Garcia of Byhalia; a son, Harry C. Vaughn Jr. of Centerville, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Harriet Fitzpatrick.


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