Thursday, April 7, 2005

Obituaries

Percy Edward Anderson
Percy Edward Anderson, 61, of Holly Springs, died March 29, 2005 at Baptist Desoto. He was a Baptist and an employee with PSI Olive Branch in fabrication.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on April 1 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Bro. Frank Feathers officiated.

He leaves his wife, Brenda Rhea Anderson; two sons, Robert Anderson of Holly Springs, Eddie Anderson Jr. of Somerville, Tenn.; a daughter, Janice Davis of Somerville, Tenn.; his mother, Ruth G. Murrell of Holly Springs; two sisters, Ruby Anderson of Nashville, Tenn., Lea Lemmons of Potts Camp; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond Anderson and Homer Anderson.

Pallbearers were Joey Bolden, Scott Feathers, Roy Carpenter, Ricky Taylor, John Paul Carpenter, Champ Smith, Monroe Bolden, Bobby Yarbrough. Honorary pallbearers were Thed Hunt, Kenneth Feathers, Bubba Feathers, Larry Wright.

Willie Crawford
Willie Crawford, 59, of Michigan City, died March 24, 2005 at Galloway Health Care in Galloway, Tenn.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on April 2 at Palestine MB Church in Michigan City. Burial was in Samuel Chapel Cemetery in Ashland. Rev. Leon Perry officiated. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his mother, Floy Smith of Michigan City; eight children, Debra Brittman of Michigan City, Jackie Cheairs, Bridget Cheairs, both of Grand Junction, Tenn., Seante Renee Crawford of Michigan City, Pat Cole of Olive Branch, Quentine T. Crawford of Clarksville, Tenn., Darren Cheairs of New Albany, Antonio Leasure of Holly Springs; two brothers, Jackie Crawford of Michigan City, Tom Berry Jr of Racine, Wisc.; two sisters, Dianne Gamble of Birmingham, Ala., Alberta Johnson of Oakland, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Waverly T. Eason
Waverly T. Eason, 68, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Byhalia, died March 24, 2005 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. He was an auto mechanic.

Services were held at 12 noon on April 2 at Parkway Village Church of Christ in Memphis. Burial was in Robert Chapel Church Cemetery in Coldwater. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Mary Ellen Wooten Eason; three daughters, Carolyn Burgess of Harvey, Ill., Marchelle McCoach of Memphis, Tenn., Colette Ladd of Memphis, Tenn.; two sons, Larry Eason, Corey Eason, both of Memphis, Tenn.; three sisters, Emma Faulkner, Violet Garner, both of Memphis, Remel Warren of Bolton, Ill.; three brothers, Sidney Eason of Chicago, Ill., Tom Eason of Kansas City, Kan., Matthew D. House of Coldwater; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Clarice Eugenia Gray Floyd
Clarice Eugenia Gray Floyd, 89, of New Albany, died March 28, 2005 at her home. She was a Baptist.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on April 2 at Cornersville Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves three sons, Ronald E. Floyd of Slayden, Kenneth Doyle Floyd of Ft. Myers, Fla., Hubert Raymond Floyd of Duncan, Okla.; two brothers, William Ivy Gray of Savannah, Tenn., Arnold Gray of Greensboro, N.C.; a sister, Wilma Rhea of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

William Alvin Harris
William Alvin (Dubbye) Harris, 64, of Waterford, died March 30, 2005 at home. He was a Pentecostal and a self-employed truck driver.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on April 1 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Bro. Frank Feathers officiated.

He leaves his wife, Mary Harris; three sons, William Andrew Harris of Waterford, Gregory Dale Harris of Myrtle, Willie Alvin Harris of Waterford; two daughters, Debbye Jean Harris of Sarasota, Fla., Penny Harris Rikard of Waterford; two sisters, Stella Buchanan of Millington, Tenn., Louise Gower of Heber Springs, Ark.; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Aaron Kimery, Joey Kimery, Jerry Lumpkin, Terry Bryant, James Bryant, Gene Umbarger.

Evelyn Howell Hudson
Evelyn Howell Hudson, 90, of West Memphis, Ark., formerly of Potts Camp, died March 27, 2005 at Broadway Health Care Center in West Memphis. She was the widow of Green Hudson, a member of St. Mary’s United Methodist Church in Potts Camp, a former church secretary and treasurer, and a retired domestic worker in private homes.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on April 2 at Asbury United Methodist Church. Burial was in St. Mary’s United Methodist Church Cemetery. Bro. James Hudson and Rev. Eddie Ford officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves a son, James (Jack) Hudson of Marion, Ark.; and two granddaughters, Erika Hudson Singleton of Charlotte, N.C., Rika Hudson of Marion, Ark.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Senior Airman Bryant Hudson.

Dora Jones
Dora Jones, 48, of Red Banks, died March 30, 2005 at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on April 6 at Mt. Newell M.B. Church in Red Banks. Burial was in Greater Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Red Banks. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves her husband, Jodie Jones Jr.; six children, Sammie I. Smith of Mt. Pleasant, Debra Westbrook, Teresa Smith, both of Byhalia, Vernola Campbell of Red Banks, Robert Smith, LeMonica Campbell of Holly Springs; six brothers, Sammie E. Smith, Larry Smith, Archie Belford, Charles Reliford, all of Memphis, Tenn., Bobbie Lee Smith, David Samuel Smith Jr., both of Victoria; seven sisters, Janie Webb of Barton, Azzie Lee Norman of New Jersey, Diann Freeman of Holly Springs, Alberta Jones, Stella Honer, Annie Mae Hill, Joe Ann Walker, all of Red Banks; and 18 grandchildren.

La Damion Lipford
La Damion Lipford, seven months, of New Albany, died March 29, 2005 at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.

Graveside services were held at 11 p.m. on April 1 at Oak Grove M.B. Church Cemetery in New Albany. Rev. David High officiated. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his parents, Ed Brown, Connie Lipford, both of Tupelo; two brothers, Laderrius and Naketha Lipford, both of Tupelo; grandparents, Walter and Myra Shields, Jerone and Cindy Howard and Eunice Lipford, all of Tupelo; great-grandparents, Velma Anderson of New Albany, Willie Mae Frieson, and Nick Shields, both of Tupelo.

Garland Lee Luther
Garland Lee Luther, 54, of Oxford, died April 1, 2005 at his home. He was a disabled U.S. Navy veteran and a former member of First Christian Church in Water Valley.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on April 4 at Latham Funeral Home Chapel in Water Valley. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley. Rev. David Freeman officiated.

He leaves his wife, Peggy Ann Luther; a daughter, Megan Smith of Oxford; a stepdaughter, Jamie Simpson of Marion, Ill.; three brothers, Ronnie Luther of Holly Springs, Ricky Luther of Horn Lake, Jessie Luther of Saltillo; and two grandchildren.

Edward J. Mays
Edward J. Mays, 83, of Chicago Heights, Ill., formerly of Victoria, died March 28, 2005 at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights. He was a World War II Army veteran.

Services were held at 12 noon on April 4 at Newell Chapel CME Church in Victoria, where he was a former member. Burial was in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves five sisters, Lenorah Brown of Byhalia, Lillie Parker of Memphis, Tenn., Almazine Jones of Detroit, Mich., Sarah Reed of Victoria, Maxine Hearn of Victoria; and four brothers, Percy Mays, Roy Mays, Willie Mays, all of Victoria, Boyce Mays of Chicago Heights.

Pallbearers were Harry Moore, Stratton Moore, Cleveland Reed, Elvis Mays, Steve Reed, James Hull, and Robert Reed. Honorary pallbearers were Boyce Mays, Royce Mays, Percy Mays, Willie Mays.

Dorothy S. Moulton
Dorothy S. Moulton, 86, of Byhalia, died April 3, 2005 at St. Francis Hospital. She was a bookkeeper (CPA).

Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 8 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Olive Branch. A private burial was held. Bartlett Funeral Home in Bartlett, Tenn. was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves a daughter, Suzanne Moulton of Byhalia; a son, John Moulton of Wyoming; a brother, Robert Herr of Atoka, Tenn.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Olive Branch.

Myra M. Pryor
Myra McCain Pryor, 67, of Troy, Tenn., formerly of Holly Springs, died March 26, 2005 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. The widow of Ken Pryor, she began working for the Telephone Company in 1957 until her retirement after 20 years. She was a union member, served as president of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a counselor at Camp Bluebird several times, a member of the Humane Society, and a member of Troy United Methodist Church in Troy Tenn.

Services were held March 29 at 1 pm at Smith Funeral Home in Jackson, with the Rev. Judd Mowery officiating. Burial was at Highland Memorial Gardens in the Mausoleum in Jackson, TN.

She leaves two sons, Richard J. Pryor of Delano, Tenn., David Pryor of Etowah Tenn.; a daughter Viva Dabbs Lane of Dyersburg; two sisters, Myrna Horton of Cleveland, Tenn., Viva McGuire of Phelps, Ky.; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jackie Joyner, Herbie Arnett, Harry Johnson, Bobby Brien, Baxter Sanders, and Mike Sanders. Honorary pallbearers were Charlie Guy, Jim Litzelner and Bubba Lane.

The family requests memorials or donations are made to the Lung and Heart Association, Camp Bluebird or Troy United Methodist Church.

Virginia Spight
Virginia Spight, 71, of Blue Mountain, died March 28, 2005 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on April 2 at Palestine MB Church in Blue Mountain. Burial was in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves her husband, Joy Spight Sr. of Macon, Ga.; three daughters, Joyce and Bobbie Spight of Macon, Ga., Ann Spight of Blue Mountain; two sons, Joy Spight Jr. of Blue Mountain, Thomas Spight of Nashville, Tenn.; six sisters, Mary Turner of Racine, Wisc., Mattie Venson, Jessie Elliott, Annie Miller, Mae Alice King, all of Blue Mountain, Lovonia Elliott of New Albany; four brothers, Haze Johnson of Evanston, Ill., Ralph Johnson of Glenwood, Ill., Dewey Johnson of Racine, Wisc., Herman Johnson of Blue Mountain; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Dustin Michael Wood
Dustin Michael Wood, 20, of Glen, died April 2, 2005 at Booneville. He attended Strickland Church of Christ. He was a 2003 Alcorn Central High School graduate, where he was in the band.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on April 5 at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial was in Center Hill Cemetery in Counce, Tenn. Charlie Browning and Minister Brad Dillingham officiated.

He leaves his parents, Michael McKinley (Ken) and Sandra Smith Wood of Glen; a sister, Brittney Wood of Glen; his girlfriend, Cheryl Lander of Hamilton; grandparents, James and Marie Smith of Holly Springs; grandfather Bill Wood of Corinth.

Pallbearers were Brent Childs, Robert Evans, Berry Parker, Jon Parker, Deric Smith, Brian Wooten. Honorary pallbearers were Skylar Gamble, Marine Lance Corporal Richard A. Wilkins of Camp LeJeune, NC; Jet Thomas.

He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Alma Wood; great-grandparents, Eugene and Lucille Colston; Major McKinley and Gertrude Wood; Johnny and Nannie Bell Strickland; John Alfred and Zora Nell Smith.

Jane Sibley Lester Woods
Jane Sibley Lester Woods, 84, of Holly Springs, died March 31, 2005 at Christopher’s Personal Care Center. She was the widow of Roger Lamar Woods, and a secretary/bookkeeper. She was a charter member of the Town and Country Garden Club.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on April 2 at First United Methodist Church in Holly Springs, where she was a member. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Rev. Truman Thompson officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves three sons, Christopher Lamar Woods of Memphis, Tenn., Roger Douglas Woods of Forest, Jonathan Lester Woods of Red Banks; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.


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