Thursday, June 9, 2005

Obituaries

Louis Bob Bruce
Louis Bob (L.B.) Bruce, 78, of Holly Springs, died May 28, 2005 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. He was the widower of Vivian Jackson Bruce, a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Holly Springs, a former Sunday school superintendent, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, a retired administrator of Rust College and a businessman.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on June 4 at Rust College Doxey Auditorium in Holly Springs. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Rev. J. Michael Culbreth officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves two daughters, Pat Bruce Lowe of Birmingham, Ala., Sheila Bruce Renfroe of Memphis, Tenn.; two sons, Louis Robert Bruce, Marvin Maurice Bruce, both of Holly Springs; five sisters, Emma Rucker, Vernice Henderson, Rosemary Bruce, all of Milwaukee, Wisc., Pauline Goree of Shannon, Geneva Murphy of Dania, Fla.; three brothers, Percy Bruce of Batesville, Warren Bruce of Oxford, Calvin Bruce of Milwaukee; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Elwood Bruce.

Pallbearers were members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Honorary pallbearers were his brothers, brothers-in-law, nephews and cousins.

Tinnie Perry Bryson
Tinnie Perry Bryson, 78, of Michigan City, died May 31, 2005 at her home. She was a member of the mother board.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on June 4 at Samuel Chapel MB Church in Ashland, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Minister Joseph Davis Jr. officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves her husband, Jessie James Bryson; eight daughters, Dorothy J. Allen, Martha A. Isom, both of Michigan City, Iester Bryson, Tinny Ann Bryson, both of Memphis, Tenn., Lue Ethel Garmon of Aurora, Ill., Vera L. Jones, Francie L. Townsell, both of Country Club Hills, Ill., Mary Nell Bryson of Dallas, Tx.; three sons, Jimmy D. Bryson of Memphis, Tenn., Jessie J. Bryson Jr., Jerry L. Bryson, both of Michigan City; six sisters, Lue Gennie Taylor, Hazel Everett, both of Chicago, Ill., Bernice Dowdy of Lombard, Ill., Betty Ann Simmons of Bellwood, Ill., Marie Whitmore, Ruby Perry, both of Memphis, Tenn.; two brothers, Elgin Perry of Michigan City, Frank Perry of Maywood, Ill.; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bobby Bryson, Rodney Bryson, Quincy Bryson, Cedric Garmon, Winslow Isom, Adrian Jones, Walter Mason, Ray Patterson. Honorary pallbearers were Jessie Bryson Jr., Jerry Bryson, Jimmy Bryson, Winston Isom, Eglin Perry, Frank Perry.

Frank McRay Cox
Frank McRay Cox, 84, of Mobile, Ala., formerly of Waterford, died June 3, 2005 at his home. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law and worked for Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad (later known as Illinois Central Gulf). After retirement, he returned to law at the firm of Sims, Helmsing and Leach, for a second career of 15 years. He was an active member of Springhill Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder.

A memorial service was held June 6 at 10 a.m. at Springhill Presbyterian Church.

He leaves his wife, Edith Covington Cox; a daughter Julia Cox Root of Pasadena, Ca.; a brother, Joe Cox of Waterford; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John Cox of Grenada.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Springhill Presbyterian Church or the Mobile Infirmary Hospice.

Mattie Lee Yancy Gibson
Mattie Lee Yancy Gibson, 72, of Ashland, died May 21, 2005 at her home. She was a member of Palestine MB Church in Ashland and an usher.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on May 28 at St. Luke Church of God in Christ in Ashland. Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery. Elder Bernell Hoyle officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves her husband, DeWitt Gibson; a daughter, Daisy Lee Gibson Tipler of Ashland; and two grandsons.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sarah Briggs; and a brother, James Yancy.

Pallbearers were Maurice Yancy, Ray Yancy, Ricky Yancy, Jimmie Lewis Yancy, Joe Willie Yancy, Otis McKenzie, James Yancy, Charles Edward Yancy.

James Edward Goad
James Edward Goad, 65, of Byhalia, died June 2, 2005 at his home. He was a retired U.S. Air Force veteran of Vietnam and Korea.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on June 4 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Byhalia Cemetery. Bro. Leon Burton officiated.

He leaves his wife, Sheila Murkin Goad; a son, Kenneth Goad of Jonesboro, Ark.; three daughters, Teresa Goad of Olive Branch, Jean Goad of Warsaw, Stacy Perryman of Barton; a brother, Dempsey Goad of Memphis; a sister, Bertha Huddleston of Byhalia; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Rose Marie Greene
Rose Marie Greene, 56, of New Albany, died May 29, 2005 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was an employee of Sullivan Metals in Holly Springs. She was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, Ill., and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Services will be held later in Lawrenceville, Ind. Burial will be in Memorial Park in Vincennes, Ind. United Funeral Service will be in charge of local arrangements.

She leaves her husband, Ray Greene; her mother, Jean Eastman; a daughter, Michelle Conner of California City, Calif.; two sons, Robert Greene of Carpentersville, Ill., Scott Greene of Southaven; four sisters, Kathy McGuckin of Evergreen, N.J., Mary McLaughlin of Denver, Co., Patty Tillotson of Wheaton, Ill., Sheri Irish of Grand Rapids, Mich.; six brothers, Ed Sullivan of Snow Lake, Michael Sullivan of New Albany, Jimmy Sullivan of New Albany, John Sullivan of Hanover Park, Ill., Daniel Sullivan of Beldon, Brian Eastman of Bolling Brook, Ill.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Walter Edward Jenkins
Walter Edward (Sonny) Jenkins, 60, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Holly Springs, died May 29, 2005 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He was a construction worker.

Services were held at 3 p.m. on June 5 at Calvin Chapel United Methodist Church in Holly Springs, where he was a member. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Rev. Oliver P. White officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves two daughters, Sheila Marie Jenkins of Memphis, Tenn., LaToya Renee Jenkins of Memphis, Tenn.; two sons, Walter Edward Jenkins Jr., Corey DeMario Jenkins, both of Memphis, Tenn.; a stepson, Robert Suggs of Holly Springs; a brother, Austin (Rayford) Jenkins of Holly Springs; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Walter E. Jenkins Jr., Austin Q. Jenkins, Derrick Jefferson, Corey D. Jenkins, John Jefferson, James Stinson.

John Richmond Ingram
John Richmond Ingram, 85, of Memphis, Tenn., died May 22, 2005 at Graceland Nursing Center in Memphis, Tenn. He was a member of Walker Memorial Christian Church and a retired maintenance worker with the Federal Building in Memphis.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on May 27 at Liberty Hill MB Church in Byhalia, where he was a former member. Burial was in the Ingram Family Cemetery. Rev. Christopher Ingram officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves a daughter, Johnella Ingram of Chicago, Ill.; four sisters, Lawrence V. Bridges, Marilyn Delores Scott, both of Memphis, Tenn., Joan Veasey of Denver, Colo. Evelyn Haynes of St. Louis, Mo.; two brothers, Bennie Ingram of Memphis, Tenn.; Frank Cecil Ingram of Seoul, Korea.

Pallbearers were Tony Bridges, Carl DeBerry, Rudy Ingram, Ronald Scott, Toby Ingram. Honorary pallbearers were nephews and cousins.

Maggie Lucas Ingram
Maggie Lucas Ingram, 100, of Holly Springs, died May 24, 2005. She was the widow of Bolivar Ingram.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on May 28 at Beverly Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Lexine Smith officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves three sons, John Ingram, Harris Ingram, both of Holly Springs, Willie Ingram of Battle Creek, Mich.; 30 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five daughters, Lillie Mae Ingram, Cora Griffin, Emma Lee Echols, Lula McKinley, Mattie Ingram; and four sons, J.B. Ingram, Boliver Ingram Jr., Oliver Ingram, Sylvester Ingram.

Pallbearers were Kelvin Reynolds, Everett Suggs, Antonio Ingram, Marvin Ingram, Michael Pugh, Johnny Nunnally. Honorary pallbearers were Harris Ingram, Willie (Ed) Ingram, John Ingram, J.C. Griffin, L.C. Griffin, Jerry Ingram.

Robert Galton McCrary
Robert Galton McCrary, 88, of Myrtle, died May 31, 2005 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was a Baptist and a bus operator with Memphis Transit Authority for 35 years. He was a member of Scottish Rite, Shriners, York Rite, Eastern Star, and a Mason for 61 years.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on June 2 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Memphis Memory Gardens. Bro. Jim Buchanan and Dr. Michael Weeks officiated.

He leaves his wife of 59 years, Mary Lois Bumpas McCrary; a son, William Thomas McCrary of Olive Branch; two daughters, Elizabeth Miles of Myrtle, Frances Smith of Batesville; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were William Thomas McCrary Jr., Robby Miles, Ricky Miles, Ronny Miles, John Miles, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Westmoreland, Jim Cummings, David Bumpas III, Kenny Malchow.

Howard Richardson
Howard Richardson, 45, of Coldwater, died May 28, 2005 at home. He was the widower of Barbara Hamilton Richardson and a construction worker.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on June 4 at Rodgers Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Cemetery in Sardis.

He leaves a daughter, Shakisa Arta Richardson of Coldwater; and two sons, Derrick Dewayne Richardson, Christopher Darness Richardson, both of Coldwater; and four sisters, Mayline Nelson of Holly Springs, Clara Lewis of Chicago, Ill., Bettie Threatt of Memphis, Tenn., Earline Richardson of Chicago, Ill.

Courtney Simmons
Courtney Simmons, 22, of Bloomington, Ill., died May 28, 2005 at The Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. He was employed with Afni Financial in Bloomington.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on June 4 at St. Paul MB Church in Peoria, Ill. Burial was in Park View Cemetery in Peoria. Rev. TaLondis Wisker officiated. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his mother, Kathy Simmons of Bloomington; his father, Carl Henderson Simmons of Los Angeles, Calif.; two brothers, Christopher H. Simmons, his twin Courtland Simmons of Bloomington; two sisters, Tionie Mone Simmons, Eliana Mari Simmons of Los Angeles; his grandparents, Daniel and Lillie Ferguson of Peoria, and Lillie Powell of Peoria.

Mattie Tatum
Mattie Tatum, 61, of Chicago, Ill., died May 29, 2005 at her home.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on June 4 at Sand Hill MB Church in Lamar. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Etoy Bogard Jr., pastor, officiated. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves her husband of 39 years, Thomas Tatum; a daughter, Aretha Tatum; two sons, Andre Tatum, Thomas Tatum Jr., all of Chicago; six sisters, Jessie Mae Hampton, Marsel Owens, Georgia Cole, Marquita Poole, all of Ashland, Annie Mason of Memphis, Tenn., Ethel B. Harris of East St. Louis; five brothers, Ted Harris, Dwight D. Harris, James Harris, all of Memphis, Tenn., George Harris of Ashland, Jimmy Harris of Alrington, Tx.; and three grandchildren.

Percy Tunstall Sr.
Percy (Spider) Tunstall Sr., 70, of Laws Hill, formerly of Victoria, died May 20, 2005 at his daughter’s home in Laws Hill. He was the widower of Berdeva Coleman Tunstall, a member of Pleasant Grove MB Church in Red Banks, a retired construction worker with Gay Mickey Construction Company in Memphis, Tenn.

Services were held at 12 noon on May 25 at Newell Chapel CME Church in Victoria. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Harry Bronson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves five daughters, Clara Miller of Laws Hill, Annette Lucas, Carolyn Hardin, Barbara Gary, Angela Tunstall, all of Victoria; two sons, Percy Tunstall Jr., David Allen Tunstall, both of Victoria; his stepmother, Luella Guy Tunstall of Victoria; two sisters, Josephine Guy, Joann Tunstall, Darlene Tunstall, all of Victoria, Mamie Kelly of Indianapolis, Ind., Sterlene Mims of Memphis, Tenn., Judy Conley of St. Louis, Mo.; nine brothers, Amos Tunstall of Key West, Fla., Orange Tunstall Jr., Albert Tunstall, Curtis Tunstall, Larry Tunstall, Terry Tunstall, Nathaniel Tunstall, James Tunstall, Thelma Tunstall, all of Victoria; 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Dewayne Tunstall, Greg Guy, Chris Tunstall, Eric Tunstall, Gus Tunstall, Tony Coleman, Terrance Coleman. Honorary pallbearers were Curtis Tunstall, Albert Tunstall, Larry Tunstall, Orange Tunstall, James Tunstall, Nathaniel Tunstall.

Donna Ruth Watts
Donna Ruth Watts, 48, of Olive Branch, died June 2, 2005 near Southaven. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Olive Branch, and a registered nurse with Smith & Nephew, Inc. She was a graduate of Potts Camp High School and valedictorian of her class. She attended Mississippi State and graduated from Northwest Community College as an RN. She was employed with St. Francis Hospital in Memphis for 22 years as a supervisory nurse in orthopedic surgery. She also campaigned and spoke frequently for her father, Flick Ash, who was in politics for many years. As a nurse at St. Francis, she would check the roster for Marshall County folks and would visit them while they were patients. Many times she brought fruit baskets or food to patients. At Smith & Nephew, she traveled extensively to foreign countries and large cities in the U.S., gathering data for the firm. Donna Ruth loved her family and was always at home on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas and birthdays. She especially loved her two sons, Austin and Evan. One of her main hobbies was taking them to sporting events. She will be tremendously missed by all.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on June 5 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Potts Camp Cemetery. Bro. Jim Buchanan, Bro. Tony Smith and Bro. Chuck Fowler officiated.

She leaves two sons, Austin Ross Watts, Evan Logan Watts, both of Olive Branch; her father and mother, J.M. (Flick) Ash, Floy Russom Ash, of Potts Camp; a brother, Jesse Ash Jr. of Potts Camp; and two sisters, Ludis Reaves of Olive Branch, Liesa Weaver of Petal.

Pallbearers were Mike Reaves, Mike Weaver, Gary Russom, Tommy Ash, Bubba Russom, Ashley McAlexander, Trey Ash, Jimmy Ash.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Research Foundation or the American Diabetes Association.


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