Thursday, November 24, 2005


James Louis Adkins
James Louis Adkins, 77, of Byhalia, died Nov. 18, in Corinth. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 22 at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch with burial in the Byhalia Cemetery.

He leaves his wife of 60 years, Clara Adkins; a son, Danny Adkins of Byhalia; two daughters, Hattie Nash of Rienzi, Mary Bobbitt of Olive Branch; a brother, John Adkins of Florida; two sisters, Hazel Overstreet of Clarksdale, Ethel Moats of Helena, Ark.; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Sam Adkins of Picayune.

Velmon Everett
Velmon Everett, 74, of Michigan City, died Nov. 10, 2005 at Alliance HealthCare System. He was retired from the railroad.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Samuel Chapel MB Church in Ashland. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Cinderella Robinson Everett; four sons, Earl Dean of Jacksonville, Fla., Larry Wyatt of Jacksonville, Fla., William (Zeb) of Detroit, Mich., Major of Ashland; four daughters, Linda Gail of Memphis, Tenn., Lashalle (Shay) of Memphis, Tenn., Brenda of Memphis, Tenn., Carolyn of Ashland; three sisters, Marie Fulmore of Detroit, Mich., Lenora Macklin of Detroit, Mich., Susie Mae McKinnie of Michigan; five brothers, Albert Everett of Gary, Ind., Bertram Everett of Gary, Ind., Emeals Williams of Memphis, Tenn., T.T. Hampton of Memphis, Tenn., Jessie Hampton (Jick) of Holly Springs; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Matt Foster Jr.
Matt (Dirk) Foster Jr., 80, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Nov. 8, 2005 at Overton Park Health Care Center in Memphis. The widower or Cassie Foster, he was a Baptist.

Services were held at 12 noon on Nov. 16 at Greater Pleasant Hill MB Church in Memphis. Burial was in New Park Memorial Garden in Memphis. Rev. Willie H. Lester officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves four daughters, Lucretia Foster-Wilkerson, Cassie Foster, Linda Foster, Carlean Jamison, all of Memphis; three sons, David Lee Foster, Michael Foster Sr., Matt Foster III, all of Memphis; a sister, Era Mae Gilland of Memphis; 24 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Brian Foster, Jason Foster, Martin Foster, John Foster Jr., Marcus Wilkerson, Larry Bell. Honorary pallbearers were David Foster, Michael Foster and Matt Foster III.

Theresa Elizabeth DeGraw Hill
Theresa Elizabeth DeGraw Hill, 86, of Holly Springs, died Nov. 15, 2005 at Alliance HealthCare. She was the widow of Robert Speer Hill and a Presbyterian.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 18 at First Presbyterian Church of Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves three sons, Robert S. Hill Jr. of Utica, Ind., Thomas Arthur Hill of Jackson, David Jonathon Hill of Los Angeles, Calif.; two daughters, Sandy Miller of Holly Springs, Lauren Hill of Kingston Springs, Tenn.; two sisters, Frances Bertsch of New Jersey, Janet DeGraw of Maine; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Robert Neil Sullivan
Robert Neil (Buddy) Sullivan, 80, of Byhalia died Nov. 17, 2005 at the Mississippi State Veteran’s Home in Oxford. He was a retired right-of-way foreman with Northcentral MS EPA and a World War II veteran.

Services were held at 12 noon on Nov. 23 at Emory Independent Methodist Church, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Stephens Sullivan; four daughters, Cindy Wilson, Jenny Liles, both of Byhalia, Robin Cox, Kerry Russom, both of Olive Branch; three brothers, James (Blue) Sullivan, Billy Sullivan of Mendenhall, Gary Sullivan of Mt. Olive; two sisters, Tyna Sullivan, Judy Burnham, both of Mendenhall; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: Alzheimers Association, Mississippi Chapter, 1900 Dunbarton Circle, Suite 1, Jackson, MS 39216; or North Mississippi Hospice of Oxford, 104 Skyline Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.

Opal Virginia Gimmons Taylor
Opal Virginia Gimmons Taylor, 94, of Gleason, Tenn., died Nov. 14, 2005. She was the widow of Ira Odean Taylor. She was a member of Almo Baptist Church in Reeves, Tenn.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Gleason First Baptist Church. Burial was in Carroll County Memorial Gardens. Rev. Ernie King officiated. Gallimore Funeral Home in Gleason was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves three sons, Jim Taylor of Gleason, Tenn., Gene Taylor of Moscow, Tenn., Jerome Taylor of Gleason; two daughters, Geraldine Taylor of Saginaw, Mich., Sandra Kae McMackin of Huntingdon, Tenn.; a sister, Gladys Pemick of Martin, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons, Mark Eva, Ken Taylor, Bobby Taylor, Randy Taylor, Terry Taylor, Donnie McMackin, Eric McMackin and Steven Stewart.

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