Thursday, December 8, 2005


Bro. Leonard Doil Howell
Bro. Leonard Doil Howell, 71, of Potts Camp, died Nov. 28, 2005 at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. He was a Baptist minister who pastored Mt. View Baptist Church in Ripley, Macedonia Baptist Church in Myrtle, Glenfield Baptist Church in New Albany, Evergreen Baptist Church in Louisville, Shady Grove Baptist Church in Pontotoc and Amaziah Baptist Church in Hickory Flat.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 30 at Temperance Hill Baptist Church in Potts Camp. Burial was in the church cemetery. Bro. Jason Howell and Dr. Kara Blackard officiated. United Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Dorothy Virginia Humphreys Howell; three sons, Leonard Doil Howell Jr. of New Albany, Lannie Derrick Howell of Etta, Thomas D. Howell of New Albany; three sisters, Nell Dickerson of Memphis, Tenn., Francis Stanley of Holly Springs, Linda Roe of Potts Camp; three brothers, Dolton Howell of Potts Camp, A.J. Howell of Henderson, Tenn., Edward Howell of Potts Camp; five grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jonathan Derrick Howell.

Pallbearers were Corey Howell, Blake Howell, Justin Weeden, Art Humphreys, James Rhea and Mack Paul King. Bro. Howell’s preacher friends served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Amaziah Baptist Church’s building fund.

Gloria Ann Kifer
Gloria Ann Kifer, 64, of Byhalia, died Dec. 1, 2005 at Baptist Memphis. She was a Baptist.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

She leaves four sons, Lynn Kifer of Henderson, Ark., Richard Kifer of Byhalia, Kevin Kifer of Arlington, Tx., Derek Kifer of Byhalia; a brother, Jim Thompson of Smithville; a sister, Blanche Hale of Byhalia; and three grandchildren.

Milton Marvin Mobley Jr.
Milton Marvin (Mike) Mobley Jr., 76, died Nov. 27, 2005 in Dallas, Tx. He was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church in Dallas. He served in the Air Force and was in active duty during the Korean War. He worked for J.C. Penney for 38 years.

Services were held on Nov. 30 at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas. Burial was in Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

He leaves his wife of 57 years, Norma Mobley; a daughter, Janet Mobley; a son, Paul Mobley; a sister, Betty Lyle of Hot Springs, Ark.; two brothers, John Charles Mobley of Tupelo, Robert James Mobley of Holly Springs; and two grandchildren.

Chester Calvin Porter
Chester Calvin Porter, 52, of Potts Camp, died Nov. 28, 2005 at Flick’s Amoco in Potts Camp. He was a member of Baptist Hill MB Church in Potts Camp. He was disabled and self-employed as a timber cutter.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial was in Baptist Hill MB Church in Potts Camp. Elder Martin officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves a daughter, Rachel Porter of Hickory Flat; a son, Chester Calvin Porter Jr. of Hickory Flat; a sister, Mary Ann Powers of Altedena, Calif.; a brother, Barry Powers of Altedena, Calif.; and two grandsons.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Grayson, Steven Grayson, Willie Isom, James Grayson Jr., Tracy Craine, Michael Thompson, David Taylor and Eric Porter. Honorary pallbearers were Bernard Porter, Sammy Grayson, Bernell Porter, Rufus Paden, James Grayson Sr. and A.C. Porter.

Gladys Lavenia Rhea
Gladys Lavenia Rhea, 80, of Holly Springs, died Dec. 4, 2005. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Bro. Frank Feathers officiated.

She leaves her husband, Casey Rhea; three sons, Casey Rhea Jr. of Southaven, Danny Rhea of Potts Camp, Bobby Rhea of Nashville, Tenn.; a daughter, Brenda Anderson of Holly Springs; a sister, Janie (Nooch) Feathers of Bethlehem; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Joey Bolden, Bubba Feathers, Kenneth Feathers, Jackie Brown, Ralph Hunsucker, Jeff Bolden, Byron Hurdle, Jonothan Betts.

James E. Riles Jr.
James E. (Jimmy) Riles Jr., 50, of Byhalia, died Dec. 2, 2005.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 5 at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch. Burial was in Blocker Cemetery.

He leaves a son, Steven Riles of Byhalia; his mother, Polly Riles of Nesbit; his father, Ed Riles of Byhalia; and a brother, Steve Riles of Holly Springs.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Joey Riles.

June Gadd Robins
June (Bug) Gadd Robins, 36, of Olive Branch and Byhalia, died Nov. 26, 2005 in Byhalia. She was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church in Olive Branch.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch.

She leaves two children, Johnathan Cates of Byhalia, Angelique Robins of Flippin, Ark.; a brother and sister, Gary K. Gadd, Alisha Gad VanWey, both of Olive Branch; her parents, Lester and Barbara Sinquefield Farrow of Olive Branch; and a long time special friend, David Newsom.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be made to the House of Grace or the the charity of the donor’s choice.

Lawrence L. Walton
Lawrence L. (Big Rock) Walton, 68, of Holly Springs, died Nov. 23, 2005 at Alliance HealthCare in Holly Springs. He was a retired construction worker, a member of Beverly Chapel CME Church, church steward, choir president and a member of Masonic Lodge.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 29 at Hopewell No. 1 MB Church in Holly Springs. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. Rev. Lexine Smith officiated. J.F. Brittenum and son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Dorothy J. Thompson Walton; three daughters, Cora Walton of Holly Springs, Renee Taylor, Debbie Walker, both of Holly Springs; a son, Robert E. Walton of Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Glennie Mae Ricardo of Compton, Calif.; five brothers, Robert Walton of Aurora, Ill., Kinnard (Tobe) Walton of Holly Springs, Timothy Walton of Aurora, Ill., Herbert Walton, Prentiss Walton, both of Holly Springs; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marquette Walton; brothers, George, Willie, Leroy, David, James and Jim Walton.

Pallbearers were Marvin Walton, Robert Woods, Jerry Reed, Keith Walton, Dayton Reed Jr., Kinnard Walton Jr. and Michael Taylor. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Walton, Herbert Walton, Tim Walton, Kinnard Walton Sr. and DeWitt Walton.

Doris Ann Williams
Doris Ann Williams, 62, of Humbolt, Tenn., died Dec. 5, 2005 at Bailey Park Nursing Home.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Laws Hill.

She leaves two sons, Bobby Collier of Waterford, Steve Alarcon of Pocotello, Id.; two daughters, Barbara Jones of Memphis, Tenn., Diana Alarcon of Idaho; two brothers, Curtis Mullins of Oakland, Tenn., Wayne Mullins of Millington, Tenn.; three sisters, Sue McClain of Walnut, Kay Sullins of Memphis, Elaine Roach of Byhalia; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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