Thursday, December 29, 2005

Obituaries

Claiborne Rowan Thompson

Claiborne Rowan Thompson, 89, of Holly Springs, died Dec. 24, 2005 at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. The widow of Ben Sigman Thompson, she was the owner of Crawford’s Drug Store, the executive secretary of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, executive secretary for Collier Carlton, attorney-at-law, and she wrote City Personals for The South Reporter for 50 years. She was a former Elder of the First Presbyterian Church.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 27 at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Milton Winter officiating. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves a son, Rowan Thompson of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Kay Wheeler of Holly Springs; two granddaughters, Laura Wheeler and Mary Clay Wheeler Brooks, both of Holly Springs, and two great-grandchildren, Caitlyn and Grady Brooks.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ben Sigman Thompson Jr.

Pallbearers were Jerry Beck, Collier Carlton, Billy Cupp Jr., Dick Douglas, Ruff Fant, Walter Webb, Al Hale and Ben Seale.

The family requests any memorials be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Holly Springs.

Dean Edward Bridgeforth Sr.

Dean Edward Brigeforth Sr., 73, of Holly Springs, died Dec. 16, 2005, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The widow of Pauline Jones Bridgeforth, he was a self-employed brick mason.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 22 at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Red Banks, where he was a member. Rev. S.A. Phillips officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves four daughters, Edie B. Sims and Andrea Marion, both of Holly Springs; Ava Garth of Memphis, Tenn.; Paulette Ballard of Las Vegas, Nev.; three sons, Larry Bridgeforth, Glynn Bridgeforth and Samuel Bridgeforth, all of Holly Springs; six sisters, Evelyn Robinson of Red Banks; Era Wilkins of Holly Springs; Sammie Echols of Elgin, Ill.; Palestine Coleman, Margaret Baucom and Mamie Seal, all of Chicago, Ill.; three brothers, Matthew Bridgeforth and Stewart Bridgeforth, both of Chicago, Ill.; Clevester Isom of Painesville, Ohio; 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three children, Peggy Bridgeforth, Dean Bridgeforth Jr. and Rodney Bridgeforth.

Active pallbearers were Chaddrick Marion, Rodney Bridgeforth Jr., Cecil Marion Jr., Dean Bridgeforth III, Chuancey Marion, Lott Garth III, Christopher Bridgeforth, Todd Bridgeforth and Victor Bridgeforth. Honorary pallbearers were Samuel Bridgeforth, Glynn Bridgeforth, Larry Bridgeforth, Albert Sims, and Joseph Ballard.

Ardell Cole

Ardell Cole, 80, of Senatobia, died Dec. 16, 2005 at North Oak Regional Medical Center in Senatobia. He was a retired laborer with the Sanitation Department for the city of Senatobia.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Dec. 22 at J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Willie Hoey officiated. Burial was in Smith Grove M.B. Church Cemetery, where he was a former member.

He leaves one sister, Dorothy Jean Pryor of Memphis, Tenn.; one brother, Raney Cole of Memphis, Tenn; and one cousin, Mary Matthews of Memphis, Tenn.

Everette Doyle Cooper

Everette Doyle Cooper, 78, of Potts Camp, died Dec. 19, 2005 at his home. He was an Army veteran of Korea. He was a retired truck driver with Holly Springs Brick and Tile.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 22 at Cornersville United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Bro. Don Newton officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Kathryn Cooper; two sons, Michael Cooper, Larry Cooper, both of Potts Camp; two brothers, Joe Cooper and Dan Cooper, both of Potts Camp; a sister, June Haynes of Potts Camp; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Calvin Cooper, Curtis Cooper, Keith Cooper, Tom Cooper, Bruce Kirk and Terry Berryhill.

Georgia Lavelle Crowe

Georgia Lavelle (Stark) Crowe, 83, of Byhalia, died Dec. 22, 2005 at her home. She was the widow of Thomas Lee Crowe. She was a retired nurse with Methodist Hospitals of Memphis.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 28. Burial was in Byhalia Cemetery. Brantley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves a daughter, Beverly Elizabeth Crowe of Byhalia; a son, Ronald Crowe of Byhalia; a brother, James Phillip Stark of Kingsport, Tenn.; a grandson and two great-grandchildren.

Gracie Balfour Jackson

Gracie Balfour Jackson, 87, of Holly Springs, died Dec. 17, 2005 at Briarcrest Extended Care Home in Ashland. The widow of Eligah Jackson, she was a member of Providence MB Church in Holly Springs and a retired domestic worker in private homes.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 21 at Beverly Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Rev. S.A. Phillips officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves two daughters, Addie Jones of Holly Springs; Helen Hollingsworth of Oxford; a special grandson whom she raised, Rodell Jackson of Holly Springs; one sister, Louise Finley of St. Louis, Mo.; one brother Wesley Balfour of Holly Springs; 19 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two children, Lillie Mae Alexander and Silas Jackson.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers were Dexter Shipp, Willie Collins, Obie Snow and Bobby Tilman.

Julie Ann Laprise

Julie Ann Laprise, 48, of Ashland, died Dec. 18, 2005 at her home.

She leaves a son, James Rhea White of Ashland.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 21 at Ashland Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Fonta Woodson O’Dell

Fonta Woodson O’Dell, 88, of Holly Springs, died Dec. 24, 2005. The widow of Charles Lee O’Dell, she was an educator with the Holly Springs School District, one of the original members of the Library Board and a member of the Humane Society.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 28 at First Presbyterian Church of Holly Springs, where she was a member. Dr. Milton Winter and Rev. Don Wilson officiated. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves a son, Charles Denton O’Dell of Perry, Ga.; a daughter, Margaret O’Dell of Holly Springs; a sister, Martha Stewart of Sunnyside, WA.; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Woodson O’Dell and a grandson, Robert Dee O’Dell.

Cinderella Sims Taylor

Cinderella Sims Taylor, 83, of Holly Springs, died Dec. 20, 2005 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The widow of Charlie E. Taylor Sr. , she was Missionary, Usher and Stewardess in her church.

Services were held at 12 noon, Dec. 23 at Yarbrough Chapel CME Church where she was a member. Rev. George Taylor officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves two daughters, Marjean Myatt of Holly Springs; Rubye Pool of San Diego, Calif.; five sons, Charlie Taylor Jr., John Taylor, Alvin Taylor, all of Holly Springs; Otha Taylor of Ann Arbor, Mich.; George Taylor of West Point; two sisters, Martha B. Jones and Josie S. Freeman, both of Holly Springs; two brothers, John D. Sims Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., Robert Lee Sims of Holly Springs; 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one god-granddaughter.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Carl Taylor, Jonathan Taylor, Jermaine Taylor, Demetrius Taylor, Tony Taylor, Kevin Taylor, Keith Taylor and Alvin Taylor.


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