Thursday, March 9, 2006
 

Obituaries

Catherine Rayford Clark

Catherine Rayford, Clark, 88, of Byhalia, died Feb. 22, 2006 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Holly Springs. She was the widow of Jimmy Clark and a former church usher.

Services were held at 12 noon on March 2 at Union Valley MB Church in Byhalia, where she was a member. Burial was in Strickland UM Church Cemetery. Rev. Richmond officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves seven daughters, Sarah Guy of Southaven, Mary Davis, Ida Salter, Lutricia McCoy, all of Memphis, Tenn., Joyce Guy, Elaine Totten, Bettie Stewart, all of Holly Springs; three sons, E.T. Rayford, Leroy Clark, both of Byhalia, Leslie Clark of Waco, Tx.; a sister, Ola Mae Rayford of Byhalia; a brother, W.C. Rayford of Byhalia; 33 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Terrell Newsom, Leonard Davis, James Davis, Melvin Davis, Leo Brown and Eric Totten.

Thelma S. Godfrey

Thelma S. Godfrey, of Holly Springs, died March 2, 2006 at Alliance HealthCare in Holly Springs. She was a Presbyterian and a dry cleaner owner/operator.

Memorial services were held at 7 p.m. on March 3 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Ala.

She leaves two grandsons, Carl Isom of Holly Springs, Chris Isom of Arab, Ala.; two granddaughters, Sharron Ezel of Arab, Ala., Vicki Herndon of Blountsville, Ala.; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and her caregiver, Terry Cagle of Holly Springs.

Eddie James Hudson

Eddie James Hudson, 47, of Michigan City, died Feb. 25, 2006 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Collierville, Tenn. He was a member of Southland Singers Gospel Group, and a soil technician with USDA for 28 years.

Services were held at 12 noon on March 4 at Sims Chapel MB Church in Michigan City, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Adam Gholson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Annie L. Tucker Hudson; two daughters, Kawanda Hudson, Sheketha Hudson, both of Michigan City; two sons, Eddie Martez Hudson, Altaveno Montinez Hudson, both of Michigan City; his mother, Dorothy Louise Jones of Michigan City; his father, Eddie B. Hudson of Memphis, Tenn.; nine sisters, Freda Spight of Lamar, Karen Walker, Cynthia Hudson, Shenika Thomas, Eurtha Jackson, Carolyn Martin, Johnnie Mae Mason, all of Memphis, Tenn., Joyce Hall of Columbus, Mary Long of Ashland; four brothers, Randale Jones of Michigan City, Gregory Hudson, Edward Dewayne Hudson, Deondray Hudson, all of Memphis, Tenn.; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ashland High School Class of 1976. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Patterson, Mark Hudson, Silas Preston, Melvin Allen, David Hudson and James Preston.

Nathan Isom Jr.

Nathan Isom Jr., 74, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 25, 2006 at his home. He was the widower of Louise Hamilton Isom. He was a member of Mt. Teamer CME Church in Holly Springs. He was a construction worker with Continental Foundry in Olive Branch.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 3 at Powell Chapel MB Church in Holly Springs. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. Rev. Eddie Walker officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves five daughters, Alice Isom of Holly Springs, Sarah Isom, Ruby Isom, both of New Albany, Tamera Isom, Devita Isom, both of Fayetteville, NC; a son, James Isom of Holly Springs; three stepdaughters, Jarceland Nichols, Tanja Brown, Rotosha Sinkfield, all of Holly Springs; a stepson, Darryl Holloway of Holly Springs; a sister, Annie Bell Robinson of Chicago, Ill.; a brother, Larry Isom of Holly Springs; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bill Jones, Nathaniel Jones, Ronnie Isom, Robert Isom, Darryl Holloway and Jarvis Jeffries.

Simon Lesure

Simon Lesure, 101, of Byhalia, died Feb. 23, 2006 at Trinity Health and Rehab in Holly Springs. He was a laborer with Burlington Northern Railroad.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 1 at St. Matthews MB Church, where he was a member. Burial was in Powell MB Church Cemetery. Rev. Archie Bowen officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves a daughter, Bertha H. Woods-Simpson of Byhalia; a son, Tom Preston Lesure of St. Paul, Minn.; 15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lamont Coleman King, Freddie Hodges, McArthur Porter, Clarence Looney, Theodras Hughes, Arthur Martin, Terry Duke and Delantric Hill. Honorary pallbearers were Tracy Hodges, Andre Hodges, Milton Hardin, Tom Preston Lesure, Johnny Hardin, Billy Simpson and Travis Hardin.

Mary Alice Perry

Mary Alice Perry, 55, of Aurora, Ill., died Feb. 26, 2006 at her home. She was a native of Marshall County, formerly of Holly Springs.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 4 at Clear Creek MB Church in Oxford. Burial was in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Rev. Eddie Goliday officiated. Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves her husband, Tommie Lee Perry; two sons, Tommie Lee Perry IV, Taurus Pryor, both of Aurora, Ill.; her mother, Birdia Nabors of Holly Springs; her father, Columbus (Clem) Jones of Holly Springs; 13 sisters and four brothers; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers.

Herbert Sharlande Phillips Jr.

Herbert Sharlande Phillips Jr., 67, of Memphis, Tenn., died Feb. 26, 2006 at his home. While attending Ole Miss, he was the president of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. He completed post-graduate work at Tulane University in New Orleans and New York University. He was affiliated with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. After leaving the Department of Justice, he returned home to Holly Springs and Memphis to pursue the practice of law.

Services were held at 1 pm. on March 3 at Christ Episcopal Church in Holly Springs, where he was a member.

He leaves a son, Herbert Sharlande Phillips III; a sister, Martha Rives Phillips Smith; and two grandchildren.

The family requests that memorials be sent to Christ Episcopal Church.

Annie Laura Spears

Annie Laura Spears, 56, of Potts Camp, died Feb. 27, 2006 at her home. She was a machine operator with Mulay Plastics.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 2 at Evangel Full Gospel Church, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Bro. Montie Scherff officated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves her husband, Travis Spears; a sister, Alice Gonzales of Holly Springs; and many friends and family.

Earl Dwain Taylor

Earl Dwain Taylor, 75, of Potts Camp, died Feb. 27, 2006 at his home. He was the widower of Wilma Louise Taylor. He was a Baptist, a contractor and a U.S. Army veteran.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 1 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Bro. Donald Worsham and Bro. Chuck Fowler officiated.

He leaves three sons, David Earl Taylor of Albany, Ga., Carey Ralph Taylor of Potts Camp, Mark Dwain Taylor of Honolulu, Hawaii; two daughters, Deborah Louise McCullough of Potts Camp, Susan Taylor Robinson of Potts Camp; four brothers, Roy Taylor of Lamar, Frank Taylor of Olive Branch, James Ed Taylor of Lamar, Gilbert Lee Taylor of Hickory Flat; two sisters, Betty Sue Todd of Ecru, Louise Wilson of Nashville, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Willie B. Walls

Willie B. Walls, 88, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 26, 2006 at his home. He was the widower of Janie Elliott Walls. He was a member of First Thessalonia MB Church in Memphis, Tenn. and a retired concrete finisher with a construction company.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at St. Luke Church of God in Christ, Ashland. Burial was in Mt. Zion CME Church Cemetery in Benton County. Elder Nathaniel Holleman officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his companion with whom he lived, Leathy Allen of Holly Springs; five daughters, Ellie B. Williams of Holly Springs, Fairella Johnson of Chicago, Ill., Mae Willie Johnson, Gladys Walls, Janie Walls, all of Memphis, Tenn.; two sons, Jimmie Lee Walls, Willie Anthony Walls, both of Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Beatrice Bean of Holly Springs; 26 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Willie E. Johnson, Samuel Johnson, Dwayne Johnson, Keith Johnson, Melvin Williams, Raymond Williams, Timothy Johnson and Willie James Fleming. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmie Walls and Willie A. Walls.

Dorothy Marie Whitfield

Dorothy Marie Whitfield, 71, of Memphis, Tenn., died March 3, 2006 at Germantown Methodist Hospital. She was the widow of Harvey Whitfield. She was founder, president and senior pastor of Life Training Center in Memphis.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 6 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Cornersville Cemetery. Rev. Larry Kirk officiated.

She leaves two sons, Bradford Jackson of Arkabutla, Harvey C. Whitfield of Stafford, Va.; three daughters, Patti Martin of Holly Springs, Amanda Daughtry, Dotty Jackson, both of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, Rev. Larry Kirk of Jackson, Tenn.; three sisters, Mary Ann Hovey of Humboldt, Tenn., Sue Gaines of Arlington, Tenn., Naomi Young of Summerville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Kirk Brown, Eric Jackson, Michael Weeks, Paul Parker, Sonny Kirk and Brett Young.


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