Thursday, January 26, 2006

Obituaries

Kelvin Richard Ayers

Kelvin Richard Ayers, 30, of Holly Springs, died Jan. 16, 2006 at Delta Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Rising Star MB Church in Holly Springs. Burial was in Finley Grove MB Church Cemetery. Rev. Robert McCalin officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves two daughters, Letha Kelvisha Turner, Keltrica Porsha Ayers, both of Holly Springs; two sons, Gary DeShun Turner, Kelvin Ayers Jr., both of Holly Springs; his mother, Delories Bowens Taylor of Holly Springs; his father, Raynell Ayers of Holly Springs; two sisters, Lola Renee Ayers, Essie Holloway, both of Holly Springs; and two brothers, Ronnie Ayers, Anthony Bowens, both of Holly Springs.

Pallbearers were Archie Taylor, Marcus Jones, Tyrone Richard, Randy Richard, Douglas Holloway and Statie Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Ayers, Antonio Bowen, Jamarcus Zinn, Mack Bowen, David Bowen and Dempsey Bowen.

Joe Glen Bailey

Joe Glen Bailey, 58, of Holly Springs, died Jan. 20, 2006 at his home. He was a member of Waterford Methodist Church and a supervisor for U.S. Corp of Engineers. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 23 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Waterford Cemetery. Rev. Ray Wallace and Rev. Milton Boyd officiated.

He leaves his wife, Beverly Bailey; a son, Joey Glenn Bailey of Holly Springs; two daughters, Lisa Bailey Harden of Holly Springs, Robin Bailey Garrison of Waterford; two brothers, Donald Bailey of Jackson, Sammy Bailey of Holly Springs; a sister, Jenice Clayton of Potts Camp; and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Waterford Methodist Church or the Waterford Cemetery in Waterford.

Beaulah Malone Blair

Beaulah Malone Blair, 93, of Byhalia, died Jan. 19, 2006 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. She was the widow of John Wesley Blair.

Services were held at 12 noon on Jan. 23 at Cathedral of Praise Church of God in Christ in Byhalia, where she was a member. Burial was in Newell Chapel CME Church Cemetery in Victoria. Supt. Andrew McClellon Sr. officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves six daughters, Lula M. Hardaway, Dorothy Jones, Linnie Blair, Minnie Wright, all of Byhalia, Helen Hardaway, Ozell White, both of Memphis, Tenn.; three sons, Curtis Blair, Frank Blair, both of Byhalia, Lucious Blair of Holly Springs; two sisters, Ophelia Ealey of Byhalia, Lucille Garmon of Memphis, Tenn.; 58 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Johnn Hardaway Jr., David Pigues, Curtis Blair Jr., James Blair, Kim Wright, Sammy Wright Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Lucious Blair, Curtis Blair Sr., Frank Blair, Clearence Pigues Jr., Greg Blair and Jeffery Hardaway.

Ellen E. Childers

Ellen E. (Genna) Childers, 57, of Byhalia, died Jan. 17, 2006 in Memphis, Tenn.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 20 at Olive Branch Funeral Home Chapel.

She leaves her husband Gaylon Lee (Al) Childers; four children, Richard Newton Dye, Carla Ann Williams, April Renee Feathers, Tawnya Daneane Ray; four sisters, Martha Johnson of Horn Lake, Nancy Emerson of Waterford, Mary Marshall of Waterford, Diane Millwood of Conway, Ark.; two brothers, Marshall (Mike) Jones of Southaven, Gerald (Bo) Jones of Waterford; and 12 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Wayne Dye.

The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

James Henry Croft

James Henry Croft, 75, of Mt. Pleasant, died Jan. 22, 2006 at his home. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Rossville, Tenn.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 25 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Bro. Will Barnes officiated.

He leaves his wife, Joan Snow; two daughters, Wanda Carroll of Adamsville, Tenn., Lisa Croft of Collierville, Tenn.; a sister, Annette Jowers of Mt. Pleasant; and a grandson.

Ava Bridgeforth Garth

Ava Bridgeforth Garth, 52, of Memphis, Tenn., died Jan. 15, 2006 at Germantown Hospital. She was a church usher, a member of Order of Eastern Star and sales clerk with Dillard’s department store.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20 at Pleasant Grove MB Church, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. S.A. Phillips officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves a daughter, Lindsay Nicole Garth of Memphis, Tenn.; a son, Lott Cary Garth III of Memphis, Tenn.; three sisters, Andrea Marion, Edith Sims, both of Holly Springs, Paulette Ballard of Las Vegas, Nev.; three brothers, Larry Wayne Bridgeforth, Glen Bridgeforth, both of Holly Springs, Samuel Dennis Bridgeforth of Holly Springs; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Bridgeforth; and two brothers, Dean Bridgeforth Jr., Rodney Bridgeforth.

Pallbearers were Chaddrick Marion, Chauncey Marion Sr., Cecil Marion Jr., Laricko Strickland, Christopher Bridgeforth, Glynn Bridgeforth Jr., Dean Edward Bridgeforth III and Nicholas Edwards. Honorary pallbearers were Lott Cary Garth II, Samuel Bridgeforth, Larry Bridgeforth, Glynn Bridgeforth, Albert Sims and Joseph Ballard.

Alberta DeBerry Griffin

Alberta DeBerry Griffin, 51, of Holly Springs, died Jan. 14, 2006 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was a member of Hopewell No. 1 MB Church, a member of the church choir, a chuch announcer, missionary society, assistant secretary at church, singer with Sisters in Praise. She was a nursing home nurse.

Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 at Rust College Doxey Auditorium. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. Rev. Andre’ DeBerry officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves her husband, Lenwood Griffin; a daughter, Sherry Griffin of Holly Springs; two sons, Kevin Griffin of Memphis, Tenn., Terry Griffin of San Antonio, Tx.; her mother, Willie Mae McEwen DeBerry of Holly Springs; four sisters, Elnora McKennley, Lee Etta Smith, both of Memphis, Tenn., Doris Waller of Holly Springs, Mary Beard of Potts Camp; six brothers, James DeBerry, Melvin DeBerry, Rev. Andre’ DeBerry, all of Holly Springs, Roy DeBerry Jr. of Jackson, Willie DeBerry of Irving, Tx., Ronald DeBerry of Memphis, Tenn.; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were nephews, Conery DeBerry, Dale DeBerry, Bennett Waller, Jarvis DeBerry, Courtiney DeBerry, Barry DeBerry, Rasheed DeBerry and Devon DeBerry. Honorary pallbearers were her brothers, James DeBerry, Melvin DeBerry, Roy DeBerry Jr., L.C. Griffin, Willie DeBerry, Andre’ DeBerry, Ronald DeBerry, J.C. Griffin and Albert Lee Griffin.

Ted Dwight Hillhouse

Ted Dwight Hillhouse, 57, of Oxford, died Jan. 21, 2006 at the Veterans Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was a Vietnam veteran, a carpenter and a Baptist.

Services were held Jan. 25 at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in the New El Bethel Cemetery in Lafayette County. Bro. Jimmy Anthony officiated. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves two sons, Brad Hillhouse, Christopher Hillhouse, both of Oxford; four brothers, Mark Hillhouse of Water Valley, Scott Hillhouse of Shreveport, La., Tim Hillhouse of Slayden, Mike Hurdle of Mt. Pleasant; three sisters, Vicki O’Dell of Holly Springs, Tammy Pasco of Holly Springs, Michelle Skelton of Walnut.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Mack Hillhouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New El Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 105 Hwy 334, Oxford, MS 38655.

Richard B. Langston

Richard B. Langston, 79, of Mt. Pleasant, died Jan. 22, 2006 at his home. He was a switchman for IC Railroad and an Army veteran of World War II.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Carey Chapel Baptist Church, where he was a member. Burial was in Carey Chapel Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Dorothy Jean Langston; a son, Richard D. Langston of Branson, Mo.; two daughters, Deborah J. Gaines, Denise E. Boyd, both of Mt. Pleasant; a brother, Elliott Neon Langston of Waxahachie, Tx.; four sisters, Myrtis E. Todd, Mattie Anderson, both of Mt. Pleasant, Delia Hurdle of Slayden, Katie Skelton of Martinsburg, Va.; 11 grandchildren 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Glen Gaines, Keith Valentine, Aaron Valentine, Justin Boyd, Joshua Boyd, Larry Gaines and Vince Eggers. Honorary pallbearers were Troy Sensing, John Taylor and Brad Brown.

Kimberly Brown Latham

Kimberly Brown Latham, 36, of Laws Hill, died Jan. 17, 2006, at her home. A member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, she was employed at Keel’s Grocery in Laws Hill.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Jan. 20 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Bro. Arnold Goode officiated.

She leaves her husband, Jimmy Latham; two daughters, Jamie Kayla Wells, Samantha Latham, both of the home; her mother, Gracie Brown of Laws Hill; her father and his wife, Charles and Brenda Brown of Hickory Flat; four brothers, Nick Brown of Hickory Flat, Chuck Brown, Todd Brown, both of Jacksonville, Fla., Brian Willard of Hickory Flat; and a sister, Julie Trammel of Hickory Flat.

Napoleon McKinney

Napoleon McKinney, 44, of Holly Springs, died Jan. 19, 2006 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was disabled.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Adolphus Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his mother and father, Mae Frances McKinney and Nathaniel McKinney of Holly Springs; seven sisters, Nancy Jones, Willie Mae Jeffries, Gloria Byers, Loria Perkins, Brenda Wyatt, all of Holly Springs, Johnnie Mae Hurd of Memphis, Tenn., Linda Cancer of Albany, N.Y.; three brothers, Jimmy Lee Perkins of Holly Springs, Tyrone Cancer, Grady McKinney, both of Albany, N.Y. and a godson, Devon Rucker of Kansas City, Kan.

Pallbearers were Christopher Byers, Carl Nunnally, Starling Nunnally Jr., Larry Howell Jr., Broady Richmond and Bernie Byers. Honorary pallbearers were Grady McKinney, Jimmy L. Perkins, Joseph Waytt, Michael Perkins, Donald Jeffries and Tyrone Cancer.

Willie Lee Nelson

Willie Lee Nelson, 51, of Holly Springs, died Jan. 17, 2006 in Holly Springs. He was a welder with Griffin Inc. in Victoria.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Mt. Pleasant Church of Christ, where he was a member. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. Bro. Gary Young officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Mayline Nolan Nelson; five daughters, Carolyn Spearman, Nicole Hill Braden, both of Memphis, Tenn., Toccara Nolan, Lorna Nelson, Keosha Nelson, all of Holly Springs; a son, Willie Nelson Jr. of Holly Springs; four sisters, Minnie Harmon, Mary Lewis, both of Holly Springs, Judy Webster of Memphis, Tenn., Annie Nelson of Ashland; four brothers, Larry Nelson of Holly Springs, Riley Nelson Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., Lonnie Nelson of Flint, Mich., Robert Harmon of Chicago, Ill.; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister Linda Norvell.

Pallbearers were Andre Zinn, Tracy Nelson, Terry Blackmon, Dewitt Elliott, Shawn Tucker and Essex Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Willie Nelson Jr., Todd Richardson, Larry Nelson, Riley Nelson Jr., Lonnie Nelson and Carl Evans.

Carl Smith

Carl Smith, 74, of Potts Camp, died Jan. 16, 2006 at Alliance HealthCare in Holly Springs. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Potts Camp, retired from U.S. Corp of Engineers and a Navy veteran of Korea.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery in Waterford. Bro. Paul Middleton, Bro. Bobby Bowman and Bro. Jim Buchanan officiated.

He leaves his wife, Shirley Smith; a son, Carl Dwight Smith of Potts Camp; a daughter, Carla Humphreys of Potts Camp; a sister, Betty Johnson; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Boyd Smith and Ervin Smith.

Ada Mae Wooten

Ada Mae Wooten, 85, of Como, died Jan. 16, 2006 at her home. She was the widow of Bill Avant Wooten.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 21 at Beulah Baptist Church in Como. Burial was in the Mt. Moriah Church cemetery. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves five daughters, Ada Johnson of Waterford, Mae Dean, Willie Mae Wilbourn, Deloise Wilbourn, Christine Barnett, all of Como; three sons, Fred Wooten, Robert Wooten, both of Como, James Wooten of Batesville; a sister, Annie Faulkner of Abbeville; two brothers, Abe Young of Senatobia, Lonnie George Young of Milwaukee, Wisc.; 44 grandchildren, 110 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.


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