Thursday, February 2, 2006

Obituaries

Willie Lee Batts

Willie Lee (Bubba) Batts, 93, of Lamar, died Jan. 25, 2006 at his home. He was the widower of Rosie Lee Jackson Batts. He was a church deacon, a Sunday school superintendent, a member of the male chorus, a member of Greenwood Lodge #68 Masonic Lodge and a school bus driver with Benton County Schools.

Services were held at 12 noon on Jan. 28 at Samuel Chapel MB Church, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Minister Joseph Davis officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves four daughters, Lora Hurey of Chicago, Ill., Dorothy Robinson of Ashland, Jane Batts of Easton, Penn., Daisy Stinson of Holly Springs; a son, Joe R. Batts of Ashland; a brother, Tommy Batts of Sacremento, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Michael Brown, Clay Batts, Gerald Stinson Jr., Tommie Robinson, Maurice Batts, Kevin Dameron, Martin Batts and Glenn Batts. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Batts, Henry Thomas Jackson, Alfred Kimbrough, Spence Richards Jr., Albert Huery, James Earl Jackson, George Jackson and Alvin Fortenberry.

Lewis Harold Bryson

Lewis Harold Bryson, 75, of Lamar, died Jan. 24, 2006 at his home. He was a church deacon, president of the deacon board, president of the senior choir, superintendent of Sunday school, vice-president of mass choir. He was a retired lead man with Carrier Corporation in Collierville, Tenn.

Services were held at 12 noon on Jan. 29 at Kimbrough Chapel MB Church in Lamar, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Mark Bryson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Bessie Mae Crumb Bryson; five daughters, Patricia Everett, Jannie Evans, both of Lamar, Gladys Pritchard, Bessie Denice Bryson, Elizabeth Hart, all of Memphis, Tenn.; seven sons, Milton Bryson, Mark Bryson, Richard Bryson, George Bryson, Sammie Bryson, all of Memphis, Tenn., Agrippa Bryson, James Earl Bryson, both of Lamar; a sister, Elsenia Champion of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, Calvin Bryson of Lamar; 37 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ivory Joe Bryson.

Pallbearers were Cedric Byrson, Tyrone Bryson, Marcus Shed, Randon Bryson, LaShawn Bryson, Kevin Bryson, Rico Bryson, Gregory Evans, Lycurtis Bryson and Byron Burnette. Honorary pallbearers were Sammie Bryson, Agrippa Bryson, Richard Bryson, George Bryson, James Bryson and Milton Bryson.

Johnny Lee Hampton Sr.

Johnny Lee Hampton Sr., 75, of Ashland, died Jan. 26, 2006 at the Briarcrest Extended Health Care Center in Ashland.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Palestine MB Church in Ashland. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Leon Perry officiated. Jones Payton Funeral Directors of Ashland was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Hattie Mae Hampton; seven sons, Johnny, David, Jerry and Michael Hampton, all of Ashland, Darryl Hampton of Lamar, Eddie Hampton of Blue Mountain, Sylvester Hampton of Hickory Flat; three daughters, Sarah Hudson, Brenda Hoyle, both of Ashland, Michele Judge of Indianapolis, Ind.; a sister, Francis Brown of Ashland; 33 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter; Fannie Hampton; eight brothers, seven sisters and a son-in-law.

Ted Roberson

Ted Roberson, 65, of Byhalia, died Jan. 19, 2006.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Cedar Haven Baptist Church in Byhalia. Rev. Mike Hensley and Rev. Paul Hicks officiated. Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife of 22 years, Carolyn (Sipes) Roberson; two daughters, Diane and Tena; three brothers, Ned Roberson of East Alton, Ill., Fred Roberson of Stockbridge, Ga., Danie Roberson of Myrtle; two sisters, Mary Bishop of Memphis, Tenn., Fay Headrick of Corinth; and five grandchildren.

Ollis Nelson Roberts

Ollis Nelson Roberts, 50, of Red Banks, died Jan. 24 at his home. He was a Baptist.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 28 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Bro. Frank Feathers officiated.

He leaves his brother, Danny Roberts of Oregon; and a sister, Angie Culver of Como.

Pallbearers were James Culver, Gary Culver, Dustin Culver, Bob Culver, Albert Harris and Mark Baker.

William Oliver Shoffner

William Oliver Shoffner, 72, of Victoria, died Jan. 29, 2006 at his home. He was a Baptist and a timber cutter.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in McKay Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Bro. Virgil Scherff officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He leaves his wife, Mary Shoffner; four sons, Roger Shoffner, of Victoria; Dean Shoffner of Wharton, NJ, Jessie Shoffner of Byhalia, Chris Shoffner of Victoria; four daughters, Tricia Wilson of Red Banks, Lisa Green of Wyatt, Teresa Jane Gadd of Ashland, Melissa Kay Wren of Houston, Tx.; a brother, Robert Shoffner of Hamilton, Ala.; a sister, Lena Campbell of Holly Springs; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Lenora Smith

Lenora (Sweet Gal) Smith, 70, of Byhalia, died Jan. 25, 2006 at Baptist Hospital-East in Memphis, Tenn. She was a member of Union Valley Choir.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Union Valley MB Church in Byhalia. Burial was in Union Valley Cemetery. Pastor Joe Richmond officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves five children, Lee Arthur Smith Jr. of Chicago, Ill., Desiree Smith of Byhalia, Cassandra Yvette Smith of Mt. Pleasant, Kevin Daved Smith of Chicago, Ill., Melvin Andre’ Smith of Memphis, Tenn.; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


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