Estelle Dunn Blakely
Estelle Dunn Blakely, 83, of Abbeville, died Jan. 27, 2006 at her cousin’s home in Memphis, Tenn. She was the widow of Chess Dunn. She was a member of the mother board and a former choir member. She was a dietician with the school cafeteria at Oxford City Schools.
Services were held at 12 noon on Feb. 1 at East St. Peter MB Church in Abbeville, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. William Woods Jr. officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a cousin who cared for her, Willie L. Laird of Memphis, Tenn.; and a brother, Johnny Britten of Oxford.
Selena Brannon, 87, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 1, 2006 at her home. She was a member of Finley Grove MB Church in Holly Springs and a member of the Mother’s Board. She was the head cook at Colonial Cafe truck stop.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 6 at Hopewell No. 1 MB Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. James Green officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two daughters, Gracie Vinson of Memphis, Tenn., Lena Mae Vinson of Holly Springs; three sisters, Mary Avington of Memphis, Tenn., Lizzie Ruth Keys of Aurora, Ill., Juliette Williams of Holly Springs; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Marvin Vinson, Martin Vinson, James Vinson, Kenneth Vinson, Juantonio Tatum and Jerry Avington. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Morris, Clinton Odell, Patrick Vinson and Joseph Vinson.
Sarah Ruth Crossnoe
Sarah Ruth Crossnoe, 81, of Byhalia, died Feb. 6, 2006 at Methodist Germantown Hospital.
Services were held graveside at Magnolia Cemetery in Collierville, Tenn. on Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. Bro. Waid Wilkes officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Powell Crossnoe; three daughters, Sara Delashmit, Brenda Collins, both of Barton, Laurie Baker of Collerville; a sister, Shirley Forsythe of Big Sandy, Tenn.; five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Gray.
Pallbearers were Ray Collins, Ryan Baker, Stan Ellison, Jackie Dunlap, Mark Baker, James Cox, Gerald Smith.
Bulah Mae Penilton Gulledge
Bulah Mae Penilton Gulledge, 63, of Lamar, died Feb. 1, 2006 at her home. She was the widow of David Gulledge. She was an usher, a member of the choir, a stewardess, an assistant teacher at Holly Springs Intermediate School and Sand Flat High School. She was an assembly line worker for 20 years at Carrier, Inc., in Collierville, Tenn.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 5 at Hudsonville CME Church, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Bobby G. Wilson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two daughters, Bernetta Coleman, Almetta Faulkner, both of Holly Springs; three sons, Rev. David L. Gulledge, Darryl Gulledge, Donald Gulledge, all of Lamar; her father, Tom Penilton of Lamar; a sister, Venoria Hurdle of Chicago, Ill.; three brothers, Robert L. Penilton, Ernest Stephens, both of Lamar, Lawrence Johnson of Memphis, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Charles Isom, David Glass, Michael Penilton, Curtis Isom, Ajacca Penilton and Christopher Penilton. Honorary pallbearers were Cedric Faulkner, Andrew Hurdle, Andre’ Coleman, Darryl Gulledge, Glen Coleman Sr., Glen Coleman Jr., Marcus Isom and Bradley Coleman.
M.C. Myers, 78, of Byhalia, died Feb. 1, 2006 at his home.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 6 at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Edna Myers; five sons, Harvey Myers of Olive Branch, Croley Myers of Memphis, Tenn., Sherman Myers of Memphis, Tenn., Kelvyn Myers of Collierville, Braion Myers of Byhalia; two daughters, Marva Smith of Memphis, Tenn., Velma Myers of Byhalia; 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Prentiss (Pren) Perkins, 41, of Holly Springs, died Jan. 30, 2006 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a factory worker with L.P. Vinyl.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 4 at Kimbrough Chapel MB Church in Lamar, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. James W. Smith Jr. officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a son, Prentiss Perkins Jr. of Ashland; a stepdaughter, Kasha Mullins of Ashland; his mother, Susie Ann Zinn Perkins of Holly Springs; and a sister, Lisa Harris of Holly Springs.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Johnnie Mae Perkins.
Pallbearers were Courtney Perkins, DeRoderick Zinn, Andre Zinn, Jacquez Zinn, Christopher Zinn, Jamarcus Zinn, BaShawn Tipler, Harvey Milam, Thaddeus Zinn, Christopher Perkins and Travis Johnson.
Mavis Virginia Rhea
Mavis Virginia Rhea, 75, of Memphis, Tenn., died Feb. 3, 2006 at St. Francis Hospital. She was a Presbyterian and a bookkeeper with River City Masonry.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 5 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Slayden Cemetery.
She leaves many loving nieces and nephews and friends.
Juanita Tunstall, 80, of Detroit, Mich., formerly of Winborn, died Jan. 22, 2006. She was the widow of Flenard Tunstall Sr. She began working in domestics and later for a janitorial company that serviced the Penobscot Building in Downtown Detroit. She was elected union steward and served in that position for 13 years.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 27 at James H. Cole Funeral Home in Detroit, Mich. Burial was in Grand Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Mich. Bishop Samuel Wilson officiated.
She leaves two sons, Robert Tunstall and Flenard Tunstall Jr.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
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