Thursday, April 12, 2007
Michael James Bland
Michael James Bland, 32, of Byhalia, died April 6, 2007. He was a member of Church of Christ and a shop foreman.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on April 10 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
He leaves his parents, Larry and Vicki Bland of Middleton, Tenn.; two brothers, Joseph Bland of Byhalia, Christopher Bland of Middleton, Tenn.; a sister, Michelle Bland of Memphis, Tenn.; and grandparents, Floyd and Cornelia Turbeville of Cincinatti, Ohio, Herman and Sue Bland of Hamilton, Ohio
Gertrude Elizabeth Boone McAlexander
Gertrude Elizabeth Boone McAlexander, 84, of Holly Springs, died April 4, 2007 at North Mississippi Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was the widow of Roland Lee McAlexander. She was a retired banker with Bank of Holly Springs since 1944, an officer in 1956, elected to the board of directors in 1974 and began serving as secretary to the board in 1977. She retired in 1999 but continued to serve on the board until her death. She was a member of Winona First Baptist Church and the Joy Sunday School Class. She was a former member of the Town and Country Garden Club, Pilot Club, a member of the American Cancer Society, trustee for Blue Mountain College, regional director of National Association of Bank Women. She served as director of the youth department at Holly Springs First Baptist Church for many years.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on April 7 at First Baptist Church of Holly Springs, where she was a former member. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Rev. Donnie Stewart, Dr. Curtis Ferrell and Rev. Phillip Dancy officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a brother, Aubrey Boone and wife Patsy of Winona; three nephews, Bill and Kathy Boone of Holly Springs, Johnny and Nancy Boone of Holly Springs, Alan and Cindy Boone of Winona; a great-nephew, Joey Boone of Nashville, Tenn., a great-niece, Libby Boone of Holly Springs, a great-nephew Gant Boone of Winona and a sister-in-law, West Boone of Holly Springs.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Elliott Boone and Joe Boone.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Winona or to the Boone-McAlexander Memorial Fund at First Baptist Church in Holly Springs.
Susan B. Prince
Susan P. Prince, 70, of Byhalia, died April 5, 2007 at her home. She was a member of Longview Heights Baptist Church in Olive Branch. She was the widow of Lee A. Prince.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on April 7 at Longview Heights Baptist Church. Burial was in Autumn Woods Memorial Park Cemetery. Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves four children, Marcie Wildes of Lawrenceville, Ga., Kevin Prince of Millington, Tenn., Laurie Quick of Byhalia, Derek Prince of Senatobia; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Liberty.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Longview Heights Baptist Church Building Fund.
John Howard Skelton
John Howard Skelton, 83, of Victoria, died April 4, 2007 at Trinity Missions Health and Rehab. He was the widower of Hazel Rainer Skelton and a mechanic with Campbell Trucking.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on April 6 at Red Banks Baptist Church, where he was a member. Burial was in Red Banks Cemetery. Bro. Troy Defer officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two sons, Larry Skelton of Holly Springs, John Howard Skelton Jr. of Germantown, Tenn.; a daughter, Linda Stoltz of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother Jack Skelton of Victoria; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Jason Marrio Smith
Jason Marrio Smith, 33, of Potts Camp, died April 3, 2007 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a 1992 graduate of Bishop Byrne High School in Memphis, Tenn., and a supervisor with Hunter Fan in Byhalia.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on April 7 at St. Paul CME Church. Burial was Charity Hill Cemetery in Lake Center. Rev. Michael Adams officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his mother and father, Delois V. Smith and Wayne Wilbourn of Sardis; a daughter, T’yla Smith of Sardis; a son, Jayson Smith of Holly Springs; his grandmother, Arristine Smith of Holly Springs; two sisters, Jantre Smith of Hot Springs, Ark., Joya Wilbourn of Sardis; two brothers, Javian Smith, Jarvis Smith, both of Holly Springs.
Pallbearers were Sylvester Stinson Jr., Colby Bogard, Eric Zinn, Wayne Tate, Lamarcus Bulloch and James Lockett. Honorary pallbearers were Jacobye Davis, Jachristina Davis, Ronald Smith Jr., Antoine McNeil, Mozell Hampton, Korbin Smith, Garrison Adams, Rashad Smith, Michael McNeil and Adam Malone.
Oga Lee Crumb Ware
Oga Lee Crumb Ware, 92, of Holly Springs, died March 31, 2007 at her home. She was the widow of Chester Ware, a retired domestic worker in private homes and a church choir member.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on April 2 at Hopewell No. 2 MB Church in Hudsonville, where she was a member. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Rev. Mark Bryson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Dorothy Crumb of Holly Springs; a son, Joe William Crumb of Chicago, Ill.; three sisters, Mary Shead of Maywood, Ill., Elizabeth Brown of Holly Springs, Bessie Bryson of Slayden; two brothers, Joe Crumb of Memphis, Tenn., Alvertis Crumb of Collierville, Tenn.; 21 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by children Ruben Crumb, Charles Edward Crumb, Shepard Crumb and Betty Jean Brown.
Pallbearers were Anthony Crumb, Kenny Bragg, Maurice Crumb, Tyrone Crumb, Danny Crumb and Wendell Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Alvertis Crumb, Joe Crumb, Bobby Crumb, Mandy Stone Jr., Fred Crumb, Lonnie Beard, Clifton Crumb, Eric Crumb and Clifton Jackson.
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