Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wilson Akins Jr.
Wilson (Bay) Akins Jr., 70, of Kansas City, Kan., formerly of Marshall County, died May 4, 2007 in Kansas City.
He leaves his wife, Willie B. Akins; six sons, Charles Wood of Memphis, Tenn., Jake Childress of Holly Springs, Johnny Rucker, Fred Rucker, Willie Akins, all of Kansas City, Larry Rucker of Adelanto, Calif.; seven daughters, Sheila Pool of Byhalia, Mary, Daenita, Danetta and May Louis Akins, Martha Rucker, Ruth Rucker of Kansas City, Kan.; his sister, Christine Fant of Memphis, Tenn.; brothers, Otis Coleman of Kansas City, Mo., Jamie Lee Wallace of Holly Springs, Leroy Jefferson of Memphis, Tenn.; a stepsister, Lela Ray Hullaby of Kansas City, Kan.; three stepbrothers, Leonard Coleman, Curtis Coleman, Joe Rucker, both of Kansas City; 57 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Willie (Bub) Akins.
Hattie Norris Freeman
Hattie Norris Freeman, 94, of Horn Lake, died May 24, 2007 at Baptist Desoto Hospital. She was the widow of Edgar W. Freeman Sr. She was a member of Ashland Baptist and a sales employee with United Paint Store.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on May 26 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery. Bro. Troy Defer officiated.
She leaves a daughter, Edna Kosma of Horn Lake; a grandson; two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a stepson, Edgar W. Freeman Jr.
Memorials may be made to a charity of donor’s choice.
Dewitt Gibson, 95, of Ashland, died May 17, 2007 at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs. The widower of Mattie Lee Yancy Gibson, he was a member of Palestine MB Church in Ashland.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on May 26 at Samuel Chapel MB Church in Ashland, with burial in Good Hope Cemetery in Ashland. Elder Bernell Hoyle officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a daughter, Daisy Gibson Tipler of Ashland; 16 grandchildren and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by children Elick Gibson, Robert Gibson, Sadie Gibson Harris and Sarah Ann Briggs.
Pallbearers were Maurice Yancy, Ray Yancy, Andrea Gibson, Melvin Briggs, Ottis McKennzie, Jarrod Elliott, Jerrell Elliott and Rickey Yancy.
Leon Grimes, 48, of Aurora, Ill., formerly of Holly Springs, died May 21, 2007 at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora. He attended Aurora High School.
Graveside services were held at 12 noon on May 28 at New Hope MB Church Cemetery in Laws Hill. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a son, Leon Grimes Jr. of Aurora; three daughters, Tabatha Grimes, Vanessa Grimes, India Grimes, all of Aurora; two brothers, Ephrom Jones, John Grimes, both of Aurora; and two sisters, Viola Malone and Josephine Grimes, both of Holly Springs.
In lieu of flowers, Grimes Family Educational Memorial Fund donations are being accepted at any Old Second National Bank in Aurora.
Amanda Hillin, 17, of Bartlett, Tenn., died May 20, 2007 in Memphis, Tenn. She was a senior at Bolton High School, where she attended four years. As a freshmen, she played softball. As a junior and senior, she participated in the Early Childhood Education class under the supervision of Marilyn Canale. She had worked recently at the Sycamore View Car Wash, Danver’s and Steak-N-Shake restaurants in Bartlett. She had recently become employed at the Learning Tree in Lakeland. She was a member of Carey Chapel Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant and Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, where she participated in the clown ministry as well as softball, soccer and basketball. She had plans to attend Southwest Community College to become a nurse.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on May 23 at Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel. Bro. O.E. Langner officiated. Burial was in Carey Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.
She leaves her parents, Michelle and Michael Hillin; a sister, Olivia Hillin; a brother, Drew Hillin, all of Bartlett; maternal grandparents, Mickey and Rosemary Joyner of Mt. Pleasant; paternal grandparents, Calvin and Joyce Hillin of Bartlett; great-grandmothers, Rosa Pierce of Mt. Pleasant, Edna Joyner of Mt. Pleasant; great-grandfather, Andrew M. Hillin of Wardell, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparent, Bill Joyner; and paternal great-grandparents, Ruby Hazel Hillin, Gladys (G.L.) Malone and Vera Lee Malone.
Pallbearers were Don Worsham, Joe Massey, Kevin Joyner, Chris Wilhite, Shepard Taylor, Robyn Snyder, Eddie Joyner and Michael Crabb.
Anthony Wayne Jones
Anthony Wayne Jones, 39, of Lamar died May 18, 2007 in Slayden. He was employed with Franklin Plumbing Service in Moscow, Tenn.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on May 26 at Hudsonville C.M. Church in Slayden, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Bobby Wilson officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his mother, Annie Jones Mayfield of Lamar; a brother, Troy Lee Jones; and three sisters, Mary Moore of Memphis, Tenn., Sharon Crumb of Slayden and Cassandra Hill of Lamar.
Anterica King, 2 months, 23 days old, died May 19, 2007 at her home.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on May 26 at New Hope Cemetery in Laws Hill. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her parents, Anterio King and Latoria Pegues; a sister, Carleassia Jeffries; and her grandparents, Carl and Velma Pegues, Jeanette Miller and Terry King, all of Holly Springs.
Conrad Andrew Kriese Jr.
Conrad Andrew Kriese Jr., 76, of Byhalia, died May 22, 2007 at his home. He was an Army veteran and a retired employee of MLG&W.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on May 25 at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Chapel. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
He leaves his wife, Dorothy Kriese; a daughter, Pam McNeil of Knoxville, Tenn.; a son, Conrad Andrew Kriese III of Arnold, Mo.; a sister, Doris Voetsch of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; brothers, Bill Kriese of Greers Ferry, Ark., Mike Kriese of West Memphis, Ark.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Jettie Mae Gates Smitherman
Jettie Mae Gates Smitherman, 81, died May 21, 2007 at her daughter’s home in Olive Branch. She was the widow of Lee R. Smitherman. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Holly Springs and a retired fine jewelry department manager at Goldsmith’s Department Store.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on May 26 at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Chapel. Burial was in Memphis Memory Gardens Cemetery.
She leaves a daughter, Pearl Smitherman of Olive Branch; a son, Calvin Smitherman of Olive Branch; a brother, Duncan Gates of Blue Springs; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Smitherman.
Valsine Isable Watkins
Valsine Isable Watkins, 36, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Holly Springs, died May 22, 2007 at Methodist South Hospital in Memphis. A teacher assistant at Holly Springs Primary School, she was a member of Providence MB Church, director of the youth choir and narrator of the church broadcasting from age 13.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on May 29 at Providence MB Church with burial in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. Rev. Alonzo Johnson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Mitchell Watkins of Memphis; her mother, Murry Lee Isable of Holly Springs; two sisters, Brenda Burks of Memphis, JoAnn Isable of Holly Springs; and two brothers, Lenwood Isable Jr. of Memphis and Cedric Isable of Holly Springs.
She was preceded in death by her father, Lenwood Isable Sr.
Pallbearers were Steve Jackson, Robert Isom, Kevin Gary, Tommy Jackson, Tony Gary, Travis Drew, Willie James Flemons. Honorary pallbearers were the church deacons.
Lillian Cox Wilson
Lillian Cox Wilson, 93, of Potts Camp, died May 22, 2007 at her home. She was the widow of Rev. J. Frank Wilson. She had lived in this area since 1948.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on May 25 at Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, where she was a member. Rev. Raymond Bishop, Rev. Tony Carson, Rev. John Wilson, Rev. Steve Wilson and Rev. J. Michael Wilson officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves five daughters, Joanna Murphy, Becky Goldman, Bettie Wayne Wilson, all of Potts Camp, Frankie Bishop of New Albany, Martha Carson of Lafayette, Ind.; five sons, Rev. Steve Wilson, Sam Wilson, Tim Wilson, all of Potts Camp, Rev. John Wilson of Nashville, Tenn., Rev. J. Michael Wilson of Parsons, Tenn.; 21 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.
Kimberly Jane Pence Wright
Kimberly Jane Pence Wright, 35, of Hernando, died May 22, 2007 at Methodist Germantown Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was a Baptist and an RN.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on May 25 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Carey Chapel Cemetery. Bro. O.E. Langner officiated.
She leaves a daughter, Macey Wright of Lewisburg; a son, Coleman Wright of Lewisburg; her father, Gene A. Bobbitt and wife Denise of Mt. Pleasant; her mother, Toni Bobbitt and husband Billy of Lewisburg; a brother, Barry Lee of Olive Branch; and three sisters, Donna Rhodes of Mt. Pleasant, Tracy Fitch of Iuka and Pamela Dixon of Oakland, Tenn.
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