Thursday, September 6, 2007
John Austin, 93, of Holly Springs, died August 27, 2007 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Holly Springs. The widower of Lydia Hardin Austin, he was a church trustee.
Services were held at 12 noon on Sept. 1, at Mt. Gilead CME Church in Holly Springs, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Charles Richmond officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two daughters, Catherine Austin of Holly Springs, Thelma Malone of Aurora, Ill.; three sisters, Mary Glasper of Grand Rapids, Mich., Rennie Nunnally of Memphis, Tenn., Earster Lee Jones of Holly Springs; a brother, Edward Austin of Grand Rapids; 11 grandchildren, several great- and great-great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by two children, Russell Austin and Maxine McNeil; two sisters, Lottie Jackson, Bessie Wilson; and two brothers, Sidney Moses, Robert Austin.
Pallbearers were Calvin Jones, Isaac Jones Jr., Lonnie Jones, James Malone, Kenny McNeil, Eric McNeil. Honorary pallbearers were Roxster Mitchell Jr., Nelson Hardin, A.C. Wilson, Willie Jones, Dennis Jones, Shawn Johnson and Russell Johnson Jr.
Gerry M. Blaker II
Gerry Max Blaker II, 39, of Holly Springs, formerly of Terre Haute, Ind., and Long Beach, died Saturday, September 1, 2007. An Episcopalian, he was an attorney.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 4 at First Presbyterian Church in Holly Springs. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Dr. Milton Winter and Dr. Bruce McMillan officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his two beloved daughters Bailey and Taylor of Holly Springs; parents Gerry and Darlene Blaker I of Long Beach, a brother Bruce Blaker; two sisters Nicole Blaker, Amy Blaker, both of Long Beach, grandmother Johnna Nees, and best friend James McIntosh of Holly Springs.
Pallbearers were Ki Jones, Fred Carlisle, Bob Lomenick, Mark Miller, Joey Miller and Tim Liddy.
Carl B. Cecil
Carl B. Cecil, 83, of Batesville, died Aug. 27, 2007 at Christopher’s Personal Care. He was the widower of Anna Lee Walsh. He was a member of V.F.W. Batesville, a member of Lions Club, a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, a supervisor with Pittsburgh Plate Glass and a U.S. Army veteran.
Graveside services were held on Sept. 8 at Rocky Cap Veterans Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a son, Carl Bernard Cecil Jr. of Boiling Springs; a daughter, Carol Ann Spencer of Nesbit, Pa.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Bobbie D. Gresham
Bobbie D. Gresham, 63, of Camden Tenn., formerly of Benton County, died Aug. 31, 2007 at his home. The widower of Joyce Jamieson Gresham, he was a master sergeant in the U.S. Army and a maintenance supervisor for the U.S. Army Airport Authority. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 4 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Salem Cemetery in Potts Camp.
He leaves a son, Bobby D. Gresham Jr. of Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Judy Phelps of Tupelo, Patrika D. Huckaby of Memphis, Tenn.; three brothers, John Edward Gresham of Hickory Flat, Jimmy Dale Gresham, Terry Gresham, both of Blue Springs; two sisters, Charlotte Smithey, Barbara Smith, both of Myrtle and nine grandchildren.Laverne Hoover
Laverne Hoover, 75, of Ashland, died Sept. 1, 2007 at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. A member of Calvary Baptist Church, she was the widow of Casey Hoover.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 3 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Liberty Cemetery. Bro. Robert Buse officiated.
She leaves a son, Terry Hoover of Ashland; and a sister, Joy Rolinston of Atlanta, Ga.
Willie Fant Woodson
Willie Fant Woodson, 97, of Holly Springs, died August 28, 2007 at her home. The widow of Daniel Woodson, she was a member of Finley Grove MB Church in Holly Springs, where she was on the Missionary and Mother boards. She was the oldest living member of her church.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 1 at Finley Grove Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. James Green officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Catherine Woodson Freeman of St. Louis, Mo.; a son, George Woodson of Holly Springs; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Annie Garrison, Katie Fant, Caldonia Fant; and three brothers, Leo Fant, Sam Fant Jr. and Fred McCraven.
Pallbearers were Roger Woodson, Jason Bownes, Jarvis Woodson, Johnathan Bownes, Matthew Lawrence, Herman Houston, Brian Freeman. Hononary pallbearers were Robert L. Woodson, Bob Dawson, Carl Dawson, Henry Freeman, Edward L. Garrison, Charles Scullark.
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