Thursday, February 22, 2007
Sweetie Finley Bell Briggs
Sweetie Finley Bell Briggs, 92, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 13, 2007 at Christopher’s Personal Care Home. She was the widow of Joe Bell and David Briggs. She served as delegate to the Women’s General Assembly of the CME Church, president of the North Mississippi Annual Conference Women’s Missionary Society for 16 years, director of the Missionary Institute of Louisiana and Mississippi, delegate to the General Conference, member of Heroines of Jericho Court No. 38, charter member of Holly Springs Federated Improvement Club, co-founder of the Socialite Club, Marshall County Teachers Association, graduate of Mississippi Industrial College, further study at the University of Mississippi, Blue Mountain College, Lemoyne-Owen College, Jackson State University, Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 1978-79 and was a retired teacher of the Holly Springs School District for more than 32 years.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Anderson Chapel CME Church. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. Rev. Denise Anders-Modest officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her caregiver, Artis Walton Sr. of Holly Springs; a sister-in-law, Arlillie Finley of Holly Springs; and a brother-in-law, Calvin Leggs of Detroit, Mich.
Pallbearers were Willie James Faulkner, Douglas Faulkner, Oliver Finley, Melvin W. Walker, James Alford, Jamon Alford, Douglas Walker and Willie Lee Finley. Honorary pallbearers were stewards and nephews.
Dorothy Mae Brown Cowan
Dorothy Mae Brown Cowan, 77, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 10, 2007 at her home. She was the widow of A.T. Cowan.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 17 at Gray’s Chapel CME Church in Hudsonville, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Arthur Brown officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves six daughters, Gloria Parker, Patricia Parker, both of Victoria, Pauline Stevenson, Sarah Cowan, Brenda Cowan, Demetria Cowan, all of Holly Springs; a son, Willie Brown of Holly Springs; two sisters, Earline Snow of Holly Springs, Ozell Elliott of Memphis; 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Leroy Snow, Michael Snow, David Snow, Leon Snow, Dewayne Cunning and Christopher Lesure. Honorary pallbearers were Cortez Cowan, Cedric Stevenson, Timothy Brown, Joe L. Stevenson Jr., Kevin Lewis and Bobby Snow.
Fannie Epps, 100, of Michigan City, died Feb. 10, 2007 at Briarcrest Extended Care in Ashland. She was a farmer and homemaker.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 17 at Hebron MB Church in Lamar, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Adam Gholson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a granddaughter, Edith Gaillard of Michigan City; a great-granddaughter, April Blount of Memphis, Tenn.; a great-grandson, Brandon Gaillard of Michigan City; a niece, Sarah Ivory of Michigan City; a sister, Alice Bradford of Memphis, Tenn.; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Era Spann; two sisters and seven brothers.
Pallbearers were nephews and great-nephews.
Sylvia Lynn Grisham
Sylvia Lynn Grisham, 29, of Ripley, died Feb. 10, 2007 at her home. She was a Baptist and a licensed practical nurse at Ripley Manor Nursing Home.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery in Ashland.
She leaves three sons, Greg Taylor, Matt Taylor, Josh Taylor, all of Faulkner; a daughter, Brooke Grisham of Ripley; her mother, Linda Derrick of Ripley; and her grandparents, Billie Smith, James Smith of Byhalia and Ida Goode of Potts Camp.
She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Clifford Mercer.
Jefferson Hollingsworth, 78, of Ashland, died Feb. 11, 2007 at Cartersville Medical Center in Georgia. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a retired heavy equipment operator.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 24 at Ashland United Methodist Church. Rev. Bill Kemp will officiate. Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, Ga., will be in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Blanch Hollingsworth; sons, Donald Hollingsworth of Byhalia, Terry Hollingsworth of Tennessee; daughter, Ann Patterson of Canton, Ga.; brothers, Phillip Hollingsworth of Charleston, Dee Hollingsworth of Atlanta, Ga.; and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ashland UMC, in care of Laura Grubbs, 144 Second St., Ashland, MS 38603.
Louis Douglas Jones
Louis Douglas Jones, 67, of Toledo, Ohio, formerly of Gary, Ind., and Holly Springs, died Feb. 11, 2007 at Liberty Nursing Center in Toledo. He was a member of Mt. Sinai MB Church in Byhalia and a retired laborer with El Freo Pop Company in Gary, Ind.
Graveside services were held on Feb. 20 at Mt. Sinai MB Church Cemetery. Dr. Edward Parker Jr. officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves three daughters, Barbara Bowman, Fronia Murray, both of Memphis, Tenn., Alisha Jones of Gary, Ind.; and two sons, Frank Burton of South Bend, Ind., David Jones of Milwaukee, Wisc.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Cornelius (June) Jones Jr.
Pallbearers were family members.
Billie Wells Kesler
Billie Wells Kesler, 78, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 17, 2007 at Trinity Missions Nursing Home. She was the widow of Marvin (Frog) Wells and Floyd Kesler. She was a member of Believer’s Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery in Waterford. Bro. Billy Michael officiated.
She leaves a son, Terry Wells of Holly Springs; two sisters, Myrtle Robertson of Charleston, Opal Bradshaw of Brownsville, Tx.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ken Wells; a daughter, Carolyn Wells; a grandson, Gregory Champion; a brother, Sonny Ulch and a sister, Imogene McCarty.
Jerry Clifford Mercer
Jerry Clifford Mercer, 70, of Michigan City, died Feb. 10, 2007. He was a Baptist and a construction worker.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in New Salem Cemetery. Bro. Gary Porterfield officiated.
He leaves three daughters, Leilah Mae Cox of Hurley, Wisc., Virginia Perez of Rockford, Ill., Darlene Stewart of Walnut; two sons, Randy Mercer of Waterford, Randle Mercer of Walnut; a sister, Joycie Mae Mercer Allen of Middleton, Tenn.; three brothers, James Wesley Mercer of Lamar, Terrell Elmer Mercer of Ripley and Larry Wayne Mercer of Michigan City; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Cecil Alberson, Curtis Alberson, Billy Wayne Spencer, Billy Spencer, Terry Rutherford and Danny Allen. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Mercer, Dale Hopkins, Terry Mercer and Ted Mercer.
He was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Sylvia Smith Grisham.
Myrtis Elizabeth Todd
Myrtis Elizabeth Todd, 76, of Red Banks, died Feb. 16, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was a life-long member of Carey Chapel Baptist Church.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Carey Chapel Baptist Church. Burial was in Carey Chapel Cemetery. Bro. O.E. Langner and Bro. Charles Boyd officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Harold Todd; a son, Harold (Eddie) Todd of Barton; a daughter, Peggy Elizabeth Hunsucker of Piperton, Tenn.; a brother, Elliott Neon Langston of Waxachie, Tx.; three sisters, Mattie Lou Anderson of Mt. Pleasant, Katie Connor Skelton of Martinsburg, W.Va., Delia Bell Hurdle of Slayden; six grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Charles Vest, 79, of Hickory Flat, died Jan. 31, 2007 at his home. He was retired from Fruehauf Trailer (Mule).
Services were held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 2 at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch. Burial was in New Garden Cemetery.
He leaves his wife of 52 years, Nadine Vest; six children, Laura Swinford of Ashland, Jackie Ford, Annette Lloyd, Jean Clayton, all of Potts Camp, Randy Vest of Hickory Flat, Judy Crabb of Byhalia; two step-children, Dot Medlin of Oxford, Tommy White of Olive Branch; 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Janie L. West
Janie L. West, 68, of Myrtle, died Feb. 18, 2007 at Delta Medical Center. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Hickory Flat.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 23 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Feb. 23. Burial will be in McKay Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Bro. Williams Phillips will officiate.
She leaves a brother, Billy Franklin West of League City, Tx.; three nieces, Linda Payne of Hernando, Brenda Gardner of Olive Branch, June West; and three nephews, Bobby West of Memphis, Tenn., Steve West of Kalispeel, Mont., David West of Texas.
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