March 20, 2008
Emmitt Ray Gooding
Emmitt Ray Gooding, 76, of Holly Springs, died March 12, 2008 at Desoto Healthcare. He was a mechanic and a U.S. Army veteran.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 13 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Bro. Oscar Geeslin officiated.
He leaves his wife, Margaret Gooding; four sons, A.D. Hill of Newton, Tx., Billy Ray Hill of Louisiana, William Crouch of Holly Springs, Henry Crouch of Olive Branch; a daughter, Hazel Gross of Olive Branch; and two grandchildren.
John Robert Holbrook
John Robert Holbrook, 86, of Ashland, died March 13, 2008 at his home.
Services were held at 2 p.m on March 15 at Liberty Methodist Church, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Mildred Holbrook; a son, Robert Jerry Holbrook of Ashland; a daughter, Patsy Holbrook Flippin of Catoosa, Okla.; a brother, William Seth Holbrook of Memphis, Tenn.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Robert Lee Jeffries
Robert Lee (Big Bird) Jeffries, 54, of Holly Springs, died March 12, 2008 in Waterford. He was a member of Jones Grove MB Church and a self-employed business owner.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 16 at Rust College Doxey Auditorium. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Rev. Willie E. Hoey officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves three daughters, Rolanda Jeffries of Columbus, Roneika Byers, Michelle Kinkle, both of Holly Springs; two sons, Reggie Sims of Memphis, Tenn., Robert Sammons of Chicago, Ill.; 10 sisters, Elnora Jeffries, Geneva Brown, Ardelia Roberts, Ella Ree Jeffries, all of Holly Springs, Sherone Terrell, Sherry Faulkner, Erma Jean Goodrich, all of Chicago, Ill., Annette Williams-Horton of Carrolton, Ala., Gloria Walls of Olive Branch, Allison Brookins of Jacksonville, Fla.; five brothers, William Jeffries of Holly Springs, Terry Davis, Darren Baker, both of Grand Rapids, Mich. Gary Davis of Savannah, Ga., James Lee Fant of Chicago, Ill.; and eight grandchildren.
Pallbearers were his nephews. Honorary pallbearers were Reggie Sims, Robert Sammons, William Jeffries, Terry Davis, Darren Baker, Gary Davis and James Lee Fant.
Ira Moore Ragland
Ira Moore Ragland, 96, of Victoria, formerly of Memphis, Tenn., died March 8, 2008 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven. The widow of Sam Ragland, she was a former member of Pentecostal Temple COGIC in Memphis, Tenn., and a retired, self-employed business owner.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 12 at Newell Chapel CME Church in Victoria, where she was a member. Burial was in Memphis National Cemetery. Rev. Spencer Mathis officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two nephews, Arvern Moore, her caregiver, of Holly Springs, Felix Moore III of Olive Branch; and a niece, Shirley Totten of Olive Branch.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Felix Moore Jr.
Pallbearers were Napoleon Totten, Michael Pegues, Darius Totten, Jafis Totten, David Pegues and Ed Taylor. Honorary pallbearers were Lawrence Autry, David Beckley, Ben Cole II, Robert Gatewood, Michael Hampton and Paul Lampley.
Merle Lee Rowe
Merle Lee Rowe, 78, of Chicago, Ill., native of Holly Springs, died Feb. 16, 2008 at the University of Chicago Hospital. She was the widow of Lindsey Rowe. She attended night school at Wells High School in Chicago. In January 2006, she retired after serving 38 years as a mail handler at Cardiss Collens facility post office in downtown Chicago.
Services were held at 12 noon on Feb. 26 at St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Chicago, Ill., where she had been a long-time member. Burial was in Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill. Dr. Cecilia S. Harris officiated. A.A. Rayner and Sons was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two daughters, attorney Donna M. Jones of Austell, Ga., and Betty K. (Rowe) Kirk of Chicago, Ill.; a son, Anthony E. Rowe of Aurora, Colo. a sister, Bessie Lowe of Chicago, Ill.; two aunts, Willie Holloway of Holly Springs, Mattie Folsom of Las Vegas; an uncle, Elmo McKinney of Holly Springs; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Gerald M. Rowe; and her brother, Leonard Pegues.
Pallbearers were Dwight Holloway, Vincent Holloway, Elliott, Lowe, Jacoby Lowe, Victor Lowe and Elliott McKinney.
Jesse Wayne Smith
Jesse Wayne Smith, 72, of Southaven, died March 16, 2008 at his home. He was a Methodist, a truck driver with American Freight and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 20 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Bro. Ferrell Holiday and Bro. A.G. Loyd officiated.
He leaves his wife, Betty Jean Smith; two sons, Donald Smith of Byhalia, Billy Smith of Hernando; a daughter, Teresa Rogers of Arlington, Tenn.; a brother, James D. Smith of Olive Branch; three sisters, Joyce Clayton, Faye Stanton, both of Potts Camp, Verla Mae Stanton of Hickory Flat; and 10 grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Billy Smith, Ricky Clements, Rickie Smith, Triston Smith, Trever Rogers and Stephen Halteman.
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