March 27, 2008
Ruby Lee Burks
Ruby Lee Burks, 61, of Hickory Flat, died March 21, 2008.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 24 at Pine Grove Baptist Church, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Bro. Michael Baker officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Sidney Burks; four sons, William Jeffery Wright of Jackson, Tenn., Eric Jerome Wright of Hickory Flat, Mark Jason Wright of Lexington, Tenn., Lowell Scott Russell of Ashland; a daughter, Stacy Russell Teel of Ashland; a brother, J.T. Prescott of N.C.; two sisters, Frances Abrahms of Washington, D.C., Shirley Kwasnik of Memphis, Tenn.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Alissa Nicole Wright.
Pallbearers were Ricky Kwasnik, Blake Wright, Travis Robertson, Chris McMullen, Scott Hopkins and Jimmy Fortner.
John Minton Callaham
John Minton (Jack) Callaham, 69, died March 17, 2008 at his home in Atlanta. A native of Lynchburg, Va., Jack graduated from Holy Cross High School and from the General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich. He moved to Atlanta in 1956 and worked at General Motors for 32 years before retiring in 1988.
A funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. on March 19 at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody, Ga.
He leaves his wife, Jane Ellen Collins Callaham; three children, John M. Callaham Jr., Margaret Elizabeth (Jill) Callaham, James Stephen Callaham; two brothers, Frank H. Callaham Jr., Thomas M. Callaham; a sister, Helen Callaham Hutter; and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Eagle Ranch at P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA. 30502
Almeter Caradine, 75, of Byhalia, died March 16, 2008 at Olympiafields, Ill. She was a factory worker
Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 22 at Rodgers Funeral Home Chapel in Coldwater. Burial was in Wyattes Church Cemetery.
She leaves four daughters, Christine Webb, Farris Brown, both of Byhalia, Arnetta Jefferies of Olive Branch, Diane Avant of Tryo; five sons, Leroy Caradine of Olive Branch, Leeandrew Caradine, Michael Caradine, Mark Caradine, all of Byhalia, Eddie Caradine of Matteson, Ill.; two sisters, Addie Williams of Maywood, Ill., Nettie B. Buford of Memphis, Tenn.; two brothers, L.D. Jones of Chicago, Ill., Joseph Jones of Lansing, Ill.; 29 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Patsy Terry Cross
Patsy Terry Cross, 72, of DeWitt, Ark., died March 19, 2008. She was the widow of Jack Cross. After a life of travel with the U.S. Air Force, they returned to Pine Bluff in 1979, where she resided until moving to Memphis, Tenn. in 1991, then to DeWitt in 2005.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on March 22 at Clement Cemetery in Grapevine, Ark. Essex Funeral home in DeWitt was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her children, Randy Cross of DeWitt, Sam Cross of Valparaiso, Fla., Alan Cross of Barton; her sister, Myrt Bobo; her brother, Bill Terry of Pine Bluff, Ark.; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, J.A. Terry, King Terry, Bobby Terry; a sister, Opal Calvert; and a grandchild, Chesed Renee Nelson.
Harold Crouch, 57, of Potts Camp, died March 22, 2008 at Baptist Union Hospital in New Albany. He was a Methodist, a construction supervisor and an Army veteran.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 25 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Laws Hill.
He leaves three daughters, Terisa Casey of Holly Springs, Lisa Smith of Potts Camp, Sharon Gibson of Olive Branch; his mother, Margaret Gooding of Olive Branch; two brothers, William Crouch of Byhalia, Henry Crouch of Olive Branch; three sisters, Linda Kiddy, Ann Suhanna, Hazell Gross, all of Olive Branch and his fianceé, Renee Huey of Potts Camp.
Pallbearers were Chris Gibson, Clay Jones, Nick Huey, Zack Huey, William Crouch and Henry Crouch. Honorary pallbearers were Gene McCoy and Dallas Brent.
Fannie Jamison Grady
Fannie Jamison Grady, 81, of Chicago, Ill., died March 14, 2008 at her home. She was a retired housekeeper.
Services were held at 3:30 p.m. on March 22 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Byhalia, Burial was in the church cemetery. Rodgers Funeral Home of Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Betty Mitchell of Chicago, Ill.; a son, Frankie Jamison of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Ester Shoulder of Coldwater; three brothers, Herman Massey of Coldwater, L.M. Massey of Florida, John Eddie Massey of Chicago, Ill.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Andrew Hardin, 90, of Holly Springs, died March 19, 2008 at Alliance HealthCare System. He was a retired machine operator with Cleo Wrap Inc. in Memphis, Tenn.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 26 at Mt. Peel MB Church in Laws Hill, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. R.J. Wilson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Mae Eunice Smith Hardin; six daughters, Mary Ellen Harris, Corean Blackmon, both of Chicago, Ill., Gladiola McCoy, Delois Walton, Seraphine Lambert, all of Memphis, Tenn., Bernice Scales of Aurora, Ill.; two sons, McArthur Hardin of Holly Springs, James Michael Hardin of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; a sister, Savella McKinney of California; a brother, Rainey Hardin of Memphis, Tenn.; 21 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ulseth Lambert, David Walton, Tarvaris Scales, Jarvaris Scales, Michael Hardin Jr. and Sammy Taylor.
Mylee Chace Martin
Mylee Chace Martin, infant, died March 20, 2008 at Baptist Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on March 22 at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Laws Hill. Jimmy Nicholsan officiated. Waller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her parents, Joni and David Martin of Waterford; a sister, Marlee Shaw Martin; grandparents Tommy and Tona Barrett of Waterford, Breck and Dana Scragg of Spartenburg, S.C.; and great-grandparents Thomas and Wanda Barrett of Clarksdale, Joe and Wendy O’Neill of Iuka, and Gracie Martin of Florida.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
Cardie C. Thompson Harper
Cardie C. Thompson Harper, 89, of Byhalia, died March 13, 2008 at her home. She was the widow of Ellis Harper. She was a Mississippi Church stewardess, the oldest member of her church, a member of Order of Eastern Star, Sunrise Chapter 166, Waterford and a retired cook with ICS Headstart.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 19 at Shady Grove CME Church, where she 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.
She leaves two daughters, Izolar J. Harper of Byhalia, Fronie Echols of Harvey, Ill.; a son, Robert E. Harper of Byhalia; seven sisters, Corrine Pryor, Mamie D. Malone, both of Waterford, Pauline Walker, Irene Frames, both of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., Barbara Ward, Margaret Myles, both of California, Evelyn Walker of Montgomery, Ill.; four brothers, Tarther (Jack) Thompson Jr. of Waterford, Lawrence Thompson, Russell Thompson, John Thompson, all of Aurora, Ill.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Harris, Greg Thompson, Lambert Thompson, Randy Thompson, Maurice Jones, Percyell Thompson, Thomas Earl Thompson and Tony Miller. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Harper, Elliott Jones, John Thompson, Russell Thompson, Travis Harper, Tarther (Jack) Thompson Jr. and Lawrence Thompson.
Bradley Keith Reece
Bradley Keith Reece, of Holly Springs, died March 19 at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Bradley was 16 and a junior at Marshall Academy. He was born on June 11, 1991. He loved deer hunting and riding four-wheelers.
Bradley was diagnosed with cancer Feb. 19, 2007. He battled this disease for over a year and never gave up. Through constant downfalls, Bradley kept his winning spirit and his heroic courage through it all, and showed tremendous strength and resolve that is rarely seen. No matter what hardship presented itself, Bradley always met each challenge with a willingness and heart that could not be matched, only asking “What do I need to do?” He gave all of himself, being a pioneer with new research that will help many more to come. He always considered others first, his family, his friends, never being selfish about himself, but what he could do to make this easier on everyone else. These are the things that make a hero.
Bradley is survived by his parents, Keith and Wendy Reece of Holly Springs.
Maternal family includes his grandparents, Bettie Gail Williams of Holly Springs, Dennis Clifton of Holly Springs, Bob Jr. Williams (deceased). Great-grandparents are Irene C. Bailey and Moody Bailey (deceased) of Holly Springs, Bettie Sue Todd of Pontotoc, and Dennis Clifton Sr. (deceased) of Holly Springs.
Paternal family includes his grandparents, Gene and Helen Shaw Reece of Holly Springs. Great-grandparents are Prentis and Annie Shaw of Holly Springs (deceased) Doris McNally of Ft. Worth, Tx. (deceased) and Francis Reece of El Centro, Calif.
Bradley is also survived by his cousins, Hannah, Tyler and Tanner Cook, Kate Williams and Stephanie Wells, all of Holly Springs.
He was preceded in death by a cousin, Catherine Elise Cook.
Services were held at the First Baptist Church of Holly Springs, at 2 p.m. on March 21, with graveside services at Hill Crest Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of services.
Memorials may be made to Marshall Academy in honor of Bradley Reece.
Having known Bradley, seeing his courage, and feeling his strength, we all can’t help but carry a part of him with us always. Just knowing him has made us all better people, and we can only hope to become half the person that this young man had already become.
B-rad, we love you and will miss you.
Michael Anthony Roman Jr.
Michael Anthony Roman Jr., 84, formerly of Holly Springs died in Indianapolis, Ind., on March 14, 2008. The widower of Eva Earle Eastering Roman, his wife of 61 years, he was a decorated veteran, he served his country in WWII as a B-29 bomber pilot. In the early ’40s, he was the AAU Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of Detroit. He was an engineer for Ford Motor Co. and other companies.
Services were held at 10 a.m. March 21 at Moore Funeral Chapel in Petal. Burial was in Green’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Petal where he was placed beside his beloved “Belle,” who died January 21, 2008.
He leaves four sons: Michael Roman, Daniel Roman, Timothy Roman, and Dennis Roman and 12 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Fisher House.
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