April 3, 2008
Melvin E. Childress
Melvin E. (Dooney) Childress, 68, of Byhalia, died March 29, 2008 at his home. He was a Navy veteran, a member of Byhalia Lodge 115 and Oak Grove Lodge 293, served as District Deputy Grand Lecturer of Grand Lodge of Mississippi, past member of board of directors for Marshall Academy and retired from Northcentral Electric Power Association after 46 years.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on April 1 at Brantley Funeral Home Chapel in Olive Branch. Burial was in Byhalia Cemetery.
He leaves his wife, Dot Childress; a daughter, Renea Childress Reed of Holly Springs; his mother, Ruth Childress of Senatobia; three brothers, Raymond Childress of Texarkana, Ark., Fred Childress of Senatobia, Don Childress of Hernando; two granddaughters; and a step-grandson.
He was preceded in death by a son, Mike Childress; his father, Eugene Childress; and two brothers, Ted and Russell Childress.
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Autry Harden, 81, of Holly Springs, died March 24, 2008 at his home. He was a factory worker.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 29 at Wilkins Chapel CME Church in Waterford. Burial was in Wilkins Cemetery. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Lillie Walker Harden; two daughters, Lacy Tunstall of Memphis, Tenn., Lillie Thomas of Aurora, Ill.; seven sons, Jean Autry Harden of Atlanta, Ga., Robert E. Harden of Chulahoma, James Edward Harden of New Albany, Leon Harden of Aurora, Ill., Lee Andrew Harden of Aurora, Ill., Charles Wayne Harden of Aurora, Ill., Glenn Edward Harden of Chulahoma; three brothers, J.B. Bell, Johnny Bell, Booker T. Sandridge, all of Chicago, Ill.; and 54 grandchildren.
Wharey A. Reed
Wharey A. Reed, 79, of Pulaski, Tenn., died March 4, 2008 at the Alvin C. York Veteran’s Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was retired from the Air Force, serving in World War II, and a member of St. Andrew Memorial United Methodist Church.
Services were held on March 8 in the chapel of Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home. Burial was in Giles Memory Gardens with full military honors. Rev. Chris Seifert officiated.
He leaves his wife, Anna Reed; a son, Wharey Arden Reed Jr. of Greenville, S.C.; a daughter, Melody Reed Garner of Simpsonville, S.C.; and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bradley Reed, Bobby Smithwick, Johnnie Ralph Stevens, Phillip Reed, Walter Smithwick and Ralph Young.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Walter Reed, T.L. Reed, Ben Grant Reed; and a sister, Sallye Ball Reed Clayton.
Kathey Smith, 66, of Byhalia, died March 25, 2008 at her home. She was the widow of Lester Smith Jr. and a Baptist.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 27 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery in Ripley.
She leaves her mother, Ethel Jumper of Byhalia, six half-brothers, a half-sister, seven stepsisters, seven foster children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Gervis (D.W.) Wright, 72, of Farmerville, La., formerly of Holly Springs, died March 25, 2008 at Union General Hospital in Farmerville. He was a retired machine operator with Taylor Construction.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 29 at Powell Chapel MB Church in Holly Springs, where he was a member. Burial was in Free Branch MB Church Cemetery. Rev. Eddie Walker officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Rena Mae Wright; a daughter, Chaderice Wright of Holly Springs; a brother, William Henry Wright of Holly Springs; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by six sisters, Flora Isom, Geneva Reliford, Evelyn Jane Hagins, Mary Frances McNeal, Lovie Lee Luellen, Ada Florence Washington; and a brother, George (Cush) Washington.
Pallbearers were Frank Isom, Troy Wright, Preston Isom, Robert Isom, Ivory Reliford and Tim Allen. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Anthony Wright, Mark Wright, Chester Isom, Taiwon Hughes, James Isom and Odis Reliford.
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