Clara Ash Barber
Clara Ash Barber, 95, of Holly Springs, died April 21, 2008 at her home. She was the widow of Paul Barber and a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on April 23 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.
She leaves a son, Carey Barber of Holly Springs; six daughters, Barbara James, Syble Teel, both of Mt. Pleasant, Connie Holmes, Rebecca Tice, both of Holly Springs, Linda Joan Strickland of Hickory Valley, Tenn., Yvonne Joyner of Collierville, Tenn.; a sister, Corinne Evans of Potts Camp; 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Paul Lane Barber; a daughter, Paula Faye Barber; grandchildren Brenda Alderson Taylor, Terrell Pittman; and a great-grandchild, Amber Poff.
Kelly D. Day
Kelly D. Day, 79, of Potts Camp, died April 19, 2008 at Trinity Missions Nursing Home. He was the widower of Doris Lemons Day. He was a maintenance superintendent with the State of Mississippi Highway Dept., a real estate agent, a 32nd degree Mason and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Services were held at 4 p.m. on April 21 at Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Bro. Steve Wilson officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a daughter, Sandra Fitch of Holly Springs; a son, Ronnie Day of Potts Camp; and three brothers, Lamar Day of Potts Camp, Duane Day of Hickory Flat, Jerry Day of Holly Springs, and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bruce Day, Kenneth Day, Roger Day, Mike Lemons, Ralph Pipkin, Carl Pipkin and Perry Pipkin. Honorary pallbearers were Dillon Day, Christopher Huey and John Austin Valentine.
William D. Ford Jr.
William D. Ford Jr., 74, of Potts Camp, died April 20, 2008 at his home. He was the widower of Opal Ford. He was a Baptist and employed with Fruhauf Trailer Co.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on April 22 at Cornersville Cemetery. Bro. Bobby Castel officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a stepson, Orval Fessender of Memphis, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Mary Allen of Munford, Tenn.; a sister, Julia Wilson of Potts Camp; and five stepgrandchildren.
Samuel Allen James
Samuel Allen James, 60, of Ashland, died April 17, 2008 at Baptist Memorial Hospital Tipton, Covington, Tenn. He was the widower of Sylvia Joyce Tucker. He was Pentecostal and a master cabinet maker.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on April 21 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery on April 22.
He leaves a son, Sammy Lee James of Millington, Tenn.; four brothers, M.J. James, Jerry James, Wayne James, Herman James; five sisters, Ann Glover, Judy Johnson, Gladys Enoes, Dorothy Hopper, Mary Jean; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Lewis E. Lyle
Major General Lewis Elton Lyle, 91, of Hot Springs, Ark., died April 6, 2008. After graduating with honors from Ouachita Baptist University, he joined the Army Air Corps, graduating pilot training school in 1941. After Pearl Harbor, he was assigned to the newly formed 303rd Bomb Group (Hells Angels). He was awarded 23 combat medals. He founded the Air Force Human Resources Research Institute, a part of the Air University System in Montgomery, Ala. In 1950, he began a 16-year run in the Strategic Air Command. From 1967-1972, he was a senior executive for Northeast Airlines, attaining the position of executive vice president and general manager. In 1969, he was elected president of the Airlines Operations Association. Upon his return to Hot Springs, he was president of the Hot Springs Real Estate Board and a member of the Governers Commission for the National Park, member of the Air Force Association and Friends of the Fordyce. In 1985, he founded the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum located in Savannah, Ga., dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of the men and women of the 8th Air Force. Other achievements include induction into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame, founder of the World War II Aviation Memorial Wall at the Air Force Academy, 2004 Warbird of the Year honoree of the Spartanburg SC Warbird Society. He was a trustee of the First United Methodist Church.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on April 9 at the First United Methodist Church. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Revs. William Reeves and Jim Benfer officiated. Gross Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Betty Mobley Lyle, formerly of Red Banks; children Lynda Harrod of Danvers, Mass., John Lyle of Hot Springs, Ark., and two grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers were Sam Clark, Jim Randall, Thomas Both, J.D. (Poncho) Rowe, Roger Giddings and the Rev. David Wilson.
Prentiss Longest, 76, of New Albany, died April 11, 2008 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Desoto County. He taught in the public schools of Mississippi and Arkansas for more than 20 years. He graduated from Union County Training School in New Albany in 1953. He was immediately drafted into the military, serving as a private in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge in 1955. In 1958, he received his undergraduate degree from Industrial College in Holly Springs. He also attended the University of Mississippi, Graduate School of Education, completing several graduate courses.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on April 18 at the Shiloh CME Church Cemetery. Pastor Allie Turner officiated. Beasley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a brother, Wallace Longest of Holly Springs; and several nephews.
He was preceded in death by siblings Clyde Longest, Mary B. Leavell, Jimmy Longest, Bernell Longest, Helen Williams and Evelyn Hagler.
Earline Moore, 90, of Holly Springs, died April 14 at her home. She was the widow of Tommy Moore.
Services were held at 12 noon on April 19 at Taska Road Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant. Burial was in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a son, Oscar Lee Moore of Byhalia; two sisters, Sarah Rambert of Byhalia, Callie Johnson of Memphis, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Moore Jr.; two daughters, Bettie Moore, Luvenia Richmond; a grandson, Freddie Lee Moore; and a granddaughter, Alice J. Butler.
Fred Callahan Sawyer
Fred Callahan Sawyer Jr., 79, of Olive Branch, died April 17, 2008 at the home of his son in Brentwood, Tenn. The widower of his beloved wife of 45 years, Maxine Trainor Sawyer, he was formerly of Dyersburg, Tenn.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at the Barton United Methodist Church.
He leaves four children, Terry Sawyer and wife, Sarah Fay of Byhalia, Deborah Strickland and husband, Roger of Drummonds, Tenn.; Chris Sawyer and wife, Barb of Brentwood, Tenn.; and Tom Sawyer of Newport Coast, Ca; a brother Bob Sawyer of Coldwater; a sister, Patricia of Sparta, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and his companion, Janette McMeely of Olive Branch.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Paula Sue and great-grandson, J.R. Brown.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Barton United Methodist Church, 3229 Highway 309 North, Byhalia, MS 38611 or Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203.
Herbert A. Schneider Jr.
Herbert A. Schneider Jr., 69, of Potts Camp, died April 16, 2008 at his home. He was an Episcopalian and a maintenance worker with Carrier, Inc.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on April 18 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Randy Bynum officiated. Burial was in Salem Cemetery.
He leaves his wife, Betty Schneider; a son, John Hudspeth of Abbeville; two daughters, Lisa Holcomb of Mooreville, Marie Foster of Enterprise; two brothers, Ronnie Schneider of Kinderhook, N.Y., Warren Schneider of Dublin, N.Y.; and nine grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Fred McDonald, Perry Pipkin, Harold Neal, Mike Lemons, Joe Mills and Jason Mills. Honorary pallbearers were Danny Mills, Ronnie Joe Bennett, Scott Johnson, Jeff Briscoe and Daniel Johnson.
Sarah Woods Stafford
Sarah Woods Stafford, 82, of Mt. Pleasant, a native of Ripley, Tenn., died April 15, 2008. She was the widow of James Robert Stafford. She was a retired Collierville City postal service mail carrier.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on April 18 at the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Memphis Memory Gardens. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home, Main Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her children, Elaine Dollar of Walnut, Darrell E. Stafford of San Antonio, Tx., Danny Stafford of Red Banks, Larry W. Stafford of Mt. Pleasant; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Mrs. Stafford’s church or donor’s favorite charity.
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