January 10, 2008
Darin Dewayne Brooks
Darin Dewayne Brooks, 40, of Holly Springs, died Dec. 29, 2007 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was disabled.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 5 at New Hope CME Church in Red Banks, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Robert J. Mathews Jr. officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a son, Antoine McNeil of Holly Springs; a sister, Sharon Brooks of Holly Springs and a grandson, James McNeil of Holly Springs.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane Batts Brooks and his father, Wayne Moore Brooks.
Pallbearers were Ernest Cunningham, Antony Faulkner, Ivon Johnson, Robert Lee Batts, Alvin Barsdale and Columbus Nabors. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Earl Batts, Donzell Batts, Napoleon Smith, Fulton Brooks, Charles David Batts, Anderson Brooks and Sylvester Sipp.
Eddie Faulkner, 67, of Chicago, Ill., formerly of Holly Springs, died Dec. 30, 2007 at his home. He was a retired truck driver.
Services were held at 11. a.m. on Jan. 5 at Smith Grove MB Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Elder Eddie Ashford officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a daughter, Brenda Faulkner of Memphis, Tenn.; two sons, Kenneth Faulkner and Sean Eason, both of Red Banks; six sisters, Clestine Faulkner, Moristine Vaughn, both of Holly Springs, Minnie Harris, Magnolia Smith, both of Chicago, Ill., Vaulia Mae Jeffries of Aurora, Ill., Ellen Smith of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, Frank Faulkner Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Twyla Akin Gresham
Twyla Akin Gresham, 80, of Ashland, died Jan. 2, 2008 at her home.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 5 at Ashland Baptist Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery. Bro. Randy Crews and Bro. Randy Smith officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, William T. (Choc) Gresham; a son, Larry Akin Gresham and wife Teresa of Ashland; two daughters, Diane Taylor of Ashland, Sondra Wilburn and husband Randy of Ashland; six sisters, Norma A. Gresham of Ashland, Blanche A. Walker of Memphis, Tenn., Carneil A. Meisel of Tupelo, Melba A. Walker of Collierville, Tenn., Helen A. Stroupe of Ashland, Bobbie A. Ford of Ripley; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, William T. Gresham Jr., who died in the line of duty during the Vietnam War.
Pallbearers were Terry Walker, Kenneth Akin, Charles W. Akin, Dwayne Walker, Malcolm Massengill, Davis Akin, Glen Gresham, Rodney Stroupe, Wesley Ford and Fletcher Akin Jr.
Memorials may be made to the Ashland Baptist Church Building Fund.
William Demarcus Martin
William Demarcus Martin, 25, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Holly Springs, died Jan. 1, 2008 in Memphis. He was a graduate of Hernando High School, attended Northwest Mississippi Community College, a member of Strawberry MB Church and a truck driver with Apex Trucking Company.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 at Doxey Auditorium Rust College. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. Rev. Hester Maxwell officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his mother, Gwendolyn Martin Merriweather of Memphis, Tenn.; a son, Cody (C.J.) Martin of Memphis; his grandmother, Thelma L. Martin of Holly Springs; great-grandmothers, Janie Echols, Fannie Martin, both of Holly Springs; four sisters and six brothers.
Pallbearers were D’Anthony Jones, Tony Martin, Kemaal Prewitt, Randy D. Merriweather, D’Andre Jones and Brian Martin. Honorary pallbearers were Morgan A. Margin, Hubert Davis, Herbert Echols, Henry Jones Jr., James Hardaway and Kevin Dockery.
Jacqueline Morgan, 68, of Ashland, died Jan. 5, 2008 at Baptist Memorial Hospital N. MS in Oxford. She was the widow of Garry Morgan. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
She leaves her mother, Annie Lee Morris of Southaven; three daughters, Teresa Piscatelli of Falkner, Stacy Hull of Falkner, Angel Mariz of Grand Junction, Colo.; two brothers, Travis Roy of Red Banks, Howard Roy of Lakeland, Tenn.; five sisters, Juanita Griffin of Birmingham, Ala., Georgia Kemper of Olive Branch, Janie Lovorn of Denver, Colo., Joann Dawkins of Olive Branch, Bobbie Roy of Bartlett, Tenn.; and six grandchildren.
James E. Moore
James E. Moore, 64, of Holly Springs, died Dec. 30, 2007 at his home. He was retired from the Coors Brewing Company. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Holly Springs, a Marshall at the Cherokee Valley Golf Course in Olive Branch and a U.S. Army veteran.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 3 at Forest Hill Funeral Home East chapel. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery East.
He leaves his wife of 23.5 years, Judy Moore; his daughter, Tiffany Jeffries of Knoxville; two sons, David Shelley of Red Banks, Timothy Shelley of Olive Branch; sisters, Bobbye Jordan of Lake Cormorant, Peggy Wideman of Bartlett, Tenn., Diane Smith of Lakeland, Tenn.; three brothers, Butch Tonahill of Germantown, Billy Moore of Jacksonville, Tx., Kenny Moore of Spotsylvania, Va. and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
Legessie Randolph Naylor
Legessie Randolph Naylor, 82, of Holly Springs, died Dec. 31, 2007 at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs. She was the widow of James Edward Naylor. She was a member of Missionary Society, American Legion Women’s Auxiliary and Federated Women’s Club. She was a retired teacher with ICS Head Start after 25 years.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 4 at Anderson Chapel CME Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Rev. Denise Anders Modest officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves five daughters, Barbara Naylor Moore, Valerie Naylor, both of Holly Springs, Doris Ann Beard of Memphis, Tenn., Clara Mae Jackson of Louisville, Ky., Gloria J. Ware of Radcliff, Ky.; two sons, Lee Edward Naylor of Memphis, Tenn., Milton Lewis Naylor of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two brothers, J.D. Randolph of Baldwyn, Willie B. Randolph of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Zannie Pounds of Holly Springs; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Joey Jackson, Keith Mason, Cravin Turnage, Michael Naylor, Wilfred Foster Jr., Jerry Randolph, Charles Foster, Dennis Moseby, Harvey Payne and Terry Randolph. Honorary pallbearers were Henry Naylor, Alfred Moore, Joseph Ford, Irvin Naylor, Johnny Ware, Willie Beard, Robert Jackson and Floyd Miller.
Michael (Mike) Pitner, 78, of Myrtle, died Jan. 5, 2008 at Baptist Memorial Hospital - Union County. He attended the University of Mississippi and Blue Mountain College. He was an ordained Methodist minister. He was a resident of Sunshine Inn in Myrtle.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Jan. 6 at Candy Hill Cemetery in Myrtle. Eldridge Fleming and Clair Dobbs officiated. Serenity Funeral Home in New Albany was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two brothers, James Pitner of Myrtle and Curtis Pitner of Holly Springs.
John Daniel Sheehy III
John Daniel Sheehy III, 65, of Red Banks, formerly of Memphis, Tenn., died Jan. 2, 2008. He was a master craftsman and a self-taught businessman.
A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch.
He leaves three sons, Johnny, Denny, Kenny Sheehy; two stepchildren, Lisa Blalock, Glenn Harris; three sisters, Loretta Doles of Hornsby, Tenn., Barbara McMullen of Blairvill, Ga., Christina Du Puy of Cutler Bay, Fla.; a brother, Denny Sheehy of Yellville, Ark.; his stepmother, Dagmar Sheehy of Cutler Bay, Fla.; two stepsisters, Deanna Richtarcik of Sebastian, Fla., Noel Whited of West Palm Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial gifts be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
James C. Totten Jr.
James C. Totten Jr., 49 of Atlanta, Ga., died in Moss Point on January 1, 2008. Jim was a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and worked for many years in the field of software engineering.
Graveside services were Saturday, January 5, at 2:30 p.m. at Hill Crest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
He is survived by his mother, Alice B. Totten, of Moss Point; and a sister, Alice T. Stoudenmire of Hurley. He was the son of the late Dr. James C. Totten. His maternal grandparents were the late Alice Hudson Bell of Holly Springs, and the late Dr. Auryne E. Bell of Louisville, Ken. His paternal grandparents were the late Theresa Seale Totten and the late James Clinton Totten, Sr., both of Holly Springs.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 596, Holly Springs, MS 38635, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 187, Memphis, TN 38101-0187.
Fred Allen Vance
Fred Allen Vance, 56, of New Albany, died Dec. 27, 2007 at his home. He was a retired laborer with Watkins Sheppard Furniture Company.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 3 at Reid’s Gift MB Church in Potts Camp, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Jerry Williams officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a daughter, Sharon Judon of Peoria, Ill.; three sons, Fredrick Dowdy, Sanchtez Jackson, Corey Jackson, all of Holly Springs; three sisters, Pattie Taylor, Theodia Vance, both of New Albany, Beulah Harris of Hickory Flat; two brothers, Charles Massey of Hickory Flat, Billy Massey of Jacksonville, N.C.; and nine grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Charles Rables, Vandellan Vance, Charles Judon, James Carter, Leroy Tables, Leon Snow and Willie Patterson. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Taylor, Bill Massey, William Carter, James Carter, Dalfredrick Dowdy, Santez Jackson and Corey Jackson.
Kimberly (Kim) Williams, 30, of Michigan City, died Jan. 1, 2008 at The Regional Medical Center in Memphis. She was a State of Tennessee correctional officer at Whiteville State Prison.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 5 at Mt. Bethel MB Church in Michigan City, where she was a member. Burial was in Mt. Bethel Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her mother, Elma Williams of Michigan City; two sisters, Stephaine Williams, Jessica Williams, both of Michigan City; and her brother, Clinton Cheairs of Grand Junction, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jessie Cheairs.
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