Stanley Bezzo Sr.
Stanley Bezzo Sr., 77, of Iuka, died May 10, 2008 at N. MS Medical Center. He was a member of New Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Pickwick, Tenn. He was retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1979 after 28 years of service as an electronic engineer. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He became a member of the Masonic Lodge in 1959. He and his family owned and operated Ashland Hardware Store for approximately 15 years.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on May 13 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Bro. Paul Childers officiated.
He leaves his wife, Judy Bezzo; three sons, Stanley Bezzo Jr. of Ashland, Brice L. Bezzo of Ripley, stepson Tony Smith of Savannah, Tenn.; four daughters, Candy B. Crane of Collierville, Tenn., Vikki M. Galloway of South Carolina, Pam A. Schaffer of Ohio, stepdaughter Angel Smith of Nashville, Tenn.; three sisters, Margaret Choate of Olive Branch, Basil Lee Meetze of Bartlett, Tenn., Joy Coen of Nashville, Tenn.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Calvin Hightower, Cory Smith, Morris Blake, David Childers, Jim Griffin, Arnie McMullen and Danny Hobson.
Ethelbert (Ed) Edwards, 84, of Starkville, died May 7, 2008 at Oktibbeha County Hospital. At church he served on the Visual Aids Committee for several years, was a Sunday school teacher in the junior department and R.A. leader. He was a long time member of the Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star. He was a past civil defense communication officer for the city of Starkville. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He was a business owner for more than 30 years, retiring in 1985. His companies, Edd’s Body Shop and Harley Davidson of Starkville, were known for their excellent workmanship and honest, reliable service.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on May 10 at First Baptist Church, where he was a member. Burial was in Oktibbeha Memorial Gardens Park. Welch Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife of 65 years, Dorothy; a son, Jim; a sister, Annette Walker; a brother, M.C. Edwards; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, George.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Capital Campaign First Baptist Church and Gilberts Hospice Care.
Estelle Glass Faulkner
Estelle Glass Faulkner, 91, of Holly Springs, died May 3, 2008 at Alliance HealthCare System. She was the widow of Roosevelt Faulkner. She was a member of Hopewell No. 1 MB Church, Missionary Society and Mother Board. She was a retired domestic worker in private homes.
Services were held at 12 noon on May 10 at Rust College Doxey Auditorium. Burial was in Powell Chapel MB Church Cemetery. Rev. S.A. Phillips officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves six daughters, Ella Bell Malone of Holly Springs, Minnie Faulkner, Betty Faulkner, Freddy Moore, all of Memphis, Tenn., Bertha Wright, Emma Lathan, both of Omaha, Neb.; five sons, Lefant Faulkner, Jim Faulkner, Joe Faulkner, all of Memphis, Tenn., Gene Faulkner, of Detroit, Mich., Sammie Faulkner of Olive Branch; 55 grandchildren 80 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Andre’ Jones, Kevin C. Freeman, Maurice Craine, Odell Lesure Jr., Mitchell C. Freeman, Tony D. Wright, Steve Hannah and Gary A. Faulkner. Honorary pallbearers were Lefant Faulkner, Gene A. Faulkner, Jim W. Faulkner, Joe I. Faulkner and Sammie R. Faulkner.
Eddie Martez Hudson
Eddie Martez Hudson, 26, of Lamar, died May 2, 2008 at his home. He was employed at Chick Fil-A in Collierville, Tenn.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on May 10 at Foundation of Life in Lamar. Burial was in Miracle Temple Salt and Light Cemetery. Minister Ray Patterson officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his mother, Annie Tucker Hudson of Michigan City; a daughter, Karlisia Hudson of Blue Mountain; two sons, Martavious Hudson of Holly Springs, Monterrious Hudson of Blue Mountain; two sisters, Kawanda Hudson of Michigan City, Sheketha Rayford of Lamar; a brother, Altaveno Hudson of Michigan City; and a grandmother, Dorothy Jones of Michigan City.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eddie James Hudson; and paternal grandparents William Tucker and Leonia Tucker.
John L. Maher
John L. Maher, 59, of Holly Springs, died May 9, 2008 at his home. He was a construction superintendent with B.K. Framing Inc. for 16 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a lifetime member of VFW and NRA.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on May 12 at Crittendon Memorial Park. Bro. Scott Broughton officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves Barbara Kyle of Holly Springs; two daughters, Christa White, Brandy Maher, both of Paris, Tenn.; a sister, Jean Wimberly of Paris, Tenn.; and seven grandchildren.
Robert Louis Lane
Robert Louis Lane, 69, of Wichita Falls, died May 6, 2008. He was a 1957 graduate of Kilmichael High School in Kilmichael. In 1964, he graduated from the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of ROTC. He received his commission to the United States Air Force in 1964 and served for 10 years, after which he entered the Air Force Reserve and then began employment as a civilian in the Air Force in 1975. He received his master’s degree from Midwestern State University in 1988. Air Force Reserve as a major in 1989. Since 1983, he was assigned to the 882 Training Group at Sheppard Air Force Base. He was presented with the Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award during his time there. Prior to his retirement on Dec. 30, 1999, he had impacted the training of more than 103,000 students.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on May 10 at the First Baptist Church Wichita Falls, where he was a member. Full military services were held at 11 a.m. on May 12 at the Spring Hill Baptist Church in Waterford. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife of 47 years, Nancy; two daughters, Laurie Ballenger of Arlington, Tx. and Robin Hampe of Plano, Tx.; two brothers, George Lane, David Lane, both of Stewart; and five grandchildren.
Gary Michael Stacks Jr.
Gary Michael Stacks Jr., 25, of Waterford, died May 10, 2008 in Byhalia. He was employed in carpeting and flooring.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on May 13 at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Bro. Jeff Shipley officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, April Grace Stacks; his father, Gary Michael Stacks Sr. of Byhalia; his mother, Carolyn Stacks of Bartlett; stepmother, Carol Stacks of Byhalia; a son, Gary Michael III of Waterford; a daughter, Madison Grace of Waterford; and two sisters, Charquetta Stacks of Bartlett, Tenn., Tiffany Williams of Horn Lake.
Pallbearers were Ira Stevens, Gary Stacks Sr., Shawn Smothers, Steve Dabney, Edward Bowlin, Ronnie Stacks, Mike Boone and Adrian Byers.
Golie E. Parker Sr.
Golie E. Parker Sr., 73, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, died May 2, 2008 at his home. He was employed at the Ford Motor Co., paint department in Memphis, Tenn. in 1956. He worked there until the plant closed and then he transferred to the Ford Lorain Assembly Plant, and remained there until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 425, Lorain. He was a member of Everspring Baptist Church in Brownhelm, OH.
He leaves his wife of 52 years, Janie D. (Franklin) Parker; daughters Debbie Gregory of Taylorsville, Ky., Pamela Massey of Newark and Lorie McCormick of Lorain; sons Golie (Eddie) Parker Jr. of Lorain, Terry Parker of Norwalk, James Parker of Berlin Heights; sisters Virginia Gullett and Dorothy Pannell, both of Holly Springs, Sarah Pannell of Red Banks; brothers William Parker of Byhalia, Robert Parker of Macedonia; and 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence E. Parker Jr.; a sister, Thelma Parker; and a son-in-law, Randall Massey.
Memorials may be made to Stein Hospice, 150 Milan Ave., Norwalk, OH 44857.
Michael Leonard Pierce
Michael Leonard Pierce, 47, of Harmontown, died May 6, 2008 in Panola County. He lived in the area approximately 10 years. He was employed in the construction business.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his parents, Leonard and Ora Lee Pierce of Harmontown; two brothers, Terry Douglas Pierce, Kevin Ray Pierce, both of Harmontown.
Charles William Wilburn
Charles William Wilburn, 69, of Michigan City, died May 9, 2008 at Magnolia Regional Medical Center. He was a member of Early Grove United Methodist and a disabled military veteran.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on May 11 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Early Grove Methodist Cemetery. Rex Wilburn officiated.
He leaves his wife, Aurora Wilburn; a son, Jason Wilburn of Navarre, Fla.; two daughters, Rita Gray of Lamar, Jessica Shoup of Ashland; his mother, Velma Cothern Wilburn of Byhalia; three brothers, Tony Wilburn of Madison, Terry Wilburn of Michigan City, Randy Wilburn of Ashland; three sisters, Wanda Hunsucker of Michigan City, Martha Williford of Grand Junction, Tenn., and Kathy Hock of Byhalia.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Faulkenberry.
Pallbearers were Andrew Wilburn, Josh Wilburn, Shannon Wilburn, Kent Wilburn, Bradley Wilburn, Whitney Wilburn and Jeff Williford.
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