Willie Lee Bell Sr.
Willie Lee (Lil Willie) Bell Sr., 60, of Chicago, Ill., formerly of Holly Springs, died June 11, 2008 at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago. He was a retired truck driver with Bekins Van Lines.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on June 21 at Pleasant Grove MB Church in Red Banks, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. S.A. Phillips officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his daughter, Angela Foote of Holly Springs; two sons, Travis Griffin of Memphis, Tenn., Willie Lee Bell Jr. of Jackson, Tenn.; his mother, and stepfather, Mattie Lee Johnson Lucas, Willie Lucas of Holly Springs; three sisters, Patricia Lucas of Holly Springs, Annie Omega Hardaway of Chicago, Ill., Virginia Lasenby of Boling Brook, Ill.; five brothers, John Lucas of Holly Springs, Wilford Lucas of Dallas, Tx., LuQuinton Lucas of Huntsville, Ala., Willie Lucas Jr., Vaccaro Bell, both of Maywood, Ill.; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Strauther Bell Jr.
Pallbearers were Sherman Miller, Lonnie Beard, Melvin DeBerry, Frank Phillips, Johnnie Beard and Anthony McKinnon. Honorary pallbearers were nephews and friends.
John Carlton Coopwood
John Carlton Coopwood, 48, of Holly Springs, died June 22, 2008 at his home. He was a Methodist and a welder.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on June 25 at First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Bro. Scott Broughtum officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a son, John Coopwood Jr. of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters, Jackie Coopwood of Oxford, Jamie Prather of Red Banks; his mother, Shirley Coopwood of Mt. Pleasant; three brothers, Billy Coopwood of Olive Branch, Donald Coopwood, Michael Coopwood, both of Mt. Pleasant; three sisters, Laraine Yates of Red Banks, Marye Coopwood of Mt. Pleasant; Jennifer O’Brien of Detroit, Mich.; and five grandchildren.
Kenneth Robert Dean
Kenneth Robert Dean, 47, of Oxford, died June 13, 2008 at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. He was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and a self-employed construction worker.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on June 21 at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Waterford. Rev. Barney Martin officiated.
He leaves his wife, Teresa Dean; five children, Joshua Jerome Dean, Chiquita Dean, Joyce Wortham, all of Kosciusko, Jesse Isaiah Dean, Della Marie Dean, both of Oxford; his mother, Shirley Mae Dean of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, Jerry Van Dean; two sisters, Perlean, Terrine Dean, both of Memphis, Tenn.; and three grandchildren.
Vivian Polly Eaves
Vivian Polly Eaves, 74, of Byhalia, died June 23, 2008 at her home. She was a member of Watson Community Chapel.
Services were held at 1:30 on June 25 at Brantley Funeral Home Chapel in Olive Branch. Burial was in West Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery.
She leaves her husband of 58 years, Charles S. Eaves Sr.; children, Roxanne Thornton of Chattanooga, Tenn., John Eaves of Marion, Ark., Linda Stafford of Millersville, Mo., Mary Embrey of Olive Branch, Charles S. Eaves Jr. of Byhalia; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Milton Dennis Forester
Milton Dennis Forester, 59, of Potts Camp, died June 22, 2008 at his home. He was a Baptist and a mechanic.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on June 24 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Hickory Flat.
He leaves his wife, Patsy Forester; a son, Jason Lebo of Potts Camp; a sister, Beverly Bailey of Holly Springs; and a grandson.
Kanyia Ayunna Harris
Kanyia Ayunna Harris, 4 days old, died June 13, 2008 at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on June 15 at Mt. Newell Memorial Garden in Red Banks. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her mother, Shunekia Harris of Byhalia; her father, Tonye Horton of Collierville, Tenn.; two sisters, Makya Wells of the home, Anesha Horton of Collierville, Tenn.; a brother, Antonius Horton of Collierville, Tenn.; her grandmother, Brenda Wells of Byhalia; grandfather, Charlie Hill of Victoria; great-grandmother, Annie Kizer of Byhalia, great-great-grandmother, Amelia Wells of Byhalia; paternal grandmother, Irma Keller and grandfather, Charles Hurt of Collierville, Tenn.
Barbara Ann Phillips-Houston
Barbara Ann Phillips-Houston, 52, of Oxford, died June 12, 2008 at her home. She was the widow of Charles David Houston and a member of Second Baptist Church.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on June 21 at T.O.M.B. Association Building. Burial was in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Rev. Eddie Goliday officiated. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Africia Houston of Oxford; three sons, Jeremy Houston, Ferron Houston, both of Oxford, Marlon Houston of Horn Lake; three brothers, Angelo Phillips of Birmingham, Ala., Desmond Phillips of Holly Springs, Fredrick Phillips of Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Brenda Phillips-Pettis of Memphis, Tenn.; and seven grandchildren.
Elijah Javincio Mayes
Elijah Javincio Mayes, 14, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Holly Springs, died June 15 at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. He was an eighth grade student at Kirby Middle School, in Memphis, Tenn., an honor student, member of Mighty God Ministries and youth choir.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on June 21 at Rust College Doxey Auditorium in Holly Springs. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Rev. Marvin Brooks officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his mother, Alicea Mayes of Memphis, Tenn.; his father, Kevin Burke of Holly Springs; a sister, Kanesha Mayes of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, Adarius Mayes of Memphis, Tenn.; grandmothers Barbara Campbell of Holly Springs, Gloria Burke of Holly Springs; grandfathers, Benjamin Mayes of Olive Branch, Jack Burke of Holly Springs; and great-grandmothers, Emma Whaley, Mattie Lee Mayes, both of Holly Springs.
Pallbearers were Charles Jefferies, Datron Johnson, Chris Jones, Terrance Newson, Tedrick Lindsay, Trevor Mayes, Dennis Moore, Carlos Robinson. Honorary pallbearers were Benjamin Mayes Sr., Benjamin Mayes Jr., Korbin Smith, Xavier Frost, Nicholas Walker, Adarius Mayes, Taunce Fields, Taquan Fields, Michael Hill, Tony Hill and Zion Mayes.
Shomari Roytez Shorter
Shomari Roytez Shorter, 13, of Myrtle, died June 14, 2008 at his home. He had completed the seventh grade at Myrtle School, where he played on the junior basketball team under Coach Ashley. He was baptized Dec. 29, 2006 at New Beginning True Bibleway Church.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on June 21 at New Beginning True Bibleway Church, where he was a faithful member and the pastor’s helper. Burial was in the church cemetery. Bishop Willie G. Ball officiated. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his parents, Roy and Mary Shorter Scales; a brother, Darius (Tooky) Shorter; a sister, Kanesha Shorter of Myrtle; his grandfather, Junior Harold (Buster) Judge of Ashland; and his grandmother, Bessie Mae Shorter of New Albany.
Pallbearers were Cedrick McAllister, Ron Scales, Harold Scales Jr., Calvin Scales, Charlie Scales, Ricky Shorter and William Davis Scales.
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