Minnie Ruth Cowans Ayers
Minnie Ruth Cowans Ayers, 54, of Holly Springs, died July 14, 2008 at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. She was the widow of Alex Ayers. She was a member of Strawberry MB Church and disabled.
Services were held at 12 noon on July 18 at Jones Grove MB Church. Burial was in Hopewell No. 2 MB Church Cemetery. Rev. John Powell officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Tina Moore of Byhalia; a son, Statie Smith Jr. of Holly Springs; a sister, Mable Lasley of Indianapolis, Ind.; six brothers, Arthur Cowan, Robert Cowan, both of Holly Springs, Moses Cowan, George Cowan, Isaac Cowan, all of Indianapolis, Ind., Rickey Jeffries of Senatobia; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Statie Smith, Mose Cowans, Robert Cowans, Roydrickas Hearns, Ricky Jeffries, Arthur Cowans. Honorary pallbearers were Brad Smith and Kenny Ayers.
Betty Ann Bradford
Betty Ann Bradford, 65, of Myrtle, died July 13, 2008. She was the widow of Thomas N. Bradford and a Baptist.
A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. July 24 at Flat Rock Church. Bro. Larry West will officiate. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two sons, Rex A. Bradford of Myrtle, Kenneth N. Bradford of Ft. Worth, Tx.; seven sisters, Margie Burford of Como, Bessie Klier of Boliver, Tenn., Dorothy Murrell of Tennessee, Henriyetta Albert of Louisiana, Earma Jean Mitchell of Gulf Port, Jeanette Brown of Arkansas, Ester Holden of Mantachie; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Stephen (Randy) Bradford.
Clarence Earl Coleman Jr.
Clarence Earl Coleman Jr., 91, of Holly Springs, died July 19, 2008, one month shy of his 92nd birthday, at the Golden Living Center in Southaven. He was the widower of Joyce Coleman. He was a retired master carpenter and lifelong resident of Holly Springs.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on July 22 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel.
He leaves his daughters, Melissa Coleman of Memphis, Tenn., Bonnie Hilburn of Huntsville, Tx.; sons, Ronald Coleman of Nesbit, Jimmy Coleman of Mendota, Ill; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Frances Toye Hobson
Frances Toye Hobson, 80, of Ashland, died July 16, 2008 at her home. She was the widow of Henry N. Hobson and a cook with Benton County Schools.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on July 18 at Pleasant Hill Baptist in Ashland, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Leo Palmer officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves four sons, Roger Dean Hobson of Fayetteville, Ark., Danny N. Hobson, Larry Wayne Hobson, Barry Layne Hobson, all of Ashland; a daughter, Martha Lynette Hudspeth of Ashland; a brother, Albert Sidney Davis Jr. of Ripley; two sisters, Anna Laura Rutherford, Willard Kent, both of Ripley; 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Randy Samples, Chase Samples, Ronnie Ford, Keith Thompson, Bob Riles and Chad Hamm.
Leonard Glen Pearson
Leonard Glen Pearson, 55, of Potts Camp, died July 14, 2008 at Baptist Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was a member of Reid’s Gift MB Church in Potts Camp and a veteran of the United States Army. Disabled, he was a former concrete mason with John Motton.
Services were held at 12 noon on July 19 at Potts Camp High School. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Dr. Bessie Tables officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Celestine Pearson of Horn Lake; a son, Kagey L. Pearson of Upper Marlboro, Md.; four sisters, Mary Houston, Sherry Evans, both of Potts Camp, Shirley Christian of Memphis, Tenn., Frances Johnson of Columbia; and three brothers, John Motton, James Pearson, Elijah Whaley Jr., all of Columbus, Ohio.
Pallbearers were Michael Sanders, Anthony Sanders, Kevin Houston, Cecil Lester, Kelley Pearson, Darron Motton, John G. Motton, Leonard S. Motton, Walter Cloyd, Mart Whaley, Lavon Johnson, Bernard Anderson, Derrick Beard, Leroy Tables Jr., Erick Isom, Randy Isom, Jerry Martin Jr., Lee Evans II, Tony Christian, Marcus Christian and Douglas Johnson.
E.J. Rumsey, 78, of Ashland, died July 17, 2008. He was the widower of Mary Rumsey, a Baptist and a butcher.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on July 19 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery.
He leaves a son, Steve Rumsey of Ripley; three daughters, Bobbie Cannon of Ashland, Nancy Sanderson of Memphis, Tenn., Jane Alsup of Ripley; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Joye Crowe Tolleson
Joye Crowe Tolleson, 69, of Collierville, Tenn., formerly of Holly Springs, died July 18, 2008 at her home. She was the widow of Wendell Tolleson.
A memorial service was held at 12 p.m. on July 22 at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch.
She leaves three sons, David Tolleson of Brownsville, Bruce Tolleson of Rossville, Ricky Tolleson of Collierville, Tenn.; a brother, Richard Crowe of Augusta, Ga.; three sisters, Peggy Marshall, Carol Wilkins, both of Olive Branch, Ginger Robinson of Hattiesburg; and two grandsons.
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