September 18, 2008
Doris Marie Gardner
Doris Marie Gardner, 85, of Red Banks, died Sept. 14, 2008 at her home. She was the widow of H.G. Gardner and a member of Cornerstone Church of God in Memphis, Tenn.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Carey Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Joseph Cupp and Bro. Jeff Crockett officiated.
She leaves a daughter, Dorothy Thompson of Mt. Pleasant; a son, Jerry Gardner of Brownsville, Tenn.; three brothers, Jack Mackey of Somerville, Tenn., Odell Mackey of Collierville, Tenn., Sidney Mackey of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Janie Brazzell of Memphis, Tenn., Nancy Love of Ashland; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia, and a granddaughter, Tammy Skelton.
Irene Covington Geiger
Irene Covington Geiger, 96, of Denver, Colo., died Sept. 9, 2008 at her home. She was a native of Potts Camp and also a long-time resident of Raymond.
Graveside services were held at Raymond Cemetery on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 16 at Temperance Hill Baptist Church in Potts Camp.
James Edward Harden
James Edward Harden, 55, of New Albany, died Sept. 5, 2008 at Baptist Hospital - Union County. He joined Mt. Gilead CME Church at an early age. He was employed with Wal-Mart Distribution Center for 10 years in the pallet factory as supervisor. Later, he opened his own detail shop. July 5, 1980, he married Shirley White and they raised four children.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Wilkins Chapel CME Church in Waterford. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pastor, Rev. Samuel Phillips officiated. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Shirley White Harden; three children, Bridget Harden, Brandon Harden, both of New Albany, Denelle Alexander of Aurora, Ill.; his mother, Lillie Walker Harden of Holly Springs; and his siblings, Gene Autry Harden of Atlanta, Ga., Leon Harden, Lee Andrew Harden, Charles Harden, Lillie Thomas, all of Aurora, Ill., Lacy Tunstall of Memphis, Tenn., Robert Harden, Glen Harden, both of Holly Springs.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather; his father and a daughter, Brandy.
Quantara Renay Hightower
Quantara Renay Hightower, 37, of Oxford, died Sept. 6, 2008 at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn. She graduated from Holly Springs High School and from the University of Southern Miss. She was a member of Philadelphia MB Church and was employed for 15 years with North East MS Regional Center in Pontotoc. She was the director of Pontotoc Industries.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 13 at Rust College Doxey Building. Burial was in Hopewell No. 2 Cemetery in Hudsonville. Dr. Alfred Hall officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three brothers, Wade Hightower of Holly Springs, Willie Hightower of Memphis, Dennis Hightower of Washington, D.C.; and three sisters, Lucy Hightower, Janis Hightower of Holly Springs, Scarlett Hightower of Oxford.
Elsie Mae Joyner
Elsie Mae Joyner, 91, of Byhalia, died Sept. 9, 2008 at North MS Medical Center. She was the widow of Henry Carroll Joyner.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 11 at Barton First Baptist Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery in Collierville, Tenn. Bro. John McMullin and Bro. William Warren Sr. officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements
She leaves two sons, James Joyner of Nettleton, Travis Joyner of Byhalia; five daughters, Hazel Mardis of Okolona, Annie Mae Warren of Okolona, Betty Joyce Cooper of Tupelo, Stella Knighton of Laws Hill, Sue Leonard of Byhalia; 25 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
James Arthur Lockett
James Arthur (Aqua Man) Lockett, 32, of Holly Springs, died Sept. 7, 2008 at his home. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant and a lane attendant with Thomas and Betts in Byhalia for more than 12 years.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 at H.W. Byers High School Gymnasium. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Pastor Gary B. Young officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Temeca L. Thomas Lockett; a daughter, Delenzia Lockett of Holly Springs; a son, Elijah Wilson of Holly Springs; his father, Smith Lockett Jr. of Mt. Pleasant; three sisters, Jannie Crawford of Holly Springs, Lucile Nugent of Mt. Pleasant, Earline Richardson of Aurora, Ill.; and a brother, Smith Lockett III of Mt. Pleasant.
Pallbearers were Colby Bogard, LaMarcus Jones, Chris Holland, Eric Zinn, Sedric Daugherty, Maurice Campbell, Patrick McFadden and James McNeil. Honorary pallbearers were Smith Lockett III, Eric Nugent, Michael Nugent Jr., Carey Tate, Myron Tate, Harold Franklin, Tyron Richards and Curtis Thomas.
Laverne Bowen Nelson
Laverne Bowen Nelson, 79, of Ashland, died Sept. 10, 2008 at Delta Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. She was the widow of Kenneth C. Nelson, a Lutheran and a ward clerk with VA Hospital.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 13 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery.
She leaves three sons, Lawrence Nelson of Arlington, Tenn., Kenneth Glen Nelson of Ashland, Terry Lynn Nelson of Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Linda Sue Morrow of Oakland, Tenn., Nancy Joyce Davison of Millington, Tenn.; two brothers, Joseph Bowen of Millington, Tenn., Ronnie Bowen of Southaven, Tenn.; two sisters, Betty George of Olive Branch, Ann Barnes of Millington, Tenn.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Eunice Ann Nixon
Eunice Ann Nixon, 74, of Wichita, Kan., died Sept. 1, 2008. In the 1950s she pursued her love for cooking at the Bradview Hotel. Later she became a health care provider with Independent Living Center. She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 9 at Jackson Mortuary in Wichita, Kan. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery. Pastor Richard Tymony officiated.
She leaves two daughters, Thelma Dawson, Linda Squires, both of Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, David Caldwell of Holly Springs, Carl. Jean Caldwell of Muskogee, Okla.; two sisters, Gertrude V. Caldwell, Nina Stewart, both of Wichita, Kan.; and nine grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Steven K. Herndon, Steven T. Herndon, Talmadeg Holloway and John Jones. Honorary pallbearers were family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Melvin, James, Charles and Henry; two sisters, Madeline and Mattie; and three sons, Melvin Smith, William Nixon and Richard Nixon.
Willie Earl Sharp
Willie Earl “Noonie” Sharp, 60, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Coldwater, died Sept. 3, 2008 in Memphis. He was a factory worker.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Byhalia. Burial was in Roberts Chapel Cemetery in Coldwater. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Ardenia Sharp; three daughters, May Wright, Willie Ann Sharp, Tamela Rainer, all of Memphis, Tenn.; four sons, Isador Jones, L.D. Sharp, Cortez Scott, all of Memphis, Tenn., Bill Terry Newsom of Olive Branch; a sister, Essie Mae Mays of Byhalia; two brothers, Andrew Sharp of Olive Branch, M.C. Sharp Jr. of Byhalia; 32 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
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