October 16, 2008
Minnie Lee Cox Childers
Minnie Lee Cox Childers, 91, died Oct. 12, 2008 at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was the widow of Leland Childers. She was a Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent for many years. She was a member of the Benton County School Board for 18 years. She worked in several county offices in Benton County.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 14 at Liberty Methodist Church in Ashland, where she was a lifelong faithful member. Bro. William Kemp officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three daughters, Mary Holbrook of Memphis, Kathy Tipler King of Ashland, Marsha Warren of Saltillo; a son, Stanley Childers of Ashland; two sisters, Mary Etta Matthews of Humboldt, Tenn., Jamie Nell Whitehorn of Kenner, La.; two brothers, Cooper Cox of Olive Branch, Robbie Dale Cox of Olive Branch; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Dolvis Cox, Bessie Moody, Claude Cox, Gus Cox, Edwin Cox, Lorraine Cox and William Warren Cox.
Pallbearers were her nephews. Honorary pallbearers were Clovis Cox, Lester Cox, W.T. Autry and Enis Autry.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177 Tupelo, MS 38803.
Ceola Falkner Crawford
Ceola Falkner Crawford, 76, of Holly Springs, died Oct. 4, 2008 at Baptist Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. She was a retired presser with One Hour Valet in Milwaukee, Wisc. for 42 years. She was a member of the church choir and wardrobe chairman for the church choir.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 11 at Yarbrough Chapel CME Church, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Joe T. Lester officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, David L. Crawford; a stepdaughter, Sherry R. Crawford of Milwaukee, Wisc.; six stepsons, David E. Crawford, Allen Crawford, Warren S. Crawford, Tommy A. Crawford, Tarris L. Crawford, all of Milwaukee, Wisc., Timothy Pratt of Detroit, Mich.; four sisters, Villa Tate of St. Louis, Mo., Darline Ward, Harriett Reed, both of East St. Louis, Ill., Denise Falkner of Atlanta, Ga.; and two brothers, Kervin Falkner of New Orleans, La., Emmitt Falkner Jr. of Detroit, Mich.
Pallbearers were Allen Crawford, Haze Walton, nephews, Anjuan Lester, Eric Lester and great-nephews.
John Edward DeBerry
John Edward (Sang) DeBerry, 51 of Holly Springs, died Oct. 5, 2008 at Baptist Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was an auto body technician. He was a member of the church choir.
Services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Christ Temple Church of God In Christ. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Elder Albert Pass officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Birdia Jewel Mitchell DeBerry; a daughter, Yolanda V. Glover of Omaha, Neb., his mother, Odessia Bean Hughes of Holly Springs; his father, Adolphus DeBerry of Memphis, Tenn.; four sisters, Diane Cowan, Ida Mae Oliver, Mary Francis Hughes, Delphine Hughes, all of Holly Springs; five brothers, Johnny Lee Cannon of Greenwood, Willie Lee DeBerry of Ashland, Willie Bean of Aurora, Ill., Robert DeBerry, James DeBerry of Aurora, Ill.; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Tony Tennial.
Deborah Michelle Mayfield Howell
Deborah Michelle (Shell) Mayfield Howell, 40, of Holly Springs, died Oct. 4, 2008 at her home. She was the widow of Charles Howell. She was a graduate of Holly Springs High School and Rust College and she was disabled.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Strawberry MB Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Rev. John Powell officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two children, Brandon Mayfield, Khadijah Mayfield, both of Holly Springs; her parents, James Mayfield, Shirley Jones Mayfield of Holly Springs; her grandmother, Katie Mayfield of Holly Springs; four sisters, Carolyn Mayfield, Kim Mayfield, both of Holly Springs, Cynthia Jones Rucker of Carlsbad, N.M., Marcia Mayfield of Holly Springs; and two brothers, James Mayfield Jr. of Detroit, Mich., Devin Jones of Holly Springs.
Pallbearers were Holly Springs High School Class of 1986, Kevin A. Gaines, Daryl Freeman, Kelvin Hall, Dayton Reed, Grant Glover and Terry Bailey. Honorary pallbearers were Anthony Mayfield, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Mayfield, Kelsey Freeman, Tony Martin and Greg Jones.
Marie Jordan, 85, of Horn Lake, died Oct. 8, 2008 at her home. She was the widow of Fred Lee Jordan and a manager for the loan department of First Tennessee Bank for 32 years. She was the treasurer for her church for several years.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 10 at First Baptist Church of Hickory Flat, where she was a member. Burial was in Bluff Springs Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Bro. Johnny Rakestraw officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her son, Stanley Richard Jordan of Hickory Flat; a daughter, Linda Jordan Nowicki of Bartlett, Tenn.; a brother, Wallace Cochran; and two grandchildren.
Poise Mae Jones Kelley
Poise Mae Jones Kelley, 80, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Holly Springs, died Sept. 17, 2008. She was the widow of William Kelley.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 22 at Greater Calvary MB Church in St. Louis, where she was a member. Pastor Napolean Bryant Sr. officiated. Burial was in Jefferson Barrack National Cemetery.
She leaves a daughter, Wilam Dozier of St. Louis; two sisters, Linzell Phillips, Maude Gordon, both of Holly Springs; a brother-in-law, Rev. S.A. Phillips; two sisters-in-law, Leegusta Jones, Alice Jones; 11 siblings, Famous, Claude, Earl, Bufford, Cleophous, Simpson, Baring, Honor, Vera, Era and Arbra; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Claudia Gail Liner
Claudia Gail Liner, 53, of Ashland, died Sept. 29, 2008 at a Tupelo hospital. She was a native of Cleveland, Tenn. She was a member of Big Spring United Methodist Church and attended Liberty Methodist Church in Mississippi. She was an employee of the Mississippi Farm Bureau in Holly Springs for 10 years. She was an active resident of the Snow Lake community, where she was involved in volunteer work.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Jim Rush Funeral Home of Cleveland, Tenn., North Ocoee Chapel. Burial was in Double Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in McMinn County, Tenn. Rev. Lyle White officiated.
She leaves her mother, Dorothy Liner of Cleveland, Tenn.; a sister, Kay Williams of Cleveland, Tenn.; and a brother, Clifford (Cliff) Liner of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Wiley Don Miller
Wiley Don (Lightnin’) Miller, 52, of Michigan City, died Oct. 12, 2008 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. He was a Baptist and a logger.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 15 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Bro. Bobby Williams officiated.
He leaves a daughter, Kimberly Diane Miller of Byhalia; three brothers, Michael Miller of Michigan City, Larry Miller of Falkner, Danny Miller of Memphis, Tenn.; six sisters, Diane Miller, Barbara Jordan, both of Michigan City, Jane Wheeler of Bartlett, Tenn., Vickie Teel of Holly Springs, Anita Capshaw of Middleton, Tenn., Ginger Miller of Michigan City.
Carl Edward Norman
Carl Edward (Mot) Norman, 51, of Memphis, Tenn., died Oct. 7, 2008 at The Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He was employed with Lida’s Trucking before becoming disabled.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Bibleway Outreach Fellowship Church in Byhalia. Pastor, Renzil Barringer; eulogist, Rev. Shane Norman. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Arelene Tunstall Norman of Waukegan, Ill.; three children, Dodorah Norman, Carl Edward Norman Jr., both of Waukegan, Ill., Dineisha Carter of Milwaukee, Wisc.; four brothers, Edward, Clyde, Fredrick and Aryeus Norman; five sisters, Jeanette Harden, Charlean Sharp, Anna Malone, Lida Hairston and Sharon Anderson; and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jessie Tunstall, John Michael Hughes, Adreal Malone, Joseph Ray Hardin, Irwin Tunstall, Donzell Tunstall and Roderick Norman.
Clarence Patterson Sr.
Clarence (Stew) Patterson Sr., 58, of Michigan City, died Oct. 4, 2008 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of gospel group Celestial Nightingales and a disabled factory worker with Cubicon in Ripley.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Sand Hill MB Church in Lamar, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Etoy Bogard officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a daughter, Evita Shena Johnson of Memphis, Tenn.; three sons, Clarence Patterson Jr., DeMarzio Dinez Patterson, Jeremy Jamale Patterson, all of Memphis, Tenn.; his fiancée, Lillie Leatherwood of Michigan City; his mother, Mattie Hudson Patterson of Michigan City; seven sisters, Stephanie Hampton, Patricia Tipler, both of Michigan City, Brenda Gipson of Memphis, Tenn., Mary Gause, Naomi Jones, Mattie Johnson, Rosie Patterson, all of Memphis, Tenn.; two brothers, James Patterson of Memphis, Tenn., Payton Patterson of East St. Louis, Ill.; two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Chesley Patterson; and a sisters, Lucy Williams.
Pallbearers were Clarence Patterson Jr., David Hudson, Melvin Allen, Shamin Rucker, Andrew Strickland, Clifford Leatherwood, Charles Hudson, Lorenzo Glover, Wayne Allen and Johnny Strickland. Honorary pallbearers were Cortez Patterson and Deangelo Patterson.
Leroy Pryor Sr.
Leroy (Tennessee) Pryor Sr., 78, died Aug. 30, 2008 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill. He was a long time resident of Madison, Ill. For 31 years, he was employed at Lipton Steel as a laborer.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Officer Funeral Home-Metro East Chapel in East St. Louis, Ill. Rev. Carl E. Officer officiated.
He leaves his children, Robert Pryor, Marilyn Hewitt, Lela Pryor Madison Minor, Nathaniel Pryor, Leroy Pryor Jr.; two brothers, Willie Pryor of Holly Springs, Jessie Pryor; a sister, Ethel Jeffries; 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Melvin and Joe Lee Pryor; a grandson, Darrell Minor Jr.; and a sister, Corrine James.
William Henry Wright
William Henry Wright, 87, of Holly Springs, died Oct. 6, 2008 at his home. He was the widower of Mary Alice Lesure Wright. He was a member of Powell Chapel Masonic Lodge #339 and a retired laborer with U.S. Forestry Services.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 13 at Powell Chapel MB Church, where he was a member. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Rev. Deldrick Leasure officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves three daughters, Alice Jean Hughes, Janie L. McNeil, Patricia Isom, all of Holly Springs; four sons, William O. (Bubba) Wright, Troy L. Wright, William Henry (Larry) Wright Jr. all of Holly Springs, Jack P. Wright of Rochester, N.Y.; 46 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three children, Fred Johnson, John Tucker, Jerry Dean Wright.; nine siblings, Lovie Dale Luellen, Flora Lee Isom, Geneva Reliford, Evelyn Jane Haggins, Ada Florence Washington, Mae Francis McNeil, Gervis Wright, George Washington and Jessie Wright.
Pallbearers were Powell Chapel Masonic Lodge #339. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Johnson, Mark T. Wright, Troy D. Wright, Donnell Tucker, Taiwon Hughes, Terrell Tucker, William Wright, Marchello Hunt and minister George Wells.
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