October 30, 2008
Eunice Bell Ayers
Eunice Bell Ayers, 68, of Holly Springs, died Oct. 21, 2008 at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs. She was a retired child care worker in private homes.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Victoria Church of Christ, where she was a member. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Bro. Willie James Hampton officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three daughters, Gracie Bell of Byhalia, Rena P. Jones, Earnestine Ayers, both of Holly Springs; a son, Kenny Ayers of Ashland; two sisters, Clara Bowens, Birdie Evans, both of Holly Springs; a brother, William Bell of Holly Springs; 21 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Frankie Hankins; and a son, Howard Hankins Jr.
Pallbearers were Lonzo Echols, Leon Hall, Roderick Jackson Jr., Dereak James, Jesse Gainwell, Eric Bell and Melvin Sims.
William Christopher Byers
William Christopher Byers, 25, of Abbeville, died Oct. 23, 2008 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was a surgery technician at Baptist Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 at Hamilton Chapel CME Church in Waterford, where he was a member. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a daughter, Ashley Byers of Abbeville; his mother, Robin Byers Jeffries of Abbeville; his father, Claude Vinson Jr. of Memphis; his step-father, Bobby Jeffries of Waterford; three sisters Jilisa Marie Jeffries, Jasmine Monea Jeffries, both of Abbeville, Brytne Vinson of Memphis; two brothers, Taylor Jeffries, Bobby Jeffries, both of Abbeville; and his grandparents, Claude Vinson Sr. of Holly Springs and Joe Willie Young of Abbeville.
Billy Louis Cunningham
Billy Louis Cunningham, 79, of Ashland, formerly a 30-year resident of Olive Branch, died Oct. 25, 2008 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a retiree of Kimberly Clark in Memphis, Tenn. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He founded and was president of the Mineral Wells Water Association and was a deacon of Mineral Wells Baptist Church for 25 years.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 28 at the Ashland Baptist Church, where he was a member. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Madaline Flake Cunningham; two children, Janet Jones of Olive Branch, Tim Cunningham of Laws Hill; a brother, Milton Hess Cunningham of Horn Lake; a sister, Effie Chandler of Orlando, Fla.; a grandson and a great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters.
Dewdrop W. Davis
Dewdrop W. Davis, 85, of Coldwater, died Oct. 17, 2008 in Chicago, Ill. She was a retired school bus driver. She was a member of Wall Hill Church of Christ in Coldwater.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 25 at Thyatira Family Life Center in Senatobia. Burial was in Carter Memorial Sunset Cemetery in Senatobia. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Bobbie J. Thurman of Chicago, Ill.; five sons, Robert Davis, Terry Davis, both of Memphis, Tenn., Bobby L. Davis of Senatobia, James Davis of Coldwater, Richard Davis of Chicago, Ill.; seven sisters, Azale (Holly) Lee of Chicago, Ill., Cleoria Johnson of Coldwater, Earnestine Cathey of Markham, Ill., Hattie Wilson of Manning, S.C., Elizabeth Newsom of Dalton, Ill., Leester Black of Markham, Ill.; a brother, Harvey Wooten of Coldwater; 28 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Ada Mae Beard Harris
Ada Mae Beard Harris, 66, died Oct. 15, 2008 at North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. She was the widow of George W. Harris, who she married Jan. 28, 1962. She joined Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. She later united with Great Mt. Hermon in Chicago, Ill.
Services were held at 12 noon on Oct. 24 at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. R.J. Wilson, pastor; Rev. Joe T. Lester, eulogist. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two sons, James Earl Harris, Henry Lee Harris, both of Minneapolis, Minn.; three brothers, James Beard of Watson, William Beard, Major Jr. Beard, both of Memphis, Tenn.; four sisters, Lorine Hope of Byhalia, Dorothy Stinson, Lucy Jones, Ethel Walker, all of Holly Springs; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three children, Sammy, Linda Dorsey and Dianne Terry; a brother, Walter Beard and a grandchild.
Pallbearers were Major Jones, Carl Faulkner, Myron Miles, Wayne Stinson, Antione Stinson and James Beard Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Lester Hope, Larry Hope, Bradley Hope, Wallace Stinson, Michael Stinson, Lennell Beard, Reginald Beard, Jerry Beard, William Beard Jr., Kent Lester, Kenneth Beard, Vincent Beard and Will Phillips.
Bishop C.B. Ivy
Bishop C.B. Ivy, 82, died Oct. 17, 2008. He was born in Lafayette County. He worked many jobs on the family farm while attending a local grade school. He married Louise Clemons on July 16, 1950. They moved to central Illinois in 1951. He worked several jobs including delivering milk for his father-in-law’s milk business and as a laborer for the U.S. Army Depot. He then worked at Dow Chemical in Madison, Ill., retiring in 1984. He was an active member of the Pentecost Power Church organization as a deacon and guitar player. He served as a faithful minister of the Pentecostal Power Organization as an elder of the Southern District. He then became a pastor and founded the True Pentecostal Church of the Apostolic Faith.
He leaves his wife, Louise Ivy; five children, Clarence Ivy of Vallejo, Calif., Christopher Ivy of Belleville, Ill., Margaret Ivy of Oxford, Belynda Hamilton of Oxford, Timothy Ivy of Maplewood, N.J.; three brothers, four sisters; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Pallbearers were grandsons Adrian J. Ivy, Marquette Ivy, Jamaal Mashack, Rashad Mashack, Jourdon Hamilton and Jarryd Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers were sons Clarence Ivy, Christopher Ivy, Oliver Hamilton and Timothy Ivy.
Services were held at 12 noon on Oct. 25 at Toccopolo Church of the Living God. Elder Calvin Wortham, pastor; elder Lloyd Clemons officiated. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford was in charge of arrangements.
June B. Johnson
June B. Johnson, 77, of Paris, Tenn., died Oct. 25, 2008 at her home.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 28 at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Memorial Cemetery in Paris, Tenn. Bill Dunlap and Bill Warman officiated.
She leaves her husband, Fred Richard Johnson; a son, James Stanley Johnson of Stuarts Draft, Va.; her father, Roy Velt Rhea of Potts Camp; three sisters, Shirley Jean Robbins of Etta, Bonnie Jeanette Williams of Potts Camp, Janet Marie Wilbanks of Counce, Tenn.; three brothers, William Raeford Rhea of Blue Springs, Roy Donald Rhea, Jerry Wayne Rhea, both of Potts Camp; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were family members.
Carlos T. Martin
Carlos T. (Lo-C) Martin, 31, died Oct. 18, 2008. He was born in Memphis, Tenn. He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Mt. Zion MB Church.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Mt. Zion Taska MB Church in Cayce. Rev. Keith Pendilton officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his father, Sylvester Gant; his mother, Mary L. Gatewood; a stepfather, Van Gatewood; a daughter, Jayla S. Martin; two sons, Carlos T. Martin Jr. of Byhalia, Jakaree’ A. Marshall of Collierville, Tenn.; two brothers, Cedric Martin of Lamar, Michael Gatewood of Byhalia; a sister, Natasha Gatewood of Grand Junction; a stepsister, Veda Bronson of Byhalia and a step-grandmother, Sara Gatewood of Byhalia.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Jones, Robert Walls, DeMarcus Wilkins, Herbert Walls, Leon Jones, George Martin, Lonnie Martin and Lawrence Martin. Honorary pallbearers were Cedric Martin, Michael Gatewood, Alfonzo Isom, Gerald Gatewood and Carl Martin.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Gant; and a brother, Chance Gant.
James Willie Rogers
James Willie (Will) Rogers, 98, died Oct. 21, 2008. He was the widower of Teresa Hardin Rogers, his wife of 67 years. He confessed Christ at an early age and helped build Union Grove MB Church, where he joined and remained a faithful member until his health failed. He served as chairman of the deacons. On Sept. 1, 2002 he was elevated to Deacon Emeritus by pastor W.B. Sampson. He was a Mason and a member of the NAACP.
Services were held at 1 p.m. On Oct. 25 at Union Grove MB Church in New Albany. Rev. W.B. Sampson officiated. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in New Albany. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a son, Billy Rogers of New Albany; a daughter, Lettie Smith of New Albany; a brother, James Ingram of St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Verlene Willie Wooper of St. Louis, Mo., Terlene Shirley Batts of Chicago, Ill.; 15 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by sons, Paul and James Rogers; a grandson, Moshe Rogers; five sisters; a brother, and a special daughter-in-law, Willie P. Rogers.
Aron Shaw Jr.
Aron (Clev) Shaw Jr., 68, died Sept. 28, 2008. He was born in Holly Springs. He later moved to Chicago and was employed for more than 25 years at General Electric and seven years at Waste Management.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 3 at Leak and Sons Funeral Chapels, County Club Hills, Ill. Burial was in Restvale Cemetery in Alsip, Ill. Rev. Edgar Johnson officiated.
He leaves his wife, Katie B. Shaw; his children, Patricia Echols of Gretna, La., Christene Echols of St. Louis, Mo., Felicia Matthews of Chicago, Ill., Earl Shaw of Chicago, Ill., Celestine Mays of Byhalia, Ruby Blackmond of Byhalia; siblings, Julia Walton of Memphis, Tenn., Daisy Walton of Memphis, Tenn., Ella Shaw of Chicago, Ill., Emma Curry of Waterford, Andrew Shaw Jr. of Chicago, Ill., Samuel Shaw of Memphis, Tenn., Vera Nunnally of Chicago, Ill, Bobbie Barksdale of Chicago, Ill., Terry of Aurora, Ill.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Earl Shaw, Carl Matthews, Gregory Matthews, Stephen Brown, Stanley Nunnally and Jack Cross. Honorary pallbearer was Andre McNeal.
Ida Mae Walton Wilkins
Ida Mae Walton Wilkins, 76, of Holly Springs, died Oct. 14, 2008 at Alliance HealthCare System. She was a member of Walton Chapel CME Church in Waterford and a retired nurse with Trinity Mission Health Care.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 25 at Anderson Chapel CME Church. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden Cemetery. Rev. Denise Anders-Modest officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a son, Charles Blately of Holly Springs; and two brothers, Emmon Walton, Elmore Walton, both of Denver, Colo.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Blately.
Pallbearers were Reginald Jackson, Kelvin Scales, Fred Holland, Anthony Adams, Mark McKinnon Jr. and Frederick McKinnon. Honorary pallbearers were Emmon H. Walton, Elmore Walton, James Scales, Mark McKinnon, Willie L. Scales, Jesse Holland, Jesse Jackson and Walter P. Evans.
Webster George Young
Webster George Young, 78, of Holly Springs, died Oct. 26, 2008 at Alliance HealthCare System. He was the widower of Helen Doris Jones Young. He was a member of the church choir; he attended Rust College. He was a retired chemical plant worker with Dupont.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 29 at Asbury United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Rev. Edward C. Moses officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a son, Wallace Young of Holly Springs; three sisters, Lucy Hamilton of Holly Springs, Gladys White, Ethel Lee Jones, both of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, Chester Young Sr. of Omaha, Neb.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
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