November 20, 2008
Lola Mae Autry
Lola Mae Autry, 92, died Nov. 13, 2008. She was the widow of Rev. E.A. Autry, former pastor of Pine Grove Baptist Church, whom she married in 1941. She graduated from Memphis State University. She worked as a Sunday school teacher, choir director, organist and pianist and was well-known throughout the area as an artist, photographer, lecturer, musician, author and teacher. She had been teaching 22 piano students and was serving her 62nd year as organist at Pine Grove.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 15 at Pine Grove Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Martha Crawford; a son, Lanny Autry; a stepson, James A. Autry; two brothers, Al Lineberry Sr., Frederick Lineberry; a sister, Neysa McDowell; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry; a stepson, Ronald; and two brothers, W.M. Lineberry Jr., Clifford Lineberry.
Memorials may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Charles B. Bright Jr.
Charles B. (C.B.) Bright Jr., 87, of Ashland, died Nov. 10, 2008 at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn. He was an alumnus of Mississippi State University, majoring in mechanical engineering. He served in the United States Air Force, where he was a crew chief during World War II. He was owner of C.B. Bright Motor Company, and designed and built Bright Dual Controls for rural letter carrier vehicles, meter readers, Natchez Trace work vehicles and some service trucks in Slidell, La. He operated this business for 42 years. He was a rural mail carrier for Ashland for 30 years before retiring from the postal service. During his postal career, he served as president of the MS Rural Carrier Association for two years, president of the South Central States Rural Letter Carrier for one year and he was delegate to the national convention for many years. He was a Mason and member of the Masonic Lodge of Mississippi for more than 50 years.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 13 at Ashland Baptist Church. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Randy Wilburn, Randy Box, Bryan Shoup, Michael Shoup, Shannon Wilburn and Joshua Wilburn. Honorary pallbearers were Ashland Baptist Church Men’s Sunday school classes I and II.
He leaves his wife of 63 years, Isabel Mullins Bright; special family members Debbie Breedlove, Daniel and Jane Alsup, Chris and Jessica Shoup; a sister, Pauline Bright Miles; and a brother, William Edward Bright.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Bright Rogers and Helen Bright Turnbo.
The family requests that any memorials be made to the building fund of Ashland Baptist Church or to any charity of choice.
Thomas Easley Jr.
Thomas Easley Jr., 77, of Memphis, Tenn., died Nov. 12, 2008 in Memphis, Tenn. He was a retired factory worker.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 18 at Liberty MB Church in Coldwater. Burial was in LeSure Grove Cemetery in Senatobia. Rodgers Funeral Home of Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two sons, Kenneth Easley, Mark Easley, both of St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Norma Easley Walker of Inglewood, Calif., Joetta Umana of St. Louis, Mo.; three brothers, Melvin Easley of Memphis, Tenn., Sterlin Easley of Inglewood, Calif., Zelmer Easley of St. Louis, Mo.; and one grandchild.
James Earl Garner
James Earl Garner, 62, of Byhalia, died Nov. 12, 2008 at his home. He was a graduate of Messick High School, a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served in Vietnam, and was the proprietor of DeSoto Lawn Service.
He leaves his wife, Rita Garner; two stepsons, Chad Tutor of Memphis, Tenn., Jared Tutor of Oxford; and sisters, Jeanie Manriquez of Memphis, Evelyn Yates of Bethalto, Ill., Barbara Owen of Southaven, Alma Reineke of Memphis.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch. Burial was in West Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery.
The family requests memorial gifts be made to the Wings Foundation in care of the West Clinic in Southaven.
Birdie Mae Jackson
Birdie Mae Jackson, 72, of New Albany, died Nov. 12, 2008 at Baptist Hospital in Union County.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Union Prospect MB Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pastor John Johnson officiated. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves five daughters, Teresa Isom of Myrtle, Barbara Bean of Tupelo, Delois Hatch, Georgia High, Tiffany High, all of New Albany; four brothers, Tommie Lee Milsap, Paul High, Junior High, James King, all of New Albany; two sisters, Lavern High of New Albany, Doris Ann High of Illinois; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by siblings Margaret Milsap, Mable Ruth Milsap, Willie C. Milsap, Emmanuel Milsap, Frankie Lee Milsap, Margie M. Adams.
Ashley Rene Howell
Ashley Rene Howell, 14, of Holly Springs, died Nov. 8, 2008 at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was a member of the church choir, youth department, Sunday school, Praise Team and a cheerleader and eighth grade student at Galena Elementary School in Holly Springs.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 15 at Mt. Peel MB Church in Holly Springs, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Rondias Cox officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her parents, Cathy Malone Howell Richmond of Byhalia, Eloise Finley and Oliver Finley Jr., both of Holly Springs; five sisters, LaShonda Malone of Byhalia, Nettie Lay of Laws Hill, Jasmine Malone of Byhalia, Cortrice Richmond of Byhalia, LeKisha Finley of Holly Springs; four brothers, James Earl Howell Jr. of Byhalia, Henry Earl Smith Jr., Cortez Richmond Jr., both of Byhalia, Andre Finley of Red Banks; her grandmother, Nettie Malone of Aurora, Ill.; her grandfather, Alvis Mitchell of New York, N.Y.; great-grandmothers, Mamie D. Malone, Lizzie Mae Mitchell of Laws Hill; great-grandfathers, Royster Mitchell Sr. of Laws Hill, Henderson Miller of Waterford.
Pallbearers were Eric Woodward Sr., Calvin Malone, Carlos Woodward, Frederick Johnson, Willie Lee Finley, Cezrick Malone, Jeffrey W. Mitchell and Antonio Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers were Tiny Miller, Anthony Miller, Esau Shaw, Royster Mitchell Jr., Eugene Mitchell, Juwan Hardin, John Woodard, Michael Mitchell and Bernard Mitchell.
Clyde Winston Matthews
Clyde Winston Matthews, 73, of Katy, Tx., formerly of Holly Springs, died Nov. 12, 2008 at Herman Hospital in Katy. He was a retired construction worker.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 16 at J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Mt. Zion CME Church Cemetery in Ashland. Bro. Hoyle officiated.
He leaves two sons, Travis Wayne Matthews of Katy, Tx., Robert Edward Matthews of Houston, Tx.; four sisters, Charline Coleman of Maywood, Ill., Alberniece Matthews of Cleveland, Ohio, Jestine Ingram of St. Louis, Mo., Gloria Williams of Gary, Ind.; 18 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Willie A. McAlexander
Willie A. (Billy) McAlexander, 70, of Potts Camp, died Nov. 11, 2008 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was a truck driver. He also served as a deputy on the Marshall County Sheriff’s Dept. for 40 years, and in the National Guard Reserve. He was a Mason and a Shriner.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 14 at First Baptist Church of Potts Camp, where he was a member for 29 years. Burial was in Potts Camp Cemetery. Bro. Ronnie Dickinson and Bro. Jim Buchanan officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Lynda Ash McAlexander; two sons, Billy Carl McAlexander of Moscow, Tenn., Glen McAlexander of Collierville, Tenn.; a daughter, Tammy McAlexander Crump of Somerville, Tenn.; a sister, Patrilla Bailey of West Monroe, La.; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two god-children.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Sidney McAlexander, Elbert McAlexander and four sisters, Alma Kennedy, Jewel Algee, Margaret Hogan and Frances Forester.
Dorothy Jean Moore
Dorothy Jean Moore, 58, of Red Banks, died Nov. 11, 2008 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was the widow of Lonnie Moore.
Services were held at 12 noon on Nov. 16 at Mt. Pisgah CME Church in Cayce, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Hubie Nelson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three daughters, Cassandra Ellis of Olive Branch, Chapellia Moore of Moscow, Tenn., Shanika Stigger of Byhalia; two sons, Marrion Fred Moore of Byhalia, Lonnie Moore Jr. of Red Banks; her mother, Mary Mosley Moore of Red Banks; five sisters, Carolyn Hall of Red Banks, Barbara Jones of Mt. Pleasant, Betty Watson, Katrina Watson, both of Red Banks, Peggy Moore of Memphis, Tenn.; five brothers, Robert Moore Jr., George Moore, both of Memphis, Tenn., Leon Moore, Willie Moore, both of Red Banks, Barry Moore of Victoria and 10 grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Fredrick Johnson, LaMarcus Moore, Christopher Malone, Nocholas Moore, Chris Moore and Marco Watson. Honorary pallbearers were Mario Watson, Leroy Hall, Booker T. Jones, Courtney Todd, Jarvis Moore and Taurean Moore.
Dorothy L. Moore
Dorothy L. Moore, 73, of Byhalia, died Nov. 13, 2008.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Meadow Brook Baptist Church in Byhalia. Burial was in Byhalia Cemetery. Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her daughter, Teresa Turner of Byhalia; sons, Dempsey Moore of Byhalia, Steve Moore of Batesville; a sister, Doris Hunt of South Carolina; a brother, Cecil Balchin of South Carolina; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Reba Evatt.
Mary Collins Walls Smith
Mary Collins Walls Smith, 100, of Coldwater, formerly of Holly Springs, died Nov. 9, 2008 at North Oak Hospital in Senatobia. She was the widow of Jesse Walls and Cullen Smith. She was a former member of Rising Star MB Church and a retired cook with ICS Headstart.
Services were held at 12 noon on Nov. 15 at Central Avenue Church of Christ, where she was a member. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Minister Lee Otis Smith officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two sons, Jesse Walls Jr. of Coldwater, Lemuel Walls of Flint, Mich.; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Kenyatta Kitchens, George Singleton, Chauncey Walls, Linell Palmer Jr., Chadwick Walls and Wendell Walls.
Gene Tapp, 77, of Lamar, died Nov. 10, 2008 at Baptist Hospital-DeSoto. He was a home builder for more than 50 years. He was a general contractor for the states of Mississippi and Tennessee. He was a member of Slayden Baptist Church.
Services were held at 1 pm. on Nov. 13 at Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
He leaves his wife of 58 years, Katie Hogan Tapp; his son, Mike Tapp of Arlington, Tenn.; his daughter, Angie Taylor of Freeport, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Hogan Tapp.
James Anderson Taylor
James Anderson Taylor, 84, of Hickory Flat, died Nov. 15, 2008 at Baptist Hospital Union County in New Albany. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hickory Flat, a truck driver and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Faith Baptist Church in Hickory Flat. Burial was in McKay Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Bro. Randy Futral officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Myrtle King Taylor; a son, Tony Taylor of Hickory Flat; two brothers, Charles Taylor of Olive Branch, Carroll Taylor of Hickory Flat; three sisters, Virginia Pope, Jean Cox, both of Hickory Flat, Jewell Massengill of Ripley; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Gordon Taylor.
Pallbearers were nephews.
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