February 28, 2008
Betty Batts, 97, died Feb 9, 2008 at the home of her daughter, Betty Paige, in Ashland. She was the widow of George Batts. She was on the church Mother Board. She was a domestic worker, a cook and a caregiver for children during her working days.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Everett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery. Rev. Ronnie Franklin officiated. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors, Tupelo, and Jones Funeral Service, Ashland, were in charge of arrangements.
She leaves four daughters, Edna M. Rucker of Collierville, Tenn., Iola Tucker of Lamar, Lucille Godon and Betty Paige of Michigan City; a granddaughter who she raised, Ingram Norwood of Holly Springs; 24 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ann Peterson; and three sons, Johnny Go, Henry James Batts and James Batts Jr.
Pallbearers were her grandsons. Flower bearers were her granddaughters.
Sarah Rose Davis
Sarah Rose Davis, 68, of Brighton, Tenn., died Feb. 24, 2008. She was the widow of Jeffrey Robert Davis, a Baptist and a retired sales and office manager.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. on March 1 at Northlake Center, Bartlett, Tenn.
She leaves her daughter, Lesa Joyner of Atoka, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Jesse Alan Barry, Nicholas Shane Barry.
Lenzell Falkner, 59, of Byhalia, died Feb. 20, 2008 at his home. He was the widower of Callie Mae Falkner and he was disabled.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Union Valley MB Church in Byhalia, where he was a member. Rev. Joe Richmond officiated. Burial was in Strickland United Methodist Church Cemetery in Byhalia. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two daughters, Rhonda Falkner of Byhalia, Tasha Rayford of Southaven; two sons, Melvin Lucas, Mark C. Washington, both of Byhalia; a sister, Cleora Falkner of Byhalia; two brothers, Robert Fant, Charles Falkner, both of Byhalia; and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Aundrey Falkner, J.B. Falkner, Roosevelt Falkner, Dell Falkner, Terry Falkner and Ron Wooten.
Jannie Ree Feathers
Jannie Ree Feathers, 77, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 19, 2008 at Alliance Health Care in Holly Springs. She was the widow of Clyde Feathers and a member of New Harmony Baptist Church.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery.
She leaves a son, Bubba Feathers of Potts Camp; two daughters, Sue Hurdle of Holly Springs, Joan Cotton of Potts Camp; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Frank William Houck
Frank William Houck, 82, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 18, 2008 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven. He was a retired tool and die maker with Chromcraft. He taught tool and die at Northwest Community College, where he also retired. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Back Acres Country Club.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 21 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Father Leonard Elder officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife of 63-1/2 years, Doris Houck; two sons, Frank William Houck Jr. of Huntsville, Ala.; Joseph Timothy Houck of Coldwater; two daughters, Ann H. Cissell of Bartlett, Susan Scott of Holly Springs; a brother, Wallace R. Houck of Senatobia; two sisters, Elizabeth Yonker of Byhalia, Martha Griffith of Olive Branch; 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by children Robert Alexander Houck, David Anthony Houck, Daniel Christopher Houck, Paulette Cathrine Houck
Pallbearers were Derick Fleming, Daniel Houck, Ben Cissell, Jeremy Houck, Trae Houck, James Essex, Larry Scott and James Cissell.
Travis Mitchell Hunsucker
Travis Mitchell Hunsucker, 74, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 24, 2008 at Trinity Missions Health and Rehab. He was a Baptist.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Holly Springs Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Myrtle Hunsucker; two sons, Travis M. Hunsucker Jr. of Holly Springs, John Jonas Hunsucker of Southaven; three daughters, Franky D. Morales of Memphis, Tenn., Elizabeth Hunsucker of Holly Springs, Tracy Tiger of Holly Springs; a brother, William H. Hunsucker of Senatobia; a sister, Beatrice Hendrix of Senatobia; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Louise Winter Hurdle
Louise Winter Hurdle, 92, of Slayden, died Feb. 23, 2008 at her home. She was the widow of Carroll Simpson Hurdle, her husband of 42 years. She was a teacher for 42 years, first grade at Marshall County Agricultural High School until 1968 and then at Marshall Academy until 1981. She was a graduate of Delta State College. She was a member of The United Garden Club and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Slayden Baptist Church, where she was a member for 73 years. Burial was in the Slayden Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a sister-in-law, Edith Hurdle Jones of Coffeeville; and other family and friends.
The family requests memorials be made to the Slayden Cemetery Fund, c/o Kathy Crawford, 4275 South Slayden Road, Lamar, MS 38642, or to the Slayden Baptist Church Building Fund, 2534 Hwy. 72, Lamar, MS 38642.
Joseph Rodgers Marion
Joseph Rodgers (Bone) Marion, 61, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 13, 2008 at his home. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a former Sunday school teacher, a member of the church choir, church class leader, sang in the gospel group Ray’s of Hope and was a retired warehouse operative with Gem Inc.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 at New Hope CME Church in Holly Springs, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Robert J. Mathews Jr. officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two daughters, Ingrid Marion Granberry of Holly Springs, Tina Hall of Olive Branch; a son, Tony Rodgers Marion of Memphis, Tenn.; four sisters, Fannie Payne, Lena Mae Payne, both of Holly Springs, Flora Malone of Oxford, Magnolia Yance of Columbus, Ohio; four brothers, Issac Marion, Jimmie Lee Payne Jr., Charlie Payne, all of Holly Springs, George Willie Payne of Birmingham, Ala.; and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Oscar Marion, Sylvester Jones, Bill Jones, Ronald Walls, Adam Malone, Lekeyo Payne and Michael Lesuer. Honorary pallbearers were George Payne, Jimmie Payne Jr., Isaac Marion, Tony R. Marion, Johnny Marion, Clifford Marion, Cornelious Jones and Charlie Payne.
Bro. Billy Mitchell Sr.
Bro. Billy Mitchell Sr., 67, of Red Banks, died Feb. 18, 2008 at Baptist Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. He was the minister of Cayce Baptist Church for 19 years.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Red Banks Cemetery. Bro. Eddie Johnson and Bro. Jimmy Sparks officiated.
He leaves his wife, Barbara Mitchell; a son, Billy Mitchell Jr. of Waterford; two daughters, Teresa Walker of Independence, Denise Byrd of Red Banks; three brothers, Ernest Mitchell of Anchorace, Ark., Harold Mitchell of Southaven, Roger Mitchell of Holly Springs; three sisters, Maxine Eben of Red Banks, Joyce Stowitzky of Memphis, Tenn., Linda Zachry of Memphis, Tenn.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Mitchell, Jason Fowler, Michael Zachry, Chris Zachry, Ernest Eben and David Duncan.
Joyce Ann Quarles
Joyce Ann Quarles, 47, of Abbeville, died Feb. 16, 2008 at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. She was a member of Providence United Methodist Church in Abbeville, a choir member, member of the United Methodist Women Organization, youth choir director and called to the ministry. She was employed at the University of Mississippi.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 23 at T.O.M.B. Association Building. Burial was in Providence Cemetery in Abbeville. Rev. Juanita Booker officiated. Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Marvin Quarles; three children, Marvin Marcus Quarles Jr., Michael Anthony Quarles and Ann Denise Quarles; her parents, James Lee Shaw, Dorothy Shaw, all of Abbeville; two brothers, Terry Earl Shaw of Oxford, Steven Shaw of Holly Springs; four sisters, Clara Mae Ward, Marlene Shaw of Abbeville, Arethea Robinson of Atlanta, Ga., Lisa Johnson of Oxford; and one grandchild.
Rethie Reliford, 80, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 17, 2008 at Baptist Memorial Hospital - North MS. She was the widow of Willie Gene Reliford. She joined Hopewell No. 2 MB Church in Hudsonville at an early age and later joined Hopewell No. 1 in Holly Springs. She was a choir member. She served on the mothers board, kitchen committee and missionary board. She retired from the Holly Springs School District after 22-1/2 years of service.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 at Hopewell No. 1 MB Church. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Rev. Leroy James officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a son, James William Reliford; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, all of St. Louis, Mo.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Roberta Luellen and Susie Holland.
Pallbearers were Bilethon Autry, Fharon Hicks, Marcus Hicks, Thadeus Zinn, Shauntarus Wicks and James Riddle.
Gurice Taylor, 70, of Memphis, Tenn., died Feb. 21, 2008 at Methodist University Hospital. She was a domestic engineer and the widow of Louis Taylor.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 28 at First Gethsemane Baptist Church. Burial was in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. McGhee and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Patricia Stanfield; a son, Glenn McNeil; three sisters, Allie Shoemaker, Francine Liddell, Lisa Gordon; four brothers, Raymond Coley, Douglas Coley, Glen Coley, Tracy Coley; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Ruby E. Thomason
Ruby E. Thomason, 80, of Olive Branch, died Feb. 21, 2008. She was Baptist.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Brantley Funeral Home Chapel in Olive Branch. Burial was in Byhalia Cemetery.
She leaves three children, Rubye D. Williams of Byhalia, William L. Farr of Marion, La., Troy Lipe of Charleston; a sister, Bertie Langston of Pollack, La.; a brother, John W. Rushing; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ozellna Vaughn Story Wakefield
Ozellna Vaughn (Blondie) Story Wakefield, 83, of Holly Springs, formerly of Memphis, Tenn., died Feb. 17, 2008 at her home. She was the widow of Louis Wakefield. She was a member of Mt. Moriah East MB Church, a golfer and retired self-employed barber, Story’s Styles, for more than 30 years.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Galilee Memorial Garden in Memphis, Tenn. Rev. Evelyn Elliott officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three children, Pearline Foreman of Red Banks, Louis Wakefield Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., Ellis Eugene Wakefield of Holly Springs; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Curtis Foreman III, Antonio Wakefield, Thurmond Evans and Terrance Bennett Wakefield. Honorary pallbearers were Curtis Foreman Jr., Louis Wakefield Jr., Ellis Wakefield and David Moore.
J.C. Wilson, 71, of Ashland, died Feb. 22, 2008 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was a member of Ashland Baptist Church, employed at Sunbeam Factory and a U.S. National Guard veteran.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 25 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery. Bro. Randy Cruse officiated.
He leaves his wife, Jestel Houston Wilson; three sons, Randy Wilson of Grand Junction, Jeff Wilson of Ashland, Keith Wilson of Hickory Flat; three brothers, Odell Wilson of Ashland, Rudell Wilson of Collierville, Robert Wilson of Ashland; three sisters, Viola Hurdle, Billie Houston, both of Holly Springs, Robbie Moore of Moorehead; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Dewayne Wilson.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Pipkin, Wayne Wilson, Rocky Burton, Bobby Taylor, Ruben Campbell, Danny Jeanes, Steve Wilson, James Hurdle, Rudolph Wilson, Conley Wilson and Ashby Campbell.
Corinne S. Waldrip
Corinne S. Waldrip, 88, of Harmontown, died Feb. 19, 2008 in Oxford. She was the widow of Hal Waldrip. She was a member of Free Springs Methodist Church.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 at Pate-Jones Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Old Waldrip Cemetery in Harmontown.
She leaves a daughter, Sara Jo Soland of Montgomery, Tx.; a grandson, Lee Ostner, and two great-grandchildren.
Annie Lee Byers Young
Annie Lee Byers Young, 65, of Abbeville, formerly of Waterford, died Feb. 20, 2008 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a retired factory worker with Georgia Pacific in Oxford.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Hamilton Chapel CME Church in Waterford, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Billy Williams officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Joe Willie Young; a daughter, Robin Jeffries of Waterford; two sons, Alvin Byers of Abbeville, Mark Byers of Memphis, Tenn.; five sisters, Mary Lay, Eunice Adams, both of Indianapolis, Ind., Ethel Wooten, Laura Byers Turnage, Doris Byers, all of Waterford; a brother, Melvin Byers of Indianapolis, Ind.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Clay Byers, Lawrence Wooten III, Kevin Byers, Courtney Turnage, Willie Turnage and Chancey Turnage. Honorary pallbearers were Adrian Byers, Taylor Jeffries, Marcus Byers, Bobby Jeffries, Chris Byers and Alex Byers.
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