March 5, 2009
Rickey Bing, 58, of Waterford, died Feb. 22, 2009 at Baptist Hospital. He was a Baptist and employed in logging as a skidder driver.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Bro. Frank Feathers officiated.
He leaves his wife, Betty Jean Bing; his mother, Christine Bing Thomas of Waterford; three sons, Richard Allen Bing, Jeffery Mark Bing, both of Waterford, Brian Edward Bing of Southaven; five brothers, Billy Bing, Bobby Bing, Mickey Bing, all of Waterford, Jerry Bing of Victoria, Jimmy Bing of Holly Springs; three sisters, Judy Wright of Eupora, Janie Bing of Waterford, Josie Karr of Tula; seven grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bradley Bing, Billy Bing Jr., Dewayne Bing, Kevin Bing, Daniel Cox, Joseph Rhea, Daniel Cox and Samuel Cox. Honorary pallbearer were Mickey Bing and John Bing.
L.G. (Faye) Brown, 43, of Etta, died Feb. 21, 2009 at Baptist Hospital North Miss in Oxford. He was a native of Lafayette County and a custodian for Service Master.
Services were held at 1:30 on Feb. 21 at Tallahatchie - Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial was in Flint Hill MB Church Cemetery in Etta. Rev. Albert Smith officiated. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his mother, Ella Brown of New Albany; three daughters, Veronica Brown, Teresa Isom, April Isom, all of New Albany; three sisters, Jennifer Coleman of Abbeville, Missy Foster, Tiffany Adams, both of Etta; two brothers, Eddie Brown of Potts Camp, Irish Brown of New Albany; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a grandchild, Isaiah Cook.
Pallbearers were Paul Williams, Tracy Marzette, Doug Holland, Keith Holland, Ronnie Kinds, Charles Smith.
Sol Craine, 86, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 19, 2009 at his home. He was the widower of Ruby Lee Prince Craine. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #339 and a retired laborer with Frisco (Burlington Northern) Railroad for 30 years.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Free Branch MB Church, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Billy Holloway officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a son, Louis Mack Craine of Holly Springs; eight daughters, Chestine Holloway, Joyce Craine, both of Holly Springs, Mary Clark, Pearlie Stinson, Betty Hope, Bobbie Baker, Shirley Hardin, all of Chicago, Ill., Elizabeth Dozier of Gary, Ind.; a sister, Bessie Kimbrough of Holly Springs; 25 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two children, Sol Craine Jr., Pauline Craine Reed.
Pallbearers were Michael Craine, Michael Reed, Robert Brown, Robert Craine, Saul Craine, Harold Craine, Miontel Craine and Eric Craine. Honorary pallbearers were Dan Stinson, Robert Dozier, Michael Newsome, James Stinson, Lee Andrew Stinson, Sylvester Stinson and Efford Hollway Sr.
Felix Hardaway 62, died on February 22, 2009 at his home.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on February 25 at Hearn Grove Cemetery in Byhalia.
He leaves his wife, Stella Hardaway; three daughters, Makella Hardaway of Byhalia, Lameka Hardaway, LaRonda Culp of Flint, Michigan; three sons, Rodney Hardaway, Stanley Culp of Byhalia, and Kelvin Hardaway of Flint, Michigan; two brothers, Roosevelt Hardaway of Holly Springs, Tommie Hardaway of Byhalia; three sisters, Frankie Butler of Cayce, Ada Wilkins of Byhalia, and Ida Cain of New York; and seven grandchildren.
Rosetta J. Holmes
Rosetta J. Holmes, 94, of Batesville, died Feb. 14, 2009 at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. She was a native of Panola County and a retired farmer.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Liberty Hill MB Church. Burial was in Eureka AME Zion Cemetery in Batesville. Rev. Zannie Leland Jr. officiated. Hodges Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves four daughters, Clara White, Mary Reed, both of Memphis, Tenn., Leverta Barham of Knoxville, Tenn., Annie Holmes of Batesville; four sons, David Holmes, Herbert Holmes, both of Batesville, Earl Holmes of Memphis, Tenn., Eddie Holmes of East St. Louis, Ill.; 41 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Birdie (Betty) Johnson, 81, of Waterford, died Feb. 27, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was the widow of Jessie T. Johnson and a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 2 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Spring Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Waterford. Bro. Larry West officiated.
She leaves three daughters, Jean Newman of Waterford, Lynn Russom of Oxford, Elizabeth Banker of Summerville, S.C.; a sister, Lillie Goodwin of Waterford; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were her grandsons.
Gracie Mae Johnson
Gracie Mae Johnson, 89, died Feb. 21, 2009 at Alliance Healthcare. She was the widow of Charles Bennett Johnson. She was a member of Evangel Full Gospel Assembly and a nurse’s aid at Care Inn.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Abbeville Cemetery. Bro. M.G. Scherff and Bro. Wade Hall officiated.
She leaves two sons, Benny Ray Johnson, Jesse Earl Johnson, both of Potts Camp; two daughters, Evie Jean Hunter of Holly Springs, Bettie Earnest of Middleton, Tenn.; two sisters, Joyce Smith of Waterford, Loyce Smith of Bartlett, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by children Billy Wayne Johnson, Dorothy Louise Owens, Shirley Ann Ford; and a grandson, David Ray Johnson.
Pallbearers were Joey Hailey, Byron Hailey, Ronald Wayne Bumpas, Leslie Wayne Ford, Michael Stanton and Kevin Wayne Johnson. Honorary pallbearer was David Ray Johnson Jr.
Thomas David Skelton
Thomas David Skelton, 46, of Brandon, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Feb. 20, 2009 at his home. He was born Sept. 12, 1962 in Holly Springs. He was a Baptist and a carpenter.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Matt Hess officiated.
He leaves his father and mother, Thomas D. Skelton Sr. and Susie Brown of Mt. Pleasant; stepfather, Ronnie Brown; and sister, Brigitte Baker of Moscow, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Georgia Ellen Skelton and Lucy Mae Skelton.
Charlie Lepard, 69, of Victoria, died Feb. 28, 2009 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. He was the widower of Jo Ann Lepard. He was a retired truck driver for Browns Trucking in Memphis, Tenn.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 3 at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Burial was in Vista Cemetery. Bro. Buddy Gordon and Bro. Joe Tutor officiated.
He leaves a son, Keith Lepard of Pontotoc; four daughters, Debbie Lepard, Pam Clark, Donna Rhea, all of New Albany, Shelly Betts of Pontotoc; two brothers, Raymond Lepard, Bud Lepard, both of Victoria; five sisters, Peggy Rainey of Ripley, Shirley Trotter, Betty Campbell, both of Victoria, Bobby Courtney of Red Banks, Ruby Marise of Corning, Ark.; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Randell Lepard; and two grandchildren, Alexandra Lepard, Cory Rhynes.
Pallbearers were Scott West, Richard Lepard, Billy Jack Rodgers, Rodney Rhynes, Brandon Rodgers and Eddie Gordon. Honorary pallbearer was 5-year-old Dustin Jeter.
Elmo McKinney Sr., 85, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 26, 2009 at Alliance HealthCare System. He was a member of St. Paul CME Church in Holly Springs; a World War II U.S. Army veteran, where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart; a member of the Masonic Lodge; and a 22-year veteran of the Holly Springs Police Department, where he retired as captain.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 2 at Rust College Doxey Auditorium. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Rev. Michael Adams officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Shirley Ann Dukes McKinney; four children, Marcia Naylor, Sharon Wilson, both of Olive Branch, Elmo McKinney Jr. of Yorkville, Ill., Elliott McKinney of Dolton, Ill.; two stepchildren, Nathaniel Jackie Martin of Aurora, Ill., Gloria Jean Martin of Holly Springs; two sisters, Willie Augusta Holloway of Holly Springs, Mattie Folsom of Las Vegas, Nev.; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Greta Martin Owens and an adopted son/grandson Matthew Ladale McKinney.
Pallbearers were John Eldridge Adkins, Troy Donahue Wright, Larry Holloway, Lincoln Steve Lewis, Julian Beard, Marvin Bruce II, Bennie Ray Collins, Vincent Holloway, Gerald Christopher Adkins, Harlin Fafaelee Hall, Sebastian Darrell Marion I, Joshua Naylor. Honorary pallbearers were Essex Wilson, Michael Jerone Naylor II, Michael Jerone Naylor I, Miles Jerald Naylor and Marcus LeRone Wilson.
Mary E. Mobley
Mary E. Mobley, 52, of Kansas City, Mo., died March 1, 2009 at a Kansas City health care facility. She was a graduate of Lafayette High School and Missouri Western State College, both of St. Joseph. She had been employed by Hallmark Cards in Kansas City since 1976. She was a member of Marvin McMurray Methodist Church in St. Joseph and attended the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City.
Mass of Christian burial was held at 10 a.m. on March 5 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Rev. Msgr. Robert S. Gregory officiated. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on March 7 at Hill Crest Cemetery. Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland in Parkville, Mo. was in charge of arrangements. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Bob Mobley; her mother, Elaine Blachly of St. Joseph; sisters, Kathy Daly of St. Joseph, Patty Eberly of Cameron, Mo.; father- and mother-in-law, Robert and Betty Ann Mobley of Holly Springs.
Johnnie Lee Pritchard
Johnnie Lee Pritchard, 79, retired manager with Martin Theaters and United Artist Theaters, died Saturday, February 28, 2009 at his home in Byhalia. Funeral services were Tuesday, March 3, at 2 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Frierson officiating. Burial was in Eastover Memorial Cemetery.
Pritchard was preceded in death by his wife, June Sangster Pritchard. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Survivors include three daughters, Vickie Henry of Batesville, Jackie Montgomery of Tupelo and Debbie Kinkade of Byhalia; five sons, Lee Sangster of Oxford, Duke Manning of Oxford, Gary Pritchard of Oxford, Richard Pritchard of Holly Springs and Michael Pritchard of Oxford; 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.
In honor of Pritchard’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Air Force is being flown at Waller Funeral Home.
For further information please contact our staff @ 662-234-7971 or visit our website, http://www.wallerfuneralhome.com for online condolences and guest registry.
Ruth J. Riley
Ruth J. Riley, 31, of Potts Camp, died Feb. 27, 2009 at Baptist-Union Hospital in New Albany.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 3 at Ashland Church of Christ, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her mother and stepfather, Ruthann Myers and Bobby Myers of Potts Camp; two brothers, Scott Miller, Chris Houck, both of Faulkner; and a sister, Maryann Riley Harris of Ripley.
Melba Shadrach, 87, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Holly Springs, died Feb. 23, 2009 at Quince Road Nursing Home. She was the widow of Cecil Shadrach and a banker.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 26 at First Baptist Church in Holly Springs, where she was a member. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Dr. Curtis Ferrell officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two sisters, Juanita Shadrach of Olive Branch, Lorene Breland of Mathiston; and two special young men she considered grandsons, Robb and Landy Hurdle.
Pallbearers were Robb Hurdle, Landy Hurdle, James Hurdle, James Mason, Ronnie Jones and Bobby McAlexander.
Mary Kirk Thompson
Mary Kirk Thompson, 75, of Hickory Flat, died Feb. 27, 2009 at her home. She was a teacher’s aide in Benton County Schools for 21 years.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 1 at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Hickory Flat, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Michael Baker and Chad Thompson officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Frank Thompson; three sons, Steve Thompson, Ronny Thompson, both of Hickory Flat, Dr. Tim Thompson of New Albany; a sister, Irene Howell; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Patrick Thompson, Chad Thompson, Matt Thompson, Eric Roush, David Howell and Mitchell Ormon. Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters, members of Ladies Senior Adult Sunday school class and staff of Creekmore Clinic.
She was preceded in death by six brothers and a sister.
Ernest Ray Thrasher
Ernest Ray (E.T.) Thrasher, 64, of Oxford, died Feb. 27, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. He was a self-employed foundation contractor.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on March 1 at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Randy Hope officiated.
He leaves his wife, Bobbie Thompson Thrasher; his mother, Juanita G. Thrasher of Oxford; three sons, Tim Thrasher of Madison, Brad Corey, Phillip Corey, both of Oxford; a brother, Ken Thrasher of Brandon; two sisters, Linda Neal of Lowell, Ark., LaDean Swain of Oxford; and six grandchildren. His wife, Bobbie Thompson Thrasher, is originally from Holly Springs. Her family still lives here.
He was preceded in death by his father, Morris W. Thrasher.
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