March 19, 2009
Joseph Whitley Cocke
Joseph Whitley Cocke, 74, of Holly Springs, died March 15, 2009 at Baptist Oxford Hospital. He was Presbyterian, a member of Hudsonville Presbyterian Chapel and a farmer.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on March 18 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Old Hudsonville Cemetery.
He leaves a son, Whitley Carter Cocke of Holly Springs; two daughters, Beth Cocke Napier of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., Joy Cocke of Lamar; two sisters, Ann Carpenter, Virginia Mitchell, both of Holly Springs; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Virginia Mosley Cook
Virginia (Berd) Mosley Cook, 34, of New Albany, died March 8, 2009 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined Mallalieu United Methodist Church, where she served in the youth choir; later she united with Union Prospect MB Church, where she served in the missionary group. She graduated from W.P. Daniel High School. She was employed with Piper Impact until she became disabled.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 12 at 1 p.m. at Union Prospect Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. John Johnson officiated. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her parents, Thomas and Jessie Faye Mosley of New Albany; two sons, Jamal M. Cook, Austin L. Cook, both of New Albany; two sisters, Tammie Floyd, Chandra Waldrop, both of New Albany; a brother, Shields Nesbit of Iraq; grandparents, Virginia Nesbit, Eurezie Mosley of New Albany; and godchildren, Devin Snow of Holly Springs, Chris and Faye Brown, Jamya Lipford of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Mosley; her grandfather, Harden Nesbit and grandmother, Isabella Mosley.
Margaret Marie Darrah
Margaret Marie Darrah, 73, of Holly Springs, died March 11, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Collierville, Tenn.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on March 14 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Wilburton, Okla. Father Leonard Elder, Scg officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Richard Darrah; two daughters, Suzie Sexton, Denise Darrah, both of Holly Springs; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie McClatchy.
Thomas A. Dickerson
Thomas A. (Tommy) Dickerson, 64, of Holly Springs, died March 13, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and owner/operator of Southside Grocery/service station.
Services were held at at 2 p.m. on March 16 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Bro. Randy Smith officiated.
He leaves his wife, Irene Shelby Dickerson; three daughters, Cindy Allen, Donna Wagner, Tammy McGreger, all of Holly Springs; a sister, Billie Barkley of Holly Springs; a stepsister, Sue Colella of Holly Springs; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Chad Dickerson.
Pallbearers were Eddie Owens, Keith Owens, Tommy Shoffner, Mike Lemons, Raymond Bates and Tony Clark. Honorary pallbearers were Shane McGreger, Devin McGreger, Trey Allen and Dusty McClusky.
Chadwick Forsythe Duncan
Chadwick Forsythe Duncan, 17, of Falkner, died March 12, 2009 in Lamar. He was a member of New Hope Baptist, a student, volunteer firefighter and search and rescue volunteer.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 15 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Butler Cemetery in Potts Camp. Bro. Jim Buchanan officiated.
He leaves his father, Stacy Duncan of Ashland; his mother, Tammye Kirkland of Falkner; grandfathers, Donald Henderson of Holly Springs, Freeman Duncan of Michigan City; grandmothers, Gayle Jordan of Ashland, Katherine Duncan of Ashland; and a sister, Krystle Duncan of Falkner.
He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Lewis; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Payton; paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Duncan, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Henderson.
Pallbearers were the Falkner Fire Department and Daniel Johnson.
Jessie Beatrice Thompson Echols
Jessie Beatrice Thompson Echols, 94, of Holly Springs, died March 11, 2009 at her home. She was the widow of Rev. Carl Lee Echols, a church soloist, church missionary, member of the Daughters of Zion and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 15 at Providence MB Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Bowens Cemetery. Rev. Alonzo Johnson Jr. officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two sons, Lee Echols of Holly Springs, Clyde Brown of Indianapolis, Ind.; six daughters, Daisy Martin, Esther Edwards, Edna Miller, all of Holly Springs, Jennie Hunter of South Holland, Ill., Dollie Wright of Chicago, Ill., Earline Hubbard of Indianapolis, Ind.; 29 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Lee Nabors, Shermon Miller, Steven Jones, Phillip Edward, Jerrell McDougal and Sherman Miller. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons, sons-in-law and great-grandsons.
Harley D. Fowler
Harley D. Fowler, 15, of Ashland, died Thursday, March 12, 2009 in a vehicle accident. He was a student at Falkner High School and a Baptist. He was an avid sportsman.
Services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Trey South officiating. Burial was in Hopkins Cemetery.
He leaves his mother, Tammy Gail Hopkins King, and husband, John, of Ashland; his father, O.D. Fowler Jr. and wife, Kathie of Florence, Ala.; three brothers, Casey Lee Fowler of Ripley, Jonathan Wesley King and Seven Austin King, both of the home; grandparents, Ruby Faye Hopkins and Rubye Faye King both of Ashland, Helen Fowler of Booneville and Sylvia Cooley of New Albany; a step-great-grandmother, Bessie Lee Dodd of Ashland; one step-sister, Christina Philpot of Monticello, Ky.; and one step-brother, Bobby Shane Stephens of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Wade Hopkins, O.D. Fowler Sr., and step-grandfather, Earnest K. Smith.
Pallbearers were Hunter Hopkins, Shane Paul, Brian Potter, Travis Hopkins, Cody Hopkins, and Winston Gray.
To view obituaries on-line and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Henry Lee Jones
Henry Lee Jones, 66, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died March 7, 2009 at his home. He was the widower of Rosie Lee Williams Jones. He was a pump operator with Carrier Inc. in Collierville, Tenn., and a former member of Pleasant Hill CME Church in Mt. Pleasant, where he was a choir member.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 14 at New Haliburton MB Church, Olive Branch, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Steve Dodson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a son, Patrick Henry Jones of Hiram, Ga.; two daughters, Gracie Benton, Betty Jones-Guy, both of Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Maggie Jean Robinson of Memphis, Tenn.; a stepbrother, Lee Jones Jr. of Memphis, Tenn.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Marcus Jones, Carlous Benton, Ramerize Jones, Dennis Kimbrough, Earnest Moffitt and Gary Seldon. Honorary pallbearers were Westly Crutcher, Carl Turner, Adrian Guy and Clyde Crutcher.
Linwood (Wolf) Marr, 49, of Olive Branch, died March 6, 2009 at his home. He was a disabled farmer.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 11 at Mt. Sinai MB Church in Byhalia. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Chris Williams officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two sisters, Velma Marr of Olive Branch, Linda Faulkner of Byhalia.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Marr.
Pallbearers were Mario Davis, ,Albert Matthew, Robert Fant, Samuel Ingram, Clifton Rayford and Tony Dockery.
James E. Bert McKinnon
James E. Bert McKinnon, 81, formerly of Holly Springs, died Feb. 28, 2009. He was the widower of Norma McKinnon. In 1947, he moved from Holly Springs to LaGrange, Ill. For more than 40 years, he worked as a brick mason in the construction industry, building homes and business throughout the Chicago area. He retired at the age of 65.
He leaves a son, Stephen Bert McKinnon of LaGrange Park, Ill.; six brothers, Aubrey of LaGrange, Ill., Deloyd of Chicago, Ill., Benard of Maywood, Ill., Gaston of Chicago, Ill, Elihue of Broadview, Ill., Ralph of Chicago, Ill.; six sisters, Joan Pegues, Claudette Jones, both of Memphis, Tenn., Gladys Ashford of Maywood, Ill., Joyce Nevils of Broadview, Ill., Carlean Russell of Washington, D.C., Audria Cummings of Florissant, Mo; and a granddaughter.
Corbin Colonial Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Carey D. Ashford, Jonathan Kinkle, Benard McKinnon Jr., Stephen McKinnon, Kelvin Stewart, Vincent Pegues and Lambert McKinnon. Honorary pallbearers were Aubrey McKinnon, Deloyd McKinnon, Benard McKinnon, Rev. Gaston McKinnon, Elihue McKinnon and Ralph McKinnon.
Dr. W.A. McMillan
Dr. William Asbury McMillan, 89, of Holly Springs, died March 14, 2009 at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs. He was the widower of Mildred Newlin McMillan.
Dr. McMillan, a native of North Carolina, received his elementary and high school education at Brunswick County Training School, Southport, N.C. He earned a bachelor’s at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., graduated with honors (cum laude) in 1942 and in 1944 earned a master’s in history at the University of Michigan. He began teaching in North Carolina after an honorable discharge from the Armed Services in 1946. He started on his doctorate in 1948 at the University of Pennsylvania, married in 1950 and moved to Texas to begin his teaching career at Wiley College in Marshall, Tx. He returned to the University of Michigan, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and completed his doctorate in educational psychology in 1954. He left Wiley in 1958 to become academic dean at Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he worked until 1964, when he moved to Holly Springs as a consultant to Rust College. He was selected as president of Rust College in 1967, where he remained for 27 years, retiring in 1993. During his 27-year tenure at Rust (1967-1993), the annual budget increased, enrollment tripled and the college became fully accredited. He was a self-described rabble-rouser and fought for civil rights on every front. He remained active in many community groups and remained a community activist, fighting for civil and human rights. On April 27, 2003, Dr. Beckley, president of Rust College, conferred an honorary doctor of humanities degree to Dr. McMillan, immediate past president, during the 137th commencement convocation.
He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church for 45 years and a lifelong member of the NAACP, Boy Scouts of America, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Boule and many other community groups.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at the W.A. McMillan Multi-Purpose Center at Rust College at 11 a.m. on March 21. A special tribute will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church on March 22. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two daughters, Paula McMillan Jones of Durham, NC, and Pamela McMillan Edwards and her husband, Kiah Edwards III of Mobile, Ala.; a daughter-in-law, April Vance McMillan; grandsons James Jackson III, Evan McMillan; granddaughters, Nicole Jones, Adrienne Jones, Lauren Jones; sisters-in-law, Doris McMillan and Lillian McMillan; foster sons, and countless nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, William A. McMillan Jr.; three sisters, Lucy, Lula and Mary; four brothers, Frederick, William Louis, John and Augusta; and his granddaughter, Erin Jones.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the W.A. McMillan-Gamma Nu Boulé Endowed Scholarship Fund or the McMillan Scholarship Fund at Rust College Development Office, 150 Rust Avenue, Holly Springs, MS 38635; 662-252-8000, ext. 4014.
Sydney Wayne Royston
Sydney Wayne Royston, 61, of Detroit, Mich., formerly of Potts Camp, died March 4, 2009 at his home. He was employed with TRW as a hi-lo driver in 1965, retiring in January 2003.
Services were held at 12 noon on March 14 at Royston Chapel CME Church in Potts Camp, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two daughters, Lauren Royston of Detroit, Mich., Leslie Harris of Memphis, Tenn.; his mother, Celestine Royston of Potts Camp; three sisters, Deloris E. Minor of Tupelo, Nestelynn L. Garrett of Detroit, Mich., Jacquelynn A. Royston of Memphis, Tenn.; two brothers, John Royston of Potts Camp, Homer J. Royston of Detroit, Mich.; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ulysess Royston.
Pallbearers were John Royston, Homer Royston, Jason Royston, Jonathan Minor, Ulysses Minor, Olyen Trice, Tommy Sharp, Anthony Royston, Ronnie Royston, Allen Scruggs and James Scruggs. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Tucker, Roscoe Peterson, Rick Claxton, Larry Hill, Richard Walton, James Patterson and Floyd Hamilton.
Thomas Hardy Skelton Jr.
Thomas Hardy Skelton Jr., 66, of Potts Camp, died March 9, 2009 at his home. He was Pentecostal and a maintenance worker with Carrier, Inc.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 11 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery.
He leaves his wife, Ruby Spears Skelton; two sons, Timothy Skelton, Buddy Skelton, both of Potts Camp; his mother, Pauline Skelton Hutchens of Potts Camp; his brother, Stanley Skelton of Holly Springs; his sister, Sue Erwin of Potts Camp; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Sylvia Skelton, and a brother, Butch Skelton.
Ruby Ann Skelton Warr
Ruby Ann Skelton Warr, 62, of Lamar, died March 9, 2009 at her home.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 12 at Clear Creek Baptist Church in Lamar. Burial was in the church cemetery. Bro. Don Worsham and Bro. Jim Polk officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her mother, Cassie Skelton of Lamar; a daughter, Loretta Byrd of Austin, Ark.; a brother, Lewis (Bub) Skelton; five sisters, Janet Skelton, Hazel Skelton, both of Lamar, Linda Sweazy of Myrtle, Faye Culver of Waterford, Brenda Hampton of Jackson, Tenn.; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Rogers Skelton.
Pallbearers were Tony Skelton, Eric Yeager, Terry Skelton, Greg Skelton, Derek Reaves and Tommy Skelton. Honorary pallbearers were John Thomas Wilson, Charlie Smith, Michael Byrd and Ray Byrd.
Raymond Young, 77, of Memphis, Tenn., died March 8, 2009 at Court Manor in Memphis. He was a retired construction laborer.
Services were held at 12 noon on March 13 at Antioch MB Church in Victoria, where he was a member. Burial was in McCraven Cemetery in Victoria. Rev. Etoy Bogard officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two sisters, Myrtle Young, Helen Lucas, both of Victoria; and two brothers, Willie Young, Elautry Young Jr., both of Victoria.
Pallbearers were Wallace Young, Wade Young, Nathan Payne, Marvell Young, Chester Young, Melvin Young and Lorenzo Young. Honorary pallbearers were Tony Young, Jerome Young, Winfred Young, George Young, Boyce Young, James Earl Lucas, Phillip Lucas and Kendrick Young.
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