March 26, 2009
James Blakley, 87, of Oxford, died March 15, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. He was the widower of Elizabeth Blakley. He was a native of Lafayette County. He was a member of East St. Peter’s MB Church. He was an Army World War II veteran, a retired custodian from North East Electric Power Association, a foster grandparent at North Miss Regional Center. He was a member of the deacon board and a former choir member.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on March 20 at Tallahatchie - Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Bldg. of Oxford. Burial was in East St. Peters MB Church Cemetery in Abbeville. Rev. William Woods officiated. Hodges - Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two daughters, Lydia Shaw of Oxford, Malisse Moncrief of Holly Springs; a son, Eric Blakley of Oxford; three sisters, Queenie Dixon of Oxford, Allean Maryweather of Grand Rapids, Mich., Inell Britten of Chicago, Ill.; four brothers, Rev. Arthur Herod of Abbeville, Ted Wortham of Tampa, Fla., Leon Britten, Aaron Britten, both of Chicago, Ill.; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by two sons, James Lee (Jimmy Lee) Blakley and John Paul Blakley.
Pallbearers were Allen Liggins, George Liggins, Fred Kimmons, Willie Pegues, Andre Thompson, John Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were Kent Austin, Casey Dixon, Ira Lee Kirkwood, Elton Pegues, James Thompson, Steve Blakley, Eugene Hill, Harold Moncrief, Kent Shaw and Robert Thompson.
Rev. Jackie N. Burke Jr.
Rev. Jackie N. Burke Jr., 66, of Holly Springs, died March 16, 2009 at Delta Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. He was a retired factory worker with Sunbeam and Mulay.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 21 at True Vine MB Church in Holly Springs. Burial was in Hebron Chapel CME Church Cemetery. Elder Bobby G. Wilson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a daughter, Jacqueline Burke King of Holly Springs; four sons, Robert D. Burke, Reginald N. Burke, Kevin A. Burke, all of Holly Springs, Ronnie F. Burke of Pensacola, Fla; two sisters, Mary Ann Thomas of Memphis, Tenn., Bennett Frazier of Chicago, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Gregory Evans, John Jefferson, Mark Leasure, Kelvin McGowan, Clevin Hannah, Conerly King, Mark Martin and Darwin Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Jonathan Burke, Jermille Burke, Brandon Burke, Korbin Smith and Christopher Burke.
Walter Chalmers, 70, of New Albany, died March 16, 2009 at Baptist Hospital — Union County. He worked for Robbins Oil Company and later Carr Oil Company.
Services were held at 12 noon on March 20 at Oak Grove Baptist Church. Burial was in Cherry Creek MB Church Cemetery. Rev. David High, pastor, officiated. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves three children, Gretta Chalmers Carter, Rickey Cook, James Robertson, all of New Albany; a sister, Jla Taylor of Holly Springs and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Maurise Chalmers and Elecusia Hunt; and a brother, James Chalmers.
Hilda Carol Day
Hilda Carol Day, 69, of Hickory Flat, died March 18, 2009 at Baptist Union Hospital in New Albany. She was the widow of Duane Day. She was a tuner with Wurlitzer, and a faithful member of Winborn United Methodist Church.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 21 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Potts Camp Cemetery. Bro. Brownie Tohill officiated.
She leaves a son, John Michael Baker of Ripley; two daughters, Lynette Palmer of Baldwyn, Barbara Taylor of Mt. Pleasant; a brother, Ricky Black of Wisconsin; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were her family.
Robena Gillard, 79, of Tupelo, formerly of New Albany, died March 17, 2009 at her home. She was the widow of Jerry (Van) Gillard. She was a private home worker most of her life.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 22 at Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Myrtle. Burial was in Gerizum Cemetery. Rev. Christopher Smith officiated. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three children, Betty Gillard Mosley of Tupelo, George Fant Jr., Lee Fant, both of New Albany; a sister, Josephine Wilson of Racine, Wisc.; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Gillard; and a brother, Lee Buford King.
William Martin Gurley
William Martin Gurley, 86, of Leesburg, Fla., and Germantown, Tenn., died March 18, 2009 in Memphis, Tenn. He was the widower of Betty Bougeno Gurley, his wife of 50 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Leesburg, Fla., and also attended Covenant Baptist Church in Collierville, Tenn. He became the founder of several businesses that grew to large corporations. He used his successful business career to fund a private foundation, Baptist Missions, Inc.
Graveside services were held on March 21 at Memorial Park in Memphis, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. on March 22 at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.
He leaves his wife, Sarah Hull Gurley; daughters, Cheryl Followell, Connie Brandenberg; a son, Larry Martin Gurley; a stepdaughter, Sarah Brown; stepson, Richard Cole; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Mid-America Theological Seminary, 2095 Appling Road, Cordova, TN 38018. Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, David Martin Gurley; two sisters, Maggie Gurley Howell and Josie Gurley Shaw; and five brothers, Warren Gurley, Wiley Gurley, Wilburn Gurley, Lewis Gurley and Harvey Uel Gurley.
Jeffery Allen Harrington
Baby Jeffery Allen Harrington of Byhalia died March 16, 2009 in Memphis, Tenn.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on March 20 at Rodgers Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Piperton Cemetery in Piperton, Tenn. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his mother and father, Taylor Harrington and Jeffery Calhoun of Byhalia; grandmother, Tammy Woods of Byhalia; grandfather, William Cross of Millington, Tenn.; grandmother, Karen Calhoun of Byhalia; grandfather, Earl Calhoun of Byhalia.
Paul E. Hunsucker
Paul E. Hunsucker, 81, of Hickory Flat, died March 22, 2009 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a member of the Church of Christ, an auto mechanic, and owner and operator of Hunsucker Wrecker Service.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on March 24 at Ebenezer Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Miriam Goode Hunsucker; a daughter, Jan Mangrum of Naples, Fla.; a son, Jimmy Hunsucker of Ripley; three sisters, Mary Slaten of Southaven, Margaret Anglin of Olive Branch, Frances Henderson of Fayetteville, Tenn.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Jennifer Jackson, 14, of Coldwater, died March 15, 2009 in Columbus. She was a student.
Graveside services were held at 12 noon on March 21 at Taylor Chapel Cemetery in Victoria. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her mother and father, Sandra Jackson and Jessie Jackson Jr.; a sister, Jessica Jackson of Columbus; two brothers, Reginald Jackson of Columbus, Jessie Jackson III of Hattiesburg; grandfathers, Jessie Jackson Sr. of Memphis, Tenn., Thomas E. Gibbs of Memphis, Tenn.
Fannie Myrtle Palmer Moore
Fannie Myrtle Palmer Moore, 99, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Lamar, died March 11, 2009 at Baptist Memphis Hospital. She was the widow of Timothy Moore. She was a member of the mother’s board and a retired domestic worker in private homes.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 21 at Everetts Chapel MB Church in Michigan City, where she was a member. Burial was in Jeffries Family Cemetery. Rev. Ronnie Franklin officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three daughters, Alma Harris, Nancy Moore, both of Memphis, Tenn., Elizabeth Cleggs of Detroit, Mich.; a son, Ransom Moore of Memphis, Tenn.; 28 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her children, Jimmy Moore, Walter Moore, Paul Moore, Lonnie Moore, Dorothy Hussey, Tim Moore Jr.
Pallbearers were Victor Moore, Andrae Moore, Aldoncey Moore Jr., Reggie Patterson, Terrance Jackson and Tony Moore.
Lynn Nelson, 94, of Olive Branch, died March 21, 2009. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served with the 232nd Rainbow Division, and a Mason.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on March 25 at Brantley Funeral Home Chapel in Olive Branch. Burial was in Blocker Cemetery.
He leaves his wife of 65 years, Mary Elizabeth Nelson; a son, Terry Lynn Nelson of Collierville, Tenn.; four sisters, Mary Lois Gurley of Potts Camp, Sue Seitz of Osceola, Ark., Laverne Provost of Orlando, Fla., Hazel Farrell of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, John Nelson of Olive Branch; two granddaughters, three great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James Nelson; and two sisters, Thelma Childers and Juanita Nathan.
Memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Byhalia, and Redeemer Evangelical Church in Germantown.
Paulette Spencer, 59, of Horn Lake, died March 17, 2009 at Baptist Desoto Hospital.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on March 19 at Church of the Living Gospel, where she was a member. Burial was in Greenleaf Cemetery in Independence. Bro. Jay Glosson and Bro. Phillip Umberger officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Bill Spencer; a son, Matthew Spencer of Horn Lake; four brothers, James Taylor of Byhalia, Larry Taylor of Texas, Mark Whitaker of Independence, Charles Whitaker of Mountain Home, Ark.; four sisters, Lottie Whitaker of Laws Hill, Maria Hood of Independence, Vanessa Kelly of Millington, Tenn., Claudette Markwell of Coldwater; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Billy Spencer; and a brother, Claude Whitaker.
Pallbearers were Nathan Johnson, Neil Taylor, Randy Hood, Joshua Hood, Spencer Glosson and Fisher Taylor.
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Umberger, 17, of Olive Branch, died March 21, 2009 at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was a junior at Desoto Central High School, a member of Mississippi Walking Horse Association, Walking Horse Owners Association, Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder and Exhibitor’s Association, and received the Mississippi Walking Horse Association Person of the Year award in 2008.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 25 at First Baptist Church in Olive Branch. Burial was in Memorial Park Southwoods Cemetery.
She leaves her father, Michael Umberger and his wife, Kathy; a sister, Erika Umberger; brothers, Justin Wheeler and Andrew Herrington; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Warren; and great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Mario Belluscio, all of Olive Branch.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Kim Umberger; and a grandfather, Lee Hutchison.
The family requests memorial gifts be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Lizzie’s memory.
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