January 8, 2009
Fred A. DeBardeleben Jr.
Fred A. DeBardeleben Jr., 76, of Holly Springs, died January 4, 2009 at Trinity Mission in Holly Springs. A member of Holly Springs First United Methodist Church, he was a retail merchant for 55 years and owner of Ben Franklin. An Air Force veteran, he was past president of the Holly Springs Rotary Club, past president of the Holly Springs Country Club, founding member of Marshall Academy and retired from The South Reporter.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on January 7 at Hill Crest Cemetery. Rev. Jim DeBardeleben officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves a son, Rick DeBardeleben of Byhalia; two daughters, Julie DeBardeleben Cohen of Collierville, Tenn., Suzanne DeBardeleben of Holly Springs; a brother, Rev. Jim DeBardeleben of Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Polly Smith of Athens, Ga. and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635 or charity of choice.
Lester Coleman Churchill
Lester (Uncle Jed) Coleman Churchill, 73, of Olive Branch, died Dec. 31, 2008 at The Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. He was the widower of Bobbie Sue Churchill. He spent 40 years as a master toolmaker and retired from Flowserve as a plant manager after 21 years.
Services were held at 10 am. on Jan. 3 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel.
He leaves four children, Steve Churchill, Tim Churchill, Darron Churchill, all of Olive Branch, Pam Brown of Byhalia; a sister, Jean Mims King; two brothers, Luke and Chuck Churchill; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his son, Gary Wayne Churchill, and his brother, Bill Churchill.
Nettie Hibbler DeBerry
Nettie Hibbler DeBerry, 47, of Coldwater, Died Dec. 29, 2008 at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was a sales associate.
Services were held at 12 noon on Jan. 3 at Thyatira Family Life Center in Coldwater. Burial was in Carter Memorial Cemetery in Coldwater. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Willie DeBerry; two daughters, Kenyada Perry, Paige Perry, both of Senatobia; her mother, Monet Hibbler of Senatobia; six sisters, Mary Rowley, Vernice Jackson, Estell Hailey, Corine Newson, all of Senatobia, Bernice Holland of Apple Valley, Calif., Janice Davis of Los Angeles, Calif.; three brothers, Bobby Hibbler, Turch Hibbler, both of Senatobia, Larry Hibbler of Camarillo, Calif.; and one grandchild.
Curtis Floyd, 75, of Holly Springs, died Dec. 26, 2008 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven. He was a carpenter and worked tirelessly on the railroad. He joined Wolf Creek Church in Booneville at an early age.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 30 at Royston Chapel CME Church in Ashland. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Gwendolyn Nelson officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife of 30 years, Agnes Royston Floyd; four children, Curtis Floyd Jr., Ella Beatrice Cowans, Elnora Manning, all of Memphis, Tenn., Alfred Floyd Blackmon of Holly Springs; four stepchildren, Gwendolyn McGhee of Michigan, Louise Floyd of Holly Springs, Paula Cowans of Nashville, Tenn., Tony Floyd of Memphis, Tenn.; his siblings, Billie Joe Williams, Dude Williams, Claudia Williams, Barbara Rogers, all of Corinth, Jessie Floyd, Gloria Williams, both of Booneville, Ella Mae Floyd of Detroit, Mich.; 12 grandchildren, nine stepgrandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters and a daughter, Evelyn Tally.
Pallbearers were Byron Manning, Chester Freeman, Willie Cowans Jr., Jermeal Cowans, Christopher Floyd and Curtis Floyd Jr. Honorary pallbearers were elder Willie Cowans, Henry Naylor, Calvin Crain and Tennyson Royston.
Erick Jackson Hallman I
Erick Jackson Hallman I, 59, of Red Banks, died Jan. 1, 2009 at his home. He was a member of First Southern Baptist Church and a retired U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam.
Services were held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in West Tenn. Veterans Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. Bro. James Wolfe officiated.
He leaves a son, Erick Jackson Hallman II of Olive Branch; two daughters, Ericka Brensdal of Portland, Ore., Elisa Jo Hallman of Key West, Fla.; his mother, Mamie Poss of Red Banks; two brothers, Robert S. Hallman of Victoria, Douglas Hallman of Sneed, Ala.; and two grandchildren.
William Hollis Johnson
William Hollis Johnson, 77, of Byhalia, died Dec. 27, 2008 at his home. He was the widower of Frances Shaw Johnson. He was a Baptist, a housing carpenter for 50 years and an Air Force veteran of Korea.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery in Waterford. Bro. Raymond Graham officiated.
He leaves two sons, John W. Johnson, Jeff H. Johnson, both of Byhalia; four sisters, Macie Lee Murray, Doris Marie Lawrence, Mildred McCann, Eula Mae Underwood; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mary Elizabeth McLaughlin
Mary Elizabeth McLaughlin, 41, died Dec. 14, 2008. She was born in San Antonio, Tx. on Jan. 25, 1967 and adopted by Jean and Mac McLaughlin. Not given much chance to live and told she would never smile, Mary exceeded all expectations. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Mary lived her with family in Holly Springs from 1980-1987.
She leaves her mother, Jean McClatchy McLaughlin; her sister, Patricia Soodsma; and her brother, Mike McLaughlin.
Mabel Estelle Paton
Mabel Estelle Paton, 89, of Potts Camp, died Jan. 1, 2009 at Trinity Missions Nursing Home. She was the widow of Elmer Jesse Paton and a member of Cornersville Baptist Church.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 4 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Cornersville Cemetery in Potts Camp. Dr. Tommy Goode and Bro. Joe Epting officiated.
She leaves her son, George Duriel Paton of Hickory Flat; two daughters, Elaine Goode of Sedalia, Mo., Vicy Purcell of Ashland; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Norma Harmon.
Dr. James I. Peters Jr.
Dr. James I. Peters Jr., 82, of Duxbury, Mass., died Dec. 28 at his home. He was the son of James I. Peters Sr., M.D., and Brooksie Wilbourn Peters, R.N., of Alexandria, La. His family moved to Holly Springs when he was in the third grade. After graduating Holly Springs High School, he was inducted into the Army and was training to be an Air Force navigator prior to honorable discharge at the end of World War II. He attended Princeton University and graduated in 1949. He attended Harvard Medical School and graduated in 1953 and was an intern and resident at Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, NH. During his career as a practicing physician, Dr. Peters worked as medical director for the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company in Boston, Ma. He was an emergency department physician at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, Ma., and in later years, was in general practice in Duxbury. He served as president of the Duxbury Art Association and, for more than 30 years, volunteered his medical expertise for the King Caesar Advisory Committee and Fund. He was a member of Project Gurnet and Bug Lights and the Duxbury Yacht Club. He was a lifetime member of the Episcopal Church.
A memorial service will be held in the spring at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Duxbury.
He leaves his wife, Jean Hudson Peters; daughters, Ann Peters of Ithaca, N.Y., Susan Peters of Dublin, N.H., Jennifer Peters of Thetford, Vt. and Duxbury, Ma.; two sisters, Brooksie Peters Lowenthal of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Minerva Peters Henderson of Maryville, Tenn.; and six grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jordan Hospital, 275 Sandwich Street, Plymouth, MA 02360.
A.C. (Pop) Poplar, 81, died Dec. 23, 2008. He accepted Christ at Mt. Bethel MB Church in Michigan City. He was a retired truck driver for the Benton County supervisors.
Services were held at 12 noon on Dec. 27 at Hardaway Baptist Church in Michigan City.
He leaves his wife of 40 years, Betty S. Poplar; 10 daughters, Sallie Rivers of Detroit, Mich., Lenora Watkins, Dorothy Spencer, both of Memphis, Tenn., Thelma Wilkes of Whiteville, Tenn., Brenda Jarrett of Bolivar, Tenn., Mary Jarrett, Elvira Haddix, both of Grand Junction, Tenn., JoAnn Buggs, Maxine Poplar, Rita Poplar, all of Michigan City; seven sons, A.C. Poplar Jr. of Dayton, Ohio, T.C. Poplar of Corinth, Willie A. Poplar, J.C. Poplar, Tony Poplar, Barry Polar, all of Michigan City, Bill Turner of Memphis, Tenn.; three stepdaughters, Betty Hardaway, Darlene Hardaway, both of Hickory Valley, Tenn., Shirley Woods of Whiteville, Tenn.; a stepson, David Valentine of Bolivar, Tenn.; two sisters, Ecylean Hamer of Michigan City, Lois Hamer of Grand Junction, Tenn.; 55 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, 12 stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Naosba Richmond, 68, of Byhalia, died Dec. 26, 2008 at Sardis Nursing Home. He was a retired carpenter.
Services were held at 12 noon on Dec. 31 at Liberty Hill MB Church in Byhalia, where he was a member. Burial was in McCraven Cemetery in Byhalia. Rev. James Henderson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two sons, Eric Richmond, Roderick Richmond, both of Memphis, Tenn.; three daughters, Deborah Fitzgerald, Robin McGowan, Regina Jamison, all of Memphis, Tenn.; his former wife, Willye M. Richmond of Memphis, Tenn.; his mother, Mary Francis Perry Richmond of Byhalia; two brothers, Alfred Richmond of Memphis, Tenn., Quentin Richmond Jr. of Byhalia; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Perry Richmond, M.B. Smith, Allen Atkins, Bryant Fitzgerald, Courtney Temple and Quentin Richmond III.
Wayne A. Westover III
Wayne A. Westover III, 55, of Ashland, died Dec. 30, 2008 at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. He was Episcopal and a physical therapist for 33 years.
He leaves his wife, Yvonne Westover; two daughters, Deidre Westover of Ashland, Amanda B. Westover of Lamar; his father, Wayne A. Westover Jr. of California; a sister, Suzanne Barbagelata of Vallejo, Calif.; and a grandson.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary J. Westover; and a sister, Kimberly Hearn.
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