Garrick Darnell Harris
Garrick Darnell Harris, 19, of Clarksdale, formerly of Ashland, died May 1, 2009 at his home. He was disabled.
Services were held at 3:30 p.m. on May 9 at St. James COGIC in Ripley, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Elder Bernell Hoyle officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his mother, Carol B. Harris of Ashland; his father, Garrick Darnell Bryson of California; a sister, Carla Harris of Ashland; and his grandmother, Charlean Harris of Ashland.
Pallbearers were Terrance Smith, Tony Hudson, Eddie Hudson, Gregory Gibson, Robert Long and James Hudson.
Rosie Nell Ford Jeffries
Rosie Nell Ford Jeffries, 63, of Holly Springs, died May 2, 2009 at her home. She was a member of Christ Temple Church of God in Christ and a factory worker with Emerson Electric.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on May 9 at Doxey Morehouse Auditorium at Rust College. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Supt. Albert Pass officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two daughters, Catina K. Jeffries and Demiko L. Jeffries, both of Holly Springs; four sons, Corey J. Jeffries of Jackson, Anthony D. Ford, Rodney O’Neil Jeffries, Frederick D. Jeffries, all of Holly Springs; three sisters, Louise Shelby of Homer, La., Asha Ford of Marietta, Ga., Barbara Mack of Chicago, Ill.; two brothers, Easkline Ford Sr. of Holly Springs, Collin Ford of Chicago, Ill.; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Erica Denise Jeffries; five sisters and four brothers.
Pallbearers were Willie Aldridge, Eric Rooks, Albert Webb, Terry Moton, Melvin Rooks and Barry Bobo. Honorary pallbearers were Timothy Anderson, Cedric Sims, Eric Jeffries, Terrell Anderson, Jonathan Anderson, Clifford Sims and Easkline Ford Jr.
Blanton Johns Jones
Blanton Johns Jones of Holly Springs died May 7, 2009 at his home. A lifelong resident of Holly Springs, he graduated from Holly Springs High School in 1945. He then enlisted and served in the United States Marine Corps. After being honorably discharged, he attended and graduated from Mississippi State University. He spent most of his work life as a brick manufacturer and he was involved in the organization and management of Holly Springs Brick & Tile; Southern Brick & Tile Company in Byhalia; and Clay Products, Inc. He was employed by Acme Brick and served in management of plants in Texas for a brief time before returning to Holly Springs Brick & Tile, from which he retired. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he was an ordained elder and deacon. He was also a past president of the Holly Springs Rotary Club.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on May 9 at First Presbyterian Church of Holly Springs. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife of 58 years, Jean Ann Kight Jones; four children, Christy Dale Jones of Jackson, Stephen Blanton Jones of Birmingham, Ala., Kenneth Howard Jones of Holly Springs, LeAnn Jones Priebe of Plano, Tx.; siblings Eleanor Howard Warren of Senatobia, Howard Taliaferro Jones Jr. of Newnan, Ga., James Walker Jones of Jacksonville, Fla., Laralei Jones Ammons of Ono Island, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brothers Egbert Willingham Jones and Alston Crawford Jones.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 164 South Memphis Street, Holly Springs, MS, or a charity of choice.
Charlean Jones, 57, of Holly Springs, died May 5, 2009 at Germantown Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. She was a member of her church’s usher board and a disabled factory worker with Mulay Plastics in Holly Springs.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on May 9 at Strawberry MB Church, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Willie F. Jeffries officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Bridgette Bulloch of Horn Lake; two sisters, Louella Glass, Carlean Crane, both of Holly Springs; four brothers, Willie Louis Jones of Memphis, Tenn., Joe Stevenson, Ben J. Stevenson, Butler Stevenson, all of Holly Springs; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Ida Lee Wright.
Pallbearers were Tracy Bulloch, Robbie Sellers, Caronn Malone, David Glass, Ronald Stewart and Timothy Oliver Sr. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Crane Jr., Troy Wright Jr., Cedric Stevenson, Earl Crane, DeWarren Stevenson and Joe Stevenson Jr.
Juett Sue Mason
Juett (Judy) Sue Mason, 83, of Hickory Flat, died May 10, 2009 at Alliance HealthCare in Holly Springs. She was the widow of Elwyn Dow (Pete) Mason, a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Benton County and a retired factory worker.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on May 13 at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Benton County. Bro. Clyde Thompson officiated.
She leaves a daughter, Linda Kay Mason Defer of Red Banks; three sons, Larry Elwyn Mason of Ashland, James Samuel Mason of Holly Springs, Charles Thurman Mason of Hickory Flat; 12 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Lambert; a grandson, Chris Mason and a son-in-law, Bro. Troy Defer.
Pallbearers were Scott Mason, Chris Miller, Tony Mason, Brandon Mason, Allen Conlee, Mark Watkins, Barry Clifton, Scott Williams, James Garner, Billy Lang and William Whitten.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church, Children’s Playground Building Fund, 6680 Highway 5, Hickory Flat, MS 38633.
Jeffie McNeal, 88, of Coldwater, died May 7, 2009 in Horn Lake. She was a teacher’s aide.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on May 12 at Chulahoma Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves eight daughters, Effie Jackson, Donnie Ree McNeal, Dorothy Faulkner, Varrie Richmond, Gwen Dowl, Charmelle Jackson, all of Senatobia, L.M. Green of Chicago, Ill., Carolyn Todd of Memphis, Tenn.; three sons, Huce McNeal Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., Kelly McNeal of Senatobia, Edward McNeal of Country Club Hills; three sisters, Annie Martin of Holly Springs, Celestine Newsom of Indianapolis, Ind., Velma Jones of Gary, Ind.; three brothers, Will Ingram Cox, Matt C. Cox, both of Chicago, Ill., Jimmy Cox of Detroit, Mich.; 27 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Dr. David Leander Stratmon Sr.
Dr. David Leander Stratmon Sr., 84, of Holly Springs, died May 1, 2009. He was the widower of Freddie Mae Stratmon, his wife of 50 years. He received his education in the public schools of North Carolina as well as at North Carolina A&T, Howard University (BS), University of Michigan (MA, PhD), Georgetown University Law Center (LLD), Arabic Language School and the National War College-National Defense University. During World War II, he served in Europe with the 3128 QM Service Company. Later as a foreign service information officer under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, he worked two-year stints in Ghana, Morocco, Chad, Jordan, France and Tunisia. He was also stationed in Congo. After retiring from the State Department, he became chair of the Department of the Political Science at Rust College in Holly Springs. Besides working with charitable groups and writing his memoirs, he has served as lector, Eucharistic minister and a choir member at St. Joseph Catholic Church for 23 years.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on May 7 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Rev. Leonard Elder, SCJ, pastor, officiated. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Lillian, whom he married in 1999; two daughters, Rev. Laurice Stewart and Wisilla Jordan of Washington, D.C.; two sons, David Stratmon of Atwater, Calif., James Stratmon of Durham, N.C.; two stepchildren, Lorenzo Guerrero of Memphis, Tenn., Jeanne Guerrero of Louisville, Ky.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were James D. Stratmon, Aaron Davis, Michael McCoy, Paul Smith, David Stewart, James Edwards, Israel Wilson and Jessie Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Knights of Columbus, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Joann (Penny) Taylor, 69, of Holly Springs, died May 8, 2009 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital. She was a furniture store owner.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on May 12 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Temperance Hill Cemetery.
She leaves her husband, Russell Taylor; two sons, John Davis of Holly Springs, Michael Davis of Myrtle; two stepsons, Lynn Taylor of Sardis, Ricky Taylor of Hickory Flat; a daughter, Lisa Busam of Hamilton, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Teresa Lesure of Holly Springs, Tammy Taylor of Olive Branch; a brother, Bobby Crittendon of Dayton, Ky.; 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Roger Gid Williams
Roger Gid Williams, 94, of Huntingdon, Tenn., died April 28, 2009 at Huntingdon Health and Rehab Center. He was the widower of Eunice Oline (Chism) Williams, his wife of 41 years; and his second wife, Minnie Avis (Gatewood) Williams. He was a retired cotton gin worker for the Continental Cotton Gin Company and a member of the Concord Missionary Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #423 in St. Mary’s, Mo. He was a veteran of the Army and served his country in World War II.
Services were at 11 a.m. on April 30 at Chase Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery. Bro. Andrew Stokes and Bro. Rufus Chandler officiated.
He leaves two daughters, Norma S. Williams, Nancy M. Garrison, all of Holly Springs; six stepdaughters, Shirley Pruett, Charlotte Kimberlin, Jeannine Stokes, Lenita Oatsvall, all of Huntington, Lynn Waugh of Gallatin, Libby Pruett of McMinnville; a sister, Geraldine Stanford of Bartlett; four grandchildren; 15 stepgrandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, 21 step-great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and six step-great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Stella Mead, Zelma Williams, Thelma Mead and Opal Murphy, Retha Causey, Ruby Neal Rooker; brother, T.W. (Tooter) Williams; two stepsons, James Alvin Pruett and Jerry Alan Pruett.
Pallbearers were Bobby Derryberry, Terry Kimberlin, Nicholas Oatsvall, J.J. Pruett Jr., Shane Oatsvall and David Waugh. Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Stokes, Bill Kimberlin, Dennis Stokes, Brent Oatsvall, Larry Batey, Gary Batey, Michael Magee and Guy Peck.
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