September 3, 2009
Mary Louise Averill
Mary Louise Averill, 80, of Olive Branch, died Aug. 20, 2009 at her home. She was the widow of Allen Averill. She was born in San Antonio, Tx., in 1929 and moved to Olive Branch in early 2001. Though a devoted Catholic, she regularly attended Mineral Wells United Methodist Church. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women’s group and the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 363.
Memorial Services were held on Aug 29. at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch.
She leaves sons, John Bendele of South Carolina, Daniel Averill of San Antonio, Tx.; daughters Terry Verstuyft of Lano, Tx., Deborah Ingerson of Floresville, Tx., Sheila Sneed of Olive Branch; her brothers, William and Robert Blunt of San Antonio, Tx.; a sister, Alice Whitaker of Canyon Lake, Tx.; eight grandsons and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary E. Richey; and a son, Robert E. Cosper.
William Brown, 72, of Holly Springs, died Aug. 16, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. He was a retired Army veteran.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 19 at Church of the Living Gospel in Watson. Burial was in Green Leaf Cemetery in Coldwater. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Priscilla Brown; a son, Bobby Brown of Memphis, Tenn.; three daughters, Sandra Glosson of Coldwater, Debra Brown of Byhalia, Laurie Brown of Brownsville, Tx.; 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Brown; two brothers, Baxter and Pete Brown; and a sister.
Maurice Miller, 46, of Olive Branch, died Aug. 25, 2009 at his home. He was a retired construction worker.
Services were held at 12 noon on Aug. 29 at West Sandidge Church of Christ in Olive Branch. Burial was in Miller Cemetery. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Linda Miller; his parents, Ed and Louise Miller; three daughters, Illar Shelnee Richmond, Christie Yalanda Richmond, both of Memphis, Tenn., Samantha JoAnn Lawson of Byhalia; a sister, Brenda Sturghill of Memphis, Tenn.; five brothers, Andrew Wright of Memphis, Tenn., Lewis Miller of Olive Branch, Charles Miller of Senatobia, Mike Miller of Byhalia, Makeith Foster of Olive Branch; and four grandchildren.
Maxie Jeanette Berryhill Romedy
Maxie Jeanette Berryhill Romedy, 68, of Byhalia, died Aug. 27, 2009 at her home. She was a Sunday school teacher, Women’s Ministry leader and a Woman of Faith leader.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 31 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Byhalia Cemetery. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, W. James Romedy; children, Benny C. Romedy of Olive Branch, Phoebe O. Howard, of Byhalia; brothers and sisters, Estelle Howe of Hernando, George Berryhill Jr. of Eudora, Johnny Berryhill of Memphis, Tenn., Willie Berryhill of Nesbit; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to West Clinic.
James Doyle Smith
James Doyle Smith, 68, of Byhalia, died Aug. 25, 2009 at his home. He was Baptist, and employed with Williams Refinery for 35 years.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 27 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church. Burial was in Temperance Hill Cemetery. Bro. Oscar Geeslin and Bro. Jimmy Wilbanks officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Faye Cox Smith; two sons, Jefferey Allen Smith of Victoria, Timothy Dale Smith of Olive Branch; a daughter, Amanda Jo Smith of Olive Branch; and three sisters, Joyce Goolsby Clayton, Faye Stanton, both of Potts Camp, Verla Mae Stanton of Hickory Flat.
He was preceded in death by a son, Tracy Smith.
James Edd Thompson
James Edd Thompson, 86, of Hickory Flat, died Aug. 30, 2009 at his home. He was born in Benton County and moved to Memphis, Tenn., where he worked for True Tagg Paint Co. for more than 35 years. After retirement, he moved to Hickory Flat. He served on his church’s board of trustees and was a past Sunday school superintendent.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 2 at Faith Assembly of God Church in Myrtle, where he was a member. A private burial was held at the Mary Nell Wiginton Memorial Cemetery at the church. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
He leaves his wife of 38 years, Ella Cox Thompson; sons, James Walter Thompson of Olive Branch, Charles Ray Thompson of Little Rock, Ark.; sisters, Mildred Autry and Ruth Phillips, both of Hickory Flat, Floy Graves of Ripley, Doris Maxey of Tupelo, Shirley Tysseland of Huntington Beach, Calif.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Dr. Terry Joslin, Tommy Graves, James Maxey, Gary Phillips, Chuck Redwood and Frank Woods. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Cox, Jack Cox, Terry Tysseland, Doyle Boatner, W.C. Hall, Tim Wiginton, Joey Rakestraw, Micky Crutchfield, Walter Gadd and Roger Lacy.
Memorials may be made to Faith Assembly of God Church.
Virginia Mae Woods
Virginia Mae Woods, 54, of Olive Branch, died recently at her home. She was a Mormon.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 31 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery.
She leaves three daughters, Aimee Harris of Olive Branch, Kimberly Woods of Potts Camp, Lacie Toledo of Red Banks; a brother, Charles Watkins of Olive Branch; six sisters, Ruth Ann Lewis of Olive Branch, Judy Anne Bolden of Algoma, Charlene Wilson of Savannah, Tenn., Lorraine Spencer of Holly Springs, Lawanna Shoffner, Samantha Fitch, both of Olive Branch; and four grandchildren.
Linah Luana Muhammad Young
Linah Luana Muhammad Young, 21, of Byhalia, died Aug. 30 in Byhalia. She was employed by Schnuck’s in Collierville, Tenn., in customer service.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 3 at Liberty Hill MB Church Cemetery in Byhalia. Minister Darryl Hendrix officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her mother, Roxie Richmond Young of Olive Branch; her father, Robert Young of Byhalia; her grandfather, Dennis Richmond of Byhalia; a sister, Azizah Young of Olive Branch; and two brothers, Emmanuel Young of Olive Branch, Ishmael Young of Memphis, Tenn.
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