September 10, 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.
Rebecca Newson Gordon
Rebecca Newson Gordon, 48, of Holly Springs, died Aug. 31, 2009 in Senatobia. She was a factory worker.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 5 at Thyatira Family Life Center in Senatobia. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements
She leaves her husband, Vidal Gordon; three sons, Jobry Newson of Barton, Minor Payne, Andrew Payne, both of Senatobia; her father, Sidney B. Newson of Holly Springs; three sisters, Isabell Jones, Janett Smith, both of Holly Springs, Vernessa Hibbler of Senatobia; six brothers, Eddie D. Newson, Willie B. Newson, both of Holly Springs, Kennith Newson of Nesbit, Robert Newson of Columbia, Mo., Lavorn Newson of Como, Sylvester Wooten of Senatobia; and two grandchildren.
Jewell Wayne Halley
Jewell Wayne Halley, 75, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sept. 5, 2009 at the State Veterans Home in Oxford. He retired from the Army in 1976 after serving 21 years, also serving in the Korean Conflict. He helped procure land for the Marshall County Humane Society and was instrumental in starting the volunteer fire department in his community. He was a member of VFW# 5697 in Holly Springs and Crime Stoppers. He also participated in many fish fries to help the homeless.
A memorial service was held Sept. 9, 9:30 a.m. at the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Forest Hill/Irene in Memphis, Tenn. A local memorial will be held at a later date at the Marshall County VFW in Holly Springs. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Nancy Halley of Mt. Pleasant; two sons, Wayne Halley of Olive Branch, Mark Malone of Como; two daughters, Donna Halley Kilpatrick of Colorado Springs, Col., Tari Malone of Como; a brother, Glenn Halley of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Martha Davis of Walnut and Jeweleen Little of Pocohontas, Tenn.; and a granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Dye.
Rodney Dale Kight
Rodney Dale Kight, 77, of Byhalia, died Sept. 6, 2009 at the Mississippi Veterans Home in Oxford. He was president of Southern Brick and Tile (the youngest president of the MS/LA Brick Association) and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a deacon at Byhalia First Presbyterian Church.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Hill Crest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Rev. Don Wilson officiated; Danny McKenzie gave the eulogy.
He leaves his wife, Kay Kight; a son, David Kelso Kight of Germantown, Tenn.; two daughters, Kathleen Merritt of Virginia Beach, Va., Helen Warren of Collierville, Tenn.; a sister, Mrs. Blanton Jones of Holly Springs; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Memorials may be made to the Veterans Home in Oxford and First Presbyterian Church of Byhalia.
Mary Ann Hodges Mason
Mary Ann Hodges Mason, 77, of Ashland, died Aug. 30, 2009 at Darling Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. She was the widow of Andy Lee Mason, an usher board member and former church mother.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 5 at St. Luke COGIC in Ashland, where she was a member. Burial was in Shiloh MB Church Cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three daughters, Patsy B. Tucker, Gail Tipler, both of Ashland, Eatherlene Tumbling of Jacksonville, Fla.; four sons, Harvey Mason of Ripley, Terry Mason of Potts Camp, Wendell Mason, Lawrence Mason, both of Ashland; three sisters, Earlene Reaves of Ashland, Lillie Mae Daugherty and Anna Aldridge, both of Memphis, Tenn.; three brothers, W.B. Elliott of Detroit, Mich., James Elliott of Walla Walla, Wash., Joe Elliott of Memphis, Tenn.; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceeded in death by three sons, Steve Mason, Murry Mason, and June Mason.
Andy Shaw, 48, of Oxford, died Aug. 31, 2009 in Coffeeville. He was co-captain of the Ole Miss Rebel football team during his college years. He was a four-year letterman with the University of MS, a member of the M Club and a member of the Gamma IOTA Sigma Honors fraternity. He worked as an independent insurance agent serving the north Mississippi area.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 3 at First Baptist Church in Water Valley where he was a member. Dr. Randy Bain and Bro. Gary Richardson officiated. Burial was in Harbour Cemetery in Coffeeville.
He leaves his wife, Susie Misita Shaw of Oxford; a daughter, Austin Marie Shaw of Oxford; a sister, Marty Shaw of Pensacola, Fla.; his mother, Nancy Winders Shaw of Water Valley; and his father, Guy Dale Shaw of Coffeeville.
Pallbearers were Terry Dalton, Kenny Hooper, Jimmy Maynor, Danny Robertson, Steve Edwards, Don Larson, Ken Crain, J.B. Purvis and Barrett Larson. Honorary pallbearers were Bubba Shaw, Eugene Shaw, Steve McClusky, Mike Wall, Billy Dean Fielder, Michael Misita, Andy Misita, Brian Kennedy and Keith Heyward.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Adele Shaw.
Benjamin Thomas Reed
Benjamin Thomas Reed, 22, of Holly Springs, died August 25, 2009. An Episcopalian, he was a student.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 10 at Christ Episcopal Church. Burial was held in Hill Crest Cemetery. Rev. Bruce McMillan officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his father Bruce Reed of Holly Springs; his mother, Valerie Spisak Ogle of Chickasaw, Ala., a sister, Heather Reed of Batesville; and grandparents, Anne Reed of Holly Springs and Thomas and Diane Spisak of Chickasaw.
William P. Stanback Jr.
William P. Stanback Jr., 82 of Byhalia, died August 25, 2009 at the Baptist Hospice Unit in Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. A retired rural postal carrier and cattle farmer. He was a member of Byhalia United Methodist Church. He served in the Army of Occupation in Germany for 15 months during WWII. He attended Mississippi State University, he was a member of the Marshall County Forestry Association, and a lifelong member of the VFW and American Legion.
Services were held Friday, August 28 at Byhalia First Baptist Church at 10 a.m. with burial in Byhalia Cemetery. Anthony Langley and Don Wilson officiated. Brantley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife of 26 years Hazel Stanback; daughters, Varshea Andress of Littleton, Col., Tammy Grier of Hendersonville, NC; son Eddie Lee of Sealy, Texas; sisters Josephine Jones and Mary Ann Wilson of Byhalia; a brother Charles Stanback of Columbus; and four grandchildren, Jason Andress, Jeff Grier, Justin Andress and Hailee Grier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Lung Association.
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