September 17, 2009
Beth LaFever Carpenter
Beth LaFever Carpenter, 84, of Holly Springs, died Sept. 14, 2009 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. She was the widow of Irby Carpenter and a member of Slayden Baptist Church.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 16 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Bro. Don Wilson officiated.
She leaves two sons, Cary Carpenter of Nashville, Tenn., Col. (Ret.) Paul Carpenter of West Point; three daughters, Esther (Ecky) Leak of Lamar, Lisa Cox of Senatobia, Leigh Skelton of Ashland; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Gary Carpenter, Irby Wayne Carpenter
Memorials may be made to Slayden Baptist Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Chloe Criddle, 5 months old, died Sept. 12, 2009 at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was born prematurely on March 24.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Sept. 15 at Pontotoc Apostolic Church with Rev. Bennie Randolph, Rev. Larry Davis and Rev. Paul Beam officiating. Burial was in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her parents, Quay and Melissa Criddle; grandparents, Danny and Ramona Warren of Nettleton, Eddie and Tammy Dugan of Pontotoc and Joey Criddle of Denver, Colo.; great-grandparents, Frances Warren of Shannon, Annis Holbrook of Holly Springs, Lee and Diane Reynolds of Pontotoc and Malcolm and Sue Coats of Randolph; and a great-great-grandmother, Christine Austin of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Caitlin Criddle; grandfathers, Dennis Warren, James Asa Holbrook and William Oscar Criddle; grandmother, Eloise Morgan; and two cousins, Tyler Barnes and Timmy Coats.
Pallbearers were Donnie Barnes and J.J. Williams.
Doreen Dencklau, 72, of Byhalia, died Sept. 9, 2009 at her home. She was the widow of Raymond Harris. She was a member of Christian Reform Church and a cook.
Services will be held at a later date. Holly Springs funeral home will be in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Ronald Dencklau; three sons, Arlyn Harris, Roger Harris, Neal Harris, all of Byhalia; four stepsons, Wayne Harris of Olive Branch, Archie Harris, Lawrence Harris, Jerry Harris, all of Cedarview; three daughters, Judy Williams of Byhalia, Diane Harris of Waterloo, Ia., Jean Sorrel of Byahlia; 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Lee Harris.
Maggie Ellen Denley
Maggie Ellen Denley, 97, of Bruce, died Sept. 9, 2009, at the Bruce Community Living Center. She was born Jan. 19, 1912, to Raymond Carver Simpson and Lucy Brewer Simpson in Coffeeville. She was the founder of the Calhoun County Journal in 1953, along with her husband, Sellers Denley, and her son, S. Gale Denley. She was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church and a former Sunday School teacher in the children’s department. She was a past member of the Bruce Fine Arts Club.
Services were at 2 p.m. Sept. 11, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial was in the Coffeeville Cemetery.
Survivors include three grandchildren, Celia Denley Hillhouse (Lanny) and Lisa Denley McNeece (Joel), all of Bruce, and Deanna Denley Adams of Tupelo; seven great-grandchildren, Colby Hillhouse (Amanda) of Bruce, Jo Ellen Bailey of Saltillo, Abby Rea (Sam) of Bruce, Marshall Bailey (Whitney) of Bruce; Zachary Adams, Samantha Adams and Eli Adams of Tupelo; two great-great-grandchildren, Addi Claire Bailey and Jackson Hillhouse, both of Bruce; a daughter-in-law, JoAnn Denley of Bruce.
Pallbearers were Tim Denley, Tommy Hallum, Robert Edward Oakley, Dr. Bruce Longest, Don Newlin, Terry Martin, Robert Lee Logan and Dr. Mike Young.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Leora Simpson; her husband, Sellers Vanhooser Denley; and a son, S. Gale Denley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bruce Museum, P.O. Box 1013, Bruce, MS 38915; or to the S. Gale Denley Student Media Center Scholarship, U.M. Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677.
Bobby D. Edwards
Bobby D. Edwards, 76, of New Baden, Ill., died Sept. 4, 2009 at Hazlet State Park in Carlyle. He was born Jan. 28, 1933 in Potts Camp. He married Deloris E. (Mutz) Huelskoetter in New Baden Dec. 20, 1952. She died May 11, 2007. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. He worked at AO Smith in Granite City and then was an independent trucker. After his retirement, he was a campground host at Hazlet and Coles Creek in Carlyle. He was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in New Baden and the American Legion Post 321 in New Baden.
A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Sept. 19 at Hempen Funeral Home Chapel in New Baden. Rev. Gretchen Sterrett will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenmount Cemetery in New Baden.
He leaves two sons, Dale A. (Doc) Edwards of New Baden, Mike W. Edwards of Centralia; two brothers, Larry Edwards of Potts Camp, Jerry Edwards of Aurora; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Edwards.
Memorials may be made to Zion United Church of Christ or to the American Heart Association and will be received at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.
June Cooper Haynes
June Cooper Haynes, 84, of Potts Camp, died Sept. 10, 2009 at her home. She was a Baptist.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 12 at Salem Baptist Church, Potts Camp. Burial was in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Delbert Haynes; two daughters, Nancy Haynes Mauney of Hernando, Laura Haynes Castor of Arlington, Tenn.; two brothers, Joe Cooper, Dan Cooper, both of Potts Camp; two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by a son, Phillip Haynes; and a brother, Doyle Cooper.
Marvin Lewis Glass
Marvin Lewis Glass, 50, of Holly Springs, died Sept. 4, 2009 at his home. He was a disabled construction worker.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 12 at Sand Hill MB Church in Lamar, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Etoy Bogard officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Louella Jones Glass; two stepchildren, Shanta Jones of Atlanta, Ga., JoAnna Isom of Senatobia; his mother, Sarah Tucker Glass of Lamar; five sisters, Sharon Readers, Nielene Jeffries, Maxine Daugherty, all of Lamar, Lovie Cole of Ashland, Sara Hampton of Memphis, Tenn.; seven brothers, David Glass of Lamar, Bradley Glass of Ashland, Herman Glass of Aurora, Ill., Thurmon Hampton, Jimmy Hampton, Tim L. Hampton, Oscar Hampton, all of Memphis, Tenn.; and a grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Lue Pirley Harris.
Pallbearers were Ozell Hampton, Butler Stevenson, Willie B. Mason, Terry Sanders, Calvin Hampton, Ronald Harris, Glenn Johnson and Darrin Yates. Honorary pallbearers were David Glass, Bradley Glass, Herman Glass, Ben J. Stevenson, Jarvis Evans, Tony Terry, Tilmon Hampton and Thomas Hampton.
Betty Mae Lyles Hall
Betty Mae Lyles Hall, 88, of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Holly Springs, died Sept. 7, 2009. She was a former member of Hudsonville AME Church in Hudsonville, attended school in Holly Springs and completed her education at Mississippi Industrial College. She was employed with the New York and Cleveland Public School systems. She was the widow of Clinton Hall.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 12 at Strowder’s Funeral Chapel in Cleveland. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Rev. Larry Hall officiated.
She leaves three sons, Jerome L. Brown, Bobby Brown, Laverne Brown; three daughters, Mattie L. Williams, Marcella Moore, JoAnn Yates; 21 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; a special cousin, Elmo (Kool Man) Lyles of Holly Springs and other Holly Springs family.
Pallbearers were Bobby Brown Jr., Benjamin Pierson, Malike Moore, Kent Butler, Vern Lewis, Mitch Yancy. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Boyd, James Boyd Sr., Justin Boyd, Michael Yates, Martine Yates, Rodney (Mugg) Jones, William Jones and Grady Hall.
Gheeler Shaw Jones
Gheeler Shaw Jones, 89, of Homewood, Ill., formerly of Waterford, died Sept. 6, 2009 at her daughter’s home in Homewood. She was the widow of Ira B. Jones Sr. She moved to Homewood in 2005 where she lived with her daughter and her children.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Greenfield Presbyterian Church in Waterford, where she was a member. Rev. Don Wilson officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Dortha Jones Adams of Homewood, Ill.; a son, Ira B. Jones of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Mattie Laura Mitchell of Holly Springs, Lula Ingram of California; 14 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Kimora Leigh Moffitt
Kimora Leigh Moffitt, 14 months, of Potts Camp, died Sept. 5, 2009 at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.
Graveside services were held at 12 noon on Sept. 8 at Mt. Olive MB Church Cemetery in Potts Camp. Rev. Anthony Marion Jr. officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her mother, Amanda Whaley of Potts Camp; her father, Brandon Moffitt of Byhalia; a brother, Amare Moffitt of Potts Camp; grandparents, Roxie Whaley, Willie LeSure, both of Potts Camp, Bernice Martin of Byhalia, Rayford Moffitt of South Beach, Fla.; and great-grandparents, Ellar LeSure of Potts Camp, Lillie Whaley of Ashland.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Tiara Moffitt; great-grandparents, Willie Craine, Sam Whaley, Edith Moffitt, JoAnn Hale and R.B. Moffitt.
R.B. Moffitt Jr.
R.B. Moffitt Jr., 60, of Holly Springs, died Sept. 4, 2009 in Holly Springs. He was a member of New Bethel MB Church in Moscow, Tenn., where he served 10 years as chairman of the deacon board, trustee and Sunday school teacher.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Hearn Grove MB Church in Byhalia. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pastor Archie Bowen officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Annie Jean Moffitt; a daughter, Donna Moffitt of Memphis, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Michelle Gann of Pontotoc; a stepson, Tim Gann of Pontotoc; four sisters, Beatrice Dilworth of Elizabeth City, N.C., Peggy Shannon of Byhalia, Velma Jones of Byhalia, Mary Cunningham of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, Rayford Moffitt of Lakeland, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers were J.W. Snow, Herbert Shannon, Obie Snow, Tim Gann, L.C. Franklin and Devaki Taylor. Honorary pallbearers were Roger Howard, Carlo Shipp, Randy Sharp, Larry Sharp and Charlie Howard.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ranard McCaully.
Barbara Joan Read
Barbara Joan Read, 75, of Holly Springs, died Sept. 12, 2009 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven. She moved to Holly Springs in 1984. She was a member of the Holly Springs Garden Club and a member of Christ Episcopal Church.
There are no plans at present for a memorial service. Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford will be in charge of local arrangements.
She leaves two daughters, Amy Read of Humble, Tx., Julie Hibbing of Olive Branch; and a sister, Mary Jean Rooch of Michigan.
Memorials may be made to the Marshall County Humane Society.
James Robert Roberson
James Robert Roberson, 78, of Ashland, died Sept. 11, 2009 at Briarcrest in Ashland. He was a Baptist, a boat operator, a veteran of the Marines and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 14 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Memorial Gardens in Germantown, Tenn.
He leaves his wife, Juanita Roberson; a daughter, Bonnie Haynes of Germantown, Tenn.; two sisters, Peggy McCrady of Snow Lake, Lilly Stolz of San Antonio, Texas.; a brother, William Roberson; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Kaden Blake Sanders
Kaden Blake Sanders, infant, died Sept. 5, 2009 at The Med in Memphis, Tenn.
Private family services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 9 at Cornersville Baptist Church. Burial was in Essary Springs Cemetery, Essary Springs, Tenn. Bro. Joe Epting officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his parents, Kalen Sanders, Briana Abbott Sanders, of Southaven; a sister, Kaylee Alizabeth Sanders of Southaven; grandparents, Debra Abbott, James Shoffner, Randall and Helen Clayton, all of Potts Camp, Kirk and Vicki Sanders, Kellye Fortune, all of Southaven, Darrell Cook of Decatur, Ala.; and great-grandparents, John and Joyce Wilbanks of Pocahontas, Tenn., Buster and Cherry Renfrow of Oxford, Carolyn Sanders of Dekalb, Margie Morgan of Carrouthersville, Mo., Virgil Clayton of Oxford
Mabel Virginia Welch Swords, 86, of Ecru, died Sept. 4, 2009 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was the widow of Lester L. Swords. She was the oldest lady among the members of Cairo Baptist Church in Ecru, and was retired from the Ecru Shirt Factory. She enjoyed spending time with her church family, the “Factory Girls,” her flowers and being the “Community Mother” of Cairo.
Services were held at Cairo Baptist Church. Burial was in Ecru Cemetery. Rev. Marty Browning and the Rev. Marvin Ward officiated. Browning Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two sons, Frank Swords (Vicki) of Holly Springs, Phil Swords (Debbie) of Tupelo; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie H. Welch and Eva Wiley Newsum Welch.
Rev. Glen Ray Travis
Rev. Glen Ray Travis died Sept. 7, 2009. He accepted God’s call to preach at 17 and evangelized across a five-state area for two and a half years. At the age of 19, he accepted his first pastorate in Bogalusa, La. at Second United Pentecostal Church. He pastored at several north Mississippi churches and served as sectional youth director, district youth secretary, district youth president, sectional presbyter and district secretary. In 1981, he was elected district superintendent of the Mississippi District of the United Pentecostal Church and served for 21-1/2 years. After retiring as district superintendent, he was asked to serve as pastor at Heritage Apostolic Church in Holly Springs, where he stayed until 2007. He served on the Mississippi Board of Nursing under Gov. Cliff Finch.
Services were held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Mississippi District United Pentecostal Church Campgrounds, near Raymond. Burial was in First United Pentecostal Church Cemetery in McComb, Sept. 12.
He leaves his wife of 51 years, Delilah Keene Travis; three daughters, Bonita Prince of Richland, Ginger Majors of Melville, La., Wanda Marshall of Raymond; a brother, Lynn Travis of McComb; two sisters, Elizabeth Carlisle of Hollywood Fla., Hulene Givens of Magnolia; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Albert, Elbert, Ottimore and Lattimore Travis; and his sisters Eloise Travis, Gladys Travis Barber.
Donations may be made to Mississippi District United Pentecostal Church, International, G.R. Travis Memorial Fund, P. O. Box 1188, Raymond, MS 39154.
Amelia Smith Wells
Amelia Smith Wells, 87, of Victoria, died Sept. 8, 2009 at her home. She was the widow of Oliver Wells Sr. She was born March 17, 1922 in Memphis, Tenn. She was a member of the church usher board and church choir.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 12 at Mt. Newell MB Church in Red Banks, where she was a member. Burial was in Mt. Newell Memorial Garden Cemetery. Rev. LaDaryl Odum officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves four daughters, Annie Kizer of Victoria, Merry Odum of Byhalia, Essie Wells of Collierville, Tenn., Bertha Wells of Hickory Flat; three sons, Robert Smith of Memphis, Tenn., Oliver Wells Jr. of Peoria, Ill., Willie Wells of Victoria; 40 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Frances Johnson, Earlene Wilkins; and a son, John Wells.
Pallbearers were Larry Johnson, Wayne Wells, Mario Wells, Drapper Johnson, Shannon Wells, Rodney Kizer, Ladrell Odum and Carlos Tyson. Honorary pallbearers were James Earl Rayford, Markeith Wells, Marquet Wells, Marquise Odum, Bobby Wells, Kevin Odum, Charles Johnson and Jasper Wells.
William Odell Wright
William Odell (Bubba) Wright, 66, of Holly Springs, died Sept. 10, 2009 at Baptist Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. He was a retired, disabled laborer with Holly Springs Brick & Tile.
Services were held at 12 noon on Sept. 15 at Powell Chapel MB Church in Holly Springs, where he was a member. Pastor Actavatis Allen officiated. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Bertha Faulkner of Omaha, Neb.; two children, Katina Wright Jeffries of Holly Springs, Tony Dewayne Wright of Omaha, Neb.; three sisters, Alice Hughes, Patricia Isom, Janie Wright McNeil, all of Holly Springs; three brothers, Troy Wright, William (Larry) Wright, both of Holly Springs, Jackie Paul Wright of Rochester, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.
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