December 31, 2009
Lawrence Edward Brown
Lawrence Edward Brown, 54, of Kansas City, Mo., died Dec. 17, 2009 at Kansas City Hospice. He was born Sept. 29, 1955 in Holly Springs.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 23 at Lawrence A. Jones Funeral Chapel in Kansas City. Burial was in Pleasant Grove MB Church in Red Banks. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Nancy Ashford Brown; a son, Phillip Brown of Lawrenceville, Ga.; five brothers, Bobby, Terry, Anthony Brown, all of Memphis, Tenn., James and Wilbert Brown, both of Charleston, S.C.; and two sisters, Delorise Brown of Cleveland, Ohio, Jeanette Thompson of Jackson.
He was preceded in death by a brother David Rankin.
Lucille Carver, 70, of Potts Camp, died Dec. 21, 2009 at a nursing home. She was the widow of James Robert Carver and a Baptist.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 23 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery in Waterford.
She leaves a son, James Carver Jr. of Water Valley; a daughter, Norma Yeager of Potts Camp; four brothers, Glenn Dye of Batesville, Kenneth Dye of Bruce, Jimmy Dye of Calhoun County, Will Dye of Water Valley; four grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Nonnie B. McKinney Fitts
Nonnie B. McKinney Fitts, 60, of Holly Springs, died Dec. 19, 2009 at Alliance HealthCare System. She was the widow of Jessie James Fitts and disabled.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 26 at Union Valley MB Church in Byhalia, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Van Rayford officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves six daughters, Elizabeth Fitts, Brenda Fitts, Lovetta Fitts, Mary Wiseman, all of Holly Springs, Diane Hibbler of Memphis, Tenn., Emma Street of Byhalia; a son, Curtis Fitts of Holly Springs; two sisters, Emma McKinney, Arlette McKinney, both of Tulsa, Okla.; a brother, Nathaniel McKinney of Aurora, Ill.; 23 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Arlissa Fitts; siblings Erma Jean McKinney, Russell McKinney, Joe McKinney, L.C. McKinney and William McKinney.
Pallbearers were Reggie Caldwell, Larry Brown, Will Phillips, Eric Totten, Ron Wooten, Demarcus Newson, Rick Rayford and Charles Glover. Honorary pallbearers were John Mays Jr., Curtis Fitts, Lee (Nate) McKinney, Steve McKinney, Bobby Street, Chester Wiseman, Willie Hubbard and Burley Malone.
Lester Jean Cox Martin
Lester Jean Cox Martin, 65, of Holly Springs, died Dec. 26, 2009 at Alliance HealthCare System. She was a church usher, elementary Sunday school teacher and retired cashier and cook with Davis Grocery.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 2 at Chulahoma MB Church in Holly Springs, where she was a member. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Rev. Rondias Cox will officiate. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Henry Martin Jr.; two daughters, Chastia Donnell, Latriece Martin, both of Holly Springs; four sons, Nathaniel Martin, Trent Martin, and Calvin Andre Martin, all of Holly Springs, Allen Earl Martin of Greenwood; a sister, Bertha Alexander of Holly Springs; five brothers, Lawrence Edward Cox of Peoria, Ill., Robert Cox, Grayland Cox, Lee-Vie Cox, all of Holly Springs, Wilkie Bernard Cox of Petersburg, Va.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by siblings Ira Seal Cox, Kenneth Wayne Cox and David Earl Cox.
T.C. Moore, 68, of Byhalia, died Dec. 19, 2009 at Darlington Hospice in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 19, 1941 in Byhalia. He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Mt. Pisgah CME Church. He was employed by Coca-Cola Memphis for 23 years.
Services were held at 12 noon on Dec. 26 at Mt. Zion Taska MB Church in Byhalia, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pastor Keith Pendilton officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Mamie Moore; three sons, Eddie Wynn of Memphis, Joe Moore of Lamar, Clay Moore of Byhalia; a daughter, Carolyn Moore of Byhalia; four sisters, Wilma Moody of Collierville, Tenn., Mae Ida Bonner, Kenya Wooten, both of Memphis, Tenn., Ida Pearl Adams of Abbeville; four brothers, Donald Moore of Waldorf, Md., Oneal Moore of Oxford, James Richmond, Joseph Richmond, both of Memphis, Tenn.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, a sister and a great-grandson.
Pallbearers were George Davis Jr., Darren Hardaway, Corderious Horton, Jamar Horton, Reginald Garrison Sr., Jackie Wilson Sr., Romarus Garrison, and Mario Wynn.
Shellie Ray Rose
Shellie Ray Rose, 80, of The Colony, Tx., died Dec. 21, 2009 at his home. He was a church deacon and manager at Sunbeam.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 26 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery.
He leaves his wife, Mary Rose; two daughters, Mary Whelan, Deborah Buehlman; a brother, J.C. Rose; a sister, Pansy McDaniel; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, one step great-grandchild and one step great-great-grandchild.
Rex Ross, 73, of Byhalia, died Dec. 21, 2009 in Cordova, Tenn. He was the widower of Martha Williams Ross, an Olive Branch Seventh Day Adventist, a line mechanic, and a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 23 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Byhalia Cemetery.
He leaves two sons, James Ross of Birmingham, Ala., Daniel Ross of Cordova, Tenn.; a daughter, Robyn O’Neal of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sisters, Pansey Chester of Kansas City, Kan., Maxine Mayer of Oklahoma; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Billie M. Smith
Billie M. Smith, 81, of Byhalia, died Dec. 21, 2009 at her home. She was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 26 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Memphis Memory Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. Bro. Oscar Geeslin officiated.
She leaves her husband, James B. Smith; four sons, Stephen M. Smith, Ernest P. Smith, Arnold Graber, all of Byhalia, Kenneth T. Smith of St. Mary’s, Ga.; two daughters, Tamara L. Smith, Kandace M. Pierson, both of Byhalia; a sister, Mae Ryan of Lake Cormorant; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by sons James G. Smith, Philip C. Smith and Christopher M. Smith.
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