February 5, 2009
Sallie Ethel Ashford
Sallie Ethel Ashford, 90, of Union City, Ga., formerly of Holly Springs, died Jan. 27, 2009 at Uni Health PAC, Fairburn, Ga. She was a retired dietician with Rust College.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 4 at Asbury United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Rev. Edward Moses officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Eula Jeffries of Union County, Ga.; a son, Daniel Ashford of Chicago, Ill.; many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were David Caldwell, Enoch Lester, John Marion, Keith Mason, F.B. Prowell and John Henry Sledge.
Van Buren Beasley Sr.
Van Buren Beasley Sr., 85, of Byhalia, died Jan. 29, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was the widower of Dorothy Wooddell Beasley, a member of New Garden Baptist Church, a tire trimmer with Firestone and a Navy veteran of World War II.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 31 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. Bro. John Johnson officiated.
He leaves two sons, Van Beasley Jr. of Byhalia, Chester W. Beasley of Nesbitt.
Theolia Peter Burns Jr.
Theolia Peter Burns Jr., 72, of Ashland, died Jan. 23, 2009 at Elmwood Care Nursing Home in Elmwood Park, Ill. He was a retired farmer.
Services were held at Greenwood MB Church in Lamar, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Houston Evans officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Berneice Terry Burns of Chicago, Ill.; three daughters, Ardency Baird, Eloise Turnage, both of Ashland, Arbidella Leonard of Chicago, Ill.; three sons, Joe Burns of Ashland, Ben Burns, Cornell Moore, both of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Mary Burns Walls of Ashland; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Michelle Burns.
Pallbearers were Tony Burns, Corey Burns, Paris Leonard, Daris Leonard, Justin Burns and Roman Burns. Honorary pallbearers were Mack Walls, Charlie Walls, Willie Walls, Theotis Terry, Richard Walls, Ricky Walls, Willie Campbell and Clarence Kimbrough.
Josephine Cathey, 55, of Como, died Jan. 27, 2009 at North Oak Regional Medical Center in Senatobia. She was a native of Tate County and a retired food service employee with Wal-Mart.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 31 at West Looxahoma Church of Christ in Senatobia. Burial was in the church cemetery. Bro. Jimmy Stockes officiated. Hodges-Serenity Funeral of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Manuel Cathey; a daughter, Debraphine Cathey of Olive Branch; four sons, Rayford Cathey of Oxford, Demetric Cathey, Anthony Cathey, Marshall Wootten, all of Como; her mother, Annie Hamilton of Senatobia; three sisters, Irene Dandridge, Stella Love, both of Senatobia, Mae Leverson of Coldwater; three brothers, Will Hamilton, James Hamilton, Melvin Hamilton, all of Senatobia; and 39 grandchildren.
Leroy Chapman, 46, died Jan. 23, 2009. He confessed hope in Christ at an early age at Eureka A.M.E. Zion Church, where he served as the pastor’s steward, male chorus and mass choir member, finance officer and faithful church member. He was a 1981 graduate of South Panola High School, where he played football and basketball.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Eureka A.M.E. Zion Church in Batesville. Pastor George Golden officiated. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home & Chapel of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife of 15 years, Brinda Champman; son and daughter Laroyis Chapman and LaPeatreya Chapman, both of Pope; his mother, Annie Chapman of Batesville; 11 sisters, Annie Henderson, Clara Chapman, Betty Moore, Mary Carter, Debra Turner, Pearl Anderson, all of Batesville, Bobbie Young of Sardis, Mildred Hentz, Rolanda Chapman, Sharon Chapman, Suzette Chapman, all of Pope; and nine brothers, Curtis Chapman, Robert Chapman, Greg Chapman, Tony Chapman, Michael Chapman, all of Batesville, Stacy Chapman and Carl Hentz of Pope, Willie Chapman of Charleston, Buster Caldwell of Jackson.
Pallbearers were Johnnie Sanford, Timothy Sanford, Johnny Griffin, Francis Sanford, Lionel Carr, Lamont Carr. Honorary pallbearers were Eureka Male Chorus.
Jamyah Makenzi Dowdy
Jamyah Makenzi Dowdy, newborn, died Jan. 27, 2009 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven.
Graveside services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 1 at Smith Grove MB Church. Willie Conner, pastor, officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her parents, Shiqeta M. Coleman and Jermaine Dowdy of Holly Springs; grandparents, Jacqueline Coleman, John W. Delbert, Darlene Dowdy, all of Holly Springs; and great-grandparents, Alma Reynolds, Eddie Falkner, all of Holly Springs.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Anzell Coleman; George Dowdy and Canary Falkner.
Pearl B. Faulkner
Pearl B. Faulkner, 57, of Holly Springs, died Jan. 22, 2009 at Baptist Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. She was a church usher, attended Rust College, Rice College and Northwest Community College and she was a retired disabled factory worker with Sunbeam.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Chulahoma MB Church, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. McArthur King officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Chandra Harris of Holly Springs; six sisters, Toni Hunter, LaVisha Faulkner, both of Holly Springs, Corrine C. Roby of Calumet City, Ill., Josephine Sain of South Holland, Ill., Annie Pearl Burton of Kansas City, Kan., Annie Seal Foster of Portland, Ore.; a brother, Joseph Faulkner of Holly Springs; and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Steve Hannan, Steve Milbrook, Jessie Burns, Willie Reliford, Nathaniel Miller and Kelsey House. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmie Harris, Oscar Lumpkin, Joseph Faulkner, Darron Faulkner, Michael Lee Kizer and Danicholus Watson.
Doris Marie Hoover
Doris Marie Hoover, 68, of Potts Camp, died Jan. 30, 2009 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital. She was the widow of Robert David Hoover and a Baptist.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery.
She leaves a daughter, Patricia Hoover of Potts Camp; two brothers, James Rufus Taylor, Lonzo Henry Taylor, both of Potts Camp; a sister, Betty Goode of Potts Camp; and a grandchild.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Charlotte Hoover, Mary Frances Hoover.
Sinoba Jackson, 52, of Holly Springs died Jan. 21, 2009 at Alliance HealthCare.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Kimbrough Chapel in Lamar. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Gardens. Elder Octavis Allen officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves four children, Angela Harden of Byhalia, Katrina Jackson, Untrinessia Jackson, Carla Jackson, all of Holly Springs; five brothers, Cecil Adkins, Johnny Jackson, Timothy Jackson, Wilbur Lee Jackson, Eric Jackson, all of Holly Springs; four sisters, Perline Batts of Byhalia, Hazel McFadden, Zenna Jackson, Ella Marie Jackson, all of Holly Springs; and 12 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Carlos Jackson; and a brother, Adell Jackson Jr.
Ollie Marie Martin
Ollie Marie Martin, 80, of Red Banks, died Feb. 1, 2009 at Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany. She was the widow of George Douglas Martin.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Red Banks Baptist Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Red Banks Cemetery. Bro. Wayne Cobb and Bro. Andy Skelton officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two sons, Cecil Henry Martin of Godwin, N.C., Joe Otis Martin of Byhalia; a daughter, Reba Westmoreland of Potts Camp; a brother, Thomas Warren of Okolona; a sister, Annie Martin of Red Banks; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, George Douglas Martin Jr.
Pallbearers were John McClatchy, Randy McClatchy, Jamie Rappa, Lem Rappa, Mark, Watkins, Leroy Derrick, Robert Mayer and Jon Woods. Honorary pallbearer was Charles Tiner.
Vanessa (Pumkin) Oliver, 33, of Cordova, Tenn., died Jan. 25, 2009 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was a member of New Salem MB Church in Memphis, Tenn. She accepted Christ at an early age at Strawberry M.B. Church.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Strawberry MB Church. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Rev. Antonio Maddox Sr. officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her parents, Wesley Jr. and Dorothy Oliver of Cordova, Tenn.; a brother, Wesley Demont Oliver of Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Tinna Evette Oliver-Hill of Memphis, Tenn.; and grandmothers Bernice Oliver, Bessie Cowan, both of Holly Springs.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Wesley B. Oliver Sr., Cliff Cowan Jr.; an aunt, Betty Jean Cowan; and two uncles, Curtis Oliver and Curtis Edward Cowan.
Pallbearers were Lamont Oliver, Terrance Oliver, Carl Oliver, Sean Blake, Antonio Whitelow and Lee Montez Smith. Honorary pallbearers were her uncles.
Jose Guadalupe Padilla
Jose Guadalupe Padilla, 66, of Oxford, died Jan. 14, 2009 at his home. He was born in Hidalgo, Mexico. Later, he relocated to Oxford, where he worked for the University’s Turner Building. He was an Army veteran and he retired from Mittal Steel USA as a supervisor with 30 years of experience.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford. Burial was in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. Rev. Eddie Goliday officiated.
He leaves his wife of four years, Lois Padilla; his sons, Maurice Padilla of Texas, Lamarr Kirksy of Atlanta, Ga., Lamont Kirksy of Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Charise McGee, Lanitta Kirksy of Indiana; three sisters, Amelia Galvez, Carolina Casteel, Aurora Mares, all of Texas; a brother, Ragaillo Padilla of Texas; four sisters-in-law, including Rochelle Roberts of Holly Springs; and two granddaughters.
Pallbearers were Russell Roberts, Bill Frison, Anthony Berry, Johnny Logan, Floyd Brooks, Winston Shannon, Lamarr Kirkson and Ernest Massengale.
Maggie Ruth Dickerson Phillips Tidwell, 67, of New Albany died Jan. 31, 2009 at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was the widow of Clarence Tidwell. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Holly Springs.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 2 at United Funeral Service Chapel. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Rev. Mike Powell officiated.
She leaves three daughters, Louise Powell of New Albany, Ruth Roberts of Blue Springs, Ruby Bishop of New Albany; a son, Tommy Turner of New Albany; a sister, Billie Barkley of Holly Springs; a brother, Tommy Dickerson of Holly Springs; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Rose Lowery.
Pallbearers were Davie Jones, Dempsey Bowen, Shane Wommack, Josh Jones, Jonah Jones and Brad Koon.
Sharon Tacker, 49, of Clarksdale, formerly of Byhalia, died Jan. 25, 2009 at Memorial Hospice Clarksdale. She lived in Byhalia most of her life until she became ill.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Church of The Living Gospel in Watson. Burial was in Greenleaf Cemetery in Coldwater. Rev. Joe Glosson officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Thomas Tacker of Byhalia; two sons, Thomas Tacker III and Jonathan Tacker, both of Byhalia; a daughter, Sarah Jacobs of Coldwater; a brother, Herman Wiley of Holly Springs; a sister, Joyce Mansfield of Hartsville, Tenn.; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Cirrito; and a brother, Larry Wiley.
Curtis Lee Wheeler
Curtis Lee Wheeler, 67, of Byhalia, died Jan. 25, 2009 at Alliance HealthCare System. He was a disabled construction worker with Roy Construction.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 31 at New Mt. Gilliam MB Church in Byhalia, where he was a member. Burial was in Watson Community Cemetery. Rev. Joe Richmond officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Lillian Hardin Wheeler; two daughters, Bonita Bynum of Byhalia, Loretha Thompson of Lawrenceville, Ga.; two sons, Ricky Hardin, Jesse Hardin, both of Byhalia; a goddaughter, Eva Jean Richmond of Byhalia; his father, Crell Wheeler of Byhalia; three sisters, Lydia B. Saulsbury of Las Vegas, Nev., Mary Caston of Milwaukee, Wisc., Marietta Davis of Chicago, Ill.; nine brothers, Charles Wheeler, Avan Wheeler, Chesley Wheeler, Dwight Wheeler, Lester Jones, all of Byhalia, Pruitt Wheeler, Scottie Mitchell, both of Olive Branch, Alonzo Wheeler, Saul Wheeler, both of Memphis, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
James Clinton Whitley
James Clinton Whitley, 67, of Holly Springs, died Jan. 24, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was a Navy veteran, a Baptist and an electronic aviator with Metal Smith.
Private services will be held at a later time. Holly Springs Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Betty Whitley; a son, Freddie Whittington of Holly Springs; four daughters, Rita Johnson, Vickie Harper, both of Potts Camp, Becky Mayes, Sheryl Mayes, both of Holly Springs; and 15 grandchildren.
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