February 12, 2009
Rebia Hardaway Crane
Rebia Hardaway Crane, 81, of Holly Springs, died Jan. 30, 2009 at Baptist Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. She was a member of her church’s mother’s board and a retired domestic engineer with Rust College.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Mt. Newell MB Church in Red Banks, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Thurman Norman officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves seven children, Mary Knox of Memphis, Tenn., Elouise Nabors, Arnisica Tunstall, Deborah Bogan, Lilton C. Crane Jr., Larry Crane, all of Holly Springs, Castdell Crane of Bolivar, Tenn.; three sisters, Bernice Oliver, Patricia Seldom, both of Holly Springs, Josephine Briscoe of Byhalia; seven brothers, Tommy Hardaway, Willie Hardaway, Lerlon Hardaway, King Hardaway, all of Holly Springs, Robert Hardaway of Victoria, Edison Hardaway of Mt. Pleasant, James Hardaway of Chicago, Ill.; 27 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Crane; and a brother, Johnny Hardaway.
Pallbearers were Roosevelt Laney, James Hardaway, Travis Crane, Johnny Hardaway Jr., Tony Hardaway, and Reginald Hardaway. Honorary pallbearers were Lilton Crane Jr., Larry Crane, James Parker, L.C. Malone, Castdell Crane, Jesse Nabors, Richard Moore and Jesse Bogan.
Musette Jones Dugger
Musette Jones Dugger, 73, of Batesville, died Jan. 31, 2009 at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. She was a member of Chulahoma Baptist Church. She attended Jones Elementary School in Marshall County and graduated from M.I. College, where she earned her B.A. degree. She worked on her master’s degree at Livington College in Montgomery, Ala., and further studied at the University of Mississippi. She taught school in Crowder, and Patton Lane in Montgomery Ala., Military School in Germany for three years and returned to Batesville and retired with 25 years of service at Batesville Intermediate School in 1997. She served as a Sunday school teacher, organized Vacation Bible School and served as director for many years. She also served as youth leader, mission teacher and was most recently serving as president of deaconesses, music department and choir member. She worked many years with the youth department, served as a board member, second vice president of the women’s auxiliary, instructor of Christian Education and district choir member. She sang with the United Voices of Praise and even sang with the Billy Graham Crusaders.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Batesville School auditorium. Burial was in West Camp Cemetery in Batesville. Rev. Karsten Dugger officiated. Cooley’s Mortuary, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Calvin Alston Dugger; a son, Rev. Karsten Merrick Dugger of Horn Lake; five sisters, Dorris Howell of Memphis, Tenn., Sadie Ross of Oakland, Calif., Vera Hunter of Baldwyn, Susie Bell of Holly Springs, Carolyn Harris of San Antonio, Tx.; and three brothers, Earnest Jones, James Jones, M.H. Jones, all of Memphis, Tenn.
Norma Juanita Gresham
Norma Juanita Gresham, 85, of Ashland, died Feb. 5, 2009 at Baptist Union Co. Hospital. She was a seamstress with ABC Factory.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Ashland Baptist Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery. Bro. Randy Smith and Bro. Randy Crews officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Melvin Q. Gresham; a son, Glenn Gresham of Ashland; four daughters, Juanita Childers of Ashland, Linda Gambrell of Tupelo, Shelia Smith of Ripley, Penny Poff of Ashland; five sisters, Blanche Walker of Memphis, Tenn., Carneil Meisel of Tupelo, Melba Walker of Collierville, Tenn., Helen Stroupe of Ashland, Bobbie Ford of Ripley; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were her grandsons.
Delphia Mae Lowe
Delphia Mae Lowe, 91, of Chicago, Ill., formerly of Holly Springs, died February 2, 2009 at Elmwood Care Center in Chicago. She was the widow of Jonas Lowe. She accepted Christ at an early age and united with Bradford Chapel CME Church. She attended the public schools of Pontotoc and attended M.I. College in Holly Springs. She was a school teacher for Marshall County School System for 60 years.
Services were held at 12 noon on Feb. 6 at Naylor Chapel CME Church in Pontotoc. Burial was in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Rev. Matthew Freeman, pastor, officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a son, Sam; and a granddaughter, Marie.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Alfrenette Lowe; and two sisters, Minnie Bowdry and Mary Foster.
Jessie Mays, 74, of Coldwater, died Feb. 3, 2009 in Southaven. He was a retired construction worker.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 8 at New Bethlehem Baptist Church. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery in Coldwater. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves six daughters, Ella Mays, Angela Newson, Scherry Mays, all of Coldwater, Carolyn Mays of Senatobia, Hazel Mays Patterson, Margie Newson of Memphis, Tenn.; 11 sons, Jessie Mays Jr. of Hernando, William Liller, Willie Young, both of Memphis, Tenn., Joe Lee Mays of Senatobia, Henry Miller, Billy Mays, Nelson Mays, all of Coldwater, Bernell Mays, Cleroy Mays, LeVorn Mays, all of New York, NY; a sister, Lena Davidson of Coldwater; six brothers, Y.W. Mays of Hernando, Lois Mays of Byhalia, Willie Lee Mays, Ozell Mays, A.Y. Mays Jr., Levi Mays, all of Coldwater; 52 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
James William Miller
James William Miller, 88, of Red Banks, died Feb. 6, 2009 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab. He was the widower of Elizabeth Ann Miller. He was a member of Hurricane Baptist Church, a mechanic and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery.
He leaves his son, Jimmy Miller of Red Banks; a sister, Frances Hooker of Pontotoc; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Gloria Wanell Raines
Gloria Wanell Raines, 62, of Myrtle, died Feb. 4, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. She was a Baptist.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 7 at Bethany Baptist Church. Bro. Donald Worsham officiated. Burial was in Bethany Cemetery in Potts Camp. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Bobby Raines; two sons, Jimmy Garrett, Eugene Garrett, both of New Albany; her father, Luther Higgins of Atoka, Tenn.; a brother, Kenneth Higgins of Hickory Flat; five sisters, Anita Clayton of Potts Camp, Jacque Kirk of Hickory Flat, Teresa King of Hagerstown, Md., Sheryl Hutchens of Hickory Flat, Tammy Thompson of Hickory Flat; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Higgins; and her mother, Mary McMillen Higgens.
Martha Long, 75, of Holly Springs, died Jan. 28 at her home.
She was buried in Arkansas. Roller Family Funeral Home in Marion, Ark., was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her family, Eddie, Alice and Dominey Long of Holly Springs.
Earlie B. Smith
Earlie B. (Good) Smith, 92, of Michigan City, died Feb. 4, 2009 at his home. He was the widower of Dellar Smith. He was a member of Masonic Family East Star Lodge #59. He retired from the State Highway Department.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Hardaway Baptist Church in Michigan City, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Adam Gholson officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his children, Rev. Willie C. Smith, Early H. Smith, both of Bolivar, Tenn., Terry Buggs of Nashville, Tenn., Christine Smith of Michigan City, Earnestine Royston of Potts Camp, Della Norment of Whitesville, Tenn., Martha Polk of Olive Branch; 30 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Ann Smith.
Pallbearers were Gary Royston, Cedric Royston, Carlos Smith, Gregory Smith, Marcus Polk, Eric Royston, Jovernia Smith, Tony Smith, Johnnie Ray Smith, Demetrais Smith and Emmanuell Norment. Honorary pallbearers were Min. Willie Smith, Anthony Polk, Anthony Royston, Leroy Buggs, Early Smith, Joseph Smith, Clint Tolbert, Bobby (Jack) Anderson and Robert Norment.
Cathy L. Tackitt
Cathy L. Tackitt, 54, of Ecru, died Feb. 8, 2009 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born in Merceda, Calif. She lived all over the country with her military family but spent most of her adult life in the Ecru/Pontotoc/Tupelo/Verona area. She graduated from Westwood High School in 1972 and worked in area garment, furniture and industrial factories. She was a Baptist and a follower of the Shepherd’s Chapel TV ministry with Bro. Arnold Murray. In death, she was an anatomical donor for medical research.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 14 at Victoria Heights Baptist Church in Victoria. Bro. Bobby Campbell will officiate. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel will be in charge of arrangements.
She leaves ; a son, Jamie Neal Tedford of Pontotoc; a daughter, Jessica Roberson of Ecru; her mother, Jo Ann Roberson and stepfather Charlie of Victoria; her grandmother, Rivera Robertson of New Albany; two sisters, Linda Carpenter of Victoria, Sarah Mills of Eads, Tenn.; two brothers, Larry Robertson of Arkansas, Jason Robertson of Olive Branch; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802, or to NMMC Hospice, 422 A E. President St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Bonnie Dean Todd
Bonnie Dean Todd, 56, of Coldwater, died Jan. 30, 2009 at her home. She was a cook.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Second Baptist Family Life Center in Coldwater. Burial was in Hunters Chapel Cemetery in Como. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three daughters, Contessa Todd, Contelia Wooten, both of Coldwater, JoVetta Reliford of Holly Springs; three sons, Terry D. Lewis, Mark Todd, Keenal O. Todd, all of Coldwater; seven sisters, Earline Holiday, Denatra Crawford, both of Memphis, Tenn., Earline Allen, Erma Renfro, both of Coldwater, Lee Ann Lewis of Hernando, Mattie Anderson of Temple, Tx., Vinney Watts of Chicago, Ill.; six brothers, Andrew Daniels, Nathaniel Daniels, Esebe Daniels, all of Memphis, Tenn., Lee Jr. Lewis of Como, Willie C. Lewis of Hernando, Tom Lewis of Chicago, Ill.; and 12 grandchildren.
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