February 26, 2009
Teddy R. Arnett
Teddy R. Arnett, 77, of Byhalia, died Feb. 16, 2009. He was a retired painter after 35 years at Methodist Hospital, an Army veteran serving during the Korean War and had attended Bethlehem Baptist Church in Rossville, Tenn.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 at Forest Hill East Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Forest Hill East Cemetery.
He leaves his wife of 53 years, Connie Arnett; daughter, Wendy Kirk; sister, Gene Balentine; two brothers, Ellis and Larry Arnett; and three grandchildren.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Bonnie Sue Bannister-Boatner, 43, of Potts Camp, died Feb. 19, 2009 at her home.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Bro. Michael Baker of Pine Grove Baptist Church officiated.
She leaves her husband, David Boatner; three sons, Jamie Ray Bannister and his wife, Crystal Kerns Bannister, beloved daughter-in-law, of Albuquerque, N.M., David Scott Bannister of Gulfport, Cody Levi Bannister of Seattle, Wash.; two daughters, Shannon Marie Boatner, Heather Paige Boatner, both of New Albany; her father, Luther Mills of Medlins, W.V.; her mother, Peggy Watson and stepfather, Mike Watson of Pell City, Ala.; a brother, Anthony Mills of Haleyville, Ala.; and seven grandchildren.
Rickey Bing, 53, of Waterford, died Feb. 22, 2009 at Baptist Hospital. He was a Baptist and employed in logging as a skidder driver.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Bro. Frank Feathers officiated.
He leaves his wife, Betty Jean Bing; his mother, Christine Bing Thomas of Waterford; three sons, Richard Allen Bing, Jeffery Mark Bing, both of Waterford, Brian Edward Bing of Southaven; five brothers, Billy Bing, Bobby Bing, Mickey Bing, all of Waterford, Jerry Bing of Victoria, Jimmy Bing of Holly Springs; three sisters, Judy Wright of Eupora, Janie Bing of Waterford, Josie Karr of Tula; seven grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bradley Bing, Billy Bing Jr., Dewayne Bing, Kevin Bing, Daniel Cox, Joseph Rhea, Daniel Cox and Samuel Cox. Honorary pallbearer was Mickey Bing.
L.G. (Faye) Brown, 43, of Etta, died Feb. 21, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. A native of Lafayette County, he was a custodian for Service Master.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Tallahatchie-Oxford MB Association Building with burial in Flint Hill MB Church Cemetery in Etta. Rev. Albert Smith will officiate. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
He leaves three daughters, Veronica Brown, Teresa Isom, April Isom, of New Albany; his mother, Ella Brown of New Albany; three sisters, Jennifer Coleman of Abbeville, Missy Foster, Tiffany Adams, of Etta; two brothers, Eddie Brown of Potts Camp, Irish Brown of New Albany and five grandchildren.
Myrle Virginia Crockett Culver, 66, of Waterford, died Feb. 19, 2009 at Baptist Hospital of Union County in New Albany.
She leaves her husband of 47 years, Creed Culver; four sons, Jessie Crockett of Water Valley, Bob Culver, Creed (Bubba) Culver Jr., both of Potts Camp, Daniel L. Culver of Nashville, Tenn.; four daughters, Patricia Gibbons of Lake Center, Chris Wilbourne of Water Valley, Tammy Culver of Potts Camp, Gail Lewis of Memphis, Tenn.; four sisters; two brothers; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Laws Hill. Rev. Bobby Campbell officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Randall William Douglas
Randall William Douglas, 48, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., formerly of Holly Springs and Germantown, Tenn., died Feb. 22, 2009 at DCH Regional Medical. He was a member of Capstone Baptist Church and a contractor.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery.
He leaves his son, William Randall Douglas of Demopolis, Ala.; his mother, Ann. B. Douglas of Germantown, Tenn.; his father and stepmother, Richard and Leigh Douglas of Holly Springs; two brothers, Russell Millard Douglas of Houston, Tx., Charles Richard Douglas of Starkville; and a sister, Christy D. Owens of Holly Springs.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Allen Douglas Jr.
Carl Edward Hiatt
Carl Edward Hiatt, 70, of Red Banks, died Feb. 21, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Stuttgart, Ark., a truck mechanic with Barton Equipment Company and an Air Force veteran.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Carey Chapel Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant. Rev. Matt Hess will officiate. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Katie Hiatt; two sons, Stephen Hiatt of Washington state, Andrew Hiatt of Cordova, Tenn.; two daughters, Debbie Hignite of Florida, Lisa Hiatt Todd of Ashland; and two sisters, Betty Jones of Hot Springs, June Browning of Stuttgart, Ark.
Lurlean Campbell Lewellyn
Lurlean Campbell Lewellyn, 70, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 16, 2009 at her home. She was a former member of Sand Hill MB Church, and a retired factory worker with Sunbeam.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21 at True Vine MB Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Sand Hill MB Church Cemetery. Rev. Darrell Cunningham officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three daughters, Brenda Hampton of Byhalia, Jennifer Wilkins of Southaven, Mattie Sanders of Memphis, Tenn.; two sons, Melvin Luellen, Larry Luellen, both of Holly Springs; three sisters, Willie Williams of Atlanta, Ga., Ruby Campbell, Jerlean Campbell, both of Flint, Mich.; three brothers, Jessie Campbell of Holly Springs, Thomas Campbell of Chicago, Ill., Tommy Campbell of Pittsburgh, Pa., 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, L.B. Campbell, Mack Campbell and David Campbell.
Pallbearers were Cedric Hampton, Ozell Hampton Jr., Corey Luellen, Nathaniel Tunstall, minister Alderoderick Neely, Antonio Neely and Lateredick Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Luellen, Melvin Luellen, Shunderick Hampton and DreShaun Young.
Gilmer Lee Fordyce
Gilmer Lee Fordyce, 81, of Byhalia, died Jan. 30, 2009 at his home. He graduated from Tupelo High School in 1945. He served during World War II in Europe and again in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Marine Corp, during which he fought in the Battle of Chosin and was awarded a Purple Heart for his bravery. He was a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local #1529. He was a butcher for 34 years. He retired from Burrow’s Big Star in Byhalia. After retiring, he worked in his son’s store, Davis Grocery. He was a member of Byhalia United Methodist Church for 26 years, where he was a faithful member of the Fellow Workers Sunday school class. He served as the chairman of the Marshall County Cluster for the United Methodist Conference for many years. He was a Pilgrim on the North Mississippi Walk to Emmaus #189.
Services were held on Feb. 1 at “The Flame” at Byhalia United Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. Jim Biedenharn officiated. Burial was in Byhalia Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife of 26 years, Eleanor Davis Fordyce; three stepchildren, Cheryl Mokry of Fayetteville, Ga., Greg Davis of Ashland, Linda McKinney of Byhalia; a sister, Lois Ray Holland of Huntsville, Ala.; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Laverne Fordyce.
Memorials may be sent to Byhalia United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6, Byhalia, MS 38611.
Gracie Mae Johnson
Gracie Mae Johnson, 89, died Feb. 21, 2009 at Alliance Healthcare. She was the widow of Charles Bennett Johnson. She was a member of Evangel Full Gospel Assembly and a nurse’s aid at Care Inn.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Abbeville Cemetery. Bro. M.G. Scherff and Bro. Wade Hall officiated.
She leaves two sons, Benny Ray Johnson, Jesse Earl Johnson, both of Potts Camp; two daughters, Evie Jean Hunter of Holly Springs, Bettie Earnest of Middleton, Tenn.; two sisters, Joyce Smith of Waterford, Loyce Smith of Bartlett, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by children Billy Wayne Johnson, Dorothy Louise Owens, Shirley Ann Ford; and a grandson, David Ray Johnson.
Pallbearers were Joey Hailey, Byron Hailey, Ronald Wayne Bumpas, Leslie Wayne Ford, Michael Wayne Johnson and Kevin Wayne Johnson. Honorary pallbearer was David Ray Johnson Jr.
Judy Lynn Lassiter Johnson
Judy Lynn Lassiter Johnson, 40, formerly of Marshall County and West Memphis, Ark., died Feb. 16 at Jackson-Madison Co. General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. She was a registered nurse.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Hollywood Cemetery, Hot Springs, Ark. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, W. Mark Johnson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; her parents, Linda and Bobby Harris of Henderson, Tenn.; her father, Marion Lassiter of Millington, Tenn.; sister, Cynthia Dianne Bonicelli of Henderson, Tenn.; half-brother, Don Lassiter of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and half-sister, Sharon Thompson of Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Annie Mae Smith Payne
Annie Mae Smith Payne, 62, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 14, 2009 at Baptist Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was the widow of Eddie Payne. She was a retired cook with Rust College.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 at Rust College Doxey Auditorium. Burial was in Yarbrough Chapel CME Church Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Christian Jr. officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Shequeta Yevette Payne of Holly Springs; a son, Eddie Levell Payne of Holly Springs; five sisters, Betty Jean Smith Arnold, Stella Hall, both of Holly Springs, Lennie L. Sykes of Olive Branch, Beauty Beard of Virginia Beach, Va., Judy LaRose Ross of Memphis, Tenn.; and a brother, Gaston Johnson Smith of Holly Springs.
She was preceded in death by siblings Lydia B. Smith and Lem Johnson Smith Jr.
Pallbearers were Darrin Smith, Gaston Smith Jr., Lester Mull, Edward Sims, Travis Coleman and Anthony Sykes.
Mary Ruth Vanzant
Mary Ruth Vanzant, 81, of Holly Springs, died Feb. 21, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and a school teacher with Benton, Marshall and Union counties.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 24 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Rev. David Shackelford officiated.
She leaves her husband, Martain Vanzant; two sons, Raymond Vanzant of Dallas, Tx., Fred Martain Vanzant of Billerica, Ma.; and a daughter, Rebecca Vanzant of Germantown, Tenn.
Myra Ruth Young
Myra Ruth Young, 82, of Waterford, formerly of Vermilion, Ohio, died Feb. 14, 2009 at Christopher’s Care Center in Holly Springs. She was the widow of Nelson Young. She worked at “The Pit” restaurant in Vermilion. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Vermilion and Spring Hill Baptist Church in Waterford.
Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three sons, Danny Young of Vermilion, Ohio, Jesse (Mark) Young of Wakeman, Ohio, Edward Young of Southaven; a stepdaughter, Jocelyne Lespagnol of Stourbridge, England; two sisters, Hazel Wilson of Holly Springs, Pauline Cardwell of Waterford; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene Saxon and Jesse Saxon Jr.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Spring Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
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