April 29, 2010
Russell Warren Douglas Jr.
Russell Warren Douglas Jr., 80, of Memphis, Tenn., died April 19, 2010 at Baptist East Hospital. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School. At age 19, he was activated in the Army National Guard and sent to the Korean War, where he served and was wounded in battle. He spent three years in Brooks Army Hospital in San Antonio, Tx., before returning to Memphis, where he went to work for the Commercial Appeal. He worked as a real estate agent for Van Court Realty and later became owner of Marx and Bensdorf Realty until his retirement. He was the past president of The Visiting Nurses Association as well as president of The Memphis Athletic Club and was involved in many civic organizations and throughout his lifetime.
A graveside service was held on April 23 at Hill Crest Cemetery.
He leaves two brothers, Richard Allen Douglas of Holly Springs, William Chandler Douglas of Germantown, Tenn.; four nephews and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by two nephews, Richard Allen Douglas Jr. and Randall William Douglas.
Michael Eugene Hamblin Jr.
Michael Eugene Hamblin Jr., 24, of Byhalia, died April 22, 2010 at his home. He was an artist and a carpenter. He graduated from Byhalia High School and Northwest MS Community College. He was appointed godfather to Stephanie Berry, the daughter of Daniel and Sandra Berry. He made a profession of faith at an early age at the First Baptist Church of Byhalia.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on April 25 at First Baptist Church of Byhalia, where he was a member. Bro. Anthony Langley and Bro. Wayne Gullett officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his father and mother, Mike and Deborah Hamblin of Byhalia; two sisters, Susan Hamblin Woo (Edward) of Franklin, Tenn., Hannah Hamblin of Byhalia; and his adopted grandparents, Carl and Barbara Long of Olive Branch.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Doyce and Vyrl Nolan and O.D. and Robbie Hamblin.
Efford Holloway, 75, of Holly Springs, died April 24, 2010, at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab. He was a retired laborer with Federal Compress & Warehouse.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on May 1 at Rising Star MB Church where he was a member, J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Sandra K. LeSure Holloway of Holly Springs; two children, Michael Holloway of Holly Springs, Rev. Bill Ray Holloway of Atlanta, Ga.; four stepchildren, Toni LeSure of Olive Branch, Little Mason LeSure of New York, New York, Thelbert LeSure of Holly Springs, Melvin LeSure of Southaven; and a brother, Albert Holloway of Holly Springs.
He was preceded in death by a son, Efford Holloway Jr.
Lucas Joe Mays
Lucas Joe Mays, 51, of Byhalia, died April 21, 2010 in Collierville, Tenn. He was a maintenance mechanic.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on April 28 at Mt. Olive MB Church in Byhalia. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rodgers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Lois Mays; two daughters, Latoya Mays, Wauconda Mays, both of Byhalia; a son, Joe Mays of Byhalia; his mother, Mary Lois Mays; four sisters, Linda Joyce Fifer, Barbara Lynn Cathey, both of Byhalia, Laretha Dell Mays of Memphis, Tenn., Mary Annice Mays Evans of Olive Branch; a brother, Robert Louis Mays of Memphis, Tenn.; and six grandchildren.
Pansy Crawford Meeks, 69, of Ripley, died April 19, 2010 at the Tippah County Hospital. She was the widow of Clarence Collier Meeks. She was retired from Walmart and she worked part-time at the Ripley Public Library.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on April 21 at Ripley Church of Christ, where she was a member. Burial was in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. Dr. Patrick Chapman officiated. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves four daughters, Tracey Yates, Michele Elliott, Leslie Meeks, all of Ripley, Lizabeth Fortier of Whitehall, Mont.; a son, Sonny Meeks of Ripley; a sister, Jo Fleming of Holly Springs; two brothers, Boyce Crawford of Slayden, Carl Crawford of Vinton, La.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Janice Barkley.
Susan D. Nelson
Susan D. Nelson, 61, of Byhalia, died April 24, 2010 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was a bookkeeper.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on April 28 at Emory Independent Methodist Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Emory Cemetery. Bro. Leon Burton officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, John L. Nelson; a stepdaughter, Karen Ferguson of Memphis, Tenn.; two brothers, Bobby Day of Hernando, James R. Free of Moscow, Tenn.; a sister, Glenda Ballard of Holly Springs; and a grandchild.
Bennie Morris Norman
Bennie Morris Norman, 56, of Byhalia, died April 22, 2010 at his home.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on April 28 at St. Matthews MB Church in Byhalia. Burial was in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two daughters; a son; and a brother, Ardie Norman Jr. of Memphis, Tenn.
Sarah Winnifred Parish
Sarah Winnifred Parish, 88, of Memphis, Tenn., died at Pleasantview Healthcare Center in Bolivar, Tenn. A native of Red Banks, she lived most of her adult life in Memphis, Tenn., and retired from United States Steel Co.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on April 27 at Red Banks Cemetery. Brantley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two nieces, Nancy Mikell of Charleston, S.C., Mary Kay Hudson of Sumrall; and two nephews, George A. Goodman of Red Banks, Aubrey Glenn Parrish of Oakland, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Page Parrish; her sister, Mary Elizabeth Munn; and a niece, Judith Russell.
In lieu of flowers, you make make donations to the Memphis Humane Society.
Gary Lee Parker
Gary Lee Parker, 67, of New Albany, died April 24, 2010 at Baptist Memorial Hospital - Union County. He was a member of Enterprise Baptist Church and a self-employed carpenter.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on April 25 at Serenity Chapel New Albany. Bro. Tony Monk officiated.
He leaves three children, Ronnie Parker of Holly Springs, Randy Parker of Chicago, Ill., Robert Parker of New Albany; a sister, June Norris of Springfield, Ill.; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Jayden Collier.
Dillon James Peretic
Dillon James Peretic, 9, of Lamar, died April 25, 2010, at his home. He was a student and a Methodist.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on April 29 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Early Grove Cemetery.
He leaves his mother, Rosemary Peretic of Lamar; his father, Michael Swindle of Lamar; a brother, Preston Wade Swindle of Lamar; two sisters, Sonora Leighanne Swindle of Lamar, Victoria Faith Swindle of Berry, Ala.; grandparents, Janice Honeycutt of Somerville, Tenn., Julianne Peretic of Memphis, Tenn., Richard Peretic of Olive Branch, Dock and Sheila Swindle of Berry, Ala.; his great-grandmother, Thelma Bixler of Memphis; an aunt, Laura Peretic of Downers Grove, Ill., and an uncle, Peter Peretic of Olive Branch.
Earnest Pratcher Jr.
Earnest Pratcher Jr., 82, of Como, died April 18, 2010 in Southaven. He was a factory worker.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on April 24 at Mt. Moriah CME Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rodgers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Josephine Davis Pratcher; a son, Bennie Hardin of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Ardelia Whiting of Memphis, Tenn.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Charles Edward Williamson
Charles Edward “Pete” Williamson, 27, of Holly Springs, died April 19, 2010 in Holly Springs. He was a member of Finley Grove MB Church.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on April 27 at Chulahoma MB Church. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Minister Mark Williamson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two children, Demi Charnique Williamson of Jackson, Mar’Kavious Dontrell Hoey of Holly Springs; his mother, Shirley Mae Williamson of Holly Springs; his father, Charles Edward Faulkner of Holly Springs; his grandfather, Art Williamson of Holly Springs; two sisters, LaTarsha D. Poplar of Michigan City, Shatavia M. Faulkner of Holly Springs; three brothers, Marcus S. Williamson, Charles Edward Faulkner Jr., both of Holly Springs, Cedric O. Williamson of Memphis, Tenn.
Pallbearers were Travis Rooks, Chester Campbell, Bobby Williamson Jr., Ralph Howard, Rico Faulkner and Lavengia Williamson.
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