Arthur Byers, 74, of Holly Springs, died May 9, 2010 in Holly Springs. He was Pentecostal and a heavy equipment operator.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on May 11 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Evangel Memorial Gardens. Bro. Scherff officiated.
He leaves his wife, Icy Busby Byers; a daughter, Cynthia Michaud of Holly Springs; two brothers, J.R. Byers of Byhalia, Melvin Byers of Waterford; a sister, Evelyn Garner of Potts Camp; and two grandchildren.
Peggy Harris Clark
Peggy Harris Clark, 55, of Byhalia, died May 6, 2010 at Baptist Desoto Hospital.
Memorial services were held at 4 p.m. on May 9 at Cross Pointe Christian Fellowship, Olive Branch. Rodgers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Gerald (Jerry) Clark; a daughter, Crystal Clark of Byhalia; two sons, Michael Clark of Byhalia, Brian Clark of Looxahoma; a brother, James (Chip) Harris of Red Banks; and eight grandchildren.
Mary E. Foster
Mary E. Foster, 90, of Holly Springs, died May 7, 2010 at Alliance HealthCare System. She was a member of Anderson Chapel CME Church and a retired domestic worker.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on May 11 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she attended. Father Leonard Elder officiated. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves five sisters, Ruby Taylor of Holly Springs, Lillian McEwen of Oxford, Hazel Thompson of Chicago, Ill., Semettie Ferguson, Victoria Brown, both of Detroit, Mich.; and a brother, George (G.W.) Leggs of Holly Springs.
James Funderburk, 82, of Michigan City, died May 3, 2010 at Magnolia Regional Medical in Corinth. He was a steel worker, a veteran, a POW, MIA, and he received the Purple Heart.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on May 6 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hamilton Cemetery. Bro. Greg Cook officiated.
He leaves his wife, Mary Swinford Funderburk; two sons, Billy Page of Millington, Tenn., Carlos Gray of Faulkner; six daughters, Vanessa Funderburk, Latisha Chopin, both of Moscow, Tenn., Joyce Nauer of Albany, La., Jeanie Grashot of Munford, Tenn., Offie Funderburk of Memphis, Tenn., Bonnie Mejia of Michigan City; three brothers, Clem Funderburk of Bartlett, Tenn., Delbert Funderburk, Doyle Wayne Funderburk, both of Bobo; six sisters, Eva Caples of Clarksdale, Eleanor Funderburk Collinger of Dillsburg, Pa., Cleta Mae Harris of Florida, Betty Ann Brooks of Crestview, Linda Walker of Cleveland, Inez Littrell of Batesville; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
John Wesley Grimes
John Wesley Grimes, 55, of Aurora, Ill., formerly of Holly Springs, died May 1, 2010 at Provena Mercy Center in Aurora.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on May 8 at New Hope MB Church, Laws Hill, where he was a member. Rev. Earnest Jones officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Channie Mary Malone Grimes; three daughters, Angela Shorter of Southaven, Alisa Grimes, Shayla Grimes, both of Aurora; two sons, John Anthony Grimes of Aurora, Walter Jackson of Charleston, Mo.; a brother, Ephrom Jones of Aurora; two sisters, Viola Malone, Josephine Grimes, both of Holly Springs; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Malone, Michael Malone, Marcus Johnson, Leon Hearn Jr., Travis Malone and Leon Grimes Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Ephrom Jones, Sylvester Lester Jr., Malcolm Malone, David Miller, Samuel Ivy, Lonnie Jones and I.C. Jones.
Bobby Dean Hall
Bobby Dean Hall, 80, of New Albany, died Monday, May 3, 2010. He and his son Larry Hall founded Southern Equipment Services and managed excavation projects and clean-up of train derailments. He was also a cattle farmer and attended First Baptist Church in New Albany.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on May 5 at United Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Ricky Blythe and Rev. Raymond Bishop officiating. Burial was in Martin Cemetery.
He leaves his wife of 61 years, Edith Murrah Hall; two sons, Larry Hall of Potts Camp and Ronnie Hall of Linden, Ala.; a brother, Roy Hall of New Albany; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Grace Hall, Lois Dilliard Taylor, Katye Snipes, Ernestine McCown, Virginia Farris, Kathleen Knott and brothers, Paul and John “Buddy.”
Honorary pallbearers were his coffee-drinking McDonald’s morning friends.
Online condolences may be made at www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Lee Willie Jefferson
Lee Willie Jefferson, 77, of Red Banks, died May 5, 2010 at Germantown Methodist Hospital. He was born March 22, 1933 in Marshall County.
Services were held at 12 noon on May 10 at Mt. Newel MB Church. Burial was in Mt. Newell Memorial Gardens. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Louis E. Jefferson; five sons, Sesely (Jack) Jefferson, Willie Jefferson, Shelven (Sam) Jefferson, all of Red Banks, Vince Jefferson of Byhalia, Elder Wayne Jefferson of Holly Springs; four daughters, Gail Scales, Carolyn Hardaway of Holly Springs, Alexus Jefferson of Red Banks, Stephanie Blake of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, C.L. Black of Memphis; four sisters, Betty Williams of Edwardsville, Ill., Shirley Smith of Byhalia, Perola Rocket of Madison, Ill., Matilda Nevels of Gulfport; 23 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Jessie Mae Lucas
Jessie Mae Lucas, 65, of Victoria, died May 4, 2010 at Highland of Memphis Nursing Home. She was born May 12, 1944 in Watson.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on May 8 at Pleasant Grove MB Church in Red Banks. Burial was in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Roosevelt Lucas; three sons, Irvin Todd Jr. of Como, Wendell Todd, Michael Todd, both of Byhalia; three daughters, Mary Guy, Angelia Hill, Tiffany Guy, all of Byhalia; two sisters, Bobbie Phillips of Memphis, Tenn., Rose DeBerry of Byhalia; two brothers, Carl DeBerry of Byhalia, Robert DeBerry of Memphis; and many grandchildren.
Payton Smith Sr.
Payton (Mancy) Smith Sr., 87, of Ashland, died May 3, 2010 at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was a World War II Army veteran and a retired farmer.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on May 9 at Palestine MB Church in Michigan City. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. James Williams officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Kate Hudson Smith; two children, Payton Smith Jr. of Ashland, Mildred Hardin of Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters, Clorine Smith, Ruth Jackson, both of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, William Smith of Michigan City; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Valrie Smith; two grandchildren; and a brother, Walter Smith.
Pallbearers were James Hudson, Johnny Strickland, Tronce Price, Andrew Strickland, Bruce Williams and Charles Hudson. Honorary pallbearers were James Hudson, Ceasor Williams, Eddie Hudson, Kenny Williams and Robert Hudson.
Ray Clifford Smithers
Ray Clifford Smithers, 83, of Holly Springs, died May 6, 2010 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was a retired Lt. Col. in the Air Force and a veteran of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam. He was a master navigator, a squadron commander, a member of the Rotary for more than 30 years, Paul B. Harris Award recipient, licensed lay leader at Christ Episcopal Church and worked for Holly Springs School System.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on May 11 at Christ Episcopal Church in Holly Springs, where he was a member. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Bruce McMillan officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Ann Smithers; three daughters, Bess Pitts of Steens, Cindy Layne of Austin, Tx., Katy Hill of Hernando; a brother, Charles Smithers of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church.
S.T. Tidwell Jr.
S.T. Tidwell Jr., 60, of New Orleans, La., formerly of Holly Springs, died May 3, 2010 at River Ridge Hospice, River Ridge, La. He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in New Orleans and a social worker.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on May 10 at J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Chulahoma MB Church Cemetery. Words of encouragement were offered by Willie Hayes Mallory.
He leaves a daughter, Marti Lilith Tidwell of Denver, Colo.; his mother, Catherine Tidwell of Holly Springs; two sisters, Bernice Anderson of Aurora, Ill., Willie Mae Alshadly of Holly Springs; a half-sister, Sandra Pinson of Holly Springs; and a brother, Johnny (Jug) Tidwell of Holly Springs.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Moira Kaitlyn Tidwell; and his father, S.T. Tidwell Sr.
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