November 4, 2010
Wesley Belford, 85, of Holly Springs, died Oct. 21, 2010, at his home. He was a retired laborer.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Beverly Chapel CME Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Willie Hoey officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two sons, Emmitt Belford, Kelvin Belford, both of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Louise Finley of St. Louis, Mo.; and his caregiver, Verlean Toles of Holly Springs.
Pallbearers were his nephews. Honorary pallbearers were Oliver Echols, Dexter Shipp, Trent Jones and Patrick Jones.
Dony Breedlove, 92, of Holly Springs, died Oct. 29, 2010, at Christopher’s in Holly Springs. He was employed in retail sales.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 1 at Hickory Grove Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves two sisters, Anne Harrison of Arlington, Tx., Velma Crowley of Alabaster, Ala.
For online condolences visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Birdie Aslee Culver
Birdie Aslee Culver, 72, of Etta, died Oct. 25, 2010, at her home. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She was a home care nurse’s assistant.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 30 at Serenity Chapel in New Albany. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Laws Hill.
She leaves her husband, George Culver Sr.; children, Randal Culver of Ecru, George Culver Jr. of Illinois, Emmitt Culver of Pinedale, Stacy Cannon of New Albany, Dave Culver of Etta; two brothers, Johnny Jones, Barry Culver, both of Tennessee; two sisters, Ann Norcear of Covington, Tenn., Julie Culver; 27 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Malessie Mae Jones Dawson
Malessie Mae Jones Dawson, 82, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Holly Springs, died Oct. 24, 2010, at her home. She was the widow of Clayton Dawson. She was a former member of Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ in Memphis.
Services were held at 12 noon on Oct. 30 at House of Prayer Church of Lord Jesus Christ in Memphis, where she was a member. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Elder David M. Cooper officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two daughters, Ethel Rene Mitchell, Delores Bolden, both of Memphis; seven sons, David Bolden, Ed Bolden Jr., James Bolden, Robert Bolden, Joe Milam, Willie Milam, William Earl Milam, all of Memphis; five sisters, Dorothy Rogers, Thester Cooper, Kitty Tate, Ethel Edgerton, all of Memphis, Ruby Jackson of New York, NY; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Flora Dawson; and a son, Columbus Bolden.
Pallbearers were Robert Bolden, Ed Bolden Jr., David Bolden, James Bolden, Willie Milam and William Milam. Honorary pallbearer was Joe Milam.
Mary Cradler Gaiter
Mary Cradler Gaiter, 103, of Holly Springs, died Oct. 25, 2010, at her home. She was the widow of Mose Gaiter. She was an usher, a member of the Mother Board, a Sunday school teacher and a produce lady.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 1 at New Hope MB Church in Laws Hill, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Thomas Wilson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two children, Willie Hubert Wells of Waterford, Opatria McEwen Pryor of Holly Springs; a stepdaughter, Evelene Gaiter James of South Bend, Ind., a sister, Helen Miller of Holly Springs; 17 grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, 48 great-great-grandchildren and seven great-great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ross Campbell, Rodney Miller, Ifanee Jones, Autry D. Jones, Curtis D. Wells and Drece Guy. Honorary pallbearers were J.R. Pryor Jr., Willie Wells Jr., R.C. Pryor, Curtis Wells, S.T. Pryor, Spencer Campbell, Ivory L. Pryor, Isaac Jones, A.D. Pryor, Glenn Shaw, Willie B. Pryor and Eurie Guy.
Gustava “Tavie” Howell, 89, of Holly Springs, died Oct. 20, 2010, at her daughter’s home. She was the widow of Allen Martin Sr. and William Ross Howell. She was a member of New Hope MB Church in Laws Hill. She served on the Mother Board at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Red Banks.
Services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 24 at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Minister Derrick W. Allen officiated.
She leaves her children, Luvine Glover of New York, Virginia Freeman of Memphis, Allen Martin Jr., Shelia Cowan, Donna Marion, Desmond Howell, Dornetta Howell, all of Holly Springs, Rosie Talley of California; a brother, Lynwood Stewart of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 26 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by two children Josephine Barksdale and Issac Martin; two step-children, Nathan Malone and Frankie Brown; and a grandson, Carlos Freeman.
Leodria Kilpatrick, 90, died Oct. 23, 2010. He was the widower of Flora Mae Talley, his wife of 54 years. He served in World War II. Afterwards, he worked at VA Medical Center in Memphis, where he retired.
Services were held at 12 noon on Oct. 30 at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Curtiss Talley officiated.
He leaves two sisters, Velma Pegues of Holly Springs, Etter Pegues of Knoxville, Tenn.; three brothers, Goodloe Kilpatrick, Terry Kilpatrick, both of Holly Springs, Sammie Lee; a granddaughter, Latoria Johnson of Atlanta, Ga.; and nephew Curtiss J. Talley.
Pallbearers were Jeffrey Pegues, Jeremy Pegues, Steve Hampton, David Kilpatrick, Curtis Gatewood, Jaurice Pegues and Terry Kilpatrick.
James Henry Guess
James Henry “Lucky” Guess, 55, of Byhalia, died Oct. 14. He worked at a wrecker service in Memphis, Tenn., and at Tupelo Plywood.
He leaves a daughter in Tupelo; a sister, Pat Nichols of Byhalia; Dan Guess of Tupelo, Mike Guess of Byhalia, Floyd Guess of Pontotoc, Dow Pressley of Nettleton.
William “Bill” Minor
William “Bill” Minor, 68, of Holly Springs, died Nov. 1, 2010, in Biloxi. He was a member of Potts Camp Baptist Church.
Minor was first elected as one of three state transportation commissioners in Nov., 2003. His district covered the northern one-third of the state. Prior to his being elected commissioner, Minor served 20 years in the Mississippi Senate, representing Marshall, Benton and DeSoto counties. While he was in the Senate, Minor served as vice chairman and then chairman of the Highway Committee and helped pass the 1987 Four-Lane Highway Program that’s credited with improving roads throughout the state. Minor later served as chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, which handles bills for taxes and bonds, and on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, which outlines state spending priorities.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the Potts Camp Cemetery. Bro. Chuck Fowler and Bro. Joe Epting will officiate. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation is Nov. 3, 5-9 p.m.
He leaves two brothers, Ray Minor of Waterford, Glen Bounds of Southaven; nephews, Danny (Canna) Minor, David (Sharon) Minor, Darron Minor, Anthony Bounds and Thomas (Corie) Bounds.
Pallbearers will be David Reid, James Peedler, Bob Carrington, Greg Taylor, Flick Ash, Kenny Dickerson, Mitchell Gurley and Steve Gresham.
For online condolences, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Mary Katherine Palmer
Mary Katherine Palmer, 92, of Holly Springs, died Oct. 27, 2010, at Baptist Oxford. She was the widow of William Ellis Palmer. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Holly Springs and a retired retail clerk with Miller’s Department Store.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 29 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Bro. Curtis Ferrell officiated.
She leaves a son, Jimmy Palmer of Holly Springs; and a daughter, Mary Lee Canter of Florence, Ala.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
For online condolences visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Wendy Lee Evans Pritchard
Wendy Lee Evans Pritchard, 37, of Oxford, died Oct. 27, 2010, at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. She was born in Oxford and lived there most of her life. A nationally registered EMT, she had worked as an EMT and dispatcher for many years at the Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley, Alliance HealthCare in Holly Springs and EMHC in Memphis, Tenn., during which time she was a volunteer EMT for Panola County. She had also been a member of the volunteer fire department. She attended the Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Potts Camp.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Bro. Jerry Ervin officiated.
She leaves her husband, Richard Pritchard; her parents, William Evans, Vicki Oldham, both of Oxford; four daughters, Kimberly Nicole Pritchard of Corinth, Patricia Leann Pritchard, Harley Sue Pritchard and Johnnie Lynn Pritchard, all of Oxford; three sisters, Amanda Oldham of Byhalia, Heather Oldham, Lenna Watts, both of Oxford; and six brothers, Michael Lynn Evans, Nathaniel Lee Evans, John Hughes, Luke Hughes, Ben Hughes and Robert Watts, all of Oxford.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.
For online condolences www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
Tennyson Lenell Royston
Tennyson Lenell Royston, 80, of Holly Springs, died Oct. 28, 2010, at Baptist Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a disabled U.S. Army veteran, a member of American Legion Post 250, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Royston Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs, where he was a member. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Rev. Gwendolyn Nelson will officiate. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Odessa Boga Royston; a daughter, Amanda Sanders Martin of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two sisters, Naomi Nevels of Cleveland, Ohio, Agnes Floyd of Holly Springs; and a grandchild.
Gary Dan Pope
Gary Dan Pope, 55, of Hickory Flat, died Nov. 1, 2010, at Baptist Hospital in Union County. He was a truck driver for Massengill until he became disabled.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Burial was in Pisquagh Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Bro. Jason Howell officiated.
He leaves his father, L.E. Pope of Hickory Flat; and siblings Mike Pope of Blue Mountain, James Pope, Brenda Knighton, Sandra Holmes, all of Hickory Flat, Mary Jane Shoffner of Victoria and Shirley Hayes of Oxford.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William Thomas Pope.
Broxie W. Smith
Broxie W. Smith, 80, of Holly Springs, died Oct. 25, 2010, at Alliance HealthCare in Holly Springs. She accepted Christ at an early age at Sandhill Baptist Church. She later joined Macedonia CME Church in Ashland.
Services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Ashland High School auditorium. Burial was in Macedonia Church Cemetery. Rev. Robert Odum officiated. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Ashland were in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, William Smith of Michigan City; 11 children, Sammie Williams of Columbus, Ohio, Rosie Williams of Ashland, Jannice Bostick of Ashland, Jammie Williams of Ashland, Rickey Williams of Ashland, Alexander Williams of Ashland, Cloudiaette Williams of Blue Mountain, Kenneth Williams of Ashland, Shirley Scruggs of Lamar, Annie Bostick of Ashland, Bruce Williams of Ashland; 31 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Sylvester Hudson, Charlie Hudson.
Robert L. Stoker
Robert L. Stoker, 87, of Byhalia, died Oct. 26, 2010, at his home. He was born in Hickman, Ky., and was a retired production manager for Gould National Battery. He was a member of Barton Baptist Church and a World War II veteran and highly decorated as a staff sergeant.
He leaves his wife, Lee Stoker; two children, Randy and Ronnie Stoker of Olive Branch; five stepchildren, Carol Wright of Cordova, Tenn., Judy Harris of Horn Lake, Linda Williamson of Walls, Janet Reader of Bartlett, Tenn., Ronald Wilbanks of Byhalia; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 1 at Family Funeral Care Chapel in Memphis, Tenn. Committal services were held at 2:30 p.m. at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
Shirley Ann Williams
Shirley Ann Williams, 67, of Memphis, Tenn., died Oct. 28, 2010, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. She was the widow of Jerry Williams. She was a Baptist and a bartender.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on October 30 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Carey Chapel Cemetery.
She leaves two brothers, Bobby Miller of Holly Springs, David Miller of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Miller.
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