Thursday, July 26, 2012
Morris A. Courson
Morris A. Courson, 75, of Hickory Flat, died July 19, 2012, at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a foreman with Prairie Construction and a veteran.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on July 21 at Pine Grove Baptist Church, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Bro. Michael Baker and Bro. Randy Hamilton officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Rosalie Courson; two sons, Tony Courson (June) of Hickory Flat, Patrick Courson (Michelle) of Holly Springs; his brother, Wade Courson Jr. of Hickory Flat.; his sister, Imogene McMullen; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
For online condolences visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Clay Henderson Jr.
Clay “Junebug” Henderson Jr., 62, died July 16, 2012 at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. He was a member of Yarbrough Chapel Church.
Services were held at 12 noon on July 21 at Jones Grove Church in Holly Springs. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Pastor John Powell officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves seven sisters, Leola McAdams, Annie Ceil Tunstall, Roberta Harden, all of Memphis, Tenn., Martha Jean Henderson (Leon) of Chicago, Ill., Betty Jean Raimey, Carolyn Jeffries, Jackie Jeffries, all of Holly Springs; and two brothers, James McAdams, Moses Henderson, both of Memphis.
Pallbearers were James Harry, Johnny Lee Richmond, Velver Turner, Larry Turner, Henry Raimey, Roy Howell and Freddie Johnson Jr. Honorary pallbearers were relatives and friends.
Michael Edward Lynn
Michael Edward Lynn III, 76, died July 21, 2012 at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. Born in Scranton, Penn., he served in the United States Army. His professional career was in the entertainment industry. A protege of Walter Reade, the renowned theater impresario in New Jersey, Lynn moved to Memphis, Tenn., in 1961 upon Reade’s death to work for Malco Theaters. He became manager at Dixiemart, where he met his wife Jorja. Memphis mayor Henry Loeb asked Lynn to coordinate an effort to bring a professional NFL team to the city, so Lynn formed Mid-South Sports Action, Inc. He also formed a music production company, Mid-South Productions.
In 1974 Lynn joined the Minnesota Vikings as general manager and ultimately became managing partner. He was with the Vikings 17 years. In 1990 he left the Vikings to become the first and only president of the World League of American Football.
In 1983 Lynn and his wife bought the historic Walter Place in Holly Springs and over the course of the next 20 years renovated it along with two additional antebellum homes. The magnificent park he created will now be named in his memory. He also founded the Oxford University Club in Oxford.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on July 25 at First Presbyterian Church in Oxford. Rev. John Semmes officiated.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. on August 8 at the Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata, Minn., with a reception following at the Lafayette Club.
He leaves his wife of 44 years, Jorja Swaney Lynn; two daughters, Lucia Lynn Acitelli (Mark), of Holly Springs, Louisa Lynn of California; two sons, Mike Lynn IV of Memphis, Tenn., Robert Lynn (Tara) of New York, NY; three sisters, Kay Kaier of New York, Christine Rosen of Virginia, Shirley Cerullo of Virginia; two brothers, Jimmy Lynn of Minnesota, John Lynn of Germany; and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Viking Children’s Fund (Mike Lynn was the founder), 9520 Viking Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
For online condolences, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.
Derek Rodgers, 32, of Blue Mountain, died July 21, 2012, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was a staff sergeant at Marshall County Correctional in Holly Springs. He was an active CERT member.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on July 24 at The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Blue Mountain, where he was a member. Bro. Joe McKnight and AWO Michael Millwood officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
He leaves his wife, Erica Rodgers of Corinth; his parents, Robert Nelson and Sandra Rodgers of Blue Mountain; a daughter, Virginia “Gina” Grace Rolison Rodgers; a stepdaughter, Kayla Jade Clemmer of Ripley; and grandparents Robert Eugene and Evangeline Rodgers of Blue Mountain, Edna and James Alsip of Booneville.
Pallbearers were MCC of CERT Team, Lt. Eric Reliford, Sgt. James Tunstall, Sgt. Tonya Stewart, Sgt. Adam Davis, Sgt. Cecil Lewis, Joseph Wilson, Dianne Humphrey and David Brown. Honorary pallbearers, AWO Michael Millwood, Sgt. Mike Rice, Jeff Butler, Josh Rodgers, Delton Cissom, Peyton Reno, Matt Robinson, Randy Floyd, Austin Akins and Tyler Rodgers.
He was preceded in death by a son, Damian Zane Rodgers; and a cousin, Whitney Michelle Alsip.
For online condolences visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com
Linda Darnell Hudspeth
Linda Darnell Hudspeth, 62, died July 16, 2012, in Olive Branch. She was a forklift operator.
She leaves a son, Stan Cook of Olive Branch; a brother, Tony Brown of Byhalia; a sister, Brenda Brewer of Gulfport; and three grandchildren.
Earnest A. Waldrop Jr.
Earnest A. Waldrop Jr., 64, of Byhalia, died July 16, 2012, at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven. He was Pentecostal and a truck driver.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on July 19, at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Evangel Full Gospel. Bro. Melvin Lester and Bro. Terry Hunt officiated.
He leaves his wife, Eunice Waldrop; two sons, Jody Waldrop (Cynthia), Jeremy Waldrop, both of Byhalia; three daughters, Terri Allen (Wayne), Michelle Moncrief (Troy), both of Potts Camp, Jennifer Galloway (Timmy) of Byhalia; and seven grandchildren.
For online condolences visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Rev. Walter Arthur Washington Sr.
Rev. Walter Arthur Washington Sr., 69, died July 16, 2012 at his home. He was the widower of Zalie Mae Washington. For more than 30 years, he restored some of the most unique and rare antique furniture throughout the country and around the world. A former employee of Rhodes Jennings, Furniture Center, Bradford Furniture Showroom, and owner of Washington Refinishing and Upholstery, he was featured in several magazines for his unique skill and gift of restoring antiques. For almost 30 years, he served as the senior pastor of Upper Salem MB Church in Brownsville, Tenn.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on July 21 at New Dimension Salt and Light Ministries Church in Holly Springs. Minister Odel Robinson and Pastor Patrick Washington officiated. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves three sons, Walter (Rhonda) Washington Jr. of Vallejo, Calif., pastor Roger (Kellye) Price of Beaumont, Calif., pastor Patrick (Vicki) Washington of Ashland; two daughters, Brenda (Eldridge) Boga of Ashland, Linda (Phillip) Iweze of Columbia, Mo.; a sister, Ella White of Ashland; three brothers, Joseph Washington, James Washington, John Washington, all of Ashland; 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Joey Price; and a daughter, Sharon Price.
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