Thursday, August 30, 2012
Blanch Aldrich, 104, of Michigan City, died Aug. 24, 2012 in Memphis, Tenn. She was the widow of Marvin Treadwell Aldrich. She was born in Union County. She had a long career in teaching in schools in the Mid-South, ending her career in the military overseas school program in Spain. She returned to Michigan City, where she retired and organized Flag Day celebrations for many years.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Michigan City. Graveside services will immediately follow at Hill Crest Cemetery. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center, Main Chapel of Somerville, Tenn., was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves a daughter, Allison Jones of Colorado Springs, Colo., many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by daughters Lucy Horton, Hope Brooks and Elizabeth Anderson.
The family requests memorials be directed to Calvary Episcopal Church, 655 Fleming Way, Michigan City, MS 38647.
Steven Andrew Allen
Steven Andrew Allen, 26, of Lamar, died Aug. 26, 2012. He was a painter with RGR Enterprise.
Services were held at Slayden Baptist Church, where he was a member. Burial was in Rice Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Rusty Fair and Bro. Jarrett Jamieson officiated. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his mother and father, Sherry Allen and Johnny Allen of Lamar; his brother, Johnny Mitchell Allen of Lamar; and grandmothers, Barbara Sue Smith, Lavenia Allen.
For online condolences visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
The family requests memorials be made to Slayden Baptist Church, 2534 Hwy. 72, Lamar, MS 38642.
Lena B. Payne Howell
Lena B. Payne Howell, 65, of Holly Springs, died Aug. 24, 2012, at Alliance Health Care. The widow of Walker E. Howell Sr., she was a member of the church’s mother’s board, the Heroines of Jericho #38, the Great Wings of Joy gospel group, a 1966 graduate of W.T. Sims High School and a retired nurse’s assistant with Mississippi State Board of Health.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Strawberry Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Rev. Willie F. Jeffries, pastor, officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three daughters, Felicia Yvette Bender of Ellenwood, Ga., Tevidia Howell of Atlanta, Ga., Sandra K. Lesueur of Olive Branch; a son, Walker E. Howell Jr. of Holly Springs; five sisters, Georgia Alexander of Starkville, Pauline Evans, Gladys Payne, Eva Dowdy, Alberta Isable, all of Holly Springs; three brothers, Terry Payne of Memphis, Tenn., Sammie Payne Jr., Larry Charles Payne, both of Holly Springs; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Johanna V. Ragsdale
Johanna V. Ragsdale, 88, died August 25, 2012. She was the widow of William Sadler Ragsdale. She was a retired bookkeeper for Ragsdale Chevrolet and later Brent Nichols Chevrolet.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 27 at the First United Methodist Church in Holly Springs. Graveside services followed at Hill Crest Cemetery.
She leaves two daughters, Joan (Joni) Ragsdale of Holly Springs, Patti Cassel (Scott) of Dallas, Tx.; and a granddaughter, Lindsey Cassel of Dallas.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Nick VanWingerden, John VanWingerden.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 147, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
Tameka LaShae Ingram Short
Tameka LaShae Ingram Short, 33, of Holly Springs, died Aug. 19, 2012, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs. She was the widow of Reginald Short. She was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, the Order of the Eastern Star and a negative certifier with Lab Corp in Southaven.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 25 at Strawberry MB Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Cottrell Memorial Garden. Rev. Deldrick Leasure officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three daughters, LeAlanda Ingram, Demetria Ingram, ReJanay Short, all of Holly Springs; a son, Reginald Short Jr. of Holly Springs; a stepdaughter, Vashaley Daniels of Sardis; her mother, Johnnie Hughes Ingram of Holly Springs, her father, Alvertis Ingram of Holly Springs; and a grandfather, Loys Malone of Memphis, Tenn.
Lester Franklin “Frank” Swords, 69, of Holly Springs, died Aug. 26, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was born in Ecru and moved to Memphis to attend Memphis State University, where he earned his master’s degree in accounting. He began his accounting career as a cost accountant for Dover Elevator Corporation in Horn Lake and later became chief cost accountant for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Memphis. In 1972, Frank joined NSA as its first CFO and later became chief operating officer. During his more than 20 years in that capacity, he was instrumental in seeing NSA grow from a small Memphis company to a worldwide leader in the direct selling industry operating in over 25 countries. After his retirement, he pursued his two loves in life, hunting and horses. His world famous Sword Point Percheron Farm was home to more than 50 Percheron draft horses along with a collection of buggies, surreys, stage coaches, wagons and horse-drawn farming vehicles. His participation in countless parades, weddings, field days and other events in the Holly Springs area is legendary. Throughout his life, he was active in professional organizations, civic affairs and charitable endeavors. His generosity and kindness extended far beyond Memphis and Marshall County.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Marshall Academy in Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. For online condolences visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
He leaves his wife of 32 years, Vicki Bishop Swords; brother, Phil Swords (Debbie); six daughters, Vicki Jo Swords, Cindy Swords (John), Mandy McMinn (Doug), Amy Mask (Perry), Holly Barker (Kyle) and Leslie Swords; seven grandchildren, Dana Messer, Sterlin McMinn, Josh Mask, Michael McMinn, Juston Mask, Eva Barker and Grayden Barker; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Mabel Swords.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Marshall Academy or the Church Health Center, 1210 Peabody Ave., Memphis, TN 38104.
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