Thursday, December 20, 2012
Martha Lee Falkner Brookins
Martha Lee Falkner Brookins, 63, of Potts Camp, died Dec. 10, 2012, at her home. She was a church usher, a Sunday school secretary, a member of the pastor’s aide committee and a retired domestic worker.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 15 at St. Mark MB Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery. Rev. Patrick Bailey officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, James Brookins; two children, Melinda Washington (Kenneth) of Holly Springs, Michael Brookins of Oxford; five sisters, Mae Willie King of Detroit, Mich., Nora Sanderson, Evelyn Turnage, Patricia Warren, Gladys King, all of Holly Springs; a brother, Tommy Falkner Jr. of Byhalia; and two grandsons.
She was preceded in death by siblings Sammy Falkner, Roy Peterson and Shirley Falkner.
Dennis Coleman Carlisle Sr.
Dennis Coleman Carlisle Sr., died December 17, 2012, in Holly Springs. He was born October 14, 1926, to Louise Bobo Carlisle and Gideon Clark Carlisle in Okolona.
In November 1944, he was drafted and joined the Navy. After training at the Great Lakes Naval Station, he was deployed in January of 1945. He served on the USS Trippe DD-403 and traveled through the Panama Canal to Iwo Jima. He was then transferred to the USS Whilhoite DE-397. He was discharged on July 8, 1946.
He graduated from Okolona High School in 1947 and went to work at the Kroger Company in June 1947. He worked in stores in Amory, Starkville, Grenada, and eventually became store manager in Starkville. On August 21, 1949, he married the love of his life, Martha McGehee. While he was in the Navy, she wrote him a letter every day and he kept those letters his entire life. After they married, the two lived in Starkville for several years, where all of their children were born.
He bought the Big Star in Holly Springs in November 1963 and remained there until he retired in 2001. He was a former member and president of the Rotary Club. He was a member of the First Methodist Church and served on many committees. He served on the first board of Marshall Academy. In 1970, he was elected a director on the board of the Bank of Holly Springs and served until death. In his spare time, he enjoyed working in his yard, reading about history, particularly World War II, and watching Western and war movies.
Services will be Wednesday, December 19, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Hill Crest Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife of 63 years, Martha McGehee Carlisle; a sister Mary Ann Thompson; two sons, Dennis Coleman Carlisle Jr. and Fred Lewis Carlisle (Patti); two daughters, Marty Carlisle McClatchy (Sam) and Mary Louise Carlisle Davis (Jeff); 11 grandchildren, James Neil Carlisle (Elizabeth), Mason Clarke Carlisle, Sam Power McClatchy III, Margaret Carlisle Shaw, Molly McClatchy Booth (Daniel), Fred Coleman Carlisle, Thomas Goff Carlisle (fiancee Meade), Katherine McClatchy Boerner (Michael), Stephen Carlisle Roberts, Alexander Banks Carlisle, and Olivia McKeown Davis; and three great-grandchildren, Jorden Lane Carlisle, Madison Elizabeth Shaw, and Landen Blaine Fennell.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be William Earl Robinson, Larry Tidwell, the board of directors and officers of the Bank of Holly Springs, the employees of Carlisle’s Big Star and the Birthday Girls.
Billie Jane Roy Klepzig
Billie Jane Roy Klepzig, 83, died Dec. 16, 2012, at her home in Abbeville. She was the widow of Jackie Klepzig. She was a retired teller at Abbeville Bank.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 18 at Abbeville Baptist Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Abbeville Cemetery. Rev. Randy Hope officiated. Waller Funeral Home in Oxford was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves two daughters, Becky Kelley of Abbeville, Leah Arrington (Perry) of Oxford; two sons, Steve Klepzig (Pam) of Hernando, Joe Klepzig of Abbeville; a sister, Barbara Ward of Abbeville; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Abbeville Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 80, Abbeville, MS 38601.
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