Thursday, June 13, 2013
Fay Loraine Beckham
Fay Loraine Beckham, 80, of Byhalia, died June 7, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was the widow of Cecil B. Beckham, a member of Meadow Brook Baptist Church and a factory worker.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on June 12 at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial was in Memorial Park South Woods in Memphis. Bro. Oscar Geeslin officiated.
She leaves two sons, Steven Beckham, Gary Beckham Sr., both of Byhalia; three daughters, Mona Culver Sulaiman of Waterford, Dorrie K. Johnson, Tina Haley, both of Byhalia; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
For online condolences visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Deborah Lynn Bradford
Deborah Lynn Bradford, 52, died June 2, 2013, at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She had worked in child care and was a homemaker.
A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. on June 8 at Brookside Baptist Church in Olive Branch. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of local arrangements.
She leaves two daughters, Brandy Moss of Byhalia, Darlene Richards Nass of Red Banks; her father, Glenn Halley of Red Banks; a sister, Glenda Long of Byhalia; four brothers, Michael Halley of Byhalia, John Halley of Memphis, Tenn., Glenn Halley Jr. of Red Banks, Glenn Halley of Collierville, Tenn.; five grandchildren and her fiance’, Glen Maxwell and his children, Amber, Angie, Jessie, J.W. and Jacob.
She was preceded in death by a son, James Bradford.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284-8217.
For online condolences visit www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
John Gatewood Jr.
John “Buck John” Gatewood Jr., 71, of Holly Springs, died June 4, 2013, at his home. He was a former member of Vigil Lights singing group, a member of the church mass choir, a member of male chorus and he sang in the Carrier Gospel Choir. He was a retired laborer with Carrier Inc. in Collierville, Tenn., after 31 years.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on June 9 at Hudsonville CME Church, where he was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Elder Bobby G. Wilson officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves three daughters, Janeise Thompson, Sharon Shields, both of Holly Springs, Precious Gatewood of Memphis, Tenn.; three sons, Milton Raimey of Memphis, Lee Cedric Gatewood of Holly Springs, Barry Gorman of Olive Branch; seven sisters, Dora Jean Summage of Omaha, Neb., Nettie Mae Jordan, Earnestine Lewis, Mary Butler, all of Alexander, Ark., Lillie B. Watson, Louise Crawford, Linda Walker, all of Forrest City, Ark.; three brothers, Thomas Preston Gatewood of Little Rock, Ark., Edward Gatewood of Forrest City, Tom Gatewood of Alexander; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Rev. Gilbert LeSure
Rev. Gilbert LeSure, 94, of Holly Springs, died June 6, 2013, at Baptist Hospital-North MS in Oxford. He was a minister, a member of the Masonic Lodge and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a retired laborer with Wall Doxey State Park.
Visitation will be June 14 from 2-7 p.m. at the funeral home with family visitation from 6-7 p.m. and on June 15 from 10-10:55 a.m. at the church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on June 15 at Mt. Peel MB Church in Holly Springs, where he was a member. Burial will be in Mt. Zion CME Church Cemetery. Rev. Rondias Cox will officiate. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife, Dallis Elliott LeSure; nine daughters, Rene L. LeSure Hunt (Ronnie), Arlene LeSure Braddock (Edgar), both of Falkner, Aslee LeSure Belfour (Larry) of Tupelo, Barbara Jean LeSure Levy (Sam) of Woodbridge, Va., Bonnie LeSure Wells of Holly Springs, Linder Lee Williams (James) of Aurora, Ill., Jennie LeSure of Los Angeles, Calif., Victoria Smith and Lorraine LeSure Sanders, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three sons, Dennis LeSure (Lenora) of Holly Springs, Eddie Frank LeSure (Mary) of Tunica, Joe Louis LeSure of Aurora; a brother, Arthur LeSure of California; 33 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shelby LeSure; son-in-law, Douglas Smith; siblings Roy LeSure, Lucieal LeSure Holt, Mary Ann LeSure Jeffries, Savanah Georgia LeSure Thomas, Mattie LeSure Bogard, Joe C. LeSure.
Charles R. Taylor
Charles R. Taylor, 69, of Holly Springs, died June 4, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He accepted Christ at a young age and was a member of Reid’s Gift MB Church in Potts Camp. He was employed at Holmes Logging for many years.
Services were held at 3 p.m. at Strawberry MB Church. Burial was in Reid’s Gift MB Church Cemetery. Pastor Rev. Willie Jeffries Jr. officiated. Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He leaves his wife of 22 years, Stephanie McKinney Taylor; six daughters, Charlene Ray of Pontotoc, Sharonie Malone (Woodrow), Shelita Williamson (Leon), both of Holly Springs, Sherlonda Tables (Erroll) of Champaign, Ill., Shaquita Tables (Glen) of New Albany, Sabrekia McKinney (Michael) of Holly Springs; special daughters Annett Vaughn (Dennis), Anna Ruth Cullens of Pontotoc; Wayne Cullens, whom he raised as a son; sisters Bulah Harris of Hickory Flat, Patty Sue Taylor of New Albany; a twin brother, Bill Taylor (Ella) of North Carolina; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a grandchild.
Dorothy Mae Preston Rucker
Dorothy Mae Preston Rucker, 74, of Holly Springs, died June 5, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. She was a church usher.
Services were held at 3:30 p.m. on June 9 at Hebron MB Church in Lamar, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Dwight Rucker officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Charles Rucker; three sons, Rev. Charles Preston, Jerry Rucker, both of Holly Springs, Rev. Dwight Rucker of Michigan City; a stepdaughter, Michell Hannah of Chicago, Ill.; her mother, Rella Terry Preston of Lamar; three sisters, Pearlie Washington of Ashland, Evelyn Brown of Detroit, Mich., Hazel Stigger of Columbus, Tenn.; three brothers, James Henry Preston of Ashland, Cedric Preston of Lamar, Brian Ayers of Mississippi; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Vera Mae Dowdy Walker
Vera Mae “Mickey” Dowdy Walker, 63, of Collierville, Tenn., died June 3, 2013, at Baptist Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. She was a member of The Golden Grain Good Shepherd Lodge #42, a member of Eastern Star White Flag Lodge #210, a member of the usher board and a member of pastor’s aide at church. She was a certified nurse’s assistant with St. Francis Hospital and private duty.
Services were held at 12 noon on June 8 at New Sherron MB Church in Cayce, where she was a member. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Reginald Purham officiated. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She leaves her husband, Eddie Walker; three children, KaTunda Walker, Lashunda Walker, both of Collierville, Antonio Stigger of Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters, Ruth Ann Stevenson of Mt. Pleasant, Dollie Mae McAtee of Memphis; three brothers, Robert Norfleet, Eddie Norfleet, James Norfleet of Byhalia; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a son, Carlos Walker; and siblings Herman Jones and Nadean Slayden.
Charlie Major West
Charlie Major West, 81, of Water Valley, died June 7, 2013, at Yalobusha General Hospital. He was a member of First Baptist of Hickory Flat, a mechanic and a Marine veteran.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on June 9 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Bro. Clyde Thompson officiated.
He leaves his daughter-in-law, Sheila West of Ripley; a brother, James Earl West of Water Valley; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Wayne West; and a brother, William Terrie West.
For online condolences visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
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