Obituaries for Dec. 26, 2008

James Robbins, 75

James Herbert Robbins, 75, of Pontotoc, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 at his residence. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Aurora, IL and a Mechanic. James loved his cars and working as a tow truck operator.

Services were at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2008 at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Rev. David Barnett and Rev. Wayne Rutledge officiating. Interment was in Shady Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Ecru was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife: Yevonne Robbins, of Pontotoc, MS; His nine Children: Billy Joe Robbins of Pontotoc, MS; Herbert Wayne Robbins, of Illinois; James Earnest Robbins (Chris) of Woodstock, IL; Doris Jean Robbins, Aurora, IL; Jeffery Allen Robbins (Becky) of Pontotoc, MS; Bryan Scott Robbins (Pam) of Pontotoc, MS; Bobby Earl Robbins, of Aurora, IL; Steven Robbins (Dorothy Bogard) of Aurora, IL; and  Kevin Robbins (Tara) of New Albany, MS: 1 Step-Daughter: Lori Sparks Moore of Aurora, IL;1 Step Son In Law: Martin Greif, of New Albany, MS;  1 Sister: Mary Lois Swords (Quinton) of Pontotoc, MS; 3 Brothers: Bobby Robbins (Pat) , Mike Robbins (Debbie)both of Pontotoc, MS;  Hubert Robbins  (Marsha)of Brundidge,  AL;  34 Grandchildren, 29 Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Edgar and Mary Etta Robbins; 2 Sisters: Betty Lois Robbins and Eva Ruth Perry; 1 Son: James Lee Robbins; 1 Step-Son:  Ricky Sparks; 1 Step-Daughter: Lynette Greif; and 2 Grandsons: Joseph Robbins and Joseph Doss

Pallbearers were Justin Robbins, Barry Reeder, Jerry Halls, Brian Johnson, Gene Swords and Matthew Greif.

Visitation was from 4 until 9 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 2 p.m. Friday. All the visitation was at Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Zelma Lesley

Potts, 86

Zelma Lesley Potts, 86, of Bartlett, Tenn., died Dec. 11, 2008, at Spring Gate Rehabilitation Healthcare Center.  She was born Jan. 8, 1922 in Cotton Plant to the late Robert David and Jamie (McCurry) Lesley.  Her family attended the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church during her youth and she was an active member of the Providence Presbyterian Church in Bartlett.  She enjoyed visiting area hospitals where she would prepare home-cooked meals for ICU patients and their families.  She, along with her daughter and granddaughter, enjoyed a wonderful life together, full of boundless love with her girls, the three musketeers.

Services were on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Forest Hill South with Dr. John Tucker and Rev. W. Dunahue officiating.  Interment was in Forest Hill South Cemetery.  Forest Hill South Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Potts Goforth of Bartlett, Tenn.; her granddaughter, Lesley Goforth McGee and son-in-law, Steven R. McGee of Collierville, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Everett; three sisters, Lillian Thompson, Merle Garrison and Frances Catt; two brothers, Hugh David and Herman M. Lesley.

Visitation was from 6 until 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


Eave McHan, 54

Johnnie Eave Hamblin McHan, 54, of New Albany, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County.  She was born Sept. 2, 1954 in New Albany to the late John Ralph and Rosie Priscilla Coleman Hamblin.  She was a housewife and a member of the Oak View Baptist Church.

Services were at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at United Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Larry Harrison officiating.  Interment was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.  United Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Alvin Reed McHan of New Albany; daughter, Amanda Faye McHan of New Albany; step daughter, Melissa Haralson and her husband, Bobby of Forrest; step son, Terry Allen McHan of Milton, Fl.; three sisters, Evelyn Higgins of Nettleton, Nell Delashment and Bettie Ferguson, both of New Albany; three brothers, Carlton Hamblin, James Hamblin and Jimmy Hamblin, all of New Albany; one grandchild, Lucas Reed Olmstead of Oxford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Ralph Hamblin and Rosie Priscilla Coleman; two brothers, William Hamblin and Ellis Hamblin.

Pallbearers were Shane Rhea, Bradley Rhea, Steve Rhea, Bruce Elder, Patrick Elder, Billy Joe Priest and Spanky Hamblin.

Visitation was from 5 until 9 p.m., Monday.

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W.C. Dodds, 78

William Calvin “W.C.” Dodds, 78, of New Albany, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at the Graceland Care Center. He was born Feb. 5, 1930, in Union County to Thomas Leon Dodds and Gracie Jordan Dodds. He was a retired truck driver for Merchants Truck Line in New Albany and a Baptist. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved fishing.

Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Andy Russell, Bro. Terry Rodgers and Bro. Don McCutchen officiating. Interment was in Old Glenfield Cemetery.  United Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Azie Lee Dodds of New Albany; three sons, Tommy Dodds (Jo Ann) and Dennis Dodds, both of New Albany, and Jackie Dodds (Sandy) of Ingomar; one sister, Jessie Mildred Steward of New Albany; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bud Dodds and Woodrow Stacks; one sister, Frances Steward; and two infant grandsons, Dennis Joe Dodds Jr. and William Lee Dodds.

Pallbearers were Jerry Steward, Alfred Steward, Mathew Steward, Billy Wayne Steward, Bobby Joe Steward and Chuck Phifer.

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Robert Ray, 62

Robert Ray, 62, of Oxford, formerly of New Albany, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born March 14, 1943, in Union County.

Services will be at noon Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Beaver Dam Church with the Rev. Benny Cobb officiating. Interment will be in Union Grove Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Macy Ball Ray of New Albany; his children, Clara “Lisa” Ivy (Michael) of New Albany, Annie Ruth Cullens of Okolona and Annette Vaughn of Pontotoc; his siblings, Bobby Ray, Rickey Ray, Louise (Linard) Jones, Mary Ray and Shirlene (Guy) McIntosh, all of New Albany, Dorothy Carruthers of Tupelo, Jamie Wilson of Ripley and Annie Lois Ray of Jackson, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Ray.

Pallbearers will be Steven Ray, Wilbert Wilson, Ricko Hodges, James Ray, David Green and Guy McIntosh.