Obituaries for July 1, 2009

 James E. 

Rogers, Jr. 85

Funeral services for James E. Rogers, Jr., 85, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday June 28, 2009, at Foote Street church of Christ with ministers Roy Sharp, Ben Flatt, Billy Smith, and Milton Sewell officiating and with interment in the New Albany City Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rogers died Friday at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN. He was born on April 28, 1924, to the late James E. and Gaither Smith Rogers in New Albany, MS, where he lived for 75 years before moving to Henderson, TN. He moved to Corinth, MS, in November, 2008. Mr. Rogers was a WW II Naval Air Corp Veteran and a Lion Oil Company Distributor for over 35 years. As a former member of New Albany church of Christ, Mr. Rogers served as a deacon for 18 years and an elder for 18 years. He was involved in mission work in Idaho Falls, ID; Prentiss, MS, Russia; and Ghana, West Africa, and conducted singing schools in nine states and Russia. He was an adult Sunday School teacher and preached occasionally. Most recently, he was a member of the Foote Street church of Christ.

Mr. Rogers served on the board of Mid-South Youth Camp for about 45 years. The lake at MSYC was named the Rogers Lake in honor of his leadership in rebuilding it in 1977. Mr. Rogers received a B.S. degree in Bible in May 2005 at the age of 81, distinguishing him as the oldest person ever to graduate from Freed-Hardeman University. In 2006 he was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the University. Mr. Rogers was named president of the Advisory Board of FHU for 1990-1991 after 20 years of service, and he continued to serve on the board until his death. He was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 2002. He and his wife served as the official grandparents of the university students for a number of years. 

Surviving is his wife, Altha Dodd Rogers, whom he married September 22, 1946; 3 daughters: Becky Cargile (Ken)—Henderson, TN, Connie Walton—Corinth, Jean Simmons (Kurt)—Richardson, TX;   8 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. He was the uncle of Dr. John Dodd of Corinth.

Pallbearers were Dr. Steve DePriest, Dr. John Dodd, Stephen Dorris, Greg Harrison, Jesse Robertson, and Harold Russell.

Honorary pallbearers were Bob Brown, Jimmy Coley, Everett Day, Taze Lofton, Harold Montgomery, Bill Steelman, Bob Williams, and Vance Witt. 

Family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Rogers-Dodd-Conger Scholarship Fund at Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN or Mid-South Youth Camp c/o Freed-Hardeman University.


Bill Taylor, 62

   William Oliver (Bill) Taylor 62, of Myrtle, Ms  died on June 29, 2009, at The North Ms. Medical Center in Tupelo, Ms.

He was born in Baldwyn, Ms. on December 13, 1946 to the late Herbert Roy Taylor and Annie Jane Dill Taylor. He was a retired employee of The Ms. State Highway Department.

Services will be Wednesday July 1, 2009, at 11 a.m. in the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Rex Wilburn and Bro. Jeff Lawrence officiating. Interment will be in the Baldwyn City Cemetery.

Survivors include,One Son Michael Taylor (Debbie) of Guntown, Ms. , Three Sisters, Linda Beaty of Memphis Tn., Mona Simpson of Blue Mountain, Ms. and Sylvia Wallace of Pinedale, One Brother David Taylor of Myrtle., Four Grandchildren, Chad Taylor, Jonathan Taylor, Ashley Taylor, and Megan Johnson. and Four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Walter Simpson, Tony Simpson, Dale Beaty, Kenneth Beaty, Jason Taylor, and Andy Taylor. Visitation was Tuesday from 5-8 pm.

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Wayne Warren, 76

Wayne Warren, 76, of Hurricane, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a member and longtime deacon, Sunday School teacher and treasurer of Hurricane Baptist Church and former Vice President of Basic Wood Products in Pontotoc. He was founder and owner of W.W. Wood Products of Hurricane and he was a United States Army veteran.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2009, at Hurricane Baptist Church with Bro. Philip Brock and Bro. Doug Jones officiating. Interment was in the Sand Springs Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Jimmie S. Warren of Hurricane; one daughter, Jill Frohn (Eric) of New Albany; one son, Phil Warren (Stephenie) of Hurricane; and five grandchildren, Olivia Wells, Mary-Colston Warren, Anna Grace Warren, Will Frohn and Elizabeth Frohn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie O. Warren and Pearl Hudson Warren of Hurricane; two brothers, Charles M. Warren (Margie) and James “Jink” Warren, both of Hurricane; and one sister, Mildred W. Wilbanks of Tupelo.

Pallbearers were Church Warren, Chris Russell, Chad Russell, Charles Short, Cason Short, Jeff Warren, Johnny Fears and Jimmy Hardin.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Hurricane Baptist Church.

Visitation was from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home Monday and will continue one hour prior to service time.

Memorials may be made to the Hurricane Baptist Church Building Fund, 7975 Highway 346, Pontotoc, MS 38863.


Geniver Johnson, 86

Geniver Johnson, 86, of New Albany, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the Union County Health and Rehabilitation Center in New Albany. She was a native of Union County and a member of Beaver Dam M.B. Church where she served on the Mothers Board. She loved yard work and working with flowers. She was the widow of Tom Johnson and was known to many as “Momma Gem”.

Services were at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Beaver Dam M.B. Church with Rev Lawrence McKenzie delivering the eulogy. Interment was in Beaver Dam Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Annie Edwards of New Albany; one son, David “Bubba” Carter of Byhalia; one sister, Lela Johnson of New Albany; one brother, Clifton Edward of Alabaster, Ala.; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Visitation was from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.


Shelly Johnson, 51

Shelly Deloris Morris Johnson, 51, of Baldwyn, died June 27, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 6, 1958, to Jack Morris and Ordean Morris Arnold. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Frankstown and she was a lifelong resident of Baldwyn. She was a graduate of Wheeler High School. She enjoyed spending time with family, friends and especially her grandchildren. She was loved and will be missed very much.

Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Dwight Scott and Bro. William Copeland officiating. Interment was in the Lebanon Cemetery.

Survivors include her mother, Ordean Morris Arnold of Baldwyn; son, Daniel Johnson of Louisiana; daughters, Jodye Johnson of Baldwyn and Georgye Davis (Eric) of Booneville; grandchildren, Brett and Brice Johnson of Alabama, Josie Davis of Booneville, and Samuel Johnson of Baldwyn; sisters, Shelia Carpenter (Mike) of Baldwyn, Jackie Green (Roy) and Kandye Escobedo (Roger), both of Dallas; brother, Mark Morris (Amy) of Baldwyn; a host of nieces and nephews; the father of her children, Mickey Johnson; and a special friend, Ronald Chism.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Morris; step-father, Richard Arnold; grandparents, C.A. and Bessie Morris and Orden and Vera Scott; and a daughter-in-law, Christy Johnson.

Pallbearers were Eric Davis, Keith Carpenter, Bryan Morris, Chris Morris, Josh Stowers, Andrew Escobedo, Joseph Escobedo, Matt Green and Keleb Green.

Honorary pallbearers were Brett and Brice Johnson, Josie Davis and Samuel Johnson.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.