James Edward Shellie, 84, died Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at Provena Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home. Visitation will be Friday, February 27, 2009 from 11:00 A.M. until time of Funeral Services at 11:30 A.M. at Lax Mortuary. Reverend Lawrence Haskins will officiate. Burial will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL. Arrangements are by Lax Mortuary, Kankakee, IL.
James Edward Shellie was born March 14, 1924 in Houston, Mississippi to proud parents George and Lula Spruell-Shellie. He was the tenth of eleven children born to this union.
James confessed his faith in Christ at an early age. He was a faithful member of the first Baptist Church in Houston, Mississippi for more than 73 years. He attended school in Houston, Mississippi and later went on to attend McComb Holmes College in West Point, Mississippi.
He served two terms in the United States Army, seeing active duty in both World War II and the Korean War.
He was united in Holy Matrimony to Lee Otrice Traylor in 1954. This union was blessed with two children.
James was a master carpenter by trade. He retired from Kentile Textiles in Chicago, IL. He returned to Houston, Mississippi and rebuilt the family home, where he resided until 2006 when health problems overcame him and he moved to Kankakee, IL to be with his son and daughter.
James Edward Shellie departed this life on February 24, 2009. He leaves to cherish his memory, a daughter, and son-in-law, Mary Shellie-Wilkerson and David Wilkerson of Harvey, IL; a son and daughter-in-law, James R Shellie Sr. and Laura Shellie of Kankakee, IL; three grandchildren, Leatrice Wilkerson of Harvey, IL and Jimaura Shellie and James R. Shellie Jr. both of Kankakee, IL; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Pauline Shellie of Detroit, MI; two sisters, Charlie Mae Shellie-Hill and Willie Jean Shellie-Webb, both of Detroit, MI, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Verla Shellie and Ella Shellie Rogers; five brothers, Clem Shellie, George “Sonny” Shellie, twin brothers, Henry and Will Shellie and Oran Shellie; and a sister-in-law, Louise Shellie.
?OKOLONA – James Robert Snow, 69, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born July 16, 1939, in Egypt to Harvey Lee Snow and Estervell Ward Snow. He graduated from Vine High School in Aberdeen in 1958. He recieved his associate of arts degree from Okolona Junior College. He married Elizabeth Ivy in 1965.??
Services were held Sunday, March 1, 2009 at Red Bud M.B. Church in Egypt with the Rev. Jamal Boddie officiating. Burial was in the Snow Family Cemetery.Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona was in charge of arrangements.??
Survivors include his wife, Maey Elizabeth Ivy Snow; three sons, Norman Kelvin Snow (Kim) of Southaven, Kermit Snow (Phyllis) of Jackson and Robert Francis Snowof Okolona; five grandchildren, Norman Snow Jr, Corey Snow, Kayla Snow, Hannah Snow and Jasmine Snow; one sister, Melba Snow Smith of Memphis; nine brothers, Harvey Snow (Mattie) of Aberdeen, Lydell Snow, Quenton Snow (Elizabeth), Orlando Snow (Diane), Othelma Snow (Gwendolyn) and Darren Snow (Verneice), all of Okolona, Arnold Snow (Dorothy), Willard Snow and Wayne Snow(Lillian) all of Beloit, Wis.
??He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Herbert Snow, Kinard Snow and Billy Snow.??
??Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.?
BRUCE – Maylene Barnes, 92, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. She was born Aug. 10, 1916, in Houlka. She was a dental assistant and a member of the First Baptist Church in Bruce. ??
Services were held Monday, March 2, 2009 at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. James Taylor officiating. Burial was in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.??
Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Barnes Lundy (Ron) of Bruce; two sisters, Marie Nichols of Portland, Ore.; three grandchildren, Jana Lynn Lundy Haggerty (Mike) of New Jersey, Fred Ronald Lundy Jr. (Susan) and Delynn Barnes of Arizona; four great-grandchildren.??
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest H. Barnes; and her parents, Eligah Lowrey and Alma Funderburg Lowrey.??
Pallbearers were Jack Woodson, Ralph Barnes, Trent Long, Gene Clark, Rad Clark, Jim Cowsert and John Benton Long.??
Honorary pallbearers were Terry Martin, Ron Lundy Jr., Mike Haggerty, Carl Hayles and David Hinoiosa.?
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CONYERS, GA. – Carrie-Mae Despenza Richardson , 80, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at the Rockdale Hospital in Conyers, Ga. She was a lifelong resident of New Orleans until hurricane Katrina. She relocated to Conyers, Ga., until her death. She was a member of the St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church and The Knights of Peter Claver amp& Ladies Auxiliary, Christ the King Court #123 in New Orleans, La.??
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in New Orleans, La. Interment followed at the Mount Olivet Mausoleum in New Orleans, La. Fields Funeral Home of Okolona was in charge of the arrangements.??
Survivors include three sons, Arthur Richardson Jr. of Dallas, Tx., Donald Richardson (Georgia) of Okolona and Michael Richardson of Conyers Ga.; two daughters, Pearl Williams of Philadelphia, Pa. and Cherylle Bartholomew (Charles) of Conyers, Ga.; a sister, Jeanne-Ellen Despenza; two sisters-in-law, Rosie Despenza and Alice Richardson; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.??
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Richardson Sr.; daughter, Ingrid Richardson; three brothers, James Despenza, Edgar amp”Billy-Boyamp” Hymel and Wayne Roth.
AMORY – Benard R. amp”Dagwoodamp” Riggan, 81, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at his home in Robertsdale, Ala. after an extended illness. He was born on Feb. 7, 1928, in Detroit, Ala., to the late Edmond and Pheba Jane Cummings Riggan. He was married to Thelma Mae Francis Riggan in 1954, who later died in 1976. He grew up in Smithville and had lived in Coffeeville, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla. He was an army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Before retirement he was employed by the Frisco Railroad and the Burlington-Northern Railroad.??
Services were held Tuesday, March 4, 2009 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Robert E. Fowlkes officiating. Burial was in the Haughton Memorial Park in Amory. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory wass in charge of the arrangements.
??Survivors include his sons, Douglas Ray Riggan (Charlie) of Robertsdale, Ala., Bobby W. Thompson (Utako) of Pensacola, Fla. and Benford C. Thompson (Linda) of Okolona; his daughters, Darlene Heidbreder of Pensacola, Fla., and Janell Payne (Robert) of Booneville; 21 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.
??He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son, Billy Thompson; 3 brothers; and one sister.??
Pallbearers were Clint Riggan, Josh Riggan, Zack Riggan, Tim Skelton, Gary Payne, Tommy Dale Thompson, Brad Payne, Jimmy Thompson, Paul Thompson, Dakota Heidbreder and Larry Payne.