BLUE MOUNTAIN – Bernice Cook, 81, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 15, 1928, to Charlie Gray and Mary Odum in Tippah County.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Palestine M.B. Church in Blue Mountain with the Rev. Patrick Washington officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five children, James Milton (Susie) Rutherford and Charlie (Mouveleane) Cook of Memphis, W.D. (Toni) Cook of Texas, Bettie White of Blue Mountain and James “Bud” (Norma) Cook of Pontotoc; 27 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, W.G. Cook.
GREENVILLE – Corbet L. Jaggers, 91, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville. He was born April 16, 1919, in Pontotoc to Luke and Lula Belle Jaggers. He grew up in Pontotoc, where he attended school. He has been a resident of Greenville since 1960. He was employed by the City of Greenville as a housing and building inspector. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a Mason and a Shriner.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home in Greenville. The Rev. Arthur Scott will officiate. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Pontotoc.
Survivors include a brother, Richard L. Jaggers and wife, Sammie, of Thaxton; a sister, Pearlie Faye Russell of Horn Lake; two sisters-in-law, Clara Jaggers and Elizabeth Jaggers, both of Pontotoc; special friends, Josephine Ridgeway and Jacqueline Ridgeway, both of Greenville; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Josephine Jaggers; his son, Tommy Jaggers; and his siblings, Perlis Jaggers, Ellis Jaggers, Boudie Jaggers, Jesse Jaggers, Carol Jaggers, Elvis Jaggers, Louise Kisor, Lucille Query and Lydia Belle Jaggers.
His co-workers will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Ollie Mae Smith
HOLLY SPRINGS – Ollie Mae Crane Smith, 57, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010. She was born May 28, 1953.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Miracle Temple. Burial will be in Hill Crest Cemetery at Holly Springs. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Tiffanie Holloway of Memphis; two sons, Rodney (Marica) Holloway of Holly Springs and Darrel Holloway of Memphis; atwo sisters, Debera Alexander (Jimmy) and Viola Crane (Robert); one brother, Ralph Crane of Holly Springs; five grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by Rose Mary Holloway.
OXFORD – Jerold Dennon “Jerry” Campbell, 71, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, while working in Greenville. Born in Grenada, he was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from the U.S. Army, where he finished his career serving as as Warrant Officer during the Vietnam War. He was a self-employed broadcast engineer and a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, spending time on his farm, hunting and being a grandfather.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Clear Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall of the church. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Jean Campbell of Oxford; his mother, Lorene Campbell of Oxford; two sons, Jerry Allen Campbell of Collierville, Tenn., and Steve Dennon Campbell of Oxford; two sisters, Shirley Gillon of Grenada and Nora Wilson of Albuquerque, N.M.; and two grandchildren.
In honor of Mr. Campbell’s service to his country, the flags of the United State Army and the United States Marine Corps are being flown at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Clear Creek Baptist Church Missionary Fund, 50 CR 313, Oxford, MS 38655.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
WATER VALLEY – Margaret Tidwell, 57, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
Services were Thursday, Aug. 19, at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial was in Wyatt Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs was in charge of the arrangements.
Thomas Muir Sr.
RIPLEY – Thomas Louis Muir Sr., 85, formerly of Memphis, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, at his home in Ripley. He retired after 29 years as district sales manager for Proctor amp& Gamble. He served his country as a Marine during World War II and was honorably discharged. He enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, golf and sporting events.
Services were Friday, Aug. 20, at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis. Entombment was at the Memorial Park Mausoleum.
He is survived by one son, Thomas L. Muir Jr. (Linda) of Ripley; two daughters, Karan M. Alexander (Mike) of Cordova, Tenn., and Lisa M. Ayers (James) of Cherokee Village, Ark.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Reba C. Muir; and two brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
BANNER – Andy Lynn Quattlebaum, 50, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at his home. He was born June 19, 1960, in Greenville. He was a former logger, cabinet maker, carpenter and electrician.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Kenneth Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery in Banner.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan Ann Quattlebaum (Mickey Bland) of Oxford and Heaven Lynn Quattlebaum West (Daniel) of Slate Springs; a son, Robert Wayne Hutchins of Eupora; a grandson, James Paul Bland of Oxford; his parents, Paul S. Quattlebaum and Jeanie Mathis Quattlebaum of Banner.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Q. Smith.
Pallbearers will be Daniel West, William Taylor Smith, Mickey Bland, Ted Camp, Terry Joe Blount and Junior Stillman.
IUKA – Jimmie Lambert Williams, 73, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at her home.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka.
Memorials may be made to Channel 53, W53A in Booneville.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Anna Lea Cissom
DUMAS – Anna Lea Cissom, 80, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Nov. 11, 1929, in Biloxi to James Lee and Grace Richard Geiger. She was a member of Coalville United Methodist Church in Biloxi. She was a retired factory worker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro.. Lamar Grisham and Bro.. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Paynes Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, J.W. Cissom of Dumas; two daughters, Debbie Potts (Travis) of Dumas and Donna Murry (Kenneth) of New Albany; two sons, Don Cissom (Diane) and Doug Cissom (Jennifer), all of Dumas; 10 grandchildren, Tabitha Potts, Samantha Potts, Daniel Cissom and Shelby Cissom, Kayla Jarvis and J. D. Chapman, all of Dumas, Tyler Murry, Tayler Murry, Hannah Nelson and Aaron Nelson, all of New Albany; three great-grandchildren, Ethan Daniel Winter Chapman and Aiden Cooper Jarvis, both of Dumas, and Mason Conner Nelson of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Cissom, Johnathon Cissom, Billy Dixon, Jeffrey Ketchum, Fant Cissom and Randy Cissom.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Sara Dichiara, 90, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 15, 1920, in Cefalu, Sicily, to Charlie Dichiara and Nettie Dichiara.
A Rosary will be at 9:15 a.m. today at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Jeffrey Waldrep officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her brother, Frank Dichiara; nephews, Charlie Dichiara (Lynda) and Leonard Dichiara (Debbie), all of West Point.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Tony Dichiara and Sam Dichiara.
Pallbearers will be Joey Michael, Joe Waldrep, A.R. Parks, Robbie Robinson, David Dichiara and Paul Caskey. Honorary pallbearers are Sam Bigham, Robert Elliott, Burt Nix, Jaimy Towery, Kenny Dill, Donnie Domino, Marion Johnson, James Sumner, Billy Buck Staggers, Dr. T.N. Braddock, Millard Long, Don Newman.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place. Memphis, TN 38105 or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 617 E. Main, West Point, MS 39773 or Palmer Home For Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.
CORINTH – James Castleberry died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at the Mississippi Care Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
James H. Miller
TUPELO – James H. Miller, 75, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A Saltillo native, he was born Aug. 4, 1935, to James S. and Ruby Elizabeth Bradley Miller. He worked as a salesman for Wonder Bread for 40 years, retiring in 1998. He was recognized as a dedicated employee, passionate about the service he rendered to his customers. In high school he played basketball for Plantersville and was an avid sports enthusiast, especially Ole Miss football. He was a faithful member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church. His family remembers him mostly for his unwavering faith and commitment to his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Bert Harper and Rev. Rusty Miller, his son, officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Hilda Wade Miller of Tupelo; his children, Bradley amp”Bradamp” Miller of Tupelo, Allison Bailey (Dewayne) of Tupelo, Linda Miller of Baton Rouge, La., Ann Bolton (David) of Prairieville, La., and James R. “Rusty” Miller (Cathy) of Tupelo; his sister, Kathryn Underwood of Cox’s Creek, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Aaron Miller, Braden Miller, Andrea Miller, Alyssa Bailey and Carley Bailey, all of Tupelo, Megan Hillensbeck of Prairieville, La., Emily Miller, Andrew Miller and Austin Miller, all of Locke Station.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Miller, Austin Miller, Andrew Miller, Greg Hillensbeck, David Bolton and Dewayne Bailey.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
TREMONT – Helen Joyce Cody, 79, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at her home. She was born Sept. 21, 1930, in Zion, Ill., to Alford and Grace Scharff Maynard. She was a homemaker and had previously worked at Abbott Laboratories and Warwick Electronics. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Ray Stevens officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Everett Cody of Tremont; one son, Jack Cody (Wendy) of Madison, Wis.; two daughters, Barbara Granger (Jack) and Cheryl Davis (Greg), both of Tremont; six grandchildren, Lia Granger Alterson, Leann Granger, Melissa Cody, John J. Dees, Brittni Davis and Tabitha Ray; and five grandchildren, Paris Alterson, Johnathan Hauser, Donaven Carpenter, Mason Ray and Alex Dees.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Roy Maynard and Harold Maynard; one sister, Pearl Hopkins; and an infant sister.
Pallbearers will be Danny Cody, Jim Cody, John Dees and Greg Davis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Services for Elmer Yarber, 94, will be at 11 a.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be Forrest Hill South in Memphis. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today.
Essie B. Wells
BYHALIA – Essie B. Wells, 54, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Zion Taska M.B. Church at Cayce. Burial will be in Mt. Newell Memorial Garden in Red Banks. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Sunday.
TUPELO – Tina Bickerstaff, 49, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A Tupelo native, she was born March 17, 1961, to Allen and Margaret Ward Bickerstaff. She worked for Hancock Industries for several years and was most recently employed at North Mississippi Medical Center as a sterile technician. She enjoyed reading, flowers, and loved animals, especially cats. She was a member of Southern Heights Baptist Church.
Services will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her brother, Tommy Bickerstaff (Charlotte) of Tupelo; a special niece, Angela Bickerstaff Parker (Chris) of Mooreville; her nephew, Jeff Holladay (Ginger) of Tupelo; great-nieces and great-nephews, Hunter and Hannah Parker, and Brady, Caleb and Cara Holladay; special friends, Betty and Jamie Powers, and Vern Spellman, all of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her grandparents, Blair and Velma Ward.
Pallbearers will be Don Houston, Eddie Ward, Chris Parker, Jeff Holladay, Stephen Ward, Cody Street, Cliff Yates, Neal Turner, Jamie Powers, Phil Yates and Vern Spellman.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 1 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
SHANNON – Linda Adams Hanna, 59, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at the Cedar Ridge Apartments in Shannon after a long illness. She was born March 26, 1951, in Lee County to Walter E. and Louise Wheatley Adams. A native of Nettleton, she had lived in Shannon for the past four years. She was a waitress and a Baptist, and she had served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. She loved to dance and was a collector of eagle replicas.
Memorial graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Gray’s Cemetery with the Rev. Danny Horton officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Billy Ray Hanna (Misty) of Ecru; one sister, Sheila Adams Wren of Nettleton; four brothers, Walter E. Adams Jr. (Yvonne) of Arizona, Roy Adams of Nettleton, Jesse Adams (Sheila) of Albertsville, Ala., and Nicky Adams (Cathy) of Pearl; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one nephew, Micheal Wayne Scott.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors after the graveside services at the home of Sheila Wren at 121 Peoplounger Road, Nettleton, MS 38858.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Lyman H. Greene
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Lyman H. Greene, 88, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Cypress Grove at Muscle Shoals, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.
INGOMAR – Margaret Russell Gaines, 90, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Aug. 17, 1920, in Warren County to Lee V. Russell and Harriett Miller Russell. She was a retired clerk and bookkeeper for the Mississippi Highway Department. Mrs. Gaines was an avid reader, believing the opportunities of life could be unlocked by reading books. She was a member of the Union County Literacy Council and worked until her death teaching adults how to read. She took pride in the advancement of her students. She was also active with the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Eastern Star. She taught Sunday School class at Ingomar United Methodist Church. She loved her animals, especially her dogs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Charles Smith officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Survivors include two sons, Russell Gaines (Lynn) of Starkville and David Gaines (Cathy) of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Chelsea and Austin Gaines of Houston, Texas; and a dear nephew, friend and driver, Ted Gaines of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Lee Gaines; one sister; and one brother.
Memorials may be made to the Union County Literacy Council.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
PRAIRIE – Memphis Cunningham, 79, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
ATLANTA – Neada Booth, 80, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Eastside Hospice.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery at Ashland.
ABERDEEN – Julia Ann French, 65, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at her home. She was born April 26, 1945, in Monroe County to Thomas Gilleylen and Ida Lou Bumpus. She was a member of Athens United Methodist Church and a graduate of Shivers High School. She was a nurse at Aberdeen Hospital and a former employee of Pontiac School System, where she worked as a crossing guard. She loved her computer and became a computer wiz. A loving mother and homemaker, she always wanted the best for her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Athens United Methodist Church with the Rev. J.O. Barrentine officiating. Darden amp& Sons Funeral Home in charge of the local arrangements. Burial will be in the Perry Mont Park Cemetery in Pontiac, Mich. The Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home is in charge of the Michigan arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Willie C. French of Aberdeen; two sons, Willie C. (Rosie) French Jr. of Pontiac, Mich., and J.T. (Shelia) French of Auburn Hill, Mich.; a daughter, Andrea (Pete) Milton of Pontiac, Mich.; two brothers, Joe Louis Gilleylen of Aberdeen and Eugene Bumpus of Chicago; two sisters, Ester (Curtis) Stegall of Aberdeen and Inell McKinney of Chicago; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Samuel Gilleylen, Albert Barker, Albert Gilleylen, Thomas Bumpus and Frank Gilleylen; and two sisters, Aquilla Thompson and Estella Rucker.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services on Sunday.
James F. Smith
BELDEN – James Franklin Smith, 76, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born on July, 29, 1934, in Yazoo County to Claudie and Katherine Smith. He lived in Florida for a period of time but had made his home in Belden for the past 25 years. He was an active member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, serving as youth leader and singing in the choir. He worked in jewelry sales management as a vice president for Sarah Coventry and ran the frame machine for Byrd’s Body Shop and Scott’s body shop. An avid golfer, he had the opportunity to play on several occasions with a number of professional golfers. In his earlier years, he was an outstanding baseball player and he was influential in Little League baseball as an instructor and coach. He loved to bass fish for trophy, always fished for crappie to feed his family, and was known for his fish fries. His fishing companions were always his family. The total joy of his life was his children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Doug Westmoreland and Bro. Bobby Robbins officiating. Private graveside services will be at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation is 1 p.m. until service time today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Jett Smith of Belden; two daughters, Jami Jo Williams of Saltillo and Becky White (David) of Laurel; two sons, Donald Smith and Alan Smith (Mary), all of Laurel; eight grandchildren, Amy Cosgrove, Davi Jo Williams, Payton Cosgrove, Richard Bergin, Shannon Westberry (John), Kelly Marie Smith, Nichole Breeland and Natalie Moore (Jason); six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Linda Carmichael (Billy Mac), Martha Williams (Gerald) and Mary Houston, all of Laurel, and Pat Avants of Louisiana; four brothers, Johnny Lee Smith (Carolyn) and Gary Smith, all of Laurel, David Smith (Linda) of Brandon and Eddie Paul Smith (Pat) of Biloxi; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Ronny Smith, Gary Scott, Sam Stewart, William Riley, Lane Scott and Donny Smith.
Family and friends are cordially invited to stay after the service for a reception in the dining room.
Condolences may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Frances N. Morgan
CORINTH – Frances N. Morgan, 81, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the City Cemetery. Hight Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
TUPELO – Barry Curry Armstrong, 63, husband of Wanda Armstrong, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at the V.A. Medical Center in Memphis. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 9 a.m. to service time Monday. Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOLDEN – Opal Bridges Strickland, 86, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born June 12, 1924, in Mississippi to Oliver Goldsmith and Rena South Bridges. She was a homemaker and a member of Golden United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are one son, Dudley Strickland (Brenda) of Fulton; one granddaughter, Anna Strickland Searcy (Anthony) of Fulton; one grandson, Andy Strickland of Fulton; one great-grandson, Miller Jaxson-Searcy of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville “Joe” Strickland; and seven brothers and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be Andy Strickland, Anthony Searcy, Rodney Forrest, Ken Skelton, Charles Bridges and Brad Kennedy. Honorary pallbearers will be Miller Searcy and Jerry Don Bridges.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and until service time on Sunday.
SOUTHAVEN – On Aug. 5, 2010, we had to bid farewell to a precious servant of God. Annie Ruth Horton Knight left this walk of life to serve her Lord and Savior in Heaven. She left behind a wonderful legacy of love and compassion to all. She was also a friend and provider in ways that most people never knew about. She served as the pianist and special singer at her church (Friendship Baptist in Holly Springs), where her husband, Charles Knight, was former pastor. Her loss will affect many people.
She was born into this world to loving parents, Arthur Lee Horton and Annie Mae Hales Horton Sparks, on Feb. 29, 1936, in Union County. After growing up in Mississippi when times were hard, she decided to move her family to Memphis and later moved to Southaven, where she resided at the time of her parting.
Services were at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at Glenfield Funeral Home. Burial was in Enterprise Cemetery in the West Union community.
She leaves behind her dearest friend and loving husband of 20 years, Charles E. Knight, and her constant companion, Molly, her tiny Chihuahua. She also leaves behind her three children from her union with Harry Ausburn, Paul Michael “Mike” Ausburn and wife, Charlotte, of Olive Branch, Hugh Mitchell “Mickey” Ausburn of Ecru, and Patricia Ruth “Pat or Trish” Ausburn Newman and husband, Frankie, of Baldwyn. Her union with Charles Douell granted her one son, Charles LeRandle “Randy” Douell and wife, Selena, of Independence. She also raised a stepdaughter as her own, Brenda Kay Douell Massey and husband, Roy, of Ecru.
She was blessed with nine grandchildren, Steven Johnson (Michelle), LeAnne Palmer (Mark), Tiffany Wilemon (Russell), Chrystal Ausburn, Kristopher Ausburn, Brittany Ausburn, Brooke Ausburn, Devin Douell and Kasey Pulliam, and nine great-grandchildren, Tristan, Drake, Faith, Cayliana, Logan, Chris, Rebecca, Dylan and Katy.
She is also survived by one brother, Elbert Horton (Lynette); four sisters, Bessie Rowland (Dan), Janette Killough (Billy), Dorothy Miller and Carol Butler (Billy); and a special sister-in-law who was also one of her caregivers, Darlene Horton. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Arthur Lee Horton Jr. and a brother-in-law, Thomas Miller.
Her presence here in this life will be greatly missed, but we can find comfort in knowing that if we follow her instructions, as she would tell everyone: “Make things right with the Lord, keep your eyes on Jesus, and someday I’ll meet you again in Heaven.” Dear loved one, may we all someday find the peace and joy that you share with the Lord.
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