Obituaries, Saturday, May 23, 1998

AUTHOR: JUDYC

Obituaries, Saturday, May 23, 1998

Elvert Sharp

CORINTH Elvert O’Dean Sharp, 75, died Friday, May 22, 1998, at his home. He was a retired employee of Magnolia Regional Health Center and a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Travis Shea and Bro. Robert Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Sharp of Walnut; his sons, Nathanael Sharp of Ripley and James Sharp of Elburn, Ill.; his daughters, Lillie Weaver of Kossuth, Charlean Cox of Hopemills, N.C., LaJeanie Wilbanks of Ripley and Lanile Windham of Walnut; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Lizzie Lee Porter

POTTS CAMP Lizzie Lee Dean Porter, 93, died Tuesday, May 19, 1998, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. She was a domestic worker in private homes. She was a member of True Bible Way Church, where she was the church mother (oldest mother in the church) and Missionary Department head. She was the widow of Albert C. Porter.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Potts Camp with Bishop Fred M. Dawson officiating. Burial will be in Baptist Hill M.B. Church Cemetery in Potts Camp. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include seven daughters, Mary Brown and Wanda Isom, both of Memphis, Shirley Porter of Holly Springs, Dorothy Grayson of Byhalia, and Beulah Mae Powers, Bernice Jones and Louise Taylor, all of Potts Camp; two sons, Albert Porter and Burnell Porter, both of Memphis; 49 grandchildren; 98 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Harry W. McGehee

PETAL Harry W. McGehee, 74, died Thursday, May 21, 1998, at Forrest General Hospital after a long illness. A native of West Point, he had lived in Petal for the past 30 years. He retired as a permit agent after 35 years with Western Atlas International. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW West Point Post. He was a Baptist.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Moore Funeral Home in Petal with the Rev. Dennis Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet McGehee of Petal; three daughters, Jane Yawn of Petal, and Dale McDonald and Marie Mann, both of Collins; one brother, Leonard Bradley McGehee of Tupelo; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

A. Louise Johnson

CORINTH A. Louise Johnson, 83, died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She attended Hoyle High School. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mark Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Walker officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Thomas “T.J.” Tyes and his wife, Barbara, of Nanuet, N.Y.; one daughter, Gwen Southward and her husband, James, of Corinth; one brother, James E. Wallace of Humboldt, Tenn.; her grandchildren, Kim Curlee of Jackson, Yulanda Grayson and her husband, Todd, of Norfolk, Va., Tamika Tyes of Nanuet, N.Y., and Felicia Southward of Corinth; two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Johnson; her mother, Stella Topps; her grandparents, Will and Texanna Wallace; and two sisters, Lucille Patton and Lizzie Stovall.

Pallbearers will be William Floyd, O.T. Patton, Rodney Alexander Jr., Terry Nance, Jerry Nance and Boyce Boles Jr.

Ledford Harris

CORINTH Ledford Ray Harris, 49, died Thursday, May 21, 1998, at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital. He was a member of the Acton Church of Christ and an employee of Heritage Manor in Corinth.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Eaton officiating. Burial will be in Acton Church of Christ Church Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Pam Dianne Harris of Acton, Tenn.; one son, James Ray Harris of Acton, Tenn.; one brother, Stanford Harris of Memphis; two nephews, one niece; his companion, Doris Sexton.

Pallbearers will be Eric Harris, James Harris, Kenny Lambert, William Rickman and Michael Kiddy.

James Sims

SAN FRANCISCO James Sims, 68, died Saturday, May 16, 1998, at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was a former resident of Holly Springs and a retired mechanic.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs with the Rev. Marvin Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs.

Survivors include two sisters, Lillie B. Smith of California and Josephine Wilson of Byhalia; four brothers, O.B. Sims of California, Timothy Sims of Holly Springs, Walter Lee Sims of Omaha, Neb., and Staley Sims Jr. of Grand Rapids, Mich.

Calvin Johnson

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Calvin Johnson, 87, died Tuesday, May 19, 1998, at the Hospice Care Center of Greater Grand Rapids, Mich. He was a lifetime resident of Okolona, moving to Grand Rapids in October to be with his daughter after his health failed. He was a retired farmer and a retired employee of Chandler Furniture. After retiring he worked at Brumby Laundrymat in Okolona.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Red Bud M.B. Church with the Rev. Charles Berry officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four daughters, Mae Francis Gillespie and Annie Kate Gunn and her husband, Wardell, all of Okolona, Rosie M. Mosby of St. Louis, Mo., and Beatrice Mayweather and her husband, George, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; one sister, Flora Johnson of Kalamazoo, Mich.; 28 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Mattie Blake

MIDDLETON, Tenn. Mattie Blake, 68, died at her home. She was an usher and member of New Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Jeanes officiating. Burial will be in the Middleton Cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Blake of Middleton, Tenn.; five daughters, Peggy Hiliburton of Springfield, Ill., Francis Jeanes of Falkner, and Marie Campbell, Janet Hines and Teresa Cox, all of Middleton; four sons, Earnest Blake and Alvis Blake, both of Middleton, Tenn., Billy Blake of Ripley and Ricky Blake of Springfield, Ill.; one sister, Alice Blackwell of Ripley; one brother, Willie Walker of Michie, Tenn.; 25 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy F. Trammel

BILOXI Dorothy F. Trammel, 71, died Friday, May 22, 1998, in Biloxi. She was a native of Mooreville and a former resident of Forest City, N.C. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Forest City. She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Trammel.

Services will be at 5 p.m. today at the Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home Howard Avenue Chapel in Biloxi. Additional services will be at Crows Mortuary in Rutherfordton, N.C. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Forest City, N.C.

Survivors include one daughter, Jane Tennant and her husband, James, of St. Martin; three sisters, Katheryn Mann and Laverne Franks, both of Mooreville, and LaFaye Moore of Silver Lake, Wis.; five grandchildren, John Thomas and his wife, Melissa, Richard Thomas, William Tennant, LaResa Tennant and C.J. Tennant; four great-grandchildren, Heather Tennant, Frances Tennant, Spencer Tennant and Preston Grimme.

Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. today at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 341 E. Main St., Forest City, N.C. 28043.

Eber Mills

DETROIT, Ala. Eber Mills, 73, died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, at his home. He was born Jan. 4, 1925, in Alabama to Riley Mills and Reamon Watson Mills. He was a retired highway engineer associate for the State of Alabama and a member of Pleasant Site Free Will Baptist Church.

Services were Friday, May 22, 1998, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel of Fulton with Bro. Barry Cook and Bro. Steve Devore officiating. Burial was in Cherry Tree Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Willa Jean Mills; one daughter, Karon Wells and her husband, Kim, of Belmont; one son, Larry Mills and his wife, Amanda, of Belmont; three brothers, D. Irsle Mills of Fulton, and Guy Mills and Douglas Mills, both of Hamilton, Ala.; two granddaughters, Ashlee Mills and Kaynon Wells; three grandsons, Kalim and Kollin Wells, and Chet Mills.

His grandsons and nephews were pallbearers.

Ora Lee Isbell

SHANNON Ora Lee Robbins Isbell, 93, died Friday, May 22, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born April 26, 1905, in Chickasaw County to William H. Robbins and Nannie Lou West Robbins. She was a clerk/bookkeeper for Reedus Brothers Mercantile Store in Shannon and later was a partner with her husband in the Filgo and Isbell Store in the Pleasant Grove community of Lee County. She was a member of the Shannon United Methodist Church, where she was active in women’s circles. She enjoyed crocheting and flower gardening. She was the widow of George H. Isbell Sr., who died Aug. 25, 1995.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Box officiating. Burial will be in Shannon Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, George H. Isbell Jr., and his wife, Barbara, of the Pleasant Grove community; two grandchildren, Debra Isbell of Russellville, Ark., and Shelia Isbell of Memphis; one great-grandson, George Curtis Hayes of Russellville, Ark.; one sister, Thanell Stevens of Stanford, Conn.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one sister, Myrtle Wright; and five brothers, Murphy, Earl, Vardaman, Garner and Guy Robbins.

Pallbearers will be William “Doc” Robbins, John Wesley Robbins, Carl M. “Bubba” Isbell, Joe Reeves, Hal Reeves and Roy Haney.

Edwin M. “Ed” Robbins will be an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Shannon United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Shannon, Miss. 38868.

LEE MEMORIAL AD AD AD AD AD

Mrs. George H. Isbell Sr.

“Miss Ora Lee”

Shannon

2 p.m. Sunday

Lee Memorial Chapel

Shannon Cemetery

Visit: 5 to 8 p.m. today

Ben Grass

VERONA Ben Grass, 85, died Friday, May 22, 1998, at the North Mississippi Veterans Home in Oxford after a long illness. A native of Evansville, Ind., he lived in Verona most of his life. He was a retired employee of Rockwell International and the Verona Police Department. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Verona and the Verona Lions Club. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Post 49. He was the husband of the late Margaret Jackson Grass, who died Dec. 9, 1996.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include fhree sons, Robert David “Bobby” Grass and his wife, Pat, and Keith Grass and his wife, Terry, all of Tupelo, and Gene Grass and his wife, Sandy, of Grenada; one brother, Carl Grass of Scottsdale, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Robby Grass, Tim Grass, Fred Grass, Kevin Grass, Thomas May, Scott Kirk and Billy Fred Wheeler.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Cratis Blankenship

Cratis Blankenship, 83, died Thursday, May 21, 1998, at Tupelo Manor Nursing Home after a long illness. He lived in Tupelo most of his life. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tupelo.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wheeler Grove Cemetery near Corinth with the Rev. Jack Raper officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one sister, Mary Rosenber of Houston, Texas.

PEGUES AD AD AD AD AD

Mrs. Linda A. Moss

Tupelo

2 p.m. today

Jefferson Street Chapel

Forked Oak Cemetery

Near Booneville

Mrs. Rhonda Parker

Tupelo

3:30 p.m. today

Jefferson Street Chapel

Lee Memorial Park

Mr. Ben Grass

Verona

2 p.m. Sunday

Jefferson Street Chapel

Lee Memorial Park

Mr. Danny Wayne Sample

Baton Rouge, La.

Formerly of Tupelo

Graveside services

2 p.m. Sunday

Mayfield Cemetery

Mr. Cratis Blankenship

Tupelo

Graveside services

11 a.m. Tuesday

Wheeler Grove Cemetery

Gathel M. Holbrook

POTTS CAMP Gathel M. Holbrook, 81, died Thursday, May 21, 1998, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born March 17, 1917, in Benton County to Granville Luther Miller and Carrie Lee Crouch Miller. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethany Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Donald Worsham officiating. Burial will be in Chewalla Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Potts Camp.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Holbrook of Tishomingo, and Charles Holbrook and Thomas Holbrook, both of Potts Camp; five daughters, Carrie Sexton and Kim Hughey, both of Potts Camp, Rita Seyfarth of Florence, Ruth McLeroy of Hickory Flat and Rose Phillips of Tupelo; four brothers, Luther Adam “Doc” Miller, Granville Miller and John Miller, all of Memphis, and Bobby Joe Miller of Ashland; six sisters, Mildred Holbrook and Grace Carson, both of Ashland, Patsy Mills of Southaven, and Sarah Poff, Vera Clark and Mary Scoggins, all of Memphis; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henery Lee Holbrook, and one brother, Elmer Miller.

Pallbearers will be Randall Sexton, Micheal Sexton, Troy Statum, Timmy Statum, Keith McLeroy and Chad Seyfarth.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dustin Hughey and Lee Holbrook.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Cotton Davis

BALDWYN R.C. “Cotton” Davis, 75, died Thursday, May 21, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a retired contractor and a member of the Jericho Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Jericho Baptist Church with Bro. Neal Davis and Bro. Jimmy Russell officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Lavelle Davis; one daughter, Sue Davis Taylor of Dallas, Texas; one son, Robert Davis and his wife, Patty, of Baldwyn; four sisters, Opal Hammett, Laverne Henley and Grace Sparks, all of Belmont, and Hattie Lee Hall of Baldwyn; four brothers, Troy Davis of Booneville, Johnny Davis of Belmont, Arthur Davis of Baldwyn and Doug Davis of Guntown; three grandchildren, Tony Taylor, Susan Taylor and Chip Davis; four great-grandchildren.

His nephews will be pallbearers.

Roger Dale Palmer

BALDWYN Roger Dale Palmer, 17, died Thursday, May 21, 1998. He was a student at Baldwyn High School and a member of the Baldwyn golf team. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chester Harrison officiating. Burial will be in the Lebanon Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Palmer; one sister, Laura Jo Gardner, and her husband, Grant, of New Albany; one brother, Rusty Palmer; his grandmother, Bernie Palmer; his great-grandmother, Mary Etta Kelly of Blackland.

Honorary pallbearers will be member of the Baldwyn High School golf team.

Trannie Hamilton

AMORY Trannie Hamilton, 90, died Friday, May 22, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.