Obituaries, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998
LAUDERHILL, Fla. Robert Kutak, 75, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998. He was a native of Latvia, Russia, and a longtime resident of Tupelo. He was a charter member of the B’Nai Israel Temple in Tupelo. He had worked in the textile manufacturing industry since 1949. He started Scarsdale Quilting in Tupelo, and he was the owner of Scarsdale Bedspread Manufacturing. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces for four years during World War II. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner.
Services will be at 11:45 a.m. today at the Star of David Memorial Chapel in North Lauderdale, Fla. Burial will be at the Star of David Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his son, Gary Kutak, and his wife, Connie of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Maggie, Bethanie and Gabrielle; a sister, Sarah Walder of Margate, Fla.; a nephew, Jeff Walder, and his wife, Paula, of Tamarac, Fla.
NEW ALBANY Mary Louise Childers Forester, 75, died Monday, Dec. 21, 1998, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born July 17, 1923, in Tippah County to Onnie and Effie Smith Childers. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Ripley and the widow of Cloys Forester.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will be in Cornersville Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Glinda Raines of New Albany; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
MEMPHIS Flossie Coley Sax, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, at her home. She was born Dec. 11, 1915, in New Albany. She was a retired cashier for the Arcade Restaurant.
Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Center Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren.
Leonard H. Graham
BURNSVILLE Leonard H. Graham, 78, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
GLEN Calvin Coolidge Hollins, 73, died Monday, Dec. 21, 1998, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a retired sawmill worker and a Pentecostal.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Pete Wooley officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Davis Hollins of Glen; three daughters, Nellie Robbins of Glen, and Senda Hudson and Rhonda Killough, both of Corinth; two sons, Eddie Hollins Sr. of Ramer, Tenn., and Robin Hollins of Rienzi; one sister, Bertha Kennedy of Tremont; one brother, Johnny Hollins of Corinth; 25 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sol and Roxie Hollins; a son, Terry Lee Hollins; and a granddaughter, Tiffany Nicole Hollins.
Pallbearers will be Dwayne Carmon, Greg Carmon, Larry Baswell, Jason Baswell, Jeffery Baswell and Ricky Hollins.
Gertrude Barnes Chesser, 94, died Monday, Dec. 21, 1998, at her daughter’s home in Plantersville after a brief illness. She was a native of Ecru and a longtime resident of Tupelo. She was a homemaker and a member of the Second Baptist Church in Nettleton. She was an avid flower gardener, and enjoyed designing and making quilts. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy D. Barnes and Herman Chesser.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. R.J. Wilemon and the Rev. Wayne Higgins officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include three daughters, Ozella Graham of Lake Piomingo, Elizabeth Tapp of Tuscumbia, Ala., and Betty Ann Finney of Plantersville; one son, Douglas Barnes of Guntown; three sisters, Emma McCullough of the Palmetto community, and Opal Jones and Esther Herrera, both of Amory; one brother, Carroll Sullivan of Santa Clara, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; a son, Herman “Peewee” Barnes; and two grandchildren, Patricia Ann and Roberta Gail Barnes.
Pallbearers will be Robert Gray, Keith Boland, Robert Morgan, Roy Barnes, Bill Hunt Sr. and Timmy Vest.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Finney and Brian Barnes.
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Mrs. Gertrude Barnes Chesser
11 a.m. today
Jefferson Street Chapel
Tupelo Memorial Park
Mrs. Jewel T. Crawford
Formerly of Saltillo
1 p.m. Saturday
Jefferson Street Chapel
Jimmy R. King
In the obituary for Jimmy R. King, published in the Monday edition of the Daily Journal, some names were inadvertently omitted from the list of survivors. Survivors include his brother-in-law, Billy Tutor, and his wife, Carolyn, of Saltillo; three nieces, Nancy Frideres of Guntown, Tammy Steele of Tupelo and Tina Parker of Saltillo; and a nephew, Billy Allison Tutor of Nashville.
Cora D. Keeton
CORINTH Cora D. Keeton, 77, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 9, 1921, in Alcorn County to Andrew and Callie Evetts Burcham. She was a homemaker and a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Westfall and the Rev. Mike Evans officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, James Keeton of Corinth; two sons, Danny Keeton and Wayne Keeton, both of Greenwood; three daughters, Linda Osborn and her husband, Nathan, of West Point, and Kay Wallace and her husband, Timmy, and Marsha Barnes, all of Corinth; four brothers, James Burcham of Corinth, Ray Burcham of Bay St. Louis, Clayburn Burcham of Savannah, Tenn., and Randall Burcham of Memphis; three sisters, Annie Vee Bingham and Velma Steen, both of Corinth, and Christine McCalister of Glen; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Aaron Burcham; and two sisters, Claudia and Earnestine Burcham.
Pallbearers will be Terry McCalister, Phillip McCalister, Stanley McCalister, David Burcham, Joe Burcham and Jerry Bingham.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Deposit Guaranty Bank, ATTN: Brenda Childs, P.O. Box 1460, Corinth, Miss. 38835-1460.
Cora Lee Holesome
PONTOTOC Cora Lee Holesome, 91, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, at her home. She was a native of Pontotoc. She was a member of McDonald United Methodist Church, where she was a former Sunday School teacher and choir member. She was a member of the Heroines of Jericho No. 22. She was the widow of Thomas E.Q. Holesome.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McDonald United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gloria McKinney officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Nettie Hamilton and Emma Jean Harrell, both of Pontotoc; one son, Melvin Holesome of Pontotoc; 23 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. The family hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.
BATESVILLE Damien Joseph Chastain, 2, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998, at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. He was born April 1, 1996, in Clarksdale.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Caine officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Survivors include his parents, Donald Jude and Misty Smith Chastain of Batesville; one brother, Ethan Lance Chastain of Batesville; his grandparents, Earl and Brenda Smith, and Jeanne and Alfred Lopez Jr., all of Batesville, and Donald Jude Chastain Sr. of New Orleans, La.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday.
BATESVILLE Kitty Elizabeth Malone, 2, died Monday, Dec. 21, 1998, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Cannon officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Bruce.
Survivors include her parents, David and Lisa Barrows Malone of Batesville; two brothers, Dalton Michael Malone of Batesville and Brandon Michael Malone of San Diego, Calif.; her grandparents, Ruth Edwards of Oxford, Michael Barrows of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Leonard and Barbara Malone of Summerville, S.C.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time today.
RED BAY, Ala. Dimple Copeland Williams, 84, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was a native of Alabama, a homemaker and a member of Burnout Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Levi Allen Williams, in 1984.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Burnout Baptist Church with the Rev. Dan Hindman officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Warren Strickland and his wife, Miriam, of Hodges, Ala., and Norman Williams of Red Bay; five grandchildren, Tina Michelle Williams of Fulton, Milissa Robbins of Elizabethtown, Ind., and Jessica Powell, Stephen Strickland and Brandon Strickland, all of Hodges, Ala.; eight great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Ila Shewbart of Centerville, Ga.
Pallbearers will be members of Burnout Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE Josephine Isabelle “Belle” Fugitt, 95, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 5, 1903, to Bill and Mary Denson Johnson. She was a retired homemaker and a member of the Methodist church. She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Salts Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. C.D. Edge officiating. Burial will be in the Siloam Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Vera Gandy of Bremerton, Wash.; two sons, Boyce McCalmon and Olen McCalmon, both of Stanwood, Wash.; 33 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Frances Hughes, and two sons, William McCalmon and Thomas McCalmon Jr.
MESQUIIE, Texas Jeanette Lann Yarborough died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, in Mesquite, Texas. She was born Dec. 31, 1927, in Winona.
Services were Monday, Dec. 21, 1998, at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas.
Survivors include her husband, George Yarborough; one daughter, Donna Grzywinski; a sister, Geneva Clark; her grandchildren, Alisa Wentz and John Grzywinski.
WALNUT J.M. Hodum, 68, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. He was born April 1, 1930, to Henry and Lula Crum Hodum. He was a supervisor for American Finishing Company for more than 19 years and a retired truck driver. He was a member of the Tennessee Genealogoy Society and the author of “Hodum Name Past and Present (1790-1981).”
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Russell Hamm and the Rev. Larry Lovett officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Annie C. Hodum of Walnut; two sons, Charles Eugene Hodum of Collierville, Tenn., and Phillip Eudene Hodum of Southaven; one sister, Irene James of Brandon; two brothers, Grady Hodum of Magee and Clarence E. Hodum; one grandson, Charles Taylor Hodum.
Pallbearers will be Hollis Hodum, Randy Waldon, Jimmy Hodum, G.W. Meeks, David Crum, Buddy Holley and Wayne Koon.
Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. today.
Obie B. Green
Obie B. Green, 91, died Friday, Dec. 18, 1998, at the Beverly Health Care Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Rising Star M.B. Church with the Rev. Runney Patterson officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Park.
AMORY Katherine Furr Howard, 80, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998, at her home in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
WREN Jim Frank Ross, 75, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
MEMPHIS Andrew Bails died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998, at Delta Medical Center in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany.
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Dr. Houston Franks
SHANNON Dr. Royce Houston Franks, 79, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born June 15, 1919, in the Dorsey community of Itawamba County to the late Elgar Lee and Sarah Elizabeth Sheffield Franks. He was a 1939 graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School. He attended Union University in Jackson Tenn., from 1939 to 1941 and Mississippi State University in 1941. He served in the Armed Forces from 1941 to 1946. He entered the University of Tennessee School of Medicine on Jan. 1, 1944, and received his M.D. degree on March 24, 1947. From 1947 to 1956, he was in general practice in Hughes, Ark. He served one year of surgical internship at Baptist Hospital in Memphis from July 1, 1956, to June 30, 1957, and one year of surgery at John Gaston Hospital in Memphis from July 1, 1957, to June 30, 1958. He did his orthopaedic residency from July 1, 1958, to June 30, 1961, at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, which also included six months at University Hospital in Jackson. He was an orthopaedic surgeon in Tupelo from 1961 until retiring in 1984, with hospital privileges at the North Mississippi Medical Center. During his 37 years of medical practice, he attended countless seminars to keep abreast of current surgical procedures. In 1967, he studied in Warsaw, Poland, under the orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Marion Weiss. He was the medical consultant for the Regional Rehabilitation center in Tupelo from 1961 to 1975. He was on the board of the Crippled Children’s Services of Mississippi for many years. He served as medical consultant for vocational rehabilitation counselors in North Mississippi from 1962 to 1984. He was a lifetime member of the National Vocational Rehabilitation Society and chairman of the Mississippi State Physical Therapy Commission from 1976 to 1980. His memberships included the American Medical Association, the Mississippi State Medical Society, the Northeast Mississippi Medical Society and the Mississippi State Orthopaedic Society, where he served two terms as president. He was an avid wildlife enthusiast and hunter. He was a global traveler and enjoyed sports, especially Mississippi State University sports. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Verona with Bro. Wyatt “Sonny” Mills officiating. Entombment will follow in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum at Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Margie Williams Franks of Shannon; three children, R.H. “Shorty” Franks Jr. and his wife, Judy, of Tupelo, Nancy Franks Patterson and her husband, Wayne, of Shannon, and Sally Franks Plunkett and her husband, Donny, of Shannon; three sisters, Chris Moore of Tupelo, Zelda Walden of Baton Rouge, La., and Sue Adams of Collierville, Tenn.; two brothers, Dr. Cecil Franks of Tupelo and Billy Franks of Saltillo; seven grandchildren, Houston Franks III, Justin Franks, Mason Franks, Margie Patterson, Cory Patterson, Sarah Plunkett and Rebekah Plunkett.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Earline Taylor.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Regional Rehabilitation Center, 615 Pegram Drive, Tupelo, Miss. 38801 or to Crippled Children’s Services in Jackson.
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Mr. Joseph D. Krasinski
Mass of Resurrection
10:30 a.m. today
St. Francis of Assisi
Dr. Royce Houston Franks
1919 + 1998
2 p.m. Thursday
Lee Memorial Chapel
Chapel of Faith Mausoleum
Visit: 4 to 6 p.m. today