By NEMS Daily Journal
PONTOTOC – Christine Pipkin Patton, 87, of Pontotoc, went to be with Jesus shortly after 3 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.
Christine was born in the Bethlehem community in Marshall County, to Onie Joe Pipkin and Easter Leona “Dinkie” Spence Pipkin. Her life was filled with love, kindness, caring and giving. She never really had a hobby, her life was about people. Chris loved the Lord and was a member of By Faith Baptist Church.
Christine’s early married life was spent in the cotton fields and she was an assistant mail carrier of Lafayette Springs. For several years she worked in the office of Doctors Guyton, Patterson and Howard Medical Clinic and then with Vocational Rehabilitation in Oxford, Tupelo and Pontotoc.
A celebration of her life in Christ will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at By Faith Baptist Church. The Rev. Billy Ray Nelson and the Rev. Marcus Coward will be officiating. Interment will be at West Heights Cemetery with Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford in charge of services. She is survived by her brother, Joe Pipkin (Irene) of Bethlehem; her two sons, Ron Patton and Pat Patton (Janie) of Pontotoc; her five grandchildren, Melissa Lacks of Atlanta, Ga., Leslie Underwood (Eric) of Jackson, Tenn, Miles Patton of Tupelo, Trey Patton (Jennifer) of Pontotoc and Martina Moore (Jeremy) of Pontotoc; and her 10 great-grandchildren.
Christine was preceded in death by her first husband, Knox Young Patton Sr.; second husband, James L. Hooker; her son, Shirley Joe Patton; and three sisters, Jarohn Mc-Gregor, Ezsma Thomas and Juanita Coleman. Pallbearers will be Ray Coleman, Kenny Coleman, Johnny Coleman, Tony Coleman, Sid Coleman, Ricky Pipkin, Patrick Shaw and David Patton. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews and great nephews.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at By Faith Baptist Church, 2290 Hwy 15 North Pontotoc.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
George Thames Sr.
VERONA – George Richard Thames Sr., 82, entered into rest Thursday, Jan. 10, 1013, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was born in Gulfport on May 27, 1930. At the age of 17, he entered the U.S. Army where he served in active combat during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1955 as Sgt. 1st Class. He lived in California, Louisiana and Alabama for many years. He returned to Mississippi in 1976 and retired from the Mechanical Maintenance Department of North Mississippi Medical Center in 1992 after 16 years of employment. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Selma, Ala. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
He is survived by his exwife, Reather Thames of Amory; two sons, George Richard Thames Jr. (Tracy) of Selma, Ala., and Edward Philip Thames of Centreville, Ala.; and three grandchildren, Justin, Alanna and Sam.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam W. and Pauline Thames; and his brother, Sam William Thames Jr. all of Mobile, Ala. Special thanks are extended to his caregivers, Bessie Mills and her son, James. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church or charity of one’s choice.
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RIPLEY – Jerry Bennett, 60, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
RANDOLPH – Fanny Gryder, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
MEMPHIS – Hudson “Hud” Holmquist, 92, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. He grew up in Amory. On Jan. 7, 1946, he married Faydette Nash, who preceded him in death Nov. 13, 2010. He and his wife moved to Memphis shortly after their marriage and he worked for Buckeye/Procter & Gamble for almost 40 years. He was a U.S. Navy yeoman during World War II and served aboard the U.S.S. Boulder Victory (AK-227) carrying ammunition in the Pacific War Zone. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for almost 60 years, where he sang in the choir and was part of a men’s quartet. He was active in the Trinity Dinner Theaters for many years. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his devotion and loving care for his wife during her 16 years of Alzheimer’s, assisted by her sister, Dot. He loved traveling, boating, skiing and entertaining.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church with visitation one hour before services. Visitation will continue from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory, followed by interment in the Masonic Cemetery. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two nephews, Anton B. Holmquist Jr. and John David Dallas; great-nephew, John David Dallas Jr. (April); great-nieces, Gail Crawford (Harry) and Donna McFarland (Ron); two sisters-in-law, Dorothy “Dot” Nash and Mavourleen Trembelas; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
Memorials are requested to go to Trinity United Methodist Church Choir.
ABBEVILLE – Barbara Kaye Hankins, 64, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial will follow in Abbeville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Barbara Hankins Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 39, Abbeville, MS 38601.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Thomas G. Carter, 65, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at his home. He was born Jan. 31, 1947, in Tippah County to J.W. and Etta Alexander Carter. He worked at Blue Mountain Furniture. He was well known for his sense of humor.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Foster and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Elder Trent Rogan will officiate. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include three sisters, Bonnie Gillard of Kokomo, Ind., Mary Gipson of Ripley and Lorange Rutherford of Blue Mountain; three sons, Tim (Lisa) Hill Carter of Peoria, Ill, Thomas Carter Jr. of Blue Mountain and Tony Carter (Alicia) of Myrtle; daughters, Sonya (Parish) High of New Albany, Mary Carter of New Albany, Linda Carter of Olive Branch and Maggie Carroll of Blue Mountain; a special daughter, Rita Gibbs of Blue Mountain; three stepchildren; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today and the family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the funeral home one hour prior to services Wednesday.
Marie McCord Dowdy
PONTOTOC – Marie McCord Dowdy, 89, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at her daughter’s residence in Pontotoc. She was born Dec. 26, 1923, to Luther Bennett McCord and Margaret Jane “Jennie” Bigham McCord of Pontotoc. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church for 66 years and was the last active charter member of the church. She was the custodian of the church for 35 years. She helped her husband with the farm, was a housewife, loved to work in her flowers and garden and loved spending time with her family. Being a Christian wife, mother and grandmother, cooking and taking care of her community and church family were among her favorite things to do.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Harmony Baptist Church with Mike Martin delivering the eulogy, and Dr. Jim Carr and the Rev. Jerry Caples officiating. Burial will follow in the Harmony Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda (Bennie) Martin; a grandson, Mike (Penny) Martin of Pontotoc; a sister-in-law, Virginia Dowdy of Columbus; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Maymon Dowdy; her parents, Luther Bennett McCord and Margaret Jane “Jennie” Bigham McCord; four brothers, Leo, James, Clyde and Samuel McCord; a sister, Florence McCord Anderson; a niece, Wanda McCord Hall; and a granddaughter-in-law, April Caldwell Martin.
Pallbearers will be Larry Anderson, Benny McCord, Tony McCord, Sam Hall, Billy Harrison, Neil Cruse, Sammy Sappington, Sammy Cruse, Tracy Clayton and Bro. Stark Aldridge.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Harmony Baptist Church Building Fund, 3534 Hwy. 345, Pontotoc MS 38863.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Eara Inell West, 86, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memphis Memory Garden.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home.
MT. PLEASANT – Freddie Copeland, 65, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
BOONEVILLE – Raymond Keith “Smoke” Thorne, 46, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 8, 1966, in Booneville. He was a carpenter and a factory worker. He enjoyed fishing, playing pool and riding around.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Jerry Trimble officiating.
He is survived by two sons, Krew Thorne and Braxton Tice, both of Booneville; his mother, Evelyn Prentiss of Booneville; a brother, Richard Thorne of Booneville; a sister, Joyce Posey (Dewayne) of Booneville; two grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles and first cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Thorne.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
IUKA – Edward James Pride, 72, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Mississippi Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Mark David Hollingsworth, 49, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 11, 1963, to Rabon L. and Brenda Hollingsworth. He was a graduate of Washington County High School in Sandersville, Ga. He earned a chemical engineering degree at Georgia Institute of Technology. He was a production manager at Oil Dri in Ripley. He was a member and an elder at Ripley Presbyterian Church. His interests were fishing, hunting and training dogs. As a member of the Old Hatchie Hunting and Retrievers Club, he judged competitions and enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow members.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Presbyterian Church with the Rev. William Connolly officiating. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents; two brothers, Robert Craig Hollingsworth of Sandersville, Ga., and Scot Rabon Hollingsworth of Macon, Ga.; his grandmother, Martha Chaffer of Athens, Ala.; aunts, Peggy Hicks Hoffman (John) of Guilford, Ind., and Carolyn Hollingsworth Craft (Danny) of Sandersville, Ga.; uncles, Joe Hollingsworth of Dayton, Ohio, and Ben L. Hicks of Montgomery, Ala.; and a special nephew, Rabon Scot Hollingsworth of Macon, Ga.
Elders of Ripley Presbyterian Church and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to Ripley Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 556, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Robert Rudolph “Rudy” Henry, 86, passed away, on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. He was born June 17, 1926, in Mathiston to Sylbia Jane Jones and Heron Otis Henry. He worked in the Material Department of Babcock & Wilcox Company for 26 years. He was a member of Calvert Baptist Church and the West Point Lodge 40, Chapter 95, Council 16, Commandery 20, the Scottish Rite and the Hamasa Shrine Temple. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the 3rd Armored Division in Germany during World War II. He married Mary Opal Holloway Henry on July 2, 1948, in Mathiston.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Dr. James Towery officiating and the Rev. Todd Chesser assisting. Burial with Masonic burial rites will follow in Fellowship Cemetery near Mathiston. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Opal H. Henry; his three sons, Joe Henry (Melissa), Dale Henry (Dianne) and Jeff “Pedro” Henry, all of West Point; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Willene Harper and Maudie Young (Gailon), all of West Point, Mary E. McClain of Douglasvile, Ga., and Anniece Breeland of Mathiston; and one brother, Burl Henry (Betty) of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Tim Henry, Glenn Henry and Owenton Henry; and a sister, Otis Darcy.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Shows, Jimmy Duke, Jonas Robinson, Corey Cantrell, Cameron Cantrell and Chris Henley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Burton Nix, Joe Wray and Jimmy Dale Whitt.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 460 McCord Street, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
COMO – Zachary Hayse Price, 22, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Indian Creek Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
EUPORA – Nita Lamb, 69, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
GUNTOWN – Charline White Wood, 91, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at The Meadows in Fulton after an extended illness. She was born Sarah Charline White on Dec. 25, 1921, to Tom and Clifford Vandiver White in the Alpine community. On Nov. 30, 1941, she married Russell Wood and they made their home in the Alpine community of Lee County until his death on Aug. 16, 1993. She was a homemaker and taught piano for a number of years in the Baldwyn schools and at her home. She enjoyed serving as her church pianist for many years at Camp Creek Baptist Church. Along with her love of music, she enjoyed growing flowers and working in her garden.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Wayne Frederick officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery.
She is survived by two children, David Wood (Nancy) of Guntown and Charlotte Loftin (Ross) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Tommy Wood (Diane) of Plantersville, Tina White (Geoff) of Fairfax, Va., Laura Backstrom (Miles) of Ridgeland and Benton Loftin of Tupelo; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Pallbearers will be Larry Gentry, Jimmy Gibson, Billy Haygood, Benton Loftin, Kenny Wood and Tommy Wood.
Memorials may be made to Camp Creek Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
John Hopper Sr.
TIPLERSVILLE – John D. Hopper Sr., 98, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born March 10, 1914, to John and Ida Moore Hopper in Tippah County. He was a retired farmer and a member of Tiplersville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Bro. Bill Baker will officiate, and Greg Hopper will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the Tiplersville Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Dennis Hopper (Doris) of Ripley, Benny Ray Hopper of Bartlett, Tenn., Glenn Hopper (Betty) of Tiplersville and Mike Hopper (Cindy) of Walnut; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Hopper of Meridian; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Beatrice Smith Hopper; his parents; three sons, John D. Hopper Jr., Jerry Don Hopper and Randle Hopper; three daughters-in-law, Ann Hopper, Sylvia Hopper and Ilene Hopper; six brothers, Grover, Claude, Bill, Enos, Rogan and Bruce; and two sisters, Mildred Brown and Hilcred Wright.
Pallbearers will be Gary Hopper, David Hopper, Dallas Word, Ben Looker, Tim Hopper and Michael Hopper.
His grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Rev. Lewis Dixon
WIGGINS – The Rev. Lewis Edward Dixon, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Hattiesburg.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Lighthouse Family Worship Center in Wiggins. Interment will be in Wiggins City Cemetery in Wiggins. Moore Funeral Home of Wiggins is in charge of the arrangements.
Visit and sign the online guestbook at www.moorefuneralservices.com.
WEST POINT – Dicie Delora Harris Fulgham, 87, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at OCH Regional Medical Center, in Starkville. She was born Nov. 5, 1925, in Jasper, Ala., to Mary Alice Aldridge and Lucius Brack Harris. She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She married Tandy Elwood Fulgham on March 16, 1946, in Starkville. He preceded her in death on March 7, 2000.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Bro. Aaron Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Clarkson Cemetery at Maben. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann Perkins (Jimmy) of West Point and Jeanne Parker (Aaron) of Laurel; five sons, Roger Fulgham, Billy Fulgham (Robbie) and Rocky Fulgham (Sheila), all of West Point, Phillip Fulgham (Peggy) of Southaven and Tim Fulgham (Patricia) of Mathiston; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Birdie Lee Earnest of Chicago.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters and five brothers.
Pallbearers will be Billy Fulgham, Phillip Fulgham, Robby Parker, Thomas Perkins, Todd DuBose and John Buckner.
Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Fulgham, Rocky Fulgham, Tim Fulgham, Jimmy Perkins, Jimmy Little, Bradley Frost and the staff of the Carrington Nursing Center.
Memorials may be made to Bible Education and Missionary Service, P.O. Box 10200, Gulfport, MS 39505.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Jerry Doyle Bennett, 60, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born Aug. 19, 1952, to Clifton Doyle and Edith Jane Beavers Bennett in Ripley. He was a contractor and a journeyman electrician. He was a member of Mt. View Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Unity Baptist Church in Ripley with Bro. Randy Hurt and Bro. Ronnie Barefield officiating. Burial will be in Unity Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Luna Bennett of Ripley; one daughter, Brooke Flake (Daven) of Walnut; his father, Doyle Bennett of Ripley; one brother, Eddie Bennett (Pam) of Dumas; two sisters, Brenda Grant (Mack) and Betty Cook (Kenny), both of Ripley; three grandchildren, Lauren Elizabeth, Samantha Leann and Mason Doyle Flake; and six nieces and nephews, Brian Grant (Penny) of Booneville, Josh Bennett of Ripley, Amy Cook of Ripley, Bethany Fletcher (James) of Memphis, Kimberly Wilbanks (Steven) of Ripley and Natalie Bennett of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Edith Jane Beavers Bennett.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Givens, Stacey Givens, Jody Crawford, Kevin Crawford, Brian Grant, Randall Miller, Charles Luna and David Duncan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lauren, Samantha and Mason Flake. Daven Flake, Josh Bennett and Wayne Morrison.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
RANDOLPH – Fannie Lou Gryder, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany. She was born in Magee and spent her childhood in Mississippi and Louisiana. When she was a teenager, she and her family moved to Watsonville, Calif., where she enjoyed surfing the Monterey Bay off the coast of Santa Cruz, Calif. She married Milton Albert Gryder on Feb. 5, 1944. She worked multiple jobs while raising a family in Watsonville and Salinas, Calif. She worked at an ambulance company in Watsonville and at multiple vegetable sheds in Salinas, where she was a supervisor and a union steward. She attended the Pentecostal Church of God her entire life and did whatever she could to help others in need. She loved children and even when bedridden would collect pop tops off aluminum cans to donate to Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Pete Reynolds and Bro. John Mask will officiate. Burial will follow in the Guinn Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four children, Albert Gryder of Salinas, Calif., Helen Harvell (James) of Gonzales, Calif., Edgar Gryder (Cynthia) of Randolph and Phelix Gryder of Randolph; five granddaughters, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces, nephews and honorary grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Milton Albert Gryder, on Feb. 12, 2010; parents, Edna and Phelix Roach; four siblings, Eddie Roach, Betty Morford, Doris Shaw and Mable Gray.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.
HOUSTON – Dorothy Mae Harris, 82, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Timonium, Md. She was born March 25, 1930, at Thorn to Dorse Dotson and Doshi Pettit Dotson. A lifelong resident of Houston, she moved in recent years to Timonium, Md., to live with her daughter. She was a former factory seamstress and a Baptist. A beloved mother, grandmother and sister, she will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Southern Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Don Boren and Bro. Byron Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Crossroads Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty Floyd of Houston, and Sheila Clower and Hugh of Timonium, Md.; one son, Gary Ash and Stacey of Pontotoc; five grandchildren, Roy Floyd of Mathiston, Billy Floyd of Pontotoc, Rhonda Brady of Houlka, Amy Sicard and Julie Lombardi, both of Baltimore, Md; 25 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marilyn Atkins, Glenda Bailey and Linda Bailey, all of Houston; and one brother, Phillip Dotson of Grenada.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorse and Doshi Dotson, her husband, Walter Whitman Harris; her son-in-law, J.C. Floyd; and one great-grandson, Alex Ash.
Pallbearers will be Nona Taylor, Roy Floyd, Joshua Floyd, Billy Floyd, James Henley and Jeff Brady.
Honorary pallbearers will be Clyde Bailey, Odie Bailey and Ray Atkins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
BYHALIA – John Connor Caldwell, 5, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, after a long illness. He was born on Sept. 4, 2007, to Tony and Kim Caldwell. In spite of an illness which required more than 15 surgeries in Memphis and New York City, his constant smile and sweet nature remained an inspiration to all and a reminder of God’s blessings.
He is survived by his parents, Tony Caldwell and Kim Jenkins Caldwell; his siblings, Courtney, Cameron and Katie Caldwell, all of Byhalia; his grandparents, Jim and Sandra Caldwell of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Karter Caldwell; his grandmother, Margie Gober Jenkins; and his grandfather, Carl Hardin Byrd.
A celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Olive Branch. Visitation will be at the church two hours before the service. He will later be interred in a private service at Autumn Woods Memorial Park Cemetery in Olive Branch. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Le Bonheur Neuroscience Institute, P.O. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174; (901) 287-6308; or www.lebonheur.org.