Obituaries Archive 2011: June 18 - July 1
SARA LEE HARPER
MCKENZIE: Sara Lee Harper, 79, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson. Funeral services were Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Conquest officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Mrs. Harper was born April 29, 1932 in McKenzie to the late James Miller and Cora Jane White Crocker. She was a homemaker and member of Bethel Baptist Church in McKenzie. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy R. Harper.
Survivors include: two daughters, Joanne (Bruce) Large of Lansing, Michigan and Carol Cobb of McKenzie; one son, Michael Ray Harper of McKenzie; one sister, Christine (Richard) Allen of Dresden; three grandchildren, Mindy Jo Lange of Lansing, Michigan, Carrie Street of Trenton, and Erin Noonan of McKenzie; and six great-grandchildren, Blake Large, Abigail Noonan, Thomas Noonan, Trae Haymer, Jayden Street and Jaxon Street.
MAX E. BOSTIAN
SPRINGVILLE: Max E. Bostian, 72, died June 23, 2011 at Ave Marie in Bartlett, Tennessee. A memorial service is Wednesday, June 29, at Rowan Memorial Cemetery in Salisbury, North Carolina. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. with the memorial service following at 3 p.m.
Honorary pallbearers are Brandon Bostian, Nicholas Whitt, Christian Jolly, KJ Bostian, Trent Jolly and Jacob Bostian.
Mr. Bostian was born April 22, 1939 in China Grove, North Carolina to the late Brady and Theta Bostian. He was a metallurgical engineer retired from Norandal in Huntingdon. His hobbies included fishing and spending time with family.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Peggy deLesdernier Bostian.
Survivors include: four children and their spouses, Michael Bostian of Springville, Greg and Deena Bostian of Memphis, Michelle and Scott Jolly of Henderson, Kentucky and Roger and Meredith Bostian of Nashville; one sister and husband, Gale and William Barbee of Mocksville, North Carolina; sister-in-law and husband, Nancy and George Stevens of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; brother-in-law and wife, David and Mary deLesdernier of Unionville, Pennsylvania; seven beloved grandchildren, Brandon, Megan, Nicholas, Christian, KJ, Trent and Jacob; and five nephews and a niece.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Association, the Alzheimer's Association or Ave Maria Foundation of Memphis.
Bartlett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
GENEVA MAE ORR
MCKENZIE: Geneva Mae Orr, 88, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at her home. Funeral services are Wednesday, June 29, at 2 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in McKenzie.
Mrs. Orr was born February, 1923 in Carroll County to the late Ovie and Nannie Bell Bratton. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eck Orr; four sisters, Madeline Nutting, Maurine Williams, Murline Hendrickson, and Mildred Phoenix ; three brothers, Fred Bratton, Clifton Bratton and James Bratton.
Survivors include: one daughter, Bobbie (Wayne) Cooper of McKenzie; one son, Robert (Beverly) Orr of Gleason; one sister-in-law, Carol Bratton; a niece, Kay Hatfield and nephew Ricky Bratton, and several other nieces and nephews; two step-grandsons and two step-great-grandchildren.
Visitation is Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home in McKenzie. Visitation on Wednesday will be at the church from 10 a.m. until service.
REV. JOHN E. PUGH
MCKENZIE: Rev. John E. Pugh, 88, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at his residence. Funeral services are Friday, July 1, at 11 a.m. at McKenzie First United Methodist Church with burial in Shiloh Cemetery in McKenzie.
Rev. Pugh was born November, 1922 to the late Huley and Grace Pugh. He was a retired United Methodist Church Minister for the Memphis Annual Conference, a retired teacher for McKenzie High School and a WWII Army Veteran. While at McKenzie High School he started the first McKenzie High School Chorus.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two children, Susan Beatty and Ken Pugh.
Survivors include: his wife, Lois R. Pugh of McKenzie; two daughters, Sandy Hunt of Memphis, and Grace (Joel) Hubbard of New Jersey; one son, David Pugh of McKenzie; one brother, Curtis Pugh of McKenzie; seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation is Thursday at Brummitt Funeral Home, McKenzie from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will begin 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
KRISTIE LAURA PRUITT ARNOLD
GLEASON: Kristie Laura Pruitt Arnold, 34, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Funeral services were Saturday, June 25, at 4 p.m. at the McKenzie Church of Christ with Bro. Jim Roberts and Bro. Jarred Bailey officiating. Burial followed at Hopewell Cemetery in Gleason.
Mrs. Arnold was born March 13, 1977. She was a fourth grade school teacher in Gleason and assistant Gleason High School softball coach. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas "Doodle" Pruitt.
Survivors include: her husband, Brent Arnold of Gleason; three daughters, Madison Arnold, Allison Arnold and Lauren Pruitt of Gleason; and one son, Jacob Arnold of Gleason; her mother, Deborah Pruitt of Gleason; and one brother, Thomas Randall Pruitt.
Memorials may be made to a College Trust Fund that has been established for Kristie's children at the Carroll Bank and Trust in McKenzie.
McKenzie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
CASSIE MORENE WOOD
ATWOOD: Cassie Morene Wood, 89, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at NHC Health Care in Milan. Graveside funeral services were Sunday, June 26, at 2:30 p.m. in the Bruff Cemetery in Bradford.
Ms. Wood was born September, 1921 in Bradford to the late Clifton and Birdie Mitchel Palmer.
Survivors include: one daughter, Jane (Jim) Rochelle of Knoxville; three sons, Jerry Wood of Trezevant, Bobby (Barbie) Wood of Huntingdon and Jeffrey Wood of Bradford; two sisters, JoAnne (Keaton) Webb of Milan and Betty (Bobby) Conley of McKenzie; 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Brummitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
SYLVIA ROZELLE MAYNARD CAMPER
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA: Sylvia Rozelle Maynard Camper, 82, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, in Scottsdale, Arizona. A memorial will be held in Arizona.
Mrs. Camper was born July 23, 1928 to the late Roy and Adell Maynard of Trezevant. She lived in the Trezevant and Gleason areas until 2001 when she moved to Arizona to live with her son, Mark. She was preceded in death by one son, Derrick Camper.
She is the former wife of Paul Camper and mother of Mark Camper of Scottsdale, Debra Donovan of Jackson and Priscilla Camper of Trezevant).
SUE HELEN (STATEN) WILLIAMS
HUNTINGDON: Sue Helen (Staten) Williams, 70, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services are Wednesday, June 29, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Billy N. Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Carroll Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Williams was born December 6, 1940 in Carroll County to the late H. C. Staten and I. B. (Bomar) Staten. She was a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church and retired production worker for Milan Arsenal. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three sons, Harlon Williams, Pertice Williams, and Ricky Williams; one brother, Joe Staten; and one sister, Mary Ruth Hart.
Survivors include: her husband of 52 years, Billy Williams; one daughter, June Johnson of Lexington; three brothers, Homer (Vester Ann) Staten of Clarksburg, Rufus (Dian) Staten of Rock Springs, and Dexter Ray (Deborah) Staten of Cedar Grove; and one granddaughter.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Chase Funeral Home.
NORMAN FAYE HOPPER
BUENA VISTA: Norman Faye Hopper 57, died Friday, June 24, 2011 at his home. Graveside services were Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m. at New Hope Cemetery.
Mr. Hopper was born December 22, 1953 in Benton County to the late Ray Hopper and Ruth (Tubbs) Hopper. He was a retired sawmill operator for Hopper Sawmill, attended Marlboro Baptist Church and had severed in the National Guard.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Wilma Lowry; three brothers, Murphy Gene Hopper, Leslie Hopper, and Robert Hopper; and one half-brother, R. G. Hopper.
Survivors include: one daughter, Kimberly Hopper of Camden; one son, Darren Hopper of Buena Vista,;one sister, Verna Mae Jackson of Huntingdon; two brothers, Jack Hopper of Bruceton and Wes Hopper of Hollow Rock; one half brother, Vernon Hopper of Parsons; three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Chase Funeral Home was on charge of arrangements.
JEFFREY CHARLES CURSEY
OLIVE BRANCH, MISSISSIPPI: Jeffrey Charles Cursey, 48, formerly of Huntingdon, died Thursday, June 23, 2011 at Baptist Hospital in Southaven, Mississippi. Funeral services were Monday, June 27, at 11 a.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Dr. J. David Hester and Rev. Jim Cooper officiating. Burial followed in Double Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery.
Mr. Cursey was born December 4, 1962 in Milan. He graduated from Huntingdon High School, received a BS degree from Bethel College and a Master's degree from Trevecca. He was a former educator. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Sam Hester and Linda Hester Fooks; and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bennett Cursey.
Survivors include: one son, Chase Cursey of Huntingdon; his mother, Lucille Cursey of Huntingdon; his father, Robert (Linda) Cursey of Jackson; his wife, Betsy Holt Davis Cursey of Olive Branch, Mississippi; two stepchildren, Adam and Skyler; one sister, Sherri (Kevin) Greene of Jackson, one brother, Keith (Angie) Cursey of Martin.
JOHN EDWARD GILBERT
MCKENZIE: John Edward Gilbert, 49, died Saturday, June 25, 2011 at McKenzie. Funeral services are Friday, July 1, at 2 p.m. at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Calvin Taylor, Sr. officiating.
Mr. Gilbert was born January 6, 1962 in McKenzie to the late Charlie and May Neil Sneed Gilbert. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Gilbert.
Survivors include: three brothers, Bernard Gilbert, Timothy Gilbert and Bobby Sneed, all of McKenzie; and four sisters, Claudie Sutton of Wisconsin, Ida Harris, Leda Gilbert and Sonia Gilbert, all of McKenzie.
Rawls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
NICHOLAS SEBASTIAN PANCAKE
CLARKSBURG: Nicholas Sebastian Pancake, 46, died Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were Thursday, June 23, at 2 p.m. at Dilday-Carter Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Ringold officiating. Burial followed in Sellers Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Pancake was born January 24, 1965 in Japan. He was an active member of the Air Force, having served as a fuels craftsman and a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
Survivors include: his wife, Gena Pancake; his parents, Phillip and Phyllis Snyder Pancake of Oklahoma; a son, Quentin Pancake of Clarksburg; a sister, Mary Kaes of Washington State; two brothers, Chris Pancake of Germany and Andy Pancake, of North Carolina.
Graveside funeral services for Ashlyn Spradley were Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Humbles Cemetery.
Survivors include: her parents, Marcus Spradley and Angela Pearson; maternal and paternal grandparents and paternal siblings.
GLADYS LOUISE LILLIBRIDGE
MCKENZIE: Gladys Louise Lillibridge, 87, died Friday, June 24, 2011 at NHC Healthcare Center in Murfreesboro. Funeral services were Tuesday, June 28, at 2 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home with burial in Union Academy Cemetery in McKenzie.
Mrs. Lillibridge was born February 16, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to the late Richard and Tina Bolthouse Terpstra. She was a homemaker and a member of McKenzie Baptist Church.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Legrande Lillibridge; one son, Terry Lee Lillibridge; and two sisters, Mabel Dahliny and Noreen Terpstra.
Survivors include: one son, David (Pam) Lillibridge of Greenville, South Carolina; one sister, Elonor Weliny of Grand Rapids, Michigan; two brothers, Howard Terpstra of Arkansas and Richard Terpstra, Jr. of Michigan; three grandchildren, Carol Brushwood, Lynn Melton, and David L. Lillibridge, Jr.; and six great-grandchildren.
VERA CATHERINE WINGFIELD HOPPER
MCKENZIE: Vera Catherine Wingfield Hopper, 94, died Thursday, June 16, 2011 at her home. Funeral services were Monday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with burial in Carroll Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Hopper was born March 25, 1917 in Gurdon, Arkansas to the late Jesse and Ollie Mae Jones Wingfield. She was a business owner and operator of Hopper's Laundry in McKenzie for 31 years and Baptist in faith.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gray Hopper; sisters, Narveil Pounds, Lila Riddick, Gladys DeHoff and Mary Ruth Carter; and brothers, Cecil Wingfield, Clarence Wingfield, Hauzie Wingfield and Gene Wingfield.
Survivors include: two daughters, Rae Hopper and Lana (Buddy) Wiggleton, both of McKenzie; two sons, Butch Hopper of North Little Rock, Arkansas and Bill (Margie) Hopper of Nashville, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Lance Hopper, Sean Hopper, Tiffany Hopper, Tyler Hopper, Cody Hopper, Scotty Wiggleton and Jamie Wiggleton; six great-grandchildren, Jenna Wiggleton, Joseph Wiggleton, Emma Wiggleton, Hennessy Hopper, Bentley Hopper and Gage Hopper; and one sister, Mavis Wingfield Lovins of Steele, Missouri.
MICHAEL NELSON BROWN
ATWOOD: Michael Nelson Brown, 21, died Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Humboldt General Hospital. Funeral services are Thursday, June 23, at 5 p.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home. The family has selected cremation to follow the funeral service.
Mr. Brown, a student, was born July 19, 1989 in Chicago.
Survivors include: his wife, Patricia Anne Westmoreland Brown of Atwood; two daughters, Morgan Ariana Brown and Mallory Anastasia Brown, both of Atwood; an unborn son, Michael Aidan Brown; his mother, Tonya Lamar of Humboldt; his father, David Brown of Humboldt; sisters, LaTonya Brown, Danielle Brown, Natalia Lamar, all of Humboldt; brothers, Marcus Godwin, Cody Lamar, both of Humboldt; other loving siblings survive; his grandmother, Barbara Powell of Humboldt; his mother- and father-in-law, Scott and Georgia Woodruff of Atwood; his father-in-law, Stephen Westmoreland; his sister and brother-in-law, Kari and Michael Stoots, Cassandra Westmoreland and Scotty Woodruff; three aunts, Sharon Ward, Melinda Ward, Elizabeth Cain; and many cousins.
NETTIE MAE NUNNERY
JACKSON: Nettie Mae Nunnery, 73, formerly of McKenzie, died Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Jackson General Hospital. There will be no services at this time, however there will be a private memorial service at a later date.
Ms. Nunnery was born January, 1938 in McKenzie to the late Charlie and Emmie Ownby. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one great-grandchild.
Survivors include: two daughters, Debbie Springer and Karen (Frank) Burton, both of Jackson; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren
Brummitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
GLEASON: Dorothy Williams, 95, died Friday, June 17, 2011. Visitation was Friday, June 17, at 3:00 p.m. with the funeral following on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., all at First Baptist Church in Gleason. Burial was at Hopewell Cemetery.
Mrs. Williams was affectionately known as "Mammie" by everyone who grew to know and love her. She nurtured 10 children, 29 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren with her quick witted words and genuinely giving heart. Each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild truly felt that Mammie loved them the most. Mammie will be remembered fondly by all for her exceptional cooking skills, peace making ability, and her constant snuff dipping habit.
Mammie was born on May 13, 1916, to Calvin and Leo (Hogue) Jones. She married Zelmer (Preacher) Williams on February 22, 1933. They raised 10 children on a small rural farm in Gleason. She spent her entire adult life on the same land that she helped farm to support a large family, by raising cotton, corn, and milking a herd of cows. She worked at a local factory, Siegels, and also worked as a cook at the Dairy Bar for many years. She was a member of Sandhill Baptist Church in Gleason.
Mammie was preceded in death by her husband, Preacher; three sons, Calvin Lee, James Edward, and Bill Jack Williams; one daughter, Alene Dunning; and two grandchildren.
She is survived by one son, John (Donna) Williams of Dunlap, Tennessee; five daughters, Blondell (Tom) Kittredge of Maryville, Tennessee, Sue Odom of Paris, Peggy (Dean) Doster of McKenzie, Bobbie Chandler of Gleason, and Kathy (Ronnie) Lawrence of Gleason.
In lieu of flowers, family is requesting that donations be made in Mammie's memory with a contribution to the Gideon's International or at your local church.
Williams Funeral Home of Gleason was in charge of the arrangements.
MALEEYA MARIE MURLEY AVALON
MILAN: Maleeya Marie Murley Avalon, 17 months, died Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Funeral services were Wednesday, June 15, at 2 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Bob White officiating. Burial followed in Hebron Cemetery.
Miss Avalon was born January 3, 2010 in Jackson.
Survivors include: her parents, Crystal Avalon (Charles) Gilbert and Phillip Lynn Murley, Jr.; maternal grandmother, Lucille Avalon of Huntingdon; paternal grandparents, Trudy Kreppel of Pinson and Phillip Lynn (Beverly) Murley, Sr. of Jackson; step-grandparents, Brenda Johnson and Odell Mason; two stepbrothers, Christian Gilbert and Gavin Gilbert.
BROOKSIE NELL LESTER
ROGERSVILLE, TENNESSEE: Brooksie Nell Lester, 89, formerly of Carroll County, died Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Signature Health Care in Rogersville, Tennessee. Graveside services were Saturday, June 18, at 2 p.m. at Jamison Cemetery with Bro Wendell Boyd officiating.
Mrs. Lester was born September 3, 1921 in Westport to the late Everett Therrel and Hattie Pearl (Reeder) Therrell. She was a retired production worker for Peoria Tent and Awning.
Survivors include: one brother, Wilson Therrell; nieces and nephews.
Chase Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
JOHN ALBERT CLARK
CEDAR GROVE: John Albert Clark, 73, died Thursday, June 16, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were Monday, June 20, at 3 p.m. at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church with Bro. Don Cooper and Bro. Phil Mitchell officiating. Burial followed in Hickory Flat Cemetery.
Mr. Clark was born March 13, 1938 in Carroll County to the late Harvey Clarke and Ada (Turnbo) Clarke. He was a retired supervisor for Norandal USA, Inc, owned Clark's Grocery in Cedar Grove, and a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Virgil Clarke and William Andrew Clarke; and two sisters, Alva Johnson and Birdie Stanford.
Survivors include: his wife, Jane (McCaslin) Clark; two daughters, Cheryl Woodruff of Jonesboro, Arkansas and Lisa (Bert) Stanley of Cedar Grove; one son, Greg (Janet) Clark of Cedar Grove; five grandchildren; four sisters, Marcia Wildridge, Sue Smith, both of Cedar Grove, Elise Humphrey of Spring Creek, Annie Jo Kemp of Nashville; and one brother, J. C. Gordon of Cedar Grove.
Chase Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
MARIE WOOLEY SMITH
HUNTINGDON: Marie Wooley Smith, 84, died Monday, June 13, 2011 at her home.
Funeral services were Wednesday, June 15, at 3 p.m. at Dilday-Carter Funeral Home with Bro. Andrew Stokes officiating. Burial followed in Hampton Cemetery.
Mrs. Smith was born September 27, 1926 in Henderson County to the late Felix Reeves and Sydney Jane (Hale) Reeves. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in McKenzie.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Bobo; a son, Donald Wooley; two sisters, Wilma Grant and Moetta Warbritton; and two brothers, James Reeves and Earl Reeves.
Survivors include: one daughter, Sue (Dale) Pilson of Clearwater, Florida; two sons, Randall (Ellen) Wooley of Huntingdon and Jeff Smith of San Antonio, Texas; three sisters, Lessia Carden of Clarksburg, Dorothy Russell of Huntingdon, and Loretta McCay of New Johnsonville; a brother, Junior Reeves of Clarksburg; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
JAMES THOMAS "TOM" BEVILL
HESSVILLE, INDIANA: James Thomas "Tom" Bevill, 84, died Friday, June 10, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were Monday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at Bocken Funeral Home in Hammond with Pastor Scott Hobbs officiating. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery in Hammond.
Mr. Bevill was born November 14, 1926 in McKenzie to the late James W. and Irene Bevill. He was a resident of the Hessville section of Hammond for over 40 years. He worked as a car inspector for the CSXT Railroad and retired in 1989 after 37 years of service. He was a WW II U.S. Navy veteran.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Nellie Hamilton and Katherine Thompson of McKenzie.
Survivors include: his wife of 62 years, Evelyn Bevill; three sons, Thomas D. (Sharon) Bevill of Griffith, Marty W. (Donna) Bevill and James M. Bevill, both of Hammond; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.