Obituaries, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000
ASHLAND Aurthretta Williams Kimmons, 70, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Powell Chapel M.B. Church in Holly Springs and a former member of Macedonia CME Church of Ashland.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Powell Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Fredrick Ford officiating. Burial will be in the Macedonia CME Church Cemetery in Ashland. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Junior L. Kimmons of Ashland; five daughters, Betty Yates and Ella Kimmons, both of Holly Springs, and Lucy Walls, Brenda Crawford and Daffiney Kimmons, all of Ashland; three sons, Billy Kimmons and Michael Kimmons, both of Ashland, and Cartica Kimmons of Fort Polka, La.; one stepson, Arthur "Kind" Cowans of Holly Springs; one sister, Flora Stinson of Holly Springs; five brothers, Clyde Williams and Styfer Williams, both of Memphis, Claude Williams Jr. of Monticello, Adolph Williams of Ashland and Tommy Williams of Gary, Ind.; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. today. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.
William W. Sykes
JACKSON William W. "Bill" Sykes, 69, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000. He was born Nov. 13, 1930, in Crystal Springs. He is a 1948 graduate of Central High School in Jackson and a 1952 graduate of Mississippi State University with a B.S. degree in civil engineering. After being honorably discharged from the military, he returned to MSU and received an M.S. degree in civil engineering in 1957. He then served on the MSU faculty for one year before entering private practice. He was a professional engineer with Engineering Service of Jackson, retiring as president and chairman of the board after 40 years. He also was president of Mercury Maps. He was licensed and practiced as a professional engineer and registered land surveyor in seven states. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson. He served as a Scoutmaster, Little League coach and president of Sunkist Swim Team. An avid MSU fan, he also enjoyed fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.
Services were Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson. Graveside services were Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Okolona. Lee Memorial/Okolona Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Rebecca Anderson Sykes; his mother, Margie C. Sykes of Jackson; five sons and daughters-in-law, William A. and Susan Sykes of Houston, Texas, J. Clay and Lisa Sykes of Atlanta, F. Lee Sykes of Jackson, Phillip S. and Stella Gray Sykes of Jackson, and Paul M. and Sara Sykes of Birmingham; his grandchildren, Billy, Adam and Ben Sykes, Morgan, Jordan and Jake Sykes, Winston Sykes, and Ella and Emily Sykes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Andrew Jackson Council, 855 Riverside Drive, Jackson MS 39202.
BYHALIA Richard Eugene Hope, 46, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at his home in Byhalia. He was born June 18, 1954, in Drew to Robert Eugen and Laura Orine Pearson. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a roofer.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Wells Funeral Home in Batesville.
Survivors include his longtime companion, Clara Moses of Byhalia; two daughters, Jill Hope of Madisonville, Texas, and Barbara H. Hensley of Riverside, Calif.; two sisters, Eugenia Hope Hodge of Victoria and Patricia Kemp of Nashville; four brothers, Donald R. Hope of Memphis, Ronald J. Hope of Oklahoma, James E. Hope of California and Kenneth W. Hope of Collierville, Tenn.
FULTON Tiny L. Crawley, 87, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at the Red Bay Hospital in Red Bay, Ala. A lifelong resident of Itawamba County, she was the daughter of the late Wiley and Martha Castleberry Brazil. She was a retired employee of Blue Bell and a member of Sandy Springs Baptist Church. She was the widow of D.D. Crawley.
Services were Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Sandy Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Taylor and Bro. Elmer Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Dinnis Lee Crawley and his wife, Cora Hamilton, of Fulton, and Joel David Crawley and his wife, Joyce Slayton, of Golden; three daughters, Martha Lue Lindsey and her husband, Billy, Billie Rue Wood and her husband, L.C., and Jimmie Sue Robinson and her husband, Jerry, all of Fulton; one sister, Alcis Cromeans of Fulton; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Noonan Crawley; four brothers, Joshua Brazil, Albert "Red" Brazil, Lunford Brazil and Sid Brazil; and four sisters, Minnie Lee Prestage, Dee Gentry, Jessie Miller and Minnie Lindsey.
Pallbearers were Joel Robinson, Roy Lee Robinson, David Lee Crawley, Bradley Crawley, Anthony Crawley, Rocky Crawley, Terry Thomas and Bobby Milam.
CORINTH Lola Rencher Knight, 72, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born July 12, 1928, in Alcorn County to Milton and Lee Thompson Rencher. She was a former employee of Century Electric and a retired employee of the Magnolia Hospital. She was a member of Foote Street Church of Christ.
Services were Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Gilbert Howell, Charles Curtis and Mike Green officiating. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Park in Corinth.
Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Gladys Rencher and Maxine Rencher, both of Corinth; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Knight; her parents; and six brothers, Grady Rencher, Mancle Rencher, Troy Rencher, Perry Rencher, Reese Rencher and Henry Rencher.
Pallbearers were Michael Green, Scotty Rencher, John Wood, Ronnie Burt Rencher, Harold Rencher, Chad Mills, Adam Rencher and Roger Hilburn.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Foote Street Church of Christ in Corinth.
Norris Jr. Hamm
BELDEN Norris Jr. Hamm, 67, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a retired employee of Hoffmans Landscaping in Aurora, Ill., and a Baptist. He was an avid fisherman.
Services were Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Billy Jones and Bro. Gary Porterfield officiating. Burial was in County Line Cemetery.
Survivors include his former wife, Jeanne Hamm of Belden; three sons, Jeffrey C. Hamm of Belden, Scott A. Hamm of Mooreville, and Joseph F. Hamm and his wife, Wanda, of Pontotoc; four daughters, Diane Zaha of New Albany, Patricia Brodersen and her husband, Garry, of Carpentersville, Ill., Christina Hale and her husband, Michael, of Marietta, and Michelle Ramer of Tupelo; three sisters, Vivian Barnette of Thayer, Mo., Ester Ambrose of St. Charles, Ill., and Della Barnette of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Norris Jefferson Hamm Sr. and Ollie Mae Carr Hamm; four brothers, Joe, Troy, Roy and Odis Hamm; and a sister, Eva Dee Hamm.
Pallbearers were Jeff Hamm, Scott Hamm, Joe Hamm, Greg Hamm, Joey Richardson, Randall Richardson, Garry Brodersen, Tracy Hamm, Stacy Hefner and Christopher Allison.
Honorary pallbearers were Michael Hale, Keith Dickey and Shannon Clifton.
Ruby Christine Harper McCord, 75, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. A native of Prentiss County, she lived in Tupelo most of her life. She was a member of the Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church. She was employed as a waitress and a factory worker, and later at the old Farmer's Market at Belden.
Services were Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Wesley Kingsley officiating. Burial was in the Bethel Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Travis McCord of Tupelo; two daughters, Marsha Dickey and her husband, Jesse, and Jean Cody and her husband, Joe, all of Tupelo; one son, Danny McCord of Tupelo; two sisters, Opal Penna and Mary Lee Murphy, both of Booneville; two brothers, Wayne Harper of Saltillo and Hoyle Harper of Tupelo; nine grandchildren, Scotty Dickey, Jeff Dickey, Crissie Dickey Wester, Jason McCord, Mandie Cody Poston, Tom Cody, Will Cody, Shannon McCord and Angela Sansone; two great-grandchildren, Mark Sansone and Adam Dickey.
She was preceded in death by a son, Donnie Ray McCord; a brother, Bill Harper; and her parents, Albert and Elsie Pate Harper.
Her grandsons served as pallbearers.
Gladys L. Shawver
BELDEN Gladys L. Shawver, 77, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Beverly Healthcare Center. She was a member of Kimble Chapel M.B. Church.
Services were Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Kimble Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. J.S. Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home of Verona was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her caregivers, Elbert and Vonnella Woods of Shannon; several cousins.
Delma L. Burdine
MATHISTON Delma L. Burdine, 74, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at his home in Mathiston. He was born June 5, 1926, in Choctaw County. He was a farmer and a member of Old Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Choctaw County. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine Boyd Burdine.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Old Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church with the Rev. Lanny Collum and the Rev. William Montgomery officiating. Burial will be in Bowles Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Rachel Montgomery of Houlka and Charlotte Hulsey of Corinth; three sons, Robert L. Burdine and Richard Burdine, both of Mathiston, and William Burdine of Houlka; two sisters, his twin, Talma Duke of Mathiston and Arvanelle Boyd of Kilmichael; four brothers, Odell Burdine, Harliss Burdine and Glen Burdine, all of Mathiston, and Iary Burdine of California; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.
Ollie D. Lester
HOUSTON Ollie D. Lester, 97, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at the Floy Dyer Nursing Home in Houston. She was born April 19, 1903, in Humphreys County, Tenn., to James and Maude Choate Dunn. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God. She attended Macedonia Methodist Church.
Services were Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery near Vardaman.
Survivors include one son, Ottis Adron Lester of Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters, Martha Gail Griffin and her husband, Billy Porter Griffin, of Houston, and Jimmie Fay Metcalf of Tupelo; one sister, Lena Ostrander of Memphis; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Monroe Lester; a daughter, Lucille E. Lester; a son, Ralph E. Lester; and her parents.
Pallbearers were Darrell Hardin, Rudolph Mixon, Sonny Kimbrough, Ted Griffin, Harold Edmondson and Kenny Weaver.
Hester O. Johnson
FULTON Hester O. Johnson, 92, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at the Daniel Health Complex in Fulton. She was born Aug. 10, 1908, in Tishomingo County to John Henry Owens and Nancy Jane Bryant Owens. She was retired from Itawamba Agricultural High School and the Itawamba County Hospital, where she was a cook. She was a member of Sandy Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Taylor and Bro. Elmer Smith officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Willa Dean Thomas, and her husband, Audie, of Fulton; one son, Bobby Gene Johnson, and his wife, Faye, of Hernando; two sisters, Ethel Byram of Iuka and Lillie Sartain of Birmingham; three grandchildren, Timothy Thomas of Gulfport, Andy Johnson of Jackson and Julie Gruber of Fort Collins, Colo.; two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eli Johnson, in 1984.
Pallbearers will be Henry Clifton Jarrell, Dealon Jarrell, Carlie Ray Hughes, Keith Johnson, Jerry Dickens and Dale Wayne White.
NEW ALBANY Clifton "Banny" Roaten, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Sept. 11, 1912. He was an employee of Futorian Manufacturing for 27 years and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Services were Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Ransier, the Rev. Joe Gullick and the Rev. Jimmy McMillen officiating. Burial was in Keownville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jettie Pannell Roaten of New Albany; one daughter, Linda Sue McNeely of New Albany; one son, Barton Roaten, and his wife, Janice, of New Albany; one sister, Edith Aslee Bobo of West Point; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Barry Roaten, Britt McNeely, Jerry Whitehead, Dewayne Roaten, Chris Roaten and Andrew Johnson.
NEW ALBANY Kenneth Gayle "Cat" Robbins, 70, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at his home near New Albany. He was born in the Macedonia community of Union County to the late William Alfred and Lavelle Russell Robbins. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College, where he was All-American and a National Junior College runner-up in basketball. He also attended the University of Mississippi, where he was the basketball team captain and All-SEC. While in the U.S. Army, he was Most Valuable Player in the Caribbean Command. During his career as basketball coach, he won the state championship while at Northeast Mississippi Junior College; served as assistant basketball coach at Ole Miss from 1969-1974; won state championship at West Union High School; and won the state championship in 1980 and 1985 at Northwest Mississippi Community College. His career wins were 1,400 overall.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Ruth Robbins; his daughter, Sonia Young of Senatobia; two sons, Dr. Kenny K. Robbins of Jackson and Dr. Mark Robbins of Cleveland, Ohio; a sister, Mary Alice Robbins of Sardis, Ga.; a brother, Shirley Wayne Robbins of Sardis, Ga.; nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, John Lee and Columbus Robbins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or a favorite charity.
OXFORD Marguerite Austin McCain, 88, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a member of Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church, where she was the Sunday school secretary. She was a seamstress at City Cleaners in Oxford. She was the widow of Herman McCain Sr.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Wes Sherman officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery in Batesville.
Survivors include three daughters, Dolores Barnett and Kathy Tidwell, both of Batesville, and Betty Watts of Oxford; two sons, Herman McCain of Oxford and William H. McCain of Batesville; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and three sons, Michael G. Watts, Billy W. Watts and Joseph T. McCain.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.