Obituaries: Tuesday, May 26, 1998
SOUTHAVEN Maudene Shull Smith, 84, died Saturday, May 24, 1998, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. She had lived in Southaven since 1962. She was a homemaker and a polling administrator for Southaven's Ward 3 precinct.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven. Burial will be in Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband, James Oliver Smith; one daughter, Linda Hopper Jowers of Southaven; one son, Robert Earl Hopper of Cordona del Mar, Calif.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Southaven Public Library or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Eric Brandon Palmer
GLEN Eric Brandon Palmer, 17, died Saturday, May 24, 1998, at The Med in Memphis. He was born March 12, 1981, in Tupelo to Theresa Calton Barnes and Ricky Palmer. He was a senior at Alcorn Central High School, where he was a member of the Golden Bears basketball team. He also worked at Jon's Fish Net. He was a member of the Sardis Primitive Baptist Church.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Cecil Woodruff and Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Rockhill Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Theresa and Frankie Barnes of Glen; his father, Ricky Palmer of Rienzi; his grandparents, Ronnie and Esther Sanders of Belmont, and Eveline Palmer of Rienzi; his great-grandmother, Irene Drake of Ecknty, Ind.; several uncles, aunts and cousins; special friends, Audrey Blackburn, Scotty Trolinger, Justin Mathis and Craig Null.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, R.C. Calton and J.B. "Bonnie" Palmer.
Pallbearers will be Mike Grier, Mostafa "Moe" Shams, Mike Gardner, Bill White, John Marcinek and Larry Jobe.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Class of 1999 and the Alcorn Central basketball team.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE Lester Young, 19, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
RIENZI Ester Sorrell, 85, died Monday, May 25, 1998, at Lee Manor in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
James Johnson Sr.
BYHALIA James Curtis Johnson Sr., 90, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at his home in Byhalia. He was a former resident of Memphis and Winona. He was a member of Isaac Chapel CME Church in Byhalia, where he was a Trustee Board member, Sunday School superintendent and Steward Board chairman. He was district lay leader in the Holly Springs District and a member of the Joint Board of Finance of the Northeast Mississippi Conference of the CME Church. He was a retired mail handler for the the Illinois Central Railroad. He organized the Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees in Memphis and served as president of the union for a number of years. He was a former member of the Ebenezer CME Church in Winona and a former member of the Mt. Pisgah CME Church in Memphis, where he served on the steward board from 1933 to 1969.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Isaac Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Willie Hoey officiating. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of more than 70 years, Malinda Forest Johnson of Byhalia; four sons, Milton Johnson of Duarte, Calif., Alonzia A. Johnson of Atlanta, Ga., James Curtis Johnson Jr. of Oakland, Calif., and Ivory Johnson of Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister, Lucille B. Norman of Pine Bluff, Ark.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Alfred Johnson, Edmund Johnson, Troy Johnson, Russell Johnson, Robert H. Johnson and W.F. Thompson.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Wednesday at the church. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.
POPE Pearl Baker Smith, 92, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at the South Panola Community Hospital in Batesville. She was born March 25, 1906, in Panola County to Frank B. and Fannie Hansel Baker. She was a retired secretary for R.L. Polk of Memphis and a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. She was the widow of Leslie B. Smith.
Services will be at 4:30 p.m. today at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with the Rev. Lennie Maples officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Ollie Baker Howell of Pope.
BATESVILLE Vera Cannon Franklin, 77, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was born May 7, 1921, in Osceola, Ark., to David Webster and Burla Lee Jenkins Cannon. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Batesville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First United Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Steve Cannon, the Rev. J.B. Cain and Sister Jewel Newsom officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur Leo Franklin of Batesville; two daughters, Lawanda Franklin Bridges of Batesville and Lisa Franklin Barber of Bethesda; two sisters, Earlene Cannon Leath of New Albany and Pearlene Cannon Gann of St. Louis, Mo.; three grandchildren.
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Raymond C. Wilburn
CORINTH Raymond C. Wilburn, 72, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a self-employed automobile body repairman. He was a former policeman with the City of Corinth for 10 years. He was a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a charter member of Crossroads Masonic Lodge and a York Rite Mason.
Services will be at 5 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kara Blackard officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park in Corinth with Masonic rites.
Survivors include his wife, Gertrude Box Wilburn of Corinth; one daughter, Robyn W. Mathis of Olive Branch; one son, Donnie Wilburn of Hernando; three sisters, Eula Thompson and Louvada Dees, both of Corinth, and Katie Clements of Clio, Mich.; five grandchildren, Tyler Mathis, Morgan Mathis, Angel Wilburn-Young, Autumn Wilburn and Andee Wilburn; two great-grandchildren, Wil Gossett and Lottie Wilburn Young.
Pallbearers will be M.W. Baggett, Gary Wood, Fred Johnson, David Lancaster, Jimmy Henderson and Larry Fuqua.
Jessie Harris Jr.
MEMPHIS Jessie Harris Jr., 61, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at his home at the Venson Center in Memphis. He was a former resident of Holly Springs and Chicago. He was disabled and a former custodian for the Memphis City Schools. He was a member of Union Valley M.B. Church in Byhalia.
Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Strawberry M.B. Church Cemetery in Holly Springs with the Rev. Samuel A. Phillips officiating. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Camellia D. Kenner of Waynesville, Mo., and Teresa Rainey of Detroit, Mich.; three sons, Ervin Harris, Jessie Harris III and Earnest Lee Harris, all of Holly Springs; 10 grandchildren; his wife, Mary Ross Harris of Detroit, Mich.
There will be no visitation.
BATON ROUGE, La. Lillian Cruthirds Myers, 83, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La. She was born Aug. 2, 1914, in Pittsboro to J.P. and Emma Wright Cruthirds. She was a homemaker and a member of Jefferson Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Tom Hollowell and the Rev. Danny Speed officiating. Burial will be in Calhoun City Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Joan Myers Coles of Baton Rouge; one son, Michael S. Myers, and his wife, Wendy, of Baton Rouge; one sister, Virginia Carty of Derma; three grandchildren, Peter Myers, Ashley Coles and Preston Coles, all of Baton Rouge; one great-grandchild, Timothy Coles of Baton Rouge; two nephews, James Lawrence Carty of Calhoun City and Bill Carty of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, A.B. Myers, who died Oct. 13, 1997.
Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TUSCUMBIA, Ala. V.J. Hacker, 51, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at the Helen Keller Hospital in Tuscumbia, Ala. He was a native of Alabama, a truck driver for 30 years and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with the Rev. Charles Lindley officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Hacker of Tuscumbia; two daughters, Mary Massey of Belmont and Virginia Peters of Cherokee, Ala.; two sons, V.J. Hacker Jr. of Red Bay and Danny Joe Hacker of Tuscumbia; two sisters, Virginia Stidham of Vina, Ala., and Joyce Hacker of Leighton, Ala.; three brothers, Lee Hacker of Vina, Bobby Hacker of Red Bay and Dexter Hacker of Crooked Oak, Ala.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Joe Hacker, Josh Hacker, Daniel Lindley, Danny Wayne Earnest, Ricky Lindley and Clifton Stidham.
Mary "Mama Mae" Gasway died Monday, May 25, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter's Mortuary.
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PLANTERSVILLE William Towery "Tack" Grant, 73, died Monday, May 25, 1998, at his home in Plantersville after a long illness. A lifelong resident of Plantersville, he was born Dec. 19, 1924, to John Samuel and Dora Towery Grant. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1980 after 30 years. He served as Plantersville's postmaster and later as the letter carrier for Route One. He served 12 years as Plantersville mayor. Under his leadership, the sewer system was upgraded; the town's first fire department was organized with his serving as chief; and the president town park was constructed. He was the last Mississippi mayor to serve as both mayor and town judge. He was the state commander for American Legion baseball for four years and coached the Tupelo American Legion baseball team from 1963-1980, winning several regional and state championships. He served as a B-52 nose gunner in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He earned the Purple Heart, the Asiatic Pacific Medal with four battle stars, the American Theater Company Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Philippines Liberation Medal and other commendations. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW, and a charter and life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a former member of the Lee County Council of Governments and a life member of the Plantersville United Methodist Church. He was an Atlanta Braves fans, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Plantersville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dale Whitlock, the Rev. Kenneth Corley and the Rev. Sam Hamilton officiating, and Steve Holland and Glenda Corley speaking. Burial will be in Plantersville Cemetery. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Neicy Grant of Plantersville; three children, Freddy Grant and his wife, Marla, and Charlotte Diggs and her husband, Joe, all of Plantersville, and Pat Clark and her husband, Steve, of Collierville, Tenn.; one sister, Evelyn Carter and her husband, Richard, of Jackson; one brother, Sam Grant, and his wife, Carolyn, of Flowood; six grandchildren, Michelle Weeks, Melinda Hall, Bill Diggs, Karianne Durham, Justin Clark and Chris Clark; one great-grandchild, Heather Hall.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Monts Sr., Rickey Scott, John Reed Foster, Gary Enis, Charles Payne, Buddy Peters, Steve Dillard and Glen McCullough Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be former American Legion ballplayers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Lee County Heart Association or to the Plantersville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 56, Plantersville, Miss. 38862.
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