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Obituaries – 2002 – G

The Panolian: OBITUARIES (G)


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Gann, Martha Caroline
Martha Caroline “Callie” Gann, 95, of Sledge, died Friday, February 22, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare in Amory of heart failure.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 25, at 11 a.m. at Dickins Chapel. Rev. Terry Hunley officiated the service. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Gann, daughter of the late Hugh and Sally Floyd Hamblin, was born April 11, 1906, in Houlka. She was a housewife and a member of Hollywood Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Wiley Gann.

Survivors include a son, Travis Gann of Bartlett, Tennessee; a daughter, Nellie Watson of Sarah; 20 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

A memorial obituary may be viewed at .
 


Gant, Clarcy Dell
Clarcy Dell Gant, 83, of Batesville, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare of heart failure.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Bobby Caples officiated the services. Interment was in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Gant, daughter of the late John Wesley and Erma Snipes Smith, was born Oct. 19, 1919, in Lafayette County. She was the widow of Clifton Allen Gant. She was a retired ward clerk for North Panola Hospital in Sardis and was a Baptist.

Survivors include her daughter, Erma Gant Jenkins of Sardis; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandchild.


Gardner, Johnny
Johnny Gardner, 61, of Chicago, Illinois, formerly of Batesville, died Tuesday, August 27, 2002, at Christ Hospital in Chicago of heart failure.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 31, at 2 p.m. at Concord M.B. Church in Batesville. Rev. W. L. Nash officiated the service. Burial was in the church cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary, Inc. had charge of arrangements.

Gardner, son of Jessie Littlejohn Gardner of Batesville and the late Charlie Gardner, was born September 6, 1940, in Sardis. He was a retired sorter for UPS and a member of Great Canaan Baptist Church in Chicago, where he was a deacon. He was also a member of the men’s choir, New Foundation Ministry, Sunday School teacher and communion ministry.

Survivors, other than his mother, include his wife, Janie Gardner of Chicago; four sons, Derrell Gardner, Joseph Gardner, Lank Kelly and Charles Robinson; three daughters, Sherron Gardner, Tamalyn Gardner Brown and Alyse Gardner McCarney; three brothers, Joe C. Gardner of Batesville, Willie Joe Gardner and Jerry Gardner; a sister, Annie Gardner of Batesville and 10 grandchildren.


Garner, B. H.
B. H. Garner, 75, of Batesville, died Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at his home of heart failure.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 1, at 11 a.m. at Batesville Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dr. Jon Burnham officiated the service. Burial was in Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Garner, son of the late Martin and Vinnie Mae Pulliam Garner, was born August 13, 1926, in Tunica. He was the retired administrator for the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a member of the Batesville Presbyterian Church, where he was a deacon and elder. He was also a long time Boy Scout volunteer. He was preceded in death by a sister, Susimae Garner Mize.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Mai Commer Garner of Batesville; three sons, William Frank Garner and Andrew Kendrick Garner, both of Batesville, and Paul Martin Garner of The Woodlands, Texas; a brother, John Frank Garner of Tupelo; and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Batesville Presbyterian Church, 121 Eureka Street, Batesville, Mississippi 38606, or to French Camp Academy, One Fine Day, French Camp, Mississippi 39745.

A memorial obituary may be viewed at www.legacy.com.


Garner, William Russell Jr.
William Russell Garner, Jr., 67, of York, South Carolina, died Monday, October 7, 2002, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina, of heart failure.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 10, at 11 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in York. Rev. Scott Cobb and Rev. Tom Tucker officiated the service. Burial was in Bethany A.R.P. Church Cemetery in Clover, South Carolina. Bratton Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Garner, son of the late William R. Sr. and Louise Bragg Garner, was born in Manilla, Arkansas. He was an insurance agent and past president of York County Underwriters Association. He was the state officer for S.C. Life Underwriters Association. He was a member of Gideons International and the York Lions Club. He was also a member of Central Baptist Church, where he taught the Seekers Sunday School class.

Survivors include his wife, Carroll Whitesides Garner of York; a son, Russell Alan Garner of York; three daughters, Janet G. Waldrep of Seneca, South Carolina, Lisa G. Ragon of Batesville, and Rebecca G. Ramsey of York; two sisters, Wanda G. Brown of Jacksonville, and Groria Belle G. Masterson of Cedar Town, Georgia; and seven grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 110 Ross Cannon St., York, South Carolina 29745.


Gillett, Dorothy Brimmer
Dorothy Brimmer Gillett, 73, of Sardis, died Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at St. Francis Hospital of heart failure.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 7, at 3 p.m. at Miles Chapel C.M.E. Church. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Gillett was a private home care worker and a member of McIvor M.B. Church, where she was an usher.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Gillett of Sardis; a daughter, Robbie Cooper of Sardis; five sons, Donald Thomas of Bangor, Maine, David Brimmer of Chicago, Illinois, Leroy Brimmer of Memphis, Tennessee, Jerry Brimmer of Sardis and Rodick Gordon of Southaven; a sister, Lizzie Wilken of Memphis; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Ginn, Reverend E. V. "Jack"
Reverend E. V. Ginn, 79, of Batesville, died Friday, November 1, 2002, at Baptist Memorial-North Mississippi in Oxford of heart failure.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 4, at 11 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Terry Tribble officiated the services. Interment was in the Shady Grove Baptist Church cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Ginn, son of the late Emmanuel V. and Stella R. Warad Ginn, was born March 26, 1923, in Rector, Ark. He was proceeded in death by one daughter, Gayle Ann Ginn. He was a retired Baptist Minister, and a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Synder Ginn of Batesville; two daughters, Sharon R. Ginn Grubbs of Jackson, and Iris K. Ginn Campbell of Bruce; three sons, Terry Lynn Ginn of Memphis, Tenn., Randy Ginn of Flint, Mich., and Tim Ginn of Batesville; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Golden, Robert W.
Mr. Robert W. Golden, 38, of Sardis, died Saturday, Nov. 16 at Baptist Memorial Hospital of heart failure.

Services were Nov. 21, 2 p.m. at Askew Grove M.B. Church. Internment was at Askew Grove Cemetery. Rev. Walter Newson will officiate services. Cooley’s Mortuary, Inc. had charge of arrangements.

Golden, son of Willie Golden and Erma Jean Walton, was born Nov. 18, 1963, Como. He was disabled and a member of Askew Grove M.B. Church.

Survivors include his three sisters, Dorothy Burdette, Shirley Golden, both of Sardis, and Mae Linda Golden of Memphis, TN; four brothers, James Golden, Edward Golden, both of Longtown, Jerry Golden of Sardis, and Howard Mangrum of Memphis, TN.


Goodwin, Joann Reeves
Joann Reeves Goodwin, 64, of Batesville, died Sunday, April 14, 2002, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, of heart failure.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 16, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Batesville. Rev. Alan Kilgore and Dr. Robert E. Self officiated the service. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Goodwin, daughter of Mattie Clarkson Reeves of Batesville and the late William Frank Reeves, was born April 19, 1937, in Pope. She was a receptionist and clerk at First Security Bank, where she was employed for 18 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors, other than her mother, include her husband, James Goodwin of Batesville; two sons, Kenny Goodwin of Senatobia and Lee Goodwin of Chicago, Illinois; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 


Gorman, Lee Roy
Lee Roy Gorman, 70, of Marks, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, in Memphis, Tennessee, of respiratory failure.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m. at Swan Lake Central Building in Jonestown. Rev. L. C. Tyler officiated the service. Burial was in St. James Cemetery in Jonestown. Delta Burial Corporation had charge of arrangements.

Gorman was born January 23, 1932, in Marks. He graduated from Coahoma Agricultural High School. He was a graduate of Alcorn State University, formerly Alcorn A & M College, and the University of Denver. He was a retired educator, and a member of North Delta Alumni Alcorn. He was also minister of music at Green Hill M.B. Church and served on the board of the General Baptist State Convention. He was the secretary of the Quitman County Concerned Senior Citizens, and financial auditor of the Quitman County Development Association Credit Union.

Survivors include his wife, Eva C. Gorman of Clarksdale; two daughters, Gwendolyn McClinton and Carla Dukes, both of Clarksdale; a son, Henry Childress of New Orleans, Louisiana; three sisters, Martha G. Mumford and Nancy G. Thomas, both of Marks, and Ruby G. Martin of Chicago, Illinois; and a brother, Johnny Gorman of Berrien Springs, Michigan.


Gorton, Ann Rue 
Ann Rue “Cotton” Gorton, 94, of Marks, died Monday, February 11, 2002, at Grenada Lake Medical Center of heart failure following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 13, at 2 PM at Marks United Methodist Church. Rev. Charlie Simmons and Rev. Johnny Dinas officiated the service. Burial was in Marks Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Gorton, daughter of the late Walter Dewitt and Joseph Ann Crowson Gorton, was born January 27, 1908, in Mississippi. She was a graduate of Delta State University, and taught in Clarksdale, Belzoni and Charleston schools. She was an avid golfer and a Girl Scout camp director for several area camps. She was a member of Marks United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include several nieces and nephews. 

Memorials may be made to Marks United Methodist Church.


Green, Jewell Bell "Mother Jewell"
Jewell Bell "Mother Jewell" Green, 95, died Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford of heart failure.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 2, at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Mr. Hal Johnson officiated the services. Burial was in Brazil Cemetery in Brazil. Wells Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Green, daughter of the late John Thomas and Maude Melton Bell, was born, November 10, 1906, in Des Arc, Ark. She was the widow of James William Green.

Survivors include her two daughters, Mamie Nell Green Finger of Zapata, Texas, and Gene Green McCarty of Sardis; one sister, Norene Bell Childress of Brazil; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 14 great, great-grandchildren.


Greer, Dorothy West Ellison
Dorothy West Ellison Greer, 87, of Pensacola, Florida, formerly of Lambert, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, in Pensacola of heart failure.

Graveside services were held Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. at Oddfellow Cemetery in Grenada. Rev. Greg Proctor officiated the service. Garner-Harper Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Greer, daughter of the late Howard and Bessie West Ellison, was born February 12, 1915, in Lambert. She and her husband, Thomas, met while attending law school at the University of Memphis. They spent most of their married years in Macon and Starkville. The past seven years they have resided in Homestead Village Estates in Pensacola. She was a member of the Episcopal Church, where she served in many lay capacities.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Thomas Hastings Greer of Pensacola; two daughters, Laura Greer Clapp of Florence and Dorothy Greer Tampary of Pensacola; a son, Tommy H. Greer, Jr. of Meridian; a sister, Bess Ferris of Nashville, Tennessee; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Montgomery Street, Starkville, Mississippi.
 


Griffin, Charlie B.
Charlie B. Griffin, 77, of Sardis, died Monday November 25, 2002, at his home in Sardis.

Services were Thursday November 28, 2002, at Macedonia M.B. Church. Interment was at Macedonia Cemetery. Rev. Zannie Leland officiated services.

Griffin, son of the late Robert Griffin and the late Verna Clay, was born September 18, 1925, in Madison County. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, and retired farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Winnie L. Griffin of Sardis; two sons, Larry Clark of Sardis, and Patrick Clark of Drew; four daughters, Doris Clark, Aretha Aikens and Vivian Clark all of Senatobia and Joyce Clark of Crenshaw; one sister, Catherrino Henry of Canton, MS; 20 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
 


Griffin, Jesse Owen 
Jesse Owen ‘Red’ Griffin, 64, of Crowder, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford of heart failure.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 3, at 2 PM at Crowder Baptist Church. Rev. James Clutter officiated the service. Burial was in Crowder Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Griffin, son of Lillie Mae Griffin of Crowder and the late James Owen Griffin, was born July 8, 1937, in Lambert. He was a retired plant foreman for Memphis Stone and Gravel and a member of Enon Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Gidget Lynn Griffin; and two brothers, Gerald Griffin and Vernon Griffin.

Survivors, other than his mother, include his wife, Royliene Griffin of Crowder; a son, Todd Owen Griffin of Batesville; a sister, Cathe Swindoll of Batesville; four brothers, Roy Lynn Griffin of Crowder, J.W. Griffin of Pope, Larry Wayne Griffin of Walls and Sammy Lee Griffin of Southaven; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Enon Baptist Church or to Crowder Baptist Church.


Griffin, Otis C. Sr.
Otis C. Griffin, Sr., 72, of Batesville, died Thursday December 5, 2002 in Batesville.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 12, at Macedonia M.B. Church. Rev. Zannie Leland, Jr. officiated services. Interment was in the church cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

Griffin, son of Tossie Grant Stewart of Sardis, and the late Booker T. Griffin, was born February 2, 1930 in Panola County. He was a member of Macedonia M.B. Church.

Survivors in addition to his mother include, three sons Otis Griffin, Jr., of Batesville, Calvin Griffin of Corinth, Texas, and Dwight Griffin of Houston, Texas; six daughters; Barbara Bledsoe, Louvidia Clark and Annie Eckford, all of Batesville, Darlene Desallvo of Hampton, Va., Shely Griffin of Houston, Texas, and Aldonia Marshall, of Hattisburg; four brothers; James Griffin, Robert Griffin, and Terry Griffin, all of Batesville, and Tyrone Griffin of Chicago, Ill.; six sisters Rosie Lamar of Sardis, Vernell Cox of Batesville, Angie Crawford of Memphis, Tenn., Elnora Jefferson and Mary Moore, both of Chicago, and Rose Sweet of Washington, D.C.; 32 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.


Groner, Polly Williams
Polly Williams Groner, 70, of Charleston, died Monday, July 22, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – East in Memphis, Tennessee, of a heart attack.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 25, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Charleston. Burial was in Marks Cemetery at 3 p.m. Newsom Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Groner, the widow of the late George Groner, was born December 1, 1931. She was a retired school teacher.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan Groner Moore of Ft. Worth, Texas; a son, David Groner of Charleston; two brothers, Harold Williams of Marks and Robert Williams of Tunica; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 159, Charleston, Mississippi 38921.