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Obituaries – 2003 – R

The Panolian: OBITUARIES (R)

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Ragland, Essie Mae
Essie Mae Ragland, 90, of Water Valley, died Saturday, August 9, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Visitation is Wednesday at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Services are Thursday at 11 a.m. at Miles A.M.E. Church in Water Valley. Burial is at Oak Grove Cemetery in Water Valley. Rev. Adam Tyson will officiate. Water Valley Funeral Home has charge.

Ragland, born Nov. 25, 1912, was a housewife and a member of Miles A.M.E. Church.

She is preceded in death by her daughter Betty Allen Hilliard of Oxford.

Survivors include her husband Joe Ragland of Water Valley; one son Charles (Fossie) Ragland of Water Valley; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.


Rawson, Charles Lamar
Charles Lamar Rawson, 39, of Sardis, died Tuesday, August 19, 2003, in Panola County as a result of an auto accident.

Services are today at 2 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial is at Eastover Memorial Cemetery in Oxford. Minister Bobby Baker will officiate. Waller Funeral Home has charge.

Rawson was a member of Looxahoma Church of Christ and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and sports.

Survivors include his parents Ann Culver and step-father Larry Culver, both of Oxford and J.T. Rawson of Meridian; one son Kyle Lamar Rawson of Sugarland, Texas and two brothers, Todd Rawson of Olive Branch and Douglas "Shane" Rawson of Austin, Texas.


Ray, Christopher Earl
Ray, Timothy Earl Jr.
Christopher Earl Ray and Timothy Earl Ray Jr., of Pope, were stillborn at Tri-Lakes Medical Hospital Thursday, March 27, 2003.

Services were Friday, March 28, 2003, at Crowder Cemetery.

Survivors include parents, Timothy Earl Ray and Shelia Renee of Pope; two sisters, Courtney Petit and Katalyn Ray; grandparents, Duane and Jean Pettit of Batesville and Elbert and Geardean Sorrell of Belen and great-grandparents, Dossie and Bobbie Nell Pettit of Lambert.


Reece, Jo Ann
Jo Ann Reece, 69, of Enid, died Saturday, July 19, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.

Services were Monday at Dickins Chapel. Burial was at Forrest Memorial Park. Troy Darby officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Reece, born Sept. 6, 1933, to the late Will Ray Bright and the late Agatha Tidwell Bright, was a clerk and a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church.

She is preceded in death by her daughter Rebecca "Becky" Campbell.

Survivors include one sister Gay Nell Benson of Pope.


Reese, Herbert Franklin
Herbert Franklin Reese, 74, of Water Valley, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at his residence of natural causes.

Services were Thursday at Oak Grove C.M.E. Church in Water Valley. Burial was at Oak Grove C.M.E. Church Cemetery. Rev. Adam Tyson officiated. Water Valley Funeral Home had charge.

Reese, was retired and a member of Oak Grove C.M.E. Church in Water Valley.

Survivors include his wife Zelma Reese of Water Valley and his children, Roy Reese of Olive Branch, Delice Reese of Water Valley, Mary D. Fondon of Marietta, Ga., Charlotte Reese of Water Valley, Dortheia R. Love of Waco, Texas, Kevin Reese of Peoria, Ill., Albert Reese of Detroit, Mich., Ella R. Jones of N. Las Vegas, Nev., Helen Shelton of N. Las Vegas, Nev. and Clara F. Williams of Upland, Calif.


Rhear, Larry Gene
Larry Gene Rhear, 58, of Coffeeville, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at his residence of heart failure.

Services were Sunday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Forrest Memorial Park. Rev. Kenneth Corley officiated. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Rhear, born Feb. 9, 1945, to Walter Rhear and the late Mary Goodwin Rhear, was a barge foreman.

Survivors include his fiancee Betty Walters of Coffeeville; three daughters, Stephanie Anthony of Houston, Texas, Vanessa Perkins of Leland and Melissa Rhear of Houma, La.; his father Walter Rhear of Calhoun, Ga.; one sister Pam Baker of Alpharetta, Ga. and one grandson Maxwell Perkins.


Richardson, Ola Mae
Ola Mae Richardson, 85, of Oakland, died Friday, August 29, 2003, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Graveside services were Saturday at Springhill ASA Church Cemetery. Rev. Lewis Wilson officiated. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.

Richardson, born Jan. 29, 1918, to the late Jim Moore and the late Julia Carpenter, was a housewife and a member of Springhill ASA M.B. Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary D. Luster and Johnnie Mae House, both of Oakland and Betty Jean Hester of Chicago, Ill.; four sons, L.P. Richardson, John Richardson, Willie G. Richardson, all of Jackson and Carl B. Richardson of Detroit, Mich.; two brothers, George Moore of Los Angeles, Calif. and James Moore of Memphis; two sisters, Rita Smith of Buffalo, N.Y. and Minnie Ballard of Los Angeles, Calif.; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.


Richmond, Vashti
Vashti Richmond, 84, of Batesville died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Funeral services are today at 11 a.m. at New Hope M.B. Church. Burial is at New Hope Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home has charge.

Richmond was a retired school teacher.

She is preceded in death by her husband Aubrey Richmond.

Survivors include one daughter Eleanor Tinnor of Memphis; one son Cleo Timmon Jr. of Detroit, Mich.; two caregivers, Terry Towns and Jacqueline Towns, both of Batesville and one grandchild.


Riggle, Lynn Keith
Lynn Keith Riggle, 75, of Sardis, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at his residence.

Services were Monday at First Baptist Church. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Sanford officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Riggle, born May 18, 1928, to the late William J. and the late Glean Clymer Riggle, was a volunteer firefighter with the Sardis Fire Department for 27 years, holding every position on the department which included being fire chief for 12 years and serving in the army.

Survivors include his wife Joyce Barmer Riggle of Sardis; one daughter Wanda Harris Ward of Senatobia; two sons, Ronnie Harris of Horn Lake and Robert Harris of Louisville, Ky.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Rikard, Willie Juanita
Willie Juanita Rikard, 74, of Pope, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at her residence in Bartlett, Tenn. of cancer.

Services were Friday at Pope Baptist Church with interment at Clear Creek Baptist Church in Oxford. Rev. Jimmy Bryant and Rev. Lawrence Williamson, Jr. officiated services. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Rikard, born Aug. 1, 1928, to the late Elcho McLarty and the late Beula Stevens McLarty, was a homemaker and a member of the Pope Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Ray Rikard of Pope and Jerry Lee Rikard of Grenada; five daughters, Willia R. Williamson of Red Boiling, Tenn., Pat Herron of Batesville, Edna McDonald of Bartlett, Tenn., Nita Kemker of Jackson, Miss., and Lisa Roach of Pope; one brother, Jim McLarty of Arkansas; two sisters, Kate Rogers of Oxford and Carlene Langston of Harmontown; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society or Hospice South of Memphis. A memorial obituary may be viewed at www.Legacy.com.

 


Robinson, Inez Gray
Inez Gray Robinson, 80, of Oxford, died Thursday, May 1, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.

Services were Wednesday at Bluff Springs M.B. Church in Batesville. Burial was at Bluff Springs Cemetery. Rev. L.C. Smith officiated. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.

Robinson, born Nov. 4, 1922, to the late Jim Gray and the late Rema Leonard was a housewife and a member of Bluff Springs M.B. Church in Batesville.

Survivors include her husband Burl Robinson of Oxford; four sons, Leon Thompson of Oxford, Henry Thompson of Batesville, Bobby Dickens of Kansas City, Mo. and Willie Earl Dickens of Jackson; five daughters, Cornell Jones, Margie Faye Dickens, Mary Ann Dickens, Linda Robinson, all of St. Louis, Mo. and Beatrice Farr of Memphis; three sisters, Sophia Ocelia Winston of Batesville, Minnie Myrtle Woodson and Velma Wallace, both of St. Louis, Mo.; 28 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren.


Roebuck, Mary Syble Morrow
Mary Syble Morrow Roebuck, 65, of Pope, died Thursday, Dec.18, 2003, at Baptist-East Memorial Hospital in Southaven.

Services were Sunday at Wray’s Chapel Church in Pope. Burial was at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Pope. Rev. Bobby White officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Roebuck, born on July 29, 1938, in Vardaman, to the late Robert Earl Morrow and the late Ida Adel Griffin Morrow, was a member of Wray’s Chapel Church of God and a store manager.

Survivors include her husband Lamar Roebuck of Pope; two sons, Rickey Lamar Roebuck and Robert Lee Roebuck, both of Pope; one daughter Victoria Lynn Edison of Pope; four brothers, Charles Raymond Morrow of Oxford, Billy Louis Morrow of Tennessee, Jimmy Darrell Morrow of Atlanta, Ga. and Roger Lee Morrow of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Laverne French and Judy Moore, both of Batesville; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

All memorials may be mailed to Chapel Hill Cemetery, P.O. Box 47, Courtland, Miss. 38620.


Rogers, Nancy Shelton
Nancy Shelton Rogers, 69, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, at her residence of heart failure.

Services were Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Batesville with interment at Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Rev. Alan Kilgore, Rev. Don Bishop, and Dr. David Ball officiated services. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Survivors include her husband, Harold L. "Bud" Rogers of Batesville; one daughter, Paula Stewart of Batesville; one brother, Kenneth A. Shelton of Littleton, Colo.; one sister, Betty E. Mark of Memphis; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, Batesville, Miss., or the "Christ Ministries" at First Baptist Church, Batesville, Miss.
 


Roper, Lowell
Lowell Roper, 68, of Drew died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland.

Funeral services were Thursday at Drew Baptist Church. Burial was at Drew Cemetery. Rev. Alan House officiated. Williams and Lord Funeral Home had charge.

Roper was a retired corrections officer with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Survivors include his wife Estelle Roper of Drew; four sons, Jimmy Roper of Fulton, Dennis Roper of Blue Mountain, Johnny Roper of Batesville and Lowell "Buddy" Roper, Jr., of Batesville; one daughter Brenda Roper of Dorsey; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 


Ruby, Bobby John
Bobby John Ruby, 51, of Waterford, died Sunday, May 11, 2003, from complications in an automobile accident.

Services were Wednesday at Moore Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at New Hope Cemetery near Como. Rev. Robert Smith officiated. Moore Funeral Home had charge.

Ruby, born Nov. 18, 1951, to Boots Ruby and Ruby Lee Goodwin Ruby, was a member of New Hope Baptist Church and a welder for Thompson Machinery of Memphis.

Survivors include his parents Boots Ruby and Ruby Lee Goodwin Ruby, both of Como; two sons, Robert C. "Little Bobby" Ruby of Senatobia and John Allen Ruby of Senatobia and three brothers, James B. Ruby, Paul W. Ruby, both of Como and Don Ruby of Senatobia.


Ruby, Mary Lou
Mary Lou Ruby, 88, of Como, died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.

Moore Funeral Home had charge. No services were held. Her body was creamated.

Ruby, born Oct. 29, 1914, to the late Dave Childress and the late Ora Smith Childress, was the owner/operator of Mary Lou’s Beauty Shoppe.

She is preceded in death by her husband Rex M. Ruby.

Survivors include one son Burney Glenn Still of Olive Branch and one granddaughter.

Memorials may be sent to the Hospice Ministries, Inc., 120 Guthrie Drive, Southaven, Miss. 38671.


Rudd, Foster "Sugar Man"
Foster "Sugar Man" Rudd, 62, of Batesville, died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Services were Monday at St. Peter M.B. Church. Rev. Jacob Hentz officiated. Burial was in St. Peter Cemetery in Sardis. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.

Rudd, born May 11, 1940, in Panola County, to the late Foster Rudd Sr. and Ethel Lee Jones Rudd, was a retired truck driver for Bobby Hudson Trucking Company, a member of St. Peter M.B. Church, Usher, Youth Choir President- Deacon and Yard Marshal on the Usher Board.

Survivors include his wife Mattie L. Rudd of Batesville; four sons, Earnest L. Rudd, Tony L. Rudd, Anthony Rudd and Bennie Earl Rudd, all of Batesville; three daughters, Shari Hamilton, Tavara Rudd, both of Batesville, and Wanda Rudd Tweedy of Ft. Louis, Wash.; eight brothers, James Rudd, Clarence Rudd, M.C. Rudd, all of Batesville, Sammie Rudd, Arthur Rudd, Charles Rudd, all of Memphis, Glenn Rudd of Aberdeen and Clarence Eddie Brown of Batesville; four sisters, Mary Hines, Dorothy Hamilton, both of Batesville, Laura Hamilton and Frances Richardson both of Sardis; 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Rudd, Frank Jr.
Frank Rudd Jr., 60, of Courtland, died Thursday, September 18, 2003, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services were Wednesday at Spring Hill M.B. Church in Pope. Burial was at Spring Hill Cemetery. Rev. Stephen P. Walker officiated. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.

Rudd, born Jan. 13, 1943, to the late Frank Rudd and Addie Thornton Rudd, was an employee at Parker Hannifin, a member of Spring Hill M.B. Church in Pope and a deacon.

Survivors include his mother Addie Rudd of Pope; his wife Mary V. Rudd of Courtland; one step-son Marshall Griffin of Courtland; one step-daughter Shirley Bradley of Milwaukee, Wis.; two brothers, Jessie Rudd and Willie Rudd, both of Pope; one sister Nora Adams of Memphis; two step-grandchildren and one step-great grandchild.
 


Russell, Loretta Lee Elliot
Loretta Lee Elliot Russell, 67, of Crowder, died Sunday, July 6, 2003, at Q.C. Hospital in Marks.

Services were Wednesday at Crowder Baptist Church. Burial was at Crowder Cemetery. Rev. Truman Scarbrough officiated.

Russell, born April 11, 1936, to the late Joseph Albert Elliot and the late Evelyn Lee Warrington Elliot was a homemaker and a member of Crowder Baptist Church. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.

Survivors include her husband W.R. Russell of Crowder; two sons, Jimmy Ray Russell of Lambert and Ronnie Russell of Grenada; two daughters, Vickie Rockwood of Crowder and Diane Henson of Lambert; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
 


Russell, Martha West Bruckner
Martha West Bruckner Russell, 84, of Batesville, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center of heart failure.

Services were Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Loxahoma Church of Christ Cemetery in Loxahoma. Mr. Robert Rawson and Mr. Michael Bates officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Russell, born Oct. 16, 1918, to the late Albert Lon and Brightie Womack West, was a member of Batesville Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband Curtis A. Russell of Lexington, Tenn.; three daughters, Gwen Bruckner Hulgan of Baton Rouge, La., Alicia Bruckner Flint and Amy Bruckner Crume, both of Batesville; two step-daughters, Valinda Russell Nobles of Jackson, Tenn. and Lavonda Russell Roberts of Lexington, Tenn.; one step-son Charles Russell of Rugby, Tenn.; one brother Lamar "Sonny" West of Loxahoma; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.