Obituaries – 2005 – R

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 1, 2005

The Panolian: OBITUARIES (R)

2005 – R :             

RABBITT, Clinton Howard
BATESVILLE- Clinton Howard Rabbitt, 88, died Wednesday, December 21, 2005, in Bayside, N.Y.
     Graveside services were Tuesday at Batesville-Magnolia Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.
     Rabbitt, born Jan. 3, 1917, in Astoria, N.Y. to the late James Rabbitt and the late Marquerite Oresch Rabbitt, was a veteran of the United States Air Force, in which he served as Lt. Col.
     He was preceded in death by his, wife Marie Ferrell, formerly of Batesville.
     Survivors include one daughter, Bea Stone of Hendersonville, Tenn.; one sister-in-law, Faye Holcombe of Batesville; one sister, Helen Rabbitt of Bay Side, N.Y.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

RAGLIN, Dewey Garland
     COMO – Dewey Garland Raglin, 83, died Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
     Services are today at 2 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jim Cox will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis. Moore Funeral Home has charge.
     Raglin, born Aug. 7, 1921, in Floris, Iowa, to the late Theodore and Lucy Hale Raglin, was a foreman at Memphis Plywood, a member of Sardis United Methodist Church and an Army-Air Force veteran of World War II.
     Survivors include one daughter Bettye Doyle Raglin Jones of Como; three sons, David Baker of Arlington, Tenn., Mike Baker of Como and Jimmy Baker of Shelbyville, Tenn.; his companion Norma Baker of Como; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren

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RAGON, Roy Lee
CHILDRESS, TEXAS- Roy Lee Ragon, 50, formerly of Batesville, died Sunday, July 10, 2005.
     Services were Tuesday at Johnson Funeral Home in Childress. Norman Rushing officiated. Burial was in Childress Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home had charge.
     Ragon was born June 29, 1955, to the late John E. Ragon and the late Ruth Luneil Ragon in Batesville. He graduated from South Panola High School and was a roofer.
     Survivors include his wife Judy Ragon of Childress; one son James Ragon of Iowa, Texas; two daughters, Ruthie Kinder of Killeen, Texas and Crystal Russell of Wichita Falls, Texas; one brother Johnny Ragon of Marks; four sisters, Betty Alexander of Southaven, Roxie Wells of Coldwater, Mae Bramett of Sardis and Peggy Tutor of Batesville; two grandsons and one granddaughter.

     BATESVILLE – R.V. Rawson Jr., 80, died Tuesday, August 30, 2005, at his residence.
     Services are today at 2 p.m. at Nile Church of Christ in Kosciusko. Burial will be in the Nile Church of Christ Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Nile Church of Christ. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville and Jordan Funeral Home of Kosciusko have charge.
     Rawson, born June 8, 1925, in Silver City to the late Robert Vester and Florence McKinnon Rawson, was a retired Westbrook Manufacturing employee out of Jackson. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a member of Nile Church of Christ in Kosciusko.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Montez Lawrence Rawson.
     Survivors include one son, Robert D. Rawson of Batesville; one sister, Velma Rawson Butler of Eupora; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
     Memorials may be made to Sardis Lake Christian Camp or the American Cancer Society.

REESE, Pauline Hodges Nix
     BATESVILLE – Pauline Hodges Nix Reese, 89, died Sunday, August 28, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare in Batesville.
     Services were Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Oneal Butler of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church of Dumas officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Reese, born Nov. 29, 1915, to the late Sam and Linnie Hughes Hodges of Yalobusha County, was a homemaker and a member of the Oakland Baptist Church.
     Survivors include four daughters, Margaret Nix McCrary of Orlando, Fla., Lucille Nix Norwood of Courtland, Barbara Ann Nix Busic of Memphis, Tenn. and Betty Sue Nix Bowlin of Crowder; three sons, Otis Wayne Nix of Madison, Wis., William Paul Nix of Byhalia and Jack Homer Nix of Olive Branch; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

REED, Carrie Jean
     SENATOBIA – Carrie Jean Reed, 43, died Sunday, September 25, 2005, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
     Services are tomorrow at noon at Gospel Temple Church in God in Senatobia. Burial will be in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home has charge.
     Survivors include two daughters, Latonya Reed and Constance Reed, both of Senatobia; one son, Climmie Reed of Senatobia; her father, Willie J. Reed; five sisters, Lucille Jackson of Como, Luedean Carter Reed and Doris Ann Reed, both of Senatobia and Anniett Jackson and Gwy Gail, both of Memphis, Tenn.; eight brothers, Robert Reed of Como, Willie Reed Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., Joseph Reed of Senatobia, Jessie Reed of Washington, Desi A. Reed of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Bobby Gail, Otis Gail and Curtis Gail, all of Memphis, Tenn.; and one grandchild.

REED, Edward Jr.
COMO- Edward Reed Jr., 39, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005.
     Services are tomorrow at noon at Gospel Temple Church of God. Burial is in Askew Grove Church Cemetery. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home has charge.
     Reed was a member of Askew Grove M.B. Church.
     Survivors include his wife, Glinda Reed Milam; one son, Edwards Cortez Reed of Coldwater; his parents, Lucille Reed Jackson and Tolly Leon Faulkner, both of Senatobia; five sisters, Tabitha Woods, Lesia Hanger, Tarsha Jackson, Shanta Jackson and Tessia Leverson, all of Senatobia; four brothers, Derrick Whitting of Memphis, Ray Faulkner of Covington, Tenn., Leon Reed and Andrew Bradley, both of Antioch, Tenn. and his grandparents, Willie J. Reed and Eugene Faulkner.

REEVES, Willie Sr.
     BATESVILLE – Willie Reeves Sr., 102, died Thursday, June 9, 2005, at his residence of natural causes.
     Reeves, born June 5, 1903, was a farmer.
     Services are today at 1 p.m. at Coleman Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery in Batesville. Eddie Robinson and Son Funeral Home has charge.

     CROWDER –  Jesse W. Respess, 63, died Saturday, June 4, 2005, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven.
     Memorial services were yesterday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Respess, born Nov. 3, 1941, in Quitman County to the late Ernest Clinton and Julia Elizabeth Williams Respess, was a retired construction worker and truck driver. He served in the Batesville unit of the Mississippi National Guard and was a member of Blue Lake Baptist Church.
     Survivors include two sons, Brian Scott Respess of Courtland and Jesse Wade Respess of Walls; four sisters, D. Rebecca Respess Mauley of San Pierre, Ind., Betty Sue Respess Foshee of Houston, Texas, Yvonne Respess Hosler of Hixson, Texas and Lucy J. Respess Rotenberry of Batesville; two brothers, Charles D. Respess of Crowder and Gregory C. Respess of Memphis, Tenn. and two grandchildren.

REYNOLDS, Marie Russell Collins
     BOSSIER CITY, La. – Marie Russell Collins Reynolds, 89, died Sunday, September 4, 2005, at Riverview Nursing Center in Bossier City, La.
     Graveside services were Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. Clay Pace of Oakland, Tenn. officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Reynolds, born Nov. 5, 1915, to the late Eunice Bradshaw and the late Lula Hall Russell in Buckner, Ark., was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church of Gilbertsville, Ky. where she taught Sunday School for over 30 years. She remained active in many church ministries all of her life.
     Survivors include one brother, Charlie Russell of Moscow, Tenn. and a hosts of nieces and nephews, including Rosa and Ralph Kahlor of Pope.
     Memorials may be made to the North American Mission Board at 4200 North Point Parkway, Alphareta, Ga. 30022-4176.

RIALES, Mary Ann
     PARIS, Tenn. –  Mary Ann Riales, 71, died Wednesday, October 19, 2005, at Plumley Rehabilitation Center in Paris, Tenn.
     Memorial services were Saturday at Maplewood Baptist Church. Bro. Lynn King officiated. Burial was in Poplar Grove Cemetery in Springville, Tenn. McEvoy Funeral Home had charge.
     Riales, born Jan. 21, 1934, in Springville, Tenn. to the late Ples Fitch and Evelyn Sweeney Fitch, was a member of Maplewood Baptist Church and a retired school teacher. She taught school in Como, Obion, Tenn. and Puryear, Tenn.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Riales.
     Survivors include one daughter, Kathryn Onaye Farrish of Batesville; one sister, Hannah Crosser of Paris, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Mary Stacy of Virginia Beach, Va. and Joseph Wilson of Batesville and two great-grandchildren, Wil Stacy and Katy Stacy.
     Memorials may be made to Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation at P.O. Box 799044, Dallas, Texas 75379-9044.

     BATESVILLE– Nancy C. Richardson, 79, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center of natural causes.
     Visitation will be Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Eddie Robinson and Son Funeral Home, and on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Power House Church of God in Christ. Burial will be in Pope Chapel Cemetery. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home has charge.
     Richardson was a homemaker and a member of Power House Church of God in Christ.

RIDDELL, Iola Carolyn
     Iola Carolyn Riddell, 83, died Sunday, November 13, 2005, at Greenbough Nursing Home in Clarksdale.
     Graveside services are today at 2 p.m. at Bluff Springs Cemetery near Eupora. Rev. Sam Riddell will officiate. Kimbro Funeral Home has charge.
     Riddell, born Oct. 3, 1922, was a member of West Baptist Church.
     Survivors include two sisters, Jo Ann Stone of Marks and Betty Riddell Cotton of Macon; one brother, Sam Riddell of Jackson and several nieces and nephews.

ROBBINS, Hughey Thomas
     SUMNER – Hughey Thomas Robbins, 83, died Friday, May 20, 2005, in Cleveland.
     Robbins was born February 16, 1922. He was a painter.
     Services were yesterday at Newsom Funeral Home in Charleston. Burial was in Woodlawn in Sumner. Newsom Funeral Home had charge.
     Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ballard of Sumner and Kathy Westbrook of Tutwiler; one son, Randy Robbins of Enid; two sisters, Mabel Ledford of Arlington, Texas and Hazel Ledford of Ruleville; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

ROBERSON, Jane Golden
     LAMBERT – Jane Golden Roberson, 60, died Thursday, May 12, 2005, at Baptist Hospital in Oxford of an apparent heart attack.
     Services were Saturday at Community Independent Baptist Church in Lambert. Rev. Earnest Gordon officiated. Burial was in Lambert Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.
     Roberson, born Jan. 6, 1945, in Quitman County, was a member of Community Independent Baptist Church where she also taught Sunday school.
     Survivors include her husband, Bro. Raymond Roberson of Lambert; three sons, Randy Roberson and Bobbie Roberson, both of Lambert and Floyd Edward Roberson of Cleveland; two daughters, Betty Russell and Rennie Sbravati, both of Lambert; eight brothers, Vernon Golden of Lambert, Junior Golden of Meridian, Floyd Golden of Squirrel Lake, John Golden of Batesville, Earl Golden of Marks, Gene Golden of Crowder and C.W. Pruitt of Ripley and Jake Pruitt of Newton; five sisters, Peggy Clemmer and Irene Smith, both of Lambert, Lorene Morgan of Marks, Cheryl Allred of Olive Branch and Lynn Morrison of Marks; 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

ROBINSON, Geneva "Navy"
     CHICAGO, ILL.– Geneva "Navy" Robinson, 72, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Ill. She was formerly of Pope.
     Services are tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Nelson Chapel M.B. Church in Pope. Rev. Melvin Ellis will officiate. Burial will be in Pope Chapel Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
     Robinson, born Oct. 28, 1932, in Pope to the late Willie Bill Ware and the late Erma Green, was a homemaker and a member of Kelly United Methodist Church in Chicago, Ill.
     Survivors include three sisters, Earlene Ellis of Pope, Ruth Ellis of Chicago, Ill. and Louise Gathright of L.A., Calif. and four brothers, Fred Ellis, Hulit Ellis and C.W. Ellis, all of Cleveland, Ohio and George Ellis of Detroit, Mich.

ROBINSON, Sidney Leon
     COMO- Sidney Leon Robinson, 85, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at his residence.
     Services were Wednesday at Como United Methodist Church. Moore Funeral Home had charge.
     Robinson, born May 13, 1920, in Iuka to the late Sidney E. and Georgia Moseley Robinson, was a veteran of WWII and a graduate of Memphis State College and Southwestern at Memphis. He taught and coached at Chamberlin Military Academy in Gulfport and was an instructor of chemistry at the UT Medical School in Memphis, Tenn.
     He served the Town of Como for many years as alderman and mayor. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Panola County School Board and a long time board member of the Como Library. As an active member of the Como Methodist Church, he served on the administrative board and various committees and taught an adult Sunday school class.
     He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Martha Ann Sanford Robinson.
     Survivors include three daughters, Leigh R. Garrison of Como, Ann R. Davis of Booneville and Mary R. Dean of Madison; one son, Porter Robinson of Memphis, Tenn. and seven grandchildren.
     Memorials may be made to the Como United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 277, Como, MS 38619 or the American Cancer Society.

ROEBUCK, George Lamar
     POPE– George Lamar Roebuck, 72, died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at Leflore County Hospital in Greenwood.
     Services were Saturday at Dickins Chapel with the Rev. Bobby White officiating. Burial was in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Pope. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.
     Roebuck, born April 26, 1932, in Pope to the late Dalton Lamar Roebuck and the late Jennie Victoria Leighton Roebuck, was a construction worker, a member of Chapel Hill Methodist Church and a veteran of the Korean War.
     Survivors include his wife Syble Roebuck of Pope; two sons, Rickey Lamar Roebuck and Robert Lee Roebuck, both of Pope; one daughter Victoria Lynn Eidson of Pope; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
     In lieu of flowers make donations to Chapel Hill Cemetery, c/o Helen Bell, 2849 B Pope-Water Valley Rd., Pope, Miss. 38658.
Willie Ray Russell

ROGERS, Emma Louise 
     BATESVILLE- Emma Louise Rogers, 75, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at her son’s residence in Ecru of heart failure.
     Services were Monday at Victory Baptist Church. Rev. E.K. Gordon officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Rogers, born Nov. 20, 1929, to the late Thomas Lester and Glennie Gordon Alexander, was a retired nurses aid and a member of Victory Baptist Church in Courtland.
     Survivors include two sons, Jimmy O. Birdsong of Ecru and Tommy L. Beasley of Sardis; three sisters, Ruby Alexander Wooley of Drew, Estelle Alexander Freeman of Sardis and Faye Alexander Johnson of Batesville; three brothers, Edward Alexander of Baytown, Texas, Norris Alexander of Sardis and Bobby Alexander of Crowder; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

ROSTON, Mary Irene
OXFORD – Mary Irene Roston, 93, died Thursday, August, 11, 2005, at Graceland Healthcare Center.
     Services were yesterday at New Bethlehem M.B. Church. Rev. Arthur Pollard officiated. Burial was in New Bethlehem Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.
     Roston, born Dec. 20, 1911, in Bassett, Ark., to the late Sam Mason and Lula Stokes, was a retired cook for Lil Bourn East High School in Lil Bourn, Mo.
     Survivors include three daughters, Beulah Marie Leland and Fannie Pollard, both of Batesville and Ella Louis Hughes of Chicago, Ill.; one son, Willie Roston of Oxford; one brother, Clarence Roston of Pontiac, Mich.; 41 grandchildren; 89 great-grandchildren and a host of great-great-grandchildren.

RUDD, Derrick Demoyne
     SARDIS – Derrick Demoyne Rudd, 32, died Monday, August 29, 2005, from injuries received during an automobile accident.
     Services are tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church in Batesville. Rev. Ozine Thomas will officiate. Burial will be in Pilgrim Rest cemetery. Visitation is today from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Visitation will also be tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
     Rudd, born Nov. 1, 1972, in Sardis to Clarence Leon Rudd Jr. of Batesville and Mary Frances Rudd of Batesville, was a factory worker and a member of Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church.
     Survivors include one son, Derrick Rudd Jr. of Charleston; two daughters, Destiny K. Rudd and Aliyah Davis, both of Charleston; his grandparents, Marie Oliver of Batesville and Clarence and Betty Rudd of Batesville; two sisters, LaTisha L. Rudd and Alijah L. Rudd, both of Batesville and three brothers, Dewayne D. Rudd of Atlanta, Ga., Darryl L. Rudd of Beverly Hills, Calif. and Jaylin A. Rudd of Batesville.

RUNNELS, Joseph Edward "Joe"
      SARDIS – Joseph Edward "Joe" Runnels, 79, died Friday, July 1, 2005, at V.A. Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.
      Services were Monday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Bob Hickey officiated. Burial was in Union Cemetery in Sardis. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
      Runnels, born Jan. 27, 1926, in Perry County to the late Buron and Velma White Runnels, was a retired factory worker, a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and a member of Union Baptist Church in Sardis.
      Survivors include his wife, Clara Smith Runnels of Sardis; three sons, Ricky Edward Runnels, Joseph Randall Runnels and Ronnie Runnels, all of Batesville; one brother, B.R. Runnels Jr. of Hattiesburg; seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and one great-grandson.

RUSSELL, Calvin Eugene "Bubba" Jr.
     SARDIS- Calvin Eugene "Bubba" Russell Jr., 31, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center from injuries received in an automobile accident.
     Services were Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Russell, born July 14, 1973, in Marks to Calvin Eugene Russell Sr. and Pamela Sue Mills Russell Scott, was a self-employed construction worker.
     Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Vanessa Anthony Russell of Sardis; one daughter, Patricia Gail Russell of Sardis; one son, Joshua Drew Russell of Sardis; his step-father, James Scott of Batesville; his grandmother, Annie Bell Mills of Batesville; one sister, Pamela Michelle Russell Alred of Sardis and one brother, Eddie Nolan of Batesville.

RUSSELL, Willie Ray
     LAMBERT– Willie Ray Russell, 72, died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford of heart failure.
     Services were Saturday at Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks. Rev. Laurie Jones officiated. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.
     Russell, born March 20, 1933, in Pontotoc, was a farmer.
     He was preceded in death by his wife Loretta Elliott Russell.
     Survivors include two daughters, Vickie Rockwood of Crowder and Diane Henson of Lambert; two sons, Ronnie Russell of Grenada and Jimmy Ray Russell of Lambert; one sister Eloise Bailey of Crowder; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.




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