Obituaries – 2006 – G

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 1, 2006

The Panolian: OBITUARIES (G)


GALIMORE, David "Day-Boy"
SARDIS – David "Day-Boy" Galimore, 95, died Friday, November 25, 2006, at his residence.
     Services are today at 1 p.m. at Hodges Funeral Home in Oxford. Rev. Walter Newson will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Gillion Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home has charge.
     Galimore was a member of Mt. Gillion M.B. Church. He was a retired janitor for the Batesville Public Library and Panola County Welfare Department.
     Survivors include: his wife Maggie Galimore; one daughter, Allie V. Galimore of Batesville; three sons, Roosevelt Galimore and Charles Galimore, both of Batesville and Walter Boothe of Milwaukee, Wis.; two sisters, Josephine Hurt of Bartlett, Tenn., Dorothy Farmer of Milwaukee, Wis.; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

BATESVILLE – Nola J. Galimore, 80, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
     Services were Saturday at Mt. Gillion M.B. Church in Sardis. Rev. Walter Newson officiated. Burial was in Mt. Gillion Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.
     Galimore, born July 10, 1925, in Batesville to the late Lillie Shaw, was a member of Mt. Gillion M.B. Church and a homemaker.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Andrews of Batesville; two nieces who cared for her, Loretta Rudd and Ruby Spears, both of Batesville; her granddaughter who cared for her, LaQuestria Robertson of Batesville, and one other grandchild.

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GALLOWAY, Billie Wayne
CRENSHAW – Billie Wayne Galloway, 70, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Beverly Health Care in Batesville.
     Services were Thursday at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial was in Longtown Cemetery. Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge.
     Galloway was a member of Cypress Corner Baptist Church.
     Survivors include one son, Thomas Galloway Jr. of Longtown; two brothers, James Hickey of Sumner and Henry Clay Hickey of Lyon; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

GANT, Charlie Thomas Jr.
BATESVILLE –  Charlie Thomas Gant Jr., 40, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at his home.
     Services are today at 11 a.m. at Independent Community Baptist Church in Lambert. Brother Raymond Roberson will officiate. Burial will be in Lambert Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home has charge.
     Gant, born Feb. 17, 1966, in Marks, was a member of the Pentecostal Church.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Thomas Gant.
     Survivors include one son, Charlie Gant III of Jackson; two daughters, Crystal Gant and Sarah Gant, both of Batesville; his mother, Judy Gant of Lambert; one sister, Evelyn Shivers of Batesville and one grandson.

GARDNER, Jacqueline Kimmons
BATESVILLE – Jacqueline Kimmons Gardner, 43, died Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Services are Saturday at 1 p.m. at Askew Grove M.B. Church in Longtown. Visitation is today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary and from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Askew Grove M.B. Church. Rev. Walter Newson will officiate. Burial will be in Askew Grove Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
     Gardner, born May 28, 1962, in Chicago, Ill. to the late Jeams Kimmons and the late Willie Mae Polk, was a homemaker and a member of Askew Grove M.B. Church. She was also a member of Chapter #14 Order of the Eastern Star.
     Survivors include her husband, Jerry Gardner of Batesville; two daughters, Anjerrica Gardner and Monique Gardner, both of Batesville; five sisters, Sharon Davis of Como, Valerie Sykes of Memphis, Beverly Kimmons of Sardis, Vernita Williams of Oxford and Verdis Perry of Omaha, Neb.; two brothers, Charles Kimmons of Como and Jeams C. Kimmons of Omaha, Neb. and two grandchildren.

GARRISON, Reverend Alton Ray
     MCCARLEY – Reverend Alton Ray Garrison, 78, died Thursday, October 5, 2006, at his residence.
     Services were Saturday at Wells Funeral Home. Rev. Bob Willcutt and Rev. Ray Legge officiated. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Garrison, born Dec. 31, 1927, in New Albany to the late Cleve Edward and Clemmie Ramsey Garrison, was the minister of Crossway Baptist Church in Carrollton. He was also a veteran of WWII serving in the Army.
     Survivors include his wife, Norma Frances Alewine Garrison of McCarley; two daughters, Diane Garrison McCales of McCarley and Rose Garrison Matthews of Greenwood; one son, Gary Wayne Garrison of Coila; two sisters, Billie Ruth Garrison of Meridian and Betty June Garrison of Pearl; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

BATESVILLE – Jimmy C. Gazaway, 43, died Saturday, November 4, 2006, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Services are Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville. Visitation is today 5 p.m.  – 8 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
     Gazaway, born Jan. 20, 1961, in Starkville, to the late Olen C. and Janette Cooper Gazaway, was a roustabout with Diamond Offshore of Houston, Texas and was a member of North Batesville Baptist Church.
     Survivors include his wife Scherell Gazaway of Batesville; one daughter, Meagan Gazaway of Batesville; three sons, Travis Bell Gazaway, Mason Gazaway and Myles Gazaway, all of Batesville; one sister, Mae Higginbotham of Pearl and one brother, Buddy "Bud" Gazaway of Charlotte, N.C.

GEORGE, Ruby Jane Jennings
BATESVILLE – Ruby Jane Jennings George, 81, died Saturday, February 26, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
     Services are Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Gary Roberson will officiate. Visitation is today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Sardis. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
     George, born July 25, 1924, to the late Edgar David and Sarah Caroline Goates Jennings of Dover, Ark., was a retired department manager for Brown and Root for 15 years in Houston, Texas.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Doc E. George.
     Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Farless Blandford of Collinsville, Ill. and Jeanette George Smith of Evans, La.; two sons, Richard A. Farless of Maylene, Ala. and Bobby E. George of Sardis; one sister, Lorene Jennings Huss of California; 20 grandchildren; 34 great- grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

GOAD, Virginia Elizabeth
SARDIS – Virginia Elizabeth Goad, 94, died Saturday, January 7, 2005, at the Sardis Community Nursing Home.
     Graveside services were Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery in Tunica. Moore-Nowell Funeral Home in Sardis had charge. A memorial service was also held at the Sardis Nursing Home Wednesday.
     Goad, born August 30, 1911, in Concord, N.C. to the late Finley Millsapps and Ada Osborne Millsapps, was a retired church secretary. She was well known at the nursing home and in Sardis, and was held in high regard by all who knew her.
     Survivors include one sister, Jean Millsapps of Charlotte, N.C. and a host of nieces and nephews.

GOODWIN, Linda Clair
     SARDIS – Linda Clair Goodwin, 56, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at North Mississippi Regional Medical Center.
     Graveside services are today at 11 a.m. at Longtown Cemetery in Crenshaw. Rev. Al Cannon will officiate. Moore-Nowell Funeral Home has charge.
     Goodwin, born to the late John Fletcher and Mildred Burford Goodwin, was a member of Como United Methodist Church, and resided at the Baddour Center in Senatobia for several years.
     She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob Goodwin and John B. Goodwin.
     Survivors include two nieces, Janet Clark of Senatobia and Nancie DeCourcy of Dallas, Texas and one nephew, John B. Goodwin of Charlotte, N.C.

GOODWIN, Pauline "Polly"
SLEDGE – Pauline "Polly" Goodwin, 89, died Sunday, May 21, 2006, at Quitman County Hospital.
     Services are Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Kimbro Funeral Home. Rev. Roy Hartzell will officiate. Burial will be in Longtown Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home has charge.
     Goodwin, born Feb. 8, 1917, in Tutwiler, was a homemaker.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton E. Goodwin.
     Survivors include two daughters, Eloise "Toty" Bradley and Martha Mayo, both of Sledge; one son, Paul Goodwin of Como; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

GORDON, Winston Durwood Sr.
BATESVILLE – Winston Durwood Gordon Sr., 91, died Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at Fairfield Assisted Living.
     Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. Visitation is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Batesville-Magnolia Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.
     Gordon, born May 7, 1914, in Scott County to the late Arthur Ellis Gordon and the late Claudie Sessions Gordon, received a civil engineering degree from Mississippi State University in 1939. While in college he lettered in baseball and was a lifetime member of the M Club. He was known throughout the state as an outstanding semi-pro baseball player. He was an avid gospel singer and a member of the Mississippi Gospel Singers Association.
     He served in the United States Navy in the battles of the Pacific in WWII. As Commander of American Legion Post #118, he was instrumental in securing the National Guard Unit in Batesville and in starting the Pee Wee baseball program.
     Gordon worked for the Soil Conservation Service until his retirement in 1969. He was a cattleman and planter, developed a few subdivisions, and was active in other business endeavors. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Batesville, where he was a former member of the choir, Sunday school superintendent, Training Union director, deacon and member of the Joe B. Hartley Sunday School class. He was a member of the Batesville Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Fellow Award for service.
     He was preceded in death by one son, Reggie Gordon and wife Yvonne Hoover Gordon, and one brother, Emmett Gordon.
     Survivors include one daughter, Sue Ann Hughes and husband Tommy of Clarksdale; two sons, Winston Durwood Gordon and wife Melinda of Batesville and Chuck Gordon and wife Sheri of Franklin, Tenn.; one sister, Annie Lee Mion of Morton; a very devoted friend Mrs. Xiaoqin Dong of Batesville and five grandchildren, Hoover Hughes Gunn, Meredith Poore, Tripp Hughes, Winston Gordon and Cooper Gordon.

GRANT, Deverlin Irene Miles
BATESVILLE – Deverlin Irene Miles Grant, 95, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at her residence.
     Services are Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Enon Baptist Church. Visitation is today at Enon Baptist Church from 5 to 9 p.m. Rev. Rusty Fair and Rev. Leonard Russell will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Batesville. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.
     Grant, born Oct. 23, 1910, in Yalobusha County to the late John Tillman Miles and the late Pearl Tramel Miles, was a homemaker and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Enon Baptist Church.
     Survivors include three daughters, Evalene Spencer of Batesville, Delorse Long of Houston and Abbie McKay of Kilmichael; seven sons, Quitman Grant, R.G. Grant, L.B. Grant, Jimmy Grant and Dennis Grant, all of Batesville, Dolphus Grant of Morton Grove, Ill. and Wayne Grant of Charleston; one sister, Pat Miles Brownlee of Mobile, Ala.; 45 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and three great-great-great-grandchildren.

GRAY, Darrell Wayne Sr.
OXFORD- Darrell Wayne Gray Sr., 65, died Friday, December 15, 2006, at his residence.
     Services were Sunday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Cold Springs Cemetery in Sardis. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Gray, born June 19, 1941, in Batesville, to the late Willie Freeman and Myrtle Ruth Taylor Gray, was a heavy equipment operator and a member of Campground Baptist Church in Water Valley.
     Survivors include: his wife, Sally Baggett Gray of Oxford; one daughter, Ruth Elizabeth Gray of Horn Lake; two sons, Timothy Wade Gray and David Wayne Gray, both of Oxford; one step-son, Terry Lynn Allen Jr. of Water Valley; two sisters, Annie Ruth Gray White of Oxford and Rita Carol Rhyne Mottz of Water Valley; three brothers, Albert Lee "Bubba" Gray of Batesville, Morris Ray Rhyne and Dwight Early Rhyne, both of Water Valley and nine grandchildren.

GRAY, K’Lee Grace
BATESVILLE- K’Lee Grace Gray, the infant daughter of Jeremy and Kimberly Mayo Gray of Batesville, died Thursday, September 7, 2006, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Graveside services were Saturday at Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Batesville. Rev. Harold Smith officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Ronnie Gray.
     Survivors, along with her parents, include two step-sisters, Chelsea Brown of Courtland and Allison Forehand of Batesville; two aunts, Shana Jaco and Robin Barlow, both of Courtland; one uncle, J.J. Bolding of Courtland; two great-aunts, Angie Copeland and Dawn Smith, both of Batesville; one great-uncle, Richard "Dikey" Holder of Batesville; and her grandparents, Timmy and Regina Barlow of Courtland and Charles and Patsy Tindall of Batesville.

GRAY, William Tyler
AMORY – William Tyler Gray, 20, died Saturday, April 8, 2006, as the result of an automobile accident. He was the nephew of Bob and Claudia Burkes of Batesville.
     Services were Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory. Rev. David Jay and Rev. P.J. Mortensen officiated. Burial was in Amory Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home had charge.
     Gray, born April 25, 1985, in Blytheville, Ark., to William C. Gray and Deborah Wisdom Pruitt, lived in Tupelo, Amory and Pickwick, Tenn. He was a 2003 graduate of Amory High School. He was a Baptist and a member of the U.S. Marine Reserves. He worked in landscaping, was an artist and played the bass guitar.
     Survivors, along with his aunt and uncle, include his mother, Deborah Pruitt and husband Dillard of Amory; his father, William C. Gray of Counce, Tenn.; one brother, Keith Dixon and wife Amy of Tupelo; niece and nephew Katelyn Dixon and Blake Dixon and his grandfather, Johnny Wisdom of Blytheville, Ark.
     He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Wanda Wisdom and Ruby Gray of Sardis and his grandfather, Claude Gray of Sardis.
     Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 300, Memphis, TN 38148-0552, or to Sardis United Methodist Church.

GREEN, Earnest
LOUISVILLE – Earnest Green, 81, formerly of Pope, died Sunday, February 26, 2006, at Winston Medical Center in Louisville.
     Services are Saturday at 2 p.m. at Springhill M.B. Church in Pope. Rev. Stephen Walker will officiate. Visitation is today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery in Pope. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
     Green, born Jan. 12, 1925, in Pope to the late Henry Green and the late Lue Emma Rudd Green, was a member of Springhill M.B. Church in Pope, where he was a deacon and member of the male chorus. He was also a retired mechanic for the Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake.
     Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Eichelberger of Louisville, Velarie Austin of Jackson and Eloise Williams of Atlanta, Ga.; one son, Elroy Green of Philadelphia, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

GRIFFIN, Arthur Lewis "Bango"     
     COURTLAND – Arthur Lewis "Bango" Griffin, 42, died Tuesday, August 15, 2006, at his residence.
     Services are Saturday at 1 p.m. at Salem M.B. Church in Courtland. Rev. Larry Itson will officiate. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation is today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
     Griffin, born Nov. 9, 1963, in Courtland to Joyce M. Griffin of Batesville, was a member of Salem M.B. Church.
     Survivors, along with his mother, include three sons, Tony Antone Sanford of Courtland, Mario Sanchez Griffin and Reginald Griffin, both of Milwaukee, Wis.; four sisters, Lisa Henderson, Ammie Griffin and LaKisha Griffin, all of Courtland, and Betty Lee Griffin of Milwaukee, Wis. and two grandchildren.

GRIFFIN, Lillie Mae
CROWDER – Lillie Mae Griffin, 88, died Monday, November 13, 2006, at her residence.
     Services were Thursday at Crowder Baptist Church. Burial was in Crowder Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.
     Griffin, daughter of the late James Thomas Harrison and the late Emily Oliver Harrison, was a homemaker. She was also a member of Crowder Baptist Church.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, James Owen Griffin; sons, Jesse Owen Griffin, Richard Gerald Griffin and Vernon Keith Griffin; sisters, Lula Holcombe Marquis and Idell Griffin and brothers, James Wylie Harrison and Bill Harrison.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Joe Griffin Brower of Batesville and Kathe Daugherty of Batesville; four sons, J.W. Griffin and Roy Lynn Griffin both of Crowder, Larry Wayne Griffin of Walls and Sammie Lee Griffin of Como; one sister, Opal Kornegay of Vidor, Texas; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
     Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.

GRIFFIS, Gladys Teen
BATESVILLE – Gladys Teen Griffis, 91, died Friday, May 12, 2006, at Sardis Nursing Home.
     Services were Monday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Batesville-Magnolia Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Griffis, born May 26, 1914, in Panola County to the late Leonard D. and Addie W. Campbell White, was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Batesville.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Griffis; one daughter, Sarah Beard; one son, Gerald Griffis; one grandson, Rick Johnson; and one brother, Bernie White.
     Survivors include one daughter Bobbie Johnson of Batesville; one sister Jewel Daugherty of Enid; six grandchildren;
14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

POPE – Eva Mae Gurley, 60, died Saturday, November 18, 2006, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Services were Monday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Billy Hill officiated. Burial was in Haven Hill Cemetery in Coffeeville. Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce had charge.
     Gurley, born March 29, 1946, in Bruce, to the late Charles Edward and Willard Estoria Hill Melton, was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She formerly worked at Borg Warner in Water Valley. She was also a merchant and homemaker.
     Survivors include three sons, Eddie Wayne Bardo, James Edward Bardo and Elvis Bardo Jr., all of Pope; two step-sons, Walter Douglas Gurley Jr. of Paris and Thomas Dallas Gurley of Batesville; two step-daughters, Rhonda June Herron of Batesville and Cecelia Celine Bell of Tula; one brother, Homer Melton of Coffeeville; one grandson; eight step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.




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