Obituaries – 2006 – K

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 1, 2006

The Panolian: OBITUARIES (K)


KATHERINE, Wayne Oscar
SARAH – Wayne Oscar Katherine, 51, died Saturday, May 13, 2006, at North Oak Regional Hospital.
     Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Askew Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in Askew Grove M.B. Church Cemetery. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home has charge.
     Katherine was employed with Home Towe, Inc. of Milwaukee, Wis.
     Survivors include one son, Marvin White of Clinton; four sisters, Jacqueline Douglas, Theresa Katherine, Eugenia Stewart and Mary Hope Katherine, all of Milwaukee, Wis.; three brothers, Depriest Katherine, Clifford Katherine and Jeffery Katherine, all of Milwaukee, Wis.

KEATING, Betty Zane Cobb
BATESVILLE – Betty Zane Cobb Keating, 82, died Sunday, February, 26, 2006, at Fairfield Assisted Living.
     Services are Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Rev. Martin Case and Rev. Russell Fletcher will officiate. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.
     Keating, born Jan. 15, 1924, in Memphis, Tenn., to the late Clifton Cobb and the late Helen Medlock Cobb, was principal at Batesville Junior High and had served as a school teacher in the South Panola School District for 33 years. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Humane Society, Delta Kappa Gamma, Chairperson of Republican Party, Phi Beta Kappa and director and member of the United Methodist Church choir.
     She was preceded in death by one son, Mark Keating.
     Survivors include her husband, Boyce Keating of Batesville; one son, Phillip A. Keating Sr. of Knoxville, Tenn. and one grandchild.
     Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Building Funds and the Humane Society.

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GRENADA – Lewis Keelin, 84, died Wednesday, September 27, 2006, at his residence.
     Graveside services are Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bethel Cemetery in Teasdale. National Funeral Home has charge.
     Keelin was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a sergeant during WWII, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
     Survivors include his wife, Retha Keelin of Grenada; one son, Dave Keelin of Grenada; one daughter, Alice Keelin of Grenada; two brothers, Robert Keelin of Tampa, Fla. and Earl Keelin of Houston, Texas and five grandchildren.

KELLY, Robert Franklin "Frank"
BATESVILLE – Robert Franklin "Frank" Kelly, 56 years old, son of Joy Kelly and the late Bob Kelly, died on Thursday, July 27, 2006, at his home in Batesville after a brief illness.
     Saturday, August 12, 2006, at 2 p.m. a memorial service will be held in St. Stevens Episcopal Church, Panola Ave., Batesville, with Wells Funeral Home having charge.
     Frank was born in Greenwood, Miss. on July 8, 1950, and he was a graduate of South Panola High School Class of 1968. There he served as president for his graduating class. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. degree and the M.Ed. degree in higher education administration. At MSU he was very active in various clubs on campus. He was listed in the 1982 Edition of Outstanding Young Men of America.
     Following graduation from State, Frank worked at Bethel Baptist Schools. He was the Assistant Housing Director at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he also was a psychology instructor. Mr. Kelly was the Housing Director at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Frank served as an American Red Cross volunteer and did counseling for the Atlanta Downtown YMCA.
     Frank was the receptionist for Kelly Law Firm in Batesville.
     Survivors include his two brothers, John C. Kelly of Batesville and Bobbie M. Kelly of Conway, Ark. and his mother, Francis Joy Jaudon Kelly of Batesville.
     The family requests that any memorials be sent to St. Jude Research Hospital or North Mississippi Hospice of Oxford.

KETCHUM, John "J.T." Thomas     
     RIPLEY – John "J.T." Thomas Ketchum, 87, died September 29, 2006, in Batesville.
     Services were Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Albert Wilkerson officiated. Burial was in Little Hope Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home had charge.
     Ketchum, born to the late John Thomas Ketchum and Ethel Bailey Hughey Ketchum, was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ripley. He was a brick layer. He served for six years and four days in the United States Navy in WWII and was hit by a kamikaze plane and later received the purple heart.
     He was preceded in death by his wife Maggie Lou Bryant Ketchum.
     Survivors include: two daughters, Peggy Ketchum Henry of Batesville and Gail Ketchum Moody of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; two sons, Jimmy Ketchum of Nesbit and Michael Ray Ketchum of Memphis; two sisters, Hazel Ketchum Shelton of Memphis and Sarah Ketchum Fetters of Ripley; four brothers, Freddie Ketchum, Clifford Ketchum, Elijah Ketchum all of Ripley and Russell Ketchum of New Albany; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
     Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 202 Pine Street, Ripley, Miss. 38663 or the First Presbyterian Church on Eureka Street in Batesville.

KEY, Charles R.
WATERFORD – Charles R. Key, 59, died Friday, April 28, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
     Services were Saturday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Raymond Paisley officiated. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Key, born Oct. 6, 1946, to the late Benjamin and Joyce Holt Key, worked in the maintenance department for Hughes Plumbing Company of Byhalia.
     Survivors include three daughters, Melisa Key of Memphis, Becky Key and Denise Camp, both of Waterford; two sons, James H. Key and Charles R. Key Jr., both of Waterford; one sister, Brenda Key Bondurant of Horn Lake and four grandchildren.

KILPATRICK, James L. "Jay"
BATESVILLE – James L. "Jay" Kilpatrick, 48, died Thursday, April 27, 2006, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
     Services were Sunday, April 30, at Wells Funeral Home. Dr. Clarence Cooper and Rev. Chris Wolfe officiated. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Kilpatrick, born Dec. 6, 1957, in Macon, to Coach A.J. and Versie Cumberland Kilpatrick, was a draftsman for Tri-Star Mechanical Contractors of Batesville.
     "My daddy was a very good father and very funny man," said his son. "Jay was a big, big, South Panola football fan," said his wife. His father said, "Jay was a perfectionist and everything had to be right."
     In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Patsy Floate Kilpatrick of Batesville; one daughter, Stephanie Kilpatrick of Batesville; one son, James "JJ" Kilpatrick of Batesville; one sister, Sandra Kilpatrick Jones of Grenada; one brother, Andrew J. Kilpatrick of Clinton.

KIMBROUGH, Vera Justice
SLEDGE – Vera Justice Kimbrough, 83, died Saturday, May 13, 2006, at her son’s residence in Sardis.
     Services were Monday at Hollywood Baptist Church in Sledge. Rev. Roy Hartzell officiated. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Sardis. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.
     Kimbrough, born Oct. 22, 1922, in Houston, Miss., was a member of Hollywood Baptist Church.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, James N. Kimbrough.
     Survivors include eight daughters, Helen White of Republic, Mo., Jessie Faye Plunk of Clarksdale, Dovie Vaughn of Crenshaw, Lula Ann Rose of Carson, Iowa, Ethelyn Steuterville of Plano, Texas, Nancy Whitworth of Republic, Mo., Barbara Crafton of Magee and Ruby Cole of Mendenhall; three sons, James B. Kimbrough and Roy Kimbrough, both of Sardis and Herman Lee Kimbrough of Pontotoc; four sisters, Thelma Roberts of Grenada, Cleo Moore of Pontotoc, Olivia Brannon of Grenada and Lois Cothren of Atlanta, Ga.; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
     Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

KING, Clifford Steve Sr.
COMO – Clifford Steve King Sr., 53, died Thursday, August 31, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis from complications from a lung transplant.
     Services were Sunday at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Sardis. Burial was in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     King, born April 26, 1953, in Sardis to Robert Shelton and Fannie Mae Childress King Sr., was a truck driver for AAA Cooper Transportation.
     He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Shelton King Jr.
     Survivors along with his parents include his wife, Susan Still King of Como; one daughter, Shannon King Hatton and husband Kevin of Senatobia; one son, Clifford Steve "C.J." King Jr. of Como; two sisters, Vickie King McCullough of Earlsboro, Okla. and Veronica King Dixon of Como; three brothers, Paul King of Cordova, Tenn., Clifton King of Coldwater and Scottie King of Como; one grandson Robert Edward Lee Hatton of Senatobia.
     Memorials may be made to Clifford King Transplant Fund, c/o Peoples Bank of Senatobia or any First Tennessee Bank Branch.

KING, Polly
MEMPHIS – Polly King, 80, died Monday, August 21, 2006, in Memphis.
     Services are Saturday at noon at Jerusalem M.B. Church. Pastor Eric Nelson will officiate. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery in Batesville. Eddie Robinson and Son Funeral Home has charge.
     King, born Dec. 9, 1926, to the late Steve Young and the late Celey Young, was a homemaker and active on the Mother Board. She was a member of Jerusalem M.B. Church.
     Survivors include six daughters, Mildred Phillips, Rosie Pickens, and Beatrice Walker, all of Memphis, Alberta Wiley and Francis Wiley, both of Chicago and Lynn Thomas of Indiana and five sons, Luster King Jr., Douglas King, both of Batesville, Earl King of Florida, Andrew King of Nashville and Michael King of Memphis.

KING, Robbie Viola Simmerman
SARDIS- Robbie Viola Simmerman King, 76, died Saturday, December 2, 2006, at her residence.
     Services were Monday at Union Baptist Church near Sardis. Rev. Hickey, Rev. Chism and Dr. Albert Wilkerson officiated. Burial was in Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Moore-Nowell Funeral Home had charge.
     King, born Feb. 27, 1930, in Panola County to the late Ed Simmerman and the late Irene Alford Simmerman, was a retired factory worker for Roper Luggage and Hygiene Industries. She was a member of Union Baptist Church and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
     She was preceded in death by one son, Charles L. King Jr. and one brother, Jessie Simmerman.
     Survivors include: her husband, Charles Leroy King; one daughter, Jeanette Wilkerson of Columbus; one sister, Marie Cox of Sardis; two brothers, Curtis Simmerman of Batesville and Evander Simmerman of Sardis; three grandsons, two great-grandsons and one great-great-granddaughter.

KING, Ruth Lavern Walker
COMO- Ruth Lavern Walker King, 86, died Tuesday, December 5, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
     Services are Saturday at 1 p.m. at Como United Methodist Church in Como. Visitation will be at Como United Methodist Church from noon – 1 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Forest Hill South Cemetery in Memphis. Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia has charge.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. King.
     King was head bookkeeper for the Daugherty and Liddle Construction firm for over 30 years where she was the first president of the Women in Construction Organization. She was also bookkeeper for her family-owned business, King Furniture in Memphis, and then was bookkeeper for Northwest Office Machine Company in Senatobia from 1990 – 2003.
     Survivors include: five sons, Allen Addington and Donald Addington, both of Memphis, Dr. Robert Michael King of Minneapolis, Minn., Richard D. King of Como and Ronald L. King of Cordova, Tenn.; six grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
     Memorials may be sent to Como United Methodist Church or the charity of the donors choice.

KING, Thomas Hurely "Buddy"
BATESVILLE- Thomas Hurely "Buddy" King, 58, died Wednesday, September 20, 2006, from injuries sustained in an automobile/train accident in Sardis.
     Services were Sunday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Edmondson Cemetery in Southaven. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     King was born in Memphis, Jan. 23, 1948, to the late Norma Hudgens and Ernest Parker King Sr. He was a truck driver for the Panola County Road Maintenance Department and he was a veteran who served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was also a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Memphis.
     He was preceded in death by one brother, William Ben King Sr.
     Survivors include his nephew and closest friend, William Ben King Jr. of Batesville; one sister, Louise King Vecera of Memphis; one brother, Michael and wife Pat King of Hampton, Va.; two nieces, Penny King of Kitty Hawk, N.C. and Lindsey Rinaldi of Memphis; one nephew, Matt King of Hampton, Va. and one cousin, Drew Cox of Memphis.

KIRKWOOD, Sadie Lee Morris Cunningham
BATESVILLE – Sadie Lee Morris Cunningham Kirkwood, 101, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at her residence.
     Services were Monday at Coleman Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church. Dr. Harry Key officiated. Burial was in Batesville Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.
     Kirkwood, born July 31, 1904, to the late Henry Morris and the late Lillie Blalock, was a retired educator and a member of Coleman Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church. She was a member of Salome Chapter #58 Order of O.E.S., Women Home and the Overseas Missionary Society.
     Survivors include one step-son, Alan Kirkwood of Nashville, Tenn.; two sisters, Werdna Pearson of Chicago, Ill. and Thelma Richardson of Nashville, Tenn. and a cousin who cared for her, Wesley King of Batesville.

KLYCE, John Hubert Sr.
     SARDIS – John Hubert Klyce Sr., 79, died Wednesday, January 18, 2006, at his residence.
     Services are today at 2 p.m. at Sardis United Methodist Church. Rev. James Cox will officiate. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.
     Klyce, born May 12, 1926, in Memphis, Tenn., to the late Fred Walthal Klyce Sr. and the late Patti Rosa Klyce, was a retired architectural engineer and builder. He worked many years for F.W. Klyce and Company Inc. He was later the owner and operator of Klyce True Value Hardware Store. He was the past president of the Sardis Lions Club and Sardis Chamber of Commerce and of Mississippi Building Materials Dealers Association. He was a member of the Sardis Methodist Church and a graduate of Mississippi State University earning a bachelor of science degree.
     Survivors include his wife, Clara Delle Jackson Klyce of Sardis; two sons, John Hubert Klyce Jr. and William Walthal Klyce and wife Deby, all of Sardis and one brother Fred Walthal Klyce of Sardis.
     Memorials may be sent to the Sardis United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 383, Sardis, MS 38666.



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