Obituaries – 2007 – G

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 1, 2007

The Panolian: OBITUARIES (G)


GAINES, Russell Jackson Sr.
BATESVILLE – Russell Jackson Gaines Sr., 84, died Friday, January 5, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
     Services are today at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Dr. Greg Johnston and Jack Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Peachcreek Cemetery in Sardis. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
     Gaines was a retired chief dispatcher for ICG Railroad of Memphis and Chicago. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church.
     Survivors include: his wife, Daisy Smith Gaines of Batesville; one daughter, Jeanette Gaines Polinski of Memphis; two sons, Russell Jackson Gaines Jr. of Marion, Ill. and John Robert Gaines of Tupelo; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

GARNER, Cora Jones
BATESVILLE – Cora Jones Garner, 92, died Monday, February 26, 2007, at the Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis.
     Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Power House Church of God in Christ in Batesville. Elder Leon Gassion will officiate. Burial will be in Rehoboth Cemetery in Tillatoba. Visitation will be today 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary and Saturday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Power House Church of God in Christ. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
     Garner, born July 4, 1914, in Coffeeville, to the late Sam Jones and the late Fannie Leigh Jones, was a retired laundry department worker for Methodist Central and a member of Power House Church of God in Christ where she was Mother of the Church.
     Survivors include: two daughters, Fannie Garner and Lizzie Burkes, both of Memphis; four sons, Harvey Garner of Memphis, Chief James Garner of Huntsville, Ala., Roy Garner of Sacramento, Calif. and Samuel Garner of Lansing, Mich.; one sister, Pattie Lou Armstrong of Oakland; 36 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

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GLOVER, Bertha Naomi "Naffie" Goodwin
SLEDGE – Bertha Naomi "Naffie" Goodwin Glover, 90, died Tuesday, February 20, 2007, at Red Bay Care Center.
     Services were Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home. Rev. Clifton Barnett officiated. Burial was in Longtown Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Glover, born July 4, 1916, in Yalobusha County, to the late Elmer and Ada Bross Goodwin, was a retired factory worker and a member of Easley Memorial Baptist Church.
     She was preceded in death by her husband William Restus Glover.
     Survivors include: one daughter, Jeanette Glover Simmons of Red Bay; four sons, Bill Glover, Gerald Glover, Donnie Glover and Ricky Glover, all of Red Bay; one sister, Elsie Goodwin Free of Milford, Ind.; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

GOLDEN, Elmer Earl
MARKS – Elmer Earl Golden, 63, died Friday, February 23, 2007, at Quitman County Hospital.
     Services are today at 1 p.m. at Community Independent Baptist Church in Lambert. Brother Raymond Roberson will officiate. Burial will be in Lambert Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home has charge.
     Golden, born March 29, 1943, was a cashier for Gurley’s.
     He was preceded in death by three sisters, Ellen West, Barbara Alexander and Jane Roberson and five brothers, Wayne Golden, Hermon Golden, Lloyd Golden, Bud Pruett and Lee Pruett.
     Survivors include: his wife, Jane Moore Golden of Marks; one daughter, Teresa Blaylock of Winona; four sons, Elmer Scott Golden of Marks, Samuel Earl Golden of Horn Lake, Daniel Wade Golden and Bobby Wayne Golden, both of Crowder; three sisters, Peggy Clemmer, Irene Smith and Lorene Morgan, all of Lambert; seven brothers, Floyd Golden of Sledge, John Golden of Makrs, Gene Golden of Crowder, Vernon Golden of Pope, Adam Junior Golden of Oakland, Jake Pruett of Quitman and C.W. Pruett of Ripley and eight grandchildren.

GREEN, Jon Ross
SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Jon Ross Green, 22, the brother of Johnathan "Toby" Thomas Green of Courtland and Holly Green Bridges of Batesville, died Sunday, December 31, 2006.
     Services were Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Rudder Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Pinehaven Memorial Gardens in Hollywood, Ala. Rudder Funeral Home had charge.
     He was preceded in death by his brother, Johnny Ray Green Jr. of Louisville, Ky.
     Survivors along with his brother and sister, include his father, John Green of Scottsboro, Ala. and his mother, Judy Vinson of Vincent, Ala. He was the uncle of Kyle Green, Jaiden Taylor Green of Courtland and Allie Elizabeth Bridges of Batesville.

GRIFFIN, Cedrick Micheal
CROWDER – Cedrick Micheal Griffin, 26, died Sunday, February 18, 2007, from injuries received in an automobile accident.
     Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Batesville Intermediate School Auditorium. Minister Virginia Pollard will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Crowder. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
     Griffin, born April 24, 1980, in Clarksdale to Ann Conner of Crowder and the late Ronald Griffin, was a police officer for the Batesville Police Department. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps and a member of Oak Grove M.B. Church.
     Survivors along with his mother include: his wife, Melanie Griffin of Raleigh, N.C.; three daughters, Tiara Oliver and Cekeidria Griffin, both of Crowder and Jasmine Griffin of Raleigh, N.C.; two sons, Cedrick Griffin Jr. and Antwain Griffin, both of Raleigh; two sisters, Veronica Suggs of Crowder and Rohanda Griffin of Memphis; four brothers, Keith Holmes of Batesville, Robert Pride of Crowder, Ronald Micheal Griffin of Charleston and Dondrea Golliday of St. Louis.

GUEST, Lowry
CROWDER – Lowry Guest, 71, died Sunday, January 21, 2007, at his residence.
     Services are today at 2 p.m. at Dickins Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Sherman Adams, Rev. Eddie Hannah and Rev. Carl Morris will officiate. Burial will be in Crowder Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.
     Guest, born Dec. 26, 1935, to the late James Edward Guest and the late Mary Lou Dendy Guest, was the pastor of Concord Baptist Church and a welder at Heath Craft for 30 years and a part time electrician. He was member of "I Am" ministry. He was a member of Concord Baptist Church and a veteran of the United States Air Force.
     Survivors include: his wife, Dorothy "Dotsy" Waller Guest; three sons, Lowry Guest Jr. and wife, Flora Etta of Big Creek, Stanley Guest and wife Elizabeth of Benton, La. and James Guest and wife Trish of Vardaman; two daughters, Shelia Guest Bycofski of Clinton and Jeffie Lyles and husband G.A. of Oxford; one brother, Dan T. Guest and wife Mary Jo of Gore Springs; one sister, Dianne and Glenn Johnson of Elliot; twelve grandchildren, Michelle Hill, Judy Downs, Rebecca Campbell, Danille Verigan, Stephanie Guest, Christopher Guest, Brandi Guest, Jonathan Bycofski, Christa Bycofski, Olivia and James Bycofski and Brent Lyles; his father-in-law, James Roy Waller of Crowder; two brothers-in-law, James William Waller and Beverly and Glenn Waller and Donna; four sisters-in-law, Sandra Moore, Wanda Moore, Marie and Jim Martin and Lynette Bland; six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Memorials may be made to Gravy and Grace, c/o Alta Wood Methodist Church, 109 Alta Wood Blvd., Jackson, Miss. 39204.




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