Obituaries 4-27-07

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 27, 2007

Horace “Alex” Alexander
  MARTINEZ, Ga.–-Horace “Alex” Alexander, 61, formerly of Batesville, died Monday April 23, 2007, in the Doctors Hospital.
Graveside services were Thursday, April 26, 2007 in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens with Rev. Steve Hartman and Rev. Ed Floyd officiating. Curtis Funeral Home had charge.
Alexander was a native of Kosciusko; was a retired U.S. Army veteran, having served  in Vietnam, and was a member of Kiokee Baptist Church.
Survivors include: his wife, Jeannette Long Alexander of Martinez; son, Clinton Alexander of Sardis; one daughter, Denise Alexander of Atlanta; one stepson, W. Lyle Usry of Lithonia; one stepdaughter, Jane Wheelbarber of Springfield, Mo.; his stepmother, Clare Alexander; one brother, Lynn Alexander; two sisters, Carol  Bland and Ann Dees; two stepsisters, Kay Riales and Nancy Tubbs; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren

Victor Lamar Baker Sr.
HOLLY SPRINGS––Victor Lamar Baker Sr., 72, died Sunday, April 22, 2007, at Greenwood-Leflore County Hospital. He was the father of Lane Dye of Sardis.
Services were Tuesday at Coleman Funeral Home. Rev. Milton Boyd officiated. Burial was in Midway Cemetery in Lafayette County. Coleman Funeral Home had charge.
Baker, born to the late Pascal and Evie Hale Baker, was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was employed with Quality Tire of Memphis.
Survivors in addition to Mrs. Dye  include: his wife of 49 years, Gloria Baker of Holly Springs; one daughter, Joyce Phillips of Holly Springs; two sons, Victor Baker Jr. and Duncan Baker, both of Holly Springs; three sisters, Esther Mize of Oxford, Faye Smith of Batesville and Beatrice Faust of Huntsville, Ala.; one brother, J.P. Baker of Oxford and four grandchildren, Michelle Wells and Duncan Lamar Baker, both of Holly Springs and Elaine Westfaul and Jayme Cathryn Westfaul, both of Sardis.

Woodrow W. Booker
COURTLAND–Woodrow W. Booker, 93, died Sunday, April 22, 2007, at his residence.
Services are Saturday at 1 p.m. at Olive Ray M.B. Church in Pope. Rev. L.C. Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Rehobath Cemetery in Tillatoba. Henderson Funeral Home has charge.
Booker, born April 12, 1914, to the late Johnnie Booker and the late Cora Kimble Booker, was a retired farmer and a member of Olive Ray M.B. Church in Pope.
Survivors include: two daughters, Maggie M. Morgan of Harvey, Ill. and Loue Ella Jones of Robbins, Ill.; three sons, Ira W. Booker Sr., James L. Booker and Dennis C. Booker, all of Memphis; one sister, Mattie Robinson of Memphis and one brother, Ira Booker of Coldwater.

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Minnie Louise Butts
Minnie Louise Butts, 59, died, Tuesday, April 17, 2007.  
Services were held Thursday, April 26, at Liberty Hill C.M.E. Church with interment at Liberty Hill C.M.E. Church Cemetery.  Rogers Funeral Home of Coldwater had charge.
 Butts was born October 3, 1947, in Como to Tommie and Katherine Butts.  She was a member of the Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago.
Survivors in addition to her parents include: a brother, Willie Gene  Butts and two sisters, Lucille Lowe and Yzonna  Orange.

Mildred Lois Dennis
 BATESVILLE–- Mildred Lois Dennis, 71, died Monday, April 23, 2007, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
No services will be held. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
Dennis, born July 30, 1935, in Baldwin, to the late John and Mamie Ruth Hallmark Bishop, was a retired director of nurses aid at Magnolia Manner in Rockford, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Clayton Dennis.
Survivors include: four daughters, Wanda Logan of Columbus, Debbie Otts of Sulligent, Ala., Lynn Hill of Vernon, Ala. and Rea Renee Pettit of Courtland; one son, Buck Allen of Batesville; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Jessie Houston
POPE––Jessie Houston, 86, died Thursday, April 19, 2007, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
Services are today at 1 p.m. at Nelson Chapel M.B. Church. Rev. Fred Butts will officiate. Burial will be in Springhill Pope Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home has charge.
Born to the late John and Hattie Meteal F. Houston, she was a member of Nelson Chapel Church.
Survivors include: two sisters, Will Eva Stokes of Crowder; Verneas Houston of Pope; one brother, Joe Louis Houston of Pope; one granddaughter and three great-grandchildren.

Robert Earl Gross
MEMPHIS––Robert Earl Gross, 55, died Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at Delta Medical Center in Memphis.
A Panola County native, Mr. Gross was a truck driver.
Services were Wednesday at St. Peter’s M.B. Church in Sardis. Rev. Odell Draper officiated. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home had charge.
Survivors include: one sister, Della Ford of Como and four brothers, Solomon Gross of Nashville, Tenn.; James E. Gross, Robert Gross Jr. and George Gross, all of Batesville.

Annie Mae “Snookie” Calvert Griffith
MEMPHIS––Annie Mae “Snookie” Griffith, 83, died Saturday, April 21, 2007.
Memorial services were Wednesday at Crowder Baptist Church. Rev. Larry Kilgore  officiated. Burial was in Crowder Cemetery. Highpoint Funeral Home had charge.
Griffith, born to the late Henry J. Sr. and the late Annie Williams Calvert, was a charter member of Colonial Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Warren Griffith; one daughter, Sandra G. Able White; one son, “Jimmy” Griffith; four brothers, Paul Calvert, Tim Calvert, Tommy Calvert and Jack Calvert and three sisters, Genia C. Brown, Geraldine C. Bridges and Charlotte Hooks.
Survivors include: one daughter and caregiver, Karen Keiser;  grandsons, Kyle Keiser of Memphis, Klay Keiser of Cordova, and Kirk Keiser and wife Jennifer of California; one grandson, Brian Able; one granddaughter, Colleen Able of Memphis; four great-grandchildren, Alex and Logan Keiser of Cordova and Mackenzie and Annabelle Keiser of California and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.