Obituaries 7-3-07

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007

John Samuel Dodd

BATESVILLE-John Samuel “Sam” Dodd, 81, died Monday, July 2, 2007, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services are at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Sardis Lake Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday noon – 2 p.m. at    Calvary Baptist Church. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.

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Further obituary information will be in Friday’s edition of The Panolian.

Sarah Austin McMinn

BATESVILLE-Sarah Austin McMinn, 88, died Sunday, July 1, 2007, at her residence.

Services are today at 2 p.m. at the Eureka United Methodist Church. Rev. George Buell and Rev. Michael Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Eureka Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Pallbearers are: Tom Hamby, Trey Hamby, Jimmy Miles, Bobby York, Ed McCulloch and David Hardy.

Honorary pallbearers are: Nolan Mettetal, Randal Sullivan, Darrell Arnold, Bud Ford, Ralph Berryhill and Eric Broome.

McMinn, born Feb. 27, 1919, to the late Green and Ethel Hill Austin, was a retired sales clerk for Houston Drug Store. She also retired from Mettesave Discount Drugs after 42 years. She was a member of Eureka United Methodist Church and also loved baseball.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. McMinn.

Survivors include: one daughter, Pat McMinn Hardy and her husband James of Batesville; one son, Ronald L. “Runt” McMinn and wife, Becky of Batesville; three grandchildren, Todd Goforth of Memphis, Chris McMinn and wife Tessa of Senatobia and Rachel McMinn Jackson and husband Chuck of Senatobia; four great-grandchildren, Lizzie Jackson, Lee Taylor Jackson, Ashton McMinn and Peyton McMinn, and her caregivers, Laura Sanford and Ruby Nardozzi.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be sent to the Eureka United Methodist Church or Baptist Hospice.

Grace Leona Rourk

BATESVILLE-Grace Leona Rourk, 88, died Sunday, July 1, 2007, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center. She was the mother of Sally Selvy of Batesville.

Services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Cheney Whitt Memorial Chapel in Ft. Scott, Kan. Burial will be in Clarksburg Cemetery in Garland, Texas. Rev. R.B. Shoemaker, Rev. Dale Cummins and Dr. J. Courtney Selvy will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel in Ft. Scott, Kansas. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Rourk, born Dec. 6, 1918, to the late Marcella Schulze and the late Forrest Dwight Greenfield in Bourbon, Mo., was a member of Cherry Grove Baptist Church in Arcadia, Kan.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Eastern Star, Thrift Circle Club, and the Garland Community Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alva Curtis Rourk.

Survivors include: one daughter, Sally Rourk Selvy and her husband J. Courtney of Batesville; three sisters, Helena Greenfield Ramsey of Ft. Scott, Kan., Doris Greenfield Pierce of Louisville, Ky. and Barbara Greenfield Racine of Colonial Beach, Va.; one brother, Frank Greenfield of Ft. Scott, Ka.; three grandchildren, Chris Rourk of Pittsburg, Ka., Justin Selvy of Batesville and Erin Selvy of Jackson and two great-grandchildren, Hannah Grace Selvy and Kadin Marie Selvy.

Memorials may be sent to: Greenfield Ramsey Scholarship Fund: Ft. Scott Community College, Attention: Daryl Roller/Director of Endowment, 2108 South Horton, Ft. Scott, Kansas 66701.


Elizabeth W. Smith

MEMPHIS-Elizabeth W. Smith, 79, formerly of Batesville, died Monday, July 2, 2007, at her residence.

Services are Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Dickins Funeral Home in Batesville. Fr. Troy Mashburn will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday at noon – 1:30 p.m. at Dickins Funeral Home. Burial will be in Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Mortimer Funeral Home has charge.

Smith was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and worked at the Lewis Senior Citizen Center in Memphis. She was also a factory worker at Modern Line Products in Indianola.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles P. “Chuck” Smith Sr. and one son, Charles “Chuck” Smith.

Survivors include: two daughters, Margaret Smith McKelroy of Memphis and Anne Elizabeth Smith of Memphis; one step-daughter, Jan Barnes of Grenada; one sister, Lucy Zumbre of Memphis and seven grandchildren.