Obituaries 7-20-07

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 20, 2007

Nora “Buck” Burdette

MEMPHIS– Nora “Buck” Burdette, 95, died Sunday, July 15, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East. He was formerly of Batesville.

Services are Friday at 1 p.m. at Rock Hill M.B. Church. Rev. Michael C. Burdette will officiate. Burial will be in McIvor Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home of Batesville has charge.

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Survivors include: his wife, Gladys Burdette of Memphis; six daughters, Evelyn Boddie, Mae Smith, Dorothy B. Thaxton, all of Memphis, Elnora B. Turner of Washington, D.C., Faye Burdette of Cleveland and Everlee Fondren of Batesville; three sons, Michael C. Burdette of Memphis, Curtis Burdette of Peoria, Ill. and Tobia Burdette of Nashville, Tenn.; 21 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Charles Edward “Charlie” Gordon

LUFKIN, TX– Charles Edward “Charlie” Gordon, 77, formerly of Batesville, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007.

Services were Thursday at the Highway Missionary Baptist Church in Huntington.  Reverend Lamar Denby officiated. Burial was in Sims (Rocky Hill) Cemetery.  Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home in Lufkin had charge.

Gordon, born June 25, 1930, in Mississippi, to the late Emily (Lockhart) and William Alexander Gordon, served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1950, and retired from Pilgrims’ Pride, where he was a truck driver and intracompany mail carrier. Mr. Gordon attended the Highway Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include: his wife, Ola Gordon of Lufkin; three sons,   Ken Burnley of San Antonio, TX, Terry Burnley of LaPorte, TX, and Jerry Burnley of Pearland, TX, and seven grandchildren.

Micheal W. Haley

COMO– Micheal W. Haley, 58, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at his residence.

Services are Saturday at 10 a.m. at Moore-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Randy Owen will officiate. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery in Como. Visitation will be 6 p.m. -8 p.m. Friday at Moore-Nowell Funeral Home. Moore-Nowell Funeral Home of Sardis has charge.

Haley, born in Grenada, Jan. 10, 1949, to the late Rev. W.C. Haley and the late Lawson Haley, was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and a member of the Como United Methodist Church. He was a carpenter

He is survived by his brother, Bill Haley of Memphis.

Julia Mae Ray Ales Johnson

SARDIS– Julia Mae Ray Ales Johnson, 90, died Monday, July 16, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital -North Mississippi.

Services were Wednesday at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Terry Tribble and Rev. Gary Roberson officiated. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Johnson, born July 15, 1917, in Batesville, to the late Charlie Melvin and the late Emily McGehee Ray, was a retired LPN and was a homemaker. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husbands: Leland Kyle Ales Sr. and Edward Johnson.

Survivors include: one son, Leland Kyle Ales Jr. of Sardis; one step-daughter, Peggy Anne Vick of Ormond Beach, Fla.; one step-son, Randy Johnson of Batesville; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Herman Willard Kiihnl

SARDIS– Herman Willard Kiihnl, 85,    died Monday, July 16, 2007 at Baptist Memorial Hospital -North Mississippi in Oxford.

Services will be Monday, July 23 at Dickins Chapel. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday 4 p.m. to 8 PM at Dickins Funeral Home. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.

Kiihnl was born June 2, 1922, to  the late William Valentine Kiihnl and the Edna Johnson Kiihnl in Teasdale. During WWII he was a member of the U. S. Army Rangers’ 2nd Battalion which scaled 100-meter cliffs at Pointe du Hoc between Utah and Omaha Beaches on D-Day in France to knock out heavy artillery pieces defending the beaches. He received the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, E.A.M.E. Camp Medal and two Bronze Stars. He was a member of Jackson Grove Church of Christ, and the VFW.  

He was also a receiving clerk for Kimberly-Clark Corp for 38 years in Memphis.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Oneida McCachren Kiihnl; one sister Inez Kirchner and  two brothers, David and Charles Kiihnl.

 Survivors include: four daughters, Kathy Pool of Batesville, Jeanne Beard of Sardis, Jackie O’Conner of Pope and Jennifer Havas of Sardis; three sisters, Bertha Wrenn of Memphis, Evelyn James of Tampa, Fla. and Elmyra Eaton of Houston, Texas; one brother, James Kiihnl of Charleston; six grandchildren Michael Crase, Jay Davis, Bobby Davis, Kimberly Putman, John Havas, IV,  Carolyn O’Conner; and two great-grandchildren, James Davis and Alysia Davis.  

James Henry Reed

BATESVILLE–James Henry Reed, 58, died Thursday, July 12, 2007, at his residence.

Services are today at 11 a.m. at Second Concord M.B. Church in Batesville. Rev. Joseph Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Second Concord M.B. Church Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Reed, born Feb. 8, 1949, to the late Bessie Cox Reed, was a forklift driver for True Value Building Material. He was also a member of Olive Ray M.B. Church in Pope.

Survivors include: his wife, Glenda Parker Reed of Batesville; three daughters, Charrel Parker and Stephanie Parker, both of Batesville and Felicia Reed of Memphis; six sons, Darrell Parker of Batesville, MacArthur Reed and Calvin Reed, both of Memphis, Dameon Reed and Thaddeus Reed, both of West Memphis, Ark. and Corey Woody of Cleveland, Ohio; one step-son, Pervis Parker of Jackson; four sisters, Maggie Reed and Marvis Wilks, both of Batesville, Effie Telford of Pope and Mae Lee Mitchell of West Memphis, Ark.; one brother, Jimmie Reed of Sardis and 10 grandchildren.

Valeria Inez Milner Weems

BATESVILLE– Valeria Inez Milner Weems, 84, died July 18, 2007, at her residence in Batesville.  

 Services will be Saturday  at 11  a.m. at Dickins Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dickins Funeral Home.   Graveside services will be  at 4 p.m. at Cash Cemetery in Cash. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.

Weems, born March 9, 1923, to  the late William Alton and Belle Hall Milner in Lena, was a schoolteacher for over 20 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Batesville and a graduate of USM were she received her BA degree.  She was also a retired school teacher.

Survivors include: her husband of 62 years,  Bill Weems  of Batesville; one son Billy Weems of Birmingham, Ala.; one daughter, Lynda Belle Mohon  of  Birmingham, Ala.; one  brother, Jimmy Milner of Springfield, Ill.; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.