Published 12:00 am Friday, October 5, 2007
SARDIS–Ruby Jean Doubleday, 59, died Monday, October 1, 2007, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services were Thursday at Moore-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Cold Springs Cemetery. Hal Johnson officiated. Moore-Nowell Funeral Home had charge.
Doubleday, born in Batesville, July 25, 1948, to Connie Samuels Tubbs of Sardis the late I.O. Tubbs, was a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Doubleday and one brother, David Tubbs.
Survivors along with her mother include: three step-daughters, Bridgett Michelle Doubleday Pitttman of Batesville, Jessica Melane Doubleday McCoy of Holly Springs and Pamela Melissa Doubleday of Coffeeville; two sons, Harold Raymond Alred Jr. and Cory Lee Alred, both of Sardis; two step-sons, Martin Doubleday of Batesville and James Marty Doubleday of Senatobia; two sisters, Mary Ann Towles of Batesville and Rebecca Joyce Ford of Collierville, Tenn.; one brother, Ira Otis Tubbs of Batesville; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Former Batesville resident and Bataan Death March survivor, James Franklin Drake, 86, died September 5 2007 in Mobile, Ala. where he had been a longtime resident.
Funeral services were held graveside September 8 at Serenity Funeral Home and burial was in Serenity Memorial Gardens.
Surviving the 90 mile Death March that was forced on about 75,000 Filipino and American prisoners by the Japanese in early 1942, he also survived the slave labor camps in Japan and returned to the United States weighing 89 pounds.
In a 2005 interview Drake said, “I felt that the Lord had me by the hand and was leading me through all this. I’ve forgiven the Japanese for everything. . . God won’t forgive me if I don’t forgive them. I don’t have anything against them–I just didn’t like the way they treated me,” Drake stated.
Drake was preceded in death in death by his son, James Lee Drake and wife, Gladys Drake.
He is survived by his former wife, Ivy Lee Drake Gordon: two daughters, Joyce Drake McGuire of Batesville and Ruby Lynn Goodnite of Pope, and three grandchildren.
COURTLAND–Joe Ann Johnson, 66, died Wednesday, October 3, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.
Services are Monday at 11 a.m. at West Camp M.B. Church. Rev. Melvin Jones will officiate. Burial will be in West Camp Cemetery. Eddie Robinson and Son Funeral Home has charge.
Johnson, born March 14, 1941, was a member of West Camp M.B. Church and the West Camp Choir. She was a housekeeper.
CRENSHAW–C.W. Joy, 51, died Friday, September 28, 2007, at his residence.
Services are Saturday at 2 p.m. at Springhill Baptist Church in Crenshaw. Rev. Johnny Jones will officiate. Visitation will be today 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be in Shiloh C.M.E. Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
Joy, born Aug. 14, 1956, in Crenshaw, to Dorothy Joy Milan of Crenshaw and the late Wydell Roberson, was a member of Springhill Baptist Church in Crenshaw.
Survivors along with his mother include: two daughters, Zandra Readus and Marquisha Henderson, both of Memphis; one son, Jarico Harris of Tunica; three sisters, Annie Mae Joy, Denise Ellis and Gloria Jean Wood, all of Crenshaw; four brothers, Jessie Joy, Bobby Joy and Robert Wright, all of Crenshaw and Eddie Joy of Tupelo and one grandchild.
BATESVILLE–Fannie Shaw, 83, died Tuesday, October 2, 2007, at her residence.
Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Macedonia M.B. Church. Rev. Arthur Pollard will officiate. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. Eddie Robinson and Son Funeral Home has charge.
Shaw, born March 12, 1924, was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Evia M.B. Church.
BATESVILLE–Eppie B. “Pop” Turnage, 85, died Tuesday, October 2, 2007, at the VA Home in Oxford.
Services were Thursday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Paul Meacham Jr. officiated. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
Turnage, born Sept. 9, 1922, in Tipton County, Tenn., to the late O.C. and Delcie Terry Turnage, retired from Parker Hannifan Company and was a member of Central Academy Church of Christ. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Flora Maples Turnage and one son, Eppie Duane Turnage.
Survivors include: four daughters, Sharlott Turnage Rupprecht and Jeanette Turnage Chrestman, both of Batesville, Patricia Turnage Bishop of Memphis and Jeanice Turnage Windham of Jackson; one son, Jimmy Turnage of Oxford; his step-mother, Vera Turnage Williams of Thaxton; three sisters, Christine Turnage Hanna of Parmo, Ohio, Ruth Turnage Moore and Carolyn Turnage Goodwin, both of Pontotoc; one brother, Larry Turnage of Pontotoc; 30 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
BATESVILLE–Lawrence Calvin Valentine, 66, died Monday, October 1, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.
Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at West Camp M.B. Church in Batesville. Rev. Eugene Brown will officiate. Visitation will be today 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be in West Camp Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
Valentine, born Aug. 31, 1941, in Batesville, to the late Curtis Valentine and the late Tabithan Walls, was a carpenter and landscaper. He was also a member of West Camp M.B. Church.
Survivors include: his wife, Ruth Diane Valentine of Batesville; four sisters, Ruth Brazell of Batesville, Alberta Johnson, Louise Gray and Catherine Key, all of Chicago and one brother, Melvin Valentine of Chicago.