Obituaries 10-12-07

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 12, 2007

Maggie Mae Gross
LAMBERT–Maggie Mae Gross, 84, died Saturday, September 22, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. She was the mother of Valerie Pride of Batesville.
Services were Friday, September 28, 2007, at Sykes Chapel M.B. Church in Lambert. Pastor James L. Jones officiated. Burial was in Booker Cemetery. Delta Burial had charge.

Gross, born March 12, 1923, to the late Jody and Mary Alma Montgomery Robertson, married the late Albanus Gross, September 22, 1937. She moved to Lambert in 1947 and joined the New Mount Carmel Church where she was on the Mother Board. She was employed as a cook for 27 years with Delta Hills and the ICS Headstart Center.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, A.J. Gross.

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Survivors along with her daughter include: 13 daughters, Lula Mae Williams of Elkhart, Ind., Lucille Stevenson and Wilma Primer, both of Chicago, Connie Keeler and Rosie Paige, both of Memphis, Charlene Brown of Clarksdale, Deloris Small, Shirley Gross, Brenda Williams, Joyce Gross, Daphine Gross, Jacqueline Gross and Dorothy Furr, all of Lambert; three sons, William Gross of Tiptonville, Tenn., Robert Gross of Lambert and A.B. Wiley of Clarksdale; one sister, Gertie Nathan of Peoria, Ill.; 65 grandchildren; 122 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren.

Randy Renard “Buck” Lee
BATESVILLE– Randy Renard “Buck” Lee, 42, died Friday, October 5, 2007, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center from complications received from an automobile accident.

Services are today at 1 p.m. at New Bethlehem M.B. Church. Rev. Zannie Leland Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in New Bethlehem Cemetery in Batesville. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Lee, born May 12, 1965, in Batesville, to the late Willie Lee and the late Mary Corine Towns Lee, was an electrician for Tri-Star Mechanical and a member of New Bethlehem M.B. Church.

Survivors include: his fiancee Beverly Burnett of Batesville; three daughters, Ralisha Smith of Batesville, Shaquille Pulliam and Yasmine Pulliam, both of Derma; two sons, Corey Henderson and James E. Wright, both of Batesville; three sisters, Inez Lee of Batesville, Eunice Adair of Sardis and Rosie Trantham of Harvey, Ill.; two brothers, Micheal Lee of Batesville and Jimmy King of Milwaukee, Wis. and two grandchildren.

Clarence Maurice Mitchell

BATESVILLE– Clarence Maurice Mitchell, 71, died Wednesday, October 3, 2007, in an auto accident on Highway 6 near Batesville.

Services are Saturday at 2 p.m. at Crowder Baptist Church. Burial will be in Batesville-Magnolia Cemetery. Visitation is today 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Dickins Funeral Home. Rev. Truman Scarborough will officiate. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.

Mitchell, born Sept. 27, 1936, to the late Clarence Henry Mitchell and the late Verlon Bridwell Mitchell, was a  retired farmer and a member of Crowder Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Elbert Wray Mitchell.

Survivors include: his wife  Christine Bailey Mitchell of Batesville; two daughters, Michelle Mixon and her husband Mike of Crowder, Chrystal Winters and her husband, Jerry, of Osage Beach, Mo.; one brother, Charles Roy Mitchell and wife, Joann of Pensacola, Fla.; one niece, Judy Mitchell of Orlando, Fla.; one nephew, Mike Mitchell and wife, Karla and children, Josh and Meghan of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandchildren, Micheal Doyle Mixon of Crowder and Mitchell Casey Williams of Springfield, Mo.; one great-grandchild, Taylor Lake.

Memorials may be sent to Crowder Baptist Church.

Betty Jean Rudd
BATESVILLE–Betty Jean Rudd, 70, died Tuesday, October 9, 2007, at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis.

Services are Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Gillion M.B. Church in Sardis. Rev. Grady McKinney Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Batesville Cemetery. Visitation will be today 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary and also Saturday 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at Mt. Gillion M.B. Church. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Rudd, born Dec. 15, 1936, in Batesville, to the late Joe Walter Pegues and the late Sally Lester was a homemaker and a member of St. John M.B. Church in Sardis.

Survivors include: her husband, Clarence Rudd Sr. of Batesville; one daughter, Stella Thomas of Memphis; six sons, Clarence Rudd Jr., Joe Rudd, Johnny Rudd and Mack Rudd, all of Batesville, Lee Marvin Rudd of Memphis and Dennis Rudd of Minneapolis, Minn.; three sisters, Sarah Lois Sheegog and Patricia Gross, both of Batesville and Willie Mae Smith of Norman, Ill.; one step-sister, Annie Curtis Williams of Memphis; 11 brothers, Ezell Pegues, Arthur Lee Pegues, Gilbert Pegues, Jimmy Pegues, Silas Pegues and Wesley, Pegues, all of Batesville, Jessie Pegues of Sardis, Earnest Pegues of Crowder, Leonard Pegues of Olive Branch, B.J. Pegues of St. Louis, Mo. and Clarence Pegues of Memphis; 31 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Joseph Edward Womble
MARKS–Joseph Edward Womble, 74, died Tuesday, October 9, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.
Services are today at 2 p.m. at West Marks Baptist Church in Marks. Rev. John Shackleford will officiate. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home has charge.

Womble, born April 12, 1933, in Calhoun County, was a member of West Marks Baptist Church and a retired security guard.

He was preceded in death by one son, Danny Womble.

Survivors include: his wife, Charlene Tutor Womble of Marks; three sons, Tom Womble of Batesville, Rickie Womble of Marks and Tony Womble of Enid; one sister, Edna Earl Rice of Batesville; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to West Marks Baptist Church, American Heart Association or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Tracy Albert Perkins
Tracy Albert Perkins, 95, died Thursday, October 11 at his residence on Perkins Road in the Shady Grove Community. Funeral services will be Sunday, October 14 at 3 p.m. at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with visitation from 1 p.m. until the service.

Dickins Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

A complete obituary will be published in the October 16 issue of The Panolian.