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Obituaries 2-1-08

Delores Austin  

BATESVILLE––Delores “Dee Dee”Austin, 46, died Monday, January 28, 2008 at her residence.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today, February 1, at Second Concord M. B. Church. Rev Joseph Wilson will officiate. Burial will be at Second Concord M. B. Church Cemetery.

Visitation today will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p. m. at  Second Concord.

Ms. Austin, born September 27, 1961 in Marks to Eugene Rogers Austin and Bobbie Jean Burgess Austin, was a toolsetter for Parker Hannifin Company. She was a member of Second Concord in Batesville.

Survivors, all from Batesville, are her daughters, LaQuil Andrews and Vernoica Youngblood; her son, Rodney Fondren; her parents, Eugene and Bobbie Jean Austin; five sisters, Patricia Harrison, Sturleen Hoskins, Linda Austin, Marylon Ales, and Amy Austin; a brother, Joe Burgess; her grandmother, Blandenia Burgess; and one grandchild.

Cooley’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Marvin Bradley

COMO ­––Marvin Bradley, 53, died Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at his residence in Memphis.

Services will be held February 2 at 1 p. m. at Cistern Hill M. B. Church in Como. Rev. Cedric L. Richardson will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation is today, February 1 from 3-8 p.m. at Felix Cauthen Funeral Home.

Mr. Bradley was a truck driver for ABC Company. He attended Alcorn State University and was a member of Cistern Hill M. B. Church and World Overcomers.

Survivors are his daughter Kanisha Hence of Memphis; brothers Melvin Lee Bradley and Patrick Kerney and sisters Emma Bradley and Ella Bradley, all of Como.

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Isaac Lee

CROWDER––Edward Isaac Lee, 74, died Monday, January 28, 2008 at Quitman County Hospital.

Services were held January 31 at Kimbro Funeral Home. Rev. Roy Bailey officiated. Burial was at Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville.

Lee, born April 22, 1933 in Quitman County, was a retired farmer. He was a member of United Pentecostal Church.

Survivors are brothers James “Buddy” Lee of Chicago and John Lee of Crowder; sisters Geneva Boyette and Ophelia King of Oakland, and Ola Mae Washington of Pontotoc; thirty-one nieces and nephews.

Kimbro Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  

Jessie H. Smith

BATESVILLE–Jessie Harrison Smith, 77, died Monday, January 28, 2008 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi.

Services were held January 30 at Shady Grove Church. Rev. Gary Robertson and Rev. John Stewart  officiated. Burial was at Shady Grove Cemetery.

Ms. Smith was born on March 21, 1930 to Waylon and Celia Daniel Walton in Lauderdale County, Tenn. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. She had retired from Springs Industry in Sardis and was a homemaker.

She was the widow of James T. Harrison and of Broadus Rayburn Smith.

Survivors are four daughters, Barbara Harrison Perkins of Batesville, Charlotte Harrison Lamb of Oxford, Katherine Harrison Hathcock of Williamston, S. C. and Shirley Harrison Darby of Batesville; a son, Jerry Harrison of Bruce; a step-daughter, Janet Smith Ware of Sardis; five stepsons, Billy Ray Smith of Crowder, Gary Lynn Smith of Coldwater, and Danny Wayne Smith, Ronnie Price Smith, and Tony Lee Smith, all of Batesville; two sisters, Ethel Walton Ray of Brownsville, Tenn. and Mary Walton Spencer of Ripley, Tenn.; twelve grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Wells Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Pearl Spain

SARDIS­––Ruby Pearl Spain, 73, died Saturday, January 26, 2008 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services were held January 31 at Mt. Zion M. B. Church in Sardis. Rev. Cedric Jackson officiated. Burial was in Viney Creek Cemetery.

The widow of Tommie Spain, Mrs. Spain was a member of Mt. Zion M. B. Church where she served on the usher board. She had retired from Springs, Inc. in Sardis.

Survivors are three daughters, Patricia Johnson of Sardis, Virdia Spain of Belvidere, Ill., and Ruby Davis of Como; two sons, Robert Spain and Tommie Spain, both of Sardis; four sisters, Callie Shavers and Morie Daniels, both of Chicago, Gladys Simmons of Memphis, and Earnestine Wesley of Los Angeles; sixteen grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren.

Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Gearldean Sorrell  

BELEN–– ­ Gearldean Wright Sorrell, 71,  died Wednesday January 30, 2008 at her home in Belen.
Services will be held at 2 p. m. at Goodway United Pentecostal Church in Marks. Burial will be in Belen Cemetery.

Visitation will be today, February 1 from 5-8 p.m. at Goodway Church.

Ms. Sorrell, born January 2, 1937 in Jasper, Ala. to Homer and Mary Wright, was a homemaker and a retired clerk with Kroger.

Along with her husband, Elbert H. Sorrell, survivors are her daughter, Mary Catherine Winters and sons Geary Buford Ray and Timothy Earl Ray, all of Batesville; sisters Mary Alice Wright Rose, Alpha Mae Wright Jones, and Betty Fay Wright Jones, all of Helena, Ark.; brother Henry Wright of Jasper, Ala.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Wells Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn Jean Stamps

SENATOBIA ­ – Carolyn Jean Stamps, 46, formerly  of Crenshaw, died  Friday, January 25, 2008 at Baptist Hospital – DeSoto.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on February 2 at Batesville Junior High School. Rev. George L. McDaniel will officiate. Burial will be at Concord Community Cemetery.

Visitation will be today, February 1 from 1-5 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home and from 6-8 p.m. at Life Changing Outreach Ministry on Martin Luther King Drive in Batesville.

Mrs. Stamps, born August 1, 1961 to Hudson and Angela Hubbard of Crenshaw, was a member of Life Changing Outreach Ministry. She was a graduate of North Panola High School and had attended Northwest Community College.

Along with her husband, Ray A. Stamp, survivors are her parents, five brothers, three sisters, six stepchildren and twelve step-grandchildren.

Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James L. Travis, Jr.

BATESVILLE–James Lafayette Travis Jr., 96, of Batesville died Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at his residence.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on February 2 at First Baptist Church. Dr. James L. Travis III and Rev. Greg Johnston will officiate. Burial will be at Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville.

Visitation will be today, February 1 from 5-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Batesville.

Mr. Travis was born on December 20, 1911 in Ripley, Tenn. to Oma Smith Travis and James L. Travis Sr.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Batesville where he was a deacon and a Sunday School teacher. Mr. Travis was a farmer and a public servant, having served as Panola County Sheriff and as Panola County Supervisor for four full terms and an unexpired term.  

With his wife of 72 years, Mildred Shinn Travis,  survivors are his sons, Dr. James L. Travis III and his wife, Patricia, of Durham, North Carolina and Albert L. Travis and his wife, Maureda, of Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren and six great-grandsons.

Memorials may be made to The Baptist Childrens’ Village, P. O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060-0027 or First Baptist Church of Batesville. Dickens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.