Obituaries 4-4-08

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 4, 2008

Betty Louise Freeman Moore

MEMPHIS–Betty Louise Freeman Moore, 68, died Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at Methodist University Hospital.

Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Luthern M.B. Church in Memphis. Rev. A.L. Jones will officiate.  Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be today 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary and 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Saturday at Luthern M.B. Church. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Moore, born July 29, 1939, in Memphis, to the late George Freeman Sr. and the late Climmie Lester, was a member of Luthern M.B. Church and a homemaker.

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Survivors include: her husband, Frank Moore of Memphis; three sons, Edward Freeman and Dynall Freeman, both of Memphis and Christopher Freeman of Colorado Springs, Colo.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Dorothy Hancock

PADUCAH, Ky.–Dorothy Hancock, 86, formerly of Batesville, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at Paducah’s Western Baptist Hospital.

Services were Thursday at Lone Oak Chapel Milner and Orr Funeral Home. Dr. David Comperry officiated. Graveside services will be today at 1 p.m. at Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Rev. F. Wayne Carter will officiate. Lone Oak Chapel Milner and Orr Funeral Home has charge.

Hancock, born to the late Edward Albert Rowland and Olive Blanche Hill Rowland, in Bristol, England, was Anglican and a member of the Church of England. She was a retired businesswoman who owned and operated Hancock Fabric Center in Batesville for 45 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Albert Hancock and one son, Rodney Albert Hancock.

Survivors include: one son, Rowland Hancock of Paducah; one sister, Phyllis Wilkinson of Orcas Island, Wash.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jimmy Lee Lawson

MEMPHIS–Jimmy Lee Lawson, 40, formerly of Courtland, died Saturday, March 29, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.

Services were Thursday at Nelson Chapel M.B. Church in Pope. Rev. Fred Butts officiated. Burial was in Pope Chapel Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.

Lawson, born Aug. 5, 1967, in Pope, to Lonnie Mae Jones of Courtland and the late Joe Lawson, was a plumber for Glenn Terhune Company and a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church.

Survivors along with his mother include: three daughters, Annie Marie Flowers, Jennifer Flowers and Felicia Flowers, all of Sardis; one step-brother, Rodney Lawson of Pope; four sisters, Barbara Rudd of Batesville, Gwen Lawson of Memphis, Allison I. Lawson of Atlanta, Ga. and Flora L. Murphy of Bristow, Va. and five grandchildren.

Omega Yvonne Martin Odom

THAXTON–Omega Yvonne Martin Odom, 66, formerly of Batesville, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at Baptist Desoto Hospital.

Services are today at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home.  Rev. Terry Pickard will officiate. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Odom, born Nov. 30, 1941, in Batesville, to the late Hayward and Margaret Fowler Burns was a member of Sardis Lake Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include: her husband, Levone Odom of Thaxton; two daughters, Jackie Lamb of Van Buren, Ark. and Teddy Martin of Southaven; three sisters, Bernice Fox and Linda Page, both of Courtland and Lona Porter of Coldwater; two brothers, Roy Burns of Courtland and Gary Burns of Frazier, Tenn.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Ray Smith Poole Sr.

OXFORD–Ray Smith Poole, Sr., 86, retired Ole Miss football coach, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at his residence in Oxford.  

Services will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Oxford-University United Methodist Church with Rev. Warren Black and Rev. Claire Dobbs officiating.  Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Oxford-University United Methodist Church. Waller Funeral Home has charge.

 Poole was a member of the famous “Pooles of Ole Miss” family which produced over 50 University of Mississippi athletics letters, representing three generations.  While at Ole Miss, he was a member of the M-Club and Omicron Delta Kappa, was selected to the Ole Miss Hall of Fame and was elected Colonel Rebel, the highest honor given by his peers.  

During World War II he served as a First. Lt. with the U.S. Marine Corps.  He was a member of the Oxford-University United Methodist Church for 53 years where he had served on the Administrative Board.  

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Barney and Buster Poole and by his sisters, Johnnie Seale, Hilda Cothren and Ruby Poole.

 Survivors include: his wife of 57 years, Wanda England Poole of Oxford; one son, Ray Smith Poole  Jr. and his wife, Jenny, of Batesville; one daughter, Patti Sanders and her husband, Emil, of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Willodene Robertson of Centreville and three grandchildren, Trey Poole and Will Poole of Batesville and Cara Sanders of Atlanta, Ga.   

 The family has asked that expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions in Mr. Poole’s memory be made to: Ray Poole Golf Scholarship, c/o UMAA Foundation, All American Drive, University, Miss. 38677.


Edwina Rogers

BATESVILLE–Edwina Rogers, 74, died Monday, March 31, 2008, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Graveside services were Tuesday at Forrest Memorial Park. Rev. Jimmy Scruggs officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Rogers, born Aug. 20, 1933, to the late Sally Mae Furniss and the late R.W. Reynolds Sr. in Cleveland, was a member of Blackjack Presbyterian Church. She was a legal secretary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Rogers Sr.

Survivors include: two daughters, Jo Rogers Fellows of Batesville and Debrah L. Collier of Greenville; two sons, Erin Ray Vaughan of Smithville, Tenn. and Curtis W. Rogers of Batesville; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.