Obituaries 11-14-08

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 14, 2008

Obituaries 11-14-08


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Rosa Fortinberry Adams

BATESVILLE- Rosa Fortinberry Adams, 74, died Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at her residence.

Services are Sunday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Dr. James Fortinberry and Dr. Robert Self will officiate. Visitation is Saturday 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Adams, born June 15, 1934, to the late Bernard and Agnes Goote Fortinberry in Tyronza, Ark., was a retired school attendance officer for the state of Mississippi for 12 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church, member of Home Demonstration Club, Garden Club and WMU at First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: her husband, Henry Adams of Batesville; two sons, James B. Glasgow of Batesville and Monte G. Adams of Littleton, Colo.; one daughter, Tara Adams Weed of Batesville; six brothers, Leonard Fortinberry of Sanford, Mich., James Fortinberry of Orlando, Luther Fortinberry of Ocala, Fla., Leland Fortinberry of Beaverton, Mich., Loland Fortinberry of Lambertsville, Mich. and Lewis Fortinberry of Courtland; four sisters, Ruth Thacker of Tucson, Ariz., Ruby Roberson of Courtland, Easter Morgan of Oran, Mo. and Ethel Alewine of Courtland; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church or charity of donor’s choice.

Patsy R. Scruggs

SARDIS- Patsy R. Scruggs, 72, died Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at her residence.

Services were Thursday at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jerry Sanford officiated. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Park. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home had charge.

Scruggs, born Jan. 12, 1936, to the late Bryant Preston and the late Gladys May Smith Riales, was a member of First Baptist Church of Sardis where she was a member of the choir and active in Sunday School Ministry at Sardis Community Nursing Home.

Survivors include: her husband, Edward L. Scruggs of Sardis; one daughter, Lynn Hindman of Lonoke, Ark.; one sister, Sarah Christ of Sardis; one brother, Laverne Riales of Bartlett, Tenn.; two grandsons and four great-grandchildren.

Sidney Emmette Mills

BENOIT–Sidney Emmette Mills, 93, died Thursday, November 13, 2008 at his home. He was the father of Peggy McGehee of Pope.

 Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Woodlawn Cemetery in Woodlawn, Texas under the direction of Ray Funeral Home.  Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at Ray Funeral Home.

 Mr. Mills was born October 25, 1915 in Cloutierville, Louisiana to Hugh Eugene Mills and Minerva Charleville Mills, was self employed his entire life, from raising tomatoes and watermelons, to delivering ice to surrounding communities between Marshall and Jefferson, Texas.  He also cut and delivered crossties for the railroad and in the late 30’s, he and his brother Garland operated a shingle mill.  This evolved into a full scale logging and sawmill operation known as Mills Brothers Lumber Company, which operated out of east Texas.  In 1953, they purchased Tip Top Plantation near Benoit.  They were two of the early pioneers of rice farmers in the Mississippi Delta, also raising soybeans and catfish.

 He is preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Watson.

 Survivors along with his daughter include his wife, Dora King Mills of Benoit; two sons, Barry Mills of Lubbock, Texas, Rodney Mills of Benoit; one daughter, Carolyn K. Green of Lufkin, Texas; one sister, Alice Huline Lloyd of Woodlawn, Texas; nine grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

 Memorials may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Shaw.  

Frances Holt Hartzell Sullivant

WEST PLAINS, Mo.–Frances Holt Hartzell Sullivant, 98, formelry of Batesville, died Sunday, November 9, 2008, at Westview Nursing Home in West Plains, Mo.

Memorial services are Sunday at 4 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. David Chrestman will officate. Wells funeral Home has charge.

Sullivant, born June 7, 1910, in Oklahoma to the late C.L. and Emma Hartzell,

Mrs. Sullivant was born June 7, 1910 to C.L. and Emma Hartzell in Oklahoma. She loved the rural family life where she could produce and can fruits and vegetables to enjoy when winter came. She also enjoyed crochet and taught many to enjoy her hobby. She was a Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. Sullivant.

Survivors include: two sons: Robert B. Sullivant Jr. and wife Willola of Batesville and James C. Sullivant and wife June of West Plains, Mo.; one sister, Sarah Hartzell Darby of Courtland; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.