Obituaries 1-16-09

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 16, 2009

Obituaries 1-16-09

James T. “Bud” Bolen

BATESVILLE– James T. “Bud” Bolen, 69, died Saturday, January 10, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services were Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home. Burial was in Blackjack Cemetery. Bishop John Tait officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

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Bolen, born Feb. 19, 1939, to the late Charles T. and Vernie Berry Bolen in Springville, was a retired route salesman for Wonder and Colonial Bread Companies. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Oxford.

Survivors include: his wife,  of 46 years, Peggy Jean Stroupe Bolen of Batesville; one daughter, Vicki Bolen Aldison and husband, Certy of Batesville; two sons, Keith Bolen and wife, Lisa of Crowder and Kevin Bolen and wife, Jennifer of New Albany; two sisters, Jane Bolen Hayzlett of Crenshaw and Patsy Bolen Barnett of Sardis; three brothers, William Bolen of Southaven, Gary Bolen of Water Valley and Wayne Bolen of Crenshaw and seven grandchildren, Brooke Bolen, Tyler Bolen, Morgan Aldison, Robert Aldison, Loden Bolen, Luke Bolen and Jeb Bolen.

The family requests that memorials be made to the American Heart Association/

Johnnie L. Houston

Batesville–Johnnie L. Houston, 57, died Monday, January 12, 2009, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services are Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Hope M.B. Church. Rev. Richard Brown will officiate. Visitation is today 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary and Saturday 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at New Hope M.B. Church. Burial will be in Eureka Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Houston, born March 17, 1951, to the late John David Houston and the late Mattie Lee Austin, was a member of New Hope M.B. Church.

Survivors include: six sisters, Vergie Hamilton, Eunice Henderson and Clotee Houston, all of Batesville, Annie Harris of Memphis, Sarah Houston and Shirley Pomlee, both of Water Valley and two brothers, Robert Earl Houston and James Houston, both of Memphis.

Ora Jones

BATESVILLE– Ora Jones, 83,  died Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.

Visitation and a funeral service will both be held on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband. Harold Edward Jones.

She is survived by her son, Tony Jones.

Lynn Jones McCullar

Batesville–Lynn Jones McCullar, 61, died suddenly on Sunday, January 11, 2009 at her residence in Batesville.

Funeral services were held Thursday at Wells Funeral Home. Dr. Robert Self and Rev. Pat Ludlam officiated. Interment was in Magnolia Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Born March 11, 1947 in Panola County, she was the daughter of the late William and Virginia Jones.

A graduate of South Panola High School and the University of Mississippi, she had taught at Batesville Elementary School, West Panola Academy and Sunflower Academy.

She was active in a number of civic organizations, including Garden Clubs in Batesville and Drew, Junior Auxiliary, and the Culture Club in Drew. She gave of her time and talents to many community service projects  and was a member of Batesville First United Methodist Church.

McCullar founded the Drew Leader newspaper and was active in the Drew Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street program before returning to Batesville to live.

In recent years she worked to restore her childhood home, Lynnwood, in rural Panola County.

She is survived by her son, Maj. James S. “Tripp” McCullar and his wife Janan of Monterey, Calif.

James Turner Reed

SARDIS– James Turner Reed, 82, died Saturday, January 10, 2009, at his residence.

Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Level M.B. Church. Visitation is today 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Jessie Frison will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Level Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home has charge.

Reed, born Sept. 26, 1926, to the late Turner Reed and the late Flossie Reed Smith, was a retired construction worker. He was a member of Mt. Level M.B. Church where he was a trustee.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Morgan Reed.

Survivors include: six daughters, Kathleen Gardner of East Moline, Ill., Deborah Hibbler, Barbara Frost, Vivian Burdette, all of Sardis, Valarie Johnson of Como and Pamela Stevenson of Memphis; five sons, John Barksdale of Batesville, Jimmy Caldwell of Milwaukee, Wis., Harold Reed of East Moline, Ill., Melvin Reed of Sardis and Minister James Anthony Anderson of New Albany, 26 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Celia G. Richardson

TILLATOBA– Celia G. Richardson, 60, died Tuesday, January 6, 2009.

Services were Saturday, January 10, at 11 a.m. at Rocky Branch Baptist Church. Rev. Willie Davis officiated. Burial will be in Rocky Branch Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Richardson, born July 17, 1948, to the late Ompey Gerrard, was a homemaker and a member of Rocky Branch M.B. Church.

Survivors include: three sons, Robert Earl Richardson of Charleston, Ronald Richardson and Jermaine Keith Richardson, both of Tillatobia.; two daughters, Marie Wren of Oakland and Susie Richardson of Tillatobia; three brothers, Marvin Gerrard, Melvin Gerrard and Omni Earl Gerrard, all of Grenada; one sister, Christine Gerrard of Grenada; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Eloise Sanders

HOLLY SPRINGS– Eloise Sanders, 69, died Tuesday, January 13, 2009, at Trinity Mission Nursing Home. She was the mother of Jean Sandes Smith and Joe T. “Radioman” Sanders of Batesville.

Memorial services are today at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Rev. Fred Pearrow will officiate. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Sanders, born March 17, 1939, to the late Jim and Etol Winters Melton in Coffeeville, was a homemaker.

Survivors along with her son and daughter include: one daughter, Ann Sanders Harley of Coldwater; three sons, Gary Sanders of Jackson, Richard Sanders of White Hall, Ill. and John Sanders of Monroe, Oregon; one brother, Donnie Melton of Charleston; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.