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Obituaries 6-30-09

Obituaries 6-30-09

Rev. Charles Donald Fitzgibbon

OXFORD– Rev. Charles Donald Fitzgibbon, 86, died Monday, June 29, 2009 at his residence. He was the former minister for Blackjack Presbyterian Church.

The funeral arrangements will be announced later this week. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Mr. Fitzgibbon was born to Pat and Mabel Bradley Fitzgibbon on March 10, 1923 in Warren, Arkansas.

He was a member of the Westview Baptist Church. Fitzgibbon was retired from the United States Air Force after 21 years of service.

Survivors include: his wife, Lucille Swanson Fitzgibbon of Oxford; three daughters, Dottie Mae Fitzgibbon Evans of Virginia, Diana Sue Fitzgibbon Ridley of Del Rio, Texas and Charlotte Anne Fitzgibbon Hankinson of Florence; two step-sons: Dean and Randy Black of Oxford; three sisters, Thelma Fitzgibbon Brooks of Deridder, La. and Martha Fitzgibbon Winters of Longville, La. and Carolene Fitzgibbon Harris of  Deshea, Ark. and 11 grandchildren.

Clara Lucille Geeslin Hughey

COURTLAND — Clara “Granny” Lucille Geeslin Hughey, 95, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at her residence.

Services were Saturday at Dickins Funeral Home. Burial was in Union Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Hughey, born April 18, 1914, to the late John Henry Geeslin and Irene Josephine Irvin, was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Berry Samuel Hughey.

Survivors include: two daughters, Alcia Faye Kuvers and Robbie Lee Appleton, both of Batesville; one son, Stanford Eugene Coleman of Sardis; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Barbara Ruth Denton Lewis

Marks– Barbara Ruth Denton Lewis, age 73, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at Quitman County Hospital in Marks. She was the mother of Scott Lewis of Crowder and John C. Lewis of Batesville.

Memorial services and arrangements were held by the family.

Lewis was born on September 22, 1935 in Calhoun County to Sledge Tatum and Samantha M. Denton. She worked in the medical field as a RN for over 30 years.

Survivors along with her sons include: one granddaughter.

Willie Earl Patton

sardis — Willie Earl Patton, 55, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services were Saturday at the PGA Building in Sardis. Rev. Bobby Walker officiated. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Henderson Funeral Home had charge.

Patton, born July 1, 1953, to the late Bob Earl Patton and Carrie Mae Pryer Patton, was a carpenter and a member of Ruffins Grove M.B. Church.

Survivors include: one daughter, Jerneic Patton; two sons, Willie Earl Patton Jr. of Sardis and Willie Eugene Patton of Memphis; one sister, Bobbie J. Patton of Sardis and three brothers, George W. Arnold, Steve Pryor and Curtis J. Arnold, all of Sardis.

Gandy Suggs Jr.

POPE — Gandy Suggs Jr., 73, died Thursday, June 25, 2009, at his residence.

Graveside services were Saturday at Parrish Grove Cemetery in Oakland. Rev. Leo Coffey officiated. Full obituary information was incomplete at press time and will be announced at a later date.

He was survived by one son, Marcus Taylor of Courtland.


Katie Mae Warren Ales


BATESVILLE– Katie Mae Warren Ales, 91, died Thursday, June 25, 2009, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services were Sunday at Black Jack Presbyterian Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Gary Crowell, Dr. David Ball and Rev. Doug Sullivan-Gonzalez officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Ales, born Aug. 19, 1917,  to the late to the late Thomas Jefferson Warren and the late Minnie Lee Duke Warren, was a homemaker and a member of Black Jack Presbyterian Church where she was a Sunday school teacher, vacation Bible school teacher, served in the Presbyterian Women’s Organization and the synod of the Mid-South and The Presbytery.

She transported children and disabled adults to church and other functions. She cared for and visted sick elderly in hospitals, nursing homes and their homes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Jackson Ales.

Survivors include: one son, Thomas Keith Ales of Batesville; one daughter-in-law, Willa Odom Ales; one sister, Sadie Warren Faggert of Heidelberg; three grandchildren, Lacey Herron Lenoir of Guntersville, Ala., Shannon Lynne Ales of Hattiesburg and Gavin Thomas Ales of Alexandria, Va.; four great-grandchildren, Meredith and Preston Arnold and Anna Kate and Jack Lenoir.

Memorials may be made to Black Jack Presbyterian Church Fund-Shelley Russell, 32652 Black Jack Road, Batesville, Miss. 38606.