Obituaries 7-17-09

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 17, 2009

Obituaries 7-17-09

Frances Paulk Bredemeier

CRYSTAL BEACH, Fla.– Frances Paulk Bredemeir, 92, formerly of Batesville, died Sunday, July 12, 2009.

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Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Batesville Presbyterian Church with visitation at noon. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.

Bredemeier, born July 18, 1916, in Batesville, married Jesse E. Paulk in 1938 and moved to Crystal Beach, Fla. in 1956.

She became the first woman Vice-president for Ellis National Bank, Tarpon Springs, Fla. and retired after 40 years at age 80. Memberships include: secretary, Sunday school teacher and charter member of Crystal Beach Community Church, founded in 1957 by the Rev. C.W.A. Bredemeier, whom she married in 1971, after her husband Jesse Paulk died  in 1961; National Asso. of Bank Women; first recipient of the Courtesy Award given by the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce; named Woman of the Year by American Business Women Asso. Tarpon Springs Charter Chapter; and a Kentucky Colonel, receiving this honor by the Governor of Kentucky in 1974.    She was a talented seamstress, enjoyed reading, walking, cooking, needlepoint, gardening, playing the piano and bridge.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Jesse E. Paulk and Rev. C.W.A. Bredemeier.

Survivers include: one, daughter, Virginia Gardner; one son, Michael Paulk; one sister, Dixie Gladney and four grandchildren, Jessica Gardner, David Gardner, Jesse and Ryan Paulk;

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Crystal Beach Community Church, P.O. Box 571, Crystal Beach, Florida 34681 for restoration and protection of the church’s 60-year-old stained glass windows.

Dorothy A. Herring

BRISTOL, Tenn.– Dorothy A. Herring, 79, died Saturday, July 11, 2009, at her residence.

Services were Monday at Good Hope Baptist Church. Rev. Todd Plunkett officiated. Burial was in Good Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Herring, born May 15, 1930, to the late Clifford and Mamie Christian Douglas, was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church and a volunteer for the Tri-Lakes Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband James B. Herring.

Survivors include: one son, James B. “Bryant” Herring Jr. of Bristol and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Tri-Lakes Hospital Auxiliary.

Marsha “Ms. Love” Minerva McDaniel

BATESVILLE– Marsha “Ms. Love” Minerva McDaniel, 94, died Monday, July 13, 2009.

Services will be held  at noon Saturday at Macedonia M.B. Church. Dr. Zannie Leland will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held today 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Life Changing Outreach Ministries and on Saturday from 11 a.m. – noon at Macedonia M.B. Church.

McDaniel, born Oct. 29, 1914, was a homemaker and a dietician. She was a member of Macedonia M.B. Church. She was a member of the Homemakers Club and Batesville Home Extensions.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie McDaniel.

Survivors include: four sons, Willie McDaniel Jr. of Oakland, Calif., Ralph McDaniel Sr. and Thomas A. McDaniel, both of St. Louis and George L. McDaniel of Senatobia; six daughters, El Jean Thurman of Indianapolis, Ind., Rebecca Earnestine Battle of Tinley Park, Ill., Jerlene Dickerson of Cleveland, Ohio, Wilma Herring and Genevia Jackson, both of Southaven, and Betty Davis of Huntsville, Ala.; 32 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Dorothy Louise Cooper Miller

CROWDER– Dorothy Louise Cooper Miller, 90, died Monday, June 13, 2009, at Quitman County Nursing Home.

Services were held Wednesday at Crowder Assembly of God Church with burial in Crowder Cemetery. Rev. Murphy Eubanks officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Miller, born March 5, 1919, in Marks to the late Connis Cooper and Bessie Carlisle Cooper, was a retired secretary treasurer for Crowder Assembly of God Church for more than 50 years where she was a member. She was a homemaker and preceded in death by her husband, S.T. Miller of Crowder and one son, Lyles V. Miller.

Survivors include: one daughter, Helen Schneider of Cedar Hill, Texas; one son, Edward Morris Miller of Crowder; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Crowder Assembly of God Church.

John Lee Williams

MARIETTA –   John Lee Williams, 88, died Sunday July 12, 2009 at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He was the father of Janie Cole of Batesville. Services were Wednesday at Marietta Church of Christ. Burial was in Old Bethel Cemetery near Golden.

He was born August 15, 1920 to John W. and Cassie Smith Williams.  He was a graduate of Marietta High School and a member of Marietta Church of Christ. During his service in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he attended Centenary College in Shreveport, La. He worked as a traveling serviceman for B. F. Avery tractor company and later sold Minneapolis-Moline equipment at his Farm Machinery Service Store in Marietta. He was a partner in Williams Tractor Company which sold White Farm Equipment. Williams was a farmer and cattlemen and served as a school trustee and election commissioner. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and was known for his story-telling.

He is also survived by his daughter Judy Marlyn Williams of North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford; two sons, Bill Williams of Marietta and Ralph Williams of Booneville; one sister, Ruby Ellen Magers of Tupelo; two brothers, Dean Williams of Batesville and Chad Williams of Senatobia; grandchildren, Ashlee and Clayton Cole of Batesville, Daniel Williams of Oxford and Katie and John David Williams of Booneville. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Eunice Helen Reeves Williams, and his parents.

Memorials may be sent to North Mississippi Regional Center, Oxford, MS 38865 or the Marietta Church of Christ, Marietta, MS 38856.

Nathaniel LaRue Stevenson


BATESVILLE– Nathaniel LaRue Stevenson, 22, died Thursday, July 9, 2009, from complications of Cerebral Palsey.

Memorial services were Monday at Wells Funeral Home.

Stevenson, born Aug. 20, 1986, in Lima, Ohio, to Vicki L. Jacobs Hicks of Batesville and Randy Lee Johnson of Rock Hill, S.C., was a long time participant in the annual Tiger Games held at the South Panola football field. He was a member of Blackjack Presbyterian Church and attended South Panola.

He was preceded in death by his god father, LaRue Risner.

Survivors along with his parents include: his god mother, Holly McGlaughlin of Lima, Ohio; two sisters, Stephanie Johnson of Lima, Ohio and Jenny Rose Winters of Batesville; two brothers, Daniel Lee Stevenson of Lima, Ohio and Jason Andrew Stevenson of Batesville and his grandparents, William G. and Mary A. Jacobs of Avon Park, Fla.