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Obituaries 9-4-09

Obituaries 9-4-09

James Roy Bailey

MARKS—James Roy Bailey, 53, died Saturday, August 29, 2009, following an accident at a deer camp.

Services were Wednesday at Jesus’ Name Apostolic Church, where he served as minister. Jimmy Bishop, Ed Hall and Terry Etheridge officiated. Interment was in Forrest Memorial Park  in Batesville. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Bailey is survived by his wife, Wanda Anglin Bailey; daughter Crystal Bailey of Marks; son George Lewis Bailey of Marks; brothers Jimmy Bailey and Randy Bailey, both of Courtland, and Reggie Bailey of Horn Lake; his father James W. Bailey of the Curtis community; and one grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his mother Jackie Bland Bailey.

Memorials may be made to Jesus’ Name Apostolic Church.

Robert Wayne “Bob” Boggan

POPE—Robert “Bob” Boggan, 57, died Thursday, September 3, 2009, after a brief illness at Baptist Memorial Hospital- DeSoto.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pope Baptist Church with visitation Friday from 5-8 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Dr. Gary Berry will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Memorial Park.

Boggan, born Aug. 7, 1952, W.E. Boggan of Nesbit and the  late Dorothy Jean May Boggan, was an advertising director for The Panolian. He joined the newspaper staff in 2005 and had been employed in radio and television and advertising venues during a long career. He was a member of Pope Baptist Church.

Survivors along with his father include: his wife of 31 years, Teresa Boggan; three daughters, Jessica Pressgrove of Olive Branch, Erica Wilson of Ocean Springs and Brittany Bogan of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Grace Wilson and Jackson Roberts Pressgrove;  his mother and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Gatewood of Pope.

Jerry Lynn Childress

MARKS—Jerry Lynn Childress, 58, died Sunday, August 30, 2009.

Graveside services were Thursday at Bethel Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.

Childress, was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabelle Dye.

Survivors include: five sons, Hughe Wayne Bright of Batesville, Ricky Bright of Tillatoba, Stevie Bright of Jackson, Jerry Childress Jr. of Marks and Larry Childress Sr. of Enid; two sisters, Edna Lewis of Hickory Flat and Winnie Louise O’Neal of Iuka; two brothers, D.L. Childress of Shaw and James Childress of Sardis and 10 grandchildren.

Jeffrie T. Dowd

MARKS­—Jeffrie T. Dowd, 61, died Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the University Medical Center in Jackson. Born in Batesville on January 2, 1948, he was the son of Paddy Dowd and Velma Love.

He was a retired school teacher and a U.S. Army veteran. Services were held September 3 at New Paradise M.B. Church, where he was a member. Burial was in Sabino Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge of arrangements. Rev. F.C. Kelson officiated.

Survivors include his wife, Cadonia Dowd of Lambert; daughters Kimberly Dowd Davis and Falice Dowd Wilks, both of Jackson; sons BrianSmith of Saltillo and Clifton Smith of Clinton; and his sister Mary Strickland of Marks.

Pfc. Shedrick Deon Gordon Jr.

SARDIS­­— Pfc. Shedrick Deon Gordon Jr., 22, died Saturday, August 29, 2009, from injuries from a motorcycle wreck.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Abundant Harvest Church of God in Charleston. Michael Hickman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary  and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Abundant Harvest Church of God. Burial with full military honors will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.

Gordon, born April 15, 1987, to Shedrick and Pearlie Gordon of Sardis, was a U.S. Army Serviceman and a member of Abundant Harvest Church of God.

Survivors along with his parents include: two sisters, Shameka Z. Gordon Shaw and Shavetta Gordon, both of Horn Lake and his grandparents, Ozell and Eva McGhee of Como, James and Teresa Gordon and Agie Ree Gordon, all of Sardis.

Lillie Eleanor Gray

BATESVILLE— Lillie Eleanor Johnson Gray died Wednesday, September 2, 2009.

Services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Dr. Robert Self and Dr. David Ball will officiate. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be held today from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Gray was born July 9, 1941, in Memphis, to the late Roy Mell and Elsie Cora Williams Johnson.

Survivors include: her husband, Russell T. Gray Jr. of Batesville; two daughters, Kimberely Crenshaw Slaughter of Oxford and Patricia Gray Owen of Starkville; one son, Thomas Glen Crenshaw of Batesville; two sisters, Betty Johnson Brooks of Fayetteville, Tenn. and Charlotte Johnson Gray of Batesville; one brother, Roy Johnson of New Albany and seven grandchildren.

Gerald Gray

BATESVILLE–Gerald Gray, 68, died Monday, August 31, 2009 at his residence.

Funeral services were Thursday at Wells Funeral Home with Rev. Damon Plummer and Rev. Rayford Ables officiating. Interment  followed in Forrest Memorial Park.

Gray was born on July 30, 1941 in Batesville to Jimmy D. and Lucy Leeton Gray. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and later worked in maintenance at Med-Services. He was a member of North Batesville Baptist Church and enjoyed bird-watching, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his  wife, Marie Taylor Gray of Batesville; his daughter, Pam Gray Groner of Batesville; his son, Gary Wayne Gray of Pope; his sister, Cynthia Gray Abernathy of Charolette, N.C.; his brother, Michael Wayne Gray of Pontotoc; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Wilma Dunger Gregory

POPE–Wilma Dunger Gregory, 82, wife of Dewey Richard Gregory, died Monday, August 24, 2009 at her home.

Funeral services were August 26 at Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Pope with interment  in Liberty Hill Cemetery. Rev. Jay Anderson officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Gregory was a retired waitress and homemaker. She was also was a longtime member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church. She was born December 21, 1926 in Memphis to the late Leslie William and Helen Louise Cook Dunger.

Gregory is survived by, in addition to her husband, one daughter, Kathy Jablonski of Pope; one son, Rick Gregory of Greenbriar, Tenn.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, David H. Fields.

The family has asked that memorials be sent to Liberty Hill Baptist Church, 761 Liberty Hill Road, Pope, MS 38658.

Eugenia Roberta Jones

OXFORD­­— Eugenia Roberta Jones, 85, died Saturday, August 29, 2009, at her daughter’s home in Sardis.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Hope M.B. Church in Oxford. Rev. Jones and Elder Gaston will officiate. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Eddie Robinson Funeral Homes has charge.

Jones, born July 23, 1924, to the late Lula Gilcreek and Freddie Houston, was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and the Save Our Children Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Lewis Jones and two sons, James Lee Jones and Junior Lewis Jones.

Survivors include: three daughters, Willie Jean Boyd of Detroit, Mich., Mary Pearl Jones of Batesville and Dorothy Bishop of Sardis; three sons, David Lee Jones of Batesville, Jimmy L. Jones and Charles E. Jones, both of Oxford; one sister, Lillie Thompson of Oxford; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Betty Jean Lindsay

Services for Betty Jean Lindsay, 60, were held August 29, 2009 at Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Lindsay died August 25 at her residence.

Interment was in the Rock Hill Church Cemetery. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

She was born on October 19, 1948 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. to the late S.C. Lindsay and Earlean Morris Lindsay.

She spent most of her adult life working for Hughes Aircraft in Englewood, Calif. where she retired.

She leaves her mother, Earlean Lindsay of Sardis; three brothers, Spencer Lindsay and Jimmy Lindsay, both of Batesville, and Sir Charles Lindsey of Riverside, Calif.

Lee Thomas Jr.

BATESVLLE­­— Lee Thomas Jr., 81, died Sunday, August 30, 2009, at State Veterans Home in Oxford.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Dr. Hickmon M. Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford has charge.

Thomas taught chemistry, physics and physical science at Patton Lane High School for 38 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army and earned a BS from Rust College, a master’s degree from Atlanta University and a AAA certificate for the University of Mississippi. He served as Dean of the Oxford Seminary for several years. He was usher with the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education; Vice Moderator for the T.O.M.B. Association for 30 years and served on the Board of Directors for United Way. He served as President for the Panola County Teachers and Employees Federal Credit Union for 32 years. He was a member of East Providence M.B. Church where he served as Superintendant of Sunday School Class.

Survivors include: his wife, Jeanette Thomas of Oxford; two daughters, Audrey Lynn Burns of Lawrenceville, Ga., Donna Houston of Memphis; one sister, Willie Mae Simmons of Oxford and one grandchild.

Pearlene Ruth Wilson

BATESVLLE­­— Pearlene Ruth Wilson, 45, died Wednesday, September 2, 2009, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Vistation will be from 9 a.m. until service time.

Wilson was born August 4, 1964, in Chicago, Ill.,  to William Alford Wilson of Perkin, Ark. and the late Essie Virginia Fly Wilson.

Survivors along with her father include her husband, Steve Winters of Batesville; one daughter, Shelia Winters of Batesville; two sons, Barry Wayne Ridgeway Jr. of Batesville and Steve Allen Winters; two brothers, Audrey Wilson of Whitley, Ark. and Benny Alford Wilson of Batesville; one daughter, Nancy Wilson of Batesville; and three grandchildren.

Stevie Weaver

BATESVLLE­­— Stevie Weaver, 30, died Wednesday, September 2, 2009, from injuries received in a motor cycle wreck.

He was the son of James and Pam Weaver.

He is also survived by one brother, Chris Weaver and and one sister, Amanda Weaver.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time. Wells Funeral Home has charge. Full obituary information will be in Tuesday’s edition of The Panolian or by viewing www.panolian.com