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Obituaries 10-09-09

Obituaries 10-09-09


Colette Ann Talion Cook

BATESVILLE—Colette Ann Talion Cook, 72, died Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services were Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Sam Messina officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Cook, born July 19, 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Robert and Ann Lawrence Talion, was a homemaker and a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.

Survivors include: three sons, Richard Cook and Eric Cook, both of Batesville and George Tompkins of Mentor, Ohio; one daughter, Karen Cook Cagle of Jackson; one brother, Robert Talion of Independence, Ohio; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Albert Gassion III

COMO—Albert Gassion III, 60, died Friday, October 2, 2009, at The Med in Memphis from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Services were Saturday at Cistern Hill M.B. Church. Rev. Clarence Rankins officiated. Burial was in Hymonia Cemetery in Sardis. Henderson Funeral Home had charge.

Gassion, born May 10, 1949, to Lucy Gassion of Sardis, the late Burl Gassion. attended Walton Chapel, was a farmer and a member of Hymonia M.B. Church in Sardis.

Survivors along with his mother include: his wife, Iva Gassion of Como; four sons, Albert Gassion Jr., Marcus Gassion, both of Como, Mario Gassion and  Robert Kimble, both of Memphis; three daughters, Arilla Gassion and Adelaide Gassion, both of Como and Teresa Gassion of Memphis; three sisters, Jessie Wheatley, Jennie B. Wilbourn and Earnestine Turner, all of Sardis and two brothers, Fred Gassion of Como and James Gassion of Sardis.

Harry Hoskins

BATESVILLE—Harry Hoskins, 76, died Sunday, October 4, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Bethlehem M.B. Church. Elder Walter Dixon will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held today from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at New Bethlehem Church. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Hoskins, born June 13, 1933, to the late Hollis Hoskins and Ardellia Baker Hoskins, was a retired self- employed plumber. He was a member of Greater Mt. Zion C.O.G.I.C.

Survivors include: four sons, Lawrence Hoskins Jr. and James Hoskins, both of Batesville, Tony Hoskins of Nesbit and Kevin Hoskins Farmer of Lambert; one daughter, Janice Dancer of Tupelo; three sisters, Geneva Spain and Emmaline Hawk, both of Batesville and Patricia Brown of Clarksdale; nine grandchildren and six  great-grandchildren.

James “J.W.” Mitchell

OXFORD—James “J.W.” Mitchell, 72, formerly of Batesville, died Sunday, October 4, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- North Mississippi.

Services were Thursday at West Springhill M.B. Church. Rev. John Crowder officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.

Mitchell, born July 15, 1937, to the late Lee Mitchell and Sally Todd, was a retired truck driver and a member of Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include: his wife, Shirley Mitchell of Oxford; five daughters, Patricia Draper of Sardis, Brenda Mitchell of Batesville, Ella Williams, Sandra Mitchell and Darlene Mitchell, all of Oxford; three sons, James K. Mitchell of Oxford, Jimmy A. Mitchell of Greenwood and Derrick Mitchell of Cleveland; two sisters, Lillie Petty of Chicago; one sister, Mattie Holmes of East St. Louis; three brothers, Joseph Mitchell of Memphis, F.R. Mitchell of Baldwyn and William Adair of Chicago; 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


Earlene Owens

BATESVILLE— Earlene Owens, 54, died September 14, 2009 at Baptist Hospital- DeSoto.

Services were September 20, 2009 at Eddie Robinson Funeral Home in Grenada. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Oakland. David Chrestman officiated. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home had charge.

Owens, was a retired doctor’s assistant and a Jehova’s Witness.

Survivors include her husband Johnson Owens of Batesville; two sons, Tony Owens of Oakland, and Johnathan Owens of Batesville; two daughters, Patrice of Chicago, Ill., and Valene of Holly Springs; five sisters; two brothers; and four grandchildren.

Willie Oliver Reed

BATESVILLE—Willie Oliver Reed, 56, died Tuesday, September 29, 2009, at Mayfield Nursing Home.

Services will be held Saturday at noon at West Camp M.B. Church. Dr. Zannie Leland Jr. will officiate. Visitation will be held today from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at West Camp Baptist Church. Eddie Robinson Funeral Homes has charge.

Reed, born Sept. 29, 1953, was a carpenter and painter.

Survivors include: two daughters, Naksha Ware of Memphis and LaQuita Jones of Batesville; one son, Barrett Hamilton of Beloit, Wis. and two grandchildren.


Rivers Perkins Short

SARDIS—Rivers Perkins Short, 88, died Saturday, October 3, 2009, at the Sardis Community Nursing Home.

Services were Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Sardis. Rev. Dayna Goff officiated. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Short, born Feb. 5, 1921, in Tate County, to the late Melva Vernon and Dora Ray Perkins, was a homemaker.  

She was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church, where she was a member of United Methodist Women, the Fellowship Class, chairperson of the Sardis UMC Administrative Board and past member of the church choir and Sardis Woman’s Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert S. “Bobby” Short, one daughter, June Short Gant and one brother, Vernon Perkins.

Survivors include: one daughter, Cynthia Short Beard of Sardis; two sons, Monroe Short of Sardis and Robert S. “Bob” Short Jr. of Hernando; nine grandchildren, Rob Short, Jay Gant, Jennifer Pardoe, Kimberly Land, Ashley Bryant, Amy Rivers, Amanda Weeks, Emily Barmer and Elizabeth Futch and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family asks that memorials be sent to Sardis United Methodist Church, 237 South Main St., Sardis, Miss. 38666.


Callie Elizabeth Turner Winters

 BATESVILLE—Callie Elizabeth Turner Winters, 69. died Saturday, October 3, 2009.

Services were Tuesday at First Assembly of God in Batesville. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home had charge.

She was a homemaker and a member of First Assembly of God.

She is survived by her husband, Hershel L. Winters.