Obituaries 12-15-09

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Obituaries 12-15-09


James Barry Beavers

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BATESVILLE—James Barry Beavers, 45, died Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

Services were Saturday at Wells Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Livingston officiated. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Beavers, born Dec. 3, 1964, in Sardis, to the late Charles D. and Hazel Lavern Champion Beavers, was a welder.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Chassidy Paige Beavers.

Survivors include: one son, Stephen Shane Beavers of Bakersfield, Calif.; sisters, Connie Beavers Parrott of Batesville, Deborah Beavers Mahon of Batesville and Rhonda Beavers Walton of Drew and Dawn Beavers Porter of Brazil; brothers, Danny Beavers of Courtland; Gary Beavers of Tillatoba and Archie Davis of Batesville; half sister, Samantha Beavers of Batesville; grandchildren, Shaylin Beavers of Batesville; Stephen Shane Beavers, II of Brazil and Jamison Lee McCoy of Batesville.

William Franklin Cox

BATESVILLE—William Franklin Cox, 73, died Sunday, December 6, 2009, at his residence.

Memorial services were held Sunday at Wells Funeral Home. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Cox, born Sept. 24, 1936, in Marks, to the late Dewitt and Dora Lee Cox, was  a retired litographic printer with Crown Cork and Seal at their Chicago, Ill. plant for 40 years. He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include: his wife, Kathryn Lynne Smith Cox of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three daughters, Melane Rene’ Cox Stapinski of Kingston Springs, Tenn., Stephanie Lynn Cox of Nashville, Tenn. and Kelli Rene’ Windle of St. Petersburg, Fla.; four sons, Billy Ray Cox of Braidwood, Ill., Joseph Alan Cox of Lockport, Ill. and William Franklin Cox Jr. of Janesville, Wis. and Kenneth Daryl Cox of Batesville; two brothers, Harmon Cox of Marks and Clinton Cox of Crowder and nine grandchildren, Kenneth, Jr., Joey, Autumn, Tomie Lynne, Emily, Jacquelynne, Jade, Natalie and Colin and two great-grandchildren.

Jimmie Lynn Jones

BATESVILLE—Jimmie Lynn Jones, age 70 of Batesville died Wednesday, December 8, 2009 at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi.

Funeral services were Friday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Damon Plummer officiating. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville.

Jones, born April 21, 1939, in Marks, to the late James Leonard and Mary Louise Hannah Locke, attended Hosanna Family Worship Center and worked as a waitress for 40 years, having worked at the Back Porch in Pope.

Survivors include daughters, Pamela Jean Walker of Pontotoc; Cynthia Jones Morton of Sardis, Tenn.; Sarah Louise Jones Atkinson of Pope; one son, Gary Wayne Jones of Courtland; one brother, Leonard Locke Sr. of Batesville; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Lewis Allen Jones

SLEDGE—Lewis Allen Jones, 63, died Friday, December 11, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. He was the father of Lewis Allen Jones Jr. of Batesville.

Services were Sunday at Kimbro Funeral Home. Rev. J.D. Johnson officiated. Burial was in Longtown Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.

Jones, born Sept. 30, 1946, in Lambert, to the late Wilbourn and Dorothy B. Jones, was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He was a member of the Church of God. He served on the Sledge Fire Department for 26 years and 12 years as chief. He was a member of the American Legion Post 106.

Survivors along with his son includes: his wife of 42 years, Bessie Aldridge Jones of Sledge; one son, Jason Brian Jones of Tunica; three sisters, Carol Bracey of Columbia, Myra King of Winona and Kathy Burkhalter of Hattiesburg and three grandchildren.

Charles Dwayne Seamaster

HAMILTON, Ala.— Charles Dwayne Seamster, 42, formerly of Batesville, store manager for Wal-Mart, died Tuesday,  December 8, 2009 at University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital.

Services were Friday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Hope officiating. Burial was in Owen’s Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home had charge.

 Seamaster, born in Witchita, Kansas, was a member  of Plantersville Baptist Church and was a graduate of Ole Miss, where he was a  member of the bowling team.  He was a fan of wrestling, football and  Nascar.  

 Survivors include: his wife, Shannon  Vaughn Seamster of Hamilton, Ala.; one daughter, Kayla Alexandria Seamster of  Hamilton, Ala.; one son, Charles Vaughn Seamster of Hamilton, Ala.; his father,  Charlie Seamster and his wife, Pat of Plantersville; his mother, Linda  Blackmon and her husband, Larry of Plantersville; one sister, Kim Duffy of  Gautier;  two brothers, Scott Seamster of Saraland, Ala. and Michael  Blackmon of Ft. Worth, Texas and his step-mother, Kathy Gober Harris of Brooklyn,  NY.

The family asks memorial contributions in Mr. Seamster’s memory be made to Kidney Cancer Research, P.O. Box  3516, Oak Brook, Ill. 60522-3516.

Gladys May Stevens

SARDIS— Gladys May Stevens, 96, died Friday, December 11, 2009, at her residence.

Services will be held Wednesday at Union Baptist Church. Rev. Bob Hickey and Rev. Bobby Caples will officiate. Burial will be in Union Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be held today from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home has charge.

Stevens, born Sept. 8, 1913, to the late Wesley and Lottie Riales, was a factory worker and a member of Union Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Calvin Stevens and two daughters, Lottie Elizabeth Lantrip, Betty Alene Stevens and three sons, John Wesley Stevens, Calvin Stevens and Robert Lynn Stevens.

Survivors include: two daughters, Quida Kennedy and Freida Kennedy, both of Sardis; three sons, Roger Stevens, Larry Stevens and Andy Stevens, all of Sardis; one sister, Letha Bailey of Memphis; 24 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Glennie B. Webster Thornton

BATESVILLE—Glennie B. Webster Thornton, 66, died Thursday, December 10, 2009, at her residence.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Second Concord M.B. Church. Rev. J.A. Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be today from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Thornton, born March 25, 1943, to the late Glen Webster and Julia Ann Dunlap, was a cook for Western Sizzlin and a member of Second Concord M.B. Church where she was an usher and president of the Usher Board.

Survivors include: six daughters, Addie Henderson, Julia Thornton, Tammie Thornton, Debra Riley, Mary Neely and Robin Cosby, all of Batesville; four sons, Alfred Thornton Jr., Robert Earl Thornton, Eddie Thornton and Anthony Wade Thornton, all of Batesville; four sisters, Dorothy M. Harris and Shirley Griffin, both of Courtland, Clara M. Webster of Sardis and Ruthie Brimmer of Milwaukee, Wis.; four brothers, Frank Webster, Fred Webster, James Webster and Robert Webster, all of Courtland; 26 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Chad Williams

SENATOBIA—Chad Williams, 84, father of Martha Mills of Batesville, died December 11 at his residence from complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Services were held Sunday at the Senatobia Church of Christ where he had served as an elder. Burial was in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery.

Williams retired after a 33-year career as a science teacher at Northwest Community Collge. He was the former scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 77 and was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife Reba Williams of Senatobia; his other daughters Jo Ann Coleman of Raymond, Mary Lee Sturgeon of Hernando, and Amy Curtis of Germantown, Tenn.; one son, Claude Chadwick Williams Jr. of Tupelo; his sister Ruby Ellen Magers of Tupelo; his brother, Marcus Dean Williams of Batesville; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John Lee Williams of Marietta.

Memorials may be sent to the C. Chad Williams Scholarship Fund at Northwest Community College or the Senatobia Church of Christ.

Sylvester Williamson

SENATOBIA—Sylvester Williamson, 76, died Tuesday, December 8, 2009, in Batesville.

Services were Saturday at  Mt. Calm Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rodgers Funeral Home had charge.

Williamson was a retired construction worker.

Survivors include: his wife, Norma Renfroe; two daughters, Donna Williamson of Southaven and Patricia Parker of Memphis; three sons, Kirby Montgomery of Chicago, Dennis Williamson of Memphis and Michael Williamson of Madison, Ala.; five sisters, Sadie Irby of Coldwater, Mae Jones of Memphis, Martha May Massey and Arline Faulkner, both of Memphis, Mary Eubanks of Buffalo, Ny.; five brothers, Jim Williamson Jr. and Huston Byno, both of Senatobia, Hosea Williamson of Sardis, Earnest Byno and Jimmy Lee Williamson, both of Memphis; seven grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.