Obituaries 1-7-11

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 7, 2011

Charles Thomas Belk

SARDIS– Charles Thomas Belk, 76, died January 4, 2011, at his residence.

Services with Fireman’s Honors will be held at 11 a.m. today at Wells Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Veteran’s Section of Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Belk, born Nov. 30, 1934, in Munford, Tenn., to the late Bonner and Mary Chapman Belk, was a 35 year Veteran Captain Driver of the City of Memphis Fire Department and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of Ardmore Baptist Church in Memphis and the American Kennel Club.

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Survivors include: two daughters, Adrianne Janice Belk Bullock of Sardis and Audrey Joan Belk Epps of Las Vegas; one brother, Barney Belk of Munford, Tenn.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Bernice Delois Anthony Crouch

BATESVILLE– Bernice Delois Anthony Crouch, 86, died Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Dickins Funeral Home. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Visitation will be held from noon until service time. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.

Crouch was born in Mountain Park, Okla., to the late Lois and Elsie Anthony, was a member of Parker Baptist Church in Bruce.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Eugene Crouch and one son, Loren Crouch.

Survivors include: two daughters, Janet Herron of Batesville and Bonnie Morgan of Bruce and one sister, Sarah Harris of Millington, Tenn. seven grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Doyle Marie Hipp Crowson

BATESVILLE– Mrs. Doyle Marie Hipp Crowson, 95, widow of Mr. Dewey Ivan Crowson, died at her home after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

Mrs. Crowson was born in the Shady Grove community in Calhoun County on November 9, 1915, to Will Posten Hipp and Maude Mae Ragland Hipp. She had five sisters and one brother. Her parents and siblings preceded her in death.

A resident of Batesville for nearly 70 years, Mrs. Crowson is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Mary Evelyn Crowson Barber of Batesville, who was her caregiver since 2005, and her son, Thomas D. Crowson Sr. of Meridian.

Mrs. Crowson, along with her husband, owned and managed several businesses in and around Batesville, including Crowson’s Grocery which they operated until the early 1960’s.

Until her illness she was an active member of Batesville United Methodist Church where she was active with the United Methodist Women.

She was an accomplished quilter, having much of her work displayed at the Desoto County Museum in 2004 and 2005. She had a great love of the outdoors, being an avid fisherman and gardener.

Mrs. Crowson also maintained a close relationship with the church in which she grew up, Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Calhoun County, where on Sunday, October 17, 2010, the Doyle Hipp Crowson Fellowship Hall was dedicated in her honor in recognition of her support of the church.

In addition to her daughter and son, she is survived by five grandchildren, James I. Barber and wife, Teresa of Franklin, Tenn., Robert L. Barber Sr. and wife Karol of Hernando, Elizabeth C. Little and husband, Tommy of Jackson, Thomas D. Crowson Jr. of San Antonio, Texas and Anne C. Britt and husband, Lee of Tupelo and 13 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Dickins Funeral Home in Batesville from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., Saturday, January 8 followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. with burial following at Magnolia Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Shady Grove United Methodist Church, Post Office 1162, Bruce, Miss. 38915.

Michael Ray Lipe Dawidow

POLAND–Michael Ray Lipe Dawidow, 29, grandson of Belle Lipe  and the late Ray Lipe of Pope, died suddenly in Sopot, Poland on Jan. 1 of a massive heart attack.  He was the son of Mike and Molly Lipe Dawidow and brother of Annabelle Dawidow of Oxford and Pope.

He was a member of the Sopot Church of Christ and helped his family in their Bible distribution, humanitarian and mission efforts in Austria, Poland and other countries of eastern Europe.    

Funeral services are today in Sopot, Poland at 10 a.m. Central European Time with his father, grandfather and Mr. Ed Wharton of Lubbock, Texas and Larry Lipe of Baton Rouge officiating. Vocal music will be by the Sopot Concert Choir Mundus Cantat. Interment will be in the Dawidow family crypt at the Sopot Communal Cemetery.

His mother, Molly, was in Pope visiting her family for Christmas when she heard of her son’s death and returned to Poland with daughter, Annabelle and brother, Larry.

Condolences may be mailed to the Dawidow family at P.O. Box 150, Sopot, Poland 81967. Memorials may be sent to the Polish Mission; P.O. Box 2073, Batesville, MS  38606.

Ardenia B. Hunt

BATESVILLE– Ardenia B. Hunt, 79, died Friday, December 31, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Bethlehem M.B. Church in Batesville.

Rev. Jeffrey McMullen will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at New Bethlehem M.B. Church.

Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Hunt, born July 14, 1931, in Batesville, to Hamp Fondren and Lessie Henderson, was a member of New Bethlehem M.B. Church and a domestic worker.

She is survived by her brother, Robert Lee Hunt of Millington, Tenn.

Eva D. Jennings

SARDIS– Eva D. Tetreault Jennings, 78, died Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Memorial services will be held today from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Plesant Grove United Methodist Church in Sardis.

Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Jennings, born May 16, 1932, in Mendon, Mass. to F. Louis and Maria Benoit Tetreault, was a homemaker.

Survivors include: her husband, Lee Cammack Jennings Sr. of Sardis; one daughter, Pam Jennings Stevens of Sardis; one son, Lee Cammack Jennings Jr. of Crenshaw; four sisters, Gertrude Tretreault Leclaire of Mendon, Mass., Beatrice Treateault Wood of Dexter, Louise Tretreault Jennings of Derby, Conn., Agnes Tretreault Deluca of Mendon, Mass.; one brother, Victor Tretreault of Mendon; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family asks memorials be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, Miss. 38803.

Glenda F. Long

BATESVILLE– Glenda F. Long, 62, died Monday, December 27, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services were Thursday, December 30 at Wells Funeral Home. Rev. Eugene Howell officiated. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Long, born Sept 24, 1948, to the late James and Margaret Woods Tutor, was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Long.

Survivors include: two daughters, Eileen Long Beaver and Jamie Long Grace, both of Batesville; one son, Keith Long of Batesville; three sisters, Martha Tutor Hutchings of Batesville and Robbie Tutor Saxton of Boliver, Tenn. and Connie Tutor McCullar of Enid; one brother, Charles Ray Tutor of Batesville and two grandchildren.

Jake Love

CONWAY, Ark.– Jake Michael Love, 2 years, six months old, son of Scott and Courtney Love of Conway, Ark., died, December 27, 2010, after a battle with cancer. He was the great-grandson of Doris Carver of Batesville and also the great-grandson of the late Leland and Elizabeth Rowsey and Troy Carver.

Graveside services were held Tuesday at Oak Grove Cemetery in Conway. Don Chandler, pastor of Central Baptist Church, officiated. Griffin Leggett Funeral Home had charge.

Survivors along with his parents and great-grandmother, include: two sisters, Katelyn and Emma Love; grandparents, Larry and Betsy Carver of Conway, formerly of Batesville, and Mike and Kathy Love of Heber Springs and great-grandparents, June Love of Clinton and Charles and Thelma Risk of North Little Rock.

The family requests donations be made to Soaring Wings Ranch to build “Jake’s Lake” in memory of Jake.

Donations can be made at

Barbara Jean Webb Rodman

BATESVILLE–Barbara Jean Webb Rodman, 66, of Batesville, died Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

She attended Blackjack Presbyterian Church.

 She was born in Memphis on August 31, 1944 to Phil Webb and Lois Jean Egbert Webb, who preceded her in death.

She leaves one brother, Jim Webb of Batesville.

Visitation will be Saturday from 12-2 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Batesville. Services will be held at 2 p.m. at the church with burial  following in Bethesda Cemetery in Senatobia.

Gregory Lamar Smith

OAKLAND–Gregory Lamar Smith, 41, died Monday, January 3, 2011.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Parrish Grove M.B. Church in Oakland. Pastor Grady McKinney Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary and Saturday from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at Parrish Grove M.B. Church.

Smith, born April 5, 1969, in Sardis, to Henry Smith and Janie Lee Holland Smith of Oakland was a plumber and a member of Parrish Grove M.B Church in Oakland.

Survivors along with his parents include: one son, LeGregory Taylor of Oakland; four sisters, Lurine Johnson, Sandy Phillips, Lottie Patterson and Nancy Blackburn, all of Oakland and five brothers, Henry Smith Jr., Terry Smith, Rodrick Smith, all of Oakland, Jimmy Smith of Coffeeville and Kenneth Smith of Racine, Wis.

Christie A. Taylor

ENID–Christie A. Taylor, 55, died Wednesday, January 6, 2011, after a battle with cancer.

Services will be Monday at Newsom Funeral Home in Charleston with Joe Young and Ben Kennedy officiating.

Taylor, born Sept. 22, 1954, in San Diego, Calif., to Oto and Beatrice Roger, worked at East Tallahatchie School District for 12 years, serving most of that time as the Charleston High School secretary.

Survivors include her husband, Robert “Charley” Taylor of Enid; two daughters, Rebecca “Becky” Taylor-Wells of Holly Springs and Stacy Mae Taylor of Starkville; two brothers and two sisters.