Obituaries 2-22-11

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Eugene B. Ballentine

Kentucky– Eugene B. Ballentine, 69, formerly of Batesville, died Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

Services will be will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky. Rev. Joseph Lee Owens will officiate. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home has charge.

Ballentine, born Dec. 12, 1941, to the late Willie Edward and Ella Shaw Ballentine, was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Vietnam. He was a graduate of Clark Atlanta University. He was a retired senior chemist from IBM and Lexmark. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

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Survivors include: his wife, Nancy Roberts Ballentine; two daughters, Kimberly Ballentine and April Ballentine; one grandchild and an adopted son, Many Bart.

Patricia Grace Masterson Cook

HENDERSONVILLE, TENN.– Patricia Grace Masterson Cook, 65, died Sunday, February 13, 2011, at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. She was the sister of Ronnie Masterson of Courtland.

Services were Saturday at Dickins Funeral Home. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Cook, born Feb. 23, 1945, to the late Chester Lee and Laura Kate Masterson, was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn A. Cook.

Survivors include: one daughter, Cydnee Kaye Fuqua of Hendersonville, Tenn.; four brothers, Pritchard Masterson of Brandon, Dr. Chester Masterson of Vicksburg and Bill Masterson of Alexandria, Va. and three grandchildren.

Rev. W.E. Corkern

HERNANDO– Rev. W.E. Corkern, 85, died Sunday, February 20, 2011. He was the father of Robert Corkern of Batesville.

Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Parkway Baptist Church in Hernando with visitation from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church and noon until service time Wednesday at the church. Brantley Funeral Home in Hernando has charge of arrangements.

Corkern, born Aug. 22, 1926, served his country on the U.S.S. Missouri in WWII and after finishing Southeastern University, enrolled and graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary then preached for the next 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jorean Pigott Corkern.

Survivors along with his son, include: his wife, Charlotte A. Corkern; one sister, Exie Jo Elmore; one brother, Theron William Corkern; one son, Paul Corkern of Hernando; one daughter, Julie Keaton of Memphis and three granchildren; five step-children; seven step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Parkway Baptist Church Building Fund.

Peter Inman

SARDIS– Peter N. Inman, 51, died Saturday, February, 19, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto.

Memorial services were Monday at Wells Funeral Home.

Inman was born April 18, 1959, in Sardis, to the late Barney and Rosa Nell Smith Inman.
Survivors include: his step-mother, Ruby Inman of Sardis; two brothers, Cliff Inman of Sardis and Tim Inman of Courtland; two step-sisters, Pam Johnson, Cathy Still, and step-brother, Freddie Massey, all of Sardis.

William C. “Bill” McKie

BATESVILLE– William C. “Bill” McKie, 93, died Wednesday, February 16, 2011.

Services were Saturday at Dickins Funeral Home. Rev. Pat Ludlam officiated. Burial was in Tyro Cemetery. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home had charge.

McKie, born Aug. 26, 1917, in Tyro, served in the U.S. Army during WWII, he returned home to become a farmer and later moved to Batesville as the distributor for Sealtest Milk.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Macie H. McKie.

Survivors include: one son, William C. McKie Jr. and his wife Nonie of West Monroe, La.; one grandson, Carter McKie of Ruston, La.; two sisters, Nell Sherrod of Shreveport, La. and Sarah Hyde of Madison and special friend, Wilma Hentz.

The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 797, Batesville, Miss. 38606.

Doris O’Neill

COMO– Doris O’Neill, 85, died Saturday, February 19, 2011.

Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Como Methodist Church. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until service time at the church. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home has charge.

O’Neill was a member of Como United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years.

Survivors include: her daughter, Melissa Winford of Memphis and her adopted family, Terry and Mary Alexander and Nick, all of Independence.

The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Como United Methodist Church or The American Cancer Society.

Betty Jane Boyer Richards

BATESVILLE– Betty Jane Boyer Richards, 89, formerly of Memphis, died Friday, February 18, 2011.

Services were Monday at Pope Baptist Church. Graveside services were at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial Park Funeral Home had charge.

Survivors include: her husband of 65 years, Rev. Roger Richards; one daughter, Jan Starring of Littleton, N.H.; two sons, Gary Richards of Wingate, N.C. and Alan Richards of Memphis; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.