Obituaries 5-10-11

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Malcolm Wesley Arnold II

BATESVILLE–Malcolm Wesley Arnold II, 78, died Friday, May 6, 2011, at his residence.

Memorial services were held Monday at Wells Funeral Home. Rev. Pat Ludlam officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Arnold was born Dec. 3, 1932, in Washington, D.C. to the late Captain Malcolm W. Arnold, formerly of Batesville, and the late Elizabeth Seabrook Arnold of Fairfield, Pa. He was the grandson of the late Lex and Minnie Lee Arnold of Sardis.

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He moved to Batesville in February 2002 and was a retired industrial engineer. He spent 32 years in the garment industry in which he held positions as a plant engineer, plant manager and director of manufacturing. He spent the last 15 years of his career with Levi Strauss and Company where he held various engineering positions at the plant.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Lucy Arnold.

He was a life member of the Marine Corps League, the Second Marine Div. Association, the VFW and was a 32-year member of  the American Legion. He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of Kerbela Shrine Temple in Knoxville. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Batesville, the Panola Historical Society and Humane Society.

Survivors include: two sons, Matthew S. Arnold of League City, Texas and Malcolm W. Arnold III of Batesville; one brother, Kenneth H. Arnold of Blaine, Wash.; step-son, Gregory Lawson of Rowlett; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Batesville, 119 Panola Ave., Batesville, 38606.

Clancy Eugene “Lanny” Brasher Jr.

BATESVILLE–Clancy Eugene “Lanny” Brasher Jr., 48, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at his residence.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home had charge.

Brasher was born in Fort Knox, Ky., lived in the Batesville area most of his life, was an iron worker. He was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clancy Eugene Brasher Sr.

Survivors include: his mother, Kathryn Rhea of Batesville; two sisters, Kathryn Anne Perkins of Batesville and Gina Whitten  of Vincent, Ala.

Russell Vernard Collins Jr.

POPE–Russell Vernard Collins Jr., 86, died Friday, May 6, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Dan Beardian and Michael Bates will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Pope. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Collins, born May 1, 1925, in Memphis, to the late Russel V. Collins Sr. and Mable Bridges Collins, was a member of Enid Church of Christ and worked for 44 years at NAPA in Memphis. He also served his country in the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by one son, Randy Lee Collins; one daughter, Patricia Collins Sandifer and one grandchild, Leigh Anne Horton.

Survivors include: his wife of 67 years, Louise Deaton Collins of Pope; one daughter, Brenda Collins Dixon of Pope and grandchildren, Jeff Mitchell, Michael Barbee, Ashley Hendricks, Brad Mason, Joe Mason, Katy White, Stephanie Anthony and Joshua Collins; 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; 501 Saint Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Clyde McGehee

SARDIS–Clyde McGehee, 86, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at his residence in Sardis.

Services will be held today at Wells Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery. Dr. David Ball, Rev. Ray Legge and Rev. Terry Tribble will officiate. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

McGehee, born Dec. 20, 1924, in Batesville, to the late Charles and Hazel Hill McGehee, worked as an auto mechanic for Dee’s Motor Company in Sardis. During WWII he was a tank driver for the 2nd Armored Division of the U.S. Army, and upon his Honorable Discharge, he had risen to the rank of TEC-5.

He was preceded in death by one son, Cecil Clyde McGehee Jr.

Survivors include: his wife, Jewel Appleton McGehee of Sardis; four sons, Charles Franklin McGehee of Sardis, Larry McGehee and his wife, Myra of Coldwater, Billy McGehee and his wife, June of Sardis, John McGehee and his wife, Sandy of Hernando; eight grandchildren and 12 great-granchildren.

The family requests anyone wishing to send memorials to please send them to the Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.