Obituaries 6-7-11

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cornelia Waldrup DeFrances

BATON ROUGE – Cornelia Waldrup DeFrances, 94, formerly of Pope, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at her residence.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Rabenhorst Funeral Home Rev. Donald Blanchard will officiate. Entombment will follow at Greenoaks Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Born Jan. 5, 1917, in Pope, she was a retired registered nurse who trained at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, then served as an Army surgical nurse during WWII. After raising her family in Baton Rouge, she returned to nursing at the CDU unit of the Baton Rouge General Hospital. She was a member of Baton Rouge Eye Bank Auxiliary, Baton Rouge Opera Guild, Volunteers of America, Women’s Club, Entre Nous and Iduna.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, A.J. “Tony” DeFrances and a granddaughter, Casey DeFrances.

Survivors include: one son, E.A. “Tony” DeFrances; daughters, Elaine DeFrances Ellis of Baton Rouge, Charlotte DeFrances McCloud of Seattle, Wash.; one brother, James Edd Waldrup of Batesville; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to St. Joseph’s Academy, 3015 Broussard St., Baton Rouge, La. 70806; the Eye Bank of Baton Rouge, 5000 Henessey Blvd., Baton Rouge, La. 70808 or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Penny Marie Holley

SARDIS – Penny Marie Holley, 51, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2011 at her home in Sardis.

Funeral services were Friday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kevin Crofford officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Sardis. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Holley was born in Marks on Feb. 1, 1960, to Royce Dwight and Eunice Nelson Holley. She was a member of Lambert Baptist Church.

She is survived by her mother, Eunice Nelson Holley Truelock of Sardis; one son, Dylan Holley of Sardis; four sisters, Terri Lynn Pierce of Marks, Dianne Holley Watson of Batesville, Betty Jean Norwood of Walls and Faye Holley Traywick of Senatobia; one brother, Wesley “Butch” Holley of Como; five step-brothers and three step-sisters.

Ronald TreMail Hoskins

BATESVILLE–Ronald TreMail Hoskins, 27, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Pastor Reginald Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Hoskins, born Aug. 6, 1983, in Sardis, to Ronald Hoskins of Batesville and Mary Smith Hoskins of Batesville, was a member of Antioch M.B. Church in Courtland. He was employed by Regions Bank.

Survivors along with his parents include: two brothers, Reginald Hoskins of Batesville, Hollis Hoskins of Oxford and his grandmother, Cleophia Blackburn of Batesville.

 Diane Marie McMahan

CRENSHAW–Diane Marie McMahan, 72, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

The family will scatter her ashes in Texas at a later date. Wells Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

McMahan, born July 8, 1938, in Battle Creek, Mich. to Ray F. and Helen C. Beatty Sprague, worked as a clerk.

Survivors include: two sons, Joeray McMahan of Shepard, Texas, Andrew Jackson McMahan of Texas; one sister, Judy Mae Sprague Glover of Crenshaw; two brothers, Ray Sprague Jr. of Marginez, Ga., Richard Sprague of Granite Bay, Calif. and two grandsons.

Edith Christine Joiner Still

BATESVILLE–Edith Christine Joiner Still, 88, died Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Sardis Nursing Home.

Services were Saturday at Dickins Funeral Home. Burial was in Cold Springs Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Still was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker and a Wal-Mart greeter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Still and one son, Jimmie Still.

Survivors include: one daughter, Doris Mason and her husband, John; one grandchild, Buffy Morrow and her husband, Scottie; one great-granddaughter, Chelsea Logue; one sister, Robbie Trotter; two brothers, Tommie L. Joiner and Jake A. Joiner Jr., all of Batesville.

Memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church, 119 Panola Ave., Batesville, Miss. 38606.

Robert C. Woodard

OXFORD – Robert C. “R.C.” Woodard, 82, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at Mississippi State Veterans Affairs Home in Oxford.

Memorial services were Saturday at Wells Funeral Home.

Woodard was the son of the late William Joseph Woodard and Alchie O’Dell Dees Woodard. He was born in Hughes, Ark. on April 16, 1929. He was a retired sheet metal worker and was a member of the Sheet Metal Worker’s Union No. 4 in Memphis. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in China and Korea. He was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church where he was an active member.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary Jewell Fryer Bouchillon Woodard and an infant son.

Survivors include: four daughters, Linda Woodard Sprouse, Patsy Woodard Dulin, Donna Woodard Tidwell and Carolyn Woodard Shepard; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, memorials maby be sent to the Panola County Humane Society.

Eleanor N. White

 BATESVILLE–Eleanor N. White, 71, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at her residence.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Rev. Donnie Stewart and Dr. Robert Self will officiate. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home.

White, born July 22, 1939, to the late Eldon T. and Evelyn Cummings Neely, was a member of Enon Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a pianist.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, L. Jones Barnett.

Survivors include: her husband, Hosey Max White of Batesville; one daughter, Gaeba Barnett Magness of Batesville; one son, Jason N. Barnett of Batesville; step-daughter, Cindy White McNally of Boston, Mass.; one sister, Ruth Neely Jernigan and her husband, Jerry of Sardis and six grandchildren, Jeremy B. Magness, Darcy McNally, Rebecca McNally, Hannah McNally, Chrissy White and Ariel Austin.

Anyone wishing to send memorial donations in Mrs. White’s memory, forward those to Enon Baptist Church, 757 Nash Rd., Batesville, Miss. 38606.

Chester Norris Wray

COURTLAND – Chester Norris Wray, 89, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at his residence.

Services were Sunday at Wells Funeral Home. Dr. Robert Self and Dr. Tommy Snyder officiated. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery.

Wray, born July 27, 1921, to the late Andrew Oliver and Addie Pearl Selby Wray, was a station foreman for Tennessee Gas Company and was a millwright for many years, but his passion was farming and raising cattle. He was a veteran of WWII in the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he served as Deacon for over 35 years.

Survivors include: his wife, Sara Lois Darby Wray of Courtland; two sons, Danny N. Wray of Memphis and Gary T. Wray of Courtland; one sister, Imogene Wray Williford of Pope; one brother, Reed Wray of Little Rock; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 104 Panola Ave., Batesville, Miss. 38606 or the charity of the donor’s choice.