Obituaries 7-15-11

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 15, 2011

Brent M. Gustafson

POPE – Brent M. Gustafson, 70, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, from injuries sustained in a four wheeler accident last December.

Services were Wedneday at Forest Hill Funeral Home East. Burial was in Memorial Park South Woods Cemetery. Forest Hill East Funeral Home had charge.

Gustafson, graduated from Whitehaven High School in 1960. He retired from Holley Performance in Memphis.

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He was preceded in death by his dad, Ernest M. Gustafson.

Survivors include: his mother, Era Gustafson Raney; one son, John Gustafson; one daughter, Lisa Gustafson Manis and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Autism Awareness.

Terrell Wayne Houston

BATESVILLE – Terrell “Terry” Wayne Houston, 52, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Rev. Kevin Crofford will officiate. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Houston, born Feb. 14, 1959, in Memphis, to Wayne B. and Etheline Hicks Houston, was a retired textile plant manager.

Survivors in addition to his parents include: one daughter, Heather E. Houston of Sardis; two sisters, Sherrye Houston Hawks of Olive Branch, Carolyn Houston Silman of Houlka; one brother, David Wayne Houston of Sardis and one grandchild.

Martha Polk Perkins Pearson

Martha Polk Perkins Pearson died of natural causes on Friday, July 15, 2011 at the Allen Morgan Nursing Home in Memphis.

Mrs. Pearson was a life long resident of Batesville.

Born in 1921, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Clifford Polk and Sue Holt Perkins, the wife of the late Earl E. (Bud) Pearson, the mother of Earl E. (Gene) Pearson, Jr. of Memphis and Signe Pearson Adams of

Cleveland and the grandmother of Gray, Oscar, Andrew, and Albert Adams. She was the great grandmother of Shattuck, Mary Cooper and Mary Kirk Adams.

She was a life long member of First United Methodist Church in Batesville and a member of the United Methodist Women since 1945.

She attended Belhaven College and the University of Mississippi and was associated with “The Panolian” when her uncle, the late R. D. Holt, was owner and editor and when her husband was co-owner and publisher.

A visitation with the family will be in the parlor at the First United Methodist Church in Batesville from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by graveside services at the Batesville Magnolia Cemetary at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 21.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to First United Methodist Church or to a favorite charity.

Dickins Funeral Home is in charge.

Michael Shane Selby

MARKS – Michael Shane Selby, 36, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, from an automobile accident.

Services were Wednesday at West Marks Baptist Church. Ken Boyette officiated. Burial was in Marks Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.

Selby, born Sept. 25, 1974, in Clarksdale, was a Baptist and graduated from Delta Academy. He was self-employed.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donnie Mask.

Survivors include: one son, Peyton Shane Selby of Marks; one step-son, Aron Anthony; his mother, Tammy Ann Smith of Marks; one sister, Leslie Jill Aldridge of Killen, Ala.; his grandparents, Travis Lamar and Anne Gentry Selby of Marks.

Betty Jean Sellars

BATESVILLE – Betty Jean Sellars, 71, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Rev. Eugene Howell will officiate. Visitaiton will begin one hour prior to services. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Sellars, born July 15, 1939, in Marks, to the late Jesse Anfry and Mary Frances Sims Crafton, was a member of Hebron Baptist Church in Sardis. She was a retired LPN surgical tech.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Woodrow “Woody” Sellars.

Survivors include: two daughters, Rebecca Sellers Gill of Sardis, Amy Sellers Hines of Ledyard, Conn.; four sisters, Mary Helen Crafton of Southaven, Mildred Crafton Parker,  Julia Francis Crafton Williamson, Carolyn Faye and Crafton Black, all of Batesville; one brother, Robert Wesley Crafton of Elizabeth, La.; five grandchildren, Eric, Jessica, Jamie, Valentina and Richard and seven great-grandchildren.

Hulet Wesley “Sonny” Still

SARDIS – Hulet Wesley “Sonny” Still, 78, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at his residence.

Services were Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will military honors followed at Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Still, born Dec. 23, 1932, in Sardis, to the late Jessie Lee and Maggie Ruth Groner Still, attended Blackjack Baptist Church and was an U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean War. He retired from the Mississippi Department of Corrections after 19 years as a probation parole officer/field officer covering the Lafayette, Grenada, Tallahatchie, and Yalobusha Counties of North Mississippi. He was also a cattle farmer.

Survivors include: his wife of 30 years, Elizabeth Howard Still of Sardis; two daughters, Natalie Elizabeth Still Williams of Sardis and Cheryl Still Singleton of Batesville; two sons, Adam Tyler Still of Oxford and Darryl Still of Batesville; two brothers, Bobby Still of Pearl and Selma Still of Batesville and six grandchildren.