Obituaries 8-2-11

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pauline O’Neal Darby

MARKS –  Pauline O’Neal Darby, 88, widow of the late William Gordon Darby, of Marks, died Friday morning, July 29, 2011 at Quitman County Hospital in Marks.

Services were Sunday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Shiloh Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Darby, born July 18, 1923,  in Sledge, to the late William Dudley and Etta Peeples O’Neal. In 1942, Darby graduated from Sledge High School and went on to attend one year of college at Northwest Mississippi Junior College in Senatobia. She was an active leader and member of West Marks Baptist Church. Darby was one of the first women in 1965 to run for the public office of Sheriff and Tax Collector in the State of Mississippi. Mrs. Darby was the retired Secretary to the District Superintendent of Education in Quitman County.

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Survivors include: her daughter, Micki Darby Gambrell of Atlanta, Ga.; two sons, Ronald E. Darby of Batesville, William Gordon Darby, Jr. of Marks; one sister, Laura Sue O’Neal of Memphis; two brothers, Harl “Bud” O’Neal of Sledge, Ivan Bruce O’Neal of Hernando, and six grandchildren.

Rena S. Emerson

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark.–Rena S. Emerson, 87,  of West Memphis, Ark., formerly of Charleston, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Willowbend Nursing Home in Marion, Ark.

Graveside services were in Forrest Memorial Cemetery in Batesville Friday, July 29, 2011.

Emerson, was a retired teacher for Northwest Mississippi Community College. She was a Sunday school teacher and a long time member of the Garden Club in Charleston. She served on mission teams to Honduras, Argentina, Australia and Alaska. Ms. Emerson leaves her children, Bonnie and Ben McCullar of Marion, AR; Don and Barbara Emerson of Franklin, Tenn.; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She also leaves a sister, Joy Guest of Onalaska, Texas and a sister-in-law, Lil Smith of Drew.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the charity of the donor’s choice or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Robert Henderson

MEMPHIS – Robert Henderson, formerly of Sardis, died Friday,   July 29, 2011. He was 59.

Services will be held Saturday, August 6, at 11 a.m. at Norris Road  Church of Christ with burial in Easthaven Cemetery. Visitation   will be held Friday, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Church of Christ, 202   Percyville St. in Sardis.  E. H. Ford Mortuary is in charge of   arrangements.    

Mr. Henderson attended North Panola High School and Northwest  

Community College.

Survivors include one brother, Harvey Henderson and four sisters,  Mildred Hunter, Vera Johnson, Mary Henderson, Marjorie Holliday.

William Roy Mothershed

ENID– William Roy Mothershed, 65, died July 29, 2011 at his residence.

Services will be today at 10 a.m. at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home – Senatobia Chapel with burial following at Peach Creek Cemetery in Panola County.  Ray-Nowell Funeral Home of Senatobia is in charge of arrangements.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the late William Ray Mothershed and Jessie Lou Cox Mothershed
 Survivors include: his wife, Jill Mothershed of Enid; three daughters, Mary Lou Scallorn of Coldwater, Anne McPhail of Senatobia, and Chandra Walters of Enid; two sons, William Kelly Mothershed of Courtland and Jimmy Norman of Batesville; two sisters, Rebecca Gilbert and Debby Mothershed, both of Senatobia; two brothers, Robert Lee Mothershed of Coldwater, and Charles Kenneth Mothershed of Jacksonville; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Margerine “Pudding” Harris Webb

BATESVILLE–Margarine “Pudding” Harris Webb, 62, died Thursday, July 28, 2011, at her residence.

Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Shiloh C.M.E. Church in Sardis. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be in the church cemetery in Sardis. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Webb, born June 9, 1949, in Crenshaw, to the late W.C. Harris and Earnestine Salter, was a member of Shiloh C.M.E. Church in Sardis.

Survivors include: one daughter, Rosie Webb of Batesville; one son, Melvin Webb; one sister, Mattie Hatttie, all of Batesville; four brothers, Richard Harris, C.W. Harris, Henry Harris, all of Batesville and David Smalls, of Memphis; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Thomas Joseph Keniston

OAKLAND-Thomas Joseph Keniston, 43, U.S. Navy Veteran and Computer Technician died Wednesday evening, July 27, 2011 as the result of a motorcycle accident that occurred on Highway 51 near Batesville.

Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland, Tenn. with Rev. Loyd Shelton of Rossville, officiating. Burial with Military Honors, will be in the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Germantown. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center—West Chapel of Oakland has charge.

Keniston, born March 4, 1968, to Robert and Susan Keniston, was a graduate of the Wheaton, Illinois Public School System and continued his education at the Northwest Mississippi Community College where he graduated with honors in Computer Science Technology. He was former resident of Arlington, Tenn. and had been a resident of Oakland, Miss. for the past 10 years.

A Christian, Keniston served in the United States Navy during the Desert Storm period from 1986 to 1992.  He was married in the year 2000 to the former Linda Sue Muntz of Fayette County, Tenn.

He had been employed as a Computer Technician for Complete Computers Company in Batesville, for the past two years.

In addition to his wife, Keniston is survived by a son, Christian Keniston of Chicago, Ill.; his daughters, Amy LaSalle of Grapevine, Texas, Susan Holt of Ft. Worth, Texas; his parents: Robert and Susan Keniston of Southaven; a brother, Christopher Keniston of Southaven, his paternal grandmother, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the church, charity or organization of the donor’s choice.