Obituaries 9-9-11

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 9, 2011

Dottie Calvert

CROWDER – Dottie Calvert, 76, died Sunday, September 4, 2011.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Crowder Baptist Church. Burial will be in Crowder Cemetery. Rev. Larry Kilgore will officiate. Kimbro Funeral Home has charge.

Calvert, born May 2, 1935, in Neptune, N.J., was a member of Crowder Baptist Church and a retired factory manufacturer.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Calvert and a grandson, Robby Schmitz.

Survivors include: two daughters, Ellen Parker of Locke Station and Carrie McGovern of Sardis; two sons, Jack Calvert of Crowder and Larry Wayne “Bubba” Calvert of Marks; five sisters; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Crowder Baptist Church.

Grady Stephenson Colston

HOLLY SPRINGS – Grady Stephenson Colston, 80, died Friday, September 2, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was the father of Nancy Bynum of Batesville.

Services were Sunday, September 4 at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Curtis Ferrell officiated.  Holly Springs Funeral Home had charge.

Colston, born Nov. 3, 1930, in Moscow, Tenn., to the late John S. Colston and Ara Burchett Colston, was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Korean War. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and a lineman for the City of Holly Springs.

Survivors along with his daughter include: his wife, Bettie Howell Colston of Holly Springs; two daughters, Bonita Stephens of Humboldt, Tenn. and Stephanie Warren of Pontotoc and four grandchildren.

Henry L. Green

POPE – Henry L. Green, 83, died Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery in Coldwater. Pate-Jones Funeral Home has charge.

Green was a veteran of WWII having served in the Army. He was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Polly Ann Green; daughters, Rita Rushing Keen and Debra Ann Green and one son, Henry L. “Durl” Green.

Survivors include: his daughter, Betty Rushing Harvey of Senatobia; one brother, Jim Green of Pittsboro; two grandchildren and four grandchildren.

The family requests that memorials be made to Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Pope.

Melvin Jerome “Toot” Hudson

CHICAGO – Melvin Jerome “Toot” Hudson, 41, formerly of Batesville, died Sunday, September 4, 2011.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Macedonia M.B. Church in Batesville. Zannie Leland Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Macedonia M.B. Church.

Hudson, born August 3, 1970, in Sardis, to Melvin Bradford of Batesville and Elvator Hudson, was a member of St. John Church of God in Christ in Chicago.

Survivors, along with his father, include: his adopted mother, Stella Vann of Inglewood, Calif.; his adopted father, Henry Hogg Spruell of Chicago; one daughter, Symone Robinson of Chicago; seven brothers, Marshall Hudson of Joliet, Ill., Melvin Brownlee of Los Angeles, Tyrus Bradford of Batesville, Melvin Webb of Marks, Jermaine Williams of Courtland, Jonathan Parks of Batesville, Shawn Bradford of Oakland, Calif.; and four sisters, Jackie Lee and Pamela Williams, both of Batesville, Shelia Hudson of Chicago and Angie Brown of Indianapolis, Ind.

Jewel Flynn Marshall

COMO – Jewel Flynn Marshall, 51, died Saturday, September 3, 2011, at his residence.

Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at New Ford M.B. Church in Senatobia. Burial will be in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home has charge.

Survivors include: two daughters, Shinese Johnson and Denise Johnson, both of Como; one son, Grey Johnson of Senatobia; four sisters, Mary Johnson and Lucille Marshall, both of Memphis, Dianne Carter of Senatobia and Rotonya Marshall of Memphis; five brothers, Dorsett Marshall, Fred Marshall, Patrick Virgil, Tony Marshall and Chris Marshall, all of Memphis and two grandchildren.

Claudia Mae Robertson

SARDIS – Claudia Mae Robertson, 79, died Sunday, September 4, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Services were held Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Longtown Cemetery in Crenshaw. Rev. Sonny Smith  officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Robertson, born Nov. 25, 1931 in Cullman, Ala. to the late John Wesley and Bobbie Eunice Dale Farr. She was a homemaker and member of New Hope Baptist Church in Como. Mrs. Robertson spent her whole life caring for her loving husband and family. Over the years, she cared for her mother-in-law and all children she came in contact with in her life.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Grady C. Robertson, Sr. of Sardis; one daughter, Eunice Robertson Herron (Bob) of Batesville; three sons, Grady C. Robertson, Jr. of Dixon, Tenn., Michael Robertson and David Robertson, both of Senatobia; four sisters, Katherine Oaks of Edgewater, Fla., Bobbie Mondy and Betty Kell-Etheridge, both of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Laura Oaks of San Marcos, Texas; one brother, Ed Oaks of Copperas Cove, Texas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Fred Taylor

COMO – Fred Taylor Jr., age 87, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Como United Methodist Church. Wells Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Taylor served in the United States Army during World II in the 82nd Airborn Division and was stationed overseas for over three years. He was a retired farmer. He  was a member of Como Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer for many years.

Survivors include: his wife of 60 years, Francis Brittain Taylor of Como; six children, Emily Myhre of Grover Beach, Cal., Mary Richardson of Broadway, Va., Ward Taylor of Senatobia, Britt Taylor of Oakland, Tenn., Nancy Taylor of Hilton Head, S.C. and Jim Taylor of Berkeley, Cal; a sister, Mildred Mulhall of Como; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family requests that memorials be made to Como United Methodist Church.

Benson “Ben” Dion Wright

BATESVILLE – Benson “Ben” Dion Wright, 34, died Thursday, September 1, 2011 at University Medical Center in Jackson.

He graduated from South Panola High School class of 1997.

He was a funeral director assistant with Hodges-Freeman Funeral home in Oxford.

Funeral services were Wednesday at Eureka A.M.E. Zion Church with Rev. James Wright, officianting. Burial was in the church cemetery; Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford had charge.

Survivors include: his wife, Chastity Jones-Wright of Oxford; his parents, Willie Frank and Josephine Wright, and two brothers, Jamie Wright and Cleveland Wright, all of Batesville.