Obituaries 8-10-12

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 12, 2012

Donald C. O’Quin

    LAMBERT – Reverend Donald C. O’Quin, 73, husband of Harriett P. O’Quin, died Tuesday morning, August 7, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital of North Mississippi in Oxford.

    Services for Rev. O’Quin were held Thursday at First Baptist Church in Lambert with Dr. Robert Self officiating. Interment was in Greenville Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

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     Rev. O’Quin was born on February 12, 1939, in Jayess to Cleon Whitfield and Lois Rayburn O’Quin. Bro. Don served The Lord as a Baptist minister for over 45 years. Among the churches he pastored are Crosby Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Centerville, First Baptist Church of Mt. Olive and most recently First Baptist Church in Lambert.

    He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy after serving four years during the Vietnam era.

    He is survived by his wife, Harriett Peeples O’Quin of Lambert; a daughter, Margaret O’Quin Bouler of Batesville; a son, Alan O’Quin (Emily) of Brownsville, Tenn. and three grandchildren, Davis O’Quin, Mary-Alan O’Quin and Whit O’Quin.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda Sigmon O’Quin and a sister, Hilda O’Quin Martin.

    The family asks that memorials be sent to The First Baptist Church of Lambert or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Tom Harris Mathes Jr.

    HORN LAKE – Tom Harris Mathes Jr., 65, formerly of the Pleasant Grove Community in Panola, died Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at Baptist Trinity Hospice House in Collierville.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Sardis Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home in Sardis. Visitation will be held Saturday from 1 p.m. – 2p.m. Burial will be private at the family’s request. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home has charge.

Mathes, a retired pilot, served his country in the United States Navy.

Irene Marie Nellessen Norton

    SENATOBIA – Irene Marie Nellessen Norton, 91, died Monday August 6, 2012, at the Senatobia Convalescent Center.

    A memorial service for Mrs. Norton will be held at a later time. Wells Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    Mrs. Norton was born on June 24, 1921 to James E. and Nellie Thursby Nellessen. She was a homemaker.

    Survivors include her daughter, Lynn Norton Hobbs of Senatobia; two sons, Jerald Norton of Phoenix, Ariz. and Lawrence Norton of Elmhurst, Ill.; and a brother, James Nellessen of New York, N.Y.; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Georgia Anne Pettys

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Mrs. Georgia Anne Pettys, formerly of Sardis, died Friday, August 3, 2012, at Lisenby Retirement Center.  She was 77.

    Services were held Tuesday, August 7, at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home with burial in Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Hal Johnson officiated. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

    Mrs. Pettys was born February 1, 1935 to Otis Roberson and Ozell Darby Roberson Wood.  

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis Roberson and Ozell Darby Roberson Wood, her husband, Allyn Pettys and one brother, Keith Roberson.

    Survivors include one son, Joel Andrew  Pettys (Christina) of Panama City, Fla.; two cousins, Rita Darby McArthur of Sardis and Dennis Darby of Batesville and two grandchildren, Ryan Pettys of Panama City, Fla. and Alli Pettys of Brunswick, Ga.

A.C. Smith

MARKS – A.C. Smith, 80, died Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at Quitman County Nursing Home.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sardis Lake Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Kevin Crofford will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until service time at the church. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Smith, born Jan. 21, 1932, to John Milton and Ethel Margaret Holland Smith in Shiloh, Tenn., was a member of Sardis Lake Baptist Church. He worked as a security guard for Quitman County Hospital and Quitman County Nursing Home.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ernestine Nelson Smith.

Survivors include: his wife, Ginger Faye Rogers Smith of Marks; one daughter, Cheryl Smith Steele of Estill Springs, Tenn.; step-daughter, Michell Hawkins Biggers of Millington, Tenn.; three sons, A.C. Smith of Oswego, Ill.; step-son, Ken Hawkins of Houston, Texas; one sister, Betty Smith Thompson of Adamsville, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.