Obituaries 5/3/13

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 3, 2013

Lottie Mae Jaco Avant, 75

BATESVILLE — Lottie Mae Jaco Avant, 75,  died Friday, April 26, 2013 at her residence
Services were held Monday at Meredith-Nowell Chapel in Clarksdale, with burial in the Memorial Gardens. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale had charge.

Avant was a member of Independent Baptist Tabernacle and Vietnam Veterans of America.

Survivors include: husband Sidney Avant Sr.; two daughters Jeannie Avant Hudgins and Joy Avant Parker; son Sidney Avant Jr., all of Batesville; sister Jeanette Jaco Carpenter of Tupelo; brother Doyle Jaco of Clarksdale; 4 grandchildren, Buffy Hudgins, Bubba Avant, Tatum Dillon Chrestman and Nikki Dillon; 3 great-grandchildren Gaige Hudgins, Hunter Carter and Jac Chrestman, all of Batesville.

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Carl Black, 77

SARDIS – Carl Black, 77, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

The family of Mr. Black will hold a memorial service at a later date in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mr. Black was born to Lena Evans and William Black, Sr., in Carney, Oklahoma on December 10, 1935. He was a retired contractor.

Survivors include four children, Lynn Ray of Sardis, Joyce Newsom  and Karen Black, both of Las Vegas, Nev. and Vicki Liddicoat of Georgetown, Calif.; five sisters, Barbara Berry of Round Rock, Texas, Louise Gutierrez of Oakley, Calif., Mary Russell, Margaret Murley-Feridi and Kathy Lynch, all of Las Vegas, Nev.; two brothers, Bill Black, Jr of Aurora Nev. and Donald Murley of Pleaston, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Martha Still Brown, 80

POPE – Martha Still Brown, 80, died Friday, April 25, 2013, at Baptist East in Memphis.

Graveside services were held Sunday at Forrest Memorial Cemetery with Robert Rawson officiating. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Brown, born Jan. 23, 1933, in Panola County to the late Nathan Still and Sammie Childress Still was a homemaker and a member of Jackson Grove Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burt Brown.

Survivors include: two daughters, Melonie Brown Hughes and Christie Winstead, both of Pope; two sisters, Emma Jean Cosby of Courtland and Bobbie Stewart of Paragould, Ark.; two brothers, Jimmy Still of Batesville and Charles Still of Courtland.

Cleophis Dukes, 64

SARAH – Cleophis Dukes, 64, died Sunday, April 29, 2013, at his residence.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Askew Grove M.B. Church. Terry Coleman will officiate.
Burial will be in Askew Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday at Cooley’s Mortuary from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Duke, born April 4, 1949, to Felix Dukes and Francis Eppenger, was a landscaper and a member of Askew Grove M.B. Church.

Survivors include: six sons, Antonio Booker of Holestein, IA, Ronnie Toliver, Perry Toliver and Authur Toliver, all of Memphis, Hosea Booker and Jerry Booker, both of Tunica; daughter, Demetria Toliver of Memphis; four sisters, Geraldine Scales  and Alfreda Hanks of Crenshaw; Minnie Jefferson of Hernando, Evelyn Farmer of Chicago; nine brothers, Lewis Eppenger, Mack Dukes and Felix Dukes, all of Chicago, Earnest Dukes, Darryl Dukes, both of Memphis, Tommy Dukes of Horn Lake, Johnny Dukes of Como, Andrew Dukes, Hosea Renix, all of Longtown and one grandchild.

Barbara Ann Cook Hardin, 65

BATESVILLE – Barbara Ann Cook Hardin, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at her residence. She was 65.

Services were held Thursdsay at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Forrest Memorial Park. Rev. Terry Floyd officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.  
Hardin was born to Guy Mac and Louise Oglesby Cook on February 24, 1948 in Batesville. During her lifetime she was a restaurant owner, factory worker and homemaker, but most will remember her as a caregiver. She was a member of First Faith Baptist Church in Batesville.

Survivors include one daughter, Teresa Diane Wright of Batesville; one son, Jimmie H. “Bubba” Hardin of Batesville; one sister, Donna Faye Roberson of Tupelo; two brothers, George Everette Cook of Clarksdale and Ricky Lee Cook of Tupelo; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jerry “Roc” Johnson, 61

BATESVILLE — Jerry “Roc” Johnson, 61, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services were held Monday at Cooley’s Motuary Chapel. Rev. Zannie Leland officiated. Burial was in West Camp Church Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.

Johnson, born Oct. 21, 1951, in Batesville, to Frank Johnson and Carrie Hudson Johnson, was a member of Macedonia M.B. Church and attended South Panola High School.

Survivors include: six sisters, Martha Cole, Barbara Rudd, Della Johnson, Debbie Johnson, Maxine Gates and Annie Margaret Johnson, all of Batesville; three brothers, Earl Johnson of Florence, Ala., Joe Alvin Johnson, Terry Johnson, of Batesville; two sons, Alexander Leland of Sardis and Jermine Leland of Batesville; three daughters, Shatheia R. Johnson of Batesville, Shumeka Lana Johnson of Chesapeake, Va. and Jerrica Johnson of Batesville and six grandchildren.