OBITUARIES – 9/6/2013

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 6, 2013

Pamela Bolton

BATESVILLE — Pamela Bolton, 47, died Monday, September 2, 2013, at her residence.
Graveside services were held Thursday at Shiloh Cemetery near Oxford. Hal Johnson officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Bolton, born Sept. 29, 1965, in Quitman County, to Peggy Denton Holland and the late William Thomas Holland, was a Baptist and was a home health licensed practical nurse.

Survivors along with her mother include: her son, Dylan Bolton of Batesville; one sister, Clara Perkins of Batesville; one brother, Danny Holland of Pontotoc.

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William B. Bonner Jr.

COURTLAND — William B. “Bill” Bonner Jr., 78, died Sunday, September 1, 2013, at his residence.

Visitation service will be Friday, September 6, at Wells Funeral Home from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wells Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bonner was born October 25, 1934, in Mississippi to the late William Bufford Bonner, Sr. and Zelma Elizabeth Burchell. He was a retiree of General Motors and served in the Army during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his son, James Bonner.

Survivors include his daughter, Judy Ann Bahaeddin of Pacifica, Calif.; two sisters, Dorothy Boatright of Courtland and Elenar Freeman of Batesville; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

The family has requested that anyone wishing to make memorial contributions to send those to: Community Hospice, Batesville, Miss. Office 564 Mississippi 6, Batesville, Miss. 38606.

William “Bill” Leslie Chrestman

MEMPHIS — William “Bill” Leslie Chrestman, 61, died August 30, 2013, at his mother’s home in Abbeville.

Memorial services were held Thursday at Dickins Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Castell and Rev. Walter Miller officiating.

Chrestman, born April 27, 1952, in Sardis, was a painter and a member of the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lonnie Chrestman Sr.

Survivors include: his wife, Teresa Ann Tobias Chrestman of Memphis; his mother, Baby Joy Rutherford Welch and step-father, Billy Welch of Abbeville; two step-sons, Darrel Terry and Michael Halfacre; six step-sisters, Shelia Estes, Mamie Rinn, Linda Nuswinger, Judy Perkins, Audrey Wichelns, Tracy Donner; two brothers, Lonnie Chrestman and Jason Chrestman of Batesville; four step-brothers, Mike Welch, Robert Welch, James Darby and Lloyd Darby.

Edward Brooks McDowell

COURTLAND – Edward Brooks McDowell, 86, died Sunday, September 1, 2013, at his residence.

Services were held Wednesday at Dickins Funeral Home. Rev. Chris Cooksey officiated. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery with military honors. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

McDowell, born March 10, 1927, in Panola, to the late Tom Pou McDowell and Nancy P. Anderson McDowell, was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church and a World War II and Vietnam veteran of the United States Air Force.

Survivors include: his wife, Birdie Mae Winter McDowell; one daughter, Dianne Brewer of Courtland; one son, Edward Dale McDowell of Courtland; one sister, Juanita Clark of West Monroe, La.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Shiloh Cemetery c/o Carol Martin, 929 Farrish Gravel Rd., Batesville, Miss. 38606.

Ann Wright Morris

MEMPHIS – Ann Wright Morris, 78, died Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at her residence.

Services were held Thursday, September 5, at Warner Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Memphis with burial in Veteran’s Cemetery in Memphis.  Rev. John C. Morris, Jr. officiated. Cooley’s Mortuary, Inc. had charge.

Morris was born April 19, 1935, in Batesville to the late Milton Brown and Alice Wright, both of Clarksdale. She was a retired crew chief for City of Memphis and member of Warner Temple A.M.E. Zion Church.

Survivors include two sons, John C. Morris of New Britain, Conn. and Arnette R. Morris of Nashville, Tenn. and three daughters, Annette M. Jones of Memphis, Danatte Faye Morris of Atlanta and Alice E. Morris of Little Rock.

Johnny V. Sanford

ST. LOUIS — Johnny V.  “Bobcat” Sanford, 75, formerly of Panola, died Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Services were held Saturday, August 24 at Lite of Jericho M.B. Church in St. Louis, Mo. Rev. Reginald D. Rogers officiated. Ozella J. Foster Funeral Services had charge.

Sanford, born April 3, 1938, to the late I.V. and Virginia Holmes Sanford, was a member of Eureka A.M.E. Zion Baptist Church.

He was employed with the City of St. Louis for 35 years.

Survivors include: his wife, Shirlean Sanford; six sons,  Robert E. Sanford, Wesley Sanford, Michael Sanford and Johnny Sanford Jr., all of St. Louis, Johnny Wayne Sanford and Robert Sanford of Courtland; four daughters, Brenda S. King, Karen Sanford, Edna Sanford and Shirley S. Black, all of St. Louis; one brother J.W. Sanford of Pope; two sisters, Edna M. Sanford of Courtland and Earlene Watson of Chicago;  27 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. 

James Harvey Smith III
SARDIS — James Harvey Smith, III, died on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Sardis Community Nursing Home. He was 85.

Services were held Saturday, August 31, at Sardis Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home of Sardis was in charge of arrangements.
Smith was a member of Como Methodist Church and served his country as a private in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Wills Smith of Sardis; three sons, James William “Bill” Smith and Rogers Stark Smith, both of Sardis and Richard Lee “Rickey” Smith of Olive Branch, and two grandchildren.

Dr. Robert Kelly “Bob” Shideler

BATESVILLE – Robert Kelly “Bob” Shideler, 89, died September 4, 2013, at his residence.
Born in Mancos, Colo., he was the eldest son of Francis Marvin and Eileen Kelly Shideler, whose families settled in western Colorado in the 1880s as ranchers and businessmen.

The funeral will be Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Como, with Rev. Don Chancellor officiating.  Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.  Visitation is Friday, Sept. 6 at 5-7 p.m. at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home in Sardis.

After graduating from Carbondale High School in 194l, Shideler enrolled at Colorado A&M in animal husbandry.  He served two terms as president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Midway through his junior year, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the medical corps in Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and the Philippines on the USS Lubbock, returning to veterinary school in 1946. He later married Ruth Bainer Shideler of Fort Collins, Colo., who preceded him in death after 50 years of marriage.

His 25-year private veterinary practice began in Danville, Ill., and continued in Sardis in 1960 where he operated his own cattle ranch and built a veterinary practice owned today by his son Dr. Steven Shideler. He was North Panola School Board president during integration and one of the first presidents of Panola Playhouse.

Professionally he excelled on the state and national levels, serving as president of Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association and its Veterinarian of the Year; AVMA Council on Education; American Association of Equine Practitioners board of directors; and AAEP president and Distinguished Life Member.

He served as senior warden at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ft. Collins. In 1974 he accepted a faculty position in equine reproduction at Colorado State University, retiring at age 75.  An avid alumni, he was chosen president and Outstanding Alumni of the CSU 50 Year Club.  Also involved in the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, Shideler served as a director and chaired the Scholarship Trust.  He was the 2013 honoree for the Red Meat Club.

For decades he was a member, and served as president and director, of Roundup Riders of the Rockies, exploring the American West on horseback while supporting efforts to preserve its grandeur.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 50 years Ruth, and his daughter Jana.
His survivors include,  two sons, Steve (Sally) Shideler of Sardis, Craig (Calvert) Shideler of Senatobia; three daughters, Robyn (Hap) Farber of Jackson, Marni (Bill) McKenzie of Batesville, and Erin (Eddie) Nabors of Batesville; one sister Mary (Lloyd) Hanson of Pleasanton, Calif.; one brother Frank of Tampa, Fla.; 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Robert K. Shideler Endowed Scholarship Fund in Equine Sciences (CSU, 410 University Services Center, Ft. Collins, CO 80523) or the charity of the donor’s choice.