OBITUARIES – 9/10/2013

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rachel Ballentine Burnette

SARDIS — Rachel Ballentine Burnette, 62, died Friday, September 6, 2013, at her residence.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary Chapel. Bruce Fondren will officiate. Visitation will be held today 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be in Rock Hill Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Burnette, born May 24, 1951, to James Jefferson Ballentine and Louise Hughes Ballentine of Sardis, was an art instructor at Coahoma Junior College.  She graduated North Panola High School and was a member of Kingdom Hall.

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She was a veteran of the United States Air Force. he received her under graduate degree in education and an Air Force Commission the Fall of 1977. She graduated from Ole Miss with a Master degree in education and a Master degree in Art Education the Summer of 2000. Rachel has been a potter since the summer of 1999.

Her work has been exhibited in the American Craft Council show, American Women Expo, Black Women Expo, all in the state of Illinois. She has also exhibited work in museums and galleries across Mississippi and in Tennessee. Rachel was one of seven artists chosen to create the “Highway 61 Project” that was exhibited at the George Ohr Museum in Biloxi. She was a member of several art organizations and a board member of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education, a field advisor for the Whole School Initiative through the Mississippi Art Commission, and inducted as a member of the Mississippi Artist Roster. She was a member and board member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Rachel was also conducted workshops for teachers and students from Gulf Coast of Mississippi to Olive Branch.

Survivors along with her parents include: five sisters, Edith Lipsey, Linda Mabry and Mosetta Henderson, all of Sardis, Bertha Ballentine of Chicago and Klandra Brownlee of Batesville; four brothers, Ray Ballentine of Chicago, Allen Ballentine, James Ballentine, Tommy Brownlee, all of Sardis; two daughters, Sophia Burnette and Amirah E. Ballentine, both of Sardis and two grandchildren.

Joe E. Robinson

BATESVILLE — Joe E. Robinson, 51, died Thursday, September 5, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi.

Services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Pastor Jessie Frison will officiate. Burial will be in Eureka Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Robinson, born Nov. 18, 1961, in Pope, to Arletta Ford Robinson of Batesville, and the late Joe W. Robinson, was a member of Johnson Chapel Church in Courtland. He graduated from South Panola High School and was a factory worker at Parker Hannifin.

Survivors along with his mother include: one son, Keatric Scott of Batesville; three brothers, Chester Robinson of Courtland, Timothy Robinson and Roy Robinson, both of Batesville and three sisters, JoAnn Robinson and Irene Robinson, both of Batesville and Lorretta (Lovella) Strong of Courtland.

Martha Gail Tullos

ENID — Martha Gail Tullos, 61, died Sunday, September 8, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Desoto.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Pharsalia Baptist Church. Ray Legge and Rev. Johnny Tullos will officiate. Visitation will be held Tuesday 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Dickins Funeral Home. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.

Tullos, born July 3, 1952, in Lambert, to the late Herman D. Yarbrough and Hazel Merle Goggans Yarbrough, was a member of Pharsalia Baptist Church.

Survivors include: her husband of 36 years, Walter Tullos Sr.; one daughter, Nicole Baldwin; two sons, Chris Yarbrough of Bartlett, Tenn. and Walter Tullos Jr. of Enid; two sisters, Peggy Elmore of Horn Lake and Debby Johnson of Clarksdale, Tenn.; two brothers, Ken Yarbrough of Crowder and Tommy Yarbrough of Kingston Springs, Tenn. and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Pharsalia Baptist Church, 2644 Pope-Crowder Rd., Enid, Miss. 38927.