OBITUARIES 11/26/2013

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Harold Rivers “Billy” Briscoe

BATESVILLE — Harold Rivers “Billy” Briscoe, 94, died Thursday, November 21, 2013, at Golden Living Center.

Services were held Saturday at Dickins Funeral Home. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Cemetery. Rev. Ed Woodall and Rev. Ed Temple officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.
Briscoe, born October 27, 1919, in Lafayette County, to the late Joseph Francis Briscoe and Agnes Algie Tabor Briscoe, was the owner of the Foodcenter Grocery and later the Briscoe Foodland Grocery for over 35 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Navy.

Survivors include: his wife of 66 years, Edna Laverne Ragon Briscoe of Batesville; two daughters, Rita Meek and her husband, Jeff of Southaven and Amy and her husband, Jay of Batesville; two sons, Ricky Briscoe of Pope and Charles Briscoe and his wife, Patricia of Southaven; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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Memorials may be mailed to First United Methodist Church, 119 Panola Ave., Batesville, Miss. 38606.

Benny Lynn Haire

CANTON — Benny Lynn Haire, 56, died Thursday, November 21, 2013, at his residence.

Services were held Saturday at Wells Funeral Home. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Haire, born March 17, 1957, to the late Lonnie and Bernice Tutor Haire, was a retired supervisor for Cooper Tire in Clarksdale after 20 years of service. After leaving Clarksdale he opened his own shop, Glukstat Tire and Service. From there he and his wife, Annie, owned and operated Canton Tire and Service Center. He attended the Apostolic Light Church in Canton.

Survivors include: his wife, Ann Mailly Haire; one daughter, Teresa Kay Haire of Brandon; two sons, Benny “B.J.” Haire Jr. of Ridgeland and Zachary “Zack” Haire of Canton; one step-daughter, Elizabeth Hankins of Sumner; one step-son, Andrew Hankins of Canton; six sisters, Marie Whitt of Greenville, Louise Swindell of Texas, Martha Miller of North Carolina, Linda Willis and Paula Gilson, both of Crowder and Jeanette White of Enid and eight grandchildren.

Travis Mathews

BATESVILLE — Travis Mathews, 80, died Sunday, November 24, 2013, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home with interment to follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Enid.  Rev. Martin Case and Rev. John Case will officiate.

Mathews, born Oct. 16, 1933, in Sardis to the late M.C. and Annie Ray Mathews, worked as a farm equipment salesman for over 36 years.  He a member of Pine Hill Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon.

Survivors include: his wife of 46 1/2 years, Betty Jane Toole Mathews; his daughter, Meg Mathews Woods, and son-in-law, Rusty of Batesville; grandchildren Carlee, Sulli, and Mathew Woods of Batesville; brothers, Horace Mathews (Geraldine) of Como, Danny Mathews (Becky) of Hernando; sisters, Christine Booker of Hernando, Elsie M. Lashlee of Southaven, and Ann M. Power of Hernando.

Memorials may be made to Enid Oak-Hill Cemetery, 92 Teasdale Rd., Enid, Miss. 38927 or to the Pancreatic Cancer Fund at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 90266.