OBITUARIES – 12/13/2013

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 13, 2013

Annie Goodwin Atkins

OAKLAND–Annie Goodwin Atkins, 71, a retired co-owner and operator of Atkins Office Supply, died Dec. 11, 2013 at her home.

Visitation will be held Saturday  from 10-11 a.m. at Victory Baptist Church in Batesville with funeral service at 11 a.m. all at Victory Baptist Church, with burial in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale is handling the arrangements.
 Survivors include: daughter Debbie Gordon of Burleson, Texas, Son Randy Atkins of Clarksdale; sister Shirley Malone of Courtland, and brother Stanley Goodwin  of Batesville; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. 

  She was preceded in death by her husband John Thomas Atkins, mother  Lorine Chrestman Freeman.

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Arthur “Art” Vernon Broome

BATESVILLE–Arthur “Art” Vernon Broome, 83, died Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at his residence.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Rev. Ed Temple, Rev. Ed Woodall, Rev. Pat Ludlam, Rev. Keith Keeton and Rev. Kevin Trantham will officiate. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.

Broome, born to the late Thomas Vernon and Louise Marshall Broome, was a member of Batesville First United Methodist Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher. He was a Mason, a member of Mississippi State University M-Club Alumni Association, Batesville Rotary Club and Batesville Lions Club. He was a Boy Scout leader and veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as a 1st Lt. jet fighter pilot.

He was preceded in death by his grandchildren, Brett Broome and Camille Willis.
Survivors include: his wife of 58 years, Barbara Little Broome of Batesville; two daughters, Roxanne Broome Brown of Coldwater and Danielle Broom Willis of Batesville; one son, Bartly “Bart” Little Broome of Batesville; two brothers, John Carlock Broome of Pope and William Larry Broome of Oxford and four grandchildren.

Mary Alice Whitaker Broome

SUMMIT, Mo.–Mary Alice (Whitaker) Broome, 90, died Sunday, December 8, 2013 in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Batesville First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Broome, born April 26, 1923, in Memphis, to the late Dr. Darel W. and Reba Whitaker, graduated from Sardis High School. As a young woman she began her nursing experience with training at the Grenada Hospital accompanying her father on medical calls and in his clinic.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Wayne Broome; three brothers, James “Doc” Whitaker of Batesville, Vernon “Punk” Whitaker, Batesville, and Clyde Whitaker, Tupelo and three sons, Steven Broome, Ben Broome and Brent Broome.

Survivors include: sons, Earl Broome Jr. and his wife, Lily of Nicholasville, Ky., Paul Broome, and his wife, Judy of Grain Valley, Mo., Joe Broome, and his wife, Suzanne of Overland Park, Kan., daughter-in-law, Therese Kearney, and her husband David of Overland Park; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Mirl Whitaker, and his wife, Alene of Springfield, Ill.; sisters, Stella Jo Whitaker of Tupelo, Alta Irving of Loudon, Tenn. and Barbara Smith of Madison.

Clint Cox
COURTLAND–Clint Cox, 50, died Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Olive Ray Missionary Baptist Church in Pope. Pastor L.C. Smith will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday from noon – 6 p.m. at Robinson and Son Funeral Home and Saturday noon until service time at the church.

Cox, born March 30, 1963, in Batesville, to Selve Cox Jr. and Ollivet Cox, both of Courtland, graduated from South Panola High School and worked at Dunlap and Kyle. He was a member of Olive Ray M.B. Church in Pope.

Survivors along with his parents include: four daughters, Yolanda Butler of Batesville, Clintisha Cox, Allison Cox and Clinttaysha Stevenson, all of Courtland; one step-daughter, Luchiana Butler of Batesville; one son, DeTony Ballentine of Texas and one step-son, Geraud King of Courtland.

John Stanley Ellis

BATESVILLE–John Stanley Ellis, 78, died Friday, December 6, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Viney Creek M.B. Church in Sardis. John A. Ellis will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be in Viney Creek Church Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Ellis, born Sept. 23, 1935, in Sardis, to the late John Armstead Ellis and Mattie Marie Edmond Ellis, was retired from Framed Picture Company. He was a member of Viney Creek M.B. Church.

Survivors include: four sons, John A. Ellis of Memphis, James Hamilton and Lee Andrew Hamilton, both of Batesville and Lewis Hamilton of Germany; three daughters, Shirley Young and Gail Shaw, both of Courtland and Joyce Lester of Sardis; one brother, Arthur Henderson of Chicago; one sister, Mildred Ellis Blakely of Chicago; 23 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.