OBITUARIES – 2/25/2014

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cathryn Jean Bowman
NATCHEZ – Cathryn ”Kit Kat” Jean Bowman, 57, died Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Glenburney Healthcare in Natchez. She is the sister of Linda Ellis of Batesville.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Tom Atkins officiating. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Sardis. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until service time at Wells Funeral Home.

Bowman was born in Clarksdale April 16, 1957, to the late Monell and Lonzo Bowman. She was a resident of Lincoln Residental Home in Brookhaven for 18 years and a resident of Graceland Nursing Home for three years. Mrs. Bowman was Baptist by faith but attended Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Sardis.

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In addition to her sisters, her survivors include three sisters, Peggy Ann Walters of Memphis, Mary R. Jo Mooneyhan of Richland, Betty Lou McKellar of Water Valley.

Susan L. Cook
BATESVILLE— Susan L. Cook, 55, died Friday, February 21, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital of North Mississippi.

Services were held Sunday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Terry Floyd officiating. Burial was in Center Hill Cemetery, Courtland. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
Cook was born to the late  Jesse Phillip Darby and Jessie V. Stafford Darby in Batesville, November 2, 1958. She worked as a Licensed Practial Nurse. She was a member of Tocowa Baptist Church, Courtland.

She was preceded in death by one son, Bobby Wayne Cook.

Survivors include: her husband, Fred Cook of Courtland, one daughter, Amy Darby Webb of Sardis; two sons, Robert Christopher Cook of Walls and Fredrick Adam Cook of Courtland; eight sisters, Sandra Darby Wood of Walnut, Linda Darby Mills of Courtland, Cathy Darby Tribble of Sardis, Reba Darby Polson of Courtland, Helen Darby Pitcock of Batesville, Betty Darby Perry of Sardis, Tina Darby Woodard of Batesville; three brothers, Jesse Phillips “Phil” Darby, Jr., of Courtland, Casey Darby of Batesville and Nolan Darby of Courtland; three grandchildren, C. J., Bobby and Landyn.

Allen Ray Fontenot
NEW ORLEANS— Allen Ray Fontenot, 93, died Monday, February 3, 2014, at East Jefferson General Hospital in New Orleans.

Services were held Friday, February 7 at Dickins Funeral Home. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery. Rev. Ed Woodall officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Fontenot, born Sept. 23, 1920, in Mamou, La., to the late Fernia Fontenot and Eliza Reed Fontenot, was a retired attorney and attended Rayne Memorial Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy Ross Caruthers Fontenot.

Survivors include: one son, Ray Fontenot of New Orleans; one sister, Joy Ortego of Ville  Tlatte, La.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Billy Jean McCurdy
BATESVILLE— Billie Jean McCurdy, 69, widow of L. C. McCurdy, died Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Mr. Robert Rawson amd Mr. Michael Bates will officiate. Visitation will be held 1 p.m. until service time.  Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

McCurdy was born October 26, 1944 to Arlene Hicks Brockman Peeveyhouse of Milan, Tenn. and the late Eugene Brockman in Milan. She was a member of the Batesville Church of Christ and an x-ray technician with the Batesville Clinic, where she worked for many years.

In addition to her mother, survivors include: three sons, Kenneth L. Click (Amy) of Milan, Tenn., Robert Steven McCurdy (Gail) of Memphis and Russell Glen McCurdy (Kimberly) of Knoxville; two sisters, Marilyn Peevyhouse Nevil (Tank) of Milan, Pat Peevyhouse Murchison of Jackson, Tenn. ; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials contributions may be sent to the Batesville, Church of Christ, 120 Eureka St., Batesville.

Walter R. Semrau
SARDIS— Walter R. Semrau, 71, died Thursday, February 13, 2014, in Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

A private memorial service was held by the family. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
McCurdy was born in Princeton, Ill. to Robert and  Dorothy Menge Semrau on May 5, 1942.  He was a truck driver for 20 years.  Then he and his wife opened their own taxidermy shop, where he worked as the taxidermist.

Survivors include: his wife, Pamela Rush Semrau of Sardis; one daughter, Hailey Semrau Gant of Batesville; two sons, Rory Semrau of McHenry, Ill., Shannon Ratfield of Sardis; one sister, Carol Semrau Pecoraro of Belvidere, Ill.;  nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Frank Coleman Wrenn
OXFORD— Frank Coleman Wrenn, 92, died Friday, February 21, 2014 at the VA Nursing Home in Oxford.

Funeral services were held Monday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. David Freeman officiated.  Burial was in Camp Ground Cemetery in Lafayette County.
He was born March 27, 1921 in Water Valley to the late Albert Joseph, Sr. and Louella Hardy Wrenn.  He was retired from the United States Army where he served during World War II.  He was a member of First Christian Church of Water Valley. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Johnson Wrenn.

He is survived by three sisters, Gladys Blaker (Bub) of Grenada; Elsie Allen of Batesville and Ester Nelson of Water Valley; and a brother, Stanley Wrenn of Strawberry, Ark.