OBITUARIES – 3/18/2014

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Elizabeth Ann Billingsley
GEORGETOWN, TEXAS–Elizabeth Ann Billingsley, 64, formerly of Sardis, died Friday, February 14, 2014.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, February 19 at IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas with Pastor John Aleman officiating. Gabriel Funeral Home had charge.

Billingsley, born March 12, 1949, in Clarksdale, to the late Frank and Margaret Stewart, graduated from North Panola High School in Sardis.  After moving to Georgetown in 1985, she was active in Scouting. Although most associated with Troop 151 in Georgetown, she served in nearly every adult leader capacity possible both in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Her devoted and committed involvement culminated in her receiving the high honor of the District Award of Merit.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Billingsley.

Survivors include: her son, Tracy Billingsley; sister, Beverly McCullar; brothers, Frank Stewart and Chris Stewart and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions directed to Central Texas Dachshund Rescue, P.O. Box 200429, Austin, TX 78720.

Lee Andrew Blackburn
POPE–Lee Andrew Blackburn, 73, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services were held Sunday at Pope Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church. Pastor Nehemiah Martin officiated. Burial was in Pope Chapel Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.

Blackburn, born January 30, 1941, in Pope, to the late Joseph S. Blackburn and Claudia Orr Blackburn, graduated from high school in Batesville. He was retired from MDOT and a member of Pope Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church.

Survivors include: his wife, Christine Blackburn of Pope; two daughters, Mary Marshall of Pope and Bobbie Jean Lloyd of Springs, Texas; one brother, J.J. Blackburn of Batesville; two sisters, Rosie Blackburn and Josephine Caldwell, both of Chicago and two grandchildren.

John Edward Collins
BATESVILLE–John Edward Collins, 68, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Services will be held Saturday at noon at Macedonia M.B. Church. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Second Concord Cemetery. Rodgers Funeral Home has charge.

Collins was an automotive vender and body repairman. He served in the Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Survivors include: his wife, Dorothy “Ann” Gatewood Collins; three daughters, Lawanda Hamilton of Memphis, T’Anna Brown and Quenetha Sherra Johnson, both of Batesville; three sons, Rodney Hibbler of Senatobia, John Collins Jr. of Batesville and Fredrick Collins of Chicago; one brother, Ray Collins of Chicago and 13 grandchildren.

Lester Miller “Jack” Green Jr.
COFFEEVILLE–Lester Miller “Jack” Green, Jr., formerly of Panola, age 84, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.  He was born February 19, 1930 in Moorehead, to the late Lester Miller, Sr. and Nina Horton Green.
 He was a member of Coffeeville United Methodist Church, the Masonic Grand Lodge of Miss. and a 32nd degree A & A Scottish Rite Freemason. 
Funeral services were held Monday at Coffeeville United Methodist Church. with Rev. Stacey Douglas officiating.  Burial was in Lambert Cemetery, in Lambert. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bettye Long Green of Coffeeville; three sons, L. M. “Tripp” Green III of Lambert, David Wiley Green of Lambert and Bryan Green  of Warner Robins, Ga.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

David Willis Harmon
CHAPEL HILL, TENN.–David Willis Harmon, 71, formerly of Batesville, died at home in his sleep Sunday, March 23, 2014, following a lengthy illness, according to his widow, Clynese Taylor Harmon, also formerly of Batesville.

Visitation with the family will be held today from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Lawrence Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday from the Chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with Dale Jenkins officiating.

Graveside services with military honors will be conducted at 10 a.m. at Batesville Magnolia Cemetery Thursday, March 20, following services in Chapel Hill.  Lawrence Funeral Home, Horton Highway, Chapel Hill, TN (phone 931-364-2233) will handle arrangements. Wells Funeral Home has charge of local arrangements.

He was the son of the late D. I. “Bubba” Harmon Jr. and the late Betty Pettit Harmon. He was a 1960 graduate of Batesville High School.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, Monty Harmon of Miami, Fla.; and two daughters, Georgia Harmon Butt of Chapel Hill, TN and Joy Harmon Rinehart of Ashland City, TN; and nine grandchildren. Two sisters are also among survivors, Ruth Harmon Redd of Strayhorn and RoseMarie Harmon Regis of Calhoun City.

Harmon was a member of the Chapel Hill Church of Christ. He served during the Vietnam War as an Army helicopter pilot and later retired from Army and National Guard service as a Lt. Colonel. He later retired as an industrial engineer and was a member of Chapel Hill Church of Christ.

The family has requested memorial donations be made to the Chapel Hill Church of Christ Mission Fund or Maywood Christian Camp-Hamilton, Ala.

Bobby M. Hudson
BATESVILLE–Bobby M. Hudson, 78, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Memorial services were held Sunday at Wells Funeral Home. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
Mr. Hudson, born July 23, 1935, in Hickory Flat, to the late William Ward and Alice Bumpus Hudson, served in the Navy. He was a member of Independence Presbyterian Church. He was retired co-owner of Hudson and Sons Sand and Gravel and was former commander of the V.F.W. Post in Batesville from 2010 to 2011, past president of the Batesville Jaycees and a member of the Round Table.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kelly Wayne Hudson.

Survivors include: his wife of 55 years, Betty Herron Hudson of Batesville; daughter, Sharon Hudson of Batesville; two sons, Randall Hudson of Olive Branch and Chris Hudson of Courtland; two sisters, Betty Ann Hudson Fischer of Plano, Texas, Rosemary Hudson Davis of Batesville; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to: Independence Presbyterian Church, 10700 Hwy. 35 South, Batesville, or The Kelly Hudson Scholarship Fund c/o Northwest Community College, 4975 Hwy. 51 North, Senatobia, Miss. 38668.

Leon Weeks
CHARLESTON–Leon Weeks, 72, died Thursday, March 13, 2014. He was the father of Lisa Pearson of Batesville.

Services were held Sunday at Friendship East Baptist Church. Burial was in Magnolia Gardens Cemetery. Newsom Funeral Home had charge.

Weeks was the owner of Weeks Construction Company in Charleston. He was a member of Friendship East Baptist Church and the Mississippi Contractors Association.

Survivors along with his daughter include: his wife, Shirley Weeks of Charleston; daughters, Tammy Naughton of Olive Branch and Vickie Weeks of Horn Lake; son, Kenny Weeks of Charleston; three step-sons, Ronald Embry and Terry Embry, both of Charleston and Edwin Embry of Vicksburg; one sister, Stella Goad of Jackson; three brothers, Pete Weeks, W.D. Weeks, both of Charleston and Manuel Weeks of Germantown; seven grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and a host of step-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Friendship East Baptist Church.