OBITUARIES – 3/21/2014

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 21, 2014

Dortha Bownes
BATESVILLE–Dortha Bownes, 59, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jackson.

Services will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Pastor Zannie Leland will officiate. Burial will be in Macedonia Church Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Bownes, born May 28, 1954, in Courtland, to the late Albert Caldwell and the late Minnie Lee Ford, was a beautician and a homemaker. She was a member of Abundant Life Church.

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Survivors include: two sons, Patrick Bownes and Wayland Bownes, both of Batesville; three daughters, Felicia Bownes and Tamu Reed, both of Batesville and Teresa Pegues of Slidell, La.; six brothers, Jimmy Caldwell, Frankie Caldwell, Albert Caldwell Jr., James Caldwell, Willie Frank Caldwell and Robert E. Caldwell, all of Benton Harbor, Mich.; two sisters, Jannie Chapman of Batesville and Josephine Caldwell of Benton Harbor, Mich.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Annie Mae Blackburn Johnson
BATESVILLE–Annie Mae Blackburn Johnson, 65, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Pastor William Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Pope Chapel Cemetery in Pope. Visitation will be held today 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary.

Johnson, born May 18, 1948, to the late Noble Blackburn and Clara Sanford Blackburn, was a member of Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church in Pope and retired from Springs Industries.She graduated from Batesville High School.

Survivors include: her husband, Otis T. Johnson of Batesville; one son, Otis P. Johnson of Batesville; two daughters, Kecia Hardy of Courtland and Daphane Neal of Charleston; four brothers, Travis Blackburn of Batesville, Tommy “Paul” Blackburn of Chicago, Joe Blackburn of North Pole, Alaska and Dexter Blackburn of Coldwater; four sisters, Alma Curtis and Martha Frances Williams, both of Charleston, Gentra Lightening and Shannon Faye Lamberth, both of Batesville; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Lular Johnson
BATESVILLE–Lular Johnson, 100, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at her residence.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Spring Hill Asa M.B. Church in Courtland. Pastor Louis Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Hill Asa Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary.

Johnson, born August 6, 1913, to the late Marshall Johnson and the late Mary Moore, was a homemaker and a member of Spring Hill Asa M.B. Church.

Survivors include: one daughter, Isola Harris of Batesville; one brother, Mack Johnson of Batesville; one sister, Minnie Boothe of Sardis; 14 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren and nine great-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.

Services were held Wednesday from the Chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home in Chapel Hill with Dale Jenkins officiating.

Graveside services with military honors were held at Batesville Magnolia Cemetery Thursday, March 20, following services in Chapel Hill.  Lawrence Funeral Home, Horton Highway, Chapel Hill, TN (phone 931-364-2233) handled arrangements. Wells Funeral Home had 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, Tenn. and Joy Harmon Rinehart of Ashland City, Tenn.; and nine grandchildren. Three sisters are also among survivors, Ruth Harmon Redd of Strayhorn, RoseMarie Harmon Regis of Calhoun City and Betty Jane Harmon Crouch of Arkansas.

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.