OBITUARIES – 5/13/2014

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Robbie L. Brassell
BATESVILLE–Robbie L. Brassell, 64, died Friday, May 9, 2014, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Eureka A.M.E. Zion Church. Rev. James Wright will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Eureka A.M.E. Zion Church. Freeman-Hodges Funeral Home has charge.

Survivors include: her husband, James “Cat Tail” Brassell; four daughters, Nancy Carr, Blondie Carr, Mashunda Lee, Letha Madkins, all of Batesville; four sons, Stanley Lee of Batesville, Byron Brassell of Columbus, Ga., Farrell Brassell of Southaven and Darrell Brassell of Tulsa, Okla.; 22 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Annie Mae Henderson

BATESVILLE–Annie M. Henderson, 63, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Baptist
Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Eureka A.M.E. Zion Church in Courtland. Pastor Bobbie Willis of Grenada officiated. Burial will be in Eureka Church Cemetery in Courtland. Visitation will be held Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary.

Henderson, born Sept. 7, 1950, in Batesville, to the late James Edward
Chapman Sr. and Annie Moriel Wright, was a member of Eureka A.M.E. Zion

Survivors include: one daughter, Shermekia Washington; two sons, Terrance
Henderson and Marcus Henderson, all of Batesville; eight brothers, Robert
Chapman, Curtis Chapman, Greg Chapman, Carl Hentz, Buster Caldwell, Micheal
Chapman, Stacy Chapman and Tony Chapman; sisters, Rev Clara Chapman, Betty
Moore, Mary Conner, Mildred Hentz, Bobbie Young, Suzette Smith, Debra
Turner, Sheryl Chapman, Rolanda Chapman, Pearl Anderson and eight


Elizabeth T. Joslin
Mrs. Elizabeth T. Joslin, 88, of Batesville passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014, at her residence.  She was born October 10, 1925, in Cypress Corner (Panola County), Mississippi to the late Robert O. and Carrie Boling Terry.  She attended Longtown and Crenshaw schools.  After marriage to her late husband, Kyle H. Joslin, they lived in Como where they managed the Kroger Grocery.  Later, they opened their own grocery store in Como before moving to Batesville in 1948 where they opened Joslin Grocery and Station.  Before retiring, she worked at several jobs in Batesville and Sardis.  She was a faithful member of Sardis Lake Baptist Church.  She enjoyed working puzzle books, bird watching, gospel music, and most of all spending time with her family.

    Besides her husband and parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her oldest son, Kyle Hugh Joslin and grandson Alex Russell.  She is survived by her sons, Kenneth Joslin (Donna) of Oxford, Gary Joslin (Glynn) of Batesville, and Bobby Joslin (Carol) of Cartersville, GA.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Suzanne James (Pat), Jennifer Williams (Jimmy), Belinda Loh (David), Jason Joslin (Melissa), Adam Joslin (Amy), Lisa Johnson, and Robin Gross.  In addition, she leaves behind 17 great grandchildren: Walker Jenkins, Matthew Joslin, Max Joslin, Joslin Williams, Hayden Williams, Madeline Williams, Addie Joslin, Alivia Joslin, Anna Joslin, Joseph Loh, Daniel Loh, Joshua Loh, Jalisa Johnson, Qyn Gross, Caleb Gross, Trey Gross, and AJ Gross.  Two sisters, Pearl Burcham and Marjorie Wright also survive her.

    A memorial service honoring Mrs. Joslin’s life will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Sardis Lake Baptist Church with Rev. Kevin Crofford officiating.

James Edward Perkins
James “Perk” Edward Perkins, 71, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Oxford Health and Rehab in Oxford.  
Services were held at Waller Funeral Home.  Burial was in North Oxford Cemetery.

 Born in Panola County to the late Willie B. Perkins and Rosie Johnson Perkins, he was a member of Matthews Baptist Church.  He was a retired custodian at Oxford High School. 

 Survivors include a daughter, Teresa Perkins of Oxford; a son, Scott Edward Perkins of Nashville; three sisters, Virginia Thompson of Elkhart, Ind. and Katherine Lewellyn and Rosemary Beard, both of Batesville; two brothers, Russell Perkins of Memphis and Jimmy D. Perkins of Raleigh, Miss. and three grandchildren.

 Memorial contributions in Mr. Perkins’ memory may be made to North Oxford Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 1700, Oxford, MS 38655.

Mary Ann “Rachel” Sturdivant
COLDWATER–Mary Ann “Rachel” Sturdivant, 82, died Thursday, May 1, 2014. She was the mother of Chester L. Newson of Sardis.

Services were held Saturday at Hopewell M.B. Church in Independence. Rodgers Funeral Home had charge.

Sturdivant was a homemaker, an Usher and member of the Mother Board at Hopewell M.B. Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Sturdivant Sr.

Survivors along with her son, include: three daughters, Lacy M. Alexander of Senatobia, Rosie Jean LeSure and Ethel M. Milam, both of Coldwater; six sons, Eddie L Newson of Coldwater, Karl Newson, James A. Newson, Willie Sturdivant Jr. and Robert E. Sturdivant, all of Coldwater; five sisters, Mary Rucker of Kansas City, Onie Gant of Coon Rapids, Minn., Thelma Maxwell and Martha Jean Mays, both of Coldwater and Mattie Mae Newson of Memphis; two brothers, Eddie B. Wright and Eugene Wright Jr., both of Coldwater; 43 grandchildren; 93 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren

Johnnie V. Thornburg
CLARKSDALE–Johnnie V. Thornburg, 79, died Sunay, May 4, 2014.

 Services were held Wednesday at at National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Clarksdale.

Thornburg, a veteran of the Korean Conflict, was a member of the VFW and Little Texas Baptist Church and owner of Sarah Trucking Company of Sarah.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Donna Thornburg and his parents Allison and Jessie Thornburg.
Survivors include:his wife Yvonne Thornburg; daughters Debra Corder of Roscoe, Il; Lisa McCool of Robinsonville; step-daughter Deborah Wages of Coleman, Ala.; son Kenneth Thornburg of Water Valley, and step-son Eddie Boyett of Crenshaw. He is also survived by sisters Dorothy Miller of South Dakota and Georgia Burrow of Sarah and brothers George Duffy Cook of Askew, and Tom Cook of Machesney Park, Ill. 12 Grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. 

Shirley Pinkston Youngblood
MEMPHIS–Shirley Pinkston Youngblood, 79, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Terry Hunt officiating. Burial will follow at Forrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from noon until service time on Thursday.

Youngblood was born to the late Etoyle Engleburk and Ray Pinkston on April 6, 1949 in Batesville. In 2012, she retired from Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, after finishing a 40 year career as a Radiology Technician. She was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church, Collierville, Tenn.

Survivors include: her husband, of nearly 42 years, Richard Monroe Youngblood, of Memphis; two sons, Michael Shane Youngblood and Christopher Shawn Youngblood, both of Memphis; one sister, Sue Bradley of Colorado Springs, Colo.; four brothers, Richard Pinkston, Harvey Pinkston both of Batesville, Steve Pinkston of Marks and Mike Pinkston of Alaska; and one grandchild.