Obituaries 5/30/2014

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 30, 2014

Glen Allen Black

MARKS–Glen Allen Black, 64, died Friday, May 23, 2014, in Marks.

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Services were held Monday at Kimbro Funeral Home. Burial was in Marks Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.

Mr. Black, born to Ernestine Black of Lambert and the late Elmer Black, was a retired auto mechanic of Gateway Tires in Clarksdale and a member of Parkview Baptist Church in Greenville. 

Survivors along with his mother include: his wife, Dianne Black of Marks; one daughter, Shauanna and her husband, Tandy Black Aldridge of Florence, Ala.; one son, Joey Black and his wife, Joey of Batesville; sisters, Debbie and her husband, Johnny Johns of Lambert and Pat and her husband, Larry Maddox of Florien, La.; brother, David Black of Lambert and three grandchildren, Shelby Black and Drake Black of Batesville and Hunter Aldridge of Florence, Ala.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Erma Melline Havens

ENID––Erma Melline Havens, 87, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Tallahatchie General Nursing Home in Charleston.

Services were held Saturday at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Enid. Rev. Marty Evans and Rev. Ricky Cook officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Havens, born Nov. 12, 1926, in Tallahatchie County to the late Lee Ander Harville and Ada Viola Taylor Harville, was a member of Friendship Church of God. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Havens and daughter, Betty Sue Havens.

Survivors include: five sons, James Roy Lathan and Harvey Lathan Jr., both of West Memphis, Ark., David Havens, Kenneth Havens and Tommy Havens, all of Enid; three daughters, Grace Laverne Siebert and Linda Frances Seely of Baltimore and Brenda Stroupe of Pope; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and a host of great-great-grandchildren.

Eleanor “El” Jesse Kairit

BATESVILLE––Eleanor “EL” Jesse Colburn Kairit, 90, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
Services were held Wednesday at Como United Methodist Church. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery in Como. Rev. Tom Atkins officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Kairit was born May 1, 1924 in North Abington, Mass. to the late Elmer Edwin Colburn and Jean Agnes McLean Colburn.

She was an active member of the Como United Methodist Church, a member of the Church Ladies Club and Como Civic Club. She worked at London Clothing during World War II. She farmed with her husband for 25 years, worked in insurance, served as assistant town clerk and was elected to the school committee for Bridgewater schools. 
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, John W. Kairit

Survivors include: one daughter, Judith E. Carter of Batesville; one son William “Bill” Kairit of Batesville; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
 Memorial contributions may be sent to Como United Methodist Church, Como. 

Horace Mathews

COMO––Horace Mathews, 84, died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at his residence. 
Services were held Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Como. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery in Como. Ray Nowell Funeral Home had charge. 

Mathews, born April 15, 1930, in Panola, to the late MalCue (M.C.) Mathews and Annie Bell Ray Mathews, served as a Panola County Supervisor for 25 years before retiring. He was a also a former employee of Case Tractor Company and Methodist Healthcare. He was also a member of the Como Rotary Club and First Baptist Church in Como, where he served as a deacon for many years.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Judy Sumner.

Survivors include: his wife of 64 years, Mrs. Jerlean Mathews of Como; one son, Eric Mathews and his wife, Karen of Sardis; two sisters, Elsie Lashlee and Ann Powers, both of Southaven; one brother, Danny Mathews of Hernando; his son-in-law, Mike Sumner of Como; two grandchildren, Courtney Collins Blair and Wendy Elaine Bailey; and one great-grandchild, Collins Blair. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Como Baptist Church, Como or the American Cancer Society.

Lucille Peeples Moore

POPE––Lucille Peeples “Nana” Moore, 87, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, at her residence.

Services were held Tuesday at Dickins Funeral Home with burial in Liberty Hill Cemetery. Rev. Rayford Ables officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

 Moore, born July 25, 1926, in Quitman County, to the late William Bailey Peeples and Mary Etta Peeples, was a homemaker and a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Moore.

Survivors include: two daughters, Sue Raines and Betty Raines, both of Pope; one son, Henry Moore of Pope; one brother, Thomas Peeples of Pope; five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Bobby Gene Montgomery Sr

BATESVILLE–Bobby Gene Montgomery Sr., 81, died Friday, May 16, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services were held Tuesday, May 20 in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Bro. Randall Harris officiated. Waller Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

 Born in Thaxton to the late John Thomas and Zelma Lee Dillard Montgomery, he spent 40 years in sales at various auto dealerships in Memphis, retiring from Schilling Motors. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. 

Survivors include: his wife of 56 years, Edith Earline Stapp Montgomery of Batesville; one daughter, Tonya Kay Fogarty and her husband, Larry of Batesville; three sons, Richard Lee Montgomery and his wife, Kay of Houston, Texas, John Randall Montgomery of Batesville and Bobby Gene Montgomery Jr. and his wife, Lisa of Batesville; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

 Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Jesse Keith Pearson Jr.

TUTWILER–– Jesse Keith Pearson Jr., 81, died May 24, 2014 at his residence. He was the father of J.K. “Dusty” Pearson of Batesville.

Services were held Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Tutwiler. Burial was in Lambert Cemetery. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale had charge.

Mr. Pearson, born to the late Jesse Keith Pearson Sr. and Naida Gresham Manning, was owner of Pearson Farms and President of Dusty’s Trucks, Inc and graduated from West Tallahatchie High School.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Tutwiler and the Lions Club in Tutwiler. He was a member of Tutwiler Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Karen Michelle Pearson.

 Survivors along with his son include: wife of 59 years Fredna Vaughn Pearson of Tutwiler; daughters Janet Johns of Cleveland, and Dawn Carraway of Clarksdale; sisters Patricia Pearson Cooper of Long Beach, Calif. and Naida Pearson Owczarzak of Merced, Calif.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Kathryn “Kathy” Harris Rhea


BATESVILLE–– Kathryn “Kathy” Harris Rhea, 71, died Sunday, May 25, 2014, at her residence in the Coles Point area. 

Visitation was held Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Rhea, born Nov. 15, 1942, in Vincent, Ala., to the late Bill and Billie Sharbutt Harris, was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy E. Rhea and one son, Clancy Brasher.

Survivors include: two daughters, Genia Whitten of Vincent, Ala. and Anne Perkins of Batesville; one sister, Jimmie Lou Champion of Vincent; two brothers, Don Harris of Vincent and Joe Harris of Goodwater, Ala.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Margiree S. Still


SARDIS––Margiree S. Still, 96, died Friday, May 23, 2014.

Services were held Sunday at Wells Funeral Home. Burial was in Rosehill Cemetery in Sardis. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Mrs. Still was a member of Como Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lois Still.

Survivors include: one daughter, Betty Lambert; one son, Billy Still Sr. of Como; two brothers, Buster Smith and James Smith; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

James Young Robertson

BATESVILLE–– James Young Robertson, 78, died Tueday, May 27, 2014, at Golden Living Nursing Home

Memorial services were held Thursday at Wells Funeral Home. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Mr. Robertson, born April 10, 1936, to the late Catherine Sanders and John Robertson, worked in the manufacturing industry as a plant manager. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard.

Survivors include: his wife, Rose Ellen “Janie” Robertson of Batesville; one son, Keith Alan Robertson of Biloxi; two sisters, Nancy Tuberville of Indian Land, S.C. and Jewel Stewart of Biloxi and two brothers, Roy Robertson and John Robertson, both of Batesville.

Jessie Lynn Robertson


SARDIS–– Jessie Lynn Robertson, 62, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Pastor Darrin Ellis will officiate. Visitation will be held today 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Robertson, born Jan. 8, 1952, in Batesville, to the late Curtis Weatherall and Minnie Sola Baker, was a factory worker at Parker Hannifin. She was a member of Eureka A.M.E. Zion Church. 

Survivors include: her husband, Madison Lynn Robertson of Como; one son, Curtis Anthony Robertson of Coldwater; one daughter, Causandra Reed of Sardis; two sisters, Mary Tucker of Chicago and Minnie Pearl Jones of Sardis; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Jimmie Rudd


POPE–– Jimmie Rudd, 87, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services were held Wednesday at Springhill M.B. Church in Pope. Pastor Willie Forrest officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.

Mr. Rudd, born March 20, 1927, in Pope, to the late Sam Rudd and Spora Thornton, was a factory worker for Panola Mills. He was a member of Springhill M.B. Church in Pope and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in WWII.

Survivors include: two sons, Bobby Rudd of Tunica and Michael Rudd of Courtland; three daughters, Ruthie Mae Rudd of Pope and Francine Rudd Lee of Batesville and Margaret Rudd of Pope; two sisters, Mary R. Bobo of Courtland and Lue Emma Ford of Pope; 28 grandchildren and a host of great-granchildren.

Bessie M. Turner


SARDIS––Bessie M. Turner, 98, died Monday, May 26, 2014, at Sardis Community Nursing Home.

Services will be held Saturday at Miles Chapel C.M.E. Church. Rev. McDonald will officiate. Burial will be in Old Dunigan Cemetery. Henderson Funeral Home has charge. 

Turner, born Jan. 30, 1916, in Sardis, to the late John Salter and Beatrice Hall Turner, was a factory worker and attended Miles Chapel C.M.E. Church. 

Survivors include: one sister, Annie Ruth Fort; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

William Vick

YAZOO CITY––William Vick, 65, died Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Yazoo City.

Services with military honors were held Monday, May 19, 2014, at National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. National Funeral Home in Clarksdale had charge of arrangements. 

Mr. Vick, born to the late Kirby and Vera Vick, was an attorney with Vick and Associates of Jackson, was of Baptist faith and a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and a Veteran of the Vietnam War. 

Survivors include: one daughter, Lee Ann Sprayberry of Olive Branch; three sons Dewey Vick of Harrisville, Kirby L. Vick of Pearl and Matthew Vick of Florence; five sisters, Ruth Mitchell of Nesbit, Vera Davis of Batesville, Nancy Bailey of Venus, Texas, Betty Vick of Jackson and Elizabeth Barber of Del City, Okla.; two brothers, Bobby Vick of Slocomb, Ala. and Glen Vick of Clarksdale; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  

Mr. Vick was preceded in death by his parents Kirby and Vera Vick and his brother Frankie Vick.