OBITUARIES – 1/30/2015

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 30, 2015

Leon E. Crigler
SENATOBIA–– Leon E. Crigler, 85, formerly of Sledge died Monday, January 26, 2015 at Senatobia Convalescent Center. 

Services were held Thursday at the Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home in Sardis.   Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home had charge.

Crigler, born April 15, 1929 in Black Oak, Ark. to the late Minnie Dunkerson and Miller Crigler, was a retired cotton farmer and a member of Sledge First Baptist Church.  He had 50 years of service as a song leader at churches in Sledge and Arkansas. 

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He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Crigler. 

Survivors include: one daughter, Rhonda Crigler West of of Sardis; one son, Larry Crigler of Sardis;  one sister, Bonnie Craft Tallulah, La.; two brothers, Noble  Crigler of Viola, Ark. and Bob Crigler of Fayetteville, Ark.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Hunter Elijah Emery
MARKS––Hunter Elijah Emery, age 2 months, died Friday, January 16, 2015 in Memphis. He was the great-grandson of Paul and Gaynell Emery of Crowder.

Services were held Thursday, January 22, at Community Independent Church. Burial was in Lambert Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.

Survivors, along with his great-grandparents, include: his mother, Samantha Russell and father Jessie Emery, both of Lambert; grandparents, James and Heather Emery of Lambert; great-grandparents, Raymond and Ruby Roberson of Lambert, Loretta Russell, Jane Roberson and David and Debra Pruett, all of Memphis.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Independent Baptist Church.

Joe Ford
COURTLAND––Joe Ford, 92, died Friday, January 23, 2015, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
Services will be held Saturday at noon at Johnson Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Courtland. Visitation will be held Friday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Eddie Robinson Funeral Home in Batesville. Pastor Errol Redwell Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Eureka Cemetery. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home has charge.

Ford, born March 16, 1922, in Courtland, to Roy Ford and Ida Sanford, was a retired construction worker and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include: eight daughters, Rosa Ford, Mae Frances Ford and Bobbie Jean Ford, all of Courtland, Margaret Ford, Lizzie Ford Smith and Bonnie Johnson, all of Memphis, Josie MaCray Mathis of Batesville and Brenda Walls of Milwaukee, Wis.; three sons, Bobby Lee Bobo of Courtland, Terry Walls of Milwaukee and David Cauthern of Carbondale, Ill.; 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Troy Lee Jefferson
CRENSHAW––Troy Lee Jefferson, 49, died Monday, January 26, 2015, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

Services will be held Saturday at noon at Lakeview M.B. Church in Askew. Visitation will be held 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Eddie Robinson Funeral Home in Batesville. Rev. Gregory Coleman and Pastor H.P. Washington will officiate. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery in Batesville.

Jefferson was born Aug. 7, 1965, in Crenshaw, to Mary Jefferson Harris of Crenshaw and the late Clifton Wright.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include: two daughters, Whitney Jefferson of Chicago, TroShawna Jefferson of South Bend, Ind.; three sisters, Jimmie Coleman of Longtown, Bonnie Flemming of Sledge and Virgie Ware of Houlka and one brother, Monroe Jefferson of Crenshaw.

Marguerite Goode Nabors
Marguerite Goode Nabors, 95, died Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Ed Temple officiating and the Reverend Martin Case assisting. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Born November 5, 1919, in Clay County to the late Ned Spaulding Goode and Edna Frances McFadden Goode, Nabors was the widow of Hubert William Nabors, her husband of years until his death in 1996. Mrs. Nabors lived in North Mississippi all her life, moving from east to west when her husband’s job with MDOT transferred their family from Tupelo to Pontotoc, and finally to Batesville in 1964.

She was a homemaker but worked part-time as a sales clerk at Shackeroff’s.  A lifelong Methodist, she joined the Epworth League in her youth and continued to be actively involved in the church that she loved. She was a member of First United Methodist Church where she was in the Truth Seekers Sunday School Class and served in leadership positions in the United Methodist Women.

For over 30 years she was a faithful member of Explorer’s Bible Study.

Survivors include: one daughter Marilyn Nabors Green and her husband Wilson of Orlando, Fla., and one son, Eddie Hubert Nabors and his wife Erin of Batesville; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 97, Batesville, MS 38606