Published 12:00 am Friday, May 8, 2015

Pearlena Roberson Douglas
SARDIS––Pearlena Roberson Douglas, 96, died Friday, May 1, 2015, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be held Saturday at noon at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Sardis. Rev. Brian Odhiambo will officiate. Burial will be in Rock Hill M.B. Church Cemetery in Sardis. Henderson Funeral Home has charge.
Douglas, born Feb. 9, 1919, to the late Ellis Roberson Sr. and Claretta Tyler Roberson, was a member of the Grand Chapter of O.E.S. and NAACP.
Survivors include: three sons, Paris Douglas Jr. of Gary, Ind., Jimmie Lewis Douglas of Seattle, Wash. and Wesley Douglas of Westburg, N.Y.; three daughters, Alice Fitzgerald of Memphis, Bernice Williams of Dolton, Ill. and Shirley Douglas of Sardis; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren and three great-great-great-grandchildren.

Eather Jean Handy
CRENSHAW––Eather Jean Handy, 69, died Friday, May 1, 2015, at Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale.
Services will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Crenshaw. Pastor Prez E. Jackson will officiate. Visiation will be held today from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Eddie Robinson Funeral Home in Batesville and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Crenshaw. Burial will be in Longtown Memorial Garden Cemetery. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home has charge.
Handy, born May 2, 1945, in Crenshaw, to the late Ernest Slanter and Irene Mitchell Slanter, was a member of Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Crenshaw.
Survivors include: two sisters, Ruby Taylor of Como and Belinda Slanter of Middleburg, Fla. and three brothers, Ernest Slanter Jr. and Terry Slanter, both of Crenshaw and Albert Slanter of Cordova, Tenn.

Jimmy Ree Harris
SARDIS––Jimmy Ree Harris, 56, died Monday, April 27, 2015, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Pastor Irvin Bishop will officiate. Visitation will be held today from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be in Shiloh C.M.E. Church Cemetery in Sardis. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
Harris, born March 3, 1959, in Sardis, to the late William Wesley and Beulah Harris, was self employed.
Survivors include: two sons, Johnny Harris of Sardis and Jonathan Readus of Sledge; one daughter, Tabitha Burdette of Memphis; two brothers, Joe Harris of Sardis and Charles Harris of East Moline, Ill.; one sister, Betty Harris of Sardis and three grandchildren.

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Donald Ray “D.R.” Roberts
BATESVILLE––Donald Ray “D.R.” Roberts, 89, died Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at his residence.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be in Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Rev. Tommy Snyder and Rev. Bob Self will officiate. Dickins Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Roberts, born Jan. 5, 1926, in Liberty, to the late Andrew Dotson Roberts and Mary Blanche Wilkinson Roberts, was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School for over 50 years. He was a United States Army veteran receiving the Purple Heart. He was a charter member of the Batesville Civitan Club for 50 years and was retired from South Panola High School where he taught biology for 30 years.
Survivors include: his wife of 64 years, Ann Hubbard Roberts of Batesville; one son, Paul R. Roberts and his wife, Jill of Batesville; one grandson, Brent Roberts and his wife, Candie and one great-grandson, Miles Roberts.

Beverly Jean Burnett Rankins
BATESVILLE––Beverly Jean Burnett Rankins, 42, died Monday, May 4, 2015, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Pastor Carl Brown will officiate. Visitation will be held today from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be in Shiloh Church Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
Rankins, born March 9, 1973, in Batesville, to Jeanette Chapman Johnson of Batesville and the late Lydell Campbell, graduated from South Panola High School and Northwest Community College. She was an LPN and home health worker. She was a member of Shiloh M.B. Church.
Survivors along with her mother include: her step-father, Earl Johnson of Batesville; her husband, Jamaris Rankins of Batesville; one daughter, Ralishia Smith of Batesville and five sisters, Lakeesa Burnett and Sherry Jones, both of Batesville, Teresa Meeks and Angela Coffey, both of Kilmichael and Tequita Jenkins of Fayetteville, N.C.

Glorice Weaver
BATESVILLE–– Glorice Weaver, 55, died Monday, May 4, 2015 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.  
Services were held Thursday at Burton Funeral Home. Burial was in Southside Cemetery in Inverness. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola had charge.
She was born in Shaw and was the daughter of the late James Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Allred. She was a Baptist by faith.
Survivors include: her foster parents, Noel “Junior” and Nell Grant; daughters, Lenora Holloway Donahue of Inverness, Christin Renee Holloway of Grenada; sisters, Patsy Jackson of Shaw, Bernice Miller of Courtland and four grandchildren,
Donations may be made to the Mississippi Kidney Foundation.

Horace V. “Bruno” White
SENATOBIA––Horace V. “Bruno” White, 80, died Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Batesville. Visitation will be held  Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
He was a Navy veteran and was a retired pipeline welder. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Senatobia.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Dot Taylor and brother, Robert White.
Survivors include: his wife, Tommie J. White of Senatobia; sisters, Marcia Sudduth of Lake City, Tenn., Shirley Gregg of Southaven and Margie Cummings of Okeechobee, Fla.;  and one brother, John E. White of Southaven.
Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 317 S. Ward St, Senatobia, Miss., 38668.