Obituaries 1/22/16

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 21, 2016


Georgia Bratcher Butler

POPE––Georgia Bratcher Butler, 66, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Grenada Hospital.
Services will be held Monday, January 25, at 1 p.m. at Spring Hill Pope M.B. Church in Pope. Pastor Willie Forest Jr. will officiate. Visitation will be held Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
Butler, born June 12, 1949, in Pope, to the late Green Bratcher and Tracey Mae Bratcher, was a homemaker and a member of Spring Hill Pope M.B. Church where she was an usher.
Survivors include: her husband, John Butler of Pope; two sons, Don Butler and Alric Butler, both of Pope; two brothers, Rufus Bratcher of Batesville and Alphria Bratcher of Hattiesburg and two grandchildren.

Miriam Elsie DuBard Harris

RIDGELAND–Miriam Elsie DuBard Harris, 87, died Friday, January 15, 2016 at Hospice Ministries. Mrs. Harris was the mother of Susan Wingert of Batesville.
Born near Louisville in the High Point Community on October 20, 1928 to the late John Allen and Ethel Johnson DuBard, she graduated from Louisville High School and attended East Central Junior College.
She married Norman Harris on December 26, 1947. Mrs. Harris was a homemaker and worked several years as a manager for the Mississippi Employment and Job Services.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Norman Harris of Madison; her children, Norma Susan Harris Wingert of Batesville and William Gregory Harris of Madison; grandchildren, Kelli Wingert Wallace of Cleveland and Kristopher “Kit” Wingert and his wife Heather of Hernando; great grandchildren, Bela Wallace, Jadyn Wingert, and Owen Harris Wingert; and siblings, Bernice Craig of Clinton, formerly of Oxford, Gail Jabour of Clinton, and John DuBard of Tallahassee, FL.
Funeral services were January 18 at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland.
Memorial donations may be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church or to the Madison Animal Rescue Kennel.

William David Moore

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COURTLAND––William David “Dub” Moore, 75, of died Friday, January 15, 2016 at his residence. William is the husband of Betty Moore.
Services were held Tuesday at Willow Springs Assembly of God in Enid. Burial was held in Bethel Cemetery in Enid. Reverend Tommy Darby officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
Moore, born June 7, 1940 to the late Thomas Earlie Moore and Lesli Pettit Moore in Quitman County, was an electrician by trade.
Those left behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Betty Jane Bonner Moore; two daughters, Debbie Ann Moore Darby and Emily Lou Moore Patti; two brothers, H.L. Moore, and Earlie Gene “Fat” Moore both of Batesville; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Benny L. Spencer

SARDIS–Benny L. Spencer, 79, died on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford.  
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 19 at Sardis Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home.  Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis.
Spencer, born March 22, 1936 in Sardis to the late Ada Belk Spencer and Vernon Spencer, was a member of First Baptist Church in Sardis and was a United States Army veteran.  He was a lifelong Ole Miss fan and was a member of the Quarterback Club and The Ole Miss Loyalty Foundation.
Survivors include: two daughters, Debbie Vaughan of Batesville and Robin Burlison of Olive Branch; one son, Jody Spencer of Sardis; two stepdaughters, Margie Casey of Senatobia and Cynthia Sullivant of Batesville; two step-sons, Joseph Legge of Tupelo and Gerald Legge Jr. of Batesville; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  
  Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL  33607 or visit

Gerry Terry

SARDIS––Gerry Terry, 56, died Friday, January 15, 2016 at his residence.
Services were held Monday at Wells Funeral Home.  Burial was in Crowder Cemetery. Roger Howell officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
Terry, born Oct. 5, 1959, to the late Frances Gordon and Austin Augustus Terry in Memphis, was a millwright by trade and worked for 29 years for the Crown, Cork and Seal Company in Batesville. He was a member of Adonai Church, and in his past time enjoyed riding motorcycles and horses. He was the vice president of the Batesville Christian Motorcycle Association.
Survivors include: four daughters, Jessica Bailey of Marks, Crystal Steadham of Richland, Jessica Davis of Sardis, Bridgette McMillan of Water Valley; one son, William Love of Batesville; one sister, Brenda Frederick of Pope; one brother, Charles Terry of Water Valley and 13 grandchildren.

Micheal Donnell Williams

BATESVILLE––Michael Donnell Williams, 48, died Thursday, January 14, 2016, at Merit Health in Batesville.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Hope M.B. Church. Pastor Darrin Ellis will officiate. Visitation will be held today from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be in New Hope Church Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
Williams, born July 26, 1967, in Batesville, to Emma Thomas Carr of Batesville and the late Douglas Ellis, graduated from South Panola High School. He was a mechanic at Batesville City Tire and a member of Antioch M.B. Church.
Survivors along with his mother include: one daughter, Quinshea Miles of Batesville; six brothers, Doug Diggs of Mesquite, Mich., Gary Ellis of Courtland, Patrick Thomas, James Wright, Bryon Wright, all of Batesville and Tommy Lee Thomas of Oxford; two sisters, Terese Ellis of Sardis and Tricia Diggs of Mesquite and five grandchildren.