Obituaries 8/26/16

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Johnnie V. Adair

BATESVILLE––Johnnie V. Adair, 76, died Sunday, August 14, 2016, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.
Services were held Saturday at Liberty Hill Church in Courtland. Burial was held at Eureka Cemetery. Henderson Funeral Home had charge.
Adair was born Oct. 27, 1939, to the late John Adair and Freddie Lloyd Adair.

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Mary Smith Ball

JACKSON––Mary Smith Ball of Jackson passed away peacefully at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.
Funeral services were held Friday, August 19 at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence. Burial followed at Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Chancellor Funeral Home had charge.
Mary was born March 11, 1924, and lived the early part of her life in Batesville. She wed Quinton Crane Ball of Pontotoc, and they moved their family to Jackson in the early 1950’s, but Quinton passed away in 1966. Following his death, Mary worked at Baptist Hospital while attending night classes, and soon after began working at McCarty-Holman in Jackson where she retired after over 20 years. She was a charter member of Covenant Christian Church and was as devoted to her church family as they were to her.
Mrs. Ball was preceded in death by her husband, Q.C. Ball, son Q.C. “Billy” Ball, Jr., and grandson, Marc Ball. She is survived by her sons David (Beth) Ball of Pearl, and John E. (Cherrie) Ball of Carriere; four grandchildren, Karen (Bill) Daniel of Louisville, Ky., Tommy (Robin) Ball of Madison, John Ball of Brandon, and Michelle (Sam) Martin of Florence, and six great-grandchildren.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Covenant Christian Church of Byram.Miss.

Lois Cosby

HERNANDO––Lois Cosby, 70, died Wednesday, August 17 in New Albany.
Services were held Saturday at Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater.
 Burial was in Shelby Cemetery. 

Harold Royce Durham

Harold Royce Durham, age 77, passed away Wednesday evening, August 17, 2016, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Funeral services for Royce were held Friday, August 19, 2016 in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home in Batesville.
Royce was born April 18, 1939 to the late James Calvin Durham and Carra Griste Durham in Lafayette County. During his lifetime Royce was a member of Independence Presbyterian Church. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Royce was the owner of Durham’s Hair Center for 56 years.
In his spare time he enjoyed duck hunting, wood working and carving, comic drawing, fishing and yard work.
Those left behind to cherish his loving memory include his adoring wife Jo Rotenberry Durham of Batesville; his son, David Durham (Tracey) of Batesville, and 2 grandchildren, Myles Durham and Remi Durham.
In addition to his parents, Royce is preceded in death by his sister, Annette Moore, and brother, Jack Durham.
The family asks for those wishing to send memorial contributions in Royce’s name to please do so to North Delta School, 300 Green Wave Lane, Batesville MS 38606 or Magnolia Cemetery c/o First Security Bank, Trust Dept., P.O. Box 690, Batesville, MS 38606 or Independence Presbyterian Church, 10700 Hwy 35 S. Batesville, MS 38606.

Boyd Clayton Goodnight

Mr. Boyd Clayton Goodnight, Sr.,  89, passed away August 19, 2016, at Merit Health in Batesville.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Wells Funeral Home with entombment following in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
Boyd was born June 8, 1927 in Panola County to the late Washington Simpson and Susie Lee Graves Goodnight.
 He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Boyd retired after 33 years of service as a city dispatcher for Wilson Freight Lines in Memphis.
He was a 33 degree Mason and also a Shriner in Memphis, TN. During his spare time, Boyd got great pleasure from restoring older automobiles and tractors.
Boyd leaves behind his wife of 68 years, Patsy Holt Goodnight of Batesville; daughter, Sandra Goodnight Mickey (Scott) of Mandeville, La.; two sons, Boyd Clayton Goodnight, Jr. (Faye Briscoe) of Southaven, Billy Eugene Goodnight (Linda Warren) of Batesville; three sisters, Lillian Goodnight Prince of Batesville, Bobbie Goodnight Leeton of Batesville, Lorene Goodnight Abbey of Jackson; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.