Obituaries 9/20/16

Published 3:09 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Ruth Barkley

Ruth Barkley, 60, died Friday, September 16, 2016.

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Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Forest Hill Funeral Home, 1661 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Midtown, Memphis. Barkley was born January 1, 1960.

Ruby Jones Bolen

BATESVILLE––Ruby Jones Bolen, 91, died September 15, 2016 peacefully in her home surrounded by friends and family. She was the widow of the late Birl M. Bolen. She was born August 6, 1925, to the late Abran E. Jones and Lillian Coggins Jones.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 18 at Wells Funeral Home. Interment followed at Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville. Reverend Keith Bolen officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Mrs. Bolen had been a life-long member of Enon Baptist Church since August 6, 1949. She served the Lord starting in the nursery then taught children, youth, and senior ladies’ classes in Sunday School for 62 years. She also taught Training Union, served as Bible Drill Leader, taught Vacation Bible School and served on many committees.

Survivors include: three daughters, Carolyn Bolen Toliver of Batesville, Margaret Bolen Darby of Tupelo, and Linda Bolen Respess (Charley) of Crowder; one son, Kenny Bolen (Melissa) of Batesville; eight grandchildren, Ronnie Toliver of Crowder, David Toliver (Sandy) of Ballwin, MO; Meloney Whitfield (Louis) of Tupelo, Tamara Ede (Steve) of Nashville, TN, Lance Respess of Nashville, Megan Willoughby (Charles) of Hernando, Kristy Jones (Bo) of Batesville, and Amanda Johnson (Michael) of Courtland; six great grandchildren, Allie Whitten (Whit) of Brandon, Hunter Toliver (Kayla) of Batesville, Makinley Wilson and Grady Beck Wilson, both of Batesville, Abbey Kate Johnson and Lori Johnson, both of Courtland; four great-great grandchildren, Jarett Toliver, Bradley Toliver, Turner Toliver, and Saylee Toliver of Batesville; son-in-law, R.V. Draper; two special nieces, Kat Yarbrough and Alice Shields; sisters, Pat Mettetal (Jimmy) of Batesville, Ellen Van Hoozer of Amory, Sue Eads Pearson (Joe) of Batesville.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Bolen was preceded in death by daughters Mary Bolen Draper and Helen Bolen Stroup; grandson Brian Keith Faulkner; brothers Fred Jones and Gene Jones; sisters Evelyn Roper, Ethel Bass and Mary Rice; sons-in-law, Bobby Carlisle, Mike Toliver, Jerry Darby and Jerry Stroup.

Memorials may be sent to Enon Baptist Church, 7216 Dummy Line Rd., Batesville, MS 38606

The family would like to thank Dr. Lee Linder, Southern Care Hospice, Nurse Paige Woods, Aide Maddie Campbell; caregivers Erika Wilson and Teresa Parker for the love and care given to our Mother during her illness.

Thanks to Wells Funeral Home for all of the love and care shown to the family.

Thanks for all the prayers, cards, phone calls, visits, food and all other acts of kindness shown to us. May God bless each of you.

James Homer Massey

James Homer Massey, 73, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Services will be held Tuesday, September 20 at 2 p.m. at New Hope Church of God, 209 West St., Batesville, with interment to follow in Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Mr. Massey was born November 28, 1942 in Sabino, MS to the late Homer and Alice Hardin Massey. He was a retired farmer who loved the outdoors.

Mr. Massey enjoyed hunting, feeding birds, camping and playing dominoes, but his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his family.

He faithfully attended New Hope Church of God in Batesville.

Those who will cherish his memory most, will be his wife of 52 years, Beverly Jane Turner Massey of Batesville; daughter, Keren Massey Lott (Trent) of Sebastopol; two sons, James Homer “Jimmy” Massey, Jr. (Carol) of Horn Lake, Michael “Ty” Massey (Laura) of Batesville.

He is also survived by a son and daughter in love, Keith and Trina Murphree and two grandchildren in love of Enid; two sisters, Dot Massey Gaines of Thomson, Ga., Carol Massey Morehead of Batesville; and 10 grandchildren.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Hope Church of God Building Fund, 207 West St., Batesville, Miss. 38606.

Edward Wayne Willis

Edward Wayne Willis, age 50, passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, September 19, 2016 at his home in Batesville.

Arrangements were incomplete at press time and will be published as they become available. Wells Funeral Home has charge.