Published 10:17 am Friday, March 17, 2017


Rebecca Ernestine Battle

OAK LAWN, Ill.–Rebecca “Becky” Ernestine Battle, 79, died Monday, March 6, 2017.  She was born and raised in Batesville.
Services will be held Saturday, March 18, at noon at Life Changing Outreach Ministries where her brother, George McDaniel, is the pastor.  Burial will follow at Macedonia Cemetery.
Visitation will be held today 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Eddie Robinson Funeral Home and on Saturday from 10 a.m. – noon at Life Changing Outreach Ministries.
Rebecca, born January 23, 1938, was a phenomenal mother, a seamstress, an Allstate Insurance Retiree and a friend to all.
She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Bobo Battle, and her parents, Marsha and Willie McDaniel.
Survivors include two daughters, Jeannette Golden of Tinley Park, Ill. and Tracy Morris of Chicago; one son, Ray Battle, of Plymouth, Minn.; a loving son-in-law, Tyrone Golden; five sisters, two brothers, one sister-in-law and brother-in-law; one granddaughter, four grandsons, nine great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, a daughter-in-law and a host of family and friends.

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Charles Lee Chambers III

BATESVILLE–Charles Lee “Tripp” Chambers III, 60, died Sunday, March 12, 2017 at his home.
The family will have a graveside service Saturday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Friendship Cemetery in Como. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
Mr. Chambers was born January 22, 1957 in Memphis to the late Charles Lee Chambers Jr. and Patsy Ruth Patterson Chambers.  He was a farmer and landscaper.

Connie Marquis Fonseca

Connie Marquis Fonseca, 68, died Friday morning, March 3, 2017, at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev.
Visitation will be Friday, March 17 at Wells Funeral Home from 5-8:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Forest Memorial Park.
Mrs. Fonseca was born in Mississippi November 8, 1948 to Mavis Rodgers Marquis of Walls and the late Homer Lee Marquis. She was a homemaker.

Carrie R. Groves

Carrie R. Groves, 58, died Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 16 at Wells Funeral Home with interment in North Oxford Baptist Church Cemetery.
Ms. Groves was born April 3, 1958 in Sioux City, Iowa to the late Boyd Elvin and Robbie M. Perkins Groves.
She was a registered nurse for 34 years and a member of North Oxford Baptist Church.

Edna Waddell Hancock

Edna Lazelle Waddell Hancock, 75, of Decatur, Tenn. passed away Friday, March 3, 2017.
She was born June 1, 1941 to the late Lawrence and Gertrude Waddell.  Lazelle moved to Cleveland, TN with her husband, James, in 1987.  She was an active member of Prospect Church of God and a loving pastor and military wife to her husband, James.  Lazelle also served as a missionary to the Philippines in addition to her service to the Church of God for 37 years.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband of 53 years, James Hancock; sons Phillip Hancock and Michael Hancock (Jamie), brother Jessie Waddell (Linda); sisters Chris Croft, Judy Rico (Billy) and Nancy Dowdle; grandchildren Michaela, Eli, and Abigail Hancock.
In addition to her mother and father, she is preceded in death by three brothers; Al Waddell, Herman Waddell, Samuel Waddell, and a sister, Dorothy Earwood.
Funeral services were held March 6, 2017 at Companion Funeral Home in Cleveland, Tenn.  Interment followed at Forest Memorial Cemetery.  You are invited to share a personal memory of Lazelle or your condolences with her family at

Betty Sue Curry Hudson

Betty Sue Curry Hudson, 81, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Sardis Community Nursing Home.
A funeral service was held Monday, March 13, in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel at Wells Funeral Home. Interment followed the service at Peach Creek Cemetery in Sardis.
Betty Sue was born February 9, 1936 in Panola County, Mississippi to the late Tom and Allie Radford Curry.  She was a homemaker and member of Peach Creek Baptist Church.
Betty Sue leaves behind her husband, William H. Hudson of Sardi; daughter, Sharon Hudson Brooks of Oakland; son, William Charles Hudson of Sardis; sister, Tommie Lou Curry Green of Batesville; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Other than her parents, Betty Sue was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Hudson.

Tymario Joiner

BATESVILLE–Tymario Joiner, 22, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in Greene County. Tymario was born December 24, 1994 in Tennessee to Myron Powell and Cassandra Joiner.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Macedonia M.B. Church. Visitation will be Friday from 4-6 p.m. at the church.
Hughes and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

David Earl Lark

COMO—David Earl Lark, 52, died March 11, 2017 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
Visitation is Friday, March 17 from 4-6 p.m. at Felix Cauthen Funeral Home in Senatobia.  Funeral services will be Saturday, March 18 at 12 p.m. at Hammond Hill M.B. Church in Senatobia.  Interment will follow the service in the church cemetery.
Mr. Lark was born March 3, 1965.  He was a factory worker.

Gennie Mack Little

Gennie Mack Little, 85, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Baptist Memorial Hospital of North Mississippi.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 17 from 12-2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be 2 p.m.. Friday, March 17, in the Martin Willingham Chapel of Wells Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Pope.  The Rev. Mike Dutton and Rev. Aaron Dutton will officiate the service.
Mr. Little was born February 16, 1932 in Quitman County to the late Clifton and Nina Gill Little. He was a member of Goodway United Pentecostal Church and a carpenter during his working years.
Mack’s memory will live on through his wife, Mary Alexander Little of Crowder; four daughters, Judy Green (Bubba) of Byhalia, Kaye Cook (Ricky) of Courtland, Sheila Cosby (Bobby) of Courtland, Dottie Shafer of Banner; son, Jimmy Little (Hope) of Courtland; step-son, Michael Taylor of Crowder; two sisters, Cheryl Bailey of Gulfport, Dot Frazier of Oxford; brother, Phil Little of Pontotoc; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Besides Mack’s parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Taylor and two grandsons, Ricky Taylor Jr. and Jeremy Cook.

Eric DeWayne Polk Jr.

CRENSHAW — Eric DeWayne Polk Jr., 3, died Thursday, March 9, 2017 at North Oak Regional Medical Center in Senatobia.
Visitation is Saturday, March 18 from 1:30-2:00 p.m. at Holly Grove M.B. Church in Crenshaw.  Funeral services will immediately follow visitation at 2 p.m.  Interment will follow at Askew Grove M.B. Church in Longtown.  Felix Cauthen Funeral Home has charge.
He was born August 9, 2013 to Eric Polk Sr. and Angela Polk of Crenshaw.

Chris Roberson

SARDIS – Chris Roberson, 37, died March 11, 2017 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Morris Chapel Church in Sardis. Interment will be in Old Dunningan Cemetery.
Visitation will be today from 3-6 p.m. at Henderson Funeral Home in Sardis.
Mr. Roberson was born July 3, 1979 to Emma Jean Roberson of Sardis and the late Lugene Roberson.

W.R. Traylor

CRENSHAW–W.R. “Randy” Traylor, 79, died March 14, 2017. Randy, son of Buster and Nada Traylor, loving husband of Toni James Traylor, passed away the day after his 79th birthday at his home after a long battle with cancer.
Taxed of reading obituaries noting someone’s heroic battle with death, Randy wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors’ orders, and raising hell for more than seven decades. He enjoyed booze, gambling, and the love of one pretty woman until the day he died.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Toni, and his daughter, Sandy. He is also survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Randy began his career at Pennzoil, which led him to further careers at Holiday Inn, Promus, and finally Harrah’s Casinos as a Property Tax Manager until his retirement in 2000.
A natural-born entrepreneur, Randy also owned several businesses throughout his lifetime- including a Singer Sewing Machine Company and Buffalo’s Cafe, both formerly located in Memphis. He also loved BBQ, Ford Mustangs, and watching the Dallas Cowboys from his recliner. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.