Obituaries (January 18th, 2019)

Published 5:19 pm Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Funeral services for Lula Vee Allen, 84,  were held Jan. 16, in the Martin-Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home.  Interment followed at Cold Springs Cemetery.

She died Jan. 14, 2019, at her home in Batesville.

Mrs. Allen was born Oct. 18, 1934 to the Evie Estelle Peters and Carl Frasure in Nettleton. She was a homemaker and was a member of Cold Springs Methodist Church.

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She is survived by two daughters, two sons, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

She was the widow of the late Gerald Allen.


Rickey Rudolph Brown, 68, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

Funeral services are today (Jan. 18) at 1 p.m. at Macedonia M. B. Church. Rev. Harlen Harris Jr. will officiate. Interment will follow in West Camp M.B. Church cemetery. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to service time today at Macedonia.

Rickey was born in Panola County Sept, 3,1950, to the late Fred Brown, Sr. and Dyits Bean Brown-Vance. He was retired.

He was a member of West Camp M. B. Church where he served as Chief Usher, Deacon, Maintenance Technician and Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher. He was also an active member of the Sardis District Association where he served as the maintenance man, member of the Laymen’s Department and board of directors.

Survivor include two daughters, Wilma Brown and Naomi Brown; three grandchildren, Tatiyuanna Brown, Cleveland Williams,IV and Camrynrenee Williams; five sisters, Irma Baker, Bobbie Smith, Shirley E. Lanier, Stephanie Hurst, and Latarshia Brown; two brothers, Donald Greenleaf and Rodney Brown; one uncle, Master Bean, Sr.; and two aunts, Ruby Young and Effie Spears.


Troy D. Harrell, 48, of Memphis and Sardis, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at his home in Memphis.

Troy was born on August 24, 1970, in Boulder, Colo.., to Laura Jones Harrell and James Harrell. He was a self-employed general contractor, a former manager for Bobcat in Billings, Mont., and a former manager for A&B Buildings in Sheridan, Wyom.

Troy was a very outgoing person who made friends with everyone. He loved life and was never afraid of a challenge, rather he faced them head on. He always encouraged others to pursue their dreams. Troy loved the outdoors, especially fishing and horseback riding, and he will be missed by his family and his many friends around the world.

Troy leaves behind his loving family which includes his parents, James and Laura Harrell; his brother, Tab Harrell, all of Sardis; and his aunts and uncles, Kevin Harrell of Richland, Missouri, Jerry and Guy Ann Hawver and John Scott, all of Hutchinson, Kan., and Steve and Michelle Scott of Wichita, Kan.

A memorial service to honor Troy’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. in the Sardis Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home. The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Saturday one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


Funeral services for Lonnie L. Johnson, 70, will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at West Camp M.B. Church with Pastor Zannie Leland Jr., officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Jan. 18) at Cooley’s Mortuary.

He died Jan. 9, 2019, at this home in Batesville.

Mr. Johnson was born July 22, 1948, to Lawyer Williams and Leora Johnson Ballard in Batesville. He worked at Ace Hardware.


Jimmy C. McLain, 78, of Senatobia,  passed away Jan. 14, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto. He was born in Ripley, and was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Jimmy was a graduate of Mississippi State University with a master’s degree in extension education. His passion and commitment to the youth, farmers and cattlemen he served while in his roles as 4-H youth agent and county agent was immeasurable. He was inducted into the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame in 1997.

He loved to hunt, especially with his dog Cisco, spend time at the farm, renovating old houses and passing on his craftsmanship skills to others. He was affectionately known as Uncle Fix It by his family. He was known by his grandchildren and their friends as Daddy Mc. His love for each of them was endless. His favorite trips were to the Smokey Mountains with his wife Frances and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

 Jimmy is survived by his wife, Frances R. McLain of Senatobia; son, Johnny F. McLain of Senatobia; daughters, Jan McLain Ishee (Jim) of Jackson, and Judy McLain Reed (Gaylon) of Batesville; grandchildren, Mary Gracen Reed, Austin Ishee and Owen Ishee and precious and most adored loved one, Alice Sides McLeod. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Virginia McLain.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the MSU Extension 4-H Livestock Program Fund, MSU Foundation, P.O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Online donations may be made at and designate your gift for the MSU Extension 4-H Livestock Program or a charity of your choice.

Services were held Wednesday, Jan.y 16, at 2 p.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery.


Mrs. Billie Lois Pool, 80, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at her home in Oxford, MS.

Mrs. Pool was born on December 21, 1938 in Batesville to the late Janie Rutledge Henry and George Henry. She retired after serving over 21 years with North Mississippi Regional Center where she created the seniors program. Mrs. Pool spent much of her time performing volunteer work with special needs children which she enjoyed.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who devoted her life to her family. She was a member of Sardis Church of Christ and will be deeply missed by those who knew her.

Mrs. Pool leaves behind her loving family which includes her daughters, Tanya Beal of Somerville, Tenn. and Alice Pool of Oxford; her son, Vince Pool of Batesville; 10 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Pool; her daughter, Taylor Nicole Willard Pool; and her parents.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan.17, in the chapel of Dickins Funeral Home with Bro. Hal Johnson officiating. Interment was in Forrest Memorial Cemetery.


Peggy Ann Walters, age 79, passed away peacefully on Jan. 12, 2019, at Belmont Village Care home in Memphis,  after a long illness.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19,  at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Milton Whatley officiating. Burial will follow at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Sardis. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.

Peggy was born in Duncan, on Oct. 3, 1939, to Monell and Lonzo Bowman. She grew up in Coahoma County where she attended Sunflower School. After Peggy moved to Memphis, in the early sixties, she met and married the love of her life, Arthur (Art) Walters.

Her hobbies included fishing, gardening, dancing, and watching her favorite football team, the Ole Miss Rebels. Peggy was a member of Colonial Baptist Church in Memphis.

She leaves behind her husband, Art Walters of Memphis; two sisters, Linda Ellis (Ken) of Batesville,  and Mary Jo Mooneyham (Bobby) of Richland,; two step-daughters, Barbara Price (Keith) of Memphis and Elizabeth Reams (Lane) of Nashville; and five grandchildren, Nicholas, Evan,  John, Sarah, and Annie; several cousins, nieces, and nephews, numerous friends, and her four cats.

Those loved ones who passed before her include her parents, Monell and Lonzo Bowman; two sisters, Cathryn “Kit-Kat” Bowman and Betty Lou McKeller; and three brothers, Frank Bowman, E.L. Bowman, and Alvin Bowman.

The family would like to thank Reverend Milton Whatley, Compassus Premier Care Hospice, and the staff at Belmont Village Care Home.