Obituaries (May 10th, 2019)

Published 4:43 pm Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A memorial gathering for Lou Ellen Elmore Bennett, 64, Saturday, May 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home in Batesville.

She died Sunday, May 5, 2019, at University Medical Center in Grenada. She was the widow of Ernest Vernon McCoy.

She was born Jan. 4, 1955, to the late William Henry Elmore and Estelle Poe Elmore in Vicksburg.

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Mrs. Bennett worked in the nursing field as a Certified Nurse Assistant. She was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church.


Oliver Smylie Carothers, age 95, passed peacefully Sunday afternoon, April 28, 2019, at his home in Batesville. He was married to the love of his life, Earlie Mae Cummings Carothers, who passed May 9, 2016.

There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the home of Brent and Fonda Nickle located at 1370 Pine Lodge Road, Batesville,  with a celebration of life to follow.

Oliver was born on January 2, 1924, to the the late Leona Thomas Lewis Carothers and John Boothe Carothers in Batesville. He worked for 40 years with Tennessee Gas and Pipeline, and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He will be remembered by all for his outgoing personality, his love for his family and incredible passion for the outdoors.

Those he leaves behind to cherish his memory include his children, Fonda Carothers Nickle (Brent) of Batesville,  Cynthia Ann Carothers Roberts (Clay) of Xenia, Ohio, and their children, Oliver Cory Bahr, Kristy Lane McDaniel, Cooper Roberts and Cason Roberts.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Earlie Mae Cummings Carothers; and five siblings, James Herron, Sara Boothe Vance, Margaret See “Seeky” Harris, Nancy Ross “Nan” Fontenet, and John “J.B.” Boothe, Jr.


Funeral services for Robert G. Coleman, 83, will be held Saturday, May 11, at Cooley’s Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Lacey Reed officiating. Burial will follow at First Oak Grove Cemetery in Crowder.

He died May 4, 2019, at his home in Memphis. He was born Oct. 8, 1935, in Batesville, to Thomas Coleman and Lucy Hamilton.

Mr. Coleman was a retired farmer.

Visitation is today (May 10) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary.


Gary Wilson DeLoach, age 77, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning, May 7, 2019. He passed away peacefully at his home in Sardis.

Gary was born on March 29, 1942, to the late Woodrow DeLoach and Ida Pearl DeLoach of Greenville. He was a meat cutter by trade and retired from Kroger of Oxford. in 2003.

Gary was a hard worker who loved and provided for his family. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.

Those whom he leaves behind that will cherish his memory include his loving wife of 58 years, Tina Deloach of Sardis; three daughters, Pamela DeLoach of Sardis, Yvonne Keen (Lacey) of Pope, Gwyn Ford (Brian) of Jonesboro, Ark.; one son, Waymon DeLoach (Tina) of Sardis; a brother, Dr. Oran Leon DeLoach of Merchantville, N.J.; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The family will hold a memorial gathering for Gary among friends and family at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Carrollton.. The date and time will be announced by Wells Funeral Home once finalized by the family.


Mr. Stacy Allen “Poppa” King, age 53, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019,  while visiting with his son and grandchildren in Knoxville, Tenn.

The  family received friends on Thursday, May 9, at Crowder Baptist Church from 3 p.m. until the Memorial Service at 4 p.m.

Stacy was employed by McKee Foods as a distributor for Little Debbie Snack Cakes.

During his life, Stacy received his Pilot License, was an avid Harley Davidson motorcyclist, golfer, loved Trans Am cars since the movie “Smokey and The Bandit” first aired on T.V. in 1977.

He enjoyed the mountains of Northern Arkansas,  and having breakfast with his father-in-law every Saturday morning. He loved his wife, son, and grandchildren and as his loving wife Pam stated, “he lived life to the fullest!”

Those left behind include his wife Pam King of Crowder; one son, Christopher King (Vanessa) of Knoxville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Nathaniel, Gunner and Maddison King, all of Knoxville; two sisters, Mickie Rodgers (Clay) of Lexington, and Sandra Swindoll (Birlon) of Batesville; and one brother Danny Ryals (Sheila) of Lambert.

He was preceded in death by his parents Doc and Johnnie Mae King and one brother, Jimmy King.

In lieu of flowers the family requests friends consider Crowder Baptist Church or LeBonheur Children’s Research Hospital.


Funeral services for Ronald Lee “Bishop” Stone, 81, will be Saturday, May 11, at Cooley’s Mortuary Chapel with Bishop Anthony Rodgers officiating. Burial will be at Old Rock Hill Cemetery in Sardis.

He died April 29, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. The family will receive visitors at Cooley’s Mortuary today (May 10) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

He was born Jan. 10, 1938, in Jamaica to Walter and Clementina Stone. Mr. Stone was a lay minister during his lifetime.


Archie Glenn Wilson, 49, of Pope, died May 2, 2019, at Baptist DeSoto in Southaven.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 6, at Batesville First Assembly of God with Bro. Nolan Darby officiating. Burial was at Peach Creek Cemetery in Como under the direction of Cooley’s Mortuary.

He was born May 9, 2019, in Batesville to Herbert Glenn and the late Ruby Jewel Kennedy Wilson.

Mr. Wilson was a retired truck driver. He was a member of Batesville First Assembly of God.