Obituaries (June 11th, 2019)

Published 2:04 pm Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Darryl Carter, 64, died Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

He was the husband of Priscillia Carter.

Funeral arrangements were complete Monday and will be announced by Wells Funeral Home  once finalized by his family.

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Graveside services for Hattie Mae Drake Gooden will be held Saturday, June 15, at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Como.

She died June 1, 2019, in Sikeston, Mo. She was a cook.





Winston Durwood Gordon, Jr., age 72, passed away Thursday evening at his home in Batesville.

The family held a memorial gathering Sunday afternoon, June 9, at the Batesville Presbyterian Church followed by a memorial service.

Durwood was born April 28, 1947, in Morton,  to the late Winston Durwood Gordon, Sr. and Yvonne Hoover Gordon. He was retired from the United State Postal Service after 30 years of service, and honorably served in the Mississippi National Guard. He enjoyed woodworking, golf, sports of all kinds, and most importantly, Durwood loved people.

Durwood was a graduate of South Panola High School where he was selected first team Delta Valley Conference in Football, Basketball and Baseball in his junior year and senior year. He was also selected Mr. South Panola in 1965.

Following a stellar high school career, he attended and graduated from the former Memphis State University. While at Memphis State, Durwood led the Tiger Freshman Team to an undefeated season playing quarterback and punter. He then finished out his college playing time as the punter for Memphis State. Durwood was an M Club member of the University of Memphis.

After his retirement, Durwood spent the majority of his time honing his talents as a cattleman. He has hosted numerous universities and state cattlemen associations to his farm to explain his exemplary way of raising cattle. Durwood is also a past president of the Panola County Cattleman’s Association.

His loving and caring memory will live on through his wife, Melinda Warren Gordon of Batesville; a sister, Sue Anne Hughes (Tommy) of Clarksdale; a brother, Chuck Gordon (Sheri) of Franklin, Tenn.; a sister-in-law, Sharon Lovelace (Dr. Mike) of Oxford; three nieces, Hoover Gunn, Meredith Poore and Courtney McLemore; four nephews, Vernon Thomas “Tripp” Hughes, III, Winston Gordon, James Cooper Gordon and Tyler Lovelace; four great nieces and four great nephews.

Along with his parents, Durwood was preceded in death by his brother, Reggie Gordon.

The family requests memorials be made to the Batesville Presbyterian Church / Reggie Gordon Flower Fund.


Funeral services for Darrick Lovett Jackson, 45, will be held Saturday, June 15, at noon at The Greater New Liberty church in Memphis with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home.

He died Thursday, June 6, 2019, at his residence in Southaven. Visitation is Friday, June 14, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Henderson Funeral Home in Sardis.

He was born Jan. 22, 1974, to Edward Jackson Sr. and Patsy Jackson in Sardis.


Maxine Bishop Darling Purdy, age 95, passed away Wednesday afternoon, June 5, 2019, at her home in Sardis.

Funeral services for Maxine were held at Friday June 7, in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home. Interment was at Thyatira Cemetery near Senatobia.

Maxine was born March 29, 1924, to the late Herman Franklin Bishop and Maude Mula Humphries Bishop in Memphis. During Maxine’s lifetime she was a homemaker and a faithful member of the Como Baptist Church. In her downtime she enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and loved to tell stories.

Those she leaves behind to cherish her memory include her three daughters, Brenda Booth of Sardis, Sherry Darling of Blue Ridge, Ga., and Carolyn Darling of Iowa; her son, Jay Pounders of Nashville; one sister, Clara Burford of Barr; 17 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 46 great- great-grandchildren.


Mrs. Helen B. Rotenberry, age 85, passed away early Friday morning, June 7, 2019, at her residence in Crowder. Funeral service was Sunday, June 9, at Crowder Baptist Church. Interment followed in Crowder Cemetery.

Mrs. Rotenberry, a housewife, was a faithful member of Crowder Baptist Church and a member of the Crowder Lions Club.

Those whom she leaves behind that will forever cherish her memory include one daughter Nita Rotenberry McGaugh (Jimmy) of Crowder; one son Jesse A. Rotenberry (Glenda) of Crowder; host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband J.A. Rotenberry, parents Arthur Lee “A.L” and Pauline Smith Bobbitt, one sister Mary Claire Wright and three brothers Arthur Kenneth, Edward Smith and Bobby Lee Bobbitt.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crowder Baptist Church or Crowder Cemetery Association.