Obituaries (June 14th, 2019)

Published 12:26 pm Monday, June 17, 2019

Betty Jewel Jones, 83, a retired Office Manager at CableCom, died June 11, 2019, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Visitation is today, June 14,  from 10 to 11 a.m. at

Riverside Baptist Church in Clarksdale

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. today at Riverside Baptist Church with burial in the Memorial Gardens. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale, has charge of arrangements.

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She was a member of Hosanna Family Worship Center.

Survivors include sons Greg Jones of Pope, Darren Jones (Viki) of Batesville, and Marc Jones of Clarksdale, a daughter, Lisa Jones Doss (Chris) of Sherard; two sisters, Margurite Noah of Vaiden, and Nancy Kyle of Minter City, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Hugh Keith Jones and parents William Elmer and Bessie Noland Boyles, brother Billy Boyles, and sister Lorraine Nassar.


Funeral services for Mae Thella Brassell, 95, will be held Saturday, June 15, at 2 p.m. at Shiloh M.B. Church in Courtland with Pastor Carl Brown officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Cooley’s Mortuary.

She died June 5, 2019, at LeBonheur Methodist Hospital in Olive Branch following a lengthy illness.

She was born Nov. 3, 1923, in Batesville to Brown Chapman and Ida Henderson. She was retired from North Mississippi Retardation Center. She was a member of Shiloh M.B. Church.

The family will receive visitors today (Friday) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary.


Jim Kemp Champion, age 58, passed away Friday, June 7, 2019. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 14,  from 11  a.m. until service time beginning at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks followed by a graveside service and interment at Oxford Memorial Cemetery in Oxford.

Born in Oxford May 21, 1961, he lived there until his family moved to Marks when he was in the 9th grade. Jim graduated from Delta Academy where he played football and basketball. He went on to graduate from the University of Mississippi with a degree in business and was a member of Beta Theta Pi.

Jim was a third generation agricultural pilot, who from an early age had a passion for flying. He obtained his pilot’s license at age 16 and beginning flying in the family business. He always preferred to be flying than any other type of work, and felt at home in the sky.

Over the past several years he had the privilege of working for Shannon Flying Service in Clarksdale and was currently working for Old River Flying Service in Elaine, Ark. The only thing that thrilled him more than flying was having three sons and as of March 2018, becoming a grandfather.

Family and friends were always entertained by Jim’s dry, sharp sense of humor.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Shelia Pierce Champion of Marks; three sons, Cole Champion (Brittany and grandson Barrett) of Clarksville, Tenn., Alex Champion of Jackson, Tenn., and Jackson Champion of Chattanooga, Tenn.; his mother, Carol Kemp Champion of Oxford; a sister, Kim Champion Ellis (Eddie) of Clarksdale; five nephews; and four nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father Dean Turner Champion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mississippi Agricultural Aviation Association (MAAA) and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


Joe Raymond “Ray” Fisher, 67, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.

He was born in Charleston, March 5, 1952, to Woodrow W. Fisher and Mary Ann Alford Fisher.

Mr. Fisher retired from Parker Hannifin where he was a tool and die supervisor. He enjoyed woodworking, going to yard sales, golfing, watching football games and old western shows. He was an avid Ole Miss fan.

A memorial service was held Friday, June 7, at Booneville Funeral Home with Bro. Roy Hartzell officiating. Booneville Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Roxana Cuadros Fisher; daughters, Christie Fisher Hand (Mike) of Moulton, Ala., Alicia Fisher Lacy (Derek Bryson), and Lorena Fisher, both of Booneville; a brother, Woody Fisher (Ann) of Florence, Ala.; sister, Claire Hartzell (Roy) of Batesville; grandson, Zackery Cole Boren; granddaughters, Haylee Raye Boren, Kylie Grace, and Kenley Faith Lacy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Ann and Woodrow Fisher.

Pallbearers were Mike Garvin, Mike Hand, Zack Boren, Derek Garvin and Shane Garvin.


William Benjamin Holland, III, 53, died at his home outside of Batesville on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

Service arrangements will be posted by Wells Funeral Homes when finalized.


Mr. Robert “Bobby” Jones, age 72, passed away Thursday morning, May 30,  2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

The family received friends on Tuesday, June 4, from 1 p.m. until service time beginning at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks.

Interment followed at Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville.

Bobby was a lover of people, animals, avid hunter, fisherman, camper, just loved nature and outdoor life. He was a very skilled handy man. Bobby also wanted to be a Deputy Sheriff and ride in a police car.

Those left to cherish his memory include one daughter Bridget Ray (Brown) of Hattiesburg; one grandson, Jericho Ray of Hattiesburg; two sisters, Ann Suddath of Marvell, Ark.,  and Kathy Wilson (Jim) of Batesville; three nieces, Tammie Dugger (Chris), Hayley McDowell and Leslie Wilson (Mitch) all of Batesville; and one nephew, Cliff Heffner (Kristy) of Marks.

Bobby was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, his parents Albert O. and Louise Jones, and one brother William “Billy” Jones.

Memorial contributions may be made to: LeBonhuer Children Hospital, 828 Adams Ave., Memphis, TN, 38103.


Benny E. Walters,  78, died Tuesday, June 10, 2019, at the Tallahatchie Nursing Home in Charleston.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June15, at 11 a.m. in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. prior to the service.