Obituaries (June 27th, 2019)

Published 12:29 pm Thursday, June 27, 2019

Vera Mae (Coker) Ard, age 81, of Courtland, died peacefully Saturday, June 22, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born July 21, 1937, in Quitman County to the late Odell and Vernie (Bonner) Coker. Spending time in her flower garden was a tremendous passion, but nothing compared to the love she held for her family.

Visitation is planned for Wednesday, June 26, at Hosanna Family Worship Center in Pope from 9 to 11 a.m.  Her celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. with Bro. Damon Plummer and Bro. John Howell Jr. officiating.

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Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville with Ruben Pauley, Michael Palmer, Benjamin Ard, Chance Livingston, Paul Keel, Daniel Palmer, and Adam Ard serving as pallbearers.

Vera is survived by two sons, John Ard (Janie) and James Ard, both of Courtland; two daughters, Linda McMinn (Mark) of Pope, and Nancy Keel (Paul) of Courtland; nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Cecil Coker of Batesville; four sisters, Cathryn Ward of Batesville, Janie Williams of Spokane, Wash., Joann Godsey of Brandon, and Peggy Johnson of Clinton; as well as her caregivers, which she considered family, Rita Bailey and Judith Smith.

As well as her parents, Vera was preceded in death by her husband J.W. Ard; one brother, Thomas (Son) Coker; and two sisters, Mary Moore and Frances Coker.

Seven Oaks Funeral Homes was entrusted with arrangements.


Jessie James Crocker, Jr., 36, died Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. 

Graveside services were held Monday, June 24, in Crowder Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

He was born September 14, 1982, in Grenada, to Jessie Lee Crocker of Oakland and the late Brenda Gay Kennedy Crocker.


Mr. J.W. Jenkins, age 80, peacefully passed away early Thursday morning June 20, 2019.

Funeral service was held Saturday, June 22,  at West Marks Baptist Church in Marks. Interment followed in Lambert Cemetery.

J.W. was born on Oct. 5, 1938, to the late Jene and U.V. Jenkins. He married the love of his life, Joyce Moore on Jan. 9, 1956. The couple settled in the Lambert/Marks area where they raised their three children.

J.W. was a dedicated and hard worker. He served in the Army National Guard, he worked and operated the Quitman County Ambulance Service with his good friend Paul Hester for 47 years, and he also served as Quitman County Coroner for 13 years.

J.W. was a devoted, loving father and was very proud of his family and very excited to become a “Grand daddy” to his seven grandchildren.

He loved his family, friends, the Atlanta Braves and bragging on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

Those whom he leaves behind to forever cherish his memory include two daughters Debby Smith (Phil) of Memphis.; Beth Stoner (Brian) of West Helena, Ark.; and a son McKell Jenkins of Marks.

He was the most kind loving “Grand daddy” to Tasha Mitchell (David), Ginny McAlister (Jessie), Erin Jenkins, Lee Pinkston (Stacey), Jennifer Bouchillon (Bobby), Leslie Carter (Jake), Kyle Stoner (Holleea) and 22 great-grandchildren;  two brothers, Otis Jenkins (Bunny) and Jimmy Jenkins (the late Erma) of Sardis.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joyce, his parents and four sisters Libby Reichert, Annis Brown, Ethelyn Morris, and Imogene Brasher.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests sending memorial contributions to: Lambert Cemetery, P.O. Box 286, Marks, MS 38646.