Mary Ann Rose
Died: Thursday, May 9, 2002
Mary Ann Rose, 61, of Tunica, Mississippi died on May 9, 2002 at home.
Ms. Rose was born in Marks, Mississippi on April 19, 1941. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her father, Mr. E.M. Wilson of Hernando, MS; two daughters, Terri Holt of Memphis, TN and Rhonda Winkler of Little Rock, AR; a sister, Betty Bennett of Hernando, MS; a brother, Bobby Wilson of Texas; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on May 14, 2002 at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Tunica
Earl Thomas Clark
Died: Monday, May 6, 2002
Services for Earl Thomas Clark, 71, of Tunica will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, May 9, 2002) at Tunica Methodist Church in Tunica. Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven, MS has charge of arrangements.
Mr. Clark, a manager for Horseshoe Casino, died May 6 at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis, TN. He was an Army veteran of WWII and a Lutheran.
Mr.Clark is survived by his wife of 30 years, Anna O. Clark of Tunica; three daughters, Lisa Reina of Las Vegas, NV, Cindy Gallanger of Washington State, and Kimberley Terry of Virginia; two sons, Tom Clark, Jr. of Washington State and Casey Wayne Clark of Horn Lake, MS; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
Paul B. Willingham
Died: Sunday, April 28, 2002
Paul B. Willingham of Kirkland, Washington, formerly of Tunica, died in his sleep on April 28, 2002 at Lakevue Gardens Convalescent Center in Kirkland, WA. He was 92.
Mr. Willingham was born to Bradford and Georgia Willingham on September 22, 1909 in Eupora, MS. He attended Bennet Academy in Eupora and later moved to Green wood, MS, where he met and married his wife before moving to Tunica in 1932.
Mr. Willingham worked in various city and county jobs, serving as city marshal, city manager, county deputy sheriff, and transportation manager for Tunica County Schools until he retired. In addition, he owned a general store north of town for several years and worked in sales for both the Chevrolet and Ford dealers in Tunica. He moved to Washington state in 1999.
Mr. Willingham was a member of Tunica Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing, old cars and piloting his own planes.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary Eve Willingham of Tunica; a son, Paul David Willingham of Kirkland, WA; a grandson, Michael Willingham of Medina, WA; a granddaughter, Susan Senescu of Monarch Beach, CA; and five great-grandsons.
Mr. Willingham was the oldest of five children. He was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Reggie Willingham, both of Memphis, TN, and is survived by two sisters and one brother, Sarah Pasley of Memphis, Clarice Jones of Washington, D.C., and Tom Willingham, also of Memphis.
Bleitz Funeral Home of Bellevue, WA was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Beatrice Hambrick
Died: Saturday, April 20, 2002
Mrs. Beatrice Hambrick, 80, of Itta Bena, Mississippi, died Saturday, April 20, 2002, at Green wood Leflore Hospital in Green wood, MS. Services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 23 at Wilson and Knight Funeral Home in Green wood, with burial in Itta Bena Cemetery.
Mrs. Hambrick was a longtime active member of First Baptist Church in Itta Bena and also a member of Bonnets and Bows.
Mrs. Hambrick, the widow of Holland Hambrick, leaves a daughter Deannie Abel of Ruston, LA; a son Julian Hambrick of Baker, LA ; a sister Nancy Pettit of Dundee; ten grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Mike Abel, Joe Abel, Ritchie Abel, David Hambrick, Kevin Patterson, and Tommy Sullivan.
George Richard Manues
Died: Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Memorial services for George Richard Manues, 46, of Tunica were held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2002 at Little Texas Baptist Church in Tunica.
Mr. Manues, the owner of a wrecker service in Tunica, died Tuesday, April 16 at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis, TN. He is survived by his daughter Jodie Manues Snowden of Tunica; six brothers, Harry Manues of Strayhorn, MS, Jimmy Manues of Charleston, MS, Larry Manues of Crenshaw, MS, Wayne Manues of Tunica, David Manues of Memphis, TN, and Curtis Ellis of Monroe, LA; one grandson, Caleb Richard Biggart; and a great-niece, Cameron Manues.
He was preceded in death by his wife Sheila Merritt Manues.
'Big Roy' Hurst
Died: Monday, April 15, 2002
Services for "Big Roy" Hurst, 52, of Tunica were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2002 at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Paul Husband officiated at the services.
Mr. Hurst, owner of a bait shop at Tunica Cut-off, died April 15 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven, MS. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Hurst is survived by his wife Rebecca Hurst of Tunica; three daughters, Betty Hurst of Tunica, Lisa Pierce of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Cindy Carter of Hernando, MS; two sons, Roy Hurst II of Horn Lake, MS and David Gould of Hernando, MS; his children from a previous marriage, Lisa Coats, Shelby Patterson, Susan Patterson, Johnnie Clements, and Shannon Vaughn, all of Memphis, TN; two sisters, Barnea Gentry of Benton, AR and Betty Bracher of Memphis, TN; one brother, Louis Franklin Hurst of Savage, MS; and a host of grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Randy Lowery, Tom Clark, Oneal Lowrance, Morris Smith, Jackie Tucker, Zane Walls, Larry White, and William "Boogie" Eddington.
Gerline Hartsfield Hunsucker
Died: Saturday, September 2, 2000
Services for Mrs. Gerline Hartsfield Hunsucker, 73, were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 4, 2000, at First Baptist Church in Tunica, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Danny Smith and Rev. Austin Moore officiated, and Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Hunsucker, a homemaker, died September 2 at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn., following a long illness. A longtime Tunican, Mrs. Hunsucker had lived in Southaven for the past several years.
She is survived by her husband Edward Donald Hunsucker, Sr. of Southaven; one daughter, Brenda Hunsucker VanCleave of Tunica; two sons, Edward Donald Hunsucker of Memphis and Charles Hunsucker of Walls; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbeaers were Trey Hunsucker, Charles Ivan Hunsucker, Dallas Hunsucker, William Hunsucker, Page VanCleave, and Justin Cariker.
The family requests that any memorials be made to the National Lupus Foundation or a church of the donor's choice.
Geraline Parker Baughman
Died: Saturday, September 2, 2000
Geraline Parker Baughman, 72, of Tunica, died September 2, 2000 at Baptist Hospital DeSoto in Southaven, Miss. A native of Tunica County, Mrs. Baughman was a waitress.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 4 at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery here. Rev. Mike Dougherty officiated at the services.
Mrs. Baughman is survived by a daughter, Anita Colette Shaw of Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters, Laura Stevenson of Blountville, Tenn., and Yvonne Hamilton of Enid, Miss.; two brothers, Larry Parker of Tunica and Kenneth Parker of Pinson, Ala.; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Phyllis Marie Rowe
Died: Monday, August 28, 2000
Services for Mrs. Phyllis Marie Rowe, 53, of Hernando, formerly of Tunica, were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2000 at Hernando Funeral Home in Hernando, with burial in Hernando Memorial Park.
Mrs. Rowe, a homemaker and aide for the DeSoto County school system, died August 28 at Baptist Hospital Central in Memphis, Tennessee. She was a member of Little Texas Baptist Church in Tunica.
Mrs. Rowe is survived by her husband Henry Rowe of Hernando; one daughter, Paula Marie Rowe of Hernando; one son, Tommy Lewers Rowe of Hernando; two sisters, Stella Rowe of Crenshaw and Linda Spencer of Tunica; and three brothers, Ray Yount of Florida, Dave Yount of Flippin, Arkansas, and Lawrence Coalburn of Tunica.
Pallbearers were William Rowe, Bernard Spencer, Jr., Scott Spencer, Orval Ealy, Jr., Larry Tillman, and Chris Coalburn. Honorary pallbearers were Lawrence Coalburn, Jr. and Nolan Rowe, Jr.
Cortney Va'Shon Bullock
Died: Thursday, August 24, 2000
Services for Cortney Va'Shon Bullock, 16, of Tunica were held at 2 p.m. on August 31, 2000 at St. Peter AME Church in Tunica, with burial in Walton Chapel CME Church Cemetery in Clayton. The Rev. William Hardiman, Jr. officiated at the services.
Bullock died August 24 at High Point Rehab Center in Memphis, Tenn., after being seriously injured in an August 1999 automobile accident. He was a member of St. Peter AME Church and also attended Kelly Chapel COGIC in Robinsonville. He had been a student at Rosa Fort High School and San Leandro High School in San Leandro, California.
Bullock is survived by his mother Cynthia Bullock, sister Chrishonda Simpson, his grandmother Evada Bullock, grandfather Eddie Shields and father Curtis Jamison, all of Tunica; great-grandmothers Emma Willis of Dundee and Mary McDonald of San Francisco, California; and numerous aunts and cousins.
William Richard Russell
Died: Friday, August 18, 2000
William Richard Russell, born July 23, 1915 in Albion, Michigan, and raised in Tunica with his parents Helen Beall Russell and Burney Russell and sisters Helen and Jane, died Friday, August 18 at Allenbrooke Health Care in Memphis, where he had been living since a 1998 illness. Graveside services were held Tuesday, August 22 at 3 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Tunica. Rev. Bill Mills officiated and Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Russell, a journalist and author, was a graduate of Tunica Agricultural High School and the University of Mississippi. He also studied journalism at Indiana University. After completing his education, he lived in New York and Berlin, Germany, where his experiences provided material for his first published work Berlin Embassy, a fascinating account of pre-World War II Germany. In 1942, New York publisher G.P. Putman offered his first novel, Robert Cain, the story of a sensitive young man who grows up in the oppressive atmosphere of a fictional Delta town. Other works followed: The Cellar: A Play in 1945, The Bolivar Countries, a nonfiction work, in 1949, and perhaps his most acclaimed book, The Wind Is Rising, with protagonist Beal Jackson. Russell produced the novel Strayhorn in 1948 and Love Affair in 1956.
Russell joined the U.S. Army early in the war and served two years as an Order of Battle Specialist in the Intelligence Branch in England. He was later assigned to Montevideo, Uruguay and discharged in 1945. He returned to the U.S. and after a brief stint as a merchant seaman, went back to live and work in Germany for the next 18 years. Most of this time, Russell was employed by the Army Times publishing company and served as European Editor for two years. After his retirement in July 1969, he continued to live and work in Frankfurt, writing free lance for various publications and working on a novel, until 1973, when he returned to the U.S. A teaching career at Shelby State Community College and Northwest Mississippi Jr. College followed a brief stint at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis.
In 1977-78, Russell was director of "Making Yourself Heard," a public policy issue discussion project sponsored by the Mississippi Library Commission and Mississippi Committee for the Humanities and conducted in fifty public libraries throughout the state.
He moved home to Tunica shortly thereafter to care for his elderly mother and devoted himself to her care until her death. He came out of retirement to work for The Tunica Times from February 1993 until August 1995, during which time he produced numerous award-winning news and feature stories.
"Some of his most memorable work for me was a story about his experience in Berlin at Kristallnacht," said Times editor Brooks Taylor. "But he found a lighter side too. One of my favorite pieces was 'Mollie the setter sees the world.' Readers particularly enjoyed his award-winning series 'World War II Remembered,' which profiled Tunica veterans.
"He also took on such controversial pieces as retrospectives on local school desegregation and Sugar Ditch. Since his employment coincided with the development of casinos in Tunica County, Mr. Russell covered many stories on the growth of the gaming industry."
Russell was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Tunica and a former member of the Friends of R.C. Irwin Library and lent assistance to the Tunica County Literacy program, volunteering to lead new readers in creative writing exercises.
"He served as a role model to some of our people and said, 'You can do this, you just need to give it a try,'" said Betty Jo Dulaney, Literacy Center Director. "We're going to miss him a lot."
He is survived by one sister, Helen Finsness of Memphis, and four nephews, Russ Finsness of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Ken Finsness of Bermuda; and Bob and Mike England of Jackson, Mississippi. The family requests that any memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church or R.C. Irwin Library in Tunica.
Marjorie Nesbit Cantrell
Died: Wednesday, August 16, 2000
Services for Mrs. Marjorie Nesbit Cantrell, 69, of Austin, Texas, were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2000 at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev Doug Hardin officiated at the services.
Mrs. Cantrell, a nurse, died August 16 at St. David's Hospital in Austin.
She is survived by three daughters, Sandra Bright of Birmingham, Alabama, Marjorie Brown of Austin, Texas, and Mary Lou Edwards of Clearwater, Florida; four sons, Bobby Edwards of Tunica, David Hendrix of Mussel Shoals, Alabama, John Hendrix of Tucson, Arizona, and Steve Edwards of London, England; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Josh Hendrix, Danny Hendrix, and Jacob Hendrix.
Died: Sunday, August 13, 2000
Services for Edelie Island, 52, of Albany, Georgia were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 28, 2000 at River Road Church of Christ in Albany, with burial in Riverside Cemetery there. Melvin Whitsett was the officiating minister.
Ms. Island died August 13 following a long illness. She was born in Tunica on July 25, 1948 to Herman and Lucille Island and was educated in Memphis, Tenn. and Southwestern School of Nrusing in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Island was a member of River Road Church of Christ.
She is survived by one daughter, Mary Island of Albany, and adopted chidlren Pamela Kendrick, Lorenzo Keaton, and Milton Roger, all of Albany, and Linda Whitsett of Putney, Ga.; two brothers, Ivon Island of Tunica and Roosevelt Island of Omaha, Nebraska; sisters, Mildred Carter, Dorothy Harris, Ann Mae Island, and Marlyn Island, all of Tunica, Lillie Mae James and Louise White, both of Memphis, Tina Allen of Chicago, Ill., and Bobby Jean Berry of Omaha; one adopted brother, Charles Alexander of Albany; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.