Mrs. Mattie Lee Smith
Died: Saturday, September 08, 2001
Services for Mrs. Mattie Lee Smith, 81, of Tunica were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery here. Rev. Danny Smith and Rev. Joe Young of Drew, MS officiated at the services.
Mrs. Smith, a homemalker, died Sept. 8 at Baptist Hospital DeSoto in Southaven, MS.
The widow of the late John Russell Smith, Mrs. Smith is survived by one daughter Geneva Hodge of Kosciusko, MS; two sons, W.T. Smith of Drew and John R. Smith of Senatobia, MS; two sisters, Montez Moore of Stantonville, TN and Inez Miller of Tunica; sixteen grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, David Snith.
Pallbearers were Tommy Smith, Andy Smith, Anthony Smith, Jason Stull, Lance Ware, Herbert Joe Miller, Edward Miller, and Robert Miller.
The family requests that any memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Tunica.
Charles Edward Weeks
Died: Friday, September 07, 2001
Services for Charles Edward Weeks, 65, of Crenshaw, MS wqere at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, 2001 at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Truslow Cemetery in Crenshaw. Rev. James McCluskey officiated at the services.
Mr. Weeks, a retired superintendent for CP House Gas Co. in Cleveland, died Sept. 7 at Baptist Hospital DeSoto in Southaven, MS. He served in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of Specialist, 3rd Class.
Mr. Weeks is survived by two daughters, Rita Flowers of Asklew, MS and L. Becky Sexton of Strayhorn, MS; one son, Bobby Edward Weeks of League, TX; two sisters, Jimmie Ruth Carrol of Cleveland and Betty Hewitt, both of Cleveland; one brother, James Weeks of Cleveland; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Duff Woodard, Jimmy Weeks, Joey Weeks, Todd Hewitt, Mark Weeks and James Weeks.
The family requests memorials to a charity of the donor's choice.
Mrs. Willie Lee Alderson
Died: Thursday, August 30, 2001
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2001 at the chapel of Browning Funeral Home in Water Valley, MS, with burial in Cambridge Cemetery in Lafayette County, MS. Rev. Joe Lamb officiated at the services.
Mrs. Alderson, a homemaker and a Baptist, died at Grenada Lake Medical Center in Grenada on August 30. She was 87.
Mrs. Mary Ann McCain Wilkes
Died: Tuesday, August 28, 2001
Services for Mrs. Mary Ann McCain Wilkes, 72, of Tunica were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at First Baptist Church in Tunica. Rev. Danny Smith officiated at the services.
Mrs. Wilkes, a homemaker, died August 28 at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis, TN. A native of Webster County, MS, she came to Tunica when she was a small child. Mrs. Wilkes was a member of First Baptist Church, where she was a longtime Sunday School teacher and Bible study leader. She studied in the Bible Study Fellowship in Memphis and on the national level for 7 years and was instrumental in bringing Explorers Bible Study to Tunica, where she lead a core group of leaders, who in turn taught groups of 15 or more women in the community. She remained a "real student of the Bible all her life," said her husband Jack Wilkes. "She studied 3 or 4 hours every day."
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Wilkes is survived by one son, John Wilkes of Memphis; two sisters, Lynn Ware of St. Simon Island, Georgia and Charlott Ferguson of Hernando, MS; and 12 nieces and nephews.
Active pallbearers were Mike Walton, Tom Ferguson, David Gibson, Steve Sosebee, Mike Hill, Robert Williams, Bobby Papasan, and Norman Wilkes. Honorary pallbearers were Owen Bibb, Ellis Koonce, Jimmy Erwin, Phil Lachousse, John E. Matthews, Bobby Williams, Scott Arnold, and Jack Day Perry.
The family requests that memorials be made to First Baptist Church.
John Franklin "Frank" Lee, Jr.
Died: Sunday, August 26, 2001
John Franklin "Frank" Lee, Jr., 59, of Memphis, TN died August 26, 2001 at his home. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29 at the West TN Veterans Cemetery.
Mr. Lee was a truck driver with Teamsters Local 984 and served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife Paula Lee; two daughters, Sherry Pugh of Southaven, MS and Tami Anderson of Walls, MS, and a stepdaughter Carolyn Glaze of Memphis, TN; three stepsons, Bobby Barlow of Bartlett, TN, Billy Barlow of Hot Springs, AR, and Johnny Barlow of Oxford, MS; three sisters, Sherry Pugh and Sandra Kelso, and Geraldine Wheeler, all of Southaven; and 7 grandchildren.
The family requests that any memorials be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Died: Thursday, March 13, 2003
Services for Eric Haynes, 26, of Memphis, TN, were held at noon on Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Union Street Church of Christ, with burial in Grant's Cemetery. Henderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Haynes died March 13 in Henning, TN. He is survived by his parents, Sam Haynes and Ida Mae Haynes of Memphis; two daughters, Evelyn Shanta Foster and Navie Edawards, both of Memphis; a son, Marikus Atkins of Memphis; two brothers, Rico Haynes and Tristan Haynes, both of Memphis; his grandmother, Beulah Jones of Birdie, MS; and a great-grandmother, Pearlie Hyson of Green ville, MS.
Died: Thursday, February 20, 2003
Services for J.W. Butler, 67, of Clarksdale, MS, were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2003, at Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksdale, with burial in Oakridge Cemetery. Rev. Edd Lawrence officiated at the services.
Mr. Butler, retired owner of Clarksdale Music and owner-operator of Butler Rentals, died February 20 at his home. He was born in Tunica on August 9, 1935, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Elks Club and American Legion and attended Clarksdale Baptist Church.
Mr. Butler is survived by his wife Sue Welch Butler of Clarksdale; his mother Fannie Mae Butler of Clarksdale; three sons, James Butler of Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas, David Butler of Rena Lara, MS, and Jon Butler of Little Rock, AR; and four grandchildren, Clint Butler and Brandon Butler of Memphis, TN, Jay Butler of Clarksdale, and Presley Butler of Little Rock.
Mrs. Margaret Duvall
Died: Saturday, February 08, 2003
Services for Mrs. Margaret Duvall, 86, of Dundee, MS, were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2003, at C.O. Pate Funeral Home in Senatobia, MS, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Tunica.
Mrs. Duvall died February 8 at her home. She was a member of the Pentacostal Church of God.
Mrs. Duvall is survived by four daughters, Wanda Clark of Oxford, MS, Frances Powell of Tunica, Margaret Davis of Dundee, and Jane Cranford of Patrick, SC; four sons, Charles Duvall of New Hampshire, Ronnie Duvall and Ray Duvall, both of Memphis, TN, and Jackie Duvall of Walls, MS; three sisters, Shirley Booher, Brenda Welch, and Louise Johns, all of Jonesboro, AR; one brother, William Spears of Jonesboro; twenty-two grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Marshall O. Duvall.
William "Bill" Earnheart
Died: Thursday, February 06, 2003
Services for William "Bill" Earnheart, 81, will be held at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, February 6, 2003, at First Baptist Church in Tunica, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Danny Smith, Gerald Castilo, and Bill Duckworth will officiate at the services.
Mr. Earnheart, owner of a local service station from 1945-1990, died February 3 at Baptist Desoto Hospital in Southaven, MS. He had served as a corporal in the Army Air Force during World War II in North Africa and Italy and was an active member of First Baptist Church. A multi-talented musician, he had been a deacon and member of the Baptist Brotherhood and a member of the church choir for nearly 60 years.
He is survived by two daughters, Brenda Duckworth of Jackson, MS, and Myra Jo Hindman of North Port, AL; a son, William B. Earnheart, Jr. of Tunica; a sister, Annelle Bailey of Tunica; and five granddaughters, Valerie Duckworth of Indianapolis, IN, Brenda Elizabeth Earnheart of New York, Darian Duckworth of Nashville, TN, and Carol Hindman and Mary Hindman, both of North Port, AL. Mr. Earnheart was preceded in death last October by his wife of 53 years, Lou Earnheart.
Pallbearers were Aubrey Earnheart, Jr., Bill Bailey, Clinton Bailey, Jim Pegram, Ed Beach, Mike Boren, Mike Hill, and Wes Bailey.
The family requests memorials to First Baptist Church of Tunica.
Rev. Vernon S. Stewart
Died: Thursday, February 06, 2003
Services for Rev. Vernon S. Stewart, 75, of Tunica, formerly of Memphis, TN, were held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at C.O. Pate Funeral Home in Senatobia, MS, with burial in Forest Hill South cemetery in Memphis.
Rev. Stewart, a Baptist minister, died February 2 at his home. He was a member of Little Texas Baptist Church, Horn Lake Blue Lodge, and Order of the Eastern Star in Coldwater, MS, and had been the minister at Little Texas Baptist Church for 25 years.
Rev. Stewart is survived by his wife Carolyn Stewart of Tunica; one daughter, Linda Howeth of Euless, TX; his brother-in-law Ricky Gattis, who was raised and loved as a son by Rev. Stewart; two sisters, Opal Mullins of Coldwater, MS, and Dot Garrigus of Millington, TN; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials to the American Heart Association.
Ransom Aldrich Myers
Died: Thursday, February 06, 2003
Services for Ransom Aldrich Myers, Sr., 80, of Tunica, formerly of Lula, MS, were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at Tunica United Methodist Church, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Doug Hardin officiated at the services.
Mr. Myers, prominent citizen and innovative planter in the Dundee area, died Sunday, February 2, at home. He was a graduate of Tunica County High School and Mississippi State University and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Myers had travelled extensively throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and South America. He was a former alderman in Lula, where he was active in Lula Methodist Church, and a member of Tunica Methodist Church and Tunica Rotary Club.
Mr. Myers is survived by his wife Frances Girdley Myers of Tunica; two daughters, Joan Fay Myers Peters of Memphis, TN, and Susan Myers Mychesky of Charlotte, NC; two sons, Abbott R. Myers of Dundee and Ransom Aldrich Myers, Jr., of Halifax, Nova Scotia; two step-daughters, Diane Girdley Gelvin of Tunica, and Melinda Girdley Black of Fort Worth, TX; and eleven grandchildren, Kathy Myers of Clarksdale; Ransom Myers of Tunica; Sara Fay, Bethany and Grace Peters of Memphis; Rose, Emily, Sophia Fay, Carl and Gioia of Nova Scotia; and Joan Fay Myers Mychesky of Charlotte. He was preceded in death by his parents Martin Pickett Myers and Mattie Belle Myers of Dundee; his wife Fay Mitchell Myers of Lula; and brothers Pickett Myers and Col. Raymond Myers, both of Green ville.
Pallbearers were Charles Berry, Mickey Johnson, Ken Whittington, Brad Cobb, Pat Johnson, and Joe Watson. Honorary pallbearers were Harvey Ashe, William Dulaney, E.M. "Son" Hood, Paul Battle Jr., Neil Block, Dutch Parker, and Wesley Bailey.
The family requests memorials to Tunica Methodist Church.
Died: Saturday, December 28, 2002
Ernie Albritton, 68, of Senatobia, MS, formerly of Tunica, died December 28, 2002, at Baptist Desoto Hospital in Southaven. He was an educational trainer and coach for Tate County schools and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2002, at Senatobia First Baptist Church, with burial in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Albritton was a graduate of Murphy High School in Mobile, AL, and Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, where he was an outstanding athlete, and completed graduate work at the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, and the University of Oklahoma. He played in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts and coached in numerous public and private schools in Mississippi, including Warren Central High School in Vicksburg, where he was the first head coach, and most recently at Tunica Institute of Learning, where he was named private school Track Coach of the Year in 2002.
Mr. Albritton was a member of the M Club and Sports Hall of Fame at Mississippi College and had been previously honored as Mississippi Athlete of the Year and Mississippi Citizen of the Year.
Music was another love of his life. Mr. Albritton served as supply music minister in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, and was a member of the Albritton Quartet, the Middle Cross Quartet, and the Remembering Time Quartet.
He is survived by his wife Kitt Albritton of Senatobia; his mother Cleola Albritton of Oklahoma City, OK; two daughters, Michele Ricker of Meridian, MS, and Cherie Anderton of Vicksburg; two sons, Jay Albritton of Vicksburg and Scott Albritton of Brandon, MS; a stepdaughter, Liesl Sanden Ross of Waukesha, WI; a stepson, Erich G. Doser of Ann Arbor, MI; one sister, Marty Odom of Oklahoma City; two brothers, Truman Albritton of Senatobia and Paul Albritton of Vicksburg; and seven grandchildren.
The family requests that memorials be made to Senatobia First Baptist Church Youth/Music Fund or the Mississippi College Athletic Department.
Mrs. Martha George Few Gelvin
Died: Thursday, December 26, 2002
Services for Mrs. Martha George Few Gelvin, 84, of Tunica, formerly of Gulfport, MS, were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 28 at Brandford O'Keefe Funeral Home in Gulfport, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery there.
Mrs. Gelvin, an employee of Hancock Bank in Gulfport for 18 years, died December 26, 2002. She was born in Dancey, MS, on November 6, 1918, and lived in Eupora, MS and in Tunica from 1964 until 1973, where she was employed by the Department of Human Services and in the Chancery Clerk's office. In Gulfport, she was a member of Gulfport First Baptist Church, the Gideons Auxiliary, and Hancock Bank Retirees Association.
The widow of the late Smash Eugene Gelvin of Parkin, AR, Mrs. Gelvin is survived by one son, Steven Eugene Gelvin of Tunica; one daughter, Martha Karen Gelvin of Biloxi, MS; and four grandsons.
The family requests that memorials be made to Gideons International, 2900 Lebanon Road, Nashville, TN 37214.