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Jeffery Charles Brewer, II
Mr. Jeffery Charles Brewer, II, a resident of Pittman Road in District 15 of Fayette County and a student at Morris Chapel Christian Academy, died Sunday, April 16 of an apparent drowning in the Wolf River near Moscow. He was 16 years of age. Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, April 21 at Peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Rev. David Reeves, Pastor of the Midway Baptist Church near Whiteville, officiating. Interment was in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in District 15 of Fayette County. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Brewer was born September 16, 1983, in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Jeffery Charles Brewer and the former Teresa Ann Curtis. He attended local schools and at the time of his death, was a student at Morris Chapel Christian Academy in Somerville. Mr. Brewer was of the Baptist faith and his interests included deer hunting and fishing. He was known for his mechanical abilities. Mr. Brewer is survived by his mother and step-father, Teresa and Bill Crook of Somerville, his father and step-mother, Jeffery and Elizabeth Brewer of Somerville, his sister, Elizabeth Renee' Brewer of Somerville, two step-sisters, Nichole Crook of Somerville, Lisa Olejniczak of Somerville, his step-brother, Michael Sprayberry of Somerville, his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Curtis of Atoka and his paternal grandfather, Charles R. Brewer of Magee, Mississippi. Active casketbearers were Timmy Bishop, Billy Joe Cannon, Gray Freels, Tim Johnson, Cole Spicer and John Sullivan. Honorary casketbearer was Donnie Cannon.

Austin Vaiden Harris
Austin Vaiden Harris, stillborn son of Noah and Mellissa Harris of Bolivar, died at 4 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2000 at the Brownsville Health Care Center in Brownsville. Funeral services were conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, August 13th at the Graveside with Rev. Al Davis, Pastor of the Landmark Baptist Church in Somerville, officiating. Interment was in the Bethlehem Cemetery near Moscow. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Infant Harris is survived my his mother and father, Mellissa Collins Harris and Noah Vaiden Harris of Bolivar, his sister, Adreana Leigh Harris of Bolivar and his grandparents, Catherine and Bob Collins of Somerville, Joe Harris of Collierville, Margie Allen of Savannah, Liz Rutledge of Somerville, Corine Collins of Decatur, Alabama, Edna Cryer of Lawrensburg, Gloria Smith of Mason and Linda Harris of Rossville.

Catherine Cox
Ms. Catherine Cox of Somerville died Sunday, August 27 at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 30th at 1:00 pm. followed by graveside services at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis. Services will be officiated by Rev. Dr. Randy Wilcher. Catherine leaves her mother, Sharon McMullan, a brother Nathan Sandusky; grandparents Mike and Dot Rogers and Mr. and Mrs. James McMullan. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Steven Anderson Cookston
Mr. Steven Anderson Cookston, former resident of Somerville, died at 8:57 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2000 at Methodist Hospital of McNairy County in Selmer, Tennessee. He was forty years of age and died unexpectedly. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 11th at the Peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Rev. Kenneth Culver, Pastor of the Warren Community Church officiating. Interment was in the Somerville City Cemetery. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Cookston was born July 17, 1960 in Dallas, Texas, the son of Jon Anderson and Jeanie Briles Cookston. He moved with his family to Tennessee in 1963 and was a former resident of Somerville and Bartlett. Mr. Cookston had been a student and resident of the McNairy County Developmental Center in Selmer since 1988. Mr. Cookston was a member of the Mullins United Methodist Church. He enjoyed the friendship of people of all ages and his interests included bike riding, playing the piano and music of all kinds. Mr. Cookston is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jon Cookston of Bartlett, one sister, Sheri Cookston Morris of Somerville, and a niece and nephew, Madison and Scott Morris of Somerville. Casketbearers were Max Burch, Danny Graham, Rodney Jenkins, David Shelton Robertson, Rod Bussey-Spencer and Charles Taylor. The family request memorials be made to the McNairy County Developmental Center in Selmer, Tennessee.

Alice Erle Beasley Keeble
A resident of Monteagle, Tennessee, died December 5. She was born and raised in LaGrange, Tennessee. Mrs. Keeble was preceded in death by her parents, Peter R. and Ida Lee Hancock Beasley, LaGrange, Tennessee and her husband, Edwin Augustus Keeble. She is survived by children, Peter Beasley (Martha Carter) Keeble, Sewanee, Tennessee and Lucy Lyne Keeble, Atlanta, Georgia; sister, Irma Beasley McGown, Memphis, Tennessee; grandchildren, Katharine Keeble Wilkinson, Alison Margaret Keeble Wilkinson, Edwin Augustus Keeble, IV. Graveside services 1 P.M. Friday, December 8, 2000, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, The Rev. James K. Polk Van Zandt, Rector of St. Paul's Church of Selma, Alabama, officiating. A memorial service will be held 4 P.M. Saturday, December 9, 2000, Christ Church of Monteagle, Tennessee, Bishop William Milsaps officiating. Memorials may be made to Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, Monteagle, Tennessee 37356.

James Walter "Jimmy" Freeland, Sr.
Mr. James Walter "Jimmy" Freeland, Sr., a resident of Williston and a longtime Fayette County banker who was involved in the financial, community and religious activities of the area throughout his life, died at 8 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2001, at his residence. He was 80 years of age and died unexpectedly. Funeral services were conducted at 12 Noon Monday, April 16th, at the Somerville First Presbyterian Church with Rev. R. Christy Morgan of Corinth, Mississippi, a former minister of the church, officiating. Interment was in the Union Cemetery at Laconia. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Freeland was born October 24, 1920, in Laconia, Tennessee the son of the late James Dinwiddle and Elizabeth Morris Freeland, early residents of the Laconia area. Mr. Freeland attended Laconia schools and was a graduate of the Fayette County High School in Somerville and received his college degree from the University of Mississippi at Oxford. Mr. Freeland served in the United States Army Air Crop during World War II and was a lifelong resident of Fayette County. He was a banker for many years in Somerville and served as Chief Executive Officer for the First State Bank of Fayette County for a number of years before his retirement. After his banking career, Mr. Freeland served as a City Recorder for the Town of Somerville. In earlier years Mr. Freeland has served as an Alderman for the Town of Somerville and was also a member of the Fayette County School Board. He also served as a member of the Fayette County Draft Board. Mr. Freeland was a longtime member of the Somerville First Presbyterian Church where he had served as an Elder. Mr. Freeland was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Ruth Parks Freeland. His interests in earlier years included golfing and gardening. Mr. Freeland was an avid reader throughout his life. Mr. Freeland is survived by his wife, Judy Hamner Freeland of Williston, his daughter, Leah Freeland Andres of Somerville, his son, Walt Freeland of Somerville, two sisters, Karen Freeland Winfrey of Somerville, Anne Freeland Caldwell of Memphis and seven grandchildren. Active casketbearers were John Caldwell, Jack Dawson, Hugh Parks, Rodney Parks, Drew Tomlinson, Gerald Tomlinson and Bob Winfrey. Honorary Casketbearers were members of the Fayette County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5013. The family request that memorials be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

Corrie Watson Henley
Mrs. Corrie Watson Tippett Henley, 78, of Camden, Tennessee, formerly of Somerville, Tennessee, died Sunday, February 24, 2002 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. The widow of Wilburn Gene Henley, who died in 1989, she was a dispatcher with the Somerville Police Department for about six years and a secretary in a physician's office in Somerville. She was born on March 5, 1923, in Greenville county, South Carolina, daughter of the late Crayton and Ilar Vaughn Watson and lived for 20 years in Memphis and 20 years in Somerville prior to moving to Camden about four years ago. Mrs. Henley was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Don Hammons officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar, Tennessee were in charge of arrangements. Survivors include a son Clyde Tippett of Camden, and a sister, Aletha Watson Barker of Taylor, South Carolina. The family request that memorials be sent to Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Dorothy Dunn
Mrs. Dorothy Dunn, 64, of Memphis, Tennessee, formerly of Somerville, Tennessee, nurse assistant at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, died Tuesday, August 20, 2002 at Methodist Healthcare-South. Services were conducted on Saturday, August 24 at Pulliam Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Somerville with burial in the church cemetery. J. A. Lofties Funeral Home in Somerville was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Dunn, the wife of William Dunn, also leaves a daughter, Kimberly Dunn of Memphis; five sisters, Savanah Campbell, Girline Dancey, Virginia Gray and Forestine Owenes, all of Memphis, and Mary Ann Boone of Gary, Indiana, and two brothers, Darnell Watkins of Memphis and Larry Watkins of Somerville.

Curry Norris Harris
Mr. Curry Norris Harris, lifelong resident of Fayette County and a well-known retired farmer, cattleman and building contractor, died at 8:30 a.m. Monday, August 7, 2000 at his residence on Watkins Road between Williston and Moscow. He was 80 years of age and died following an extended illness. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 9th at the Morris Memorial Baptist Church in Moscow with Rev. Ralph Thomas, Pastor of the church officiating. Interment was in Friendship Cemetery near Moscow. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Harris was born December 18, 1919, in Moscow, the son of the late Hudson and Mamie Vaughn Harris. He attended schools in Moscow and Somerville and was a graduate of Fayette County High School in Somerville. Mr. Harris was married May 16, 1941 to the former Miss Betty Cocke of Fayette County who survives. Mrs. Harris is the retired President and manager of the former Tri County Savings and Loan Association in Somerville that is now BancorpSouth Bank. Mr. Harris was a United States Army veteran of World War II with overseas duty that included Italy, France and Germany. He was a building contractor in earlier years and was a cattleman and farmer throughout his life. Mr. Harris continued his hay operation and to care for his cattle until two years ago. He was a longtime member of the Morris Memorial Baptist Church at Moscow. In addition to his wife, Mr. Harris is survived by two daughter, Joan Henry of Cordova, Susan Burrow of Jackson, Tennessee, two sisters, Rebecca Raines of Bartlett, Cleo Burke of Grenada, Mississippi, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren Mr. Harris was preceded in death my his son Curry Hudson "Huttie" Harris in 1999. Active casketbearers were George Bravos, Jerry Harris, Paul Harris, Tommy Harris, Gary Lewis and Vip Lewis. Honorary casketbearers were Lawrence Bryson, Charlie Dacus, Joe Fowler, Jay Minor, J. T. Minor, Sr., Emil Parrott, Albert Pleasants, Carl Sides, Aldon Sneed and Sam Walker. The family request that memorials be made to the Morris Memorial Baptist Church in Moscow or to the Friendship Cemetery Association.

Shirley Inez Johnson
Services for Shirley Inez Johnson, 63, were held August 5 at 11 a.m. at Reed's Chapel. Burial was in Lexington City Cemetery. Mrs. Johnson died at Regional Medical Center in Memphis of heart disease. Mrs. Johnson was born July 13, 1937, in Somerville to the late June and Elma Nae Doyle. Mrs. Johnson attended Fayette County Schools. She is survived by her husband, Ray Johnson; five daughters, Carla Faye Delbridge of Darden, Starlet Ann Newman and Jacquelyn Luker, both of Corinth, Miss., Pamela Golden of Dyersburg, and Christy Lea Rosson of Lexington; and three sisters, Barbara Ann Griffin, Carolyn June Patillo, and Judy Palmer Hibbit, all of Whiteville.

Gaudie Vera Darnell Culver
Mrs. Gaudie Vera Darnell Culver, a longtime resident of the Macon, Somerville, and Whiteville areas, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2000 at the Baptist Hospital East at Collierville. She was 89 years of age and died following an extended illness. Funeral services were conduced at 1 p.m. Sunday, October 8th at the Peebles Funeral Chapel at Somerville. Interment was in the Macon Cemetery at Macon, Tennessee. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Culver was born December 26, 1910 in Vivian, Oklahoma, the daughter of the late Robert Bailey and Lula Belle Giles Darnell. She moved at an early age with her family to West Tennessee and attended Macon area schools. Mrs. Culver had resided for most of her life in Fayette and Hardeman Counties. She was a former resident of the Saulsbury and Whiteville areas and resided in the Macon area for many years before entering the retirement center in Collierville. Mrs. Culver was the wife of the late Bill Culver. She was a homemaker throughout her life and had been a devoted member of the Church of Christ for many years. Mrs. Culver was a member of the Collierville Church of Christ at the time of her death and in earlier years was instrumental in the formation of the Whiteville Church of Christ. She enjoyed flowers and gardening as long as health permitted. Mrs. Culver was survived by one daughter, Ann McDuffie of Collierville, two sons, Robert Eugene Bowles of Stanton, and Jackie Dean Culver of Memphis, two sisters, Juanita Orman of Macon, and Naomi Stafford of Hot Springs, Arkansas, one brother, Clinton Darnell of Gainsville, Florida, eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Jennie L. McCaskill
Mrs. Jennie L. McCaskill, 84 of Somerville, died April 11 at Methodist Hospital of Fayette. The widow of Chalmers E. McCaskill, who died in 1989, she was a homemaker. She was born on March 6, 1917, in Fayette County, daughter of the late James and Josie Lela Rogers Umbarger and lived in Grand Junction prior to moving to Somerville. Mrs. McCaskill was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church at Saulsbury. Services were at 2 p.m., April 13 at Shackelford Funeral Home chapel in Bolivar with Rickey Watkins officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Fayette County. Mrs. McCaskill is survived by five daughters, Dolly Graves of Hickory Valley, Brenda Miles, Connie Huff and Betty Nunnley, all of Somerville and Janice Miles of Scottsdale, Ala.; two sons, Lloyd D. McCaskill of Tullahoma and Johnny McCaskill of Jackson; a sister Gladys Walk of Somerville; a brother, James Umbarger of Somerville; 18 grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 10 step great-grandchildren; and a step great-great grandchild.

Helen Siler McMillen
Mrs. Helen Siler McMillen, a resident of the Canadaville Community in Fayette County, died at 6 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2001, at the Methodist Hospital of Fayette County in Somerville where she was taken after becoming ill at her home earlier in the day. She was 72 years of age and died unexpectedly. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 15th at the Pleasants Christian Church near Macon with Rev. James Weir, Pastor of the Church, officiating. Interment was in the Pleasants Cemetery. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. McMillen was born August 15, 1929 in Bradford, Arkansas, the daughter of the late Lance and Dorothy McSpadden Siler. She attended Bradford area schools and moved at an early age with her parents to Memphis where she graduated from high school. Mrs. McMillen was married July 8, 1977 to Frank A. McMillen, a native of Fulton, Mississippi and longtime employee of Film Transit and Beaver Express in Memphis, who survives. Mrs. McMillen was a homemaker and was also employed as a division manager for the Film Transit Company in Memphis for over thirteen years. She was the first female senior manager of the transportation company before her retirement a number of years ago. She attended Pleasants Christian Church in Fayette County and was a resident of Memphis before moving to the Canadaville Community twenty years ago. Mrs. McMillen enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening. In earlier years, she enjoyed quilting and sewing and was known for her love of nature and out-of-door activities. In addition to her husband, Mrs. McMillen is survived by three daughters, Cathy Hilton of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Carla Crisco of Westervile, Ohio, Charla Zavodny of Bartlett, two step-daughters, Brenda Collums of Tupelo, Mississippi, Melinda Adair of Pontotoc, Mississippi, three half-sisters, Mabel Dobbins of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Pat Cupples of Hackett, Arkansas, Jewell Shifflett of Southaven, Mississippi, one brother, Dean Siler of Bradford, Arkansas, her half-brother, Carl Lance Siler, Jr. of Eau Claire, Michigan, one granddaughter, Stephanie Crisco and five-grandchildren. Casketbearers were Chuck Adair, Tippy collums, Bonnie Crisco, David McMillen, Alan Rogers and Wayne Zavodny. The family request that memorials be made to the Pleasants Cemetery Association, 235 Linwood, Rossville, TN 38066.

Jennie Greene McNeelis
Mrs. Jennie Greene Alexander McNeelis, a resident of Memphis and a former resident of the Somerville area and native Fayette Countian, died at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at the Methodist Hospital Central in Memphis. She was 83 years of age and died following an extended illness. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 23 at the Peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Rev. Gordon H. Sather, son-in-law of Mrs. McNeelis, officiating. Special remarks were given by several family members. Interment was in the Taylor's Chapel Cemetery in Fayette County. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. McNeelis was born January 1, 1919, in the Taylor's Chapel Community, the daughter of the late Robert Burwell Alexander, Sr. and the late Rosa Clower Alexander. She attended local schools and was married April 8, 1933 to James DeWitt McNeelis who preceded her in death May 16, 1967. Mrs. McNeelis was a resident of Memphis for a number of years where she was employed in food service at various businesses including the Peabody Hotel, The Harbor Restaurant and the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry. In earlier years, she was employed at the Grill 64 in Somerville. After retirement, Mrs. McNeelis returned to Fayette County in 1972 and lived in the Somerville area before becoming a resident of Heartland Nursing Center in Memphis two years ago. Mrs. McNeelis was a member of the Methodist Church throughout her life and was known by her family and friends as an outstanding vegetable gardener. Numerous pictures and articles appeared in local newspapers displaying her prize vegetables. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a person who enjoyed life and the close relationship with her family and grandchildren. Mrs. McNeelis is survived by four daughters, Rosa McNeelis Mabry of Memphis, Sarah McNeelis Lewis of Eupora, Mississippi, Mary Frances McNeelis Sather of Memphis, Lois McNeelis Bailey of Southaven, Mississippi, her son, James DeWitt McNeelis, Jr. of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, twenty grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Casketbearers ere Brad Bennett, Larry Casey, Charles Thompson, Michael A. Thompson, Patrick McCann and Raymond Thompson. The family request that memorials be made to Fayette Cares of Somerville.

Dorothy June Nurse Garrison
Mrs. Dorothy June Nurse Garrison, a resident of Fort Myers, Florida and wife of the late Joseph William Garrison who was a native of Moscow, died Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at the residence of her daughter in Hamptonville, North Carolina. She was 74 years of age and died following an extended illness. Funeral services were conducted at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 27 at the graveside with Dr. John Lodge, Pastor of the Somerville First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment was in the Friendship Cemetery near Moscow. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Garrison was born March 7, 1928 in Lakewood,Ohio, the daughter of the late Allison Jerome Nurse and the late Carmen Petit Nurse. She attended Cleveland, Ohio area schools and was married July 25, 1970 to Mr. Joseph William Garrison of Fayette County. Mr. Garrison was the former owner of the J.W. Garrison Trucking Company and a United States Navy Veteran who died December 15, 1998. Mrs. Garrison was a homemaker and had been a resident of Fort Myers, Florida for a number of years and because of illness, had recently moved to Hamptonville, North Carolina to reside with a daughter. She was a Presbyterian. Mrs. Garrison is survived by four daughters, Vera Hood of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Radyne Ellis of Marshville, North Carolina, Anna Kupka of Hamptonville, North Carolina, Sherri Holmes of Weslin, Michigan; three sons, Fred Dupre of Naples, Florida, Duke Dupre of Monroe, North Carolina, Joseph Garrison of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Rod Nurse of Cleveland, Ohio, Ted Nurse of Cleveland, Ohio; eighteen grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren. Casketbearers were family members and friends. The family request that memorials be made to the donor's favorite charity.

William E. Kennon
William E. Kennon, 67, of Rossville, retired president of River City Chrome, died Friday, October 11, 2002 in Rossville. Funeral arrangements were not available. Mr. Kennon was the husband of Janiece Kennon, who survives.

Henry Eugene Watkins
Mr. Henry Eugene Watkins, a resident of Somerville and local small engine repair shop owner and operator, died at 5:30 am. Friday, August 11, 2000 at the Methodist Hospital of Fayette in Somerville. He was 61 years of age and died following an extended illness. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 13th at the Peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Rev. Phil Lovelace, Pastor of the Somerville First Baptist Church officiating. He was assisted by Rev. John Ed Watkins, Pastor of the Morris Chapel Baptist Church in Somerville. Interment was in the Friendship Cemetery near Moscow. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Watkins was born November 19, 1938, in Somerville, the son of the late Leroy and Lillie Mae Isbell Watkins. He attended Moscow area schools and had resided in Fayette County throughout his life. For a number of years, Mr. Watkins had owned and operated the Watkins Small Engine Repair Shop on Hwy 64 in Somerville. He was a member of the Somerville First Baptist Church. Mr. Watkins enjoyed music throughout his life and participated in the music ministry of the Somerville Health Care Center. He enjoyed both singing and playing the guitar for health care residents and friends. Mr. Watkins is survived by his wife, Thelma Jean Luke Watkins of Somerville, four sons, Tony Watkins and David Watkins, both of Moscow, Randy Watkins of Somerville, Chris Watkins of Williston, two sisters, Lenora Watkins Ownes of Moscow, Mildred Watkins of Prestage of Polk City, Florida, one brother, Charles Watkins, Sr. of Moscow, and ten grandchildren. Casketbearers were Henry Feathers, Robert Steward, Derl Tucker, Charles Watkins, Jr., Chris Watkins, David Watkins, Randy Watkins, Ricky Watkins and Tony Watkins. The family request that memorials be made to the Evangelical Church of Moscow, P.O. Box 71, Moscow, Tennessee 38057.

Louise Leath Pattat
Mrs. Louise Leath Pattat, longtime resident of Yum-Yum Road North of somerville, died at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2001, at the Methodist Hospital of Fayette in Somerville where she had been a patient for one day. She was 95 years of age and died following an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 18th at the Peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Rev. Mike Pilcher, Pastor of the Braden United Methodist Church and Rev. Barbara Blackmon Fortune, Pastor of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Hebron Cemetery in the Bethlehem Community of Fayette County. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Pattat was born November 29, 1906, in Haywood County, Tennessee, the daughter of the late James Richard and Birdie Akin Leath. She attended schools in the Bethlehem Community and was marked December 1, 1928, to Fred Amos Pattat, a well-known Fayette County farmer and landowner who preceded her in death December 26, 1994. Mrs. Pattat was a homemaker throughout her life and was also associated with her family in their farming operation in Fayette County before retirement. She had been a resident of Fayette County for most of her life and was a longtime member of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church where she had served as Church Historian in past years. Mrs. Pattat had been an active member; in past years of the Bethlehem Community Farm Club and the Bethlehem Home Demonstration Club. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening as long as health permitted and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. At the time of her death, Mrs. Pattat was a resident of the National Health Care Center in Somerville and was one of the oldest residents of her community. Mrs. Pattat is survived by two sons, Fred Lee Pattat and wife, Geneva of Somerville, Carlos Pattat and wife, Marie of Somerville, three brothers Houston A. Leath of Stanton, Elbert Leath of Brownsville, Giles Leath of Stanton, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Active casketbearers were Houston Leath, Jr., Jimmy Leath, Bobby Myers, Glenn Newman, Danny Pattat and Jeffrey Pattat. Honorary casketbearers were Morton Carraway, Danny Leath, Donnie Myers and Ralph Myers. The family request that memorials be made to the Bethlehem United Methodist Church or to the Hebron Cemetery Association.

Margaret Louise Smith
Mrs. Margaret Louise Conklin Smith, a resident of Oakland and wife of the late Jasper Travis Smith, died at 6:14 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2002, at the Cordova Rehabilitation Center where she had been a resident for the past two months. She was 80 years of age and died following an illness of several months. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 27 at the Peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Bro. Scott Ferguson, Minister of the Macon Church of Christ and Bro. Gary McDade, Minister of the Getwell Church of Christ in Memphis, officiating. Interment was in the Memorial Park Cemetery on Poplar Avenue in Memphis. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Smith was born August 3, 1921 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of the late Edward Conklin and the late Melissa Feathers Conklin. She moved at an early age to Fayette County and attended Fayette County schools. Mrs. Smith was married February 5, 1938 to Jasper Travis Smith, retired employee of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Memphis. Mr. and Mrs. Smith had been married for over sixty years before the death of Mr. Smith on April 22, 1999. Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and a devoted member of the Macon Church of Christ where she participated in numerous church activities as long as health permitted. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were residents of Memphis for over forty years and had been residents of the Oakland area in Fayette County for the past twenty years. Her interests included food preparation, sewing, flowers and vegetable gardening. Mrs. Smith will be remembered for her kindness to others, the love that she had for her home and yard and her devotion to her husband, children and grandchildren. Mrs. Smith is survived by two sons, Jack Smith of Germantown, Richard Wayne Smith of Buckner, Missouri, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Casketbearers were Joe Francis, Jr., Andy Smith, Dallas Smith, Jeff Smith, Steve Smith and Tim Smith. The family request that memorials be made to The Spiritual Sword, c/o Getwell Church of Christ, 1511 Getwell Rd., Memphis or to the Macon Church of Christ, Macon.

Barbara Ann Patterson
Mrs. Barbara Ann Patterson, 37, of Rossville, Tennessee, homemaker, died Thursday, August 22, 2002 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Services were conducted on Saturday, August 24 at Morning View Baptist Church in Canadaville, Tennessee, with burial in Farewell Cemetery there. Mabone Funeral Home in Somerville was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Patterson, the wife of Luther Patterson Jr., also leaves a daughter, Latonia Patterson Wilson of Somerville; a son, Timothy T. Patterson of Rossville; her mother, Thelma Jordan of Oakland, Tennessee; four sisters, Betty Jordan and Mary Jordan, both of Memphis, Coletta Jordan of Kansas and Carol Jordan of Oakland, and six brothers, Chester Jordan, Charlie Jordan, Vernon Jordan, Augusta Jordan and John Henry Jordan, all of Memphis, and Shawn Jordan of Oakland.

L. T. Thompson
Mr. L. T. Thompson, a resident of LaGrange Road in Fayette County and longtime State of Tennessee Highway Department employee, died at 4:45A.M. Saturday, October 26, 2002 at the Methodist Hospital North in Memphis where he had been a patient for the past fourteen days. He was 73 years of age and died following an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were conducted at 2 P. M. Monday, October 28th at the Peebles Funeral Home Chapel in Somerville with Rev. Jim Whitley, pastor of the Liberty Baptist Church and Rev. John Ed Watkins, pastor of the Morris Chapel Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in District 15 of Fayette County. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Thompson was born April 20, 1929 in Fayette County, the son of Pearl White Thompson and the late Jessie Elmar Thompson. He attended Fayette County schools and was married December 17,1949 to the former Eva Ferge of Fayette County, who survives. Mr. Thompson was a lifelong Fayette Countian and attended the Morris Chapel Baptist Church. He was a heavy equipment operator for over thirty years before his retirement and had been employed by the State of Tennessee Highway Department, Dement Construction CompanY and the Standard Equipment Company. He was also a farmer and cattleman throughout his life and enjoyed out of door activities. He was a person who enjoyed people of all ages and will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In addition to his wife, Mr. Thompson is survived by two daughters, Thelma Thompson Kee of Somerville, Selena Thompson Markle of Hickory Valley, Tennessee; one son, David Earl Thompson of Somerville; his mother, Mrs. Pearl White Thompson of Somerville; his brother, Albert Thompson of Somerville; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by one grandson, Allen Thompson of Somerville. Casketbeares were Brent James, Waylon Ferge, Wilmer Thompson, Albert Ray Thompson, Al Dunn and Richard Thompson. Honorary Caskbearers were Jimmy Powers, James Umbarger, William Gaugh and Earl "Jr." Powers. The family request that memorials be made to the donor's favorite choice.

Jerry Keith Rodgers, Sr.
Mr. Jerry Keith Rodgers, Sr., a resident of the Hickory Valley Community in Hardeman County and former Fayette Countian, died Saturday evening, December 8, 2001, at his residence at Hickory Valley. He was 55 years of age and died following an extended illness. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 12th at the peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Rev. John Ed Watkins, Pastor of the Morris Chapel Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in District 15 of Fayette County. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Rodgers was born September 19, 1946, in the Toccopola Community near Pontotoc, Mississippi, the son of the late Elbert E. and Addie Bailey Rodgers. He moved at an early age with his parents to Sledge, Mississippi and attended Sledge schools. Mr. Rodgers was employed as an automobile mechanic throughout most of his life and was a member of the Hollywood Baptist Church at Sledge, Mississippi. Mr. Rodgers was a resident of Memphis for a number of years before moving to the District 15 area of Fayette County. He had been a resident of Hickory Valley for the past four years and enjoyed both fishing and hunting as long as health permitted. Mr. Rodgers is survived by his wife, Betty Marie Holder of Somerville, three sons, Frankie Cherry of Somerville, Eric Keith Rodgers of Memphis, Jerry Keith Rodgers, Jr. of Somerville, two sisters Shelia Pollan of Sledge, Mississippi, Barbara Purdon of Sarah, Mississippi, three brothers, Kenneth R. Rodgers of Memphis, Wayne Rodgers of Hernando, Mississippi, Elbert Rodgers, Jr. of Oakland, Tennessee and his grandson, Austin Clark of Somerville. Casketbearers were Jimmy Goodman, Buddy Gwin, Michael Morrow, Albert Purdon, Mark Rodgers and Kenneth Rooker. The family request that memorials be made to the Mt. Olive Cemetery Associations.

Jimmy Rhea Tice
Mr. Jimmy Rhea Tice, well known resident of Moscow and long time truck operator in West Tennessee, died at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at the Baptist Hospital of Collierville. He was 57 years of age and died following a brief illness. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 22, at the Oak Grove Baptist Church near Moscow with Rev. Bernard Campbell, Pastor of the Church, officiating. Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Tice was born April 26, 1944 in Moscow, the son of the late John Wesley Tice and the late Elizabeth McClure Tice. He attended Moscow area schools and was married October 23, 1971 to the former Rebecca Marlene Barber, who survives. Mr. Tice was a life long resident of the Moscow area and a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church. He was a truck operator for much of his life and was employed in earlier years by the Alpha Corporation at Piperton. For the last there years, Mr. Tice had been employed by Indmar Marine Engines of Millington, Tennessee. Mr. Tice will be remembered as one who loved people and never met a stranger. He enjoyed outdoor activities throughout his life that included fishing and hunting. He was known as a devoted husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his wife, Mr. Tice is survived by two daughters, Susan Tice Bing of Moscow, Kimberly Tice of Moscow, two sisters, Mae Allen of Moscow, Ann Heaton of Grand Junction, his brother, Billy Tice of Moscow and two grandchildren, James Wesley Tice and Breana Grace Bing. Active casketbearers were Bo Allen, Vincent Mills, Wendell Mills, Alfred Tice, Buddy Tice and John Paul Tice, Jr. Honorary casketbearers were Jeff Tice and Jerry Tice. The family request that memorials be made to the Bus Fund of the Oak Grove Baptist Church at Moscow.

Myrtle L. Alexander Peete
Mrs. Myrtle L.Alexander Peete, 81, of Mason, Tennessee, homemaker, died Wednesday, August 21,2002 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton in Covington. Services were conducted on Monday, August 26 at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, where she was an usher, with burial in the church cemetery. Mason Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Peete, the widow of Willie S. Peete, leaves three daughters, Lildred Jean Collins and Susie Lillie, both of Chicago, Illinois and Queen E. Smith of Covington; five sons, Ernest L. Washington, Lawrence Peete and C. L. Peete, all of Detroit, Michigan, Joseph Peete of Mason and Jessie Peete of St. Louis, Missouri; six sisters, Fentress Nails of Detroit, Lois Noble of California, Virginia Alexander of Virginia, Dorothy Goode of Chicago, Shirley Mosley of Millington and Cherish Christian of Memphis; three brothers, Nathaniel Alexander, Ernest Elvin Alexander and James Crawford, 38 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

Linda May Whitaker
Mrs. Linda May Whitaker, 57, of Mason, Tennessee, surveyor, died Friday, August 23, 2002 at her home. Services were conducted on Monday, August 26 at Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home in Covington with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mason. She was a member of Mason Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Whitaker, the wife of John Aubrey Whitaker Jr., also leaves a daughter, Toni Michele Whitaker of Memphis; a son, Scott Wesley Whitaker of Mason; her parents, Virginia Josephine and Fred Steward of Belmont, Tennessee; two sisters, Margaret Compher of Santee, California, and Alice Jaynes of Gallaway, Tennessee; a brother, Donald Steward of Nashville, and three grandchildren.


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