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FRED L. BAGLEY, 57, of Memphis, died of cancer Thursday at Methodist Hospital. M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He leaves a companion with whom he lived, Annie E. Moffitt; two daughters, Marchel K. Garmon and Melvinnie Bagley, and three sons, Lafayette Bagley, Kenneth J. Bagley and Rev. Quentillis Bagley, all of Memphis; his mother, Flora M. Bagley; three sisters, June M. Talley of Holly Springs, Miss., and Mahalia Miller and Patricia Jack, both of Memphis; a brother, Gregory L. Bagley of Holly Springs, and nine grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

FAIRYE V. BELT, 92, of Arlington, homemaker, died of heart failure Wednesday at her home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Macedonia Cemetery. Munford Funeral Home Millington Chapel has charge. She was a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church. Mrs. Belt, the widow of J. W. Belt, leaves a sister, Margaret Powell of Millington; two brothers, Reed Kelley of Arlington and Luke Kelley of Cabot, Ark., three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

STELLA LOUISE BOWEN, 54, of 305 S. Bellevue, homemaker, died of cancer Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. She leaves a daughter, Cora A. Bowen of Memphis; four sons, Robert Dewayne Bowen, Curley Maurice Bowen and Johnny Bernard Booker III, all of Memphis, and Jerry Bowen Jr. of Springfield, Ill.; two brothers, Curtis Jones of Memphis and Robert Tabb Johnson of Los Angeles, and four grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

WILLIAM ANTHONY BOWLES, of 868 S. Fourth, Apt. 130, infant son of Gwendolyn Bowles and Tommie Pryor, both of Memphis, died of heart failure Wednesday at Methodist Hospital. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He also leaves his grandparents, Otis Walton, JoAnn Bowles and Dorothy Pryor, and his great-grandfather, Edward Bowles, all of Memphis.
[dated May 3, 1997]

JAMES DALE BRIDGES, 20-month-old son of Stephen Bridges and Rebecca Bridges of Memphis, died Wednesday at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center after being hit by a car. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home Whitehaven Chapel with burial in Hollywood Cemetery. He also leaves a sister, Brittney Collins, and a brother, DeAndre Stephen Bridges, both of Memphis; his grandparents, Wilma Bridges, Ruthie Bridges and Bennie Herron, all of Chicago, and his great-grandparents, Reola Coleman of Chicago and Benjamin Herron of Lonoke, Ark.
[dated May 3, 1997]

HUBERT L. BUGGS, 54, of 1805 Crawford, died of pneumonia Wednesday at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He leaves his mother, Willie Mae Buggs of Somerville, Tenn., and three sisters, Effie Richards of Somerville, and Sharon Johnson and Lela M. Batts, both of Memphis.
[dated May 3, 1997]

LEWIS BURCHETT, 75, of Brighton, Tenn., retired employee of Millington Telephone, died Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton in Covington, Tenn., after a stroke. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Brighton, where he was a musician, with burial in Mt. Tipton Cemetery there. Barlow Funeral Home of Covington has charge. He was a chef at Tipps Hunting Club. He leaves a brother, Robert P. Payne of Grand Rapids, Mich., and a friend who cared for him, W. S. `Babe' Howard of Millington.
[dated May 3, 1997]

SALLIE MAE `SULL' SHANNON CARTER, 83, of Cordova, retired from Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., died of heart failure Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Services will be at noon Saturday at Hill Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Cordova with burial in Galilee Memorial Gardens. B. T. Auston & Son Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of Firestone Christian Association, North Memphis Singing Union, Order of the Eastern Star C. D. Hayes Chapter 32 and the stewardess board at Zion Hill CME Church. She was a founder of Cordova Christian Community Club. Mrs. Carter, the wife of Rev. J. F. Carter, also leaves a daughter, Nellie M. Anderson of Bartlett; a son, Eddie W. Carter of Cordova; a brother, James Shannon of Memphis, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

CATHERINE HARRIS COLE, 45, of Memphis, domestic worker, died of cancer Monday at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at House of Prayer on Knight Arnold with burial at 11 a.m. Monday in New Park Cemetery. Gillespie Funeral Home in Olive Branch has charge. She leaves four daughters, Angela Harris Roper, Jacqueline Harris, Latarsha Harris and Latesha Harris; three sons, Antonio Watson, Clarence Harris and Terrance Harris, and her mother, Ida Mae Harris, all of Memphis; six sisters, Flora Harris, Roberta French and Barbara Thomas, all of Memphis, Betty Harris of Cairo, Ill., Shirley Green of Idabel, Okla., and Edith Harris Blackman of Texarkana, Texas; four brothers, Robert Harris III, Michael A. Harris, Timmie Lee Harris and Ronney Harris, all of Memphis, and 14 grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

ROSIE MAE COLLINS, 71, of 1750 Wilchester Lane, died of kidney failure Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. She was a member of All Saints Deliverance Temple Church of God in Christ, where she served on the mother board. She leaves five daughters, Lela Collins, Bertha Collins, Flora Collins Billingsley and Esther Devon Collins Mann, all of Memphis, and Georgia Mae Brown of St. Louis; five sons, Willie Collins Jr., John Wesley Collins, Joshua Collins and Tommie Lee Collins, all of Memphis, and Henry Mitchell Collins of St. Louis; four sisters, Mary Lee Minnis of Memphis, Vanilla Minnis and Louise Minnis, both of Chicago, and Luella Minnis of West Memphis; two brothers, Cater Minnis of Chicago and John Wesley Minnis of Memphis, 56 grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren three stepgreat-grandchildren and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

ABRAHAM COOK, 72, of Olive Branch, retired self-employed carpenter, died of heart failure Wednesday at his home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Botts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Olive Branch with burial in the church cemetery. Gillespie Funeral Home in Olive Branch has charge. Mr. Cook, the husband of Willie Mae Cook, also leaves two daughters, Everlina Greer of Olive Branch and Shirley Cook of California; two sons, Jimmie L. Cook of Olive Branch and Aaron Cook of Chicago; a stepson, Hugh Jeans Jones of Memphis; two sisters, Minnie Hardy of Memphis and Earline Cook of Olive Branch; two brothers, Buford Cook and Willie Cook, both of Olive Branch, and 20 grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

CHAD ALLEN DELASHMIT, infant son of Eleanor and Lawrence Delashmit of Brighton, Tenn., died Tuesday of complications from a heart condition at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today in Helen Crigger Cemetery in Munford, Tenn. Munford (Tenn.) Funeral Home has charge. Chad leaves a sister, Brittany McDaniel, and his twin brother, William Lawrence Delashmit, both of the home, and his grandparents, Willie Slough of Atoka, Tenn., and Virginia Maxey of Munford.
[dated May 3, 1997]

GEORGE DUNLAP, 67, of Memphis, formerly of Crenshaw, Miss., former construction worker, died April 25 at St. Joseph Hospital after a stroke. Services wil be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with burial in Tibbs Cemetery near Crenshaw. Taylor Funeral Home has charge. He was a Baptist. Mr. Dunlap, the husband of Melvina L. Dunlap, also leaves a daughter, Bernice Hence of Memphis; a son, Brian L. Taylor; two sisters, Ada Dunlap and Cassie B. King, both of Coldwater, Miss., and two brothers, Clemon Dunlap and Erby Simpson.
[dated May 3, 1997]

WILLIE D. `D. D.' FELIX, 60, of Memphis, retired painter, died of heart disease Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home Whitehaven Chapel has charge. Mr. Felix, the husband of Betty Mae Felix, also leaves three daughters, Pamela Weaver, Pat Humes and Telisha Felix, and six sons, Timothy Felix, Willie Felix Jr., Gary Felix, Michael Felix, Tony Felix and David Felix, all of Memphis; his parents, Earnest Jones and Alberta Jones, both of Nesbit, Miss.; a sister, Cora Moss of Memphis; a brother, Jodean Felix of Florida, and 12 grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

VERNON GREEN, 23, of 582 N. Seventh, died Thursday in Memphis of gunshot wounds. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He leaves his mother, Barbara Green, and six sisters, Patricia Wright, Jacqueline Carr, Christine Green, Yvonne Green, Terri Green and Tamika Green, all of Memphis, and seven brothers, Ronnie Green, Melvin Fuller, Christopher Fuller, Cornell Fuller, Bernard Fuller and Tommy Fuller, all of Memphis, and Sidney Fuller of Augusta, Ga.
[dated May 3, 1997]

ISAIAH HALL, 75, of Memphis, retired teacher of social studies and Bible at Memphis Harding Academy after 22 years, died of heart failure Wednesday at Saint Francis Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memory Hill Gardens. He was a deacon at Highland Church of Christ and a disabled World War II Army veteran. Mr. Hall, the husband of Frances Hall, also leaves a daughter, Anne Hall Robinson of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Elsie Hall Simmons of Laguna, Calif., and Lorna Hall Morgan of La Rose, Ill., and two grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Agape Child and Family Services, Memphis Harding Academy or Highland Church of Christ.
[dated May 3, 1997]

CHARLOTTE JUANITA SIMPSON HOSKINS, 40, of Somerville, Tenn., homemaker, died Thursday at Methodist Hospital of Fayette in Somerville after a heart attack. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Faith Church of God in Somerville, where she was a member, with burial in Liberty Cemetery in Laconia, Tenn. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville has charge. She leaves a daughter, Teresa Hoskins, and two sons, Jimmy Eugene `Jimbo' Hoskins and Bryan Hoskins, all of the home, and her mother, Sarah Hoskins, and her foster mother, Josephine Atkeison, both of Somerville.
[dated May 3, 1997]

JOHN W. HUDSON, 76, of Memphis, formerly of Covington, Tenn., retired agent with Interstate Life Insurance Co., died Thursday of heart failure at Methodist Hospital North. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home in Covington with burial in Charleston Cemetery. Mr. Hudson, the husband of Ruth L. Hudson, also leaves a son, Leslie J. Hudson of Memphis; a sister, Jo Barfield of Southaven, and a brother, Henry R. Hudson of Pocahontas, Tenn.
[dated May 3, 1997]

WELTON `BILLY' HULETT, 46, of DeSoto County, Miss., truck driver for Quality Foods, died of cancer Tuesday at Saint Francis Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Barton, Miss., with burial in the church cemetery. Gillespie Funeral Home in Olive Branch has charge. He leaves two daughters, Sophia Hulett of Byhalia, Miss., and Dashia Smith of Columbus, Ga.; a son, Welton Durand Hulett of Memphis; his mother, Eula Mae Hulett, and his father, Elton Hulett, both of Byhalia; six sisters, Louise Wiseman, Dorothy Johnson, Linda Butler and Etta Hulett, all of Byhalia, Bobbie Jones of Collierville and Merline Sanders of Lexington, Tenn.; five brothers, Mark Hulett and Kenney Jones, both of Memphis, Larry Hulett of Bayley, Calif., Donnell Hulett of Wyatt, Miss., and L. T. Hulett of Collierville; his grandmother, Annie Laura Hulett of Byhalia, and a granddaughter.
[dated May 3, 1997]

JOYLETTE McGOWAN IVORY, 52, of Byhalia, Miss., production worker at Gem Inc., died April 25 near Byhalia after an auto accident. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hearn Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Byhalia with burial in the church cemetery. Gillespie Funeral Home in Olive Branch, Miss., has charge. She was a member of Pleasant Hill CME Church in Mt. Pleasant, Miss., where she was president of the stewardess board. She leaves four sons, Jeffery L. Ivory, Lee O. Ivory and Frederick J. Ivory, all of Byhalia, and Gregory McGowan of Washington; six brothers, Theodore Culp, Arthur Lee McGowan and Vinson McGowan, all of Byhalia, Virt Lawrence McGowan of Indianapolis, Albert S. McGowan of Collierville and R. T. Mallory of Memphis, and six grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

THELMA M. JOHNSON, 80, of Nashville, formerly of Memphis, retired librarian for Memphis City Schools, died of heart failure Wednesday at Bethany Health Care Center in Nashville. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home with burial in Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Edmondson, Ark. She was a member of Bethel AME Church of West Memphis. Mrs. Johnson, the widow of Ezra Melvin Johnson, leaves a daughter, Mildred Johnson Taylor of Nashville, and two granddaughters.
[dated May 3, 1997]

DOROTHY M. LONG, 58, of Jackson, Tenn., formerly of Somerville, Tenn., homemaker, died Sunday of heart failure at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dancyville (Tenn.) CME Church, where she was a member, with burial in the church cemetery. J. A. Lofties Funeral Home of Somerville has charge. Mrs. Long, the wife of Arlander Long of Memphis, also leaves four daughters, Sylvia Long of Memphis, Opal Boyd of Somerville, Patricia Long of Brownsville, Tenn., and Dorothy Long of Jackson; three sons, Lander Long Jr., Willie Long and Thomas Long, all of Jackson; her mother, Opal Watkins of Brownsville; seven sisters, Annie Watkins, Arlean Watkins, Jackie Miller and Ural Calloway, all of Brownsville, Sallie Watkins and Pearl Watkins, both of St. Louis, and Alma Holmes of Somerville; eight brothers, Buddy Watkins and Early Watkins, both of St. Louis, Jessie Watkins of Nashville, Robert Watkins and Clinton Watkins, both of Somerville, Thomas Watkins of Detroit, and Jerry Watkins and David Watkins, both of Brownsville; 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

PEARL MANARD, 90, of Olive Branch, Miss., homemaker, died of heart failure Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memorial Park. She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Mrs. Manard, the widow of Willie Odell Manard, leaves a daughter, Linda Allen King of Olive Branch; a sister, Effie Poole of Millington; a brother, Woodrow Hammons of Tampa, three grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
[dated May 3, 1997]

RALPH HERBERT McCOY, 53, of Berkeley, Calif., formerly of Memphis, instructor of theater arts at University of California at Berkeley, died of liver disease Monday in Berkeley. M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home has charge. Mr. McCoy leaves a sister, Gloria McCoy Hancock.
[dated May 3, 1997]

DAWIT WODAYE MEHERETE, 34, of Memphis, parking attendant for All Right Parking, died of liver disease Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Services will be at noon Saturday at J. O. Patterson Mortuary with burial in Hollywood-Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Mr. Meherete leaves a son, Nebyu Dawit of Canada; his mother, Wodaje Meherete; a sister, Etenesh Meherete, and a brother, Berhanu Meherete, all of Ethiopia, and three friends who cared for him, Asfau Keskessa, Jember Ameha and Assifa Wossen, all of Memphis.
[dated May 3, 1997]

SARAH FRANCES REID MIDDLETON, 71, of Oakland, Tenn., former professor with Northwest Mississippi Junior College in Southaven and pharmacist at University of Alabama in Auburn, died of heart failure Wednesday at Methodist Hospital North. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Cordova Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 4195 Kirby-Whitten, where she sang in the choir and was active with the Family History Center, with burial at 11 a.m. Saturday at Welti Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Cullman, Ala. Forest Hill Funeral Home East has charge. She was active with the Boy Scouts of America. Mrs. Middleton, the widow of James Middleton, leaves a sister, Betty Sue Smith, and a brother, Dudley Reid, both of Cullman. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Welti Presbyterian Church Cemetery Association.
[dated May 3, 1997]

CHARLES WILLIAM O'MALLEY, 64, of Cordova, sales manager at Richard Glatter Inc., died of respiratory failure Wednesday in Memphis. Memorial services will be at noon today at Forest Hill Funeral Home East. He was a certified master watchmaker and had received an honorary degree from Spencer (N.C.) School of Watchmaking. He was past president of the Jeweler's Association Liaison to State Legislature, and a member of the 24 Carat Club and Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee Jeweler's Association. He was an Army veteran and a Methodist. Mr. O'Malley, the husband of Carmen O'Malley, also leaves a daughter, Karen O'Malley of Brighton, Tenn.; a son, Kevin O'Malley of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Sally Walker of Newport News, Va., and three grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Memphis Humane Society.
[dated May 3, 1997]

EUNICE ERWIN OWEN, 88, of Covington, Tenn., homemaker, died Wednesday of complications from a blood clot at Sycamore View Nursing Home. Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home in Covington with burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Owen, the widow of William Allison Owen, also leaves three daughters, Joan Glidewell and Peggy Duane, both of Bartlett, and Janice Townsend of Arlington; two sons, Harold Owen of Memphis and Gary Owen of Covington, 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

ARTHUR JAMES PERKINS JR., infant son of Arthur and Varlie Perkins of Memphis, died Tuesday at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis of complications following birth. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Eternal Mercy Lutheran Church with burial in Mt. Carmel-Hollywood Cemetery. Mid-South Funeral Home has charge. He leaves his grandmother, Willie Perkins of Cleveland, Miss.
[dated May 3, 1997]

RICHARD BYRON PERRY JR., 83, of Atlanta, formerly of Memphis, retired from Diamond-Shamrock Chemical Co., died of heart disease Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital in Atlanta. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. He served in the Pacific as a first lieutenant in the Navy during World War II, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Atlanta Country Club and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Mr. Perry, the husband of Martha Carpenter Perry, also leaves three daughters, Suzanne Brethrick and Joanne Jorgensen, both of Memphis, and Glenda Talbot of Oklahoma City; a son, Glenn Carpenter Jr. of Dallas, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The family requests that any memorials be sent to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.
[dated May 3, 1997]

JANET W. PHILP, 89, of Memphis, homemaker, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at Kirby Pines Manor. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Kirby Pines Auditorium with burial in Mt. Auburn Memorial Park in Stickney, Ill. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. Mrs. Philp, the widow of James Philp, leaves a daughter, Patricia P. Riley of Lakeland, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.
[dated May 3, 1997]

PRECIEUSE FLORENCE `BUTTONS' REEVES, 27, of Memphis, died of heart failure Monday at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at True Believers Holiness Church. M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home has charge. She leaves four sons, DeAnthony Patterson, Damien Nolen, Johnny Brown and Dominque Brown, and her mother, Sandra J. Reeves, all of Memphis; three sisters, Charmane Johnson and Sandra Roberts, both of Memphis, and Latonya Reeves of Denver; a brother, LaBarron Morgan of Memphis; her grandparents, Emmerean Bowman of Memphis, Elease Johnson of Detroit and Carnashal Johnson of Chicago, and her great-grandmother, Leola Williams of Memphis.
[dated May 3, 1997]

WILLIAM ELIJAH SAVAGE, infant son of Cristy Lynn Savage and William Earl Savage Jr. of Horn Lake, Miss., died at birth Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Graveside services wil be at 11 a.m. today in New Bethlehem Cemetery in Horn Lake. Hernando Funeral Home has charge. He also leaves a sister, Emily Jane Savage, and a stepbrother, Brandon Carl Smith, both of Horn Lake, and his grandparents, Buford Carl Shields and Norma Jane Shields, both of Horn Lake, and Carol Rita Savage of Memphis.
[dated May 3, 1997]

JACQUELINE SMITH, 49, of 2165 N. Hubert Circle, died of cancer Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital. Services will be at noon Saturday at M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home with burial in Galilee Memorial Gardens. She leaves her mother, Thelma Smith; her father, James E. Smith, and her twin sister, Joyce Jordan, all of Memphis, and two brothers, Clifford Smith of Memphis and James E. Smith Jr. of New York City.
[dated May 3, 1997]

ADDIE SPEARS, 81, of Shelby County Health Care Center, retired department store custodial worker, died of heart failure Tuesday at Shelby County Health Care Center. Services will be at noon Sunday at Victor Valley Baptist Church in Macon, Miss., where she was a former member, with burial in the church cemetery. Mid-South Funeral Home has charge. She leaves a sister, Martha Stewart, and a brother, Grady Cooper, both of Memphis, nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

JAMES COLLINS TABB, 57, of Houston, Miss., native of Memphis, retired employee of J. H. Tab and Co., died of heart failure Tuesday at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Miss. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church here with burial in Houston Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home has charge. He leaves a sister, Nancy Tabb Dendy of Houston. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to the Houston First United Methodist Church.
[dated May 3, 1997]

LENNON TAPPLIN, 32, of Oakland, Tenn., janitorial employee, died of cancer Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Belle Grove Baptist Church with burial in Belle Grove Cemetery in Oakland. Mabone Funeral Home of Somerville, Tenn., has charge. He leaves a son, Lennon Terrell Tapplin; his parents, Mary and James Tapplin, and a sister, Christy M. Tapplin, all of Oakland; and five brothers, Reginald J. Tapplin of Milwaukee, James L. Tapplin of Somerville, Michael A. Tapplin of Las Vegas, and Timothy H. Tapplin and Darron R. Tapplin, both of Oakland.
[dated May 3, 1997]

JAMES ARTHUR TERRY, 72, of Mason, Tenn., retired employee of U.S. Department of Transportation, died Sunday at his home after an apparent homicide. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Mason, where he was a member, with burial in Robinson Cemetery there. Mason Funeral Home has charge. Mr. Terry, the husband of Thelma Williams Terry, also leaves two daughters, Fannie Richardson and Jim Edna Daily, and two sons, Joe Louis Terry and James A. Terry Jr., all of Detroit; six sisters, Mary Lacey and Henretta Hicks, both of Mason, Katie M. Brown and Estelle Smith, both of Memphis, and T. L. Loggins and Esther Hudson, both of Chicago; two brothers, Allen Terry Jr. and Lawrence Terry, both of Chicago; 18 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

MYRTLE THOMPSON, 82, of Memphis, formerly of Dyersburg, Tenn., homemaker, died April 24 of heart failure at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a member, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery in Dyersburg. Hudson Funeral Home of Dyersburg has charge. Mrs. Thompson, the widow of Joe L. Thompson, leaves three daughters, Lillian Thompson Lewis and Mary C. Thompson Moore, both of Memphis, and Mary E. Pettus of Port Smith, Va.; a son, Howard L. Thompson of Cincinnati, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

LEONARD V. WALLACE, 68, of Atoka, Tenn., federal postal employee, died of heart failure Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton in Covington, Tenn. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Munford (Tenn.) Funeral Home with burial in Godfrey, Ill. He was an Army veteran and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He leaves seven daughters, Diane Monteil of Polo, Mo., Debra Hesperia of California, Donna Price of Wood River, Ill., Alicia Chappell of Cottage Hill, Ill., Patricia Rodriguez of Midwest City, Okla., Denise Young of Pocatello, Idaho, and Darla Medlin of Cottondale, Ala.; three sons, Lester Wallace of Crossville, Tenn., and Lennie Wallace and Edward Wallace, both of Atoka; two sisters, Ida Gilbert of Athens, Ga., and Ada Walker of Gillespie, Ill.; a brother, Ed Wallace of Alton, Ill., 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

GAIL BRADEN WARD, 58, of Lake Cormorant, Miss., homemaker, died of cancer Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Forest Hill Funeral Home South with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery South. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Eudora, Miss., and attended First Presbyterian Church there. Mrs. Ward, the wife of Joseph E. Ward, also leaves two daughters, Tersa Bassham of Lake Cormorant and Susan Abu-Atiyeh of Horn Lake, Miss.; a son, William T. Ward of Nesbit; her mother, Mildred Braden of Sun City, Ariz.; two sisters, Evelyn Hume and Carolyn Coster, both of Anchorage, Alaska; a brother, Billy Braden of Fontina, Calif., and six grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to American Cancer Society.
[dated May 3, 1997]

WALTER `DEDNEY' WIGGINS, 53, of St. Louis, formerly of Memphis, employee of Coca-Cola Bottling Co., died Saturday at his home after a heart attack. Services will be at noon Saturday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Piperton, Tenn., with burial in the church cemetery. H. C. Jett Funeral Home in Collierville has charge. He leaves two daughters, Pamela Wiggins and Kim Wiggins, both of Memphis; two sons, Don D. Young of Collierville and Jerome Rodgers of St. Louis; his mother, Mabel L. Wiggins of St. Louis; five sisters, Minnie Littles of Collierville, and Lois Little, Edna Mae Clark, Ida Wiggins and Glenda Wiggins, all of St. Louis; six brothers, Robert Wiggins, Johnny Wiggins, Glen Wiggins, Willie Wiggins, Jerry Wiggins and Murray Wiggins, all of St. Louis, and nine grandchildren.
[dated May 3, 1997]

CALVIN `DINO' WILLIAMS, 17, of Olive Branch, Miss., employee of Memphis Railroad, died Monday after being struck by a vehicle in DeSoto County, Miss. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Jeremiah AME Church in Olive Branch with burial in the church cemetery. Gillespie Funeral Home in Olive Branch has charge. He leaves his mother, Shirley M. Williams, and a sister, Gwendolyn Street, both of Memphis; a brother, Eddie Williams Jr. of Olive Branch, and his grandparents, Earl and Katharia Isom of Olive Branch.
[dated May 3, 1997]


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