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NATHAN E. ALDRIDGE JR., 66, of 1437 Kney, retired maintenance worker for Overlook Apartments, died of heart failure Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital. Services will be at noon Saturday at Greater St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church with burial in New Park Cemetery. E. H. Ford Mortuary Services has charge. Mr. Aldridge, the husband of Bernice Aldridge, also leaves three daughters, Diane Thomas, Linda Garrett and Jacqueline Ross; a son, Nathan Aldridge III, and a stepdaughter, Dietrich Payne, all of Memphis; a sister, Clara Christian of Chicago, 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

SARAH NICOLE ANDERSON, 9-year-old daughter of Christina Kay Yeubanks and Wayne Lewis Anderson Jr., both of Memphis, student at Shady Grove Elementary, died Wednesday at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center after an auto accident. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Walton Cemetery in Covington, Tenn. She participated in Shelby Youth Sports and the pompon squad for Elmore Park, and was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church. She also leaves her stepfather, Chance Curtis Yeubanks of Memphis; two half-sisters, Kathryn Alexandria Yeubanks of Memphis and Melody Anderson of Horn Lake, Miss.; her grandparents, Mike and Sandra McWilliams, and Wayne and Carol Anderson, all of Memphis, and Carol Forrest of New Orleans; her great-grandmothers, Hazel McWilliams and Sara Perkins, both of Memphis, and a great-great-grandmother, Bessie Davis of Doniphan, Mo.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

JUANITA R. BASKERVILLE, 63, of 2172 Benton, retired dressmaker and alterationist for Hecht's Tall Shop, died Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital after a stroke. Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Annesdale-Cherokee Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a former usher, with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home has charge. Mrs. Baskerville, the wife of Albert Baskerville, also leaves three daughters, Sonya Baskerville of Portland, Ore., and Dr. Karen A. Baskerville and Jill L. Baskerville, both of Memphis; her mother, Dorothy M. Ellis of Memphis; a brother, William H. Rubin of Chicago, and a half-sister, Doris Agho, and a half-brother, Cleophus Rubin, both of Memphis. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Southwest branch of the American Heart Association in Memphis to benefit the Minority Outreach Task Force.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

EVELYN D. BATES, 87, of Covington, Tenn., beautician, died Sunday at Covington Care Center after a stroke. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Canaan Baptist Church, where she was a member, with burial in Townsend Cemetery in Covington. Barlow Funeral Home of Covington has charge. Mrs. Bates, the wife of Letroy Bates, also leaves a son, Johnny Burchett of Nashville.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

MARY JANE BEST, 83, of Memphis, died Wednesday at her home after a stroke. Mass will be said at 10 a.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi Church, where she was a communicant, with burial in Calvary. Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel has charge. She was a former member of St. Paul Altar Society and the Legion of Mary. She leaves two daughters, Mary B. Hargrave and Joan F. Best, both of Memphis; a son, Charles L. Best of Salt Lake City, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to St. Benedict at Auburndale in Cordova, St. Cecilia Motherhouse in Nashville or the charity of the donor's choice.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

TAMEKA LaSHAE BOYLAND, 21, of 998 N. Watkins, Apt. 3, died Wednesday in Memphis of a gunshot wound. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of Highland Heights Church of Christ. She leaves a daughter, LaQuita Nadine Boyland; a son, NaDavion Lee Boyland, and her mother, Glenda Roy, all of Memphis; her father, Leonard Boyland of Texas; a sister, Fareba Bobo, and two brothers, Glen Roy and Demetrius Roy, all of Memphis, and her grandmothers, Helen Murray of Chicago and Geraldine Boyland of Memphis.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

HERMAN CAGE, 66, of Nesbit, Miss., died of heart failure Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Hernando with burial in Greenview Cemetery. M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He was a member of Rising Sun Baptist Church in Hernando. Mr. Cage, the husband of Mae Lee Cage, also leaves two stepsons, U. T. Thomas of Nesbit and Mack A. Tuggle of Flint, Mich.; two sisters, Lorene Bell of Detroit and Emma Hawkins of Memphis; a brother, William Cage of Hernando, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

OTIS CHILDERS, 92, of Memphis, died of heart failure Wednesday at Methodist Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Forest Hill Funeral Home South with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery South. He was a member of Morris Memorial Primitive Baptist Church. Mr. Childers, the husband of Louise Childers, also leaves two daughters, Jeannie Childers of Memphis and Connie Whitmire of North Carolina; two sisters, Zettie Meadows and Edna Jones, both of Ripley, Miss., four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

LOUIS CLAY, 79, of Hughes, Ark., farmer, died of heart failure Sunday at his home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Anthony Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Edmondson, Ark. He leaves a stepdaughter, Lela Dotson, and a stepson, Nathaniel Jones, both of Memphis; three sisters, Emma Johnson, Elzena Burton and Minister J. Green, all of Omaha, Neb., 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

VIRGIL LEE CLAYTON, 72, of Memphis, brick mason, died of heart failure Feb. 12 in Memphis. Services will be at noon Saturday at Wolfe Brothers Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Marion (Ark.) Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Clayton, the husband of Ellen Clayton, also leaves a daughter, Kim Cunningham of Memphis; three sons, Lavon Clayton of West Memphis, and Calvin Clayton and Virgil Clayton Jr., both of Memphis; and five sisters, Ida Mae Clayton, Gerline Anderson, Vera Ellis, Cora C. Harrell and Rosa Brown, and three brothers, Rev. Leon Clayton, Cleveland Clayton Jr. and Scoby Clayton, all of Memphis.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

WILLIE CURTIS JR., 58, of West Memphis, detail supervisor for Bud Davis Cadillac, died of heart failure Feb. 12 at Saint Francis Hospital. Services will be at noon Saturday at 15th Street Church of God in Christ in West Memphis with burial in Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Edmondson, Ark. Anthony Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. Mr. Curtis, the husband of Betty Curtis, also leaves a daughter, Melinda Kay Wilson of West Memphis; three sons, Calvin Curtis and Rickey Curtis, both of San Diego, and Terry Curtis of West Memphis; a sister, Rosie M. Cofey of Fairbanks, Alaska, nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

JOHN R. DAVIS, 100, of Memphis, died of heart failure Wednesday at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. He leaves two brothers, Herman Crawford of Memphis and Randle Crawford of Chicago.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

JOHN ECHOLS JR., 78, of Byhalia, Miss., retired landscaping worker at the Memphis Fairgrounds, died of heart failure Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Union Valley Missionary Baptist Church in Byhalia with burial in the church cemetery. J. F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs, Miss., has charge. He leaves three sons, Roosevelt Echols of Byhalia, Dayton Reed of Holly Springs and Granville Reed of Waterford, Miss.; three stepdaughters, Mary Hankins of Victoria, Miss., Mary Tunstall of Byhalia and Vertel Hankins of Chicago; a stepson, Willie B. Phillips of Chicago; seven sisters, Louise Davis, Othell Pool, Corrien Echols and Josephine Humphrey, all of Byhalia, Mattie B. Sellers and Lena Falkner, both of Holly Springs, and Ismar Beard of Aurora, Ill.; four brothers, E. C. Echols of Memphis, T. C. Echols of Flint, Mich., B. W. Echols of Byhalia and J. C. Echols of Holly Springs; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

ELIZABETH EDWARDS, 88, of Memphis, died of heart failure Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of the mother board at Lake Cormorant Baptist Church. Mrs. Edwards, the widow of Robert Edwards, leaves a son, John Davis, and a cousin who cared for her, Maephine Reese, both of Memphis, 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

JAMES O. ELLIS, 88, of Memphis, retired foreman for Forest Hill Dairy, died of heart failure Wednesday at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lexington, Ky. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memory Hill Gardens. He was a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church and a World War II air forces veteran. Mr. Ellis, the widower of Irene I. Ellis, leaves three daughters, Beverly Johnson of Nicholasville, Ky., Chynena Coates of Portland, Ore., and Carolyn Kunsch of Mission Viejo, Calif.; a son, James O. Ellis Jr. of St. Joseph, Mo., nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

SHIRLEY LEE ERVIN, 62, of Covington, Tenn., homemaker, died of respiratory failure Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home in Covington with burial in Munford Cemetery there. She was a Baptist. Mrs. Ervin, the wife of Eugene Ervin, also leaves a daughter, Kim Freeland, and a son, Richard P. Ervin, both of Covington, and three grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

LONNIE EUGENE FORD, 47, of 2417 Silver, died of heart failure Wednesday in Memphis. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. Mr. Ford, the husband of Lizzie Latin Ford, also leaves a daughter, Beactrice Ford; a son, Lonnie Eugene Ford Jr.; his mother, Ophelia Bohanan, and his father, Hurley Ford, all of Memphis; four sisters, Patricia Bohanon, Joyce Moore and Louise Coleman, all of Memphis, and Delois Teague of Gahanna, Ohio, and four brothers, Otis Bohanon, Elmer Odell Bohanon, Michael Bohanon and Gregory Bohanon, and his grandmother, Ruth Ford, all of Memphis.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

WILLIAM `SAM' FOSTER, 88, of Memphis, retired from Ford Motor Co., died of heart failure Wednesday at Saint Francis Hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memphis Memory Gardens. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of White Station O. K. Houck Masonic Lodge, Ford Retirees of Memphis and Southland Baptist Church. Mr. Foster, the widower of Loraine Paige Foster, leaves two daughters, Sammie Foster Edmundson of Collierville and Jo Ann Foster Anglin of Olive Branch, Miss.; a sister, Grace Oxner of Collierville, three grandsons and four great-grandsons.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

EUNICE INEZ HILL, 86, of 1378 Orgill, homemaker, died of heart failure Thursday at Methodist Hospital. R. S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of Bountiful Blessings Church of God in Christ and Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Hill, the widow of L. C. Hill, leaves two daughters, Johnnie E. McChriston and Shirley A. Canady, both of Memphis; two sons, James E. Hill of Memphis and Charles B. Hill of Harvey, Ill., 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

SALLIE BEE HOBSON, 84, of 661 N. Decatur, homemaker, died of heart failure Thursday at Overton Park Health Care Center. Services will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at Mid-South Funeral Home with burial at 10 a.m. Sunday in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Somerville, Tenn. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Hobson, the widow of Roosevelt Hobson, leaves a daughter, Lucy Mae Hobson, and a son, Clarence Hobson, both of Memphis; a sister, Betty L. Rufus of Cleveland, Ohio; four brothers, Albert Hall of Memphis, Otis Hall of Cleveland, and James Hall and Herman Hall, both of San Francisco, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

R. D. JEFFERSON, 68, of Memphis, retired crew chief for City of Memphis Park Commission, died of heart failure Wednesday at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He was a Korean War Army veteran. He leaves three daughters, Essie Jefferson, Jessie Jefferson and Caressa Jefferson, all of Memphis; two sons, Charles Jefferson of Memphis and Latroleum Jefferson of Oak Harbor, Wash.; his mother, Alice Jefferson of Memphis; two sisters, Avery Wright of Memphis and Hettie Mae Williams of Seattle, and five grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

MARY BENNETT JOHNSON, 73, of 3967 Hillsboro Cove, retired switchboard operator, died of heart failure Thursday at Saint Francis Nursing Home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. Family Mortuary has charge. Mrs. Johnson, the widow of Sam Johnson, leaves a daughter, Phyliss Marie Johnson, and two sons, James Johnson and Cary Johnson, all of Memphis, four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

ROBERT E. JOHNSON II, 101, of 723 N. Hollywood, groundskeeper at Naval Support Activity Memphis, died of heart failure Feb. 13 at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Services will be at noon Saturday at Gray's Creek Baptist Church in Eads, Tenn., where he had been a member since he was 11 years old, with burial in the church cemetery. J. O. Patterson Mortuary has charge. He was also a deacon at Gray's Creek Baptist Church and superintendent of the Sunday school. He was a Mason, a member of No. 5 Society and a World War I Army veteran. Mr. Johnson, the widower of Roxie Stewart Johnson and Pearlester Jones Johnson, leaves two foster daughters, Linda Fay Harvell of Memphis and Janice K. Harvell of Milwaukee, and two sisters, Kizzie M. Rone and Rosella Crawford, and a niece who cared for him, Dorothy L. Price, all of Memphis.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

DORA LOVE, 104, of West Memphis, homemaker, died of heart failure Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas. Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bethel AME Church in West Memphis with burial in Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Edmondson, Ark. Anthony Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. Mrs. Love, the widow of Sylvester Love, leaves eight daughters, Gracie Harper, Emma Cheatham, Lorraine Johnson, Nora Ferguson, Dora Smith and Sylvia Wilson, all of Fort Worth, and Beulah Brownlee and Stella Love, both of West Memphis; a sister, Melinda Pittman, and a brother, Robert Alexander, both of Flint, Mich., 35 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren and 36 great-great-grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

MARION GREENBLATT MANCHIK, 79, of Memphis, retired teacher, died of heart failure Wednesday at Memphis Jewish Home. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. She was a miniaturist. Mrs. Manchik, the widow of Bertram E. Manchik, leaves a daughter, Barbara M. Barton of Dallas; a son, Robert A. Manchik of Memphis; two sisters, Penny G. O'Hare of Weston, Conn., and Dorothy G. Baach of Washington, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Lausanne Collegiate School or the charity of the donor's choice.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

WILLIS R. MAYNARD, 74, of Memphis, formerly of Locke, Tenn., retired Memphis Housing Authority employee, died of lung cancer Monday at his daughter's home. Services were Wednesday at his daughter's home in the Shelby Forest area. Northridge-Woodhaven Chapel in Millington had charge. He was a World War II veteran and had been a first class shipfitter stationed in Brisbane, Australia. He was active in the East Frayser Civic Club. Mr. Maynard, the husband of Mary Lee Maynard for 51 years, also leaves a daughter, Rebecca Lee Adams, and a sister, Iris Maynard, both of Memphis. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Trinity Hospice or to the Memphis Humane Society.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

DOROTHY L. McCLURE, 80, of Proctor, Ark., homemaker, died of heart failure Tuesday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis. Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Lake Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Proctor with burial in Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Edmondson, Ark. Anthony Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. She leaves four sons, Exal McClure, Charles McClure and James McClure, all of St. Louis, and Earle McClure of Little Rock; five sisters, Zella Mae Nelson of Seattle, Catherine Polk and Lois Ransey, both of West Memphis, and Florine Burns and Doris Inmon, both of Proctor; a brother, Charlie B. Inmon of Proctor, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

ROBERT JOSEPH McGEE, 62, of Olive Branch, formerly of Greenville, Miss., retired pharmacist after 27 years, died Monday of complications from Huntington disease at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford, Miss. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. He had graduated in 1953 from Lee High School and was a Korean War Army veteran. He also graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 1962. He had retired in 1989 from Kroger Co. Mr. McGee, the husband of Kay Hartness McGee, also leaves a daughter, Valerie M. Johnston of Nesbit, Miss.; two sons, Calvin Jeffery McGee of Madison, Miss., and Robert Kent McGee of Lake Charles, La.; his mother, Georgie L. Jeffers, and a brother, Louis Calvin `L. C.' McGee, both of Columbus, Miss., and five grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Huntington Disease Society of America in New York City.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

BOBBIE ANN `DOLL' MOSBY, 40, of Olive Branch, Miss., homemaker, died of heart failure Monday at her home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church in Olive Branch with burial in Cowans Cemetery in Olive Branch. Gillespie Funeral Home in Olive Branch has charge. Mrs. Mosby, the wife of Jerry Mosby, also leaves five daughters, Latoya Mosby of Memphis, and Shalondria Mosby, Jerrica Mosby, LaKeadral Mosby and Beverly Mosby, all of Olive Branch; two sons, Marlon Howard and Marcus Mosby, both of Olive Branch; six sisters, Ruby Johnson, Rosie M. Howard, Bernice J. Howard, Betty Milam, Jeanette Smith and Cecile Howard, all of Memphis; eight brothers, Henry Sledge, Frank Howard Jr., Curtis L. Howard, Ricky Howard and Johnny Howard, all of Memphis, and Alford Howard, Darren B. Howard and Michael Howard, all of Olive Branch, and three grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

EARL LEE NEWSOME, 74, of 600 King, retired employee of E. R. Moore Cap & Gown Co., died of cancer Thursday at Rosewood Manor Nursing Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at New Gilfield Baptist Church, where he was a member, with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. Mr. Newsome, the husband of Lula Mae Newsome, also leaves four daughters, Mozell Miller of Maitland, Fla., Diane Garner of Memphis, and Renee Harris and Valarie Cosey, both of Chicago; five sons, Undra Pillows, Dale Pillows, Jason Pillows and Gregory Pillows, all of Chicago, and Bernard Pillows of Memphis; three sisters, Elizabeth Crook of St. Louis, Vera Newsome of Chicago and Mary Louise Pickett of Hazlehurst, Miss., and a brother, Carl Lee Newsome of California.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

ROBERT PHELAN `FOOTS' NOE, 69, of Memphis, retired heavy-equipment mechanic, died of cancer Thursday at Methodist Hospital North. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Family Funeral Care with burial in Memory Hill Gardens. Mr. Noe, the husband of Helen McLemore Noe, also leaves a daughter, Bonita Noe Williams of Memphis; three sons, Robert E. Noe of Munford, Tenn., James V. Noe of Brighton, Tenn., and Matt E. Noe of Memphis; two brothers, Theodore Noe of Cordova and Nance Noe of South Carolina, and four grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to New Life Fellowship in Memphis.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

MAYOLER OTTISON, 81, of West Memphis, farmer, died of heart failure Saturday at Methodist Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in West Memphis with burial in Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Edmondson, Ark. Anthony-West Memphis Funeral Home has charge. She leaves a daughter, Johnnie Mae Tyler of West Memphis; a son, Earnest Dean of Fresno, Calif.; three stepdaughters, Ann Kelley, Willie Mae Tyler and Elizabeth Tyler, all of Memphis; three sisters, Viola Jones and Lovie Burns, both of West Memphis, and Gladys Hunter of Memphis; two brothers, John Henry Gatewood and Tommy Gatewood, both of West Memphis, 26 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

ULYCLESS PEGUES, 63, of 1496 Elliston, retired bricklayer, died of heart failure Wednesday at Methodist Hospital. Services will be at noon Tuesday at N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Mr. Pegues, the husband of Cora Lee Pegues, also leaves two daughters, Barbara Ann Pegues and Phyllis Pegues; two sons, Edward Earl Pegues and David Pegues, and his stepparents, Howard and Francis Pegues, all of Memphis, and two grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

RICKY EUGENE PORTER, 35, of Indianapolis, formerly of Somerville, Tenn., employee of Dennis Park Service in Indianapolis, died Feb. 12 of heart failure at Wishrich Hospital in Indianapolis. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at J. A. Lofties Funeral Home in Somerville with burial in Pisgah Cemetery there. He leaves his mother, Lucille Brown, and his father and stepmother, Eugene and Thelma Porter, all of Indianapolis; two sisters, Montoya Porter of Indianapolis and Gywan Porter of Atlanta; a brother, Dexter Porter of Indianapolis; and his grandfather, James Porter of Somerville.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

WALTER RICHARDSON, 83, of Memphis, formerly of Mason, Tenn., minister for 43 years and retired farmer, died of heart disease last Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell Baptist Church in Mason with burial in the church cemetery. Barlow Funeral Home of Covington, Tenn., has charge. Mr. Richardson, the widower of Emma Richardson, leaves two daughters, Ophelia Stewart of Norwalk, Calif., and Jean Todd of Memphis; two sons, Walter Richardson of Memphis and Fentress Richardson of Atlanta; three stepsons, Eddie Strong of Detroit, and Thomas Degraffreed and William Degraffreed, both of Mason; 21 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

FREDDIE ROOKS JR., 39, of Washington, formerly of Memphis, upholstery worker, died of heart failure Tuesday at Veterans Hospital in Washington. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church No. 2 in Rossville with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery at 9 a.m. Monday. Jefferson Mortuary in Millington has charge. He leaves his mother, Lottie Rooks; three sisters, Annie Fitchpatric, Blenda Shears and Shirl Houston, and a brother, Tony Rooks, all of Memphis.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

GIRDIE REE SHARP, 62, of Byhalia, Miss., retired from Gem Inc. and insurance agent for Gillespie Funeral Home in Olive Branch, Miss., died of heart failure Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hearn Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Byhalia, where she was a member, with burial in the church cemetery. Gillespie Funeral Home in Olive Branch has charge. She leaves four daughters, Carolyn Neal of Ozark, Ala., and Evelyn Sumter, Sharon Cook and Joan Usman, all of Memphis; three sons, Billy Sharp Jr., Larry Sharp and Randy Sharp, all of Memphis; her mother, Edith Mae Moffitt of Byhalia; four sisters, Peggy Taylor and Velma Jones, both of Byhalia, Mary Jane Becton of Germantown and Beatrice Dilworthy of Chicago; three brothers, A. J. Webb of Byhalia, R. B. Moffitt Jr. of Holly Springs, Miss., and Rayford C. Moffitt of Memphis, and 20 grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

BLEEKER MATTHEWS SHAW, 100, of Covington, Tenn., retired railroad company bookkeeper, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at Covington Care Center. Services will be Saturday in Charlotte, N.C., with burial in Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery there. Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home of Covington has charge. She was a Presbyterian. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Charlotte (N.C.) Democratic Club. Mrs. Shaw, the widow of Edward Shaw, leaves a grandson and a great-grandson.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

BESSIE LOU SMITH, 85, of Covington, Tenn., retired school cafeteria worker, died of heart failure Wednesday at Covington Care Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home in Covington with burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. She had worked at Holmes School and Covington High School. She was a member of Leigh's Chapel United Methodist Church. Mrs. Smith, the wife of Ellis Smith, also leaves three daughters, Patsy Smith, Amy Smith and Nancy Smith, all of Covington; a brother, William Hensley of Folsom, Ala., and two grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

DIANE STEWART, 82, of Memphis, retired from First Tennessee Bank, died of heart failure Thursday at Methodist Hospital South. Private graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Memory Hill Gardens. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel has charge. She was a member of the American Contract Bridge League. Mrs. Stewart, the widow of Paul Stewart, leaves three daughters, Joyce Stewart-Halford of Orange, Calif., Kathy T. Chappell of Atlanta and Vicki Terry of Collierville, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the American Contract Bridge League Charity Foundation in Memphis.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

LESLIE BOLTON STEWART, 84, of 874 Barbara, retired employee of Memphis Housing Authority, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at Methodist Hospital. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of the choir at Bethel Presbyterian Church. She leaves a son, Hosea Stewart Jr.; a sister, Vernetta Brooks, and a daughter-in-law who cared for her, Beverly Coleman Stewart, all of Memphis, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

BESSIE M. TACKITT, 89, of Memphis, retired from McElroy Insurance Agency and former employee of Mathis Brothers Insurance Co., died of pneumonia Wednesday at Methodist Hospital Germantown. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. She was a Baptist. She leaves a daughter, Deolia T. Bell, and a sister, Lela M. Myers, both of Memphis, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

WOOFIN H. THOMAS, 81, of Horn Lake, Miss., service mechanic for Dobbs Brothers, died of heart failure Wednesday at Briarcrest Extended Care. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Valley Grove Cemetery in Michigan City, Miss. He was a Navy veteran. Mr. Thomas, the husband of Lula Mae Thomas, also leaves two sons, W. H. Thomas Jr. of Savannah, Tenn., and Phillip A. Thomas of Southaven; a sister, Ruby Haynes of Sardis, Miss., and three grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

DOYLE McWHORTER THOMPSON, 51, of Cordova, general manager for Barzi Food, died of liver disease Thursday at UT Bowld Hospital. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel with entombment in Memory Hill Mausoleum. He was a member of Capleville United Methodist Church. Mr. Thompson, the husband of Kathy England Thompson, also leaves a daughter, Kristy McCormic Reeser of Memphis; a sister, Ellen Kelly of Knoxville; a brother, Earl F. Thompson of Arlington, Va., and a grandchild. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Baptist Healthcare Foundation.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

NANCY M. HUMPHREY WHITE, 85, of Bossier City, La., formerly of Memphis, died of cancer Wednesday at her home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Forest Hill Funeral Home East with burial in Memory Hill Gardens. Mrs. White, the widow of Lewis H. White, leaves two daughters, Mary Lou Carmichael of Bossier City and Charlotte Mann of Hot Springs, Ark.; a sister, Winfred Waldrip of Memphis, six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Decatur Trinity Christian Church or Hospice of Louisiana at Willis Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

H. B. WOODS, 70, resident of Oakville Nursing Home, retired employee of Jehl Corp., died of pneumonia Feb. 13 at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home Whitehaven Chapel with burial in Botts Chapel Cemetery in Olive Branch, Miss. He leaves two daughters, Wanda Woods and Lisa Woods; four sons, Anson Woods, George Woods, H. B. Woods Jr. and Oscar Washington, and a sister, Arlisha White, all of Memphis; two brothers, John Wesley Woods of Memphis and Rue Buster Woods of Olive Branch, and eight grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

EMERY E. BRYANT, 67, of Bolivar, Tenn., minister of Bolivar United Pentecostal Church for 22 years, died Wednesday at Bolivar General Hospital of injuries received in an auto accident. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bolivar United Pentecostal Church with burial in Bolivar Memorial Cemetery. Shackelford Funeral Home of Bolivar has charge. He was a member of the Chaplains Association of Hardeman County, Tenn. He also was the home mission director of Tennessee District Section 7 of the United Pentecostal Church International. Mr. Bryant, the husband of Helen D. Bryant, also leaves local survivors including a son, James Emery Bryant of Bartlett. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Bolivar United Pentecostal Church.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]

JOAN S. McCOLLUM, 54, of Lexington, Tenn., retired inspector, died Wednesday of heart failure at Methodist Hospital of Lexington. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pafford Funeral Home in Lexington with burial in Lexington City Cemetery. She was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church. Mrs. McCollum, the widow of David McCollum, also leaves a daughter, Pamila Foster of Memphis; a stepdaughter, Kim Shappley of Henderson, Tenn.; a son, Jay B. McCollum, and her mother, Ortha Swafford, both of Lexington; a sister, Jayne Davis of Franklin, Tenn., and seven grandchildren.
[dated Feb 19, 1998]


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