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William Robert Taylor
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 7:06 PM

1935~2012
 
William Robert Taylor was born October 15, 1935 in McNairy County, the son of the late William Jackie and Lonie Arlene King Taylor. He was united in marriage to Martha Jane Moore on June 28, 1958.
 
Mr. Taylor was a self-employed Deputy Electrical Wiring Inspector for the State of Tennessee with 42 years of service. He was a 40-year member of the International Association of Electrical

Inspectors. Mr. Taylor was on the Electrical Advisory Board at the Tennessee Technology Center at Crump and was the Attendance Chairman for the Pickwick Electric League.
 
Mr. Taylor was a longtime member and former Elder at Ramer Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He started playing music at a very young age and was a longtime member of the Boone Creek Bluegrass Band. He

played the upright bass, the banjo and guitar. Robert liked his music and enjoyed gardening. He loved his family very much and expressed his love in many, many ways. He will be truly missed by all.
 
He departed this life on Monday, September 11, 2012 at his home at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 27 days. Services were held Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 3 p.m. at
Shackelford Funeral

Directors in Selmer with interment in Friendship Cemetery in Ramer.
 
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Martha Jane Taylor of Selmer; his son, Robert Keith Taylor of Selmer; two granddaughters, Marlee Coughran Taylor and Macee Kale Taylor; a brother, Grady Taylor

of Ramer; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
In addition to his parents, Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Edward (Sonny) Taylor.

 
Catherine Rose Vaughan Wiggins
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 7:03 PM

1929~2012 

Mrs. Catherine Rose Vaughan Wiggins departed this life on September 1, 2012 in Jackson, Tennessee at the age of 83 Years, two months and three days.
 
A life-long resident of Hardeman County, she was born June 29, 1929 the daughter of the late Hence D. and Belah M. Young Vaughan. She married Mr. Boyd E. Wiggins, who survives, on June 29, 1947. She was a member of Toone Baptist Church and loved to sew including working as a seamstress at the Hardeman Garment Factory for eight years.
 
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar with Richard Holloman officiating. The burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery near Toone.
 
In addition to her husband, she leaves two daughters, Rhonda Sipes of Bolivar and Donna Mayer of Toone; and eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra W. Holloman in 1988.
 
Donations made in memory of Mrs. Wiggins may be sent to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).

 
Tyler Bomar Scholarship Fund
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 7:01 PM

Tyler Bomar Scholarship Fund

In Memory of: Wade Cranford - Donated By: Tina and Cody Cranford
In Memory of: Roy Farris - Donated By: Mike and Susan Madden

Please send donations to Megan Madded at CB&S Bank

 
Kasey Kessler Scholarship Fund
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 1:04 AM

Donation made by Mike and Lori McKinnie.

Donations can be sent to Holly Thurmond at Farmers & Merchants Bank, 1315, West Market St., P.O. Box 507, Bolivar, TN 38008.

 
Thomas Oneal Baker
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 1:28 AM

Thomas Oneal Baker of Hornsby departed this life Tuesday evening, May 15, 2012 at Bolivar General Hosptial at the age of 72 years, two months, and 17 days.

A native of Hardeman County, he was born February 28, 1940 to the late Roy Oneal and Dessie Evelyn Grantham Baker. He was united in marriage to Margie Elizabeth Wiggins, who survives, June 20, 1959 and worked as a fork lift and log truck driver in the timber industry. He was Baptist in faith and enjoyed mud riding, working on automobiles and in the garden, visiting the Great Smoky Mountains and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 18, 2012 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar's Main Chapel with Lee Marek officiating. Burial was in Wyatt Cemetery in Hornsby.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Baker is survived by two sons, Thomas J. Baker of Hornsby, and Michael N. Baker and wife Tonya of Hornsby; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Standridge and husband Noble of Derrider, Louisiana; two sisters, Mary Foster and husband Phil of Ramer, and Cathy Stacks and husband Hollis of Saltillo; two brothers, Mack Baker of Selmer and Jimmy Baker and wife Stephanie of Middleton; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Ruby, and two brothers, John William and Roy.

Donations made in Mr. Baker's memory may be sent to the LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis. (https://secure.lebonheur.org/apps-lebonheur/donation/)

 
W.J. "Red" Cornelius
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 1:24 AM

Mr. W. J. "Red" Cornelius of Middleton departed this life Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the age of 82 years, eight months, and 24 days.

He was born on August 28, 1929 to the late Loyd Taylor Cornelius, Sr. and Annie Ruth Ethridge Cornelius. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Whaley, who survives, December 31, 1948 and lived all his life in Middleton working as the owner and operator of Cornelius Lumber Company. He also was a cattleman and worked at Tennessee Gas Transmission. He was a member of the Middleton Church of Christ.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 25, 2012 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Middleton with Jeff Scott officiating. Burial followed in Middleton City Cemetery.

Mr. Cornelius is survived by his wife; a son, Joseph Ronald "Ronny" Cornelius and wife Annette "Sarge" of Middleton; a sister, Frances Ann Johnson of Manchester; four grandchildren, Beth Waller and husband Bo of Bolivar, Angie Ross and husband Lynn of Cedar Hill, Bill Cornelius and wife Amanda of Middleton and Jon Cornelius and wife Deanna of Brentwood; and eight great-grandchildren, Taylor Ross, Maddie Baker, Kate Cornelius, Ellen Cornelius, Braydon Waller, Caleb Cornelius, Audrey Cornelius and Brodie Cornelius.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Regina Cornelius, a son, William Kenneth "Kenny" Cornelius, and a brother, Loyd Taylor Cornelius, Jr.

Donations made in memory of Mr. Cornelius may be sent to the Middleton Church of Christ Library, the American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society or the donor's choice of charity.

 
Laverne Craft
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 1:20 AM

Mrs. Laverne Craft, age 89 of Middleton, departed this life Friday, May 18, 2012 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Mrs. Craft was born in Rienzi, Mississippi on April 21, 1923 to the late William and Bessie Lowry Emerson. She was united in marriage to Mr. Harmon Craft, who survives, July 7, 1953 and worked as a secretary at Middleton Elementary School prior to retirement. She was a member of the South Middleton Church of Christ.

The family arranged a memorial service for Mrs. Craft which took place Monday, May 21, 2012 at the South Middleton Church of Christ with Wesley Wynn officiating. Other professional arrangements were provided by Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Mark Craft of Middleton and a sister, Sandra Mathews of Bartlett. She is preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Margaret Bishop, Anita Easley and Joyce Durham; and a brother, William Robert Emerson.

Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Foundation.

 
Kennedy Ivory
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 1:16 AM

1971~2012
 
Kennedy Ivory, 41, of Bolivar died suddenly on May 9, 2012. He was born in Hardeman County on April 21, 1971 to Maxine Perry and Freddie Lee Buggs. Funeral service was held on Monday May 14, 2012 at noon at Mt. Olive MB Church with Reverend David Lee Perry delivering the eulogy. Burial was in the Jordan Cemetery and Dixie Funeral Home was in charge of the professional service. 
 
He accepted Jesus Christ at a young age and joined Mt. Olive MB Church. He was a 1990 graduate of Bolivar Central High School. On October 27, 1999, he married Tracey Smith and to this union three children were born, Lakendra and Tyreke Ivory and Ebony Smith. He was employed several years with Thyssen-Krupp and later with Glasteel. 
 
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, three children; one grandchild, Breniya Whitford; his mother; sisters, Shirley  (James) McGowan, Linda Buggs, and Brenda Williams; brothers Christopher (Annie Sue), Fredrick (Shirley), Tracey (Nora, Freddie, Jr. (Rhonda), Timmy Lee (Peggy)Buggs, Martin (Loretta) Gurley, Marvin (Julia) McCarley and Rico Morrow all of Grand Junction and Eurneil Hoyle; three aunts, Chestine Pope of Indiana, Debra Ivory and Betty (Curtis) Walker both of Bolivar; two uncles, W.T. Ivory of Bolivar and Charles Ivory of Indiana; a host of other relatives and friends that will truly miss him.

 
Harold Gene Mayes
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 1:12 AM

1957 ~ 2012

Harold Gene Mayes of Saulsbury departed this life at the age of 54 years, 8 months, and 18 days May 23, 2012 at Bolivar General Hospital.

Mr. Mayes was born in Middleton on September 5, 1957 to the late Bilbo and Nora Pauline Wilkerson Mayes. He worked as a self-employed construction worker and also worked on a farm with Jesse Hall. Among his hobbies, he loved to garden and ride horses, and also enjoyed flowers. He was a member of the Saulsbury Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar with Jim Madden and Ralph Mayes, Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Saulsbury City Cemetery.

He leaves as his survivors, his wife, Janice B. Ward of Saulsbury; two sisters, Bonnie Johnson of Saulsbury and Paula McAlpin of Jonesboro, Arkansas; and two brothers, Ralph Mayes of Saulsbury and Bobby Mayes of Memphis. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, J. C. Mayes, who passed away May 2, 2010.

Donations made in memory of Mr. Mayes may be sent to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org/donate).

 
Purvis Wayne McAfee
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 1:08 AM

1937~2012

Purvis Wayne McAfee of Middleton departed this life at the age of 74 years, nine months and six days on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012 at Bolivar General Hospital.

He was born August 14, 1937 in Tippah County, Mississippi to the late Noel Hayes and Flora Mae Brown McAfee. A graduate of Walnut High School, he worked as a farmer as well as a shop foreman at Advance Manufacturing in Memphis for over 30 years. He was united in marriage to Carolyn McAfee, who survives, December 16, 1972. Among his hobbies, he enjoyed woodworking and farming, spending time with his grandchildren, and was a member of the Sons of the American Legion No. 198. He lived the last 12 years of his life in Middleton.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Middleton with Warren Harrell officiating. Burial followed in New Salem Cemetery near Walnut, Mississippi.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include six children, Cheryl McAfee Smith and husband Ray of Grand Junction, Roy Koimn and wife Lisa of Middleton, Tammy Wicker and husband Jerry of Oakland, Patti Hatcher and husband Walter of Falkner, Mississippi, Sheila Hiatt and husband Sherman of Charleston, Arkansas, and Mitch McAfee and wife Julie of Blue Mountain, Mississippi; a sister, Linda Hutchins of Ripley, Mississippi; two brothers, Michael McAfee of Tiplersville, Mississippi, and Richard McAfee of Moscow; and nine grandchildren, Will and Wesley Koimn, Jamie Wise, Christy Wicker, Brittney Short, Matthew and Lee Raney, Kirsten and Alec McAfee.

In addition to his parents, Mr. McAfee is preceded in death by two sisters, Peggy Stewart and Barbara Nell McAfee; and a grandson, Wayne McAfee.

Donations made in Mr. McAfee's memory may be sent to the Sons of the American Legion Post No. 198 in Middleton.

 
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