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John Herschel Johnson
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 1:15 AM

John (Johnny) Herschel Johnson, age 81, passed away peacefully at his home in Bolivar on Sunday morning February 26, 2012.  Mr. Johnson was born and raised in Itta Bena, MS.  He graduated from Itta Bena High School and attended the University of Mississippi.  Mr. Johnson served in Korea as a member of the United States Army’s 31st Division for two years before being honorably discharged.

He was one of three children born to the late Elizabeth Borden Johnson Butera and John Rufus Johnson. Herschel was the beloved husband of Bonnie Bissell Johnson for over 57 years. He is survived by one sister, Dorothy Jean Wahl of Lutcher, LA and had one brother, the late Cecil “Bud” Johnson of Michigan.

Mr. Johnson will forever be remembered by his many nephews and nieces along with countless other friends whom were blessed to know him. Johnny loved his family, was dedicated to his church, was proud of his military service, and was a life-long supporter of Ole Miss athletics. Prior to his retirement in 1999, Mr. Johnson was the owner of the local Chrysler Plymouth Dodge dealership for over 30 years. He was a member of the VFW, BUMC Lynn Warner Sunday School Class, and the Bolivar Masonic Lodge. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Al Chymia Temple of the Shriners and had been very active in civic affairs in the Bolivar community.

Mr. Johnson touched the lives of many people with his open friendliness and his generosity. He maintained his trademark sense of humor and his zest for living his entire life. The family requests donations are sent in his memory to the First United Methodist Church, Bolivar.

Funeral services were Tuesday, February 28 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Bolivar with Reverend Stan McDaniel officiating and burial in Bolivar Memorial Cemetery. Shackelford’s of Bolivar provided the professional services.

Ella Catherine Raines
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Wednesday, March 07, 2012 1:14 AM


Ella Catherine Raines, age 87 of Bolivar, departed this life Tuesday evening, February 28, 2012 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
 Mrs. Raines was born in Early Branch, South Carolina on November 24, 1924 to the late Henry D. Smith and Catherine Robinson Smith. She was a homemaker and lived in the Bolivar area since the 1940s. In 1943, she married Jack Hillman Raines who preceded her in death in 1989. A former member at Enon Baptist Church, she also attended Trinity Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting and cooking.

Services were held on March 3, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Bolivar with Gene Stafford officiating. Burial was in Enon Cemetery on Van Buren Road in Bolivar.

She leaves as her survivors a daughter, Katherine Elain Martin of Hernando, MS; a son, Jack Hillman Raines, Jr. of Hernando, MS; a sister, Annette Smith of Early Branch, SC; a brother, Douglas Smith of Early Branch, SC; three grandchildren, Vickie Gill, Jason Raines, and Douglas Smith; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 507, Bolivar, TN, 38008.

John Ray Blaylock, Jr.
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:24 AM


Elder John Ray Blaylock, Jr., 78, of Memphis died on Saturday February 18, 2012 at Baptist Hospital, East-Memphis.  He was born on June 1, 1933 in

Hardeman County to the late John Ray Blaylock, Sr. and Maggie Spencer Blaylock.

His funeral service was held on Saturday February 25, 2012 at 12 p.m. at Antioch MB Church-Whiteville with Pastor Dr. David Boyle delivering the eulogy.  Family visitation was held on Friday February 24 at old Nonconnah MB Church-Memphis.  Burial was in the Antioch Church Cemetery and Dixie Funeral Home was in charge of the professional service.

He attended the Hardeman County schools and was a farmer in Whiteville for many years.  He married Florence Emma and in 1965 he relocated his family to Memphis were he started work for Southland Paper Company and purchased a home where he lived for 47 years.

He joined Evangelist Baptist Church where he served in many capacities and was ordained a minister.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two children, Billy and Laleta.

He leaves to cherish his his memory his wife; two sons, Johnny (Peggy) Blaylock and Bernard (Teresa) Stewart, both of Memphis; four daughters, Lois (Otis) Richmond, Peggy (Darryl) Redmond, Shaquita Givins, all of Memphis and Darlene (Melvin) Butler of Detroit, MI; three brothers, Aubrey of Whiteville, Joe (Virginia) of Detroit, MI, and Sylvester Blaylock of Memphis; one sister, Beatrice Merriweather of Whiteville; 11 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends who will truly miss him.

Charles Brooks
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:22 AM


Charles Brooks 79, of Pocahontas, passed from this life Friday evening, February 24, 2012 in Corinth, Mississippi.

The son of Alonzo Wesley and Nancy Clara Fortune Brooks, he was born in Bemis, TN, June 30, 1932.  He married Zueline Porter Brooks March 26, 1983, was a self-employed carpenter and a member of Pocahontas First Baptist Church.  He lived all his life in the Hardeman County area.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, February 27, at  Shackelford's Middleton Chapel with Adrian Knipper officiating.  He was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Pocahontas.

In addition to his wife Zueline, he is survived by a daughter, Joanie Smith of Pocahontas; a son Jimmy Duncan of Pocahontas; a brother, James Edward Brooks of Pocahontas; two grandchildren, Amanda Russell and her husband Chuck of Middleton and Nick Smith of Ramer; 1 great grandchild, Isaac Russell of Middleton; and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Hall, Carlin, J. W., Roy, and Troy Brooks, and three sisters Mary Gann, Evelyn Yopp, and Etta Fae Steadman.

The family requests memorials to be sent to the donor's choice.

Mary Katherine Dickerson
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:20 AM


Mary Katherine Dickerson, 81, of Memphis died on Thursday February 23, 2012 at Pleasant View Healthcare.  She was born on March 1, 1930 in Tupelo, Mississippi to the late Thomas D. Lamb and Lula Pearl Starling.

She was employed as a waitress until she became ill.

Dixie Funeral Home was in charge of the professional service.

She leaves to cherish her daughter, Nanny Williams and a granddaughter, Shan Mull, both of Memphis.

Mae Etter Braddock-Marcell
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:19 AM


Mae Etter Braddock-Marcell, 85, of Bolivar died on Friday February 17, 2012 at Bolivar General Hospital. She was born on March 31, 1926 in Ripley, Mississippi to the late Ellis Braddock and Callie Edgeston Braddock.

Her funeral service was held on Saturday February 25, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Dixie Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Edward Bowers, Jr. in charge. Burial was in the Little Walnut Grove Church Cemetery-Bolivar.

She accepted Jesus Christ at a young age and joined Ruckersville Baptist Church-Mississippi. She moved to Hardeman County and on December 8, 1945 married the late Fred Marcell. They were married 59 years at his death.

Upon moving to Tennessee she joined Little Walnut Grove MB Church where she served in many positions including the mother board. She was an active member of the United Sons and Daughter's of Charity #2.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, three sisters and five brothers. She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Maelena (Edward, Jr.) Bowers; two sons, James (Mattie) of Bolivar and Elder Felton (Joanne) Marcell of Savannah; one brother, Pastor Grady Braddock of Memphis; one sister, Nana Faye Braddock of Jackson; 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends who will truly miss her.

Geraldine H. Owens
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:18 AM

Geraldine H. Owens, of Johns Creek, Georgia, passed away on February 22, 2012 at the age of 75.

She was the beloved wife of Carol Odell Owens for 55 years, as well as a much loved mother and grandmother.  Geraldine is survived by her husband Carol, her son Phillip Owens, wife Suzanne, and his daughter Madison, her daughter Renee Todd, husband Paul, their daughter Tessa, and step grandson Kristopher.   Geraldine was a homemaker who battled chronic high blood pressure, heart disease, and most recently, chronic myeloid leukemia.  She lost her valiant fight due to a massive stroke.  God truly has received another angel.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25th at Shackelford Funeral Home in Middleton, Tennessee, with visitation starting at 12:00.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital are appreciated.

James Andrew Shearon
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:17 AM


James Andrew Shearon, 77 of Middleton, died Tuesday morning, February 21, 2012 at McNairy Regional Hospital.

The husband of Virgie Shearon, who preceded him in death, he was a retired factory worker from Troxel. Mr. Shearon was born March 3, 1934 to the late John Booker Shearon and Clara Ann Bishop Shearon. He lived in Moscow for many years before moving to Middleton. Mr. Shearon enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. He was Baptist in belief.

Mr. Shearon leaves behind seven children, Virgie Diane Kimery of Bolivar, James Ricky Shearon of Clarksville, Shirley Faye Luse and husband, Ken, of Memphis, Larry Wayne Shearon and wife, Cindy, of Batesville, MS, Betty Jane German of Middleburg; one sister, Bernice Regepp of Illinois; and two brothers, Johnny Shearon of Illinois and Richard Shearon of Florida. He had 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Shackleford's in Bolivar. His final resting place is at Friendship Cemetery in Moscow, TN.

A family fathering and fellowship was held at Middleburg Church at 1:30 p.m. after the service.

Dessie Irene Bass Vickers
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:16 AM


Mrs. Dessie Irene Bass Vickers, age 85 of Middleton, departed this life Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at her home.

She was born in Middleton August 10, 1926 to the late Mamie Mills Bass and Robert Rufus Bass. She lived all of her life in Hardeman County and worked as a production worker at Harmon for 29 years. Her husband, Alfred Vickers, preceded her in death August 6, 1989. An avid gardener, she loved flowers as well as making quilts. She was a great cook and homemaker. She was a member of the Porter's Creek Baptist Church in Middleton.

Services were held on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Porter's Creek Baptist Church in Middleton, Tennessee, with Adrian Knipper officiating. Burial followed in Reaves Cemetery at Middleton, Tennessee

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Massey of Middleton, TN, and Geraldine Williams of Lamar, MS; four grandchildren, Kristy Holloway and husband Richard, Tammy Kiser and husband Tony, Cindy Plowman and husband Brian, and Steve Williams and wife Patsy; eleven great grandchildren, Austin Holloway, Matt Kiser, Mason Kiser, Brandi Holloway, Joey Holloway, Cheyenne Williams, Holli Williams, Megan Plowman, Blake Plowman, Brooke Bowen, and Anthony Bowen; and six sisters, Virginia Johnson of Hubbard, TX, Frances Howell of Middleton, TN, May Weathersbee of Bolivar, TN, Fay Voyles of Middleton, TN, Betty Sue Phillips of Middleton, TN, and Linda Stewart of Jackson, TN.

In addition to her husband and parents, Miss Vickers was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Helen Watridge; eight brothers, Dell Bass, Olion Bass, Ray Bass, Delbert Bass, Bobby Bass, Robert Bass, Travis Bass, and William Earl Bass; and her stepmother, Elizabeth Lessie Bass.

Charles William Wheeler, Sr.
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 5:11 AM


Charles ”Chuck” Wheeler Sr., age 88 of Senatobia, MS and formally of Jackson, passed from this life on February 12, 2012 at his home in the care of his son and daughter-in-law.

Mr. Wheeler, also known to friends and family as “Bubbie” was born on August 14, 1923 in Bolivar to the late S. A. and Mary Wheeler. He was a member of First Baptist Church Bolivar, an Army Air Force veteran who served during WWII, a former employee of George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home, and was retired from South Central Bell after 35 years of service. After retirement, he enjoyed, cooking, gardening, delivering Meals on Wheels for shut-ins and friends, and making root beer floats for his

Mr. Wheeler is survived by his son, Chuck (Susan) Wheeler of Senatobia, MS; three grandchildren, Tiffany (Tim) Martin, Michelle (Chad) Jenkins, and Trey (Brooke) Wheeler; and seven great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Wheeler was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Wheeler, and three brothers, Arthur Jr., Joseph, and Robert Wheeler.

Visitation was held from 6 p.m . until  8 p.m. Wednesday, February 15 and the funeral service was at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 16. The visitation and service were held at George A. Smith and Sons South Chapel. Burial followed in Bolivar Memorial Cemetery.


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