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Gwendolyn Beauregard Hurde
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:05 PM

Mrs. Gwendolyn Beauregard Hurde
1962-2012
 
Mrs. Gwendolyn Beauregard Hurde, 49, of Bolivar died on Monday January 9, 2012 at Bolivar General Hospital.  She was born on December 23, 1962 in Hardeman County to Rosie Ella Beauregard of Bolivar and the late J.D. Lake.
 
Her funeral service was held on Saturday January 14, 2012 at Old Bethel MB Church-Middleburg at 12:00 noon with Reverend Patrick Tisdale, Jr. delivering the eulogy.  She was buried in the Independent Cemetery-Middleburg and Dixie Funeral Home was in charge of the professional service. 
 
She professed a hope in Jesus Christ at a young age and joined Old Bethel MB Church.  She was educated in the Hardeman County public schools.
 
She was married to the late Sammy Hurde and was the mother of three children.
 
Preceding her in death a one sister, Laquita Lake and a baby brother.
 
She leaves to cherish her memory her mother; two sons, Jamarcus and DeVinso Marquaze (Lynna) Hurde, both of Bolivar; one daughter, Brionna Hurde of Bolivar; two brothers, Charles (Irene) Beauregard of Nolensville and Calvin (Louise) Lake of Bolivar; and many other relatives and friends that will truly miss her her.

 

 
Suzy Chandler Hodge
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:02 PM

Suzy Chandler Hodge
1972 ~ 2012
 Suzy Chandler Hodge, age 39 of Hornsby, passed away Monday, January 9, 2012. Mrs. Hodge was born April 21, 1972 to Rickey and Brenda Chandler of Selmer, who survive, in Memphis, Tennessee. A 1990 graduate of Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD, she lived in California for 9 years where she ran a beauty school. She moved back to the Hardeman County area in 2008 where she worked in Bolivar at Merle Norman as well as Statewide Pawn Shop. Among her hobbies, she loved to cook. She married Mike Hodge, who survives, January 1, 2012. Funeral services were held Friday, January 13, 2012 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar's main chapel with Matt Emerson officiating. Burial was in Wyatt Cemetery in Hornsby.
 In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her daughter, Autumn Campbell; two step-children, Ariel Hodge and Andy Hodge, both of Hornsby; two brothers, Rick Chandler and wife Sharon of Hornsby and Robbie Chandler and wife Jessica of Sacramento, CA; seven nieces and nephews, Kristi, John Michael, and Cullen Chandler, Brittney King, and Robbie, Jr., Dreyvan and Emmett; her grandmother, Mary Dean Chandler of Hornsby; and many extended family members. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Robert Chandler.

 

 
Lucile Callahan
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 3:59 PM

Lucile Callahan
1938 ~ 2012
 Lucile Callahan passed away from this life Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Mrs. Callahan was born December, 21, 1938 in Hardeman County, where she lived most of her life, to the late Rev. William Bryan and Bessie Goodman Bishop. She married Charles Edward Callahan October 1, 1973. He preceded her in death February 22, 2004. A homemaker, she enjoyed playing the piano as well as spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Porters Creek Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Shackelford Funeral Directors' Middleton chapel with Adrian Knipper and Dennis Callahan officiating. Burial was in Middleton City Cemetery.
 Mrs. Callahan is survived by three daughters, Malinda Leggett of Ocean Springs, MS, Shelly Tranum and husband Barry of Middleton, and Marion Shearon and husband Jackie of Middleton; one son, Bryan Callahan and wife Andrea of Atoka, TN; a brother, Jimmy Bishop of Brownsville; ten grandchildren, Krissie, Amber, Myra, Mandy, Brandon, Blake, Seth, Charleigh, Rebekah, and Hannah; and four
great-grandchildren, Coden, Landon, Hunter and Acalan.
 In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by two sisters, Joann Neely and June Dickerson; and two brothers, John Bishop and Bryan Bishop, Jr. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

 

 
Melissa Walker
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:17 PM

Melissa Walker
1977~2012

 Melissa Jeanne McRee Walker, resident of the Fayette Corner Community near Whiteville and wife of Jerry Walker died Tuesday morning, January 3, 2012 at the Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital in Germantown where she had been a patient for two days. She was 34 years of age and died following an extended illness.
 Services of Remembrance for Mrs. Walker were conducted at 2 P.M. Friday, January 6th at Peebles Main Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Bro. Danny Rachel of the First Baptist Church in Grand Junction officiating. Interment was private and arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center — Main Chapel of Somerville.
 Mrs. Walker was born November 6, 1977 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Connie Franklin McRee and the former Mary Catherine Stephenson McRee, a native of the Whiteville Community. She received her education in the Fayette County Public School System and was a 1996 graduate of Fayette Ware High School in Somerville. On June 16, 2001, she married Jerry Clayton Walker, a Correctional Officer for Hardeman County Correctional Facility, who survives.
 Mrs. Walker was a homemaker throughout her life and a member of the Whiteville First Baptist Church. She had been a resident of the Hardeman and Fayette County areas throughout her life and her interests included Twilight movies, reading, animals, puzzles, needlework and shopping. She received much pleasure from her beloved cat, “Esme”.
 In addition to her husband, Mrs. Walker is survived by her parents, Connie Franklin McRee of Coker Creek, TN, Cathy Edwards of Fayette Corner; her sister, Elizabeth Smith of Grand Junction; two brothers, Tony Pittman of Laconia, Timothy Pittman of Whiteville; a cousin who was like a sister, Jessica Parks of Fayette Corner; her maternal grandparents, Frances Blalock of Somerville, Walter Stephenson of Rossville, GA; her paternal grandmother, Louise McRee of New Augusta, MS; her niece, Samantha Hayes of Williston; and seven nephews, Brandon Smith of Grand Junction, Devin Smith of Grand Junction, Logan Pittman of Whiteville, Tony Pittman, Jr. of Fayette Corner, Timothy Blake Pittman of Whiteville, Collin Pittman of Whiteville and Thomas Pittman of Fayette Corner.
 Mrs. Walker was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, the late F.H. McRee.
 The family requests that memorials be directed to the Fayette County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 16845 Highway 64, Somerville, TN 38068.

 
James Ronald Stewart
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:14 PM

Mr. James Ronald Stewart, age 64 of Bolivar, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2011 at his home.

Mr. Stewart was born September 21, 1947 to Arthur T. Stewart of Arlington, TX, who survives, and the late Mary Imojean Wiggins Stewart in Mesa, AZ. He married MaryAnne Rawls, who also survives, July 3, 1970 and worked as an aircraft mechanic for Casey Aviation and Ypsilanti Air, as well as a cabinet & door maker and carpenter. He served his country in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Having previously lived in Colorado, Michigan, England, Germany and Hawaii, he had been living in Bolivar for the past 1 ½  years, where he was a member of the Bolivar United Pentecostal Church.

A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 8, 2011 at the First United Pentecostal Church in Bolivar with Tim Bryant officiating. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar handled the arrangements.

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by a daughter, Jeannette Wold and husband Just of Bolivar; three sons, James Ronald Stewart, Jr. of California, Ronnie Huddleston of North Carolina, and Patrick Stewart of Colorado; five brothers, Tom Stewart and Paul Stewart, both of Bolivar, Michael Stewart of Hawaii, Daniel Stewart of Arlington, TX, and David Stewart of Flint, MI; four sisters, Donna Elmore of Lincoln Park, MI, Diane Stewart and Sonya Kerr, both of Arlington, TX, and Karen Roberts of Wynadot, MI; a brother-in-law Fred Bourret & wife Helen of Bolivar; nine grandchildren, Shantsa Irene, Tyler, Savannaha, & Paul Anthony Stewart, all of Ft. Collins, CO, Chrystal & Courtney Hein, both of Waterloo, IA, Jasmin Stewart of Bellvue, CO, and Allyncia Hein & Kylee Wold, both of Bolivar; and Ion James Kenzlie of Ft. Collins, CO.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Kevin Lee Stewart & Larry Gene Stewart, and a sister, Margaret Bourrett.

He was dearly loved and will be missed by all.
 

 
Patsie Vinson Staggs
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:12 PM

Patsie Vinson Staggs

Patsie Vinson Staggs, age 75 of Mercer, TN passed from this life on January 8, 2012 at her home. She was a born on July 27, 1937 in Mercer. Patsie was married to Talmage Newton Staggs on June 5, 1955. They were married for 49 years before he passed away in 2004. She worked as a secretary for many years. She also was an active member of Maple Springs Baptist Church and the King’s Daughters Sunday School Class.

Mrs. Staggs is survived by her son, Mark Alan Staggs, her grandson, Jordan Alan Staggs and her mother, Carmen Daniel Bishop, and her brother, Bernie Vinson all of Mercer.

Visitation with the family will be held on from 5 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at the George A. Smith and Sons South Chapel. Visitation will resume on Wednesday, starting at 10 am until the funeral service at 11 am, all held at Maple Springs Baptist Church in Mercer, TN. Bro. Steve McKowan and Bro. Roger hatch will officiate. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be; Dennis Collins, Larry King, Josh Vinson, Chuck Underwood, Rick Tyson and Bedford Byrum.

 

 
Maurice Edward Mills
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:11 PM


Mr. Maurice Edward Mills, age 87 of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012 at the VA Medical Center in Memphis.

Mr. Mills was born February 22, 1924 to the late William Ester and Maude Ellen Jones Mills in Hickman, KY. He married Ann Huddleston, who survives, March 25, 1943 and worked as a truck driver for Gordon Transport for 25 years. He served his country as a Private First Class in the US Army during World War II. Having lived 40 years in Memphis, he was a member of the Local Teamsters 667 and the Masonic Lodge - Berclair Avenue, both in Memphis. Mr. Mills moved to the Hardeman County area in 1985 where he was a member of the Pocahontas First Baptist Church and loved to fish, hunt and garden.

A memorial service was held at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2012 at Pocahontas First Baptist Church in Pocahontas, Tennessee, with Steve McKee officiating. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar handled the arrangements.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Marilyn Fryar of Middleton, Linda Hanks and husband Ronnie of Bartlett, and Debbie Upchurch of Cordova; a son, Tommy Mills and wife Linda of Hernando, MS; seven grandchildren, Lisa Brock and husband Johnny, Misty Byrd and husband Randy, Shane Fryar and wife Kelly, Tracy Dement and husband Michael, Christy Cranford, Michelle Davis, and Mark Upchurch; and ten great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three brothers, Murray, Ydell and Kenneth Mills.

Memorials may be sent to the American Lung Association, the VA Medical Center Voluntary Service or LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.

 
Janell Long
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:10 PM

Janell Long
1954 ~ 2012
 Janell Long passed away December 28, 2011. She was born in Toone, TN on July 13, 1954 to the late James and Louise Long. Funeral services were held January 7, 2012 at Greater Victory Temple in Bethel Springs, with interment at Hill Field. Arrangements was provided by Stephenson-Shaw Funeral Home Inc.
 She attended public school in Hardeman County. She has always been known for her hard work and dedication starting with helping her family.
 In her early years she was employed at the Garment Factory for several years, Kilgore-Flares, Hardeman county Courthouse, and the later part of her adult life she openly dedicated to providing care privately to those in need as well as those who were willing and ready to accept but most of all she was a dedicated daughter, mother, sister, aunt, and always cherished Nana.
 She leaves and shares her memories with three children, one son precedes her in death, Rodney Keith Long, a daughter, Eulanda Carol Long of Henderson, a son, Rodrigus Shauntrell Long of Henderson, one sister precedes her in death, Sadie Kayron Long, one brother precedes her in death Thomas Gene Long, one brother James Robert Long (Kathy), one sister, Clara Louise Murphy (Solomon), one grandson, adopted daughters, Charonda, Jenny, a host of nieces and nephews, the entire Waller family, the entire Hollywood Acre family and a community that loved her.

 
Goldie Mae Nixon Kirk
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:08 PM

Goldie Mae Nixon Kirk was born May 23, 1922 in McNairy County, TN the daughter of the late Terry and Minnie Johnson Nixon.

She was united in marriage to Kinnie Kirk, who preceded her in death on September 21, 1986.

Mrs. Kirk was a homemaker. She loved growing flowers and gardening, and she especially loved her dog, Mollie. Mrs. Kirk was a very private person, but she openly loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her God. She was a member of the Antioch church of Christ.

Mrs. Kirk departed this life on January 6, 2012 in Pocahontas, Tennessee at the age of 89 Years, 7 Months, 14 Days. She is survived by two sons, Wayne Kirk and wife Pat and Terry Kirk and wife Debbie; two daughters, Sue Arnwine and husband Bobby and Betty Locke and husband Eugene, all of Pocahontas, TN; 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many extended family and friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Kirk was preceded in death by a brother, Ezra Nixon.

Services were held on January 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tennessee, with Dan Eubanks officiating. Burial followed in the Reaves Cemetery at Middleton, Tennessee. Her grandchildren served as pallbearers.

 

 
Hattie Green
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:07 PM

Hattie Green
1918-2012
 
Mrs. Hattie Green, 93, of Bolivar died on Tuesday January 3, 2012 at Bolivar General Hospital.  She was born on july 24, 1918 in Hardeman County to the late Jim and Fannie Puckett.
 
Her funeral service was held on Saturday January 7, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Antioch MB Church-Whiteville with Pastor Dr. David L. Boyle delivering the eulogy.  Burial was in the church cemetery and Dixie Funeral Home was in charge of the professinal service. 
 
She was educated in the Hardeman County public schools.  At an early age she professed a hope in Jesus Christ and joined Van (Mt. Salem) Baptist Church.  She later joined Antioch MB Church were she was a faithful member. 
 
She was married to the late John Green for fifty-four years and nine children were born to this union. 
 
Her parents and five siblings preceeded her in death.
 
She leaves to cherish her memory four daughters, Lucille (Calvin) Rhodes and Doris Parks, both of Bolivar, Flo Emma (Charles) Green of Chicago and Julie Horton of Rockford, Il; five sons, Royal (Linda) and Larry, both of Bolivar, Gene (Martha) and Leon, both of Chicago and James (Eunice) Greenof Rockford, IL; one brother, Mose Puckett of Hickory Valley; four sisters, Mable Burnette and Maggie Bills, both of Bolivar, Gussie Person of Memphis and Dorothy Bills of Chicago; fifty-four grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends that will miss her.

 
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