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David Galloway King
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 1:12 AM


David Galloway King, age 62 of Oakfield, departed this life Friday evening, March 16, 2012 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Mr. King was born in Columbus, Indiana December 29, 1949 to the late Virginia Galloway and Maurice Riley King. He lived in West Tennessee since the 1950s and grew up in Bolivar, graduating from Bolivar Central High School in 1968. He worked as a factory supervisor for Armstrong Tile, was a licensed draftsman and also worked at Kilgore for a few years. His family describes him as "a Renaissance man" due to his enjoyment of a wide range of things including motorcycling, history and the fine arts.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Bolivar with Blake White officiating. Burial followed in the Union Cemetery in Bolivar.

He leaves as his survivors two sons, Eric King of Murfreesboro and Andrew King of North Little Rock, Arkansas; a brother, Stuart King of Miami, Florida; a niece, Shea Wood of North Little Rock, Arkansas; and a nephew, Robert S. King of Miami, Florida.

Berl McKee Kirk
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 1:08 AM


Berl McKee Kirk, age 96 of Bolivar, passed from this life Tuesday afternoon, March 20, 2012 at Bolivar General Hospital.

She was born in Hardeman County September 7, 1915 to the late Willie Virginia Pipkin and Jack McKee. She was united in marriage to Clifford Kirk January 28, 1939. Mr. Kirk preceded her in death October 28, 1996 after 57 years of marriage. The retired owner and operator of Berl's Style Shop in Bolivar, she lived all her life in Hardeman County and was a member of Dixie Hills Baptist Church.

A graveside service was held on March 23, 2012 at the Hebron Cemetery in Middleton, Tennessee with Jimmy Garrett officiating. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar were in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Kirk is survived by a grandson, Devon Kirk and wife Lori; two granddaughters, Marisa and Kaela Kirk; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Cox Kirk; and a sister, Helen Bryant.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by a son, Bobby Eugene Kirk; an infant son, five brothers, Olion, Ulas, Gordon, George and Pete McKee; and two sisters, Deona Hathcock and Remer Harbin.
Memorials may be sent to Dixie Hills Baptist Church in Bolivar.

Helen B. Moore
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 1:04 AM


Helen B. Moore, 85, died March 21, 2012 at Trenton Health Care Center in Trenton, Tennessee after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born January 19, 1927 to the late Homer and Myrtle Russell of Aberdeen, Mississippi, formerly of Hardeman County. She married Henry Moore on September 20, 1947 and they made their home in Bolivar, Tennessee. She was a member of the Bolivar Church of Christ.

In addition to her husband, who survives, she leaves a daughter, Rita (Raymond) Blackard of Bolivar; two sons, Mike (Lora) Moore of Bolivar and Terry (Rhonda) Moore of Toone, Tennessee; a brother, James Russell of Aberdeen, MS; two sisters, Lucille Russell of Selmer, TN and Gladys Pfaff of Grand Haven, MI; several beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Roy Russell, Max Russell, Paul Russell and R.C. Russell; two sisters, Monice Mallory and Louise Cole; a grandson, Jason Moore and a granddaughter, Melissa Blackard Martin.

A private graveside service was held Friday, March 23 at Shandy Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Melissa Martin Children's Fund, First South Bank, Bolivar, Tennessee or to their charity of choice.

Gary E. Poole
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 1:00 AM

1954~ 2012

Gary E. Poole, age 57 of Medon, departed this life Saturday, March 17, 2012 in Kentucky.

Mr. Poole was born in Hardeman County June 12, 1954 to the late Millie Estelle Wilson and James Clifton Poole, Sr. He was united in marriage to Margie Noel, who survives, September 1, 1981 and lived most of his life in the area. He was the owner/operator of Gary's Trucking Lines, was a member of the Henderson Elks Club and worshipped at New Union Baptist Church.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar with Gene Stafford and Dennis McMahan officiating. Burial was in New Union Cemetery.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a stepson, Christopher Todd Russell of Danville, Kentucky; a step granddaughter, Brittany Michelle Price of Harrodsburg, Kentucky; a sister, Freida Shields of Medon; and a nephew, Austin Noel Shields of Medon.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, James Clifton Poole, Jr. and Larry Poole.

Rebecca Jo (Stamper) Bridges
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:14 AM


Rebecca Jo ‘Becky’ (Stamper) Bridges, 69, of Middleton, passed away Saturday, March 10 at her home.

The wife of Howard Bridges, who survives, she was a shipping dock supervisor with Boise Cascade, where she worked for 20 years until her retirement in 1984. A native of Moscow, she was born August 25, 1942 to Leo Moody Stamper and Evelyn Estelle Diffie Stamper, both of whom preceded her in death. She lived several years in Memphis, and in Hardeman County since 1975. She was a 1960 graduate of Messick High School and loved to ride horses. Her family states that she loved dogs, her flowers and doing yard work.

In addition to her husband, whom she married on November 23, 1983, she is survived by a daughter, Frankie Bonds Lee of Jacksonville, Florida; a stepson, Jr. Bridges of Jackson; a stepdaughter, Lisa Bridges of Breckenridge, Colorado; two brothers, Crossett Stamper of Collierville and John Stamper of Moscow; and three grandchildren, James, Lily and Garrison Hunter Bridges. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Bettye Malone and a brother, Alvin Stamper.  Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar were in charge of arrangements.

Mozella Marie Clifton
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:12 AM


Mozella Marie Clifton was born in Pocahontas, Tennessee on December 6, 1930 the daughter of the late Willie and Rosie Mullens Shannon. She was united in marriage to Roger Hugh Clifton, who preceded her in death on November 30, 1990. Mrs. Clifton was a member of the Nixon First Pentecostal Church. She departed this life on Monday, March 5, 2012 at the age of 81 years, two months and 28 days.

 She is survived by five daughters, Margie Wilbanks of Byhalia, Mississippi, Sue Nell Hodge, Debra Briley, Glenda Sullivan, and Sandra Scott all of Savannah, Tennessee; seven sons, Harry Clifton of Middleton, Tennessee, Bobby Clifton of Savannah, Tennessee, Dale Clifton Pocahontas, Tennessee, Claude Clifton of Corinth, Mississippi, James Clifton of Ramer, Tennessee, Joe Clifton of Walnut, Mississippi, and Shane Clifton of Middleton, Tennessee; 23 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; a sister Humpey and a brother, T. Shannon both of Texas.

 In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Rose Clifton; three grandchildren, Diane Wilbanks, Brandi Scott, and Hazel Wilbanks; a sister, Mildred; 2 brothers, Clyde Nabors and Gene Shannon.

 Services were held 11 a.m. March 7, 2012 at Nixon First Pentecostal Church in Savannah, Tennessee, with John Robinson and Ricky Mitchell officiating. Burial followed in the New Bethel Cemetery at Middleton, Tennessee.

Addie Lou Fiveash
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:10 AM

Addie Lou Fiveash nee Graves, age 89 of Roswell, Ga., died Sunday, May 11, 2012 in hospice in Marietta, Ga. She was a former resident of Memphis and Walnut, Miss. Mrs. Fiveash was an avid gardener who loved her beautiful flowers and enjoyed giving away tomatoes from her garden. During the winter months, she crocheted potholders to give to neighbors, family and new acquaintances. Mrs. Fiveash is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Thomas Fiveash, and by her son, Don Fiveash.

Services were held on Thursday, March 16, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Bolivar. Burial followed in the Woods Cemetery at Hickory Valley, Tennessee

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Charlotte Fiveash, by her grandson, Kirby Fiveash, by her granddaughter, Tamara Watkins and by four great-grandchildren, McKinsey, Marley, Harrison and Sydney.

Alfreeda Lake McKinney
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:08 AM


Alfreed Lake McKinney, 89, of Bolivar, after an extended illness, died Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Pine Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born January 7, 1923 in Hardeman County to the late W. Allen Lake and Elizabeth W. Lake, and was the youngest of four daughters. 
Funeral service was held Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul CME Church-Bolivar with Reverend Wesley D. Smith delivering the eulogy. Burial was in the Lake Cemetery-Hickory Valley and Dixie Funeral Home was in charge of the professional service. 
She attended the Hardeman County public schools and started at the Woods Consolidated School-Hickory Valley (where both her parents were teachers), Bolivar Industrial and Allen-White School-Whiteville, where she graduated. She began college at age 16 and graduated from LeMoyne-Owen College-Memphis, received a Master's Degree from the University of Tennessee and additional work from Memphis State University. 
She worked as a teacher and supervisor of instruction with the Hardeman County School System until 1983 when she retired. 
She was involved in many projects, including but not limited to: a founder of the Hardeman County Black History Committee; an editor for the Chronicles of Black History in Hardeman County; advisory council for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; a member of the Hardeman County Branch of the NAACP; Phi Delta Kappa and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. 
She was an active member of St. Paul CME Church, Bolivar, and for many years, served as pianist and director of the youth choir.   
She was married 32 years to Mr. Lawrence McKinney.
Preceeding her in death were her parents, three sisters and one son, Neely Lake, Jr.
She leaves to cherish her memory her dedicated and loving husband; one granddaughter, LaShonda Crowder Churchwell (Marquis) of Nashville; two great grandchildren; one nephew, Judge Ernest (Edith) Jones of New Orleans, LA; and many other relatives and friends that will truly miss her.

Orville Lee Modesitt
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:06 AM


Orville Lee Modesitt, age 76 of Whiteville, departed this life Thursday, March 8, 2012 at his home.

He was born in Leachville, Arkansas August 19, 1935 to the late Herschell and Renna Hardy Modesitt. A 1953 graduate of Dyess (AR) High School, he served his country in the United States Air Force. He was united in marriage to his beloved wife Sandra Faye Modesitt, who survives, May 8, 1985 and in 1990 retired from working as a driver for Greyhound Bus Lines. In 1993, Mr. and Mrs. Modesitt moved to Whiteville. He loved gardening and sports; he was a big fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball. He was a Methodist in belief.

Services were held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Bolivar, Tennessee, with Nathan Gibbs officiating. Burial was in Memphis Memorial Gardens in Bartlett, Tennessee.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Modesitt leaves as his survivors two daughters, Valerie Victoria Fuller and Lisa Fleming of Boise, Idaho; three sons, Clark Hannibal Modesitt of Whiteville, Scott Modesitt of Denver, Colorado and Greg Modesitt of Edwardsville, Illinois; three sisters, Audrey Williams of Cookeville, Mary Hines of Eads, and Georgia Ihrie of Hot Springs, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Savannah Modesitt, Matthew Modesitt, Ryan Modesitt, Brooke Fleming and Jordanne Fleming; his best friend from childhood, George Ellis of Minnesota; and his mother-in-law, Baby Ruth Willis of Decatur, Mississippi.

Memorials may be sent to The Salvation Army.

Harold Dean Richie
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:04 AM


Harold Dean Richie died March 15, 2012 at Bolivar General Hospital. He was born September 2, 1967 in Bolivar to Wendell E. Richie and Jewell Evelyn Tubbs. He worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation for 20 years, Citgo for 17 years and attended Vildo Pentecostal Church.

He is survived by his wife Susan and his children, Ross and Audrey and two grandchildren and stepchildren, Lyndy and Linden. Harold was also survived by siblings, Donna Richie, Thomas Richie, Wayne Richie, Wanda Richie, Billy Richie and Michael Richie; 19 nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, 7 p.m., March 22. Memorials and flowers can be sent to the church on the evening of the service.


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