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Sue Nelle Masters Hanna
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:21 PM

Sue Nelle Masters Hanna

1917 ~ 2011

    Sue Nelle Masters Hanna, age 94, died Tuesday, November 1, 2011 in Monroe, Louisiana. 

    The youngest of three children, she was born March 11, 1917, in Altus, Oklahoma, to Henry George and Sarah Frances Rush Masters.  At the age of three the family moved to Silerton which she always thought of as home.  She was inspired by a former teacher, Mrs. Dixon, to become a teacher and after graduating from Bolivar Central High School in 1934 she attended West Tennessee State College for teachers, in Memphis, and later Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson.  She taught at Hooper's School and then at Silerton School where she taught 12 1/2 years, 2 as principal.  It was there she met Clint Hanna of Hornsby and after his return from WWII they married.  During the war, she worked for Tayloe Paper Company in Memphis, Ford Motor Company, building airplane parts and Oak Ridge Atomic Factory.  They lived in Silerton and Rockvale, TN prior to moving to Monroe, LA in 1954.  After Dr. Hanna passed away in 1965, Sue Nelle completed her education at Northeast Louisiana College and began her 20 year teaching career in Louisiana.  She taught a total of 35 years before retiring.  She was very proud of being named the first "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" of Ouachita Parish in 1983, and wanted to be remembered as a 1st Grade Teacher.

    Mrs. Hanna considered family and friends as her greatest blessings.  A devoted child of God, she was a faithful member of College Place Baptist Church in Monroe.  Her hobbies included cooking, sewing, flower arranging, arts and crafts and traveling, visiting almost every continental state with friends from Silerton upon graduation.

    Services were held at 2 pm, Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Shackelford's Bolivar Chapel with Jim Osborne officiating.  Serving as pall bearers were former students from Silerton, Grady and Lee Stack, Tolstory Cox, Bobby Fry, Archie Knipper and Bobby Naylor.  Burial was in Hickory Grove Cemetery in Silerton.

    She is survived by 3 daughters, Anne Elizabeth McKay of Garland, TX, Patricia Clark and husband John of Monroe, LA, and Sue Ellen West and husband James of Shreveport, LA; 2 granddaughters, Kathryn Lindsey and husband Bryan and Sarah McKay; and 1 great-grandson, Felix Lindsey.  In addition to her parents, siblings and husband, she is preceded in death by a  son James Edward Hanna and a son-in-law Ralph H. McKay.

    The family requests memorials to be sent to College Place Baptist Church, 301 Sherrouse Ave., Monroe, LA, 71203.



Scotty Lyn Plunk
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:19 PM

Scotty Lyn Plunk


    Scotty Lyn Plunk, age 62, of Hornsby, died Saturday morning at Bolivar General Hospital.

    A native of Selmer, he lived all his life in this area. He was the son of the late Fred Plunk, Jr. and Lou V. McGee Plunk. He married Patricia Parchman on November 16, 1973 after graduating from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1972 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation as Director of Construction for West Tennessee. He was a faithful member of the Hornsby Baptist Church.

    He leaves his wife, Patricia Parchman Plunk of Hornsby and his daughter Crystal Plunk Hill of Toone; his sister, Sherry Elmore of Columbus, MS; four grandchildren: Caroline and Colleen Avent; Carter and Cooper Hill.

    Services were held at 1 PM, Monday, November 21, 2011 at Shackelford's Bolivar Chapel with Matt Emerson officiating.  Burial was in Wyatt Cemetery in Hornsby.  Serving as casket bearers were Timothy Parchman, Jon Salmon, Randy Plunk, Dan Robinson, Victor Weddle, and Richard Atkinson.  Honorary casket bearers were John Thomas, James Taylor, Wayne Taylor, Chuck Rychen, Darrel Piercey and Bill Moore.



Carroll W. Weaver
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:16 PM

Carroll W. Weaver

1939 ~ 2011

Carroll W. Weaver age 72, died Friday morning, November 18, 2011 at Regional Hospital in Jackson, TN.

On December 26, 1991, he became the husband of Bettye G. Weaver of Cloverport, TN. He was born September 13, 1939, to Lester Lee and Lue Jane Hampton Weaver in McNairy County, TN. A Baptist in belief, he loved hunting and fishing, was an avid outdoorsman, and loved to garden fresh vegetables. He was retired from Haywood Company of Brownsville where he worked for 11 years. He had lived in Cloverport for 22 years.

Graveside services were held at 2 PM, Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Cloverport Baptist Church Cemetery with Roger Hatch officiating.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 3 sons, Jeff and Jim Weaver of Memphis, and John Weaver of Bolivar; a sister, Donna McGee of Bethel Springs; a stepson, Waylon Vestal of Ocala, FL; 3 grandsons, Joseph, Cory, and Collin Weaver and a granddaughter, Harley Danielle Weaver.

Troy G. Brumbelow
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:58 PM

Troy G. Brumbelow

1936 ~ 2011

    Troy G. Brumbelow age 75, died Monday morning, November 7, 2011, at his home in Pocahontas.

    The son of Arthur Louis and Amanda Virginia Barkley Brumbelow, he was born April 28, 1936 in Michie, TN.  He grew up in Middleton and joined the Navy and served his country for 21 years.  He married Patricia Elizabeth McBride on December 24, 1955 and they moved to Pocahontas upon his retirement in 1975.  He then worked for Shelly's in Middleton in appliance repair serving as their warranty repairman. He loved camping and fishing in his earlier years, was a hard worker, loved people, and he loved to make bargains and play rook.  He was a member of the South Middleton Church of Christ.

    Funeral services were held at 12 Noon, Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at Shackelford's Middleton Chapel with Wayne Sanders and Wesley Wynne officiating.  Burial was at Middleton City Cemetery.

    Including his wife, he is survived by 2 daughters, Sherry Lynn Emery and husband David of St. Augustine, FL, and Barbara Ann Hamilton of Mt. Pleasant, TN; 2 sons, Randal Gene Brumbelow and wife Ruth of Ramer, TN, and Robert Louis Brumbelow and wife Melissa of Round Rock, TX; an older brother George Travis Brumbelow and wife Ginny of Long Beach, MS and his twin brother Roy Brumbelow and his wife Margarette of Middleton, TN; 9 grandchildren, Carrie O'Leary, Stewart Emery, Kimberly Hughes, Kelly Hamilton, Gabbie Charette, Shoshanna Cohen, Michael Cohen, Katie Brumbelow, and Kyle Brumbelow; 4 great grandchildren, Alex Martin, Zachary Ouellet, Chloe O'Leary and Maggie O'Leary.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother Arthur Louis Brumbelow, Jr.








Robert Thomas Davis, Sr.
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:56 PM

Robert Thomas Davis, Sr.

1932 ~ 2011


    Robert Thomas Davis, Sr., 79, of Toone died on Wednesday November 9, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital after an extended illness.  He was born in Hardeman County on April 23, 1932 to the late Robert Lee Davis and Cora M. Abbott Davis.

    His funeral service was held on Saturday November 12, 2011 at 12:00 noon at Hillfield MB Church-Toone with Pastor Lawrence Pirtle in charge of the service.  Burial was in the church cemetery and Dixie Funeral Home www.dixiefuneralhome.com was in charge of the professional service.

    He professed a hope in Jesus Christ at an early age and joined Hillfield MB Church where he served as a deacon and treasurer.  He attended the Hardeman County public schools and worked over twenty-three years at Tennessee Textiles-Jackson. 

    In 1961 he married Leri Ree Boyd and to this union two children were born. 

    Preceding him in death were his parents and his sister, Estella Davis Hudson.

    He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of fifty years; one son, Robert Thomas (Tracey)Davis, Jr. of Toone; one daughter, Carolyn Davis Shelton (Donald) of Memphis; two grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends that will truly miss him.



Jimmie (Cuz) Woods, Sr.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:55 PM

Jimmie (Cuz) Woods, Sr.



    Jimmie (Cuz) Woods, Sr., 83, died on Friday November 4, 2011 at Bolivar General Hospital.  He was born in Hardeman County on May 20, 1928 to the late Barry Woods and Savannah Rhodes Woods.

    His funeral service was held on Saturday November 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Zion Temple COGIC-Bolivar with Pastor Manuel Donis in charge of the funeral service.  Burial was in the Green Grove Church Cemetery-Whiteville and Dixie Funeral Home www.dixiefuneralhome.com was in charge of the professional service.

    He was a United States Army veteran and served in the Korean war.  He professed a hope in Jesus Chist at a young age and was a member of Greater Fellowship Faith Tabernacle-Bolivar and Green Grove MB Church-Whiteville. 

    He served the community for many years as a electrician,and plumber and never met anyone that he did not try to help when needed. 

    Preceeding him in death was his wife, Inez Golden Woods; his parents; son, Jeffery, daughter, Carla and granddaughter Almeko Woods. 

    He leaves to cherish his memory his children; sons, Jimmie (Florine) and James (Mary) Taylor, Jimmie, Jr., Anthony and Marvin Woods, all of Bolivar; daughters, Carolyn  (Raymond) Samuels of Chicago, IL, Brenda of Bolivar, Gwenda of Nashville and Danita Woods of Bolivar; sistersCatherine (AC) Pirtle of Brownsville, Christine Posey of Bolivar and Mattie Mae Smith of Bolivar; brothers, Roosevelt (Dee) of Memphis and Clarance (Clara) of Bolivar; many other relatives and friends that will truly miss him. 



Cecelia Hammons Keller
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:52 PM

Cecelia Hammons Keller

1918 ~ 2011

    Cecelia Hammons Keller departed this life on November 7, 2011 at Laurelwood Healthcare Center in Jackson, Tennessee at the age of 93 Years, 1 Month, 27 Days

    The widow of Crawford Keller, who died on December 4, 1980, she worked as a seamstress with Barrett and Stevens in Bolivar.  She was born on September 11, 1918 in Hardeman County, the daughter of Robert Hershel Hammons and Mamie Allen Brown Hammons and lived all of her life here. She was an active member of the Bolivar First Baptist Church in Bolivar, and participated in the Golden Sounds Choir, enjoying singing all of her life.   She was a graduate of Bolivar Central High School class of 1938, and loved gardening and entertaining others with her 'elocution' of poetry.  Mrs. Keller was well known for her ministry to the community and to the local jail.

    Funeral services were held on November 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Bolivar with John Jicka officiating. Burial was in the Bolivar Memorial Cemetery.

    Survivors include a daughter, Clarice  Kemp of Bolivar, TN; a son, Robert E. (Bubba) Keller of Bolivar, TN; a grandchild, Rebecca Parks; and two great grandchildren, Ashland Parks andHudson Parks.  In addition to her husband, whom she married in 1939, and parents, Mrs. Keller was preceded in death by a grandchild, Laura Alvarado; three brothers, Keelon, Edsel and Kit Carson Hammons; and a sister, Vadine Keonig.


Dwight Stewart
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:49 PM

Dwight Stewart

1946 ~ 2011

    Dwight Stewart, age 65, of Bethel Springs, died Sunday afternoon, November 6, 2011 at Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, TN.

    Born May 15, 1946, in Middleton, TN, to Thomas Neal and Melba Ethel Jacobs Stewart, he was a farmer.  He married Brenda Joyce Cleek, June 11, 2007, and attended the Church of Christ in Bethel Springs where he lived the last 5 years.

    Graveside services were held at 11 am, Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at Stewart Cemetery where he was buried.  Jim Barr officiated the services and Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar were in charge.

    In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by 3 daughters Angela McQueen and Kristie Wilson both of Middleton; Mary Jane Letto of Southaven, MS; a son Howard Ellzey of St. Petersburg, FL; a sister Sallye Leath of Germantown; a brother Jimmy Stewart of Middleton; 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his father and a brother Jerry Stewart. 










Tommy Hoskins
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:45 PM


Tommy Hoskins

1947 ~ 2011


    Thomas Enlow Hoskins, resident of Byhalia, Mississippi, native Fayette Countian and retired salvage store owner and operator died Wednesday evening, November 2, 2011 at the Baptist Hospital in Collierville. He was 64 years of age.

    Services of Remembrance for Mr. Hoskins were conducted at 11 am Saturday, November 5 at Liberty Baptist Church in the Laconia Community near Somerville with Rev. Jim Whitley, pastor of the church officiating. Interment followed in the Liberty Cemetery. Arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center — Main Chapel of Somerville.

    A native of Fayette County and former resident of the Whiteville and Somerville areas, Mr. Hoskins was a self-employed buyer and seller of salvage and wholesale goods for much of his life. He was born April 26, 1947. He was preceded in death by his parents, Enlow Hoskins and the former Catherine Ruby Dolan.

    He was a Christian and had been a resident of the Byhalia Community for a number of years. He will be remembered by many as an “entrepreneur” who enjoyed both horses and donkeys. He enjoyed the friendships of many and was a lifelong resident of the West Tennessee and North Mississippi areas.

    Mr. Hoskins is survived by three daughters, Susan Welch of Jackson, TN, Melba Hoskins of Bolivar, Linda Barker of Blue Springs, MS; his son, Thomas “Tommy” Hoskins (Elissa) of Byhalia, MS; a large number of brothers and sisters in West Tennessee; and 8 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

    Those honored to serve as casketbearers were Thomas Hoskins, Velton Devore, Doug Devore, Michael Devore, Glyn Whitten, Joey Mauney and Billy Hoskins, Jr.

    The family requests that memorials be directed to the Liberty Cemetery Association, c/o Reba Dowdy, 870 Dowdy Road, Somerville, TN 38068.

Edward L. Smith
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Wednesday, November 09, 2011 4:15 PM

Edward L. Smith

    Edward L. Smith, 69, of Hickory Valley died Wednesday morning, November 2, 2011 at Bolivar Hospital after a long illness. His wife of 37 years, Connie Smith was at his side along with daughter, Nancy Campbell and her husband Billy, their daughter, Danielle, sons, J.R., and Steven and his friend Ben.

    He leaves three other step-children, Tim Lambert, Lynn Young, Chuck Lambert; 10 other step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

    There will be a remembrance service later.



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