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Bobby Joe Stewart
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 4:13 PM

Bobby Joe Stewart

1961 ~ 2011


    Bobby Joe Stewart, 50, of Bolivar died at Jackson Madison County General Hospital on Tuesday November 1, 2011.  He was born September 16, 1961 to the late Charlie Stewart and Katherine Taylor Steward.

    His funeral service was held on Saturday November 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Campbell's Chapel MB church-Bolivar with Reverend George Beauregard delivering the message.  Burial was in the Mt. Calvary Church Cemetery in Bolivar and Dixie Funeral Home was in charge of the professional service.

    He accepted Jesus Christ at a early age and joined Antioch MB Church-Whiteville.  He was employed several years with Western State Mental Health and later with Madison Haywood Developmental Service.  He received his education in the Hardeman County public schools. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Robert Jones, Robert and Jimmy Stewart, Sr. 

    He leaves to cherish his memory one daughter, Shakina Stewart of Somerville and one that he raised as his own, April (Arthur) Campbell-Morrison; four brothers, Charles Ray (Frances), Henry (Eloise), Thomas (Renee), LC ( Dianne) Stewart; four sisters, Mary (Willie) Miller, Stella Stewart, Olivia (Lawrence) Williams and Carolyn Stewart; one aunt, Mary Beauregard; two uncles, Napoleon Stewart and Charlie B. Yancy; a special friend, Carol Dubose; many other relatives and friends that will truly miss him.



Claude Pulliam, Jr.
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 4:10 PM

Claude Pulliam, Jr.

1930 ~ 2011

    Claude Pulliam, Jr., age 80, died Monday afternoon, October 31, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

    The widower of Alma Jean Turner Pulliam, who died May 4, 1999, they were married nearly 43 years.  He was born in Hickory Valley, TN, on December 23, 1930 to Claude Sr, and Nellie Mae Vandiver Pulliam.  A truck driver and farmer, he drove for Roadway and retired December 26, 1992.  Mr. Pulliam was stationed in Germany while he served in the Army.  He was active in the affairs of West Memorial Cemetery and his community, loved his daughters, was hard working, compassionate, ready to help anyone, and he loved rabbit and squirrel hunting.  He lived in Memphis from 1956 to 1972 when he moved back to Hardeman County. 

    Funeral services were held at 2 PM, Thursday, November 3, 2011, at Shackelford's Bolivar Chapel with Ray Lovelady and Mickey Cossar officiating.  Burial was at West Memorial Cemetery.

    Among those who survive him are his 3 daughters, Penelope Jean "Penny"  Chandler of Weatherford, TX, Tanyan Jo Bobo of Ripley, TN, and Claudia Dean "Candy" Pulliam of Jackson, TN; 2 sisters, Christeve Hensley and Eva Mae Derrick both of Saulsbury, TN; 6 grandchildren, Molly Haislip, James Byrum, Jennifer Phillips, Jonathon Byrum, Amanda Maney and Mary Chandler; 9 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by a son , James Louie "Bubba" Phillips.






Annie Lea Owens Lax
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 4:06 PM

Annie Lea Owens Lax

1909 ~ 2011


    Annie Lea Owens Lax departed to her heavenly home on Friday, November 4, 2011, at UT Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.  She was 102.

    Annie Lea found Jesus as her Saviour at a young age and served him faithfully until her death.  She was a member of Middleburg Baptist Church for 93 years where she served as a Sunday school teacher, WMU worker and fed many preachers on different occasions.  After her husband's death she ran Lax's Old Country Store in Middleburg.  She sold rag bologna, Hoop cheese, and possum sardines.  Many knew her by her spunky personality and red hair.  Annie Lea loved her family very much and spent much time with them whether it was through traveling or just sitting with them and having a good laugh.  She loved to cook and her family enjoyed a delicious meal each Sunday after church.  Annie Lea Lax, or (Maw), as she was known to her family, will forever be missed.  Her red flame may have gone out on earth but it shines brightly above in Heaven.

     Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Jeanette Robley Lax, of Memphis; a son Forrest Orren Lax and wife Susanna of Gulf Shores, AL; a daughter Constance Lea Lax Young and husband Steve of Middleburg, TN; 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  Annie Lea was preceded in death by her brother William Orville, father Robert Hugh Owens, mother Mary Andeline Hazelgrove, sister Kathleen Owens Mayfield, brother Alvis Archie, sister Olene Owens Young, brother Robert Sturgis, and sister Mary Lou Owens Overton.  She is also preceded in death by her husband Joseph Lafayette, and oldest son Hugh Brooks Lax of Memphis,

     Services for Annie Lea were held at 2 pm, Monday, November 7, at Middleburg Baptist Church.  Brother Ricky Watkins delivered the message of Salvation in Jesus Christ requested by Annie Lea.  Burial was in Middleburg Cemetery.  Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar were in charge of the services.







Wanda M. Hatton
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 4:05 PM

Wanda M. Hatton

1924 ~ 2011

    Wanda M. Hatton, 87 years old of Bolivar, formerly of St. Mary, MO died Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at Ste. Genevieve Care Center in Ste. Genevieve, MO.

    She was born Monday, July 28, 1924 in Hardin, IL. Married to William B. Hatton on Tuesday, August 3, 1943. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Kelee Hatton and grandson, William G. Hatton, both of Bolivar. She was receded in death by her husband, William B. Hatton; two sons, Thomas Hatton and William G. Hatton; her sister, Ida Belle Myers; her parents, Fred Thomas and Eupha (Grandsinger) Thomas.

    Graveside service were held  at St. Marys Cemetery on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 10:00 am with the Rev. Don Estes officiating. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery in Saint Mary, MO. Memorials can be made to St. Mary Cemetery Fund. Basler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


George Nick Hasapis
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Wednesday, November 09, 2011 4:04 PM

George Nick Hasapis

1942 ~ 2011


    George Nick Hasapis, 69, of Bolivar died on Friday November 4, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.  He was born November 1, 1942 in Canton, Ohio. 

    He was cremated and a memorial service date will be announced later. 

    He was a self-employed businessman in the courier business until he became ill.

    He leaves to cherish his memory two children, Amber and Aaron Hasapis, a former spouse, Donna Thoda; many other friends and family that will miss him. 


Lee Edwin Wiggins
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011 2:02 PM

Lee Edwin Wiggins

1936 ~ 2011


  Lee Edwin Wiggins, age 75, of Bolivar, died Monday morning, October 31, 2011, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

  Born August 31, 1936 in Hornsby, TN to Bedford Lee and Ethel Sides Wiggins, he was a lumber inspector.  He married his wife of 54 years, Mary Helen Young, on January 19, 1957.  He enjoyed fishing, was Pentecostal in belief and had worked for Beane, Northside and Desoto Lumber Companies. He lived all his life in Hardeman County.

  Funeral services for Mr. Wiggins were held at 1 PM, Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at Shackelford's Bolivar Chapel with Jimmy Garrett officiating.  Burial was in Bolivar Memorial Cemetery.

  In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 sons, Glenn and his wife Sheila, and Lynn Wiggins, all of Bolivar; and by 4 grandchildren, Hunter Wiggins, Gina Wiggins Ragan and husband Adam, Ross and Monica Wiggins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Jo McClain and a daughter-in-law, Sherry Wiggins.

  The family requests memorials to be sent to Dixie Hills Baptist Church.


Joe W. Thornton
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 1:59 PM

Joe W. Thornton

1926 ~ 2011

Joe W. “Jack” Thornton, age 85, of Middleton, died Thursday morning, October 20, 2011 at his home. 

    The husband of Mary Elizabeth Keller Thornton, who survives, he was a retired carpenter. He served in the Navy during WWII.  He was born on April 12, 1926, in Decatur, Ala., the son of the late Joe Deamer and Pearlie Roper Thornton and lived most of his life in Jackson, TN before moving to Middleton. He was Baptist in belief.

    Services were at 2:00 pm, Friday, October 21, 2011 at Shackelford Funeral Director's Middleton Chapel with Bob Gibson officiating.  Burial was in the West Memorial Cemetery.  His grandsons served as pall bearers.

    In addition to his wife, whom he married on March 2, 1986, Mr. Thornton is survived by two daughters, Leta Tucker of Graham, NC and LaRa Wright and husband Kevin of Jackson; three step sons, Jerry Keller and wife Cathy, Bobby Keller and wife Rose, and Larry Keller and wife Betty, all of Middleton; two half sisters, Nita White and husband David and Mary White and husband Irwin, all of Jackson; two brothers Jimmy Thornton and wife Glenda of Memphis and George Thornton and wife Libby of Huntingdon; two grandsons, Bryan Tucker and Ethan Massey; four step grandsons, John Keller, Thomas Keller, Ronald Keller, and William Keller all of Middleton, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.  He also leaves a special nephew, Tony Arnold and wife Martha Nell of Jackson.

    In addition to his parents, Mr. Thornton was preceded in death by his two sisters, Hazel Hammond and Josephine Arnold; a step grandson, Jimmy Keller, and a great grand-daughter, Amber Keller.

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



Joyce E. Scott
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 1:57 PM

Joyce E. Scott

1929 ~ 2011

  Joyce E. Scott, 82, of Saulsbury, passed away Saturday evening, October 29 at her home.

  The widow of Lonnie E. Scott, who died on May 25, 1989, after 36 years of marriage, she was a homemaker.  She was born June 15, 1929, in Potsdam, New York, to the late Ervin and Manie Crossman Leonard and lived here since 1950.  She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church where she served in various positions at the church for 38 years.

  Services were 2 pm Monday, October 31 at New Bethel Baptist Church with Jim Madden and Matt Emerson officiating.  Burial was in Ramer Cemetery near Middleton with Tyler Scott, Alex Russell, Mark Moore, Lonnie Scott, Jacob Smith and Daniel Young serving as casket bearers.  Serving as honorary casket bearers were Ben Stephenson, Keith Williams, Jesse and Justin Smith and Keith Russell.  Shackelford Funeral Directors of Middleton were in charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Heather Jo Moore (Johnny) of Hornsby, Sherry Doles (Gene) of Pocahontas; two sons and their wives, Robert Scott (Julia) of Saulsbury, Michael Scott (Donna) of Hornsby; a sister, Pearl Jean Brown of Dunnellon, Florida; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; eight step grandchildren and eight step great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Steven Scott Dean; a brother, Vernon Leonard and a sister, Iris Rexford.  The family requests memorials be directed to the New Bethel Baptist Youth Fund or the donor’s choice of charities.



Emma Sue Pirtle
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011 1:56 PM


Emma Sue Pirtle

1931 ~ 2011

  Emma Sue Pirtle, age 96, of the Cloverport area, passed away Sunday afternoon at NHC in Somerville.

  The daughter of the late Wiley Thomas Feathers and Emma Perry Feathers, she was born in Cloverport and lived all of her life in that area. On April 4, 1931, she married John Thomas Pirtle, Jr. and they were married for 66 years before his death on March 22, 1998. She worked as a homemaker and also was employed as an inspector for Kilgore Corporation. She was a long time member of the Antioch Primitive Baptist Church near Cloverport.

  Graveside services were held at 12 noon, Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at Maple Springs Cemetery with John Maley officiating.

  She leaves her son, Fred Pirtle and wife, Betty, of Bartlett, TN; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  The family requests memorials to be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.






Margaret Ann Nance
Written by btnews   
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 1:55 PM

Margaret Ann Nance

1958 ~ 2011

Margaret Ann Henderson Nance, 52, died Monday, October 24, 2011 at her residence in Collierville. She was born December 25, 1958 to  Annie Mae Ray Henderson and the late Thomas Earl " Tom"   Henderson.  Margaret was a 1976 graduate of Ripley High School, Northeast Ms. Community College, and received a bachelors degree from Lambeth University.  She was an employee of Thysson Krupp Elevator Company for thirty-three years, currently serving as Director of Planning at the Germantown Office.  She was a Baptist.

Services will be at 2:00 PM, Thursday, October 27, 2011 at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Latch and Bro. Bill Baker   officiating.   Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden.

She is survived by  her husband, James Cossitt " Jimmy "   Nance of Collierville; one son, Trey Nance of Collierville; her mother, Annie Mae Henderson of Ripley; two sisters, Gail Baker (Larry) of Union City, Shelia Bryan (Gary) of Ripley; three brothers, Ray Henderson (Sherry) of Ripley, Doug Henderson (Emma) of Middleton, and Ricky Henderson (Lisa) of Cameno Island, WA; one sister-in-law, Judy Carone (Dean) of Los Angeles, CA;  and a host of nieces and nephews, who she loved dearly.

Pallbearers  will be Donnie Cousar, Wayne Baker, Michael Henderson, Jeff Bryan, John Henderson, and Norris Howell.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Employees of Thyssen Krupp.

She was preceded in death by  her father.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to to American Cancer Society: Address is P.O. Box 22718,  Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Visitation was held Wednesday, October 26,2011 at  Ripley Funeral Home.  



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