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Curry Norris Harris
Mr. Curry Norris Harris, lifelong resident of Fayette County and a well-known retired farmer, cattleman and building contractor, died at 8:30 a.m. Monday, August 7, 2000 at his residence on Watkins Road between Williston and Moscow. He was 80 years of age and died following an extended illness. 
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 9th at the Morris Memorial Baptist Church in Moscow with Rev. Ralph Thomas, Pastor of the church officiating. Interment was in Friendship Cemetery near Moscow. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville was in charge of arrangements. 
Mr. Harris was born December 18, 1919, in Moscow, the son of the late Hudson and Mamie Vaughn Harris. He attended schools in Moscow and Somerville and was a graduate of Fayette County High School in Somerville. Mr. Harris was married May 16, 1941 to the former Miss Betty Cocke of Fayette County who survives. Mrs. Harris is the retired President and manager of the former Tri County Savings and Loan Association in Somerville that is now BancorpSouth Bank. Mr. Harris was a United States Army veteran of World War II with overseas duty that included Italy, France and Germany. 
He was a building contractor in earlier years and was a cattleman and farmer throughout his life. Mr. Harris continued his hay operation and to care for his cattle until two years ago. He was a longtime member of the Morris Memorial Baptist Church at Moscow. 
In addition to his wife, Mr. Harris is survived by two daughter, Joan Henry of Cordova, Susan Burrow of Jackson, Tennessee, two sisters, Rebecca Raines of Bartlett, Cleo Burke of Grenada, Mississippi, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren 
Mr. Harris was preceded in death my his son Curry Hudson "Huttie" Harris in 1999. 
Active casketbearers were George Bravos, Jerry Harris, Paul Harris, Tommy Harris, Gary Lewis and Vip Lewis. 
Honorary casketbearers were Lawrence Bryson, Charlie Dacus, Joe Fowler, Jay Minor, J. T. Minor, Sr., Emil Parrott, Albert Pleasants, Carl Sides, Aldon Sneed and Sam Walker. 
The family request that memorials be made to the Morris Memorial Baptist Church in Moscow or to the Friendship Cemetery Association.

Mr. Thomas Winston Tacker, Sr.
A resident of Aaron Way near Moscow, died at 8:50 p.m. Friday, December 8 [2000] at the St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was 69 years of age and died following a two month illness. 
Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 10th, at the Forty-five Cemetery near Moscow. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville was in charge of arrangements. 
Mr. Tacker was born January 1, 1931 in DeValls, Arkansas, the son of Cornelia Ruth Snyder Tacker and the late Gordon Lee Tacker. He moved at an early age to Fayette County where he attended schools at LaGrange and the Asbury community. He was a member of the Forty-five Baptist Church and has been a resident at the LaGrange and Moscow areas throughout much of his life. 
Mr. Tacker was a farmer in earlier years and was also employed by the Fayette County Farmers Cooperative in Somerville for eight years and the K-Mart Company in Germantown for four years. He retired from full-time employment eight years ago. Mr. Tacker was married on January 6, 1987 to the former Carolyn Ruth Dawkins of Fayette County, who survives. He was known as a person who enjoyed life and remained active as long as possible. 
In addition to his wife, Mr. Tacker is survived by two daughters, Cathy Fultz of Fouke, Arkansas, Debbie Wilson of Grand Junction, three sons, Thomas Winston "Tom" Tacker, Jr., of Byhalia, Mississippi, David Thompson of Collierville, Dennis Thompson of LaGrange, his mother, Ruth Tacker of Moscow, one brother, John Martin Tacker of Birmingham, Alabama, eighteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 
Mr. Tacker was preceded in death by one daughter, Annette George in 1986 and one son, Donnie Thompson in 1991. 
Casketbearers were Randy Gaither, Winston Tacker, Dennis Thompson, James Thompson, Jerry Watkins and Randy Wilson. 
The family request that memorials be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Jennie L. McCaskill
Mrs. Jennie L. McCaskill, 84 of Somerville, died April 11 [2001] at Methodist Hospital of Fayette.
The widow of Chalmers E. McCaskill, who died in 1989, she was a homemaker. She was born on March 6, 1917, in Fayette County, daughter of the late James and Josie Lela Rogers Umbarger and lived in Grand Junction prior to moving to Somerville. Mrs. McCaskill was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church at Saulsbury.
Services were at 2 p.m., April 13 at Shackelford Funeral Home chapel in Bolivar with Rickey Watkins officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Fayette County.
Mrs. McCaskill is survived by five daughters, Dolly Graves of Hickory Valley, Brenda Miles, Connie Huff and Betty Nunnley, all of Somerville and Janice Miles of Scottsdale, Ala.; two sons, Lloyd D. McCaskill of Tullahoma and Johnny McCaskill of Jackson; a sister Gladys Walk of Somerville; a brother, James Umbarger of Somerville; 18 grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 10 step great-grandchildren; and a step great-great grandchild.

Gaudie Vera Darnell Culver
Mrs. Gaudie Vera Darnell Culver, a longtime resident of the Macon, Somerville, and Whiteville areas, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2000 at the Baptist Hospital East at Collierville. She was 89 years of age and died following an extended illness. 
Funeral services were conduced at 1 p.m. Sunday, October 8th at the Peebles Funeral Chapel at Somerville. Interment was in the Macon Cemetery at Macon, Tennessee. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
Mrs. Culver was born December 26, 1910 in Vivian, Oklahoma, the daughter of the late Robert Bailey and Lula Belle Giles Darnell. She moved at an early age with her family to West Tennessee and attended Macon area schools. Mrs. Culver had resided for most of her life in Fayette and Hardeman Counties. 
She was a former resident of the Saulsbury and Whiteville areas and resided in the Macon area for many years before entering the retirement center in Collierville. Mrs. Culver was the wife of the late Bill Culver. She was a homemaker throughout her life and had been a devoted member of the Church of Christ for many years. Mrs. Culver was a member of the Collierville Church of Christ at the time of her death and in earlier years was instrumental in the formation of the Whiteville Church of Christ. She enjoyed flowers and gardening as long as health permitted. 
Mrs. Culver was survived by one daughter, Ann McDuffie of Collierville, two sons, Robert Eugene Bowles of Stanton, and Jackie Dean Culver of Memphis, two sisters, Juanita Orman of Macon, and Naomi Stafford of Hot Springs, Arkansas, one brother, Clinton Darnell of Gainsville, Florida, eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. 
The family requests that memorials be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Jennie Greene McNeelis
Mrs. Jennie Greene Alexander McNeelis, a resident of Memphis and a former resident of the Somerville area and native Fayette Countian, died at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at the Methodist Hospital Central in Memphis. She was 83 years of age and died following an extended illness.
Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 23 at the Peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Rev. Gordon H. Sather, son-in-law of Mrs. McNeelis, officiating. Special remarks were given by several family members. Interment was in the Taylor's Chapel Cemetery in Fayette County. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. McNeelis was born January 1, 1919, in the Taylor's Chapel Community, the daughter of the late Robert Burwell Alexander, Sr. and the late Rosa Clower Alexander. She attended local schools and was married April 8, 1933 to James DeWitt McNeelis who preceded her in death May 16, 1967.
Mrs. McNeelis was a resident of Memphis for a number of years where she was employed in food service at various businesses including the Peabody Hotel, The Harbor Restaurant and the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry. In earlier years, she was employed at the Grill 64 in Somerville.
After retirement, Mrs. McNeelis returned to Fayette County in 1972 and lived in the Somerville area before becoming a resident of Heartland Nursing Center in Memphis two years ago.
Mrs. McNeelis was a member of the Methodist Church throughout her life and was known by her family and friends as an outstanding vegetable gardener. Numerous pictures and articles appeared in local newspapers displaying her prize vegetables. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a person who enjoyed life and the close relationship with her family and grandchildren.
Mrs. McNeelis is survived by four daughters, Rosa McNeelis Mabry of Memphis, Sarah McNeelis Lewis of Eupora, Mississippi, Mary Frances McNeelis Sather of Memphis, Lois McNeelis Bailey of Southaven, Mississippi, her son, James DeWitt McNeelis, Jr. of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, twenty grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Casketbearers ere Brad Bennett, Larry Casey, Charles Thompson, Michael A. Thompson, Patrick McCann and Raymond Thompson.
The family request that memorials be made to Fayette Cares of Somerville.

Henry Eugene Watkins
Mr. Henry Eugene Watkins, a resident of Somerville and local small engine repair shop owner and operator, died at 5:30 am. Friday, August 11, 2000 at the Methodist Hospital of Fayette in Somerville. He was 61 years of age and died following an extended illness. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 13th at the Peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Rev. Phil Lovelace, Pastor of the Somerville First Baptist Church officiating. He was assisted by Rev. John Ed Watkins, Pastor of the Morris Chapel Baptist Church in Somerville. Interment was in the Friendship Cemetery near Moscow. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
Mr. Watkins was born November 19, 1938, in Somerville, the son of the late Leroy and Lillie Mae Isbell Watkins. He attended Moscow area schools and had resided in Fayette County throughout his life. For a number of years, Mr. Watkins had owned and operated the Watkins Small Engine Repair Shop on Hwy 64 in Somerville. He was a member of the Somerville First Baptist Church. 
Mr. Watkins enjoyed music throughout his life and participated in the music ministry of the Somerville Health Care Center. He enjoyed both singing and playing the guitar for health care residents and friends. 
Mr. Watkins is survived by his wife, Thelma Jean Luke Watkins of Somerville, four sons, Tony Watkins and David Watkins, both of Moscow, Randy Watkins of Somerville, Chris Watkins of Williston, two sisters, Lenora Watkins Ownes of Moscow, Mildred Watkins of Prestage of Polk City, Florida, one brother, Charles Watkins, Sr. of Moscow, and ten grandchildren. 
Casketbearers were Henry Feathers, Robert Steward, Derl Tucker, Charles Watkins, Jr., Chris Watkins, David Watkins, Randy Watkins, Ricky Watkins and Tony Watkins. 
The family request that memorials be made to the Evangelical Church of Moscow, P.O. Box 71, Moscow, Tennessee 38057.

Shirley Inez Johnson
Services for Shirley Inez Johnson, 63, were held August 5 [2000] at 11 a.m. at Reed's Chapel. Burial was in Lexington City Cemetery. Mrs. Johnson died at Regional Medical Center in Memphis of heart disease. 
Mrs. Johnson was born July 13, 1937, in Somerville to the late June and Elma Nae Doyle. Mrs. Johnson attended Fayette County Schools. 
She is survived by her husband, Ray Johnson; five daughters, Carla Faye Delbridge of Darden, Starlet Ann Newman and Jacquelyn Luker, both of Corinth, Miss., Pamela Golden of Dyersburg, and Christy Lea Rosson of Lexington; and three sisters, Barbara Ann Griffin, Carolyn June Patillo, and Judy Palmer Hibbit, all of Whiteville.

Margaret Louise Smith
Mrs. Margaret Louise Conklin Smith, a resident of Oakland and wife of the late Jasper Travis Smith, died at 6:14 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2002, at the Cordova Rehabilitation Center where she had been a resident for the past two months. She was 80 years of age and died following an illness of several months.
Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 27 at the Peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Bro. Scott Ferguson, Minister of the Macon Church of Christ and Bro. Gary McDade, Minister of the Getwell Church of Christ in Memphis, officiating. Interment was in the Memorial Park Cemetery on Poplar Avenue in Memphis. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Smith was born August 3, 1921 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of the late Edward Conklin and the late Melissa Feathers Conklin. She moved at an early age to Fayette County and attended Fayette County schools. Mrs. Smith was married February 5, 1938 to Jasper Travis Smith, retired employee of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Memphis. Mr. and Mrs. Smith had been married for over sixty years before the death of Mr. Smith on April 22, 1999.
Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and a devoted member of the Macon Church of Christ where she participated in numerous church activities as long as health permitted. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were residents of Memphis for over forty years and had been residents of the Oakland area in Fayette County for the past twenty years. Her interests included food preparation, sewing, flowers and vegetable gardening. Mrs. Smith will be remembered for her kindness to others, the love that she had for her home and yard and her devotion to her husband, children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Smith is survived by two sons, Jack Smith of Germantown, Richard Wayne Smith of Buckner, Missouri, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Casketbearers were Joe Francis, Jr., Andy Smith, Dallas Smith, Jeff Smith, Steve Smith and Tim Smith.
The family request that memorials be made to The Spiritual Sword, c/o Getwell Church of Christ, 1511 Getwell Rd., Memphis or to the Macon Church of Christ, Macon.

Louise Leath Pattat
Mrs. Louise Leath Pattat, longtime resident of Yum-Yum Road North of somerville, died at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2001, at the Methodist Hospital of Fayette in Somerville where she had been a patient for one day. She was 95 years of age and died following an illness of several weeks.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 18th at the Peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Rev. Mike Pilcher, Pastor of the Braden United Methodist Church and Rev. Barbara Blackmon Fortune, Pastor of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Hebron Cemetery in the Bethlehem Community of Fayette County. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Pattat was born November 29, 1906, in Haywood County, Tennessee, the daughter of the late James Richard and Birdie Akin Leath. She attended schools in the Bethlehem Community and was marked December 1, 1928, to Fred Amos Pattat, a well-known Fayette County farmer and landowner who preceded her in death December 26, 1994.
Mrs. Pattat was a homemaker throughout her life and was also associated with her family in their farming operation in Fayette County before retirement. She had been a resident of Fayette County for most of her life and was a longtime member of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church where she had served as Church Historian in past years.
Mrs. Pattat had been an active member; in past years of the Bethlehem Community Farm Club and the Bethlehem Home Demonstration Club. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening as long as health permitted and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. At the time of her death, Mrs. Pattat was a resident of the National Health Care Center in Somerville and was one of the oldest residents of her community.
Mrs. Pattat is survived by two sons, Fred Lee Pattat and wife, Geneva of Somerville, Carlos Pattat and wife, Marie of Somerville, three brothers Houston A. Leath of Stanton, Elbert Leath of Brownsville, Giles Leath of Stanton, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Active casketbearers were Houston Leath, Jr., Jimmy Leath, Bobby Myers, Glenn Newman, Danny Pattat and Jeffrey Pattat.
Honorary casketbearers were Morton Carraway, Danny Leath, Donnie Myers and Ralph Myers.
The family request that memorials be made to the Bethlehem United Methodist Church or to the Hebron Cemetery Association.

Manfred Julius Michel
Mr. Manfred Julius Michel, a resident of Williston, died at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2001 at his residence on Price Road. He was 67 years of age and died following an extended illness.
Funeral services were conducted at 12 noon Tuesday, April 17th, at the Peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Rev. Tony Watkins, Pastor of the Moscow Evangelical Full Gospel Church, officiating. Interment was in the Liberty Cemetery near Laconia. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Michel was born December 16, 1933 in Mannheim Sandhorfen, West Germany, the son of the late Manfred Julius and Tekia Schwall Michel. He received his education in West Germany and was married September 9, 1959 to the former Anneliese Gertrude Lechert of West Germany, who survives.
Mr. and Mrs. Michel moved to the United States in November, 1986 to be near their daughter and had been residents of Fayette County since that time. Mr. Michel had been employed as a woodcraftsman throughout most of his life and was a member of the Lutheran Church. His interests included woodworking, fishing and caring for wildlife.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Michel is survived by his daughter, Chris Peterson and husband Jerry of Williston, his son Manfred Amerigo Michel of Mannheim Sandborfen, West Germany and five grandchildren.
Active casketbearers were Jason James, Daniel Peterson, Harry Peterson, Mike Peterson, Rodney "Moose" Sides and Walter "Buck" Sides.
The family request that memorials be made to the donor's favorite choice.

Jerry Keith Rodgers, Sr.
Mr. Jerry Keith Rodgers, Sr., a resident of the Hickory Valley Community in Hardeman County and former Fayette Countian, died Saturday evening, December 8, 2001, at his residence at Hickory Valley. He was 55 years of age and died following an extended illness.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 12th at the peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Rev. John Ed Watkins, Pastor of the Morris Chapel Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in District 15 of Fayette County. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Rodgers was born September 19, 1946, in the Toccopola Community near Pontotoc, Mississippi, the son of the late Elbert E. and Addie Bailey Rodgers. He moved at an early age with his parents to Sledge, Mississippi and attended Sledge schools. Mr. Rodgers was employed as an automobile mechanic throughout most of his life and was a member of the Hollywood Baptist Church at Sledge, Mississippi.
Mr. Rodgers was a resident of Memphis for a number of years before moving to the District 15 area of Fayette County. He had been a resident of Hickory Valley for the past four years and enjoyed both fishing and hunting as long as health permitted.
Mr. Rodgers is survived by his wife, Betty Marie Holder of Somerville, three sons, Frankie Cherry of Somerville, Eric Keith Rodgers of Memphis, Jerry Keith Rodgers, Jr. of Somerville, two sisters Shelia Pollan of Sledge, Mississippi, Barbara Purdon of Sarah, Mississippi, three brothers, Kenneth R. Rodgers of Memphis, Wayne Rodgers of Hernando, Mississippi, Elbert Rodgers, Jr. of Oakland, Tennessee and his grandson, Austin Clark of Somerville.
Casketbearers were Jimmy Goodman, Buddy Gwin, Michael Morrow, Albert Purdon, Mark Rodgers and Kenneth Rooker.
The family request that memorials be made to the Mt. Olive Cemetery Associations.

Jerry Thomas Corder, Sr. 
Mr. Jerry Thomas Corder, Sr., a resident of Stantonville, Tennessee and a native Fayette Countian, died at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2002 at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital where he was taken after being involved in a two vehicle accident near Stantonville earlier in the day. He was 59 years of age.

Rheba Irene Miller German 
Mrs. Rheba Irene Miller German, a longtime resident of District 15 in Fayette County and retired garment manufacturing employee, died at 5:15 a.m. Sunday, January 20, 2002 at the Baptist Hospital East in Memphis where she had been a patient for the past three weeks. She was 62 years of age and died following an illness of several months.

Pauline Goodman 
Mrs. Pauline Goodman, 72, of Brownsville, Tennessee, died Saturday, January 19, 2002 at her residence. Services were held Monday, January 21 at Brownsville Funeral Home with interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Mississippi. Brownsville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bobby L. Hilliard 
Mr. Bobby L. Hilliard, a resident of Somerville and for a number of years, a long distance trucking contractor, died at 2:15 p.m. Monday, January 14, 2002, at the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, California, where he was taken after becoming suddenly ill while driving his truck near Long Beach. He was 54 years of age and died unexpectedly.

James Earl McElroy 
Mr. James Earl McElroy, resident of Somerville and native Fayette Countian, died at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2002 at the Methodist Hospital of Fayette in Somerville where he had been a patient for one day. He was 68 years of age and died following an extended illness of several months.

James Moore "Jim" Perkins 
Mr. James Moore "Jim" Perkins, resident of Gallaway and former United States Army Veteran, died Sunday, January 20, 2002 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis where he had been a patient since January 14. Mr. Perkins was 66 years of age and was the husband of Pattie Jane Eubanks Perkins.

Jewell Leona Moore Perkins 
Mrs. Jewell Leona Moore Perkins, a resident of Gallaway, died Monday, January 21, 2002 at the Methodist Hospital North of Memphis where she had been a patient since January 16. She was 94 years of age and was the mother of Mr. James Moore "Jim" Perkins who died the day before his mother.

Melvin Gene Shubert 
Mr. Melvin Gene Shubert, a resident of Somerville, died at 10:05 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2002 at the Methodist Hospital of Fayette in Somerville where he was taken after becoming ill at his home earlier in the day. He was 49 years of age.

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