|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
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  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 
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
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
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
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
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
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 
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
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.
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
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.