Miscellaneous 2001 Shelby County, Tennessee Obituaries

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RUBY STANLEY BLEVINS, 67, of Memphis, retired factory worker, died of heart failure Saturday at Community Care of Rutherford County. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Family Funeral Care Summer Avenue Chapel with burial in Memory Hill Gardens. Mrs. Blevins, the wife of Allen W. Blevins for 36 years, also leaves three daughters, Diane Jenkins of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Dorothy Jean Burkeen of Waterford, Miss., and Gloria Darlene Lyles of Memphis; a son, Michael Allen Blevins of Memphis; two sisters, Marie McCullough of Polkville, Miss., and Gladys Fraiser of Jackson; a brother, John Stanley of Clarksdale, Miss., nine grandchildren, one stepgrandchild, eight great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

FREDDY LAVERT BROWN, 80, of Memphis, formerly of Oxford, Miss., retired superintendent from Dobbs Houses Inc. Airline Catering Division, died of respiratory failure Saturday at Saint Francis Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with burial in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. He was a World War II Air Force veteran. Mr. Brown, the husband of Billie Maxwell Brown for 54 years, also leaves a daughter, Fredda Brown of Tallahassee, Fla.; two sisters, Melna Ladd of Millington and Maxine Caudle of Columbia, S.C., and two grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the charity of the donor's choice. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

ROBERT THOMAS BUTTERLY, 54, of Memphis, employee of JnJ Express, died of heart failure Thursday in San Antonio, Texas. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Forest Hill Funeral Home East with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery East. He was a member of Decatur Trinity Christian Church and was a Navy veteran. Mr. Butterly, the husband of Belinda Maria Butterly for 32 years, also leaves a daughter, Christine Maria Butterly, and a son, Shaun Thomas Butterly, both of Memphis, and a grandson. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

BEATRICE DIXON CHILDERS, 88, of Cordova, homemaker, died Saturday at Appling Wood Healthcare after a stroke. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Canale Funeral Directors with burial in Memorial Park. She was a member of the Joy Sunday School Class at Bellevue Baptist Church. Mrs. Childers, the wife of John H. Childers, also leaves a daughter, Virginia Ann `Ginger' C. Stanley of Memphis; a son, Laney Dixon `Dickie' Childers of Gainsville, Ga., and three grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Love Worth Finding at Bellevue Baptist Church. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

VIRGINIA ANN CRUSE, 58, of Millington, medical transcriptionist, died Sunday at her home. The cause of death has not yet been determined pending an autopsy. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Northridge/Woodhaven Funeral Home in Millington with burial in Northridge/Woodhaven Cemetery there. Mrs. Cruse, the wife of Richard Cruse, also leaves two daughters, Terri Tremmel of Memphis and Anita Hester of Bladenboro, N.C.; a son, Billy Tatum of Rockingham, N.C.; her mother, Gertrude Hester of Bladenboro, and five grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

CHARLES EUGENE `GENE' GALBREATH Jr., 52, of Memphis, FedEx employee, died Saturday at Methodist Healthcare-South after a heat stroke. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Catholic Church with burial in Calvary. Family Funeral Care Summer Road Chapel has charge. He leaves a daughter, Abby Galbreath of Greenwood, Miss.; a son, Daniel Eric Galbreath of Cleveland, Miss.; and his mother, Lenora Galbreath, and a sister, Theresa Gail Cox, both of Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to Monastery of St. Clare in Memphis. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

JOHN H. `JACK' GARY, 74, of Memphis, retired executive with Interstate Blood Bank, died after a heart attack Saturday at his home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry and was a junior warden, with burial in Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. He was an Eagle Scout with Troop 34, served on the advisory board of the Boys Club, was a founding member and director of the American Blood Resources Association and founder and director of City National Bank, was an Army veteran and was a member of Memphis Country Club, the University Club and the Memphis Yacht Club. Mr. Gary, the husband of Martha Sparr `Mollie' Gary for 50 years, also leaves a daughter, Martha Ellen Gary of New York, and a son, John C. Gary III of Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Memphis Boys Club or the charity of the donor's choice. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

WILLIAM H. `JACK' GOIN, 91, of Senatobia, Miss., farmer, died of heart failure Sunday at Senatobia County Hospital. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Latter Day Saints Cemetery in Sarah. Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home in Hernando has charge. He was a Baptist. Mr. Goin, the widower of Annie Hensley Goin, leaves four daughters, Flora Rines of Oxford, Miss., Louella Hunter of Tunica, Miss., Marie Taylor of Horn Lake and Joann Pettit of Nesbit; two sons, Raymond Goin of Coffeeville, Miss., and Marvin Goin of Tunica, Miss.; a sister, Mary Goin of Hernando, 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

MARY ALLEN PAUL HICKS, 73, of Memphis, accountant and teacher, died of cancer Saturday at Methodist Healthcare-Central. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Poplar Grove Cemetery in Drummonds, Tenn. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hicks, the wife of Rev. George T. Hicks, also leaves two daughters, Mary Helen Hicks of Alpharetta, Ga., and Suzan V. Hicks-Hurt of Memphis; a son, Glenn Terrell Hicks of Memphis; and a sister, Charlotte Green of Birmingham. The family requests that memorials be sent to Christ United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society or MUW Foundation. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

HENRY ALAN LAWLER, 64, of Nashville, formerly of Memphis, talent agent in Chicago, New York, Memphis and Nashville for 25 years who had represented Charley Pride, T. G. Sheppard and Ronnie Milsap, died of sepsis Saturday in Nashville. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at West Harpeth Funeral Home in Nashville. Crawford Mortuary and Crematory in Nashville has charge. He was a former officer of the National Association of Talent Directors and a former member of the Country Music Association and the Country Music Buyers Association. He leaves two daughters, Karan Elizabeth Hawley of Memphis and Lorie S. Lawler of Austin, Texas, a companion with whom he lived, Patsy Allen, and two grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Thomas Hospital Foundation. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

JAMES EDWIN MATLOCK, 70, of Memphis, owner and operator of Jim's Bait Shop, died of heart failure Saturday at Methodist Healthcare-South. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Milledgeville (Tenn.) Methodist Church with burial in Milledgeville Cemetery there. Shackelford Funeral Home in Selmer, Tenn., has charge. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Mr. Matlock, the widower of Fern Matlock and the husband of Bonnie Matlock, also leaves three stepsons; a sister, Dolores Brush of Milledgeville; and a brother, James L. Matlock of Memphis. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

TERRON JENICE POLK, 32, of Olive Branch, medical dispatcher, died of cancer Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at M. J. Edwards and Sons Funeral Home with burial in New Park Memorial Gardens. She was a member of Friendly Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Polk, the wife of Darryl Polk, also leaves a daughter, Jenice Polk, and a son, Darryl C. Polk, both of Olive Branch; her mother, Jenice L. Coe of Cordova; her father, Willie C. Coe, and a sister, Sharon Jackson, both of Memphis; and three brothers, James Brooks, Tommy Coe and Lenord Coe, all of Cordova. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

ROLAND C. REYNOLDS, 82, of Cordova, formerly of Little Rock, retired executive vice president of Diesel Bearing Co., died of cancer Sunday at his home. Graveside services will be Tuesday at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Little Rock with a memorial service at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Baptist Church in Cordova. Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth Funeral Home in Little Rock has charge. He was a World War II and Korean War Navy veteran. Mr. Reynolds, the husband of Helen Louise Lovell for 57 years, also leaves a daughter, Susan Sanford of Port Orchard, Wash.; a son, Stephen C. Reynolds of Memphis; a brother, Davis Reynolds of Conway, Ark.; a sister, Ann Belle Holloway of Conroe, Texas, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Baptist Trinity Hospice in Memphis of Trinity Baptist Church. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

TOMMIE JOYNER SAVAGE, 86, of Baton Rouge, La., formerly of Hernando, wholesale furniture salesman, died of complications of Alzheimer disease Friday at Ollie Steele Burdin Manor. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Greenoaks Funeral Home in Baton Rouge with burial in Greenoaks Memorial Park there. He was a former semi-pro baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mr. Savage, the husband of Mildred McCay Savage, also leaves three daughters, Editha Guy of Lafayette, La., Joan Savage Narrell and Cynthia Brown, both of Baton Rouge; a son, Robert Neely Savage of Baton Rouge; a sister, Jessie Cook of Hernando, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

CLARA M. SIMS, 87, of Van, Texas, formerly of Memphis, retired medical transcriptionist, died of respiratory arrest Friday at Cozby Germany Hospital in Grand Salina, Texas. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown has charge. She leaves two daughters, Billie Langley of Van and Dorothy Coletta of Memphis; a son, Dr. John Russell of Memphis, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

CLARA THOMAS, 74, of Memphis, formerly of Chicago, retired printer, died of heart failure Sunday at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. M. J. Edwards and Sons Funeral Home has charge. Mrs. Thomas, the widow of Coil Thomas, leaves two daughters, New Hampshire Wooden and Ida Mae Jordan, both of Chicago; four sons, Robert Owens II of Memphis, Willie Wooden Jr., Gerald Thomas and Coil Thomas Jr., all of Memphis; a sister, Nettie Roberts of Memphis, 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

CHRISTINE TODD, 70, retired teacher, died of heart failure Saturday at Ripley (Tenn.) Healthcare & Rehab. Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Ripley First Baptist Church. Garner Funeral Home has charge. Mrs. Todd, the wife of John Lowell Todd, leaves local survivors including a daughter, Elene Winn of Memphis, and three grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 18, 2001]



MARIO F. ALFONSO, 82, of Memphis, retired professional golfer and golf course superintendent, died of heart failure Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis. Services will be at noon Friday at St. Paul Catholic Church, where he was a communicant, with burial in Calvary. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel has charge. He was a decorated World War II veteran and a member of Golf Course Superintendents' Association of America. Mr. Alfonso, the widower of Catherine H. Alfonso, leaves a sister, Marie Shockley of Harbeson, Del., and a brother, Vincent Alfonso; a sister-in-law who cared for him, Betty Zummach, and 12 nieces and nephews who cared for him, all of Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to Mid-South Junior Golf Association or St. Paul Catholic Church. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

FANNIE DELL ANTHONY, 90, of Memphis, died of heart failure Tuesday at Methodist Healthcare-Central. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church on Rangeline. Mrs. Anthony, the widow of Robert Anthony, leaves a brother-in-law who cared for her, Withers Anthony of Memphis. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

ANGUS BUCHANAN JR., 38, of 1489 Whitmore, died of heart failure Tuesday at his home. Superior Funeral Home has charge. He leaves his mother, Lorine G. Buchanan; three sisters, Lydia Taylor, Naomi Bowman and Eunice Buchanan; four brothers, David Buchanan, Charles Buchanan, Timothy Buchanan and Steven Buchanan; and his grandmother, Rebirtha Hollingsworth. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

VERA MAE COBB, 88, of Marion, Ark., homemaker, died of heart failure Tuesday at Johnson-Hobson Health Care in Marion. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. She was a member of Earle (Ark.) Pentecostal Church of God. Mrs. Cobb, the widow of Duron D. Cobb, leaves a daughter, Margie Nelson of Memphis; two sons, Charles Cobb of Earle and Jimmy Cobb of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, Mary Ailene Winters and Mildred Tycer, both of Memphis, and Opal Harper of Crossett, Ark.; a brother, Culis Hill of Memphis, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

ALEXANDER HORGAN, 23, of Memphis, musician, died Monday at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis of an apparent suicide. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel has charge. He was a graduate of White Station High School and attended Yale University. He leaves his parents, Dianne and Terence Horgan, and a sister, Kelly Horgan, all of Memphis, and his grandparents, Mary Beth and Louis Daugherty of San Antonio and Helmi and Jack McCorkle of Reno, Nev. The family requests that memorials be sent to ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center or Memphis Chess Club. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

ROZELLE HURD, 51, of Memphis, retired employee of Layne & Bowler, died of cardiac arrest Monday at Graceland Nursing Home. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. Mr. Hurd, the husband of Debra J. Hurd, also leaves three daughters, Knosha Pettis, Rochelle Holt and Shenika Yellow Hurd; three sons, Cedric Burnett, Antonio Allen and Rozell Hurd Jr., and his mother, Catherine Hurd, all of Memphis; five sisters, Esterine Davis, Ethel Hurd, Yvonne Hurd and Cornelius Hurd, all of Memphis, and Rubie Jean Wilson of Alaska; four brothers, Jessie Hurd, Timmie Lee Hurd and David Hurd, all of Memphis, and Eugene Hurd of Arlington, and nine grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

WILLIE K. JEFFERSON, 84, of Memphis, died of heart failure Monday at Delta Medical Center. Services will be at noon Saturday at M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home Whitehaven Chapel with burial in Galilee Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Jefferson, the wife of Jessie Jefferson, also leaves a daughter, Cora Bowens of Memphis; two sisters, Lula McKissack of Memphis and Mattie B. Turner of Indiana, and a grandchild. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

JOY L. ARNETT KEENE, 40, of Horn Lake, homemaker, died of heart failure Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Hinds Chapel Cemetery in Horn Lake. Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home in Hernando has charge. Mrs. Keene, the wife of Leonard R. Keene, also leaves two daughters, Jessica Keene and Beverly Keene, both of Horn Lake; a son, Jacob Harmon of Coldwater, Miss.; a sister, Mary Ann Taylor of Nesbit, and two brothers, Jimmy Arnett of Florida and David Arnett of Lake Cormorant. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

SAM `MACK' KILLEBREW, 77, of Hernando, formerly of Southaven, retired owner of M & M Power Sweeping, died of respiratory failure Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Forest Hill Funeral Home South with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis, Miss. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran and a member of Southaven First United Methodist Church. Mr. Killebrew, the husband of Mary L. Killebrew, also leaves four sons, David Killebrew of Chandler, Ariz., Judd Killebrew of Nesbit, Sam Killebrew Jr. of Shawnee, Okla., and Richard Killebrew of Germantown, and four grandsons. The family requests that memorials be sent to Southaven First United Methodist Church. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

DR. CHARLES BLACK LANSDEN, 75, of Memphis, retired dentist, died of cancer Sunday at his home. Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Independent Presbyterian Church with burial at 10 a.m. today in Pisgah Cemetery in Atwood, Tenn. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. He was a Presbyterian, a member of the Memphis Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, American Dental Association and Jackson Masonic Lodge 5, and former member of East Memphis Lion's Club. Dr. Lansden, the husband of Ann Daigh Lansden, also leaves two sons, Charles D. Lansden of Charlotte, N.C., and William G. Lansden of Memphis, and two grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

ELDER JAMES O. LEE, 70, of Memphis, minister and retired oilman for Briggs, died of heart failure Monday at Graceland Nursing Center. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lakeview Community Temple Church of God in Christ with burial in Independence Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Tyro, Miss. M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home Whitehaven Chapel has charge. He was former minister of Gospel Temple Church of God in Christ in Senatobia, Miss., and Macedonia Church of God in Christ in Sardis, Miss. Rev. Lee, the husband of Rosie Webb Lee, also leaves a daughter, Shanta Lee of Memphis; four sons, Elder Ray Anthony Lee of South Holland, Ill., Rev. James Lee Jr. of Harvey, Ill., and Keith Bernard Lee and Kenny Patrick Lee, both of Memphis; five sisters, Laverne Morning and Bertha Chambers, both of Dallas, Verlene Logan of Senatobia, Miss., Martha Jean Brass of Chicago and Toni Thornton of Kingsford Heights, Ind.; seven brothers, William T. Lee of Las Vegas, William Lee of Greensboro, N.C., Lucious Lee of Buffalo, N.Y., H. C. Lee of Louisville, Ky., Charles Lee of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and Eddie B. Lee and Maurice Lee, both of Memphis, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

VIVIAN EPPS MURPHY, 86, of Covington, homemaker and retired teacher, died of heart failure Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton in Covington. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Canaan Baptist Church in Covington, where she was a member, with burial in Garden of Everlasting Life there. Bell's Funeral Home in Covington has charge. Mrs. Murphy, the widow of Wilbur Paul Murphy, leaves two sisters, LaVerne Epps Edwards of Covington and Stella Epps Moore of South Pittsburg, Tenn., and two brothers, Joe Bryant Epps of Gray Court, S.C., and Walter Bennett Epps of Bethesda, Md. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

ALBERT NORWOOD, 76, of 1545 Cameron, retired brick mason, died of heart failure Saturday at St. Peter Villa Rehab & Nursing Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He was a member of the Spiritual Temple Church of God in Christ and an Army veteran. Mr. Norwood, the husband of Vernell Norwood, also leaves six daughters, Carolyn Mall of Cleveland, Ohio, and Erma Pleas, Earlee Huston, Maggie Briggs, Ruth Crisp and Sharon Williams, all of Memphis; six sons, Lee Norwood, Rev. Albert Norwood, Terry Norwood and Paul Norwood, all of Lansing, Mich., and Maurice Norwood and Arthur Norwood, both of Memphis; four stepdaughters, Sharon Armour and Eartha Mitchell, both of Memphis and Loretta Gooslby and Margaret White, both of San Jose, Calif.; a stepson, Nathaniel McDowell II, and three sisters, Sophia Williams, Nancy Shoulder and Lillie B. Norwood, all of Memphis; three brothers, David Norwood of Greenwood, Miss., Allen Norwood of Chicago and Joe E. Norwood of Memphis, 13 stepgrandchildren and eight stepgreat-grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

REV. GEORGE PIGGEE, 87, of Millington, retired school bus driver for Shelby County Schools and associate minister for Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Brighton, died of diabetes Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis. Services will be at noon Friday at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Jefferson Mortuary in Millington has charge. He was a Mason. Rev. Piggee, the husband of Ruby Piggee, also leaves a daughter, Ever Gray Johnson, and a son, George Piggee Jr., both of Millington, and 13 grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

MILDRED RISLEY, 88, of Memphis, died of heart failure Thursday at Primacy Health Care. Services were Tuesday in Memorial Park. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel had charge. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church Aldersgate Sunday School Class and the Chickasaw Country Club. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

CLEANDREW ROBINSON, 55, of Memphis, self-employed landscaper and painter, died of heart failure Monday at Methodist Healthcare-South. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. Mr. Robinson, the husband of Frances Robinson, also leaves two sons, Cleandrew Terrell Lee and Brian Robinson; his mother, Ida Fuller; a sister, Gracie Tate, and two brothers, Edward Fuller and Andre Fuller, all of Memphis, and seven grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

LUTHER NEIL ROBINSON, 60, of Memphis, trainer and judge of Tennessee walking horses, died of leukemia Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis. Services will be at 4 p.m. today at George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home North Chapel in Jackson, Tenn., with entombment in Highland Memorial Gardens Mausoleum there. Mr. Robinson, the husband of Carol Barker Robinson, also leaves a daughter, Elizabeth Robinson Williams of Knoxville; his parents, Georgia and Luther Robinson of Humboldt, Tenn., and two grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

CLARENCE `SHOE' ROBERT SHOEMAKER, 89, of Memphis, retired owner of CR Service Accounting Firm of Atlanta, died of heart failure Sunday at his home. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bartlett with burial in Memphis Memory Gardens. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. He was a graduate of Citadel Military Academy in Charleston, S.C. Mr. Shoemaker, the widower of Norma C. Shoemaker, leaves a daughter, Susan S. Swearingen of Bartlett, and three brothers, J. Frank Shoemaker, Raymond Shoemaker and Marion Shoemaker, all of Atlanta, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Citadel Development Foundation of Charleston. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

REV. EDWARD H. SMITH, 57, of Memphis, minister, died of heart failure Sunday at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at East Trigg Avenue Baptist Church with burial in New Park Cemetery. S. W. Qualls Funeral Home has charge. He was a member of the Baptist Ministerial Association, Tennessee Regional Baptist Missionary & Educational State Conference and the National Baptist Convention USA Inc., and secretary of Shelby County District Association and Tennessee Regional BME State Convention. Rev. Smith leaves two sisters, Joyce Smith Owens and Dr. Angelea M. Smith, both of Milwaukee, and four brothers, Harold F. Smith, George W. Smith, Robert E. Smith and Samuel A. Smith, all of Memphis. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

ROALISE ELIZABETH `BETTYE' SPROTT, 72, of Memphis, homemaker, died of renal failure Monday at Methodist Healthcare-Central. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Union Avenue Methodist Church. She leaves a daughter, Sherri Kimbrough of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; four sons, John Joseph Patterson, Roland Kendrick Patterson, William Louis Patterson and Frank W `Skip' Sprott III, and a daughter-in-law who cared for her, Harriett Sprott, all of Memphis, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

KATHERINE BAKER STANTON, 85, of Memphis, teacher and principal for Shelby County Schools, died of cancer Tuesday at Kirby Pines Manor. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Canale Funeral Directors with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. She was former coordinator of public relations for Shelby County Schools, a member of Whitehaven Methodist Church, Kennedy Book Club and the American Lung Association, and a docent for Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Mrs. Stanton, the widow of George R. Stanton, leaves a daughter, Katherine Stanton, and a son, Russell Stanton, both of Memphis, and a brother, Dr. Howard D. Baker of Tallahassee, Fla. The family requests that memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

CLARENCE E. STEVENSON, 40, of Memphis, died of heart failure Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis. M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home has charge. Mr. Stevenson, the husband of Pamela Stevenson, also leaves a stepdaughter, Robbin Dean, and his mother, Queenie Stevenson, both of Memphis; three sisters, Janet Stevenson of Memphis, Juanita S. Tucker of Wichita, Kan., and Bobbie Jones of Seattle, and two brothers, Elwree Stevenson and Robert L. Stevenson, both of Memphis. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

THELMA STYERS, 96, of Medford, N.J., formerly of Memphis, homemaker, died of heart failure Sunday at her home. Services will be at noon Thursday at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in National Cemetery. She was a member of Shawnee Baptist Church. Mrs. Styers, the widow of Robert Terrell Styers, leaves three daughters, Lillie Buffaloe of St. Louis and Joy Cooper and Mary Morse, both of Memphis; two sons, Wayne Styers of Medford and Tom Styers of Hernando; two sisters, Katiebelle Haynes of Ripley and Elsie Goodwin of Dyersburg, 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to King's Daughters & Sons Home. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

THOMAS S. VERBLE, 81, of Memphis, retired general contractor, died of heart failure Tuesday at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Family Funeral Care Summer Avenue Chapel with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. He was a World War II Army veteran. He leaves four sons, Don Verble and Gary Verble, both of Anchorage, Alaska, Ronnie Verble of Memphis and Travis Verble of North Carolina; two sisters, Jewell Doss of Cordova and Earlene Saxton of Southaven, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Heart Association. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

MATRIE WALLACE, 79, of Memphis, formerly of Batesville, homemaker, died of cancer Sunday at her home. Services will be at 7 p.m. today at Lakeview Community Temple Church of God in Christ with burial at 11 a.m. Thursday in Batesville Cemetery. Cooley's Mortuary in Batesville has charge. She was a member of True Vine Church of God in Christ. She leaves four daughters, Mildred Rudd of Batesville, Katie M. Springfield of Memphis, Rose Stewart of Maryland and Dorothy Wallace of Chicago; a son, Leo Wallace of Memphis; a brother, Joe Bowens of Chicago, 26 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

GEORGE ELLIOTT WHITTINGTON JR., 68, of Memphis, owner-operator of Lagoona Pools and retired from BellSouth, died of heart failure Monday at Methodist Healthcare-North. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Northridge/Woodhaven Funeral Home with burial in Northridge/Woodhaven Cemetery. He was an Air Force veteran. Mr. Whittington, the husband of Joy Whittington for 46 years, also leaves two sons, Rod Whittington of Millington and Rock Whittington of Cordova, and four grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

JOHN L. WREN, 71, of 4509 Sunnyview, retired from the Postal Service, died of heart failure Tuesday at Methodist Healthcare-Central. M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He was a member of Greater Mt. Herman Baptist Church. He leaves a daughter, Josie Stanback of Chicago; five sons, John Wren Jr., Johnny E. Wren, Billy J. Wren and Bobby L. Wren, all of Memphis, and Earl L. Wren of Charleston, Miss.; a sister, Ruthie Taylor of Hernando, 40 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]
 

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

FRANCES MARIE BEAL, 71, of Junction City, Ark., homemaker, died of heart failure July 24 in Junction City. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home in Osceola, Ark., with burial in Louise Chapel Cemetery in Joiner, Ark. She leaves local survivors including a daughter, Barbara Whitney; two sisters, Mary Walker and Connie Doyle, and two brothers, Morris Atkins and Fred Armstrong, all of Memphis, 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

EARNEST LEE BROWN, 30, of Wilson, Ark., farmer, died of heart failure July 25 in Flint, Mich. Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home in Osceola, Ark., with burial in Shady Grove Cemetery in Evadale, Ark. He was a Baptist. He leaves local survivors including his father and stepmother, Earnest Brown Jr. and Deloris Brown of Collierville; a sister, Arnita Hester of Memphis, and a brother, Derrick Hester of Collierville. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

EDWIN LEROY MILLER, 71, of Verona, Miss., security guard and retired from the Army after 20 years, died of heart failure July 5 in Verona. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at National Cemetery with full military honors. Lee Memorial Funeral Home in Verona has charge. He was a World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veteran. Mr. Miller, the widower of Bess Jo Carr Miller, leaves local survivors including two sisters, Nell Schiller and Mary Lou Claxton, both of Memphis, and a grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to the World War II Monument Association in Washington. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

NANCY BOONE PEARSON, 66, of Jackson, Tenn., health educator, died of cancer Sunday in Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Jackson First Presbyterian Church with burial in Highland Memorial Gardens. George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home North Chapel in Jackson has charge. Mrs. Pearson, the widow of Dr. John Spellings Pearson, leaves local survivors including a daughter, Amy Pearson Griffin Jr., and a son, John Spellings Pearson, both of Memphis, and a grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Methodist Alliance Hospice. [From the Commercial Appeal, Saturday, August 1, 2001]

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