Sunday, December 6, 2009

Peggy Ann Crimm Henderson

The funeral for Peggy Ann Crimm Henderson was held Saturday, December 5, 2009, 2 p.m. at New Haven Baptist Church near Weir with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Paul Cain will officiate.

Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 4 at Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman and was held from 1 p.m. until service time on Saturday at the church. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Henderson, 64, died on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 at her home near Weir. A Choctaw County native, she was a homemaker and a member of McCurtains Creek Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Ackerman High School Class of 1962.

Survivors include her husband, Douglas Henderson of Weir; one son, Mark Henderson and his wife, Jennifer, of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Lisa Henderson of Pearl; her parents, Cooper E. “Mutt” Crimm and Evelyn Mitchell Crimm, both of Eupora; one brother, Jerry Crimm of Eupora; one sister, Jo Wade of Weir; and four grandchildren.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to New Haven Baptist Church or to the New Haven Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

John R. Taylor

John R. Taylor, 61, a Conservation Officer with the Mississippi Department Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, died Wednesday November 25, 2009, at his residence near Ackerman, MS.

Visitation was held Friday November 27, 2009, from 3 PM until 7 PM at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman, MS. Funeral services are 1 PM today at Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Ackerman, MS with burial in the Enon Cemetery in Ackerman, MS. Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman, MS is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Taylor was a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the US Air Force. He managed the wildlife management area in Choctaw County, MS. Mr. Taylor attended Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Ackerman, MS.

Survivors include: wife, Diane Taylor of Ackerman, MS; mother, Inez Taylor of Ackerman, MS; son, Chance Taylor of Ackerman, MS; daughters, Kerri Whittington of Ackerman, MS and Leigh Thomas of Ackerman, MS; brother, Sedgie Taylor of Ackerman, MS; sisters, Barbara Taylor of Brandon, MS and Katherine Wood of Starkville, MS; and two grandchildren, Whitleigh Myers and Chancey Whittington, both of Ackerman, MS.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Whitney Layne Taylor.

In Lieu of Flowers, the family request memorial donations to Enon Church Youth Fund and/or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

James (Jim) G. Rester Jr.

Memorial services for James (Jim) G. Rester Jr., 66, will be at 4 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. He died Sept. 4, 2009, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Smith Funeral Home, Greenville, has charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rester was born March 13, 1943, in Bogalusa, La., to the late James and Estelle Rester. He grew up in Ackerman, where he attended school. He had been a resident of Greenville since 1979. He was a former employee of Atkins Saw Co. and was employed with Viking Range in Greenwood when he retired in 2006.

He is survived by his wife, Tina Rester of Wayside; two sons, Hugh (Stephanie) Rester of Greenville, and Jay (Juli) Rester of Starkville; his stepson, Jerome (Denise) Jackson of Indianola; one brother, Thomas Edwin Rester of Ackerman; one sister, Joan Rester Duffy of New Orleans, La.; his former wife, Cheryl Rester of Greenville; and four grandchildren, Rivers Rester, Raines Rester, Jacob Rester and Alex Rester.

Visitation will be today from 3 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.Graveside rites will be at Enon Cemetery in Ackerman on Monday at 11 am.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Billy F. “Bo Jack” Jackson

Billy F. “Bo Jack” Jackson died Thursday, June 18, 2009, after a brief illness. He was a resident of the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was a graduate of Ackerman High School, where he was a member of the football team. He was awarded a scholarship and attended East Mississippi Junior College, where he played football. He later attended Mississippi State University. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Concord Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman. Burial will follow in Enon Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Bill Jackson (Elsa) of Cypress, Texas; two daughters, Jan Taylor (Mike) of Hawkins, Texas, and Beth Theiss (Marty) of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, Jeff, Tyler, Ryan, Isabel and Johann; three sisters, Lela Finney of Nettleton, Linda Jackson Weatherly (Danny) of Pontotoc and Betty Sue Jackson Summar (Lee) of Bartlett, Tenn.; two brothers, C.W. Jackson (Judy) of Southaven and Bobby Jackson (Evelyn) of Memphis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Arlin Jackson.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to the Town of Ackerman for upkeep of Enon Cemetery; to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main, Tupelo, MS 38801; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Terry H. Gatlin, Sr.

Terry H. Gatlin, Sr, age 66, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at University Hospital in Jackson, MS. He was the oldest son of the late Grace and N.H. Gatlin.

He was a member of the Class of 1960 Ackerman High School. He was a retired mechanic and had served in the United States Army during Operation Desert Storm.

Mr. Gatlin is survived by 2 sons, Terry H. Gatlin, Jr., and Brian Pyron, both of Ackerman; 3 daughters, Denese Barksdale and Tina Lee both of Ackerman, and Stacie Britton of Shelby, N.C; one brother, Billy Gatlin of Braxton, MS and Onie Gatlin Johns of Memphis, TN; 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Pyron Gatlin.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 5, 2009 from 5 pm - 8 pm at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman, MS. The funeral service will be on Wednesday, May 6th at 10 am at South Union Methodist Church with interment in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the South Union Cemetery Fund.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Thomas Fulton

Thomas Fulton, Opera Conductor, 44
1967 Graduate of Ackerman High School (MS)
Published: Wednesday, August 10, 1994
The New York Times

Thomas Fulton, a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, died on Thursday, August 4, 1994, in Milan, Italy, where he was vacationing. He was 44 and lived in New York City.

The cause was kidney failure, said his brother, Charles.

Mr. Fulton made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1981 and conducted more than 20 operas for the company, most recently "Tosca" in Central Park in June. He worked frequently in Europe, conducting the Orchestre National de France and the orchestras of the Paris Opera and other houses in France and Germany.

He was also an associate conductor of the San Francisco Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Ravinia Festival, the Opera Company of Boston and EMI Records.

In addition to his brother, of Gainesville, Fla., he is survived by his father, Joseph, of Fairfield Bay, Ark.

Thomas Fulton Memorial
Published: Wednesday, October 19, 1994
The New York Times

A memorial service for the conductor Thomas Fulton is to be held tomorrow at 5 P.M. at the 92d Street Y on Lexington Avenue. Carol Vaness, Sharon Sweet, Maria Guleghina, Vinson Cole and Sherrill Milnes are to sing, accompanied by John Keenan and Patrick Stevens, and a string quartet from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is to play. The service is open to the public; seating is to begin at 4:30. Mr. Fulton, who was 44, died on Aug. 4.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nancy McBrayer

Mrs. Nancy Haze Kirkpatrick McBrayer, 78, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Mississippi Baptist Hospital, Jackson.

She was a retired educator, having taught in the Mississippi public schools 38 years.

Born October 20, 1930, she was a native of Noxapater and was of the Baptist faith. During her school days at Noxapater, she and her sister played on the basketball team. She graduated from East Central Junior College and Mississippi Southern, with a degree in elementary education, then taught in Natchez, Noxapater and, for many years, in Ackerman.

She was an avid Mississippi State Bulldog fan and loved traveling to games wearing her maroon and white. In her later years, she never missed a State game on TV. She was known for her beautiful yard, especially the caladiums of every color and variety. Friends and family enjoyed her excellent cooking. With a warm smile and a gentle voice, she was a generous and thoughtful giver.

Her parents, Ira and Algy Kirkpatrick, and two brothers, Joe Davis and Jimmy Kirkpatrick, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Myron; daughter, Myra Ann Lewis and grandson, Adam of Ridgeland; brother, Ira Lee Kirkpatrick, Jr. and his wife, Lucille, of Noxapater; sister, Ann Fulton of Brandon; sister-in-law, Edna Kirkpatrick of New Orleans; niece, Lillian (Joe) Mirando of Ponchatoula, LA; nephews, Ira (Sharon) Kirkpatrick of McDonough, GA, and Jim Fulton of Brandon; great-nieces, Lucy Mirando and Lisa (Jantsen) Haney; great-nephew, Aaron Kirkpatrick; and many more relatives and friends.

Visitation is at Porter Funeral Home, Louisville, today at 5-8 pm. The funeral will be 2 pm Friday, April 17, 2009, at Porter Funeral Home, followed by burial in Mount Carmel Cemetery, in Noxapater, MS.

The family expresses our appreciation to Dr. Bart DeLashmet and Dr. Grace Shumaker for the health care they provided throughout her years.

Memorials may be made to Noxapater Baptist Church, P. O. Box 251, Noxapater, MS, 39339. To sign the guestbook, please go to

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Karah Jones Turnage

Karah Jones Turnage, 61, passed away on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 at the Choctaw County Nursing Center in Ackerman.

Mrs. Turnage was preceded in death by her husband Emmitt Turnage; parents, James Howard Jones and Willie Steadman Jones; and brother, Galon Jones.

She is survived by sons, Todd Turnage of Starkville and Toby Turnage of Columbus; sister, Carolyn Adams of Manassas, Va.; brothers, Thomas Jones and Lavon Jones of Ackerman; and grandchildren Clay, Hunter, Mackenzie, and Aiden Turnage.

Mrs. Turnage was a former employee of the Starkville Daily News and was a member of New Life Worship Center.

Visitation will be Monday from 5 till 8 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home, which is handling the arrangements.

The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Donnie Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Enon Baptist Church cemetery. The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Inc.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

William Griffin

William Griffin
Raymond (The Clarion Ledger 2/19/09)

William "Bill" Griffin, 85, passed on to be with his savior on Tuesday February 17, 2009. Mr. Griffin died in his home at Riggs Manor, Raymond, Mississippi from heart failure.

A memorial service will be held at noon Friday at Raymond United Methodist Church with burial in the Raymond Cemetery. Visitation is 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 Friday at Raymond United Methodist Church.

Mr. Griffin was born and raised in Tunica County. He graduated from Delta State with graduate education from The University of Mississippi, Mississippi Southern, Mississippi State, University of Florida, Emory University and Colorado Mountain College. Mr. Griffin taught school for 41 years including 22 years at Hinds Junior College retiring in 1984 as Chairman of the Physical Science Department. He also was Principal of the High School in Ackerman; Past President of Choctaw County Teacher's Association; Past Chairman of 2-year College Chemistry Conference; and Past President of Hinds Junior College Credit Union. In his life he was: an Eagle Scout; a high school basketball coach; high school football assistant coach; an avid genealogist; and a teacher whose true joy was inspiring students to learn and to seeing his many students succeed in life. He was a member of Raymond United Methodist Church, serving as a Steward.

He will be remembered by his family as a cherished husband; loving father; devoted grandfather and great-grandfather; and devout Christian. He will be missed not only by his family, but also his many friends at Riggs Manor.

Mr. Griffin was preceded in death by wives Lena Rose Bassi Griffin and Carolyn Dunlap Griffin and his parents Willie and Norma Griffin, Tunica County. Survivors include: sons, Gary (Gaynor) Griffin of Gadsden, AL; Jim (Charlene) Griffin of Raymond; and stepson Tom (Diana) Dunlap, III of Arkansas; and seven grandchildren (Grant {Kate}, Amanda, Greg, Crystal {James}, Thomas, Nicholas and Daniel); and five great-grandchildren, including special great-grandson Austin of Raymond.

Memorials may be made to Raymond United Methodist Church.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mildred Irene Cagle Clendenon

Mildred Irene Cagle Clendenon
AHS Class of 1962

The funeral for Mildred Irene Cagle Clendenon will be held Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church near Ackerman with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Lawson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church.

Mrs. Clendenon, 65, died Sunday at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was a retired dental assistant. She was a member of the class of 1962 at Ackerman High School.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Calvin Cagle and Junior Cagle. Survived by husband, Arsie Clendenon of Coffeeville, two sons, Mark Kilpatrick & Mike Kilpatrick of Jackson; daughter, Kim Trahan of Bay St. Louis, three sisters, June Bruce of Ben, OR, Irene Fulce of West Point, MS; Clara Mae Robinson of Ackerman; two brothers, Glenn Cagle of McCool and Marvin Cagle of Hood River, OR; 7 grandchild and 8 grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of choice. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman is in charge of the arrangements.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Dick Kitchens

Dick Kitchens
AHS Graduate

WEST POINT – Raymond Lee “Dick” Kitchens, 78, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at Dugan Memorial Home, in West Point. He was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Newton to Emma Jones and Walter Kitchens. He was a retired supervisor for Bryan Foods with 37 years of service. A member of West End Baptist Church, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He married Dorothy Lee Robertson Kitchens on Jan. 13, 1956, in Winston County.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel. His nephew, Dr. David Hamilton, will officiate, and Bro. Mike Mathena and Bro. Curtis Bray will assist. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point.

Survivors include wife, Dorothy Kitchens of West Point; two sons, Paul Kitchens (Robin) of West Point and Perry Kitchens (Emily) of Rome, Ga.; three grandchildren, Abby Lewis (Barry) of West Point, and Savannah Kitchens and Zachery Kitchens, both of Rome, Ga.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul Kitchens; and two sisters, Zellene Flynn and Annie Mae Hamilton.

Pallbearers will be Pirl Johnson, Gary Cunningham, Zack Kitchens, Ted Triplett, Rod Cook and Derek Eaves.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. T.N. Braddock and Dr. John Cox; all his former co-workers at Bryan Foods; members of Barton Ferry Hunting Club; the staff of Gilbert Hospice-Tupelo; and all his wonderful friends.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.