|Gladys M. Barber
Gladys M. Barber passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday morning, February 17, 2013 in Senatobia. Services were held Thursday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Bethesda Cemetery. She was 99 years old. Her last five years were spent at the Senatobia Convalescent & Rehab Center where she received excellent loving care. She was a lifelong member of the Senatobia Church of Christ.
Born on October 17, 1913 to Charles Austin and Sarah Puryear Barber, Gladys lived most of her life in Senatobia. She was a school teacher, having received her degree at Harding College and taught in several schools in the area. At the age of 20, she joined the WAACs and served three years during the World War II era. She also worked at Sears Roebuck in Memphis for a time.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Lorena Lea Boswell, and her two brothers, Charles Hubert Barber and Harold Austin Barber.
She never married, but held dear her nieces and nephews. They were Mary Ann Eden of Ft. Worth, Texas, Sarah Lea (Sally) Smith of Ft. Smith, Ark., Earl Boswell of Huber Hts., Ohio, Geri Wright of Burlington, N.C., Sue Etienne of Herndon, Va., and Jim Barber of Hattiesburg, Miss. She had many great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Maggie Dowell, 95, of Senatobia, Miss., passed away February 14, 2013 at Senatobia Convalescent Center. Funeral services were held at Antioch #1 Church in Senatobia on February 20 at 11:00 a.m. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her niece, Mary L. Bonner of Chicago, Ill. and a stepson, Matthew Dowell of Memphis, Tenn.
Blanche Rebecca Harrelson Franks
On Tuesday morning, February 19, 2013, the bright spirit of Blanche Rebecca Harrelson Franks, 87, left this world and rose to heaven.
Blanche was born to Thomas Larkin Harrelson, Sr. and Edna Victoria Tedder Harrelson in Vardaman, Miss. Her family moved to the Walnut, Miss. community. As a teenager, she worked at Powers Department Store in Clarksdale. She married and moved to Shaw and then Cleveland, where she raised her three children. There, she owned and operated Burke-Hall Paint Store, Belgrade Apartments and partnered with her daughter in an antique store, Finishing Touch Interiors.
She moved to Tunica, where she owned and managed The Landing Restaurant at the Tunica Cut-Off. She moved to Shreveport, La. and worked with UL Coleman as Property Manager. Later, she transferred to San Marcos, Texas to be with her son and continued employment with UL Coleman until her retirement in 1997 when she moved back to Clarksdale. She has resided in the Senatobia Convalescent Center since 2009.
Those who knew Blanche loved her spirit and her zest for life. Family and friends cherish their loving memories of her.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Victoria Lee Franks Field (Vicki), son, Louie Thomas Majors, Jr., her parents, her brothers, John Thomas Harrelson and Thomas Larkin, Jr. (T.L.) and sisters, Viola Harrelson Houston and Susie Harrelson Parker.
Survivors include her daughter, Kay Franks Bates and husband Reggie of Ocean Springs, Miss., son Jeffrey Darion Franks and wife Cathy of San Marcos, Texas, grandchildren Shelli Brewer Dowty and husband Ronnie of Southaven, Linsey Fields Gammel and husband Michael of Batesville, Loren Gautier and Kristina Gautier, both of Oxford, and great grandchildren, Presley and Baylor Gammel.
A private celebration of life will be held by her family at a later date.
Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.
Robert Wardlaw Orr, Sr.
Mr. Robert Wardlaw Orr, Sr., 85, died on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at his home in Como, Miss.,
Funeral Service on Wednesday, February 20 at Como United Methodist Church, 101 North Main Street in Como. Interment followed in Friendship Cemetery. Dr. Tom Atkins will officiated. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home - Sardis Chapel was in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers were Charles Jackson, Abner Young, John Land, Sledge Taylor, Sledge Floyd, and Mike Bartlett. Honorary Pallbearers were Dr. Dave Pruitt, Jim McClure, Vernon Jackson, and Bill Wallace.
Mr. Orr was born in Memphis, Tenn. on October 1, 1927. He was a life-long resident of Como.
Mr. Orr was preceded in death by his grandparents: John Burnett "J.B." Wardlaw and his wife, Bessie Paslay Wardlaw and, Mr. Edward Robert Orr, Sr. and his wife Eugenia McCoy Orr. Also, preceding him in death was: his father, Edward Robert Orr, Jr.; his mother: Miriam Wardlaw Orr; a brother, John Wardlaw Orr, Sr.; a brother-in-law, Elisha White "E.W." Atkinson, Sr. and his wife of 41 years, Buford "Bea" Morris Orr.
Survivors include a sister: Betty-Gene Orr Atkinson, of Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Orr is also survived by two sons: Carl Robert Orr and his wife, Elise Marie Johnson Orr of New Orleans, La. and Robert "Bob" Wardlaw Orr, Jr., and his wife: Cathy Hornsby Orr of Dothan Ala. He is survived by a granddaughter: Miss Caroline Hornsby Orr of Dothan, Ala. Nephews include: Elisha White "E.W." Atkinson, Jr., and his wife, Ginny Patterson Atkinson of Memphis, Tenn.; and, John Wardlaw Orr, Jr., of. Austin, Texas. Mr. Orr's surviving niece is Mrs. Miriam Atkinson Smith, and her husband, Mr. Robert "Bob" Irwin Smith of Memphis, Tenn. Also surviving Mr. Orr is a step-daughter: Glenda Ann Tingle of Oxford; and a step-son: Ronald Joe Thornton of Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica; three step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
Affectionately known to family and friends as "Bob-Low," Mr. Orr attended Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. returning to Como after his senior year to assist in management of the family farming and related interests (J.B. Wardlaw & Co.). For much of his adult life he was an active member of the Como Rotary Club and was honored in October of 1997 to be named a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. Additionally, Mr. Orr served several terms on The Panola County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He was a lifelong member of Como United Methodist Church.
The family of Mr. Orr would like to express their heartfelt appreciation for the loving care and assistance provided to Mr. Orr during the past few years by Ms. Glinnie Leach, Ms. Rosie Phillips, Ms. Thelma Townsel and Ms. Georgette Yates.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider a gift in Mr. Orr's name to Como United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 277, Como, MS. 38619-0277; The Friendship Cemetery Association, c/o Charles Jackson, 11003 Covington Way, Oxford, MS 38655, or the charity of the donor's choice.
Everette E. Shelton
Everette E. "Tater Bug" Shelton, 80, of Coldwater, Miss., passed away February 18, 2013, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Services were held Friday, February 22, at 11:00 a.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Coldwater.
Mr. Shelton was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the Air Force.
He is survived by his wife, Irene R. Shelton of Coldwater; daughter, Karen Mullins of Southaven; son, Edward D. Ray of Coldwater; 10 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sons, James E. Shelton and Charles Shelton.
Mr. Shelton was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Water Valley, Miss.
Frances Floate Smart
Frances Floate Smart, 84, of Olive Branch, Miss., passed away February 13, 2013 at Baptist Trinity Hospice House in Collierville, Tenn. Services were held Friday, February 15, at 2:00 p.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Smart, her sister, Mary Ellen Wells and brother, Stanley Floate.
She is survived by her daughter, Wanda Smart Vines (David) of Olive Branch; son, Garry Smart (Rochelle) of Byhalia; sisters, Joyce English of Independence, Earnestine Edlin of Senatobia, Dorothy Smith of Olive Branch, Sarah Lee of Olive Branch, and Charlotte Bowlan of Olive Branch; brothers, James Floate of Wyatte, Jerry Floate of Thyatira, and Allen Floate of Olive Branch; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Mrs. Smart was a member of Meadow Brook Baptist Church.
Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Paul Wooten, 87, of Senatobia, Miss., passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at North oak Regional Medical Center in Senatobia.
Mr. Wooten, lovingly known by his grandchildren as "Daddy Paul", was a member of First Baptist Church in Senatobia, a member of the Masonic Lodge and a life-long Eastern Star. He worked at Billingsley Auction Sale for 25 years and was a retired rancher and farmer, who loved his cows.
Mr. Wooten is survived by his wife of 70 years, Adele D. Wooten; one daughter, Rosamond Hawkins (Dewitt) of Senatobia; two sons, Thomas Paul Wooten (Delores) and Wiley Roy Wooten, both of Senatobia; one sister, Ollie Hudson of Senatobia; nine grandchildren, Thomas Allen Wooten (Pam), Phil Wooten (Jennifer), Susan Treadway (Neil), Wiley Wooten, Amy Freeman (Davis), Angie Crockett (Davie), Christy Willhite (Rodney), Bryan Maxwell (Laurie) and Kevin Maxwell (Carol Ann); and 18 great grandchildren, Seth Wooten, Zackary, Allison, Lawren and Ellie Treadway, Katie Wooten, Campbell Freeman, Ethan, Emily & Canon Paul Crockett, Maylee and Lindey Willhite, Mayci, Caroline,
Jackson and Myles Maxwell, and Luke and Anna Kate Maxwell.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 23, at 10:00 a.m. at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Independence.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Tate County Humane Society, 909 E.R. Hale Drive, Senatobia, MS 38668.
Ray-Nowell Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.
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