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Caine, Lisa Whitworth

Calvert, Paul William

Paul William Calvert of Crowder, 88, retired farmer, died of heart failure Friday, October 17, 1997, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility.  Services were at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, at Crowder Baptist Church, where he was a member, with burial in Crowder Cemetery.  Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks had charge.

Mr. Calvert had been mayor of Crowder from 1972 to 1984.

The husband of Linnie Whitworth Calvert, he also leaves a daughter, Kay Bishop of Greenville, SC; two sons, Charles Calvert of Booneville and Clyde Calvert of North Little Rock, AR; three sisters, Jeanie Brown of Crowder, Geraldine Bridges of Lambert and Ann Griffith of Memphis; two brothers, Tommy Calvert of Griffin, GA, and Jack Calvert of Crowder, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Quitman County Democrat, October 23, 1997

Calvert, Ray

Cannon, Sarah Louise Furr

Sarah Louise Furr “Lucy” Cannon, 99, of Pomona, CA, formerly of Marks and Germantown, TN, homemaker, died Saturday, November 5, 1994, of respiratory arrest at Wood Memorial Hospital in Laverne, CA.  Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 8, at the Marks Presbyterian Church.  Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.

Mrs. Cannon, the widow of Dr. E. E. Cannon, leaves a stepson, Howard Cannon of Pomona, CA; two sisters, Mrs. L. E. Long and Mrs. James Roseberry, both of Marks; two brothers, Dr. Joe E. Furr of Escondido, CA and V. A. Furr of Marks.

Quitman County Democrat, November 10, 1994

Cantley, III, Samuel J.

Samuel J. Cantley, III, of Memphis, 58, unit manager for United American Insurance, died Friday, January 14, 2005, at Methodist North Hospital.  He was a former resident of Marks.

Memorial services were at 4:00 p.m., Monday, January 17, at Bartlett Funeral Home in Bartlett, TN.

He is survived by a daughter, Gwen Borjon of North Aurora, IL; his mother, Elsie Cantley of Allentown, PA; a sister, Elsie Wascavage, and a brother, Mark Cantley, both of Pennsylvania; and a grandson, Justin Borjon.

Quitman County Democrat, January 20, 2005

Carson, Lillian Graham

Carter, Gladys Mae Eppenger

Carter, Martha Jean Madkins

Chairse, Robert Leroy

Chambers, Geneva

Chaney, Ethel Reynolds

Chaney, Joe Wallace

Chapman, Frances

Frances Chapman, 74, of Sledge, retired factory worker, died Thursday, August 28, 1997, at St. Joseph Hospital in Memphis after a stroke.

Services were at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, at First Baptist Church in Sledge, where she was a member, with burial in Longtown Cemetery.  Kimbro Funeral Home of Marks had charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Chapman, the widow of Willie B. Chapman, also leaves three daughters, Mary Frances Long of Long Beach, Patricia Branch of Clarksdale and Susan Burns of Eudora; a son, Johnny Chapman of Biloxi; two sisters, Dorothy Carlisle of Charleston and Katie Tyler of Clarksdale; a brother, R. D. Moorman of Sledge; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family requests that any memorials be sent to First Baptist Church at Sledge.

Quitman County Democrat, September 4, 1997

Chapman, Ozell

Chow, Yick Foo

Chrestman, Dorothy Marie

Dorothy Marie Chrestman, 65, retired business office employee of Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale, died Sunday, June 7, 1997, at her home after a heart attack.

Services were at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, at West Marks Baptist Church with burial in Belen Cemetery.  Rev. Mike Smithey conducted the services.

Mrs. Chrestman, the wife of Harold Max Chrestman, also leaves a son, Ronnie Chrestman of Clemson, SC; her mother, Lillian Tidwell of Batesville; two sisters, Margaret Wigley of Batesville and Clara Robertson of Ocean Springs; a brother, J. M. Tidwell of Vicksburg, and a granddaughter, Ann Marie Chrestman of Clemson, SC.

The family requests that any memorials be sent to West Marks Baptist Church.

Quitman County Democrat, June 12, 1997

Chrestman, Oma Lee

Christian, Cora Archie Garner

Clark, Annie

blkfadeClark, Edward “Earl”

Edward “Earl” Clark, 34, of Charleston died of an apparent homicide on Wednesday, August 11, 1999, at the Med in Memphis.

Services were at 2:00 p. m. on Sunday, August 15, at St. Paul C. M. E. Church in Charleston with burial in Bradshaw Cemetery.  Cooley’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Clark, a lung gun operator for Valley Fresh in Water Valley, was a member of St. Paul C. M. E. Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Tyesher Walker and Shawanda Walker, both of Como; his mother, Emma Brown of Charleston; one sister, Brenda Gleaton of Pope; five brothers, Gregory Clark, Michael Clark, and Eric Brown, all of Grenada, Felix Brown of Clarksdale, and Bryan Brown of Meridian; and his grandfather, Sonny Clark of Oakland.


Clayton, Juanita E.

Cobb, Bryant Hubert

Bryant Hubert Cobb, 88, of Lambert died of heart failure on Wednesday, December 3, 1997, at Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.

His funeral was Friday, December 5, at 1:00 p.m. at Lambert United Methodist Church with Rev. Keith Gaughf officiating.  Burial followed at Lambert Cemetery.  Kimbro Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Mr. Cobb, a farmer, was born in Anniston, AL on May 13, 1909.  He was a member of Lambert United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Vara Huddleston Cobb of Lambert; four sons, Bryant Hubert Cobb, Jr., Kenneth Cobb, and Mike Cobb, all of Lambert, and Chuck Cobb of Marks; three sisters, Polly Dragoo of Rio Rancho, NM, Sadie Atkinson of Crowder, and Doris Powers of Memphis; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Quitman County Democrat, December 11, 1997

Cobb, Sr., David Kenneth

David Kenneth Cobb, Sr., a lifelong resident of Lambert, age 69, passed away at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN, on Thursday, January 27, 2011, after a long illness.

Born in Lambert on May 25, 1941, to Bryant Hubert Cobb and Vara Huddleston Cobb, he was a 1959 graduate of Lambert High School and earned an agriculture degree from Mississippi State University in Starkville in 1963.  After graduation, he moved back to Lambert with his wife and daughter to live the life he loved as a farmer in the Mississippi Delta.  He was a wonderful husband, father, brother and grandfather and was loved by all who knew him.  Kenneth had a love of the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bryant Hubert Cobb and Vara Huddleston Cobb; a brother, Charles Clark Cobb; a son, David Kenneth Cobb, Jr.; and his faithful dog, Hank, all of Lambert.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Cox Cobb of Lambert; a daughter, Debbie Phillips of Memphis, TN; a sister, Ginger Harrison of Lambert; two brothers, Hubert Cobb and Mike Cobb, both of Lambert and two grandsons, Ryan and Peter Phillips, both of Memphis.

A memorial service will be held at the Lambert United Methodist Church in Lambert on Saturday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m.  Canale Funeral Directors of Memphis have charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee at 857 Mount Moriah Road, Memphis, TN 38117 or the Mid-South Transplant Foundation at 8001 Centerview Pkwy #302, Cordova, TN 38018.

Quitman County Democrat, February 3, 2011

Cofer, Katherine

Cofer, Oliver Elmo

Cofer, Sandra Lynn

Coggins, Dora Lee

Dora Lee Coggins of Marks, 90, homemaker, died of heart failure on Monday, September 7, 1998, at her home.

Services were at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, at Kimbro Funeral Home with burial in Forrest Memorial Cemetery in Batesville.

She was a member of West Marks Baptist Church.

Mrs. Coggins, the widow of Jessie Burt Coggins, leaves two daughters, Mary Louise Blackburn of Millington, TN and Grace Young McComb; a son, J. D. Coggins of Pontotoc; a son, J. D. Coggins of Pontotoc; a brother, Ellis Jones of Marks; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Quitman County Democrat, September 17, 1998

Coker, Hubert

Hubert Coker of Lambert, 73, retired Quitman County employee, died Thursday, January 9, 2003, at his home of an apparent heart attack.

Services were Saturday, January 11, at 2:00 p.m. at Kimbro Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Keel officiating.  Interment was in Lambert Cemetery.

Born September 23, 1929, in Mississippi, he was a U. S. Air Force veteran and a member of Walnut Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Coker of Lambert; a son, Michael Coker of Lambert; a granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Quitman County Democrat, January 16, 2003

Commer, Pauline Bennett

Collins, Harold Douglas “Doug”

Collins, Jr., J. C.

Collins, Lillie Mae “Blackie”

Collins, O. C. “Oscar”

Collins, Rollie D.

Commer, Pauline Bennett

Cook, Billy Eugene

Cook, Thomas Jefferson

Cook, Jr., Willie

                               Card of Thanks
Perhaps you sent a lovely card or sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a funeral spray, if so, we saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the kindest words, as any friend could say.
Perhaps you were not there at all, just thought of us that day.
Whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so very much, whatever the part.
From the Cook Family


Cooke, Trudie May Rasberry Millsaps

Trudie May Rasberry Millsaps Cooke of Booneville, formerly of Crowder, 96, died Monday, August 1, 2005, at The Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville.

Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Lynn Jones and Bro. Harvey Sewell officiating.  Graveside services were at 2:00 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery near Bruce.

Born August 15, 1908, in Pittsboro, to Major Richard Rasberry and Margaret McIntyre Rasberry, she was the widow of Rufus Edgar Millsaps, with whom she had four sons.  Many years later, she married Edward Cooke of Crowder and gained his children, two daughters and two sons.  She lived most of her life in Crowder where she was a faithful member of Crowder Baptist Church.

She is survived by six sons, Earl Millsaps and his wife, Pearl, of Booneville, Zearl Millsaps and his wife, Ann, of Mantee, Gene Millsaps and his wife, Annie Ruth, of Greenwood, Thomas Millsaps of Crowder, Rev. Jackie Cooke and his wife, Susan, of Kokomo, and Glen Cooke and his wife, Charlotte, of Senatobia; two daughters, Barbara Mosley and her husband, Bill, of SC, and Erma Arnold and her husband, Tom, of Senatobia; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Len Cooke, Bobby Shields, Joey Williford, Glenn Henry, Lauren Austin Jones, and David West.

Quitman County Democrat, Thursday, August 11, 2005


Cooper, Jr., Connis Herbert

Cooper, Jane Rose

Copeland, Fannie Mae

Cordel, Terry Glen

Terry Glen Cordel, 51, passed away Monday, October 17, 2011, at Quitman County Hospital after a long battle with cancer.  Kimbro Funeral home was in charge of the service.  He was born on January 20, 1960, in Birmingham, AL to John Thomas Cordel and the late Betty Sneed Cordel.  He was a retired truck driver.

He is preceded in death by his wife Sherry Pettit Cordel.

He is survived by his son, Glen Cordel of Marks, four brothers, Roy Cordel of Marks, John Cordel, Jr. (Kelly) of Horn Lake, Rodger Cordel (Amy) of Fruithurst, AL and Phil Cordel of Como, two sisters, Brenda Stelanski (Joe) of Katy, TX and Sherry Moore (Mike) of Marks and a host of nieces and nephews that he dearly loved.  He also leaves a special niece, Megan Moore, who helped care for him.

Terry will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor and his love of children.  Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Locke Station Baptist Church.

Quitman County Democrat, October 27, 2011

Corley, Mary Ruth

Corum, Kassandra Prahl    

Kassandra “Sandy” Prahl Corum, 57, died on September 26, 2011 at the family home in Memphis.

She was born April 2, 1954.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Katherine Prahl; father, James Prahl; and nephew, Tyler Prahl.

She is survived by her husband, Don Corum, Jr.; daughter, Candace Corum; brother, Bruce Prahl; nephew, Andrew Prahl.

Sandy is gone too soon but never forgotten.

In honor of her love of dogs, the family request donations be made in her honor, to the Memphis Humane Society or other animal charity of your choosing.

Quitman County Democrat, October 20, 2011


Cotton, Darnell

Darnell Cotton of Birdie, retired farmer, died Thursday, December 9, 2004.  Funeral services will be Saturday, December 18, at 12 noon at Greater Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ at Marks with the Revs. Eddie and Emma Ward officiating. Henderson and Sons Funeral Home of Tunica has charge.

Quitman County Democrat, Thursday, December 16, 2004

Cotton, Edna “Ed Dee”

Edna “Ed Dee” Cotton Nelson, 94, died June 27, 2006, at the Quitman County Rehab Center in Marks.

Services were at 12:00 noon, Thursday, July 6, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Marks with the Rev. Jeffrey Williams officiating.  Marks Funeral Home had charge.

Born December 4, 1911, in Inverness, the youngest of the five children of Silas and Margaret Shepard Cotton, she attended the Inverness school system and accepted Christ and joined Union Grove Methodist Church there.

She was a stewardess until her health failed.  She was a member of Allen Chapel African Methodist Church of Marks and was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Nelson, her parents and siblings.

She is survived by six nieces, Louise Sussewell, Fannie Smith, Vera Goodwin and Lucy Liddell, all of Chicago, IL, and Ruth Smith and Althea Smith of Detroit, MI; six nephews, Theodore McMoore, Fred Price, Jackie Smith and Silas Price of Chicago, IL and Joe Smith and Arthur Smith of Detroit, MI; and a host of relatives and friends.

Quitman County Democrat,  August 3, 2006

blkfadeCotton, Ora Lee

Ora Lee Cotton, 66, homemaker, died Sunday, June 4, 1995, of heart failure at Quitman County Hospital.  Services were at noon Saturday, June 10, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Sledge with burial in Wesley Chapel Cemetery there.  Henderson Funeral Home of Tunica had charge.

Mrs. Cotton, the wife of James Cotton, also leaves four daughters, Mary Carr, Launa Cotton and Sandra Cotton, all of Memphis, and Dorothy C. Tilman of Sledge; four sons James E. Cotton, Jr. and Bennie E. Cotton, both of Chicago, and Warren Cotton and Maurice Cotton, both of Memphis; two sisters, Sadie Vance of Detroit and Lessie Desmukes of Chicago; two brothers, Clarence Kidd and Jessie Sullivas, both of Memphis; 30 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Quitman County Democrat, June 15, 1995


Cotton, Tommie L.

Couch, Hettie B.

Hettie Branum Couch, 89, of Hot Springs, AR, mother of Lee Franklin of Marks, died Sunday, June 1, 1997, at her residence.

Born June 25, 1907, at Red Oak Community where she was a lifelong resident, she was a homemaker and member of Assembly of God Church.   She was predeceased by her parents, Martha Ann York Branum and La Fayette Branum; a son, Hurshel Harold Couch; four sisters; and a brother.

Survivors include her husband of 72 1/2 years, Leo W. Couch of Hot Springs; three sons, Leo Couch, Jr. and Preston Couch, both of Hot Springs, and Arnold Couch of Atoka, TN; two daughters, Lee Franklin of Marks and Kay Dunaway of Hot Springs; three sisters, Bertha Laws of Chattanooga, TN, Orthia Dyer of Hot Springs, and Adell Chisney of Knoxville; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services were at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 1997, at Hot Springs Funeral Home Chapel with Rev Bill Meeks officiating.

Pallbearers were Larry Franklin, David Franklin, Jackie Franklin, Steven Couch, Charles Roe, Craig Roe, Van Franklin, and Gene Couch.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. John Bond and staff.

Burial was in Fouche Loupe Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Assembly of God Church.

Quitman County Democrat, June 19, 1997

Covington, Jr., John Nelson

Cox, Glen

Cox, Jimmie Evelyn Self

Cox, Marie Rooker

Cox, Ora Belle Williams

Craig, Mrs. Elizabeth Allen Knight

Elizabeth Allen Knight Craig, 87, wife of the late Louis V. Craig, died Tuesday, July 29, 1997, after a brief illness.  Mrs. Craig had lived for the last few years between Sardis and Atlanta, GA.

She was an elementary teacher for 30 years in Quitman and Panola Counties and was the first coordinator of the Title I program in Quitman County.

Mr. and Mrs. Craig lived in Marks for 35 years the moved to Sardis in the late 1970’s where they restored Juniata, one of Sardis’ older homes featured regularly on the town’s tour of homes.

She was a member of the James Gilliam chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Sardis Methodist Church, and Sardis Women’s Club. She was a graduate of Delta State University in Cleveland.

She leaves a daughter, Mary Charlotte Craig Nutt of Cody, WY; a son, Louis V. Craig, Jr. of Atlanta; a brother, Jackson Knight of Littleton, CO; eight grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.

The body was cremated and memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Marks Cemetery Fund or any appropriate charity.

Quitman County Democrat, August 14, 1997

A memorial service for the late Mrs. Elizabeth Allen Knight Craig will be held at the Marks United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 21 at 2 PM.

Mrs. Craig, a former resident of Marks, died July 29 in Atlanta.

Following the service the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Langford will be open to receive friends and family of Mrs. Craig’s children, Louie Craig of Atlanta and Charlotte Nutt of Cody, WY.

Quitman County Democrat, October 16, 1997

Craig, John H.

John H. Craig of Strayhorn, 70, died Saturday, October 1, 2005, at DeSoto Health Care Center in Southaven.

Services were at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3, at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia with burial at Bethesda Cemetery there.

He was a retired Entergy substation foreman and served in the U. S. Navy.  He was a member of the Strayhorn Water Association, a former member of the Elks Club in Greenwood and Boy Scout Troop 112 leader in Marks from 1970-1976.

He is survived by his wife, Annette Campbell Craig of Strayhorn; a daughter, Jan Craig of Ridgeland; two sons, Steve Craig of Long Beach and Bob Craig of Greenwood; two sisters, Fannie Mize of Senatobia and Sarah Pasley of Matthews, NC; two brothers, Charlie Craig and Louis Craig, both of Southaven; and six grandchildren.

The family has requested that any memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Quitman County Democrat, October 6, 2005

Crawford, Gladys

Gladys Crawford, the sister of Charlene Davenport, died on Sunday, February 11, 1996, at her home.

Services were Saturday, February 17, at 2:00 p.m. at Burrell Chapel M. B. Church at Falcon with Marks Burial Association having charge of arrangements.

Quitman County Democrat, February 22, 1996

Crayton, Wanda

Wanda Crayton, 39, a former resident of Marks and the daughter of Mrs. Lillie V. Thompson Davis and the late Mr. James E. Thompson, died suddenly Saturday, October 21, 1995, at Methodist Hospital in Gary, IN.

She was a 1973 graduate of Quitman County High School at Marks and a 1978 graduate of Hampton University of Hampton, VA where she received a B. S. N. degree.

She was a member of Christ Baptist Church where Rev. Colvin Blanford is pastor and she worked on a regular basis there with the Children’s Church program.

Mrs. Crayton was first employed after graduation at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, IL.  She then moved to Gary, IN and worked at Mercy Hospital and then transferred to Methodist where she was Assistant Head Nurse in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at the time of her death.

Survivors are her husband, Charles Crayton of Gary, IN; four children, Brandon, Steven, Ashley, and Charles Andre, all of Gary; her mother, Mrs. Lillie V. Davis of Marks, her grandmother, Mrs. Inell McClain of Falcon; her father-in-law, Frank Crayton and mother-in-law, Ersell Crayton, both of Gary; four sisters, Mrs. Pamela Davis of Chicago, Mrs. Cynthia J. Thompson Brown of Garland, TX, Mrs. Judy Lowe and Mrs. Hazell Coswell, both of Gary, IN; one brother, James “Doc” Thompson of Gary, IN; nine uncles, eight aunts, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and other relatives and friends.

Quitman County Democrat, November 9, 1995

Crofford, Lucy Marie

Crothers, John “Jack” Marvin

Crow, Gene

Cruse, III, Fred

Cummins, Melba Ann

Cunningham, Mary Jim

Mary Jim Cunningham, 68, of Mansfield, Ohio, formerly of Marks, Mississippi, died Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at her home.  Mary Jim is survived by her mother, Kay Cunningham; one brother, George; four sisters, Shelby, Vicki (Jack), Emily (Terry) and Judy (Tripp) along with a host of nieces and nephews who called her “Aunt Jim.”

The family requests memorials be sent to Marks Presbyterian Church, Post Office 312, Marks, Mississippi 38646 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Quitman County Democrat, December 16, 2010

Curry, Clara Mae

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