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Agnes Sorrells Bourdette
Agnes Sorrells Bourdette, 92, of Poagville, passed away peacefully at Sardis Nursing Home on August 21, 2018 after several years of declining health.
Mrs. Bourdette was born on July 9, 1926 in Lake Carrier, Batesville, to the Late Buran and Frances Hopper Sorrells . She grew up in Curtis where she graduated from Curtis School in the eighth grade. She then attended Batesville High School where she was a guard on the girls basketball team. She graduated in 1945 and moved to Memphis, Tenn. where she attended Draughon’s Business College. After completing her coursework there, she began her clerical career with Kimco Auto Products. She spoke often of her memories of working there and of her employers, the Chavitz family.
She and her husband, Howard (from Long Island, N.Y.) met while they were employed there. They married in 1955 and began attending Kensington Baptist Church where they both were saved and baptized. They then moved to the country, Capleville, Tenn. and their daughter, Frances was born. There they joined Capleville Baptist Church where Agnes taught Sunday School.
In 1962, Agnes and Howard bought a little 40 acre farm east of Coldwater, in the Poagville community. There they began making new friends and joined Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
In 1963, Agnes suffered a brain aneurysm that ended her professional career. After her recovery and retirement, she had more time to become involved in her community and her church.
Agnes was a faithful member for over 50 years, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and choir member. She organized the first preschool children’s program at the church and faithfully taught the younger children for a number of years. She was actively involved in the mission programs of the church as a member of WMU and taught Mission Friends and GA’s. In her late 70’s, she traveled twice to Oklahoma for mission work.
Agnes was an accomplished cook and especially loved to bake. She will always be remembered for her wonderful glazed pecan recipe and her cookies. Adults who first enjoyed her pecan cookies as preschoolers at church still asked for them today.
Mrs. Bourdette always loved visiting her family and childhood home(Curtis), down in the Delta but loved going back home to “the hills” as she would say of Poagville. She cherished her years in Poagville and all of her precious friends, those who preceded her in death and those remaining still.
Mrs. Bourdette is survived by her daughter Frances Bourdette May (James) of Como; grandchildren and their spouses, Gary May (Anne) of Senatobia, Cindy Morehead (Brian) of Hot Springs, Ark., Melissa Bateman (Matt) of Watkinsville, Georgia and Mary Margaret Panduro (Salvador) of Como; ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Evelyn Sorrells Keating (Ralph) of Batesville, and a sister in law, Helen Faye Sorrells of Batesville.
Mrs. Bourdette was preceded in death by her husband, Howard C. Bourdette; one brother, James W. Sorrells; one sister, Jane Evans and her parents.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 24, 2018 in the Chapel of Pate-Jones Funeral Home with visitation being held at 10 a.m. Burial followed in Curtis Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Grove Church, Poagville, or a charity/organization of the donor’s preference.

Delcy Mae Carlisle
Delcy Mae Carlisle, 90, of Sarah, passed away August 19, 2018 at Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto. She is survived by her daughter, Janie C. McNally of Sarah; brother, Daniel Stringfellow of Greenville; two grandsons and five great grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent o St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Services were held Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in the Chapel of Pate-Jones Funeral Home. Burial followed in Singleton Springs Cemetery

Betty Jackson Chance
Mrs. Betty Jackson Chance, 88, of Sardis, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at her home. Mrs. Chance was born on June 25, 1930 in Batesville to the late Willie Johnson Jackson and Lee Roy Jackson. Mrs. Chance leaves behind her son, Ron Chance (Judy) of Mirimar Lakes, Fla.; four grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Chance; her daughter, Rita Chance; her son; Tony Chance; her sister, Francis Durham; her brother, Sonny Jackson; and her parents. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 4 p.m. in the Sardis Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home with Bro. Dave Tribble officiating. Interment followed in Longtown Cemetery near Crenshaw. Visitation was held in the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 p.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Chance Family Endowed Scholarship at Northwest Mississippi Community College, 4975 Hwy. 51 North, Senatobia, MS 38668. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Bennett Hazlewood
Betty Bennett Hazlewood, 82, of Winona passed away at Winona Manor on Monday, August 20, 2018.  She was born in Trenton, Tennessee, on May 9, 1936, to Hugh Taylor Bennett Jr. and Vaneeta Alice Taylor Bennett.  She was a 1954 graduate of Peabody High  School in Trenton and a 1958 graduate of Ole Miss, where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority.  Also while at Ole Miss, she was  a maid in the Dixie Week Court, vice president of the Panhellenic Council in 1956-57, a Navy Sponsor, vice president of the Home Economics Club and a member of the University Singers.  Mrs. Hazlewood was an educator for over 40 years, and was named Economic  Development Educator of the Year in 1999 for outstanding contribution in education.  She was a member of Moore Memorial United Methodist Church in Winona, where she sang in the choir.  She was also a Life Member of the Winona Junior Auxiliary.  
Mrs. Hazlewood is survived by her husband, James W. Hazlewood of Winona; daughter, Vanita Beth Adams (David) of Senatobia; son, Lee Bennett Hazlewood (Dee) of Eupora; brother, Hugh Taylor Bennett III (Patti) of Augusta, Georgia; and three granddaughters, Sarah Bunce Smith (Simon), Emily Bunce, and Mary Alice Hazlewood.  She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service for Mrs. Hazlewood was held in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, August 25, with the Rev. John Kramer and the Rev. Sam Riddell officiating.
Contributions in memory of Mrs. Hazlewood may be made to Winona Christian School, 1014 South Applegate, Winona, Ms.,  38967; and  may be marked for Kindergarten Building 5, Classroom Door Fund, or the Girls’ Basketball Program.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona handled arrangements.

Erma Jean Mitchell
Erma Jean Mitchell, 75, of Coldwater died Thursday, August 16, 2018 at North Delta Hospice in Southaven. Services were held Saturday, August 25 at West Antioch #2 M.B. Church in Coldwater.
Visitation was held Friday, August 24 at Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater and before the service on Saturday. Burial followed at West Antioch M.B. Church Cemetery.
She is survived by a daughter, Rosalind Davis of Walls; and a son, Carl Powers of Senatobia. She is also survived by four sisters; Winnie Brown, Rubysteen Blair and Hazel Dexter all of Memphis, Tenn., and Felicia Mayhew of West Memphis, Arkansas; six brothers, Charles Powers, R.L. Powers, Herman Powers, Calvin Robinson and Curtis Robinson all of Memphis, Tenn., and Henry Powers of Detroit, Mich. She leaves seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of the arrangements.

Martha Spears Parker
Mrs. Martha Spears Parker, 91, a long-time resident of Coffeeville and widow of H.T. Parker passed away Monday, August 20, 2018 at Yalobusha General Nursing Home in Water Valley.  She was born on February 18, 1927, in Coffeeville to Jesse James Spears and Annie Broadstreet Spears. She spent her entire life in Coffeeville, graduating from Coffeeville High School in 1944 and going to work immediately to help support her mother and three younger siblings during World War II.
She married in June of 1947, and, after her young daughters became school age, went to work for the Coffeeville Office, Bank of Water Valley, retiring from that same banking system, that was by then Renasant Bank, in 1995.
Mrs. Parker was an active member of First Baptist Church, Coffeeville, until her health prevented regular attendance.  She was a wonderful mother, a loving mother-in-law, and a devoted MeMom to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were held Thursday, August 23 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Coffeeville, with the Rev. Truman Scarborough and Rev. Craig Baker officiating. Burial will be in Coffeeville Cemetery.  The family received visitors from 1 until 3 p.m. before the service at the church.  Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service of Grenada.
Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, H.T. Parker; two brothers, Robert Spears and Jesse Spears and one sister, Tyna Spears.
She leaves behind two daughters and two sons-in-law, Vicki and Danny Hale of Senatobia and Fran and Woody Jones of Calhoun City; four grandsons, Matt Hale and his wife India, and Brian Hale and his wife Mindy, all of Senatobia; Hunter Jones and his wife Emily of Memphis, and Parker Jones and his wife Allison, of Germantown; 10 great-grandchildren, Anna, Travis, Taryn, Taylor, and Brooks Hale; William, Hazel, Eliza, Landon and Lewis Jones; and three nieces, Pam Tatum, Lynn Day, and Carla Mask, all of the Memphis area.
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Karen Butler Young
Kayren Butler Young, 71, of Sarah, passed away August 20, 2018 at Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto.
She is survived by her daughters, Carmen Mayo and Cara Anne Young both of Sarah; son, Ray Young of Sarah, sister, Martha Rayburn of Crenshaw; brother, J.C. Butler of Sarah; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Services were held Thursday, August 23, 2018, in the Chapel of Pate-Jones Funeral Home. Burial followed in Truslow Cemetery.

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