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Obits 2/5/19

Johnnie Cook

Johnnie Cook, 94, of Independence passed away Jan. 17, 2019 at Baptist Memorial Hospital Oxford. 

He is survived by his son Otis F. Cook of Independence; eight grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Ola Belle Cook; daughters Gail Holt and Connie Davis and son Troy Cook. 

He was a veteran having served in the Army. Mr. Cook attended Bett Baptist Church. 

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society. Services were held Jan. 20, at Bett Baptist Church. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Cemetery with military honors. 

Pate Jones Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Carrie Frost

Carrie Louise Frost, 61, of Como, passed away Jan. 20, 2019, at her residence. 

She is survived by her husband, Sammie Frost Jr. of Como; daughter Pamela Mashelle Frost of Como; son Samtrix Samtrell Frost of Como; sisters, Roseitta Woodley of Memphis and Sadie Williams of Como; brothers Jessie James Petty of Coldwater, Fred Petty, Woodrow Petty and Jessie Earl Petty all of Como and three grandchildren. 

Mrs. Frost was a member of Ruffin Grove M.B. Church Como. Services were held Jan. 27, at North Panola High School Auditorium. Burial followed in Mt. Level M.B. Church Cemetery. 

Pate Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Hale

Evelyn Savage Hale, 88, of Senatobia passed away on Jan. 26, 2019 at The Blake in Oxford. 

She was born on Oct, 14, 1930, to Raymond and Eula Scott Savage. She grew up in Hernando, the oldest girl in a close-knit family of seven siblings. She was given the nickname, “Sister” by her siblings, a name that stayed with her to this day.

Evelyn graduated from Hernando High School in 1948. She married Emmette F. Hale, Jr. in a double wedding ceremony on June 16, 1950 and moved to Senatobia, which would be her home for 68 years. 

She was a homemaker for many years while raising her four sons. After the death of her husband in 1989, she served the remainder of his term as Tate County Supervisor for District 4. She also worked with her sons in the family business, Hale Lumber Company.

In her later years, her greatest joys were her grandchildren and great grandchildren, whom she would often babysit. There was always a bowl of chocolate ice cream and a hug waiting for them when they arrived. She also enjoyed spending time and traveling with her special friend, Carolyn Rials. They made many trips together, including traveling each year with their church group to The Billy Graham Cove in North Carolina.

She was a long-time member of Senatobia First Baptist Church, where she previously taught children’s Sunday School for many years and was an active member of the Flower’s Circle WMU. She volunteered as a member of the church’s Homebound Ministry, delivering meals on Wednesday nights to homebound church members. She was a member of the Grace Sunday School Class. She and other members of her class did fingernails for the residents at the Senatobia Convalescent Center every Wednesday afternoon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Eula Scott Savage; husband, Emmette F. Hale, Jr.; brothers, Jack and Bill Savage and sisters, Helen Hurt and Betty Davis. 

Evelyn is survived by her four sons, Emmette F. “Buster” Hale, III of Oxford, Steve Hale (Cindy) of Senatobia, David Hale (Tiffany) of Memphis, Tim Hale of Senatobia; sister Shirley Morgan of Hernando; brother Heyward Savage (Faye) of Nesbit; sisters-in-law, Della Savage and Barbara Savage, both of Hernando; brother-in-law Marcus Davis of Statonville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Jennifer Hale Lowrie (J.B.), Jay Hale (Jennifer), Dave Hale, Emily Hale Lamar (Vance), all of Senatobia, Chris Hale (Misty) of Florence, Ala., Courtney Hale Haas (Ashley) of Hernando. She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services were held Jan. 28 at First Baptist Church in Senatobia. Burial was in Bethesda Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Senatobia First Baptist Church. 

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements. 

Lurline Whitmore

Lurline Coleman Whitmore, 95, of Memphis passed away Jan. 27, 2019, at Methodist Germantown Hospital. 

She is survived by her children, Samuel Adam Whitmore III of Dillon, Mon., Phyllis Whitmore Harrell (Chris) of Lenior City, Tenn. and David Whitmore of Collierville, Tenn.; sisters, Violet “Sissy” Perkins of Memphis, Mae Treadwell of Hernando and Jean Johnson of Pocahontas, Ark.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 

Services were held Jan. 31 at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Scotland Cemetery in Coldwater.

Earl James Wright Jr.

Earl James Wright Jr., 73, of Chicago, IL. formerly of Senatobia, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago. 

Funeral services were Feb. 2 at Independent Tyro Baptist Church in Senatobia. Burial followed in Independent Tyro Cemetery. 

He is survived by his wife Hula Wright of Chicago; t–hree sons, Donald McKinney, James Wright, and Jason Wright all of Chicago. He also leaves two sisters, Ethel Calhoun of Memphis. Frances Virgil of Senatobia; three brothers, Robert Hibbler and Jessie Wright both of Senatobia, Bobby Wright of Memphis, and four grandchildren.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge.

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