Billie Stricklin departed this life on Sunday, March 17, at the age of 87 years, 9 months, 22 days.
She is survived by her daughter, Beth S. Bates of Jackson, Tenn.; granddaughter, Virginia Bates of Jackson, Tenn.; three nieces, Becky Rose of Savannah, Margaret Allen and her husband Bobby of Parsons, Tenn., and Lee Ann O’Neal of Houston, Texas; two nephews, Bobby O’Neal of Enville and Danny Price and his wife Amy of Parsons, Tenn.; and several great nieces and nephews.
She was born in Sugartree, Tenn., on May 23, 1925, the daughter of the late D.R. and Maggie Price. On June 30, 1955, she was united in marriage to J.B. Stricklin, who preceded her in death on Oct. 31, 2001. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Elbert V. (Ab) Price.
Mrs. Stricklin graduated from Bethel University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She went on to teach fourth grade at Walnut Grove Elementary School for most of her 34 year career, but also taught third grade, Chapter 1 and began teaching in a two teacher school, teaching four grades at once. Teaching wasn’t limited to school. She also taught adult Sunday school for years at Cherry’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
She was a member of numerous clubs: the Family and Community Education Club, Big Ivy Club for which she was a long time president, Retired Teacher’s Association, National Education Foundation (NEA), Tennessee Education Foundation (TEA), and Jackson Area Business and Professional Women. Mrs. Stricklin was also a former Woman of the Year, former County Council President, and former Retired Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Stricklin loved to cook. She chaired the baking competition at the Hardin County Fair and was Queen of the Kitchen at the West Tennessee State Fair. She was also honored as part of the 4-H Family of the Year.
Of all her accomplishments she was known for her generosity, her sense of humor, her cooking and crafting abilities, and her devotion to her family especially her granddaughter, Virginia Bates.
Services were held on Wednesday, March 20, at 3 p.m. at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Don Harold Lawrence officiating. Burial followed in the Sunny Hill Cemetery at Hardin County.
Memorial donations: Sunny Hill Cemetery or the Big Ivy Community Cemetery, 760 Big Ivy Road, Savannah, TN 38372.
Johnnie Rob Williams, 57, of Corinth, Miss., formerly of Counce, died Saturday, March 16, in Ripley, Miss.
He was born in Talladega, Ala., the son of the late John Edgar and Virginia Mae Vise Williams.
Mr. Williams worked for Williams Transport and Ed Hall’s Cabinet Shop in Corinth.
No services at this time.
He is survived by his stepdaughter, Jana Kirk Arnold of Corinth, Miss.; one grandchild; two sisters, Kathy Boone of Holly Springs, Miss., and Linda Witten of Louisville, Ky.; three brothers, George M. of Savannah, John Wayne of Kansas City, Mo., and Jerald Wayne Coursey of Pompano Beach, Fla. He is also survived by his former wife, Debbie Williams of Corinth, Miss.
Josie R. White, 91, of Enville, died Monday, March 11.
She was born in Popular Bluff, Mo., the daughter of the late Lloyd Jasper and Mintie Reynolds Ray. She was united in marriage to Lavern Allen "LA" White, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. White was a homemaker. She was the oldest living member of Solitude Free Will Baptist Church in Adamsville and had been a member for more than 40 years.
Services were held on Thursday, March 14, at Solitude Free Will Baptist Church in Adamsville with Shane Thompson and Danny Hopper officiating. Burial followed in the Mars Hill Cemetery at Adamsville.
She is survived by five daughters, Alice Mae Starnes, Zendia Lee White, Carmellitta Capooth, all of Enville, Linda Earnest of Middleton, Tenn., Terra Michael of Ramer, Tenn.; a son, Tony White of Olive Branch, Miss.; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by three sons, Junior William, William Wally, Dennis Rowland "Ray" White; three grandchildren; seven siblings.
Myra Jean Fox Reed, 53, of Savannah, died on Friday, March 15.
She was born in Hardin County, the daughter of Emma Jack Steely Fox and the late Orville Gene Fox.
A graveside service was held on Sunday, March 17, at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Hardin County with Paul Briley officiating.
She is survived by her mother, Emma Jack Steely Fox of Hohenwald, Tenn.; daughter, Ronica Leigh Franks of Lewisburg, Tenn.; one granddaughter; sisters, Debra Bowers of Chapel Hill, Tenn., and Kathy Hickerson of Waynesboro.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Michael Fox.
Sophie Lee Plunk
Sophie Annabelle Lee Plunk died on Tuesday, March 12, at the age of 7 months.
Services were held on Saturday, March 16, at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Eddie Payne officiating.
Sophie Lee is survived by her parents, Sondra Lee Plunk and Tyler Richard Forrester of Savannah; sisters, Danika Plunk and Zoe Plunk, both of Savannah, and Marielle Plunk of Texas; brothers, Sebastian Plunk of Kentucky, Romeo Plunk and Cordell Wallace, both of Savannah; grandmothers, Linda Murphy and Kim Gobie, both of Savannah; grandfather, Terry Plunk of Jackson, Tenn.