Martha Nelle Hindman Booker, 78, of Savannah, died on Sunday, Jan. 21, at Magnolia Regional Hospital.
She was born in the Childers Hill Community of Hardin County, the daughter of the late Haskell Edward Hindman and Sybil Aline Dickerson Hindman. She was united in marriage to Jeff Booker, who survives.
Mrs. Booker lived most of her life in Hardin County with the exception of a brief period out of high school when she worked with the FBI in a clerical position in Washington, D.C., and also for a brief period near Ft. Hood, Texas, while her husband was in the military. She was employed at Hardin County General Hospital for three years, and then spent 37 years as a social worker with the Tennessee Department of Human Services. She attended Savannah Church of Christ.
In addition to her husband, Jeff Booker; she is survived by two sons, Trent Booker of Senatobia, Mississippi, and Barry Booker of White House, Tennessee; five grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Davis of Olive Branch, Mississippi; two nephews; and a niece.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a contribution to the Savannah Church of Christ, 1175 Pickwick Street South, Savannah, Tenn. 38372 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Services were held on Friday, Jan. 26, at Savannah Church of Christ with Jim Chamblee officiating. Burial followed in Liberty Cemetery at Michie.
Gertie May Murphy was born in Hardin County on Jan. 9, 1937, the daughter of the late John Lewis and Annie Jewel Banks Hopper.
Gertie was a homemaker and a member of Olivet Pentecostal Church, where she loved to sing. Gertie enjoyed collecting dolls, flowers and decorating her house. She loved Christmas and decorating her home with a lot of lights.
Gertie departed this life on Sunday, Jan. 21, in Jackson, Tennessee, at the age of 81 years and 12 days.
She is survived by her children, Lonnie Lee Murphy and his wife Phyllis, Joel Wayne Murphy and his wife Melissa, John Loyd Murphy, Michael Lynn Murphy and his wife Lisa, Sherry Lynn Irvin and her husband Danny, Tracy Michelle Morris and her husband Dewayne, all of Savannah, and Jeremy Wayne Murphy and his wife Rebecca of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee; 22 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Pauline Franks, Josephine Hopper and Linda Davis, all of Savannah.
In addition to her parents, Gertie was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Loyd Murphy; one son, Raymond Earl Murphy; one sister, Lorine Murphy; two brothers, J.D. Hopper and Virgil Hopper; one grandchild, Jessica Michelle Morris; and two great-grandchildren, Jaden Lynn Williamson and Mackelti Carolyna Reeves.
Services were held on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m., at Olivet Pentecostal Church in Savannah with Dan Hicks officiating. Burial followed in Neill Cemetery at Savannah.
A memorial service for Ernest Lee Daniels, 79, of Counce, was held on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m., at First Baptist Church Counce, with Jimmie McChristail officiating.
Mr. Daniels passed away Sunday, Jan. 28, at Hardin County Medical Center in Savannah.
Born July 24, 1938, in Black Oak, Arkansas, Ernest attended First Baptist Church of Counce. He was a retired U.S. Army Major. Mr. Daniels’ loved his family and friends and enjoyed fishing, tending to his chickens, playing cards, watching NASCAR and hanging out with his friends, “The Good Ole Boys” and helping them with their various charity work.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jimmie Daniels of Counce; sons, David Lee Daniels and wife Linda of Roxboro, North Carolina and Dennis Edward Daniels and wife Tammy of Roxboro, North Carolina; daughter, Diane Avent and husband Kevin of South Boston, Virginia; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Bobby Luther Daniels of Wylie, Texas; other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Luther Daniels; mother, Zella Lee Manley Daniels; brother, Calvin Daniels; and a sister, Virginia Smith.
Lavada Nell “Tate” Austin Cossey departed this life on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the age of 86 years.
She was born on July 23, 1931, the daughter of Tilda Jane Barrier Austin White and George Earlen Austin. On Jan. 24, 1948, Lavada was united in marriage to Berlon A. Cossey, who preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 1998.
She was a hardworking farmer’s wife and worked for a long time at Garan Manufacturing in Adamsville, but her last job brought her the most joy, babysitter. She helped raise seven grandchildren and more children in the neighborhood. She attended Forest Ridge Union Church in her younger years and in her later years, she attended White’s Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Lavada’s favorite Bible verse was Psalm 23.
Survivors are Gail Murphy (Robert), Tommy Cossey (Patsy), Peggy Morris (Marshal), Barbara Franks (Maynard) and Gary Cossey; grandchildren, Tim Murphy, Michael Murphy, Rodney Cossey, Tonya Longshore, Michelle McFall, Norman Morris, Amanda Lambert, Sharon Owens, Angie Cossey (Smith), Amelia Biggers and Shane Biggers; and great-grandchildren, Taylor, Mollie, Parker and Savannah Murphy, Zac and Lane Longshore, Skyler and Torri Mcfall, Abbie, Emma and Maddie Morris, Caroline, Elijah, Catherine, Clara and Cora Lambert, Anna, Leah, Sarah and JC Owens, Aiden Biggers, and Allie and Alana Lavada Smith.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Berlon A. Cossey; her brothers, Junior, Douglas and Tony White and George Luther Austin; and her stepfather, Oliver White.
The family would like to say a thank you to the Dr. Ferrin Bayles and the ECM staff, Palliative Care Nurses, Amedisys Home Health Care nurses, Walnut Grove First Responders, and EVAC Airlift service.
Pall bearers were Tim Murphy, Michael Murphy, Taylor Murphy, Parker Murphy, Rodney Cossey, Norman Morris, Shane Biggers and Skylar McFall.
Honorary pall bearers were Brian Longshore, Barry McFall, Chris Owens and Jerome Lambert.
Services were held on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 1 pm., at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Savannah with Johnny Banks officiating. Burial followed in Hollands Creek Cemetery at Savannah.
Geraldine Kennedy Adkisson was born on June 23, 1943, the daughter of the late William Eldon Kennedy and Clyde Kennedy Traylor. On Oct. 15, 1961, she was united in marriage to Rex Adkisson, who survives.
Geraldine was owner/operator of the Kiddie Shop in Savannah for more than 18 years before retiring. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Savannah, where she served her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ devotedly for over five decades, recently being honored and recognized for being a Sunday school teacher for 50 years. In addition, she was also a member of the choir, and performed numerous other duties over the years such as working with children’s music, playing piano and organ, and any other duty the church may require.
She was known far and wide for her famous Caramel Tea Cakes, and also enjoyed puzzles. People would often kid her about how she had loved to brag about her “wonderful husband” Rex, with whom she shared her life for 56 years. She prided herself in her seven grandchildren, and was an avid supporter of Hardin County Sports. She never missed a game or a chance to cheer on her “favorite players,” no matter the schedule or location.
She loved her family deeply, second only to her Lord Jesus, whom she faithfully served without question. She always had a smile for everyone she met, always ready to bless someone with a kind word of encouragement.
Geraldine finished her race on Sunday, Jan. 28, in Nashville, at the age of 74 years, 7 months, and 5 days.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jana Adkisson Carroll and her husband Kirk of Savannah; two sons, Dan Adkisson and his wife Latonia, and Bob Adkisson and his wife Amy, all of Savannah; three sisters, Jeanell Qualls of West Shiloh, Tennessee, Geneva Seaton of Adamsville and Genevieve Smith of Hendersonville, Tennessee; one brother, Billy Joe Kennedy and his wife Sue of Savannah; one brother-in-law, Harold Littlefield of Adamsville; seven grandchildren, McKenzie Carroll, Molly Carroll, Carter Carroll and his wife Amber, Kendall Adkisson, Addy Adkisson, Walker Adkisson and Abram Adkisson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her stepfather, “Papa” Ed Traylor; a sister, Janet Littlefield; and her brothers-in-law, Owen Lee Qualls, Elmer D Seaton and Jerald Smith.
Services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m., at Hopewell Baptist Church in Savannah with Derek Westmoreland and Carter Carroll officiating. Burial followed in Savannah Cemetery at Savannah.