Jessie Rinks ( 11-28-09) services 12-2-09

Jessie Rinks

Jessie Mae McCullough Rinks, 98, of Morris Chapel, died Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Bright Glade Convalescent Center in Memphis.

She was born in Hardin County, the daughter of James Alec McCullough and Mattie Mae Pugh McCullough. She was united in marriage to Clarence Elishia Rinks, who preceded her death.

Mrs. Rinks was a homemaker and farmer’s wife. She retired from the Hardin County Head Start Program in 1981. She was a long time member of the Milledgeville Pentecostal Church in Milledgeville.

Services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Jimmy Kelly officiating. Burial was in the Morris Chapel Cemetery at Morris Chapel.

She is survived by children: Joe Neal Rinks of Pickwick Dam and Peggy Robinson of Memphis; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Margaret Tackett of Selmer; one sister, Zora Lee McCullough; and two brothers, James Garvin McCullough and Robert Garland McCullough.

James Martin ( 11-24-09) services 11-28-09


James Martin

James Roy Martin, 75, of Counce, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, Miss.

He was born in Corinth, Miss., the son of the late Earskin and Bertha Morgan Martin. He was united in marriage to Helen Lovell, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Martin was a used car wholesaler. He was a member of the Shriners Club.

Services was held on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Keith Driskell, Rodney Whittimore officiating.

Mr. Martin is survived by two daughters, Lisa Minga and Tammy Milner, both of Counce; one son, David Martin of Chicago, Ill.; 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles Martin of Independence, Miss.

He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Kathy Dowdle and Linda Gail Martin; and two sons, Bobby and Buddy Martin.

Bessie Lewis (11-30-09)


Bessie Lewis

Bessie Lewis, 95, of Savannah, died Monday, Nov. 30, at the Hardin Medical Center, Savannah.

She was born in Darlington, S.C., the daughter of the late Lee Samuel and Mellisa Cooper Jackson. She was united in marriage to James Lewis, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Lewis retired from the dry cleaning business. She was a member of Union Baptist Church in Bath Springs, Tenn.

Services were held at Varick Memorial Church in Washington, DC. Burial was in the Maryland National Cemetery at Laurel, Md.

She is survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by 14 siblings, Annie Tillman, Ollie Jackson, Jelmar Jackson, Bessie Jackson, Sarah Woods, Pierce Jackson, Edward Jackson, Clavin Jackson, Elouise McClain, Connie Jackson, Vivian Jackson, Elsie Jackson, Glen Jackson and Lee Jackson.

Evalee Gurley (11-29-09) services 12-5-09


Evalee Gurley

Evalee Austin Gurley, 98, of Savannah, died Sunday, Nov. 29, in Savannah.

She was born in Hardin County, daughter of the late Waymon Reese and Callie Thomas Austin. She was united in marriage to Orlando B. "Red" Gurley, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Gurley was a retired school teacher. She taught at the Park Avenue Elementary School in Milan, Tenn. and North Elementary in Savannah.

She was a member of Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, and a member of the Retired Teachers Association.

Mrs. Gurley wrote a book:Journey of the Heart. She represented Hardin County in Nashville at the Tennessee Bicentenial Celebration in 1996.

Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m., at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Savannah with Jim Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Wesley’s Chapel Cemetery at Savannah.

She is survived by a sister, Lola Austin Roberts of the Nixon Community; one stepdaughter, Louise Sweat of Tupelo, Miss.

She was also preceded in death by five sisters, Sylvia Green, Virgie White, Thelma Matthews, Lyla Moore and Edith Lay; and two brothers, Roy and Glen Austin.

James Finley (11-26-09) services 11-28-09


James Finley

James Lee Finley, 66, of Adamsville, died Thursday, Nov. 26, in Jackson, Tenn.

He was born in McNairy County, the son of the late Joel Gilbert and Mary Ann Martin Finley.

Mr. Finley was a self-employed carpenter and a member of Temple Baptist Church in Savannah.

Services were held Saturday, Nov. 28, at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Adamsville with Ottis Shutt, W.D. McCollum officiating. Burial was in Mars Hill Cemetery, Adamsville.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Boleyn Finley of Adamsville; a daughter, Sherry Castile of Adamsville; a son, Barry Finley of Morris Chapel; eight grandchildren; four brothers, Edwin, Jerry and Larry Finley, all of Adamsville, and Mike Finley of Selmer.

He was also preceded in death by a son, James Anthony Finley; four sisters and four brothers.

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