Obituaries – Apr 9, 2009

Leland Brown

BATESVILLE – Leland “Pop” Brown, Sr., 94, of Batesville, died Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

  The funeral service was held Tuesday, April 7, at eleven o’clock in the morning, in South Hopewell M.B. Church, Oxford, with Rev. Terry Worthman officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Green Cemetery, Water Valley. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

  Born February 13, 1915, in Taylor, Mr. Brown was a son of the late Will Brown and Lillie Cote Brown. He was a retired farmer and a member of South Hopewell M.B. Church, where he served as a deacon.

  Survivors include his wife, Ruth Perry Brown of Batesville; two daughters, Exie Hood and Martha Brown, both of Davenport, Iowa; seven sons, Leland Brown, Jr. of Batesville, Lee Edward Brown of Oxford, Lee Russell Brown and Walter Brown, both of Dayton, Ohio, W. L. Brown, Hubert Brown, and Willie Brown, all of Davenport, Iowa; 25 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

Cletus I. Hardesty

BOONVILLE, IND. –  Cletus I. Hardesty, 65, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2009, in the VNA Charlier Hospice Center in Evansville, Indiana.

  Born August 19, 1943, in Rome, Kentucky, he was a son of Adrian and Helen Coomes Hardesty. He was of the Catholic faith. Mr. Hardesty served in the U.S. Army, spending time in Ethopia and visited the Holy Land during that time. He was kind hearted, generous, adventurous and patient, considerate and gentle, fun loving and had a great sense of humor. He liked old cars and had a small car collection. He enjoyed playing checkers and good food.

  Survivors include his wife of 25 and a half years, Margie Davis Hardesty; two sisters, Lois Smith of Quilcene, Washington and Gale Baumgart (David) of Evansville, Ind.; a brother, Tony Hardesty of Folsomville, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Rose Green of Southaven, and Bonnie Morris (Donald) of Woodbridge, Virginia; a brother-in-law, Billy M. Davis (Rita) of Vicksburg; two nieces and two nephews.

  The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Friday, April 3, in Koehler Funeral Home Boonville Chapel. Burial was in the Hackelman Cemetery in Richland, Ind., with military rites by Warrick County Veterans Memorial Services. A Rosary service was held at 4:00 p .m. Thursday in the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Hardesty may be made to the VNA Charlier Hospice Center.

Lee A. Sigler

WATER VALLEY – Lee A. “Happy” Sigler, Sr., 85, passed away March 30, 2009, in Oxford at Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.

  Born in Marked Tree, Arkansas, his parents were the late Hubbard and Violet Reel Sigler. He served with the CBs during World War II in the United States Navy. He was a heavy equipment operator for Yalobusha County and a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Water Valley.

  The funeral service was held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home on Sunday, April 5, at two o’clock in the afternoon, with Rev. Carl McClain and Rev. Ronnie Bradley presiding. The committal was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.

  Survivors include his wife, Betty Ruth Sigler of Water Valley; daughters, Mary Elizabeth Russell of Benton, Ark. and Sandra Kaye Bradley of Sarah; sons, Lee A. Sigler, Jr. of Hernando and Phillip S. Sigler of Denton, Texas; step-daughters, Debbie Jo Eubanks of Jackson and Linda Diane Sullivan of Poplarville; step-son, John Sprayberry of Mount Olive; sisters, Mary Lee Fraize of Rena Laura, Ella Romatino of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Virginia Widden of Summrall, and Kandace Norton of Gulfport; brothers, Robert Sigler of Gulfport, Pete Sigler of Bakersfield, Calif., and Sammie Sigler of Gulfport; step-sister, Laura May of Pontotoc; step brothers, Freddie White and James White, both of Pontotoc; 11 grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 18 step-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

  Along with his parents, Mr. Sigler was preceded in death by: his first wife, Mary Sigler; brothers, Joe Lee Silas Sigler, Hubbard Sigler, Mike Senate Jenkins, and James Williams; step-brother, Bill White; and step-son, LeDarrel Sprayberry.

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