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Obituaries – Aug. 4, 2011

Jimmie Sue Freer

COFFEEVILLE—Jimmie Sue Freer of Coffeeville died Saturday, July 23, 2001, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

    Born January 12, 1930, Mrs. Freer was a daughter of the late Tug and Bethel York.

    The funeral service was held at ten o’clock in the morning, Saturday, July 30, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. Freddie Moorman officiating. Visitation began at 9:30 a.m. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery in Coffeeville.

    Survivors include: one son, Alan Freer, and his wife, Beverly, of Coffeeville; a brother, John Daniel “Buddy” York of Carey, North Carolina; one grandson, Johnathan Freer, and his wife, Jennifer, of Tupelo; and one great-grandson, Harrison.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence “Little Bud” York of Coffeeville.

Carolyn Ringold Nelson

ROCKVILLE, MD—Carolyn Ringold Nelson, age 79, of Rockville, Maryland died Saturday afternoon, July 23, 2011, at her home.

  Born December 18, 1931 in Water Valley, Mrs. Nelson was a daughter of the late Charles E. and Lyda Coleman Ringold. Mrs. Nelson was a marvelous cook and hostess, who enjoyed having dinner parties and entertaining guests. She loved flowers and always had many blooms which she shared with friends. She also created beautiful arrangements with silk flowers. A caring person, she was always kind to everyone she met and had friends all over the world. To know her was to love her.

  She is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Robert L. Nelson, her son, Robert L. Nelson, Jr., and his wife, Cheryl Pullin, her daughter, Kathryn S. Rupp, and her husband, Kalman Rupp, granddaughters, Erin Schiavone, and Kristen Schiavone Roberts and her husband, Ed Roberts.

  Mrs. Nelson was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Elizabeth Spence and Charlene Foster.

  A memorial service will be held August 3, at eleven o’clock in the morning at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Avenue, Washington, DC.

  Memorial donations may be made to Metropolitan House Shelter at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church or American Skin Association (

Dottie Clements

    There will be a memorial service held on Friday, August 5, 2011, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the First Christian Church to honor Dottie Clements. The Jeff Clements and the Jimmy McCullar Families invite all friends and family to attend.

Lucile Sissell Martin Hall

Lucile Sissell Martin Hall, died May 10, 2011 in Batesville, MS of complications following a fall and break to the leg prior to her death.  She was 75.  Grave side services were held on May 15th at Hazlehurst Cemetery, Hazlehurst, MS, at the Martins’ family plot..

Born in Brookhaven, Mississippi on July 23, 1935 to Lealon Eldridge Applewhite Martin (Jr.) (5/31/1910-12/5/1996)) and Lucile Sissell Martin (5/13/1913-1/3/2003), Lucile, called “Cile” by the family, was their first child.  Her father worked at that time as an English teacher and drivers’ education instructor with the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Her mother’s family was in the Water Valley, MS  area.  Her father’s family was in Canton, MS, with ties to Copiah County.

Moving with her parents, and often staying with one or the other parents’ families while the move was being organized, and a home found, she lived in a number of places around the country during her childhood.  From Brookhaven, the family moved to New Orleans where her father was an editor and publicist.  In 1942, the family moved to Atlanta where her father got the job of photo journalist-editor with the Associated Press.  Later that year, he joined the Public Health Service as Asst. Chief of VD Technical Services, a job which took him to Washington, D.C. briefly and then to Los Angeles to make wartime educational films. Happily, here also Cile’s mother had lots of family.  Cile enjoyed late elementary school and early junior high in Alhambra, CA.  She enjoyed big family gatherings with the many Sissell cousins- all doubles, since in her grandfather’s (John Reuel Sissell’s) parents’ generation, two Sissell brothers had married two Harris sisters in Kansas before one couple moved to MS and one to California in the early 20th century.

In 1948, the family moved back to suburban Washington, D.C. when her father became Chief of the Heart Information Center, of the newly formed National Heart Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.   There she enjoyed an active social life while attending and graduating from Bethesda-Chevy Chase Senior High School.  She was a drum majorette, was inducted into Job’s Daughters, and often attended teas and dances at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  She also developed a lifelong passion for ice skating, often skating on the Washington Monument reflecting pool.  Always athletic, Cile was able to do cartwheels and other acrobatics.

On July 3, 1950, Cile’s sister, her only sibling, Lynne Elise  was born.  Cile was almost 15.   The family had just moved from Rockville to Chevy Chase, in the Town of Somerset, where her parents would live until 1987.  

After graduation from B-CC High in 1953, Cile attended the University of Maryland at College Park where she became a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and was an art education major.  At the University, she met her future husband, Robert , “Bob,” A. Hall (3/17/1936- 11/9/2010).  Prior to their marriage, she left college to work at N.I.H. and prepare for her upcoming wedding.  She enjoyed being a “working gal” for that time.  

She was always hard working and enterprising.  During college and high school summers, she had worked as a waitress at Howard Johnson’s.  She also did plenty of babysitting, earning money for various things; for example, she bought a four poster bed with canopy that she had for the rest of her life.   In addition, she was industrious in the sewing crafts: she could sew, knit, crochet, tat, make braided rugs- all with great skill.  Over her lifetime, her output of afghans, sweaters, scarves, et al was phenomenal.

On March 23, 1958, Cile married Bob at Chevy Chase Methodist Church.  Their first home was in Bethesda, where he was employed by AT &T.  Soon, however, Bob had to fulfill his military obligation, and was enrolled with the Navy at Officers’ Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, where the couple moved in the fall.  It was there that their first child,  Donald Martin Hall was born November 12, 1958.

Bob’s first Naval assignment, after graduating as Lieutenant, JG, was on the Pacific island of Guam.  Cile had the difficult task of taking infant Donald and moving their household half a world away to the tropics.  It was here that she and Bob had their second and last child, Cilyne Hayes Hall, born June 23, 1960.

In the fall of 1960, Bob’s tour of duty done, Cile and the family moved back to suburban Washington, where Bob returned to work at AT&T.   Cile, Bob, and the two children lived with her parents and Lynne, celebrating Christmas and the New Year there, while the couple looked for their first house which they found in Bethesda, MD.  Cile decorated it in early American style, slipcovering furniture, making curtains- all with creative touches: decorating was one of her many talents.  

In the mid-1960’s the family moved from Bethesda out to Gaithersburg, MD to the planned community called  Montgomery Village.  There, Cile saw her children grow- Donald became a Junior Olympian swimmer, Cilyne enjoyed skating and her kitties.  They got a cocker spaniel which Cile named “Doci” for both children. Cile continued her interest in crafts and antiques, beginning to work for an antiques shop, developing her knowledge and collecting early American primitive pieces.

Cile was also a “hostess with the mostest,” giving well attended parties for family, friends and Bob’s AT&T work colleagues.  Their lives also centered on recovery with gatherings of AA and Cile’s Al-Anon friends, a community which provided not only healing, but deep and lasting friendships.  Cile found help at Al-Anon Family Groups, and helped her whole family to recover.

In the mid-1980’s, sadly, her marriage ended in divorce.  At this time, Cile chose to move back to Mississippi, the happy place of her childhood.   She moved first to Water Valley, where her mother had been born.  Later, in 1987,  when her parents also had moved back to Mississippi, to Oxford, Cile renovated and later moved to a house in the countryside of Batesville, on land her mother deeded to her.  Here she was  near her parents, to her uncle, William P. Sissell, and his family, and to her Aunt Ruth and Uncle Ira Jenkins. In the home, all her decorating skills were exemplified, showcasing early American primitive pieces, collectibles, and her own crafts.    She was already selling  these handmade wooden and fabric craft pieces at the Crafters’ Mall in Water Valley under the name “Countryside” by “Luci,” where she also developed good friendships.   In addition to her crafts’ work, she worked with the Domestic Violence Project in Oxford, helping with the women’s shelter.  Later her son, Donald, now a house painter, moved to Mississippi, eventually living with her.

In 1995, her parents moved to her sister’s town of  Greensboro, NC, where a life care community suitable to their growing health needs had openings.  Cile continued to enjoy her crafts and family still in Batesville.  Sadly, her father died in late 1996, and her Aunt Ruth died in early 1997.  Then, tragically, her son, Donald died in October, 2001.   His death, followed by the death of her mother, Lucile in January, 2003, compounded the losses for Cile, and she herself suffered a stroke which rendered her blind in one eye within the next year.   Due to her blindness and other health difficulties, including lifelong depression-related issues, she later decided to move to assisted living housing at Fairfield in Batesville, but moved again after that.  The downsizing and moves were difficult for her.  Cile had always loved to have her myriad things about her, with many projects going.  She kept up with the news, loved the sentimental and the funny, and enjoyed TV shows like “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” full of tradition and good values.  She loved cashmere and pearls, good gold, and good furniture, and a good Dr. Pepper or a hot cup of coffee and a cigarette, but most of all, a nice piece of  watermelon, sliced pink and juicy to eat while sitting on the back porch looking at the old oaks drooping in summer’s heat.

Lucile, “Cile” is survived by daughter Cilyne H. (Burt) Pickana of Martin’s Ferry, Ohio; sister Lynne E. Martin Bowman and husband Jim Bowman of Greensboro, NC; grandson Benjamin Hall Burt of Columbia, MO; a granddaughter, Nicole Burt Young of Knob Noster, MO; two great-granddaughters, Makayla and Krysta Grace Young also of Knob Noster, MO;  uncle William Parks Sissell and family of Batesville, MS; and cousin, Roberta Martin Moore of Grand Prairie, TX.   She was preceded in death by son, Donald, her parents, and her former husband, Robert A. Hall (in Bonita Springs, FL).   Memorials may be made to the Domestic Violence Project of Oxford, the United Methodist Church, Hospice, or to Al-Anon Family Groups.  Contact: Lynne Bowman,, 336-292-9148, 6113 Auburn-dale Drive, Greensboro, NC  27410.

Jessie Lynn Cox

Jessie Lynn Cox was born December 7, 1929 in Water Valley, Mississippi.  He married Maxine Breedlove of Coffeeville, Mississippi on January 29, 1950. Over the course of their 61-year marriage, they raised three children, and welcomed five grandchildren and one great grandson into the world. Jessie was a friend, an advisor and a mentor to countless nieces, nephews and cousins, many of whom lived with his family over the years.

Jessie moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he worked for S. C. Toof & Co. and also attended night school at the Memphis School of Commerce. In 1953, he was transferred to Florence, Alabama to manage Toof Printing & Stationery Company. Jessie served as President there until 1965, when he purchased Toof’s interests in Alabama and changed the name to Printers & Stationers, Inc. He retired as President of the company in 1995 but continued to offer guidance and expertise from his nearly 60-year career in the office products business until his death. Once honored as “Boss of the Year” by the Florence Junior Chamber of Commerce, Jessie was a respected and popular leader who loved his company, the people who worked for him and the contributions that Printers & Stationers made to Shoals area over its more than 75 years in business.

Jessie was one of the founders of the Alabama Office Products Association and served several terms as a Director.  He was a founder of National Office Buyers, Inc. (NOB), which was the first office products buyers association in the United States.  Jessie served as Treasurer of the group in the formative years and as a Director until his retirement. NOB later merged with the Tri Mega group and in 2005 Jessie was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the office products industry.

Jessie was a charter member and congregant of Woodmont Baptist Church of Florence. He was actively involved in the Church since its formation and dedicated himself to serving the congregation in many capacities including Treasurer. Jessie was also actively involved in the Florence community and served as a Director of the Florence Chamber of Commerce, the Salvation Army, and as President of the Florence Merchants Association and Downtown Florence Unlimited.  He was a member of Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club and the Civitan Club.

Jessie is survived by his wife Maxine Breedlove Cox, daughter Sandra Cox Johnson and her husband Samuel Michael (Mike) Johnson of Florence, son Robert (Bob) Lynn Cox and his wife Elizabeth (Beth) Darnell Cox of Florence, and daughter Teresa Cox Standard and late husband Henry Cooper Standard, III of Nashville. His grandchildren include Lindsey Johnson Roebuck and husband Morris Lloyd (Butch) Roebuck Jr of Birmingham, Christie (Chris) Johnson Penney and husband Zachary (Zack) Patterson Penney of Huntsville, Robert (Rob) Warner Cox of Florence, Saxon Henry Standard and Cooper Rowe Standard, both of Nashville, and great grandson Ganor Patterson Penney of Huntsville.  He is also survived by brother Raymond (Ray) Lee Cox of Water Valley, MS and sister-in-law Jean Breedlove Fly and husband Gerald Fly and sister-in-law Christine Breedlove Goering.  Jessie was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Lavada Fortner Cox and his three brothers Henry, J. T. and Warner Cox.

The family cherishes caregivers and friends Alyce Dillard and Brenda Griggs.  The family offers thanks to the nurses and staff of CTRU and ICU at ECM and to the team of physicians including Dr. Robert Bailey, Dr. Robert Bloome, Dr. Harold Boye, Dr. Gerald Haggstrom, Dr. Theresa Lango, Dr. Felix Morris, and Dr. Peter Pons.

Visitation will be Monday, August 1, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Woodmont Baptist Church in Florence, Alabama.  Funeral services will begin at the Church at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Woodmont Baptist Church Building Fund, 2002 Darby Drive, Florence, AL, 35630 or University School of Nashville, 2000 Edgehill Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212.

Elkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.  You are invited to sign the online guest register at

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