Obituaries 12/02/15

Bobby Joe Hunsucker

In the early morning of Nov. 27, 2015, Bobby Joe Hunsucker, 71, passed away peacefully in his sleep after a battle with brain cancer. He was comforted by family and familiar staff at Willowbend nursing facility in Marion. Originally from Collierville, Tennessee, he spent most of his life in Germantown, Tennessee. Born Oct. 29, 1944, the son of Mary Emma (Walker) and Wilbur Hunsucker, he was raised by his mother (Mary Emma Gatlin) and step father, Charles Dwight Gatlin. Highly influential in his youth were his Aunt Bumpsy Walker and Uncle Tom Walker. At Collierville High School, he was a stand out running back for the Dragons. In 1964 he married his high school sweetheart, Ann Bobbitt (now Ann Godwin) and had two children, Dana and Michael. He was a fun-loving father who enjoyed spending time with his children, often coaching and participating in their activities. He also enjoyed family time spent camping, boating, sailing, snow skiing and golfing. Upon retirement, he moved to Horseshoe Lake, where he spent his days fishing and watching NASCAR with his best friend, David Godwin. During his final days, he was able to watch his favorite driver, Kyle Busch, #18, take the checkered flag to win the series championship. Most notably, Bobby was well known for his exceptional sense of humor. Bobby is survived by his children, Dana Gail Hunsucker of Houston, Texas and Michael Ryan Hunsucker of Marion; Charles Dwight Gatlin, Jr. of Red Banks, Mississippi; and sisters, Shirley Evans (Hunsucker) of Memphis, Tennessee and Kimberly McNorton (Gatlin) of Corpus Christi, Texas. He is survived by a granddaughter, Ashley Monteith; and two great granddaughters, Marinda and Allie. He also leaves his best friends, David and Ann Godwin of Horseshoe Lake and West Memphis. Others who will greatly miss him include Sandy Tryon (Bobbitt) of Des Moines, Iowa and Myra Whitlock (Bobbitt) of Santa Rosa, Florida as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 3 at Collierville Funeral Home. Viewing at 1 p.m. with services at 2 p.m. Burial services at Magnolia Cemetery, Collierville, Tennessee.

Don Mitchell

Don Mitchell, 81, of Heth, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. He is preceded in death by his grandson, Brandon Thornton; two sisters, Hettie Jo Mitchell and Maxine Mitchell; and two brothers, D.W. Mitchell and James T. Mitchell, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Alita Mitchell of Horn Lake, Mississippi; three sons, Ronald Thornton of Heth, Charles Cheatham (Colleen) of Southaven, Mississippi and Craig Cheatham of Jonesboro; five daughters, Ava Mitchell Tanner of Florida, Phyllis Fernandez (Eddie) of Bradington, Florida, Lisa Turner of Heth, Anita Muse (Jeff) of Southaven, Mississippi and Tina Tatum of Hernando, Mississippi; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Katherine Ellington of Quitman and Alma Lane of Conway. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Roller Citizens Funeral Home. Services will follow at 12 p.m. at Roller Citizens Funeral Home with interment afterwards at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Online guestbook: http://www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/westmemphis

Stephen Kenneth Roberts

Stephen Kenneth Roberts, 66, of Selmer, Tennessee, departed this life on Friday Nov. 27, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was born May 28, 1949, in Little Rock, Arkansas and was retired from FedEx. He was preceded in death by his father Elon J. Roberts and mother Faye Roberts. He is survived by two sisters, Kay R. Watt (William) of Earle and Trina Scarbrough of Horseshoe Lake; one brother, Ronald E. Roberts (Judy) of Magnolia, Texas; one niece Teresa Goff of Jonesboro and five nephews. Memorial Services will be held at Shell Lake Baptist Church on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Mary Jean Thompson

Mary Jean Thompson (Gommy) from West Memphis, 67, died in Memphis, Tennessee last Monday evening, Nov. 23, 2015. Gommy was born in Paducah, Kentucky and raised by her parents Augusta Keeler and Marcel Helton. She enjoyed spending time with family and watching her favorite TV show “The Price is Right.” Mary is survived by her daughter Deniece Smith; her grandchildren Jessica (Joseph) Blundell, Lori Smith, Allyson (Thaddeus) Wells, and Andrew Wilson. She also leaves behind her beloved great grandchildren Maddie, Kylan, Ethan Logan, Josie, Joseph, Gena, Jacari, Jakayla, and Ethan Wells. Also, survived by her siblings Virgil (Tammy) Keeler and Ronnie (Debbie) Keeler. Predeceased by her daughter Diane Thompson and son in law Richard Smith, her brothers James, Buster, and Jean and her sister Meredith. Services will be held for her on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Earle at Whole Truth Church. Special thanks to her grandson in law Joseph Blundell 3rd and family for ensuring her legacy lives on.

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