Obituaries – June 20, 2024

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BETTY HOOPER

May 31, 1938 – June 13, 2024

Betty Jean Mosier Hooper, 86, of Selmer passed away June 13, 2024, at her home.
Funeral services were 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Crook Avenue with Bro. William Glover officiating.
Burial followed at Hickory Grove Cemetery at Silerton.
The family received friends at Crook Avenue from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday.
She was born May 31, 1938, in Gibson County, the daughter of the Late Brodie A. Mosier and Gracie Riggs Mosier Hurst Hudspeth. Her father died three weeks before her birth, so she was raised by her stepfather, the late Pat Hurst. She grew up in the Silerton community and attended school at Phillips School House in Chester County.
On July 21, 1954, when she was 16 years old, she married George Wendell Hooper of Silerton. They moved to Memphis where they raised their family. She was a homemaker and a loving mother and raised her two daughters, teaching them about God’s love.
She never finished high school, but in 1976, she proudly received her GED a month before her oldest daughter graduated.
In the 1960s, she and George formed a country music band called “George and Betty and the Country Playboys.” They performed at different venues around Memphis and Millington and had their own radio show. Their two-part harmony lasted a lifetime. They enjoyed playing in mixed double bowling leagues in the 1970s.
They were married for 67 years, until his death at 92 years old on Feb. 4, 2021. Her health had been in decline for several years. George was her dedicated and loving caregiver until his death.
She lived with her daughter, Jeanne, and husband her Mark from February 2021 until her death at the age of 86. A special lady, Peggy May, helped with her care for the last five years of her life. Her niece, Janet Mosier, and grandson, Luke Kennedy, also had important roles in her care.
She is survived by two daughters, Jeanne (Mark) Kennedy of Selmer and Wendy (Joseph) Morris of Duluth, Minn.; six grandchildren, Matthew (Jessica) Kennedy of Selmer, Josh (Jade) Kennedy of Alamo, Luke Kennedy of Bethel Springs, Mariah Morris, Elliot Morris and Alexis (Ethan) Morris, all of Duluth, Minn.; two great-grandchildren, Cooper and Claire Kennedy of Selmer; three sisters, Rose King of Adamsville, Shirley Callahan of Rogers, Ark., and Peggy Callahan of Finger; and one brother, Junior Mosier of Corinth, Miss.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two infant sons, William and Roger Hooper; one sister, Sue Mayfield; and three brothers, Welton Mosier, Joe Neal Hurst, and Jerry Hurst.

Shelby Watson – Sept. 17, 1936 – June 13 , 2024

Shelby Reeves Watson, a beloved soul cherished by many, , 87 Years, 8 Months, 27 Days, peacefully passed away on June 13, 2024, in Henderson.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. on June 20 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bethel Springs with Bro. Randy Smith officiating. Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer is honored to serve the family.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 144 Litt Wilson Rd, Bethel Springs, TN 38315 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.
She was born on Sept. 17, 1936, in Bethel Springs, to the late Guy E. and Estelle Smith Nix.
She entered into a beautiful union with Fred Watson on Feb. 14, 2021. Throughout her life’s journey, she dedicated over 20 years of her career to FedEX as an administrative assistant, demonstrating unwavering dedication and professionalism. Her spiritual guidance was found at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bethel Springs, where her presence radiated warmth and kindness.
Her talents were boundless; she was a true artisan. Her hands brought to life masterpieces in cake decorating, sewing, quilting, gardening, and cooking. Her creativity knew no bounds and inspired all who had the privilege of witnessing her work.
As we bid farewell to this remarkable woman whose spirit touched so many hearts, let us remember not the tears of sorrow but the joy she brought into our lives through her kindness and creativity. May she rest in eternal peace knowing that her legacy lives on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known her warmth and love.
She leaves behind her loving husband, Fred Watson of Henderson; her daughter, Dianne (Rory) Newton of Olive Branch, Miss.; her son, Randy (Lori) Reeves of Bethel Springs; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren whom she adored deeply.
 She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Henry E. Reeves; and a daughter, Hollie L. Reed.

SHIRLEY HINSON – Feb. 23, 1936 – June 17 , 2024

Shirley Faye Pickett Hinson, 88, of Henderson passed away June 17, 2024 at her home in the Glendale Community of Henderson. Funeral services were 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Crook Avenue with Bro. Keith Carlson officiating. Burial followed at Unity Cemetery. The family received friends at Crook Avenue from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday.
She was born Feb. 23, 1936 in and raised in the Sweet Lips Community, the daughter of the late Sid Pickett and Exie Gatley Pickett.
She attended schools in Chester County and graduated from Chester County High School in 1955. She was married to Neal Hinson on July 10, 1954. They made their home in the Glendale Community.
She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and sister and beloved “Mamo” to her family and the many bonus families and friends she met during her life and involvement with her husband’s Ministry. She loved her farming, flowers and vegetable gardening. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and caring for her home and family. Special thanks to wonderful caregivers: Allie Bryant, Patricia Light, Nina Johnson and Vickie Hart.
She is survived by her three children, Annette Johnson, Connie (Gary) Barnes and Michael Hinson, all of Henderson; six grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold Pickett; and four sisters, Lequita Wylie, Shelby (Sonny) Jones, Virginia (Charles) McEarl and Brenda Smith.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, Larry Pickett; and two sisters, Geraldine Henderson and Patricia McEarl.

JOHNNY HAYES – Feb. 13, 1958 – June 15 , 2024

Johnny Ray Hayes, 66, of Henderson passed away June 15, 2024, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Crook Avenue with Bro. Glenn Harris officiating. Burial followed at Clarks Creek Cemetery. The family received friends at Crook Avenue from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday.
He was born Feb. 13, 1958, in Henderson, the son of the late Rufus Harrison and Martha Druscilla Maness Hayes. He grew up in Henderson and was a graduate of Chester County High School.
He worked as a janitor at Chester County High School for nearly 20 years and later worked at Henderson Plaza and Miller’s Big Star. He loved animals, enjoyed watching wrestling and nearly always had a diet coke in his hand. He was a Baptist in belief.
He is survived by a sister, Linda Kay (Tim) Barham of Henderson; 17 nieces and nephews; and eight great-nieces and nephews.

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