OBITUARIES of some of those interred in Strayhorn Cemetery

GATES - Edward Beavers, 33, died Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Maury City Community Church of God in Christ with burial in Strayhorn Cemetery. H. H. Hudson Funeral Home in Dyersburg has charge. He leaves his mother, Sally Bradford of Gates, and two brothers, Wayne Beavers of Little Rock and Tarus Brown of Clarksville.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: March 21, 2002

HALLS - Avies B. Gause, 78, homemaker, died of heart failure Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark Baptist Church in Gates with burial in Strayhorn Cemetery there. Currie's Funeral Home of Henning has charge. Mrs. Gause, the wife of Curtis Gause, also leaves four daughters, Frances J. Gause and Bessie Pickens, both of Halls, Mary R. Palmer of Ripley and Eileen Theus of Gates; two sons, Edward Gause of Gates and Curtis Gause Jr. of Halls; a sister, Mary Lee Gause of Decatur, Ill., 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: October 29, 1997

HALLS - Curtis Gause, 87, formerly of Brownsville, farmer, died Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale in Ripley. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at St. Mark Baptist Church in Gates with burial in Strayhorn Cemetery there. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mr. Gause, the widower of Avies Bonds Gause, leaves four daughters, Frances J. Gause and Bessie Pickens, both of Halls, Mary Ruth Palmer of Ripley and Alene Theus of Gates; two sons, Edward Gause of Gates and Curtis Gause Jr. of Ripley; a sister, Fannie Douglas of West Helena, Ark., 17 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 49 great-great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: November 23, 2002

RIPLEY - Archie Lee McKinnis, 60, retired painter, died of cardiac arrest Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Ripley. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church here, where he played guitar and sang in the choir, with burial in Strayhorn Cemetery in Gates. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mr. McKinnis leaves a daughter, Patricia Brown of Halls; his parents, O. C. McKinnis and Magnolia York McKinnis of Ripley; six sisters, Charlene Tyus, Mary Elizabeth Barnes, Mary Manns and Ester Harris, all of Ripley, and Hattie Rays and Mary Frances Rays, both of Percy, Miss., 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: January 2, 1997

RIPLEY - Magnolia McKinnis, 83, homemaker, died Wednesday at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Jackson. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Henning, where she was a member, with burial in Strayhorn Cemetery in Gates. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. She was an usher president at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church in Ripley for 30 years. Mrs. McKinnis, the widow of Otis 'O. C.' McKinnis, leaves four daughters, Mary Elizabeth Barnes, Charlene Tyus, Mary Laverne Mann and Ester Lene Harris, all of Ripley, 12 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: May 11, 2002

RIPLEY - Otis 'O. C.' McKinnis, 94, farmer, died of cardiac arrest Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale. Services will be at noon Saturday at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Gates with burial in Strayhorn Cemetery there. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. He was a member of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church-Lightfoot where he was a deacon, choir member, trustee and founder and soloist of the Heaven Bound singers. Mr. McKinnis, the husband of Magnolia York McKinnis, also leaves four daughters, Mary Barnes, Charlene Tyus, Mary Manns and Esther Harris, all of Ripley; a grandson he raised, Otis McKinnis of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a friend who cared for him, Florence Winters of Ripley, 13 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: March 18, 1999

HALLS -- Tina Mae McKinnis, 30, former factory worker, died Wednesday at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis of kidney failure. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church in Ripley, where she was a member, with burial in Strayhorne Cemetery in Gates. Currie's Funeral Home in Henning has charge. Mrs. McKinnis leaves her companion of many years, Carlos Mata of Halls; four daughters, Christi Mae McKinnis, Stephaine Nicole McKinnis, Krystal Renee McKinnis and Tina Mae McKinnis, and five sons, Eric McKinnis, Tyrone McKinnis, Orlando McKinnis, Lorenzo McKinnis and Darrell McKinnis, all of Halls; her father, Archie Lee McKinnis of Ripley; a sister, Patricia Brown of Gates; and her grandparents, Curtis and Avis Gause of Halls and O. C. and Magnolia McKinnis of Ripley.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: July 22, 1994

Robinson, Flossie - (St. Louis, Missouri) age 94. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dcember 23, 2005 at Strayhorn Cemetery in Gates, TN.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on 12/21/2005.

RIPLEY - Mannie Shaw Stokley, 94, homemaker, died of heart failure Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Thomas Funeral Home in Ripley with burial in Strayhorn Cemetery in Gates. She leaves a daughter, Warlean Thornton of Ripley; a son, Howard Shaw of Lansing, Mich., 21 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren and 43 great-great-grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: April 3, 1999

GATES -- Mattie Mae Taylor, 73, homemaker, died Sunday of kidney failure at Methodist Hospital of Dyersburg. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Antioch Curve Baptist Church, where she was a member, with burial in Strayhorn Cemetery in Gates. Thompson's Mortuary of Ripley has charge. Mrs. Taylor, the widow of Paul Taylor, leaves two sisters, Pearlie Mae Wells of Halls and Cornia McNeary of Long Beach, Calif.
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: May 11, 1994

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