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Obits February 28


Judge W. Otis Higgs Jr., 75, of Memphis, died Feb. 15, 2013 at Baptist East. Service was held Feb. 22, at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. Burial was held Feb. 23 at Calvary Cemetery. He leaves his loving wife, Diane Bradley Higgs; daughter, Stephanie (Larry) Redd; son, Chris Higgs; stepsons, Jesse (Shundra) Bradley, James (Keisha) Bradley; siblings, Dora Smith, Tony (Teresa) James, Betty Hughes, William James. He also leaves grandchildren, Calon Gibbs, LaRynz, Kathryn and Jaydon Redd and Ariana Bradley. Many affectionate nieces, nephews and other relatives will remember him fondly also. Anthony Funeral Home (870)735-8680



William Alonzo “Bill” Klutts 84, of Ripley, editor/publisher of the Lauderdale County Enterprise in Ripley, died Wednesday, February 20th, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Services were held Feb. 24 at Ripley’s First Baptist Church, with burial in Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley. He was born June 26, 1928 to the late Alonzo and Helen Klutts in Ripley. He served in the Army during the Korean War, thereafter for 25 years, first in the Army Reserve and later in the Naval Reserve until retirement as lieutenant commander. He was a member of the Ripley Rotary Club with perfect attendance for more than 50 years. He leaves his partner for 46 years, Terry R. Ford; Edmund Givens, of Murfreesboro; and staff at the Enterprise to mourn his loss including, Sylvia Rose, Beverly Hutcherson, Angela Hunter, Shelia Hartsfield, Tara Williams, Oliver Nelson, Alice Bricco, Chris Bricco, Jimmy Haynes, Rhonda Troutman, and Linda Bryant.


Judge Otis Higgs

Judge Otis Higgs


Brenda Jo (Griffin) Peel, 68, of Arlington, Tennessee, stepped into Heaven on Feb. 24, 2013 after a brief hospitalization. Born April 3, 1944, to the late Otis Mansfield Griffin and Edna E. (Faulk) Griffin, and raised in Rosemark, with beloved brothers Otis Griffin, Jr. and H. Barry Griffin, Jo was a Bolton High School cheerleader and Homecoming Queen. The captain of the basketball team, the late Dr. William (Billy) C. Peel, Jr. of Arlington, became her husband on Aug. 23, 1963.  Their only child, David Britton Peel, came along in 1969. She attended Union University, and Memphis State and worked multiple jobs to help her husband achieve his Ph.D. and eventually moved the family to El Dorado, Arkansas in 1974. There, he was to eventually become Executive Director of the South Arkansas Regional Mental Health Center where he would serve until his death in 2009. In Arkansas, she attended South Arkansas University. She also served on various Boards, and volunteered for the March of Dimes, YWCA, Volunteers in Public Schools, United Cerebral Palsy, American Lung Association, South Arkansas Arts Center, American Heart Association, President of the PTA and Director of the State Board of the PTA.  Her glowing personality led her to serve as a real estate broker and to found Peel Realty Co.  In 2002, after the end of her marriage, she returned to the Tennessee area of her youth. She suffered a serious stroke in 2006, and had to fight back to learn to walk, write and talk again. After coming through extensive rehab, she met all her goals and was often seen whizzing past in her convertible. As was her way, she returned often to thank her therapists and encourage those yet unable to walk. Her volunteerism continued with involvement in the Millington YMCA, the Millington Book Club, Friends of the Library and the Arlington Senior Citizens Club, among others. She was named an Honorary Shrine Musketeer and was recently honored as Arlington Senior Citizen Center’s Volunteer of the Year. She lived in a wing of her own design in the home of her son, David Peel, and his wife Trish and her three grandkids she was so proud of. She joined Bellevue Baptist Church by baptism and became active in Bible Study groups and her beloved Sunday School Class.  She supported numerous charities, causes and loved on children whenever they crossed her path. She encouraged those struggling and celebrated–as only she could–with those triumphant. She dressed like a million bucks, but could talk any sport statistic or the most recent novel’s plot with anyone. She was predeceased her parents, Otis Mansfield Griffin and Edna E. (Faulk) Griffin of Rosemark, her former husband, Dr. William (Billy) C. Peel, Jr. of El Dorado, Arkansas, and her nephew Mike Griffin of Knoxville. This wonderful lady, who always lit up any room she entered, leaves her beloved brothers, Otis Griffin, Jr. and his wife, Glenda (her “running buddy”) of Millington; H. Barry Griffin and his wife Elaine of Atoka; her nephew Mark Griffin of Nashville, and her son, David B. Peel and his wife, Trish, and her three homeschooled grandchildren that she was helping to raise: Britton Peel, 13, Collin Peel, 12, and Megan Peel, 10, all of Arlington.  Funeral was held Feb. 26 at Munford Funeral Home- Millington Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you do instead what Jo did for so many, find a person struggling and give them a blessing. Do it today. We are not promised tomorrow.  Pay it forward Munford Funeral Home Millington Chapel 873-0123



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