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Carolyn Joan Busby

Carolyn Joan Busby


Heaven gained an angel on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Carolyn J. Busby went to meet her savior at 2:30 a.m., at Baptist-Crittenden Hospital surrounded by her family and friends. She is a long time resident of West Memphis and a member of New Life Pentecostal Church in Marion.

She is preceded in death by her parents R.P. and Vivian Ellis; her daughter Kimberly Wood; and her sister Charolett Thomas. She leaves behind her husband of 45 years, Arthur Busby of West Memphis; two daughters; Donna Hilton and Rhonda Smith (Jeremy); three grandchildren that call her “Mammers”, Raygen Smith, Addison Wood and Gavin Smith. She also leaves three brothers, Bob Ellis (Gail), Ron Ellis (Mary) and Don Ellis; as well as a multitude of other family and friends.

Services will be held at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Visitation from noon until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. Funeral service will begin at 2 p.m.

Interment will take place at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Online condolences can be made at www.rollerfuneralhomes. com/westmemphis

Jeptha Marchant Gates, Sr., 74, crossed over on Friday, May 17, 2019. Anyone who knew him felt his amazing spirit. His kindness and quick wit held everyone’s attention.

Jep was passionate about duck hunting, conservation and soil health. Jep graduated from Mississippi State with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and a Masters in Entomology and Weed Science. He was an Agronomist working in Arkansas for 25 years. He then moved to Australia, creating Bio Ag Pty. Ltd. with his biological products to being improving our earth’s soil. He spent 15 wonderful years there before retiring in 2014. He was a member of the Entomological Society of Mississippi, was the cotton consultant of the year in 1982 and a longtime member of Rotary and of the Episcopal Church. But most importantly, an expert duck caller.

He is survived by his wife Zada Hart Gates; his puppy dog Peanut; his daughter Princess Rose Windham (Tony); his son Jeptha M. Gates, Jr.; two grandchildren, Tanner Matthew Windham and Madison Claire Windham; his brother William Lake Gates, Jr. (Paula); brothersin- law, Charles K. Hart and Joe Harris, III. (Claire); and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, May 22, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Avenue in Memphis.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 1 p.m., at Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North Second St., in Memphis. The burial will immediately follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made in Jep’s name to the Herb Kosten Foundation, 6060 Poplar Avenue, Suite 140, Memphis, Tennessee 38119 or the Overton Park Conservancy, 1914 Poplar Avenue, Suite 202, Memphis, Tennessee 38104.

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