Obituaries April 29, 2021

Dr. Joseph Morton


Margie Sue Walker (Cantrell), 80, of Millington,  and retired from Shelby County Schools passed away April 19, 2021. She is survived by her husband, Thomas H. Walker; sons, Scott Thomas Walker of Glencoe, Ala., David Wayne Walker of Southaven, Miss., and James Patrick Walker of Millington; eight grandchildren, Landon Walker, Lauren Walker, Lindsey Walker, Jennah Harris, Megan Swims, Eleanor Walker, Noah Walker and Preslie Walker; six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her grandson, Grayson Walker. The family received friends April 22 until the service at the Millington Chapel. Interment followed in Northridge Woodhaven Cemetery. Munford Funeral Home MIllington Chapel had charge.


George Henderson, 69, of Covington passed away April 19, 2021. Visitation was held April 24 at the Millington Funeral Home Inc., in Millington with graveside service Saturday at 1 p.m at First Baptist Keeling Church Cemetery in Stanton. Millington Funeral Home Inc., had charge. 


Janie Denman (Hopkins), 87, of Millington,  passed away April 21, 2021. The family received friends April 24 at the Millington Chapel with a service Sunday at the Millington Church of Christ. Interment was held April 26 in New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Walnut, Miss. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Munford Funeral Home Millington Chapel had charge. 


LaMarcus Lasell Jones, 43, of Millington, passed away April 19, 2021 in Memphis. There was a wall-through viewing for Mr. Jones on April 26 at Jefferson Mortuary, Inc., in Millington. Interment followed at Jones Church Cemetery, in Munford. Jefferson Mortuary, Inc. had charge.


Fannie Lorene Materna, 99, of Munford, passed away on April 17, 2021. Services were held at Munford Funeral Home–Munford Chapel. Visitation was held April 21. Munford Funeral Home Millington Chapel had charge. 


Myron Orlando Moore, 58, of Millington, passed away on April 14 at Methodist Hospital North in Memphis. There was a walk through viewing on April 24 with a memorial service all at Friendship United Methodist Church, in Millington. Interment followed at Friendship Church Cemetery.Jefferson Mortuary, Inc. had charge.


Dr. Joseph Raymond Morton Jr, Ed.D, passed from this world on Saturday, April 17th at St Francis – Bartlett hospital after a short illness.  He was 87. Joe was born to Joseph Raymond Morton, Sr and Dorothy Rich Morton on August 2, 1933 in Memphis, TN and raised in Moscow, TN.  After graduating from Fayette County High School in 1951, Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Memphis State, two Master’s degrees and an Educational Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.  A U.S. veteran, Joe faithfully served his country in Germany as a member of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division. Joe’s illustrious education career included teaching stints in Cabool, MO and Canton, MS before moving to Germantown High School (M.C. Williams HS, at the time) in 1963 and beginning his 36 years of service in the Shelby County Schools (SCS) system.  Joe served as the county’s Supervisor of Math Instruction from 1967 to 1972, when he became principal at Millington Central High School where he skillfully guided the Trojan legion for 15 years.  He then served as SCS’s Supervisor of Testing and Director of Research & Planning for 10 years and Assistant Superintendent-Operations Division for 2 years before retiring in 1999.  During this time, he was active in Millington’s Optimist and Rotary Clubs. In retirement, Joe and Jeanne moved to the Davies’ Plantation area in Bartlett where they lived before becoming beloved members of the Robinwood Retirement community in 2014. Joe loved sports – participating, coaching, spectating.  Basketball was probably his favorite and he played at Fayette County High School and on his Army brigade’s team.  He was the head basketball coach and an assistant football coach for several years at Cabool High School (MO) and continued coaching football for his two years at Canton High School (MS) before switching his focus to school administration.  He was an avid quail hunter which he did in Fayette County (TN) and the family looked forward to the annual quail dinner at his parents’ home each winter.  In the late 1960’s, he helped establish the first youth baseball program in Germantown and coached youth baseball for the next 12 years, including a few years in Millington.  After retirement, he enjoyed participating in the local and state Senior Olympic Games. Joe and Jeanne were longtime supporters of Memphis (State) Tiger athletics.  Joe loved to breakout his guitar at family gatherings for a “hootenanny” and entertain with songs by Hank Williams (Sr), Johnny Cash, and others – and he could also play a little piano.  Friends and family looked forward to his Christmas letters in which he humorously conveyed the significant (and insignificant) personal events of the past year.  In his fifties, he enjoyed flying his Beechcraft Musketeer out of Charles W Baker Airport.  Joe was an enthusiastic participant in the square-dancing scene during much of the 90’s which he enjoyed doing with Jeanne, and his sister Jan and brother-in-law James (Walter). Joe was preceded in death by his parents and sister Janice and her husband James Walter Dacus.  He is survived by his loving wife, 2 children, three grandchildren. Joe was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and was a member of the Moscow, Germantown, and Millington congregations during his lifetime. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, or the University of Memphis athletic department. A memorial service was held on Thursday, April 22 at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, located at 3700 North Germantown Parkway.  The service was preceded by a visitation. 


Lottie Louise Mott, 94, of Atoka, passed away on April 15, 2021. Services was held at Munford Funeral Home–Munford Chapel. Visitation was held April 19 and 20.  Munford Funeral Home Millington Chapel had charge. 


Aline Perry, 84, of Munford, passed away April 20, 2021. The family received friends April 24 at the Millington Chapel until the service. Interment followed in Helen Crigger Cemetery. Munford Funeral Home Millington Chapel had charge. 


Brian Keith Shields, 51, of Brighton, passed away on  April 15, 2021 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Covington. There was a walk-through viewing April 27 with a memorial service at Jefferson Mortuary, Inc., in Millington. Interment followed at Pleasant Rest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, in Millington. Jefferson Mortuary, Inc. had charge.