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Johnny Lishman

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

CHARLESTON -- Johnny Ray "Cotton Chopper" Lishman, 65, died at 2:40 a.m. Nov. 2, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

Born July 9, 1943, in Carroll County, Miss., to the late Wheeler and Minnie Lou Blakely Lishman, he had lived in Mississippi for 55 years, before living the past 10 years in Charleston. He was a retired truck driver and had worked for the Hankins Lumber Company at Grenada, Miss., for 37 years. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church in Duck Hill, Miss.

He was first married to Joann Williamson Massey who survives of Morton, Miss. On March 19, 1987, he married Betty Joyce Neal, who preceded him in death on Nov. 2, 2006.

Also preceding him in death were one brother, James E. Lishman; one sister, Virginia Lishman; and a step-grandson.

Survivors include: a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Rea and Tony Denton of Morton, Miss.; one stepson and daughter-in-law, Larry and Sandy Holmes of Benton; two brothers, Wesley Lishman and Wheeler Lishman Jr. of Grenada; two sisters, Pearl Dyche of Grenada and Louise Grantham of Greenville, Miss.; and two grandsons, one step-grandson and five step-great-grandchildren.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston where services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery near Charleston.