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2005 Obituaries

 

Sarah Cooper Turnage Dellapenna

Sarah Cooper Turnage Dellapenna, 79, of Mize died March 23, 2005, at Hospice in Hands in Mize.

Mrs. Turnage was born March 15, 1926, in Eupora. She was retired from the Mississippi State Hospital and a member of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Jackson.

Services include a daughter, Linda Downing; three sons, Ernest Turnage, Larry Turnage and Dale Turnage, all of Mize; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services were March 25 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Rev. William S. Weddle officiated.

Pallbearers were Stacy Dellapenna, Lance Downing, Rodney Hester, Lee Turnage, Shane Turnage and Troy Turnage.

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Lizzie Staggs Duvall

Lizzie Staggs Duvall, 92, of Eupora died March 27, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare in Eupora.

Mrs. Duvall, a homemaker, was born Dec. 10, 1912, in Choctaw County. She was a member of Eupora First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Blakely of Duck Hill; two sons, Alvin "Buster" Duvall of Eupora and Elvin "Butch" Duvall of Carrollton; a sister, Martha Jean Staggs of Eupora; three grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Services were March 29 at Eupora First Baptist Church with burial in Webster Memorial Gardens. The Rev. W.S. Stewart officiated.

Pallbearers were Damon Blakely, Jack Blakely, Jerry Gary, Reagan Gary, Sean Gary and Hubert Staggs.

 

Jane Murphy Reves

Jane Murphy Reves, 86, of Eupora died March 24, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare.

Mrs. Reves, a homemaker, was born June 22, 1918, in the Bywy community. She was a member of Bywy Presbyterian Church.

Jane loved to garden and work in her flowers. She was happiest when her foot was on a shovel and her hands were covered with God's good earth.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Roy K. " Buster" Reves; and a daughter, Priscilla Reves, both of Eupora.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her eight brothers and sisters.

Services were March 30 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Eupora City Cemetery. The Rev. James Caffey officiated.

Pallbearers were Donald Card, Charles Griffin, Charlie Oliver, Josh Griffin, Gregg Smith and Bill Tennyson.

 

Edwin Howard Sanders Jr.

Edwin Howard Sanders Jr., 89, of Jackson died April 1, 2005, in Eupora.

Mr. Sanders, a timber buyer, was a member of Maben Methodist Church.

Survivors include two sisters, Betty Pinkerton of Maben and Mary Medor of Laurel.

Services were April 3 at Welch Funeral Home in Maben with burial in Maben Cemetery. The Revs. Randle Poss and Jean Threadgill officiated.

Pallbearers were Stanley Hamilton, Lonnie Jackson, Donny Mitchell, Peewee Nickels, Alf Williams and Tommy Williams.

Honorary pallbearers were N.N. Perkins, James Thompson and John Harvey Turner.

 

Richard Samuel Hopkins

Richard Samuel Hopkins, 68, died March 17, 2005, at his home in Maben.

Mr. Hopkins, a retired engineer with General Motors, was born in Lansing, Mich. He was a Baptist, a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of the VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Margie McKee Hopkins of Maben; three daughters, Susan Olger of Lansing, Betty Sanders of Pheba and Tillie McKee of Mantee; three sons, Michael Lee Hopkins of Waycross, Ga., Kenneth Hopkins of Lansing and Robert McKee of Cedar Bluff; a sister, Kathleen Smith of Lansing; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services were March 19 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Double Springs Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev Ben Davis officiated.

Pallbearers were Joshua Hull, Claude McKee, Tracy McKee, Kenneth McKee, Hugh Rushing, Ray Rushing and Paxton Sanders.

 

Bettye Hand Stewart

Bettye Hand Stewart, 65, of Eupora died March 23, 2005, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.

Mrs. Stewart, a homemaker and piano teacher, was born Oct. 22, 1939, in Jackson. She graduated from Murrah High School and from Mississippi College in 1961.

She was the pianist for Eupora First Baptist Church for more than 40 years, taught Sunday School and Bible study classes, and was an integral part of the church. She also taught private piano lessons for many years.

Bettye's ministry through her music touched the lives of so many people in this area in so many ways.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. William S. "Bill" Stewart Sr., pastor of Eupora First Baptist Church; two daughters, Leah Stewart Bland and her husband, Hugh, and Lauren Claire Stewart; a son, William S. "Bill" Stewart Jr. and his wife, Stephanie, all of Eupora; a sister, Joy Hand Whitten of Greenwood; a brother, Shelton Hand Jr. of Clinton; and three grandchildren, Rett, Stewart and Claire Bland.

Services were March 26 at First Baptist Church with burial in Eupora City Cemetery. Drs. Larry Kennedy and Jim Futral officiated.

Church deacons served as pallbearers.

 

Elma Orene Crowley

Elma Orene Crowley, 84, of Ackerman died March 18, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Crowley, a homemaker, was born Sept. 2, 1920, in Oktibbeha County. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include a son, Howard Crowley and wife, Mary, of Ackerman; three daughters, Margaret Kent and husband, William, Sue Kyles, and Kathy McBright and husband, Robbie, all of Ackerman; a sister, Mary Bond of Ackerman; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and a son-in-law, Robert Wolfram of Houston, Texas.

Services were March 22 at Monte Vista Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Randy Tatum officiated.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association.

Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements

 

Albert Cook Henley

Albert Cook Henley, 72, died March 19, 2005, at his home in Eupora.

Mr. Henley was a welder and farmer. He attended Sapa Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ella B. Henley of Eupora; a daughter, Margarette Tomlinson of Eupora; two sons, Henry C. Henley and Glenn Albert Henley of Eupora; two sisters, Mary McCoy of Brandon and Bill Elkins of Moltrie, Ga.; a brother, Richard Henley of Zachery, La.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carla Louise Henley.

Services were March 22 at Wise Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Sapa Cemetery. The Rev. Dale Strickland officiated.

Pallbearers were Leonard Bounds, Albert Henley, Henry Henley, Millie Henley, De'Angelo Tomlinson, Dennis Tomlinson, Dominque Tomlinson and Margarette Tomlinson.

 

Christine Fulgham Hollis

Christine Fulgham Hollis, 79, of Maben died March 19, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Mrs. Hollis, who was born in Choctaw County, was a self-employed upholsterer. She was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Patsy McCarter of Mantee; four grandchildren, Donnie McCarter of Starkville, Kip McCarter and Jodie McCarter of Mantee, and Kris McCarter of Pheba; three great-grandchildren, Kelsey McCarter, Kolby McCarter and Hunter McCarter, all of Mantee; and two sisters, Velma Monts and Ina Tuck of Mathiston.

Services were March 20 at Double Springs Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Coy Fulgham officiated.

Welch Funeral Home of Maben was in charge of arrangements.

 

Richard Samuel Hopkins

Richard Samuel Hopkins, 68, died March 17, 2005, at his home in Maben.

Mr. Hopkins, a retired engineer with General Motors, was born in Lansing, Mich. He was a Baptist, a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of the VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Margie McKee Hopkins of Maben; three daughters, Susan Olger of Lansing, Betty Sanders of Pheba and Tillie McKee of Mantee; three brothers, Michael Lee Hopkins of Waycross, Ga., Kenneth Hopkins of Lansing and Robert McKee of Cedar Bluff; a sister, Kathleen Smith of Lansing; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services were March 19 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Double Springs Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev Ben Davis officiated.

Pallbearers were Joshua Hull, Claude McKee, Tracy McKee, Kenneth McKee, Hugh Rushing, Ray Rushing and Paxton Sanders

 

Arthur L. Vaughan

Arthur L. Vaughan, 62, of Stewart died March 13, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mr. Vaughan was born May 15, 1942, in Webster County. A retired supervisor with Ford Motor Co., he was a member of West Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Coleen Reese Vaughan of Stewart; two daughters, Linda Lee Pelkey of Novi, Mich., and Karen Sue Specht of Whitmore Lake, Mich.; a son, Steven Andrew Vaughan of White Lake, Mich.; two stepsons, Charles Lucas and Danny Lucas of Eupora; four sisters, Jettie Frazier of Bellefontaine, Opal McNair of Kosciusko, Mavis Childs of Jackson and Ruby Ruth Amos of Little Rock, Ark.; a brother, John "J.C." Vaughan of Fame and seven grandchildren.

Services were March 17 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Monte Vista Cemetery. The Revs. Joe Holcomb and Curtis Reese officiated.

Pallbearers were John Anderson, Jeffrey Arthur Pelkey, Jessica Pelkey, Joseph Pelkey, Michael Swindoll and Layne Vaughan.

 

Sarah K. Montgomery

Sarah K. Montgomery, 84, of Ackerman died Oct. 4, 2005, at Choctaw County Nursing Home.

Ms. Montgomery, a receptionist, was born Oct. 5, 1920, in Choctaw County.

Survivors include a brother, C. B. "Red" King of Ackerman; a sister, Frankie Sue Power of Weir; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were Oct. 7 at Coleman Funeral Home with burial in South Union Cemetery. The Revs. Steve Jordan and Jim Pender officiated.

Pallbearers were Frank King, Mike King, Rusty King, Billy Power, Bill Rice and Woody Simpson.

Memorial donations may be made to the South Union Cemetery Fund in Ackerman.

 

Dorothy Dean Williams Wood

Dorothy Dean Williams Wood, 69, of Maben died Oct. 4, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Wood, who was born in Dockery, was a member of First Baptist Church in Maben.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Wood of Maben; three sons, Stan Wood of Greenville, Kenneth Wood of Moore, Okla., and Tommy Wood of Maben; a daughter, Marilyn Manning of Maben; two brothers, Bobby Williams of Drew and Billy Williams of Sumner; two sisters, Ava Mitchell of Drew and Helen McCollough of Sumner; and 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 6 at Maben First Baptist Church with burial in Maben Memorial Gardens. The Revs. Tommy Temple and Randle Poss officiated.

Welch Funeral Home of Maben was in charge of arrangements.

 

Ortie Wright

Ortie Wright, 93, of Eupora died Oct. 2, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare-Eupora.

Mr. Wright, a retired carpenter, was born Oct. 11, 1912, in Webster County. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Louise.

Mr. Wright began the Wright Reunion, of which he was president for 35 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Doris Edwards of Pickwick, Tenn., and Sandy Wright of Midnight; three sons, Orville Wright of West Hampton, Mass., John Wright of North Hampton, Mass., and Jim Wright of Eupora; five sisters, Patty Christopher and Polly McClain of Mathiston, Rosemary Lewis and Faye Cantrell of Columbus, and Sally Sibley of Walthall; three brothers, Dan Wright of Eupora, and David Wright and Teddy Wright of Mathiston; and 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Doris Lovett "Doodle" Wright.

Services were Oct. 6 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Rev. Dan Beardain officiated.

Pallbearers were Neal Edwards, Steve Tharp, Adam Wright, Eric Wright, Jim Wright, Nathan Wright and Orville L. Wright Jr.

 

Rena M. Gore Holloway

Rena M. Gore Holloway, 77, died Sept. 25, 2005, at her home in Eupora.

Mrs. Holloway was a retired licensed practical nurse. She was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, O.C. Holloway of Eupora; two daughters, Cheryl Steadman of Eupora and Gwendolyn McLamb of Houston, Texas; a son, Jerry Yeager of Jackson; a sister, Doris King of Minden, La.; two brothers, Charles Lofton of Crosby, Texas, and Ruben Lofton of Jonesboro, La.; five grandchildren, Shanda Steadman, Sherry Meyers and her husband, Merrill, Matthew Steadman and his wife, Kelli, Shane McMullen and John Yeager; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were Sept. 28 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dale Strickland officiated.

Wise Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Roy Rodgers Jr.

Roy Rodgers Jr., 71, of Gore Springs died Sept. 27, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mr. Rodgers was a farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Rodgers of Gore Springs; a son, Stan Rodgers and his wife, Lora, of Gore Springs; four sisters, Joyce Crimm of Eupora, LaDell Weaver of Grenada, Clara Hitt of Bellefontaine and Grace Paris of Poplarville; and two grandchildren, Katelyn and Bryson Rodgers of Gore Springs.

Services were Sept. 29 at Wise Funeral Home with burial in Webster Memorial Gardens. The Revs. William S. Weddle and Billy Little officiated.

Pallbearers were Marion Card, Donnie Card, Joe Cooper, Scottie Crimm, Tony Crimm, Phil Hendrix, Roy Hitt, Tommy Hitt, Michael Murphy and David Stoddard.

 

Dana Lyn Crunk

Dana Lyn Crunk, 26, died Sept. 23, 2005, at her residence in Eupora.

Miss Crunk was born in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 23, 1978.

Survivors include her parents, Donna and Larry Orman; her maternal grandparents, Laverne and Richard Castle; and her paternal grandfather, Clyde Orman, all of Eupora.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Irene Orman.

Services were Sept. 25 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Greensboro Cemetery. The Rev. J.B. Rowe officiated.

Pallbearers were Robert Collins, Dwayne Dodd, Lee "Goob" Lamb and Phillip Maddox.

 

Ruby Irene Scarbrough

Ruby Irene Scarbrough, 102, died Sept. 22, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora Long Term Care.

Miss Scarbrough was born Dec. 24, 1902, in Webster County, one of 13 children born to Robert Green and Martha Eula Bingham Scarbrough. Though se was the fourth-oldest of the 13, she was the lone survivor at the time of her death. One sister and one brother were born in the late 1800s.

Miss Ruby attended Wood College in Mathiston and late received her bachelor of science degree from then-Mississippi State College. She lived in and taught school in Cumberland until her retirement in the 1960s. After retirement, she had a home built in Mathiston, where she lived until moving into NMMC Long Term Care in 1999. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Mathiston, which is located directly across from her home where she regularly walked to church until 1999.

Miss Scarbrough is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Services were Sept. 24 at Wise Funeral Home with burial in Montevista Cemetery. The Revs. Higdon Herrington and Don Parish officiated.

Pallbearers were Larry Carroll, Bobby Dodd, Jerry Hendrix, Charles Scarbrough, Mel Scarbrough and John Scarbrough.

Memorials may be sent to Victory Baptist Church, P.O. Box 12, Mathiston, MS 39752.

 

Mildred Stewart Allday

Mildred Stewart Allday, 85, of Eupora died Sept. 17, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare-Eupora.

Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth Weddle of Eupora; one sister, Mariam Caffey of Amory and 11 grandchildren.

Services were Sept. 19 at Wise Funeral Home with burial in Embry Cemetery.

 

Cedell Gibson

Cedell Gibson, 81, died Sept. 16, 2005, at his residence west of Shannon after a bout with cancer.

Mr. Gibson was born in Webster County on July 4, 1924, to the late Lacy and Grace Boatman Gibson. He grew up in the Stewart area but lived most of his adult life in Connecticut and New Jersey.

He was retired from Proctor and Gamble and the Alcoa Aluminum Co. in Bridgeport, Conn. After retirement, he and his late wife made their home in Melbourne, Fla. He moved near his nieces in the Shannon area in 1996.

Mr. Gibson was a member of Reeds Chapel Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran with service during the World War II era. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and going to tag sales.

Survivors include his sister, Pauline Clark of Cincinnati; two brothers, John B. Cox (Virginia) of Columbus and Tommy Cox (Penny) of Stewart; his caregiver nieces, Mariam Tucker (J.D.) and Patricia Gibson of Shannon, and Mary Jo Welch (Marvin) of Covington, Ky.; and several other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Helen Jeck Gibson, on Oct. 1, 1994, and two brothers, Emery Lacy Gibson and L.C. Gibson.

Services were Sept. 18 at Reeds Chapel Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Johnny Lollar officiated.

Holland-Harris Funeral Directors of Plantersville was in charge of arrangements.

 

William Wesley 'Billy' Brewer

William Wesley "Billy" Brewer, 33, of Pheba died Sept. 2, 2005, at Clay County Medical Center.

Mr. Brewer was born March 4, 1972, in West Point. He was a licensed practical nurse and a member of Hebron Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Pam Brewer of Pheba; his mother and father, Kathy and Franklin Brewer of Pheba; his grandmother, Doris Posey of Yazoo City; a stepson, Cody Johnson of Pheba; a sister, Katie Blade of Maben; and a brother, Robbie Brewer of Carthage, Texas.

Services were Sept. 4 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Calvary Cemetery. The Revs. Barry Hathcock and Phil Frye officiated.

Pallbearers were Robbie Blade, Robbie Brewer, Shandon Gifford, Joseph Glisson, Todd Raines and Chris Shurden.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

John M. 'Johnny' Elkins

John M. "Johnny" Elkins, 77, of Eupora died Sept. 9, 2005, at his son's residence in Forest.

Mr. Elkins was born Aug. 8, 1928, in Walthall. Johnny began his business and public service career as a bookkeeper for Gammill Chevrolet in Eupora; then serving two terms as Webster County chancery clerk; a longtime alderman for the city of Eupora, substituting as mayor on several occasions; and owner of the Four Seasons department store.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Eupora and a longtime Sunday School teacher, a fan of all sports, but an especially passionate supporter of Mississippi State.

He loved the town of Eupora, promoting it all his life, but most of all loved his family.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Alice Elkins of Ridgeland and Don and Laurie Elkins of Forest; a stepdaughter, Lisa McCain of Eupora; a sister, Sherry Pittman Moreland of Starkville; seven brothers, James Harold Elkins, Jerry Elkins, Buddy Pittman and Robert Pittman, all of Eupora, Howard Hugh Elkins of Haleyville, Ala., M.H. Pittman of Starkville and Duwayne Pittman of Crossett, Ark.; four grandchildren, Amber Elkins, Kelli Elkins, Claire Felder and John Parker Elkins; and longtime friend and companion Martha Rogers of Eupora.

Services were Sept. 11 at First Baptist Church in Eupora with burial in Webster Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Doyle Cummings officiated.

Pallbearers were Darrell Daigre, Harold Elkins, Mike Elkins, Steve Elkins, Gregg McCain, Dale Powers and Mike Shelby.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Mary Sudie Shuffield Collins Gammill

Mary Sudie Shuffield Collins Gammill, 95, of Maben died Sept. 3, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Born in Maben, she graduated from Maben High School, attended the Mississippi University for Women and graduated from Blue Mountain College.

Except for two years in Longview, Texas, during the Depression, she was a lifelong resident of Maben. From an early age, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Maben. In 1959, she began the study of art. In 1964, she began teaching art, which she continued until 2001.

She was a founding member of the Maben Garden Club. She was active in civic affairs in Maben and Oktibbeha County her entire adult life. She was a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include her son, Robert W. Collins of Maben; her sister, Etta Mae Few of Starkville; three grandchildren, Laurie C. Barton of Raleigh N.C., C. Hilliard Collins of Portland, Ore., and D. Glen Collins of Dallas; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Hilliard Collins and Arthur Bell Gammill.

Services were Sept. 8 at First Baptist Church in Maben with the Revs. Randle Poss and Tommy Temple officiating.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Maben or to the American Red Cross for the benefit of the current hurricane victims.

Welch Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

 

Melba Johnson Love

Melba Johnson Love, 77, of Memphis, Tenn., died Sept. 7, 2005, at the Quince Nursing and Rehab Center in Memphis.

Mrs. Love was born Nov. 12, 1927, in Maben. She was a retired homemaker and a member of the Broadway Baptist Church in Olive Branch.

Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Bialk of Memphis; two sons, Joe Love and Michael Love of Memphis; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Services were Sept. 10 at Mt. Moriah Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Alex Bialk, Evan Bialk, Gregg Bialk, Michael Love and Ricky Love.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Ottis Elba Salley

Ottis Elba Salley, 86, died Sept. 8, 2005, at his home in Duck Hill.

Mr. Salley, a retired farmer, was a member and deacon of Philadelphia Baptist Church. A World War II Army veteran, he was also a member of the Grenada VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Marter Salley of Duck Hill; two daughters, Rachel Salley Hill of Horn Lake and Brenda Salley Blaylock of Winona; a son, Ronald Irvin Salley of Gulfport; a sister, Montene Woods of Jackson; a brother, Travis Salley of Cleveland; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pearl A. Salley.

Services were Sept. 10 at Philadelphia Baptist Church with burial with military rites in the church cemetery. The Revs. Eddie Brock and John L. Walker officiated.

Oliver Funeral Home of Winona was in charge of arrangements.

 

Mary Ruth Weeks

Mary Ruth Weeks, 69, of Calhoun City died Sept. 3,2 005, at Calhoun Health Services.

Mrs. Weeks, a retired homemaker, was born March 18, 1936, in Bentley. She was a member of Bentley Baptist Church.

Survivors include four daughters, Alice Coggins of Calhoun City, Mary Lou Weeks and Charline Weeks of Bentley, and Carolyn White of Houston; four sons, Ricky Weeks of Killeen, Texas, Billy Weeks of Bentley, Donald Weeks of Tupelo and Micky White; six sisters, Jessie White and Lorene Ward of Benton, Ark., Jean Kendall, Shirley Barnett and Betty Massey of Vardaman, and Linda Gail Bush of Helena, Ark.; a brother, James William "Bill" Bush of Caledonia; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Lee Weeks.

Graveside services were Sept. 5 at Hebron Cemetery.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Lee Moore

Lee Moore, 50, died Sept. 1, 2005, at his home in Hernando.

Mr. Moore was born Sept. 14, 1954, in Memphis, Tenn. He was a maintenance supervisor.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Begley Moore of Hernando; his father, M.J. Moore of Hernando; a son, Brandon L. Moore of Horn Lake; and two sisters, Jeanie Malmede of Hernando and Carolyn R. Treanor of Lake Tahoe, Nev.

Graveside services were Sept. 3 at North Union Cemetery with Chaplain Craig L. Treanor officiating.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Linda Whitmire Ingram

Linda Whitmire Ingram, 62, of McCool died May 13, 2005, at Baptist Hospital in Jackson.

Mrs. Ingram was born Aug. 20, 1942, in Clay County. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne Ingram of McCool; three daughters, Dawn Ingram of Ackerman, Laura Ingram of Louisville and Shawn Marcum of Horn Lake; three sisters, Anne Dunlap and Martha Mills of McCool, and Sandra Power of Bay St. Louis; and three grandchildren.

Services were May 15 at Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Tim Black and Rodger Griffith officiated.

Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements

 

Mattie Pierce Talley

Mattie Pierce Talley, 74, of Mathiston died May 15, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Talley, a homemaker, was a member of First Baptist Church in Mathiston.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Henning and Ann Wells of Houston; four sons, Ronald Talley of Houston, Douglas Talley of Ackerman; and Michael Talley and Scottie Talley of Mathiston; one sister, Betty Talley of Stewart; 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eloise Talley; and a son, Shannon P. Talley.

Services were May 17 at First Baptist Church in Mathiston with burial in Spring Valley Cemetery. The Revs. Ben Yarber and Archie Goodwin officiated.

Pallbearers were Roy Powers, Steve Thompson, Terry Steadham, Allen Burson, Bruce Smith and Mike Henderson.

Wise Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Sarah P. Hollis Awtrey

Sarah P. Hollis Awtrey, 63, of Maben died April 30, 2005, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.

Mrs. Awtrey, a homemaker, was a member of Lollars Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Awtrey of Maben; a daughter, Chassidy Awtrey of Maben; a stepdaughter, Amanda Baker of Fort Smith, Ark.; two sons, David Wayne Hollis of Maben and Ricky C. Hollis of Mathiston; a sister, Lucille Riley of Pearl; a brother, George Pearson of Holden, La.; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clinton and Mable Pearson; and two daughters, Sherri Lee and Marsha Kay Hollis.

Services were May 2 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Lollars Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Charles Clark, Geary Edmond, David Griggs, Johnny Lucas, Phillip Robinson and Bobby Sandiford.

 

Polly Onita Kellum

Polly Onita Kellum, 92, of Maben died May 3, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Mrs. Kellum, a homemaker, was born Jan. 8, 1913, in Carroll County. She was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Eliza Parker and Onita Parker of Maben; two sons, Fint Kellum of Byhalia and Estel "Buddy" Kellum of Mathiston; a brother, Rastus Goss of Lexington; 20 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; 83 great-great-grandchildren and four great-great-great-grandchildren.

Services were May 5 at Double Springs Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Charles White and John Foles officiated.

Pallbearers were Chuck Cole, Dale Parker, Davis Parker, Nick Parker, Gary Simms and Randy Stuckey.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Bernice Burton O'Brian

Bernice Burton O'Brian, 85, of Eupora died May 3, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. O'Brian was born Oct. 22, 1919, in Webster County. She was a retired office manager at Gifford Medical Clinic and a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Reid Golding of Eupora; two sisters, Christine Burton Towery and Nellie Mai Burton Baswell of West Point; four nieces and one nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ogle O'Brian.

Services were May 6 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Providence Cemetery. The Rev. Larry Creel officiated.

 

Louis Curtis Power

Louis Curtis Power, 82, of Weir died May 2, 2005, at his residence.

Mr. Power was born Sept. 20, 1922, in Choctaw County. He was owner and operator of Power Service Station for 37-1/2 years. He had been a deacon in Weir and New Zion Baptist churches for 49 years, a member of Campers on Mission and of the Winnebago Travel Club since 1983.

Survivors include his wife, Frankie Sue Power of Weir; a son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Sandra Power of Bay St. Louis; a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Bill Rice of Pearl; a sister, Aileen Braswell of Millington, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Betsey Rice, Stephanie P. Ruoss and Doug Power; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were May 5 at Weir Baptist Church with burial in South Union Methodist Church Cemetery. The Revs. Jim Pender, Curtis Guess and Ferrell Cork officiated.

Memorials may be made to Weir Baptist Church or Campers on Mission, c/o Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, P.O. Box 530, Jackson, MS 39205 in memory of Curtis Power.

Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Jimmie Lorice 'Tat' Clark

Jimmie Lorice "Tat" Clark, 78, of Jackson, died April 12, 2005.

Mrs. Clark, a retired Jackson Public Schools cafeteria manager, was born July 29, 1926, in Webster County. She was raised at the Methodist Children's Home.

She was a longtime resident of south Jackson, where she was a member of Forest Hill United Methodist Church. She worked many years for School Pictures, Oak Forest Baptist Church and retired from Oak Forest Elementary School after 22 years of service.

She was a wonderful and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. Her life was filled with love for her Lord, friends, family and great-granddaughters, and filled with the excitement and anticipation of the upcoming birth of her twin great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter, Cindy Clark Bue of Jackson; grandson Samuel Bue and his wife, Jennifer, of Madison; and granddaughter Kelly Shannon and her husband, Brian, of Clinton. She is also survived by great-granddaughters Kaylyn and Katie and her grandpups.

Services were April 15 at Lakewood Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Jackson with burial in Old Cumberland Church Cemetery in Webster County.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Children's Home, 7578 Old Canton Road, Madison, MS 39110.

 

Oris Gary

Oris Gary, 83, of Kosciusko died April 8, 2005, at Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko.

Mr. Gary was born July 28, 1921, in the Embry community of Webster County to William Oscar and Jessie Swindol Gary.

Mr. Gary was retired from the Department of Transportation-Highway Department and was a World War II veteran serving in the Army. He was a member of Briarwood Drive Baptist Church in Jackson and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie Gary; a stepson, Billy Tolleson and his wife, Johnnie, all of Kosciusko; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services were April 11 at Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church with burial in Embry Cemetery. The Revs. Barry Corbett and Mark Parnell officiated.

Pallbearers were Jim Adams, John Brown, Bob Gary, Harold Ray Gary, Gary Hemphill and Terry Honeycutt.

Honorary pallbearers were Gary Alexander, John Chaney, Jimmy Cockroft, Thad Easterwood, Larry Lee Fondren, David Fullilove, James Horne, Hunter Jordan Sr., Newt Love, Joe Mix, Marvin Pollard and William Roby.

Memorials may be made to Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church, Kosciusko First Baptist Church missions or the charity of the donor's choice.

Jordan Funeral Home of Kosciusko was in charge of arrangements.

 

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson, 67, of Mathiston died April 16, 2005, in Tupelo.

Mr. Johnson was born in Choctaw County and was a member of Spring Valley Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sisters, Mavis Watts and Lorene Andrews; and three brothers, Paul Johnson, J.M. Johnson and James Johnson, all of Mathiston.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys Thompson; and a brother, Willie Lee Johnson.

Services were April 18 at Spring Valley Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Charles White officiated.

Welch Funeral Home of Maben was in charge of arrangements.

 

Beulah Frances Goodwin Williams

Beulah Frances Goodwin Williams, 94, of Eupora died April 12, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Williams, a retired homemaker, was born June 14, 1910, and was a member of Montevista Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Frances Williams of Eupora and Eva Faye Spruill of Mathiston; one son, Sonny Williams of Eupora; three sisters, Lorene Hood of Eupora, Frances Lewis of Tennessee and Effie Mae Gaskin of Amory; four grandchildren, Allen Spruill, Shirley Polk, Gail Crow and Nell Rivera; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Henry Williams.

Services were April 16 at Montevista Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Robert Grady Dorroh and John W. Lancaster officiated.

Pallbearers were Louis Cooper, Jim Gaskin Jr., Billy Hood, Mickey Laughlin, Marion Long and Mitch Turner.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

James K. Collier

James K. Collier, 83, of Forest Hill Nursing Center in Jackson died March 29, 2005, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Mr. Hawkins, a farmer/carpenter, was born Nov. 3, 1921, in Oktibbeha County. He was a member of Wake Forest Baptist Church in Sturgis and a Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Stephenson Collier of Louisville; a daughter, Elizabeth An Worley of Byram; a brother, John D. Collier of Ackerman; a sister, Ruby Butler of Sturgis; and two grandchildren.

Services were April 2 at Wake Forest Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Roy Hawkins officiated.

Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.

 

Ora Kate Love

Ora Kate Love, 87, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., died Dec. 11, 2005, at Regional Medical Center n Tuscaloosa.

Mrs. Love, a retired psychological aide at Bryce Hospital, was born March 30, 1918. She was a member of South Tuscaloosa Church of Christ.

Survivors include a daughter, Deborah J. Love of Tuscaloosa; and a brother, J.C. Redd of Little Rock, Ark.

Services were Dec. 14 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Hebron Cemetery.

 

Willard Stallings

Willard Stallings, 70, of Cumberland died Dec. 10, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Mr. Stallings was born Jan. 12, 1935, in Cumberland. He worked as a radio announcer at WJMB and WCHJ in Brookhaven for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Cathryn Mills Stallings; a daughter, Dionne Stallings Hodges and her husband, Robert; two sons, Darren Stallings and David Stallings, all of Cumberland; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Ballard of Sontag; a brother, Wesley Dillard Stallings, and his wife, Robbie, of Houston; two grandchildren, Haley Cathryn Hodges and Mackenzie Frances Hodges; four nieces, Debbie, Donna, Deneane and Susan; three nephews, Doyle, Kenny Paul and Jeff; and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death b his parents, Wes and Pearl Stallings.

Services were Dec. 13 at Marvin Hill Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Raleigh Richter officiated.

Pallbearers were Jeff Cliett, Bruce Edwards, David Farley, Jimmy Farley, Rodney Griggs and Ken Weeks.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Reva Lee Harpole Bland

Reva Lee Harpole Bland, 97, of Springdale, Ohio, died Dec. 17, 2005, in Springdale.

A Maben native, she was a retired teacher with the Tunica County Schools and a Baptist.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Clem of Batesville, Ark., and Lucretia Lane of Cincinnati; a son, Howard Bland of Corona Del Mar, Calif.; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Dec. 21 at Double Springs Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Welch Funeral Home was in charge of arrVelma McCain Bright

Velma McCain Bright, 88, of Mathiston died Dec. 23, 2005, at Vickers Personal Care Home in Mathiston.

Mrs. Bright, a retired homemaker, was born July 2, 1917, in Arkansas. She was a member of West Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Mavis Scogin Blackwelder and husband, B.C,. of Louisville; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Bright James of Walthall; and two sisters, Mazell Stokes of Olive Branch and Rosie St. Laurent of Columbus.

Services were Dec. 26 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Eupora City Cemetery. The Rev. Max Ray Blackwelder officiated.

Pallbearers were Charles Bailey, Jerry Beaird, Stanley Maddox, John Mann, Pete Powell and Ronnie Wood.

 

Dale Roberts

Dale Roberts, 29, of West Point died Dec. 27, 2005, of injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Mr. Roberts, a carpenter with Roberts and Son Construction, was born Nov. 23, 1976. He was a member of Church of Christ Restored in Mhoon Valley.

Survivors include a son, Jesse James Roberts, his parents Ronnie and Hazel Sellars Roberts; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Brandy Roberts; a sister, Emily Nicole Roberts; his grandparents, Allen and Winnie Faye Roberts, all of West Point; three aunts, Kathy Gaskin and Patricia Collier of West Point, and Janet Petty of Thompson, Ga.; two uncles, Terry Roberts of Birmingham, Ala., and Glen Roberts of Meridian; and a great-aunt, Opal Davis of Stewart.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jonathon Roberts; and his grandparents, Ann Sellars and James Sellars.

Services were Dec. 28 at Church of Christ Restored with burial in Pine Forest Cemetery in Stewart. The Rev. Larry Thomas officiated.

Pallbearers were Jeffrey Chaney, Timmy Doss, Micheal Hamby, Ben Inman, Chris Kelly and Kreig Thompson.

Honorary pallbearers were Ethan Cole Roberts, Jesse James Roberts and Jonathan Austin Roberts.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Robinson Funeral Home of West Point was in charge of arrangements.

 

Alton Howard Shaw Sr.

Alton Howard Shaw Sr., 84, of Kosciusko died Dec. 22, 2005, at Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko.

Mr. Shaw, a retired supervisor at B&W and a farmer, was born May 30, 1921, in Choctaw County. He was a World War II Army veteran and served with Merrill's Marauders. He was a member of Walthall Baptist Church and the American Legion.

Survivors include five daughters, Gloria Elaine Strong of Ocoee, Fla., Linda Sanderson of Columbus, Vicki Harper of Round Rock, Texas, Shirley Sexton of Houston, Texas, and Genene Johnston of Jackson; a son, Al Shaw of Austin, Texas; three sisters, Clara Sutherland of Horn Lake; Mildred Mooneyham of Memphis, Tenn., and Eavy Lee Shaw of Walthall; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Shaw.

Services were Dec. 23 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Webster Memorial Gardens. The Rev. William S. Weddle officiated.

Pallbearers were Stan Harper, Clyde Johnston, Scott Sanderson, Brad Strong, Frank Strong and Larry Sutherland.

 

Tom Womack

Tom Womack, 84, of Starkville died Dec. 24, 2005, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.

Mr. Womack, a retired farmer and bus driver, was born May 6, 1921, in Webster County. He was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara O'Barr of Okolona, Sandra Crowley and husband, Darrell, of Maben, and Susan D'Souza and husband, Gerald, of Morgantown, W. Va.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Mary Womack and Donnie and Dianne Womack of Mantee, and Edward and Carolyn Womack of Eupora; two sisters, Nora Spencer of Mantee and Aever Lee O'Neal of Clinton; five brothers, Harold Womack of Mantee; Glen Womack of Waynesboro, Herbert Womack of Chula, Ga., Cecil Womack of Enid, Okla., and James Womack of Hattiesburg; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Letha Womack; and a grandson, Phillip Crowley.

Services were Dec. 27 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Crossroads Cemetery. The Rev. Henry Robertson officiated.

Pallbearers were Wayne Kilgore, Jimmy Orr, Jason Womack, Michael Womack, Mike Womack and Tommy Womack.

 

Bonnie Ruth Fisher Stewart

Bonnie Ruth Fisher Stewart, 71, of Clarkson died Dec. 27, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Stewart, a retired teacher's assistant with the Webster County School District, was born July 21, 1934, in Webster County. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Mathiston.

Survivors include her husband, Hays O. Stewart Sr. of Clarkson; two daughters, Ruthann Irwin and husband, Bill, of Katy, Texas, and Beth Hendrix and husband, Jamie, of Cumberland; a son, Hays O. "Butch" Stewart Jr. and wife, Lindie, of Clarkson; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Services were Dec. 29 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Revs. Owen Riddick and Ben Yarber officiated.

Pallbearers were Zach Crowley, Ty Hendrix, Wilbur Huffman, Ben Irwin, Sam Irwin, Jake Perkins, Bart Stewart and Brian Stewart.

 

 

Marian Mullins Trimm

Marian Mullins Trimm, 80, of Memphis, Tenn., died Dec. 25, 2005, at Memphis Rehab and Care Center.

Mrs. Trimm, a retired bookkeeper, was born June 10, 1925, in West Point. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Eupora.

Survivors include a son, James H. Trimm of Memphis; three sisters, Kay Langsford of Reno, Nev., Mildred Stokes of Reform, Ala., and Susanne Mullins of Tupelo; four brothers, Hugh Mullins of Titusville, Fla., John Mullins of Arizona, Bobby Mullins of West Point and Charles Mullins of Memphis; two grandchildren, Karen Trimm and Amy Whitaker; and two great-grandchildren, Isaac and Jacob Whitaker, all of McKinney, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Trimm.

Services were Dec. 28 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Eupora City Cemetery.

 

Mettye Carroll Foard Edmonson

Mettye Carroll Foard Edmonson, 100, of Lake Park, Ga., died Oct. 25, 2004, at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta.

Mrs. Edmonson was born July 22, 1904, in Embry. She was a retired schoolteacher and a member of Francis Lake Baptist Church in Lake Park.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and John Fondren of Lake Park; two grandchildren; five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Henry Lloyd Foard and Daniel O. Edmonson.

Graveside services were Oct. 21 at Sapa Cemetery with the Rev. William S. Weddle officiating.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Clara Lillian Uhl

Clara Lillian Uhl, 95, of Eupora passed away at Beverly Healthcare in Eupora on Jan. 3, 2005.

She was born in Edwardsville, Ill., the daughter of Charles and Cora Uhl. During World War II, she volunteered for service in the U.S. Marine Womens Corps and was stationed in Camp Pendleton, Calif., and other bases in the continental United States.

She was the fourth of five girls in the Charles Uhl family and is survived by one sister, Dorothea Uhl of Mission, Texas, and a niece, Winifred Eastham Wellbaum of Columbus, Ohio.

Graveside services were Jan. 6 at Springhill United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Creel, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Eupora, conducting the services. Wise Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Miss Uhl was an accomplished accountant and a very successful financial manager. During her earning years, she made many wise financial investments while she worked in St. Louis, after her services in the Marines.

While working in St. Louis she was run over by an automobile and knocked under another vehicle that drug her for a considerable distance, breaking most of her bones and almost killing her in 1959. She remained in St. Louis Hospital for many months, but eventually recovered to some extent.

After months of convalescence, she came to live in Webster County with her sister, Cecelia Robertson (Mrs. Cornell), but her physical condition became so bad it required almost constant nursing and she entered Beverly Healthcare nursing home in 1985, remaining there until her death.

As a testimony to her excellent financial management, she paid for more than 19 years of nursing home service from her own private funds. She was a Protestant and a regular church attendant as long as her health permitted and was an accomplished violinist and travel enthusiast.

 

Jake E. 'Jakie' Williams

Jake E. "Jakie" Williams, 50, of Eupora died Jan. 1, 2005, at University Medical Center in Jackson.

Mr. Williams, a truck driver, was born Oct. 4, 1954, in Chickasaw County. He was a member of Montevista Baptist Church.

Survivors include his mother, Louise Williams of Eupora; a daughter, Vanessa Williams of Hattiesburg; and two brothers, Robert Howard of Seattle and Gene Myers of Portland, Texas.

Services were Jan. 5 at Montevista Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Gerald Love officiating.

Pallbearers were Ricky Card, Rick Card Jr., Barry Mims, John Rich, Bubba Wright and John Earl Williams.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Nellie B. Wilson

Nellie B. Wilson, 91, of Maben, died Jan. 6, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Wilson, a homemaker, was born June 3, 1913, in Webster County. She was a member of the Church of Christ of Eupora.

Survivors include four daughters, LaBonnia Mae Estes of Hattiesburg, Wanda A. Hendrix of Maben, Mary Curtis Wright of Brandon and Martha Nail Sims of Star; a son, Byron Wilson of Maben; a sister, Ida Mae Earnest of Columbus; 21 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buster Wilson, and a son, Delbert Wilson.

Services were Jan. 8 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Rev. Dan Beardain officiated.

Pallbearers were Keith Hendrix, Jamie Hendrix, Tim Estes, Stan Wright, Keenan Wilson and Marty Sims.

 

Juanita Beam

Juanita Beam, 84, of Eupora died Jan. 2, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare.

Mrs. Beam, 84, was born March 11, 1920, in Greenwood. She was a homemaker and a member of Kilmichael Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Lee Carcia of San Antonio, Texas, Helen Franklin of Eupora and Sally Jayne Talley of Mathiston; five sons, Loyd Beam of Winona, John Beam of Maben, Dan Beam of New York, Wayne Beam of Stewart and William Beam of Eupora; 36 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Services were Jan. 5 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Spring Valley Cemetery. The Rev. Dean Speed officiated.

Pallbearers were Tony Beam, John Jr. Beam, Rex McCall, Lamar McCall, Joe Wright and Jonathon Talley.

 

Lorene W. Brown

Lorene W. Brown, 93, of Eupora died Jan. 4, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Brown was a retired teacher with the Eupora school system and a member of First United Methodist Church. She was the widow of Curtis Brown.

Survivors include seven nieces, Dolly Hamlin of Huger, S.C., Ann Moore of Holly Springs, Judy DeBerry and Janet Moore of Brownsville, Tenn., Nancy Wilson of Hampton, Ga., Sandra Whitaker of Bedford, Texas, and Janie Wooten of Memphis, Tenn.; two nephews, Emmett Moore of Austin, Texas, and Bob Matthews of Covington, Ga.; 19 great-nieces and nephews; and 10 great-great nieces and nephews.

Services were Jan. 8 at Wise Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery. The Rev. Larry Creel officiated.

 

Tressie H. Burchfield

Tressie H. Burchfield, 96, died Jan. 5, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare in Tupelo.

Mrs. Burchfield, a homemaker, was born Sept. 13, 1908, in Choctaw County. A former resident of Ackerman, she was living near her son in Tupelo. She was a member of South Union Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, James C. Burchfield of Tupelo; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were Jan. 8 at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman with burial in Milligan Springs Cemetery. The Rev. George Buell officiated.

Memorials may be made to South Union Cemetery or French Camp Academy.

 

Clara Lou Foster Kizer

Clara Lou Foster Kizer, 98, died Jan. 25, 2005, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point.

Mrs. Kizer was born Clara Lou Davis on Jan. 6, 1907, in Louin. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi and Blue Mountain College. She spent most of her adult life in Maben and was a member of First Baptist Church of Maben, where she served faithfully for many years. Mrs. Kizer was also a member of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include two sons, James Everett Foster of Springfield, Md., and Richard Hobson Foster of New York City; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, who are all Mississippi residents.

Her first husband, Everett H. Foster, and her second husband, Earl C. Kizer, both preceded her in death.

Graveside services were Jan. 27 at Double Springs Cemetery with the Rev. Randle Poss officiating.

The family requests memorial tributes take the form of donations to First Baptist Church of Maben or Dugan Memorial Home of West Point.

Welch Funeral Home of Starkville was in charge of arrangements.

 

Robert 'Bob' Pugh Sr.

Robert "Bob" Pugh Sr., 71, of Eupora died Jan. 25, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Mr. Pugh, a retired food broker, was born March 11, 1933, in Texas. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Hilda Vickers Pugh of Eupora; a daughter, Sharon McGinnis of Columbia, S.C.; two sons, Bob Pugh Jr. of Columbia and Allen Pugh of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Mary Silva of Victoria, Texas, and Ruth Vancil of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers, Sam Pugh and Dan Pugh of Dallas; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were Jan. 28 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Double Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Sam Funchess, Percy Funchess, Fred Vickers, Don Womack, Daniel Manning and Richard Dempster.

 

Vernon Lee White

Vernon Lee White, 84, of Eupora died Jan. 24, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mr. White, a retired farmer, was born May 29, 1920, in Waterloo, Ala. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Eupora.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Mae White of Eupora; two daughters, Ellen Mae Powell of Loganville, Ga., and Barbara Ann Jackson and husband, James, of Terryville, Conn.; five sons, Vernon Lee White Jr. of Williford, Ark., Robert White of Senatobia, Billy Earl White of Grady, Gary White of Long Beach and John White of Eupora; four sisters, Inez Chappel of Tyronza, Ark., Martha Greer of Marion, Ark., Pat White of Forsythe, Ga., and Faye Hooker of Turrell, Ark.; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a great-great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. White; and four brothers, G.R., Edwin, Earl and Gene White.

Services were Jan. 27 at Eupora First Baptist Church with burial in West Shady Grove Cemetery. The Revs. William Stewart and J.G. "Buster" Thomas officiated.

Pallbearers were Harold Rowe, George Salley, Roger Spell, Larry Atkins, Shane White, Collin White, Vernon White III and Clay White.

Honorary pallbearers were Rad Walters and the O.C. Leigh Sunday School Class.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Mary Nell Allday Allen

Mary Nell Allday Allen, 61 of Eupora died Jan. 14, 2005, North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora

Mrs. Allen, a retired office manager, was born July 1, 1943, in Webster County. She worked as office manager at the Wells-Lamont plant in Eupora for 20 years until its closing in 2001.

Survivors include her husband, Sidney Clayton Allen of Eupora; her mother, Mildred Stewart Allday of Eupora; her mother-in-law, Blanche Doler Allen of Calhoun City; two daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Howard Rumore of Bellefontaine and Beth Melton and Jim Drinkwater of Alba, Texas; two sons, Sid Allen and wife, Melinda, of Bellefontaine and Steven L. Melton of Terry; a sister and her husband, Elizabeth Allday and the Rev. William S. Weddle; six grandchildren, Kayla Allen, Anna Allen, Sydney Allen, Mary Elizabeth Rumore, Audrey Melton and Kaitlyn Drinkwater; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dearly loved friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Malcolm L. "Pete" Allday; and her father-in-law, Walter Stamps Allen.

Services were Jan. 16 at Eupora First Baptist Church with burial in Embry Cemetery. The Revs. William Stewart, William S. Weddle and Jon Doler officiated.

Pallbearers were Bryon Middleton, Matthew Andrews, Terry Allen, Hal Middleton, David Shipp, John Weddle, Jess Orr and William Orr.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The family would like to thank everyone who has been praying, caring and helping them through this journey. She is at peace with her Lord.

 

Frances Geraldine 'Gerry' Gordon High

Frances Geraldine "Gerry" Gordon High, 81, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 16, 2005, at her daughter's home in Madison with her family by her side.

Mrs. High was born March 21, 1923, in Brooker, Fla., and as a child moved to Largo, where she grew up.

Survivors include her husband, Wilburn Neal High of Vardaman; three sons, Rodney Gordon Crittenden of Merritt Island, Fla., Bruce Crittenden and wife, Reta, of Walla Walla, Wash., and Bobby High and wife, Susan, of Vardaman, and their children, Randy and Casey; two daughters, Fawn Smith and husband, Joe, of Madison, and their daughters, Hope Smith of Jackson, and Tabatha Alexander and Tamara Smith of Carthage; four great-grandchildren; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Additional survivors are her sisters, Catherine Bryant of El Paso, Texas, and Vivian "Sue" Gleason of Largo, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Maude Gordon of Largo; two brothers, Marlin Gordon of Largo and Knighton Gordon of Atlanta; and a sister, Gladys Roche of Tallahassee, Fla.

Services were Jan. 19 at Sapa Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Randy High, Shane Inman, Ben Inman, Scott Gordon, Kenny Hamilton and Bo Duncan. Honorary pallbearer was Tom Grace.

Memorials may be made to Sapa Baptist Church, Hwy. 82 East, Eupora, MS 39744.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Lottie Latham Kilgore

Lottie Latham Kilgore, 80, retired administrative assistant, died Jan. 8, 2005, at Winston County Medical Center in Louisville.

Mrs. Kilgore began her career with Southern Bell Telephone Co. in Jackson. She returned to Eupora to accept secretarial work for the Honorable James E. Eudy, attorney at law, and also state senator. While the Senate was in session she worked in the secretarial pool. Mrs. Kilgore worked 28 years in Eupora for the USDA Farmers Home Administration, an agency serving homeowners, farmers and community programs. While there she earned awards for outstanding work performances. She was a committee member of FmHA's State Wellness and Fitness Program, and as a group they earned the administrator's Distinguished Service Award. She served two terms as president of FmHA's Mississippi Association of COAs and COCs.

Mrs. Kilgore was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she served as past president of United Methodist Women. She was past president of the Eupora Garden Club. She was a member of the Old Choctaw County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie W. Latham and Ora Lamb Latham; her husband, Elmer P. Kilgore; and a brother, Maston H. Latham, and his wife, Vera.

Survivors include a sister, Dorothy L. White of Eupora, and her children and grandchildren, Deborah White of Eupora and Ronnie L. White Jr. and wife, Shelia White, Ronnie L. White III and J. Will White of Starkville; nephew Steven W. Latham and wife, Sue S. Latham, of Mathiston, and their daughter, Amanda L. Husak and husband, Mike Husak of Lawton, Okla.; niece Gail L. Odom and her husband, Junior Arthur Odom of Longview; and their two sons, Phillip Hardin and children, Brittany and Preston, and Kurt Odom and wife, Lisa, and children Daniel, Kurtis, Luke and Hannah; stepson James C. Kilgore and wife, Marcia Kilgore of North Glenn, Colo., and their children and grandchildren, Rick Kilgore and James Kilgore of North Glenn, Dawn Marie Aubertin and her husband, Don Aubertin, James Aubertin and Anya Aubertin of Spokane, Wash.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Eupora or a favorite charity.

Services were Jan. 11 at First United Methodist Church in Eupora with burial in Milligan Springs Cemetery. The Revs. William Stewart and Larry Creel officiated.

Pallbearers were Bruce Walters, Tim James, Turner Shaw, Cliff Russell, Frank Ballard and Danny Wayne Pittman.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Henry Herbert 'Bo' Knight

Henry Herbert "Bo" Knight, 74, of Slate Springs died Jan. 6, 2005, at his residence.

He was a retired farmer, merchant and gin manager.

Services were at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce on Jan. 8 with the Revs. William S. Weddle and Jimmy Latham officiating. Burial followed in the Old Bethany Cemetery in Webster County.

Pallbearers were his grandsons,, Matthew Knight, Mikie Knight, Trey Hawkins, Toby Lafayette, Mitchell Knight and Brett Knight.

Honorary pallbearers were his grandson-in-law, Robert Marascalco, Jon Michael Lay, Jeffrey Tabb, Justin Mason and Kris Bell.

Mr. Knight was born Aug. 17, 1930, to the late Granville and Willie Mae Beck Night in Webster County. He graduated from Slate Springs High School. Bo operated the family farm and later was president and manager of Four County Gin until his retirement. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Bo was a Master Mason at Adelphian Lodge #174 and received his 50-year pin in 2004.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Hardin Knight of Slate Springs; three sons, Charles Knight and wife, Betsy, of Amory, Jerald Knight and wife, Joy, of Eupora, and Michael Knight and wife, Selena, of Eupora; three daughters, Libby Knight Mock and husband, Shawn, of Singer, La., Melanie Knight Bryant and husband, Leslie, of Eupora, and Amanda Ellis and husband, Joe, of Ridgeland; one sister, Carolyn Williams and husband, Mike, of Pascagoula; 15 grandchildren, Kim Knight Marascalco and husband, Robert, of Madison, Amber Knight Lay and husband, Jon Michael, of Smithville, Mitchell Knight of Ripley, Brett Knight of Amory, Dawn Tabb and husband, Jeffrey, of Walthall, Matthew Knight and wife, Laci, of Eupora, Mikie Knight and wife, Annie, of Calhoun City, Kristen Knight Mason and husband, Justin, of Walthall, Dana Knight of Eupora, Trey Hawkins of Tell City, Ind., Toby Lafayette of Saltillo, Melissa Bryant Bell and husband, Kris, of Mathiston, Kayla Bryant and Ashtyn Bryant of Eupora, and William Ellis of Ridgeland; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Russell Knight.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Baptist Hospice, P.O. Box 1429, Batesville, MS 38606 or to the charity of one's choice.

 

Ellen Turner Pepper

Ellen Turner Pepper, 79, of Eupora died Jan. 16, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Pepper, a homemaker, was an active member of Whitehill Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Leonard Pepper of Eupora; a daughter, Joy Lewis of Eupora; a son, John Leonard Pepper Jr. of Eupora; a sister, Helen Pepper of Eupora; a brother, James O. Turner of California; seven grandchildren, Phillip Lewis, Michael Lewis, Kimberly McDaniel, Eric Pepper, Bryan Pepper, Summer Ballentine and Ashley Pepper; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Services were Jan. 17 at Whitehill Freewill Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Coy Fulgham and Doug Pepper officiated.

Pallbearers were Phillip Lewis, Michael Lewis, Matthew McDaniel, Mann Conrad, Colton Conrad and John Vaughan.

Wise Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Katherine Wood Salley

Katherine Wood Salley, 80, of Eupora died Feb. 1, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Salley was born in Webster County on Dec. 28, 1924. She was a retired schoolteacher and a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Meliesa Brown and Kathy Wood; two sons, Joe Salley and Billy Salley, all of Eupora; 11 grandchildren and a niece, Yvonne Middleton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Wood Salley; and an infant daughter, Monica Glen Salley.

Services were Feb. 4 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Dale Strickland and Walter Lee Yeager officiated.

Pallbearers were Dale Boatman, Tommy Caraccio, Bubba Gary, David Hood, Redale Oswalt and Charles Rivers.

Honorary pallbearers were Russell Hood, Shawn Maddox, Dalton Middleton, David Middleton, Freddy Oswalt, Dr. Charles Ozborn, Otis Pearson, Randy Rico and Trey Woods.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Anthony D. Lucas

Anthony D. Lucas, 32, of Ackerman died Feb. 4, 2005, in the line of duty as an officer on Whites Road near Weir.

Mr. Lucas was born April 10, 1972, in Choctaw County. He was on duty as chief of police for the town of French Camp at the time of his death. Mr. Lucas was a member of Blythe Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Penny Jenkins Lucas; one son, Kyle Lucas; his parents, Wendell and Brenda Lucas; one sister and brother-in-law, Amy and Timmy Oakes, and their children, Haley, Trenton and Tristien; his maternal grandmother, Maxine Jones; and his paternal grandmother, Irene Lucas, all of Ackerman.

Services were Feb. 7 at Ackerman Baptist Church with burial in Providence Cemetery. The Revs. Danny Irvin and Jerry Lawson officiated.

Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.

 

Bettie Grace Sealy Bowen

Bettie Grace Sealy Bowen, 95, of Eupora died March 3, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

A retired homemaker, Mrs. Bowen was born in Webster County and was a member of Shilo Hill Church of God near Eupora.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Smith of Eupora and Patsy B. Sexton of Decatur, Ill.; four sons, Cecil M. Bowen, Roy G. Bowen and Charles M. Bowen, all of Eupora, and Robert E. Bowen of Waynesboro; 46 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Cecil Bowen; two sons, John H. and Billy Joe Bowen; a sister, Polly Sealy Williams; and four brothers, Roy Sealy, Tom H. Sealy, Quentin Sealy and John E. Sealy.

Memorials may be made to Sapa Cemetery Fund, c/o Earlean Bowen, P.O. Box 136, Eupora, MS 39744.

Services were March 5 at Sapa Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Harvey Overstreet and Charlie Smith officiated.

Pallbearers were Dale Bowen, Jason Bowen, Rusty Bowen, Toby Bowen, Daniel Robertson and Phillip Smith.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph 'Joe' Browder

Joseph "Joe" Browder, 62, of Eupora died Feb. 28, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mr. Browder was born Aug. 23, 1942, in Petersburg, Va. He was retired from the U.S. Army with 20 years of service and a Vietnam veteran.

Survivors include a daughter, Diana Browder Murphy of Mathiston; two sons, Thomas Browder of Eupora and Manfred Browder of Cabot, Ark.; a sister, Mildred Douglas of Hopewell, Va.; a brother, Thomas Bryant Browder of Dinwiddie, Va.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ute Browder.

Services were March 2 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Greensboro Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tommy Browder, Wesley Crimm, Lacey Dean, Jimmy Hugh Henderson, Marvin Weeks and Ronnie Wood.

 

Ola Pritchard

Ola Pritchard, 92, of Mathiston died Feb. 28, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare in Eupora.

Mrs. Pritchard, a retired homemaker, was born Dec. 25, 1912, in Webster County. She was a member of Midway Church of Christ.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Wood of Columbus and Linda McMinn of Monroe, Ga.; three sons, Thomas Pritchard of Columbus, and Wayne Pritchard and James Larry Pritchard of Mathiston; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Pritchard.

Services were March 2 at Midway Church of Christ with burial in Providence Cemetery. The Rev. Shawn Nygard officiated.

Pallbearers were Allen Brooks, Barry Cole, James Forrester, Lonny Jackson, James Oswalt and Don Smith.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Annie Ruth Shaw

Annie Ruth Shaw, 85, of Eupora died Feb. 28, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare in Eupora.

Mrs. Shaw, a retired homemaker, was born Feb. 14, 1920, in Louisville. She was a member of Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church in Choctaw County.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Lou Thompson of Winona, and Kathy Horton and Debbie Williamson of Maben; three sons, Alton Shaw Jr., Timmy Shaw and Terry Shaw, all of Maben; 23 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Services were March 3 at Bethel Baptist Church with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery. The Rev. John Earl Womack officiated.

Pallbearers were Booter Fulgham, Danny Horton, Charles Nobles, Thomas B. Thompson Jr., Todd Thompson and Robert Williamson Jr.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Ruth Shaw

Services for Bishop Ruth Shaw of Detroit were March 5 at the Household of Faith Church in Eupora with burial in Embry Cemetery.

Bishop Shaw was presiding prelate, Household of Faith Church of the Living God, Pillar and Ground of Truth.

Carter Funeral Home of West Point was in charge of arrangements.

 

Dave C. Weeks

Dave C. Weeks, 77, of Calhoun City died Feb. 27, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mr. Weeks, a retired factory employee, was born Aug. 15, 1927, in Webster County. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Doris C. Weeks of Calhoun City; two sons, Kenneth Rimmer and Jimmy Clemons of Calhoun City; five sisters, Lora Dale Kelly of Maben, Louise Cooper of Eupora; Addie Sheppeard and Ruth Arnold of Mathiston; and Minnie Bell Blake of Ackerman; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services were March 1 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Shady Grove Methodist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dwayne Gary, Robert Gary, Tommy Kenny, Michael Ray, Jeff Rimmer, Stacy Rimmer, Rilly Roach, Shelby Gene Weeks and Gene Williamson.

 

Hugh C. Cooper

Hugh C. Cooper, 80, of Eupora died March 5, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mr. Cooper was born June 12, 1924, in Webster County. He was an industrial engineer with Futorian Manufacturing for more than 30 years. An Army veteran, he was stationed in Liverno, Italy, where he met his loving wife of 58 years, Egi.

Survivors include his wife, Egi Cooper of Eupora; a daughter, Paul Cooper Hines and husband, Bob, of Brandon; a sister, Sarah Turnage Dellapenna of Mize; a grandson, Stacey Hugh Dellapenna and wife, Lisa; four stepgrandchildren, Steve Jines and wife, Marlene, Mark Jines and wife, Kyoko, Cindy Knight and husband, Will, and Chris Jones; six stepgreat-grandchildren; five nephews; four nieces; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law in Livorno.

Services were March 9 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Rev. William S. Weddle officiated.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Lola Cooper; a daughter, Josephine Amelia Cooper; and two sisters, Kathareen Cooper Wright and Christine Cooper Springer.

Pallbearers were Tommy Griffin, Frank Little, James McGee, Jerry Springer, David Vaughan and Jim Wright. Honorary pallbearers were Dale Turnage and Kay Turnage.

 

Doris M. Johnson

Doris M. Johnson, 81, died March 6, 2005, at her residence in Eupora.

Mrs. Johnson, a retired bank teller and homemaker, was a native of Clay County and a longtime resident of Eupora.

Blessed with a positive Christian attitude and a giving spirit, she was an active member of First Baptist Church. She loved her home and garden, and enjoyed sharing them with family and friends.

Although Parkinson's disease defined in many ways Doris' later life, she exhibited an uncommon graciousness in the face of long odds. "Every day is a good day" was her belief, and Doris lived 81 years sharing the blessings of joy and kindness with all she met. Her life was one of deep abiding love and grace.

Survivors include her daughter, Betty Harpole and husband, Jack, of Hattiesburg; her son, Bobby Johnson and wife, Sherry, of Eupora; four grandchildren, four great-grandsons and her loving caregivers, Bell and Dorothy Bingham, Willie Pryor and Martha Rogers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, W. E. and Stella Murrah; and her husband, Robert Add "Snook" Johnson.

Services were March 9 at First Baptist Church with burial in Eupora City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Joe Black, Dr. David Booth, Ken Graham, Pat Hyde, Jim Murrah, Will Ed Murrah, H. L. Rowlen and Ted Wilson.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Eupora or the American Parkinson's Disease Association.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Ruth Norris Shepherd

Ruth Norris Shepherd, 89, of Mathiston died March 12, 2005, at Vickers Personal Care Home in Mathiston.

Mrs. Shepherd, a retired homemaker, was born Sept. 28, 1915. She was a member of Starnes Tabernacle.

Survivors include her husband, J.C. Shepherd of Eupora; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were March 14 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Rev. Tim Hudson officiated.

 

Ada Mary Turman Ellison

Ada Mary Turman Ellison, 78, of Mantee died Feb. 21, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora

Mrs. Ellison was born Nov. 7, 1926, in Paynes. She was a retired sewing machine operator from Garan Manufacturing and a homemaker.

Mrs. Ellison was a wonderful wife, and mother of 11 children, grandmother of 30 and great-grandmother of 38.

Survivors include eight daughters and seven sons-in-law, Sue and James Lee Palmer of Maben, Patsy and John Jenkins of Tupelo, Joyce and Jessi Larmi, Jane and George Maddox, and Joan White, all of Eupora, Ann and the Rev. Keith Dendy of Louisville, and Betty Jo and Phillip Medders, and Barbara and David Gore, all of Mantee; three sons and daughters-in-law, David and Rebbeca Ellison, Haven and Dee Ellison, and Ronnie and Valerie Ellison, all of Eupora; two sisters, Lucille Glasson of Mantee and Harriet Gaskin of West Point; a brother, Billy Turman of Houston; 30 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, the Rev. J.B. Ellison; a grandson, Kevin Neil Hardin; a granddaughter, Leigh Ann Gore; a sister, Inez Shelton; her mother, Leona Holland; and her father, Julian L. Turman.

Services were Feb. 23 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Revs. Keith Dendy, Walter Lee Yeager and William Weddle officiated.

Pallbearers were Adam Cummings, David Gore, John Jenkins, Jessi Larmi, Chris Lott, George Maddox, Don Palmer, James Lee Palmer, Keith Palmer and Richard Palmer.

 

Daniel Glenn 'Dan' Gardner

Daniel Glenn "Dan" Gardner, 84, of Mathiston died Feb. 12, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mr. Gardner was born June 9, 1920, in Milburn, Okla. He was a retired Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper and a member of Eupora First United Methodist Church.

The World War II veteran served in the 8th Air Force and was a prisoner of war. He worked as a highway patrolman in Mississippi for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Stallings Gardner of Mathiston; two daughters, Kathy Gardner Dugan of Hope Mills, N.C, and Judy Gardner Pittman of Raleigh, N.C.; three sons, Dan Glenn Gardner Jr. of Brandon, Tom Perkins of Pontotoc and Randy Perkins of Mathiston; a sister, Pauline Bower of Dallas; two brothers, William Gardner of Odessa, Texas, and J.T. Gardner of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wide, Johnnie Winter Gardner.

Services were Feb. 15 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Marvin Hill Cemetery in Cumberland.

Pallbearers were James Ables, Emmitt Boozer, Lynn Christopher, Hal Fuller, Joe Loyd and Stanley Sisk.

Memorials may be to the Heart Fund, c/o First United Methodist Church, Eupora, MS 39744; The Mighty Eighth Air Force 8AF, P.O. Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402; or a charity of one's choice.

 

Luther Robert Sykes

Luther Robert Sykes, 83, of Eupora died Feb. 17, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Mr. Sykes, a retired service station owner, was born Oct. 3, 1921, in Sunflower County. He was a Marine veteran of World War II.

Mr. Sykes formerly owned a service station/body shop, worked for a time at Garan and worked for a time as a security guard at Webster General Hospital in Eupora.

He was a deacon at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, former member and president of VFW Post 3806 in Eupora, and a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Sykes of Eupora; two daughters, Donna Donahoo and Beth Collum of Eupora; two sons, Ronald Wood of Ocala, Fla., and Stan Wood of Jackson; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jimmie Cornell Sykes; a son, Ray Sykes; and two brothers, Roy and James Sykes.

Services were Feb. 19 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery. The Revs. William S. Weddle and Dale Strickland officiated.

Pallbearers were Mark Burton, Scott Cooper, Benny Dean, Mike Dean, Redale Oswalt, Randy Rico and Billy Salley,

Grandson Bernard Wood was an honorary pallbearer.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery Fund, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church or a charity of one's choice.

 

Edna Pittman Barnett

Edna Pittman Barnett, 80, of Eupora died Feb. 2, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Mrs. Barnett was born July, 5 1924, in Leflore County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God.

Survivors include three sons, Emmitt E Barnett, Danny Barnett and Huelon Barnett, all of Eupora; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were Feb. 5 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery. The Rev. William S. Weddle officiated.

Pallbearers were Ricky McCulloch, Scott McGarr, David Dewberry, Phillip Johnson, Glenn Helms and Wayne Baker.

 

 Leevester Hill Sr.

Leevester Hill Sr., 67, of Bellefontaine died Jan. 19, 2005, at University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham.

Mr. Hill was born Aug. 3, 1938. died from injuries sustained in a fire at his trailer last week.

Survivors include his wife, Priscilla G. Hill of Eupora; four sons, Mitchell Hill of Radcliff, Ky., Michael Hill of Bellefontaine, Christopher Hill of Eupora and Matthew Hill of Waterloo, Iowa; four daughters, Yvonne Padayao of Kapolei, Hawaii, Jo Ann Hill of Columbus, and Peggy Hill and Marilyn Hill of Eupora; six brothers, Herbert Hill of Memphis, Tenn., James Hill and Larry Hill of Detroit, Sterling Hill of Radcliff, and Johnny Hill and Robert Hill of Eupora; and three sisters, Mildred McComb, Jimmie Williams and Laura Ashford of Detroit.

Services were Jan. 25 at Roberts & Son Mortuary Chapel of Remembrance in Eupora with burial in Embry Cemetery. The Rev. Burt Richardson officiated.

Pallbearers were Jerry Blanch, Lawrence Caradine, Gerald Hill and Jimmy Rogers.

Ouida Crowley Carroll

Ouida Crowley Carroll, 84, of Mathiston died July 3, 2005, at her residence.

Mrs. Carroll, a homemaker, was born March 2, 1921, in Webster County. She was a member of Hebron Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Glenda Faye Nickels of Mathiston; a son, Sammy "Buddy" Carroll of Columbus; two sisters, Maudean Pollan and Jessie Faye Hunter Peeples of Eupora; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Carroll.

Services were July 5 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Rev. William S. Weddle officiated.

Pallbearers were Larry Carroll, David Cooper, Gary Gammill, Drew Nickels, Hayden Nickels and Vic Nickels.

 

Margaret Louise Guess

Margaret Louise Guess, 88, of Ackerman died June 29, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Mrs. Guess, a homemaker, was born Dec. 16, 1916, in Millington, Tenn. She was a member of Fentress Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sons, William Guess of Magee, Curtis Guess and wife, Geneva, of Ackerman, Jerry Guess and wife, Judy, of Caledonia, and David Guess and wife, Patsy, of Union; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Services were July 2 at Coleman Funeral Home with burial in Providence Cemetery. The Rev. Randle Poss officiated.

Pallbearers were Daryl Guess, Jeremy Guess, Roger Kelley, Milton Lester, Albert Mason and Charles Martin.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International Camp, P.O. Box 556, Louisville, MS 39339.

 

Joe Hood Wilson

Joe Hood Wilson, 76, owner/operator of J.V. Wilson Leather Co. in Bellefontaine, died Oct. 17, 2005, at his residence in Bellefontaine from Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Wilson was born on Dec. 25, 1928, to James Vernon and Erma Hood Wilson. The son of a Baptist preacher, he made his profession of faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 10, and spent his life serving God, his country, his family and his community.

Mr. Wilson graduated as president of his Eupora High School Class of 1946 and from Mississippi State University with a master's degree in business administration in 1952. For 40 years, he successfully ran his father's business, J.V. Wilson Leather Co., a manufacturer and distributor of fine leather products throughout the South. His son, Randy, succeeds him in running the company.

Joe Hood Wilson loved his community and church. His many years of service as deacon, choir member and Sunday School teacher best exemplified his love for God and Fellowship Baptist Church in Bellefontaine.

He served as president of the board of directors of Dorroh Lake Baptist Assembly in 1966 and as a faithful board member for about 25 years. Mr. Wilson was a member of the Webster County School Board for many years, and he served his country in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his father, JV. Wilson; and daughter, Scotti Wilson Doler.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret Wofford Wilson; his mother, Erma Wilson Kothe; one son, Randy Wilson, and his wife, Gwen Booth Wilson; and six grandchildren, Andrea Doler Clanton and husband Melvin, Scott Doler, Jondelyn Doler, Rachel Wilson, Emily Wilson and Arey Wilson.

Services were Oct. 20 at Fellowship Baptist Church with Dr. Jon Doler and the Rev. Jimmy Latham officiating. Burial was in North Union Cemetery in Bellefontaine with Oliver Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Melvin Clanton, Scott Doler, James H. Evans, Jack. Knight, Thomas Latham, Henry Ross, Robert L. Whitis and Robin F. Wofford. The eulogy was written by cousin Dartha Crutchfield Whitis and presented by her husband, Robert. Special music was presented by Caroline Booth and Gwen Wilson.

Memorials may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, Bellefontaine, MS 39737, or to Dorroh Lake Baptist Assembly, Bellefontaine, MS 39737.

Selma Stallings Castle

Selma Stallings Castle, 97, of Eupora died Oct. 16, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Castle, born March 29, 1908, was a lifelong resident of Webster County. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eupora.

Her life was characterized by her gentle, selfless acts of giving and sacrifices made for loved ones, which she considered only as "taking care of." She was an avid gardener and a lover of nature and flowers where her greater joy was to share her roses with neighbors and friends.

Survivors include a son, Judd Robert Castle; three daughters, Lady Jane Vowell of Huntsville, Ala., Judy Williams of Birmingham, Ala., and Dorothy Castle of Eupora; two grandchildren, Lady Smith and Judd Alan Vowell; and two great-grandchildren, Corinne Smith and Duncan Smith.

Her husband, T.D. Castle; a son, Tom D. Castle Jr.; a brother, R.B. Stallings; and a sister, Opal McKee; preceded her in death.

Services were Oct. 18 at Wise Funeral Home with burial in Eupora City Cemetery.

 

Joseph Cooper Sr.

Joseph Cooper Sr., 80, of Williamson, W. Va., died Oct. 19, 2005, at Williamson Memorial Hospital.

Born July 30, 1925, in Drew to the late John Thomas Cooper and Irene Sparkman Cooper, he was retired from the N&W Railroad with 42 years of service. He was a member of Williamson Area Church of God, where he was a former Sunday School superintendent and served as the church clerk for 25 years. He was also active with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and served as a softball coach for eight years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Irene Meredith Cooper; four brothers, Lynton, Walter, Thomas and James Cooper; and a sister, Mary Cooper.

Surviving are his sons, Robert Thomas and Joseph Lee Cooper Jr. of Williamson, and Jonathan Cooper of Memphis, Tenn.; a daughter, Linda Ruth Kolb of Hattiesburg; five brothers, Samuel, Oliver, John, Henry and Isaac Cooper; five sisters, Rilla Herman, Bertha Hill, Alice Sorrells, Rosie Brown and Margie Jackson; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services we Oct. 23 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Greensboro Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dwayne Bigham, J.T. Bigham, Jeff Cooper, Quinten Cooper, Trenton Cooper and Dale Jackson.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1111 Lee St. E., Charleston, WV 25301.

 

Catherine 'Cat' Marter

Catherine "Cat" Marter, 69, of Bellefontaine died Oct. 20, 2005, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.

Mrs. Marter, a homemaker, was born Aug. 19, 1936, in Webster County. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Rufus Marter of Bellefontaine; three daughters, Linda Marter Rook of Raceland, La., Annie McGee of Eupora and Sherri Salley of Grenada; a sister, Laverne Weddle of Bellefontaine; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 22 at Fellowship Baptist Church with burial in Philadelphia Cemetery. The Rev. Jimmy Latham officiated.

Pallbearers were Michael Adkins, Ricky Beck, Danny Crutchfield, James Evans, Jack Knight, Woody McGee, Steve Middleton, Gary Rook, Johnny Salley and Randy Tabb,

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Mary Elizabeth Scott

Mary Elizabeth Scott, 94, of Ridgeland died Oct. 15, 2005, at St. Dominic Memorial Hospital in Jackson after a short illness.

Her long life was centered around her family and her faith. She taught Sunday School, led youth groups, and played the piano and organ at the Sledge Methodist Church for more than 50 years. In good times and bad, she was always a pillar of strength to her family and friends.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Sam E. and Carol Scott; three grandchildren, Leigh S. McGregor, Samuel Scott and Christopher Scott; seven great-grandchildren; and her sister, Gene Ewing.

Her husband, Sam T. Scott, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Matthew Curris, Walter Curria, Jacob McGregor, Jess McGregor, Christopher Scott and Samuel Scott.

Graveside services were Oct. 18 at Eupora City Cemetery with Dr. John Case officiating.

Memorials may be made to Sledge Methodist Church, c/o Lynn Star, P.O. Box 39, Sledge, MS 38670.

Pallbearers were Matthew Curris, Walter Curria, Jacob McGregor, Jess McGregor, Christopher Scott and Samuel Scott.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Elsie Cooper

Elsie Cooper, 90, of Eupora died Oct. 12, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Cooper, a homemaker, was born Nov. 14, 1914, in Webster County. She was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Mrs. Cooper was known for her love for her church, family and friends, and for her great Southern cooking.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Elsie Gene and Curtis Cockrell of Saltillo, Sarah Cooper and Benny Stacy of Red River, N.M., and Bobbie Nell and Ronnie Morgan of Tupelo; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Judy Cooper of Starkville; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lagrone Cooper; and eight brothers and sisters.

Services were Oct. 15 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dale Strickland officiated.

Pallbearers were Butch Cockrell, Curt Cockrell, Tim Cockrell, Stephen Holloman,

Donny Horton, Jeff Moore, Mitchell Cooper Morgan and Todd Wing. Honorary pallbearers were Jeffrey Peaster and Ty Stacy.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Martha Langston Macon

Martha Langston Macon, 91, of Brandon died Oct. 11, 2005, at Rankin Medical Center in Brandon.

Mrs. Macon, a retired homemaker, was born Dec. 18, 1913, in Webster County. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Webster County.

Survivors include a daughter, Kay Macon Sistrunk of Baton Rouge, La.; a son, Joe Macon of Brandon; four sisters, Delores Dorroh of Mathiston, Lammie Kilgore of Woodland, Betty McCain of Brandon and Judy Byrd of Memphis, Tenn.; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Macon; and one son, Bobby Macon.

Services were Oct. 14 at New Hope Baptist Church with burial in Old Bethany Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rick Byrd, Elton Dorroh, Joel Dorroh, Langston Kilgore, Larry Kilgore and Bobbie McCain.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Myrtle 'Myrt' Wright McKnight

Myrtle "Myrt" Wright McKnight, 59, of St. Louis, Mo., and formerly of Mantee, died Oct. 8, 2005, at Des Pears Hospital in St. Louis.

Survivors include her husband, Hoyt McKnight Jr. of St. Louis; a daughter, Denise Cantrell of Memphis, Tenn.; three stepdaughters, Stephanie McKnight, Michelle McKnight and Keely Robinson, all of Tallulah, La.; two sons, Travis Wright and Billy Joe Wright of Mantee; three sisters, Brenda Wolf of Shippensburg, Pa., Vert Wright of Mantee and Florence Pittman of Crossett, Ark.; a granddaughter, Victoria Cantrell of Memphis; and two stepgrandchildren, Janet Giordano of Cordova, Tenn., and Donald Kirk of Tallulah.

Services were Oct. 13 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Crossroads Cemetery.

 

Janice Ruth Smith

Janice Ruth Smith, 51, of Eupora died Oct. 14, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Smith, a homemaker, was born Nov. 27, 1953, in West Point. She was a member of Montevista Baptist Church.

Survivors include her father, Kenneth Smith of Montevista; three sons, Thomas Eric Smith of Montevista, Karey Michael Smith of Eupora and Robert Steven Smith of Tomnolen; two sisters, Glenda Springer of Tupelo and Debbie Wright of Montevista; a brother, Ken Smith of Montevista; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred Smith.

Services were Oct. 16 at Montevista Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Keith Dendy officiated.

Pallbearers were Keith Medders, Barry Newton, Bill Patrick, Preston Patrick, Scott Ray, Evans Shaw and Bubba Wright.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Hugh V. Gatlin

Hugh V. Gatlin, 84, of Eupora died Nov. 15, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare-Eupora.

Mr. Gatlin was a retired farms and factory worker. A World War II Army veteran of the 33rd Infantry, he was a member of the Merrill Marauders that participated in the 100-mile march.

Survivors include two daughters, Marie Betts of Van Vleet and Debby Tuck of Mathiston; a son, Dewayne Gatlin of Kosciusko; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Gatlin; and two sons, Bobby and David Gatlin.

Services were Nov. 18 at Wise Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery. 

Clara Lou McCain Nelms Gordon

Clara Lou McCain Nelms Gordon, 94, of Greenwood died Nov. 14, 2005, at the Golden Age Nursing Home in Greenwood.

Mrs. Nelms, a retired homemaker/caregiver, was born Oct. 14, 1911, in Webster County.

Survivors include her husband, Dewitt Gordon of Greenwood; and three sisters, Velma Bright of Mathiston, Mazell Stokes of Olive Branch and Rosie Mae St. Laurent of Columbus, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Nelms; four brothers, W.L. "Buddy," Ben, Willie and Jim McCain; four sisters, Eselle Sheppeard, Lillian Vera Poe, Iva Lee Hodges and Lola Weeks.

Services were Nov. 17 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Eupora City Cemetery. The Rev. Sam Cobb officiated.

 

Phyllis Anne Jenkins

Phyllis Anne Jenkins, 57, of Weir died Nov. 16, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Mrs. Jenkins, a retired nurse, was born Oct. 1, 1948, in Montgomery County. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in education.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Elizabeth Jenkins of Mathiston and Shane and Tammy Jenkins of Weir; her stepmother, Janie B. Johnson of Weir; and a grandson, Chance Jenkins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Jenkins; and her parents, Samuel Walter Johnson and Betty Catherine Johnson.

Services were Nov. 19 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Dewitt Cutts and Don Parish officiated.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Associaton.

Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rachel Louise Mitchell

Rachel Louise Mitchell, 93, died Nov. 17, 2005.

Miss Mitchell, a retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, was a native of Webster County. She was a lifetime member of Bellefontaine United Methodist Church and an associate member of Eupora United Methodist Church. She was a member of the United Methodist Women.

Miss Mitchell was a graduate of Eupora High School and South Highlands Infirmary School of Nursing in Birmingham, Ala., with post-graduate studies at Chicago Lying-In in Chicago. She served during World War II and Korea before retiring in 1965.

She was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Retired Officers Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include a sister, Margurite McCann Eaton of Columbus; a brother, A. Howell Mitchell of Eupora; a niece, Peggy Mitchell Stafford of Southaven; three nephews, Thomas M. McCann of Atlanta, Donny Mitchell of Eupora and Landreth "Lanny" Mitchell of Germantown, Tenn.; three great-nieces and five great-nephews.

Services were Nov. 19 at Wise Funeral Home with burial in North Union Cemetery. The Revs. Larry Creel and Julia Stephenson officiated.

Pallbearers were John McCann, Thomas McCann, Tommy McCann, Donny Mitchell, Lanny Mitchell, Matt Mitchell, Mitch Mitchell and Ed Stafford.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

 

J.W. Nolen

J.W. Nolen, 91, of Eupora died Nov. 14, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

The Rev. Nolen, a minister, was born Aug. 27, 1914, in Webster County. He was a member of Eupora First Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Christine May and Lucy Jones of Stewart, and Ernestine Killian of Quitman; a son, Thomas Nolen of Madison; 15 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first and second wives, Lou Ella Singleton Nolen and Edna Peeler Nolen; a daughter, Mary Lynn Nolen; and a grandson, Tommy Nolen.

Services were Nov. 16 at Eupora First Baptist Church with burial in Milligan Springs Cemetery. The Revs. Walter Lee Yeager and Doyle Cummings officiated.

Pallbearers were Charlie Jones, Mark Jones, Dale May, Kenny May, Kevin May, Myron May and Stevie May.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Harold Finnell Dorroh

Harold Finnell Dorroh, 91, of Bellefontaine died Nov. 8, 2005, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.

Mr. Dorroh, a retired self-employed farmer, was born Dec. 17, 1913, in Dentontown. He was a World War II Army veteran who was extremely proud to have fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, the VFW and the American Legion, and was a Gideon.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Thompson Dorroh of Bellefontaine; two daughters, LaNell Kellum and husband, Bill, of Starkville, and Deborah Alexander of Hartford, Conn.; two sisters, Louise Vance of Slate Springs and Pauline McPhail of Hernando; and four grandchildren, Chip Bagwell, Missy Bagwell, Rayme Miller and Randy Alexander.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Leroy Finnell Dorroh and Mamie West Dorroh.

Services were Nov. 11 at New Hope Baptist Church with burial in Old Bethany Cemetery. The Revs. Dale Easley and Bernette Fielder officiated.

Pallbearers were Thomas Allen, Jackie Earnest, Jimmy Gordon, Bobby Kellum, Gerald Knight, Michael Knight, Charles Lovorn and Anthony Norwood.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, 50 Century Blvd., Nashville, TN 37214.

Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City was in charge of arrangements.

Gertrude Blaylock Paxton

Gertrude Blaylock Paxton, 87, of Eupora died Nov. 3, 2005, at Waverly Nursing Home in West Point.

Mrs. Paxton, a retired homemaker, was a native and lifelong resident of Webster County. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eupora.

Her most valuable contribution to this life was the loving example she set for her children and grandchildren.

Her survivors include three daughters, Etty Brown of Eupora, Jetty Gary and husband, Harold, of Brookhaven, and Patsy Hennessy and husband, Johnny, of West Monroe, La. Other survivors include six sisters-in-law, Mamie Paxton Jones of Conway, Ark., Billy Paxton Earnest of Jackson, Marina Paxton Shelby of Eupora, Margaret Paxton Ballard of McComb, Polly Blaylock Wade of Calhoun City and Sudie Blaylock of Gore Springs; three brothers-in-law, Haven Paxton and wife, Mae, of St. Simons Island, Ga., and Dorrie Woods and Clyde Bailey of Eupora; six grandchildren, Ann B. Carwyle of Eupora, Allyce B. Lott and husband, Tim, of Forest, Carole G. Trull and husband, Scott, of West Point, Cathy G. Franck and husband, Lawrence, of Brookhaven, and Brad Hennessy and Wade Hennessy of West Monroe, La.; 10 great-grandchildren, Beth Carwyle; Taylor, Nathan and Katlyn Lott; Paxton, Cameron and Kathryn Trull; Walker and Courtney Franck; and Christy T. Payne and husband, T.J.; one great-great-grandson, Camden Payne; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband, R.C. Paxton; her parents, Willie and Lee Blaylock; five sisters, Audrey Bailey, Mamie Stewart, Irene Woods, Felton Blaylock and Inez Salley; five brothers, Travis Blaylock, Leslie Blaylock, W.L. Blaylock, Dewitt Blaylock and T.U. Blaylock; and son-in-law Allen Epps "Inkspot" Brown.

Services were Nov. 5 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Eupora City Cemetery. The Revs. William Stewart and Doyle Cummings officiated.

Pallbearers were Robert Blain Curry, Robert H. Curry, Bob Gary, Brad Hennessy, Wade Hennessy and Bill Willingham

J.D. Allen, 75, died Nov. 2, 2005, at his home in Pelahatchie.

Mr. Allen, a retired woodworker, was born Sept. 8, 1930, in Rankin County. He was a Mason, a member of Leesburg Baptist Church in Morton and served in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Emma Dewayne Allen of Pelahatchie; two daughters, Angie Liddell of Mendenhall and Gwen Massey and her husband, Bobby, of Morton; a sister, Eunice Craig of Pelahatchie; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were Nov. 4 at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman with burial in Providence Cemetery. The Revs. Byron Howell, Steve Jordan and Sam West officiated.

 

 

Glenn Gary

Glenn Gary, 46, of Eupora died Oct. 26, 2005, in a motor vehicle accident near Stewart.

Survivors include his mother, Lula Gary of Eupora; six brothers, Allen Gary and L.V. Gary of Columbus, Ohio, and Isaac Gary, Charles Gary, Larry Gary and Willie B. Gary, all of Eupora.

Services were Oct. 31 at The Chapel of Remembrance in Winona with burial in Church Hill Cemetery in Eupora. The Rev. Jimmy Lewis Forrest officiated.

Roberts & Son Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Phillip L. Sudduth

Phillip L. Sudduth, 25, of Eupora died Oct. 26, 2005, in a motor vehicle accident near Stewart.

Survivors include his mother, Shirley Sudduth; two brothers, Jessie Sudduth and William Sudduth; his maternal grandmother, Mima Bingham; and his paternal grandmothers, Julia Sudduth, all of Eupora.

Services were Oct. 31 at The Chapel of Remembrance in Winona with burial in Church Hill Cemetery in Eupora. The Rev. Jimmy Lewis Forrest officiated.

Roberts & Son Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

 

Earlene White Lucius

Earlene White Lucius, 88, of Eupora died Oct. 31, 2005, at her daughter's home in Moselle.

Mrs. Lucius, a retired homemaker, was born Nov. 9, 1916, in Webster County. She was a member of Hebron Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Rilda Eaves of Moselle; four sisters, Cecil Hooper of Cofax, La., Monette Nations of Jackson, Margie Truell of Eupora and Lorena Lucius of Houston; three brothers, Willis White, Porter White and Nelson White of Eupora; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Her husband, R.C. Lucius, preceded her in death.

Services were Nov. 2 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Hebron Cemetery. The Rev. William S. Weddle officiated.

Pallbearers were Jamie Brown, Harvey Kolb, Bro. Howard Rogers, Bro. Billy Michael Truell, Bro. Charles White and Bro. John Earl Womack.

 

Selma Stallings Castle

Selma Stallings Castle, 97, of Eupora died Oct. 16, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Castle, born March 29, 1908, was a lifelong resident of Webster County. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eupora.

Her life was characterized by her gentle, selfless acts of giving and sacrifices made for loved ones, which she considered only as "taking care of." She was an avid gardener and a lover of nature and flowers where her greater joy was to share her roses with neighbors and friends.

Survivors include a son, Judd Robert Castle; three daughters, Lady Jane Vowell of Huntsville, Ala., Judy Williams of Birmingham, Ala., and Dorothy Castle of Eupora; two grandchildren, Lady Smith and Judd Alan Vowell; and two great-grandchildren, Corinne Smith and Duncan Smith.

Her husband, T.D. Castle; a son, Tom D. Castle Jr.; a brother, R.B. Stallings; and a sister, Opal McKee; preceded her in death.

Services were Oct. 18 at Wise Funeral Home with burial in Eupora City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Don Gary, Pete Ruby Jr., Todd Shettles, Neville Smith Jr., Ruben Walker and Jerry Williams.

 

Kyle K. Cochran

Kyle K. Cochran, 81, of Mathiston died Oct. 28, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Mr. Cochran was a mechanical fitter and farmer. He was a member of Clarkson Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Ann Edwards of Ackerman, Carolyn McMullen of Mathiston and Beverly Vaughan of Maben; three sons, Jimmy Dan Cochran of Pheba, Paul E. Cochran of Ethel and Donnie Cochran of Mathiston; a sister, Bernice Tubb of Ft. Worth, Texas; 10 grandchildren and eight grand-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Cochran.

Services were Oct. 29 at Wise Funeral Home with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Revs. James Earl Estes, Tim Hudson and Archie Goodwin officiated.

Pallbearers were grandchildren Kim Cochran, Ross Cochran, Steven Harpole, David Sturdivant, Stacy Sturdivant, Quint Vaughan and Rocky Vaughan.

 

C.A. Davis Jr.

C.A. Davis Jr., 76, of Weir died Oct. 28, 2005, at Choctaw County Medical Center.

Mr. Davis was born June 22, 1929, in Choctaw County. He was a former Belwood Manufacturers employee and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church..

Survivors include his wife, Roxie Davis of Weir; four sons, Bobby Davis and Terry Davis of Weir, Jackie Davis of Huntsville, Ala., and Jimmy Davis of Batesville; two daughters, Marsha Collins and Linda Wills of Weir; a sister, Clara Mae Woods of Stewart; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 30 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dewitt Cutts officiated.

Pallbearers were Charles Collins Jr., Lee Collins, Michael Collins, Robert Collins, Justin Davis, David Doubleday and Chris Riley.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Fund.

Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Olive Lavonia Gammill Ferguson

Olive Lavonia Gammill Ferguson, 95, of Columbus died Oct. 28, 2005, at Starkville Manor.

Mrs. Ferguson, a homemaker, was born in Webster County.

Survivors include two sons, Loyd Eugene Ferguson of Chuckey, Tenn., and Robert Edward "Buddy" Ferguson of Fitzgerald, Ga.; a daughter, Sara Louise Lemmons of Columbus; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, E.E. Ferguson; one grandson, Bobby Ferguson; and one great-grandson, Jason Ferguson.

Graveside services were Oct. 30 at Providence Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Jean Threadgill officiating.

Memorials may be made to Providence Methodist Church.

Welch Funeral Home of Maben was in charge of arrangements.

 

William E. 'Buddy' Ray

William E. "Buddy" Ray, 68, of Eupora died Oct. 24, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mr. Ray was born July 23, 1937, in Eupora. He was receiving agent for Webster County and a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Burnice Ray of Eupora; two daughters, Patricia Ray Gill of Mathiston and Lisa Ray Allred of Eupora; a son, Kevin Earl Ray of Eupora; and five grandchildren, Richard Justin Allred, Jessica LaRay Allred, William Joshuea Allred, Marlee Mitchell Ray and Macey Kate Ray.

Services were Oct. 26 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery. The Rev. Johnny Lollar officiated.

Pallbearers were Larry Crowley, Robert Hitt, L.K. Hodges, Willie L. Ray, Mart Salley and Casey Weeks.

 

Glenna Pepper

Glenna Pepper, 57, died Oct. 25, 2005, at her residence in Eupora.

Miss Pepper, a retired nurse, was born July 30, 1948, in Memphis, Tenn. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include her mother, Helen Pepper of Eupora; her father, Josh Pepper of Eupora; and two sisters, Jacqueline Kay Pritchett of Bellefontaine and Jan Collins of Batesville.

Services were Oct. 27 at White Hill Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Jeep Pepper and Coy Fulgham officiated.

Pallbearers were Josh Collins, Randy Collins, Michael Lewis, Kenneth Pepper, John Pritchett and John Vaughn.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

William Stacey Drewery Rushing

William Stacey Drewery Rushing, 33, died Oct. 26 at his home in Mathiston.

Mr. Rushing was an equipment operator. He was a member of Maben First Baptist Church and a Maben volunteer fireman.

Survivors include a son, William Cobrady Drewery of Mathiston; his mother, Ann Rushing of Mathiston; his grandmothers, Ann Edwards of Eupora and Estelle Parker of Maben; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Cynthia and Chuck Cole, Susan and Randy Stuckey, and Melissa and John Fuller, all of Mathiston; a brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Brenda Rushing of Mathiston; and 11 nieces and nephews.

Services were Oct. 29 at Maben First Baptist Church with burial in New Hope Cemetery. The Revs. Randle Poss and Carroll Talley officiated.

Wise Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Thomas Hue Steadman

Thomas Hue Steadman, 64, died Oct. 24, 2005, at his home in Eupora.

Mr. Steadman, a maintenance supervisor, was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Shonda Steadman and Sherry Meyers of Eupora; a son, Matthew Steadman of Amory; three sisters, Jeanette Clabo of Sevierville, Tenn., and Betty Fulce and Sammie Gore of Eupora; a brother, Jimmy D. Steadman of Eupora; and six grandchildren.

His wife, Doris Steadman; and his parents, Grover and Ara Steadman; preceded him in death.

Services were Oct. 27 at Wise Funeral Home with burial in Chapel Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Lee White officiated.

 

Mr. Loyd Derwood Wilson

Monday, November 21, 2005

Funeral services for Mr. Loyd Derwood Wilson, 70, will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 26, 2005, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora, MS. Rev. Archie Goodwin will officiate with burial to follow in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Visitation is Friday, November 25 from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

A native of Webster County, Mr. Wilson was retired from Babcock & Wilcox after 36 years of service. He was a Baptist and a veteran of the US Army where he was a paratrooper. Mr. Wilson died Monday, November 21, 2005, at Central MS Medical Center in Jackson.

Survivors include his two daughters, Debbie Wilson Darcey of Memphis, TN, and Teresa Wilson McMinn of Mathiston, MS; two sisters, Helen McKenzie of Vicksburg, MS, and Peggy Hood of Starkville, MS; three brothers, Roy Wilson of Laurel, MS, Loydy Wilson of Laurel, MS, and Larry Wilson of Meridian, MS; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Chance Nolen, Kellum Wilson, Jerry Wilson, Jeff Wilson, Tommy Weeks, Paul Allen, Robert Shaffer, Jimmy Farley, and Robert Cooksey.

Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of arrangements.

 

Charles Nelson White

Charles Nelson White, 76, of Eupora died Nov. 23, 2005, at Beverly Health Care-Eupora. Mr. White was a retired truck driver. Survivors include his wife, Dot White of Tchula; two daughters, Gwen White of Eupora and Mary Ann White of Greenwood; a son, Chuck White of Eupora; a stepson, John Huffman of Texas; four sisters, Cecil Hooper of Cofax, La., Monette Nations of Jackson, Lorene Lucius of Houston and Margie Trull of Eupora; two brothers, Willis White and Porter White of Eupora; and one grandchild. Services were Nov. 25 at Wise Funeral Home with burial in Hebron Cemetery. The Revs. John Earl Womack and Charles Lee White officiated. Pallbearers were Billy Wayne Barmore, Bob Nations, Scott Nations, Bill Trull, Danny Trull and Wayne White.

Ruth Bland Peacock

Ruth Bland Peacock, 95, of Eupora died Nov. 24, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mrs. Peacock, a retired homemaker, was born Sept. 1, 1910, in Bolivar County. Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Peacock. Services were Nov. 26 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Spring Valley Cemetery.

Earl Webb Maxey,

Earl Webb Maxey, 82, of Bellefontaine died Nov. 13, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Mr. Maxey was retired. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Knight Maxey of Bellefontaine; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Jim Kirksey of Bellefontaine; two sisters, Pauline Jackson of Jasper, Ala., and Cumi Lippencott of Scobey; two grandchildren and their husbands, Kimberly and Dan Murrell and Shelly and Ray Bentz; and five great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 16 at Fellowship Baptist Church with burial in Old Bethany Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

John Joseph Mamrak Sr.

John Joseph Mamrak Sr., 84, of Weir died Nov. 22, 2005, at Choctaw County Medical Center in Ackerman. Mr. Mamrak, a baker, was born May 16, 1921, in Perth Amboy, N.J. He was a resident of Florida but moved to Mississippi approximately six months ago. He was a member of The Church of Little Flower in Hollywood, Fla., and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Survivors include his wife, Rose Mamrak of Weir; two sons, Bob Mamrak of Weir and John Mamrak Jr. of New Port Richey, Fla.; a daughter Donna Samacicio of Cumming, Ga.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 25 at New Zion Baptist Church with burial in South Union Methodist Church Cemetery. Sister Alies Therese officiated.

Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mollie Hill

Mollie Hill, 92, of Eupora died Nov. 22, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Survivors include two sons, Eddie Lee Hill of Nashville, Tenn., and Lee Hill of Eupora; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Services were Nov. 26 at Household of Faith with burial in Macedonia Cemetery. Eddie Robinson & Son Funeral Directors of Grenada was in charge of arrangements.

Eva Maudine Fulgham Henry

Eva Maudine Fulgham Henry, 87, of Eupora died Nov. 21, 2005, at Beverly Health Care-Eupora. Mrs. Henry, a homemaker, was born in Oktibbeha County. She was a member of Double Springs Methodist Church. Survivors include two stepgranddaughters, Dianne Vaughn of Mathiston and Kaye Stone of Eupora; a stepgrandson, Tommy Oswalt of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Annie Lee Young of Mathiston; and three brothers, Henry Fulgham and Hubert Fulgham of Maben, and Erskin Fulgham of Tuscon, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.J. Henry. Services were Nov. 23 at Double Springs Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Archie Goodwin and James Young officiated. Welch Funeral Home of Maben was in charge of arrangements.

 Christine Butler Hendrix

Christine Butler Hendrix, 80, of Maben died Nov. 22, 2005, on the Natchez Trace Parkway as a result of an automobile accident. The accident also claimed the life of her aunt, Mary E. Bland. Mrs. Hendrix, a retired seamstress, was born April 17, 1926. She was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on Sept. 1, 1973. She was a member of the Mantee Congregation, where she served as a full-time Bible teacher for more than 13 years. She found great satisfaction in this work and she was known for her zeal in teaching others. Survivors include two sisters, Vera Mae Butler and Annie Ruth Butler of Maben; four brothers, Billy Butler of Okolona, and Dexter Butler, Johnny Butler and Marvin Butler, all of Maben; as well as a host of nieces and nephews, and a large spiritual family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Percy L. Hendrix; and her parents, Marvin Buford Butler and Annie Lois Bland Butler. A joint memorial service for her and her aunt was Nov. 24 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Mantee with the Rev. Gerald Butler officiating. A private family burial was held for both. Houston Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Julia Mae Hamer

Julia Mae Hamer, 89, of Eupora died Nov. 20, 2005, at her daughter's residence in Eupora. Mrs. Hamer, a homemaker, was a member of Mt. Union M.B. Church. Survivors include a daughter, Stella Pittman of Eupora; two sisters, May Morris and Joyce Ann Gary of Eupora; a brother, Leo Golden of Lodi; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Hamer. Services were Nov. 25 at Mt. Union MB Church with burial in Churchill Cemetery. The Rev. Andrew Windrick officiated. Sanders & Sanders Funeral Home of Winona was in charge of arrangements.

Jimmy Joel Ellison

Jimmy Joel Ellison, 66, of Albuquerque, N.M., died Nov. 20, 2005, at his daughter's residence in Littleton, Colo. Mr. Ellison was retired from First Security National Bank. Survivors include two daughters, Marguerite T. Kasparek and Melissa J. Jaramillo; two sons, Raymond A. Ellison and Gregory J. Ellison; two sisters, Bonnie Sturdivant and Dora Moucha; a brother, Paul Ellison; and seven grandchildren, Myranda Jaramillo, Joel Kasparek, Gabrielle Ellison, Justin Ellison, Alex Kasparek, Adrian Jaramillo and Sebastian Ellison. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine R. Ellison; a brother, J.B. Ellison; and his parents, John Bunyon and Zenie Ellison. Services were Nov. 25 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Rev. William S. Weddle and Joe Bob Davis officiated. Pallbearers were Greg Ellison, Jerry Ellison, Raymond Ellison, Steve Ellison, Joel Kasparek and Kevin Kasparek.

Mary Elizabeth Bland

Mary Elizabeth Bland, 83, of Maben, MS, died Nov. 22, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The accident also claimed the life of her niece, Christine B. Hendrix. Miss Bland, a retired school teacher and factory worker, was born Feb. 5 1922, in Webster County. She was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on Aug. 22, 1953. She was a member of the Mantee Congregation, where she served faithfully as a publisher. She delighted in Bible study and sharing her faith with others. Survivors include nine nieces, Linda Carol Naron, Rebecca Whittington, Debbie Walters, Dorothy Stuckey, Mary Catherine Hillman, Delores Bland, Carolyn Sue Gibbens, Vera Mae Butler and Annie Ruth Butler; six nephews, Mickey Gill, Jimmy Gill, Marvin Butler, Dexter Butler, Billy Butler and Johnny Butler; a cousin, Reva Mae Ray; as well as a large spiritual family. In addition to her niece Christine Hendrix, she was preceded in death by her parents, John T. Bland and Beulah White Bland; four sisters, Lillian B. Gill, Bessie B. Peeples, Opal B. Fowler, and Annie Lois Butler; and two brothers, Dewey Bland and Lloyd Bland. A joint memorial service for her and her niece was Nov. 24 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Mantee with the Rev. Gerald Butler officiating. A private family burial was held for both. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston was in charge of arrangements.

James Lee Palmer

James Lee Palmer, 64, of Maben died Nov. 28, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mr. Palmer was born May 7, 1941, in Chickasaw County. He was a retired fitter with Babcock & Wilcox Manufacturing and a member of Clarkson Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Sue Ellison Palmer of Maben; four sons, Ken Palmer, Keith Palmer and Richard Palmer of Clarkson, and Don Palmer of Mathiston; two sisters, Rowena Gibson of West Point and Labon McBride of Sherman; and seven grandchildren. Services were Dec. 1 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Revs. Jeff Gilder and Tim Hudson officiated. Pallbearers were Larry Gore, Jim Hood, Ralph Henley, John Jenkins, Jack Johnson, Tony Raines, Carl Spencer and Sam Wright. Honorary pallbearers were Buddy Carroll, Tommy McBride, Albert McDowell, Barry Palmer, Ben Palmer, Bradley Palmer and Dalton Palmer.

Noonie Pierce Lewis

Noonie Pierce Lewis, 89, of Starkville died Dec. 10, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mrs. Lewis was born May 11, 1916, in Oktibbeha County, the daughter of the late Culmer J. and Irene Quinn Pierce. She was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church and the Eastern Star. She loved Mississippi State University football and loved sitting on her porch and listening to the game on the radio. She was a retired business owner, owning and operating Lewis Upholstery in Starkville. Survivors include two daughters, Glenda Hamilton Dobbs and husband, Thomas, of Maben, and Dee A. Newman and husband, Stephen of Natchez; a son, Pat Lewis and wife, Marguerite, of Eupora; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, L.D. Lewis; a brother, Roy Pierce; and two sisters, Christine Cooper and Lizette Love. Services were Dec. 12 at Welch Funeral Home with burial in Double Springs Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Charles White officiated. Pallbearers were Rufus Lewis, Steve Newman, Gerald Templeton, Junior Templeton, Shannon Williams and Tommy Williams. Honorary pallbearer was Stanley Camp. Memorials may be made to Double Springs Methodist Church Cemetery, c/o Nellie Blade, Route 2 Box 969, Maben, MS 39750. Welch Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements

Clyde W. Orman

Clyde W. Orman, 76, of Eupora died Dec. 5, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Mr. Orman, a retired heavy equipment operator, was born April 9, 1929, in Webster County. Survivors include a daughter, Cathy Pittman of Grenada; a son Larry W. Orman of Eupora; and two grandchildren, Lynn Sims and Crystal Russell. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Orman; a son, Clyde Russell Orman; and a granddaughter, Dana Crunk. Services were Dec. 7 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Greensboro Cemetery. The Rev. J. B. Rowe officiated. Pallbearers were Robert Collins, Dwayne Dodd, Roy Floyd, James Lee "Goob" Lamb, Phillip Medders and Nig O'Neal. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lee Rico

Eupora

Lee Rico, 45, died Monday, November 21, 2005 at his residence in Eupora. Services were Wednesday at Eupora First Baptist Church with burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora handled arrangements.

 

Katie Lewis Eupora

Katie Lewis, 83, died Saturday, November 19, 2005 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Visitation is 4-6 p.m. at Roberta & Sons Mortuary in Eupora. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday, November 26 , 2005 at the Chapel of Remembrance in Winona with burial in Sarepta Cemetery in Webster County.

 

Sudie M. Causey

Eupora

Sudie M. Causey, 95, died Friday, November 18, 2005 at Wellington Medical Center in Wellington, Fla. Services are 11 a.m. today at Mt. Union Missionary Baptist Church in Eupora with burial in Church Hill Cemetery in Eupora. Roberts & Sons Mortuary in Eupora is handling arrangements.

 

Charles N. White
Eupora

Charles N. White, 76, died Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at Beverly Health Care in Eupora. Visitation is 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Wise Funeral Home. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial in Hebron Cemetery. 

Ruth Bland Peacock

Eupora

Ruth Bland Peacock, 95, died Thursday, November 24, 2005 at North Miss. Medical Center Eupora Long Term Care Unit. Visitation is 8 a.m. until service time today at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora. Services are 11 am. today at the funeral home chapel with burial in Spring Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in Webster County.

 

Dorothy G. Latham White

Dorothy Gwin Latham White, 66, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel in Eupora with burial in the Eupora City Cemetery. Rev. Keith Dendy and Rev. James Caffey will officiate. She retired from Jim’s Auto Parts as a bookkeeper after 28 years of service. In 1995, she was the recipient of a liver transplant. Mrs. White was a long time resident of Eupora and a member of Union Baptist Church in Stewart.      She is survived by: her daughter, Deborah G. “Debbie” White of Louisville; her son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie L. and Shelia White, Jr. of Starkville; a god son, James Richard Stoker of Stewart; grandsons, Ronnie L. White, Ill and James William White both of Starkville; a niece and her husband, Gail and Arthur Odom of Longview; two nephews and their wives, Steve and Sue Latham of Louisville, and Mike and Mandy Husak of Lawton, Okla.; and three sister-in-laws, Nora Carroll and Sarah Hitt both of Eupora, and Marjorie Nabors of Meridian. She Is also survived by a host of friends and other relatives.

Harold F. Dorroh

Bellefontaine

Harold F. Dorroh, 91, died Thursday, November 8, 2005 in Ridgeland. Visitation’ is 12 noon Friday until service time.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday at New Hope Baptist Church in Slate Springs with burial in the Old Bethany Cemetery in Slate Springs. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun city is handling arrangements.

 

Earl Webb Maxey

Earl Webb Maxey, 82, of Bellefontaine died Nov. 13, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Mr. Maxey was retired from Babcock and Wilcox after 30 years of service. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Bellefontaine and a World War II veteran. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Knight Maxey of Bellefontaine; a daughter, Dianne, and her husband, Jim Kirksey, of Bellefontaine; two granddaughters, Kimberly, and her husband, Dan Murrell, of Starkville, and Shelly and her husband, Ray Bentz, of Mathiston; five great-grandchildren, Jareth and Aiden Murrell, and Harley, Chase and Colten Bentz; and two sisters, Pauline Jackson of Jasper, Ala., and Cumi Lippincott of Scobey. Services were Nov. 16 at Fellowship Baptist Church with burial in Old Bethany Cemetery with Mason's rites. The Revs. Jimmy Latham and Steve Ellis officiated. Pallbearers were Kent Anderson, Carl Davis, Raymond Davis, Ken Knight, John Lippincott and Larry Maxey, Wise Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rev. J. W. Nolen

Eupora

Rev. J. W. Nolen 91, died Monday November 14, 2005 at North Miss. Medical center Visitation  5-8 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Eupora First Baptist Church with burial the Milligan Springs Cemetery.

 

Justin Tyler McLendon

Eupora

Justin Tyler McLendon, 12, student, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005 at the University Medical Center in Jackson. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel with burial in LaGrange Cemetery in Choctaw County.

 

 

 Rachel L. Mitchell

Eupora

Rachel L. Mitchell, 93, a retired Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, died Thursday, Nov. 17,2005 in North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. Visitation is 11:30 a.m. until the 2:30 p.m. service Saturday at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with burial in North Union Cemetery near Bellefontaine.

Miss. Mitchell was a native of Webster County. She was a lifetime member of Bellefontaine United Methodist Church and an associate member of Eupora United Methodist Church. She was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a graduate of Eupora High School and South Highlands Infinnary School of Nursing in Birmingham, Alabama, Post graduate studies at Chicago Lying-In, in Chicago.

She served during WW II and Korea before retiring in 1965. She was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Retired Officers Association and The Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by: a sister, Margurite McCann Eaton of Columbus; a brother, A. Howell Mitchell of Eupora; a niece, Peggy Mitchell Stafford of Southaven; three nephews; Thomas M. McCann of Atlanta, Ga., Donny Mitchell of Eupora and Landreth (Lanny) Mitchell of Germantown, Tenn.; three great nieces and five great nephews.

Memorials may be made to your favorite charity

 

William Stacey Rushing
Mathiston
William Stacey Drewery Rushing, 33, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005 at his home in Mathiston. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at Wise Funeral Home in Eupora. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Maben with burial in New Hope Cemetery near Eupora.
Glen Gary
 Eupora
Glen Gary, 46, died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident Wednesday, October 26, 2005, near Stewart. Visitation is 4-7 p. m, today at Roberts & Sons Mortuary in Eupora. Services are 1 p.m. Monday at The Chapel of Remembrance in Winona with burial in Church Hill Cemetery in Eupora
Kyle K. Cochran
Mathiston
Kyle K. Cochran, 81, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2005 at North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today at Wise Funeral Home in Eupora. Services are 2 p m. today at the funeral home chapel with burial in Clarkson Cemetery in Clarkson.


 

Gertrude B. Paxton

Eupora

Mrs. Gertrude Blaylock Paxton, 87, retired homemaker, died Thursday, Nov. 3,2005 at Waverly Nursing Home in West Point. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel with burial in the Eupora City Cemetery. Rev. William Stewart and Rev. Doyle Cummings will officiate. Mrs. Paxton was a native and lifelong resident of Webster County. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eupora. Preceding her in death was her husband R. C. Paxton, her parents, Willie and Lee Blaylock, five sisters; Audrey Bailey, Mamie Stewart, Irene Woods, Felton Blaylock and lnez Salley, four brothers; Travis Blaylock, Leslie Blaylock, W. L. Blaylock, Dewitt Blaylock and son-in-law Allen Epps “lnkspot” Brown.

Her most valuable contributions to this life was the loving example she set for her children and grandchildren.

Her survivors include: three daughters; Etty Brown of Eupora, Jetty Gary and husband Harold of Brookhaven, and Patsy Hennessy and husband Johnny of West Monroe, La. Other survivors include: six sisters-in-law, Mamie Paxton Jones, Conway, Ark., Billy Paxton Earnest, Jackson, Miss., Marina Paxton, Shelby, Eupora, Miss., Margaret Paxton Ballard, McComb, Miss., Polly Blaylock Wade, Calhoun City, Miss., Sudie Blaylock, Gore Springs, Miss.; three brothers-in-law, Haven Paxton and wife Mae, St. Simons Island, Ga., Dorrie Woods, and Clyde Bailey, both of Eupora, Miss.; six grandchildren; Ann B. Carwyle, Eupora, Miss., Allyce B. Lott and husband Tim of Forest,, Miss., Carole G. Trull and husband Scott of West Point, Miss., Cathy G. Franck and husband Lawrence of Brookhaven, Brad Hennessy, and Wade Hennessy, both of West Monroe, La.; ten great grandchildren, Beth Carwyle; Taylor, Nathan and Katlyn Lott; Paxton, Cameron, and Kathryn Trull; Walker and Courtney Franck, Christy T. Payne and husband T. J.; and one great -great- grandson Camden Payne and a host of nieces and nephews.  Pallbearers will be Brad and Wade Hennessy, Robert H. and Robert Blain  Curry, Bob Gary and Bill Willingham.

 

Aubrey K. ‘Sarge’ Knight

Mathiston

Aubrey Kevin “Sarge” “Knight, 58, died Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at his home in Mathiston. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. today at Wailer Funeral Home in Oxford. Services are 2 p. m Thursday at the funeral home chapel with burial in Yellow Leaf Cemetery in Oxford.

 

 
Olive Lavonia Gammill Ferguson
 
Graveside funeral services for Olive Lavonia Gammill Ferguson will be held at noon today at Providence Methodist Church Cemetery.
 
The Rev. Jean Threadgill will officiate.
 
Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Welch Funeral home in Maben, which is handling the arrangements.
 
Mrs. Ferguson died Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, at Starkville Manor Nursing Home. She was 95.
 
A Webster County native, she was a former Columbus resident, a housewife and a member of Providence Methodist Church.
 
Memorial donations may be made to Providence Methodist Church.
 
 
(Lavonia was born 1/30/1910. She was the wife of Elmer E Ferguson.)

submitted by Evelyn Luka

 

Tom Steadman
Eupora
Tom Hue Steadman, 64, died Monday, October24, 2005 at home in Eupora. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today at Wise Funeral Home. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Choctaw County.
Catherine 'Cat' Marter
Bellefontaine
Catherine "Car Mailer, 69, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. Services are 2 p.m. today at Fellowship Baptist Church in Bellefontaine with burial in Philadelphia Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is handling arrangements.
Glenna Pepper
Eupora
Glenna Pepper, 57, died Tuesday, Oct. 25,2005 at her home in Eupora. Services are 11 a.m. today at White Hill Baptist Church in Webster County with burial in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora is handling arrangements.
William E. Ray
Eupora
William E. Buddy" Ray, 68, died Monday, October 24, 2005 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. Services are 2p.m. today at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is handling arrangements.

 
T.E. Black
Eupora
T.E. Black, 86, died Sunday, October 16 ,2005 at Beverly Health Care in Eupora. Visitation is 5:30 until 9 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora and one hour prior to service. Services are 2 p.m.. Wednesday at Mt. Nebo Methodist Church in Choctaw County with burial in the church cemetery.
 
Joe Hood Wilson
Bellefontaine
Joe Hood Wilson, 76, Owner/Operator J. V. Wilson Leather Co. in Bellefontaine, died Monday, October 17, 2005 at his residence in Bellefontaine. Visitation is 12 noon Thursday, October, 20, 2005 at Fellowship Baptist Church. Services are Thursday 2p.m. at the church with burial in the North Union Cemetery in Bellefontaine. Dr. John Doler and Rev. Jimmy Latham will officiate. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.
He was preceded in death by his father J. V. Wilson and daughter Scotti Wilson Doler.
Mr. Wilson is survived by: his wife Margaret Wofford Wilson of Bellefontaine; Mother Erma Wilson Kothe of Bellefontaine; and one son Randy J. Wilson and his wife Gwen Booth Wilson Bellefontaine; and six grandchildren.
Mr. Wilson was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church, a deacon, and taught Sunday School for many years. He loved his church and his family very much. Memorials may be made to the Fellowship Baptist Church, Bellefontaine, MS 39737, or the Dorroh Lake Baptist Assembly, Bellefontaine MS 39737.

Janice Ruth Smith

Eupora

Janice Ruth Smith, 51, a homemaker, died Friday; Oct. 14, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. Services are 2 p.m. today at Montevista Baptist Church in Webster County with burial in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is handling arrangements.

 

 

Selma Castle

Eupora

Selma Stallings Castle, 97, a homemaker, died Sunday, October 16, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Wise Funeral Home in Eupora. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with burial in Eupora City Cemetery.

Mrs. Castle, born March 29, 1908, was a lifelong resident of Webster County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom D. Castle and a son, Tom D. Castle, Jr.; brother, R. B. Stallings and sister, Opal McKee. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eupora. Her life was characterized by her gentle, selfless acts of giving and sacrifices made for loved ones, which she considered only as ‘taking care of.’ She was an avid gardener and a lover of nature and flowers where her greatest joy was to share her roses with neighbors and friends.

She is survived by a son, Judd Robert Castle; three daughters, Lady Jane Vowell of Huntsville, Ala., Judy Williams of Birmingham, Ala., and Dorothy Castle of Eupora; grandchildren, Lady Smith and Judd Alan Vowell; and great grandchildren, Corinne and Duncan Smith.

 

Elise Cooper

Eupora

Elise Cooper, 90, died Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora. Services are 2 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Webster County with burial in the church cemetery.

 

 

 

Ruby Scarborough
Eupora
     Ruby Irene Scarborough, 102, retired teacher, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, at Webster Long Term Care in Eupora. Visitation is 12:30 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service today at Wise Funeral Home in Eupora with burial in Montevista Cemetery in Bellefontaine. Rev. Higdon Herrington and Rev. Don Parish will officiate.
     Miss. Scarbrough was born on Dec. 24, 1902, in Webster County, one of 13 children born to Robert Green and Martha Eula Bingham Scarbrough. Though she was the 4th oldest of the 13, she was the lone survivor at the time of her death. One
sister and one brother were born in the late 1800's.
      Miss Ruby attended Wood College in Mathiston and late received her Bachelor of' Science degree from then Mississippi State College. Miss Scarborough lived and taught school in Cumberland until her retirement in the 1960's. After retirement, she had a home built in Mathiston where she lived until moving into the Webster Long Term Care in 1999. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Mathiston which is located directly across from her home where she regularly walked to church until 1999.
     Miss. Scarborough is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
     Memorials may be sent to: Victory Baptist Church, P.O. Box 12, Mathiston, MS 39752.
     Pallbearers are: Mel Scarborough, Larry Carroll, Bobby Dodd, Charles Scarborough, John Scarborough and Jerry Hendrix
 

contributed by Rosa Waltman
 

Harold E. Clanton
Flowood
     Harold E. Clanton, 71, passed away Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, at his home. A graveside service was held in Lake-wood Memorial Park on Friday, Sept. 2, 2005. Lakewood Funeral Home of Jackson handled arrangements.
     Mr. Clanton has spent most of his life in the Jackson area. As long as his health allowed, he was an active member of Flowood Baptist Church.        He was a former member of Alta Woods Baptist Church. He was a Jackson Police Officer for seven years, constable in the 5th district of Jackson for 16 years, and past president of the Mississippi Justice Court Officer's Association. He enjoyed sports, which was evident by his involvement in them. He served as the commissioner for Sykes Park, coached a minor league boy's team to championship at Battlefield Park, his Leavell Wood's Park pony league teams won back to back championships. He also enjoyed planting tomatoes and fishing.
     His parents, Noel and Gladys Clanton and one brother, Ralph Clanton, preceded Mr. Clanton in death.
His wife, of 55 years, Sue; one son, Darrell Clanton of Biloxi; one daughter, Susan Clanton of Flowood; and one sister, Modene Ray of Eupora survives Mr. Clanton.

contributed by Rosa Waltman
 

Edward Cloyce Pruden
Eupora
     Edward Cloyce Pruden, 77, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005 at North Miss. Medical Center in Eupora. Visitation is 5:30-8 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel with burial in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Choctaw County.
Mr. Pruden is survived by his wife, Vera Gee Pruden of Eupora; daughter, Cathy Rebecca Pruden Howell and husband Mike of Baldwin; step-daughters Diane Cothern, Cathy Fry and husband Randall both of Nashville, Tenn.; Judy Perrette and husband Johnny of Bogalusa, La; step-sons Robert Stafford and wife Vickie, and John Stafford both of Houston, Texas; sister Helen Jones of Ackerman; brother Fred Pruden of Taylorsville; grandchildren Chris Pruden, Tim Pruden and Lisa Howell Roberts, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital or a charity of your choice.
 

contributed by Rosa Waltman

Dana Lyn Crunk
Eupora
     Dana Lyn Crunk, 26, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005 ,at her home. Services are2p.m.
Today at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora with burial in Greensboro Cemetery in Webster County

contributed by Rosa Waltman

Roy Rodgers Jr.
Gore Springs
Roy Rodgers, Jr., 71, died Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at North Miss. Medical Center in Eupora. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today at Wise Funeral Home in Eupora. Services are 2p.m. Thursday at the Funeral home chapel with burial in Webster Memorial Gardens

contributed by Rosa Waltman

Ortie Wright
Eupora
Ortie Wright, 93, a retired carpenter died October 2, 2005, at Beverly Health Care Nursing Home in Eupora; Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora. Services are 10a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County.


contributed by Rosa Waltman

Rena Gore Holloway
Eupora
Rena Gore Holloway, 77, died Sunday, September 25, 2005 at home in Eupora. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at Wise Funeral Home in Eupora. Services are 11 a. m. Wednesday, September28, 2005 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery

contributed by Rosa Waltman

Ida Mae Pearson
Eupora
Ida Mae Pearson, 63, died Tuesday,
April 12,2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services are 11 a.m. today at Lebanon United Methodist Church in Eupora with burial in Lebanon Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is handling arrangements.

contributed by Rosa Waltman
 

Beulah G. Williams
 Eupora
Beulah Frances Goodwin Williams, 94 died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at  Montevista Baptist Church in  Webster County with burial in the church cemetery.

contributed by Rosa Waltman

Shayne Boyce Taylor

Franklin, TN

Shayne Boyce Taylor, 64, a retired marketing manager with Bellsouth, and former resident of Cumberland, MS died Saturday, August 13, 2005 at the Williamson County Medical Center in Franklin, TN. Services are 11 a.m. today, August 16, 2005 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in the Marvin Hill Cemetery in Cumberland.
Pallbearers are Pat Snyder, Randy Tucker, Brent Goodrum, Ronnie and John Taylor and Scott Watson.
Mr. Taylor is survived by a daughter, Jeanne Taylor Stacy of Franklin, TN; a son, Michael Shayne Taylor Kuhn of Hollidaysburg, PA; two sisters, Gladys Peacock of Starkville and Joyce Watson of Eupora; a brother, LaDan Taylor of Cumberland and four grandchildren.
Mr. Taylor was an Army veteran.

submitted by Willard Stallings

 

 Lester Maddox
MATHISTON - Lester T. Maddox, 92, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, at Beverly Health Care in Eupora. A native of Hardin County, Tenn., he was the son of Stanley and Tilda Maddox. He was the husband of the late Beatrice Maddox. He was a retired farmer and logger. He was a member of Old Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Choctaw County and a veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Old Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Choctaw County. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Hunt and husband, Dwight, of Ackerman; two sisters, Frankie Culwell of Louisville and Earline Crimm of Mathiston; a brother, Cletus Maddox of Eupora; three grandsons, Warren D. Hunt of Ackerman, Wendell Hunt and wife, Sherrie, of Calera, Ala., and George Hunt of Greenwood; two great-grandsons, Josh and Sean Hunt of Ackerman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son, Douglas Maddox; two sisters, Aileen Shumaker and Margret Maddox; and three brothers, Willard Maddox, Dewitt Maddox and an infant brother at birth.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 
Betty Faulkner
MATHISTON - Betty Joan Hill Faulkner, 63, died Sunday, July 31, 2005, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. She was born July 4, 1942, in Gloster. She managed Newman Oil Company's Newmart Store in Mathiston for 15 years. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church at Mathiston.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with Bro. Don Parrish officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Survivors include her mother, Lillie Mae Hill of Mathiston; a son, Sammy Faulkner of Mathiston; two sisters and their husbands, Ora and Don Johnson of Columbus, and Annie and Wayne Frazier of Greenville; three brothers and their wives, Robert Lee "Bud" and Anna Hill of Kilmichael, Earl and Pam Hill of Houston, and Ervin and Jean Hill of Winona; 12 nieces and nephews.
 
Toby Hays

EUPORA - Robert K. "Toby" Hays, 38, died Saturday, July 30, 2005, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Wise Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sam Edwards officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Billy and Eula Mae Hays of Eupora; one sister, Sandy Rigby and her husband, Dean, of Starkville; a niece, Allyssa Edmonds of Starkville; many friends.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 
Luther Sykes (from Webster Progress Feb. 25, 2005
EUPORA - Luther Robert Sykes, 83, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 3, 1921, in Sunflower County. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He formerly owned a service station and body shop. He also worked for Garan and as a security guard at Webster General Hospital in Eupora. He was a deacon at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. He was a former member and president of the VFW Post in Eupora and a member of the American Legion. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Willie Weddle and the Rev. Dale Strickland officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Webster County. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Sykes of Eupora; two daughters, Donna Donahoo and Beth Collum, both of Eupora; two sons, Ronald Wood of Ocala, Fla., and Stan Wood of Jackson; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jimmie Connell Sykes; a son, Ray Sykes; and two brothers, Roy Sykes and James Sykes.
Russ Butler
MANTEE-Russ Oliver Butler, age 73, died Saturday, May 7, 2005 at his home. Services were held Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at Houston Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Melvin "Bo" Farrior officiating. A second service was held Tuesday, May 10 at Shackelford Funeral Home in Collinwood, Tenn. Burial was in Memorial Garden of Collinwood, Tenn. with Rev. W. L. Wallace officiating.The son of the late Wess Butler and the late Waymon Gallaher Butler, he was born September 24, 1931 in Wayne County, Tenn. He was owner of Butler Construction Company and attended Mantee Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Carlean Wallace Butler of Mantee; one daughter, Brenda Alford and Pat of Irma, S.C.; one son, Russell Butler and Judy of Amory; one sister, Ethelene Griggs of Sacramento, Cal.; one brother, Andy Butler of St. Louis, Mo.; four grandchildren, Michelle and William George of Aberdeen, Renae and Chris Meyer of Kennasaw, Ga., Katie and Ted Hodges of Whitesburg, Ga. and Angela and Eric Swan of Amory and one great grandson, Noah Daniel Swan of Amory. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy Butler, Matthew Butler and Clifford Butler. Houston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ouida Crowley Carroll  ( from The WEBSTER TIMES PROGRESS   Jul. 8, 2005)
Ouida Crowley Carroll, 84, of Mathiston died July 3, 2005, at her residence.
Mrs. Carroll, a homemaker, was born March 2, 1921, in Webster County. She was a member of Hebron Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Glenda Faye Nickels of Mathiston; a son, Sammy "Buddy" Carroll of Columbus; two sisters, Maudean Pollan and Jessie Faye Hunter Peeples of Eupora; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Carroll. Services were July 5 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Rev. William S. Weddle officiated. Pallbearers were Larry Carroll, David Cooper, Gary Gammill, Drew Nickels, Hayden Nickels and Vic Nickels.
Bettie Grace Sealy Bowen (from Webster Progress Mar. 18, 2005)
Bettie Grace Sealy Bowen, 95, of Eupora died March 3, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. A retired homemaker, Mrs. Bowen was born in Webster County and was a member of Shilo Hill Church of God near Eupora. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Smith of Eupora and Patsy B. Sexton of Decatur, Ill.; four sons, Cecil M. Bowen, Roy G. Bowen and Charles M. Bowen, all of Eupora, and Robert E. Bowen of Waynesboro; 46 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Cecil Bowen; two sons, John H. and Billy Joe Bowen; a sister, Polly Sealy Williams; and four brothers, Roy Sealy, Tom H. Sealy, Quentin Sealy and John E. Sealy. Memorials may be made to Sapa Cemetery Fund, c/o Earlean Bowen, P.O. Box 136, Eupora, MS 39744. Services were March 5 at Sapa Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Harvey Overstreet and Charlie Smith officiated. Pallbearers were Dale Bowen, Jason Bowen, Rusty Bowen, Toby Bowen, Daniel Robertson and Phillip Smith. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Delores Burton
Mildred Delores Burton, 71, of Eupora died Feb. 25, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Miss Burton, who was disabled, was born July 30, 1933, in Choctaw County. She was a member of Crape Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include two nephews, Larry Burton of Ackerman and David Burton of Brandon; three nieces, Jane Wood of Louisville, and Barbara Threet and Nancy Franklin of Stewart; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Burton Gregg of Grenada and Gwen Burton Richardson of Mathiston; nine great-nieces and nephews; and seven great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mann and Velma Erwin Burton; her brothers, Glenn Colon and L.C. Burton; and her sister, Bertha Lee Burton. Services were Feb. 27, 2005, at Crape Creek Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Jimmy Latham, Willie Richardson, Jimmy Newland and Joey Hood officiated. Pallbearers were Dewayne Busby, Joey Hood, Robby Lofton, Brian Shearer, Benji Shearer and Eddie Threet. Honorary pallbearers were Jason Threet, Truman Willis and Paul Wood. Memorials may be made to the Crape Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.
Caurene Hill Doss
Caurene Hill Doss, 81, of Mathiston died March 7, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.
Mrs. Doss was a retired waitress from the Mug 'N Cone in Houston. Survivors include three daughters, Jimmie Tedford of Pontotoc; Rhonda J. Crowley and husband, Thomas, of Mathiston; and Barbara Kay Doss of Mathiston; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild and two step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Dessie Mordecai Hill; her husband, James Lorohn "Mutt" Doss, who died in 1965; a son, Thomas Earl Doss; a sister, Christin Turman; and a brother, Aubrey Hill.
Services were March 8 at Houston Funeral Home with burial in Asbury Cemetery in Van Vleet. The Rev. Roger Miller officiated. Sheila Childress
Ola Pritchard (from Webster Progress)
Ola Pritchard, 92, of Mathiston died Feb. 28, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare in Eupora.
Mrs. Pritchard, a retired homemaker, was born Dec. 25, 1912, in Webster County. She was a member of Midway Church of Christ. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Wood of Columbus and Linda McMinn of Monroe, Ga.; three sons, Thomas Pritchard of Columbus, and Wayne Pritchard and James Larry Pritchard of Mathiston; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Pritchard. Services were March 2 at Midway Church of Christ with burial in Providence Cemetery. The Rev. Shawn Nygard officiated. Pallbearers were Allen Brooks, Barry Cole, James Forrester, Lonny Jackson, James Oswalt and Don Smith. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Annie Ruth Shaw (from the Webster Progress)
Annie Ruth Shaw, 85, of Eupora died Feb. 28, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare in Eupora. Mrs. Shaw, a retired homemaker, was born Feb. 14, 1920, in Louisville. She was a member of Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church in Choctaw County. Survivors include three daughters, Mary Lou Thompson of Winona, and Kathy Horton and Debbie Williamson of Maben; three sons, Alton Shaw Jr., Timmy Shaw and Terry Shaw, all of Maben; 23 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Services were March 3 at Bethel Baptist Church with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery. The Rev. John Earl Womack officiated. Pallbearers were Booter Fulgham, Danny Horton, Charles Nobles, Thomas B. Thompson Jr., Todd Thompson and Robert Williamson Jr. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Shaw (from the Webster Progress)
Services for Bishop Ruth Shaw of Detroit were March 5 2005 at the Household of Faith Church in Eupora with burial in Embry Cemetery. Bishop Shaw was presiding prelate, Household of Faith Church of the Living God, Pillar and Ground of Truth. Carter Funeral Home of West Point was in charge of arrangements.
Hugh C. Cooper (from the Webster Progress)
Hugh C. Cooper, 80, of Eupora died March 5, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.
Mr. Cooper was born June 12, 1924, in Webster County. He was an industrial engineer with Futorian Manufacturing for more than 30 years. An Army veteran, he was stationed in Liverno, Italy, where he met his loving wife of 58 years, Egi. Survivors include his wife, Egi Cooper of Eupora; a daughter, Paul Cooper Hines and husband, Bob, of Brandon; a sister, Sarah Turnage Dellapenna of Mize; a grandson, Stacey Hugh Dellapenna and wife, Lisa; four stepgrandchildren, Steve Jines and wife, Marlene, Mark Jines and wife, Kyoko, Cindy Knight and husband, Will, and Chris Jones; six stepgreat-grandchildren; five nephews; four nieces; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law in Livorno. Services were March 9 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Rev. William S. Weddle officiated.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Lola Cooper; a daughter, Josephine Amelia Cooper; and two sisters, Kathareen Cooper Wright and Christine Cooper Springer. Pallbearers were Tommy Griffin, Frank Little, James McGee, Jerry Springer, David Vaughan and Jim Wright. Honorary pallbearers were Dale Turnage and Kay Turnage.
Paul Elvin Fulgham (from the Webster Progress)
Paul Elvin Fulgham, 64, died Feb 23, 2005, at his home in Southaven.
Mr. Fulgham was born May 31, 1940, in Maben to Myrtle Bowen and Shelly Fulgham.
He was the former vice president of Memphis Plywood, a member of Masonic Lodge #711 F.A.M. and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, Tonya Fulgham of Southaven; three daughters, Amy Copley of Mathiston, Michelle Hall of Southaven and Gina Gill of O'Fallon, Ill.; four sons, Scott Elwood of Memphis, Tenn., Michael Razor of Conway, Ark., Jeffrey Razor of Overland Park, Kan., and Timothy Razor of Southaven; six sisters, Marzell Cobb of Hazelhurst, Agnes Vance of Calhoun City, Tince Fulgham of Eupora, Ruby Brown of West Point, Mildred Smith of Stewart and Cleo Hester of Walthall; a brother, Thomas "Bussie" Fulgham of Maben; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jim Fulgham; and two sisters, Barbara Brooks and Shirley Barnett. Services were Feb. 25 at Wilson Funeral Home in Osceola, Ark., with burial in Luxora (Ark.) Cemetery. The Rev. Jim Vance officiated. Memorial services will be announced at a later date at Double Springs Baptist Church in Maben.
Doris M. Johnson (from the Webster Progress)
Doris M. Johnson, 81, died March 6, 2005, at her residence in Eupora. Mrs. Johnson, a retired bank teller and homemaker, was a native of Clay County and a longtime resident of Eupora. Blessed with a positive Christian attitude and a giving spirit, she was an active member of First Baptist Church. She loved her home and garden, and enjoyed sharing them with family and friends. Although Parkinson's disease defined in many ways Doris' later life, she exhibited an uncommon graciousness in the face of long odds. "Every day is a good day" was her belief, and Doris lived 81 years sharing the blessings of joy and kindness with all she met. Her life was one of deep abiding love and grace. Survivors include her daughter, Betty Harpole and husband, Jack, of Hattiesburg; her son, Bobby Johnson and wife, Sherry, of Eupora; four grandchildren, four great-grandsons and her loving caregivers, Bell and Dorothy Bingham, Willie Pryor and Martha Rogers. She was preceded in death by her parents, W. E. and Stella Murrah; and her husband, Robert Add "Snook" Johnson. Services were March 9 at First Baptist Church with burial in Eupora City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joe Black, Dr. David Booth, Ken Graham, Pat Hyde, Jim Murrah, Will Ed Murrah, H. L. Rowlen and Ted Wilson. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Eupora or the American Parkinson's Disease Association. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Norris Shepherd (from the Webster Progress)
Ruth Norris Shepherd, 89, of Mathiston died March 12, 2005, at Vickers Personal Care Home in Mathiston. Mrs. Shepherd, a retired homemaker, was born Sept. 28, 1915. She was a member of Starnes Tabernacle. Survivors include her husband, J.C. Shepherd of Eupora; and several nieces and nephews. Services were March 14 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Rev. Tim Hudson officiated
Annie Lee Aldridge (from the Webster Progress)
Annie Lee Aldridge, 95, of Eupora died Feb. 23, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.
Mrs. Aldridge was a member of Gibson Street Church of God. Survivors include a son, William Demone Aldridge of Saginaw, Mich.; an adopted son, Rabi Mondell Aldridge of Caledonia; four daughters, Zylphia Marie Norwood and Melba Glenn Nash of West Point, and Istronia Ann Flowers and Willeace Harris of Eupora; 23 grandchildren; 82 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
Services were Feb. 28 at Gibson Street Church of God with burial in Church Hill Cemetery. Roberts & Son Mortuary of Eupora was in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Lucille Burton (from Webster Progress Mar. 7, 2005)
Mildred Lucille Burton, 71, of Eupora died Feb. 25, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare. 
Miss Burton, who was disabled, was born July 30, 1933, in Choctaw County. She was a member of Crape Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include two nephews, Larry Burton of Ackerman and David Burton of Brandon; three nieces, Jane Woods of Louisville, and Barbara Threet and Nancy Franklin of Stewart; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Burton Gregg of Grenada and Gwen Burton Richardson of Mathiston; nine great-nieces and nephews; and seven great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mann and Velma Erwin Burton; her brothers, Glenn Colon and L.C. Burton; and her sister, Bertha Lee Burton. Services were Feb. 27, 2005, at Crape Creek Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Jimmy Latham, Willie Richardson, Jimmy Newland and Joey Hood officiated. Pallbearers were Dewayne Busby, Joey Hood, Robby Lofton, Brian Shearer, Benji Shearer and Eddie Threet. Honorary pallbearers were Jason Threet, Truman Willis and Paul Woods.
Memorials may be made to the Crape Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements
Ada Mary Turman Ellison (from Webster Progress Mar. 7, 2005)
Ada Mary Turman Ellison, 78, of Mantee died Feb. 21, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora Mrs. Ellison was born Nov. 7, 1926, in Paynes. She was a retired sewing machine operator from Garan Manufacturing and a homemaker. Mrs. Ellison was a wonderful wife, and mother of 11 children, grandmother of 30 and great-grandmother of 38. Survivors include eight daughters and seven sons-in-law, Sue and James Lee Palmer of Maben, Patsy and John Jenkins of Tupelo, Joyce and Jessi Larmi, Jane and George Maddox, and Joan White, all of Eupora, Ann and the Rev. Keith Dendy of Louisville, and Betty Jo and Phillip Medders, and Barbara and David Gore, all of Mantee; three sons and daughters-in-law, David and Rebbeca Ellison, Haven and Dee Ellison, and Ronnie and Valerie Ellison, all of Eupora; two sisters, Lucille Glasson of Mantee and Harriet Gaskin of West Point; a brother, Billy Turman of Houston; 30 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, the Rev. J.B. Ellison; a grandson, Kevin Neil Hardin; a granddaughter, Leigh Ann Gore; a sister, Inez Shelton; her mother, Leona Holland; and her father, Julian L. Turman. Services were Feb. 23 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Revs. Keith Dendy, Walter Lee Yeager and William Weddle officiated. Pallbearers were Adam Cummings, David Gore, John Jenkins, Jessi Larmi, Chris Lott, George Maddox, Don Palmer, James Lee Palmer, Keith Palmer and Richard Palmer.
Paul Elvin Fulgham (from Webster Progress Mar. 7, 2005)
Paul Elvin Fulgham, 64, of Southaven died Feb 23, 2005, at his home.
Mr. Fulgham was born May 31, 1940, in Maben. The former vice president of Memphis Plywood, he was of the Baptist faith and a member of Masonic Lodge #711 F.A.M.
Survivors include his wife, Tonya Fulgham of Southaven; three daughters, Amy Copley of Mathiston, Michelle Hall of Southaven and Gina Gill of O'Fallon, Ill.; four sons, Scott Elwood of Memphis, Tenn., Michael Razor of Conway, Ark., Jefrey Razor of Overland Park, Kan., and Timothy Razor of Southaven; six sisters, Marzell Cobb of Hazelhurst, Agnes Vance of Calhoun City, Tince Fulgham of Eupora, Ruby Brown of West Point, Mildred Smith of Stewart and Cleo Hester of Walthall; a brother, Thomas "Bussie" Fulgham of Maben; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Jim Fulgham; and two sisters, Barbara Brooks and Shirley Barnett.
Services were Feb. 25 at Wilson Funeral Home in Osceloa, Ark., with burial in Luxora (Ark.) Cemetery. The Rev. Jim Vance officiated.
Christine Hood Mitchell (from Webster Progress Mar. 7, 2005)
Christine Hood Mitchell, 83, of Eupora died Feb. 23, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare. Mrs. Hood was born Oct. 1, 1921, in Choctaw County. She was a retired factory employee and a member of Wood Springs Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Bobby Joe Hood; a sister, Charlene Rivers; a brother, C.H. Fulce, all of Eupora; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services were Feb. 25 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Wood Springs Cemetery. The Rev. Lanny Collum officiated.
Pallbearers were Charles Clark, Bill Dean, Dale Dean, Kenny Dean, Steve Ellis and Glen Mitchell
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Melvin 'Booger' Bright (from Webster Progress Feb. 25, 2005
Melvin "Booger" Bright, 83, of Eupora died Feb. 10, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mr. Bright was retired. Survivors include two daughters, Betty Sue Fulgham of Eupora and Sherry Henderson of Walthall; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Ballard Bright. Services were Feb. 12 at Wise Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
Daniel Glenn 'Dan' Gardner (from Webster Progress Feb. 25, 2005
Daniel Glenn "Dan" Gardner, 84, of Mathiston died Feb. 12, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mr. Gardner was born June 9, 1920, in Milburn, Okla. He was a retired Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper and a member of Eupora First United Methodist Church. The World War II veteran served in the 8th Air Force and was a prisoner of war. He worked as a highway patrolman in Mississippi for 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Catherine Stallings Gardner of Mathiston; two daughters, Kathy Gardner Dugan of Hope Mills, N.C, and Judy Gardner Pittman of Raleigh, N.C.; three sons, Dan Glenn Gardner Jr. of Brandon, Tom Perkins of Pontotoc and Randy Perkins of Mathiston; a sister, Pauline Bower of Dallas; two brothers, William Gardner of Odessa, Texas, and J.T. Gardner of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Johnnie Winter Gardner. Services were Feb. 15 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Marvin Hill Cemetery in Cumberland. Pallbearers were James Ables, Emmitt Boozer, Lynn Christopher, Hal Fuller, Joe Loyd and Stanley Sisk. Memorials may be to the Heart Fund, c/o First United Methodist Church, Eupora, MS 39744; The Mighty Eighth Air Force 8AF, P.O. Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402; or a charity of one's choice.
Lee Etta Dean Miles (from Webster Progress Feb. 25, 2005
Lee Etta Dean Miles, 71, of Eupora died Feb. 19, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare. Mrs. Miles was born Sept. 8, 1933, in Choctaw County. She was a retired employee of the Maben Glove Plant, where she worked for more than 30 years. Survivors include four daughters, Vickey Maddox of Jackson, Cynthia Kelley and Shelia Hunt Jackson of Louisville, and Mitzi Weeks of Slate Springs; two sons, Ricky Miles and Rodney Miles of Eupora; three sisters, Gladys Fletcher of Eupora, Edna Adkins of Stewart and Alma Jean Watson of West Point; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were Feb. 20 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Coy Fulgham and Curtis Guess officiated. Pallbearers were Josh Kelly, Shawn Maddox, Shea Maddox, Josh Miles, Peter Miles, Kara Hunt and Jock Weeks
Mildred Breland Henry (from Webster Progress May. 13, 2005)
Mildred Breland Henry, 83, of Mathiston died May 3, 2005, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. Mrs. Henry, a homemaker, was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, O.J. Henry of Mathiston; three daughters, Sharon Jent of Green Cove Springs, Fla., Janice Chesser of Starkville and Sonja Parish of Mathiston; a sister, Gola Gilliland of Ackerman; two brothers, Doyce Breland of Mathiston and Dale Breland of Tupelo; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services were May 5 at Fellowship Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Russell Mord, J.D. Harrison and Andy Parrish officiated. Pallbearers were
Ricky Breland, Gary Chesser, Todd Chesser, Trey Chesser, Jeth Looney, Andy Parish, Chance Parish and Cory Parish. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Albert Cook Henley  (Webster Progress Feb. 25, 2005)
Albert Cook Henley, 72, died March 19, 2005, at his home in Eupora.
Mr. Henley was a welder and farmer. He attended Sapa Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Ella B. Henley of Eupora; a daughter, Margarette Tomlinson of Eupora; two sons, Henry C. Henley and Glenn Albert Henley of Eupora; two sisters, Mary McCoy of Brandon and Bill Elkins of Moltrie, Ga.; a brother, Richard Henley of Zachery, La.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carla Louise Henley. Services were March 22 at Wise Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Sapa Cemetery. The Rev. Dale Strickland officiated.
Pallbearers were Leonard Bounds, Albert Henley, Henry Henley, Millie Henley, De'Angelo Tomlinson, Dennis Tomlinson, Dominque Tomlinson and Margarette Tomlinson.
Polly Onita Kellum (from Webster Progress May. 13, 2005)
Polly Onita Kellum, 92, of Maben died May 3, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Mrs. Kellum, a homemaker, was born Jan. 8, 1913, in Carroll County. She was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Eliza Parker and Onita Parker of Maben; two sons, Fint Kellum of Byhalia and Estel "Buddy" Kellum of Mathiston; a brother, Rastus Goss of Lexington; 20 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; 83 great-great-grandchildren and four great-great-great-grandchildren.
Services were May 5 at Double Springs Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Charles White and John Foles officiated. Pallbearers were Chuck Cole, Dale Parker, Davis Parker, Nick Parker, Gary Simms and Randy Stuckey. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Bernice Burton O'Brian (from Webster Progress May. 13, 2005)
Bernice Burton O'Brian, 85, of Eupora died May 3, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mrs. O'Brian was born Oct. 22, 1919, in Webster County. She was a retired office manager at Gifford Medical Clinic and a member of First United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Reid Golding of Eupora; two sisters, Christine Burton Towery and Nellie Mai Burton Baswell of West Point; four nieces and one nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ogle O'Brian.
Services were May 6 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Providence Cemetery. The Rev. Larry Creel officiated.
Rosco Leonard Robinson (from Webster Progress May. 13, 2005)
Rosco Leonard Robinson, 66, died May 3, 2005, at his residence in Maben.
Mr. Robinson, a self-employed logger, was born in Oktibbeha County.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth "Libby" Jane Robinson of Maben; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Fleming of Eupora; five sons, Tony Robinson and Ray Robinson of Grenada, Leonard James Lucas of Clarkson, Sylvester Lewis Robinson of Maben and Donald Wayne Robinson of Eupora; a sister, Dorothy Josephine Lucas of Maben; a brother, L.C. Robinson of Maben; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Visitation was May 7 at Welch Funeral Home in Maben. The Rev. Billy Hurtoe was minister. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Calvin Johnson (from Webster Progress Apr. 25, 2005)
Calvin Johnson, 67, of Mathiston died April 16, 2005, in Tupelo. Mr. Johnson was born in Choctaw County and was a member of Spring Valley Baptist Church. Survivors include two sisters, Mavis Watts and Lorene Andrews; and three brothers, Paul Johnson, J.M. Johnson and James Johnson, all of Mathiston. He was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys Thompson; and a brother, Willie Lee Johnson. Services were April 18 at Spring Valley Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Charles White officiated.
Welch Funeral Home of Maben was in charge of arrangements.
Beulah Frances Goodwin Williams (from Webster Progress Apr. 25, 2005)
Beulah Frances Goodwin Williams, 94, of Eupora died April 12, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mrs. Williams, a retired homemaker, was born June 14, 1910, and was a member of Montevista Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Frances Williams of Eupora and Eva Faye Spruill of Mathiston; one son, Sonny Williams of Eupora; three sisters, Lorene Hood of Eupora, Frances Lewis of Tennessee and Effie Mae Gaskin of Amory; four grandchildren, Allen Spruill, Shirley Polk, Gail Crow and Nell Rivera; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Henry Williams.
Services were April 16 at Montevista Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Robert Grady Dorroh and John W. Lancaster officiated.
Pallbearers were Louis Cooper, Jim Gaskin Jr., Billy Hood, Mickey Laughlin, Marion Long and Mitch Turner. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Lizzie Staggs Duvall (from Webster Progress Apr. 8, 2005
Lizzie Staggs Duvall, 92, of Eupora died March 27, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare in Eupora. Mrs. Duvall, a homemaker, was born Dec. 10, 1912, in Choctaw County. She was a member of Eupora First Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Blakely of Duck Hill; two sons, Alvin "Buster" Duvall of Eupora and Elvin "Butch" Duvall of Carrollton; a sister, Martha Jean Staggs of Eupora; three grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Services were March 29 at Eupora First Baptist Church with burial in Webster Memorial Gardens. The Rev. W.S. Stewart officiated. Pallbearers were Damon Blakely, Jack Blakely, Jerry Gary, Reagan Gary, Sean Gary and Hubert Staggs
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James Lee Gatlin  (from Webster Progress Apr. 8, 2005
James Lee Gatlin, 59, of Eupora died April 1, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mr. Gatlin, a farmer, was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Gatlin of Eupora; two daughters, Patricia Bennett of Grenada and Mary Holliday of Shelby; a son, James Richard Gatlin of Shelby; two sisters, Betty Lott of Grenada and Sue Elmore of Florida, and eight grandchildren. Services were April 4 at Wise Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Bluff Springs Cemetery in Choctaw County. The Rev. James Caffey officiated.
Jane Murphy Reves  (from Webster Progress Apr. 8, 2005
Jane Murphy Reves, 86, of Eupora died March 24, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare. Mrs. Reves, a homemaker, was born June 22, 1918, in the Bywy community. She was a member of Bywy Presbyterian Church.
Jane loved to garden and work in her flowers. She was happiest when her foot was on a shovel and her hands were covered with God's good earth.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Roy K. " Buster" Reves; and a daughter, Priscilla Reves, both of Eupora. She was preceded in death by her parents and her eight brothers and sisters. Services were March 30 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Eupora City Cemetery. The Rev. James Caffey officiated. Pallbearers were Donald Card, Charles Griffin, Charlie Oliver, Josh Griffin, Gregg Smith and Bill Tennyson.
James Lee Gatlin  (from Webster Progress Apr. 8, 2005
James Lee Gatlin, 59, of Eupora died April 1, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mr. Gatlin, a farmer, was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Gatlin of Eupora; two daughters, Patricia Bennett of Grenada and Mary Holliday of Shelby; a son, James Richard Gatlin of Shelby; two sisters, Betty Lott of Grenada and Sue Elmore of Florida, and eight grandchildren. Services were April 4 at Wise Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Bluff Springs Cemetery in Choctaw County. The Rev. James Caffey officiated
Edna Pittman Barnett (from Webster Progress Feb. 10, 2005)
Edna Pittman Barnett, 80, of Eupora died Feb. 2, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Mrs. Barnett was born July, 5 1924, in Leflore County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God. Survivors include three sons, Emmitt E Barnett, Danny Barnett and Huelon Barnett, all of Eupora; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were Feb. 5 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery. The Rev. William S. Weddle officiated. Pallbearers were Ricky McCulloch, Scott McGarr, David Dewberry, Phillip Johnson, Glenn Helms and Wayne Baker.
Betty Ann Bruce (from Webster Progress Feb. 10, 2005)
Betty Ann Bruce, 69, died Feb. 4, 2005, at her residence in Maben.
Mrs. Bruce was born May 13, 1935, in Louisville. She was a retired factory worker. Survivors include one daughter, Cassie Frazier of Benton, Ark.; one son, Barry Lambert of Burnsville; four sisters, Kathy Horton and Debbie Williamson of Maben, Brenda Wilkerson of Pelahatchie and May Lou Thompson of Winona; three brothers, Alton Shaw, Timmy Shaw and Terry Shaw of Maben; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a brother, W.C. Shaw. Services were Feb. 7 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Airy Cemetery County. The Revs. John Earl Womack, Jean Threadgill and Steve Ellis officiated.
Ruby Elizabeth Collier Crow (from Webster Progress Feb. 10, 2005) 
Ruby Elizabeth Collier Crow, 79, died Feb.2, 2005, at her residence in Maben.
Mrs. Crow, a retired sales associate from JC Penney, was born in Louisville. She was a member of Self Creek Baptist Church and a charter member of the Eastern Star Maben chapter. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Susan Odell and Buddy Thompson of Maben; two sons and daughters-in-law, Lt. Col. James Shannon and Beth Crow of Eupora, and Joseph Lynn and Sheila Crow of Maben; a brother, Calvin Collier of Louisville; an aunt, Lena Wylie of Louisville; and eight grandchildren. Services were Feb. 5 at Self Creek Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Danny Avery, Gary Jackson and Don Vaughan officiated. Memorials may be made to the charity of choice. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville was in charge of arrangements.
Katherine Wood Salley (from Webster Progress Feb. 10, 2005)
Katherine Wood Salley, 80, of Eupora died Feb. 1, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mrs. Salley was born in Webster County on Dec. 28, 1924. She was a retired schoolteacher and a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Meliesa Brown and Kathy Wood; two sons, Joe Salley and Billy Salley, all of Eupora; 11 grandchildren and a niece, Yvonne Middleton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Wood Salley; and an infant daughter, Monica Glen Salley. Services were Feb. 4 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Dale Strickland and Walter Lee Yeager officiated. Pallbearers were Dale Boatman, Tommy Caraccio, Bubba Gary, David Hood, Redale Oswalt and Charles Rivers. Honorary pallbearers were Russell Hood, Shawn Maddox, Dalton Middleton, David Middleton, Freddy Oswalt, Dr. Charles Ozborn, Otis Pearson, Randy Rico and Trey Woods. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Christine Fulgham Hollis (Webster Progress Feb. 25, 2005)
Christine Fulgham Hollis, 79, of Maben died March 19, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Mrs. Hollis, who was born in Choctaw County, was a self-employed upholsterer. She was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Patsy McCarter of Mantee; four grandchildren, Donnie McCarter of Starkville, Kip McCarter and Jodie McCarter of Mantee, and Kris McCarter of Pheba; three great-grandchildren, Kelsey McCarter, Kolby McCarter and Hunter McCarter, all of Mantee; and two sisters, Velma Monts and Ina Tuck of Mathiston. Services were March 20 at Double Springs Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Coy Fulgham officiated. Welch Funeral Home of Maben was in charge of arrangements.
Richard Samuel Hopkins (Webster Progress Feb. 25, 2005)
Richard Samuel Hopkins, 68, died March 17, 2005, at his home in Maben. Mr. Hopkins, a retired engineer with General Motors, was born in Lansing, Mich. He was a Baptist, a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of the VFW. Survivors include his wife, Margie McKee Hopkins of Maben; three daughters, Susan Olger of Lansing, Betty Sanders of Pheba and Tillie McKee of Mantee; three brothers, Michael Lee Hopkins of Waycross, Ga., Kenneth Hopkins of Lansing and Robert McKee of Cedar Bluff; a sister, Kathleen Smith of Lansing; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services were March 19 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Double Springs Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev Ben Davis officiated. Pallbearers were Joshua Hull, Claude McKee, Tracy McKee, Kenneth McKee, Hugh Rushing, Ray Rushing and Paxton Sanders
Hazel L. Young (Webster Progress Feb. 25, 2005)
Hazel L. Young, 92, of Eupora died March 16, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.
Mrs. Young was a native and lifetime resident of Dover, N.H. She resided with her daughter from 1997 to 2000 then resided in the Long Term Care Unit at Eupora Hospital until her death. As a Dover resident, she was a member of the Homemakers and received medals participating in the Special Olympics. Mrs. Young was a member of Hope Community Church in Dover. Survivors include two daughters, Janice Cloutier of Port Orange, Fla., and Nancy Gregg of Calhoun City; a son, Robert Young of Concord, N.H.; four sisters, Vicki Chapman of Dover, Shawn Edwards of Japan, Jimmy Edwards of Vardaman and Bobbie Ann Young of Reno, Nev.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were March 22 at Wise Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Dover.
Opal Tuck Fulgham (Webster Progress)
Opal Tuck Fulgham, 78, of Eupora died Jan. 24, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare in Eupora. Mrs. Fulgham was born Jan. 7, 2005, in Oktibbeha County. She was a retired employee of Monte Glove Co. in Maben and a member of Greenhill Primitive Baptist Church at French Camp. Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Nickels of Mathiston and Vicki Ingram of Grenada; a sister, Alma Lee of Mathiston; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 26 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Clear Springs Cemetery. The Rev. Sam West officiated. Pallbearers were Ervin Perrigan, Jerry Wilson, Dewayne Nickels, Robert Ingram, Cliff Abbott and Earl Abbott.
Robert 'Bob' Pugh Sr. (Webster Progress)
Robert "Bob" Pugh Sr., 71, of Eupora died Jan. 25, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Mr. Pugh, a retired food broker, was born March 11, 1933, in Texas. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Hilda Vickers Pugh of Eupora; a daughter, Sharon McGinnis of Columbia, S.C.; two sons, Bob Pugh Jr. of Columbia and Allen Pugh of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Mary Silva of Victoria, Texas, and Ruth Vancil of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers, Sam Pugh and Dan Pugh of Dallas; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 28 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Double Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Sam Funchess, Percy Funchess, Fred Vickers, Don Womack, Daniel Manning and Richard Dempster.
Vernon Lee White (Webster Progress)
Vernon Lee White, 84, of Eupora died Jan. 24, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mr. White, a retired farmer, was born May 29, 1920, in Waterloo, Ala. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Eupora. Survivors include his wife, Geneva Mae White of Eupora; two daughters, Ellen Mae Powell of Loganville, Ga., and Barbara Ann Jackson and husband, James, of Terryville, Conn.; five sons, Vernon Lee White Jr. of Williford, Ark., Robert White of Senatobia, Billy Earl White of Grady, Gary White of Long Beach and John White of Eupora; four sisters, Inez Chappel of Tyronza, Ark., Martha Greer of Marion, Ark., Pat White of Forsythe, Ga., and Faye Hooker of Turrell, Ark.; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a great-great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. White; and four brothers, G.R., Edwin, Earl and Gene White. Services were Jan. 27 at Eupora First Baptist Church with burial in West Shady Grove Cemetery. The Revs. William Stewart and J.G. "Buster" Thomas officiated. Pallbearers were Harold Rowe, George Salley, Roger Spell, Larry Atkins, Shane White, Collin White, Vernon White III and Clay White. Honorary pallbearers were Rad Walters and the O.C. Leigh Sunday School Class. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Nell Allday Allen
Mary Nell Allday Allen, 61 of Eupora died Jan. 14, 2005, North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora Mrs. Allen, a retired office manager, was born July 1, 1943, in Webster County. She worked as office manager at the Wells-Lamont plant in Eupora for 20 years until its closing in 2001. Survivors include her husband, Sidney Clayton Allen of Eupora; her mother, Mildred Stewart Allday of Eupora; her mother-in-law, Blanche Doler Allen of Calhoun City; two daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Howard Rumore of Bellefontaine and Beth Melton and Jim Drinkwater of Alba, Texas; two sons, Sid Allen and wife, Melinda, of Bellefontaine and Steven L. Melton of Terry; a sister and her husband, Elizabeth Allday and the Rev. William S. Weddle; six grandchildren, Kayla Allen, Anna Allen, Sydney Allen, Mary Elizabeth Rumore, Audrey Melton and Kaitlyn Drinkwater; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dearly loved friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Malcolm L. "Pete" Allday; and her father-in-law, Walter Stamps Allen. Services were Jan. 16 at Eupora First Baptist Church with burial in Embry Cemetery. The Revs. William Stewart, William S. Weddle and Jon Doler officiated. Pallbearers were Bryon Middleton, Matthew Andrews, Terry Allen, Hal Middleton, David Shipp, John Weddle, Jess Orr and William Orr. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The family would like to thank everyone who has been praying, caring and helping them through this journey. She is at peace with her Lord.
Lottie Latham Kilgore, 80, retired administrative assistant, died Jan. 8, 2005, at Winston County Medical Center in Louisville. Mrs. Kilgore began her career with Southern Bell Telephone Co. in Jackson. She returned to Eupora to accept secretarial work for the Honorable James E. Eudy, attorney at law, and also state senator. While the Senate was in session she worked in the secretarial pool. Mrs. Kilgore worked 28 years in Eupora for the USDA Farmers Home Administration, an agency serving homeowners, farmers and community programs. While there she earned awards for outstanding work performances. She was a committee member of FmHA's State Wellness and Fitness Program, and as a group they earned the administrator's Distinguished Service Award. She served two terms as president of FmHA's Mississippi Association of COAs and COCs. Mrs. Kilgore was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she served as past president of United Methodist Women. She was past president of the Eupora Garden Club. She was a member of the Old Choctaw County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie W. Latham and Ora Lamb Latham; her husband, Elmer P. Kilgore; and a brother, Maston H. Latham, and his wife, Vera.
Survivors include a sister, Dorothy L. White of Eupora, and her children and grandchildren, Deborah White of Eupora and Ronnie L. White Jr. and wife, Shelia White, Ronnie L. White III and J. Will White of Starkville; nephew Steven W. Latham and wife, Sue S. Latham, of Mathiston, and their daughter, Amanda L. Husak and husband, Mike Husak of Lawton, Okla.; niece Gail L. Odom and her husband, Junior Arthur Odom of Longview; and their two sons, Phillip Hardin and children, Brittany and Preston, and Kurt Odom and wife, Lisa, and children Daniel, Kurtis, Luke and Hannah; stepson James C. Kilgore and wife, Marcia Kilgore of North Glenn, Colo., and their children and grandchildren, Rick Kilgore and James Kilgore of North Glenn, Dawn Marie Aubertin and her husband, Don Aubertin, James Aubertin and Anya Aubertin of Spokane, Wash. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Eupora or a favorite charity. Services were Jan. 11 at First United Methodist Church in Eupora with burial in Milligan Springs Cemetery. The Revs. William Stewart and Larry Creel officiated. Pallbearers were Bruce Walters, Tim James, Turner Shaw, Cliff Russell, Frank Ballard and Danny Wayne Pittman. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ellen Turner Pepper (Webster Progress)
Ellen Turner Pepper, 79, of Eupora died Jan. 16, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mrs. Pepper, a homemaker, was an active member of Whitehill Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Leonard Pepper of Eupora; a daughter, Joy Lewis of Eupora; a son, John Leonard Pepper Jr. of Eupora; a sister, Helen Pepper of Eupora; a brother, James O. Turner of California; seven grandchildren, Phillip Lewis, Michael Lewis, Kimberly McDaniel, Eric Pepper, Bryan Pepper, Summer Ballentine and Ashley Pepper; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services were Jan. 17 at Whitehill Freewill Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Coy Fulgham and Doug Pepper officiated.
Pallbearers were Phillip Lewis, Michael Lewis, Matthew McDaniel, Mann Conrad, Colton Conrad and John Vaughan. Wise Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Zeporah Mhoon Spencer (Webster Progress)
Zeporah Mhoon Spencer, 75, of Bellefontaine died Jan. 20, 2004.
Mrs. Spencer served as treasurer of the Mount Harmony Women's Convention for many years. She retired from Central Mississippi Inc., where she worked as bus driver for 24 years. Survivors include her devoted husband of 46 years, Stonewall Spencer; seven children, Mae Browning of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., Clemmie L. Davidson of Phoenix City, Ala., Janet Brinson and Jeffrey Mhoon of Atlanta, Kenneth L. Spencer of Starkville, Pamela Simmons of Bellefontaine and Rhonda L. Spencer of Memphis, Tenn.; nine siblings, Lucille Steele of Toledo, Ohio, Jessie Mhoon of Hudson, Ohio, Luther E. Mhoon of Hempstead Long Island, N.Y., Virgie Gary of Roanoke Rapids, Luther J. Mhoon, Louise Jennings and Joe L. Mhoon, all of Bellefontaine, Isaiah Mhoon of Calhoun City and Armoree Mhoon of Eupora; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by five siblings and one son, Free Lee Davidson. Services were Jan. 15 at Double Springs Missionary Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Charles E. Reaves officiated. Carter Funeral Home of Houston was in charge of arrangements.
Juanita Beam (Webster Progress)
Juanita Beam, 84, of Eupora died Jan. 2, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare.
Mrs. Beam, 84, was born March 11, 1920, in Greenwood. She was a homemaker and a member of Kilmichael Baptist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Lee Carcia of San Antonio, Texas, Helen Franklin of Eupora and Sally Jayne Talley of Mathiston; five sons, Loyd Beam of Winona, John Beam of Maben, Dan Beam of New York, Wayne Beam of Stewart and William Beam of Eupora; 36 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Services were Jan. 5 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Spring Valley Cemetery. The Rev. Dean Speed officiated.
Pallbearers were Tony Beam, John Jr. Beam, Rex McCall, Lamar McCall, Joe Wright and Jonathon Talley.
Lorene W. Brown (Webster Progress)
Lorene W. Brown, 93, of Eupora died Jan. 4, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mrs. Brown was a retired teacher with the Eupora school system and a member of First United Methodist Church. She was the widow of Curtis Brown. Survivors include seven nieces, Dolly Hamlin of Huger, S.C., Ann Moore of Holly Springs, Judy DeBerry and Janet Moore of Brownsville, Tenn., Nancy Wilson of Hampton, Ga., Sandra Whitaker of Bedford, Texas, and Janie Wooten of Memphis, Tenn.; two nephews, Emmett Moore of Austin, Texas, and Bob Matthews of Covington, Ga.; 19 great-nieces and nephews; and 10 great-great nieces and nephews. Services were Jan. 8 at Wise Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery. The Rev. Larry Creel officiated.
Hugh Dean Dickson (Webster Progress)
Hugh Jean Dickson, 66, of Eupora died Jan. 2, 2005, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson. Mr. Dickson was born Sept. 5, 1938, in Allison, Texas. He was a retail salesman and an Army veteran. Survivors include three sons, Steven Michael Dickson and Benjamin Delmar Dickson of Birmingham, Ala., and Triston Blaze Dickson of Houston; four sisters, June Loden of Grenada, Menta Fay Woods of Eupora, Martha Lee Russell of Maben and Elane Cannon of Bruce; and five grandchildren. Services were Jan. 6 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Oktibbeha Memorial Gardens in Starkville.
Pallbearers were John Russell, Drew Cannon, Dewey Cannon, Dean Woods, Steve Fulgham and Alex Fulgham.
James Mark Smith
James Mark Smith, 48, of Eupora was pronounced dead on arrival at Grenada Lake Medical Center on Jan. 6, 2005. Mr. Smith, who was disabled, was of the Church of God faith. Services were Jan. 8 at Wise Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Freewill Cemetery in Stewart. The Rev. Artie Fulcher officiated. Survivors include two sons, Shane Smith and Nathan Smith of Oakland, Tenn.; his mother, Elaine Dunn of Eupora; a sister, Jo Ellen Love of Tillatoba; two brothers, Terry Smith of Grenada and Alan Smith of Eupora; and two grandchildren, Shane Smith and Alex Lee Smith.
Clara Lillian Uhl
Clara Lillian Uhl, 95, of Eupora passed away at Beverly Healthcare in Eupora on Jan. 3, 2005. She was born in Edwardsville, Ill., the daughter of Charles and Cora Uhl. During World War II, she volunteered for service in the U.S. Marine Womens Corps and was stationed in Camp Pendleton, Calif., and other bases in the continental United States. She was the fourth of five girls in the Charles Uhl family and is survived by one sister, Dorothea Uhl of Mission, Texas, and a niece, Winifred Eastham Wellbaum of Columbus, Ohio. Graveside services were Jan. 6 at Springhill United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Creel, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Eupora, conducting the services. Wise Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Miss Uhl was an accomplished accountant and a very successful financial manager. During her earning years, she made many wise financial investments while she worked in St. Louis, after her services in the Marines. While working in St. Louis she was run over by an automobile and knocked under another vehicle that drug her for a considerable distance, breaking most of her bones and almost killing her in 1959. She remained in St. Louis Hospital for many months, but eventually recovered to some extent. After months of convalescence, she came to live in Webster County with her sister, Cecelia Robertson (Mrs. Cornell), but her physical condition became so bad it required almost constant nursing and she entered Beverly Healthcare nursing home in 1985, remaining there until her death. As a testimony to her excellent financial management, she paid for more than 19 years of nursing home service from her own private funds. She was a Protestant and a regular church attendant as long as her health permitted and was an accomplished violinist and travel enthusiast.
Jake E. 'Jakie' Williams
Jake E. "Jakie" Williams, 50, of Eupora died Jan. 1, 2005, at University Medical Center in Jackson. Mr. Williams, a truck driver, was born Oct. 4, 1954, in Chickasaw County. He was a member of Montevista Baptist Church. Survivors include his mother, Louise Williams of Eupora; a daughter, Vanessa Williams of Hattiesburg; and two brothers, Robert Howard of Seattle and Gene Myers of Portland, Texas.
Services were Jan. 5 at Montevista Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Gerald Love officiating. Pallbearers were Ricky Card, Rick Card Jr., Barry Mims, John Rich, Bubba Wright and John Earl Williams. Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements
Nellie B. Wilson
Nellie B. Wilson, 91, of Maben, died Jan. 6, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mrs. Wilson, a homemaker, was born June 3, 1913, in Webster County. She was a member of the Church of Christ of Eupora. Survivors include four daughters, LaBonnia Mae Estes of Hattiesburg, Wanda A. Hendrix of Maben, Mary Curtis Wright of Brandon and Martha Nail Sims of Star; a son, Byron Wilson of Maben; a sister, Ida Mae Earnest of Columbus; 21 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Buster Wilson, and a son, Delbert Wilson.
Services were Jan. 8 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Rev. Dan Beardain officiated. Pallbearers were Keith Hendrix, Jamie Hendrix, Tim Estes, Stan Wright, Keenan Wilson and Marty Sims.
Leigh Ann Gore
Leigh Ann Gore, 19, of Mantee died Dec. 29, 2004, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Miss Gore, a student, was born July 23, 1985, in Houston. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church. Survivors include her parents, Barbara and David Gore; and her maternal grandmother, Mary Ellison, all of Mantee. Services were Dec. 31 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Crossroads Cemetery. The Revs. Keith Dendy and Rich Castle officiated. 
Pallbearers were Buddy Pepper, Dave Shankle, Phillip Medders, Chris Lott and Glenn Bennett
Muriel Elois Ellison Hill
Muriel Elois Ellison Hill, 91, of Mantee died Dec. 9, 2004, at Oktibbeha County Hospital. Mrs. Hill, retired co-owner of Hill's Auto Supply, was born in Vardaman. She was a member of Mantee Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Charles Hill and Minnie John of Kosciusko; two daughters and sons-in-law, Nina Welch Wofford and Jackie of Starkville and Peggy Johnson and Cecil of Mantee; a sister, Christine Ellison of Houston; a brother, B.E. Ellison of Jackson; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Iven Hill. Mrs. Hill loved her family and was always there for them when they needed her. Her family loved her dearly and will miss her greatly. Services were Dec. 12 at Mantee Baptist Church with burial in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Chickasaw County. The Rev. Bo Farrior officiated. Memorials may be made to Mantee Baptist Church Building Fund. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville was in charge of arrangements. The online guest register may be signed at  www.welchfuneralhom.com.
Una Mae Murphy
Una Mae Murphy, 88, of Eupora died Dec. 13, 2004, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. Mrs. Murphy, a homemaker and clerk, was a member of LaGrange United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include her husband of 71 years, Oliver Lee Murphy of Eupora; a son, Allen Lee Murphy and wife, Shelia, of Eupora; four grandchildren, Katherine Murphy of Black Mountain, N.C., Natalie Bowen of and Carolyn May of Oxford, and Michael Allen Murphy of Eupora; five great-grandchildren, Brett Bowen, Nick Murphy, Ally Grace Bowen, Ethan May and Sophia Murphy; two nephews, Wayne Stephenson and Bernard Stephenson; and two nieces, Linda Dishroon and Annette Minyard. Services were Dec. 15 at LaGrange United Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Roger Miller, Larry Creel and Owen Gordon officiated. Pallbearers were Jim Smith, John Ballard, Nathan May, Wesley Murphy, Wayne Stephenson and Roger Dishroon. Wise Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Roy D. Sherrill
Roy D. Sherrill, 60, died Dec. 6, 2004, at his residence in Eupora. Mr. Sherrill, a retired ironworker, was born April 25, 2004, in Baton Rouge, La. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Sherrill of Eupora; his mother, Virginia Brown of Baton Rouge; a daughter, Jane "J.J." Pittman of Eupora; a son, Blake Sherrill of Eupora; three sisters, Ann Sherrill Davis of Dallas, Susan Brown of Baton Rouge and Karen McRae of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; a brother, James L. Brown Jr. of Eupora; four grandchildren, Dalton Turner, Jordan Steadman, Allie Steadman and Annslie Steadman; six brothers-in-law, Bobby Brewer and wife, Nelda, and Terry Brewer and wife, Brenda, all of Columbus, Jerry Brewer and wife, Virginia, Wayne Brewer and wife, Syble, and Carey Brewer, all of Millport, Ala., and Phillip Brewer and wife, Darla, of South Carolina; and a sister-in-law, Lucy Wilson and husband, Jerry, of Columbus. Services were Dec. 11 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in South Union Cemetery. The Revs. Bernette Fielder and James Brown Jr. officiated. Pallbearers were Cliff Davis, Jason Davis, Scott Norwood, Eric Marshall, Wesley Tomlinson, Cody Hester, Corey McCain and Colton Anthony. Mr. Sherrill was preceded in death by his father, James L. Brown Sr
Evelyn Sass
Evelyn Sass, 85, of Mathiston died Nov. 26, 21004, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.
Mrs. Sass, a retired homemaker, was born April 6, 1909, in Joplin, Mo. Survivors include four daughters, Shirley Bell and husband, Bill, of Winfield, Kan., Treva Black of Cleveland, Texas, Linda Meyer and husband, Rex, of Fulshear, Texas, and Carol Nunez and husband, Randy, of Austin, Texas; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Alice Prier of Mathiston; two grandsons in Mississippi, Ron Prier and wife, Robin, of Clarkson, and Stephen Prier of Starkville; and a host of other grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 29 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Clarkson The Rev. Charles Fitts officiated. Pallbearers were Jack Johnson, Tony Pritchard, Mike Dobbs, Ronald Prier Jr. and Stephen Prier.
EUPORA - Gail Edwards, 58, died Saturday, July 23, 2005, at the Beverly Health Care Center. She was born July 14, 1947, in Webster County. She was a medical technician for Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis for 25 years and a member of Belleview Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Jim Vance officiating. Burial will be in the Old Bethany Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother, Frances Edwards of Eupora; one brother, James A. Edwards and wife, Penny, of Brandon; one niece, Kim Bane of Brandon; one nephew, K. Gray Nester of Charlotte, N.C.; three great-nephews; one great-niece; two aunts; several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, J.D. Edwards.
 Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
EUPORA - Martha Jane Staggs, 86, died Thursday, July 21, 2005, at Beverly Health Care Nursing Home in Eupora. She was a seamstress at Wells Lamont Manufacturing for 38 years before retiring.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Webster Memorial Garden Cemetery in Webster County.

  Mary Alice Allen White

 West Point – Mary Alice Allen White, 88 died Apr. 7, 2005, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. Services were Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home with Sam Edwards and Sammy McMillen officiating. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Mathiston. Mrs. White was born to the late Ed Latham and Maggie Shaffer in Hardemon Co., Texas. In addition to being a homemaker , she was employed by Blaxon Flexible Flyer. In addition to her parent’s she is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Marion Allen, and son’s, Bobby Wayne Allen and Roy Lane Allen. She is survied by her son, Thomas Allen of Houston; sister, Lillie Mae Hill of Mathiston; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grand-daughter. Tim Ferrell, Jason Hatfield, Charles Poindexter, Bobby Allen, Thomas W. Allen, Thomas E. Allen served as pallbearers.   

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James K. Collier

James K. Collier, 83, of Forest Hill Nursing Center in Jackson died March 29, 2005, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Mr. Hawkins, a farmer/carpenter, was born Nov. 3, 1921, in Oktibbeha County. He was a member of Wake Forest Baptist Church in Sturgis and a Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Stephenson Collier of Louisville; a daughter, Elizabeth An Worley of Byram; a brother, John D. Collier of Ackerman; a sister, Ruby Butler of Sturgis; and two grandchildren.

Services were April 2 at Wake Forest Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Roy Hawkins officiated.

Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.

Sarah Cooper Turnage Dellapenna

Sarah Cooper Turnage Dellapenna, 79, of Mize died March 23, 2005, at Hospice in Hands in Mize.

Mrs. Turnage was born March 15, 1926, in Eupora. She was retired from the Mississippi State Hospital and a member of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Jackson.

Services include a daughter, Linda Downing; three sons, Ernest Turnage, Larry Turnage and Dale Turnage, all of Mize; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services were March 25 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Rev. William S. Weddle officiated.

Pallbearers were Stacy Dellapenna, Lance Downing, Rodney Hester, Lee Turnage, Shane Turnage and Troy Turnage.

Lizzie Staggs Duvall

Lizzie Staggs Duvall, 92, of Eupora died March 27, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare in Eupora.

Mrs. Duvall, a homemaker, was born Dec. 10, 1912, in Choctaw County. She was a member of Eupora First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Blakely of Duck Hill; two sons, Alvin "Buster" Duvall of Eupora and Elvin "Butch" Duvall of Carrollton; a sister, Martha Jean Staggs of Eupora; three grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Services were March 29 at Eupora First Baptist Church with burial in Webster Memorial Gardens. The Rev. W.S. Stewart officiated.

Pallbearers were Damon Blakely, Jack Blakely, Jerry Gary, Reagan Gary, Sean Gary and Hubert Staggs.

James Lee Gatlin

James Lee Gatlin, 59, of Eupora died April 1, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mr. Gatlin, a farmer, was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Gatlin of Eupora; two daughters, Patricia Bennett of Grenada and Mary Holliday of Shelby; a son, James Richard Gatlin of Shelby; two sisters, Betty Lott of Grenada and Sue Elmore of Florida, and eight grandchildren.

Services were April 4 at Wise Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Bluff Springs Cemetery in Choctaw County. The Rev. James Caffey officiated.

Ethel Miranda Bright Hunt

Ethel Miranda Bright Hunt, 91, of Ackerman died March 29, 2005, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus.

Mrs. Hunt, a homemaker, was born Jan. 23, 1914, in Choctaw County. She was a member of Ackerman Church of Christ.

Survivors include three sons, Berton C. Hunt, Therrell B. Hunt and Charlie Hunt Jr., all of Ackerman; two sisters, Jeannette McGill of Mexico and Ella Staples of Ackerman; 11 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Harold D. Hunt.

Services were April 1 at Ackerman Church of Christ with burial in Mt. Nebo Cemetery. The Rev. Ed Casteel officiated.

Pallbearers were Darren Hunt, Jeffrey Hunt, Keith Hunt, Michael Hunt, Paul Hunt and Roland Hunt.

Memorials may be made to Ackerman Church of Christ.

Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.

Bura B. Livingston

Bura B. Livingston, 93, of Ackerman died March 29, 2005, at Choctaw County Nursing Home.

Mrs. Livingston, a homemaker, was born Nov. 10, 1911, in Winston County. She was of the Methodist religion.

Survivors include two sons, Carl Livingston of Sturgis and Gene Livingston of Carthage; a daughter, Bobbie Mimms of Woolmarket; 10 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services were April 1 at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman with burial in Betheden Cemetery in Winston County. The Rev. Alton Davis Jr. officiated.

Pallbearers were Robert Grimes, Tim Livingston, Wayne Livingston, David Mimms, James Mimms, Kenneth Mimms, Justin Naron, Jason Wilson, Kenny Wilson and Todd Wilson.

Memorials may be made to the Palmer Home for Children.

Alex Lewis Lucas

Alex Lewis Lucas, 94, of Ackerman died March 30, 2005, at Choctaw County Nursing Home.

Mr. Lucas, a carpenter, was born Sept. 2, 1910, in Choctaw County. He was a member of Weir Baptist Church.

Survivors include a grandson, Jerry Lucas of Rosehill, Kan., a granddaughter, Paula Satterfield of Madison, Ala., five great-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two nephews, Harold Lucas and Earl Lucas of Weir.

Services were April 1 at Weir Baptist Church with burial in Weir Cemetery. The Revs. Curtis Guess, Jim Pender and Mary Mayo officiated.

Pallbearers were Robert Chandler, Brian Lucas, Earl Lucas, Jeffery Lucas, Jimmy Satterfield Jr. and Whit Satterfield.

Memorials may be made to Weir Baptist Church.

Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.

Jane Murphy Reves

Jane Murphy Reves, 86, of Eupora died March 24, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare.

Mrs. Reves, a homemaker, was born June 22, 1918, in the Bywy community. She was a member of Bywy Presbyterian Church.

Jane loved to garden and work in her flowers. She was happiest when her foot was on a shovel and her hands were covered with God's good earth.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Roy K. " Buster" Reves; and a daughter, Priscilla Reves, both of Eupora.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her eight brothers and sisters.

Services were March 30 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Eupora City Cemetery. The Rev. James Caffey officiated.

Pallbearers were Donald Card, Charles Griffin, Charlie Oliver, Josh Griffin, Gregg Smith and Bill Tennyson.

Edwin Howard Sanders Jr.

Edwin Howard Sanders Jr., 89, of Jackson died April 1, 2005, in Eupora.

Mr. Sanders, a timber buyer, was a member of Maben Methodist Church.

Survivors include two sisters, Betty Pinkerton of Maben and Mary Medor of Laurel.

Services were April 3 at Welch Funeral Home in Maben with burial in Maben Cemetery. The Revs. Randle Poss and Jean Threadgill officiated.

Pallbearers were Stanley Hamilton, Lonnie Jackson, Donny Mitchell, Peewee Nickels, Alf Williams and Tommy Williams.

Honorary pallbearers were N.N. Perkins, James Thompson and John Harvey Turner.

Jimmie Runnels

Jimmie Earline Runnels, 83, of Benoit died March 19, 2005, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville.

Mrs. Runnels was born March 11, 1922, in Webster County to Thomas Hubert Guest and Lula Gray Ward Guest. She married Loyd Vernon Runnels on Sept. 1, 1936, in Walthall and had lived in Benoit for more than 42 years.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas Runnels of Cleveland and Loyd Runnels Jr. of Sarah; three daughters, Betty Jo Yates of Indianola, Barbara Dowdy of Wetumpka, Ala., and Laura Skelton of Marshall, Texas; two sisters, Virgie Grissom of Tutwiler and Martha Smith of Sardis; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Runnels; a niece, Carol Hillhouse; and two nephews, Bobby and Rodger Runnels, all of Eupora.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Lula Mae Guest.

Services were March 21 at Benoit United Church with burial in Delta Heights Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Stevens officiated.

Pallbearers were Jason Runnels, Kenny Runnels, Stephen Runnels, Matt Stevens, Walt Stephens and Avery Yates Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were John Arbuckle, Austin Runnels, Trevor Runnels, Dudley Stephens, Hubbard Stephens, Christopher Walker, John Walker, Austin Yates and Dylan Yates.

Memorials may be made to Benoit Union Church.

Ray Funeral Home of Cleveland was in charge of arrangements.

Randy Gilbert Starnes

Randy Gilbert Starnes, 55, died April 3, 2005, at his residence near Ackerman.

Mr. Starnes was born Feb. 17, 1950, in Choctaw County. He was a commercial truck driver and a lifelong resident of Choctaw County.

Survivors include four brothers, Donald Starnes of Louisville, Howard Starnes of Kenner, La., and Harold Starnes and Willis Starnes of Ackerman; and seven sisters, Eunice Crittendon of Jackson, Mamie Dickerson and Vera Henderson of Ackerman, Mary Anne Hirose of Eupora, Bess McMillan of Memphis, Tenn., Opal Prewitt of Greenville and Saundra Wright of Indianola.

Services were April 5 at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman with burial in Salem Independent Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Dan Beardain officiated.

Mr. Loyd Derwood Wilson

Monday, November 21, 2005

Funeral services for Mr. Loyd Derwood Wilson, 70, will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 26, 2005, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora, MS. Rev. Archie Goodwin will officiate with burial to follow in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Visitation is Friday, November 25 from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

A native of Webster County, Mr. Wilson was retired from Babcock & Wilcox after 36 years of service. He was a Baptist and a veteran of the US Army where he was a paratrooper. Mr. Wilson died Monday, November 21, 2005, at Central MS Medical Center in Jackson.

Survivors include his two daughters, Debbie Wilson Darcey of Memphis, TN, and Teresa Wilson McMinn of Mathiston, MS; two sisters, Helen McKenzie of Vicksburg, MS, and Peggy Hood of Starkville, MS; three brothers, Roy Wilson of Laurel, MS, Loydy Wilson of Laurel, MS, and Larry Wilson of Meridian, MS; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Chance Nolen, Kellum Wilson, Jerry Wilson, Jeff Wilson, Tommy Weeks, Paul Allen, Robert Shaffer, Jimmy Farley, and Robert Cooksey.

Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of arrangements.

Judy Ivy Dobbs

Judy Ivy Dobbs, 55, of Ackerman died Nov. 19, 2005, at her residence.

Mrs. Dobbs was born July 4, 1950, in Webster County but was a resident of Choctaw County all of her life. She was a data entry clerk for Allstate Insurance.

Survivors include her husband, Stanley Dobbs; a son, Chris Dobbs; a daughter, Jessica Dobbs; and a brother, Joe Ivy, all of Ackerman.

Services were Nov. 21 at Coleman Funeral Home with burial in Enon Cemetery. The Revs. George Buell and Kenneth Hall officiated.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Hugh V. Gatlin

Hugh V. Gatlin, 84, of Eupora died Nov. 15, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare-Eupora.

Mr. Gatlin was a retired farms and factory worker. A World War II Army veteran of the 33rd Infantry, he was a member of the Merrill Marauders that participated in the 100-mile march.

Survivors include two daughters, Marie Betts of Van Vleet and Debby Tuck of Mathiston; a son, Dewayne Gatlin of Kosciusko; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Gatlin; and two sons, Bobby and David Gatlin.

Services were Nov. 18 at Wise Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Clara Lou McCain Nelms Gordon

Clara Lou McCain Nelms Gordon, 94, of Greenwood died Nov. 14, 2005, at the Golden Age Nursing Home in Greenwood.

Mrs. Nelms, a retired homemaker/caregiver, was born Oct. 14, 1911, in Webster County.

Survivors include her husband, Dewitt Gordon of Greenwood; and three sisters, Velma Bright of Mathiston, Mazell Stokes of Olive Branch and Rosie Mae St. Laurent of Columbus, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Nelms; four brothers, W.L. "Buddy," Ben, Willie and Jim McCain; four sisters, Eselle Sheppeard, Lillian Vera Poe, Iva Lee Hodges and Lola Weeks.

Services were Nov. 17 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Eupora City Cemetery. The Rev. Sam Cobb officiated.

Evelyn Jannette 'Polly' Huddleston

Evelyn Jannette "Polly" Huddleston, 86, died Nov. 15, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Huddleston was born July 8, 1919, in Abbeville to the late Della Holland and John Robert Sullender. She married Oliver Clyde Huddleston, who predeceased her on April 11, 1982.

Mrs. Huddleston was a retired deputy clerk for Clay County chancery clerk, having served under George Howard and Bill Permenter. She also worked in the tax assessor's office under Dean Dill and Marianne Middleton.

Over the years, she worked as a teller for Bank of Mississippi. She was an active member of the West Point Pilot Club and was past president. She had also served as secretary to the governor of Pilot International.

In the community Mrs. Huddleston served many years on the hospital board; she served at the time the new Clay County Medical Center was constructed and was always proud that she had shoveled the first spade of dirt for the dedication of the new facility. She was also a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia H. Sullender of Vicksburg and Evelyn H. Clay of Eupora; eight grandchildren: 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Eugene Sullender of Jackson, Tenn.

Services were Nov. 18 at Calvert Funeral Home with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, both in West Point. The Rev. Don Parish officiated.

Pallbearers were Mike Clay. Kenny Dill, Jerry Gary, Jesse Harmon, Max Hinshaw and Mancil Ray.

Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P. O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701 or to Sally Kate Winters Home for Children, P. O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773.

Phyllis Anne Jenkins

Phyllis Anne Jenkins, 57, of Weir died Nov. 16, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Mrs. Jenkins, a retired nurse, was born Oct. 1, 1948, in Montgomery County. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in education.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Elizabeth Jenkins of Mathiston and Shane and Tammy Jenkins of Weir; her stepmother, Janie B. Johnson of Weir; and a grandson, Chance Jenkins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Jenkins; and her parents, Samuel Walter Johnson and Betty Catherine Johnson.

Services were Nov. 19 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Dewitt Cutts and Don Parish officiated.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Associaton.

Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles L. McGee

Charles L. McGee 74, of Grenada, died Nov. 16, 2005, at Grenada Lake Medical Center.

Mr. McGee was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Nell P. McGee of Grenada; four sons, Charles L. McGee Jr. of Braxton, Woody McGee of Eupora, Keith McGee of Duck Hill and Mike Matheny of Platville, Ala.; four daughters, Glenda "Sissy" Clark of Duck Hill, Sherry Gillon of Columbus, and Anita Tribble and Pat Walters of Grenada, and a sister, Christine Bailey of Vardaman.

Services were Nov. 19 at Friendship Baptist Church with burial in Grenada Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church - Building Fund.

Garner-Harper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Justin Tyler McLendon

Justin Tyler McLendon, 12, of Eupora died Nov. 16, 2005, at University Medical Center in Jackson.

Justin was a seventh-grader at Ackerman High School. He played on the junior high football team and was a member of the Ackerman band.

Survivors include his parents, Corkey and Tina McLendon of Eupora; his maternal grandparents, Bud and Betty Franklin of Eupora; his paternal grandfather, Pete Whatley of Eupora; his paternal grandparents, Tim and Bonnie McLendon of Jackson; a sister, Heather McLendon of Eupora; two uncles; three aunts; many cousins and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Jean Whatley.

Services were Nov. 19 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in LaGrange Cemetery. The Rev. Terry Wills officiated.

Pallbearers were Ben Burton, Chris Dickerson, John Paul Pritchett, Jason Sanderford, Allen Sanders Jr., and Zack Wood.

Rachel Louise Mitchell

Rachel Louise Mitchell, 93, died Nov. 17, 2005.

Miss Mitchell, a retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, was a native of Webster County. She was a lifetime member of Bellefontaine United Methodist Church and an associate member of Eupora United Methodist Church. She was a member of the United Methodist Women.

Miss Mitchell was a graduate of Eupora High School and South Highlands Infirmary School of Nursing in Birmingham, Ala., with post-graduate studies at Chicago Lying-In in Chicago. She served during World War II and Korea before retiring in 1965.

She was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Retired Officers Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include a sister, Margurite McCann Eaton of Columbus; a brother, A. Howell Mitchell of Eupora; a niece, Peggy Mitchell Stafford of Southaven; three nephews, Thomas M. McCann of Atlanta, Donny Mitchell of Eupora and Landreth "Lanny" Mitchell of Germantown, Tenn.; three great-nieces and five great-nephews.

Services were Nov. 19 at Wise Funeral Home with burial in North Union Cemetery. The Revs. Larry Creel and Julia Stephenson officiated.

Pallbearers were John McCann, Thomas McCann, Tommy McCann, Donny Mitchell, Lanny Mitchell, Matt Mitchell, Mitch Mitchell and Ed Stafford.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

J.W. Nolen

J.W. Nolen, 91, of Eupora died Nov. 14, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

The Rev. Nolen, a minister, was born Aug. 27, 1914, in Webster County. He was a member of Eupora First Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Christine May and Lucy Jones of Stewart, and Ernestine Killian of Quitman; a son, Thomas Nolen of Madison; 15 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first and second wives, Lou Ella Singleton Nolen and Edna Peeler Nolen; a daughter, Mary Lynn Nolen; and a grandson, Tommy Nolen.

Services were Nov. 16 at Eupora First Baptist Church with burial in Milligan Springs Cemetery. The Revs. Walter Lee Yeager and Doyle Cummings officiated.

Pallbearers were Charlie Jones, Mark Jones, Dale May, Kenny May, Kevin May, Myron May and Stevie May.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Gladys E. Drayer

Gladys Elizabeth Barron Drayer, 84, of Ackerman and formerly of Middetown, Penn., died Oct. 7, 2005.

Gladys was born May 31, 1921, in Ackerman to Thomas Calvin Barron Sr. and Bertha Wray Barron, both deceased. She spent the early part of her life in and around the Ackerman area. As a young woman, she moved to Columbus. There, she married a serviceman who was stationed in Columbus with the Army Air Corp, Herbert A. Drayer Jr. of Royalton, Penn.

The two were married on Feb. 2, 1943. Their first child, Thomas Herbert Drayer, was born in Mississippi on Dec. 25, 1943. After marriage, Herbert served overseas during World War II. The couple then moved to the Royalton area and in 1967 they moved to the Middletown area.

Herbert preceded her in death on July 10, 1978. Three sisters and one brother also preceded her: Mary Ina Barron, Irene Pittman, Stella Richardson and Thomas Calvin Barron Jr.

Gladys moved back to Mississippi in 1987.

She is survived by her three children: Thomas H. Drayer of Orefield, Penn., Sharon A. Hevel of Middletown, Penn., and Sandra J. Boyle of Harrisburg, Penn.; four grandchildren, Scott and Mark Drayer of Orefield, Liam Boyle of Palatka, Fla., and Joel Boyle of Swannanoa, N.C.; and one great-granddaughter, Sienna Lyn Boyle of Swannanoa.

She is also survived by one brother, William W. "Speedy" Barron of Ackerman; and two sisters, Ruby J. Barron of Ackerman and Beatrice Hunt of Greenwood.

After moving to Mississippi in 1987, she was active in the Ackerman Church of Christ. Until her health faltered, she was active in her church, often teaching children's church school and frequently conducting weekly women's Bible study classes.

Graveside services will be at a later date at Geyer's Church Cemetery in Middletown. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman is in charge of local arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Hospice in His Hands, P.O. Box 387, Walnut Grove, MS 39189; Ladies Bible Class of the Ackerman Church of Christ or Sunnybrook Children's Home, P.O. Box 4871, Jackson, MS 39296-4871.

Mary Louise Erwin

Mary Louise Erwin, 83, of Ackerman died Oct. 5, 2005, at Choctaw County Medical Center.

Mrs. Erwin was born Nov. 7, 1921, in Choctaw County. She was a secretary for the Choctaw County Cooperative Extension Service and a member of Ackerman Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Marilyn Erwin of Caledonia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Eddy Vaughn of Ackerman and Carroll and Buddy Smith of Plantersville; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom and Tecoah Bruce of Berkeley, Calif., Maxie and Sara Bruce of Mendenhall, and Boyce and Mary Alice Bruce of Ackerman; seven grandchildren, Amy Webb and husband, Corey, Chandler Erwin, Brad Vaughn and wife, Tracy, Richard Vaughn, Hunter Vaughn and wife, Angel, Stacey Fowler and husband, Chip, and Casey Smith; and seven great-grandchildren, Tyler Webb, Courtney Webb, Colby Vaughn, Taylor Vaughn, Kent Vaughn, Casey Joe Fowler and Weston Fowler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Freeman Erwin; her parents, Arnold and Jennie Lee Bruce; and two brothers, Bill Bruce and Charles Bruce.

Services were Oct. 7 at Ackerman Baptist Church with burial in Enon Cemetery. The Revs. Danny Irvin and Buddy Smith officiated.

Pallbearers were the grandson and spouses of the granddaughters.

Memorials may be made to the Ackerman Baptist Church Family Life Center, P.O. Box 277, Ackerman, MS 39735.

Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Loy Knox Faulkner

Loy Knox Faulkner, 75, died Oct. 1, 2005, at UAB Burn Center in Birmingham, Ala.

Mr. Faulkner was born March 30, 1930, in Tupelo. A pilot for more than 35 years, he flew and trained acrobatics to the Air Force pilots in McAllen, Texas. He flew crop dusters all over the state of Mississippi, and in his career, he flew airplanes in commercial and private venues.

Mr. Faulkner retired from Garan Inc. at the age of 56. He continued his education, becoming an AutoCAD designer, and was contracted to design and build machines for Michelin Tires Inc.

At the age of 69 he enrolled in truck driving school and began driving an over-the-road truck, which he did until he retired again in 2004. He was the owner and operator of his own trucking business, Loy Trucking.

Survivors include a brother, Lem H. "Dick" Faulkner of Memphis; two sons, Kim Knox Faulkner of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Samuel Loy Faulkner of Mathiston; and a daughter, Kathy Harris Faulkner of Memphis.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lem Harris Faulkner; his mother, Jimmie Doster Faulkner; and a sister, Emogene F. Rutledge.

Memorial services were Oct. 8 at Victory Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Parish, pastor, officiating.

Memorials may be made to Victory Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Sarah K. Montgomery

Sarah K. Montgomery, 84, of Ackerman died Oct. 4, 2005, at Choctaw County Nursing Home.

Ms. Montgomery, a receptionist, was born Oct. 5, 1920, in Choctaw County.

Survivors include a brother, C. B. "Red" King of Ackerman; a sister, Frankie Sue Power of Weir; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were Oct. 7 at Coleman Funeral Home with burial in South Union Cemetery. The Revs. Steve Jordan and Jim Pender officiated.

Pallbearers were Frank King, Mike King, Rusty King, Billy Power, Bill Rice and Woody Simpson.

Memorial donations may be made to the South Union Cemetery Fund in Ackerman.

James Larkin Oswalt Jr.

James Larkin Oswalt Jr., 58, of Ackerman died Oct. 9, 2005, at his residence.

Mr. Oswalt was born Nov. 1, 1946, in Choctaw County. He was an employee of Hardwire Corp. and a member of New Zion Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Wonda Oswalt; three daughters, Elizabeth Oswalt, Jamie Oswalt and Sharon Oswalt, all of Ackerman; two brothers, Grover Oswalt and Paul Oswalt of Weir; four sisters, Ruth Gazaway of Sturgis, and Mary Higgins, Wilma Seawright and Bonnie Sledge of Weir; and a granddaughter, Jayleigh Freeman of Ackerman.

He was preceded in death by a son, James Larkin Oswalt Jr.

Services were Oct. 12 at Coleman Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Airy Cemetery.

Rexal Swindle

Rexal Swindle, 75, of Eupora died Oct. 6, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Mr. Swindle was born, Sept. 22, 1930, in Red Bay, Ala. He was a retired farmer and merchant, U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Swindle of Eupora; three sons and daughters-in-law, Herman A. and Judy Morris and Wade and Patti Swindle of Eupora, and Don and Brenda Swindle of Mathiston; three brothers, Euless Swindle of Indiana, J.V. Swindle of Magee and J.E. Swindle of Hernando; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by eight brothers, Clastal, Guither, Huvis, James, Ershell, Ralph, Oren and Royce Swindle.

Services were Oct. 8 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Curtis Guess, Brooks Turner and Danny Swindle officiated.

Pallbearers were Danny Edwards, Eric Gore, Michael Holmes, Andy McCool, Brad McCool, Shawn Morris, John Swindle and Lee Swindle. Honorary pallbearer was Buddy Maddox.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Dean Williams Wood

Dorothy Dean Williams Wood, 69, of Maben died Oct. 4, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Wood, who was born in Dockery, was a member of First Baptist Church in Maben.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Wood of Maben; three sons, Stan Wood of Greenville, Kenneth Wood of Moore, Okla., and Tommy Wood of Maben; a daughter, Marilyn Manning of Maben; two brothers, Bobby Williams of Drew and Billy Williams of Sumner; two sisters, Ava Mitchell of Drew and Helen McCollough of Sumner; and 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 6 at Maben First Baptist Church with burial in Maben Memorial Gardens. The Revs. Tommy Temple and Randle Poss officiated.

Welch Funeral Home of Maben was in charge of arrangements.

Ortie Wright

Ortie Wright, 93, of Eupora died Oct. 2, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare-Eupora.

Mr. Wright, a retired carpenter, was born Oct. 11, 1912, in Webster County. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Louise.

Mr. Wright began the Wright Reunion, of which he was president for 35 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Doris Edwards of Pickwick, Tenn., and Sandy Wright of Midnight; three sons, Orville Wright of West Hampton, Mass., John Wright of North Hampton, Mass., and Jim Wright of Eupora; five sisters, Patty Christopher and Polly McClain of Mathiston, Rosemary Lewis and Faye Cantrell of Columbus, and Sally Sibley of Walthall; three brothers, Dan Wright of Eupora, and David Wright and Teddy Wright of Mathiston; and 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Doris Lovett "Doodle" Wright.

Services were Oct. 6 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Clarkson Cemetery. The Rev. Dan Beardain officiated.

Pallbearers were Neal Edwards, Steve Tharp, Adam Wright, Eric Wright, Jim Wright, Nathan Wright and Orville L. Wright Jr.

Betty Sue Arinder

FOREST- Services for Betty Sue Arinder, 53, who died Monday Oct. 10, 2005, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at Ott and Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Forest, with burial in Lorena Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Forest.

Ms. Arinder was the daughter of Novilla Odom and the late Hubert Arinder of Forest.

Survivors include her mother, Novilla Odom of Forest; daughter, Amanda Easterling Parish and husband, Bert Parish, of Eupora; son, Michael (Deckie) Arinder and wife, Mandi Payne Arinder, of Forest; four grandchildren, Leis and Kaleb Parish and Haze and Hayden Arinder.

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Reva Lee Harpole Bland

Reva Lee Harpole Bland, 97, of Springdale, Ohio, died Dec. 17, 2005, in Springdale.

A Maben native, she was a retired teacher with the Tunica County Schools and a Baptist.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Clem of Batesville, Ark., and Lucretia Lane of Cincinnati; a son, Howard Bland of Corona Del Mar, Calif.; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Dec. 21 at Double Springs Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Welch Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Velma McCain Bright

Velma McCain Bright, 88, of Mathiston died Dec. 23, 2005, at Vickers Personal Care Home in Mathiston.

Mrs. Bright, a retired homemaker, was born July 2, 1917, in Arkansas. She was a member of West Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Mavis Scogin Blackwelder and husband, B.C,. of Louisville; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Bright James of Walthall; and two sisters, Mazell Stokes of Olive Branch and Rosie St. Laurent of Columbus.

Services were Dec. 26 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Eupora City Cemetery. The Rev. Max Ray Blackwelder officiated.

Pallbearers were Charles Bailey, Jerry Beaird, Stanley Maddox, John Mann, Pete Powell and Ronnie Wood.

Rilla Inez Cooper Herman

Rilla Inez Cooper Herman, 89, died Dec. 25, 2005, at Springcreek Nursing and Rehabilitation in Huber Heights, Ohio.

Mrs. Herman was born July 19, 1916, in Webster County, daughter of John Cooper and Berta Irene Sparkman Cooper.

Survivors include her husband, Percy Herman; a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Wanda Herman of Mena, Ark.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Loyce and Bill Valiquette of Dowling, Mich., Gwenn and Denny Howell of Huber Heights, and Brenda and Joe Mays of Dayton, Ohio; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Oliver and Mary Ruth Cooper, John Earl and Mary Cooper, Sam and Dianne Cooper, and Ike and Brenda Cooper; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Louise and Billy Hill of Eupora, Hazel and Sam Sorrell, May and Dan Vanlandingham, and Margie and Dale Jackson; 10 grandchildren, John, Robina, Sandy, Craig, Missy, Kim, Pam, Angie, Lisa and Eric; 28 great-grandchildren, Jessica, Abbey, Christian, Cory, Eric, Gabrielle, Victoria, Nathaniel, Rachel, Caleb, Cody, Cassie, Logan, Megan, Kenny, Andrew, Brittany, Nicolas, Reese, Derek, Sarah, Amber, Rand, Ciara, Josh, David, Maia and Joey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers Wynton Cooper, Sparkman Cooper, J.T. "Jiggs" Cooper and Joe Cooper; two infant sons; a daughter, Mary Faye; and two grandchildren, Zach and Elizabeth.

Services are Dec. 29 at Terebinski-Jennings Funeral Home in Tipp City, Ohio, with burial in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. The Revs. Preston Ball and David Ball are officiating.

Margaret Simmons Irving

Margaret Simmons Irving, 72, died at her residence in Weir on Dec. 26, 2005.

Mrs. Irving was born in McCool and had since lived in Jackson, Canton and Walls before retiring to Weir. As a Presbyterian, she served as the daycare director of Southaven Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, John M. Irving of Weir; four sons, John T Irving of Olive Branch; Frank M. Irving of Weir; James C. Irving of Jackson and Tracy B. Irving of Olive Branch; a brother, James Perry Simmons of Jackson; two sisters, Brenda Asken and Shira Foster of Jackson; and 11 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Margaret Rebecca Irving.

Services were Dec. 28 at Weir Presbyterian Church with burial in Weir Cemetery. The Rev. Fred Davenport officiated.

Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy.

Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dale Roberts

Dale Roberts, 29, of West Point died Dec. 27, 2005, of injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Mr. Roberts, a carpenter with Roberts and Son Construction, was born Nov. 23, 1976. He was a member of Church of Christ Restored in Mhoon Valley.

Survivors include a son, Jesse James Roberts, his parents Ronnie and Hazel Sellars Roberts; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Brandy Roberts; a sister, Emily Nicole Roberts; his grandparents, Allen and Winnie Faye Roberts, all of West Point; three aunts, Kathy Gaskin and Patricia Collier of West Point, and Janet Petty of Thompson, Ga.; two uncles, Terry Roberts of Birmingham, Ala., and Glen Roberts of Meridian; and a great-aunt, Opal Davis of Stewart.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jonathon Roberts; and his grandparents, Ann Sellars and James Sellars.

Services were Dec. 28 at Church of Christ Restored with burial in Pine Forest Cemetery in Stewart. The Rev. Larry Thomas officiated.

Pallbearers were Jeffrey Chaney, Timmy Doss, Micheal Hamby, Ben Inman, Chris Kelly and Kreig Thompson.

Honorary pallbearers were Ethan Cole Roberts, Jesse James Roberts and Jonathan Austin Roberts.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Robinson Funeral Home of West Point was in charge of arrangements.

Alton Howard Shaw Sr.

Alton Howard Shaw Sr., 84, of Kosciusko died Dec. 22, 2005, at Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko.

Mr. Shaw, a retired supervisor at B&W and a farmer, was born May 30, 1921, in Choctaw County. He was a World War II Army veteran and served with Merrill's Marauders. He was a member of Walthall Baptist Church and the American Legion.

Survivors include five daughters, Gloria Elaine Strong of Ocoee, Fla., Linda Sanderson of Columbus, Vicki Harper of Round Rock, Texas, Shirley Sexton of Houston, Texas, and Genene Johnston of Jackson; a son, Al Shaw of Austin, Texas; three sisters, Clara Sutherland of Horn Lake; Mildred Mooneyham of Memphis, Tenn., and Eavy Lee Shaw of Walthall; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Shaw.

Services were Dec. 23 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Webster Memorial Gardens. The Rev. William S. Weddle officiated.

Pallbearers were Stan Harper, Clyde Johnston, Scott Sanderson, Brad Strong, Frank Strong and Larry Sutherland.

Mary Lee Strickland

The Rev. Mary Lee Strickland, 76, of Ackerman died Dec. 23, 2005, at University Medical Center in Jackson.

The Rev. Strickland was born Dec. 27, 1928, in Dexter, Mo. She was pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God of America Indian Mission in the Bogue Chitto community.

Survivors include a son, Allen Eugene Harris of Raymond; a daughter, Judy Sanchez of Ackerman; four brothers, Charles Chadwell of Hot Springs, Ark., James Howard Chadwell of Dexter, L.B. Chadwell of Kennett, Mo., and Lige Chadwell of Dexter; two sisters, Patricia M. Chastain of Edom, Texas, and Maxine Milde of Ackerman, 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two-great great-grandchildren.

Services were Dec. 26 at Coleman Funeral Home with burial in Fentress Baptist Church Cemetery. The Revs. Don Burke and Doyle Moulder officiated.

Tom Womack

Tom Womack, 84, of Starkville died Dec. 24, 2005, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.

Mr. Womack, a retired farmer and bus driver, was born May 6, 1921, in Webster County. He was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara O'Barr of Okolona, Sandra Crowley and husband, Darrell, of Maben, and Susan D'Souza and husband, Gerald, of Morgantown, W. Va.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Mary Womack and Donnie and Dianne Womack of Mantee, and Edward and Carolyn Womack of Eupora; two sisters, Nora Spencer of Mantee and Aever Lee O'Neal of Clinton; five brothers, Harold Womack of Mantee; Glen Womack of Waynesboro, Herbert Womack of Chula, Ga., Cecil Womack of Enid, Okla., and James Womack of Hattiesburg; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Letha Womack; and a grandson, Phillip Crowley.

Services were Dec. 27 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Crossroads Cemetery. The Rev. Henry Robertson officiated.

Pallbearers were Wayne Kilgore, Jimmy Orr, Jason Womack, Michael Womack, Mike Womack and Tommy Womack.

Betty Sue Arinder

Betty Sue Arinder, 53, of Forest, died Oct. 10, 2005, in Forest from injuries sustained in a single-car automobile accident.

Ms. Arinder was a native and lifelong resident of Forest. She was Baptist by faith.

Survivors include her mother, Novilla Odom of Forest; a daughter, Amanda Easterling Parish and husband, Bert, of Eupora; a son, Deckie Arinder and wife, Mandi, of Forest; a brother, Michael Arinder of Forest; and four grandchildren, Leis and Kaleb Parish and Haze and Hayden Arinder.

She was preceded in death by her father, Hubert Arinder.

Services were Oct. 13 at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest with burial in Lorena Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Doyle Cummings and Dr. Gordon Sansing officiated.

Pallbearers were Rodney Henry, Larry Jackson, Dale McWilliams, Pedo Reid, Jerried Smith and Woodrow Wooley.

Elsie Cooper

Elsie Cooper, 90, of Eupora died Oct. 12, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Cooper, a homemaker, was born Nov. 14, 1914, in Webster County. She was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Mrs. Cooper was known for her love for her church, family and friends, and for her great Southern cooking.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Elsie Gene and Curtis Cockrell of Saltillo, Sarah Cooper and Benny Stacy of Red River, N.M., and Bobbie Nell and Ronnie Morgan of Tupelo; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Judy Cooper of Starkville; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lagrone Cooper; and eight brothers and sisters.

Services were Oct. 15 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dale Strickland officiated.

Pallbearers were Butch Cockrell, Curt Cockrell, Tim Cockrell, Stephen Holloman,

Donny Horton, Jeff Moore, Mitchell Cooper Morgan and Todd Wing.

Honorary pallbearers were Jeffrey Peaster and Ty Stacy.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Martha Langston Macon

Martha Langston Macon, 91, of Brandon died Oct. 11, 2005, at Rankin Medical Center in Brandon.

Mrs. Macon, a retired homemaker, was born Dec. 18, 1913, in Webster County. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Webster County.

Survivors include a daughter, Kay Macon Sistrunk of Baton Rouge, La.; a son, Joe Macon of Brandon; four sisters, Delores Dorroh of Mathiston, Lammie Kilgore of Woodland, Betty McCain of Brandon and Judy Byrd of Memphis, Tenn.; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Macon; and one son, Bobby Macon.

Services were Oct. 14 at New Hope Baptist Church with burial in Old Bethany Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rick Byrd, Elton Dorroh, Joel Dorroh, Langston Kilgore, Larry Kilgore and Bobbie McCain.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle 'Myrt' Wright McKnight

Myrtle "Myrt" Wright McKnight, 59, of St. Louis, Mo., and formerly of Mantee, died Oct. 8, 2005, at Des Pears Hospital in St. Louis.

Survivors include her husband, Hoyt McKnight Jr. of St. Louis; a daughter, Denise Cantrell of Memphis, Tenn.; three stepdaughters, Stephanie McKnight, Michelle McKnight and Keely Robinson, all of Tallulah, La.; two sons, Travis Wright and Billy Joe Wright of Mantee; three sisters, Brenda Wolf of Shippensburg, Pa., Vert Wright of Mantee and Florence Pittman of Crossett, Ark.; a granddaughter, Victoria Cantrell of Memphis; and two stepgrandchildren, Janet Giordano of Cordova, Tenn., and Donald Kirk of Tallulah.

Services were Oct. 13 at Oliver Funeral Home with burial in Crossroads Cemetery.

Mark Johnson Pearson

Mark Johnson Pearson, 28 of Memphis, Tenn., died Oct. 3, 2005, at his residence.

Mr. Pearson graduated with honors from Eupora High School, where he was a merit scholar. He was a summa cum laude graduate from Mississippi State University and a 2003 graduate of University of Mississippi Law School. He was an attorney for John M. Bailey and a member of Eupora United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Ann and Michael Suriani, of Memphis; his father, Marty Pearson of Oxford; a sister, Dyana Perera of Memphis; a niece, Athena Perera of Memphis; and his grandparents, Florence Colburn of Houston and Harriet Pearson of Cleveland.

Services were Oct. 6 at Maples Memorial United Methodist Church in Olive Branch with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial Park Funeral Home of Memphis was in charge of arrangements.

Janice Ruth Smith

Janice Ruth Smith, 51, of Eupora died Oct. 14, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. Smith, a homemaker, was born Nov. 27, 1953, in West Point. She was a member of Montevista Baptist Church.

Survivors include her father, Kenneth Smith of Montevista; three sons, Thomas Eric Smith of Montevista, Karey Michael Smith of Eupora and Robert Steven Smith of Tomnolen; two sisters, Glenda Springer of Tupelo and Debbie Wright of Montevista; a brother, Ken Smith of Montevista; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred Smith.

Services were Oct. 16 at Montevista Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Keith Dendy officiated.

Pallbearers were Keith Medders, Barry Newton, Bill Patrick, Preston Patrick, Scott Ray, Evans Shaw and Bubba Wright.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William D. 'W.D.' Thompson

William D. "W.D." Thompson, 74, died Oct. 11, 2005, at 2:35 p.m. at his residence in Maben.

Mr. Thompson was born May 6, 1931, in Oktibbeha County. He was retired from the Animal Science Department at Mississippi State University, where he was employed for 20 years. His hobby was chasing coons. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Thompson; two sons; four daughters; five granddaughters; two grandsons, five great-granddaughters; one great-grandson and two brothers.

Services were Oct. 13 at Double Springs Baptist Church with burial in Clear Springs Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. John Foles was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice.

Welch Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. James Larkin Oswalt

Mr. James Larkin Oswalt, 58, of Ackerman, MS, died October 9, 2005 at his Residence in Ackerman. Mr. Oswalt was born November 1, 1946 in Choctaw County. He was an Employee of Hardwire Corp. and a Member of New Zion Baptist Church.

Mr. Oswalt is survived by his wife: Wonda Oswalt of Ackerman, MS; daughters: Elizabeth Oswalt, Jamie Oswalt, Sharon Oswalt all of Ackerman; brothers: Grover Oswalt of Ackerman and Paul Oswalt of Weir, MS; sisters: Ruth Gazaway of Sturgis, Mary Higgins of Weir, Wilma Seawright of Weir and Bonnie Sledge of Weir; granddaughter Jayleigh Freeman of Ackerman.

Mr. Oswalt was preceded in death by his son James Larkin Oswalt, Jr.; his parents Robert Noel and Annie Ethel Woods Oswalt, and his sister Nancy Oswalt McKnight.

Services were held Wednesday October 12, 2005 at Coleman Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Thompson and Rev. Charles Rooke officiating and burial in Mt. Airy Cemetery near Ackerman.

Pallbearers were Jerry Gazaway, Terry Gazaway, Daniel Arnold, Doyle Nowell, Harold Maness, David Forrester. Honorary Pallbearers were the Employees of Hardwire, Inc.

Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Tess Arnold

Tess Arnold, 22-month-old daughter of Jeff and Teresa Arnold of Jackson, went to be with Jesus May 7, 2005, at Rankin Medical Center in Brandon.

Tess came into this world on July 16, 2003, to the delight of her parents and older brother, Dean. She was a girl who already loved her purses and jewelry and bows. Tess was crazy about her big brother. Though her days here with us were few, she touched and amused so many with her sweet and charming words and joy for life.

Survivors include her parents, Jeff and Teresa Arnold; a brother, Dean Arnold of Jackson; maternal grandparents, Martin and Gwen Blough of Brandon; paternal grandfather, Morris D. Arnold of Eupora; her aunt, Tonia Blough of Brandon; her uncle, Mike Blough of Brandon; and her caregiver and special cousin, DeSha Shelby, along with other cousins.

Tess is preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Carole Fulgham Arnold.

Services were May 11 at Crossgates Baptist Church with burial in Lakewood Memorial Park. Pastor Tony Lambert officiated.

Pallbearers were Mike Blough, Joe Crenshaw, Tom Merchant and Joe Pennington Arnold

Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon was in charge of arrangements.

Sarah P. Hollis Awtrey

Sarah P. Hollis Awtrey, 63, of Maben died April 30, 2005, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.

Mrs. Awtrey, a homemaker, was a member of Lollars Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Awtrey of Maben; a daughter, Chassidy Awtrey of Maben; a stepdaughter, Amanda Baker of Fort Smith, Ark.; two sons, David Wayne Hollis of Maben and Ricky C. Hollis of Mathiston; a sister, Lucille Riley of Pearl; a brother, George Pearson of Holden, La.; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clinton and Mable Pearson; and two daughters, Sherri Lee and Marsha Kay Hollis.

Services were May 2 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Lollars Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Charles Clark, Geary Edmond, David Griggs, Johnny Lucas, Phillip Robinson and Bobby Sandiford.

Mildred Breland Henry

Mildred Breland Henry, 83, of Mathiston died May 3, 2005, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.

Mrs. Henry, a homemaker, was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, O.J. Henry of Mathiston; three daughters, Sharon Jent of Green Cove Springs, Fla., Janice Chesser of Starkville and Sonja Parish of Mathiston; a sister, Gola Gilliland of Ackerman; two brothers, Doyce Breland of Mathiston and Dale Breland of Tupelo; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services were May 5 at Fellowship Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Russell Mord, J.D. Harrison and Andy Parrish officiated.

Pallbearers were

Ricky Breland, Gary Chesser, Todd Chesser, Trey Chesser, Jeth Looney, Andy Parish, Chance Parish and Cory Parish.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Polly Onita Kellum

Polly Onita Kellum, 92, of Maben died May 3, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Mrs. Kellum, a homemaker, was born Jan. 8, 1913, in Carroll County. She was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Eliza Parker and Onita Parker of Maben; two sons, Fint Kellum of Byhalia and Estel "Buddy" Kellum of Mathiston; a brother, Rastus Goss of Lexington; 20 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; 83 great-great-grandchildren and four great-great-great-grandchildren.

Services were May 5 at Double Springs Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Charles White and John Foles officiated.

Pallbearers were Chuck Cole, Dale Parker, Davis Parker, Nick Parker, Gary Simms and Randy Stuckey.

Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bernice Burton O'Brian

Bernice Burton O'Brian, 85, of Eupora died May 3, 2005, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Mrs. O'Brian was born Oct. 22, 1919, in Webster County. She was a retired office manager at Gifford Medical Clinic and a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Reid Golding of Eupora; two sisters, Christine Burton Towery and Nellie Mai Burton Baswell of West Point; four nieces and one nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ogle O'Brian.

Services were May 6 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Providence Cemetery. The Rev. Larry Creel officiated.

Louis Curtis Power

Louis Curtis Power, 82, of Weir died May 2, 2005, at his residence.

Mr. Power was born Sept. 20, 1922, in Choctaw County. He was owner and operator of Power Service Station for 37-1/2 years. He had been a deacon in Weir and New Zion Baptist churches for 49 years, a member of Campers on Mission and of the Winnebago Travel Club since 1983.

Survivors include his wife, Frankie Sue Power of Weir; a son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Sandra Power of Bay St. Louis; a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Bill Rice of Pearl; a sister, Aileen Braswell of Millington, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Betsey Rice, Stephanie P. Ruoss and Doug Power; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were May 5 at Weir Baptist Church with burial in South Union Methodist Church Cemetery. The Revs. Jim Pender, Curtis Guess and Ferrell Cork officiated.

Memorials may be made to Weir Baptist Church or Campers on Mission, c/o Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, P.O. Box 530, Jackson, MS 39205 in memory of Curtis Power.

Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rosco Leonard Robinson

Rosco Leonard Robinson, 66, died May 3, 2005, at his residence in Maben.

Mr. Robinson, a self-employed logger, was born in Oktibbeha County.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth "Libby" Jane Robinson of Maben; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Fleming of Eupora; five sons, Tony Robinson and Ray Robinson of Grenada, Leonard James Lucas of Clarkson, Sylvester Lewis Robinson of Maben and Donald Wayne Robinson of Eupora; a sister, Dorothy Josephine Lucas of Maben; a brother, L.C. Robinson of Maben; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation was May 7 at Welch Funeral Home in Maben. The Rev. Billy Hurtoe was minister.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Eric M. Stephenson

Eric M. Stephenson, 79, of Flint, Mich., died April 27, 2005, at Avalon Hospice in Flint.

Mr. Stephenson was born Oct. 1, 1934, in Ackerman. He married Joan Bukosky on April 28, 1956, in Flint.

He enjoyed NASCAR, boating, fishing, spending time with his family and friends and spending time in Florida. Mr. Stephenson was owner and operator of Stephenson Tree Surgeon since 1956.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Stephenson of Flint; a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Stephen Rowley of Flushing, Mich.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Paula Stephenson and David and Angela Stephenson of Flint; seven grandchildren, Steven and Craig Woodley, Christal Stephenson, Mary Condron, Stephen Rowley, Carolyn Rowley and Colleen Rowley, 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Renford and Bell Stephenson of Eupora and Billy and Mary Stephenson of Ackerman; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Julia and Grady Hollis of Starkville, and Faye and Joe Ivy and Peggy and Reed Mason of Ackerman; several nieces and nephews; and special friends Billy (formerly of Webster County) and Pauline Crenshaw of Burton, Mich.

Services were April 30 at Swartz Funeral Home in Flint with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. The Rev. Robert L. Dickie II officiated.

Resa Elijah Wasson

The Rev. Resa Elijah Wasson, 98, of Inverness died April 30, 2005, at Traceway Manor in Tupelo.

The Rev. Wasson, a retired Methodist minister, was born in the Shady Grove community in Attala County, where he received his education and graduated from McAdams Schools. He attended Millsaps and later graduated from Delta State University. He received his license into the United Methodist Conference and ministered for 44 years. After retiring, he made his home in Inverness for the last 30 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Dell Hubbard of Eupora and Elizabeth King of Inverness; a son, the Rev. Warren Wasson of Venice, Fla.; three sisters, Opal Burleson of San Francisco, Hilda Walton of Kosciusko and Linda Olerton of San Diego; three brothers, Alton Wasson, Billy Wasson and Timothy Wasson, all of Kosciusko; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were May 3 at Inverness United Methodist Church with burial in Shady Grove Cemetery in Attala County

Boone-Card Funeral Home of Indianola was in charge of arrangements

 

Betty Joan Hill Faulkner   Retired manager

 Mathiston – Betty Joan Hill Faulkner, 63, of Mathiston died July 31, 2005, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle. Services were today at 10 a.m. at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with Don Parrish officiating. Burial was at New Hope Cemetery in Webster County. Ms. Faulkner was born July 4, 1942, Gloster to Lillie Mae Hill and the late John Russell Hill. She managed Newman Oil Company’s Newmart Store in Mathiston for 15 year’s. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church. She is survied by her mother Lillie Mae Hill of Mathiston; son, Sammy Faulkner of Mathiston; sister’s, Ora Johnson of Columbus and Annie Frazier of Greenville; and brothers, Robert Lee “Bud” Hill of Kilmichael, Earl Hill of Houston; Ervin Hill of Winona. Memorials may be made to Vicory Baptist Church of Mathiston, or the American Cancer Society.    

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