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Barbara Jean Longest
HOLLY SPRINGS - Barbara Jean Johnson Longest, 70, of Holly Springs, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007. She was born Sept. 15, 1936, in Victoria, Miss. to the late Booker Talifero Johnson and Nina Taylor Johnson. She was a retired educator, having served as a teacher of English and French in the public schools of Mississippi and as an Assistant Professor and Director of Testing, Career Counseling and Placement at Rust College.
In 1957, Barbara married her true love and life partner of nearly 50 years, Wallace Longest. Together they enjoyed the many pleasures of raising children and visiting grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Taylor's Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Victoria. J. F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband; Wallace Longest, daughters, Cyrana Longest Mott and Cereesa Longest Lacey; sons-in-law, Michael Seth Mott and Gregory L. Lacey; grandchildren, Michael Wallace Longest Mott, Zoe Victoria Lacey, Ian Gregory Lacey and Eli Lawrence Lacey; sister, Edna Johnson Wright; brother-in-law, David M. Wright; nieces, Chaundra R. Wright and Yolanda Wright Hauer; nephew-in-law, Charles Hauer; grand nephews, David E. Wright, Christopher Hauer and Matthew Hauer, great aunts, Irma Cummings and Revere Goodwin and husband, Rev. Otis Goodwin; and many additional grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, great- grandnephews, cousins and dear and loving friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to the Nina Taylor Johnson Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Dr. David L. Beckley, President, Rust College, 150 Rust Avenue, Holly Springs, MS 38635, in honor of Mrs. Longest's late mother. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship fund, please call Rust College at (662) 252-8000, ext. 4012.
Annie Lois Lewis
HOUSTON - Annie Lois Berry Lewis, 85, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at her home in Houston. She was born Sept. 3, 1921, in Sturgis to the late Lilah Woodson Berry and Non Quincy Berry. She and her husband, M.M. "Bunk" Lewis were the owners of the former Lewis Furniture and Appliance Co. She was a member of First Baptist Church, a former member of the Delphian Club and a former Jaycette.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in the Chickasaw Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Goza (Robert Lamar) of Houston and Marsha Carol DePriest (Tommy) of McCarley; one sister, Marie Nason of Montgomery, Ala.; four grandchildren, Robert Lamar "Bunky" Goza Jr. (Heather), of Amory, Benny Goza of Houston, Keetha DePriest Reed of Winona and Lan DePriest (Karen) of Jackson, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren, Tillman Reed, Kami Goza and Kamryn DePriest.
She was preceded in death by her husband, M.M. "Bunk" Lewis on May 3, 1993; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Bunky Goza, Benny Goza, Lan DePriest, Keith Pounds, Deedy Griffin and Ken Fullilove.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Miss., 1900 Dunbarton Dr., Suite 8, Jackson, MS 39216.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. You may sign the online registry at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
WOODLAND - Ida Nell "Lucy" Keith Russell, 65, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Woodland Baptist Church. A loving mother, she enjoyed her children and grandchildren; traveling; collecting unusual items; planting flowers; and yard sales.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Greg Herndon officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, her twin, Lillie Bell Kennedy (Thomas) and Linda Fae Rowe (Paul Wayne); brothers, Travis E. Keith (Rose), Harold Keith (Peachie), Kenneth W. Keith (Christy), all of Pontotoc; daughters, Tina E. Pickering (Mitchell), Ida L. Groves (Chris), Priscilla E. Russell; sons, Milburn Chester Russell (Barbara), Jasper William Russell (Christina) of Florence, Ala., Harold Keith Russell (Faye), Wendell J. Russell (Tonja), Todd S. Russell (Renea), all of Pontotoc; 25 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Lounette Hester Keith Ferguson; and stepfather, James Robert Ferguson; a sister, Betty Lou Reid; her husband, Milburn S. Russell; and a grandson, Pvt. Justin Levi Russell.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Eric Sauceda, Michael Russell, Kristopher Russell, Robert Russell, Kealy Russell, T.C. Groves.
Honorary pallbearers will be David Russell, Andy Sauceda, Brian Russell, Nigel Snead, Blake Estes and Turner Seymore.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today.
FULTON - Rosemary Ashley Howard, 41, died Thursday, March 8, 2007. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Eva M. Moore
FULTON - Eva M. Moore, 87, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Daniel Health Care. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
Earnest C. Allen
PONTOTOC - Earnest C. Allen, 77, of Pontotoc, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Pontotoc. He was born March 28, 1929, in Quitman County to Willie Sidney and Pearlie Nicholson Allen. He was a member of New Faith Baptist Church and a former employee of Pontotoc Discount Furniture.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Baldwin, Nowell and Clark Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Bro. Tim Mims, Bro. Don McCutchen and Bro. Tootie Ward officiating. Burial will be in the New Faith Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Marsha Murphree and Sandra Ward (Tootie), all of Pontotoc, and Mylinda Beckum (Michael) of Grenada; three sons, David Allen (Dorothy) of Pontotoc, Bobby Allen (Betty Sue) of Birmingham, Ala., and Danny Allen (Mylinda) of Oxford; three sisters, Catherine Jones of Texas, Venera Kannada of Oxford and Syble Gamble of Kennett, Mo.; one brother, Sidney Allen of Kilmichael; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda J. Allen; his parents; one brother, Hurbert Allen; and two sisters, Willie Pearl Washington and Norma Jean Woods.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to New Faith Baptist Church, 4219 Hwy. 336, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Linda L. Casterline
DOVER, Del. - Linda L. Wright Casterline, 66, died Feb. 28, 2007, at Kent General Hospital. She was born June 22, 1940, in Amory to the late Paul and Maudine Wright. She was a graduate of Amory High School, class of 1958. She worked for over 20 years retiring in 2006 in the Caesar Rodney School District as a cook in the Riley Brown Elementary School Cafeteria as well as driving a bus for Cool's Bus Service. She enjoyed traveling around the United Sates and going on day trips with family and friends to see flowers or just shopping. She loved bowling and was on the bowling league at Brunswick Bowl as well as a member of the travel league. She enjoyed watching baseball especially the Atlanta Braves. One of her joys in life was always making sure her family and friends were taken care of. She loved to be with them at gatherings and holidays always adding her love and special touch. Her greatest joy was being Granny to her nine grandchildren and always had to have at least one of them with her. She was always there whenever anyone needed her and will be missed by all that knew her.
Services were held Monday, March 5, 2007, at Torbet Funeral Home Chapel South in Dover, Delaware.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, George "Jack" Casterline of Dover, Del.; her son, George B. Casterline and wife, Jenyfer, of Smyrna, Del.; her two daughters, Paula Wood and husband, Bob, of Dover, Del., and Tracy Higgins and husband, Brian, of Minot, N.D.; the mother who raised her, Jewel Berry Wright of Amory; her sister, Nina Stacey and husband, Daniel, of Hot Springs, Ark.; nine grandchildren, Jamie, Bobbie, Paige, Christopher and Autumn Wood, Rebecca and Rachael Higgins, Sidney and Gabriel Casterline.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Warren Wright.
Mildred S. Faulkner
LONGVIEW - Mildred Stewart Faulkner, 85, of the Longview community, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 22, 1922, in Effington County, Georgia to the late Kirby Stewart and Willa Pauline Mingledroff Stewart. She grew up in Georgia, worked briefly in the garment industry in Alabama and moved to Memphis as a young woman where she trained to be a hairdresser. In 1968, she married Stacey Faulkner of the Longview community of Pontotoc County and made her home there until her health failed in 2004. She was a beautician for over 25 years and a Mary Kay Cosmetics representative for over 40 years. A homemaker, she loved to sew and tend the and her garden and flowers with her late husband. She was a longtime faithful and active member of the Longview Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with the Rev. Paul Hamblin officiating assisted by the Rev. Tommy Morrow. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her sister, Catherine Robbins and her husband, Bramble, of Southaven; one stepdaughter, Charlotte Senter of Paris, Tenn.; one step grandson, Kevin Denton and his wife, Michelle, of Branson, Mo.; and her stepgreat-grandson, Jared Denton of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Stacey Faulkner in 2003; her stepdaughter, Delores Bebermeyer and her stepgranddaughter, Daphne Padgett, both in 1998; her stepsons-in-law, Dr. John Senter; and four sisters, Talulah Stewart, Edwina Walker, Jessie Cash and Gladys Ivy.
Pallbearers will be Bramble Robbins, Perry Pound, Keith Garner, Gary Jones, Chris, David Hamblin and Lamar Everett.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Longview Baptist Church, 406 Dozier Hill Road, Belden, MS 38826 or to the Sanctuary Hospice House, Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38801.
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PLANTERSVILLE - Cathryn Vance "Jack" Johnson, 88, died Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at Manhattan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jackson after an extended illness. A Harperville native, she was born Nov. 12, 1918, to the late Irvin and D.O. Anderson Vance. She was valedictorian of the 1935 graduating class of Walnut High Grove School. She then went on to Jackson Business College. On Oct. 8, 1942, she married the Rev. Joseph Silas Johnson, a longtime Baptist minister. During World War II, she was employed with Southern Bell Telephone Company as a telephone opererator. While living in Noxapater earlier in her life, she worked as a secretary with Fair Lumber Company in Louisville. After moving to Plantersville, she worked as a secretary with Gravlee Lumber Company and later Milam Manufacturing, before joining The Peoples Bank & Trust Company until her retirement in 1984. She was a longtime church musician, serving at Noxapater Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Plantersville, and over 25 years with the First Methodist Church Baldwyn.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Plantersville. The Rev. Danny Balint will officiate, and the Rev. Rickey Bishop will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Plantersville Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Cathy Garrett (Mike) and Betsy Conaway (Richard); one son, Paul Johnson (Judy), all of Brandon; seven granchildren, Ricky Borden, Benji Borden, Laura Conaway, Tara Conaway, Brian Conaway, Vance Johnson and Deanne New; 10 great-grandchildren, Clay Borden, Cooper Borden, Bella Golightly, Phin Golightly, Silas Borden, Nathaniel Goodyear, Sawyer Hoeschele, Griffin Hoeschele, Cyrus Hoeschele and Harlee Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Craig Gaines, David Hill, Billy Roberson, Dewey Davis, David Monaghan Sr. and Lawrence Estes.
Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to the Plantersville Youth Program (Future Boys & Girls Club) in care of Create Foundation, P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802.
TUPELO - Genevie Taylor Guntharp, 87, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after an extended illness. A Tupelo native, she was born March 3, 1920, to the late Swep and Florence Ballard Taylor. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was a talented seamstress, designing and sewing wedding gowns, wedding attendant dresses, cheerleader costumes, pageant dresses, suits, dresses and alterations for more than 40 years.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Boguefala Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Wayne Cox and Bro. Delbert Turner officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Christine Nanney of Tupelo and Lorene Carr of Sevierville, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Guntharp; three sisters, Clara Howell, Fess Hussey and Gladys Cantrell; and four brothers, Pete, Tank, Joe and Swep "Bud" Taylor.
Pallbearers will be Steve Nanney, Randy Taylor, Joe Price Young, Mike Bass, Charles Elliff, George Lyons, David Bruce and Joe Hillhouse.
Memorials may be made to Mantachie Church of Christ, 5386 Highway 363 South, Mantachie, MS 38855; or Verona Church of Christ, 120 West Road, Verona, MS 38879; or a charity of the donor's choice.
Sidney O. Rye
TROY - Sidney Owen Rye, 88, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was born on the family farm in the Troy community of Pontotoc County to the late Jesse H. Rye and Lula Mae Hester Rye. He attended Troy schools and lived on and farmed his family land the whole of his life. He loved the outdoors, enjoyed his neighbors and revered his grandchildren. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a lifelong member of Troy Baptist Church.
Serviced will be at 11 a.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Kevin Wallace and Bro. Dwight Brown officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Ruth Jamison Rye of Troy, whom he married Oct. 1, 1943; two daughters, Joan Pound Landsdell and husband, Sidney, of Tupelo and Beverly Rye Blaylock and husband, Steve A. Sr., of Verona; six grandchildren, Charles Rye Pound (Reagan) of Ridgeland, John C. Pound (Marion) of Chattanooga, Tenn., Jamison F. Pound (Karla) of Ridgeland, Cherish Blaylock Fletcher (Jeremy) of Leesville, La., Steven A. Blaylock II (Stacy) of Shannon and Sidney Rye Blaylock (Kristin) of Starkville; six great-grandchildren, Jesse Rye Pound, Joshua Charles Pound, Joseph West Pound, Maya Liz Pound, Solona Springer Pound and Ruth Jamison Fletcher.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and six siblings: Mary Belle Jaggers, Jesse Rye, Ruth Priest, Harry Rye, Annirene Collins and Tom Rye.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Charles, John, Jamison, Jeremy, Steven and Rye. Honorary pallbearers will be W.C. Barber and Ricky Trimble.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.
FULTON - Rebecca Hughes died Friday, March 9, 2007, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
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Prebble E. Cummings
VERONA - Prebble Elaine Cummings, 85, died suddenly Thursday, March 8, 2007, at her residence in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Esther Wiley Rush
BELDEN - Esther Wiley Rush, 65, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
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CALHOUN CITY - Louise Nix, 85, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at her home. She was born Nov. 15, 1921, in Chickasaw County. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Ron Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Bruce.
Survivors include two daughters, Annette Ivy of Bruce and Nancy Lambert of Calhoun City; three sons, George Nix and wife, Charlsey of Pittsboro, Frank Nix and wife, Dessie, and David Nix and wife, Jerrie, all of Calhoun City; three sisters, Bernie Phillips and Sallie V. Hamilton, both of Calhoun City and Inez Phillips of Bruce; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bailey Nix; a son, Lesley Nix; a grandsons, Don Nix; her parents, Jim Hamilton and Maudi Hamilton; two sisters, Clara Brown and Blanche Nix; and a brother, Lee Hamilton.
BRUCE - Floye Pauline Shields, 86, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at the Bruce Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 8, 1921, in Charleston. She was a homemaker and a member of Baileyville Baptist Church. She was the widow of Joseph Elley Shields, who died Nov. 16, 1978. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Jimmy Mitchell Shields and Johnny Shields; and her parents, George Washington Davis and Willie Gertrue Martin Davis.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Drivers Flat Baptist Church in Banner with the Rev. Greg Bray and the Rev. Carnie Grimes officiating. Burial will be in the Drivers Flat Cemetery. Parker Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Willie Lee Schmitz of Derma and Denise Braddock of Bruce; one son, Joseph Elley Shields Jr. of Mississippi; one brother, William Alton Davis of Choctaw, Okla.; 24 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be David Hood, Roger Schmitz, Craig Schmitz, Dennis Braddock, Tiger Dover and Tommy Schmitz. Honorary pallbearer will be Louise Eisenberg.
Mary Kathrine Wells
BLUE SPRINGS - Mary Kathrine Wells, 74, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Flag Lake Baptist Church near Strayhorn. She was the widow of Jim Wells.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Flag Lake Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Surrette Cemetery in Arkabutla. Pate-Jones Funeral Home of Senatobia is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Thomas Richard White of Baldwyn; two sisters, Barbara Burk of Senatobia and Reatha Putt of Sarah; three brothers, Ramas Red of Senatobia, Charles Red of Sarah and Cecil Red of Robinsonville; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
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OKOLONA - Willie Boyd "Shorty" Gathings, 57, died Monday, March 5, 2007, at Skyridge Medical Center in Cleveland, Tenn. He was born May 11, 1949, to Goland and Mildred McNairy Gathings in Gibson, Miss. He was a 1967 graduate of Fannie Carter High School in Okolona. He was a member of New Hope M.B. Church in Gibson whre he served an an usher. He was a retired employee of Babcox and Wilcox in West Point. He loved his family and friends, grooming his yard and cooking. He loved seeing people laugh and encouraging them.
Services will be at noon today at Jolly Chapel M.B. Church in Okolona with the Rev. Donna Anthony officiating. Burial will be in the Gathings Family Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Laria Ware-Gathings of Cleveland, Tenn.; two daughters, Theresa (Michael) Gladney of Lawton, Okla., and Pastor Donna (James) Anthony of Columbus; one son, Steven (Ronnie) Wilson of Atlanta, Ga.; four sisters, LuOllie Holliday, Margaret Patrick, Genevia Larry and Sara (James) Ware; four brothers, Precious (Lenora) Gathings, Booker T. Gathings, Felix (Hannah) Gathings and Page (Dollie) Gathings; four grandchildren, Michael Gladney, Diamone Gladney, Megan Anthony and Zaquan Wilson; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy "Pat" Clark and Betty Nixon; three brothers-in-law, Bishop Willie B. Ware Jr. (Celia), James "Randy" (Frankie) Ware and Harvey (Lonnie) Ware of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Goland and Mildred McNairy Gathings; his first wife, Geneva Fears Gathings; and four brothers, Prince, Goland Jr., William and Anthony Gathings.
HOLLY SPRINGS - D'Andre Cunningham, 19, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at the Regional Medical Center as the result of an automobile accident. He was born March 16, 1987, in New Albany to Fred Douglas Cunningham Jr. and Sarah Mae Gatewood.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the H.W. Byers School with the Rev. Timothy Wright officiating. Burial will be in the Concord Baptist Church Cemetery in Lamar. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Sarah Gatewood of Slayden; his fathers, Fred Cunningham Jr. of Holly Springs and Ricky Smith of Memphis; three sisters, Amelia Cunningham of Slayden, Marquetta Cunningham of Holly Springs and Nicole Jeffries of Memphis; three brothers, Patrick Gatewood (Annessa) of Holly Springs, Erwin Chris Gatewood (Linda) of Greenville, and Bobby Jeffries (Lil) of Memphis; uncles, aunts, a niece, a nephew, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Rico McKinney, Jeremy McGauhey, Bruce Bell, Desmond Walker, Antonio Crutcher and Demarcus Jones.
HOLLY SPRINGS - Brittany Jones, 18, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at the Regional Medical Center as the result of an automobile accident. She was born April 1, 1988, in Shelby County, Tenn. to Gloria Faye Jones and Johnny Dowdy. At an early age she joined Hudsonville CME Church; she later joined Faith Temple COGIC.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at H.W. Byers School at Mt. Pleasant with Elder Christopher Griggs officiating. Burial will be in the Faith Temple COGIC Cemetery in Slayden. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Gloria Jones and father, Johnny Dowdy of Slayden; four brothers, Devin and Courvasler Jones, Josh and Johnathan Dowdy; one sister, Jeanea Dowdy; her grandmothers, Loretta Jones of Slayden, and Earnestine Luellen of Blue Mountain; her grandfather, John Lee Dowdy of Slayden; her great-grandmother, Christina Fitzpatrick; aunts, uncles, and other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Carlos Gorman, Jake Ben, Cordero Bean, Reginald Harris, Derrecco Murphy, Jamarcus Jones and Deangelo Fitzpatrick.
Murlon Gene Allen
OXFORD - Murlon Gene Allen, 75, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. He was a retired Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and a former Assistant Road Manager for Lafayette County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Shiloh Baptist Church in Oxford with the Rev. Ken White and the Rev. Cary Worthington officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Allen of Oxford; two sons, Larry Gene Allen and his wife, Sandra, of Abbeville and Thomas Grady Allen and his wife, Becky, of Bellevue, Neb.; four sisters, Marie Russell of Thaxton, Ruth Dale Sneed of Belden, Patricia Sheffield of Tupelo and Mary Seaberry of San Diego, Calif.; three brothers, Don Allen, Gary Allen and Gayle Allen, all of Oxford; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1:30 to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
MYRTLE - Mildred Wright Coltharp, 76, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center. She was born on Oct. 3, 1930, in Benton County to the late Lewis William Wright and Willie Mae Holland Wright. She was an inspector for Piper Impact. She enjoyed reading and working in her flowers. She was Pentecostal and a member of the Victory Life Center Church in New Albany.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Victory Life Center Church with Bro. Mark Bishop and Bro. Raymond Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, David, Coltharp of Myrtle; three sisters, Pauline Stauss of New Orleans, La., Jewel Keaton of Jasper, Ala., and Helen Ellis of Visalia, Calif.; two brothers, Wayne and Charles Wright of Myrtle; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Hattie Byerly and Louise Paschall; and one brother, Billy Gene Wright.
Pallbearers will be Benji Bishop, Jon Trimm, Eddie Coltharp, Hubert Fuller, John Dyson, Darin Cooper, Gary Cooper and James Smith.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.
WEST POINT - Anderson Watt, 69, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at his home in West Point.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Third Mt. Olive Baptist Church in West Point with the Rev. Al Lathan officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Connie Watt of West Point; two sons, Eugene Watt of Jackson and Anthony Powell of Warner Robins, Ga.; five daughters, Shirley Watt of Cleveland, Ohio, Nellie Scales, Rosie Rambus, Moease Cannon and Terry Finley, all of West Point; three sisters, Nellie Rush of St. Louis, Mo., Emma Chester and Madie Underwood, both of Cleveland, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bossy and Peadie Watt; two sisters, Dorothy Watt and Maggie Conley; and five brothers, James Watt, Frank Watt, Buck Watt, Earnest Watt and Aaron Devine.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.
LONGVIEW - Mary Evnor Russell Caldwell, 76, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Longview Baptist Church. She was retired from Brookwood Furniture and Mississippi Samples. She was a loving mother, grandmother and aunt. She loved crocheting, sewing, reading her Bible and her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Longview Baptist Church with Bro. Jimmy Russell and Bro. Billy Glover officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Annie Dyer (Ray) of Longview; her children, Ronnie Caldwell (Nora) of Longview, Charles Caldwell and fiancŽe, Hucent Wright, of Orange, Texas, Olanne Caldwell Loague (Don) of Dorsey; her grandchildren, Anthony and Blake Loague, Dayla Caldwell, Skylar Caldwell, Jessica Wright, John Wright, Larry Wright II and Eric Wright; her great-grandchildren, Devon and Kendon Loague, Andrew Wiggs and Tyler Newman; a host of nieces and nephews; her special friends, Nan Baggett and Anna Loyce Stokes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Caldwell; and her parents, Alvis and Irene Nix Russell.
Pallbearers will be Mitchell Dyer, Michael Dyer, Russell Dyer, Jason Dyer, Tyler Dyer and Chris Brown.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and on Sunday from noon until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
CORINTH - Arthur Sim Prather, 69, of Corinth, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at his residence. He was born Nov. 6, 1937, in Corinth. He had worked at Intex Plastic and was a U.S. Army veteran.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Biggersville Pentecostal Church with burial Monday at 11 a.m. in the National Cemetery in Corinth. S and S Chapel Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements.
OXFORD - Mildred Banks Gator, 73, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
OKOLONA - Annie Elizabeth Germany Windham, 80, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born June 6, 1926, in Carrollton. She lived in Natchez for 19 years and in Monterey, La. for 21 years before moving to Okolona in 1993. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and fishing. She was an active member of Faith Outreach Church in Okolona until her health failed. In Monterey, she was a member of Monterey Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the local Women's Club. She loved her family and friends.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Outreach Church with Bro. Jimmy Bryan officiating. Entombment will be in the chapel of Faith Mausoleum in Lee Memorial Park. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, C.B. Windham of Okolona; her daughter, Glenda Burns and husband, Kenneth, of Okolona; two sons, Charles "Chuck" Windham and wife, Pat, of Overland Park, Kan., and Jimmy Don Windham and wife, Susan, of Ferriday, La.; 10 grandchildren, Bridget Burns, Brother Burns (Autumn), Tiffany Dohner (Doug), Jessica Windham, Trey Windham, Dawn Maynor (Brian), Chad Windham, Tabatha Windham, Tip Windham and Will Windham; five great-grandchildren, Alexis Pannell, Carter Burns, Carson Dohner, Kenan Maynor and Emma Windham.
She was preceded in death by her father; her mother, Sallie Jeffreys Germany; and five siblings.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and her nephews, Johnny Germany and James Gatlin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel and from 1 p.m. until service time on Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Faith Outreach Church, 31312 County Line Road, Okolona, MS 38860.
RIPLEY - Mary Evelyn Flake Dunmire, 70, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was a retired waitress for Pete and Sams Restaurant in Memphis. She was a member of Walnut Baptist Church in Walnut and was loved by family and friends.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Providence Baptist Church in Tiplersville with Bro. Tom Wilder officiating. Burial will be in the Providence Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ann Dunmire of Holiday, Fla.; two brothers, Gene A. Flake of Horn Lake and Billy C. Flake of Munford, Tenn.; four sisters, Mildred Ruth Hodges of Hall, Tenn., Cloyce Frances Johnson of Largo, Fla., Virginia Rose Agastino of Homer City, Pa., and Catherine I. Denson of Walnut; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Blair Dunmire; her parents, Luther Wesley and Lessie Mae Barnes Flake; one daughter, Joan La Dena Winter; three brothers, Bobby Joe Flake, Fred L. Flake and Earl T. Flake; and three sisters, Beatrice Newman, Inez Bryant and Dorothy Ann Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Gordon Flake, Douglas Dunmire, Jerry Lazenby, Phillip Winter, Jeremy Young and Jason Young.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today at the church.
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Dakota Lee Bates
RIPLEY - Dakota Lee Bates, 7, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Trent Spencer, the Rev. Doc Shelton and the Rev. Terry Ray Vuncannon officiating. Burial will be in the Lowry Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Freddie and Marilyn Mauney Bates of Ripley; two sisters, Kacey Bates and Keena Duncan, both of Falkner; his grandmother, Martha Mauney of Ripley; a special aunt, Carolyn Mauney of Ripley; and two special cousins, Josh and Hunter Huddleston of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Kandice Cross Bates; and his grandparents, Lorenza Mauney, Claudie and Laura Bates.
Pallbearers will be Kerry Lane Robertson, Kerry Gates, Mike Shelton, Phil Koon, Mike Johnson and Brian Bates. Honorary pallbearers will be Suzette Haynes, Kristen Herring, Vicki Hatcher, Arnold Witt and the First Grade Class at Pine Grove Elementary School.
FULTON - Michael "Mike" Walton, 41, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
AMORY - Chadrick O'Brian Stevenson, 25, died Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 9, 1982. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of the Amory Middle School under the direction of Mr. Travis Beard and a super student of Ms Lisa Pace and Ms Lori Polk. He was a lover of country music and enjoyed playing his guitar and making music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the St. James United Methodist Church with Elder Benjamin C. Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the New Chapel Cemetery in Smithville.
Survivors include his father and mother, William Stevenson and Carolyn Stevenson of Amory; one brother, William Stevenson Jr. of Amory; and two sisters, Anita Stevenson and Haley Stevenson, both of Amory.