Edna Benefield, Ripley

Ann Blansett, Okolona

Ray Buskirk, Houston

Patsy Carson, Conyers, Ga.

Marie Cole, Booneville

Marie Duncan, Baldwyn

Bertha Eubanks, Water Valley

Rupert M. Fowler, Courtland

Eva Horton Geno, Booneville

Nona E. Hall, Oak Hill

Walter A. Hellums, Bruce

Lois Hood, Tupelo

Tom Johnson, Guntown

Dot Keith, Pontotoc

Grady Parker, Byhalia

Lesa Carol Shepherd, Ecru

Joshua Strong Reese, Aberdeen

Roger Shields, Amory

Maverine E. Tennyson, Corinth

Gladys Thomas, Iuka

Eva Horton Geno

BOONEVILLE - Eva Horton Geno, 81, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab Center after an extended illness. She worked at Prentiss Manufacturing and was a member of the Booneville Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Geno.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. J.A. Thornton officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Bobbie Sappington of Booneville; three brothers, A. J. Horton of Booneville, Harbert Horton of Hammond, Ind., and Thomas Horton of Walnut; two grandchildren, Steve Nanney and his wife, Belinda, and Robbie Lambert and her husband, Bobby, all of Booneville; four great-grandchildren, Jessica Nanney, Christian Nanney, Steven Lambert and A. J. Lambert.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Joshua Strong Reese

ABERDEEN - Joshua Strong Reese, infant, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory.

Graveside services were Saturday at the Baptist Grove Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his father, Theodis Reese; his mother, Sonya Strong; his grandmothers, Mary S. Reese and Frances Strong; his grandfathers, Charles Reese and Michael Lloyd; and a host of relatives and friends.

Roger Shields

GREENWOOD SPRINGS - Roger Dale Shields, 58, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at his residence after a sudden illness. He was born Nov. 24, 1944, in Aberdeen, to the late A. L. and Thelma Latham Shields. He lived in the Splunge community for 32 years. He attended Greenwood Springs Schools. He married Linda Worthey Aug. 26, 1968, in Vernon, Ala.; she predeceased him in 2000. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army 7th Armor Division, serving in Germany. He was a machinist employed by True Temper Sports for over 25 years, where he was president of the Union for four years. He retired in 1993. He was a member of the Assembly of God where he served in church leadership as a deacon and a board member for multiple years. He was the coach of the Greenwood Springs softball team for four years. He was an Atlanta Braves fan.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory with Bro. Charles Flippo officiating. Burial will be in the Lann Cemetery in Splunge.

Survivors include his son, Michael Shields and wife, Debbie, of Splunge; one daughter, Tina S. Rost and husband, Robbie, of Smithville; one brother, A. J. Shields of Aberdeen; four sisters, Geraldine Tipton of Splunge, Avis Threadgill of Gattman, Shirley Parrish of Hatley and Laura West of Amory; three grandchildren, Montana "Tanner" Shields, Cheyenne Shields and Dylan Rost.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one brother, Alvin Shields; and one sister, Christine Hill.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Tipton, Harold Otts, Lloyd Threadgill, David Shields, Doyle Guyton and Phillip Shields. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Mann and Jack Dillard.

Visitation will continue today at the funeral home until service time.

Grady Parker

BYHALIA - Grady Herbert Parker, 91, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville, Tenn. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Byhalia, a Mason and a member of the O.R. Houck Lodge in Memphis for 60 years. He was a retired carpenter. He was preceded in death by his parents, General Carson and Clyde Mitchell Parker; a son, Grady Wayne Parker; and his wife, Henry Anna Virginia Gamblin Parker; and a grandson, Donnie Nelson.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Anthony Langley officiating. Burial will be in the Bruce Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Lorraine and Bobby Parker Nelson, and Virginia Gale and Gene Lail, all of Byhalia; four grandchildren, Christy, Brandon, Melanie and Heath; three great-grandchildren, Jade, Lee and Carlie Lakin.

Pallbearers will be Bill Dawson, Billy Traylor, George Bistow, Arthur East, Mitchell Nelson and Brian Toledo.

Gladys Thomas

IUKA - Gladys Thomas, 91, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at the Graceland Nursing Home in Oxford. She was a member of the Snowdown United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Thomas; and a sister, Frances Debord.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with the Rev. Milton Winter officiating. Burial will be in the Snowdown Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Gerald Thomas and wife, Dorothy, of Crestview, Fla., and Jimmy Thomas and wife, Martha, of Holly Springs; two sisters, Irene Curtis of Sebring, Fla., and Doreen McGibbon of Newport News, Va.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Snowdown Cemetery Fund.

Bertha Eubanks

WATER VALLEY - Bertha Sossaman Eubanks, 86, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003. She was born Dec. 11, 1916, in Yalobusha County to the late Dick Sossaman and Jessie Lee Rodgers Sossaman. She was a member of the New Life Fellowship Church in Oakland, Miss.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Pinecrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, William "Skip" Eubanks of Goshen, NY; one daughter, Angela Eubanks of Oxford; one sister, Marie Seeders of Oroville, Calif.; one brother, John Sossaman of Oakland, Miss.; four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Granvy Williams Eubanks Jr. on Oct. 2, 1998.

Ann Blansett

OKOLONA - Clara Ann Blansett, 70, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at her residence in Okolona after a short illness. She was born and raised in Houston and was the daughter of the late W.M. "Mote" Woodall and Jennie McBrayer Woodall. She retired with Futorian after 28 years of service and had currently been employed with Brian Corbett Bonding Company. A lifelong Baptist, she loved God with all her heart. She enjoyed cooking, her grandchildren and spending time at the Sheriff's Department.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Faith Outreach Church in Okolona with the Rev. Jimmy Bryan officiating. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Cemetery. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Lewis and her husband, Anthony, and Gayla Laliberte and her husband, Randy; one son, James Blansett and his wife, Tina, all of Okolona; her stepchildren, Ruben Blansett of Fulton, and Margie Lucious of Derma; one sister, Pauline Tuz of Jackson, Tenn.; one brother, John Woodall of Okolona; five grandchildren, Randy Blansett of Okolona, Lauren Blansett of Starkville, Austin Blansett, John Malone and Andrew Laliberte, all of Okolona; two stepgrandchildren, Brittany Farley and Andy Lewis; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers; one son, John R. Blansett Jr.; one stepson, John Wayne Blansett.

Pallbearers will be Brian Corbett, Tom "Hightower" Bowens, Keith Robertson, Craig Kincade, Michael Fowler, J.R. Kilgore, Lee Oliver, Roger Barnett, Chris Ware and Dwight Parker.

The body will lie in state one hour prior to services at the church.

Nona E. Hall

OAK HILL - Nona E. Hall 87, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at the Baldwyn Nursing Unit after a lengthy illness. A Lee County native, she was born Oct. 14, 1916, to the late John and Nancy Stephens Wren. She was a life long Lee County resident and had lived many years in the Oak Hill community. Her Husband, Alvis Wilson hall, preceded her in death in 1949. She retired after 49 years of service with Reed's Manufacturing. A devoted mother and grandmother, she enjoyed cooking for her family. She was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Johnnie Richey and her husband, Hoyt, of Tupelo, and Sue Herring and her husband, Billy, of Saltillo; one son, Eddie Hall and his wife, Brenda, of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Scotty Richey and his wife, Melissa, Terry Herring and his wife, Lori, Ginger Kitchen and her husband, Ricky, Susan Duncan and her husband, Ricky, Nancy Hudson and her husband, Mike, and Nathan Hall and his wife, Allison; six great-grandchildren, Cody Richey, Lance Richey, Justin Kitchen, Madison Kitchen, Tyler Herring and Jay Duncan.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and grandsons-in-law.

Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandchildren.

Maverine E. Tennyson

CORINTH - Maverine E. Tennyson, 79, formerly of Paden, died Friday, Nov. 7, 203, at the Tishomingo Living Center after a brief illness. She was a homemaker and a member of the Paden Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Tennyson; her parents, Edgar and Ednis Donaldson; one sister, Mildred Coker; and one brother, Nadis Donaldson.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Whitehead officiating. Burial will be in the Palestine Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Brooks of Corinth and Bonnie Whitehead and her husband, James, of Ripley; two brothers, Norvin and Niven Donaldson, both of Memphis; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation will continue today at the funeral home until service time.

Lois Hood

Lois Hood, 86, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at the Family Estates Care Home of Tupelo after a long illness. She was the widow of Melvin V. Hood. She was active in her church and community affairs. She was a former resident of Deeson until moving to Tupelo over 20 years ago to be near her family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Good News Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Cecil Pumphrey officiating assisted by the Rev. Sonny Smith. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Shelby Cemetery in Shelby, Miss. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Melvin V. Hood Jr. of Waco, Texas; one daughter, Nancy Platt of Tupelo; one sister, Doris Wieneke of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren, Chip Platt of Rogers, Ark., Vivi Anne Parker of Amory, Melvin Hood III of Watkinsville, Ga., and Jonathan Hood of Arlington, Va.; 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Gideon's International, P.O. Box 2647, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Tom Johnson

GUNTOWN - James T. "Tom" Johnson, 72, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at his home after a short illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Marie Duncan

BALDWYN - Doris Marie Duncan, 76, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility after a long illness. She was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with the Rev. John Stevens, the Rev. Bryan Wilson and the Rev. Robert McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Jake Duncan of Baldwyn; three daughters, Janice Box and her husband, Virgil, of Oxford, Sandra Warren and her husband, Dean, and Pam Duncan, all of Baldwyn; one son, Van Duncan and his wife, Carol, of Deatsville, Ala.; one granddaughter, Lauren Box of Oxford; her caregiver, Michelle Crabb of Baldwyn; one sister, Opal Grissom of Baldwyn; one brother, Nelson Miller and his wife, Virginia, of Tupelo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Ruth Magers Miller; three sisters, Louise Melson, Aileen Ryan and Ova Miller; one brother, Ellis Miller.

Pallbearers will be Harold Grissom, Roger Grissom, Larry Ryan, Steve Ryan, Randy Miller, Earl Stone, Bobby Copeland, Neil Wallis, Jimmy Michael and John D. Cagle.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 16 Northtown Drive, Jackson, MS 39215.

Dot Keith

PONTOTOC - Rosie "Dot" Lee Keith, 79, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at her son's residence in Tupelo. She was born March 6, 1924, to George Yarbrough and Fannie Scruggs. She was a 1945 graduate of Belmont High School where she was a star basketball player. She was retired from the Belden Wire Plant.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Randy Clark officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, William Harvey Keith and his wife, Theresa, of Tupelo; one brother, George Yarbrough and his wife, Gertrude, of Detroit, Mich.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Anna Lee Tutor and Mary Elizabeth Keith; two sisters, Vera South and Vivian Joann Robinson; three brothers, Finch Yarbrough, Bobby Yarbrough and David Yarbrough.

Pallbearers will be Dale Keith, Gene Keith, Larry Keith, Gerald Keith, Kenneth Keith and Roger Keith.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Edna Benefield

RIPLEY - Edna Elizabeth Benefield, 82, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at the Tippah County Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Academy Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey May and Ethel Ford May; and one sister, Carolyn Hill.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott Brady and the Rev. Lyndle Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Academy Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Eddie Benefield and his wife, Nancy, of Ripley; and two grandchildren, Will and Anne Benefield.

Pallbearers will be Jason Brady, Jon Brady, Jimmy Hill, Bradley Hill, Bryan Hill and Billy Hill.

Rupert M. Fowler

COURTLAND - Rupert M. Fowler, 79, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at his home in Courtland. He was born April 14, 1924, in Panola County to Joan Angelo and Nettie Hyland Fowler. He was a retired plumber and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Eureka United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with the Rev. Clay Baker and the Rev. Todd Lemon officiating. Burial will be in the Eureka Private Cemetery in Courtland.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice Williamson Fowler of Courtland; two sons, Donnie Fowler and Larry Fowler, both of Courtland; two sisters, Osie Fay Fowler White of Nacogdoches, Texas and Irene Fowler Porter of Courtland; four brothers, Douglas Fowler and Coleman Fowler, both of Courtland, Harry Fowler of Walnut and Billy Ray Fowler of Conroe, Texas; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Eureka Private Cemetery, Courtland, MS.

Ray Buskirk

HOUSTON - Clinton Ray Buskirk, 77, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 21, 1926, in Terra Haute, Ind., to Clinton Lindsey Buskirk and Fannie Dean Mills. He was retired as a draftsman for B&W. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a Mason and a member of the Buena Vista United Methodist Church.

Services were Saturday at the Houston Funeral Home with Bro. Frank Millender officiating. Burial was in the Chickasaw Memorial Garden Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Nelson Buskirk of Houston; one daughter, Rosemary Cordell and her husband, Bud, of Birmingham, Ala.; one son, Michael Ray Buskirk and his wife, Dee, of Jackson; three grandsons, Clint and Greg Buskirk and Richard Rodriquez; one granddaughter, Amanda Rodriquez; three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jim Dick Nelson, John Nelson, Oliver Nelson, David Nelson, Roy Johnson, Lester Dean, Al Cook and Bill Coggins.

Walter A. Hellums

BRUCE - Walter Allen Hellums, 69, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at his residence. He was born April 29, 1934, in DeQueen, Ark., to the late Henry Grady and Lillie Roane Hellums. He was retired as Sears Catalog and Retail Store owner in Bruce. He served in the U. S. Air Force and was a member of the Banner Baptist Church and a Deacon.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Joe Epting officiating. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Turner Hellums of Bruce; two daughters, Vickie and Phil Yarbrough of Bruce and Karen and Sam Platt of St. Charles, Mo.; one son, Scott and Tammy Hellums of Bruce; three brothers, Dwight Hellums of Randolph, James Hellums of Oxford and Jake Hellums of Bruce; four sisters, Gertha Hornsby of DeQueen, Ark., Vera Angle of Bruce, Daisy Harris of Oxford and Winnie Sykes of Senatobia; six granddaughters, Lauren Tutor, Leslie Harris, Alayna Yarbrough, Kattie and Mollie Hellums and Ana Platt; one great-granddaughter, Camryn Harris.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Clayton Hellums.

Pallbearers will be Dock Watson, Edmond Hellums, Larry Hellums, Carl Baker, Bud Castleberry, Sammy Harris and Malon Henry.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lesa Carol Shepherd

ECRU - Lesa Carol Shepherd, 45, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at her residence. She was a disabled factory worker and a member of the Ecru Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with Bro. Charles Stubblefield and Bro. Barry Littlefield officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Heather Lessel and her husband, Jason, of Ecru; one son, Scott McGee and his wife, Nea, of Ecru; three sisters, Jo Ann Moore of Southaven, Peggy Short and Paula Browning, both of Pontotoc; two brothers, Ronnie Sewell and Kirby Sewell, both of Pontotoc; two grandchildren, Madison McGee and Katilyn Lessel; her special friend, Allen Stewart.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Cortez and Louise Huey Sewell.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time on Monday at the funeral home.

Patsy Carson

CONYERS, Ga. - Patsy McCamey Carson, 62, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003. A native of Chickasaw County, Miss., she retired as vice-president of accounting for Decatur Federal Bank in Decatur, Ga. She was preceded in death by her parents, L.C. McCamey Jr. and Louise Harrod McCamey; and a brother, Billy Allen McCamey.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Ward's Rockdale Chapel with Dr. Stephen Powers officiating. Burial will be Monday at 3 p.m. at the Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Okolona, MS, with Tim Patch officiating.

Survivors include her children, James Gregory Carson and Durelle Scott and Kim Carson, all of Conyers, Ga.; two sisters, Kathy Martin of Montgomery, Ala. and Carol Patch of Southaven; one stepson, Benjamin Jay Womack; one granddaughter, Valeen Ramiriz; her father-in-law, Bill Patch; several nieces and nephews.

Virginia Lee Nabors

VARDAMAN - Virginia Lee Nabors, 68, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at her residence. She was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Springfield, Mo., to Roy William and Estella Grace Russell. She was a member of the Nazarene Church in Calhoun City.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with the Rev. Howard Green and the Rev. Norman Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Old Town Cemetery in Bruce.

Survivors include her husband, Henry D. Nabors of Vardaman; one daughter, Brenda Nabors Brand of Vardaman, three grandchildren, David W. Brand of Mantee, Sandra Brand Bennett of West Point and Roy W. Brand of Vardaman; one great-grandchild, Matthew Wayne Bennett.

Pallbearers will be James Nabors, Keith Nabors, Ralph Nabors, Duane Nabors, Wayne Bennett and Lee Nabors.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Marie Cole

BOONEVILLE - Marie Cole, 81, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at her home near Booneville. She was born Dec. 27, 1921, in Prentiss County, the eldest daughter of Rocky Lee Floyd and Esther Moorman Floyd. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Booneville Ward, Tupelo Stake, of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed playing the guitar, painting beautiful pictures, quilting, gardening and cooking.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Booneville with Bishop John Larsen and Patriarch J.C. Morris officiating and Thermon Saylors and Danny Stites assisting. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four daughters, Audra James and her husband, Elmer, Susan Foster and her husband, John, Kathleen Larsen and her husband, John, all of Booneville, and Freda Dabbas and her husband, Ibrahim, of Amman, Jordan; three sons, Billy Cole and his wife, Peggy, Herman Cole and Don Cole and his wife, Marilyn, all of Booneville; a sister, Francis Stephenson of Booneville; a brother, Jimmy Lee Floyd of Gray, Ga.; 25 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Bobby Faye Cole Thomas and Melissa Lee Cole.

She was preceded in death in 1974, by her husband, Walter James Cole; five children, Charles Wayne Cole, Esther Lee Cole, Bobby Cole, Gene Cole and Johnny Hank Cole; seven brothers, Willie Ophas Floyd, Henry Cecil Floyd, Troy Ray Floyd, Lee Tulon Floyd, Clettis Earl Floyd, Jerry Don Floyd and Larry Eugene Floyd; one sister, Opal Autherene Stephenson; one grandson; and one great-grandson.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Timmy Cole, James Cole, David Cole, Joseph Cole, Jeremy James, Stephen Foster, Jason Foster, Daniel Larsen and Jimmy Lawson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Omar Dabbas, Amer Dabbas and Majad Dabbas.

Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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