DETROIT, Mich. - Tommie George "Bubba" Coleman, 79, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at his home. He was a native of Pontotoc.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Second Chapel Hill M.B. Church in Detroit. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. James H. Cole Funeral Home of Detroit is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Lena Chewe and husband, Terry, of Pontotoc, and Eunice Carr and husband, Celles, Georgia Jackson and husband, Larry, and Jazaun Kelly, all of Detroit; two sons, Ronald Coleman and Tommie Coleman, both of Detroit; eight grandchildren.
BOONEVILLE - Mary Ella Barton Grisham, 84, died Monday, July 7, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Crestwood Baptist Church and a bookkeeper for the former Lindsey Cleaners.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chuck Hampton and Bro. Jackie Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of almost 50 years, Bonard Grisham; two daughters, Joyce Russnogle and husband, Jim, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Janet Grisham of Memphis; three sons, David Grisham and wife, Sarah, of Jasper, Tenn., and Joey Grisham and wife, Debbie, and Donnie Grisham, all of Booneville; six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Frank, Jimmy, William and Howard Barton.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Goddard, Jimmy Windham, Wayne Michael, Jackie Lindsey, Roy Gray and Bobby Davis.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
GUYS, Tenn. - Jerry Lee Weathers-Curtis, 41, died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. He was a member of the Freewill Living Christian Church of Memphis. He enjoyed dancing, singing, gardening and flowers.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth.
Survivors include his father, Jerry Wayne Weathers of Glen; his partner for life, Samuel Curtis of Guys, Tenn.; two sons, Timothy Curtis and Bryson Curtis, both of Guys, Tenn.; a daughter, Teffanie Curtis of Guys, Tenn.; two brothers, Billy Weathers and wife, Amy, of Corinth and Timothy Weathers of Glen; a special mother-in-law, Peggy Tesseneer and husband, David, of Booneville; two sisters-in-law, Lisa McCoy and husband, Steve, of Glen, and Tammy Bain and husband, Brian, of Burnsville; nieces and nephews, Chris Weathers, Megan Weathers, Lana Boone, Beth Bain, Laken Braudway, Andrew Crum, Kenny Weathers, Linda Jean Weathers, Becky Nolen and husband, Taylor, Angel King, Landon Braudway and Sarah Bain; great-nieces, Alyssa Kate Nolen and Emily Faith Nolen.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Barnes Weathers, and a special friend, April Dawn Davis.
GLEN - Dean James Buchanan, 39, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. He had lived in the area for 16 years. He was a machine operator for Intex Plastics and a Catholic. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and NASCAR.
Services will be at 7 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth with the Rev. Carroll Talley officiating. Burial will be in Rockton, Ill.
Survivors include his wife, Tammy Hancock Buchanan of Glen; his mother, Betty Jane Stickler Buchanan; a son, Charles Jacob "C.J." Buchanan of Glen; a daughter, Tiffany Rae Buchanan of Glen; a brother, Charles Clayton Buchanan of Neenah, Wis.; a sister, Jeanette Mae Ostenson of South Beloit, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Lewis Buchanan.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to service time today.
BAY, Ark. - Christine Watts, 89, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was a retired employee of Singer Sewing Manufacturers and a child care provider for many years at her home and church. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay, Ark., for more than 50 years.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Bay, Ark., with Bro. Ken Brown officiating. Burial will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Kirkville Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Iris Taylor and Bill of Bay, Ark., and Linda Hancock and Jack Sr. of Baldwyn; two sons, A.C. Watts Sr., and Jerry Watts and Linda, all of Bay, Ark.; 10 grandchildren, William Don Taylor and Jackie, Ronald E. Taylor and Renee, Teresa Hutchison, A.C. Watts Jr. and Peggy, Keith Watts and Mary, Bartley Watts and Lana, Lisa Donaldson and Tim, Rebekah Porter and Will, Jack Hancock Jr. and Heather, and Christina Heather and Rob; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Brown, Amy Brown, Andrew Brown and Aaron Brown.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Gregg Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Ark.
BOONEVILLE - Alton Cagle, 92, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He was a retired farmer and school bus driver. He was the oldest member of Casey Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Reeves officiating. Burial will be in the Casey Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Stanley Cagle and wife, Ann, of Baldwyn, Cuthen Cagle and wife, Dorothy, of Marietta, and Harold Wayne Cagle and Roger Cagle, both of Booneville; five grandchildren, Jill Hendrix, Jan Cagle Conwill, Jerrod Cagle, Natache Walden and Vickie Morris; 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mollie Cagle, and a son, Kenneth Cagle.
Pallbearers will be Billy Cagle, Max L. Cagle, Junior Cagle, Larry Cagle, Darren Cagle and Joe Stroupe.
CORINTH - Joe Samuel Smith, 62, died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. He worked for Worsham Brothers Construction Company for 15 years and for Horton Brothers Construction before becoming disabled. He attended the Pentecostal church. He enjoyed gardening and flowers.
Services wll be at 11 a.m. Friday at Coleman Family Chapel with the Rev. Rufus Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Louise Wren Smith of Corinth; his mother, Evelyn Potts Smith of Myrtle; two brothers, James Smith and wife, Sue, of Memphis, and Oscar Lee Smith of Myrtle; a sister, Linda Taylor and husband, Kelly, of Myrtle; a special sister-in-law, Marjorie Wren of Rienzi.
He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Smith; a brother, Steve Smith; and his grandparents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Coleman Family Chapel.
BRANDON - Allie Ladell "Jean" Barger, 77, died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at Lakeland Nursing Home in Jackson. She was a retired sales clerk and a Protestant.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery at Vardaman.
Survivors include her husband, Lyle H. Barger of Brandon; five sons, Ike Russell of Woodland, John Russell of Chattanooga, Tenn., Ted Russell of Pearl, Dewayne Russell of Brandon and Mike Barger of Franklin, Ohio; a sister, Martha Cenni of Tishomingo; a brother, Bobby Adams of Tishomingo; four sisters-in-law , Jeanne Hunt of Springfield, Ohio, Millie Deibel of Houston, Pat Easley of Woodland and Ruby Light of Florence, Ala.; four brothers-in-law, Clarence Barger of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, James Barger of Troutwood, Ohio, Paul Russell of Pass Christian and James Russell of Birmingham; 13 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Adams and Allie Burns Adams.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
VARDAMAN - Janie Vanlandingham Freely, 91, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. She was born Jan. 23, 1912, in Calhoun County to William Newton Vanlandingham and Della Jane Dye Vanlandingham. She was a homemaker and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at New Hope Baptist Church in Vardaman with the Rev. Marion Holley and the Rev. Dale Easley officiating. Burial will be at Elzy Cemetery at Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Dot Beckett and husband, the Rev. Billy Joe Beckett, of Columbus; a son, Bobby Freely and wife, Pat, of Bruce; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Clytee Freely of Vardaman; a brother, Hollie Lee Vanlandingham of Vardaman.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Robert M. Freely, on March 29, 1999; and a son, Danny M. Freely.
Pallbearers will be Donald Freely, Scott Freely, Ravie Winter, Dewyane Winter, Randy Freely, Tim Beckett, Joe Beckett, David Bevill and James Ghaffari.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff at Windsor Place Nursing Home in Columbus and Dr. Jason Waller.
Lorraine R. Ellison
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Lorraine R. Ellison, 59, died Friday, July 4, 2003, at the Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M. She was born Dec. 27, 1943, in Colorado. She was a cashier for GMAC Finance Company.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County.
Survivors include her husband, Jim Ellison of Albuquerque, N.M.; her mother, Bea Romero of Manitou Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Marguerite Tonna Kasparck and husband, Kevin, of Littleton, Colo., and Melissa J. Jaramillo and husband, Rick, of Albuquerque; two sons, Raymond Ellison and wife, Lauree, and Gregory Ellison and wife, Julie, all of Albuquerque; four sisters; three brothers; seven grandchildren, Myranda, Joel, Gabrielle, Justin, Alex, A.J. and Sebastian.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Willie G. Reese
WOODLAND - Willie G. Reese, 83, died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. He was born June 1, 1920, to William Augusta and Eula Mae Reese. He was a retired machine operator for Babcock & Wilcox in Woodland, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Woodland. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ollie D. Reese.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven with the Rev. Jeff Gilder officiating. Burial will be in Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens in Southaven.
Survivors include his wife, Edith Reese of Woodland; a daughter, Lorene Smith of Hernando; a son-in-law, Ralph Smith of Hernando; a sister, Maylene Harmon of Houston; a brother, Floyd Reese of Woodland; three grandchildren, Judy Collins, Bruce Smith II, and Lisa Ghettie and husband, Andy; three great-grandchildren, Candace Collins, Dillon Collins and Lane Ghettie.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Woodland or the First Baptist Church in Nesbit.
Ruby Jean "Mama Bear" Bigham, 69, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a retired grocery store checker and a member of Lifeway Fellowship Church. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with Bro. Paul Stubca officiating. Burial will be in Ecru City Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Bigham and wife, Trish, of Chicago, and Steve Bigham of Tupelo; two sisters, Sybil Scott and husband, Jimmy, of Memphis, and Shirley Bigham of New Albany; a granddaughter, Traci Bigham Franklin and husband, Brad, of Guntown; three great-grandchildren, Lauren Blansett, Bradley Franklin and Baylee Franklin, all of Guntown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Bigham, and a son, Dennis Bigham.
Pallbearers will be Dwight Thrasher, Thomas Calmes, Eddie Oaks, David Pill, Johnny Wiggington and Cliff Jones.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Erma J. Gentry, 83, formerly of Tupelo, died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at the Wellington Place Assisted Living Facility in Huntsville, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors in Tupelo.
SALTILLO - Dorothy Dale Smith, 82, died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at the Cedars Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
WALNUT - Vadene Wilbanks died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at County Line Baptist Church in Walnut. All visitation will be at the church.
WEST POINT - Freddie Malone Billups, 59, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Feb. 8, 1944, in Clay County. She was an English teacher and an active member of the West Point Alumni. She was a member of Gospel Temple M.B. Church.
Services will be at noon Friday at the UFCW No. 1991 Union Hall in West Point with the Rev. Quincy Patterson officiating. Burial will be in Gibbs Cemetery. Carter's Mortuary Service of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a son, Kory Billups; a daughter, Daphne Robertson; a sister, Annie Pearl Holmes; three grandchildren, ReShontana Petty, Aubrey Robertson and Alfonso Deante Robertson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Wheeler Billups; her father, Fred Malone; and her mother, Ophelia Watson Malone.
Pallbearers will be members of Hiram Lodge No. 17.
There will be no public visitation. The register book may be signed from 1 to 5 p.m. today.