GOLDEN - Mildred Louise Crane, 78, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a native of Louisiana. She was a homemaker and a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Rutledge officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Embrey and husband, Tom, of Dennis; a son-in-law, Johnny Embrey of Golden; four sisters, Verlon Ozbirn of Red Bay, Ala., Earline Thornburg and Janell Allenn, both of Batesville, and Maryzell Presley of Golden; five granddaughters, Shauna Embrey and Lori Embrey, both of Dennis, Jennifer Gravatt of Vina, Ala., and Summer Embrey and Chasidy Embrey, both of Golden; a great-grandson, Justin Gravatt of Vina, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Crane, in 1971; a daughter, Kathy Embrey, in 2000; one sister; and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Frankie Smith, Larry Smith, Leonard Prien, Paul Embrey, David Leathers, Eric Grissom, Frank Vess and Dale Gravitt.
Visitation will continue at the church until service time today at the church.
CARTHAGE - Wardell Pippin, 72, formerly of Baldwyn, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at the home of his cousins, Mary Elizabeth Pippins Gates and Kenneth L. Gates of Carthage. He was the son of the late Naomi and Mose Pippin. He was educated in Baldwyn and furthered his education at Piney Woods High School. He also attended Jackson State College in Jackson. He was a member of Israel Metropolitan CME Church in Gary, Ind., where he served on the A.C. Bailey Usher Board. He was employed by Exclusive Limousine as a limousine driver. After moving to Carthage, he attended the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Nebo CME Church. Burial will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Evergreen Memorial Park in Gary, Ind. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two aunts, Mollie Bowdry of Guntown and Stella Smith of East St. Louis, Ill.; many cousins.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Baldwyn and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Smith and Warner Funeral Home in Gary, Ind. The body will lie in state at Mt. Nebo CME Church one hour before services today.
James O. Pippins
MEMPHIS - James O'Neal Pippins, 66, died Thursday, July 17, 2003, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He was born June 17, 1937, in Baldwyn to the late Jamester Pippins and Levora Watson Pippins. He joined Mt. Nebo CME Church at a young age. He was educated at the Baldwyn Colored High School. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. He lived in Memphis and Milwaukee, Wis., and worked for Levit's Furniture Company as manager of Upholstery. He later moved to Atlanta, where he worked at Mercer University as superintendent of Buildings and Grounds until his retirement. He returned to Memphis in 1999. He was a faithful member of Christian Vision Center in Memphis and served in the Men's Fellowship and the Men's Male Chorus.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Nebo CME Church. Burial will be in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Ellie Levora Boone, Ebbie Lelonda Wells and husband, Steve, and Errice Levelle Pippins; 10 grandchildren, Astra, Cerrone, Joshua, Anthony, LeRoya, Sara, Whitney, Steve Jr., Donovan and Solomon; two great-grandchildren, Terrell and Devin; three sisters, Mary E. Gates of Carthage, and Celesta L. Saulsberry, and Shirley Leggett and husband, Clarence, all of Memphis; an aunt, Stella Smith, of East St. Louis, Ill.; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Melverdia Metcalf Pippins; his parents; and a grandchild, James.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.
ABERDEEN - Raymond Benton Odom, 88, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at his home in Aberdeen. He was born Feb. 25, 1915, in Fayette, Ala., to Thomas and Minnie Pennington Odom. He was employed at Case Tractor Company in Racine, Wis., then at American Motors in Kenosha, Wis. He retired from the 5th School District in Zion, Ill. After retiring he moved to Amory, where he was an active member of East Amory Baptist Church. He moved to The Pillars of Aberdeen in April 2001. He was a veteran of World War II, earning three Purple Hearts and numerous other medals. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was proud of his country and enjoyed talking about the war.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. R.D. Cline officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Sulligent, Ala.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lavelle Roberts Odom of Aberdeen; a daughter, Judith Odom Gibbs of Hamilton; a son, Jerald Odom and wife, Gayle, of Las Vegas, Nev.; two grandsons, William Odom and Jeremy Odom; two sisters,Earlene Black and Magaline Aldridge, both of Fayette, Ala.; a brother,Daniel Odom of Winfield, Ala.; two close relatives, Paula Yorder and Mary Dale.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Della Elizabeth Odom, Bertilou Kirkley and Bessie Lowery; a brother,William Olleon Odom; two half brothers,George Odom and Elmer Odom; a half sister,Vergie Lockhart; a son-in-law,Clyde Gibbs.
Pallbearers will be Johnnie Gibbs, Hoyt Odom, Larry Wiygul, Mike Wiygul, Lewis Black, James Odom, Jerry Odom and Frank Finney.
AMORY - Alfonsa Miller, 67, died Friday, July 25, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
BURNSVILLE - Dennis "D.J." Shadburn, 6, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the Hardin County General Hospital in Savannah, Tenn., due to an accident. He was a member of the youth group and the youth choir at Bethel Baptist Church. He had just completed kindergarten at Iuka Elementary School. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing ball.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen with Bro. Scott Webber and Bro. Stan Smith officiating. Burial will be in Rowland Mills Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Dennis and Rhoda Shadburn of Burnsville; a brother, Hayden Shadburn of Booneville; two sisters, Ailey Shadburn of Booneville and Kelsie McLemore of Burnsville; his grandparents, Alline Hopper and husband, T.A., of Walnut, and Pat Shadburn and wife, Ruth, of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, the Rev. and Mrs. Dewey Williams.
Pallbearers will be Todd Rencher, Jerred Spencer, Joey Smith and Gary Kenaum.
Honorary pallbearers will be Stanley Brumley and Jerred Spencer II.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
OXFORD - Jerry Dale Black, 50, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a former employee of the University of Mississippi.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel.
Survivors include a daughter, Angela Black of Oxford; his mother, Mattie Lucille Swanson of Oxford; two brothers, Randy Black and Dean Black, both of Oxford; a grandchild, Allison Black of Oxford.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-1905.
AMORY - Lilly Lucille Bell Green, 94, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 12, 1908, in Union County to John and Martha Roberts Bell. She grew up in the Jug Fork community of Union County and lived in Guntown for many years before living in Hatley for the past 25 years. She was a member of East Amory Baptist Church and a homemaker. She enjoyed music and quilting. She was the widow of Earl Green.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the East Amory Baptist Church wth the Rev. Roger Akers officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery in Guntown. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a sister, Christine Davidson of Amory; eight nephews; 14 nieces; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; seven brothers, W.A., Clifton, Fred Lee, Orville, Ewel, Ruel and J.B. Bell; and a sister,Clytee Pannell.
Pallbearers will be Danny Bell, Charles Pannell, Ronald Wayne Pannell, Jesse Davidson, Lee Davison, Trey Woolhouse, Tim Kimbrell, Terry Kimbrell and Bob Childress.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue Sunday.
Memorials may be made to the East Amory Baptist Church, 905 Hatley Road, Amory MS 38821.
BELLEFONTAINE - John Bailey Frazier, 83, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at the Grenada Lake Medical Center in Grenada. He was born Feb. 26, 1920, in Dossville. He was a retired inspector for General Motors and a member of Columbia Avenue Baptist Church in Pontiac, Mich. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, and a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with the Rev. William Weddle officating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. at McClain Cemetery in Attala County.
Survivors include his wife, Jettie Jennings Frazier of Bellefontaine; a daughter, Martha Frazier Ray of Bellefontaine; two sons, Flimmon Bailey Frazier of Oakland and Samuel H. Phillips of Eupora; two sisters, Mozelle Massey of Morton and Margie Norton of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother, Bobby Ned Frazier of Pickens; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Waudean Boyette, and a brother, Wardell Frazier.
Dr. Marion Naff
OXFORD - Dr. Marion Benton Naff, 85, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the Veterans Affairs Home in Oxford. He was a retired organic chemist with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He received his Ph.D. degree from Oregon State University. He was employed at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health from 1966 to 1982 as a chemist in the drug synthesis and chemistry branch. He owned a patented platinum compound. He served in the U.S. Army in France and Germany from 1942 to 1946. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, Alpha Chi Sigma, Sigma Chi and Phi Lambda Epsilon. He was a Fellow of the American Association of Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the University of Kentucky. He was a member of Woodland Christian Church in Lexington, Ky. He was the husband of the late Anna Lea Schoulties Naff.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two nieces, Doris C. Landon of Oxford and Catherine Janice Naff of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Jimmy W. Brumley
IUKA - Jimmy W. Brumley, 59, died Friday, July 25, 2003, at his home. He was a truck driver and a member of Berea Church of Christ. He enjoyed training horses.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Iuka Church of Christ with Lance Foster and Jim Estes officiating. Burial will be in Cypress Grove (formerly Memorial Gardens). Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Betty C. Brumley of Iuka; a son, James Brumley and wife, Beth, of Iuka; two sisters, Joan Harris and Teresa Brumley, both of Iuka; two stepgrandchildren, Luke and Brian Calton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Doyal and Lola Brumley; two children, Tommy and Barbara Gail Brumley; and a sister, Sandra Brumley.
Pallbearers will be Danny Parsons, Gerald Parsons, Matthew Brumley, Mikey Shea, John Parsons and Bobby Parsons.
Honorary pallbearers will be William Brown and Jackie Brumley.
Visitation will continue until 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE - George Esker "G.E." Morgan, 57, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, in the Yukon Territory of Canada. He was born Sept.14, 1945, in Prentiss County. He was a retired plumbing and electrical contractor. He was a member of Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Tishomingo. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed traveling. He loved his dog, Lill-un.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. William H. "Bill" Burcham and Bro. Larry Hill officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Garden.
Survivors include a daughter,Tamela Harris and husband, Jason, of Tupelo; a son, Mical Morgan of Tupelo; his parents, Lonnie and Katie Bain Morgan of Booneville; two brothers, Gary Morgan and wife, Cheryl, and Jimmy Morgan and wife, Judy, all of Booneville; four sisters, Sue Floyd, Paulette Starling and husband, Donald, Amanda Boren and husband, the Rev. Don Boren, and JoLeta Criswell, all of Booneville; a stepgrandchild, Haley Hare; nine nieces; nine nephews; 18 great-nieces and great-nephews. one great-great-nephew; his fiancee, RaNae Vaughn of Iuka.
He was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Tina Taylor Hare, and a brother-in-law, Randel Floyd.
His nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.
James Wren Sr.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - James L. Wren Sr., 78, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at the V.A. Medical Center in Indianapolis, Ind. He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Kings House of Prayer. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kesler-Coggins Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Lewis Bridges and the Rev. Anthony Wren officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Dollie A. Wren of Indianapolis, Ind.; three daughters, Janice Locaster of Texas, Judy Bryant of Ripley and Rebecca Fesler of Indiana; five sons, Anthony Wren, David Wren and Paul Wren, all of Indiana, James Wren Jr. of Saltillo and Jerry Wren of Ripley; four sisters, Mattie Drake and Sue Wren of California, Jean Glissen of Wheeler and Zannie Wilemon of Tupelo; five brothers, Roy Wren and Amos Wren, both of Tupelo, Cullen Wren and Gerald Wren, both of Baldwyn, and Wendy L. Wren of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Ester Lee Wren; a sister, Syble Wren; and a nephews, Jack Wren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
BALDWYN - Kelton Hood, 67, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at his daughter's home. He retired from Surmit-Stone after 20 years of service as a truck driver. He also showed horses for several years and was a member of the Houston Bird Hunters Club. He was of the Church of Christ faith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, field trials, auto racing, watching ball games, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father and granddaddy and never met a stranger.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Carl Dunlap and Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Greta Faye Hood; three daughters, Patty Sheffield and her husband of 20 years, Brad, of Mantachie, Janice Loague and her husband of 22 years, Roger, of Dorsey, and Pam Scott and her husband of 21 years, Thomas, of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Jessica Upton and husband, Nicholas, Brandi Sheffield, Renea Sheffield, Sarah Sheffield, Amy Scott, Tracy Scott, Kayla Loague and Wesley Loague; a brother, Carl Hood; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Hood; a special first cousin, Ricky Cooper and wife, Nancy; a special family friend, Linda Wooldridge; a special niece, Tammy Maddox; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Ruthie Mills Hood, and a brother,Truman Hood.
Pallbeaers will be Bill Hardin, Wayne Stevens, Kenneth Bolton, Clinton Hood, Danny Williams, Mitchell Hood, Billy Tabler and Lanny Adams.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wesley Loague, Nicholas Upton, truck drivers of Surmit-Stone, members of Houston Bird Hunters Club and members of the Northeast Mississippi Horse Show Association.
Jennifer A. Terrell
SMITHVILLE - Jennifer A. Terrell, 39, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Dec. 9, 1963, to Earl J. and Lucy Terrell. She graduated from Smithville High School and attended Itawamba Community College in Fulton. She worked in the garment industry and at Larson's Big Star for six years until her health failed. She joined St. Paul CME Church at an early age.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul CME Church with the Rev. Joanne Scales officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Smithville. Jackson Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Lucy Terrell of Smithville; three sisters, Doretha Nichols of Brunswick, Ohio, Phyllis J. Wall of Smithville, and Jacqueline McKinney and husband, Curtis, of Smithville; two brothers, Robert Elliott and Larry L. Brown, both of Smithville; nine nephews; nine nieces.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today, both at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.
BLUE MOUNTAIN - Opal Nell Thomas, 93, died Friday, July 25, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
CALHOUN CITY - William Haywood York, 73, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. He was born Jan. 26, 1930, in Calhoun County. He was a retired employee of Caviness Woodworking Co. Iev. Grady Williams officiating. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Graveside services were Friday, July 25, 2003, at Bethlehem Cemetery in Calhoun City with the Rev. Grady Williams officiating. Pryor Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ella Mae Dotson York of Calhoun City; two daughters, Brenda Walls and Linda Dye, both of Calhoun City; a son, James Derwood York of Kansas City, Kan.; a sister, Lega Brassfield of Houston; a brother, Gene York of Okolona; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry York and Nolla Hodge York; a son, Kenneth Earl York; and four brothers.
Pallbearers were John Dye, Tim Ferris, Bud Russell, Keith Wilson, Horrae Henley and Merl Russell.