James Adams, Holly Springs

Vesta Baxter, Baldwyn

Bobby Bennett, Potts Camp

Bro. Detroy Bobitt, Oxford

Ruth Buskirk, Okolona

Ruie Davis, Ripley

Sam Duncan, Holly Springs

Willie Foster, New Albany

E.J. Gregory, Tupelo

Bud Hester, Palmetto

Edwin Horton, Counce, Tenn.

Benjamin Key, Baldwyn

Bernice McKenzie, Amory

William McKissick, Clearlake, Calif.

T.P. Nelson Sr., Iuka

David Petree, Mooreville

Climel Pickens, Houston

Virginia Stubblefield, Tupelo

Lincoln Wade, Warren, Ohio

Clyde Weathers, Corinth

Ollie Williams, Oxford

Henry Williams Jr., Ecru

E.J. Gregory

TUPELO - Earnest Joe Gregory, 51, died Sunday, June 18, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A native of Pontotoc, he was born Oct. 12, 1954, to the late Willie Bob Gregory and Ellen Ware Gregory. He received his education from the Pontotoc schools, Itawamba Community College and Alcorn State University. He was a dispatcher for the Okolona Fire Department, an insurance agent and an employee of Ashley Furniture. While living in Wisconsin, he was a police officer.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Second Baptist Church in Pontotoc with the Rev. Terry Baber officiating. Burial will be in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Shenna Gregory and Skye Gregory, both of Okolona; one sister, Paulette Riddle (James) of New Albany; three brothers, John Gregory, Jerry Gregory (Dora) and James Gregory (Sylvia), all of Pontotoc; his mother-in-law, Lake Erie Neal of Okolona; a special friend, Brenda Wortham, and her children, of Tupelo.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Climel Pickens

HOUSTON - Climel Pickens, 65, died Monday, June 18, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Dec. 20, 1940, to the late Jack Pickens and Florence Edwards Pickens. He was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, where he sang with the male chorus and the choir. He was a carpenter and a former employee of Futorian. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and singing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donnell Cherry officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Pickens of Houston; two daughters, Sandra Pickens of Tupelo and Yolanda Abram (Demetrius) of Hattiesburg; a stepdaughter, Sophia Small (Casey) of Okolona; four sons, Earl Pickens (Carol) of Tupelo, Dennis Pickens (Sandra) of Okolona, Darrell Pickens of Nettleton and David Pickens (Sabrina) of Atlanta, Ga.; two stepsons, David McIntosh (Sonya) of Atlanta and Deavon McIntosh of Hawaii; five sisters, Annie Moore (Isaac) and Myrtle Boyd of Okolona, Dorothy Crawford (Wilbert) of Woodland, Carrie Hemby (Simon) of Washington D.C. and Runell Craddock of Chicago; two brothers, Rev. William Pickens (Alice) and J.C. "Bugg" Pickens (Emma); a nephew raised like a brother, Wazer Z. Pickens (Geneva) of Houston; 11 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Synia Buchanan.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with a wake from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Ollie Williams

OXFORD - Ollie Williams, 88, died Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford.

James Adams

HOLLY SPRINGS - James Irving Adams, 73, died Sunday, June 18, 2006, at the Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence, Ala. He was born Nov. 22, 1932, in Waterford to the late James Beaugard "J.B." Adams and Clara Beatrice Moore Adams. He was a retired educator. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs and the Masonic Lodge.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Anderson Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Charles Webster officiating. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Ruthie Mae Adams of Holly Springs; two daughters, Janice Munsel Adams of Houston, Texas, and Mary Helene Vaughn (Kristopher) of Louisville, Ky.; two sons, Merrill Jerome Adams (Marcia) of Willingboro, N.J., and James Cedric Adams (Carolyn) of Florence, Ala.; three sisters, Estelle Byers of Holly Springs, Dorothy Adams of Dallas, Texas, and Clara Ford (Sylvester) of Memphis; two brothers, Bernard Adams (Mildred Louise) of Cleveland, Ohio, and Oscar Adams (Annette) of Memphis; seven grandchildren; two aunts, two uncles, 21 nieces and nephews, a host of cousins.

He was preceded in death by a son, Harold Adams; a sister, Arverna Adams; and a brother-in-law, Homer Byers.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today, with family time from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Visitation will continue from noon to 12:55 p.m. Friday at the church. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.

Ruie Davis

RIPLEY - Ruie Samuel Davis, 85, died Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at his home. He was a member of Beech Hill Church of Christ. He was the former owner of Davis Lumber Company, which was a sawmill, a planer and a retail lumber company. He enjoyed his family, visiting with his friends and hauling with his dump truck.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Minister King McCarver and Bro. Tom Potter officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden.

Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Williams and husband, Terry, of Ripley; two sisters, Bobbie Bennett and husband, Edward, of Memphis and Mary Bennett and husband, Robert, of Southaven; one brother, Jimmy Davis and wife, Clara, of Ripley; one grandchild, Cristie McCall of Tupelo; a host of nieces and nephews; a special caregiver, Dorothy Bails of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Quattlebaum Davis; his parents, A.C. and Mary Etta Hobson Davis; and a brother, Kenneth Davis.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wayne Davis, Matt Bateman, Dale Bateman, Jerry Bennett, Scott Bennett and Ken Bennett.

Sam Jordan will be an honorary pallbearer.

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

Memorials may be made to Beech Hill Church of Christ, 6077 Highway 4 W., Ripley, MS 38663.

Edwin Horton

COUNCE, Tenn. - Edwin Adelbert Horton, 86, died Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at the Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. He was the father of E. Del Horton of Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors of Corinth. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Clyde Weathers

CORINTH - Clyde Weathers, 76, died Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Virginia Stubblefield

TUPELO - Virginia Lucille Stubblefield, 78, died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. A native of Lee County, she was born Aug. 21, 1928, to the late Tom and Lillian Hamm. She was a retired employee of Sadler Manufacturing Company and a member of South Green Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at South Green Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Talmadge Stubblefield of Tupelo; two daughters, Ginger McCormick and husband, Michael, of Crossville, Tenn., and Una Skinner and husband, Larry, of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Chris Skinner of Okolona, Jennifer Skinner and William Skinner, both of Tupelo, and Kim Rice of Tennessee; two great-grandchildren, Alex Coggins and Kaleb Coggins, both of Tupelo.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Luther Hamm.

Pallbearers will be the deacons of South Green Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be members of CBMC and Tupelo Luncheon Club.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time today.

Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Vesta Baxter

BALDWYN - Vesta Mae Baxter, 80, died Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at her home after a long illness. She was a retired seamstress and an active member of Kirkville Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Kirkville Baptist Church with Bro. Jackie Laney, Bro. Ray Guin and Bro. Jim Irvin officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Bishop of Mantachie, Janet Hinds and husband, James, and Gayle Pharr, all of Baldwyn; two sons, Johnny Baxter of Baldwyn and Danny Baxter of Middleton, Tenn.; two sisters, Mary Underwood of Verona and Toxie Lindsey of Marietta; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John "Jr." Baxter; her parents, Clee Clovis and Roxie Ward Taylor; three brothers, Joseph Taylor, M.C. Taylor and Johnny Taylor; and two sisters, Alma Dobbs and Beulah Lindsey.

Pallbearers will be Joe Lindsey, Larry Lindsey, Shorty Lindsey, Jerry Taylor, Terry Taylor, T.L. Lindsey, J.M. Barnes and Donald Nabers.

Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons.

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

Benjamin Key

BALDWYN - Benjamin "Ben" Key died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at his home in Baldwyn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Bobby Bennett

POTTS CAMP - Bobby Arnold Bennett, 51, died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was born Oct. 20, 1954, in Tippah County to L.Q. and Juanita Nutt Bennett. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Potts Camp and a contractor for Accurate Roofing Company. He enjoyed big game hunting. He was a faithful servant of the Lord.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Bethany Baptist Church with Bro. Donald Worsham and Bro. Larry West officiating. Burial will be in the Bennett Family Cemetery in Potts Camp. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Sandling Bennett of Potts Camp; two daughters, Stephanie Newman and Melissa Robinson, both of Potts Camp; two brothers, Ronnie Joe Bennett of Potts Camp and Eddy Bennett of Ashland; three sisters, Patsy Jackson of Nashville, Tenn., Maxine King of Ashland City, Tenn., and Rose Courson of Hickory Flat; three grandchildren, Adrianna Newman, Jaden Robinson and Halley Grace Robinson.

Pallbearers will be Donnal Ash, Art Humphreys, Bobby Greer, Brad Smith, Dwight Smith, Neil Bennett, Sandy Byrd Jr. and Benton Ash.

Bernice McKenzie

AMORY - Bernice Geneva Hester McKenzie, 83, died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after a brief illness. She was born Dec. 9, 1922, in Nettleton to the late Dick and Effie Scribner Hester. She lived in Nettleton and in Amory most of her life. She was an employee of Amory Garment Company for many years and a member of Bigbee Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park.

Survivors include two nieces, Wanda Chrestman of Smithville and Iris Steele of Centreville, Ala.; two nephews, Jimmy Carter and Truman Carter, both of Amory.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Johnnie May Hester, Ruby Carter and Lois Ford; and two brothers, Ollis Hester and Homer Hester.

Pallbearers will be James Burrow, Jasper Thompson, Denver Wright, Derek Gardner and Chad McDill.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Friday.

Bro. Detroy Bobitt

OXFORD - Bro. Detroy Bobitt, 85, died Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at his home after a long illness. He was born Oct. 16, 1920, in Fayette County, Ala., to the late Alex B. and Azalene Owens Bobitt. He lived in Columbus and Smithville, and in Oxford for the past 15 years. He was a graduate of Mississippi College and a Baptist minister. His pastorals included Mount Zion Baptist Church in Columbus, Smithville Baptist Church for 27 years and Center Hill Baptist Church in Plantersville. He enjoyed reading.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Lee Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Pauline Harris Bobitt of Oxford; one daughter, Beverly B. Randle and husband, Thomas A. Randle, of Oxford; a daughter-in-law, Betsy Bobitt-Honcoop of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Durell Homan of Columbus; one sister, Adelle Malone of Byhalia; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Douglas Bobitt; a grandson, Robert Troy Randle; and one brother and three sisters.

Pallbearers will be W.H. Gregory, Earl Wayne Cowley, Tommy Ford, Jerry Frederick, Wayne Weatherbee and Wade Weatherbee.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Friday.

Memorials may be made to the Smithville Baptist Church, Monroe Street, Smithville, MS 38870.

David Petree

MOOREVILLE - David Roy Petree, 62, died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at his home after a long illness. He was born May 31, 1944, in Red Bay, Ala., to the late Rather B. and Stella Humphries Petree. He grew up in Amory. He lived 40 years in the Carolina community and 1 1/2 years in Lee County. He was an employee of True Temper Sports for 34 years and a member of the Steelworkers Union. He was a member of Faithway Baptist Church in Tupelo. He enjoyed carpentry work.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Dale Carr officiating. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery in Itawamba County.

Survivors include two daughters, Melissa Avery and husband, Jimmy, and Valerie Wilson and husband, Hubert, all of Nettleton; three sisters, Dina Mann and husband, Jimmy, of Tupelo, Nellie Autrey and husband, Guy, of Okolona, and Carolyn Brandon and husband, Buddy, of Memphis; four grandchildren, Jamie Avery, Jennie Avery, Katie Wilson and Austin Wilson, all of Nettleton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Margaret Page; and a nephew, Kevin Mann.

Pallbearers will be Mickey Gilmore, Terry Autrey, Bradley Mann, Clint Miller, Jeff Neal, Tom Speaks, Mike Taylor and Eddie Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jake Johnson, Jordan Mann, Timothy Autrey, Allen Rooker and Robert Kozlowitz.

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

Henry Williams Jr.

ECRU - Henry Edward "Pops" Williams Jr., 61, died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at the home of his caregivers, Clyde "Toby" and Jane Mardis, in Ecru. He was a self-employed mechanic and a Pentecostal.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today at Salem Methodist Church Cemetery in Etta with Bro. Johnnie "Pete" Flanagin officiating. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Edith Self and Lula, both of Senatobia; one son, Henry Edward Williams III of Ripley; two sisters, Wanda Lou Robbins and Jessie Lancaster of Memphis; nine grandchildren; his caregivers, Clyde "Toby" and Jane Mardis of Ecru.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Edward Williams Sr. and Mattie Boles Williams.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

William McKissick

CLEARLAKE, Calif. - William Louis McKissick, 81, died Saturday, June 17, 2006, at St. Helena, Calif. He was born May 2, 1925, in Mississippi to Leonard and Winfred Smith McKissick. He had lived in Clearlake, Calif., for the past 15 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He enjoyed country music and singing karaoke.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Jones & Lewis Clearlake Memorial Chapel.

Survivors include three sons, Steve McKissick and wife, Vivian, of Pontotoc, and George and Andy McKissick of Clearlake, Calif.; one daughter, Lottie Harris and husband, Richard, of Russellville, Ark.; four sisters, Betty Grace Swyeen of Oklahoma City, Okla., Shirley Ratliff and Francis Herring of Tupelo, and Jo Ann Chabez of Newark, Calif.; two brothers, Stan McKissick of Oakland, Calif., and Dale McKissick of Tupelo; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Wayne McKissick; his parents; and a sister, Dorthy Warner.

Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice, charitable organizations or Gideon Bibles.

T.P. Nelson Sr.

IUKA - T.P. "Jack" Nelson Sr., 81, died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at the Hospice House in Mountain Home, Ark. He was born in 1924 in the Holcut area in Tishomingo County. He lived in Memphis most of his adult life. He served as a foreman in the feed mill industry for many years, retiring from Allied Mills/Quaker Oats. He was a former deacon of Kensington Baptist Church in Memphis and was an active deacon in other Baptist church in various cities he lived throughout his life. He was most recently a member of the Iuka Baptist Church. His hobbies were beekeeping and woodworking.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Iuka Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Smith officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Iuka. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Ellene Cutshall Nelson; one son, Jack Nelson Jr. and wife, Lois, of Bartlett, Tenn.; two daughters, Monta Earl Lind, and Carolyn Densmore and husband, Mike, all of Mountain Home, Ark.; one brother, Travis Nelson of Corinth; one sister, Jimmie Marie Darwin of Corinth; four grandchildren, Mona Kaye Lind of Mountain Home, Ark., David Michael Lind of Arizona, Rebecca Flores of Houston, Texas, and Benjamin Nelson of Bartlett, Tenn.; two great-grandchildren, Jaynae Lind and Dakota Flores.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall and Autie Timbes Nelson, and a sister, Annette Byram.

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

Willie Foster

NEW ALBANY - Willie "Will" Foster, 77, died Sunday, June 18, 2006, at the Graceland Care Center in New Albany. He was born Nov. 28, 1928, in Union County to the late Howard Foster and Ada Bell Foster. He was a member of the Church of God. He was a helper around the car wash and different businesses in New Albany.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Holy Temple Church of God with the Rev. Charles Ferrell officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one sister, Mary Foster Hardin of New Albany; four brothers, Dewey Foster (Ruth) of Aurora, Ill., Theodis Foster (Emily) of Maywood, Ill., Leodis Foster (Rena) of New Albany and Thomas Foster of Holly Springs; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Howard Foster Jr.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Sam Duncan

HOLLY SPRINGS - George Reddick "Sam" Duncan, 42, died Friday, June 16, 2006, at Alliance Health Care.

Services will be at noon Friday at Pleasant Grove Church with the Rev. S.A. Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two brothers, Stanley Wayne Duncan and Charles E. Duncan Sr. (Masheetta), both of Holly Springs; three sisters, Deloris Duncan Jackson (Coley) of Memphis, and Willie Eva Duncan and Lula B. Duncan, both of Holly Springs.

Lincoln Wade

WARREN, Ohio - Lincoln Wade, 75, died Saturday, June 17, 2006, in Ohio. He was a former resident of New Albany and a retired mechanic for the City of Warren, Ohio.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Beasley Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Burt Skipworth officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Elnora Wade of Warren, Ohio; one son, Charles Wade (Bobbie Jean) of New Albany; two sisters, Dorothy Kimmons (T.Y.) of New Albany and Debrah Wade Tally of Pensacola, Fla.; two grandchildren, Rodney Wade (Lorie) and Tessia Wade of New Albany; two great-grandchildren, Kateland and Hunter Wade of New Albany; a nephew, Troy Edwards Sr. (Mary) of New Albany; a great-nephew, Troy Edwards Jr. of New Albany.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bud Hester

PALMETTO - John Thomas "Bud" Hester, 69, died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at his home in the Palmetto community after a long illness. He was born Feb. 25, 1937, in Palmetto. His parents were the late John F. Hester, Farra Mae Ivy Holland and Thomas McKinley Holland. He attended Palmetto and Verona Public Schools. He worked at Barber's Milk Co. for 25 years. He later owned and operated Hester's Grocery in Palmetto. He worked with the National Kidney Foundation to start the dialysis unit in Tupelo. He was a member of Oak Valley Christian Church and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason affiliated with the Verona Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and reading the Bible, which he had done seven times. His favorite scripture was John 14:2.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Danny Horton and Bro. Dale Carr officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Sanders Hester of Palmetto; his children, Rickey Hester (Cathy) and Ronnie Hester (Susie) and Rita Hester Curbow (Mike) of Auburn; his stepchildren, Alecia Vaughan (Jason) of Tupelo, Brian Jones (Belinda) of Mooreville, Steven Logan (Peggy) of Clarksdale, Joe Cook of Calhoun City, Jeannie McEntire of Calhoun, Ga., and Gwen Holland (Billy Joe) of Plantersville; his grandchildren, Richey, Shawn, Olivia, Christopher, Courtney, Payton and Chance; his stepgrandchildren, Andrew, Marissa, Angel, LeAnne, Jamie, Shane, Casey, Chad, Shannon, Tyler and Chip; three great-grandchildren, seven stepgreat-grandchildren; his sisters, JoAnne Wood (Sammie) of Tupelo, Mid Burt (John Wayne) of Palmetto and Sandra Sullivan of Shannon; his stepsister, Mary Homan of Shannon; his stepbrothers, Julian Holland of Columbia, S.C., Herbert Holland (Dean) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Leon Holland of Tupelo and J.C. Holland of Nettleton; a special sister-in-law, Erma Lee McBride.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Hester; a son, Randy Hester; a grandson, Paul Hester; his parents; and a stepdaughter, Loretta Cole.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Richey, Shawn and Christopher Hester, and Chance Curbow; and Joe Hall, Fain Pannell and John Haydock.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236 or American Lung Association, Mississippi Affiliate, P.O. Box 2178, Ridgeland, MS 39158.

Ruth Buskirk

OKOLONA - Ruth Eubank Buskirk, 92, died Thursday, June 15, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 13, 1913, in the Pleasant Grove community of Lee County to the late Fred Lee and Letha Dale Johnson Eubank. She lived in Okolona more than 51 years, moving there from Shannon. She was a longtime active member of the First United Methodist Church, the UMW and the Fellowship Sunday School Class. She fixed fresh flowers from her yard for Sunday services for years. She worked as a supervisor of the sewing room at Futorian. A master cook, her cakes and specialty dishes are legendary in Okolona. She loved her family and church, and will be missed by a grateful community.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Okolona with the Rev. Bill Harrison, Dr. Wallace Cason and the Rev. Ray Daniel officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Holland-Harris Okolona Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Betty Williams and husband, Ron, of Aberdeen; one son, Curtis Buskirk and wife, Deloris, of Belden; one sister, Vera Mae Bean of Okolona; 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Taylor Buskirk, in 1995; a son, Al Buskirk; two sisters, Mary Lou Robbins and Mattie Bell Patterson; six brothers, Curt, Marvin, Horace, Lloyd, G.C. and Brad Eubank; and a granddaughter.

Pallbearers will be Keith Williams, Jeff Williams, Chuck Carlisle, Bill Buskirk, Mark Buskirk and Todd Buskirk.

Honorary pallbearers will be Nicholas Bobo, Taylor Watson, Jim Buskirk, Johnny Buskirk, Sammy Buskirk, Scotty Buskirk and John David Carlisle.

Visitation will be at the Holland-Harris Okolona Chapel from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church 30 minutes prior to service time.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 467, Okolona, MS 38860.

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