Al Beard, Memphis

Billy Beene, Baldwyn

Marie Blanchard, Prairie

Gladys Cannon, Batesville, Ark.

Irean Cook, New Albany

Otha Cook, Saltillo

Wilford Dickey, Saltillo

Lucy Evans, Fulton

David Ewing Jr., Binford

Robert Gunter, Aberdeen

Ella Harris, Tupelo

Martha Harris, Sardis

Barbara Heatherly, Memphis

Helen Hill-Jones, West Point

Dorothy Kimmons, New Albany

Mat Matlock, Oxford

Smiley Mauldin, Ripley

Frankie McKinney, Pheba

Bonnie McLain, Memphis

Cassie Moore, West Point

Bob Murphree, Lakeland, Tenn.

Jackie O'Barr, Okolona

Sylvester Pryor, Holly Springs

Connell Roberson, Verona

Evelyn Rowland, Eupora

David Skinner, New Albany

Willie Starnes, Dyersburg, Tenn.

Oliver Tate Sr., Amory

Erskine Thorne, Tishomingo

Lillie Troupe, Houston

William Wasson, Oxford

James Young, Booneville

Wilford T. Dickey

SALTILLO - Wilford T. Dickey, 75, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at his home in Saltillo after an extended illness. He was born Feb. 14, 1932, in Corinth and graduated from Corinth High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a small business owner in Batesville, Ark., and a member of the White Drive Baptist Church. He retired in 2005 and moved to Saltillo to be near family.

A private service for the family will be held at a later date. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Lois Clark Dickey, formerly of Corinth; three daughters, Alice Smith (Rex) of Saltillo, Susan Callahan (Buddy) of Collierville, Tenn., and Patricia Nelson (Bill) of Newton; a son, Joey Dickey (Amy) of Jonesboro, Ark.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tupelo Auto Museum, 1 Otis Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804; or the American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Cassie L. Moore

WEST POINT - Cassie Lynn Moore, 33, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 5, 1973, in Houston, Texas, to Leigh Ann Anglin Tribble and Tom Heflin. She was a former office manager for Aberdeen Rehabilitation.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will follow in Oktibbeha Memorial Garden in Starkville.

Survivors include her husband, Darrow Moore of Columbus; her mother, Lee Ann Tribble (Thomas) of Scooba; her father, Thomas E. Heflin of Mobile, Ala.; one sister, Mary Swartz of Scooba; her grandfather, Tommy Anglin of Starkville; her grandmother, Ella Cousins of Gloster, Va.

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

Bob Murphree

LAKELAND, Tenn. - Robert F. "Bob" Murphree Jr., 64, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at his home. He was a retired partner and owner of Mid American Commodities. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a Baptist. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling and activities that involved his grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Peebles Fayette County West Funeral Chapel in Oakland, Tenn. Graveside services with military honors will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bethany Cemetery in Tishomingo.

Survivors include two sons, David Ward Murphree (Terri) of Lakeland, Tenn., and Wes Murphree (Kimberly) of Jonesboro, Ark.; one sister, Mary Chrisman of Little Rock, Ark.; his grandchildren, Chris Horton, and Kayla, John, Tassie Lee and Kathleen Murphree; one uncle, William "Bill" Paden of Corinth.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

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Lillie Bell Troupe

HOUSTON - Lillie Bell Troupe, 75, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at the Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. She was a homemaker and a member of Chapel Grove M.B. Church in Okolona. She loved singing.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Chapel Grove M.B. Church in Okolona with the Rev. Lendale Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her children, Jimmie Troupe, Paul Troupe, Corline Troupe and Lou Ollie Troupe, all of South Bend, Ind.; one sister, Bernice Graham of Houston; one sister-in-law, Cora Mitchell of Houston; one brother-in-law, Milton Allen of Houston; 12 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Hearman Carr.

Pallbearers will be Nathaniel Graham, Lewis Mitchell and friends of the family.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church. Friends may sign the guestbook online at www.Grayson-PortersMortuary.com.

Harry H. Helton

CORINTH - Funeral services for Harry H. Helton, 95, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with the Rev. Brian Rainey officiating. Burial will be at Primitive Baptist Church in Michie, Tenn.

He was a resident of Cornerstone Health and Rehab in Corinth. He had attended Michie First Baptist Church for several years. He was a member of the Carpenters/Millwrights/Piledrivers Local Union 303 and a retired millwright for Buckeye Cellulose in Corinth. He was a member of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky F.&A.M. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed woodworking and Civil War history.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Inez Helton; two sons, Gary Helton (Pam) of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Monte Keith (Janice) of Madison, Ala.; one sister, Jewel Helton of Medon, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Melissa Helton and Bradley Helton (Peggy); one great-grandson, Braden Helton; and a special friend and caregiver, Nona Gray of Michie, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gabe and Pearl Kelley Helton; a sister, Mary McRae; and a brother, Claude Helton.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Michie First Baptist Church-Mission Fund in Michie, Tenn.

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Billy Beene

BALDWYN - William James "Billy" Beene, 67, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born July 11, 1939, in Prentiss County to the late Artice Beene and Ruth Fryar Beene. He was a member of Rueben Chapel CME Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Sandhill M.B. Church with the Rev. Henry Damons officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Nichols Beene of Baldwyn; two sisters, Annie I. Beene of Baldwyn and Brenda Louise McGee of Booneville; three brothers, Ollie Lee Beene of Baldwyn, O.L. Beene of Corinth and Bobby Beene of Nashville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; a special friend, Ada Mae Bell; a host of uncles, nieces and nephews.

Friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.

Otha Lee Cook

SALTILLO - Otha Lee "Weddie" Cook, 77, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born March 18, 1929, in Lee County to Ephraim A. Cook and Maggie Kohlheim Cook.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Zion M.B. Church in Saltillo with the Rev. Charley F. Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery in Saltillo. Grayson-Porter's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sisters, Ardean C. Warren of Saltillo, Gloria Enos (Bruce) of Plantersville and Carolyn Warren (Timothy) of Baldwyn; two brothers, Frank Cook (Glisteen) and Willie J. Dean, both of Saltillo; special great-great-nephews, Alijah and Amarion Cook Westmorland; special niece, Gloria Guyton; special great-great-niece, Kimberly Enos; special cousins, Lanette Smith, Willie Kohlheim (Bessie), Edna Jones McLeod, Charles McCoy Herring, Udotsy Spears; special friends, Willie Orr, Dr. Rud Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Deatoy, Harold Franks, Virginia Nichols, F.R. Mitchell; other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Burley, Willie, Eugene, Martee Cook; three sisters Julie Bell, Bernice and Nadine; five nephews; and his grandparents.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at the church. Friends may sign the guestbook at www.Grayson-PortersMortuary.com.

Lucy Evans

FULTON - Edna Lucille "Lucy" Billups Evans, 76, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at her home in Fulton. She was born May 12, 1930, in Fulton to Frank and Edna Mosley. After the death of her parents when she was a child, she was adopted by Martin and Mary Billups. She was a dedicated member of St. Matthew M.B. Church in Fulton. She was a member of Queen Esther Clara Court No. 629B for more than 20 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew M.B. Church in Fulton with the Rev. Charles Berry officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery. Grayson-Porter's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Jeff Evans of Fulton; three sons, Jeffery Evans (Annette) and Gerald Evans (Nadine), both of Fulton, and Minister Jerry Evans (Minister Patricia) of Arkansas; two daughters, Deborah Bell (Adrian) and Linda Evans, both of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Reginal, Kantress, Darnell, Marnica, Dornis, Destiny and Sissy; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Genesis.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Evans; her parents; her adopted parents; and two brothers, Frank Mosley and Boyde Mosley.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Saturday. Friends may sign the guestbook at www.Grayson-PortersMortuary.com.

Al Beard

MEMPHIS - Al Beard, 52, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at Trinity Health and Rehab in Holly Springs. He was a security guard for Southeastern Freightliner in Memphis. He was the husband of the late Linda Anita Marion Beard.

Services will be at noon Saturday at the Potts Camp High School gym. Burial will be in the Reid's Gift Cemetery. Superior Funeral Home of Memphis is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Joshua Beard and Alex Beard, both of Potts Camp; three sisters, Shirley Dean (Ronnie) of Birmingham, Ala., Lillie Hannah of Memphis and Linda Sanders (John) of Hickory Flat; five brothers, Ernest Beard of Holly Springs, Emmitt Nickson and Clarence Beard (Mary), both of Potts Camp, James Beard (Linda) of Hickory Flat and Curtis Beard of Birmingham; one grandchild.

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Jackie O'Barr

OKOLONA - Marjorie Jacqueline "Jackie" O'Barr, 79, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility after a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 9, 927, in Pontotoc to Drudy and Minnie Capwell. She worked for Meadow Sportswear for many years and retired from the Okolona School System. She attended Faith Outreach Church. She enjoyed gardening, swimming, reading, working puzzles, the beach and traveling to Florida, and, in earlier years, riding dune buggies. Her love was her family, especially her grandchildren, and she will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Outreach Church with Bro. Jimmy Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Danny Owen (Betty) of Okolona and Nickey Owen (Charlotte) of Baldwyn; one sister, Diane Davis (Tom) of Booneville; seven grandchildren, Stephanie McCreight (Tim Jamison), Jason Owen (Kristy), Channing Owen (Angie), Jonathan Owen, Jennifer Owen, Rachel Owen and Ellie Word (Scott); five great-grandchildren, Tanner Vaughan, Tucker McCreight, Carson Owen, Kaylee Franklin and Layla Owen; a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jason Owen, Channing Owen, Tanner Vaughan, James Davis, Tucker McCreight, Carson Owen, Thomas Davis, Tom Davis and David Bullard.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Henry, Wayne O'Barr, Greg Vaughn, Robert Irby, Jamie Capwell and Jerry Ray Capwell.

Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Saturday.

Gladys Cannon

BATESVILLE, Ark. - Gladys O.D. Cannon, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at a nursing home in Batesville, Ark. She was born Aug. 25, 1919, in Walnut to the late John and Lillian Wilbanks Null. She was retired from Home Health Care Services. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She had a good sense of humor and a nickname for everyone.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the County Line Baptist Church in Walnut with Bro. Joe Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the County Line Cemetery. Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville, Ark., is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Cannon of Southside, Ark., and Terry Cannon of Magness, Ark.; three daughters, Ruby Fay Brown of Tupelo, Barbara Wheeless of Arlington, Texas, and Evelyn Sneed of Abilene, Texas; one stepdaughter, Ester Fern Woodard of Cherry Valley, Ark.; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Isaac Cannon; and four brothers, two sisters and one stepson.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Friends may sign the guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Evelyn Rowland

EUPORA - Evelyn H. Rowland, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in Eupora. She was born June 1, 1926, in Webster County. She was a retired file clerk and a member of the First Baptist Church of Eupora.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Doyle Cummings and Dr. James Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Edward Springs Cemetery in Webster County.

Survivors include one sister, Jo Massey of Kosciusko; two brothers, Thomas Huffman and John Huffman, both of Eupora.

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

Bonnie McLain

MEMPHIS - Florence "Bonnie" Franklin McLain, 84, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at her home in Memphis after a long illness. She was a former resident of Oxford, moving to Memphis to be near her daughter. She was a homemaker, and a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Bartlett, Tenn., and the Garden Club in Memphis. She was a beloved grandmother.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Alan Cochet officiating. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Howard M. McLain Sr. of Memphis; two daughters, Ginger Thompson of Olive Branch and Beth McLain of Memphis; one son, Howard M. McLain Jr. of Bartlett, Tenn.; one brother, Raymond Franklin Jr. of Melbourne, Fla.; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6671 Yale Road, Bartlett, Tenn. 38134.

Martha Harris

SARDIS - Martha Speck Harris, 81, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was a homemaker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cascilla Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Ashland Cemetery at Cascilla. Newsom Funeral Home of Charleston is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, John Frank "Buddy" Harris of Sardis; one sister, Marjorie Smith (Palmer) of New Albany; one nephew, Chuck Smith (Gail); one great-nephew, Mitch Smith; one stepnephew, Zackary Hand.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ted Speck.

Frankie McKinney

PHEBA - Frankie Washington McKinney, 73, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 6, 1934, in Clay County to Frank H. and Millie Y. Washington. She was a pastor and a member of London Chapel AME Church in West Point. She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Pheba with Dr. Sonnie Washington officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Pheba Cemetery. Carter's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, Reginald Larcholey and Tyrone Larcholey, both of Egan, Minn., and Benjamin Larcholey of Pheba; two daughters, Yvonne Hamblin and Gloria Bowen, both of Egan, Minn.; six brothers, Calvin Washington of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, William A. Washington of Swartz Creek, Mich., Sonnie Washington of Columbia, Marion L. Washington of Jackson, Donald L. Washington of Greenville and George F. Washington of Edenton, N.C.; three sisters, Vallie W. Washington of Pheba, Viola W. Williams of West Point and Mary J. Washington of Jamaica, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert J. Washington Sr. and Ronald L. Washington Sr.; and a sister, Flora L. Culberson.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today for the family and from 3 to 6 p.m. today for the public.

Helen Hill-Jones

WEST POINT - Helen Ruth Hill-Jones, 53, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Dallas, Texas. She was a music instructor and the owner of Helen Jones School of Music and Gift Shop in West Point.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Matthew Temple Church of God in Christ in West Point. Bishop Williams will officiate. Burial will follow in the West Point Memorial Gardens in West Point. Carter's Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Dean Jones of Eupora; one daughter, Kharma Leonard of Dallas, Texas; one sister, Jackie Webster of Byhalia; three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Simon Hill and Sarah Alice Yates.

There will be no public visitation. The register book may be signed from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James Young

BOONEVILLE - James Earl Young, 76, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born April 11, 1930, in Prentiss County to the late Frank and Orlean Judd Young.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Mt. Olive M.B. Church with the Rev. Wayne Myles officiating. Burial will be in Wolf Creek Cemetery in Booneville. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Christine Young of Columbus, Ohio, and Pearlie Bell of Booneville; one son, Robert Chandler (Ida) of Erie, Pa.; one sister, Nannie L. Shugars (Raymond) of Booneville; four brothers, Willie Young, Curtis Young (Mattie) and Jessie Young, all of Baldwyn, and Howard Young (Sylvia) of Youngtown, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; special nieces and nephews, his caregiver Betty Young (Billy), Linda Young, Jamie Young, Rod Young and Lang Young.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Young.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today, followed by the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today, at the funeral home. Friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.

David Ewing Jr.

BINFORD - David Ewing Jr., 90, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 11, 1916. He was a farmer, a Christian and a member of Third Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Westbrooks Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen. The Rev. Chester McNairy will officiate. Burial will be in Sykes Cemetery.

Survivors include six sons, Russell Ewing of Chicago, Dadell and Delois Ewing of Aberdeen, Alvin and Dorothy Ewing, and Calvin Ewing, all of Prairie, and Obadiah Ewing and Danny Ewing of Chicago; three daughters, Annie Mae and Frank Cole and Eva Ewing, all of Chicago, and Linda Kay and Horace Smith of Prairie; four sisters, Minerva Walker of Prairie, Idella Patton of Chicago, Sarah Townsend of St. Louis, Mo., and Ruth Goodman; 34 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Walter Ewing and Henry Ewing.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Sylvester Pryor

HOLLY SPRINGS - Sylvester "Booth" Pryor, 93, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at the V.A. Hospital in Memphis. He was born March 15, 1913, in Marshall County to the late Simon Pryor and Lula Shaw. He was a retired farmer and a veteran of World War II. He was a member of Mt. Peel M.B. Church at Laws Hill.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Peel M.B. Church at Laws Hill with the Rev. Rondias Cox officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Alice Shaw of Broadview, Ill.; three sons, Sylvester Henderson of Holly Springs, the Rev. Leon Henderson of Calumet Park, Ill., and Rayford Pryor of Wynn, Ark.; nine grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the church. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.

Robert Gunter

ABERDEEN - Robert Lee Gunter, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Aug. 2, 1923, in Gastonia, N.C., to Arthur Gunter and Mattie Brown Gunter. He lived in California before moving to Aberdeen four years ago. He was a cattle rancher.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Neal Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., with the Rev. Hobart Seymore officiating. Burial will be in Center Point Cemetery in Lawrenceburg.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Venell Seymore Gunter of Aberdeen, whom he married Jan. 9 1943, in Florence, Ala.; two sons, Jerrell Gunter (Sharon) and Bobby Gunter (Linda), both of Aberdeen; two sisters, Vivian Kirkpatrick (Bruce) of Waynesville, N.C., and Margie Forrester of Ashville, N.C.; three brothers, Carol Gunter (Gillian) and Warren Gunter (Cathy), both of Madera, Calif., and Franklin Gunter (Patty) of Arizona; three grandchildren, Richie Gunter, Linsey Gunter and Dustin Gunter; four great-grandchildren, Tyler Gunter, Bladden Christensen, Kendyll Christensen and Dylan Gunter; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Eugene Gunter; and a grandson, Kenny Gunter.

Pallbearers will be David Cook, Donnie Cook, Richie Gunter, Ned Leatherwood, Donnie Brown and Steve Wardlaw.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Neal Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

Mat Matlock

OXFORD - Francis Clay "Mat" Matlock, 80, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at his home in Oxford. He was the retired owner of Flower Mart. He was a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army and a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Oxford Lions Club. He was past president of the Mississippi Florist Association, serving from 1975-1976.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with Dr. Robert Allen and Dr. Eric Hankins officiating. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Martha "Polly" Ryals Matlock of Oxford; one daughter, Kay Alford (Randall) of Olive Branch; two sons Gary Matlock (Yuliah) of Ukiah, Calif., and Ben Matlock of Oxford; two grandchildren , two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; or Mississippi Alzheimers Association, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite H, Jackson, MS 39216.

Oliver Tate Sr.

AMORY - Oliver Wilson "Big O" Tate Sr., 78, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at the Clay County Medical Center in West Point after a long illness. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, he was born June 2, 1928, in Aberdeen. He was employed as a cutter at T.I.L. in Aberdeen. He also worked in the building trades. He was a member of Bethel Apostolic Church in Amory. He enjoyed gardening, traveling and camping.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Stan Blaylock and Bro. Coy Hill officiating. Burial will be in the Durrett Cemetery in Quincy.

Survivors include two sons, Rocky Tate of Middleton, Ohio, and Oliver Wilson Tate Jr. of Amory; three daughters, Brenda Forrester of Amory, Shelia Farris of Enterprise, Ala., and Frances Smith of New Orleans; one sister, Dessie Tate of Arkansas; 18 grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Uvee Strevel Tate, in 2003; his parents; two brothers, Dave and Ben Tate; two sisters, Effie McDonald and Ester Green Estell; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Bhario, Patrick Forrester, Jerry Forrester and Paul Strevel.

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

Irean G. Cook

NEW ALBANY - Irean G. Cook, 85, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was a member of Union Prospect M.B. Church, where she served on the Mother Board. She was the widow of Dewitt Cook.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Prospect M.B. Church with the Rev. Thomas Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, J.L. Cook and James Cook, both of New Albany, and Troy Cook of Milwaukee, Wis.; two daughters, Elsie Blackwell (James) and Martha Simmons, both of New Albany; one sister, Lettie Mae Wilson of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Troy Cook of Tupelo; 36 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

William G. Wasson

OXFORD - William G. Wasson, 56, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at his home. He had lived in the Oxford area for five years. He was a retired associate warden with the U.S. Department of Justice. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the DAV and VFW. He was an honorable Kentucky colonel and Alabama colonel.

A memorial service will be held in Louisville, Ky., at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Sheila DeVore Wasson of Oxford; his mother, Virginia Grimes of Louisville, Ky.; one daughter, Deena Wasson; one son, William G. Wasson Jr.; one grandson, Jared A. Casey; one sister, Patricia Wasson Thornton of Clermont, Fla.; one brother, Darrell Grimes of Louisville, Ky.; three friends, Bruce Wilkins of Sevierville, Tenn., and Ray and Carol Berry of Atlanta, Texas.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 ATTN Gift Processing.

Smiley Mauldin

RIPLEY - David Lawrence "Smiley" Mauldin Sr., 88, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at his home in Ripley. Until his retirement in 2004, he owned and operated Mauldin Jewelers in Ripley, which was established by his father, Hughda D. Mauldin, in 1921. He was the Sunday school secretary for the First Baptist Church of Ripley for 35 years, a deacon and one of the church's most supportive members. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on his farm in Dumas.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Ripley. Fred Smith will officiate, and Tom Lampkin will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Frances Smith Mauldin of Ripley; five daughters, Sharon Reynolds of Lexington, Ky., Ada Gwen Butler of Florence, Ala., Barbara Stokes of Ripley, Kathi Johnson (Jason) of Whitehall, Mont., and Libbi Mauldin of Batesville; one son, Doug Mauldin (Sassy) of Cascilla; 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hughda D. and Ada Belle Thompson Mauldin; a son, David Lawrence Mauldin Jr.; and two brothers, Irvin and Olin Mauldin.

Pallbearers will be Tom Lampkin, Fred Fortier, Laron Shannon, Eddie Morton, Ralph Chapman, Randall Miller, Tom Shackelford and Jim Morton.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, then from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 203 E. Pine St., Ripley, MS 38663; or to a charity of the donor's choice.

David Skinner

NEW ALBANY - David Eugene Skinner, 12, died Wednesday, Feb. 28 2007, at the University of Alabama Children's Hospital in Birmingham. He was born Aug. 31, 1994, in Memphis to Jeffrey Eugene Skinner and Lisa Ann Bingham Skinner. He was a sixth-grade student at New Albany Middle School. He was a member of the New Albany Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the New Albany Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bill Everett officiating. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents of New Albany; one sister, Kellie Ann Skinner of New Albany; his great-grandmother, Evelyn Bingham of Trenton, Tenn.; his grandparents, Ed and Ann Bingham of New Albany, and Gene and Juanita Skinner of Collierville, Tenn.; uncle and aunt, Ronnie and Nancy Bingham of Richmond, Va.; two cousins, Austin and Mary Anne Bingham of Richmond, Va.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a children's hospital or the donor's choice.

Barbara Heatherly

MEMPHIS - Barbara Scott Heatherly, 77, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at her home. She was born April 11, 1929, in Golden to A.C. and Mary Rachael Wilson Scott. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Stevens United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Kim Kulo and Bro. Ned Cox officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Heatherly of Memphis; two children, Scott Heatherly (Pamela) of Rock Hill, S.C., and Tricia Seubert (Jack) of Memphis; two grandchildren, Christie Rowland (Scott) of Raleigh, N.C., and Jonathan Heatherly of Charlotte, N.C.; two great-grandchildren, Ally Rowland and Carly Rowland, both of Raleigh, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Virginia Cox and Beatrice Greenway; and a brother, Ted Scott.

Pallbearers will be Ned Cox, Elton Free, Jack Seubert, Jonathan Heatherly, Scott Heatherly and Oliver Moore.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dorothy Kimmons

NEW ALBANY - Dorothy Wade Kimmons died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

Connell Roberson

VERONA - Connell Roberson, 81, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of Verona.

Willie Mae Starnes

DYERSBURG, Tenn. - Willie Mae Starnes died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at her home in Dyersburg, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Marie Blanchard

PRAIRIE - Marie Harrison Blanchard, 67, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Baptist Grove M.B. Church at Prairie with Elder J.O. Barrentine officiating. Burial will be in Baptist Grove Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include five sons, Clarence Blanchard and Willie C. Blanchard, both of Brockton, Mass., Leonard Blanchard of St. Louis, Mo., Jerome Blanchard of Gainesville, Fla., and Gregory L. Blanchard; five daughters, Doris M. Boone and Ida Bell Davis, both of Nashville, Tenn., Mildred Ann Blanchard, Priscilla Blanchard and Marie B. Holder; six brothers, Sim Oliver Jennings of Dallas, Texas, Roosevelt Harrison of Queens, N.Y., Willie Earl Smith and Richardson Harrison, both of Okolona, Woodrow Montgomery and Charles Montgomery, both of Minnesota; two sisters, Callie Mae Vasser of Chicago and Emma Lou Harrison of St. Louis; 28 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Artley Blanchard, and a son, Sim Blanchard.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Ella Harris

TUPELO - Ella Harris, 96, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter's Mortuary.

Erskine Thorne

TISHOMINGO - Finous Erskine Thorne died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson's Funeral Services of Corinth.

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