TUPELO - Benjamin "Chief" Morse, 84, died Wednesday, March 15, 2007, at his home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Inez May Genoway, 72, formerly of the Winfield, Ala., area, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mt. Olive Free Will Baptist Church with burial in the adjoining cemetery. Miles Funeral home of Winfield, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Noel Louis Genoway Jr. (Sandy) of San Antonio; grandchildren, David "Rusty" Williams (Lindsey) and Crystal (PJ) Lunsford (P.J.), both of San Antonio; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Wyman May (Carolyn) of Bettendorf, Iowa; two sisters, Virginia Turner (Young) of Aberdeen and Polly Kennedy (Jim) of Gulfport; an aunt, Margie Silas of Guin, Ala.; nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
CLEVELAND - William Elmer "W.E." Jefcoat, 81, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at the Green House at Cedars Health Center in Tupelo. He was born March 29, 1925, to Floyd Dexter Jefcoat and Ada Watson Jefcoat. He married Arlin Pearl Nelms on Sept. 10, 1942. They lived and farmed in the Linn community most of their lives. He was a devout member of Linn Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, assistant music director, and Sunday school director and teacher. He was known in the Linn community and throughout the area for his love and service for the Lord.
Services will be at noon today at Linn Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Ray Funeral Home of Cleveland is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Bean (Charles) of Doddsville; two sons, W.G. "Chubby" Jefcoat (Melissa) of Plantersville and David Glen Jefcoat (Debbie) of Belden; one brother, Herman Clyde Jefcoat of Houston, Texas, formerly of Greenville; grandchildren, Tammy Jackson (Larry), Casondra Washington (Paul), Casey Johnson (Leejay), David Jefcoat (Cathy), Jake Jefcoat (Jennifer), Debralee Carroll (Nicholas) and Chase Jefcoat (Anna Claire); great-grandchildren, Joseph, Morgan and Sarah Grace Jackson, Dylan and Allie Cook, Jacob Johnson, Lydia and Elizabeth Jefcoat, and Hanna and Jude Jefcoat.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlin P. Helms Jefcoat; a daughter, Sandra A. Jefcoat; two sisters, Minnie Jefcoat Steed and Frances "Lucy" Jefcoat Brewer; and a brother, Casey Dexter Jefcoat.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, David Jefcoat, Jake Jefcoat and Chase Jefcoat; and Morris Downs, Sam Hearn and Walker Powell.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons-in-law, Larry Jackson, Nicholas Carroll, Leejay Johnson and Paul Washington.
Memorials may be made to the Men's Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
WEST POINT - Bessie High Young, 74, died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Pleasant Grove Poole's Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. The Rev. James Richardson will officiate. Burial will follow in the New Light Cemetery in Starkville. Carter's Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Adell Young of West Point; two daughters, Angela Faye Young of Columbus and Felicia Ann Young-Kelly of Marietta, Ga.; three brothers, Frederick Henry High of San Antonio, Texas, John Henry High of Starkville and William Dell High of Berkeley, Ill.; two sisters, Lillian High Thomas of Starkville and Marvell High McDowell of Jacksonville, N.C.; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Magruder High and Parena Taylor High Robinson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Maxie P. Osborn
MOUNT VERNON, Ill. - Maxie P. Osborn, 68, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at the Ozark Country Campground in Branson, Mo. He was born June 28, 1938, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Paul Otto Osborne and Nina Gordan Osborn. He married Lee A. Shirley on March 26, 1983, in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He served 32 years in the military - 22 in the U.S. Army and 10 in the National Guard. He was a truck driver for 16 years and drove a tram at Silver Dollar City. He was a life member of Mount Vernon AMVETS, Mount Vernon V.F.W., Lawrence Riddle Post 88 in Mattoon, Ill., and the Mattoon Elks Club. He attended Faith Church of the Nazarene in Mount Vernon. He enjoyed camping.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Ill., with the Rev. Ed Sprinkle officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mount Vernon.
Survivors include his wife, Lee Osborn of Mount Vernon, Ill.; eight children, Michael Paul Osborn of Taylorville, Ill., Maxie Osborn Jr.and Patricia Ammons (Butch), both of Kenosha, Wis., Ralph Nabors (fiancŽe, Shari Stoltz), Wayne Nabors (Misty)and Lynn Nabors Hayes (Donny), all of Mount Vernon, Keith Nabors of Vardaman and Bonnie Weise (Darrell) of Urbana, Ill.; one sister, Suzi Ferraro (Tony) of Tinley Park, Ill.; 25 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Glenda Ferguson; and a granddaughter, Patty Jo Strong.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Friends may sign the guestbook online at www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com.
Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association or to American Heart Association in care of Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, IL 62864.
RANDOLPH - Shirley Lewis Grisham, 82, died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at Methodist Hospital North in Memphis. He was born June 5, 1924, in Union County to the late Swampie and Maude Gafford Grisham. He was a member of Randolph Baptist Church, where he was a men's Sunday school class teacher and a former deacon. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a retired furniture plant employee. He was an avid golfer.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Randolph Baptist Church with the Rev. Terrell McGreger and the Rev. Gerald Finley officiating. Burial will be in the Randolph Cemetery. Mortimer Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Rachel Grisham of Randolph; three daughters, Dianne Hinnerick of California City, Calif., Brenda Donnell of Memphis and Teena McCoy of Walls; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and H.D. Grisham.
Pallbearers will be Rusty Nash, Rodney Nash, Robbie Lassiter, Mike McCoy, Brent McCoy and Brad McGreger.
Memorials may be made to Randolph Baptist Church.
Earnest Lee Welch
SHERMAN - Earnest Lee Welch, 76, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at his home in Sherman. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona.
RIPLEY - Hilbern David White, 61, died Monday, March 12, 2007. He was a member of Ripley Church of Christ. He was a former employee of Smith's Department Store in Ripley and Illinois Central Railroad. He was a former truck driver for Cotton Plant Transport, and the owner and operator of White's ATV Shop. He enjoyed dirt bike racing and drag racing and won several trophies. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and attending NASCAR races. He loved his God, family and the Palmer community. Everything he did, he did with a passion.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Minister Glen Fann will officiate, and Dr. Patrick Chapman will assist. Burial will be in the Academy Baptist Church Cemetery in Blue Mountain.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Charlotte Goudelock White of Ripley; one daughter, Kim White Braddock (Michael) of Ripley; one son, Keith White (Melissa) of Ripley; one brother, Bobby White (Dixie) of New Albany; seven grandchildren, Jessica Braddock (fiancŽ, Cole Childs), Eli Braddock and Jasmine Braddock, Linsey and Allison Stewart, and Nikki and Shade White, all of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilbern Huse and Irene Virginia Garner White; a brother, Carl B. White; and a sister, Iva Jo Timbes.
Pallbearers will be Don White, Mike White, Timmy White, Chris White, James Wilburn, Terry Cook, Terry Akins and George Mooney.
Honorary pallbearers will be Leland Stokes and Larry Lewellen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Ripley Church of Christ, 1300 Hall Drive, Ripley, MS 38663.
FALKNER - Sallie Loucille Prather, 93, died Monday, March 12, 2007, at the Tippah County Hospital. She was born Oct. 3, 1913, in Tippah County to Robert Bell Sr. and Dora Robinson Bell. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and the Heroines of Jericho Court No. 553. She married Ealom Prather on Jan. 28, 1939. The marriage lasted 64 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bethlehem M.B. Church in Falkner with the Rev. James Howell officiating. Burial will be in Ruckersville Cemetery in Falkner. Foster and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Charlie Ratliff (Helen Grace); one sister, Shirley Barnett of Ripley; her extended family - a daughter, Nina Johnson (Allen); granddaughters, Sentoria, Markeshia and Verlera; a grandson, Allen Johnson Jr.; a great-granddaughter, Tynessa; a great-grandson, Tyson; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters, Elizabeth Conner (Willie), Troy "Chick" Johnson (Frank), Ryne B. Edgeston, Velma Prather, Addie Mae Janes and Maggie Jeanes; two brothers, Santo Blackwell and Robert Bell Jr. (Mary).
Visitation will begin at noon today with a family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
BOONEVILLE - Martha Pike Barker, 90, died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BILOXI - Charles Evans, 43, died Monday, March 12, 2007, at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Biloxi. He was born May 11, 1963. He was a 1981 graduate of AHS. He was a Christian and a member of Ebernezer M.B. Church. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in the Gulf War. He married Lutrina Keaton on July 17, 1982.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ebernezer M.B. Church in Aberdeen. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lutrina Evans of Biloxi; two daughters, Samaria and Brianna Evans of Biloxi; one brother, Jimmy Evans Jr. of Aberdeen; two sisters, Shirley Bailey (Donnie) and Christine Evans, both of Aberdeen; three nephews, three nieces; a host of uncles, aunts and cousins.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
ABBEVILLE - Minnie Swinney, 49, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at her home in Abbeville. She was a native of Lafayette County. She was a member of Union Hill M.B. Church and a retired direct care worker for the North Mississippi Regional Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Union Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. N.L. Nash officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery in Oxford. Hodges Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald D. Swinney of Abbeville; three sons, Deronick Smith, Terris Smith and Anthony Smith, all of Abbeville; two brothers, Willie Smith Jr. and Robert Smith, both of Oxford; seven sisters, Earnestine Ward of Milwaukee, Wis., and Diane Key, Faye Bell, Jerlean Bruce, Pearlean Smith, Betty Brown and Patricia Driver, all of Oxford.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Lena Smith.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Nora J. Mosby
OXFORD - Nora J. Mosby, 49, died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a native of Lafayette County. She worked in retail management.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Oxford Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Tony Anderson officiating. Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Tammie Matthews of Memphis; three sons, Taurus McGowan and Deviron McGowen, both of Memphis, and Micheal Mosby of Henning, Tenn.; her mother, Mannora Mosby of Oxford; four brothers, Robert Porter and James Mosby, both of Memphis, and Charles Mosby and George Mosby, both of Oxford; five sisters, Sue Francis Wilson of Jacksonville, Fla., Sandra Scott and Laura Kimbrough of Memphis, Theresa Williams of Oceanside, Calif., and Julia Couch of Bedford, Ind.; eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Booker T. Mosby.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Superior Funeral Home in Memphis.
PONTOTOC - Clayton Horton, 75, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at his home. He was a member of the Church of Christ and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a retired superintendent for Pontotoc Dairy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with Jay Street officiating. Burial will follow in Ecru Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Horton of Pontotoc; one daughter, Linda Rogers (Bart) of Fostoria, Ohio; two sons, Tony Horton (Kim) of Dallas, Texas, and Terry Horton (Teresa) of Saltillo; one sister, Beverly Mask of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd C. Horton and Annie Bell Randolph Horton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
R V Steward
NEW ALBANY - R V Steward, 79, died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 26, 1927, in Union County to the late Gus T. and Martha Bell Steward. He was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and a 32nd degree Mason. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict. He was a retired service station attendant and a retired court house custodian.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Lawrence officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. Mortimer Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Dodds Steward; two sons, Billy Wayne Steward and Bobby Joe Steward; three daughters, Betty Lynn Armstrong, Donna Anderson and Enola Taylor; one brother, David Steward; two sisters, Sally Ruth Whiteside and Lula Mae Jennings, all of New Albany; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Norman, Theron, J B, Aubrey and Carl Steward, and Byron and Roy Goodman.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Steward, Alfred Steward, James Jennings, Sam Jordan, Brian Williamson, Rob Bishop, Kerry McDonald and Tommy Dodds.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BANNER - John Robert Hallman, 53, died Monday, March 12, 2007, at the Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville. He was born July 25, 1953, in Greenville. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and a former employee of Kellwood Co.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel of Bruce with the Rev. Junior Ritchie and the Rev. Will Turner officiating. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.
Survivors include his former wife, Carolyn Cain Hallman of Banner; one son, Joseph Benjamin Hallman of California; four stepdaughters, Cindy Floyd (Mike) of Long Beach, Debbie Davis (Darry) of Shaw, Becky Moak (Dwayne) of Flora and Sherry Cornelious of Greenville; one stepson, John Hollis Kisner (Christy) of Tupelo; his mother, Loree O'Briant Hallman of Greenville; two sisters, Judy Lewis (Tommy) and Allyson Vance, both of Greenville; four brothers, Cois "Jerry" Hallman (Barbara) of Greenville, David Hallman (Priscilla) of Southaven, and Richard Hallman (Elizabeth) and William Hallman (Joanie), both of Greenville; 11 grandchildren; a special great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Whitfield of Long Beach; several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Kyle Hallman, Brandon Scarborough, Mitchell Vaughn, Robbie Mitchell, Bill Goodwin, Tommy Cain, Tony Ruth and Junior Hillhouse.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
PLANTERSVILLE - Latisha Lashea Cantu, 20, died suddenly Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at her home in Plantersville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel.
Floyd A. Holman
OXFORD - Floyd A. Holman, 94, died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was a lifelong resident of Lafayette County. He was a member of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce Bureau of Plant Industry. He was pictured in the Oxford Eagle numerous times for bringing in the first cotton boll of the season in Lafayette County. He was featured on "Good Morning, America" for his agricultural achievements. He was a Mason and a member of Harrisonville Baptist Church.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with Pastor David Reeves officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories at the funeral home.
Survivors include one son, James Young of Oxford; one daughter, Vassor Joiner of Oxford; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Bertha Holman; a sister, Jimmy Lee McEwen; and two brothers, Ben Holman and Q.V. Holman.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
CORINTH - Margaret Linda Boucher, 65, died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born March 29, 1941, in Lexington, Tenn., to James Edward Fesmire and Hazel Estelle Overman Fesmire. She was a homemaker and a member of Foote Street Church of Christ. She enjoyed walking, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Minister Blake Nicholas officiating. Burial will be in Sand Ridge Cemetery in Lexington, Tenn.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Jones of Jackson, Tenn., and Chris Boucher (Celine) of Glen; two daughters, Lesha Archibald (Robert) of Sarah and Tonya Warmath of Jackson, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Benji Boucher, Hillary Meverden, Erin Archibald, Robin Jones, Samuel Archibald, Thomas Archibald and Jakob Archibald; two brothers, James Lee Fesmire (Anita) of Jackson, Tenn., and Walter Fesmire of Henderson, Tenn.; three sisters, Barbara Ann Holt (Jim) of Huntingdon, Tenn., Shirley Fesmire of Chicago and Eulene Renfroe (Clovis) of Jackson, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wayne Eldon Boucher; and a brother, Collins Fesmire.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.