Virgie Murry

NEW ALBANY - Virgie Lee Roberson Murry, 73, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born July 25, 1930, to the late Robert Lee Roberson and Mattie Frances Crawford Roberson. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church, where she was a former Sunday school teacher, former WMU director and former WMU Association director. She was the Tupperware district manager with Country Land Sales.

Services were Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Randy Hamilton and Bro. Terry Rodgers officiating. Burial was in Vista Memorial Park.

Survivors include a daughter, Robbie Murry Milam and husband, Ralph, of New Albany; a son, Larry Murry and wife, Rebecca, of Blue Springs; two sisters, Tommye Laster and husband, Floyd, of Savannah, Tenn., and Marybelle Akins and husband, Buddy, of Ripley; a brother, Jimmy Edd Roberson and wife, Ella Mae, of New Albany; her grandchildren, Edward Murry and wife, Christy, of Ecru, Joanna Jarvis and husband, Kevin, of Blue Springs, and Lee Murry, Jay Goudelock and wife, Laura, and Lori Goudelock, all of New Albany; her great-grandchildren, Tyler and Whitney Jarvis, and Richard, Sam, Brooklyn and Payton Murry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Murry; her parents; and two sisters, Pauline Dixon and Jamie Bryant.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Wayne Roberson, Steve Roberson, Ricky Roberson, Richie Bryant, Lloyd Ellis Akins and Stacey Childs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Northside Baptist Church Mission Fund, 782 Hwy. 15 N., New Albany MS 38652.

Lorene Sones

BRANDON - Lorene Dyer Sones, 81, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at Hospice Ministries of Mississippi in Ridgeland. She was born April 2, 1922, in Vernon, Ala. She was a retired homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Eupora. She was the widow of Elmer Sones.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with the Rev. W.S. Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Eupora City Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Sones of Brandon and Pete Sones of Pascagoula; a brother, Mike Dyer of San Antonio, Texas; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

R.T. Rucker

FALKNER - R.T. Rucker, 81, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at The Med in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.

Barbara Richey

NEW ALBANY - Barbara Louise Richey, 54, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born Dec. 9, 1948, to the late Benjamin Arnold Richey and Nannie Ruth Anderson Richey. She was a member of Mission Outreach Church.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Kenny Adair officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.

Survivors include two daughters, Dr. Lisa Chriss of Orlando, Fla., and Corrine Ruth Browning; a brother, James E. Richey of New Albany; an aunt, Robbie Jean Armstrong of New Albany; two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pallbearers will be Buddy Rowland, Ray Rowland, Mike Armstrong, Bobby Armstrong and Tommy Turner.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time today.

Herbert D. Stanford

LIVINGSTON, Ala. - Herbert D. Stanford, 70, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Hill Hospital in York, Ala. He was a trucker.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Bumpers Funeral Home Chapel in York, Ala., with Bro. Jack White officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. today in Ashbury Methodist Church Cemetery in Tremont.

Survivors include his wife, Luceal Cantrell Stanford of Livingston, Ala.; a son, James Paul Pate of Tahlaquah, Okla.; a daughter, Linda Sue Turkovac of Austin, Texas; six brothers; six sisters; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Bea Smith

AMORY - Arveda Febea "Bea" Smith, 84, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie after a long illness. She was born Oct. 2, 1918, in Clark County, Mo., to Walter Clarence and Elizabeth Jane Austin Forquer. She had lived in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and near Bigbee in Monroe County for several years. She married Herbert J. Smith on Sept. 26, 1960, in Clark County, Mo. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing and flower gardening.

Services were Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Charles Faust officiating. Burial will be in Kahoka Cemetery in Kahoka, Mo. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. Vigen Memorial Funeral Home of Kahoka is in charge of Missouri arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Herbert J. Smith; two sons, Roger Laverne Rossi and wife, Deloris, of Hereford, Ariz., and Thomas Eugene Rossi and wife, Hattie, of Amory; a brother, Jessey Forquer of Wyaconda, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and five sisters.

Ruby Vance

HOULKA - Ruby Lavell Clark Vance, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a homemaker and a member of Pearson Chapel Church of the Nazarene.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Pearson's Chapel Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Turner and husband, James H. "Shorty" Turner of Pontotoc, and Lynne Taylor and husband, Billy, of Houlka; three sons, Johnny Vance and wife, Frances, of Conway, Ark., Gene Vance and husband, Sara, of Fayetteville, N.C., and David Vance and wife, Nancy, of Houston; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Oren Vance, on Feb. 14, 1997; and her parents, Jonathan Clinton Clark and Alice Leona Kirkpatrick Clark.

The body will lie in state at the church from 9:30 a.m. to service time today.

Eric Comans

CORINTH - Eric Jason Comans died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson's Funeral Home of Corinth.

Lyle B. Senter

FULTON - Lyle B. Senter, 82, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Peggy Cherry

NETTLETON - Margaret Opal "Peggy" Kidwell Cherry, 46, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at her home after a long illness. She was born June 17, 1957, in Aberdeen, Md., to Gregory Kidwell and Eleanor Hamilton Kiter. She lived in Butler, Pa., most of her life and in Nettleton for the past eight years. She was an employee of the Peoples Bank & Trust Company in Tupelo. She was a member of Faith Fellowship Alliance Church in Butler, Pa., and attended the First Baptist Church in Nettleton.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Nettleton First Baptist Church with Dr. Keith Dowden officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Jeffrey Lynn Cherry of Nettleton; her mother, Eleanor Hamilton Kiter of Meadeville, Pa.; a son, Aaron Lynn Cherry of Nettleton; a stepdaughter, Tiffany Cherry Toth of Butler, Pa.; a granddaughter, Joslyn Toth of Butler, Pa.; three sisters and two brothers.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gregory Kidwell, and her stepfather, Clarence Kiter.

Memorials may be made to Sav-A-Life, 100 Parkgate Drive, Suite A-1C, Tupelo MS 38801.

Mattie Massey

DUMAS - Mattie Patterson Massey, 86, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.

Martha Davis

MANTEE - Martha Inman Davis, 96, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, at Beverly Health Care in Eupora. She was a homemaker and a member of Mantee Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mantee Baptist Church with the Rev. Malcolm Pinion officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mantee. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Sue McKinnon of Sturgis, Ann Milsaps of Mantee and Jimmie Ivy of Phoenix, Ariz.; a son, Joe Bob Davis of Eupora; two sisters, Mary Inman Lewis of Vardaman and Rose Inman Howard of Derma; a brother, Andrew Inman of Vardaman; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Preston Davis, on Sept. 24, 1970; a son, Dan Davis; and her parents, Robert Lee Inman and Alma Rish Inman.

Pallbearers will be Jody Davis, Johnny McKinnon, Steve Douglas, James "Shorty" Collum, Leroy Parker and Phillip Sullivan.

Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Sullivan, Richard Sullivan, Preston Sullivan, Blake Johnson, Robert Collum, Murray Collum, Scott Douglas and Terry Bullock.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Annie B. Smith

Annie B. Smith, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at the Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter's Mortuary.

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Jean Kerr

Jean Hope Kerr, 76, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a six-month illness. She was born Nov. 9, 1926, in Memphis to the late Clyde Dawkins and Leah Hope Jolliff Dawkins. She moved to Tupelo from St. Louis, Mo., in 1975. She was a homemaker and a Catholic. She was an avid conversationalist, and enjoyed cooking and looking at houses. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Allen Newman officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband, Herb Kerr of Tupelo; two daughters, Joanne K. Hendrix of Tupelo, and Nancy Angle and husband, Michael, of Bellefontaine, Ohio; five grandchildren, Vanessa and Wesley Hendrix of Tupelo, and Bart, Brad and Jon Angle of Ohio; two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Lee Hendrix.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Hendrix, Bill Mattox, John Malosh, George Stone, Roger Davis, and Steve Holland.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today and from 2 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Women First Breast Cancer Resource Center, 215 N. Gloster St., Tupelo MS 38804.

Jerry Swindol

BARTLETT, Tenn. - Jerry Swindol, 53, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, in Shelby County, Tenn. He was a digital tech with Bell South. He was a 14-year veteran with the Reserve Division of the Bartlett Police Department and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member and deacon at Faith Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Faith Baptist Church. Burial will be in Memory Hill Gardens. Memphis Funeral Home-Germantown Parkway is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Renee Swindol; a daughter, Ashleigh Francis of Bartlett; a son, Jeff Swindol of Bartlett; his parents, Ralph L. and Margarett Swindol of Booneville; a brother, Don Swindol of Bryan, Texas.

Memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church Building Fund.

Bessie Brandon

NEW ALBANY - Bessie Lee Brandon, 84, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at her home. She was a retired employee of Irwin B. Schwabe, where she worked for 40 years. She was a member of the Bethany Primitive Baptist Church.

Services were Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at Bethany Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Larry Wise and Elder Roger Browning officiating. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc County. Mortimer funeral Home of Ecru is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Trentham of New Albany; a sister, Lavada Tackett of Pontocola; three grandchildren, Barbara Ann Huffstatler of New Albany, Melinda J. Taylor of Etta and Robert Dale Brandon of New Albany; three great-grandchildren, Courtney Ann Huffstatler, Casey Erin Huffstatler and Serena Nichole.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Brandon; her parents, Rufus T. and Serena Davis Duckworth; a son, James Edward Brandon; and a brother, Rufus Duckworth.

Pallbearers were Bobby Dan Tackett, Douglas Trentham, Glen Duckworth, Merle Williams, Robert Mahan and Steve Williams.

Flora McKnight

BLUE MOUNTAIN - Flora Hicks McKnight, 72, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was a retired clinical nurse. A pastor's wife, she was an active member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. She was the daughter of the late John William Hicks and Eddith Mary Ann Aaron Hicks.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Blue Mountain with the Rev. Steve Wilson and the Rev. Jack Batson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Richard F. McKnight of Blue Mountain; her children, Glenda and Alexander Batson of Ashland City, Tenn., Richard and Mary McKnight of Gallatin, Tenn., Jim and Wanda McKnight of Tupelo, the Rev. Joe and Roxann McKnight of Blue Mountain, Ron and Lisa McKnight of Camden, Tenn., and Steven and Delayna McKnight of Blue Mountain; her grandchildren, Charles Brown of Memphis, Jennifer and David Batson of Ashland City, Heather Batson of Ashland City, Waylon McKnight of Uma, Ariz., Wendelyn and Adam Williams of Cordova, Tenn., Crystal and Phillip Rickenbacker of Pegram, Tenn., Jerrod McKnight and Stephanie McKnight, both of Camden, Tenn.; her great-grandchildren, Dawson Batson of Ashland City and Emma Rose McKnight of Davis, Calif.; her sisters, Malera Callahan of Iowa and Lucille Griggs of Parsons, Tenn.; two brothers, Orville Hicks and the Rev. O.L. Hicks, both of Parsons, Tenn.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Velma Garth

WAUKEGAN, Ill. - Velma "Bay" Garth died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at her son's home in Waukegan, Ill. She was born April 5, 1929, to the late John Eddie and Elfreda James. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School and Mississippi Industrial College. She taught school in the Aberdeen Separate School District. She was a lifelong member of New Hebron M.B. Church in Aberdeen. She also attended New Hope M.B. Church. She was loved by family and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at New Hebron M.B. Church in Okolona with the Rev. George Vance officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery in Okolona. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, L.C. Garth and wife, Ava, of Memphis, and Larry Darnell Garth and wife, Connie, of Waukegan, Ill.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Wiley Sanders of Chicago; three sisters, Ora Lee Bailey of Aberdeen, Lessie V. Guyton of Chicago and Annie Hrobowski of Berkley, Ill.; four sisters-in-law; host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lott Cary Garth; her parents; two brothers, John E. James Jr. and Cleveland James.

Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today.

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