Wilma Castles, Nashville, Tenn.
Murrell Christian, Corinth
J.W. Clayton, Etta
Mamie Riggs Collins, Mooreville
Prebble Cummings, Verona
Aubrey Dill Jr., West Point
Rosemary Howard, Fulton
Tom Judon, Ecru
Junior McCord, Tupelo
Eva Moore, Fulton
Charles Owen, Corinth
Maudie Parks, Amory
Myrtle Poores, Red Bay, Ala.
R.C. Prather, Dry Creek
Carrie Reid, Tupelo
Esther W. Rush, Tupelo
Terry Taylor, Troy
Mike Walton, Fulton
Aubrey Dill Jr.
WEST POINT - Aubrey Dill Jr., 60, died, Friday, March 9, 2007, at the Veterans Hospital in Biloxi. He was born Dec. 24, 1946, in Clay County to the late Myrtis Merchant Dill and Aubrey Dill Sr. He was a security officer for Ivy Memorial and North Miss. Medical Center for a number of years. He was a Native American, having served two tours in Vietnam, Germany and Korea; following his return to Fort Benning, Ga., where he was medically discharged after 14 years service.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain (CPT) Terry Partin officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle Dill-Redhawk of Gulfport; two daughters, Anita Taylor (Bob) of Petal and Angella Dill of Starkville; one granddaughter, Hannah Taylor; one sister, Brenda Calahan of Newport News, Va.; and one brother, James Dill of Philadelphia.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
TUPELO - Anthony Lee "Junior" McCord Jr., 62, died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at his residence. He was born April 8, 1944, in Pontotoc County to the late Anthony McCord Sr. and Verna Holcomb McCord. He was formerly employed by Pennsylvania Tire, Union Underwear and Mississippi Spring. He was a member of the Center Hill Baptist Church. He loved farming and raising cattle until he became sick. He loved children and helping older folks. He loved his animals and farming.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Bud McCraw and the Rev. Lee Graham officiating. Burial will be in the Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte McCord; one daughter, Sheila Sanders and husband, Tim, of Myrtle; one son, Anthony McCord III and wife, Danica, of Saltillo; two sisters and one brother; and five grandchildren, Nikki McCord, Destiny McCord, Mindy Reed, Brittany Reed and Kayla Reed; and one great-granddaughter.
Pallbearers will be David Grant, Mack Grant, Dennis Grant, Keith Herring, J.L. Street and Donnie Grant.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
FULTON - Rosemary Ashley Howard, 42, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at her residence. She was born July 26, 1964, in Red Bay, Alabama to Wrebagene and Vicky Maupin Ashley. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with the Rev. Raygene Wilson and Bro. Eddie Harlow officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Devon Howard of Santa Barbara, Calif.; one sister, Connie Harris (Charles) of Booneville; and the father of her son, Jimmy Howard.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, David Ashley, Ronnie Ashley and Eddie Ashley.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Mann, Tim Steele, Jamie Steele, Tommy Edgeworth and Will Ashley.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
FULTON - Eva Graham Moore, 87, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Daniel Health Care in Fulton. She was born Feb. 7, 1920, to John Henry and Jessie Wallace Graham in Itawamba County. She was a nurse.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Fairview Cemetery with Bro. Mike Deaton officiating. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two stepsons, Don Moore and Jack Moore; one nephew, Mike Graham; three nieces, Barbara Busick, Judy Mims and Ann Cedille; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Andy Moore; one brother, Cleborn Graham; and two sisters, Reba Newson and Jewel Graham.
FULTON - Michael "Mike" Dwayne Walton, 41, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at his residence. He was born may 18, 1965, to Charlie "Tory" and Lurene Moore Walton in Itawamba County. He was a member of the Friendships Methodist Church. He worked as a dispatcher for the Itawamba County Sheriff's Dept. and a volunteer for the Friendship Fire Dept. He loved working on radios and fishing with his best friend, Charles Grimes. He also loved his cat, "Fuzzy". He loved people and served his community anyway he could.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Harold Manning officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Lurene Walton; one sister, Nellie York (Michael) of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Charles "Billy" Walton of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and four aunts, Betty Burt (Tommy) of Amory, Nell Lollar of Fawn Grove, Minnie Lee Walton (Paul) of Mantachie and Sue Walton of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie "Toby" Walton .
Pallbearers will be members of the Friendship Fire Dept. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Grimes and the Itawamba County Sheriff's Dept.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time on Monday at the funeral home.
CORINTH - Charles Owen died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Corinthian Funeral Home.
DRY CREEK - R.C. Prather, 85, of the Dry Creek community, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. He retired from MDOT and was a farmer. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and a member of Concord Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Walker officiating. Burial will be in the Concord Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Erma Ford Prather; two daughters, Wanda Raines (Barry) of Booneville and Joy Walker (Paul) of Dry Creek; one son, J.C. Prather (Martha) of Booneville; four grandchildren, Bret and Bart Prather, Stephanie McAfee and Brent Raines; and two great-grandchildren, Cecil Braxton Prather and Addie B. Prather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Flora Prather; the special folks who raised him, Frank and Minnie Jumper; three sisters and five stepsisters; and one brother and one stepbrother.
Pallbearers will be Stanley Arnold, Joe Hurt, Steve Rowland, Jackie Green, Terry Green and Gary Green.
Visitation will be from 3:30 to 9 p.m. today and continue until service time on Monday at the funeral home.
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Union Grove Cemetery
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TUPELO - Carrie Reid died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the West Point Community Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter's Mortuary of Tupelo.
AMORY - Maudie Mae Parks died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Wilma Henry Castles, 85, died Friday, March 9, 2007. She was born in Pontotoc to the late W.C. and Alma Edwards. She was a member of Brook Hollow Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Brook Hollow Baptist Church in Nashville with Tom Gholson officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. West Harpeth Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Castles Meadows (Jim) and Lee Castles Wilson (Jesse); her grandchildren, Matt Williams (Jean), Sherry Alexander, Andy Wilson (Valerie), Pete Wilson and Jacob Wilson; four great-granddaughters; her brothers, Edward, Wallace, Dean and Guyton Henry; one sister, Katherine Huckaby; and loving friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, William T. Castles.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 today at the funeral home and on Monday one hour prior to services at the church.
CORINTH - Murrell Allen Christian, 72, died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the Mississippi Care Center. He was a Christian and followed the Baptist faith. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a former maintenance employee for Hardee's. He loved his family and friends and all children and enjoyed golfing, camping and trout fishing.
Graveside services with Military Honors will be at noon Monday at the Corinth National Cemetery with Charlie Browning delivering the eulogy. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Violet Christian of Mesa, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Crystal, Angie, Bobby, Amanda, Johnny, Sherry and Summer; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Kenneth Christian and wife, Imogene, of Attalla, Ala., Boyce Christian of Southaven, Gerald Christian and wife, Fredda, of Savannah, Tenn., and Donnie Christian and wife, Regenia, of Corinth; six nephews; three nieces; three special friends, Rubel Barnes, Ronald Claburn and Nick Green; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, E. Monroe Christian and Flora McDonald Christian; one sister, Virginia Robertson; one nephew, Kenneth Lee Christian; and a special friend, Roger Reuter.
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Mrs. Mildred Faulkner
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Mrs. Prebble Cummings
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Verona City Cemetery
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RED BAY, Ala. - Myrtle Ernesteen Poores, 84, died Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at her son's residence in Tacoma, Wash. She was born Nov. 27, 1922, in Golden to Jessie and Mary Woodruff Parker. She was an environmental specialist for the Red Bay Hospital for 15 years and was a member of the Cornerstone Church of God.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Cornerstone Church of God with Bro. Jerry Glen and the Rev. Emmanuel Jackson officiating. Burial will be in the Joel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Theanzy Hargett and husband, Lavone, of Red Bay, and Ernestine Hurley and husband, Randy L., of Vina, Ala.; two sons, Rev. William "Bill" Poores of Tacoma, Wash., and Charles "Chuck" Poores Sr. of Florence, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William M. Poores Sr.; two sons, Coleman E. Poores and Walker "Jim" Poores; one daughter, Staff Sergeant Julie Bartelt; one grandson, Ricky Poores; one stepgrandson, Jonathan O. Hurley; and her parents.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
VERONA - Prebble Elaine Cummings, 85, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at her residence in Verona. She was born Feb. 1, 1922, in the Carolina community of Itawamba County to the late John B. Goodwin and Bertha McNeese Goodwin. She was a homemaker and worked at Wal Mart for 12 years. She was a longtime faithful member of Verona Christian Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years. She loved the outdoors, her farm, gardening and working in her yard. She was a quiet, beloved and respected citizen of Verona who was loved by all. Her influence for good will be felt by many for years to come.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Verona Christian Church with Bro. Thom Perry and Bro. Jim Atkins officiating. Burial will be in the Verona City Cemetery. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Tim Cummings of Verona; three grandchildren, Courtney, Hayley and Mallory Cummings, all of Jackson, Tenn.; one sister, Julia Goodwin of Jackson; and a nephew, Joey Goodwin and his wife, Diane, of the Carolina community.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James E. Cummings, who died Nov. 4, 2001; and a brother, Sammy Goodwin.
Pallbearers will be Fain Pannell, David Long, Dale Massey, Phillip Pannell, Bert Washington and Bob Buse.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Verona Christian Church, P.O. Box 228, Verona, MS 38879.
ECRU - Willie Thomas "Tom" Judon, 64, died Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 4, 1943, in Ecru to the late Joseph Judon and Evelyn Bryson Judon. He was the widower of Eloise McAlister Judon. He was employed at Krueger Metal Manufacturing in Pontotoc.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Cherry Creek Baptist Church in Ecru with the Rev. Leslie Mabry and Elder Marcell Judon officiating. Burial will be in the Cherry Creek Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one stepdaughter, Aretha McAlister of New Albany; his brothers, Rev. Marcell Judon, Samuel Judon (Ann), and Elijah "Jackie" Judon (Lucy), all of Ecru, Curtis B. Judon of Gary, Ind., Homer Joe Judon (Betty) of Racine, Wisc., and Daniel Judon (Amy) of New Albany; two sisters, Dr. Flora Holden of Portland, Ore., and Addie Mae Clark of Sacramento, Calif.; a special friend, Louise Golden; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday with the family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
ETTA - James Windham "J.W." Clayton, 67, died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
TROY - Terry Taylor, 68, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at his home after an extended illness. He was born March 13, 1938, to Robert Clyde and Mattie Loyd Taylor. He was a farmer for many years and a factory worker before becoming disabled.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Fred Hartley and Bro. Greg Herndon officiating. Burial will be in the Eddington Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mable Davis Taylor; three daughters, Nancy Eugenia Hood, Beverly Jo Tutor (Lee) and Mona Lisa Kramer (Jimmy); six grandchildren, Charlotte Roberts, Misty Hood, Santana, Rodney and Joshua Kramer and Aaron Tutor; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Roberts, Alijah Fair and Addison Bynum; and two sisters-in-law, Mildred Taylor and Florence Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Clyde Jr., John Edward and William Loyd Taylor; and one son-in-law, Gary Hood.
Pallbearers will be Lee Tutor, Dan Taylor, Lamar Kennedy, John Davis, Adam Holley and Burton Ware.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from noon until service time on Monday at the funeral home.
Mamie Riggs Collins
MOOREVILLE - Mamie Riggs Collins, 94, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory after a lengthy illness. A Walker County, Alabama native, she was born Jan. 12, 1913, to the late Willis Andrew and Lovie Edna O'Rear Webb. She was a longtime Lee County resident where most of that time she resided in Mooreville. She was a cook for a good number of years with the Holiday Inn in Tupelo and later cooked at the Tupelo campus of Itawamba Community College. Her first husband, Marshall Riggs, preceded her in death Aug. 17, 1982. She was a member of the Baptist Church. She was known for her gift of conversation and she enjoyed quilting, embroidery and gospel singings.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with David Layman and Calvin Warren officiating. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery in Itawamba County.
Survivors include her husband, W.D.. Collins of Amory; three sons, Billy Riggs (Mavis) of Nettleton, Glen Riggs (Barbara) of Tupelo and Jimmy Riggs (Elaine) of Mooreville; one stepson, Terry Collins of Lucedale; one brother, Willis Webb (Delores) of Jasper, Ala.; one sister-in-law, Nettie Webb of Jasper, Ala.; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; a daughter, Betty Jewel Riggs, who died Aug. 23, 1950; a grandson, Terry Riggs, who died Aug. 19, 1980; four sisters, Cora Wisenhunt, Rosey Davis, Ruby Burgett and Madline Stanford; and one brother, Charlie Webb.
Pallbearers will be Mike Riggs, Brian Riggs, Darren Riggs, Darel Nicholson, Chris Herndon and Pat Riggs.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Esther W. Rush
TUPELO - Esther Wiley Rush, 65, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was born Nov. 11, 1941, in Dora, Alabama to the late Robert Monroe and Lula Mae Clark Wiley. While living in Birmingham she was a member of First Baptist Church of Sandusky and was a member of the choir for many years. She graduated from Ensley High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She was employed as an office manager at Goldstein and Cohen in Ensley, Ala. She had lived in Tupelo for the last 23 years where she worked at Sears in loss prevention, Billy's Quick Stop and at Stockyards Inc. as an accountant. She was a member of Chesterville Baptist Church. She enjoyed helping people and making people laugh.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Chuck Moffett officiating. Also a celebration of life services will be graveside at 2 p.m. Monday at Crestview Memorial Gardens in Adamsville, Ala. with Pastor Ricky Thacker officiating.
Survivors include one son, Jason Rush of Belden; one sister, Ruth Henslee of Huntsville, Ala.; three nephews, Mark Wiley, Jeff Henslee and Robbie Henslee; three great-nephews, Matthew Henslee, Jonathan Henslee and Aaron Henslee; one great-niece, Madison Nicole Henslee.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Doyle Wiley.
Pallbearers will be Michael Daugherty, Adam Christian, James Henslee, Nathan Tidwell, Philip Crow and Mark Wiley.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.