Sarah Bailey, Ecru
Earnestine Ballard, Fulton
Erma Braddy, Oxford
Doug Carroll, Smithville
Annie Jane Clay, Aberdeen
Richard Culbertson, Gattman
Hilda Franklin, Aberdeen
Tommy Lee Grice, Baldwyn
Buck Keith, Palmetto
Mary Messer, New Albany
Dillard Mooney Sr., Burnsville
Johnnie Lee Nash, West Point
Larry J. Parker, Nettleton
Mack Priest, Houston
William R. Putt, Mantachie
Glen Robbins, Myrtle
Orville Rouse, Fulton
Earl Dean Thomason, Iuka
Gene Whiteside, Verona
Earl Dean Thomason
IUKA - Earl Dean Thomason, 73, died Friday, March 23, 2007.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka. The visitation will complete the service.
Survivors include one son, Rickey Dean Thomason of Marion, Ark.; one brother, Leon Thomason of Iuka; one sister, Ann Barnes of Mt. Home, Ark.; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Aida Thomason; two brothers, James Robert Thomason and Charles Thomason; and one sister, Martha Kathleen Coates.
PALMETTO - Lemuel "Buck" Keith, 64, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center. He worked at Keith's Auto Salvage most of his life and was an avid NASCAR fan. He had many friends and loved life to the fullest.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Tutor's Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. John Shackleford officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Jeremy Clay Garner and wife, Katherine, of Southaven, and Chris Keith and wife, Tamara, of Tupelo; three brothers, Dub Keith and Faye Keith, Gene and Kathy Keith and Tommy and Brenda Keith, all of Tupelo; four sisters, Eylois Humes of Southaven, Inez and Jimmy Frazier and Tammy and Johnny Simmons, all of Tupelo, and Lynn and Steve Bowling of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, Khristopher Keith, Hunter Garner and Kristin Pettigrew; eight nieces, eight nephews; 10 great-nieces; 18 great-nephews; one great-great-niece; one great-great-nephew; and a special friend, Renee Clark.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clem and Vinnie Keith; one daughter, Polly Pettigrew; one brother, Rufus Keith; one sister, Ruby Sanders; one nephew, Johnny Sanders; and one great-nephew, Allen Garner.
Pallbearers will be Ben Keith, Tony Keith, Doug Keith, Jeremy Garner, Cole Keith, Matt Keith, Farris Keith, Lynn New, Johnnie Ray Keith, Will Goddard and Johnny Davidson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon until service time on Monday at the funeral home.
SMITHVILLE - James Douglas Carroll, 76, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus after several weeks illness. He was born July 30, 1930, in Smithville to the late Roger and Mae Ferguson Carroll. He was married to Doris Katheryn Eades on March 27, 1949. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran of World war II and Korea and he served over 20 years in Japan, Manitoba, California, Texas, Maryland and Miami. He had lived in Smithville for the past 28 years. He also worked as an electrician. He was a Mason and enjoyed collecting antique tools. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Smithville with Bro. Ray Carroll and Bro. Gary Carroll officiating. Burial will be in the Smithville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Doris K. Carroll of Smithville; three sons, Larry D. Carroll of North Carolina, Steven D. Carroll and Patrick D. Carroll, both of Smithville; two daughters, Denise Bridgeford and Dolores N. Edington, both of Smithville; one sister, Dorothy Godfrey of South Carolina; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Deryle and Bill Carroll.
Pallbearers will be Dean Godfrey, Leon Godfrey, Chris Clark, Tony Carroll, Steven D. Carroll and Mike Carroll. Honorary pallbearers will be David Phillips and Butch Berry.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Monday at the funeral home in Smithville.
Dillard Mooney Sr.
BURNSVILLE - Dillard Mooney Sr., 71, formerly of Cooter, Missouri, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at his residence. He loved to work and enjoyed cotton farming.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen with Bro. Larry Marshall officiating. Burial will be in the Grissom Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Dillard Mooney Jr. (Jennifer) of Burnsville; two daughters, Mary Dotson (Charles) of Glen and Peggy Roberts of Caruthersville, Mo.; one brother, David Mooney of Caruthersville, Mo.; three grandchildren, Dustin Mooney, Mark Roberts and Brian Roberts; one great-grandchild, Colin Roberts; and two special friends, Don and Junior Tims.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Mooney; a son, Jackie "Buggs" Mooney; and his parents, George and Maury Mooney.
Pallbearers will be Josh Clingan, Royce Dotson, Dustin Mooney, Jo Jo Mooney, Don Tims and Junior Tims.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Glen.
MYRTLE - Glen Lamar Robbins, 78, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Oct. 3, 1928, in New Albany to the late Wiley and Donnie Campbell Robbins. He was a member and Deacon of New Hope Baptist Church in Myrtle. He was a retired welder for Master Bilt. He was a member of the North Mississippi Trail Riding Association.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Bill Merritt officiating. Burial will be in the New Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Nora Mae Sanders Robbins; three daughters, Alice Brown and husband, Joe, of Myrtle, Annie Lynn Robbins and husband, Lowell, of Pinedale, and Sherry Childs and husband, Sam, of Hickory Flat; four sons, Jerry L. Robbins and wife, Susan, Donald E. Robbins and wife, Vhonda, Robert L. Robbins and wife, Barbara, and Kenneth J. Robbins and wife, Cindy, all of Myrtle; one sister, Liz Bland of Myrtle; one brother, J. W. Robbins of Memphis; 18 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Buddy Robbins, Talmadge Robbins, Delmar Robbins, Charles Robbins and Joe Billy Robbins; one grandchild, Andy Brown; and one great-grandchild, Hunter Jordan.
Pallbearers will be Timothy Boyd Robbins, Jeremy Brett Robbins, Joshua Heath Robbins, Raymond Matthew Brown, Billy Joe Robbins, Lowell Robbins Jr., Joel Clayton and Kelly Wright Pittman. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of New Hope Baptist Church: John Clark, Bobby Lowrey, Dwight Bramlett, Joe Kizer and Mark Potts.
NEW ALBANY - Mary Papasan Messer, 72, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center. She was born Oct. 19, 1934, in Sherman to the late Quay M. Papasan and Inez Gray Papasan. She went to college at Delta State and the University of Mississippi earning a degree in BA, ME and EDS. She was a public school teacher in Mississippi for 30 years and Professor of Education at Blue Mountain College for over 10 years. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Bradley Messer and his wife, Elizabeth, of Bay St. Louis; and two grandsons, Joseph and Luke Messer, both of Bay St. Louis.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James Paul Messer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HOUSTON - Duke McIntosh "Mack" Priest, 92, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at his home in Houston. He was born Jan. 6, 1915, in Van Vleet to Lorena McIntosh Stephens Priest and Dr. J.R. Priest. He was a retired farmer.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Child officiating. Burial will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Betty Mack Brown of Oxford; five grandchildren, Melissa Allen of Miami, Fla., Michelle Brown of San Francisco, Calif., Meribeth Long of Southaven, Richard Brown of Houston and Roxanne Brown of Houlka; six great-grandchildren, Derek Allen, Raimey Allen, Calista Allen, Cade Brown, Denim Black and Kayla Brown; his special caregivers, Mary Moore and Ella Brownlee.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Frances Davis Priest; a daughter, Marie Priest Park; a son-in-law, Jimmy R. Brown; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Van Porter, Randy Brooks, Ed Duncan, Glen Chisolm, Charles Chandler and Mike Pearson. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Pearson and Kirkham Dendy.
Guests may sign the online registry at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Larry J. Parker
NETTLETON - Larry J. Parker, 61, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Amory.
FULTON - Ernestine Ballard, 68, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 26, 1939, in Lee County to Ernest and Deloris Dillard Davis. She worked as the office manager for the Miss. State Department of Health in Fulton. She was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and a member of the RCDC. She enjoyed singing and the Awona Group.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Danny Pitts officiating. Burial will be in the Keys Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, James Ballard of Fulton; three sons, Allen Ballard (Donna) of Dorsey, and Edward Ballard (Susan) and Michael Ballard (Melissa), all of Ashville, N.C.; three grandchildren, Shala, Joshua and Holden Ballard; two great-grandchildren, Destiny Farley and Haley Ballard; one sister, Dorothy Pannell of Mooreville; three brothers, John Davis of Tupelo, Jack Davis of Baldwyn and David Davis of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Mann, Rick Carson, James Allen McMillen, Robin Gray and Michael Shumpert.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
OXFORD - Erma Thornton Braddy, 92, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Miss. in Oxford. She was the widow of Staff Sgt. Lester Lowell Braddy. A former resident of Morton, she was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Morton where she was a teacher and choir member for many years. She was currently a member of North Oxford Baptist Church in Oxford.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with Dr. Gary Richardson officiating. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Line Creek Cemetery in Morton. Following the graveside service there will be a time of remembrance at the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church in Morton.
Survivors include one daughter, Sondra Davis and her husband, Reed, of Oxford; one son, Doug Braddy and his wife, Sunny, of Alabama; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home in Oxford.
Memorials may be made to North Oxford Baptist Church, Senior Adult Ministry, P.O. Box 1700, Oxford, MS 38655.
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GATTMAN - Richard Culbertson, 69, of Gattman, formerly of Belflower, Calif., died Wednesday, March 21, 2007. He was born April 29, 1937, in Whitmire, S.C., to the late Clyde Alvin and Rosa Marcelle Cleveland Culbertson. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints-Hamilton Branch. He enjoyed trains, tools, wood working, animals and most of all people, church and his Lord. He was a loving daddy and husband for over 50 years. He served in the U.S. Navy. He owned and operated Culbertson and Associates where he was a data base programmer.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent, Ala., with Pres. Stephen C. Colvin officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Culbertson of Gattman; one son, Richard Gene Culbertson (Julie) of Costa Mesa, Calif.; two daughters, Jennifer Lynne Culbertson of Santa Monica, Calif., and Kathy Marcelle Evans (Matthew) of Belflower, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Kimberly and Samuel Culbertson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; two brothers, Clyde Alvin Culbertson Jr. and William Perry Culbertson; and his stepfather, William Aarron Conner.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Johnnie Lee Nash
WEST POINT - Johnnie Lee Nash, 83, died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center in West Point. He was born June 29, 1923. He was a good husband and wonderful father. He and Bertha Nash celebrated 50 years of marriage March 16, 2007. He was a member of Union Baptist Church.
Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Union Baptist Church with Pastor MIchael Wilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of West Point was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Bertha Nash of West Point; four sons, Jimmy Nash (Danielle) of Pheba, Jessie Nash, Ricky Nash (Shirley) and Bobby Nash, all of West Point; one daughter, Betty Biddle (Lannie) of West Point; one sister, Mae Moore of Starkville; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Annie Jane Clay
ABERDEEN - Annie Jane Clay died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was a Christian, a mother, a friend and loved by all. She was a member of Kings Chapel United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kings Chapel United Methodist Church in Prairie with Bishop Eugene Sacus officiating. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six sons, Robert Clay and James Clay (Evelyn) both of Grand Rapids, Mich., Charlie Clay (Jeanette) of Milwaukee, Wisc., Leonard Clay, Sassie Clay and Melvin Clay, all of Aberdeen; one daughter, Leatrice Clay of Aberdeen; one brother, Willie James Clay of Aberdeen; two sisters, James Anna Johnson of West Point and Fannie Mae Sacus of Aberdeen; a host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, and special grandchildren, Montrell Clay, Nedra Clay, Sasyianna Clay, Sassie Clay Jr., Jerrid Clay, Shanita Clay, Ariel Clay and Tommy Clay Jr.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
ABERDEEN - Hilda Franklin, 99, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at Rolling Hills Health Care. She was born Jan. 1, 1908. She was the widow of Oliver Franklin. She was a Christian, friend, mother and a homemaker. She was a member of New Hebron M.B. Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the New Hebron M.B. Church with Pastor Sam Crawford officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Tommie Franklin and Bennie Franklin, both of Chicago; two daughters, Ollie Johnson of Chicago and Earline Smith of Amory; a host of grandchildren; grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the Aberdeen Chapel.
The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday.
Tommy Lee Grice
BALDWYN - Tommy Lee Grice died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center. He was born Dec. 10, 1937, in Lee County to the late Sol and Captoria Stewart Grice. He was a member of the Steward Board and president of the male choir. He was retired from Mid-South Packers in Tupelo. He enjoyed cooking for the public.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Mt. Nebo CME Church in Baldwyn with the Rev. Dwight Mobley officiating. Burial will follow in the CGM&S Cemetery in Baldwyn. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Grice; three daughters, Anita Partlow (Herbert) of Baldwyn, Janice Mobley (Rev. Dwight) of Merryville, Ind., and Allison King (Robert) of Pontotoc; four sons, Randall Grice of Merryville, Ind., Ronnie Grice (Rose Mary) of Booneville, Talvin Grice (Barbara) of Belden and Robyn Grice of Baldwyn; two sisters, Louise Taylor (Clinton) and Esteen Grice both of Baldwyn; one brother, Jimmy Lewis Grice of Baldwyn; 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters and one son, Gerald Grice.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today followed by the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. Friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.
William R. Putt
MANTACHIE - William Robert Putt, 97, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at the Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
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ECRU - Sarah Lee Hardy Bailey, 89, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born in Pontotoc County. She worked for the Irwin B. Schwabe Co. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and raising flowers, and she loved her family and doing for them.
Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Joe Herndon and Bro. James Lewis officiating. Burial was in Ecru Cemetery.
Survivors include three children, Robert and Ann Bailey, James Frank and Phyllis Bailey, and Sarah and David Nolen, all of Ecru; nine grandchildren, Kim Lorick, Brad Bailey, Scott Bailey, Jon Bailey, Chris Nolen, Keith Cobb, Kevin Cobb, Amber Bailey and Corey Bailey; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles Hardy (Lucy) of White Ford, Md.; four sisters, Virgina Gryzbowski of Fisherville, Va., Peggy (Albert) Rodgers of Victoria, and Martha (James) Little and Edna Harris, both of Pontotoc; special cousins, Dorothy and Mary Ann; special caregivers, Charlotte, Lucy and her daughter-in-law, Ann.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Bailey; four brothers, including two infants; three sisters; and her parents, Tom and Dollie Ball Hardy.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Brad, Scott and Jon Bailey, Chris Nolen, Keith and Kevin Cobb, and Danny and Matt Lorick.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
FULTON - Orville Rouse, 82, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at the Daniel Health Care Complex in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton.
VERONA - Gene Whiteside, 65, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born March 31, 1941, in Shannon to the late Felix and Audrey Gann Whiteside. He worked and lived in Lee County his whole life as a self-employed contractor. He graduated from Shannon High School and attended the Orchard United Methodist Church. He loved spending time with his family and visiting his friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Holland-Harris Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel with Bro. Marvin Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include one son, Chris Whiteside and his wife, Donna, of Shannon; two daughters, Regina Todd and her husband, Jim, and Amy Phipps and her husband, Spencer, all of Tupelo; his grandchildren, Joseph Whiteside, Cole Whiteside and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, Justin Whiteside, Derek Little, Colton Phipps, Caden Phipps and Drew Phipps; his great-grandchildren, Paden, Reese, Taylor and Ethan; and one brother, Terry Whiteside and his wife, Cathy, of Florence.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a granddaughter, Kristen Little.
Pallbearers will be Spencer Phipps, Jim Todd, Derek Little, Joseph, Cole and Justin Whiteside.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or to Mississippi Diabetes Association, 26 Northtown Drive, Jackson, MS 39211.
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