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Hazel Bedford

Hazel Bedford, 85, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at her home in Tupelo after a long illness. She was a native of Union County, but lived in Tupelo most of her life. She was a charter member of the Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church. She was married for 51 years to L.C. "Chester" Bedford, who died in January 1981.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. R.J. Wilemon and the Rev. Doug Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Tupelo Memorial Park.

Survivors include one daughter, Elois Bedford Sandefur, and her husband, Robert, of Tupelo; one sister, Ruby Ely of Jackson; two brothers, Ralph Blackwell and his wife, Syble, of Tupelo, and Joe Blackwell of Santee, Calif.; three grandchildren, Janie Hayse and her husband, Donny, and Dan Sandefur and his wife, Joyce, all of Tupelo, and David Sandefur and his wife, Theresa, of Ocean Springs; five great-grandchildren, Carla and Amy Sandefur, Neal Whitten, and Nathan and Mallory Hayse; two stepgreat-grandchildren, three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, M.L. Blackwell and Fred Blackwell, and two sisters, Kathryn Vallarian and Ernestine Sullins.

Pallbearers will be Ron Vallarian, Neal Whitten, Aaron Helms, Leroy Bedford, John Mason and Ed Crider.

Visitation will continue from 1 p.m. to service time today.

Mary V. Few

GRENADA Mary V. Few, 78, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at the Grenada Lake Medical Center. She was born Jan. 29, 1919, in Webster County. She was a homemaker and a member of Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church in the Embry community of Webster County.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Wise-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with the Rev. Richard Morman officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethany Cemetery in Webster County.

Survivors include several cousins.

Cecil V. Lauderdale

MOULTON, Ala. Cecil V. Lauderdale, 86, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at Lawrence Baptist Medical Center. He was born Dec. 7, 1910, in Booneville to G.S.E. and Virginia Lauderdale. He was a retired teacher, a veteran and a member of Moulton Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Moulton Baptist Church with Bro. Daryl Wood officiating. Burial will be in Forked Oak Cemetery. Elliott Funeral Home of Moulton is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include nieces and nephews.

Pauline Tedford

CROWDER Pauline Whittle Tedford, 83, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Dec. 28, 1913, in Orange County, Fla., to Charles C. and Arrie Whitworth Whittle. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Crowder Baptist Church and the Marks chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was the widow of Hubert Edward Tedford.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Crowder Baptist Church with the Rev. Harvey Sewell and the Rev. Truman Scarborough officiating. Burial will be in Crowder Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four daughters, Shirley Tedford Allen of Brandon, Carol Tedford Putman of Batesville, Donna Tedford Flemmons of Crete, Ill., and Paula Tedford Hester of Americus, Ga.; one sister, Mary Whittle Burrell of Crowder; 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Mac Coleman Jr.

MATHISTON Ernest Edgar "Mac" Coleman Jr., 46, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at his home in Mathiston. He was born Sept. 18, 1950, in Eupora. He was the manager of Tower Loan in Mathiston and a member of the First Baptist Church in Eupora.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Eupora with the Rev. William S. Stewart and Riley Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Eupora City Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Isa Fason Coleman of Mathiston; two sons, Eddie Coleman and Corey Coleman, both of Mathiston; two sisters, Barbara Macon and Marilyn Maddox, both of Eupora.

Vance Hopkins

ASHLAND Leland Vance Hopkins, 84, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a retired farmer and timber cutter, and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lanis Lindsey officiating. Burial will be in Hopkins Cemetery near Ashland.

Survivors include one daughter, Ruth Matthews of Ashland; seven sons, Perry Wayne Hopkins, Leland Terrell Hopkins, Shirley Hopkins and Neal Hopkins, all of Ashland, and Jimmy Hopkins, Larry Hopkins and Leon Hopkins, all of Falkner; 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Lindsey Hopkins, and a daughter, Lucille Hopkins.

His grandsons will be pallbearers.

Terri Braden

PONTOTOC Terri Lynn Irby Braden, 27, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was a 1987 graduate of Shannon High School and a 1995 graduate of the Art Institute of Dallas. She was a free-lance photographer.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Fred Hartley and the Rev. Harvey Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include her fiance, Craig Braden; two sons, Cole Ray Braden and Cody Ren Brock, both of Shannon; her mother, Wanda Irby of Pontotoc; her father, Ed Irby of Pontotoc; three sisters, Bonnie Cunings of Shannon, Shirley Sullivan of Calhoun City and Tammy Rush of Fort Worth, Texas; her nieces and nephews, Matt Cunings, Brad Cunings, Mollie Cunings, Savoy Bailey and Jazzie Sullivan; a great-niece, Cherish Noel Hall.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arch Irby, and Mr. and Mrs. George W. Crosby.

Pallbearers will be Gerald Hand, Joey Davis, Johnny Baggett, Mike Bailey, Lee Irby and Roy Irby.

Visitation will continue from 8:30 a.m. to service time today.

Ray Works

CORINTH Arnie Ray Works, 73, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born June 26, 1923, in Fulton to Lee and Cora Wood Works. He was the owner of Ray Works Trucking Co., a Baptist and an Army veteran.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Pete Wooley officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Northcutt Works; two sons, Ray Works Jr. of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and Johnnie Ray Works of Corinth; four sisters, Robbie Weeks of Corinth, Mae Funderburk and Sue Miller, both of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., and Dessie Davis of Red Bay, Ala.; two grandchildren, Kimberly Ray Heavener and John Wiley Works, both of Corinth; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Walker, Grant Works and John Wiley Works Jr.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Arnold Works and Jim Works.

Pallbearers will be David Heavener, Jasper Childs, John Wiley Works, Forrest Michael, Randle Vasser, Gregory Hopkins and Jimmy Northcutt.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Alvin Russom

OXFORD Alvin Lester Russom, 72, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. He was born Oct. 22, 1924, in the Hudsonville community to Charles Eugene Russom and Nora Mae Colston Russom. He was a service station operator and an Army veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Spring Hill Church Cemetery in Waterford.

Survivors include one son, Alvin "Pete" Russom Jr. of Waterford; one daughter, Joan Marie Russom of Holly Springs; one brother, Charlie E. Russom of Waterford; one sister, Bernice Roland of Holly Springs; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Whaley, David Owens, Dennis Clayton, Perry Young and Dale Covington.

Mavalyn Brown

FULTON Mavalyn Davis Brown, 89, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at the Daniel Health Care Complex. She was born June 18, 1907, in Kennedy, Ala., to James Wilburn Davis and Rosa Belle Robinson Davis. She was a retired homemaker. She was a born-again Christian and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Wheeler Brown, on April 8, 1982.

Services were Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Roy McHenry and Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jo Comer and her husband, Leo, of West Memphis, Ark., and Willena Benefield and her husband, Johnny, of Fulton; five grandchildren, Kay Gibson, Carol Jenkins, Ken Comer, Kathy Earheart and Joe Benefield; eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Carl Comer, Stacy Russell, Gary Walker, Kelly Wade Prestage, Billy Joe Harrison and William Hughey.

Honorary pallbearers were Hal Hicks, Jack Chilcoat, Farris Gregory, Herschel "Pete" Wilson and J.D. Wilson.

James Gray

SALTILLO James Troy Gray, 54, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at his home after a brief illness. He worked at Gray Auto Sales for several years. He worked at the former Planters Lumber Co. in Tupelo and then at Tupelo Lumber Co. for more than 20 years. He was a Baptist and a veteran.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Wayne Thorn officiating. Burial will be in the McNeil Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Peggy Wood Gray of Saltillo; six children, Jimmy and Sherry Gray of Saltillo, Carrie and Les Robinson of Saltillo, and Woody and Kathy Gray of Mooreville; his mother, Evelyn Gray of Mooreville; one sister, Jane Gray of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Travis Gray of Mooreville; four grandchildren, Nikki Robinson, Courtney and Ashley Gray, and Logan Gray.

Pallbearers will be Harold Ray Presley, Larry Rainey, Steve Hood, Milton Haddon, Joe Bailey, Ralph Bruce and Ricardo McGaha.

Vela Payne

RED BAY, Ala. Vela Carroll Payne, 92, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was a native of Mississippi, a homemaker and a member of Emanuel Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with the Rev. Jerry George officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Doris J. Brown and Beverly J. Priest, both of Red Bay; two sons, Leonard Felix Payne of Golden and Roy Conrad Payne of Newellton, La.; 24 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George "Roy" Payne, and two sons, Clinton C. Payne and Franklin D. Payne.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Noble Berry

BELDEN Noble Berry died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of Verona.

Mae Middlebrook

BELDEN Mae Middlebrook died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of Verona.

Olivia Callahan

CORINTH Olivia Callahan died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Coleman Funeral Home.

Arthur Sharp

OKOLONA Arthur Sharp died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Carter's Funeral Home of Okolona.

Charles W. Payne

MEMPHIS Charles W. Payne, 72, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. He was a former resident of Corinth and a resident of Memphis for 30 years. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Memphis. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a machine gunner under General George Patton for 11 months. He was a retired businessman.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with Dr. Thomas H. Lindberry officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Corinth.

Survivors include his wife, Jane N. Payne of Memphis; one daughter, Stacy Payne Mednikow of Memphis; one son, Charles W. Payne Jr. of Memphis; one brother, George Payne of DeLand, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Harry and Sallie Struder Payne.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Louise Patterson

Louise Patterson, 81, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at the Sherar Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona after a brief illness. She lived in Tupelo most of her life until moving to Okolona with her daughter five years ago. She was the former owner of Collector's Corner Antique Shop in Tupelo. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Randy Lewman officiating. Burial will be in the McNeil Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Sullivan of Okolona; one son, Robert Patterson of Tupelo; six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Omie Dillard, and two brothers, Willie Dillard and Flaut Dillard.

Pallbearers will be her grandson and nephews.

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

Junior Box

SHANNON Junior Box, 70, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a six-month illness. A native of Aberdeen, he lived in the Old Union community near Shannon most of his life. He was a retired employee of Tombigbee Electric Power Association and a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Robert Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in the Old Union Cemetery near Shannon.

Survivors include his wife, Virgie Griffin Box of Old Union; one daughter, Mary Sue Box Staten, and her husband, Tim, of Mooreville; two sons, Carl Lee Box, and David Wayne Box and his wife, Theresa, all of Old Union; two brothers, Otis Box of Mooreville and Stanley Box of Mobile, Ala.; five grandchildren, Tina Box, D.J. Box, Lauren Box, Austin Staten and Casey Staten.

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

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Miss Clemmie Barnett

Shannon

1 p.m. today

Jefferson Street Chapel

Shannon Cemetery

Mrs. Hazel Bedford

Tupelo

3 p.m. today

Jefferson Street Chapel

Tupelo Memorial Park

Mr. Junior Box

Old Union community

2 p.m. Sunday

Jefferson Street Chapel

Old Union Cemetery

Mrs. Louise Patterson

Okolona

Formerly of Tupelo

3:30 p.m. Sunday

Jefferson Street Chapel

McNeil Cemetery

Christine Bryant

NEW ALBANY Christine High Bryant, 81, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at the S.E. Lackey Memorial Hospital in Forest. She was born May 27, 1915, in Pontotoc County to Jefferson M. and Minnie Knight High. She was a resident of Forest and a former resident of New Albany. She was a homemaker and a member of East Forest Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. J.C. Bryant.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Floyd Higginbotham and Dr. James T. Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Longview Cemetery in Pontotoc County.

Survivors include two daughters, Janie Barton of Forest and Frances Bryant of Pascagoula; one son, Dr. James T. Bryant of Eupora; two sisters, Irene Vaughn of Ecru and Eloise McCarter of New Albany; one brother, Merle High of Jackson; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Butch Barton, Brett Barton, Ian Bryant, Jack Windham, Tom Bryant, Wayne Beach and Danny Stafford.

Taylor Michaud

Taylor Rhiannon Michaud, stillborn, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Valley Grove Cemetery with Bro. Earl Mitchell officiating. Baldwin Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her parents, Julie Russell Michaud and Richard Michaud Jr. of Tupelo; one sister, Haley Michaud of Tupelo; her grandparents, James and Doris Russell of Tupelo, Richard and Frances Michaud of Kaufman, Texas, and Earnestina Ramos of Highland, Calif.; her great-grandparents, Jimmie Russell of Pontotoc and Pearl Lynn of Greenville, Texas; one uncle, Robert Anthony Michaud of Kaufman, Texas.

There will be no visitation.

Bryce Pullen

BOONEVILLE Bryce Edward Pullen, infant son of Bryan and Jennifer Pullen, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Carter's Chapel Church of Christ. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Salts Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents; his grandparents, Mike and Melinda Dunaway, and Ralph Edward Pullen and Linda Pullen, all of Booneville; his great-grandparents, Ted and Marie Burns of Booneville, and James and Angie Newell of Chicago.

Ermon Chandler

AMORY Ermon Pearl Sims Chandler, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born May 2, 1917, in Vernon, Ala. She married Flinton Chandler in 1931; he died in 1995. She had lived in Amory since 1947. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, yard work and flower gardening.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pickle Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dallas Culver officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.

Survivors include one sister, Lois Neal of Pascagoula; several nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim Dennis Sims and Maudie Allen Sims; and two sisters, Erdal S. Stevens and Lucille S. Summerford.

Pallbearers wil be Billy R. Crutchfield, Jeff Crutchfield, Dempsey Hollis, Frank Finney, Frank C. Finney and Billy McGee.

Elvie Burdine

AMORY James Elvie Burdine, 86, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 13, 1910, in the Peaceful Valley community of Itawamba County. He married Gladys Neal in 1936; she died in 1995. He had lived in Amory since 1947. He owned and operated Burdine's Cabinet Shop in Amory for several years. He was later employed by the Pullman Couch Co. before retirement. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pickle Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Bobby Willis officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.

Survivors include one son, Jackie Neal Burdine, and his wife, Betty, of Amory; two grandchildren, Teresa Snow and her husband, Johnny, of Smithville, and Greg Burdine and his wife, Teresa, of Amory; four great-grandchildren, Brandy and Beth Burnette, and Brittany and Taylor Burdine.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben Burdine and India Sloan Burdine; and a half brother, Overton "Dick" Pennington.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Finley, Todd Finley, John Snow, Johnny Snow, Jim Parchman, Randy Welford and Royce Finley.

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