Myrtle Taylor

HICKORY FLAT – Myrtle Taylor, 97, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2017, at New Albany Health and Rehab in New Albany. Services will be Monday, May 8, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Glenfield Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday from 11 until 2 p.m. at Glenfield Funeral Home. Burial will follow at McKay Cemetery, Hickory Flat.

Anna M. Brock

BOONEVILLE – Anna M.Brock, 83, passed away May 4, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany, which is in charge of arrangements.

Maggie “Teenie” Brown

HOUSTON – Maggie “Teenie” Elizabeth Heair Brown, 81, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo. She was born in Chickasaw County May 8, 1935, to the late James Carroll Heair and Maggie Smith Heair. She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston with Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her two daughters, Debra Brown of Houston and Lisa Breland (Doug) of Hattiesburg; a son, Tommy Brown (Joy) of Pontotoc; six grandchildren, James Brooks, Jennifer Humphreys, Patty Belcher, Brianna Breland, Ronnie and Allen Brown; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Elkin Heair (Sarah) of Houston and one sister, Josie Smith of Pontotoc.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Alford Brown; a grandson, Jesse Brooks Jr.; her parents and nine brothers and sisters.

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Buron Bennett

PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – Buron Bennett, 26, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017, at his home in Panama City, Florida. Services will be Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Sunday, May 7, from 10 a.m. until service time at Booneville Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mount Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.

Dennis Ray Wilbanks

TIPPAH COUNTY – Dennis Ray Wilbanks, 69, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017, at his residence in Falkner. Services will be Monday, May 8, 2017, at 2 p.m. at The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 7, 2017, from 5 until 8 p.m. at The Ripley Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Liberty Cemetery.

Shane Tuders

IUKA – Shane Tuders, 41, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Services will be Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 6 p.m. at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 until 6 p.m. at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.

Helen Dye

BREWER COMMUNITY – Helen Ruth Miles Dye, 84, died Friday, May 5, 2017, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. Helen was born in Rienzi, Prentiss County, Mississippi, October 24, 1932, the second of ten children born to Ernest and Lois Owens Miles. She attended Marietta Schools. She married Johnny Dye in l947 and made her residence in the Brewer Community of Lee County. Helen was a nursing assistant employed by the North Mississippi Medical Center for over 35 years. She was named Employee of the Year in l985. An independent woman, Helen was a tireless worker devoted to her family. She sat with the elderly after her retirement from the hospital. “MaMaw” derived much pleasure from her great-grandchildren in her later years and babysat and spoiled them. She was a member of the Brewer United Methodist Church.

Helen will be remembered at a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 8, 2017, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Chad Bowen officiating. Private burial will follow in Brewer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service Monday, at Holland-Tupelo Chapel, which is honored to be serving their friends.

Helen is survived by her two children, Jimmy Dye and wife, Vicki of Tupelo and Carroll Dye of Brewer; her grandchildren, Kristy Dye Stanford and Heather Dye of Brewer; four great-grandchildren, Paige Stanford-Merrell (Devon), Josh Hall, Camyll Garrett and Alexys Garrett; a great-great-granddaughter, Charli Rose Hall; three sisters, Ann Ivy (Troy) of Cairo, Frances Jennings (Bobby) of Booneville and Linda Roberts (Ralph) of Pratts and two brothers, Gary Miles (Teresa) of Marietta and Jerry Miles (Barbara) of Shannon. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and three brothers, Mutt, Earl and Ray Miles and an infant brother.

Pallbearers will be her nephews, Michael, Randy, Bradley, Wesley and Eric Miles and Derrick Roberts. Honorary Pallbearers will be nephews, Wayne Adams and Milton Miles.

Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, Mississippi 38801 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Drive., Memphis, Tennessee 38105. Condolences may be emailed to

Samuel Smith

SHERMAN – Samuel Cole Smith, 34, died Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at University of Tennessee Methodist Hospital in Memphis. He was born in Columbus, Mississippi, May 16, 1982, to Jim Smith and Donna Jean Bagwell Smith. He worked for Sportsman Lawn and Landscaping and enjoyed all types of art and music. He frequently said, “Life is one big party,” and he enjoyed living it. He was very fond of his dog, Sam, and enjoyed spending time with him.

A service celebrating his life will be at 6 p.m., Monday, May 8, 2017, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Earl McAnally officiating. Visitation will be Monday, from 5 p.m. until service time.

Survivors include his loving mother, Donna Smith of Tupelo and his father, Jim Smith of Columbus; grandmother, Maxine Bagwell of New Albany; brothers, Darby Smith (Jodie) of Long Beach, Ben Smith (Tiffany) of Saltillo and Daral Smith of Columbus; sister, Amy Knight of Columbus and half-sister, Sarah of Laurel; special friend, Amy Mims of Sherman and her son, Tyler; a host of aunts and uncles; a special niece and buddy, Taylor, as well as nieces, Gracie, Aubrey, Mallory and Sissy; nephews, Aiden, A.J., Nash, Taylor and Alex. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Travis Bagwell and paternal grandparents, Reno Smith and Sue Copeland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 1185, Tupelo, Mississippi 38802. Condolences to the family may be e-mailed to

Melinda Sudduth

TUPELO – Melinda Joyce Thompson Sudduth, 58, died suddenly at her residence in Tupelo Friday, May 5, 2017. A native of Clay County, Melinda was born September 9, 1958, to George Nood Thompson and Melissa Murphy Thompson. She grew up in Clay County and graduated from Woodland High School. She moved to the Tupelo area in l977 and was employed as a home health nurse for many years. For the last ten years, she was a much beloved school bus driver in the Tupelo Public Schools. A member of the West Mooreville Baptist Church, Melinda loved the outdoors, fishing, her flowers, bird watching, making bird houses and going to field trials with her husband. But her great love was her family, especially her grandchildren.

A service remembering her life will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, May 8, 2017, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with her pastor, Bro. Robert Winters officiating. Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday only, at Holland-Tupelo Chapel, which is honored to be assisting the family.

Survivors include her husband, Terry Sudduth of Tupelo; her mother, Melissa Murphy Deaton of Mooreville; her children, Mandy Sudduth (Andy), Jessica Sudduth, Chris Sudduth (Jacklin) and Dustin Sudduth all of Tupelo. 11 grandchildren, Kody, Hunter, Jake, Tyler, C.J., Makayla, Mallory “MaeMae,” Carley, Kallin, Madison and Callie; her sister, Sandra Bishop; her brothers, Jackie Thompson and Rodney Thompson, all of Tupelo; her mother-in-law, Barbara Floyd; her sister-in-law, Jenny Murry; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of loving and supportive friends. She was preceded in death by her father, George Nood Thompson and her son, Michael Sudduth.

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