Josie Lavota

Coleman-Dixon

PONTOTOC – Josie Lavota Coleman-Dixon, 92, passed away May 5, 2017, at her residence in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas “Pat” Bishop

WEST POINT – Thomas “Pat” Bishop, 72, passed away May 4, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Robinson Funeral Home.

Kathryn Ezell

OLIVE BRANCH – Kathryn Ezell, 79, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017, at a nursing home in Holly Springs. Services will be Monday, May 8, 2017, 1 p.m. at Collierville First Assembly in Collierville, Tennessee. Holly Springs Funeral Home is assisting in arrangements.

Samuel Smith

SHERMAN – Samuel Smith, 34, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at UT Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Services will be Monday, May 8, 2017, 6 p.m. at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Visitation will be 5 p.m. until service time only at Tupelo Chapel. A full obituary will follow.

John “Bud” Roberson

TUPELO – John “Bud” Roberson, 78, passed away May 5, 2017, at his residence in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Tommy Hill

MONTPELIER – George Thomas “Tommy” Hill, 60, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017, at his home in Montpelier. Tommy was born August 31, 1956, in Houston, the son of John Alec and Mildred Sykes Hill. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he received a Degree in Agriculture. He remained a huge fan of the Bulldogs. He spent most of his adult life owning and managing a dairy farm. He enjoyed hunting, working in his garden, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. He was of the Baptist faith. Tommy was preceded in death by his father, John Alec Hill; his paternal grandparents, Joe and Lucy Hill; and his maternal grandparents, Russell and Elizabeth Sykes.

Graveside services will be Saturday, May, 6, 2017, 2:30 p.m. at Amity Cemetery in the Sparta Community in Chickasaw County with Brother Eddie Brock officiating, assisted by Brother Lynn Hughes. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include his daughter, Maggie Hill Wood (Craig) of Starkville; his mother, Mildred Hill of Montpelier; his four sisters, Libby Carnedy of Pontotoc, Lucy Brand (Wayne) of West Point, Kathy Bell (Ken) of Fulton, and Charlotte Hill of Pontotoc; his two brothers, John Hill Jr. of Montpelier and Mike Hill (Michelle) of Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins who adored him. Pallbearers will be Jake Hill, Chuck Vale, Benny Borst, Paul Brand, Jeff Hill and Landon Hill. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the original Dixie Hunting Club and farmers of Clay County. Visitation will be Saturday, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home. Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Buron Bennett

BOONEVILLE – Buron Bennett, 26, passed away May 5, 2017, at his residence in Panama City, Florida. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Melinda Sudduth

TUPELO – Melinda Sudduth, 58, passed away May 5, 2017, at her residence in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo.

Laurie Green Caviness

TIPPAH COUNTY – Laurie Green Caviness, 56, passed away May 5, 2017, at Mississippi Care Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

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