Linda is survived by her daughter, Kathi Walker (Brian); her sons, Brad Butler (Beverly) and J.J. Butler; grands, Dalton Butler (Lauren), Dayton Butler, Dempsey Butler, Taylor Powell, Brady Dowdy, Landon Butler, and Lanna Butler; her sisters, Marie Kennedy and Mable Taylor; sisters-in-law, Johnnie Mae Davis and Carol Davis; a host of nieces and nephews; and 1 great-grand, Stella Kate.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Washington Davis and Lela Belle Matthews Davis; 3 brothers, 3 sisters and an infant sister.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 27, at Troy First Baptist Church. Bro. Brock McWhirter officiated with Bro. Greg Herndon offering the eulogy. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Dalton Butler, Dayton Butler, Landon Butler, Brady Dowdy, Bobby Franklin, and Robbin Davis.
Honorary Pallbearers were Glen Davis, Christopher Armstrong, and Chris McMillen.
Laborn is survived by his children, Nathanael Murphree (Shari) and Paula Webb (Chris); grandchildren, Zack Murphree and Zoie Murphree; brothers, Donald Murphree (Patsy), Danny Murphree, and Steve Murphree (Myra); sister, Elisabeth Lance; special friend of the family, Teresa Bryant; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Laborn was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Correan Tapley Murphree; parents, Gladys Buford and Trudie Elvira Costin Murphree; brother, Lynn Murphree; sister, Charlotte Maxey; nephew, Gary Wayne Henry; sister-in-law, Virginia Murphree; and niece, Cheryl Burress.
Graveside Service were held, Monday, March 29, at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Bruce, MS with Bro. Lane Galloway officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc, MS was in charge of the arrangements.
Nathanael and Paula would like to extend gratitude to Baptist Hospice of Batesville, MS for assisting in keeping Daddy as comfortable as possible, providing exemplary care, prayers, and treating us all like part of their family. Special recognition is to be given to Tiffany Jones and Jileene Aron of Hospice.
He is survived by his 2 children, Della Wages (Wayne) and Bill Reeves (Mickie); 7 grandchildren, Andy Perry (Rae), Monica Keith (Kris), Joseph Wages (Victoria), Jason McDonald, Joey Hughes, Alex Reeves, and Adam Reeves; 8 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Charles Reeves (Ruth) and Bobby Reeves (Greta); several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; 4 sisters, Annie Smitherman, Lois Reeves, Nadine Reeves, and Edna Ruth Swords.
Services were Monday, March 29, at Woodland Baptist Church with Bro. Justin Varnon officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Joe Hughes, Adam Reeves, Kris Keith, Andy Perry, Joe Wages, and Wesley McDonald.
Emma Harrell professed a faith in Jesus Christ and joined Usher Valley United Methodist Church at a young age. Later, the family relocated and joined McDonald United Methodist Church and remained an active and faithful member until her health began to fail. She served as a church secretary, a member of the Usher Board, and was a longtime member of the adult choir. Emma Harrell loved and served as a faithful member of Pontotoc chapter, Heroines of Jericho, Court # 22. She loved her neighbors, friends, and family and was always giving of her time to help others. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross for a number of years. Emma Harrell worked passionately and tirelessly during her lifetime. She was employed with George and Ruth Simon, Riveria Shirt Factory, and retired as an inspector from Smith & Nephew-Richards after many years of service.
Emma Harrell was a devoted mother of five children of Pontotoc, MS: Veleria Copeland, Edwin Bernard Harrell, Therston Boyce Harrell, Priscillia Marie Barnes (James), and Angela Patrice Vaughn (Greg). She loved her seven grandchildren: Allen Copeland, Jr., Schree Harrell, Kelsey Barnes, Lionel Copeland, Kaleb Barnes, Martavious McKnight, and Skylyn Vaughn; and seven great-grandchildren: Dorale Portis, Kambria Harrell, Omari Copeland, Kali Barnes, Tatiana Copeland, Kayla Holloway, and Ryker Barnes. She also leaves to cherish her memory a host of other cousins, nieces, nephews, and one sister-in-law, Florine Roberson; Emma Harrell spent special times with first cousins: Ada Bell Dogan and Joan Flowers. Emma Harrell was preceded in death by her parents, Ecue and Cora Holesome, brothers: James A. Holesome, Thomas Melvin Holesome, and Billy Ray Holesome; and one sister, Nettie Mae Holesome Hamilton.
Services were Friday, March 26, at McDonald United Methodist Church in Pontotoc, MS. Interment followed at Pontotoc City Cemetery. Services entrusted to Payton Mortuary.