Obituaries, Oct. 17, 2012

Mae Bickerstaff
NETTLETON – Eula Mae Bickerstaff, 85, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory after a long illness. She was born on May 26, 1927, in Arkansas to Homer Ellis and Letha Dean Brown. She had lived in Monroe County most of her life. She was a retired seamstress and a charter member of the Nettleton Independent Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, going square dancing and spending time with her family.
Services were at 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Rickey Jones and the Rev. Bubba Kennedy officiating. Burial was in the Nettleton Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Janice Francis (Skip) of Nettleton; three sisters, Wanda Webb and Joyce Stephens, both of Smithville, and Fredia Last (Mick) of Rock Falls, Ill.; two brothers, Johnny Mae Brown (Linda) of Amory and Mark Elmer Ellis of Dayton, Texas; two grandchildren, Amy B. Hurley of Nettleton and Chris Francis (Christie) of Baton Rouge, La.; three great-grandchildren, Ally Hurley, Baxter Francis and Ethan Francis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, C.G. “Snookie” Bickerstaff; her mother, Letha Brown (Elmer); and her father, Homer Ellis (Lois).
Pallbearers were Buford Monaghan, Jerry Rakestraw, Terry Patterson, Tommy Blake, Levi Blake and Tommy Burt.
Honorary pallbearers were Guy Pettet, James Shumpert and C.B. Bickerstaff.
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Ella Dean Loden
TUPELO – Ella Dean Wallace Loden died Thursday, September 20, 2012, at NMMC after a long illness. She was born on June 18, 1930, to Farris G. Wallace and Lillian Williams Wallace. She grew up in the Mount Pleasant Community of Itawamba County.
She married Noah Timothy Loden on September 18, 1945. She ministered alongside her husband as he pastored several Baptist churches in the South. She enjoyed her role as a pastor’s wife and was a faithful helpmeet. She was a member of South Green Baptist Church.
Services were Sunday, September 23, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Bo Bankston and Rev. Blake McCain officiating. Graveside services were at 3:30 p.m. at Haughton Cemetery in Amory.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Noah Timothy Loden; one son, Jerry Tim Loden (Judy Sheffield Loden) of Tupelo; one granddaughter, Tiffany Ann Loden Moffett of Smithville; two grandsons, Jason Patrick Loden (Mary Beth Burroughs Loden) of Dallas, Texas, and Justin Samuel Loden (Stacey Ann Hoelscher Loden) of Tupelo; one step-grandson, Brent Robert Teneyck (Megan Teneyck) of Laurel; five great-grandsons, Tyler Moffett, Drake Moffett, Connor Patrick Loden, Ethan Thomas Loden, and Charles Michael Loden; two step-great-granddaughters, Katelyn Ann Teneyck and Kylie Marie Teneyck; two daughters-in-law, Patricia Ann Loden of Laurel and Purney Loden Lee of Amory; a special “adopted” daughter, Patsy Ruth Grimes of Jacksonville, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Jeane Robinson of Tupelo and Janie Breeding of Houston, Texas; two dear friends, Joe and Peggy Arick of West Point; and a host of beloved friends and relatives.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Larry David Loden of Amory and Danny Keith Loden of Laurel; four sisters, Pauline Hennessee, Elois Hennessee, Annie Mae Morton and Mickey Lavelle Johnson; and one brother, Caston Wallace.
Pallbearers were Jason Patrick Loden, Justin Samuel Loden, Brent Robert Teneyck, Tyler Moffett, Eugene Beachum, and Jeffrey David Thomas.
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Howard Dunlap
ABERDEEN – Howard Dunlap, 67, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Aberdeen.
Services were at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Athens United Methodist Church. Burial was in Dunlap Cemetery in Smithville. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.

Martha Guyton
AMORY – Martha Wynell Payne Box Guyton, 75, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at her home. Born Jan. 30, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Jesse Talmadge and Hattie Berryhill Payne. A homemaker, she was considered an exceptional cook and enjoyed cooking for others. Before her retirement, she was a seamstress in the area garment plants. One of her favorite pastimes was visiting with her sisters. Passionate about animal rescue, she enjoyed her dogs, Lil’ Bit and Annie. She was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church.
A celebration of life service was at  2 p.m. Oct. 11 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Clinton Worthey and Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Lisa White (Richard Holcomb) of Smithville, Sara Kelly (Rob) of Plantersville and Teresa Northington of Galveston, Texas; two sons, Mike Gray of Nettleton and Frankie Box of Amory; two sisters, Fay Hutcheson (W.V. Sr.) of Columbus and Lou Ann Martin (J.D.) of Nettleton; nine grandchildren, Adam Gray, Chris Gray, Niki Gray, Nathan Gray, Nerissa Gray, Ashley Walker, Hunter Airhart, Hope Hall and Billy Box; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Butch Gray; grandsons, Nicholas Gray and Michael Gray; son-in-law, Billy White; her husbands, Elbert Box and Dewey Guyton; one brother, Douglas Payne; and three sisters, Sue Payne, Dorothy Earrey and Lavenia Reeves.
Pallbearers were Jeff Martin, Tommy McDaniel, Kenny Shields, Ricky Payne, W.V. Hutcheson Jr. and Johnny Sloan. Honorary pallbearer was Brandon Sloan.
Memorials may be made to the Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Hwy. 6, Amory, MS 38821.
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Tony Brown
AMORY – Tony W. Brown, 66, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at his residence in Amory. He was born May 16, 1946, to Belton Allen Brown and Novia O. Pennington in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Amory High School. He retired as a tugboat crew member for Parker Towing. He served in the U.S. Air Force for three years.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his father, Belton Allen Brown of Hamilton; four sisters, Kathy West of Hamilton, Linda Vandiver (Doyle) of Smithville, Karen Pipkin (Eddie) of Amory, and Brenda Weathersby (Larry) of Caledonia; one brother, Jerry Brown of Amory; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Novia, and stepfather, Keith Pennington.
Memorials may be made to South Monroe County Food Pantry.
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James Roebuck
ABERDEEN – James D. Roebuck, 86, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at his residence in Aberdeen. He was born March 23, 1926, to Daniel Arlanda Roebuck and Mary Lou Grady Roebuck, in Lee County. He had lived in Aberdeen for the past 70 years. He was a retired self-employed truck driver for Roebuck Trucking.
Services were at 10 a.m. Oct. 15 in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial was in Center Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruby Boyd Roebuck of Aberdeen; six daughters, Linda Walker (Monroe) of McHenry, Patsy Little (Jim) of Hamilton, Ruby Dell Malone of Aberdeen, June Simmons of West Point, Sandra Sanderson (James) of Aberdeen and Katy Ruth Hartman of Amory; one son, James Perry Roebuck (Sharon) of Aberdeen; one sister, Opal Hawkins of Pascagoula; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Crystal Roebuck; one brother, Edward Roebuck; and six sisters, Rama Sheppard, Emma Jean Sieple, Mae Pearl Bristol, Christine Chism, Lorene Guthrie and Louise Easter.
Pallbearers were Dwight Chism, Adam Chism, Anthony Malone, Daniel Roebuck, Drake Porter and Benjamin Colburn.
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Marjorie Riner Martin
Aberdeen – Marjorie Nell (Riner) Martin, 74, died Sunday, October 7, 2012, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia. She was the daughter of Mary Nell (Reaves) Riner and Tom Neal Riner. She graduated from Aberdeen High School.  She worked for the Post Exchange in Ft. Bliss, El Paso, Texas, and spent many years as the “Friendliest Waitress” in Aberdeen.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 18, at the New Life of Albany in Albany, Ga., with Pastor Steve Waldron officiating.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 20, at the Maxey Cemetery in Smithville with Bryan Bartholomew administering the service.  Pallbearers will her grandsons, Kyle Pride and Anthony Martin Jr.
Survivors include one son, Anthony Earl Martin of Shumway, Ill.; one daughter, Wanda Yvonne Pride-Bartholomew of Poulan, Ga.; four grandchildren, Kyle Marshall Pride of Poulan, Ga., Anthony Earl Martin Jr. of Shumway, Ill., Brandy KaNell Martin (Brenda May) of Streetsboro, Ohio, and Doris Mary Martin of Aberdeen; one great-grandchild, Jacob McGee of Streetsboro, Ohio, and one sister, Grace Guin (Hubert) of Hamilton.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Audrey (Audie) Wayne Martin; four sisters, Doris Copeland, Dorothy Dodd, Gayle Carlock, and Jaine Carlock; one brother, O’Neal Riner; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Maxey Upkeep Fund at the Renasant Bank in Smithville.

Burnell Hollingsworth
TUPELO – William Burnell Hollingsworth, Jr., age 75, died Thursday, October 11, 2012, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.  He was born November 3, 1936, to William Burnell Hollingsworth, Sr. and Lacy Leone Baker Hollingsworth in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He was a graduate of Amite High School in Amite, La., Southeastern College in Hammon, La., and Moellar Barber College in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He lived most of his life in Aberdeen before moving to Tupelo, where he was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.  He worked as a barber for City Barber Shop in Aberdeen.  He loved working on genealogy, playing dominoes, shuffle board and cards.
A graveside service was at 2:00 p. m., October 15, at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery with Bro. David Smith officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen was in charge of the service.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Walters Hollingsworth of Tupelo; three daughters, Pamela Hollingsworth of the Dallas, Texas, area, Penny Hollingsworth and husband, Dean Hamilton, of the Dallas, Texas, area, Patsy Whitaker and husband, Perry, of Tupelo; one son, Alan Hollingsworth and wife, Irma, of Saginaw, Texas; five grandchildren, Dylan Miller, Devin Miller, Aaron Hollingsworth, Gina Hollingsworth,and Harrison Whitaker; a number of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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Sadie Louise Hutcherson
MACON – Sadie Louise Hutcherson, 88, passed away Wednesday October 10, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Golden Triangle Hospital. She was born in Noxubee County near Brooksville on July 10, 1924, and was the last surviving child born to the union of the late Samuel Leonard and Lenora Bell Upton Williams. She married William Odell Hutcherson on March 1, 1940, and their marriage was blessed with four children. She came to a saving knowledge of Jesus at her home on July 30, 1957, and joined Calvary Baptist Church in Macon the next month. She was a faithful member and tireless worker at Calvary for the remainder of her life, being involved there in teaching Sunday School, working in the nursery, working on the hostess committee and building and grounds committee, and by singing in the choir. She worked at Ferris Dry Goods and at the T.W.L. Store for many years. She was a very friendly person who always had a smile on her face. She loved her church family and being with all her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed working in her yard and on the church grounds and flower beds.
Services were held Saturday, October 13, from her much beloved Calvary Baptist Church in Macon with Bro. Bill Ross officiating. Interment followed in Soule Chapel Cemetery in Noxubee County. Cockrell Funeral Home of Macon was entrusted with arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter: Janice (Rod) Bryan of Aberdeen, and by her three sons: James (Carol) Hutcherson of Mustang, Okla.; and by Richard (Paulette) Hutcherson and Jimmy (Wanda) Hutcherson, both of Columbus. Also left to mourn her passing are seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren as well as her special friends: Jack and Sherry Harrellson.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and by eight  sisters and nine brothers.
Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building and Grounds Fund or Choir Fund, 105 Dent Street, Macon, MS 39341.
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