Obituaries Jan. 9, 2013

Eric Cross
FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. – Eric Cross, 38, of Fayetteville, Tenn., died Sunday, Jan,. 6, 2013., at Lincoln Medical Center.  A native of Itawamba County,  but a long time resident of Aberdeen, he was the son of the late Clay Cross and Nell Guest Cross who survives. He was a former employee of Pliant Plastics Manufacturing of Lewisburg and a member of the Aberdeen Church of God.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at Higgins Funeral Home with Rev. Van Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Gatlin Cemetery in Ardmore.
Survivors include his mother Nell Guest Cross of Fayetteville,Tenn.; daughters, Destiny (Patrick) Mandujano of Fayetteville and Mary Cross of Fayetteville; two sons, Maddux and Tyler Cross, both of Fayetteville; a grandson, Bradley Mandujano of Fayetteville; three sisters, Lawanna (John) Hale, Cindy (Mike) Miles and Kimberly (Kaleb) Hawkins, all of Fayetteville: a host of nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded by his loving wife and mother of his children, Monica Cross.

Celestine “Tootsie” Weaver
HOUSTON – Winnie Celestine “Tootsie” Sansing Weaver, 87, died Sunday, December 23, 2012, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born July 26, 1925, in Houlka to Clealon Sansing and Verla Alene Hinton Sansing. She was a retired seamstress for Shannon Chair Company, a member of Woodland Baptist Church, and attended Macedonia United Methodist Church while she was able.
Services were at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 24, at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with Rev. Steve Lampkin officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Woodland.
Survivors include her daughter, Judy K. (Russell) Butler of Amory; her son, Jerry Edwin (Donna) Weaver of Houston; her half-brother, Joe Wade Sansing of Houlka; her grandchildren, Troy Alan (Stacy) Weaver of Starkville, Michelle Dawn (William) George of Amory, Angela Kay (Eric) Swan of Amory; her great-grandchildren, Matthew Charles Weaver, Addison Grace Weaver, Noah Daniel Swan, Madison Aleric “Ali” Swan, Evan Reid George, Carys Elizabeth George, and her step-great-grandchildren, Anna Beth Robertson and Andrew Robertson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Edwin Weaver; her parents; her step-mother, Annie Eloise Bryant Sansing; her infant daughter, Verla Claudine Weaver; her infant great-granddaughter, Bella Katherine George; her sisters, Quida Bell Maharrey, Madine McWhirter; her half-brothers, Bobby Ray Sansing, Luther Dallas Sansing, James Clealon Sansing, William Glen Sansing.
Pallbearers were Troy Weaver, William George, Eric Swan, Noel McWhirter, Sam McWhirter and Van McWhirter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703
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Betty Joe Loggains
TUPELO – Betty Joe Loggains, 79, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Tupelo. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., to Frank and Thelma Matlock. She lived most of her life in Aberdeen, where she retired from the Monroe County Chancery Clerk’s office. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Aberdeen until moving to Tupelo three years ago to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Marty Sparks. She attended St. Luke United Methodist Church with the Sparks and moved her membership to St. Luke a year ago.
A Celebration of Life Service was at 2 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Aberdeen First Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Brooks and the Rev. David Shivers officiating. Private burial was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery with Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen in charge.
Survivors include one daughter, Cindy Sparks (Marty) of Tupelo; one brother, J.B. Matlock (Joyce) of Palestine, Texas; one brother-in-law, Larry Walker of Brownsboro, Texas; two grandsons, Sam Sparks of Houston, Texas, and Taylor Sparks of Tupelo; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Samuel Noah Loggains; a newborn son, Samuel Noah Loggains Jr.; and by two sisters, Gail Walker and Virginia Jones.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 723, Aberdeen, MS 39730; St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1400 Clayton Ave., Tupelo, MS 38804; or Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic, P.O. Box 1821, Tupelo, MS 38802.
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Josephine Dahlem
HAMILTON – Josephine Ray Dahlem, 78, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at her daughter’s residence in Amory. She was born Aug. 19, 1934, to Roy Reeth Ray and Afton O’Clay Ray in Sipsey Fork. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. She graduated from Itawamba Junior College. She retired after 20 years as owner of Hamilton Day Care. She was a member of Sulphur Springs Primitive Baptist Church.
Services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 4 in Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Elder Tony Lester officiating. Burial was in Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Arlene Lester (Ronnie) of Amory and Alisa Jo Brown (Robert) of Hamilton; one son, Greg Dahlem (Cindy) of Little Rock, Ark.; one sister, Diane Ray McKissick of the Bartahatchie community; one brother, J.C. Ray of Mobile, Ala.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Arlin Dahlem; one grandson, Eric Pope; and two brothers, Daniel Ray and Paul Ray.
Pallbearers were Jonathan Ray, Mark Ray, Travis English Jr., Tommy Dahlem, Doug Dahlem, Terry Dahlem, Howard Dahlem, Mike Rooks and Barry English.
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Ida Faye Gillon
AMORY – Ida Faye Carter Gillon, 71, died unexpectedly at her residence in Amory on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2012. She was born in Monroe County on Sept. 30, 1941, to Walter Spratt Sr. and Indiana Spratt. She was a member of Free Will Gospel Temple. She attended school at Athens in the Monroe County School System. She was formerly employed by Amory Garment Plant as a seamstress for more than 25 years. She enjoyed working in her garden and her flowers beds, listening to gospel music and watching her favorite daytime soap operas. She also enjoyed cooking and preparing meals for her family and friends,
A celebration of life service was at 1 p.m. Jan. 5 at Free Will Gospel Temple with the Rev. Willis Dobbs officiating. Burial followed in the Masonic Cemetery with Darden and Sons Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Theodis “QB” Gillon of Amory; one son, David Lee (Kristi) Carter of Amory; one daughter Brenda Dale Carter of Miami, Fla.; four brothers, Walter Spratt Jr., James Spratt, John “Poboy” Spratt and Jerry Spratt, all of Detroit, Mich.; four sisters, Della Mae (Willis) Dobbs of Amory, Geneva Pierce of St. Louis, Rose Spratt of Detroit, Mich., and Connie Spratt of Jackson; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Henry “Preacher” Spratt; and two sisters, Dianna Spratt and Dolly Spratt.

Celia Ledbetter McDonald
CENTRAL, La. – Celia Pate Ledbetter McDonald, 65, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Sunrise Assisted Living. She was born Oct. 17, 1947. She was retired from the position of CFO at Dairy Fresh of Louisiana, located in Baker, La. She enjoyed spending time with her family, cheering on LSU football, traveling and watching her grandchildren play sports.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Richard Micheal McDonald of Central, La.; daughters, Stacy McDonald Poor of Prairieville, La., and Shannon McDonald Miller of Watson, La.; son-in-law, John Lucas Miller; one grandson, Devin Michael Poor; three granddaughters, Kelsey Pate Miller, Kayla Renee Miller and Madison Loretta Poor; two sisters, Peggy Ledbetter Parham of Amory and Karen Ledbetter Tiffin of West Point; three brothers, Mark Ledbetter of Tupelo, Tom Ledbetter of Wilmington, Dela., and Terry Ledbetter of Tupelo; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen Pate Ledbetter and Robert Marcellous Ledbetter, and a son-in-law, Brent Patrick Poor.
Services were at 11  a.m. Jan. 5 at Resthaven in Baton Rouge. Burial followed in Resthaven Gardens of Memory.
Pallbearers included Clint Parham, Clint Alan Clay, Tyler Clay, Thomas Tiffin, Nicholas Poor and Jay Miller.
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Alfred Jordan
ABERDEEN – Alfred Smith Jordan, 84, died Saturday, Jan 5, 2013, at the V.A. Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Alabama to Henry Jordan and Daisy Jones Jordan. He was retired from the United States Air Force.
Graveside services with military honors, were held at 11 a.m. Jan. 8 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen with Van Moore officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Lee Barnes of Columbus, Shelia Duncan (Greg) of Columbus and Sarah Chism (Johnny) of Aberdeen; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John Wesley Jordan, Dewitt Jordan and J.B. Jordan; and three sisters, Ruby Gray Moore, Nellie Wells and Jessie Ree Morton.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Alzheimer’s Association.
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Thomas Fraser
ABERDEEN – Thomas William Fraser, 88, died Saturday, Jan.  5, 2013, at his residence. He was born March 13, 1924, in Montana. He was retired from Walker Manufacturing.
Services will be held Friday, January 11,  at 2:00 p.m. at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen with Bro. Truman Thompson officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include: one daughter, Amy Smith (Ed) of Aberdeen; two sons, Randy Fraser of Aberdeen and Ronny Fraser (Patty) of Stevenspoint, Wisconsin; one sister, Jenora Pearson of Culver, Indiana; three brothers, Charles Fraser of Oregon, James Fraser of California, and Davie Fraser of Illinois; four grandchildren, John Taylor Smith, Danny Fraser, Miranda Fraser, and Scott A. Smith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Fraser.
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