Obituaries Feb. 27, 2013

Bobby Edward House
HAMILTON – Bobby Edward House, 80, died Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born May 30, 1932, to James Edward House and Floye Sims House in Hamilton. He was a graduate of Hamilton High School and a lifelong resident of Hamilton. House served in the U. S. Air Force, and was a member of Living Church of God. He retired as bookkeeper for D.S. McClanahan & Sons.
Services were at 11 a.m., February 21, in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial was in Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his sister-in-law, Peggy House of Hamilton; two nieces, Anita Boozer and husband, Emmett, of Jasper, Ala., April Dill and husband, Billy, of Starkville; two nephews, Eddie Rickman and wife, Betty, of Columbus; Chris House and wife, Joni, of Starkville; four great nephews; a family friend, Mae Hairston of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Martha House; one sister, Nell Todd; and one brother, Barry House.
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Frances Frost
HUMBOLDT, Tenn. – Frances L. Johnson Frost, 95, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at the V.A. Retirement Home in Humboldt, Tenn. She was born and raised in Hamilton. She attended school in Aberdeen. After high school, Frances went to work for West Point Casket Company. After a few years, she decided to join the Army. She was a training medic for two years and then worked as an Army medic technician for approximately 20 years. She met and married her husband, William Henry Frost Jr., while in the Army. They were both there during World War II. Frances received two awards for her outstanding work. After years of being in the Army, they moved to Tacoma, Wash. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, William H. “Jack” Frost, who greeted his precious wife at Heaven’s gates. After Jack’s death, Frances moved back to Aberdeen. She loved to travel, read, play bingo and shop for pretty clothes. After suffering a stroke, she moved to Elmcroft Assisted Living in Bartlett, Tenn., to be near her cousin.
She leaves her cousin, Bettye Johnson Crawford, three nieces and six nephews.
A graveside service was at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at Center Hill Cemetery with Bro. Terry Edwards officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen was in charge of the service.
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William Fields
WREN – William Allen “Bro Field” Fields, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 9, 1933, to Lennie Fields Sr. and Corvella Alice Neely Fields. He lived in Chicago for 32 years, returning to Mississippi 26 years ago. He was self employed in construction. He was a member of New Hebron M.B. Church.
Services were at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at New Hebron M.B. Church with the Rev. Sam Crawford and Minister Gloria McKinney officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Emma Wilson Fields of Wren; three daughters, Carolyn Fields of Amory, Cynthia Ann Tisdale of Atlanta and Brenda Gilliam (Larry) of Maryland; three sons, David Fields (Carla) of Lithonia, Ga., Tommie L. Fields of Wren and Michael McIntosh of Memphis; a special son, Wendell McGee; four sisters, Roxie McAlister (Glen) of Aberdeen, Bessie Fields of Los Angeles, Calif., Frances Ann Shumpert of Tupelo and Jeanetta Epps of Tupelo; four brothers, Lee Andrew Fields (Betty) of Chicago, Eddie Reese Fields of Oak Park, Ill., Willie Fields (Marie) of Wren and Robert Epps of Drew; 24 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William Allen Fields Jr.; a sister, Robbie “Tiny Baby” Epps; two brothers, Lemmie Fields and Sam Neely.

Pete Simpson
ABERDEEN – William “Pete” Simpson, 83, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was a member of Second Baptist Church of Prairie.
Services were at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Baptist Grove M.B. Church in Prairie. Burial will be in the Second Baptist Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Katie I. Simpson; two sons, William Patrick James and Taurus James of Aberdeen; five daughters, Elizabeth Howard of Conyers, Ga., Earnestine Metcalf and LaToya Mason, both of Aberdeen, Annette James of Jackson and Sharon Simpson of Chicago; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mary Fyfe
ABERDEEN – Mary Ann McCall Fyfe, 70, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 9, 1943, to James Robinson McCall and Mary Alice Johnson McCall in Memphis. She was a graduate of Byars Hall High School in Covington, Tenn. She lived in Aberdeen since 1968 and attended Faith Presbyterian Church. She retired after 30 years as secretary at Aberdeen Public School System.
A memorial service was at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Faith Presbyterian Church with Bro. David Harrell officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Shannon Jewett of Tampa, Fla.; one son, Sledge Fyfe of Panama City, Fla.; one brother, Jimmy R. McCall of Covington, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Hunt Jewett and McCall Jewett.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ruffin Sledge Fyfe Jr.; and a grandson, Kurt Fyfe.
Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research and Children’s Hospitals.
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Judith McCraw
ABERDEEN – Judith May Mercier McCraw, 71, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 11, 1941, in Chicopee, Mass., to Charles Henry Mercier and Henrietta Klause Mercier. She had lived in Aberdeen since 1980. She was affiliated with the Catholic Church. She was the insurance clerk at the Aberdeen Monroe County Hospital.
Private services were held Feb. 27 at the McCraw Family Cemetery in Bay Springs. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Bobby Kendall McCraw of Aberdeen; one daughter, Nancy Cantrell (Jason) of Aberdeen; one son, Robert McCraw (Christina) of Southaven; two sisters, Sandra Mercier Gauthier of Chicopee, Mass., and Nancy Mercier Donofrio of South Hadley, Mass.; and three grandchildren, Austin, Hunter and Luke McCraw.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Donations may be made to Mississippi Special Olympics, Le Bonheur Childrens Hospital and to the Aberdeen, Humane Society.
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Burnie Rye Jr.
SMITHVILLE – Burnie Woodfin Rye Jr., 95, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at his residence in Smithville. He was born March 18, 1917, to Burnie Rye Sr. and Sallie Peck Bryan Rye in Monroe County. He was a life long resident of Monroe County where he was a farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WWII, Korean War and the South Pacific. He was a member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church where he had served as deacon.
Services were at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma Lucille Irvin Rye of Smithville; two daughters, Melinda Ann Rye of Dawson Springs, Ky., and Maggi R. Beardman of Smithville; two sons, Burnie L. Rye of Smithville and Charles Franklin Rye of Bartlett, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and several brothers and sisters.
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