ACKERMAN Bera Fason McCain, 91, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997, at the Choctaw County Nursing Home in Ackerman. She was born Feb. 23, 1905, in Webster County. She was a homemaker and a member of Montevista Baptist Church in Webster County.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Justice officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Choctaw County.
Survivors include two daughters, Mavis Swindle of Eupora and Bertha E. Williams of Champaign, Ill.; one sister, Virgie B. McNeer of Jackson; one brother, Willis Fason of Eupora; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
TUNICA Robert Robinson, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at the Quitman County Hospital in Marks. He was a former resident of Oxford and a retired laborer.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hodges Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Minnie Boone of Evanston, Ill.; one brother, Clarence Robinson of Oxford; several nieces and nephews.
Jeanette R. Hunt
ABERDEEN Jeanette R. Hunt, 97, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997, at Aberdeen-Monroe County Hospital. She was born Jan. 23, 1900, to the Rev. H.A. Robinson and Mary Harrison Robinson. She was a Methodist and a retired nurse. She was the widow of Bill Hunt of Jackson.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Jackson Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. B. Wax officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen.
Survivors include one sister, Ida R. Henley of Aberdeen.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
VINA, Ala. Cephus Noble, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997, at the Red Bay Hospital. He was a native of Kentucky and a coal miner for Midland Ross Steel Mills, retiring after 30 years. He was a member of the Vina First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Steve Ledbetter officiating. Burial will be in Atwood Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Ida Noble of Vina, Ala.; two daughters, Betty Ann Bailey of Reno, Nev., and Jacqueline Davidson of Vina; three sons, Cephus Noble Jr. of Fishing Creek, Md., James Lester Noble of Carson City, Nev., and Joe Noble of New Carrolton, Md.; two sisters, Mary Stidham and Dicie Smith, both of Wooten, Ky.; one brother, Oscar Noble of Mt. Gilead, Ohio; 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.
MERIDIAN Gordon Murrah, 93, died Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, in Meridian. He was formerly of Corinth. He was the son of the late Morgan Henry and Eppie Perry Murrah.
Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. today at Henry Cemetery in Corinth with the Rev. James Hardin officiating. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one sisters, Mary Murrah Reed of Memphis; two nieces, Carolyn McElhannon of Memphis and Ruth James of Little Rock, Ark.
Mary O. Gurley
CORINTH Mary O. Gurley died Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. She was a member of Christian Assembly of God Church, which she helped establish in 1971. She was an associate of ITT Telecom, retiring after more than 20 years of service.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. C.V. Thomas and the Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Hershel Gurley of Corinth; one daughter, Donna Robertson of Corinth; one son, Greg W. Gurley of Corinth; two grandsons, Dan and Kevin Robertson; two sisters, Betty Hamm and Joann Seargeant, both of Corinth.
Pallbearers will be James Ross, Clay Mills, Albert Lee and Virgil Gurley.
Bernie M. Rodgers
NEW ALBANY Bernie M. Rodgers, 79, died Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church, a retired employee of Rosato Clothing Manufacturing Co. and the widow of Elvin Oneal Rodgers.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Sammy Coker officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Tidwell of Lake Isabella, Calif., and Joyce Tuckett of Provo, Utah; a foster daughter, Billie Jean Davis of Plantersville; three sons, Wayne and Wade Rodgers of Birmingham, Ala., and Carroll Rodgers of Saltillo; three foster sons, Phillip Rodgers of Guntown, Jerry Rodgers of Tupelo and Tim Rodgers of Myrtle; one sister, Orelia Pannell of Tupelo; two brothers, Woodford Lessell of Pontotoc and Curnie Lessell of Ecru; 31 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Scottie Null, Lonnie Pannell, Ronnie Rodgers, Billie Henderson, Chris Rodgers, Frankie Rodgers, William Pannell and Donnie Rodgers.
RIPLEY Lessie Zola Stark, 88, died Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at the Tippah County Hospital. She was born Sept. 15, 1908, to William and Elsie Hurt Mauney. She was a homemaker, a Methodist and the widow of John Stark.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe McKnight officiating. Burial will be in Nance Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Joann Duncan of Ripley and Carole Martin of New Albany; two sons, Harold Stark of Southaven and Wayne Stark of Ripley; three sisters, Ruby Mizell and Berchie Roten, both of Ripley, and Rose McElroy of Memphis; three brothers, Doc Mauney, Russell Mauney and Fagin Mauney, all of Ripley; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Stark; three brothers, Vibert Mauney, Arlin Mauney and Paul Mauney; and a grandchild, Norman Duncan.
Pallbearers will be James Stark, Stacy Stark, John Duncan and Mike Stark.
ECRU Percy Woodson, 68, died Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at his home. He was a retired employee of Hendrix Sheet Metal and an Army veteran of World War II.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Guinn Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Ecru is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Bruff of Ecru and Arlene Cole of Troy; four brothers, John Woodson, Frank Woodson, Lloyd Woodson and Don Woodson, all of California; one sister, Betty Jo Prosco of Florida; four grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to service time today.
FULTON Lavern Bates Steele, 80, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, at the Iuka Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 6, 1916, in Itawamba County to Columbus S. Bates and Elizabeth “Roy” Sanderson. She was a retired homemaker and a member of New Salem Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Royce Hawkins officiating. Burial will be in Walton Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Daniel Steele of Iuka; one sister, Modena Graham of Tupelo; a brother, Buddy Bates of Mantachie.
Pallbearers will be Eddie McCarthy, Joe Bates, Ronnie Thompson, James Bates, J.Q. Lesley and Bobby Hodges.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.
NEW ALBANY Virgil Lee Artis, 45, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, La. He was a Marine Corps veteran, a certified airplane contractor and a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Candise Palmer of New Albany; his mother, Betty Dornan of Madera, Calif.; a brother, William Artis of Madera, Calif.; two grandchildren, Tyler and Ashley Palmer.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.