BOONEVILLE – Ray Eugene Frederick, 79, died Sunday, Feb

Gene Frederick
BOONEVILLE – Ray Eugene Frederick, 79, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at his home after a sudden illness. He was a member of Wheeler United Methodist Church. He was employed with Cobra Kubota of Booneville until his recent illness. He was a former employee of Brown Shoe company for 29 years and FMC for seven years. He was a former employee of McMillan Funeral Home and Waters Funeral Home.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Hall and Bro. Jerry Kelly officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Becky Crawford (Kimble) of Dry Creek; two sons, Sammy Ray Frederick of Booneville and Benny Dale Frederick (Cathy) of Wheeler; one daughter-in-law, Dianne Frederick of Fulton; six grandchildren, Danny Frederick, Michele Frederick Roberts, Danielle Frederick, Abby Frederick, Trevor Frederick and Mary Carol Crawford; one great-grandchild, Danni Lynn Frederick; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Kaleb Roberts and Danielle Roberts; special extended family, Danny Green (Gloria) of Southaven, Jimmy Green (Margaret) and family of Tupelo, Kelly Green (Carrie) and children of Southaven, and Kimberly Wood (Phil) and children of Southaven; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Monroe and Amanda Horton Frederick; his wife, Mary Charlene Calvery Frederick; one son, Freddy Frederick; a very special friend, Reba Green; and five sisters and two brothers.
Pallbearers were his nephews, Robby Kelly, Keith Kelly, Kerry Kelly, Kent Dees, Ronnie Guin, Ricky Guin and Randy Calvery.
Honorary pallbearers were Adam Lindsey, Eric Nanney, Bill Woodruff, Richard Woodruff, B.B. Wilson, David Wheatley, Scotty Enis, Lee Swinney, Mitchell Garner, Matt Garner, David Coats, Brad Rickey, Dick McMillan and Gary Davis.
Joe Turner
TREMONT – Billy Joe Turner, 65, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital. He was born June 14, 1943, in Red Bay, Ala., to Willie Lee and Carrie M. Knight Turner. He was a heavy equipment operator. He attended the Church of God of Prophecy.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Winters and Bro. Marvis Bostick officiating. Burial was in Union Grove Cemetery in Lee County.
Survivors include two daughters, Melissa Dillehay (Perry) of Nashville, Tenn., and Janet Nichols of Mooreville; one son, Gerry Turner (Neely) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild; two sisters, Mary Jackson and Earline Baker, both of Tremont; two brothers, Joshua Turner (Charlotte) and Douglas amp”Peanutamp” Turner, both of Tremont.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Paul Turner.
Pallbearers were Sammy Baker, Patrick Garrison, Terry Summerford, Charlie Summerford, Nicky Rakestraw and Billy Joe Ewing.
Virgil Hughes
FULTON – Virgil Hughes, 76, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 10, 1932, to Homer “Dee” and Pricella Arville Roberts Hughes in Blytheville, Ark. He was a member of Tilden Church of Christ and a retired maintenance employee of Goodyear Rubber. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed antique cars.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Minister David Paden officiating. Burial was in Tilden Community Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Kelby Hughes (Sherry Kay) of Fulton and Gary Hughes (Sandy) of Tremont; seven grandchildren, Kelly Paden, Chad Hughes, Audrey Hughes, Chastain Hughes, Leanne Hughes, Chris Hughes and Karli Hughes; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Trulove (Jim) of Tupelo; one brother, Lamar Hughes of Fulton; 10 nieces, seven nephews; special friend and caregiver, Sandy Hester (Phillip) of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dale; four brothers, Hillman, James, Edwin and Charles Hughes; two nieces, Theresa Hughes and Tara Lynn Lopez; and two nephews, Larry Trulove and Wade Trulove.
Pallbearers were Chad Hughes, Chastain Hughes, Chris Hughes, Tim Hughes, Jason Mays and Gary Pounders.
Hugh C. Roberts
FAIRVIEW – Hugh C. Roberts, 88, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at his residence in the Fairview Community located between Fulton and Red Bay. He was born Oct. 28, 1920 in Marion County, Ala. to the late Chester and Estelle Justice Roberts. He was a longtime resident of Itawamba County and a member of Tremont Baptist Church. He was a retired farmer and factory worker.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Rev. Ricky Parks officiating. Rev. Charlie Gainey, Laura Swords and Kami Swords Riddle brought comfort in music and song. A private burial was held in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery with services held by Ronny Kesler and Shirley Franks of Kesler Funeral Home. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Myrtle Presley Roberts; one daughter, Irene Roberts Parks of Fairview; three grandsons, Michael Roberts and Ken Parks (Jeanie), both of Fairview and David Parks (Angie) of Blue Springs; one great-granddaughter, Britney Parks of Blue Springs; special friend who helped take care of him and considered to be a part of his family, Ferrel Swords of Fairview; one brother, Horace Roberts (Ruth) of Fairview; one sister, Nellie Cantrell of Fulton; and one sister-in-law, Pauline Roberts of Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son-in-law, Gerald Parks; one brother, Hollis Roberts; four sisters, Lucille, Edith and Ruby Roberts and Eunice Biddle.
Betty Winters
HAMILTON, Ala. – Betty Jean Mitchell Winters died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at the Marion Regional Medical Center. She was born Sept. 6, 1929, in Franklin County, Ala., to George and Lillian Taylor Oliver.
Services were held Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Marion County Funeral Home with Bro. Russ Hill officiating. Burial was in the Love Joy Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Carol Ferrell (Edward) of Hamilton, Ala., Sue Shelton of Atlanta, Ga., Eddie Mitchell (Katy) of Arkansas, Michael Mitchell (Susan) of Mooreville, Danny Mitchell (Bonnie) of Guin, Ala., and Bruce amp”Samamp” Mitchell (Karen) of Texas; one sister, Mattie Stone (James) of Fulton; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; a special friend, Paul Farley of Hodges, Ala.; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Hubert Mitchell and Ed Winters; two grandsons, Anthony “A.J.” Beck and Blake Mitchell; her parents; three sisters, Estell Stidham, Lillian Childers and Carnell Mitchell; and two brothers, Mack, Warren and Rather Oliver.
Billy R. Burns
GOLDEN – Billy R. Burns, 56, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born April 5, 1952, in Chattanooga, Tenn. to the late Bobby Ray and Mary Elizabeth Tucker Burns.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 2, at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. with Bro. Marshall Green officiating. Burial was in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala. was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his niece, Deborah Smith (Jerry) of Dennis; a great-niece, Keshia Pharr (Brandon) of Belmont; two great-nephews, Brad Smith and Austin Smith, both of Dennis; three uncles, Owen Burns of Golden, Gene Burns of Tremont and Olen Burns of Olive Branch; one aunt, Reba White of Golden; a great-great-nephew, Peyton Pharr of Belmont; and special friends, Roy and Ann Mayhall of Golden.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Bobby Burns, Jr.
Pallbearers were Allen Mayhall, Ronnie Payne, Donnie Six, Ronnie Parker and James Ridge.
Thomas E. Ellis
VERONA – Thomas Edward Ellis, 99, died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was born July 28, 1909, to James Thomas and Allison Sansing Benson. He was a 1932 graduate of Mississippi State University and taught vocational agriculture for 32 years in Fulton, Dixie Highway and Caledonia. He was a state supervisor for vocational agriculture for 12 years. A longtime resident of Caledonia and Jackson, he spent his last few years in Fulton. He was a long time member of the Masonic Lodge and served as honorary past grand master of Mississippi. He received various honors and awards, including national outstanding service award in 1960, honorary life member of agriculture education 1975-76 and honorary American Farmer Degree in 1976 and a Gold Star member of MS FFA Foundation. After retirement, he served as a member of the state advisory council to vocational education and a consultant to the vocational education division of the state department of education.
Services will be held today, Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at New Home Baptist Church with Dr. Jerry Williams officiating. Burial will be in New Home Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include daughters, Tommie Hope Kinch of Huntsville, Ala., Sidney E. Lowrey (Jim) of Fullerton, Calif., and Nancy Poore (Robert) of Fulton; a daughter-in-law, Willow J. Grace of Cummings, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Neola Benson Ellis, formerly of Fulton; nine brothers and sisters; his parents; a stepson, Billy Benson Grace; and a grandson, Steven Ellis Rogers.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Mike Hawkins
WEST POINT – Mike Hawkins, 80, died, Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at his residence. He was born March 6, 1928, in Itawamba County to the late Lilley Dora Tart and William Thomas Hawkins. He was a Mechanic and was retired from Bryan Foods for 30 years. He was a Baptist and a Veteran of the United States Air Force, Army and Marine Corps. He married Louise Hawkins on Sep. 4, 1999, in Monroe County.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, from the Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harlon Smith officiating. Burial was in Keyes Cemetery in Dorsey. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Hawkins of West Point; daughters, Marsha Brand (Lonnie) of Pheba and Debra Meatyard of Seminole, Ala.; sons, Mike Dewberry (Tammy) of Louisville and Danny Michael Hawkins of West Point; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Viola Withaker of Hamilton; nephews, Jerry Withaker, Sonny Withaker, Robert Earl Hawkins, Dale Hawkins, Jimmy Hawkins, Will Ed Hawkins and Grant Hawkins; and his nieces, Barbara Sanders, Frances Stokes, Olie Mae Smith, Shirley Whitlock and Sara Madison.
He was preceded in death by his first wife on Nov. 11, 1988, Frances Hawkins; a son, Charles Russell Hawkins; and brothers, Jack Hawkins, Jim Hawkins, Lee Hawkins, Burt Hawkins and Henry Hawkins.
Pallbearers were Lonnie Brand, Dale Hawkins, Jimmy Hawkins, Robert Earl Hawkins, Chip Shepard, Robert Nichols Pate, Chase Dewberry, and Michael Dewberry.
Honorary pallbearers were Southern Care Hospice, Caysen Dewberry and Quicy Shepard. Memorials may be made to the Keyes Cemetery Care Fund, C/O Billy Wilburn, 6155 Vanburen Road, Fulton, MS 38843.
Chuck Hayes
OLIVE BRANCH – Charles “Chuck” Hayes, 87, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born Oct. 31, 1921, in Quicksand, Ky., to William and Lula Mae Spencer Hayes. He was a member and deacon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Senatobia. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Alps in Italy. Early in his career, he was a police officer in Romeo, Mich. Later he worked as a welder at General Motors, where he retired. He enjoyed playing the guitar, fishing, shooting, yardwork and welding in his garage.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Burial was in Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, James Hayes of Marlette, Mich.; one daughter, Anna Fristick of Olive Branch; two half sons, Jerry Hayes of Lawrenceburg, Ky., and Chuck Hayes of Redford, Mich.; one brother, Abe Hayes of Ocala, Fla.; two sisters, Mildred Wright of Springfield, Ohio, and his twin, Irene Stephens of Redcliff, Ky.; eight grandchildren, David Hayes, Jason Hayes, Jennifer Spicuzza, Charles Lane, Kristy Byrd, Heather Hayes, Cliff Hayes and Gabe Hayes; six great-grandchildren, Sydney Robthiam, Joshua Spicuzza, Aaron Spicuzza, Giavianna Hayes, Hanna Spicuzza and Caitlyn Hayes.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Hayes; two brothers, Gene Hayes and Oscar Hayes; and his parents.

Gaynell Jackson