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STARKVILLE – Dr. Andrew Wesley Baird, 79, died Monday, April 13, 2009 at Oktibbeha County Hospital. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 16, 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Starkville, Mississippi with burial at Memorial Gardens. Welch Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
A native of Houston, MS, Dr. Baird graduated from Houston High School in 1948. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Japan and Korea during 1952 and 1953 with the 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was a member of Post 05573, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Starkville, MS.
Dr. Baird received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Mississippi State University, and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He joined the Mississippi State University staff in February, 1957 as a research sociologist. He retired in January, 1992 as Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, and as Research Sociologist, Social Science Research Center and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. Upon his retirement he was named Emeritus Professor and Emeritus Sociologist. He was a long time member of First United Methodist Church of Starkville.
He loved his church, his family and his many friends. He will be missed so much by us all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivy Walker Baird and Estelle McKinney Baird of Houston, MS.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Maxine Foster Baird; sons, Dennis Wesley and wife Janet Baird of Kosciusko, MS, and Keith Walker Baird of Starkville, MS; two grandsons, Wes and wife Bridget Baird of Houston, MS and Drew Baird of Kosciusko, MS; and one great granddaughter, Ella Grace Baird of Houston, MS. He is also survived by his sister, Sue and husband Frank Pemper of Houston, MS and his brother, Tom and wife Mary Jo Baird of Houston, MS.
Pallbearers wereWes Baird, Drew Baird, Larry Doolittle, Mike Lightsey, Frank Pemper and Bruce Wofford. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Baird, Louis Bluhm, Murray Lindsey and Jack Noe.
Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Starkville or a charity of your choice.
Friends can go online and sign the guest register at: www.welchfuneralhomes.com.
Marjorie Caviness
FULTON- Marjorie Easley Caviness, 81, died Monday, April 13, 2009 at Dogwood Plantation in Fulton, MS after a long journey with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born August 23, 1927 in Marks, MS to Wade E. Easley, Sr. and Mary Opal Easley. Formerly of Houlka, she graduated from Houlka Attendance Center in 1946 and attended Northwest Community College in Senatobia where she met the love of her life, James P. Caviness. They married January 20, 1948 in the Dean’s office and moved to Memphis upon graduation. She worked for Baptist Memorial Hospital for 13 years until they had their only child, Paula. They moved, 5 years later, back to Houlka where she taught school as a Reading Aide and James taught Math and Science. They were totally devoted to the school and all the children they were privileged to teach. She retired when James died in 1984. She spent her time being a grandmother to Liza and Lindsey and enjoyed gardening and working for her “Lord.” She worked for God every minute of every day and dearly loved Houlka First Baptist Church and its members.
Services were held Wednesday, April 15, 2009 officiated by Rev. David Blackwell and Rev. Bobby Long. Burial followed at the Collums Cemetery in Houlka.
Pallbearers were Mark Cooper, Burt Easley, Dillon Easley, Bob Easley, Chuck Easley, Jimmy Kinard, and Skip Winter. Honorary pallbearers include Richard Chrestman, Johnny McClendon, William Alvin Collums, and Donnie Washington.
Survivors include her only child, Paula Cooper and her devoted son-in-law, Mark of Fulton, MS; three brothers, R.A. Easley (Rhea), Charles Delane (Doris), and Wade Easley, Jr. (Joann), all of Houlka; one sister, Mary Kinard of Hernando, MS; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Easley of New Orleans, LA and Sue Easley of Houlka; two grandchildren, Marjorie Elizabeth “Liza” Cooper of Nashville, TN and Lindsey Nell Cooper of Fulton, MS. She was blessed with 14 nieces and nine nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, James Caviness; three brothers, Rev. Buford G. “Boots” Easley, Donald B. Easley, and Theo M. Easley; one sister-in-law, Ann Easley; and one brother-in-law, Roy H. Kinard.
She lived a rich and long life due to her “three” special boys, Dr. Thomas Wooldridge, Dr. Charles King, and Dr. Ricky G. Parker.
Friends and family may sign our online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Rebecca Lou Moore
HOUSTON- Rebecca Lou “Tena” Moore, 59, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston, MS. She was born May 29, 1949 to Jimmy Lee Vance and Addie “Bonnie” Baxter Vance. She was a native of Chickasaw County and a retired postal worker.
Services were held Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel. Bro. Junior Richie officiated. Burial followed in Collums Cemetery in Calhoun County. Visitation was held Wednesday, April 15, 2009 from 5-8 p.m.
Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Billy Moore of Houston; her mother, Bonnie Vance of Houston; one daughter, Michelle Moreno (Nico) of Houston; one son, Buddy Moore (April) of Houston; six grandchildren, Daniel Beckham, Nikki Moreno, Dylan Moore, Hunter Moore, Gracie Moreno, and B.B. Moreno; and three sisters, Bobbie Jean Hill of Coffeeville, and Sue Holder and Faye Doss, both of Houston.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmie Lee Vance; one brother, David Vance; and a granddaughter, Kathrene Moreno.
Lorene Morphis
HOULKA – Bessie Lorene Morphis, 86, died Monday, April 13, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Jan. 28, 1923, in Mathiston to Steven Forrest Shurden and Thelma Avant Shurden. She was a Baptist and a retired factory worker.
Services were held Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. John Flippin and Bro. Linn Hughes officiating. Burial was in Poplar Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Hubert Morphis; two sisters, Mavis Fulgham of Maben and Jean Braden of Tupelo; three brothers, Lloyd Shurden, Leon Shurden and Harold Dean Shurden, all of Mathiston; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Her nephews served as pallbearers.
Marianne Barrentine
HOULKA – Marianne Barrentine, 79, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 2, 1929, in Mariaschein, Czech Republic. She married Prentice Edward Barrentine Sr. on July 28, 1948. She was the site manager in Houlka for Three River’s Meals on Wheels. She was a member of Springville Baptist Church.
A memorial service was held Friday, April 17, 2009 at Algoma Baptist Church with Bro. Don Smith will officiating. Fellowship followed the service at the church.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Mae Traylor of Houlka and Cathy Anna Cook (David) of Okolona; two sons, Prentice Edward Barrentine Jr. (Sandra) of Locust Hill and Dennis Walter Barrentine (Helene) of Albany, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Cheryl, Dennis, Amanda, John Michael, Angela, Matthew, Emily Roxanne, Nicholas, Katie and Emily Elizabeth; seven great-grandchildren, Scott, Casey, Daniel, Breana, Cody, Brandon and Savannah.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Prentice Edward Barrentin Sr., and her parents, Rudolph Anger and Anna Anger.
Elizabeth Banks
OKOLONA – Elizabeth Banks, 44, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at her home in Okolona. She was born July 31, 1964, to Catherine Washington in Belzoni. She lived in Okolona for the past 15 years. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and bringing laughter to everyone.
Services were held Friday, April 17, 2009 at Eastern Star M.B. Church with the Rev. Anthony Rainey officiating. Burial was in the Okolona Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Ernie Banks of Okolona; a son, Dewayne Brown of Okolona; three brothers, Willie Collins (Doris), Robert Brown (Joyce Ann) and Leon Brown (Annie Ree), all of Okolona; nine sisters, Diane Baker (Thomas) of Belzoni, Martha Brumby, Lucille Hill (Jimmy), Catherine Maeweather and Maxine Broomfield, all of Okolona, Yvonne Parker of Shannon, Angela Grady of Tupelo, Rosemary Henry (Rominsinni) of St. Paul, Minn., and Mayola Thornton (Thomas) of Beloit, Wis.
Tena Moore
HOUSTON – Rebecca Lou “Teena” Moore, 59, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Trace Regional Hospital. She was born May 29, 1949, in Chickasaw County to Jimmy Lee Vance and Addie “Bonnie” Baxter Vance. She was a Baptist and a retired postal worker.
Services were held Thursday, April 16, 2009 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Junior Richie officiating. Burial was in Collums Cemetery in Calhoun County.
Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Billy Moore of Houston; her mother, Bonnie Vance of Houston; one daughter, Michelle Moreno (Nico) of Houston; one son, Buddy Moore (April) of Houston; six grandchildren, Daniel Beckham, Nikki Moreno, Dylan Moore, Hunter Moore, Gracie Moreno and B.B. Moreno; three sisters, Bobbie Jean Hill of Coffeeville, Sue Holder and Faye Doss, both of Houston.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmie Lee Vance; one brother, David Vance; and a granddaughter, Kathrene Moreno.
Maxine Barr
OKOLONA – Maxine Clopton Barr, 73, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at the Clay County Medical Center in West Point. She was born Feb. 2, 1936, to Ransom Clopton Sr. and Mary Whitfield Clopton. She was a member of Zion Spring M.B. Church. She was a Sunday School teacher, and a member of the Missionary Society and the choir. She was a former member of the New Hebron Choir. She was a former employee of Co-op Extension in Houston. She also worked in nursing. She was a homemaker. She loved animals and gardening.
Services were held Saturday, April 18, 2009 at Zion Spring M.B. Church with the Rev. Nollen Elzie officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Milton Barr of Okolona; three daughters, Lenda Franks (Demetenral) of St. Louis, Mo., and Wilma (Adam) McMillan and Jacqueline Ewing (Otis), both of Okolona; two sons, Marvin Barr (Theresa) and Dale Barr (Ruthie), both of Okolona; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Metcalf and Melissa Marshall, both of Aberdeen; one brother-in-law, Leon Mann of Aberdeen; four sisters-in-law, Magnolia Barr of Okolona, and Earline Williams, Alice Barr and Gertrude Barr, all of Aberdeen.
LaMarcus King
HOUSTON – LaMarcus D’unte King, 16, formerly of New Albany, died Monday, April 13, 2009, in an automobile accident in Houston. He was born Oct. 5, 1992, in New Albany. He was a ninth grade student at Houston School and a member of Palestine Church in Blue Mountain. He loved all sports, especially basketball.
A memorial service was held Friday, April 17, 2009 at Second Baptist Church in Houston. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 18, 2009 at St. James Church of God in Christ in Ripley with the Rev. Patrick Washington will officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Mattie Lou King Banks (James) of Houston; his father, Nicholas Smith (Anita) of Ripley; one sister, Danielle King of Houston; seven brothers, Jolan King of Houston, Erron Harden, Nicholas Sherrod Smith, Alexander Smith and Joseph Smith, all of Ripley, Sharmarques Smith of Ashland and Armantie Litton of Rockford, Ill.; his grandparents, Ottawa and Jimmie Dale Smith of Ripley, Jason King of New Albany and Maggie Banks of Maben.
Pearl Dauzat
VARDAMAN – Pearl Rita Loretta Vinet Dauzat, 82, formerly of Thibodaux, La., died Friday, April 17, 2009, at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of Vardaman United Methodist Church.
Services were held Sunday, April 19, 2009 at the Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Robinson and Rev. William Montgomery officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in the Atlanta Community of Chickasaw County. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Ramona Dauzat Pruitt, Deborah Dauzat Himel (Junius) and Edith Dauzat Andras (Gerald), all of Thibodaux, La.; five sons, George Dauzat (Dorothy) of Amory, Robert Dauzat (Phyllis) and Wayne Dauzat, both of Thibodaux, La., Pavay Dauzat III (Debra) and Terry Dauzat (Cathy) of Vardaman; three brothers, Louis Adams III and Harold Adams of Thibodaux, La., and George Adams of Lucedale; 29 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pavay Dauzat Jr.; her parents, Jules Vinet and Mildred Vinet Adams; stepfather, L.C. Adams Jr.; son-in-law, Glenn Pruitt; and grandparents, Arthur and Alice Stevens and Alice Woods.
Pallbearers were Barry Himel, Gerald Andras Jr., Willie Andras, T.J. Dauzat, Thomas Dauzat, Joseph Dauzat, Corey Adams and Bobby Phillips.
Honorary pallbearers were Sammy Pruitt, Chad Pruitt, Jason Himel, Chad Dauzat, Robert Dauzat Jr., Christopher Dauzat, Aaron Dauzat, Tyler Brooks and Dennis Rodrigue.
Billy Rodgers
HOUSTON – Billy Charles Rodgers, 60, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at his residence. A native of Memphis, Tenn., he was born Sep. 11, 1948, to James William Rodgers and Edna Rodgers. He was a truckdriver and he was also disabled. He was affiliated with the Nazarene church.
Services were held Monday, April 20, 2009 at the Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Scott Samuell and Bro. Greg Moss officiating. Burial was in the Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy Gore Rodgers of Houston; his mother, Edna Rodgers of Memphis, Tenn.; his son, Billy Rodgers Jr. of Lakeland, Tenn.; two daughters, Shelly Marie Zachary of Houlka and Melissa Diane Nelson of Anchor; two brothers, James Edward Rodgers of Tishomingo and Jimmy Dale Rodgers of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Glenda Bumpus of Horn Lake and Margaret Cullum of Michie, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Alicia Albright, Adam Zachary, Sara Beth Zachary, Kelsie Diane Gutierrez, Brendan Rodgers, Joshuah Rodgers, Benjamin Rodgers, Sam Zachary and Stone Nelson; and three great-grandchildren, Katie Zhang, Adisson Albright and Madison Zachary.
He was preceded in death by his father, James William Rodgers.
Alexander Heard
PRAIRIE – Alexander Heard, 60, died April 14, 2009. He was born April 26, 1948, to Clarence Heard and Joanna Barr Heard. He was a member of the Lake Grove MB Church and a former employee of Babcock and Wilcox for 34 years. He enjoyed cooking and laughing with friends.
Services were held on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at the Lake Grove MB Church where J.P. Orr officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Castella Owens Heard of Prairie; mother-in-law, Estella C. Owens of Houston; daughter, Mary Jane Heard of Tupelo; brother, Willie Heard of Kansas City, Mo.; brother-in-law, Alvin Porter; sisters-in-law, Jewel Neal (Eddie) of Houston, Helen Thomas (Rev. Kenneth) of Columbus, Ga. and Mary Robinson of Dolton, Ill.; and a special nephew, James Heard (Lynn) of Kansas City, Mo.
Shanzzan Moore
PRAIRIE – Shanzzan “Sally” Moore, 47, died Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Jan. 13, 1968, to Ruthie Moore and the late James Moore Jr. She attended Houston schools and was a former employee of Aircap, Super Saglass and Cooper Tire. She was a member of Clarks Chapel MB Church and enjoyed making people laugh.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at Clarks Chapel Church with burial in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Ruthie Moore of Okolona; Laura Bowers (Kefie) of Okolona; her grandmother, Lilly Mae Gates of Houston; three sisters, Bernice Moore, Shirryl Gates, both of Okolona and Donna Moore of Tupelo; four brothers, Alvin Moore of Prairie, Greg Moore, Donny Moore and Tony Moore, all of Okolona; and two nephews, Jacri Moore and Maikyah Bowers.
Mary Wilson
OKOLONA – Mary Wilson, 77, died Tuesday, April 14th, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Feb. 22, 1982, to Daisy Nance. She was a homemaker and former employee of Rose Hill. She loved reading and discussing the bible and she really loved her family.
Services were held Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at Clarks Chapel Church with burial in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Patsy Grice, Daisy Buchanan and Elizabeth Wilson, all of Okolona and Carolyn Nance of Houston; three sons, Bobby Nance, Jackie Wilson and Dennis Wilson, all of Okolona; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Dale Robinson; and one brother, L.A. Brown.
Mary Lou McKinney
VARDAMAN – Mary Lou McKinney, 81, died Saturday, April 18, 2009 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born June 13, 1927 in Vardaman to Elbert and Ella Mae Glaspie McKinney, Sr. She was a homemaker and a member of Midway Missionary Baptist Church in Vardaman.
Visitation will be held Friday, April 24, 2009 from 5-7 p.m. at Midway M.B. Church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Midway M.B. Church in Vardaman with the Rev. Willie B. Lairy officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state from noon until 1 p.m prior to the funeral. Carter’s Mortuary Services, LLC is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Bueford (Patricia) McKinney of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Willie (Georgia) McKinney of Endfield, Conn.; three daughters, Alma (Curley) Wilder of Fort Wayne, Ind., Josephine (Jerry) Myles of Collierviell, Tenn., and Ethel (Danny) Jones of Houston; one daughter-in-law, Diane McKinney of Florida; four brothers, Bobby McKinnney, James Al (Joyce) McKinney and Charles (Louise) McKinney, all of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Elbert (Lorraine) McKinney of Saginaw, Mich.; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Otis McKay of Denver, Col., and Lee (Myrtice) McKinney of Eatonville, Fla.; a host of nieces, nephews and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Willie J. Lynn McKinnney; her parents; two sons, Larry McKinney (a twin to Ethel/Tiny) and James McKinney; three sisters, Clytee McKinney Martin, Fairy McKinney McKay, and Claudia McKinney Flynt; two brothers, Ester Lee McKinney and Willie Eugene McKinney.

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