FULTON – Margin Edwin Palmer, 80, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 30, 1928, in Itawamba County to Eugene Curtis and Myrtle Irene Harper Palmer. He was a member of the Plainview Church of Christ. He was retired from self employment in the logging business. He enjoyed playing music in his younger years.
Services were at 2 p.m. March 25 at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Minister Fred House and Minister Tom House officiating. Burial followed in New Home Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Bess Palmer of Fulton; one brother, Franklin Palmer of Fulton; one stepdaughter, Berenda Craig (Richard) of Jackson, Tenn.; three stepsons, Larry Gates (Regina), Marty Gates (fiancampÎe, DeShaun Boyd) and Brad Gates (Carol), all of Fulton; six grandchildren, Jodie Wheeler, Bradley T. Gates, Annie Lesley, Candace Little (John) and Haley Gates, all of Fulton, and Leah Weathersby of Amory; five great-grandchildren, Amber and Audrey Wheeler, and Taylor Lesley, all of Fulton, and Kealy and Keagen Weathersby of Amory.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charles Allen Palmer.
Pallbearers were Larry Gates, Marty Gates, Brad Gates, Richard Craig, John Little and Jimmy Parker.
HAMILTON – Helen Ruth Mattox Crawford, 82, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Garden Suites Assisted Living in Aberdeen. She was born Aug. 5, 1926, to David Marshall Mattox and Mary Ruth Goddard Mattox in Monroe County. She lived in Aberdeen for 20 years and in Hamilton for 62 years. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School and a charter member of the Aberdeen High School Band as a majorette.
She was a mother of five, a homemaker, and an avid local historian and genealogist. A member of the Aberdeen Women’s Club, she served on the Evans Memorial Library board and was honored by the library with the naming of the new reading room. She was chosen by Aberdeen’s Junior Auxiliary as the 1988 Woman of the Year. She was a member of several organizations, including the Tombigbee Chapter of DAR and the Monroe County Historical Society.
Regarding local county and Northeast Mississippi history, events and people, she contributed articles for newspaper publication. She was the co-author with her husband of a book about the Depression era in Monroe County, titled amp”Something Good About the 30s.amp”
In 1979 she and three friends published Dr. W.A. Evans columns of local history into book form. The book, amp”Mother Monroe,amp” included Monroe County history in pioneer times and the earliest cemetery records.
In 1982 she again joined other writers in making available a book called amp”Expenditures of the Chickasaw Fund,amp” an 1843 report originally printed by the U.S. government as a record of the Chickasaw removal to the Oklahoma territory.
She was a frequent contributor to Evans Memorial Library Historical and Genealogical Section. She also conducted the initial survey of the F.S. McKnight glass negative collection from 1897 to the early 1930s, which was later featured in National Geographic magazine.
She was an antique collector and early 1960s antique shop owner. In later years her 1852 family home, Cedarwycke, was open to the public in Hamilton.
Services were at 11 a.m. March 27 at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bo Robinson officiating. Burial was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Sarah Sue Wright (Don), Connie C. Long, O.D., and Carol Crawford Burfield, DVM (Anthony), all of Hamilton; two sons, Sam Wilburn Crawford Jr. (Kathy) of Hamilton and Marshall Mattox Crawford (Marietta) of Stockbridge, Ga.; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sam Wilburn Crawford; and a brother, D.M. Mattox Jr.
Pallbearers wereJeff Long, Michael Crawford, Trey Crawford, David Wilson, Britt Long and Don Wright.
Memorials may be made to the Evans Memorial Library or the Hamilton Library.
TUPELO – Nettie Marlene Egger Whitten died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She had been a resident of Traceway Retirement Community since January 2008.
Born in Amory on Feb. 26, 1923, to the late Ernest Norris and Minnie Puckett Egger, she attended Amory grade schools and graduated from Amory High School.
In 1943, she married a Yankee aviator, Glenn T. Whitten of Washburn, Maine, who preceded her in death. She is survived by their daughters, Glenda of Arizona and Patti of Maine, as well as by two grandsons and their wives, Michael and Melissa of Arizona, and Joseph and Anne of New York.
Nettie enjoyed having people stop by and visit. She was well known for her cooking, especially her caramel cakes.
She was predeceased by a sister, Nell Vaughn, and by brothers, Elbert, Pete (Noak), Houston and Charles, all of whom lived in Amory. Surviving her are one sister, Ernestine Droke of Amory, and one brother, Robert of Memphis.
Friends are invited to remember her at a memorial service to be held in the near future at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, where she was a member.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Palmer Home, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703 or St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 1123 Veteran’s Legion Dr., Amory, MS 38821.
The family will hold a graveside service at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
ABERDEEN – Bonnie Mae Martin Whitworth, 79, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born May 3, 1929, in Chickasaw County to Eugene Martin and Velma Weaver Martin. She lived the past 60 years in Monroe County. She was a homemaker and a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Services were at 11 a.m. March 26 at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. George Collins officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Dianne West (Ronnie) of Aberdeen; two sons, James Clayton Whitworth (Sybil) of Hamilton and Larry Gene Whitworth (Sharon) of Aberdeen; four sisters, Jo Ellen Free (Ray) of Woodland, Helen Jean Johnson and Judy Washington (James), both of Houston, and Martha Ann Cortz (James) of Southaven; one brother, Thomas Martin (Inez) of Woodland; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oscar Marlin amp”Hankamp” Whitworth; one son, Eddie Whitworth; one daughter, Carol Welch; one brother, Wayne Martin; one sister, Mae Elma Myers; and one grandchild, Oscar Welch.
ABERDEEN – Juanita Bolden-Ewing died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Sept. 27, 1934, to Lenell Bolden and Josie Cunningham. She married Roy Rogers on Feb. 2, 1952. She later married Collice amp”Docamp” Ewing. She loved her dog, Brody.
Graveside services were at 11 a.m. March 27 at Porter’s Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Patrick Head and the Rev. Johnny Jointer officiating. Jackson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Rogers and Maurice Rogers (Carolyn) of Tupelo; a daughter-in-law, Glenda Faye Rogers of Fulton; one sister, Sallie Traylor (Jimmy) of Milwaukee; her grandchildren, Reginald Rogers, Alicia Rogers, Brittney Rogers, Alicia Rogers and Reginald Perry; a host of nieces and nephews; special friends, Tom (Francis) Foy and Marilyn Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lenell Bolden, Josie Cunningham and Amy Bolden; one son, Roy amp”Peteamp” Rogers; and two brothers, David Bolden and Sonny Bolden.
Nephews and friends served as pallbearers.
ABERDEEN – Gregory amp”Gregamp” McRae, 51, died Friday, March 20, 2009, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. He was born Oct. 11, 1957, to the late Booker T. McRae and Ethel Donald McRae in Gary, Ind. He was a 1976 graduate of the Dune Land School and a former employee of the Trade Winds Training Center in Gary. He was a member of Clarks Chapel M.B. Church. He enjoyed music, dancing, word finding puzzles and riding motorcycles.
Services were at 1 p.m. March 28 at Clarks Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. J.D. King officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his sister and caregiver, Carolyn McRae King (Rev. J.D. King) of Okolona; three nephews, Jamal (Nadra) Grimes and Jamar (Renise) Grimes, both of Okolona, and James King III of Lacey, Wash.; three nieces, Tanisha McRae of Denver, Colo., and Kathy (Ralph) Brown and Deidra King, both of Lacey, Wash.; one uncle, Don L. and Joan Donald of Gary, Ind.; five aunts, Mattie Carter and Evelyn Dillard, both of Meridian, Catherine McGee of Quitman, and Julia Tilmon, and Dorothy and Charles Hardiman, all of Gary, Ind.
ABERDEEN – Clearman Yarbrough, 75, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at his home in Aberdeen. He was born Sept. 20, 1933, in Vernon, Ala., to Banks Yarbrough and Audie Johnson Yarbrough. He lived in Monroe County for the past 47 years. He was a retired boilermaker for Bamp&W in West Point.
Services were at 2 p.m. March 28 at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Brandy Petty (James) of Aberdeen; three stepdaughters, Sandra Kendrick (Johnny) of Tremont, Sue Prestridge of Corinth and Dot Foster (Ray) of Aberdeen; one son, Billy Ray Yarbrough (Amy) of the Lackey community; one sister, Dorothy Crawford of Vernon, Ala.; two brothers, F.L. Yarbrough of Vernon, Ala., and Johnny Yarbrough (Shirley) of Montgomery, Ala.; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Emma Nolen Yarbrough; one grandchild, Sandy Foster; and two sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers were Toby Yarbrough, Zach Evans, Johnny Kendrick, Tony Kendrick, Charles Petty and Michael Kendrick.
Honorary pallbearers were James Petty, Bobby Malone, Wayne Davis, Ron West and Mike Palmer.
AMORY – Roy Green Ausbon, 85, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. He was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Monroe County to Ellie Hue and Ozema Goodson Ausbon. A lifelong resident of the Amory area, he attended Smithville Schools. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific aboard the USS Oak Hill. He owned and operated Ausbon Ice Company from 1940 until 1969, and Ausbon Electrical and Hardware Supply from 1969 until 1988. He was street commissioner one the City of Amory Board of Alderman for several terms. He was a member of the Amory Church of Christ, the Lion’s Club and VFW. He loved spending time with his family, working in his yard and gardening.
Services were Friday, March 27, at Amory Church of Christ with Philip Hathcock and Keith Sanders officiating. Burial was in Haughton Memorial Park in Amory. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ona Faye Herndon Ausbon of Amory, whom he married July 11, 1946, in Amory; one son, Sidney Howell of Amory; two daughters, Jan Minch (Dennis) and Martha Wilkes, both of Amory; five grandchildren, Jason Minch (Kristen), Ashley Minch, David Howell (Tammy), Melissa Harper (Frank) and Michele Bridges; five great-grandchildren, John Michael Howell, Merideth Harper, Will Harper, Jenna Bridges and Jansen Bridges.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Elbert Ausbon; four sisters, Irene Williams, Vera Phillips, Ruth Bryan and Earnestine Hamilton; and a grandaughter, Meredith Minch.
Pallbearers were Pat Bryan, Mike Bryan, Fred Heckart, Walt Hester, Jimmy Sullivan and Phil Sullivan. Honorary pallbearers will be City of Amory employees and past aldermen who served on the Board with Mr. Ausbon.
Memorials may be given to Amory Church of Christ Building Fund, P.O. Box 371, Amory MS 38821.
SMITHVILLE – Evelyn L. Desrosiers, 89, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born Nov. 3, 1919, in Rhode Island, to the late George and Alphonsina LaMorge McCrea. She grew up in Providence and Cranston, R.I., and she lived in Lowell, Ma. and Hollywood, Fla. before moving to Smithville 18 years ago. She married Jospeh A. Desrosiers in 1939, who later died in 1994. She was a homemaker and attended Bigbee Baptist Church.
Services were at 2 p.m. March 29 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial was in the Pearce Chapel Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Douglas E. Desrosiers (Jackie) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; one daughter, Pamela J. Wigginton (Hubert) of Smithville; one sister, Ruth Ducette of R.I.; and two grandchildren, Lindsey Desrosiers and Kyle Desrosiers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three sisters, Blanche, Gertrude and Doris.
Pallbearers were Roger Clardy, Wayne Carter, Randy Leech, Paul Gregory, Boyd Duncan and Mitch Norris.
NETTLETON – Sara Kathryn Shumpert Busenlehner, 90, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at her residence in Nettleton after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 27, 1918, on the Riley family farm in rural Lee County near New Chapel to the late Lester Shumpert and Bessie Riley Shumpert. She grew up in the Nettleton area and graduated from Nettleton High School. She attended the South Highland Infirmary School of Nursing in Birmingham, Ala. and became a registered nurse. She joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and saw much active duty service time as a Flight Nurse in the European Theatre. She was a full fledged red blooded American who always defended her country as part of her civic duty and responsibility. After her distinguished service in World War II, she lived in Florida for most of her adult life. She continued her formal education receiving degrees from the University of Florida, Stetson University and Florida State University, ultimately obtaining a Masters Degree in Nursing Education. After working in various Florida hospitals and several years in private duty nursing, she helped found the School of Nursing at Daytona Beach Community College and served over 25 years there retiring as Dean of Nursing. She had a stellar career in nursing that spanned over 40 years. She was originally a member of the Nettleton United Methodist Church but practiced the Catholic faith most of her adult life until retiring to Nettleton in 1992, after the death of her husband, J.D. Busenlehner, where she again became a member of the Methodist Faith. She was a world traveler, a voracious reader of quality literature and books, especially about the military and its leaders, and a beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many.
Survivors include her sister, Hilda Shumpert Bell (Col. Sam) of Nettleton; two nephews, Lt. Col. Douglas Bell (Tricia) of the United States Marine Corps. and Sam Bell (Lane) of Tupelo; three great-nephews; three great-nieces; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Pettigrew (Pat) of Nettleton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister, Hazel Shumpert Pettigrew.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Friends may e-mail condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEST POINT – Robert Earl Parson, 57, died Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Clay County Medical Center. He worked as a general mechanic.
Services were at 12 p.m. April 1 at the 2nd Baptist M.B. Church in Prairie with Rev. John Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two brothers, M.C. Parson (Annie) of Prairie and Willie Parson of Aberdeen; and two sisters, Essie Gillespie of Aberdeen and Callie White (Sammy) of Prairie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, George Parson, James Parson, Tony Curtis Parson and Larry Parson; and one sister, Katherine Shaw.
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