James Frank “Frankie” West, 63, of Slate Springs died April 22, 2009, at his home. He was born March 3, 1946, in Slate Springs. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Slate Springs. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a double Purple Heart recipient, a member of the VFW and a member of the National Rifle Association. He was a self-employed small engine repairman.
Services were held Monday in the Pryor Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Glen Putman and Jimmy West officiating. Burial was in Moreland Cemetery near the Crossroads community.
Survivors include his wife, Duly West of Senatobia; and three sons, James Frank West Jr. of Senatobia, Barry William West and Daniel Christopher West, both of Slate Springs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Everette William West Sr. and Dollie Putman West; a sister, Emma Jean West Norwood; and a brother, Everette William West Jr.
Pallbearers were Clay Springer, Richmond Hubbard, Greg Goodwin, Justin McPhail, Wayne McPhail, Craig McPhail, Ryan Mayfield, Chessley Norwood, Joey Gregg, Carroll Gregg and Lonnie Gregg.
Memorials may be made to the Moreland Cemetery Fund.
Carolyn Murphree Backstrom
Carolyn Murphree Backstrom, 92, of Oxford died April 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a retired school teacher.
Services were held Monday at First Baptist Church of Leakesville with the Rev. Eric Smith officiating. Burial was in McLeod-Magnolia Cemetery in Leakesville. Waller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three grandchildren, John Walton Backstrom of Youngsville, La., Sidney Andrew Backstom of Oxford and David Thomas Backstrom of Gautier; two sisters, Bobbye Ayers of Leland and Doris Crumbley of Laurel; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, James Walton Backstrom, and by a sister, Mary June Murphree.
Danny Keith Stegall, 54, of Bruce died April 27, 2009, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. He was born July 12, 1954, in Bruce. He graduated from Bruce High School in 1972 and attended Northwest Community College. He worked for 30 years at Weyerhaeuser, where he was a maintenance planner. He was a member of Bruce United Methodist Church and the Antioch Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by his father, E.P. Stegall.
Services were held Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Aubrey Boren officiating. Burial was in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Jay Stegall of Grenada, Keith Stegall (Lauren) of Starkville and Rusty Stegall of Olive Branch; his mother, Maida Collins Stegall of Bruce; one grandson, Bryce Stegall; one brother, Paul Stegall of Banner; one sister, Dr. Ava Stegall of Key Largo, Fla.; a special friend, Jenny Lou Hubbard of Bruce.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Hughes, Lanny Harwell, Lynn Inman, Hal McKay, Donnie Smith and Scott Lindley.
John Henry Barnes, 95, of Bruce died April 22, 2009, at the Calhoun County Health Services Hospital in Calhoun City. He was born May 4, 1913, in Calhoun County. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired employee of the E.L. Bruce Co. and a grocery store owner. He was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, chairman of the ushers and secretary of his Sunday School class. He was a member of the Bruce Lions Club and the VFW.
Services were held Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home chapel in Bruce with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial was in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Annette B. Woodson (Jack) of Bruce; two grandchildren, Margaret Long (Trent) of Bruce and Natalie White (Kevin) of Prattville, Ala.; four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlsie Earlene Spratlin Barnes, on July 7, 2003; and his parents, Ralph Barnes and Dora Ann Morgan Barnes.
Pallbearers were Justin Ware, Tom McKelroy, Trent Long, Ralph Barnes, John Benton Long, Roy McDowell, Kevin White and Jim Cowsert. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Bruce First Baptist Men’s Sunday School Class.
Richard Allen Dixon, 55, of Eupora died April 22, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 10, 1953, in Eupora. He was a maintenance technician and a member of Bradford Chapel Baptist Church.
Services were held Saturday at Oliver Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Jon Haimes officiating. Burial was in Bradford Chapel Cemetery in Webster County.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Berryhill Dixon of Eupora; his mother, Mary Lou Dixon of Eupora; one daughter, Kim Dixon Kelley of Eupora; two sons, Richard Scott Dixon and Brent Allen Dixon, both of Eupora; one sister, Nita Bland of Baldwyn; one brother, Oliver Dixon of Eupora; and three grandchildren, Savannah Ellis, Alex Ellis and Sadie Kelley, all of Eupora.
Paul Lester Douglas, 51, of Calhoun City died April 23, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He attended Vardaman High School and served in the U.S. Army.
Services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Daniel Temple Church of God with Minister Wanda Hill officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery northwest of Big Creek.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Douglas; two daughters, Achia and Ashley Douglas; his mother, Mae Wilda Lee Holmes of Vardaman; his father, Acie Douglas and wife Dorthy of Vardaman; two sisters, Carolyn Mims and husband Sammie of Houston and Thelma Buchanan and husband Victor; six brothers, Albert Douglas and James Douglas and wife Toni, all of Tupelo, Rufus Douglas and Kenneth Douglas and wife Caranette, all of Olive Branch, Raymond Douglas and wife Paula of Ecru, and Carl Douglas of Vardaman; a sister, Glenda Rose.
Billy Frank Kendall, 46, of Vardaman died April 20, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 7, 1962, in Houston. He worked in utility management. He was a Baptist.
Services were held April 22 at Parker Memorial Funeral Home chapel in Vardaman with Bro. Jeff Gilder officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Jean Kendall of Vardaman; one daughter, Alana Howell of Jackson; one son, Billy Kyle Kendall of Malden, Mo.; one sister, Lisa Kendall of Vardaman; one brother, Michael Kendall (Kimberly) of Vardaman; four grandchildren, Michael Gage Hill, Seth Raine Hill, Hayden Blake Kendall and Lillian Morrow; and two special nephews, Kyle Kendall and Forrest Kendall.
Pallbearers were David Marshall, Junior Vanlandingham, David Gene Walters, Ken Walters, Randy Bush, Ronald Jordan, David Bush and Aubrey “Bubba” Criddle.
Honorary pallbearers were Marty Criddle, Bobby Joe Hardin, Jim Massey, Thomas Roy Parker, Adam Huffman, Jordan Mahan, Jonathon Haire and John Odum.
Mary Lou McKinney
Mary Lou McKinney, 81, of Houston died April 18, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born June 13, 1927, in Vardaman.
Services were held Saturday at Midway Missionary Baptist Church in Vardaman with the Rev. Willie B. Lairy officiating. Burial will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Bueford McKinney of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Willie McKinney of Enfield, Conn.; three daughters, Alma Wilder of Fort Wayne, Ind., Josephine Myles of Collierville, Tenn., and Ethel Jones of Houston; four brothers, Bobby McKinney of Fort Wayne, Ind., Elbert McKinney of Saginaw, Mich., James Al McKinney and Charles McKinney, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 21 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie J. Lynn McKinney; her parents, Elbert McKinney Sr. and Ella Mae Glaspie McKinney; two sons, James McKinney and Larry McKinney; three sisters, Clytee McKinney, Fairy McKinney and Claudia McKinney; and two brothers, Ester Lee McKinney and Willie Eugene McKinney.
Elsie Cook Parker, 85, died April 20, 2009, at her residence in Bruce. She was born in Chickasaw County to Vass and Ella Cook. She was a member of West Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Houlka, where she served on the Home Committee. She loved to cook, watch T.V., listen to gospel music, and eat fish and watermelon. She was the widow of Willie Parker.
Services were held Saturday at West Grove M.B. Church in Houlka. The Rev. Clinton Knox will officiate. Burial was in East County Line Cemetery in Houlka. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Varie (Charles) Bailey and Judy Parker, all of Bruce; four sons, Willie David Parker, Timmie (Shenetha) Parker and Edward (Carolyn) Parker, all of Bruce, and Wade (Lynn) Parker of Coffeeville; a granddaughter she raised as a daughter, Unque Parker of Bruce; three sisters, Jennie Cook and Doretha Crowley, both of Nashville, Tenn., and Sue Craighead of Chicago; 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
David Earl amp”Crockamp” Walls, 54, of Calhoun City died April 28, 2009 at Calhoun Health Services. Born June 13, 1954, in Vardaman to Colon Durell and Tillie Lorene Dye Walls, he was disabled and a member of New Liberty Baptist Church.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at New Liberty Baptist Church with the Revs. Dale Easley and Jeff Harmon officiating. The body will lie instate at the church one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Griffin Walls of Calhoun City; three daughters, Tonya Blount of Bruce, Sherry Walls and Kathy Griffin and husband Jonathan, all of Calhoun City; four sisters, Peggy Hood and Gail Gore and husband Johnny, all of Vardaman, Annette Vanlandingham and husband Nelson of Bruce, and Reva Martin and husband Larry of Houston; four grandchildren, Kala Blount, Justin Blount, Braxton Griffin and Jase Griffin.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenny Walls, J.D. Walls and Mike Walls.
Pallbearers were his nephews. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Dye, James Foster, Chester Ray Dye, Billy Walls and Junior Lee Walls.
Jane White, 73, of Mantachie died April 24, 2009, at the Community Hospice Darlington Oaks in Verona. She was born Oct. 20, 1935, in Bruce to Curtis and Ivy Sims Williams. She grew up in Clarksdale but lived a number of years in Toccpola, Water Valley and Marks. She was a graduate of Clarksdale High School and attended nursing school in Memphis, Tenn. She managed the Ramada Inn in Oxford for a number of years and worked in administration at the Quitman County Hospital in Marks, where she later retired. She was a member of Sylvarena Baptist Church in Water Valley. She was the widow of the late Kelsie Reed White, who preceded her in death on March 17, 1996. She was briefly a resident of Mantachie, where she had moved to be near her daughters.
All services will be private.
Survivors include three daughters, Kim White of Clarksdale and Deborah Bentley and Brandi White McCleese (Benjamin), all of Mantachie; one sister, Faye Ellen McCloud of Kalamazoo, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Alicia McGinnis and Kelly McGinnis, both of Hernando, Heather Bentley of Clarksdale, Ryan Bentley of Mooreville, and Allissa McCleese, Mary-Scott McCleese and Reed McCleese, all of Mantachie; and four great-grandchildren, Alli McGinnis, Hunter Grant Bentley, Kylie McGinnis and Jacie McGinnis.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and one great-granddaughter, Kaia Lane Weatherly.
Geraldine Green of Houston died April 23, 2009, in the Floy Dyer Nursing Home.
Services were held at Midway Missionary Baptist Church in Vardaman. The Rev. Glendon Ball officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.