Jean Bailey Baecher, 79, Vardaman died March 28, 2009, at St. Francis Nursing Home in Memphis, Tenn. She was born Dec. 31, 1930, in Derma. She retired from Kellwood Co. as an inspector, and she was a member of Vardaman First Baptist Church.
Services were held Tuesday at the Pryor Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Dale Easley officiating. Burial was in the Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma.
Survivors include her daughter, Julie Tabor (Ken) of Olive Branch; her son, Eugene Baecher (Mitzi) of Vardaman; three sisters, Emma Lane Pounds of Derma and Frances Hobbs and Beatrice Caldwell, both of Hernando; two grandchildren, Lance and Nicole Baecher of Vardaman; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Monroe Bailey and Florence Bailey; her husband of 56 years, Julian Baecher; four sisters, Corene Moreland, Audia Mosley, Lucille Wood and Dorothy Terry Smith; and one brother, Dale Bailey.
Pallbearers were Lance Baecher, Ronald Caldwell, Manley Caldwell, Jimmy Hatfield and Matthew Hatfield.
Memorials may be made to Vardaman First Baptist Church.
Marvin M. “Arkansas” Robbins, 81, of Tupelo died March 29, 2009, at his residence in the Mt. Vernon community. He was born Dec. 11, 1927, in Pontotoc County to Benjamin H. and Jenny Benjamine Robbins. He was joint owner of Mt. Vernon Foam Sales Inc. and a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. He loved gardening, farming and growing flowers. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Services were held Tuesday at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Westmoreland officiating. Burial was in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of three years, Jessie Robbins of the Mt. Vernon Community; six children, Merle Ferguson (Mary) of Pontotoc, Rev. Bobby Robbins (Ann) of Guntown, Billy Joe “B.J.” Robbins (Barbara) of Baldwyn, Dale Robbins (Mitzie) of Blue Springs, Terry Robbins (Karen) of Guntown and Randle Robbins (Kelly) of Henderson, Tenn.; two stepsons, Lewis Holloway (Bridget) of Pope and Barry Sullivan of Plantersville; one sister, Alice Saxton (Travis) of El Dorado, Ark.; three brothers, James Robbins (Camill) of Pontotoc, Robert Westmoreland (Johnie Fay) of Vardaman and Novial Hollis (Cheryl) of Toccopola; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife on Feb. 1, 1999, Clara Mae Malone Robbins; and his parents.
Pallbearers were Tim Ferguson, Joey Robbins, Terry Wayne Robbins, Josh Robbins, Brian Martin, Shane Robbins, Jessie Walton, Phillip Jimenez and Bobby W. Robbins. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Simons, Nelson Addison and the deacons of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Women’s Sunday School Class of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Ivia Westmoreland, 86, of Pittsboro died March 30, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home.