NETTLETON – John Paul Best, 62, died Thursday, Aug

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Clarice Knight
SALTILLO – Clarice Knight, 100, died Thursday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2012, at her home in the Mitchell Center after suffering a stroke on Thursday morning. She was born Aug. 27, 1911, making her 11 days shy of being 101 years old. Her parents were the late Talmadge and Lena Jones Elder.
She married Eugene E. Knight on March 12, 1932, and was his best friend and devoted wife until his death on April 11, 2005. Both were members of Euclatubba Baptist Church.
Family and friend enjoyed her dry sense of humor and her remembrance of life during the Great Depression. She also loved to tell about her and Mr. Gene’s travels and their life together.
Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with the Rev. Tim Green of Saltillo officiating with burial in the Saltillo Cemetery.
She is survived by a brother-in-law, Harry Knight of Houston, Texas; a nephew, Raymond Knight of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a niece, Linda Scofield of Alpharetta, Ga.; honorary family members, Barbara Crossley and Cassie Swoope, both of Tupelo, Pat Peach and Nelson Hill, both of Saltillo; her pride and joy, Corbin Wayne Swoope; and a host of loving and loyal caregivers.
She is preceded in death by her husband and their infant son; her parents; and her brother, Clyde Elder of Saltillo.
Pallbearers are Craig Seay, Ben Seay, Field Swoope, Bob Cooley, Nelson Hill and Gene Spearman.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home.

John Best
NETTLETON – John Paul Best, 62, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born on July 23, 1950, in Oakman, Ala., to Paul and Dorothy Jean Burleson Best. Formerly of Illinois, he had lived in Nettleton and Saltillo for the past 20 years. He was a retired construction contractor. He enjoyed being with his pets and working in his yard.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating.
Survivors include a special friend, Jackie May of Saltillo; his mother, Dorothy Jean Burleson Best of Nettleton; one daughter, Lisa Best of Round Lake, Ill.; four sisters, Shirley Emler (Buddy) and Doris Foster (Jim), both of Nettleton, Sue Monger of Austin, Texas, and Debbye Wagner (Todd) of Saltillo; six brothers, Glenn Best and Dan Best (Debbie), both of Saltillo, Gary Best, Randy Best and Timmy Best (Kim), all of Nettleton and Mike Best (Susan) of Brewer; and one granddaughter, Whitney Best.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Best; one daughter, Sherry Lynn Best; one sister-in-law, Patti Best; and one nephew, Cary Thomason
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Monday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and leave condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Claudie Mae Moore
BELDEN – Claudie Mae Moore, 73, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at her home in Belden. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Lura Gunter
KOSCIUSKO – Lura Carolyn Gunter, 95, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. She was born May 14, 1917, to David Monroe Eubanks and Lura Vashti Thomas Eubanks in Purvis in Lamar County. She was a lifelong resident of Mississippi. She was a member of Harvest Point Baptist Church in Kosciusko. After graduating from Blue Mountain and Hillman College, she worked for and retired from the Mississippi Welfare Department as a social worker for approximately 20 years. Over those years, she developed a personal relationship of trust with many people and loved dealing and helping with their personal needs. No one loved the “Word of God” as much as she and she was continually interceding in prayer for her family, friends, community and country, not to exclude worldwide missions and missionaries.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Jordan Funeral Home Chapel in Kosciusko with Bro. James Gordon officiating. Graveside services will be held in Sallis Cemetery.
She survived by her five sons, Clarence M. Gunter of Garland, Texas, David F. Gunter, DVM, (Trudy Hansford Gunter) of Vicksburg, Charles S. “Sam” (Cindy Jennings Gunter) of Edwards, Mo., James T. “Jim” (Jamie Wood Gunter) of Tupelo and S. Lamar Gunter (Debby McRae Gunter) of Meridian; 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; one niece, Marian Frances Dodd Gilliland (Dr. Robert N. Gilliland); and one nephew, David Eubanks Dodd (Pat Turnipseed Dodd).
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Helen Eubanks, Rosemary Dodd, David Eubanks and Sarah Eugenia Eubanks; and a daughter-in-law, Elsie Mangum Gunter.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Honorary pallbearers will be her nieces, Marian Frances Gilliland and Pat Dodd; her nephews, Dr. Robert N. Gilliland and David E. Dodd; her son’s cousin, Claude J. Gunter; and her special friends, Tommy Burdine, Billie Vowell, Donna Snuggs and Willetta Campbell.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Jordan Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity or church of your choice.

Margaret Ledbetter
NEW ALBANY – Margaret Rutherford Ledbetter, 88, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at her home. She was born Feb. 19, 1924, in Tippah County to William Scott and Angie Perkins Rutherford. She was a homemaker and enjoyed restoring furniture and antiques. She loved her animals, especially horses. She was a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service in New Albany with the Rev. Dan Hazen and the Rev. Roger Browning officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, J.L. Ledbetter Jr.; her daughter, Kathy Ledbetter Dickson (Gene) of Southaven; a sister-in-law, Twilla Rutherford of Blue Mountain; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Thomas Perry Rutherford, Willis “Dick” Rutherford and Billy Scott Rutherford.
Pallbearers will be Cecil Pannell, Mike McCord, Jerry Stevens, Bobby Thompson and James Randle. Honorary pallbearers James Staten, Edwin Dees, Bill New, Melvin Warrington, Curtis Frazier, Glen Duckworth, Glen Barkley and John Childers.
The family requests that memorials be made to Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Ann Staten, 1068 C.R. 139, New Albany, MS 38652.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Helen Fears
GOLDEN – Helen Fears died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Golden. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.

William Craig
LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. – William Keith Craig, 24, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. He was born Feb. 24, 1988, in Greenville. He was a pipeliner and a mechanic, and a member of Sherman Baptist Church in Sherman.
He is survived by his father, Brian Craig (Bridgett) of Lake Village, Ark.; his mother, Mary Craig of Blue Springs; a brother, Elijah Craig of Lake Village; three sisters, Aaron Craig of Miami, Fla., Katlin Craig of Tupelo and Samantha Craig of Lake Village; his grandfather, Leroy Craig of Lake Village; and grandmother, Edath McDowell of Sherman.
Memorial services will be held at a later time. Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village, Ark., is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Region 4 Mental Health Services in Corinth.

Doris Haughton
CASON – Doris Faye Haughton, 79, died on Friday, Aug 17, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born on May 29, 1933, in Lee County, she was the daughter of the late Barney B. and Cletus Hall Oswalt. She married James W. Haughton Sr. in 1955.
She grew up in the Cason community and attended Bigbee School. She was a member of Cason Baptist Church, attending services on a regular basis until her health began to fail. Through the years, she remained completely devoted to God. Being very family oriented, she cherished every moment she spent with them, and was very well known within her family for her famous tea cakes.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Sammy Hardin and Bro. Chuck Moffett officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, James Haughton Jr. (Ocie Mae) of Cason; grandchildren, Kathy Houes of Cason, Angie (Ronnie) Cline of Jonesboro, Ark., Jamie Steinke (Charles) of Amory and Chad Haughton of Cason; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Brad, Brandon and Tyler Cline, Brandon Steinke and Chad Haughton and Austin Causey. Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony and Nathan Gray.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Amanda Odom
CHESTERVILLE – Amanda King Odom, 24, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. A native and lifelong residence of the Chesterville community, she was born Dec. 19, 1987, to Henry H. King Jr. and Carey Ann Crane King. She had worked for the Hilton Garden Inn as a housekeeping supervisor and for a short time for Block Inc. She doted on her son and loved spending time with her family and friends. Known to everyone as an outdoors enthusiast, she especially enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. She was a member of Chesterville Calvary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Wesley Stephens and the Rev. Ray Hall officiating. Burial will be in Chesterville Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Jason Hunter Odom of the home; her father, Henry H. King Jr. (Lisa) of Lake Mohawk; her mother, Carey Crane King (James Warren) of Chesterville; one brother, Jonathan King (Lindsay Wheeler) of the Furrs community; one sister, Brittany King (Jeremy Kyle) of Chesterville; and grandparents, William Nunan and Mary Ann Crane of Chesterville.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Henry H. “Hershol” King Sr. and Doyce W. King.
Pallbearers will be Randy Towery, Matt Towery, Dan Crane, Jeremy Kelly, Jason Davis, John Stewart and Randle Towery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Leigh Soper, Terri Spurgeon, Carolyn Aurre, Amy Ivy, Trisha Watson, Hannah Davis, Tiffany Towery and Cole Bolin.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Lynn Simmons
PONTOTOC – Lynn Simmons, 74, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 25, 1938, in Algoma to Joseph Edgar and Lottie Opal Bell Simmons. He was a Christian and a member of West Heights Baptist Church of Pontotoc. He was always a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved the outdoors, always enjoying fishing, hunting and playing golf. He was a member of the Cat Branch Hunting Club. He worked at Ramp&W United Furniture of Okolona as a manager.
A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel of Pontotoc with Bro. Roger Shock officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Simmons; one son, Terry Simmons (Annice); one grandson, Eric Simmons (Leah); one sister, Iris Morrison; one brother, D.R. Simmons (Norma); two sisters-in-law, Peggy Simmons and Shirley Simmons; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Edgar and Lottie Simmons; three brothers, Donald Simmons, Robbie Hue Simmons and Roger Simmons.
Pallbearers will be Keith Williams, Ronnie Leggett, Ricky Simmons, David Simmons, Jeff Simmons, Randy Simmons and Chris Simmons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to service time Monday.

Leland Keenum
PONTOTOC – Leland Keenum died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at Graceland Nursing Home in Pontotoc. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. David Westmoreland will officiate. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Charles Keenum; one sister, Mamie Hodges; and three stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, U.V. Whitehead; one stepson; his father, Charlie Russell Keenum; his mother, Emmer Sue Hancock Keenum; brothers, George Keenum, John Albert Keenum and a baby boy at birth; and sisters, Estelle Pannell, Mary Rush Joshlen and Nell Crumpton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Ella Traylor
VERONA – Ella Clay Traylor passed away Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at Gentiva Home Hospice in Amory. She was a member of Second Baptist M.B. Church in Verona. A former employee of Charm Step Company in Fulton, she was employed with several restaurants and factories in the area over the years. She had a passion for family especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing softball and playing cards.
Her life celebration service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Stone officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery in Fulton. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Willie Clay and Betty Smith Clay; three children, Darlene Grice Jones, Perry C. Clay and Nadine Clay Copeland; and one sister, Catherine Lawhore.
She is survived by one son, Clifford (Sandra) Clay of Albuquerque, N.M.; one uncle, Collis “Doc” (Gwen) Ewing of Tupelo; one sister, Callie Mae Dainel of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Shane Grice of Atlanta, Ga., Brandi Clay of Tupelo, Brittany Jones of Atlanta, Shaunta Copeland and Preston Copeland, both of Tupelo, Shanikka William Clay of Shannon and Kenneth Farr of Pontotoc; her son-in-law; 11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Monday.
Online condolences can be made to the Traylor/Clay family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Julie Buford
RED BAY, Ala. – Julie Ann Monroe Buford, 38, of Arlington, Texas, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Texas. She was the daughter of Dave and Bonnie Robison of Red Bay, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.

J.T. Holland
TREMONT – J.T. Holland, 85, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay. The body will lie in repose from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Shery Wilson
BELMONT – Shery Credille Wilson, 62, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Fairview Holy Church of Christ in Belmont. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the church.

Jettie Burcham
SKYLINE – Jettie Burcham, 89, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

John Crestman
SMITHVILLE – John Crestman, 58, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at University Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Jean Sichi
OXFORD – Jean Truly Sichi, 92, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
A visitation period will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

Milford Posey
OXFORD – Milford Wendell Posey, 50, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

Jimmie Brown
IUKA – Jimmie Brown, 83, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Fairmount, Ind. She was raised in the Oldham community. She was a member of Iuka Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed working with beads, making jewelry and crocheting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Shandy Dill officiating. Burial will be in Snowdown Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Chris Brown (Pat) of Iuka; three daughters, Charlotte Ann Brown (Bob) of Portland, Ind., Rhonda Gretillat (Arno “Red”) of Marion, Ind., and Peggy Rodabaugh (Raymond) of Fairmont, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and special friends, James “Red” Thornton, Suzanne Van and Allison Woodruff.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Junior Brown; her parents, James and Etta Crouse; and a grandchild, Jimmy.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association at www.lung.org or to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.