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Willis Booker, Oxford
Audrey Hugh Cook, Etta
Oliver Crumpton, Ashland
David Duncan, Houston
Annie Hurd, Booneville
Eddie Johnson, Aberdeen
Lula McKinney, Houston
Rex Newborn, Booneville
Eli Orr, West Point
Bonnie Ozbirn, Booneville
Arlelia Pegues, Oxford
Maye Pharr, Booneville
Christopher Shearin, Corinth
Evert Sheffield, Fulton
Oscar White, Maben
James Whitehead, Oxford

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Eddie Wayne Johnson
ABERDEEN – Eddie Wayne Johnson, 48, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was a member of Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. He was employed at BASF for the past 17 years and worked as an insurance agent.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the Aberdeen High School Gym with the Rev. Danny Gladney officiating. Burial will be in the Greater Ebernezer Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Willie Mae Johnson; three sons, Edrick Wayne Johnson, Alec Lenoir Johnson and Elliot Chancelor Johnson; his godson, Zach Barr; his mother-in-law, Jo Ann Lenoir; a special uncle, Robert Vasser; a special niece, Angela Chatman; a special cousin, Coleman Vasser.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willie D. Hodges; his mother, Ruby Hodges; and two brothers, June Vasser and Cleveland Johnson.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Willis J. Booker
OXFORD – Willis J. Booker, 69, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. A native of Lafayette County, he was a member of St. Paul CME Church. He was a retired lead maintenance man for Allegheny Airline (U.S. Air).
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hodges Funeral Home with the Rev. Lorienzer Green officiating. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Laura Banks of Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister, Jessie M. Burt of Indianapolis; four brothers, Floyd Patton of St. Louis, Mo., Gus Booker and Clarance Booker, both of Oxford, and Eddie Briggins of Indianapolis, Ind.; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Charles Booker, Freddie Booker and Clifton Booker.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arlelia Pegues
OXFORD – Arlelia Pegues, 76, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, at her home in Oxford. She was a native of Lafayette County and a member of New Hope M.B. Church. She was the mother of Save Our Children.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford. The Rev. Eric Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Edith Hilliard and Gladys Robins, both of Oxford; four sons, James Houston of Detroit, Mich., William Houston of Abbeville, Freddie Lee Houston and Daniel “Peter” Houston; two sisters, Lillie Mae Thompson of Oxford and Eugenia Jones of Batesville; 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elisha “Lil Boy” Pegues, and a grandson, Patrick Shaw.

Audrey Hugh Cook
ETTA – Audrey Hugh Cook, 68, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a retired employee of the Lafayette County Sanitation Department. He formerly worked at the Lafayette County Minnow Hatchery and the Lafayette County Road Maintenance Department. He was a member and trustee of Old Liberty Hill Pentecostal Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Old Liberty Hill Pentecostal Church in Oxford with the Rev. Robbie Long officiating. Burial will be in the Philadelphia Cemetery at Etta. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Cook of Etta; two daughters, Betty Carol of Pinedale and Sally Hudson of Oxford; two sons, Robert Mike Grose of Oxford and Phillip Grose of Etta; two sisters, Marie King of Potts Camp and Ethel Mae Cobb of New Albany; two brothers, Hubert Cook and Doss Cook, both of Potts Camp; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, David Grose and Tim Grose; three sisters, Ermarea Cook, Sue Shaw and Ruby Lee Brewer; and three brothers, Divan Cook, Thomas Cook and Tony Cook.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Old Liberty Hill Pentecostal Church.
Memorials may be made to the Old Liberty Hill Pentecostal Church, 1162 CR 251, Etta, MS 38627.

David Duncan
HOUSTON – David Lee Duncan, 52, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 15, 1954, in Chickasaw County. He worked in commercial construction. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Jim Hilderband and Bro. Dan Robertson officiating. Burial will be in Enon Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Shane Duncan (Chris) of New Richmond, Wis., and Jason Duncan (Stacy) of Bristol, Texas; four grandchildren, Beth Duncan, Emily Duncan, Naomi Duncan and Ethan Duncan; his father, Riley Duncan (Dorothy); two sisters, Debbie Griffin (Owen “Deedy”) and Nikki Harmon (Danny) of Houston; two brothers, Wayne Duncan and Scott Duncan of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Ann Harlow; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Malcomb Hollingsworth, and Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Duncan.
Pallbearers will be Pete Dexter, Hamp Hollingsworth, John Paul Cockell, Scott Duncan, Patrick Linton and Dan Walker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Oscar White
MABEN – Oscar Willis White, 85, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. He was born May 16, 1921, in Webster County. He was a retired welder and a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church in Webster County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery in Webster County.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Pittman White of Maben; two daughters, Mary Linda Barmore of Maben and Elizabeth Ann Strickland of Eupora; four sisters, Margie Trull of Eupora, Lorene Lucius of Houston, Cecil Hooper of Colfax, La., and Monette Nations of Jackson; one brother, Porter White of Eupora; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, James Oscar and John Byron White.

Christopher Shearin
CORINTH – Christopher Shearin, 77, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.

Evert O. Sheffield
FULTON – Evert Owen “E.O.” Sheffield died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at the Countrywood Plantation Assisted Living Home. He was born March 17, 1915, to the late Evert and Alma Riley Sheffield. He married the former Hazel Mann on July 3, 1939. He was a 1935 graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School and received a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Mississippi in 1939. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served as a pharmacy mate aboard the USS Pine Island during World War II. He was a pharmacist at Senter Drug Store in Fulton from 1939-1941 and later at Jones Brothers Drug Company and Triplett-Day Drug Company, both in Gulfport. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gulfport and the Scrap Iron Sunday School Class. He was a member of the Lions Club, Gulfport Yacht Club and Metropolitan Dinner Club. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing and boating.
Services were Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gary O’Neal officiating. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Southern Memorial Park Cemetery in Gulfport.
Survivors include seven nieces, Shirley Bowen and Patsy Moore (Jerry) of Fulton, Martha Morris of Gulfport, Nan Brown (Ray) of Saltillo, Judy Loden (Jerry) and Joan Dozier of Tupelo and Margaret Smith (Wayne) of Mooreville; one nephew, Johnny Mann (Beth) of Fulton; one sister-in-law, JoAnne Sheffield (Charles) of Mooreville; one brother-in-law, Owen Wilburn of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Mann Sheffield, in 1988; two sisters, Shirley Sheffield and Erdice Martin; a sister-in-law, Elaine Wilburn; a brother-in-law, John Rex Mann; three nephews, Eddie Dozier, Gordon Bowen and Norman Morris Sr.; and his parents.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund in Gulfport.

Oliver Crumpton
ASHLAND – James Oliver Crumpton, 92, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, in Ripley. He was a farmer, a law enforcement officer, a car dealer and the owner of Crumpton Auto Sales. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a former member of the Good Sam Club. He loved his family and enjoyed traveling, hunting and NASCAR.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Tommy Wilder and Bro. Steve Cohea officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Benton County.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Lillian Inez Mason Crumpton of Ashland; two daughters, Mary Ann Morton (Jerry) and Jamie Inez Crumpton of Ripley; one son, Bobby Joe Crumpton (Kay) of Ripley; seven grandchildren, Don, Scott and Mark Morton, Lisa Jeter and Haley Moffitt, all of Ripley, Monica Towner of Blue Springs and Heather Lefler of Blue Mountain; 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Wade and Maude Roach Crumpton; and one sister and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Don Morton, Scott Morton, Mark Morton, Randy Jeter, Tom Towner, Michael Moffitt, Chris Lefler, Rex Grisham and Keith Dunlap.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Eli Orr
WEST POINT – Eli Orr, 88, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Plain M.B. Church with the Rev. J.P. Orr officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Minzell Shepherd and Rosie Lee Gunn of Prairie, and Alma Brown, Mary Louise Horton and Earnestine Hall, all of West Point; four sons, Elroy Orr of St. Louis, Mo., and Robert Orr, Henry Orr and Eli Orr Jr.; one sister, Isabella McIntosh; 71 grandchildren, 140 great-grandchildren, 27 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lula McKinney
HOUSTON – Lula Mae McKinney, 57, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, at the Trace Regional Hospital in Houston.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Midway Missionary Baptist Church in Vardaman with the Rev. Willie Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Clevester McKinney; seven children, Cleveland Jones, Sarah Armstrong and Virginia Willis, all of Vardaman, Gail McKinney of Amory, Carolyn Graham of Woodland, Clevester McKinney Jr. of Houston and Danny McKinney of Beloit, Wis.; two brothers, James Thomas Jones and Tommy Ray Jones, both of Calhoun City; one sister, Dorothy Avant of Calhoun City.

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Mr. Thomas S. Williams
Fulton/Plantersville
2 p.m. Sunday
First Baptist Church
Plantersville
Visitation
4 to 6 p.m. Sunday
At the home of
Laura and Bennie Hankins
302 State Park Road
Plantersville

James Whitehead
OXFORD – James Thomas Whitehead, 79, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at Hermitage Gardens in Oxford. He was a retired convenience store owner. He was a seaman 1st class in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a life member of Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Pryor, Okla., and an active member of CARD Senior Adult Center in Pryor. He was a member of the International Order of Oddfellows, serving as Noble Grand (2003-2004) in Pryor. While living in California, he was a certified hunter safety instructor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing pool at the VFW. He was preceded in death by his wife, Florine E. Borer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. The Rev. David Bodenheimer will officiate.
Survivors include two daughters, Meri Jo Marriam of Oxford and Jeri Mill of Fort Collins, Colo.; one brother, Eugene Whitehead of Deming, N.M.; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Pryor, Okla.

Bonnie Ozbirn
BOONEVILLE – Bonnie Ray Ozbirn, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rex Newborn
BOONEVILLE – Rex Junior Newborn, 65, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Maye Pharr
BOONEVILLE – Maye Pharr, 92, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Jan. 25, 1914, in Prentiss County to Oliver Nicolas Barron and Minnie Sanders Barron. She attended school at Marietta Elementary, Thrasher and Hills Chapel High School. She was a member of the Marietta Church of Christ. She married Vardeman Pharr on Sept. 26, 1931. She and her husband owned and operated the Marietta Cafe, a fabric shop and a laundromat. They also founded the senior citizens center in Marietta, where they went every day. She was a supervisor for Brown Shoe Manufacturing for 21 years. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, cooking, shopping, and her family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Marietta Church of Christ with Minister Ronnie Livingston and Minister Tony Brown officiating. Burial will be in Zion Rest Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Harold Dean Pharr (Billie), Milton Pharr (Vonciel), Gene Pharr (Shirley) and Rickey Pharr (Tammy), all of Marietta; one daughter, Jane Cole of Booneville; one sister, Virginia Jared of Medon, Tenn.; special family, Judy Ramey, Myrtle Estes and Ruby Helton; 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vardeman, on Dec. 6, 1996; a daughter, JoAnn Shearon; two sons, Hershel Pharr and Jimmy Vaughn Pharr; her parents; and a sister, Myrtie Woods.
Pallbearers will be Hoyle Pharr, Bobby Pharr, Jerry Lee Pharr, Anthony Pharr, J.R. Pharr, David Pharr, Nathan Byrum, Dustin Raines and Blake Pounds.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Sappington, Michael Ramey, Jason Ramey, Michael Pounds, Tony Pharr and Cory Pharr.
The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to the Marietta Church of Christ, P.O. Box 96, Marietta, MS 38856.

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Mrs. Elizabeth B. “Jackie” Jones
Okolona
2 p.m. today
Lee Memorial Chapel
Lee Memorial Park
Visitation
1 p.m.-service time

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Annie Jean Hurd
BOONEVILLE – Annie Jean Hurd, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, at Longwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was a member of Pleasant Grove M.B. Church and a member of the Usher Board. She was a member of the NAACP.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. Leroy Harris officiating. Burial will be in Rienzi Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five sons, Jessie Hurd, Alvin Hurd, Fredrick Hurd (Janet) and Richard C. Hurd (Deborah), all of Booneville, and Billy R. Hurd (Diane) of Hickory, N.C.; two daughters, Regina H. Dilworth (William) of Booneville and Cathy Hurd Shelly of Corinth; one sister, Mollie Gould of Booneville; 22 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and two sisters.
Family members will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.