PLANTERSVILLE – Shelia Ruff Nichols died Monday, April 12, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 2, 1960, in Lee County to the late Aaron McIntire and Susie Little. She attended Shannon High School. She joined New Bethel M.B. Church at an early age. She later joined Jerusalem M.B. Church, but attended Mt. Zion M.B. Church with her husband. She was an employee of Arvin Industries in Verona for 11 years, Vita Foam in Tupelo for 14 years and Total Health for a brief time. She was a fun-loving and happy person, active in the church and in the Ministers Wives Auxiliary of the Springhill District M.B. Association. She enjoyed playing softball, playing with Superior Products women's softball team for years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in Verona with the Rev. Dr. R.V. Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Jerusalem M.B. Church Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 19 1/2 years, the Rev. Donnell Nichols; four daughters, Shavonne Collier and husband, Paul, and Nikki Montgomery and husband, James, all of Tupelo, and Andrea Nichols and Danyelle Nichols of Plantersville; four granddaughters, Keyaira, Alexis “Pooh Pooh,” Adrianna and Amyah; a sister, Ellen Rhodes of Kansas City; a special aunt who was like a mother to her, Valeria Bramlett of Plantersville; a special cousin, Latoya Bramlett; two uncles, Clarence Partlow of Plantersville and Johnny Ruff of Chicago; her mother-in-law, Myrtle Nichols Westmoreland; her father-in-law, Butch Westmoreland; three sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; a goddaughter, Dana Lawrence of Nettleton; three special friends, Cynthia Birmingham, Mary Coleman and Lucy Horton; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents; and two uncles, Ricky Sykes and Charles Logan.
The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. today.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Allie J. Batts Beck, 84, died Friday, April 9, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Everett's Chapel M.B. Church in Michigan City and the Eastern Star.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Greenwood M.B. Church in Lamar with the Rev. Ronnie Franklin officiating. Burial will be in the Beck Family Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six daughters, Margie Hampton and Allie Toran of Memphis, Freddie Mae Page of Holly Springs, Linda Washington of Washington D.C., and Vera Beck and Evea Denice Beck of Hattiesburg; four sons, Otho Washington, George Washington and Charles Washington, all of Memphis, and William Beck Jr. of Holly Springs; two brothers, Willie Lee Batts of Ashland and Tommie Batts of Sacramento, Calif.; 25 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Beck Sr.; a son, Hosie Washington; three sisters, Lazine Williams, Earline Howery and Mary Earl; and two brothers, J.C. Batts and Grady Batts.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10:30 to 11:25 a.m. Sunday at the church. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.
OXFORD – John Lee Davis, 72, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a resident of the State Veterans Home in Oxford and a former resident of Holly Springs. He was a retired construction worker for Stewart Lumber Company and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Holly Springs, where he was a member of the United Methodist Men.
Services will be at noon Monday at Asbury United Methodist Church with the Rev. J. Michael Culbreth officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Effie Washington of Matteson, Ill., and Geraldine Witherspoon of Detroit, Mich.
MERIDIAN – Barbara “Bobbie” Orr, 57, died Thursday, April 15, 2004, at Rush Memorial Hospital in Meridian. She was born April 10, 1947, in Choctaw County. She was a respiratory therapist at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jackson and a Baptist.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with the Rev. J.B. Rowe officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Choctaw County.
Survivors include her mother, Mable Orr, and her father, Charlie Edwin Orr, of Meridian; a son, Lee Burt of Booneville; a sister, Carol Ann Saget of Laurel.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
SULLIGENT, Ala. – Willie T. “Bill” Comer, 84, died Thursday, April 17, 2004, in Tupelo. He was born March 18, 1920, in Lamar County, Ala., to the late Albert and Maude Moore Comer. He was a former bank security guard, a member of Mulberry Springs Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent with Bro. Glenn Boman officiating. Burial will be in Wofford Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Julia Comer of Winfield, Ala.; three sons, Charles Comer Sr. and wife, Melinda, and Jerry Comer and wife, Barbara, all of Sulligent, and Roger Comer and wife, Pam, of Sardis; a daughter, Bonnie Jean Rogers and husband, Fay, of Como; a stepson, Jim Waddell and wife, June, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Carol Ann Holley and husband, David, of Crum, Texas; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
VERNON, Ala. – Middleton “Mid” Cantrell, 92, died Thursday, April 15, 2004, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was born Oct. 11, 1911, in Lamar County, Ala., to the late Andrew and Lena Cantrell. He was a farmer and a Pentecostal.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent, Ala., with Bro. Robert Faulk officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in the Bartahatchie community.
Survivors include a stepson, James Earl Sullivan Sr. of Louisville; three brothers, Calman Cantrell of Gattman, Lois Cantrell of Hamilton and Clem Cantrell of Fort McCoy, Fla.; a sister, Jettie Williams of Nettleton; four stepgrandchildren, 16 stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Lena Cantrell; his wife, Clara Mae Hamlett Cantrell; three sisters, Annie Laura Reeves, Betty Lee and Hazel Cantrell; a brother, Fred Cantrell and Jessie Cantrell; and a stepgreat-grandchild, Nathan Tate.
Edward Earl Watts
GOLDEN – Edward Earl Watts, 63, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in Fulton. He was born Aug. 1, 1940, in Itawamba County to the late Jessie and Letha Crouse Watts. He was a truck driver and a member of the Church of God.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Eulon Pruitt and Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Snowdown Cemetery in Iuka.
Survivors include his wife, Audrey M. Watts of Golden; three daughters, Shelia Davidson, Sherry Anderson and husband, Mark, and Leatha Watts and friend, Dale, all of Rock Island, Ill.; six sisters, Louise Cromeans of Fulton, Quinnie Johnson and husband, Earnest, of Fulton, Billie Pharr and husband, Harold, of Marietta, Bobbie Jones, and Shirley Dayenian and husband, Paul, all of Zion, Ill.; and Betty South and husband, Omer, of Muskogee, Okla.; two brothers, Leroy Watts and wife, Mary, of Golden, and Clayton Watts and wife, Louise, of Mesa, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
He as preceded in death by a wife, Sarah Watts, in 1981; his parents; two sons, James and Gary Watts; a brother, James Thomas Watts; and a brother-in-law, Marvin Cromeans.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Wheeler, Eudy Perez, Garcia Salvador, Jackie Johnson, Micah Funderburk, Jeremy Funderburk and Oneal Funderburk.
BOONEVILLE – Irene Petty, 86, died Thursday, April 15, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after a long illness. She was a retired factory worker and a member of the East Booneville Pentecostal Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville with Bro. Jeff Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Mize and husband, Clifton, of Booneville; a sister, Winnie Blurton and husband, Bob, of Memphis; two brothers, Ewing Rosson and wife, Betty, of Bells, Tenn., and Billy Rosson and wife, Viola, of Calhoun, Ga.; four grandchildren, Sharron Mize, Craig Mize and wife, Pennie, Teresa Petty and Ricky Petty; six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Charles Petty.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
SALTILLO – Marvin L. Brock, 91, died Friday, April 16, 2004, at the Cedars Health Care Facility in Tupelo after a long illness. He was a retired brick mason and a member of the Mayfield Church of Christ. He was a SeaBee in the U.S. Navy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Lott officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Hazel Herring Brock of Saltillo; three grandchildren, Terry Brock Coggin, Rusty Brock and Steve Brock; three great-grandchildren, Jennifer Coggin, Scott Coggin and Matthew Brock; two great-great-grandchildren, Mikayla Coggin and Alexzandra Coggin; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ella Brock; a son, J.W. Brock; his daughter-in-law, Darlene Brock; and four sisters and one brother.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.
DETROIT, Mich. – Tommie Lee James Sr., 71, died April 10, 2004, at Mt. Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit, Mich. He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and was honorably discharged as a master sergeant. He taught ROTC in the Detroit Public Schools. He worked for U.S. Post Office for more than 28 years. He was a 33rd degree Mason and a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Detroit.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Olivet M.B. Church with the Rev. Willie Orr officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mattie James of Detroit; a son, Tommie Jr. and wife, Brenda; a granddaughter, Angelique; seven brothers, George Jr., Sidney, Raymond and wife, Elaine, Earl and wife, Cassie, Garfield and wife, Pat, Sylvester and wife, Mary, and Willie Earl; three sisters, Celeste, Lucille and husband, Doug, and Marie.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.