Obituaries, April 6, 2006

Annie Armstrong, Calhoun City
Luna Brock, Tupelo
Travis Brown, Bruce
Jake Bryan, Calhoun City
Elaine Cobb, Tupelo
Mae Dell Dixon, Trumann, Ark.
Marshall Estes, Ripley
Robert Gilstrap, Holly Springs
Rev. Ernest Lofton, West Point
Hubert Mabry, Tupelo
Bobby Mills Sr., Tupelo
Mary Munn, Red Banks
Lena Nemit, Baldwyn
A.J. Norris, Corinth
Pete Seger, New Albany
Marshall Settlemires, Walnut
Roger Skinner, Tiplersville
Nita Slater, Okolona
Alma White, Tupelo
Jimmy Wilkinson, Byhalia

Elaine Sullivan Cobb

TUPELO – Elaine Sullivan Cobb, 87, died Sunday, April 2, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Pontotoc native and the descendant of two prominent pioneer families, she was born Feb. 18, 1919, to the late James A. and Corrie Lee Cornwell Sullivan. She was a graduate of Oxford Hospital School of Nursing with a degree in nursing. She was a registered nurse working in both Mississippi and Tennessee. She was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, where she served in the church nursery for 38 years.

Services were Tuesday, April 4, 2006, in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. Burial was in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include one daughter, Janet Coleman of Pensacola, Fla.; two granddaughters, Julie Coleman of Pensacola and Heather Hixon of Jackson; two great-grandsons, Garner and Gatlin Hixon of Jackson; one sister, Dorothy Antley of Mount Dora, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; five special caregivers, Kay Edge, Sandra Bolden, Polly Hall, Dorothy Stewart and Gloria Haynes.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Nathan Cobb; a son, Nicholas Cobb; and a granddaughter, Jan Belinda Coleman.

Hubert Mabry

TUPELO – Hubert Mabry died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

A.J. Norris

CORINTH – A.J. Norris, 80, died Monday, April 3, 2006, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a member of Eastview United Pentecostal Church and a retired employee of Tyrone/Dana Corp. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed doing work for the church. He sold and delivered approximately 35,000 fried apple, peach, cherry and chocolate pies, and 30,000 peanut brittle patties between September 2000 and December 2004. All the money raised from the sales was used in the building of Jesus Name Apostolic Church in Jacinto, where he was blessed to attend special services.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Eastview United Pentecostal Church. Bro. Jacky Bullock, Bro. Wayne Isbell and Bro. Gary Isbell will officiate. Gerald Blankenship will deliver the eulogy. Burial with military honors will be at Corinth National Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Mildred Miller Morphis Norris of Corinth; three sons, Don Morphis and wife, Amanda, of Saltillo, Allen Morphis and wife, Peggy, of Booneville, and Nakia Morphis of Jackson, Tenn.; two daughters, Donna Joye Norris Whalen and husband, Bill, of Georgia, and Deloise Morphis Moore and husband, L.C., of Memphis; 20 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Troy Norris and wife, Verlene, of Booneville; one sister, Annie Mae Norris of Iuka; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Domie Norris and Gracie Davis Norris; a son, Ray Norris; three brothers, Floyd Norris, Avon Norris and Charles D. Norris; and two sisters, Rose Norris and Ola Bell Norris.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Callahan, Ben Callahan, Kyle Choate, Wayne Durham, Matthew Grissom, John Isbell, Brandon Robertson and Thomas Yeager.

Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Norris, Ricky Norris, Bennie Norris, Stanley Norris, Wayne Norris, Billy Norris, John Norris and special nephew, Steve Norris.

Visitation will begin at noon today at the church and continue Friday until service time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jesus Name Apostolic Church Building Fund, 111 E. FOURth St., Corinth, MS 38834.

Marshall Estes

RIPLEY – Marshall Simmons Estes, 58, died Monday, April 3, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was self-employed in the import-export business. He was a United States Army Ranger veteran, serving in the Vietnam War. He had an extremely big heart and was a very compassionate person with a sense of humor.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Little Hope Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Jacqueline Estes Acouetey and husband, Ferdinand, of St. Martinville, La.; two sons, Marshall Timothy Estes and Franklin Simmons Estes, both of Austin, Texas; one grandson, Caleb Acouetey of St. Martinville, La.; his mother, Thelma Simmons Estes of Andalusia, Ala.; two sisters, Carole Pegram of Ripley and Kitty Meadows of Andalusia, Ala.; three brothers, Robert B. Estes of Homestead, Fla., and John K. Estes and Joseph H. Estes, both of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Elizabeth Agent Estes; his father, Robert B. Estes; and a sister, Kay Gravette.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m.. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Friday.

Jake Bryan

CALHOUN CITY – Jake Ross Bryan, 85, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born Aug. 31, 1920, in Calhoun County to James Marion Bryan and Olivia Ross Bryan. He was a cattle farmer and a bartender. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW. He was a Mason in the Big Creek Lodge and a member of Tabernacle Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Reba Posey Bryan, on July 21, 2003.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today at the Tabernacle Cemetery in Pittsboro with the Rev. Kevin Chrestman officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Bryan of Pittsboro, Kathy Conner of Big Creek and Brenda Stiffler of Troy, Ohio; one sister, Cliffe Dale Priest of St. Petersburg, Fla.; six grandchildren, Angie Rice, Carrie Bennett, Lisa Kindle, Jacque Russell, Samantha Willis and Scott Willis; 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Pete Bardo, Marion Russell, Brad Weddle, Pate Hubbard, Harry Bryan, John Nix.

Honorary pallbearers will be Allen Wade Terry, Forrest “Popie” Poe, John Bardo and Frank Nix.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Jimmy Wilkinson

BYHALIA – Jimmy Wilkinson, 52, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at the Collierville Baptist Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. He was born Nov. 4, 1953, in Millington, Tenn. He was a factory worker for Maurey Manufacturing and a member of Heritage Apostolic Church in Holly Springs.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. G.R. Travis officiating. Burial will be in Byhalia Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra H. Wilkinson of Byhalia; his father, Jessie Acklin Wilkinson of Byhalia.

He was preceded in death by a son, Shane Wilkinson, and his mother, Martha Thompson Wilkinson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Elizabeth Munn

RED BANKS – Mary Elizabeth Munn, 90, died Monday, April 3, 2006, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. She was born March 20, 1916, in Marianna to Glenn M. Parrish and Ivy Jones Parrish. She was a homemaker, a teacher and a member of Red Banks United Methodist Church.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today at Red Banks Cemetery with Bro. Don Wilson officiating. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, George A. Goodman and wife, Judy, of Red Banks; one daughter, Nancy Goodman Mikel and husband, Rob, of Charleston, S.C.; one sister, Sarah W. Parrish of Memphis.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Judith Edwards Russel, and a brother, Charles P. Parrish.

Lena Nemit

BALDWYN – Lena Sims Nemit, 91, died Monday, April 3, 2006, at the Daniel Health Care Facility in Fulton after a long illness. She lived in Vandergrift, Pa., before moving to Baldwyn. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Tupelo. She enjoyed sewing for the public, working in her yard and babysitting for a few very special children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Andrew Nemit.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Richard Kreitenstein officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens in Baldwyn. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Ann Nemit of Baldwyn; one sister, Ruth McNeil of Louin; one brother, John Sims of Little Rock, Ark.; numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be her great-nephews, Gregg Tucker, Brad Tucker, David Jenkins, Greg Marshall, and great-grandnephew, Drew Marshall.

Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandnephews, Will Marshall and Tucker Jenkins.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Travis Brown

BRUCE – Travis Walker Brown, 87, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1919, in Chickasaw County to Harvey Duncan Brown and Mary Elizabeth Spencer Brown. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a retired logger and a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander and the Rev. John Lancaster officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery in Vardaman.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Sossaman of Tunica; two sons, Travis Dean Brown and Marvin E. Brown, both of Bruce; one sister, Hazel Logan of Houston; grandchildren, Nina Pittman and Donna Brown, both of Batesville, Dennis Austin and Bryan Austin, both of Oxford, Carolyn Austin, Janice Stacy and Chris Brown, all of Bruce, Steve Brown of Calhoun City and Erika Vanderpeau of Woodland; 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Bryan Austin, Chris Brown, Thomas Earl Goodson, Johnathan Austin and Brian Franklin.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Pete Seger

NEW ALBANY – Homer D. “Pete” Seger, 80, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born July 4, 1925, to the late Homer E. and Viola Kirk Seger. He was the farm manager for Stephens Farm, where he worked for 55 years. He served in the Military Police in the U.S. Army Air Corps and received the Air Medal and Gold Wings. He was a member of Glenfield Baptist Church and the American Legion.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Charlie Ganey officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Earline Thomas Seger; two daughters, Pat Seger Wildman of Blue Springs and Cathie Seger Goudelocke of Myrtle; one son, Homer Gary Seger of New Albany; four sisters, Leatrice Nichols of Blue Springs, Mary Alice Moody of Houlka, Linda Rutherford of Memphis and Carolyn Jackson of New Albany; one brother, Bill Seger of Roseboro, N.C.; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Snider, Walter Johnson, Allen Coltharp, Joe Bryant, Robert Raines, Hugh Stephens Jr., Roy Hall, Tom Haynes and John Little.

Annie Armstrong

CALHOUN CITY – Annie L. Armstrong, 63, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at her home. She was born Aug. 10, 1942, in Charleston, S.C. She was a retired factory worker for Calhoun Apparel and a member of Trinity Bible Baptist Church in Derma.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Vance and the Rev. Lynn Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma.

Survivors include her husband, Earl Wayne Armstrong of Calhoun City; two daughters, Angie Tallant and Glenda Mann, both of Bruce; one son, Kenneth Bowling of Bruce; two stepsons, Gerry Armstrong of Calhoun City and Kenneth Armstrong of Magee; three sisters, Juanita Lucius of Calhoun City, and Margie Willey and Cathey Mosbey, both of Neosho, Mo.; two brothers, Travis Holloway of Tupelo and James Holloway of Neosho, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Boyd Holloway; her mother, Polly Hughes Holloway; two sisters, Mildred Montgomery and Virginia Jackson; two brothers, Bobby Holloway and Arlie Holloway; and a grandchild, Joshua Tutor.

Pallbearers will be Boyd Russell, Mathew Winters, Randy Lucius, Rickey McGee, Jeff Collums and Jammie Russell.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rickey Clark and Curtis Jackson.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rev. Ernest Lofton

WEST POINT – The Rev. Ernest Lofton, 72, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was retired from the United States Air Force and the Vallejo Mare Island Shipyard in Vallejo, Calif.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in West Point with the Rev. Eugene Brandon and the Rev. Elbert Lee officiating. Burial will follow in the Veterans Cemetery in Corinth. Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Lofton of West Point; five sons, Ernest Jr., Lawrence, Gregory and Adam Lofton, all of California, and Clarence Gray of Columbus; three daughters, Letitia Lofton-Burton of California, Joan Gray-Kreitel of Columbus and Crystal Wilson-Smith of Oklahoma; 17 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; six brothers, Lee Howard, Jentle Lofton, Leroy Lofton, Joe Willie Lofton Jr. and Michael Lofton, all of California, and Elmar Lofton of Michigan; two sisters, Ella Mae Lofton of California and Delma Lofton-Estes of Ackerman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Joe Lofton and Golden Walker-Lofton; two sisters, Cheryl Lofton and Lonna Mae Lofton; and two brothers, Edward Lofton and Gene Autry Lofton.

Bobby Mills Sr.

TUPELO – Bobby Leroy Mills Sr., 68, died Monday, April 3, 2006, at his daughter's home in Aberdeen after a long illness. A native of Lee County, he was born June 13, 1937, to the late Luther Taylor and Lena Mae Vess Mills. He was employed for many years as a plumber, crane operator and welder, and had worked for JESCO Inc. Construction. He was retired from the Lee County landfill as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the Baptist church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Sammy Raper officiating.

Survivors include three children, Larry Leroy Mills of Tupelo, and Sherry Lynn Hannah, and Brenda Lee Mills and fiancŽ, Gary Walters, all of Aberdeen; four sisters, Mary Frances Hasty and Ina Mae Kelley, both of Nettleton, Shirley Rae Faust of Mooreville and Linda Sue Moore of Prescott, Ark.; three brothers, John Henry Mills of Vina, Ala., Ralph Allen Mills of Sandersonville and James Taylor Mills of Mooreville; six grandchildren, Daniel Lee Mills of Tupelo, Alisha Lynn Matthews and Melissa Matthews, both of California, Ernie Nowland III, Brian Nowland and Jonathan Colvin, all of Columbus; four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bobby Leroy Mills Jr.; and the mother of his children, Betty Lynn Mills.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Robert Gilstrap

HOLLY SPRINGS – Robert Garland Gilstrap, 74, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. He was born Jan. 6, 1932, in Salem, Ark., to the late Robert Bernie and Tressie Lafevers Gilstrap. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in business. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was an executive at Southwestern Telephone and AT&T. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Holly Springs, the Lions Club and the Telephone Pioneers. He was an avid Arkansas Razorback and St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed his family, music, poetry, nature and traveling.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Milton Boyd officiating. A private burial will follow. Holly Springs Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Nita S. Gilstrap of Byhalia; two sons, Robert H. Gilstrap of Hannibal, Mo., and Brian R. Gilstrap of Webster Grove, Mo.; one stepson, Rick Debardeleben of Memphis; two daughters, Veronica Cook and Peggy Brown, both of St. Louis; two stepdaughters, Suzanne Dunlap Brown of Holly Springs and Julie Debardeleben Cohen of Newburyport, Mass.; one brother, Bill Gilstrap of Little Rock, Ark.; one sister, Mary Morrison of Onsted, Mich.; 18 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Gilstrap, and a grandson, David Gilstrap.

Mae Dell Dixon

TRUMANN, Ark. – Mae Dell Mincy Dixon, 93, died Monday, April 3, 2006, at the Trumann Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trumann, Ark. She was born Dec. 14, 1912, in Blytheville, Ark., to the late B.T. and Artie Bullard Medley. She was a former longtime resident of the Corinth area. She was a homemaker and a member of North Main Baptist Church.

A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Corinth. Coleman Family Chapel in Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Mincy; two sons, Jerry Mincy and John Mincy; a granddaughter, Paula Mincy Moody; a grandson, Kenny Wayne Mincy; her parents; and one sister and four brothers.

Pallbearers will be John Mincy, Jim Mincy, Jeff Mincy, Jimmy Coker Jr., Wayne Harmon and Perry Heavenor.

Alma C. White

TUPELO – Alma Coleen White, 90, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at Beverly Health Care after an extended illness. A Lee County native, she was born March 11, 1916, to the late Fred and Martha Stanley White. She was homemaker and a member of the Baptist church. She enjoyed reading and playing bingo.

Services will be 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Minister Fred Webb officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Martha Robinson Monaghan and husband, Robert, of Saltillo, and Robi Gomez Gutierrez and husband, Ricardo, of Tupelo; one brother, Clarence W. White of Fayetteville, N.C.; five grandchildren, Rebecca Blalock of Saltillo, Kirk Robinson of Adamsville, Tenn., and Bernarda Jones, Teodoro “Borras” Gomez and Lupita Gomez, all of Tupelo; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Dalton White, and a son-in-law, Milton Robinson.

Pallbearers will be Johnie Whitaker, Aaron Pope, David Blalock, Chad Jones, Ricardo Gutierrez and Johnny Mac Miles.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Luna Mae Brock

TUPELO – Luna Mae Brock, 94, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at her daughter's residence in Tyrone, Ga., after an extended illness. A Tupelo resident for over 50 years, she was born May 19, 1911, to the late John and Edna Mae Davis. She was the widow of Wilburn Brock. She was a member of the Eggville Church of Christ. She will be remembered as a wonderful wife and mother, loved by many and treasured by all who knew her.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Minister Leon Willis officiating. Burial will be in Eggville Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Frances Smith, Opaline Grubbs and husband, F.T., and Louise Knight and husband, Ray; eight grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Billy Jean Brock; and a son-in-law, Charles Smith.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Marshall Settlemires

WALNUT – James Marshall Settlemires, 76, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a Pentecostal. He was a retired logger and sawmiller, and a retired bus driver and janitor for Kossuth High School. He enjoyed going to auctions, yard sales and flea markets. He was a beloved daddy, papaw, brother, uncle and friend.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Bro. Charles “Smiley” Mills will officiate, and Charlie Browning will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth Ray Settlemires and wife, Joyce, and J.L. Settlemires and wife, Patsy, all of Walnut, and Harold Settlemires and wife, Reba, of Corinth; one daughter, Carolyn Settlemires Dixon of Walnut; grandchildren, Wayne Dixon and wife, Paula, Brian Settlemires and wife, Jennifer, Tabitha Settlemires, Harold Settlemires and wife, Laura, Kevin Settlemires and wife, Jenny, Robert Settlemires and wife, Aundra, and Trent Settlemires and wife, Angie; great-grandchildren, Tiffany Settlemires, Justin Levi Settlemires, Rexston Dixon, Megan Dobbs, Cassie Settlemires, Hali Settlemires, Ruby Carol Dixon, Katie Lynn Settlemires, Brooke Settlemires, James Trenton Settlemires, Montana Isabell Settlemires, Maggie Settlemires, Connor Settlemires and Livia Isabell Settlemires; three sisters, Maedell Null, and Ruby Jones and husband, Billy Joe, all of Walnut, and Erlene Elam and husband, Leland, of Corinth; one brother-in-law, Marlin Jones and wife, Martha Lou; four sisters-in-law, Elvie Settlemires, Helen Settlemires, Carly Faye Settlemires, Maxine Settlemires; a special friend, Louise Moore; a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Ruby Isabell “Izzie” Jones Settlemires; his parents, Noah Settlemires and Maggie Follin Settlemires; five brothers, Herman, Cecil, Reb, Willard and Roy Settlemires; and three sisters, Ethel Jones, Ola Jones, Ivy Wilbanks.

Pallbearers will be Ray Elam, Jody Jones, W.C. Settlemires, Bobby Jones, Michael Settlemires and Zendell Null.

Honorary pallbearers will be Nathaniel Wilbanks, Junior Wilbanks, Junior Settlemires, Ray Settlemires, Larry Jones, Charles Jones, Weldon Settlemires and Kim Mask.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today at the church and continue Friday until service time.

Roger Skinner

TIPLERSVILLE – Roger William Skinner, 74, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at the Tippah County Hospital. He was a member of Tiplersville Baptist Church. He worked at Kimberly Clark in Memphis for 18 years. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Smyrna Cemetery at Tiplersville.

Survivors include one sister, Ruth Brooks of Walnut; four nieces, Nancy Cunningham of Ripley, and Rhonda Jones, Lynette Roberson and Dianne Perkins, all of Walnut; one brother-in-law, William Dollar of Walnut; three nephews, Randle Brooks, Ricky Brooks and Milton Dollar, all of Walnut.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert Milton and Nancy Estelle Drewery Skinner; a sister, Lucille Dollar; a brother, Hubert Skinner Jr.; and a nephew, Ronnie Brooks.

Nephews and great-nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Hubert Mabry

TUPELO – Hubert Mabry died Monday, April 3, 2006. He was born Dec. 2, 1921, in Arkansas. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. He enjoyed attending the center for the elderly and interacting with his friends and caregivers. He was a kind, loving and caring man and will be remembered as “the man with the little red wagon.”

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at N.L. Jones Funeral Chapel with Elder Willie Wilson officiating.

Survivors include his caregiver, Charles R. Bluitt; a host of friends, Angie Floyd, Evelyn Ashby, Ankeed Bluitt, Mae L. Warlick, Lannice Gillard-Dobbs, Beatrice Buchanan, Anthony Hampton, Vince Wilson, Tenna King, Viola Farr, Jane Sudduth, Janie Scott, Brent Marcy, Janice Clark, Beneta Hutcheson, Shirley Rice, Lenora Roaf, Charlie Grace, Thomas Flanagin, Louise Hoskins, Glen Westmoreland and Burl Robinson.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Nita Slater

OKOLONA – Nita Waits Slater, 77, died suddenly Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at her home in Punta Gorda, Fla. She was a longtime resident of Okolona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors Okolona Chapel. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Okolona chapel.