CEDAR HILL – Nellie Hunter Basden, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born July 18, 1925, to W.K. and Lillian Hunter. She was a lifelong resident of the Cedar Hill community in Lee County and a member of the First Baptist Church of Saltillo. She was retired from the Lee County Extension Service, where she worked with the senior citizen program.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Saltillo with Dr. Juston Gates officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Gardens. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Billie Nell McFerrin (Barry) of Mantachie; two sons, Dennis Hunter Basden (Kay) of Brandon and Carl William Basden (Sharia) of Birmingham, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Camille Basden Griffith (Michael) of Brandon, Dennis Matthew Basden of Brandon, Lauren Basden Trawick (Jonathan) of Birmingham, Melissa Jo McFerrin of Mantachie, DeAnna Basden Hammond (Andy) of Fort Worth, Texas, Allyson Jan Basden of Birmingham, and William Hunter Basden of Birmingham; five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Purvis Basden.
Pallbearers will be Murray Basden, Will Basden, Jerry Clark, Andy Hammond, Larry Dean Hutcheson and Jonathan Trawick.
Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to service time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801; or to the American Heart Association.
William “Jr.” Doles
CORINTH – William “Jr.” Doles, 75, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at West Corinth Tabernacle Church with Bro. Merl Dixon and Bro. Tim Dixon officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Hight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Norma Sue Doles, whom he married Aug. 30, 1958; sons, Gary and wife, Connie, of Corinth, Terry and wife, Christy, of Corinth, John and wife, Kim, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Joe and wife, Kerri, of Olive Branch; daughters, Freida Wilkinson and husband, Sam, of Hattiesburg, and Janet James and husband, Johnny, of Corinth; brothers, Delain Doles and wife, Robbie, of Corinth, and Ricky Doles and wife, Michelle, of Iowa; sister, Barbara Ann Bivens and husband, Jerry, of Parson, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a host of nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Doles, and his mother, Ivy Mae Doles.
TISHOMINGO – Raymond Yarbrough died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
TUPELO – Cassidy Adams died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at his home. He was born Feb. 12, 1930, to Jim and Addie Adams. He was a 1949 graduate of Carver High School and a 1953 graduate of Alcorn State University. After college, he served in the U.S. Army. He was a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York City. He worked as chief cook on Amtrak Railroad for 40 years. He was a lifetime member of the Henry Hampton Elks Lodge 782 and a member of Omega Phi Fraternity for 60 years. He was a member of New Zion Baptist Church of Saltillo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Spring Hill M.B. Church in Tupelo. Pastor Clarence E. Smith will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Jewel Woods Adams; one daughter, Mearion (Clarence) Smith; two granddaughters, Amelia L. Smith and ClaRencia M. Smith; two sisters, Eula Adams Brame and Marie Adams; one brother, Cornelius (Faye) Adams; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jimmy Adams and Herman Adams; and two sisters, Canary Croft and Mel Hayes.
The body will lie in state at Spring Hill M.B. Church one hour prior to service time.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
HOUSTON – James Larry Rea, 61, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham. He was born Jan. 22, 1948, in Aberdeen to Louria O’Neal Rea and Mildred Earline Brown Rea. He was a retired road construction worker. He attended the Fairview Church of God of Prophecy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Hamilton Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. Billy Adams, the Rev. Sherman Adams and the Rev. Wayne Thorn officiating. Burial will follow at McDuffie Cemetery in Hamilton. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Mildred Earline Rea of Houston; his daughter, Tammy Rivers (Jim) of Thomson, Ga.; his son, Juston Rea (Mary Jon) of Houston; his sisters, Patricia Winter Eubank (Kye) of Houston, Gail Johnson (Dennis) of Warrenton, Ga., and Charlotte Adams (Billy) of Macon, Ga.; his brother, Wayne Rea (Joyce) of Houston; his grandchildren, Cassidy Rea, Kristin Rivers and Austin Rivers; the mother of his children, Barbara Kilgo Rea; and his companion, Carrie Alice.
He was preceded in death by his father, Louria O’Neal Rea, and his brother, Louria Rea Jr.
Pallbearers will be Louie Rea, Seth Adams, Austin Rivers, Brian Winter, Dewayne Winter, Caleb Adams, Chad Johnson and Clint Johnson. Ken Gann will be an honorary pallbearer.
The body will lie in state at the Hamilton Church of God of Prophecy from noon to service time today.
Friends and family may sign the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
GURDON, Ark. – Shirley Rae Shell Baumgardner, 70, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at Prescott Manor Nursing Home, in Prescott, Ark., where she had lived for the past seven years. She was born Nov. 24, 1939, in Big Creek, Ark., (near Malvern, Ark.) to Clyde Shell and Zola Cunningham Shell Etue. She was the former manager of the Sonic Drive-In on Main Street in Gurdon. A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and faithful friend, she will be greatly missed and will live in the hearts of family and friends forever.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Welch Funeral Home in Arkadelphia, Ark., with Revs. John Graham and Lloyd Baumgardner officiating. Burial will follow at Big Creek Cemetery in Malvern, Ark.
She is survived by two sons, Gaylon Baumgardner and wife, Jill, of Jackson, and Kerry Baumgardner and wife, Bea, of Okolona; four daughters, Jackie Lunsford and husband, Daryl, of Gurdon, Ark., Nancy (Sissy) Marion of Little Rock, Ark., Vickie Jennings and son-in-law, Robert Young, of Arkadelphia, Ark., and DeeAnn Flowers and husband, Gary, of Okolona; 13 grandchildren, January Shultz and husband, Kyle, Christie Hunt and husband, Jason, Trish Hammerly and husband, Justin, Justin Baumgardner and wife, Jennifer, Josh Baumgardner, Sean Hughes and wife, Jennifer, Kris Lunsford, Carlena Lunsford, Hannah Marion and husband, Kenny, Jay Marion, Brandon Jennings, Nikki Jennings and Lee Flowers; 16 great-grandchildren, Weston Schultz, Haven Hunt, Christopher and Riley Hammerly, Heather, Deven and Page Hughes, Debbie Walker, Maddison and Noah Hookfin, Dominic and Natalie Jennings, Mia Woodley, Dontae Anderson, Naudia Caldwell and Carlia Anderson; stepmother, Mary Etue of Zachary, La.; half brother, Dean Etue and wife, Penny, of Baton Rouge, La.; stepbrother, Milo Webber and wife, Lori, of Corvallis, Ore.; two stepsisters, Connie Bird of Zachary, La., and Janna Rae Rhadus and husband, Richard, of Livingston, La.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Zola; infant twin sons of Clyde and Zola; stepfather, Alvin Etue; half sister, Linda Etue Knipper; brother, Kenneth Shell; sister, Marie Hightower; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Welch Funeral Home in Arkadelphia, Ark.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 7509 Cantrell Road, Suite 100, Little Rock, AR 72207.
Visit www.welchfh.net to sign the online guestbook and view the video tribute.
SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Jeane Barnette, 74, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at her home. She was born Dec. 31, 1934. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Heritage Center Board and the Eastern Star.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rudder Funeral Home in Scottsboro, Ala., with Jason Allen officiating. Burial will be in Pinehaven Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two sons, William Russ (Georgetta) Barnette of Jasper, Ala., and James Duncan (Pamela) Barnette of Scottsboro, Ala.; her mother, Nixola Joyce Collier Duncan; her grandchildren, Cassidy and Hayes Barnette of Jasper, Ala., and Wayne Fowler and Corky Beth Hood, both of Scottsboro, Ala.; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Anne (Earl) Sturdivant and Bobi (Darrell) Petters, both of Aberdeen; several nieces, aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Jasper Duncan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
SENATOBIA – Chad Williams, 84, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at his residence in Senatobia after a long illness. He retired after 33 years of teaching science at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a former Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 77. He was a member of the Senatobia Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Senatobia Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery. Pate-Jones Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Reba Williams of Senatobia; his daughters, Jo Ann Coleman of Raymond, Martha Mills of Batesville, Mary Lee Sturgeon of Hernando and Amy Curtis of Germantown, Tenn.; his son, Claude Williams Jr. of Tupelo; his sister, Ruby Ellen Magers of Tupelo; his brother, Marcus Dean Williams of Batesville; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, John Lee Williams.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be sent to the C. Chad Williams Scholarship Fund at Northwest Mississippi Community College or the Senatobia Church of Christ.
Annie Irene Mims
WEST POINT – Annie Irene Mims, 94, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at the Aurora Australis Lodge in Columbus. She was born Dec. 5, 1915, in Chickasaw County to Gracie May Haddley and Will E. Jones. She worked at United Technology in Columbus, but had worked with Knickerbocker Manufacturing as a packer for shipping. She was a member of Friendship Baptist in Columbus. Her husband Charlie Ross Mims preceded her in death.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Bro. David Westmoreland officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include one daughter, Corrinne Ham of Whitkers, N.C.; two sons, J.C. Mims of Columbus and Bobby Joe Mims of Engleside, Texas; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Mary Catherine Perry of Columbus; a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Ross Mims; two daughters, Margaret Foster and Garcie Varner; a son, Charlie Mims Jr.; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be James Aubry Foster, Harold Ham, Doug Mims, Ross Mims, Gregg Mims, Ricky Hill and William Knowles.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Beulah Elizabeth Parks Adams, 89, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Trinity Nursing Home in Holly Springs. Born in Lafayette County, she was the widow of William Barner Adams. She was a homemaker and a member of Ardmore Baptist Church in Memphis.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Waller Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Christian Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include her son, Michael D. Adams and wife, Song, of Holly Springs; two sisters, Doris Richard of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mary Davidson of Stillwater, Okla.; a brother, James Parks of Oxford; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
SALTILLO – Frank Lester “Bay” Cook, 74, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Fresenius Medical Care after a long illness. He was a member of Kohlheim Chapel Holiness Church and a former employee of Kruger International. He enjoyed farming, hunting and watching western movies.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Zion M.B. Church in Saltillo. The Rev. Lurie Banks will officiate, and the Rev. Robert Raper will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery in Saltillo. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 49 yearas, Glisten Agnew Cook of Baldwyn; three daughters, Gloria (Bruce) Enos of Plantersville, Carolyn (Timothy) Warren and Debra Cook, both of Baldwyn; two stepchildren, Melitha Stewart of Baldwyn and Wallace Stewart Jr. of Columbus; one sister, Ardean Warren of Saltillo; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ephraim and Maggie Cook; three sisters, Bernice D. Cook, Judy Bell and Nadine Cook; and five brothers, Weedie Cook, Burley O’Neal Cook Sr. (Snook), Eugene Cook, Willie A. “Doo” Cook and Martee Cook.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel and will continue from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the church.
Online condolences can be made to the Cook family at www.grayson-portersmortuary.com.
CALHOUN CITY – Elizabeth Jane Baker, 79, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was born July 6, 1930, in Calhoun County. She was a retired seamstress for Kellwood Corp. and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She attained her GED at age 59.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Elzey Cemetery at Vardaman.
Survivors include two sons, George B. Clements (Christine) of Calhoun City and James Robert Clements of Vardaman; one brother, Robert Earl Barnett of Calhoun City; one granddaughter, Ann Criddle (Marty) of Calhoun City; three grandsons, Tracy Earl Clements, John Clements (Kim) and Joshua Jay Clements, all of Calhoun City; three great-grandchildren, Tiffany Criddle, Heather Criddle and Nicolas Criddle (Savannah); a special nephew and niece, Robert Barnett and Dianne Barnett Lishman.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Noel Barnett and Archie Mae Rodgers Barnett.
Pallbearers will be Robert Earl Barnett, Bryant McCluskey, Lynn Allen Rodgers, Danny Ray Rodgers, William Lee Rodgers and Glenn Cox.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
FULTON – Buford Kirk, 70, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 24, 1939, in Itawamba County to James Clifford and Janie Crawley Kirk. He was a member of Sandy Springs Baptist Church. He was a truck driver for Chilcoat amp& Stephens Logging Co. An avid outdoorsman, he loved driving his truck.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Sandy Springs Baptist Church with Bro. James Segars and Bro. Waldo Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Addie Louise Kirk of Fulton; three daughters, Darla Kirk (Bobby) of Fulton, Carla Cates (David) of Mantachie and Lynn Hamm (Doug) of Red Bay, Ala.; one son, Wheeler Kirk (Jennifer) of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Kevin Holcomb, Christy Spigner, Brandon Holcomb, LaJuan Raper, Chad Hamm, Kassandra Hamm and Bubba Hamm; nine great-grandchildren, Ali, Greg, Chanton, Landon, Bryant, Chaston, Tryceton, Emma and Aldean; one brother, Donald Kirk (Barbara) of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a granddaughter, Janet.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Johnson, J.C. Torence, Darrell Mitchell, Mike Steele, Dustin Osborne, Wesley Graham and Stevie Lee Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons and Jackie Johnson, Brian Raper and Zack Elrod.
Visitation will continue at the church until service time today.
ECRU – Lula Mae Bell Ball, 85, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at her home in Ecru. A native Pontotoc County, she was the daughter of Fulton Bell Sr. and Mattie Bell. She was a member of Ecru Second Baptist Church, where she served on the Mothers’ Board and kitchen committee. She loved cooking, listening to music, working in her yard and she loved living life. She was the widow of Grady Ball.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ecru Second Baptist Church. The Rev. Terry Baber will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Cherry Creek Church Cemetery in Ecru. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her four grandsons, James (Vicky) Ball of St. Louis, Mo., the Rev. Ronnie (Ethel) Ball of Memphis, the Rev. Ricky (Stacy) Ball of Tupelo and the Rev. Ray (Shirley) Ball of Caledonia; two granddaughters, Sandra Ball and Kay Hilliard, both of Ecru; and 12 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. with family present from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Charles W. Eubanks
WEST POINT – Charles W. Eubanks, 85, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point. He was born Sept. 18, 1924, in Troy to Pierce and Annie Louie Eubanks. He was the owner of Eubanks Insurance Agency. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 29th Infantry Division on D-Day at Omaha Beach. During his years of service he received the Military Honors, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Silver Star. He was a devoted member and trustee of Calvary Baptist Church in West Point, where he taught the Silver Thin Hair Sunday School Class for 25 years. He was a 60-year Master Mason and past Master of West Point Lodge 40. He was active in Tombigbee Shrine, Starkville Shrine, Columbus Shrine, Hamasa Shrine, VFW, Civitans and the Order of the Eastern Star. He was an avid coin and stamp collector and a fan of the MSU Bulldogs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church in West Point with Dr. James Towery officiating. Graveside services with full military honors will be at West Point Memorial Gardens. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one son, Keith Eubanks of West Point; two daughters, Annie McKay of Augusta, Ga., and Gail Petty of West Point; five grandchildren, Beth Ann Cummings (Anthony), Matthew McKay (Andrea), Sara Dee McKay, Austin Petty and Dana Petty; and four great-grandchildren, Bradley Cummings, Jake Mathis, John Charles Cummings and Gabriel Latham.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia James Eubank, in 2004; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Jake Mathis, Bradley Cummings, Dee McKay, Don Permenter, Jimmy Duke and Hal Hill.
Honorary pallbearers will be Claude Keller, Dr. Cox, Dr. Miller, Dr. Braddock; the staff of NMMC-West Point; the Silver Thin Hair Sunday School Class of Calvary Baptist Church; the West Point Postal staff; the bank employees; and his Masonic brethren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials can be sent to Calvary Baptist Church, 460 McCord St., West Point, MS 39773.
PONTOTOC – David Wayne Grubbs died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 30, 1956, at Malstrom AFB in Great Falls, Mont., to Billy Ray Grubbs Sr. and Winnie Faye Stout Grubbs. He worked as an electrician for JESCO and Krueger Metal for many years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he loved his grandchildren. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery.
He is survived by his mother, Winnie Faye Stout Grubbs of Pontotoc; two daughters, Jennifer Grubbs and Jill Grubbs, both of Pontotoc; two sisters, Synthia Bramlitt (Alvin) of Ecru and Theresa Johnston (Buddy) of Pontotoc; one brother, Billy R. Grubbs Jr. (Dona) of Longview; and three grandchildren, Annasia, Austin and Aubree Berry.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy R. Grubbs Sr.; and his grandparents, Louis and Odell Washington Grubbs, and Lonnie and Malverta Tollison Stout.
Pallbearers will be Junior Stout, Danny Stout, Jeremy Grubbs, Micah Grubbs, Chris Grubbs, Mike Bramlett, Ricky Bramlett and David Stout.
Visitation is today from 12-2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Bobbye Nell Collins
BRUCE – Bobbye Nell Collins, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at the Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. She was born May 5, 1925, in Calhoun County. She was a certified nursing assistant, employed by Calhoun County Hospital and Bruce Community Living Center. She loved working in her yard and decorating for Christmas.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Parker Memorial Funeral HOme Chapel with Bro. Darrell Logan and the REv. Greg Collins officiating.
Survivors include one son, Jesse “Pos” Collins (Jan) of Saltillo; one daughter, Candace Collins of Sarasota, Fla.; one sister, Martha Jane Langham of Pearl; three grandchildren, Castidy Turner of Saltillo, Greg Collins of Grenada and Bryan Collins of Nashville; six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, A.H. “Dutch” Collins; her parents, Lynn Spradling and Mayford Webb Spradling; and a brother, Lindy Spradling.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Collins, Greg Collins, Zack Turner, Charlie Spradling, B.O. Collins, Brooks Collins, Kenny Wilbanks and Cole Turner.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
GOLDEN – Doris Williams, 88, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born July 11, 1921, in Pontotoc to C.G. and Almedia Timbs Fancher. She was a factory worker and a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Billy Credille officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay.
Survivors are one son, Ronnie Joe Williams (Shelia) of Golden; one nephew, Paul Fancher (Joyce) of Red Bay; one niece, Susan Taylor of Hamilton, Ala.; one great-nephew, Jerry Fancher (Charlene) of Red Bay; one great-great-niece, Gretchen Fancher; one great-great-nephew, Grant Fancher; special friends, Jim and Carol White, and Helen McKinney.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gibson “Gib” Williams.
Pallbearers will be Paul Fancher, Jerry Fancher, Grant Fancher, Bill Weatherford, Ross Weatherford and Woody Edwards.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
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