Obituaries Dec. 18, 2009

Benjamin Pruitt
CORINTH – Benjamin Pruitt, 79, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Rose Patterson
OXFORD – Rose Langston Patterson, 78, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Born in Independence, she was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a retired clerk at The Rebel Shop.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Prospect Baptist Church with the Rev. Ken White officiating. Burial will follow in Tula Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Rosemary Patterson Windham (Jim) of Oxford and Paula Patterson Smith (Mike) of Oxford; two sons, Bruce Patterson (Cheryle) and Robert Patterson (Donna), all of Oxford; three sisters, Margret Peyton of Coldwater, Ester Howell of Senatobia and Lillie Rea Ginanni of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; two brothers, William T. Langston of Cordova, Tenn., and Chester Langston of Memphis; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. “Pep” Patterson; two sons, an infant son, Gene Patterson, and Ted Patterson; a grandson, Scott Patterson; four brothers, Robert, George, Clifford and James Langston.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to New Prospect Baptist Church, 823 Hwy. 334, Oxford, MS 38655; or Tula Cemetery Fund, c/o New Prospect Baptist Church, 823 Hwy. 334, Oxford, MS 38655.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Helen Howard
WEST POINT – Helen Ruth Howard, 63, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Third Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Julie Bowen
SALTILLO – Julie Therese Bowen, 29, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Jimmy Sudduth
PONTOTOC – Jimmy Dale Sudduth, 60, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
William J. Scott
VICTORIA – William J. Scott, 71, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Baptist Hospital in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in St. Paul M.B. Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Doy Longest
STARKVILLE – Doy Evelyn Payne Longest, 87, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Starkville First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Oktibbeha Memorial Gardens. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Christian Life Center of the Starkville First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the John C. Longest Pre-Med Scholarship Fund (MSU Development Foundation); Friends of Handicapped Readers, Mississippi Library Commission, 3881 Eastwood Drive, Jackson, MS 39211; or to the television ministry of the First United Methodist Church, Starkville, MS.
Terry Stevens
NEW ALBANY – Terry Dean Stevens, 50, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at his residence. He was born June 8, 1959. He had been a car salesman and a former pastor. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He loved his children and his family, and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He and his twin brother were the best of friends.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. today in the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Tony Monk and Bro. Louie Williams Officiating, Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Ralph Lindon Stevens and Mrs. Robbie Jean Messer Stevens of Myrtle; the mother of his children, Tammie L. Stevens of New Albany; one daughter, Kelly Lynn Stevens, and one son, Kurt Allen Stevens, both of New Albany; one sister, Barbara Frazier (Rick) of Tupelo; two brothers, Johnnie Ralph Stevens (Lela) of Potts Camp, and a twin brother, Jerry Stevens (Terri) of Myrtle.
Pallbearers will be Robert Stevens, Terry Greer, Randy Baggett, Tommy Gadd, Skipper Allen and Jeff Gordon. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Stevens and Gary Brevard.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Henderson Milan
HOLLY SPRINGS – Henderson Milan, 88, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Doxey Auditorium on the campus of Rust College in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family time from 5 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at Doxey Auditorium from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
Denise M. Hillhouse
SHREVEPORT, La. – Denise M. Hillhouse, 51, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Shreveport, La.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to New El Bethel Cemetery Fund, 607 CR 428, Paris, MS 38949.
Willie Mae Blanchard
MANTACHIE – Willie Mae Blanchard, 88, formerly of Memphis, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at her residence. She was a former member of Raleigh Church of Christ and a current member of Mantachie Church of Christ. Her favorite pastime was watching her grandchildren play baseball and softball.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Roy Blanchard; daughter, Kathy McGee of Mantachie; granddaughter and husband, Lori and Robert Barber of Mantachie; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Jordan, Justin and Lynsey Barber; brother and wife, Gene and Jean Benson of Memphis.
Visitation will be from 9:30 until service time today at Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel.
Memorial donations may be made to Billie Blanchard/Wade Barber Athletic Memorial Fund, c/o BancorpSouth, 3230 Hwy. 371, Mantachie, MS 38855.
Mae Belle Dilworth
CORINTH – Mae Belle Dilworth, 86, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.
Vertie Wicker
MOOREVILLE – Vertie Wicker, 70, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at her residence in the Auburn community after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Gena Kitchen
PICKWICK – Gena Searcy Kitchen, 53, died suddenly on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Germantown Methodist Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
James Johnson
WEST POINT – James Charlie Johnson, 44, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Town Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Rev. Anthony Collier
WEST POINT – The Rev. Anthony Maurice Collier died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. He was born Oct. 30, 1966, in Tupelo to Lee Mosley and Elizabeth Fields. He was educated in the Tupelo Public Schools. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the American Baptist College in Nashville and, later in life, a master of arts degree in theology from the Morris Booker Memorial College in Dermont, Ark. He married Cynthia Townsend on July 31, 1999. He was a member of Rising Star M.B. Church in Tupelo.
He answered the call into the ministry on Feb. 18, 1983. He was ordained to preach the gospel on Aug. 6, 1984, and licensed to preach on April 6, 1986. He served as vice moderator of the Mt. Olivet District Association. His most recent pastoral experience was with Sand Creek M.B. Church in Starkville. He also was the pastor of Pleasant Grove Dennistown M.B. Church and Outreach Ministries Inc. in Corinth, Cherry Creek M.B. Church of Ecru and Center Hill M.B. Church of Houlka. He taught in the Bible Truth and Excellence School. He also conducted-facilitated workshops in the National Baptist Convention. He taught classes in the local, state and national levels of the Congress of Christian Education and Convention.
He was affiliated with the Morning Star Lodge 132, 32nd Degree Mason. He was a board member of the Northeast Mississippi State Convention Inc. He was a member of the Oktibbeha County Ministerial Alliance, the Lee County NAACP, the Board of Directors of St. Paul’s Home for Boys and the Coalition for Concerned Clergy of Lee County.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the Civic Center on 6th Street in West Point. Pastor Melvin Lewis will officiate, and Dr. James A. Boyd will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the New Hope Church Cemetery in West Point. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Cynthia Townsend Collier of the home; a son, Jeremy J. Moore; two daughters, Keeva LaSha Collier of Verona and Shanekqua Denice Collier of Shannon; one grandchild; his mother, Elizabeth (Bobby L.) Fields of Tupelo; his father, Lee (Evenlyn) Mosley of Verona; one sister, Daphne (Lee) Seay of Tupelo; two brothers, Ketra (Denise) Mosley and Ceylon Mosley of Verona; five aunts, two uncles; two godchildren, Linnie Osborne and Carolyn Atkins; three sisters-in-law, four brothers-in-law; 15 nieces, 10 nephews.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck amp& Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo. The body will lie in state at the Civic Center one hour prior to service time.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
Sadarius Johnson
SHANNON – Sadarius Johnson, 16, died Wednesday, Dec.16, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo as the result of a pedestrian/automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fields Funeral Home in Okolona. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and family hour will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pauline Botts
BOONEVILLE – Johnnie Pauline Botts, 89, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born July 10, 1920, in Prentiss County to Clarence and Ollie Miller. She worked in several factories, as a nurse’s aide at the Booneville Hospital and then she was a homemaker for many years. She was a member of Crestwood Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, working in her flowers, and listening to gospel music. She loved her family dearly, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Gerald Hodges officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Gene Botts; a son, Larry Wayne Barron (Peggy); a daughter, Martha Botts Sheffield (Mark); a sister, Edith Breedlove Hunt; and three grandsons, Timothy Wayne Barron, Britt Allen Sheffield and Todd Bradley Sheffield.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gus Robert Barron; her parents; a brother, Richard Eugene Miller; and a grandson, Matt Barron.
Pallbearers will be Tim Barron, Britt Sheffield, Todd Sheffield, Jimmy Sims, Robert Botts and Ronnie Breedlove.
Virginia Seals
OKOLONA – Virginia Betts Seals, 52, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 6, 1957, to Levirgie Betts and Christian Williams Betts. She was a 1975 graduate of Okolona High School and a former employee of Jefferson Wheeler Daycare and Reed Manufacturing. She was a member and a choir member of Center Hill M.B. Church. She worked with the Booster Club for the Okolona High School’s basketball team.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the Okolona High School gym. The Rev. Gregory Wright will officiate. Burial will be in the Center Hill Cemetery. Williams Memorial Chapel of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Harold Seals of Okolona; two daughters, Lasha Betts of Okolona and Kimberly Nesby (Derrick) of Tupelo; seven sons, Fredrick (Samantha) Betts of Tupelo, Levon Betts of Iraq, Christopher Seals (Kesha) of Ridgeland, Corey Seals of Okolona, Dearris Seals of Okolona and Demario Seals and Thaddius Seals, all of California; one sister, Ethel (Willie) Moore of Houlka; two brothers, Eddie Betts and Henry Betts (Gloria) of Okolona; 14 grandchildren.
Visitation will be today at the funeral home and will continue Saturday at the Okolona High School gym. A wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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