Obituaries July 16, 2007

Rev. Willie Frank Baker
SHANNON – The Rev. Willie Frank Baker died Thursday, July 12, 2007. He was born March 7, 1928, in Shannon to the late Harry Baker and Viola Richardson Baker.

He received his education at Poplar Springs School, Okolona High School and Junior College, Elias Cottrell Institute and ITT extension course. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict and a retired first sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve. He retired from Malone & Hyde Warehouse in Tupelo after many years. He was a member of Poplar Springs CME Church and New Era Masonic Lodge No. 13 in Okolona.

He accepted God’s call to preach in 1987 and served Trinity and Bethel CME Churches in Guntown. He retired from pastoral duties in 2002. He married Pearlie Mae Pippins in 1956; she preceded him in death.

Services will be at 1 p.m today at Poplar Springs CME Church. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three children, Martha Marie Edwards (Fred) of West Point, and Willie Ryan Baker and Elvin Louis Baker (Yvette) of Shannon; three grandchildren; two sisters, Joe Willie Walker and Idella Rogers of Shannon; one brother-in-law, James Allen Gregory (Joann) of Verona; six sisters-in-law, Mary Holmes (Darus), Mary Alice Brunson, Mary Francis Martin, Lillie Bell Scales, Florida Mae Gregory and Luella Whitehorn; one aunt, Annie Sneed of Verona; two special daughters, Susan Quinn of Tupelo and Vernadine Betts of Guntown.

Bill Rosebery
AUBURN – William George “Bill” Rosebery, 69, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at his residence in the Auburn community after a sudden illness. A native of Indianapolis, Ind., he was born June 18, 1938. He and his wife, Fay, lived in the Auburn community after moving from Long Beach due to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. A 22-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, he had served in the Vietnam War. After his retirement from the military, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service and for Boeing Aircraft. He was an avid reader and enjoyed all kinds of plastic crafts.
Graveside services with full military honors will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Corinth National Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Fay Rosebery of Tupelo; and his daughter, Debbie Worley of Erlanger, Ky.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

George L. Sullivan
OXFORD – George L. Sullivan, 73, died Sunday, July 15, 2007, at his home in Oxford. He was a retired assistant administrator of Coast Electric Power Association. He served as a private in the U.S. Navy. He was an active participant of Mt. Zion Church in Oxford. An avid fan of Ole Miss sports, he enjoyed his family and gardening.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Joe Lovelady officiating. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Oxford.
Survivors include his wife, Erlene Amacker Sullivan of Oxford; three sons, George Darreck Sullivan (Laura) of Oxford, Cary Don Sullivan (Angie) of Florence and Victor Ryan Sullivan (Sandy) of Oxford; four sisters, Ruby McManus of Gulfport, Ollie Mae Westmoreland of Shivers, Lois Stegenga of Lucedale and Peggy Sue Sullivan of Brookhaven; three brothers, Johnny Sullivan of Gulfport, Jerry Sullivan of Brookhaven and Bill Sullivan of Shivers; and six grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Church, P.O. Box 2166, Oxford, MS 38655.

Charles McCauley
MADISON – Charles Harold “Dub” McCauley, 76, died Saturday, July 14, 2007, at the Sonny Montgomery Veterans Hospital. He was born Oct. 6, 1930, to the late Fred Thomas McCauley and Lillian Hughes McCauley of Amory. He had lived in the Jackson Metro area for 16 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and earned the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, United Nations Service Medal, Korea Presidential Unit Citation and the Good Conduct Medal with two loops. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University. He owned and operated Small Engines of Amory. He was a Yazoo Mower distributor and held the world’s record for highest sales. He was a deacon for 27 years at Trace Road Baptist Church in Smithville before joining Pear Orchard Baptist Church. He was a Master Mason of the Mayfield Lodge of Amory. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was a man of high values.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pear Orchard Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery. Natchez Trace Funeral Home of Madison is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Patterson McCauley of Madison; two daughters, Gwen Warren (Ray) and Theresa Best (Edward), both of Amory; one stepson, Dan Patterson (Teresa) of Madison; one sister, Betty Lantrip of Amory; grandchildren, Kelly Mackey, Stacey Best, Steven Warren, Chris Patterson and Blake Patterson; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Mackey and Alex Mackey; a nephew, Mark Lantrip of Hansford, Calif.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Trace Road Baptist Church in Smithville.

Johnie Mae Cowley
SMITHVILLE – Johnie Mae Cowley, 75, died Sunday, July 15, 2007, at Community Hospice in Verona.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory and Smithville. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today at the funeral home in Smithville.

Russell R. Auer
PLANTERSVILLE – Russell R. Auer, 46, died suddenly Saturday, July 14, 2007, while in the Zion, Ill., area. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel.

Ruby DeLeon
FLORENCE, Ala. – Ruby DeLeon died Saturday, July 14, 2007, at her home in Florence, Ala., after a long illness. She was a native of Saltillo and the daughter of Elmer Lee Sandlin and Onie Dody Sandlin. She had lived in Florence, Ala., for the past five years. She was a homemaker and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. She was the widow of Joe DeLeon.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Park with Sammy Lansdell officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Wilmuth Swords
BALDWYN – Wilmuth Rankin Swords, 95, died Saturday, July 14, 2007, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Ophelia White
OXFORD – Ophelia White, 91, died Saturday, July 14, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Joe D. Henry
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. – Joe D. Henry, 67, died Saturday, July 14, 2007, at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. He was formerly of Pontotoc. He had a lifelong love of ranching quarter horses and beagles, and earned multiple championships in all interests.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Troy First Baptist Church with Greg Herndon officiating. Burial will be in Eddington Cemetery. Tutor Memorial

Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Karin McLendon Henry; three sisters, Jimmi Brazzel (George) of Bossier City, La., Claris Bethune of Pontotoc and Haley Richard (Bob) of Germantown, Tenn.; one brother, Bo Henry of Pontotoc; a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Inez Henry; a brother, James Henry; a brother-in-law, Doyle Bethune; and a sister-in-law, Connie Henry.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the church.