Dillard Aldridge, Crossville, Tenn.
William Banks Jr., McKee's Rocks, Pa.
David Beard, Oxford
David Brown, Saraland, Ala.
Joe Carlton, West Point
Mae Carouther, Tupelo
Donna Carter, Hattiesburg
Roy Coker, Birmingham Ridge
Cecil Conner, Tupelo
Gloria Gregg, Tupelo
Eloise Hearn, Tishomingo
Marleigh Hopkins, Falkner
Edward Hughes, Holly Springs
London Kimble, Nettleton
Mary Mansel, Oxford
Theodies Melton, Hazelcrest, Ill.
Robert Newsom, Bruce
Stella Peace, Vernon, Ala.
Lessie Plymale, Hopkinsville, Ky.
Icie Faye Roberts, Guin, Ala.
Troy Simmons Sr., Blue Mountain
Oneda Stephens, Byhalia
Tony Tally, Tupelo
Minnie Townsend, West Point
Katheryn Wilkerson, Sardis
Jack Williams, Friendship
Jewel Wright, Ripley
Icie Faye Roberts
GUIN, Ala. – Icie Faye Roberts, 84, died Thursday, July 28, 2005, at the Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, Ala. Born in Marion County, Ala., she lived in Guin, Ala., and Hamilton, Ala., most of her life. She was a former employee of Detroit Slacks, Clifford Industries and Munsingwear. She was a member of the Guin Free Will Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Norwood Funeral Home Chapel in Guin with Bro. Anthony Gilbreath and Bro. Kenneth Stough officiating. Burial will be in Guin City Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Killingsworth of Hamilton, Ala., Carolyn Hill of Foley, Ala., and Brenda Bales of Haleyville, Ala.; six sons, Dewayne Roberts of Sulligent, Ala., and Wade, Dwight, Danny, Gary and Dennis Roberts, all of Guin; 26 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; two sisters, Sula Robinson of Hamilton, Ala., and Jessie Stanford of Sulligent.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Leon Roberts, and her parents, George Cleveland and Cleo Victoria Pruitt Sanderson.
OXFORD – Mary Edith Mansel, 99, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She lived in the Oxford area about 50 years. She was a resident of the Graceland Care Center of Oxford. She was a retired factory worker and a member of Pine Bluff Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with Bro. Gene Collums officiating. Burial will be in Pine Bluff Cemetery in Lafayette County.
Survivors include two daughters, Hazel Bradley of Dayton, Ohio, and Jewel Bruner of Elmwood Park, Ill.; three sons, Harold Goins of McKinney, Texas, Clyde Goins Jr. of Somerset, Ky., and Patrick Mullis of Columbus, Ga.; a sister, Maude Creekmore of Lafollette, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tillmon and Rittie Ogle, and a daughter, Dorothy Goins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pine Bluff Cemetery Fund, 287 CR 431, Oxford, MS 38655.
BRUCE – Robert P. “Cowboy” Newsom, 58, died Thursday, July 28, 2005, at his home. He was born May 18, 1947, in Water Valley to Earnest O. “Opal” Newsom and Eva Mae Bruner Newsom. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a truck driver for Hardin's Trucking and a member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church. An active member of A.A., he was there to help benefit anyone in need.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Joe Russell officiating. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Gardens in Bruce.
Survivors include his mother, Eve Mae Bruner Newsom of Bruce; a son, Lynn Turner of Pittsboro; three sisters, Joan Glover and Myra Harris, both of Water Valley, and Carolyn Shaw of Coffeeville; two brothers, Mike Newsom and Billy Wayne Newsom, both of Water Valley; four grandchildren, J.R. Turner, Mikala Turner, Kayla Howell and Brandon Golden; a special cousin, Paul Gibbs.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earnest O. “Opal” Newsom.
Pallbearers will be Demarrio McCoy, Michael Jo Lee, Charlie Vanlandingham, Dan Hardin, James Skyles, Stanley Thompson, Steve Norwood and Toy Neal.
Honorary pallbearers will be nephews, and Hardin drivers and employees.
William Banks Jr.
McKEE'S ROCKS, Pa. – William M. Banks Jr., 77, formerly of Oxford, died Saturday, July 2, 2005, in Green Tree, Pa. He was a retired truck driver for Star Furniture and Serta Mattress after 40 years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Green Tree, Pa. He was a graduate of the Oxford Training School, where he was a member of the football team, and a graduate of Alcorn College, where he was a member of the basketball team. He became a priest in the Aaronic Priesthood and an elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Cemetery in Oxford with the Rev. Leroy Wadlington officiating. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Arlene Johnson Banks of McKee's Rocks, Pa.; two sons, Marcel Coleman of Harrisburg, Pa., and William Banks III of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two sisters, Elizabeth Rogers of Oxford and Doris Spruille of Memphis; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
TUPELO – Tony Anthony Tally, 44, died Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a 1980 graduate of Holly Springs High School.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Lane Chapel CME Church in Tupelo. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Gardens in Holly Springs. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Tymerria Vonsha Gorman of Holly Springs; two sisters, Jacqueline Tally (Warren) Jennings of Tupelo and Florene Tally (Jerome) LeSueur of Holly Springs.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Thomas Tally, and his father, Curtis Tally.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HAZELCREST, Ill. – Theodies Melton, 63, died Tuesday, July 19, 2005. He was born July 10, 1942, in West Point. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving 1967-1969.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Pisgah Tibbee Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Donnell Wicks officiating. Carter's Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Inell Melton of Hazelcrest, Ill.; two sons, Chan C. Melton and Gene T. Pool Sr., both of Hazelcrest; five grandchildren, Gene Jr., Shyheim Melton, Shykia Melton, Darious Melton and Shicola Rush; a sister, Mary (Julius) Jackson of Olympia Fields; a brother, Robert L. (Barb) Melton of Maywood, Ill.; four sisters-in-law, Mattie (Norman) of West Point, Bernice Pool of Chicago, Della Promous of St. Louis, Mo., and Helen Melton of Harvey, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Joe (Eunice) Pool of West Point; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Melton; his mother, Martha Melton; and two brothers, Jimmie Melton and Walter Melton.
WEST POINT – Minnie Lee Townsend, 78, died Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born Jan. 14, 1927, in Clay County. She was a homemaker and a member of Lower Prairie Creek M.B. Church. She was a provider, a supporter and a comforter.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the UFCW Local 1991 Bryan Union Hall in West Point with the Rev. Rice officiating. Burial will be in Lower Prairie Creek Cemetery. Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six sons, L.T. Townsend of Florida, and Tommie Townsend, Calvin Townsend, Tommy Townsend, Willie Townsend and Eddie Townsend, all of West Point; four daughters, Ethel Townsend, Betty Townsend, Annie Townsend and Carrie Townsend, all of West Point; two brothers, George Chandler and L.T. Chandler, both of East St. Louis, Ill.; a sister, Molese Hall of West Point; 34 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Townsend; her father, Anexter Chandler; her mother, Rodie Mae Brownlee Chandler; a son, Willie Henry Townsend; two daughters, Pearlie Townsend and Anna Mae Townsend;
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
NETTLETON – London Pickens Kimble, 82, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at his home. He was born Dec. 6, 1922, in Lee County to Milton and Lona Kennedy Kimble. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton. He was a retired factory worker and a Baptist. An avid coon hunter, he enjoyed plowing with his horses.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Nettleton with the Rev. Don Sparks and the Rev. Bill Payne officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Ilean Jane Gregory Kimble of Nettleton; seven daughters, Geneva Parker of Nettleton, Ruby Rooker, Dot Kimble, Doris Mask and Helen Kiddy, all of Okolona, Glenda Shaw of Memphis and Diane Stutsy of Pontotoc; four sons, Jimmy Kimble, Sammy Kimble, J.R. Anderson and Fred Anderson, all of Nettleton; a sister, Stella Raines of Jonesboro, Ark.; two brothers, Johnny Kimble and Melvin Kimble, both of Nettleton; 28 grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, eight stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five sisters.
Pallbearers will be Allen Sullivan, Terry Sullivan, Dale Sullivan, Timmy Sullivan, Rickey Kimble, Douglas Kimble, Vance Kimble, Anthony Johnson.
Red Sloan will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HATTIESBURG – Donna Jean Carter died Monday, July 18, 2005, at her home in Hattiesburg. She was born July 26, 1958, in Millington, Tenn., to Eugene Thomas Christy and Ruth Vanlandingham Christy. She was a resident of Jackson most of her life. She was a 1976 graduate of Tupelo High School and a graduate of the Mobile School of Nursing.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Midway Baptist Church in Pontotoc County with the Rev. Rocky Watts officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Ruth Christy of Pontotoc; a sister, Deborah Kathleen Hannon and husband, Colby, of Pontotoc; a brother, James Thomas Christy of Atoka, Tenn.; four nieces, one nephew.
She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Thomas Christy.
The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a local Red Cross chapter.
OXFORD – David Allen Beard, 49, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a former plumber and electrician. He enjoyed camping, fishing, his friends and his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Raymond Aven officiating. Burial will be in Abbeville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Sanders Beard of Oxford; two daughters, Caitlin Whiteside and Jessica Beard, both of Oxford; a son, David Glen Beard of LaGrange, Ga., and Carlton Beard of Oxford; his parents, Aaron Beard of Sardis and Mary Alice Beard of Oxford; three sisters, Judy Zinn of Plantersville, Mary Jo Williams of Abbeville and Tina Bryan of Oxford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.
TISHOMINGO – Eloise Hearn, 81, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at her daughter's home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
BIRMINGHAM RIDGE – Roy Coker, 67, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was a native of Blue Springs and the son of Othel and Nannie Alliene Henry Coker. He was a retired employee of Barclay, where he worked for 13 years. He was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and riding.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Bobby Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery in Union County.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Davis and husband, Bob, of Guntown; three sons, David Coker of Norfolk, Va., Mike Coker of Pontotoc and Justin Coker of Tupelo; two sisters, Rebecca Hill of Saltillo and Mildred Pannell of Okolona; six brothers, Wilburn Coker of Tupelo, Paul Coker and Dean Coker, both of Belden, Leon Coker of Baldwyn, Melvin Coker of Shannon and Alvis Coker of Saltillo; nine grandchildren, Lee Davis, Melissa Coker, Ashley Coker, Christopher Coker, Timothy Coker, Micheal Brian Coker, Randy Coker, Ronnie Coker and Kendall Coker; four great-grandchildren, Alex Coker, Bailey Coker, Chandler Coker and Connor Coker.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Homer Coker and Lamar Coker.
Pallbearers will be Pat Coker, Larry Coker, Ricky Coker, Randy Clayton, Bud Rakestraw, Kevin Coker and Bud Coker.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
FRIENDSHIP – Leonard “Jack” Williams, 88, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 23, 1917. He was a mechanic, a veteran of World War II and a member of Bethel Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Jones and Bro. Michael Williams officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, John Williams, Dennis Williams, Joe Williams and Philip Williams; two daughters, Patsy Wallace of Hattiesburg and Linda Tomas of Myrtle; 15 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Oline Williams, and a daughter, Wanda Gean Gadd.
His grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today.
SARDIS – Katheryn Bailey Wilkerson, 78, died Thursday, July 28, 2005, at her home in Sardis. She was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Coldwater to Roger and Effie Mae Clanton Bailey. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Baptist Church in Sardis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Union Baptist Church in Sardis with the Rev. Jimmy Houston and the Rev. Marvin Chism officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Tyson S. Wilkerson of Sardis; two sons, Thomas S. Wilkerson of Courtland and Albert W. Wilkerson of Ripley; a brother, James Bailey of Coldwater; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Union Baptist Church cemetery fund.
VERNON, Ala. – Stella Peace, 77, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at the Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, Ala. She was born April 24, 1928, in Lamar County, Ala., to the late James Aaron “Jim” and Hester M. Swain White. She attended the Pine Springs School. She was a Baptist and a retired employee of Chromalox, where she worked for several years. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent, Ala., with Bro. John Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Blaylock Cemetery in Sulligent.
Survivors include two sons, Edward Haynes of Aberdeen and Robert Haynes of Vernon, Ala.; five grandchildren, Kristie Haynes, Michael Haynes, Shannon Haynes, Shawna Stewart and Daryl Haynes; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack D. White of Vernon, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sisters.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
SARALAND, Ala. – David Aaron Brown, 69, died Thursday, July 28, 2005. He was born May 9, 1936, in Okolona. He lived in Semmes, Ala., from 1953-1996. He lived at the Senior Citizen Home for six years before moving to The Sacred Heart Residence in March 2002. He was an employee of Tom Dodd Nursery for 38 years. He had many friends and was always willing to help others.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Chapel of Little Sisters of the Poor in Mobile, Ala. Burial will be in the Miller Cemetery. Radney Funeral Home of Saraland, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Alma Staten of Saraland, Ala., and Mary Searle of Mobile, Ala.; nieces, Linda (Ronnie) Thompson of Navarre, Fla., and Marsha (James III) Herrin of Mobile, Ala.; nephew, Rev. Sam (Meredith) Smith of Gaylord, Mich.; special nephews, James Herrin IV and Jarrod Herrin; many cousins in Northeast Mississippi and Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his father, David Wyatt Brown, in March 1968 and his mother, Ouida Cook Brown, in February 1997.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday and a rosary service will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Memorials may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1655 McGill Ave., Mobile, AL 36604.
FALKNER – Marleigh Grace Hopkins, 2 months, died Thursday, July 28, 2005, at her home. She attended Blackwell Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Garry Martin officiating. Burial will be in Hopkins Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother, Amanda Hopkins of Falkner; her grandmother, Linda Hopkins of Falkner; her great-grandparents, Ruth and Darrell Hopkins of Ripley; an uncle, Matt Hopkins of Falkner.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Haleigh Hopkins.
Pallbearers will be Tate Joshlin, Hughey Moffitt, T.J. Hopkins, Eli Braddock, Nathan Rutherford and Matt McElwain.
Honorary pallbearers will be friends from Wal-Mart.
RIPLEY – Jewel Francis Wright, 95, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at Beverly Health Care in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
TUPELO – Gloria Faye Gregg, 64, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
BYHALIA – Oneda Stephens, 89, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Troy Simmons Sr.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Troy Simmons Sr. died Friday, July 29, 2005, at the Tippah County Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. – Lessie M. Plymale, 97, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at her daughter's home in Hopkinsville, Ky., after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
TUPELO – Linnie Cecil Conner died Friday, July 29, 2005, at the AvonLea Assisted Living Facility. He was born Sept. 5, 1912, in Caledonia to William H. Conner and Cora Gabriella Huff. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Lillie Christopher Conner.
He was a graduate of Caledonia High School. He studied business education through the University of Mississippi extension program. He served in the U.S. Air Force for three years during World War II. He specialized in Army Airways Communications with overseas duty above the Arctic Circle in Greenland.
After military service he was employed with L.D. Barrantine General Mercantile Store in Caledonia, Hill Hardware in Columbus, Kellogg Hardware in West Point and Walden Hardware in Aberdeen. In 1947 he was employed by Production Credit Association of Tupelo as manager of the Aberdeen branch office. He was promoted to vice president in May 1, 1957 and moved to Tupelo, where he was promoted to president in July 1967. He remained president until his retirement on Sept. 30, 1977.
He served as an executive director of CREATE Inc. of Tupelo for two years. He also was appointed by then-Gov. William Winter as a director of the State Funeral Home Board. He was a 50-year active member of the Masonic Lodge No. 200 in Caledonia, where he served one term as Past Master. He was an active member of Kiwanis International of Tupelo for more than 40 years. He was president of the Tupelo Kiwanis Club in 1969-1970 and served a term as district lieutenant governor. In 1983 he was named a George F. Hixson Fellow by the Kiwanis International Foundation, the highest honor award by Kiwanis International.
He was an active member of Harrisburg Baptist Church since 1959. He served on various committees, was business administrator for 10 years from 1980-1990 and was director of the adult Sunday School department for more than 20 years. He was named Deacon Emeritus in 2002.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Harrisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and the Rev. David Langerfeld officiating. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include nine nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Bill Rieves, Wallace Crumby, Smith Heavner, Byron Sneed, Marvin Harwood and James Wilemon.
Honorary pallbearers will be J.L. Livingston, John Childers, J.B. Nanney, Charles Creely, Dr. Price Grissom, Douglas Weathers, George Nerren and Dr. Eugene Murphey III.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorial contributions may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church Building Fund or to a charitable institution of the donor's choice.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Edward Lee Hughes, 52, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at Alliance Health Care in Holly Springs. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
CROSSVILLE, Tenn. – Dillard Dwight Aldridge, 77, formerly of New Site, died Thursday, July 28, 2005, at the Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.
TUPELO – Mae Carouther died Friday, July 29, 2005, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
WEST POINT – Joe Carlton, 63, died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at his home in West Point. He was born Feb. 3, 1942, in Ridgley, Lake County, Tenn., to Howard S. and Mary Ruth Duff Carlton. He was a truck driver and a Baptist. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam conflict.
Private family services will be held at a later date. Cremation was chosen with Calvert Funeral Home of West Point in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Dawn Ilene Betlaca of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; three sons, Dennis Joe McHaffie of Highland, Calif., Dwayne McHaffie of Perris, Calif., and Douglas McHaffie of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; five grandchildren; his mother, Mary Ruth Carlton of West Point; two sisters, Peggy Contrares of Bertrand, Neb., and Glenda Gail Walker of West Point; three brothers, Billy Harold Carlton of Caruthersville, Mo., John Wayne Carlton of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Marvin Ralph Carlton of Ocoee, Fla.