Obituaries, March 18, 2005

John B. Winter
COLUMBUS – John B. Winter, 48, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at his home.
He was born Nov. 28, 1956 in Oxford to Willis and Emma Gene Knight Winter. He was a commercial truck driver. He married Karen Nix Winters on July 5, 1985 in Biloxi. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home. There will be no funeral service or burial due to cremation.
Survivors include his wife, Karen N. Winter of Columbus; a daughter, Christine W. Frost and her husband Joe of Columbus; four grandchildren, Kevin Frost, Krystan Frost, Joey Frost and Leslie Frost, all of Columbus; a sister, Karen A. Winter of Oxford; and a brother, W. Brad Winter and his wife Debbie of Cleveland, Ala.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 303, Columbus MS 39703.

Jim Fowler
RANDOLPH – James R. “Jim” Fowler, 83, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-New Albany, after an extended illness.
A native of Belden, he was born March 1, 1922 to James Arthur and Sula Bell Robinson Fowler. He was a well driller on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Project. He was a member of the Randolph Baptist Church. He loved spending time in the Word, having read the bible through three times last year. He continued to be a witness to his friends and family until his death.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with burial in Lee Memorial Park. The Rev. Gerald Finley and the Rev. Joe Epting will officiate.
Survivors include three daughters, Delorise Daugherty and her husband Robert of Tupelo, Denise Bostick and her husband David of Tupelo and Dellynn Kennedy and her husband Brad of Hatley; three sons, Fred Fowler and his wife Joan of Nettleton, Charles Fowler and his wife Gail of Randolph and J.W. Fowler and his fiancee Sheila of Booneville; 26 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 58 years Pauline Hall Fowler; four sisters, Midlred Christian, Azilee East, Emily May Stizmon and Elaine Reagh; and two brothers, Tom an Bobby Fowler.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons. An honorary pallbearer will be Spc. Chad Daughtery, who is serving in Iraq.
Memorials may be made to the Gideon ministry.

V.B. Beene
MANTACHIE – “V.B.” Beene, 90, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Sheila Beene.
A lifelong resident of Itawamba County, he was born Oct. 22, 1914 to Thurman and Agnes Nanney Beene. He was Methodist. He retired with 30 years of service from the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He had a lifelong love of history, music, dancing, politics, Tennessee walking horses and the Tenn-Tom Waterway.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with burial in the Walton Cemetery. Bro. Grady Davidson will officiate.
Survivors include three children, Jane Agnes Robbins and her husband J.C. of Tupelo, Etta Jean Vaughan and her husband Beverly of Williamsburg, Va., and Anthony and Sheila Beene of Mantachie; a daughter-in-law, Selma Beane of Peppertown; two sisters, Velera Franks of Mantachie and Vona Morgan of Mooreville; 11 grandchildren, David Wayne Beene, Ben Beane, Tom Beane, Loretta Gail Beane, Brandon Beene, Michael Beene, Jamie Lee Beene, Jeremy Barnett, Jerome Barnett, Tim Webb and Shauna Bryan; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Irene Cooley Beene; two sons, David C. Beane and Clifton Virgil Beene; his parents; three brothers, Verlon Beene, Vaudry (Bud) Beene, and Verdon Beene; and two sisters, Velora Cooley and Viola Beene.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Betty Jo Goodnight
WATER VALLEY – Betty Jo Goodnight, 56, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005. She was born Sept. 7, 1948, in West Memphis Ark., to the late James Monroe Kirtley and Velma Greenfield. She was the widow of Willis D. Goodnight Sr., who died Sept. 18, 2003. She was a homemaker and hotel manager. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery in Coffeeville with Bro. Harvey Vance officiating. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Willis D. (Patch) Goodnight Jr. of Coffeeville, and Chris and Brenda Wall of Water Valley; one daughter, Patricia Ann Wilson of Gainesville, Ga.; two sisters, Garnet Ellison and Irene (Kirtley) Sparks, all of West Memphis, Ark.; three brothers, Bobby Gene Kirtley of Colorado Springs, Colo., Billy Kirtley of West Memphis, Ark., and James Monroe Kirtley Jr., of Salenas, Calif.
Pallbearers will be David Thompson, Chris Shelton, Dewayne Potts, Devin Chandler, Steven Wilson and Matthew Wilson.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. today at the church.

John Patterson Jr.
EAST SAINT LOUIS, Ill. – John D. Patterson Jr., 75, died Thursday, March 10, 2005 at his home.
He was born Aug. 13, 1929 in Benton County, Miss., to John D. Patterson Sr. and Azalee Sanders Patterson.
Services are 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Foundation of Life Christian Learning Center in Lamar, Miss., with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. James T. Patterson, and Elder L.T. Mason will officiate.
Survivors include a daughter, Debra Patterson of East Saint Louis; three sons, John Alvin Patterson and his wife Patricia, Marion Patterson and Calvin Patterson, all of East Saint Louis; a brother, James T. Patterson and his wife Louise of Memphis; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation is 1 to 6 p.m. today at Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Mary Irene Edwards Knowles
TUPELO – Mary Irene Edwards Knowles, 82, died Monday, March 14, 2005 at the Tupelo Rehabilitation Nursing Facility.
She was a member of Palmetto Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
Services are noon Saturday at Palmetto C.M.E. Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Myrtle J. Clark officiating. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is handling arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Gill and his wife Dorothy and Chester Knowles Jr. and his wife Linda, all of Verona; two daughters, Mamie Cayson of Tupelo and Earnestine O'Neal and her husband Eddie of Chicago, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Minnie Jamison and her husband Robert of Tupelo, Leora Edwards of Verona and Fannie Freeman of Tupelo; four brothers, Eddie Edwards and his wife Victoria, John Henry Edwards and his wife Evelyn, Obie Edwards, all of Tupelo and Clyde Edwards of Verona.
Visitation will be 1 to 6 p.m. today. Family hour will be 6 to 7 p.m. at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home. Body will be placed in church one hour prior to service.

James E. Jones Sr.
LAMAR – James Edward Jones Sr., 66, died Saturday, March 12, 2005, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto. He was born Feb. 9, 1939, in Slayden to the late Sandy and Bealah Vaughn Jones.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the Concord Baptist Church in Slayden with the Rev. Clyde Williams and Elder Robert L. Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Williams Temple Church Cemetery in Moscow, Tenn. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lovie Jean Briggs Jones; five sons, Eddie Jones, Joe Jones James E. Jones Jr. (Anita), and Carl A. Jones (Crystal) all of Memphis, and Vernon L. Briggs (Aldine) of Nashville, Tenn.; six daughters, JoEarline Woods, Brinda Douglass (Louis), and Benita Jones, all of Memphis, Juanita Jenkins (Chris), Angela D. Jones, all of Slayden, and Carol Childs (Tyrone) of Orlando, Fla.; five sisters, Dora Morris and Nancy Nunnally of Memphis, Loretta Jones, Glady Jones (Sylvester, Maraget Murphy, all of Slayden; one sister-in-law, Cora Mae Harris; 25 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two aunts, Gracie Stephens and Arlean Euell; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, and a God-son, Joseph Moore (Faye).
Services will be at Noon Saturday at the Concord Baptist Church in Slayden with the Rev. Clyde Williams and Elder Robert L. Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Williams Temple Church Cemetery in Moscow, Tenn. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
He was preceded in death by Tempie Lee Jones, with whom he had five children; four brothers, Sandy Jones Jr., Ernest Jones, Oliver Blackmon, John Henry Blackmon; one sister, Ola Mae Jones.
Visitation will be today from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Prentiss Lipsey
NEW ALBANY – Prentiss Lipsey, 61, died Monday, March 14, 2005, at his residence. He was born Aug. 16, 1943, in Etta to the late Curtis Lipsey an Lula Bell Lipsey.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the St. John Cemetery in Oxford.
Survivors include one daughter, Pauline Lipsey of New Albany; one son, Bobby Gean Lipsey of New Albany; five brothers Curtis Lipsey, Barry Lipsey, Matthew Lipsey, all of New Albany, Kenneth Wayne Lipsey of Evanston, Ill., and James Lipsey of Champagne, Ill.; two sisters, Geraldine Simpson of New Albany and Sarah Foster of Aurora, Ill.; three grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Albert Lee Lipsey, Edward Lipsey, Sammie Lee Lipsey and Arthur Lipsey.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Robert Billups
BALDWYN – Robert Edward Billups, 55, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Mary 18, 1949, to Lena Mae Nunn Billups and the late Ellis Billups.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Baldwyn with the Rev. Wayne Myles officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Billups of Tupelo and Becky Pippins (Reggie) of Saltillo; three sons, Anthony Billups of Baldwyn, Eric Billups (Queen) of Guys, Tenn., and Marlon Billups of Houston; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his mother, Lena Mae Billups of Baldwyn; three sisters, Georgia Ann Billups, Bertha Lee Stokes (Darnell) and Janie Billups, all of Baldwyn; six brothers, Willie George Billups (Charlotte), Cheyenne Billups (Betty), Ellis Carl Billups (Mildred) and Jerome Billups (Donnica), all of Baldwyn, Richard Billups (Mary) Verona, and Jerry Billups (Cassandra) of Guntown; a special friend, Martha Moore of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his father; and one sister, Mary Sue Billups.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.

Rhudolph Mapp
VERNON, Ala. – Rhudolph Mapp, 71, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at his residence. He was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Lamar County, Alabama to the late J.D. Mapp and Mishie Dobbins Salters. He was a U.S. Army veteran where he received a Purple Heard and was awarded a Korean War Service Medal on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent with the Rev. Delmus Agnew officiating. Burial will be in the Furnace Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include three sisters, Savannah, Dorothy and Mary, all of Los Angeles, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Errmie Jean and Artelia.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

Karen Yoder
OKOLONA – Karen Henry Yoder, 60, died Saturday, March 12, 2005, at Beverly Health Care in Amory. She was born Dec. 4, 1944, in Kewanee, Ill., to Thomas and Madge Huber Huffman. In her working years she worked for Tecumseh Products Co. in Verona. She attended Boones Chapel Methodist Church in Okolona. An amateur pilot, she also enjoyed needlework, arts and crafts, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Boones Chapel Methodist Church with Bro. Wally Cason officiating. Houston Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 19 years, Merle Yoder, whom she married Dec. 21, 1985; a daughter, Lorrie Heitger and husband, Tim, of Mooreville; two sons, Wayne Henry and wife, Pamela, of Hamilton, and Jim Henry and wife, Hope, of Okolona; a stepson, Micah Yoder of Selinsgrove, Pa.; one stepdaughter, Marilyn Mull and her husband, Dennis, of Selinsgrove, Pa.; four brothers, Tom Huffman of South Carolina, and Ron Huffman, Gary Huffman and wife, Ruth, and Bryan Huffman and wife, June, all of Illinois; two sisters, Margaret Koss and husband, Robert, of Arizona, and Victoria Kohler of Florida; seven granddaughters, Sierra Henry, Jessica Trimm, Tatum Henry, Megan Henry, Summer Henry, Kaylee Heitger and Michaela Heitger.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Allan Huffman.
Memorials may be made to Germantown Cancer Foundation, 7710 Wolf River Circle, Germantown, TN 38138.

Joseph Wroten
ABERDEEN – Joseph Eason Wroten, 80, died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 28, 1925, to James Dausey Wroten and Birdie Grey Wroten in New Albany. He lived in Greenville prior to moving to Aberdeen. He was very active in Boy Scouts of America and was awarded Eagle rank in July of 1940. He was a member of Aberdeen First United Methodist church. He was a Sunday School teacher for six decades. He graduated from Stephen D. Lee High School in Columbus in 1942. In the fall of 1942, he volunteered for service in the U.S. Naval Reserve and served as navigation, gunnery and communication officer and as lay chaplain.
He graduated from law school at University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 1948. He was the president of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Millsaps College and Ole Miss. He had numerous degrees from different colleges. He served three 4-years terms in the Mississippi House of Representatives. He had served on numerous committees and boards with his work, church and scouting. He had also received many honors and awards. He served as Washing County Court and Youth Court Judge for 12 years. He had served as Clerk of Court of U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Mississippi since March 23, 1984.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Aberdeen First United Methodist Church with Dr. John Staggs officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in the New Albany City Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Harland Wroten of Aberdeen; one daughter, Carolyn Mary W. Jones of Tupelo; one son, Joseph E. Wroten Jr. and wife, Karen, of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Robert J. Jones, Christopher D. Jones and Harland A. Jones.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Judge David Houston III, Clinton Bourland, Ross Veal, Robert Jones, Christopher Jones and Harland Jones.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity.

Olivia H. Rhodes
MEMPHIS – Olivia Harrington Rhodes, 82, formerly of Houston, died Wednesday, march 16, 2005, at her residence in Memphis. She was born Jan. 18, 1923, in Houston to the late Lawrence A. Harrington and Annie Ruth Harris Harrington. She worked at the Houston Elementary School and central office for 21 years. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Houston. She enjoyed serving in the Trace Regional Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Houston Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in the Houston Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, John Oren Rhodes III of Germantown, Tenn., Larry A. (Dusty) Rhodes of Houma, La., and Bart H. Rhodes of Olive Branch; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Oren Rhodes Jr.; and one son, Kenton H. Rhodes.
Pallbearers will be Glen Chisolm, Henry Brown, Dee Dee Harrington, Hank Franklin, Lamar Harrington and Pete Dexter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bert Hill, Harold Walls,, Bill Smith, Steve Finn, Adam Rhodes and Drew Rhodes.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the mission funds of their home church or Christian organizations committed to spreading the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gladys Louise Melvin
TUPELO – Gladys Louise Tyson Melvin, 89, died Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 1, 1915, to Dolores Anderson and Sydney Otto Tyson. She grew up and attended school in Corinth and Riverside, Calif. She married Stanley Melvin in 1935, and moved to Memphis in 1939. After serving in World War II Stanley served as store manager in several Sears stores and after 30 years they retired in Nashville. She was a lifelong Methodist and during the retirement years was active in Belle Meade Methodist Church. She was a Girl Scout leader and active in Rainbow Girls. She was active in civic and school activities. They retired a second time in 1993, to Tupelo's Traceway Retirement Community.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tony Pounders officiating. Private burial will be in the family plot in the Henry Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Henderson; and a grandson, Michael Henderson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Melvin; and her parents.
There will be no public visitation.

Ellen McDaniel
DORSEY – Ellen McDaniel, 87, died Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at Daniel Healthcare. She was born Nov. 12, 1917, in Dennis to Tom and Disa Gurley McDaniel. She taught school at Dorsey for 45 years and was a 4-H Club leader for more and 25 years, earning many awards. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and the Golden Agers.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bethel Baptist Church. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a sister, Helen Ruth McCarthy of Santa Ana, Calif.; two nieces, Fay and Harrison White of Sharpsburg, Ga., and Donna Ruth and Ed Beevar of Havelock, N.C.; a nephew, Tom and Sharon McDaniel of Newnan, Ga.; three great-nieces, Kelly Collins, Maureen and Sarah McDaniel; two great-nephews, Michael White and Eddie Beevar; and one great-great-great-nices, Keara Collins; and her caregiver, Margaret Loden.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Hoyte, Preston and Henry and Faye McDaniel; a brother-in-law, John McCarthy; and a great-great-niece, Ellen Ruth Beevar.

Opal Swinney
BALDWYN – Opal McCarley Swinney, 79, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illness. She was a retired employee of the Baldwyn Hospital and a member of the East Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Cagle and Bro. Rex Bullock officiating. Burial will be in the East Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth Troxler and Jim, of Tupelo; four sons, Lee A. Swinney and Freida, of Wheeler, W.C. Swinney and Linda, of Russellville, Al Jerry Swinney and Elaine, of Baton Rouge, La., and Danny Swinney and Lisa, of Baldwyn; her grandchildren, Susan Swinney, Todd Swinney and Melanie, of Wheeler, Renee Columbus and Gene, of Collierville, Tenn., Brad Swinney and Ashley, of Mansura, La., Ben, Will and Drew Troxler, of Tupelo, Justin, Seth and John Swinney, of Baldwyn; her great-grandchildren, Nicole and Ryan Columbus, of Collierville, Tenn., Cole and Levi Swinney, of Wheeler; a brother, Earl McCarley and Surene, of Baldwyn; a brother-in-law, Oscar Swinney of Guntown; a sister-in-law, Pat McCarley of Jackson, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Swinney; her parents, Calvin and Violet McCarley; and her brothers, J.C. McCarley and Chalmers McCarley.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Casey Short
PONTOTOC – Edward Kay (Casey) Short, 58, died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at his home. He was employed at Long's Wholesale. He was a member of New Faith Baptist Church. He was a resident of Pontotoc County all of his life. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed very much.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the New Faith Baptist Church with Bro. Don McCutchun and Bro. Wayne Cobb officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Short; two daughters, Brandy Lamb and her husband, Bubba, and Misty Sneed and her husband, Junior, all of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren, Marika Sneed, Krista Sneed, Cody Mathis, Bailey Holloway, Chase Bramlett, Jana Sneed and Brady Sneed, all of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ruby and Wayne Short Sr.; a brother, Wayne Short Jr.; a child, Phillip Reagan Short.
Pallbearers will be Larry Hall, Tommy Hall, Larry Hale, Jeff Short, Jeffery and Jason Hall. Honorary pallbearers are all the men from New Faith Baptist Church.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. today at the church.

Delton Robinson
DENNIS – Delton Robinson, 92, died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was retired from American Motor Company. He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Robinson; three brothers, Wilma Robinson, Travis Williams and Melvin Robinson; and one sisters, Irene Robinson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Jerry Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Dennis Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include three daughters, Sue Michael and husband, Wayne, of Booneville, Shirley Lemmons and husband, Bill, of West Memphis, Ark., and Karen Pierce and husband, Tim, of Belmont; three sons, Kenneth Robinson and wife, Renee, of New Site, Earl Wayne Robinson and Kevin Robinson, both of Dennis; one sister, Sula Friedlander of Bartlett, Tenn.; one brother, DeWayne Williams of Coldwater; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mike Robinson, Kenny Wayne Robinson, Jamie Michael, Wayne Michael, Justin Coats and Greg Robinson.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.

Eva Mae Braden
HAMILTON, Ala. – Eva Mae Braden, 90, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at the Russellville Hospital. She was born March 14, 1915, in Marion County to Tom Green and Annie Moore. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Hackleburg Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Cedar Tree Cemetery. Hamilton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Winfred Ann Cantrell, Jerry (Carolyn) Braden, and Pat Braden, all of Hackleburg, Ala., Harold (Jean) Braden of Sylacauga, Ala., and Mike (Missy) Braden of Belmont; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred (Jelly) Braden; a son, James E. Braden; and a son-in-law, Davis Cantrell.

Elizabeth Rambo
BOONEVILLE – Elizabeth (Liz) Rambo, 82, died Monday, March 14, 2005, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab Center in Booneville. She was born July 19, 1922, in Prentiss County to the late George W. Rutherford Sr. and Mary Spain Rutherford Davis. She retired from The People's Bank & Trust Company. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Eastern Star, DAR, and past president of B&PW. She was a 1941 graduate of Boonevile High School and loved shopping, sewing, music and playing bridge.
Services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Lynn Jones officiating. A private family graveside service followed in the Booneville Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, James E. Rambo Sr. and his wife, Mary Ann, of Oxford; two grandchildren, James E. (Bo) Rambo Jr. and Jennifer Leigh Rambo Davis; three nieces, Gloria Fraiser, Annette Richey and Elaine Breedlove; a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, George W. Rutherford Jr.
Pallbearers were Sam Milton, Hubert McDaniels, Travis Childers, Billy Wary, J. Robert Floyd, Kent Geno, John Hatcher, Tim Fraiser, Mike Vernon, Tommy Fraiser and Rusty Fraiser.

Wilda McMurry
BOONEVILLE – Wilda Ashcraft McMurry, 69, died Thursday, March 17, 2005 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the funeral home.

Garnet Stone
HOLLY SPRINGS – Garnet Myrl Hitt Stone, 88, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at home.
She was born June 23, 1916 in Texas to Emery Hitt and Minnie Snipes. She was nondenominational. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin E. Stone, and a daughter, Marsena Sparks.
Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Survivors include a son, Bennett E. Stone of Walls; three daughters, Angela Gephart of Hernando, Lois Holland and Sara Stone, both of Holly Springs; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Lawrence J. Floyd
IUKA – Lawrence J. Floyd, 80, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. Bro. Holcomb will officiate.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Lora Maye Floyd of Iuka; a daughter, Mayecilla (Macey) Hart and her husband Jim of Chicago, Ill; two brothers, Recil Carlos Floyd of Hico, Texas and Johnny A. Floyd of Desto, Texas; three grandchildren, David and Alicia Hart, Jon and Christie Hart and Michael (Mike) and Jenny Hart; five great-grandchildren, Kyle Hart, Sophia Hart, Nathan Hart, Dylan Hart and Alexandra (Allie) Hart.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlander and Pinkie Floyd, a brother and three sisters.
Pallbearers are William Earl Floyd, Anthony (Andy) Floyd, Lynn Helton, Jason Helton, Andrew Helton and Sean Helton. Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Byrom's men's class of Iuka Baptist Church.
Visitation is 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Inez N. Hopkins
BALDWYN – Inez N. Hopkins, 91, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at her residence in the Pratts community. She retired from Reeds Manufacturing Co., and was a member of the Tupelo Primitive Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Loyd Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include one sister, Lucille Hopkins of Baldwyn; two nephews, Bud Hopkins and Johnnie Hopkins, both of Baldwyn; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie G. and Verna Epps Hopkins; a sister, Lessie Hopkins; a brother, Refus Hopkins; and two nephews, Donnie Hopkins and Wayne Hopkins.

Kurt Alexander Sr.
RIPLEY – Kurt Alexander Sr., 72, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at his residence. He was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and was in radio and TV broadcasting. He was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest Alexander Smith and Harriett Smith.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Ripley Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Hamilton officiating. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Valerie Wilkinson and her husband, Mitch, of Ridgeland; one son, Kurt Alexander Jr., of Ridgeland; one brother, Douglas Smith of Orlando, Fla.; two grandchildren, Ryan King and Allie Wilkinson, both of Ridgeland, and his beloved girlfriend, Joyce Roper of Belden.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.. today at the funeral home.

Odell Browning
BEAVERTON, Ala. – Odell Browning, 81, died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at the Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, Ala. She was born in Pickens County, Alabama to the late Jesse and Dovie Hannah, and was the wife of the late Charles Waldo Browning. She had lived in the Beaverton area most of her life, and had owned and operated the Browning Cafe. She was of the Baptist faith.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Norwood Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tommy Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Beaverton Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Charles D. (Patsy) Browning and John Larry Browning, all of Beaverton, Ala.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.