Obituaries, March 25, 2004

Mildred Baggett

BOONEVILLE – Mildred Louise Baggett, 75, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth after a long illness. She was born June 9, 1928, to Mr. and Mrs. Pellan Griffin Hayes in Kossuth. She married Lee Autry Baggett on Oct. 7, 1944, and was married 51 before his death. She was a member of the Baptist Church. She enjoyed being with her family, walking her dogs, working in the yard and gardening.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Hills Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Blackland. Salts Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four daughters, Mary Louise Morgan of Booneville, Phyllis Marie Horton and husband, Randolph, of Jumpertown, Peggy Sue Franks of Baldwyn, and Linda Elaine Hammac and husband, Edward, of Booneville; two sons, Bruce Carroll of Thrasher and Randy Lee Baggett of Haleyville, Ala.; 19 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Autry Baggett; and her parents, five sisters, two brothers and two granddaughters.

Blanche Baker

MADISON – Blanche Green Baker, 81, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at The Arbor in Ridgeland. She was a native of the Tupelo area where she attended school, graduating in 1939. She attended MSCW for a short time in 1942. She moved to Greenville in 1949, lived there 50 years, then moved to Madison in 1999. In Greenville she was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Seekers Sunday School Class. She was a former church secretary and at one time worked with the church youth. She was a longtime member of the Alice Bell Garden Club. In Madison she was a member of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church and the Fellowship Sunday School Class. She was an avid bridge player and had been a member of several bridge clubs. In her younger year she was an accomplished piano player.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Madison. Burial will be in the Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery. Natchez Trace Funeral Home of Madison is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Joe M. Baker Sr. of Madison; two sons, Joe M. Baker Jr. and wife, A.J., of Biloxi and George W. “Bill” Baker of Jackson; two daughters, Kathy Baker Busbee and husband, Philip, of Meridian, and Sue Baker Joiner and husband, Bill, of Dallas; her grandchildren, Elizabeth Busbee and Sammy Joiner, both of Dallas, Michael Busbee of Meridian, Chris Baker of Brandon, Sarah Baker of Madison, Jacqueline Baker, Jenna Baker and Jane-Claire Baker, all of Biloxi; a brother, Dr. Raymond Green of Memphis; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Baker Bowen of Tupelo and Delma Baker of Walker, La.; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Claudie Green; two brothers, Dr. Leo Green and Dr. Roy Green; and a sister, Pauline Smith.

Visitation will be at the church one hour before the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, 7427 Old Canton Road, Madison MS 39110.

Marie B. Plunkett

STARKVILLE – Marie B. Plunkett, 67, died Monday, March 22, 2004, in Starkville. She was born June 11, 1936, in Nashville, Tenn. She was a homemaker.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton with the Rev. Clifton Jarrell officiating. Burial will be in James Creek Cemetery in Fulton. Starkville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Del Plunkett of Starkville; a son, Dale P. Plunkett and wife, Betty, of Maybank, Texas; a sister, Frances Reed of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a brother, John Boyle of Aiken, S.C.; two grandsons, David Plunkett of Charleston, S.C., and Michael Plunkett of Maybank, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Tommie Webber; her father, Patrick Boyle; three sisters, Stella Clunan, Sadie Matthews and Pauline Sivley; and three brothers, Patrick Boyle, Thomas Boyle and Charles Boyle.

Nephews and cousins will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will continue from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.

Vera F. Kenney

WHITE ZION – Vera Frances Kenney, 88, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at the Windham House in Ecru after a long illness. A native of Pontotoc, she was born July 13, 1915, to the late Luther Clark and Willie L. King Kenney. After graduating from Pontotoc High School, she attended Blue Mountain College, and majored in English and education at the University of Mississippi. Earlier in her life she taught school in Pontotoc County, Calhoun County, Potts Camp and Pensacola, Fla. She worked with National Airlines 19 years, first in Pensacola and later in Washington D.C. She also worked as a travel agent with the First National Bank in Washington D.C. While living in Washington D.C. she was active in numerous civic clubs and organizations. She also managed a travel agency in Memphis. After retiring she returned to Pontotoc County in 1974. She was a member and elder of White Zion Presbyterian Church. She traveled extensively and enjoyed doing volunteer work at Traceway Retirement Community.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at White Zion Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Ron Richardson and Gary Carnathan officiating. Krista Blanchard will give the eulogy. Burial will be in White Zion Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sisters, Grace Szarfinski of Kenosha, Wis., and Flora Boland and husband, the Rev. Leroy Boland, of Pearl; a brother, David Kenney and wife, Sadie, of the Zion community; two sisters-in-law, Sue Whitfield and Julia Kenney, both of Tupelo; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Wilma Skutt, and two brothers, Clark Kenney and Max Kenney.

Pallbearers will be Jimmie Kenney, John Kenney, Doug Kenney, Don Kenney, Dick “Richard” Szarfinski Jr., Charles Boland, Bob Skutt, John David Kenney and Jake Kenney.

Honorary pallbearers will be the elders of White Zion Presbyterian Church.

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

Memorials may be made to White Zion Presbyterian Church.

Richard Bryant

OKOLONA – Richard Bryant, 81, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was born May 23, 1922, in Pontotoc County to the late Fred Clifton and Lottie Duke Bryant. He was a member of Union Baptist Church in Okolona. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, going to the VFW, dancing and gardening. He loved life.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Okolona Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Roy McHenry officiating. Burial will be in Boone's Chapel Cemetery. Lee Memorial/Okolona Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his children, Richard L. Bryant and wife, Carol, of Verona, Janice Hunt and husband, Lamar, of Jackson, Tenn., and Fred David Bryant of Tupelo; a sister, Maybelene Sullivan of Tupelo; a brother, M.L. Bryant and wife, Dessie Maude, of Okolona; 10 grandchildren, Richard Lee Bryant II, Anthony “Andy” Bryant, Taylor Bryant, Mandy Keith, Tanya Pearson, Kimby Meitzler, Timothy Hunt, Vikki Dillard, Steven Hunt, April Shea; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Doris Jolly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maudine Bryant; a daughter, Patty Ann Bostick; and a sister, Mae Sullivan.

Pallbearers will be Marvin Bryant, Bobby Bryant, Donny Bryant, Mickey Bryant, Skeet Ellis and Billy Wayne Dykes.

Greg Owen will be an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 16 Northtown Drive, Suite 100, Jackson MS 39215; or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1134, Tupelo MS 38801.

Leon Boland

TUPELO – Leon Boland, 78, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Flossie Massey

VINA, Ala. – Flossie Viola Massey, 90, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was a native of Alabama and a homemaker. She attended the Church of God.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Doyle Peterson and Bro. Carl Lofton officiating. Burial will be in Old Burleson Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Girlene Miller of Vina, Ala.; two sons, Robert Massey and wife, Irene, of Red Bay and Bobby Joe Massey of Vina, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, Bobby Eugene Massey, Allen Massey, Larry Eugene Massey, William Murphy Massey, Joy Massey, Sabrina Miller, Brandon Miller, Joan Miller, Regina Childers and Dawn Wooten; 12 great-grandchildren, Shiann Wooten, Chase Childers, Channing Childers, Chad Pounders, Lawson Pounders, Brandy Massey, Jenny Massey, Eric Massey, Cory Massey, Raven Massey, Seria Ayers and Lakota Ayers; five stepgrandchildren, J.M., Carol, Joan, Jenette and Jenell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Romey Massey, in 1961; a son, Larry Massey; two grandsons, Darrian Massey and James Freed Oneal Massey; and brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Allen Massey, J.M. Poores, John Ayers, Steve Wooten, Roark Childers and Matthew Russell.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Maxine Raines

NEW ALBANY – Maxine Matkins Raines, 85, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at the Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born March 10, 1919, in Marshall County to the late Isaac Matkins and Mattie Orr Matkins. She was a member of Fredonia Baptist Church, and a retired server and cook at Ingomar School Cafeteria.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Joe Herndon officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Marion Smith of New Albany, Norma Love and husband, Fred, of Navarre, Fla., Sandra Cook and husband, Walter, of New Albany, and Brenda Williams and husband, Ted, of Atoka, Tenn.; a son, David Raines of New Albany; a sister, Helen Graham of Long Beach; 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hunter Neely Raines; her parents; three sons, William Raines, Harold Raines and John Raines; and three sisters and three brothers.

Nephews and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Betty Goss

OXFORD – Betty Archie Goss, 57, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis. She was a native of Lafayette County. She was a teaching assistant for the Oxford School District.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Second M.B. Church in Oxford. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Roy Lee Goss Sr.; a daughter, Michelle Goss of Olive Branch; two sons, Patrick Archie of Oxford and Roy Lee Goss Jr. of Ridgeland; her mother, Essie Lee Archie of Oxford; two sisters, Barbara J. Carr of Oxford and Joyce J. Archie of Van Nuys, Calif.; two brothers, Frank Archie Jr. of Oxford and Willie Harvey Archie of Charleston, S.C.; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday.

Rachel Lucius

CALHOUN CITY – Rachel Lucius, 69, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at her home. She was born Dec. 23, 1934, in Vardaman. She was a homemaker and a member of Derma Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Vance officiating. Burial will be in the Calhoun City Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Parker and husband, Gary, of Big Creek, and Susie Lucius, and Deedie Parker and husband, Kennith, all of Calhoun City; five grandsons, Toby Parker and wife, Dana, Tyler Parker, Kaison Parker, Kodie Parker and Kilton Parker.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, Spencer Ray Lucius; her parents, Roscoe Robertson and Rubye Robertson Lunceford; and a brother, James Ray Robertson.

Pallbearers will be Geraldine Goodson, Stan Dye, Toby Parker, Tyler Parker, Tony Keeton and David Keeton.

Shirley Haynes

CORINTH – Shirley Worsham Haynes, 72, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at her daughter's home in Corinth. A lifelong resident of Corinth, she was born Feb. 3, 1931. She was a retired seamstress and a former restaurant owner. She was a member of Grace Bible Baptist Church. She had twice survived cancer. She enjoyed reading.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Grace Bible Baptist Church with Bro. Donald Scully officiating. Burial will be in Holly Church Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Greg and Kathy Haynes of Houlka, and Keith and Alice Haynes of Corinth; a daughter, Tracey and Dobby Henderson of Corinth; six grandsons, Brent Henderson and wife, Kimberly, of Corinth, Jason Henderson of Booneville, Josh Henderson of Corinth, Keith Haynes II and wife, Dena, of Corinth, and Brenan Haynes and Brock Owings of Houlka; three granddaughters, Britni Beasley and husband, Tommy, of Houlka, Kristy Nunley and husband, Jesse, of Corinth, and Zoe Henderson of Corinth; three great-grandchildren, Tripp Beasley, Brooklyn Bailey and Abby Haynes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Haynes; two brothers, Norman and Houston Worsham; a sister, Verna Finch; and her parents, Charlie and Lillian Worsham.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today.

Rev. George Barnes

CORINTH – The Rev. George W. Barnes, 101, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a Baptist minister until the age of 75 and served many churches in this area. He retired after 43 years with the G.M.&O. Railroad. He was a longtime member of the West Corinth Baptist Church and a senior adult men's Sunday school for many years. He enjoyed gardening.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Green and the Rev. Harold King officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Barnes and wife, Ann, of Saltillo and Leon Barnes and wife, Joyce, of Corinth; a daughter, Sharon Wood of Corinth; grandchildren, James Elwood Barnes Jr., Evertt L. “Rusty” Barnes Jr., Bobby Barnes, Debbie Ogle, Phyllis Burns, Judy McCoy, Donna McFalls, Melissa Brown, Shawn Whitfield, Nikki Wood; 14 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Josie Ivy Barnes; a son, James Elwood Barnes Sr. and wife, Sarah; a grandson, George Gary Barnes Jr.; and a great-grandson, Dustin Brown.

Pallbearers will be James Barnes, Rusty Barnes, Bobby Barnes, Jeff Barnes, Randy Ogle, Michael Whitfield, Jerry Burns and Tommy Calvery.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Howard Plaxico Sunday School Class.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Bobbie Worsham

BRUCE – Bobbie Nell Worsham, 77, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at the Bruce Nursing Center in Bruce. She was born Jan. 2, 1927, to Cullen Beckett and Janie Cook Beckett Ruth. She was a retired employee of Kellwood Company and a member of Bruce First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert S. Worsham, in 1982.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Billy Joe Beckett and Dr. Christian Hall officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Danny Worsham of Oxford; a sister, Earlene B. Collins of Bruce.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Collins, Charlie Spratlin, Lee Kennedy, Paul Wayne Collins, James Drake, Lorance Drake, Jerry Beckett and Jim Beckett.

Ethel Sexton

WALNUT – Ethel Pickens Sexton, 98, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Beverly Healthcare in Ripley. She was a retired cafeteria worker for the Chalybeate School, where she worked for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Chalybeate Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roger Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Chalybeate.

Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Russell and husband, Joe, of Cordova, Tenn.; two sons, Hines Sexton and wife, Jewell, of Walnut and Harold Sexton and wife, Judy, of Columbus; five grandchildren, Tim Sexton of Madison, Ala., Greg Sexton of Huntsville, Ala., Joey Russell of Memphis, Lana Flanagan of Indianapolis, Ind., and Elizabeth Stellrecht of Ponte Verdra Beach, Fla.; 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reese Rowell Sexton; her parents, John and Laura Bobo Pickens; a grandson; and a granddaughter.

Pallbearers will be Charles Hudson, Frank Johns, Greg Coughlan, Joe McMillin, Travis Jamieson and Stacey Duncan.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Friday.

Mary Gray

MYRTLE – Mary Frances King Gray, 90, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at her home. She was born Sept. 3, 1913, in Union County to the late James Madison King and Clara “Carrie” King. She was a retired nurse's aide at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Robert Daniels and the Rev. Enoch Purvis officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery.

Survivors include two stepdaughters, Kathryn Gray and Cammie Kay Newsum; four grandchildren, Greg Newsum, Michael Burks, Chris Burks and Jennifer Newsum; five great-grandchildren, Joshua Newsum, Megan Newsum, Mickie Burks, C.J. Burks and Andrew Newsum.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce W. Gray; five sisters, Sybil E. Staten, Lois West, Annie Mae McGraw, Jamie Goodwin and Edith Gafford.

Pallbearers will be George Gafford, James Lee Staton, Cecil Goodwin, Tim Gafford, Steve Prewett and Johnny Newsum.

Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Burks and Greg Newsum.

Burdell Perkins

CLARKSTON, Ga. – Burdell Perkins, 38, formerly of Pontotoc, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at DeKalb Medical Center in Clarkston, Ga. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Leslie Alicia Gill

ABERDEEN – Leslie Alicia “Baby Love” Sullivan Gill, 31, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at the Clay County Medical Center in West Point. She was born Jan. 21, 1973, to Walter Lesley and Judi West Sullivan in Amory. She was a resident of Aberdeen. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School and Mississippi University for Women with an associate's degree in nursing. She was an employee of the Clay County Medical Center in West Point and a member of the Aberdeen First Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Larry Sullivan, Dr. James Towery and Bro. Chris Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Allen Scott Gill of Aberdeen; two sons, Cole Gill and Silas Gill, both of Aberdeen; her parents, Walter Lesley and Judi West Sullivan of Aberdeen; a sister, Angel Sullivan Debruhl and husband, Darryl, of Greenville, S.C.; a brother, Jason Sullivan and wife, Lisa, of Aberdeen; her grandmother, Hazel West of Lackey; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers will be James Gill, Steven Gill, Jonathan Honeycutt, Jeremy Honeycutt, Micheal Mitchell, Kenny Boozer, Josh West and Dwight McComb.

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

Jeffery Cook

POTTS CAMP – Jeffery Allen Cook, 36, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Aug. 26, 1967, in Union County. He was a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Smith and Bro. Phillip Brock officiating. Burial will be in Bluff Springs Cemetery in Ashland.

Survivors include his father, James T. Cook of Holly Springs; his mother, Betty Bradley of New Albany; his grandmother, Cora Bradford of Hickory Flat; two sons, Jamie Cook of Hickory Flat and Joshua Cook of Pontotoc; a daughter, Christy Cook of Pontotoc; a brother, Scotty Cook of Holly Springs; two sisters, Janice Mask of Hickory Flat and Martha Ann Goolsby of Potts Camp.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Cook.

Pallbearers will be Lawrence Mask, Lawrence Mask Jr., William Mask, Mark Thompson, Coby Bridges, Lynn Goolsby, Jason Lebow, Kenny Steen and Bobby Mask.

Willie Strickland

MEMPHIS – William B. “Willie” Strickland, 70, formerly of Burnsville, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was a member of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Memphis and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was retired from Memphis Gas, Light and Water, where he worked as a supervisor and inspector for more than 40 years. He was a tri-state champion checker player and he enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. His friends always said that his heart was as big as he was.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with the Rev. Judy Piercey officiating. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Martha Ann Cummings Strickland of Memphis; a son, Keith Strickland and wife, Susann, of Iuka; four sisters, Marjorie Kimbrough of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Mildred Aderholt and husband, Larmon, of Double Springs, Ala., Sue Hubbard of Montgomery, Ala., and Katheryne Robinson and husband, Billy, of Rienzi; three grandchildren, Sara Cooley of Starkville, and Kellie Strickland and Katie Strickland, both of Iuka.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Jessie Strickland, and a brother, James “Buddy” Strickland.

Pallbearers will be R.L. Brown III, Larry Cutshall, Mike Nelson, Robert Johnson, Ken Cooley and Neal Claunch.

Memorials may be made to St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Memphis.

Betty C. Owens

COLUMBUS – Betty C. Owens, 65, died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born Sept. 13, 1938, in Decatur, Ala., to the late John Thomas Russell and Elizabeth Russell. She was a member of Armstrong M.B. Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Shiloh F.G. Baptist Church with the Rev. William Vaughn officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Carter's Funeral Services of Columbus is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Willie Owens Jr. of Miami, Fla., and John T. Owens of Columbus; four daughters, Linda Elliott, Rita Jordan and Edith Owens, all of Columbus, and Betty Saulsberry of Palm Coast, Fla.; seven sisters, Tommie May Taylor of St. Paul, Minn., Julie Hughes of Chicago, Mary Boney of Mesa, Ariz., Carolyn Landers of Washington D.C., Alorda Russell of Decatur, Ala., Cyretha Russell of Palm Coast, Fla., Diane Harris of Mesa, Ariz., and Pat Wise; 21 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; special friend, Willie Mack of Columbus.

Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Arley Barker

CALHOUN CITY – Arley Lavon “Booger” Barker, 88, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. He was born Aug. 12, 1915, in Calhoun County. He was a self-employed mechanic, a Mason and a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Vance and the Rev. George Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Barker of Calhoun City; a daughter, Judy Gregg of Slate Springs; four sons, Charles Wayne “Charlie” Barker of Olive Branch, Thomas Earl “Buddy” Barker of Memphis, Perry Lewis Barker of Tupelo and James Rickey “Rick” Barker of Pontotoc; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas Barker and Minnie Mae Dye Barker.

Pallbearers will be Greg Lovorn, Kent Parker, Brent Parker, Jerry Vance, Joey Gregg and Burl Hardin.

Haskell Long

MEMPHIS – Willis Haskell Long, 77, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at his home after a long illness. He was a retired employee of Smith and Nephew Company, a member of Hickory Hills Baptist Church in Memphis and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gerald Hodges officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Maxie Dee McCown Long; a daughter, Marty Long Thomas and husband, James V., of Atlanta; three grandchildren, Joshua Michael Thomas, Micah Lauren Thomas and Joel Andrew Thomas, all of Atlanta; four sisters, Lowell Moore of Booneville, Marie Cartwright of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Shelby McLarty of New Albany and Cilla Cochran of New Albany; two brothers, Charles Rubel Long of Selma, Ala., and Jerry Wayne Long of New Albany.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Long.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Vicki Barker

FORT MILL, S.C. – Vicki Rochelle Billips Barker, 46, died Sunday, March 21, 2004, at her home. She was a Baptist.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Red Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. Marvin McWhorter officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Steven Barker; three sons, Dehn Elliott, Paress Austin Barker and Peyton O'Neal Barker; a brother, Austin Billips Jr.; two sisters, Kyle Hubbard and Tiffany Rutherford; her grandfather, the Rev. Chester Cobb of Blue Springs; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Louis Barker and Jerolene Barker; two sisters-in-law, Cheri Chambliss and Kim Polk; two brothers-in-law, James Barker and Ray Hubbard; uncles, Charles Cobb, Ulysses Cobb and Norris Cobb; an aunt, Phyllis Daniel.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the church.

Clarice Skinner

BLUE SPRINGS – Clarice Graves Skinner, 85, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at Beverly Healthcare in Tupelo after a long illness. She was a former resident of the Camp Creek community. She was a retired school teacher and a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Martin Jacks officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue Waters and Harold Kyle of Blue Springs; a son, John Skinner of Blue Springs; two sisters, Christine Gibson and Kathryn Graves of Tupelo; a brother, George Graves Jr. of Blue Springs; grandchildren, Bill Warren and Carol, Bruce Skinner and Morgana, Joy King and Mike; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Constance and Thomas Warren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Skinner, and a grandson, Jeff Skinner.

Former students will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m.