Obituaries Oct. 17, 2007

Nathaniel Griffin
TUPELO – Nathaniel Griffin died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center. He was a retired employee of Stone Container. He was a member of New Providence M.B. Church where he served on the Deacon Board, was Assistant Superintendent of the Sunday School Dept., a Sunday School teacher, Brotherhood Ministry and a member of the Graceful Agers.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the New Providence M.B. Church with the Rev. Larry Hervey officiating. Burial will be in the Porter's Memorial Park Cemetery. Grayson-Porter's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Juanita Griffin of Tupelo; one daughter, Linda Wright and husband, Charles, of Tupelo; two sisters, Louise Scott of Belden and Maybellene Sandfield of Van Fleet; one brother, Bonnie Griffin of Palmetto; one aunt Earnease Anderson of Ecorse, Mich.; two grandchildren, Lauren Wright and Corey Wright, both of Tupelo; one great-grandchild, Dayla Wright of Tupelo; 13 nieces; and 12 nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arelious and Laura Patton Griffin; his son, Lester Griffin; one sister, Mittie Hancock; and two brothers, James Patton and Gilbert Wheeler.

Pallbearers will be Deacons of New Providence M.B. Church. Honorary pallbearers will be the Brotherhood and Sunday School Class No. 10 of New Providence M.B. Church.

Visitation will begin with lie-in state starting at 3 p.m. with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Online condolences can be made at www.grayson-portersmortuary.com.

Erma E. Cryder
TUPELO – Erma E. “Nora” Cryder, 90, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A native of Algoma, she was born Aug. 17, 1917, to the late Bonner Levi and Pearl Kennedy Miller. She was a graduate of Algoma High School. She worked as a waitress for TKE's for several years. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing and flower gardening. She was a member of Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Terry Pierce officiating. Burial will be in the Priceville Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Cozette Cryder of Tupelo; one son, James Ray Cryder of Tupelo; one granddaughter, Cathy Cryder of Tupelo; and two great-granddaughters, Cayla Cryder and Christan Holman.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Guy V. Miller.

Visitation will continue from 2 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church, 1650 N. Veterans Blvd. Tupelo, MS 38804.

John William Bruce
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. – John William Bruce, 83, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at Methodist Hospital North in Memphis. He was born March 29, 1924, to the late John Douglas and Jewel Fiveash Bruce. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and was U.S. Army Veteran. He and his son owned and operated a wholesale car business for over 30 years. He had been a respected automobile dealer for over 50 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Minister King McCarver officiating. Burial will be in the Beech Hill Church of Christ Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Brooksye Graves Bruce of Germantown, Tenn.; one son, Thomas Bruce and wife, Rebekah, of Germantown, Tenn.; one daughter-in-law, Vickie Wheeler; two sisters, Willie Mae Needham of Ashland and Catherine Smith of Horn Lake; two brothers, Roy Bruce and wife, Ione, of Ashland, and Waymon Charles “W.C.” Bruce and wife, Fay, of Winter Haven, Fla.; five grandchildren, Jill Bruce of Russellville, Ark., Leah Dumas and husband, Mike, of Ft. Smith, Ark., Wesley Bruce, Tricia Bruce and Jordan Bruce all of Germantown, Tenn.; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Phillip Graves Bruce; his parents, John Douglas and Jewel Fiveash Bruce; and one sister, Doris Smith.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Bruce, Jordan Bruce, Gary Bruce, John Monroe and Mike Graves.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or a charity of donor's choice.

To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Linda Frances Gillentine
NETTLETON – Linda Frances Gillentine, 58, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after an 11 year battle with breast cancer. She was born Dec. 12, 1948, in Pascola, Missouri to the late Lynn Warren Blackburn and Leona Woodard Blackburn Hall. She worked for Action Industries and Peoplelounger. She enjoyed bird watching, gardening, cooking and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Calvary Assembly.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. John (Ben) Raper and Ben Raper officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, David E. Gillentine of Nettleton; three daughters, Stephanie Hodo and husband, Allen, of Waynesboro; Tammy Gomez and husband, Victor A., of Nettleton, and Mary Frances Timmons and husband, Tommy, of Guntown; four sisters, Virginia Hendershot and Johanna Fields, both of Hati, Missouri, Jane Ross and husband, Newt, of Lakeland, Florida, and Nellie Criddle of Verona; three brothers, Billy Hall and wife, Margaret, of Amory, Stanley Blackburn and Ronald Blackburn both of Orlando, Florida; six grandchildren, David and Will Hodo, Noah Christopher Gomez, and Noah Thomas, Jacob, and Luke Timmons; and her father-in-law, Earl W. Gillentine and wife, Elaine, of Nettleton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

Her grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to The Susan G. Koman Foundation, Mississippi Affiliate, P.O. Box 16451, Jackson, MS, 39236; or Calvary Assembly Building Fund, P.O. Box 32, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Margaret E. Hardy
GUNTOWN – Margaret Elizabeth Hardy, 52, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She was born March 29, 1955, in Lee County to Jimmie and Gladis Copeland. She accepted Christ and was a devoted member of Mt. Moriah Holiness Church until her health failed. She loved spending time with her family.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Mt. Moriah Holiness Church with the Rev. James Robinson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N. L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her father, Jimmie Copeland of Guntown; two children ; Shilena Copeland and Jamal Hardy, both of Chicago, Ill.; two brothers ; James (Nadine) Copeland of Broadview, Ill. and Al (Sherry) Copeland of Richton Park, Ill.; one sister, Sabrina Copeland of Broadview, Ill.; two grandchildren, Deontai Young and Taurean Hardy, both of Chicago, Ill.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Gladis Copeland.

Frank Randle
WEST POINT – William Frank Randle, 81, died, Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at the West Point Community Living Center in West Point. He was born November 23, 1925, in Vaiden to the late Allie Mae Pullen and Ernest Guyon Randle. He was a stock clerk for McGregory Manufacturing Company in Winona for a number of years. He was a member of Siloam United Methodist Church. He had lived most of his life in Vaiden before moving to Greenwood and moving to West Point in 2004. He married Edith Herring Randle, who predeceased him in 1990. Four brothers and one Sister also predeceased him.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Vaiden Cemetery with Alan Randle and Mark Randle officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his brother, Dale Randle and wife, Helen, of West Point; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

Mildred Horn
BOONEVILLE – Mildred R. Gann Horn, 88, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab in Booneville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Booneville Church of Christ. She loved sewing and crocheting.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jim Estes and Minister Doug Greenway officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Rest Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, R.E. Horn; one daughter, Connie Edge and her husband, Adrian, of Booneville; one son, Harold Horn and his wife, Toni, of Booneville; three sisters, Christine Spencer of Booneville, Frances Farrar of Kenosha, Wisc., and Ivy Holt of Bay, Ark.; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons.

Visitation will continue until 9 p.m. today and until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

Eugene L. Hanna Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Eugene L. Hanna Jr., 66, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at the Alliance Healthcare Systems. He was born Aug. 28, 1941, in Watson to the late Eugene Loyd Hanna and Jessie Snell Hanna. He was a technician for Protein Technology and a member of the Emory Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army Reserve veteran. He was the widower of Martha Hanna.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Emory Methodist Church in Watson with Bro. Leon Burton officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two stepsons, Terry T. Byrd of Holly Springs and Sandy D. Byrd Sr. of Potts Camp; two brothers, Ken Hanna of Meadville, Pa., and Jerry Hanna of Horn Lake; one sister, Bonnie McKnatt of Olive Branch; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Sandy Byrd Jr., Hugh Hollowell, Larry Edwards, Terry B. Byrd Jr., Stanley McKnatt and George Powell.

Laura Umphers
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Laura Umphers, 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007. She was a member of Flat Rock Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Flat Rock Baptist Church in Hickory Flat. Burial will be in the Carey Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Randolph. Forest Hill Funeral Home-South of Memphis is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Nellie Fay Umphers of Corinth; four sons, Jarvis of Myrtle, Kenneth of Guntown, Billie of South Hill, Va., and Albert of Iowa; 15 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Earnest Stevens
BELDEN – Earnest Stevens, 72, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at his home. He was born Oct. 15, 1935, to Oscar and Siddie Stevens. He was a lifelong resident of Lee County and a self employed contractor. He was an avid coon hunter and fisherman and enjoyed drag racing, muscle cars and watching TV.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Norman Maddox officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Betty Stevens of Belden; one daughter, Linda Young (Jimmy) of Tupelo; two sons, Tim Stevens (Mary) of Belden and Doug Stevens of Tracy, Calif.; one brother, Weader Stevens (Burie) of Saltillo; two sisters, Ruth Brown of Dorsey and Sue Stevens of Saltillo; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Alice Stevens, Wilma Stevens and Delta Stevens.

Pallbearers will be Levi Kidd, Brad Kidd, Scott Carr, Alex Hutson, Dale Stevens and Wade Stevens.

Bobby Glen Braswell
WALNUT – Bobby Glen Braswell, 76, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Ruth Suggs
CHEWALLA, Tenn. – Ruth Wallace Suggs, 86, died Monday Oct. 15, 2007, at the Mississippi Care Center. She was born May 17, 1921, in McNairy County, Tenn., to the late Jack and Lucy G. Wallace. She retired from ITT and was a member of the Chewalla Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for 60 years. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Chewalla Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Doyle officiating. Burial will be in the Indian Creek Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her sons, Jackie Suggs and wife, Judy, of Eastview, Tenn., and Ricky Suggs and wife, Wanda, of Selmer, Tenn.; her daughters, Treva Barnes and husband, Arnet, of Corinth, Linda Suggs of Chewalla, Tenn., and Judy Messner and husband, Gary, of Florence, Ala.; one brother, Kenneth Wallace of Chewalla, Tenn.; three sisters, Charlene Hurley and Doris Barnes, both of Corinth, and Maxine Barnes of Decatur, Ala.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Mozelle Rooks Welborn
HAMILTON – Mozelle Rooks Welborn, 81, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born May 3, 1926, to Gaywright Wright and Mary Wright in Henderson, North Carolina. She lived the past 10 years in Hamilton where she was a homemaker.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Fig Hill Cemetery with Sister Helen Smith officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Tony Rooks and wife, LIbby, of Hamilton; one son-in-law, Jeffie Box; eight grandchildren, Tony Rooks Jr., Patrick Rooks, Keith Box, Christy McLaren, Tammy Box, Danny Huffman, Susie Umfress and Frankie Honeycutt; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Pascal Rooks; her second husband, Leonard Welburn; two daughters, Rita Rooks and Pam Box; and brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Leon Woods, Joe Ferraro, Joey Ferraro, Kenneth Lackie, James Lucas and Troy Rowell.

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

James Cartwright
ACKERMAN – James Royce Cartwright, 64, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at his residence. He was born July 14, 1943, in Prentiss County. He was a former agriculture instructor in Weir. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University. He was a member of Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He served 30 years in the Army National Guard as a Master Sergeant. He was preceded in death by his father, Russell Cartwright.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Ackerman with the Rev. Jerry Lawson officiating. Burial will be in the Enon Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Lee Cartwright of Ackerman; two sons, Brandon Cartwright of Jackson and Chris Cartwright and wife, Alishia, of Gillette, Wyoming; one daughter, Crystal Gard and husband, Darrin, of Dothan, Ala.; his mother, Nettie Green Cartwright of Booneville; four brothers, Charles Cartwright, Ronnie Cartwright and Terry Cartwright, all of Booneville, and Harrison Cartwright of Tupelo; one sister, Brenda Joyce Harrington of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Cory and Alli Cartwright of Gillette, Wyoming and Abby Grace and Hayden Andrew Gard of Dothan, Ala.; and good friends, Barbara Sloan and Marissa Sloan of Ackerman.

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

Memorials may be made to the Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Box 294, Ackerman, MS 39735.

Hershel D. Edgeston
RIPLEY – Hershel D. Edgeston, 91, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, in Tippah. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral home of Ripley.

Joyce Parvin
ABERDEEN – Joyce Putnam Parvin, 67, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at her residence in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Vertie Mae Gill
PONTOTOC – Vertie Mae Gill, 84, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a native of Pontotoc and a member of the New Salem M.B. Church. She loved her grandkids, watching TV and talking on the telephone. She was the widow of Robert Gill Sr.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at College Hill CME Church with the Rev. Ernie Wright officiating. Burial will be in the Palmetto Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include six daughters, Flossie Humphrey and Marsha Chewe, both of Pontotoc, Essie Simmons of Mooreville, Virginia Hill of Baldwyn, Zula Judon and Mamie Cayson, both of Verona; four sons, Larry Gill and Cardell Gill, both of Pontotoc, Robert Gill Jr. of Verona and Leon Gill of Tupelo; 34 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; and her special friend, Sally Mae Cooperwood of Pontotoc.

Visitation will be from noon until 6 p.m. today with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Lonnie Paul Yarbrough
JACKSON – Lonnie Paul Yarbrough, 61, formerly of Baldwyn, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at the Hudspeth Regional Center in Jackson.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Lebanon Cemetery with Bro. Rickey Sherman officiating. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stokes and Rita Yarbrough.

Alice Holley
HORN LAKE – Alice Clasteen Brazeal Holley, 91, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at the Landmark of Desoto. She was retired as a nurses assistant at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was the widow of John Holley.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy in Mooreville. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis, Ark. is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Maudena Snyder of Horn Lake; three brothers, Joe Brazeal of West Memphis, Ark., Hershell Brazeal of Mountain Home, Ark., and Glenn T. Brazeal of Paramount, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Online guest book at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Ruby Green
MEMPHIS – Ruby Abernathy Green, 87, of Memphis, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at Bolivar General Hospital in Bolivar, Tenn., after a brief illness. She was retired and a member of Colonial Baptist Church in Memphis.

Services will be at noon Thursday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. W.C. Alexander officiating. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, James Ellis Green of Oakland, Tenn.; two grandchildren, James Jason Green and April Lenee Flynn; five great-grandchildren, Dustin Cameron Flynn, Austin James Flynn, Wyatt James Green, Dylan Green and Garrett Hugh Green.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Forrest Green; three brothers, Everett Hurt, Lester Abernathy and Burley Abernathy; and one nephew, David Lewis Abernathy.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. and until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

Emma Chandler
FULTON – Emma Isabelle Chandler, 84, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at the Community Hospice House – Darlington Oaks. She was born Sept. 24, 1923, in Attala County to Carson and Mackie Elaine Thornton Goss, the oldest of seven children. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Fulton, the Senior Adult III and her Sunday School Class until two years ago. She was a Sunday School teacher, WMU President, church clerk and Bible School teacher. She was a member of South Fulton Homemakers Club. She was retired from Ruleville Manufacturing in 1987.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Fulton First Baptist Church with Bro. Terry Brown and Bro. Brad Chandler officiating. Burial will be in the Parkway Cemetery in Koscusko. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Robert W. Chandler (Joanne) of Jackson and David Chandler (Wanda) of Grenada; three daughters, Faye Hollingsworth (Rex) and Sharion Carpenter (Keith), all of Fulton, and Patricia Brown (Terry) of Pope; two sisters, Olene Britt of Minter City and Wilma Kenwright of Lubbock, Texas; one brother, J. Dayne Goss of Houston, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Stacy Hollingsworth Wall, Rexanne Hollingsworth, Leslie Hollingsworth Burris, Keith Chandler, Emily Chandler Burns, Brian Brown, Shannon Brown Ellis, Kerry Carpenter Johnson, Chris Carpenter, Brad Chandler and Holly Chandler; 14 great-grandchildren, Davis Wall, Andrew Hollingsworth, Raden Burris, Max Chandler, Meegan Chandler, Brogan Burns, Anna Carson Burns, Lauren Brown, Lindsey Brown, Katie Ellis, Luke Ellis, Hannah Johnson, Tierney Marie Johnson and Sarah Grace Chandler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie Chandler; her parents, Carson and Elaine Goss; two brothers, W.K. and Trenton Goss; and one sister, Marie Methvin.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be her Sunday School class and Homemakers Club.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Fulton or Community Hospice House-Darlington Oaks.

Donald Azlin
BELDEN – Donald Evoy Azlin, 75, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at the Alive Hospice St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. He was born Feb.. 3, 1932, to the late James Hubbard Azlin and Peggy Scott Azlin. He was a retired self employed construction businessman. He served in the Mississippi National Guard. He was a Methodist and a member of the Belden United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Danny Wilburn officiating. Burial will be in the Belden Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Melissa Sisk and Brian of Brentwood, Tenn.; one sister, Mary Azlin of New Albany; one brother, William B. Azlin of Pinedale; and four grandchildren, Claybrook, Walker, Jack and Riley Sisk, all of Brentwood, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Peggy Scott Azlin; and one brother, James L. Azlin.

Pallbearers will be J.P. Garrett, Fred Collins, Billy Daniels, Don Gadow, Kermit Davis and Randy Hodges.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bill Croisant
WATER VALLEY – Billy Lorance “Bill” Croisant, 84, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007. He was born Aug. 14, 1923, in Mooreland, Oklahoma to the late Willie George Croisant and Laura Jane Penney Croisant. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving as a Water Tender 1st Class in the Pacific Theater 3rd Fleet. He served aboard the USS Fanning 385 and the USS Swenson 729. He was presently a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church and was formerly a member of Anchor Baptist Church for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to watch Court TV and wrestling.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Anchor Baptist Church with the Rev. Gerald Shook and the Rev. Ken Izzard officiating. Burial will be in the Campground Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of almost 44 years, Patsy “Pat” Mills Croisant of Oxford; one daughter , son-in-law and granddaughter, Tami, David and LaRissa Arbuckle of Water Valley; one brother, Lyle Croisant of California; two brothers-in-law, Wayne Mills and Leon McMinn; two sisters-in-law, Keron Mills and Reba McMinn; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Gene, Chet and Fred Croisant; and one sister, Clementine McCoy.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the building fund at Anchor Baptist Church or Woodland Hills Baptist Church.

Jewell Thompson
OXFORD – Jewell Thompson, 94, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was a native of Lafayette County and a homemaker.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Clear Creek M.B. Church in Oxford with the Rev. Kenneth Bonner officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one brother, Otis Patton of Oxford; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Thompson; and two sons, Rev. Cassie Bonner Sr. and James William Bonner Sr.

Edith Thomas
TISHOMINGO – Edith Thomas died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.

Howard L. Kirk
CORINTH – Howard L. Kirk, 65, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Wallace E. Maddox
MEMPHIS – Wallace E. Maddox, 94, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.