OXFORD – Thomas Lee Freeman, 63, formerly of Looxahoma, passed away at the North Mississippi Regional Center on April 30, 2009.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial will follow at Friendship Cemetery in Como. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from noon until service time Saturday.
Mr. Freeman was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Pauline Freeman, and by his brother, Fredrick Freeman.
He is survived by his brother, W.L. “Smokey” Freeman (Mary) of Saltillo; two nephews, Eric Freeman (Marie) and Jeffery Freeman (Stephanie); two nieces, Angela Crafton (Terry) and Katherine Freeman; three great-nieces, Alexis Crafton, Sarah Freeman and Lauren Freeman; special friends and caregivers, Ken Johnson, Dr. Eric Dahl, and the entire staff of the North Mississippi Regional Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the North Mississippi Regional Center, 967 Regional Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.
The following poem was written by Ellen Burford in 1983 about Mr. Freeman: “Pure and sweet as a child can be, though stature of a man has he, life is hard, yet Tommy Lee, surely God does smile on thee. He chose to make imperfect men. Yet free are you from vice and sin. God knows best and He can see, you have a purpose, Tommy Lee. To teach us patience and love that cost, He bore the painful, shameful cross, to teach us love and humility. He sent to us you, Tommy Lee. Heaven’s gate shall welcome thee. When from this shell of life you flee. For you are pure and from sin, free my loving, childlife Tommy Lee!”
IUKA – Omie Morris, 86, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Pickwick Church of Christ. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, raising her animals, and cooking for and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ with Rick Jones officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Roy Thacker (Sherry), Jerry Thacker (Annette) and Keith Morris, all of Iuka; five daughters, Janie Keele of Iuka, Cleda Whitaker of Burnsville, Linda Crumbley (Danny) of Cullman, Ala., Martha Clark of Iuka and Brenda Smith (Gerald) of Counce, Tenn.; four sisters, Eula Newcomb and Esther Burns, both of Iuka, and Flaudie Bullard and Annie Faye Meteer, both of Corinth; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, R.G. Thacker and Alford Morris; her parents, James and Martha Lambert; a son, Travis Thacker; two sisters, Virgie Robinson and Mable Parsons; three brothers, Lawrence, Luther and Albert Lambert; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.
Pallbearers will be Jesse McDuffy, Jim Cudiff, Bradley Bonds, William Whitaker, Joe Carmack, Perry White, Michael Pirtle and Garry Austin. Al Flannery will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Thomas F. Childress
OLIVE BRANCH – Thomas F. Childress, 62, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Brantley Funeral Home.
PALMETTO – Lazette Stone Metcalfe Miller, 92, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BELDEN – Annie Beatrice Sherrod-Walker died Monday, April 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 29, 1932, to Earl and Hattie Brooks Sherrod. She married Henry A. Walker in 1949. She united with Hopewell M.B. Church as a teenager in the Heard Town community. After moving to Tupelo she moved her membership to White Hill M.B. Church, where she remained a member until death. She had a strong love and belief in our God. She loved and was always concerned about her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the H.L. Coleman Convention Center in the Haven Acres community with the Rev. Larry Shannon officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church Cemetery at Chesterville. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, William (Phyllis) Smith of Tupelo and Thomas “Ronnie” (Linda) Walker of Plantersville; one daughter, Betty J. Walker-Dilworth of Belden; three stepsons William (Cynthia) Reese of Virginia Beach, Va., Sammie and Jackie of Okolona, and Steven Rucker of Tupelo; two stepdaughters, Mable (John)William of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Patricia Sorrell of Belden; a foster son, Tommie (Theresa) Hartley of Crystal Springs; two brothers, Earl Sherrod and Murl (Birt) Sherrod, both of Detroit, Mich.; three sisters: Daisy Bradley of Belden, Mattie McGlown of East St. Louis, Ill., and Winnie Sherrod of Jackson; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, 13 stepgrandchildren, 15 stepgreat-grandchildren and one stepgreat-great-granddaughter; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour before service time at the church.
The online guestbook may be accessed at www.nljonesandson.com.
MOSCOW, Tenn. – Wayne Jones, 63, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. He was a 1963 graduate of Kossuth High School. He moved to Collierville, where he and his wife owned and operated Gail and Wayne’s Moscow Grocery. He was a Baptist. He enjoyed watching T.V.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Gail Jones of Moscow, Tenn.; his father, Jimmy Jones (Jean) of Walls; two daughters, Carolyn Jones of Memphis and Tammy Dugger (Ronnie) of Brandon; a grandson, Christopher Stewart; a half brother, Chuck, of Moscow, Tenn.; a half sister, Judy Jones.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Evie Wilbanks Logan, and his grandparents, Hosie and Dolly Leatherwood.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday.
PONCHATOULA, La. – Ruthell Hardin Skiles, 88, formerly of Slidell, La., died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at her home. She was born July 27, 1920, in Calhoun County. She was a retired bookkeeper for Howard Clinic. She was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in Slidell and a member of the Eastern Star.
Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Pittsboro Cemetery with Dr. Scott Wright officiating. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Patty Book (David) of Ponchatoula, La.; one son, Lee Skiles (Nell) of Tarboro, N.C.; one sister, Grace Byars of Calhoun City; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, F.O. Skiles; a son, James Howard Skiles; and her parents, Henry Hartwell Hardin and Susie Rhodes Hardin.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Library Fund, 1615 Old Spanish Trail, Slidell, LA 70458.
BOONEVILLE – Ellis Smith, 93, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
CHICAGO – L.B. “Pig” Young, 80, formerly of Michigan City, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at his home in Chicago. He was a member of Sims Chapel M.B. Church in Michigan City.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Sims Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. Adam Gholson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Joann Braddock of Bolivar, Tenn., and Taylor Bayliss of Walnut; five sons, L.B. Young Jr. of Bolivar, Tenn., and Dwight Young, Rickey Young, Alton Young and Michael Young, all of Walnut; a sister, Irma Webber of Michigan City; a brother, Melvin Young of Michigan City; 31 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.
CORINTH – Jean Vassar Anderson, 84, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Dogwood Plantation Assisted Living. A native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., she was the daughter of J.W. and Armalee Vassar. She moved with her family to Corinth at the age of 8. She was a 1943 graduate of Corinth High School and she attended Judson College in Marion, Ala. She married William Logan Anderson in 1948. She worked for Fadra Dodd, Jerry Moore and Joe Caldwell in the Circuit Clerk’s office and spent a total of 40 years in service to her community. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church, where she was church organist for 42 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen Timmons (Danny) and Kathi Irwin (Tommy), both of Oxford; grandchildren, Anderson Hunter Timmons of Oxford, Kathryn Gatewood Timmons of Corinth, Elizabeth Whitney Irwin of Southern Pines, N.C., Thomas Clayton Anderson Irwin of Chapel Hill, N.C., and William Jackson Irwin of Oxford.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, William Logan Anderson; a brother, John Vassar; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Larry Stanford, Larry Reid, David Green and Jimmy Price.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Foster, Hoyt Alexander, Nat Mayhall, Merl SAnders, Bubby Gurley, Jerry Moore, Joe Caldwell, Taft Little, Robert Wolfe, Arie Vance, Colin McGee and John Smilie.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Bill Anderson Children’s Fund, First Baptist Church, 501 Main St., Corinth MS 38834.
HOUSTON – Newton J.T. Simmons, 79, died Monday, April 27, 2009. He was a native of New Site and the son of Joseph and Eugene Simmons.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors. Burial will be in the Valley of the Dogwood Cemetery.
Survivors include his children, Daniel Simmons, Aquila Perry (Rick), Datha Strickland (Jim) and Gaius “Red” Simmons (Cindy); a sister, Mildred Clinese Glass; four grandchildren, Timothy Simmons, Melody Perry, Mackenzie Simmons and Matthew Simmons; a special friend, John Mejia; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Helen Simmons.
BATESVILLE – Katina Kitchens Lloyd, 36, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. She was born Feb. 6, 1973, in Memphis. She graduated from South Panola High School and Rust College. She was a teacher and volleyball coach for the South Panola School District. Last year she was the Teacher of the Year for the district and for Congressional District 1. She was a funeral home assistant at Cooley’s Mortuary. She was a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church at Batesville and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Batesville Civic Center with the Rev. Zannie Leland Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Olive Ray Cemetery at Pope. Cooley’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin L. Lloyd of Batesville; her parents, Roosevelt and Norva Davis Kitchens of Batesville; daughters, Halle Lloyd, Haley Lloyd, Biance Lloyd, Brandyce Lloyd, all of Batesville, and Domonique Lloyd of Charleston; two sisters, Krochelle Kitchens of T:upelo and Koretta Kitchens Sullivan of Batesville; three brothers, Corey Kitchens of Memphis, Larry Cunningham of Albany, N.Y., and Rev. Zannie Leland Jr. of Batesville; godchildren, LaCressia Cooley, Edward Cooley, Peria Jerry and John Jerry, all of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the mortuary and from 10 to 11 a.m. SAturday at the civic center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a fund for her daughters set up at the First Security Bank.
BAKERSVILLE, Calif. – R.L. McIntire died Sunday, April 26, 2009, in Bakersville, Calif. He was born Sept. 7, 1930, in Cleveland to Fred and Letha McIntire.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at New Life Pentecostal Church in Batesville. Bro. Kennedy Dyson and his wife, Mary, will officiate.
Survivors include his wife, Johnnie Ann McIntire; one son, Mike, of Westfields, Calif.; two daughters, Judy Griffin of Fort Worth, Texas, and Donna Kirkham of Marina, Calif.; one stepdaughter, Lisa Schaner, and one stepson, Andy Williams, of Ridgecrest, Calif.; four sisters, Maybelle Sandifer of Nettleton, Artis Sullivan of West Point, Virginia Collier of Thaxton and Peggy Gates of Pontotoc; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters and one grandson.
ASHLAND – Saddie Mae Williams, 85, died Sunday, April 26, 2009, at Briarcrest Extended Care Home in Ashland. She was a faithful member of Shiloh M.B. Church in Ashland. She enjoyed sewing and cooking.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shiloh M.B. Church with the Rev. L.M. Bowers officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a brother, Henry Louis Strickland (Arzeila) of Ashland; three sisters, Mary Lizzie Strickland of Ashland, and Sallie Williams-Vaughn (Robert) and Annie B. Williams, both of Memphis; a sister-in-law, Marie Strickland of Ashland; two aunts, Rosie Harris of Memphis and Mattie Jane Strickland of Ashland.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.
TUPELO – Elmer H. “Sam” Samuelson died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. He was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Charles and Annie Samuelson. He retired from Central Service Association with 30 years of service. For many years he coached Little League baseball. He was an avid hunter and was very involved in activities at Wesley United Methodist Church and at First Evangelical Church. He was past president of the Junior Bowling Association at Rebelanes and a founding member of the Senior Bowling League. He was an aficionado of Starbucks coffee.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kevin Wood officiating and Dr. Gary Gray assisting. Burial will the in the Garden of the Resurrection at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Alice Blailock Samuelson; one daughter, Vanessa Warmath (Steve); two sons, Tom Samuelson (Rebecca) and Robert Samuelson, both of Birmingham; three sisters, Jean Wilson and Evon Acker (Don), both of Portland, Ore., and Gerty Wilson of Seattle, Wash.; two brothers, Fred Samuelson of Pine Hurst, Idaho, and Don Samuelson (Mary) of Boise, Idaho; one brother-in-law, Bob Blailock (Grace) of Albuquerque, N.M.; five Grandchildren, Jourdan Samuelson, Carmen Samuelson, Katherine Samuelson, Betsy Samuelson and Gavin Warmath; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bob Samuelson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Youth Group of the Church at Trace Crossing for their home building mission trip to Honduras, P.O. Box 69, Tupelo, MS 38802.
BOONEVILLE – William A. “Bill” Creekmore, 66, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bert Coleman Jr.
CORINTH – Bert McKinney Coleman Jr., 65, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in Jackson. He was a wholesale auto dealer for many years and a member of the Oakland Baptist Church. He graduated from Corinth High School and attended Northeast Community College. He loved his children, grandchildren and family. He loved all sports and coached at the Y. He was a man of strong faith.
Services will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Baptist Church with Dr. Randy Bostick, the Rev. Dennis Smith and the Rev. Jay Stanley officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Buff Ellen Coleman-Garcia (Antonia) of Palm Beach Garden, Fla., Jennifer McCollum (Jordan) of Saltillo and Delinda Cardwell of Memphis; one brother, Edwin Coleman (Donna) of Tupelo; one sister, Sara McKinney (Kenneth) of Vernon, Ala.; grandchildren, Arabella Sanchez-Garcia and Sterling Sanchez-Garcia, Jacob Lee McCollum and Jillian McCollum; several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert M. Coleman Sr. and Maxine Brewster Coleman; his wife, Polly Coleman; and a niece, Allyson Dianne Coleman.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Dillingham Jr., Bobby Roberts, Kenny McKinney, Scott McKinney, L.B. Darnell, Mark Matthew, David McKinney, Tim Wiygul, Billy Carl Lipford, Bo Hancock, Bruce Coleman and Coach Ron Zook. Honorary pallbearers will be the Thursday Morning Breakfast Club.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Team Focus, 6110 Grelot Road, Mobile, AL 36609.
WILLISTON, Tenn. – DeUnte Andrae Fitzpatrick, 23, formerly of Holly Springs, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at the Fayette County Correctional Center in Somerville, Tenn. He was a member of Hillfield M.B. Church in Toone, Tenn.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Slayden with Elder Christopher Griggs officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Lela Pauline Mitchell of Holly Springs; his father, Lee Eddie Fitzpatrick of Slayden; his stepfather, Martin Calvin Mitchell of Grand Junction, Tenn.; two sisters, Shantel Nicole Fitzpatrick of Oakland, Tenn., and Julisa Nicole Mitchell of Grand Junction; a brother, Martin Marquel Mitchell of Holly Springs; his grandmother, ReBertha Hodge, and his grandfather, J.W. Hodge, of Williston, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Saturday at the church.
WALNUT – Gene Autry Bobo, 73, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He was a retired construction worker and a U.S. Army veteran. He loved his family and friends, and enjoyed dirt track racing, watching racing on T.V., fishing, deer hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Bro. Gary Porterfield officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Susie Bobo of Walnut; one son, Rudy Bobo (Regina) of Walnut; one daughter, Pamela Bobo (Walnut); grandchildren, Crystal Robinson, Travis Bobo, Tracy Bobo (Leah), Samantha Cruz, Regina Williams (Daniel) and Robert Emanuel Cruz; great-grandchildren, Rebecca Crum, Hannah Crum, Ethan Tucker, Austin Williams, Emily Thomas, Destiny Bobo and Grace Bobo; stepgrandchildren, Courtney Settlemires and Stephanie Settlemires; two brothers, Walter Leroy Bobo of Horn Lake and Dave Bobo (Deloris) of Corinth; four sisters, Ruth Barnes (W.C.) of Falkner, Elaine Colton and Genieva Glisson, both of Corinth, and Willie Grace Clolinger of Gulfport.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter L. Bobo; his mother, Hermie Jones Bobo; a brother, Maurice Bobo; and two sisters, Eloise Newton and Floella Burkhalter.
Pallbearers will be Robert Emanuel Cruz, Daniel Williams, Tracy Bobo, Travis Bobo, Darrell CLrum and Greg Dixon.
Honorary pallbearers will be Andy Bobo, Junior Clolinger and Jimmy Tate Waldon.
The body will lie in state at Bethlehem Baptist Church from 5 to 10 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Bennie Ewing Sr.
ABERDEEN – Bennie Ewing Sr., 88, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at Pioneer Community Hospital. He was a member of Sesostris Lodge 14 and the NAACP. He was a Sunday School teacher and superintendent and a member of the National Baptist Congress for more than 30 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Baptist Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. Joseph Lampkin officiating. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Rest Cemetery at Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Bennie Mae Chandler, Mary Gail Young and Mattie (Pat) Ewing, all of Aberdeen, and Margaret Whitaker of Atlanta; one son, Bennie Ewing Jr. of Virginia; one sister, Elmora Langston of Aberdeen; one brother, David Ewing of Aberdeen; 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Randle Ewing.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today.
For the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
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