By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – On Jan. 17, 2013, Karl N. Underwood, 78, passed away at his home in Tupelo. Services celebrating his life will be on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel. Visitation is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday only.
Karl, affectionately known as “Heavy,” was born on Jan. 12, 1935, in Tishomingo. He was one of 10 children of John O. Underwood and Ercel Blount Underwood. Karl married Kathryn Spencer of Burnsville. They were married for 46 happy years. God blessed their marriage with three daughters; Karla Garrett, Kelly James and Kristy Carroll, all of Tupelo.
Karl was a Christian. He believed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and had a personal relationship with God through Jesus. He is now present with his Lord in heaven. The Underwoods are members of West Jackson Street Baptist Church.
He worked for almost 30 years for Dow Agri-Science Division, where he sold agricultural products. He enjoyed his job and loved so many of his customers, who continued relationships with him after his retirement. During these years, Karl made lasting friendships with his district members and so many others of his company. Competitors were considered friends and remain that way today. Visits and phone calls from these men were celebrated and always gave him a smile filled with joy. He enjoyed his trips and long weekends with these guys in his later years. Karl served as president and vice president of the Mississippi Agricultural Chemical Council.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter and sports enthusiast. Mississippi State was his team! GO DAWGS! He loved raising beagles and rabbit hunting. Nothing sounded as good as when the dogs started barking and, as he would say, “Uh oh, they got one.” Later in his life, he became the “water boy” for his grandson’s football team, TCPS. Here he was known to all as ”Pops.” He faithfully served this position for many years. Karl was seen at many TCPS basketball games watching his granddaughters and grandson play and cheering them on. He also loved attending Little League games of his grandsons and watching his granddaughter cheer her team on. He had a full life after retirement. Keeping up with all his grandchildren gave him so much joy.
Pops was a special man. He was likable and funny, full of jokes and stories of growing up in Tishomingo. He was notorious in his home town. He was a prankster and could have been a comedian. He was wonderful with public speaking. He was entertaining, even in his final days.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Although this is a sad time, Karl has been given perfect healing, prayed for on earth, from The Great Physician. He has a perfect body and a perfect spirit and probably is singing and whistling in Heaven.
Mr. Underwood is survived by his devoted wife, Kathy Spencer Underwood; his daughters, Karla Garrett and her husband, Brady, Kelly James and her husband, Philip, Kristy Carroll and her husband, Jason; seven beloved grandchildren, Darius Garrett and his wife, Chelly, Hayley James, Katy James, Karlin Garrett, Judd Carroll, Mac Carroll and Piper Carroll, all of Tupelo; two sisters, Ruth Bowen and Margaret Underwood of Tishomingo; two brothers, Ken Underwood of Aberdeen and Harold Underwood and his wife Martha, of Kingston, Tenn.; four sister-in-laws, Mildred Underwood of Belmont, Clytee Hansberger of Tupelo, Ann Underwood of Brookhaven and MaryBelle Underwood of Oklahoma City, Okla.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Ercel Underwood; one sister, Ursula Underwood Hood; four brothers, J.O. Underwood, Arch Blount Underwood and his wife, Eunice, Blueford Underwood, and Francis Underwood.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jessie Simmons, Charles Holt, Tommy Vickers, Sam Pittman, Larry Moss, Don Grant, Tom Fleming, Johnny Roach and Kerry Saylors.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tupelo Christian Prepatory School Athletics Department, 5440 Endville Road, Belden, MS 38826; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
FULTON – Clifford David Potter, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Tupelo. He was born June 11, 1919, in Pawnee County, Okla., to Henry and Nellie Potter. He and his four siblings grew up on a farm where a strong work ethic was instilled that followed him his entire life. Growing up on a farm sparked his interest in how to make farms more productive and lead to his career with the USDA in the Soil Conservation Service. He was a veteran of WWII, having proudly served in the 58th Armored Field Artillery Battalion with service in Africa, Sicily, England, France, Belgium and Germany. After returning home he and his wife lived and worked in North Carolina before being transferred by the Soil Conservation Service to Mississippi in 1949 where he worked in Lafayette, DeSoto and Itawamba Counties. He was an active member of the Fulton United Methodist Church for over 40 years where he sang in choir, was a member of the Charlie Mae Sunday School Class, and a member of the United Methodist Men. He served on the Tupelo Board of Laity, and as a lay speaker at churches in Itawamba County. After retiring, he took up the harmonica again and played at Sunday services at his church. He also participated in Leadership Itawamba and was a volunteer with the Adult Literacy Program of ICC. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener, and woodsman. He was known as a humble, kind, and generous man who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He was voted Itawamba County Citizen of the Year for his many contributions to the community. He was a devoted Granddaddy to Matt and Will. Mr. Potter shared with them his love of the outdoors, as well as passing on to them Christian beliefs, and by example the importance of character, integrity, selflessness and passion for life.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Fulton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Phillip Box and the Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Burial will follow in Itawamba Memorial Gardens. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Melody Potter Boyington (Brian) of Oviedo, Fla.; grandsons, Matthew David Reedy (Bonnie) of Woodstock, Ga., and William Samuel Reedy of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Velma Lindsey of Perry, Okla.; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Zella Mae Potter; his parents; brothers, Edgar Potter, Earl Potter and Elmer Potter.
Pallbearers will be Todd Boyington, Charles Guinn, Bill Howell, James Neaves, Larry Pate and Luzerne Wheeler.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the choir and the Charlie Mae Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
Memorials can be made to Fulton United Methodist Church, 301 E. Main St., Fulton, MS 38843.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
TUPELO – Ron Deangelo Woods, 17, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. He was born on Feb. 17, 1995, to Ricky Guyton and Angie Woods. He was a very friendly, funny, outgoing and athletic young man. He was a student at Tupelo High School and a member of White Hill M.B. Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at White Hill M.B. Church. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Ricky Guyton and Angie Woods; his grandmothers, Shirley Harris and Mary Guyton, who raised him; his godfather, Peter Gates; four sisters, Tiffany Harris of Satillo, Karman Woods, Sonya Woods and Shelia Woods, all of Tupelo; and two brothers, Neal Woods and Desmond Woods, both of Tupelo.
TUPELO – William Randle Conner, 32, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was employed at Pizza Hut in Tupelo. He was a member of Unity Temple C.O.G.I.C. in Houston.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Unity Temple C.O.G.I.C. in Houston. Burial will be at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Houston. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge.
He is survived by his father, James Conner Jr., and his mother, Dorothy Lee Conner; one brother, James Earl McAllister of Natchez; and 12 sisters, Glenda Armstrong, Joyce Lawson, Cynthia Foster, Vicki Alejos-Olguin, Carol Hobson, Stephanie Randle, Gwen Armstrong, Dorothy Steen, Denise Jones, Lakayla Hill, LaShaundra Coleman and Kisha Petty.
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NETTLETON – Charles Wade Bynum, 75, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
TUPELO – Mildred “Millie” Schlater Landers, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Cedars Heathcare Center. She was born March 12, 1925, in Greenwood to Randle B. and Mary Galloway Schlater. She was the youngest of four sisters. Millie, as her friends and family knew her, attended Stephens College in Missouri and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1947, where she met her husband, Joe Landers. They relocated to Charlotte, N.C., for about 31⁄2 years and moved to Tupelo in 1951 to be closer to her family, including her sister, Blewett Mitchell and her husband, Guy, who also lived there. She loved her family and friends dearly and was an avid reader. Her friends knew to expect her candid comments and quick wit. She was also an active member of First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, where she taught Sunday school for a number of years. She was a member of the Tupelo Junior Auxiliary and briefly taught school. She continued to reach out to those she loved and cared about and lived in Tupelo for the rest of her life.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Jim Curtiss and the Rev. Lynn Mote officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Bill Landers (Suzanne) of Memphis, Tenn., and Edward Landers (Debbie) of Jacksonville, Fla.; three grandchildren, Kyle Landers of Rock Hill, S.C., Will and Andrew Landers, both of Memphis; and one great-granddaughter, Lucy Driggers of Rock Hill, S.C.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Landers; her parents; three sisters, Sara Elizabeth Appleton, Blewett Mitchell and Frances Melton.
Pallbearers will be Andrew J. Landers, William C. Landers, Floyd M. Melton Jr., Guy W. Mitchell III, Bennie C. Rogers Jr. and Stephen W. Vaught.
Honorary pallbearers will be Coker Appleton, Susan Mitchell, Elizabeth Melton, Randy Rogers, Martha Vaught and Libba Wilson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803; the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802; or to the Randle B. and Mary Galloway Schlater Endowed Scholarship at Mississippi State University, MSU Foundation, P.O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Online donations may be made at www.msufoundation.com. Designate your gift for the Randle B. and Mary Galloway Schlater Endowed Scholarship at Mississippi State University.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BRUCE – Antonia Marie Brown, 55 died Jan. 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope C.O.G.I.C in Bruce. Pastor Sinatra Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Bruce Community Cemetery in Pittsboro. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge.
She is survived by her father, Newberger Brown of Bruce; two brothers, Freeman Brown of Chicago and Mark Brown of Vardaman; and five sisters, Bertha Brown Sipp of Chicago, Josephine Hobson of Calhoun City, Patty Marks of Detroit, Mich., Artenece Brown Jennings of Calhoun City and Francine Brown of Horn Lake.
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PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Lavelle Sprayberry Bell, 95, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Trinity Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born Sept. 22, 1917, in Pontotoc to John Ems and Clara Clay Sprayberry. She later moved to Fouke, Ark., where she attended high school. She married Marvin Vernon Bell on May 12, 1936, and they moved to Pine Bluff in the early 1940s. Their children were students at the University of Arkansas for 20 years, and so she enjoyed Razorback football and basketball. She was a homemaker and member of Second Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Bobby Bell (Teenie) of Camden, Ark., Glenn Bell (Marsha) of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Dr. David Bell (Melissa) of Tupelo; one daughter, Donna Libby (Dr. David) of Memphis, Tenn.; one sister, Mrs. Harold Askins of Texarkana, Ark.; eight grandchildren, including Matthew and Catherine Bell of Tupelo; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Jessie Sprayberry and Henry Sprayberry; and a sister, Frances Jones.
Funeral services were Jan. 13, 2013, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Dr. Steve Winstead officiating.
Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Free Clinic, P.O. Box 1821, Tupelo, MS 38802.
CORDOVA, Tenn. – Juantena Leon “Tena” Sutton Carmack, 95, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Applingwood Health Care Center in Cordova, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Garner Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley, Tenn. Interment will follow in Ripley Memorial Gardens in Ripley, Tenn.
Visitation wil begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Curve Community Center, 2960 Coffee Shop Road, Ripley, TN 38063; Applingwood Health Care Center Activity Fund, 1537 Appling Care Lane, Cordova, TN 38015; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
TUPELO – Hezkiah Weathington, 86, died Friday, Jan.11, 2013. He was born on June 17, 1926, in Lee County to Turner and Bessie Williams. He attended school in Lee County. Growing tired of farming and after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946, he moved to Chicago in 1950. He worked at a hospital for many years. He also work at Keokuk Steel National Casting for almost 30 years. There he was promoted to a supervisory position before retiring in 1989. He loved working on cars.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors Chapel. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery.
He is survived by a son, Edward (Sharon) Ross of Mishawaka, Ind.; two daughters, Ceola Weathington and Mattie W. Mabry of Tupelo; two sisters, Vanilla (Dave) Cromartie of Lynn Haven, Fla., and Bessie Ruth Fields of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Willie D. (Carolyn) Weathington, Willenda Rochelle Mabry and Matthew MaShawn Mabry, all of Tupelo, and Michelle Ross of South Bend, Ind.; four great-grandchildren, Shadarianna Weathington, Devin Bell-Mabry, Brendan Mabry and Richard Harold Ross; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and his caregivers, Claudia and Nicole Foster, Annie Brown, Mary Vance, Kevin Reed and Marie McIntosh.
NEW ALBANY – Julia Craig died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Dogwood Estates in New Albany. She was a charter member of Colonial Baptist Church and an avid reader.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis. Burial will follow in Southwoods Cemetery.
She is survived by a daughter, Paula Hodges (William); grandchild, Tonya Chapin (David); and two great-grandchildren, Mason and Allyson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul F. Craig.
Memorial donations may be made at Colonial Baptist Church.
RIPLEY – Kerry Rogers, 48, died Dec. 28, 2012, at Bos Camp Lemonnier at Djibeut, Africa. He was born April 10, 1964, to Walter M. Rogers and Mable E. Hatch Rogers. He was a graduate of Ripley High School. He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College and Gateway Technical College in Racine, Wis., where he received his technical diploma.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. John M.B. Church with the Rev. G.T. Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Mable E. Hatch Rogers; two brothers, Eugene Rogers of Blue Mountain and Walter Rogers of Ripley; and eight sisters, Ida Faye Simmons of Racine, Wis., Callie M. Gaillard, Joann Hill, Odessa (Robert) Spight, Linda (Eugene) Girley, Brenda (Larry) Girley, Deborah (Dennis) Cox and Nancy Turner, all of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter N. Rogers; one brother, Billy Ray Rogers; his grandparents, Arch and Callie Simmons Hatch, and Scott and Josie Barnett Rogers.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday. There will be no wake.
RIPLEY – Cleatus Eudean Sweatman, 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at his brother’s home in Ripley. He was born Feb. 22, 1930, to William Bryan “Bill” and Onie Kincaid Sweatman in Tippah County. He was a retired factory worker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Howard Goolsby officiating. Burial will be in Criswell Cemetery at Ripley.
Survivors include three brothers, Clifford Sweatman (Martha) of Walnut, and J.B. Sweatman and Billy G. Sweatman, both of Ripley; and one sister, Beatrice Mauney (M.C.) of Southaven.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Clyde, Truman and Charles Sweatman; and a sister, Myrtle Robbins.
Pallbearers will be Jr. Meeks, Johnny Meeks, Donnie Brunson, Danny Mauney and Larry Mauney.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
BYHALIA – Victor Hughey Jones died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Byhalia United Methodist Church. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time Saturday.
The family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Byhalia United Methodist Church.
BRUCE – Ruby Ward Shelton, 86, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. She was born Oct. 28, 1926, in Pittsboro. She was a retired house parent for Baptist Children’s Village. She was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Jan (Rose Mary) Shelton of Bruce; one sister, Quida Faye Bailey of Clinton; three brothers, Leanard (Rubydean) Ward of Laurel, Robert “Bob” (Joyce) Ward of Columbus and Jerry (Mary Sue) Ward of Cherokee Village, Ark.; four grandchildren, Christopher Heath (Sandi) Shelton of Bruce, Steven Jan Shelton of Bruce, Ryan Matthew (Amber) Shelton of Pascagoula and Jon Shelton Rutland of Pascagoula; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eulus C. Ward and Zeffie Simpson Ward; her husband, Tillman Shelton; a daughter, Joan Shelton Rutland; two sisters, Vadie Cox and Minnie Raye Wooten; ghree brothers, Lester Ward, Lawrence Ward and Truman Ward.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Cole, Robert Edward Oakley, Jerry Tutor, John Wooten, Pete Ward and Richard Ward.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Creative Learning Center, Bruce First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 535, Bruce, MS 38915.
Online condolences can be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
BOONEVILLE – Edward “J.D.” McKinney, 75, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Jan. 14, 1938, to Shelton and Bessie McKinney in Yalobusha County. He was a 1958 graduate of New Site High School where he was an outstanding basketball player, and met and married his high school sweetheart, Betty Sue Nicholson. They made their home in the Hills Chapel community of Prentiss County. He was a member and deacon at Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church. He worked as a skilled pattern designer at Prentiss Manufacturing and taught the technique to others. He had the ability to grow large gardens and truck patches, which provided an abundance of food for his family, neighbors and friends to enjoy. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed both with his son and grandson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Matthew Pharr delivering the eulogy and Bro. Rodney Brazil officiating. Burial will be in the Martin Hill Cemetery.
Survivors are his wife, Betty Sue; one son, Donald (Beckie); one grandson, John Baxter McKinney; one sister, Marie Strickland; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Houston, Haskel, Archie, Claston, Irvin and L.B.; one sister, Charlene Chaffin; and an infant daughter, Glenda Ruth.
Pallbearers are Dan Crabb, Gerald Dodds, Jackie Nix, Benny Nix, Ben Stennett and Mark Walden.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Condolences can be made at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
BELMONT – E.W. “Bud” Searcy, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Church of Christ at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
OXFORD – Laverne Baggett, 93, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Born in Lafayette County, she was the widow of Burwood Baggett. she was a retired nurses aide Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. A faithful member of Yellow Leaf Baptist Church, she found joy in her family and encouraged family get-togethers as often as possible. She enjoyed gardening and tending to her vegetables and flowers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry East and the Rev. Donald Baggett officiating. Burial will follow in Yellow Leaf Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Frances Baggett Jenkins (Wayne) of Hernando and Lynn Brown Bostick (Harry) of Oxford; one son, Donald Baggett (Anne) of Fulton; one sister, Stella Harwell of Oxford; one brother, Nick Sandefer of Oxford; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a son, Tom Baggett, and a daughter, Carolyn Baggett.
Memorial contributions may be made to Yellow Leaf Baptist Church Building Fund, 50 CR 435, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visitation will be from 9 until 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
NETTLETON – Linda Wright Gray, 59, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at her residence. She was born Aug. 23, 1953, in Sunflower County to Mitchell Fair and Annie Lee Gray Wright. She was of the Baptist faith and attended Professors of Jesus Name Church. She enjoyed knitting and loved her dogs.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Professors of Jesus Name Church in Nettleton. Bro. Addie Clayton will officiate. Burial will be in Wiygul Cemetery in Nettleton. Otts Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin after 6 p.m. today at the church.
Survivors include her husband, Franklin Gray Jr. of Nettleton; a brother, Homer Lee Wright of Nettleton; and a sister, Jo Ann Brown of Nettleton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Junior Dale Gray.
Robert G. Parker
FULTON – Robert G. Parker, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. He was born on March 22, 1938, to John Taylor and Clara Mae Walton Parker in Itawamba County. He was a member of East Fulton Baptist Church. He was 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the 0444 Fulton Masonic Lodge, Shriners International, Scottish Rite of Free Masonry and Itawamba County Scottish Association. He was in the furniture business for several years and also served in the Army. He loved his dog, J.J.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at East Fulton Baptist Church with Bro. Gary Smith, Bro. Dewitt Bain and Bro. Grover Laird officiating. Burial will be in White Church Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of six years, Cathy Parker of Fulton; daughters, Melody Bode (Bob) of Lake Villa, Ill., Debra Griffin (Griff) of Belmont, Cindy Parrish of Belmont; son, Bobby J. Parker Jr. (Beverly) of Belmont; stepson, Eric Burrow (Lauren) of Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; stepdaughters, Amy Shotts (Jessie) of Belmont, Stephanie Crawford (Andrew) of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Jacqueline Stafford of Waukegan, Ill.; grandchildren, Jessica Horton, Natalie Cumber, Ali Griffin, Anna Hovater, Josh Hunt, Brennon Parrish, Emilee Burrow, Jordan Crawford, Megan Beard, Hunter Bode, Taylor Parker, Isabella Stafford, Sydnee Wilemon, Robert Bode Jr., Rylee Bode, Alexzander Stafford; great-grandchildren Carley Beth Hopkins, Parker Bolton, Auston Horton, Abby Cumber, Emma Grace Horton, Keegan McVay, Masyn Cumber, Cohen Cumber; and aunt, Jane Guntharp (Victor) of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Myra Parker; and a brother, Johnny Parker.
Pallbearers will be Griff Griffin, Jessie Shotts, Brennon Parrish, Bob Bode, Casey Cumber and Dane Ezzell.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult Men’s Class of East Fulton Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
TUPELO – Audra Browning Drury, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Martin House at Traceway. She was born Jan. 31, 1927, in Frankfort, Ind., to William Victor DeFord and Emily Naomi Ozenbaugh DeFord. She graduated from Rossville High School, Rossville, Ind., and Indiana Business College and later worked as a legal secretary for McKinney, Stringer and Webster of Oklahoma City, Okla. She was a devoted farmer’s wife, and actively served the American Red Cross at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Ind., the Tupelo Children’s Mansion, and volunteered for American Red Cross and New Beginnings International Adoption and Family Services. She was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Tupelo. Her passion was her love of God and family. She was affectionately known as “Gram” to multitudes.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Pentecostal Church of Tupelo with Bro. Larry Hill and Bro. Steve Drury officiating. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Stephen Max Drury (Evelyn) of Florissant, Mo.; and two daughters, Joyce Ann Nies (Jack) of Greenwood, Ind., and Brenda Marie Vinson (Randy) of Tupelo; nine grandchildren, James Drury, Stephenie Drury, Mendy Martin, Ellen Corbeil, Mitchell Tellstrom, Jenny Causey, Thaddaeus Vinson, Erin Francis and Logan Vinson; 11 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Larry DeFord (Judy) of Michigantown, Ind., and Maurice DeFord (Janet) of Chester, Va.
She is preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Norma Rothenberger, Josephine Holmes and Virginia Johnson.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons: James Drury, Larry Causey, Thad Vinson, Logan Vinson, Wesley Francis, Josh Corbeil and Daniel Martin.
Memorials may be sent to New Beginnings International Adoption and Family Services, P.O. Box 7055, Tupelo, MS 38802.
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NEW ALBANY – Willie Dale Coleman Swann Floyd, 59, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at her residence. She was born in Union County on Jan. 19, 1953, to W.D. “Sport” Coleman and Mary Ruth Bagwell Coleman. She went to school at Myrtle and played basketball for the Myrtle Black Hawks. She was a homemaker and a restaurant worker. She was a Methodist and a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Jerry Lowery officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Roger Floyd of New Albany; two sons, Johnathan “Heath” Thompson (Iris) of Johnson City, Tenn., and Donald “Keith” Crumpton Jr. “Skeeter” (Ashlee) of New Albany; one sister, Ann Garrett of New Albany; and three grandchildren, Anna Kate Thompson, Eli Garrett Crumpton and Owen Davis Crumpton.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Horace Coleman.
Pallbearers will be Justin Scott, Justin Rowell, Clay Hogue, Derrick Crumpton, David Hooker and James Tate.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jesse Jr. Walker, Richard Floyd, Donnie Crumpton and J.C. Bennett.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
BOONEVILLE – William Wrather “Bill” Hughes died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at The Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. He was a retired farmer and steel worker. He retired from Combustion Engineering in St. Louis. He lived in Booneville for many years and, after moving to Corinth, served as custodian at First United Methodist Church for several years. Born in New Site on July 29, 1923, he graduated from New Site High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a crew member of the U.S.S. Intrepid aircraft carrier. He was aboard the ship during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He received the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with one silver and one bronze star, Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia Clasp, China Service Medal, Presidential Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Discharge Button, the Honorable Service Lapel Pin (Ruptured Duck), Philippine Liberation Medal with two bronze stars, and the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge. An avid gardener, he loved to use his 1952 Ford red belly tractor to prepare truck patches for himself and neighbors. He also enjoyed using his carpentry and woodworking skills. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Booneville and a Master Mason with Booneville Lodge 305 F&AM.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Hankins, Bro. C.D. Edge and Bro. Kevin Yearber officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in the Burton community.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Edith Mae Wroten Hughes; one son, Jimmy Ray Hughes (Louise) of Booneville; one daughter, Linda “Lin” Kay Johnston (Nick) of Corinth; one brother, Kenneth Hughes (Hazel) of Columbus; six grandchildren, Angela Hughes of Booneville, Jebb Johnston of Corinth, Jeremy Johnston of Corinth, Becky Reiner (James) of Corinth, LaTosha Guerroro (Adalberto) of Dry Creek and Courtney Reeves of Baldwyn; and four great-grandchildren, Kaylie, Selena and Mia Guerrero of Dry Creek, and Alex Jeffries of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Oscar Hughes and Florence Lillian Fugitt; three brothers, Rubel Hughes, Luke Hughes and Ray Hughes; and one grandson, Bobby Wayne Reeves.
Pallbearers are Junior Eaton, Bob Kelly, Danny Gardner, Boyd Fugitt, Charles George, Ray Fisher, J.C. Rogers and Tom Davis.
Honorary pallbearers are Bill’s friends at the Sharing Hearts Adult Care at First Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Sharing Hearts Adult Care at First Baptist Church in Corinth.
Minister Elizabeth McPherson
OKOLONA – Minister Elizabeth Gates “Baby Sis” McPherson, 65, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 3, 1947, to Lillie Mae Gates and the late Willie Cunningham. She received her education from the Fannie Carter High School. She was a dietitian at the North Mississippi Medical Center for more than 30 years. She was a minister, serving in various ministries.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Clarks Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. Larry Shannon officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Lillie Mae Gates of Okolona; two sons, Charles Cunningham (Martha) and Robert McPherson; six sisters, Ruthie Moore, Alice McPherson (Lonzo), of Okolona, Lois McIntosh of Shannon, Mary Gates, Angeline Ivy and Gail Gates, all of Houston; four brothers, Lester Gates (Martha), Lee Earl Gates, Henry Gates (Linda), all of Houston, and Mel Cunningham (Norma ; one uncle, Jimmie Lee White of Okolona; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BALDWYN – Magadalene Easterling, 89, died Wendesday, Jan, 16, 2013, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was a lifelong resident of Birmingham Ridge Community. She retired as a seamstress from the furniture industry. She enjoyed flowers, cooking, reading and spending time with her family. She was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Frederick officiating. Burial will be in McNeal Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldywn is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty White (Charles) of Camp Creek and Marilyn Thompson (Charles) of Birmingham Ridge; two sons, Glenn Easterling (Mary) of Tupelo and Hoyle Easterling (Rebecca) of Saltillo; one brother, Horace Miller (Joyce) of Birmingham Ridge; grandchildren, Steve White (Darla), Robert Easterling (Louise), Scott Easterling, Sherrye White (Scott), Chris Easterling, Stephanie Martin and Tracy Thompson (Rachel); and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Easterling; her parents, Eugene and Gladys Hadden Miller; and a sister, Mavis Street (Vernon).
Her grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of choice.