Obituaries July 22, 2010

Alonzo Deavens Sr.
ABERDEEN – Alonzo Deavens Sr., 76, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church. Burial will be in the New Hebron Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Tracie Gillette
TUPELO – Tracie N. Steele Gillette, 31, died Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at Liberty Hospital in Cameron, Mo. She was the daughter of Treva (Perry) Sheffield of Tupelo.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday.

Billy Dent
BOONEVILLE – Billy Dalton Dent, 78, died Monday, July 19, 2010, at his home. He was born Sept. 9, 1941, in Imboden, Ark., to Quint James Dent and Mildred Smith Dent. He was a Dyess, Ark., High School graduate, and he was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a Sales Manager for American General Life and Health Insurance Company for 35 years until his retirement in 1995. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cherokee Villages, Ark. He enjoyed maintaining his home and land, and taking care of his beloved wife, Naomi Ruth, whom he married on Sept. 4, 1953.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry White officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi Ruth Johnson Dent; two sons, Billy Dent and his wife, Jo Martha, of Little Rock, Ark., and Paul Scott Dent and his wife, Janice Reyna, of Booneville; a daughter, Linda Christine Jackson and her husband, Charles, of Collierville, Tenn.; three brothers, Edwin Dent and his wife, Alma, of San Diego, Calif., Joe Dent and his wife, Mary Lee, of Helena, Ark., and Deke Dent and his wife, Sharon, of Reeding, Calif.; two sisters, Sylvia Dent of Morrisville, Ver., and Mary Kay Hudson and her husband, Wayne, of Woodbine, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Chas Dent, Sara Jackson Wade, Carly Jackson, Matt Jackson, Bethany Dent, Tyler Dent, Josh Dent and Courtney Dent; seven great-grandchildren, Skylar Holder, Dalton Holder, Brenden Mooney, Aaron Dent, Kya Forness, Karly Dent, and Jackson Wade.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alvin Dent and Melvin Dent; and a sister, Kitty Brown.
Pallbearers are Tyler Dent, Matt Jackson, Josh Dent, Rob Wade, Tyler Stricklan and Paul Ray Hall.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Charline Lovell
BALDWYN – Nora Charline Lovell, 86, died Monday, July 19, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 6, 1924, to R.D. and Irma Boren. She was a retired employee of North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn. She had resided at The Meadows in Fulton for the past 2 years.
Services were Tuesday, July 20, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Bishop officiating. Burial was in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda (Roy) Cresap of Fulton and Diane Pannell of Rochester, Minn.; one sister, Pat McBrayer of Saltillo; one brother, R.D. (Geritta) Boren Jr. of Booneville; her grandchildren, Brad (Lisa) Cresap and Brian (Paige) Cresap, both of Fulton, Tina (Craig) Lindsey of Birmingham, Kim Thomas and Jessica Haskins, both of Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Caden, Peyton and Regan Cresap. Shana, Jacob and Sophia Lindsey, and Madison Schmoll.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Lovell; four sisters, Avis Ryan, Lula Faye Lovell, Geraldine Heavener and Bessie Mae Swinney; and three brothers, J.C. Boren, Billy Wayne Boren and Elton Boren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 337, Baldwyn, MS 38824.

Patsy Hanson
IUKA – Patsy Hanson, 70, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Cypress Grove Cemetery
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Clara Bennett
BOONEVILLE – Clara Faye Bennett, 78, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Junior Simpson
HOUSTON – Samuel W. “Junior” Simpson Jr., 82, died Wednesday, July 31, 2010, at Calhoun Health Services Hospital. He was born Oct. 6, 1928, in Calhoun County to Samuel W. and Selena Wilson Simpson. He was a retired farmer and a Baptist.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Carl Morris and Bro. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Old Field Cemetery in Webster County.
Survivors include four children, Frona Carter (Arthur) of Houston, Martha Lou Wilson (Robert Earl) of Mantachie, Betty Ann Brassfield of Houlka and Lena Nell Moore (Jimmy Ray) of Vardaman; one sister, Eunice Woods of Crowder; eight grandchildren, Jimmy, Heather and Haley Moore, Jessica, Bridgett and Marcus Carter (Jennifer), and Shonda and Robbie Wilson; six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ella Mae Simpson; one son, Billy Wayne Simpson; and two grandchildren, Joseph Daniel Simpson and Mary Ann Simpson.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Moore, Jim Moore, Caleb “Squeaky” Criddle, Walter Haire, Sylvester Armstrong and Bob Armstrong. Honorary pallbearers will be Marcus Carter, Haley and Heather Moore, and Jessica Carter.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today.
For online registry, visit www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Norair Avakian
COLUMBUS – Norair “NoNo” Avakian, 59, died Monday, July 19, 2010, at his home, Shadowlawn, in Columbus.
Services will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Shadowlawn in Columbus, with visitation following at Shadowlawn. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to Zoe Prison Ministries, 9305 Towncreek Road, West Point, MS 39773 or Real Life Church, P. O. Box 7649, Columbus, MS 39705.

Lou Ann Curry
NEW ALBANY – Lou Ann Curry, 53, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Mitchell Brackett
BRUCE – Mitchell Orlando Brackett died Saturday, July 17, 2010, in Bruce. He was born March 18, 1988, to the Rev. Phillip and Melisa Brackett in Bruce. He confessed hope in Christ at an early age and joined Bridget Chapel M.B. Church. He later joined Together in Christ in Houlka and recently joined Springfield M.B. Church in Abbeville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Chapel M.B. Church in Bruce with Pastor Thomas Tillman officiating. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery at Bruce. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Melisa (Ross) Smith of Philadelphia; his father, Rev. Phillip (Ruth) Brackett of Bruce; one brother, David Lamon Brackett of Philadelphia; one sister, Christina Brackett of Bruce; two stepsisters, Janice Poindexter of Bruce and Nakietha Poindexter of Tupelo; his grandmothers, Clara Jones of Houlka, Karen Gladney of Houlka and Dealie Woodard of Bruce; his grandfather, Rev. Phillip Brackett Sr. of Houston; and a host of uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Annie (James) Buchanan, G.B. Gladney, Dolye Jones; one aunt, Selena Gladney; two uncles, Robert Brackett and Leon Freelon; one stepbrother, Jeremy Poindexter of Bruce.

Regina Haman
PRIMM SPRINGS, Tenn. – Regina Dawson Haman, 52, formerly of Tishomingo, died Monday, July 19, 2010, at Maury Regional Health Center in Columbia, Tenn. She and her husband, Darren, were co-owners of the Natchez Trace Riding Stables. They also were the prior owners of a bed-and-breakfast in Pittsfield, Mass. She enjoyed raising animals on her farm, riding horses, making ceramics, and buying and selling antiques.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Gospel Lighthouse Pentecostal Church with Bro. William Burcham officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Darren Haman of Primm Springs, Tenn.; two daughters, Nicole Hebert (Michael) of Baton Rouge, La., and Sedona Haman of Primm Springs, Tenn.; three brothers, Rodney Dawson (Patricia) of Tishomingo, Shawn Dawson (Brenda) of Iuka and Jody Dawson of Iuka; one sister, Vickie Meyers (John) of Hernando; one grandchild, Anna Marie Hebert of Baton Rouge, La.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Janice Dawson.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Dawson, Derrick Dawson, Lyman Hill Jr., Shane Dawson, Devin Haman and Doug Haman.
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.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethlehem Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Kerry L. Criswell
PINE GROVE – Kerry L. Criswell, 70, died Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at his home in the Pine Grove Community. He was born on Sept. 1, 1939, to Milton L. Criswell and Rosa Lee Bartlett Criswell. He was a member and elder of the Chapman Church of Christ. He worked at American Biltrite for 19 years and for Gay Truck Line.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Chapman Church of Christ with Min. Mark Lindley officiating. Burial will be in Chapman Church Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Anderson Criswell of Pine Grove; two daughters, Kathy Moore (Joel) of Falkner and Shelia Criswell of Pine Grove; one son, Michiel Criswell (Robbin) of Dumas; four sisters, Carolyn Inona Mauney of Somerville, Tenn., Treva Lewellen (Doug) of Ripley, Brenda Brown of Kilgore, Texas, and Wanda Orman (Eddie) of Ripley; one brother, Jodie Criswell (Loretta) of Corinth; four grandchildren, Chris Moore (Molly) of Ripley, Jessica Moore of Falkner, Morgan Dees (Blake) of Mantachie and Chance Criswell of Dumas; three great-grandchildren, Payden Criswell, Brandon Dees and Madison Dees, all of Mantachie.
Pallbearers will be Jarvene Shackelford, Barrett Chapman, Tommy Wade, Chris Moore, Chance Criswell and Blake Dees.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the church.
To view obituaries and sign online register book visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Nancy Alred
OKOLONA – Nancy Ruth Hillhouse Alred, 73, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at her Okolona residence. A lifelong Chickasaw Countian, she was born in Houlka on Dec. 5, 1936, to the late William S. and Maggie Tate Hillhouse. She graduated from Houlka High School in l955 and worked over 35 years at Futorian Furniture Mfg. Company, retiring as an inspector. She had worked the past eight years at Jaggers Quik Stop in Okolona, where she was the life of the party and beloved by all Okolonians. She loved her family and her grandchildren, and she always had the ability to make people laugh and experience joy. She was a longtime faithful and supportive member of the Faith Outreach Church in Okolona. She will be missed by a grateful community.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Faith Outreach Church in Okolona with Bro. Jimmy Bryan officiating. A private family committal will be at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Faith Outreach Church on Hwy, 41 North in Okolona. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Sissy Stone Owens (Jackie) of Shannon and Cathy “Chigger” Stone Seals of Tupelo; a daughter-in-law, Dena Doss of Okolona; seven grandchildren, Maggie Doss (Lavon), Gennie Butler (Jay) and Corinne Doss, all of Okolona, Kaylah Lawrence and Jeffrey Kilgo of Tupelo, Ashlee Smith of Pontotoc and Kelly Ann Ray of Shannon; seven great-grandchildren, Zachary Doss, Jackson Shaw, Callie, Jacob and Layn Butler, Dossan Holcomb and Jaycee Kilgo; three sisters, Janelle Patterson (Jim) of Okolona, Jackie Gault of Meridian and Carolyn Ingram (Joe) of Olive Branch; her special friends, Roy Adams, Eric Jaggers and Tommy Rogers (Dottie), all of Okolona.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward “Hot” Alred; her son, Terry Wayne Doss; five brothers, Billy, Charles, Theo, Jimmy and G.C. Hillhouse.
Pallbearers will be Eric Jaggers, Tommy Rogers, Wade “Tank” Nicholson, Lavon Shaw, Donald Ray Jacobs and Scott Sullivan. Honorary pallbearers are all those who ever drank Nanny’s perfect sweet tea.
Memorials may be made to Faith Outreach Church, 31312 County Line Road, Okolona, MS 38860 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Cecil McBride
CHEROKEE, Ala. – Cecil McBride, 85, died Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at the Helen Keller Hospital.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Cypress Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Keller Hospice.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Nadine Peeples
MEMPHIS – Nadine McCharen Peeples, 84, died Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at their home. She was born March 16, 1927, in New Albany to Henry and Pearlie McCharen. She was a graduate of W. P. Daniel High School in New Albany and the University of Memphis. She was a teacher for the Shelby County and Memphis City School Systems for 39 years. Upon retirement, she worked for Northwest Airlines at Memphis International Airport. She will be greatly missed by her family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Binford H. Peeples; a son, Jason Lee Peeples; a daughter, Anna Peeples Kazemba; a daughter-in-law, Kerry Dunnam Peeples; a son-in-law, Mark Edward Kazemba; and two grandchildren, Jacob Dunnam Peeples and Lauren Elizabeth Kazemba.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Memorial Park Funeral Home-Poplar Chapel.
Memorial contributions can be made to Jacob’s Well via www.jacobswellmemphis.org.

Eulander Bell
BALDWYN – Eulander Bell died Friday, July 16, 2010, at her home. She was born Nov. 28, 1952, to Hettie Bell and William Scales. She was active at Sandhill M.B. Church until her health failed.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Sandhill M.B. Church with Pastor Danny Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow at Poplar Old Sandhill M.B. Church Cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Tina Scales; two sons, Jerome (Jennifer) Scales and Jason Bell; one brother, V.J. (Mary) Caldwell; one sister, Katoris (Wilmer) Barnett; one aunt, Jennette Warren; one uncle, Robert Warren; two sisters-in-law, Ada Bell and Charlene Caldwell; two brothers-in-law, Johnny Bell and Clyde Bell Jr.; and nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Friday.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.

Jessie Johnson
NEW ALBANY – Jessie Ferrell Johnson, 91, died Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Dec. 17, 1918, in Union County to Arther and Annie Bell Visor. She joined Zion Chapel M.B. Church at an early age. Later, she moved to Aurora to be closer to family and joined Main Street Baptist Church. In 1982 she returned to New Albany to take care of her ailing father and joined Watson Grove M.B. Church. She was a member of the Pastor’s Aid Society and the Mothers Board until her health failed.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Watson Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. Avence Pittman officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Hazel (Rev. Luther) Barker of New Albany; two sons, James Ferrell of Racine and Bernell Ferrell of California; two stepdaughters, Evalena (Rev. Alfred) Wilson and Annie Spight of Ripley; two stepsons, Elder Bobby (Ruby) Johnson and Elder Willie (Lavoria) Johnson of New Albany; four sisters, Dorothy Hughes and Maude Shackelford, Jean (Claude) Walton and Autry Sanders, all of Illinois; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Elma Robinson
HOUSTON – Elma Williams Robinson, 87, formerly of Winn, Ark., died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 16, 1922, to Will Williams and Mary Hughes Williams. She lived in Winn, Ark., for more than 60 years. She worked as a dietitian and a homemaker.
Services will be Friday at Bethlehem M.B. Church with the Rev. Joe D. Reel and the Rev. Willie B. Lairy officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her great-nieces, her caregiver Joann Reed of Houlka, Clara (Johnny) Griffin of Houlka, and Frances Hamilton, Virginia Reel, Polly (Joe) Seals, Shalander (Pastor Stan) Johnson, all of Houston; four great-nephews, David Reel III of Milwaukee, Rev. Joe Jesse Reel of Houston, Danny (Joann) Reel of Houston and Ben (Geraldine) Reel, all of Houlka.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Willie Lee White
HOUSTON – Willie Lee White, 74, died Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at his home in Houston.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Upper Prairie Creek Church. Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mildred Vance
EUPORA – Mildred Alene Vance, 88, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow in Webster Memorial Gardens in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Will Frazier
RANDOLPH – Will Frazier, 68, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.

Joe Elkin Bates
FULTON – Joe Elkin Bates, 71, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born March 16, 1939, in Mantachie to the late Elmer and Mattie Hurd Bates. He married Jo Elizabeth Senter on March 28, 1959. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fulton. He was employed by JESCO early in his career for a few years. He then worked for Itawamba Community College for 33 years. He was a devoted husband, father and grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today, July 22, 2010, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Eugene Digby officiating. Burial will be in East Fulton Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Jo Senter Bates of Fulton; two daughters, Tammy (Doug) Cunningham and Elizabeth “Gidget” Haynes; three grandchildren, Rusty (Ashley) Martin, Sam and Maggie Marshall; one great-granddaughter, Mae Caroline Martin; one brother, James (Kathy) Bates; a host of nieces and nephews; a special nephew, Shane Senter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Nell Lesley; and three brothers, Hubert, Guy and Jerry Bates.
Pallbearers will be Charles Bates, Kenny Bates, Johnny Lesley, Kane Bates, Adam Bates and Jackie Robinson.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.
Donations may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House or the First Baptist Church in Fulton.

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