PRAIRIE – Mary Thompson, 66, died Sunday, July 21. 2013, at Clay County Medical Center in West Point. She was a member of New Hope M.B. Church in Okolona, She served as a Sunday school teacher, Usher Board member and Missionary Board member.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at New Hope M.B. Church. Pastor Robert Parks will be officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge .
She is survived by three sons, Terry and Timothy Thompson of Prairie, and Theodore (Cassandra) Thompson of Pontotoc; one sister, Annie Sift of West Point; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral chapel.
SALTILLO – James Edward Bass, 78, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Friars Point native, he was born Jan. 16, 1935, to Cecil and Mary Katherine McCollum Bass. He was a machine operator in furniture manufacturing. He loved fishing and watching TV He was a faithful member of New Hope Full Gospel Church and especially loved going to Brotherhood.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Chris Stacks officiating. Burial will be in Valley Grove Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 54 years, Dorothy Bass of Saltillo; four daughters, Brenda Wright (Randy), Julie Koon and Kathy Spencer (Jay), all of Saltillo, and Bridget Spencer (Ray) of Brewer; two sons, Kenneth Bass (Angie) and Bill
Bass (Terri), both of Saltillo; six sisters, Lee Voyles of Pontotoc, Lottie Bass and Betty Bass of Saltillo, Joyce Scroggins (Wayne) of Pontotoc, Jeanette Stacks (Forrest) of Saltillo and Glenda Kerr (Loyd) of Middleburg, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bayward Bass and Ottis Bass; and one sister, Agnes Tipton.
Pallbearers will be Nick Wright, Jacob Wright, Keith Bass, Daniel Bass, Jeffrey Bass, Justin Wright and Tyler Koon.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BELDEN – Charlie Dean, 80, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at his home in Belden. He was born Feb. 28, 1933, to Simon Dean and Julia Estelle Seymour Dean in Somerville, Tenn. He was a member of Hopewell M.B. Church in Belden and a member of the male choir.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Hopewell M.B. Church in Belden with the Rev. Curtis McKinney officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Blackmon Dean of Belden; one daughter, Brenda (Willie) Thornton of Memphis; one son, Clinton Blackmon of Tupelo; three sisters, Maggie Anderson and Bessie (Elgia) Blaine of Somerville, Tenn., and
Joeann Levy of Memphis; seven brothers, George (Jearlene) Dean, Jessie J. (Gwen) Levy, Robert (Ruby) Levy of Memphis, Littleton (Gail) Dean and Willie Levy of Somerville, Tenn., Charlie M. Levy of Galloway, Tenn., and the Rev. Walter
(Earnestine) Dean of Newport, Va.; and a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Robert Carpenter.
Visitation is from 1 to 6 p.m. today at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Verona.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook online at www.agnewandsons.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Emma Miller-Beck, 64, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. A native of Winona, she received her bachelor of science degree in business education from Rust College in 1970.
She completed her master of education in administration and supervision at the University of Mississippi in 1979. She also received credits for completing several professional development summer institutes. Her work experience in education spanned more than 42 years. In 1970 she was hired as a secretary in the development area at Rust College. Within three years she was promoted to assistant director of College Relations and later became director. She was the director of Alumni Affairs for the past 28 years. During this time she raised more than $8 million for the college. She most recently was director of Church and Parent Relations.
She has served several state and national organizations: United Negro College Fund; national advisor for NPAC (National Pre-Alumni Council); Southwestern Region UNCF advisor for NPAC; and president of CPRAM (College Public Relations Association of Mississippi). She has served as a board member of AFRO Inc. (Association of Fundraising Officers) and as a trustee of her church, Asbury United Methodist Church in Holly Springs. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa Education Fraternity; UNCF state steering committee; Mississippi Conference United Methodist Women; and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. She has served as past advisor to the undergraduate chapter at Rust College.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Rust College’s Doxey Auditorium in Holly Springs. The Rev. David Hoey will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery at Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Alva A. Beck of Holly Springs; her daughter, Audrey (Peter) Okhiria of Memphis; two grandchildren, Eromosele Okhiria and Jada Okhiria of Memphis; her father and mother, Rev. Claudel and Georgia Miller of Holly Springs; sister, Claudia Miller of Stone Mountain, Ga.; brother, Wardell Miller of Holly Springs; three stepchildren, Dominique (Frederick) Samari and Anthony (Sarah) Beck, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Khadija Crame of Memphis; four aunts, Mary Alice Jackson and Dorothy Matthews, both of Cleveland, Ohio, Emma Robinson of St. Louis Mo., and Minnie Martin of Jacksonville, Fla.; and several cousins.
The body will lie in repose at J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home from 2 to 5 p.m. today. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Asbury United Methodist Church. The body will lie in repose at Doxey Auditorium from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, send contributions to The Emma Miller-Beck Scholarship Fund at Rust College.
GUNTOWN – John Wesley “J.W.” Shumpert, 87, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Mt. Vernon, Ill. He was a member of Oak Hill M.B. Church in Booneville. He served as chairman of the deacon board for 26 years. He was an usher, choir president and assistant Sunday school teacher. He received his bachelor of science degree from Mississippi Industrial College in Holy Springs after serving two years in the Navy. He was a retired educator, serving 34 years in the Lee County School System. His tenure included Poplar Elementary School at Saltillo, Lowe’s High School at Guntown and Saltillo High School at Saltillo. He served on the Guntown Board of Alderman, the Volunteer Fire Department and the Democratic Committee. He was a member of Goodman Chapter 415 Order of the Eastern Star, the Heroines of Jericho, Ebernezer lodge 203 Guntown, Baldwyn Consistory 262, Cazmi Shriner 198 Columbus, Royal Arch Carver Chapter 203 Baldwyn, Royal and Select Magnolia Council 5, a lifetime member in Knight Temple Lee Commanders 12 Baldwyn and a 33rd degree Mason.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Oak Hill M.B. Church in Booneville with the Rev. Houston Owens officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangement.
Survivors included his wife, Minnie Ree Bush Shumpert; two sons, Anthony Tony (Betty Joe) Shumpert and Henry (Cynthia) Shumpert; seven daughters, Jane (Leroy) Jones, Jacqueline Shumpert, Francine Shumpert, Phyllis Shumpert, Angela (Rev. Larry) Stone, Brenda (Robert) Turner and Susan Sadler; four sisters, Dorothy McGaha, Velma Jones, Leola Agnew and Hattie Anderson; three brothers, Robert C. Shumpert, Willie George (Luellen) Shumpert and Howard (Lorraine) Shumpert; 23 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a special cousin, Patricia Lucas.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Ebernezer M.B. Church in Guntown and from 6 to 8 today at Oak Hill M.B. Church in Booneville.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
AMORY – Robert Lee Ghoston, 86, died on Monday, July 23, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 21, 1926, in Monroe County, he was a son of the late Essie Bell and Hosea Ghoston. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of St. Paul M.B. Church. He completed high school in Aberdeen. He graduated with a B.S. degree from Mississippi Industrial College of Holly Springs and later received his master’s degree from Jackson State University. He did further studies at both Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi. He was a Master Mason teacher for more than 40 years. He was assistant principal at West Amory School for many years. He coached basketball at Athens, Sulphur Springs and Hamilton. An avid diehard Amory Panthers fan, he enjoyed all sports, and he also liked fishing, hunting and gardening. He loved his church. A family oriented and sensitive man with a big heart, his life revolved around his wife, children and grandchildren.
He is survived by four sons, Russell Lee (Nancy) Ghoston of Buffalo, N.Y., Bobby Ray Ghoston of Amory, Kevin Gene (Edna) Ghoston of Philadelphia and Tony Anthony (Wanda) Ghoston of Memphis; one daughter, Vanessa Ghoston (Howard) Turner of Missouri City, Texas; one sister, Joyce Vasser of Aberdeen; and 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Connell Ghoston, and one son, David Earl Ghoston.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013, at St. Paul M.B. Church with Rev. Lesley T. Mabry officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services on Monday.
Dr. Harvey Snow Jr.
OKOLONA – Harvey Lee Snow Jr., Ph.D., 78, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was born Feb. 10, 1935, in the Egypt community to Harvey Lee Snow Sr. and Estervell Ward Snow. He received his education from Red Bud Elementary School, Shivers High School, Okolona Industrial College, Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs and Mississippi State University. He also earned several honorary degrees from various institutions throughout his lifetime.
He had a special love for education. He was an instructor and bus driver for many years at Fannie Carter School in Okolona. He served as a recruiter for Mary Holmes Jr. College and director of Mississippi Action for Progress. He was a retired teacher and principal of Nettleton Public Schools. He will greatly be remembered and missed by many.
Services will be Saturday, July 27, at Red Bud M.B. Church with the Rev. Jermal Boddie officiating. Burial will be in the Snow Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mattie Cook Snow; seven brothers, Arnold Snow (Dorothy) of Pontotoc, Willard Snow, Quentin Snow (Elizabeth), Wayne Snow (Lillian), all of Beloit, Wis., Orlando Snow (Diane) of Houston, Othelma Snow (Gwendolyn) and Darren Snow (Vernice), both of Okolona; a sister, Melba Snow Smith of Memphis; four sisters-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Snow, Rosie Snow, Willie Chapman (Robert) and Melzenia Maddox (Maurice); and two brothers-in-law, Thomas Cook and Kenneth Cook (Hazel).
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Lydell Snow, James Robert Snow, Herbert Snow, Kinard Snow and Billy Snow.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home chapel.
SHANNON – Ruby Dickens, 90, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Sidney Marshall Jr.
MAYERSVILLE – Sidney Marshall Jr. 74, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. He was an Army veteran and retired from the U.S. Corps of Engineers.
Celebration of life service will be at noon Saturday, July 27, at South Delta Consolidated High School Auditorium in Rolling Fork. Burial will be in Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Mayersville. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Marshall of Mayersville; four daughters, Alisa Marshall and Destiny Green both of Mayersville, Jameka Marshall of Dallas and Carolyn Fortson of South Carolina; seven sons, Eric Marshall of Greenwood, Stacy Marshall and Kambridge Jones of Dallas, Texas, Sidney Woods of Detroit, Mich., Ricky Woods of Nashville, Tenn., David Woods of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Mike Woods of Canton, Mich.; two sisters, Jean Archer of Aurora, Colo. and Betty Williams of Mayersville; seven brothers, James Marshall of Mayersville, Charlie Marshall of Rolling Fork, Eddie Marshall of Greenville, Robert Marshall of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Bobby Marshall and Tracy Marshall of San Antonio, Texas, and Michael Jones of Clarksdale; a host of grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation is two hours prior to service at the school.
JACKSON, Tenn. – Lucy Osborne Neely Cockrell, 83, formerly of Okolona, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Jackson, Tenn. She attended school in Okolona. She was a member of Eastern Star M.B. Church in Okolona, until she moved to Jackson, Tenn., and joined Springhill M.B. Church. She was married to the late Walter Neely and later married Tommie Cockrell. She loved helping others, cooking, fishing, gardening, gospel music and reading the Bible.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Eastern Star M.B. Church with the Rev. Anthony Rainey, officiating. Williams Memorial Funeral Home in Okolona is in charge of the local arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Tommie Cockrell of Jackson, Tenn.; seven daughters, Robbie Brown, Lorene Moore, Hattie Brown and Dorothy (Calvin) Gates, all of Okolona, Maelene (Raymond) Cockrell, Vernell (David) Wilburn and Everlene Cockrell, all of Jackson, Tenn.; four sons, Booker T. (Denise) Neely of Mantee, William (Maggie) Neely of South Bend, Ind., Frank (Earnestine) Neely of Hineville, Ga., and Willie Zack Neely of Jackson, Tenn.; three stepdaughters, Margaret (Gary) House, Shirley (Robert) Ingram and Louise (James) Donaldson, all of Jackson, Tenn.; six stepsons, Ken (Dorothy) Cockrell, David (Lula) Cockrell, Raymond (Maelene) Cockrell, J.C. (Barbara) Cockrell, Willie (Linda) Cockrell and James Cockrell, all of Jackson, Tenn.; two sisters, Peggy Osborne Thomas of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Thelma Boyce of St. Louis, Mo.; three brothers, McArthur Osborne of Stockton, Calif., Archie Osborne of Mountainview, Calif., and Robert Osborne of Yuba, Calif.; 53 grandchildren; and 81 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by daughters, Jo Ann Buchanan and Emma McLemore, and sons, Tommie Lee Maeweather, Jimmy Cockrell and Tommie Cockrell.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. A wake will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
BRUCE – William David Bray, 75, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at his home. He was born Aug. 30, 1937, in Pontotoc. He served in the National Guard. He was a retired plant superintendent from Bruce Telephone Company with 35 years of service. He was an active member and deacon of Lighthouse Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, July 26, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Rob Pelkey, Bro. Phillip Logan and Bro. Earl Farley officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Bruce. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Logan Bray of Bruce; one daughter, Regina Griffin of Bruce; one son, Bro. Greg Bray (Michele) of Myrtle; three sisters, his twin sister, Sarah Baker of Bruce, Geneva Edwards of Holcomb and Genette Dubard of Senatobia; and three grandchildren, Andrew Griffin, Daniel Bray and Savannah Bray.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Almond Bray and Ora Ester Henry Bray; an infant son; a daughter, Pamela Kay Bray; and two brothers, Lathon Bray and LaWayne Bray.
Pallbearers will be Keith Baker, Larry Edwards, Ronald Edwards, Adam Logan, Wayne Logan and Jay Prewett. Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Griffin and Mark Logan.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today.
For online condolences, visit www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
KEOWNVILLE – David Glen Hill, 80, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013. He was born in Union County to Virgil Eugene and Maude Foremen Hill. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1953 to 1961. He was an avid farmer, a loving father and Paw Paw, and a loyal friend. He enjoyed hunting, feeding the fish, driving around and playing jokes.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013, at United Funeral Service in New Albany with Bro. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
He is survived by three daughters, Brenda Gowdy (Paul) of Ripley, Patricia Lawless (Vernon) of Richmond Hill, Ga., and Beverly Harrell (Glenn) of Prairieville, La.; one brother, Norman Hill of New Albany; nine grandchildren, Michelle Haltom, Kevin Mauney, Trisha Guieterrez, Michael Gowdy, Sharon Graves, Russell Lawless, Kaylee Lawless, Victoria Wleczyk and Kathy Youngblood; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Gadd Hill; his parents; and six brothers, Noel, Earl, Floy, Jamie, Paul and Roy Hill.
Pallbearers will be Russell Lawless, Steve Gadd, Tim Rowland, Arthur Tate, Terry Hill, Richard Hill, Wayne Ligon, Steve Robbins, Larry Hill and Kenny Hill.
In honor of Mr. Hill’s service to his county, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his visitation and service.
Memorial donations may be made to Northeast Union Rural Fire Department, 1016 CR 331, New Albany, MS 38652.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
JACKSON – Neoma B. Jones, 96, passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at her home in Jackson. She was born in 1916 in Coahoma County to James Traynham and Maggie Whatley Brock. At an early age, she moved to West Point, where she graduated from West Point High School. She was also a graduate of Mississippi State University. She retired as an administrator for the Mississippi Department of Welfare, where she worked in cost allocation for over 40 years. She was a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Jackson. She married Ray H. Jones on Dec. 25, 1960, at Woodland Hills Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her late husband’s daughter, Pat Werne of Ridgeland; her late husband’s son, Ray H. Jones Jr. of Texas; niece, Diane Macon (Barclay) of Atlanta, Ga.; and cousins, Charley Whatley of West Point and Avis Horner of Land O’Lakes, Fla.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Alma B. Ethridge.
Memorials can be made to Living Services Inc., P.O. Box 12191, Jackson, MS 39236-2191.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
RICHMOND, Va. – Louise Odom Hickman, 92, died Tuesday, July 25, 2013, at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital in Richmond, Va. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
OXFORD – Earl P. Christman, 82, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Burial will follow at Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Charles Christman, 1305 Access Road, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Joan Sweat, 70, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital in Memphis.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
WEST POINT – Elizabeth Landon, 87, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Aurora Health and Rehabilitation Nursing Home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at The Message Center CLG. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Jennifer Johnston died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.
VERONA – Elder Dorothy Witherspoon, 61, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Jan. 31, 1953, to James Harris and Dorothy
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance with Pastor Johnny Shaw officiating.
Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her father, James Harris (Katherine) of Saltillo: her children, Evangela (James Jr.) Ruff, Calvin (Jody) Witherspoon and Howard Lee Witherspoon Jr., all of Tupelo; her goddaughter, Tawana Hokey of Tupelo; her grandchildren,
Calvin Witherspoon, Christian Witherspoon, Jansen Ruff, Martez Morris, Darius Turner and Adrian Witherspoon; a god-grandson, Jakobe Hokey; her sisters, Elder Cederia (Calvin) Vaughn, Minister Mildred (Jessie) Jenkins and
Thelma Coleman, all of Saltillo, Missionary Faye (Tyrone) Collier and Jackie Forbes of Tupelo, Adrienne (Joseph) Kendrick of Verona and Barbara Ewing of Belden; her brothers, Milton (Dr Keonna) Harris, James Ray Harris and Christopher
Harris, all of Tupelo, and Ricky (Theresa) Johnson of Verona; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Mae Johnson.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
IUKA – Frank Dickerson, 70, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Gulfport Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
GUNTOWN – Brian Keith Floyd, 36, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, as a result of an accident.
He was an auto retailer and a Pentecostal. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at noon Saturday, July 27, at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Richard Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Campbelltown Cemetery.
He is survived by his mother, Patricia and Mitch Presley of Saltillo; his father, Johnny Floyd of Guntown; one son, Alex Floyd; and two stepsisters, Kristy Randle and Amanda White.
Pallbearers will be Gary Montgomery, Kenny Patterson, Bradley Buse, Corey Johnson and Jason and Chris Floyd.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.
OLIVE BRANCH – Elizabeth Mary “Lib” Colston, 91, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at her home in Olive Branch.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Burial will follow in Abbeville Cemetery in Abbeville.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 2170 Business Center Drive, Suite 1, Memphis,TN 38134 or the American Diabetes Association, 4425 W.Airport Fwy., Suite 130, Irving, TX 75062.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
HICKORY FLAT – Bessie E. Rucker, 85, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at her home in Hickory Flat.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
HOUSTON – Tonia Lynette Mathews Prewitt, 53, died Thursday. July 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 7, 1960, in Sikeston, Mo., to Harold Newton Mathews and Linda
Nell Eakin Mathews. She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Houston.
Services will be at noon Saturday July 27, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Houston with Father Tim Murphy officiating.
Burial will be at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Memorial Funeral
Home in Houston is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Paul Prewitt of Houston; one son, Mathew Billygene Razor of Houston; four daughters, Geneva Wofford (William} of Kentwood, La., Lela Razor of Houston, Debra Razor of Corvallis, Ore., and Jessica Fikes (Jason) of Fulton; 14 grandchildren including Jacelynn Burton, Cameron Razor and Ethan Razor; four brothers; and four sisters.
She was preceded in death by her mother and her grandmother who raised her, Geneva Eakins.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. – Theral Douglas McClain, 49, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville, Ky. He was a native of Houlka.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at His Grace Ministries in Houlka. Barnett-Strother Funeral Home of Hopkinsville is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.barnettstrother.com.
John Cayson Jr.
TUCSON, Ariz. – John Edwyn Cayson Jr., 62, died unexpectedly at his residence in Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Private burial will be in the Cayson family plot at Lee Memorial Park.
He is survived by a daughter, Candace Cayson; his mother, Betty Enlow Cayson; and two brothers, Bart and Barry Cayson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eddie Cayson.
Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
NEW ALBANY – Sarah Cook Harris, 99, died Monday, July 22, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was a faithful member of Mosley-Hall-Shiloh Chapel CME Church.
Services will be at noon Saturday, July 27, at Beaver Dam M.B. Church with the Rev. Lawrence McKinzie officiating.
Burial will be in Mosley’s Chapel Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews.
The body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
BYHALIA – Donna Vanessa Johnson, 47, died Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Methodist Hospital of Germantown.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Antioch M.B. Church at Victoria. Burial will be in McCraven Cemetery at Victoria. J.F. Brittenum
& Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.
MEMPHIS – Ronnie Luellen, 56, formerly of Holly Springs, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at his home in Memphis.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Kimbrough Chapel M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church
cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. Saturday at the church.
CORINTH – James Neal Swindle, 70, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Whitfield Nursing Home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Corinthian Funeral
Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Overton Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.