Obituaries March 21, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Madge Roye
Mary Madge Gillespie Roye, 93, of Pontotoc, born Nov. 7, 1919, died peacefully March 18, 2013, at Cedars Rehab Facility with family at her bedside after being involved in an automobile accident one week prior. God finished her mansion that day and needed another angel in heaven. Mrs. Roye was a lifelong resident of Pontotoc and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She retired from Action Industries after 30 years of service. Mrs. Roye was a hard worker and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Fred Hartley and Dr. David Hamilton will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are daughter, Bettye Wicker (Tommy); son, Bobby “Cob” Roye (Barbara); four grandchildren, Cynthia Purdon, Bobby “Dip” Roye Jr., Lori Blaylock and Julia McDowell; nine great-grandchildren, Darren Rodgers, Justin Henry, Isabella and Taylor Blaylock, Eliza Lee McDowell, April and Michael Roye, Joseph and Charity Purdon; two great-great-grandchildren, Tyler and Dekota Roye.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Presley and Julia Gillespie; her first husband of 37 years, Horace Roye; her second husband of 25 years, James Roye; son, Jimmy Roye; great-grandson, Tyler Henry; four brothers; two sisters.
Pallbearers will be Darren Rodgers, Justin Henry, Joseph Purdon, Greg Ellis, Michael Roye and Shawn McDowell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, March 21, 2013, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2013.

Sandra Harris
NEW SITE – Sandra Jane Moore Harris, 63, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at home. She was born Sept. 18, 1949, to Ray and Ruby Taylor Moore. She was a member of East Prentiss Baptist Church and a housewife. She loved to cook, and her granddaughters were her life. An avid New Site basketball fan, she received the New Site Royals Basketball Fan of the Year Award.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at East Prentiss Baptist Church with Dr. Kenneth Bishop officiating and Phyllis Barnes delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Harris of Dennis; two daughters, Angie (Brad) Wilemon of Booneville and Lori Carpenter of New Site; her mother, Ruby Moore of New Site; one sister, Yvonne (Paul Ray) Mayo of New Site; and two granddaughters, Carley Leighanne Carpenter and Emily Grace Wilemon.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Leigh Anne Harris; her sister, Martha Barnes; and her father.
Pallbearers will be Bill Harris, Danny Mayo, Dennis Mayo, Terry Barnes, Garry Barnes, Scotty Mayo, Dylan Shook, Preston Mayo, C.T. Moore and Paul Ray Chaffin. Honorary pallbearers will be New Site Royal basketball teams.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until service time today at the church.
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Charlotte Weeks
BRUCE – Charlotte Neal Weeks, 60, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at her home. She was born April 4, 1952, in Bruce. She was a graduate of Bruce High School Class of 1970. She was an active member of Bruce First United Methodist Church and a member of the Fine Arts Club of Bruce. She was a former nurse before starting a new career taking care of disabled children and adults. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in special education and later earned a master’s degree. She began her career in special education at the Bruce Child Development Center for the Calhoun County School System. After several years teaching there, she worked for North Mississippi Regional Center, where she was the director of Bruce Community Homes. She retired from the regional center after years of serving the needs of those less fortunate. She was truly dedicated to those who had special needs and was a advocate for those that she served. She will be missed by all of her friends and family and especially those whom she served and dedicated her life to.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Dr. Daniel Hathorne will officiate, and Bro. Darrell Logan will assist. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
She is survived by three sons, Donnie Neal Weeks (Jennifer) of Hernando, Bubba Weeks (Amanda) of Bruce and Cody Weeks (Emily) of Bruce; her mother, Janice Hasting Neal of Bruce; a sister, Donna Foster (Jimmy) of Pearl; a brother, David Neal (Valerie) of Pearl; seven grandchildren, Gracie Weeks, Maci Weeks, Swayzee Weeks, C.J. Weeks, Carter Cash Weeks, Jacob Gregory and Kaylee Baker; and special friend, Mimi Eide of Olive Branch.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles E. Neal.
Pallbearers will be Joel Gray, Dr. Bruce Longest, Benjy Parker, Josh Parker and Tony Ruth.
Online condolences may be left at

Joseph Wilbanks
WALNUT – Joseph C. Wilbanks, 80, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.

Niles D. Bates
FLORENCE, Ala. – Niles Dewayne Bates, 81, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013. He was a member of the North Alabama Bantam Association.
Services were Tuesday, March 19, at Tri-Cities Mausoleum Chapel in Florence, Ala. Bro. Sonny Owens officiated. Spry-Williams Funeral Home of Florence is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Orrick Bates; his children, Terry Bates, (Carol), Garry Bates, Lanny Bates and Jamie Bates; his grandchildren, Leigh Anne Bates, Preston Bates, Devin Bates, Matthew Bates, Brandy Bates and John Nicholas Bates; and four great-grandchildren.
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Robert Folk
OXFORD – Robert Truesdale Folk, 94, died Friday, March 8, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born in Bamberg, S.C. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. He moved to Oxford while working with the Champion Paper Company. He was a retired supervisor of communications at the University of Mississippi and a member of the Oxford University United Methodist Church of Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Claire Dobbs and the Rev. Gene Bramlett officiating.
He is survived by a daughter, Mary F. Shaw (David) of Oxford; three sons, Eric Alan “Ric” Folk (Tammy) of Moscow, Tenn., Brian McGee Folk (Elizabeth) of Spring, Texas, and Robert Truesdale Folk Jr. (Katie) of Kelseyville, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma McGee, and a daughter, Simsie Folk.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to: The Oxford-Lafayette County Humane Society, 413 McElroy Dr., or Oxford University United Methodist Church, 424 S. 10th St., Oxford, MS 38655.
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Jamie Yates
NEW ALBANY – Jamie Rodgers Yates, 82, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at her residence. She was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Myrtle to William John Henry Rodgers and Opal Lee Raines Rodgers. She was a homemaker and a member of Northside Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m., Friday at Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Yates and the Rev. Terry Rodgers officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Amber Thompson (Keith) of Ingomar; her son, David Yates (Tina) of New Albany; four sisters, Beatrice Paige (Art) of Poolville, Patricia Yates (Jimmy) of Enterprise, Judy Owens (Jerry) of New Albany and Mary Pickens (Binkley) of New Albany; two brothers, Eddie Rodgers (Gail) and Allen Rodgers, both of New Albany; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Hilton Raymond Yates.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Northside Baptist Church.
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Hazel O’Sullivan
GUNTOWN – Hazel Osborn O’Sullivan, 84, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Baldwyn Nursing Home. She was born June 1, 1928, to Samuel Claude Osborn Sr. and Iona Latner Osborn. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading the Bible, playing cards with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell Baptist Church with Bro. Matt Hudson and Bro. John Gale officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty (DL) Parker of Guntown and Ruby Charlene Hannah of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sons, Ellis Frith Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., and Charles Ratliff Jr. of Houston; 27 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildrem; seven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy O’Sullivan; her father, Samuel Claude Osborn Sr.; her mother, Iona Osborn; two brothers; one sister; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson.
Great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be expressed at

Deedie Settlemires
CORINTH – Baxter Detroy “Deedie” Settlemires, 87, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Mississippi Care Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Methodist Cemetery in Corinth.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday.
Online condolences can be left at

Johnie M. Loyd
FULTON – Johnie M. Loyd, 77, died Saturday, March 17, 2013. He was born Oct. 3, 1935, in Marion, Ala. He served in the Army and was stationed in South Korea. He received the Good Conduct, the National Defense and the Korean Service medals.
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the direct cremation. A memorial service for the family will be announced later.
He is survived by one son, Darrell G. Loyd (Tina) of Fulton; one daughter, Kimberly E. Bolin (Randy) of Fulton; and two brothers, Roger Loyd of Illinois and Euildean Loyd of Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Sue Loyd; one son, Charles W. Loyd; two brothers, J.C. and Edward; and six sisters, Dorothy, Mary Rose, Yvonne, Carrie Sue, Erma Faye and Kathy.

Kim Storey
RIPLEY – Kim Simmons Storey, 44, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster & Son Funeral Home in Ripley.

Kathy Poole
TISHOMINGO – Kathy Poole, 58, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.

Stevie Troupe
HAMILTON – Stevie Wayne “KY” Troupe, 51, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born Oct. 22, 1961, to Willie D. Troupe and Mae Ola Troupe. He was a graduate of Hamilton High School. He loved karate, sports and cars.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Valley Chapel United Methodist Church in Hamilton with Pastor Willie James Gardner officiating. Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Mae Ola Troupe of Hamilton; son, Latedrick D. Troupe of Hamilton; a special friend, Emma Hawkins of Columbus; two sisters, Hiawatha Hall of Hamilton and Barbara Bradley (Melvin) of Steens; three brothers, James Troupe (Beulah) of Hamilton, Roger Thomas (Kim) of Sumter, S.C., and Dee Andrew Troupe (Julie) of Tampa, Fla.; and uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willie D. Troupe, and his wife, Gloria Troupe.
Viewing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. to service time Friday.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at Jackson Mortuary in Aberdeen.

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