BRANDON – George Elliot Swain, 76, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at his home. He served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War and was a retired employee of Deposit Guaranty Bank.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Chapel in Pearl with interment in Calhoun City Cemetery at 2 p.m. Baldwin-Lee Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Judy W. Swain of Brandon; two sons, Forrest Willis (Sheree) of Calhoun City and Stephen Willis (Tanya) of Brandon; one daughter, Amanda Walls (Tim) of Calhoun City; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Baldwin-Lee.
An online guestbook can be found at www.baldwinleepearl.com.
TUPELO – Robert Copeland, 73, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
ETTA – James Fletcher Gafford, 91, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born May 2, 1919, in Union County to Grover and Mattie Gafford. He was a retired cotton and dairy farmer. He was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church. He served his country during World War II, serving with the 7th infantry division of the United States Army. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Salem Methodist Church with Rev. Kyle Ivy and his grandson Rev. Jeff Lawrence officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his son, Roger Gafford (Marietta) of Etta; two daughters, Janie Davis (Tom) of Etta and Sue Chaney (Robert) of Tupelo; ten grandchildren, Dr. Keith Lawrence of Tupelo, Rev. Jeff Lawrence of New Albany, Greg Lawrence of Etta, Terri Williams of Southlake, Texas, Amanda Ferrell of Madison, Allen Gafford of Etta, Adam Gafford of Etta, Tim Chaney of Fulton, Dr. Mark Chaney of Manderville, La. and Teresa Bailey of Tupelo; and 27 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Annie L. Gafford; and three sisters, Blanche Robbins, Eula Darnell and Thula Graham.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Dr. Keith Lawrence, Greg Lawrence, Allen Gafford, Adam Gafford, Dr. Mark Chaney, Tim Chaney, David Williams, Harvey Bailey and Ed Ferrell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the Salem United Methodist Church in Etta or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
In honor of Mr. Gafford, United Funeral Service, Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
CALEDONIA – C.L. Webb, 72, died Friday, March 25, 2011. He was born December 14, 1938, in Haynes, Ark., to Charlie Lee and Mary Ann “Medie” Moten Webb. He previously worked for APAC in Aberdeen and was of Baptist faith. He enjoyed fishing and was better known in his community as the neighborhood watchman.
Services were 2 p.m. Sunday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Shady Rest Cemetery. Bro. Redus Hall officiated.
He is survived by one brother, T.L. (Virginia) Webb of Gattman; one sister, Abie (Gene) Wise of Gattman; two grandchildren, Kelly and Thomas Johnson and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Delores Martin Webb; three brothers, James, John and George David Webb; and four sisters, Deanie Moore, Polly Turman, Evie Jean Paulman and Mary Ludy Webb.
Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at www.ottsfuneralhome.net.
CHEROKEE, Ala. – Josie Berryman, 100, died Sunday, March 27, 2011, at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will follow in Morris Hill Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangments.
Visitation is from 10: 30 a.m. until service time today.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
MAYWOOD, Ill. – Charlie Garrison, 71, died March 24, 2011 at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time by Serenity Funeral Home in Holly Springs.
CONNERSVILLE, Ind. – William E. “Bill” Bowling, 63, died on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the emergency room of Fayette Regional Health System. He was born January 23, 1948, in Connersville to Isaac Bowling and Hattie Roberts Bowling of Connersville. He is a 1966 graduate of Connersville High School. He became an accomplished machinist and tool and die maker working at Ready Tool & Die, Aircraft Contours in Indianapolis and McAllister in Indianapolis for many years before becoming self employed as a machinist for several years until retirement. He was a member at the Blooming Grove Family Worship Center. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, ginsing hunting and being outdoors.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Blooming Grove Family Worship Center with Rev. Tom Marshall officiating. Burial will be in Everton Cemetery.
He is survived by his mother; three children, Jennifer Christine Tomey (Robert) of Amory, Elizabeth Anne Bowling of Connersville and W. Brian Bowling (Tara) of Laurel, Ind.; his brother, David Bowling (Malessia) of Connersville; two sisters, Ella Sizemore (Carl) of Connersville and Lou Ann Hertel of Connersville; his grandchildren, William Tanner, Hunter Christine, Emily Conner, Dasmine, Emily, Hattley, Corey Isaac, Caitlyn Marie and Chloe Gael; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father; one grandson, Troy Ratcliff and a brother in law, Al Hertel.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Urban-Winkler Funeral Home.
Anyone wishing to send a personal message to the family may do so by going to www.urbanwinklerfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Steve Sloan, 50, died on Sunday, March 27, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born on December 4, 1960, in Okolona to Mae Mixon Shields and George Elbert Sloan. Steve attended Coleman High School in Greenville. While in Hunt, Texas, he worked as an LPN at LaHacienda Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. He was Baptist. Having a great sense of humor, he treasured the time spent with his family, especially fishing with his grandchildren. He was a diehard University of Alabama football fan and loved his dog, Chief. He loved to fish and hunt, watch NASCAR and listen to country music.
Private services will be held at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Chuck Moffett officiating. Burial will be in Durrett Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his daughters, Stephanie (Jamie) Guyton of Amory and Stacey Sloan of Kerrville, Texas; his mother, Mae M. Shields of Amory; three grandchildren, Reid, Makayla and Lily Grace Guyton; his sisters, Dana Shields Lockhart, Sonya Shields Landreth and Dianne Adams of Amory, Leigh Chaney Smith of Smithville and Frankie Phillips of Amory; his brothers, Terry Sloan of Amory, Frankie Sloan of Blanco, Texas, Danny Shields of Amory and Wesley Shields of Amory; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; his step-father, Frank B. Shields and brothers, Paul and Little Frank Chaney Shields.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Guyton, John Lockhart, Chris Sloan, Ryan Landreth, and Danny and Brian Shields. Honorary pallbearer will be Leonard Williams.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Rev. Hubert Jarvis
MEMPHIS – Reverend Hubert E. Jarvis, 70, died Sunday, March 27, 2011, at his home after a long illness. He was born September 22, 1940, in Oxford to William E. Jarvis and Beatrice Franks Jarvis. He graduated from Itawamba High School in 1959. He earned his B.A. degree from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain; his Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky. and his Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburg, Ind. He ministered for over 40 years serving churches in Mississippi, Alabama, Indiana, Maryland and Mississippi before he retired in 1998. Since his retirement he has lived in Memphis and been a member of First Baptist Church. He was actively involved in Baptist Association work. He was a past president of the Southern Seminary Alumni Association in Maryland/Delaware. He had served as the Pastoral Ministries Director of the Pulaski Association in Arkansas and had been a student mentor for Trinity Seminary. He will also be remembered for his sense of humor and his ability to bring out the best in others. He loved history and travel and was an avid student and traveler throughout his life.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with the Rev. Bill VanWinkle officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery near Mantachie.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 46 years, Daphne Smith Jarvis and his loving daughter, Jessica Jarvis of Marion, Ark.
He was preceded in death by a two-year-old son, Ian.
Pallbearers will be Eugene Johnson, Jimmy Loden, Jerry McGee, Dwight McGee, Larry Montgomery and Gary Walker. Honorary pallbearers will be the class of 1959 from Itawamba High School.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MYRTLE – Joseph Lee “Joe” Hale, 88, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. He was born April 10, 1922 in Union County to George Washington and Rosalee Motes Hale. He was a farmer and a Baptist.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with Bro. Kenny Adair officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by five sons, Bobby Joe Hale of New Albany, Billy Ralph Hale of Myrtle, Hubert Lamar Hale of New Albany, Johnny Lacy Hale of Myrtle and Tommy Ray Hale of Hickory Flat; one daughter, Sheila Hale of Myrtle; one sister, Mattie Puffer of Myrtle; 17 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Hale and four sons, James Edward, Ricky D., Robert Henry and William Lee Hale.
Pallbearers will be William Hale, Jr., Lee Hale, Johnny Lacy Hale, Jr., Terry Bryan, Tommy Foreman, Charles Hale and Chris Ray.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Betty Fay Thornton
BLUE SPRINGS – Betty Fay Baker Thornton, 73, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at her home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Martin Jacks officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Saltillo Chapel.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
ROBERT LEE, Texas – T.W. “Papa T” Bridges, 90, died Thursday, March 24, 2011, in Odessa, Texas. He was born February 24, 1921, in Marietta to Tint and Nancy J. Bridges. He served in World War II and was stationed in Pearl Harbor. He married Annie Grace Fesperman on March 15, 1943. He drove for American Mayflower Moving Co. for over 40 years and was instrumental in teaching many others the trade. He was a member of Edmund Boulevard Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. today at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens with Rev. Brad Dietz officiating. Robert Massie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a sister, Pauline Dees and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Memorials can be made to the Hospice House Foundation, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, TX, 79761 or to Edmund Boulevard Baptist Church of San Angelo.
WATER VALLEY – Caroline DeSaussure “Dessie” Anderson Caulfield, 94, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at her home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Water Valley with Rev. Harold Spraberry, Rev. William L. Mosal and Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 590, Water Valley, MS, 38965, or French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS, 39745-9700.
Online condolences may be made at www.sevenoaksfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Kathryn B. Drews, 74, died Sunday, March 27, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pete McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Memphis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Annie Bell Gilliam, 82, died Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehab Center in Tupelo. She was born June 16, 1928, to Sam and Lena Cook in Lee County.
Services will be Wednesday at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Verona with Rev. J. C. Humphrey officiating. Burial will be in the Porter Memorial Cemetery in Tupelo. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Samuel Gilliam; four sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include one sister, Lena Mae Hickman; three sisters-in-law, La Velle Walker of Jacksonville, Fla., Dorothy Gillard of Tupelo and Fannie Mae Cleveland of Tupelo; three brothers-in-law, Paul Gilliam of Jacksonville, Fla., Moses and George Gilliam of Tupelo; a host of nieces and nephew and a special niece, Sharon Newsom.
Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.
MYRTLE – Lawanda Marie Rooker Frazier, 68, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Briar Hill Rest Home in Florence, Ala. She was born January 18, 1943, in Blue Mountain to James and Florine Rooker. She was a retired employee of Futorian Manufacturing in New Albany. She was a member of Victory Life Center.
Services will be held 1 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Deborah St. Amant (Greg) of Ridgeland and Ashley McBroom (Andrew) of Mt. Carmel, Ill., and three grandchildren, Dustin Kain (Megan), Lauren Blake Kain and Aiden James McBroom.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roy Lee Frazier and a brother, Terry Rooker.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Kain, Andrew McBroom, Greg St. Amant, Darren Cooper, Chase Cooper and Nicky Owen.
Visitation will be from 12 p.m. till 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
MYRTLE – Douglas Wayne “Doug” Dees, 62, died Sunday, March 27, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. He was born on March 14, 1949, in Clarksdale to Edwin R. and Jolene Street Dees. He was a life-long resident of Union County, an electrician, a Baptist and an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with Rev. Claude Mills officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Dees of Myrtle; his mother, Jolene Dees of New Albany; two sons, James Douglas Dees of Myrtle and William Rodgers Dees of Oxford; three brothers, Edwin R. Dees Jr., Richard Dees and Ronald Joe Dees, all of New Albany; five sisters, Barbara Forrester of Myrtle, Jane Drummond of Germantown, Tenn., Colene McFarren of Mantachie, Marcia Dees of New Albany and Cindy Self of New Albany; and three grandchildren, Dustin, Tucker and Tayler Dees.
He is preceded in death by his father, Edwin R. Dees and a son, Christopher Michael Dees.
Pallbearers will be Randy Thomas, Steve Thomas, Dustin Dees, Tucker Dees, Zack Priest and Barry Mathis.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
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