BALDWYN – Fred H. Benjamin, 82, died Saturday, May 15, 2010, at the Baptist Hospital in Booneville after an extended illness. He was a retired school teacher, teaching at Shannon for two years and in the Baldwyn School System for 26 years. He was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church for over 53 years, where he taught Sunday school for 46 years, sang in the choir and was an inactive deacon. He was the oldest of 14 children born to Fred and Ruby Stacy Benjamin. He was known as “Me Daddy” to all of his grandchildren. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.
Services were Monday, May 17, at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bob Cossey and Bro. Chester Harrison officiating. Burial was in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Sara Benjamin of Baldwyn; one daughter, Mona Speck (Ronald) of Baldwyn; two sons, Tim Benjamin (Mitzi) of Baldwyn and David Benjamin (Janet) of Baldwyn; and seven grandchildren, Brandon Speck (Jessica), Alana Wallis, John Speck, Jennifer Mims (Cory), Jessica Austin (Ray), Josh Benjamin (Chastity) and Tabitha Otto (Donnie); 11 great-grandchildren, Kimberly and Dustin Otto, Anna, Jaxon and Hailey Mims, Eli and Madison Wallis, Bryson and Tyler Austin and Trace Benjamin and Spencer Speck; his sisters, Nellie Jones of Alabama, Hortense Edge of Reinzi, Molly Forsythe of Reinzi and Grace Gunter of Arkansas; and his brothers, Smith Benjamin of Iuka, Irb Benjamin of Clinton and Jerry Benjamin of Blackland.
Pallbearers were his adult men’s Sunday school class.
Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of the church.
Bishop Allen Richards
MICHIGAN CITY – Bishop Allen Thomas Richards, 87, died Saturday, May 15, 2010, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Salt & Light & Ministries Headquarters in Lamar. Burial will be in Perry’s Chapel Church Cemetery in Michigan City. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests monetary donations for medical expenses.
TUPELO – Frances “Granny” Gardner, 81, died Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 18, 1928, in Lee County. She was the daughter of the late Jim and Pearl Merritt. She was a member of Rising Star M.B. Church in Tupelo and a retired employee of Long’s Laundry.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rising Star M.B. Church with Rev. Melvin B. Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Porter’s Memorial Cemetery in Tupelo. Agnew and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Delois Hamilton, Claudia Howard, Edna Gardner and Ruthy (Rev. Gary} Long, all of Tupelo; one brother, Booker King of Belden; 16 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earlie Gardner; one son, Jimmy Carr; two sisters, Willie Hampton and Magnolia Thompson; and two brothers, Gilbert Merritt and Sham Merritt.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. and the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today at Rising Star M.B. Church. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandson.com.
WEST POINT – Beatrice Smith, 78, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born April 14, 1932, in Ruleville to Hugh and Dessie Gammill Smith. She moved to West Point at a very young age and attended West Point schools and then Clark Memorial Baptist Collage, where she majored in Bible. She worked as secretary for the First Baptist Church in West Point and then for the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville. She later returned to West Point and was for many years a legal secretary until returning to the First Baptist Church as the pastor’s secretary until health issues forced her retirement. The church, her family and friends were her life.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by a sister, Martha Jean Worden of West Point; a sister-in-law, Beth Clay Smith of Little Rock, Ark.; three nephews, Hugh A. Taylor of Memphis, William Clay Smith (Pauline) of Seattle, Wash., and Edwin E. Smith of Little Rock, Ark.; a niece, Becky Settlemoir (David) of Little Rock; three great-nieces, Bethany and Rachel Settlemoir, and Keelyn Smith; and a great-nephew, Liam Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, William E. “Billy” Smith and Hugh E. Smith.
Pallbearers will be Shaun Taylor, Robbie Robinson, Justin Estes, Rufus Ward and Bob Adams. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Ed Miller, and friends and staff at Dugan Memorial Home.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Day Care, P.O. Box 794, West Point, MS 39773 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Robbie M. Dunn
OXFORD – Robbie M. Dunn, 54, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will be in Greater St. John M.B. Church Cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Greater St. John M.B. Church.
POTTS CAMP – Joseph Brandon Rider, 33, died Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at his home in Potts Camp. Born in Memphis, he was an avid kayaker, bicycler and hunter. Joseph had an extremely kind heart and enjoyed helping others.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at his home in Potts Camp. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his father, Joseph W. Rider and his wife, Esther, of Potts Camp; his mother, Deborah Dodson and her husband, Ronnie Dodson, of Potts Camp; one sister, Jamie Hutchison of Memphis; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Rider; and two nieces, Melody and Isabella.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jeremiah Dwayne Rider.
Memorial contributions may be made to: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, 6255 W. Sunset Blvd., 21st Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90028 or to Garfield Clinic, 806 Garfield Street, Tupelo, MS 38801-5749.
To leave online condolences, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
SALTILLO – Fred Thomas “Thom” Franks III, 29, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. A native of Saltillo, he was born May 27, 1980. He was a member of Saltillo United Methodist Church. He loved his children and family. He was an avid fan of NASCAR racing and loved to waterski. About six years ago he was involved in a motorcycle accident which left him disabled.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22, 2010 at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Tim Green officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Fred Thomas Franks Jr. and his wife, Carin, of Saltillo; two daughters, Abbey Franks and Calli Franks of Goldsboro, N.C.; one son, Hunter Franks of Saltillo; a special family friend, Brooke Peters of Guntown; one sister, Sydney Franks of Saltillo; two brothers, Tyler Franks of Nashville and Cameron Franks of Saltillo; his grandparents, Fred Franks Sr. of Saltillo and Mary Abbot of Hattiesburg.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lois Franks.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Easterling, Michael Mason, David Stasco, Ricky Franks, Tory Cox, Justin Curry and Joshua Blythe.
Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Campbell, Brian Holloman, Michael Sudduth, Cole Robison and Caleb Robison.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Anthony Grant “Tony” Langford, 25, died Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at his home. Born March 28, 1985, in Tampa, Fla., he was the son of Jenetta Louise Hinkle Langford and the late Alan Keith Langford. He lived in Smithville for 15 years before moving to Prentiss County. He attended Smithville Schools. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Iraq. He enjoyed baseball and playing video games with his friends. He will be sorely missed.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include his mother, Jennetta L. “Judy” Langford of Baldwyn; two brothers, Christopher Keith Langford (Allison) of Amory and Alan Lee Langford (Jackie) of Tupelo; his grandmothers, Doris Jean Stoker of Smithville and Mauveline Langford of Mooreville; and a special friend, Staci Lynn Jasch of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his father; his grandfathers, Albert Isaac Langford and Grant J. Hinkle; and his grandmother, Etta Mae Hurst Hinkle.
Pallbearers will be friends.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today and Saturday until service time at the funeral home.
AMORY – Evelyn Gregory Millender, 87, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
NETTLETON – Albert Riley, 87, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
AMORY – Randy Mink, 50, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at his home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James W. Emerson
MOOREVILLE – James W. Emerson, 71, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at Darlington Oaks in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.
HOUSTON – Jerry Lewis Slaughter, 50, died Saturday, May 15, 2010, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Woodland. Burial will be in the Piney Grove CME Church Cemetery at Derma. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
DYERSBURG, Tenn. – Mary Tidwell, 82, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at her home. She was born Feb. 4, 1928, in Randolph to James Thelma and Loy Elizabeth Lindsey. A former resident of Deering, Mo., she graduated from Deering High School, then earned a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Mississippi. She taught at Pontotoc, Tunica and Caruthersville, Mo., area schools. She touched the lives of countless children as a teacher in elementary schools in Mississippi and Missouri for more than 43 years. She was formerly of Robinsonville and was born and raised in Randolph and the surrounding area. She was a member of Three Oaks Chapel Baptist Church in Dyersburg.
Services will be at 7 p.m. today at Three Oaks Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Phipps officiating. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Salmon Cemetery in Randolph. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home of Dyersburg, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Kay Tidwell; a grandson, Paul Phillips and wife, Samantha, and a great-granddaughter, Peyton Phillips, all of Dyersburg; a sister, Betty Ward of Blytheville, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, L.L. “Buddy” Tidwell, in 1994.
Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Ward, Mark Ward, Michael Tidwell, Billy Taylor, Danny Petrie, Ted McNeill and Wayde Jackson.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to service time today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Three Oaks Chapel Baptist Church, 1105 Resthome Road, Dyersburg, TN 38024; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com.
MERIDIAN – Juanita Ferguson Vaughn, 84, died Sunday, May 16, 2010, at Infinity Hospice. A native of Aberdeen, where she grew up, she was the daughter of James Aubrey and Flora Ferguson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Northeast Homemakers Club. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Marion, the church choir and the WMU.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Justin Knight officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Gayle Threatt and her husband, Victor, of Meridian, Janice Vaughn of Meridian, James Michael (Mike) Vaughn and his wife, Nina; her grandchildren, Claire Threatt of Plano, Texas, Vaughn and Callie Threatt of Meridian, Patrick Threatt of Cincinnati, Ohio, Bonnie Smith of Meridian, Troy and Jayme Smith of Meridian, Jason Vaughn of Baltimore, Md., and Shannon Brooks of Savannah, Ga.; her great-grandchildren, Sierra and Sabra Brooks; two brothers, Leon Ferguson and his wife, Joan, of Hernando, and Bob Ferguson and his wife, Musa, of Aberdeen; two sisters, Doris Gill and her husband, Ed, of Birmingham, Ala., and Frances Lippe of Las Vegas, Nev.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mertis R. “Pete” Vaughn; her parents; and a brother, James Carl Ferguson.
Pallbearers will be Russ Ferguson, John Ferguson, David Gressett, Austin Bishop, Kelly Vaughn and Chad Vaughn.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
The family request memorials be made to Marion First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Family and friends may sign online guestbook at www.robertbarhamffh.com.
NEW ALBANY – Martha Johnson “Punkin” Knox, 52, died Saturday, May 15, 2010, at her home. She was born July 20, 1957, to Cecil Johnson and Mamie Blake Johnson in Benton County.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at United House of Prayer in Blue Mountain. Bishop Henry Finley will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Noverta Knox of New Albany; three children, Evan (Amanda) Johnson of Baldwyn, Ashley Knox and Hope Knox of New Albany; three brothers, Andrew Johnson of Blue Mountain, Chelvis Johnson and Johnny (Bonnie Kay) Johnson of Myrtle; five sisters, Mary (George) Knox, Brenda (Joe) Knox and Dorcas (Myron) Venson, all of Blue Mountain, Pam Johnson of South Carolina and Myshell Johnson of New Albany; five grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
John S. Benson
FULTON – John S. Benson, 70, died Thursday, May 20, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
BLUE SPRINGS – Luella Gilbert Montgomery, 66, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born Jan. 27, 1944, in Union County to the late Willie Gilbert and Lula Bell Gilbert. She was the founder and minister of Center of Faith Church in New Albany. She was a caregiver to many children.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Acts on Hwy. 15 S. in New Albany. The Rev. C.L. Hoyle Jr. will officiate. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, James Montgomery of Blue Springs; her children, Lee Ann Rogers of Tupelo, James Lewis and Jarvis Lewis of Pontotoc; two brothers, Charlie Gilbert and Jessie (Mary Joyce) Gilbert; and a sister, Mary Marie Gilbert, all of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by a son, Theron Lambert.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
NETTLETON – Bobbie Jean Capps Coggin, 76, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory after an extended illness. She was born May 10, 1934, in Itawamba County to Felix Jackson and Vera Alderson Capps. She was a lifelong resident of the Nettleton area. She worked in the garment industry and at nursing homes until she retired. She was a member of Temple Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed working in her yard and watching football on television. She married Andy David “Junior” Coggin on July 21, 1952. She loved her caregivers, her son, Nickey, and Sandra and Beverly.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Bill Payne officiating. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Nickey David Coggin of Nettleton; two sisters, Virginia Gilmore of Nettleton and another sister.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Andy David “Junior” Coggin on Feb. 27, 2006; two brothers, Billy Capps and Jimmy Capps; a half sister, Geneva Howard.
Pallbearers will be Tony Capps, Danny Sullivan, Gary Flurry, David Sancillo, Brandon Rea and Bill Howell.
Honorary pallbearers will be James “Pete” Seymore, Irron White and Glenn Capps.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelennmemorial.com.
Bro. Russell Hamm
CORINTH – Bro. Russell Hamm, 87, died Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born Tuesday, April 30, 1923, in Tippah County to P.E. and Zeade Robinson Hamm. He was a 1942 graduate of Kossuth High School. Shortly after graduating, he felt the call of God in his life to preach the Gospel. He surrendered to God’s cal and for 67 years faithfully preached the love of Jesus everywhere he could. Before becoming the past of Biggersville Pentecostal Church in 1972, he held a pastorate in Truman, Ark., and Grandin, Mo. Over the years, Bro. Hamm has held numerous revivals, weddings and funerals, often singing during some of his funeral messages a son of hope to help the families with their loss. Everywhere he went, he always had a smile on his face and joy in his heart.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Biggersville Pentecostal Church with the Rev. T.G. Ramsey and the Rev. Robert Bayer officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery near Corinth. Memorials Funeral Home in Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Dixon and her husband, J.C.; four grandchildren, Jason Hamm and his wife, Krystal, Amber Silverio and her husband, Pedro, Patience Rorie and her husband, Paul, and Joseph Dixon III; six great-grandchildren, Ashton Hamm, Jakob Hamm, Joseph Dixon IV, Maura Faith Rorie, Neely Rorie and Aliondra Silverio; four sisters, Sue Windham, Vada Stacks and her husband, Raymond, Ruby Jeans and Etlas Mills; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Euzena Patterson Hamm; two sons, Keith and Felix Hamm; his parents; and four sisters, Exie Glidewell, Eula Murray, Vashti Arnold and Ila Vee Hamilton.
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today and continue Saturday until service time at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
RED BANKS – Ananias Garmon, 58, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at his home in Red Banks.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Newell M.B. Church in Red Banks. Burial will be in Mt. Newell Memorial Garden at Red Banks. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
OXFORD – Wendell Rose, 71, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born July 22, 1938 in Dallas, Texas. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a graduate of Memphis State after two years. He was a retired engineer with Buckman Laboratories in Memphis and a member of Collierville Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bruce Cemetery with the Rev. Bobby Long officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Rosalyn Reese Rose of Oxford; a son, Richard Rose (Stacey) of Oxford; a brother, Carl Rose (Claudia) of Lewisville, Texas; three grandchildren, Kristen Rose, Cameron Rose and Kara Rose.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie Rose and Mary Ross Rose, and a son, Wendell J. “Joey” Rose II.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Billy Harold Maddox, 79, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He worked at Brown Shoe Company until they closed, and then with the Booneville City Park. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Korea and a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard for 40 years. He enjoyed camping and fishing, and was an avid Alabama football fan.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Tony Brown and Minister Greg Pollock officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Leista Moreland Maddox of Booneville; two brothers, Bobby (Patrilla) Maddox of Booneville and Larry Maddox of Baldwyn; two sisters, Wilma Underwood of Saltillo and Barbara Hughes of Nesbit; nephew, Jason (Amy) Parton of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; sister-in-law, Hazel Pharr of Greenville, S.C.; brother-in-law, Kenneth (Shirley) Moreland of Marietta; host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Clara Cook Maddox; a brother, Robert Eugene “Snook” Maddox; a sister, Gretta Faye Hood; a brother-in-law, Clyde Moreland; and two nieces, Shelia Alred and Carolyn Pharr.
Pallbearers will be his nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Angie B. Daniel
TUPELO – Angie B. Daniel, 89, died Saturday, May 15, 2010. She was a member of Red Hill M.B. Church, the Missionary Society, the Mother Board and the Usher Board for many years. She also was a devoted member of the Sunday School and Bible classes, church meetings and prayer meetings.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Red Hill M.B. Church with Rev. Willie Bogan officiating and Rev. Kofi Kessie delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include six daughters, Arverne Fondren (Leon), Annie Louise Dykes, Elizabeth Daniel, Gloria Collins, Cornell Gillespie and Shelia Cobb (Norris); three sons, James Daniel (Joyce), Robert Daniel and Lennell Daniel; 26 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home in New Albany. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
CORINTH – Willard Kathryn Wilbanks, 77, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hight Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today
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