Obituaries May 8, 2009

Matthew Gill
VERONA – Matthew “Papa” Gill died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 15, 1926, to Arthur and Novella Sullivan Gill. He was a retired butcher for Mid-South Packers and a Baptist. A loving husband and father, he enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren, riding horses and hunting.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors in Tupelo. Pastor Charles Young and Bro. Jerry Morris will officiate. Burial will be in the Palmetto Cemetery.
Survivors include his children, Mildred Gill and Sarah Gill Dancer of Verona, Matthew (Alfreda) Gates of Baldwyn, Billy Gill, Larry Gill and Carlottle Arvella Spruilla, all of New Orleans, La., Melvin Adams of Florida, Betty Green of Shannon and Lydell (Dora) Hopkins of Southfield, Mich.; one brother, Woodrow (Christine) Gill of Chicago, Ill.; one sister: Christine Gill of Maywood, Ill.; 31 grandchildren, which include Ursula and Kirstie of the home, and 27 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ida Bell Gill: one son, Ural Hopkins; and 14 of his siblings.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel. The body will lie in state one hour before service time Saturday.
The online guestbook can be accessed at www.nljonesandson.com.

Jessie Garmon
JOLIET, Ill. – Jessie Lee Garmon died Saturday, May 2, 2009. He was born Oct. 30, 1930,in Tupelo to Charlie and Inez Garmon. He accepted Christ at an early age. He was retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company after many years of service.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul M.B. Church in Joliet, Ill. Pastor Edward Martin Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow at Elmhurst Cemetery in Joliet. Minor-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his companion, Mercedes “GiGi” Herring, and his children, Willie Melvin (Bobbie Lynn), Gloria (William), Victor, Shirley Ruth “Moochie,” Henry Lee, JoAnne (Ricky), Theresa, Stevenson, Titus Tyrone (Jeannica), Porter (Tasha), Quadra, Tonya (Philander), Derrick and Tasha; his siblings, Shirley, Emma Lou, Gracie (James), Sudoris, Dorothy Louise, Henry Edward (Jennie) and Betty; a host of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and godchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert Earl; and nine siblings.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.

Willie Brooks
OXFORD – Willie “Po-Boy” Brooks, 71, died Monday, April 4, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a native of Lafayette County and a retired construction worker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Buford Chapel United Methodist Church in Oxford. Burial will be in Buford Chapel Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include eight daughters, Margaret Frison of Indianapolis, Ind., Annie Price and Patricia Thompson of Toledo, Ohio, Alberta Price of Detroit, Mich., Patrice Thompson of Marlin, Va., Joaddie Price of Washington D.C., Tracy Lewis of Oxford and Sonia Young of Atlanta, Ga.; three sons, Alvin Archie of Chicago, Jeffrey Archie of San Diego, Calif., and Link Brooks of Oxford; three sisters, Gertrude Barns of Detroit, Lillie Jackson of Gary, Ind., and Eloyce Hampton of Oxford; one brother, Albert “Bill” Brooks of Gary, Ind.; 24 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Jessie Harwell
OXFORD – Jessie Harwell died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford.

Charles Frost Jr.
DILLARD, Ga. – Charles Robert “Chuck” Frost Jr., 63, died Thursday, April 30, 2009.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 5, at the River Vista Mountain Village Center in Dillard. The Rev. Jim Doepken officiated. Beck Funeral Home of Clayton, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Jennifer Braddy Frost; two sons, Charles Robert Frost III (Julie) of Rincon, Ga., formerly of Tupelo, and Adam Frost (Jennifer) of Denver, Colo.; his mother, Callie Davis Frost, and his father, Charles Robert Frost, both of Dublin, Ga.; two sisters, Patricia Frost Wright (Jack) of Dublin and Jane Alexander of Gainesville, Fla.; three grandsons, Josh and Jonah Frost of Rincon, and Cannon Frost of Denver; in-laws, Robert and Marie Braddy; a brother in-law, Robert Braddy Jr. (Julia); three nephews, two nieces, two great-nephews and two great-nieces.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to donations to the local chapter of the Humane Society.

Evelyn Medley
SMITHVILLE – Evelyn Laverne Moore Medley, 85, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 30, 1923, in Monroe County to William Ezra and Viola Turman Moore. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County and a member of the Smithville Methodist Church. She married Owen E. Medley Jr. in 1955; he died in 1992. She was a homemaker. An avid birdwatcher, she enjoyed gardening, animals and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Smithville with Bro. Charles Coggin officiating. Burial will be in the Smithville Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Owen E. Medley III (Melissa) of Sapulpa, Okla.; one daughter, Lynda Ellinwood Aldridge of Virginia Beach, Va.; two sisters, Frances M. Gregory of Olive Branch and Peggy M. Jones of Little Rock, Ark.; sister-in-law, Marcelle H. Medley of Smithville; seven grandchildren, Leigh M. Jarvis, Charles T. Morris, Laura M. Greenlee, Kelsey T. Medley, Andrew D. Detmer, Trenton C. Howey and Melani L. Kennedy; and four great-grandchildren, Gregory G. Jarvis, William J. Jarvis, Caroline K. Jarvis and Annalise K. Jarvis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one brother, Billy James Moore.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Carroll Gregory, Mike Jones, Chuck Morris, Butch Palmer, Mike Robinson and Mike Hughey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Ward Gregory, Claude R. “Bub” Jones, and the Smithville Police Department.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home in Smithville.

Fred Payne
GOLDEN – Fred Weaver Payne, 53, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at his residence. He was born Aug. 22, 1955, in Terrell, Ark., to Leonard Felix and Mary Louise Warren Payne. He was a welder and attended the Church of God. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard for 13 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Gene O’Brian officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemeteryat Golden.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Lillie Ann Payne of Golden; one son, Billy Joe Payne (Jamie) of Golden; one grandson, Braxton Joe Payne of Golden; one brother, Randy Payne of Golden; two sisters, Patricia Hollimon (Tommy) of Russellville, Ala., and Glenda Kiddy of Red Bay; two sisters-in-law, Brenda Spencer (Jerry) of Fulton and Shirley Philips (Mike) of Pensacola, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leonard Carroll Payne and Bobby Gene Payne; one sister, Katrina Pauline Pendergraph; and one niece and one nephew.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday.

Herman Keeton
RED BAY, Ala. – Herman Keeton died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Crown Health Care and Rehabilitation in Montgomery, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.

Christine Morrow
RED BAY, Ala. – Christine Morrow, 87, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Golden. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Sammy Flake
RIPLEY – Sammy Neal Flake, 54, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was disabled.
A graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Blue Mountain Cemetery with Bro. J.C. Hall officiating. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Charlene Presley (Robert) of Ripley and Kay Dooley (Charles) of New Albany; two brothers, Rex Flake of Blue Mountain and Danny Flake of Ripley; two half sisters, Essie Mascroft (Harold) of Memphis and Barbara Cobb of New Albany; and nine nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Richard and Ellie Ree Mauney Flake; one brother, Dickie Flake; and a half sister, Sarah McCarver.
Pallbearers will be Rickey Lituz, Frankie Presley, David Presley, Aaron Presley and Haston Presley.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to North Mississippi Regional Center, 967 Regional Center Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

R.B. Lambert
BOONEVILLE – Roy Buford “R.B.” Lambert Jr., 62, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at the Cornerstone Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rosie Jeffries
HOLLY SPRINGS – Rosie Nell Ford Jeffries, 63, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at her home in Holly Springs. She was a member of Christ Temple Church of God in Christ in Holly Springs. She was a factory worker for Emerson Electric.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Doxey Morehouse Auditorium at Rust College with Superintendent Albert Pass officiating. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Catina K. Jeffries and Demiko L. Jeffries of Holly Springs; four sons, Corey J. Jeffries of Jackson, Anthony D. Ford, Rodney O’Neil Jeffries and Frederick D. Jeffries, all of Holly Springs; three sisters, Louise Shelby of Homer, La., Asha Ford of Marietta, Ga., and Barbara Mack of Chicago; two brothers, Easkline Ford Sr. of Holly Springs and Collin Ford of Chicago; six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Erica Denise Jeffries, and five sisters and four brothers.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at Rust College from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Charlean Jones
HOLLY SPRINGS – Charlean Jones, 57, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at Germantown Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. She was a member of Strawberry M.B. Church in Holly Springs and a member of the Usher Board. She was a disabled factory worker for Mulay Plastics in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Strawberry M.B. Church with the Rev. Willie F. Jeffries officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Bridgette Bulloch of Horn Lake; two grandchildren, Lauryn Bulloch and Matthew Bulloch of Horn Lake; two sisters, Louella Glass and Carlean Crane of Holly Springs; four brothers, Willie Louis Jones of Memphis, and Joe Stevenson, Ben J. Stevenson and Butler Stevenson, all of Holly Springs.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Ida Lee Wright.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday.

Garrick Harris
CLARKSDALE – Garrick Darnell Harris, 19, formerly of Ashland, died Friday, May 1, 2009, in Clarksdale. He was a member of St. James Church of God in Christ in Ripley. He was disabled.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at St. James Church of God in Christ with Elder Bernell Hoyle officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Carol B. Harris of Ashland; his father, Garrick Darnell Bryson of California; a sister, Carla Harris of Ashland; and his grandmother, Charlean Harris of Ashland.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 2:30 to 3:25 p.m. Saturday.

Gertrude Johnson
FULTON – Gertrude Johnson, 90, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born June 11, 1918, in Prentiss County to Alford Woody and Luna Gatlin Griggs. She was a Baptist and an employee of Blue Bell for 32 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sandy Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Jeff Moses and Bro. Bobby Jarrell officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Ruby Beam of Smithville, and Ruth Mitchell (Hugh), Katy Denson, Kathy Ashley (Paul) and Wanda Johnson, all of Fulton; three sons, Bobby Johnson, Jackie Johnson (Dimple) and Ricky Johnson (Jane), all of Fulton; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Johnson of Fulton; 20 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Johnson; three sons, Eugene, Jerry Wayne and Billy Gene Johnson; a grandson, Tony Johnson; and five brothers and one sister.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Bobby Gene Whitt
FULTON – Bobby Gene Whitt, 65, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at his home. He was born March 15, 1944, in Tremont to Delmer and Ida Mae Crocker Whitt. He was a member of Riverhill Baptist Church and a truck driver for Bonds Paving for 25 years. He enjoyed carpentry and gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Dr. Don Baggett and Bro. Henry Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Peggy Wallace Whitt of Fulton; two daughters, Lisa Coleman Tally (Greg) of Mooreville and Brittany Whitt of Fulton; two sons, Ricky Whitt (Debbie) of Mooreville and Jeff Whitt of Fulton; eight grandsons, Blake, Brantley, Benton and Bailey Whitt of Mooreville, Dylan Whitt of Guntown, Matt and Clay Coleman of Fulton and Hunter Talley of Mooreville; three sisters, Myrtle Mattox of Fulton, Annie Turner of Saltillo and Betty Reich of Mantachie; one brother, Conner Whitt of Mantachie; two sisters-in-law, Lou Whitt of Mantachie and Jane Whitt of Belvedere, Ill.; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Huberts and Billy Whitt; and two sisters, Fleta Green and Cleta Prestage.
Pallbearers will be Blake, Brantley, Benton and Dylan Whitt, and Matt and Clay Coleman.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bailey Whitt, Hunter Talley and Richie Steele.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.

Margaret E. Goodson
BALDWYN – Margaret E. Goodson, 90, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at her daughter’s home after a long illness. She was valedictorian of the Baldwyn High School Class of 1936. She was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing after 29 years. She was a lifelong member of Baldwyn First Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher. She helped with Meals on Wheels for 20 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in the Baldwyn Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Jane Hopkins (D.W.) of Saltillo and Nancy Tilley (Mike) of Carrollton, Ga.; grandchildren, Wade Hopkins (Tina), Amanda Tilley and Stacy Hopkins (Josh Hughes); great-grandchild, Garret Hopkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel B. and Alice Dement Howard, and her husband, Bill Jack Goodson.
Pallbearers will be Buddy Goodson, Larry Roberts, Bubba Pratt, George White, Charlie White, Tommy White, John Smith Wade and Bob Coley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice, 422A E. President Ave., Tupelo, MS 38801; or Baldwyn First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Alvin Follin
CORINTH – Alvin Ray Follin, 74, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born Oct. 9, 1935, in Alcorn County to Kelsey and Eva Follin. He was a heavy equipment operator for many years and worked for Buddy Ayers Construction. He attended Lone Oak Baptist Church. He enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Lone Oak Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles “Smiley” Mills officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughters, Janet Inman (Larry) of Selmer, Tenn., and Wanda Settlemires (Phillip) and Eva Dunn (Donnie) of Corinth; sister, Cathy Cutberth (Milton) of Corinth; brothers, Lloyd Follin (Lila) of Corinth; grandchildren, Nicholas and Kevin Inman, Shae Martin (Clint), Lorie White (Scott), Clay Settlemires, Michael Dunn (Nicole), Trace Dunn and Krystal; great-grandchildren, Kaylee Brooke and Kerissa Beth Martin, Serra Kate Hinton, Brody White, Adalynn Settlemires, Taylor and Riley Dunn; special friends, Billy J. “Fox” Martin, Robbie Lambert, Danny “Shorty” Mincey and Ronnie Kuykendall.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laverne Follin; his parents; a sister, Gladys Mathis Smith; and two brothers, Leon and L.C. Follin.
Pallbearers will be Nicholas Inman, Kevin Inman, Clay Settlemires, Michael Dunn, Trace Dunn, Scott White and Clinton Martin.
The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. today.

Patricia Glass
TUPELO – Patricia Diana “Trish” Glass, 52, one of God’s precious angels, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at her residence after an extended illness. A native of Tiptonville, Tenn., she was born Dec. 25, 1956, to William Edward and Gearldean Sanderson Glass. She had lived in the Auburn community the past three years and worked at the Work Opportunity Research Center in Tupelo. She loved to sing in her church choir at Longview Baptist Church and enjoyed playing bingo, coloring, playing with her dolls, Jim and Robbie, and dancing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Longview Baptist Church with the Rev. George Steward officiating. Burial will be in Longview Cemetery. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her mother, Gearldean Glass of Tupelo; eight sisters, Brenda Tutor and husband, Herbert, of the Randolph community, Norma Cook and husband, Wayne, of Tupelo, Glenda Raines and husband, Alan, and Kathy White and husband, Doyle, all of Pontotoc, Sharlon (Rosie) Bannister of Tupelo, Phyllis McKoin and husband, Jack, of Tupelo, Denise Devaughn and husband, Rickey, of the Egypt community, and Tracy Burney and husband, John, of Pontotoc; two brothers, Wayne Glass of Tupelo and Danny Glass and wife, Zara, of Nettleton.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Edward Glass; two brothers, Cleveland P. “Buck” Glass and William Edward Glass Jr.; and a sister, Margaret Francis Glass.
Pallbearers will be Ralph White, Justin Bannister, Jason Bannister, Edward Glass, Jack White, Greg Woods, Brent Raines and Brad Raines.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Bishop Lee Ollie Robins
GUNTOWN – Bishop Emeritus Lee Ollie Robins, 97, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at his home in Guntown. He was born April 24, 1912, in Lee County. He married Luella Hadley in 1947. He was ordained in 1937, consecrated as an elder in 1940 and served in the ministry more than 80 years. He preached at many churches and served as an evangelist.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the H.L. Coleman Convention Center with Bishop G.T. Howell officiating. Burial will be in Parker’s Cemetery at Mt. Moriah in Guntown. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include seven children, Jimmy Lee (Nadine) Robins and Jimmy Louis Robins of Chicago, Chearlither (Ercil) Betts of Country Club Hills, Ill., Shannon (Louise) Robins and Cora (Firemon) Kasaato of Kentwood, Mich., Leroy (Ida) Robins of Mt. Clemons, Mich., and Leo (Annie) Robins of Guntown; one son-in-law, Willie B. Pearce; 24 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 20 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Katie Bell Parker of Toledo, Ohio; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by two children.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

R.L. Jennings
WEST POINT – R.L. Jennings, 77, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at his home in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home.

Carroll L. Collins
OXFORD – Carroll Lee Collins, 52, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Decatur County, Ga., as the result of a heavy equipment accident. He was born Oct. 1, 1957, in Pohokee, Fla., to Lynn Collins and Betty Collins. He lived in Florida and Mississippi most of his life, spending many of his last years in the Oxford area. He had lived in Decatur County, Ga., for about a year. He was a heavy equipment operator for Active Minerals in the metro Atlanta area. He enjoyed fishing and all outdoor activities.
Services were held Thursday, May 7, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors.
Survivors include his four children, Christy McGregor (Chris) of Pontotoc, Eric Collins (Jessica) of Shannon and Amy Wray (Chris Sisco) of Pontotoc and their mother, Donna McGloflin, of Pontotoc, and Taylor Collins and her mother, Cheryl Byrd, of Oxford; two brothers, Pat Collins and Mike Cummings of Georgia; three sisters, Dora Browning, Tammy Collins Spriggs and Susie Brown, all of Florida; his mother, Betty Collins of Florida; and 14 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lynn Morris Collins and Wanda Miller, and a sister, Lynnie Collins.

John W. Bell
RIPLEY – John W. Bell, 73, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at his home in Ripley. He was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Trustee Board for several years. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959-1963. He was a graduate of Line Street High School, Tuskegee Institute and Olive Harvey Junior College, earning a degree in electrical engineering.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ripley with the Rev. Joseph Stone officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Griffin Bell of Ripley; one daughter, Angela Boyd (Walter) of Ripley; two sons, Keith A. Bell (Eva) of Chicago and Cedric Griffin (Nicci) of New Albany; one brother, Orlandis Bell (Signey) of Naperville, Ill.; grandchildren, Kylah and Kyra Bell of Chicago, Caleb and Immanuel Griffin of Ripley, and Akeelah Boyd of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Bama Bell; two brothers, Howard Bell Jr. and Joe Bell; and a sister, Constence Johnson.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Sarah Brown
SHANNON – Sarah Listenbee Brown, 70, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. She was a member of Johnson Chapel M.B. Church. She was a homemaker and a former employee of Vend Foods. She was devoted to her family and loved and enjoyed the greater family unit. She embodied a beautiful and free spirit with a passionate love for life and genuine respect for people.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the J.W. Porter Chapel at Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary with the Rev. Tim Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the Johnson Chapel Church Cemetery in Shannon.
Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Hatchet James, and one son, Rogers Listenbee, both of Shannon; one grandson, Taaz Hatchet Walker; one great grandson; Devin; one great-granddaughter, Kenney, one sister; Annie Mae (George) Thornton of Tupelo; three brothers, Carl M. Listenbee, Thome Frank Listenbee and John (Ella) Hersey, all of Shannon; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmo Listenbee and Jeffie Hersey Listenbee, and two sisters, Bernice Listenbee and Jeanette Ivy.
Online condolences can be made at www.grayson-portersmortuary.com.

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