Obituaries Nov. 26,2009

Ural Taylor
GARY, Ind. – Ural Taylor, 63, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at his home in Gary, Ind.
Services were Wednesday, Nov. 25, at New Bethel M.B. Church in Gary, Inc. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Chulahoma M.B. Church Cemetery at Chulahoma. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

David Hilliard Jr.
PONTOTOC – David “Bubba” Hilliard Jr., 35, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at his residence. He was a member of St. Paul M.B. Church. He loved fishing, hunting, sports and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Pontotoc Second Baptist Church. The Rev. Ernie Wright will officiate. Burial will be in College Hill Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Latrice Hilliard of Pontotoc; his parents, David Hilliard Sr. and Lillie Francis Hilliard of Ecru; two stepdaughters, Brittnay King and Mia Standifer of Pontotoc; one sister, Tonya (Hetley) Smith; two brothers, Greg (Shelia) Farr and Chris Farr, all of Pontotoc; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Michael and Glenda Rucker of Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Friday with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Maggie Johnson
CORINTH – Maggie Jean Wilbanks Johnson, 77, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at the Mississippi Care Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery at Walnut.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.

Armon Kent
RIPLEY – Armon Wren Kent, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was a retired employee of International Harvester and a member of the First Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Dr. Rex Yancey and Dr. Jack Bennett will officiate. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley.
Survivors include his wife, Mavis Marie Rogers Kent of Ripley; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Armon Young and Mary Elizabeth Wren Kent; two brothers, Robert Kent and Earl Kent; and infant twin sisters.
Pallbearers will be Steve Hopper, Stan Hopper, Dan Bright, Roy Ralph, Sidney Boyd and Bonnie Caviness.
Honorary pallbearers will be David Kent, Tom Shackelford, Jack Harris and Robert Barkley.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Johnny Chandler
WEST POINT – Johnny Chandler, 81, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at the West Point Community Living Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel in West Point. Burial will be in Poole’s Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

William Davidson
WEST POINT – William L. Davidson, 72, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Town Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Micael E. Millis
HOUSTON – Micael E. Millis, 62, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 15, 1947, in Klamuth Falls, Ore., to Edward and Cleo Millis. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was an E-5 in the 1st Cavalry Division and a K-9 handler. He earned three Purple Hearts and a Gold Medal.
Survivors include his mother, Cleo Millis; one daughter, Brooke Millis; one son, Lance Millis (Denise); three grandchildren, Nicole, Madison and Gunner; and one brother, Mark Millis, all of Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister, Allison Smith (Greg) of Sacramento, Calif.; his foster mother, Millie Deibel of Houston; three foster brothers, David Schmidt and Kenny Bullock, both of Houston, and Danny Love of Austin, Texas; two foster sisters, Pati Dallas of Panama City, Fla., and Janet Cross of Houston; one niece, Aliza White (Ronnie); great-niece and great-nephews, Autumn “Becca,” Joseph “Eli” and Michael, all of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Millis.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Whittington
ABERDEEN, N.C. – Robert Lee Whittington, 75, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at the First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, N.C.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Kossuth.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions can be made to: Bethesda House, 204 N. Pine Street, Aberdeen, N.C. 28315.

Marjorie Davis
VERONA – Marjorie White Davis died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 28, 1930, to Johnny and Essie Mae Gray Macon. She was a member of New Providence M.B. Church. She began working at a young age at Tupelo Steam Laundry, Long’s Laundry and All American Motel before retiring. She was married to Booker T. White. They had five children. She later married Oscar Davis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Providence M.B. Church in Tupelo with Pastor Elston Charles Kemp officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery in Tupelo. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth (George) Westbrook of Tupelo, JoAnn Fells of Plantersville and Gloria Jean White of Houston, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Mary Walker of Albany, Ga., and Dorothy Gray of Richmond, Va.; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; her siblings, Henry Gray, JoAnn Ware and Charles Walker; a son, David White; a daughter, Sandra Clay; and a special friend, Robert Poster.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.

William Christian
SHANNON – William R. Christian, 94, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at The Meadows Assisted Living Center in Fulton after a long illness. Formerly of Baldwyn, he was a farmer, and a past employee of Mid-South Packers and Day-Brite Lighting. He was a member and past deacon of the Friendship Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with the Rev. Adron Horne officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Copeland Hester Christian of Shannon; one son, Ellis W. Christian and Jan of Lewisburg, Tenn.; one stepson, Clinton Hester and Jimmie Lou of Shannon; one sister, Mary Elanore Pyle and Jim of Moses Lake, Wash.; one sister-in-law, Irene Christian of Baldwyn; one brother, Hershel C. Christian and Bilmer of Grenada; two grandchildren, Camille Christian and Sherri Raines and Tony; four stepgrandchildren, Lisa Roberts and Mike, Joe Hester, Deana Patrick and Alan, and Mary Patton and Anthony.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Hopkins Christian; his parents, William Arthur and Mary Ella Corbin Christian; one sister, Georgia Lou Louis and Marcus; two brothers, James Turner Christian and Columbus “Bunt” Christian and Irene.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.

Billie Jean Watkins
HOUSTON – Billie Jean Watkins, 79, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Trace Regional Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at New Liberty Cemetery in Vardaman. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at New Liberty Baptist Church in Vardaman.

Gladys Lomenick
IUKA – Gladys Lomenick, 63, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.

James Williams
NEW ALBANY – James Carson Williams, 84, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. He was born July 21, 1925, in Union County to James Victor and Charlie Pearl Stewart Williams. He retired from Haygood Inc. in Memphis. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II, a member of the V.F.W. a Mason and a Shriner. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he played on the baseball team. He was an member of Ingomar Baptist Church, where he actively served in Brotherhood and as a lay minister.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ingomar Baptist Church with the Rev. Truman Thompson, the Rev. Clyde Pound and the Rev. Gary Linville officiating. Burial will be in New Albany City Cemetery. United Funeral Service Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Stout Williams of New Albany; one daughter, Sue Sigman (Bill) of Cordova, Tenn.; a stepson, Will Coleman (Liz) of Collierville, Tenn.; a stepgrandson, Ben Coleman; a sister-in-law, Annie Williams; a nephew, Terry Williams (Kathy); and a great-niece, Cristie Printup (Preston).
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of 45 years, Rose Haskins Williams; and a brother, Dwight Williams.
Pallbearers will be Edd Prawl, Jerry Edwards, Jimmy Garrett, Randy Lyons, Hugh Coleman and Jimmy Yarbrough. Honorary pallbearers will be Rick McCay, Garland Gray, Lamar Turner, Billie Williams, Carl Allen and Dr. Jeff Sweatt.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to Ingomar Baptist Church Building Fund.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In honor of James Carson Williams, United Funeral Service will fly the flag of the U.S. Marines at the funeral home during visitation and service.

Murry E. Sanders
BIRMINGHAM RIDGE – Murry E. Sanders, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Linda Brown
SALTILLO – Linda Brown, 70, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

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