Obituaries Oct 1, 2009

Lonnie Dilworth
CORINTH – Lonnie “Eli” Dilworth, 89, died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church at Kossuth. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the National Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mary Frances Herod
BLUE SPRINGS – Mary Frances “Sis” Wilhite Herod, FNP, BC, age 60, died Tuesday, Sept. 29. 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. A Union County native, she was born Nov. 7, 1948, to Robert Thomas “Jack” and Ella Mae Cook Wilhite. After graduating from Ingomar High School in 1967, she attended Northeast Mississippi Community College and Mississippi University for Women, where she received her masters in nursing. She was a nurse practitioner at Lower Crossing Medical Clinic in Sherman. She served her community as a health care provider for over 35 years in the areas of hospice care, home health, geriatrics and diabetic care. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, caring grandmother, compassionate sister, comforting aunt and caregiver to countless citizens. She was an active member of the Ellistown Baptist Church
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Mike Powell and the Rev. Chad Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Martin Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Herod Jr. of Blue Springs; a son, Chad Herod (Lyndie) of New Albany; three grandchildren, Alee Nichols, Hope Herod and Jaxon Herod, all of New Albany; four brothers, Boyd Wilhite (Helen), Loyd Wilhite, Johnny “Cotton” Wilhite and Tommy Wilhite (Debbie), all of New Albany; a sister, Dorothy Rooker of Ecru; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Christi Nichols; her parents; two brothers, Lavon Wilhite and Bobby Wilhite; a nephew, Ryne Wilhite; and a sister-in-law, Dot Wilhite.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Wilhite, Jerry Wilhite, Jeff Lyons, Kenny Dowdy, Rayf Clark, Ricky Taylor, Mitchell Stout, Eric Dyar, Kevin Little, Cal Walls, Jason Willis and Mike Speicher.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 120 Wall St., 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005.
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Benny R. Bean
OPELIKA, Ala. – Benny Ray Bean, 62, died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at Bethany House in Auburn, Ala., after a brief illness. He was born on April 29, 1947, in Shannon to the late Henry Lee Bean Sr. and Dorothy May Bean. He grew up in Okolona, graduating from Okolona High School in 1965. He received an associate degree from Itawamba Junior College. He was a wastewater technician most of his working life, retiring from the Alabama Rural Water Association. He had lived in Tupelo several years and had resided In Opelika, Ala., the last six years. He was a Baptist. He loved to be outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing, growing plants and coin collecting. His greatest gifts were his granddaughters, Taylor and Marli, whom he dearly loved and who were a blessing in his life.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Paul Whaley officiating. Burial will follow in Boone’s Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Summers Bean of Opelika, Ala.; two sons, Scott Bean and wife, Lori, of Harvest, Ala., and Jason Bean of Gulf Shores, Ala.; his grandchildren, Taylor and Marli Bean; his brothers, Henry L. Bean (Linda) of Sharpsburg, Ga., Donald W. Bean (Marcie) of Lagrange, Ga., and Robert D. Bean of Fort Wayne, Ind.; his sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Beasley (J.W.) and Brenda Summers, all of Fulton; his nieces and nephews, Barbara Morykwas (Michael), Chris Bean (Danielle), Shaun Bean and Rhonda Esp (Art).
Pallbearers will be J.W. Beasley, Shaun Bean, Danny Vandiver, Paul Vandiver, Chris Bean and Jimmy Lowery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel. Condolences may be e-mailed to

James Coleman
OXFORD – James Sidney Coleman, 89, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Pine Bluff Cemetery Fund, 311 CR 431, Oxford, MS 38655.

Mckinzey Payne
ABERDEEN – Mckinzey Payne, 28 weeks, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Roy Kimble
AMORY – Roy Kimble, 78, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. He was born on July 27, 1931, in Amory to Lee Alford Kimble and Nora Kimble. He grew up in Amory and graduated from Amory High School. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Army for three years. He was an outstanding football player in both high school and the Army. He was employed as a presser for a number of cleaners in Kansas City, Mo., Washington D.C., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Aberdeen. He worked a short time at a plant in Detroit, Mich., and at Amory City Schools and Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Susie L. Darden Memorial Chapel at Darden and Sons Funeral Home in Amory. The Rev. J.L. Henry Jr. will officiate, and the Rev. Willis Dobbs will assist.
Survivors include one son, Harrison (Brenda) Kimble of Birmingham, Ala.; two daughters, Lexie Mae McKinney and Shelaine (Curtis) Childs, both of Amory; one sister, Robbie Mae Childs of Chicago; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.

Ronald Bryant
HARMONTOWN – Ronald “Clyde” Bryant, 44, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Harmontown. He was a loving son, brother, father and grandfather. An avid NASCAR fan and hunter, he was devoted to his dog, Dodger.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Oxford with Raymond Paisley officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens in Germantown.
Survivors include his children, Jeffrey Bryant, Blake Bryant and Paige Bryant; a grandson, Brody Bryant; his parents, Buddy and Jewell Bryant; one sister, Rhonda Nelson and husband, Cliff; a nephew, Tommy; a niece, Jessica; and a great-niece, Bailey.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Buddy Joe Bryant Jr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home in Oxford.
Bill Wheat
GUNTOWN – William Douglas “Bill” Wheat, 85, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at his home. He was retired from Rockwell Industries. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Methodist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Marines. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening, word puzzles and dominoes.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Birdell Harp officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Nell Wheat of Guntown; daughter, Susan Maxwell of Guntown; son, David Wheat (Jody) of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; five grandchildren, Brad Holt (Kristy), Ginger Roberts (Sam), Molly Roy, Jenna Wheat and Jeremy Wheat; three great-grandchildren, Chelsea Holt, Will Holt and Bradyn Holt.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Franklin and Lucy Jackson Wheat; daughter, Nancy Roy; and a number of brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Curtis Roy, Jack Moore, Sam Roberts, Robert Herring, George Houser, Thomas Young, Bradlee Kilgo and Justin Perrigo.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Sam Schwalenberg
HOUSTON – Sam Eulon Schwalenberg, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at his home in Houston. He was the son of Ed Schwalenberg and Oda Clark Schwalenberg. He was born May 16, 1923, in Calhoun County. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church and the DAV. He was retired from Union Camp.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Friendship Baptist Church with Bro. Gladwin Carpenter and Bro. Fred Hartley officiating. Burial will follow at Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Sybel Inez Holder Schwalenberg; two daughters, Joyce Houser (Donald) and Carolyn Earp (Hick), all of Houston; one son, Royce Schwalenberg of Memphis; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sybel Fleming of Calhoun City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and one sister.
The body will lie in state at the church from 12:30 p.m. until service time today.

Carol Bartlett
RED BAY, Ala. – Carol Dailey Bartlett, 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at her residence.
Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Golden Central Baptist Church in Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Rock
MOOREVILLE – Charles E. Rock, 58, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Mooreville, he was born Jan. 30, 1951, in Arkansas to L.D. and Mildred Christian Rock. An accomplished cabinet maker, he was the owner of Rock’s Cabinet Shop. He served in the Mississippi National Guard. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding his four-wheeler, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Allen Gullick officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery at Peppertown.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Rock of Mooreville; one son, Tim Rock (Nickey) of the Auburn community; two daughters, Patty White (Kenneth) and Melissa Cummings (Rusty), both of Mooreville; his parents, L.D. and Mildred Rock of Mooreville; three brothers, Kenneth Rock Sr. (Janet) and Mike Rock Sr. (Esther), both of Saltillo, and Jackie Rock (Sue) of Mooreville; six grandchildren, Katie Rock, Gracie Rock, Crimson Rock, Tanner Gray, Laken Cummings and Rock Cummings; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Kenny Rock Jr., Michael Rock Jr., Roy Rock, Junior Rock, Dustin Smith and Tony Dickerson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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