Obituaries October 27, 2013

Mattie Lou James

Funeral service for Mattie Lou McGaughy James, 98, will be held at McPeters Inc. Funeral Chapel on Monday October 28th at 2:00 p.m. with Brother Ralph Culp officiating. Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 12:00 until service time.

Ms. James was a member of Joy Sunday School Class and a member of East Corinth Baptist Church. She was a retired nurse assistant where she had worked 14 years in South Bend, IN. She moved to Corinth in 1971 and worked 6 years at Magnolia Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Earl James; her parents, Porter and Onie McGaughy; sisters, Bula Holder, Eula Depoyster and Ollie Lowery; brothers, Clyde and Porter Baxter McGaughy; and a great-granddaughter, Lilly McKinney.

Ms. James is survived by her son, Baxter James and his wife, Betty of Corinth, MS. Her grandchildren are Ricky James and wife, Annette; Carolyn McKinney and husband, Johnny; and Sandra Dobbins and husband, Randy. Her great-grandchildren are Jed and John James and Katherine Dobbins, all of Corinth, MS.

Pallbearers will be Ricky James, Jed James, John James, Johnny McKinney, Randy Dobbins and Norman Borden.

Lorraine “Mama T” Taylor

BOONEVILLE – Frances Lorraine Magee Taylor was born at 410 South Whitworth Avenue, Brookhaven, MS, on Friday, March 13, 1914, to Corinne Cupit Magee and Luther Clifton Magee.

At age 12, she joined First Baptist Church, Brookhaven. She was educated at Brookhaven Public Schools, Copiah-Lincoln Junior College, M.S.C.W. and Columbia University in New York with degrees in business education. She was an excellent pianist, playing in the jazz band at Colin and for church services most of her life.

She taught at Crystal Springs High School, Hazlehurst High School and Copiah-Lincoln Junior College. During summers and after retirement, she held part-time secretarial positions in Brookhaven at General Electric and Plumbing Company, Mississippi Power and Light Company, Russell Ellzey Campaign for Congress and government inventory of office equipment for Copiah-Lincoln Junior College. In Hazlehurst, she was secretary for the government housing office and radio station. In Crystal Springs she worked for Kitchens’ Wholesale Grocery, Kuhlman Electric Credit Union and Brokers for Cabbage and Tomato Purchasing and Sales.

On June 2, 1946, she married Robert Benjamin Taylor, Crystal Springs Chevrolet dealer and World War I army veteran. They had two children, Shirley Lorraine, born June 1, 1947, and Robert Luther, born November 7, 1949. They both earned advanced degrees in music. Bob married Jan Crawford of Canton. They have two children, Claire Yvonne, born January 2, 1984, and Robert William, born January 24, 1986. They have both earned advanced degrees, Claire in vocal performance from Ole Miss and Robert in engineering from Mississippi State.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; sister, Yvonne Magee West and brother-in-law, W. Thomas West. Their children are Jan West Goff (Kenny) and Virginia West Brown (Ed). Jan’s children are Trey, Kelly, and Michael.

She attributes her long life to great care by Dr. Joe Putnam, home health RN, Janet Jones, and her primary caregiver, her daughter, Shirley.

Funeral services will be at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, October 27. “Mama T” will be buried in the Crystal Springs Cemetery next to her husband, Bob. “Mama T” lived a long, beautiful life.

Pat G. Clark

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Patricia Ann Grant Clark, 60, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis after a two-month illness. She was born in Tupelo on Sept. 4, 1953, to W.T. “Tack” Grant and Jaunice Neal Grant. She grew up in Plantersville where she had many friends, especially the crowd from Cecil Johnson’s Park that met daily from spring to fall to entertain, enlighten and fellowship. She was a standout basketball player at Plantersville Junior High and graduated from Tupelo High School in 1971. A lifelong member of the Plantersville United Methodist Church, she was employed as a clerk for the City of Collierville, Tenn. at her death. A diehard Ole Miss Rebel fan, she enjoyed all sports, animals, especially all dogs, flowers, especially those in her backyard, her swimming pool and sunbathing, crocheting and reading. She lived life to the fullest, did it her way, and leaves behind a grateful family and large group of friends.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. today, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at the Plantersville United Methodist Church with Rev. Lynn Fair and Rev. Kenneth Corley officiating. Gloria Holland will deliver the eulogy. Private burial will follow in the Grant Family Plot at Plantersville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the church.

Survivors include her husband, Steve Clark of Collierville, whom she married May 21, 1988; her two sons from that union, Justin Clark and wife, Abby of Meridian and Christopher Clark and wife, Julie of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Taylor, Fletcher and Lilly; her mother, Niecy Grant; her brother, Freddy Grant and wife, Allyson; and her sister, Charlotte Grant Diggs and husband, Joe, all of Plantersville; and their families; her father-in-law, Louis Clark of Tupelo and his family; and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Tack Grant and her mother in law, Murene Clark.

Memorials may be made to Plantersville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 56, Plantersville, MS 38862 or to the American Cancer Society, 601 W. Main St., #C, Tupelo, MS 38802. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net Hotty Toddy!!

Mary Nell Bird

ABERDEEN – Mary Nell Holt Bird, 87, died 25th day of October, 2013 at Community Hospice-Darlington Oaks, Verona, MS where she had resided since October 16, 2013. She was born July 31, 1926, in Quincy, Monroe County, MS to the late Lawrence Burns Holt and Rena Bell Easter Holt. She married George Douglas Bird, Jr. on May 20, 1944 in Gattman, MS. The marriage lasted 66 years until his death on February 27, 2011.

A graduate of Greenwood Springs MS High School, she was salutatorian of her class. Until her failing health prevented it, she was a faithful member of Aberdeen First United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. She was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School class, participated with her children in MYF and Vacation Bible School, and as a Sunday school teacher. From 1955 until it dissolved in 2011, she as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Aberdeen Chapter.

She retired in 1972 after working in the garment industry for 18 years. She and her husband were master gardeners and were very generous with their fruits and vegetables. They also cared for the family cemeteries-the Crenshaw and Easter both in Greenwood Springs.

Blessed with a gererous spirit, strong faith, and deep love for her family, she will be remembered as a devoted mother and grandmother. She found great joy in her beautiful flowers and house plants, as well as being an expert cook. She was famous for her fresh coconut cakes.

Survivors include her daughter, Charlotte Bird Williams of Tupelo; her daughter-in-law, Linda Danovsky Bird of Lawrenceville, GA; a grandson, Jason Douglas Bird, Doug’s wife, Bethany, and grand dogs, Ralphie and Riley of Lawrenceville, GA; her sister, Betty Holt Keese and husband Travis of Kerrville, TX; her brother-in-law, Louis Meeks of Cedar Hill, TX; her sisters-in-law, Mary Sharp Holt of Scurry, TX and Evelyn Bird Smith of Greenwood Springs; three nieces; six nephews; and several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, Virgil Ellis Bird on August 15, 2013, her brother Edward Murry Holt, sisters Velma Holt and Hazel Holt Meeks, and brother and sister in infancy and her pet rabbit, “Lucky.”

A service celebrating her life will be held on Sunday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Aberdeen Chapel with Reverend Wade Holland Officiating. Burial will follow in Crenshaw Cemetery at Greenwood Springs. Visitation will be prior to the service from 12:00 until service time. Tisdale-Lann Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Rick Evans, Shelby Carter, Brett Long, Russell Butler, Robert Odom, Ronald Smith, Roger Smith, and Herbert Holt. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Robert E. Coghlan, Dr. Arthur Brown, and Fred Robinson. Special recognition is given to her caregivers for the past three years, Bessie McClendon, Pearl Barr, Dora Cunningham, Anna Marie Mayes, Patricia Walker, and Patricia Crume and the staff and nurses at Community Hospice-Darlington Oaks for their compassion and loving care.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Community Hospice, Inc.-Darlington Oaks, 3289 McCullough Blvd., Belden, MS 38826 or your favorite church or charity. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Gil Lloyd

BOONEVILLE – Lois Gilda “Gil” Lloyd, 80, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Maurine Minyard

BALDWYN – Maurine Roberts Minyard, 93, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illness. She was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn.

Private graveside services will be at the Lebanon cemetery with Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Palmer (Carol) of Tupelo and Tommy Palmer of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Drew Palmer, Keith Palmer (Sherrie) and Lisa Young (Robert); and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rob and Alma Roberts; and brother, Jack Roberts.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Charlene Tutor

ROSWELL, Ga. – Charlene Laverne Tutor, 85, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Roswell Nursing and Rehab Center in Roswell, Ga. She was born Oct. 18, 1928, to Cudallas Veloris and Oda Jane Hall Wood. She lived most of her early life in Guntown. In 1960, she moved with her family to live on a private island off the coast of California. Very friendly and outgoing, she loved spending time with people.

Services will be 1 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church. Burial will be at Salem Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include her four children, Belinda Jones (Don) of Buford, Ga., Johnny Raley (Cathy) of Indiana, Sharon Raley of Maryville, Calif., and Roger Hart of Tupelo; one sister, Sue Buzzard of Tupelo; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cudallas and Oda Jane Hall Wood; and her brother, Jerry Wood.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Darrell Langston

SALTILLO – William Darrell Langston, 45, passed Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at home. He was born Oct. 1, 1968, in Tupelo to William Earnest and Jean Langston. A lifelong resident of Saltillo, he graduated from Saltillo High School in 1986. He was a maintenance worker by trade. The last several years he had devoted himself to the care of his mother. A sports fanatic, he loved watching baseball, football, NASCAR, especially Jeff Gordon and even loved to golf. A devoted Cardinals fan, he had made plans to attend the World Series this year. He loved all things Ole Miss and was an avid Ole Miss fan.

A celebration of his life will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues. A graveside service will follow at Fellowship Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Jean Langston; his sister, Jennifer Moore (Gary); special nephew, Will Moore; special uncle and aunt, Howard and Donna Langston, all of Saltillo; uncles, Jerry Lee of Columbus and Charles Lee (Naomi) of Tupelo; aunts, Irene Lamb of Tupelo and Maudine Sims of Jackson; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earnest Langston.

Pallbearers will be Jim Rice, Michael Norris, Dewayne Jones, Kenny Hanson, Chris Brazeal and Chuck Pyle.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home in Saltillo.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Anthony Couch Jr.

VARDAMAN – Anthony Couch Jr., 46, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are pending and will be released later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Thomas McGee

CORINTH – Thomas McGee, 79, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.

Buck Fondren

TAYLOR – Buck Fondren, 47, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serentiy-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.

George L. Smith Jr.

PONTOTOC – George Lowry Smith Jr., 49, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an illness of 11 months. He was born in Seattle, Wash. on April 30, 1964, to George L. Smith Sr. and Janis Land Smith Petersen. He lived in several states over his life but had been a resident of the Furrs community of Pontotoc County since 2001. A member of the Valley Grove Baptist Church, he worked for Limoss in Baldwyn before his health failed. He enjoyed music, playing his guitar and computer graphics and repair.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the Valley Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Steve Quarles officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley Grove Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Valerie Helms Smith of Pontotoc, whom he married May 22, 2002; a daughter, Leah Smith; two sons, Ayden Smith and Kyle Holloway, all of Pontotoc County; his mother, Janis Land Petersen of Lakewood, Wash.; several siblings; and his mother and father-in-law, James T. “Buddy” and Marilyn Helms of the Furrs Community.

He was preceded in death by his father, George L. Smith Sr.

Pallbearers will be Todd Straily, Steven Straily, James Shelley Helms, Travis Helms, Brad Holloway and Kyle Holloway.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 1 p.m. until service time Monday at the church.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

James D. Crawford

RIPLEY – James Derryl Crawford, 79, passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital. He was born May 14, 1934, to Vandiver and Evelyn Jobe Crawford. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a faithful member of Concord Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, treasurer, and had previously held other leadership responsibilities. He was a Gideon. He retired from the public education system, having taught at Jumpertown and Pine Grove schools. He had also served as principal at Pine Grove.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert E. Walker officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marjorie Lence Crawford; two daughters, Laura Sanders (Dan) of Germantown, Tenn., and Carol Davis of Booneville; four granddaughters, Casey, Kelly, Rachel and Katie Grace; one brother, Jerry Crawford (Linda) of Charleston, S.C.; and one sister-in-law, Joyce Crawford of Ripley.

Pallbearers will be the deacons of Concord Baptist Church.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Larry Shackelford, Holden Crawford and David Allen Lence.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Joe W. Crawford.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

To view obituaries online and sign a guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Travis Bedford

NEW ALBANY – Travis Bedford, 83, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 14, 1929, in Union County to Sam Oliver and Clytee McCarty Bedford. He was a highway construction worker.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Serenity Simmons Chapel in New Albany. Burial will be in Wilkins Cemetery in the Liberty Community. Serenity Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany in in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include four children, Janice Nowlin of Baldwyn; Barbara (Jeff) Crumpton of Saltillo, Charlotte (Dwayne) House and Terry (Mishell) Bedford, both of New Albany; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mosie Bean

CORINTH – Mosie Holder Bean, 92, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto. She was born Oct. 30, 1920, to J.D. Holder and Dona Brown. She was a retired LPN for many years having worked at Whitfield Hospital, Magnolia Hospital and Care Inn. She was a member of Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church, and she loved her church family very much. She was a fixture at the Dinner Bell for lunch, and she enjoyed spending time with the staff there. She also loved spending time with her cat, Mittens.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bob Ward officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.

She is survived by a host of family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her and stepmother, Lyda Holder.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial can be made to Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Dalton Lansdale, 1309 Orchard Ln., Corinth, MS. 38834.

Francis Adams

BALDWYN – Francis “Speed” Adams, 87, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie after an extended illness. She was a retired sales clerk for M. Gorden’s Dry Goods Store in Baldwyn for more than 30 years. She has been a member of the First Christian Church of Baldwyn since 1953.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the First Christian Church of Baldwyn with Bro. Kelly Carmichael officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, William K. Lauderdale (Doris) of Leawood, Kan.; two sisters, Letha Orff of Booneville and Betty White of Olive Branch; two grandaughters, Christina Lauderdale (David) and Dr Stacy Lauderdale (Patrick); one great-grandchild, Nathan McNeil.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, William Lauderdale and Robert Adams; three brothers, J.W. Michaels, David Michaels and Jim Michaels; and three sisters, Elsie Surratt, Claudean Eaton and Julie Nicholas.

Pallbearers are Bob Orff, Thomas Pratt, Alton Wood, Thomas Hassell, John Mabry and Lanny Russell.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Baldwyn, MS 38824.

Nan Davis

BALDWYN – Nan Epting Davis, 77, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Avon Lee Living Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 17, 1935, to John and Mable Epting. She was valedictorian of the 1953 Graduating Class of Baldwyn. She was a retired teacher with more than 30 years of service. She taught at Como, Marietta, Rienzi, Nettleton, Belden and retiring from Guntown Schools. She was a former member of the Baldwyn Woman’s Club. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn where she served in the nursery for more than 40 years. She was well known for her baking skills.

Services will be 3 p.m. today, Oct. 27, at the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn with Bro. Stanley Huddleston and Bro. Neil Davis officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, William Leonard Davis of Baldwyn; two sons, Johnny Davis (Karen) of Baldwyn and Neil Davis (Shirlene) of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Bishop Davis, Sara Beth Davis, Callie Davis and Dawson Davis; and sister, Earline Cowan of Hattiesburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, John Dylan Davis; and sister, Joesphine Grisham.

Pallbearers are Steve Wilburn, Harry Cowan, Forrest Barber, Wiley Nance, Harold Grissom and Bobby Nichols.

Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time today at the church.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn.

Bolton Brown

HAMILTON – Bolton Brown, 93, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Jackie Moore

MARIETTA – Jackie Carol Moore, 56, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born June 22, 1957, in Kenosha, Wis. to Charles “ Bill” and Shirley Bernice Hicks Estes. She was a cosmetologist before becoming disabled and a Baptist in belief. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Toby Mears officiating. Burial will be in Walton cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Kristi Sykes ( Kenneth) of the Houston Community and Mandy Moore of Ozark; her mother, Bernice Estes of the Houston Community; three grandchildren, Justin Sykes, Taylor Sykes and Jacksen Moore; and two sisters, Janis Hale (Roger) of Ozark and Judy Hicks (Burl) of Smithville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Moore; and her father.

Pallbearers will be Donny Cates, Bonny Moore, Michael Hale, Cory Grooms, Corey Timmons and Josh Roberts.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Mantachie.

Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Gary McFarling

AMORY – Gary W. McFarling, 61, died Oct. 25, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Born on Sept. 17, 1952, in Tupelo, he was a son of Marlin Watson and Eddie Lee Dowdy McFarling.

He attended Aberdeen and Amory Schools. He honorably served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy with one tour of duty in Vietnam. Gary worked as a machine operator at PolyPride. He was a member of Amory Church of Christ. A fun person to be around, Gary loved his grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, rock music, motorcycles, crossword puzzles, and taking his grandchildren to the movies and to get milkshakes.

Survivors include his daughter, April Strawbridge of Saltillo; sons, E-9 Scott Addington, USAF, (Lilinoe), Northern California and Lance McFarling (Kylie) of Amory; brother, Perry McFarling of Amory; grandchildren, Scotty Addington, Bobby Addington, Chris Addington, Austin McFarling (Taylor), Lea McFarling, Sam McFarling, Lexie Bradberry and James Clifton; and great-granddaughter, Eliza McFarling.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in Masonic Cemetery with Mr. Philip Hathcock officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Justice, Dale Otts, Johnny Pounds, Danny Parham, Kevin Pate and Joe Fannin.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Marshall Austin Jr.

WEST POINT – Marshall Henry “Sonny” Austin Jr., 71, passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at West Point Community Living Center. He was born Oct. 20, 1942, in Lauderdale County Mississippi to Girtie Barnette Austin and Marshall Henry Austin Sr. He was a truck driver, and he was of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Berlin Crisis.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ben Yarber officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Amy Encinas (Patrick) of Phoenix, Ariz.; one son, Marshall “Mike” Perry Austin of San Marcos, Texas; five grandchildren; one sister, Rita A. Christopher (Al) of West Point; one brother, Garey Austin (Pat) of Tuscumbia, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles “Chuck” Austin.

Pallbearers will be Paxton Austin, Eddie Ricks, Billy Bennett, Jimmy Littlefield, Lynn Allen Rogers and Danny Rogers.

Visitation will be from noon until 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Betty Davis

TUPELO – Betty Sue Davis, 68, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born June 26, 1944, in Houston to Johnny Ardell Martin and Mamie Lee Wheeler Martin. She was an office manager for Roy Foster Furniture Company.

Services are 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with Rev. Frankie Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Vernon O’Dell Davis of Tupelo; her daughter, Janet Sue Davis of Cleveland, Ohio; her sister, Carolyn Pappas of Okolona; her brother, Johnny and Bobbie Martin of Houston; her nephews, Billy Martin, Mike Jones and David Martin; and her nieces, Shirley Martin, Candy Davis and Kathy Paden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers,Edward, Harold, Jessie and Charlie Martin; and her son, Johnny O’Dell Davis.

Pallbearers are Billy Martin, Carl Ward, Edward Martin, Cody Turman, Mike Jones and Rufus Martin.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Friends and family may sign the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

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