Obituaries Sept. 10, 2009

William Pate
Jan. 17, 1930 – Sept. 7, 2009
William Douglas “Bill” Pate, 79, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, in Bowie, Texas. Bill was born in Smithville on Jan. 17, 1930. He was the son of Melvin B. and Erin Carolyn Pate of Booneville. Bill attended Booneville High School. He married Helen Jean Chambers in 1948 and relocated to Lake County, Ill., where he became a foreman for Deep Freeze, a division of Studebaker. He was also employed by Spiegel. Bill received his degree in electronics from Coyne College. Subsequently, he owned and operated Pate Television Sales and Service in Winthrop Harbor, Ill., for approximately 20 years. Bill transitioned into a career with the Winthrop Harbor Police Department and at the height of his career was the Chief of Police in Winthrop Harbor. He was a well-known and active member of the community and a member of the Zion Benton Moose Lodge. After his retirement from the Police Department, he enjoyed his part-time job at Ace Hardware in Zion, Ill.
Bill’s favorite pastimes were fishing, road trips with his wife, Helen, spending quality time with his children, grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He took a special pride in the gardens and he and his wife, Helen, planted and tended to every year. Bill was known for his wonderful sense of humor and his kindness and generosity to his family and others.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Helen, and his five children, Brenda Roedl (Mike) of Teutopolis, Ill., K. David Pate (Mary) of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., Tricia Kennemer (Lee) of Bowie, Texas, Sue Bogdala of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., and Brad Pate (Linda) of Beach Park, Ill.; 15 grandchildren, Stephanie, Kenny, Sara, Jon, Katy, Jenny, Jesi, James, Brad, Chad, Becky, Suzy, Scotty, Lisa and Kevin; 13 great-grandchildren, Laurel, Zachary, Savannah, Cole, Aubrey, Denver, Audrianna, Remington, Emma, Matthew, Nicole, Mike and Cody.
Bill was preceded in death by his son, William Kenneth; his parents; sisters, Bertha, Evelyn and Ora; brothers, Fred, Travis, Dexter, Dow, Olive Edward; one stepgrandson, Tommy; and great-grandson, baby Joshua Junior.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Visitation with family will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be held at East Marietta Baptist Cemetery (Sumners Chapel). Additionally, a special memorial will be held in Zion, Ill., on Sept. 19, 2009, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Gladys Stone
BALDWYN – Gladys Mae Bishop Stone, 98, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at the Baldwyn Nursing Home. She was the daughter of Geter and Jessie Bishop and grew up in Prentiss and Lee Counties and attended Wheeler High School. She married D.B. Stone in 1930 and had two sons, Stanley and Wayne.
An example of the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31, she was lovingly called “Mamaw” by most people. Proverbs 31 states, “She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness … strength and beauty are her clothing … her children rise up and call her blessed … a woman who fears and reverences God shall be greatly praised.” Mamaw never ate the bread of idleness. She began work in the 1960s at the high school cafeteria at Baldwyn and worked there until she was 80. Famous for her fried pies, cakes, pies and biscuits, she took orders from the public for many years. Active at First United Methodist Church in Baldwyn and one of the oldest members of her Sunday School class, she put her cooking talents to good use when the church set a goal to raise money for a Christian Life Center. Mamaw raised over $1,000 for the CLC selling her delicious baked goods. She was faithful to her family, she was faithful to her church, and she was faithful to her God. Her children do rise up and call her blessed.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Her funeral service is at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with interment to follow at the Prentiss County Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by one son, Stanley Stone (Lucille) of Tupelo; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Stone of Baldwyn; five grandchildren, Bill Stone (Glenice) of Booneville, Terasa Stone Smith (Jerry) of Corinth, Ann Stone Benson (Butch) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Anthony Stone (Claire) of Tishomingo and Eddie Stone (Iva Marie) of Moody, Ala.; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, D.B. Stone; son, Wayne Stone; parents; and five brothers, James Bishop, Clarence Bishop, Carl Bishop, Hugh Bishop and Howard Bishop.

Gheeler Jones
HOMEWOOD, Ill. – Gheeler Shaw Jones, 89, formerly of Waterford, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at her daughter’s home in Homewood, Ill., after a long illness. She was a member of Greenfield Presbyterian Church in Waterford and a retired homemaker. She moved to Homewood in 2005 to live with her daughter and her children.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Greenfield Presbyterian church in Waterford with the Rev. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Dortha Jones Adams of Homewood, Ill.; her son, Ira B. Jones of Chicago; two sisters, Mattie Laura Mitchell of Holly Springs and Lula Ingram of California; 14 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira B. Jones Sr.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Jeremy Mays
VARDAMAN – Jeremy Mays, 22, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, in Vardaman.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Kyle Chapel in Vardaman. Burial will be in Mid-Way Cemetery at Vardaman. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Friday.

Betty Winkles
RIPLEY – Betty Mae Winkles, 60, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.

Major Kirk
IUKA – Major Kirk, 84, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Victor J. Berry
RIPLEY – Victor Jewel Berry, 82, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was born Oct. 14, 1926, in Ripley to Onie Spight Berry and William “Bill” Berry. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in Germany. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. He worked at a trucking company in Youngstown, Ohio, and returned to Ripley after retiring. He was married to Annie Lee Bowers of Tippah County.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday 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 five daughters, Anita White (Rogers) of Ripley, Glenette Berry of Memphis, and Claudett Cathey, Janice Berry and Sherell Scott (Barry), all of Jackson, Tenn.; one son, Erick Berry (Doris) of Florrisant, Mo.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at noon today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

James Cook Sr.
TUPELO – James Alford Cook Sr., 82, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born on Sept. 3, 1927, in Pulaski, Tenn., to John Elvin Cook and Vera Bain Cook. He married Ethel Lee Rial Cook on July 14, 1945. They lived in Lee County, where he owned his own milk company. He later worked for over 34 years as a routeman for Barber’s Milk Company before retiring in 1991. After his retirement, he drove cars for Carlock Automotive. He was a faithful and devoted member of the Harrisburg Baptist church for 58 years. He held many positions at Harrisburg, including deacon, Finance Committee member and Sanctuary Sunday School Class treasurer. For years, he counted the Sunday offerings on Monday morning. He was an avid conversationalist who loved visiting with family, friends and customers. He was an active participant at the Hardee’s Coffee Club. He loved his yard, especially his backyard, and taking care of his prized tomatoes. He was a true Southern gentleman who will be missed by a grateful family, church and community.
Services will be at 11a.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and Bro. David Langerfield officiating. Private burial will follow at Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Ethel Lee Rial Cook of Tupelo; three sons, Jim (Rhonda) Cook of Memphis, Dan (Sandi) Cook of Port Arthur, Texas, and David (Darlene) Cook of Thomasville, Ga.; five grandsons, Mike (Sara) Cook of Eads, Tenn., Chad Cook of Birmingham, Jason (Leann) Cook of College Station,Texas, Brent (Kam) of Whitney, Texas, and John Cook; one granddaughter, Kelsey Cook of Thomasville, Ga.; one stepgrandson, Jeffery (Suszanna) Pace of Sterling Heights, Mich.; one stepgranddaughter, Kayla (Ricky) Frey of Memphis; two great-granddaughters and six great-grandsons; and one sister, Naomi Love of Savannah, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Murray Cook.
Pallbearers will be John Cook, Jason Cook, Brent Cook, Mark Cobb, Bobby Rial and Freddie Love. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Sanctuary Sunday School Class and his car driving buddies at Carlock Automotive.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church Building Fund, 4865 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Panny Goodson
BALDWYN – Frances Agnew “Panny” Goodson, 84, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at her home after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Jeff D. Goodson Jr. She owned and operated the Bethany Grocery at Brice’s Cross Roads, and she was one of the original owners of the Country Inn Restaurant. She worked for 23 years until her retirement as secretary at Baldwyn Middle School. She attended First Christian Church in Baldwyn.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tom Thomas officiating. Burial will be at Campbelltown Cemetery in Guntown.
She is survived by two daughters, Cathy Jane “Candy” Goodson Miller of Gulfport and Gerry Ann Goodson Houston (Abe Malouf) of Jackson; her son, Jeff D. “Buddy” Goodson III of Baldwyn; a granddaughter, Claire Houston Gatlin (Cole), and two great-granddaughters, Elizabeth Gatlin and Mary Linley Gatlin, all of Hattiesburg; and one sister, Alice Agnew McMillan of Baldwyn.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Chas and Myrtle Agnew, and a sister, Jane Agnew Reed.
Pallbearers will be Hester Pettigo, Jamie Nelson, Al Phillips, Jimmy Gurley, Bruce Skinner and Casey Thornton.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 996 S. Fourth St., Baldwyn, MS 38824; or Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center Blvd., Ridgeland, MS 39157.

Nathaniel Gladney
HOUSTON – Nathaniel Gladney, 68, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
Casey Dixon Jr.
OXFORD – Casey James Dixon Jr., 66, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. A native of Lafayette County, he was the son of Queenie Dixon and the late Casey “Buster” Dixon. He was a member of East St. Peter’s M.B. Church, where he sang in the choir. He was a member of the Mighty Stars of Harmony. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He loved singing and baseball.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. The Rev. William Woods Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in East St. Peter’s Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Bessie Dixon of Oxford; two sons, Glenn Dixon Sr. of Oxford and Kendrix Dixon of Berkley, Calif.; one daughter, Cora Dixon of Memphis; his mother, Queenie Dixon of Oxford; six sisters, Dorothy Dixon, Fannie Evans, Mae Ruth Dixon and Sarah Dixon-Pegues. all of Oxford, Carolyn Dixon of Memphis and Christine Fox of Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, Murray Dixon of Oxford and Benny Dixon of Memphis; and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bobby Gilley
MYRTLE – Bobby James Gilley, 68, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at his residence. He was born July 29, 1941, in Prentiss County to Oliver and Georgia Griskel Gilley. He was the owner/operator of Gilley’s Garage in Myrtle. He loved fishing, drag racing and NASCAR. He was a member of Beulah Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Ken White and the Rev. Milton Koon officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany.
Survivors include one son, Ricky Gilley and wife, Constance, of Myrtle and two grandchildren, Mallory Gilley and Jessica Crocco, both of Myrtle.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Janie Bell Koon Gilley; and one brother, Bill Gilley.
Pallbearers will be Paul Pickett, Charlie Harris, Freddie Hancock, Dwight Pickens, Tommy Turner and Steve Ausburn. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Simmons, M.C. Merritt and Red Jolly.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Rita Mae Brown
AMORY – Rita Mae Brown died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Hattie M. Gray
RIPLEY – Hattie Mae Gray, 93, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at Rest Haven Nursing Home. She was born April 1, 1916, to the late Moses and Annie Lee Boyd Cox. She was retired. She was a former member of Moses Chapel Church, where she was an usher and a Sunday School teacher. She later joined St. James Church of God in Christ, where she was an usher and a member of the Mothers Board. She was a faithful member of the Heroines of Jericho.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. James Church of God in Christ in Ripley with Superintendent Bernell Hoyle officiating. Burial will be in Boyd Cemetery in Ripley. Foster and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Juanita (Sammie L.) Carruth of Grand Rapids, Mich., Mary Helen (Qunicy L.) Cook of Blue Mountain and Annie Mae (Billie) Marsh of Holly Springs; one son, Roosevelt (Mary Ann) Gray Jr. of Ripley; one brother, Charlie Cox of Marion, Ind.; one brother-in-law, Porter Blackwell of Ripley; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 31 great-great-grandchildren, nine great-great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt Gray Sr.; one daughter, Dorothy Vernor; five grandchildren, Terry L. Carruth, Vernita M. Carruth, Mildred Word, Harry Vernor and Wayne Vernor; one great-grandchild, Mark Hamilton; four brothers; four sisters; and one great-great-great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will begin at noon Friday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Sherwood Harris
OXFORD – Sherwood Harris, 76, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at Hermitage Gardens, where he had lived the past month. He had made his home in Oxford since 2001, moving from Washington DC. He was born in New York City. He graduated from The Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass., and then Princeton University. He graduated from the Navy Officers’ Training School in Newport, R.I., and the Navy’s Flight School in Pensacola, Fla. On active duty, he flew as a bomber carrier pilot on the USS Roosevelt. He continued flying in the Naval Reserve for 17 more years, retiring as a commander. He formed and headed Harris Associates which contracted with Time-Life Books to produce and publish several books annually.
Services will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Nichols Shiver-Harris; son, Michael Harris; daughters, Sue Wilkinson and Kathy Harris, all of New York, and stepdaughter, Lela Shiver of Oxford; eight grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorna Briggs Harris, and their daughter, Maggie Miner.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Heritage Foundation’s Belfry Fund, P.O. Box 662, Oxford, MS 38655; or an organization of choice.

Doris Shirley
BIRMINGHAM RIDGE – Doris Shirley, 70, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Lee County native, she was born Nov. 1, 1938, to Cordie Lee and Iva Lee Scruggs Hill. She was retired from National Mortgage Company in Memphis, Tenn. She had lived in Birmingham Ridge the past 13 years.
Graveside services were Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Brad Shirley (Carol) of the Oak Hill community, and his father, Bob Shirley, of Birmingham Ridge; one granddaughter, Hannah Shirley, and one grandson, Parker Shirley, both of Hattiesburg; one daughter-in-law, Jenny Shirley Martin of Hattiesburg; three sisters, Fay Spearman of Saltillo, Sarah Turner of Mantachie and Freda Meek of Tupelo; one brother, Ralph Hill of Mantachie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Maj. Robert Lee Shirley; a sister, Laura Mooney; and a brother, Gerald Hill.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Thrasher
MANTACHIE – Barbara Nell Thrasher, 52, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A native of Clarksdale, she was born Aug. 13, 1957, to Jimmy Lee and Bobby Nell Pettit Boling. She had been a resident of Mantachie for the past 20 years. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed camping and fishing, and loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Roland Dempsy officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Roger Thrasher of Mantachie; two daughters, Barbara Smith (Ronald) and Sherry Davidson, all of Mantachie; one brother, Johnny Boling of Mantachie; four grandchildren, Paytence Smith, Nicholas Smith, Alexis Smith and James Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Rubel Dale Thrasher; a sister, Iness Merchant; and a brother, Jimmy Boling, Jr.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Smith, Ricki Franks, Robert Franks, Robbie Wilson, William Tackett, Steven Childers and Daniel Austin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Glenola Loden
TUPELO – Effie Glenola Gillespie Loden died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was born Oct. 31, 1927, to the late Tom and Florence Gillespie in Itawamba County. She married Hugh Loden on Sept. 14, 1944. She and her husband, Hugh, moved from Fulton to Tupelo in 1957, when he opened Loden-Vinson Garage and Wrecker Service. She became an award-winning sales lady, working for McRae’s in Tupelo for over 30 years. She was chosen sales associate of the year five times and always put her customers first. She was community-spirited and a great promoter of young people. A longtime active member of the Verona United Methodist Church, she and her husband were leaders in the in the Methodist Youth Fellowship and their Sunday school class, the Adult Bible Class. She enjoyed shopping and always dressed to the nines. Her great love was her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchild, who affectionately called her Grandmother and “GG.”
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Buddy Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Hugh Loden of Tupelo; one son, Mickey Loden and wife, Kay, of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Lee Loden of Hamilton, Ala., Lori Loden of Tupelo and Luke Loden of Tupelo; one great-grandson, Duncan Harper; one sister, Delma Gregery of Tupelo; one sister-in-law, Jackie Grisham (Charlie) of Memphis, Tenn; five nephews, Eddie Cooley of Mantachie Kenny Cooley (Shelia) of Iuka, Tommy Cooley (Mary Woody) of Columbus, Marty Green (Sheri) of Collierville, Tenn., and David Gregory (Cheryl) of Atlanta, Ga.; one niece, Rhonda Robinson (Glenn) of Waco, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Johnson Gillespie in 1983 and Earline Cooley in 2002.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Cooley, Tommy Cooley, Kenny Cooley, Marty Green, David Gregory, Dorsey Lee Shumpert, Clifton Hodges, James Floyd and William Loden. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Verona UMC Adult Bible Class.
Memorials may be made to the Verona United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 370, Verona, MS 38879.

Gregory H. Ivester
ATLANTA – Gregory H. Ivester, 72, of McDonough, Ga., formerly of the Tupelo area, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at the V.A. Hospital in Atlanta. He was born and raised in the Atlanta area, but had lived in Tupelo for 29 years, moving back to Georgia in 2008.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 5, in the Chapel of Carl J. Mowell & Sons Funeral Home in Fayetteville, Ga.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda J. Ivester; three sons, Christopher and Cindy Ivester of Colorado, Michael and Karen Ivester of McDonough, Ga., and Troy Ivester of Meansville, Ga.; one daughter, Vicky and Craig Hill of Saulsbury, Tenn.; two brothers, Charlie and Zella Ivester of Cary, N.C., and Gary and Sherry Ivester of Newnan, Ga.; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gay Carson and Noebie John Ivester, and a brother, Gay Carson Ivester Jr.
Contributions can be made to the Hodgkin’s Disease Foundation, 9 Lakeshore Blvd., Massapequa, NY 11758.

Exie Brown
MANTACHIE – Exie Hawkins Brown, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 23, 1931, in Itawamba County to Willie Cliff and Allie Mae Franks Hawkins. She attended Mantachie Methodist Church and had most recently worked at the Mantachie School Lunch Room. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking,, crocheting and gardening.
Services will be at 1 p. m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Ronnie Goodwin and Bro. Eugene Stockstill officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Dalton Dee Brown of Mantachie; one daughter, Margaret Hawkins (Dorman) of Mantachie; one son, Larry Dee Brown (Alice) of the Peaceful Valley community; one sister, Linda Ann Ensley (Jimmy) of Mantachie; two brothers, Denver Hawkins (Jackie) of Coldwater and Billy Hawkins (Betty) of Dorsey; three grandchildren, Nicole Hawkins Bowden, Amanda Brown Bridges (Jason) and Jesse Hawkins; two great-grandchildren, Morgan Bowden and Riley Bridges, all of Mantachie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Corrine Lollar and Jane Loden; and two brothers, Dalton Hawkins and Tommy Hawkins.
Pallbearers will be Frankie Lindsey, David Brown, Sam Brown, John Lollar, Gerald Loden, Dennis Nichols, Charles Brown and Eugene Patrick.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jessie Vanderford
CORINTH – Jessie L. Vanderford, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, in Corinth.
Graveside services will be at noon Friday at Corinth National Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

Walter A. Parker
PONTOTOC – Walter A. Parker died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

Maggie Denley
BRUCE – Maggie Ellen Denley, 97, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the Bruce Community Living Center. She was born Jan. 19, 1912, to Raymond Carver Simpson and Lucy Brewer Simpson in Coffeeville. She was the founder of the Calhoun County Journal in 1953, along with her husband, Sellers Denley, and her son, S. Gale Denley. She was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church and a former Sunday School teacher in the children’s department. She was a past member of the Bruce Fine Arts Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Leora Simpson; her husband, Sellers Vanhooser Denley; and a son, S. Gale Denley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial will be in the Coffeeville Cemetery.
Survivors include three grandchildren, Celia Denley Hillhouse (Lanny) and Lisa Denley McNeece (Joel), all of Bruce, and Deanna Denley Adams of Tupelo; seven great-grandchildren, Colby Hillhouse (Amanda) of Bruce, Jo Ellen Bailey of Saltillo, Abby Rea (Sam) of Bruce, Marshall Bailey (Whitney) of Bruce; Zachary Adams, Samantha Adams and Eli Adams of Tupelo; two great-great-grandchildren, Addi Claire Bailey and Jackson Hillhouse, both of Bruce; a daughter-in-law, JoAnn Denley of Bruce.
Pallbearers will be Tim Denley, Tommy Hallum, Robert Edward Oakley, Dr. Bruce Longest, Don Newlin, Terry Martin, Robert Lee Logan and Dr. Mike Young.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.

William Johnson Jr.
RED BAY, Ala. – William Johnson Jr., 62, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.

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