TUPELO – Sarah Rolston Doxey Tate Greer, 80, Daughter, Mother, Grandmother, Public Educator and community activist and civic philanthropist, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a 5 year post stroke illness.
Sarah was born into the pioneer Doxey family of Marshall County on March 13, 1933, the second of four children of Hindman and Mary Bitzer Doxey. She grew up in Holly Springs, graduated from Holly Springs High School and attended the University of Mississippi where she received a BA in education. While at Ole Miss, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. In l960, she made Tupelo her permanent home. For over 30 years, she was a public school teacher and librarian in the Tupelo Public Schools. She retired as Librarian and teacher at Plantersville Junior High School where she was named Teacher of the Year in l996. She took a special interest in her students and often mentored them after school, as well as providing field trips, many at her own expense. Sarah Doxey taught more than subjects. She taught personal responsibility as well as civic responsibility. Among her many honors include 1966-1967 Outstanding Young Women of America, the “Teacher’s Medal” from the National Freedom Foundation in l969 as well as being listed in Personalities of the South. In l986, she was chosen Mississippi “Volunteer of the Year” and cited in Mississippi Magazine for her many involvements. In l999, she was chosen by the Junior Auxiliary as Tupelo’s Outstanding Citizen and was a Life member of the Organization. She was a co founder and 20 year Board Member of Faith Haven, an emergency shelter for abused children, was one of Tupelo’s first woman TV personalities teaching Art on TV in the l960’s, was a former Regent of the DAR, Vice President of Phi Delta Kappa Educational Honorary, a member of Altrusa Club, the League of Women Voters, a former board member of Friends of the Lee County Library and a Girl Scout Leader. Sarah Doxey provided leadership in the Community Development Foundation, was a co founder of the Industry-Education Program and she help organize the original CASA (Church After School Association).
She was a talented pianist and played regularly at the Salvation Army, at her Churches and other local venues. She was a strong supporter of Camp DeSoto in Mentone, Ala., a former officer of Forthnightly Musicale and Community Concert Association. Among her greatest civic/political accomplishments was her work, first with the students at Plantersville School and then statewide advocacy with elementary students to get the Teddy Bear named the State Toy of Mississippi. The Mississippi Legislature passed the law in 2003. Sarah Doxey grew up in the First Presbyterian Church of Holly Springs, was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Tupelo and was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo where she participated in many ministries and activities. She will long be remembered for her selfless benevolence to her family, her students, her Churches and her community.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11:30 AM Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Jim Curtis and Rev. Andy Ray officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM-service time on Friday only. Exemplifying her standard of giving in life, she was an anatomical donor to the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with all arrangements.
Survivors include four children, Katherine “Bitzi” Tate of Jackson, Miss., William Tate (Galina) of the Ukraine, Marisa Tate Stone (John) of Knoxville, Tenn., and Frances Tate Johnson of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Tate Johnson, Jett Johnson, Sarah Stone, Katherine Stone and Mary Simpson Stone; two sisters, Helen Doxey Tyson (Dr. Jack) of Nashville and Frances Doxey Winter (Rusty) of Monroe, La.; her son in law, Greg Johnson of Tupelo; a treasured first cousin, Ralph Doxey of Holly Springs; and the father of her children, O’Neal Tate of Montreat, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, A.Q. Greer; her brother, Hindman “Dick” Doxey, Jr.; and her grandson, Miles Gregory Johnson.
Memorials may be made to Faith Haven, P.O. Box 835, Tupelo, MS. 38802, CASA Association, 1800 W. Main, Box 7, Tupelo, MS. 38801 or Camp DeSoto, P.O. Box 432, Mentone, Ala. 35984.
PORT LAVACA, Texas – Opal Vernell Wimberly, 91, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Trinity Shores Senior Living. She was born March 14, 1922, in Finger, Tenn., the daughter of James Ora and Eula Mae Mullins. She was a loving wife and mother, who excelled in homemaking, church activities, and taking care of her family. She and her husband of 61 years, James Odis Wimberly, were former residents of Myrtle.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at The Church of Christ in New Albany with Minister Mike King officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Constance Sussanne Moehler of Port Lavaca, Texas, Barbara Carol Foos of Medina, Tenn., and Vicki Lynn Raines of Olive Branch; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Ocegean Wilson of Deltona, Fla.; and one brother, Elvean Paul Mullins of Bartlett, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, James Wilbur Mullins; and her sister, Ora Mae Hogan.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to New Albany Church of Christ, 511 Highway 15, New Albany, MS.
DESOTO, Texas – Myrna Turner died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Lancaster, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
ABERDEEN – Andrea Harden, 49, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at University Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
ABERDEEN – Willie Earl Walters died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Care Center of Aberdeen. He was born April 22, 1954, to Earl Lee Paine and Nollie G. Walters. He confessed hope in Christ and joined Crossroad Missionary Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. today, Sept. 1, at Belle Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Maurice Howard officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Belle Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Carl Walters; one sister, Annette Ford of Aberdeen; three aunts, Emma Hogan, Ann Hogan and Dorothy Fears, all of Aberdeen; nine nieces, Renee Doss, Minuette Ford, Torye Ford, Barbara Gathings, Maranda Ford, Eunice Ford, Mary Gathings, Shande Howard and Kimberly Walters; and seven nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Lee Paine; mother, Nollie G. Walters; and sister, Edna E. Walters.
OXFORD – Margaret Ellen Edwards Holcomb, 87, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at her home in Oxford.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Clear Creek Baptist Church in Oxford with the Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Memorial contributions in Holcomb’s memory may be made to the Mississippi Alzheimer’s Association, 196 Charmant Place, Suite 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Betty Ann King
BOONEVILLE – Betty Ann “B.A.” Jarman King, 44, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at her home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
VARDAMAN – Estelle Bryant Griffin, 97, of Vardaman, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at her residence. She was born Nov. 29, 1915, in the Old Town Community of Calhoun County. She was a retired inventory clerk with Hawkins Auto Parts. She was a member of Vardaman First Baptist Church.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Vardaman First Baptist Church with Bro. Archie Goodwin Officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Marshall Gore (Billy Mac) of Vardaman and Colleen Griffin Douglas (Doyle) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one son, Harold Bryant Griffin (Carrie) of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; four grandchildren, Parris Ray Griffin (Karen) of DeQuincy, La., Susan Marshall Willis (Chad) of Mooreville, Leslie Griffin Patterson (Josh) of Chattanooga, Tenn. and LaNora Souter Phelps (Kevin) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Luther “Babe” Bryant and Della Armstrong Bryant; her sisters, Lee Veers, Myrtice Bollinger, Gladys Luttrell and Margaret Parker; her brothers, Bill and Jim A. Bryant; and a grandchild, Sarah Griffin.
Pallbearers will be Mike Griffin, Parrish Griffin, Jeff Hamilton, Jerry Hamilton, Earl McGreger, Ronnie Parker, Josh Patterson, Kevin Phelps, Pete Scarbrough, Chad Willis and Ian Willis.
Honorary pallbearers are Danny Bailey, Calvin Barnett, Hubert Gann, Jim Fred Hamilton and Billy Paul Spencer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Vardaman Baptist Church Building Fund.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
DUMAS – Frances Marie “Frankie” Lacy, 62, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice in Tupelo. She was born March 2, 1951, to George Richard and Fannie Rosalee Crawford Jeter. She was a member of a nondenominational church and a nurse.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doc Shelton and Bro. Warren Harrell officiating. Burial will be in Paynes Chapel Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her loving husband and caregiver, Wayne Lacy of Dumas; one daughter, Jennifer Dawn Godwin of Dumas; two sons, Christopher Pat Godwin of Oklahoma and Willie Eric Godwin of Dumas; two sisters, Mary Ruth Gattis (Charlie) and Sue Stroupe (Grady) both of Ripley; two brothers, Bud Jeter (Fredna) and Bill Jeter, both of Memphis; six grandchildren, Elijah and Issac Shelton and Lacy Hall, all of Dumas, Alicia Schlosser, Kayla Stensrud and Rachel Godwin, all of Oklahoma; and one great-grandchild, Danielle Stensrud of Oklahoma.
Pallbearers will be Wade, Allen, Brad and Scott Jeter, Joe Akins, Steven Shackelford, Rory Wilder and Bobby Burks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Glen Jeter, Billy Ledbetter, Sammy Walker, Ray “Red” Lewis and Radlee Robbins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Ruby Robbins; three brothers, Roy, Fred and J.L. Jeter; and one uncle, Henry Jeter.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Willie Obie Childers, 64, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was born March 15, 1949, to Ray and Lona Esta Hill Childers in Tippah County.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include son, Keith Allen Childers of Ripley; daughters, Sandy Childers Tidwell (Rodney) of Ripley and Candy Childers; sisters, Nadine Hurt, Linda Gross (Jimmy), Reba Childs (D.A.), Lyda Gates (Earnest) and Pam Jobe (Anthony), all of Ripley; brothers, Michael Childers of Pryor, Okla. and David Childers (Peggy) of West Point; and four grandchildren, Matthew Pannell and Jessie, Jacob and Jarrett Tidwell.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
OKOLONA – Lela Fern Koehn Unruh, 73, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Columbus after an eight month illness. Born April 20, 1940, in McPherson, Kan., Lela grew up there and attended the Harmony Schools. She married the love of her life, LaVern Unruh in Glava, Kan. on March 20, 1959, a marriage that lasted 53 years until his death on April 29, 2012. They made their home many years in the Galva area where they farmed and did custom harvesting. In 1973, they moved to the Egypt community in Okolona where they continued their farming interests, raising soybeans and catfish. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She and Laverne were charter members of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church in the Egypt Community and were instrumental in its growth and development over the years. She was a master housewife, who enjoyed tending to the needs of her husband, children and grandchildren, cooking and sewing, and was involved in the growth and development of many in the greater Okolona area.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Okolona Mennonite Church with Ministers Todd Becker, Roy Koehn, and Jeff Jantz officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors of Okolona Chapel is entrusted with all arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Bryan Unruh and wife, Starla of Prairie, Anthony Unruh and wife, Cindy of Okolona, Leesa Schmidt and husband, Lonnie of Buhl, Idaho and Susan Koehn and husband, David of Okolona; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Floyd Koehn (Wanda) of Bloomfield, Iowa, Leeland Koehn (Gloria) of Manerva, Ohio and Roy Koehn (Julia) of Homeworth, Ohio; sisters, Malinda Unruh (Eli) of Galva, Kan., Elsie Unruh (Sanford) of Okolona and Elvina Koehn of Mound Ridge, Kan.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LaVern; and her siblings, Henry, Paul, Wilbur, Pearl and Verna Mae.
Pallbearers will be Laramie Unruh, Rustin Unruh, Chad Unruh, Jonathan Schmidt, Dallas Schmidt and Silas Peaster.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the church and will continue Monday morning prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to the Okolona Mennonite Church, c/o Craig Koehn, 1109 CR 410, Okolona, MS 38860.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BALDWYN – Joe Leonard Pardue, 58, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Red Bay to Walter Scott and Gladys Pardue. He was a business owner, working in the timber industry. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Services will be 3 p.m. today, Sept. 1, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Jerry Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his daughter, Donisha Pardue of Florence; fiancé, Zenaida Dela Cerna; two sisters, Daphne Keeton (Claude) and Amelia Higginbottom (Charles); and nieces and nephews, Camille Stanfield, Carissa Searcy, Ronson Higginbottom and Raymond Scott Pardue.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Roger Scott Pardue.
Pallbearers will be Ronson Higginbottom, Phil Searcy, Shearl Pardue, Jeff Davis, Samuel Salter, Ronnie Cornhill and Charles Brown.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home in Belmont.
NEW ALBANY – Archie Dwight McGregor, 65, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at his home. He loved to hunt and fish. He was a River Boat Captain.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Calvin Warren and Bro. Herb Luther officiating. Burial will be in Cook Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy McGregor; son, Andy McGregor, daughter, Amy Luther; four grandchildren, Casey, Carmen, Jacob and Zoe; and brother, Bob Todd.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Elsie McGregor; and his brother, Allen McGregor.
Pallbearers are Dwayne Hudson Sr., Dwayne Hudson Jr., Gerald Bogue and Gerald Hester.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
HOULKA – William Thomas McManus, 72, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. He was born Feb. 25, 1941, to John Calvin McManus and Ina Malone McManus in Bradley. He was the owner of Magnolia Transportation, Inc. of Houston and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Todd Shield officiating and Bro. Billy Martin assisting. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Southern Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara McCormick McManus of Houlka; a son, Scott McManus of Houston; a daughter, Anita McCormic Brown of Mooreville; five brothers, Johnny (Geneva) McManus of Columbus, Mickey McManus and James McManus, both of West Point, Dale (Pat) McManus of Picayune, and Robert Morgan of Liberty; a brother-in-law, Clovis (Lucy) Pruitt of West Point; grandchildren, Justin McManus, Barbie Gill, Dean McGee and Jennifer Baker; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Calvin and Ina McManus; one son, William Anthony “Tony” McManus; a sister, Francis Pruitt; and a brother, Jerry Lynn McManus.
Pallbearers will be his employees, Tony Pratt, Shane Harrell, Floyd Gann, Keith Parham, Danny Lawson and Tim McCullough.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be accessed at www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
DUMAS – Regina Kay Cooper Watts, 52, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was born Jan. 6, 1961, to Earl Stokes and Mary Kathleen Mask Cooper. She was a Methodist and caregiver for children.
Services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Marvin Robbins officiating. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Watts of Dumas; her parents, Earl Cooper and Mary Mask Cooper of Dumas; one sister, Miriam Reed (Scotty) of Shuqualak; and two brothers, Chris Cooper (Anita) of Columbus and Tim Cooper (Angelia) of Tupelo.
Pallbearers will be her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Roy and Gracie Pannell Mask and Earl and Sarah Bryant Cooper.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation at diabetes.org/honor.
To view obituaries online and sign the guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
FRANKSTOWN – William Bill Eifert, 76, died Aug. 30, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Nebraska on May 10, 1937, to Howard and Dorothy Eifert. He was a Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict and a 32nd Degree Mason of the Pleasant Valley No. 30 of Nashville, Ark. He was a shoe repairman and a leather craftsman. He also resided in Wyoming before moving to Mississippi in 2000.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Melba Eifert of Frankstown; two sons, Pete Eifert of Hot Springs, Ark. and Bryan Eifert of Malvern, Ark.; grandchildren, Spencer Eifert, Keith Eifert and Jerri Rogers; two step great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob, Don, Jim, Chuck, Eldon and Mike Eifert and sisters, Betty Louise, Marlyn and Carolyn Eifert.
WEST POINT – Claire Ivy Moseley, 100, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at her home in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, EPC in West Point.
AMORY – Dewey Williams, 84, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Complete arrangements will be announced later.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
RANDOLPH – James R. “Floyd” Fleming, 62, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a retired Baptist minister and a member of Toccopola Baptist Church. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. J.T. Pennington and Bro. Gerald Finley officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda Hollis Fleming; two sons, Jamie (Tabitha) Fleming of Pontotoc and Justin (Christy) Fleming of Randolph; three daughters, Jessica (Scott) Sheldon of Scott AFB in Illinois, Jennifer (Jacinto) Barradas of Troy and Mary (Matt) Collins of Troy; two stepchildren, Teresa Goodwin and Mike Wells; two sisters, Irene Denton and Rose Bramlett; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Ellen Fleming; and his brother, Kenneth Fleming
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – James Wyndel Harris, 87, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Marietta Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
EUPORA – Geneva Adkins Williams, 82, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at the University Medical Center in Jackson.
Services will be 3 p.m. today, Sept. 1, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Montevista Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Jeri Nichols Beard, 83, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.