WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Kenneth Allen “Buddy” White, 61, of West Palm Beach, Fla., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, in West Palm Beach.
Kenneth was born April 28, 1949, to James H. and Sara Pauline White in New Albany, where he spent his childhood and formative years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served two tours of duty and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Badge with Palm.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Victory Life Center in New Albany with Rev. Raymond Bishop officiating. Burial will follow at Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Natalia White; sons, Kenneth White II (Kathryn), Thomas James White (Cristan) and Kevin White (Hayley); brothers, James Chester, George Washington, James Alvie, Wesley Howard and Morris Porter White; sisters, Clara Lou Kirby and Joyce Verrell; and grandchildren, Kylie, Ella, Xander and Caden.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James H. and Sara Pauline White; a brother, Lester White; and a sister, Jamie White.
The family of Mr. Kenneth wishes to extend their sincere thanks to friends and family for your thoughts and prayers.
Visitation will be today, Sept. 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. White’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his visitation and service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Ollie Mae Johnson
GOLDEN – Ollie Mae Reeves Johnson, 81, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at Generations Nursing Home in Red Bay, Ala. She was born June 13, 1929, in Itawamba County to Noah S. and Minnie Montgomery Reeves. She was a member of Old Bethel United Methodist Church and a homemaker. She loved spending time with her family, bowling, and working in her yard and flowers.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Old Bethel United Methodist Church with Bro. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery at Golden. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, James B. Johnson of Golden; one daughter, Ramona Gattis (Kenny) of Tishomingo; one son, Randy Johnson (Rajama) of Belmont; grandchildren, Jennifer Owens of Decatur, Ala., Stephanie Stewart (Kyle) of Austin, Texas, Lori Liles (Doug) of Golden, Brian Gattis (Scarlett) of Ramer, Tenn., Mallory Cleveland (Brad) of Golden, Kayla Owens (Jacob) of Dennis, Izaac Johnson of Belmont; six great-grandchildren, Jayden Pendegraph of Decatur, Ala., Lydia and Addyson Liles of Golden, Caleb and Chloe Stewart of Austin, Texas, and London Mae Gattis of Ramer, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Ruble, Morris, Cleburn, Bulus, Dillard and Boyce Reeves; seven sisters, Ida Elizabeth, Anne, Charlene, Nancy Jane and Mallie Reeves, Eunice Williams and Bonnie Townsend; one daughter, Rhonda Owens; two sons, Robert and Ronald Johnson.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Bill Williams, Ralph Williams, Dale Reeves, Johnny Reeves, Gary Reeves, Kelly Reeves, Phillip Reeves, Tommy Reeves, Wesley Reeves and Noah Van Reeves.
Visitation will be at Old Bethel United Methodist Church from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.
ABERDEEN – Gladys Rose, 95, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at Golden Living Retirement Center in Foley, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
GUNTOWN – Malinda J. Thompson, 95, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Born Aug. 25, 1915, in Lee County, she was the daughter of the late Roma Thompson and Bryant Tabor Thompson. She graduated from Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Spring and taught school at Red Hill, Poplar and Guntown (Lowe) schools. She was a home care nurse. 4-H leader and Boy Scout leader for many years. She was a member of Trinity CME Church, where she was a member of the Women’s Missionary Society, a Sunday School teacher and youth director. She was honored at the Northeast Mississippi Region Women’s Missionary Society annual conference as one of the oldest missionaries.
Services will be at 1 p.m. at Trinity CME Church in Guntown with Rev.Bettye Clifton officiating. The Rev. Hattie Loving-Smith will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the Trinity Memorial Garden. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge.
Survivors include one daughter, Ruby Durden of Guntown; three grandchildren, Alpha (Kirby) Hughes and Jennifer Durden of Guntown, and Darryle (Donna) Durden of Belleville, Ill.; six grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters. Louisa Loving and Onelious Freeman; three brothers, Hubert Thompson, Henry Thompson and Joseph Thompson; two nephews; one grandniece and one great-grandniece.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour 5 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will be be placed in the church two hours prior to services.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
ABERDEEN – Harold Keith Roebuck died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at his residence in Aberdeen. He was born to Charles Roebuck and Hazel Jones Morris in Clovis, N.M. He lived most of his life in Monroe County. He worked as a boat mechanic for Columbus Marine. He was a Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Sons of American Legion.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Charles Roebuck and wife, Mary, of Tucson, Ariz.; his fiancée, Ann Pate of Aberdeen; one daughter, Kristal Etchart and husband, Gregory, of Tucson; three sons, Adam Roebuck, Michael Roebuck and Eddie Cunningham and wife, Ann, all of Tucson; four sisters, Donna Baucom and husband, Ronnie, of Aberdeen, Sherri Langdon of Tucson, Sandy Chilcott and husband, Bret, of Chandler, Ariz., and Susie Greiner of Tucson; six brothers, Jerry Carl Morris and wife, Michelle, of Aberdeen, and Charles E. Roebuck Jr. and wife, Richelene, John Roebuck and wife, Jennifer, David Roebuck and wife, Angie, Danny Roebuck and wife, Karen, and Buddy Roebuck, all of Tucson; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy Morris Jr. and Hazel Jones Morris; and his grandparents, Henry and Olean Jones, and John and Emma Roebuck.
Pallbearers will be J.C. Robinson, Daniel Sistrunk, Eddie Cunningham, Shawn Roebuck, Brian Roebuck, Michael Roebuck, Adam Roebuck, Donnie Roebuck and Jonathan Morris.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Sons of the American Legion and Gentiva Hospice.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and leave condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
IUKA – Johnny Linton Randolph, 94, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with Bro. Ed Kennedy and Bro. Phillip Logan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Eddie (Phyllis) Randolph of Tupelo and Jim (Libby) Randolph of Ashland; three daughters, Judy (David) Reid of Iuka, Carolyn (Mike) Gowen of Glen and Mary Johnson of Iuka; three sisters, Arvilla Hayes of Corinth, Gaye Nell Williams of Cairo and Nona Moore of Hernando; 10 grandchildren, Kenny Randolph of Burnsville, Pam Nelson and Paula Brimingham, both of Nashville, Tenn., Deanna Reid and Patricia Reid, both of Chicago, Sherie (Brandon) Norton of Ashland, Leighan (Bill) Murray of Iuka, Ronnie (Natalie) Johnson of Ramer, Tenn., Nikki (Michael) Harvell and Seth Gowen, both of Glen; 20 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman Randolph; a son, O.T. Randolph Jr.; a granddaughter, Debbie Rhodes; and a grandson, Timmy Randolph.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
MANTEE – James Edward Kolb, 89, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at the Floy Dyer Manor Nursing Home in Houston.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Crossroads Baptist Church in Webster County. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church.
TUPELO – Sarah Frances Davis, 83, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at Community Hospice in Verona after an extended Illness. She was born Jan. 10, 1927, in Oxford to William Henry and Zada Kellum Shackelford. She lived in Memphis for many years before moving to Tupelo in 1990. She retired after many years as a receptionist with Baptist Brotherhood in Memphis. Mrs. Davis was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, where she was involved for several years with the Merrymakers of Harrisburg. The last several years she loved her daily 2 p.m. cappuccino she shared with her neighborhood friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. Burial is in Lee Memorial Park.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and noon until service time Saturday.
Survivors include her brother, Bobby Thomas Shackelford of Verona; brothers-in-law, Horace Davis and C.B. Davis (Roberta); sisters-in-law, Doris Shackelford, Zane Davis and Marlene Shackelford Cobb; two nieces, Brenda Estes and Patsy Montgomery, all of Tupelo; two nephews, Loren Shackelford of Verona and Larry Shackelford of Texas; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Brian Davis; two brothers, William Floyd Shackelford and James Henry “Red” Shackelford.
Pallbearers are Andy Estes, Loren Shackelford, Marc Goldmon, Larry Shackelford, Ryan Montgomery, Bryce Montgomery and Chris Montgomery.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.
RED BAY, Ala. – Doyle Ray Crowder, 73, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, in Waukegan, Ill. He was born Aug. 3, 1937, in Itawamba County to Marvin and Mary Crowder.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at The Church of God of Prophecy in Red Bay, Ala., with Pastor Jerome Key and Pastor John Davis officiating. Entombment will be in Franklin Memory Gardens in Russellville, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Elois Carnes Crowder; three children, Terry Crowder (Kim), Tammy Poss (Andy) and Tracy Crowder (Kim); five sisters, Willard Brown, Wilma Funderburk, Audrey Watts, Verlon Culver and Eleanor McCollister; 12 grandchildren, Aryk Crowder, Derick Crowder (Sonya), Hollee Elam (Aaron), Dustin Mitchell, Nick Mitchell, Wesley Garbutt, Alexandra Garbutt, Kristi Poss, Kayla Poss, Whitney Lemm, Garret Holley and Sheridan Crowder; two great-grandchildren, Rowen Crowder and Cayden Mitchell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Tom Crowder and Eldridge Crowder; his in-laws, Clois Willis, Curtis Culver, Ed Watts and Cecil Funderburk; his wife’s parents, Fray and Inez Carnes; and his brother-in-law, Euel Carnes.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at The Church of God of Prophecy in Red Bay.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Church of God of Prophecy in Red Bay, Ala.
CALHOUN CITY – Robert Dukes, 60, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
To leave online condolences, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
HOUSTON – Mary Elizabeth “Bessie” Tucker McShan, 94, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 6, 1916, in Houston to Willie Mon and Sittie B. Tucker. She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Houston. She married Roosevelt Wallace, and they had six children. He preceded her in death. She later married Lowery McShan, and they had three children. He also preceded her in death. She was an employee of the Houston Hospital for many years. She was a great homemaker who loved cooking, sewing, gardening, working crossword puzzles and her pet and loyal companion, Lady. She had a natural gift of making everyone around laugh and smile and she instilled in her family the value of hard work and discipline.
Services will be Saturday at Second Baptist M.B. Church in Houston. Burial will be in the Houston Cemetery. Montgomery Mortuary Service of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three children, Elizabeth (Geams) Ford of Houston, William Earl (Clara) McShan of Houston and Emily (Sammy) Pulliam of Tupelo; three special grandchildren entrusted to her care, Tylora (Timothy) Edwards of West Point, and William Wallace Jr. and Michael (Kayla) Wallace of Tupelo; one sister, Annie Ray Hereford of Beloit, Wis.; 32 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Linda Wilson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Willie H. Tucker, Joe H. Tucker, John Tucker and Augustus Tucker; one sister, Katie Kennedy; five sons, Roosevelt, Jack, William, Robert and Johnny Wallace; and one daughter, Earnestine Harris.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today.
BOONEVILLE – David Junior Johnson, 53, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after a sudden illness. He was a member of The Living Waters Community Church. He was disabled. A loving father and grandfather, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Horace Barnes and Bro. John Gayle officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Malena Johnson (Chris) of Baldwyn, Misty Wood (John) of Ferrum, Va., and Shelby Johnson of the home; two sons, Kenneth Johnson (Maggie) of Booneville and David M. Johnson (Kara) of Booneville; two aunts, Mary Tollison of Booneville and Dorothy Stout of New Albany; one uncle, Gene Stout of New Albany; 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Susie Johnson, and one aunt, Katie Hendrix.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Tollison, Marty Rock, Jerry Taylor, Chris Smith, John Coleman, Blake Smith, Donnie Stout and Gary Williams.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday.
PONTOTOC – John Trent Long, 50, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at his residence. He was a graduate of the Class of 1979 of Pontotoc High School and a 1981 graduate of Itawamba Junior College. He was a former Pontotoc County deputy sheriff, jailer, TAC officer, diesel mechanic, an ASC mechanic, a former employee of NAPA Service Supply and a former service manager at the Pontotoc Chrysler Dealership. He was a Mason and a Shriner. An avid Ole Miss fan, he enjoyed writing poetry, hunting, fishing, duck hunting and teaching hunter safety education.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Greg Herndon and Ralph Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the Long Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Denise Long of Pontotoc; his mother, Katherine Long of Pontotoc; a stepdaughter, Ashley Nikole Fletcher (Justin); and his stepgranddaughter, Ashley Michelle Fletcher.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Woodson Long.
Pallbearers will be Alex Fauver, Chris Barton, Jim Littlejohn, Brad Hamblin, Mark Baldwin, Roy Goddard, Phillip Mitchell, Jeff Stafford, Noble Roye, David Strevel, Nathan Gregory and Mike Martin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Andrew Sugars Jr.
CORINTH – Andrew Coleman Sugars Jr., 75, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at the Regional Hospital in Jackson, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grayson Funeral Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in the Rienzi Cemetery.
SALTILLO – Samuel Vanbuskirk “Kirk” Sandlin, 35, died suddenly Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at his residence. A Saltillo native, he was born March 11, 1975, to Sammy and Betty Walters Sandlin. He was an employee of Sandlin Plumbing of Saltillo. He was a member of Covenant Life Presbyterian Church.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Frank Breaux, Steve Yeoman and Bill Williams officiating. A private burial will be held in Sandlin Family Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Taylor Nicole Sandlin of Saltillo and Mary Jane Sandlin of Harrisburg, Ark.; one son, Elijah Graham Sandlin of Harrisburg, Ark.; his parents, Sammy Sandlin of Saltillo and Betty Sandlin of Saltillo; his grandmother, Mary Edith Sandlin of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Sandy Sandlin Finkel; his grandmother, Sybil Roper; his grandfather, Cecil Sandlin; and one uncle, Bobby Sandlin.
Pallbearers will be Robbie Sandlin, Dayton Bentley, Charles Yeoman, Brandon Yeoman, Richard Hill and Dale Brock.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
MYRTLE – James Burnice Bagwell, 82, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at his residence. He was born March 27, 1928, in Myrtle to Robert Donald Bagwell and Mary Frances Coltharp Bagwell. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired employee Mohasco Furniture Manufacturing. He was a member of the Beulah Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Lowrey officiating. Burial will be in the Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Merita Bagwell; two daughters, Elizabeth Smith (Ray) and Nancy Briscoe (David); a son, Kenny Bagwell (Pat); four sisters, Mildred Tubbs, Mary Louise Smith, Robbie Fay Wolfe and Lorette Overall; four brothers, Thomas Bagwell, Gerald Bagwell, Joe Bagwell and Ricky Bagwell; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Jacob Bagwell, Seth Bagwell, Tony Medlin, Adam Fitts, Jack Cox, Doyle Boatner and Eli Medlin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Bagwell’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his visitation and service.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
MCCONDY – Mary Ethel “Jackie” Brown Ward, 95, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at Lighthouse Assisted Living in Fayette, Ala. She was born Dec. 22, 1914, in Chickasaw County to John Monroe Brown and Ruthie Elizabeth Huffman Brown. She was a member of Lawson Chapel Church of Christ.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home with Minister Steve Shapley officiating. Burial will follow at McCondy Baptist Cemetery in McCondy.
Survivors include her stepdaughter, Mary Clements of Mobile, Ala.; her stepson, Clyde Ward and wife, Betty Faye, of Winfield, Ala.; her sister, Nancy Ward of McCondy; her six stepgrandchildren; and her seven stepgreat-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Earl Brown, Miles Mobley, Clyde Logan, Rickey Lindsey, Robert White and Kyle White.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today at Houston Funeral Home.
Friends and family may leave a message at www,houstonfuneralhomems.com.
John Adams Jr.
RIPLEY – John Reed Adams Jr., 59, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at his home in Ripley.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Chapman Church of Christ Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home Inc. of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no visitation.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Charlye O. Robinson
PRAIRIE – Charlye O. Robinson, 53, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church. Burial will be in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery at Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday for the family and from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday for the public at the funeral home.
To leave condolences online, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Ella Mae Mason
TUPELO – Ella Mae Mason, 74, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 22, 1936, to Comer A. and Flora Ellen Gentry. She was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church for 31 years and then served with her husband at First Baptist Church in Houston for several years thereafter. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and a gracious woman who loved the Lord. She enjoyed gospel music, especially the Gaithers. The joy of her life was her grandchildren, whom she doted on.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Harrisburg Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Tutor, and Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. Graveside services will be 6 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston with Rev. David Smith officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Jamil “Jay” Mason, and one daughter, Shelia Magee, both of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Jack, Max and Abby Mason of Jacksonville, Fla., and Margaret Ann, Charlie and Jake Horton of Tupelo; one sister, Camellia Ray (Donald) of Alabama.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Lester A. Mason; her parents; and one brother, Comer A. Gentry.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Alan Flowers, Craig Horton, Richard Sisk, Joe Criddle, Jeff Sewell and Murray Coward.
Honorary pallbearers will be Rev. David Langerfeld, Marvin Harwood, Rick White, Darren Hudson, Bert Hill, Lonnie Whitt and James Eric Blissard.
Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
WREN – Helen Mayfield Lamar, 95, died on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at her home. Born on Nov. 19, 1914, in Union County, she was the daughter of Dr. James I. and Julia Oda Swain Mayfield. Growing up in Blue Mountain, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Blue Mountain College. After college, Mrs. Lamar taught school in Walnut and Charleston. In 1941, she married Thomas Ruley Lamar, became a homemaker and taught school for 24 years in Grenada. A member of First Baptist Church in Grenada, she taught Sunday school and served as a member of the Ladies Ministry Team. After her retirement, she was an active community volunteer. After 63 years residence in Grenada, she moved to Wren to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Dave Ray. She attended Wren Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Wren Library Club.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Garner-Harper Funeral Home in Grenada with Rev. Jim Ray officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Lamar (Dave) Ray of Wren; granddaughter, Libby Ray (Bill) Shea of Olive Branch; two great-grandsons, Will and Andrew Shea of Olive Branch; two stepdaughters, Barbara Lamar (Charlton) Buford of Prattville, Ala., and Nancy Jean Lamar Flux of Midwest City, Okla.; five stepgrandchildren; two nieces, a nephew and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Thomas Ruley Lamar; and a brother, Dr. L. Henning Mayfield.
Pallbearers will be Charles Harville, Leon Fisk, Andy Carter, Archie England and Paul Buford. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Merriman, Buddy Pender and Bill Crowder.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory and from noon until the service hour on Saturday at Garner-Harper Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given to Blue Mountain College, P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610 or American Bible Society, P.O. Box 96812, Washington, DC 20090-6812.
Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Ida Dell Holman
HOUSTON – Ida Dell Holman, 85, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at the Shearer Richardson Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Noxubee County to Alexander Conner and Mary J. Brown Conner. She was a member of the Macedonia M.B. Church. She was a member of the Mother Board, secretary, usher, Sunday School teacher, Missionary Society member, treasurer and in other capacities. She was a former employee of Futorian. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and ironing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Macedonia M.B. Church with the Rev. John Cox officiating. Burial will be in Baskin-Cousin Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five sons, L.C. Holman of Okolona, Richard Holman of Houston, Roger Holman (Geneva) of Houston, Tommie J. Holman (Ruby) of Amory and Percy B. Holman (Patricia) of Tupelo; one sister, Fannie Webb of Beloit, Wis.; one brother, Alex Conner Jr. of Belzoni; 26 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
WEST POINT – Canary Cox Shelton, 92, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Star 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. today at the funeral home.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Cleo Gerome Hughes, 62, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at Alliance Health Care in Holly Springs.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Isom Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James McNeal Jr.
VERONA – Mitchell James McNeal Jr. died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born Sept. 16, 1940, in Indianola to Virlena and Mitchell Williams. He married Ethel Mae Jeffries and they adopted two children. He was a retired construction worker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church in Verona with the Rev. Larry Stone officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Park. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Ethel McNeal; his son, Timothy Grimes; one sister-in-law, Mary (Tyrone) Armstrong; one brother-in-law, R.C. (Pauline) Smith.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Virlena Mitchell Williams; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Calvin and Cordelia Jeffries; his daughter, Melinda Grimes; and one brother-in-law, Sammie Lee Falkner.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
BYHALIA – Ruth Mae Porter Nichols, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Hill M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in McCraven Cemetery in Victoria. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
ABERDEEN – Casey Lee Gardner, 44, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Dec. 24, 1965, to Willie C. Gardner Sr. and Lillie James Gardner. He was a 1983 graduate of Aberdeen High School and a former employee of Tecumseh. He was that family member whom everyone could depend on.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the New Hebron M.B. Church with the Rev. Sam Crawford officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Willie C. Gardner Sr. and Lillie Gardner of Aberdeen; his grandmother, Louise James of Aberdeen; three sons, Nichols A. Gardner, Casey Lee Gardner Jr. and Quinton Robinson; three sisters, Sandra Alexander (John) of Dacula, Ga., Constance Boyd (the Rev. Andra) of Okolona and Tanya Adair (Marquiss) of Okolona; three brothers, Willie C. Gardner Jr. (Dana) of Marietta, Ga., and Darrell Gardner and Monte Gardner, both of Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Gardner.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Elsie Cathey, 94, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion CME Church in Benton County. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
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