David Michael Holly
OXFORD – David Michael Holly, 52, died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. An attorney, he was the Carroll County prosecutor and the City of Greenwood prosecutor. He was formerly the attorney for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors and the Carroll County School Board. He was a member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church and a former Cub Scout leader and Little League coach. He enjoyed SCUBA diving and Taebo and was an avid fan of Ole Miss sports.
Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Oxford-University United Methodist Church with the Rev. Warren Black, the Rev. Claire Dobbs and the Rev. Leon Holly officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda N. Holly of Oxford; his daughter, Ashley Holly of Oxford; his son, Chris Holly of Oxford; six sisters, Katie Farish of Lumberton, Texas, Dot Gardner of Terry, Margaret Jones of Greenwood, Betty Gentry of Mountain Home, Ark., Frances Mims of Greenwood, Sue Brower of Greenwood; and five brothers, Charles Holly of Sanford, N.C., James Holly of Enid, Leon Holly of Vaiden, John Holly of Brandon and Larry Holly of Madison.
Memorials may be made to Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655 or Harmony Baptist Church Route 1 Box 110, Cruger, MS 38924-9406.
Visitation will be 4 until 7 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home.
Margaret Ivy Paige
ASHLAND – Margaret “Snook” Ivy Paige, 79, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville. She was a member of Hebron MB Church in Lamar, a church usher and former choir member. She was a retired Headstart teacher and taught for more than 20 years at USAC Headstart Program in Ashland.
Services will be 11 a.m. Sunday at Hebron MB Church with the Rev. Adam Gholson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with J.F. Brittenum amp& Son Funeral Home, Holly Springs, in charge.
Survivors include her husband, L.B. Paige of Ashland; six daughters, Bobbie Grandberry, Shirley Alexander, Angelia Paige, Linda Paige and Patricia Page, all of Memphis, and Eloise Jones of Lemon Grove, Calif.; four sons, Tyrone Paige, Wallace Paige and Darrell Paige, all of Ashland, and Antovi Paige of Memphis; 23 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Katherine Caldwell of Memphis, Almarie Strickland of Ashland and Arlean Johnson of Detroit.
The body will lie in repose at the funeral home from 3 until 8 p.m. today and from 10 until 10:55 a.m. Sunday. The family will receive visitors from 6 until 8 p.m. today.
Joe L. Herod Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Joe L. Herod Jr., 77, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. A retired factory worker at Memphis Furniture Factory, he was a member of Beulahland Church of God in Christ, Memphis.
Services will be noon Monday at J.F. Brittenum amp& Sons Funeral Home Chapel, Holly Springs. Minister Curly Herod will officiate. Burial will follow in Cottrell Memorial Garden.
Survivors include five daughters, Lisa Jackson and Jo Dada, both of Memphis, Dianne Shepard and LeCora Bowen, both of Atlanta, and Phyllis Bennett of Baltimore; two sons, David Herod and Tony Herod, both of Memphis; 32 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Artie Watson and Buener Arnett, both of Memphis; and two brothers, Arthur Herod and Curly Herod, both of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by a child, Terry Eulls; and siblings, LeBertha Howell, Ray C. Herod and I.B. Herod.
The body will lie in repose from 2 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HOUSTON – Geraldine Green died Thursday, April 23, 2009, in the Floy-Dryer Nursing Home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Mid-Way M.B. Church in Vardaman. The Rev. Glendon Ball will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
FULTON – Bobby Reeves, 62, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete with Senter Funeral Home.
OKOLONA – Peggy Joyce Taylor Carson, 63, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at her home. She was born Feb. 10, 1946, in Aberdeen to Thomas E. Taylor and Easter Lee Woods Taylor. She graduated from Aberdeen High School and from Itawamba Community College with a degree in business administration. She was a housewife and a councilwoman, currently serving on the Okolona City Council. She was a member of the Carnation Baptist Church in Okolona. She was active in the civic life of Okolona and had a great love for people and for life in general. An avid conversationalist, she enjoyed traveling, reading, her flowers, her yard and swimming pool. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday from the First Baptist Church of Okolona with Bro. Truman Carter officiating, assisted by Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes. Burial will follow in the Howell Cemetery in Monroe County. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel is in charge of all arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Craig Carson of Okolona, who she married Feb. 18, 1994; her mother, Easter Lee Taylor of Aberdeen; three daughters, Angel (Kenny) Steen of Tupelo, Amanda (Dewayne) Brown of Bartahatchie, Miss., and Missy Graham of Columbus; two sons, Dale (Laurie) Robertson of Bartahatchie and Terry (Anita) Robertson of Columbus; eight grandchildren, Memory, Karci, Cameron, Brandon, Dayton, Lee, Courtney and Stacie; two great-grandchildren, Patience and Trevor; two sisters, Judy Taylor and Betty Dye, both of Aberdeen; two brothers, Charles Taylor of Tyrone, Ga., and Murrell Taylor of Mooreville.
She was preceded in death by her father; a son, Chad Sides, who died Sept. 19, l992; and a grandson, Cross.
Pallbearers will be Danny Taylor, Steve Thomas, Chuck Carson, Chris Carson, Steve Colbert and Larry Harden.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from noon until 1:45 p.m. Sunday at the Okolona chapel.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
NETTLETON – Hulet Eugene “Gene” Watson, 63, died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born July 2, 1945, in Pontotoc County to Linza Alvis and Velma I. Watson Murphree. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton, a retired employee of True Temper Sports, Inc., and a Pentecostal. He was a former member of the Mississippi Army National Guard. He enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with his family.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Randy Salisbury and the Rev. Mark Tutor officiating. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Jane Hester Watson of Nettleton; two daughters, Kim (Rickey) Harris of Nettleton and Dyannia (Keith) Glissen of Dorsey; one son, Kevin (Elizabeth) Watson of Mantachie; one sister, Ruth (Carlos) Daughtery of Dorsey; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Jewel Roper; and one brother, Charles M. Watson.
Pallbearers will be Gary McVay, Ben McVay, Clay Coggin, Danny Randolph, Shawn Glissen and Randall Weaver.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eugene Johnson, James Todd and David E. Hendrix.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from 1 p.m. until time for services Sunday at the funeral home.
Robert Morris Abbey
NEW ALBANY – Robert Morris Abbey, 77, died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at his home.
He was born March 3, 1932, in Vicksburg to Richard and Mary McGavock Abbey. He was a member and Elder at Sumner Presbyterian Church. He was retired from the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He was a pecan tree farmer. He was past president of the Webb Lions Club, a member of the American Legion and the Masonic Lodge. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. today at Sumner Presbyterian Church with Amanda Gordon officiating. United Funeral Service is in charge.
Survivors include his wife, Lanelle Moore Abbey; a daughter, Lillian (Robert) Parks of New Albany; a son, Randall Morris (Rita) Abbey of Madison; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be 1 until 2 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
West Point – Regina Dawn Crosswhite, 46, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at her home in McCalla, Ala. She was born in Birmingham on May 14, 1962 to Robert Young and Joyce Glascow. She was an associate pastor at Triumphant Church in Bessemer, Ala.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Ray Fields officiating. Burial will follow in West Point Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Monte Crosswhite of McCalla; her parents; two sons, Kanaan Ford of Starkville and Keith Ford of West Point; a daughter, Melissa Ford of West Point; a stepson, Zane Crosswhite of West Point; three brothers, Robert Young of Spring, Texas, Rick Young of Brunswick, Ga., Tommy Young of Huntsville, Ala.; a sister, Rayne Herzog of Spring, Texas; and one granddaughter, Brooklyn Latham of West Point.
Pallbearers will be Greg Edmonds, Robert Young, Rick Young, Larry Brasfield, Bobby Colvin and Randy Howell.
CALHOUN CITY – James Frank “Frankie” West, 63, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at his home. He was born March 3, 1946, in Slate Springs, Miss. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Slate Springs. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a double Purple Heart recipient, a member of the VFW and a member of the National Rifle Association. He was a self-employed small engine repairman.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday in the Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Glen Putman and Jimmy West officiating. Burial will follow in Bethany Cemetery in Slate Springs.
Survivors include his wife, Duly West of Senatobia; and three sons, James Frank West Jr. of Senatobia, Barry William West and Daniel Christopher West, both of Slate Springs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Everette William West Sr. and Dollie Putman West; a sister, Emma Jean West Norwood; and a brother, Everette William West Jr.
Memorials may be made to the Moreland Cemetery Fund.
Visitation will be from 2 until 5 p.m. Sunday at Pryor Funeral Home.
Dorothy “Dot” Whitlock
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Dorothy “Dot” Whitlock, 85, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at The Medical Center in Columbus, Ga. She was born in New Albany on March 19, 1924, to Clark and Clara McMillan Wages. She was the widow of Paul Whitlock. She was a member of East Highland United Methodist Church and Easter Star – Arkansas.
A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Wallerville Baptist Church in Union County. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Ebenezer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery on the Tippah/Union county line. United Funeral Service is in charge.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Jim (Carol) Whitlock of Gainsville, Ga.; a sister, Juanita Green of Florida; seven grandchildren, Dan (Cheryl) Whitlock, Jon Whitlock, Laurie (Marco) Chavarria, Keith (Lisa) Whitlock, Kim (John) Carroll, Kecia (Eddie) Cawthorne, Kevin (Terrie) Whitlock; nine great-grandchildren, Simon and Colin, Brooke and Hailey, Wages and Anna, Win and Mary Elizabeth, Billy; and a niece and nephew, Wendy and Gary Green.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son, the Rev. Paul Whitlock Jr.
Memorials may be made to East Highland United Methodist Church, 2901 18th Ave., Columbus, GA 31901.
Online condolences at www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Randy Joel McNeely
NEW ALBANY – Randy Joel McNeely, 59, died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born June 5, 1949, in New Albany to Darrell Edmond McNeely and Mildred Elaine McNeely Sheffield. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the Air Force. He was employed as a dispatcher for a security company. He was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Services will be 1 p.m. today in the chapel of United Funeral Service with the Rev. Jerry Bishop and the Rev. Dan Hazen officiating. Burial will follow in Keownville Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, John “Britt” McNeely of New Albany; and two brothers, Bruce (Carol)McNeely and Kenny (Beth) Sheffield, both of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a stepfather, Willie Sheffield.
Pallbearers will be Robert McNeely, Mitch McNeely, Barry Roaton, Dwayne Roaton, Jerry Tutor and Barton Roaton.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. today.
Online condolences at www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
OXFORD – Carolyn Murphree Backstrom, 92, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a retired school teacher.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Leakesville with the Rev. Eric Smith officiating. Burial will follow in McLeod-Magnolia Cemetery in Leakesville. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three grandchildren, John Walton Backstrom of Youngsville, La., Sidney Andrew Backstom of Oxford and David Thomas Backstrom of Gautier; two sisters, Bobbye Ayers of Leland and Doris Crubley of Laurel; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, James Walton Backstrom, and by a sister, Mary Jane Murphree.
Visitation will be 1 until 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Leakesville.
Stonewall Webb II
CHICAGO, Ill. – Stonewall Webb II, 54, died at his residence in Chicago. He was formerly of Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford.
Margret R. Copeland
DETROIT, Mich. – Margret R. Copeland, 71, died Sunday, April 19, 2009. Born in Booneville, she attended Wick Anderson High School. She was a cosmotologist and an usher and a member of Holy Cross Baptist Church for 56 years.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Cross Baptist Church in Detroit with the Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Edward officiating. Burial will follow in Detroit Memorial Park West with J.H. Cole Funeral Home, Inc. officiating.
Survivors include five sons, Robert Copeland, Rodney Copeland, Rickie Copeland, Reginald Copeland and Eric Copeland, all of Detroit; a brother, Milus Copeland of Corinth; two sisters, Amy Crawford and Vera Copeland, both of Corinth; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Fortenberry; her parents, Rexi and Lucinda Bearden Copeland; grandparents, Cye Copeland and Angeline Copeland, Will H. Bearden and Margaret M. Bearden; brothers, James Tanson, William A. Copeland, Robert F. Copeland; sisters, Josie Harper, Cora Holder, Bessie Slater; and sisters-in-law, Helen Tanson and Margaret L. Jumper Copeland.
Pallbearers will be deacons.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
PRAIRIE – Homer Lee Marble, 44, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Feb. 28, 1965, to Phenella Robertson Marble and Lee Dale Marble. He was a 1984 graduate of West Clay County High School and a member of Pleasant Plain M.B. Church. He really loved serving on the Usher Board at his church, raising chickens and turkeys, and riding his four-wheeler.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Plain M.B. Church with the Rev. Michael McGaha officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Phenella Marble of Prairie; his brother, Rommie (Daneil) Marble of West Point; his grandfather, Floyd Robertson of West Point; and several aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
CORINTH – Mary Magdeline Hardin Smith, 85, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at her home. She was a member of Tobes Chapel Church and a retired factory worker. She loved her family and friends, and enjoyed working in her flowers, going to church and spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. David Basden and Bro. Jamie Basden officiating. Burial will continue in Vanderford Cemetery.
Survivors include sons, Bennie (Betty) Smith and Monte (Donna) Smith, both of Glen; a daughter, Jo (Jerry) Allred of Burnsville; 10 grandchildren, Jill (Mike) Lee of Burnsville; Jeff (Mary) Allred, Rick (Sherrie) Smith, Celine (Chris) Boucher, Monica (Jay) Jones, all of Glen, Dalana Essary, Toni (Wayne) Glidewell, all of Corinth, Missy (Jonathan) Shultz of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Tina (Steve) James of Chattanooga; Tanya (Victor) Jude of Pell City, Ala.; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; a daughter-in-law, Jamie Smith; a sister, Litha (Johnny) Davis of Corinth; and other relatives and numerous friends.
Shewas preceded in death by her husband, William Smith; a son, William “Scottie” Smith; her parents Sarah Elizabeth Timmons and John Hardin; a brother, Irvin Hardin; and sisters, Ollive Wood, Pearl Vanderford, Dolly Manness, Dora Mae Childers, Velma Williams, Minnie McVey and Beulah Sellers.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today and noon until service time Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home.
Karen Beth “Kaye”
PONTOTOC – Karen Beth “Kaye” Warren, 62, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born May 13, 1946, in Pontotoc County, the daughter of E.M. “Rack” and Margueret Warren. She was a member of Sand Springs Community Church.
Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Mortimer Funeral Home in Ecru. Burial will follow in Sand Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother; two aunts, Joyce Nelson of Issaquah, Wash., and Betty Parks of Pontotoc; and one uncle, Bob (Jolane) Warren of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Visitation will be 1 until 8 p.m. today.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Ralph Wheeler Minga, 89, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was born Oct. 9, 1919, in Greenwood Springs to James Ellis and Margarette Cora Odom Minga. He was a 1949 graduate of the University of Alabama. He married Margaret Jean Kirby on Sept. 10, 1947. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in a submarine repair unit in Pearl Harbor. He was a professional engineer in Metallurgical Engineering and he retired from Combustion Engineering. He was a life member of the American Welding Society.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at the Lann Cemetery in Greenwood Springs with Bro. Wes White officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Smithville is in charge.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Margaret Minga of Chattanooga; one son, David Minga of London, Ky.; two daughters, Gail Minga of Atlanta, and Dorrie Minga LoBue of Evansville, Ind.; one brother, Kermit Minga of Greenwood Springs; three sisters, Jimmie Lois James of Houston, Texas, Ruth Whitehead of Smithville and Ophelia Thomas of Collierville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers and sisters, Theresa (Clarence) Smith, Hansel Minga, Rubel (Evelyn) Minga, Doris O’Neal, and Eugene Minga.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. today at the funeral home in Smithville.
Memorials may be made to the Chattanooga Section of the American Welding Society, c/o Don Russell, P.O. Box 168, Chattanooga, TN 37401 for the Ralph W. Minga Memorial Fund.