What a magnificent sight to behold as the Angels came to take Rose Swann Mitchell home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. She passed away at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
She was born on January 27, 1938, to Allie and Evelyn Swann, in Columbus, Miss. She was raised in Macon, Miss. and graduated from Macon High School. She graduated from Delta State University with a degree in Home Economics and received her Masters from the University of Mississippi in Education.
Her first teaching job was in Byhalia, Miss. where, on her first day of work, she met the love of her life, Ralph Mitchell. They were married on May 29, 1960. They had two sons, David and Jamie Mitchell. "Mama Rose" taught school, in almost every grade, in Byhalia, Ackerman, Walnut, Baldywn, and Pontotoc. She loved every student she taught and inspired many of those to develop a love for Math.
After retirement, Mama Rose spent her days catering, working in her yard, reading her Bible, following her grandchildren's activities, and drinking coffee with her special friends. She loved God, her family, and friends. She lived a humble life and never wanted to be in the spotlight. She and her husband enjoyed camping, and she always had a recipe magazine close by. One of the most unique qualities she had was praying for her six grandchildren on a daily basis. Each day was dedicated to praying for one of the six. She spent the Sabbath Day praying for her entire family. Her quiet manner and simple ways will continue to influence people for many years to come.
She was an active member of West Heights Baptist Church where she was a member of the Ladies Sunday School Class and the Kitchen Committee. She served in many other capacities during her membership at the church.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years and four months, Ralph Mitchell of Pontotoc, Miss.; her sons, Dr. David Mitchell (Theresa) of Cabot, Ark. and Jamie Mitchell (Ginger) of Starkville, Miss.; and six grandchildren, Jill Mitchell, Maggie (Jeff) Grissom, Luke Mitchell, Noah Mitchell, Dillon Mitchell, and Alli Mitchell.
She also was blessed with three great-grandsons, Jackson, Milo, and Owen Grissom. She has one brother, Allie Swann (Linda) of Huntsville, Ala. and Sallie Swann Ellis (Jack) of Natchez, Miss. and a special niece, Janet Wilder (Johnny) of Pontotoc, Miss.
She was proceeded in death by her parents Allie and Evelyn Swann.
Pallbearers will be Tracy Davis, David Ferguson, Bill Ard, Tommy Morton, Tommy Jackson, and Ross Cardwell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Heights Baptist Church Kitchen Fund, 328 West Oxford Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863, or to a charity of your choice.
Visitation will be held at the West Heights Baptist Church gymnasium on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in the church gymnasium. Dr. David Mitchell, Bro. Dan Young, and Bro. Gerald Buckley will officiate the service. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc, Miss. is in charge of the arrangements. Burial will be in West Heights Baptist Church Cemetery.
A special thank you to Dr. Jones, Kim Hardin, FNP, and the staff of the West Clinic in New Albany, Miss. for the love and care they provided Rose during her illness.
Bobby Alley Sr.
FALKNER - Bobby Lavon Alley Sr., 72, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born Aug. 22, 1940, to Kenneth Carmen Alley and Edith Clara McEntire Alley. He was a Baptist and worked as an electric motor repairman. He was owner and operator of Falkner Repair Service.
He is survived by his wife, Betty L. Alley of Falkner; two daughters, Vickie Smithey (Wesley) of Byhalia and Denise German (Richie) of Olive Branch; one son, Bobby Alley Jr.; three stepdaughters, Debbie Baker of Tiplersville, Sonya Bullock (Ricky) and Connie Rainey, both of Ripley; one sister, Shirley Romo (Hank) of Tucson, Ariz.; two brothers, Don Alley of Iuka and Wayne Alley (Dorothy) of Dyersburg; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 8 until 9 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneral home.com.
L. D. Phifer
IUKA - L.D. Phifer, 87, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at his residence. He was a member of Campground United Methodist Church. He worked for Chunky Chambers Ford and was a retired game warden with the Mississippi State Game and Fish Commission.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka, with the Rev. Robert Armstrong officiating. Interment will follow in Campground Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille Moss Phifer of Iuka; a son, Bobby Phifer (Lyndia) of Iuka; a brother, M.B. Phifer of Burnsville; one grandchild, Benny Phifer; one great-grandchild, Ben Phifer; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cliff and Dona Belle Phifer; and three brothers, Oris, Owen and Cecil Phifer.
Pallbearers include Noonan Phifer, John Norris, Wendell Phifer, Wayland Phifer, Jimmy Whitfield, David Whitfield, Gary Kennedy and Larry Cutshall. Honorary bearers will be Dr. Al Flannery and Jimmy Owen Phifer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Campground Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
DUMAS - Margaret Elaine Potter Hill, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born May 18, 1926, in Union County to Claude Potter and Elvira Caldwell Potter. She was a homemaker and member of the Dumas Baptist Church. She loved her great-grandchildren (her "angels"), her church and her flowers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Dumas Baptist Church with the Rev. Rank Boyte and the Rev. Michael Baker officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Harold Lavon Hill of Dumas; a son, Harold Bonnie Hill of Dumas; a brother, Ben Potter of Rocky Mount, N.C.; three grandchildren, Karen Caviness (Doyle) of New Albany, Paige Young (Phil) of New Albany and Chris Bailey (Stefanie) of Dumas; two great-grandchildren, Phillip Young and Audrey Anna Young; and a son-in-law, William Bailey of Dumas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Margaret Jeanette Bailey; a sister, Katherine Chism; and a daughter-in-law, Brenda Hill.
Pallbearers will be Brian Camp, Kenneth Kent, Anthony Mauney and Tim Mauney.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 until 11 a.m. Thursday.
For online condolences, visit united funeralservice.com.
Ray Solomon Jr.
IUKA - Earl Ray Solomon Jr., 45, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at his residence. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 until 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Billy G. Mills Sr.
AMORY - Billy G. Mills Sr., 80, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Alcorn County on Dec. 17, 1931, to Roy G. and Beulah Viola Smith Mills. He was a United States Army veteran who served in the Korean Conflict.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues in Tupelo with Bro. Curtis Shelton and Bro. Leon Willis officiating. Burial will be in New Home Cemetery in Itawamba County.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Janice McAfee Mills of Amory; two children, Phyllis Baldwin of Amory and Billy "Bud" Mills Jr. of Mooreville; two grandchildren; and six siblings, Vernell Hopkins of Mooreville, Jane Hatfield (Arnold) of Booneville, Aubrey Mills of Booneville, Audrey Mills of Corinth, Pat Wallace (Charlie) and Peggy Wilson (Darrel), both of Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his son, Aaron Dwight Mills; his brother, Thomas Mills; and his parents.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
COUNCE, Tenn. - Marion Joyce Wilcutt Boggs died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.
Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Thursday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time on Thursday. Burial will be in Center Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Counce, Tenn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the MS Blind Library Services, 3881 Eastwood Drive, Jackson, MS 39211-6473.
BOONEVILLE - Mary Sue Cole, 73, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 22, 1938, to Gerald and Dollye Presley Hodges. She graduated from Wheeler High School in 1956. She loved God, her family, her church and her many friends. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She owned and operated Hodges Printing Company for many years after the death of her father who started the company. She loved traveling and playing Bunco with her friends. She spent her last year at the Landmark Assisted Living in Booneville.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating and a eulogy will be given by her grandson, Britt Treece. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Scott Cole; one daughter, Sherri Cole Treece; two grandchildren, Britt (Amber) Treece and Erin Treece; three great-grandchildren, AliRaven, Gage and Blade Treece; and a special friend, Fred Clement.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Williams Cole, whom she married on April 21, 1956; her parents; and two brothers, Jimmy Oakley Hodges and Jerry Dale Hodges.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
HAMILTON - W.D. Whitfield, 72, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Aurora Healthcare of Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial of Aberdeen.
BYHALIA - Kandise Anderson, 54, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Stillwater Church in Senatobia. Burial will follow in Lebanon Cemetery in Olive Branch. Visitation will be 4:30 until 8 p.m. today at the church. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge.
HOUSTON - Margaret Geraldine "Dink" Alford Allen, 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 28, 1929, to W.W. Alford and Ollie Berry Alford. She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church. She was a retired clerk for the ASCS office in Houston.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Houston Funeral Home with Dr. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in McCondy Cemetery in McCondy. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Daniel Lee Allen of Houston; her daughters, Gina Allen Hillhouse and spouse, Stacy of Houlka and Stacy Allen Pierce and spouse, Jeff of Madison; her sons, Robert Neal Allen and spouse, Leisa of Houston and Timothy Lee "Moody" Allen of Houston; her 10 grandchildren; and her two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneral homems.com.
PONTOTOC - Margaret Guinn Westbrook Maffett, 88, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at her home. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, and she was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. She enjoyed working in her yard, reading, walking and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Baptist Church with the Rev. Felix Hutcheson and the Rev. Melvin Crawley officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 72 years, James Maffett of Pontotoc; her children, Sandra Sanders of Hornsby, Tenn., Hoppy Maffett (Patsy), Beverly Gunter (Jim) and Kim Russell (Kelly), all of Pontotoc; one sister, Ottie Martin (Derrell) of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Frank Westbrook (Sarah John) of Brandon (formerly of Okolona); one sister-in-law, Jo Anne Westbrook of West Point; one brother-in-law, Maxwell Calter of Newark, N.J.; 14 grandchildren, Steve Sanders (Courtney), Barbara Rezell (Jim), Joey Sanders, Doug McFarland (Debra), Carrie Lovelace, Rachel Ross (Will), Ben Sanders (Carrie), Becky Sanders, Brady Maffett (Mandy), Cory Maffett (Jessica), Shannon Gunter (Dionne), Wesley Gunter, Garrett Russell and Michaela Russell; 18 great-grandchildren, Diane, Susan, Jennifer, Patrick, Makenzie, Caroline, Sarah, Gracie, Mary Margaret, Meridith, Ellis, Mallie, Marion Kate, Jayla, Ashton, Wyatt, Dylan and Morgan; and three great-great-grandchildren, Cooper, Mary Ella and Sam.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Clifton Westbrook and Mallie Lucille Couch Westbrook; one sister, Lillie Westbrook Kalter; and two brothers, Newt and Gene Westbrook.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Steve Sanders, Joey Sanders, Doug McFarland, Ben Sanders, Brady Maffett, Cory Maffett, Shannon Gunter, Wesley Gunter, and Garrett Russell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
PONTOTOC - Ure. B. Bigham Shettles, 95, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. She was born in Pontotoc County to John Thomas Bigham and Minnie Wells Bigham. She was a loving mother, one that loved the Word, served her family, and loved people. She was a giving servant, had many friends, and enjoyed life and taking care of her family. She had much joy with her extended family at Graceland Care Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Horton Memorial Baptist Church with Bro. Owen Hitchcock and Bro. Allen Gullick officiating. Burial will be in Ecru Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Gloria Anne Wilder; sister-in-law, Pearl Bigham; two nieces, Violet Jo Bigham and Maureen Nelson; and son-in-law, Wayne Krantz.
She is also survived by five generations of family members including two grandsons-in-law, Randy Ward and Richey Crew; two granddaughters-in-law, Robbie Wilder and Debra Wilder; and 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren combined.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Raymond Shettles; two daughters, Ramona Shettles Targett and Hope Krantz; and one granddaughter, Angie Shettles.
Pallbearers will be Kenney Houpt, Kassidy Houpt, Johnny Wilder, Cole Ward, Dillion Ward and Adam Wilder.
Honorary pallbearers will be her great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials can be made to Horton Memorial Baptist Church or to First Baptist Church of Gretna in Gretna, La. 70053.
H.E. Barnes Sr.
WALNUT - H.E. Barnes Sr., 73, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Souls Harbor Church in Walnut. Burial will be in Community Pentecostal Cemetery in Walnut. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today and continue until service time Thursday at the church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
BALDWYN - James Ragin died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at his home in Baldwyn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
OKOLONA - Exum Houk, 89, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at the Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel.
FULTON - Millie Shumpert died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
PONTOTOC - Kreston Williams, 84, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
BYHALIA - Anita Briggs Wyatt, 64, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
PONTOTOC - Bobby Jones, 76, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was an active member of Liberty Baptist Church and a former member of the Mississippi National Guard. He was retired from the city of Okolona Electric Department. He enjoyed golfing, wood working, and watching MSU sports and Atlanta Braves baseball.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Baptist Church with Bro. Harvey Sewell and Bro. J.T. Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Cemetery in Verona. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Auvergean Pennington Jones; one daughter, Tammie Jones of San Antonio, Texas; six stepdaughters, Donna Winter and D.L. of Houlka, Carol Davis and Joe of Vera Beach, Fla., Beverly Conaway and Roy of Ecru, Diane Plunkett and Rick, Donna Holloway and Alan, both of Pontotoc, and Edwina Mayo and Tom of New Albany; three stepsons, Tommy Pennington and Kim, Jimmy Pennington and Lori, and Jeffery Pennington and ReA, all of Pontotoc; 19 grandchildren; and a host of great-grands and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Caldwell Jones; father, John Franklin Jones; mother, Beulah Smith Jones; brother, Frank Jones; and sister, Dorothy Jones Carr.
Pallbearers will be Brian Jones, Jared Pennington, Brian Griggs, Mike Winter, Chance Moore and Joshua Winter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Butch Jones, Robby Stalnaker, Joseph Winter and the men of Liberty Baptist Men's Sunday school class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon until 2 p.m. Thursday all at the church.
Ira Shepherd Jr.
VARDAMAN - Ira William Shepherd Jr., 79, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice House in Verona. He was born Nov. 24, 1933, in Ada, Oka. He was a retired employee of Franklin Manufacturing Corporation and a member of Water Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Ray Elsberry and the Rev. Roger Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Zema Lou Casey Shepherd; two daughters, Debrah (Kenny) Jones of Calhoun City and Shelia (Barry) Lester of Vardaman; two step-daughters, Tonna Logan of Water Valley and Catrina Grady of Ringold, Ga.; three stepsons, Robert A. Hardin of Chattanooga, Tenn., Michael D. Hardin of Vardaman and Ronald C. Hardin of Cordova, Tenn.; two sisters, Lois Nadine Shepherd Chisolm of Brookhaven and Margaret Louise Shepherd Sutton of Eupora; two grandchildren, Corey (Vanessa) Jones of Calhoun City and Brandy (Michael Wayne) Riley of Pontotoc; seven great-grandchildren, Summer and Brett Riley, Garret and Ragan Benson, and Makynlie, Kamri, and Kipton Jones; five stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathleen Bush Shepherd; a grandson, Kalem Benson; his parents, Ira William Shepherd Sr. and Winnie Lee Jennings Shepherd; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Shepherd Cummins and Annie Eudora Shepherd Taylor; and two brothers, Ernest Lee Shepherd and Chester Melvin Shepherd.
Pallbearers will be Barry Lester, Corey Jones, Michael Wayne Riley, Robert Hardin, Michael Hardin and Ronald Hardin.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
William D. Jones
BYHALIA - William Doyle Jones, 55, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
BATESVILLE - Shirley B. Segars, 72, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Batesville.
Jerry W. Colston
HOLLY SPRINGS - Jerry Wayne Colston, 62, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home.