Obituaries Jan. 31, 2009

JAMES BENEFIELD, SR James Leslie Benefield Sr., 84, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a veteran of World War II, honorably discharged from Charlie Co., 330th Infantry Regt., 83rd Division. He served in Normandy, Northern France, and Central Europe, and earned the ATO Medal, the EAMETO Medal, the Good Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart, and the World War II Victory Medal. He retired from Time D.C. Truckline in Memphis, where he worked for 28 years. He was a member of Community Baptist Church. Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Randy Hurt and Bro. Randy Latch officiating. Burial was in New York Cemetery. Survivors include two daughters, Evelyn Street (John) of Chesterfield, Va., and Amy Brock (Edward) of Ripley; two sons, James L. “Rusty” Benefield Jr. (Sandra) of Ripley and Bobby Benefield (Pat) of Pontotoc; two sisters, Katherine Tidwell of Ripley and Jamie Hopkins of Barton; and 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His wife, Sylvia Jean Tidwell Benefield; his parents, Tommy C. and Lizzie Mercer Benefield; one sister Salone Camilla; two brothers, Bobby Benefield, and William “Bill” Benefield; and an infant sibling preceded him in death. Pallbearers were Brian Coker, Randy Coker, Ronny Coker, Del Copeland, Jimmy Tidwell, and Alan Estes. Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Memorials may be made to New York Cemetery Fund, 1280 CR 418, Ripley, MS 38663. To view and sign the online guest book, visit DOROTHY NATIONS Dorothy Evelyn Willis Nations, 86, of Warner Robins, Ga. formerly of Ripley died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at Elberta Health Care in Warner Robins, Ga. She was employed at Dickerson Variety Store in Ripley and was a nurse’s aide at the Tippah County Hospital and was a volunteer Pink Lady at the Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ripley for 42 years before moving to Georgia, and then she was an active member of Oakland Baptist Church in Warner Robins, Ga. Services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 at the McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. A graveside service followed at 2 p.m. at the Bruce City Cemetery in Bruce. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of the arrangements. Survivors include her daughter, Evelyn A. Nations Smith (Joel) of Guyton, Ga.; her son, Thomas Paul Nations (Barbara) of Warner Robins, Ga.; three grandsons, Bradley Tyson (Jennifer) of Jackson, Tenn. and Garrison Smith and Drew Smith, both of Guyton, Ga.; five granddaughters, Leah McCoy (Jared) of Jackson, Tenn., Heather Mabee (Chris) of Warner Robins, Ga., Paula Simpson (Greg) of Chapin, S.C., Hannah Smith and Mattie Rose Smith, both of Guyton, Ga.; and nine precious great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Monroe Nations Jr.; her parents, Ambrose Alvin and Byrd E. Aven Willis; and three brothers, Pressley, Ambrose “Coot” and Lige Willis. Pallbearers were Chris Mabee, Greg Simpson, Bradley Tyson, Jared McCoy, Garrison Smith, and Brad Hill. Memorials may be made to the Heart of Georgia Hospice, 103, Westwidge Dr., Warner Robins, GA 31088. An online guest book can be accessed at

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