CHICAGO – Alex Lee Richardson, 67, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Chicago.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Chapel M.B. Church in Bruce. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery at Vardaman. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Alexandria R. Armstrong of Bruce and Kimberlie S. Richardson of Tupelo; and one brother, Fredrick Richardson of California.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Marjorie Kathryn Wood Placke, 91, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
A memorial service will be held in Illinois at a later date. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
SAVANNAH, Tenn. – Lola Austin Roberts, 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at her home in Nixon community of Savannah, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Nixon community. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today and continue from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Leave online condolences at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
HOUSTON – Deara C. Beaty passed away on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston after an extended illness. She was a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, where she once served as Sunday school teacher and a member of the choir. She was faithful and dedicated to her church.
A life celebration service will be at noon Saturday at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie B. Larry officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Wardell Joe (Annie Lou) Beaty of Houston; one sister, Edna Hamilton of Albany, N.Y.; a brother-in-law, Etoy Beaty of Memphis; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wardell Beaty Sr.; parents, William Smith and Cherry Bell Smith; six sisters, four brothers; two daughters, Mildria Lipscomb and Maggie Marie Beaty; and one son, Willie Lee Beaty.
Online condolences can be made to the Beaty family at www.grayson-porters.com.
Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
GOLDEN – Charlie Black, 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. He was born on March 27, 1929, to Melvin and Laura Mitchell Black in Vina, Ala. He was a member and a former deacon of Fairview Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict. He enjoyed fishing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Dr. Don Baggett officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Emerial Black of Golden; son, Tommy Black (Angela) of Red Bay, Ala.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dora Black Upton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
WATER VALLEY – Sondra Beaver, 45, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at Yalobusha General Nursing Home in Water Valley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HOUSTON – Ira Lee Lipsey died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was a devoted member of Wesley Chapel CME Church, where he once served as Sunday school teacher, a member of the Steward Board and recording secretary. He was a graduate of Houston High School, Okolona Junior College and Mississippi Industrial College. A retired educator with Okolona School System, he also taught at Chapel Grove Church, when it was a one-room schoolhouse, and Fannie Carter High School. Active in his community, he was a Boy Scout master for many years and held several offices in Mississippi Union Shape Notes Singers. He was a member and former Worshipful Master of the Priwae Hall Masons. He was president of the Colored Benevolent Society Camp 81A.
He is survived by his four children, Joe Ira (Betty) Lipsey Sr. of Springfield, Ill., Darlene (Bobby Joe) Johnson, Yolanda Bounds and Dellcine (Johnnie) Brown, all of Houston; three brothers, Chester Lipsey of Tupelo, and Thomas Lipsey and Columbus Lipsey of Kalamazoo, Mich.; one sister, Arstillure Tubbs of Kalamazoo; 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of nephews and nieces.
A life celebration service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Okolona High School Gymnasium with the Rev. Wilbert Bolden officiating and the Rev. George Kendrick delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Grayson-Porter's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Wesley Chapel CME Church at Houston. The body will be placed in the gym one hour prior to service.
Online condolences can be made to the Lipsey family at www.grayson-porters.com.
BLUE SPRINGS – Joe N. Gassaway, 87, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was retired from Everlock Detroit. He was a member of Red Hill M.B. Church, where he served on the trustee board.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Red Hill M.B. Church with Pastor Willie Bogan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet Ezell (Henry Jr.) of Blue Springs and Cheryl Gassaway of Detroit, Mich.; a son-in-law, the Rev. Marvin McWhorter (Celia) of Blue Springs; a sister-in-law, Sarah Gassaway of Redford, Ill.; grandchildren, Siobhan “Bonnie” Lyles (Kevin), Evonna Lynn Gassaway and M.J. McWhorter; great-grandchildren, Arielle, Kennedie and Kevin Lyles Jr.; a special niece whom he treated like a daughter, Carolyn Gassaway; and other nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
AMORY – Veraline Barnes, 90, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Golden Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
MYRTLE – Doyle Vance Day, 80, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at his residence. He was born April 16, 1932, in Lafayette County to Lonnie C. Day and Rudell Harris Day. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired school teacher, teaching in Alabama and Georgia. He was a member of Cornersville Baptist Church.
Services will be at noon Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Malcolm Brock officiating. Burial will be in Cornersville Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his son, Doyle Vance Day Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn.; two sisters, Kathleen Boman (Wayne) and Alta Faye Lawrence (Richard), both of New Albany; and a brother, Lonnie Day Jr. (Wylena) of Pensacola, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Dairel Day, Gaylon Day and Qunion Day.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.
In honor of Day, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the United States Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
CORINTH – Sara Louise Key Hudson, 91, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Mt. Royal Towers in Birmingham, Ala. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Corinth and the Women of the Church. She received her B.A. degree in education in 1970 and her M.S. degree in library science in 1972, both from the University of Mississippi. She worked as teacher and librarian at Biggersville High School, establishing the library system there. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Iota. She was a member of United Daughters of the Confederacy and National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and served as local president of Colonial Dames of the 17th Century. She was a volunteer Pink Lady at Magnolia Hospital for seven years. She was a member of The Little Garden Club of Corinth being instrumental in placing the holly trees along the streets of Corinth.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Don Elliott and the Rev. Christy Morgan will officiate. The Rev. Nicholas Phillips will officiate the committal at New Hope Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Biggersville. McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth McAnally (Lon) of Charleston, S.C., Kay Beavo (Joe) of Seattle, Wash., and Judy Eshee (Denny) of Starkville; one sister, Nell Payne of Collinsville, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Robert Carroll Hudson, preceded her in death in 1990.
Pallbearers will be Denny Eshee, Lon McAnally, Joe Beavo, Denver Eshee, Andy Beavo, Paul McMinn, Andrew Labas and Larry Hudson.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to service time Saturday.
The family, in lieu of customary remembrances, asks that memorials be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703, www.palmerhome.org; or French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS, 39745, www.frenchcamp.org.
Condolences for the family can be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
STARKVILLE – Clara Walker, 96, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at Carrington Nursing Center in Starkville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow in the Salem Independent Methodist Cemetery in Choctaw County.
Dan Waters Jr.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Dan Henry Waters Jr., 86, passed away Thursday, Oct. 13, 2012, at his home. A native of Guntown, he was the son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Dan Henry Waters Sr. He was a longtime member of Collierville United Methodist Church, and previously Grace United Methodist Church, and served on numerous committees and the boards of both. He attended Union University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He served his country in the Navy during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines. He worked for many years for General Motors and later retired as president of Leader Leasing, a subsidiary of Leader Federal. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather who will be missed greatly.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Eloise Ford Waters; a daughter, Ann Waters Howell (Jim) of Memphis; a son, Dan Henry Waters III of Collierville; and grandchildren, Ford Waters Howell and Emma Caroline Howell of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Lester E. Waters and Edwin D. Waters.
Visitation will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Collierville United Methodist Church on the Square. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. A graveside prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Guntown. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Collierville United Methodist Church, 454 West Poplar Ave., Collierville TN or Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, Guntown.
VARDAMAN – George Thomas, 88, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at his home. He was born July 27, 1924, in Merigold. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a graduate of Merigold High School. He earned a B.S. degree at Delta State University and a master’s degree at Mississippi State University. He retired after 43 years with the public school system, where he served as a coach, administrator and teacher. He was a member of Vardaman First Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Vardaman First Baptist Church with Bro. Fred Hartley officiating and Bro. Melvin R. “Pork Chop” Falkner assisting. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery at Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Becky Glover Thomas of Vardaman; one son, Dave (Lisa) Thomas of Collierville, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Jessi Thomas; and one great-grandson, Kade Diamond.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Thomas and Linnie Pate Thomas.
Pallbearers will be Bill Cooper, Dean Holder, Bobby Inmon, Ben Langford, Earl McGregor, John Forest Martin, M.B. Martin, Charles D. Mayhan, Mike Mitchell, Tommy Morgan, Billy Paul Spencer and Dewayne Winter.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Jasper Adams, Jim Blue, Kenneth Cumberland, James Robert Duncan, Phillip Fleming, Hubert Gann, Gerald Griffin, Fred Hamilton, Bob Hollingsworth, Charles Hollis, Robert Earl McGregor, Jason Murphree, Jerry Murphree, Wayne Walls, Tommy Watkins and Bobby Young.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Vardaman First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 173, Vardaman, MS 38878.
Online guestbook may be signed at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
RED BAY, Ala. – Ruby Elouise Heavner, 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at her residence. She was a native of Itawamba County and a homemaker. She attended Northside Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Joey Watt and Bro. Billy Turbyfill officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are nine children, Tony Heavner (Wendy) of Brattleboro, Vt., John Heavner (Maureen ) of Winamac, Ind., Martha Watt (Joey) of Peoria, Ill., Michael Heavner (Sharon) of Schererville, Ind., Margie Jackson (Bob) of Hebron, Ind., Joe Heavner (Debi) of Highland, Ind., Enoch Heavner (Diana) of Valparaiso, Ind., Robert Heavner (Sandy) of Hammond, Ind., and Edwin Heavner (Dawn) of LaPorte, Ind.; one brother, J.W. Long (Mary Ann) of Russellville, Ala.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, James Heavner.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.
TOKYO – Robert G. “Bobby” Weil, formerly of Tupelo, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Tokyo, Japan. He served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He worked for the GM&O Railroad as a station master. He moved to Tokyo where he became a professor of English in the Department of Foreign Lanugages at Takushoku University until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Kyoko Antatsu, and children, Carol Bryant of Guntown, Diane Rogers of Saltillo, Sherrie Callahan of McCool, Terry Weil of Mt. Morris, Ill.,David Weil of Parrot, Ga., Alan Takehiro Kobayashi of Odate, Japan, and Yuki Lisa Kobayashi of Odate, Japan; sister, JoAnn Duncan of Fairhope, Ala.; two brothers, Joseph H. Weil Jr. of North Augusta, S.C., and Stephen H. Weil of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceeded in death by his parents, J.H. Weil Sr. and Angie McHaney Weil; grandparents, Sigmund Henry Weil and Katie Strauss Weil, and William L. McHaney and Jimmie McHaney Brown; sister, Jeanette Moore; brother, William T. Weil Sr.; and a son, Gary Weil.
There will be a private service for Weil at a later date.
BOONEVILLE – Doris Elizabeth McMillan, 73, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Bettye Sue Hunt
RIPLEY – Bettye Sue Spires Hunt, 73, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Wade Anderson Young, M.D., 51, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. He was born April 23, 1961, in Louisville, Ky. He graduated magna cum laude from Millsaps College in 1983. He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1988 and completed his internal medicine residency at University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 1993 he completed an oncology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville. He spent his medical career in practice at the DCH Cancer Center in Tuscaloosa. He was loved by his patients for his bedside manner and compassionate practice of medicine. He was a past member of the Board of Directors of Hospice of West Alabama and WUAL Alabama Public Radio. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a loving father whose joy and pride in life were his beautiful daughters. He enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, Alabama football, reading and visiting the library.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. David Meginniss and the Rev. Dr. Catherine Collier officiating. Heritage Chapel Funeral Home and Cremations is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Koury Elizabth Young and Hallie Anderson Young of Tuscaloosa; parents, James William Young Jr. and Sarah Bounds Young of Tupelo; and sister, Rachel Elizabeth Young of Huntsville, Ala.
Visitation will follow the service in Randall Hall at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 605 Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd. N., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
Condolences may be left at www.heritagechapeltuscaloosa.com.
HOUSTON – Earla Felicia Kelso Tunnell, 69, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 14, 1942, in Okolona to Richard Earl Kelso and Ruby Frances Wood Kelso. She was a retired seamstress for Franklin Manufacturing and a craft and produce salesperson. She was a member of Pearson Chapel Church of the Nazarene.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Scott Samuel officiating. Burial will follow at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Steve Tunnell of Houston; her daughter, Patricia and Victor Clardy of Mathiston; her son, Larry and Margaret Tunnell of New Albany; sisters, Jerry and Hinton Shempert of Houston, Lena Pearl and Berlie Littlejohn of Ecru, Julia Faye Johnson of Troy and Mable Raye Kelso of Houston; brothers, Richard Kelso of Ecru and John Devan Kelso of Hatley; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Paulette Moore and Jane McClain; grandson, Mathew Tunnell; and sister, Mary New.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
NEW ALBANY – William Newsum, 93, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.