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PHIL McCREARY

BELMONT, MS – Phil L. McCreary, 48, died Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Methodist Hospital in Memphis.  He was born October 30, 1965 in Tupelo.  He was a car salesman and was a member of New Bethel Baptist church in Belmont.

Services will be Tuesday, August 26, 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist church in Belmont with Bro. Tommy Wilson and Bro. William McClellan officiating.  Burial will be in New Bethel cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two children-Brooks McCreary and Elizabeth “Beth” McCreary; the mother of his children-Kimberly Holcomb McCreary; his mother-Judy Fancher Sparks (Hollis); two sisters-Lisa Stockton (Mike) of Red Bay and Lauren Sparks (Greg) of Golden; one niece-Greta Stockton of Fulton; three nephews-Philden Stockton (Leigh Anne) of Fulton and Alex and Kirk Sparks of Golden; one great niece-Olivia Stockton; one great nephew-Cruze Weatherford; special cousin-Joan Sparks (Dickey) and their children-Jessica Lily (Smith), Julie Sparks and John Sparks (Whitney); one uncle Jerry Fancher (Judy); three cousins-Michael Fancher (Merideth), Mark Fancher (Sabrina), and Matthew Fancher (Leigh Anne).

He was preceded in death by his father-Phillip McCreary and his grandparents-Dale and Pauline Fancher.

Pallbearers will be Todd Witt, Joey Moore, Mike Harris, Randy Benford, Mike Moore and Andy Williams.  Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Twitty, Jerry Padgett, Jeff Stephens, Randy Stephens, Rodney Stephens, Dickey Sparks, and Brent Bolding.

Visitation will be Monday, August 25, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont and the body will lie-in-state at the First United Methodist Church from 11-1 on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Phil McCreary Athletic Scholarship Fund, Belmont High School, c/o First American National Bank.


TAMARA GOBER

BELMONT, MS. – Tamara Gober, 42, died Saturday, August 16, 2014 at her residence. She was born in Waukegan, Il. and attended Old Bethel United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 12 noon, Tuesday, August 19, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Nathan Hodum officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery, Golden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two children – Kammie Rose (Luke) and Justin Gober, all of Golden, Ms.; her father – Jerry Gober, Vina, Al.; one sister – Lisa Page, Golden, Ms.; one brother – Jeff Gober, Belmont, Ms.; her fiance’ – Larry Humphres, Belmont, Ms.; four nieces and nephews and two great-nieces.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte Pitts.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Humphres, Cody Humphres, Zach Thomas, Billy Biggs, Chris Puckett and Don Hall.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Monday, August 18, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Tuesday

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VERA INEZ ELLIS

BELMONT, MS. – Vera Inez Credille Ellis, 89, died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Tishomingo Manor, Iuka, Ms. She was born in Belmont, Ms. and had been an employee of Blue Bell. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Billy Credille officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one brother – Bro. Billy Credille (Gloria) Belmont, Ms.; one niece – Donna Tramel (Travis) Belmont, Ms.; special granddaughter – Brandy Waddle (Justin) Dennis, Ms.; step-son – James O. Ellis; step-daughter – Julia Haithcock (Dave); step-grandson – Austin Ellis; step-great-granddaughter – Bella Ellis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis Oran Ellis; parents – George Monroe Credille and Ila Duke Credille and four brothers – Horace Credille, Charles “Hap” Credille, Ernest “Sleepy” Credille and Cecil Credille.

Pallbearers will be Boyd Lee Tidwell, Woody Watson, Lowell James, Greg Pharr, T.H. Boyd and Wayne Fair. Honorary pallbearers will be E.L. Credille, B.E. Credille, Ralph Dishman, Raymond Wilkins, Jerry McAnally, Jimmy Daniel, Wayne Turner, Nathan Dill and Deacons of Calvary Baptist Church.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Wednesday.


CORENE HUDSON

TUPELO, MS - Surrounded by her family, Corene Montgomery Hudson, 92, went peacefully to be with The Lord on August 17th at her residence, the Griffis House at Traceway in Tupelo. She was born July 21, 1922, in Belmont, to Posey and Canzady Wigginton Montgomery.  She was the widow of Rev. Grady Hudson, whom she married in September, 1960. Together they reared 6 children. After 35 happy years of marriage, they were parted by Grady's death in 1995. A woman of great faith and a quintessential southern lady, Corene worked alongside her husband as they served United Methodist churches in Tishomingo, Walnut, Philadelphia, Lambert, Tchula, Caledonia, and Guntown, as well as in Sulligent, Alabama. She was an excellent example of the virtuous woman, loving and caring for not only her husband and children, but for friends and community members. She was well known for her delicious cooking and accomplished sewing and was loved by all who knew her.

Services will be at 3:00 on Tuesday, August 19, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont, with Corene's grand-nephew, Rev. Oliver Box, of Washington, DC, officiating and Kathy Box, Corene's niece, delivering the eulogy. Private burial will be at Old Bethel United Methodist Church, also in Belmont.

In addition to her husband and parents, Corene was preceded in death by her sons, Harold Hudson and Kenneth Hudson.

Family members who remain to cherish her memory are her daughters, Charlene Riggs and her husband, Bobby, of Tuscumbia, Alabama; Merilla Hudson Haydock, and her husband, John, of Tupelo; sons Don Hudson of Jasper, Alabama; and Conrad Collier of Nashville, Tennessee; fifteen grandchildren; several great grandchildren; nieces Kathy Box, and Deborah Herndon, both of Aberdeen; Donna Kay Bradshaw of Fort Payne, Alabama; Dinah Sneed, of Senatobia; and Karen Comer, of Tupelo.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Montgomery, James Comer, Doyle Moore, Steve Montgomery, Frank Herndon, Jeremy Herndon, and Jimmy Box.

The family will receive visitors on Tuesday from 1:00 until service time at Deaton Funeral Home.

BETTY HALE

BELMONT, MS – Betty Jo Hale, 84, died Saturday, August 16, 2014 at her residence.  She was born in Mississippi to James and Effie Vinson.  She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist church in Belmont.

Services will be at 11:00 on Wednesday, August 20, at First Baptist Church in Belmont with Bro. Ray Burks officiating. Burial will be at Lindsey Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three children-David Hale of Gunnersville, AL, Joe Hale (Elise) of Petal, MS and Cathy Kelley (Danny) of Buford, GA; and three grandchildren-Amanda Kelley, Tamara Hale and Whitney Hale.

She was preceded in death by her husband-Laurel Hale.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 19, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home and the body will lie-in-state 10-11 on Wednesday at First Baptist Church.


WILBURN WIGGINTON

MEMPHIS, TN – Wilburn A. "W.A." Wigginton, 94, died Friday, August 15, 2014 at Kirby Pines Nursing Home in Memphis.  He was born in Golden, MS to Nathan and Lillian Wigginton.  He was co-owner of Ben J. Malone, a sheet metal contractor in Memphis for 48 years and was a member of Berclair Church of Christ.  He was a veteran of the US Army Airforce.

Services will be Sunday, August 17, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont with Ron Deaton officiating.  Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are three children-Ron Wigginton (Brenda) of Moscow, TN, Paulette Moorman of Memphis and Beverly Ollar of Olive Branch; five grandchildren-Ryan Wigginton, Candice Adams, Clint Ollar, Mike Moorman and Jeff Moorman; five great-grandchildren; one brother-Travis Wigginton (Jean); one sister-LaVale Shook.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jewell Wigginton; his parents; one brother-Lester Wigginton and two sisters-Bessie Martin and Avis Wigginton.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Wigginton, Clint Ollar, Austin Adams, Mike Moorman, Tim Wigginton, David Wigginton and Jeff Moorman.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 17, 2-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont.

GERALDINE SANDERS

BELMONT, MS - Geraldine Hopkins Kitchens Sanders of Belmont went to be with her Lord on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness.  She was a 1952 graduate of Belmont High School, was a lifelong Christian and Mississippi resident who diligently provided for her family.  Having been widowed in 2007, she married Ray Sanders on February 1 of this year. She was born January 15, 1934, in Golden.

Services will be Tuesday, August 12, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont with Bro. Grady Davidson and James Underwood II officiating.  Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her newly wedded husband - Ray Sanders; one daughter - Lisa (Sport) Light, all of Belmont, Ms.; one grandson -  James (Cristy) Underwood II; one great-grandson- Trey Underwood, all of Pratts, one step-grandson- Richard Walker, two step-great-grandchildren- Lillie and Ryot, all of Midway, Ga., one brother- Wayne Hopkins and his special friend, Marie Ramsey, of Golden, Ms. and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, L. C. Kitchens of  Belmont, Ms., her parents, Dayton & Ethel Hopkins of Golden, Ms., one brother Orville Hopkins of Red Bay, Al., and one sister, Gladys Davis of Tuscumbia, AL.

Pallbearers will be Farley Davis, Jordan Graham, Kirk Kitchens, Jeremy Martin, James Underwood I, and Danny Waters.

Visitation will be Monday, August 11, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont and until service time Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in memory of Geraldine.

LINDA ASHLEY

DENNIS, MS – Linda Gail Ashley, 70, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at The Meadows in Fulton.  She was born in Dennis to Audie and Audrey Ables.  She was a seamstress and worked at the Dixie Queen.  She attended New Providence Primitive Baptist Church.

Services will be Sunday, August 10, 2:00 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont with Elder Cecil Woodruff and Bro. Kevin Rogers officiating.  Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are three children-Regina Bates (Roy), Rebecca Martin and Jason Ashley (Myshae) all of Dennis; four grandchildren-Roy Bates Jr., Zachary Miller, Taylor Martin, Cassie Ashley, Sara-Katheryn Scott and Atley Scott; three great grandchildren-Kasen Martin, Addison Bates and Easton Bates; three brothers and sisters-Jasper Ables (Linda), Michael Ables and Judy Riddle (Danny).

She was preceded in death by her husband-Wayne Ashley in 1991 and her parents.

Pallbearers will be Larry Eaton, Garry Milligan, Jimmy Abel, Harold Wayne Turner, Gene Eaton and James Kennedy.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, August 9 and until service time Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home.

GEORGE DICKEY JR.

GOLDEN, MS – George W. Dickey, Jr., 69, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at VA nursing home in Oxford, MS.  He worked for the ICG Railroad Co. and also as a carpenter for Caruthers Brothers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during Vietnam.

Services will be Tuesday, August 12, 3:00 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont with Bro. Ralph Culp officiating.  Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son-Jamie Dickey of Southaven; six sisters-Wavie Gibson, Ethel Marbary, Beatrice Crouse, Shirley McCormick, Virgie McDonald and Willie Mae Graves.

He was preceded in death by his wife Faye Dickey.

Visitation will be from 12-3 p.m. Tuesday, August 12 at Deaton Funeral Home.


MARGARET FOWLER

DENNIS, MS. – Margaret Fowler, 72, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the North Ms. Medical Center. She was a seamstress for 36 years and a Baptist.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, August 1, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Jerry Ginn and Bro. Paul Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in East Marietta Cemetery, Marietta, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two brothers – Ray Fowler (Dalorus) Dennis, Ms. and Wade Fowler (Sarah) Baldwyn, Ms.; two grandsons – Chandler Works and Connor Tucker; Henry Adams, who was raised by the family as a brother and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mirl Fowler and Effie Timms Fowler; five sisters, Sue Gumm, Lexie Fowler, Reba Thompson, May Dean Fason and Adell Bridges and three brothers, Thurman, Bill and Joe Fowler.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Fowler, Johnny Fowler, Ronnie Fowler, Allen Russell, Jason Tucker and Jason Bridges.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Friday.


BILLY WAYNE SPARKS

BELMONT, MS. – Billy Wayne Sparks, 77, died Friday, July 25, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. He was born September 25, 1936 in Tishomingo County, Ms. He was a truck driver for 20 years. He was a member of Allen Chapel Church, Belmont, Ms.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Allen Chapel Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

He leaves behind a loving wife of 34 years, Sue Sparks, who diligently cared for him until his death; nine children – Tony Sparks (Sharon), David Wayne Sparks (Regina), Gordon Sparks, Shari Sparks Davis (Melvin), Amanda Sparks Osbirn (Dustin), Teresa Sparks Maxwell (Allen), Michael Rogers, Billy Rogers (Nicole) and Amy Rogers; 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Taylor Sparks, his mother & father, Willis V. & Maggie Isabelle Sparks, six brothers and four sisters.

Pallbearers will be grandsons – Casey Crum, Cody Crum, Hayden Sparks, Mac Sparks, Dylan Ruple and Dustin Sparks. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Sparks, Devon Ruple, Aaron Maxwell, Dakota Osbirn and Jarrett Rogers.

Visitation will be 12-2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International.

KATHY CRANE

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Mary Kathryn “Kathy” Crane, 77, died Thursday, July 24, 2014 at her residence. She was born January 21, 1937 in Mississippi. She was a seamstress at Blue Bell for more than 30 years. She was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Tishomingo Baptist Church with Bro. Robbie Crane and Bro. Todd Cecil officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Camp Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son – Robert Crane (Brenda) Tishomingo, Ms.; one grandson – Robbie Crane (Kim) Tishomingo, Ms.; two great-grandchildren – Jordan Crane and Kalynn Crane; three brothers – Harvey Lee Harper (Edith) Pulaski, Tn., Billy Harper (Ardie) Midwest City, Ok. and Bobby Harper, Tishomingo, Ms. and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Odus & Eva Harper, husband, Radfred Crane and three brothers, Wayne, Everett and J.E. Harper.

Pallbearers will be Danny Blunt, Tim Ryan, Jordan Crane, Lee Gresham, Tim Hill and James Blunt.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Tishomingo Baptist Church.


DAVID POUNDS

DENNIS, MS – David W. Pounds, 61, died Saturday, July 12, at his residence.  He was born in Arkansas to Dean and Barbara Pounds.  He worked as a pharmacist for Yarber Drugs in Belmont since 1975.  He was a member of Liberty Church of Christ.

Services will Tuesday, July 15, 11 a.m. at Liberty Church of Christ with David Conley officiating.  Burial will be in Lindsey cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his mother-Barbara Pounds of Dennis; one brother-Zane Pounds of Dennis; one sister-Jill Sneed (Ralph Settle) of Belmont; two step sons-Jeff Long (Anna) of Belmont and Jason Long of Charlotte, NC; niece-Carrie Glasgow (Joel) ; great nieces-Penny Glasgow and Savannah Dawkins; great nephew-Skye Sneed; Special friend-Ann Horton and her mother Hassie Slayton, her daughter-Ramonda Holcomb and children Ben Holcomb, Drew, Lexie and Alex Mann; very close friends-Quaye Yarber, Tiwana, Kevin and Aiden O’Rear; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father; wife Linda Pounds; niece Tiffany Novaa; grandparents-Lucille and George W. Collie and Carlton and Miriam Pounds; cousin-Jeff Kemp; very close friend-Bob Yarber; and several aunts and uncles.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Long, Jason Long, Skye Sneed, Kevin O’Rear, Paul Thorn and Mike Kemp.  Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Oswalt and Larry Sartain.

Visitation will be Monday, July 14, 6-9 p.m. at Liberty Church of Christ and until service time Tuesday.

MARCUS IVEY

BELMONT, MS – Marcus E. Ivey, 76, died Friday, July 4, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka, MS.  He was born in Prentiss County to Arlin Lee “Pud” Ivey and Ivean Ivey.  He was a police officer and a veteran of the US Army where he served as a paratrooper.

Services will be Sunday, July 6, at 5 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont with David Conley and John Williams officiating.  Burial will be in Lindsey cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 39 years-Shirley Ivey of Belmont; three sons-Vernie Ivey and Dewayne Ivey both of Colorado and Jerry D. Credille of Belmont; two daughters-Zane Bennett (David) of Dennis and Pamela Garcia of Colorado; two sisters-Barbara “Rudy” Welch (Johnny) and Mildred Summerford; 15 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons-Mark Ivey and Keith Credille; six brothers-Dorsey, William, Monroe, Jimmy Dale, Wayne and Marshal Ray; two sisters-Tina and Eloise; and a granddaughter-Christian Bennett.

Pallbearers will be James Johnson, Wallace Williams, Alan Williams, Jay Tate, Donald Reno and Johnny Hollingsworth.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 6, 11-5, Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont.


WALTER PUCKETT

DENNIS, MS – Walter O. Puckett, 82, died Thursday, July 3, at his residence.  He was born in Tishomingo County on March 22, 1932.  He was a logger and member of Boggs Chapel Methodist Church.  He was a Master Mason.

Services will be Sunday, July 6, 2:00 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont with Bro. Roger Wood officiating.  Burial will be in Boggs Chapel cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife-Jolene Puckett of Tishomingo; two sons-Frankie Puckett (Ruby) and Kent Puckett all of Tishomingo; two step-sons-Kim Greene (Carole) and Paul Greene (Cherrye) all of Dennis; four grandsons-Matthew Puckett (Emily), Christopher Puckett (Amanda), Zachary Puckett, and Scott Puckett; five step grandchildren-Jeff Greene, Jock Greene (Ramona), Jake Greene (Alisha), Nathaniel Greene and Elizabeth Scott (McKinley); eleven great grandchildren; and one sister-Louise Puckett of Tishomingo.

He was preceded in death by his parents-James Horace Franklin Puckett and Annie Rebecca Puckett; his first wife-Joy Goza Puckett and one brother-Lamar Puckett.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons-Matthew Puckett, Christopher Puckett, Nathaniel Greene, Jeff Greene, Jock Greene and Jake Greene.  Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Puckett and Zachary Puckett.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 5, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont and until service time Sunday.


BONITA BURTON

BELMONT, MS. – Bonita Burton, 59, died Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Darlington Oaks, Verona, Ms. She was born November 9, 1954 in Burlington, Wi. She had worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant with Heart to Heart Hospice and Gates Corporation.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Monday, June 30, at Belmont United Methodist Church. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are three grandchildren – Julianna Winsley Burton, Curt Everett Burton and Blake Zackary Burton; her mother – Doris Strelow, Raymond, Wi.; brothers and sisters – Robert Strelow (Jeannie), Jean Melvin (Terry), Randy Strelow(Ali), Linda Stevens (Jeff), Cheryl Hutcheson (Darrel) and Ron Strelow (Jackie); daughter-in-law – Sheena Burton; special sisters – Tina Hicks (Rich) and Hope Rock and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Zack Burton; two sons, Chad Everett Burton and Clint Zachary Burton and her father, Robert Strelow.

Pallbearers will be Vance Credille, Jesse Shotts, Joel Harris, Robert Strelow, Randy Strelow and Ron Strelow.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, June 30, at Belmont United Methodist Church.


PATRICIA COLLUM

RED BAY, AL. – Patricia Collum, 60, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Generations of Red Bay. She was born September 9, 1953 in Tishomingo County, Ms. and attended Calvary Family Worship Center.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at Burgess Cemetery, Golden, Ms. with Bro. Robert Wood officiating. Burial will be in Burgess Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two sons – Keith Collum and Wesley Collum, both of the Banner Community; two sisters – Betty Witt (Glen) and Glenda Cote, all of Belmont, Ms.; three brothers – Eddy Wood, Birmingham, Al. and David Wood and Leon Wood, both of Red Bay, Al.; a host of nieces and nephews and two sisters-in-law – June Wood and Eloise Lindsey (David).

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tulon & Ellie Wood; three sisters – Eloise Halstead (Don), Evelyn Burton (Herman) and Maxine Mabus (Gary); three brothers, Melvin Wood, James Wood and J.T. Wood and an infant brother, Joe Bob Wood.

Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


JOSEPH H. WASSMANN

GOLDEN, MS. - Joseph H. Wassmann, 90, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Southern Magnolia Estates, Golden, Ms. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. He was a thoughtful, caring and loving husband and he had a smile for everyone he met. He loved working in his garden and outside.

Services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Roger Wood officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two stepsons - James Garner and wife, Eva, of Belmont, who were his caregivers and Edwin Pharr and wife, Martha of Okolona; a nephew and niece of Kansas and six step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Cleveland Wassmann, his parents, Francis Elon Wassmann and Nellie Jane Dietrich Wassmann and two sisters.

Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


BOBBY J. CREDILLE

BELMONT, MS. – Bobby J. Credille, 65, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born June 8, 1949 in Elaine, Ar. and was retired as a State Farm Insurance agent. He attended Red Bay Holy Church of Christ and was a veteran of the U.S. Marines.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Wayne Bumgart officiating. Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son – Gregory J. Credille, Belmont, Ms.; three sisters – Dorothy Hoyle and Maryann Darlene Davis (Eliger) all of Belmont, Ms. and Ellen Blanton-West (Roland) Crossville, Al.; two brothers – Larry Credille, Athens, Il. and Gary Credille (Marlo) Belmont, Ms.; a special cousin – Donald Hamm; one grandchild – Logan J. Credille and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard Credille and Ruby Bentley Credille and a brother, Richard Howard Credille.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 13, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Saturday.


JEAN RATLIFF

BELMONT, MS. – Jean Ratliff, 82, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at her residence. She was born October 10, 1931 in Oklahoma. She was a pharmacist for 38 years, was a member of the State Board of Pharmacy and was past president. She was a member of the Natchez Trace Association Board and a member of First Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms.

Services will be at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 6, at First Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Ray Burks and Jerry McAnally officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Garden, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are three sons – Dr. Don Ratliff (Kathy P.) and Steve Ratliff (Kathy L.) all of Belmont, Ms. and Kenny Ratliff (Carolyn) Birmingham, Al.; five grandchildren – Chris Ratliff, Melissa Knight (Spence), Brent Ratliff (Liz), Lee Ratliff and Lacey Haney (Jonathan); three great-grandchildren – Levi Ratliff, Isabella Ratliff and Abby Ratliff; one sister – Martha Ann DeVaughn, Baldwyn, Ms. and one niece – DeeDee Pruitt.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Leon Ratliff and her parents, Ab & Vaudie Garrett.

Pallbearers will be Brent Ratliff, Lee Ratliff, Chris Ratliff, Michael Stribling, Tommy Crane and Tim Burton.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry McAnally, J.C. Weeks and Chris Shackleford.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at First Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Friday.


SAM THORN

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Sam R. “Hoss” Thorn, 86, died Saturday, May 31, 2014 at his residence after an extended illness. He was born September 21, 1927 in Maud, Al. to the late William Thorn and Mollie Robinson Thorn.  He grew up in Maud, Al. and attended school in Cherokee, Al. At an early age he confessed hope in Christ and joined Liberty Baptist Church in Allsboro, Al. As a young man he worked in logging and then worked for the Burns family in Maud, Al. raising crops and cattle for more than 50 years before retiring. Hoss loved spending time with his family and telling stories of times gone by and hunting. On December 30, 1950, he married Lula Mae Martin. To this union three daughters were born.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, at Carter’s Branch Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Willie Bogan officiating. Burial will be in Carter’s Branch Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two daughters – May Rene Allen and Janelle Poole (Karl), all of Tishomingo, Ms.; one grandson – Kevin Martin, Tishomingo, Ms.; one brother – William Thomas “Lot” Thorn; two brothers-in-law – Johnny Southward, Tishomingo, Ms. and Jeffrey Southward (Zera) Port St. Lucia, Fl.; six sisters-in-law – Ella Farris (Henry) Cloverdale, Al., Mamie Mason, Area McDaniel and Minnie Southward, all of Florence, Al., Pearline Love, Syracuse, NY and Susie Thorn, Tishomingo, Ms. and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Mae Thorn, a daughter, Mollie Thorn, a granddaughter, Ashton Thorn; two brothers, John “Heavy” Thorn and Thurmon “Goose” Thorn; three sisters – Willie Mae “Yank” Southward, Ethelrine “Chick” Brock and Vera “Babe” Martin and a son-in-law, Harold Allen.

Pallbearers will be LaMont Spencer, Daryl Southward, Willie Robinson, Anderson Martin, Andy Hodgers and Kirby Bogan. Honorary pallbearers will be Pastor J.B. Burns, Charles Burns, Bobby Castleberry, Kevin Burns and Kendrick Burns. Flowerbearers will be nieces and friends.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and he will lie in state 10-11 a.m. on Friday at the church.


CLARIE GREENE WINFIELD



TISHOMINGO, MS. – Clarie Greene Winfield, 82, died Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Tishomingo Manor, Iuka, Ms. She was the third of twelve children born July 19, 1931 to Semmie & Ollie Belle Rinks Greene of Paden, Ms. She was a 1949 graduate of Paden High School and a homemaker. She was a member of Paden Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and taking care of her flowers, quilting and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren whom she loved dearly. Her friendly spirit and beautiful smile will not be forgotten.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Tishomingo, Ms. with Bro. Billy Credille and Arnola Hollifield officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery, Paden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two daughters – Rhonda Smith (Gerald) and Brenda King (Ken) all of Tishomingo, Ms.; one son – Ronnie Greene, Tishomingo, Ms.; three grandchildren – Karlie & Luke Smith, Tishomingo, Ms. and Caleigh Greene; six sisters – Ozelle Cobb (Hoyt), Earline Dew and Delona Mae Palazola (Tony) all of  Memphis, Tn., Arnola Hollifield (Bob) Alexandria, Va., Patricia Greene and Donna Greene, both of Tishomingo, Ms.; three brothers – Noonan Greene (Barbara) Piperton, Tn., Tommy Greene, Tishomingo, Ms. and Larry Greene, Greenville, Ms. and one sister-in-law – Geraldine Greene, Boaz, Al.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Winfield, her parents, one sister, Louise Flurry; one brother, J.C. Greene and two brothers-in-law, Bill Dew and Ray Flurry.

Pallbearers will be Steve Dew, Ricky Greene, Jackie Butler, Robert Deaton, Greg Allen and Lance Hollingsworth.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and she will lie in state 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem Baptist Church.


DEAN WIGGINTON

BELMONT, MS. – Dean Wigginton, 75, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the North Ms. Medical Center. She was born August 27, 1938 in Tishomingo County, Ms. and was a housewife. She attended Chapel Hill Church of God of Prophecy.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Billy West officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery, Golden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband of 55 years – Orvil Wigginton, Belmont, Ms.; three children – Katrina Pharr (Gary), Carol Taylor (Ronnie) and Greg Wigginton, all of Belmont, Ms.; four grandchildren – Stephanie Sparks, Brent Taylor, Tiffany Pharr and Michael Lafnear; two step-grandchildren – Dana Lynch and Jennifer Graham; three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters – Mary Hollie and Ruth Gann; two sisters-in-law–Gloria Pharr and Elaine Cavallo and two brothers-in-law – Gerald Wigginton and Kenneth Ford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Turner Harris and Josie Duncan Harris and six brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Brent Taylor, Terry Gann, Johnny West, Steven Webb, Stephen Robinson and Matt Reynolds.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 30, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Saturday.


ELTON L. WIGINTON

GOLDEN, MS. – Elton L. Wiginton, 93, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the North Ms. Medical Center. He was born July 20, 1920 in Itawamba County, Ms. He was retired from Brown Shoe Co. He was a member of Golden United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 30, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Bobby Hankins and Bro. Nathan Hodum officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 69 years – Alene Wiginton, Golden, Ms.; two sons – Danny Wiginton, Huntsville, Al. and David Wiginton (Barbara) Muscle Shoals, Al.; four grandchildren – Chris Wiginton (Joy), Lee Lee Wiginton, Nicholas Wiginton (Millie) and Samantha Cutter (David); eight great-grandchildren – Christopher Wiginton Jr., Emily Wiginton, Frances Wiginton, Vivian Wiginton, Alex Wiginton, Avery Wiginton, Meryn Wiginton and Saryn Wiginton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gurley Wiginton and Ila Robinson Wiginton, three brothers and three sisters.

Pallbearers will be Chris Wiginton, Nick Wiginton, Dudley Strickland, Andy Strickland, Tillman Ivy and Charlie Paden.

Visitation will be 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, May 30, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


HAZEL SPEES

TISHOMINGO, MS - Hazel Lorene Spees, 87, died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at her residence.  She was born in Belmont and worked as a nurse’s aide. She was a member of Fairview Holy Church of Christ.

Services will be Tuesday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at Fairview Holy Church of Christ with Bro. Waymon Ashley officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Holy Church of Christ cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter-Teresa Jones of Tishomingo; her son-Joey Spees of Tishomingo; grandson-Synjon Jones; two great grandchildren-Madisyon Deaton and Conner Jones; and two brothers-Dwayne Wells (Martha) and Nolan Wells (Dorothy).

She was preceded in death by her husband-Jake Spees; her parents-Huey and Minnie Wells; two brothers-Willie Wells and Buford Wells and three sisters-Leona Payne, Lela Ray Lawson and Annie Mae Slayton.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Slayton, Jordan Martin, Jason Slayton, Terry Slayton, Kalim Wells and Kollin Wells. Honorary pallbearer will be Justin Slayton.

Visitation will be Monday, May 26, 6-9 p.m. at Fairview Holy Church of Christ and until service time Tuesday.


JEAN BOHANNON

GOLDEN, MS. – Jean Bohannon, 82, died Thursday, May 22, 2014 at The Meadows, Fulton, Ms. She was born November 21, 1931 in Itawamba County, Ms. She had worked as a seamstress at Golden Manufacturing and was a member of Landmark Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Landmark Baptist Church, Dennis, Ms. with Bro. Hal Holt officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son – Randy Bohannon (Rhonda); four daughters – Kathy Wilemon, Patsy Kelton, Brenda Deaton (Donald) and Barbara Lindley (Tim); ten grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren and two sisters – Murlie Mayhall and Lucille Beam.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Bohannon; a son, Tommy Bohannon; two sons-in-law, Bobby Joe Wilemon and Larry George; her parents, James Andrew Hammock and Bertha Jane Barton Hammock, one sister and two brothers.

Pallbearers will be Greg Lindley, Chris Lindley, Jonathan George, Brent Barker, Chris Massey and Lewis Howard.

Visitation will be 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, at Landmark Baptist Church.


CARY WAYNE SMITH

BELMONT, MS. – Cary Wayne Smith, 25, died Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Tishomingo County, Ms. He was born December 10, 1988 in Tupelo, Ms. and was an auto mechanic.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. David Gould and Bro. Kevin Rogers officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife – Shauna Smith, Belmont, Ms.; three step-children – Horace “Detroit” Allen, Isaac Allen and Sara Allen; his mother – Tammy Six (Donald) Belmont, Ms.; grandmothers – Judy Wells and Freeda Smith, both of Belmont, Ms.; one sister – Sabrina Smith, Belmont, Ms.; two brothers – Dustin Ozbirn (Amanda) Belmont, Ms. and Jeffery Smith (Joni) Red Bay, Al.; two aunts – Jennifer Mattox, Belmont, Ms. and Lynn Eaton (Jimmy) Dennis, Ms. and one step-brother – Bayden Six, Red Bay, Al.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gary Wayne Smith and grandfathers, Jimmy Wells and Marlon Smith.

Pallbearers will be Cory Tate, Joe Smith, John Smith, Anthony Vick, Kyle Eaton and Calvin Frazier. Honorary pallbearers will be Jared Sides and Jay McKinney.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


LONA M. BUCHANAN

BELMONT, MS. – Lona M. Buchanan, 72, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at North Ms. Medical Center. She was born June 14, 1941 in Carbon Hill, Al.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Charlie Summerford officiating. Burial will be in Grissom Chapel Cemetery, Burnsville, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are five children – Debra Flauta (George) and Jerry Buchanan (Trisha) of Arizona, Annette Buchanan (Bobby) Belmont, Ms., Teresa Johnson (Edward) and Joe Buchanan (Donna Drecksler) of Illinois; thirteen grandchildren – Jason Buchanan, Nachelle Mathieu, Cory Lindsey, Brian Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Amanda Johnson, Jessica Buchanan, Joey Buchanan, Stephanie Buchanan, Nick Buchanan, Tyler Gibson and Summer Buchanan; five great-grandchildren – Victoria Buchanan, Jay Buchanan, Lexus Storment, Holden Storment and Briley McKee; one sister – Frances Ratliff (Clephus) Spring Hill, Tn.; two brothers – Odis Bray, Burnsville, Ms. and Bill Bray, Carbon Hill, Al. and special friend – Joe Eads, Chicago, Il.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Murel Bray and Audie Cora McDonald Bray, six brothers and sisters and the father of her children, Joe Doris Buchanan.

Pallbearers will be Brian Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Nick Buchanan, Cory Lindsey and Bobby Lindsey.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Saturday.


MOLENE OSWALT

BELMONT, MS. – Molene Oswalt, 77, died Thursday, May 15, 2014 at The Meadows, Fulton, Ms. She was born February 27, 1937 in Mississippi and was a sales clerk for 30 years. She was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church, Golden, Ms.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Garden. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two brothers – Harold Oswalt (Sherry) Dennis, Ms. and Roger Oswalt (Brenda) Hamilton, Al. and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


HERBERT BLUNT

DENNIS, MS. – Herbert Ray Blunt, 81, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Tishomingo Community Living Center, Iuka, Ms. He was born May 21, 1932 in Tishomingo County, Ms. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force after 23 years and served during Vietnam where he did two tours. He was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Tishomingo Baptist Church, Tishomingo, Ms. with Bro. Robbie Crane and Bro. Todd Cecil officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two sons – Donald Blunt, Horn Lake, Ms. and Eddie Blunt (Melanie) Dennis, Ms.; one daughter – Leah Denson, Dennis, Ms.; eight grandchildren -  Scot Blunt, Marissa Blunt and Katie Blunt, Taylor Denson, Kayla Denson, Peyton Mooney, Micah Mooney and Sara Mooney; one sister – Tina Paulette Lancaster, Glen, Ms. and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorris Louise Monroe Blunt, his parents, Marion Vernon Blunt and Clara Marie Hughes Blunt, three brothers, Marion Blunt, Adelbert Blunt and Hershel Blunt and one sister, Loretta Hall.

Pallbearers will be Danny Lancaster, Brian Lancaster, Skylar Beerman, Hunter King, Tim King, Josh Putnam and Don Wallin. Honorary pallbearers will be Taylor Denson, Scot Blunt, Micah Mooney and Peyton Mooney.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Tishomingo Baptist Church and until service time on Saturday.


NELL SPARKS

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL. – Alice Nellie Sparks, 76, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at her residence. She was born March 24, 1938 in Mississippi.  She worked at Blue Bell and was a homemaker. She was a member of Grace Life Baptist Church while living in Muscle Shoals and was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms. for most of her life where she taught Sunday School. She was a resident of Allsboro, Al. for 30 years.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. James Segars and Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband of almost 55 years-Harold G. Sparks of Muscle Shoals, Al.; three grandchildren-Elizabeth Steles, Emily Steles, and Sarah Steles all of Muscle Shoals, Al. and one brother-Jerry Henley of Belmont, Ms.

She was preceded in death by her parents-Tulon and Reba Henley; one son-Douglas Ray Sparks and one daughter-Vicki Sparks Steles.

Pallbearers will be David Henley, Gerald Henley, Jeff Henley, Keith Henley, Donnie Joe Sparks and Roger Sparks.

Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms.

BOB WALDEN

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Bobby W. “Bob” Walden, 77, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the North Ms. Medical Center. He was born October 3, 1936 in Booneville, Ms. and worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator. He was a charter member of Paden Fire Department and attended Tishomingo Baptist Church. He was a loyal friend to all he met.

Services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Tishomingo Baptist Church with Bro. Robbie Crane and Bro. Todd Cecil officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 57 years – Jo-Ann Walden, Tishomingo, Ms.; two children – Vickie Stennett (Fred) and Kenny Walden (Tracy) all of Tishomingo, Ms.; one granddaughter – Amanda Walden; two brothers – Gerald Walden (Shirley) and Billy Walden (Rita) all of Booneville, Ms.; two sisters – Charlene Crane, Tishomingo, Ms. and Juanette Anglin (Lawayne) Iuka, Ms.; several nieces and nephews and sisters-in-law – Louise Whitley, Edith Cox (Larry) and Fredia Hale.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Frank Walden and Mona Wheeler Walden and a brother, Tommy Whitley.

Pallbearers will be Dave Whitley, Stephen Crane, Gary Walden, Matthew Anglin, Brad Walden and Greg Walden. Honorary pallbearers will be Paden Volunteer Fire Department, Hughie Bates and Terry Wood.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Tishomingo Baptist Church and until service time on Saturday.

WANDA IVEY

BELMONT, MS. – Wanda Ivey, 54, died Monday, April 21, 2014 at North Ms. Medical Center. She was born January 12, 1960 in Tishomingo County, Ms. to Lester Jackson and Verla Dean Robbins Jackson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery, New Site, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband – Doyle Ivey, Belmont, Ms.; her children – Timothy Ivey, Crystal Ivey, Shane Wiggington and Padden Christine Jackson; daughter-in-law  - Erica Ivey; grandchildren – Lillan and Gabriel Chandler and Gwen Ivey; brother – David Dunnagan (Lela) and uncles – R.C. Robbins, Dexter Robbins (Peggy) and Dupree Pardue.

Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


JIMMY DALE GANN

TISHOMINGO, MS –Jimmy Dale Gann, 61, died April 19, 2014 at the Iuka Hospital.  He was born in Paden, MS to Thomas Rufus and Mollie Gann.  He was a truck driver and member of Palestine Church in Tishomingo.  He was a member of the Tishomingo Masonic Lodge.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 22 at 3:30 pm at Palestine Church, Tishomingo, MS with Bro. Danny Young officiating.  Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife-Bonnie Gann of Tishomingo; three children-Ronald Dale Gann, Hope Sappington (Chris Grimes) and Bridget Gann; four grandchildren-Kaylee Dostica, Landon Sappington, Briley Gann and Bentley Grimes; four sisters-Barbara Mock, Edith Russell, Linda Patterson (Rex) and Freeda Smith; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother-Roy Gann; sister-Darlene Maxwell; son-in-law-Chris Sappington; brothers-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Russell, Donnie Russell, Robert Deaton, Dale Gann, Jerry Smith, Mark Wanner and Terry Woods. Honorary pallbearers will be Bubba Wilson and Kenneth McVay.

Visitation will be Monday, April 21, 6-9 p.m. at Palestine Church and until service time Tuesday.

VONDEEN PRUITT

BELMONT, MS. – Vondeen Pruitt, 77, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at her residence. She was born May 14, 1936 in Holcutt, Ms. She was a seamstress and was retired from  H.I.S. She was a charter member of Landmark Baptist Church, Dennis, Ms.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 at Landmark Baptist Church with Bro. Hal Holt, Bro. Phillip Logan and David Pruitt officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband of 54 years – Avis Pruitt, Belmont, Ms.; two daughters – Judy Eaton, Dennis, Ms. and Rhonda Wright (Martin) Iuka, Ms.; one son – David Pruitt (Jodi) Belmont, Ms.; a step-son – Ronnie Pruitt; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three sisters – Vadeen Burcham (L.R.), Ann Crabb and Betty Colbert (Bill).

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul & Ollie Barnett, a daughter, Vonda Kay Pruitt, a brother, Jay Barnett and a brother-in-law, Bill Crabb.

Pallbearers will be Bradly Sparks, Justin Sparks, D.J. Smith, Stone Pruitt, Gunner Pruitt and Jon Baley Eaton. Honorary pallbearers will be Trace Pruitt, River Ford, Dylan Tummins, Trent Rodgers, Brent Rodgers, Lake Sparks, Lawson West, Cody Sides, Cameron Sides and Cory Sides.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at  Landmark Baptist Church and until service time on Friday.


DALTON CROWE

GOLDEN, MS. – James Dalton Crowe, 67, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at his residence. He was born August 10, 1946 in New Site, Ms. and was a logger for 40 years.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam. There will be no funeral services. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. assisted the family.


DOUGLAS RAY BENNETT

DENNIS, MS. – Douglas Ray Bennett, 49, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at his residence. He was born June 7, 1964 in Tupelo, Ms., played varsity football at Belmont High School and was a certified auto mechanic. He was retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard after 26 years and was Sgt. of Troop C 1st Cavalry.  He served three tours, one in Bosnia and two in Iraq. Doug was a very generous, kind-hearted person who helped numerous people throughout his life. He was a member of Red Bud Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Red Bud Baptist Church, Dennis, Ms. with Bro. Bobby Jarrell and Bro. Edwin Pharr officiating. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery, New Site, Ms.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by a brother – David Bennett (Zane) Dennis, Ms.; a nephew – Kyle Bennett (Leigha) Belmont, Ms. and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl & Nella Faye Bennett and a niece, Christian Faith Bennett.

Pallbearers will be Gary Pounders, David High, Wendall Grubbs, Tabo McAnally and Larry Henry.  Honorary pallbearers will be Clyde Moore, Tillman Ivy and Keith Bennett.

Visitation will be 12-2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Red Bud Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.

NELLIE EPPS CLARK

BELMONT, MS. – Nellie Epps Clark, 80, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at her residence. She was born December 29, 1933 in Tishomingo County, Ms. She was a graduate of Belmont High School and had been an employee of Blue Bell for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms. She enjoyed going to Tishomingo Elderly Day Care at the Tishomingo State Park.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Ray Burks and Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one daughter – Becky Martin (Skip) Dennis, Ms.; one son – Robert Clark (Janice) Golden, Ms.; four grandchildren – Chris Clark, Darrel Clark, Keygon Clark and Megan Martin; one step-granddaughter - Stephanie Williams (Dennis);  four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandsons; one sister – Otha Mae Brown (T.L.) Greenville, S.C.; two brothers – Thurman Epps, Golden, Ms. and Walter Lee Epps (Lourie) Red Bay, Al. and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Elbridge Epps and Annie Malone Epps, her husband, Leland Clark and three sisters, Gracie Spearman, Rachel Winchester and Genner Rae Parrish.

Visitation will be 12-2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


JEFF KEMP

BELMONT, MS – Jeffery Greene Kemp, 47, died Saturday, March 22, 2014 at his residence.  He was born May 30, 1966 in Red Bay to Bobby Joe and Lydia Mae Kemp.  He was the Tishomingo County Constable for 12 years and the Paramedic director for Transcare Ambulance Service for 17 years.  He served as resource officer for Tishomingo County Vo-Tech and Health officer at New River Homes and Belmont Homes.  He was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church and an avid LSU fan.

Services will be Monday, March 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm at Golden Central Baptist Church with Bro. Mickey Trammel and Haskell Sparks officiating.  Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include son-Hobie Kemp (Tamara) of Belmont; daughters-Katelyn and Kelsey Kemp of Belmont; brother-Mike Kemp (Mary Jo) of Belmont; sisters-Margaret Thorn (Paul) of Dennis and Becki Roberts (Stacy) of Belmont; close personal friend-Candice Whitaker; host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, family, friends and co-workers.

He was preceded in death by his daughter-Miriam Leeann Kemp and his parents.

Pallbearers will be Michael Kemp, Kalim Wells, Leslie Adams, Ray McGee, William Whitaker, and Adam Kostelansky.  Honorary pallbearers will be Scotty Bradley and Russ Robinson.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 23 from 6-10 p.m. at Golden Central Baptist Church and until service time Monday.


JUNE GAUTHIER

BELMONT, MS. – June L. Gauthier, 74, died Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Magnolia Regional Health Center, Corinth, Ms. She was born June 30, 1939 in Belmont, Ms. and was a housewife.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors are one son – Richard Gauthier (Rhonda) Belmont, Ms.; two grandchildren – Heather Dooley and Megan Engle; one sister – Wydell Bolton; one brother – J.C. McRae and one niece – Truda Sehgal.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Gauthier, her parents, W.W. McRae and Gertrude Brown McRae and brothers and sisters, Wanda McRae, Zena Ladnier, W.L. McRae and Fred McRae.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


EDWARD CHUMBLEY

BELMONT, MS. – Edward Eugene Chumbley, 92, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at his residence. He was born May 28, 1921 in Murray County, Tn. to William Robert and Sarah Jane Rummage Chumbley. He was an employee of Blue Bell and Wrangler for 30 years. He was a member and deacon of Old Path Missionary Baptist Church and a 32nd degree Mason. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving four years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 21, at Old Path Missionary Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Brian Weems (opening prayer), Bro. Michael Brand, Bro. Keith Hood and Bro. James Segars (closing prayer) officiating.  Burial will be in  Old Path Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife – Earlene Segars Chumbley; three sons – Joe Edward Chumbley (Martha), Ronald Andy Chumbley (Lynn) and David Mark Chumbley (Patty); four grandchildren – Candace Harris (Layne), Kyle Chumbley, Bart Chumbley and Isaac Chumbley; two great-grandchildren – Emmi and Carter Harris; sisters and brother – Lou Willie Alford and Annie Garrett, both of Lewisburg, Tn., Ruth Sharp (Albert) Lavaca, Ar. and Robert “Jack” Chumbley (Olene) Tremont, Ms. and a brother-in-law – James E. Segars and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Carter and Elvie Segars and three brothers, Earl, Lelie and J.C. Chumbley.

Pallbearers will be Gilbert Armstrong, Darrell Chumbley, Eudell Crane, Ronald Gober, Stanley Page, Reggie Segars, Dicky Sparks, Horace Stepp and Stacy Stepp. Honorary pallbearers will be Scotty Payne, Bobby Joe Reed, James Robert Solomon, Leon Sparks and Kim Wells.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Old Path Missionary Baptist Church and until service time on Friday.


FREEDA SANDERSON

BELMONT, MS – Freeda Cruse Sanderson, 71, died Thursday, March 13, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Booneville, MS.  She was born in Belmont to Bonnie and Vada Cruse. 

Services will be Sunday, March 16, 3:00 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont with Bro. Jerry George officiating.  Burial will be in Joel Cemetery, Dennis, MS.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sons-Anthony “Tony” Marbry (Kim) of Fulton and Rocky Marbry of Belmont; one grandson-Stephen Marbry; three sisters-Martha Elrod, Sylvia Steele and Patricia Witt (Paul) all of Belmont; one brother James Cruse (Dedra) of Belmont; special friend-Charlie Sanderson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son-Todd Marbry; daughter-in-law-Leighann Marbry; grandson-Wheeler Marbry; brother-Billy Cruse; and her first husband-Bubba Marbry.

Pallbearers will be her nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 16, 12-3 at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont.

KENNY HODGES

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Kenneth R. “Kenny” Hodges, 53, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Tishomingo, Ms. He was born December 30, 1960 in Cherokee, Al. and had been an employee of Golden Manufacturing. He attended The Word Outreach Ministry of Guys, Tn. and was a member of Carter’s Branch Missionary Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Carter’s Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Tishomingo, Ms. Burial will be in Carter’s Branch Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his mother – Margaret Ann Hodges, Tishomingo, Ms.; one son – Goliath Johnson, Henderson, Tn.; one brother – Earnest Hodges, Fulton, Ms.; three sisters – nana Cobbs, Greenville, Ky. and Lena Swinney and Debra Spence, both of Tishomingo, Ms.; three uncles – Walter Hodges, Hubbard Hodges and Jerry Boyd; two aunts – Lizzie Doss and Lottie McClain; nine nieces and nephews and special friend - Peggy Hughes, Tishomingo, Ms.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Hodges; three brothers, Tommy Gene Butler, Perry Boyd and Robert Hodges ad one sister, Mary Ann Boyd.

Pallbearers will be Anderson Martin, Lawrence Neal, Phillip Allen, Johnny Southward, Jerry Taylor and Michael Luster.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and he will lie in state 12-2 p.m. on Saturday at Carter’s Branch Missionary Baptist Church.

BRENDA MITCHELL

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Brenda Feltman Mitchell, 62, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at her daughter’s residence. She was born May 19, 1951 to Riley and Dimple Pirtle. She was a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Rienzi, Ms.  She was a pipefitter at Yellow Creek Nuclear Plant, a sewing machine operator and caretaker for her mother for many years.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Gabe Jolly and Bro. Bill Burcham officiating.  Burial will be in New Lebanon Cemetery, Cairo, Ms.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two children – Tonya Long (Dickey) Golden, Ms. and Jamie Deaton (Shonda) Tishomingo, Ms.; three grandchildren – Justin Pounders (Beth), Tyler Deaton and Cole Deaton; one great-grandchild – Tristin Pounders; her mother – Dimple Pirtle and one brother, Terry Pirtle.

She was preceded in death by her father, Riley Pirtle and husbands, Daryl Mitchell and David Feltman.

Pallbearers will be Jamie Deaton, Justin Pounders, Jonathan Slack, Kevin Lovelace, Gary Grizzard and Dale Leonard.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

GLADYS BICKERSTAFF

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Gladys Tynes “Sis” Bickerstaff, 85, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Iuka Hospital. She was a beautician and owner of Sis’s Beauty Shop and a factory worker. She was 2003 Tishomingo Citizen of the Year. She loved helping with the elections, going to basketball games and going to Tishomingo State Park Senior Citizens. She was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at Tishomingo Baptist Church with Bro. Robbie Crane and Bro. Todd Cecil officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one sister – Peggy Page; nieces and nephews – Reed McNatt, Stanley Page (Terri), Susan Bonds (Jeff) and Joseph McNatt (Jena) and great-nieces and nephews – Morgan McNatt, Cameron Bonds, Anna Brooke Page, Serah Eden McNatt and Micah Page.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom Bickerstaff and Gladys Morgan Bickerstaff, a sister, Mary McNatt and brothers-in-law, Willis Page and Lakeman McNatt.

Pallbearers will be Reed McNatt, Stanley Page, Joseph McNatt, Jeff Bonds, Micah Page and Ric Tiebe.  Honorary pallbearers will be Bro. Bobbie Cobb, Troy Dean, Bobby Stanphill, Royce Howie, Billy Mac Parrish, Tommy Cornelius, Claude Kennedy, Tulon Rushing and Larry Webb.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Tishomingo Baptist Church and until service time on Thursday.

RUBY EPPS

DENNIS, MS. – Ruby Epps, 93, died Monday, March 3, 2014 at Tishomingo Community Living Center, Iuka, Ms. She was born October 20, 1920 in Itawamba County, Ms. and was a housewife.  She was a member of Providence Primitive Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Cecil Woodruff and Bro. Jerry Ginn officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son – Ray Epps (Helen) Tishomingo, Ms.; one granddaughter – Rhonda Epps, Memphis, Tn. and one brother, Bill Moxley, Dennis, Ms.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pat Epps, her parents, Joseph M. Moxley and Annie Alice Dulaney Moxley, a son, Jimmy Epps, and brothers and sisters, Grover Moxley, Dayton Moxley, Arbie McKinney, Serena Kemp, Jane Hoard and Homer Moxley.

Pallbearers will be Steven Johnson, Charles Daily, Elvis Moxley, Eddie Moxley, Neal Moxley and Jack McKinney.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Deaton Funeral Home and until service time on Wednesday.


LOUISE TAYLOR

BELMONT, MS – Louise Branson Taylor, 90, died Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Tishomingo Community Living Center in Iuka, MS.  She was born September 29, 1923 to Evie Puckett and Frank Branson.  She was the devoted wife of Grady Taylor who preceded her in death on March 1, 1990. 

She grew up in the Tishomingo area and graduated from Tishomingo High School.  For more than 60 years she lived in the Valley Community where she was a faithful member of Old Union Baptist Church serving as song leader for many years.

During her working years she helped support the family farm operation as well as working for Blue Bell Inc. for the full time the company remained in Belmont.

Services will be Tuesday, March 4, 2:00 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home chapel, Belmont with John Savoy and Bro. Jerry Ginn officiating.  Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont is in charge of arrangements

She is survived by sons Gary Taylor and wife Anne and Larry Taylor and wife Jeannie.  Her grandchildren were the light of her life:  John-Grady and Erica Taylor, Justin and Lori Taylor, Carrie Ann and Drew Vincent, and Blake Taylor and Fiancé Lauren Williams; she would tell everyone how blessed she was to live and know her “grands” as she called her great-grandchildren: Andrew, Claire-Mann, Zoe and Cela-Cathryn Taylor and Glavin Vincent.

She was preceded in death by a grandson-William Branson “Bran” Taylor and three sisters-Beatrice Daily, Annice Harris and Mavis Palmer.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Enlow, Steve Cain, Phillip Cain, John-Grady Taylor, Justin Taylor, Blake Taylor and Drew Vincent.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 4, 11-2 at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont.

PRESTON MALONE

BELMONT, MS - Preston N. Malone, 85, died Saturday, March 1, 2014 at his residence.  He was born January 27, 1929 in Dennis, MS to C.E. and Lucy Malone.  He was a member of Second Street Church of Christ and was a US Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.  He was employed at Blue Bell for 25 years and retired from Schnadig after 15 years. 

Services will be Monday, March 3, at 1:00 at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, with John Williams, David Conley and Ron Deaton officiating.  Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years-Rada Malone of Belmont; two daughters-Donna Hester (Robert) of Belmont and Denise Parrish (Keith) of Madison, AL; three grandchildren-Beverly Hester (Daniel Mann) of Belmont, Andrew Parrish (Megan) of Conway, Ark and Leslie Parrish of Madison, AL; two sisters-Virgie Waddle and Rachel Bruton; one brother-Sam Malone; two sisters-in-law-Jean Malone and Polly Malone; host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters-Clara Searcy, Geraldine Sartain, Lorene Hanie and Deck Posey; and four brothers-Virgil, Elree, Reece and Lumis Malone.

Pallbearers will be Mike Hanie, Tim Posey, Stan Malone, Mike Montgomery, Max Ray Hutcheson, Steve Smith, Randy Johnson, and Matthew Hastings.  Honorary pallbearers will be Wallace Williams, Dennis Collins and Jerry Dees.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Sunday, March 2, and continue until service time Monday.

Memorials may be made to the Lindsey Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 675, Belmont, MS 38827.

ARTHER MAE CRIDER

BRANDON, MS – Arther Mae Carter Crider, 61, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at River Oaks, Flowood, Ms. She was born September 9, 1952 in Iuka, Ms. and was a caretaker. She was a member of Sylvarena Baptist Church, Brandon, Ms. and a former member of First Missionary Baptist Church, Iuka, Ms.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at First Missionary Baptist Church, Iuka, Ms. with Pastor Colee Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery, Iuka, Ms.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband – Henry L. Boone, Brandon, Ms.; step-daughter – Sharron “Kitty” Spann, Brandon, Ms.; three sisters – Lucinda Martin, Frankie E. Allen and Lillian C. Brock; two brothers – Willie J. Carter and Billy K. Carter; several nieces and nephews and special sister-in-law – Flossie Carter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur King Carter and Sarah Caperton Carter and a sister-in-law, Doris Carter.

Brothers and nephews will be pallbearers and nieces and friends will be flower girls.

Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at First Missionary Baptist Church, Iuka, Ms.

TOMMY IVEY

BELMONT, MS. – Tommy Paul Ivey, 72, died Saturday, February 15, 2014 at NMMC. He was born October 21, 1941 in Tishomingo County, MS to John Arliss and Fannie Jane Ivey.  He loved to hunt and fish.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Donnie Wooten officiating. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 53 years– Linda Ivey of Belmont; Son-Gary Ivey (Paula) of Dennis; five grandchildren-Audrey Ivey, Laken Ivey, Hannah Wood, Jayde Ivey and Olivia Ivey; four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son-Thomas Dewayne “Shotgun” Ivey; and one brother-John Henry Ivey.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Monday, February 17, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS and until service time Tuesday.

PRICE LONG

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Price Thomas Long, 84, died Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Iuka Hospital. He was born August 4, 1929 in Tishomingo, Ms. and was retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 years and then retired from Bell South after 21 years. He was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 16, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Tim Ryan and Kent McClung officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife – Mary Long, Tishomingo, Ms.; four children – Deborah Ryan (Tim) Iuka, Ms., Richard Carter and Carole Josey (Jack), all of Tishomingo, Ms. and Roger Carter, Auburn, Al.; nieces and nephews – Kent McClung (Linda), Shauntel Nunley (Dustin) and John Poole (Sandy), all of Tishomingo, Ms., Sherry Stone (Kenny) Wyatt, Ms. and Rex M. Long Jr., Iuka, Ms.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Major Long and Lorris Cromeans Long, two brothers, Ed Long and Rex M. Long Sr., one sister, Shirley McClung (Bill) and son, Phil Carter.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Carter, Roger Carter, Neal Ryan, Jack Josey, Kent McClung, Dustin Nunley, John Poole and Ken Stone.

Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. Sunday, February 16, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

DECK POSEY

BELMONT, MS. – Dexter Mae Malone “Deck” Posey, 82, died Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the North Ms. Medical Center. She was born May 31, 1931 in Dennis, Ms. and had been an employee of Blue Bell and h.i.s. She was a member of Second Street Church of Christ.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 9, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Ron Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two children – Cindy Carson (Martin) Madison, Al. and Tim Posey (Judy) Okolona, Ms.; five grandchildren – Charles, Billy and Jimmy Carson (Abby), Tom Jones (Stacy) and Elizabeth Posey; three great-grandchildren – Cade, Sara Grace and Milly Kate Jones; two brothers – Preston Malone (Rada) Belmont, Ms. and  Sam Malone (Margaret) LaVergne, Tn. and two sisters – Virgie Waddle and Rachel Bruton (Elton) all of Belmont, Ms.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Posey, her parents, Earnie Malone and Lucy James Malone and brothers and sisters, Clara Searcy, Virgil Malone, Geraldine Sartain, Lorene Haynie, Elree Malone, Lumis Malone and Reece Malone.

Pallbearers will be Mike Haynie, Stan Malone, Robert Hester, Grant Hastings, Matthew Hastings, Randy Johnson, David Dunham and Mark Dunham.

Visitation will be 12-2 p.m. Sunday, February 9, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312.


DENNIS HOLLEY

SALTILLO, MS. – Dennis Lynn Holley, 55, died Monday, February 3, 2014 at the North Ms. Medical Center. He was born December 31, 1958 in Tupelo, Ms. and was a driver for a commercial distributor for 30 years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 6, at Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church, Tupelo, Ms. with Rev. Danny Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Priceville Memorial Gardens, Tupelo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two children – Josh Holley (Brandy) and April Marie Holley; four grandchildren – Dillan & Reed Holley and Peyton and Dakota Oswalt; eight brothers and sisters - Betty Adams (RB), Buster Holley (Debbie), Nancy Parker (Steve), Jimmy Holley, Sherrel McCrory (Terry), Glenda Putt (Joe), Junior Hutcheson (Angie) and Randall Hutcheson (Ladissa) and dear friends – Jimmy “Sue” Smith, Shun White and Nancy Sorgatz.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice Hutcheson and a brother, Terrel Holley.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy “Sue” Smith, Ricky White, Andy White, Blaine Webb, Chris Holley and Shun White.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, at Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church.

JEWELL DEAN WIGGINTON

BELMONT, MS. – Jewell Dean Wigginton, 84, died Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Tishomingo Community Living Center in Iuka, Ms. She was born April 5, 1929 in Tishomingo, Ms. and had been an employee at Golden Manufacturing.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 6, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. James Herman Gray officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two sons – Phillip Wigginton (Natalya) Saltillo, Ms. and Donald Wigginton (Glenda) Iuka, Ms.; eight grandchildren – Tamara Bowling, Myra Richardson, Adam Wigginton, Jamie Wigginton, Tim Wigginton, Julie Yager, Jeremy Wigginton and Veronica Wigginton; nine great-grandchildren and three sisters – Marlene Miller, Billie Krause and Diane Ward.

She was preceded in death by her husband, E.W. Wigginton, two sons, Jimmy Wigginton and Joe Wigginton, two brothers, C.T. Hughes and Douglas Hughes and one sister, Barbara Parker.

Pallbearers will be Adam Wigginton, Jamie Wigginton, Tim Wigginton, Jeremy Wigginton, Bobby Miller and Ricky Brown.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Thursday.

EVELYN POOLE

BELMONT, MS. – Evelyn Elizabeth Poole, 85, died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at her residence. She was born February 29, 1928 in Tishomingo County, Ms. and was a homemaker. She was a member of Forrest Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, at Forrest Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Tishomingo, Ms. with Bro. Hal Holt and Bro. Tommy King officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Grove Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two sons – Jackie Poole (Mable) Belmont, Ms. and Jimmy Poole (Norma) Corinth, Ms.; son-in-law – Ray Bearden, Booneville, Ms.; eight grandchildren – Michael (Lisa), Mark (Jennifer), Bryan (Candi), Melissa, Phillip (Gelendia), Deirdra, John (Sandi) and Vickey; sixteen great-grandchildren – Dewayne (Teresa), Kayla (C.J.), Kelly (Michael), Whitney, Brooke (Zack), Jeremy (Chasity), Carley, Addy, Chase, Danielle (Jason), Jay, Chance, April, Dixie, Avery and Abbigal; nine great-great-grandchildren  – Cory, Justin, Junior, Ian, MaKenzie, Brooklyn, Maci, Sasha and Ashlee; one brother – George Raymond Gattis and three sisters – Edna Ruth Hamby, Hazel McCallister and Mildred Ramey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George Gattis and Maude Johnson Gattis, her husband, S.A. “Jack” Poole, one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Bearden, one granddaughter, Kimberly Lovelace; five brothers, Howard, Woodrow, Wilmer and Ben Gattis and Thomas Smith and four sisters, Geraldine Bostick, Lida Bell Lambert, Christine Dempsey and Irene Neal. 

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 4, at Forrest Grove Missionary Baptist Church and until service time on Wednesday.

MARIE MURPHY

BELMONT, MS. – Marie M. Murphy, 73, died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the North Ms. Medical Center. She was born February 9, 1940 in Belmont, Ms. and was a seamstress. She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, Fulton, Ms.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, January 31, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. James Segars officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband -  George Greenwood, Belmont, Ms.; six children – Janice Pounders (Randy) Mobile, Al., Elizabeth McCarley, Hamilton, Al., Betty Long (Herman) and Carl West (Debbie) all of Iuka, Ms. and Johnny West and Martha Greenwood (Mark) all of Saltillo, Ms.; 13 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; two brothers – Harold Cleveland (Becky) Fulton, Ms. and Marshall McMinn of Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert T. McMinn and Lola Inez Bates McMinn, two husbands, Rupert West and Grover Murphy, a sister, Virgie Castleberry and a granddaughter, Angela McCarley.

Pallbearers will be Mike Allison, P.J. McCarley, Randy Greenwood, Mark Cleveland, Tim Oden, Toby Allison and John Kent Jr.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, January 30, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tn. 38105.

LOUISE FLURRY

DENNIS, MS. – Mary Louise Epps Flurry, 93, died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Tishomingo Manor, Iuka, Ms. She was born to William “Bill” Epps and Dollie Bostick Epps. She attended Dennis United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker and an employee of Blue Bell of Belmont, Ms.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, January 31, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Ronnie Goodwin, Jimmy Moody and Ron Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, Ms.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son – William Richard Flurry (Janet) of Nesbit, Ms.; one daughter – Janice Moody (J.W.) of Belmont, Ms.; four grandchildren – Richard Bradley Flurry, Margaret Jane Phelps (Dave), Jimmy Moody (Amanda) and Alicia McGee (Michael); eight great-grandchildren – Claire Flurry, Jessica Flurry, Ashton Phelps, David Keith Phelps, Kaleb Moody, Nicole Moody, Maryana McGee and Austin McGee and one great-great-grandchild – Meika Dodge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Freed Flurry and four brothers, Ray Epps, Chester Epps, Leon Epps and Vernon Epps.

Pallbearers will be Brad Flurry, Jimmy Moody, Kaleb Moody, Michael McGee, Dave Phelps and David Keith Phelps.  Honorary pallbearer will be Austin McGee.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, January 30, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

KEITH DEATON

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Keith Edward Deaton, 61, died Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the North Ms. Medical Center. He was born December 18, 1952 in Paden, Ms. and was a diesel mechanic currently working for MDOT. He was a member of Paden Baptist Church and served in the National Guard.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, at Paden Baptist Church with Bro. Kevin Rogers and Bro. J.B. Burns officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one daughter – Kristy Deaton (Chasity Brown) Tishomingo, Ms.; one brother – Robert Deaton (Debbie) Tishomingo, Ms.; step-grandchildren – Blaze Brown, LeAnna Alley, Anthony Alley and David Alley; nieces & nephews – Andy Deaton (Kendra), Amy Middleton and Matthew Puckett (Emily) and great-nieces and nephews -  Collin Middleton, Darby Deaton, Jacey Deaton and Langston Puckett.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Royal Desmond “R.D.” Deaton and Iona McAnally Deaton, an uncle, Colas Deaton and one aunt– Reba Vandiver.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Martin, David Luttrell, Daniel Henry, Andrew Jackson, Jeff Gentles and Gary Sparks. Honorary pallbearers will be Carlton Brown and Kenneth McVay.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, at Paden Baptist Church and until service time on Wednesday.

JACKIE FAY BOSTICK

GOLDEN, MS. – Jackie Fay Bostick, 59, died Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born November 22, 1954 in Tupelo, Ms. He was a lifelong resident of Golden and was retired from Sunshine Mills where he was employed for 33 years. He was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church. He enjoyed going to car shows, planting and tending to his garden and enjoyed being outdoors.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Jerry Ginn officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his mother – Bea Bostick, Golden, Ms.; one brother – Jimmy Dale Bostick (Bobbie) Belmont, Ms.; one nephew – Bert Bostick (Katie) Red Bay, Al.; two nieces – Christie Crane and Jodie Kennedy (Jason) all of Belmont, Ms. and lots of great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fay Bostick.

Pallbearers will be Steve Bostick, Harmon Ginn, Roger Bennett, Jerry Bennett, Ronnie Joe Williams and Craig Long.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


JOHN JACKSON

GOLDEN, MS –John R. “Johnny” Jackson, 67, died January 25, 2014 at the Red Bay Hospital.  He was born in Franklin County, AL on January 21, 1947.  He was a truck driver and member of Believers Baptist Church in Fairview, MS.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 28 at 3:30 pm at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Carlton Jackson and Bro. Harold Ozbirn officiating.  Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years-LaRue Jackson of Golden; two daughters-Carol Greene (Kim) of Dennis and Sonya Eaton of Golden; one son-Bro. Carlton Jackson of Golden; four grandchildren-Nathanael Greene, Elizabeth Scott (McKinnley) and Jacob Lynch all of Dennis, and Carley Jackson of Golden; two sisters-Tommie Ann Wigginton of Belmont and Linnie Mae Dees (Rick) of Halltown.

He was preceded in death by his parents-Elvie and Lois Jackson; brother-Sammy Jackson; nephew-Chad Jackson; niece-Sandra Wigginton Collier; brother-in-law-Obie Wigginton; son-in-law-Lil Dan Eaton; Aunt-Dot Harrison and uncle-Howard McCarley.
Pallbearers will be Rick Dees, Mike Gannon, Jim Gannon, Clint Gannon, Shone Wigginton and William Lynch.

Visitation will be Monday, January 27, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS and until service time Tuesday.


REBA BRANHAM

BELMONT, MS. – Reba Rose Branham, 87, died Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at North Ms. Medical Center. She was born June 22, 1926 in Pikeville, Ky. and had worked for Campbell Soup Co. She attended Calvary Family Worship Center.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 26, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Gene Cooley officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are four girls – Shirley McGee (Johnny) Belmont, Ms., Ruby Prewitt (Ernie) Whitley, Ky., Rosalee Ray (Ron) Golden, Ms. and Janet Freytag of Missouri; three sons – Daris Branham (Sheila) Golden, Ms. and Greg Branham and David Branham (Donna) all of Belmont, Ms.; 24 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three sisters – Christine Storms, Evelyn Gibson and Ella Mae McCreay and three brothers – Earl Rose, Crit Rose and Finis Rose.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Branham, a daughter, Lenora Branham, a son, Ray Branham, parents, Harm Rose and Manie Childers Rose, brothers, Whirley Rose, Alvin Rose, Langley Rose and Jerry Rose and sisters, Josie Rose, Alene Rose and Ima Rose.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday, January 25, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Sunday.

MARTHA GEORGE

BELMONT, MS. – Martha Wilson George, 76, died Thursday, January 16, 2014 at her residence. She was born November 10, 1937 in Itawamba County, Ms. to Arnold Wilson and Verma Lee Buchannon Wilson. She worked at several places including Charmstep, Oakwood, Belmont Homes and J.B. Gasaway Furniture. She enjoyed flea markets, auctions and bluegrass gospel music. She loved taking care of her garden, flowers and animals. She was a member of Red Bay Church of God.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 19, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Eulan Prueitt and Bro. Larry Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years – Robert Ellis George, Belmont, Ms.; seven children – Mendy Kilgore (Mike), Theresa Childress, Judy Parham (Arthur), Doyle Townsend (Julia), Angie Wells, Shirley Bentley and Loretta Paden (Ray); two sisters – Imma Jean Sexton and Mattie Sue Braddock (Jay); one special brother-in-law – Charles George; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Dorothy Lackey and brother, Jimmy Doyle Wilson.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandsons.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday, January 18, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Sunday.

CHARLES KENNEDY BLACK

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Long time Tishomingo educator and principal, Charles Kennedy Black died at his home Wednesday, January 15, 2014 after an extended illness. He was born December 14, 1944, the only son of the late Woodrow and Clara Kennedy Black of Tishomingo. A 1962 graduate of Tishomingo High School, “Coach Black” as he was widely known, attended Mississippi State University and earned his Masters and Specialist degrees in Education. At the request of then-principal, R.C. Strickland, he returned home to teach at his alma mater, specifically to help the school successfully integrate in the 1966-67 school year.  He taught high school and then junior high science to countless Tishomingo students for 39 years and coached basketball and football teams early in his career. He drove the bus for the Carter’s Branch community, and had a special relationship with the people of that area. He was a behind-the-scenes leader and administrator, supporting the work of many of Tishomingo’s principals. He was principal of Tishomingo Middle School when he retired a few years ago.
Charles served the county for many years as a member of the Tishomingo County Electric Power Association Board of Directors, including through the 1994 ice storm. There was seemingly no person or family in Tishomingo with whom Charles Black was not familiar, and he had nearly perfect recall if you asked him about someone. He was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, January 17, at Tishomingo Baptist Church with Bro. Robbie Crane and Bro. Todd Cecil officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia McRae Black, and their son, Alan, who was his pride and joy and an uncle, Dwight Kennedy.

Pallbearers will be Connor McRae, Jeremy Ray, Jody McClung, Paul Whitlock, Jon Paul Whitlock and Harry Bowman.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, January 16, at Tishomingo Baptist Church and until service time on Friday.

BEATRICE HUTCHESON

S
ALTILLO, MS. – Beatrice Payne Hutcheson, 84, died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at North Ms. Medical Center Hospice after a long illness. She was born October 10, 1929 in Lee County, Ms. and was a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, at Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church, Tupelo, Ms. with Rev. Danny Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Priceville Memorial Gardens, Tupelo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are nine children – Betty Adams (RB), Buster Holley (Debbie), Nancy Parker (Steve), Dennis Holley, Jimmy Holley, Sherrel McCrory (Terry), Glenda Putt (Joe), Junior Hutcheson (Angie) and Randall Hutcheson (Ladissa); two sisters – Olene Cartee (Charlie) and Hosford Morgan; twenty-two grandchildren – Mike Smith, Rodney Smith, Steven Smith, Shelley Taylor, Jason Holley, Chasity Middleton, Amanda Self, Courtney Tedford, Josh Holley, April Oswald, Chris Holley, Ashley Foster, Brandie McMillen, Meria Putt, Charlotte Putt, Wesley Putt, Jennifer Markham, Stephanie Hutcheson, Hannah Syers, Hunter Payne, Wesley Hutcheson III and Andrew Hutcheson and 29 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Earl Hutcheson, parents, Boss Payne and Josephine Burroughs Payne, two sisters, Lexie LeValley and Jessie Williams and a son, Terrel Holley.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday, January 13 at Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church and until service time on Tuesday.

LELA CREDILLE

BELMONT, MS. – Lela Faye Credille, 95, died Monday, January 6, 2014 at The Meadows, Fulton, Ms. She was born January 20, 1919 in Belmont, Ms. and was a grocery store owner. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 9, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. James Segars and Bro. Brian Weems officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are three children – Shirley Stacy and Faron Credille (Tammie) all of Belmont, Ms. and  Linda Madden, Russellville, Al.; eight grandchildren – Cindy Tesseneer, Eric Tesseneer, Jeff Madden, Shea Madden, Jeremy Madden, Stephanie Mayfield, Brandon Credille and Kelsey Hayes and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Credille, her parents, Jake and Rosalou Payne and her brothers and sisters, Audie Payne, Alvin Payne, Den Payne, Vard Payne, Ruby Bates, Ora Johnson, Cora Moody, Eula Brown, Elvie Segars, Artie Cook, Lalla Cain, Helen Garner, Brooks Holcomb, Vernon Holcomb and Emma Bates.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, at New Bethel Baptist Church and until service time on Thursday.

MARJORIE WANNER

BELMONT, MS – Marjorie Christine Wanner, 94, died Friday, January 3 at the Iuka Hospital.  She was a diehard Alabama fan from the age of 14.  She was an excellent cook and loved to fish.  She was a former restaurant owner in Detroit, MI before moving to Belmont.

Services will be Monday, January 6 at 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Deaton officiating.  Burial will be in Forrest Grove Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her daughters, Patricia Poff of Belmont and Brenda Lubinski of Eastpointe, MI; Sister - Lena Farley, Florence AL; Grandchildren - Shelly Hoffman, Troy, MI, Michael Lubinski-Shelby Township, MI, Kenneth Lubinski (Sarah) - Sterling Hgts, MI, Kelly Koustas - Woodhaven, MI, Christina Henley - Lighthouse Pointe, FL, Keith Lubinski (Kim) - Warren, MI, John Henley - Belmont, Ms.; great-grandchildren - Amber Wardia (Darryl) - Dunedin, FL, Lawrence D'Andrea (Crystal) -Dearborn, MI, Jade Stoll - San Jose, CA, Lawren D'Andrea - Woodhaven, MI, Anthony D'Andrea -Dearborn, MI, Chad Stoll - Kissimmee, FL, Nathan D'Andrea - Ypsilanti, MI, Michael Lubinski, Jr.- Shelby Township, MI, Jacob Koustas -Gibraltar, MI, Jason Lubinski - Shelby Township, MI, Mason Henley -Littleville, AL, Gavin and Dallas Lubinski - Sterling Heights, MI; 5 great-great grandchildren; Many loving Nieces and Nephews and lifelong friend - Wylene Daily.

She was preceded in death by her husband - Odis Wanner; and two daughters - Nancy Lubinski and Sherron Henley; her parents - Lawson W. Evans and Ruth Baugh Evans; two brothers - John W. Evans and Roy M Evans; two sisters - Ruby Evans and Ola Tavis and two sons-in-law - Charles. L Poff and Eugene Lubinski.

Pallbearers will be Michael Lubinski, John Henley, Stacy Stepp, Alan Rouse, Jeff Mahan and Ed Carl. Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. Scott Segars.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 5, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont MS.


ETOICE M. FRANKS

GOLDEN, MS.-Etoice M. Franks, 84, died Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at The Courtyards, Fulton, Ms. She was born February 16, 1929 in Golden, Ms. and was a seamstress. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 4, at Salem Baptist Church, Golden, Ms. with Rev. Ben Rosser and Rev. Tommy Waddle officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Golden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son – John Franks (Adena) Clinton, Ms.; two grandchildren – Brandon Franks (Katie) Siloam Springs, Ar. and Terri Ellis, Gentry Ar.; four great-grandchildren – Landon Ellis, Faith Ellis, Erika Ellis and Blake Franks; one sister – Janie Arnold, Muscle Shoals, Al. and three brothers – Stanley Moses, Alpharetta, Ga., John Moses, Winthrop Harbor, Il.and Kelly Moses, Saltillo, Ms.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Ravis “Bud” Franks, parents – John Calvin Moses and Nettie Williams Moses, two sons, Bobby Franks and Mitchell Franks, a daughter, Jennie Franks and five brothers, Price Moses, Bill Moses, Brice Moses, Shelby Moses and Dwight Moses.

Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Franks and Landon Ellis.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, January 3, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and she will lie in state 12-2 p.m. on Saturday at the church.

ROBERT D. COOKE

BELMONT, MS. – Robert D. Cooke, 91, died Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Iuka Hospital. He was born May 2, 1922 in Minneapolis, Mn. and was a mechanic. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in World War II and Korea. He received three medals, American Defense Medal, American Theater  and Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Ray Kirk officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Garden, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 45 years – Lydia Cooke, Belmont, Ms.; five children – Patti Bennett (Mark), Robin Cooke, Keith Cooke, Kathy Cooke and Deb Mattison (Mark) all of Minnesota; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two step-children – Cindy McDermond (Richard) and Pat Larson (Robert) and a step-son-in-law – Ken Howard.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Cooke, a brother, Bill Cooke and a step-daughter, Joanne Howard.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.on Thursday, January 2, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

WILLENE ADAMS

GOLDEN, MS – Willene Adams, 76, died Saturday, December 28, 2013 at her residence.  She was born July 25, 1937 in Belmont to Will and Myrtle Cranford.  She was a member of Saucer Creek Church of Christ.  She was an avid bird watcher and loved listening to country music.

Services will be Tuesday, December 31, at 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont with Bro. Paul Epler, Bro. Billy Adams and Mike Deaton officiating.  Burial will be in Saucer Creek Cemetery, Golden, MS.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include four children-Regina Adams (Reed) of the Ryans Well community, Clayton Adams (Cathy), Kathy Harnage (Sammy) and Dale Adams all of the Salem community; twelve grandchildren-Kim Aldridge (Jeff), Matt Adams (Ameilia), Tonya Breedlove (Kirk), Kelly Cambell (Gerald), Shane Adams (Darla), Angie Yielding (Johnny), Sheila Adams, Mark Renfroe (Dalonna), Sherry Landsdell, Isaac Adams, Johnathan Adams and Crystal Adams; 21 great grandchildren; host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband-Marvin Adams; her parents; one sister-Reba Kuykendall; son-Roy L. Adams and grandson-Thomas “Tom” Adams.

Pallbearers will be Shane Adams, Matt Adams, Isaac Adams, Jon Adams, Walker Adams, Jeff Aldridge, Rickey Adams and Johnny Adams.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday, December 30 at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.


CHARLES ALLEN

TISHOMINGO, MS - Charles Edward “Mississippi Kid” Allen, 61, died Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at NMMC.  He was born in Cherokee, AL to Nathan and Annie Lou Allen.  He was a farmer and a truck driver.  He was a diehard Alabama fan.  His hobbies included working on cars and his motorcycle.  He loved spending time outdoors fishing and enjoying nature.  He was a member of St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church.

Services will be Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Bakiri Brown and Rev. Willie Bogan officiating.  Burial will be in Carter’s Branch cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife-Frankie E. Carter-Allen; five children-Gene Allen of Tishomingo, Nathan Allen (Marsha) of Cherokee, Anna Allen of Tishomingo and Cedric and Austin Luster of the home; eight grandchildren-Alexandria Holt, Jacolby Sullivan, Jaylei, Jayden and Miyah Allen, Isiah, Quinton and Jeremiah Johnson; sister-Mollie Ann Alexander (Eddie) of Fort Worth, TX; four sisters-in-law-Mayrene Allen of Tishomingo, Lucinda Martin of Flint, MI, Mae Crider of Brandon and Lillian Brock of Iuka; two brothers-in-law-Willie Carter and Billy Carter (Flossie) of Iuka; one special niece-Stephanie Finley of Tishomingo; one nephew-Christopher Alexander of Boise, ID; two special cousins-Brenda Lusk (Keith) and Pete Allen; God-children-Jada Luster, Shaneilya Williams, Michael Alexander, Tony Franklin, Jeremy Johnson, and Greg Williams; host of other special God children and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-Harold Allen; aunt-Mollie Hodges and first cousin-Bertha Adams.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.  Honorary pallbearers will be brothers-in-law and God sons.

Visitation will be Monday, December 30, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont and from noon until 2 Tuesday at the church.


ZACK CARPENTER

BELMONT, MS – Zackary Levi Carpenter, 19, died Saturday, December 21, as the result of an automobile accident.  Zack graduated from Belmont High School in 2012 and was currently pursuing a degree in secondary education and coaching from ICC where he was a member of the baseball team.  Zack was full of life always making people laugh and he possessed the prettiest smile ever seen.

The celebration of Zack’s life will be Monday, December 23, at 2:00 p.m. at Fairview Holy Church of Christ with his great uncle Rev. Kevin Rogers officiating.  Burial will be in Joel Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his parents Gary and Kim Carpenter; his awesome brother, Austin “Weeble” Carpenter; special sister, Samantha Carpenter; nephew-Luke and niece Ella whom he adored; grandparents, Marsha Keeton and Thomas and Maybell Carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents-Lamar and Evelyn Rogers.

Pallbearers will be Weeble Carpenter, Barry Rogers, Kyle Schoeder, Dustin Carpenter, Dallas Carpenter and Reggie Reece.  Honorary Pallbearers will be the ICC baseball team.

Visitation will be tonight beginning at 6 p.m. and will continue until service time Monday at Fairview Holy Church of Christ.


BRO. JOHN STOCKTON

BELMONT, MS. – Bro. John Bervin Stockton, 77, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at the North Ms. Medical Center. He was born January 20, 1936 to William Marion and Phelma Wood Stockton. He loved to sing and play his guitar.  He was the pastor of Sardis Missionary Baptist Church for 24 years. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Belmont Lodge #237 and  Eastern Star. He loved spending time with his family and fishing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 14, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Mike Deaton and Bro. Briggs King officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, Golden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years – Burton Ashley Stockton, Belmont, Ms.; one daughter – Donna Stockton Abbott (Danny) Golden, Ms.; one son – Johnny Stockton (Mary Jo) Golden, Ms.; five grandchildren – Joel Smart and Hannah Stockton, both of Golden, Ms., Joshua Smart, Atlanta, Ga., Amber Brazil (Chris) Vina, Al. and Meghan Appino, Saltillo, Ms.; three great-grandchildren – Bryson Brazil and Trae, both of Vina, Al. and Isabella Holcomb, Saltillo, Ms.; two sisters – Kathleen Coker, Sarasota, Fl. and Mary Wilemon, Fulton, Ms.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two daughters, Pamela Kay Stockton and Lora Jean Stockton.

Pallbearers will be Joel Smart, Joshua Smart, Chris Brazil, Jeff Ashley, Rodney Timmons and Gary Armstrong. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Ashley, Leland Timmons and Paul Ashley.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Friday, December 13, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Saturday.

THOMAS OZBIRN

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Thomas Doyle Ozbirn, 67, died Thursday, December 5, 2013 at his residence. He was born October 3, 1946 in Golden, Ms. He was retired after 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. He first enlisted after high school in 1964 and re-entered as a commissioned officer upon his graduation from Ole Miss in 1980. Tom wrote code for the Strategic Air Command’s alert system that is still in use today. His department supported operations in Desert Storm from which they received commendations for their efforts. He retired from Jackson County, Mississippi from the Computer Department.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, December 9, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Dwight South and Perry Young officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife – Jettie Mae Ozbirn, Tishomingo, Ms.; one son – Kevin Zeth Ozbirn, Tishomingo, Ms.; mother – Carlee Nunley, Iuka, Ms.; one sister – Sherry Holloway (Norman) Iuka, Ms.; two brothers – Jimmy Nunley (Judy) and Michael Nunley, all of Tishomingo, Ms. and two grandsons – Julian and Trooper.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hilton Ozbirn and his step-father, Treman Nunley.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday, December 8, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Monday.

C.D. ROGERS

RED BAY, AL. – C.D. Rogers, 88, died Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born January 28, 1925 in Itawamba County, Ms. He was retired as a mechanic serving in the U.S. Navy and Air Force after 20 years. He was also retired from the City of Austin, Tx. He was a member of Liberty Church of Christ, Dennis, Ms.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, at Liberty Church of Christ, Dennis, Ms. with David Conley and Jeff Martin officiating. Burial will be in Rogers Cemetery, Golden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife – Lera Mae Rogers, Red Bay, Al.; one daughter – Beverly Regina Virden (Kenneth) Austin, Tx.; two grandchildren – Shannon Lujan (Mark) and Nathan Virden; five great-grandchildren – Erik Virden, Gabriella Lujan, Makayla Lujan, Robert Lujan and Marc-Anthony Lujan and six brothers and sisters – Connie Leslie, Willie Tom Crum, Dollie Johnson, Betty Hawkins, Jerry Rogers and Berry Rogers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Rogers and Florence Spencer Rogers, his wife, Dorothy Rogers and thirteen brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, at Liberty Church of Christ and until service time on Wednesday.

HERMAN GRAY

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Herman Gray, 93, died Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the Iuka Hospital. He was born to Rufus Burton and Artie McNutt Gray on February 4, 1920 on the family farm in the Bethlehem Community near Tishomingo, Ms. He loved that farm and worked it as long as health permitted. He often told his children about how his great-grandpa Mike farmed this same land. He often said some of the happiest days of his life were plowing in the field just him, the mule and God. Happiness to him was owning a good pair of mules, a good hunting dog, a good gun, eating fried fish and ice cream and good fiddle, guitar and banjo music. He loved flea markets and auction sales and was very interested in family histories.

Services will be at 12 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one daughter – Betty McKee (Whit) Iuka, Ms.; one son – James Gray (Lena) Pontotoc, Ms.; four grandchildren – Roger McKee, Paul Gray, Andrea Hays and Sarah McKinney; twelve great-grandchildren – Mindy, James, Jeremy, Dustin, Trent, Jolee, Jarah, Montana, Avani, Grayson, Billy and Lorrie; seven great-great-grandchildren – Emery, Brian, Addison, Layla, Mckenzi, Zada and Bowen; one special family – Gary, Clete, Crystal, Hope, Layla and Trager; three step-children; several brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and mother of his children – Pauline Rast Gray; his second wife – Rena Gray; a sister – Pauline Bryant (Reece) and two brothers – Freeman Gray (Nadine) and Grover Gray.

Pallbearers will be Roger McKee, Paul Gray, Larry Hays, Dustin Gray, Trent Gray and Jarah Martin.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday, December 2, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Tuesday.

BOBBY W. EMBREY

GOLDEN, MS. – Bobby W. Embrey, 55, died Sunday, November 24, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital, Memphis, Tn. He was born September 8, 1958 in Red Bay, Al. He was a Fabrication Shop Specialist with Fergerson Enterprises for 17-1/2 years. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Ricky Beam and Bro. Terry Beam officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Garden, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his mother – June Embrey, Golden, Ms.; three brothers – George C. Embrey (Bobbie L.), Tony Embrey (Carolyn) and Jody Embrey, all of Golden, Ms.; nieces & nephews – Justin Embrey, Tracy Tee Embrey, Brandi Embrey, Lakyn Embrey and Riley Embrey; three aunts – Bobbie Lene Embrey, Gennie Mauree Embrey and Gearldine Beam; one uncle – Vuin Beam.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Embrey.

Pallbearers will be Frankie Embrey, Eugene Embrey, Tommy Embrey, Robert Beam, Gary Beam and Kenneth Lynch. Honorary pallbearer will be Tony Grady.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, November 26, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Wednesday.

BILL SNEED

TISHOMINGO, MS –Charles William “Bill” Sneed, 78, died Thursday, November 21 at Iuka Hospital.  H was born April 3, 1935 in Corinth to Hildred Duncan and Beulah A. Taylor Sneed.  He was a heavy equipment operator.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel with Haskell Sparks, John Williams and David Conley officiating.  Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two children-Sandra Clarkson (Brad) of Medford, WI and Jeffrey Sneed of Canton, TX; three grandchildren-Derek Sneed (Veronica), Sarah Ross and Jacob Sneed; one great granddaughter-Susan Sneed; three sisters-Margaret Crabb of Sarasota, FL, Johnnie Hill of Marshall, MI and DeEtta Stephens of Belmont; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-Hershel “Son” Sneed and James Ray “Bud” Sneed; and one sister-Juanita Alspaugh.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 24, 2-3 p.m. at the funeral home.

JOSEPH LAIRD

QUAKERTOWN, PA. – Joseph Christopher Laird, 29, died Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at his residence. He was born January 8, 1984 in Virginia Beach, Va. He was a truck driver for ten years.

Services will be Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. David English, John Williams and Kevin Williams officiating. Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his father – Tony Laird, Quakertown, Pa.; his mother – Donna Laird, Quakertown, Pa.; one brother – Keith Laird, Quakertown, Pa.; one sister – Melissa Laird, Wheeler, Ms.; one daughter – Kaitlyn Owens of Mississippi; his grandparents – John and Sarah lee, New Site, Ms. and Harold and Jesusa Chambers of Texas and one nephew – Glen Laird, Wheeler, Ms.

Pallbearers will be Morgan Johnson, Brandon Cobb, Drew Bagg, Jason Jackson, Rodney Beasley and Patrick Pounds.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 26, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


DWAYNE COKER

BELMONT, MS. – Dwayne Coker, 78, died Monday, November 18, 2013 at the North Ms. Medical Center. He was retired from Reynolds Aluminum Co. after more than 35 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was currently serving as Commander of the Belmont VFW. He was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He loved working with wood.

He was a Mason, a dual member of Bay Springs Lodge #167 and Iuka Lodge #94 and was a member in good standing of the Hamasa Shriners. He was serving as Emminent Commander of the Corinth Commandry York Rite and had also served as Head of the Chapter and Council. He was a 32nd degree KCCH in the Valley of Corinth Scottish Rite where he had served in the 32nd degree team and worked in the sound department as well as other things. He was president of the Tishomingo County Scottish Rite Association.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. William McClellan officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 59 years – Virginia Coker, Belmont, Ms.; two children – Kim Coker, Belmont, Ms. and Jason Coker (Natalie) Dennis, Ms.; two grandchildren – Jenny Lynn and Jake Coker; four sisters – Betty Jean Thornton, Rubene Spencer, Billie Ruth Kay and Clara Nell Brown; two brothers – Donald Coker (Arweeda) and Hubert Coker (Carolyn); two brothers-in-law – Gerald Henley (Tonya) and Billy Ray Henley (Lynn) and two sisters-in-law – Julie Mae Coker and Nellie Coker.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Coker, his parents, Homer & Luna Coker, three brothers, L.C., Charlie & Wayne Coker and five brothers-in-law, Vade Thornton, Owen Brown, Roy Strickland, Ellis Spencer and Perry Kay.

His nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and until service time on Wednesday.

LUCILLE SAPPINGTON

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Mary Lucille Sappington, 81, died Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Tishomingo Manor, Iuka, Ms. She was born November 17, 1931 in Michigan City, Ms. and had been an employee of Blue Bell. She was a member of Gospel Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 16, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Bill Burcham officiating. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are four children – Judy Ivey, Karen Letson (Jimmy), Terry Yarbrough and Gene Ray Sappington, all of Tishomingo, Ms.; four grandchildren – Ann Embrey, Mary Maxwell, Regina Ivey and Cliff Sappington; three great-grandchildren – Kenneth, Elesha and J.C. and two sisters-in-law – Helen Sappington, Decatur, Il. and Lois Tribble, Memphis, Tn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Sappington, her parents, Ivan Adam Tribble and Mary Rosie Elizabeth Woods Tribble; two brothers – Ivan Adam Tribble Jr. and Marvin Eugene Tribble; a step-son, James Sappington and a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Sappington.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, November 15, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Saturday.


FLORENE SPARKS

BELMONT, MS. – Gracy Florene Sparks, 86, died Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at her residence. She was born March 24, 1927 in Tishomingo County, Ms. and was a homemaker. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 16, at New Bethel Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Haskell Sparks and Bro. William McClellan officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are seven children – Jimmy Sparks (Rita), Barbara Jarnigan, Paul Sparks, Kelly Sparks (Tina), Charlotte Hester (Jesse), Donnie Sparks (Charlotte) and David Sparks (Lavonda); one sister – Thelma Sparks; one brother – Cleburn Newell (Francis); 23 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Sparks, a son, Phillip Sparks, two grandsons, Randy Sparks and Timothy Sparks, her father and mother, Olen and Elsie Newell and a brother, Paul Newell.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, November 15, at New Bethel Baptist Church and until service time on Saturday.

RUTH MANN

BELMONT, MS. –Ruth Virginia Nanney Mann, 97, passed away on Monday, November 11, 2013 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, Mississippi.  Mrs. Mann had resided at The Carrington Nursing Center in Starkville for the last two years.  Before moving to The Carrington, her primary caregiver in Belmont for several years was Mrs. Nell McGee. Mrs. Mann was born in Mantachie, Ms. on June 16, 1916 to the late Dr. N. W. Nanney and the late Mrs. Vivian Ballard Nanney Hughes.

After graduating in 1933 from Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, Ms., she attended and graduated from MUW in Columbus, Ms., then known as MSCW, a school that was dear to her heart. She taught school in Fulton, Tupelo, and then in Belmont, where she shared her love of the English language for 20 years. She met Etha Mann after coming to Belmont to teach and they married in 1941. They were married for 52 years before his death in 1993.

Mrs. Mann was a member of First Baptist Church, Belmont, all her married life and beyond, and she taught Sunday School there for over 60 years. She sang in the church choir until she was no longer physically able to get in the choir loft, was active in WMU, and was a member of the Ladies Care Circle at FBC.

Other joys in her life included her bridge club, a group composed of members from Red Bay and Belmont, that met once a month for many years and the Allegro Motor Home Club, with which she and Etha traveled across the U.S. and beyond for 12 years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 13, at First Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Jack Maroon, Bro. Ray Burks and Phil Byram officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Garden, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

She loved her family dearly and is survived by her two daughters - Jenny Reed (Jerry) and Kathy Keys (Tony); her grandchildren - Jay Reed (Melissa), Rusty Reed (Mindy), Davey Keys (Peggy), Anna Keys Durden (Cameron), and Carol Keys Gledhill (Clay); her great-grandchildren - Jacob Reed, Lauren Reed, Peyton Reed, Ruthie Reed, Abbie Durden and Cameron Durden, Jr. and several nieces and a nephew.

Mrs. Mann was preceded in death by her husband, Etha Mann, her parents, an infant brother, and her two sisters, Sybil Stewart and Hallie Armstrong.
Pallbearers will be Jay Reed, Jacob Reed, Rusty Reed, Davey Keys, Cameron Durden, Clay Gledhill, Duane Mann and Bill Stewart.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and she will lie in state 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 855, Belmont, Ms. 38827.

MALAYA WOOD

GOLDEN, MS. – Clarion Malaya Wood, 22 months, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, Al. She was born January 4, 2012 in Florence, Al.

Services will be at 12 p.m. Friday, November 8, at Cornerstone Church of God, Red Bay, Al. with Mike Haynes, Ben Young, Lane Sargent, Bobby Clark and Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, Ms.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her parents – Jeff and Ingrid Wood, Golden, Ms.; her brothers and sister – Chloe, Caden and Madden and her grandparents – Oneal and Glyndel Wood, Golden, Ms. and Scotty and Alba Dill, Belmont, Ms.

Pallbearers will be James Evetts, Chris Dill, James McDowell and Daryl Chambers.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Thursday, November 7, at Cornerstone Church of God, Red Bay, Al. and until service time on Friday.

The family requests donations be made "In Memory and Honor of Malaya Wood" to Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Attn.: Dr. Alyssa Reddy, 1600 7th Ave. South, Lowder 512, Birmingham, Al. 35233.


CHARLES E. POSEY

BELMONT, MS. – Charles Edward Posey, 83, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Shearer Richardson Memorial Home, Okolona, Ms. He was born July 12, 1930 in Arkansas and was a factory worker for 20 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict and received a Purple Heart. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Services will be at 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. with Ron Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, Ms.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 56 years – Deck Posey, Belmont, Ms.; two children – Cindy Carson (Martin) Madison, Al. and Tim Posey (Judy) Okolona, Ms.; five grandchildren – Charles Carson, Billy Carson, Jimmy Carson (Abby), Tom Jones (Stacy) and Elizabeth Posey; three great-grandchildren – Cade, Sara Grace and Milly Kate Jones; one sister – Mamie Dunham, Southaven, Ms.; special nephew – Robert Edward Walden, Tishomingo, Ms. and a host of other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Steve Smith, Stan Malone, Robert Hester, Randy Johnson, Mike Haney, Mark Dunham, Jerry Roberson and David Dunham.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. -12 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warriors.


HELEN PAYNE GARNER

BELMONT, MS. – Helen Payne Garner, 90, died Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Southern Magnolia Estates, Golden, Ms. She was born April 24, 1923 in Belmont, Ms. She was an employee of Blue Bell and a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 31, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. Brian Weems and Bro. James Segars officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two children – Wayne Garner (Jamie) and Phyllis Garner Turner, all of Belmont, Ms.; four grandchildren – Christy Garner Hughes (Rocky), Lana Dexter Murphree (Cliff), Lori Dexter Witt (Brad) and Barry Dexter; eight great-grandchildren; one sister – Lela Credille, Belmont, Ms.; son-in-law – Randy Dexter, Belmont, Ms. and special niece – Earlene Chumbley, Belmont, Ms.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Garner, her parents, Jake Payne and Rosie Lou Pruitt Payne and her brothers and sisters, Aude Payne, Ora Johnson, Cora Moody, Ruby Sparks, Den Payne, Elvie Segars, Eula Brown, Alvin Payne, Vard Payne, Lala Cain, Artie Cook, Brooks Holcomb, Emma Bates and Verner Holcomb.

Pallbearers will be Cline Bates, Ronnie Cook, Randy Credille, Ricky Credille, Randy Dexter and Joe Chumbley.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, at New Bethel Baptist Church and until service time on Thursday. 

HOWARD JOHNSON

BELMONT, MS. – Howard Travis Johnson, 87, died Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Magnolia Regional Health Center, Corinth, Ms. He was born August 5, 1926 in Tishomingo County, Ms. and was a member of the Church of Christ. He was a Mason and member of Bay Springs Lodge.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, October 7, at Belmont City Cemetery with Ron Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two sisters-in-law – Ann Martin and Martha Brown; one brother-in-law – C.D. Rogers; nephews – Jeff, Larry and David Martin and nieces – Donna Cooper and Regina Virden and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert N. Johnson and Fannie Stacy Johnson, his first wife, Maxine Martin Johnson, second wife, Betty Gattis Moore Johnson, one brother, Herman Johnson;  three sisters-in-law, Jean Lois Johnson, Dot Rogers and Eula Mae Stidham and three brothers-in-law, J.R., Billy and Jerry Martin.

WILLA FAYE PEARSON

GOLDEN, MS. – Willa Faye Pearson, 79, died Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Clay County Medical Center in West Point, Ms. She was born in Itawamba County on May 18, 1934 to Willie and Pearlie Hamm and was a homemaker.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, October 7, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Ray Burks and Bro. Jack Maroon officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Golden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two sons – Randy Pearson, Saltillo and Terrell Pearson (Jeanece) Golden; three sisters-Mildred Petty, Birdie Kent (Herman) and Christine Hamm all of Golden; one brother-Tillman Hamm (Wanda) of Red Bay; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Price Pearson; an infant daughter, Amy Alisha Pearson and her parents.

Pallbearers will be Floyd Paden, James Arnold Marbutt, Johnny Burns, Roger Kennedy, Murray Morrow and Howard Morrow.  Honorary pallbearer will be Truman Peden.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Sunday, October 6, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, and until service time on Monday.


CHARLES BYRAM

TISHOMINGO, MS.  - Charles Owen Byram, 88, died Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Ms. Care Center, Corinth, Ms. He was born September 4, 1925 in Dennis, Ms. He was a photographer with McDonald-Douglas. He was an avid photographer and airbrush artist winning several awards for his restoration work. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in World War II and the U.S. Air Force.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 28, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms.  Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 67 years – Delyla Weathers Byram, Tishomingo, Ms.; one brother – Doyle Byram, Southaven, Ms. and nieces and nephews – Barney Byram, Sharon Powers, Marcus Murphy, Larry Coke, Cathy Zeigler, Randy Tribble and Gloria Beucler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Samuel Byram and Mabel Ethel Wetzel Byram.

Visitation will be 12-2 p.m. Saturday, September 28, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

LILLIE EATON

DENNIS, MS. – Lillie Eaton, 72, died Friday, September 20, 2013 at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. She was born December 20, 1940 in Mississippi and was a homemaker.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, September 23, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Mike Deaton and Bro. Roger Wood officiating. Burial will be in Assembly of Christ Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband of 25 years – James T. Eaton; two daughters – Renee Pafford (Mike) and Renita Harrison (Billy); step-daughter – Debra Ferguson (Larry); step-son – Jamie Eaton; five grandchildren – Jessica Pafford, Jennifer James (Gary), Jonathan Pafford, Joshua Harrison and Caleb Harrison; three step-grandchildren – Josh Brown (Ashley), Courtney Holcomb (Chad) and Coby Eaton; one great-grandchild – Devin James and three step-great-grandchildren – Jayden, Calie and Maverick; two sisters-Dorothy Daniels (Vernon) and Ruth Harris (Jimmy); one brother-Calvin Ozbirn (Patsy); sister-in-law-Irene Ozbirn.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Emily Clack Ozbirn; her father, Grady Calvin Ozbirn; a brother, Charlie Odell Ozbirn and an infant son, Michael John Credille.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Harrison, Caleb Harrison, Jonathan Pafford, Josh Brown, Jamie Eaton and Larry Eaton.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Sunday, September 22, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Monday.

NADINE LOVELESS

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Nadine South Loveless, 86, died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Baptist East, Memphis, Tn. She was born May 15, 1927 in Tishomingo County, Ms. She was director at Timber Hills and an active member of Paden Baptist Church.

There will be a private family service on Friday, September 20, with Bro. Dwight South officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery, Paden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son – Michael Loveless (Rondie) Tishomingo, Ms.; two daughters – Sondra Loveless-South, Munford, Tn. and Karen Morley (Lee) West Memphis, Ar.; four grandchildren – Kerry Loveless, Shalonie Tant, Matthew Loveless and Dale Gann and eight great-grandchildren – Jodi, Ben, Kara, Todd, Bryson, Brennan, Taylor and Kaliegh.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dexter Loveless, a son, Tim Loveless and a grandson, Jason Loveless.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 19, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

In lieu of flowers, donations/memorials may be made to Paden Baptist Church or American Cancer Society.

PRICE PEARSON

GOLDEN, MS. – Price Pearson, 83, died Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Clay County Medical Center in West Point, Ms. He was born December 15, 1929 in Mississippi. He was a retired carpenter and built houses all over the area.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, September 20, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Ray Burks and Bro. Jack Maroon officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Golden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 56 years – Faye Pearson, Golden, Ms.; two sons – Randy Pearson, Saltillo, Ms. and Terrell Pearson (Jeanece) Golden, Ms. and brothers and sisters – Cecil Pearson and Clydia Taylor, both of Fulton, Ms., Mavis Winchester, Red Bay, Al. and Danny Pearson, Golden, Ms.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Amy Alisha Pearson and a brother, Uvil Pearson.

Pallbearers will be Truman Peden, Floyd Paden, James Arnold Marbutt, Paul Pearson, Ed Garcia and Paul Greene.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, September 19, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Friday.

CLAUDE T. CLAY, JR.

PADEN, MS. – Claude Travis Clay, Jr., 70, died Saturday, September 14, 2013 at his residence. He was born April 6, 1943 in Ft. Benning, Ga. He was a machinist for 30 years and was a member of Tishomingo Church of Christ.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday, September 16, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. David Lambert officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery, Paden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 52 years – Carol Ann Clay, Paden, Ms.; one daughter – Cindy Denson (Jamie) Belmont, Ms.; one son – Chris Clay (Rolonda) Oxford, Ms.; nine grandchildren – Jessica Heath (Robert) Panama City, Fl., Brittany Branham (Ben) Belmont, Ms., Cara Beth Moore (Wesley), Cate Clay, Bojack Gray and Cara Gray, all of Oxford, Ms., Candace Kelly, Paden, Ms., Hannah Marie Cooper (Jesse) Cleveland, Ms. and Taylor Denson, Dennis, Ms. and seven great-grandchildren – Gracelyn, Wyatt, Amaya, Landon, Ava, Miles and Laiykin.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, R.C and Viola Barrett; parents, Claude T. Clay, Sr. and Juanita Clay Massey; a son, Casey Clay and a grandson, Caleb Wesley.

Pallbearers will be Robbie Jones, Bill Sells, Danny Brandon, Merle Williams, Duncan Powers and Wallace Wilson.

Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Monday, September 16, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimers Research, Tishomingo Church of Christ or a charity of choice.

JOE PARDUE
BALDWYN, MS –Joe Leonard Pardue, 58, died August 30, 2013 at NMMC.  He was born in Red Bay to Walter Scott and Gladys Pardue.  He was a business owner working in the timber industry.  He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Sunday, September 1 at 3:00 pm at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Jerry Mitchell officiating.  Burial will be in the Lindsey Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his daughter-Donisha Pardue of Florence; Fiance-Zenaida Dela Cerna; two sisters-Daphne Keeton (Claude) and Amelia Higginbottom (Charles); nieces and nephews-Camille Stanfield, Carissa Searcy, Ronson Higginbottom and Raymond Scott Pardue.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-Roger Scott Pardue.

Pallbearers will be Ronson Higginbottom, Phil Searcy, Shearl Pardue, Jeff Davis, Samuel Salter, Ronnie Cornhill and Charles Brown.

Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Belmont, MS.

R.C. GRIMES

DENNIS, MS. – R.C. Grimes, 94, died Monday, August 19, 2013 at Helen Keller Hospital. He was born November 6, 1918 in Prentiss County, Ms. He had been an employee of American Motors in Kenosha, Wi. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 22, at Deaton Funeral Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. David Gould officiating.  Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery, Golden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are five children – Bobby Grimes (Barbara) Golden, Ms., Sandra Grace Bennett (Frank) Dennis, Ms., Margaret Smith, Somerville, Al., Michael W. Grimes (Wanda) Lincoln, Al. and Ramona Armstrong (Terry) Red Bay, Al.; two brothers – Archie Tennison and Jewell Tennison; twelve grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Grimes, several brothers and sisters and a son-in-law, Kenneth Wayne Smith.

Pallbearers will be Scott Murphy, Jeremy Grimes, Heath Bond, Royce Hopkins, Lanny Gasaway and Scotty Gasaway.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 21, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Thursday.

WALTER WILLIS EMBREY

GOLDEN, MS. – Walter Willis Embrey, 86, went home to be with the Lord Monday, August 12, 2013.  He was born May 29, 1927 in Iuka, Ms. to William and Carrie Maxwell Embrey. He was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. He was a carpenter, worked at the railroad for 11 years and was a former employee of Tiffin Motor Homes.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. James Rutledge, Bro. Dean Warren and Ricky Beam officiating.
Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery, Golden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife – Mauree Beam Embrey, Golden, Ms.; three daughters – Sue Johnson, Willa Mitchell (Stanley) and Debbie Franks (Andy) all of Golden, Ms.; one son– Eugene Embrey (Stephanie) Golden, Ms.; one sister – Bobbie Loper of Arkansas; five grandchildren – Susan Monroe (Scotty), Clint Johnson, April Crum (Donald), Scottie Mitchell and Sheena Wood (Joey); six great-grandchildren – Hayden Monroe, Cassie Monroe, Courtney Crum, Brody Crum, Chyanne Wood and Adrianna Wood; one special sister-in-law – June Embrey; special caregiver – Tracy Hale & Generations of Red Bay nursing staff; special friend – Charles McFadden and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters-Willie Mae Robinson, Mattie Faye Barnes, Dovie Pearl Parrish and Zella Rae Steele; six brothers-Erskin, MT, Kenneth, Coleman, George and an infant brother and a son-in-law, Dan Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Embrey, Frankie Embrey, Johnny Embrey, Tom Embrey, Gary Beam and Terry Beam. Honorary pallbearers will be Clint Johnson, Scottie Mitchell, Hayden Monroe, Brody Crum, Joey Wood, Donald Crum and Scotty Monroe.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, August 13, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Wednesday.

EUNICE REYNOLDS

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Eunice Reynolds, 90, died Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Tishomingo Manor. She was born December 24, 1922 in Mississippi and was a homemaker. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday, August 12, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Tishomingo, Ms. with Bro. Billy Credille and Bro. Greg Woodruff officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by a brother, William Reynolds, two sisters, Ruby Hendrix and Jewell Puckett, two half-brothers, James Thomas Reynolds and Dalton Reynolds and two half-sisters, Mary Jane Borden and Mittie Butler.

Pallbearers will be Helton Puckett, Eddie Puckett, Benjiman Puckett, Chris Puckett and Greg Woodruff.

Visitation will be 11 a. m- 3 p.m. on Monday, August 12, at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

EVA JOHNSON

BELMONT, MS. – Eva Jo Johnson, 83, died Monday, August 5, 2013 at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born October 17, 1929 in Tennessee and was an office worker for Sears Corp. for thirty years. She was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms.

Services will be at 5 p.m. Friday, August 9, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Brian Weems officiating. Burial will be in Allen Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one daughter – Marla Jo Elrod (Mack) Bella Vista, Ar.; one grandson – Matthew Elrod, Bella Vista, Ar.; one sister – Nell Hodum, Walnut, Ms. and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlon Johnson.

Visitation will be 4-5 p.m. on Friday, August 9, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

TYLER GODDARD

BELMONT, MS. – Tyler Hunt Goddard, 23, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. He was born February 8, 1990 in Corinth, Ms. and was a Team Lead-Toyota Boshoku.

A Life Celebration will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Tishomingo United Methodist Church, 17 Natchez St., Tishomingo, Ms. with Bro. Tim Hankins officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son – Colt Leon Owens, Tupelo, Ms.; his parents – Danny and Phyllis Goddard, Belmont,Ms.; grandparents – Diane Pruitt, Tishomingo, Ms. and Dorothy Goddard, Belmont, Ms.; great-grandmother – Ora Pruitt Jones, Iuka, Ms.; special friend & brother by heart – Charlie Fernandes, Columbus, Ms.; Godmother & aunt – Mickie Gatlin, Saltillo, Ms.; childhood friends – Zach Eaton, Zack Tidwell, Mason Smith, Jared Goddard & Dylan Carr; aunts & uncles – Teresa McLain (Alan) and Randy Goddard (Michelle); cousin – Brantley Goddard and second father and close friend – Steve Smith.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents – Ray Pruitt and Darrell Goddard; great-grandmothers – Jeania Rae Nash and Bernice Goddard; great-great-grandmother – Ottie Parrish and Godfather and uncle – Tommy Gatlin.

Pallbearers will be Mason Smith, Zach Eaton, Charlie Fernandes, Jared Goddard, Zack Tidwell and Jeff Hurt. Honorary pallbearers will be the Toyota Boshoku Team.

Visitation will be 12-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Tishomingo United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tyler Goddard Memorial Fund, c/o First American National Bank, P.O. Box 837, Belmont, Ms. 38827.

EUGENE BOHANNON

GOLDEN, MS. – Eugene Bohannon, 84, died Monday, July 22, 2013 at his residence. He was born August 27, 1928 in Franklin County, Al. and was a logger. He was a member of Landmark Baptist Church, Tishomingo, Ms.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Landmark Baptist Church with Bro. Hal Holt officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife – Inner Jean Bohannon; one son – Randy Bohannon (Rhonda); four daughters – Kathy Wilemon, Patsy Kelton, Brenda Deaton (Donald) and Barbara Lindley (Tim); two sisters – Maxine Rea and Betty Jo Oliver; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Bohannon, his parents, Elick and Sarah Bohannon, two brothers, four sisters and two sons-in-law, Bobby Joe Wilemon and Larry George.

Pallbearers will be Greg Lindley, Chris Lindley, Jonathan George, Brent Barker, Chris Massey and Steven Clements.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Landmark Baptist Church and continue until service time on Wednesday.

SHERRON HENLEY

BELMONT, MS – Sherron Ruth Wanner Henley, 64, died Friday, July 19, at the Red Bay Hospital.  She was a registered nurse and she loved her dog Missy and her cat Miss Kitty.

Services will be Monday, July 22, at 3:00 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home chapel, Belmont, MS with Mike Deaton officiating.  Burial will be in Forrest Grove Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two children-Christina Henley of Lighthouse Point, FL and John Henley of Belmont; grandson-John Mason Henley; her mother-Marjorie Wanner of Belmont; two sisters-Patricia Poff of Belmont and Brenda Lubinski of East Pointe, MI; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father-Odis Melton Wanner; her sister-Nancy Lubinski and two brothers-in-law-Charles Poff and Eugene Lubinski.

Pallbearers will be Stacy Stepp, Horace Stepp, Alan Rouse, Andy Williams, Jason Coker and Victor Cabanas.

Visitation will be Monday, July 22, 11-3 at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

BOB RUSSELL

IUKA, MS. – Bobby Benjamin “Bob” Russell, 79, died Thursday, July 11, 2013 at his residence. He was born August 17, 1933 in Athens, Al. and was an employee of Tishomingo Power Company for more than 40 years.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jack Maroon officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son – Benjamin Russell, Jr. (Audra) Atlanta, Ga.; one granddaughter – Michaela Carol Russell; one grandson – Brasher Benjamin Russell; one sister – Juanita Miller, Athens, Al.; one brother – Billy Russell of Michigan and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Jean Russell, a daughter, Jala Russell, his parents, Brasher Benjamin Russell and Gladys Ware Russell and a brother, Doug Russell.

Pallbearers will be Randy Russell, Ronnie Russell, Jim Ferguson, Gary Russell, Dale Ferguson and Gaines Griffin.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ADM-IMEC Denton Legacy Inity, 410 Peachtree Pkwy. Suite, 4245, Cumming, Ga. 30041.

EUNICE PARDUE

DENNIS, MS. – Eunice Pardue, 79, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at the Iuka Hospital. She was born November 5, 1933 in Alabama and was a factory worker. She attended Highland Baptist Church, Tishomingo, Ms.

There will be no funeral services. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. assisted the family.

Survivors are one son – Kenneth Clingan (Ann) Dennis, Ms.; one daughter – Deb Clark (Dave) Paducah, Ky.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by two children - John David Clingan and Patricia Ann Sparks.

ROBERT WILLIAMS

BELMONT, MS. – Robert Lee Williams, 95, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Southern Magnolia in Golden. He was born in Alabama to Andrew and Leona Alice Massey Williams.  He worked at Blue Bell for over 30 years and was a farmer.  He and his wife Hazel owned and operated Williams Florist for many years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont MS with John Williams, Kevin Williams and James Gibson officiating.  Burial will be in Joel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two sons-Wallace Williams (Glenda) and John Williams (Betty) all of Dennis; six grandchildren-Keith Williams, Bret Williams, Cindy Bullock, Alan Williams, Jennifer Guyton and Kevin Williams; thirteen great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by wife-Hazel Williams; a son-James Williams.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Dees, Joey Moore, J.P. Wilemon, Jr., James Holcomb, Ronnie Bullock and Jamie Guyton.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS and until service time Saturday.


CLIFTON H. ORICK

DENNIS, MS. – Clifton H. Orick, 80, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at North Ms. Medical Center. He was a native of Mississippi and a television technician for 25 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two daughters – Ginger and Christopher Barritt of Saltillo, Ms. and Michelle and Ken Kay of Tupelo, Ms.; grandchildren – Shaun & Lisa Duncan of Tucson, Az., Charlie & Angela Tharp of Saltillo, Ms., Christopher & Angela Duncan of Tupelo, Ms. and Wendy Kay of Jackson, Ms.; six great-grandchildren – Alex Duncan, Shaun Michael Duncan, Zoie Tharp, William Duncan, Chaz Tharp and Anthony Duncan; one sister – Myra Sue Osborn, Boaz, Al.; two nieces – Mitzi McLaurine and Rebecca Kinney and one nephew – Tony Osborn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sebaston and Essie Orick, his brother, Charles Orick and a daughter, Penny Ann Orick.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Barritt, Charlie Tharp, Christopher Duncan, Steve Johnson, Kenney Wooldridge and Brad Patterson. Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Johnson and Conroy Johnson.

Visitation will be 10 a.m.-12  Friday, July 5, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

GENE SPARKS

BELMONT, MS-Audie Gene Sparks, 80, died Saturday, June 22, at NMMC.  He was born in Tishomingo County, MS to Audie Bryan and Lera Mae Johnson Sparks.  He was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean War.  He was a member and deacon of New Bethel Baptist Church where he also served as Sunday school teacher.  He was a retired teacher.  He was principal at Belmont Elementary, bus driver and PE coach with an avid love of basketball.

Services will be Monday, June 24, 2:00 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. Brian Weems and Mike Deaton officiating.  Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife-Peggy Sparks of Belmont; three daughters-Lisa Clarin of Corinth, Tracy Eubanks (Scott) of Golden and Amy Goss (Eddy) of Dennis; six grandchildren-Mary Heather Martin (Jason), Breanna Brown (Todd), Hannah Johnson (Zach), Dane Eubanks, Kaleb Eaton and Addy Goss; two great grandchildren-Lily and Ruby Martin; two step grandchildren-Eric and Jake Goss; two sisters-Maxine Pardue and Mabel Alexander; three sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-Lex Sparks and Delbert Sparks.

Pallbearers will be Joe Chumbley, Evonne Newell, James Segars, Greg Sparks, Wade Pardue and Floyd Henry.  Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday school class.

Visitation will be from 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday, June 23 and until service time on Monday.


AUDREY MAE STRICKLAND

GOLDEN, MS. – Audrey Mae Strickland, 85, died Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Southern Magnolia Estates, Golden, Ms. She was born April 17, 1928 in Alabama and was a homemaker. She was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Belmont Memory Gardens, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Roger Wood officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one daughter – Donna S. Ivy (Tillman) Golden, Ms.; one granddaughter – Lesley Jones (Will) Memphis, Tn.; one sister – Madge Logan, Memphis, Tn.; three sisters-in-law – Mary Graham (John), Alene Wiginton (Elton) and Betty Montgomery, all of Golden, Ms. and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, S.A. Strickland, her parents, Tom Inman and Sarah Shelton Inman and two sisters, Thelma Forgerty and Faye Barnhill.

Pallbearers will be Dudley Strickland, Andrew Strickland, Ralph Montgomery and Joe Bostick.

CLAUDIE S. WOOD

GOLDEN, MS. – Claudie S. Wood, 77, died Monday, June 17, 2013 at Tishomingo Manor, Iuka, Ms. He was born April 4, 1936 in Itawamba County, Ms. and was retired from Sunshine Homes. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Calvary Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Randy Buse and Bro. Chris Higginbottom officiating. Burial will be in Holly Springs Cemetery, Atwood, Al. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 52 years – Ann Wood, Golden, Ms.; three children – Paul Wood, New Albany, Ms., Jennifer Wood, Golden, Ms. and Heather Underwood (Byron) Red Bay, Al.; three grandchildren – Dustin, Hunter and Jack; two step-grandchildren – Laken Reno & Morgan Higginbottom; four step-great-grandchildren – Noah, Rylan, Ava and Layla; two sisters – Shirley Mink, Zion, Il. and LaRee Parker (Jerry) Tremont, Ms.; two brothers – Bertie Wayne Wood (Dorothy) and Larry Joe Wood (Kathryn), all of Belmont, Ms.

He was preceded in death by his parents,  Oliver Wood and Florence Sartain Wood, a sister, Wilma Jean Wigginton and a brother, Ralph Wood.

Pallbearers will be Woody Watson, Tony Sparks, Dicky Turvaville, Lowell James, Jerry Morris and Greg Pharr. Honorary pallbearer will be Billy Credille.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Calvary Baptist Church and until service time on Wednesday.

BOBBY PARDUE

BELMONT, MS – Bobby Keith Pardue, 48, died Saturday, June 15 in Ripley, MS.  He was born November 28, 1964 in Red Bay.  He was a skilled mechanic and he never met a stranger. 

Services will be Wednesday, June 19, at 4:00 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. David Gould officiating.  Burial will be in Joel Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by four children-Christopher Pardue, LeAnn Pardue, Toni Mariea Pardue and Bobby Joe Pardue all of Hamilton, AL; seven grandchildren; his step-mother-Paula Pardue of Cherokee; four brothers-Wade Pardue, Tony Pardue, Johnathan Pardue and Corey Pardue; two sisters-Lori Pruitt and Megan Pardue Clements; special friend - Rejetta Jumper and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father-Larry Gene Pardue and his mother-Wanda Lynch Pardue Holder.

Pallbearers will be Wade Pardue, Anthony Pardue, Corey Pardue, Shannon Clements, Chad Pruitt and Maxwell Powell.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 18, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont and until service time Wednesday.

MARY LOU EMERSON

BELMONT, MS. – Mary Lou Emerson, 66, died Friday, June 14, 2013 at her nephews residence in Collins, MS. She was born in Belmont and was a homemaker.  She was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.

Services will be Tuesday, June 18, at 2:00 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, MS with Bro. Shawn Davis officiating.  Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her nephew-Jimmy Emerson (Belinda) of Collins, MS; her aunt-Polly Pounders of Belmont; great nieces and nephews-Amanda, Matthew, Michael and Gaylan.

She was preceded in death by her parents-James Edward and Irene Pounders Emerson; her brother-J.W. Emerson and two infant children.

Pallbearers will be Alan Hutcheson, Harmon Davis, Rocky Hughes, Kane Harris, Jeff Mahan and Canaan Harris.

Visitation will be Monday, June 17. 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS and until service time Tuesday.

AUDREY MAE HAMMETT

DENNIS, MS. – Audrey Mae Hammett, 97, died Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Generations of Red Bay. She was born February 9, 1916 in Alabama and was a factory worker at Blue Bell. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. Brian Weems officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery, Golden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are three children – Wreathel Davis and Bob Hammett, both of Dennis, Ms. and Faye Wells, Belmont, Ms.; eight grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Hammett, her parents, Walter Partain and Minnie Shedd Partain, one great-grandchild, five brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Roberts, Mark Irvin, Joel Wells, Shane Hammett, Tony Pannell, Trevor Pannell, Jeremy Pannell and Zachary Pannell.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and she will lie in state 1-2 p.m. on Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church.

ALVIN WELCH SR.

GOLDEN, MS. – Alvin Nelson Welch, Sr., 73, died Thursday, June 6, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Pennsylvania to Herbert and Dora Merrill Welch.  He built homes and was retired from Sun-Air Products.

Services will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, at his home. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS assisted the family.

He is survived by his wife Anna M. Peluso Welch whom he married on September 2, 1967; his son-Alvin N. Welch, Jr. (Crystal) of Shinglehouse, PA; his daughter-Cindy A. Fisch (Barry) of Golden; 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; six sisters-Jean, Hazel, June, Ruth, Wilma and Connie; two brothers-Lamont and Vernon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several siblings.


ROGER THORN

BELMONT, MS. – Roger Dale Thorn was born June 28, 1951 to Leonard and Marie Thorn. He departed this earthly home on June 3, 2013. He enjoyed farming and spending time with his grandchildren, Tucker Daylen and Alyssa Marie. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his grandson and granddaughter. He was a life-long farmer and insurance crop adjuster for 26 years. He was a member of Old Union Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be at 5 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Old Union Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Mark Daily and Bro. Jerry Ginn officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 39 years – Debbie Gattis Thorn; son – Ricky Don Thorn; two grandchildren – Tucker and Alyssa; four sisters – Margie Chaffin (Bob), Betty Jo Cole (Harold), Annette Lindsey (HB) and Barbara Barron (Grandel); two brothers – James Thorn (Ann) and Steve Thorn (Deborah); mother-in-law – Johnny Mae Gattis; sister-in-law – Jean Starkey (Richard); brothers-in-law – Tom Gattis, Rick Gattis (Lynn) and Don Gattis and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Woodrow Gattis and an infant brother.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Old Union Baptist Church.

RODNEY TUTOR

GOLDEN, MS – Rodney Dale Tutor, 61, died Friday, May 31, 2013 at NMMC. He was born in Pontotoc to Arlis and Rozelle Walls Tutor.  He was a mechanic.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Andy Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery, Golden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife-Bonnie Tutor of Golden, Ms.; two daughters-Angela Huffman (Mike) of Iuka, Ms. and Crystal Holley (Rodney) of Golden, Ms.; four grandchildren-Erica, Amber, Amy and Spider; four great-grandchildren and two sisters-Faye Alexander and Virginia Pendergrass.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-Rodney Tutor II; brothers and sisters-Pat Jenkins, Anita Wages and Richard Tutor.

Pallbearers will be Ray Higginbottom, Chris Cato, Jessie Embrey, Jason Russell, Paul Gray and Bryan Ray.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Monday, June 3, and until service time Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

FRANCES KENNEDY

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Frances Lee Neal Kennedy died Saturday, May 25, 2013 at North Ms. Medical Center. Frances devoted her time to her family. Her later years were spent enjoying her grandchildren and encouraging them to be successful in life. For the past year and a half, Frances and her great-grandson, Baby Ty, had become constant companions, loving and encouraging each other. She was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. with Mike Deaton officiating.  Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband of 68 years – Dwight Kennedy, Tishomingo, Ms.; two daughters – Phyllis Whitlock (Paul) Iuka, Ms. and Cheryl Hood (Mark) Blue Springs, Ms.; five grandchildren – Amy Whitlock, Kinsley Nunley (B.J.), Jon-Paul Whitlock (Kendra), Laken Hood and Trevor Hood; one great-grandson – Ty Nunley; two sisters – Joy Strickland and Eddie Jean Murff and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kimberly Brook Whitlock, her parents, Judson & Audrey Neal and a brother, Dwight Neal.

Pallbearers will be Paul Whitlock, Mark Hood, Jon-Paul Whitlock, Trevor Hood, B.J. Nunley and Barney Dick. Honorary pallbearers will be Ty Nunley, Trail Nunley, Kim Dawson, Gene Browning and Larry Greene.

Visitation will be 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.


JENNIE RUSHING

DENNIS, MS. – Jennie Mae Solomon Rushing, 83, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at her residence. She was born May 15, 1930 in Iuka, Ms. and was retired from Tishomingo State Park. She was a member of Highland Baptist Church, Tishomingo, Ms.

Services will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Highland Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Daily and Bro. Bill Burcham officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband of 65 years – Tulon Rushing, Dennis, Ms.; two daughters – Karen Reed, Dennis, Ms. and Paula Rushing (Richard Thompson) Tishomingo, Ms.; four grandchildren – Kerry & Amy Loveless, Normal, Il., Dyon & Melissa Reed,  England, Ar., Melanie & Jimmy Arnold, Tishomingo, Ms. and Sandy& Ronnie Donahue, Booneville, Ms.; two step-grandchildren – Valerie & Steve Wheeler, Golconda, Il. and Tara and Brady Siress, Benton, Ky.; ten great-grandchildren – Jordan & Ashley Arnold, Okinawa, Japan, Payton Arnold, Tishomingo, Ms., Dalton & Conner Donahue, Booneville, Ms., Jody & Daniel Rittenhouse and Kara & Todd Loveless, all of Normal, Il. and Kendahl Reed;  five step-great-grandchildren; three step-great-great-grandchildren; a lifelong friend – Earline Browning and special friend – Gary Ramsey, Zachary, La.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Milton Solomon and Maggie Florence Page Solomon, two brothers, Lamar & Leon Solomon and an infant sister.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Arnold, Ronnie Donahue, Richard Thompson, Payton Arnold, Kerry Loveless and Dyon Reed. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Browning, Gary Ramsey, James Browning, David Browning, Mike Butler, Dalton Donahue and Conner Donahue.

Visitation will be 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at Highland Baptist Church

LUTHER WILTSHIRE

BELMONT, MS –Luther Howard “Bone” Wiltshire, 91, died May 22, at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, AL.  He was born January 30, 1922 in Carroll County, MS.  He was a brick mason and a veteran of the US Air Force serving during WWII.  He enjoyed spending time at the Tishomingo State Park.

Funeral services will be Sunday, May 26 at 5:00 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont with Bro. Greg Forbus and Buddy Wiltshire officiating.  Burial will be in the Sand Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home Belmont, MS will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived two daughters-Linda Dawn Wiltshire of Columbus, OH and Sandra Fawn Fields of Aurora, CO; one son-Randy Scott Wiltshire of Jackson Hole, WY; five grandchildren-Lt. William Christopher Howard McBride (Cheryl), Catherine Louise Roswell (Ewan), Cheri Leianne McBride-Moon (Arlo), Kelly Dardis (Ken) and Angie Fields; eight great grandchildren-Gage and Bradley McBride, Liam and Elizabeth Roswell, William McBride and Zachariah Moon; nieces and nephews-Jeannie “Doodle” Potts, Gayle “BeBe” Lewis, Jerry Curtis Streetman, Phyllis Strickland, Sylvia Chamblee, Dixie Griffin, Buddy Wiltshire and Donna McAnally; numerous great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents-Jake Pickens and Jennie Greer Wiltshire; four brothers and sisters-Frank Pickens Wiltshire, Henry Andrew Wiltshire, Minnie Streetman and George Lee Wiltshire.

Visitation will be from 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, May 26 at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tishomingo County Adult Day Care, P.O. Box 335, Dennis, MS  38838.  

MAZEL SCOTT

DENNIS, MS. – Mazel Scott, 89, died Friday, May 24, 2013 at The Meadows, Fulton, Ms. She was born November 4, 1923 in Tennessee and was a housewife. She attended Tishomingo Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Robbie Crane officiating. Burial will be in Harmontown Baptist Church Cemetery, Como, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son – Bobby Scott (Charlotte) Dennis, Ms.; five grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; her twin sister – Hazel E. Spinola, Memphis, Tn.; one brother – Harry Butler (Etheline) Memphis, Tn. and a sister-in-law – Sue Butler, Memphis, Tn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor R. Scott, a son, Victor L. Scott, a grandson, Ryan Scott and a brother, Frank Butler.

Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baptist Children’s Village or American Cancer Society.


MARILYN CRANE

BELMONT, MS. – Marilyn Brosious Crane, 52, died Thursday, May 16, 2013 at UAB, Birmingham, Al. She was born November 4, 1960 in Booneville, Ms. and was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms.


Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at First Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Ray Burks, Bro. Greg Forbus and Bro. David Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.


Survivors are her husband – Tommy Crane, Belmont, Ms.; three daughters – Samantha Johnson (Lee) Belmont, Ms., Devin Fancher (Grant) Mooreville, Ms. and Nikki Tacker (John Michael) Thaxton, Ms.; two grandchildren – Ridge Tacker and Stella Johnson; her mother – Margie Brosious, Belmont, Ms.; two brothers – Frankie Brosious, Belmont, Ms. and Eddie Brosious, Nashville, Tn. and several aunts, uncles and very special friends.


She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Brosious and her grandparents, Lola and Tommy Chambers and Leslie and Celestie Brosious.


Pallbearers will be Greg Pharr, Wayne Stanfield, Woody Watson, Bill Petree, Steve Ratliff and Pete Brandon.


Visitation will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at First Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms.


BILLY GENE PAGE

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Billy Gene Page, 79, died Thursday, May 16, 2013 at his residence. He was born August 24, 1933 in Tishomingo, Ms. and had worked at Consolidated Aluminum, Iuka, Ms. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and served on the Tishomingo County School Board 1977-1983.


Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with John Williams officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo  Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.


Survivors are his wife of 56 years – Carol Page, Tishomingo, Ms.; two sons – Billy A. Page (Lisa) Tuscumbia, Al. and Bobby Page (Marsha) Tishomingo, Ms.; three grandchildren – Michael, Laken and Jeremy Page; five great-grandchildren – Austin, Breanna, Cash, Briley and Lilly and one sister – Helen Baker, Booneville, Ms.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Austin Martin Page and Lila Smith Page, a grandson, Robert Page, a brother, Harold Page and a sister, Virginia Rose Riddle.


Pallbearers will be Michael Page, Austin Page, David Page, Bruce Coats, Bobby Smith, Tim Buchanan and Robert Buchanan.


Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


EDDIE MAE BROWN

GOLDEN, MS. – Eddie Mae Hutson Brown, 84, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Sanctuary Hospice, Tupelo, Ms. She was born March 20, 1929 in Tremont, Ms. She served as town clerk and secretary of Golden Water Association for 20 years. She also served as Mayor of Golden. She was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Mickey Trammel and Bro. Shawn Davis officiating. Burial will be in Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hodges, Al. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her children – Danny Brown (Vickie), Kay Brown, Ronnie Brown (Janie), A.J. Brown (Barbara) and Sherry Brown; six grandchildren – Kevin Brown, Jarrod Brown, Matthew Brown, Katie Benefield, Kassi Rushing and Julianna Bostrom; seven great-grandchildren – Aidan & Ethan Benefield, Conner & Keagan Brown and Carter, Camyrn & Paige Brown; one brother – Carl Hutson (Dorothy); sister-in-law – Helen Brown Williams and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A.J. Brown and her parents, A.E. Hutson and Willie Spence Hutson.

Pallbearers will be Harmon Davis, Graylon Cromeans, Kane Harris, Jackie Hastings, Chris Moore and David Moore.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service

time on Saturday.


DOT BUSHART


BETHEL SPRINGS, TN. – Dot Bushart, 62, died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at McNairy Regional Health Center, Selmer, Tn. She was born June 6, 1950 in Pikeville, Ky. She was a member of Eastside Church of Christ, Selmer, Tn.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Don Singleton officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband of 18 years – Dennis Bushart, Bethel Springs, Tn.; three sons – Howard Joseph Boggs Jr. (Tonie) and Robert Louis Boggs (Kellie) all of Bethel Springs, Tn. and David Eugene Boggs (Amanda) Henderson, Tn.; eight grandchildren – Jessica Nicole Boggs, Joseph Michael Boggs, Jordan Lynn Boggs, Kassidy Morgan Boggs, Kaitlyn Breann Boggs, Ethan Samuel Boggs, Alexis Michelle Boggs and Dylan Eugene Boggs; two sisters – Norma Jean Boggs (Pete) and Brenda Sue George (Turley); one brother – Larry Gale Hemby (Terry) and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Samuel Hemby and Maudie Mae Crocket Hemby, one sister, Linda Boggs and one brother, Bobby Louis Hemby.

Pallbearers will be Adam Jones, Butch Jones, Derrick Cobb, Errick Cobb, Ethan Boggs and James Oaks.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Thursday.


JEANIA RAE NASH


TISHOMINGO, MS. – Jeania Rae Nash, 81, died Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Southern Magnolia Estates, Golden, Ms. She was born July 9, 1931 in Tishomingo County, Ms. and was retired from Blue Bell.  She was a member of Tishomingo United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Tishomingo United Methodist Church with Bro. Tim Hankins and Bro. Roger Wood officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two daughters – Diane Pruitt, Tishomingo, Ms. and Mickie Gatlin, Saltillo, Ms.; three grandchildren – Phyllis Goddard (Danny), Grant Gatlin and Drew Gatlin; one great-grandson – Tyler Goddard; one great-great-grandson – Colt Owens and one brother-Billy “Bud” Parrish, New Albany, Ms.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Roy Nash, her parents, Fred Lawrence Parrish and Ottie Deaton Parrish and two sons-in-law – Tommy Gatlin and Ray Pruitt.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Monday,  April 22, at Tishomingo United Methodist Church and until service time on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tishomingo United Methodist Church.

CAROLYN HUTCHESON

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Carolyn Sue Hutcheson, 66, died Friday, April 19, 2013 at the North Ms. Medical Center. She was born July 6, 1946 in Alabama, was a homemaker and a ham radio operator for 20 years.  She was a member of Forrest Grove Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Forrest Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Andy Elliott officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Grove Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband of 53 years – Lloyd Hutcheson, Tishomingo, Ms.; three daughters – Sherry Norris (Joe), Teresa Bostick (Joe) and Sharon Horn (Brian); two brothers – Walter Wilson and Johnny Wilson; six grandchildren – Andrew Straub (Candi), Chris Straub, Brittany Singleton, Eric Straub, Kristin Kennedy and April Walls and nine great-grandchildren – MacKenzie Straub, Jeremiah Straub, Kristen Crum, Kandi Horn, Dillon Horn, Cody Daniel, Ryan Kennedy, Karlee Straub and Payton Davis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bryant and Ethel Wilson and two brothers, Billy Wilson and J.D. Wilson.

Pallbearers will be Larry Southern, Joe Norris, Brian Horn, Andy Straub, Wade Hutcheson and Steve Parrish. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Bostick, Eric Straub and Chris Straub.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Forrest Grove Baptist Church and until service time on Sunday.

EVELYN CASHION

GOLDEN, MS. – Evelyn Fancher Cashion, 92, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home in Iuka, Ms. She was born October 28, 1920 in Tishomingo County, Ms. and she was a member of Golden Chapel United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, at Golden Chapel United Methodist Church with Bro. Bobby Hankins, Ron Deaton and David Conley officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, Al. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are three children – Lynn Cashion Green (Harry) Hilton Head Island, S.C., Robert Cashion (Gunita) and Richard Cashion, all of Golden, Ms.; seven grandchildren – David Cashion Green (Lori), Mark Judson Green (Jennifer), Bryant Cashion (Dana), Amanda Ledbetter (Hal), Katie Crane (David), Breana Cashion and Bret Cashion and thirteen great-grandchildren – Cashion, Soyar, Preston, Kate, Charlie and Luke Green, Robert and Olivia Cashion, Maggie and Madeline Ledbetter and Ava, Anderson and Adele Crane.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert Cashion, her parents, Alexander Vinson Fancher and Alma Bostick Fancher and her brothers and sisters , Prebble Harlow, Arvis Clark, Marie Fancher, Dick Fancher, Dale Fancher, Deveral David Fancher, Luke Fancher and Virginia Yarber.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Fancher, Joe Yarber, Dicky Sparks, Chuck Cashion, Charlie Paden and Larry Fancher. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Clark and Eddie Webber.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Golden Chapel United Methodist Church and until service time on Friday.

JULIA RUSSELL

BELMONT, MS. – Julia Maxine Yarber Russell, 85, died Friday, April 12, 2013 at her residence. She was the eleventh child of James Lafayette “Jim” Yarber and Francis “Fannie” Jane Montgomery Yarber.   She was born June 20, 1927 on their farm in Belmont. She married Orville Ray Russell, son of Finous and Lillian Russell on March 16, 1946. Ray went into the U.S. Army later that year and she lived with her parents during that time.

When Ray was discharged from the Army, they moved to Oklahoma shortly thereafter. A few years later, they moved to St. Louis, Missouri where Ray’s sister and husband lived. They lived there for 19 years and it was there they were blessed with their three children.

Julia and Ray worshipped at West End  Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School for many years. She had a lovely soprano voice that many commented upon.  She helped her husband as he served as a deacon and elder.

The time came that they began to move south – home. Julia and Ray joined his parents farming although he worked in White Bluff, Tn. The bookkeeping became Julia’s job along with gardening that filled three deep freezers.  She doctored horses, fed cattle and delivered calves among other cattle farming chores.

She loved to cook, sew, crochet and participate as a team mother for her sons ball teams. She loved to watch all sports on television.  She is sorely missed by her family and friends already.  Her grandchildren were grand and her great-grandchildren were even greater. She was a member of Maud Church of Christ of Maud, Al.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Ron Deaton and Bro. Jerry Ginn officiating. Burial will be in Russell Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband of 67 years – Orville Ray Russell, Belmont, Ms.; three children – Donald Ray Russell (Gail) Tupelo, Ms., Samuel Lee Russell (Diane) Belmont, Ms. and Cynthia Louise Russell Leach (Steve) Dickson, Tn.; grandchildren – Dave Russell (Deanna), Cory Russell (Carrie), Haley Russell, Lee Russell (Chondra),  Melissa Brandon (Dustin), Katilyn Russell, Shawn Russell, Makhia Russell, Daniel, Chelsey and Mary Rachel Leach; great-grandchildren – Dalton and Cole Brandon, Ty Russell, Aubree and Trace Russell and Addi and Maddox Becker; one brother – James L. Yarber Jr. (Shirley) and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Esco, Roscoe, Otho and Floyd “Pete” Yarber and her sisters, Lera Lee, Lorene Yarber, Reba Deaton, Edna Page, Rachel Stout and Willie Deaton McNiece.

Pallbearers will be Dave Russell, Lee Russell, Cory Russell, Daniel Leach, Wayne Enlow, Terry Enlow, Shawn Russell and Dustin Brandon. Honorary pallbearer will be Charles Deaton.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Sunday.


HERMAN LINDSEY

DENNIS, MS. – Herman Bostick Lindsey, 98, died Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Magnolia Regional Health Center, Corinth, Ms. He was born February 5, 1915 in Dennis, Ms. and had worked as a market manager for several chain grocery stores.  He was a member of Dennis United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the Army Air Force serving in World War II.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Ronnie Goodwin and Bro. Robert Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two daughters – Barbara Graham and June DeVore (Steve) all of Iuka, Ms.; eight grandchildren – Kathy Sherard, Matthew Lindsey, Michael Lindsey, Andrea Richardson, Kimberly Williams, Gail Muse, Wendy Hudson and Andy Weaver and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Lindsey, a son, Alieff Larry Lindsey, his parents, James Poke Lindsey and Lennie Melinda Flurry Lindsey, five sisters and one brother.

Pallbearers will be Brandon DeVore, Ben Sherard, Charles Gilmer, Wallace Wilson, Galon Nichols and Jerry Lindsey. Honorary pallbearers will be his great-grandsons, Dillon Hudson and Johnnie Dean Hudson.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Wednesday.

SAMUEL C. DICKINSON

GOLDEN, MS. – Samuel C. Dickinson, 85, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Southern Magnolia Estates, Golden, Ms. He was born November 11, 1927 in Mississippi and was an employee at Golden Manufacturing for 30 years. He was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church and he served in the U.S. Army.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Golden Central Baptist Church, Golden, Ms. with Bro. Mickey Trammel and Bro. Shaun Davis officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Golden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his half-brother –W.C. Dickinson, Haleyville, Al., four nephews and three nieces.

Pallbearers will be Brian Page, Greg Peppers, Graylin Cromeans, Wayne Dickinson, Mike Byram and Harmon Davis.

Visitation will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Golden Central Baptist Church.

 

 



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