Edna Earl Watkins
Houston - Edna Earl Watkins, 84, died Friday, November 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Madden, MS, to Jackson Murphy "Bud" and Hattie Mae Sanders on July 28, 1929. She had worked at Ceramic Tile in Houston and she attended the Word of Life Church in Tupelo.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 24, at 2 pm at the Thorn Church of God with Brothers Tommy Galloway and Arnold Amason officiating. Interment will follow in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery. There will be visitation with the family from 5 to 8 pm Saturday, November 23, at the funeral home.
Survivors include children: Carol Burgess & Leon of Houston, Billy Watkins & Judy of Houston, Robert Watkins of Tupelo, and Brenda Brassfield & Jamie of Houston; her sister Natha Lee "Dunk" Wooldridge & Buck of Belden; her brother J.T. Gill & Eunice of Pontotoc; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Bud & Hattie Mae Sanders, a sister Mable Gilmer and a brother W. E. "Ebb" Sanders.
Serving as pallbearers are the following: Billy Watkins, Jr., Austin Watkins, Chance Black, Abdias Hernandez, Stanley Watkins & Tony Watkins.
Emma Frances Duncan
Houston-Emma Frances Duncan, 87, died Monday, November 18, 2013 at Shearer Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. She was born on March 28, 1926 to Richard G. Boyce and Sally Huffman Boyce. She owned and operated a beauty shop in Memphis until her retirement when she moved to Houston. She was a member of Macedonia Methodist Church
Funeral services will be Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Macedonia Methodist Church with Brother Gregg Worthey & Brother Steve Lampkin officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, November 21, 2013 9:00 to 11:00 at Macedonia Methodist Church. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her caretakers: Gerald and Ruby Worthey & Jimmy and Shirley Davis; several nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Duncan; a daughter, Kimmie Dale Duncan; and three brothers; Curtis Boyce, Will Boyce and Jady Boyce.
Jimmy Ray "Joker" Wright
Houston-Jimmy Ray "Joker" Wright, 57, died Sunday, November 17, 2013 at his home. He was born August 7, 1956 in Calhoun County but lived most of his life in Chickasaw County. He was disabled. He was a member of Thorn Church of God.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 10:00 at Thorn Church of God with Brother Arnold Amason and Brother Caleb Bolton officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Houston. Visitation will be Monday, November 18, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 at Thorn Church of God.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Jean Wright; one daughter, Monica Brooks & Tyler; one son, Matthew Wright & Katylynn; one grandson Justin McManus and one expected granddaughter Allie Beth Brooks, all of Houston; his mother Betty Johnson of Vardaman.
He was preceded in death by his father David Johnson
Pallbearers: Fred Webster, Calvin Smith, Tyler Brooks, Jimmy Sanders, Odell Burgess and Corey Hannon; honorary pallbearers: Jonah Webster and Justin McManus.
Ruby Kay Romero
Pittsboro - Ruby Kay Romero, 69, died at the Joy Health Center in Cleveland, MS, Thursday, October 31, 2013. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at 2 pm at the Church of God of Prophecy in Bruce, with Brother Sherman Adams officiating. Burial will follow in the Rocky Mt. Cemetery.
Mrs. Romero was born August 3, 1944, to Rube E. and Beatrice Cleveland, in Calhoun County. She was a factory seamstress and a housewife. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Bruce.
Survivors include her husband, Serfin Romero; five daughters: Sheron Sanders of Old Town, Lisa Carol Mills of Bruce, Tammy Kay Sanders and Penny Neblett, both of Old Town, and Regina McKeller of Bentley; once son David Ray Sanders of Pittsboro; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Serving as pallbearers are the following: Alan Brassfield, Tommy Mills, Spencer Killebrew, Brandon Ard, Jessie Ard, and Patrick Sanders.
Robert Lynn Walls
Houlka - Robert Lynn Walls, 59, died Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born December 29, 1953, to Junior Lee and Lula May Walls, in Vardaman. He had worked as a water well digger with Parks & Parks Water Well Service in Houston. He served in the US Army during the Viet Nam era. He was a Nazarene.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 3 o'clock pm at Southern Funeral Chapel, with Brothers Johnny Cherry and Jim Hewitt officiating. Burial will follow in Ellzey Cemetery. There will be visitation at the funeral home with family from noon until the service.
Mr. Walls is survived by his wife Debbie Collums Walls of Houlka; his mother, Lula May Walls of Houlka; 3 daugters: Sarah Dick & Josh of Sioux Falls, SD, Susan Lee and Carrie Anna Walls of the home; 2 grandchildren: Emersyn and McKenzie Dick of Sioux Falls, SD; his brothers Phillip Walls of Anchorage, AK and Stanley Walls of Houlka; a sister Debbie Wright of Houlka.
He was preceded in death by his father, Junior Lee Walls.
Buddy Schwalenberg, Nick Duncan, B.J. Schwalenberg, Rick Parham, David Criddle, & David Harrell will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers include Phillip Walls, Stanley Walls and Danny Wright
Modera Anne Wheeler Horne
Pontotoc - Anne Horne, 80, formerly of Houston, died at the Sunshine Health Center in Pontotoc, Friday, October 18, 2013. She had worked at a glove factory in years past, but most recently had volunteered her service at Trace Regional Hospital as a Pink Lady. She had earned a 2000 hours of service pin. She was also a Nazarene.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 3 pm at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Scott Samuell officiating. There will be visitation with the family from 1 until service time at the funeral home. She will be interred at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter Julia Anne Griffin of Pontotoc, a granddaughter Samantha Ray, also of Pontotoc; two Grandsons: Robert Voyles of Ecru and Jeffery Seele of Roanoak, VA; five great-grandchildren: Celina Ray, Summer Ray, and Sharon Ray, Lauren Voyles and Hunter Voyles; Five Brothers: R.C. Wheeler of Houston, Bobby Wheeler of Baldwin, J.D. Wheeler of May, TX, Jimmy Dale Wheeler, of TX; Four Sisters: Ruby Lowe of Nashville, TN, Martha Faye Robertson of Mt. Juliet, TN, Peggy Cole of Sherman, Brenda Phillips of Elberta AL; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Randle Wheeler and Robert Wayne Wheeler and one sister Alvis Ray.
Robert Keith "Pete" Naron
Houston-Robert Keith "Pete" Naron, 57, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at his home. He was born August 26, 1956 to John Edwin Naron "Paw" and Peggy June Pumphrey Naron "Maw". He worked in various area factories and delivered cars to the local car dealerships until he became disabled. He served in the US Army from 1975 until 1981. He was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be Friday, October 4, 2013 at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Mike Jolly officiating. Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery. There will be a visitation with the family from 11:00 to 2:00 Friday, October 4 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made toward funeral expenses.
He is survived by his mother, Peggy Naron of Houston; two children: Ashley Naron and Robby Naron, both of Houston; his siblings: Chuck Naron of Calvert, TX , Vicki Moorehead, Tammy Johnson, Nathan Naron and Kim Alexander, all of Houston:; 2 grandchildren: Avery Eli Naron and Miley Elisabeth Naron both of Houston; Special friends: Lisa Reese and his hospice nurse, Carol Crausby; a host of his children's friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cassie Naron who died in 1998, and his father Johnny Naron.
Pallbearers: Keith Davis, Robbie Weaver, Tim Finn, Ray Owens, Chance Johnson, Drew Moore and John Cameron Moore; Honorary Pallbearers: Chuck King and Tony Gregory
Southaven - Bobbie J. Anderson, 84, died at the Desoto Health Care of Desoto County on Saturday, September 28, 2013. She was born June 26, 1929, to Tidie Crew and Robbie Jacobs Crew, in Crews, Alabama of Lamar County. She was a retired civilian employee of the US Air Force, after 25 1/2 years of service. She was an active member of the Goodman Oaks Church of Christ in Southaven, which she loved and attended for several years.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Lennart John Anderson, who died December 18, 2002.
There will be a graveside memorial service at Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Thursday October 3, 2013 at 2:00.
Memorials may be sent to the Ken Joines Scholarship FUnd at Goodman Oaks Church of Christ, 1700 E Goodman Rd., Southaven, MS 38671
James Wilson Smith
Houston - James Wilson Smith, 78, died Thursday, September 5, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, of an extended illness. He was born July 17, 1935, in Van Vleet to Woodrow Wilson and Ola Pauline Duke Smith. He was a retired carpenter by trade and a regular patron of Moore's Restaurant in Houston.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 10 am, at Southern Funeral Chapel, with Brother Randy Rinehart officiating. Interment will follow in Concord Cemetery. There will be visitation with the family Friday from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.
Survivors include 3 daughters: Connie Rucker (Charles) of Houston, Linda Sue Baynham (Mike) of Houston, and Patricia Ann Turman (Kevin) of Mantee; 1 son, James Shelton Smith of Mantee; 2 brothers: Donald Carol Smith of Houston, and Toma Jack Smith of Money, MS; 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers Charles Henry Smith, Edward Eugene Smith and Woodrow Allen Smith and one son James Lewis Smith.
William Thomas McManus
Houlka - William Thomas McManus, 72, died Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Darlington Oaks Hospice at Verona. He was born February 25, 1941, to the late John Calvin and Ina McCormick McManus, in Bradley, MS. He owned and operated Magnolia Transportation, Inc. in Houston, and he was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held Monday, September 2, 2013, at 11 am, at Southern Funeral Chapel, with Brothers Todd Shield and Billy Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. There will be visitation with the family Sunday from 4 to 6 pm at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years Barbara McCormick McManus; a son Scott McManus of Houston; a daughter Anita McCormick Brown of Mooreville; 5 brothers Johnny (Geneva) McManus of Columbus, Mickey McManus and James McManus both of West Point, Dale (Pat) McManus of Picayune, and Robert Morgan of Liberty; a brother-in-law Clovis (Lucy) Pruitt of West Point; grandchildren Justin McManus, Barbie Gill, Dean McGee, and Jennifer Baker; several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son William Anthony "Tony" McManus, a sister Francis Pruitt, and a brother Jerry Lynn McManus.
Pallbearers will be his employees: Tony Pratt, Shane Harrell, Floyd Gann, Keith Parham, Danny Lawson, and Tim McCullough.
Houston - Margaret Ann Baird Lacey, 76, died at her home in Houston, Saturday, July 27, 2013. She was born in Turrell, Ark. April 16, 1937, to Aubrey Lorette Baird and Ruth Boatman Baird. She was a homemaker, and she enjoyed sewing and crafts of all kinds. She had quilted Mississippi State quilts for her grandchildren. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Houston.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 10 a.m., at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Randy Hays officiating. Interment will follow in the Houston City Cemetery. There will be a visitation with the family Monday, from 5 to 7 pm.
Survivors include her husband, Lin Lacey of Houston; two children Sharon (Frank) White of West Point and Brian Lacey of Houston; five grandchildren: Steven (Angel) Peacock of Anniston, AL, Tim (Samantha) White of West Point, Stephanie Peacock of West Point, Linnie Lacey of Houston, Jessica (Jonathan) Redmond of West Point; eight great-grandchildren: Madison, Morgan & Katie Peacock, Reed & Lacey White, Andrew & Mackenzie Redmond, and Brennan Lacey; six siblings: Sarah (Elkin) Heair of Houston, Helen Cooper of Memphis, Aubrey (Dorothy) Baird, Lakeland FL, Rachel (Dave) Richer of Braedenton, FL, and Richard (Delphine) Baird of Fayetville, TN, and Martha (Bob) Allen of Pearl River, LA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Aubrey Lorette Baird and Ruth Boatman Baird, two daughters Linda Faye Lacey and Tommie Lacey Hughes, one grandson Andrew Wiley Lacey and one sister Nell Reeves.
Serving as pallbearers are the following: Steven Peacock, Tim White, Linnie Lacey, Jonathan Redmond, Kirby Smith and Johnny Reeves.
Houlka-Hubert Morphis, 87, died Monday, June 10, 2013 at Floy Dyer Nursing Home. He was born in Chickasaw County to James Maron Morphis and Bessie Kirkpatrick Morphis. He was retired from the MS State Hwy Department. He was of the Baptist faith.
Services will be held at 11:00 Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Steve Griffin officiating. Burial will follow in Poplar Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 at the funeral home. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements
He is survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lorene Shurden Morphis who died April 13, 2009, and all of his siblings: Darrell Morphis, Annie Morphis, Maynard Morphis, Mattie Luther, Thomas Morphis, Leo Morphis and Theo Morphis.
Houston - Debra Cook, 60, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at her home. She was born April 9, 1952, to John and Bobbie Mae Brassfield. She was married to Ronnie Cook, she was a homemaker, and a Nazarene.
Services will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Brother Scott Samuell officiating. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. There will be visitation with the family from 9 am until the service Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Cook; one daughter Michelle Russel & Sam of Houlka, one son Jason Cook & Carrie of Ridgeland; Her garndchildren Jack Russell, Sean Russell, Ty Russell, Michael Keith, Katie Cook, Olivia Cook, and Sam Cook; several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Brassfield & Warren Brassfield; three sisters JoAnn Brassfield, Kathy Easley, and Stella Kilgore.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Brenda Lancaster.
Pallbearers will be Josh Russell, Sean Russell, Ty Russell, Chris Lancaster, Richie Lancaster, and Johnny Kilgore.
Elba Frances Allen
Houston - Elba Frances Allen, 78, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She had been a resident at Fernbrook Personal Care Home for the past three years, she was a member of Boones Chapel United Methodist Church, and she had worked as a telephone operator, a dairy farmer and a store clerk. She was born April 2, 1935, to James William and Alice Pilgreen Corley.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Boones Chapel United Methodist Church, at 3 pm. Visitation with the family will be held from 1 until 3 at the church. She will be buried in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her two daughters Kay Lancaster & John of Houston and Alice Dawson & Mike of Starkville; two grandsons Allen Lancaster & Crisi of Goodletsville, TN, and Brad Dawson & Paige of Birmingham, AL; two granddaughters: Kimberly Lancaster of Columbus and Brittain Dawson of Birmingham, AL, one great-granddaughter Claire Lancaster; four brothers: Clayton Corley & Lottie of Okolona, William Corley & Jeanne of Okolona, Douglas Corley & Carlene of Okolona, and the Rev. Kenneth Corley & Glenda of Pontotoc; a sister, Martha Cole & Stuart of Aberdeen, two sisters-in-law Marie Vance & R.E. of Houston and Sue Allen of Amory; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, David Wilburn Allen, who died April 20, 2000, her parents one sister Janell Rhodes and one brother Robert Corley.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons Allen Lancaster, and Brad Dawson, and nephews Eddie Corley, Jim Corley, Anthony Corley, and Krister Corley, Jim Cole & Rob Cole.
The family would like to recognize the following as honorary pallbearers: Dr. Jonathan Massey, Dr. Tige Lantrip, Dr. Edward Gore, Dr. James White, Mrs. Allen's Sunday School Class led by Richard Stallings, her dear church friends Bonnie Sue Gaskin and Mary Ruth Ellis, friends from Buena Vista Community, and her beloved caregivers at Fernbrook.
Houston - William Ray Bevill "Shorty," 76, died Saturday, April 13, 2013, at his home. He was born in Calhoun County to Lonnie & Jeannie Mae Bevill, on October 18, 1936. He was a member of Faith Bible Church, and he retired from MPI in Houston.
Services will be at 2 pm Saturday, at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Johnny Cherry officiating. Interment will follow at Ellzey Cemetery at Vardaman.
Ray is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sarah Bevill, who died in 1996, and all of his siblings.
SOUTHAVEN – Elvis Delane "Bud" Dotson, 79, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at Baptist Desoto in Southaven. He was born July 5, 1933, to Elvis and Nora Dotson. He was a Baptist and a painter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will be in Ellzey Cemetery in Vardaman. Southern Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his children, Ronald Dotson of Memphis, Barbara Rowland (Bobby) of Memphis, Sharon Dotson of Memphis, and Mark Sappington of Myrtle; one brother, Gerald Dotson (Marilyn) of Reagan, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and his caregiver, Melinda Clayton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Dotson; two children, James Dotson and Judy Hardin; three sisters, Ella Mae York, Olene Montgomery and Sarah Bevill; and four brothers, Charles Dotson, Quitman Dotson, Butch Dotson, and Sonny Dotson
Pallbearers are Wesley Hardin, Johnny Huffman, Jamie Cheney, Harley Sappington, Nathan Sappington and D.J. Pulley.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Berlin "Bud" Petty, Jr.
Houlka - Berlin Thomas "Bud" Petty, Jr., 51, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at his home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 11, at 3 pm, at Southern Funeral Chapel, with brother Glenn Washington officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from noon Thursday until time for the service.
Mr. Petty was born November 1, 1961, to Berlin and Margie Nell Petty, Sr. He was a farmer and a mechanic.
He is survived by his wife, Tracy Petty; thirteen children: Jason Berlin Petty, III of Houlka, Randy Petty of Bruce, Matthew Alred of Vardaman, Tony Petty of Laurel, Jacob Petty & Christian of Marks, and Jenell Petty, Lewis Petty, Dillon Petty, Amber Petty, Makayla Petty, Jordan Petty, Trea Petty and Addison Petty all of Houlka; two brothers: Lewis Prestage of Aberdeen and Marty "the Duke" Tallent of Pontotoc; four sisters: Josette Cooper of Houlka, Lisa Petty of Tunica, Linda Russell of Ecru, and Jamie Petty of Oxford; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Berlin and Margie Petty, and an infant son, Jordan Thomas Petty.
Houston - Edward Eugene Smith, 70, died at his home Friday, March 29, 2013. He was born in Van Vleet, MS, May 20, 1942, to Woodrow and Pauline Smith. He had worked as a farmer and a mechanic until he became disabled.
Funeral services will be held at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 2 pm, with Brother Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery. There will be visitation with the family from noon until service time at the funeral home.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Smith; seven children, Edward Smith Jr., Frankie Smith, Angel Smith, Bridget Fulgham, Timothy Fulgham, Carol Ann Grimes and Jimmy Gowens all of Houston; three brothers: Wilson Smith and Donald Smith of Houston and Jack Smith of Money, MS; his grandchildren: Joseph Varela, Jose Varela Jr., Aubri Pauline Smith, Brandon Eugene Cook, Jimmy Bell, Minnie Fulgham, M'Cailea Jackson, Macie Britt, Glen Britt, Matthew Britt, Hank Smith, Frankie Smith Jr., Sean Smith and Deanna Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents Woodrow and Pauline Smith, and two brothers Charles and Alan Smith.
Serving as pallbearers are Doyle Criddle, William White, Eddie Bynum, Norman Nabors, James Grimes and Willie Bean.
Houlka - Wayne Moss died at his home Monday, March 11, 2013. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home. The funeral will be Wednesday, at 2 pm. Complete information will be announced as available.
HOULKA – William Paul Alexander, 66, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013. He was born Oct. 3, 1946, in Chickasaw County to Mark and Silvia Alexander. He married Mary Frances Sims on Nov. 22, 1997. He was a retired employee of Action in Pontotoc and a member of Schooner Valley Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, brother, papa and friend. He was a great Christian man with a loving smile and heart who was loved by all who met him. He loved his dog, Bob.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Brian Gann and Bro. Scott Broughton officiating. Burial will be in Pheba Cemetery in Clay County.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Alexander of Houlka; five children: Karen Alexander of Pontotoc, Cynthia Moss (Ken) of Pontotoc, Erica Krogmann (Heath) of England, Lamar Bigham of Maben and Nicholas Bigham (Amanda) of Maben; one brother Donald Alexander (Peggy) of Houlka; two sisters Ruth Hall (David) of Pontotoc and Darthie Galloway (Harlan) of Houlka; 14 grandchildren, Cedric Alexander, Christopher and Damien Murphy, Kendra and Hannah Moss, Kristian, Eli, Abby, Lila and Anna Bigham, Ty Freeman, and Summerlee, Kara, and Asher Krogmann; his father-in-law, Dan Sims, his mother-in-law, Marie Landon; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be David Hall, Harlan Galloway, Grant Galloway, Blake Galloway, Keith Alexander and Mark Hall.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
Marie MartinWEST POINT – Marie Martin, 96, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at her home. A native of Marietta, she was the daughter of Henry Edwards Mills and Oma Lee Evans. She retired from Franklin Furniture Factory, where she was an instructor seamstress. She was a Baptist. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Ben Yarber officiating. Burial will be in Arbor Grove Cemetery. Survivors include her three daughters, Bertha Free and Elton of Memphis, Charlene Shockley of Hickory Withe, Tenn., and Janice Moore and Walter of West Point; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charlie C. Martin; 13 siblings; one grandson; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
James LongHOUSTON – James Murray Long, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born Sept. 12, 1927, in Chickasaw County to Jessie and Maybell Long. He was a farmer, a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of North Jackson Street Church of Christ in Houston. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston. Bro. Don Brady will officiate. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery in Chickasaw County. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jane Maxine Long; four sons, Mike Long of Houston, Keith Long and Barbara of Walnut, Mark Long and Regina of Houston, and Phillip Long of Houston; one brother, David Long and Delois of Houston; two sisters, Joyce Gann of Houston and Margie Woodridge of Meridian; five grandchildren, Brandy Long, Chris Long and Scott Long, Eric and Justan Palmer; seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and one brother. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Houston - Margaret Lowe Griffin Waldrop, 88, died Friday, January 18, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born February 22, 1924, in Pyland to Thurmond Lowe and Gladys Fleming Lowe. She worked as a store clerk, and at several factories, retiring from Ceramic Tile in Houston. After retirement she baked for the public, and was known for her delicious caramel cakes. She was a member of the Concord Methodist Church until it was dissolved, then she attended First United Methodist Church of Houston.
Services for Mrs. Waldrop will be Monday, January 21, 2013, at 11 am at Southern Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Larry Patrick officiating. She will be buried at Concord Cemetery in Chickasaw County. A visitation with family will be held Sunday evening from 5 until 8 pm.
Margaret is survived by her daughter, Pamela Griffin King and Jay of Winston/Salem, North Carolina, a granddaughter Lauren King of Winston/Salem, NC and a grandson Jamie King of Roanoak, VA; a sister Sharon Lowe Gilder of Vardaman, two brothers Thurmon "Ish" Lowe of Columbus and Franklin Lowe of Thorn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, by two husbands, Henry M. Griffin and James F. Waldrop, by her sisters Monette Lowe, Dot Lowe Price and Jeannie Lowe Nathey and one brother James Davis Lowe.
Wes Lowe, Jeffrey Lowe, Bill Gilder, James Ralph Lovvorn, Kenny Scott, Mark Harrelson, Mike Peel and Walter Archer will serve as pall bearers. Kenneth Koon is recognized as an honorary pall bearer.
Donald Wayne Moore
Houston - Donald Wayne Moore, 60, died Thursday, January 17, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Baldwin, November 4, 1952, to Bobby Ray Moore and Sue Jean Newby Parker. He was a carpenter and he served in the US Army during the Viet Nam Era. He was a Baptist.
Funeral services will be Sunday, January 20, 2013, at the funeral home at 2 pm, with visitation with the family from 12 until 2 pm. Interment will follow at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one brother Billy Ray Moore of Houston, two nephews Bobby Moore & Steve Moore both of Houston; one niece Nancy McGrew of Houlka; one step-son Terry Bryant of West Memphis, Ark.; two great nieces Deanna McGrew & Kimberly McGrew and two great-nephews Daniel McGrew Jr. and Jacob Owens.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Dorothy Mae Harris
HOUSTON - Dorothy Mae Harris, 82, died Saturday, January 12, 2013, in Timonium, Maryland. She was born March 25, 1930, in Thorn, to Dorse and Doshi Dotson. She had worked as a factory seamstress, and was a Baptist. She had lived all her life in Houston, until recent years when she moved to Maryland to live with her daughter.
Services will be Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 11 o'clock a.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel, with Brother Don Boren & Brother Bryon Davis officiating. She will be buried in Crossroads Cemetery. There will be visitation with the family Wednesday, from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home in Houston.
Survivors include two daughters: Betty Floyd of Houston, and Sheila Clower & Hugh of Timonium, MD; one son, Gary Ash & Stacey of Pontotoc; five grandchildren: Roy Floyd of Mathiston, Billy Floyd of Pontotoc, Rhonda Brady of Houlka, Amy Sicard and Julie Lombardi both of Baltimore, MD; 25 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Marilyn Atkins, Glenda Bailey, and Linda Bailey all of Houston; one brother, Phillip Dotson of Grenada.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorse & Doshi Dotson, her husband Walter Whitman Harris, her son-in-law J.C. Floyd and one great-grandson Alex Ash.
Pallbearers will include Nona Taylor, Roy Floyd, Joshua Floyd, Billy Floyd, James Henley, and Jeff Brady; Honorary Pallbearers: Clyde Bailey, Odie Bailey, and Ray Atkins.
HOUSTON – Miranda Michelle Seger, 32, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Union County. She was born April 15, 1980, in New Albany. She worked as a cashier. She was a member of New Wine Fellowship and attended Hillcrest Church in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Scott Free officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Chickasaw County.
She is survived by her parents, Jim Grant Rhynes and Charlotte Diane Foster Rhynes of New Albany; her fiancé, Shun Blansett of Houston; three children, Malachi Stone Seger of Blue Mountain, Lacy Jewel Blansett of Houston and William Dean Blansett of Houston; one brother, Robert Grant Rhynes of New Albany; and her grandmother, Charlotte Jewel Foster of Blue Springs.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Robert Wayne Foster, and one brother, Phillip Wayne Rhynes.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Houston - Joseph Jennings, 60, died Sunday, December 30, 2012, at the North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born January 7, 1952 to Vernon and Eva Lamb Jennings in Sparta. He was a member of Amity Baptist Church where he sang in the choir and was a member of The Brotherhood. He worked over 30 years at Franklin Corporation.
Services will be Monday, December 31, at Amity Baptist Church at 2 pm. with Brother Scott Griffin Officiating. Burial will follow in Amity Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church from 12 noon until service time.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Porter Jennings of Houston; one son David Joseph Jennings of Houston, four sisters: Mary Alice Lancaster & Jimmy of VanVleet, Geraldine Griffin & Gerald of Houston, Erin Porter & Charlie of Houston, and Brenda Jenkins & Larry of Pontocola; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vernon & Eva Jennings, a brother Tommy Jennings, Sr., and two sisters: Betty Jo Nabors and Melba Reed.
Serving as pallbearers will be Tommy Kilgore, Jimmy Brand, Linn Hughes, Steven Porter, Wesley Bass, Mike Bennett and John Lancaster.
DERMA - Dwight Barnett died Friday, December 21, 2012, at his home. He was born Oct. 24, 1956, in Vardaman to Milton and Martha Barnett. He was a carpenter and an electrician. He served in the National Guard for nine years and attended Thorn Church of God.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 27, 2012, at Southern Funeral Chapel, at 2 pm. There will be visitation with the family from 12 noon until the service, with Bros. Dale Mooneyham and Greg Moss officiating.
Survivors include one son, Brandon Barnett and Kathryn of Eupora; one daughter, Leigh Ann Barnett of Woodland; two step-children, Keith Chadwick of Amite, La. and Tammy Partridge and Hubbard of Jackson; five grandchildren, Kason Grant Barnett, Jadyn Weaver, Cameron Kilgore, Dillon Ferguson and Anna Clair Cole; three sisters, Marty Parker and Larry of Mantee, Barbara Moore and Larry of Houston and Brenda Russell and Buster of Derma; and one brother, Jimmy Lynn Barnett of Derma.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Barnett; his parents, Milton and Martha Barnett; and two brothers, Kenneth Barnett and Robert Earl Barnett.
Annie Lynette Ferguson
CALHOUN CITY - Annie Lynette Ferguson, 82, died Friday, December 14, 2012, at the Calhoun City Nursing Home. She was a born May 24, 1930, to Clarence Mathis Griffin and Dewey Mae Hathcock Griffin in Calhoun County. She was formerly a seamstress and she was a Baptist.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 16, at 2 o'clock pm, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston. There will be a visitation with the family from 12 noon until service time. Brothers Jason Brassfield and Randy Rinehart will officiate the service, and interment will follow in Poplar Springs Cemetery.
Mrs. Ferguson is survived by her three sons: Cecil Ray Ferguson, Donald Laine Ferguson and Jo Anne, and Elvin Lee Ferguson and Gayla, all of Houston; seven grandchildren: Tammy Ferguson, Tonya Ferguson, Chance Rodgers, Jeffery Ferguson, Joey Ferguson, Lane Ferguson and Michael Ferguson; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Curtis Elvin Griffin of Mobile, AL; two sisters, Myra Shields of Coffeeville, and Aileen Dunham of Mobile, AL.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.T. Ferguson, her parents C.M. and Dewey Mae Griffin, brothers Elon Griffin, James Griffin, Clifton Griffin, Curtis E. Griffin, Clarence Walker Griffin, Henry Lee Griffin and Marvin Griffin, and a sister Christine Owingscamp.
Her grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers: Jeff, Joey, Lane, Michael, Chase, J.T. and Josh Ferguson and Jacob Haire.
Clarence Edward Harrison
HOULKA - Edward Harrison, 77, died Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born March 3, 1935, in Chickasaw County to George Edward and Loyce Warren Harrison. He was a Baptist. He was a retired mechanic and a jack of all trades. He loved dancing and playing ball. He served in the US Army during the Viet Nam Era.
Services will be Saturday, November 24, at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Chapel, with Brothers Fred Hartley and T. J. Funderburk officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, with military honors. Visitation with the family will be from noon until 2 at the funeral home.
Survivors include one sister, Glenda Foster & Jerry of Houston; two nieces, Glenda Rena Harrison Mixon and Bobby Jr. of Houston; and Suzanne Foster Chittom and Allen of Tupelo; 5 great-nieces and nephews: Zack and Matthew Mixon, and Sara Morgan, Leah and Will Chittom.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother James Orville Harrison.
Jerry Foster, Bob Mixon, Bobby Mixon, Charlie Van Porter, Ken Westmoreland, and Glen Bray will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary Pallbearers include Tommy Davis, Jimmy Hood, Rex Smith, David Pierce, and Joe Gray.