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JAMES E. BRADDOCK

GUNTOWN, MS. – James E. Braddock, 66, died Monday, December 29, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Alcorn County, Ms and worked at Super Sagless for 43 years. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, at Belmont City Cemetery. Burial was in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife – Sue Braddock, Guntown, Ms.; two daughters – Sherrie Perez (Lilo) New Albany, Ms. and Lori Bullock, Conyers, Ga.; two sons – Michael Calton, Guntown, Ms. and Brian Calton, Kossuth, Ms.; one grandson – Lee Bullock, Conyers, Ga.; one brother – Frankie Braddock (Betty) Michie, Tn. and five sisters – Geraldine Odle (Mike) Biggersville, Ms., Rosanell Harvell (Archie) Michie, Tn., Cathy Justice (Tom) Corinth, Ms., Carolyn Braddock, Booneville, Ms. and Shelly Braddock of Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Bernice Lackey Braddock and an infant brother.

CORY POLK

NEW ALBANY, MS – Cory Blake Polk, 33, died Friday, December 26, 2014.  He was a construction worker and a Marine Reserve.

Services will be Tuesday, December 30, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont with Bro. Robbie Crane officiating.  Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two children-Presley Blake Polk and Swayze Allen Polk both of Cordova, TN; his children’s mother-Stephanie Polk; his mother-Cherri Polk of New Albany; one sister-Amber Tucker (Brandon) of Senatobia, MS; his grandparents-Billy and Sissie Parrish of New Albany; and three nieces-Lyndsay, Ava and Madalen.


FLORA PEARL JACKSON

BELMONT, MS – Flora Pearl Jackson, 79, died Friday, December 19, 2014 at The Meadows in Fulton.  She was born in Mississippi to Veto and Nattie Barrett.  She was a homemaker and member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Services will be Monday, December 22, at 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont with Ron Deaton and Haskel Sparks officiating.  Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, AL.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include three children-Ann Goza (Jimmy) of Dennis, Vickey McClure (Rod) of Gardendale, AL and Horace Ray Jackson (Tina) of Belmont; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother-C.B. Barrett of TN.

She was preceded in death by her husband-Horace Junior Jackson; her parents; a granddaughter-Isabella Pearl Jackson; and four brothers.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons-Jeremy Goza, Joshua Goza, Rocky Jackson, Jessie Jackson, Dillon Goza and Scott Goza.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 21, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont and until service time Monday.


CHARLES W. BAILEY JR.

DENNIS, MS. – Charles W. Bailey Jr., 70, died Sunday, December 14, 2014 in Dennis, Ms. He was born in Shaw, Ms. and worked for Sunshine Homes, Red Bay, Al. He was a member and deacon of New Providence Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army for nine years and served in Vietnam.

Services will be Tuesday, December 16, at 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Cecil Woodruff, Bro. Clinton Barnett and Bro. Gene Gist officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 47 years – Mary Frances Bailey, Dennis, Ms.; two children – Anthony Charles Bailey and Angela Dawn Hamm (Thomas Bradley Hamm) all of Dennis, Ms.; three grandchildren – Brooklynn Elizabeth Hamm, Thomas Jacob Hamm and Bailey Anna-Grace Hamm; his step-mother – Emmazell Bailey of Texas; four brothers – Jerry Gordon, Belmont, Ms., Ronnie Bailey, Danny Bailey and Hank Bailey, all of Texas; one sister – Tina Cupps of Texas and his mother-in-law – Frances Kennedy, Dennis, Ms.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles W. Bailey Sr. and Nellie Harden Bailey and his father-in-law, Warren Kennedy.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Kennedy, Tracey Kennedy, Rodney Kennedy, Michael Gordon, John Gordon, Daniel Ozbirn, Andrew Ozbirn and Patrick Oliver. Honorary pallbearers will be Rickey Kennedy, Calvin Ozbirn, Edwin Oliver, George Yow, Gene Eaton and Billy P. Sartain.

Visitation will be Monday, December 15, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Tuesday.


VERA PENNINGTON SLACK DEAN

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Vera Pennington Slack Dean, 101, died Thursday, December 4, 2014 at her residence. She was born in Hardin County, Tn. and was a homemaker. She was the oldest member of Highland Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be Monday, December 8, at 11 a.m. at Highland Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. with Bro. Mark Daily and Bro. Bicky Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son – Terry Slack, Tishomingo, Ms.; one grandson – Kevin Slack (Nikki) of Alaska; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Keri Tuttle; husbands, Clint Slack and Olen Dean and eight brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 7, 4-6 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


GERALDINE BEAM

GOLDEN, MS. – Geraldine Beam, 80, died Thursday, November 27, 2014 at her residence. She was born in Itawamba County, Mississippi and worked at Golden Manufacturing for thirty-five years.  She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, November 30, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel with Bryan Sinningson officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two sisters – Mauree Embrey and June Embrey, both of Golden, Ms.; one brother – Vuin Beam, Red Bay, Al.; special caregiver – Bryan Sinningson and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Delmer Beam and Pearl Smith Beam; five brothers, Bill Beam, Lawford Beam, Larry Beam, Leonard Beam and Leburn Beam and a nephew, Bobby Embrey.

Pallbearers will be Bryan Sinningson, Eugene Embrey, Josh Guin, Jody Embrey, Tony Embrey and Stanley Mitchell.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday, November 29, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.

BEULAH PRUEITT STEPHENS

BELMONT, MS. -  Beulah Prueitt Stephens, 95, died Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Southern Magnolia Estates, Golden, Ms. She was born in Golden, Ms. and was a seamstress. Mamaw Beulah will be remembered for many attributes including her gardening skills.  She was known for her “green thumb” and hard work which yielded a beautiful garden filled with vegetables and flowers. Not one to be lazy, you would often find her canning and freezing vegetables (especially pickles), sewing quilts, cooking, or traveling. Mamaw loved her family, friends, and church, but most of all, she loved God.  She was the oldest member of Calvary Baptist Church. Her life was not always easy, but with determination, hard work, and love, it was a life well lived.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 30, at Calvary Baptist Church with Bro. Billy Burge, Bro. David Conley and Bro. Roger Wood 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 – Jackie Stephens (Shirley) Reno, Nv.; one daughter – Shirley Harrison (Glen) Belmont, Ms.; sixteen grandchildren – Greg Stephens (Jenna), Mike Stephens (Angie), Gidget Garrison (Larry), Greta Burton (Tim), Donny Stephens, Gary Stephens, Shannon Stephens (Jessica), Jeff Stephens (Anita), Randy Stephens, Rodney Stephens, Shane Stephens (Sherry), Cindy Humphries (Steve), Debbie Sinfellow (Ric), Donna Lathi (Bob), Daryl Stephens (Lori) and Tonya Blochwiak; thirty-five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother – Ravis Prueitt (Eloise) Ft. Meyers, Fl.; daughters-in-law – Wanda Stephens, DeEtta Stephens and Virginia Stephens; brothers-in-law – Caril Stephens (Virginia) Long Beach, Ms. and Ernie Stephens (Eloise) Marietta, Ms. and several special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Stephens and three sons, Dr. Billy V. Stephens, Bobby Stephens and Jerry Stephens.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons – Greg Stephens, Mike Stephens, Donny Stephens, Gary Stephens, Shannon Stephens, Jeff Stephens, Randy Stephens, Rodney Stephens, Shane Stephens and Daryl Stephens.

Visitation will be 12:30 – 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 30, at Calvary Baptist Church.


MILDRED CULP

DENNIS, MS. – Mildred Nell Flurry Culp, 95, passed peacefully at her home on November 25, 2014 surrounded by family. She was born August 28, 1919 in Dennis, Ms. to Richard Erskin Flurry and Ethel Irene Melton Flurry. Mildred was a proud homemaker who loved to sew, quilt and garden. Her quilts and jellies were ribbon winners at various fairs. She loved to travel, cook, serve the shut-ins and her green beans were always in high demand at church socials. She was member of Dennis United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, November 28, at Dennis United Methodist Church, Dennis, Ms. with Bro. Ronnie Goodwin and Bro. Tim Hankins officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her children – Albert Lee Culp, Dennis, Ms., Richard Culp (Dot) Semmes, Al., Brenda Rawson (Mac) Athens, Ga. and Gail Downing (Robert) Wilmer, Al.; two brothers – Joe Flurry (Sue) Savannah, Ga. and Paul Flurry (Etoyel) Booneville, Ms.; one sister – Hilda Johnson, Dennis, Ms.; seven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; special friend – Nancy Poole and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Culp; daughter, Irene C. Sparks; her parents; three sisters, Opal Tidwell (Homer), Quay Byram (Dexter) and Jean Garrett and two brothers, Reese Flurry and Freed Flurry.

Pallbearers will be Doug Rawson, Zach Foster, Rick Flurry, Ralph Culp, Dale Garrett and Dean Garrett.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Downing, Mac Rawson, Matthew Foster, Scott Downing, Mike Byram, Scott Caldwell and Randy Groover.

Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday, November 28, at Dennis United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dennis United Methodist Church.

NANCY H. JONES

POTTS CAMP, MS. – Nancy H. Jones, 55, died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at her residence. She was born in Memphis, Tn. and was a homemaker. She was a member of Lighthouse Apostolic  Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, November 24, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. James Jones and Bro. Buddy Gordon officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband of 37 years – James Jones, Sr., Potts Camp, Ms.; two children–Charity Mills (Jerald), Louann, Ar. and James C. Jones, Jr. (Alison), Corinth, Ms.; two grandchildren – Gabriel Jones and Michael Jones; two sisters – Shelia Branham (Freddie) and Peggy Mears (William); one niece – Shana Whitehead (Jackie) and son, Gavin Whitehead; and one nephew – Andy Rorie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde  and Annie Louise Ruple Humphres.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday, November 24, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


JAMES TROY "J.T." EATON

DENNIS, MS. – James Troy “J.T.” Eaton, 76, died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Iuka Hospital, Iuka, Ms. He was born in Mississippi, was a factory worker at HEIL for twenty years and a Baptist.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 22, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Mark Daily and Larry Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his children – Jamie Eaton, Dennis, Ms. and Debi Ferguson (Larry) Winter Haven, Fl.; three grandchildren – Josh Brown (Ashley), Courtney Holcombe (Chad) and Coby Eaton; four great-grandchildren – Jayden Smith, Calei Holcombe, Colt Holcombe and Maverick McKenzie; two brothers – Roy Eaton (Cathy), Larry Eaton (Marian); one sister – Barbara Blunt (Phillip) and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Colleen Eaton; second wife, Lillie Eaton and his parents, Troy and Mary Eaton.

Pallbearers will be Tim Blunt, Mark Blunt, Josh Brown, Coby Eaton and Brandon Eaton.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Saturday.


EDWARD KINDER

BELMONT, MS. – Edward Leroy Kinder, 77, died Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Generations of Red Bay, Red Bay, Al. He was born in Morehouse, Missouri and was a professional house painter for 40 years. He was owner of Kinder Rental Properties for 20 years. He was a preacher and evangelist for many years and he and his wife, Katie, had a television ministry for ten years. They moved to Mississippi in 1976 where they made their home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving 1956-1959.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Benjamin Young officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two daughters – Lesia Dingler (Lennie) Tishomingo, Ms. and Pamela Payne (Joey) Belmont, Ms.; one son – Carlos Kinder (Sonya Eaton) Belmont, Ms.; five grandchildren – Jason Dingler (Lacey), Courtney Crawley (Jimmy Hemphill), Justin Payne, Jon Morgan Payne and Karmen Payne; three great-grandchildren – Gracie, Bryson and Weston and four sisters – Geraldine Layton, Carol Faust Stockton, Petriglia Wheelis and Alma Winkle.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Katie Ann Kinder.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday, November 21, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


TOMMY REEVES

GOLDEN, MS. – Tommy Dean Reeves, 58, died Monday, November 10, 2014 at North Ms. Medical Center. He was born in Red Bay, Al. and was owner and operator of Better Buy Grocery Store. He was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms. and played football at Northeast Community College.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 13, at New Bethel Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Brian Weems and Bro. David Holcomb 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 – Donna Reeves; two daughters – Hannah Reeves and Abby Wooten (Tyler); one granddaughter – Lexi Chism; brother – Phillip Reeves (Sharon); father-in-law – Doug Johnson (Jackie); sisters-in-law – Tanya Holcomb (David) and Shannon Pruitt; nephews – Jason Reeves (Jesse), Brady Pruitt and Braxton Holcomb; nieces – Stacey Jackson (Micah), Kasey Eaton (Ronnie), Emiley Ivey (Caleb), Alivia Holcomb, Kailey Holcomb, Amber Holcomb, Bella Holcomb, Jada Holcomb, Bristol Holcomb and Carlea Barnes; great-nieces; great-nephews; special friends – David and Wendy Shumaker and their children – Tori Cromeans (Gavin) and Chase Shumaker and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bulus and Earlene Reeves, a brother, Steve Reeves and his mother-in-law, Estleen Johnson.

Pallbearers will be David Shumaker, David Holcomb, Davy Ginn, David Bennett, Tim Griffin and Randy Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Gattis and Tillmon Ivy.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, at New Bethel Baptist Church and until service time on Thursday.


JERRY D. POUNDERS, SR.

PONTOTOC, MS – Jerry D. Pounders, Sr. died Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Veterans Home in Oxford after an extended illness.  He was born in Golden to Dealon and Marvie Pounders.  He was honorably discharged from the US Air Force.  He then worked for the Civil Service for 20 years.  During his retirement, he focused most of his time to AA.  He helped numerous individuals thru his story.  He was a 32 degree mason and a Baptist by belief.

Services will be Monday, November 3, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont with Bro. Gene Cooley officiating.  Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his children-Karla Pounders and Greg Pounders (Kathy) all of AL; Robert Pounders (Lisa) of KY; Jerry D. Pounders, Jr., Rebecca “Becky” Bass and Nora Caldwell (Ronnie) all of Pontotoc; ten grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers-Mel, Forvis, Noel and Humbert “H.D.” Pounders and one son-Stanley Pounders.

His nephews will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Ray Pounders and Rodney Russell.

Visitation will be Monday, November 3, 11-2 at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont.

LINDA ROGERS HALL

RIPLEY, MS. – Linda Rogers Hall, 57, died Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, Ms. She was born in Red Bay, Al. and was a member of Flatrock Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, November 1, at Joel Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. with Bro. Amos Smith officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one daughter – Sudora Barber (Waymon) Ripley, Ms.; three grandchildren–Victoria, Morgan and Tyler Barber; one great-grandchild – Alaina Meeks; one sister – Sarah Hammett; one brother – C.L. McRae and special daughter – Jackie Underwood.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clonel & Bessie Pitts McRae, three brothers, Millard, Leland and Johnny McRae and husband, Joey Rogers.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Meeks, James Dotson, Tyler Barber, Corey Roberson, Matthew Barber and Tyler Carroll.

Visitation will be 12-1 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


JIMMY HALL

DENNIS, MS. – Jimmy Oneal Hall, 64, died Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, Ms. He was born in Red Bay, Al. and was a truck driver. He was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 2, at Tishomingo Baptist Church with Bro. Robbie Crane and Bro. Royce Howie officiating.  Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife – Carla Hall, Dennis, Ms.; two daughters – Laurinda Sparks (Shane) Olive Branch, Ms. and Melissa Ewing (Jimmy) Las Vegas, Nv.; five grandchildren – Channing Sparks, Ashton Sparks, Emma Grace Sparks, Jimmy Ewing and Skyllur Ewing; one sister – Glyndel Wood (Oneal) Golden, Ms. and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dayton Hall and Eupal Pauline Holley Hall and a brother, Eddie Hall.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Duncan, Larry Brown, Bobby Rooker, Tim Jones, Darrol Greenwood, Jim Lichtenthaler, Channing Sparks and Jimmy Ewing.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday, November 1, at Tishomingo Baptist Church and he will lie in state 1-3 p.m. on Sunday at the church.


HELEN WANNER

TISHOMINGO, MS – Helen Marie Wanner, 87, died Friday, October 24, 2014 at her daughter’s residence in Clinton, Ark.  She was born in Tishomingo, MS to John and Annie Mae Poole.  She worked at Blue Bell and was a member of Forrest Grove Baptist Church.

Services will be Monday, October 27, at 10 a.m. at Forrest Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Hal Holt officiating.  Burial will be in Forrest Grove cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two children-Dottie Linn (Harvie) of Clinton, Ark and Donnie Mac Wanner (Carol) of Belmont; nine grandchildren-Tammy Henry, Teresa Cranford (Ray), Lesa Judd (Mike), Felicia Ayers (Jason), Brandi McClelland (Andy), Macky Massey (Toni), Tony Russell, Bo Massey and Brian Wanner; fourteen great grandchildren-Andy Bolding, Jackie Cranford, Jamie Henry, Kevin Henry (Amber), Skye Judd, Tyler Massey, Chandler Ayers, Logan Fowler, Conner Allison, Cali Allison, Alex Russell, Channing Russell, Sam Judd Thomas (Chris) and Toni Massey; six great-great grandchildren-Ari Bolding, Anabelle Henry, Evin and Briley Henry and Brookle and Jaden Thomas; two sisters-Nell Taylor and Christine Browning; one brother-Charles Poole.

She was preceded in death by her husband-Albert Maxon “Oman” Wanner; two children-Linda Sue Harris and Ronnie Milton Wanner; two grandchildren-Terry Massey and Brandon Wanner; brothers and sisters-Wallace Poole, Ray Poole, J.J. Poole, Jack Poole, Kenneth Poole, Ruthie Mae Holt and Betty Sue Poole.

Pallbearers will be Conner Allison, Logan Fowler, Ray Cranford, Macky Massey, Bo Massey, Jeff Holt, Donnie Poole and Chandler Ayers.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 26, beginning at 6 at Forrest Grove Baptist Church.

JIMMY D. STANPHILL

GOLDEN, MS. – Jimmy D. Stanphill, 73, died Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Franklin County, Al. He was current Maintenance Consultant with WISE Alloys and was retired Maintenance Supervisor of Reynolds Metals. He served in the Mississippi National Guard for thirteen years. He was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church and a member of Belmont Masonic Lodge.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Ralph Culp and Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 53 years – Iown Stanphill, Golden, Ms.; son – Chris Stanphill (Amy) Golden, Ms.; brother – Charles Stanphill (Nancy) Tulsa, Ok.; niece – Kathy Stanphill, Chicago, Il.; special friend & neighbor – Vera Voyles, Golden, Ms.; brother-in-law – Wayne Byram (Lucille) Milledgeville, Ga.; special friend – Carla Moses Childers; special grandchildren – Hannah and Dane Eubanks and Bobbie Jean Voyles and special great-grandchild – McKynli Childers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Odis Stanphill and Vera Dickinson Stanphill.

Pallbearers will be Scott Eubanks, Dane Eubanks, Jason Byram, Doug Epps, Freddie Morris, Mike Byram and Keith Byram.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 24, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a church of your choice.


DEBRAH A. STEWART

TREMONT, MS. – Debrah A. Stewart, 50, died Sunday, October 19, 2014 at her residence. She was born in Red Bay, Al. and was a sales representative for BestWay for ten years. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 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 – James Stewart, Tremont, Ms.; four daughters – Jessica Page, Veronica Lynn Page, Sissy Stewart and Krystal Waddle, all of Belmont, Ms.; five grandchildren – Tayton Puckett, Madden Puckett, Kyler Higginbottom, Trinity Higginbottom and Chandler Higginbottom; an uncle – Wade Wigginton, Belmont, Ms.; one nephew – Michael Moore and great-nieces and nephews – Baylen Moore, Seth Moore, Chloe Moore and Andrew Moore.

She was preceded in death by her mother and a sister, Cathy Moore.

Pallbearers will be Billy Biggs, Zach Thomas, Michael Moore, Baylen Moore, Justin Gober and Bradley Buchannon.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Monday, October 20, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Tuesday.


REV. VIRGLE J. HOWELL

GOLDEN, MS. – Reverend Virgle J. Howell, 89, passed away peacefully, on October 8, 2014 surrounded by his family. Born in Duncan, Oklahoma, he moved to California in 1951. He lived in Salinas and Hollister, Ca. before moving to Golden, Mississippi in 1984. He was the oldest of 11 children of Lon and Irene Howell. Rev. Howell served in the Army during World War II in the 82nd Battalion in the Battery “C” 458th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion and the Battery “B” 376th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion. While in the 82nd Battalion, he made several parachute jumps behind enemy lines and was awarded the WWII Victory Medal. After being Honorably Discharged from the Army, he became an electrician by trade. In 1961, Rev. Howell was instrumental in founding Apostolic Full Gospel Church of Christ, where he pastored for 20 years before moving to Golden, Ms. where he could focus more on missions and continue to pastor. In 1981, he founded Rhema Christian Center with the focus on training ministers and missionaries. He made many mission trips to Central America, occasionally flying his own plane. Rev. Howell had a love for the Philippines and was an integral part in establishing Rhema Christian Training Center Philippines in 1983 where hundreds of students have been and are continuing to be trained for the ministry. Rev. Howell loved people, never met a stranger and loved Jesus. His kindness was far-reaching and known by many. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Ed Garcia officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Garden, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years - Lucille Howell, Golden, Ms.; three children – Sharon Brooks (Bill) Los Banos, Ca., Susan Garcia (Edward) Golden, Ms. and Michael Howell (Barbara) Kapolei, Hawaii; mother of his children – Toni Howell, Hollister, Ca.; eight grandchildren – Bryan Brooks (Jamie) Waco, Tx., Brendan Brooks (Anna) Fresno, Ca., Taryn Hopper (Lawson) Birmingham, Al., Brett Brooks, Los Banos, Ca., Damaris Hamilton (Ryan) Birmingham, Al., Seth Howell (Sarah), Jedediah Howell and Luke Howell, Hollister, Ca. He was the proud great-grandfather of eight children – Sophia, Piper, Lawson, Judah, Finn, Ethan, Eliana and Adelyn Rose.

He was preceded in death by his parents and ten brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Hamilton, Lawson Hopper, Billy Ray Horn and Michael Howell. 

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time on Wednesday.

Donations may be made to Rhema Christian Center, P.O. Box 460, Golden, Ms. 38847.

SARA MARTIN

MOOREVILLE, MS. – Sara Ann Martin, 60, died Thursday, October 9, 2014 at UAB Hospital, Birmingham, Al. She was born in Mississippi and was a beautician for thirty years. She was a member of Living Waters Community Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 11, at Living Waters Community Church, Mooreville, Ms. with Bro. Kevin Hatfield officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are her husband – Gary Martin, Mooreville, Ms.; four children – Robbie Robinson, Dennis, Ms., Sha Williams (Alan) Belmont, Ms., Brian Martin (Leslie) Marietta, Ms. and Trey Grimes, Mooreville, Ms.; five grandchildren – Zach Robinson, Aly Williams, Wil Williams, Amber Martin and Hunter Martin; her parents – Ray Eaton (Dorothy) and Lorene Lambert; four brothers – Bobby K. Eaton (Cindy) Paris, Tn., Eddie Eaton, Huntsville, Al., Timmy Lambert, Iuka, Ms., Mark Lambert (Darlene) Booneville, Ms. and two sisters – Angela Hardin (Yancey) and Sue Eaton, all of Parma, Mo.

Pallbearers will be Mick Eaton, Steve Eaton, Keith Eaton, Kyle Eaton, Kenny Robinson and Yancey Hardin.


Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday, October 11, at Living Waters Community Church.


DANNY WIGGINTON

RED BAY, AL. – Danny Bryce Wigginton, 59, died Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Helen Keller Hospital. He was born in Red Bay, Al. and had been a sewing machine mechanic for Lance Garment.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 9, at Belmont City Cemetery with Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two daughters – Melanie Miller (Jimmy) Red Bay, Al. and Amy Tate (Buford) Churchill, Tn.; six grandchildren – Hannah, Zachary, Nathan & Emily Miller and Kalum and Kason Halfacre; brothers and sisters – Chris Wigginton (Bretta) Red Bay, Al., Kathy Carter (Ricky) Hohenwald, Tn., Jackie Johnson (Doug) Fairview, Ms., Wade Wigginton and Roney Wigginton, both of Red Bay, Al. and Pat Wigginton, Fulton, Ms. and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Buel Bryce Wigginton and Wilma Jean Wood Wigginton, a grandson, Chandler Wigginton, a sister, Rita Wigginton and a brother, Ricky Wigginton.

Pallbearers will be Josh Wigginton, Zachary Miller, Nathan Miller and Jason Wigginton.

EDWARD McRAE

TISHOMINGO, MS. – Edward Wilson McRae, 96, died Monday, September 29, 2014 at Georgetown Living Center in Georgetown, Tx. He was born in Tishomingo, Ms. and was a truck driver working inside the plant at TVA. He was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, October 3, at Tishomingo Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Bostick officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors are one daughter – Patsy McRae Stern (Jeff), Georgetown, Tx.; step-son – Jerry L. Rushing (Dale) Iuka, Ms.; one grandson – Brian Rushing, Iuka, Ms.; one granddaughter – Stephanie Stewart, Austin, Tx. and three great-grandchildren – Jacob Rushing, Iuka, Ms., Caleb Stewart and Chloe Stewart, both of Austin, Tx.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ola Mae Farris McRae, his parents, John and Mary Elizabeth Blunt McRae, six brothers, Clarence, Hubert, Otey, William, Alvis and Delbert McRae and two sisters, Elsie Mohundro and Earl McRae.

Pallbearers will be Larry Bryant, Larry Cox, Kirby McRae, Tommy Pounders, Danny Mohundro and Billy Messner. Honorary pallbearer will be Troy Dean.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 2, at Tishomingo Baptist Church and until service time on Friday. 

JOANN PILKINGTON

DENNIS, MS. – JoAnn Pilkington, 68, died Sunday, September 28, 2014 at her residence. She was born in Red Bay, Al. and was a homemaker. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 2, at Joel Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. with Bro. Jerry George officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one daughter – Sandi Allred (Barry) Dennis, Ms. and one sister – Betty Deaton (Jimmy) Golden, Ms.

She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, Sarah and Louie Shear and her father, Arlin Inmon.


THEODORE LOGSTON

GOLDEN, MS – Theodore “Ted” Logston, 91, died Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Generations of Red Bay.  He was born in Plant City, FL.  He was a veteran of the US Marines serving during WWII and was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.  He was a security guard for Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for many years.  He also worked for Tishomingo Elementary School.

Services will be Tuesday, September 30, at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Tishomingo, MS. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include three sons-Tommy Logston of New Jersey, Donny Hammock and Lonnie Hammock both of Golden; two granddaughters-Courtney Hammock and Isabel Hammock.

He was preceded in death by his wife- Mattie Logston and a son-Jerry Logston.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 30, 10-11 a.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

AVIS PRUITT

BELMONT, MS – Avis E. Pruitt, 77, died Saturday, September 27, 2014 at his residence.  He was a veteran of the US Army. He was a charter member of Landmark Baptist Church  and was a carpenter.

Services will be Tuesday, September 30, at 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Hal Holt and Bro. Phillip Logan officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens.  Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his daughter-Rhonda Wright (Martin) of Iuka; two sons-David Pruitt (Jodi) and Ronnie Pruitt both of Belmont; step-daughter-Judy Eaton of Dennis; eleven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one brother-Ravis Pruitt of Fort Meyers, FL; one sister-Beulah Stephens of Belmont and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years-Vondeen Pruitt; daughter-Vonda Kay Pruitt; his parents-Sidney and Eppie Hubbard Pruitt; one sister-Emmie Pounders and one brother-Flaves Pruitt.

Pallbearers will be Bradly Sparks, Justin Sparks, Stone Pruitt, Gunner Pruitt, River Ford and Dylan Tummins.  Honorary pallbearer will be Trace Pruitt.

Visitation will be Monday, September 29, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until service time Tuesday.

JACKIE S. IVY

TUPELO, MS. -  Jackie Steven Ivy, 65, passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at his home in Tupelo. He was born September 25, 1948 in Booneville, Ms. to Houston Ivy and Mary Delphia Ivy. He was very active at First Baptist Church of Tupelo and involved in many different ministries and outreach programs. He attended Belmont School before graduating from Leighton High School in Leighton, Al. He attended Ole Miss, earning a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1970. He worked at Reynolds Metals, eventually becoming the president over a division, and retired after 25 years. He later opened J.Ivy Industries, a support plant for Cooper Tire in Plantersville, Ms. In his spare time, he enjoyed helping and serving others, Ole Miss sports, his grandkids and spending time with his family. He was a kind and gentle man who endeared himself to everyone he encountered. Friends described him as the most selfless man they had ever encountered.

A celebration of life service will be held at First Baptist Church of Belmont, Ms., Saturday, September 27, at 11 a.m. with Brother Earl McAnally and Brother Ray Burks officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memorial Garden. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements. 

He is survived by his wife - Connie Moore Ivy of Tupelo; daughter - Molly Chin ( Philip) of Port Lavaca, Texas; grandsons - Joshua and Bryan Chin; brother - Carroll Ivy (Carol) of Booneville; sister - Quaye Yarber of Belmont; his mother-in-law - Patricia Moore of Hot Springs, Arkansas; brothers-in-law - Mark Moore (Desiree) and Mike Moore, all of Hot Springs, Arkansas; nephews -John Ivy (Candi) of Decatur, Alabama, and Robert Yarber ( Debbie) of Tupelo; nieces - Terri Christian (Donnie) of Tupelo and Haley and Hanna Moore of Hot Springs, Arkansas; great-nieces - Mary-Houston and Anna Claire Ivy of Booneville and Marissa Yarber of Tupelo; great- nephews - Trey Christian (Kelli) of Tupelo, Seth and Connor Ivy of Decatur and Evan and Wesley Austin Yarber of Tupelo and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law- Bob Yarber, nephew - Jason Ivy and father-in-law - John Moore.

Pallbearers will be John Ivy, Robert Yarber, Donnie Christian, Trey Christian, Lloyd Moore, Terry Moore, Mark Moore and Merle McAnally.

Visitation will be at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont, Friday, September 26, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will continue Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until service time at First Baptist Church.

JACK TAYLOR

BELMONT, MS. – Fay L. “Jack” Taylor, 86, passed from this life Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the North Ms. Medical Center in Tupelo. Jack retired from Cooper Tire in 1990. He was also a former employee of Mueller Brass in Fulton and a bus driver for Belmont High School. He was a City Alderman 1988-1990. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. Jack loved quail hunting which he did for many years. He was also an Atlanta Braves fan, which was one of his favorite passtimes. He was a member of Belmont United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 11, at Belmont United Methodist Church with Rev. Neville Vanderburg and Rev. Greg Forbus officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife – Sue Taylor; daughter – Susan Caldwell (Darrin) and two grandsons – Matt Caldwell and Connor Caldwell, all of Belmont, Ms.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Tom & Myrtle Taylor; two sisters, Bea Sartain and Louise Waddle and five brothers, Tulon Taylor, Roy Taylor, O’Neal Taylor, Bobby Taylor and Billy Taylor.

Pallbearers will be Robert Cashion, Phillip Taylor, Larry Sartain, Joe Credille, Ray Fowler and Glen Harrison. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Carter, Tommy Clark, Tommy Moody, Jerry McAnally and Willie Smith.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, at Belmont United Methodist Church and  8 a.m. until service time on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Belmont United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 516, Belmont, Ms. 38827. 

BOBBY RAY EATON

DENNIS, MS. – Bobby Ray Eaton, 69, died Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Oak Grove Retirement Home, Duncan, Ms. He was born in Dennis, Ms. and had been an employee of Sunshine Mills. He attended Highland Baptist Church, Tishomingo, Ms.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 9, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Hal Holt officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son – Ethan Willcutt, Colorado Springs, Co.; two sisters – Mae Ellen Pharr (Billy) Tishomingo, Ms. and Janet Manley (Bobby) Walnut, Ms. and six brothers – David Eaton (Kathy) Mantachie, Ms., Gene Eaton (Sherry), Jimmy Dale Eaton (Gail), Danny Joe Eaton (Sue) and Ronnie Eaton (Charlene) all of Dennis, Ms. and Jack Eaton (Angie) Tremont, Ms.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Odell and Jewel Eaton and his wife, Connie Eaton.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Monday, September 8, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


JOAN LINEBARGER

DENNIS, MS. – Joan Sullins Linebarger, 82, died Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Magnolia Regional Health Center, Corinth, Ms. She was born in Mississippi and was a homemaker. She was a resident of Chicago, Il. for 35 years. She was a member of Community Gospel Church, Chicago, Il. where she served as Sunday School teacher and custodian for 20 years.

Services will be at 5 p.m. Friday, September 5, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Gene Cooley and Bro. Brian Weems officiating.  Burial will be in Old Path Cemetery, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are three children – Charles Linebarger, San Francisco, Ca., Jeannie Ivy (Larry) Red Bay, Al. and Patricia Chumbley (Mark) Belmont, Ms.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters – Mickie Argo (Charles) Tupelo, Ms. and Vickie Layfield, Milledgeville, Ga. and one brother – Quitman Sullins, Red Bay, Al.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James E. Sullins and Maudie Johnson Sullins, one son, Richard Linebarger, one sister, Linda Strawbridge and one brother, W.C. Sullins.

Pallbearers will be Dylan Pearson, George Strawbridge, Larry Ivy, Bro. James Segars, Joe Chumbley and Andy Chumbley.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Friday, September 5, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms.


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.

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