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Rev. Walter Duncan
Walter Nathaniel Duncan, 85, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after suffering a stroke at his home in the Auburn community two days earlier. He was born in Fayetteville, Ark., on Oct. 11, 1912, to the late William and Cleo Stringfield Duncan. He became an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God in 1935, pastoring churches in Arkansas and Texas until the early 1950's. In 1953, he moved to Tupelo and served as pastor of East Heights Assembly of God for the next 15 years. After that, he was instrumental in the formation of several new church works in North Mississippi. He was a true pioneer in his denomination, as he preached during his teen years at brush arbors and schoolhouses in Northwest Arkansas and Southeast Oklahoma. For most of his adult life, he was also self-employed as a construction contractor and heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed gardening and he was an exceptional horseman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the East Heights Assembly of God in Tupelo with the Rev. F.L. Langley, the Rev. Walter Davis, and the Rev. Kenneth Worley officiating and the staff of Lee Memorial Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Goshen Cemetery in Goshen, Ark., with services in the adjoining church at 2 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Wayne Danner and the Rev. Lee Cate officiating. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five sons, Paul Duncan and his wife, Doris, of Nettleton, Herschel Duncan and his wife, Ruth, of Springdale, Ark., David Duncan of Tupelo, Philip Duncan and his wife, Jeanne, of Booneville, Ralph Duncan and his wife, Diane, of Franklin, Tenn.; two daughters, Cleora Brown and her husband, Larry, of Tupelo and Sharon Baggett and her husband, Larry, of Fayetteville, Ark.; one half-sister, Cuba Pifer and her husband, Harlan, of Fayetteville; 11 grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews and many good friends.
He was preceded in death on March 2, 1992, by his wife of 58 years, Ruth Meredith Duncan, whom he married Sept. 24, 1933; and one infant son, Nathan Eugene.
Pallbearers will be fellow Ministers Larry Smith, Bobby White, Thomas Wigginton, Shelton Polk, Robert Wilburn and Henry Burnett.
Honorary pallbearers will be other area ministers of the Assemblies of God.
Memorials may be made to the Walter and Ruth Duncan Memorial Fund, c/o First Assembly of God, P.O. Box 1783, Fayetteville, Ark., 72702.

Robert Macon
CALHOUN CITY : Robert Lewis Macon, 55, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at the Hillcrest Hospital in Calhoun City. He was born Feb. 15, 1942, in Webster County to Travis E. Macon and Audrey Mitchell Macon. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church and was a logging equipment operator.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Old Bethany Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Weddle officiating. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Melissa Amason of Winona; one sister, Shirley Doss of Calhoun City; one brother, Travis E. "Buddy" Macon of Eupora; his father, Travis E. Macon of Calhoun City.

Robbie Simmons
PONTOTOC : Robbie Hugh Simmons, 61, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born April 7, 1936, in Pontotoc County. He was a retired self-employed upholsterer. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Doug Jones and the Rev. Philip Caples officiating. Burial will be in the Victory Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife he married in 1955, Peggy Taylor Simmons of Pontotoc; two sons, Ricky Simmons and his wife, Melinda, and Randy Simmons and his wife, Belinda, all of Pontotoc; one sister, Iris Morrison of Pontotoc; three brothers, Dennis Simmons, Lynn Simmons and Roger Simmons, all of Pontotoc; five grandchildren, Chad Simmons, Jessica Simmons, Jordan Simmons, Will Simmons and Amy Simmons.
Pallbearers will be Mike Taylor, Billy Neal Simmons, Dickson Simmons, John Allen Simmons, Terry Lynn Simmons, David Simmons and Chris Simmons.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. today.

Kenneth Verell
HOUSTON : Kenneth Todd Verell, 8, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 2, 1989, in Tupelo to Russell Gardner Verell and Mary Charolette Lofton. He was a third grade student at Rankin Elementary where he was a Koalaty Kid and a honor student.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Houston Funeral Home with John Kendall officiating. Burial will be in the Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston.
Survivors include his mother, Charolette Lofton Verell of Houston; his father, Russell Verell of Tupelo; one brother, Cody Verell of Tupelo; his maternal grandparents, Russell and Mary Evelyn Lofton of Montpelier; his paternal grandparents, E.M. "Rip" and Mary Verell of Houston; his maternal great-grandparents, Carl and Syble Spencer and Stevens Lofton, all of Montpelier.
Pallbearers will be Tracy Lofton, Wayne Lofton, Don Lofton, Jason Davis and Thomas Howell.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today.

Dr. Leon C. Parks
UNION : Dr. Leon C. Parks, M.D., died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at the Laird Hospital in Union. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl.

Jettie Mayer
POTTS CAMP : Jettie Cox Mayer, 79, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at the Briarcrest Extended Care Nursing Home in Ashland. She was born Feb. 20, 1918, in Marshall County to Sol Benjamin Cox and Mae Pybas. She was a member of Chewalla Primitive Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Grady Camp and Bro. Homer Lloyd officiating. Burial will be in the Chewalla Primitive Baptist Cemetery in Potts Camp.
Survivors include one son, Bennie Mayer of Olive Branch; one stepson, Robert Mayer of Red Banks; one stepdaughter, Ruth Gurley of Hernando; two sisters, Lettie Howell of Waukesha, Wisc., and Mary Lee Barker of Potts Camp; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Mayer.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Mayer, Robbie Mayer, Pat Cox, Jimmy Ash, Ricky Mayer, Carey Mayer, Donald Ash and Kenneth Ash.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Chess Pardue
TISHOMINGO : R.C. "Chess" Pardue, 77, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at the Iuka Hospital. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and served two years and seven months in Italy, Africa and France. He was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a member of South Crossroads Baptist Church, the Veterans of the Foreign War and the American Legion. He was formerly employed by the Mississippi State Highway Department. He lived in the Midway community.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the South Crossroads Baptist Church with Bro. G.D. Jones and Bro. Jesse Massey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Cutshall Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Myra Grimes Pardue of the Midway community; one daughter, Loretta Pardue of the Midway community; two sons, Charles Pardue and his wife, Barbara, and Gaylon Pardue, all of the Midway community; three grandchildren, Shanna Grisham of Iuka, Jena McNatt of Tishomingo and Brent Pardue of the Midway community; two great-grandchildren, Morgan Faith McNatt and Serah Eden McNatt, both of Tishomingo; six sisters, Mamie McNutt, Eula Mae Stidham and Altie Calley, all of Belmont, Maudie Adams of Florence, Ala., Parthine Rosser and Maurine Hall, both of Germantown, Tenn.; four brothers, Walter Pardue, Sherman Pardue, P.T. Pardue and Dupree Pardue, all of Belmont; his mother-in-law, Mamie Grimes of the Midway community; one daughter-in-law, Martha Pardue of the Midway community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hafford and Dora Pardue; one son, James E. Pardue.
Pallbearers will be Mike Brumley, David Cooper, Brent Pardue, Scott Grisham, Joseph McNatt and Buz Sanderson.
Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews.

Blanche Kemp
KOSCIUSKO : Blanch Irwin Kemp, 86, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at the Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Kemp; two sisters, Bonnie Miller and Jay Madden; two brothers, Cullen Irwin and Charlie Irwin.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Henry Cemetery with Dr. Don Patterson officiating. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church.

Audrey Blue
VARDAMAN : Audrey Martin Blue, 90, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at the Hillcrest Hospital in Calhoun City. She was a homemaker and a member of Calhoun City Church of Christ.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with Bro. Ken Joines officiating and Bro. Milton Harris assisting. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Janie Hayes of Southaven; two sons, David Blue of Vardaman and Johnny Blue of Hernando; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Raymond Anglin
EATON, Ind. : Raymond Allan Anglin, 27, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998, from the results of an auto accident east of Fairmont, Ind. He was born May 9, 1970, in Muncie, Ind. He had lived in Eaton and also in Marine City, Mich. He was a roofing contractor and worked on auto body repair.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Pitman-Richman Funeral Home in Eaton, Ind., with the Rev. Daryl Parson officiating. Burial will be in the Gardens of Memory.
Survivors include his mother, Sandy Strunk Anglin of Eaton, Ind.; his father, Raymond E. Anglin of Marine City, Mich.; three sisters, Kristy Swoveland and her husband, Aaron, and Sheri Christal and her husband, David, all of Muncie, and Morgan Anglin of Big Creek; his grandparents, Evelyn Newton and her husband, Robert, of Eaton, Ind., and Ernest Anglin of Big Creek.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Opal Gilland.
Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until service time Monday.

Rev. Willie Turner
TREMONT : Rev. Willie Turner, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at the Park View Manor Nursing Home in Humbolt, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.

Bobby Rutherford
RIPLEY : Bobby Rutherford died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Sons Funeral Home.

Dutch Willard
ETTA : Doyce Quinon "Dutch" Willard, 69, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a brick mason, a member of Bethel Baptist Church, and an Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ola Faye Willard.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bethel Baptist Church in Union County with Bro. Rhys Key officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Ecru is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Jane Murphree of Myrtle, and Cathy Richardson and Dana Willard, both of Etta; one son, Milton Willard of New Albany; four brothers, Melvis Willard of New Albany, James Willard of Myrtle, C.V. Willard of Etta and Robert Dean Willard of Sardis; three half-brothers, Melvin Willard, Billy Willard and Hubbard Willard, all of Etta; three half-sisters, Marylin Camp of Myrtle, Sharon Burt of Southaven and Deverlin Forsyth of Water Valley; and seven grandchildren.; his stepmother, Irene Whiteside of Etta; two stepsisters, Martha Zoeller of Louisville, Ky., and Mary Bexley of Water Valley.
Pallbearers will be his brothers and grandsons.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Jim D. Blakney
IUKA : Jim D. Blakney, 93, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at the Iuka Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home.

Ola Rakestraw
NEW ALBANY : Ola Faye Snipes Rakestraw died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Central in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Gilbert Turner
BALDWYN : Gilbert Murl "Nib" Turner, 62, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a factory worker and former owner and operator of Kirkville Frames. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. William Copeland and Bro. Mike Hopkins officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Nell Turner; three daughters, Rita Taylor and her husband, Terry, of Marietta, Becky Ward of Baldwyn and Lazelle Davidson and her husband, Durell, of Guntown; one son, Bob Potts and his wife, Shirley, of Shreveport, La.; three sisters, Marvinell Buse of Guntown, Francis Smothers of Mantachie and Robbie Brazil of Mt. Vernon; three brothers, William Turner of Tupelo, Paul Wayne "Penny" Turner of Tupelo and Franklin D. Turner of Fulton; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Mary Turner; two brothers, Leonard and Lowery Wade Turner.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Taylor, Kenneth Ward, Barrett Ward, Randy Potts, Donny Potts, Johnnie Mears and Richard "Bub" Anglin.

Eula Bratton
CALHOUN CITY : Eula Womble Bratton, 94, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at the Hillcrest Hospital in Calhoun City. She was born July 31, 1903, in McNair County, Tenn., to John W. Womble. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Calhoun City. She was the retired owner/operator of Bratton Cafe from 1932 until 1956.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Anthony Kay officiating. Burial will be in the Calhoun City Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Alpha W. Langston of Calhoun City; one brother, Johnny Womble of Batesville; several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.

Willie Plant
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. : Willie Plant died Monday, Jan. 26, 1998, at Blodgett Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was born April 1, 1900, to Annie Lue Ward. He was the oldest of 11 children. He confessed hope in Christ at an early age and joined New Hope Baptist Church of Gibson. He married Addie B. Garth in 1923, and had 14 children.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at New Hope Baptist Church in Gibson with the Rev. J.D. King officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Harper Funeral Home of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Jackson's Mortuary of Aberdeen were in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include seven daughters and four sons, Alice Buchanan and her husband, John, and Dorothy Buchanan, both of Kalamazoo, Mich., Anna Dell Dent and her husband, Henry, Willie Plant Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., Wilena Pulliam and her husband, James, of Houston, Brenda Stokes and her husband, Richard, of Tupelo, Rev. W.C. Plant and his wife, Betty, of Aberdeen, Stella Wallace, Evert Plant and his wife, Ramona, and Charlie Plant of Detroit, Mich. Juanita Moore of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two sisters, Daisy Payne and Christine Cousin of Aberdeen; 65 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Addie Plant; three children, Annie Lue Frazier, Harvester Plant and Timmie Lee Plant; eight brothers and sisters.

Fred Marett
SARDIS : Fred Herschel Marett, 88, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born Oct. 10, 1909, in Marshall County to the late Kent Kane Marett and Esther Miller Marett. He was a civil engineer-district engineer for Mississippi State Highway Department. He was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church and was a Mason.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Sardis United Methodist Church with Dr. Doyce Gunter and the Rev. Ed Spencer officiating. Burial will be in the Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Moore Funeral Home of Sardis is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Gammon Marett of Sardis; two daughters, Esther M. Still of Kent, Wash., and Ruth M. Bailey of Crowder; two sons, Fred Marett Jr. of San Francisco, Calif., and Larry Marett of Amory; two brothers, Miller Marett and E.J. Marett of Potts Camp; seven grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Brad Bailey, Tom Still, Kent Marett, Allen Marett, Homer Brown, Carlton Hays Jr.

Elgin Agee
AMORY : Elgin Franklin Agee, 62, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. He was born April 22, 1935, in Paragould, Ark. He had been a resident of Monroe County for over 20 years. He had lived in the Becker community since 1988. He was a farmer, and he also owned the Becker Tractor Company. He was a member of the Hatley Church of Christ. His hobbies included boating and fishing.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at E.E. the Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Mr. Fred Webb officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Lucy Lee Ledbetter Agee of Becker, they were married in 1988; one son, Robbie Carson of Becker; three daughters, Nancy Wilkins of Paragould, Ark., Elgina Bennett of Brilliant, Ala., and Teresa Brown of Paragould, Ark.; five brothers, Alfred Agee of Post Falls, Idaho, J.W. Agee of Thayer, Mo., Harold Agee of Paragould, Ark., Eugene Agee of Bruce, Charles Agee of Magnolia, Texas; two sisters, Bernice Lewis of Hot Springs, Ark., Roberta Morgan of Arbuckle, Calif.; one grandchild, Cody Brown; three stepgrandchildren, two stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Monroe Dean Agee and Clara Sena Brown Agee; his stepfather, Fred Clark, three brothers, Clarence Agee, Monroe Dale Agee and Bob Agee; two sisters, Inis Mayo and Valolene Warren.
Pallbearers will be Robert Brown, Tony Holcomb, Tim LeCure, Gary Bennett, Josea Jimenez, Liverato Haro, Paul Ledbetter, Joe Cannon.

Travis A. Carter
THAXTON : Travis A. Carter, 69, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Mildred Daniel
RED BAY, Ala. : Mildred Joyce Daniel, 73, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was a native of Alabama, a homemaker and a member of Community Center Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Daniel in 1978.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with the Rev. Larry Hill officiating. Burial will be in the Halltown Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Inman of Red Bay; one son, Hoyt Daniel of Red Bay; two sisters, Mary Armstrong of Belmont and Lonie Lindsey of Red Bay; one brother, James George of Golden; four grandchildren, Melissa Creel of Golden, Michelle Creekmore of Harvest, Ala., Chris Inman of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Rachelle Inman of Troy, Ala.; three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Ray Creel, Kevin Creekmore, Tommy Neill, Wayne Harris, Gordon George and Gilbert Armstrong.

Etell Stidham
VINA, Ala. : Estell Stidham, 82, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at the Baptist Hospital in Hamilton, Ala. She was a native of Franklin County, Ala., and a homemaker for 60 years. She was a member of Single Springs Baptist Church for over 60 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Lee Stidham in 1992.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with the Rev. Albert Baty officiating. Burial will be in the Single Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Bobbie Downs of Hamilton, Ala.; one son, Jimmy Stidham of Vina, Ala.; three sisters, Lillian Childers of Vina, Ala., Mattie Stone of Hamilton, Ala., and Betty Winters of Winfield, Ala.; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.


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