PONTOTOC : Cleo Baker, 80, died Tuesday, Jan.
13, 1998, at his home. He was a retired salesman and a Baptist. He was
an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW. His family and
friends are fortunate to have had such a wonderful man in their lives.
He will be sorely missed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning
Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with Bro. James Lewis officiating. Burial will
be in Ecru City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Nadine Baker of Pontotoc;
one son, Vandy Baker of Belden; one daughter, Sharee Grazda of Austin,
Texas; two sisters, Blanche Benjamin of Oxford and Opal Hall of Pontotoc;
five grandchildren, Justin, Jason and Corey Turk, Cris Baker and Sims Baker.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the American Cancer Society.
BRUCE : Alice Laurette Little, 58, died Tuesday,
Jan. 13, 1998, at the Greenwood Leflore County Hospital in Greenwood. She
was a member of Liberty Road Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial
Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Dwight Brown officiating and
the Rev. Billy Hill assisting. Burial will be in Banner Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Lloyd J. Little
of Bruce; one daughter, Pamela L. Griffin of Water Valley; three sons,
Gary Little of Walls, Jimmy Little of Memphis and Joe Little of Horn Lake;
her mother, Lera Mason Ward of Bruce; two brothers, Jimmy Miller and Billy
C. Miller, both of Bruce; 14 grandchildren.
Tommie K. Hollis
SULLIGENT, Ala. : Tommie K. Hollis, 93, died
Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at her home. A lifelong resident of Sulligent, she
was the daughter of the late James Lee Hollis and Mary Louella Pennington
Hollis. She was a member of the Sulligent United Methodist Church and a
retired dairy farmer.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Norwood
Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Sam Graham and Bro. David Parker officiating.
Burial will be in the Hollis Family Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Peggy H. Adair
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine
and Bessie Hollis, and two brothers, Ned and Bob Hollis.
SULLIGENT, Ala. : Johnny Hollis, 76, died Monday,
Jan. 12, 1998, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. He was born Feb.
18, 1921, in Lamar County, Ala., to Ola Kizzire and John Hollis. He was
the husband of the late Mary Frances Hollis. He was a member of the First
Free Will Baptist Church in Sulligent, a jailer for the Lamar County Commission
and an Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Freewill
Chapel Freewill Baptist in Sulligent with Bro. Jerry Smith and Bro. Edward
Puckett officiating. Burial will be in Sulligent City Cemetery. Otts Funeral
Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, James Hollis, and
his wife, Judy, of Sulligent; one daughter, Sarah Hill, and her husband,
Tommy, of Sulligent, Ala.; two brothers, Willie Hollis of Gardendale, Ala.,
and Bill Hollis of Hamilton, Ala.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Willie Irene Parker
MEMPHIS : Willie Irene Mundy Parker, 85, died
Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, in Rosewood, N.H. She was a retired private nurse.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Beginning
Bibleway Church in New Albany. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery. N.H.
Owens & Son Funeral Home of Memphis is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary V. Gunn
of Memphis, Ruby D. Barkley and Alma Wray, both of Wisconsin, and Gertrude
Proctor of New Mexico; seven stepdaughters, Irene Ransey, Luetta Person,
Lola Holston, Susie Burress, and Bessie Crayton, all of Toledo, Ohio, and
Anna Collier and Mildred McClendon, both of Guntown; three sons, Ernest
Mundy of Guntown, Roosevelt Mundy of Delaware and Roger Mundy of New Albany;
two stepsons, Luther Parker of Toledo, Ohio, and Erskin Parker of Milwaukee,
Wis.; three sisters, Velma Briggs of Chicago, Birdie M. Graham of New Albany
and Lula Hepburn of San Francisco, Calif.; 38 grandchildren; 76 great-grandchildren;
MYRTLE : Timothy Carl Langford, 39, died Monday,
Jan. 12, 1998. He was born July 14, 1958. He was the owner of Langford's
Pool and Spas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of
Beulah Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral
Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Randy Hamilton officiating.
Burial will be in Wallerville Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Chasity Marie Langford
of New Albany; his father, Roger Clinton Langford, and his mother, Shirley
Kate Duggar, both of New Albany; one brother, Michael Lynn Langford of
Myrtle; one sister, Rhonda Langford Worthy of Oak Grove, La.; his grandmother,
Pauline Langford of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Roger
Pallbearers will be Steve Duggar, Larry Joe Duggar,
Andy Duggar, Terry Duggar, Rickey Medlin and Bobby Williamson.
WEST POINT : John Paul Portera, 83, died Monday,
Jan. 12, 1998, at the Clay County Medical Center in West Point. He was
a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a daily communicant
and a member of the Young at Heart Fellowship at the church. He was an
Army veteran of World War II and served in the European and Pacific theaters.
He was a member of American Legion Post No. 38 and the Hamlin-Durret Post
of the VFW.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. John Vollor officiating.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Nowell-Robinson Funeral Home is in
charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Portera of West
Point; one son, Dr. Joseph J. Portera of Jackson; three brothers, Frank
Portera, Louis Portera and P. Joe Portera, all of West Point; six grandchildren,
Kathryn Rose Portera, Caroline Lorraine Portera, Johanna Haley Portera,
John Anthony Portera, Sarah Elizabeth Bryan and Valerie Williams.
He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Anthony
Portera, and a grandson, John Scott Portera.
Pallbearers will be Paul Ray, Paul Portera, Chuck
Portera, M.J. Marascalco, Billy Portera, Joey Michael and Dr. Johnny M.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Scalzo, Bill
Caskey, Randy Williams, Dr. Harvey Flowers, Dr. J.R. Powell, Dr. R.T. Lott,
Dr. Marvin Jeter, Dr. John Cox, Dr. Thomas Woolridge, Dr. Martin Lee and
Dr. Gregory Hale.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today. A rosary
will be said at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church building fund, the American Cancer Society, the American
Kidney Foundation or the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.
FULTON : Randy Robinson, 35, died Monday, Jan.
12, 1998, in Booneville. He was born Dec. 10, 1962, in Baldwyn to Kenneth
Wade Robinson and Mildred Clouse Robinson. He was a construction worker
and a member of Zion Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral
Home Chapel with Bro. Dewayne Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba
Survivors include his mother, Mildred Robinson
of Fulton; two sisters, Connie Lewis of Fulton, and Deborah Ann Smith and
her husband, Larry, of Tupelo; two nephews, Stephen and David Lewis of
Fulton; his grandmother, Loraine Clouse of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth
Wade Robinson, in 1989.
Pallbearers will be David Guth, Wade Umfress,
David Lewis, Mike Huling, Keith Huling and John Martin.
Danny Robinson will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time
Jessie A. Riley
FULTON : Jessie A. Riley, 83, died Tuesday, Jan.
13, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was the son of Clifford
B. and Lizzie Sheffield Riley. He was a retired L.P. gas salesman for Loden
Gas Co. and a member of New Home Baptist Church. He enjoyed cattle farming.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at McNeece-Morris
Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial
will be in Hardin's Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Johnny Riley, and
his wife, Clara, of Mantachie; five brothers, Clifford Riley, Titus Riley,
Carl Riley and Charles Riley, all of Fulton, and Mack Riley of California;
two sisters, Flossie Dulaney of Fulton and Rachael Riley of Kenosha, Wis.;
three grandchildren, Jeremy Riley, Jessica Riley and Jered Riley, all of
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Riley;
a son, Jimmy Riley; three brothers, E.W. "Buck" Riley, Douglas Riley and
Robert Riley; and a sister, Sallie Prestage.
His nephews will be pallbearers.
Employees of Loden Gas Co. will be honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Nina Mae Standfield
VAN VLEET : Nina Mae Standfield, 77, died Monday,
Jan. 12, 1998, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born Sept.
6, 1920, to Lillie Bell Hopson and Jim Hill. She was a member of Center
Hill Baptist Church in Houlka and a lifelong resident of Van Vleet.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Center
Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. J.C. Humphrey officiating. Burial will be
in the Bluff Cemetery in Houlka. Fields Funeral Home in Okolona is in charge
of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Lillie Mae Standfield
of Houston; six sons, George O. Standfield, Jim Earl Standfield, Lee Fulton
Standfield, John R. Standfield, M.C. Standfield and Wayne Buchanan; several
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fulton
Standfield; a son, L.C. Standfield; and a daughter, Mary Ruth Moore.
SMITHVILLE : Elizabeth Anne "Beth" Leech, 41,
died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at her home in Smithville. She was born in
Kenosha, Wis., and attended the Achievement Center in Kenosha. She lived
in Kenosha until moving to Smithville in 1991, She was a Baptist. She enjoyed
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Bruch
Funeral Home in Kenosha, Wis. Burial will be in the Sunset Ridge Cemetery
in Kenosha. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, James Edward Leech
and Gladys Corinne Rye Leech of Smithville; two brothers, Jerry Leech and
his wife, Diane, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Rick Leech of Kenosha; three
sisters, Sandra Carter, Phyllis Giomeetti and Tina Leech, all of Kenosha;
six nieces and npehews, Tim Bolitho, Rick Nichi, Amanda Leech, Audrey Leech,
Jordan Leech and Shawnna Smith.
She was preceded in death by one brother, James
Memorials may be made to the Kenosha Achievement
Center, 1218 79th Drive, Kenosha, Wis. 53143.
WEST POINT : Robert Cecil "Bobby" Steadman Jr.,
68, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at his home. He was born in Clay County
to Robert Cecil Steadman Jr. and Doris Miller Steadman. He was a graduate
of West Point High School, where he was very active in sports. He was an
Army veteran of the Korean War, serving with the 5th Armored Division at
the Battle of Pork Chop Ridge, Old Baldy, Heartbreak Ridge, Tinga Ridge
and the Iron Triangle. He received the Distinguished Service Award. He
was employed with Bryan Foods of West Point for 45 years, serving as a
supervisor over the loading dock. He was a member of the First United Methodist
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvert
Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. R.C. Bryan officiating. Burial will be
in Greenwood Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Adrienne Hood Steadman
of West Point, whom he married April 4, 1951; one daughter, Adrienne E.
"Libby" Steadman of Houston, Texas; one brother, Malcom R. "Mac" Steadman
of West Point; three sisters, Jeanette S. Pyle, Doris S. Bruce and Katherine
S. Davis, all of West Point.
He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Robert
Steadman, in 1956 and a brother, Charles Hugh Steadman, in 1950.
Pallbearers will be Walter "Crow" Simmons, Al
Lozes, C.M. Miller, Hal Hill, Bobby Wooten, Jimmy Stevenson, Caradine Young
and Billy Whitfield.
Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Autrey, Charlie
Goode, Joey Michel, Ted Berry, Andy Carter, Bobby Bryan, Henry Vaughn,
George Bryan, John Bryan Jr., John Bryan III, Jim Swoope, Dr. Gordon Hazard
and Jimmy Bryan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at
the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer
Society, P.O. Box 966, West Point, Miss. 39773 or the American Heart Association,
P.O. Box 657, West Point, Miss. 39773.
Tony C. Brumley
IUKA : Tony C. Brumley died Tuesday, Jan. 13,
1998, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are
incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home.
STEWART : Viola Simpson Pearson, 90, died Monday,
Jan. 12, 1998, at Kilmichael Hospital. She was born Oct. 4, 1907, in Choctaw
County. She was a homemaker and a member of New Haven Baptist Church in
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Haven
Baptist Church with the Rev. Howard Davis and the Rev. Sammy Clyde West
officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wise-Nowell Funeral
Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, C.E. "Pete" Simpson
of Stewart; two stepdaughters, Eloise Burnam of Thibadeaux, La., and Marie
Livingston of Louisville; two stepsons, William Charles Pearson of Stewart
and Hubert Pearson of Augusta, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren;
BATESVILLE : Donald Kelsey Coyle, 23, died Tuesday,
Jan. 13, 1998, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
He was born May 22, 1974, in Crowley, La., to Walter Allen and Linda Kemp
Coyle. He was a member of the Hosanna Family Worship Center in Pope.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral
Home Chapel with the Rev. Damon Keith Plummer officiating. Burial will
be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Sara Daniel Coyle
of Batesville; one daughter, Alexandria Renee Coyle of Batesville; one
stepson, Charles David Darby of Pope; his mother, Linda Coyle Cline and
his stepfather, Don Cline, of Batesville; one sister, Michelle Lee Cline
of Batesville; four brothers, Danny Coyle of Arizona, Mickey Coyle of Little
Rock, Ark., Ray Coyle of Batesville and Billy Coyle of Oxford; his grandparents,
Wilber and Naomi Martin of Beaumont, Texas.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time
IUKA : J.C. Murphy, 80, died Monday, Jan. 12,
1998, at the Iuka Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral
Home Chapel with Howard Stanford and the Rev. Perry Murphy officiating.
Burial will be in Providence Cemetery in Iuka.
Survivors include two sons, Edward Murphy and
William Murphy, both of Iuka; two daughters, Anna Mitchell of Chicago and
Peggy Simmons of Iuka; one brother, Grady Murphy of Iuka; one sister, Amy
Murphy-Clark of Iuka; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Alvin Edward Stone
HOLLY SPRINGS : Alvin Edward Stone, 87, died
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1998, at Holly Springs Memorial Hospital. He was born
Sept. 17, 1910, in Potts Camp to William Bennett Stone and Lucy Clayton
Stone. He was a supervisor with the Mississippi Game and Fish Commission.
He was of the nondenominational faith.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Thomas
Funeral Home Chapel with Minister George Lee and Minister Lonzo Nealon
officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Survivors include his wife, Garnet Hitt Stone
of Holly Springs; one son, Bennett Edward Stone of Memphis; four daughters,
Angelia Gephart of Hernando, and Marsena Sparks, Sara Russom and Lois Holland,
all of Holly Springs; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Seale, Randy Harbur,
Ed Holland, Robert Holland, Richard Alvin Stone, Kenny Dickerson, Brody
McEwen, Derrick Sharp, Charles Gephart, William Bennett Stone, Ken Headrick,
Rojar Garner, Jimmy Light and Michael Edward Stone.
Visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m. today at the
PONTOTOC : Jettie Dowdy, 77, died Monday, Jan.
12, 1998, at the Holland Nursing Center in Springdale, Ark. She was a homemaker
and a member of Bethany Primitive Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bethany Primitive
Baptist Church with Elder Larry Wise officiating. Burial will be in Shady
Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Ecru is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Bailey of Fayetteville,
Ark., and George Bailey of Atkins, Ark.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time