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CROWDER — Funeral services for James "Jack" D. Arnold, 44, of Crowder, a welder, will be today at 10 a.m. at National Funeral Home chapel, Clarksdale. He died Oct. 12, 2002, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Batesville. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Clarksdale.
He was born Dec. 31, 1957, to Mona Arnold and the late James "J.D." Arnold in Clarksdale. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his mother, Mona Arnold of Lyon; three daughters, Jamie Frances Cross of Lu-Rand, Meagan Lynn Arnold of Clarksdale and Jordan Danielle Arnold of Greenville, Tenn.; three sisters, Carolyn Freeman of Clarksdale, Donna Hardin of Myrtle and Barbara Walton of Moon Lake; one aunt, Francies Borgognoni of Clarksdale; one special friend, Anne Kent of Crowder; and several nieces and nephews.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Funeral arrangements for Deterence Justin Brown, 8 weeks, of Philadelphia are pending at Sanders-Byas Funeral Home, Hollandale, Miss. He died Oct. 14, 2002, at Children's Hospital, Philadelphia.
GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for Elaine Loggins Coffee, 58, of Greenville are pending at Harris Brown & Marion Funeral Home, Greenville. She died Oct. 13, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.
GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for Milton Hamilton Jr., 62, of Greenville are pending at Watson-Edwards & Evans Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Oct. 14, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.
CLARKSDALE — Funeral services for Jack H. Oakman, 79, of Clarksdale, an agricultural consultant, will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Oakhurst Baptist Church, Clarksdale. He died of cancer Oct. 13, 2002, at his home. Burial will be in Stoneville Cemetery, Stoneville, under the direction of National Funeral Home, Clarksdale.
Mr. Oakman was born May 27, 1923, in Panther Burn, Miss. He graduated from Mississippi State University. He served in the Army Air Crops during World War II. He was a member of Oakhurst Baptist Church, the American Legion, and was past president and founding member of the Mississippi Agriculture Consultants Association. He was active in many film festivals, numerous community organizations and activities. He served as volunteer speaker in local schools and universities on topics such as World War II, agriculture and films
Survivors include his wife, Jean Doyle Oakman of Clarksdale; five daughters, Nancy McCulloch of Victoria, Texas, Judy DeLasho of Cordova, Tenn., Katie Malatesta and Jackie Oakman, both of Clarksdale, and Jamie Oakman of Sevierville, Tenn.; one sister, Betty Gibson of Rosedale; one brother, Buddy Oakman of Richland; and 10 grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
Dr. Jeff Holland will officiate.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Carnegie Public Library, Lee Academy or Oakhurst Baptist Church.
INDIANOLA — Graveside services for Julia Dantzler, 66, a secretary of Indianola, will be today at 1 p.m. at Indianola City Cemetery. She died Dec. 8, 2002, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville. Burial will be under the direction of Card Funeral Home, Indianola.
She was secretary for Delta Floor and Decorating.
Survivors include one daughter, Kimberly Michelle Dantzler of Hornbeck, La.; three sisters, Allene Spillman of Greenville and Ollie Robinette and Myron Beach, both of McComb; and one brother, Marvin Beach of Smithville, Mo.
Visitation will be today from noon to 12:45 p.m. at Card Funeral Home, Indianola.
INVERNESS — Funeral services for Lillian Gunnels Hunter, 86, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and formerly of Inverness, a retired school teacher, will be today at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Inverness. She died of heart failure Dec. 7, 2002, at Life Care Center, Hilton Head Island. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Inverness, under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home, Indianola.
She was born in Linn, Miss. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Inverness, where she served as children's choir director.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W.A. Hunter.
Survivors include one daughter, Elaine H. Montgomery of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; three grandchildren, Calvin W. Montgomery and W.A. Hunter Montgomery, both of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and John M. Montgomery II of Washington, D.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Amanda and Thomas Montgomery.
The Rev. Danny Prater will officiate.
GREENVILLE — Funeral services for Daniel Larry Kent, 58, of Greenville will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville. He died of heart failure Dec. 9, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Greenville.
He was a native of Leland, and graduated from Leland High School. He attended Mississippi Delta Community College. He was an outstanding baseball pitcher at Leland High School and Mississippi Delta Community College until his injury at Mississippi Delta. He served in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve. At the time of his death, he was maintenance manager at Days Inn. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Gentry Kent of Greenville; one sister, Becky Kent Breckenridge of Amarillo, Texas; and two brothers, Hardy Dean Kent of Jeanerette, La., and Franklin Dale Kent of Jonesboro, Ga.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville.
GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for Jake Mayes Jr., 53, of Greenville and formerly of Choctaw are pending at T.L. Redmon Funeral Home, Cleveland. He died Dec. 8, 2002, at his home.
GREENVILLE — Graveside service arrangements for Tommie Lee Sullivan McGraw, 81, of Greenville, a retired registered nurse, are pending Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville. She died Dec. 9, 2002, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville, after a lengthy illness. Burial will be in Mize Cemetery, Mize.
Mrs. McGraw was born in Mize, Miss., on May 13, 1921. She graduated from Mize High School and received her registered nurse's degree from Jackson Infirmary. In 1943, she married Winthrop Dada McGraw, and they made their home in Greenville, where Dr. McGraw was stationed at the Greenville Air Base. She was employed with both hospitals in Greenville and Oschner's Hospital in New Orleans. She was a Southern Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Winthrop D. McGraw of Greenville; one daughter, Mary M. Pieralisi of Leland; two sons, William "Bill" McGraw (Rose) of Greenville and Richard McGraw (Joyce) of Baton Rouge, La.; six grandchildren. Stephanie Folse of Mandeville, La., David McGraw of Houston, Texas, Daniel McGraw of Baton Rouge, La., Win Pieralisi of Oxford, Miss., and Anne McGraw and Emily McGraw, both of Greenville; and two great-grandchildren, Michael Folse and Matthew Folse, both of Mandeville, La.
The family will receive friends today at 2 p.m. at the home of Bill McGraw.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. — Memorial services for Evelyn Marie Panter, 92, of Lake Village, a homemaker, will be at a later date in Turlock, Calif. She died of respiratory failure at Arnold Avenue Nursing Home, Greenville, Miss. Local arrangements are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home, Lake Village.
She was born Nov. 6, 1910, in Los Angeles, Calif., the daughter of the late James O. Wash, and Hannah Osterman Wash. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Wash, and a sister, Vivian Collins.
Survivors include one son, Richard J. Panter and wife, Shirley, of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; one daughter, Susan Panter McBride and husband, Ray, of Lake Village; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for the Rev. Eugene P. "E.P." Powell, 81, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Dec. 10, 2002, at his home.
GREENVILLE — Funeral services for Johnnie B. Russell, 81, of Greenville will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest MB Church, Greenville. She died Dec. 4, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville, under the direction of Watson-Edwards & Evans Funeral Home, Greenville.
Mrs. Johnnie B. Russell was born Aug. 25, 1921, to the late Mrs. Clara Hill Gordon in James Crossing. She confessed Christ at an early age. She received her education while living in James Crossing and later moved to Greenville, Miss. She was joined in holy matrimony to the late Buddy Russell. Because of her maternal nature and giving spirit, she raised two nephews and one niece as her own.
Mrs. Russell made a peaceful departure from her earthly home on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002. To cherish her memories she leaves her loving and devoted sister, Ivory Williams of Chicago; three children she raised as her own, Debra (Marcus) Polk of Lithonia, Ga., Michael Williams of Chicago and Jimmy (Janet) Baxter Jr. of Greenville; eight nieces, Dorothy, Shelia, Flora and Demetris, all of Greenville, and Clara, Lozell, Betty and Willie B., all of Chicago; two nephews, Jimmy Baxter Sr. of Greenville and Willie Sims of Chicago; one godson, Sammie Duncan; and a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Watson-Edwards & Evans Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. The remains will lie in state at the church Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Minister A.M. Hines will officiate.
CHICAGO — Funeral arrangements for Clyde Atkins, 58, of Chicago and formerly of Hollandale are pending at Sanders-Byas Funeral Home, Hollandale. He died Feb. 6, 2003, at his home.
INDIANOLA — Memorial services for Benjamin "Benny" Franklin Caldwell, 75, of Indianola will be at a later date. He died Jan. 19, 2003, at his home. Burial will be in Moorhead Cemetery under the direction of Card Funeral Home, Indianola.
Survivors include three sisters, Maureen Knox of Fayetteville, N.C., Margaret Thurman of Thomaston, Ga., and Ruth Whisenant of Corinth; and two brothers, Frank Caldwell of Greenville and Jerry Caldwell of Indianola.
BELZONI — Graveside services for Corrie Anne Campbell Carlton, 84, of Belzoni, a retired librarian, will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Belzoni City Cemetery. She died Feb. 10, 2003, at Humphreys County Memorial Hospital, Belzoni. Burial will be under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni.
Survivors include three daughter, Anne Gorton of Jackson, Carolyn (Mack) Gorton of Belzoni and Sidney (Doug) Lyon of Arlington, Texas; six grandchildren, Don Eldridge Gorton III of Boston, Mass., James Carlton Gorton of Santa Monica, Calif., Lindsay Gorton Warren and Sidney Carlton Gorton II, both of Jackson, Walter Mack Gorton Jr. of Belzoni and Joyce Anne Lyon Gaggard of Ashland City, Tenn.; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today at the home of Carolyn Gorton of Belzoni.
Memorial contributions may be made to Webb-Sumner Methodist Church, P.O. Box 593, Webb, MS 38966, or Flowers Manor Retirement Home, 1251 Lee Drive, Clarksdale, MS 38614.
The Rev. Jack Smith and the Rev. George Johnson will officiate.
MOUND BAYOU — Funeral services for Lula Alice Crowder, 89, of Mound Bayou will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bethel AME Church, Mound Bayou. She died Feb. 6, 2003, at Northwest Mississippi Regional Hospital, Clarksdale. Burial will be in Mound Bayou Memorial Gardens under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland.
Mrs. Crowder was born July 13, 1913, in Goodman, Miss. She attended Goodman public schools. At an early age, Lula married Robert Lamar Crowder, and to this union five children were born. After living in Memphis for three years, she and her husband moved their family to Mound Bayou where she lived until her death. Her husband, Robert, and their youngest son, Alfred, preceded her in death.
Survivors include three daughters, Lenora Crowder McNeese of Greenville, Joann Crowder (David) Wynn of Hattiesburg and Eunice Crowder of Boston, Mass.; one son, Lamar Crowder; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland. The body will lie in state at the church Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.
GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for Daisy Curry, 91, of Greenville are pending at Watson-Edwards & Evans Funeral Home, Greenville. She died Feb. 9, 2003, at Autumn Leaves Nursing Home, Greenville.
LELAND — Funeral services for Ella William Davidson Finklea, 84, of Leland, a retired secretary, were Friday at 3 p.m. at Boone Funeral Home, Leland. She died of heart failure Feb. 3, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial was in Leland-Stoneville Cemetery, Stoneville.
She was born in Cave City, Ark., and moved to Leland, Miss., at an early age with her parents, the late Alma Allen Davidson and the late John Clarence Davidson. She graduated from Leland High School and attended Mississippi Delta Community College. She married Jimmie C. Finklea in 1939 and was employed with Finklea Brothers as an agricultural aviation secretary for many years. She later was employed with a local hotel as a secretarial clerk until her retirement in 1992. She was a member of Parkview Baptist Church in Leland. She was well loved by many friends and will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1960, two sisters and four brothers.
Survivors include one daughter, Mona Lisa Weeks (Sammy) of Leland; two sons, James D. Finklea (Kathryn) of Beaumont, Texas, and William Irby Finklea (Laura Jean) of Dallas; one sister, Annie Hill Finklea of Harrison, Ark.; a former daughter-in-law, Bonita Finklea of Leland; one granddaughter, Nona Lea Finklea (Michael) of Dallas; four grandsons, William Curtis Finklea (Lynn) of Greenville, James David Finklea of Galveston, Texas, and Samuel "Duke" Weeks and Alvin Carleton Weeks (Tiffany), both of Leland; three great-grandsons, David "Bubbie" Finklea, Curtis Michael Finklea and Shelby Lynn Finklea, all of Greenville.
The family received friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Boone Funeral Home, Leland.
SUNFLOWER — Funeral arrangements for Emma Glover, 87, of Sunflower are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola. She died Feb. 10, 2003, at her home.
GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for Charles L. McCormick II, 82, of Greenville are pending at Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville. He died of heart failure Feb. 10, 2003, at Wisteria Inn in Crystal Springs. Graveside services will be in Greenville Cemetery.
Mr. McCormick was the former administrator of Bessie J. Taylor Retirement Home in Greenville.
GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for M.L. Barr, 89, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. He died March 20, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.
GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Lucy Marie Bennett, 89, a retired receptionist of Greenville, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mortimer Funeral Home Chapel, Greenville. She died March 21, 2003, of heart failure at Mississippi Care Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Greenville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lane Bennett.
She is survived by a brother, Johnny Ross of Topoccola, Miss.
The Rev. Neal Cornell will officiate.
Visitation will be Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home.
ANGUILLA -- Funeral arrangements for Oscar Davis, 51, of Anguilla are pending at Walker Funeral home, Rolling Fork. He died March 20, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.
BELZONI -- Funeral arrangements for Lizzie Hanks, 86, of Belzoni are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola. She died March 21, 2003, at her home.
INDIANOLA -- Funeral arrangements for Willie Harrington, 86, of Indianola are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola. He died March 21, 2003, at South Sunflower County Hospital, Indianola.
SHELBY -- A memorial service for Clydene Erwin Haymon, 88, of Lumberton, N.C., and formerly of Shelby, was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shelby Methodist Church. She died March 15, 2003, at Carolina Health Care Center, Lumberton. Private burial for family members followed at Shelby Cemetery.
Mrs. Haymon was preceded in death by her husband, W.F. Haymon; her daughter, Jayne H. Roberts; and a grandson, Thomas H. Roberts.
Survivors include a son, Dr. L. Tate Haymon and his wife Dianne of Lumberton, N.C.; son-in-law, H.L. Roberts Jr. of Edwards; four grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.
AVON -- Funeral services for Patsy "Pat" Lou Ollis Howle, 61, of Avon, a homemaker, were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mortimer Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. She died of cancer March 19, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in County Line Cemetery, Glen Allan.
Mrs. Howle was born in Lake City, Ark., and spent her early years there. She married Acey Howle on May 2, 1959, and they moved to Mississippi in the mid 1960s and made their home in Avon in 1987. She was a member of the Lake Washington First Baptist Church in Glen Allan. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter and a grandson.
Survivors include her husband, Acey Howle of Avon; two daughters, Sherri (Greg) Joiner of Avon and Trina Howle of James; five sons, Jeff (Kim) Howle of Jonesboro, Ark., David Howle of Avon, Danny (Penny) Howle of Anguilla, Timmy (Tracy) Howle of Glen Allan and Chris (Amelia) Howle of Rolling Fork; a sister, Patricia Sue Reeves of Lake City, Ark.; and 11 grandchildren.
The Rev. Brad Moak officiated.
TUNICA -- Funeral arrangements for Ronald T. Humphrey, 33, of Tunica are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland. He died March 21, 2003, in Memphis.
GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Diana McGinnist, 43, of Greenville will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Greenville. She died march 20, 2003, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.
She was born March 9, 1960, to Dorothy and David McGinnist Jr. in Greenville, Miss. Diana accepted Christ in 1980 under Pastor J.I. Grider at Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Diana attended Greenville Public Schools. She worked at Best Western and Colonial Inn, and she was a housekeeper supervisor at the Arnold Avenue Nursing Home until her health failed. Diana was known as "Momma" to her sisters and brothers. She was preceded in death by her devoted grandfather, David McGinnist Sr., and her loving and caring father, David McGinnist Jr.
Her memories will live on in the hearts of her caring and devoted companion, Laverne "Chicken" Baker of Greenville; two daughters, Lakesha McGinnist (Kendrick) of Greenville and Eric McGinnist (Deon) of St. Louis, Mo.; two sons, Rodney McGinnist (Denyell) of St. Louis and Eric McGinnist (Nicole) of Greenville; six grandchildren, Kendrick and Kendra McGinnist of Greenville, and Takesha, Toneesha, Davyonna and David McGinnist, all of St. Louis; loving mother, Dorothy McGinnist of Greenville; maternal grandmother, Ollie Scott of St. Louis, Mo.; paternal grandmothers, Maggie Hughes and Minnie Lou McGinnist, both of Greenville; grandfather, Leon Hughes Sr. of Greenville; two sisters, Patricia McGinnist (Rick) of St. Louis and Shirley Lou McGinnist of Greenville; three brothers, David McGinnist III (Deborah) of Greenville, and Danny McGinnist (Yolanda) and Dennis McGinnist (Debra), both of St. Louis; four special aunts, Susie (Frank) Vick and Barbara (James "L.C.") O'Neal, both of Greenville, Shirley Allen of St. Louis and Ann Shortridge of Indianola, Miss.; a special uncle, George (Joann) Brooks of Greenville; a special neighbor, known by her as "Mom," Eulah Mae Taylor of Greenville; a special cousin, James D. O'Neal of Greenville; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be today from 1 to 5 p.m. at Redmon Funeral Home Chapel, Greenville.
Pastor Robert Mann will officiate.
LELAND -- Funeral services for Leroy Charles Parker, 73, of Leland will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter MB Church, Leland. He died March 21, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Bogue Memorial Gardens, Leland, under the direction of Dillon Funeral Home, Leland.
He was the son of the Rev. J.H. and Octavia Parker. He was born Jan. 19, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo. He graduated from Briesch High School and later received his B.S. degree from Mississippi Vocational College and his master's degree from Delta State University. He was the librarian at O'Bannon High School and also taught social studies and world history until he retired. He served 36 years in the education field.
Leroy served in the 140th Infantry of the Korean War. He was a master Mason of Williams Lodge No. 48. He currently was serving as commander of VFW Post 9732, chairman of the Mississippi Valley State Athletic Department and treasurer of the Washington County Mississippi Valley State Alumni. Along with his civic obligations Leroy was a political activist on the local level. He was the first African American elected to the Leland Board of Aldermen and the first African-American vice mayor. To commemorate his many gifts of love and devotion to his alma mater, he was inducted into the Mississippi Valley State Hall of Fame in 2001.
Leroy leaves, to mourn, his devoted wife of 51 years, Thelma Parker of Leland; two sons, Derrick (Sheila) Parker and Lamarrick Parker, both of Greenville; a daughter, Cheryl Pryor of Los Angeles, Calif.; a devoted sister, Rosa Parker Keefer of Leland; a brother, Johnny Parker of Milwaukee, Wis.; a devoted Nephew, Stanley White of Leland; a special friend, Mary Dixon of Greenville; four grandchildren; two godsons, Altonia and Cameron Williams of Grand Prairie, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Dillon Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state Wednesday from noon until 2 p.m.
The Rev. Billy Robinson will officiate.
INDIANOLA -- A memorial service for Arch Pearson III, 54, a computer technician of Indianola, will be today at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Indianola. He died March 20, 2003, at his home. Burial will be at a later date. Local arrangements are under the direction of Card Funeral Home, Indianola.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Indianola.
Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Segraves Pearson; parents, Arch and Betty Pearson of Indianola; one daughter, Connie Pearson of Anderson, S.C.; one son, David Walker of Atlanta, Ga.; and one sister, Pam Prokasy of Athens, Ga.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
RULEVILLE -- Funeral services for Robert Williams, 88, of Ruleville will be today at 2 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home chapel, Cleveland. He died March 20, 2003, at North Sunflower County Hospital, Ruleville. Burial will be in Bright Star Cemetery, Merigold.
Survivors include eight daughters, Rosie Howard and Jesse Williams, both of Chicago, Aretha Wright of Moorhead, Roxanne Wright of Renova, Gloria Thomas of Fort Jackson, S.C., Sherry Walker of Beulah, Nellie Stewart of Riverdale, Ga., and Brenda Shavers of Rosedale; 10 sons, James Williams of Kankakee, Ill., Samuel Williams and Bobby Williams, both of Chicago, Harry Williams of Milwaukee, Robert Williams Jr., of Clarksdale, Robert Edwards and Jessie Thomas, both of Cleveland, Marvin Edwards and Tyrone Edwards, both of Yazoo City, and Tyrone Shavers of Rosedale; one sister, Millie White of Memphis; 70 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Dr. Walter Hill will officiate.