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Barnes

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Ellis Eugene Barnes, 65, of Greenville were Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sisson Chapel of Byas Funeral Home, Greenville. He died May 20, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial was in Mt. Ararat Cemetery, Tralake.

Survivors include his wife, Maple Barnes of Greenville; four sons, Darren Gray of Parchman and Kendrick Barnes, Ellis E. Barnes Jr. and Reginald Barnes, all of Greenville; two daughters, Shelia Gray and Stacy Gray, both of Greenville; mother-in-law, Maple Wright of Greenville; one sister, Eddie B. Winters of Arcola; eight brothers, Ulish King of Anguilla, Charles Barnes of St. Louis, Mo., Earl Edward Larkin of Chicago, Willie Lee Winters of Gary, Ind., Riley Lee Winters of Columbia, S.C., Smiley Lee Winters of Flint, Mich., John (Jake) Barnes of Arcola and Rodney Leavell Winters of Greenville; one aunt, Randella Atkins; a special niece, Tiffany Winters; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Elder Carl Daniels officiated.

Ellis

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Crystal S. Ellis, 15, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died May 30, 2003, at University Medical Center, Jackson.

Lunford

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Floyd Lunford, 22, of Greenville are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Greenville. He died May 30, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.

Roberson

LELAND -- Funeral arrangements for Willie Mae Roberson, 81, of Leland are pending at Dillon Funeral Home, Leland. She died May 30, 2003, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville.

Scott

INDIANOLA -- Leola Beth Bales Scott, 91, a homemaker of Indianola, died May 29, 2003, at South Sunflower County Hospital, Indianola. A private family service will be held at a later date. Local arrangements are under the direction of Card Funeral Home, Indianola.

Survivors include her husband, Emmett Eugene Scott; one son, Thad Scott of Indianola; one brother, Bill Bales of Nevada, Mo.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Shelton

MADISON -- Graveside services for Anne West Shelton, 78, a homemaker of Madison will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Greenville Cemetery, Greenville. She died May 30, 2003, at her home at St. Catherine's Village, Madison. Arrangements are under the direction of Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home, Jackson.

Mrs. Shelton was a native of Sardis, Miss., and was a long-time resident of Jackson. She was a graduate of Sardis High School and Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Miss.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Lee Shelton Jr. of Madison; sons, Royal Branton Jr. of Ocean Springs, Miss., and Walter Shelton III of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Betty Shelton Falkner of Brentwood, Tenn.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and brother, John J. West of Sardis, Miss.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1390 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39202.

Spain

INVERNESS -- Funeral services for Hattie Spain, 64, of Inverness will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Valley MB Church, Inverness. She died May 30, 2003, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, Greenwood. Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Garden, Indianola, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Indianola.

Survivors include her mother, Mamie Honey of Inverness; father, Willie Spain of Inverness; four sons, Willie Spain Jr., Ricky Spain and Roderick Spain, all of Inverness, and Lammerries Spain of Fort Worth, Texas; three daughters, Shelia Rush, Laura Clark and Zoronna Cobbs, all of Indianola; four brothers, Walter B. Honey and the Rev. Mitchell Houston, Sammie Houston and Billy T. Houston, all of Chicago; five sisters, Rosie Sample, Dorothy McDuffy and Lillie Honey Hamilton, all of Indianola, Martha Sibley of Inverness and Mary Jean Houston of Chicago; 20 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola.

The Rev. Edward Thomas will officiate.

Speckter

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Graveside services for Dorothy S. Speckter, 82, of Sarasota, Fla., and formerly of Greenville, will be Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Greenville Jewish Cemetery, Greenville. She died May 26, 2003, of heart failure at Alteera Clare Bridge, Sarasota, Fla. Burial will be under the direction of Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville.

She was born in Knoxville, Tenn. She married Sidney A. Speckter and they made their home in Oak Ridge, Tenn., before moving to Greenville in 1979. She has lived in Sarasota, Fla., since 1991. She was a member of the Hebrew Union Congregation of Greenville.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001.

Survivors include one daughter, Sylvia Sanders of Sarasota, Fla.; one son, Sidney A. Speckter II of Lake Burton, Ga.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Tatum

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Dollie Marie Tatum, 87, a retired Avon representative of Greenville, were Saturday at 1 p.m. at New Life Church of God, Greenville. She died of heart failure May 29, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Greenville, under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home, Greenville.

She was a member of New Life Church of God in Greenville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie D. Tatum.

Survivors include five daughters, Shirley Kellum, Cindy Curtis, Sally Matlock, Pat Hernandez and Earliene Lewis, all of Greenville; five sons, Shelton Tatum, James Tatum Sr. and Micky Tatum, all of Greenville, Robert Tatum of Vaiden and the Rev. David Tatum of Kosciusko; three sisters, Pauline Calle and Thelma Wolfe, both of Morgan Town, W.Va., and Willie Bell Burcham of Hollandale; three brothers, John Gary and Melvin Gary, both of Greenville, and Bill Gary of Pioneer, La.; 26 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Patrick Sturgill and the Rev. David C. Tatum officiated. 

Washington

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Arthor Washington, 55, of Greenville are pending at Harris-Brown & Marion Funeral Home, Greenville. He died May 29, 2003, at Veterans Administration Hospital, Jackson.

Atkins

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Rosie Lee Atkins, 66, of Greenville, are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Greenville. She died July 20, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.

Brown

SHELBY -- Funeral arrangements for Bernice Brown, age unavailable, of Shelby, are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Shelby. She died July 19, 2002, at her home.

Cole

BELZONI -- Funeral arrangements for Ruby Lee Cole, 75, of Belzoni, are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola. She died July 20, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.

Fisher

BELZONI -- Funeral services for George Scott Fisher, 39, a fish farm manager of Belzoni, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Eastside Baptist Church, Belzoni. He died July 20, 2002, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, Jackson. Burial will be at Leland-Stoneville Cemetery, Stoneville, under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni.

He was born in Leland, Miss., and he was a member of Eastside Baptist Church, Belzoni.

Survivors include his wife, Vanessa Fisher of Belzoni, Miss.; two daughters, Amber Fisher and Mallory Fisher, both of Belzoni; two sons, Taylor Fisher and Black Fisher, both of Belzoni; parents, Charles and Georgia Fisher of Leland, Miss.; a sister, Ann Godwin of Starkville, Miss.; a grandmother, Margaret Fisher of Shreveport, La.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, the Rev. Charles and Fay Burton of Crystal Springs, Miss.

The Revs. Kevin Griffin, Jon Doler and Richard Wiman will officiate.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni.

Ford

GUNNISON -- Funeral services for Linda Ford, 51, of Chicago and formerly of Gunnison, will be today at 11:30 a.m. at Gospel Temple Church, Rosedale. She died July 12, 2002, at her home. Burial will be in Morning Star Cemetery, Gunnison, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Shelby.

Her son, Robert L. "Ray" Ford died July 13, 2002, in Chicago.

Survivors include one daughter, Monique Ford of Chicago; nine brothers, Edward (Vera) Ford, Zebedee (Issabella) Ford, Aaron Ford, Emanuel (Latarya) Ford and Tannie (Glinda) Ford, all of Gunnison, Freddie Ford, Alfred Ford and Elvis (Beatrice) Ford, all of St. Louis, Mo., and Fred (Marie) Ford of Milwaukee; one sister, Olliestene (Alvin) Davenport of St. Louis, Mo.; a special companion, Levi Gipson Sr. of Chicago; one stepson, Levi Gipson Jr. of Chicago; one stepdaughter, Sanetta Gipson of Chicago; one stepgranddaughter, Brianna Gipson of Chicago; two grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

The Rev. Andrew Williams III will officiate.

Ford

GUNNISON -- Funeral services for Robert L. "Ray" Ford, 32, of Chicago and formerly of Gunnison will be today at 11:30 a.m. at Gospel Temple Church, Rosedale. He died July 13, 2002, at his home. Burial will be in Morning Star Cemetery, Gunnison, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Shelby.

His mother, Linda Ford, preceded him in death July 12, 2002, in Chicago.

Survivors include one sister, Monique Ford of Chicago; and two sons, Jonathan Ford of Decatur, Ill., and Ryan Ford of Memphis.

The Rev. Andrew Williams III will officiate.

Franklin

CLEVELAND -- Funeral services for Louise Holt Franklin, 63, of Cleveland, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Mound Bayou. She died July 17, 2002, at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson. Burial will be at Bright Star Cemetery, Merigold, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Survivors include two sons, Christopher C. Franklin of Tupelo, Miss., and Leonardo R. Franklin of Seoul, South Korea; two daughters, Donna Franklin Grenell of Auburn, Ala., and Carolyn Franklin Williams of Tupelo, Miss.; four brothers, Carl Holt of Greenville, Miss., Johnathan Holt and Harry Holt, both of Mound Bayou, Miss., and Clinton Holt of Memphis, Tenn.; five sisters, Beulah McMillion and Earnestine Patterson, both of Chicago, Ill., Cathe Pegeus and Helen Holt, both of Mound Bayou, Miss., and Brenda H. Collier of Memphis, Tenn.; and 13 grandchildren.

The Rev. Truville Black will officiate.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland, with family hour from 6 to 8 p.m.

Harris

INDIANOLA -- Funeral arrangements for Louis Harris, 72, of Indianola, are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola. He died July 19, 2002, at Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland.

McNeil

PACE -- Funeral arrangements for Mary McNeil, 59, of Pace, are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Rosedale. She died July 18, 2002, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, Greenwood.

Myers

CLEVELAND -- Funeral arrangements for J.D. Myers, 55, of Cleveland, are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland. He died July 19, 2002, at his residence.

Thomas

HOLLANDALE -- Funeral arrangements for Maggie Thomas, 64, of Hollandale, are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Hollandale. She died July 20, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.

Townsend

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Julie Marie Townsend, 70, of Greenville, are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died July 20, 2002, at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

Williams

WINSTONVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Mary B. Williams, 97, of Winstonville, are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Shelby. She died July 19, 2002, at her home.

Woods

INDIANOLA -- Funeral arrangements for Elizabeth Woods, 56, of Indianola, are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola. She died July 19, 2002, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, Greenwood.

Allen

INDIANOLA Funeral arrangements for Damion Dominic Allen, 19, of Indianola are pending at Walker Funeral Home, Rolling Fork. He died Nov. 26, 2002, at Hospice In His Hand, Madden.

Bledsoe

LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. Graveside services for Hazel Ford Nelson Bledsoe, 89, of Lake Village will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, Miss. She died Nov. 24, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be under the direction of Griffin-Steele Funeral Service, Lake Village.

Visitation will be Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Cox

GREENVILLE Funeral arrangements for Willie Cox, 82, of Greenville are pending at Harris-Brown & Marion Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Nov. 26, 2002, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville.

Jackson

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Bertha Jackson, 75, of Greenville will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Church of God, Rolling Fork. She died Nov. 25, 2002, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Greenville, under the direction of Watson-Edwards & Evans Funeral Home, Greenville.

On Feb. 3, 1927, Bertha Lou Jackson was born to Luke and Bertha Ford in Cruger, Miss. Bertha was educated in the Itta Bena school system. In April 1943, she was united in holy matrimony to George Johnson and was happily married until his death in 1959. In 1965, she married Henry Jackson. He also preceded her in death on June 6, 2002.

Bertha was a professional "domestic engineer" by trade, where she was very loyal and faithful to all her patrons. She has nurtured and lectured many young minds in her lifetime, and has left a legacy that will be treasured by them all. Bertha was an excellent seamstress and chef.

In 1978, Bertha united with the Church of God under the leadership of the Elder Willie G. Jones, where she faithfully worked with her church family to spread God's word to the lost and dying world. She was constructive in her church activities, where she was the bookkeeper for many years until her health declined.

Bertha was a friend to all who would allow her to be. She would go beyond the call of duty to reach out to lend an extra hand to make someone's life brighter and load lighter. She was a true saint of God, who loved the Lord and proved it so in her spiritual will and ways. She has made this statement many times: "I just want to make heaven my home."

On Nov. 25, 2002, at 12:22 p.m., Bertha Jackson left this troubled world behind and entered the arms of her Savior and King, Jesus Christ.

Those who loved her dearly will cherish her memories, including one sister, Rebecca Harrington of Belzoni; four brothers, Will (Dieltroe) Ford and Isodoe Jennings, both of Chicago, Luke Ford of New York City, and James Ford of Louisville, Ky.; one aunt, Cloratee Smith of Itta Bena; one cousin, Versie Mae Haymore of Greenville; one brother-in-law, H.D. (Jean) Johnson of Columbus, Tenn.; one sister-in-law, Bessie Johnson of Dallas; three special young adults whom she helped raise, Mary Swayze Hawkins Purvis and Morrow Hawkins, both of Jackson, and Mills (Luv-Luv) Hawkins of Oxford, Miss.; one godson, Tommy Brown of Greenville; her church family at Church of God, Rolling Fork; a special little grandson, Stephen Omar Suber; and her caregiver, Callie (Rodney) Suber, and children, all of Greenville.

Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Watson-Edwards & Evans Funeral Home.

Pastor Minnie Jones will officiate.

Rancifer

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Keerrika Lashay Rancifer, 4, of Greenville will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Redmon Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. She died Nov. 21, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Clifford Rancifer Jr.; one sister, Cha'Shonnia L. Diggins Rancifer; and her great-grandfather, Johnny Miller Sr.

She leaves to cherish her memories a devoted mother, Lakisha Miller of Greenville; her father, Clifford Rancifer Sr. of Greenville; two special grandmothers, Maggie Miller and Patsy (John L. Redmon) Rancifer, both of Greenville; five aunts; 10 uncles; two special great-aunts; two special cousins; and a host of great-aunts, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Redmon Funeral Home chapel, Greenville.

The Rev. Roosevelt Johnson will officiate.

Singleton

INDIANOLA Funeral arrangements for Christine Singleton, 85, of Indianola are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola. She died Nov. 27, 2002, at Sunflower County Hospital, Indianola.

Smith

LYON Funeral services for Mary Ann Smith, 67, of Lyon, a retired bank teller, will be Friday at 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Clarksdale. She died of cancer Nov. 26, 2002, at her home. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Clarksdale, under the direction of National Funeral Home, Clarksdale.

Mrs. Smith was born July 26, 1935, in Clarksdale. She graduated from Friars Point High School and attended Delta State University. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, and was a retired teller for Union Planters Bank.

Survivors include her husband, Howard Smith of Lyon; three daughters, Elizabeth Brewer and Cindy Doss, both of Clarksdale, and Angela Pierce of Greenville; one son, Evan Smith of Leland; one brother, Louis Barbieri of Lyon; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Clarksdale.

Father Kent Bowlds will officiate.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Elizabeth Church Building Fund.

Williams

WEBB Funeral arrangements for Rosia Williams, 88, of Webb are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville. She died Nov. 27, 2002, at her home.


 


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