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Marian Cleona Bobo
BATESVILLE–Marian Cleona Bobo, 74, died Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services will be held today at noon at Antioch M.B. Church in Batesville. Pastor Mark Hyde will officiate. Burial will be in Antioch M.B. Church Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Bobo, born Dec. 9, 1939, in Indianapolis, Ind. to the late Charles Duke Hardister and Helena Riley Hardister, was retired from Western Electric Company and AT&T. She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church. She was founding president of the Zodiac Christian Women Organization, treasurer of Faith Temple Seventh Day Adventist, vice president of the Community Service Federation, member of the Sabbath School Department of Faith Temple. She was a church hospitality leader, member of the deaconess board and a member of the Capitol City Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Survivors include: her husband, William Bobo of Batesville; two sons, Kevin Bobo of Memphis and Gregory Bobo of Batesville; six daughters, Rita Ann Smith of Indianapolis, Ronda Williams, Janice Williams and Angela Williams, all of Batesville, Linda Diggs of Denver, Colo. and Destiny Ramson of Memphis; one sister, Eleanora Jefferson of Indianapolis; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Bettye B. Brown
FORREST CITY, Ark.–Bettye B. Brown, 87, died Monday, January 13, 2014, at Forrest City Medical Center.

Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Rev. Charlie Jones officiated. Visitation will be held 2 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in Clarksdale. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Brown, born Sept. 3, 1926, to the late Doyle Pinkston and Griffin Pinkston in Helena, worked as an LPN for 10 years in Greenbough Nursing Home in Clarksdale.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R.E. Brown.

Survivors include: one daughter, Dianna Brown Jones of Greenwood; one son, Rev. Terry Brown of Moro, Ark., formerly of Batesville; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Larry D. Butler
COURTLAND–Larry D. Butler, 50, factory worker, died January 5, 2014 at his residence.
Services were held Saturday, Jan. 11, at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home had charge.

Survivors include; his mother, Mary Butler of Courtland; two daughters, Jasmine Butler and Ja’Nae Butler, both of Batesville; three sons, Andre Middleton of Cleveland, Larry D. Butler Jr. of Oxford and Terrence Butler of Batesville; two sisters, Mary Jacqueline Cox of Batesville and Patricia Flowers-Johnson of Courtland.

Georgia Callicott
COMO–Georgia Callicott, 61, retired teacher, died December 31, 2013 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services were held Saturday, Jan. 11, at Ebenzer M.B. Church in Como with burial in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home had charge.

Survivors include; one sister, Betty Jean Callicott of Como and one brother, Jessie Frank Callicott of Chicago.

Quanisha Quanette Clay
SARDIS–Quanisha Quanette “June Bug” Clay, 29, died Friday, January 10, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the North Panola High School Auditorium. Dr. Ethel Young-Minor will officiate.  Visitation will be held noon - 5 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Sardis has charge.

She was the daughter of Annette Clay and William McMilliam. She was a member of First United Baptist Church in Batesville where she worked with the youth and in the kitchen.
Survivors include: two sons, Qunitez Hall and Quinston Clay both of Sardis; her mother and step-father - Annette and Ricky Smith of Sardis; her father William McMilliam of Batesville; her grandmother, Mary Ann Clay of Sardis; two sisters- Denisha Clay of Southaven and Carmen Wells of Batesville; and one brother, Ankeous Clay of Sardis.

Richard “Ricky” Leroy Gore
OXFORD – Richard “Ricky” Leroy Gore,  56, died Monday, January 13, 2014 at Baptist Memorial-North Mississippi.

A family led memorial service will be held today at 3:00 p.m. in Graceland Nursing Care Facility. Wells Funeral Home  has charge.

Gore, born Jan. 3, 1958, to Curtis Leroy and Velma King Gore, in Marks was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lambert. During his working years, he was a truck driver.
Survivors include: two sisters, Katheryn “Kat” Ragon and Loraine Pearson, both of Batesville; two brothers, Jerry Curtis Gore of Springdale, Ark. and Johnny Lloyd Gore of Jackson.

Lillie Rebecca Lewis Herrin
MESQUITE, Texas ­– Lillie Rebecca Lewis Herrin, 87, formerly of Batesville, died Friday, January 10, 2014, in Texas.

Services were held Monday at Dickins Funeral Home. Burial was in Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Michael Bates and Robert Rawson officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.
Mrs. Herrin, born July 16, 1926, in Oxford, to the late Julian Alvis Lewis and Cora Ester Perkins Lewis, was a retired restaurant owner and a member of the Batesville Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Herrin.

Survivors include: one daughter, Doris Jean Allredge (Willis) of Tupelo; one son, James Edgar Herrin (Jerra) of Rowlett, Texas; four grandchildren, Joel William Mahaffey, Jason Andrew Mahaffey, James Edward Herrin II and Christopher Ryan Herrin and two great-grandchildren.

Rebecca “Becky” Duke Jolley
BATESVILLE – Rebecca “Becky” Duke Jolley, 62, died Sunday, January 12, at Northeast Regional Medical in Tupelo.

Memorial services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Community Church in Batesville with Father Sam Messina officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Mrs. Jolley, born July 22, 1951, to the late Edward C. and Bridget Nelson Duke, was a retired registered nurse and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Tommy Duke.

Survivors include: her husband, Gilmer Edward “Gil” Jolley Jr. of Batesville; four daughters, Amy Jenkins Wilson (Jason) and Emily Jenkins Brasher (John), Emma Jolley Foster all of Batesville and Lisa Jolley Daniels of Cheyenne, Wyoming; one brother, Edward Calvin “Bubba” Duke (Janie) of Cleveland; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

William Harley “Mel” Melton
MEMPHIS – William Harley “Mel” Melton, 67, formerly of Batesville, died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at his residence. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Nesbit. Visitation will be held from noon until service time. 

Melton was an architect and author.  He served as a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps for two tours of duty in Vietnam, where he was decorated with a Purple Heart.  He was as an architect and builder in Batesville with his two children, Derek and Emily.

Survivors include: son, Derek Melton of Clinton, and Emily Melton Manuel  of Hernando; wife, Sharon Naron of Memphis;  sister, Mary Lou Lucas of Bowling Green, Ky.;  and five grandchildren.

Albert Pritchard
BATESVILLE–Albert Pritchard, 81, died Saturday, January 11, Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Macedonia M.B. Church in Batesville. Pastor Zannie Leland will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary.

Pritchard, born Oct. 29, 1932, to the late Ellis Pritchard and Betty Mae Bohannon, was a retired farmer and a member of Second Concord M.B. Church where he was chief usher.

Survivors include: his caretaker, Meledia G. Freeman; five cousins, Gary Griffin Sr. of Jackson, Monica Hervey, Terry Griffin, Rosemary Shegog and M.L. Griffin Sr., all of Batesville and his uncle, Ben Bohannon of Ben Harbor, Mich.

Eugene Smith
SARDIS–Eugene Smith, 63, died Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Greater Mt. Zion M.B. Church of God in Christ in Marks. Pastor Willie Parker will officiate. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery in Lambert. Visitation will be held Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary.

Smith, born Jan. 18, 1950, in Marks to Mathis Smith and Mary Lee Scott, was a member of Greater Harvest Church of God in Christ in Sardis.

Survivors include: his wife, Katie Smith of Sardis; four sons, Chad Smith and Eugene Smith Jr., both of Pennsylvania, Eugene Carpenter of Milwaukee and Anthony Will Carpenter of Lakewood, Fla.; three daughters, Clandra Sqiers of Atlanta, Shanta Smith of Pennsylvania and Angela Wiley of Los Angeles; one brother, Esau Smith of Lambert; three sisters, Pauline Terry of Chicago, Laura Wiley of Clarksdale and Josephine Gross of Lambert and six grandchildren.

Dorothy Mae Thompson
CORDOVA–Dorothy Mae Scurlock Thompson, 60, died Thursday, December 19, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.

A native of Batesville, she was the daughter of Annie Mae Butler and the late Shedrick Scurlock, Sr. She was formerly of Oxford where she worked as cook at the University of Mississippi.
Celebration of life services were Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Batesville. Dr. Zannie Leland, Jr. officiated. Burial was in New Hope Church Cemetery in Batesville. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Sardis had charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her mother, Annie Mae Butler of Batesville; two daughters, Alicia Buchanan of Cordova, and Evelyn Thompson of Memphis; two sons - Leon Ross of Oxford and Tracey Scurlock of Batesville; four sisters - Deborah Bean of Batesville, Linda McBride, Wanda Scurlock and Teresa Grissom all of Los Angeles, CA; five brothers - Robert Pinkins of Batesville, Larry Scurlock, Shedrick Scurlock, Jr., Fredrick Scurlock and Tommy Scurlock all of Los Angeles; and six grandchildren

Jessie Lamar Standard
POPE – Jessie “Lamar” Standard, age 75, passed away Wednesday January 15, 2014, in Tallahatchie County Extended Care Facility, Charleston.

Services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary Berry officiating. Burial willl follow in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time.

Standard, born on November 18, 1938, to the late Leonard Lamar and Willie Mae Shipp Standard in Pope, was a member of Pope Baptist Church. Lamar worked for D&N Motors in Batesville, as a car salesman. He owned and operated Standard’s Grocery for 15 years.
Survivors include: his wife, Doris Jean Dillon Standard, of Pope; one daughter, Brenda Dubois also of Pope; son, Randy Standard of Batesville; one sister, Patsy Murphy of Pope; two brothers, Joe Wayne Standard of Enid, and Terry Standard of Missouri; and 5 grandchildren.
The family asks that memorials be sent to Pope Baptist Church, P.O. Box 34, Pope, MS 38658.

Orine Williams
SARDIS-Orine Williams, 78, died Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Graceland Nursing Center in Memphis.

She was the daughter of the late Alberta Daniels and Gertrude Bethel Daniels. She was a member of Brahams Chapel C.M.E. Church in Como. She was a retired employee of Parker’s in Batesville.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2014, at Brahams Chapel C.M.E. Church in Como. Rev. Bobby Coney will officiate. Burial will be in Brahams Chapel Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Sardis has charge.

Survivors include: Barbara Daniels and Susie Williams both of Sardis; three sons, Shalawn Daniels of Darling, Larry Daniels and Glenn Daniels both of Sardis; two sisters - Mary Lamar and Marie Mackie both of Sardis; three brothers - Fred Daniels of Jackson, Tenn., Leroy Daniels of Chicago and L.V. Daniels of Holly Springs; five grandchildren and eight grandchildren.

Winston Weary

POPE-Winston Weary, 61, died Thursday, December 20, 2013, at Golden Living Nursing Home.
Services will be held at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church in Pope, at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 18. Pastors Willie Forest and Reginald Reed will officiate.

Survivors include: one brother, Dewayne Weary, three sisters, Rosetta Crayton, Marlean Weary, and Michelle Weary all of Chicago.

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