Obituaries – 2003 – D

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 1, 2003

The Panolian: OBITUARIES (D)

~ 2003 ~
Daprato, Mary "Kitty" Russell
Mary "Kitty" Russell DaPrato, 72, of Sardis, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North MS of heart failure.

Funeral services Friday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Interment was at Forrest Memorial Park. Father Leonard Oglesby officiated services. Wells Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

DaPrato, born July 8, 1930, in Thaxton, Miss. to the late Marvin Alexander and the late Salley Denton Russell, was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Batesville.

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Survivors include one daughter, Pamela DaPrato Sherwood of Sardis; one son, Richard A. DaPrato, Jr. of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters, Bettye Russell Kelly and Sue Russell Slaughter, both Sardis; four brothers, Bob Lauderdale of Bay St. Louis, Miss., Bobby Russell of Sardis, Jackie Russell of Clarksdale, and Bill Russell of Oxford; a stepmother, Faye Lauderdale Russell of Sardis; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband M.GY. SGT. Richard A. DaPrato, USMC, RET.

Rosary was said at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wells Funeral Home.

Darby, Daymond
Daymond Darby, 59, of Forrest City, Ark., died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at Greenwood Leflore County Hospital in Greenwood.

Services were Saturday at Dickens Chapel, Batesville, with interment at Oak Hill Cemetery in Enid. Rev. C.H. Newcomb officiated. Dickens Funeral Home had charge.

Collins, born March 6, 1943, to the late Curtis Darby and the late Ethel Jackson Darby, was a farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannie Fay Cobb Darby of Forrest City, Ark.; two sons, Donnie Darby of Sardis and Timothy Darby of Courtland; two daughters, Edna Cadena of Courtland and Theresa Darby of Courtland; two brothers, James Alexander of Southaven, and Raymond Darby of Enid; one sister, Geneva Darby of Jackson and 10 grandchildren.

Darby, Virginia Cook
Virginia Cook Darby, 69, of Sardis, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at her residence of heart failure.

Services are today at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation is at 10 a.m. until service time. Burial is at Surrett Cemetery in Arkabutla. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Darby, born Sept. 25, 1934, to the late Guy Mack and the late Louise Oglesby Cook, was a retired nurse.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jimmy E. Darby.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane Lyons of Tulsa, Okla. and Yvon Morton of Sardis; three sons, Cruz Hernandez, Jr. of Carthage, Charles Douglas Hernandez of Laurel and Terry Lee Morton of Sardis; three sisters, Barbara Anne Willard of Batesville, Patsy Jean Roberson and Donna Faye Roberson, both of Tupelo; three brothers, George E. Cook of Clarksdale, Guy Mack Cook, Jr. of Danville, Ala. and Ricky Lee Cook of Tupelo; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Davis, Bessie Elizabeth Wooley
Bessie Elizabeth Wooley Davis, 85, of Memphis, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 at Baptist East of Memphis.

Graveside services were Saturday at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Pope. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel had charge.

Davis, a former employee of Firestone, was a member of Highland Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include one son James Frank Davis III of Memphis; one brother Robert Harold Wooley of Blue Mountain; and two grandchildren.

Davis was preceded in death by her husband James Frank Davis Jr.

Davis, Billy Joe
Billy Joe Davis, 74, of Como, died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. of heart failure.

Services were at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Davis, born Sept. 10, 1928, to the late Elmer David and the late Jewel Leslie Woodyard Davis was a retired yardmaster for ICG Railroad.

Survivors include three daughters Joey Lynne Davis of Cordova, Tenn., Charlie Jean Davis of Newnan, Ga. and Rebecca J. McLarty of Senatobia and one granddaughter Elizabeth McLarty of Senatobia.

Memorials may be sent to Patronato San Xavier, P.O. Box 522, Tucson, Ariz. 85702.

Davis, Katherine Sandridge
Katherine Sandridge Davis, 66, of Coldwater, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at her residence.

Services are Saturday at Second Baptist M.B. Church in Coldwater at 12 p.m. Burial is at Second Baptist Cemetery in Coldwater. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home has charge.

Davis was a choir member and director, a Sunday school teacher, a financial clerk, secretary of the church Missionary Society and had many other church duties.

Survivors include one daughter Vanessa Wilbourn of Coldwater; one sister Sarah Farmer of Coldwater; three brothers, David Sandridge of Coldwater, Willie Sandridge of Ruleville and Dewitt Sandridge of Coldwater; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Davis, Pamela M.
Pamela M. Davis, 62, of Hot Springs Village, Ark., died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at her residence.

Services were Monday at Caruth Village Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Bruce Burdick officiated. Caruth Village Funeral Home had charge.

Davis, born Dec. 21, 1940, to James Wesley and Bess (Cox) Myers, was a member of Village Christian Church.

Survivors include her husband Edward C. Davis of Hot Springs Village, Ark. and one sister Cynthia Delk of Houston, Texas.

Memorials may be made to Lion’s World Services for the Blind or Village Christian Church.

Davis, William Louis
William Louis Davis, 76, of Coffeeville, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North of heart failure.

Services will be today at Springdale Family Worship Center beginning at 5 p.m. Seven Oaks Funeral Home has charge.

Davis was a welder.

Survivors include two daughters, Renee Robertson and Tina Robertson, both of Coffeeville; two sons, Anthony W. Davis of Coffeeville and David Fuller of Water Valley. He is preceded in death by his brother Doodle Davis.

Davis, William (Bill) Newton
William (Bill) Newton Davis, 69, of Como, died Sunday, January, 5, 2003, in Memphis, Tenn. of liver disease.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Como Methodist Church. Interment was at Friendship Cemetery in Como. Mid-South Mortuary Service had charge of local arrangements.

Davis, born Sept. 16, 1933, in Batesville, Miss. to the late Issac Newton Davis and the late Louise LeMaster was a retired bank president. Davis graduated from Como High School in 1951. He then attended Mississippi State his freshman year on a basketball scholarship and then attended The University of Mississippi, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He served in the 3rd Division Army Artillery at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and Ft. Benning, Georgia as 1st lieutenant. He was a member of the Mississippi National Guard and served as Captain and Unit Commander in Batesville from 1958 to 1963. He served as Vice-President of North Mississippi Savings and Loan in Hernando in the early 70s. When in Desoto County was just beginning to blossom, Davis was one of the first to locate on Goodman Road in Southaven with a bank, New South Bank. Davis served as President of this bank along with the State Bank of Como and the Bank of Crenshaw. His last few years in banking were spent with Peoples Bank in Batesville and Sardis serving as a senior executive.

He played golf and was a former president of Panola Country Club, where he promoted local tournaments.

He was a big "Ole Miss" basketball fan and a bird hunter. Davis spent many cold mornings in a duck blind in the Mississippi Delta and in Arkansas. People came from miles around to get a lesson on calling ducks from him. He also knew where just about every covey of quail in Panola County was located along with every brim bed.

He was a member of the Como United Methodist Church, serving on the finance commission and pastor parish commission.

Survivors include his wife Anne Davis of Como; two daughters, Louise Davis of Orlando, Fla., Suzanne Brandon of Memphis, Tenn., one son, Newt Davis of Sardis, one sister Ann Lyman of Batesville, and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Como United Methodist Church, Como, Miss. 38619.

Dean, Dan  Jr.
Dan Dean Jr., 55, of Sardis, died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at his residence of natural causes.

Services were Wednesday at Pleasant Green M.B. Church in Sardis. Rev. W.O. McKinny officiated. Burial was in Pleasant Green M.B. Church Cemetery.

Dean, born Nov. 3, 1947, to Dan Dean and Elmer O. Oliver, was a construction worker and a member of Pleasant Green M.B. Church.

Survivors include his wife Ida Dean of Sardis; one daughter Patricia Spearman of Coffeeville; three sons, James Dean, Michael Dean, both of Sardis and Greg Harmon of Kansas City and seven sisters.

Dees, Edith Inez
Edith Inez Dees, 70, of Enid, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at her residence.

Services were Thursday at First Assembly of God. Burial was at Bethel Cemetery. Rev. Larry Turner and Rev. Donald Mullins officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Dees, born Nov. 30, 1932, to the late Duncan Dillard Dees and the late Gladys Inez Turner Dees was a member of First Assembly of God, graduated from Draughn’s Business College of Memphis and was a homemaker.

Survivors include two brothers, Dillard Guy Dees and Roger Dees, both of Enid; five sisters, Bessie Havens of Southaven, Joyce Reeves of Linden, Tenn., Emilie Faulkner of Courtland, Marcia Swift of Germantown and Kaye Hutton of Flatwoods, Tenn.

A memorial obituary may be viewed at

Delgado, Jesus "Jessie"
Jesus "Jessie" Delgado, 83, of Batesville, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, at his residence.

Services were at Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Rev. Tino Trevino officiated. Dickens Funeral Home had charge.

Delgado, born Feb. 28, 1919, to the late Justo Delgado and the late Anita Delgado, was a member of Primer Mission Bautista and did maintenance for the City of Batesville. He also sold produce.

Survivors include three daughters, Juanita Wallace, Anita Louge and Wanda Delgado all of Batesville; two brothers, Domingo Delgado and Jose Delgado both of Texas; and one sister, Margareta Delgado of Texas. A memorial obituary may be viewed at

Denton, Donald "Donnie" Wayne  Sr.
Donald "Donnie" Wayne Denton Sr., 56, of Lyon died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at his residence of a heart attack.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at Newson Funeral Home in Charleston. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery in Enid. Newsom Funeral Home has charge.

Denton, born Nov. 2, 1946, to Lucille Hamblin Browning of Webb, was a truck driver.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife Patricia Goad Denton of Lyon; one daughter Allison Heafner of Batesville; five sons, Donnie Wayne Denton Jr. and Ricky Denton, both of Round Lake; Jeff Denton of Moon Lake; Bryan Heafner of Charleston; and Scotty Heafner of Horn Lake; two sisters, Nina Holden of Drew and Glenda Gray of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother Jimmy Browning of Charleston and 15 grandchildren.

Dettor, Jannie Lou McClain
Jannie Lou McClain Dettor, 69, of Batesville, died Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at North Mississippi Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Services were Friday at Dickins Chapel. Burial was at Black Jack Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Smith officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Dettor, born Feb. 15, 1934, to Vester McClain and the late Nancey Idell Potts McClain, was a homemaker and a member of Black Jack Presbyterian Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband Joe Davis Dettor.

Survivors include three sons, James Dettor, Johnny Dettor and Joe Dettor, all of Batesville; three daughters, Lynda Hernandez of Ft. Worth, Texas, Laura Walters and Jannie Alexander, both of Batesville; three sisters, Faye McCormick, Ruthie Pierce, both of Oxford and Jewell Hollinger of Sardis; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Dickson, Margaret B. "Sugah"
Margaret B. "Sugah" Dickson, 85, of West Memphis, Ark., died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at Methodist Hospital Central in Memphis.

Services were Monday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Burial was at Bassett Cemetery. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home had charge.

Dickson was the former owner of Dickson Insurance Agency in Joiner, Ark., was a former Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity housemother at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and was a retired deputy clerk of the Crittenden County Court Clerk’s office in Marion, Ark. She was also a former member of Crittenden Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was a longtime member of Bassett Presbyterian Church in Bassett, Ark.

She is preceded in death by her husband Jesse Fort Dickson and her sister Kate Gough and her brother Max Beaver.

Survivors include one son John F. "Dick" Dickson of Camden, Ark.; one daughter Kate B. Dickson of Batesville; one brother John Beaver of Eagle Point, Ore.; one grandson John F. Dickson, Jr. and his wife, Angela, of Jena, La.; one granddaughter Cindy Dickson of Camden, and three great-granddaughters, Cassie, Rachel, and Kate Dickson, all of Jena, La.

The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Humane Society of Eastern Arkansas, P.O. Box 1028, West Memphis, Ark. 72301.

Dodd, Georgiana
Georgiana Dodd, 78, of Batesville, died Wednesday, September 10, 2003, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services are Thursday at Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Batesville at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Macedonia Cemetery. Rev. W.L. Nash will officiate. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Dodd, born Oct. 22, 1924, to the late Elias Wilson and the late Clara Lightfoot Wilson, was a member of Mt. Olive M.B. Church, a retired ICS Headstart worker and a choir member.

Survivors include eight daughters, Janice Dodd, Belinda Dodd, Charlene Griffin, all of Batesville, Debbie Lloyd of Pope, Clara King of Marks, Annie Jean McKenzie, Mae Ella Washington, both of Oakland, Calif. and Priscilla Montgomery of Huntsville, Ala.; one son Vincent E. Dodd of Batesville; three sisters, Melzinie Figgs of Oakland, Calif., Daisy Partee of Berkeley, Calif. and Clara Robinson of Oakland, Calif.; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Dodd, Tobe Nolan
Tobe Nolan Dodd, 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Services were Tuesday at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church. Rev. Wes Sherman officiated.

Dodd, born May 4, 1923, to Rena Kirksey of Batesville, was retired from the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the VFW.

Survivors include, other than his mother, one brother, Sam Dodd of Batesville; three sisters, Lucille Haddock of Monroe, La., Jean Kelly of Itta Bena, and Helen Guest of Koscuisko; two daughters, Rose Marie Coon of Pensacola, Fla., and Ginne Kay Coon of Maine; one step-daughter Teresa Talley of Germany; and one granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Donaldson, Martha McGregory
Martha McGregory Donaldson, 58, of Enid, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at her home.

Services were Sunday at Wells Funeral Home. Burial was at Forrest Memorial Park. Rev. J.G. Thomas officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Donaldson, born July 27, 1945, to the late Hubert A. McGregory and Vester Smith McGregory, was a homemaker and a member of Friendship East Baptist Church.

Survivors include her mother Vester Smith McGregory of Batesville; her husband Harvey Donaldson Jr. of Enid; one son Kenneth Donaldson of Batesville and daughter-in-law Martha; three sisters, Maurice McGregory Tutor, Dorothy McGregory Ellis, both of Batesville and Lourice McGregory Liles of Enid and five brothers, Latham McGregory of Pontotoc, Joseph Carl McGregory of Courtland, Alvis J. McGregory of Pontotoc, Jimmy D. McGregory and Steve McGregory, both of Batesville.

Dowden, Arthur
Arthur Dowden, 74, of Sardis, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Services are Saturday at McIvor Baptist Church in Sardis at 1 p.m. Visitation will be at Moore Funeral Home in Sardis from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12. Burial will be at McIvor Cemetery in Sardis. Dr. Eugene Whiting will officiate. Moore Funeral Home has charge.

Dowden, born April 3, 1930, to the late George Dowden and the late Alice Webb Dowden, was a carpenter and a member of McIvor Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sisters, Julia Stitts and Mable Norwood, both of Sardi,s and Virginia Weddle of Milwaukee, Wis.; and one brother James Dowden of Sardis.

Dowden, Walter E.
Walter E. Dowden, 47, of Como, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at Long Beach Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Services were Friday at St. James Church of God in Christ of Como. Burial was at National Cemetery in West Tenn. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home had charge.

Dowden, born to Mr. Sherman Dowden and Mary Dowden of Como, was an ITT school recruiter and a member of St. James Church of God In Christ in Como.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include three sisters, Emily J. Dowden of Chicago, Ill, Gwendolyn D. Carney of Homewood, Ill. and Pamela Dowden of Brooklyn, N.Y.; seven brothers, Herman Dowden of Rex, Ga., Franklin Dowden, Stanley Dowden, both of Memphis, Tenn., Larry Dowden, Donald Dowden, both of Como, Aubrey Dowden of Riverview, Mich., and Randy Dowden of Palmdale, Calif.

Duffy, Charles Andrew
Charles Andrew Duffy, 48, of Como, formerly of Memphis, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Southaven, Miss. Interment will be at St. Timothy Columbarium Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 21 at St. Timothy Episcopal Church from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home in Hernando had charge.

Duffy was a former dealer for the Grand Casino in Tunica and a graduate of White Station High School in Memphis, Tenn. He was also a graduate of the University of Miss. in Oxford, Miss, and a member of the Golden Key Honor Society. He served as a communicant for St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Southaven.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lu Duffy of Como; one son, Clayton Andrew Duffy of Como; his father, Frank H. Duffy of Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters, Lynn Whetherholt of California and Leigh Iwaszkowiec of St. Peters, Mo.; and one brother, Frank H. Duffy, Jr. of Memphis, Tenn.

Memorial contributions can be made to Magnolia Heights School in Senatobia, Miss.

Dulany, Ripple Underwood
Ripple Underwood Dulany, 78, homemaker, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at her home in Fulton. She was born Sept. 21, 1924, to Leroy Underwood and Evelyn Elevea Johnson Underwood in Itawamba County, Miss. She was a member of the Fulton Church of Christ. Services were held Sunday, January 5, 2003, at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton with interment in Pine Grove Cemetery. Officiating the services were ministers Thomas J. Mahan of Drew and Timothy L. Howard of Fulton.

Mrs. Dulany, the widow of Vecil Cleeton Dulany, leaves two daughters, Martha Jo Dulany Hadorn and husband David, and Evelyn Jann Dulany Guntharp and husband Elliot, both of Fulton; two sons, Arlie Vecil Dulany and Charlie Cecil Dulany and wife Janice, both of Batesville; two grandchildren, August David Hadorn, Jr. and wife Renee and Joseph Dulany Hadorn, both of Fulton; three great grandchildren, Abbigail Renee Hadorn, August David Hadorn, III, and Allison Dulany Hadorn, all of Fulton. She is survived by four sisters, Shalar Underwood Moore of Amory, Gloria Underwood Jones of of Tupelo, Beatrice Underwood Lyle and Laura Underwood Hubbard, both of Southaven; three brothers, Stanley Underwood and Joe Wayne Underwood both Fulton, and Buddy Underwood of Tupelo.

Mrs. Dulany was a resident of Batesville from 1954 until 1980. She was a homemaker, seamstress and supervisor at Panola, Inc. Mrs. Dulany was an active member of the Batesville Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School for many years. The family requests that any memorials be sent to a Christian organization of choice.

Dunn, Juanita Herring
Juanita Herring Dunn, 74, of Oxford, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson of heart failure.

Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until service time, Friday, Jan. 3. Interment will be at Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville. Well Funeral Home have charge of arrangements.

Dunn, born Feb. 12, 1928, to the late Robert Lee and Alma Johnson Herring in Quitman County, was a retired clerical secretary of 20 years for Soterra, Inc.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Dunn Mosley of Oxford; two sons David Dunn of Jackson and Woodrow Dunn of Sacramento, Cal.; one sister, Wilma Herring Snell of Jackson; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations are made to: Friends of NMRC, C/O North Mississippi Regional Center, 967 Regional Center Dr., Oxford, MS 38655.

Dye, Frank
Frank Dye, 58, of Batesville, died Thursday, July 10, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services are today at noon at St. Luke M.B. Church in Tippo. Rev. J. H. Brown will officiate. Burial is in the church cemetery.

Dye, born April 17, 1945, to the late Jack Dye and the late Pauline Tabor, was disabled and a member of St. Luke M.B. Church.

Survivors include his wife Annie Brown Dye of Crossett, Ark.; three daughters Sallie Hunt and Carolyn Ware, both of Batesville and Frances Tucker of Crossett, Ark.; two brothers, Roosevelt Dye and Ben Dye, both of Chicago, Ill.; three sisters, Katherine McGregory and Lizzie Swearenger, both of Minneapolis, Minn. and Thelma Gordon of Chicago, Ill.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Dye, Robert Lindsey
Robert Lindsey Dye, 75, of Pope, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at his home of heart failure.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Forrest Memorial Park. Rev. Kevin Crofford officiated services. Wells Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Dye, born Aug. 19, 1927, in Union County to the late George Spencer and the late Nannie Bedwell Dye, was a retired Chief of the U.S. Corp of Engineers Drege Boat “Potter” and a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and Korean Conflict. He was a member of Longcrest Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn.

Survivors include his wife, Minnie Merle Duke Dye of Pope; three daughters, Jean Dye Darby and Bonnie Dye Skelton both of Pope, and June Dye of Memphis, Tenn.; two sons, Jimmy Dye and Larry Dye also of Pope; one sister Rudell Dye Bedwell of Pensacola. Fla.; two brothers, Dewitt Dye and Edward Dye both of Atlanta, Ga.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.