Obituaries – 2003 – S

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 1, 2003

The Panolian: OBITUARIES (S)

~ 2003 ~

Samuels, Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth Samuels, 99, of Sardis, died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at Sardis Community Nursing Home of heart failure.

Services were Friday at Moore Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Cold Springs Cemetery in Batesville. Rev. Bobby Caples and Rev. Travis Trammel officiated. Moore Funeral Home had charge.

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Samuels, born Sept. 13, 1903, to the late Chester Simpson and the late Ida Mae Stout Simpson, was a housewife and a member of Easley Memorial Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Samuels.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Sanders, Eva Hentz Lester
Eva Hentz Lester Sanders, 99, of Southaven, died Friday, August 29, 2003, at Oakville Health Care Center in Memphis.

Services were Friday at Eureka A.M.E. Zion Church. Burial was at Eureka Cemetery. Rev. Jacob Hentz officiated. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

Sanders, born to the late Allen Hentz and the late Elizabeth Carr, was a domestic worker and a member of Warner Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Memphis.

Survivors include two sons, Hargis "Moochie" Lester of Batesville and Willie James Ellis of Memphis; three daughters, Elizabeth Brown of Southaven, Gennie Ruth Madlock of Olive Branch and Rosie Mae Trantham of Harvey, Ill.; 28 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Sanders,  Nancy Marie
Nancy Marie Sanders, 75, of Pope, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, in Pope.

Services were Saturday at Sardis Lake Baptist Church. Burial was at Sardis Lake Baptist Church Cemetery.

Sanders, was a graduate of Humes High School, a member of Sardis Lake Baptist Church and retired after 30 years with Kimberly Clark.

She is preceded in death by one daughter Cheryl P. Oschner.

Survivors include her husband Otis S. Sanders of Pope; one daughter Alice M. Tillie of Pope and one son Fred W. Sanders of Bartlett, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.

Sanders, Patsy Vanlandingham
Patsy Vanlandingham Sanders, 62, of Marks, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at her residence.

Services were Monday at National Funeral Home in Clarksdale. Burial was in Memorial Gardens in Clarksdale. Rev. Charlie Cooper officiated. National Funeral Home had charge.

Sanders was born Feb. 23, 1941 in Sunflower County. She graduated from high school in Dublin and was a retired bookkeeper and a Baptist.

Survivors include her husband Jimmy Sanders of Marks; three sisters, Katherine Lunceford of Jackson, Corrine Scheider of Indianola and Shirley Finn of Clarksdale; one brother Bobby Vanlandingham of Clarksdale and two grandchildren.

Sanders was preceded in death by one brother B.D. Vanlandingham. The family requests all memorials be mailed to West Cancer Foundation in Memphis or Baptist Children’s Village in Jackson.

Sanders, Robert Jr. (Baby Brother)
Robert Sanders Jr. (Baby Brother), 56, of Senatobia, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at his residence.

Services were Thursday at West Looxahoma Church of Christ of Senatobia. Burial was at West Looxahoma Church of Christ Church Cemetery. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home had charge.

Sanders, was a member of Macedonia M.B. Church of Senatobia and a custodian at the Senatobia Middle School.

Survivors are his wife Patricia Ann Sanders; two daughters, Pamela Sanders and Rosella Williams, both of Memphis; six sisters, Vernell Garrett, Birther Humphrey, Rosie Bowen and Vearnesa Leverson, all of Senatobia, Winnie Sander of Como, Alice King and Frani Davis, both of Memphis; two brothers, Willie B. King and Willie Lee King, both of Memphis and five grandchildren. He also leaves a special friend Catherine Toney.

Sanders, Ruby Jean
Ruby Jean Sanders, 67, of Barton, died Sunday, May 11, 2003.

Services were Wednesday at Collierville F.H. in Collierville, Tenn. Burial was at Magnolia Cemetery in Collierville, Tenn. Collierville Funeral Home had charge.

Sanders attended First Baptist Church Mt. Pleasant.

She is preceded in death by her husband James R. Sanders.

Survivors include one daughter Loretta Jean Meadows of Barton; two sons, Ronald Sanders of Southaven and James Kevin Sanders of Horn Lake; two sisters Verna Coston of Elkmont, Ala. and Celestine H. Brown of Dallas, Texas; four brothers, Charles Buford Herring of Louisville, Texas, Jimmy Wayne Herring of Hartselle, Ala., Michael Anthony Herring of Portland, Ore., and Bobby Herring of Texas; five grandsons and three great-grandchildren.

Sanford, Charles
Charles Sanford, 71, of Courtland, died Wednesday, August 6, 2003, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services were Tuesday at Pope Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Pope. Burial was at Pope Chapel Cemetery. Rev. William C. Bailey officiated. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.

Sanford, born Sept. 11, 1931, to the late G.W. Sanford and the late Lizzie Lee Blackburn, was disabled and a member of Pope Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church.

Survivors include four brothers, Layran Sanford, Washington Sanford, both of Courtland, Jonathon "Nay" Sanford and Levon Sanford, both of Detroit, Mich. and one sister Dorothy Mae Coleman of Detroit, Mich.

Sanford, George
George Sanford, 81, of Memphis, died Friday, June 20, 2003, at VA Medical Center.

Services were Sunday at M.J. Edwards Funeral Home Airways Chapel. Burial was at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. M.J. Edwards Funeral Home had charge.

Sanford was a retired employee of Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include three sisters, Zoda Butler of Los Angeles, Calif., Quanita Smith of Compton, Calif. and Effie Boothe of Whites Creek, Tenn. and two brothers, Harry Sanford of Brownsville, Tenn. and Lonnie Harrison of Clarksdale, Miss.

Sanford, Sallie
Sallie Sanford, 75, of Courtland died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at her residence.

Funeral services are today at 1 p.m. at Olive Ray M.B. Church in Pope. Rev. L.C. Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Olive Ray Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Sanford, born Sept. 7, 1927, to the late Sam Ford and the late Lena Anderson, was a housewife and a member of Cotton Plant A.M.E. Zion Church in Batesville.

Survivors include her step-mother Claudia Ford of Chicago, Ill.; four daughters, Anetta Lloyd of Pope, Evelyn Proctor and Joyce Carter, both of Memphis and Kay Louis Ramsey of Hillcrest, Md.; three brothers, Earl Ford of Memphis, Paul Ford and Vincent Ford, both of Chicago, Ill.; six sisters, Almire Ford of Atlanta, Ga., Annie M. Tucker, Clara Davis, Claudine Ford and Lisa Ford, all of Chicago, Ill. and Louise Adams of Los Angeles, Calif.; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Sanford, Reginald Dewayne
Reginald Dewayne Sanford, 24, of Courtland, died Monday, August 4, 2003, at North Oak Regional Medical Center in Senatobia.

Services were Saturday at Batesville Intermediate School Auditorium. Burial was at Johnson Chapel in Courtland. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home had charge.

Sanford was a cashier, a choir director of Johnson Chapel Church and a life member of Johnson Chapel Church.

Survivors include his parents James Sanford and Betty Lee Sanford of Courtland; two sisters Cassandra Cox of Courtland and D’Shanta Catching of Senatobia; four brothers, Tyrone Sanford, Derrick Sanford, Terrill Sanford and Lavette Smalley, all of Courtland and his grandparents, Nona Sanford, Jessie Sanford and Lucie Robertson.

Savage, Pamela Brown
Pamela Brown Savage, 44, of Batesville, died Wednesday, September 24, 2003, at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas of heart failure.

Services were Sunday at Wells Funeral Home. Burial was at Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Savage, was a waitress.

Survivors include her husband James David Savage of Liverpool, Texas; three daughters, Jacquelyn Savage Pouncey of Rosharon, Texas, Jamie Savage of Batesville and Jodie Savage Smith of Darling; three brothers, Dennis Brown of Como, Jerry Brown of Alvin, Texas and Jimmy R. Brown Jr. of Batesville; her step-mother Tomme N. McAllister Brown of Batesville and five grandchildren.

Scruggs, Laura Jewel
Laura Jewel Scruggs, stillborn, of Sardis, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Graveside services were Wednesday at Cold Springs Cemetery in Batesville. Moore Funeral Home in Sardis had charge.

Survivors include her parents, Thomas L. Scruggs and Cindy Hughes Scruggs of Sardis; one sister Leslie Nicole Scruggs of Sardis; her grandparents, Lottie Scruggs of Batesville, Martha Scruggs of Sardis, Mr. and Mrs. Benton Brewer of Oxford and J.T. Hughes of Oxford.

Seay, Joshua Field
Joshua Field Seay, 33, of Chapel Hill, N.C., died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003.

A memorial service was Saturday at Walker’s Funeral Home in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Seay, born Dec. 23, 1969, to James Seay and Lee Smith, attended Chapel Hill public schools and UNC-Asheville. He was employed by Akai Hana Japanese Restaurant in Carrboro and he also assembled a tape of his compositions he entitled "Five Not So Easy Pieces."

Survivors include his father James Seay; his mother Lee Smith; his step-mother Caroline Seay; his step-father Harold Crowther; one step-sister Amity Crowther of Chapel Hill, N.C. and one brother Page Seay of Nashville, Tenn.

Selby, Sandra Houston
Sandra Houston Selby, 59, of Marks, died Monday, September 1, 2003, at Baptist East Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Services were Wednesday at West Marks Baptist Church. Burial was at Marks Cemetery. Rev. Tim Mims and Mike Smithey officiated. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.

Selby, born Oct. 11, 1943, to the late Fred Houston and Alyne Lewis, was a retired auto repair shop owner and a member of West Marks Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband Sammy Selby.

Survivors include his mother Alyne Lewis of Clarksdale; one daughter Pam Selby Weaver of Marks; one son Scotty Selby; one brother Kenneth Ray Houston and two grandchildren, Claiborne and Colton Selby White.

Self, Rebecca Tutor
Rebecca Tutor Self, 38, of Batesville, died Sunday, August 24, 2003, at her residence in Tampa, Fla. of heart failure.

Services are today at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial is at Forrest Memorial Park. Rev. Rusty Fair will officiate. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Self, born Nov. 10, 1964, to Wayne W. Tutor and Georgia Wolfe Tutor Hollinger, was a licensed practical nurse.

Survivors include her husband Michael Wayne Self of Tampa, Fla.; one son James Michael Self of Tampa, Fla.; her parents, Georgia Tutor Hollinger and Wayne W. Tutor, both of Batesville; one sister Debra Tutor Roberson of Batesville; one half-sister Brenda Moorehead of Water Valley; two half brothers, James D. Tutor of Water Valley and William Allen Tutor of Courtland and three brothers, Thomas W. Tutor Sr. of Batesville, Kenneth L. Tutor and Richard D. Tutor, both of Tampa, Fla.

Sellers, Bea Harlow
Bea Harlow Sellers, 61, died Sunday evening of heart failure.

Services were Thursday at First Baptist Church in Sardis with interment at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Rev. Ricky Haynes and Rev. Jerry Stafford officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Sellers was born Dec. 12, 1942 in Pontotoc to A.B. and Ruby Walls Harlow. She was the widow of James H. Sellers and was a member of First Baptist Church in Sardis.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherry Washington Pilkinton and Belinda Washington Hobbs, both of Memphis; two stepsons, Ronnie Sellers of Senatobia and Todd Sellers of Sardis; three brothers, Rudolph Harlow of English Ind., Travis Harlow of Pontotoc, and Clifton Harlow of Pontotoc; two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Sexton, Sarah Frankie
Sarah Frankie Sexton, 86, of Crenshaw, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Baptist Desoto Hospital in Southaven.

Services were Friday at C.O. Pate Funeral Home is Senatobia. Burial was at Longtown Cemetery. C.O. Pate Funeral Home had charge.

Sexton was a member of Crenshaw Baptist Church and a housewife.

She is preceded in death by her husband Austin Walker Sexton.

Survivors include three daughters, Frankie Purdy of Courtland, Margie Luther of Sardis and Dorothy Harper of Shelby, N.C.; six sons, Raymond Sexton of Strayhorn, Herbert Sexton of Crenshaw, Billy Sexton of Strayhorn, Jimmy Sexton of Pontotoc, Bobby Sexton of Bruce and Hubert Sexton of Enid; three sisters, Mattie Lee Parson of Southaven, Nora Montgomery of Allen, Texas and Beth McQueen of Jasper, Ga.; 39 grandchildren; 76 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Shear, Mae Etta Fowler Brewer
Mae Etta Fowler Brewer Shear, 76, of Batesville, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at Grenada Lake Medical Center of heart failure.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Clay Baker and Rev. William Johnson will officiate the services. Interment will follow at Eureka Private Cemetery in Courtland. Wells Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Shear, born June 22, 1926, in Panola County to the late Angelo and Nettie Hyland Fowler, was a homemaker.

Survivors include three daughters, Pat Brewer Briggs of Marshall, Texas, Ruby Brewer Lucket, of Memphis, Tenn., and Sherry Brewer Wieronski of Frisco, Col.; one son James Bryan Brewer of Marshall; three sisters, Osie Fay Fowler White of Nacogdoches, Texas, Irene Fowler Porter and Margaret Fowler Burns, both of Courtland; five brothers, Rupert M. Fowler, Douglas Fowler and Coleman Fowler, all of Courtland, Harry Fowler of Walnut, and Billy Ray Fowler of Conroe, Texas; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to the Eureka Private Cemetery, 7510 Eureka Road, Courtland, MS 38620.

Shelton, Ruth Scott
Ruth Scott Shelton, 89, of Vicksburg, formerly of Marks and Indianola, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at Tracehaven Nursing Home in Vicksburg, Miss.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 2:00 p.m. at Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks. Interment will be at Lambert Cemetery in Lambert, Miss. Rev. Laurie Jones officiated services. Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks had charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Cindy Shelton Windham of Vicksburg; two sons, Thomas E. Shelton of Jackson and Vernon Shelton of Oxford; two sisters, Rebecca Shuttleworth of Bethesda, MD, and Mary Frances Sledge of Palm Desert, CA; and one brother, Vernon Scott of San Antonio, TX; 6 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Sherman, Mary Alice
Mary Alice Sherman, 77, of Charleston, died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Services were Sunday at First Presbyterian Church. Burial was at Sherman Cemetery in Enid. Newsom Funeral Home had charge.

Sherman, born Nov. 2, 1925, was a retired church secretary for First Presbyterian Church in Charleston where she was a member for 50 plus years, she was a member of United Voices of Praise and a member of the Mississippi Poetry Society.

She is preceded in death by her husband John West Sherman.

Survivors include her two daughters, Kitty Sherman Newsom and Jeanie Sherman Hobson, both of Charleston; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Shields, Jimmie Joseph Sr.
Jimmie Joseph Shields Sr., 48, of Thaxton, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003 of heart failure.

Services were Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial was at Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville. Rev. Jerry Moore officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Shields, born Apr. 8, 1955 to Vera Morrow Shields of Oxford and the late Clinton Shields Jr., was a construction worker.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife Rosina Sanfilippo Shields of Centreville, Ala.; one son Jimmie Shields Jr. of Tupelo; one step-son Timothy Michael Bratton of Montevallo, Ala.; one sister Hilda Shields James of Zolfo Springs, Fla.; one brother Tim Shields of Pineville, La.; and six grandchildren.

Shook, Jane Pund
Jane Pund Shook, 64, of Cleveland, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at her home.

Funeral Services are today at the First Baptist Church. Rev. Milton Burd will officiate. Burial will be at North Cleveland Cemetery. Ray Funeral Home has charge.

Shook, born Aug. 25, 1939, to the late Florence Pund and William Pund, graduated from Batesville High School, Northwest Community College and Delta State University with a BSN in nursing and RN (board certified in Geriatrics). She married Dossie Martin Shook on Mar. 8, 1959, in Crowder. She was a life member of the Jr. Auxiliary and member of the First Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Erma Ballard Sunday School Class.

Survivors include her husband Dossie Martin Shook of Cleveland; her father William H. Pund of Crowder; two sons, Thomas Dossie Shook of Hattisburg and William Darby Shook of Jackson; two daughters, Nancy Shook Flowers of Ecru and Teresa Shook Reed of Cleveland; one brother Billy Pund of Crowder; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother Florence Pund and one sister Joetta Pund Smith.

Sibley, Doyle M.
Doyle M. Sibley, 72, of Batesville, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, of heart failure.

Services were Sunday at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Bentonia. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Bentonia. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville had charge.

Sibley, born Aug. 31, 1931 in Belzoni to the late Chester Calvin and the late Mary Daisy Matthews Sibley, graduated from Satartia High School, Holmes Jr. College and Miss State University where he received a master degree in agricultural education in 1963. He was the vocational ag teacher for five years at Holly Bluff High School in Yazoo County and Western Line High School in Washington County. Sibley served three years in U.S. Army with 16 months in Korea during the Korean War and nine months in Arlington Hall, Va. Sibley served five years as district field director and commodity director with Mississippi Farm Bureau. He retired after 30 years in 1996 as Farm Bureau Insurance Agency Manager of Panola County. His other affiliations include Batesville Exchange Club, V.F.W., F.F.A. Alumni, M.S.U. Alumni, M.S.U. Bulldog Club, Director of Exchange Club Center for prevention of Child Abuse, National Rifle Association, The Sons of Confederate Veterans and Tri-lakes Life Underwriters Association. He was also a member of First Baptist Church in Batesville.

Survivors include three sons, Larry Sibley, Mark Sibley and Michael Sibley, all of Batesville; two brothers, James Sibley of Denver, Colo., and Lamar Sibley of Bentonia; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Frances Daniel Sibley. All memorials maybe sent to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 3941 Mechanicburg Rd., Bentonia, Miss. 39040 or First Baptist Church, Panola Ave., Batesville, Miss. 38606.

Sibley, Mary Frances Daniel
Mary Frances Daniel Sibley, 68, of Batesville, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center of heart failure.

Services were Sunday at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. Burial was at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery in Bentonia. Rev. Dwight Sibley and Rev. Ray Daniel officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Sibley, born Jan. 4, 1935, to the late Neal and Maybelle Oldham Daniel, was a retired home economics school teacher and office manager and a member of the First Baptist Church in Batesville.

Survivors include her husband Doyle M. Sibley of Batesville; three sons, Larry Sibley, Michael Sibley and Mark Sibley, all of Batesville; two sisters, Mernette Daniel Sibley of Bentonia and Mattie Jo Daniel Cook of Vicksburg; one brother Ray Neal Daniel of Bentonia and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 3941 Mechanicsburg Rd., Bentonia, Miss. 39040.

Smet, Harry F. Jr.
Harry F. Smet Jr., 57, of Olive Branch, died Thursday, September 11, 2003, at his residence.

Services were Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Chapel of the Risen Christ in Fon Du Lac, Wis. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Fun Du Lac, Wis. Deacon Ricardo Munoz officiated. A memorial service will take place in Olive Branch at a later date. Zacherl Funeral Home had charge.

Smet, born March 25, 1946, to Harry Smet Sr. and the late Bernice Bernhardt Smet, served for 16 years in the U.S. Navy and was deployed during the Vietnam Conflict, was an active member of American Legion Post 1990 and the VFW Post in Olive Branch.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Bernice; his brother Michael and his sister Sheryl.

Survivors include his father Harry Smet Sr.; three daughters, Cynthia Valin of Alameda, Calif., Roxana Melaas of Clinton, Wis. and Stacey Smet of Batesville; one son Douglas Smet of Batesville; two sisters, Beverly Duelge of Muskego, Wis. and Carol Mack of Mukwonago, Wis.; two brothers, Roland Smet of Milwaukee, Wis. and Lester Smet of Wautoma, Wis. and four grandchildren.

Smith, Dorris Alice Draper
Dorris Alice Draper Smith, 76, of Enid, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at Baptist East in Memphis.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1:30 p.m. at Newsom Funeral Home in Charleston. Interment was at Charleston City Cemetery. Newsom Funeral Home had charge.

Smith, born July 18, 1926, was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, David Smith of Enid; three daughters, Anne Wilson of Enid, Garner Smith of Memphis, Tenn., and Frances Harmon of Nederland, Texas.; one son, David Earl Smith of Enid; four sisters, Naomia Attanasio of Memphis, Tenn., Daisy Davis of Charleston, Mary Brunson of Bartlett, Tenn., and Elizabeth Nichols of Doddsville, MS; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Smith, Duncan Tooles
Duncan Tooles Smith, 88, of Batesville, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003, at his residence.

Services were Saturday at Mt. Pisgah Church. Burial was at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Enid. Rev. Marty Evans officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Smith, born July 20, 1915, to the late Ernest Smith and the late Willie Bettie Howard Smith, was retired from the military of the United States, was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, served in the U.S. Army during WWII and participated in the Normandy Invasion where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He also served in U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and he was discharged in August 1954 with rank of staff sergeant.

Survivors include one sister Aline Rogers Leech of Jackson, Tenn.

Memorials may be sent to Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Smith, E. B.
E.B. Smith, 78, of Marks, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.

Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Kimbro Funeral Home. Burial will be at Marks Cemetery. Rev. Charlie Simmons will officiate. Kimbro Funeral Home has charge.

Smith, born March 26, 1925, to the late Roy Smith and the late Etta Commer Smith, was a retired farmer, a Mason and a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Ella Mae Smith of Marks; two daughters, Carla Smith McLarty of Marks and Melinda Pennington of Oxford; three sons, Gary Smith of Jackson, Joe Smith and Brad Smith, both of Marks; three sisters, Dale Henson of Greers Ferry, Ark., Doris Colbert of Lake City, Ark. and Emenella Johnson of Caraway, Ark.; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Lung Association.

Smith, Evelyn McLemore
Evelyn McLemore Smith, 94, of Charleston, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, at Fairfield, Inc., Batesville. Funeral services were at First Baptist Church in Charleston. Newsom Funeral Home had charge.

Smith was born Sept. 7, 1908, and was the wife of the late Dr. Monroe Smith and was a homemaker.

Survivors include one daughter, Sandra Smith Hardy of Charleston; two sons, Ted Lucas Smith of Batesville, Gene Smith of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Carl McLemore of Birmingham, Ala.; five grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Smith, Jeanette Barrett
Jeanette Barrett Smith, 85, of Water Valley, died Saturday, June 14, 2003, at Yalobusha County Hospital of heart failure.

Services were Monday at Latham Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Oak Hill in Water Valley. Latham Funeral Home had charge.

Smith was the oldest living member of the First United Methodist Church in Water Valley.

She is preceded in death by her husband Herman (Hoss) Smith.

Survivors include two sons, Ben Barrett Smith of Batesville and James Mitchell "Pete" Smith of Water Valley; one sister Grace Barrett Lovorn of Canton; one brother Bill Barrett of West Point; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Smith, Lessie
Lessie Smith, 101, of Pope, died Jan . 20, 2003, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.

Services were Saturday at Pope Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Pope. Rev. William Bailey officiated services with interment at Pope Chapel Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary Inc. had charge .

Smith, born March 6, 1902, in Oakland to the late Mr. Edward Shaw and the late Mrs. Addie B. Metcalf Shaw, was a retired school principal and a member of Pope Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Pope. She was a church trustee, Victory Star #121 Pope, Deaconess, National Educator Association, Panola County Homemaker Club, and Church Secretary.

Survivors include grandchildren who cared for her, Juanita Smith of Oakland, Calif.; Lawrence Smith of L.A., Calif.; Deborah Fennie of West Palm Beach, Fla., Tommy E.. Smith, Jr. of Fremont, Calif.; Jill White of Atlanta, Ga.; Paul Smith of Hayward, Calif.; and nine great grandchildren.

Smith, Melvinie L. Reed
Melvinie L. Reed Smith, 61, of Chicago,Ill., died Wednesday, September 3, 2003, at St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island, Ill.

Services are today at 2:30 p.m. at West Camp M.B. Church in Batesville. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Rev. Melvin Jones will officiate. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Smith, born Dec. 19, 1940, to the late Melvin Reed and the late Mable Spark Cooper, was a teacher and on the board of education in Chicago, Ill.

Survivors include her husband Lawrence Smith of Chicago, Ill.; one son Rossye Smith Sr. of Chicago, Ill.; one daughter Rosalyn D. Smith of Maryland; two step-daughters, Patricia Warren and Sharron Smith, both of Chicago, Ill.; three brothers, Larry Cooper of Detroit, Mich., Lester Cooper and Thomas "Ben" Cooper, both of Batesville and six sisters, Dorothy Willingham of Perris, Calif., Mattie Kuykendall and Madistean Cooper, both of Batesville, Mable Johvigan of Harvey, Ill., Gloria Love and Charlene Rodgers, both of Detroit, Mich.

Smith, Ronald "Ron" Dean
Ronald "Ron" Dean Smith, 46, of Sardis, died Saturday, May 17, 2003, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services are today at Dickins Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. The Rev. Jerry Sandford will officiate. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.

Smith, born June 5, 1956, to the late Cullen Smith and the late Wille Maye Goforth Smith, was a draftsman, contractor at Builders Designers.

Survivors include one son Robbie Smith of Walnut Grove; two daughters Connie Smith of Saltillo and Lisa Broadbent of Mill Port, Ala.; three brothers Thomas Smith, Robert Smith, both of Clarksville, Tenn. and Cullen "Sandy" Thomas Smith Jr. of Auburn, Ala. and two grandchildren.

Smith, Rosie Ella Mamon
Rosie Ella Mamon Smith, 56, formerly of Batesville, died Sunday, May 4, 2003.

Services were Friday, May 9, at Andrews and Hardy Funeral Home in Detroit, Mich. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.

Smith was born Jan. 12, 1947, in Batesville.

Survivors include one daughter Brenda Smith of Detroit, Mich.; one brother Charles Mamon of Gary, Ind.; three sisters, Joann Mamon, Edith Mamon, both of Sardis and Stella Mamon Lee of Southaven and five grandchildren.

Spann, Clyde
Clyde Spann, 90, formerly of Sardis, died Monday, June 23, 2003, at Allan Brook Nursing Home in Memphis of natural causes.

Services are Sunday at 12 p.m. at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in Sardis. Burial will be at Rose Hill in Sardis. Rev. Roy Allan will officiate. Wate is Saturday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Henderson Funeral Home Chapel in Sardis. Henderson Funeral Home has charge.

Spann, born July 12, 1912, to the late John Spann and the late May Cox was a dairy farmer and a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Mattie F. Vallentine, Betty Thelma Vallentine and Mary Elma Spann, all of Memphis; two sons, Robert Spann of Memphis and Curtis Spann of Sardis; one sister Eva Brooks of Memphis and 26 grandchildren.

St. John, Mary Marie
Mary Marie St. John, 81, of Batesville, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services were Monday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Garden in West Helena, Ark. Rev. Mike Beck officiated. Waller Funeral Home had charge.

St. John was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Water Valley and a homemaker.

Survivors include three daughters, Laurel Horton of Batesville, Della Griffin of Auburn, Ala., and Pat Moore of Grand Isle, La.; two sons, Lee Jones of Bellingham, Wash. ,and Ronnie Jones; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lonnie St. John.

Stephens, Elizabeth Grace
Elizabeth Grace Stephens, 2, of Pope, died Monday, August 11, 2003, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Services were Wednesday at the First Baptist Church. Burial was at Magnolia Cemetery. Rev. Paul Middleton and Rev. John Howell officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Stephens was born June 20, 2001, in Oxford to Derek E. and Cindy Boatner Stephens of Pope.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include two sisters, Ginger Gray Stephens and Kylie McKae Stephens, both of Pope; grandparents, Billy and Cheri Downs and Terry and Chesley Stevens Pratt and Travis Boatner, all of Batesville; great-grandparents, Avilla Schafer of Mt. Holley, N.J., Barbara Ward Stevens, Jim and Billy Jean Sossaman, all of Batesville and Edith Mae Pratt of Pope.

Memorials may be sent to BancorpSouth in Batesville.

Still, Laverne Keating
Laverne Keating Still, 86, of Batesville, died Tuesday, August 26, 2003, at Fairfield of Batesville.

Services were Thursday at Dickins Chapel. Burial was at Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Dr. Bob Self officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

Still, born August 20, 1917, to the late Boyce Henderson Keating Sr. and the late Quida Byrd Towles, was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Eddie Manning of Saltillo and John Ross Manning of Oxford; two daughters, Patricia Bridges of Tupelo and Beth Hightower of Batesville; two brothers, Boyce Keating Jr. and Ralph Keating, both of Batesville; one sister Quida Allison of Decatur, Ga. and one grandchild Clark Manning.

Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church, 104 Panola Avenue, Batesville.

Still, Jadie Franklin Jr.
Jadie Franklin Still, Jr., 80, of Sardis, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center of heart failure.

Services were Sunday at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Sardis. Burial was at Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Rev. Norman H. Holliday officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Still, born Dec. 12, 1922, to the late Jadie Franklin and the late Bessie Scruggs Still, Sr., was a retired construction inspector with Mississippi Department of Transportation of 45 years, a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII and a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife Mary Appleton Still of Sardis; one daughter Susan Still King of Como; one son Butch Still of Sardis; one sister Betty Still Glenn of Florida; one brother Cecil F. Still of Batesville; four grandchildren, John Still Jr. and Amy Still Brown, both of Batesville, Shannon King and C.J. King, both of Como and three great-grandchildren, Tripp Still and Chris and Evan Brown, all of Batesville.

Memorials may be sent to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Sardis.

Stripling, Shirley Ann Tutor
Shirley Ann Tutor Stripling, 66, of Oxford, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis, Tenn.

Services are today at 2 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial is at Yellow Leaf Cemetery. Rev. Ross Robertson will officiate. Waller Funeral Home has charge.

Stripling was a retired assembly line worker with Holly Carburetor and a member of New Prospect Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband Hugh L. Stripling of Oxford; one step-daughter Melissa Irby of Brookhaven; one step-son Robert Hugh Stripling of Thaxton; four sisters, Mary Ruth Pettit of Pontotoc, Ruby Jean Oswalt of Pontotoc, Bobbie Nell Pettit of Lambert and Patty Sue Baker of Courtland; three brothers, Wayne Tutor of Randolph, James Lee Tutor of Pontotoc and Richard Glenn Tutor of San Antonio, Texas and four step-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the Yellow Leaf Cemetery Fund.  

Strong, Faye Etta
Faye Etta Strong, 54, of Batesville, died, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center of heart disease.
Services were Saturday at St. Peter’s M.B. Church in Sardis. Burial was at Bethlehem Cemetery in Sardis. Hodges Funeral Home had charge.

Strong was a nursing assistant.

Survivors include her husband Lawrence P. Strong of Batesville; six daughters, Martha F. Poole, Diana Lee Strong, Brenda K. Strong, Cherry Goodson, Camera R. Strong, and Calandra Strong, all of Batesville; three sons, Eddie Strong, Tommy Strong and Edward Poole, all of Batesville; 11 sisters, Katie Gross, Emma Robinson, Lucinda Briscoe, Josephine Jackson, Mary Shorter and Bonnie Lamar all of Sardis, Della Pratcher of Como, and Clara Bell Henderson of Oxford, Terry Emmoog, Earlia Farmer and Fannie Farmer, all of Milwaukee, Wis.; eight brothers, Robert E. Gross of Memphis, Tenn., James E. Gross, Robert Gross Jr., and George Gross, all of Batesville, Solomon Gross of Nashville, Tenn., Roy Young and Mack Farmer both of Milwaukee, and Dennis James of Sardis and 26 grandchildren.

Sturdevant, Mary Alyce
Mary Alyce Sturdevant, 79, of Clarksdale, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at Quitman County Hospital at Marks of heart disease.

Services are today at 2 p.m. at National Funeral Home. Burial is at Rosemound in Tutwiler. National Funeral Home has charge.

Sturdevant, born Nov. 1, 1924, was a member of Oakhurst Baptist Church and a member of Ladies AUA. of VFW and was a retired sales lady.

Survivors include her husband Lawrence E. Sturdevant of Beaumont, Calif.; three daughters, Angelia Durham and Ashley Sturdevant, both of Clarksdale and Sherry Blanchat of Wichita, Kansas; one son Clyde Matthews of Tulsa, Okla.; one sister Eva Patterson of Sardis; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Sturgis, Leland Hardin
Leland Hardin Sturgis, 85, of Enid, died Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Tallahatchie General Hospital in Charleston of heart failure.

Services were Monday at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Enid. Burial was at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Rev. Ray Legge, Rev. Howard Armstrong and Rev. Marty Evans officiated. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.

Sturgis, born July 29, 1917, to the late Ely Nolan Sturgis and the late Minnie Moore Sturgis was a retired hog farmer and construction foreman, a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, a member of Tallahatchie Company Hospital Board, a member of Mississippi Animal Health Board, President of the Tallahatchie County Fair and Northwest Mississippi Livestock Board.

Survivors include his wife Margaret Deese Sturgis of Enid; two sons, Roger Sturgis and Tommy Sturgis both of Enid; two daughters, Nina Mabus of Oakland and Lee Dell Sturgis of Enid; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Tallahatchie General Hospital in Charleston.

Swigart, Nehemiah "Nick"
Nehemiah Swigart, 39, died at 2:40 a.m. Jan. 18, 2003, in a car fire near Oxford.

Memorial Services were at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Re., Chuck Nicholson officiated. Private burial of ashes were at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb. Memorial services will be held also Saturday Feb. 1, at the Blackjack Presbyterian Church in Sardis. Family requests memorials be made to the Baptist Memorial Hospital of Northern Mississippi.

He was born on March 1, 1963, to Eldon and Dorothy Hollis Swigart. He was a carpenter for Flint Co. in Oxford and was a member of a Methodist Church.

Survivors include his mother, Dorothy White of Galesburg, Ill.; one son, Nehemiah "Bryant" Swigart of Scottsdale, Ariz.; one brother, Lyndon Swigart of rural Macomb; one sister, Cheryl Jenkins of Peoria,Ill.; two nieces, Breann Swigart and Brittany Marr; two nephews, Dustin Swigart of Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas and Austin Jenkins of Pekin, Ill. He was preceded in death by his father Eldon Swigart and his grandparents.