Obituaries – 2006 – L

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 1, 2006

The Panolian: OBITUARIES (L)


LANDERS, Mildred H.
BATESVILLE – Mildred H. Landers, 78, died Wednesday, October 29, 2006, at her residence.
     Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Concord M.B. Church. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. prior to service.
     Pastor Edward Thomas will officiate. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery. Delta Burial Corporation has charge.
     Landers, born March 24, 1928, in Greenwood, was a retired teacher, graduated from Alcorn Laboratory High School and Mississippi Valley State College. She was a charter member of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporation and the Mes Zenith Club, and board of directors for the Friends of the Library.
     She was preceded in death by her husband Matthew Landers Jr.
     Survivors include one daughter, Kuturah L. Davis of Batesville; one granddaughter, Keturah M. Reese of Lizella, Ga. and one grandson, Matthew Jamar Hines Davis of Batesville.

LANGLEY, Robert Michael "Robbie"
     BATESVILLE – Robert Michael "Robbie" Langley, 30, died Saturday, October 21, 2006, at The Med in Memphis.
     Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Rev. Kevin Crofford and Rev. Barry Male will officiate. Burial will be at Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. at the Ford Center. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
     Langley was employed with the University of Mississippi Police Department serving with the K-9 Unit and was a U.S. Army National Guard serviceman.
     He joined Galloway United Methodist Church at the age of 12 and was very active in church activities.
     On January 30, 2005, he rededicated his life to the Lord at Sardis Lake Baptist Church in Batesville.
     He graduated from Madison Ridgeland Academy, Madison in 1995. While he attended MRA he joined the ROTC. As a junior in high school he joined the National Guard.
     He was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and played football and ran track while a student at MRA. While on the track team he won the state championship in both the 100-meter dash and the high jump. Langley also was an avid soccer and baseball player.
     After graduation he attended Valley Forge Military College in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for one year, and then transferred to Delta State University. At both Valley Forge and DSU he played football as a running back. Later, he received his mortuary science degree from Northwest Community College.
     He was an avid bass fisherman and outdoorsman. Langley was musically inclined and could play any musical instrument.
     Following a brief career in the funeral business, he went to work for the University of Mississippi Grounds Dept. for several years. In April of 2002 he began his career in law enforcement with the University of Mississippi Police Department. In February of 2005 he was called to active duty with the 114th Battalion from New Albany. He served his country for 14 months in Afghanistan and upon returning from the middle east he rejoined the U of M Police Dept. where he was then promoted to the K-9 Unit.
     When England’s Prince Edward visited the Ole Miss campus last year, Langley was chosen to be his personal bodyguard.
     He was preceded in death by one brother, Rusty Langley; great-grandparents Lottie Mae Hunt and Whitnell Bridges of Carthage and foster grandparents H.K. and Lois Van Every and Paul Tardy.
     Survivors include his wife, Lisa Bryant Langley of Batesville; two sons, Robert "Robbie" Michael Langley Jr. of Oxford and Cory Bridges Langley of Batesville; two step-daughters, Maci Cheyenne Kirkland of Batesville and Anne Claire Bufkin of Oxford; one sister, Racheal Langley of Kosciusko; one step-sister, Renee Howell of Carthage; one step-brother, Chris Watkins of Pearl; two foster brothers, Jonathan Van Every and Kelsay Van Every, both of Brandon; his father, Larry Langley of Lena and step-mother, Sherry Donald Langley of Lena; his mother, Debbie Hearn Lloyd and step-father, Michael Lloyd, both of Covington, La.; his foster parents, Eugene and Paula Van Every of Brandon; his grandparents, Glenda Bridges Kuhn of Batesville, Cecil Langley of Vicksburg, Jannie Foster Hearn of Covington, La. and James T. Hearn of Hammond, La.; his step-grandmother, Mary Langley of Vicksburg; his foster grandmother, Virginia Tardy of Cleveland and his mother and father-in-law, Henry and Linda Bryant of Batesville.
     Memorials may be made to the Robert Langley Memorial Scholarship Endowment, c/o University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677.

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LANTER, Robert Lee
SARDIS – Robert Lee Lantern, 68, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at his residence.
     Services were Monday at St. Peter’s Church. Rev. Odell Draper officiated. Burial was in St. Peter’s Church Cemetery. Delta Burial of Marks had charge.
     Lantern, born July 22, 1937, in Sardis, was an equipment operator.
     Survivors include his wife, Marline Lantern of Sardis; five sons, Anthony Lantern, John Lantern and Reginald Lantern, all of Sardis, Leslie Lantern of Grenada and Paul Henderson of Batesville; and one daughter, Lashaunta Lantern of Sardis.

LANTERN, LaKierra Treniece
SARDIS – LaKierra Treniece Lantern, 2, died Friday, September 29, 2006, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Services are Thursday at 1 p.m. at St. Peter M.B. Church. Pastor Odell Draper will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery in Sardis. Visitation will be Wednesday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
     Lantern was born Oct. 21, 2003, in Oxford to Roy C. Young Jr. of Sardis and LaShaunta Lantern of Sardis.
     Survivors along with her parents include: two sisters, Laeshia Lanter and Jermay Edwards, both of Sardis; two brothers, KeShaun Lantern and Octavious Lewis, both of Sardis and grandparents, Marline Lantern and Virginia Wilbourn, both of Sardis and Roy Young Sr. of Chicago.

LARK, James Arthur
SENATOBIA – James Arthur Lark, 63, died Thursday, July 20, 2006, at Methodist University Hospital.
     Services are today at 11 a.m. at Paradise M.B. Church in Senatobia. Burial will be in Paradise Church Cemetery. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home has charge.
     Lark was a brick mason and a member of Paradise M.B. Church, where he served as a deacon, chairman of the deacon board and Sunday school superintendent.
     Survivors include his wife, Peggy Jean Moody Lark; one daughter, Jasmines Gaberell Lark of Senatobia; one son, Andrew Lorenzo Lark of Fort Bliss, Texas; three sisters, Catherine Phipps and Etherine Lark, both of Crenshaw, and Christine Lark Glenn of Memphis; one brother, Randy Lark of Memphis and one grandchild.

LARK, Margaret Callicut
     COMO – Margaret Callicut Lark, 89, died Saturday, May 6, 2006, at Baptist Desoto Hospital in Southaven.
     Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hammond Hill M.B. Church. Rev. Isaac Slack will officiate. Burial will be in Hammond Hill Cemetery. Pate-Jones Funeral Home has charge.
     Survivors include one daughter, Mary Cole of Senatobia; one son , James Langston of Como; 19 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

LASTER, Mary Magaline Dunn
COURTLAND – Mary Magaline Dunn Laster, 81, died Monday, March 13, 2006, at her residence.
     Services were Thursday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Sardis Lake Baptist Church Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Laster, born August 27, 1924, in Crowder to the late Lonnie and Mary Worbington Dunn, was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and a homemaker.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Frankie Laster.
     Survivors include four daughters, Fran Laster Flemons of Clarksdale, Carolyn Laster Walker of Cleveland, Barbara Laster Black Burrell of Oxford and Betty Laster Robertson of Courtland; four sons, Frank Laster, Donald Joe Laster and David Laster, all of Batesville, and Paul Laster of Ft. Payne, Ala.; one sister Geraldine Newman of Lambert; 32 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

LASTER, Paul Eugene Jr.
COLLINSVILLE, Ala. – Paul Eugene Laster Jr., 23, died Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at Dekalb Regional Medical Center.
     Services are today at 2 p.m. at Collinsville Funeral Home -Sharpe Chapel. Rev. Jimmy Dan Clanton will officiate. Burial will be in Collinsville Cemetery. Collinsville Funeral Home has charge.
     Laster was born and raised in Panola County.
     Survivors include his wife, Ashlie Laster of Collinsville; one son, Trey Laster; his parents, Paul and Lois Laster of Sand Rock, Ala.; one sister, Felicia Sharp of Scottsboro, Ala. and several nieces and nephews.

LATTA, Florence Carnathan
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Florence Carnathan Latta, 103, died Monday, February 22, 2006, at her residence.
     Services are today at 2 p.m. at Marks Presbyterian Church. Dr. Laurie Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Marks Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home has charge.
     Latta, born Nov. 11, 1902, in Stanton, Tenn. to the late Mary Florence and Thomas Jefferson Carnathan, was a retired high school math teacher. She graduated from The University of Mississippi in 1924 and taught math in Cathings, Sumner and Marks. She also was an active leader in many social and community affairs.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, John Murray Latta; one sister, Margaret Whitehead; two brothers, James Carnathan and Phil Carnathan, and her parents.
     Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ada Whiteaker of Pine Bluff, Ark. and her husband P. Wallace "Buddy" Whiteaker; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
     Memorials may be sent to Marks Presbyterian Church, Box 312, Marks, MS 38646 or Palmer Home for Children, Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.

LAUDERDALE, Barbra Alice
COURTLAND – Barbra Alice Lauderdale, 65, died Sunday, August 6, 2006, at her residence.
     Services are Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
     Lauderdale, born March 10, 1941, in Batesville to the late George and Lila Corder Nail, was a cashier at Larson’s Big Star and worked for the First United Methodist Church Daycare. She was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Pope.
     Survivors include three daughters, Ryna’ Smith and husband Mike of Batesville, Windy Jenkins and husband Darrell of Batesville and Mandy Tharpe and husband Phil of Haysville, Kansas; three sons, Dean Joiner and wife Margie of Pope, Tony Fultz and wife Teresa of West Plains, Mo. and Curtis Lauderdale and wife Evelyn of Courtland; one foster son, Buck Curbow of Nesbit; two brothers, Kenneth Nail of Tuson, Ariz. and Charles Nail of Yumon, Ariz.; four sisters, Sue Heard of Nesbit, Aileen Zessin of Boulder, Colo., Cathy Doubleday of Batesville and Judy Sullivant of Sardis; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Clayton Nail of Kentucky.
     Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Children’s Center or North Mississippi Infusion Center of Tupelo.

LEACH, Blanchie Webb
SARDIS -Robert Webb Leach, 95, died Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Services are today at 11 a.m. at McIvor M.B. Church in Sardis. Burial will be in McIvor Church Cemetery. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home has charge.
     Leach was the oldest member of her church, a mother and member of the Eastern Star.
     Survivors include two daughters, Gladys Roberson of Gary, Ind. and Ginnie Leach of Sardis; three sons, Joe Leach Jr. of Gary, Ind., William Leach and Jessie James Leach, both of Chicago; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

LEATH, Edith Snyder
MARKS – Edith Snyder Leath, 82, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at Sardis Nursing Home.
     Services are today at 2 p.m. at Kimbro Funeral Home. Rev. Tim Mims will officiate. Burial will be in Marks Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home has charge.
     Leath, born Oct. 23, 1923, in Sunflower County, was a member of West Marks Baptist Church and a retired telephone operator.
     She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey Arnold Leath.
     Survivors include one daughter Pam Leath of Horn Lake; one son Terry Brooks Leath of Olive Branch; one sister Willie Flanagan of Cocoa, Fla. and two grandchildren.
     Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

LEWIS, Gladys Elizabeth Vick
OXFORD – Gladys Elizabeth Vick Lewis, 84, died Thursday, August 3, 2006, at the State Veterans Hospital in Oxford.
     Services are today at 3 p.m. at Liberty Hill Church. Rev. Tim Ellis and Rev. David Lewis will officiate. Burial will be in Liberty Hill Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.
     Lewis, born Oct. 4, 1921, in Grady, Ark. to the late Atheral Sylvester and Gladys Rayne Monteith Vick, was a school teacher. She was a Navy veteran and a member of Liberty Hill Church.
     Survivors include one son, David Vick Lewis of Alabama; one daughter, Nancy Lewis McPhail of Oxford; two brothers, Hugh Thomas Vick of Burlingame, Calif. and Robert Lore Vick of Houston, Texas; one sister, Lorrayne Vick Donnell of Copell, Texas; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

LODEN, Hubert Sr.
MANTACHIE – The father of South Panola High School Principal Dr. Gearl Loden, Hubert Gearl Loden Sr., 68, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, at Daniel Healthcare Inc.
     Born Sept. 3, 1937, to Chester Arthur and Winnie Franks Loden, he retired after 36 years of service at Air Cap MTD in Verona.
     A member of the New Hope Baptist Church, he was an avid gardener, enjoyed fishing, drinking coffee and socializing with friends.
     Services were Thursday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Garry Carroll officiating. Burial was in the Walton Cemetery.
     Survivors include Dr. Loden and wife, Monica, of Batesville; three brothers, Hoyle Loden, Joe Loden of Plantersville, and Alfred Loden of Mantachie; two sisters, Mildred Moore and Ellen Clayton of Mantachie; one grandson, Trey Loden of Batesville.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Jane Loden; his parents; a brother, Jimmy Dale Loden; and an infant sister.

LOGUE, Donald Standford
BATESVILLE – Donald Standford Logue, 71, died Monday, July 31, 2006, at his residence.
    Memorial services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Hosanna Church. Rev. Rayford Ables and Paul Griffen will officiate. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.
    Logue, born June 9, 1935, in Panola County to the late Lawrence Logue and Lois Scott Logue, was a tool maker for Crown Cork and Seal. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.
    He was preceded in death by Amy Warren.
    Survivors include his wife, Anita Logue of Pope; one daughter, Donna Logue of Collierville, Tenn.; one son, Barry Logue of Cordova, Tenn.; one sister, Billie Logue of Cordova, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Maggie Smith, Joey and Andy Warren and Chelsea Logue; and one great-grandchild, Logan Jackson Smith.
    Memorials may be made to Hosanna Church or The American Cancer Society.

LOVEBERRY, William "Dee" Sr.
COMO – William "Dee" Loveberry Sr., 89, died Wednesday, October 25, 2006, at his residence.
     Services are Saturday at noon at Howard Chapel C.M.E. Church in Como. Burial will be in Zion Hill cemetery in Senatobia. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home has charge.
     Loveberry was a retired farmer.
     Survivors include five daughters, Maggie Loveberry and Barbara Steel, both of Memphis, and Classie Farmer, Mary Loveberry and Sharon Covington, all of Como; four sons, William Loveberry Jr. and Danny Loveberry, both of Memphis, Dallas Loveberry of Como and James Loveberry of Coldwater; one sister, Dorothy Perry of Memphis; one brother, Jessie Loveberry of St. Louis, Mo.; 50 grandchildren; 97 great-grandchildren and 28 great-great-grandchildren.

LOVETT, Robert Winston Jr.
McComb – Robert Winston Lovett Jr., 51, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at Beachman Memorial Hospital in Magnolia. He was the step-father of Allen Massey of Crenshaw.
     Services are today at 11 a.m. at Jones Family Funeral Chapel in McComb. Rev. J. Frank Smith will officiate. Visitation will also be today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery in McComb. Jones Family Funeral Home has charge.
     Lovett, born to Betty Ann Quin of McComb and the late Robert W. Lovett Sr., attended Fernwood Baptist Church.
Survivors along with his mother include his daughter Tiffany McKnight of McComb and step-daughter Teresa Rushing of Kentwood, La.; two brothers, Steve Lovett and Lamar Lovett, both of McComb; one sister Deborah Sauls of McComb and six grandchildren.

LOVING, Sara Lewis
CLINTON, Ark. – Sara Lewis Loving, 79, formerly of Batesville, died Monday, March 27, 2006, at Conway Medical Center.
     Services were Thursday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Loving, born Oct. 10, 1926, in Fayette, Ala. to the late Louis and Eloise Dodson Yerby, was a homemaker and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Conway, Ark.
     Survivors include one daughter Glenda Jackson Ochsner of Batesville; four sons, Yerby Weaver of Marion, Ark., Jimmy Weaver of Cordova, Tenn., Joey Weaver of Choctaw, Ark. and Tony Weaver of Clinton, Ark.; one sister, Faye Rodery of Memphis; one brother, Samuel Yerby of East Carondelet, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

LUCIOUS, Vera Kay Pittman
BATESVILLE- Vera Kay Pittman Lucious, 59, died Saturday, September 23, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services are today at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
     Lucious, born Dec. 23, 1946, in Quitman County to Mary Louise Patton Pittman of Batesville and the late Alma Lloyd Pittman, was a homemaker.
     Survivors, along with her mother, include one daughter, Vicky Ruth Lucious and husband Corey Diamond of Pleasant Hill; one son, Dennis Allen and wife Bobbie Pittman of Batesville; seven sisters, Ruby Mae Pittman Scruggs of Batesville, Bonnie Lenora Pittman Brotherton of Huntington, Tenn., Lura Iona "Tootie" Pittman Ewing of Senatobia, Lula Pearl Pittman Morrisey of Gateway, Ky., Sara Louise Pittman Darby of Enid, Linda Faye Pittman Lee of Sardis and Virginia "Jenny" Ruth Waldo of Memphis; four brothers, Carl "Buddy" Edward Pittman, Terry Lloyd Pittman, Clifton "Mack" Pittman and Charles "David" Pittman, all of Batesville and two granddaughters, Reyna Jane and Carly Ann Diamond.

LUSK, Mary Nell
MEMPHIS – Mary Nell Lusk, 69, died Monday, June 19, 2006, at Desoto Health Care in Southaven.
     There will be no services. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel. Memphis Funeral Home has charge.
     Lusk, born in Marks, was recently retired from Builders Transportation Company.
     Survivors include her husband, Robert Lusk; two daughters, Kathy Smith of Ripley and June Curtis of Como; her step-son,      Anthony Lusk of Memphis; one brother, Johnny Easley of Water Valley; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The family requests that donations be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

LUTTRELL, Thomas Jefferson
     ENID – Thomas Jefferson Luttrell, 74, died Tuesday, January 3, 2006, at his residence.
     Services were Thursday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
Luttrell, born Dec. 21, 1930, to the late Joshua Grant and the late Mamie Weeks Luttrell, in Lake Village, Ark., was a retired factory worker for General Motors Corp.
     Survivors include four sisters, Mary Luttrell Turner of Horn Lake, Nellie Luttrell Ramberg of McHenry, Ill., Betty Luttrell Rayburn of Sardis and Sara Luttrell Swan of Marietta, Ga. and three brothers, Wayne Luttrell of Enid, J.W. Luttrell of Batesville and Alpha Luttrell of Louisville, Ky.






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