Obituaries – 2007 – D

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 1, 2007

The Panolian: OBITUARIES (D)


     BATESVILLE – B.H. Darby Sr., 84, died Friday, April 6, 2007, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Services were Monday at Central Academy Church of Christ. Steven Hentz and Paul Meacham officiated. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Darby, born March 19, 1923, to the late Albert E. and Tamzey Matthews Darby, was retired from the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He was a member of Central Academy Church of Christ where he was an Elder for 39 years. He was also a veteran of WWII serving in the army.
     He was preceded in death by one son, B.H. Darby Jr.
     Survivors include: his wife, Elsie Laverne Martin Darby of Batesville; two sons, Troy Darby of Sardis and David M. Darby of Columbus; two sisters, Lillie Darby and Joyce Darby Sullivan, both of Batesville; one brother, Price Darby of Sardis; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

DAVIS, Kathryn Jennings
     VANCE – Kathryn Jennings Davis, 72, died Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale. She was the sister of Eugene "Sonny" Jennings of Batesville.
     Graveside services were Sunday at Lambert Cemetery. Rev. Ed Campbell officiated. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.
     Davis, born June 4, 1934, in Vance to Opal Tabb Jennings, was a Baptist and a retired registered nurse.
     She was preceded in death by her daughter, Monique Davis.
     Survivors along with her mother and brother include: five sisters, Juanita Carmichael of Brandon, Fla., June Melton of Tutwiler, Eloise Swindoll of Robinsonville, Faye Whisenant of Brandon, Fla. and Carol Hill of Hot Springs, Ark.
     Memorials may be made to Walnut Baptist Church near Lambert.

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DAVIS, Louise Morris Roberson
BATESVILLE – Louise Morris Roberson Davis, 82, died Friday, March 16, 2007, at her residence.
     Services were Sunday at the First United Methodist Church. Rev. Pat Ludlam and Ed Woodall officiated. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.
     Davis, born Oct. 2, 1924, to the late Emmett I. Roberson and the late Alvah Butts Roberson, was a member of the First United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church Circle III and the Daylily Club.
     She was preceded in death by her brother, Ted Roberson.
     Survivors include: one daughter, Deanne Davis of New Paltz, N.Y.; one son, Dean Davis of Batesville; one sister, Lawanda Meurrier of Batesville and two grandchildren.

DAVIS, Margaret Narvell Page
     MARKS – Margaret Narvell Page Davis, 92, died Friday, January 12, 2007, at Quitman County Hospital.
     Services were Monday at Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks. Dr. Laurie Jones officiated. Burial was in Marks Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.
     Davis, born March 26, 1914, in Crenshaw, was a retired nurse and a member of West Marks Baptist Church.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Lewis Davis; one son, Tommy Davis and one daughter, Elaine Smith.
     Survivors include: one daughter, Paula Davis Walton of Clarksdale; one sister, Lydia Page of Collierville, Tenn. and three grandchildren.

DAVIS, William P.
COMO – William P. Davis, 92, died Wednesday, February 7, 2007, at Trinity Mission Nursing Home.
     Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Beulah M.B. Church in Como. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home has charge.
     Davis, was a farmer and a carpenter. He was chairman of the Deacon Board and superintendent of his Sunday school class.
     Survivors include: his wife, Mildred Brooks Davis; three daughters, Gladys Johnson of Minneapolis, Ivy Barnes and Katherlynn Davis, both of Memphis; five sons, Melvin Davis of Aurora, Ill., Alchester Davis of Batesville, Eugene Davis and Howard Davis, both of Como and Murry Davis of Avondale, Ariz.; one sister, Sammie Lee Hayes of Memphis; 27 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

DEES, Rufus "R.W."
SARDIS – Rufus "R.W." Dees, 88, died Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
     Memorial services are today at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Sardis. Rev. Jerry Sanford and Rev. Jason Tipton will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Moore-Nowell Funeral Home has charge.
     Dees, born Sept. 24, 1918, to the late Selma Lee Deeds and the late Floy McCown Dees, was a graduate of Black Jack School near Sardis and a member of the First Baptist Church in Sardis, where he served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Mae Gillespie Dees, and his brother, H.E. Dees.
     Survivors include: one daughter, Kay Dees Tipton of Hernando; one son, Bob Dees of Como; one sister, Louvene Linder of Batesville; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
     Memorials may be made to Longview Point Baptist Church in Hernando or the First Baptist Church in Sardis or Gideons International.

POPE- Wanda Delgado, 53, died Friday, January 12, 2007, at her residence.
     Services were Saturday at Dickins Funeral Home. Rev. Ivy Sims officiated. Burial was in Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.
     Delgado, born July 2, 1953, in Marks, to the late Jesus "Jessie" Delgado and the late Mary Mercedes Delgado, was a member of Primar Mission Baustista.
     Survivors include: two sisters, Juanita Delgado of Batesville and Anita Logue of Pope.

DILLON, Arnold
POPE – Arnold Dillon, 90, died Monday, January 1, 2007, at his residence.
     Services were Wednesday at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn. Roger Richards officiated. Burial was in Falcon Cemetery in Selmer.
     Dillon, born to the late James Alexander and the late Callie Gay Dillon, was a retired revenue officer for the State of Tennessee. He was a member of the Selmer First Baptist Church and the Selmer Masonic Lodge and was a graduate of Freed-Hardeman.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Velvie Locke Dillon.
     Survivors include: one daughter, Doris Standard and husband Jesse Lamar of Pope; four sisters, Dorothy Taylor and Bertha Brown, both of Selmer, Tenn., Ruby Michael of Houston, Texas and Madge Beck of Memphis; grandchildren, Brenda Dubois and husband William of Batesville, Randy Standard and wife Dee Dee of Batesville and great-grandchildren, Chris, Dillon, Ethan, Emily and Eli.

DODD, Vincent Edward
BATESVILLE – Vincent Edward Dodd, 43, died Sunday, January 14, 2007, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Services were Wednesday at Mt. Olive M.B. Church. Rev. W.L. Nash officiated. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.
     Dodd, born March 1, 1963, to the late Willie Dodd and Georgianna Wilson, was the retired lead person for Batesville American Company and a member of Mt. Olive M.B. Church.
     Survivors include: eight sisters, Charlene Griffin, Janice Dodd and Belinda Dodd, all of Batesville, Debbie Lloyd of Pope, Clara B. King of Marks, Annie Jean McKinzie and Mae Ella Washington, both of Oakland and Priscilla Montgomery of Huntsville, Ala.

DOUGLAS, Tommy Lee
BATESVILLE – Tommy Lee Douglas, 56, died Saturday, December 30, 2006, at Vista Medical Center in Waukegan, Ill.
     Services were Wednesday at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Burial was in Longtown Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
     Douglas, born Feb. 2, 1950, in Brookhaven, to the late Carey Paul and Guilda Faye Carlisle Douglas, was an aviation technology maintenance teacher for Northwest Community College. A member of Shady Grove Baptist Church, he was retired from the U.S. Air Force having served in the Vietnam War. He loved riding motorcycles and in his free time, he enjoyed raising cattle, and he had been a private pilot for 15 years. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.
     Survivors along with his mother include: his wife, Shelia Hall Douglas of Batesville; two sons, Tim Douglas and wife Candy of Batesville and Chris Douglas of Batesville; three sisters, Robin Douglas Sroufe of Brookhaven, Glenda Douglas May of Wesson and Karen Douglas Hensley of Hendersonville, N.C.; two brothers, David Douglas and Mark Douglas, both of Wesson and two grandchildren, Austin and Peyton Douglas.

DOWDEN, Lucille Carter
     SARDIS – Lucille Carter Dowden, 82, died Monday, April 2, 2007, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at McIvor M.B. Church in Sardis. Dr. Eugene Whiting will officiate. Burial will be in McIvor Cemetery in Sardis. Visitation will be Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary and also Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at McIvor M.B. Church. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
     Dowden was born Dec. 25, 1924 in Como to the late Lozie Carter and Mary Ella Webb. She was a retired assembly line worker for Sardis Luggage Company and a member of McIvor M.B. Church.
     Survivors include: one daughter, Mildred Washington of Sardis; four sons, Willie James Dowden, Samuel Dowden and Cecil Dowden, all of Sardis and Melvin Dowden of Memphis; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

DUBOIS, Shirley Jean
OAKLAND – Shirley Jean Dubois, 63, died Tuesday, February 6, 2007, at her residence.
     Services were Thursday at Dickins Funeral Home. Rev. Dan Beardain and Rev. Chuck Hardy officiated. Burial was in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.
     Dubois, born Sept. 29, 1943, in Coffeeville, to the late Griffin Lake Hodges and the late Melba Mae Briscoe Hodges, was an assistant teacher.
     Survivors include: her husband, B.D. Dubois of Oakland; one son, Larry Christopher Dubois of Pope; two daughters, Tracy Danette Gray of Burlison, Tenn. and Stephanie Kay Hudson of Pope; two brothers, George Arnold Hodges of Southaven and Griffin Lake Hodges Jr. of Enid; three sisters, Linnie Mae Beardain of Winona, Annie Mae Calvert of Southaven and Virginia Laverne Murphree of Enid and eight grandchildren.



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