Obituaries 2-19-08

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Charles Burton

SENATOBIA––Charles Burton, 76, died Friday, February 8, 2008.

Services were Saturday at Ebenezer M.B. Church in Como. Burial was in Ebenezer Church Cemetery. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home had charge.

Burton was a farmer.

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Survivors include: his wife, Betty Moorning Burton; 12 daughters, Ester Burton, Belma Bradley and Willie Mae Garrett, all of Senatobia, Lois Curtis, Neicy McGhee, Rena Buckley, Kim Burton and Barbara Burton, all of Omaha, Neb., Gearlean Burton of Minneapolis, Angela Burton and Angela Pratcher, both of Sardis and Shaquita Jackson of Como;  eight sons, Charles Burton and Calvin Burton, both of Omaha, Neb., Andrew Burton and Sylvester Burton, both of Sardis, Jessie Avent and Cedric Jackson, both of Como, Kenneth Jackson of Senatobia and Willie Jackson of Nolenville, Texas; 42 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Robert M. Dean

SARDIS––Robert M. Dean, 51, died Friday, February 8, 2008, at Methodist Central Hospital.

Services were Saturday at Pleasant Green M.B. Church. Rev. W.O. McKinney officiated. Burial was in Pleasant Green Church Cemetery. Henderson Funeral Home had charge.

Dean, born June 12, 1956, to the late James Hightower and Mildred Dean of Sardis, was a member of Pleasant Green M.B. Church and a factory worker.

Survivors along with his mother include: his wife, Ida M. Dean of Sardis; three daughters, Suprina Floyd, Ella Dean and Lameeka Lester, all of Sardis and four sons, Robert Dean Jr. and Ketrick Dean, both of Sardis, Mario Hardin and Audra Boyce, both of Memphis.

Janice E. Lugtig

BATESVILLE––Janice E.Lugtig, 71, died Wednesday, February 13, 2008, at the Sanctuary Hospice House.

Private graveside funeral services will be held this spring at the family lot in the St. Albans Bay Cemetery in St. Albans, Vermont. Heald Funeral Home of St. Albans, Vermont has charge. Messages of condolence to the Lugtig family are welcome at

Lugtig, born, Jan. 19, 1937, in Hartford, Conn. to Grace (Welch) Gregson of Kensington, Conn. and the late William Gregson, was a member of Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church. She was a member and former first lady of Lodge 1430, B.P.O.E. In Ventura, Calif. She was a truck driver for North American Van Lines, Allied Freight, May Flower Movers and Baker Trucking Company in Ventura, Calif. She also held a California real Estate License with Century 21.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas R. Lugtig Sr. and one step-son, Michael Lugtig.

Survivors include: her mother, Grace (Welch) Gregson of Kensington, Conn.; one daughter, Donna Covington of Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, Jack E. Bailey and his fiancee, Sherry Lindsey of Water Valley; an adopted son, Mark Denham; step-children, Susan Yslas, Kathy Lugtig, Sharon Howard, Douglas Lugtig II and Donald Lugtig; two granddaughters, Veena Alcantara and Erica Higgenbotham; several step-grandchildren; two great-grandsons and many step-great-grandchildren and two sisters, Judy Gregson and June Bubier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Janice’s name to the Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 West Main St., Tupelo, Miss. 38801.

Bennie Lee Little

OXFORD––Bennie Lee Little, 82, died Thursday, February 14, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. He was formerly of Sardis.

Graveside services are Thursday at 11 a.m. at West Tennessee V.A. Cemetery in Memphis. Rev. Willie O. McKinney will officiate. Visitation is Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Little, born August 26, 1925, in Sardis, to the late Ed Little and the late Temora Nunnley, was a member of Pleasant Green M.B. Church in Sardis. He was a veteran of U.S. Marines.

Survivors include: two nieces who cared for him, Betty Shorter and Eddie Little, both of Sardis; one daughter, Sherry Little of Milwaukee, Wis.; three step-daughters, Shirley Davis, Peggy Davis and Ruby Davis, all of Milwaukee, Wis. and one grandchild.

Dominique Ladelle Middleton Jr.

BATESVILLE––Dominique Ladelle Middleton Jr., the son of Dominique Ladelle Middleton and Morgan Anderson of Batesville, was stillborn Sunday, February 17, 2008, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Graveside services are today at 11 a.m. at Batesville Cemetery.  Minister Dameon Cunningham and Anthony Rogers will officiate. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Survivors along with his parents include: his grandparents, Shelia Anderson of Batesville, Harman Winters of Natchitoches, La., Regina Middleton of Batesville and Ricky Lamar of Sardis and his great-grandparents, Shirley Battle of Batesville and Auto and Margaret Middleton of Courtland.

Olivia Ciara Moore

CRENSHAW––Olivia Ciara Moore, 2, died Monday, February 4, 2008, at Little Rock Children’s Hospital in Arkansas.

Services were February 10 at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial was in Longtown Cemetery. Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge.

Survivors include: her mother, Ashley Moore of Crenshaw; one sister, Clair Fortenberry of Crenshaw; her grandparents, Barbara and Steven Abney of Senatobia and Kelly and Sherry Moore of Southaven and her great-grandparents, Joyce and Alton Oaks of Crenshaw and R.W. Moore of Coldwater.

Annie Ruth Gray White

OXFORD––Annie Ruth Gray White, 69, died Wednesday, February 13, 2008. She was born Feb. 20, 1938, in Batesville, to the late Willie and Myrtle Gray.

Services were Saturday at Crowder Baptist Church. Burial was  in Crowder Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home had charge.

White, was a volunteer grandmother for the North Mississippi Regional Center and a member of the First Baptist Church in Water Valley.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lori A. Self of Crowder.

Survivors include: three sons, James A. White Jr. of Hernando, Willard D. White of Oxford and Michael E. White of Southaven; one daughter, Kathy Wilkinson of Grenada; three brothers, Albert Gray of Batesville, Ray Rhyne and Dwight Rhyne, both of Water Valley; one sister, Rita Motts of Paris; nine granddaughters; three grandsons and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to   St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.