Obituaries 10-5-12

S.D. Baker


SOUTHAVEN – S.D. Baker, 73, died Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Desoto.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m. at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis. win Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven had charge of arrangements.

Baker, born April 10, 1939, in Panola, to the late Shuford Dean Baker and Marjorie Tidwell Baker Ramsey, was a former chemist for Omnova Solutions. He was a member of the Lowndes County Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited and was past president of Heritage Academy Sports Boosters in Columbus. He served in the National Guard and was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church and attended St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Southaven.

Survivors include: his wife of 46 years, Emma Baker; one son, Scott Baker; one daughter, Melanie Baker Jolly of Southaven; one sister, Mary Pearl Robertson of Batesville and two grandchildren.

The family requests that memorials be made to the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Michelle Renee Loness

BATESVILLE – Michelle Renee Loness, age 43, died Tuesday, October 2, 2012, in Batesville.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Locke Station Baptist Church with Reverend Rusty Miller officiating. Visitation is from noon until service time on Saturday at the church. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Michelle was born to Alice Joan Barton Toliver of Batesville and the late Allen Eugene Loness on June 16, 1969 in St. Louis. She was a member of Locke Station Baptist Church.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include: two sisters, Melissa Toliver of Batesville, Jody Loness of St. Genevieve, Mo.; three brothers, Jason Loness and Jesse Loness, both of St. Genevieve and Matthew Toliver of Batesville; her step-father Jerone Blake Toliver of Batesville; three step-sisters, Vonnie Carroll of Batesville, Anita Jo Creel of Sardis, and Tarra Stitcher of Sardis; three step-brothers, Blake Toliver and Noah Lynn Toliver, both of Sardis and Steven Toliver of Crowder.

Sarah Reed Palmer

BATESVILLE – Sarah Reed Palmer, 84, widow of Russell Palmer, died Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

Funeral services were Thursday, October 4 at Wells Funeral Home. Dr. Tommy Snyder officiated. Burial followed in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Palmer was born in Panola County on December 6, 1927, to Horace and Nellie McMinn Reed. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Batesville. She received her Nuclear X-ray Technician degree from The Methodist School of Radiology in Memphis. She worked in numerous medical facilities, including Methodist Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Sardis and Grenada Hospitals.

Survivors include: two sons, Reed Palmer of Memphis, Russell Palmer of Bartlett; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Susie Clarkson Smith

SENATOBIA – Susie Clarkson Smith, 104, a resident of the Senatobia Convalescent Center, and a former resident of Courtland, died Sunday September 30, 2012.

Visitation will be held at 2 p.m., followed by memorial services at 3 p.m., on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at Wells Funeral Home. Services to be conducted by Dr. Park Neff, grandson. Private cremation burial services will be held at a later date. Wells Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Smith was born in Tallahatchie County on December 16, 1907, to Taylor J. and Emma Smith Clarkson. She was a member of the Courtland Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Huber P. Smith and a daughter, Margaret Ann Darnell of Coldwater.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Neff of Hollandale and Eunice Speed of Albany, Ga.; her son, Charles Smith of Marks; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

The family requests memorials, in her memory, may be made to Senatobia Convalescent Center, 402 Getwell Drive, Senatobia, Miss 38668.

Charles Edward Sims

MARKS – Charles Edward Sims, 54, died September 15, 2012, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. He was the nephew of Josephine Campbell of Enid and Josephine Smith of Crenshaw.

Services were held Thursday, September 20 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Marks. Burial was in State Veterans Cemetery. Delta Burial had charge.

Sims, born June 1, 1958, to Georgia Mae Sims of Memphis and the late Amos Sims was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he was a member of the male chorus. He served in the Army and worked as a multi-channel communications equipment operator. He worked for the Mississippi Department of Corrections and served 14 years with the Marks Police Department, five as chief before he retired in 2006. He also worked as a deputy sheriff for the Quitman County Sheriff’s Department.

Survivors, along with his mother include: two sons, Timothy Brown of Oxford, Demetrius Sims of Port Murray; two daughters, Nedra Sims of Southaven and Melonie Johnson of Marks; one brother, Phalon Sims of Memphis; two sisters, Lasondra Sims and Lacresia Sims, both of Memphis.

Robbie Jo Morrow Still

BATESVILLE – Robbie Jo Morrow Still, 79, widow of Cecil Franklin Still Sr., died Sunday, September 30 at her residence.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ed Woodall officiating. Burial was in Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Still was born July 25, 1933 in Batesville, to Archie and Vera Daughtery Morrow Sr. She was retired from Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association where she worked for 36 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Batesville.

Survivors include: a son: Cecil Franklin “Frankie” Still Jr. of Batesville; one brother: Archie Morrow Jr. of Batesville; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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