Obituaries 11/27/12

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Betty Jean Burkhalter

CHARLESTON – Betty Jean Burkhalter, 82, died Sunday, November 25, 2012, at Baptist East Hospital.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Newsom Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Newsom Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Newsom Funeral Home has charge.

Burkhalter attended Willow Springs Assembly of God and was an inspector for Panola Mills.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Odie Wike Burkhalter and son, Charles Ray Burkhalter. Survivors include: two daughters, Mary Capwell and Alice Hall, both of Enid; one son, Tommie Burkhalter of Cascilla; three sisters, Floy Turner of Batesville, Shirley Havens of Enid and
Mary Ann Uselton of Senatobia; eight grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Mildred Swindle Bradley

NEW ALBANY– Mildred Swindle Bradley, age 82, formerly of Batesville, died Monday, November 12, 2012 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services were held at November 15 at Apostolic Revival Center with the Rev. Merle Dixon, Rev. Steve Denton, and Rev.Carly Lawson officiating. Burial was in the Vista Memorial Park.

United Funeral Service in New Albany had charge.

She was born November 30, 1929 in Winston County to the late Thomas Edward Swindle and Mary Jane Roberson Swindle. She was a homemaker and a member of the Apostolic Revival Center in New Albany.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janie McGregory Robinson; and a grandson, Samuel McGregory.

Survivors include: her husband of 64 years, Roland “Pete” Bradley of Ecru; one daughter, Rose Houk of Ecru; five sons, Afton Bradley of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tommy Bradley of Booneville, Wayne Bradley of Gurly, Ala., David Bradley of Ecru, and Mark Bradley of Ecru; four sisters Doris Lenard of Bruce, Ann
Jones of Southaven, Irene Howe of Batesville, and Myrene Bently of Indianapolis, Ind., a sister-in-law, Quebell Swindle of Batesville; one brother, Clinton Swindle of Woodland, 21 grandchildren, 22
great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Roy Davis McCullar

BATESVILLE– Roy Davis McCullar, 74, died Monday, November 19, 2012, at Fairfield Assisted Living in Batesville.

Services were held Wednesday at Dickins Funeral Home. Rev. David Taylor and Walter Tubbs Hudson officiated. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.

McCullar, born Oct. 24, 1938, in Batesville, to the late Roy Davis McCullar Sr. and Ruth McCullough McCullar, was retired after 30 years as postmaster in Batesville also from the Bulk Plant for Huron Smith and a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: his wife of 55 years, Martha Louise Robison McCullar of Batesville; two daughters, Cheryl Davis of Batesville and Cathy Jackson of Heathrow, Fla.; one son, Hoby Roy McCullar of Batesville; one sister, Alice Hubbard of Batesville; two brothers, Sam McCullar of Southaven and Ben McCullar of Marion, Ark.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 104 Panola Ave., Batesville, Miss. 38606 or The American Lung Association, P.O. Box 2178, Ridgeland, Miss. 39158.

William “Bill” Bailey Peeples

COURTLAND – William “Bill” Bailey Peeples, 74, died Thursday, November 22, 2012, at his residence.

Services were held Sunday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery in Courtland. Reverend Eric Payne officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.

Peeples was born August 11, 1938 in Panola County, to the late Bailey and Mary Louetta Whitten Peeples. Bill worked for Custom Signs Co. in Batesville and was a member of Courtland Baptist Church. He also served his country in U.S. Army for four years.

Bill is survived by his wife, Linda Mahan Peeples of Courtland; two sons, Rocky and Ronnie Peeples both of Coldwater; four daughters, Mary Elizabeth Holifield of Sardis, Rita Anne Bailey of Enid, Betty Jean Petit of Sardis, Rebecca Frances Petit of Batesville; two sisters, Lucille Moore of Pope, Eva Moore of Batesville; one brother, Thomas Peeples; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Kathryn Elizabeth McDuffie

OXFORD- Kathryn Elizabeth “Kay” McDuffie, 67, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at Sanctuary Hospice House.

Services were held Friday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Dr. Warren Blackand Rev. Benjamin Lutrell officiating.

A private burial was held in the Nettleton Cemetery.

McDuffie was born in Lakeland, Fla. to Dorothy Hooks “Dot” McDuffie and the late Dr. S. Jay McDuffie. She graduated from Nettleton High School in l963 and attended Millsaps University where she was active in the Theatre Department and completed her B.A. Degree in music education from the University of Mississippi, where she was active with Delta Gamma Sorority.

She was a member of the University United Methodist Church in Oxford where she was a member of the choir. She was active in many theatre and musical productions in Oxford and at Panola Playhouse in Sardis. In her earlier life, she lived in New York City. She appeared in off Broadway productions, was a Radio City Music Hall singer and toured with John Raitt in the touring company of the musical, “Camelot.”

She was a fundraiser and telethon producer for the United Cerebral Palsy and the Arthritis Foundations, was co-founder of the “Way Up North In Mississippi Picnic” in Central Park.

Her passion was teaching public school music with her last 15 years being spent at the South Panola Elementary School. Previously, she was employed by the Ole Miss Alumni Association and was an assistant to Dr. Jerry Jordan, chairman of the Music Department at Ole Miss. She was an original member of the “The Group,” a singing ensemble that traveled throughout the Southeast.

Survivors include her mother, Dorothy Hooks McDuffie of Nettleton; her sister, Margaret Carl McDuffie Gratz of Tupelo; brother, Richard McDuffie of Nettleton.

Memorials may be made to Nettleton Presbyterian Church, c/o Bill Cheek, 3007 Butler Road, Nettleton, Miss. 38858, The Food Pantry, c/o Marilyn Hester, 389 Road 452, Nettleton, Miss. 38858 or to the South Panola Elementary School Music Program, 110 College Street, Batesville, Miss. 38606.

Wesley Laverne Rhodes

COMO– Wesley Laverne Rhodes, 79, died Thursday, November 22, 2012, at his residence.

Services were held at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home. Burial was in Emory Cemetery near Como. Rev. Donnie Hill officiated. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home had charge.

Rhodes, born Feb. 17, 1933, to the late Leland Rhodes and Mary Still Rhodes, was a roofer in the construction industry. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include: his wife, Ora Potts Rhodes of Como; one daughter, Carolyn Tate of Joshua, Texas; three sons, Vernie Rhodes, David Rhodes and Lee Rhodes, all of Como; one sister, Mary Lee Carter of Sardis; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church in Como.