OBITUARIES – 1/3/2014

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 3, 2014

Jeffie L. Campbell
BATESVILLE–Jeffie L. Campbell, 80, died Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at her home in Batesville

Services will be held today at 1:00 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Bob Self officiating. Burial will follow in Blackjack Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. until service time. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Miss Campbell, born November 9, 1933 to the late James Jefferson and Mable Loise Griffis Campbell, in Panola County, was a member of First Baptist Church in Batesville. She retired after being a supervisor for William Carter Company in Senatobia.

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Along with her parents, Jeffie was preceded in death by four sisters: Bernice Louise Campbell Finch, Dorothy Ruth Campbell Briley, Margie Elizabeth Campbell Bolton and Robbie Lou Campbell Hardy and two brothers: Samuel L. Campbell and James D. Campbell and nephews, Gary Hardy, Ronnie Bolton and Wayne Finch.

Survivors include: two sisters, Betty Jane Campbell Moore of Batesville, and Patricia Voncille Campbell Tarver of Oxford; along with nieces, Kathy Krivocka, Judy Ledbetter, Debbie Parker, Jan Moore and nephews, James Edward Finch, Paul Finch, Jimmy Dale Bolton, Barry Moore, Mike Moore, Chris Tarver, David Tarver, Dewayne Campbell and Jeff Campbell.

John Cannon
BATESVILLE–John Cannon, 61, died Monday, December 30, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at New Bethlehem M.B. Church. Pastor Jeffery K. McMullen will officiate. Burial will be in New Bethlehem M.B. Church Cemetery in Batesville. Visitation will be held today from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary.

Cannon, born August 2, 1952, in Batesville, to the late James Monroe Cannon and Leona Thraw, was a certified CPA and a member of New Bethlehem M.B. Church in Batesville.
Survivors include: one son, Joshua Cannon of Batesville; three daughters, Coretta C. Miller of Courtland, Jaimie Cannon of Batesville and Jessica Cannon of Sardis and one sister, Francella Cannon Joiner of Memphis.

James Shelby Dettor Jr.

PALESTINE–James Shelby Dettor Jr., 81, formerly of Sardis, died Monday, December 30, 2013, in Palestine.

Services were held Thursday at Westwood United Methodist Church. Rev. Roger Clayton officiated. Burial was in Land of Memory Cemetery. Herrington Land of Memory Funeral Home had charge.

Dettor, born Feb. 27, 1932, in Sardis, to the late Emily Josephine Dorr and James Shelby Dettor Sr., served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He moved from Missouri to Palestine in March of 1976. He was retired from from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and was a member of Westwood United Methodist Church. He was plant manager of the Tufnut Factory in Little Rock and received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Mississippi in 1958 as well as an MBA degree in 1959.

Survivors include: his wife, Carolyn Dettor of Palestine; three daughters, Lucy  Monks of Youngsville, N.C., Emily McLucas of Austin and Debbie Hughes of Palestine; one son, Norman Bisch of Vancouver; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice or to the Presbyterian Church in Sardis.

Verda Lee Farmer

SARDIS–Verda Lee Farmer, 52, died Thursday, December 26, 2013, at her residence.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in Sardis. Pastor Cedrick Jackson will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Farmer, born July 31, 1961, in Sardis, to Wilsie Dandrige of Sardis and the late Albert Farmer, was a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church in Sardis.

Survivors along with her mother include: one son, Keshawn Farmer of Sardis; one daughter, Jerrica Farmer Diltz of Horn Lake; two brothers, Micheal Dandridge and Bobbie Dandridge, both of Sardis; four sisters, Arlean Tanksley, Betty Watson and Stephanie Farmer Jones, all of Sardis and Arnetha Tyson of Senatobia and four grandchildren.

James Curtis Milam

MILWAUKEE–James Curtis Milam, 55, formerly of Curtis, died Friday, December 27, 2013.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Antioch M.B. Church. Visitation will be held Friday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Eddie Robinson Funeral Home.

Milam, born Jan. 9, 1958, to the late Rev. Fonzo Milam and Marie Barber Fonzo, was a welder at Steel Production in Milwaukee.

He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Mary Louise Brassell Milam and one daughter, Jamie Milam.

Survivors include: his wife, Pennie Armstead Milam; daughters, Sandra Butts of Como, Courtney Young of Courtland, RaShunda Milam and Iesha Milam, both of Chicago, Jessica Milam and Jamesetta Milam, both of Milwaukee; sons, James Milam Jr. of Milwaukee and John Powell of Chicago; five brothers, Fonzo Milam Jr., Drexso Brassell, Lawayne Brassell, Reginald Milam, all of Batesville and Bobby Milam of Sardis; sisters, Nancy Toliver of Southaven, Carolyn Cole, Ethyl Austin, Annie Keys, Loretta Chapman and Tonya Lamar, all of Batesville, Shirley Harrell of Crowder, NeShell Sanford of Lambert, Sandra Milam of Memphis, Sabrina Young of Sledge and a host of grandchildren.

Curtis Orr Sr.

BATESVILLE–Curtis Orr, Sr., 89, died Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Golden Living Nursing Home.

Services were held Friday at Liberty M.B. Church in Coldwater. Rodgers Funeral Home had charge.

Orr was a railroad worker.

Survivors include: one son, Curtis Orr Jr. of Milwaukee; 10 grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Jimmy W. Radford

HERNANDO–Jimmy W. Radford, 61, died Saturday, December 28, 2013, at his residence.
Services will be held Saturay at 4 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Visitation will be held 3 p.m. until service time.

Radford born May 14, 1952, to the late Sidney Thomas and Kathleen Faye Harding Radford, worked as a criminal investigator for the Desoto County District Attorney’s Office. From there, Jimmy became an Administrator in Circuit Court for Judge George Ready. He was a member of the Hernando Optimist Club, and was actively involved with the Hernando “A” Fair.

brother, Dennis Radford of St. Amant; two nieces, Rebecca Radford Ragon of Courtland and Melissa Davis Gray of Oxford; three nephews, Johnathan Davis of Oxford, Sammy Radford and Daniel Radford, all of St. Amant.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Vicky Davis, a brother, Flip Radford and nephew, Phillip Radford.

Memorials may be made to Hernando Optimist Club, P.O. Box 532, Hernando, Miss. 38632.

Mattie L. Robinson

MEMPHIS–Mattie L. Robinson, 96, died Thursday, December 26, 2013, at her residence.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Pastor Jacob Hentz will officiate. Burial will be in New Rehoboth Cemetery in Tillatoba. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Robinson, born August 26, 1917, in Coffeeville, to the late Johnny Booker and the late Cora Kimble, was a retired domestic worker.

Survivors include: one sister, Pattie L. Armstrong of Oakland; niece Marie Jackson of Memphis and three grandchildren.