Obituaries 10/30/2015

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 30, 2015

Marvin Gaye Bobo
SARDIS––Marvin Gaye Bobo, 50, died Saturday, October 24, 2015, at his residence.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in Sardis. Pastor Ronnie Wilson will officiate. Visitation will be held today 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.

Bobo, born Feb. 13, 1965, in Sardis, to the late J.C. Bobo and Glady Avant, was self employed and a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church in Sardis.

Survivors include: two sons, Timothy Cox and Marvin Cox, both of Como; four daughters, Tammy Cox of Sardis, Tiffany Cox of Batesville, Renethia Cox and Lakethia Cox, both of Senatobia; three brothers, Willie Bobo and Harry C. Bobo, both of Memphis and Bobby Joe Bobo of Sardis; a sister, Freddie Bobo of Sardis and four grandchildren.

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Maebell B. Burnett
COMO––Maebell B. Burnett, 92, died Thursday, October 22, 2015, at Regional One in Memphis.

Services will be held Saturday at noon at Howard Chapel C.M.E. Church in Como. Visitation will be held Friday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Felix Cauthen Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Level M.B. Church Cemetery. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home has charge.

Survivors include: one daughter, Betty B. Taylor of Como; one son, Milton Titus Jr. of Sardis; one sister, Peachie Callicut of Como; two brothers, Oscar Black of Como and Thomas Black of Grand Rapid, Mich.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Auguster Davis Sr.
JUNCTION CITY, Kansas––Auguster Davis Sr., 94, formerly of Como, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. 

Services were held Thursday, October 8, 2015, at the St. Xavier Catholic Church and burial was in Fort Riley Cemetery with military honors. Penwell-Gabel Johnson Funeral Home had charge.
Davis, born Nov. 14, 1920, to the late Jack and Dale Davis, was a WWII veteran and served in the Army for over 29 years. He served in Europe, Vietnam, Korea, the Philippines and Indochina. Among his awards were the Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Award and the Overseas Service Bar.
He was preceded in death by wife, Marina Davis.

Survivors include: his  wife Mirriam “Anna” Davis; daughter Lolly Hetherington and sons Auguster “Gus” Davis Jr., Jessie Davis and Roland Davis in addition to six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to St. Xavier Catholic Church.

David Douglas Floyd Sr.
SARDIS––David Douglas “Dopey” Floyd Sr. died Monday, October 26, 2015.
He was born July 4, 1938 to the late Alton Adolph and Annie Lee Miller Floyd of Sardis.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis. The family will hold a memorial gathering at Mr. Floyd’s home at a later date. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Graduating from Sardis High School in 1956, he attended Northwest Community College.
He married Virginia Mosely on August 24, 1959 and they had three children, David Douglas Floyd, Jr., Natalie Cook, and Lee Ann Dantone; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He was a scoutmaster, a lifeguard at the Sardis Beach and a rodeo competitor. He worked for Nicky Brothers Lumber Company in Memphis and later at D.B. Floyd Lumber Company as a lumber inspector. Later he opened Wood Services, Inc. in Memphis. He retired from Sierra Pine in 2008.

He was a member of the Lumber Man’s Club, Sardis Lion’s Club and was named in in Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals.
He served in the National Guard and was commander of the Sardis Unit. He transferred into the US Army Special Forces in 1972 and completed Airborne School as the oldest member of the class, graduating at the age of 35. He retired with 32 years of service in the Guard and Reserve.

He became a US Taekwondo National Champion in 1971 and became certified in scuba diving in 1971.

He earned his private pilot’s license in 1970 and later the instructor rating with U.S. Parachute Association. He founded the Sport Parachute Club in Panola County in 1976.
He served as president of the Panola County Airport Board from 2009 thru 2012. 

Everett Ray Kirby
SARDIS––Everett Ray Kirby, 72, died Monday, October 26, 2015, at Oxford Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Oxford.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce, who has charge of arrangement, with the Bro. Jessie Betts officiating. Visitation will be held  12 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Kirby was born, November 19, 1942 in Bruce, to the late William Kirby and the late Janet Tedford  Kirby. He was retired from Tennessee Gas Pipeline and served in the National Guard. He attended Temple Heights Baptist Church. 

He was preceded in death by a grandchild.

Surviving include: three daughters, Sandra Hobson of Ashland, Pamela Christine Buice of Sardis and Cynthia Rachelle Jordan of Grenada; sister, Carolyn Hodge of Yocona; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Kathryn Sullivant
Kathryn “Kathy” Brown Sullivant, 75, died October 26, 2015, at Methodist Hospice in Memphis. Services were held Thursday at Wells Funeral Home. Burial was in the Brown Family Cemetery in Pope.

Born February 20, 1940 to the late Taylor Milton Brown and Elizabeth Shaw Brown in Pope, she held a master’s degree in psychology and was the senior vice president of human resources for Methodist Healthcare. She was a member of Pope Baptist Church.

Survivors include: one son, Steve Sullivant of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; three sisters; Billie Brown Capwell of Pope, Tootsie Brown of Marion, Ark. and Wanda Brown Griffin of Memphis; four brothers; Tommy Brown and Bobby Brown both of Memphis, Jimmy Brown and Ricky Brown both of Pope and one grandchild.

Kenneth Irvin Roberson
OXFORD––Kenneth Irvin Roberson, 52, died Friday, October 23, 2015 at his residence.
Services were held yesterday at R.E. Tyler Funeral Home in Brookhaven. Roberson Funeral Home  of Ponotoc and R.E. Tyler Funeral Home had charge. He was the son of the late Irvin Roberson and Lucile Wilson Roberson. He was a 1981 graduate of South Pike High School in Magnolia. He attended Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi.  He graduated in 1984 from Northwest Community College with a degree in mortuary science.
He was the proprietor of Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home, Inc. in Pontotoc and Batesville where he was a licensed funeral director and embalmer, was past president of the Mississippi Funeral Director and Morticians Association.He was also a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association where he was Governor Elect for District VI and attended Tobby Tubby M.B. Church where he was a deacon and choir director.

Survivors include his stepmother-Maude Roberson; one sister, Cora Y. Barze both of Brookhaven and one brother- Darrin G. Roberson of McComb.

Anita Gail Snider
SARDIS– Anita Gail  Carlton Snider, 55, died Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Baptist Memorial Hospital- North Mississippi. Services were held Wednesday at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home in Sardis with burial following in Rose Hill Cemetery.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Sardis, and was the dietitian for First United Methodist Church in Batesville.

Survivors include: one daughter, Tabitha Martindale of Batesville; one sister, Rita Jackson of Sardis; and one grandchild.  Memorials may be sent to The Gideons International, PO Box 175, Senatobia, MS 38668.

Walter William “Duke” Wright
BATESVILLE––Walter William “Duke” Wright, 76, died Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto.

Services were held Wednesday, October 21, at Eureka A.M.E. Zion Church. Rev. Bobbie Wilson and Rev. Jacob Hentz officiated. Hodges Funeral Home had charge.

Wright, born Sept. 14, 1939, to the late Willie Frank Wright and Bettie Louise Hentz Wright, was a member of Eureka A.M.E. Zion Church. He was a former employee of Deviney Construction Company.

Survivors include: son, Arthur Walter Wright of Batesville; daughter, Josetta Wright of Sardis; six sisters, Irma Dell Wright, Elizabeth Blackburn, Annie Bell Wright and Oretha Wrighta, all of Batesville, Alice Marie Wright of Southaven and Cora Mayes of Coldwater; four brothers, Willie Frank Wright, Robert Wright, both of Batesville, James Wright of Oxford and Dwight Lee of Greenville; and three grandchildren.