Published 11:36 am Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Edgar Burks

Edgar Lee (Ed) Burks, 67, of Ellisville passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016, at Laurelwood Community Living Center.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Memory Chapel Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 9 a.m.  Arnold Kelley will officiate.  A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at 10 a.m at Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville. Wells Funeral Home will be in charge of the graveside service.
Mr. Burks served in the United States Army with a tour in the Vietnam War.  He was a coil winder at Howard Industries for 25 years and was also a member of Laurel Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ann Darby Burks of Ellisville; daughter Amy Burks, of Ellisville; and daughter Jennifer Burks Whitten, son-in-law Chris Whitten, and grandchildren Carson Whitten and Addison Whitten, of Houston, Texas.  He is also survived by one brother, Jody Burks of Grenada; and three sisters; Inez Ross of Tucson, Arizona, Margaret Simmons of Grenada, and Ann Pittman of Batesville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Chris Whitten, Mike Flynn, David Darby, Joe Dettor, Gerald Little, and Gary Darby.  Honorary pallbearer will be his grandson, Carson Whitten.

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Deniece Jefferson Ellis

SARDIS––Deniece Jefferson Ellis, 46, died Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Merit Health Center in Batesville.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Visitation will be held Thursday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Pastor Johnny Jones will officiate. Burial will be held at Shiloh C.M.E. Cemetery in Sardis.
Ellis, born Nov. 19, 1970, to Johnny Jefferson and Dorothy Milam, was a (CNA) certified nurses’s assistant. She was a member of Spring Hill M.B. Church in Crenshaw and the Easter Star in Coldwater.

Marcus Lee

BATESVILLE––Marcus Lee, 28, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2016.
Services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Visitation will be held Friday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Burial will be held in Shiloh Cemetery in Courtland. Full obituary information was incomplete at press time and will be published in Friday’s edition or by viewing www.

Myrtis Lyas

BATESVILLE––Myrtis Lyas, 67, passed away, November 18, 2016, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Shiloh M.B. Church in Batesville. Visitation will be held Thursday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Pastor Carl Brown will officiate. Burial will be held in Shiloh Church Cemetery in Courtland. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge of arrangements.
Lyas, born Jan. 19, 1949, in Batesville, to the late Issac Smith and Ethel Lee Avant Moering, was a retired (CNA) certified nurse’s assistant at Premiere Care. She was also a member of Shiloh M.B. Church in Courtland.

Etta Pearl Conrad Gale

COMO––Etta Pearl Conrad Gale, 74, died Friday, November 18, 2016, at North Delta Hospice in Southaven.
Services will be held Saturday, November 26, at noon at Mt. Level M.B. Church in Como. Visitation will be held Friday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Felix Cauthen Funeral Home. Burial will be held in Mt. Level M.B. Church Cemetery. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home has charge.
Mrs. Gale was a retired teacher’s assistant.

Falcom  Douglas Helms

BATESVILLE––Falcom Douglas Helms, 74, passed away Sunday afternoon, November 20, 2016, at Diversicare Nursing Home in Batesville.
The family will hold a graveside service for Mr. Helms at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Pope. Reverend Tim Ellis will officiate the service. Wells Funeral Home has charge
Falcom was born December 20, 1941, to the late Carson L. Helms and Alieen Rowsey Helms in Panola County, Miss.
During his lifetime, Falcom enjoyed singing and riding his bicycle.
Survivors include: his sister, Janice Helms Wardlaw of Batesville and brothers; Edward Earl Helms of Lavonia, GA., Ron Helms of Courtland and James Wells Helms of Sardis.

James Gilbert McCown

James Gilbert McCown, 79, a resident of Brandon, MS went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at his home, with his loving family gathered around him.  Visitation will be Tuesday, November 22, 2016 from 1 until 3 pm at Crossgates United Methodist Church in Brandon.  Funeral Services will begin at 3 pm at Crossgates United Methodist Church.  Burial will be Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 1 pm in the Batesville Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville, MS.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS.
James Gilbert McCown was born on October 21, 1937 in Batesville, Mississippi, where he lived the early part of his life.  He graduated from Batesville High School in 1955, attended Northwest Junior College and then on June 15, 1957 he married Martha Virginia White.  He served in various capacities of leadership in the community and the Church.  He was a member of the Batesville Volunteer Fire Department, active in the Batesville Junior Chamber of Commerce, a Deacon at First Baptist Church, and elected an Alderman for the City of Batesville for four years.
In 1978 he began working as the Chief of Permit for the Alcoholic Beverage Control with the State Tax Commission until his retirement in 2000.  After moving to Brandon, Mississippi, Gilbert and Martha joined Crossgates United Methodist Church where he was a member until his death.
Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Arthur McCown and Louise Ferrell McCown.  He is survived by his loving wife, Martha White McCown of Brandon; his children, Debra (Debbie) McCown McDonald (Matt) of Crofton, Maryland, Elizabeth (Beth) Dare McCown Hipps of Madison, and James (Jim) Gilbert McCown, Jr. of Hattiesburg, MS; grandchildren, Ashley Marie McDonald Griffin (Ben) of Crofton, Maryland, James Paul McDonald (Jenn) of Crofton, Maryland, and Joseph Conner Hipps of Madison, MS; his brother, William (Billy) Bates McCown of Kosciusko, MS; nephews, Shane McCown and Tim McCown both of Kosciusko, MS, and Chris White of Plano, Texas; a niece, Kate Adams of Ft. Myers, FL; a sister in law, Vicki White of Madison, MS; and a brother in law, Earl White of Foley, AL; nine great nephews and two great nieces.
Memorials may be made to Crossgates United Methodist Church, 23 Crossgates Dr., Brandon, MS 39042.
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Corrie R. Hardin Scallorn

Mrs. Corrie R. Hardin Scallorn, 90, of Sardis, passed away Friday, November 18, 2016, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford.
Graveside were held Monday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis with Rev. Charlie Simmons officiating.  Ray-Nowell Funeral Home – Sardis Chapel had charge.
Mrs. Scallorn, born September 20, 1926, in Batesville, to the late Susie Wilson Hardin and Fletcher Hardin, was a retired retail cashier.  She was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church where she was very active, especially in the W.M.U.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Sardis United Methodist Church, 237 S. Main Street, Sardis, MS 38666.

Alan James Hall Smith

Alan James Hall Smith, four months old, passed away Wednesday November 16, 2016, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo0
Services were held Monday at Kimbro Funeral Home. Interment followed in Lambert Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.
Alan is survived by his parents, Alan and Amrey Smith of Lambert; one sister Alana Smith of Coldwater; five brothers, A.J. McGee of  Batesville, Christian Smith of Water Valley, Nathan Smith of Batesville, Jade and Jake Smith both of Lambert; maternal grandparents, Jackie and Geraldine Hall of Biloxi; paternal  grandparents, Cynthia D. Mcgee  and George Larry Smith  of Lambert; maternal great grandparents,  “Grandma Liz” of Tupelo and Arthur James Hall of Pope; paternal great grandparents, Floyd E. Sr. and Betty Mcgee of Coldwater and Patricia Mcgee and Robert Liston of Lambert.