Obituaries (February 12th, 2019)

Published 12:41 pm Monday, February 18, 2019

Funeral services for Justin Jay Appleton, 47, of Sardis, will be 2 p.m. today (Feb 12) in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the family receiving friends beginning at 11 a.m.

He died Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at his home in Sardis.

Mr. Appleton was born Dec. 12, 1971, in Sardis to Macel Vernon Appleton, Sr. and the late Aughty Jean Dye Appleton. He was a 1990 graduate of North Delta School in Batesville and honorably served his country in the Mississippi National Guard.

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He is survived by his father, Macel V. Appleton of Sardis; and two children, Emily Appleton Mackey (Jonathan) of Batesville and Justin Wyatt Appleton of Sardis.


A memorial service for Bonnie Wiggs Buford Bice, 69, was held Sunday (Feb. 10) at Wells Funeral Home with Rev. Derrick Simmons officiating.

She died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Mrs. Bice was born  Jan. 16, 1950, to the late Edith Bernard and Preston Wiggs in Marks.  She worked as an LPN at the Clarksdale Family Medical Center during her lifetime. After retirement she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also loved her fury companion, Mollie.

Those Bonnie leaves behind to cherish her loving memory include her children, Tina Allen (David) of Pope, Robert Buford (Meloney) of Batesville, and Jonathan Buford (Maranda) of Coffeeville; two sisters, Peggy Warrington of Batesville,  and Patsy Maxcey of Charleston; her grandchildren, Haley Beth Pegueros (Humberto), Tyler Allen, Taylor Buford, Dustin Buford, Nathan Buford, Colby Buford, Jade Muzzi (Seth), and Jordan Roberson; and two great-grandchildren, Lacey Walton and Wyatt Morris.

Along with her parents, Bonnie was preceded in death by five siblings, Gladys Warrington, Marvin Wiggs, Johnny Wiggs, Lloyd Turner, and Bobbie Jean Bridges.


Evelyn Jann Dulany, 67 died Wednesday evening, Feb. 6, 2019, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.

Jann was born on Aug. 23, 1951, in Fulton, MS to the late Vecil Cleeton Dulany and the late Ripple Underwood Dulany.  She was a member of Pine Grove Church of Christ.

After graduating in 1969 from South Panola High School in Batesville, she attended NWJC in Senatobia, and was graduated from Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tenn., in 1971 with a degree in Secretarial Science.

Jann worked for some years as a secretary and administrative assistant until such time as she continued her education at the University of Mississippi graduating from the School of Education with a Bachelor’s Degree.

Jann taught for nearly two years at West Panola Academy in Batesville, where she was much loved by her students, until her recurring illness took her out of the classroom. Jann spent her remaining years living in Fulton with her parents until their deaths and in these last years at Dogwood Plantation Assisted Living.

Jann loved her family and friends and rarely met a stranger.  She loved the art of drawing, which she engaged in almost daily and her love for singing and music was not diminished at her passing. She had an exceptional high soprano voice and sang in many musical productions through the years at Panola Playhouse, University of Mississippi and for many festivals, weddings and funerals.

The one thing she loved to sing about the most was Jesus her Savior. She preferred the old hymns and knew the words to every one, as she demonstrated Sunday last in the hospital at a hymn sing in which she sang more than seventeen hymns and never missed a verse.

As a young adult Jann was diagnosed with severe Manic Depression and Paranoid Schizophrenia. Sadly she would struggle with the effects of this illness for the rest of her life.  She is now made whole and in the presence of God our Father. We can only imagine how her voice now resonates throughout heaven and the reunion she enjoys  with her parents, family members and friends.  We will miss her, but we will see her again. Praise God!

Jann is survived by her faithful and committed caregiver and brother Arlie Dulany of Batesville; a sister Jo Dulany Hadorn (David) of Fulton; a brother Charlie C. Dulany of Batesville; two nephews, two great-nieces, one great- nephew, a great-great niece,  two uncles, an aunt and a plethora of cousins.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, the ninth of February in the chapel of Senter Funeral Home, Fulton.  Ministers John Pigg of Ridgeland,  and Mark Neaves of Pine Grove Church of Christ officiated.  Burial was private at Pine Grove Church of Christ Cemetery in rural Itawamba County.


Funeral services for Henry Hallmon, 77, were held Monday, Feb. 11, at New Bethel M.B. Church in Crowder with Pastor Eric Wilson officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Community Cemetery in Crowder with Cooley’s Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hallmon died Feb. 5, 2019, at his home in Crowder. He was a car mechanic and was a member of New Bethel M.B. Church.


Earnestine House Hix, 86, passed away Feb. 9, 2019, at Oxford Health and Rehab. 

Mrs. Hix was born in Dubbs, on Dec. 27, 1932. She was raised in Sardis and graduated from Sardis High School in 1952. She moved to Clarendon, Ark., in 1954 where she worked as a grand jury stenographer for the District Attorney.

In 1969, she began working as a Revenue Agent for the State Revenue Office in Monroe County, Ark., here she worked for 26 years. After retiring, Mrs. Hix moved to Oxford in 1998.

She was a member and officer in the Women’s Forum and member and volunteer at Oxford University United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, and knitting and loved watching sports. 

Mrs. Hix is survived by her two daughters, Elizabeth Hix Davenport (Ricky) of Clarendon,  and Carol Hix Martin (Bill) of Oxford; three grandsons, Travis Collin Davenport of Texarkana, Ark., William Currie Martin, Jr. (Linsey) of Danville, Kent., and John Rodes Martin (Amanda) of Hernando; and one great-granddaughter, Anna Currie Martin of Danville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elijah H. House and Hazel Worley House, both of Sardis, and a brother, Eugene House and sister-in-law Bernice House of Sardis. 

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. in the Sardis Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home. The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 411, Clarendon, Ark., 72029 or to the Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th Street, Oxford,  38655.

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Donald L. Key, 71, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Vicksburg.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 18, in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the family receiving friends beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will immediately follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville.

Mr. Key was born Oct. 31, 1947, in Batesville, to the late Woodrow and Mary Berryman Key.   He was a graduate of Delta State University with a Masters in Education. He was a retired football coach, and in younger days enjoyed all sports especially hunting and fishing.

He is survived by three daughters and four grandchildren.


Muriel Miller, 94, passed away peacefully at her home in Batesville surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

Born June 25, 1924, in Simpson County, she was the daughter of the late Cris Hoy Tyrone and the late Ila McNair Tyrone.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hernando, and a former member of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church in Calhoun City.

She was also a former member of the Calhoun City Twentieth Century Club.  Muriel loved her church and her church family, and rarely ever missed a CIRCLE meeting.  On July 9, 1950, she married the love of her life, Clyde Miller, and they spent 54 wonderful years together until his passing in 2004.

Muriel spent much of her life in Carthage, where she began her career.  She served 17 years with the Extension Service in Leake County, and nine years with the ASCS office there.  After moving to Calhoun City, she worked for many years with the Calhoun County Health Department, retiring from there in 1987.

A few years after her retirement, Muriel and Clyde moved to Wesley Meadows in Hernando, so that they could spend more time with their daughter, Gail, and their grandchildren, Laura and Lacy.  Among her many hobbies were traveling, reading, and doing crossword puzzles.

She was also an avid fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, but spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was her greatest joy in life. Her family will miss her deeply, but they find comfort in knowing that she is now rejoicing in her Heavenly home. 

Pryor Funeral Home was honored to be serving Muriel’s family.      

A funeral service celebrating her life was held Friday, Feb. 8,  at Pryor Funeral Home.

Rev. James Arnold officiated.  Interment followed at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City.

Serving as pallbearers were Tony Parker, Michael Caviness, Dean Spivey, and Forrest Willis.

She leaves behind her daughter, Gail Hannaford of Batesville; two grandchildren, Laura Hannaford and Lacy Hannaford (Jason) Perry both of Pope; and three great-grandchildren, Delaney Perry, Saylee Perry, and Mabry Perry.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clyde Miller; a sister, Marjorie McAuliffe; and two brothers, Buck Tyrone and Bill Tyrone.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association. Expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at