Obituaries (March 26th, 2019)

Published 4:54 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2019

James Marty “Taz” Doubleday, Jr., 25, died Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Panola Medical Center in Batesville.

Funeral services are today (March 26) at 2 p.m.  in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with interment to follow in Cold Springs Cemetery near Sardis,

He was born Feb. 17, 199, in Southaven, to James Marty Doubleday, Sr. and Rebecca Ruth Thompson. He was employed at Martin Brothers’ Scrap Metal in Sardis.

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Mrs. Virginia Dare Turner Fuller, 82, passed away on March 19, 2019, at her home in Senatobia.

She was born on September 10, 1936, in Tupelo to Scyrena Still and Raymond Vance Turner. She was a Baptist and was baptized in Sherman, Tex.

She loved birds; especially hummingbirds and enjoyed collecting angels.  She loved her family dearly and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mrs. Fuller leaves behind her loving family which includes her husband of 63 years Richard Fuller of Senatobia; two daughters, Debbie Lynn Fuller Wages (Jerry) and Barbara Ann Fuller Robinson (Bob Swords), all of Senatobia; two sons, Robert “Bobby” Lee Fuller (Paulette) of Millington, Tenn., and Gerald Keith Fuller (Sandra) of Ecru;  five grandchildren, Mandy Wages Lawson (Craig) of Somerset, Ken., Jason Wages (Kelly) of Bartlett, Tenn., Amy Lofton (Brian) of Hernando, Bethany Johnson (Clint) of Senatobia, and Carly Robinson of Senatobia; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Dale Emmett Fuller, one brother, Raymond Vance Turner, Jr., and her parents.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 22,  at Looxahoma Community Cemetery.  Ray-Nowell Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.


Marvin Goff, 73, of Tunica, died Frida, March 22, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Coldwater.

Wells Funeral Home will post details of the arrangements when completed by the family.


Mary Elizabeth Green Merriman, 96, of Sardis, passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at her home.

Mrs. Merriman was born on March 26, 1922, in Charleston, to the late Lillian Kibbler Green and John Robert Green, Sr.

She was a member of Como Church of Christ and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Merriman leaves behind her loving family, which includes her daughter, Ann M. Williams (Tommy) of Sardis; two daughters-in-law, Gilda Merriman of Sardis, and Joan Merriman of Nettleton; four grandchildren, Kim Sheley (Craig), Belinda Foster, Zac Williams (Krissi), and Sam Williams (Jennifer); and seven great-grandchildren, Taylor Sheley, David Craig Sheley, Jr., Anna Foster, Olivia Foster, Kaylee Williams, Aidan WIlliams, and Ada Joyce Williams.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Allen N. Merriman; two sons, John Allen Merriman and Tommy Louis Merriman; and her parents.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 24, 2019, in the Sardis Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home with Bro. Taylor Francis officiating. Interment followed in Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sardis Lake Christian Camp, 176 4-H Club Rd., Batesville, MS 38606 or to Sunnybrook Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1497, Ridgeland, MS 39158. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Richard Kenneth Patrick, 50, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019, at his home near Sardis.

Richard was born on May 11, 1968, in Memphis, to Carol Lynn Wooten Patrick and Marty Patrick. He was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church and proudly served in the Mississippi Army National Guard for 10 years.

He was a member of Steamfitters Local 614 in Memphis and was an avid guitarist and an amazing musician. Above all else, he was a loving father and grandfather. His world revolved around his beautiful daughters, who will all miss him deeply.

Mr. Patrick leaves behind his loving family to cherish his memory which includes his daughters, Mary Patrick of Memphis, Emily Patrick of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Megan Patrick of San Diego, Calif.; his parents, Carol Brasher and Marty Patrick (Darlene), of Sardis, four sisters, Carol Ragon of Courtland,  Louise Green of Moultrie, Ga., Sarah Toliver of Sardis, and Jessica Brasher of San Antonio, Tex.; his grandparents, C.B. Patrick, Jr. of Sardis, and Elsie Jean Wootten of Batesville; and one grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Howard Wootten and Frances Patrick.

Funeral services were held March 23, at Sardis United Methodist Church with Rev. David Laird and Bro. Hal Johnson officiating. Visitation was held in the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at, to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or to Sardis United Methodist Church.

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.


Jim G. Smith, Jr., 67, of King George, Va.,  passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Born in Hot Springs, Ark., he was a graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering. In addition, he earned a Masters of computer science and law degree for the University of Virginia. He served in the United States Navy for six years and attained the rank of Lieutenant.

Jim was an active member of St. John’s Church of Hanover-with-Brunswick Parish, where he played the organ for over 20 years. He had been a volunteer mediator at the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center for several years and helped with the Professional Mediators of Virginia after retiring from the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Dahlgren.

He was a faithful volunteer at the APP Shop. Jim loved his GOD, his fellow man and was a “servant disciple”.

Survivors include his son, Charles Sutton; his sister, Laurie Monteith and several nieces and nephews that adored him. There will be a memorial service held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Batesville Presbyterian Church followed by interment at Magnolia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The OPP Shop, 9450 Kings Highway, Kings George, VA. 22485 or St. John’s Episcopal Church 9415 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485.

Remembrances From Jim’s

Sister Laurie Monteith

Luke 10:30-37

Corinthians 13:1-13

Matthew 20:26-28


William Ellis Sneed, 79, passed away Saturday morning, March 23,

2019, at Northwest Mississippi Medical Center in Clarksdale. The

family received friends on Sunday, March 24, in the chapel of

Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks from 6 to 8 p.m. and

also for a second visitation on Monday, March 25, from 1 p.m.

until service time at West Marks Baptist Church in


Interment followed at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Clarksdale.

Mr. Sneed was a retired bank teller, a retired mail carrier for the USPS,

a member of West Marks Baptist Church, Civitan, Lions Club, Dixieland

Campers Club and an avid gardener.

Those whom he leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife

Jimmie Faye Sneed of Darling; two daughters Rhonda Dancy (Jonathan)

of Marks; Tanya Dover (Wesley) of Sardis; one son Bill Sneed

(Cathy) of Perry, Ark.; two step sons, Scotty Bulliner (Stacy) of

Senatobia; Guy “Bubba” Bulliner (Brenna) of Senatobia; two

brothers Jimmy Sneed (Corine) of Independence; Tom Sneed of Tocowa; 12 grandchildren, Jennifer Tharp (Bradley) of Freeport, Fla.,

Nathan Dancy (Lindsey) of Brandon, Michael McElroy of Senatobia,

Alison Jones (Heath) of Perry, Ark., Kayela Allen (Chase) of Huntsville,

Ala., Nikki Vancel (Hewston) of Senatobia, Kristen Wilson (Matt) of

Batesville, Hannah Austin of Hernando, Chase Bulliner of

Senatobia, Summer Sullivan of Destin, Fla., Asa Bulliner of Senatobia, and Eli Bulliner of Senatobia; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son Brian Ellis Sneed, his parents Winford and

Colevia Madge Sneed, one sister Betty Cordel, and one brother Robert


The family requests friends consider Gideons International or West Marks

Baptist Church for memorial contributions.