Obituaries (July 23, 2019)

Published 2:22 pm Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Nancy Elizabeth Rowsey Burford, 80, passed away on July 18, 2019 in Madison, Miss.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with interment at Magnolia Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday evening and also one hour prior to the funeral service on Sunday.

She was born Nov. 21, 1938 in Memphis to Hubert Holmes Rowsey and Emma Hustler Faulkner Rowsey.  Growing up she attended Courtland Public School and graduated from Batesville High School.

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She attended Northwest Junior College for two years, a majorette both years, and was named Miss Northwest in 1958.

She then attended The University of Mississippi and was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority graduating with a Home Economics degree and began her career as a Home Economist with Mississippi Power & Light Company.

She married Cecil Weston Burford, Jr. of Como in 1961. She was a stay at home mom when her two sons were young, then she taught kindergarten at First United Methodist Church in Greenville for a few years. She went back to school at Delta State for her teaching certificate and then taught first through third grade at Leland Elementary School, Hernando Elementary School and Senatobia Elementary School for a total of 20 plus years.

She was a Master Gardener and active in the Coldwater First Baptist Church in Coldwater prior to moving to Madison.

She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Cecil Weston Burford, Jr. and a son in 1969.   

She is survived by her two sons Cecil Weston Burford, III, of Atlanta, and Christopher Holmes Burford, (Bronwyn Caves Burford) and two grandchildren, Elizabeth Faulkner Burford and Catherine Holmes Burford, all of Madison.

She is also survived by a sister, Marilyn Rowsey Canada and husband Frank Canada of Hernando and nephews Dr. Brad Canada and Jason Canada of Memphis.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of the donor’s choice in her honor.


Judith Ann “Judy” Cook,  76, died at her home near Charleston Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

A memorial service and celebration of life was held Saturday, July 20 in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Rev. Joe May officiating.

Shye was born Feb. 13, 1943, the youngest of four children, to the late Jim Porter Cook and Lucille Crenshaw in Tallahatchie County. She worked in medical clinics and retired from FHA in Batesville.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Charleston.


Barney Scruggs, 79, died Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Sardis Community Nursing Home.

Graveside services were held at Sunday, July 21, at Cold Springs Cemetery.

He was born in Batesville  Feb. 7, 1940 to Estelle Lawley Scruggs and Charlie Scruggs and was a veteran of the MS National Guard Army.

He worked many years as a grocery store manager.


Conner Vick, Sr., 87, died at Water Valley Nursing Home July 18, 2019.

He was born Aug. 6, 1931 to the late Samuel Bruce Vick and Lois Monteith Vick in Panola County. He worked as a farmer during his lifetime. He was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church.

The family will hold a private burial at Forrest Memorial Park.