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Robert Douglas Carroll

Mr. Robert Douglas (RD) Carroll, 92, of Sardis, made his final journey with his Lord on February 28, 2017. 

RD was born March 8, 1924 to Michael Tibertius and Cecilia Deloris (Peoples) Carroll in Glendive, Mont. RD grew up in Wibaux, Mont., leaving at the age of 17 to join the Navy during WWII. 

Throughout his life, he and his family would make numerous summer visits to Wibaux, but RD never wanted to experience the snowing blizzards again! 

During his 27-year career in the Navy, RD traveled across the world and was stationed in many places. Millington, Tenn. was one such place and holds a dear place in our hearts since that is where he met the love of his life – Betty Bowen. They courted four years and were married on July 6, 1952. RD took a small town, southern girl and moved her to Guam. As he would say, “How many brides can say they spent an 18-month honeymoon on a tropical island!” While he was stationed in Key West, Fla., he was blessed to become a father of two wonderful children, John and Ceci. The life of a family man truly suited him. RD served as roll model, protector, and abundant love to his family for all of their lives.

The summer of 1969, RD retired from the Navy as Lieutenant Commander, after serving in World War II, Korea, and during Vietnam, and he began his teacher career at Northwest Community College in Electronic Technology. RD thoroughly enjoyed working with the students and meeting a whole group of new friends. RD went into his second retirement after 15 years.

After moving to Mississippi in 1969, RD became a gentleman farmer and he and Betty began raising cattle on the Lazy RD Ranch. Not only did he enjoy raising cattle, he fell in love with growing some of the most beautiful gladiolas imaginable. 

RD and Betty began square dancing in the early 1980’s and continued this passion for many, many years. Yes, the dancing was great but the fellowship was even greater. RD lovingly served as honorary bartender for activities he and Betty were involved with at the Heflin House Museum in Sardis. 

RD was a life-long communicate of the Catholic Church and attended St. John the Baptist in Sardis, and was deemed the oldest Alter Server in the history of that wonderful little church. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Charlie and Mickey, and his son, John. 

He leaves his wife of 64 years, daughter, Ceci, granddaughters Sarah and Kate (Phillip) and great-grandsons John and Charlie.

RD was a proud member of the American Legion and Knights of Columbus. Favorite charities of RD’s are St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Heflin House Museum and Catholic Charities (of whom Ceci and John were adopted through).

Visitation was held from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Sardis with the praying of the Rosary at 6:00. RD’s wish will be fulfilled by holding an Irish Wake to follow at the Lazy RD Ranch. Mass was offered at 1:00 on Friday, March 3 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Batesville. Burial followed, with military honors, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis.

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home – Sardis Chapel was in charge of arrangements.



Carolyn Marie Cooke

Carolyn Marie Cooke, 63, of Coldwater, passed away on February 24, 1997.  

She leaves behind her husband, Landon Cooke; son, Colin Cooke (Amy); and daughters, Angela Wilkes (Brian), Natalie Wroten (Randy) and Stephanie Cochran (Craig).  

Service was held on Tuesday, February 28, under the direction of Brantley Funeral Home. 

Online condolences may be made at www.brantleyfuneral.com.  

Donations may be made to St. Jude or Le Bonheur Hospital.



Stacey Lane Roberson


Stacey Lane Roberson, 47, of Coldwater, passed away February 28, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. 

He is survived by his daughter, Blaine Ashley Roberson; son, Blake Ashton Roberson both of Corpus Christi, Texas; brother, Curry Roberson of Coldwater,  and three beloved aunts. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Millie Roberson. 

Services were held Saturday, March 4, at 10:00 a.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Cemetery.


Lela Smith

Lela Smith, age 70, passed away at her home outside of Sledge on February 23, 2017. 

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, February 27, at Hollywood Baptist Church in Sledge. Interment followed at Looxahoma Cemetery. 

She was a homemaker during her lifetime and a member of Hollywood Baptist Church. 

Survivors include her husband, Andy Gail Smith of Sledge, her children; Leona Dean of Batesville, and Andy G. Smith, II of Senatobia, sisters; Wilma Lawson of Virginia, Althea of Lawton, Okla., brothers; Michael Lawson and Thurman Lawson both of Lawton, Okla., Marvin Lawson of Arizona; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. 

Wells Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.



Terry Tubbs


Mr. Terry Tubbs, 70, of Senatobia, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Tubbs, a retired self-employed welder and steel fabricator, was born on April 4, 1946 in Taylor, Miss. to the late Marjorie Gann Tubbs and Otis Tubbs. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by all of those who knew him as he is remembered as a sweet, kind and caring person.

He leaves behind his loving family, which includes his wife of 16 years, Rosie Tubbs of Senatobia; his daughter, Amy Walker (Allen); his son, Wayne Tubbs; and his three grandchildren, who were his pride and joy. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service to honor his life was held on Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m. in the Senatobia Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home. Bro. Scott Rogers officiated. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wyatte Baptist Church, 30721 Hwy. 4 East, Senatobia, MS 38668.

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Willie B. Wren


Willie B. Wren, 62, plumber, of Senatobia, passed away February 22, 2017. Funeral services were held at West Looxahoma Church of Christ on February 25 at 2:00 p.m. Burial followed in West Looxahoma Church of Christ Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jackson Wren of Senatobia; daughter, Tantanisha Oliver (Robert) of Southaven; sons, Eric Lesure (Marvella) of Memphis, Tenn., Marvin Holt of Kuwait, Larry Whitfield Jr. of Senatobia, and Marcus Whitfield (Michelle) of Senatobia; sisters. Alreda Partee of Cordial, Ga., Anna Williamson of Como, and Evsebia Wilkinson (Floyd) of Senatobia; and brothers, James Arthur Wren (Beatrice) of Memphis, Tenn., Jessie Wren of Senatobia, and Arthur Wren Jr. of Cordial, Ga.

Infinity Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements. 



Mattie Yates


Mattie Yates, 90, of Coldwater, passed away February 28, 2017. Funeral services were held at St. Samaritan AME Church in Coldwater on Sunday, March 5. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Yates of Orlando, Fla., Debra A. Moore of Coldwater, and Jacqueline Yates Avant of Senatobia; four sons, Larry Yates of Coldwater, Donnie Ray Yates of Coldwater, Jerry Yates of Coldwater, and Steve Yates of Olive Branch; 21 grandchildren; and 25 great grandchildren.

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.







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