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Da’miah Renae Carter

Da’miah Renae Carter, 4 days old, of Senatobia, passed away March 4, 2017. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 8 at Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwaer. Burial was in Paradise Church Cemetery in Senatobia.

She is survived by her mother, Mia Racquel Jackson; father, Da’Von Terez Carter; and grandparents, Charles and Pamela Jackson and Carolyn Carter.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater had charge of the arrangements.

Carolyn Marie Cooke

Carolyn Marie Cooke, 63, of Independence, passed away on February 24, 2017.  

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  

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

Jackie Laverne Eads


Miss Jackie Laverne Eads, 55, of Oxford, formerly of Batesville, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital - North Mississippi in Oxford.

Jackie was born in Batesville, Miss. on January 12, 1962 to Mrs. Margie Jones Eads and the late James L. Eads. Jackie was known, all of her life, for enriching the lives and making happier everyone with whom she came into contact. She was a kind and gentle soul who was always helpful and loving to others. She will be deeply missed by those who knew her sweet spirit.

Jackie leaves behind her loving family which includes her mother and step-father, Margie Eads Pearson (Joe) of Batesville; two sisters, Cheryl Eads Johnson of Harward, Mo. and Linda Eads Dear of Batesville; her nephews, James Johnson of Hayward, Mo., Walter Dear, Jr. and Taylor Dear, both of Senatobia. 

She was preceded in death by her father, James L. Eads and her niece Terri Johnson.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the chapel of Dickins Funeral Home in Batesville. Interment followed in Center Hill Cemetery. Visitation was held in the funeral home on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until service time at 12 p.m.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford for their kindness and love for Jackie. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Children’s Village, 114 Marketridge Dr., Ridgeland, MS 39157

Dickins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marcia Leigh Berry Ivy

Marcia Leigh Berry Ivy, 68, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017 at her home in Southaven. 

The family received friends at a catered reception from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, March 6 at Hernando Funeral Home. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Senatobia. Interment followed in the LDS Cemetery in Sarah. 

Survivors include her husband Clyde Everett Ivy, children Tammy Carol Ivy Perkins of Southaven, Kevin Scott Ivy (Christy) of Crockett, Chad Everett Ivy (Krista) of Nesbit, Joseph Allen Ivy of Southaven, Lucretia Ward Norwood of Byhalia, grandchildren Holly Nicole Perkins, Ashleigh Dawn Perkins, Caleigh Grace Ivy, Thomas Ivy, Everleigh Kate Ivy, Sisters Lucretia Ivy Ward of Southaven, Effie Alline Ivy Smith of Southaven, brothers Garth Ivy, Dennis Joe Berry, Kenneth Berry. 

Hernando Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Richard Raymond Petties

Richard Raymond Petties, 72, of Senatobia, passed away February 24, 2017 at Golden Living Center in Batesville. 

He is survived by daughters, Jackie Petties Howell, Carol Turner Petties, Reba Petties and Tamatha Petties all of Hernando; son, Richard Petties, Jr. of Hernando; brothers, R.L. Petties of Atlanta, Ga., Bob Petties and James Price both of Senatobia; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. 

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Lewers Chapel Cemetery in Senatobia.

Jimmy D. Phillips

Jimmy D. Phillips, 60, factory worker, of Como, passed away on March 7, 2017. Funeral services were held at Springfield MB Church in Senatobia on Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. Burial followed in Hammond Hill Church Cemetery in Senatobia.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Faye Phillips of Grand Rapid, Mich.; daughters, Shameaka Wooten of Como and Ericka Grau of Boston, Mass.; stepdaughter, Alacondria Maurrin of Grand Rapid, Mich.; sons, Rev. Jermaine Wooten of Grand Rapid, Mich. and Jimmy Wooten of Como; stepson, Marcus Wooten of Grand Rapid, Mich.; stepfather, Jacks Butts; sisters, Kathleen Jones of Sardis, Gertrude Hatcher of Boston, Mass., Dorothy Phillips, Rose Phillips, Christine Phillips, Delois Brown, Jessie Mae Howard, all of Boston, Mass., and Bertha Smith of Chicago, Ill.; brothers, JC Phillips and Willie Junior Phillips, both of Boston, Mass., Willie James Phillips of Atlanta, Ga., and John Lee Phillips of Sardis; and seven grandchildren.

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

Hugh Lamar Skeen

Mr. Hugh Lamar Skeen, 78, of Coldwater, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital - DeSoto in Southaven.

Mr. Skeen was born on April 19, 1938 in Vicksburg, Miss. to the late Mary Sue Davis Skeen and Lucas Lamar Skeen. 

A retired flight engineer, he proudly served his country in the United States Army and in the Tennessee Air National Guard before retiring from the United States Air Force after 42 years of service. 

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Coldwater, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in his yard. He loved his family dearly and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. 

He leaves behind his loving family to cherish his memory which includes his wife of 56 years, Patricia Kellett Skeen of Coldwater; two daughters, Marilyn Beatty (James) of Coldwater and Tracey Kelly (Chip) of Olive Branch; and seven grandchildren, Hannah Magana (Octavio), Samuel Beatty (Claire), Bryce Kelly, Rachel Kelly, Emily Gargis (Samuel), Micah Beatty, and Collin Beatty. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dorothy Ball.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 6, at 12 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Coldwater. Bro. Tim Smith officiated. Visitation was held in the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until service time at 12 p.m. Interment took place, with military honors, in West Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home - Senatobia Chapel was in charge of arrangements

Effie Mae Tate

Effie Mae Tate, 83, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Coldwater, passed away on March 1, 2017. Funeral services were held at Midtown Church of Christ in Memphis, Tenn., where she was a member, on Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. Burial followed in Mt. Calm Church Cemetery in Coldwater.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Lee Tate, Sr.; daughters, Janis Tate, Effie Tate Williams, Doris Tate Harris, Debra Tate Davis, and Glenda Renae Tate Ingram, all of Memphis, Tenn.; sons, Melvin Tate of Lowell, Mass., and Calvin Tate of Memphis, Tenn.; sisters, Leslie Porter of Chicago, Ill. and Maggie Powers of Memphis, Tenn.; 21 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater had charge of the arrangements.

Hugh M. Taylor, Jr.

Hugh M. “Buck” Taylor, Jr., 73, of Vicksburg died March 3, 2017. He was born and raised in Senatobia. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering at Mississippi State University. He worked as a Research Civil Engineer in the Geotechnical Laboratory of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg for 33 years.

Buck was a deacon in First Baptist Church (FBC) Vicksburg serving in a wide variety of roles over his 50 years of membership such as driving the bus on Sunday mornings and many youth trips, teaching Sunday School to pre-school and youth, and serving on various committees. He had a passion for missions helping with disaster recovery efforts for Hurricane Katrina and numerous tornadoes in Mississippi, going on mission trips to Tanzania and Thailand, and working parking and security for the FBC Vicksburg Medical Dental Clinic.

Buck had a love of the outdoors including hunting, fishing, and backpacking, especially in Grand Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. He served as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 105 in Vicksburg for 8 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sadie (Gordon) Taylor Sinquefield and Hugh M. Taylor, Sr.

Survivors include his wife Kathie Linn Taylor of Vicksburg; sons Terry Taylor of Huntsville, Ala. and Steve Taylor of Vicksburg; and his brother, Thomas Taylor (Linda) of Lugoff, S.C.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, March 6, 2017, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Dr. Matt Buckles officiated. Interment followed at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: D.D. Davidson, Robert Peters, Arthur Lagg, Buddy Arnold, Hugh Green, and Bob Welch. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Miller, Jim Ferguson, FBC active deacons, and members of the Cecil Knox Sunday School Class at FBC. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the FBC Vicksburg Medical Dental Clinic 1607 Cherry St. Vicksburg, Ms. 39180.

Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg had charge of the arrangements.

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