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Ricky Joe Bates

Mr. Ricky Joe Bates Sr., 54, passed away on Dec. 8, 2018, at his home in Byhalia.

Mr. Bates, a truck driver, was born on Nov. 16, 1964, in Memphis to the late Mary Rogers Bates and Homer Edison Bates. He loved to hunt and fish and was a true outdoorsman. He loved his family dearly and considered them his greatest accomplishment. 

Bates leaves behind his loving family which includes his wife Dee Anne Bates of Byhalia; three daughters, Beth Bates Sheaffer (Micheal) of Lebanon, Tenn., Haley Anne Thompson (Matt) of Wyatte and Mandee Pierotti of Senatobia; three sons, Ricky Joe Bates, Jr. of Gladwin, Mich., Jon David Bates (Lisa Marie) of Old Hickory, Tenn. and Joe Tatum of Ft. Worth, Texas; one sister Debora Rhoades of Nesbit; three brothers, Mark Edison Bates of Bartlett, Tenn., Lowell Scott Bates of Collierville, Tenn., and Jonathan Andrew Bates of Oakland, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Danny Parrish Bates. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 Ray-Nowell Funeral Home - Senatobia Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Rose Best

Margaret Rose Best, 77, of Bryan passed away Dec. 24, 2018.  

Services were held in Bryan, Texas and Brookville, Indiana.  

Margaret lived for many years in Como and was active in many charities, the Como Opera Guild, church, fundraising for the volunteer fire department and as a special education teacher.  

Born July 4, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of William and Ada (Hahn) Bledsoe. Margaret was a special education teacher who valued education so much that she mentored many children. She was a dog rescuer and loved her dogs very much. Margaret loved spending time with her grandchildren and will be missed deeply by all who knew her. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister; and a brother-in-law. Margaret leaves behind to cherish her memories, a son Lawrence Best and wife Gedalee; a daughter Anne Marie-Rose May and husband Gary; a brother Warren McClintock and wife Pat; and a grandchild, Lawrence Joseph – Andaya Best.

Josh Crawford

Josh Crawford, 36, passed away Jan. 5, 2019. 

He was a member of Looxahoma Baptist Church, an employee of Old Dominion Freight Line and an avid Florida Gators fan.  Services were Jan 12., Looxahoma Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife Brittany Crawford of Hernando; a daughter Rylee Crawford of Hernando; his parents, Gerald and Juanita Crawford of Looxahoma; sister Dianna Parker (Michael) of Holcomb; brother, Greg Crawford (Mary) of Looxahoma, 15 nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Jason Curtis Crawford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 5865 Center Parkway #300, Memphis, TN. 38120 or at 

Hernando Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Jerry Dean Boutwell

Jerry Dean Boutwell, Jr., 57, a resident of Brandon passed away Friday, January 4, 2019 at home. 

Funeral services Jan. 7 at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon with interment in the Lakeland Place Garden Park Cemetery in Flowood. Visitation was held from 5-8 pm 

Dean was born March 7, 1961 in Memphis, to Jerry Dean Boutwell, Sr. and Marilu Whiteside Boutwell. He was married to Carla Barnes Boutwell. Dean worked as a Registered Nurse for the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. He enjoyed hunting and trout fishing and was an avid Ole Miss Fan. He loved his family very much and spending time with them brought great joy to his life. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him. 

Dean was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Dean Boutwell, Sr. Dean is survived by his wife of 15 years Carla Barnes Boutwell; his children, Jerry Dean “Bo” Boutwell, III, Bonnie Lee Boutwell (Blake) Hutcheson, Owen Palmer Boutwell, James Oliver Boutwell, Anna Claire Boutwell and Cooper Reese Boutwell; mother Marilu Whiteside Boutwell; sister Dana (Stephen) Ross; father in laws and mother in laws, Bill and Dianne Hathorn and Steve and Carolyn Barnes; and a host of other family and friends. 

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 Ervin Harris

Ervin Harris, 61, of Memphis, formerly of Holly Springs, died Thursday, January 3, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. 

Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at Adolphus Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial followed in Cottrell Memorial Cemetery in Holly Springs. 

He is survived by his mother Lucille Harris of Holly Springs; a sister Camellia Diane Kenner of Indianapolis, Ind. and three brothers, Earnest Harris of Memphis, Jessie Harris III and Rico Harris both of Holly Springs. 

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements. 

Ursula Annette Miller

Ursula Annette Miller, 48 of Senatobia and a manager at Walmart, died Jan. 2, 2019 at her home. 

Funeral services were Jan. 12 at West Antioch #1 Church in Coldwater. Burial followed was at Senatobia Memorial Cemetery. 

She is survived by her daughter D’Asia Miller and a special friend Eugene Lecorn, both of Senatobia. She is also survived by a sister Shirley Ann Ayers of Senatobia; a brother Iisacc Miller of Courtland and four special grandchildren. 

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home in Senatobia was in charge of arrangements. 

Jim Murchison

Mr. James “Jim” Murchison, 79, passed away Jan. 8, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Mr. Murchison was born and raised in Harmontown. He was a lifelong Ole Miss Rebel football fan. Mr. Murchison was also known to be an avid outdoorsman. He was always fascinated with hunting, fishing, gardening, and anything to do with the outdoors. 

Mr. Murchison is survived by his wife Lynda Sherrille Murchison of Waterford; his son Mark (Stacy) Murchison of New Albany; one step-son, Tony (Lori) Ferrell of Chicago, IL; one grandson Peyton Murchison of Ecru; three granddaughters, Emily Ferrell, Kaylee Ferrell, and Olivia Ferrell, all of Chicago; two sisters, Sheila (Barry) McNitt of Huntsville, Ala., and Bobbie Taylor of Hernando; two brothers, Tim (Rhonda) Murchison of Hernando, and Randy Murchison of Laws Hill; seven nieces, and one nephew. Mr. Murchison was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar W. Murchison and Dorothy O. Murchison. 

A memorial visitation was held  Jan. 10 at Coleman Funeral Home. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford was charge of arrangements. 

Donations and memorials in honor of Mr. James Murchison may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left on his Tribute Wall at

Darryl White

Darryl White, 51, of Senatobia, died Jan. 2, 2019 at Baptist DeSoto Memorial Hospital in Southaven.

Funeral services were held Jan. 9 at Hunter Chapel MB Church in Como. Burial followed in Hunter Chapel Church Cemetery. 

He is survived by his wife LaShunta R. White of Senatobia, one son Marco Love of Como, his mother in law, Marion Jackson of Memphis and a brother Dan White of Senatobia. 

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Debbie Sealy

Mrs. Debra “Debbie” Kay Boling Sealy, 57, of Sarah passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. 

Debbie was born on June 26, 1961 in Senatobia to Mrs. Betty Dean Boling and The Late Ervin Boling.

She was an active member of Flag Lake Baptist Church where she was in charge of part of the women’s and children’s ministries. 

Debbie served over 30 years with The Baddour Center and most recently served as the operations manager there. She loved her job and all of the residents that call Baddour Center home. Debbie was always willing to help anyone in need and she never met a stranger. She enjoyed traveling and flowers, but as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister, nothing brought her more joy than her family. 

Debbie leaves behind her loving family which includes her husband of 36 years, Bob Sealy of Sarah; her daughter Adrian Rowland (Justin) of Senatobia; her mother, Betty Dean Boling of Sarah; her sister Tina Boling Cribbs of Littleton, Col.; and three grandchildren, David Austin Perry, Colton Pryce Perry, and Jaxon Lee Rowland, all of Senatobia.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 13, 2019, at 3pm in Flag Lake Baptist Church with the Rev. John Shackleford officiating. Interment followed in Flag Lake Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Baddour Center, P.O. Box 97, Senatobia, MS 38668. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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