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Ruth Doddridge Allison

Ruth Ann Doddridge Allison, 94, of Sarah passed away on March 22, 2019 at Methodist Alliance Home Care of Memphis.

Services were held March 24  at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Allison was a homemaker. She and her husband, Sam, co-founded Allison Farms, Inc. in December 1969. She retired from her position as the farm bookkeeper in 2009. She served as Trustee of the First Regional Library System. Mrs. Allison was a member of the Senatobia Culture Club for many years.

She was a long-time member of Crenshaw United Methodist Church. She served her church in various roles — Sunday School Teacher, Fellowship Committee member and Treasurer. Mrs. Allison also was treasurer and member of the Crenshaw United Methodist Women’s group. She had a passion for sewing, reading, cooking, pickle-making, canning vegetables and working the daily newspaper crossword puzzle.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years Samuel Allison; daughter Patricia Madden; parents Autry and Ruth Doddridge; brother Thomas Dye Doddridge and granddaughter Allison Britt.

Mrs. Allison is survived by her daughters, Joyce Randall of Birmingham, Diane Britt (Boyer) of Indianola and Ellen Anderson (Bill) of Houston, Texas; sons, Marty Allison (Mary) and James Allison (Judy) both of Sarah; brother, James Autry Doddridge, Jr. (Jo) of Olive Branch; sisters-in-law, Melba Doddridge and Shirley Allison both of Olive Branch; grandchildren, Scot Randall (Stacey) of St. Johns, Fla.; Beverly Gaddy (Steve) of Birmingham; Boyer Britt,III (Cherrie Lynn) of Indianola; Michelle Roden (Rob) of Dallas, Texas; Trisha Goins (Ken) of Colleyville, Texas; Martin Allison (Rebecca), Miles Allison (Joyelle) and Anna Mary Meyers (Chad) all of Sarah; 15 great grandchildren and one great- great grandchild.

Memorials may be sent to The Samuel M. and Ruth Ann Allison Endowment at Northwest Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 7015, Senatobia, MS 38668, Crenshaw United Methodist Church, Drawer L, Crenshaw, MS 38621 or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Tread Baird

Tread Baird, 91, of Senatobia died March 13, 201, in Baltimore, Md.

Funeral services were held March 23 at West Antioch #1 Church in Senatobia. Burial followed in West Antioch #1 Cemetery.

He is survived by his daughter Jan Baird Adams of Mt. Rainer, Md.; a son Anthony Baird of Randalltown, Md; two sisters, Doris Brown and Reatha Smith both of Baltimore; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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

James McKinnley Bolton, Jr.

James McKinnley Bolton, Jr., 68, of Coldwater died Friday, March 22, 2019, in Coldwater.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 30 at Thyatira Family Life Center in Senatobia.

Burial followed in Fredonia M.B. Church Cemetery in Coldwater.

He is survived by his daughter, Tiwanda Bolton of Coldwater, two sons; Calvin Bolton of Ridgeland and Jeffery Bolton of Coldwater; two sisters, Joyce Parnell of Senatobia and Frances Bolton of Chicago; a brother, Danny Bolton of Coldwater, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.

Melvin Lee Bradley

Melvin “Archie” Lee Bradley, 61, of Como died March 22, 2019, at his residence.

Funeral services were held March 30 at Cistern Hill M.B. Church in Como. Burial followed in Cistern Hill M.B. Church Cemetery.

He is survived by his daughter Vernice Dishmon of Como; three sisters, Evelyn Echols, Emmer Bradley and Ella Cannon all of Como; a brother Patrick Kerney of Memphis; and three grandchildren.

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

Ethel Carr

Ethel Carr, 79, of Coldwater died March 5, 2019, at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven.

Funeral services were held March 9 at West Antioch #2 Church in Coldwater. Burial followed in West Antioch #2 Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Rutheyline Carr of Coldwater; a daughter Tina Annette Carr Jackson of Senatobia; four sons, Alvin Carr and Patrick Carr, both of Coldwater, Zachery Futrell of Columbia, Mo. and Derrick Jones of Houston, Texas; five sisters, Shirley Knight of Gary, Ind., Robbie Spears of North Carolina, Irene Williams of Horn Lake, Bonnie Jones and Francies McGhee, both of Coldwater; three brothers, Sammie C. Williams Jr. of Coldwater, Ira Williams of Jackson and Ralph Williams of Senatobia; 16 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home of Senatobia had charge of arrangements.

Linda Joyce Fifer

Linda Joyce Fifer, 62, of Horn Lake died Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven.

Funeral services were held March 30 at Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Byhalia.

She is survived by two sons, Myron Jerome Mays of Horn Lake and Earnest Rico Fifer of Memphis; three sisters, Barbara Cathey of Long View, Texas, Mary Evans of Olive Branch, Laretha Mays of Horn Lake; a brother Robert Mays of Memphis, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.

Jarmarquis Hamilton

Jarmarquis Hamilton, 29, of Memphis died March 17, 2019, in Memphis.

Funeral services were held March 30 at Bethlehem M.B. Church in Houston. Burial followed at Wesley Chapel in Houston.

He is survived by his mother, Regina Williams of Memphis, his father, Hubert Hamilton of Coldwater, a daughter, Kataleya M. Hamilton and son Malik L. Hamilton both of Memphis; two sisters, Lyric L. Hamilton of St. Louis and Amyia L. Hamilton of Houston, Texas; and two brothers, Gregory Bean of Arlington, Va. and Martwon Hamilton of Memphis.

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Mae Jones

Dorothy Mae Jones, 85, of Como,  passed away March 22, 2019, at The Highlands of Memphis.

She is survived by her daughter Willie Mae Long of Memphis; sons, Thomas Earl Jones and Fred Arthur Jones both of Como; sisters, Corrine Mangrum and Ethel Mae Farmer; brothers, Jessie James Lewis, Robert Lewis and John Lewis; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 30, at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Liberty Hill Cemetery.

Michael David Hitchcock

Michael David Hitchcock, 45, of Strayhorn passed away March 22, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto.

He is survived by his daughter Heather Carlton of Strayhorn; sons John King and Landon Hitchcock both of Strayhorn; mother Frances Byrd of Strayhorn; sisters, Jennifer Barnes of San Antonio, Texas, Christina Cruz of Strayhorn and Dana March of Covington, Tenn.; brothers, David Hitchcock Jr. of Covington, Tenn. and Jerry Van Allen of Southaven; six grandchildren.

Visitation was held Monday, March 25, 2019 in the chapel of Pate-Jones Funeral Home.

Mary Elizabeth Merriman

Mrs. 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.

Helon Lane Phillips

Helon “Beth” Elizabeth Lane Phillips, 68, of Senatobia passed away March 23, 2019, at Methodist Germantown Hospital.

She is survived by her husband Robert S. “Bobby” Phillips of Senatobia; daughter Genia Quinn of Madison; son Smith Phillips of Senatobia; sister Cindy Temple of Brandon and two grandsons.

Memorials may be sent to Lifepoint Church where she was a member.

Services were held March 26 at Lifepoint Church.

Burial followed in Surrette Cemetery. Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Edna Ross Richardson

Edna Ross Richardson, 99, of Senatobia passed away March 21, 2019, at her residence.

She is survived by her daughters, Ruth Copeland and Addie LeSure; 12 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Services were held March 30 at Macedonia M.B. Church where she was a member. Burial followed in Macedonia Cemetery.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Louise Wilbourn

Louise Wilbourn, 85, of Sardis died March 13, 2019, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, TN

Funeral services were March 23 at Mt. Level MB Church in Como. Burial followed in Mt. Level M.B. Church Cemetery.

She is survived by her daughter Ether Jenkins of Sardis and son, William “Bill” Wilbourn of Senatobia; and 13 grandchildren.

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lois Williams Jr.

Lois Williams, Jr., 65, of Senatobia died Thursday, March 21, 2019 at his residence. 

Funeral services were held March 31 at Paradise Baptist Church in Senatobia. Burial was in National Veteran Cemetery in Memphis.

He is survived by three daughters, Doretha Wooten of Memphis, Marilyn Newsom of Southaven, Monika Williams of Memphis; two sons, Floyd Williams and Marlon Williams both of Memphis; six sisters, Gracie Mae Perry of Senatobia, and Earline Williams, Ruthie Mae Davis, Mildred Jackson, Linda Williams, Christean Mullins all of Memphis; two brothers, A.B. Williams and Earl Williams both of Memphis; 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Billy Joe Winsett

Mr. Billy Joe Winsett, 86, of Como passed away on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Mr. Winsett was born on Dec. 6, 1932, in Alabama to the late Charlcie Haney Winsett and Erby Winsett.

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed playing country music on his guitar.

Mr. Winsett leaves behind his loving family which includes his wife of 68 years Jean Winsett of Como; three daughters, Billie Patterson (John) of McCarley, Betty Moore (Eddie) of Bowling Green, Ky., and Donna Gilbert (Randy) of Pensacola, Fla.; one son Terry Winsett (Christy) of Red Oaks, Texas; one brother James Winsett of Memphis; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Betty Thompson, and his grandson David Moore.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, March 26 at New Hope Cemetery near Como, with the Rev. Jerry McNeer officiating.

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Stormmy Gail Goff

Stormmy Gail Goff, 25, of Coldwater died Friday, March 29, 2019, at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven.

Funeral services were held April 4 at Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Tunica.

She is survived by her parents, Rodney Allen Goff and Sandra Kay Roberson of Coldwater; two sisters, Brandy Elizabeth McCoy and Anastasia Nicole McCoy, both of Coldwater and two brothers, Raymond Jerald Roberson III and Cameron Lee Roberson, also of Coldwater.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of the arrangements.

 Betty Lambert

Mrs. Betty Jean Still Lambert, 74, of Como, passed away on April 1, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven.

She was born on December 21, 1944, in Panola County to Margaree and Lois Still. She was a member of Como Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for 25 years.

Mrs. Lambert was a devout Christian and a very caring lady, with a servant’s heart. She was also a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren play sports.  She liked to sing and especially enjoyed her German Shepard “Bella.” 

She is survived by her husband, Billy Joe Lambert of Como; one daughter, Bridget Cahill (Larry) of Senatobia; two sons, Greg Lambert of Memphis and Phillip Lambert (Anne) of Como; one brother Billy Joe Still (Doris) of Como; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were April 5, at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home in Sardis. Interment followed at McGeehee Chapel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Como Baptist Church. 

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Freeman Lee Newson

Freeman Lee Newson, 78, of Coldwater died Tuesday, March 26, 2019,

Funeral services were held April 6 at Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial followed in Mt. Olive M.B. Church Cemetery.

 He is survived by three brothers, Willie Newson, Ozell Newson and Tracy Newson all of Byhalia.

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

Pattie Mae Sharp

Pattie Mae Sharp, 88, of Holly Springs died March 30, 2019, in Ashland.

Funeral services were held April 6 at Chulahoma Missionary Baptist Church in Chulahoma.

She is survived by three daughters, Bernestine Mays of Coldwater, Maggie Spivey of Atlanta, and Demetra Sharp of Walls; six sons, Robert Sharp, Joe Sharp and James Sharp all of Coldwater, Milton Sharp of Olive Branch, Jonny Sharp of Hernando and Calvin Sharp of Holly Springs. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.

Ernestine Quick Smith

Ernestine Quick Smith, 86, of Senatobia passed away March 31, 2019, at her residence.

She is survived by her brother J.T. Quick of Guntersville, Ala.; sister June Carr of Albertville, Ala.; sons, Tony Smith of Clinton; Terry Smith and Tim Smith both of Senatobia; daughter Vickie Freeman of Wyatte, Miss.; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church Senatobia.

Services were held graveside in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery April 3.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Turch Hibbler

Turch Hibbler, 72, of Senatobia died Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Funeral services were held April 6 at Thyatira Life Center. Burial followed at Harris Chapel Cemetery in Senatobia.

He is survived by two sons, Kenneth Hibbler of Horn Lake and Norris Hibbler of Senatobia; six sisters, Bernice Holland of Victorville, Calif., Vernice Jackson, Estall Hailey, Mary Rowley, all of Senatobia, Janice Davis of Los Angeles, Corine Newson of Coldwater; a brother, Bobby Hibbler of Senatobia,  three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. 

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

Paul Ferguson

Paul Ferguson, 60, of Senatobia passed away April 5, 2019, at his residence.

He is survived by his wife Vicki Ferguson of Senatobia; son Lee Ferguson (Shannon) of Oxford; brother Wayne Ferguson of Hernando and grandchildren, Cade Ferguson and Piper Ferguson.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church Senatobia.

Services were held April 8 in the Chapel of Pate-Jones Funeral Home. Burial followed in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery.

Marcia Ann Leash

Marcia Ann Leash, 59, of Wyatte passed away April 9, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Desoto in Southaven

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stewart and Betty Leash and brothers, Steven Leash and Allen Leroy Leash.

She is survived by her sisters, Marjorie Rickrode (Bill) of Duffyfield, N.C., Janice Finnegan of Murrieta, Calif. and Diane Allison (Larry) of Wyatte; brothers, Clarence Leash of Salem, Ore. and Mark Christopher Leash of Wyatte; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Marcia attended Wyatte Baptist Church.

Services were held April 11 at Wyatte Baptist Church. Graveside services were held April 15 at Mt. Rose Cemetery in York, Penn.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.

Donald Miller

Donald Miller, 90, of Senatobia, formerly of Gainesville, Ga., passed away April 3, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Desoto.

He was a retired truck driver and received the 2 million mile safety award. He never met a stranger and always had a joke or two to tell. He was a great cook in his younger days and in his later years he was addicted to Wendy’s hamburgers and frostys. He had one every day.

He is survived by his daughters, Diana Richardson of Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla., Debbie Mitchell of Oakwood, Ga. and Raydel Burford (Brad) of Senatobia; sons, Terry Miller (Diana) of Sterling, Ill. and Rick Miller (Jenifer) of Athens, Ga.; sister, Coleen Copple of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Crystal Mansfield, Matt DeMuth (Olivia), Seth DeMuth (Marcy Cox), Susan Miller, Dylan Miller, Brayden Burford, Brandon Miller (Reann) and Kerri Siex (Curtis); and 6 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Miller; mother May Clements Brumett; sisters, Juanita Brumett and Joann Decker; and brothers, Todd Miller and Bill Miller.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. April 20, at the VFW, 1955 Delta Dr., Gainesville, GA 30501.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to a charity of choice.

Lula Mae Smith

Lula Mae Smith of Coldwater, 90, died on April 7, 2019.

M.J. Edwards Whitehaven Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Terry  G. Stull

Col (retired) Terry G. Stull, age 74, of Senatobia, died on April 6, 2019, after fighting a battle with congestive heart failure.

Terry was born August 13, 1944 at Ft. McPherson, Georgia to Ainslee Jackson Stull and Virginia Ina Camp. 

Growing up in the military as an “Army brat,” he traveled the world with his parents. He later shared this gift with his children during his own travels as an Army officer to such locales as Germany and Panama. As a proud West Point graduate of the Class of 1966, he bravely served 2 tours in Vietnam and enjoyed a successful career in the Army, retiring as a Colonel in 1993. 

He continued to be a leader in the Orkand Corporation until his second retirement in 2005. Terry was an active member of the Senatobia First United Methodist Church and an avid golfer at the Back Acres Country Club. Terry made a lasting impact on everyone he met and will be remembered for his loving, generous personality, and giving soul.

He is survived by his wife Aletta Daniels Stull; his children, Julianne (Tom) Emmolo, Erik Stull, Brandon Stull, Gordon (Kendall) Jones, Jeanne Jones, Kristie (Steve) Moffett; as well as 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at the Senatobia First United Methodist Church, 102 West Gilmore St, Senatobia. 

A Celebration of Life followed at Steak by Melissa in Southaven.

 In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Senatobia Animal Shelter, the Senatobia First United Methodist Church, or the West Point Association of Graduates.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Eva Jeffcoat Williams

Eva Arlene Jefcoat Williams, 86, of Tate County formerly of Tehama County, Calif. passed away April 8, 2019, at her residence.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Williams, Sr. She is survived by her daughters, Joan Blackwell (Steven) of Baltimore, Md. and Jane Gaines (Allen) of Southaven; son,J.C. Williams of Tate Co.; sister Shirley Davis of Red Bluff, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Sarah Williams and Amanda Gaines. 

Services were held April 13, at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Point Pleasant Cemetery in Henry County, Tenn.

Anna Lois Williamson

Anna Lois Williamson, 68, of Como died Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Como.

Funeral services were held April 13 at New Zion M.B. Church in Senatobia. Burial followed in New Zion Cemetery.

She is survived by three daughters, Angela Stewart of Las Vegas, Terra Williamson and Bobbie Mallory both of Senatobia; a sister, Alfreda Partee of Cordele, Ga.; two brothers; Jessie J. Wren of Senatobia, Arthur Wren Jr. of Cordele, Ga.; 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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

Shane Gordon

Shane Gordon, 48, of Strayhorn, MS, passed away April 13, 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Sharann Gordon of Strayhorn; daughters, Madison Gordon and Anna Gordon both of Strayhorn; son Evan Gordon of Strayhorn; parents, A.D. and Pauline Gordon of Senatobia; mother-in-law, Freida Earnest Masaitis of Strayhorn; grandmother Christine Albritton of Grenada; and brothers, Britton Gordon (Ally) of Strayhorn and John Gordon of Alabama.

He was a member of Faith Chapel Holiness Church. Services were held April 19 in the Chapel of Pate-Jones Funeral Home. Burial followed in Faith Chapel Holiness Church Cemetery.

Barbara J. Mills

Barbara J. Mills, 72, of Como, died Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 19, at Cistern Hill M.B. Church in Como. Burial followed in New Shady Grove M.B. Church Cemetery on LRL Road in Senatobia.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Mills and Shelia Sandridge both of Como; three sons, James Lloyd of Como, Preston Mills Jr. and Timothy Mills both of Chicago; six sisters,  Patricia Austin, Mary Lloyd and Donna Lloyd of Como, Hattie Towns and Velma Malone of Senatobia, Bonnie Mays of Independence; 14 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

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

Randy D. Pope

Randy D. “Dillon” Pope, 61, of Independence passed away April 13, 2019, at his residence.

He worked for the Tate County Sheriff’s Department for 23 years and was a volunteer fire fighter for the Independence Fire Department for 25 years. He loved fishing, gardening and music. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert and Peggy Pope and sister, Gale Shearer.

He is survived by his sister Lisa Criswell (Chris) of Independence; nephew, Josh Criswell (Lindsey) of Senatobia; nieces, Melanie Benton of Olive Branch and Katelyn Weatherly (Cody) of Independence; great nephews, Jon Ferguson, Hunter Criswell and Tyler Criswell; and great nieces, Anna Ferguson, Leslie Ferguson, Alana Weatherly and Alissa Weatherly.

He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Tate County Sheriff’s Department or Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Services were held April 16 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Burial followed in Mt. Zion cemetery.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Norfleet Sledge

Norfleet Ruffin Sledge, age 55, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 16, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Norfleet was born October 21, 1963, in Memphis to the late Norfleet Ruffin Sledge Sr. (N.R.) and the late Gertrude Johnson Sledge (Trudy).

He is survived by two sisters Julia S. Bryan of Culleoka, TN and Meriwether S. Eisenhard of Northport, Mich. and a maternal aunt Judith Lawson Johnson of Memphis; three nieces and two nephews, Clara Leach Darden, Mary Leach Hall, James David Leach, David Laurence Eisenhard and Lucille Meriwether Eisenhard.

Norfleet was a lifelong Como resident and member of Holy Innocents Church. He loved reading and was a history buff. He appreciated his Sledge ancestry and as the last in a long line of Norfleet Sledges, while never comfortable being called a Junior, would say to friends, “Just call me Six!” (the 6th). He enjoyed the outdoors and riding around the beautiful back roads of the Mississippi Delta in his vehicle, observing nature while stopping along the way for long visits with his many friends. Norfleet loved fishing, especially along the Spring River in Arkansas, where he spent many a childhood day exploring the river at his family’s vacation home in Hardy. Norfleet loved his pets too. Most recent favorites were the half wild or abandoned cats that wandered up and stayed, bonded to the gentle giant that was Norfleet.

Norfleet lived his life on his own terms, a one-of-a-kind, larger than life character who lived and died true to himself. He will be missed by his family and the many friends who also considered him a brother and loved and cherished his company and friendship.

A graveside service is being planned to be held at Friendship Cemetery in Como at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 391, Como, MS 38619.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.

Phillip Bruce Carlton

Phillip Bruce Carlton, age 61, departed this life on Easter morning, April 21, 2019, following a massive heart attack. 

Bruce was born on Dec. 4, 1957. He was preceded in death my his father, Frederick Barnett Carlton, Sr..

He is survived by his mother, Marie Haven Carlton and his two brothers, Rick Carlton (Kay) of Oxford and Earl Carlton (Debbie) of Arkabutla; six nephews, Eric Carlton (GinGin), Chris Carlton (Lyndsey), Ben Carlton (Courtney), Robert Carlton (Nikki), Allan Carlton (Stephanie), Joseph Carlton (Kassie) and 4 great-nephews and six great nieces.

Bruce was a resident of New York City and he worked for Great Performances Catering and Events where he enjoyed working with clients of all sorts and celebrations of all sizes. Through his work he met many politicians, celebrities and some of New York’s finest. He was loved by his coworkers and considered a friend by hundreds of people who loved him.

Bruce loved his Mississippi family and enjoyed coming home quite often to visit.  He enjoyed the outdoors and going hiking whenever he could. He was a lover of history, especially European and enjoyed museums, reading, traveling, art, photography and a wide range of music (Classical, Rock, and Country).  He was a kind and gentle soul who will be missed by many. 

A memorial service and celebration of life was held at Pate-Jones Funeral Home of Senatobia on April 28 and burial at Surette Cemetery in Arkabutla.

Joe Wayne Standard

Mr. Joe Wayne Standard, 82, of Enid passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. 

Joe was born on Aug. 3, 1936, in Marks to the Late Willie Mae Ship Standard and Leonard Lamar Standard.  He retired from the Mississippi Department of Transportation after serving 40 years.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  His greatest joy was his grandchildren whom he loved dearly. 

Mr. Standard leaves behind his loving family which includes his wife of 61 years Betty Mosier Standard of Enid; two daughters, Lisa Standard Frazer (Edward) of Leland and Tina Standard Oglesby (Tim) of Senatobia; one son, Kelly Standard (Tammy) of Enid; six grandchildren, Lauren Oglesby, Jonathan Oglesby (Laken), Madison Oglesby, Nathan Frazer, Allie Standard and Jessica Standard. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Patsy Murphree; and two brothers, Lamar Standard and Terry Standard.

Funeral services were held April 22 in the chapel of Dickins Funeral Home with Bro. Derrick Simmons officiating.  Interment followed in Bethel Cemetery near Enid.

Dickins Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Gilda F. Cashmore-Stafford

Gilda F. Cashmore-Stafford, 83 of Strayhorn passed away peacefully on April 22, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – DeSoto in Southaven.

She was born in Melbourne Australia on May 11, 193,5 to Nancy Elizabeth Wright and John Cashmore. She moved to the United States. in the mid 1950’s where she married the love of her life Norman Roy Stafford of Askew. She was very devoted to her Roman Catholic faith. She had a fulfilling career in the medical industry and loved investing in time with her husband, knitting, reading, and celebrating life with her family.

Gilda is survived by three sons, Tory Stafford (Margaret) of Askew, Kenneth “Jon” Stafford (Sheila) of Strayhorn and Norman Roy Stafford II of Austin, Texas; one daughter Erynn Kathrynn L. Stafford-Patrick (Jason) of Hernando; six granddaughters and five grandsons.

She is preceded in death by her husband Norman Roy Stafford and one son Patrick D. Stafford. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home in Senatobia. Interment will be in Longtown Cemetery.

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Joe Tatum

Joe Tatum, 83, passed away Monday, April 22, 2019, at his home in Coldwater.

He was retired from the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. He loved basketball and was an avid coon hunter.

Graveside services were April 26 at Magnolia Cemetery in Coldwater. Hernando Funeral Home has charge.

Mr. Tatum is survived by his wife of 63 years Dorothy Tatum; daughter Sheila Johnson of Coldwater; sister Jeanette Williams of Memphis; grandchildren, Casey Joe Rose, Randy Shane Johnson, Andrea LeTard, Randall Gene Tatum Jr.; great grandchildren, Caden Rose, Conner Rose.

He was preceded in death by his son, Randall Gene Tatum.

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

Fay Turley

Fay Turley, 85, of Cottonville passed away April 20, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto.

She is survived by her daughter, Lana McIver (Bo) of Coldwater; sons, John R. Turley (Lisa) of Houlka and Claywell D. Turley (Angela) of Conyers, Ga.; grandchildren, Trey McCullough (Dwana), Amy Turley, Leslie Turley, Holly Turley, Clay Turley (Aubrey), Wade McIver (Deborah) and David McIver (Jenny); great grandchildren, Jordan McCullough, Emmanuel Williams and K.J. Lewis and eight step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Turley; parents, Les and Clara Dye; sister, Louise Pritchard and brother, Leslie Dye, Jr.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Evansville Baptist Church where she was a member. Services were held April 25, at Evansville Baptist Church. Burial followed in Evansville Cemetery.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.



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