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Johnny Allen Jr.

Johnny Allen Jr., 55, of Coldwater, died Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Oxford.

Funeral services were held May 4 at Bluff Road Church of Christ in Coldwater. Burial followed in Bluff Road Church of Christ Cemetery.

He is survived by his daughter Ava Jones of Coldwater; five sisters, Bridget Allen, Glenda Faye Sanders, Barbara Ann Barnes, Lenza Ora Allen and Vicky Joyce Allen all of Coldwater; three brothers, Levon Bowdery of Memphis, James “Tootsie” Bobo of Mesquite, Mich., Earl Lee Allen of Coldwater and one grandchild.

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

Virginia Donaldson

Virginia Lee Donaldson, 78, passed away on April 25, 2019, at her home in Arkabulta.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Senatobia. 

She is survived by her daughter, Teressa Carol Skelton of Arkabutla; two sons, Jeffery G. Donaldson of Senatobia and Joseph Stephen Donaldson of Senatobia; her brother James Gordon of Water Valley and six grandchildren.

Services were held April 27 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Senatobia. Burial followed in Walker Cemetery in Water Valley.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

James Grimsley

James Grimsley, 78, of Sarah passed away April 28, 2019, at Grenada Living Center..

He was a veteran having served in the Air Force.

He is survived by his sister, Bonnie Grimsley Patrick of Cherokee Village, Ark. and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Robert Grimsley and Levera Patrick Grimsley; sisters, Molly Bounds Winchester and Edna Grimsley Frazier; and brothers, Joseph Franklin Bounds and David Allen Grimsley.

A graveside service was held Saturday, May 4 at Flag Lake Cemetery.

 Pate-Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Darron Tyrone Harmon

Darron Tyrone Harmon, 53, of Olive Branch died Friday, April 26, 2019, at Methodist Germantown Hospital in Germantown.

Funeral services were held May 5 at Southaven Church of Christ. Burial followed in West Looxahoma Church of Christ Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Sherry Ann Harmon; parents, L.C. Jones and Beulah Mae Anglin; a daughter Raven Chenese Harmon of Memphis and son Ryan Darrell Harmon of Memphis; five sisters, Shirley Harmon of Olive Branch, Theresa McKinney of Horn Lake and Patricia Aikens, Angela McKinney and Gloria McKinney all of Memphis.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.

Doris Howe

Doris Howe, 87, of Sarah passed away April 28, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto.

He is survived by his sons, Larry Wilson of Mount Vernon, Ark., Ronnie Howe of Sledge and Keith Howe of Sarah; sister Jo Wright of Senatobia; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services were held  April 30 in the Chapel of Pate-Jones Funeral Home. Burial followed in Singleton Springs Cemetery.

Janet Weathers King

Janet Weathers King, 68, of Coldwater passed away April 28, 2019l at Methodist Olive Branch Hospital.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathy Jones of Coldwater, Donna Franklin of Senatobia and Bridgett Smith of Cascilla; sons, Michael King of New Albany and Thomas Jones of Coldwater; sisters, Shirley Crockett of Looxahoma and Katie Powers of Independence; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas King; sister, Mary Farrow and brother, Robert Weathers.

Memorials may be sent to Arkabutla Rescue Rehabilitation and Foster (ARRF) or Senatobia-Tate County Animal Shelter.

Services were held graveside in Thyatira Cemetery April 30.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

John A. Leverett

John Allen Leverett, Sr., 70, of Arkabutla passed away April 25, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Desoto.

He is survived by his daughters, Christy Hyde, Carrie Tuggle and Pamela Melton; son John Leverett, Jr.; sisters, Pearl Henry, Ann Beam, Gladys Young, Virginia Flippo and Juanita Sutherland; and 13 grandchildren.

Services were held April 29 at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Looxahoma Crossroads Cemetery.

Elijah Cottery Meeks

Elijah Cottery Meeks, 68, of Coldwater died  April 23, 2019, in Coldwater.

Funeral services were held May 4, at at New Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Coldwater.

Burial was in New Pleasant Hill Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Joyce Ann Meeks; mother Ethel Lee Brown of Coldwater; two stepdaughters, Cora McKinney of Strayhorn and Kahmeka Jones of Horn Lake; two sons, Anthony Harvey of Coldwater and Lee Edward Jr., of Las Vegas, NV.; six sisters, Mary Meeks of Coldwater, Betty Meeks of Senatobia, Louida Jones, Louise White and Thelma Jamison all of Memphis and Renner Dandridge of Como; three brothers, Ronnie Meeks and Tommy Brown both of Senatobia, Willie Meeks III of Strayhorn, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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

Mildred Gordon Smith

Mrs. Mildred Gordon Smith, 91,  passed away April 25, 2019, at her residence in Coldwater.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 28, 2019  at Newsom Funeral Home Chapel, Charleston. Interment  followed at Friendship Church of God in the Teasdale Community.

Mrs. Smith loved her church. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Brenda Carol (Bobby) LaBarreare of Coldwater, Marie Irene ( Peter) Ronhovde of Cleveland; her sons, John Lester (Paulette) Smith of Coldwater and Roy Vernon Smith of Charleston; sister Opal Whatley of Florence; brother Raymond (Delphi) Gordon of Cleveland; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Smith is preceded in death by her husband, Roy L. Smith, her son Harvey Smith, her parents Dalton and Cora Gordon, and three brothers A.D. Gordon, Gene Gordon and Frank Gordon.

Her family requests you please consider memorials to: First UPC of Senatobia, P. O. Box 255, Senatobia, MS 38668

Louis Blanchard

Louis Johnson Blanchard, of Magnolia,  Ark., loving and beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away May 4, 2019 after a courageous battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

 Blanchard was a World War II Veteran, serving in the Air Force providing meteorological support for both the European (Germany) and Pacific war fronts. He provided air weather guidance to support Air Force missions including safe routing for tactical offensive missions and reconnaissance missions that gathered, analyzed, and reported intelligence to mission planners. After serving his country, he graduated from Northwest Mississippi Community College with an Associates of Arts degree.

He received his BBA in 1953 and MBA in accounting in 1954 both from the University of Mississippi and was then employed by Price Waterhouse CPA firm in Houston, Texas. In 1956, he accepted a faculty position at Southern Arkansas University (then Southern State College) and shortly afterwards he became a Certified Public Accountant. While taking his real world experience to the classroom, Blanchard discovered his passion for university life and inspiring young business students.  He set a high bar academically yet his personal interest in his students was felt by many at SAU which then fostered numerous long-standing relationships.

Very few places that he traveled later in life did he fail to encounter and recognize a former student. His legacy of kindness, gentlemanliness, and statesmanship has set an example for many. Blanchard served as Chairman of the Department of Accounting, retiring in 1998 after teaching 42 years in the School of Business.   Friends and alumni established The Louis J. Blanchard Endowed Scholarship at SAU in 1985 and the fully-endowed Louis J. Blanchard Professorship in Accounting in 1999; in 1989 he was selected by SAU faculty peers as Honor Professor and in 2001 received the distinguished title of Professor Emeritus.  Blanchard served as President of the SAU Foundation and as Interim President of SAU in 2001.  

In addition, he has served on the SAU Board of Trustees, the SAU Foundation Board of Governors and the Mulerider Club Advisory Board. He served as the SAU faculty athletic representative for 33 years. In 2017 SAU and the SAU Foundation honored Martha and Louis by naming the SAU business building Blanchard Hall. The Arkansas Society of CPA’s presented Blanchard with the Lifetime Achievement in Accounting Award in 1998 and he was named Educator of the Year by the Arkansas Society of Public Accountants. In 2000 Blanchard was recognized as distinguished alumnus by Northwest Mississippi Community College and has served on their Foundation Board; he was a member of the Columbia County Unit of Arkansas Retired Teachers Association and served as President from 2002-04.

Blanchard was a member of Central Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, frequent committee member and was involved whenever the church family got together. He was a member of the Lions club for 62 years, serving in nearly every organizational position. He connected with the people in the organizations he joined through his volunteerism and giving back to his beloved city of Magnolia. Blanchard was born Jan. 12, 1928, in Senatobia to Carl Herschal and Mattie Sue Johnson Blanchard.

He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Martha Jones Blanchard, daughters Gail Michels (Ken) of Parkville, Mo. and Alice Thomas (Mark) of Rockville, Md. and granddaughters Alexia Follingstad (David) of San Antonio, TX and Tricia Thomas of Parkville, MO, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mary Lucretia, brothers James Carlton and Jack Osborne. Special thanks to the staff of Southern Caregivers, Lifetouch Hospice and Dudneywood who provided loving and compassionate care for him and his family.

Funeral services were held May 9 at Central Baptist Church with Bro. Steve Ford officiating. Burial with Military Funeral Honors followed at Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Magnolia, Ark.

 Pallbearers were David Ashby, Corbitt Lambkin, Joel Reeves, Mark Trout, Ronnie Watson and Tim Wise. Honorary Pallbearers are the Lions Club, the SAU Dinosaurs, and the Deacons of Central Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations may be sent to Central Baptist Church, 207 W. Union St, Magnolia, AR 71753, or to the SAU Foundation, 100 E. University, MSC 9174, Magnolia, AR 71753.

Curtis Brewer

Mr. Curtis Louis Brewer, 82, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at his home in Senatobia.

Mr. Brewer was born on June 26, 1936, in Sarah to the late Ninner Hudspeth Brewer and A.P. Brewer. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy and retired as a supervisor with Chromcraft after 37 years. He was a member of Truslow United Methodist Church. He coached baseball for years during his younger days, but above all, Mr. Brewer’s pride was found in his family who he loved dearly.

Left behind to cherish his memory is his loving family which includes his wife of 60 years Doxie Sullivan Brewer; one daughter Pat Norton (John); two sons, Louis Brewer (Charlene) and Mike Brewer; one sister Mary Frazier, all of Senatobia; one brother Montie Brewer of Clarksdale; five grandchildren, Jessica Deffenbaugh (Michael), Daniel Norton (Lauren), Curt Brewer, Lindsey Klepzig (Drew), and Rebecca Murphy (Zack); three great-grandchildren, Maggie Deffenbaugh, Anna Claire Deffenbaugh, and Deacon Murphy.

Funeral services were held May 5 in the Senatobia Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home. Interment followed in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Truslow Cemetery Fund, c/o Cheryl Sinquefield, 201 5th Street, Marks, MS 38646.

 Ray-Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Joseph Frush

Joseph Aaron Frush, 53 of Collierville passed away on May 3, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Collierville. 

He was a member of the RC Flying Club.  He enjoyed riding his ATV, jet skiing, going to the shooting range, playing paintball and photography. 

Frush is survived by his wife, Kathryn Jane Bradley Frush of Collierville; daughter, Samantha Nicole Frush of Collierville; son, Tyler Bradley Frush of Collierville; parents, James and Charlene Frush of Senatobia; sister, Teresa King (Mickey) of Senatobia and his in-laws, nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his brother, James Anthony Frush.  Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Services were held on May 7 at Senatobia Church of Christ.. Burial followed at Senatobia Memorial Cemetery.  Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Shane Gitter

Shane Edward Gitter, 34, passed away April 22, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was born Jan. 18, 1985 in Hyannis, Mass., Cape Cod. He was preceded in death by his father, Lacey D. Gitter.

He is survived by his wife Christi Culligan; mother Christine (Doucette) Gitter; brother David Gitter (Ling); nephew Jacob Gitter; aunt Mary and uncle, Derald Pelkey of Lyman, Maine; his aunt, Sadella Dickerson of Faulkner and his uncle, Bobby Gitter of Sardis and numerous cousins.

Shane graduated from Senatobia City High School in 2003. He was a member of the school band, played soccer and baseball, and was active in Taek-won-do. After high school, he managed Radio Shack in Clarksdale and also worked at AT&T.

He attended Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia and then the University of Mississippi until 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage five chronic kidney failure and started dialysis treatment at that time.

Shane will rest next to his late grandmother, Catherine Doucette, in Cape Cod, Mass.

John Lewis Hankins

John Lewis “J.L.” Hankins, 81, of Senatobia passed away on May 1, 2019 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, in Southaven.

He was born on February 28, 1938 to Henry Bailey Hankins and Ruth Viola Lawson.  

He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and a lay minister. J.L.  loved sharing the gospel and discussing scripture. He had a heart as big as all outdoors and would do without, himself, to help those in need. A retired truck driver, he was also known as a “man of all trades”.  If it was broken, he would find a way to fix it.

Lovingly known as “Pappy” by his grandchildren, he is survived by two sons, John L. Hankins Jr. of Montgomery, Ala. and William J. “Bill” Hankins (Audra) of Olive Branch; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Bobbie Jean Hankins.  Arrangements were private. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society.  Ray-Nowell Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Joy Howe

Joy Irene Howe, age 77, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at her daughter’s home near Senatobia. She was a faithful servant to the Kingdom of God and mankind.

Funeral services were May 5 at Faith Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, 325 Lakewood Dr. in Batesville with the interment followed at Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville.

Irene was born March 28, 1942, in Quitman County to the late Thomas and Mary Jane Robertson Swindle. A nurse for 40 years, Irene started her career at Batesville Hospital and eventually retired from Tri Lakes Medical Center. She was a recipient of the distinguished Florence Nightingale Award. She was a prayer warrior and devoted member of her church.

She enjoyed reading the Word of the Lord, attending church and working in the Kingdom of God. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary; founder of the Little Ladies Auxiliary; assisted with long term planning sessions with church members; was a Sunday School teacher and member of the public relations committee. She also sang in the choir.

Irene always made time to be with her grandchildren, friends, and family, and welcomed them all to her table. She was known to make incredible desserts, which included a chocolate pie (that everyone wanted the recipe for) and intricately decorated birthday cakes. Her gift to many church members was to cater their wedding reception and make their wedding cake.

She enjoyed traveling to see her relatives near and far and also traveling to foreign countries. She particularly enjoyed a trip to the Holy Land where she was re-baptized in the Jordan River. She collected cookbooks, pins and many friends over the years.

The loving family she leaves behind include her husband of 59 years Aubrey Burns Howe; children, Burney Howe (Carla) of Pontotoc, Michael Clinton Howe (Pam) of Batesville, Ladye Jacqueline Durdin (Ray) of Senatobia; grandchildren, Brandon Howe (Sharon) of Southaven, Jonathan Caldwell Howe of Senatobia, Michael Shane Howe and Caleb Seth Howe both of Pontotoc, Chelsea Cheyene Foshee (Kaleb) of Sardis, Raychel Rebeckah-Joy Durdin of Hattiesburg, Jack-Thomas Heath Durdin and Maggi Eliza-Jayne Durdin both of Senatobia; great-grandchildren, Brayden Allen Howe and Axel Cayden Howe of Southaven, Ragan Lane Howe of Pontotoc and John Whyatt Ward Foshee of Sardis; sisters, Mary Doris Lenard of Bruce, Margaret Ann Jones of Horn Lake, her twin sister, Joyce Myrene Bently of Valparaiso, Ind.; three sisters-in-law, Mildred Howe of Oakland, Marion Howe of Neckarhausen Germany, and Maggie Swindle of Woodland. She also leaves behind Ricky Joe Kendall and Lisa Powell and a host of family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her brothers, J.T., Edward, and Clinton; sisters, Myrdis Swindle, Quebell Swindle and Mildred Bradley. 

Teresa Jones

Teresa Anita Jones, 60, of Coldwater passed away on May 4, 2019, at her residence.

She is survived by her husband Bobby Jones of Coldwater; daughters, Taylor Alese Jones of Coldwater, and Sarah Hoffman of Strayhorn; son Brannon McCool of Southaven; sister Lisa Cunningham of Southaven; brother Michael Cunningham, of Memphis; nephew Tristan Cunningham of Southaven and  three grandchildren.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Bernice Madden

On May 2, 2019, Bernice “Meemie” Wade Madden, was called home by her Lord at the age of 90. Meemie passed peacefully in her sleep surrounded by family.

Funeral services were held May 8 at Pate Jones Funeral Home. Services were followed by burial at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion Ark., where she will be laid to rest next to her husband. A gathering was held following at the home of Sean and Chandra Savage in Southaven.

Bernice is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Madden Sr., sister, Imogene Smith, son, Rodney Madden, granddaughter, Buffy Kaplan, and great-grandson Parker Gibson.

Bernice is survived by son Herman Richard Madden Jr. and wife June of Mission Viejo, Calif.; daughters, Pam Mitchell of Ball, La., and Patty Morrow and husband, Rick, of Denham Springs, La.; grandchildren, Chandra Savage and husband Sean of Southaven, Braxton Mitchell and wife, Aarin, of Marion, Ark., Jason Madden and wife, Patty, of San Jose, Calif., Cain Madden of Thibodaux, La., Claudia Holifield and husband Chris of Vidalia, La., Tyler D’Aquilla, of Nanning, China, and Amber Morrow, of Denham Springs, La.; great-grandchildren, Kenneth Savage, Jordan Savage, Sabrina Kaplan, Ryker Mitchell, Jacob Riley, Olivia Holifield, Evelyn Holifield, Soan Madden, Tomas Madden, and Melody Madden; and nephew Billy Smith and wife, Nancy, of Arkabutla; and niece Lou Thomas and husband Phil of Southaven.

Online condolences can be made at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/westmemphis.

Gary Rowe

Gary David Rowe, 68, a retired maintenance supervisor and operator, died peacefully at his home on May 4, 2019.

Gary is best described as a devoted family man, an avid country music fan and drummer extraordinaire since the age of eight. He is preceded in death by his parents Jack and Edna Campbell Rowe.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nota Wallace Rowe of Tunica, daughter Rebecca Johnston of Memphis and his loyal companion Oscar; brothers, Jimmie Rowe (Mary) of Muscle Shores, Ala. and Billy Rowe (Mary K) of Senatobia; one sister Peggie Dean of Florence, Ala. Funeral services were May 8 at First Baptist Church in Tunica.

Memorials may be made to West Cancer Clinic or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Memorial Funeral Home in Tunica handled the arrangements.

James. H. Sweeney

Mr. James H. Sweeney, 82, of Hazel Green, Ala., formerly of åSenatobia, passed away on April 16, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family. 

James was born anåd raised in Janice, Miss., and was a good ole country boy who loved the outdoors, working with his hands, and fixing things that were broken. He served honorably in the United States Navy and the United States Air Force. He was then a professional driver for Trailways and Greyhound bus companies and retired after 35 years of safe driving with no accidents. James had the honor of driving the Ole Miss football team of which he was a huge fan. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Georgia Mae Fiveash Sweeney and by five uncles.

Surviving family members include his loving wife of 56 years Patricia Denton Sweeney; daughter and son-in-law, Claire and Mike Ragsdale; grandson Matthew Goss and his companion Stacey Marie Gambill; great-granddaughter who was the apple of his eye, Keira Daphne Goss;  sister-in-law, Jackye Stinnett.

Funeral services with full military honors at Hazel Green Funeral home followed with Chaplain Laura Lemley officiating.

Hazel Green Funeral Home was honored to serve the family.

Jerry Lynn Tigner

Jerry Lynn Tigner was born to Evie Lee (Cox) Tigner and Paul Malcolm Tigner on June 21, 1952, at Summerville, Tenn., and passed away on May 1, 2019, at Baptist DeSoto Hospital - Southaven.

He leaves his loving and devoted wife Laneta Faye Tigner; sister Linda Mischanko (Alex) of Portage, Ind.; brother-in-law, Jimmy Claunch, Oakland Tenn., and many neices and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Joanne (Tigner) Straight and Betty (Tigner) Claunch. Graveside services were held May 5 in the Magnolia Cemetery at Coldwater.

Brantley Phillips Funeral Home, Hernando was in charge of arrangements.

Johnnie Turner

Mrs. Johnnie R. Turner, 89, of Sardis passed away on May 2, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Mrs. Turner was born on May 20, 1929, in Arkansas to the late Mildred Johnson Smith and Alvin Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Baptist Church near Sardis. Mrs. Turner was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She leaves behind her loving family which includes her daughter, Joyce Studdard (Bobby) of Millington, Tenn.; four sons, Gary Smith (Martha) of Searcy, Ark., Kenny Crawford (Vicki), Timothy R. Turner (Holly) and Tommy H. Turner (Jackie), all of Sardis; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bruff H. Turner and two daughters, Terri Turner and Paula Hays. Funeral services were held May 4 in the Sardis Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Hickey officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Union Baptist Church. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Elbert E. Bobo

Elbert E. Bobo, 58, of Senatobia died Monday, May 6, 2019, in Senatobia.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 18 at Independent M.B. Church in Senatobia. Burial followed in Independent Tyro Cemetery.

He is survived by his son Kedrick E. Walker of Memphis; three sisters, Sherry Nunley of Como, Adrian Jackson of Richmond, Virg., Anita Newson of Senatobia and two brothers; Stanley Bobo and Darron Bobo both of Senatobia.

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Francisa Castillo

Francisca “Frances” Castillo, 94, of Coldwater passed away May 18, 2019, at Sardis Nursing Home.

She is survived by her daughter Eva Hood of Southaven; sons, Nephtali Castillo of Senatobia, Caleb Castillo of Colorado Springs, Col., Daniel Castillo of Coldwater and Samuel Lee Castillo of Tom Rivers, N.J.; brother Juan Reyes of Mexico; eight grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was the widow of Ramon S. Castillo and a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Services were held May 25 in the Chapel of Pate-Jones Funeral Home. Burial followed in Bethel Cemetery.

Willie Ray Faulkner

Willie Ray “Roy” Faulkner, 64, of Colorado Springs, Col., formerly of Senatobia, died Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Colorado Springs.

Funeral services were held May 26 at Mt. Calm M.B. Church in Coldwater. Burial followed in Mt. Calm Cemetery.

He is survived by his mother Rosie Lee Faulkner of Senatobia; two daughters, Jacqueline Rosenthal of Atlanta and Roxanne Thomas of Chicago; three sisters; Philistine Tate, Jessie Connard and Mary Ann Thomas all of Senatobia. and five brothers, Arthur Faulkner and Calvin Faulkner of Senatobia, Jell Taylor of Independence, Romus Faulkner of Chula Vista, Calif., and Charlie C. Geter of Horn Lake and two grandchildren.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.

Juanita Grant

Juanita Maude (Martin) Grant, 84, of Senatobia passed away May 16, 2019, at Senatobia Healthcare and Rehab.

She was a member of Coldwater First Baptist Church.

Her loving family includes her husband Hiram Grant (deceased); her children, Linda G. Taylor, Benjamin Grant, Martin Grant (deceased); stepchildren, Basil (deceased), Elaine, Gary Dean, Twilla; grandchildren, Clay, Jerrelle, Curt, Nicholas, Frankie, Chloe, Colby; great grandchildren, Garrett and Nathan.

A memorial service were held May 18, at Coldwater First Baptist Church.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Judy Lowrie

Judy D. Lowrie, 72, of Hernando and formerly of Senatobia passed away May 20, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto.

She is survived by her husband Bobby Lowrie of Hernando; daughter Lesley Beavers of Hernando; sons, Tony Lowrie (Ginger) of Hernando and J.B. Lowrie (Jennifer) of Senatobia; brother, Bill Dunaway (Mary Lee) of Pickwick, Tenn.; sisters-in-law Linda Carlisle (Richard) of Fort Smith, Ark. and Gloria Ward (Hubert) of Sardis; brothers-in-law, Dayton Williams of Senatobia, Billy Schoggen of Sarah, Joe Lowrie (Alpha) of Greenwood, Ark. and Donnie Lowrie (Belinda) of Senatobia; grandchildren, Anna Clark (Dan), Alex Beavers, Austin Beavers, Blake Lowrie, Laney Lowrie, Aiden Brunetti and Elizabeth Anne Brunetti and great-grandchildren Jackson Clark, Liam Clark and Elizabeth Clark. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Anne Dunaway, and sisters-in-law, Peggy Schoggen and Barbara Williams.  

Judy graduated from Senatobia High School in 1964.  Following graduation, she attended Northwest Mississippi Community College.  She married Bobby on October 3, 1969.  This year would have marked 50 years of marriage.Together they lived in Senatobia for close to 30 years before moving to Hernando. Judy started her career at Chromcraft where she worked for over 20 years and ended her career at Williams, Pitts & Beard as a bookkeeper before retiring in 2018.  

Judy’s favorite word was “joy”, which is fitting since it perfectly defines who she was. She had a contagious personality and was a compassionately strong mother (grand and great), sister, daughter and friend. She was a faithful and long-time member of Senatobia Church of Christ where she loved to sing.  She also enjoyed spending time traveling and shopping with her close circle of friends. She always had a competitive spirit, which included playing bunco for over 40 years and scrabble with her sister-in-law, Mary Lee. Later in life, Judy enjoyed spending time at the Hernando VFW with Bobby, a retired military veteran, where she became an avid shuffleboard player.After Bobby taught her how to crappie fish, she spent countless hours on the lake.  She always seemed to bring home the best fish, both in size and number, which she delighted in sharing with her family and friends at fish cookings that will remain unrivaled.   

Above all else, she loved the Lord, her family and her friends completely and without reservation. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren - who called her “Gee” - were her greatest joys, and she blessed them with unprecedented love and influence. She was loved beyond measure and her beautiful smile will be greatly missed. 

Funeral services were held at the Senatobia Church of Christ on May 24. Burial followed in Bethesda Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Senatobia Church of Christ or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Deborah LaShun Mays

Deborah LaShun Mays, 45, of Cordova, Tenn., formally of Coldwater, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Germantown

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 25, at Second Baptist Family Life Center in Coldwater. Burial followed in Second Baptist Cemetery in Coldwater.

She is survived by her daughter Summer Williams of Cordova; her father William Lee Miller of Como and a brother Marcus Antrion Miller of Norfolk, Virg.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dolores Miller.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.

Dolores Miller

Dolores Miller, 60, of Cordova, Tenn., formerly of Coldwater, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Germantown.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 25 at Second Baptist Family Life Center in Coldwater. Burial followed in Second Baptist Cemetery in Coldwater.

She is survived by a son, Marcus Antrion Miller of Norfolk, Virg.; four sisters, Jacqueline Haywood Simmons of Memphis, Dorothy Haywood of Coldwater, Inez Conley of Horn Lake and Debbie Haywood Lee of Milford, Kan.; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah LaShun Mays.

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

Sarah Thomas

Sarah Jones Thomas, 87, of Arkatbutla passed away May 17, 2019, at her residence.

She is survived by her daughters, Janet Jones Daniel (Rickey) of Arkabutla and Melinda Jones Haas (Wesley) of Southaven; son David B. Jones (Kathy) of Houma, La; brother, Buddy Rhodes of Arkabutla; grandchildren, Shelly Cates, Wayne Jones, Chad Daniel, April Kinney and Blake Haas and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Veazey Byers “Buddy” Jones and George Lamar Thomas; brother Bill Rhodes and grandson Charlie Daniel.

She was a member of Crockett Church of Christ. Services were held Monday, May 20 in the Chapel of Pate-Jones Funeral Home. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery.

Ralph Williams

Ralph Williams, 56, of Senatobia died Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven.

Funeral services were held May 25 at Paradise M.B. Church in Senatobia. Burial was in Antioch #2 M.B. Church Cemetery in Coldwater.

He is survived by five sisters; Shirley Knight of Gary, Ind., Robbie Spears of Charlotte, N.C., Francies McGhee and Bonnie Jones of Coldwater, Irene WIlliams of Southaven; and two brothers, Sammie C. Williams Jr. of Coldwater and Ira Williams of Byram.

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



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