MINNIE LOU HEFLIN
Minnie Lou Heflin, 81, died Jan. 7 at Highland Home in Ridgeland. Services were Jan. 10 at Lakewood Funeral Home in Jackson with burial in Lakewood Memorial Park.
Mrs. Heflin owned and operated Heflin's Day Care for many years. She was a member of Pocahontas Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Heflin.
She is survived by her sons, Hugh Heflin and wife Sue of Brandon, and George Homer Heflin and wife Linda of Jackson; daughters, Anne James and husband Thomas of Vicksburg, and Linda Roby of Clinton; sisters, Rosie Renfroe of Vicksburg, and Glyn Boyles and husband Bobby of Flora; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
An online guest book may be signed at www.lakewoodfuneralhomes.com.
JOHN CLARK HENSLEY
J. Clark Hensley, 94, died Jan. 12 at Highland Home in Ridgeland.
Memorial services were Jan. 16 at Northminster Baptist Church. A private family burial was held in Lakewood Memorial Park.
He was born June 16, 1912, in Sullivan County, Mo., ordained to the ministry at age 18, and graduated from William Jewell College in 1935. He earned a master of theology and doctorate of theology degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., where he also served as adjunct professor in Religious Education and Counseling.
He served pastorates in Missouri and Tennessee before moving to Jackson in 1958 to become director of missions for the Hinds County Baptist Association. He became the first executive director of the Christian Action Commission, Mississippi Baptist Convention, in 1966 and retired in in 1982. Named executive director emeritus, he later became a consultant in family ministry programs for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board and took a second retirement in 1990.
Dr. Hensley wrote 14 books, including many related to Christian family ministry. His first book, "The Pastor as Educational Director," became a standard text in many colleges and seminaries.
He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Christian Life Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, in 1975 for leadership in social ethics, and was presented the Brooks Hays Christian Citizenship award in 1992. He served for 10 years as the recording secretary of the Mississippi Baptist Convention and eight years on the board of the Radio and Television Commission, Southern Baptist Convention.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Sipes Hensley of Clinton; three sons, Gary Hensley of Birmingham, Ala., Clark Hensley of Clinton and Dana Hensley of Brentwood, Tenn.; a brother, L.D. Hensley; a sister, Mrs. Emery Harris; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church, 1475 E. Northside Drive, Clinton. The family guest book may be signed at www.lakewoodfuneralhomes.com.
LILLY ELMIRA B. LUSK
Lilly Elmira Bridges Lusk, 69, died of heart failure Jan. 7 at her home.
Services were Jan. 10 at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church with burial in Bethel Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks handled arrangements.
A Lambert native, Mrs. Lusk retired from First National Bank in Clarksdale. She was a graduate of Northwest Mississippi Community College and was a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Oliver Mansel Lusk; sons, Oliver "Ollie" Lusk Jr. of Poplar Grove, Ark., and James O. Lusk of Clinton; brothers, Louis Bridges of Clinton, Leon Bridges of Ridgeland, C.A. "Sonny" Bridges of Southaven, Larry Bridges of Dauphin Island, Ala., and David Bridges of Lambert; and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Diabetes Association.
WILLARD ODELLE MCPHAIL
Willard Odelle McPhail, 77, died Jan. 9 at the G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery VA Medical Center.
Graveside services were Jan. 12 at Bunker Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Columbia.
Mr. McPhail served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. In the Navy, he worked as an electrical engineer.
He was a member of the Disabled Veterans, American Legion Post 1 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. McPhail loved everyone he met. He would do anything that he could to help someone. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodwork. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church, and a former member of the Boling Street Methodist Church.
Mr. McPhail is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty McPhail; his son, Rick McPhail and wife Theresa of Southaven; grandchildren, Lauryn Jenkins and husband Zach, Kaylan McPhail and Ryan McPhail, all of Southaven; and his sister, Mildred Mikell of Prentiss.
Memorials may be made to the Bunker Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 63 Bunker Hill Road, Columbia MS 39429 or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 145 Executive Drive, Madison MS 39110.
The family guest book may be signed at www.lakewoodfuneralhomes.com.
WILLIAM FRED MURPHY SR.
Services for William Fred Murphy Sr., 84, were Jan. 12 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Starkville with burial in Craig Springs Cemetery.
Mr. Murphy died Jan. 10 at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo.
He was born Nov. 10, 1922, in Craig Springs to Luther and Lula Snellings Murphy, who preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Dot Wallace Murphy; three children, Billy Murphy and wife Dicye of Starkville, Jan Scott and husband Bob of Corinth and Mike Murphy and wife Melanie of Clinton; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Louise Murphy Buckner of Starkville.
He was a devout Christian and member of First Baptist Church of Starkville. He loved his church, especially his men's Sunday school class. His devotion to God's work was expressed through his support of mission work and churches and was evident in the example he set for his family.
"Pop" will be well remembered and greatly missed by everyone whose life he touched. Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo.