Paul B. Willingham
Died: Sunday, April 28, 2002
Paul B. Willingham of Kirkland, Washington, formerly of Tunica, died in his sleep on April 28, 2002 at Lakevue Gardens Convalescent Center in Kirkland, WA. He was 92.
Mr. Willingham was born to Bradford and Georgia Willingham on September 22, 1909 in Eupora, MS. He attended Bennet Academy in Eupora and later moved to Greenwood, MS, where he met and married his wife before moving to Tunica in 1932.
Mr. Willingham worked in various city and county jobs, serving as city marshal, city manager, county deputy sheriff, and transportation manager for Tunica County Schools until he retired. In addition, he owned a general store north of town for several years and worked in sales for both the Chevrolet and Ford dealers in Tunica. He moved to Washington state in 1999.
Mr. Willingham was a member of Tunica Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing, old cars and piloting his own planes.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary Eve Willingham of Tunica; a son, Paul David Willingham of Kirkland, WA; a grandson, Michael Willingham of Medina, WA; a granddaughter, Susan Senescu of Monarch Beach, CA; and five great-grandsons.
Mr. Willingham was the oldest of five children. He was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Reggie Willingham, both of Memphis, TN, and is survived by two sisters and one brother, Sarah Pasley of Memphis, Clarice Jones of Washington, D.C., and Tom Willingham, also of Memphis.
Bleitz Funeral Home of Bellevue, WA was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Madeline Fitzgerald Almond
Died: Thursday, February 14, 2002
Services for Mrs. Madeline Fitzgerald Almond, 82, of Robinsonville, MS were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2002, at the Robinsonville United Methodist Church, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Tunica. Rev. Hughey P. Wood officiated at the services.
Mrs. Almond, retired post master in Robinsonville, died February 14 at Baptist Hospital DeSoto in Southaven. She was born in St. Joseph, Missouri.
She is survived by her husband Oscar Vernon Almond of Robinsonville; a daughter, Mary A.Woods of Chattanooga, TN; one son, John H. Almond of Canton, MS; and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Rob Abbay, Mickey Johnson, Byron Woods, Michael Young, Jason Jolly, Pat Johnson, James Woods, Jr., and Tim Sledge. Honorary pallbearers were Shea Leatherman, Bobby Leatherman, Marvin Goldman, Titus Johnson, George Vinzant, H.A. Edsell, R.I. Abbay III, and Ben Hykes.
The family requests that memorials be made to Robinsonville United Methodist Church.
Died: Saturday, February 09, 2002
Daniel Dean, 61, of Tunica died Saturday, February 9, 2002 in downtown Tunica. Graveside services were held on Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Bud Lane officiated at the services.
Dean was born October 23, 1940 in Miller County, Arkansas.
He is survived by one brother, James J. Dean of Tunica. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jewel Dean of Horn Lake, MS. The family requests that memorials be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
John Rich, Jr.
Died: Thursday, February 07, 2002
Services for John Rich, Jr., 99, of Clarksdale, MS were held on Wednesday, February 13, 2002, at Bell Grove Baptist Church in Clarksdale, with burial in McLaurin Gardens in Lyon, MS. Rev. Willie Morganfield officiated at the services.
Mr. Rich died February 7. He was a faithful member of Bell Grove Baptist Church and had been a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Hopson Chapel Baptist Church, and St. John Baptist Church in Chicago, where he was a deacon. He is former Tunican.
Mr. Rich was preceded in death by his first wife, Lula House Rich, by Clara Edwards Rich, and two children. He is survived by three sons, John Willis Rich and Oscar Rich, both of Chicago, and Walter Rich of Clarksdale; five daughters, Marie Vance of Chicago, Lizzie Young of Chandler, AZ, Mary L.Gladney of Dundee, MS, and Beatrice Hines and Yvonne Rich,both of Clarksdale; four stepsons, Joseph Smith, George Williams, Carie Williams, and Bennie Williams; four stepdaughters, Lula B. Smith, Josephine Bogues, Arie Williams, and Margaret Williams; 34 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren; 31 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of step grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers were George Hines, Jr., Michael Hines, Stanley Gladney, Robert E.Gladney, Monyette Gladney, Kenneth Cotton, C.B. Bennett, and Marvin Harris. Honorary pallbearers were Walter L. Rich, Oscar Rich, John Willis Rich, Joseph Binkley, Joseph Smith, Carie Williams, George Williams, and Bennie Williams.
Mrs. Jennie M. Williams
Died: Wednesday, February 06, 2002
Services for Jennie M. Williams, 84, of Tunica were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2002, at Henderson Funeral Home Chapel in Tunica, with burial in Lane Chapel Cemetery.
Mrs. Williams, a homemaker, died Feb. 6 at her home. She is survived by her husband, Johnnie Williams of Tunica; one son, Johnnie Williams, Jr. of Tunica; one sister, Jewel Felder of Tunica; one brother, George Siggers of Memphis, TN; and one grandchild.
Larry Maxwell Butler
Died: Tuesday, February 05, 2002
Services for Larry M. Butler, 60, of Cotter, AR, formerly of Tunica, retired civil engineer, were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at First Baptist Church in Tunica, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery here. Rev. Danny Smith and Rev. Doug Hardin officiated at the services.
Mr. Butler died Feb. 2 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, AR. He was a former county engineer and former administrator for Tunica County, a member of First Baptist Church and the Fairview Masonic Lodge of Fulton, and a former member of Tunica Rotary Club, the National Association of Civil Engineers and the Mississippi Association of Civil Engineers. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Surviving are his wife Nancy Pruitt Butler of Cotter; one daughter, Ashley Butler Boyd of Tunica; one son, Craig Sanders Butler of Murphreesboro, TN; his mother Helen Butler and father Sanders Grady Butler of Fulton, MS; one sister, Cathy Butler Peden of Red Bay, AL; and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Eubanks, Paul Battle III, Ed Weldon, Billy Watson, Clarence Hunter Pegram, and Kenny Tullos. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Battle, Jr., Wayne Bailey, Hugh Hawkins, Jim Tucker, Billy Pegram, James Dunn, John Dulaney, Ken Murphree, and Mrs. Geneva Henderson.
Linda Faye Bowens Lowery
Died: Wednesday, January 16, 2002
Services for Linda Faye Bowens Lowery, 34, of Memphis, TN, formerly of Tunica, were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at Fredonia M.B. Church, with burial at Forestdale Cemetery here.
Ms. Lowery died in an automobile accident on January 16, 2002 in DeSoto County. She was a patient representative and a member of Forestdale Baptist Church.
Ms. Lowery is survived by two sons, Cetris Centralli Lowery and Shelby Thomas Lowery, Jr., both of Memphis; her mother Rosie Lee Bowens and father Richard McClain, Jr., both of Tunica; stepdaughter Shundrica Harris of Tunica; two sisters, Brenda Blamo of Milton, FL and Shirley Lowery of Memphis; two brothers, Tyrone Bowens of Shoreline, WA and Tony Bowens of Tunica; and many other family members and friends.
Mrs. Eufala Shepherd Sartin
Died: Saturday, January 12, 2002
Mrs. Eufala Shepherd Sartin, 91, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, at her home in Tupelo, following an extended illness. Services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan.15, in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues in Tupelo, with Rev. Tim McMillan officiating. Graveside services were also held at 3 p.m. Jan.15 at Jonestown Cemetery north of Clarksdale, MS.
Mrs. Sartin was born in Texas April 7, 1910, to the late Frank Hester Henson and Allie Henson. She was raised and lived most of her life in the Mississippi Delta but had lived the past ten years in Tupelo. While in Clarksdale, she owned Pat's Dairy Bar and Betty and Ann's Restaurant. She was a member of Priceville Baptist Church in Tupelo. An avid gardener, she enjoyed working in her flowerbeds, around the home and especially enjoyed spending time with her family. Her husbands B.T. Shepherd, P.M. Ross and Chester Sartin preceded her in death.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty Hayes, Glynda Ashmore, and Marsha Gilbert, all of Tupelo; two sons, Donald Shepherd of Walls and Rodney Shepherd of Tupelo; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three daughters, Pat Balducci, Martha Ann Ross, and Jimmie Nell Ross; one son, Michael Shepherd; and two grandsons.
Pallbearers were Jerry Gilbert, Allan Gilbert, Mitch Ashmore, Scott Cryder, Steve Hayes, Scott Stewart and Gary Shepherd.
Mrs. Maurine H. Whitfield
Died: Thursday, January 10, 2002
Services for Mrs. Maurine H.Whitfield, 85, of West Memphis, AR were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2002 at the Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis, AR, with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park there.
Mrs. Whitfield, a former owner and operator of a West Memphis laundry, died Jan. 10 at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of West Memphis.
Mrs. Whitfield, the widow of John H. Whitfield, is survived by one daughter, Marilyn W. Darby of Tunica; one son, Don W. Whitfield of West Memphis; and four grandchildren.
The family requests that any memorials be made to the Good Neighbor Center in West Memphis.
Mrs. Thelma P. Montgomery
Died: Wednesday, January 09, 2002
Mrs. Thelma P. Montgomery, 83, of Amherst, Ohio, formerly of Tunica, died January 9, 2002 at Community Health Partners, Lorain, Ohio, following an extended illness. She was a native of Tunica and a 1936 graduate of Tunica High School. After marrying and moving to Amherst, she and her husband returned to Tunica until 1997, when they moved back to Ohio to be closer to family.
Services were held on Jan. 12 at Forest Hills South in Memphis, TN, with burial in Forest Hills Cemetery. Rev. Doug Hardin officiated at the services.
Mrs. Montgomery was a member of Tunica United Methodist Church and enjoyed cooking, baking, knitting and reading.
Surviving is her husband of 62 years, Russell "Jack" Montgomery; two sons, Russell "Al" Montgomery of Amherst and Harold Montgomery of Grafton, Ohio; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Elbert and Bernice Pruette and two sisters, Lillian Turner and Lila Fuller.
The family requests that memorials be made to Tunica United Methodist Church or New Life Hospice, Elyria, Ohio.
Mrs. Gradie Wolfe Boyd
Died: Thursday, December 27, 2001
Services for Gradie Wolfe Boyd, 91, of Tunica. were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001 at Tunica United Methodist Church, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Doug Hardin officiated at the services.
Mrs. Boyd, a home maker, died of heart failure on Dec. 27 at Northwest Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale.
She is survived by two sons, Francis Boyd and Jimmie Boyd, both of Tunica; two daughters, Gloria Bennett of Tunica, and Karen Corley of Clarksdale; one brother, Eldred Wolfe of Germantown, Tenn; two sisters, Louise Boyd of Clarksdale and Detta Douelson of Collierville, Tenn; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Pallbearers included Charles Wolfe of Memphis; Larry Franklin of Grenada; Preston Giles of Cordova, Tenn; Jeffrey Taylor of Olive Branch; Bobby Franklin of Senatobia; Josh Speerly of Collierville, Tenn; Edward Hester of Benoit and Billy Fields of Southaven.
Memorials may be made to the Tunica United Methodist Church or the Family Life Center.
Mrs. Margaret Grace Dew
Died: Wednesday, September 04, 2002
Services for Mrs. Margaret Grace Dew, 83, of Tunica were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at Tunica United Methodist Church, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Doug Hardin and Rev. Danny Smith officiated at the services.
Mrs. Dew, a retired secretary for Tunica County High School, died Sept. 4 at Baptist Hospital DeSoto in Southaven, MS. She was born March 28, 1919 in Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Dew is survived by two daughters, Carlene Rials and Peggy Canon, both of Tunica; one sister, Clesta Alloway of Pennsylvania; one brother, Bob Blen of New York; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Rich Cannon, Bill Rials, Norris "Bo" McIver, Rob Cannon, Rusty Connell, and Jesse Powell. Honorary pallbearers were Manning Rico, Hugh Hawkins, Ellis Koonce, Louise Thornton, and Jimmy Hudspeth.
The family requests that any memorials be made to Tunica United Methodist Church.
Died: Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Services for Herbert McIver, 70, of Arkabutla, MS, were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2002, at Evansville Baptist Church in Sarah, MS, with burial in the Evansville Cemetery.
Mr. McIver, a farmer, died August 28 at North Oak Regional Hospital in Senatobia, MS. He was a member of Evansville Baptist Church, a former Tate County supervisor, and was sheriff of Tate County for six years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II.
Mr. McIver is survived by his wife Bonnie Aldridge McIver of Arkabutla; three daughters, Jean Bradley of Senatobia, MS, Kay Camp of Southaven, MS, and Lori Jordan of Horn Lake, MS; three sons, Leon McIver of Hernando, MS, Rickey McIver of Batesville, MS, and Ron McIver of Sardis, MS; one sister, Clarice Weeks of West Memphis, AR; a brother, Norris "Bo" McIver of Savage, MS; 15 grandchildren and 17 step-grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
The family requests that memorials be made to the building fund at Evansville Baptist Church.