Cora Lee Buckhalter
Funeral services for Cora Lee Buckhalter will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Bowens will officiate.
Visitation will be held today from 1 to 7 p.m. at West Memorial.
Mrs. Buckhalter died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 at West Point Community Living Center. She was 91.
William H. McCann
SHUQUALAK -- Funeral services for William H. "Bill" McCann were held Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at Shuqualak Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Shuqualak Cemetery. Pastor Ed Hurley and Bro. Don Tew officiated.
Visitation was held Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Cockrell Funeral Home in Macon.
Mr. McCann died Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at Noxubee General Hospital. He was 76.
Jay T. Keehley
Funeral services for Jay T. Keehley will be held at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 1 at Friendship Baptist Church. Junior Davis and Amos Branson will officiate. Visitation was held Sunday at Welch Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oddfellows Cemetery.
Mr. Keehley died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003 at Oktibbeha County Hospital. He was 60.
Born in St. Cloud, Minn., Keehley received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi and his Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Florida State University. Dr. Keehley practiced law in Starkville and was a philosophy professor at Mississippi State University. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Dawn Brister Keehley; two daughters, Courtney Coreene and Mollikate Keehley, all of Starkville; two sons, Maison Davis Keehley of Starkville and Thomas Holder of Cedar Bluff, Miss.; one brother, Michael Spencer Keehley of Dalton, Ga.; three sisters, Dianne M. DiDio of Atlanta, Ga., Patricia Keehley of Cedar City, Utah and Susan Keehley of Las Vegas, Nev.; and his mother, Coreene T. Flax of Cedar City, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leo James Keehley, Jr.
The family requests that no flowers be sent, only memorials to Friendship Baptist Church for the encouragement of Lisa Keehley and children.
Pearl Swanstrom Mixon
Pearl Swanstrom Mixon, born Nov. 28, 1921, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003 in Foley, Alabama. She was the widow of recently deceased John E. Mixon Jr.
Mrs. Mixon grew up in South Baldwin County where her family was one of the original Swedish settlers in the Silverhill area. Her grandfather, Theodore Johnson, was one of the founders of People's Supply Store in Silverhill. She was the daughter of Carl Swanstrom, builder of the first sawmill and first ice-making plant in Foley.
Mrs. Mixon attended Foley High School and was an honors graduate of Hostetler's Business School in Mobile, Ala.
Mrs. Mixon was first and foremost a mother and homemaker. After her youngest son entered school, she re-entered the business world. She worked for College Boards, Inc. as a member of the Scholastic Aptitude Tests results evaluation group.
She also worked as executive assistant to the plant manager of Wheaton Glass Company. She was vice president for administration for Oyster Bay Marine Corp. After retirement, she devoted her activities to her church, Trinity Baptist Church of Foley, Ala.
She is survived by sons Carl E. Mixon of Melbourne, Fla., Curtis R. Mixon of Crawfordville, Fla., and Barry S. Mixon of Starkville; sisters, Bernice Haller and Ida Reeves of Mobile, Ala.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 2 p.m. with the funeral service at 2 p.m. at Pine Rest Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pine Rest Memorial Park.
Funeral services for Randolph Pierce will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at 1 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Double Springs Methodist Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 5, 2003 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home.
Mr. Pierce died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003. He was 47. He was a Starkville resident, a carpenter, and a member of Starkville Church of God.
Memorial donations may be made to the Starkville Church of God.
Mary Estelle Mallory Winston
Graveside services for Mary Estelle Mallory Winston will be held today at 11 a.m. at Oktibbeha Memorial Park. Revs. Steve Davis and Tom Bryson will officiate.
Mrs. Winston died Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at Starkville Manor Nursing Home. She was 91.
Mrs. Winston was a Starkville native, a retired bookkeeper and dietician with Eckford Clinic, and a First Presbyterian Church member.
Survivors include two daughters, Nel Slaughter and husband Samuel W. Slaughter, Jr. and Mary Buchanan and husband Sam; two sons, Wilder Winston and wife Cecily and David Winston and wife Martha; nine grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.
Welch Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Willie Mae Johnson
Funeral services for Willie Mae Johnson will be Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Hill U.M. Church. Burial will be at Spring Valley Cemetery. Rev. Nelson Forrest will officiate.
Visitation will be held today from 1 to 7 p.m. at West Memorial
Mrs. Johnson died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003 at Starkville Manor Nursing Home. She was 72.
Bonnie Sue Davis
WEST POINT -- Memorial services for Bonnie Sue Davis will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Churchill Road here.
Bishop Jack Reed will officiate.
Ms. Davis died Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at her residence. She was 37.
Survivors include her two daughters, Anastasia Marie Cook and Cheryl Ann Dantzler, both of Starkville; father and mother, Donald Hubner and Bonnie Hubner, both of Starkville; two sisters, Donna Lynn Hubner and Barbara Ann Hubner, both of Starkville; and her grandmother, Mary Hubner of Starkville.
Imogene Herrod Curry
NEW ALBANY - Funeral services for Imogene Herrod Curry will be held Thursday, April 15, 2004 at New Albany Presbyterian Church. Burial will be at Vista Memorial Park. The Rev. William B. Everett will officiate.
Visitation will be held today from 5 to 8 p.m. at United Funeral Service.
Mrs. Curry died April 12, 2004 at her residence in New Albany. She was 74.
Cooper Jackson-Rivers Wade
A memorial service for Cooper Jackson-Rivers Wade will be held Thursday, April 15, 2004 at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church located in Ackerman off Highway 12 West.
Mr. Wade was born February 24, 2004 and died April 6, 2004 in Atlanta, Ga. He was six weeks old.
Survivors include his parents, Christopher Joseph and Lacy Nichole Wade; sister, Chloe Grace-Madison Wade; grandparents, Tom and Ramona Kiessler, Ed and Denise Thomas, Thomas Tennison, Lloyd and Cathy Edwards, Tony and Nicholette Wade; great-grandparents, Joan Still Duncan, Billie and Charles Tennison, Nell and Will Edwards, Jane Tidwell; and great-great-grandmother, Mozelle Barnett.
COLUMBUS - Funeral services for Tommy Kyles will be held Thursday April 15, 2004 at 1 p.m. at Carter's Funeral Services in Columbus. Burial will be at Pilgrim Rest in Brooksville.
The Rev. Joe L. Peoples will officiate.
Visitation will be held today from 3 to 8 p.m. at Carter's Funeral Services in Columbus.
Mr. Kyles died April 8, 2004 at Baptist Memorial Hospital. He was 53.
Thomas J. Busby
ACKERMAN -- Funeral services for Thomas J. Busby will be held at 3 p.m. today at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Salem Independent Methodist Cemetery. The Rev. Tim Long will officiate.
Visitation was held Friday evening at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman, which is handling the arrangements.
Mr. Busby died Thursday, June 3, 2004, at Choctaw County Hospital in Ackerman. He was 85. A retired farmer, plumber and business owner, he was a member of Bethany Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Allied headquarters in Africa and Italy. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is preceded in death by four brothers, Marion Busby, Calton Busby, Meek Busby and John Busby; and three sisters, Mary Hunt, Callie Gammilll and Irene Busby.
Survivors include his wife, Georgia Busby of Ackerman; one son, Tony Busby and his wife, Janet Miles Busby, of Ackerman; one grandson, Dewayne Busby and his wife, Renae Hood Busby, of Starkville; two great-grandchildren, Macey Rae Busby and Bryce Thomas Busby, both of Starkville; two sisters, Ida Shaw of Mathiston and Jimmie Louise Hicks of Olive Branch; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the building fund at Bethany Baptist Church in Ackerman.
Willie G. 'Bill' Wells
Funeral services for Willie G. "Bill" Wells will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Starkville Funeral Home. Burial will be in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. The Revs. Hulon Chaney and Reagan Rye will officiate.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Starkville Funeral Home, which is handling the arrangements.
Mr. Wells died Friday, April 9, 2004, in Starkville. He was 77. Born on Jan. 27, 1927, he was a Starkville resident, a manager of Dental Supply Co. for 55 years and a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Jackson. He also served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and during the Korean War, was a devoted father and husband and an avid golfer at Burns Park Golf Course in Arkansas.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Chancellor Wells, and father, Onus Wells Sr.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Johnnie Chesser Wells of Starkville; four sons, David Wells and Jimmie Wells, both of Little Rock, Ark., "Little Bill" Wells of Oklahoma and Tommy Wells of Houston, Texas; two stepdaughters, Diane Smith of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Judith Bugbee of Manassas, Va.; two stepsons, Mark Kinard of Maben and Stuart Kinard of Starkville; one sister, Betty Swindel of McComb; two brothers, Onus Wells Jr. of Crystal Springs and Bobby Wells of Murfreesboro, Tenn; and 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial donations may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
Helen Franklin Bright
EUPORA -- Funeral services for Helen Franklin Bright will be held today at 2 p.,m. at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in the Bluff Springs Cemetery in Choctaw County.
Visitation was held yesterday, December 10, 2003 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Oliver Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bright died Tuesday, December 9, 2003 at Beverly Health Care Nursing Home. She was 82.
Florence Ida Wright Shillingsburg
Florence Ida Wright Shillingsburg, 93, died on November 18 in Denton, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at the First Baptist Church chapel in Starkville.
A resident of Starkville from 1972 to 1998, Florence was Minnesota State Champion typist (1927), graduated from Northwestern Bible College, Minneapolis (1931); and spent forty years as a missionary in Colombia, South America, with her husband.
She authored three books and numerous magazine articles. She was member of the First Baptist Church in Starkville.
Florence was preceded in death by her husband William (1991 in Starkville), daughter Helen Doubleday Salazar, and great-grand daughter Rachel Nickle.
Survivors include Grace Ann Klaassen of Fort Worth, Texas, John William Shillingsburg of Kansas City, Mo., and Peter L. Shillingsburg of Barnardsville, N.C., eleven grand children and twelve great grand children.
Memorial donations may be sent to Avant Ministries, 1000 N. Oak Trfwy., Kansas City, MO 64155.
Ollie Lee Billups
WEST POINT -- Funeral services for Ollie Lee Billups will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Mt. Pelier Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The Rev. Bennie Brandon will officiate.
Visitation was held Friday at Carter's Funeral Services in Columbus and will be held one hour prior to service time today at the church. Pallbearers include friends of the family.
Mrs. Billups died Saturday, July 31, 2004, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was 73. She was born July 12, 1931, in Mayhew. She was a member of Mt. Pelier Missionary Baptist Church. She was a retired cook from Jean's Country Kitchen.
Survivors include two sons, William Wynn of Pearl and Leon Billups of West Point; three brothers, Pearly Billups and Cornelius Billups, both of West Point, and Jim Billups of Flint; two sisters, Helen Billups of West Point and Earline Gillispie of Artesia; eight grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.
Mrs. Billups was preceded in death by her parents, Minnie Hicks and Jim Billups, and four brothers Jim, Arthur, L.C. and L.A. Billups.
COLUMBUS -- Funeral services for Augusta Hill will be held at noon today at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Sandfield Cemetery. The Rev. Jimmy Pounds will officiate.
Visitation was held Friday at Carter's Funeral Services of Columbus. Pallbearers include friends of the family.
Mrs. Hill died on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004 at her residence. She was 71. She was born on October 10, 1932 in Macon. She was a member of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church. She was retired from the Mississippi University for Women Laundry Department.
Survivors include one son, Porter Hill Jr. of Columbus; one sister, Della Clay of Columbus, and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Hill was preceded in death by her parents, Harrison and Liza Wilbert; one son, Leroy Hill; one sister, Ida Bell, and two brothers, Robert Wilbert and Henry Wilbert.
Annie Louise Hall Miller
Funeral services for Annie Louise Hall Miller will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Welch Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oktibbeha Memorial Park.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Welch Funeral Home, which is handling the arrangements.
Mrs. Miller died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at Starkville Manor Nursing Home. She was 81. Other obituary information is incomplete and will be announced later by Welch Funeral Home.
Allie Augusta May Bridges
EUPORA -- Funeral services for Allie Augusta May "Aunt Gussie" Bridges will be held today at 2 p.m. at Mulligan Springs Baptist Church in Montgomery County. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Freddie Sue McElroy
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Funeral services for Freddie Sue McElroy will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church at 26th & Commerce Street. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 12:30-6 p.m. at Dubisson Funeral Home Chapel 1851 Marshall Street.