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Our Obituaries

Roscoe Lawrence Anderson

November 1, 1910 - January 7, 2013

Mr. Roscoe Lawrence Anderson, 102, of Starkville, MS, passed away at OCH Regional Medical Center on Monday, January 07, 2013. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Starkville and a Air Force veteran of World War II. Roscoe was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jefferson Anderson and Lola Baugh Anderson and wife, Daisy Crane Anderson. He is survived by his daughter, Donna...
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Johnny Irvin Chesser

September 25, 1946 - January 4, 2013

Mr. Johnny Irvin Chesser, 66, of Starkville, MS passed away at his residence on Friday, January 4, 2013. He is survived by his daughters, Randi Stephenson of Brandon, MS; Margaret Dennon of Cincinnati, OH; Michelle Kaufhold of Cincinnati, OH; and Dawn Johnson of Ocean Springs, MS; sister, Becki Eaton of Tuscaloosa, AL and brothers, Kelly Parrish of Sarasota, FL; and Gary Chesser of Starkville,...
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Martha Mauney Boyd Teeter

May 31, 1917 - December 29, 2012

Martha Mauney Teeter, 95 Martha Mauney (Boyd) Teeter, 95, of Columbus, MS, formerly of Lincolnton, NC, died peacefully on December 29, 2012, at Trinity Healthcare Center in Columbus, MS. Born May 31, 1917, in Maiden, NC, she is predeceased by her parents, Garland E. and Ethel Fern Mauney of Maiden, NC; predeceased by four brothers, Edgar (Mary), Glen (Eunice), Frank (Mary Louise), and Don...
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Louise Mithcell Whitehead

February 3, 1924 - December 25, 2012

Louise Mitchell Whitehead, 88, passed away on December 25, 2012 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, MS. She was retired from General Motors and Foodmax and she was a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Eula Mitchell; and her husband, Clinton Whitehead. She is survived by her son, Michael Lester Thomas (Margie) of Starkville, MS; one granddaughter; and...
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Frances Millican Linley

March 23, 1940 - December 22, 2012

Frances Millican Linley, age 72 passed away at the Oktibbeha County Regional Medical Center on December 22, 2012. Mrs. Linley was a retired office manager for Northeast Exterminating. She was a member of Meadowview Baptist Church. Funeral Services are scheduled for Sunday, December 23 at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Visitation will be from 1:00 – 2:00 prior to the service. Burial...
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Lori Rae Logue Roberts

December 19, 2012

Mrs. Lori Rae Logue Roberts, 50, died unexpectedly Wednesday at her home in Starkville, MS. Lori was born in Columbus, MS in 1962, attended her elementary school in New Orleans, La., her junior high at Warren Central in Vicksburg, her early high school on the island of Bahrain and graduated from London Central High School in London, England. She attended Mississippi State University. Lori and...
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Myrtle Hunter Fitzgerald

December 17, 2012

Myrtle Hunter Fitzgerald Myrtle Hunter Fitzgerald, age 100, died December 17, 2012 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, MS. She had been a resident of The Carrington for several years. Mrs. Fitzgerald was originally from Macon, MS but spent her later life in Meridian and finally in Starkville to be near her family. At the time of her retirement she worked in the Extension...
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Sharleen Butler Smith

June 26, 1926 - December 16, 2012

Sharleen Butler Smith, 86, born June 26, 1926, passed away at Harvest Manor Nursing Home on Sunday morning, Dec. 16, 2012. Sharleen is now at peace in the arms of her Heavenly Father, and her husband, Col. Calvin L. Smith. She was born and raised in Self Creek, Miss. She was a proud wife of 65 years, a mother, grandmother and friend. She leaves her legacy and cherished memories with her family....
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Martha Geraldine (Gerry) Watson Ammon

February 24, 1925 - December 13, 2012

Martha Geraldine (Gerry) Watson Ammon, age 87, passed away December 13, 2012, at her home in Starkville, MS. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, she had lived in Vicksburg most of her life before moving to Starkville in 2000. Her parents were the late Samuel and Helen Watson of Vicksburg. A 1943 graduate of Carr Central High School, she also attended All Saints Episcopal Junior College. She was an...
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Mary Ellen Hamill Fulgham

February 4, 1931 - December 12, 2012

Mary Ellen Hamill Fulgham, 81, passed away on December 12, 2012 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, MS. She was a retired Telephone Operator with the Telecommunications Department at Mississippi State University. She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Starkville and a Mississippi State University sports fan. She loved yard work and shared her joy of cooking with...
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Will Allen, Jr.

December 5, 1921 - December 10, 2012

Will Allen, Jr., 91, passed away on December 10, 2012 at his residence in Starkville, MS. Mr. Allen served in C Army Tenth Mountain Division 616 Field Artillery during World War II and a 1940 graduate of Mooreville High School in Mooresville, MS. He was a Sales Supervisor with Dairymen, Inc. and later as Receiving Clerk for Oktibbeha County. He was a member of Artesia United Methodist Church,...
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Charles B. (C.B.) Duke, Jr.

October 16, 1923 - December 9, 2012

Mr. Charles B. Duke Jr., age 89, died Sunday, December 9, in Hermitage, TN after a brief illness. He was a graduate of Enid High School in Enid, MS and attended Mississippi State University. He enlisted in the United States Army during his sophomore year. He served his country in the European Theater during World War II in Italy, France and Germany. After the war, he returned to MSU, graduating...
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James Doss (J.D.) McDonald

May 23, 1922 - December 5, 2012

Mr. James Doss (J.D.) McDonald, 90, of Sturgis, MS; passed away at his residence on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. J.D. was born in Clarke County, AL, on May 23, 1922. He moved to Mississippi at the age of 4 and spent his younger adult life farming in Glen Allen. He relocated to Sturgis in 1959 and retired from Herschede Hall Clock Company. He was a World...
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Kathy R. Edwards

October 19, 1962 - December 3, 2012

Mrs. Kathy R. Edwards, 50, of Sturgis, MS; passed away on Monday, December 3, 2012. She was a graduate of Mississippi State University in 1989 and earned her nursing degree. She is survived by her husband, Randolph Scott Edwards of Sturgis, MS; her father, Rev. Preston Bledsoe (Valetta) of Paducah, Kentucky; daughter, Tracy Davidson of Maben, MS; sons Trent Davidson of Maben, MS; and...
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Ethel Lorene Wilson White

June 19, 1919 - December 2, 2012

Ethel Lorene Wilson White, 93, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the Oktibbeha County Regional Hospital in Starkville, MS. Funeral services for Mrs. White are scheduled for Tuesday, December 4 at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville at 10:30. Visitation will be Monday, December 3 at Welch Funeral from 5-7 p.m. Burial will be in Oktibbeha Memorial Gardens Park. Mrs. White was born on...
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James L. Kellum

August 11, 1919 - November 22, 2012

Mr. James L. Kellum, age 93, passed away at his residence on November 22, 2012. Mr. Kellum retired from Mississippi State University as an Electronic Technician, a WWII veteran that served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corp, a member of the American Legion, a member of the Forty and Eight, a Gideon, a member of the 40th Technical Squadron Army Air Corp, and a member of Adaton Methodist...
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Pearlie M. Ballard

July 10, 1938 - November 16, 2012

Mrs. Pearlie M. Ballard, 74, of Starkville, MS, passed away on Friday, November 16, 2012 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Mrs. Ballard was a member of New Life Worship Center in Bradley and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ballard, parents, Bennie and Bell Gazaway; sons, Donald and Benny Smith; brothers, Thomas Gazaway, Edward Gazaway, William...
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George Pierce Mullendore

June 16, 1934 - November 13, 2012

Dr. George Mullendore George Pierce Mullendore passed away (in Starkville on) Tuesday, November 13, 2012. He was 78. George was born in Noxapater, MS, on June 16, 1934 to the late George A. and Ruth Young Mullendore and spent his early years in Noxapater, Meadville and Magnolia. In June 1955 he married Marilyn McGehee of Magnolia, and in August 1955 he graduated from Mississippi State...
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Malcolm Edward Henderson

January 18, 1919 - November 12, 2012

Malcolm Edward Henderson, 83, passed away on November 12, 2012 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, MS. He was a district service manager for Sears and Roebuck and a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Tupelo, MS. He was also a Korean veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Henderson and Mary Lula Emerson Henderson; and wife, Bonnie Jean Henderson. He is...
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Ellen Maylene Shurden Kendrick

October 9, 1930 - November 11, 2012

Mrs. Ellen Maylene Shurden Phillips Kendrick, 82, of Starkville, MS, passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. Mrs. Kendrick was born on October 9, 1930 in Cleveland to the late Terrell M. Shurden and Bertha Gladys Baker. Ellen was a retired phone operator with OCH Regional Medical Center and Mississippi State University. She was a loving mother...
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Bobbie Jean Reed Carmichael

April 7, 1936 - November 11, 2012

Bobbie Jean Reed Carmichael, 76, passed away on November 11, 2012 at her residence in Starkville, MS. She was retired from vocational rehabilitation with state of Mississippi and a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She was a most loving, caring, kind, and gentle mother, grandmother and sister. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Henry Reed and Lydia Bigham Reed; her husband,...
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Grace Cox Gardner

January 13, 1921 - November 9, 2012

Mrs. Grace Cox Gardner 91, of Starkville, MS, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2012 at her residence. Visitation for Grace will be held at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville, MS on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Starkville conducted by Rev. Eli Gardner. Burial will follow in Saulsbury...
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Archie Dale Chesser

October 28, 1951 - November 9, 2012

Archie Dale Chesser, 61, died November 8, 2012 at UAB in Birmingham, AL. He was the retired owner of New Process Cleaners and Minister of Music at Sturgis Baptist Church and also former Minister of Youth. He served three other churches as Minister of Music and Youth, New Hope Baptist Church in Longview, Cedar Bluff Baptist Church, and Bethel Baptist Church in Columbus, MS. He blessed his...
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Virgil C. Cordero, III (V.C.)

September 25, 1918 - November 7, 2012

Virgil C. Cordero, III (V.C.), 94, passed away on November 7, 2012 at Vicker's Personal Care Home in Starkville, MS. He was a retired Master Sgt. in the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by two daughters, Cathy Pittman (Chuck) of Starkville, MS and Maria Bisset (John) of Casselberry, FL; one son, Virgil C. Cordero, IV (Pam) of Winter Springs, FL; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will...
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Vivian Lee Thigpen Whitfield

July 13, 1954 - November 5, 2012

Vivian Lee Thigpen Whitfield, 58, passed away on November 5, 2012 at her son's residence in Brandon, MS. She was a retired manager in the Sample Department of Garan and a member of Adaton United Methodist Church. Mrs. Whitfield was preceded in death by her parents, Iverson Hoover Thigpen and Bessie Duke Thigpen. She is survived by her husband, Tom Whitfield of Starkville, MS; sons, Tommy...
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Peggy Ann Upchurch Bush

April 2, 1947 - November 2, 2012

Peggy Ann Upchurch Bush, 65, passed away on November 2, 2012 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, MS. She was a retired mortgage loan officer with Trustmark National Bank and a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She was also on the Salvation Army Auxiliary, 412th Engineer Command Family Support Group, Vicksburg Builder's Association, and an Affiliate member of the...
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James Roland Wilson

July 24, 1928 - November 1, 2012

James Roland Wilson of Starkville, Mississippi, died peacefully in his sleep on November 1, 2012, following a lengthy illness. He is survived by two daughters, R. Pickett Wilson (Will Locke) and Carolyn McKenzie (Bert) of Starkville and a son, Rodney Wilson of Arlington, Texas. Other survivors include a granddaughter Lauren Galletti (Matthew) of Downington, Pennsylvania, three grandsons Sean...
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Ruby Leona Roberts

June 24, 1922 - October 31, 2012

Ruby Leona Roberts, 90, passed away on October 31, 2012 at her residence in Starkville, MS. She was an assembly line worker for Howard Furniture and a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hunter Allen Branning and Lottie May Pierce Branning; husband, George A. Roberts; and a son, Gene A. Roberts. She is survived by daughters, Mary Christy and Gwen...
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Arthur Milton Sisk

November 26, 1934 - October 29, 2012

Arthur Milton Sisk, 77, passed away on October 29, 2012 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. He was a retired shipping supervisor with Babcock and Wilcox for 44 years. Mr. Sisk was also a member of First Baptist Church in Mathiston, MS. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lewis Sisk and Edna Dunaway Sisk. He is survived by his wife, Mary Elner Sisk of Mathiston,...
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Clarence Devane Dorman

November 13, 1930 - October 18, 2012

Clarence Devane Dorman-October 18, 2012 Clarence Devane Dorman of Starkville, 81, died Thursday, October 18, 2012 at his residence. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at Starkville Church of God with Rev. Hank Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Oddfellows Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at Welch Funeral Home. Welch...
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Charles Abbott Little

February 23, 1927 - October 15, 2012

Charles Abbott Little, 85, died Monday, October 15, 2012 at Starkville Manor. Visitation will be held Friday, October 19, 2012 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m at the church. Mr. Little was born in Framingham, MA and grew up in Winthrop, MA. He graduated from Lowell Textile Institute in Lowell, MA as a textile design...
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Dorothy Lackey Peden

March 13, 1927 - October 14, 2012

Dorothy Lackey Peden, 85, went home to be with her Lord Sunday, October 14, 2012 at Oktibbeha County Regional Medical Center in Starkville. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 18th at First Presbyterian Church, Starkville, the Reverend Joey Sherrard officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 17th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 18th from 10:00...
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Myrtle Avis Files Sides

October 7, 1929 - October 13, 2012

Myrtle Avis Files Sides, age 83, passed at Starkville Manor on Saturday, October 13, 2012. She was a homemaker and a member of Adaton Baptist Church. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the Welch Funeral Home Chapel in Starkville. Visitation will be Monday, October 15 from 5-7 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home. Burial will be in the McClelland Cemetery. ...
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Bryan Winfred Sherman

July 9, 1929 - October 4, 2012

Bryan Winfred Sherman, was born on July 9, 1929 and passed away on October 4, 2012 at his residence in Starkville, MS. He was a retired minister with Lake Harbor Baptist Church and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, where he sang in the church choir. He was a School Administrator, Mason, devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather. His first love was Jesus Christ. He is survived...
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William Joiner Pope, Sr.

October 3, 1930 - September 30, 2012

William Joiner Pope, Sr. died Sunday, September 30 at Oktibbeha County hospital following a brief illness. Visitation will be from 1 to 3, Wednesday, October 3, at Center Grove Baptist Church, with a full military graveside service at 3:00 at Center Grove Cemetery. The Reverend Joel Hudson will officiate. Pope was born October 3, 1930 in Helena, Arkansas to Isham C. Pope and Ruby Joiner Pope. ...
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Paul B. Jacob

June 9, 1922 - September 25, 2012

Paul B. Jacob died September 25, 2012 at Meridian, Mississippi. He was 90 years of age. Mr. Jacob retired from Mississippi State University in 1988 as Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Associate Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department where he served for 43 years. He was a native of Columbus, MS and was preceded in death by his parents, Paul B. Jacob, Sr....
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Laura Harpole Bishop

November 18, 1920 - September 24, 2012

Laura Harpole Bishop died September 24, 2012, at Whitfield Nursing Home in Corinth, MS. She was born November 18, 1920, to the late Edna Douglas and Squire Harpole in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. She graduated as valedictorian of her Maben High School Class of 1938 and also graduated from Wood Junior College in Mathiston, Mississippi. She was a homemaker, loved and revered by her family,...
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Nancy Chambers Ray

August 31, 1962 - September 21, 2012

Nancy Chambers Ray, age 50, passed away September 21, 2012 at the University Medical Center in Jackson, MS. She is a member of Self Creek Baptist Church. Services are scheduled for Tuesday, September 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Visitation is scheduled for Monday, September 24 at Welch Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Park. ...
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Calvin Monk Wright

November 17, 1924 - September 21, 2012

Calvin (Monk) William Wright, age 87, passed away at his residence in Eupora on September 21. Prior to retirement Mr. Wright was a Mill Right Welder for Material Service. He served in the U.S. Air Corp during WWII and was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 45 years. His funeral service is scheduled for Monday, September 24 at 10 a.m. at the Starkville Church of God. Visitation is scheduled...
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Michael Ross Montgomery

April 7, 1972 - September 20, 2012

Michael Ross Montgomery, 40, passed away on September 20, 2012 in Starkville, MS. He grew up in Long Beach, MS. He was a landscape designer with Mississippi Gardens and attended Broadmoor Baptist Church, Adaton Baptist Church and New Covenant Church. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University, with two bachelor degrees; one in Landscape Architecture and the other in Landscape...
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Judith Altom Kent Guess

October 27, 1946 - September 12, 2012

Mrs. Judith Kent Guess was born October 27, 1946. She passed away on September 12, 2012. Mrs. Guess is survived by her two sons, Andy Yates (Karen) and Jay Yates (Amy); a brother, John Kent (Linda); grandsons Josh Yates and Kent Yates. Judith was a loving mother, sister, daughter and aunt. She was born and raised in Natchez, but also loved her adopted home of New Orleans. She was a...
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Kathryn Ann Peer Kimbrough

September 8, 1923 - September 5, 2012

Kathryn Ann Peer Kimbrough, 88, passed away on September 5, 2012 at Vicker's Personal Care Home in Starkville, MS. She was the first Administrative Assistant to the first Dean of Mississippi State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine. She retired from the vet school in 1986 and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Starkville. She was preceded in death by her parents,...
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Q. B. Hunt

January 24, 1923 - September 3, 2012

Mrs. Q. B. Hunt, 89, of Starkville, Ms, passed away at the Carrington Nursing Facility on Monday, September 3, 2012. She was a member of Wake Forest Baptist Church and the Bradley Woman's Club. Mrs. Hunt is survived by her 3 daughters, Dixie McMinn (Sammy) of Sturgis, MS; Maxie Bagwell of Memphis, TN; and Judy Arruza (Xavier) of Tampa, FL; a son Hayes Hunt (Marina) of Starkville, MS;...
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Maxine Bross

September 1, 2012

Maxine Bross, 89, passed away on September 1, 2012 at her residence in Haleyville, AL. She retired with the Defense Plant Factory. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Webb and Ada Bell Tyra Webb; husband, Daniel M. Bross; and a son, Archie Neal Ketchum. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Ann Edmonds of Haleyville, AL and Betty Alfreda Williams of Flossmoor, IL; daughter...
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Douglas Howell Goodwin

October 7, 1962 - September 1, 2012

Mr. Douglas Howell Goodwin, 49, of Starkville, MS, passed away at OCH Regional Medical Center on Saturday, September 1, 2012. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Broker/Owner of Maroon and White Realty, member of the Mississippi Association of Realtors, member of the National Association of Realtors, sponsor of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and member of the Starkville Academy...
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Sue Cleveland Blackbourn

April 9, 1941 - August 29, 2012

Sue Cleveland Blackbourn earned her wings on August 29, 2012, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, surrounded by her loving family and certainly smiling all the way to the arms of Jesus. Sue was born on April 9, 1941, at Laird Hospital, Union, Mississippi. She grew up in Lexington, Mississippi, and enjoyed playing the clarinet and performing as a majorette in addition to participating in the Glee Club and...
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Kathryn Rose Pendagraph Stich

September 28, 1945 - August 28, 2012

Kathryn Rose Pendagraph Stich, 66, passed away on August 28, 2012 at her home in Starkville, MS. She was a retired teacher with Starkville Public Schools. Teaching and mentoring was her life; also knitting and science fiction. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Lawrence Pendagraph and Kathryn Elizabeth Arsenovich Pendagraph; and a son, Gregory James Stich. She is survived...
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Mary Frances Thaxton Lindsey

August 15, 1929 - August 28, 2012

The cowbells are ringing in Heaven as the Lord welcomes Home one of the most devoted MSU Baseball fans that the University has ever had. Mary Francis Thaxton Lindsey passed away in the early morning hours of August 28, 2012 from continued medical complications. She was born August 15, 1929 in Starkville, MS. A strong nurturing woman enjoyed every moment of life until the age of 83. Mary Lindsey...
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Mary Upchurch Brooks

May 31, 1925 - August 24, 2012

Mary Emily Upchurch Brooks, 87, passed away on Friday, August 24, 2012 at Oktibbeha County Medical Center in Starkville, Mississippi. Mrs. Brooks was born on May 31, 1925 to Robert Wirt Upchurch and Rubie Bruce Upchurch at the family home on Whitfield Street in Starkville. Mrs. Brooks graduated from Starkville High School and attended Mississippi State College for Women majoring in Home...
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Rodney Wayne Smith

April 24, 1974 - August 23, 2012

Mr. Rodney Wayne Smith, 38, of Starkville, MS; passed away at University Medical Center in Jackson, MS on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Rodney was a self-employed sub-contractor. He was also an Army veteran. Rodney was preceded in death by his father Limmie E. Smith, Jr. and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Limmie E. Smith. He is survived by his mother, Wanda Smith of Starkville, MS; sons,...
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Rhonda Marie Price

August 7, 1960 - August 20, 2012

Rhonda Marie Price, 52, passed away on August 20, 2012 in Caledonia, MS. Rhonda was an active member of AA and loved animals. She was a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Roy Price, Jr. and Margurette Crowe Price; and brother, Jerre R. Rosenblum. Rhonda is survived by her sister, Emily Price Garrard (Jim) of Starkville, MS; brother, Roy Kim Price of Columbus, MS;...
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William Stennis (Bill) Henry

September 6, 1955 - August 20, 2012

William Stennis (Bill) Henry September 6, 1955-August 20, 2012 Bill Henry passed away at home on Monday, August 20, 2012. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville, MS, with services immediately following, officiated by Rev. Neal Cordell, with interment at Morgan Chapel Baptist Cemetery in Sturgis, MS. Bill was born on...
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Jeffrey Daniel Tillman

December 2, 1957 - August 20, 2012

Mr. Jeff Tillman, 54, after battling cancer, is finally at rest. He grew up in the military, moving all over the world. He graduated from Nurnburg High School, Germany and Jones Junior College, where he received a degree in electronic technology. Jeff was a passionate semi-professional musician. He played in bands in MS, AL, LA and TX such as Bad Boy and Witness. He was a roadie for the band...
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Fred Adrian Blocker

March 17, 1922 - August 15, 2012

Fred Adrian Blocker A private family graveside service was held on Friday, August 17 at Memorial Garden Park cemetery for Fred Adrian Blocker who died August 15, 2012. The Reverend Joey Sherrard of First Presbyterian Church and Dr. Freddie Rasberry of Osborn Presbyterian Church and son-in-law of the deceased, officiated. Mr. Blocker was born on March 17, 1922 to Adrian and Zelma Blocker...
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John Calvin Crecink

December 4, 1921 - August 12, 2012

John Calvin Crecink, 90, passed away on August 12, 2012 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, Mississippi. He was an Agricultural Economist with the USDA at Mississippi State University. Mr. Crecink was a WW II Navy veteran. He loved his family and MSU. Mr. Crecink was preceded in death by his parents, Webster John Crecink and Mary Emma McMillon Crecink; and his wife, Jane Ragan...
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Sonny Breland

June 29, 1945 - August 9, 2012

Ester John (Sonny) Breland, Jr., 67, passed away on August 9, 2012 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. Mr. Breland was retired director of maintenance and housekeeping for Starkville Manor and was in sales for Gary's Pawn and Gun. He was an adjunct professor at East Mississippi Community College. He also had worked as a potter and in construction for many years. Mr. Breland...
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Edward Paul Hendrick

August 2, 1951 - August 6, 2012

Edward Paul Hendrick, 61, passed away on August 6, 2012 at his residence in Sturgis, MS. He was a veteran in the U.S. Air Force and a former member of the Bass Club. He loved Mississippi State University sports and playing softball and the fellowship he had with the players. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard Hendrick and Catherine Lindsey Hendrick. He is survived by his son,...
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Jenice C. Allgood

March 5, 1973 - August 6, 2012

Jenice C. Allgood, 39, passed away on August 6, 2012 at University Medical Center in Jackson, MS. She was a graduate of Starkville High School and East Mississippi Community College School of Nursing and a former employee of Rolling Hills Nursing Home and The Lodge. She was a member of Left Field Lounge and a devoted baseball mom for 13 years. She was a loving sister and wonderful daughter. ...
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Billie Walker White

December 11, 1927 - August 1, 2012

Billie W. White Services for Billie Walker White will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Meadowview Baptist Church. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2012 at Welch Funeral Home. Mrs. White died August 1, 2012. She was 84 years old. The daughter of William Abercrombie Walker and Pearl Ellis Walker of Clay County, Mississippi, she was predeceased...
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Edward Wayne Vaughan

April 28, 1926 - July 31, 2012

Edward Wayne Vaughan, 86, passed away on July 31, 2012. Growing up a farmer, he attended Maben High School. With the Navy taking him from the classroom, his mother accepted his high school diploma on his behalf while he was serving overseas. Wayne was a sailor in WW II where he served in Okinawa and Battle of the Philippine Islands. He was a carpenter for several years before working for the...
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Geoffrey Walkup Guyton

March 13, 1963 - July 27, 2012

Geoffrey Walkup Guyton, lifelong resident of Starkville, MS, died Friday, July 27, 2012. Following an illness, Geoff passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. Geoff is survived by a wife, Charlotte Hester Guyton; a stepson, Justin Head (& Evelyn) of Starkville, MS; three sisters, Lane Guyton Gilbert (&Rick) of Benton, Colleen Guyton Tindoll(&Scott) of Saltillo, Elizabeth H. Guyton of...
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Leon Usco Shook

October 7, 1941 - July 26, 2012

Leon Usco Shook, 70, born October 7, 1941, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 26, 2012. Other than the love for his family, he had a great passion for fishing and gardening and most of all, helping others. He was generous with his vegetable garden and believed in helping family and friends alike. He enjoyed his job with MSU Shuttle Operations and getting to know the students...
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Rona Elizabeth Stallings Coleman

April 7, 1918 - July 20, 2012

Rona Elizabeth Stallings Coleman, age, 94, passed away on July 20, 2012 at Vickers Personal Care Home in Starkville, MS. She was a retired homemaker and was reared in the town of Maben. Her hobbies included cooking, quilting, and serving the church. Services are scheduled for Monday, July 23 at Friendship Baptist Church of Sturgis, Ms at 10 a.m. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday,...
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James Varner (Nap) Clark

June 19, 1930 - July 18, 2012

James Varner (Nap) Clark, age 82, died peacefully at his youth camp on Wednesday July 18, following a long fruitful life serving the Lord Jesus Christ. His service was marked by a passion to present God's priceless gift of forever life by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Visitation will be at Emmanuel Baptist Church from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2012. The...
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Harry Wellborn Cole

October 1, 1943 - July 16, 2012

Harry Wellborn Cole, age 68, died peacefully in his home on Monday July 16, following a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry LeRoy Cole and Lucy Virginia Wellborn Cole of Starkville. Mr. Cole is survived by his wife of 20 years, Patricia Taylor Cole, one son, John Wellborn Cole of Durham, North Carolina, and one daughter, Caroline Ann ...
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Oscar Perry Boyett

July 29, 1929 - July 4, 2012

Mr. Oscar Perry Boyett, 82, of Starkville, MS, passed away at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Mr. Boyett graduated from Starkville High School in 1947 and from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1951. After college he served in the U. S. Army from 1951-1953. He enjoyed hunting, as a young man, and later enjoyed fishing and gardening as well as...
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Phillip Patton Ervin

April 12, 1962 - June 24, 2012

Phillip Patton Ervin, 50, passed away on June 24, 2012 at Baptist Hospital in Collierville, TN. He was a corporate accountant for International Paper and a member of Bellevue Baptist Church. Mr. Ervin was a graduate of East Mississippi Jr. College, where he was on a baseball scholarship and he attended Mississippi State University and an honors graduate from Christian Brothers University in...
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Kay Arnett Parvin

September 1, 1947 - June 23, 2012

Kay Arnett Parvin Kay Parvin, 64, born Sept. 1, 1947 in Memphis, Tenn., died Saturday, June 23, 2012 at her home in Starkville. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at the First Baptist Church Chapel in Starkville. Rev. Stacy Parvin Fuller and Rev. Clifton Curtis will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012 at First Baptist...
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James E. Springstead

September 5, 1942 - June 20, 2012

James E. Springstead, 69, passed away on June 20, 2012 at his residence in Caledonia, MS. He was a retired machine technician with Omnova Solutions, very active in his church, Immanuel Baptist Church for 40 years, where he was a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and was one of the founding fathers for Immanuel Christian School. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Ross Springstead and...
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Evalyn Elizabeth Swearinger Sherman

August 16, 1917 - June 16, 2012

EVALYN ELIZABETH SHERMAN Evalyn Elizabeth Sherman passed away June 16, 2012 at Carrington Nursing Center in Starkville, MS. She was 94 years old. Mrs Sherman was born August 16, 1917 to the late Thomas Alan and Nancy Evaline Swearingen of Weirton, West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ned O. Sherman. Surviving is one sister Helen D. Markle of Weirton, West Virginia,...
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Keith Scarbrough

December 2, 1957 - June 16, 2012

Mr. Keith Scarbrough, 54, of Starkville, MS; passed away at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Keith was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, a mason and a shriner. He was also an avid Harley rider, hunter and loved his friends and outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Tracy Oswalt Scarbrough of Starkville, MS; daughter, Kelsey...
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Larry Hugh Graves, Sr.

July 31, 1942 - June 14, 2012

Larry Hugh Graves, Sr.,69, passed away June 14, 2012 in Tupelo, Mississippi due to complications from a stroke. Mr. Graves was born July 31, 1942 in Yazoo City, Mississippi to the late Mary Elsie Smith Graves and the late L.H. Graves. He graduated from Brookhaven High School and Mississippi State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in education, master's degree in counseling and a...
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Jack Dean Wiggers

November 25, 1934 - June 9, 2012

Mr. Jack Dean Wiggers, 77, of Starkville, MS, passed away at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville on Saturday, June 9, 2012. He was born on November 25, 1934, in Sunflower County, to Henry Morgan Wiggers, Jr. and Mallie Wise Wiggers. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Henry Morgan "Skeet" Wiggers, III and Robert Samuel "Bobby" Wiggers. His late wife, Pauline Wright...
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Mary Strange Troutman Sparrow

August 11, 1919 - June 2, 2012

Mary Strange Troutman Sparrow, 92, died June 2, 2012, at The Carrington Nursing Home in Starkville, Mississippi. Strange, as she was known to her many friends in Charlotte, was born August 11, 1919, in Polkton, NC, to Thaddeus and Mabel Bennett Troutman. She married Clarence A. (Jack) Sparrow on Christmas Day, 1938, and spent her adult life in the Steele Creek Community of Charlotte before...
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Mamie Sue Miller Kerr

May 30, 2012

Mamie Sue Miller Kerr, born October 19, 1930, passed away at her home in Starkville, MS on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. A memorial service will be Sunday, June 3, 2012, 3:00 p.m. at Starkville First United Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior to the service. In addition to her parents Willie and Estelle Miller, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Homer Weir Kerr, Jr....
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Leonard S. Wray, Jr.

July 15, 1920 - May 29, 2012

Leonard S. Wray, Jr., 91, passed away on May 29, 2012 at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford, MS. He was a retired railroad clerk for ICG Railroad, farmer, and a member of Artesia Methodist Church. He was also a WW II Army veteran, where he was a Merrill's Marauder and he also served in Here's Your Infantry. He received the bronze star, a silver star and other medals. He was...
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Robert Clark "Bob" Parker

February 2, 1943 - May 28, 2012

Robert Clark "Bob" Parker, 69, passed away on May 28, 2012 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, MS. He was retired Professor Emeritus from the Department of Forestry in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Starkville. He received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Auburn University and his Ph.D. from the...
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Julie Kamille Niven

August 13, 1968 - May 23, 2012

On May 23, 2012, the Lord took his angel, Julie Kamille Niven, 43, home to be with him. Kamille was born August 13, 1968 to her precious parents, Charles and Linda Niven. She attended Pickens County High as well as Shelton State. Kamille loved her Lord and shared his love daily. In addition to her parents, she leaves to cherish her memories her beloved daughter, Alecea Michea Niven; her...
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Hattie Rose Barnhill

March 19, 1910 - May 20, 2012

Hattie Rose Barnhill Hattie Rose Barnhill, age 102, died at Vickers Personal Care Home Sunday May 20,2012. Visitation will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 22 at First Baptist Church, Starkville with funeral to follow at 1:00 p.m A graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Winona at 3:15 p.m. Born 3/19/1910 to Dora Hardwick Harville and George William Harville in Northeast...
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Steven Oswalt "Ozzie" Rogers

May 22, 1957 - May 19, 2012

Ozzie Rogers Steven Oswalt Rogers died Saturday, May 19, 2012 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 5:00 Wednesday afternoon at First United Methodist Church, 200 West Lampkin Street, Starkville, Mississippi. Visitation will be held at 2:30 at the church. Interment will follow in the Memorial Garden Park Cemetery in Starkville, MS. Welch Funeral Home is in charge of the...
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Thomas D. Cook, Sr.

October 16, 1926 - May 18, 2012

Thomas D. Cook, a long-time resident of Starkville, MS, died peacefully at his home on Poor House Road on May 18, 2012. Mr. Cook was born in the Beth Eden Community in Winston County, Mississippi, on October 16, 1926, but moved as a young boy with his family to Bradley, Mississippi. He graduated from Longview High School and received his BBA degree from Mississippi State. Mr. Cook served...
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Carolyn Greenlee Boling

September 10, 1945 - May 17, 2012

Carolyn Greenlee Boling was born September 10, 1945 in Vaiden, MS and passed away on May 17, 2012. She was a member of Adaton Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Leroy Boling,of Starkville her two daughters Myra Keasler (Mike) of Starkville, MS and Tina Lentz (Mark) of Petal, MS. Sisters Sharon Hewlett, Starkville, MS Pat Oswalt, Starkville, MS and brother Billy...
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Alton "Jerry" Crumpton

August 7, 1935 - May 15, 2012

Mr. Alton "Jerry" Crumpton, 76, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in Tupelo. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 18 at Fellowship Baptist Church. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Welch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Jerry was a native of Starkville and actively farmed in the Starkville community for over 60 years....
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Treasure Kaitlyn Huffman

September 30, 1992 - May 9, 2012

Treasure Kaitlyn Huffman, 19, passed away on May 9, 2012 in Starkville, MS. She was a graduate of Starkville High School, where she was involved in drama and on the Honor Roll. She was a student at Mississippi State University, where she was on the President List and the Dean's List. She was also a Baptist and loved theatre, computers & music. She loved her family dearly. She was preceded in...
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Summer LeAnn McWhorter Pitts

March 19, 1979 - April 25, 2012

Summer LeAnn McWhorter Pitts, 33, passed away on April 25, 2012 at University Medical Center in Jackson, MS. She was a Cosmotologist. She was preceded in death by her father, Gary McWhorter; and grandparents, W. E. McWhorter, Jr. and Hulene McWhorter. She is survived by her children, Skylar and Tyler Pitts, both of New Hope; mother, Deborah McWhorter Brown; step-father, Barry Brown; sister...
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Julio Silvio Diaz

July 9, 1922 - April 24, 2012

Reverend Julio Silvio Díaz was born in Añatuya, Argentina, on July 9th, 1922. He passed away April 24 at his home in Maben, Mississippi. Visitation will take place at First Baptist Church, Maben, Mississippi, on Thursday evening, April 26, 5-7:00, Memorial Service will also take place at First Baptist Church, Maben, Friday, April 27, 11:00 with burial thereafter at Maben Memorial Park. Rev....
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Timothy O. Slaterbeck

May 5, 1966 - April 24, 2012

Timothy Owen Slaterbeck Mr. Timothy O. Slaterbeck, 45, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at his home in Starkville, MS. Tim moved to Starkville from Fredericksburg, VA, in 1991, after receiving his B.A. and M.A. in English from Virginia Tech. Shortly after his arrival, he decided to embrace a vocation in nursing and became a Registered Nurse, graduating from the Nursing program at Mississippi...
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Augusta Mae Daniel Morgan

December 18, 1918 - April 17, 2012

Augusta Mae Morgan, 93, passed away on April 17, 2012 at her residence in Sturgis, MS. She was a retired Dietician for Starkville Manor and a member of Morgan Chapel Baptist Church. She dedicated her life to her family and her church. She was preceded in death by her parents, A. B. Daniel and Mary Bell Martin Daniel; and husband, Sam Pole Morgan. She is survived by her daughters...
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Mattie Randall Deaton

July 18, 1937 - April 15, 2012

Mattie Randall Deaton, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on April 15, 2012 at Baptist Trinity Residence Hospice House in Collierville, TN. She was 74. She was a well loved elementary school teacher of more than 30 years. After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her husband, grandsons, and friends. Mrs. Deaton was preceded in death by her husband, brother, and one grandson. ...
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Julius Mark Merritt, Jr

March 23, 1935 - April 13, 2012

Julius Mark Merritt, 77 passed away April 13, 2012 in Starkville, MS. He was born March 23, 1935 in Dothan, AL. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Susan Hagerman Merritt of North Little Rock ARK; and his parents Julius Mark Merritt, Sr. and Sybil Merritt of Hattiesburg, MS. He is survived by his wife Nellah Taylor Merritt of Starkville, MS; Son, Julius Mark Merritt, III (Trey) of North...
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Harolyn Virginia Sanders Staggers

February 4, 1924 - April 8, 2012

Harolyn Virginia Sanders Staggers passed away on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012, at the age of 88. She was born on February 4, 1924, in Aberdeen, Mississippi. the fifth daugher of Harold and Hattie Sanders. She was preceded in death by her husband (Erie H. Staggers, Jr.), her parents (Harold B. and Hattie Dunbar Sanders); three older sisters (Frances Sanders McFarlane, Christie Sanders...
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Rose Bradford Massey

October 6, 1914 - April 8, 2012

Rose Bradford Massey, 97, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2012, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville with her loving family by her side. She was born in Winston County October 6, 1914 and was retired with University Cleaners. She loved her children and grandchildren and was a life-long seamstress and homemaker. She was also a member of Bevill Hill United Methodist Church. Mrs....
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Steven G. Cunningham

August 21, 1955 - March 30, 2012

Steven G. Cunningham- Ridgeland, MS Steven Cunningham, age 56 of Ridgeland, MS., passed away Friday morning March 30, 2012 at University of Mississippi Medical Center. He was born and grew up in Starkville, MS. He is survived by his daughter, Allison Prewitt, and sister Mary Walker of Ridgeland, brother Bobby Cuningnham of Starkville, MS; nephews Dr. Bob Cunningham, Chris Ramsey, Carey...
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Mary Louise Roberts Jernigan

October 22, 1929 - March 28, 2012

Mrs. Mary Louise Roberts Jernigan, 82, of Pearl, MS; passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at The Carrington Nursing Center in Starkville, MS. She loved to travel and cook and considered Pearl, Mississippi as her home. Mrs. Jernigan is survived by her Son Ed Jernigan (Ruth) of Starkville, MS; sister, Grace Griffin of Pearl, MS; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in...
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James (Jim) Robert Mosier

April 2, 1959 - March 24, 2012

James (Jim) Robert Mosier, 52, died Saturday, March 24, 2012 at his residence. He was associated with Oxford Falls in Starkville, MS. He was born April 2, 1959 to Robert and Sally Mosier. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Kathy Jackson Mosier of Starkville; mother, Sally Mosier of Tupelo; brother, Bill Mosier of California; three sister-in-laws; three brother-in-laws; two nephews and...
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Clarence M. (Butch) Swain, Jr.

April 9, 1944 - March 20, 2012

Clarence M. (Butch) Swain, Jr. Clarence M. Swain, Jr. passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Visitation will be held at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville on Thursday, March 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Services will be held at First United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. on Friday March 23. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens. Mr. Swain was born in West Point, Mississippi, to C. M. Swain, Sr. and...
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Quilla Jackson

October 11, 1934 - March 19, 2012

MARTHA QUILLA OSWALT JACKSON Mrs. Quilla Jackson, 77, of Sturgis passed away March 19 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. Visitation will be held at Welch Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services for Quilla will be held Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Sturgis Baptist Church with Reverend Russell Mord officiating. Burial will follow...
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Martha Jean Houston Morgan

October 15, 1928 - March 17, 2012

Mrs. Martha Jean Houston Morgan, 83, of Sturgis, MS; passed away at her residence on Saturday, March 17, 2012. She was a teacher at Macon, Sturgis, and Ackerman. She taught math at Winston Academy and retired from Starkville Academy. She was a member of Morgan Chapel Baptist Church. She and her husband enjoyed traveling and camping throughout the U.S. Martha is preceded in death by her...
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Willie L. Thompson, Jr.

March 30, 1943 - March 11, 2012

Mr. Willie L. Thompson, Jr., 68, of Starkville, MS; passed away at his residence on Sunday, March 11, 2012. Mr. Thompson was a retired farm manager for Cal-Maine Foods and a 1st Sergeant in the Army National Guard. He also attended Delta State University. Junior is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Paige Ulcak (Chris) of Surf City, NC; son, Nicholas Thompson of Starkville, MS; a sister,...
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Edward Montgomery

March 24, 1932 - March 7, 2012

EDWARD MONTGOMERY Edward Montgomery, of Starkville, MS, passed away March 7, 2012 at the age of 80. He was born March 24th on one of the largest dairy farms in Oktibbeha County to Tom and Ruth Montgomery. He continued the family tradition of dairy farming into the early 1970's. A graduate of Starkville High School and Mississippi State University, Montgomery served as an Army...
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