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Local funeral director takes over as first female state president

Beth Rosson is the first female president of the Mississippi Funeral Directors Association, but it was her mom that was supposed to be the first. (July 8, 2013, Page 1)

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    Monday’s obituaries

    • Joan M. Bowen , 85, died today at her home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home in Oxford.
    • Lewis Charles Fortinberry,  70, died Friday, July 5, 2013, at his residence in Courtland. A memorial service will be held at the home of his niece, Tara Adams Shedd, in Batesville at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
    • Sylvia Carpenter Graham, 58, died Friday, July 5, 2013, at her home in Water Valley. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley with services following at 3 in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with the Rev. Ray Branch officiating. Burial follows at the Church Grove Cemetery in Lafayette County.
    • L.C. Jenkins, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Batesville as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
    • Bradley Dean Martin,  77, died Thursday, July 4, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Services were held Saturday at Seven Oaks with Bro. Charles Keel officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery in Calhoun County.

     (July 8, 2013, Page 2)

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      Monday’s obituaries

      • James Edward Cool Jr. – 71, died Saturday at his residence in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford in charge.
      • Eva Ellzy – 94, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. Services were held Saturday at the Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville, with the Rev. Jay Anderson officiating. Burial followed in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
      • Anna Savage Phillips Russell – 70, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at her home in Oxford. Services will be held at 2 this afternoon at the Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford, with the Rev. Gene Bramlett officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Flat Cemetery.
      • Ruth Dale Allen Sneed – 83, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at her residence in Belden. Services were held this morning at Harrisburg Baptist Church, with the Rev. David Langerfeld, Dr. Forrest Sheffield and the Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial followed in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.
      • Elmar Lee Summar – 85, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Services were held Saturday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford, with Bro. Randy Hope officiating.
      • Jimmy Wortham – 60, died Saturday at his residence in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.

       (January 7, 2013, Page 2A)

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        Monday’s Obituaries

        • Sammye Carter Baker, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford, with the Rev. Danny Dabbs, the Rev. Annette Ford and Matthew Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Flat Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:30 until 6 this evening at the funeral home.
        • JoAnn Evans Bennett, 76, a retired bookkeeper at Otasco, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at her home in Oxford. Funeral services will be Wednesday at noon in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Hope officiating. Burial will follow in Abbeville Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10 a.m. until noon at the funeral home.
        • Robert Grisham “Bob” Bennett Sr., 77, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at his home in Oxford. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford, with the Rev. Claire Dobbs officiating. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories at the funeral home. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
        • David Joseph Fallica, 67, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at his home in Calhoun County. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford was in charge of local arrangements.
        • Lesley Lonnie Stewart, 100, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Services will be held at 2 this afternoon in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford, with the Rev. Johnny Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in New El Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be held for an hour and a half prior to the service at the funeral home.
        • Dr. Joe Wayne “Doc” Walker, 75, of Water Valley died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Dr. Randy Bain and Bro. Hal Clark officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley. Visitation is planned for Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Water Valley.

         (December 31, 2012, Page 2)

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          Funeral association assists Newtown

          Bob Rosson of Oxford as president of the National Funeral Directors Association called the funeral director in Newtown, Conn. immediately after the mass shootings to help assist with what he knew would be many funeral costs. (December 27, 2012, Page 1)

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            Wednesday’s obituaries

            DELEY SMITH BOWLES – 69, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at her home in Sledge. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with the Rev. Matt Hill officiating. Interment will follow in Peachcreek Cemetery near Sardis. Visitation will be tonight from 5 to 8 at Wells Funeral Home.

            SANDRA KAY CASEY – 59, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at her home near Lambert. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with the Rev. Murphy Eubanks officiating. The family was to receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service.

            DOROTHY H. DAVIDSON – 89, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at her home in Oxford. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Semmes and Reverend John Helbig officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

            BRENDA ANNETTE HOWARD – 53, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at her residence in Oxford. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building with the Rev. James Wesley Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John M.B. Church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

            QUEEN E. PERRY – 76, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at her home in Flint, Mich. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 11, at Greater Holy Temple C.O.G.I.C. with Elder Henry Jamerson and Bishop Roger L. Jones Sr. officiating. Interment  followed at Crestwood Memorial Cemetery. Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

            DANNY LANIER SIMPSON – 71, of Ashland, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Dr. Gerald Hodges and Brother William Kemp officiating. Visitation will be held from noon to the service time Thursday at the funeral home. (August 15, 2012, Page 2)

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              Tuesday’s obituaries

              • JEFFREY O’NEAL BOOKER – 27, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Taylor. Funeral arrangements are incomplete; Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
              • DOROTHY “DOT” LOUISE DAVIDSON – 89, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at her home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home.

               (August 14, 2012, Page 2)

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                Friday’s obituaries

                • SUZANNE LAMAR ANDERSON – 68, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012. A private family burial will be in the Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. Members of The Fountain Church of Oxford invite her friends and family to a celebration of her life and Christian witness Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at 1308 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 3. All are welcome.
                • THOMAS JAMES BULIAN – 75, died Monday, July 23, 2012, at his home in Oxford. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford, with Father Joe Tonos officiating. Burial will follow in the Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
                • AMANDA SUE ENLOW SPENCE – 68, died Thursday, July 19, 2012, at her home in Abbeville. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gregory Davis officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
                • JEANETTE WILLIS WATSON – 57, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, at Pontotoc Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnathan Tucker officiating. Burial will be in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from Saturday at the funeral home from noon to 7 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m.

                 (July 27, 2012, Page 2A)

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                  Thursday’s Obituaries

                  • DAVID G. BARBER – 57, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Funeral arrangements with Coleman Funeral Home are incomplete at this time.
                  • JOHN MORGAN KING – 51, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at his home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home.
                  • BILLIE D. MOONEYHAM – 72, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Funeral arrangements with Coleman Funeral Home are incomplete at this time.
                  • DIANNA CRESSWELL WEBB – 52, died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at her home in Harmontown. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at New Hope Baptist Church in Harmontown with Bro. Donny Hill officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at New Hope Baptist Church. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home-Senatobia Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

                   (May 10, 2012, Page 2)

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                    Thursday’s Obituaries

                    • MARVEL MARIE JONES MYERS – 92, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Lee Memorial Health Systems in Fort Myers, Fla. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Waller Funeral Home with Richard Williams officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at Waller Funeral Home.

                     (December 29, 2011, Page 2)

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