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Death notices for Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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Robert Emmitt Sykes

JACKSON -- Funeral services for Robert Sykes, 87, of Jackson and formerly of Corinth, will be held at the Houston cemetery on Wednesday at noon.

He died on Dec. 1, 2013.

He was a native of Jones County and always proud to say that he was s from the Free State of Jones. He was educated in the Jones County public schools. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the infantry in the U. S. Seventh Army in the European Theatre. After the war he worked with the Rural Electric Administration (REA). In 1949, while rooming at Carey Hall's boarding house in Houston, Mississippi, Bob met and married Mrs. Hall's daughter, Corinne Hastings. They settled in Corinth where he began a long career with the Alcorn County Electric Power Association. He accepted the call of Christ as a young adult and was a longtime member of Waldron Street Christian Church in Corinth, where he served as Deacon and Elder. He loved the outdoors and his hobbies included training bird dogs, quail hunting and gardening. Bob was charming and witty and known for his positive outlook on life.

He is survived by his daughter, Carey Sue Sykes Armstrong (James) of Jackson; three granddaughters, Amy Corinne Armstrong of Atlanta, Virginia Grace LaBarre (Philip) of Vicksburg, and Jane Hastings Armstrong of Jackson; brothers, James Sykes, Dodd Sykes and sister, Etta Kittrell, all of Laurel. He is also survived by his faithful dog, Cisco.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Corinne, and a brother, William Sykes of Laurel.

Memorials may be made Waldron Street Christian Church,702 E Waldron St., Corinth, MS 38834

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones."

Nellie Shinaberry

RIENZI -- Funeral services for Nellie Mary Welch Shinaberry, 85, of Rienzi, will be held on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Union Baptist Church.

She went home to be with her Savior Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at her granddaughters home.

She was a loving, Godly mother and grandmother that gave unselfishly to all her family.

She was a member of Union Baptist Church and a retired factory worker with ITT Corporation. Mrs. Shinaberry’s hobbies were sewing, reading and crocheting.

She is survived by her three daughters, Cathy Ann Davis (Wayne) of Rienzi, Brenda Owens (Steve) of Bixby, Okla.; and Darla Nash (Philip) of Corinth, 14 grandchildren, and 31 great grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 20 years Rev. Francis Lewis Shinaberry; son, Michael Lewis Shinaberry; her parents, Ralph and Olive Welch; three brothers, William Welch, Fred Welch and John Welch; and two sisters, Margaret Cook and Olive Frantz.

Bro. Raybon Richardson and Bro. David Robbins will officiate.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 p.m. until service time.

Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Davis, Steve Owens, David DeMattio and Philip Nash.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Relay For Life, payable to American Cancer Society, in care of Lori Moore at BancorpSouth or Oasis Medical Center, P. O. Box 26, Corinth, Miss., 38835.

Magnolia Funeral Home has been honored to provide the final arrangements for Nellie Mary Welch Shinaberry.

Gerald Scruggs

IUKA -- Gerald Scruggs, of Iuka, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

Gretta Brooks

Funeral services for Gretta J. Brooks, 63, will be held at Patterson Memorial Chapel at 11 a.m. on Tuesday with burial at National Cemetery.

Brooks died on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Brooks was born on Oct. 16, 1950.

She was in the Army and worked at Magnolia Regional Hospital.

She is survived by her siblings Diana Strickland and Billy (Mildred) Strickland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Strickland, Alice Mae (Short) Strickland; grandparents, Albert (Lillie) Short and Louis and Mae Strickland.

Visitation was held on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at Patterson from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Rev. Loretta Stafford will officiate.

Zilpha Hamm Sharp

GUYS, TENN. -- Funeral services for Zilpha Hamm Sharp will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with burial at Guys-Houston Cemetery.

She died at her home in Guys on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

She was born October 6, 1913 in Guys where she devoted her life to family, friends and church.

She is survived by her son Dougles Sharp (Ann), daughter Doris Sharp Dark, grandsons Joel Dark (Cary), David Dark (Sarah), granddaughters Susan Sharp Gawron (Cliff) and Elizabeth Dark Wiley (Brett) and five great grandchildren; with special recognition is given to Minerva Fowler, Nona Gray, Dianne Rickman and Lisa Shook for their loving and dedicated care.

She was preceded in death by her husband James Samuel Sharp, parents, Arch K. Hamm and Daisy Meeks Hamm.

Her grandsons Joel and David Dark will officiate.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions can be made to Guys Christian Church, Guys-Houston Cemetery Fund or to the charity of choice.

Mickey Suggs

Funeral services for Mickey Allen Suggs, 60, are set for 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.

He died on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2013 at his residence.

He was born February 13, 1953 in Memphis, Tenn., to the James Ennis and Opal Suggs.

He was a manager for Wal-Mart in Corinth, was a member of East Corinth Baptist Church, and was an avid Ole Miss Rebels fan. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and duck hunting with his son and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Suggs, mother Opal Suggs, son Clayton Suggs his wife Erin, grandchildren Brylen and Adalyn Suggs, brother-in-law Barry Richards, nephews Britt Richards; and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father James Ennis Suggs and his sister Elaine Richards.

Bro. Ralph Culp will officiate.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to service time.

Memorial can be made to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

Condolences can be left at

Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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