Edwin Dewell Smith
Edwin Dewell Smith, 88, passed away Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born Feb. 9, 1933, to Little Earl and Ara Smith. He was a 1951 graduate of New Site High School. He was a U. S. Army Veteran serving in Germany. He worked for Brown Shoe Company, and was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed bird hunting, training bird dogs, gardening and loved his wife.
A celebration of life service was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Rev. Nicholas Phillips officiating. Burial was in Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Miriam Smith; a nephew, Dennis (Jan) Smith; two cousins, Patricia Greene and Tommy Greene; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Darell Smith; a nephew Danny Lynn Smith; and a cousin, Donna Green.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
K. B. ‘Paw B’ Robinson
K. B. “Paw B” Robinson, 87, of Jumpertown, passed away on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at his home. He was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church. He loved his family, he loved life, farming, tending to his cows, basketball and was an avid Jumpertown Cardinal sports fan.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. David George officiated and Cindy White delivered the eulogy. Burial was in the Crossroads Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Louise Robinson who was the love of his life; his son, Larry Newby (Rhonda); his daughter, Cindy White (Barry); his brother, Buddy Robinson (Sharon); his sisters, Margie Bridges (William) and Oma Reavis (Dave); his son-in-law, Mark Vance; his grandchildren, Keylon Berryman (Jeannie Raye), Keith Berryman (Loraine), Steven Prince (Audrey), James Swinford, Jason Swinford (Sara), Chad Newby (Wendy), Candee Switcher (Shane), Christopher Robinson (Amber), Kayla Wade (Thomas), Keeton White (Nikki), and Jordan White; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Keener Elmer Robinson and Alma Michael Robinson; his sons, Greg Robinson and Chris Robinson; his daughter, Linda Vance; three brothers, Shell Robinson, Hill Robinson and Joe Robinson; and five sisters, Earline Robinson, Christine Staggs, Mable Tice, Maxine Staggs and Ernie Yarrington.
Pallbearers were his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were Guyton Wilkerson, Anthony Michael, Freddie Corbin and Ronnie Hickman.
Condolences may be left at mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Janice Smith, 72, of New Site, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2021, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ. She loved the outdoors especially working in her garden and in her flowers.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Ricky Greene officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol Koon; her grandson, Blaze Koon; her four brothers, Larry (Angela) Pounds, Randy (Nancy) Pounds, Bobby (Debby) Pounds and Michael (Lisa) Pounds; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Hugh Randle Pounds and Estelle Stanley Pounds; her son, Waylon Smith; her brother, James Randle Pounds and her sister-in-law, Mae Pounds.
Honorary pallbearers were Shannon Pounds, Bradley Pounds, Blake Pounds, Josh Moreland and Anthony George.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com
Barbara G. Sparks
Barbara G. Sparks, 54, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born March 21, 1967, to Clarence and Julia Garcia. She worked for Caterpillar, and was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed riding horses, boating, camping and spending time with her grandchildren.
A celebration of life service was held at 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Marty Roberts and Bro. Chuck Hampton officiating.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Reed Sparks; four sons, Chris (Kayla) Sparks, Trace Sparks, Tony Dwayne Sparks and Dakota Lane (fiancé, Wendy Worley) Sparks; her father, Clarence (Linda) Garcia; one brother, Michael Todd (Penny) Garcia; one sister, Mug (Jerry Ray) Henderson; her mother-in-law, Loretta Jean Sipes; two sisters-in-law, Michele (Lanny) Braudway and Misty (Zack) Leatherwood; three grandchildren, Adilyn Morelock, Harper Grace Sparks, and Emma Klaire Sparks; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Julia Garcia; her father-in-law, R.C. Sparks; and a brother-in-law, Roy Sparks.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Virginia Gail Wade High Grice
Virginia Gail Wade High Grice was born on June 2, 1947 in Baldwyn. She was the ninth child born to Mary Jane Macon Wade and Andrew Wade. Our dearest beloved one was peacefully called to rest on Nov. 11, 2021.
She professed a hope in Christ at the age of 12 years old, under the late Rev. J.O. Lowe and joined Mt. Nebo CME Church in Baldwyn. She was a member of class two Sunday school class, senior choir and Pastor Aide’s Board. She was nominated to the Stewardess Board and Usher board by the late Dr. E. L. Siggers at the age of 26 which she served until she moved to Kentucky in 1991. While living in Kentucky she attended State Street Baptist Church. She later returned to Mt. Nebo CME Church in Baldwyn and worked as a Trustee and served on the Finance Committee. She loved God, her family, church and pastors.
She graduated from Lee Prentiss High School in Baldwyn, and attended Mississippi Valley University in Itta Bena, with a major in Business Administration. She worked for 15 years as a ward secretary at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She then worked at the Bank of Mississippi as a teller for 10 years. She graduated from the Housing Management Institute Class #22 of Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority in Norfolk, Virginia. She became a Certified Public Housing Manager with the Tennessee Valley Regional Housing Authority in Saltillo, for 14 years. She transferred to the Tupelo Housing Authority in Tupelo, where she remained 10 years until her retirement.
She married Lynn Glenn High in 1968 and to this union two beautiful children were born– Eurieka Denise High Shumpert and Ophebia Sharee High Pegues. She later married Ira D. Grice in 1991. She retired and helped with her grandchildren after-school activities. She loved taking care of her children and grandchildren.
She leaves her legacy of love and service to her husband, Ira D. Grice; her children, Eurieka Shumpert (Walter) and Ophebia Pegues (Steven); granddaughter, Kacilyn Pegues; grandsons, Brandon Shumpert and John Wesley Pegues; goddaughter, Jessica Pippin; godson, Michael Benjamin Pippin (Kaylee); sister, Betty Sullivan; best friend, Kathy Pippin; caregiver– Nadine Evans, many nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wade; her former husband, Lynn High; brothers, Andrew Wade, Jr., Rev. Eugene Wade, Jerry Milton Wade, Bobby Herman Wade and Walter Lee Wade; sisters, Ella Mae Franklin Brooks, Effie Louise Rubin, and Gertrude Mildred Glover.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
William ‘David’ Frazier
GUNTOWN — William David Fraizer, 74, passed away Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at his home. David was a row crop farmer and cattle farmer. David enjoyed genealogy, classic car shows, drag-racing, he was a devoted follower of all types of history. He was the former president of the Lee County Cattleman’s Association, member of Farm Bureau Association, former board member of the Civil Battle Field of Brice’s Crossroads, member of the North Mississippi Cruisers. David loved anything involving his church family and most of all he adored his family and grandchildren.
Memorial services were held on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, at 2 p.m., Bethany ARP Church with Bro. Jerry Mayo officiating. Waters Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Ann Frazier; daughter, Olivia Frazier Shurden (Cliff) of Guntown, son, Shane Frazier of Flowood; sister Mary Davis (the late JV Davis) of New Albany; grandchildren, Liam Frazier, Taylor Jo and Colston Shurden.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Susie Gulliam Frazier, and a brother Curtis Frazier.
Pallbearers were Harry Fitzgerald, Robbie Howell, Andy Parker, Jeff Davis, Ray Gibbson, Doug Thornton.
Honorary pallbearers were Gerald Parker, and members of North Mississippi Cruisers.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralservice.com
Clyde O’Neal Moore
Clyde O’Neal Moore, 76, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. He was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and going to flea markets.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Marty Roberts, officiating. Burial followed in the Campbelltown Cemetery.
Clyde is survived by his sons, Billy Moore (Janie) of Baldwyn and Eugene Moore (Teresa) of Alpine; his daughter, Shelia Moore of Dorsey; his brother, Billy Ray Moore (Brenda) of Guntown and his grandchildren, Jesse Moore (Abbie) of Farmington, Nick Moore (Jackie) of Burnsville, Jacob Moore (Mallory) of Baldwyn, Christian Moore of Baldwyn, Andrew Starling of Dorsey, Ashley Starling of Dorsey and Hayden Moore of Alpine.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Moore; his Erma Lee Copeland; his brother, Jack Wayne Moore and his parents, Carlton and Bessie Moore.
Bobby ‘Tiny’ Dawson
Bobby “Tiny” Dawson, age 63, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and loved his precious beagles. He is survived by his wife, Kay Dawson; son, Scott Nunley; daughter, Jodi Nunley; brother, Wayne Dawson; grandchildren, Layla Horton (Julius James), Logan Talley, Seth Nunley, Amber Nunley, and Skylee Horton; great-grandchildren, Alaiyah Buchanan, Jamari James, Ka’mari James, and Malakai Horton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, O.T. and Mamie Dawson; three brothers, J.T. Dawson, J.A. Dawson, and Orville Dawson.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at 1 p.m., in the Tuscumbia Baptist Church Cemetery, with Bro. Jerry Hooper, officiating.
Pallbearers were Tony Dawson, Scott Nunley, Julius James, Shawn Horton, Tracy Dawson, and Justin Dawson.
Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka, was entrusted with the arrangements. You may leave online condolences to the family at www.ludlamfuneralhome.com
Freeda Kay Lowery
Freeda Kay Lowery, 70, passed away Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born June 3, 1951, to Harmon and Sarah Lowery. She was a member of Thrasher Methodist Church. She worked for ITT for 15+ years and sold insurance for United Insurance. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family.
A celebration of life service was held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Mark McCoy officiating. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Christy Lowery; one brother, Ed Lowery; three special friends, Polly Garrett, Patsy McMillian and Linda Scott; and a host of other relatives.
She was preceded in death by husband Kenneth Cagle; her parents; one brother, Freeman Lowery; and two sisters, Sarah Gail Murphy and Margaret Ann Lowery.
Pallbearers were Eddie Lowery, Bobby Lowery, Timmy Lowery and Tony Murphy.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneral home.com.
Thelmer Leo Saylors
Thelmer Leo Saylors, 86, passed away Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at his residence in Booneville. He was born in Booneville on December 21, 1934, to Hermon Leo Saylors and Georgia Ceola Henderson Saylors. He worked as a logger for many years and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved his family.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at 11 a.m., at Booneville Funeral Home with Bro. Don Cole and Bro. Jimmy Burcham officiating. Burial was in the Mormon Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Voyles of Booneville; sister, Mildred Howell of Booneville; grandchildren, April Saylors, Colee Ray Saylors, Logan Voyles, Cory Voyles, and Clay Voyles; great-grandchildren, Taylin Saylors, Tregan Saylors, Tatum Saylors, Tazlin Saylors, Baylor Saylors, Peyton Voyles, and Bingham Voyles; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Saylors; sons, Tim Saylors and Kenny Ray Saylors; brothers, M. C. Saylors, L. T. Saylors, Thermon Saylors, and Wythel Saylors.
Pallbearers were Logan Voyles, Corey Saylors, Colee Ray Saylors, Jared Saylors, Samuel Howell, and Bryan Saylors. Honorary pallbearers will be Garry Howell, Jr., Kenny Saylors, Keith Saylors, Michael Howell, and Tim Voyles.
KIRKVILLE COMMUNITY — Sandra Peoples, 72, made her long-awaited journey to the gates of Heaven on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, after a sudden illness. She loved her family, friends, church and cooking on Sunday for the ones she loved most. She spent her whole life living for the Lord in anticipation of meeting him face to face. We know she is rejoicing in Heaven with her husband again after 20 years. She was a loyal and faithful member of Ozark Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at 2 p.m., at the Ozark Baptist Church with Bro. James Young, Bro. Bill Adams and Bro. Dempsey Rowland, officiating. Burial was in Center Star Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her children, LaSonya Peoples and Kendra St. Aubin (Steve); grandchildren, Tori, Katlyn (Jake), Kalee (Mark), John-Thomas, Priya, Samantha (Chad); great-grandchildren, Ann-Hartley, Kinleigh, Emma, Laylin (coming April); brother, Gayle Reynolds (Judy); sister-in-law, Barbara Reynolds; special friend, Helen Abbott; host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Peoples; great-grandchild, Zaida Rae; parents, Noble and Pauline Reynolds; brothers, Paul Reynolds, Wendall Reynolds and Dale Reynolds; sisters, Johnnie Shurden, Dorothy Raines and MaryAnne Kilgo.
Pallbearers were Terry Reynolds, Dustin Shurden, Paul Jenkins, Mike Reynolds, Donald Reynolds and Barry Peoples.
Honorary pallbearers were Michael McMillen, Casey Jones, Jackie Chism and Randal Guin.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralservice.com
Curtis Wayne Bishop
BALDWYN — Curtis Wayne Bishop, 84, passed away on Monday Nov. 15, 2021, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.