Billie Joyce ‘Nana’ Bethay

Billie Joyce “Nana” Bethay, 71, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at Landmark Community in Booneville. She was born in Booneville on January 7, 1949, to Eddie Walker Whitley and Flora Louise Fraiser Whitley. She enjoyed flowers, “junkin”, and Sci-fi movies. Billie loved her family and friends.

Funeral services were 2 p.m., on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at Booneville Funeral Home with Bro. Robert McCoy officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughters, Lisa Miles (Allen) and Christy Garrett, both of Booneville; brothers, Horace Whitley (Vonnie) of Hurley, and Ray Whitley (Madge) of Booneville; sisters, Gwen Kelton of Booneville, and Sarah Brackeen of Jacksonville, Ark.; grandchildren, Casey Krech, Emily Latch, Hunter Moore, Jacob Dawson, Joshua Bishop, Justin Bishop, Carter Miles, Jabo Miles (Jaren), Weston Foster, Macey Foster, and Jesse Miles (Glenda); and 11 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind special friends, Stanley Chittom and Saundra Smith.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Pamela Garrett; great-grandson, Noah Krech; her parents; and a sister, Virginia Hopper.

Pallbearers were Jacob Dawson, Justin Bishop, Hunter Moore, Carter Miles, Joshua Bishop, Weston Foster, Jabo Miles, and Jesse Miles. Honorary pallbearers will be Jonah Krech, Daniel Dawson, Finn Krech, Jace Miles, Levi Krech, Tristian Hutcheson, Raylen Dawson, Nate Stewart, and Brody Stewart.

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Rita Lilly Berthay

Rita Lilly Berthay, “RiRi”, 64, went to be with the Lord on October 6, 2020, after a battle with an extended illness.

She was surrounded by her family and went peacefully into God’s arms. Rita was born on November 5th, 1955 to Evelyn Price and Gene Lilly at Kings Daughter Hospital in Greenville. She married Michael Berthay on November 24th, 1979, and shortly after moved to Saltillo and raised two boys.

Rita graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in social work and continued her education and obtained her master’s degree. She had 28 years of dedicated service to social work, mental health, and counseling. She retired from her field of work this past July as the CEO of Lifecore Health Group. She was extremely passionate about her work and took great pride in helping those in need. To her, she never worked a day. Work was replaced with passion, employees turned into lifelong friends, and a career became a purpose. She touched so many lives and enjoyed going to work every day. In addition, she had a heart for law enforcement and was instrumental in implementing the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) to local law enforcement on handling individuals with mental health issues. Rita was deeply passionate about the Law Enforcement Community and enjoyed providing training that could prepare and protect officers.

Rita’s greatest joy and the largest accomplishment of her life was her family. She took so much pride in taking care of her loved ones. She was by far the most selfless person you would ever meet, everything she did was always with the mindset of helping others. Nothing made her happier than spending time with her two granddaughters, Ava and Mary, and absolutely spoiling them. Rita was the heart and soul of the Berthay family. She loved her two sons more than anything in the world and was the solid rock for her husband of 42 years. Rita was a member of the first united Methodist church in Saltillo. She was extraordinarily strong in her faith and a devout Christian. She took comfort in walking and talking with the Lord on a regular basis.

Rita is survived by her husband, Mike Berthay, of 42 years. Her two sons, Clint Berthay and his wife Ashley Berthay and their daughter Mary Michael Berthay. Ryan Berthay and his wife Amanda Berthay and their daughter Ava Lilly Berthay. Her brother James Price and his wife Pam Price and her nephew, Jamie Price. Special mention of Carolyn Clary, her sister in law, and her nephew, Bo Clary. She is preceded in death by her mother Evelyn price and her father Gene Lilly.

Services were held at Waters Funeral Home on Sunday, October 11, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Tim Green officiating.

Pallbearers were Doug Holland, Scotty Dillard, Larry Ray, Will Morgan, Wesley Roberts, Tyler Robison, Austin Speck, and AJ Dillard.

In lieu of flowers, you can make donations to Glioblastoma Foundation, P. O. Box 62066, Durham, N. C. 27715 or infoglioblastoma

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You changed my mourning into dancing. You took off my funeral clothes and dressed me up in joy. Psalm 30:11

Frankie Newman

BALDWYN — Bobby F. Newman, 64, went home to meet his heavenly father on Friday, October 9, 2020, and those who have gone before him.

He loved hunting, gospel singing, especially at his church, Jericho Baptist Church that he loved so well. Playing golf was his passion before becoming disabled. He loved playing the guitar and spending time with his grandchildren. He retired from Hancock Fabric after 35 years of employment. During his travels, he visited 49 of the 50 states and several countries, many of which he enjoyed with his wife, Patricia.

Funeral services were at Jericho Baptist Church on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 2 p.m. with Bro. Marvin Robbins and Dr. Chester Harrison officiating. Burial was in Jericho Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Newman of Baldwyn; his children, Steven Johnson of Waterford, Lea Palmer & Mark of Baldwyn and Tiffany Wilemon & Russell of Saltillo; Grandchildren, Faith Snow & B.J., Christopher Palmer, Rebecca Palmer, Cayliana Newman, Dylan Wilemon, Tristan Johnson, Katy Wilemon, Drake Johnson, Logan Palmer, Jackson Wilemon, Lily Wilemon and Carson Wilemon; four great-grandchildren; special friends, Jack and Jan Rakestraw.

He was preceded in death by parents, Marvis and Mary Lou Brazeal Harris; grandparents, Cortez and Ollie Brazeal.

Pallbearers were Corey Large, Christopher Palmer, Dylan Wilemon, Tristan Johnson, Drake Johnson and Randy Douell.

Honorary pallbearers were Logan Palmer, Jackson Wilemon, and Carson Wilemon.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family www.watersfuneralservice.

Myrtle Lee Thornton

GUNTOWN — Myrtle Lee Thornton, 88, passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility.

She was born February 28, 1932, to Oscar and Elsie Goodson, and was married to Alton Thornton for 55 years before he passed away in 2005. She worked at Guntown slacks and also at an upholster factory before she decided to upholster for the public for more than 40 years. Miss Myrtle loved animals and would take in any animal that needed a home. She loved spending time with her family. Myrtle was a Baptist and member of Guntown Baptist Church but visited Bethany Presbyterian and Pleasant Valley Methodist.

Funeral services were at Waters Funeral Home on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at 4 p.m. with Bro. Dean Warren officiating. Burial was in Campbelltown Cemetery.

She is survived by her son, Doug Thornton, and wife, Pat, and son-in-law, Terry Gurley all of Guntown; four grandchildren, Jimmy Gurley (Darla), Lynn Price, Casey Thornton (Anna) and Joseph Thornton (Kellie); eight great-grandchildren, Blake and Addison Price, Emmie and Lindsey Roberts, Catherine, Emily, Jasey and Tatum Thornton.

Her grandsons and a great-grandson served as her pallbearers.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her daughter, Barbara Gurley.

Expression of sympathy may be sent to the family to the family www.waters

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