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Dallas Lee Branan

Dallas Lee Branan, age 56, of Southaven, Miss., passed away Sunday, February 21, 2010. He was born in Peoria, Illinois to parents Dallas, Jr. and Pauline Red Branan on August 5, 1953.

Shortly after his birth, the family moved back to their hometown of Arkabutla, Miss., where Lee lived until he married Peggy Rhodes, also of Arkabutla, to whom he remained faithful, loving, and supportive for over 37 years. In 1974 Lee joined the Navy and was transferred to NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. After Lee completed his training in aircraft maintenance and repair, the couple moved back to Mississippi and Lee acquired a position as aircraft mechanic for Federal Express where he remained a faithful employee until his death nearly 30 years later.

Lee was also dedicated and faithful to his beloved church, Southaven First Baptist, for these 30 years, where he served as deacon, played drums for the worship service, and was actively involved in various other ministries of the church.

Over the years Lee's diverse interests included archery, model trains, skydiving, scuba diving, radio controlled airplanes, various musical instruments, and most recently, Ham radio.

Lee is survived by his wife of 37 years, Peggy June Branan of Southaven, Miss.; two sons, Cory D. Branan of Austin, Texas, and Daniel Lee Branan of Southaven; one daughter, Katie Beth Strawn (Jeff); and two grandchildren, Caleb Thomas Strawn and Lillie Carolyn Strawn, all of Southaven. He also leaves his mother, Pauline Red Branan of Arkabutla; two brothers, Robert "Eddie" Branan (Jean) and Steve Branan, both of Arkabutla; and two sisters, Sandra McCrary (John) and Lisa Steward (Wayne), both of Senatobia.

Lee was preceded in death by his father, Dallas Branan, Jr. of Arkabutla, Miss. Funeral services were held at Southaven First Baptist Church on Thursday, February 25 at 1:00 p.m. Burial followed at Evansville Cemetery in Cottonville, Miss.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Southaven First Baptist Church.

Margie Freeman Burford

Margie Freeman Burford, 86, passed away February 24, 2010 at her residence in Senatobia, Miss. Services were held on Friday, February 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Thyatira Church of Christ. Burial followed in Tyro Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Thomas and Viola Freeman; her son, Ed Burford; her sister, Joyce Parks; and her brothers, George Hugh Nelson and Billy Freeman.

She leaves her husband, Leon Burford; her daughter, Sue Brewer of Wyatte, Miss.; her sons, Bobby Burford of Senatobia and Bill Burford of Independence; seven grandsons; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the Thyatira Church of Christ where she was a member.

Marion Joan Welch Collums

Marion Joan Welch Collums, 70, died February 24, 2010 at her home in Senatobia. Mrs. Collums was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley "Rex" Collums.

She is survived by one daughter, Kelli Rose Collums; three sons, Jeff Collums, Chris Collums and Bo Collums, all of Senatobia; two sisters; six brothers; and seven grandchildren.

Mrs. Collums was retired from Smith and Nephew and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Senatobia.

Services were held at 12 noon Saturday, February 27 at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home - Senatobia Chapel.

Memorials may be sent to The Autism Foundation.

Robert John Merrill

Robert John Merrill, 64, of Senatobia, passed away February 12, 2010 at his residence near Senatobia. Memorial services were held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 24 at the Looxahoma Church of Christ.

Mr. Merrill served in the Air Force from 1963 through 1967. He was a manager of K-Mart for 35 years, and a manager for Dollar Tree for five years.

He leaves his fiancée, Betty Duke of Senatobia; his daughter, Dawn Vickers of Duluth, Ga.; her son David Merrill of Atlanta, Ga.; his sister, Sharon Currutt and husband, Richard, of Willoughby, Ohio; his brother, Tim Merrill of Wickliffe, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

Charlie Richard Monroe

Charlie Richard Monroe, 58, of Memphis, Tenn., former police officer for Plant City, Florida Police Department and self-employed construction worker died February 18, 2010 in Ft. Pierce, Fla.

He is survived by his wife, Julia Monroe of Memphis; three daughters, Theresa Whitamore and Crystal Hudson, both of Memphis and Shannon Chase of Tulsa, Okla.; his son, Curtis Monroe of St. Pete, Fla.; his mother, Joyce Brown of Plant City, Fla.; his sister, Sharon Dixon of Plant City, Fla.; three brothers, Donald Monroe and Danny Monroe of Florida and Randy Monroe of South Carolina; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held from 12-2 p.m. Friday, February 26. Services followed at 2 p.m. at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home Senatobia Chapel.

Synthia Jones Shorty

Synthia Jones Shorty, 37, Casino Security Guard, of Senatobia, Miss., passed away February 21, 2010. Services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27 at Antioch #1 Church in Senatobia. Burial was in West Tennessee Veteran Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Fred Shorty; three daughters, Breania Shorty, Markaylah Shorty and Cassie Shorty, all of Senatobia; mother, Mary Davis and step-father, Eddie Davis of Charleston, Miss.; father, Johnnie L. Jones of Houston, Texas; sisters, Marylin J. Bryant of Greenwood, Miss., Sarah "Taytay" Coalson of Rome, Ga.; and her brothers, Tyrone Weatherspoon of Chicago, Ill. and Johnnie Jones Jr. of Shelby, Miss.

Boyce McKay Smith

Boyce McKay Smith, 45, of Lake Cormorant, Miss., passed away February 20, 2010. Services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23 at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia, Miss. Burial followed at Bethesda Cemetery. Mr. Smith was an employee of Smith and Nephew and a member of the Colonial Hills Church.

He is survived by his wife, Paige Smith of Lake Cormorant, Miss.; two daughters, Heather Smith and Haley Smith, both of Lake Cormorant, Miss.; his parents, Gene and Elizabeth Kay Smith of Lake Cormorant; his grandmother, Louise Ray of Senatobia; and by one brother, Samuel Gene Smith of Memphis, Tenn.

Everette Stevens

Everette Stevens, 89, of Independence, Miss., passed away February 22, 2010 at the Veterans Home in Oxford, Miss. Services were held Thursday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he was a member. Burial followed at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Mr. Stevens was a Mason and a Shriner since 1946, and he was a member of the Senatobia Masonic Lodge. He was also a Veteran of WWII having served in the United States Army.

He was the widower of Virginia Coleman Stevens.

He is survived by his son, David A. Stevens and his daughter-in-law, Stephanie Foster Stevens, of Independence; his grandson, John Nathaniel Stevens of Natchez, Miss.; his nephews, James Stevens and Mark Rhodes; and his niece, Betty Sue Rieth.

Ryan White

Ryan White, 27, of Southaven, Mississippi, died Monday, February 22, 2010. He was born November 1, 1982 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Tommy and Jan (Dantzler) White. Ryan was a member of First Baptist Church of Hot Springs, Ark., active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a graduate of Lakeside High School and Arkansas Tech University where he was a stand out baseball player, and received his Masters degree at Henderson State University. He spent three seasons (2006 - 2008) as an assistant coach at Ouachita Baptist before being named the head baseball coach in 2008 at Senatobia High School in Senatobia, Mississippi. Along with coaching baseball at Senatobia, Ryan also coached the cross country team and was a health and physical education teacher.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Sam and Nancy Dantzler; paternal grandparents, Ralph and Phyllis White; and uncle, Lt. Col. Jerry Don Dickerson.

He is survived by his parents; three aunts, Page Dickerson of Jonesboro, Ark., Karen Miller and husband Dave of Mediapolis Iowa, Rhonda Morrison and husband Doyle of Burlington, Iowa; and one uncle, David Dantzler and wife Alyce of Roanoke, Virginia along with several cousins.

Services were held at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Hot Springs, Ark. Friday, February 26 with Dr. John McCallum officiating. Burial was at 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 26 at Jonesboro Memorial Park in Jonesboro, Ark. with Dr. John McCallum and Jeff Pagan officiating.

Pallbearers included Justin Linington, Matt Teale, David Hall, Si Hornbeck, Brock Ferguson, Josh Wesson, Chris Slaton, Adam O'Neal, Kyle Newsom, and Clark Richardson. Honorary pallbearers include the teammates, players, and coaches of Ryan White at Lakeside High School, Arkansas Tech University, Ouachita Baptist University, Senatobia High School, Lakeside Baseball Association, and coaching staff of UALR Baseball team.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 2350 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71913 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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