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Ann Weber Butler

Mrs. Ann Weber Butler, 79, of Vicksburg, Miss., passed away March 30, 2014 at River Region Hospital in Vicksburg.  She was a member of Sr. Michael’s Catholic Church in Vicksburg and was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. 

Visitation was held from 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home, Senatobia. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment followed in Friendship Cemetery in Como. 

Pallbearers were family and friends and Honorary Pallbearers were Dr. George Abraham and the staff of Shady Lawn Nursing Home. 

Mrs. Butler is survived by her husband of 54 years, Steven Hightower Butler, III, of Vicksburg; two sons, Steven Butler, IV (Karen) and Patrick Butler (Kim), all of Vicksburg; and two grandsons, Patrick W. Butler II, William H. Butler; one step-grandson, Layton Martin; one step-granddaughter, Deanna Weeks; one step-great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Martin; one brother, Mike Weber (Sandra) and numerous nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto F. Weber and Huberta McGraw Weber; one sister, Dorothy Holmes; and one brother, Otto F. Weber, Jr.  

Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home – Senatobia Chapel has charge of arrangements. 

Claude Culver Cagle

Claude Culver Cagle age 81, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 at the family home in Senatobia, Miss.  

Survivors include:  wife of 58 ½ years, Gail Watson Cagle; son, William Bill Cagle; daughter, Claudia Lee Cagle; grandchildren, Nat J. Cagle and Hunter Cagle; sister, Charla Mae Houston of Orange Park, Fla.  

Family and friends assembled for a graveside service and interment at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Grandview Cemetery with Chaplain Les Burnett having officiated.  

Memorial donations may be made to Senatobia Presbyterian Church, 431 West Main, Senatobia, MS 38668.  

Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000,

Tommy Kirk Chitwood

Tommy Kirk Chitwood, 62, died suddenly on Tuesday, April 2, in Senatobia, Miss. Services were held Sunday, April 6, at 2:00 p.m. at Coldwater United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery.  

Born in Memphis, he worked over 35-years for DuPont and Lucite International until his retirement in 2011.  

He leaves behind Linda Chitwood, his wife of 44-years, his brother Malcolm and sister Annette, and many friends.  

Tommy attended Coldwater United Methodist Church and was active in that ministry.  He also donated his time and skills to the Homeless Animals Relief Project to help animals living with the poor.  He loved the Lord and was a friend and defender of the elderly, the poor, children, and less fortunate animals.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of his two favorite charities, the Homeless Animals Relief Project at P.O. Box 371, Senatobia, MS 38668, or his church Coldwater United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 428, Coldwater, MS 38618. 

Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.

Jack Houston

Jack Houston, 88, of Strayhorn, Miss., passed away Wednesday, April 2, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Services were held Friday, April 4, at 11:00 a.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Bethesda Cemetery. 

He is survived by his wife, Martha White Houston; his daughter, Cherry Smith (Ronny); his son, Terry Houston (Sandy). He also leaves a stepson, Mike White (Stacie). He leaves four grandchildren, Matt Smith (Amanda) of Strayhorn, Brooks Houston (Tiffany) of Looxahoma, Melissa Parrish (Todd) and Jessica Smith (Anthony) both of Senatobia. He is also survived by four step grandchildren, Michael White, Reed White, Paige White and Brandon Sowell. He leaves 18 great grandchildren.

He was a member of Strayhorn Baptist Church where he served as deacon and Sunday School Director. He was the Assistant Manager of Tate County Co-op for many years.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Wilena Houston, and his parents, Elmer and Stella Houston, brothers, Frank Houston, Howard Houston, John Houston and sisters, Edith Hudspeth and Agnes Spencer.

Memorials may be sent to Strayhorn Baptist Church Family Life Center building fund, 3617 Highway 4 West, Sarah, MS 38665.

Kathleen G. Hudson

Kathleen G. Hudson, 88, of Coldwater, Miss., passed away March 25, 2014. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Jessie Byron Hudson, her son Jesse Ferrell and her great-grandson, Garrett Byron Hudson. 

She is survived by her daughter, Martha Jean Hudson; son Jimmy Hudson; grandchildren Barry Hudson, Ben Hudson, Karen Ross and Annie King; great-grandchildren, Makenzie Ross, Hudson Ross, Sophia Hudson, Sydney Coleman and Bailey Coleman. She also leaves behind one great-great-grandchild, Bryson Ross.

A gathering of friends and family was held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Greenleaf United Methodist Church 3004 Greenleaf, Coldwater. Burial followed at Greenleaf Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Greenleaf United Methodist Church in Kathleen’s name. 

James Arthur Jackson

James Arthur Jackson, 76, packer, of Senatobia, Miss., passed away on March 29, 2014. Funeral services were held at Springfield M.B. Church in Senatobia on Saturday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m. 

He is survived by three daughters, Ursula Merriweather of Frisco, Texas, Majjaa Lewis of Dallas, Texas, and Imogene Sanders of Memphis, Tenn.; a son, Kristan “Kris” E. Jackson of Senatobia; and four grandchildren.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater had charge of the arrangements.

James Whitten Mason

Mr. James “Jim” Whitten Mason, 78, passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at his home in Senatobia, Miss., surrounded by the ones who loved him most. 

Born on September 24, 1935 in Panola County, Mississippi, Jim served in the U.S. Army for two years in Germany before returning to Sardis. 

Until his sickness, he was an active member of First Baptist Church, Sardis, MS, where he was a deacon, Sunday school teacher and a member of the church choir.

He was a city mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Sardis for many years.  He loved his work and the people he served.  

Jim is survived by his wife of 43 years, Betty Blakely Mason of Senatobia; one daughter, Angie Mason Conley (Decker) of Senatobia; and two grandsons, Mason Conley (Meghan) of College Station, Texas and Nelson Conley of Senatobia, and three brothers, John Mason (Doris) of Batesville, Benny Mason (Johny) and Ralph Mason (Margaret) all of Sardis.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Lawrence Mason and Georgia Wilson Mason; one sister, Sissy Younker and one brother, R.L. Mason, Jr. Jim was a great man of faith who loved his Lord, his family and all of his many friends. 

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 29, at 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Sardis.  Visitation preceded funeral services Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Church.  A committal service was held at the church, following the funeral service.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 108 Lee Street, Sardis, MS  38666.  

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home – Sardis Chapel has charge of arrangements.             

Alvin Lewis Pressgrove, Jr.

Alvin Lewis “Joe” Pressgrove, Jr., 91, died on March 29, 2014, at the State Veterans Home in Oxford, Miss., after a long illness.

He was born on November 27, 1922, to the late Alvin Lewis Pressgrove, Sr., and Dorothy Whitten Pressgrove in Cascilla, Miss. Joe married (actually eloped), Raynos “Ray” Holder as Pearl Harbor was being bombed on Dec 7, 1941. He graduated from Ole Miss Law School in 1949.

Joe served in the Army during WWII in the Pacific Rim. He practiced law in Tennessee and Mississippi for 45 years. Making Southaven his home, Joe was appointed as Southaven’s first city judge. 

Joe was a member of the Southaven First United Methodist Church and Southaven Rotary Club, where he served as the seventh president. Joe also achieved a perfect attendance record while active in Rotary, and became a Paul Harris Fellow June 30, 1988. On February 20, 2003, he was honored by the city of Southaven when that day was proclaimed “Alvin Lewis ‘Joe’ Pressgrove Day.” 

An avid sportsman, Joe loved hunting and fishing.

Joe is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ray Holder Pressgrove; a son, Dr. Wayne Pressgrove (Jeanette Owens), of Birmingham, Ala.; a daughter, Jayne Frank, of Memphis; six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and a great, great granddaughter, Layton Bradford of Birmingham, Ala.

Services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 31 at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Bethesda Cemetery. The Reverends Jim Glass and Hal Hall officiated.

The family requests any memorials be sent to The Palmer Home for children, Columbus, Miss.

Robert Smith

Robert “Bobby” Smith, 72, of Coldwater, Miss., passed away on March 29, 2014 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven. Services were held Tuesday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Bethesda Cemetery. 

He is survived by his wife, Susan Tomlinson Smith of Coldwater; daughter, Veronica “Ronnie” Ballard of Rogers, Ark.; son, Rob Smith of Hernando; stepdaughter, Ashley Koller of Trinidad; stepson, Athey Crawford of Tallahassee, Fla.; two sisters, Judy Chance of Naples, Fla. and Vickie Massey of Southaven; two brothers, Jimmy Smith of Senatobia, and Buddy Smith of Coldwater; and 11 grandchildren. 

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