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Pauline Peyton Algee

Pauline Peyton Algee, 97, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Thursday January 19, 2017 at Baptist DeSoto Healthcare in Southaven. 

She was born March 6, 1919 in Mississippi to Robert and Lela Peyton. She married Joseph Leland Algee on August 8, 1932. Together they raised eight children on their farm in Coldwater. 

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Joseph Leland Algee, four sons, Wayne Algee, Bobby Algee, Wardell Algee, Terry Algee, one grandson Kevin Algee and one great grandson Codie Algee. 

She is survived by three daughters; Sylvia White of Southaven, Sybil Alpuente (James) of Memphis, Tenn. and Wandra Poindexter (Phil) of Coldwater, one son Ray Algee of Cordova, Tenn. She leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Family received guests Sunday, January 22, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Services followed at Brantley Funeral Home, 6875 Cockrum St. Olive Branch, MS 38654. Burial was held at Greenleaf Cemetery.



Ronald Terry Bynum


Ronald Terry Bynum, 59, passed away Saturday afternoon, January 14, 2017 at Baptist Memorial Hospital - DeSoto in Southaven.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home in Batesville. 

Terry proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Highland Baptist Church in Southaven. 

Those he leaves behind to cherish his memory included his former wife, Denise Bynum of Senatobia, his brother, Larry Bynum of Chicago, Ill., and a host of nieces and nephews. 

Wells Funeral Home in Batesville had charge of the arrangements.


Gwyen Craig Dye

Gwyen Craig Dye was surrounded by her family when she died on January 13, 2017, following a brief illness. 

Gwyen is survived by her children: Sylvia Griffin Sutphin (Cary) of Starkville, Deorenda Dye Davis (Eddy) of St. Simon Island, Ga., Debbie Dye Taylor of Germantown, Tenn., and Jim Dye (Cheri) of Moscow, Tenn.; Grandchildren: Gwyen Elizabeth Sutphin of Starkville, Mason Dye (Emilie) of Raleigh, N.C., and Christen Dye of Germantown, Tenn.; and her sister Betty Coggins of DeBach, La.

Gwyen was preceded in death by her husband, James “Dock: Dye; parents, Lonnie and Vernice Craig; daughter, Sherry Ann Griffin; siblings Marie Bolen, Molly Jordan, Wilma Davis, Marion Horton, W. L. Craig Jr., Kathryn Lindsey, Imma Jane Craig, Carl “Toby” Craig, and Jimmie Nell Shettles.

Gwyen was born on October 2, 1931, the middle child in a family of eleven children. She grew up understanding the importance of love, sharing and relationships. At an early age she grew in her love of southern gospel music, scripture, prayer, and an active lifestyle. She remained close to her Algoma High School graduating class even until this past year.

Gwyen was known for many expressions of gifts, graces, and talents through her 85 years of life. She was active in church and Sunday School no matter in which community she lived. She loved the music of the church and was regularly a contributing member of the music ministry in her earlier years. She loved to cook and do crafts while sharing those results with family and friends. Gwyen had a voracious appetite for scripture and often spent several hours every morning in study and prayer.

With a sweet, humble spirit, Gwyen treated everyone as if they were special to her because they were. She shared the love of Christ first in her life and His love for others equally. She worked as a hairdresser in Clarksdale and as the insurance clerk for the Chromcraft Corporation in Senatobia before retirement.

Following her husband’s stroke, they moved to Starkville to be near family. They joined Meadowview Baptist Church. Gwyen was very supportive of her church, children’s ministries, Crisis Pregnancy Centers, and the Walk to Emmaus. She was a member of a local women’s prayer group for over twenty years.

Gwyen was devoted to the care of her husband after his stroke even after his move to the Veterans Home in Oxford where she traveled at least weekly to contribute to his personal needs. She continued this personal devotion until his death in 2009. 

After his death, Gwyen often filled her time by sharing her love of music, crafts, basketball and scripture with her granddaughter, Gwyen Elizabeth. Her witness and faith continued to flourish even as her physical health diminished. Her love for Christ, family and friends and her prayer life grew stronger even as she grew weaker.

Gwyen’s life was celebrated at Meadowview Baptist Church in Starkville on Friday, January 20 with a brief graveside service Memorial Gardens in Starkville.

Memorials my be made to the Crusaders for Christ Sunday School Class, Meadowview Baptist Church, 300 Linden Circle, Starkville, MS 39759, the Crisis Pregnancy Center, or other Christian Charities.

You may go online at welchfuneralhomes.com to sign the guest register.


Joyce Ann Moore

Joyce Ann Moore, 63, of Splendora, Texas passed away on January 14, 2017 at Kingwood Hospital in Kingwood, Texas. 

She is survived by her daughter, Sabrena Wheeler of Bolivar, Tenn.; son, David Gentry of Huntsville, Texas; father, R.J. Moore, Sr. of Coldwater; sisters, Louise Hickman of Cleveland, Texas, Patricia Mercer of Cincinatti, Ohio and Jeanna Harris of Splendora, Texas; brothers, Leon Moore of Cold Springs, Texas and Roleigh Moore of Coldwater, and three grandchildren. 

She attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 

Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.  

Services were held Saturday, January 14 at 2:00 p.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed at Hopewell Cemetery. 



James Robert Presley


Mr. James Robert Presley, 55, of Como, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital - DeSoto in Southaven.

Mr. Presley was born on July 20, 1961 in Memphis, Tenn. to the late Linda Spencer Presley and Richard Presley. As a carpenter and a United States Navy veteran, he was no stranger to hard work. He was known as a good man who was always willing to help those in need. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing with his son-in-law. He always tried to find the good in people and was proud of the fact that he recently found the Lord while hospitalized and was Baptized. 

He leaves behind his loving family including his wife of 32 years, Merlita Cullla Presley of Como; his daughter, Linda Presley Whittemore (Thomas) of Senatobia; his sister, Debra Stanford of Como; two brothers, Wesley Presley of Southaven, and Mark Presley of Seattle, Wash.; and two granddaughters.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, January 15, at 2 p.m. at the Senatobia Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home.

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Mary McMaster Rhodes


Mary McMaster Rhodes, 94, of Senatobia, passed away January 16, 2017 at Senatobia Healthcare and Rehab. 

She was the oldest living member of Strayhorn Baptist Church and was involved in the WMU and a GA director for many years. 

She worked at Carters and as an election commissioner for District 1 in Tate County for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Rhodes; parents, Hubert and Lucille McMaster and brothers, James McMaster, Brooks McMaster, Ed McMaster and Roy McMaster. 

She is survived by her daughter, Fay Hurt of Greenleaf; sons, Tommy Rhodes (Beverly) of Senatobia, and Jeff Rhodes (Holly) of Nashville, Tenn.; sisters, Helen Redd of Como, and Corine Baker (Ralph) of Arkabutla; grandchildren, John Glenn Hurt (Diana), Greg Hurt (Cindy), Kimberly Phelps (Chris), James Rhodes (Hayley), Ivy Rhodes and Nash Rhodes; 14 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson and best friend, Lindsey Barrett Gray. 

Memorials may be sent to Strayhorn Baptist Church, 3617 Hwy 4 West, Sarah, MS 38665. 

Services were held Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Strayhorn Baptist Church. Burial followed in Bethesda Cemetery. 

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.



Audrey Claire Smart


Audrey Claire Smart, 93, a retired bookkeeper at Roundaway Gin, of Clarksdale, died January 17, 2017 at Merit Health. 

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 20 at Meredith-Nowell Chapel in Clarksdale. Burial followed in the Tyro Cemetery in Tyro. 

She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents Chester and Evie Carter Smart; brother William Carter Smart and nephews Billy and Rodney Smart.

Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale handled the arrangements.






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