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Rudel Burton

Rudel Burton, 65, of Senatobia died Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Methodist Olive Branch Hospital. Funeral services were held May 28 at Foundation of Life Church in Coldwater.

Burial followed in Independent Tyro Cemetery in Senatobia.

He is survived by his wife Cynthia Delories Burton of Milwaukee; two daughters, Tamekka Burton Galloway and Latessia Burton of Milwaukee; two sisters Marjorie Burton Soward of Concord, N.C., Thelma Burton of Milwaukee, and two brothers, Julius Wren of Millington, Tenn., Curtis Wren of St. Louis and two grandchildren.

James Garret May

James Garett May, 27, of Senatobia passed away May 25, 2019.

He is survived by his parents, Gary May (Anne) of Senatobia and Amy Clay (Robert) of Coldwater; sister Maggie May of Senatobia; brother Baylor May (LeShonda) of Hernando; grandparents, James and Frances May of Senatobia, Kay Long of Como and Charlene Skelton of Coldwater; aunts, Jil McKellar (Walt) of Senatobia, Cindy Morehead (Brian) of Hot Springs, Ark., Mary Margaret Panduro (Salvador) of Como, and Melissa Bateman (Matt) of Watkinsville, Ga.; niece and nephew, Rhemi and Lawson; his dog, Shay and numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Jimmy Long and Jimmy Skelton.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Magnolia Heights School, 1 Chief Dr., Senatobia, MS 38668.

Funeral services were held May 28, at Pate-Jones Funeral Home. Burial  followed in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery.

Harry Eugene Patrick

Harry Eugene Patrick, affectionately called Gene, surrounded by his family, passed away Monday, May 20, 2019.

He was a resident of Middleton, Tenn. He attended Crystal Springs  High School, Northwest Junior College and Memphis Area Vo-tech School. He retired after 23 years as a machinist with Smith & Nephew Medical Company.

While living in Arkabutla, he became interested in archery and started a club at the dam. He, working along with the Park, put in an outdoor target-spot range by NFAA Regulations. Necedah Bowmen, NFAA certified the range to hold official tournaments. Gene was also a certified archery instructor and eventually opened a shop in Senatobia with an indoor range, Gene’s Archery. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Toni Patrick and daughter Tara Suzore Hanson.

Larry Young

Larry Young, 73, of Savage passed away May 27, 2019, at his residence.

He was a veteran having served in the Army.

He was preceded in death by his wife Martha Young; parents, Miles and Helen Young and brothers, James Young and Kenneth Young.

He is survived by his daughter, Tammy Morgan (Michael) of Hernando; sons, Micheal Young of Senatobia and Brian Young of Savage; and his grandchildren, Stephen, Brandi, Chelsey, Gavan, Hunter and Seth.

Services were held May 30 at Evansville Baptist Church. Burial followed in Evansville Cemetery.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Michael Adair

Mr. Michael “Snowbird” Lynn Adair, 50, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at his home in Coldwater.

Michael was born on Sept. 16, 1968 in Memphis to Mr. Elton Adair and the late Theresa Darnell Adair. He worked as a heavy equipment operator who was a “Rebel” at heart. He was a very generous and giving man who loved to hunt and fish. He was an easy going person who never met a stranger. Above all, he was a loving son, father and grandfather who loved his family dearly. He will be missed deeply.

He leaves behind his loving family to cherish his memory which includes his daughter Josie Adair Cupples (Edwin) of Tunica; his father Elton Adair of Coldwater; and three granddaughters, Adley Eunice Cupples, Maebry Cole Cupples, and Weslynn Anne Cupples. He was preceded in death by his mother, Theresa Darnell Adair.

Funeral services were held June 11 in the Senatobia Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Adair officiating. Interment followed in Jamison Cemetery at Independence. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Larry Allison

Larry E. Allison, 69, of Wyatte passed away June 6, 2019.

Mr. Allison was a United States Marine Corps Veteran and served in Vietnam. A true patriot, Mr. Allison had worked for the Marshall County Sherriff’s Department and was once the Chief of Police for Byhalia. He retired from Holland Truck Lines. In addition to his work in these areas, Mr. Allison was also a cattle farmer and loved hunting, fishing, and was a land conservationist. He was a member of Wyatte Baptist Church where he served on security detail. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast and loved his family dearly.

Mr. Allison was preceded in death by his parents, Evie Moore and Gerald Allison.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years Diane L. Allison and his children, Tracey Ann Alonzo (Pete), D. Michelle Allison Freeze (Carey), and Larry Brian Allison (Christie). He is also survived by his siblings, Linda Callahan, Ruby Gardner, Betsey Allison, David Allison, Danny Allison, Dennis “Glen” Allison, and Nathan Allison. He also leaves to cherish his memory seven grandchildren, Briana Catleberry, Paige Alvarez (Chuy), Izabel Alonzo, Emma Grace Freeze, Cade Allen Freeze, Avery Elizabeth Freeze, and Carson Allen Freeze, two great-grandchildren, Rylan Alvarez and Aubrey Alvarez, his best four-legged friend, Jake, who, in his words was “smarter than most people he met,” and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held June 11, at Wyatte Baptist Church. Interment with military honors took place in the North Mississippi Veterans Cemetery in Kilmichael.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.brantleyfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wyatte Baptist Church School in Mr. Allison’s name for tuition for needy children. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch has been entrusted with the care of the family

Constance Gallant

Constance Angelica Frances Kerr Gallant, widow of Leroy H. Gallant, passed away at her son’s residence in Hattiesburg on Monday, June 10, 2019.  She was born in Preston, County of Brighton in the United Kingdom on February 18, 1925 to Ronald and Alice Kerr.

She met her future husband in London during world War II. She moved to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 1957.

In 1974, she began teaching at Northwest Junior College from where she retired after twenty-five years.

Mrs. Gallant moved to Hattiesburg to be near her grandchildren in 2000. She was an active parishioner in the Episcopal Church of the Ascension.

She is survived by her sons; Alan of Las Vegas, Nevada, Henry (Gina) of Hattiesburg, grandson Drew (Katelyn) of Poplarville, granddaughters, Lindsey and Brinkley of Hattiesburg, and three great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy and her mother and father. 

Hattie Mae Drake Gooden

Hattie Mae Drake Gooden died Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Portageville, Mo. Graveside services were held Saturday, June 15, at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Como.

She is survived by her daughter; Jelissa Gooden of Blytheville, Ark.; three sons, Daniel Gooden of Jonesboro, Ark., Dameon Gooden and Jerrell Gooden both of Portageville, Mo.; seven sisters, Maude Conrad, Mary Drake Leonard both of Portageville, Mo., Dorothy Drake, Barbara Drake, Abagail Jones and Darlene Mitchell of Kennett, Mo.: and Ella Drake Austin of Woodbridge, Va..; five brothers, McArthur Drake and Eddie Drake of Kennett, Mo., Earl Drake of Portageville, Mo.; Troy Wright, Reggie Wright of Saginaw, Mich., and 14 grandchildren.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.

Maxine Darling

Maxine Bishop Darling, age 95, passed away June 5, 2019, at her home in Sardis.

Funeral services for Maxine were held on June 7 in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home in Batesvill. Interment followed at Thytira Cemetery near Senatobia.

Maxine was born March 29, 1924. to the late Herman Franklin Bishop and Maude Mula Humphries Bishop in Memphis, TN. During Maxine’s lifetime she was homemaker and a faithful member of the Como Baptist Church. In her downtime she enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and loved to tell stories.

Those she leaves behind to cherish her memory include her three daughters, Brenda Booth of Sardis, Sherry Darling of Blue Ridge, Ga., and Carolyn Darling of Iowa; her son, Jay Pounders of Nashville; one sister Clara Burford of Barr; 17 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 46 great-great grandchildren.

Mary May

Mary Nell Daniel May, 84, of Senatobia passed away June 11, 2019, at Senatobia Healthcare and Rehab.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph E. May; parents, Pascal and Bessie Daniel; sister Lurline Andrews and brothers, Harold Daniel (Lavern), Gene Daniel (Barbara) and William Lavern Daniel. Memorials may be sent to Bethel Baptist Church or Mt. Zion Baptist church where she was a member.

Services were held June 14,  at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

William Murphree

Mr. William Fate Murphree, 90, of Senatobia passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Birmingham, Ala..

Mr. Murphree was born on March 4, 1929, in Calhoun County to the late Dee and Odell Murphree. He proudly served his country in the United States Army in the Korean Conflict where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a hard worker all his life and loved his time spent farming with his son.

Mr. Murphree was a member of First Baptist Church in Senatobia and he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be missed dearly.

Mr. Murphree leaves behind his daughter Sheila Hoffman (Steve) of Birmingham; his son Keith Murphree (Kim) of Senatobia; his sister Virginia Howell; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife and best friend of 64 years, Delories Murphree; his parents; his siblings, Charles Dee Murphree and Bobby Dean Murphree.

Funeral services were held onJune 12, at the First Baptist Church in Senatobia with Dr. John Mahoney and the Rev. Chris Williams officiating. Interment followed in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery with military honors with Calvert Murphree, Michael Murphree, Dustin Rhinewalt, Joey Glass, Jordan Bankston, and Ben Vernon serving as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Murphree’s memory to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 99, Senatobia, MS 38668. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mattie P. Brunt

Mattie P. Brunt, 92,  died June 11, 2019 at the Sardis Nursing Home in Sardis.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 15 at the Senatobia Church of Christ. Burial followed in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery.

She is survived by three sons; Harry R. Brunt of Detroit, Mich., Carl Brunt of Sardis, a grandson, Harry Brunt, Jr. of Horn Lake and eight grandchildren.

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home in Senatobia was in charge of arrangements.

Melissa Fowler

Mrs. Melissa E. Fowler, 52, of Horn Lake passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital - DeSoto in Southaven.

Melissa was born on Aug. 29, 1967, in Memphis to the late Diane Gilbert Massey and Clarence Massey. She was a member of Life Fellowship Church - West Campus in Horn Lake and was a loving wife, sister, daughter, and friend who will be missed deeply.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her husband Michael Fowler of Horn Lake; her sister Sheryl S. Stone of Holly Springs; her brother Rex M. Long, Jr. of Iuka; and two stepdaughters, Kaleigh Fowler and Kenslea Fowler, both of Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service was held at Life Fellowship Church - West Campus, Walls.

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Ann Rooks

Shirley Ann Rooks, 50, of Como, died June 10, 2019 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 16 at Cistern Hill Baptist Church in Como. Burial followed in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Como.

She is survived by five daughters, Twanda Rooks, Kandies Rooks, Tyesha Rooks, Domonique Rooks and Lashundra Rooks all of Como; one son, Dekevion Rooks of Como; three sisters, Anna Rooks of Como, Janice Pope of Pope, and Cora Rooks of Holly springs and one brother, Shelly Rooks Jr. of Como. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren. Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.

Don Swanson Sr.

Donald E. “Don” Swanson, Sr., 89, passed away June 18, 2019.

He was the retired President and co-owner of Hernando Boneless Beef, founder and first director of Desoto County EMS, and a founding father of the Desoto County Rescue Squad. He helped form the Hernando Police Department Auxiliary, worked with the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department Internal Affairs, and was an Auxiliary Deputy for several administrations. He was an alderman for the City of Hernando for 17 years and was a Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. 

Funeral services were June 22, at Hernando Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Hernando Memorial Park. He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie L. Swanson. Survivors include his sons, Don Swanson, Jr. (Nancy) of Evansville, Ind., Scott Swanson (Joanne) of Senatobia; grandchildren, Kate West, Nathan Swanson, William Swanson, Jackie Sullivan, Dale Swanson, Jr, Scottie Swanson; 10 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren, and his best friend and canine companion, Lannie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org. Hernando Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



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