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Elisha Allen Bailey Jr.
   Elisha Allen Bailey Jr. 92, of Indianola, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at South Sunflower County Hospital in Indianola.  
   Visitation was from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Bailey Hall, First United Methodist Church, and the service was Friday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. Burial followed in Indianola Cemetery under the direction of Burton Funeral Home of Indianola.  
   Bro. Bailey was born on Aug. 3, 1921, in Vardaman, Miss., to Elisha Allen and Annie Smith Bailey. He has degrees from Mississippi State University, Emory University, and received his Doctor of Divinity in 1980. Proud to be a veteran, he served in the Air Force from 1942-1946 as a Champlain. Bro. Bailey preached his first sermon in 1938 at the age of 17 and has continued to preach for over 70 years.
   His first appointment was Bruce-Pittsboro United Methodist Church. He served as minister for the following churches: First United Methodist Church, Okolona; First United Methodist Church, Indianola; First United Methodist, Grenada; First United Methodist Church, Starkville; and St. John United Methodist Church, Greenwood. From 1971-1977 he served the Cleveland District as District Superintendent.
   In 1988 he retired and was appointed back as Associate Minister for the First United Methodist Church in Indianola. Bro. Bailey received the following awards: Harry Deman Award in Evangelism, Cecil Williamson Award in Evangelism, Young Citizen’s Award from the Chamber of Commerce, Certification of Appreciation Awards, Starkville; Certification of Merits from Wood College, the city of Indianola, and the Methodist Children’s Home.  
   Bailey Hall, First United Methodist Church, was dedicated to Bro. Bailey in his honor for his church and community ministry. He has written a weekly column for various newspapers. Prayers and sermons have been published in different Pastor’s magazines including the Mississippi United Methodist Advocate. Community involvement has always been important to him. Wherever he has served as a minister, he has belonged to a Civic Club and the Chamber of Commerce. In the past, he has served as Chairman of the Red Cross, Heart Fund, Cancer Fund, and Friends of Scouting Campaign.  
   Bro. Bailey wrote to his two daughters concerning death: “Death awaits—when? Only God knows. In the meantime my plans are to work daily for the life of my family, church, and community to give my energy for the good of others. Praise be to God!” Allen Bailey will be remembered by his faith in God, sense of humor, and leaving the trail of bananas!
   Allen Bailey is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Lavell Ferguson Bailey, a brother, Edmond R. Bailey of Loyd; sisters, Lela Belle McCluskey of Slate Springs, Helen B. Crawford of Oxford, and his son-in-law, Mike Schuller of Lauderdale, Miss. He is survived by two daughters, Patsy Diann Schuller of Lauderdale and Judy Bailey Barr (Bobby) of Greenville; sister, Lanetia Richardson (Merlin) of Anguilla, Miss., brothers, David Bailey (Louise) of Bruce and Homa Bailey (Ruth) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Kristie Allyn Anders, Jessica Allyn (Mark) Seale, and Robert Bailey (Chelsea) Barr; and two great-grandchildren, Michael Bradley Anders and Caleb William Seale.
   Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 86, Indianola, MS 38751; or any charity of the donor’s choice. Burton Funeral Home was in charge.

Guy Dees
   Funeral services for Guy Dees, 78, of Charleston, were at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
   Mr. Dees died Dec. 27, 2013.
   He was a retired school teacher from Charleston High School and an avid hunter and master carpenter. Mr. Dees was a member of Batesville First Assembly of God church.
   Mr. Dees was preceded in death by his parents, Duncan and Gladys Dees.
   He is survived by his wife, Betty Dees of Teasdale, Miss.; two sons, Kelly Dees of Teasdale and Dewayne Dees of Grenada; five sisters, Bessie Havens of Southaven, Kay Hutton and Joyce Reeves, both of Linden, Tenn., Marcie Swift of Germantown, Tenn., and Emily Faulkner of Courtland; one brother, Roger Dees of Teasdale; and four grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to Batesville First Assembly of God church.
   Newsom Funeral Home was in charge.

Sam Doubleday
   Funeral services for Sam Doubleday, 62, of Charleston, were at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Newsom Funeral Home Chapel in Charleston. Burial followed in Bethel Cemetery.
   Mr. Doubleday died Dec. 27, 2013.
   He was a mechanic for Crown Cork and Seal Company in Batesville and a member of Springhill Baptist Church.
   Mr. Doubleday was preceded in death by his wife, Sherry Doubleday.
   He is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Sims and Lee Ann Doubleday, both of Oakland; two sisters, Susie Carvan of Enid and Elizabeth Vance of Greenwood; four brothers, Leslie M. Doubleday and Barry Doubleday, both of Oakland, Lewis Doubleday of Charleston and David Doubleday of Batesville; and two grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
   Newsom Funeral Home was in charge.

Shelia Renee Frost
   Memorial services for Shelia Renee Frost, 48, of  Grenada, were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Grenada.
   Visitation was Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church.
   Shelia died Dec. 26, 2013, in motor vehicle accident in Grenada County.
   She was born on Sept. 30, 1965, in Everett, Wash., and was the daughter of Robert Larry Abner and Frieda Knapp Abner.
   Shelia was employed by Kirk Auto as a receptionist. She was a member of First Baptist Church.  
   She is survived by her husband, David Frost of Brandon; three daughters, Alysha Bowman of Grenada, Amanda Frost of Jackson, and Amber Frost of Grenada; one son, Jesse Frost of Louisville, Miss.; her parents, Robert and Freda Abner of Grenada; one brother, Barry Abner of  West Point, Miss.; one grandson, Brody Bowman of Grenada; and her grandmother, Edna Abner of  Elkhart, Ind.
   On-line condolences may be made at
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

Carl Monroe Lowery
   Graveside services for Carl Monroe Lowery, 66, of Grenada, were at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, at Bethel Cemetery at Oxberry.  
   Carl died Dec. 26, 2013, at the AMG Specialty Hospital in Greenwood.
   He was born on Jan. 11, 1947, and was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Neil Birdsong.
   Carl was employed by Brewer Glass Company for many years.  He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
   He was preceded in death his wife, Ruby Irene Lowery.  
   Mr. Lowery is survived by two step-daughters, Sherry Cannizzaro of Grenada and Ruby Williams of Pontotoc; one step-son, Frederick Martin of New Albany; eight step-grandchildren, Matt Chambley, Carley Chambley, Mary Jo Williams, Brad Williams, Rae Perry, Ramsey Wilder, Rebecca Wilder, and Blake Hill; and one sister.
   On-line condolences may be made at
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

John Wilbert Poynor Jr.
   Funeral services for John Wilbert Poynor Jr., 48, of Batesville, were at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial followed in Long Creek Cemetery in Courtland.
   Mr. Poynor died Dec. 27, 2013, in Oakland.
   He was born on Oct. 30, 1965, in Batesville, to John Wilbert Poynor and Betty Ruth Ragon Poynor Alexander.
   Mr. Poynor was a construction worker.
   He is survived by a daughter, Brittany Beard of Batesville,; a son, James Dewey Boyd of Courtland; his mother, Betty Poynor Alexander of Oakland; two sisters, Debbie Poynor Lantrip of Pope and Tina Poynor Bannister of Jackson; two brothers, Toby Poynor of Pope and Joseph Dees of Nashville; his grandfather, Leon Braswell of Batesville; and three grandchildren.
   Wells Funeral Home was in charge.

Earnest Ray Reece Sr.
   Funeral services for Earnest Ray Reece Sr., 81, of Charleston, were at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Charleston First Baptist Church. Burial followed in Magnolia Gardens Cemetery in Paynes.
   Mr. Reece died Dec. 27, 2013, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford of heart failure.
   He was born on March 23, 1932, in Potts Camp, to Marion Frances Reece and Bertha Hill Reece.
   Mr. Reece was a Korean Air Force Veteran and a member of Charleston First Baptist Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Neva Dean Rippee Reece of Charleston; two sons, the Rev. Ricky Lloyd Reece of Grenada and Earnest Ray “Ernie” Reece Jr. of Aberdeen; two sisters, Mary Agnes Robinson of Charleston and Joyce Beardain of Marks; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and a special niece.
   Memorials may be made to Charleston First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 179, Charleston, MS 38921.
   Womble Funeral Home of Charleston was in charge.

Walter Hays Rimmer Sr.
   Graveside services for Walter Hays Rimmer Sr., 71, of Greenwood, were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Odd Fellows Cemetery.
   Mr. Rimmer died Dec. 23, 2013, at his residence.
   He was the owner of Rimmer Tools in Greenwood, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
   Mr. Rimmer was preceded in death by his parents, James Wales Rimmer and Lucille Rimmer; a sister, Molly Rimmer Brown; and two brothers, Ronald Kirby Rimmer and James Preston Rimmer.
   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Dianne Bouchillon Rimmer of Greenwood; two sons, Walt Rimmer of Brandon and Marty Rimmer of Greenwood; two brothers, Harold Rimmer of Augusta, Ga., and Fred Rimmer of Dublin, Ga.; and three grandchildren.
   An online guestbook is at
   Wilson and Knight Funeral Home was in charge.

Michael Aaron Scanlon
   Funeral services for Michael Aaron Scanlon, 30, of Water Valley, were at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
   Mr. Scanlon died Dec. 26, 2013, at his home.
   He was born on Oct. 26, 1983, in Oxford, to Kenneth Edward Sr. and Virginia Ortiz Scanlon.
   Since 2004, Mr. Scanlon resided at North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford. He enjoyed listening to music, playing in the water, being outside, taking car rides, and watching CNN news and Wheel of Fortune on TV.  He was a member of First Christian Church in Water Valley.
   In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Sandra Scanlon Bennett of Oxford; two brothers, Noel Kevin Scanlon of Water Valley and Kenneth E. Scanlon Jr. of Weir; his North Mississippi Regional Center family; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge.

Rebecca Diane Snell
   Funeral services for Rebecca Diane Snell, 57, of Grenada, were at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 30, at the National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Grenada Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
   Visitation was Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at National Funeral Home.
   Rebecca died Dec. 28, 2013, at her home.
   Rebecca was born on March 25, 1956, and was the daughter of Samuel E. McGaugh and Rebecca Ann Humphreys McGaugh of Monroe, La.
   Rebecca was a housewife and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
   Rebecca is survived by her husband, Donnie “Cotton” G. Snell of Grenada; one daughter, Rebecca Ann Hood and her husband, David, of Brandon; one son, Donnie Glynn Snell Jr. of Grenada; her mother, Rebecca Ann McGaugh Henderson of West Monroe, La.; one sister, Linda Hendricks and her husband, Wayne, of West Monroe; two brothers, Samuel E. McGaugh and his wife, Kim, of Madison, Miss., and David M. McGaugh and his wife, Kathi, of Monroe; and three grandchildren, Isaiah Hood, Conner Hood and Jace Page.
   On-line condolences may be made at
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

Floyd Topps Sr.
   Funeral services for Floyd Topps Sr., 84, of Grenada, native of Duck Hill, were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Binford Chapel U.M. Church in Duck Hill. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
   Mr. Topps died Dec. 23, 2013, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.
   He was born on March 10, 1929.
   Mr. Topps was a Methodist and a member of Binford Chapel U.M. Church.
   He is survived by a son, Floyd Topps Jr. of Duck Hill; three sisters, Dorothy Nash White of Duck Hill, Pauline Topps of Chicago and Betty McNeil of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and five brothers, Leroy Nash of Duck Hill; Ulysses Nash of New Brunswick, N.J., Edd Topps, Curley B. Topps and Sonnie Topps, all of Chicago.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home was in charge.

Willie M. Wheeler
   Funeral services for Willie M. Wheeler, 77, of Raymond, Miss., formerly of Webb, native of Tallahatchie County, were at noon Monday, Dec. 30, at St. Mark M.B. Church in Tippo. Burial followed in Williams Cemetery in Glendora, Miss.
   Mr. Wheeler died Dec. 24, 2013, at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson of natural causes. He was a Baptist and enjoyed doing farm work.
   Eddie Robinson Funeral Home was in charge.

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