Death Notices

Obituaries for Monday, July 31, 2000

Helen Smith Barnes

WINONA – Helen Smith Barnes, 75, retired secretary, died Friday at the Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

Funeral services were held this morning at the Oliver Chapel Funeral Home in Winona with her brother, Rev. Dr. Billy Smith, officiating. Graveside services were held at the Oakwood Cemetery in Winona.

Barnes was a member of the First Baptist Church in Winona. She worked in the linen service industry for 57 years with her surviving husband, Edward Barnes.

Mrs. Barnes was co-founder of Ace Linen Company, co-owner of Delta Steam Laundry in Greenwood, and was a former employee of the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

She is survived by daughter Barbara Barnes of Oxford; sons Eddie Barnes of Marietta, Ga.; Charles Barnes and Bob Barnes, both of Winona; sisters Bess Green of Hattiesburg; Mildred Taylor of The Woodlands, Texas; Elizabeth Johnson of Austin, Texas; a host of nieces and nephews; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made at the North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford or the First Baptist Church in Winona.

Gladys K. Biddle

TUPELO – Gladys K. Biddle, 88, retired kindergarten teacher, died Saturday at the Traceway Retirement Community in Tupelo.

Funeral services were held this morning at the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo with Rev. McCoy Franklin and Rev. Ann Kelly officiating. Graveside services were held at the Greenville City Cemetery.

For more than 30 years, Biddle taught kindergarten at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville. She was also an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo where she served as president of her Sunday school class.

Biddle, an artist who enjoyed painting as well as numerous handicrafts, was an active member of the Tupelo Art Association, active participant of Traceway Manor programs, and active with the Camp Howell Presbyterian summer camp.

Biddle was preceded in death by her husband Edward L. Biddle and one son Leslie Biddle. She is survived by sons George Biddle of Grenada, Kirk Biddle and Clyde Biddle both of Tupelo, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo or the Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo.

Milton Byron Bright

GORE SPRINGS – Milton Byron Bright, 70, retail store owner, died Saturday at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Wilson & Knight Funeral Home in Greenwood with Rev. Dan Beardain officiating. Graveside services will be held at the Gore Springs Cemetery.

Bright served in the U.S. Air Force.

Bright is survived by wife Leah Bright, a daughter, Gail Lamb of Clarksdale; a son Gary Bright of Greenwood, four grandchildren, a sister Geneva Coleman of Greenwood; and a brother Wayne Bright of Starkville.

Pall bearers will be Carl Beck, Sam Ferguson, James Dykes, Curtis Underwood, John Mims, David Putman, Keith Coleman and Jeff Coleman.

Robert Broome

BATESVILLE – Robert Broome, 67, died Thursday at his home.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Batesville followed by a graveside service at the Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville.

Broome, an attorney, received his law degree from the University of Mississippi. He was a practicing attorney for 33 years, was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the First Baptist Church in Batesville.

He is survived by his wife Dot Broome, two daughters Kelly Broome and Cindy Bolton both of Batesville, a son Gary Broome of Shreveport, Louisiana, three sisters Louise Thurman of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Nell Baker of Batesville, Edna Scott of Bartlett, Tenn.; a brother John Broome, III, of Batesville; and four grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to the Robert H. Broome Scholarship Fund at the Ole Miss Foundation-Law Alumni Chapter.

Aubrey Dean Carpenter

OAKLAND – Aubrey Dean Carpenter, 42, died Saturday, July 29 at Grenada Lake Medical Center.

Mr. Carpenter was a chaplain for the Mississippi State Department of Correction.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 31 at 2 p.m. at Adams Arbor Church of God of Prophecy in Grenada with burial in Magnolia Garden Cemetery.

He is survived by his father, Ralph Carpenter and his mother, Pauline M. Carpenter, both of Oakland, and a brother, Dave Carpenter of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Newsom Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Heber Coggins

KILMICHAEL – Heber Thompson Coggins, 85, died Thursday, July 27 at Winona Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Coggins was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 29 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Norris Corley officiating. Burial was in Winona Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Coggins of Kilmichael, a daughter, Shirley Rogers of Kilmichael, a two sons, Jack Coggins of Texas; Gerald Coggins of Texas; a brother, Wilson Thompson of Star; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Walter W. Bud Connelly

DUCK HILL – Walter W. Bud Connelly, 78, died Friday, July 28 at Baptist Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford.

Mr. Connelly was a retired law enforcement officer, a WWII Navy veteran, a Baptist, a Mason and a Shriner, and he was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was past president of the Police Officers Association in Greenville and he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 29, at Alva Baptist Church in Duck Hill with Rev. Richard Moorman officiating and burial was in Alva-Parker Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Erma Lear Connelly of Duck Hill; five daughters, Linda Faye Piccolo of Memphis; Brenda Mae Swartwout of Macon, Georgia; Glenda Kaye Hood of Benton, Kentucky; Cindy Gaye Troutt of Lake Village, Arkansas; Derenda Jaye Strong of Greenville; 13 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

National Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Donald K. Erkfitz

WINONA – Donald K. Erkfitz, 85, died Friday, July 28 at Greenwood/Leflore Hospital.

Mr. Erkfitz was a retired police officer with the Detroit, Michigan Police Department. He was also a member of Moore Memorial United Methodist Church in Winona, and was a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner, and an active member of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 1 at 2 p.m. at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy

Owens officiating, assisted by Rev. Billy Little. Burial will be in Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held this evening 6-8 p.m. at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Winona.

He is survived by his wife, Mavis Erkfitz of Winona, two daughters, Donna Hope of Newfields, New Hampshire and Kathryn Capion of Flat Rock, Michigan, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

William Durrell Fisk

GREENWOOD – William Durrell Fisk, 56, died Saturday, July 29 at Greenwood/Leflore Hospital.

Mr. Fisk was a retired operator at Yazoo Valley Oil Mill. He was born in Yazoo County and lived in the Greenwood area most of his life. He was a member of the Greenwood Community Church.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, August 1 at 3 p.m. at New Hope Cemetery in Coffeeville with Rev. Dan Griffin officiating.

Visitation will be held 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday at Williams and Lord Funeral Chapel in Greenwood.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Elaine Fisk of Greenwood, a son, Ricky Wayne Fisk of Greenwood, three daughters, Debbie Simmons of Grenada; Teresa Fisk of Greenwood, Stephanie Long of Greenwood; six brothers, Cecil Fisk of Greenwood, Billy Fisk of Lambert, James Fisk of Grenada, Clayton Fisk of Jackson, Gary Wayne Fisk of Fort Worth, Texas; David Fisk of Nesbit; nine sisters, Mary Ann Martin of Greenwood, Alice Hawk of Fort Worth, Texas, Nell Martin of Pope, Betty Ann Byford of Grenada, Carolyn Hutchins of Enid, Joyce Spencer of Grenada, Ester Rhodes of Oxford, Jo Ann Bailey of Duck Hill, and Bobbie Ellis of Grenada.

Williams and Lord Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Hubbard

Virginia Robertson Hubbard of Grenada died Sunday, July 30 at her home.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Garner-Harper Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joe A. Martin

COFFEEVILLE – Joe A. Martin, 55, died Friday, July 28 at Greenwood/Leflore Hospital.

Mr. Martin was a BellSouth technician and was a member of Coffeeville First Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Pioneers of America, the Communication Workers Association, and he enjoyed gardening and working in his yard.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 31 at Coffeeville First Presbyterian Church with burial in Coffeeville Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Aline Martin of Coffeeville, three daughters, Wendy Martin Kendall of Madison; Marnie Marilla Martin of Coffeeville, and Randye Martin of Coffeeville, two sisters, Betty M. Dawkins of Grenada; Patsy Phelan of Cary, NC, three brothers, Mac Martin of Grenada, Rev. Jimmy Martin of Coffeeville, and one grandchild.

Pallbearers were Fred Oswalt, Mike Tingle, Dale Waller, Carl Madden, Allen William, and Jerry Denley.

Garner-Harper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Agnes Scruggs Oglesby

BETT – Agnes Ilene Scruggs Oglesby, 80, of Bett, died Friday at her residence.

Mrs. Oglesby was a homemaker and member of Thyatira Church of Christ.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. today at Thyatira Church of Christ in Thyatira with Derick Williams and Tim West officiating. The burial was in Thyatira Cemetery.

Mrs. Oglesby was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd “Cotton” Oglesby.

She is survived by five daughters, Lurlene Oglesby Willhite of Independence, Maxine Oglesby of Hernando, Carrol Oglesby Harris of Hernando, Geraldine Oglesby Lester of Glendale, La., and Brenda Oglesby Jones of Nesbit; three sons, Freddie Oglesby of Senatobia, Eddie Oglesby and Rex Oglesby, both of Thyatira; four sisters, Virginia Oglesby of Thyatira, Louise Scruggs of Glendale, La., Verla Jacobs of Whiteville, Tenn. and Judy Murphree of Senatobia; two brothers, Calvin Scruggs of Ft. Smith Ark. and Charles Scruggs of Independence; 17 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Wells Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lee Edmon Sims

SIDON – Lee Edmon Pappy T. Sims, 85, of Sidon, died Saturday at his residence.

Born in Webster County and resident of the Sidon area for 50 years, Mr. Sims was a retired mechanic and also had farming interests. He was a member of Phillipston Baptist Church.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. today graveside in Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Lester Jeffers officiating and the Revs. Perry Irvin and Bob Irvin assisting.

The grandsons served as pallbearers. Burial was in Greenwood Memorial Park.

Mr. Sims is survived by his wife, Mildred Carpenter Sims of Sidon; three daughters, Lanier Green of Sidon; Betty Sansing and Lynda Smith, both of Brandon; three sons, Bobby L. Sims of Crockett, Texas; Teddy Sims and Jackie Sims, both of Sidon; 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to Phillipston Baptist Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Williams and Lord Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael W. Watts

JACKSON – Michael W. Watts, 40, of Batesville, died Thursday at Baptist Hospital in Jackson.

Mr. Watts was a shipping and receiving supervisor for Payless Cashways.

Funeral services were Sunday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel.

He is survived by his mother, Faye T. Watts of Batesville and his brother, Chris Watts of Horn Lake.

Wells Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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