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Savage, Avinell Bennett - Tueplo  
Avinell Bennett Savage, 94, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Country Wood Plantation in Mantachie. She was born in Itawamba County on July 3, 1921, to Willie and Merle Bennett. She graduated from Itawamba High School and earned a teaching degree from Freed Hardman College in Henderson, Tennessee. She taught school a short time before she married Roy Savage in 1942. Roy was a electrician and they traveled extensively before ending up in California where they lived for 26 years. While there Avinell supplied a gift shop with her crafts and was well known, as far as Sweden, for her handmade snowflakes. She was also known for her sewing talents. Avinell was very active in her church there, always working at Bible schools and was a group leader in Sunday school and president of Sunday school classes. She and Roy worked together with the youth in training union and church activities. They came back to Mississippi, where Roy retired in 1983, to be near their family. They were faithful members of Harrisburg Baptist Church until an automobile accident injured her back. Avinell loved flowers and working in her yard. She also loved to cook and was known in her neighborhood for her homemade yeast rolls. Avinell shared a wonderful life with her husband and were sweethearts until Roy's passing in July of 2008. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Rev. Donnie Riley officiating. Burial will follow in Kirkville Cemetery. Survivors include her sister, Nellie Houston (Neal) of Tupelo; brother, Lee Bennett (Mildred) of Germantown, Tennessee, Clyde Bennett (Mildred) of Huntsville, Alabama and several special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 65 years, Roy Savage and one sister, Surue McCoy. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at W. E. Pegues, Tupelo. Memorials may be made to Camellia Hospice, 1413 Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801. Expressions of sympathy may be left at .
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Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on May 2, 2016
Saxon, Samuel N. - Tupelo  
Samuel Nathaniel Saxon of Tupelo, Miss., died April 28, 2016, surrounded by members of his loving family. Mr. Saxon was born August 19, 1935, to the Rev. Dr. John D. and Sara C. Saxon, in Springfield, Tenn. He was married to the late Betty Faye Saxon. Father of Sharon Cardman, Charlene (Matthew) Haggard, Dr. Marian (Nelson) Rhodes, John (Patty) Saxon and step-father to Malinda Wimbs, Terry Wimbs, and Katrina (Buddy) Crafton. Mr. Saxon was the grandfather of Matt Haggard, Ryan Cardman, Regina and Danny Saxon, Katie and Ella Rhodes, Bobby Berg, Angel (Harold) Gary, Tori Faith, Amber, Collis and Brennan Crafton. Mr. Saxon came from a large family and was the brother of Anna Lloyd Wendell, Mary Lee (Burton-deceased) Fielder, Dr. Ruth Saxon (deceased), Dr. Esther Saxon, Dr. Rebecca (Jerry) Lyon, Elisabeth Saxon, Johnny Saxon (deceased), Joseph Saxon, Daniel (Molly) Saxon, Paul (Patsy) Saxon, and Dr. Stephen (Brenda) Saxon. He was Uncle to Bobby Wendell, John David Wendell, Billy Wendell, Ruth (Gary) Metheny, Dr. Patricia (Hector-deceased) Moktarian, Dr. Janice (Dirk) Lee, Dr. Deborah Lyon, Joseph (Connie) Saxon, Regina (Bruce) Zeiser, Cindy (Robert) Rudolph and Susan (Terry) Wills. A former Marine Corps. Sergeant, and member of the Tupelo Chapter of the Marine Corps League, Mr. Saxon followed Marine Corps discipline in his daily life. He was disciplined and un-wavering in his belief in God and was a long-time member of the Tupelo Church of the Nazarene. He always kept himself in top physical condition, working out on a regimented schedule. He graduated from Louisiana State University (where he became a die-hard Ole Miss fan) with a BS Forestry. He pursued his passion for the outdoors as a Professional Forester serving the U.S. Forest Service and the Mississippi Forestry Commission, from which he retired after more than three decades of service. After his retirement, he continued this passion working from time to time on his farm in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, which has been in the Saxon family since the early 1800's. Visitations will be the evening of Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 7 until 9 p.m. and Friday, May 13, 2016 at 9 a.m. until service time, at W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors, 535 W. Jefferson Street, Tupelo, MS 38804, 662-842-4872. A service celebrating his life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2016, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues, with a graveside service to follow immediately at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Houston, Chickasaw County, Miss. Services will be conducted by Rev. Matthew Neil Haggard, Mr. Saxon's son-in-law. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association to Ms. Marian Saxon Rhodes' fund at . Expressions of sympathy may be left at .
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Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on May 4, 2016
Shumpert, Ronald - Verona  
VERONA - Ronald Shumpert, 44, died Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
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Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on May 5, 2016
Sims, Barbara - Woodland  
Barbara Sims, of Woodland, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016, at the North MS Medical Center Hospice. She was born November 26, 1944 to John Henry and Thedie Dye. She had lived most of her life in Vardaman, but had also called Houston, and most recently Woodland, home. She was a retired factory worker and a member of Jesus is Lord Church of Vardaman. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 2, at 2 pm at the Jesus is Lord Church in Vardaman, with Brother Johnny Davidson officiating. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Sunday from 6:30 to 8 pm at the church. Barbara is survived by her husband David "Jughead" Sims of Woodland; her daughter Pamela Stahl (Mark) of Smithville; her brother Ricky Dye of Houston; 9 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and her son-in-law, Jerry Black of Houston. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Vickie Black; 3 sons: John Randy Coleman, Doug Coleman, and Nat Sims; 1 grandson, Peyton Lee Sims; 4 sisters, Ruthell Cooper, Johnnie Faye Westmoreland, Louise Baker, and Shelby Jean Dye; and a brother, LaDerle Dye. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at .
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Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on May 1, 2016
Skelton, Willie - Houlka  
HOULKA - Willie Skelton, 72, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Shearer Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. Services will be today, April 28, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston. Burial will follow at Robbs Cemetery. Visitation will be today, April 28, 2016, from 9 until 11 a.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel.
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Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Apr. 28, 2016
Slaughter, Veneva E. - Dennis,  
DENNIS, MS. -- Veneva E. Slaughter, 83, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Cornerstone Health & Rehab in Corinth, Ms. Services will be on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Ms. Visitation will be on Friday, April 29, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. Burial will follow at Lindsey Cemetery, Dennis, Ms..
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Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Apr. 29, 2016
Smith, Patricia - Houston  
Patricia (Pat) Louise Smith, 81, died Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Ocean Springs Hospital. She was born on January 4, 1935 in Houston to William "Bill" H. Farr and Louise Bishop Farr. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother (Meamaw) to her children and grandchildren. She acted as treasurer for nine years and a Sergeant of Arms for two years in the Lee County chapter DAV. She was also a member of Faith Bible Church in Houston. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will be at Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. She is survived by her, two daughters, Debbie West Brooks and Cathie West Stokes of Vancleave, MS; two sisters, Joan Farr O'Barr of Biloxi, MS and Linda Farr Kimble (Paul) of Kenton, TN; one brother, William (Billy) H. Farr Jr.(Ramona) of Houston; 6 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joe. D. Smith; her father, William Farr; and mother, Louise Bishop Whitt, Pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews. Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. To 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Memorial Funeral Home. For online condolences visit
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Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on May 3, 2016
Smith, Sharon Densie Walls - Holly Springs  
Sharon Denise Walls Smith, 45 of Holly Springs, MS passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016 in Holly Springs, MS. She was a secretary at BDC Personnel Job Services in Holly Springs, MS. A graduate of Ashland High School Class of 1989, North East MS Junior College and she attended U.N.A. College of North Alabama. Sharon was a cherished member of Greenwood MB Church in Lamar, MS, member of church choir, Vice President of Choir and a former member of Powell Chapel MB Church. She is survived by her Husband, Calvin Smith, three children, Darius Dukes, Symiah Smith and Sylena Smith all of Holly Springs, MS, two step children, Kalonnie Smith and Kaward Smith of Ashland, MS, her parents, Charlie A. Walls and Lucy Kimmons Walls of Holly Springs, MS, a brother, Timothy Walls of Memphis, TN, a nephew, Jabrien Z. Walls of Memphis, TN, Grandparents, Mary W. Walls and Junior L. Kimmons both of Holly Springs, MS. Remains will lie in state at J. F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home, 125 North Memphis St., Holly Springs, MS on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 2 pm to 6 pm.. The remains will lie in repose at Miracle Temple Salt & Light Ministries, 953 Allen Corner Road, Lamar, MS on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1:30 pm to 2:25 pm with services to follow at 2:30 pm, Rev. Patrick Washington, Officiating. Interment Greenwood MB Church Cemetery, Lamar, MS. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials are requested to be made to Symiah & Sylena Smith Scholarship Fund, 4698 Hwy 4 East, Holly Springs, MS 38635
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Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Apr. 29, 2016
Staten Sr., Durward - Okolona  
Durward L. Staten, Sr., 80, passed away on April 28, 2016 at the Shearer Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. Durward was born on September 14, 1935 in Una, to Samuel Dilworth and Myrtle Eva Lawson Staten. He was a member of the Amory Church of Christ and prior to his retirement, he worked at Meadow Sportsware in Okolona in the pressing and cutting department. He married Alma Juanita Armstrong on March 6, 1954, in the Palo Alto Community of Clay County and they were married for 62 years. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, April, 30, 2016 at the Cleveland-Moffett Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Minister Leslie Grant and Minister Doyce Britt officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Una. Survivors include his wife, Nita Armstrong Staten of Amory; two daughters, Cynthia Diane Cowart (Jim) of Davenport, FL and Angela Staten McRee of Amory; one son, Durward Leon Staten, Jr. (Cindy) of Springhill, TN; Caitlin Cowart (Jordan Campbell), Carly Cousins (Shane), Toni Camp (Alan), Meah Hamrick (Justin), Mae Jones, Ben McRee, Sara McRee Cox (Bryan), and David McRee; 7 great grandchildren, Jaci Cousins, Sophia Camp, Preston Camp, Jericho Jones, Addison McRee, Callan Haze McRee, and Sadie Faye Campbell; two sisters, Sally Pate of West Point and Mary Crosswhite of Prarie; and one brother, Paul Staten. He was preceded in death a grandson, Robert Daniel McRee; and six brothers, William, Raymond, Woodrow, Silas, John Ray, and Rubert Staten. Pallbearers will be Ben McRee, David McRee, Bryan Cox, John Michael Carey, Curtis Alan Maharrey, Ray Armstrong, Shane Cousins, and Justin Hamrick. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be expressed at
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Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Apr. 30, 2016
Staten Sr., Durward L. - Amory,  
AMORY, MS -- Mr. Durward L. Staten, Sr., 80, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Shearer Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. Services will be on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 2:00 P.M. at Cleveland-Moffett Funeral Home in Amory, MS. Visitation will be on Friday 4:00-8:00 P.M. at Cleveland-Moffett Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Una, MS.
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Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Apr. 29, 2016
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