PRESTON DAVIS Sr.
Preston Davis Sr., 24, died Sept. 26, 2012.
Funeral services were Saturday at Yazoo City High School with Rev. Joe Freeman officiating.
Mr. Davis was born July 30, 1988 to Preston Jones and Annie Davis in Yazoo City. He graduated from Yazoo City High School before joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 2006, where he served as an infantry mortar man with the 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment Weapons Company.
He served in three deployments. The first was in Iraq for Operation Enduring Freedom. The second was to Haiti, where he received a humanitarian award for his actions in the Haiti relief. His third and final deployment was to Afghanistan.
Survivors include his wife, Taniqua Wilson Davis; sons, Preston Davis Jr. and Jaylen Kirkland; mother, Annie Davis; father, Preston Davis Sr.; sisters, Lacie Ellis (Cornelius) and Safi Davis; grandmother, Marie Jones of Flora; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Aser Lee Blount Ellis, 83, died Sept. 16, 2012.
Funeral services were Sept. 22 at Steve Chapel in Vaughan. Burial followed at John Bull Cemetery in Vaughan under the direction of Scott Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Ellis was born Oct. 9, 1928 in Vaughan to Ollie and Mary Crenshaw Smith. She was educated in Yazoo County public schools, and married Joseph Lee Blount in 1947 in Vaughan. Years later she married Richard Ellis.
Two husbands, three sons, one daughter, a sister and three brothers preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Ollie Blount (Daisy) of Flora; R.W. Blount (Mollie) of Jackson; Charlie Blount (Rosie) of Vaughan, Joseph Blount (Rose) of Jackson, William Blount of Vaughan, Frank Blount of Vaughan and Horace Griffin (Diana) and Tevin Major of Bradenton, Fla.; a sister, Ethel Lee Brooks of Jackson; three brothers, Charlie Smith of Vaughan, William Smith (Linnie Mae) of Jackson and Lenelle Smith (Willie Mae); and a host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Charlie Blount, Micah Blount, Joseph Fuqua, Joshua Harris, Tevin Major and M. Smith.
Shirley Ann Pulley Fox, 60, died Sept. 26, 2012.
Funeral services were Saturday at the Scott Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Mrs. Fox was born May 11, 1952 to Peggy and Newman and the late Clemon Fox. She was raised in Chicago, where she attended Marshall High School.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Spurgen Pulley.
Survivors include her mother, Peggy Ann Newman; three sons, Jermaine Kilbert Fox (Detra), Morris Fox (Karen) and Lamar Fox; brothers, Robert Earl, Renard, Terry, Lamon, Tommie, Lucku, Jimmey and Roscoe; and a host of other relatives and friends.
JAMES ROSS Jr.
A memorial service for James Henry “Bubba” Ross Jr. will be held Friday, Oct. 12 from 6-9 p.m. at Westwood Baptist Church.
Rev. Freddy McCann will officiate the service.
Friends and family are invited and may bring a covered dish.
Duff Dorrough, 60, of Ruleville, died Wednesday Oct. 03, 2012 at the North Sunflower Medical Center in Ruleville.
Visitation will be held today (Saturday) at 1 p.m. at the Ruleville Methodist Church in Ruleville.
Funeral services will follow 2 p.m. at Ruleville Methodist Church with Rev. Mary Hutson officiating. Burial will be at the Marlow Cemetery in Ruleville.
Mr. Dorrough was born on May 20, 1952 to Dr. Charles and Delores Marlow Dorrough. He was a past member of The Tangents Band. He was also an artist and musician, and lead singer of the Yellow Mush Whackers Band of Thacker Mountain Radio Show out of Oxford. He also loved antiquing.
He was preceded in death by his wife Deborah Peacock Dorrough.
Survivors include his son, John Charles Marlow Dorrough of Ruleville; daughter, Audra Lee Dorrough, of Ruleville; beloved friend, Nanette Long of Ruleville; father, Dr. Charles Dorrough of Ruleville; mother, Delores Marlow Dorrough of Ruleville and brothers,John Robert Dorrough of Ruleville and Charles Marlow Dorrough of Oxford.
Serving as pallbearers are Andre Dubois, David Parker, John Cassibry, Joe Bradshaw, Ted Gainey, John Wade, Todd Camerson, and Ronald Terrell.
Honorary Pallbearers are Willie Free, Curtis Thompson, and Dave Alford.
Memorials may be made to The Duff Dorrough Benefit Fund, Planters Bank P.O. Box 9 Ruleville, MS 38771.
Lou Rita Johnston, 75, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.
Funeral services were Friday at Center Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Daryl Oster and Rev. Tommy Joiner officiating. Burial followed at Center Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mrs. Johnston was born Jan. 12, 1937 in Yazoo County to Aaron and Laura Inez Richard Carley. She was a switch board operator for King’s Daughters Hospital and a member of Center Ridge Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a son, Allen Frederick Johnston Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Allen Frederick Johnston of Yazoo City; a daughter, Margaret Robertson of Yazoo City; a son, Richard Johnston of Yazoo City; two sisters, Ruth White of Yazoo City and Ina LaGrutta of Hagerstown, Md.; and a daughter-in-law, Lisa Johnston.
Serving as pallbearers were Mickey Robertson, Fred Johnston III, Frankie LaGrutta, Owen Richards, Ashton Johnston, Hunter Johnston and Buddy Grayson.
Lula Charlene Saxton Pilgrim, 80, died Thursday, September 27, at Madison County Nursing Home in Canton.
Funeral services were Sunday Pickens Presbyterian Church with Rev. David Schultz and her grandson, Rev. Brad Adcock, officiating. Burial followed in the Harttown Cemetery
A lifelong resident of Yazoo County, she was born March 27, 1932. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Lula Saxton, two sisters, Eloise Warren and Louise Triggs, and a grandson, Clayton Pilgrim.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, James Earl Pilgrim; four sons, David, Phillip (Shirley), Mike (Jo) and John (Kelli); two daughters, Janie Adcock and Elizabeth (Jim) Golden; eleven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren; her twin brother, Charles Saxton; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Charlene was an active member of Pickens Presbyterian Church and had a deep, abiding faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a devoted wife and mother, doting grandmother, and a gentle soul whose caring for others was always evident.
Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons.
Memorials may be made to Pickens Presbyterian Church at P.O. Box 490, Pickens, MS 39039 or Gideons International, P.O. Box 1111, Yazoo City, MS 39194.
For online condolences please visit www.culpepperfuneralhome.com
Willie Lee Smith, 95, died Sept. 18, 2012.
Funeral services were Saturday at New Zion M.B. Church with Rev. Willie Smith officiating. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Century Funeral Home.
Mr. Smith was born Jan. 5, 1917 in Covington, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Virge and Laure Wilks Smith; brothers, Virge Jr., Booker T., Jimmy, John and Eddie B. Smith; and one sister, Lottie Smith.
Survivors include a sister, Hattie; a sister-in-law, Magnolia Smith; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Sidney D. Smith, Perry Falls, Cleotha Smith, Lee Smith, Virge Falls and Mitchell Falls Jr.
Robert Michael “Mike” Watts, 66, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 at University Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral services were Tuesday at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Marshal Stokes officiating. Burial followed at Lakewood Cemetery in Jackson.
Mr. Watts was born April 3, 1946 in Jackson to Cleveland and Erma Eubanks Watts. He was a salesman for Hemphill Foods Inc. and a member of Old Towne Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Watts of Yazoo City; sons, Robert M. Watts Jr. of Yazoo City and Jason Watts of Jackson; daughters, Cecelia Boyer of Brandon and Susan Watts of Jackson; mother, Erma Watts of Jackson; brother, David Watts of Fayetteville, Ark.; two stepdaughters, Kay Helms of Spokane, Wash. and Michelle Hogan of Yazoo City’ a stepson, Bud Helms of Yazoo City; and 10 grandchildren.
Gloria Ballard Harper, 90, of Yazoo City, passed away September 26, 2012. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 28, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she was a lifetime member.
Mrs. Harper was born August 18, 1922 in Hinds County. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James (Buck) Nierman Ballard. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and “Nannie” to her grandchildren, and friend to all who knew her. Gloria worked in retail in Yazoo City for more than 50 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Joseph Harper. Survivors include daughters, Jo B. George of Yazoo City and Glo Wright (Charles) of Greenwood; sons, Frank “Buck” Harper (Michelle) of Brandon and Ken Hill (Bonnie) of Santa Barbara, Cali.
She is also survived by six granddaughters, Shelly Merek, Sterling Milligan, Blair Mize, Varner, Jessica and Sarah Harper and seven great grandchildren and a special friend, Floyd Churchwell.
Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 2131, Memphis, TN 38101.
William Wyche “Billy” Wilburn, 90, died at home on Sept. 25, 2012 after a lengthy illness.
Funeral Services were Thursday at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Poole officiating. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mr. Wilburn was born in Aiken, South Carolina on March 27, 1922, son of Ruth Coleman Wilburn and William Wyche Wilburn. His family returned to their original home in Yazoo City in 1928. He was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, George Mason Wilburn.
Billy graduated from Yazoo City High School where he participated in Band, Boxing, and Football. He also attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Billy was a member of the Mississippi State Band and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
His college days were interrupted when he enlisted in the Naval Air Corps as a radioman in World War II. While stationed in the Philippine Islands, Billy was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He served one year of active duty.
After graduation Billy worked at the Mississippi Rating Bureau in Jackson. Later he was employed by Mississippi Chemical Corporation in Yazoo City, MS. He farmed his own Yazoo County land and was owner of Wilburn Realty Company.
Billy was a member of First United Methodist Church having been active on the Official Board, the Men’s Club, and the Disciple Sunday School Class. He was a member of the Yazoo Historical Society and Veterans of Foreign Wars. A former member of the Yazoo Country Club, he was an avid golfer.
Survivors include the five women in his life. JoAnn Turner Wilburn, wife of 59 years. Daughters: Dr. Ruth Wilburn and husband Dr. Don Jackson of Olive Branch, Stacy Wilburn West and husband Stan West of Martin, TN, Joanna Wilburn of Olive Branch and Sally Ross Wilburn Davis and husband Roger Davis of Ruleville.
Grandchildren include: Carter Wyche West (Lauren) of Memphis, TN, Katie West of Martin, TN, Kelli West of Martin, TN, Turner Davis of Ruleville and Mason Davis of Ruleville. Sisters in law: Sally Turner Walker of Jackson and Stella Turner Melton of Yazoo City.
Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P O Box 444, Yazoo City, MS 39194.
Serving as pallbearers were Don Jackson, Stan West, Carter Wyche West, Roger Davis, Turner Davis, Bill Walker.