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Charles H. Craig

Charles “Charlie” H. Craig, 78, of Senatobia, Mississippi, formerly of Fort Smith, Arkansas, passed away on December 31, 2013.  Graveside services were held on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at Bethesda Cemetery in Senatobia.

Charlie was the former Executive Vice President, Western Division, of Hickory Springs Manufacturing  Corp. in Fort Smith, where he was also a member of the “Wilderness Club.” An avid bass fisherman and hunter, Charlie loved his time spent in the outdoors and particularly on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Susie Slates Craig, their son, Bill Craig, his brother, Sam Craig, and his sister, Barbara Craig Himmelberg.  

He leaves behind his daughter, Cynthia Craig Veazey (Anndy) of Senatobia, his brothers Larry Craig, of Greenwood, Ark., and Garry Craig, of Barling, Ark., and four grandchildren: Slates C. Veazey (Whitney) of Madison, Miss.; Katie Veazey Soldevila (Brett) of Oxford, Miss.; Chuck Craig of Senatobia; and Suzette Craig of Utah.  Charlie also leaves behind four great-grandchildren: Slates C. Veazey, Jr. and Sadie L. Veazey of Madison, Miss.; and Campbell L. Soldevila and Veazey D. Soldevila of Oxford, Miss.  He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Bebo Slates, and sister-in-law, Davie Slates, of Fort Smith, Ark.

If desired, memorial donations can be sent to the First Baptist Church of Senatobia, Youth Ministry.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.


Daisy Mae Evans

Daisy Mae Evans, 81, of Coldwater, Miss., passed away January 2, 2014 at her residence. Funeral services were held at Cistern Hill MB Church in Coldwater on January 11 at 12 noon. Interment followed in Cistern Hill Cemetery in Como.

She is survived by three daughters, Donna R. Rumph of Royal Oak, Mich., Aza D. Booze of Hearvest, Ala. anc Claire E. Wilson of Hope Mills, N.C.; six sons, Eugene Evans of Senatobia, Willie R. Evans of Como, Larry Evans of San Antonio, Texas, Billy Evans of Como,  Aaron Evans of Sardis, and Percy Evans of Coldwater; two brothers, Percy Moody of Youngston, Ohio and Walter Moody of Meadville, Penn.; 17 grandchildren; and 36 great grandchildren.


Frank W. Gill

Frank W. Gill died Friday night at the DeSoto Healthcare Center in Southaven, Miss. With his wife by his side, he died peacefully. His years dealing with Parkinson’s Disease ended his very patient journey. 

He was born June 29, 1936 in Russellville, Ky. to his loving parents, Tipp Riley and Inez (Hamm). Frank’s parents benefited from his love and caring.  During their declining years, his assistance was invaluable. Frank was a resident of Guthrie, Ky.  

He graduated from Guthrie High School where he played basketball. He continued his interest in the sport by becoming a fan of The University of Kentucky. Several SEC tournaments found him cheering his team. He completed his college studies at Lipscomb University and began his business career as an auditor for the American Mutual Company in New Orleans. 

On a trip with his sister, Nancy, he met his future wife, Mary Elizabeth. They married months later. Their son, Riley, was born in New Orleans and soon they moved to Nashville where they gave birth to two more sons, Allen and Jim.  

Frank worked for 21st Century Christian and later reintroduced himself to the insurance industry, where he worked for many years.  

He enjoyed being a deacon at the West End Church of Christ in Nashville where he taught various classes, drove the bus for the bus ministry, and worked with the Room in the Inn program. 

Frank lived a good life and his attitude was never altered by circumstances around him.  

Besides his wife, he is survived by sons, Riley of Olive Branch, Allen (Laura) of St. Louis, Mo., and Jim (Sarah) of Greenville, S.C., grandchildren, Hannah, Grant, Micah, Garret, Grace, Hope, and Luke, sisters, Nancy Rutherford of Nashville, Tenn. and Claire (Robert) Craig of West Point, Miss., and several nephews and nieces. 

He was proceeded in death by grandchildren, Faith Lynn, Stevan Jonathan and Jesse Hoa Binh. 

Memorials can be sent to: Jim Bill & Betty McInteer Endowed Scholarship Fund. Mail to:  Harding University, Attn: Dan Campbell, POB 12238, Searcy, AR 72149 or Friendship Church of Christ, 3250 Pleasant Hill Rd, Olive Branch, MS 38654 or a charity of one’s choice. 

His family celebrated his life at the Senatobia Church of Christ on Wednesday, January 8, at 11:00 a.m. 

Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.


Monroe Holden

Monroe “M.W.” Holden, 94, of Senatobia, Miss. passed away on January 2, 2014 at his daughter’s home in Coldwater. Graveside services were held January 4, at Bethesda Cemetery in Senatobia, with Pate-Jones Funeral Home in charge.

 He was a retired farmer and was known in the community for his horse and cow trading. 

He is survived by his daughters, Dianne Moore (Bobby) of Coldwater, and Patsy Jenkins of Southaven; grandchildren, Jason Birdsong, Madison Moore, Renee Jenkins White, Angie Seymour, Marty Holden, Sharon Neal, Janet Holden, Jeff Holden, Susan Landon, and Amy Holden; 18 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and dear friends, Gloria Lowrie and Pete Frazier. 

He was a very loving father and grandfather who will be remembered for his smile and willingness to help others. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Aline Tally Holden; parents, Jim and Mobley Holden; sons, Roy, Marvin, Charles, and Jimmy Dale Holden; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Emma Brownlee Jones


Emma ‘Big Baby’ Brownlee Jones, 95, answered and accepted her heavenly father’s call on January 2, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 11, at 12 noon at East Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Coldwater, where she was a dedicated member and on the Mother Board. Burial followed in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery. 

She leaves three daughters, Marie Jones Tate, Emma Lee Connard and Cellie Jones Franklin (Harold), four sons, Reverend Rubin B. Jones (Dorothy), John Wesley Jones, Jr. (Luella), James Earl Jones (Earlene), Bobby E. Jones, 42 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Joe Ford Funeral Home in Memphis, Tenn. had charge of the services.


Emmitt Jones, Sr.


Emmitt Jones, Sr., 89, of Senatobia, died Monday, January 6, 2014.

He was born to the late Sidney and Willett Jones in Panola County. 

Emmitt was a World War II Veteran, having served honorably in the U.S. Army.

Emmitt is survived by four children: AD Jones (Martha), Emma Newson (Frank), Mary Ann Wooten (Shermon), and Clifton Thomas; two special daughters: Pamela Burton and Rochelle Bradley; two sister-in-laws, Ethel and Lillie Mae Jones; 10 grand-children, 13 great-grand children, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 11, at 1 p.m. at Independent Tyro M.B. Church. Burial followed at Independent – Tyro Church Cemetery in Senatobia.  


Robert A. Kennedy

Robert A. Kennedy, 51, construction worker, of Senatobia, Miss., passed away January 3, 2014. 

He is survived by his wife, Lois Sledge Kennedy of Senatobia; a daughter, Sasha Sledge of Senatobia; two sons, Darius Kennedy and Darion Kennedy both of Senatobia; three sisters, Kim Pops of Indianapolis, Ind., Kathy Calbert of Indianapolis, Ind., and Doris Calbert of N. C.; a brother, Jurden Girlinger of Germany; and one grandchild.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater had charge.


Audrey Ellis McCollum

Audrey Ellis McCollum, 96, passed away January 1, 2014 at Providence Assisted Living in Senatobia. Services were held Saturday, January 4, at 2:00 p.m. at Wyatte Baptist Church. Burial followed in Tyro Cemetery. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, John McCollum; her sisters, Pattie Ellis Steward, Peachie Ellis Hataway, Birdie Ellis and brothers, Carl Ellis and Herman Ellis. 

She leaves many nieces and nephews. 

She was a member of Wyatte Baptist Church. 

Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.



Gloria Britt Mock

Gloria Britt Mock, 66-years-old, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, January 09, 2014, at Baptist DeSoto Hospital surrounded by her loving family.  

Gloria’s battle with Lung Cancer began in April 2012. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family and friends carried her through 1.5 years of chemotherapy and radiation.  Yet even throughout her own struggle with cancer, she was always first to ask how others were doing. 

Gloria was born to the late James E. “Bud” Britt and Dorothy Mae Inman Britt on September 24, 1947 in Sardis, Miss.  She graduated from North Panola High School in 1965.  She attended Northwest Mississippi Community College.  On June 18, 1972, she married Phillip D. “Phil” Mock of Senatobia.

Gloria was a stay at home mom until her daughter was in high school.  She then became an Assistant Teacher at Magnolia Heights School in Senatobia, MS.  She worked as an assistant in 4 year old and 5 year old kindergartens.  She worked for 10 years and then began her most favorite job of all, babysitting her grandchildren.  She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Senatobia for the past 7 years.

She is survived by her husband, Phil and daughter and son-in-law Hayley and Brent Warren of Senatobia and their two children, Grisham and Ella Grace Warren. She is also survived by three sisters, Vicki Pitcock of Sardis, Jamie Johnson (Don) of Sardis, and Lana Douglas (David) of Batesville. There are also many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews that will miss her dearly.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to First Baptist Church, Senatobia, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Wings Cancer Foundation.

Services were held Monday, January 13, at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Senatobia. Burial followed in Bethesda Cemetery. 

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.



Emma Virginia Penn

Emma Virginia Penn, 91, passed away December 23, 2013. Graveside services were held Saturday, January 11, at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Independence. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell Penn, son, Wayne Penn, and sister, Georgia Jackson. 

Emma is survived by her daughter, Cillicia Romine of Richmond, Texas; granddaughters, Michele Martinez and husband Sebastian of Richmond, Texas and Kimberli Lasyone and husband Terry of Rock Hill, S.C.; grandsons, Audie Penn and wife Jennifer of Sandwich, Ill. and Aaron Penn and wife Diana of Arlington, Tenn.; great granddaughter Kourtlyn Hartfield and husband, Robert of Needville, Texas, great-great grandchildren, Cheyenne, Robert, and Parker of Needville, Texas, Mallory of Sandwich, Ill., and Owen of Arlington, Tenn.; sisters, Helen Caughren and Tommie Ann Peeler; and brother, Richard A. Davis. 

Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.



Julius Paul Scroggins


Julius Paul Scroggins, carpenter, of Coldwater, Miss., passed away December 30, 2013. Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church in Coldwater. 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Scroggins of Hernando; a son, Christopher Paul Scroggins of Coldwater; and two grandchildren.


John Victor Shaner

John Victor Shaner 66, of Horn Lake, Miss., beloved husband, father, and brother, and Vietnam Marine Veteran, passed away on January 3, 2014. 

He leaves his loving wife of 35 years Liz, one son Tom Shaner (Janet) of Coppell, Texas, two grandsons Jeffrey and Nathan Shaner, one sister Lorriane Ann Shaner of Concord, Calif., and two brothers Nelson Shaner of Savannah, Ga. and Matthew Shaner of Lockhead, Calif. 

A memorial service was held at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, January 8, at Family Funeral Care.









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