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Willie Roy Brown

Willie Roy Brown, 61, truck driver, of Memphis, Tenn., passed away on March 4, 2014. Funeral services were held at Independent Tyro M.B. Church on Saturday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m. 

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Brown; daughters, Sonia Brown of Atlanta, Ga., Shari Craig, LaQuita White, and Shannon Davison, all of West Memphis, Ark.; son, Kynta King of Senatobia; sisters, Annie Mae Hunter of Como, and Willie Ann Pratcher of Memphis, Tenn.; brothers, James Brown of Senatobia, Dewey Brown, Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., Simmie Brown of Brownsville, Tenn., Tommy Brown of Memphis, Tenn., Climmie Brown of Como; and 17 grandchildren.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater had charge of the services.




William Cecil Foster


William Cecil Foster, 84, of Hernando, Miss., passed away on March 2, 2014. Brother Bill, as he was known to many, was a retired Baptist minister and businessman. 

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mable Durham Foster; children, Tina Fly (Jimmy) of Germantown; Pam Marsh (Darrell) of Hernando, and Robert “Bert” Foster of Hernando; grandchildren, Nicole Wright, Chris Marsh, Brennan Cross, Mandie Stevens, Ryan Fly, Brad Fly, and Brynden Foster; brothers, Hugh Foster and Ira “Sonny” Foster; sister, Lorene Hudson; and 15 great grandchildren.

Rev. Foster was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Calvin L. Foster. 

The family received friends on Wednesday, March 5 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. service time at Hernando Baptist Church. Interment followed in Hernando Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hernando Baptist Church Building Fund in Hernando.




Bobby Wayne Frazier

Bobby Wayne Frazier, 68, of Senatobia, Miss., passed away March 3, 2014 at the V.A. Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Services were held Thursday, March 6, at 11:00 a.m. at the Senatobia Church of Christ. Burial followed in Flag Lake Cemetery. 

He was a Vietnam veteran having served in the Army. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Connie Jo Frazier; and brother, Charles Frazier. 

Mr. Frazier is survived by his daughter, Crystal Freeman (William) of Senatobia; sons, Bob Frazier, Jr. of Strayhorn, and Joey Frazier (Michelle) of Crockett; sisters, Mary Nell Carter (Chuck) of Nashville, Tenn., Marie Frazier of Senatobia, Barbara Stimmell (David) of Vancouver, Wash., and Ann Frazier Kelly; brothers, Wade Frazier of Hernando, and Billy Frazier of Senatobia; and grandchildren, Britney Frazier, Shelby Frazier, Kahymon Routson, Greer McArthur, Caleb Frazier, Gavin McArthur, Remington Freeman, Madison Frazier, Robert Frazier, Caitlyn Frazier and Jacob Frazier. 

Mr. Frazier was a member of the Crockett Church of Christ. 

Memorials may be sent to Sardis Lake Christian Camp, c/o Senatobia Church of Christ, P.O Box 488, Senatobia, MS 38668. 

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




Benjamin Parker Gates, III


Benjamin Parker Gates III, 90, of Crenshaw, Miss., passed away March 5, 2014 at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis. Services were held Saturday, March 8, at 2:00 p.m. at Crenshaw Baptist Church. Burial followed in Longtown Cemetery. 

Mr. Gates was the proprietor of BP Gates & Co. for over 50 years. 

He was a veteran of WWII having served in the Army.  

He is survived by his wife, Cornelia M. Gates of Crenshaw; daughter, Gayle Gates of Sardis; son, Parker Gates (Helen) of Madison; sister, Jo Ann Plunkett of Little Rock, Ark.; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 

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




Virginia Turley Darby Haynes


Virginia Turley Darby Haynes, widow of D.M. Haynes, long time resident of Wesley Meadows Retirement Community and formerly of the Longtown community in Panola County, passed away March 1, 2014 at Baptist Hospital DeSoto at age 93. 

Known to many childhood friends and family as “Nib”, Mrs. Haynes was a long time member of Longtown United Methodist Church. 

She is survived by three children: Billy Darby Haynes and wife Sandra of Hernando, Rita Weeden and husband Harold of Southaven, Rex Haynes and wife Connie of Horn Lake, seven grandchildren: Corie Haynes of Hernando, David Haynes of Como, Alecia Weeden of Bossier City, La., Brent Weeden of Southaven, Noel Haynes of Horn Lake, Stephen Haynes of Southaven and Virginia “Ginny” Currin of Austin, Texas; and eight great-grandchildren.  

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Virginia’s memory to Wesley Meadows, 1325 McIngvale, Hernando MS 38632. 

Services were held Wednesday, March 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Longtown Cemetery.



Kevin Anthony Kornegay

Kevin Anthony Kornegay, 61, of Cherokee Village, Ark., originally from Arkabutla, Miss., passed away on March 2, 2014 in Mountain Home, Ark. Services were held on Monday, March 10, at 2:00 p.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial followed in Surrette Cemetery. 

He is survived by his wife, Carol Kornegay of Cherokee Village, Ark.; daughter, Tiffany Parker of Desha, Ark.; sons, Eric Kornegay of Cherokee Village, Ark., and Paul Kornegay of Rienzi, Miss,; brother Stephen Kornegay of Nashville, Tenn.; and four granddaughters.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.



Dell Pope Rushing

Dell Pope Rushing, 88, of Independence, Miss., passed on March 6, 2014 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – DeSoto in Southaven, Miss. Services were held on Saturday, March 8, at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where she was a member. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Cemetery. 

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Smith (Fred) of Independence; son, Darrell Rushing (Bessie Mary) of Independence; brother, Reed Pope (Marvelene) of Independence; grandchildren, Cindy Lucas, Jim Sanders, Melissa Wallace, Stacy Leeton, and Cody Smith; and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Blackie” Rushing.

Mrs. Rushing retired from Carters after 30 years of service. 

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 30, Independence, MS 38638.

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




Frances Elizabeth McCown Whittinghill

Mrs. Frances Elizabeth McCown Whittinghill, 80, of Conway, Ark., formerly of Senatobia, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at home in Conway with her family by her side. 

Mrs. Whittinghill, a homemaker, was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church in Senatobia and was retired from Conwood Corp. 

As a young girl, Frances broke ground by becoming the first girl to play little league baseball in Memphis, beating her brother out at shortstop. She was a graduate of Central High School in Memphis where she lived the majority of her life. 

To know Frances was to love her as she never met a stranger. No one could resist her witty charm and Southern drawl. She was a selfless person with a kind heart and she will be deeply missed by her family and friends. 

Born on October 3, 1933 in Memphis, Tenn. to Dr. Oswald Stuart McCown, II and Ruth Harwood McCown, she is survived by two daughters, Louise Zarback (Gary) of Senatobia, and Frances Davis (James) of Conway, Ark.; two sons, Edwin Whittinghill of Millington, Tenn. and James “Wilson” Whittinghill (Lempi) of Memphis, Tenn.; one sister, Ruth Drewry (Bill) of Arlington, Tenn.; two brothers, James “Jimmy” McCown of Memphis, Tenn. and Richard Drewry McCown of Olive Branch; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Jessica, Kristen, Ashley, Michael, Kelsey, Emily, Whitney, Selena, Austin, Abigail, Brayden, Addison, Jace and Olivia; and her sisters-in-law, Judy McCown, Aggie McCown and Gail McCown. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Oswald Stuart McCown, II and Ruth Harwood McCown Fly; and three brothers, Oswald Stuart McCown, III, Dr. J. Dillard McCown and Murray Harwood McCown; and two sisters-in-law, Judy McCown and Jeanne McCown. 

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Gregory Catholic Church in Senatobia. Burial followed in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Gregory Catholic Church, 707 Strayhorn St., Senatobia, MS 38668 or to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, www.woundedwarriorproject.org. 

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




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