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Joel Eason Busby


Joel Eason Busby, 76, of Coldwater, Miss., passed from this life Sunday, May 25 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven.  

Mr. Busby was born in Tate County, on September 16, 1937 to the late Hershel Samuel and Maggie Lloyd Busby.  He was a retired trucker with ABF Freight Systems, Inc. and was a Baptist in faith.

Mr. Busby is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia Ann Busby;  four daughters, Wanda D. Sowell, Rhonda D. Busby, Tanya J. Martin (Steve) all of Independence, Sonya L. Olmos (James) of Florida; two sons, Michael A. Busby (Angie), Mark S. Busby (Kim) also of Independence; three sisters, Mary Gibson, Ruth Owens, Betty Ritchie; and one brother, Albert Busby.  

Mr. Busby is also survived by seven grandchildren, Alan B. Busby, Brandon Michael Busby (Brooke), Mark Aaron Busby (Brittany), Amanda Lyons (Wayne), Miranda Ann Lesh all of Independence, Joel Easonwayne Martin (Morgan) of Hernando, Blossom Owens of Florida and seven great grandchildren.  

The family received friends on Tuesday, May 27 from 5-8:00 p.m. with a funeral service on Wednesday, May 28, all at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch.  

Online condolences and memorial tributes can be made at www.brantleyfuneral.com.



Resse L. Mackenzie


Resse L. Mackenzie, 53, of Tobyhanna, Pa., passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa. 

He was the husband of Laura L. (Wilkinson) Mackenzie. Born April 27, 1961, in Memphis, Tenn., he was a son of the late Douglas and Annelle (Gann) Mackenzie, and lived in Monroe County for the past 17 years. 

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in Desert Storm. 

Resse worked as a chef in the Monroe County area and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Josh and Zach Mackenzie, both of Memphis, Tenn., and Douglas Mackenzie of Tobyhanna; a daughter, Stephanie Mackenzie of Tobyhanna; three stepchildren, Kayla, Kyle and Kristina Morgenstern all of Tobyhanna; three step grandchildren, Shannon, Addalyn, and Marcus; a brother, Mike Crockett and his wife Regina, of Memphis, Tenn.; a niece, Jessica Crockett; and his former wife, Melissa Mackenzie of Tobyhanna. 

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia.


Horace Mathews


Mr. Horace Mathews, 84, of Como, Miss., passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at his home. 

Mr. Mathews was born on April 15, 1930 in Panola County to The Late MalCue (M.C.) Mathews and Annie Bell Ray Mathews. 

He served as a Panola County Supervisor for 25 years before retiring. He was a also a former employee of Case Tractor Company and Methodist Healthcare, he was a member of the Como Rotary Club and he was an avid gardener. He was a member of Como Baptist Church in Como, where he faithfully served as a deacon for many years.

Mr. Mathews is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mrs. Jerlean Mathews of Como; one son, Eric Mathews (Karen) of Sardis; two sisters, Elsie Lashlee and Ann Powers, both of Southaven; one brother, Danny Mathews of Hernando; his son-in-law, Mike Sumner of Como; two grandchildren, Courtney Collins Blair and Wendy Elaine Bailey; and one great-grandchild, Collins Blair. 

He was preceded in death by his daughter, The Late Judy Sumner.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 28, at 2 p.m. in the Como Baptist Church in Como. Burial followed in Friendship Cemetery in Como. Visitation was held in the church on Wednesday from 12-2 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Como Baptist Church, Como, MS or to the American Cancer Society.

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Brendon McClare


Brendon McClare, 63, airport bus driver, of Memphis, Tenn., passed away May 25, 2014. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist M.B. Church in Coldwater. Burial followed in Second Baptist Church Cemetery in Coldwater. 

He is survived by a daughter, Renee Hoffman of Memphis, Tenn.; a son, Wendell McClore of Memphis, Tenn.; sisters, Katherleen Lee and Zelma Robertson, both of Coldwater, Clara Pearson and Linda Foster, both of Kansas City, Mo., Gloria Taylor, Lavern Brantley, Versie Bateman, and Caldonia Bateman, all of Memphis, Tenn.; brothers, Emanuel Bateman of Indianapolis, Ind., Robert Adell of Chicago, Ill., and Maurice Bateman of Senatobia; and one grandchild.

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.




John Marshall Welch


Mr. John Marshall Welch, 71, of Senatobia, Miss., passed away Monday, May 26, 2014 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – DeSoto in Southaven.  

He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a veteran of the United States Army. He worked for Kimberly Clark or 29 years and was a truck driver for 15 years. 

A devoted family man, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather.   

Visitation was held Wednesday, May 28, from 6-8 p.m. at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home in Senatobia.  Funeral services were held Thursday, May 29, at 11 a.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Senatobia. Burial will be in the LDS Cemetery in Sarah.    

Mr. Welch is survived by his wife of forty-nine years, Jo Ann Welch of Senatobia; two daughters, Cary Gretchen Hunter (Bob) of Strayhorn and Cassi Shele Hill of Senatobia; two sisters, Virginia Burns of Senatobia, and Brenda Cragun of Bountiful, Utah; two brothers, Ted Welch and Barry Welch, both of Senatobia; seven grandchildren, Megan Hunter, Cody Hunter, and Hanna Hunter, Maia Hill, Rebekah Hill, Dylan Hill and Kaden Hill; and three great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, The Late Joe Raymond Welch and Gertrude Berry Welch.




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