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Rollie Eugene Coleman

Rollie Eugene Coleman, 80, passed away on June 4, 2014, at the VA Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, after a short illness. 

Gene, an Air Force veteran, was born on February 25, 1934 to Rollie Lee and Mary Lee Terry Coleman in Limestone County near Athens, Alabama. 

His business career was spent in the dry cleaning industry initially managing Pollan’s Dry Cleaners in Senatobia, Mississippi, followed by owning his own operation in Coldwater, Mississippi. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and twin brothers, James Edward and Jimmy Edmund Coleman. 

He is survived by a daughter, Wendy Jean Coleman and a son, Andy Jason Coleman, both of Independence, Miss. He also leaves four sisters; Anita (Doc) Woolfolk, Alice (Nep) Castillo, Kaye (Mike) Hanna, Carol (Billy) Saunders and three brothers; Otto (Sara) Coleman, Larry (Margaret) Coleman, Oneal (Kathy) Coleman, all from the Senatobia area, along with many nieces and nephews. 

Gene had a passion for fishing and never met a pond or lake he didn’t like. 

At the time of his death he resided in Como, Mississippi and will be greatly missed by all of his friends and family. 

He is interred at Mount Zion cemetery in Independence, Mississippi.

Ann Gatwood

Ann Gatwood, 72, of Atlanta, Ga., died May 29, 2014.  

Survivors include her husband, Gene Gatwood; daughter, Stacy Vaughn Gatwood; son and daughter-in-law, Jubal Jackson and Dorothy Rowland Gatwood; grandchildren, Simon Douglas Vaughn, Grey Alexander Vaughn, Riordan Anne Gatwood, Audrey Leigh Gatwood, Jubal Jackson Gatwood, Jr.,(JJ); sister, Ethel Pearl Ferguson.  

A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 3 at 11:00 a.m. at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church with a reception following the service. The family received friends Monday evening, June 2 from 7 until 9 at H.M. Patterson & Son, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road, NE, Brookhaven, Georgia, 30319.  

Kay Moore Mattox

Kay Moore Mattox, 59, of Sardis, MS, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North MS in Oxford.  

Kay was born in Lambert, Miss. to H.L. and Bertha Moore on August 9, 1954. 

At an early age, her family moved to Batesville, where she grew up and graduated from South Panola High School and later from Northwest Mississippi Community College. 

On March 19, 1976, she married David Mattox and they moved to Sardis, where they made their home until her death.  Kay retired from S.W.M., Inc. in Oxford on August 3, 2013.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Sardis.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her hobbies included spending time with her grandchildren and reading.  

Funeral services were held Friday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Sardis.  Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis.  

Pallbearers were Bob Wilkie, Freddie Massey, Jason Segars, Millard Lunceford, Mike Evans, Randall Burford, Chris O’Conner, and Bob Dees.  

Kay is survived by her husband of 38 years, David Mattox, of Sardis; two sons, Chris Mattox (Amy) of Grenada, and Jason Mattox (Sali) of Sardis; three grandchildren, Luke Mattox, Lillian Mattox and Lauren Howell; her parents, H.L. and Bertha Moore of Batesville; two sisters, Gail Burford (Randall) of Summerton, Tenn., Sheila Burford of Senatobia; three brothers, Danny Moore, Ronnie Moore, and Ricky Moore, all of Batesville; and a host of nieces and nephews.  

The family has requested memorials to be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home – Sardis Chapel had charge of arrangements.

Donna Williams Morgan

Donna Williams Morgan, 62, of Coldwater, Miss., passed away at her home on Friday, May 30, 2014 with her family by her side. 

She was born in Independence to the late John and Avanell Williams.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, William Murry Morgan; her daughter, Kelly (Brad) Smith; her son, Kurt (Lee Ann) Morgan; grandchildren, Carter Smith, Riley Kate Smith, Ryne Morgan and Zane Morgan. She also leaves behind one brother, Tim (Sharon) Williams.

A gathering of family and friends was held from 1:30 – 3:30 Sunday, June 1, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Independence. Services followed at 3:00 p.m. Burial was at Mt. Zion Cemetery.

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Mary Wills 

Mrs. Mary Wills Smith, 83, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at her home in Sardis, Miss. 

She was born to James Edward and Sophia Stark Wills on August 22, 1930 in Newton, Miss. She grew up in Newton, was a member of Newton Baptist Church, where she was pianist and graduated from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, with a degree in education.  

She moved to Sardis, MS and was a teacher at Sardis Elementary School, where she met James Harvey “Sonny” Smith, whom she later married.  She and Sonny lived in Sardis, where she attended Sardis Presbyterian Church and where they raised their family.  

During the summer, she worked at Bank of Sardis, but also continued to teach at Sardis Elementary School, North Panola High School, Magnolia Heights School and North Delta School, until her retirement.   

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Sardis.  Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis.  

Mrs. Smith is survived by three sons, James William Smith and Rogers Stark Smith, both of Sardis, and Richard Lee Smith (Carol) of Olive Branch; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Wills of Clinton, and Janice Wills of Long Beach, Calif.; and two grandchildren, LeeCarol Smith and Davis Glenn Smith.  

She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-eight years, The Late James Harvey “Sonny” Smith, III; four brothers, The Late James Edward Wills, Jr., John William Wills, Joseph Stark Wills, and Robert Judson Wills; and her parents, The Late James Edward Wills and Sophia Stark Wills. 

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home – Sardis Chapel has charge of arrangements.

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