Obituaries

Mrs. Vera Lois Henderson May 11, 2012 Funeral services for Mrs. Vera Lois Henderson, 81, were held at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2 p.m. Burial at Mt. Nebo Cemetery near Ackerman. Mrs. Henderson was a homemaker and housewife. Mrs. Henderson died on May 11, 2012 at North MS Medical Center in Eupora. Survivors include daughter, Sheri Henderson of Ackerman; brothers, Don Starnes of Louisville, Howard Starnes of New Orleans, LA, and Willis Starnes of Ackerman; sisters, Eunice Crittendon of Columbus, Mamie Ruth Dickerson of Ackerman, Mary Ann Hirose of Oxford, Bessie McMillan of Memphis, Opal Prewitt of Greenville, Saundra Wright of Ackerman Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Dewitt Gilliam May 11, 2012 Funeral services for Mr. Dewitt Gilliam, 84, were held at Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Ackerman on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. Rev. Jerry Lawson officiated. Burial at Enon Cemetery in Ackerman. A native of Choctaw County, Mr. Gilliam was retired from Gulf States Manufacturing. Mr. Gilliam was a member of Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Gilliam died on Friday, May 11, 2012 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. Survivors include wife, Frances Pitts Gilliam of Starkville; sons, John Gilliam of Frisco, TX, Steve Gilliam of Houston, TX; daughter, Laura Jordan of Starkville; sister, Mary Metts of Louisville; 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren. Family suggests memorials to Starkville Christian School, 303 Lynn Lane, Starkville, MS 39759 Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bobbie Watson Pearson

Mrs. Bobbie Watson Pearson, 75, died Tuesday, May 7, 2012, at Winston Medical Center. Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 9th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Chris Vowell officiating. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Pearson was born October 18, 1936 in Louisville, MS, and was a homemaker. She is preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Lee Pearson; and her parents, Era Jones and Harold Watson. She is survived by one daughter, Alecia Pearson (Tommy) Coleman of Louisville; one son, Johnny Lee (Sherry) Pearson Jr. of Louisville; 3 sisters, Anna Jean Allen of Louisville, Mary West, and Linda Walker, both of Starkville; 4 grandchildren, Justin Chandler, Natalie Richardson, Andy Coleman, and Rylee Pearson; and 5 great grand- children, Caleb Chandler, Zach Kimbriel, Bella Richardson, Jade Chandler, and J.D. Chandler. Pallbearers were Rylee Pearson, Andy Coleman, Tommy Coleman, Justin Chandler, Richard Watson, and Jay Watson. To sign the guest register, go to www.porterfuneralhome.net. PAID OBITUARY

Mr. Kenneth Ray Dempsey

Mr. Kenneth Ray Dempsey, 47, died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Louisville. Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 10th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Rob Faulk officiating. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Dempsey was born July 22, 1964, in Louisville, MS. He was the owner of 4-D Construction and a member of South Louisville Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Hisaw Dempsey of Louisville; his mother, Louise Dempsey; two daughters, Brittany Dempsey (Brad) Dickerson, and Kali Rae Dempsey, and her fiancé, Steven Rogers, both of Louisville; two sisters, Norman Dempsey (Ken) Hisaw of Louisville, and Christine Dempsey (Tony) Pirkle of Olive Branch, MS; and two grandchildren, Braley Raye Dickerson and Braz Dickerson. Pallbearers were Danny Heard, Bradley Heard, Mich McAdory, Kenny Belk, Lenny Fulton, Mark Covington, Bill Hilliard, Louis Romero, and Carmen Romero. Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Smith, Joel Cockrell, Mark Stevenson, Curtis Quinn, Thomas McAdory, Daniel Robertson, Andy Grisset, and Mike Woods. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. To sign the guest book, go to www.porterfuneralhome.net. PAID OBITUARY

Dr. Gary Holdiness

Dr. Gary Holdiness, 54, of Kosciusko, MS passed away Sunday, May 6, 2012 in Attala County. A candlelight ceremony was held at 8:00 pm Monday, May 7, 2012 at Redbud Springs Park in Kosciusko.Visitation was held Wednesday, May 9, 2012 from 11 am to 4 pm at First Presbyterian Church with services following at 5 pm. There was a private committal service at Salem Cemetery in Kosciusko, MS. Dr. Holdiness was a member of First Presbyterian Church, he graduated from Ole Miss in Oxford, MS and UMC in Jackson, MS and did his residency at Selma Medical Center in Selma, AL. He was in the Air National Guard and was an avid cyclist. He is preceded in death by son, Matthew Holdiness; and father, Hubert Holdiness. He is survived by wife, Donna Holdiness; son Dr. Samuel Holdiness and wife Amber of Greenville, SC; mother, Nettie Holdiness of Kosciusko; brothers, Charles Holdiness of San Antonio, TX and Hugh Lee Myers of GA; two grandchildren Morgan and Matthew Allen (on the way). Dr. Edward Hartman officiated. Memorials may be made to: Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund, c/o Natchez Trace Parkway, Association Treasurer, PO Box 156, Franklin, TN 37065-0156. For online condolences visit www.culpepperfuneralhome.com PAID OBITUARY

Mr. Francis Butler

Mr. Francis Butler, 67, died Monday, May 7, 2012, in Jackson, MS. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, May 10th, at Butler Pentecostal Church in Noxubee County, with Rev. Gerald Butler, Rev. Larry Haggard, and Rev. Gina Mitchell officiating. Interment was in Butler Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Butler was born June 29, 1944 in Noxubee County. He was a business owner in Jackson for over 40 years. Under a tough exterior, Francis was a funny, sweet, generous, kind man who loved fishing with his grandchildren and cooking for his family. With his extraordinary mechanical skills, he could fix anything from a broken toy to a wrecked NASCAR. He was the VP of Magnolia College of Cosmetology and owner of Southland Auto Service. He was a former Hinds County Deputy Sheriff. He was preceded in death by his son, Marty Jon Butler; a sister, Betty Ann Carter; and a brother, Malcolm McBrayer. He is survived by his wife, Marie Butler of Jackson; sons, Marcus Trent (Michele) Butler of Pearl, MS, and Michael Kurt Butler of Katy, TX; step- daughters, Deedra (Kirk) Bookout of Rosedale, MS, Gina (Marty) Smith of Louisville, Kristy Well of Pearl, and Jennifer (Butch) Burns of Louisville; sisters, Myrtis White and Kathy Coleman, both of Shuqualak, MS; and Sharon Permenter of Meridian; and 8 grandchildren, Michael and Mitchell Butler, Trent and Bryce Bookout, Tyler and Carmen Smith, and Well and Maggie Burns. Pallbearers were Eddie Lee, Mark Foster, Tony Murphy, Jr, Tim Smith, Wayne Richards, Brian Gordon, Jimmy Johnson, and Cooper Warren. Honorary pallbearers were James Gore, Hubert Presley, Junior Jones, Mike Martin, Bud Clark, Nowell Flake, Bobby White, and Tommy Coleman. Memorials may be made to Son Valley, 461 Goodloe Road, Canton, MS, 39046 To sign the guest register, go to www.porterfuneralhome.net. PAID OBITUARY

Mrs. Marie Allyne Statham

Mrs. Marie Allyne Statham died peacefully at her home on Thursday, May 10, 2012. She was born in Norfolk, VA. to Reverend and Mrs. Charles Roberts. She was a graduate of Mt. Olive (MS) High School and the Baptist School of Nursing in Memphis, TN. She worked as a clinical nursing instructor in Little Rock, AR. and as a registered nurse for many years. She married Kenneth Wayne Statham in 1955 and his work took them to Jackson, MS., Birmingham, AL., Dallas, TX., and New Orleans, LA. They settled in Louisville, MS in 1970 and reared their four children. They owned and operated the Western Auto Store and Allyne’s Dress Shop until their retirement. Marie Allyne was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Belle Arts Club, Baptist Nurses Fellowship, The Daughters of the American Revolution, and many other church and civic organizations.She was an avid gardener and bridge player. She moved to Fletcher, NC, in 2005 and made many friends through her church, neighborhood and volunteer organizations. She was engaged and very active in the lives of her friends and family even while battling leukemia. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, and especially delighted in family reunions and vacations. Marie Allyne was a model of graciousness and encouragement to all who knew her. Marie was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Marie Statham; and her husband, Kenneth. She is survived by two daughters, Mary Beth Davis of Dothan, AL and Gay Lynn Fox of Fletcher, NC; a son-in-law J. Price ‘Happy’ Fox, of Fletcher, NC; and a son, Kenneth Wayne Statham, Jr. of Jackson, MS; as well as four grandchildren, Clark Davis, Elizabeth Davis, Jess Fox, and John Fox. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Samaritan’s Purse International or Four Seasons Hospice of Hendersonville, NC. Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 15th, at First Baptist Church, with Rev. Billy Bowie officiating. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the guestbook, please go to www.porterfuneralhome.net. PAID OBITUARY

Mr. Henry Bosswell “Bob” Moore May 6, 2012 Funeral services for Mr. Henry Bosswell “Bob” Moore, 93, were held at Mt. Ary M.B. Church in Philadelphia on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1 p.m. Rev. Bennie Hopkins, Sr. officiated. A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Moore was a retired WWII vet as well as Neshoba County School. Mr. Moore was a member of Mt. Ary M.B. Church. Mr. Moore died on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at VA Nursing Home in Kosciusko. Williams & Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Emma Dean Catledge (Peay)

On May 2, 2012, at Brandon Court, Brandon, MS, Mrs. Emma Dean Catledge (Peay), went home to be with the Lord. Born May 4, 1925, in Louisville, MS, to Sammy & Lena White, she is survived by three daughters, Dianne (Dan) Schmitz of Brandon, MS; Susan Younger of Brandon; and Jill (Ronnie) Johns of Louisville; three grandchildren, Nicole (Brad) McKenzie of Starkville, Paul (Lauren) Younger of Madison, and Lauren Fulton of Columbus, MS; two great grandchildren, Luke & Landon McKenzie. She is also survived by a sister, Willie Faye Dawkins of Louisville, as well as her beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members. Additionally, she is survived by three step children: Ladonna Thompson (Jim); Dale Peay (Karen), all of Starkville; Gene Peay (Sandy) of Huntsville, Ala.; two step- grandchildren, and one step-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ralph Catledge and Jeff Peay; a brother, Billy White, and a sister, Sue Haimes. As a former employee of the Winston County Schools, she served as a cafeteria worker and a bus driver. She loved the children she worked with and enjoyed seeing them in the years following her retirement. She was a long-time member of West Union Presbyterian Church and enjoyed many years of fellowshipping with her church family. Her greatest passion in life was loving people and serving them. Mrs. Catledge was a loving mother, grandmother, sibling, and friend, who enjoyed cooking and doing things for her family and others. She was an avid gardener who will surely enjoy planting and tending beautiful flowers in Heaven. She also enjoyed quilting, crafts, sewing, and creative hand projects. Funeral services were held at 3:00 P.M. Saturday, May 5th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Brandon Bates and Minister Boley Kent officiating. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Tony Jordan, Mark Cravens, Dunlap Catledge, Patrick Tomlinson, Brad McKenzie, and Paul Younger. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. To sign the guest book, go to www.porterfuneralhome.net. PAID OBITUARY