Obituaries

Mrs. Mia LaAnn Maria Hamer June 7, 2012 Funeral services for Mrs. Mia LaAnn Maria Hamer, 47, were held at Mt. Sinai Cemetery on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 5 p.m. Rev. Rev. L.B. Hathorn officiated.

Mrs. Hamer was a member of Reaching the Lost in Decatur, GA. Mrs. Hamer died on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in Atlanta, GA. Survivors include husband, Frederick Hamer, Sr.; mother, Alberta Hampton; daughter, Karmel; sons, Frederick Hamer, Jr., William Hamer, Dashon Hamer; and 7 grandchildren.

Williams & Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Edna Dacus Mrs. Edna Dacus, 78, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012, at Anderson Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi. Visitation was Thursday, June 21, 2012, from 10 a.m. until service time at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Davis officiating. Interment was in Odd Fellow Cemetery in Macon, Mississippi.

Mrs. Dacus was born on February 27, 1934. She was a member of Evergreen Baptist Church and she was a retired caregiver. Mrs. Dacus is survived by three sisters: Faye Edwards of Meridian, Mississippi; Ruth Erhardt of Sacramento, California; and Agnes Sciple of Selma, Tennessee. She is also survived by a grandson, and two granddaughters.

Memorials may be given to Nowell-Massey Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses. Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS is in charge of local arrangements. You may sign the guestbook at www.nowellmassyfuneralhome.com

Mr. Thomas Nolan Kirkland Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Nolan Kirkland were held at 2 PM Friday, June 22, 2012 from Pentecostals of House Church in the House Community with Rev. Barry Fulton and Rev. James Boswell officiating. Visitation was Thursday, June 21, 2012 at John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services.

Mr. Thomas Nolan Kirkland, 82, passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at his residence. He has lived in the House Community since 1998. He retired from Kerr Glass as a machinist in Plainfield, IL. Mr. Kirkland was a member of Pentecostals of House Church.

Mr. Kirkland is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kirkland of House, MS; daughters, Brenda Held of Joliet, IL; Wanda Kirkland of Joliet, IL; sons, Jack Kirkland of House, MS, Tommy Kirkland of Shorewood, IL; Michael Kirkland of Arvada, CO; brother, Homer Ray Kirkland of Pascagoula, MS; (13) grandchildren; (11) great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Tyler Adcock, Patrick McHugh, Doug Buell, James Warren, Landon Warren, Bill Warren, Rick Warren, and Lige Fulton.

Bro. Larry Don Smith Services for Bro. Larry Don Smith was held at John E. Stephens Chapel on Thursday, June 21, 2012 with burial in White Oak Cemetery in Philadelphia with officiating Rev. Eddie Pilgrim, Rev. Wayne Stockstill, and graveside Rev. John Stephens.

Bro. Larry Don Smith, 65, of Union, MS passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at his residence. He was born on December 16, 1946 in Pascagoula, MS. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and was discharged on December 29, 1965 in Oakland, CA. He was an electrician by trade. Bro. Smith married Linda Jewell Kelly on September 25, 1965 in Gulfport, MS. He attended Jacksonville Bible College in Jacksonvill, TX and Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, MS. He pastored churches in Texas, Alabama and numerous churches in Mississippi since 1973, including White Oak Baptist Church and Mt. Olive Baptist Church in the local area and Rock Creek Baptist Church in Union, MS.

Bro. Smith is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda Kelly Smith of Union, MS; daughters, Linda Richelle Alexander of Union, MS and Brenda Ann Smith of Union, MS; son, Terry Alan Smith of Union, MS; brothers, Keith Lynn Smith of Brooklyn, MS and Jerry Wayne Smith of Vancleave, MS; (7) grandchildren; (3) nieces; (1) nephew; numerous cousins and friends.

John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Sam G. “Luther” Ables June 20, 2012 Funeral services for Mr. Sam G. “Luther” Ables, 81, were held at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 2 p.m. Rev. Jerry Lawson officiated. Burial at Enon Cemetery in Ackerman.

Mr. Ables was a retired steel mill machinist/farmer, and a US Army veteran. Mr. Ables died on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Winston Medical Center Nursing Home in Louisville.

Survivors include sons, Luther Arnold Ables of Mathiston, Samuel Morris Ables of Ackerman; daughters, Lily Diane Crawford of Hollandale, Sandra Nell Newman, Deborah Kay Wilson, both of Louisville; sister, Frances Bridges of Gravett, AR; 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.

Family suggests memorials to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3100 Samford Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71103, or VFW. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bruce Allen Baxter June 22, 2012 Funeral services for Mr. Bruce Allen Baxter, 55, were held at 2:00 June 25, 2012 at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman. Rev. Roger Griffith officiated. Burial followed in Concord Baptist Cemetery near Ackerman, Ms. A resident of Ackerman, Mr. Bruce Allen Baxter was a Heavy equipment operator at North America Coal. Mr. Baxter died on June 22, 2012 at the Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw.

Survivors include mother, Donnie Collins Baxter; wife, Marilyn Middleton Baxter; son, Jessie Baxter; daughter of Ackerman; Kelly Baxterof Hendersonville; stepson, Eric Bazzill of Saltillo; brother, Burney Baxter of Eupora; sister, Shirley Forman of Columbus; four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to American Donor Services. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Kaydence Rain McCool June 21, 2012 Funeral services for Kaydence Rain McCool, 9 months were held at Ackerman Church of God in Ackerman, Ms on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Rev. Greg Chamblee officiated. Burial followed in Harmony Baptist Church near McCool.

Kaydence was a resident of Ackerman. Kaydence died June 21, 2012 at Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw County in Ackerman, Ms.

Survivors include his mother, Kelley Peeples; father, Nathan McCool; grandparents, Roger and Lisa Peeples and Chris and Candis Mayo McCool all of Ackerman , Ms, and by a large extended family and numerous friends.

Memorials may be made to The Kaydence McCool Memorial Fund c/o Ackerman Church of God PO Box 738 Ackerman, Ms. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.

Pearlie Mae McDonald June 21, 2012 Funeral Services for Ms. Pearlie Mae McDonald, 84, were held at 11 am, June 21, 2012 at Still Valley M.B. Church in Louisville. Dr. B. M. Pittman officiated. Burial followed in New Prospect Cemetery in Louisville.

A resident of Louisville, Ms. McDonald was a homemaker. She was also a member of Mount Moriah M.B. Church. Ms. McDonald died June 14, 2012 at Louisville Healthcare Center.

Survivors include daughters, Martha Nunn of IL, Eva Stephen Manila Prince MI, Gillie Ingram of Louisville, Maccen Hudson of MI, and Marilyn Miller of MI; 22 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren; other relatives.

Beck Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of the arrangements.

Sheran Denecee Haynes June 17, 2012 Funeral Services for Mrs. Sheran Denecee Haynes , 52, were held June 23, 2012 at 1:00 at Center Hill COGIC Church. Superintendent Marcus Smith officiated.

A resident of Louisville, Ms., Mrs. Haynes was a casino auditor. She was also a member of Warren Chapel Church of God in Christ. Mrs. Haynes died June 14, 2012 at her home in Louisville.

Survivors include her husband, Odis Jones;daughters,Seedra of Ohio and Fabian Eichelberger of Louisville; son, Jordan Eichelberger of Louisville; step daughter, Christy Jones of West Point; sisters, Willie R. Hickman of Louisville, Mary McWilliams and Rejeana R. Haynes both of Ohio; brothers, Billy, Hulah, Anthony, Stanley of Winsconsin,Vance, Alvin all of Louisville, and Rodney Haynes of Carthage; and other relatives and friends.

Beck Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Myron Holmes McBrayer

Mr. Myron Holmes McBrayer, 79, died Friday, June 15, 2012 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MS. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 19th, at 11:00 A.M. at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Jason Gross officiating. Interment was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Noxapater.

Mr. McBrayer was born December 24, 1932, in Winston County, MS. He was a graduate of Calhoun High School, and attended East Central Community College. He was a retired machinist with Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, and was an Army veteran of Korea. He was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy McBrayer; and his parents, Etoile and Thomas McBrayer.

He is survived by his daughter, Myra Ann Lewis of Ridgeland, MS; a grandson, Adam Lewis of Ridgeland; and three sisters-in-law, Lucille Kirkpatrick of Noxapater, Ann Fulton of Brandon, MS, and Edna Kirkpatrick of New Orleans, LA.

Pallbearers were Larry Gregory, Billy Gene McNeel, Brent McBrayer, Dan Davis, Ron Phillips, and Joe Burt Cade. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Carmel Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 251, Noxapater, MS, 39346; or Good Hope Baptist Church, 12956 Hwy. 490, Louisville, MS, 39339.

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Mr. Robert Noah Palmer, Jr.

Mr. Robert Noah Palmer, Jr., 68, of Y-City, Arkansas, died in his home on Monday, June 18, 2012, at 12:05 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2012, at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Murphy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Louisville, Mississippi.

Mr. Palmer was born on March 22, 1944. Robert was an honored Vietnam Veteran that earned a National Defense Medal. Throughout his years, he served in the Navy, the Armed Forces and he was a mountain man that knew it all. He was our Lord’s blessed soldier on sacred ground. He was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Palmer is survived by two daughters, Sunny Angel Palmer of St. Johns, Arizona, and Brittany Ann Ragsdale of Pelahatchie, Mississippi. He is also survived by one sister, Sandra Kay Ray of Marietta, Georgia; and four brothers, Timothy Howe Palmer and wife, Tina Jane, Paul Davis Palmer, Ronald Javis Palmer and wife, Phyllis, all of Louisville, Mississippi, and Anthony Gilbert Palmer and wife, Lori, of Columbus, Mississippi. Robert has five grandchildren, Garrett Scott Palmer of St. Johns, Arizona, Baley Claire Irby, Devin Jordan Ragsdale, Kylie Ann Ragsdale, and Adrian Noah Lee Ragsdale all of Pelahatchie, Mississippi.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Noah Palmer, Sr., and Dorothy Willie Palmer.

His daughter, Sunny Angel Palmer, stayed and cared for him day and night through his last days. She gave her full heart and soul to his beginning journey into Heaven. His daughter, Brittany Ragsdale, and good friend, Barbara Harris, took care of him throughout his painful cancer treatments from August, 2011, until April, 2012. We will see you in heaven, daddy. We all love you.

Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS is in charge of local arrangements. You may sign the guestbook at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com. PAID OBITUARY

Mr. Larry Gale Hemphill

Mr. Larry Gale Hemphill, 59, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2012, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus, Mississippi. Visitation was Sunday, June 24, 2012, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012, in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Trent Jaudon officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Hemphill was born on September 13, 1952. He was a retired Staff Sergeant in the Army National Guard, a member of Poplar Flat Baptist Church, and a Mason.

Mr. Hemphill is survived by his wife of 38 years, Beverly Jo Bennett Hemphill of Louisville, Mississippi. He is also survived by three daughters, Deidere Lea McDill of McComb, Mississippi, Jennifer Rebekah Kirk and husband, Jeremy, of Prattville, Alabama, and Kimberly Gail McDill and husband, Trey, of Louisville, Mississippi; and one son, Kevin Hemphill. Larry has nine grandchildren, Caleb Hunt, Drew McDill, Austin Catt, Erin Kirk, Tristen McDill, Zachary McDill, Kelsey Kirk, Graison McDill, and Hayden McDill.

Mr. Hemphill was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Eva Dell Sullivan Hemphill; his brother, Jerry Hemphill; and four sisters.

Pallbearers were Terry Kelley, Ralph Clark, Charles Kupis, Romack Smith, John Coleman, Mike Patrick, and Joe Luke. Honorary Pallbearers were the members of Troop A 98th CAV of Louisville.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association National Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P. O. Box 1000 Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS handled the arrangements.

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