Obituaries

Ricky Cameron July 18, 2012 A memorial service will be held later for Ricky Cameron, 58, of Eupora. He was born March 19, 1954, in Natchez.

Mr. Cameron was a retired welder and members of Souls Haven Church. He died July 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Survivors include his wife, Suzette Cameron of Eupora; three daughters, Becky Griffith of Eupora, Kimberly Blades of Mt. Herman, La., and Sharonna Miller of Amory; a son, Kurt Cameron of Eupora; a sister, Rita Ann Keeton of Louisville; his mother, Ann Berry of Louisville; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Zeb Lee Clark July 25, 2012 No services are scheduled for Mr. Zeb Lee Clark, 61, of Noxapater, who passed away on Wed., July 25, 2012 at his residence.He was a steel fitter in the construction business. He loved to fish, camp and tell jokes.

Mr. Clark is survived by his wife, Jamie Clark of Noxapater, MS; daughters, Sharon Muthinga of Jackson, MS, Stephanie (Jr.) Maffit of LA and Melanie Paul of TX; sons, Robin Creekmore of IL and James Kelly of Noxapater, MS; sisters, Helen McCool of Phila, MS, Sylvia Dooley of Union, MS and Sherry Burchfield of Oakland, MS; brothers, Richard Clark of Phila, MS, Eugene Clark of Columbus, MS and Prentiss Clark of Phila, MS; (9) grandchildren; host of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Earline Maddox Crimm July 16, 2012 Funeral services for Mrs. Earline Maddox Crimm, 82, were held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora, MS. Rev. Max Blackwelder and Bro. Warren Hunt officiated. Burial followed in Providence Cemetery in Choctaw County.

A resident of Mathiston, Mrs. Crimm was a homemaker. She was also a member of Old Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church at Choctaw County. Mrs. Crimm died Monday, July 16, 2012 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.

Survivors include daughters, Brenda Collum of Mathiston; Linda Bassett of Hattiesburg; Susan Price of Mathiston; sons, Lamar Crimm of Mathiston; Bill Crimm of Mathiston; Jim Crimm of Eupora; Erwin Crimm of Mathiston; Randy Crimm of Eupora; sister, Frankie Culwell of Louisville; 18 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Chester Dempsey

Mr. Chester Dempsey, 62, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at his residence in Brandon, Mississippi. Visitation was Friday, July 27, 2012, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2012, in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Fred Frazier, Jr. and Derek Hall officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Dempsey was born on March 9, 1950. He began his career in transportation at the young age of 18 by driving a cattle truck cross country. Chester’s passion for the transportation industry led him to start his own business in the early 1980′s, this business grew and in 1983, he incorporated Liberty Transportation. Mr. Dempsey went on to employ over 150 individuals in Winston County. He served on numerous committees involving the economic development of Winston County. He later retired as the CEO and owner of Liberty Transportation, a Shriner and a Mason.

Mr. Dempsey is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mona Goleman Dempsey of Brandon, Mississippi. He is also survived by his daughter, April Herrington and husband, Stevie; and his two sons, Raymond Dempsey, II and Sammy Dempsey, all of Louisville, Mississippi. Also surviving Mr. Dempsey is his mother, Minnie Selma Dempsey; his two sisters, Judy Stovall and Gail Dempsey; as well as his brother, Gerald Ray Dempsey and wife, Vickie, all of Louisville, Mississippi. Chester has six grandchildren, Brodie Aman and husband, Bradley, Sam Dempsey, Luke and Analeigh Dempsey, and Jake and Emmie Herrington.

Mr. Dempsey was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Dempsey; his sister, Shirley Dempsey Holmes; and his nephew, Chris Kitchens.

Pallbearers were Brandon Stovall, Brett Kitchens, Chad Kitchens, Ronnie Vowell, Justin Dempsey, Jarrod Dempsey, Jason Ellingburg, and Michael Huntley.

Memorials may be made to the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, The Division of Public Affairs, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216.

Arrangements were under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com. PAID OBITUARY

Mrs. Margaret Palmer Marsicek

Mrs. Margaret Palmer Marsicek, 91, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 27, 2012, at her home in Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation was Saturday, July 28, 2012, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at East Louisville Baptist Church with Rev. Mason Joy and Rev. Tommie Jones officiating. Interment will be in Murphy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Margaret was born in Winston County on January 12, 1921, and married Francis Marsicek in 1943, who was the love of her life. They were married for 59 years before his death.

Margaret was a member of East Louisville Baptist Church. She loved to cook for her family, sew, quilt, and garden. She loved and was loved by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved her church and sang in the choir until she was 91.

Mrs. Marsicek is survived by three daughters, Diann Hudspeth and husband, Doug, Gale Hill and husband, Jerry, all of Louisville, Mississippi, and Pam Dowdy and husband, Mike, of Columbus, Mississippi. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Mark Hudspeth and wife, Tyla, of Lafayette, Louisiana, Jeremy Hill and wife, Michelle, of Brandon, Mississippi, Lea Roberson and husband, Jimmy, of Louisville, Mississippi, Kristi Keveryn and husband, Chad, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Sonya Williamson and husband, Scott, of Columbus, Mississippi; as well as eight great-grandchildren, Gunner Hudspeth, Carley Hudspeth, Major Hudspeth, Nicole Roberson, Britney Roberson, Brantley Williamson, Clay Williamson, and Brett Williamson. Also surviving Mrs. Marsicek is her sister, Calleen Witham and husband, Ben, of Pensacola, Florida; and two special caregivers Cheryl Ehrich and Lisa Vernon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis E. Marsicek; her parents, Gilbert and Pearl Goodin Palmer; her grandson, Michael Dowdy, Jr.; three sisters, Roberta Carr, Gladys Stokes, and Myrle Stokes; and her brother, Noah Palmer.

Pallbearers were Mark Hudspeth, Jeremy Hill, Chad Keveryn, Clay Williamson, Jimmy Roberson, Scott Williamson, Gunner Hudspeth, and Brantley Williamson.

Memorials may be made to East Louisville Baptist Church, P. O. Box 706, Louisville, MS 39339. Arrangements are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com PAID OBITUARY

Leon Usco Shook

Leon Usco Shook, 70, born October 7, 1941, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 26, 2012. Other than the love for his family, he had a great passion for fishing and gardening and most of all, helping others. He was generous with his vegetable garden and believed in helping family and friends alike. He enjoyed his job with MSU Shuttle Operations and getting to know the students he came in contact with. Leon had a great laugh and loved making others laugh, as well. He will be remembered with great love and affection.

Visitation was held on Saturday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville, MS. Funeral services followed at 3:00 p.m., also at Welch Funeral Home. Graveside services took place at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, in Sturgis, MS. Leon was preceded in death by his mother and father, Usco Shook and Gertrude Blankenship Shook; and brothers, Larry Shook, Leroy Shook, Wendall Shook, William Shook; and one sister, Shirley Ann Shook.

He is survived by his wife, Faye Fulgham Shook of Sturgis, MS; one brother, Wayne Shook (Wanda); one sister, Wanda Shook Grantham (Tommy), all of Douglasville, GA; sons, Larry Shook (Jenna), Gene Shook (Lisa), Lee Shook (Christie), and Sam Dawkins (Gina). He was dearly loved by twelve grandchildren and a host of other extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Antioch Baptist Church at 4285 Pleasant Hill Road, Sturgis, MS 39769. You can go online and sign the guest register at: www.welchfuneralhomes.com. PAID OBITUARY

Mrs. Cindy Jo Snow

Mrs. Cindy Jo Snow, 53, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. Visitation was Saturday, July 28, 2012, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2012, in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Creighton White officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Noxapater, Mississippi.

Mrs. Snow was born on June 25, 1959. She was a member of Stallo Methodist Church.

Cindy is survived by her husband, Danny Snow of Louisville, Mississippi. She is also survived by her daughter, Christi Patrick Harvey of Philadelphia, Mississippi; and her two sons, Douglas Shea Gentry of Noxapater, Mississippi, and Brandon Patrick and wife, Kimberly, of Jackson, Mississippi. Also surviving Mrs. Snow are her parents, Kenneth and Viola McAdory of Noxapater; and her sister, Carol Ann Whitehead of Louisville. Mrs. Snow has two step-daughters, Dana Parker and husband, Steve, of Noxapater and Karen Woods of Philadelphia; a step-son, William Snow, also of Philadelphia; and 13 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Margo Patrick. Pallbearers were Darrell Snow, John Damon Snow, William Snow, Austin Snow, Freddy Yarbrough, Wayne Snow, and Steve Parker.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Arrangements were under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com PAID OBITUARY

Mr. Earnest Howard Sloan

Mr. Earnest Howard Sloan, 91, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Winston County Nursing Home in Louisville. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P. M. Monday, July 30th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Stacy Parvin and Rev. Mike Dowd officiating, with eulogy by Adam Sloan. Interment was in Whitehall Cemetery.

Mr. Sloan was born July 16, 1921, in Choctaw County, MS. He was a retired bridge foreman with GM &O Railroad. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and a member of Whitehall United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ada Sullivan and Hobb Sloan; two sisters, Ada Lee Chamblee and Nannie McQuirter; and a brother, Jimmy Sloan.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Bee Pearson Sloan of Louisville; a daughter, Kay (Lamar) Hailey of Louisville; two sons, Ernie (Lorie) Sloan of Meridian, MS, and Bruce (Terri) Sloan of Bay Springs, MS; a sister, Maude Brown of Greenville, AL; a brother, Fred Sloan of Louisville; three grandchildren, Adam Sloan, Jonathan Sloan, and Jaycee Sloan; and one great grandchild, Gabriel Sloan.

Pallbearers were Garvin Whitten, Kenny Little, Jerry Pearson, Clint Sloan, Delver Allen, and Lee Pearson.

Memorials may be made to Whitehall United Methodist Church, or Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. To sign the guest register, go to www.porterfuneralhome.net. PAID OBITUARY

Dr. Robert Leslie Thompson September 24, 1936-July 20, 2012

Dr. Robert Leslie Thompson peacefully returned home to the Lord on July 20, 2012 following an extended illness. Dr. Thompson demonstrated the love of Christ throughout his life. He was a dedicated husband, father, soldier, and physician for many years.

Dr. Thompson was born in Noxapater, Mississippi on September 24, 1936. He attended Mississippi State from 1954-1957, followed by medical school at the University of Mississippi from 1957-1961, completing his internship in 1962. His commitment to serving God and his country inspired him to embark on a career in the Navy as a flight surgeon in 1962. His adventurous spirit caused him to continue with parachute training in order to become a member of the Navy’s first paramedic team as a flight surgeon at Cubi Point Naval Air Station, Philippine Islands. He later did his pathology residency (1965-1969) at St. Albans Naval Hospital, Long Island, followed by a Masters in Forensic Sciences at George Washington University (1973-1974) and served as a pathologist and Chairman of the Forensic Sciences Department at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. He retired as Navy Captain September 30, 1982 and became Associate Chief Medical Examiner for the State of North Carolina in Chapel Hill from 1982-2000.

Following retirement, Dr. Thompson continued to use his advanced training and skills to serve as a medical missionary. He and his wife, Betty, traveled nine times to Kijabe, Kenya through the World Medical Missions, an arm of Samaritan’s Purse. Dr. Thompson always humbled himself to the service of others and was again called twice to exercise his adventurous and courageous spirit to travel to Kabul, Afghanistan to train an Afghani pathologist.

Dr. Thompson was an active member of Carrboro Baptist Church, now HillSong Church, where he served as a deacon and Elder. He was also a member of the Gideons. In addition to his passion for serving people and sharing the Gospel, Bob loved music. He enjoyed playing the cello and handbells. His was a life filled with love, adventure, and service.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Stovall Thompson; two children, Wanda Lynn Anderson and her husband Don of Williamsburg, VA, and son, Eric Leslie Thompson and his wife, Jennifer of Durham, NC; and by his four grandchildren, Shelley Anderson, Carrie Anderson, Alex Thompson, and Lauren Thompson; and one sister, Marie June Thompson McNeel, of Ackerman, MS.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hollis Leslie Thompson and mother, Mildred L. Thompson of Louisville, MS. A celebration of Bob’s life was held on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at HillSong Church – 201 Culbreth Road, Chapel Hill, NC. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to HillSong Church or to World Medical Missions (PO Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607). PAID OBITUARY

Mr. Ralph L. Hathorn

Mr. Ralph L. Hathorn, 92, died Thursday, July 26, 2012, at his home in Louisville. Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 28th, at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mike Childs and Rev. Benjamin Pittman officiating. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hathorn was born July 1, 1920 in Louisville, MS. He was a 1938 graduate of Louisville High School, a graduate of East Central Junior College, and graduated from Mississippi State University in 1947, with a B. A. degree in Business Administration. He served 4 ½ years in the U. S. Air Force during World War II, and discharged with the grade of Master Sergeant in 1945. He owned and operated Hathorn’s Grocery on Main Street in Louisville for 30 years, from 1948 till 1978. He was elected to the Board of Aldermen for one year in 1964, and for a four year term in 1965. He was then elected Mayor of Louisville in 1969, and went on to serve five terms as Mayor. He was member and past president of Louisville Businessmen’s Club, Winston County Farm Bureau, Louisville Shrine Club, member and past commander of the American Legion, was past president of the Winston County Miss. State University Alumni Assn. He served on the board of directors of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District, and was nominated as one of the top ten laureates of Mississippi, for bringing and locating new industry in his city. He served on the executive Committee of the Mississippi Municipal Association for five years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he was president of the Ed Livingston Sunday School Class. He was also selected Louisville/ Winston County Man of the Year.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tenie and Milton H. Hathorn; a brother, J. Hoy Hathorn; and two sisters, Grace Bricker and Helen Baker.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Yarbrough Hathorn of Louisville; a daughter, Sara Claire Green of Madison, MS; two sons, Ronnie (Vicky) Hathorn of Louisville, and William B. (Teresa) Hathorn of Brandon, MS; five grandchildren, Kim Pitts, Brad Hathorn, Kyla Sanford, Lindsey Carr, and Matt Green; and eight great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Brad Hathorn, Barry Pitts, Corey Hancock, Michael Ming, Don Dickerson, Ricky Hartness, Jerry Fulcher, and Chad Fulcher.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 523, Louisville, MS, 39339; or Hope Hollow Ministries, Camp for Disabled Children and Adults with Disabilities, P. O. Box 2247, Madison, MS, 39130.

To sign the guest register, go to www.porterfuneralhome.net. PAID OBITUARY

Mr. Jake Reginald “Reg” VanDevender

Mr. Jake Reginald “Reg” VanDevender, 83, died Friday July 27, 2012 at John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital in DeKalb with his beloved wife of 52 years at his side. Memorial services were held Monday, July 30th, at 11:00 A.M. at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Ray Luke and Rev. Chris Gully officiating. Interment was in Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery in Kemper County. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. VanDevender was born August 23, 1928 at home in Winston County with Dr. Kirk attending. He was the first of two sons born to Vardaman and Ernestine VanDevender. Mr. VanDevender accepted Christ as his Savior as a young man of 13 during revival services at Lynnville United Methodist Church in Kemper County. After graduating from Lynnville High School, he continued his education at East Mississippi Junior College. He proudly joined the United States Marine Corps and served honorably. Mr. VanDevender was a veteran of World War II. After discharge from the Marine Corps, he continued his service to his country as a member of the National Guard. He served as Postmaster of the Gholson Post Office in Gholson, MS. It was at the Gholson Post Office that he met the love of his life. As their young family grew, Mr. VanDevender transferred to the Louisville Post Office where he served as a rural letter carrier for Route 5 until his retirement. He was one of the organizing founders of the Preston Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. VanDevender was elected Commander of the Veterans of Foreign War, Post 5042 in DeKalb at the chartering meeting in 1994. He loved his country, and he was honored to have served in its military. He was a life-long supporter of the men and women who volunteered themselves in service to the United States. More than his country, he loved his family, and he committed his life to them. Mr. VanDevender lived a life of honor, humility, and integrity. He was an exceptional judge of character and possessed a unique sense of humor. He taught his children to stand up for right, lend a helping hand, and love and take care of family. His was a life well lived.

Mr. VanDevender was preceded in death by his parents, Vardaman and Ernestine Rosamond VanDevender; and his daughter, Regina Ann V. McBeth.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Vernon VanDevender of Preston; sons Thomas (Kim) Vandevender of Marydell, and Barry (Amy) VanDevender of Preston; daughters, Lisa Hines and Mary Nell (Paul) Woolery, both of Preston; brother Ed (Charlotte) VanDevender, also of Preston; grandchildren, Samantha Melton, Caleb VanDevender, Baker Cooper, Alana McBeth, Jacob VanDevender, Cory Burton, Kate VanDevender, and Anna-Grace Woolery; great grandchildren, Daisy Melton, Ridge Cooper, and Clover Melton; and beloved cousins Larry (Sandy) Simmons of DeRidder, LA and Gordon (Kathy) Simmons of Lake Charles, LA.

Memorials may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, www.vfw.org. To sign the guestbook, please go to www.porterfuneralhome.net. PAID OBITUARY