Mrs. Velma Lee Sims October 27, 2012 Funeral services for Mrs. Velma Lee Sims, 67, were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday Nov. 3, 2012 at Mt. Olive COGIC in Louisville, MS. Min. Elder Freddie Plair officiated. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

A resident of Louisville, Mrs. Sims was a Homemaker. She was a member of Mount Olive Church of God In Christ. Mrs. Sims died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at University Medical Center in Jackson. She was born March 7, 1945.

Survivors include husband, Fred Sims; daughters, Cheryl Sims of Naperville, IL., Lorrie Sims of Maywood, IL., Kimberly Sims of Bellwood, IL., Lervern Sims and Jennifer Sims both of LaGrange Park, IL.; sisters, Willie Ruth Wilson of Bellwood, IL., Maxine Coleman and Osie Lane both of Louisville, MS.; brothers, Charles Triplett of Chicago, IL.; 2 grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews, In-laws, and other relatives and friends. Beck Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Martha Maurine (Prewitt) Crimm October 19, 2012 Funeral services for Ms. Martha Maurine (Prewitt) Crimm, 83, were held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 24, 2012 at Salem Independent Methodist Church near Ackerman, MS. Rev. Tim Long officiated. Burial followed in Salem Indp. Meth. Church Cemetery.

A resident of Dothan, AL., Ms. Crimm was a Homemaker/ Seamstress. She was a member of Salem Independent Methodist Church. Ms. Crimm died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 in Dothan, AL. She was born November 1, 1928.

Survivors include daughter, Joyce Immel of Dothan, Alabama; sisters, Mildred Andol of Starkville, MS.; Opal Smith of Meadville, MS.; 2 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Family suggests Memorial to Salem Church and/ or Salem Cemetery Fund.

Mr. Lewis F. Coffey

Mr. Lewis F. Coffey, 79, died Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Vickers Personal Care Home in Starkville, MS. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 31st, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Kenny Hodges officiating. Interment was in Rocky Point Cemetery in Renfroe, MS. Porter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Coffey was born September 4, 1933, in Leake County, Mississippi. He was an Army veteran, and received his B.S. degree in Geology from Mississippi State University. He was the former owner of Firestone and Town & Country Furniture in Louisville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Dee Mitchell Coffey.

Mr. Coffey is survived by two daughters, Catherine (Blake) Purcell of St. Petersburg, Russia, and Melinda (Rodney) Merkel of Temperance, MI; two sons, Kent (Judy) Coffey of Starkville, and Chris Coffey of Starkville; a brother, Joe Coffey of Madison, MS; 16 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lewis Purcell, Chris Coffey, Jessie Coffey, Gary Hillman, Dave Hastings, and Charles Slaughter.

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Mrs. Elva Wylie Cherry

Mrs. Elva Wylie Cherry, 88, died Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Winston County Nursing Home in Louisville, MS. Funeral services were held at 2:30 P.M. on Monday, November 5th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Billy Bowie officiating. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Cherry was born May 11, 1924, in Winston County, MS. She was a homemaker and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Jackson Cherry; and her parents, Cordelia Chancellor and Addison Wylie; four brothers, four sisters, and one great grandchild.

She is survived by a daughter, Arlene (Johnny) Johnson of Louisville, MS; three sons, Benny (Pattie) Cherry of Union, MS, Robert D. (Merita) Cherry of Decatur, MS, and Billy (Tammie) Cherry of Louisville, MS; 8 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Joshua Cherry, William Cherry, Jon Cherry, Tim Chambers, Malcolm Chambers, and Brandon Cherry.

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Timothy Paul Mangrum  Timothy Paul Mangrum, 40, of Denton, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. He was born on December 13, 1971 in Tunica, Mississippi to Jimmy Mangrum and Ruth Ward Mangrum. He married Melinda Susanne Charney in September of 1998. He was the owner and operator of Lone Star Indoor Sports in Denton. He was very active in Denton GOP, the Rotary Club, and Toastmasters. His passions were in-line roller hockey, scuba diving, motorcycles, and photography.

Visitation was held on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 6-8 pm at DeBerry Funeral Directors. A funeral service was held at 3:30 pm on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at The Argyle Campus of Crosstimbers Community Church with Kent Sparks officiating. Burial was at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Tim Mangrum Memorial Fund at any Point Bank location, or to the Youth Hockey Fund C/O Lone Star Indoor Sports, 1800 Shady Oaks, Denton, TX 76205.

Timothy is survived by his wife, Melinda; daughter, Bethany Nicole Mangrum; sons, Trevor Cole and John Mitchell Mangrum; parents, Jimmy and Ruth Mangrum; sister, Lydia Renee Ruff; and brother, Mark Evan Mangrum.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Karen Denise Mangrum. PAID OBITUARY

Bro. Freeman Strait Philadelphia

Services for Bro. Freeman Strait were held Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 11 a.m. from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Lay Strait officiating. Burial followed in Immanuel Cemetery in Neshoba County. McClain-Hays Funeral Home in Philadelphia was in charge of arrangements.

Bro. Strait, 96, died Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Baptist Medical Center-Leake in Carthage. He was a native of Winston County and lived in Texas from 1950 until 1963. He then moved to Philadelphia where he made his home. Bro. Strait was a member of Longino Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Strait, in 2011.

Survivors include his daughter, Dale Roan of Ireland; sons, Don Strait (Jan) of Wills Point, TX, Rev. Jimmy Lay Strait (Michelle) of Mesquite, TX, Henry Strait of Seagoville, TX, Randy Strait (Hope) of Royse City, TX, and Jimmy Lee Strait (Selina) of Philadelphia; step- sons, Louis Coghlan (Bonnie) of Philadelphia, Bill Coghlan of Philadelphia, and Rick Coghlan (Cherie) of Plant City, FL; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren; sisters, Mary Jane Deweese of Philadelphia and Sherry Roncali of Newton; brothers, Bobby Guy Strait of Michigan and Clint Strait of Lawrence; and a host of nieces, nephews and their families.

Pallbearers were Randy Strait, Don Strait, Henry Strait, Jimmy Lee Strait, Ronnie Strait, Warren Deweese, and Ricky Coghlan. PAID OBITUARY

Billy Conn Roberson October 30, 1946 – September 27, 2012

I was born on a beautiful sunny October morning in Louisville, Mississippi to the late Willie and Nan Roberson. I was the youngest of 8 siblings. There were three boys and four girls, when I was born we became the magnificent eight. I wouldn’t say I was spoiled, but being the baby sure had its advantages. On Thursday morning September 27, I went from labor to reward.

At an early age I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior and joined the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. E.L. Logan who baptized me in a pond. I was active in Sunday School and graduated from Louisville High School. In 1967 I was drafted into the United States Army, I was honorable discharged in 1969. I then returned back to Louisville, Mississippi, where I worked for Georgia Pacific. I relocated to San Bernardino, California, and attended San Bernardino Valley College, I received my degree in Machinery and Carpentry. This became my life, passion I love working with wood and using my skills to build things.

On November 29, 1985 I returned to Louisville, Mississippi to marry the former Eugenia Johnson, after our wedding bliss we decided to return back to California which became our home. My life became complete and I was very happy when our son Anthony was born, life was great, then God blessed us with our bouncing baby girl Tanya Renee, what a joy. My family and I united with the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, due to my great carpentry skills I was given the opportunity to work on the church during the renovation. I was active and attended church regularly. But in August my health changed and I realized everyday should be treasured.

So long for now I am now resting, with Dad, Mom, Wendell, Gerald and Andre. I hope I left a lasting impression on each of you “How to Laugh, How to Live, and How to Love.”

Cherishing in my memories is my beautiful wife of 36 years, Eugenia Johnson Roberson; son Anthony Roberson; daughter, Tanya Renee Roberson; granddaughter, Arianna; grandsons, Anthony and Jalen; son- in-law, Anthony Cooper; two brothers, Willie and Robert Roberson of San Bernardino, CA; four sisters, Walterine Dixon, Kay Walker (Harvey) of San Bernardino, CA, Joann Robbins (Alvin) of Chicago, IL, and Bettye Sherrod of Louisville, MS; one aunt, Betsy Ann Eichelberger of Louisville, MS; sister-in-laws, Mary McQueen of Jacksonville, FL, Melinda Wells (Curtis) of Memphis, TN; brother-in- laws, Jessie Johnson (Dorothy), and John (Laverne) of Chicago, IL, Napoleon Johnson (Yolanda) of Jackson, MS, Jimmie Johnson (Edna) of Louisville, MS, and Melvin Johnson (Joann) of Ackerman, MS; special friends and family Evi, Misty, Jill, Mrs. Hunt and Mrs. Brue; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

I know that I will be truly missed by my grandchildren, remember papa love you. PAID OBITUARY