Obituaries

Mr. Otis Beckham Funeral services for Mr. Otis Beckham were held at 7 pm Friday, November 9, 2012 from John E. Stephens Chapel with Rev. Shawn Holley and Rev. Mike Skinner officiating.

Mr. Beckham, 63, passed away on Wed., Nov. 7, 2012 at his residence. He lived in the Deemer and Beatline Communities most of his life. He worked for the City of Philadelphia Street Department for 28 years. Mr. Beckham was a member of Sanctuary of Philadelphia.

Mr. Beckham is survived by his wife, Naomi Beckham of Phila, MS; daughters, Heather (Ferguson of Phila, MS, Chasity Walker of Phila, MS, Karen Chunn of Denver, CO, Naomi Vance of Phila, MS, Mary Duffey of Phila, MS, and Lela Ward of Phila, MS; sons, Jeremy Beckham of Phila, MS, Claudie Embry of Phila, MS and Paul Embry of Phila, MS; sisters, Wanda Chaney, Kathy Addy and Julie Richardson; brother, Edward Beckham; (29) Grandchildren, (18)Great-Grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriners. Mrs. Teresa W.

Fulton Memorial service for Ms. Teresa W. Fulton, 56, will be held at a later date.

She passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS.She was a homemaker. Her hobbies was fishing or anything outdoors.

Ms. Fulton was a Baptist.

Ms. Fulton is survived daughter, Contina Ward of Phila, MS; brothers, Larry Winstead of Phila, MS and Robert Winstead of Phila, MS; (3) grandchildren.

Mr. Stanley Smith Funeral services for Mr. Stanley Keith Smith, 48, of Collinsville, will be held at 2 pm Wed., Nov. 14, 2012 from John E. Stephens Chapel with Rev. Danny Hall and Rev. David Jay officiating. Burial will be in Good Hope Cemetery. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Smith passed away on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 at Anderson RegionalMedical Center in Meridian, MS. He was a truckdriver for Luvel Dairy. His hobbies include racing motorcycles, four-wheelers and camping. He was a member of House of Presence.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Melenda Smith of Collinsville; Mother, Ruthie Lantz of Union; Daughters, Jodi Turbville of Meridian, Jami Smith of Collinsville, Makenzie Smith of Collinsville and Madison Perkins of Collinsville; Son, Coleman Perkins of Collinsville; Sister, Rachel Tichy of Madison; Brother, Thomas Charles Smith.

Ms. Leslie Hampton November 1, 2012 Funeral services for Ms. Leslie Hampton, 47, were held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012 at Union Chapel M.B. Church in Louisville, MS. Rev. Billy Clay officiated. Burial followed in Mt. Sinai Cemetery. A resident of Winston County, Ms. Hampton was employed over 20 years with Sprint and Verizon; she also was a 1987 graduate of MSU. She was a member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Arlington, TX. Ms. Hampton died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 in Arlington, TX.

She was born November 28, 1964. Survivors include Mother, Sadie Hampton of Louisville, MS.; Sisters, Mary A. Hampton of Chicago, IL; Wilma J. Hampton of Louisville, MS., Cassandra Hampton of Gulfport, MS.; Brothers, William & Troy Foster and Daniel Hampton all of Chicago, IL; Terry & Pat Delane and Kenyatta Hampton all of Louisville, MS.; 11 nieces, 8 Nephews, 10 great nieces, 7 great nephews and a host of aunts, cousins and friends. William & Hampton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Daris Ann Nowell November 6, 2012 Funeral services for Ms. Daris Ann Nowell, 69, were held 11:00 a.m., Saturday Nov. 10, 2012 at Weir Baptist Church. Rev. Doug Atkinson officiated. Burial followed in Weir Cemetery. A resident of Weir, MS. Ms. Nowell was Factory worker; she was a member of Weir Baptist Church. She was born January 28, 1943. Survivors include Sisters, Helen Nowell of Weir, MS.; Nieces: Brenda Arnett of Orlando, FL., Glenda Martinet of Winter Springs, FL. Weir Baptist Church in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Nellie Lee Worthy November 4, 2012 Funeral services for Ms. Nellie Lee Worthy, 101, were held 2:00 p.m., Saturday Nov. 10, 2012 at Little Calvary M.B. Church. Rev. Tommy Shelton officiated.

Burial followed in Little Calvary Church Cemetery. A resident of Louisville, MS.

Ms. Worthy was a Homemaker; she was a member of Little Calvary M.B. Church. She was born June 16, 1911.

Survivors include daughters, Katie Kelly, Perline Triplett, Pauline Worthy, all of Louisville, MS., Edna Triplett and Ada Jenkin both of Moss Point, MS.; Sons: William Worthy of Louisville, MS., and Emmit Worthy of French Camp, MS.; Sisters: Ora Veasy, Callie Stephens, Mattie Stephens all of Kosciusko, MS., and Gerlean Jenkin of Arkansas; and a host of grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Beck Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Zion Miller November 6, 2012 Funeral services for Mr. Zion Miller, 59, were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday Nov. 10, 2012 at Big Jerusalem M.B Church. Rev. James Culpepper officiated. Burial followed in Church Cemetery.

A resident of Choctaw County, MS. Mr. Miller was retired. He was a member of Big Jerusalem M.B. Church in Ackerman; MS.

Mr. Miller died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at his home in Ackerman, MS. He was born January 15, 1953.

Survivors include Mother, Virginia Miller of Ackerman, MS.; daughters, Jennifer; sons, Craig Evans and Zion Miller Jr., sisters, Florestine Kidd; 3 uncles, 1 Aunt, 7 nieces and 12 great nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Williams & Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. John Raymond Murry November 6, 2012 Funeral services for Mr. John Raymond Murry, 80, were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday Nov. 10, 2012 at Bluff Springs M.B Church in Preston, MS. Rev. Melvin Coleman officiated. Burial followed in Chamberlin Cemetery. A resident of Preston, MS. Mr. Murry was a Laborer. Mr. Murry died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at John C. Stennis Hospital in Dekalb, MS.

He was born March 28, 1932.

Survivors include daughters, Michelle Murry of Chicago, IL; sons, Anthony Murry, of Atlanta, GA., and Porky Murry of Jackson, MI; sisters, Geraldine O’Neal of Chicago, IL. Delois Welch of Jackson, MI., brothers, Elbert Murry Jr. of Chicago, IL. nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mary Lee Ready November 9, 2012 Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lee Ready, 81, were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday Nov. 12, 2012 at Salem Independent Methodist Church. Tim Long, Jim Reed, Glen Ray officiated. Burial followed in Salem Cemetery near Ackerman, MS. A resident of Ackerman, MS. Mrs. Ready was a retired Factory Worker. She was a member of Clear Springs Baptist Church.

Mrs. Ready died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at North MS Medical Center in Eupora, MS. She was born June 29, 1931.

Survivors include daughters, Sherry Raybourn of Ackerman, MS; brothers, Frank Ray of Ackerman, MS., sisters, Jo Lenore Null of Ackerman, MS., grandchildren, great-grandchildren, 3 extended great- grandchildren, numerous step grandchildren, and step great- grandchildren relatives and friends. Family suggests memorials to Salem Cemetery Fund.

Sylvia Webb Power

Services were held at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 9, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg for Sylvia Webb Power, 78, of Hattiesburg, MS. She died Monday, November 5, 2012 at Forrest General Hospital. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.

Mrs. Power was a native of Louisville, MS and was the daughter of the late Howard E. Webb, Sr. and Inez Price Webb. She was a graduate of Louisville High School and attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she studied home economics.

Mrs. Power married Charlie Power in 1954. Over the years, she and Charlie lived and worked in Kosciusko, Tupelo, Jackson, Gulfport, Birmingham, AL, and Hattiesburg. She worked at Pine Grove Recovery Center in the 1980′s where she assisted and provided support to people as they began their journeys in recovery. She loved her family and friends, and she cherished the time she spent with her granddaughter. She liked a good book, pretty things and a good laugh. She was an active member of her community and church where she was a member of the Women in the Church and loved playing bridge and hosting dinner parties with friends.

Mrs. Power was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard E. Webb, Sr. and Inez Webb of Louisville, MS; brother, Howard E. Webb, Jr. formerly of Bogota, Colombia, S.A.; and an infant daughter, Retha Ann.

Mrs. Power is survived by two daughters, Ruth Power of Tampa, FL and Linda Giles (Thomas) of Hattiesburg; a granddaughter, Theresa Elizabeth Giles of Hattiesburg; and niece, Denise Webb Posada of Bogota, Colombia, S.A.

Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy.

Visitation was at 5:00-7:00 PM Thursday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, MS. PAID OBITUARY

Mary Alice McCrory Rogers Forest

Mary Alice McCrory Rogers,86, a resident of Forest died Saturday, November 10, 2012 following a brief illness. Funeral services were held at 2 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2012 at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest with burial in the Eastern Cemetery. Visitation was held from 11 am until the service time at the funeral home. Rev. Rick Henson officiated the services. Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Alice McCrory Rogers lived her life with humor and enthusiasm, always willing to listen and offer advice to family and friends with a cup of coffee, a slice of pie and no judgment. Born and reared in Forest, MS after high school, she attended MS Baptist Hospital and received her RN degree. She married her high school sweetheart, Carl Henry Rogers, and they shared their life together for 59 years.

In Louisville, MS, they reared their four children, ran a furniture business and Mary practiced her interior design, and was a member of the Junior Auxiliary. During this time, they traveled extensively to exotic locales like Peru, Panama, Puerto Rico, Paris and Hawaii as a perk for their appliance sales. In the 80’s, they moved to their home on the Ross Barnett Reservoir where they enjoyed living by the water, watching the alligators lounge on the creek bank and their cat, Boog. Mary returned to her nursing career during this time and worked at the Saint Dominic Hospital Mental Health Center until she retired.

Mary was an avid bridge player and enjoyed her memberships most recently at the Jackson Country Club and the Commons Lady’s Bridge Club in Forest, MS. She also played with people from all over the world via computer on a daily basis. A storyteller in the best of the Southern tradition, she wrote and published a book, Don’t That Beat All, Growing Up on Pistol Avenue, about her depression-era childhood and was recently working on a group of stories about ‘Boydstun Hill’, their neighborhood in Louisville. Her long and rambling emails chronicling “A Day in the Life of Mary Rogers” were a constant source of delight to family and friends. She also enjoyed her friends and fellowship at Forest Baptist Church where she was a member.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Howard McCrory, Sr. and Merle Rowe McCrory; husband Carl Rogers; daughter, Jeannie Lynn Rogers; brother, Howard McCrory, Jr.

Mary is survived by her children, Susan (Randy) Pickett of Brookhaven, Glen Rogers of Mazatlan, MX, Johnny (Alice) Rogers of Forest and Bryant Rogers of Santa Fe, NM; and a legacy of 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Elisabeth Bassett of Dallas, TX, Robert McCrory of Benton, KY and Marion McCrory of Montgomery, AL.

Memorials may be made to the Forest Baptist Church, 439 E. First Street, Forest, MS 39074. PAID OBITUARY

Benjamin Dollar Clay

Benjamin Dollar Clay, 87, of Little Rock, AR, died October 27, 2012. He was born on September 28, 1925, in Louisville (Claytown), MS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen Oscar and Mary Lena Hatcher Clay; five brothers, Harvey, S.O. Jr., Joe, James and Money; four sisters, Mamie Aust, Carmen Etheridge, Lois Dew, and Hattie Fulton; and one granddaughter, Corrie Catherine Clay.

Ben is survived by his wife of 64 years, Glenda Wilkes Clay; two sons, Stephens Devaul (Kathleen) of Florence, MS, and Gregory Wilkes (Karen) of Little Rock; two grandchildren, Sarah Suzanne Clay (Adrian Hester) of Ridgeland, MS and Bradley Wilkes Clay (Mary) of Conway, AR; and one great- granddaughter, Fiona Kathleen Clay-Hester.

Ben proudly served as a Merchant Marine during World War II, joining his five brothers who were already serving in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

He was Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America in Tiffin, OH, Three Rivers, MI, Natchez, MS, and Little Rock, AR.

He was employed in construction and manufacturing, and retired from Pirelli Armstrong Tire and Rubber Company as Manufacturing Manager in 1989. He was Past Master of Crescent Masonic Lodge #403, a dual member in Iron Spring Masonic Lodge #342; and the Scottish Rite (Arkansas Consistory Valley of Little Rock, KCCH, 32nd Degree).

Ben was a long-time active member of Geyer Springs Methodist Church.

He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his family, especially at his annual Family Reunions where he shared many jokes and stories of his life.

Funeral services were at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, October 31, at Geyer Springs Methodist Church, 5500 Geyer Springs Road and Mabelvale Pike, Little Rock, AR, with Rev. Dr. Candace Barron officiating. Visitation was from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 30, at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home, 5800 West 12th Street, Little Rock, AR. Interment was at Forest Hills Cemetery at 10200 Highway 5 North, Alexander, AR with full Masonic and Military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial be made to Geyer Springs Methodist Church. The family would like to extend thanks to the Nurses and Staff at the John L. McClellan V.A. Hospital. Mr. Clay’s online guestbook is available at www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com PAID OBITUARY