{obits] Obituaries

Mrs. Margurite Rita Savell Funeral services for Mrs. Margurite Rita Savell will be held at 11 AM Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Spring Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Stuart Purvis officiating. Interment was in Spring Creek Baptist Cemetery. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Savell, 93, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Neshoba County Nursing Home. She lived in the Spring Creek Community most of her life. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Savell is survived by her daughters, Sharon Wardell of Virginia Beach, VA, Judy Savell of Phila, MS; sons, Hillen Savell of Brandon, MS, Bernard Savell of Madison, MS and Wayne Savell of Pascagoula, MS; sister, Mary Luke of Noxapater, MS; (7) grandchildren; (11) great- grandchildren; host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Wayne Stokes Savell, Chris Savell, Craig Savell, Shay Savell, Clay Savell and Ryan Wardell.

Ms Barbara Dale Pouge February 3, 2013 Funeral services for Ms Barbara Dale Pouge, 67,were held at Antioch Methodist Church near Ackerman, MS at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Rev. Ed Sanders officiating. Burial followed in Antioch Methodist Church Cemetery.

Ms. Pouge was born in Dodsville, MS but her late residence was Ackerman, MS. She was a teacher/ Personal Care Home Worker. She was born November 15, 1945 and died at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus Sunday February 3, 2013.

Survivors include her husband Edward Pouge of Ackerman; two sons; Joey Miller of Jasper FL., Devion Pouge of Ackerman, MS., two brothers, Wesley Gammill of Ackerman, Wilson Gammill Sr. of Coker, AL two sisters; Martha Adams of Anacortes, Washington and Juanita Harding of Petal, MS., two grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews

Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ms Mablean LaGrone January 27, 2013 Funeral services for Ms Mablean LaGrone, 60,were held at Pleasant Rodge M. B. Church Noxapater, MS at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013. Pastor Joe Bert Glass officiating. Burial followed in Mt Vernon cemetery.

A native of Kemper County Ms. LaGrone worked at the Glove Factory for over 30 years. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge M. B. Church. She was assistant Kindergarten Teacher and Youth teacher for home mission and church sexton She was born May 3, 1952 and died at her home in the Noxapater area on Sunday January 27, 2013.

Survivors include one daughters; Tarsha L. Nowlion of Pittsburgh, PA, one son; Robert LaGrone of Preston, MS., four sisters Lillie Mae Brown of Noxapater, Helen R. Burrage of Belleville, IL Willie R. and Dorothy Burrage of Cahokia, IL.; five brothers Henry L. LaGrone and J. B. Lagrone of New London CT., Wade L. LaGrone of Durham NC; Walter LaGrone of Caledonia, MS and Dwight Bragg of Louisville, MS., four grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

William & Hampton Funeral Home of Louisville, MS was in charge of arrangements.

Baby Braylon Ira Veasy January 24, 2013 Graveside services for Baby Braylon Ira Veasy, 5 days,was held at Millspring MB. Church, Weir MS at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2013..

He was born January 19, 2013 and died Thursday January 24, 2013..

Dotson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Odell (BlueBoy) Roby January 29, 2013 Funeral services for Mr. Odell (BlueBoy) Roby, 90,was held at Dotosn Funeral Home Chapel, Kosciusko MS at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 4, 2013.. Interment was in Wright Cemetery, Carthage, MS.

He was born December 20 1922 and died Tuesday January 29, 2013..

Dotson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. James D. Miller January 27, 2013 Funeral services for Mr. James D. Miller, 81, was held at First Unity M. B., Weir MS at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013.. Interment was in Miller Cemetery, Weir, MS.

He was born December 19 1931 and died Sunday January 27, 2013.

Dotson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Charles Henery Carr January 22, 2013 Funeral services for Mr. Charles Henery Carr, 51 was held at Plantation M. B., Ethel MS at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013.. Interment was in Plantation Cemetery, Ethel, MS.

He was born May 30 1961 and died Tuesday January 22, 2013..

Dotson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Travis F. Moore

Mr. Travis F. Moore, 71, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at his residence in Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013, in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Walter Simmons officiating. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Moore was born December 6, 1941. He was a member of Murphy Creek Baptist Church in Louisville. Mr. Moore retired as a welder from Gulf States Metal in Starkville, Mississippi. He answered the call of his country by serving two tours of duty (1965 to 1969) in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War for which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Service Medal.

Mr. Moore is survived by two daughters, Gloria Hartness of Clearview, Florida, and Lisa Sprayberry and husband, Kevin, of Ethel, Mississippi; three sons, Alan Hartness and wife, Kitty, of Franklinton, Louisiana, Tony Hartness of Oak Harbor, Washington, and Ricky Hartness and wife, Maria, of Louisville, Mississippi; and his sister, Mildred Dean Moore, also of Louisville. He has four grandchildren, Bailey Hartness, Nan Hartness, Jonathan Sprayberry, and Hailey Sprayberry.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Joyce Mills Moore; and his parents, Fletcher and Ina Mae Ray Moore.

Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 840692, Dallas TX 75284-0692. 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

James Thomas Smith, Sr.

James Thomas Smith, Sr., 93, passed away at Winston Medical Center in Louisville, Mississippi, on January 29, 2012. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1st, at First Baptist Church, followed by interment at Masonic Cemetery in Newton, Mississippi.

Mr. Smith was born on November 4, 1919, in Millport, Alabama, where he grew up farming with his father, Starling Manley, and his mother, Ellie, along with his four brothers and one sister.

Upon graduation from Millport High School in 1938, he had his bags packed to attend Auburn University, when his pastor came by to say that Mr. Smith had been offered a full scholarship to Clarke Memorial College in Newton, Mississippi, as well as a part-time job as minister of music at First Baptist Church, Newton. He left the farm in Alabama for Mississippi with a $20 bill in his pocket. In Newton, he used $5 of that money to ask a friend to approach a blue-eyed girl he met at church. That girl was Erin James, who would later become his first love and his wife and the mother of his two children.

During the two years at Clarke College, Mr. Smith flipped burgers, worked at Jitney Jungle and collected laundry (so that his would be free), while keeping up with his studies and church work.

After two years, he transferred to the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was elected President of the Junior Class. He was asked to run for President of the Senior Class the next year; but he declined, seeking instead a job that paid. He ran and won the post of business manager of the school annual, while directing the Southern Mississippi Chorus and working as Minister of Music at the 38th Avenue Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. In 1942 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and was voted “Most Outstanding Boy.”

Upon graduation in 1943, Mr. Smith married “one of the James girls of Newton” and shortly thereafter set sail for a tour of duty with the U. S. Navy in the Southwest Pacific. During this time he entertained the troops as part of a national radio singing group and was encouraged to pursue a professional singing career; but he was anxious to return home and pursue his passion for education.

After the war ended, he took a job with the Newton School System, where he was both principal and junior high school football coach. He kept up his church work as well and developed a full choir program.

With the GI Bill, Mr. Smith went to the University of Alabama where he earned his Masters of Education and developed a passion for the Crimson Tide. He particularly enjoyed going to Alabama football games and the S. E. C. basketball tournaments with his brother Charlie.

In 1947 he and Erin moved to Alamo, Tennessee, where he served as high school principal and basketball, track and football coach, as well as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Alamo.

In 1952 as a result of his father-in-law’s death, he returned to Newton and once again entered the school system as principal.

In 1956 Mr. Smith accepted a job with the Louisville Public School System, where he remained until his retirement in 1986. During his career he served at various time as Principal of Louisville High School, Superintendent of Winston County Public Schools, and Director of Federal Programs. While serving as principal one of his fondest experiences was directing the high school students in the production of My Fair Lady, in which his son James played the lead role of Henry Higgins. He was also Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Louisville from 1955 until 1961.

During his long career in public education, Mr. Smith received many honors, including Winston County’s Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 1976, Rotarian of the Year in 1990, President of the Rotary Club, Director of Chamber of Commerce, Chairman for State Heart Fund, and Lifetime Deacon at First Baptist Church.

Upon retirement from the Winston County Public School System, Mr. Smith was asked to host a radio program at WLSM, the local station. His “Man About Town” showcased local personalities and was enjoyed by all of his fans.

Mr. Smith loved his God, his church, his family –and his students, community and friends. He never said an unkind word, was patient, and caring. His students loved and respected him and wanted to please him because he was like another loving parent or perhaps one that they did not have. He probably never fully realized the influence which he had upon the thousands of children whose lives he touched. “You made a man of me” is a quote he heard many times over the years.

And his voice, that voice. There were very few weddings in Winston County which did not end with his singing “The Lord’s Prayer” or funerals which did not reverberate with his rendition of “How Great Thou Art.” In addition to many beautiful civic programs of Broadway show songs that Mr. Smith sang with Marjorie and Mary, he sang “Here She Comes, Queen of LHS (to the tune of Bert Park’s “Here She Comes, Miss America”) to countless Homecoming Queens, including his daughter, Cindy.

In 1991, Mr. Smith lost his blue-eyed bride to cancer. But, thankfully, beautiful, sweet Shirley entered his life and made him happy again. Thank you for loving him and for loving his family.

Mr. Smith is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Herman, Bob and Leburn; and sister Euline Stowe; as well as his first wife, Erin; and son James Smith, Jr. He is also preceded in death by step- son, Mark Hamill.

Survivors include wife, Shirley Hamill Smith; daughter, Cindy Smith Reed (Bill); step-son, Britt Hamill, and step-granddaughter, Lynn Messer; granddaughters, Paige Smith Yarbrough (Steven) and Erin Reed; grandsons; Doug Smith (Allison Grubbs) and Jess Reed; brother; Charlie E. Smith; great grand-children, Mary Cannon Yarbrough, Ellie Yarbrough, James Yarbrough, Harrison Smith, Grace Smith, Adam Hamill, Ashley Hamill, Taylor Hamill, Tyler, Tucker and Logan Messer. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Loving thanks to Annie, Hazel, Janet and Allen, who enhanced the quality of his life in so many ways and to the staff at Winston Medical Center. You took wonderful care of him and he called each of you “friend.” Thank you.

In lieu of flowers , memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Louisville (P. O . Box 547, Louisville, MS 39339) to benefit the Good News Club, which supports the Boys and Girls Club of Louisville; or to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Association.

Pallbearers were Bill Reed, Britt Hamill, Doug Smith, Dr. Steven Yarbrough, Mike Forster, Jess Reed, Dave Fair, John Fair, David Wilson, and Harold Hudson.

To sign the guestbook, please go to www.porterfuneralhome.net. PAID OBITUARY

Mr. Alvin Edward “Cowboy” Robertson

Mr. Alvin Edward “Cowboy” Roberson, 82, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at his residence in Preston, Mississippi. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, 2013, in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lawrence Pool and Rev. Becky Smith officiating. Interment was in Vernon Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Roberson was born in Noxubee County on August 16, 1930, to Emmitt Curtis and Sadie Wilson Robertson. He loved driving a truck hauling logs for M. D. Allen Logging.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Laura Sue Roberson; his daughter, Judy Ferguson; and his sister, Erma Luke and husband, Fred, all of Preston, Mississippi. He is also survived by two grandsons, Robert Charles Ferguson and Ricky Lee Ferguson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Sarah Mae Vickers; and three brothers, John Henry Robertson, Jimmie Dale Robertson, and David “Bo” Robertson.

Serving as pallbearers were Ricky Robertson, Justin Robertson, Mark Robertson, Brad Luke, Donald Luke, Robbie Robertson, and Cody Robertson. Honorary pallbearers were J. P. Fulton and Elvis VanDevender.

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

Robert P. Hemphill, Jr.

Mr. Robert P. Hemphill, Jr., from Louisville, Mississippi, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the age of 75. He passed away in Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Mississippi. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the Porter Funeral Home with Reverend Junior Davis, Reverend Walter Simmons, and Reverend Nathan Fitts officiating. Interment will follow at Murphy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Hemphill was born August 16, 1937, in Winston County. He was a member of Murphy Creek Baptist Church and the Betheden Masonic Lodge. He proudly served his country as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division in the United States Army. Robert was a multi- talented entrepreneur, a gifted wood craftsman, and an avid fisherman. After a successful career with Mutual Savings Life Insurance Company, he retired in 1994. Robert was a loving husband and father. His greatest delight was spending time with his children and grandchildren, instilling in them the value of a loving family.

Mr. Hemphill is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Cynthia Hill Hemphill, of Louisville, Mississippi; his son, Timothy R. Hemphill, Sr., and wife, Susi of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; his daughters, Jana Hemphill Wilburn and husband, Gary of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Tina Hemphill Fitts and husband, Nathan of Tupelo, Mississippi, Melanie Hemphill Bradford and husband, John of Leesville, Louisiana, and Andrea Hemphill Harrell and husband, Wayne of Tupelo, Mississippi. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Additionally, Mr. Hemphill is survived by his brothers, Bernion Hemphill and wife, Mae of Greenwood, Mississippi, C.F. Eldridge and wife, El Verna of Wichita, Kansas; and one sister, Joyce Gomez and husband Frank of San Diego, California, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert P. Hemphill, Sr., and wife, Lillie Mae Warren Hemphill and four sisters.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jimmy Hemphill, Terry Hill, Michael Hill, Steven Hill, Scott Hemphill, Timothy R. Hemphill, Jr., and Bradley Fitts.

Memorials may be made to the music fund at Murphy Creek Baptist Church, 5420 Bond Road, Louisville, Mississippi 39339 or Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 West Main Street, Tupelo, Mississippi 38801.

Arrangements are under the direction of Porter Funeral Home, 302 West Park Street, Louisville, Mississippi. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.porterfuneralhome.net. PAID OBITUARY