Otituaries

Roy Bruce April 29, 2012 Services for Roy Bruce, 82, of Ackerman were May 2, 2012, at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman with the Rev. Bryan Carrubba officiating. Burial was in South Union Cemetery. He was born Feb. 25, 1930. Mr. Bruce was a retired farmer and dairyman, and member of South Union Methodist Church. He died April 29, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Ackerman. Survivors include two brothers, Aubrey Bruce and Donald Bruce of Ackerman; and a host of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to South Union Methodist Church.

Kathryn F. Wood April 26, 2012 Services for Kathryn F. Wood, 89, were April 28, 2012, at Ackerman United Methodist Church with the Rev. Shane Sunn (a grandson) of Denver officiating. Grandson Brent Wade Wood of Houston, Texas, presented a eulogy. Burial was in Enon Cemetery. She was born June 8, 1922, in Oakland to the late Dudley Hobson and Christie Mae Allen Ford, and graduated from Oakland High School. She was a retired bookkeeper, formerly employed with the Choctaw County Hospital and the Choctaw County superintendent of education’s office. She died April 26, 2012, at her home of 62 years in Ackerman. Survivors include five children, Farrah Wood, Jasper Floyd Wood Jr., Linda McCulloch and Ronny Wood, all of Ackerman, and Lesli Wood- Wilson of Baton Rouge, La.; a sister, Lois Raiford of Olive Branch; two brothers, Kenneth Ford of Ackerman and Charles Irby Ford of Hernando; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat- grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her other grandsons served as pallbearers. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.

Dillan Bryce Whitman April 29, 2012 Services for Dillan Bryce Whitman, 17, of Kilmichael are 11 a.m. May 3, 2012, at Kilmichael Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Jackson officiating. Burial is in Poplar Creek Nations Cemetery. He was born June 28, 1994, in Oktibbeha County. Mr. Whitman was a member of Kilmichael Baptist Church. He died April 29, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Survivors include his parents, Jimmy and Christie Pearson of Kilmichael, and Danny and Amanda Whitman of Hickory; a brother, Daulton Whitman of Louisville; his maternal grandparents, Barry Joe and Martha Miller of Weir, and Tommy Adams of Ackerman; his paternal grandparents, Tyan Pace of Louisville, Dennis Whitman of Illinois and Nancy Jo Pearson of Kilmichael; and his former stepmother, Sandy Whitman of Louisville Memorials may be made to Poplar Creek Nations Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman is in charge of arrangements

Reverend Julio Silvio Díaz

Reverend Julio Silvio Díaz was born in Añatuya, Argentina, on July 9th, 1922. He passed away April 24 at his home in Maben, Mississippi. Visitation took place at First Baptist Church, Maben, Mississippi, on Thursday evening, April 26, 5-7:00, Memorial Service also took place at First Baptist Church, Maben, Friday, April 27, 11:00 with burial thereafter at Maben Memorial Park. Rev. Tommy Temple conducted the service. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Dorothy Jean Díaz; his children Gwendolyn of San Antonio, TX, and Walter of Maben; as well as his grandchildren, Derek of Starkville, MS, Ashley of Berkeley, CA, and Julia of Eugene, OR. Coming from a humble background, Reverend Díaz was converted at an early age and dedicated his life to Christian service. He graduated from the Baptist Seminary in Buenos Aires and later pursued a degree at Mississippi College, where he met his sweetheart. It was love at first sight. He received his Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He and Dorothy became missionaries and travelled to many countries sharing the grace of God with others. He founded the First Baptist Church of Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 1958, which is still a vibrant church. He spent many years teaching New Testament and Greek at the International Theological Baptist Seminary in Buenos Aires. Subsequently, he headed the Ethnic Baptist Seminary of Miami, Florida for a decade. After retirement in Maben, Mississippi, he and Dorothy made several missionary tours teaching in various religious institutions in Africa, Europe and Argentina. Reverend Díaz remains loved by all of those whose life he touched through his faith. He loved his family unconditionally. His dear wife Dorothy, his children Walter and wife Janie, Gwen and husband Henry, and his grandchildren Derek, Ashley and Julia feel privileged to be his family. Memorial gifts for Julio Díaz can be made to the First Baptist Church of Maben for the Esperanza Trust, a trust for needy children in Argentina. (First Baptist Church, PO Box 249, Maben, MS 39750). Welch Funeral Home of Starkville handled arrangements. You can go online and sign the guest register at: www.welchfuneralhomes.com. PAID OBITUARY