Obituaries

Herbert Alexander Blanton June 15, 2012 Services for Herbert Alexander Blanton, 90, of Jackson were June 17, 2012, at Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Ackerman with the Rev. Jerry Lawson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

He was born July 9, 1921, to the late Homer and Myrtle Blanton in Choctaw County. Mr. Blanton was a retired farmer and veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of Old Lebanon Presbyterian Church near Ackerman. He died June 15, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Jackson.

Survivors include his wife, Hilda Vanlandingham Blanton of Byram; three sons, Berry Thomas Blanton of Pearl, Leonard Hugh Blanton of Florence and Robert Allen Blanton of Starkville; a daughter, Lillian Blanton Perry of Jackson; a brother, Roy Blanton of Ackerman; three sisters, Lavina O’Bannon of Ackerman, Norma Shaw of Gore Springs and Lilly Timothy of Mobile, Ala.; 17 grandchildren and 29-great- grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 294, Ackerman, MS 39735.

Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.

Stephen Marquette Buell June 15, 2012 Graveside services for Stephen Marquette Buell, 72, of Starkville were June 18, 2012, at South Union Cemetery in Choctaw County with the Revs. George Buell and Bryan Carrubba officiating.

He was born Aug. 21, 1039, in Highland Park, Ill. Mr. Buell was a street cleaner. He died June 15, 2012 Survivors include two brothers, the Rev. George Buell and Joseph Rawdon Buell III; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Baddour Center, P.O. Box 97, Senatobia, MS 38668.

Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.

Oreeve Young Stephenson June 14, 2012 Services for Oreeve Young Stephenson, 95, of Kalamazoo, Mich., were June 19, 2012, at Fellowship Baptist Church with the Rev. Ralph Cain officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was born May 7, 1917, in Mathiston. Mrs. Stephenson was a homemaker and member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Mathiston. She died June 14, 2012, at Alamo Nursing Home in Kalamazoo.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Stephenson of Kalamazoo; two sisters, Helen Griffin of Raymond and Virginia Dowdy of Columbus; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Rodney Dowdy, Bobby Smith, Bob Stephenson, Mike Young, Ricky Young and Stennis Young.

Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Melvin B. Robertson

Mr. Melvin B. Robertson of Eupora, MS, 95, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012 at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora in Eupora, MS. Funeral services were held Monday, June 18, 2012, 2:00 p.m. at West Shady Grove Cemetery with Rev. Willy Weddle officiating. Interment was at West Shady Grove Cemetery at Webster Co. MS.

Mr. Robertson was born March 18, 1917 in Webster County, MS. He was a mechanic and worked for Gammill Chevrolet in Eupora for over 30 years. He also was a Optometrist.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Lottie Robertson; a sister, Mary Caffey; and a brother, Trig Robertson.

He is survived by 2 daughters, Jo Ann Rowe Cohen, Starkville, MS, and Gail Rowe (Ed) Shuman, Houston, TX; 3 grandchildren, Janet Cohen Wilkins, Gainsville, FL, Rick Garnett, Ft. Bliss El Paso, TX, and Brad Cohen, Brooksville, MS; and 4 great-grandchildren, Sydney Wilkins, Alex Wilkins, Parker Lyn Cohen, and Bradsly Key Cohen II.

Arrangements were handled by Oliver Funeral Home, Eupora, MS. PAID OBITUARY

James Mann “Jim” Scott

James Mann “Jim” Scott passed away in Ajijic, Mexico on May 12, 2012. Born June 6, 1927 in Eupora, Mississippi, Scott grew up on a farm, the youngest of seven children. As a child, he was musically gifted and by the age of five he had taught himself to play the harmonica. He played drums in high school and later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he was privileged to study many wind instruments with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Scott received a Masters degree in Music Education from Mississippi State University.

Jim Scott was a music educator for over thirty years, and his teaching legacy lives through the many former students who are teaching music in public schools and universities throughout the United States. Scott began his exemplary teaching career in 1957 as Band Director at West Point High School, and became Band Director at Tupelo High School in 1964. In 1970, Scott accepted the first position as Director of Bands at then Northeast Mississippi Junior College and built an infant program into one that was nationally recognized for its excellence. Jim Scott was known for leading outstanding band programs not only because of his excellent musicianship, high expectations, and unwavering fairness, but also because of his love and respect for his students as human beings. Scott’s colleagues demonstrated their respect for his professional success by electing him as State President of the Mississippi Music Educators’ Association-Band Division, President of the Mississippi Junior College Band Association, and President of Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Fraternity. In 2007, Scott was elected into the Northeast Mississippi Band Directors’ Association Hall of Fame.

Scott is survived by his devoted wife of fifty-nine years, Anne Presley Scott. He was a loving father of three daughters who will forever remember his keen intellect, sense of humor, and sage advice. His integrity, sincerity, outgoing personality, and joke telling resulted in an uncanny ability to make friends wherever he went. In 1992, the Scotts retired to Lake Chapala, Mexico where they enjoyed a large contingent of loving friends. While in Mexico, Scott served on the Vestry for St. Andrew’s Anglican Church and was recognized by the Lakeside Community Awards for organizing Operation Feed, a program providing food to needy local families.

In addition to his wife, Scott is survived by daughters, Nola Jones, Molli McMills, and Cindy Scott; sisters Hazel Hall and Mildred Richard; sons-in-law Bill Fernandez and Bruce McMills; grandsons Casey Fernandez and Alex Holdford; and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Riberas del Pilar, Mexico on Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: OPERATION FEED, c/o Cindy Scott, 3140 Derby Pl New Orleans, LA 70119. PAID OBITUARY