Obituaries

Deborah “Debbie” Miles Burchfield Eupora, MS

Deborah “Debbie” Miles Burchfield, 63, administrative assistant, died Saturday Aug. 11th. at the Ms. Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Funeral Services were held 1:00 PM Monday Aug. 13th. at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Willy Weddle officiating, with burial in the Embry Cemetery in Webster County.

Pallbearers were Alex Allday, Chad and Brad Gary, Grant Reed, Buzz Busby, Joey Miles, Jack and Phil Hendrix.

Debbie was a member of the Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in Webster County.

She is survived by a son, Lee Lycurgus Burchfield, Meridian, MS; a brother, Chuck (Freda) Miles, Grenada, MS; four grandchildren, Savannah Leigh Burchfield, Hunter Logan Burchfield, Brandon Lee Burchfield, Breanna Lynn Burchfield; and an aunt, Elaine Jones, West Point, MS.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen Yates Miles and Charles L. “Bud” Miles; and a brother, George Yates Miles. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of all arrangements. PAID OBITUARY

Mr. Sonny Akins Mantee, MS

Mr. Sonny Akins, 53, carpenter, died Aug. 5, 2012 at his residence in Mantee, MS. Funeral services were held 11:00 AM, Wednesday Aug. 8th at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel, Bro. Tim Hudson and Bro. Buddy Pepper officiated, with burial in the Wake Forest Cemetery in Webster County.

Pallbearers were Keith Perkins, Albert McDowell, Glen Cunningham, Scott Tallent, John Snider, Billy Sims, Sammy Slay and Curtis Clanton. Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Sims, Justin Sims, Sells Arnold, Ted Cole, Brandon Johnson and the Deacons of the Clarkson Baptist Church.

Sonny was a member of the Clarkson Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ward Akins, Mantee, MS; father and mother, John and Sara Akins, Mantee, MS; three sisters, Anna Hudson, Blairsville, GA, Leslie Murphy, Mantee, MS and Lora McKinney, Vardaman, MS.

Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of all arrangements. PAID OBITUARY

Barbara Ann Moss Kellum Mathiston

Barbara Ann Moss Kellum, 76, died at her home on Thursday, August 9, 2012. Funeral services were 11:00 AM, August 11, 2012 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with burial in Kellum-Parker Cemetery in Oktibbeha County. Rev. Charles White officiated. Mrs. Kellum was a member of Spring Valley Baptist Church in Mathiston. Visitation was August 10, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Mrs. Kellum retired from Bosh Mfg. after 38 years of service. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Kellum is survived by her husband, Estel “Buddy” Kellum of Mathiston; a daughter, Judy Ann Booth Leininger and husband Dan of Prattville, AL; a son, William Earnest Booth and wife, Sandra of Mathiston, MS; a brother, Jack Moss of Union, S. C; three grandchildren, Toni Daniels, William Cole Booth, and April Lynn Leininger; two great-grandchildren, Scott Amory Daniels, and Christopher Bentley Lang. Mrs. Kellum is also survived by seven stepchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Brad Tomlinson, Gary Sheilds, Larry Kelley, Jonathan Kellum, Rodney Goodwin, and Ryan Dobbs. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements. PAID OBITUARY

Mr. Earl Pryor Doolittle December 31, 1926 – August 6, 2012

Earl Pryor Doolittle, 85, passed peacefully at his home from congestive heart failure in Eupora, MS, Monday August 6, 2012.

Earl Pryor was born December 31, 1926 in Calhoun County to Rufus Sterling and Mary Pryor Doolittle.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Maddox Doolittle; and their children Deborah (Don) Doolittle Boone, Sterling (Phyllis) Doolittle, and David Doolittle; as well as two sisters, Jane Doolittle Landrum Skelton and Joy Doolittle Ross; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Through life, Earl Pryor was a man of family and community. In Eupora, he served as a volunteer fireman for over 60 years, and also as an auxiliary policeman. During the day, you could find Earl Pryor at the Pontiac place, later at his shop inspecting cars, and on Fall evenings at the Doolittle Gin in Cadaretta. Earl Pryor loved this country and honorably served in the Navy. As a good friend recently shared with the family, “I will forever remember him for his rock solid belief in the principles that made America a great nation and that if you do the right thing for the right reasons you can rest well.”

The Funeral service was held on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Eupora, where he faithfully attended. Visitation was held at 1:00 PM with the service following at 3:00 PM. Reverend Travis Gray officiated.

Pallbearers were Ethan Doolittle Boone, Neil Caston, Allen Doolittle, Bailey Doolittle, CraigLandrum, Ronnie Landrum, Mark Smith, Tim Smith, David Hall, and Hal Whitaker, with honorary pallbearers as follows, the Eupora Volunteer Fire Department, Eupora Police Department, Crusaders Sunday School Class, and Deacons of the First Baptist Church.

In Lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 268, Eupora, Ms. 39744 or the Eupora City Cemetery.

Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of all arrangements. PAID OBITUARY

Mr. Willis O. Cummins Eupora, MS

Mr. Willis O. Cummins, 82, died Sunday, August 5, 2012 at North MS Medical Center in Eupora. Mr. Cummins was born in Choctaw County, MS to J. H. and Minnie Mae Cummins. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1954 and earned the rank of Staff Sargent. He was also a member of the Honor Guard.

Willis married Lorene Schaefer in 1951. After his honorable discharge from the Army, they moved to Texas City, TX where they raised their three children. He was a member of Monticello Baptist Church. He continued his career at Union Carbide until his retirement in 1985. Willis and Lorene moved back to Eupora in 1991.

Willis enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, building dune buggies, and gardening. One of his favorite hobbies was grafting pecan trees and other plants. He even invented a new grafting technique. It was his desire to always leave the world a better place for future generations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. H. and Minnie Mae Cummins; sister, Johnnie Sumrall; and brothers, Boyd, Jethro, Ellis, and Talmadge Cummins.

He is survived by his wife, Lorene Schaefer Cummins of Eupora; daughter, Lisa (Pete) Anderson of Alvin, TX; sons, Anthony Cummins of Lewisville, TX, Douglas Cummins of Houston, TX; sister, Etter Reed of Eupora; and grandchildren, Jason Springer, Matthew Cummins, Brandon Baptiste, Paul Anderson and Sam Anderson.

Funeral services were 4:00 pm Tuesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Webster County. Visitation was Monday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Rev. Travis Gray and Rev. Mark Sumrall officiated. Mrs. Amy Stephens provided special music.

Pallbearers were Robert Schaefer, Buddy Ray, Matthew Cummins, Brandon Baptiste, Wally Brooks, and Mark Sumrall.

Willis will be sorely missed by his loved ones and friends. He has a beautiful soul and will be remembered and appreciated for the many endearing qualities God gave him: his intelligence, wisdom, and enthusiasm for learning; his work ethic and eagerness to help and guide others; his hilarious sense of humor; and his love, care, and support for his family and friends. Willis will also be remembered for his excellent mechanical skills that he frequently used to ensure that his family and friends always had some kind of fun transportation in which to “go for a ride”.

The family wishes to thank the Home Health and Hospice nurses who provided care and support over the past couple of years, and extends special heartfelt thanks to his personal caregivers, Jill, Melissia, Emma, and Tracey.

Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements. PAID OBITUARY