Obituaries

Luvenia Maness Keeton Oct. 17, 2012 Services for Luvenia Maness Keeton, 72, of Ackerman were Oct. 19, 2012, at Concord Baptist Church with the Rev. Roger Griffith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was born Dec. 31, 1939, to the late Oakley and Clara Bell Maness in Choctaw County. Mrs. Keeton was a homemaker and member of Concord Baptist Church.

She died Oct. 17, 2012, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.

Survivors include a son, Clinton Keeton of Ackerman; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Smith

Charles Smith, 78, born August 8, 1934 in Choctaw County, former owner of Smith Sawmill and Logging, died at his home in the LaGrange Community near Eupora on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Funeral Services were held 11:00AM Monday October 22nd at the LaGrange United Methodist Church with burial in the Church Cemetery. Bro. Trey Harper, Bro. Roger Miller and Charlie Smith officiated.

Pallbearers were Dale Boatman, Jr., Beau Smith, Jack Gibson Smith, Taylor Turman, Walker Crimm, Bradley Smith, Josh Smith, Trey Woods, Wesley Crimm, Hayden Smith, and Dash Turman.

Charles is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Bowen Smith, Eupora, MS; two daughters, Betty Ann (Jim) Crimm, Eupora, MS, Janet (Tim) Turman, West Point, MS; four sons, Charlie (Jan) Smith, Brandon, MS, Jim (Judy) Smith, Bruce Smith, Phillip (Tisha) Smith, all of Eupora, MS; one sister Gail (Robert) McInnis, Hattisburg, MS; twenty grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Abner and Pearlie Bell Smith; a brother, John Albert Smith; and a sister, Betty Smith Appleby.

The family has requested that all memorials be made to the LaGrange United Methodist Church, 58 N. Joliffe St., Eupora, Ms. 39744, where he was a member.

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

Mildred Loraine Gary

Mildred Loraine Gary of Eupora passed away Friday, October 19, 2012 at her residence in Eupora at the age of 92. Mrs. Gary was born in Mathiston, MS on November 1, 1919 to the late Herman and Olive Hester. She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church in Eupora, a member of the local Bridge Club for 65 years, and she did a lot of sewing.

Mrs. Gary is survived by two sons, Charles Saunders of Indianola, MS and Floyd Gary, Jr. of Eupora. She is also survived by one grandson, Brian Saunders of New Hope; and one great granddaughter, Olivia Saunders also of New Hope.

Services for Mrs. Gary were at 2pm Monday, October 22 at First United Methodist Church in Eupora with Rev. Trey Harper officiating. Mrs. Gary lay in state at the church from 1pm till 2pm. Burial followed in the Eupora City Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday, October 21 from 6pm till 8pm at Wise Funeral Home in Eupora.

Pallbearers included Jerry Gary, Mike Gary, Tim Hester, Bud Bruce, Pat Hyde, and James Rico.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Eupora. The address is P.O. Box 556, Eupora, MS 39744.

Wise Funeral Home of Eupora were in charge of arrangements. PAID OBITUARY

Eavy Lee Shaw

Eavy Lee Shaw of Walthall, MS died Tuesday October 16th. 2012 at the North Ms. Medical Center in Eupora, MS.

Funeral Services were held 2:00PM Friday, October 19th at the Walthall Baptist Church with burial in the Embry Cemetery in Webster County. Rev. Willy Weddle and Rev. Mike Ramage officiated.

Pallbearers were Ben Shaw, Patton Fulgham, Chris Bailey, Zach Whitaker, Gary Mooneyham, Larry Sutherland and Herbie Duncan. She was born in Choctaw County, MS on April 21, 1933 to Elias Frank and Ethel Staggs Shaw. Her siblings include Clara Sutherland, Mildred Mooneyham, the late Howard Shaw and the late Clarence Shaw.

Eavy Lee is survived by her husband of 60 years, Billy Earl Shaw; and her three children, Deborah (Randy) Belk, Steve (Barbie) Shaw, and Lisa (Johnny) Fulgham. Her five grandchildren are Angela (Zach) Whitaker, Ben (Laura) Shaw, Christopher Bailey, Patton Fulgham and Aleasha Fulgham. Her two great grandchildren are Cooper Whitaker and Lillian Whitaker.

Eavy Lee attended Walthall School and graduated from Eupora High School in 1951. In 1946, she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of 13 and became a faithful member of Walthall Baptist Church. Eavy Lee met the love of her life, Billy Earl Shaw at a dance and the two married on December 21, 1951. After working at Wells Lamont Glove Factory and as a teacher’s aid for Webster County Schools, she pursued her passion and began keeping children in her home. The children were loved by Mamaw Shaw. Aside from nurturing children, she loved to cook for everyone she knew (and didn’t know), enjoyed tending to her flowers, sewing, and spending time with her family, whom she dearly loved. The family would like to thank Dr. Ozborn, the staff at North Mississippi Medical Center and the many family and friends who have helped by giving loving care.

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

Mr. Robert “Bob” Ross Hattiesburg, MS

Services for Mr. Robert “Bob” Ross, age 70, Hattiesburg, was held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Jones and Son Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. Burial followed at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Webster Memorial Park in Eupora, MS.

Bob passed away on October 18, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Bob worked for State Farm Insurance for 35 years as a special investigator and also taught arson investigation for many years. Bob was a very loving family man and loved to play golf and spending time with his four legged children.

He is survived by his daughter, Angela (Scott) Addison of Hattiesburg; sons, Robert Ross Jr. of Hattiesburg and Shon Cuningham of Birmingham, AL. He is also survived by his special friend, Mary Loughman of Hattiesburg; grandsons, Christopher Addison of Hattiesburg, Zachariah Ross and Samual Ross both of Lake Jackson, TX; brother, Louie “Sonny” Ross of Frisco, TX; and his cousin and good friend, John Edgar Shaw of Kosciusko.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Advocate under the Hub City Humane Society or to the Southern Pines Animal Shelter. PAID OBITUARY

Rebecca Marlow Hamilton

Graveside services for Rebecca Marlow Hamilton, 74, of Mathiston, were at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Chapel Hill Cemetery with burial that followed.

Rebecca died October 21, 2012 at the VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

She was born on September 14, 1938 and was the daughter of William Brandon Marlow and Lillie Wauwece Neal Marlow of Alva, Mississippi.

At an early age, she began helping the family on the farm and her father at his sawmill. At 18, she enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at Hamilton AFB in California where she met and married Robert Hamilton. Rebecca remained in California for 32 years, raising her daughter, Cindy, and working as an electronics engineer in Silicon Valley. In 1990, Mrs. Hamilton moved back to Mississippi. She owned Marlow’s Outlet in Eupora until retiring in 2004. Rebecca loved spending time with her family, reading, and traveling, including visiting all 50 states, Canada and South Korea.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and by one grandson, Matthew Picetti.

Mrs. Hamilton is survived by one daughter, Cindy Picetti (Paul) of Pacifica, California; five sisters, Glenda Mitchell (Bart) of Selmer, Tennessee, Billie Garner (Bill) of Ocean Springs, Peggy Brister (Roger) of Stewart, Carolyn Hodges (Jack) of Greenwood, and Sheila Newsom (Mike) of Chapel Hill, Mississippi; three brothers, Claude Marlow (Margie) of Winona, Johnny Marlow of Duck Hill, and Gayle Marlow (Carol) of Duck Hill; three granddaughters, Annette Picetti Grosjean (Travis), Katrina Picetti and Breanne Picetti; and one great- grandson, Luke Grosjean.

National Funeral Home as in charge. PAID OBITUARY

Clarence Devane Dorman October 18, 2012

Clarence Devane Dorman of Starkville, 81, died Thursday, October 18, 2012 at his residence. Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at Starkville Church of God with Rev. Hank Anderson officiating. Burial followed at Oddfellows Cemetery. Visitation was held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at Welch Funeral Home. Welch Funeral Home was charge of arrangements.

Mr. Dorman was born Nov. 13, 1930. He graduated from Starkville High School where he made four varsity letters in football, baseball and basketball. He also ran track and was elected king of the senior class. While a high school freshman, he swam for Mississippi State University’s AAU swimming team.

He attended MSU where his father worked. (The elder Dorman was recognized posthumously with a building named in his honor.) Mr. Dorman earned two bachelor degrees from MSU, the first in agriculture in 1953 and the second in business administration in 1968. In 1953, he entered the U.S. Army where he became an Army aviator, flying an L-19 Bird Dog.

Stationed in Germany, he was the aviation officer for the 70th Armored field Artillery Battalion. He was honorably discharged as a captain. Mr. Dorman held lifetime memberships in the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He began working for what was then Security State Bank in 1957 and remained 37 years until retiring as executive vice president of the Starkville office. It was then known as Deposit Guaranty National Bank. While serving as bank manager in the Sturgis, Mississippi office, he fulfilled one term on the Board of Aldermen and one term as mayor. He also owned and operated the Sturgis Insurance Agency, a fire and casualty business. He held a license as a real estate broker as well.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Dorman loved to hunt and fish, often visiting the marshes of Louisiana to redfish with his friends. He also owned horses and participated in long-distance rides and horse shows. At one time, he owned and operated a beef cattle farm in east Oktibbeha County and a timber farm in northwest Oktibbeha County. He loved to garden as well.

The community called on Mr. Dorman to serve on various committees to raise funds for charities. He was chairman of the committee that brought United Way to Oktibbeha County. A member of the Starkville Church of God, he served as a coordinator with the Bill Glass Prison Ministry. As such, he went into over 125 prisons across America, traveling from the state of Washington to Maine and to Puerto Rico, lifting up inmates to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He often talked about the satisfaction he found in the commitments to Jesus made by the men he met on death row in Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Florida, Alabama and Kentucky.

He was a mathematical genius with an uncanny ability to do complex computations without benefit of pen, paper or calculator.

A true Southerner, he was known far and wide for his ability to tell humorous stories, frequently receiving requests for repeats and never telling any tale quite the same way twice.

He was beloved and will be missed.

Survivors include his wife, Lynda Ray Dorman; his children Beth (Sammy) Dorman Coleman of Starkville, Nancy (Mark) Dorman-Hickson of Birmingham, AL, Merrie (Peter) Dorman McGrath of Charlotte, NC, Lynn (Bud) Ray Gillis of Sturgis, and Joel (Louann) Ray of Eupora. He also had 11 grandchildren, Justin Coleman, Steele McGrath, Aubrey McGrath, Josh Hickson, Brennan Hickson, Maegan White, Mitzi Russell, McKenzie Russell, Chase Ray, Tyler Ray, Hannah Grace Ray; and 3 great- grandchildren, Garrett White, Harley White, and Adalee Russell.

Mr. Dorman was preceded in death by his first wife, Ouida Steele Dorman, his son, Dennis Devane Dorman, and his parents, Clarence and Elma Parker Dorman.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Justin Coleman, Steele McGrath, Aubrey McGrath, Josh Hickson, Chase Ray, and Tyler Ray.

You can go online and sign the guest register at: www.welchfuneralhomes.com. PAID OBITUARY