Obituaries

Shirley Mae Hall Edwards Dec. 14, 2012 Services for Shirley Mae Hall Edwards, 82, were Dec. 17, 2012, at Chester Baptist Church with the Rev. Rob Faulk officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was born March 27, 1930, in Choctaw County to the late Atley and Frankie Rogers Hall. Mrs. Edwards was a homemaker and member of Chester Baptist Church. She died Dec. 14, 2012, at the Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Edwards of Ackerman and Randy Edwards of Starkville; two daughters, Marsha Hancock of Greenwood and Tena Teer of Weir; three brothers, Bill Hall, Bob R. Hall and Gerald Hall; a sister, Allie Faye Hall; nine grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Chester Baptist Church Building Fund.

Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.

Gertrude Cullum McComb Dec. 10, 2012 Services for Gertrude Cullum McComb, 81, of Eupora were Dec. 15, 2012, at Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. George W. Love officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was born March 4, 1931, in Lauderdale County to the late Bishop Cullum Jr. and the late Ida Christine McCoy Cullum. Mrs. McComb died Dec. 10, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Survivors include seven daughters, Betty Davis of Walthall, Dorothy Starks of Chicago, Mary A. McComb, Nancy Hill and Glenda Mays, all of Bellefontaine, and Judy Patterson and Carolyn McComb of Eupora; a son, Walter McComb of Vardaman; four sisters, Annie Dell Simmons and Annie Ruth Pollard of Meridian, and Annie Rea Ford and Ida Lee Roby of Eupora; two brothers, Roy Cullum and Billy Cullum of Eupora; 24 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; four great-great- grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Marvin Cullum, Robert McComb, Ronald McComb, Edward Mills, Edward Roby and Israel Roby.

Eddie Robinson Funeral Home of Grenada was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. William F. “Bill” Appleby

Dr. William F. “Bill” Appleby passed away peacefully, November 6, 2012, in Lake Junaluska, NC. He was born June 20, 1928 in Drew, Ms. and was a graduate of Eupora High School, Millsaps College (BA ’50 & Honorary Doctorate of Divinity ’87), Emory University Candler School of Theology (Masters of Divinity ’52) and the Methodist Theology school in Ohio (Doctorate of Ministry ’78)

A United Methodist minister, Brother Bill faithfully served and loved many small and large churches in North Mississippi for 42 years. He held special affinity for small membership churches and was a co-founder of the first “Cooperative Ministry” in the North Mississippi conference involving 26 congregations on 3 pastoral charges in Thishomingo County. He served as District Superintendent of the Tupelo District and a Conference Council Director of both the North Mississippi and Mississippi Conferences. Additionally, he served on many conference boards and commissions as well as institutions affiliated with the United Methodist Church. He was honored to have served as a delegate representing his conference at the Southeastern Jurisdictional and the General Conferences of the United Methodist Church.

Bill was proud to serve the church and its people and to have mentored and counseled others, particularly young clergy. He cherished his deep and meaningful friendships with others.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Smith Appleby, and leaves a loving wife, Minna Hayes Appleby, and his children, Frank and Libby (Marty Stamper), and their children Will and Lizzy Appleby and Layne & Taylor Smith as well as his step children, Greg Gilbert (Suzy) and Kyle Gilbert (Julia) and their children.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00AM Saturday, January 5th, at the First United Methodist Church in Clarksdale, Ms. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 9:00AM prior to the service. Interment will be private at LaGrange UMC in Choctaw County.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a United Methodist affiliated ministry or institution of your choice. PAID OBITUARY