Obituaries

William Pat Gibson Feb. 4, 2013 Services for William Pat Gibson, 50, of Studio City, Calif., were Feb. 16, 2013, at Mantee Baptist Church with the Rev. William Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

He was born July 24, 1962, in Starkville to William Pat Gibson Sr. and Gail Hunter Gibson. Mr. Gibson was a member of Mantee Baptist Church. He died Feb. 4, 2013.

Survivors include a son, Clark Hunter Gibson of Philadelphia; three daughters, Chelsey Gayle Gibson and Madison Wieble Gibson of Mantee, and Logan Grace Gibson of Philadelphia; a stepdaughter, Heather Palmer of Maben; his parents, William and Gail Gibson of Mantee; a brother, Dewey Lane Gibson of Mantee; and his fiancée, Angela White Grant of North Hollywood, Calif.

Memorials may be made to Memorial Mission Fund or Mantee Baptist Church.

Memorial Funeral Home of Houston was in charge of arrangements.

Page McMullen Huffman Feb. 4, 2013 Services for Page McMullen Huffman, 24, of Stewart were Feb. 7, 2013, at Tomnolen Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Parish officiating. Burial was in Pheba Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 17, 1988, in Starkville. Mrs. Huffman was a member of Tomnolen Baptist Church. She died Feb. 4, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

Survivors include her parents, Billy and Rachel Britt McMullen of Stewart; her husband, Jake Huffman of Mantee; three daughters, Caleigh Rayne Hawes, Karlie Jewel Hawes and Kinsley Grace Huffman; her grandmother, Ollie Britt of Springhill; three sisters, Dodie Wallace of West Point, Mindy Morrison of Brandon and Rachael Rickford of Little Rock, Ark.; several aunts and uncles; two nieces and a nephew.

Pallbearers were Justin Bingham, Toby Britt, Heath Morrison, Paul Wallace, John Watson and Ricky Watson.

Wise Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of arrangements.

Annette Poitra Irby

Annette Poitra Irby, 48, passed away on February 9, 2013 at her residence in Starkville, MS. She was a graduate of New Hope High School.

She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Poitra; sister, Patricia L. Poitra Rushing.

She is survived by her husband, Bobby Irby of Starkville, MS; daughter, Amber Lancaster of Columbus, MS; mother, Rosann Guizzetti of Joliet, IL; and brothers, Peter L. Poitra, Jr. of Panama City, FL and Phillip E. Poitra of Hoover, AL; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville, MS. Funeral services was held Friday, February 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Welch Funeral Home. Burial was in Adaton Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P. O. Box 16451, Jackson, MS 39236.

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

Mozelle Waits Murphy

Mozelle Waits Murphy, 95, passed away at her residence in Eupora on February 12, 2013. She was born on Dec. 2, 1917 to Oscar and Alma Waits in the Mt. Vernon Community of Webster County. She was the 6th of 8 children. She graduated from Center Elementary School and Eupora High School. On July 26, 1942 she married Dave Murphy.

She worked for Miss. State Extension Service as a Nutrition aide. Her proudest accomplishment was providing a loving Christian home for her husband and three children.

She loved to keep a clean house. She said, “My older brothers had to work in the field with Papa, my older sister had to help Momma prepare the meals; but, it was my job to help clean the house.” She also loved to work in her flowers and in the vegetable garden. Having experienced the Great Depression first hand, she believed in ‘saving’ because you never know when you might need it. Several friends said of her, “she never complained.” In the latter part of her life she was blessed with great caregivers and two small white rescue dogs who were her constant companions.

She had no fear of dying. Her strong Christian faith helped sustain her through all life’s difficulties. She loved life and laughter. She faced life’s challenges with a certainty that God would sustain her regardless of the circumstances. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eupora, Miss. A great joy of hers was the fun and fellowship of the TEL Sunday school class. She also helped in the church nursery in her younger years.

Services for Mrs. Murphy were at 2:00 PM Saturday February 16, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Eupora with Bro. Travis Gray officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Webster County. Visitation was from 1:00 PM till 2:00 PM at the church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dave Murphy, and her 5 brothers and 2 sisters.

She leaves her children: daughter, Carolyn Smith (husband Tom) of Aiken SC, daughter, Sandra Owens (husband Randy) of Edmond, OK, and son David Murphy of Eupora, MS. She had 4 grandchildren, Sandra Smith, Judi Saburi, Sara Thompson, and David Owens; and 1 great grandson. PAID OBITUARY