March 26, 2013
Services for S.C. Thomas Fulgham, 83, of Maben were March 29, 2013,
at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with the Revs. Jimmy Vance and
Josh Buford officiating. Burial was in Double Springs Cemetery.
He was born July 12, 1929, to the late S.C. and Myrtle Bowen Fulgham.
Mr. Fulgham worked for the Mississippi Forestry Commission and was a
member of Faith Baptist Church.
He died March 26, 2013, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.
Survivors include two daughters: Kathy Reed of Maben and Marsha
Gamble of Maben; three sisters, Agnes Vance of Calhoun City, Marzell
Cobb of Hazlehurst, and Cleo Hester of Walthall; four grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were James Dearman, Donny Horton, Christian Magee,
Timothy Magee, Anthony Reed and Jerry Wilson.
Wise Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of arrangements.
Ted W. Powell
March 29, 2013
Services for Ted W. Powell, 75, of Ackerman were April 1, 2013, at
Providence Baptist Church near Ackerman with the Revs. Randle Poss
and Curtis Guess officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
He was born Nov. 19, 1937, in Humphreys County to the late Robert and
Ruby Taylor Powell. Mr. Powell was a farmer/car salesman and served
in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Powell was a member of Providence
Baptist Church. He died March 29, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital
of Choctaw in Ackerman.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Odom Powell of Ackerman; three
sons, Andy Powell, Jeff Powell and Neil Powell; a stepson, Ashley
Odom; two daughters, Sheila Friedman and Amanda Murillo; a
stepdaughter, Lynelle Miles; a brother, Howard Powell; a half-
brother, Kevin Powell; two sisters, Margaret Duthu and Phyllis Long;
a half-sister, Vickie Guthrie; eight grandchildren and two step-
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.
March 27, 2103
Services for Edna Eloise Boatman White, 87, of Eupora were March 30,
2013, at Reed’s Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Dempsey
officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
She was born in Houston on Sept. 9, 1925, to the late Albert Cox and
Mary Lee Kinard. Mrs. White was a homemaker and attended the Church
of Christ. She died March 27, 2103, at Golden LivingCenter-Eupora.
Pallbearers were T.J. Allen, Carl Bright, Robert Bright, Bruce Dean,
Chad Fauver and Rick Orlansky.
Survivors include three sons, Arnold Boatman, Eddie Boatman and John
Boatman, all of Stewart; two daughters: Mary Orlansky of Terry and
Edna Bright of Stewart; six brothers, Arthur Cox, Jimmy Cox, Ken
Norris, Anderson Cox, Albert Cox and Elkins Cox; a sister, Zula
Porter; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and four great-great-
Wise Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of arrangements.
Juanita Valentine Hamilton
Juanita Valentine Hamilton, 82, passed away on March 28, 2013 at OCH
Regional Medical Center in Starkville, MS. She was a retired savings
counselor with First Federal Savings & Loan and a member of Center
Grove Baptist Church, where she taught
Sunday School. She was also a member of WMU.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Nonnie Valentine;
daughter, Cecilia Clay; andsister, Deloris Gambrell.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Cecil Hamilton of Maben,
MS; sons, Glenn Hamilton (Linda) of Maben, MS and Doug Hamilton
(Paula) of Starkville, MS; sisters, Joycelyne Hawkins and Hazel
McCarty, both of Soso, MS; grandchildren, Jared Clay (Laura) of
Gulfport, MS, Webb Hamilton and Paisley Hamilton, both of Starkville,
MS; and two great grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Hamilton was Monday, April 1, 2013 from
1:00-3:00 p.m. at Center Grove Baptist Church in Maben, MS, with the
funeral service immediately following in the church. Rev. David
Hamilton, Rev. James Alton Ruffin, and Rev. Joel Hudson conducted the
service. Burial was in Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Center Grove Baptist Church
You can go online and sign the guest register at:
Joseph C. Conner Jr.
Sept. 16, 1921-Feb. 19, 2013
Joseph C. Conner Jr., 91, passed away at Regency Hospital in Jackson
on Feb. 19, 2013. Funeral services were held at Colonial Funeral Home
in Columbia on Feb. 23 at 11 a interment following in the Columbia
City Cemetery. Visitation was Feb. 22 at Colonial Funeral Home. Bro.
Larry K. Lott officiated the service.
Joe grew up in Columbia, where he graduated from Columbia High
School in 1940. After high school, he served as a corporal in the
310th Ferrying Squadron of the U.S. Air Force from July 1942 to
December 1945. While serving his country in Northern France,
Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe, he was awarded the ATO,
EAMETO, Good Conduct and World War II Victory medals.
Joe attended Mississippi College, where he graduated in 1947. He
lived and worked in Houston, Texas, where he retired as a
seismologist for Geo-Source Inc. in the oil industry. He spent most
of his retirement living back in Columbia and was a member of
Columbia Church of Christ. The last two years he lived in Madison.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Webster County native Jimmie
Dean Essary Conner; parents, Dr. Joseph C. Conner Sr. and Juanita
Simmons Conner; sister, Lorraine Conner; and brother, Marcus William
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Helen Taylor of Silas, Ala.;
nephews, Alan Conner of Atlanta and Keith Conner of Norcross, Ga.;
cousin, Patricia Stewart of Columbia; adopted daughter, Cheryl Holt
of Oklahoma City; and daughters-in-kind (cousins) Jennifer Lott
Boutwell of Canton and Amanda Lott of Madison; along with many other
family and friends.
Mrs. Violet White
Mrs. Violet White, 91, was born August 22,1921 and passed away
Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Violet married Joe Willie White September
15, 1940. Joe and Violet had 2 sons, Joe Edmond White and Jimmy
Wayne White. She was well loved by her sons and their families.
She is survived by her two sons; two granddaughters, Lisa White and
Jennifer White Weaver; one grandson, Christopher Joe White; three
great granddaughters, Thailyn White, Cheyenne Kelly Deming and
Rochelle Erin Weaver; two great great grandsons, Blayne White and
Hayden Thompson. Her husband Joe Willie White passed away August 6,
Funeral services for Mrs. White were at 11:00 am Thursday, March 28,
2013 at the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora, with burial
following in the Maben Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Maben. Rev. Sam
Edwards officiated. Visitation was Wednesday March 27, 2013 from
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.
Pallbearers were Billy Grimsley, Glenn Johnson, Billy Johnson, John
Grimsley, Donald Obrian, Benny Perkins, and Ray Pinnix. Honorary
pallbearers were Joe Kimbrough, Giles Robbins, Johnny M. Turner,
Tommy Weeks, James Whitaker, Christopher White.
Mrs. White was a faithful member of the Church of God of Prophesy in
Maben since February 6, 1956, and was one of the founders of the
church. She was church clerk for many years until August 2003. She
had many good preachers and loved every one of them. She was a devout
Christian all her adult life. She worked in a carpet factory for 21
years. She then operated an income tax service from 1969 through
2006. She loved her clients and was always glad to see them.
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.
Dan Curtis Sims
Pheba, Mississippi – Dan Curtis Sims, 73, passed away, on Saturday,
March 23, 2013 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, MS
39759. Dan Sims was born December 3, 1939 in Atlanta in Chickasaw
County to the late Lula Rowena Faulkner and William Eli Sims. He was
a Bryan Foods Supervisor of the Beef Cooler for 44 years and was a
member of Pheba Baptist Church. He was a member of Pheba Masonic
Lodge F. & A. M. #565 and a member of the Maben Lions Club.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 3:00 p.m. at
Calvert Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Morris officiating, assisted
by Bro. Scott Griffin. Burial followed in Pheba Cemetery. Calvert
Funeral Home of West Point was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Frances Alexander of Houlka,
and Lisa Sims Wilson of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; five grandchildren,
Daniel Lamar Bigham, Nicholas Eli Bigham, Misty Marie Oliver, Amanda
Lynn Broughton, and Erica Summer Krogmann; 15 great grandchildren,
Kristian Bigham, Madison Workman, Lila Bigham, Summerlee Krogmann, Ty
Freeman, Anna Bigham, Kara Krogmann, Eli Bigham, Savannah Broughton,
Brooke-Lynn Broughton, Alannah Sarclette, Abby Bigham, Mary Kathryn
Broughton, Zoey Sarclette, Asher Krogmann; one sister, Linda Millsap
of Pheba; one brother, Jessie Sims (Barbara) of New Hope; and a
special friend, Mrs. Anna Ruth Sims of Cedar Bluff. He was preceded
in death by his son, Dan “Danny” Curtis Sims, Jr. and his brother,
William Eli Sims, Jr.
Pallbearers were Lamar Bigham, Nicholas Bigham, Sonny Sizemore,
Avery Sims, Jon Sarclette, Jason Bigham, Thomas Gilbreath, and Chris
Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were H. E. “Buddy” McGee, Carl Bryan,
Butch Childs, Bobby Champion, Tommy Sizemore, and all his former co-
workers at Bryan Foods.
Memorials may be made to Pheba Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Mrs. Becky
McNeel, P. O. Box 23, Pheba, MS 39755.
Visitation will be Monday, 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Calvert Funeral
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Pearl Poe Whitaker
Pearl Poe Whitaker, 77, of Eupora, MS passed away at North
Mississippi Medical Center Eupora on Good Friday, March 29, 2013.
Services were held at 2:00 pm on Monday, April 1, at First Baptist
Church Eupora, followed by graveside services in Eupora Cemetery.
Rev. Travis Gray and Rev. Willy Weddle officiated.
Mrs. Whitaker was a member of First Baptist Church Eupora, where she
taught Sunday School for 34 years. She also served on the Building
Committee of the FBC Family Life Center. She was a founding member
and Co-Chair of the Eupora Beautification Committee. Her husband
often remarked that Eupora was a more beautiful place because of
Pearl. She used her love of beauty and design in so many ways,
including decorating the homes of many friends and creating countless
floral arrangements for church services and weddings.
Mrs. Whitaker is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Harold
H. Whitaker of Eupora, MS; daughter, Cathy (Robbie) Pendleton of
Madison, MS; son, Whit (Eileen) Whitaker of Olive Branch, MS;
grandchildren, Taylor Pendleton and Daniel Pendleton of Madison, MS,
and Claire Whitaker, Katie Whitaker and Zach Whitaker of Olive
Branch, MS; twin sister, Mearl (Louie) Sewell of Greenville, MS;
sister, Theosa Cummings of South Haven, MI, sister, Lou Ray (Dayne)
Goss of Houston, TX, sister Faye Bradshaw of Greenville, MS; and a
loving family of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Martin Van and Nancy
Robinson Poe; sister, Verna Mae McCoy, and brothers, Herbert Poe,
Lois Poe and Howard Poe.
Pallbearers included nephews and great-nephews Eddie Sewell of
Greenville, MS, Tim Sewell of McKinney, TX, Ronnie McCoy of Long
Beach, MS, Donnie McCoy of Rolling Fork, MS, Mack Bradshaw of
Greenville, MS, Bobby Poe of Greenwood, MS, Gil Nelson of Houston,
TX, Eddie Sewell, Jr. of McKinney, TX and Derek Sewell of McKinney, TX.
The family expresses their appreciation to Dr.Charles Ozborn and
Staff of the North Mississippi Medical Center – Eupora Long Term Care
Facility and Hospital for the love and exceptional care provided to
Pearl and Hal over the past 17 months.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Eupora Building Fund
or North MS Health Service Foundation Harold H. Whitaker Scholarship
Fund. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of all arrangements.
Mr. John E. Gilliland
Mr. John E. Gilliland, Sr., 80, owner Gilliland Piggly Wiggly
Grocery in Mathiston, MS, died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the
University Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Funeral
services were held 2:00 PM Sunday, March 24th at the First Baptist
Church in Mathiston, with burial in the Spring Valley Cemetery. Rev.
Wade Stevens and Rev. Tommy Temple
Pallbearers were Johnny Gilliland, Clark Adams, Mike Cook, Charles
Renfrow, Clayton Anderson, Thomas Stafford, and David Darce. Honorary
pallbearers were Current and Past Employees of Gilliland Piggly Wiggly.
Mr. John was a member of the Mathiston First Baptist Church, a
Mason, and an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was the founder and
owner of Gilliland’s Piggly Wiggly in Mathiston for 49 years.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Ann Gilliland of
Mathiston, 4 sons, John E. “Jay” (Sandy) Gilliland Jr., Robert Lee
(Lisa) Gilliland Sr., Michael Louis (Tina) Gilliland Sr., and Jeffery
Glenn Gilliland all of Mathiston; and a brother, Richard “Doug” (Gola
Mae Breland) Gilliland, Ackerman, MS; 7 grandchildren, Rachel Lynn
Kristen Ann (Les) Griffin, John E. “Johnny” Gilliland III, Robert
“Robby” Lee (Tiffany) Gilliland, Jr., Daniel Ray (Kattie) Gilliland,
Michael Louis (Amanda) Gilliland, Jr., and
Steffanie Anne Gilliland; and 5 great grandchildren, John Benjamin
Griffin, Max Monroe Griffin, Leslie-Ann Elizabeth Griffin, Madsyn
Dean Gilliland and Braylee Rivers Gilliland.
Mr. Gilliland was preceded in death by his parents, Charles T.
Gilliland Sr. and Amanda
Lucille Harkins Gilliland; 1 brother, Charles T. Gilliland; and 3
sisters, Mary Geiger, Amanda Adams and Billie Martin.
Please make any donations to the National Down Syndrome Congress, 30
Mansell Court, Suite 108, Roswell, Ga. 30076. Oliver Funeral Home of
Eupora was in charge of all arrangements.
Rev. Douglas Browning
Rev. Douglas Browning, 81, of Eupora, born February 7, 1932 in
Justice,West Virginia, passed peacefully from his home, into the arms
of Jesus on March 27, 2013.
Funeral services was at 11:00 am Saturday at Oliver Funeral Home
Chapel in Eupora with burial in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Webster
County. Rev. Sam Edwards, Rev. Don Boren, and Rev. Jerrod Whittington
officiated. Visitation was Friday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mona Toler Browning and
Elliott Browning; and his step-mother, Virgie Browning; his first
wife of 49 years, Marjorie Holland Browning; one son, Roger E.
Browning; a sister, Alice Keene; a brother, Dallas Ray Browning.
Rev. Browning came to know the Lord as his personal Savior about the
age of 23. Soon he accepted the call to minister the word of God, by
Word and Example. He came to MS about 1957, preaching revivals with
God being glorified as people were being saved by the grace of God,
being sanctified, and receiving the Holy Ghost and fire. Praying for
God’s choice for a pastor’s wife, Marjorie attended one of his
revival meetings and this was the beginning of their relationship.
With her help and support, he pastored numerous churches in
Mississippi including Taylor, Bruce, Mary Springs, Amory, Natchez,
Fairview (Houston), Adams Abhor, Greenville, Eupora, and Maben. He
and his family lived in Adrian, Michigan for eight years where they
worked in the local church and he served as clerk & treasurer. They
moved back to Mississippi after the death of his Dad, continuing his
ministry and pastoring some of the churches listed above. He and his
family operated the Eupora Motel for a number of years. Whatsoever
thy hands find to do, do it with all thy might…. was an evident
principle he lived by. He did repairs on many church buildings and
also built new church buildings at Amory, Fairview, and Greenville.
He served as District Overseer for most of the churches where he
pastored. Many have testified that, “If it had not been for Bro.
Browning, I would not be serving the Lord today.” He was ordained
Bishop in March of 1979 in The Church of God of Prophecy, with the
certificate quoting Revelation 3:12 – “Him that overcometh will I
make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more
out…” Rev. Browning was currently a member of the Church of God of
Prophecy in Verona, MS where he served as assistant minister to his
wife, Rev. Margaret Adams Browning, and taught Sunday School. He was
a U. S. Army veteran and served in the Pacific.
He is survived by his wife, Rev. Margaret Adams Browning of Eupora;
three sons, Clifford (Lucretia) Browning of Eupora, Earl (Christy)
Adams of Houston, Kenny Adams (Chasidy Reynolds) of Pontotoc; two
daughters, Melody Corbell (James) Bensend of Eupora, Judy Adams (Sid)
Knight of Houston; five grandsons, Clay (Kristina) Browning of
Starkville, Thomas Browning of Aberdeen, Nick Browning (Cayley
McClellan) of Eupora, Landon Adams of Houston, and Danny Smith (April
Moore) of Houston; six granddaughters, Bethany Browning of Greenwood,
Lillie Corbell of Eupora, Erin Bensend of West Point, Samantha
(Marvin) Griggs of Okolona, Lauren and Lakyn Adams of Houston; three
great granddaughters, Misty and Alivia Griggs of Okolona, Brielle
Bensend of West Point; one brother, Danny (Rita) Browning of Taylor,
MI; two sisters, Ruth Wilson of Adrian, MI and Alma Browning of
Ypsilanti, MI. He also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Chuck Grimsley, John Grimsley, Brock Carter, Tracy
Brown, Trevor Shipman, David Boatman, Danny Smith, and Landon Adams.
All ministers in the Church of God of Prophecy are considered as
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.