James Thomas Croft
April 8, 2013
Graveside services for James Thomas Croft, 67, of Eupora were April
13, 2013, at Greensboro Cemetery with the Rev. James Caffey officiating.
He was born June 30, 1945, in Tupelo to the late Tommie Dewey and
Lottie Margrete Croft. Mr. Croft was a truck driver and attended Soul
Haven Church. He died April 8, 2013, at his home in the Greensboro
Survivors include his wife, Martella Cooper Croft of Conway, Ark.;
two sons, Lonnie Croft of Rattan, Okla., and Gregory Croft of
Clayton, Okla.; a daughter Tonya Parker of Booneville; a stepson,
Timothy Stults of Conway; two stepdaughters, Robin Stults and Tina
Stults of Conway; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Wise Funeral Home in Eupora was in charge of arrangements.
Eddie Joe Morgan
April 9, 2013
Graveside services for Eddie Joe Morgan, 78, were April 12, 2013, at
Salem Independent Methodist Church Cemetery near Ackerman.
He was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Illinois. Mr. Morgan was a retired
district claims manager for Farm Bureau Insurance and attended First
Methodist Church in Starkville. He died April 9, 2013, at his home in
Survivors include his wife, Joy Bowie Morgan of Starkville; a son,
Jeffrey Morgan of Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Belinda Morgan Oliver
of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and one grandson.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.
Calton Lee Upchurch
April 14, 2013
Services for Calton Lee Upchurch. 81, of Ackerman were April 16,
2013, at Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Ackerman with the
Rev. Jerry Lawson officiating. Burial was in Woodsprings Cemetery.
He was born Jan. 11, 1932, in Choctaw County. Mr. Upchurch was a
carpenter and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a
member of Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Mississippi
Grand Lodge. He died April 14, 2013, at University Medical Center in
Survivors include his wife, Joann Chaffin Upchurch of Ackerman; two
sons, Calton E. Upchurch of Sturgis and Lee Upchurch of Ackerman; two
daughters, Patricia Ming of Alabama and Cheysla Childs of Starkville;
two sisters, Joyce Ann Dozier of Jackson and Mary Ethel McCarty of
Oxford; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church. P.O.
Box 294, Ackerman, MS.
Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of arrangements.
Ronald “Ronnie” Wayne Clanton, 61, passed away Monday, April 15,
2013 at Grenada Lake Medical Center. Funeral services will be held
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Bradford Chapel Baptist
Church, Gore Springs, MS.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 18, 2013, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
at Bradford Chapel Baptist Church, Gore Springs, MS. Burial will be at
Bradford Chapel Cemetery in Gore Springs, MS. Rev. John Haimes will
Ronnie was born September 1, 1951 in
Eupora, MS, son of Braxton Clanton and Ruth Beck Clanton. He was
retired Finn Press machine operator of Heatcraft and a member of
Bradford Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include 1 daughter, Jennifer Lynn (Eddie) Long,
Independence, MS; 1 brother, Steve Clanton, Gore Springs, MS; 3
grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents,
Braxton and Ruth Beck Clanton; a sister, Sheryl Lynn Clanton; and a
brother, Larry Clanton.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Trussell, Joey Trussell, Melvin Clanton,
Ben Clanton, Chase Noel, and Jimmy Blaylock.
Online condolences can be left at
Mrs. Faye Dodd Macon, 70, retired homemaker, scale operator for
Asphalt and dispatcher for the Eupora Police Dept., died April 8,
2013 at the Golden Living Center in Eupora. Funeral services were
held 2:00 PM Saturday April 13th at Oliver
Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Webster
County. Rev. Travis Gray officiated.
Pallbearers were Pat and Barry Cummings, Kenny Jenkins, Christopher
Mitchell, Billie Joe and Neil McCuiston, David McCulloch and Bert
Faye was a member of the Eupora First Baptist Church. She is
survived by two daughters, Carol (Rickey) McCulloch, Eupora, MS and
Karen (Jerry) Jackson, Baltimore, MD, four sisters, Joann Fulce,
Peggy Jenkins, Dorothy Barrentine all of Eupora and Susan Phillips,
San Antonio, TX; four grandchildren, Wesley McCulloch, Emma, Daniel
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Bobby Macon; and a
brother, Thomas E. Dodd.
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of all arrangements.
Edna Eloise Boatman White
Edna Eloise Boatman White of Stewart, MS passed away Wednesday,
March 27, 2013 at Golden Living Center in Eupora. Mrs. White was born
in Houston, MS on September 13, 1925 to Mr. Albert Cox and Mrs. Mary
Lee Kinard. Mrs. White was a homemaker and attended the Church of
Funeral services for Mrs. White were at 11 AM Saturday, March 30,
2013 at Reeds Chapel Baptist Church of Stewart, with Bro. Robert Demsey
officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers
include TJ Allen, Chad Fauver, Bruce Dean, Rick Orlansky, Carl Bright
and Robert Bright. Honorary pallbearers were David Boatman and Bryan
Visitation was from 10 AM till 11 AM also at Reeds Chapel Baptist
Mrs. White is survived by three sons; Arnold Boatman, Eddie Boatman
and John Boatman all of Stewart; two daughters: Mary Orlansky of
Terry, MS and Joyce Bright of Stewart; six brothers: Authur Cox,
Jimmy Cox, Ken Norris, Anderson Cox, Albert Cox and Elkins Cox; and
one sister Zula Porter. Mrs. White is also survived by 14
grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Mrs. White is preceded in death her two
husbands, Arnold Boatman and Frank White; one sister, Mary Clyde
Goodman of Hattiesburg, MS; five grandchildren, Michael Bright,
Preston Nail, Carmen Fauver, David Jonathan Nail, Vivian Rose Nail;
and one great-grandchild Will Bright.
Wise Funeral Home of Eupora in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Joe Edd Cooper
Mr. Joe Edd Cooper died April 11, 2013 at his
residence in Cumberland at the age of 69. Funeral services were held
2:00 PM Sunday, April 14th at the Cumberland Baptist Church with
burial in the Old Cumberland Cemetery in Webster County. Bro. Chase
Owen, Bro. Dwight Brown, Bro. Joe Stallings, Bro.
Randall Poss and Lesha Everette officiated.
Pallbearers were Donny Buckner, Quinton Cooper, Tom Christopher,
James Barnett, Gene Williamson and Bill Davis. Honorary pallbearers
were Alton Shaw, Wayne Langford, Robert Fields, Robert Campbell,
Robert Tackett, Donald Watson, Ed Shaw, Butch Tindall, Jeff Peacock,
Don Brister, Ray Dugai and David Fields
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fermon and Tinnie Fields
Cooper; a sister, Jean Cooper
Peacock; and a niece, Robin Peacock.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Mary Sue Davis Cooper,
Cumberland, MS; a daughter, Johnnie Sue (Chamath) Wijewardane,
Starkville, MS; two
brothers, Loyd “Bootsie” (Jimmie) Cooper, Cumberland, MS and Mike
Cooper, Mantee, MS; three nieces, two nephews, and a host of great
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Joe Edd was a 1962 graduate of Eupora High School. He was a retired
construction repairman with Babcock and Wilcox in West Point, Ms. He
served in the Army National Guard as a Cook and Mess Sargent for nine
years. He enjoyed carpentry, gardening, music and traveling. He was a
member of the Mathiston-Double Springs Masonic Lodge #184 for over 40
years. He was a member of the Cumberland Baptist Church where he
served as a Deacon, church
treasurer, and long time song director and on the building and
grounds committee. He had served on the Webster County Democratic
Executive Committee since 1984. He also served as a Justice of the
districts four and five, and was a charter member of the Cumberland
Volunteer Fire Department. It is very evident that he loved God,
Country, Community and Family.
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of
James Clark Edwards
James Clark Edwards, born October 16, 1949 in Reform, Mississippi, the
oldest of and sixth child of the late J. T. and Fannie Edwards. James
answered his call to come in for rest March 15, 2013 at Sinai Grace
Hospital, Detroit, Michigan. Funeral services were held March 23,
2013 at 12:00 p.m. at Clora Funeral Home in Detroit, MI.
James was baptized in his youth by his Uncle, the late Rev. L. V.
Powell at Reform Chapel Baptist Church. Upon graduating from Choctaw
County Training School, James attended Jackson State University. He
later moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he met and married
Careen. Afterward James and his bride moved to Chicago, Ill. There
were not any children during this marriage which ended in divorce.
James lived in Boston,
Massachusetts; Los Angeles, California and Atlanta,
Georgia before moving to Detroit, Michigan where his earthly journey
James leaves to cherish many memories five sisters, Dorothy Edwards
– Atlanta, Georgia; Annie Edwards –
Detroit, Michigan, Vera Edwards – University, Mississippi, Mrs. Ollie
Price – Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Jo Ann (Melvin) Johnson –
Ackerman, Mississippi. One brother, Luther C. (Musette) Edwards –
Powder Springs, Georgia. Five nieces, Tracey Edwards – Sugarland,
Texas; Kimbra Joe-Shelton – Covington, Georgia, Adrienne Price – Los
Angeles, California, Anna Edwards – Sugarland, Texas, Erin Edwards –
Powder Springs, Georgia. Six Nephews,
Antonio Price – Arkansas, Al Price – Los Angeles, California, Arthur
Edwards and Shaun Edwards – Detroit, Michigan, Eric (Becky) Edwards –
Tulsa, Oklahoma, Reginald (Tiffany) Edwards – Memphis, Tennessee.
Seven great nieces and seven great nephews. One Aunt, Lilly Wren
Edwards of Eupora, Mississippi. A host of cousin, friends and well
James was preceded by his parents, one brother, John Tom Edwards,
one sister Minnie Edwards and one brother-in-law, Mr. Earl Price.