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Donna May Grimes


Donna May Grimes, 66, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Southaven, Miss. There was a gathering of friends on Saturday, February 1 at 1 p.m. with a memorial service that followed at 2 p.m. at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch.

Donna was born to Walter and Dorothy Austin Stalbird in Walton, New York, on December 19, 1947. She worked as a Warehouse Clerk for Milwaukee Tool Company in Olive Branch. 

Her memory will live on in the hearts and lives of her family members including her husband, Charles Grimes of Coldwater; son, Mike Robinson; daughter, Melissa May Grimes of Coldwater; grandsons, Case Michael Robinson and Tramiel Doss; one brother, James Stalbird of Rochester, New York; and 17 extended family members: Heather Billingsley, Robert and Ashlee Giles, Curtis and Lori Ann Bullard, Linda Robinson, Brian and Natasha Watkins, Daniel and Ashley Bahena; and those who called her “Granny”: Landon, Shelby, J. T., Destinee, Chasity, Felicity, Lee and Makaylin.

Online condolences may be at www.brantleyfuneral.com.



Barbara Hale


Barbara Hale, 38, of Senatobia, Miss., passed away January 29, 2014. Funeral services were held at Coldwater High School on Saturday, February 1 at 3:00 p.m.

She is survived by her husband, Kristen Hale; father, James Robert Futrell of Memphis, Tenn.; a daughter, Kristin R. Bohanna of Senatobia; a son, Kameron D. Hale of Senatobia; sisters, Debra Harris of Hernando and April Bohanna of Coldwater; brothers, Corey Bohanna of Senatobia, Jeffery Bohanna of Holly Springs, Vincent Bohanna of Little Rock, Ark. and Chris Bohanna of Senatobia.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater had charge of the arrangements.



Joy Lynn Seckler


Funeral services for Joy Lynn Seckler, 56, of Palestine were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home. Reverend John Wisener officiated. Burial followed at Land of Memory Cemetery.

Joy passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at her residence in Texas.

She was born May 27, 1957, in Fort Meade, Maryland to Thomas and Bettye Dorr Appleton. She grew up in Batesville, Mississippi and had lived in Senatobia where she graduated from Senatobia High School.  She had lived in Anderson County since 1986 and was retired from University of Texas Medical Branch after 25 years of service. She was an avid reader and loved to laugh.  Joy was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Afton Appleton; and her grandparents, Lillian Johns Dorr Cowsert, Luther Dorr, Mary Bell Appleton, and James Appleton.

Survivors include her mother, Bettye Loyce Dorr Raines of Palestine; husband of 11 years, Keith Seckler of Palestine; son, Hank Kazmierczak of Lindale; daughters, Candice Armour and husband Charlie of Athens and Holly DeFoore and husband John of Tyler; brother, James Appleton and wife Anne of Alvin; sister, Mary Ann Eddins and husband Jim of Houston; sister-in-law and best friend, Vicki Love of Lubbock; and eight grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Larry Bowermaster, Sid Walston, Albert Hassell, Bobby Britt, Allan Young, and Billy Neal.

View online at www.herringtonfuneral.com.


Savannah ShyAnn Sedgwick


Savannah ShyAnn Sedgwick, seven months old, of Shelby County, Tenn., passed away on July 16, 2013. 

She is survived by her parents, Joshua and Ashley Sedgwick; sister and brother, Amanda Sedgwick and Kaden Booth; grandparents, Mischa and Joey Sedgwick, Tracy Hood, Tommy and Jennifer Booth and Joseph Sedgwick; great grandparents, Linda Davis, Deborah Hood, Tommy and Stella Booth, Ed Hood and Donna Hood; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held on July 20, 2013 at Forest Hill South Funeral Home in Memphis, Tenn.


Kenneth Wesley Turner


Mr. Kenneth Wesley Turner, 67, of Southaven, Miss., was surrounded by his family at the home he loved and had built when he peacefully went home to be with Jesus Christ on Friday, January 24, 2014 after fighting a five-year battle of illnesses. 

Mr. Turner knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was of the Baptist faith. He was affiliated with First Baptist Church in Horn Lake, and was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved playing his guitar and singing with several bands throughout the years. 

Mr. Turner was born in Manila, Ark. on October 30, 1946 to the late James and Louis Gifford Turner as the oldest son of six children and the second to be born. 

He graduated from Deering High School in Deering, Mo. in 1964. He served as an assistant manager for Pic Pac Food Stores in Memphis, Tenn. from 1964-1966. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam war having served his country from 1966-1968. During this time he was stationed in Germany where he worked in communications and enjoyed playing with his band in the Officer’s Club and in other clubs in the area. 

In 1968 he was honorably discharged from the Army and returned to Memphis where he lived and worked for Nat Buring Food Group for the next 20 years. 

He and his family moved to Mississippi in 1974. 

He served as a real estate agent and broker for several companies and was a member of the Northwest Mississippi Board of Realtors from 1985-2009. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Shirley Turner of Southaven; two children, Greg Turner (Elizabeth) and Felicia Maclin (Chris); three sisters, Kathryn Cox (Harvey), Brenda Morris (Cecil) and Lana Edwards; two brothers, Dennis Turner (Suzanne) and Steve Turner; and two grandchildren, who affectionately referred to him as “Poppy,” Alex Turner and Tatum Maclin. 

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 29, at 2 p.m. in the Senatobia Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home. Burial followed in Senatobia Memorial Cemetery. 

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org or to First Baptist Church, 3505 W. Goodman Rd., Horn Lake, MS 38637.

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Pauline Sowell Wheeler


Pauline Sowell Wheeler, 94, of Golden, Miss., died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at the Red Bay Hospital in Alabama. 

She was born on January 14, 1920, in Tate County. 

She played basketball at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia. She received a BA from the University of Mississippi, as well as a Master’s of Education and Master’s of English at the University of Mississippi. 

She taught in Tate County and in Memphis, Tenn. She taught at Red Bay High School from 1960 to 1968. For the last 27 years, she taught at Northwest Shoals Community College in Alabama. There she served as chairman of the English Department and founded the Reading Development Program. 

She received numerous academic and achievement awards over her teaching career of 54 years. She was a member of Alabama Education Association and Mississippi Association of Educators. 

She was a former member of the Red Bay Garden Club and Patterson Chapel Homemakers Club. 

She was a member of Red Bay First Baptist Church and attended Golden Chapel United Methodist Church.

Services were held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 1, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, Ala. with Bro. Donnie Riley presiding. Burial was in Ridge Cemetery in Golden. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala. was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two children, John Creel Wheeler, Fulton, and William R. Wheeler Jr. (Polina) Oxford; two grandchildren, Sophia Pauline Wheeler and William R. Wheeler III; one sister – Faye Anderson, Great Falls, Montana and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orin Sowell and Annie Pryor Sowell, her husband, William R. Wheeler Sr., three brothers, L.B., Harold and Perry Sowell and one sister, Audrey Cochran.

Pallbearers were Scotty Kennedy, Gary Umfress, Jamie Franks, Ralph Winchester, Johnny Mack Morrow, Alben Mason and Dicky Sparks.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Golden Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 72, Golden, MS. 38847.   



Hosea Frank Wright


Hosea Frank Wright, 75, of Senatobia, Miss., passed away on January 24, 2014. Funeral services were held at Zion Hill MB Church in Senatobia on Saturday, February 1 at 11:00 a.m.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Wright; daughters, Pricilla King of Holly Springs, Jeanette Wright of Olive Branch and Deborah Wright of Senatobia; sons, Charles Wright of Senatobia, Frank Wright of Como, John Wright of Memphis, Tenn., Hosea Tyrone Wright of Olive Branch, and Andre Wright of Senatobia; sisters, Catherine Moorehead of Como, Mattie Sessom of Senatobia, Imogene Jean Lewis of Memphis, Tenn.; brothers, S. T. Wright of Coldwater, Tommie Wright of Bartlett, Tenn., and J. B. Wright Jr. of Memphis, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater had charge of the arrangements.





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