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Andrew Clayton Archer

Andrew Clayton Archer, 17, of Como, Miss., passed away on April 18, 2014. He was a student at Magnolia Heights School in Senatobia. Services were held on Monday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Senatobia and on Tuesday, April 22 at Olive Branch Church of Christ. Burial was in Southwoods Memorial Park near Olive Branch. 

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Brandi and Ben Ward of Como; father, Eddie Archer (Wendy) of Byhalia; grandparents, Fran and Al Davidson of Punxsutawney, Pa., Stan and Connie Shaffer of Birmingham, Ala., B.J. and Louise Ward of Coldwater, Bruce Archer of Byhalia; great grandparents, Lester and Julia Shaffer of Blacklick, Pa.; sisters, Alice Ward and Mary Elizabeth Ward, both of Como; stepbrothers, Matthew Ward of Como, Nathan Ward of Como, and Lane Oxner of Olive Branch.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty Archer. 

Andrew was a member of Olive Branch Church of Christ and was baptized three weeks before his passing.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.



Odessa “Dee” Bailey


Odessa “Dee” Bailey, 74, of Byhalia, Miss., passed away on April 20, 2014. 

She is survived by her sister, Joyce Hutton of Seattle, Washington; son-in-law, Ed Knight, of Coldwater; grandchildren, Heather Moncrief, Candice Talley, Stephanie Knight, EJ Knight, Shaun Hawkins and Timmy Knight; and eight great grandchildren.

Dee was preceded in death by her husbands, Carl P. Hawkins and Jerry Bailey, daughter, Rhonda Knight, and son, Christopher Hawkins.

Dee was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Independence.

The family received friends Tuesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Hernando Funeral Home. Interment followed in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Independence.


Vickey Hunter Boyce


Vickey Hunter Boyce, 55, of Como, Miss., passed away on April 21, 2014. Funeral services were held at Second Baptist Church in Coldwater on April 26 at 12 noon. 

She is survived by her husband, Sylvester Boyce Jr. of Como; three step daughters, Sharon Tate of Batesville, Venice Boyce and Angela Boyce, both of Como; sons, Cedric Hunter and Eric Hunter, both of Como; stepsons, Sylvester Boyce Jr. of Como, Rodney Leverson of Coldwater, Detrick Boyce of Senatobia and Detrick Hunter of Senatobia; four sisters, Ruby Webb of Senatobia, Bobby Merritt of Coldwater, Erma Wright of Senatobia, and Verna Hunter of Sardis; a brother, Louis Hunter of Senatobia; 34 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.


Keith Rodell Hill


Keith Rodell Hill, 47, of Coldwater, Miss., passed away on April 17, 2014. Funeral services were held at West Oak Grove Church of Christ in Hernando on Saturday, April 25 at 12 noon. Burial followed in Bluff Road Church Cemetery in Coldwater.

He is survived by eight sisters, Ozella Ward of Coldwater, Irene Grant of Tunica, Marshel Pipkin, Maggie DA Turner, Eloise Branch, Carla Hill, Angela Tanna, all of Coldwater, and Lela Burns of Memphis, Tenn.; and four brothers, Alvin Hill, Bertram Hill and Thomas Hill, all of Coldwater, and Stanley Hill of Senatobia.

Felix Cauthen Funeral Home in Senatobia had charge of the arrangements.



Thomas Whitley O’Briant, Jr.


Thomas Whitley O’Briant, Jr., 55, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014, in a single car accident in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Whit, as he was affectionately known to the many people who loved and adored him, was the son of Elizabeth S. O’Briant and the late Thomas Whitley O’Briant, Sr. Whit was raised in Senatobia, Mississippi, and had lived in the Memphis area for over 30 years.  He graduated from Senatobia High School and attended Northwest Mississippi Community College. He was a businessman whose greatest joys in life were centered on time with his family. He was devoted to his children and his four young granddaughters, with whom “Pops” spent endless hours playing at their beck and call.

He is survived by his sons, Ryan Frazier and wife Jennifer, and their daughters, Paige Lynn and Mackenzie Ellen; and Thomas “Blake” O’Briant and wife, Stephanie, and their daughters, Hailey Ann and Fallon Grace; and the love of his life, Connie F. O’Briant, all of Collierville, Tennessee.

Whit also leaves his sisters, Angela O. Herzog and husband, Jim, of Jackson, Mississippi; Athena O. Staires and husband, Paul, of Madison, Mississippi; and Amanda O. Hall and husband, Richard, of Southaven, Mississippi.  He also leaves behind his nephews and nieces, John Herzog, Anna H. Jeffries, Mary M. Corson, Robert MacInnis, Sarah MacInnis, Adam Hall, Lauren Hall, and Thomas Hall, all who adored their Uncle Whit.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014, at First Baptist Church, Senatobia. Burial followed in Bethesda Cemetery.  

Pate Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia handled the arrangements. 

The family requests memorials be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Heart Association, or First Baptist Church, Senatobia.



Allen Coleman Rhea


Allen Coleman Rhea, 84, of Tippah County, died on April 19, 2014 in Ripley, Miss. Funeral services were held at Cornersville Baptist Church on April 22 at 10 a.m. Burial followed at Cornersville Cemetery.

He is survived by his son, Kenneth Rhea of Hickory Flat; daughter, Pamela Rhea Simpson (Larry) of Senatobia; grandchildren, Josh Simpson, Jim Simpson, Ryan Rhea, and Laura Rhea; and great grandchild, Hayes Boothe Simpson.

Holly Springs Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Eddie B. Tanksley


Eddie B. Tanksley, 59, of Sarah, Miss., passed away on April 19, 2014. Funeral services were held at 12 noon, Tuesday, April 22 graveside at Hopewell Cemetery.

He is survived by his mother, Georgia Pearl Tanksley; daughter, Jennifer Oldham; two sisters, Marie Hunt (Ken) and Pat Houston (Roy); three nephews, Robert Houston, Bobby Hunt, and Matthew Houston; two nieces, Amanda Houston and Holly Houston; two grandchildren, Victoria and Kimberlee.

He was preceded in death by his dad, C. B. Tanksley, and sister, Teresa Lynn Tanksley. 

Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home of Hernando had charge of the arrangements.


Thelma “Chuck” Z. Tate, Sr.


Thelma “Chuck” Z. Tate Sr., 86, retired truck driver, of Coldwater, Miss., passed away on April 22, 2014. Funeral services were held at Mt. Calm MB Church in Coldwater on Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Bessie M. Betts Tate; daughters, Vera Alexandra of Senatobia, Glinda Larris of Olive Branch, Lisa Cathey of Senatobia, and Jill Harris of Sardis; sons, Charles S. Tate Sr. of Senatobia, Melvin Tate Sr. of Senatobia, Marvin Tate of Coldwater, Thelma Tate Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., and Danny C. Tate Sr. of Southaven; a sister, Imo Gene Hollowell of Detroit, Mich.; 22 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.

Rodgers Funeral Home in Coldwater had charge of the arrangements.



James Robert “Bob” White


Mr. James Robert “Bob” White, 69, of Holly Springs, Miss., passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Baptist Memorial Hospital –North Mississippi in Oxford.  

Mr. White attended Linwood Baptist Church in Linwood, Miss. 

He is survived by three sons, James Robert White, Jr. (Clara) of Pelahatchie, Miss., William James White, and John Wayne (Tammy) Gilmore; three sisters, Rosie Tubbs (Jimmy) of Wyatte, Joan Shoemaker (Jerry) of Morton, Miss. and Melissa; three brothers, David Lee Ainsworth (Kelly) of House, Miss., Wayne Ainsworth of Morton, Miss and John Daniel Webb of Philadelphia, Miss.  

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Rickey Ainsworth and Mark Ainsworth; and his parents, James Edward White and Mary Grace Wilkerson White.  

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 3, 2014 at Linwood Baptist Church in Linwood, Miss.  

Ray-Nowell Funeral Home, Senatobia, had charge of arrangements.  




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