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Dennis Johnson
Dennis Johnson, age 54, of Boligee, died October 15,
2014, at Greene County Hospital. Services were 12 noon
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Morning Star Baptist
Church with Rev. Kelvin Cockrell officiating and Gandy
Funeral Home of Eutaw directing. The body  lie in state
one hour prior to services at the church.

DeAnte' Rashad Maye
Services for DeAnte' Rashad Maye, age 23, were held
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Ward Chapel A. M. E. Zion
Church with Rev. Charles Phillips officiating.  Internment
followed in the church cemetery.
Maye, affectionately known as "Doogie", was born August
20, 1991 in Thomasville to Marilyn Maye.  He departed this
life on October 18, 2014.  He was preceded in death by his
great- great grandparents, Booker and Fannie Chaney,
Sallie Ann and Joe Maye; grandmother, Annie Pearl
McNeely; and grandfather, Luther Maye.
He graduated from Choctaw County High School in 2010.  
After graduation he joined the United States Army.  He
later became a deckhand for American Cruise Lines.
He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving mother,
Marilyn Maye, Ward; one aunt, Sheron McNeely, Ward;
two uncles, Darrel (Elizabeth) McNeely, Cheboygan, Mich.,
Kenneth Maye, Nashville, Tenn.; three sisters, Dominique
(Brad) Mitchell, Yokota, Japan, DeAnna McNeely, Phoenix,
Ariz., Jaleesa McNeely, Anniston; one nephew and niece,
Trent and Neemah Mitchell, Yokota, Japan; three great
aunts, Irene (George) James, Ward, Ida Chaney, Orlando,
Fla., Rosie (Walter) Williams, Lorain, Ohio; four great
uncles, Leroy (Faye) Chaney, Ward, Thomas (Shirley)
Chaney, Elyria, Ohio, David (Lizette) Chaney, Ward, Joe
Tom Maye, Bessemer; a special friend, Jessica Ward,
York; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Celebration of Life services rendered by Weatherly-
Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.  To post
condolences to the family, please log onto our website at

Eddie Charles Patterson,
Eddie Charles Patterson, age 58, formerly of Livingston
died Thursday, October 23, 2014, at Brookwood Medical
Center, Birmingham.  Funeral services for Mr. Patterson
were held on Monday, October 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at
New Prospect Baptist Church, Livingston,.  Rev. Edmond
Bell officiated with burial in the church cemetery.  
Mr. Patterson leaves to cherish his memories:  his wife,
Lydia; four children, Roderick (LaToya), Birmingham;
Rolando, Culpeper, Va.; Brandon (Kimberly), Mineral, Va.;
and Rosalyn, Brandy Station, Va.; six grandchildren;
namely, Donovan Jordan, Devyn Haire, Kyndal Bell,
Camryn Patterson, Adrian Patterson and Derek Patterson;
two sisters; Barbarie Boyd, Birmingham and Jeanette
Walker, Epes; three brothers, William Patterson, Jr.,
Livingston; Theotis Patterson and Lorenzo Patterson both
of the State of Michigan; two sisters-in-law and two
brothers-in-law and many nieces, nephews, cousins and
other relatives and friends.
Hardaway Funeral Services, Inc. was in charge of

Willie Charles Ruffin, Sr.
Services for Willie Charles Ruffin, Sr. were held Saturday,
October 18, 2014 at Mt. Mariah Baptist Church in Yantley
with Rev. Jasper Irby officiating.  Internment followed in the
church cemetery.
Ruffin, age 40, was born March 23, 1974 to Barbara J.
Bolden and Jackie Deloach in Butler.  He departed this
earthly life on October 9 2014.  He was preceded in death
by his grandparents, Raymond and Annie Nell Ruffin and
Isaiah and Christine Ruffin.
He leaves to cherish his memories: mother, Barbara J.
Bolden (Chester Richerson); father, Jackie (Lisa Ann)
Deloach; one son, Willie Charles Ruffin, Jr. of Meridian,
MS; one daughter, Shaneka Ruffin of Quitman, Miss.;
three sisters, Shelia Ruffin, Cromwell, Keisha Ruffin,
Halsell, and Bobbie Bolden, Yantley; three brothers, Jackie
Deloach, Jr., Cleveland, Ohio, Lakenderick Woodard,
Mobile, AL, and Reginald Deloach, Riderwood; and a host
of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives, and
Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler
handled the arrangements.  To post condolences to the
family, please log onto our website at www.Weatherly-

Matthew Blake Seward
Funeral services for Matthew Blake Seward, 23, of Ward
were held Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2 P.M. at the
Chapel of Bumpers Funeral Home in Butler with Rev.
Jimmy Watson officiating. Burial followed in the Cokes
Chapel Cemetery in Ward. Visitation was Wednesday,
October 22, 2014 from 6 to 8 P.M. at Bumpers Funeral
Matthew was born July 23, 1991 in Meridian, Miss., and
passed away on Saturday October 18, 2014 in Pennington.
Matthew means a gift from God, and he truly was a gift
from God. He was a shining light and to know him was to
love him. His voice and laughter could fill the room. His life
was wide open with a sense of adventure. He was an
athlete. He played soccer and football, but his passion was
baseball. He started playing league ball at 4 years old. He
earned a spot as a starting pitcher his 9th grade of high
school. He lived, ate, and breathed baseball. He was an all-
star left handed pitcher. He led his team to a MAIS State
Championship, and he was the leader on his teams. He
attended Calvary Christian School and Southeast
Lauderdale and Bevill State College in Fayette. Matthew
was a member of Butler First Assembly of God.
Survivors include his mother Sara Jo Welch and step-
father Billy Buckley of Tuscaloosa; father Robert Seward
and step-mother Pam of Mobile; brother and best friend
Steffun Seward (Jessica) of Tuscaloosa; niece Ashlynn
Seward of Tuscaloosa; maternal grandmother Judy Jowers
Welch of Ward; uncle George “Bubba” Welch (Cheryl) of
Ward; aunt Diana Welch of Grand Rapids, Mich.; uncles
Michael and Charles Seward of Carthage, Miss.;
Godmother Dana Norcross Lawson; honorary uncle Timmy
Glosson; and the love of his life Lauren Evans.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather
George Ralph Welch, Sr. of Ward and his paternal
grandparents Charles and Bobbie Seward of Carthage,
Pallbearers are Steffun Seward, Dillon Ragland, Blake
Ratcliff, Austin Butler, Tyler Lolley, Damon Gibson,
Johnathan Bartlett, and Keenum Dawson. Honorary
pallbearers are Shelby Mosley, Chris Turner, Justin Allen,
Caleb Logan, Gabe Lofton, Eric Mazingo, Justin Sykes,
Calvin Chadwick, Brandon Welch, Chris Welch, Zac
Taylor, Preston Nolen, David Zabinski, and Chris Mayfield.
Visit to sign the online register
and post condolences to the family.
Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler will be in charge of
Matthew Seward Benefit Horse Show Benefit
Please come out and join us on Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. at
Choctaw County Saddle Club and help us celebrate the
life of Matthew Seward. There is a fee to enter and will be
a jackpot event. We will be having a Silent Auction
throughout the show with great items and food, drinks, and
fun! All proceeds and funds raised will go to the Welch
Family to help them through this tragic time in their lives.
Contact 850-368-8247 for more info or questions.

Mary Helen Smith
Mary Helen Smith, longtime resident of Meridian, Miss.,
and formerly of Mobile passed quietly on October 22,
2014.  She was born on August 25, 1920, in Georgiana to  
Margianne and Irvin Hall.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband Howard
Ellsworth Smith  and son Lance Edward Smith. She is
survived by her daughter Elizabeth Prystup (Les),
granddaughter Andrea Jordan (Jody), grandson Michael
Smith, and daughter-in-law Nula Adams, all of whom will
greatly miss their mother and grandmother.
Mrs. Smith was an active member of Meridian First Baptist
Church and so loved her church family.
Pallbearers were Jody Jordan, Wayne Harrison, Dusty
Prine, Sid Nelson, and Alan Hall
Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, October 27,
2014 at First Presbyterian Church of Livingston. Visitation
was one hour prior to the service. Burial followed in the
Prystup Gardens in Livingston. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.
com to sign the online register and post condolences to
the family. Bumpers Funeral Home of York was in charge
of the arrangements.

Arrie Wrenn
Arrie Wrenn, age 101, of Sumter County, died October 20,
2014, at Sumter Health & Rehab in York. Services will be
11 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, at First Baptist
Church of Livingston. Burial followed in Mt. Pilgrim
Cemetery in Boyd with Gandy Funeral Home of Eutaw
directing. Visitation wa one hour prior to services at the
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