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Mrs. Virginia Cockrell, age 62, of Emelle died at her home on
October 5, 2014. Funeral services for Mrs. Cockrell were held
on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 11 a.m. at New Jones
Baptist Church, Emelle. Rev. Coley Rogers is pastor; Rev.
Edmond Bell officiated with burial in Thomas Cemetery, Emelle.
Mrs. Cockrell is survived by her children; namely, Mr. William
Earl Cockrell, Mrs. Vanessa Huff, Ms. Remonia McMillian and
Mr. Anthony Donald; siblings, Ms. Ethel Garrett and Ms. Epsie
Gunn. Ms. Sally Miller, Mr. DL Lacey, Ms. Fannie Bell and Mr.
Willie Lacey preceded her in death. Hardaway Funeral
Services, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.
Robert E. Eades
Robert E. Eades, age 49, of Emelle, died October 2, 2014, at
Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, Miss.
Graveside services were 12 noon Saturday, October 11, 2014,
at St. Peter Cemetery with Rev. Calvin E. Finch, Sr., officiating
and McInnis Mortuary of Livingston directing. Visitation was
Friday, October 10, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the mortuary.
Maurice Lashawn Giles
Maurice LaShawn Giles, age 26, of York was fatally injured
October 6, 2014 in Lauderdale County, Miss. Service of
remembrance will be Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. from
First Baptist Church, 254 McConnell Street, York. Rev.
Jonathan Byrd, pastor, is to deliver the eulogy. Maurice will lie
in repose one hour prior to funeral time. Interment follows in
Friendship Cemetery, Ward. Visitation is scheduled for Friday
evening, October 17, 2014 from 3-6 p.m. in the Weatherly
To the Giles Family, we at Weatherly Funeral Home offer to
each of you our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy during
your most tragic and profound time of sorrow. Our prayer
remains that your abiding faith in God will continue to uplift,
comfort and sustain you during these difficult days.
Weatherly Funeral Home, York under the direction of
Jacqueline Studdard Weatherly, entrusted with all funeral and
burial service details.
Chocolate “Ruth” Pruitt
Mrs. Chocolate “Ruth” Pruitt, 89, of Panola passed away
October 6, 2014 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services
were Saturday, October 10, 2014 at 1 p.m. Rev. Newton
officiated. Burial followed in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Panola.
Lavender’s Funeral Services, Inc. of Aliceville in charge of
services. Visitation was Friday, October 10, 2014 at Lavender’s
Funderal Home. The body lie in state one hour prior to service
in the church.
Deborah Lynn "Debbie" Tate
Deborah Lynn "Debbie" Tate, 56, a brave and beautiful friend
to many, lost her valiant fight with kidney cancer and on Oct. 5,
2014, left her body behind and her spirit soared to God's
Debbie was born June 4, 1958, to Pat and Ralph L. Tate of
Aliceville. She was a member of the Pickens Academy Class of
1976. While a student at Mississippi University for Women in
Columbus, she was active in Lancer Social Club and many
campus activities. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
1980, majoring in English.
Her collegiate experience at MUW had a profound impact on
her life. Debbie recently wrote: "My friends from my days at The
W are the dearest ones in my life, and I would not take anything
in the world for having gone to school with them there! I was a
proud member of the Lancer Social Club, and even though the
club no longer exits, our bond certainly does!"
She was a schoolteacher, worked in retail sales and later was
employed by the United States Postal Service, retiring on
disability in 2000.
For many years she served as organist and choir director at
First United Methodist Church of Aliceville and considered this
service to the church and to God a high point of her life. She
was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Aliceville and
later Covenant MCC Church in Birmingham.
She moved to the Virginia Beach area in 2002 and enjoyed
boating and fishing the waters of the Chesapeake Bay,
gardening, cooking and singing with the Virginia Coast Chorus,
an award-winning chapter of Sweet Adelines International.
In addition to a beautiful tenor and a love for singing, Debbie
had a deep and abiding faith. Her philosophy was: "Every day
is a blessing, and I believe that God takes care of me every
single day of my life."
She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph L. Tate, and
her beloved grand mommy, Annie Mae Russell.
Survivors are her wife of 20 years, Donna Hager; her mother,
Pat Tate of Aliceville; a sister, Diane Tate Whatley of
Washington, D. C., and her husband, Stan; a brother, Rusty
Tate of Aliceville; and a nephew, John Tate.
A memorial service wase held at a later date. Memorial gifts
may be directed to the Debbie Tate MUW English Scholarship,
c/o Mississippi University for Women Foundation, P.O. Box
1618, Columbus, MS 39701, or online at https://longblueline.
Pastor Keith Turnipseed
Arrangements are incomplete at E. E. McDonald Funeral Home
in Dekalb, Miss. for Pastor Keith Turnipseed, 49, of Meridian,
Miss. who died Monday, October 6, 2014 at Anderson Regional
Medical Center in Meridian, Miss. Visitation was October 10,
2014 at 6-8 p.m .2615 Sate Blvd. in Meridian, Miss. E. E.
McDonald Community Chapel. Services were 12 Noon at
Kinterbish Junior High School in Cuba.
Pamela Rice, a native of Coatopa, died October 1, 2014, in
Birmingham. Services were 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11,
2014, at Bethel Pine Baptist Church with Rev. John Wright
officiating. Burial will follow in Bucks Chapel Cemetery with
Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis directing.
Visitation was Friday, October 10, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the
funeral home. The body lie in state one hour prior to services
at the church.
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