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Vernell Compton
Services for Vernell Compton, 69, were held Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Butler Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church with Rev. Kennith Jefferson officiating. Internment followed in the church cemetery.
Vernell was born February 17, 1948 to the Late L.C. Traylor and the Late Mamie Carter. She departed this life on August 3, 2017 at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Miss. She was preceded in death by her daughter Tangela LilShone Strait and a son Reginald Deshawn Mitchell.
Vernell confessed Christ at an early age and joined Butler Chapel A. M. E. Zion Church in Butler. She graduated from Choctaw County Training School in Lisman in 1967. She was united in holy matrimony to William Compton.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories: two sons, Casey (Leshelbi) O’Field, Lisman, Tarrance (Latonya) O’Field, Montgomery; two sisters Michelle Traylor, Sonya Traylor both of Miami, Fla.; and one step-brother Petero Beacham Jr., Atlanta, Ga. She also leaves to cherish her memories ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Also left to cherish her memories are a very devoted cousin/sister Nary Ruffin; two very devoted friend/sisters Sadie Mitchell-Jones and Betty Mitchell-Eddie; two devoted cousins, Annie Smith and Cynthia Nelson; and a special friend of the family Cynthia Johnson.
The Celebration of Life Services were rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler. To post condolences to the family, please log onto our website at

James O. Martin
James O. Martin, 81, died Friday, August 4, 2017. Funeral service was noon Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Second Baptist Church in Eutaw. Rev. Eugene Foster officiated. Burial followed in Clarence Thomas Cemetery in Eutaw with McInnis Mortuary of Eutaw directing. Visitation was from 3-5 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017 at the mortuary. The body lay in state at the church one hour prior to service time.