Obituaries for Dec. 31, 2009

Robert “Bob”

Dillard, 73

Robert “Bob” Eugene Dillard, 73, of Blue Springs, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 19, 1935, in Union County to the late Bethel Dillard and Lillie Yarbrough Dillard. He was a retired mechanic for Morris Scrap Metal, an Air Force Veteran and a member of Center Baptist Church.

Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Shawn Davis officiating. Interment was in Center Cemetery. United Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Dillard; two sons, David Dillard (Patricia) and Danny Dillard (Donna), both of Blue Springs; and three grandchildren, Daniel, Amber and Cody Dillard, all of Blue Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers were Charlie Gardner, Joe Bryant, Tim Mayo, Mark Daniels, Kevin Letson and Ray Harris.

Honorary pallbearers were Daniel Dillard, Amber Dillard, Cody Dillard, John David Letson, Dylon Letson and Ella Grace Letson.

Visitation was from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com

Mary Bynum, 54

Mary Elizabeth Bynum, 54, of Potts Camp, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Baptist Memorial East Memphis. She was born May 11, 1954, in Union County to the late Edgar C. Gregory and Mary Chunn Gregory. She was a secretary for the University of Mississippi School of Education and a member of Salem Baptist Church.

Services were at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at Salem Baptist Church with Dr. David Skinner, Dr. Ed Gregory and Rev. Randy Bynum officiating. Interment was in Salem Cemetery. United Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. Randy Bynum; one daughter, Amy Elizabeth Hartley (Neal) of Henderson, N.C.; one son, Randle Bonds Bynum Jr. of Potts Camp; one grandson, William Oneal Hartley III of Henderson, N.C.; and three brothers, Allen Gregory (Carolyn) of Myrtle, Dr. Ed Gregory (Cynthia) of Anchorage, Alaska and George Gregory (Donna Jane) of Saltillo.

Pallbearers were Dan Cooper, Lynn McCallum, Bill Rowland, Jimmy Rushing, Mickey Givens and John Mansel.

Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Rosie Dover, 92

Rosie Irean Dover, 92, of New Albany, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at Graceland Care Center of New Albany after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 8, 1916, in Russellville, Ala. to the late William R. and Dovie Bryant. She was a homemaker and a member of West Ingomar Pentacostal Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was hardworking when she was younger, taking care of her family and working of the farm.

Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at Baldwin, Nowell and Clark Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charlie Ganey officiating. Interment was in Waters Cemetery. Baldwin, Nowell and Clark Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four daughters, Dorothy Allen and Nora Coleman (Glen), both of Pontotoc, Helen Blackston of Sulligent, Ala. and Kathy Self of Fulton; one son, James William Looney (Brenda) of Trinidad; one sister, Letoria Smith of Phil Campbell, Ala.; 26 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; William Henry Looney; her late husband, Leroy Dover; eight siblings; two daughters, Mary Lynn Blackston (Roy David) and Wanda Lee Blackston; and two sons, Paul A. Looney and Charlie Loyde Looney.

Members of the Church of Acts served as pallbearers.

Visitation was from 12:30 p.m. until service time Sunday.

Lynda K. Clifton, 62

Lynda Kay Lovett Clifton, 62, of Blue Springs, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 2, 1946, in Abilene, Texas, to Thomas and Bernice Lovett. She lived much of her adult life in the Horn Lake area before moving to Blue Springs 1 1/2 years ago. She was the former owner and operator of Champion Roofing and Remodeling Center before her health failed. She was a Christian of the nondenominational faith. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, her grandchildren and her cat, Cari.

Private visitation, funeral services and burial will be attended by family members only. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors – Tupelo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Shelby of Horn Lake and Melinda Vancil of New Albany; four grandchildren, Matthew Cartwright, Brett Samolyuk, Brianna Samolyuk and Nicholas Tramel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Clifton, on Sept. 27, 2005; and her parents.

Condolences may be e-mailed to holland-harrisfuneralhome@comcast.net.

David Williams, 78

David Ray Williams, 78, of New Albany, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at his home. He was born Aug. 18, 1930, in Alcorn County to David Q. Williams and Edna Corder Williams. He was a retired road foreman for Union County and a veteran of the Korean War. He attended Bethany Primitive Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and a member of the 5W Hunting Camp.

Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at United Funeral Service Chapel with Elder Roger Browning and Elder Larry Wise officiating. Interment was in Martin Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Jean Browning Williams; two daughters, Lisa Sullivan (Jason) of Amory and Jeannie Hill (Wilburn) of New Albany; one son, Terry Williams (Karen) of Pontotoc; three sisters, Billie Sue Bridges of Iuka, Blanch Armstrong (Robert) of Tupelo and Lanie Baker (Ralph) of New Albany; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Billy Jack Williams and Esque Williams; a sister, Nellie Ellis; and a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth White.

Pallbearers were Terry Oaks, Randy Browning, Ronald Baker, Vick Armstrong, Hunter Armstrong, Jeff Kidd and Dustin Loomis.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the 5W Hunting Camp.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Annie Saxon, 90

Annie Lucile Saxon, 90, of Pontotoc, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 27, 2008.  Lucile’s love, first for her Lord, then family and friends, make her presence here missed greatly.  She was always ready with an encouraging word or an act of kindness for all who came into contact with her.

She was born March 21, 1918 in Arkansas to Julius Wages and Mary Isabelle Roberts Wages.  She was a resident of Pontotoc County since age 15.  She was married to Odis Saxon for 42 years and out of that union five children were born.  She loved being a homemaker  and enjoyed gardening of all kinds.  She tended her plants into her 87th year.  She loved to feed and watch her birds and write songs and poetry.

Services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at Baldwin, Nowell & Clark Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Kennedy officiating.  The Riddle family rendered the special music.  Interment was in West Heights Cemetery in Pontotoc.  Baldwin, Nowell & Clark Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Billy Saxon and his wife, Ann of Olive Branch; two daughters, Annie Sue Bryant and her husband, Don of Olive Branch and Dale Brubaker and her husband, Randy of Yukon, Okla.; one daughter-in-law, Holley Saxon of Pontotoc; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Mary Wages; her sisters, Bessie L. McEuen and Nannie Sue Roebuck; her brothers, TD Wages, EB Wages, CF Wages and JC Wages; her sons, Douglas G. Saxon and Jimmy Ray Saxon.

Pallbearers were Sonny Saxon, Bom Blackwelder, Kent Tubbs, Wayne Miller, Elvis Saxon and Doug Wilson.  Honorary pallbearers were Zackery Miller, Nick Wahl, Devin Wahl, Bramlett Tubbs, Dustin Blackwelder, Douglas Saxon III and Eli Saxon.

Visitation was from 2 until 9 p.m.  Monday and from 9 until 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Jimmy Robbins, 81

James H. “Jimmy” Robbins, 81, of Pontotoc, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at his home. He owned and operated Pinedale Grocery in Pinedale for many years. He worked for AT&T Parts and Rebuilders in Tupelo and for the Pontotoc Hospital. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of West Heights Baptist Church. He enjoyed running, cycling, and spending time with friends, family and grandchildren.

Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. David Hamilton and Scott Foster officiating. Interment was in the West Heights Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Robbins; five sons, Barry Robbins (Sherry) of New Albany, Carey Robbins (Carol) of Fulton, and Danny Taylor (Debbie), Donny Taylor (Bridget) and Rickey Hooker (Phyllis), all of Pontotoc; one daughter, Sandy Stark (Eric) of Pontotoc; 10 grandchildren; one sister, Urea Wise; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lee Walter Robbins, and his mother, Susie Taylor Robbins; four brothers, Columbus, Alfred, Kinard and Avery; and four sisters, Lucille Shaw, Clora Busby, Ada Sneed and Lorene Robbins Reynolds.

Pallbearers were Desmond Robbins, Casey Taylor, Cody Taylor, Justin Stark, Jimmy Wise and Lynn Hooker.

Visitation was from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

About Chris Elkins

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