Obituaries for January 21, 2009

Gordon Morris, 64

John Gordon Morris, 64, of Myrtle, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, at his residence. He was born July 17, 1944, in New Albany to the Late Johnnie A. Morris and Ellen Burks Morris. He was a partner in Morris Bros. Feed and Seed prior to being disabled several years ago. He was a Methodist and was the caretaker of his mother prior to her death in 2007.

Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at United Funeral Chapel with Bro. Rex Wilburn and Bro. Darrell Weathers officiating. Interment was in the Enterprise Cemetery. United Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Susan M. Visconti (Mike) of Memphis, Tenn.; one sister, JoAnn Morris Porter (Paul) of West Union; one brother, Jerry Morris (Margaret) of West Union; two nieces, Lynne Christopher (Pete) of Guntown and Lisa Sanford (Ricky) of West Union; three nephews, Mike Porter and Jeff Morris (Dayna), both of West Union and Mark Porter (Bridget) of Etta; three great-nieces, Courtney, JoEllen and Mackenzie; six great-nephews, Clyde, Cole, Zach, Jon Paul, Andrew and Paxton; and two step grandchildren, Christopher and Lauren Visconti.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers were Mike Porter, Mark Porter, Ricky Sanford, Clyde Christopher, Cole Porter and Jeff Morris.

Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Memorials may be made to Friendship United Methodist Church, c/o David Collins, Treasurer, 1689 St. Hwy 30 West, New Albany, MS, 38652 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Cliff Duncan, 92

W.C. “Cliff” Duncan, 92, of New Albany, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at his residence. He was born Sep. 30, 1916, in Union County to the late William S. Duncan and Minnie Ann McClain Duncan. He was a retired truck driver with the Teamsters Union, he served in the United States Army during World War II and was a POW and awarded the Purple Heart and four Bronze Stars. He was a member of Fredonia Baptist Church, the VFW, the American Legion and he was a Mason.

Services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at the United Funeral Chapel with Bro. Harvey Sewell and Bro. Chris Aldridge officiating. Interment was in Glenfield Memorial Park with full military honors. United Funeral Services was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah M. Duncan of New Albany; two daughters, Liz (Larry) Miraglia of Belleview, Fla. and Shirley Gordon of Oliedo, Fla.; one son, Mike Duncan (Debbie) of Louisville, Ky.; six step daughters, Patricia Snyder, Freda Prather (Walter), Judy Gailor, Kim Lakey (Jim), Bonita Roman (Ozzie), Megan Thornton (Joil); four stepsons, Gary Gailor (Joan); Larry Gailor (Brenda), Marty Gailor and Timmy Gailor (Sandra); seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 22 step grandchildren; 48 step great-grandchildren; and two step great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by parents; his first wife, Modell Whitehead Duncan; a daughter, Linda Bell; and a son, William Lamar Duncan.

Honorary pallbearers were The American Legion.

Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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

Paul Coleman, 52

Paul Davis Coleman, 52, of Blue Springs, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2008. He was born Aug. 11, 1956, in Union County to David Sewell Coleman and Lynda Fay Stewart Coleman. He was a farmer and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church where he was active in Sunday School, the Worship Service, the Faith Outreach Ministries and he also served as a Church Greeter. He was a great husband, Dad and “PaPaw”.

Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Kermit McGregor officiating. Interment was in the Vista Memorial Park Cemetery. United Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents; his wife, Cindy Weatherford Coleman of Blue Springs; one daugther, Anna Coleman of Blue Springs; three sons, Scott Coleman of Saltillo, Doug Coleman (Valery) of Fayette, Ala. and Grant Coleman of Blue Springs; six grandchildren, Alaina Coleman, Kelsey Guthrie, Hunter Coleman, Brooke Coleman, Rachael Coleman and Maidson Porter; three sisters, Marla Nunnelee (Paul) of New Albany, Kathy Wilburn (Eddie) of Dorsey and Susan Gafford (Tim) of New Albany; two brothers, Alan Coleman (Debra) of Amory and Glen Coleman (Sharon) of Alpine; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Terry Freeman, Greg Richey, Travis Carr, Pete Sprouse, Terry Bryant, Paul Smithey, George Hodges and John Randle.

Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund, 216 Hwy 15 South New Albany, MS 38652; or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital of Memphis Tenn.

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

Bessie Mae

Dillard, 99

Bessie Mae Dillard, 99, of Blue Springs, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, in Union County. She was born in Union County to the late Sam Dillard and Josie Rowland Dillard. She was a factory worker and was retired from Irvin B. Schwabe Shirt Factory. She was a Baptist and a member of Blue Springs Baptist Church.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Gerald Dye officiating. Interment was in the Fairfield Cemetery. United Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include seventeen nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; and three brothers.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. until service time on Monday.

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

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