OBITUARIES PUBLISHED 4/27/2017

 

Katrena Upton

COLUMBUS — Katrena Hawkins Upton, 82, died April 25, 2017, at her residence. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Beersheba Cemetery. Visitation will be at 9:30... read more

 

Larry Jones

ARTESIA — Services for Larry Doby Jones will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Prairie Hill MB Church. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens. Visitation is from noon-5 p.m .today at Lee-Sykes Funeral Home. Mr. Jones... read more

 

Jack Brown

COLUMBUS — Jack Brown, 85, died April 26, 2017, at Windsor Place Nursing & Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Memorial Funeral Home. read more

 

Billy Lee

CALEDONIA — Billy Lee, 85, died April 26, 2017, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lowndes Funeral Home. read more

 

Gray Nelson

AMORY — Gray Kittrell Nelson, 87, died April 25, 2017, at River Place Nursing Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel with Justin Simmons and Dwight Taylor officiating. Burial will... read more

 

Mildred Petty-Harris

STARKVILLE — Mildred Elizabeth Petty-Harris, 69, died April 24, 2017. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rockhill UM Church with the Rev. Eric H. Petty officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation... read more

 

Dennis Blake

COLUMBUS — Dennis Ray Blake, 76, died April 26, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lowndes Funeral Home. read more

 

A.J. Price

COLUMBUS —A.J. Price died April 26, 2017, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lowndes Funeral Home . read more

 

LOCAL OBITUARIES

 

Ida White

Published: 4/26/2017

CRAWFORD — Ida White, 92, died April 20, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lee-Sykes Funeral Home of Columbus. read more

 

 

Vincent Shanklin

Published: 4/26/2017

COLUMBUS — Vincent Shanklin, 46, of California, died April 21, 2017. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lee-Sykes Funeral Home of Columbus. read more

 

 

Willie Wells

Published: 4/26/2017

COLUMBUS — Willie Wells, 69, died April 25, 2017. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lee-Sykes Funeral Home of Columbus. read more

 

 

Theda Farish

Published: 4/26/2017

SENATOBIA — Theda Daniel Farish, 92, died April 24, 2017, at her residence. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Senatobia Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior... read more

 

 

Wayne Clifton

Published: 4/26/2017

SULLIGENT, Ala. — Wayne Clifton, 73, died April 23, 2017, at his residence. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel with B.J. Mills and Jason Clifton... read more

 

 

Doris Fairley

Published: 4/26/2017

COLUMBUS — Doris Fairley, 80, died April 25, 2017, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Carter’s Funeral Services. read more

 

 

Banks Thomas

Published: 4/26/2017

VERNON, Ala. — Banks Thomas, 76, died April 24, 2017, at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Services are at 3 p.m. today at Christian Chapel Church of Christ with Travis... read more

 

 

Edgar Wheat Jr.

Published: 4/25/2017

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Edgar Leon “Lee” Wheat Jr., 49, died April 22, 2017, at Talladega Health Care. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with the... read more

 

 

Hollie Lancaster

Published: 4/25/2017

HAMILTON — Hollie Harwell “Pete” Lancaster, 87, died April 23, 2017, at Windsor Place. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Tisdale-Lann memorial Chapel with Shawn Parker officiating. Burial will... read more

 

 

Aaris Bogan

Published: 4/25/2017

COLUMBUS — Infant Aaris Journee Bogan died April 18, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Graveside services are at 10:30 a.m. today at Union Cemetery with Donny Fields Sr. officiating. ... read more

 

 

William Thompson

Published: 4/25/2017

MONTPELIER — William Edward “Bud-Sweet Pea” Thompson, 81, died April 23, 2017, at his residence. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Palestine United Methodist Church with the Rev. Eddie... read more

 

 

Willie Randle

Published: 4/25/2017

WEST POINT — Willie Frank “Pistol” Randle, 81, died April 18, 2017, in Kansas City. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Grove MB Church in Prairie with the... read more

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES OBITUARIES

 

Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director, Is Dead at 73

Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director, Is Dead at 73

Mr. Demme, an auteur whose films included documentaries and narrative features, won an Academy Award for “The Silence of the Lambs.”

 

Agustín Edwards, Conservative Media Tycoon in Chile, Is Dead at 89

Agustín Edwards, Conservative Media Tycoon in Chile, Is Dead at 89

Mr. Edwards was heir to the company that published El Mercurio, an influential right-wing publication that helped overthrow Salvador Allende in 1973.

 

Leonard Reiffel, Who Studied Potential of a Lunar Nuclear Bomb, Dies at 89

Leonard Reiffel, Who Studied Potential of a Lunar Nuclear Bomb, Dies at 89

Dr. Reiffel revealed that the Air Force had been interested in staging a surprise explosion on or near the moon, and that its goal was propaganda.

 

Greg Marius, Who Sought Profit in Street Ball in Harlem, Dies at 59

Greg Marius, Who Sought Profit in Street Ball in Harlem, Dies at 59

Mr. Marius’s Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park in Harlem featured playground legends, professional basketball players, corporate sponsors and exuberant crowds.

 

Cecilia Alvear, Trailblazing Latina Journalist at NBC, Dies at 77

Cecilia Alvear, Trailblazing Latina Journalist at NBC, Dies at 77

A former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, she ran NBC’s Mexico City bureau, covered conflicts in Nicaragua and El Salvador and produced interviews with Castro.

 

Chuck Wielgus, 67, Who Empowered U.S. Swimming and Apologized in a Scandal, Dies

Chuck Wielgus, 67, Who Empowered U.S. Swimming and Apologized in a Scandal, Dies

Mr. Wielgus oversaw great Olympic success but was criticized for his response to accusations of sexual abuse by coaches.

 

Benjamin R. Barber, Author of ‘Jihad vs. McWorld,’ Dies at 77

Benjamin R. Barber, Author of ‘Jihad vs. McWorld,’ Dies at 77

Mr. Barber’s 1995 book presciently analyzed the forces leading to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the rise in tribalism around the world.

 

Robert M. Pirsig, Author of ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,’ Dies at 88

Robert M. Pirsig, Author of ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,’ Dies at 88

The novel became an unlikely publishing phenomenon in the mid-1970s and a touchstone in the waning days of the counterculture.

 

Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme

Mr. Demme was a filmmaker whose body of work resists easy characterization, though his humor and conscience are often evident.

 

Dennis Edwards, Judge Who Presided Over Trial of Lennon’s Killer, Dies at 95

Dennis Edwards, Judge Who Presided Over Trial of Lennon’s Killer, Dies at 95

Judge Edwards was serving as an acting Supreme Court justice in New York when he sentenced Mark David Chapman in the 1980 murder of John Lennon.

 

Michael Bogdanov, Shakespearean Stage Director, Dies at 78

Michael Bogdanov, Shakespearean Stage Director, Dies at 78

Mr. Bogdanov also directed plays by Molière, Goethe, Chekhov, Gogol and Dylan Thomas, as well as musicals and operas. But a contemporary play nearly put him in jail.

 

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