OBITUARIES PUBLISHED 9/26/2017

 

James Cochrane

COLUMBUS — James W. “Preacher” Cochrane, 82, died Sept. 23, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Aliceville Memorial Gardens in Aliceville, Alabama. Gunter & Peel Funeral Home... read more

 

Vickie Dusenberry

ETHELSVILLE, Ala. — Vickie Bush Dusenberrry, 55, died Sept. 22, 2017, at her residence. Graveside services are at 10 a.m. today at Ethelsville Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Jordan Lollar officiating. Visitation will follow in... read more

 

Elizabeth Robertson

SULLIGENT, Ala. — Elizabeth Vernell Adams Robertson, 87, died Sept. 23, 2017, at Fayette Long Term Care in Fayette, Alabama. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in... read more

 

Alice Synnott

RIDGELAND — Alice Ann Etheridge Synnott, 78, died Sept. 24, 2017, at Hospice Ministires of Ridgeland. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Welch Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rusty Walker officaiting. Burial... read more

 

Wayne McAdams

VERNON, Ala. — Johnny Wayne McAdams, 59, died Sept. 25, 2017, at his residence. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fellowship Baptist Church with Charlie Ballew and Chris Hunnicutt officiating. Burial will follow in... read more

 

Judy Rasberry

BEAVERTON, Ala. — Judy Curry Rasberry, 66, died Sept. 23, 2017, at Generations of Vernon in Vernon, Alabama. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Pleasant... read more

 

Phil Lancaster

HAMILTON — Phil Anthony Lancaster, 56, died Sept. 23, 2017, at his residence. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Columbus with Shawn Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Center Hill... read more

 

Herbert Jones

COLUMBUS — Herbert Jones, 78, died Sept. 25, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lowndes Funeral Home. read more

 

Lissie Brown-Stowers

SHUQUALAK — Lissie Brown-Stowers, 90, died Sept. 18, 2017, at Noxubee General Hospital in Macon. Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Noxubee County High School with Earnest James Sanders officiating. Burial followed in... read more

 

Wanda Jackson

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Wanda Bookout Jackson, 65, died Sept. 22, 2017, at her residence. Services will be at 2 p.m. at Otts Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Visitation was from 6-8... read more

 

Kenneth Jewell

ETHELSVILLE, Ala. ­— Kenneth Ira Jewell died Sept. 23, 2017. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Skelton Funeral Home in Reform, Alabama. read more

 

Ralph Spurgeon

Ralph M. Spurgeon, 95, of Brooksville, MS passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Noxubee County Nursing Home. A visitation will be held Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Cockrell Funeral Home from 10:30... read more

 

LOCAL OBITUARIES

 

Sophie Taylor

Sophie Taylor

Published: 9/25/2017

Sophie “Dusty” Taylor, 92, of Columbus, MS passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS. Visitation will be held Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 1:00 –... read more

 

 

Thomas Woodfin

Published: 9/25/2017

CORINTH Thomas H. “Tommy” Woodfin, 80, died Sept. 22, 2017, at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. Services are at 3 p.m. today at Cockrell Funeral Home Chapel in Macon. Interment... read more

 

 

Dave Studdard

Dave Studdard

Published: 9/25/2017

David Bruce “Dave” Studdard age 76 died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at his residence in Caledonia. Services were Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with... read more

 

 

Bettye Loftis

Published: 9/25/2017

Bettye Browning Loftis age 89, died Thursday, September 21, 2017 at her residence in Caledonia. Services will be held Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Caledonia United Methodist Church... read more

 

 

Charles Jones

Charles Jones

Published: 9/25/2017

Charles Clifton Jones, 86, of Columbus, MS passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS. Visitation will be Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 10:00- 11:00 AM... read more

 

 

Judy Turnage

Published: 9/25/2017

COLUMBUS — Judy Gentry Turnage, 73, died Sept. 24, 2017, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Memorial Funeral Home. read more

 

 

Cora Hunt

Published: 9/25/2017

COLUMBUS — Cora Frances Turner Seawright Hunt, 79, died at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Services will be from 5 p.m. at Tuesday at Maben First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in... read more

 

 

Ralph Spurgeon Jr.

Published: 9/25/2017

BROOKSVILLE — Ralph M. Spurgeon, 95, died Sept. 21, 2017, at Noxubee County Nursing Home. Visitation will be from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cockrell Fuenral Home. Mr. Spurgeon... read more

 

 

Gary Adams

Published: 9/25/2017

COLUMBUS Gary A. Adams died Sept. 23, 2017, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lowndes Funeral Home. read more

 

 

Dempsey Russell

Published: 9/25/2017

MILLPORT, Ala. Dempsey Russell, 60, died Sept. 21, 2017, at his residence. Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Norwood-Wyatt Chapel Funeral Home with Mark Dean and James Gardner officiating. Burial... read more

 

 

Nider Williams

Published: 9/25/2017

WEST POINT Nider Williams, 100, died Sept. 18, 2017, at Dugan Memorial Home. Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Third Mt. Olive M.B.Church with Rev. Randy L. Conley, Jr.... read more

 

 

Willie Griffin

Published: 9/25/2017

WEST POINT Willie Emmitt “ZooMan” Griffin, 74, died Sept. 19, 2017, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mt. Zion M.B. Church... read more

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES OBITUARIES

 

Basil Gogos, Who Painted Monsters With Love, Dies at 88

Basil Gogos, Who Painted Monsters With Love, Dies at 88

Mr. Gogos made penetrating portraits of Dracula, the Wolf Man and the Phantom of the Opera, and imbued Frankenstein’s monster with notable compassion.

 

Orville Lynn Majors, 56, Nurse Convicted of Killing Patients, Is Dead

Orville Lynn Majors, 56, Nurse Convicted of Killing Patients, Is Dead

Called the “Angel of Death,” Mr. Majors was serving a 360-year sentence for injecting mostly elderly patients with lethal drugs in the mid-1990s.

 

Joseph M. McDade, 18-Term Pennsylvania Congressman, Dies at 85

Joseph M. McDade, 18-Term Pennsylvania Congressman, Dies at 85

A Republican champion of the coal industry, he delivered for his Scranton-area constituents and survived ethics charges, of which he was acquitted.

 

Barbara Blaine, Who Championed Victims of Priests’ Abuse, Dies at 61

Barbara Blaine, Who Championed Victims of Priests’ Abuse, Dies at 61

Ms. Blaine, who had been molested by a priest as a teenager, founded a national network of abuse survivors and became a voice for them.

 

David Shepherd, Who Both Painted and Preserved Wildlife, Dies at 86

David Shepherd, Who Both Painted and Preserved Wildlife, Dies at 86

Mr. Shepherd, enraged by poaching and other abuses he witnessed while painting wild animals, formed his own conservation foundation.

 

Edgar Smith, Killer Who Duped William F. Buckley, Dies at 83

Edgar Smith, Killer Who Duped William F. Buckley, Dies at 83

Sentenced to the electric chair for killing a 15-year-old girl in New Jersey, Mr. Smith won his freedom with help from the conservative commentator.

 

Charles Bradley, a Late-in-Life Soul Music Star, Dies at 68

Charles Bradley, a Late-in-Life Soul Music Star, Dies at 68

The singer, once a small-time James Brown impersonator called Black Velvet, was known for his beleaguered rasp and passionate live performances.

 

Pete Turner, Whose Color Photography Could Alter Reality, Dies at 83

Pete Turner, Whose Color Photography Could Alter Reality, Dies at 83

With saturated colors, often on global assignments, Mr. Turner created spectacular images, some for the covers of record albums.

 

Mohammed Mahdi Akef, Muslim Brotherhood Leader, Dies at 89

Mohammed Mahdi Akef, Muslim Brotherhood Leader, Dies at 89

Mr. Akef had been sentenced to life imprisonment but was awaiting a retrial. He died in custody in Cairo.

 

Ritha Devi, Indian Classical Dancer and Teacher, Dies at 92

Ritha Devi, Indian Classical Dancer and Teacher, Dies at 92

Ms. Devi was a specialist in the Odissi form of dance, a once-neglected style that she helped popularize in America in the 1970s.

 

Myrna Lamb, Feminist Playwright in an Unwelcoming Era, Dies at 87

Myrna Lamb, Feminist Playwright in an Unwelcoming Era, Dies at 87

Ms. Lamb’s works, staged at the Public Theater and elsewhere, often came under attack from male critics.

 

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