Bonnie Louise Duncan Green Services honoring the life of Bonnie Louise Duncan Green Green, 84, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born in Smithville March 9, 1935 to Albert and Avis Land Duncan and was a graduate of Smithville High School. She graduated from Cosmetology School and worked for several years at the Powder Puff. In 2005, she retired as a manager from the Bookstore at Itawamba Community College. She was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church for over 20 years where she served as an activity member and member of the Harrison Memorial/Sunshine Sunday School Class, United Methodist Women, JOY and the Senior Luncheon. Survivors include two daughters, Kristi McEwen (Walker) of Saltillo and Tami Nabers (Donald) of Pratt; two grandsons, Shane and Josh Scott; two step-grandsons, Jon and Jordan McEwen; great-granddaughter, Ava Grace Scott; niece, Tresha Sullivan (Phil) of Amory; nephew, Dwight Horn (Pam); and several great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; step-father, Ed Rodabough; sister-in-law, Dannis Horne; brother-in-law, Broward Horne; and grandparents, Jim and Sadie Duncan and Willie and Notie Bell. were held Wednesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Danny Dabbs, Rev. Corey Collins and Rev. Roger Puhr officiating. Burial was in Tupelo Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803. The service will be live-streamed and recorded for those unable to attend at Sympathy may be expressed at Shirley Vernell “Nell” Speaks Shirley Vernell “Nell” Speaks, 84, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. A resident of Lee County for more than 52 years, she was born on July 16, 1936 in Ludlow. to the late Clyde and Ruth Nelson. She married Thomas Speaks, Sr. in Pheonix City, Ala., on May 12, 1954 while he was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. After retiring from working in the dry cleaning industry for over 40 years, she enjoyed working in her yard until her health declined. She also enjoyed playing yatzee and putting jigsaw puzzles together with her daughter, Pat. A private family service was held at graveside in Eggville Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the family residence in Verona (131 First Street, Verona.) after Oct. 21, 2019. Holland Funeral Directors were honored to serve their friends. She leaves behind her four children, Pat Holland of Verona, Mary Kay Thomas and husband, Donald of Booneville, Tom Speaks, Jr. of Verona and Scott Speaks (Brianne) of Columbus; one sister, Josie Keith (Grady) of Eggville; a cousin, Edward Bryant of Port Gibson; and special friends and neighbors, Clifton and Beth Hodges of Verona; Grammy, Mama Nell, Mamaw leaves behind her precious grandchildren, Joe Gurley (Sara) of Verona, Chris Barber of Mantachie, Becky Graham (Brant) of Mantachie, Trae Speaks (Katelyn) of Mooreville, Hunter Speaks of Mooreville, Skyler Thomas of Booneville and Matthew Speaks of Columbus; her great-grandchildren, Hannah Grace and Bailey Paige Graham of Mantachie, William Barber of Mantachie and Ranger Speaks of Mooreville and baby Rowdy to arrive Nov. 4; two stepgreat-granddaughers, Dakota and Abbi David of Verona. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Herbert, James and Riley Nelson; one aunt, Juanita Smith and cousins, Georgia Bryant and Billy Smith; and a son-in-law, Rickey Gurley, Sr. Condolences may be posted at Merrill Estes Johnson Merrill Estes Johnston, 72, died Wednesday at his home after a brief battle with cancer. He was born May 11, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama to Gilbert Egloff and Katherine Estes Johnston. He was a retired business owner. Merrill attended the University of Alabama where he met his wife of 51 years, Ellen Bond Johnston. He enjoyed playing golf, traveling with his wife and family, drinking coffee with his friends, and spending time with family at Smith Lake. He loved his Lord, his church family at Calvary Baptist Church and serving Jesus throughout his life through a variety of faith-based missions. All who knew him remember him for his smile, his servant heart, his kindness, his generosity and the best hugs around. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Bond Johnston; two sons, Merrill Estes Johnston, Jr. (Barbara) of Birmingham and Richard White Johnston (Carley) of Tupelo; daughter, Gibson Johnston Rayner (Pat) of Ferrara, Italy; sister, Katherine Johnston Myatt (Mark); two brothers, Gilbert Egloff Johnston, Jr. (Murray) and Claude Estes Johnston (Maureen); and nine grandchildren, Merrill Estes Johnston, III, Elizabeth Johnston, Caroline Johnston, Maury Johnston, Lucy Johnston, Rebecca Johnston, Celia Johnston, Laurel Rayner and Freddy Rayner. He was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine Estes Johnston, and his father, Gilbert Egloff Johnston. A memorial service was held Monday at Calvary Baptist Church, Tupelo with Rev. Chris Degeorge officiating. Memorials may be made to Fellowship of Christian Retreats, P.O. Box 460, Tishomingo, MS 38873. Sympathy may be expressed at Corbin Scott Roberson Grissom Services for Corbin Scott Roberson Grissom were held Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Adam Miller officiating. Burial was in Mayfield Church of Christ Cemetery. The five-week-old infant was born on Sept. 12, 2019 and died on Oct. 17, 2019 at LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He blessed his family and received a lifetime of love during his brief time and was a CDH Warrior fighting hard for five weeks. He was of Church of Christ faith. He is survived by his parents, Clare Roberson of Saltillo and Jared Grissom of Baldwyn; maternal grandparents, Rickey and Michelle Roberson; paternal grandparents, Lance and Jamie Grissom;great-grandparents, Larry and Frances Long, Glenda Grissom and David and Beverly Gibson; aunt, Laura Rose Grissom; uncles, Guy Mack Roberson, Weston Lee Roberson and Rhett Thomas Roberson; host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Danny Grissom and Gordon and Pat Roberson. Sympathy may beexpressed Jerrell Wayne Turner A service with military honors celebrating the life of Jerrell Wayne Turner was held Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Ricky Young officiating. Private burial was in Union Cemetery in Belden. Turner, 91, died on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. He was born July 27, 1928 to Claude Turner and Wincie Watson Turner in Baldwyn. A veteran of the U.S. Army in the Korean War, he served as tank commander of the 155th Battalion attached to the 45th Infantry Division. He was married in Saltillo on March 16, 1951 to Yancie (Wade) Turner and worked as a route supervisor for Barber's Milk. A longtime Tupelo resident, he attended First Baptist Church and later retired in Sherman, where he lived for more than 30 years. He loved Ole Miss football and was an avid golfer. He was fond of telling war stories about Korea, collected watches, and especially loved spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Yancie Turner of Sherman; his son, Tony Turner (Betsy) of Saltillo; his daughters, Phyllis Hopson of Tupelo, Beth Turner of Sherman, and Angie May (Thomas) of Tupelo; his brother, Walter Eugene "Goose" Turner of Tupelo; his sister, Jane Griffin of Tupelo; grandchildren, Christopher Hopson (Ashley), Jacob Hollis, Mary Beth Leathers, Landon Smith, Parker Kate May, Asher May, Noah Roberts, and John Taylor; and great-grandchildren, Cloe Hollis, Lily Grace Hollis, Oliver Leathers, and Turner Hopson. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his brothers, Joe Turner, Earl Turner, and Bobby Turner; his son, Jerrell "Jerry" Wayne Turner, Jr.; his grandson, Seth Hollis; and his daughter-in-law, Elsie Turner. Contributions may be made to the American Family Association, P.O. Drawer 2440, Tupelo, MS 38803. Condolences may be posted at The service may be viewed at for 90 days thereafter. Idora Westphal Services for Idora Westphal were held Sunday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Marquitta Dulaney officiating. Burial was in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. Westphal, 78, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at the North MS Medical Center, Hospice Unit. She was born June 27, 1941 in Arkansas to Pinkney and Estelle Lawrence. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. She is survived by her seven children, Shelia Luna (Ron) of Olive Branch, Dale Ross of Tupelo, Neal Ross of Tupelo, Aaron Ross (Deborah) of Pontotoc, Renee Heatherly (Dewayne) of Plantersville, Cindy Keith of Tupelo and John Holcomb of Tupelo; five siblings, J.W. Lawrence (Elaine) of Camden, Tenn., Beulah Greer of Hernando, Virginia Stafford of Covington, Tenn., Dewayne Lawrence (Jane) of Brighton, Tenn. and Arnold Lawrence (Charlotte) of Randolph, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John P. Westphal and six siblings. Visit for online condolences and guest registry. Edward A. Ford Services with full military honors for Edward A. Ford were held Saturday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Rev. Tim McMillen, Rev. Dale Carr and Brother Bart Latner officiating. Burial was in Priceville Cemetery. Ford, 82, died Thursday Oct. 17, 2019 at North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. He was born June 15, 1937 in Tremont to Elsie and Lucille Davis Ford. He served his country proudly and gallantly in Vietnam and retired a Master Sergeant after 22 years in the United States Marine Corps. After his military services, he sold cars for the Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Tupelo for several years. He then began a stellar career with the United States Postal Service, retiring after 18 years. He was a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, the Marine Corps League and the Tupelo Car Club. He enjoyed collecting model cars and was an enthusiastic coin collector and held an extensive collection of coins both foreign and domestic. He was also an avid reader of Westerns, John Grisham novels and all the political and military-themed books he could get his hands on. He attended Priceville Baptist Church. Survivors include his three daughters, Talisa Newman of Simpsonville, S.C., Kay Cummings and significant other, Matt Kerr of Simpsonville, S.C. and Cynthia Gail Rutledge (Kenny) of Tupelo; one brother, Rex Ford of Vina, Ala.; six grandchildren, Matthew Maybery (Morgan) of Anthem, Ariz., Mark Maybery of Simpsonville, S.C., Jessica Fannin of Simpsonville, S.C., Kimberly Harper (Robert) of Fountain Inn, S.C., Jamie Satterfield (Randall) of Taylors, S.C. and Jennifer Carroll of Tupelo; 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Marcy Ford; son, Mark Edward Ford; parents, Elsie and Lucille Ford; and brother, Jim Ford. V The service will be live streamed and recorded for those who may not be able to attend at Sympathy may be expressed at Mary Rogers Riddle Mary Rogers Riddle 52, died on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 at her home. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, yard sailing, fishing and gardening. She was a housewife and a Baptist. Funeral services were at Waters Funeral Home, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at Noon with Bro. Merle Floyd officiating. Burial was in Camp Creek Cemetery. She is survived by her husband of 16 1/2 years, Dwight Riddle of Guntown; mother, Mary Johnson Dew of Tupelo; (4) daughters, Alisha Adams (Jeremy) of Booneville, Maggie Brown of Saltillo, Jennifer Riddle of Guntown and Kodi Lynn West of Corinth; (4) sons, Ricky Brown of Guntown, Steven Brown of Baldwyn, Eric Riddle of Guntown and Zach Arnold of Connecticut;(2) sisters, Regina Rogers of Booneville and Lisa Rogers of Saltillo; brother, Wayne Rogers (Christy) of Shannon; (11) grandchildren; (1) great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her dad, Jerry Dew; sister, Melissa Rogers and a son, Michael Riddle. Pallbearers were Austin Adams, Chris Brown, Ty Adams, Joey Moffi, Devin Dunaway and Jeremy Adams. Waters Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family Rita L. Hitt Rita L.Hitt, 82, died Oct. 14, 2019 at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice in Tupelo. She was born on Jan. 19, 1937 in Pangburn, AR, grew up in Ironton, MO, and attended Southeast Missouri State University. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and cherished her family. In 2001, Rita and Harold, her husband of 63 years, packed up as much as could fit in their motor home and traveled all over North America, living full time in a 200 square foot paradise for 13 years. She and Harold made the most of retirement, rolling happily around the country, making new friends and miraculously, rarely getting on each other's nerves. She is survived by her sons, Terry Hitt of Lighthouse Point, FL, and Dr. Kevin (Patsy) Hitt of Tupelo; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her cherished husband, Harold L. Hitt of Tupelo, who died August 15, 2019; her parents, Vernon and Ruth Lewis of Ironton, MO; and her beloved grandson, Hunter Hitt of Tupelo. The family wishes to thank the staff of North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice for their tender and compassionate care for both Rita and her family. Their kindness will always be remembered and appreciated. Services were Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, with Graveside services immediately following at Tupelo Memorial Park on Joyner Avenue, with Bro. Jim Varnon officiating.

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