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Theo Rakestraw
    Theo Rakestraw, 73, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at Pontotoc Hospital. He was a retired employee of Ram Golf Corporation and was a Baptist.
    Services were Sunday, Oct. 17, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Laron Self officiating. Burial was n West Heights Cemetery.
    Survivors include his wife Hazel Raines Rakestraw of Pontotoc; one daughter, Kim R. Jamison of Pontotoc; three sisters, Elaine Hamblin of Saltillo, Billie Hammond of Boulder, Colo., and Willene Taylor of Tupelo; two brothers, Bud Rakestraw of Tupelo and Jerry Rakestraw of Nettleton.
    Pallbearers were Terry Chunn, Hub Hill, Kenneth Warren, Merle Ferguson, John Miller, and Merel Williams.
    Lamar Roberts served as honorary pallbearer.

Arlene Rambo
    Arlene Dobbs Rambo, 79, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born Oct. 4, 1919, in Woodland to Walter Everett Dobbs and Laura May Heard Dobbs. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She was the widow of Lester Rambo.
    Graveside services were Saturday, Aug. 28, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka with Bro. Danny Bryant officiating. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston was in charge of the arrangements.
    Survivors include one daughter, Janie Rambo of Decatur, Ala.; three sisters, Wilma Andrews of Gray, Ga., Marie Krumholz of Willard, Mo., and MaryLou McBlaine of Corona, Calif.

Aubrey E. Reece
    Aubrey E, Reece, 72 died Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999, at his home. He retired from Memphis Light Gas and Water.
    Services were Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with the Rev. Ray Legge officiating. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Cemetery.
    Survivors included his wife, Jo Ann Bright Billingsley Reece of Pope; one daughter, Phoebe Jo Reese Brown of Lithonia, Ga.; one son, Paul D. Reece of Simpsonville, Ky.; two sisters, Ann Reese Copinger of Pontotoc and Thelma Reece Hall of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, Jimmy D. Reece of Memphis; three grandchildren.

Evenlyn Robbins
     Evenly B. Kidd Robbins, 65, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a homemaker and a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church.
    Services were Sunday, July 11, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with Bro. Randy Hope officiating. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery.
    Survivors include her husband, Darius C. Robbins of Pontotoc; on son, Dennis Robbins of Pontotoc; one sister, Cora Ethel Taylor of Pontotoc; five grandchildren, Timbo Henderson, Jamie Henderson, Dustin Robbins, Mallory Robbins, and Kaleb Robbins.
    She was preceded in death by one daughter, Gina Henderson; one son, Tim Robbins.
    Pallbearers were Tim Henderson, Billy Taylor Jr., Jeff Kidd, Don Kidd, and Chris Kidd.

Lucille Robbins
    Lucille Robbins, 80, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She  was a retired employee of Delta Trousers and a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.
    Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with Bro. J.W. Owen and Bro. Bill Dowdy officiating. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery.
    Survivors include two brothers, Eurie McDonald and his wife, Lavenuia, and Clydie McDonald and his wife, Gean, all of Pontotoc; one sister-in-law, Nora Lee McDonald of Memphis; one brother -in-law, Aubrey Williams of New Albany.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two brothers.
    Her great-nephews served as pallbearers.

Nannie Sue Robuck
  Nannie Sue Robuck, 93, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at the Pontotoc Health Services after a long illness. She was born Oct. 1, 1905, in Ellistown. She was a homemaker and a member of Woodland Baptist Church. She was the window of William Bruce Robuck.
    Services were Saturday, July 24, at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Kolb officiating. Burial was in Ellistown Cemetery in Union County.
    Survivors include one daughter, Margaret Sue Stock of Sydney, Australia; two sons, Gerald Robuck and his wife, Lovinia, of Farris, and Ray Robuck and his wife, Elaine, of Pontotoc; one sister, Lucille Saxon of Pontotoc; 13 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren.

J.C. Rowland
    J.C. Rowland, 85, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at her residence. She was born Dec. 19, 1913, in Pontotoc County. She was a homemaker and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
    Services were Monday, July 26, at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Malvin Crowley and Bro. Felix Hutchinson officiating. Burial was in Immanuel Cemetery.
    Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Durell Rowland; one daughter, Betty James and her husband, Leo of Pontotoc; two sons, Jimmy Rowland of Pontotoc and Dewey Rowland and his wife, Vivian, of Marshall, Texas; one sister, Mary Weeks of Pontotoc; one brother, James Maffett Jr. and his wife, Margaret, of Pontotoc; two grandchildren, William Rowland and Emily Martin; one great-grandchild, Christopher Rowland; her caregivers, Gena Holland and Kathy Maffett.
    Pallbearers were Harper Maffett, Jim Gunter, Kelly Russell, Frank Pound, William Rowland, and Leo James.

Joseph Byron Roye
    Joseph Byron Roye, 45, died Tuesday July 13, 1999 of respiratory failure at Heritage Manor, Plano, Tx. He was born Feb. 27, 1954, in Pontotoc County, He was a 1972 graduate of Window Rock High School in Fort Defiance, Ariz., where he was salutatorian and a member of the National Honor Society. He received a BBA degree in management from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1981.He worked as an accounting supervisor for Hall Financial Group in Dallas, a financial accountant at Service Corp. of Dallas and a financial analyst at the First Winthrop of Boston before becoming disabled. He was a member of Tohatchi Baptist, Mission of First Baptist of Gallup, N.M.
    A private family service was held. Cremanins were interred at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc. Heritage Funeral Home of Dallas was in charge of arrangements, and Baldwin Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of local arrangements.
    Survivors included his father, Gideon J. Roye, and his wife, Celeste, of Pontotoc; one sister, Christy L. Roye of Tempe, Ariz.; one brother, Larry G. Roye of Pontotoc; two nieces, Leah Willhite and Ceara Fitzgerald, both of Tempe, Ariz.; a special friend Al Adams of Dallas.
    He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Hendrix Roye.

Ordie Idean Rush
    Ordie Idean Rush, 93, died Saturday, May 8, 1999 at Baptist Memorial Hosptial-Oxford. Mrs. Rush was a native of Union County. She was the widow Marion Odell Rush. She was the dietitian for St. Joseph Hospital in Memphis until her retirement.
    Services were Sunday, May 9, at the Liberty Baptist Church near New Albany. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery. Mortimer Funeral Home in New Albany was in Charge of arrangements.
    Survivors include two daughters, Othello Gaines of Blue Springs, and Kathryn Finley of Memphis; three sons J.T. Rush of New Albany, Milford Rush of Little Rock, and Larry Rush of Memphis; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Thomas H. Russell
    Thomas H. "Boots" Russell, 73, died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Jackson after a long illness. He was a native of Pontotoc County. He was retired factory worker, a U. S. Army Veteran and a member of the Baptist Church.
    Graveside services were Thursday, Oct. 14, at Crossroads Cemetery with the Rev. Bridges officiating. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.
    Survivors include one sister, Elizabeth Timms of Saltillo; one brother, Freddie R. Russell of Tupelo.

Alice M. Ruth
    Alice M. Ruth, 72, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She worked as an aide in several nursing home for more than 17 years. She was a Baptist, She was the daughter of the late Jim W. and Belle Jones Yielding. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and flowers.
    Services were Thursday, Sept. 2, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gary officiating. Burial was in Liberty Grove Cemetery.
    Survivors included her husband of 53 years, Deward H. Ruth of Fulton; three sons, Kenneth W. Ruth, and his wide, Lynda, of Oceanside, Calif., Dwayne H. Ruth Sr. and his wife, Nita, of Pontotoc, and Dennis C. Ruth and his wife Robin, of Fulton; one daughter, Myra G. Freberg, and her husband, Chuck, of Fresno Calif; one brother, Alfred Yielding of Irwin, Tenn.; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
    Pallbearers were Pug Wileman, Bill Wileman, Randy Wileman, Danny Yielding, Rodney Yielding, and Bobby Wilson.


Obituaries From The Pontotoc Progress

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