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Ralph Thornton
    Ralph W. Thornton, 93 died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Graceland Rest Home in New Albany after an extended illness. He was a retired farmer and factory worker. He ws the second oldest member of Camp Creek Baptist Church.
    Services were Sunday, Aug. 15, at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Fleix Hutchenson Jr. and Bro. Martin Jacks officiating. Burial was in Camp Creek Cemetery.
    Survivors include three sons, Eugene Thornton of Blue Springs, Harold Thornton and his wife, Shaun, of Staton, Va., and Bruce Thornton and his wife, Marie of Cotton Plant; four sisters, Jewell Witt of Cotton Plant, Mable Rakestraw of New Albany, Nadine Duncan of Baldwyn and Vivian Bailey of Wallerville; one brother, John Thornton of Ellistown; his grandchilren, Cathy Thornton, Ralph Thornton, Jr., Mary Thornton, Barbara Thornton, Gunther Thornton, Donna Sivils, and Randy Thornton; his great-grandchildren, Cort Lamar, Megan and Morgan Thornton.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Thornton; one daughter-in-law, Annie Jean Thornton; one grandson, Gary Thornton.
    Pallbearers were Randy Thornton, Ray Sivils, Eddie Lynn Johnson, David Allred, Gene Pannell and Gerald Thornton.

Earnest Tidwell
    Earnest Earl Tidwell, 68, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a retired foreman with Chambers Inc. He and his wife, Susie, were co-owners of Tidwell's Salvage Grocery. He was a member of Yellowleaf Baptist Church. He was a sergeant in the U.S. AirForce during the Korean War. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
    Services were Saturday, Sept. 25, at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Robertson officiating. Burial was in Yellowleaf Cemetery.
    Survivors include his wife, Susie Tidwell of Oxford; one daughter, Dana Winters of Oxford; one son, David Alan Tidwell of Water Valley; two sisters, Velma White of Oxford and Corrin McGregor of Pontotoc; two brothers, Bill Tidwell of Clyde, N. C., and Roland Tidwell of Oxford; four grandchildren.

Lena Mae Townsend
    Lena Mae Townsend, 60 died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at North Mississippi's Medical Center. She was born Nov. 26, 1938, in Pontotoc to Arnett D. Judon and Sophia L. Berry Judon. She attended the Pontotoc Attendance Center. She was a homemaker and a member of Armstrong Street Church of God in Batesville.
    Services were Saturday, Oct. 2, at Armstrong Street Church of God with the Rev. John H. Parker officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Chesterville Cemetery in Belden. Henderson Funeral Home of Sardis was in Charge of the arrangements.
    Survivors include her husband, Willie B. Townsend of Batesville; two daughters, LaMeisha F. Townsend, and Prescilla Townsend and Robert, all of Batesville; four sons, Willie Donnell Townsend and his wife, Sheila, of La Mesa, Calif., Terry Townsend and his wife, Patrina, and Christopher Townsend and his wife, Nyanthia, all of Batesville, and Deshea Townsend and his wife, Carla, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; four brothers, Arnett Judon and his wife, Katrina, of Evanston, Ill., Howard Judon of Alpharetta, Ga., and Basil Colbrooke and Rico Colbrook, both of Tupelo; three sisters, Ada Pannell of Pontotoc, Shirley Kohlhiem and her husband, Mitchell, of Tupelo, and Tammy Trice and her husband, Joe, of Verona; 13 grandchildren.

Ada Traylor
    Ada Louise Traylor, 68, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of Morning Star M. B. Church, where she served on the usher Board. She was a retried employee of Leggett and Platt.
    Services were Saturday, Oct. 16, at Morning Star M. B. Church with the Rev. George Pritchard officiating. Burial was in Porter's Memorial Cemetery. Grayson's Porter's Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.
    Survivors include her mother, Alice Cook of Tupelo; two sons, Malik Ali and his wife, Ikeema, of Chicago, and Jimmy D. Wilson of Memphis; two daughters, Ann Chapman and her husband, Andrew, of Memphis, and Ameera Shabazz of Tupelo; one sister, Minnie L. Ashley of Detroit, Mich.; five grandsons, Fredrick Wilson and his wife Bridgett, of Tupelo, Amil Frankil and Jime Bade, both of Pontotoc, Raymond Wilson of Tupelo, and Derrick Chapman of Memphis; two granddaughters, Angela Chapman, and Shonda Earnest and her husband, Spencer, all of Memphis; two great-grandchildren.

David N. Trentham
    David N. Trentham, 54, died Sunday, May 9, 1999, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a factory worker and a member of Cairo Baptist Church.
    Services were Tuesday, May 11, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with Bro. Marvin Ward and Bro. Marty Browning officiating. Burial was in Ecru Cemetery.
    Survivors include his wife, Betty Faye Trentham of Ecru; one son, Doug Lamar Trentham of Ecru; two brothers, Jimmy Trentham of New  Albany and Willie Charles Trentham of Birmingham, Ala.
    Pallbearers were Rusty Mask, Jeff Elliot, Billy Wayne Russell, Jackie Taylor, Steve Russell, and Norma Taylor.

Featherston Turner
    Featherston Allen "Feddie" Turner, 62, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at his home in Ecru. He was born in Oktibbeha County. He was a salesman for Autozone in New Albany and a Baptist.
    Services were at 3 p.m. July 30 at Welch Funeral Home Chapel in Starkville. Burial was in Curtis Chapel Cemetery in Starkville.
    Survivors include three sons, David Joe Turner of Richmond, Va., Mark Stephen Turner of Tupelo and Brad Allen Tamer of Corinth; one sister, Faye Turner of Starkville; three brothers, James G. Turner of Starkville, William E. Turner of Columbus and Larry S. Tamer of Maggie Valley, N.C., and five grandchildren.

Billie Tutor
    Billie V. Tutor, 73, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 2, 1926, in Pontotoc County. He was a retired sewing machine mechanic for Comfort Care and a member of First Baptist Church of Pontotoc.
    Service were Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeffrey Waldo and the Rev. Gary Pettit officiating. Burial was in Carey Spring Cemetery.
    Survivors included his wife, Gloria Ferguson Tutor of Pontotoc; one son, Tony Tutor, and his wife, Anita, of Pontotoc; one stepdaughter, Belinda McCord of Tupelo; five sisters, Mary Ruth Pettit of Hurricane, Ruby Jean Oswalt of Pontotoc, Bobbie Nell Pettit of Crowder, Pat Baker of Batesville and Shirley Stribling of Oxford; three brothers, Wayne Tutor of Randolph, James Lee Tutor of Pontotoc and Glen Tutor of San Antonio, Texas; two grandchildren, Jonathan and Beth Tutor; five stepgrandchildren, Chad Long, Sonny Ferguson, Josh Ferguson, Jarred McCord, and Jacob McCord.
    He was preceded in death by a wife, Magdelene Gregory Tutor, and two sisters, Robbie Still and Shelby Allen.
    Pallbearers were Jonathan Tutor, Chad Long, Josh Ferguson, Jarred McCord, Jacob McCord and Tim Williams.

Obituaries From The Pontotoc Progress

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