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Obituaries 02/23/17

Gerald Dean Berry

SOUTHAVEN—Gerald Dean Berry, 80, passed away February 15, 2017.

Mr. Berry was a retired general foreman with Illinois Central Railroad and an avid Ole Miss fan.

Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, February 18, in the Hernando Funeral Home. The funeral service followed visitation at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home and interment was in New Bethlehem  Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Berry. 

Survivors include his daughters,  Deborah Brown, Brenda Hall,  and Missy Berry; sisters Mary Jo Hudson (James Loyd) and Betty Ruth Dorris (Jim); a brother, Jimmy Berry (Shirley); and one nephew, Jerry Trimble (Deborah).


Michael N. Brown

SAVANNAH TENN.—Michael N. Brown departed this life on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the age of 71 years, nine months, and fourteen days.

Born May 5, 1945, Michael was the son of the late Mildred Wottowa Brown and Pete Harding Brown. On May 29, 1966, he was united in marriage to Brenda Kay Brown, who preceded him in death on June 14, 1999. He was united in marriage to Joyce A. Ward on November 19, 1999, who survives him.

Mike was self-employed in commercial real estate and was a member of the Sharon Baptist Church. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was a very Godly man, caring and loving, and would help anyone that was in need.

  He is survived by his wife, Joyce Brown of Savannah, Tenn.; children, Stephen Blake Brown, Jeffrey Matthew Brown (Sherry) and Angela Maegan Blount (Chad); grandchildren, Grace Elizabeth Brown, Madisyn Katy Brown, Kelsie Nicole Blount, and William Rylee Blount; and sisters, Marilyn Wheat (Robert) of Eufala, Ala. and Susan Ann Brown Adams (Jack) of Savannah, Tenn.

In  addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years, Brenda Kay Brown.

Services were held February 22, at 11 a.m. in Sharon Baptist Church in Savannah, Tenn., with Allen Guyer and Eric Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Savannah Cemetery.


Thomas “Tommy” Proctor

   William Thomas “Tommy” Proctor, 56, of Grenada, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center – Grenada.  

   Mr. Proctor was born June 18, 1961, in Greenville to William Dotson and Janette Ouida Barr Proctor.  He was a plumber and electrician by trade and enjoyed over 30 years working in Grenada and the surrounding area. He was also a veteran, serving 23 years before retiring as a staff sergeant in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He served our country during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 20, at Friendship Baptist Church in Grenada with Dr. Brian Robertson officiating.  Visitation was held Sunday evening at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. 

Survivors include his wife, Donna Proctor; one daughter, Kelly Walters (Andy) of Grenada; three sons, Steven Thomas Proctor (April) of Grenada, Christopher Wayne Cooper and Michael Anthony Cooper, both of Grenada; his father, William D. “Dot” Proctor; two sisters, Connie McDonald (Eddie) of Winona and Sheila Barfield (Will) of Grenada; one brother, Steve Proctor (Myron) of Grenada; and five grandchildren, Austin Downs, Joshua Downs, Riley Cooper, Zackery Cooper and Josie Proctor and a host of nieces and nephews.


Allie Bertha Sayles

WATER VALLEY—Allie Bertha Sayles, age 87, died Saturday, February 18, 2017, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley. 

Born in Yalobusha County, Mrs. Sayles was a daughter of the late Will Gooch and  Syvilla Carr Gooch. She worked many years at Holley Carburetor. Mrs. Sayles was a member of the Martin Street Church of Christ in Water Valley. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, cooking, and being in church whenever there was an opportunity.

 Funeral services are planned for Saturday, February 25, at noon in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. Dexter Ross and Bro. Walter Williams officiating. A visitation is planned for Friday evening from 4-6 pm. in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Martin Street Church of Christ Cemetery in Water Valley.

She is survived by three daughters, Bertha (Patti) Joy of Water Valley, Mary Phillips of Water Valley, and Sherri Sayles of Southaven; two sons, Benny Sayles (Linda) of Water Valley and Terry Sayles (Towanda) of Bruce; one brother, Herman Gooch of Water Valley; 25 grandchildren; and a  host of great and great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Sayles was preceded in death by her husband, Benny Sayles; a daughter, Annie Faye Phillips; a son, Willie Sayles; two sisters; five brothers; and one grandchild.

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