Mr. Charles Bradford “Brad” Murphy January 7, 2013 Funeral services for Charles Bradford “Brad” Murphy, 57, were held at 2 p.m. on January 13, 2013 at Coleman Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Irvin officiating. Burial followed in Enon Cemetery. A native of Choctaw County, Mr. Murphy was a member of Ackerman Baptist Church in Ackerman, MS. He died Monday, January 7, 2013 at his residence. Survivors include daughters; Dawn Dean, and Amber Murphy Fulce of Ackerman, MS and Jade Miller of Brandon, MS; a brother, Ken Murphy of Ackerman, MS. He also had 4 grandchildren. Coleman Funeral Home, of Ackerman, was in charge of arrangements. To sign the family registry, visit

Mr. Johnnie W. Jackson Thursday, January 3, 2013 Funeral Services for Mr. Johnnie W. Jackson, 91, were held at 12:00 noon.. Saturday January 12, 2013, Friendship M. B. C. Rev. Willie M. Williams officiated. Burial followed in Memorial Garden Cemetery. Mr. Jackson died in Atlanta Georgia.He was born September 2, 1921 in Noxubee County and retired from Sturgis Lumber Company. He was member of Friendship M. B Church. Survivors are his wife Hattie Jackson of Louisville, one daughter; Etta Sykes of Atlanta Georgia ; one son Johhny Jr. Jackson of Louisville; eleven sisters, Lula Teague, Susie Jackson, Norma Triplett and Catherine Triplett all of Louisville, Annie Pearl Wells and Willie Mae Wells both of Brooksville, Ora Lee Seals of Cleveland Phio, Ruthie Mae Williams and Vatarine Smith of Columbus Ohio, three brother Charlie Lee Jackson of St. Louis Mo, David Jackson of Columbus, MS and Harvey Jackson of Louisville, and a host of nieces, nephews and ther relatives. Williams & Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

Mrs. Mary Welch Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Welch, 80, were held at 12:00 noon.. Friday January 11, 2013, Friendship M. B. Church , Gholson, MS. Rev. James Sheffield officiated. Burial followed in the church Cemetery. Mrs. Welch died at Louisville Healthcare in Louisville. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendship M. B Church in Gohlson. She was a native of Dekalb, MS and was born December 17, 1932. Survivors are seven daughters; Mary Gandy, Rock Island, IL., Callie Clark and Mamie Clark both of Louisvillie, Freddie Welch of Dekalb,MS Frances McDaniel of Okolona, MS., Brenda Brandon of Plantersville, MS and Sharon Johnson of Preston, MS., one step daughter Lisa Gordon, one son; Calvin Parks of Okolona, MS , five step sons Cranford, Rickey, Virgil Jr. Darren and Keith seventeen grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and ther relatives. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements

Mrs. Nellie Jane Smith Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Funeral Services for Mrs. Nellie Jane Smith, 60, were held at 2:00 p. m. Saturday January 12 2013, Reform M. B. Church , Reform, MS. Rev. James A. Boyd officiated. Burial followed in the church Cemetery. Mrs. Smith died at The Specialty Hospital in Meridian, MS. She was born in Reform, MS April 7, 1952, a homemaker and a member of Reform Chapel M. B Church in Reform, MS.. Survivors are one daughter; Nicole Ramsey of Ackerman, MS., two sons; Mark Smith of Ackerman,MS and Michael Smith of Kosciusko, MS., three Sisters Lola Gladeny of St. Louis, Mo., Voila Cork and Margaret Jenkins both of Ackerman, MS two brothers Earnest L. Thompkins abd Sam Jenkins both of Ackerman, MS., six grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and ther relatives. Beck Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements

Ms. Mary E. Smith Funeral services for Ms. Mary E. Smith were held at 11 AM Sat., Jan. 12, 2013 from Mt. Olive Baptist Church in the Stephenstown Community with Rev. Rocky Harrison & Rev. John Stephens officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements. Ms. Smith passed away on Wed., Jan. 9, 2013 at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, MS. She lived in the Deemer Community most of her life. She was retired from U.S. Electrical Motors. Ms. Smith enjoyed working in her yard and garden. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in the Stephenstown Community. Ms. Smith is survived by her son, Jimmy Smith of Brookhaven, MS; sister, Dorothy Criddle of Phila, MS; (8) grandchildren; (5) great- grandchildren; host of nieces & nephews. Pallbearers were Bryan Griffin, Jeff Trapp, Joe Beckham, Thurman Chunn, Ed Beckham, Dylan Griffin, Ronnie Smith, Keith McCrory, Buddy Beckham, Billy Chunn & Randy Martinez.

Virginia Patterson Carlisle Ackerman, MS

Virginia P. Carlisle, 94, went to be with the Lord on January 9, 2013. Funeral services were held at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman, MS, on January 12, 2013, at 11:00 AM, with visitation preceding the service at 10:00 AM. Reverend Alex Coblentz officiated. Interment followed the service at Enon Cemetery.

She was born on December 23, 1918, in French Camp, Mississippi, and was received into the Weir Presbyterian Church in August of 1927 by the late L.A. Beckman, Jr. Mrs. Carlisle lived in Ackerman but was a lifelong resident of Choctaw County. She was a member of French Camp Presbyterian Church.

A beloved homemaker, Mrs. Carlisle was also a poet and an historian. Mrs. Carlisle privately published poetry books and a historical record of Choctaw County titled Ye Olde Scrapbook: A Portrait of Choctaw County before the World Changed. Mrs. Carlisle was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved nature and was an avid gardener.

Mrs. Carlisle was preceded in death by her parents, William F. Patterson and Snowflake Bowie Patterson; her brother, Wallace Patterson; her husband, Jack B. Carlisle; and her daughter, Virginia Ann Carlisle.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Lee Bowen of Jackson, MS; her daughter, Jacquelyn (Steve) Evans of Blairsville, GA; her son, William T. Carlisle (Vickki) of Ackerman, MS; her grandchildren, Scott (Edie) Evans, Kimberly (Craig) Coghlan, Jack Carlisle, and Leslie Evans; her great grandson, Will Evans; and nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Scott Evans, Jack Carlisle, Craig Coghlan, Kenny Clark, Billy Prewitt, and Larry Littlejohn. Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Dobbs, Donald Nunn, Lewis Ward, John Robert Cockrell, T.L. Bowie, and James Neal Henderson.

Though she will be deeply missed by all who knew her, Mrs. Carlisle’s family celebrates her homecoming with the Lord and the family who preceded her into the kingdom of heaven. Her enchanting smile, persistent determination, and loving nature will live on in the many memories her family holds dear.

Memorials can be made to French Camp Presbyterian Church. To sign the family registry, visit PAID OBITUARY

Frankie Lucille Putman Ray

Frankie Lucille Putman Ray, 98, passed away in her sleep on January 6, 2013 at Highland Home Nursing Center in Ridgeland, Miss. She died as she lived her life, with peace and surrounded by love. She was born on September 15, 1914 in Choctaw County and was the daughter of Jonathan James Putman and Leona Burney Putman.

Frankie was loved by all who knew her – from relatives and friends in the Choctaw and Webster County areas where she spent most of her life, to her new friends and staff at Highland Home Nursing Center in Ridgeland. She cherished her family and treasured time spent with her two children, her five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Frankie carried a love of learning through life and was a graduate of Chester High School. Her father taught her about the natural world and she so valued her education that, when muddy roads were impassable by carriage, she would walk several miles to school. Frankie often marveled at living so near to being 100, and her enjoyment of life, learning, family and friends carried her through each new day.

She married Oles Nason Ray in 1932 and the couple had two children, Glenn and Janice. Frankie and Oles ran stores throughout Choctaw County and a dry cleaning business in Maben before they retired. Frankie also worked as a local substitute teacher, and she was known as a good seamstress, continuing to take alterations work into her 80s. Oles and Frankie were long-time members of Mathiston Methodist Church, where she also taught Sunday school. The couple celebrated 66 years of marriage before Oles predeceased her in 1998.

The family lived briefly in Savannah, Georgia where Oles was stationed at Fort Stewart during World War II, and otherwise called the Mathiston/Ackerman/Starkville area their home for their entire lives. Frankie moved to Ridgeland in 2011 when she was 96.

Even at 98, Frankie enjoyed getting out for shopping trips, dining at her favorite restaurants, playing Bingo and going for car rides to explore the countryside. To the very end, she maintained a sense of humor throughout both the tough times and wonderful moments in her life.

Frankie is survived by and will be dearly missed by her many relatives and friends. She was predeceased by parents, Jonathan and Leona; by husband of 66 years, Oles Nason Ray; by brothers, James Drew Putman and Otis Ishmael Putman, and by many other relatives and friends.

Survivors include her son, Glenn T. and spouse, Mary Beth Ray of Ridgeland; her daughter, Janice C. and spouse, Boyd Kynard of Amherst, Mass.; her grandchildren, Glenn Martin Ray, Kari Kynard, Chuck Ray, Mary Ann Black and Brian Kynard and their spouses; and five great-grandchildren. She also leaves her niece, Penny and spouse, Larry Jennings of Starkville; her nephew Mancil and spouse, Mary Ray of West Point; and several cousins, nieces and nephews in other areas.

Services are through the Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman, calling hours were scheduled on Friday, January 11 at 10 a.m., and a service followed at 11 a.m. Burial followed immediately after at Salem Cemetery in Chester. Donations may be made to Mathiston United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 177, Mathiston, MS 39752. PAID OBITUARY