Brad Murphy Jan. 7, 2013 Services for Charles Bradford “Brad” Murphy, 57, were Jan. 13, 2013, at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman with the Rev. Danny Irvin officiating. Burial was in Enon Cemetery.

He was born May 10, 1955, in Choctaw County. Mr. Murphy, who was disabled, was a member of Ackerman Baptist Church. He died Jan. 7, 2013, at his residence in Ackerman.

Survivors include three daughters, Dawn Dean and Amber Murphy Fulce of Ackerman, and Jade Miller of Brandon; a brother, Ken Murphy of Ackerman; and four grandchildren.

Avron Rene’ Threadgill

Funeral services for Avron Rene’ Threadgill of Stewart were at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11, at Oliver Chapel in Winona, with burial following in the Reed’s Chapel Cemetery near Stewart. Rev. Terry Wills and Mr. Darrell Surrette officiated the services.

Visitation was Thursday, January 10, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., at Oliver Funeral Home in Winona.

Mr. Threadgill died at the Golden Living Center in Eupora on Monday, January 7. He was 74 years old.

Mr. Threadgill was the son of the late Avron Gid and Ada Simmons Threadgill. He was a retired employee of Tabor Brothers Automotive Supply and P&F Building Supply. Mr. Threadgill was a member of Union Baptist Church in Webster County, where he served as a Sunday School teacher and a deacon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Catherine Cox Threadgill.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Threadgill of Stewart; daughters, Vicki Gray of Pontotoc and Sherri Thompson and her husband, Kenneth, of Mathiston; stepdaughter, Tammy Worley of Walls; son, Jimmy Threadgill of Stewart; stepson, Chuck Nail of Winona; sixteen grandchildren; and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mr. Threadgill’s grandsons, Matthew Gray, Billy Parker, Joey Surrette, Randy Surrette, Andy Nail, Jamie Worley, John Worley, and Hunter Threadgill.

Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is handling arrangements. An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at PAID OBITUARY

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