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Edward Earl Taylor

 Mr. Edward Earl Taylor, 71, of Cleveland passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Shelby Nursing and Rehab. For further information and view and sign the online guestbook, go to

Sandra Johnson

Sandra Johnson Sandra Johnson, 60, of Shaw died Saturday, July 2, 2018, at her home in Shaw. Funeral arrangements are 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the Byas Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland with Reverend Horace McKay officiating. Burial will be in Delta Heights Memorial Gardens. Survivors include her brother Clyde Skipper of Salem, OR.

K.C. "Fuad Silwani" Freedom-Heart

.C. "Fuad Silwani" Freedom-Heart K.C. "Fuad Silwani" Freedom-Heart, 41, of Rosedale, formerly of East Jerusalem, Israel, died Thursday, July 12, 2018, at his residence in Rosedale. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at T.L. Redmon Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland. Survivors include his wife Shaun Smith of Rosedale; mother Kawther Abu-Daib of East Jerusalem, Israel; brother Braa Selwane of East Jerusalem, Israel; sister Dana Selwane of Dublin, Ireland; and a host of friends and loved ones. The online guest book may be viewed and signed at

Franklin Earl Hunt

Franklin Earl Hunt Franklin Earl Hunt, 45, of Benoit died Sunday, July 15, 2018, at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Funeral arrangements are 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2018, at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland with Reverend Bobby Williams officiating. Burial will be in Old Morning Star Cemetery in Benoit under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home of Greenville. Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, at the funeral home.

Nell Elizabeth Patterson Dedwylder

Nell Elizabeth Patterson Dedwylder Nell Elizabeth Patterson Dedwylder, 90, died July 19, 2018, at Mississippi Care Center in Corinth after a prolonged illness. Visitation will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church. A brief service will follow beginning at 2 p.m. Interment will be in New Cleveland Cemetery. She was retired from teaching at Cleveland High School and Vocational Complex. So long as health allowed, she was active at First Presbyterian Church and the Cleveland duplicate bridge club. She wished to be known as a Christian, wife, mother, grandmother and teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilkins. Survivors include sons Wilk (Cissy Prestage) and Ty (Pam); grandchildren, Will, Ben, Mike, Tyrone Jr. and Anna, and their families, as well as a loving extended family. She wished it to be known that there was never a day when she didn’t feel loved by God, family, friends, and former students. To view and sign the online guestbook, go to

Joan Barnett

Joan Barnett Joan Barnett, 69, of Cleveland passed away on July 18, 2018, at her home. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Ray Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will be 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at Ray Funeral Home with Brother John Thomas officiating. Interment will be in Lehrton Cemetery. Joan was born on June 12, 2018 in Stewart to Alton and Merle Griffin. She attended Ruleville High School and lived most of her life in Ruleville or Cleveland and the surrounding area but also resided in Hot Springs and Northwest, AR. Joan held many jobs in her life including being a cosmetologist and a role model performance in Walmart's automotive department, but her best roles included family and children, having spent many years as a babysitter. Her eyes and smile lit the room whenever she saw her children or grandchildren, and her ultimate talent was Nana extraordinaire. Any one who heard her laugh or felt her hug would not forget it. Joan loved spending time with her brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors, especially enjoying a competitive game of Skip-Bo Joan was a strong and independent women who sought ways to help others, generously giving her time to making sleeping mats for the homeless. She attended Morrison Chapel Church and will be missed dearly by all who loved her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alton and Merle Griffin; and brothers, James Homer Griffin and Huey Griffin. Joan is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Bell (Timothy) of Grenada; sons, Brian Barnett (Lorie) of Rogers, AR, and Zach Barnett (Katherine) of Downington, PA; granddaughters, Linzy Abraham (Spence) of Cleveland, Alexis Barnett of Rogers, AR, and Addison Barnett of Downingtown, PA; grandsons, Kalob Hughes (Brigitte) of Hot Springs, AR, Hestin Tackett of Grenada, Hunter Barnett of Conway, AR, Hayden Baker of Grenada, and Aiden and Aeric Barnett of Downingtown, PA; great-grandchildren, Conner and Brewer Abraham of Cleveland and Blane Hughes of Hot Springs, AR; sisters, Coralee Morris of Drew, Nina Faye Poe of Cleveland, and Eloise Cobb of Cleveland; brothers, Billy Joe Griffin of Ruleville and Jack Griffin of Ruleville; sister-in-law, Yolanda Griffin; and a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Poncho Morris, Junior Cobb, Dewayne Griffin, Hestin Tackett, Hunter Barnett, Kalob Hughes, Spence Abraham, Robert Bell and Timothy Baker. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Morris and Joel Morris. In Lieu of flowers, requests donations to be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice. To view and sign the online guestbook, please visit

Ernest Frank “Ernie” Abel Jr.

Ernest Frank “Ernie” Abel Jr. Mr. Ernest Frank “Ernie” Abel Jr. peacefully passed away on July 13, 2018, at his home surrounded by family. Visitation was 10-11 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018, at Ray Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service followed beginning at 11 a.m. at Ray Funeral Home with Brother John Thomas officiating. Interment was in Delta Heights Cemetery. Ernie was born on September 28, 1942, to Ernest “Buck” Abel and Robbie Howard Abel in Cleveland. On July 17, 1964, he married his wife Barbara Burkes in Cleveland. Ernie truly had a green thumb whether working as a farmer in the fields or in his backyard with his many vegetables. He enjoyed talking with others and picking at his friends but most of all, loved to hunt and fish. Ernie and Barbara enjoyed sitting on the porch together and going camping at Enid Lake. In the mornings, Ernie would sit outside with a coffee can full of deer feed to greet the flock of deer that approached him. He was always eager to share the excitement with his wife. Ernie was a simple man who loved his friends and family dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Frank “Buck” Abel Sr. and Robbie Howard Abel; sister, Barbara Kinard; nephew, Tommy Kinard; and great nephew, Christopher Kinard. Ernie is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Barbara Abel of Cleveland; children of the heart, Natalie Harkins (Larry); sisters-in-law, Cathy Kyle (Byron) of Cleveland and Margie Litton (Jerome) of Jacksonville, AR; sisters of the heart, Betty Junkin (Roy) and Joyce Ross of Milan, TN; mother- in- law, Bessie Burkes of Jacksonville, AR; special life long friends, Linda and Gale Roark from Cleveland; a special niece, Sharon Smith (Darrell) of Cabot, AR; a host of nieces, nephews, and grandchildren; and many more children they called their own. Pallbearers will be Timmy Kinard, Jeff Litton, Darrell Smith, Brady Smith, Matthew Warren, Tony Litton, Brian Litton, and Joey Weeks. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Morrison Chapel Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. To view and sign the online guestbook, please visit

Susie Wright

Susie Wright Services for Susie Groves Wright will be held Thursday, July 19, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Williams & Lord Funeral Home in Ruleville. Mrs. Wright, 71, died on Monday, July 16, 2018, at Walter B. Crook Nursing Home in Ruleville. She was born on January 4, 1947, in Clarksdale to the late Otis Allen and Jimmie Mae Neal Groves. She retired from MS Dept. of Corrections as a security guard. Susie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James E. Wright; and son, Phillip Wright. She is survived by her two sons, James Allen Wright of Pearl and Russell (Rita) Wright of Byram; brother, Harvey (Janet) Groves of Clarksdale; and three granddaughters, Gracen, Haleigh, and Allyson Wright. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 19, 2018, from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Bro. Deb Fausnight will officiate the services. Pallbearers will be Bro. Fausnight, Klint Fausnight, Roger Pounders, Conner Pounders, Tommy Ferguson Jr. and James Calvin Thompson. Burial will follow in Drew Cemetery. Online guest book may be signed at

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