Earnest Ralph Ross

Funeral services for Earnest Ralph Ross, age 70, of Leland will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 20 at First Baptist Church, Leland. He died Wednesday, January 17 at Baptist Memorial East Hospital in Memphis. Burial will follow in the Leland-Stoneville Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Leland. 

Ralph was born in Greenville, Mississippi. After graduation from Leland High School, he attended Mississippi Delta Community College. He then served in the U.S. Army as a Specialist and served a year in Vietnam. After his discharge, he returned to Leland and earned a Bachelor and a Masters Degree from Delta State University. Ralph worked his entire adult life as a counselor at Mississippi Delta Community College until retirement. He was an avid gardener and loved golfing and fishing with 2 of his closest buddies. The three of them were known to everyone as "the three amigos." Ralph was kind-hearted and quick witted and enjoyed nothing more than a good laugh. He cherished his family, especially his grandson, Luke, who was his heart and shared his birthday with "Papa." Ralph cared deeply for everyone, including many 4-legged friends.   

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Judy Berry Ross; daughter, Kelly L. Ross; and grandson, Luke Ross all of Leland; mother, Wanda H. Ross of Greenville; and many in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews; and a host of wonderful friends. 

A visitation will be held one hour before services at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Leland or a charity of the donor's choice.


Betty Palmer Ruscoe

Funeral services for Betty Palmer Ruscoe, age 88, of Leland will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 9 at Leland United Methodist Church. She died Monday, November 6 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis TN. Burial will follow in Oddfellow Cemetery in Starkville at 4:00 p.m. Thursday. All services are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home of Leland. 

Betty was born February 18, 1929 to Cleo and Bessie Palmer. Betty graduated from Starkville High School and continued her education at Mississippi State University where she received her degree in History. Upon graduation, she married Ben Wiley Ruscoe of Coila, MS on November 24, 1952. She was a loyal and supportive coach’s wife living in West Tallahatchie, West Point, Columbia, and Leland. She was an avid Mississippi State Fan, a honorary member of the M Club, an excellent bridge player and a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. 

Survivors include four sons, Mark Ruscoe (Jackie) of Asheville, NC, Ben Ruscoe, Jr. (Ann) of Clarksdale, MS, Jon Ruscoe (Marilyn) of Oxford, MS, and Shannon Ruscoe (Kim) of Collierville, TN; 1 daughter, Mollie Heleniak (Jason) of Columbus, MS; 9 grandchildren, Laura Bess and Taylor Ruscoe, Rhett (Cassie) and John Landon Ruscoe, Ben (Margie Claire) and Grant Ruscoe, Bailey, Jack, and Ella Laughmiller; three great grandchildren, Rivers Claire Ruscoe, Avery Catherine Ruscoe and Landon Wiley Ruscoe. 

A visitation will be held 10:00-11:00am Thursday, November 9 at First United Methodist Church in Leland. Memorials may be made to the Leland United Methodist Church.


Hazel McCain Poe

Funeral services for Hazel McCain Poe, 103, will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 27 at First Baptist Church, Indianola in the sanctuary. She died on Saturday, January 21, 2017 following a stroke on December 17, 2016. Burial will be in Indianola City Cemetery under the direction of Boone-Card Funeral Home. 

Hazel was born on August 14, 1913, in Mathiston, Mississippi to Cleora O’Neal and Pascal Floyd McCain. She and her husband, Powell E. Poe, moved to Indianola in 1945 where she remained until her "retirement" to The Villages, Florida in 2014. Both of her parents and her husband of 59 years preceded her in death. 

She was a second grade teacher for over 30 years and was very active in many groups and clubs including Cotton Wives, WMU, Civic League and the Garden Club. She was a 50+ year member of the sanctuary choir of the First Baptist Church, Indianola and she also served for many years as the Sunday School secretary. After Powell retired from farming in the 70s, he and Hazel traveled extensively. Sometimes they pulled their Airstream trailer, sometimes they explored with great friends Gladys & Billy Gist and Esther & Frank Baker, and sometimes they went abroad. She had an incredible sense of adventure and never wanted to miss out on anything. She never lost her interest in what was happening on the farm or with the weather. She also had a love for sports, particularly Mississippi State, Alabama and the Atlanta Braves. 

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Joe Powell and Mary Jane; grandchildren, Kathryn (John), Morgan (Erin), and Nathan (Ian); as well as great-granddaughter, Evalyn Grace. She is also survived by her "baby brother," Joe (Juanice) as well as a host of generations of cousins, nieces and nephews from across the country. In addition, Juanita and James Campbell of Inverness have been a special part of her family’s life for a long time. 

The family is thankful and appreciative of everyone at Harbor Chase in The Villages for becoming a part of her family during her "retirement" and for Peggy Armstrong who was her friend and caregiver for her last few years in Indianola. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 27 at 9:00am at First Baptist Indianola Lunch will be served at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall following the graveside service. 

Pallbearers will be: Morgan Poe, Nathan Hicks-Poe, Bill Baird, Lake Baird, Keith Spealman, Calvin Lang, Ernie Baker (or Billy as she called him) and Lewis Poindexter. Frank Crosthwait and Dr. Walter Rose will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church (Choir Fund), 202 Catchings Avenue, Indianola, MS 38751; Baptist Children’s Village, Post Office Box 26, Clinton, MS 39060-0026; or the charity of the donor’s choosing.


Dominic Michael Fava

Memorial services for Dominic Michael Fava, 63, of Brandon will be a Noon, Monday, January 30 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Greenville with a reception afterwards in the Parish Hall. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving wife and family on Monday, January 23. Arrangements are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. 

Nick worked as a young man at Fava Brothers Grocery. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Greenville and attended St. Catherine's College in Kentucky and Mississippi State University. 

Nick became co-owner of Fava Brothers Grocery with his cousin Margaret Fava Regnier of Benton, AR. After many years as co-owner and sole owner of Fava Brothers Grocery he changed his career and began working with Galliano Marine Company in Louisiana. He enjoyed many years as the chef and able bodied seaman. He was beloved by his crew, captains, coordinators alike. 

Nick's passion was cooking and spending time with family, friends, and dogs, and supporting the Mississippi Bull Dogs. He was loved by all who knew him as he was a kind and loving husband, brother, uncle and friend. He will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Domenick P. Fava and Zemeta (Bae) Ferretti Fava both of Greenville and sister-in-law, Laura B. Edwards. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Brent Fava; 3 loving sisters, Paula Fava of Brandon, Annette Fava Willis of Lynn, MA and Barbara Ann Fava of St. Catherines, KY; 5 nephews, Ricky Willis of Binghamton, NY, Matthew Willis of Beverly, MA, Stephen J. Dantone of Bedford, PA, John Marcus Jourdan of KY and John Leighton Edwards of Natchez, MS; 2 nieces, Ashley Burrus of Nashville, TN and Mary Ellen Mendosa of Nashville, TN; mother-in-law, Ann B. Henson of Bedford, PA; sister-in-law, Diane B. Dantone and two faithful dogs, Deacon Bleu and Delilah.


Ellis Anthony Palasini

Funeral Mass for Ellis Anthony Palasini, 85, will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church in Leland, MS, at 10:00 a.m. He gained his wings on Sunday, January 8, 2017. All arrangements are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home in Leland. 

Born on June 27, 1931, in Leland, MS, he was the son of Guido Anthony Palasini and Hattie Ricca Santucci, who migrated to the Mississippi Delta from Ancona, Italy. He followed in his father’s footsteps in his love of land, and farmed with his father, three sons, and grandson for the past 70 years. Forget technology, he could tell you how much seed, chemical, the yield of any field from the records he kept in his Home Insurance day planner that was in the console of every black Chevy truck he drove over the past 60 years. 

Ellis also had a passion for stock car racing. He was known as the Black Widow, and his V8 sprint car thrilled fans from Memphis to Mobile, from Jackson to Los Angeles, with over 20 years of dirt track excitement. The name Palasini is well-known when it comes to dirt track racing in the South. He often spoke of Ivil Cooper, Hooker Hood, Bobby and Davey Allison, and the thrills they provided to fans of all ages. 

He broke several racing records and was the first driver from Mississippi to earn his USAC license. He competed in three divisions: sprints, midgets, and super-modified. Ellis is honored in the Mobile, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and his racing legacy continues with his three sons and grandson. 

While farming and racing were a major part of his life, his top priority and first love was his family. Regardless of the activity, whether it was farming, racing, hunting, fishing, softball, playing Rook, or just Sunday dinner, the whole family was included. In this day and age, that is not very common, but anyone who knew him, knew he was about tradition and togetherness, not keeping up with the times. 

He is survived by his wife, Norma Kimbrell Palasini; his seven children: Butch Palasini (Linda), Mike Palasini, Duke Palasini (Robyn), Kat Palasini, Donna Shamoun, Ricca Palasini, and Dina Pickell (Glenn), all from Leland; 17 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren, and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, friends and family. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 12 at St. James Catholic Church from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., followed by the Rosary. Father Alphonse Arulanandu and Father Charles Bucciantini will be officiating all services. Memorial donations can be made to St. James Catholic Church, 312 E. Third Street, Leland, MS 38756, or to Alzheimer’s Mississippi, 855 South Pear Orchard Rd, Suite 501, Ridgeland, MS 39157.


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