Rickey Dale Southern, 49, of Dell, died Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at his home. Born at Manila, he was a lifelong resident of Mississippi County and a graduate of Manila High School. He was an employee of Stracener Brother's Construction and was a member of the Westside Church of God in Manila.
Survivors include his wife, Lesa Southern of Dell; two sons, Timothy Southern of Blytheville and Billy Meacham of Manila; four daughters, Sherry Williams of Gosnell, Christina Oaks of Mississippi, LeeAnn Southern of Dell and Breann Beard of Blytheville; his mother, Dorothy Southern of Manila; two brothers, Danny Southern and David Southern, both of Manila; two sisters, Linda McCain of Manila and Patsy McFall of Blytheville; and five grandchildren.
The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Westside Church of God in Manila with Rev. Brian Johnson and Rev. David Fair officiating. Burial was in Manila Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service.
Pallbearers were Eric Williams, Wayne Green, Gary McCain, DeWayne Southern, Chris Holt and Doug Darren.