MONTICELLO Mr. M. L. Echols 78 of Monticello, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.

MONTICELLO Mr. M. L. Echols 78 of Monticello, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Echols of Monticello; one step-son, Castor Dale Thompson of Louisville, Ky.; two daughters, Norma Mason of Nashville, Tenn. and Joyce A. Washington of Monticello; one son, Gary Bedford of Memphis, Tenn.; three brothers; six sisters; one sister-in-law, and his grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial in Lacey Cemetery by Stephenson-Dearman. Visitation 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Online guestbook www.stephensondearman.com.