Obituaries for Jan. 7, 2009

Alma Taylor, 87

Daisy Alma Taylor, 87, of Tiplersville, died Sunday morning, Jan. 4, 2009, at her home.

She was born March 23, 1921, to the late Alvie Lee and Fanny McDowell of Tippah County.  She worked for fifteen years at Blue Bell Manufacturing and retired from Falkner Elementary School Cafeteria.  She loved ardening and tending flowers.  Most of all, she enjoyed cooking and caring for her family and her neighbors.  She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Services were at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6,  2009 at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Interment was in Falkner Cemetery.

Alma is survived by her husband of 63 years, Wallace Taylor; one son, David Lee  Taylor; one daughter, Geraldine Elder (Lavaughn) all of Tiplersville; one granddaughter, Angela Elder Quinn (Chuck) of New Albany; one sister, Jane Huddleston of Ripley; two sisters-in-law, Grace McDowell of Falkner and Bobbie McDowell of Ripley; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Hubert McDowell, Earnest McDowell, Lee Roy McDowell, Ray McDowell, and Herschel McDowell; and one sister, Ruby Young.

 Pallbearers were Chuck Quinn, Gary Huddleston, Jeff Huddleston, Eddie McDowell, Holland McDowell, Roy Glenn McDowell, Johnny Young, and Steve Young.  Honorary pallbearers will be John David  Hall, Karl Patrick, Butch Robertson, and Jimmy Dale Rutherford. 

Visitation was held from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Monday, January 5, at the Ripley Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Falkner Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 117, Falkner, MS 38629.

Joyce M. Schuler, 69

Mrs. Joyce M. Schuler passed away early in the morning on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, after an extended illness. She was born May 27, 1939, in Belleville, Ill., to James Hoppes and Pauldean Malinosky. She was employed by Wondura and later at Super Sagless. She enjoyed maintaining her flower beds, crocheting and spending time with her special dog, Nikki.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Carr officiating.  Interment was in the Garden of the Redeemer in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Robert Schuler; two sons, Bob Schuler of Blue Springs and Billy Schuler of Arlington, Texas; two daughters, Julie Warren (Curtis) of Salem, Mo., and Renee Courtney (Tommy) of Blue Springs; three sisters, Sharon Hunter of Water Valley, Ky., Nola Ann Malinosky and Laura Malinosky of Collinsville, Ill.; one brother, David Malinosky of Collinsville, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Billy Gene Hawkins of Florida, Shannon Hawkins of Salem, Mo., Tenisha Schuler, Niccole Schuler and Amanda Schuler, all of Fort Worth, Texas, Tommy Courtney Jr. (Jennifer), Tiffany Bond (P.J.) and James Courtney, all of Blue Springs; nine great-grandchildren, Tawny and Clover of Salem, Mo., Jonathan and PJ Jr. of Blue Springs, and Riley, Emily, Colby, Ryan and Dalton of Fort Worth, Texas.

She was preceeded in death by her parents; a brother, James Hoppes Jr.; and a grandson, Justin Keith Schuler.

Pallbearers will be members of the family.

Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Doyle Payne, 73

Doyle Leslie Payne, 73, of New Albany, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at his home. He was born Sept. 11, 1935, in Aurora, Mo., to Emmett Reno Payne and Gretta Mackey Payne. He was retired from Masterbilt, where he worked as a draftsman. He was a member of a local model train club. He enjoyed the outdoors, and loved hunting and fishing.

Services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bob Portis officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Betty McDonald Payne of New Albany; two daughters, Sheldia Lamb of New Albany and Darlene Zolman (Don) of Ironton, Mo.; one son, Leslie Payne of Jefferson City, Mo.; one sister, Betty Meder (Bob) of Glen Carbon, Ill.; one brother, Bill Payne (Pat) of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandchildren, Nick Lamb of New Albany and Timothy Zolman of Park Hills, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three grandsons.

Pallbearers were Joseph D. McDonald, Mark Pickens, Kenny Cox, Joe McDonald Jr., Billy Yager Jr. and Allen Dale Foreman.

Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at the funeral home.

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Holcomb Scott, 75

John Holcomb Scott, 75, of Hickory Flat, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was born June 10, 1933, in Union County to Dwight L. Scott and Beulah Brownlee Scott. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired schoolteacher from West Union School and a retired employee of Morehead Industries. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

Services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brownie Tohill officiating. Interment was in Ebenezer Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Hunter School of Hickory Flat; one son, John Holcomb Scott Jr. (Kathryn) of Oxford; three grandchildren, Cara Scott, Rhodes Scott and Anna Scott, all of Oxford.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Wells Scott and Jack Scott.

Pallbearers were Page Aucoin, Terence Aucoin, Joseph Aucoin, Dwight Scott, Don Taylor, Scott Goode, Mike Mansel and Morris Hunter.

Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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Doris Freeman, 83

Doris Elizabeth Nabors Freeman, 83, of Ripley, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

Services were at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. Andy Stoddard and the Rev. William Connolly officiating. Interment was in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley.

Survivors include five daughters, Carla Benson (Bobby), Kay Clark (Bernard), Connie Braddock (Danny), Sue Stokes (Leland) and Carol Childs, all of Ripley; one son, James M. “Jimmy” Freeman of Myrtle; one brother, James B. Nabors (Jo) of Youngstown, Ohio; 14 grandchildren, Skip Benson (Becky), Tommy Benson (Kim), Keith Clark (Mendy), Chris Clark, Dan Braddock (Melinda), Jeff Stokes, Lonnie Childs, Matt Childs (Jennifer), Angie Mansell, Teresa Cooper (Brad), Candi Draffin (Jeff), Libbi Ward (Perry), B.J. Horton (Stan) and Pat Long (Witt); and 28 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Milton Freeman; her parents, Lonnie Fant and Lou Etta Hodges Nabors; and a great-grandson, Matthew Clark Mansell.

Pallbearers were Skip Benson, Tommy Benson, Keith Clark, Chris Clark, Dan Braddock, Jeff Stokes, Lonnie Childs and Matt Childs.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 7 a.m. to service time Friday.

Memorials may be made to Benson/Freeman Scholarship Fund, c/o Blue Mountain College, P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610; or First United Methodist Church, 302 S. Main St., Ripley, MS 38663.

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Robbie Dykes, 18

Robert Taylor “Robbie” Dykes, 18, of Blue Springs, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany as the result of an automobile accident. He was a member of Blue Springs Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and he was a big wrestling fan. He loved spending time with his father, and he loved his mother dearly.

Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Blue Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Neil Davis and Bro. Keith Cobb officiating. Interment was in New Harmony Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Deborah Dykes of Blue Springs; his father, Terry Dykes of Blue Springs; one sister, Kayla Harrison (Steven) of Tupelo; his grandparents, Jerry and Geraldine Yarbrough of Blue Springs; aunts and uncles, Jerry and Renae Tolbert of Blue Springs, Thomas and Dee Richter of Baldwyn, James and Stephanie Chandler of Winona, Jerry and Dorothy Dykes of Booneville, Kathy Jones of Sherman, Jimmy and Shelby Dykes of Amory, and Robert and Annette Dykes of Amory; several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lillie Dykes; an aunt, Sharon Dykes; and his grandfather, James Dykes.

Pallbearers were Robert, James, Jonathan, Steven, C.J.. Devin, Phil and Ryan.

Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Blue Springs Baptist Church.

Kenneth Crump, 66

Kenneth Ray Crump, 66, of Blue Springs, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home.

Melissa Britt, 40

Melissa Denise Britt, 40, of Pontotoc, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born in Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 10, 1968, to David Estes Morgan Jr. and Mary Frances Hinton. She married Jake Britt on December 16, 2000. She was a Justice Court Clerk for Pontotoc county. She was a member of Anchor Baptist Church. She enjoyed camping and was an avid fan of Elvis Presley.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at Baldwin, Nowell and Clark Funeral Home with Bro. Ted Burcham officiating. Interment was in Friendship Cemetery. Baldwin, Nowell and Clark Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her parents, David and Frances Morgan of Ecru; her husband, Jake Britt of Pontotoc; one son, Morgan Scott Brown (Lindsey) of Southaven; father-in-law, Jerry Britt of Pontotoc; six aunts, Beth Anthony, Gertrude Bray, Corrine Horton, Marlene Wright (Johnny), Lillian Hinton and Modess Hinton; four brothers-in-law, Greg Washington (Edie), Mike Byrd (Doll), Jeff Britt (Sabine) and Joey Britt (Tracey); one grandson, Talen Brown; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Wayne Doss, Jeremy Doss, Brad Hamblin, Jason Putt, Shannon Wade and Richard Anthony.

Visitation continued until service time Monday at the funeral home.