By NEMS Daily Journal
Harlon Smith Jr.
SALTILLO – Harlon R. Smith Jr., 38, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Dallas, Texas, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born July 6, 1974, in Morton to Harlon R. Smith Sr. and Sandra “Kay” Shivers Smith. He graduated from Caldwell High School and was a senior in college at the University of Mississippi, Tupelo Campus. He married Natania Odum on Sept. 27, 1997. He worked for Prime Logic in Tupelo. He was a certified dive instructor and diving teacher. He was a member of Tupelo First Pentecostal Church. His passions were his church, family, friends and scuba diving and he enjoyed playing with his sons in the pool, hunting, fishing, disc golfing and reading. He had a very kind heart and quick wit, and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tupelo First Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Larry Hill, the Rev. Stephen Drury and the Rev. Larry Hill II officiating. Private family burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Natania Smith of Saltillo; his parents, Harlon R. Smith Sr. and Kay Smith of Saltillo; two sons, Evan Smith and Tyler Smith, both of the home; two sisters, Donna Edwards (Brian) of Corinth and Candace Bishop (Jon) of Saltillo; his grandmother, Verna Harris of Eight Mile, Ala.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mark Odum and Sandy Odum of Holdenville, Okla.; four brothers-in-law, Nathaniel Odum of Holdenville, Okla., Douglas Whittingham (Heather) of Texarkana, Texas, Joseph Cox of Rolla, Mo., and Johnny Dye (Theresa) of Piedmont, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Stallcup of Holdenville, Okla., and Melissa Berry (Scott Whitaker) of Salem, Mo.
Pallbearers will be Matt Phillips, Steven Boone, Robert Tomlinson, Bill Lansdell, Rick Blansett and Larry Causey.
Memorial donations may be made to an education fund for his sons – Evan and Tyler Smith Education Fund, c/o Renasant Bank/Saltillo Branch, P.O. Box 709, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
EGGVILLE – Robert Wayne Weaver, 84, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at the Courtyard Community Living Center in Fulton. He was born Dec. 28, 1927, to Charles Melvin and Mae Williams Weaver. He was a longtime resident of the Eggville community. He was a veteran of the United States Army Airforces and served during World War II. He worked for Kermit’s Bakery for 14 years and was a long-time employee of Super Sagless and Leggett & Platt. He retired from the Lee County road crew and later, because he was such a people person, returned to work for Lee County as the office manager of the Guntown shop and continued working there into his 80’s. He attended Boguefala Baptist Church. He was an avid reader, loved baseball and enjoyed keeping up with community events and activities.
A celebration of his life with military honors will be 2 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with his son-in-law, Larry Betts officiating, and a special time for his friends to share stories of him. Burial will be in Eggville Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Truitt Wayne Weaver (Sandra) of the Eggville community; one daughter, Tina Betts (Larry) of Tupelo; one grandson, Todd Wayne Weaver (Ashley) of Pontotoc; one great-grandson, Weston Wayne Weaver; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Chad Kilgo of Saltillo and Shea Lawson of Nettleton; his foster grandson, Craig Robinson (Teri) of Brownsville, Tenn., and their sons, Grayson, Jackson and Eason; two foster granddaughters, Denise Randleman(David) and their children, Daniel, Seth and Carrie of Lexington, N.C. and Becky Robinson; six sisters, Mary Jo Herring of Tupelo, Charlene Kuykendall (Robert) of Amory, Ann Lettieri of Verona, Nita Tucker of Baldwyn, Sandra Simmons (James) of Tupelo and Jan Gough of Pensicola, Fla.; two brothers, Charles “Chuck” Weaver (Martha) of Jacksonville, Fla., and John Douglas Weaver (Linda) of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ardania Bishop Weaver; his parents; three sisters, Donna Jane Weaver, Nell Faulkner and Sue Ragan; two brothers, Doyle and Billy Weaver.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BALDWYN – Thomas Charles “T.C.” Davis, 83, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2012, at his home in Baldwyn. He was born May 8, 1929, to Jolynn Davis and Johnson Richey. He was a member of Springhill M.B. Church in Baldwyn and a member of the Deacon Board. He worked at R&W Cleaners and Penn Tire Mfg. and retired from Day Brite Lightning Co. He was a veterans of the U. S. Army.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Spronghill M.B. Church in Baldwyn with the Rev. Isaac Shinault officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Jackie (Clevon) Tucker of Hollywood, Ala., JoAnn Davis of San Fernando Valley, Calif., Janice Givhan of Rockford, Ill., and Shelia (Michael) McGee of Baldwyn; two sons. Keith (Kimberly) Osborne of Huntsville, Ala., and Crandell (Sharon) Davis of Tupelo; one sister, Minnie Jones of Canton; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlie Mildred Calomese Davis; his parents, three sons, Dr. Mitchell J. Harris, Dwight Osborne and Anthony C. Dalyrimple.
Visitation is from 3 to 5 p.m. today and family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
CAROLINA – Ima Gene “Polly” Wiygul, 95, died on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Feb. 3, 1917, in Hatley, she was a daughter of the late John and Nilie Wright Ausborn. She married Gratchard F. Wiygul in 1931. She grew up in Hatley and attended Hatley School. Living most of her life in the Carolina community, she was a member of Carolina Methodist Church. She was a retired seamstress for the Amory Garment Company. A very kind-hearted and loving lady and a devout Christian, she loved reading her Bible, sewing, quilting, working in her flower garden and spending with her family, especially cooking for them during the holidays.
She is survived by her grandchildren, Rene White (Charles) of Carolina, Kyle Wiygul (Terry) of Caledonia and Donna Martin (Jay) of Aberdeen; great-grandchildren, Chris White (Amanda), Ben and Skipper White, Chance and Page Wiygul, Allen Martin (Karen); great-great-grandchildren, Hunter, Kobe and Addy White, Aiden Wiygul and Gabriella Reese Martin.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Hansel W. Wiygul, and her brothers and sisters.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Carolina Methodist Church with Bro. Mike Hunter and Bro. Allen Martin officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Chris, Ben and Skipper White, Chance and Page Wiygul, Allen Martin and Michael Sullivan. Honorary pallbearers will be Hunter, Kobe and Addy White, Aiden Wiygul and Gabby Martin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory. The body will lie in repose at the church from 2 p.m. to service time Saturday.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Era Gilmore Jr.
NETTLETON – Era Gilmore Jr., 62, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born on Dec. 22, 1949, in Lee County to Era Washington and Lilla Ellis Gilmore. He was a native of Mooreville, but had lived in Nettleton for the past 40 years. He was a quality control inspector at Super Sagless in Tupelo for the past 38 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Liberty Baptist Church. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he enjoyed reading, sports and being with his granddaughter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Horace Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Schumpert (Larry) of the Richmond community; two sisters, Pat Carr of Mooreville and Martha Dickerson of Hernando; two brothers, Charles Thomas Gilmore of Nettleton and Bobby Carl Gilmore of Tupelo; a sister-in-law, Nancy McCollum of Plantersville; a brother-in-law, Johnny McCollum of Plantersville; and one granddaughter, Anna Schumpert.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Sue McCollum Gilmore; his parents; an infant son, Brian Scott Gilmore; a sister, Mittie Pearl Shattles; and two brothers, J.B. Payne and Sam Thomas Payne.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and leave condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
ECRU – Frances Hulsey Dickerson, 81, formerly of Madisonville, Ky., died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Church Street Personal Care Home of Ecru. She was born Oct. 15, 1930, to Raymond and Louise Adams Pendley. She was a member of Assembly of God Church in Earlington, Ky.
She is survived by two daughters, Sue Devine of Madisonville, Ky., and Lynette (Sammy) Sappington of Pontotoc; one son, Roger (Sheila) Hulsey of Madisonville, Ky.; two sisters, Wilma (G.H.) Duke and Geraldine (Jimmy) Lutz, both of Nebo, Ky.; one brother, Leon (Nelda) Pendley of Madisonville, Ky.; seven grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Hulsey; her parents; a brother, Charles Pendley; a sister, Margaret Pendley; first husband, Jesse Hulsey; and her second husband, Gaither Dickerson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnett-Strother Funeral Home with the Rev. Bobby Sellers officiating. Burial will follow in New Salem Cemetery in Nortonville, Ky.
Pallbearers will be the grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today and after noon Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to Green River Hospice. Envelopes will be made available at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.barnettstrother.com.
Willie L. Deanes
WEST POINT – Willie L. Deanes, 68, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at UFCW Local 1991 Bryan Union Hall in West Point. Burial will be in the Palo Alto M.B. Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Rev. Charles Smith
NEW ALBANY – The Rev. Charles Edward Smith, 76, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Dec. 9, 1935, in Tippah County to William Brewer and Essie Jewel Garrison Smith. He was currently pastor of Lowry Methodist Church in Tippah County. Prior to that he had served a number of churches and charges: Oxford Parish, McCool Charge, Longview-Adaton, Mt. Pleasant Charge (Marshall County), Cedar Bluff Charge (Clay County), Carolina Charge (Itawamba County), Falkner Charge, Ingomar-Mt. Zion and Belden-Sherman.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. John Moore, the Rev. Kerry Powell and the Rev. Tim Green officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Bolen Smith; two daughters, Frances Smith Walker (Glenn) of Starkville and Charlsie E. Smith of New Albany; two sons, David Smith (Julia) of Saltillo and Paul Smith (Bridget) of New Albany; one sister, Mavienne Hodges (Bobby) of New Albany; one brother, Dean Smith (Ruby) of New Albany; three grandchildren, Greg Walker, Luke Smith and Cohen Smith; and one brother-in-law, Sammy Goodwin of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carolyn Goodwin.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Lewellen, Glenn Moore, Billy Burchett, Joe Tatum, Bud Sides and Ronnie Lindsey. Honorary pallbearers will be D. A. Childs, Darrell Dunnam, Larry Byrd, and all ministers of the Mississippi Annual Conference.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
For online condolences visit www.untiedfuneralservice.com.
MOBILE, Ala. – Cathy Jean Burson left to be with her heavenly father on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. She was a native of Tupelo and a lifelong resident of Mobile, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home in Mobile, Ala. Entombment will be at the Chapel of Chimes Mausoleum.
She is survived by her daughter, Shannon Teresa Burson; her mother, Dorothy Jean Adams; her siblings, David V. Adams (Dana) and Teresa Adams (David); her grandchild, Emilee Harper; her nieces and nephews, Denise Smith (Rick), Deann Adams and David V. Adams Jr. (Amy); and her caregivers, Cassandra J. Moultrie, Linda Daniels and Yolanda Washington.
She was preceded in death by her father, Travis Virgil Adams.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to River of Life, 42 Mill St., Lucedale, MS 39452.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Willie James Perkins, 77, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at Premier Nursing Home in North Little Rock, Ark.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Chapel CME Church. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Iuka.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.
John Burke Jr.
AMORY – John P. “Johnny” Burke Jr., 93, died on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on June 24, 1919, in Boston, Mass., he was a son of the late Mary Vienneau and John Patrick Burke Sr. He was a graduate of Brighton, Mass., High School, where he was active in ROTC. Honorably serving his country as a Master Sergeant during World War II in the European Theater, he was in combat with Gen. Patton and received a Purple Heart. On Dec. 2, 1945, he married Rena Lucille Whidbee in Pascagoula, and they lived in Moss Point for 52 years. After 40 years of service with Ingalls Shipbuilding, he retired as a safety officer, working in the fire, safety and medical fields. Moving to Amory in April 2008, he was a member of First Baptist Church. A devoted husband and loving father, he looked forward to spending time with his family and working. Humorous and having a love for people, he enjoyed motorhoming, having visited all 48 continental states, camping, and listening to country and gospel music.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille W. Burke of Amory, formerly of Columbia and Moss Point; daughters, Janis Switzer (Wayne) of Thomasville, Ala., and Judy Gilmore (Danny) of Columbia; son, Ray Burke (Becky) of Amory; sister, Loretta Downey of Eliot, Maine; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Mealey, and a brother, Al Burke.
A celebration of life service with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson and Bro. Jimmy McFatter officiating. A committal service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia with Bro. Darrel Daniels officiating. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, Hand Bell Fund, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Taylor Gabrielle’ Jean Collins, newborn, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
TUPELO – Lillie Ruth Wells, 78, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Tupelo. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
ENDVILLE – Johnnie McKinney Whitten, 86, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at the Page Greenhouse in the Traceway Retirement Community after an extended illness. She was born Feb. 5, 1926, in Lee County to Ben and Fannie Sheffield McKinney. She graduated from Mooreville High School in 1945. She married Joe Brooks Whitten on Feb. 10, 1951. She was a member of Endville Baptist Church where she was active in Sunday school, WMU and the Senior Citizens Group. She retired from Central Service Association of Tupelo after 30 years of service. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and follower of Christ. She enjoyed sewing and needle work, flower and vegetable gardening and spending time with her friends and family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. David Westmoreland and the Rev. Bobby Holland officiating. Burial will follow in the Endville Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Joe Phil Whitten (Betty) of Pontotoc; two daughters, Betty Womack (Ralph) of Dekalb and Becky Jackson (Ricky) of Tupelo; one sister, Jeane McKinney of Mooreville; seven grandchildren, Valerie Peeples (Bob), Vanetta Duff (Al), Victoria Kilpatrick (T.J.), all of Pontotoc, Veronica Minier (Edward) of Dallas, Texas, Joanna Manning (Davis) of West Point, Anna Claire Jackson of Nashville, Tenn., and Brooks Jackson of Tupelo; and 11 great-grandchildren, Adam Peeples of Birmingham, Ala., Daniel Peeples (Casey), Luke Peeples, Hannah Katheryn Peeples, Daynalee Duff and Andrew Duff, all of Pontotoc, Boone Waldon, Bailey Waldon and Zeke Minier, all of Dallas, Texas, Connor Kilpatrick and Brooklyn Claire Kilpatrick of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 35 years.
Joe Brooks Whitten
Pallbearers will be Brooks Jackson, T.J. Kilpatrick, Davis Manning, Adam Peeples, Daniel Peeples, Luke Peeples, Bob Peeples, Al Duff and Andrew Duff.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
ETTA – Cynthia Fay Grisham, 78, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at her home near Etta. The daughter of Zollie Neal and Linnie Elvie Tucker, she was born in Pontotoc County on Sept. 27, 1933. She was a retired nurses aide, and a member of Buchanan Baptist Church, Mississippi Homemakers Club of Union County and the Peacemakers Club. She was a loving mother and enjoyed all of her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Buchanan Baptist Church with Bro. David Westmoreland and Bro. Scotty Crawson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Carl Patrick Grisham (Shelly) of Etta and Randall Ed Grisham (Cheryl) of Potts Camp; two daughters, Patricia Carleen Pannell (Gene) of Blue Springs and Deborah Lynne Wray of Pontotoc; two brothers, Delbert Tucker of Casey and Delton Tucker of Hernando; one sister, Evelyn Riley of Etta; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jessie Carlton Grisham.
Pallbearers will be Tim Pannell, Jeremy Pannell, Steve Prewett, Jeff Willard, Steven Willard, Blake Grisham, Bryson Grisham and John Grisham.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. today until service time Saturday at Buchanan Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Buchanan Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
BRUCE – Linda Jo Logan, 49, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at her home. She was born Sept. 16, 1962, in Bruce. She was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church and a former clerk at Logan Discount Drugs in Bruce.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Dr. Daniel Hathorne and Bro. Darrell Logan officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include special friend, Fernando, of Bruce; her parents, Robert Lee Logan Sr. and Nell Alexander Logan of Bruce; two sisters, Deb Bramlitt (David) of Bruce and Sandee Tutor (Craig) of Bruce; 0ne brother, Robert Logan Jr. (Melody) of Clinton; four nephews, Darrell Bramlitt, Lee Logan, Alex Logan and Reese Logan; three nieces, Darla Walker, Ashley Logan and Kaithin Logan; two great-nieces, Layla Bramlitt and Jillian Bramlitt; and one great-nephew, Gavin Walker.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Durell and Lala Alexander, and Olan and Roena Logan.
Pallbearers will be Charles Scott Alexander, Rory Alexander, Darrell Bramlitt, Alex Logan, Lee Logan, Reese Logan, Dr. Bruce Longest and Issac Walker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
RED BANKS – Barbara Lanphere Davis, 57, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Red Banks. She was born Dec. 30, 1954, in Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of Emory Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emory Methodist Church with Bro. Burton and Bro. Andy Skelton officiating. Burial will be in Emory Cemetery in Byhalia. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Steve Mark Davis of Red Banks; one son, Charles Lanphere (Nikki) of Hernando; one daughter, Dusti Yarbrough (Shane) of Baldwyn; her father, William A. Jones of Sesser, Ill.; two brothers, Fred Jones of St. Louis, Mo., and Arthur Jones of Texas; three sisters, Lesia Valentine of Horn Lake, Laura Valentine of Grand Junction, Colo., and Misty Valentine of Nashville, Tenn.; and grandchildren, Tristen Lanphere, Grace Yarbrough, Lacey Lewis, Allie Mills and Katelyn Putt.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Sara Robinson Jones.
Pallbearers will be Kenny Holbrook, Jack Dennis, Davis Hill, Jacky Brown, Don Clark and Larry Lanphere.
Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Dennis, Owen Pullen, Henry Pullen and Greg Horton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Wings and the West Clinic, 7668 Airways, Southaven, MS 38671.
Online condolences may be made at hsfuneralhome.com.
Kason Daniel Umfress
BALDWYN – Kason Daniel Umfress, infant, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Scotty Downs officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Daniel and Paige Stephenson Umfress of Baldwyn; two brothers, his twin brother, Branten Max Umfress of the home, and Dalton Umfress of Mantachie; and his grandparents, John Barry Thompson and Margaret Lynn Thompson of Mantachie, Max and Tonya Stephenson of Booneville, and Ray and Sandy Alexander of Baldwyn.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Cordie Lucille “Mama Cil” Matthews, 95, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at Graceland Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 15, 1916, in Gordo, Ala. She attended school until she married Andrew Matthews on Nov. 4, 1936. She devoted her entire adult life to her husband, sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, working very hard on the farm, taking the children and grandchildren to church, educating their sons, and sacrificing to ensure that all four had a college eduction. She was a special person.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Fred Hartley and Bro. Pat Ewing officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Ronnie Matthews; daughters-in-law, Joyce Matthews and Edith Matthews; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marie Caldwell; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Jenkins; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Andrew Matthews, in 1996; sons, Bobby Matthews, Norman Matthews and Bennie Matthews; a grandson, Josh Matthews; her mother, Pininah Jenkins; her father, Earlie Jenkins; two brothers, Alonzo Jenkins and Homer Jenkins; and a sister, Erlean Pate.
Pallbearers will be David Matthews, Bobby Glenn Matthews, Tim Matthews, Jeff Matthews and Lee Matthews. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Matthews and Perry Matthews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Saturday.
IUKA – Lisa Ann Masters Dean, 44, formerly of Anna-Jonesboro, Ill., died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at her residence. She was a homemaker and an active member of the VFW and the American Legion. She enjoyed bingo and spending time with her family and friends. She especially loved being with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Horace “Red” Dean Jr., of Iuka; one son, Gary Lynn Potter II of Anna, Ill.; one daughter, Ashley “Rosie” Craig (David) of Jonesboro, Ill.; two brothers, Marion Masters of St. Johns, Mich., and Jim Masters of Anna, Ill.; four sisters, Terrie Hellman and Susan Ragland, both of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Debra Winters of San Diego, Calif., and Loyce Poole of Anna, Ill.; two grandchildren, Emma Rose Craig and David Lee Craig III; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Marion “Red” Masters; her mother, Rosemary Musgraves; her grandparents, Frank and Leatta Cripps; and a brother, Randy Masters.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – William Henry Moore, 89, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Pleasant Hill CME Church in Mt. Pleasant. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday.
SPARTA – Ruth Moore Martin, 86, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. She was born Oct. 17, 1925, in Chickasaw County to Lafayette Arnold Moore and Dellie Morris Moore. She was a homemaker and a member of Arbor Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Arbor Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Jonathan Childress, Bro. Jim Ray and Bro. Tommy Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Arbor Grove Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Barry Martin and Terry Martin, both of Sparta; two sisters, Lynn Atkinson and Mike of Caledonia, and Doris Ledbetter of West Point; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Odie Martin, who died July 25, 2010; two sisters, Peggy Knight and Jean Smith; and three brothers, Jimmy Moore, Tom Moore and L.A. Moore Jr.
Pallbearers will be Josh Holder, Sammy Lovvorn, Scotty Martin, Danny Lantrip, Mike Kopp and Bobby Price.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Friday.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
Gracie F. Perkins
OLIVE BRANCH – Gracie F. Perkins, 81, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at her residence in Olive Branch. She was born March 29, 1931, to Clarence and Anna W. Wilkerson. She was a member of Longview Heights Baptist Church in Olive Branch. She retired from Milwaukee Tools.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Flat Rock Baptist Church with Bro. William Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Flat Rock Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Pam Denham (Mickey) of Houlka; two sisters, Jane Nolley of Olive Branch and Lessie Clark of Blue Mountain; five grandchildren, Jennifer Laine Perkins of Chalmette, La., Alicia Nicole Sanderson (Floyd) of Olive Branch, Ericia Faye Savage of Olive Branch, Lisa Stegall (Matt) of Pontotoc and Jamie Denham (Tracy) of Pontotoc; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Gene Perkins; and one brother, Buddy Wilkerson.
Pallbearers will be Dale Nolley, Johnny Crisco, Floyd Sanderson, Corey Bailey, Allen Perkins and Sonny Busby.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home. The body will be placed in the church at noon Saturday.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
PRAIRIE – Willie George Randle, 68, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at his home in Prairie. He was born March 21, 1944, to Charlie B. Randle and Ora Lee Lairy Randle. He was a member of Union Baptist Church. He received his education from the Houston Schools. He was a former employee of Futorian.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Baptist Church in McCondy with the Rev. Calvin Chandler officiating. Burial will be in Union Baptist Cemetery.
Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include daughters, Marshall Randle and Tonya Randle, both of Prairie; sons, Charles Randle of Okolona, Willie George Randle Jr. of West Point, Rickey Randle of West Point, Clyde Randle, Mack Randle, Anthony Randle and Calvin Randle, all of Prairie and Windell Randle of Aberdeen; one sister, Mary Louise Calvert of Prairie; two brothers, Walter Randle of Prairie and Cleotis Randle of Okolona; 23 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild, Karmaria.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Arveria Randle; two brothers, Leotis Randle and Charles Randle; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
WEST POINT – James Thomas Morton, 91, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at noon Sunday at St. Paul M.B. Church in West Point. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Garden.
Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Mary G. White, 66, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell M.B. Church in Rienzi. Burial will be in the Rienzi Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church.