Obituaries 12-04-06

Bud Reeves

SALTILLO – Winfred “Bud” Reeves, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. He was born Sept. 19, 1922, in Lee County to Arthur Reeves and Lilly May Brooks Reeves. He was a retired employee of Lee Sports Wear where he had worked in the cutting department. He attended Barnes Crossing Baptist Church but was a member of Beech Springs Freewill Baptist Church. He loved to fish, watch boxing and rodeos and listening to music.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Saltillo Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Fellowship Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Glinda Horton and Tommy of Saltillo; one son, Ray Reeves and Peggy of Saltillo; one sister-in-law, Ruby Reeves of Saltillo; one brother-in-law, Sam Brown and Earnestine of Frankstown; six grandchildren, Tammie Reeves Knott and Allen of Hackleburg, Ala., Sonya Hanna and Jeremy of Booneville, Christi Horton of Saltillo, Chris Horton and Dana of Birmingham Ridge, Dean Perry Jr. and Kim of Wren and Kimberly Ray and Jimmy of Nettleton; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 61 years who died Nov. 10, 2006, Lela Rae Reeves; one sister, Alice Vinson; and one brother, Leland Reeves.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Charlie Bryan

RIPLEY – Charlie Edward Bryan, 77, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at the Resthaven Nursing Home in Ripley. He was disabled and a Presbyterian.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Lyndle Davis officiating assisted by Bro. Randy Hamilton. Burial will be in the New Prospect Cemetery.

Survivors include two sisters, Lela Mae Johnson of Ripley and Virginia Lindsey of Fulton; two brothers, Willie Bryan (Marie) and James Bryan (Linda) all of Ripley; and a very special friend, Juanita Sanderson of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Pirl Call Bryan; and three brothers, Gordon Bryan, Omer Bryan and John (J.Y.) Bryan.

Pallbearers will be Gary Bryan, Mike Bryan, Wayne Bryan, Jeff Bryan, Joe Clark and Troy Stanford. Honorary pallbearers will be the New Prospect Presbyterian Sunday School Class and employees of Resthaven Nursing Home.

Visitation will continue today from 7 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

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Jake C. Merritt

TUPELO – Jake C. Merritt, 83, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at Baptist Hospital-Oxford after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 14, 1923, in Camden, Arkansas to the late Benjamin F. and Syble D. Burton Merritt. He lived most of his life in Camden where he was a retired carpenter with the Tutt Construction Company and a tree farmer. He and his wife moved to Tupelo in 1996 to be near their son and his family. Due to failing health, he recently moved to the State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran with service during World War II. He received the Good Conduct medal, the American Campaign medal and the World War II Victory medal. He was a longtime member of the Fairview United Methodist Church in Camden where he had served on the Administrative Council, the Trustee and the Pastor-Parish Relations Committees. Locally, he was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church. He enjoyed his farm, his farm pond and fishing and hunting.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fairview United Methodist Church in Camden, Arkansas with the Rev. Jerry Cross officiating. Burial will be in the Bethesda Cemetery. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Betty McAdoo Merritt of Tupelo, whom he married June 4, 1948; a son, Steve Merritt and wife, Jill, of Tupelo; two granddaughters, Leslie Merritt attending Milsaps College in Jackson and Whitney Merritt attending the University of Mississippi in Oxford; a sister, Opal M. Taylor of Memphis;

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sons, Lloyd C. Merritt on July 27 , 1976; a sister, Thelma Cranford; and two brothers, Charlie Merritt and Ben Merritt.

Pallbearers will be the men of Fairview United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris and from 2 p.m. until service time on Tuesday at Fairview United Methodist Church in Camden.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1600 Clayton Ave., Tupelo, MS 38801 or to Fairview United Methodist Church, 2603 Mt. Holly Road, Camden, AR 71701.

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HOLLAND-HARRIS

Mr. Jerry Wayne Bigham

Blue Springs

1 p.m. Tuesday

Tupelo Chapel

Ecru Cemetery

Visit: 4 to 7 p.m. today

Mr. Jake C. Merritt

Tupelo-Camden, Ark.

3 p.m. Today

Fairview UMC-Camden, Ark.

Bethesda Cemetery

Visit: 3:30 to 6 p.m. Today

at the Tupelo Chapel

Thomas J. Brown

OXFORD – Thomas Jefferson Brown, 91, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Miss. in Oxford. He was retired as plant manager for Seale-Lily Ice Cream Company where he worked for over 40 years. He was a member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church where he was a member of the Double Circle Sunday School Class. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed animals and watching birds. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Valda Odum Brown.

Graveside services will be at noon Tuesday at the Ellisville Cemetery with Mr. Martin Butalla officiating. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Pamela Brown Butalla of Gresham, Oregon; one son, Thomas R. Brown of Oxford; one sister, Mary Boutwell of Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.

Visitation will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Walter C. Morgan

CRENSHAW – Walter C. Morgan, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson funeral Home of Sardis.

Geraldine Nanney

TUPELO – Geraldine “Gerri” Nanney, 72, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at the North Miss. Medical Center. She was born Oct. 9, 1934, to the late Gene and Hurmione Palmer Harrelson. She was a member of Monument Drive Baptist Church in Tupelo. She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing games and being outdoors with her grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lee Memorial Chapel in Verona with Bro. Tim Roaten and Bro. Tommy Tackett officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Jack Nanney of Tupelo; one daughter, Kathy Peters of Tupelo; two sons, David Nanney of Tupelo and Steve Nanney (Jennifer) of Endville; one sister, Frances Buskirk; one twin brother, Bobby Gene Harrelson (Dot); nine grandchildren, Connie Peters (Jeff Credille), Sonya Owens, Lara, Rachel and Hope Nanney, Dave, Jay, Michael and Abram Nanney; and one great-grandchild, Isaiah Sheffield.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pallbearers will be Mike VanBuskirk, Ronnie VanBuskirk, Pete Harrelson, Dave Nanney, Jay Nanney and Martin Blaylock. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Monument Drive Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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LEE MEMORIAL

Mrs. Florene McMaster

Tupelo

Formerly of Union Chapel

Community

2 p.m. Tuesday

Lee Memorial Chapel

Lee Memorial Park

Visit: 5 to 8 p.m. Today

At the funeral home.

Mrs. Geraldine “Gerri” Nanney

Tupelo

11 a.m. Tuesday

Lee Memorial Chapel

Tupelo Memorial Park

Visit: 5 to 8 p.m. Today

and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday

at the funeral home

Deana Warrell

HICKORY FLAT – Deana Warrell, 41, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born April 6, 1965, in Forest City, Ark. to McRae Sitzes and Nellie Smith Sitzes.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Winborn U.M. Church in Hickory Flat with Bro. Brownie Toe Hill and Brother Scott Bradie officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Rock Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her special friend, David Rucker of Hickory Flat; her father, McRae Sitzes of Memphis; her mother Nellie Miller and stepfather, David Miller, of Olive Branch; four children, Shelia Cox (Tony) of Arbyrd, Mo., Lisa Shirley (Dale) of West Memphis, Ark., Erin Mathis of Bartlett, Tenn., and Angel Noe of Hickory Flat; three brothers, Brant Sitzes of West Memphis, Ark., Glen Sitzes and Jeff Sitzes of Hot Springs, Ark.; a stepbrother, Clayton Miller of Preston, Mo.; and two stepsisters, Mary Helen Haynes of Bartlett, Tenn., and Betty Wininger of Olive Branch; five grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today at the church.

Ressie Gray

OXFORD – Ressie Mills Gray, 75, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at Graceland Care Center. She was retired from the University of Mississippi. She was the widow of Claudie L. Gray and a member of Union West Baptist Church. She loved to fish and camp and enjoyed sewing, crocheting and quilting. She loved her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Her favorite TV show was “Judge Judy” and she always liked to say she was “as smart as Judge Judy.”

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Gregory Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Orwood Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Kay Mills Wallace and her husband, Sam, of Germantown, Tenn., and Rhee Mills Phillips and her husband, Ricky, of Jackson, Tenn.; two sons, Ronnie Hugh Mills and his wife, Paula, and Kenneth Webb Mills and his wife, Patti, all of Oxford; one sister, Marie Calfee of Oxford; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church or Philadelphia Senior Citizens Program.

Charles C. Byrd Jr.

HOLLY SPRINGS – Charles Callis “Bubba” Byrd Jr., 53, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at his home. He was born Feb. 5, 1953, in Holly Springs to Charles Callis Byrd Sr. and Bernice Bolden Byrd. He was a Baptist and a maintenance technician with Williams Sonoma Inc.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Red Banks Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Denise Mitchell Byrd of Holly Springs; his mother, Bernice Byrd of Holly Springs; four daughters, Starlit Tomlinson and husband, Mitch, and Jamie Byrd, all of Holly Springs, Hollie Alsip and husband, Brandon, of Fort Campbell, Ky., and Janice Byrd of Red Banks; three brothers, Roy Byrd of Batesville, Charles W. Byrd of Ashland and Mike Byrd of Holly Springs; four sisters, Elizabeth Cullen of Red Banks, Nancy Bailey of Water Valley, Mary Hill of Ecru and Martha Herridge of Kansas City, Kan.; and one grandson, Hunter Alsip.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Holstine, Jessie Carter, Wes Ballard, Ronnie Thornton, Tom Pannell and Perry Pipkin.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dean Ricketts

AMORY – Dean Ricketts, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at golden Living Center in Amory. He was born June 25, 1923, in Macon to the late Curtis Steele Ricketts and Exie Parker Ricketts. He was a graduate of Macon High School and also attended Mississippi State University. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he participated in D-Day and the Normandy Invasion. He married Anita Tubb in 1948. He was a charter member of the Amory Jaycees and a member of the Civitan Club. He had worked for Amory Garment Co. for many years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Amory where he formerly served on the Administrative Board. He was a member of the Finders Sunday School Class. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed lawn care and reading.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Pickle Funeral Home with the Rev. David Hill and the Rev. Steven Keen officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Tubb Ricketts of Amory; one sister, Mary Lynn McKewen of Macon; a special brother-in-law, Dr. Joe Tubb (Juanita) of Espanola, New Mex.; one nephew, Alan Tubb (Michele) of Los Alamos, New Mex.; two nieces, Deanna Tubb of Los Alamos, New Mex., and Alieta Tubb Valle (Mike) of Mandeville, La.; four great-nephews; and five great-nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Curtis Ricketts; and two sisters, Geneva Hill and Delores Hunter.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Vaughn, Billy Nesbit, Dennis Houston, Phil Roberts, Ralph Salter, Wayne Howell, Bobby Reeves and Dickie Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill West, Hobdy Bryan, Jimmy Doyle Young, Dr. Richard Hollis, Tim Pace, Herman Hester, Dr. Bert Hill, Jack Francis, Jerry Guess, Douglas Crook and Dr. Eddie Yoe.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and continue until service time on Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 147, Amory, MS 38821 or to the Amory Humane Society, P.O. Box 218, Amory, MS 38821.

Sissy Walters

GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Gloria Jean “Sissy” Moore Walters, 48, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness. She was born Nov. 8, 1958, in Clarksdale to Theta Grace Robinson Moore and the late William Steve Moore. She had lived in Monroe County, the Greenwood Springs community, for many years. She was a graduate of Hatley High School, Class of 1976 and had complete her LPN Degree from Bevil State and ICC. She was employed by the Smithville Medical Clinic. She married Jerry G. Walters on Oct. 13, 1979, in Greenwood Springs. She was a member of Christian Chapel Church of Christ. She enjoyed music, fishing and her grandbaby.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory with Mr. Coy Walters and Mr. Philip Hathcock officiating. Burial will be in the Lewis Easter Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry G. Walter of Greenwood Springs; her mother, Grace Robinson Moore of Hatley; two sons, Joseph Adam Walters and Steven Andrew “Drew” Walters, both of Greenwood Springs; two brothers, Brad Moore and wife, Linda, of Becker, and Bill Moore and wife, Vicki, of Smithville; one sister, Charlotte Dabbs and husband, Larry, of Quincy; one grandchild, Alexis Elaine “Lexie” Walters of Amory.

She was preceded in death by her father; and her grandparents, Kirk and Lota Moore and Woody and Juanita Robinson.

Pallbearers will be Rusty Moore, Luke Moore, Daniel Dabbs, Doug Taylor, Tommy Taylor, Chris Walters, Jake Walters and Scott Walters. Honorary pallbearers will be Trey Walters, Ty Walters, Neil Walters, Eric Walters, Kirk Walters, Collin Walters, Caleb Walters, Clay Walters, Tanner Walters, Austin Moore, Jamie Long and Adam Long.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sissy Walters Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Cadence Bank, P.O. Box 299, Amory, MS 38821.

Visitation will be continue today at the funeral home until service time.

Tommy Strange

BOONEVILLE – William Thomas “Tommy” Strange, 72, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at his home. He was born Feb. 9, 1934, in Booneville to William Earl Strange and Virtie Glenn Geno Strange. He was a dairy farmer for many years and later retired from the Booneville Gas and Water Department. He was a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church. He enjoyed horses, tractors and working.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pete McCoy and Bro. Melvin Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, LaQuida White and husband, Kim, and Shelia McClellan and husband, Steve, all of Booneville; two sons, Tommy glen Strange and Geary Thomas Strange, both of Booneville; one brother, Bobby Strange of Booneville; three sisters, Christine Scott of Augusta, Ga., Ruby Tittle and Joyce Morgan and husband, Bill, all of Booneville; a sister-in-law, Katherine Strange of Booneville; six grandchildren, Brian Glen Strange, Jennifer Gail Strange, Melissa Dawn Fisher, Michelle Lee Smith, Michael J. McClellan and Steven Dewayne McClellan; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, William Kenneth Strange.

Pallbearers will be Steve Morgan, Michael McClellan, Earl Chittom, Steve McClellan, Steven McClellan, Bill Morgan, Lee White and Kim White.

Memorials may be made to the Goodfellows Fund, P.O. Box 1291, Booneville, MS 38829.

Jerry W. Bigham

BLUE SPRINGS – Jerry Wayne Bigham, 52, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at the North Miss. Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born July 16, 1954, in Memphis to the late Lonnie Glendon and Ruby Jean Bigham. He graduated from Tupelo High School in 1974 and was a plumber/pipefitter affiliated with the UA Local 501 in Illinois for many years. He was a Baptist and enjoyed hunting, fishing and day trading in the stock market.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Mr. Gary Pannell delivering the eulogy and presiding. Burial will be in the Bigham Family Plot in Ecru.

Survivors include his wife, Trish Trasher Bigham of Blue Springs; three stepsons, Nathan, Landon and Sean; a stepdaughter, Misty; one brother, Steve Bigham of Sunflower County; and two brothers-in-law, Dwight Trasher of Tupelo and Ken Trasher of Blue Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Dennis Bigham.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from noon until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Lessie Fancher

NEW CHAPEL – Lessie Morris Fancher, 92, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2006, at the Beverly Healthcare on Eason Blvd. after a short illness. A native of Itawamba County, she was born Aug. 27, 1914, to the late Walter Green and Ada Gertrude Pennal Morris. She worked many years as a seamstress in the garment manufacturing industry and had retired with Red Cap. She was the widow of James Buchannen Fancher who preceded her in death in 1977. She attended New Chapel United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling and had traveled extensively throughout the United States and even overseas. She enjoyed taking care of the “old folks” throughout her eighties and early nineties, when being admitted in a nursing facility.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Sparks officiating. Burial will be in the New Chapel Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, James Cameron Fancher and wife, Marty, of Mooreville; one son-in-law, George Thompson of Nalcrest, Fla.; one sister, Josephine Dauphine of Fresno, Calif.; six grandchildren, Mark Fancher and James Lee Fancher, both of Mooreville, Gary Fancher of Pleasant Prairie, Wisc., George Thompson III and Robert Thompson, both of Moore, Okla., and Denise Ueltschy of Mid West City, Okla.; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Patsy Ruth Thompson; and a granddaughter, Cindy Webb.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Chapel United Methodist Church of the New Chapel Cemetery Fund.

Bruce McElroy

BALDWYN – Bruce McElroy, 85, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was born in Baldwyn to the late Will and Lula McElroy. He entered the Army Air Corps in 1944-48 as a Second Lt. Commander and received his pilot wings. He was activated in 1951 during the Korean War. He received the Korean Air medal in 1952. He was recalled to active duty in 1957 with the Sir Force for instructional duty. He flew his first jet in 1955. He also retired from the Mississippi National Guard. He was appointed as Postmaster of Baldwyn in 1949 and served until May 1986 with 39 years of service when he was not in active duty. He served as a football official for 35 years. He served two terms on the Baldwyn School Board. He was elected to the City Board of Aldermen for a total of 16 years of service. He loved his city, school and church. He was a member, deacon and former Sunday School teacher of the First Baptist Church in Baldwyn. He was an avid Bearcat fan.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home with Dr. Terry Cutrer, Dr. Gayle Alexander and Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in the Baldwyn Masonic Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Peggy McElroy of Tupelo, Pat McElroy and Melanie Long, both of Baldwyn; one son, Brad McElroy (Amy) of Cordova, Tenn.; one sister, Louise Grisham of Baldwyn; his grandchildren, Rothann Richey (Clark), Dr. Matt McGee (Annette), Wade McGee (Stephanie), Mandy Phillips (Jeff), Judd Morris, Will, Sarah and Megan McElroy; his great-grandchildren, Gardner, Gabe, Reggie and Maddux Richey, Pate and Rhet Phillips, Mathis McGee, Eli Morris and Ali Roth McGee.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Margaret “Sis” Roth McElroy; one brother, Thomas Earl McElroy; and a great-granddaughter, Amanda Clare Richey.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of First Baptist Church and member of the Roosters Club and former City officials with whom he served.

Memorials may be made to the Bruce McElroy Scholarship Fund c/o First Baptist Church, Baldwyn, MS 38824.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.