Obituaries 1/6/2007

Imogene Willoughby
MARIETTA – Imogene Franks Willoughby, 87, of Marietta, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at Magnolia Regional Center in Corinth. She was born July 16, 1919, in Prentiss County to the late O.X. and Vira Pharr Franks. She was a beauty shop operator for 62 years in Belmont, Booneville, Shreveport and Jackson. She enjoyed knitting, sports, TV and Find-a-Word puzzles. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. H.L. Pharr and Bro. Ronnie Livingston officiating. Burial will be in the Old Bethel Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Raye Evelyn Johnson of Arlington, Texas; six nieces, Johnnie Pharr Perry, Martha Pharr Shields, Nancy Johnson Tovias, Mary Martha Johnson Finnley, Sara Pharr Wilkerson and Jane Pharr Fagan; six nephews, George Houston Pharr, Jerry Mack Pharr, Steve Johnson, H.L. Pharr, Jimmy Pharr and Charles Pharr; and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Willoughby; her parents; three sisters, Dorsa Pharr Cunningham, Ollie Pharr and Victoria Pharr; and two brothers, Lee and Houston Pharr.
Pallbearers will be George Pharr, Jerry Mack Pharr, Craig Pharr, Matthew Moreland, John Perry and Jesse Kay Shields. Honorary pallbearers will be her other nephews and great-nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Kathryn Phagan
NEW ALBANY – Kathryn Strickland Phagan, 86, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Union County. She was born May 15, 1920, in Crockett County, Tenn. to the late James Thomas and Matilda Westbrooks Strickland. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in New Albany. She was retired from Baptist Memorial Hospital Union County. Prior to that, she was the bookkeeper for Parks Auto Company. She enjoyed crocheting and working with her flowers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Bruce Taylor, Bro. Leslie Nabors and Bro. John Richardson officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Kathy Phagan of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyce Cullens Phagan; her parents, four sisters and two brothers.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Marjorie Houston Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 9 until 11 am. Monday at the funeral home.

Jimmie Hodges
EUPORA – Jimmie Tidwell Hodges, 75, of Eupora, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at the Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Sept. 13, 1931, in Webster County to the late Floyd and Zelma Tidwell. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Eupora. She was the widow of Marion Hodges.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Eupora with the Rev. Doyle Cummings officiating. Burial will be in the West Shady Grove Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her stepmother, Addie Lou Tidwell of Winona; two sons, Ken Hodges and wife, Jimmie, of Ackerman, and Ron Hodges and wife, Margaret, of Little Rock, Ark.; one sister, Diane Corder and husband, Percy, of Winona; and four grandchildren, Keith Hodges and Brittani Hodges, both of Jackson, Cole Hodges and wife, Ashley, of Nashville, Tenn., and Ryan Hodges of Warrick, R.I.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Vannie Mae Gann
HOUSTON – Vannie Mae Criddle Gann died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at the Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.

Gladys Kindle
IUKA – Gladys Cooper Vess Kindle, 94, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home. She was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family. She was formerly employed as a laborer in various factories and later as a nurse’s aide.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Mavous Phifer and Bro. Bobby Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Snowdown Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Bob Vess and wife, Juanita, of Albany, Ill., and Daniel Vess and wife, Pat, of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; three brothers, Henry W. Cooper and Noonan Ray Cooper, both of Iuka, and Jackie Cooper of Margerum, Ala.; one sister, Cordelia Bullard of Iuka; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Guy Vess and Larry Kindle; two grandsons, Timothy Vess and Daniel Vess Jr.; one brother, William Will Cooper Jr.; and two sisters, Flora Allred and Inez Vess.
Pallbearers will be Jody Cooper, Jamie Pruitt, Donnie Welch, Jerry Gamble, James Allred and Joie Pruitt. Honorary pallbearers will include Bill Jackson, Earl Strickland and JoJo Gamble.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633; by calling 1-800-272-3900; or online at www.alz.org.

Magelene Ratliff
TOCCOPOLA – Magelene Ratliff, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a member of Spring Hill Methodist Church. She devoted her life to her family as a devoted aunt and second mother to her many nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Spring Hill Methodist Church in Toccopola with the Rev. Ricky Camp officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six nieces, Donna Morris and Rachel Player, both of Atlanta, Ga., Jackie Dukes of Union City, Ga., Minrose Rinehart of Memphis, Lena Evans of Scottsboro, Ala., and Nelta McGregor of Randolph; and four nephews, Ben Ratliff and Huey James, both of Toccopola, Roger Ratliff of Oxford and Bob Ratliff of Starkville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Marion Ratliff and Minnie Lee Henry Ratliff; her sisters, Gertie Zinn, Ruby James, Mona Rogers, Lorene Priest, Blanche Simpson and Winnie Guinade; and her brothers, Hulet Ratliff, Rex Ratliff and J.A. Ratliff.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Spring Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Jimmy Bratton, 1623 Highway 334, Oxford, MS 38655.

John Lee King Sr.
OXFORD – John Lee King Sr., 98, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a retired service manager at Rebel Chevrolet in Oxford and was a former service manager at Southside Chevrolet in Batesville. He was a member of the Oxford-University United Methodist Church where he was a member of the double Circle Sunday School Class. He was a Shriner and a Mason. He was the widower of Ada Rowena Westmoreland King.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Warren Black, the Rev. Frank Poole and the Rev. Brian Richardson officiating. Burial will be in the Batesville Magnolia Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Gracie Lee King Mead and husband, Charles, of Houston, Texas and Betty Lou King Self and husband, Billy, of Richardson, Texas; two sons, Denny King and wife, Faye, of Madison and Jack King and wife, Kay, of Batesville; one sister, Nell King Henson of New Albany; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th, Oxford, MS 38655 or Shriners Hospital for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Pointe Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Richard Davis
IUKA – Richard Davis, 78, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at the Iuka Hospital. He was a logger and was retired from Tennessee River Pulp and Paper Company. He loved hunting and was known nationwide for raising champion hunting dogs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Hubbard Salem Community Church with Bro. Gerald Grissom and Bro. Allen Osborn officiating. Burial will be in the Hubbard Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Leroy Davis and William Davis, both of Iuka; four brothers, Edward O’Neal Davis, Odle Davis, Varnell Davis and Joe Rollins, all of Iuka; four sisters, Faye Bible of Newport, Tenn., Jean Lovelace of Burnsville and Ora Lee McManus and Lola Kay, both of Iuka; one grandchild; 11 nephews; and 14 nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Fora Faye Davis; his parents, Lebell and Inez Davis; one brother, Leon Davis; and one niece, Wilma Lee Davis.
Pallbearers will be Danny Mansell, Brian Whitaker, Derek Durham, Donny Joe Sparks, Melvin Davis, Teddy Davis, Luther Davis and Randy Hale.

Harry Zollner
OKOLONA – August Harry Zollner, 88, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at his residence in Okolona. He was born Jan. 5, 1919, in Palmetto, Florida, the son of the late August and Helen Kinsman Zollner. He was a self-employed electrician in Florida before moving to Okolona four years ago. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and later attended Perdue University. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake Panasoffkee, Florida where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. He was a Gideon and an avid outdoorsman, always hunting and fishing.
There will be a private family memorial service at a later date. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Helen Hanlon and husband, Gene, of Okolona, and Carolyn Hampton of Valrico, Fla.; one son, Harry Zollner Jr. and wife, Ruth, of Cornersville, Tenn.; two sisters, Alma Brown of Tampa, Fla., and Edith Jarrard of Panasoffkee, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ida Marie Zollner; and two brothers, Robert Zollner and Lewis Zollner.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 1073, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Dorris J. Oaks
TUPELO – Jewel Eloise “Dorris” Oaks, 76, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born in New Albany, Union County, Miss. on Feb. 17, 1930, to the late George Robbins and Leona Bolton Robbins. She moved to Lee County in 1955, and had made her home here since. She was a graduate of Itawamba Community College and the University of Mississippi where she received a degree in Social Work. For over 30 years she was the devoted Director of Social Services at Beverly Health Care-Eason. She was a community advocate and champion of all causes benefiting senior citizens. She founded the original Alzheimer’s Support Group in Tupelo and was active in the local Council on Aging activities. She was a member and formerly on the board of directors of the National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter. She was formerly a member of Gloster Street Church of Christ, was later a charter member of West Main Church of Christ and helped charter Lee Acres Church of Christ, of which she was an active member at her death. She enjoyed music, was an avid conversationalist, was a devoted servant leader and a great friend of many. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren affectionately called her “Mimi.”
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holland-Harris Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel with Ministers Brad Carmen and Jerry Grammar officiating with her grandson, Brad McNutt, delivering personal reflections. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her children, Vicky Oaks Brett (Charlie), Susan Oaks McNutt (Troy), and Kenneth Reed “Ken” Oaks, all of Tupelo, and Debbie Oaks Kimbrough (Andy) of Saltillo; two stepdaughters, Nancy Moody (Raymond) and their family of Verona and Paula Ann Riley; 13 grandchildren, Jennifer Matkins, Lindsay Brett, Kayty Brett Rawson (Brentley), Melanie Baughman, Kendell K. Barbles (Richard), Kellie Kimbrough Davis (Daniel), Clay McNutt, Brad McNutt, Luke McNutt, Jeremy McNutt, Kevin Oaks, Adam Oaks and Shelby Lee; five great-grandchildren, Ashley, Hillary and Will Matkins, Taylor Ridling and Hunter Robbins; her Golden Girl special friends; and her beloved dog, Elizabeth Clair (Lizzie).
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Randolph Oaks and Leon Riley; her son, Stephen Randolph “Randy” Oaks; and her seven siblings.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be family members of those families she has served at Beverly Health Care-Eason over three decades.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Lee Acres Church of Christ, 1400 Lawndale, Tupelo, MS 38801 earmarked for the Dorris Oaks Honduras Homebuilding Project.
Friends may express condolences at holland-harrisfuneralhome@comcast.net or may write their personal reflections in a book available.

Russell Gaines Sr.
BATESVILLE – Russell Jackson Gaines Sr., 84, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was retired chief dispatcher for ICG Railroad of Memphis and Chicago. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Greg Johnston and Jack Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Peachcreek Cemetery in Sardis. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Daisy Smith Gaines of Batesville; one daughter, Jeannette Gaines Polinski of Memphis, Tenn.; two sons, Russell Jackson Gaines Jr. of Marion, Ill., and John Robert Gaines of Tupelo; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Iona McBride
EUPORA – Iona Louise McBride, 85, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at the Golden Care Nursing Home in Eupora. She was born May 1, 1921, in Webster County. She was a member of New Hope community. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with Larry Lott, Don Green and Dan Beardan officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Orlyn Lott of Mathiston; one brother, Wilson McBride of Mathiston; a host of nieces and nephews.

Ruby Strickland
CORINTH – Ruby Strickland died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Corinthian Funeral Home.

Christine White
WEST POINT – Christine Gregory White, 89, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at her home in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Sue Nell Franks
SALTILLO – Sue Nell Franks, 56, died suddenly Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Grady Berryman
AMORY – Grady Berryman, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at West Alabama Hospice in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Virgie Rankin
FULTON – Virgie Rankin, 95, died Saturday, Jan 6, 2007, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Patricia Jones
GUNTOWN – Patricia Jones, 68, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton.

Jasmine Luttrell
RIPLEY – Jasmine Lannette Luttrell, 3, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.