Obituaries 7.26.01

Marvin Webb

EAST PEORIA, Ill. – Marvin Wayne “Jack” Webb, 89, died Sunday, July 22, 2001, at his home in East Peoria. He was a retired hand operator with Caterpillar Tractor Company and farmer.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Yellow Leaf Baptist Church in Oxford with the Rev. James Webb officiating. Burial will be in Christian Rest Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Lanie Mae Hardin Webb of East Peoria; two daughters, Bonnie K. Lovell of Creve Coeur, Ill., and Regina L. Walker of Pekin, Ill.; three sons, Silas W. Webb of Pekin, Ill, J. Andrew Webb of Peoria and Charles Hanson of Creve Coeur; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home and from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at Yellow Leaf Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to O.S.F. Hospice, 530 NE Glen Oak, Peoria IL 61611.

Rufus Kennedy

RIPLEY – Rufus Henry Kennedy, 94, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was a retired employee of the H.J. Heinz Company and a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Olamaye Armstrong Kennedy of Ripley; four daughters, Joann Vanderford and her husband, William, of Byhalia, Helen Smith and her husband, James, of Ashland, Kathryn Elizabeth Dees of Ripley, and Martha Frances Stanley and her husband, Bill, of Watts; three sons, Edward Lee Kennedy and his wife, Bonita, of Hot Springs, Ark., and Billy Wasburn Kennedy and his wife, Brenda, and Charles Henry Kennedy, all of Ripley; 34 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; 28 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Monroe Kennedy and Nannie Nails Kennedy; and a son, Reford Ray Kennedy.

Pallbearers will be Ken Vanderford, Rick Vanderford, Jimmy Kennedy, James Earl Kemp, Terry Kennedy, Roger Papkey and Frank Hall.

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

Mary Eldred

RIDGELAND – Mary Mounger Eldred, 86, died Sunday, July 22, 2001, at Highland Home Nursing Home in Ridgeland. She was born Oct. 18, 1914, in Mississippi to the late William H. Mounger and Kathryn Wall Mounger. She was a former resident of Tupelo. She was a retired school teacher and a member of the Michigan Retired Teachers Association. She was a Methodist. She was the widow of Gail Eldred.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Sardis United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jack Williams and Dr. Doyce Gunter officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Sardis. Moore Funeral Home of Sardis is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Francis Eldred of Somerset, Ky.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Gladys Hightower

Gladys Hightower, 88, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a native of Marion County, Ala. She lived in Guin, Ala., until moving to Tupelo in 1988, where she was a resident of the Traceway Retirement Community. She was an employee of the Guin Hospital for 30 years and a member of the Guin First United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Norwood Funeral Home Chapel in Guin, Ala., with Graham McKay officiating. Burial will be in the Guin City Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Janie Sue and Robert E. Smith of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Mike Smith and his wife, Carole, of Brentwood, Tenn., and Donna Carroll of Tupelo; five great-grandchildren, Michele Smith, Cindy Smith and Brian Smith, all of Brentwood, Tenn., and Lindy Carroll and Lacey Carroll, both of Tupelo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leborn “Doc” Hightower; her parents, James Cam and Belia Alice Cantrell May; three brothers, Olan May, Roland May and C.O. “Tic” May; and a sister, Jewel McKay.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Traceway Retirement Community or Guin First United Methodist Church.

Jeanette Robbins

PEARL – Jeanette Farr Robbins, 70, died Sunday, July 22, 2001, at St. Dominic’s-Jackson Memorial Hospital. A native of Hickory Flat, she was the daughter of the late H.D. and Vallie Farr. She had been a resident of Pearl for 35 years. She was a 1948 graduate of Hickory Flat High School and a 1952 graduate of Blue Mountain College with a degree in speech and drama. She was an active member of Alta Delta Kappa Omicron chapter. She taught school for five years at the Mississippi School for the Blind, then for 27 years at Pearl High School, where she retired.

Services were Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at the Paul Truitt Memorial Baptist Church. Burial was in Floral Hills Cemetery. Baldwin-Lee Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, William K. “Pete” Robbins of Pearl; a daughter, Kathy Robbins of Pearl; and two sisters, Peggy Simpson and Rochelle Thompson, both of Hickory Flat.

Memorial donations may be made to the Paul Truitt Baptist Church at Pearl.

Lavell Mize

BRUCE – Thelma Lavell Mize, 82, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Sept. 20, 1918, in Calhoun County to the late Elisha Burt and Ella Coston Burt. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. She was the widow of Wesley William Mize, who died April 14, 1988.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Junior Ritchie officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Davidson of Jackson; two sons, Bob Mize of Clearmont, Fla., and Stan Mize of Bruce; a sister, Modie Crocker of Memphis; five grandchildren, Rex Mize, Wesley Mize, Camella Carpenter, Donna Edwards and Kathryn Mize; five great-grandchildren, LaShea Edwards, Josiah Mizukami, Ivana Albert, Brantley Albert and Lindsey Carpenter; one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Ray Rushing, Delvin Barnhill, Hank Thompson, James Hardin, J.D. McCormick and Jimmy Holland.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Smith, Elmo Brasher, Henry Campbell, James Caples and Garry Campbell.

Visitation will continue from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

L.E. Lambert

CORINTH – L.E. Lambert died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Coleman Funeral Home of Corinth.

Stan Goldman

BOONEVILLE – James Stanley “Stan” Goldman, 81, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Halle J. Shaw

MADISON – Halle Joe Shaw, 95, died Monday, July 23, 2001, at the Sonny Montgomery Veterans Hospital in Madison. He was born Dec. 22, 1905, in Corinth to Claude W. Shaw and Jennie Mae Shackelford Shaw. He was a self-employed land surveyor and engineer, laying out roads, levees, bridges, curbs and gutters. He was instrumental in laying out the Holly Springs Gas System. In the late 1950s he was superintendent of Public Utilities in Holly Springs and later in Savannah, Tenn. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he installed radar equipment on the east coast and instructed men in the use of the equipment. He also taught mechanical drawing. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Holly Springs until moving to Madison four years ago. After his move, he became a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Madison. An avid artist, he enjoyed giving his art works to his friends.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Curtis Ferrell officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Claire Jones Shaw of Madison; a daughter, Marsha Noah, and her husband, Marvin C. Noah, of Madison.

Eva Sanders

BRUCE – Eva LaVar Ramsey Sanders, 81, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at her home. She was born Sept. 10, 1919, in Pontotoc. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bruce Church of God of Prophecy. She was the widow of Jessie T. Sanders.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bruce Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. Sherman Adams officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Ray Sanders of Bruce; a sister, Priccela Hunt of Tupelo; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, George Sanders.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Ard, David Sanders, Lee Hunt, R.B. Brown, Jessie Ard and Alvin Taylor.

Visitation will be at the Bruce church of God of Prophecy.

William H. Watson

MATHISTON – William H. Watson, 75, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at Beverly Healthcare in Eupora.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at La Grange Methodist Church in Eupora with the Rev. Johnny Lollar and the Rev. Owen Gordon officiating. Burial will be in La Grange Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Annie B. Watson of Mathiston; one daughter, Ann Yvonne Davis of Mathiston; three sons, James H. Watson of Learned, William H. Watson of Sturgis and Robert W. Watson of Mathiston; four sisters, Hazel Meek of Slaughter, Doris Ann Rushing of Greenville, Lou Pearson of Hattiesburg and Ruby Harvey of New Orleans; one brother, Earl Watson of Brewton, Ala.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Miller, Dale Smith, Michael Smith, Charles Smith, Charley Smith, Bobby Smith, John Ballard and Gunter Ballard.

Andrew Forsythe Jr.

CORINTH – Andrew “Junior” Forsythe Jr., 59, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at his home. He was born Sept. 28, 1941, to Andrew Forsythe Sr. and Katie V. Sanders Forsythe. He was a farmer and a member of Hatchie Chapel Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Mount Pleasant Methodist Church with Keith Swartz and Phillip Forsythe officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include is wife, Leatha Fiveash Forsythe; his father, Andrew Forsythe Sr.; a son, Phillip Andrew Forsythe, and his wife, Cheryl, of Ripley; a brother, Johnny Forsythe of Walnut; three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Katie V. Sanders Forsythe.

Pallbearers will be Harris Fiveash, Kerry Fiveash, Jackie Forsythe, R.L. Mathis, Danny Mathis and Gerald Wegman.

Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.

Opal Richardson

FALKNER – Opal Conely Richardson, 87, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at her daughter’s home in Foley, Ala. She was the retired postmistress at Falkner and a member of the Falkner United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Godbold officiating and Bro. Daniel Darling assisting. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice White, and her husband, Larry, of Foley, Ala.; a sister, Bobbye Sheppard of Memphis; two brothers, John Conely Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jerry Conely of Ripley; four grandchildren, Cindy Baurnfind and her husband, Glen, and Lorie Foster and her husband, Dennis, all of Collierville, Tenn., Christie LaLonda and her husband, Chuck, of Houston, Texas, and Ashley Hill and her husband, Keith, of Foley, Ala.; five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L. Ward Richardson; her parents, John Conely and Ethel Young Conely; and a sister, Dolly Cross.

Pallbearers will be Glen Baurnfield, Bennie Koster, Chuck LaLonda, Keith Hill, Chad Hammons and Brett Baurnfield.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mitch Conely, Bart Conely and Bert Conely.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Falkner United Methodist Church or to the Community Hospice, 1113-B N. McKenzie St., Foley AL 36535.

Mary Parvin

GLEN – Mary Ruth Loyd Parvin, 66, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at her daughter’s home. She was born June 21, 1935, in Alcorn County to the late Lester and Erlean Richardson Loyd. She was an associate and officer of King & Stanley OCI for 23 years. She also worked with Shiloh Sales and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, and as a counselor with McPeters, Memorial and Coleman funeral homes. She was a member of the First Pentecostal Church and the Eastern Star Chapter 27. She and her husband, Gye Parvin, established the Corinth Saddle Club.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Nelson Hight officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park in Corinth.

Survivors include her daughter, Sherry and Stacy Stewart of Corinth; a stepdaughter, Barbara Gail Hatfield and her family of Lenoir City, Tenn.; a brother, Arnold Loyd of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Steve Stewart of Corinth, and Stephanie Saine and her husband, Terry, of Glen; a great-grandson, Zachary Saine.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Millard Gye Parvin, in 1984.

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

Memorials may be made to the First Pentecostal Church, 2037 Hwy 72 E., Corinth MS 38834.

Alton Childers

RIPLEY – Alton Eugene Childers, 69, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at the North Mississippi Dialysis Center in Corinth. He was a factory worker in the maintenance department and a member of Marlow Church of Christ.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jerry Owen officiating. Burial will be in Marlow Church of Christ Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Gray and her husband, Buford, of Tiplersville, and Nancy Glidewell and her husband, Glenn, of Ripley; one son, Tommy Childers of Ripley; eight grandchildren, Jackie Pannell of Ripley, Angie Smith of Walnut, Wendy Jack of Alaska, Chris Gray of Ripley, Richie King of Ripley, Jennifer Gray of Tiplersville, Crystal Childers of Ripley and Tony Childers of Ripley; six great-grandchildren; his children’s mother, Joan Childers of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellie Hugh and Mollie S. Hopkins Childers.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Gray, Richie Gray, Chris Gray, Kenny Hunt, Terry Abby and Randy Wammack.

Bessie L. Stewart

BALDWYN – Bessie L. Stewart died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Michael Holley

FALKNER – Michael Scott Holley, 20, died Monday, July 23, 2001, near Falkner. He was a factory worker for the Biltrite Corp. and a member of Trinity Assembly of God Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Trinity Assembly of God Church with the Rev. David Paseur officiating. Burial will be in Little Hope Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Kaylee Nicole Holley of Ripley; his parents, Denise Short and her husband, Larry, of Falkner, and Dickey Holley and his wife, Deb, of Booneville; his fiancee, Brandy Nicole Roberson of Ripley; five sisters, Shelley Childs and her husband, Kevin, of Falkner, Jessica Lewis and her husband, Jason, of Ripley, Brandy Thrasher and her husband, Bryan, of Ripley, Melissa Bateman and her husband, Matt, of Ripley, and Miranda Austin of Booneville; a special friend, Josh Rainey; five nieces; one nephew.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Rainey, Clay Wigginton, Clint Wigginton, Brandon Walker, Jared McCall and Jonathon Lesure.

Chris Strickland

RED BAY, Ala. – Christopher Shane “Rodo” Strickland, 17, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at Fulton as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Dec. 21, 1983, in Amory. He was a construction worker.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Tom Scott officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include his father, Buddy Strickland, and stepmother, Gidget, of Golden; his mother, Martha Cleveland, and stepfather, Johnny, of Red Bay, Ala.; a sister, Joey Sanders of Golden; two brothers, Phillip Strickland and his wife, Layna, of Golden, and Chase Cleveland of Red Bay; a nephew, Jonathan Strickland of Golden; his grandparents, W.E. and Louise Cleveland of Red Bay, and Johnny and Rebecca Strickland of Mantachie; his great-grandfather, Carlie Strickland of Nettleton.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Eleanor Harden.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Lynch, Johnny “Dirt” Yielding, Scott “Bug” Brown, Shannon “Tippy” Timms, David “Onie” Lefford, Lee Parker, Justin Allison, Ricky Parker and Jonathan Patterson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

John Barrett

SALTILLO – John Robert Barrett, 76, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at the Dogwood Plantation in Saltillo. He was a retired lumber inspector and a veteran of World War II. He was a lifelong member of St. Thomas Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Father Henry Shelton officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Janis Crowder, and her husband, David, of Cordova, Tenn.; two sons, Jack Barrett of Saltillo, and Daniel Barrett and his wife, Monica, of Cave Creek, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Bruce Crowder, Derek Crowder, Brittnee Barrett, Shelby Barrett and Delaney Barrett.

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