Obituaries April 11, 2011

Weynona Poore
AMORY – Weynona Mae Stone Poore, 84, died Saturday, April 9, 2011, in Tupelo. Born May 30, 1926, in Alabama, she was the daughter of G.G. and Edith Hiden Stone. Weynona was a graduate of Sulligent High School. She married James Oliver Poore in 1945, who survives. Upon moving to Amory, she worked in the garment industry at Glenn Manufacturing, and she also worked as a teacher’s aide at Amory Elementary School before her retirement. She was a member of Hatley Primitive Baptist Church. Weynona was the best cook, and she enjoyed sewing and gardening.
Graveside services will be at 4:30 p.m. today at Hatley Cemetery in Hatley with Elder Tim Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, James Oliver Poore of Amory; her daughter, Norma Cother (John E.) of Tupelo; brothers, Herol Stone of Birmingham and Jimmy Stone of Vernon Ala.; sisters, Marie Weeks of Vernon Ala. and Mary Griffin of Columbus; two grandchildren, Jason Cother and Justin Cother; and two great-grandchildren, Waylon and Weston Cother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marcelle Peeler; and a brother, Gilbert Stone.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mississippi Chapter, NE Branch, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821, or to Hatley Primitive Baptist Church, 60036 Fowlkes Rd, Amory MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Jimmie Denley
BRUCE – Jimmie Lee Denley, 71, died April 9, 2011, at her home. She was born Oct. 15, 1939, in Bruce. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Keith Benefield officiating. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Denley of Pontotoc; her son, Mike Denley (Angie) of Sarepta; three sisters, Helen Vanlandingham of Pittsboro, Glenda Godfrey of Pelahatchie and Genell Stewart of Minden, La.; one brother, Larry Blackwater of Pittsboro; and two grandchildren, Morgan Dillard of Pontotoc and Grayson Denley of Sarepta.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Roy Denley; her parents, Luther Frank and Ora Lee Turner Blackwelder; her sisters, Mary Lou Logan, Jackie Countiss and Frankie Hare; and her brother, Vernon Blackwelder.
Pallbearers will be Allen Blackwelder, Winnon Clark, Dan Countiss, Jeff Miller, Tracy McCammon and Charlie Vanlandingham.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Online guest register can be accessed at parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
‘Bill’ Edwards
SMITHVILLE – William Delbert “Bill” Edwards, 89, died Saturday, April 9, 2011, at his home in Smithville. He was born Feb. 14, 1922, in Poteau, Okla., to George Wheeler Edwards and Ruth Roark Edwards. He lived most of his life in Monroe County. He was a Veteran of World War II. He worked l8 years in planning and estimating for the Columbus Air Force Base. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a past deacon at First Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist of Aberdeen. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Todd Bowen and Bro. Tim McMillen officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Nancy Roberts and husband, Ernie of Cleveland, Va.; two sons, William “Bill” Edwards and wife, Wanda of Aberdeen and Bobby Edwards and wife, Melanie of Smithville; 10 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 59 years, Alice Viars Edwards; one brother, George A. Edwards; and a sister, Ruth Rayburn Taylor.
Pallbearers will be Mitch Edwards, Todd Roberts, Robert Edwards, Trinity Edwards, C.B. Peden and Joe Peden.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Aberdeen.
Memorials may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church Building Fund in Amory or to a charity of choice.
An online registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Benjamin Smith
IUKA – Benjamin Joe Smith, 60, died Saturday, April 9, 2011.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Snowdown Cemetery in Iuka. Ludam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Myra Patton
TUPELO – Myra Patton, 69, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Lillie Bullock
NEW ALBANY – Lillie Mae Roaten Bullock, 94, died April 9, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Mar. 27, 1917, in Union County to William Council and Laura Lee Hall Roaten. She was a member of Keownville Baptist Church. She was a former employee of Irwin B. Schwabe Co.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Keownville Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Keownville Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Danny Bullock (Pam) of Glen; two sisters, Dorothy Metts (Billy) and Velma Jarrett (Charlie), both of Myrtle; three brothers, Willard Roaten (Martha) of Blue Springs, Robert Roaten (Betty) of Mabelvale, Ark. and Gene Roaten (Sue) of New Albany; and one granddaughter, Bailey Bullock.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Escar Ray Bullock; one son, Billy Ray Bullock; one sister, Bessie Smithey; six brothers, James Roaten, Troy Roaten, Randle Roaten, Milton Roaten, Lee Roy Roaten and Boyce Roaten.
The body will lie-in-state at the church one hour prior to service today.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Frankie Ware
HOUSTON – Frankie Don Ware, 66, died Friday, April 8, 2011. He was born April 2, 1945, in Chickasaw County to Allen Ware and Clytee Morris Ware. He was the owner of Chickasaw Farm Services, Ware Milling and Ware Farms. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Houston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Houston with Bro. Daniel Herringa and Bro. Jonathan Childress officiating. Burial will be in Bethal Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Lucius Ware; his two daughters, Dana Carol Ware of San Diego, Calif., and Angela Ware Mohr of Houston; one son, Richard Don Ware (Melissa) of Houston; four grandchildren, Ricky Don Ware (Courtney), Kaddy Carol Ware, David Chase Mohr and Franklin Rivers Mohr, all of Houston; one great-grandson, Kaleb Don Ware; his brother, James Ware (Madora) of Atlanta, Ga.; and two sisters, Elizabeth Ware Gibson (Pete) of Vardaman and Barbara Ware Pearl (Charlie) of Plano, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his son, Ricky Allen Ware, and his parents.
Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Dexton, Steve Pearson, Wayne Johnson, George Smith, Tim Nichols, Chris Kendall, Ralph Cain, James Estes, Jim D. Nelson, Larry Smith and Wayne Gregory.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Ware, David Chase Mohr, Franklin Rivers Mohr, Barry Dendy, Bobby Holder, Mahlon Gann, Ronnie Smith, Wayne White, John Vance and Ken Brandon.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time today.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
James Clinton
RIPLEY – James Kenan Clinton, 68, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at Golden Living Center Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Linda Cates
HATLEY – Linda Cates, 52, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Max Akins
PONTOTOC – Max Whitworth Akins, 84, died April 9, 2011, at his home in Pontotoc. He was born March 25, 1927, to Charlie and Bertha Whitworth Akins. Max attended Pontotoc High School, graduating in 1945 as valedictorian and class president. After graduating, he entered the Army, serving in Japan during the occupation of the country. Later he graduated from the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
He was married to Hattie Lee Carpenter on Sept. 8, 1949. He was vice-president of Carpenter and Son Ford-Mercury in Pontotoc. Max was very active in his church and community. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, serving as a deacon for many years. Max was also instrumental in establishing the Educational and Family Life Center, serving as the chairman of the building finance committee.
He was a also a charter member of the Pontotoc Country Club, past member of the Pontotoc Lions Club, Pontotoc City School Board and Pontotoc City School Endowment for Excellence Committee.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Hattie Lee Carpenter Akins; one daughter, Debbie (Bob) Ray, of Pontotoc; three sons, Steve (Judy) Akins of Memphis, Kent (Teresa) Akins of Maitland, Fla. and Chris (Elizabeth) Akins of Petoskey, Mich.; 12 grandchildren, Evan (Christy) Ray, Jordan (Lili) Ray, Whitney Ray, Lee (Molly) Akins, Patrick (Madeline) Akins, Andrew Akins, Sarah Akins, Macy Akins, Christopher Akins, Lachlan Akins, Declan Akins and Tristan Akins; two great-grandchildren, Harper Ray and Libby Akins; and special friends, who were caregivers, Diana Williams and Rhonda Lea.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Annice Wren.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Jimmy Wise Sunday School Class and past/present deacons of the First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall and one hour prior to services Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 31 Washington Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
James Green
TUPELO – James Baxter Green, better known as J.B., died Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Hattiesburg. He was born July 12, 1922, in Booneville to John Baxter Green and Lalia DeStella Clark Green. He was a United States Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II, where he was trained as a pilot. He retired after 35 years of service with BellSouth in the North Mississippi District. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church and the Telephone Pioneers. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Susan Benson (Dr. Chris) of Hattiesburg and Luann Purnell (George) of West Point; four grandchildren, Jay Benson of Memphis, Libby Benson of Hattiesburg, Susie Purnell Randall (Pate) of Alamo, Tenn. and Ray Purnell of West Point; one great-grandchild, George Pate Randall of Alamo, Tenn.; and one sister, Mavis Morgan of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 50 years, Maxine Miller Green; six brothers, Oliver, Orville, Olen, Alvin, Gerald and Billy Joe Green; and two sisters, Ouida Jumper and Wanda Rose Green.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Jerry Green, Mike Green, Johnny Green, Jimmy Green, Terry Joe Green, Donnie Green, Bill Morgan and Mitchell Barrett.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Boulevard, Tupelo, MS 38801.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Billy Joe Grisham
RIPLEY – Billy Joe Grisham, 52, died April 9, 2011, at his home in Ripley. He was born Jan. 5, 1959, to William Newton and Joe Ethel McMillin Grisham in Memphis. He was a member of Lowry Memorial Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mountain Cemetery in Blue Mountain. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Vicky Jean Grisham of Ripley; one stepdaughter, Sherry Martinez (Joaquin) of Ripley; one sister, Carolyn Windham (William) of Blue Mountain; one step grandson, Eli Martinez of Ripley; one niece, Teresa Hamblin (Marty); one nephew, Chad Allen Windham, both of Blue Mountain; and three great-nephews, Zachary, Colby and Jacob Hamblin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister, Shirley Jean Grisham.
Pallbearers will be Keith Bullock, Timmy Bullock, Gary Cockrell, Ronnie Grisham, Marty Hamblin, Steve Stokes, David Spears and Stan Butler.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign online guest book, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Jimmy Huddleston
MICHIGAN CITY – Jimmy Dale Huddleston, 58, died April 9, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He was born Sept. 16, 1952, to William T. and Mabel Grace Sanderson Huddleston in Ripley.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Johnny James officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Reeves Huddleston of Michigan City; his parents, William T. and Mabel Grace Sanderson Huddleston of Memphis; two sons, Shane Huddleston (Gina) of Lakeland, Tenn. and Shawn Huddleston (Cheryl) of Byhalia; one sister, Linda Long (Jeff) of Memphis; one brother, Darrell Huddleston of Memphis; and four grandchildren, Dillon Huddleston and Madison, Courtney and Jacob Huddleston.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Steven Huddleston.
Pallbearers will be Paul Caesar, Shane Smith, Kerry Billings, Sean Clarkston, Jimmy Mercer and Tyrone Williams.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Katie Ross
CORINTH – Katie V. Ross, 91, died April 9, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She worked for Weavers Pants Factory, and she was a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Warren Jones and Bro. Mark McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Wheeler Grove Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her grandsons, Mike Ross his wife, Shelia, of Booneville and Bryan Ross of Gatlinburg, Tenn.; her sister, Mae (Frank) Taylor of Franklin, Tenn.; her step grandchildren, Andrew and Paige Mask; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Toby Ross; her son, Ray Van Ross and his wife Anne Carroll; her parents, Henry and Sallie Switcher; her brothers, Clarence and J.R. Switcher; and her sister, Beatrice Overton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James Rippie
RIENZI – James Clayton “Bud” Rippie, 77, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at Mississippi Care Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Kemps Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to send condolences.
Dwight White
FULTON – Dwight White, 58, died April 9, 2011. He was born July 11, 1952, in Red Bay, Ala. to Junior and Ophelia Kemp White. He was a member of Saucer Creek Church of Christ. He was a devoted employee for many years to Cooper Tire, where he served in numerous positions. He was a proud member of the Northeast Itawamba Fire Department. He served in the Navy, and he loved to hunt and fish. Most of all, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Winters and Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa West White; his mother, Ophelia White; daughters, Misty (Bobby) West of Tupelo and Sharlene Parrish and Emily Jordan, both of Fulton; son, Daniel Rollins of Fulton; grandchildren, Jacob, Lindsey and Megan West, Stephanie Smith, Lilly-Anne Raines, Kaitlyn Thompson, Marly Ann Parrish and his five little sidekicks who were with him every chance they got, Laken, Lauren and Anna Jade Rollins and Christina and Ashley Jordan; five sisters, Evonne McCarley (Danny) of Hamilton, Ala., Kathern Overton (L.D.), Tina Morris, Ivy Nell Pitts and Jewel Dean White, all of Red Bay. Ala.; five brothers, Jessie Ray White, Freddie White, both of Vina, Ala., Kenneth White of Red Bay, Ala., Terry White of Vina, Ala. and Leland White (Linda) of Amory; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Junior White; one brother, Joe White; one sister, Daniel White; and one son, Joseph Rollins.
Pallbearers will be the Northeast Itawamba Fire Department.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the Northeast Itawamba Fire Department.
Everette West Jr.
RED BANKS – Everette Dean West Jr., 89, died April 9, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 17, 1921, in Red Banks. He was a member of Mt. Plesant United Methodist Church and a farmer.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church with Dr. Ray Branch and Doug Owen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Dean West and Fred West, both of Red Banks; two daughters, Barbara Lupton of Springdale, Ark. and Ginger Owen of Red Banks; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Paul Lupton, Everette West, Andrew West, Doug Owen, John Lupton and Tobe West.
Visitation will be at 2 p.m. today at the church.
Pludie Hearn
ETTA – Pludie E. Hearn, 93, died April 10, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Rachel Poores
RED BAY – Rachel Poores, 59, died Friday, April 8, 2011, at Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.

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