GUNTOWN – Ivadeen “Gigi” Smith Gibson, 80, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was a lifelong member of the Antioch Church of Christ. She was a retired hairdresser and homemaker. She was an avid gardener. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she loved her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Antioch Church of Christ with Ministers Clyde Mize, Ferrell Hester and Darrell Beard officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Billy Gibson of Guntown; one daughter, Pam Barnett of Guntown; two sons, David and Beverly Gibson of Guntown, and Bill and Sherry Gibson of Brewer; her grandchildren, Michael and Aynsley Gibson, Michelle and Rickey Roberson, and Michael and Cliff Barnett; her great-grandchildren, Clare and Guy Roberson, and Sadie Gibson; two sisters, Anita and Bill Worthen of San Diego, Calif., and Lanette Petrie of Tampa, Fla.; two brothers, Gerald and Pauline Smith of Saltillo, and Carlos and Judy Smith of Batesville, Ark.; her stepgrandchildren, Maggie Davis, Laura and Justin Stevenson; her stepgreat-grandchildren, Nick Davis, Peyton Stevenson and Katie Stevenson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Audrey Smith, and a brother, Charles Neal Smith.
Pallbearers will be Gordon Gentry Jr., Larry Gentry, Steve McBrayer, Terry McBrayer, Ray Gibson, Brad Smith and Chip Gibson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 12:30 p.m. to service time Tuesday.
BOONEVILLE – Houston Monroe Nabers, 84, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at his home after a long illness. He retired after 38 1/2 years as a rural letter carrier. He was a member of Tuscumbia Baptist Church for 36 years. He taught Sunday School for many years and enjoyed singing in the choir. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and recipient of the Purple Heart.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tuscumbia Baptist Church with Bro. Merle Dixon, Bro. Wayne Whipple and Bro. Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscumbia Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 48 1/2 years, Peggy Nabers; three daughters, Rhonda Kay Allred (Sammy) of Corinth, Carolyn Whipple (Wayne) of Tupelo and Mary Grace Troupe (Joe) of Pearl; one son, Steve Nabers (Mickie) of Germantown, Tenn.; one sister, Marjorie Gresham of Memphis; one brother, McEllis Nabers of Booneville; nine grandchildren, Jesse Nabers, Bryan Gibson, Marty Smith, Clayton Allred, Joshua Whipple, Holly Babcock, Patrick Whipple, Nicholas Whipple and Adam Whipple; eight great-grandchildren; two aunts, Billie McGlaun and Peg Williams.
He was preceded in death by his parents, M.L. and Sybil Nabers, and his stepmother, Eva Lou Nabers.
Pallbearers will be Clayton Allred, Patrick Whipple, Jonathan Babcock, Rodney Lambert, Linus Hare, Kevin Hare, Harvey Shook and Jeff Jones.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
William C. Pyle
WEST POINT -William Calvin “Billy” Pyle, 75, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. He was born Dec. 5, 1932, in Memphis to Lurah Rubena Holman and Calvin Hyatt Pyle Sr. He was a land developer and a Methodist. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force ,serving as a captain and fighter pilot from 1955 to 1963.
Following cremation, there will be no funeral services. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Stephen L. Pyle of West Point, Scott Morgan Pyle of Greenwood, and Shawn Hyatt Pyle and Shannon Calvin Pyle, both of Ocean Springs; seven grandchildren, Chelsea J. Pyle, McKenna J. Pyle, Hyatt J. Pyle, Brennon J. Pyle, Hunter H. Pyle, Cali M. Pyle and Hannah E. Pyle.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Calvin Pyle Jr.; and sister, Jane Pyle Pope.
HOUSTON – Maline Byars Clark, 81, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born Nov. 22, 1926, to Jessie James Byars and Lula May Guinn Byars. She was a retired inspector for U.S. Ceramic Tile and a member of Houston First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow at Concord Cemetery in Houston.
Survivors include one son, James Clark of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Florence Colburn of Houston and Louis Suriani of Memphis; two nieces, four nephews.
Pallbearers will be Danny Dendy, Gary Murphree, Bobby Pearson, Tommy Colburn, Jack Holliman and Ted Griffin.
Family and friends may visit the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Walter J. Thompson
WEST POINT – Walter J. Thompson, 62, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 7, 1946, in Chickasaw County to Lorene Harris Thompson and Johnnie Floyd Thompson. He retired in 2004 from Babcock & Wilcox Company as a welding and assembly specialist for 32 years. He was a Baptist and a lifelong self-employed carpenter. He was a member of West Point Masonic Lodge No.l 159 F.& A.M. He married Glenda Reed Thompson on July 4, 1964, in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cary Sutphin officiating. Burial with Masonic graveside rites will follow in the Chickasaw Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include wife, Glenda Reed Thompson of West Point; one daughter, Sherry Card (Edward) of Macon; one son, William Glenn Thompson (Blair) of Flora; two grandchildren, Walter Earl Card and Sara Dudley Thompson; one great-grandson, Edward Jay Card; one sister, Virginia T. Discon (Don) of West Point; one brother, Roy E. Thompson (Shirley) of Cedar Bluff.
He was preceded in death by his parents; twin sons, James Floyd and John Walter Thompson; and a niece Angela Kay Thompson.
Pallbearers will be Walter Earl Card, Rex Coker, James Robert Edwards, Timmy White, Don Discon, John Edwards, Clay McCarter and Edward Card.
Honorary pallbearers will be Hoss McComic, John Ed McComic and Mike Garnett; the staff of Dugan Memorial Home; the staff at NMMC’s 4th floor; the staff of the Neurology, Urology and Cancer Departments of NMMC; and all his friends at Babcock & Wilcox Company.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main St. No. 1, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
William Ray Creel
GOLDEN – William Ray Creel, 39, died Friday, April 11, 2008, in Fulton. He was born Oct. 28, 1968, in Red Bay, Ala., to William Hale and Joyce Embrey Creel. He worked in the maintenance department at Mueller Cooper Tube in Fulton for 21 years. He was president of the Local 8420 Steelworkers Union. He was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.
Services were Sunday, April 13, at Golden Central Baptist Church with Bro. Mickey Trammel and Bro. Jackie Hastings officiating. Burial was in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Melissa Creel of Golden; two children, Emile Creel and Gage Creel; his mother, Joyce Creel of Golden; one sister, Rebecca (Mike) Bridges of Iuka; one sister-in-law, Michelle (Kevin) Creekmore of Huntsville, Ala.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Hoyt and Peggy Daniel of Pleasant Site, Ala.; two nieces, Alexandria Rast and Anna Creekmore; two nephews, Adam Rast and Ben Creekmore and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers were David Wigginton, Mickey Tate, Hank Whitehead, Dale Swindle, Joe Taylor and Jack Harrison.
CALHOUN CITY – Ruby Ross Cole, 100, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at the Calhoun Health Service Hospital. She was born June 18, 1907, in Calhoun County. She was retired from Harrelson Manufacturing Company and Ruth’s Drapery. She was a resident of the Bruce Nursing Home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Calhoun City Cemetery.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, D.T. “Blue” Cole, and her parents, David Robert Ross and Louisiana Morgan Ross.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Tuesday.
Horace H. Roberts
TUPELO – Horace H. Roberts, 76, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Dec. 13, 1931, to Buford H. and Tula Jeanette Sanders Roberts. He was raised in Clay County. He married Lula “Jane” Roberts on Dec. 4, 1954. They lived in the Skyline community for almost 54 years. A United States Army veteran, he served in the South Pacific during the Korean conflict. In his earlier years, he worked 10 years with Futorian before spending more than 29 years as a vending machine service technician with the Pepsi Cola Company in Tupelo. He was a longtime member of Allen’s Chapel United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking crafts and was known for his prize tomatoes.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Sammy Washburn and the Rev. Smith Whiteside officiating. Burial will be in Gilvo Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Lula Jane Roberts of the Skyline Community; two sisters, Doris Decker and Louise Breitkreutz; and one brother, Allen Eugene Roberts all of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kenny Roberts, on June 8, 2006; his parents; four brothers-in-law; and two sisters-in-law.
Pallbearers will be Sid Russell, Phil Smith, Wayne Decker, Eddie Decker, Billy Breitkreutz, Ronnie Roberts, Terry Roberts, Glen Roberts, Steve Franks and Jeff Franks.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
DETROIT, Ala. – E.G. Irvin, 74, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at his home. He was born May 2, 1933, in Lamar County, Ala., to Raymond and Bertha Turman Irvin. He was a retired employee of Continental Conveyor in Winfield, Ala., and a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Crews United Methodist Church. Bro. Roger Redus and Bro. Thomas Scott will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Irvin of Detroit, Ala.; one son, Tommy Irvin of North Carolina; one daughter, Linda (Ricky) Roberts of Sulligent, Ala.; his grandchildren, Thomas Irvin and Alex (Jessie) Roberts; his great-grandchildren, Dalton Irvin and Brycen Roberts; one brother, James Troy (Mary Ann) Irvin of Hatley; one sister, Dorothy (William) Puckett of Hatley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Terry Michael Irvin; a granddaughter, Adria Roberts; a great-granddaughter, Kylie Roberts; two brothers, Joe Irvin and Earnest Irvin; and two sisters, Fleta Taylor and Berta Moore.
BOONEVILLE -Marcie Coker, 45, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.
CORINTH – Martha Ruth McNair Blankenship, 77, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.
RIPLEY – Kitty Estes Amagliani, 78, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
VINA, Ala. – Ione Johnson Hardin, 99, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born April 8, 1909, in Franklin County, Ala., to Porter and Elzadia Bonds Johnson. She was a devoted mother and homemaker and had many friends. She was a Protestant.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Dan Hindman officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery.
Survivors include five children, Mazelle Hardin, Horace Hardin and Hollis Hardin, all of Vina, Ernestine Kerby of Birmingham and Darlene Hester of Russellville, Ala.; six grandchildren, Theresa Hester Mays (Rex), Don Hester (Jeanne), Stephen Kerby (Anna Marie), Michael Kerby (Gina), Montez Hester, Holli Anne Hardin Fontenot (Dallas); seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Hardin; and her parents, three brothers and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be Don Hester, Kerry Hester, Marlin Gober Jr., Mark Hardin, Joe Hardin and Mike Kerby.
Rex Mays will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
MANTACHIE – Wilma Lois White, 68, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a car accident in January. She was born Oct. 9, 1939, in Ohio County, Ky., to Carl and Anna Raymond Watson. She had lived in Mantachie since 1984. She was a graduate of McHenry, Ky., schools. She worked in the garment industry. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Saltillo. She enjoyed flower gardening and yard sales.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Neil Murphy officiating. Burial will be in the Fellowship Cemetery near Saltillo.
Survivors include four sons, Danny White (Teresa) of Amory, Richard White and Thomas White (Regina), both of Mantachie, and Tommy White of Texas; two daughters, Judy White of McHenry, Ky., and Gloria White of Arkansas; four brothers, D. Boy Watson, James Willard Watson, Bobby Joe Watson and Billy Watson, all of McHenry, Ky.; two sisters, Joyce Casteel (Bobby) of Burlison, Texas, and Linda Watson of McHenry, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Brandi Montgomery, Tiffany Gunter, Randi White, Patches Hayse, Joseph Bratcher, Joshua Decker, Stephanie White and Steven Landrum; eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas White; her parents; a son, Terry White; and a daughter, Sandra Keasler.
Pallbearers will be Philip Lindsey, Eric White, Gary White, Timmy White, Donald Box and Paul Upton.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Sidney E. Poindexter
SALTILLO – Sidney E. Poindexter, 77, died Friday, April 11, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. A Henning, Tenn., native, he was born March 24, 1931, to Sidney Earl and Ila May Sleamaker Poindexter. He was a graduate of Memphis State University with a degree in history. He was a ranger in the United States Army, serving as a paratropper in the 82nd Airborne Division. For 26 years, he worked as a quality control manager, mostly with the the Army Air Force Exchange Service.
Memorial services will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the family residence in Saltillo. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Faye Poindexter of Saltillo; two daughters, Laura Lard of Saltillo and Kathy Page of Tupelo; one son, Jim Poindexter (Debra) of Frisco, Texas; two sisters, Anne Hunter (Jim) of Memphis and Sue Schwendimann of Hohenwald, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Angela Tharp (Charlie), Cody Lard, Jennifer Page, Kylie Poindexter and Bailey Poindexter; one great-grandaughter, Zoie Tharp; and one niece, Pam Hunter of Memphis.
Visitation will be at the family residence from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BLUE SPRINGS – Hayes Levert Killough, 73, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at his home. He was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Myrtle to Wallace Cindy Killough and Lara Christian Hogue Killough. He served as a sergeant 1st class in the U.S. Army. He worked at SDI in Baldwyn as a supervisor in shipping and receiving. He was a member of the American Legion and the Myrtle Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Bill Merritt officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Ann Killough of Blue Springs; two sons, Eddie Killough (Myra) and Terry Killough, both of Blue Springs; one sister, Hazel Gordon (Buddy) of Pontotoc; two brothers, Coy Killough of New Albany and Allen Killough (Elizabeth) of Dyersburg, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Joshua Killough and Matthew Killough; one great-grandchild, Jessica Killough.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James C. Killough.
Pallbearers will be Buddy Gordon, Jeff Moore, Mike Killough, John Mann, Bobby Barnes, Robbie Adams, John Jurjewich and Danny Rae Gordon.
Honorary pallbearers will be Allen Killough and Matthew Killough.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
FULTON – Vester Pettigo, 74, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.