Obituaries April 15, 2008

Marca Coker
BOONEVILLE – Marca Lynn Johnson Coker, 45, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Aug. 30, 1962, in Prentiss County to Eber and Shirley Smith Johnson. She was a homemaker and a member of Smith Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Blakney officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Tulon Coker of Booneville; one daughter, Diana Lynn Coker of the home; her mother, Shirley Johnson of Booneville; one brother, Michael Johnson of Booneville; a sister-in-law, Julie (Tim) Riddle of Florence, Ala.; a brother-in-law, Eugene (Pam) Coker of Booneville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Eber Johnson.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Stan McKissick
OAKLAND, Calif. – Stanford “Stan” McKissick died Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at the Veterans Hospital in Livimore, Calif. He was born Feb. 7, 1927, in Saltillo.

Services were handled by Cooper Chapel Funeral Home in Oakland, Calif. Burial with full military honors was in the Veterans Cemetery in California.

Survivors include his wife, Diane McKissick, and two daughters, Lisa McKissick and Suzie McKissick, all of California; one brother, Dale McKissick of Nettleton; four sisters, Mary Frances Herring of Nettleton, Shirley Jean Ratliff of Verona, Betty Sue Grace of Oklahoma city, Okla., and Jo Ann Chavez of Newark, Calif.; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard C. McKissick and Winfred T. McKissick; one brother, William L. “Bill” McKissick; and one sister, Dorthy Nell Warner.

Willie Wesley Perkins
OXFORD -Willie Wesley Perkins, 74, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Methodist Germantown Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. He was a retired line supervisor with Ford Motor Company. He was a sergeant 1st class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Cherry Road Baptist Church in Memphis, Veterans of Foreign Wars and AMVETS. He was a Mason.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with Jim Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in North Oxford Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Karyn Bevins of Vermilion, Ohio, and Loretta Robinson of Bartlett, Tenn.; one son, Michael Perkins of Memphis; four sisters, Katherine Lewellyn of Batesville, Daisy Owens of Oxford, Virginia Thompson of Elkhart, Ind., and Rosemary Beard of Batesville; four brothers, Russell Perkins of Memphis, Jake Perkins of Atoka, Tenn., Jimmie Perkins of Corinth and James Perkins of Oxford; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to North Oxford Cemetery Fund, North Oxford Baptist Church c/o North Oxford Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 1700, Oxford, MS 38655.

In honor of his service to his country, the flag of the United State Army is flying at Waller Funeral Home.

Aleene Sample
PLANTERSVILLE -Aleene Partlow Sample, 88, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at the Alterra Clare Bridge Cottage in Winter Haven, Fla., after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel.

Plummer Wax
AMORY – Plummer Leon Wax, 67, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

George Washington
BRUCE – George Norman Washington, 85, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. He was born Jan. 21, 1923, in Pontotoc County. He was retired from Cooper Tire in Clarksdale. He was a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Carey Springs Cemetery in Pontotoc County.

Survivors include his wife, Alma Pearl Franklin Washington of Calhoun City; two brothers, Herman Washington of Batesville, Ark., and Daniel Washington of Drew; four sisters, Leta W. Kemmer of Marvell, Ark., Louise W. Smith of Arlington, Tenn., Ruby W. Walls of Drew and Freda W. Reynolds of Batesville, Miss.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dee Sullivan “Bud” Washington and Trilby Johnson Washington; two brothers, James Washington and Alva R. Washington; and a sister, Edna W. Chandler.

Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

David Bedford
NEW ALBANY – David Lee Bedford, 27, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Aug. 7, 1980, in Union County to Randy Lee Bedford and Kim Webb. He attended Jamison Grove Gospel Mission. He was employed at MasterBilt and Hibbett Sports. He was a student at Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Kenny Davis and Bro. Robert Davis officiating. Burial will be in Keownville Cemetery.

Survivors include his father, Randy Bedford (Cathy) of New Albany; his mother, Kim Webb (Doug) of Keownville; his grandparents, Angie Davis of Pleasant Ridge, and Luther and Linda Bedford of Beacon Hill; his stepgrandmother, Madine Webb of Amory; a half sister, Amanda Webb of Keownville; two stepsisters, Tonya Roe of New Albany and Nicky Webb of West Point; three stepbrothers, Jason Roe of Myrtle, Brad Roe of New Albany and Chad Roe of Pontotoc.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Enis H. Davis, and his stepgrandfather, Ed Webb.

Pallbearers will be Eric Finch, Ed McAlexander, Chris Wooley, Chris Chunn, Chad Wilbanks, Dino Meador, Gary Wooldridge, Sammy Benson, Eric Barrett and Richard Barrett.

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

Margie Nell Tollison
ALGOMA – Margie Nell Tollison, 62, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Laron Self officiating. Burial will be in Coleman Cemetery in Kosciusko.

Survivors include four sons, Monroe Sanders Jr. and Harvey Sanders, both of Pontotoc, Alan Sanders of Kosciusko and Rufus Sanders of Joiner, Ark.; one daughter, Nancy Hood of Joiner, Ark.; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, John Frank Sanders; her parents, Otis and Myrtie Tollison; and a brother, Frank Tollison.

Pallbearers will be her nephews, John and Frank Tollison, James and Jamie Tollison, Kenny McPhearson and Jeff Reed.

Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Timothy Goolsby and Raymon Montemayor.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Fay Bennett
BALDWYN – Mary Fay Burns Bennett, 92, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Aline Keith
CORINTH – Aline Patton Keith, 68, died Friday, April 11, 2008, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mark Baptist Church with the Rev. Kim Ratliff and the Rev. Danny Walker officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four brothers, Robert Patton, Olis T. Patton (Sylvia), Edward Patton (Sara) and Milton Patton; three sisters, Marath Spears, Estella Robinson and Lula Floyd (Willam); two brothers-in-law, Vasco Keith and Clemon Keith; two sisters-in-law, Pansy Patton and Earnie Patton; stepson, Lamar Keith; stepdaughter, Marine Elliott; special friend, Lawrence Walker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Keith; her parents, Jessie and Lucille Patton; three brothers, Jessie (P.T.) Patton Jr., Johnnie Will Patton and Jerry Neal Patton.

Pallbearers will be Rufus Patton, Johnny Patton, Jeff Patton, Eddie Patton, Rodney Alexander and Xavier Prather.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church.

Glenda Collums
PONTOTOC – Glenda Carole Collums, 63, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at University Medical Center in Jackson. She was a member of Antioch Freewill Baptist Church and the owner of the Video Shop.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Doug Horton officiating. Burial will follow in Guinn Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Hot Collums of Pontotoc; her mother, Mary Lynn Hodges of Toccopola; one daughter, Terri Stanley (Randy) of Iuka; two sons, Barry Wardlaw (Ranecia) and Tony Wardlaw, both of Toccopola; four stepchildren; three sisters, Becky Austin and Rena Chrestman, both of Toccopola, and Gena Hamlett of Pontotoc; two granddaughters, Britney Wardlaw of Oxford and Mary-Collins Wardlaw of Toccopola; two grandsons, Mac Wardlaw of Toccopola and Jon Alexander of Iuka; six stepgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gathright Hodges.

Pallbearers will be Lee Chrestman, Jason Chrestman, Steve Hodges, Steve Collums, Donald Daniels and Justin Collums.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Earl James
WALNUT -Earl Kennedy James, 86, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth. He was born Aug. 30, 1921, to James Marion James and Linnie Collier James. He was a member of Walnut Church of Christ. He was a businessman, active in church and civic activities, and was a key negotiator in procuring the Walnut Industrial Park. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He loved his family and friends, and was known and respected by all.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Robert Taylor, Minister Kenny James and Minister Joshua James officiating. Burial will be in James Family Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ila Smith James; one daughter, Barbara James Beavers of Walnut; three sons, Kenny Earl James (Sheron), Greglon Clark James (Tena) and Timothy Lane James (Kim), all of Walnut; 12 grandchildren, Joey Doyle, Kim Huddleston (Mike), Alicia Doyle, Mark James (Jennifer), Johnathan James, Caleb James, Candice Still (Josh), Jesse James, and Amelia James, all of Walnut, Michelle Graves (Ray) of Ripley, Amanda Wilburn (Cory) of Corinth, and Joshua James (Tonya) of Glen; and 14 great-grandchildren, Paige Doyle, Hunter Doyle, Taylor Doyle, Lee Robinson, Luke Braudway, Eli Wilburn, Kyra James, Brooke Graves, Alex Graves, Briana James, Matt James, Landon Braudway, Bryson Huddleston and Bradley Huddleston.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and four brothers.

Pallbearers will be Joey Doyle, Kim Huddleston, Alicia Doyle, Michelle Graves, Mark James, Johnathan James, Amanda Wilburn, Joshua James, Caleb James, Candice Still, Jesse James and Amelia James.

Honorary pallbearers will be Eugene Shoffner, Ben Noah, C.W. Austin, Kelton Melton, Skelley Mathis, Billy Joyner, William D. “Bill” Minor and Herschel Brown.

Visitation will be from 5 to 10 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Walnut Church of Christ.

To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Deborah Howe
RED BAY, Ala. – Deborah Reese Howe, 55, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at her home. She was born Nov. 21, 1952, in Missouri to J.W. and Virginia Newsome Reese. She was a nurse's aide and attended Bethel Church of God.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Ronnie Reese officiating.

Survivors include one daughter, Marie Howe of Red Bay.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Willie Ray Doshier
ECRU – Willie Ray Doshier, 51, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at his home in Ecru. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., and grew up in Mellwood, Ark. He was a farmer.

A family only memorial service will be held in Elaine, Ark. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Alta Louise Gregory of Manila, Ark.; two brothers, Michael Doshier of Ecru and Darrell Doshier of Tunica; a special friend, Jo, of Elaine, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his father, Troy Doshier.

Ja' Michael Coleman
OXFORD – Ja' Michael Keyshawn Coleman, 19 days, died Friday, April 11, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 25, 2008, in Mississippi.

Services were Monday, April 14, 2008, at New Hope M.B. Church in Oxford with the Rev. Eric Wilson officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery. Serenity-Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents, LaShetta Coleman of Oxford and George Henderson of Memphis; his grandparents, Georgia Wortham of Oxford and George Evans of Memphis; his great-grandparents, Mary Wortham, Rosie Coleman and Clifton Hilliard, all of Oxford.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry Coleman and Joyce Ann Henderson.

Vester Pettigo
FULTON – Vester Pettigo, 74, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at his home. He was born Sept. 13, 1933, in Marietta to John and Lodar Ashley Pettigo. He was self-employed in the construction business for most of his life. He was a member of Sandy Springs Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting. He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Billy Adams and Bro. Jason Watts officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Hildred Pettigo; two sons, Wade Pettigo (Patsy) and David Pettigo (Sheila); one daughter, Charline Webb (Danny Wayne), all of Fulton; two grandchildren, Brad Pettigo (Charity) and Tammy Culver (Allen); two stepgrandchildren, Austin Gatewood and Nicky Gatewood; five great-grandchildren, Tia Pettigo, Justin Pettigo, Madison Culver, Christa Culver and Riley Culver; one special brother-in-law, Ed Spencer; three sisters-in-law, Lanell Clayton, Addie Pitts and Joyce Pettigo.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Wester, Hester, Chester and Lester Pettigo, and his parents.

Pallbearers will be Brad Pettigo, Allan Culver, Mitchell Pettigo, Stephen Pettigo, Jerry Spencer and Bill Coggins.

Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Joseph Brotherton
RIPLEY – Joseph Edgar Brotherton, 93, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born Jan. 11, 1915, to F.M. and Anna E. Childers Brotherton. He was a member of Whittentown Baptist Church. He was a retired welder for Babcock & Wilcox.He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lamar Grisham officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.

Survivors include one sister, Lila Mae Jones of Amory; two brothers, Leonard Brotherton (Ruth) and David W. Brotherton, both of Blue Mountain; and three caregivers, Margaret Spears, Dorothy Mejia and Shelia Estes.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mamie Viola Meadows Brotherton, and his parents, F.M. and Anna E. Childers Brotherton.

Pallbearers will be Danny Jones, David Brotherton, Philip Brotherton, Greg Brotherton, Bobby Meadows and Bobby Smith.

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

To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Silas Gault
OXFORD – Silas Lloyd Gault, 86, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born at Delay and had lived in the Oxford area since 1951. He was a retired postal maintenance worker with the U.S. Postal Service. Previously, he worked for Avent's Dairy as a truck driver for many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II and the Korean War.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel with Bob Brewer officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery in Oxford.

Survivors include one son, John Rowland Gault of Oxford; one sister, Martha Faye Austin of Nashville, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Cynthia Gault Whitehead of Oxford; two great-granddaughters, Reagan Neely Whitehead and Edie Parker Whitehead, both of Oxford.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Florine Rowland Gault; one daughter, Norma Jean Gault; his parents, John Worth and Martha Rama Gault; three brothers, Dan Gault, Van Gault and Paul Gault; and one sister, Alta Ray Gault.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the giver's choice.

Pearce Paseur
MOSCOW, Tenn. – Pearce Alvie Paseur, 86, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at his home. He was formerly of Walnut. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home Inc. of Ripley.

Kitty Amagliani
BARTLETT, Tenn. -Kitty Estes Amagliani, 78, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was born Nov. 30, 1929, to Robert Lee Estes and Elizabeth Shappley Estes. She was a member of Olivar Creek Church of Christ in Memphis.She was a fashion model and a homemaker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Chris Dempsey and Lee Esgro officiating. Burial in Little Hope Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Donna Stewart of Bartlett, Tenn.; two sons, Tony Esgro of Memphis and Lee Esgro (Kelly) of Bartlett; four sisters, Mattie Byrd Hobson, Mary Scarth and Jo Lee, all of Ripley, and Pam Dietze of Laredo, Texas; three brothers, Hiram Estes of Starkville, Silas Estes of Memphis, and Steadman Estes of Ripley; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Amagliani, and her parents.

To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Martha Blankenship
CORINTH – Martha Ruth McNair Blankenship, 77, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was a native of Alcorn County. She was a 1947 graduate of Corinth High School, where she was homecoming queen. She received her education degree at the University of Mississippi and two master degrees from Mississippi State University. She taught school in the Alcorn County School System for 40 years. She also worked with the Children's Shelter for 20 years and loved caring for the children. She was a person of multiple talents, such as art, making decorations and sewing.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at McPeters Funeral Chapel with Bro. David Mills officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.

Survivors include one stepson, Park Blankenship of Arizona; three stepdaughters, Leslie B. Milam and Annette Sharp, both of Arizona, and Sally Scannel of Florida; special friends, Bobbye Crockett of Memphis and Pat Watkins of Corinth; two grandchildren, Anna Sharp and Clay Sharp.

She was preceded in death by her parents, W.C.and Ruth McNair, and her husband, Bobby L. Blankenship.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Thursday.

Jerry Underwood
LEBANON JUNCTION, Ky. – Jerry Underwood, 43, died Sunday, April 6, 2008, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, Ky., after a long illness. He was born Nov. 23, 1964, in Tupelo. He was a 1982 graduate of Saltillo High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he was a systems administrator. He was a life member of the VFW, and the commander and service officer of VFW Post 8293 in Lebanon Junction, Ky. He was a lifetime member of the DAV. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his three Labrador retrievers.

Services were held Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at Kappel Funeral Home in Lebanon Junction. Burial with military honors was held at the Kentucky veterans Cemetery West in Radcliff, Ky.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Cindy Vails Underwood; two sons, Jonathan and Patrick Underwood of Lebanon Junction; his parents, Andrew and Lavada Underwood of Saltillo; a brother, Andrew J. Underwood Jr. of Saltillo; a sister, Rose Grimes of Tupelo; his father- and mother-in-law, Charles and Elizabeth Vails of Linden, Texas; a sister-in-law, Teresa Vails of Pontotoc; and brother- and sister-in-law, Ray and Peggy Vails of Benbrook, Texas; a sister- and brother-in-law, Lorie and Tracy Murphy of Saltillo; a nephew and several nieces.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale St., Memphis, TN; or to a veteran's charity of the donor's choice.

Betty Russell
PONTOTOC – Betty Russell, 64, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Ecru.

Earlean Moore
HOLLY SPRINGS – Earlean Moore, 90, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Virgie Wilks
RANDOLPH – Virgie Wilks, 98, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Mortimer Funeral Home in Pontotoc.