Obituaries April 21, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Clara Tubb
AMORY – Clara Cain Tubb, 79, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at her home. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born Jan. 21, 1931, to Claude and Flora Comer Cain. She married Daniel Tubb in 1948. Her hobbies included traveling, fishing, cooking, crocheting and painting. She was a homemaker and a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Ernest Stump officiating. Burial will be in the Hatley Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Daniel Tubb of Amory; four sons, Ronnie Tubb (Patsy) of Fulton, Danny Tubb (Judy) of Acworth, Ga., Eddy Tubb (Martha) of Pensacola, Fla., and Kenny Tubb (Michelle) of Peppertown; six grandchildren, Cindy Tubb, Amelia Tubb Allen, Daniel Tubb (Ashley), Alysha Tubb LaPlant (Tim), Andrew Tubb (Angie) and Joseph Tubb; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Billy Beckham.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Tubb, Andrew Tubb, James Hodges, James Earl Waddle, Cory Langford, Gerald Langford, Jimmie Edwards and David Lee Parker.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Geneva Woodruff
IUKA – Geneva Woodruff, 96, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at Darlington Oaks in Verona.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Ben Barrett Smith
BATESVILLE – Ben Barrett Smith, 67, died Sunday, April 18, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was born Aug. 29, 1942, in Long Beach, Calif., to Jeanette and Herman Smith of Water Valley. While in high school at Water Valley, he was a page for Congressman Jamie Whitten in Washington D.C. He received a Bachelor of Public Administration degree from the University of Mississippi in 1964. He graduated from the Ole Miss Law School in 1967. He was senior partner in the law firm of Smith, Musgrove and McCord. He was serving as an instructor at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Oxford at the time of his death. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Batesville. He served in many capacities in both his church and his community.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church of Batesville. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Kay Kay Wilbourn Smith; one daughter, Stacy Smith Climer and husband, Tim, of Batesville, formerly of West Point; one son, Will B. Smith and wife, Anne Fairley, of Oxford; one brother, Pete Smith and wife, Brenda, of Newnan, Ga., formerly of West Point; an uncle, William B. Barrett and wife, Jane, of West Point; seven grandchildren, one niece, one nephew and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church of Batesville or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Batesville.
Lamar P. Mayes Jr.
CARTHAGE – Lamar P. Mayes Jr., 35, died Friday, April 16, 2010, at University Hospital in Jackson as the result of an automobile accident.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at True Holiness Church in Corinth. Burial will be in Spence Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Hollis Price Jr.
ABERDEEN – Hollis Price Jr., 55, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, in Drew. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Johnnie Dockins
ABERDEEN – Johnnie Dockins died at her home in Kansas City, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Ray Parker
BALDWYN – Richard Ray Parker, 74, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a retired foreman of Deviney Construction Company. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and the Asbury United Methodist Men’s Club. He loved his church and church family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Asbury Methodist Church with Bro. Robert McCoy and Bro. Ken Corley officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Gardens Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Martha Parks Parker of Baldwyn; one daughter, Angelia Livingston (Mack) of Evergreen; two sons, John Allen Parker (Carla) of Saltillo and Brad Parker of Baldwyn; his mother-in-law, LaFoy “Sam” Parks of Thrasher; five grandchildren, Kali Michael, Alayna Parker, Linda Dillard, Cody Parker and Chad Parker; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Lorena Cox Parker; one sister, Zelia Davis; and one brother, Tommy Parker.
Pallbearers will Charlie Roberts, Dan Gardner, Rex Coggins, Roy Copeland, James Wooley, Charles Brigman, Bob Arnold and Earl Stone.
Honorary pallbearers will be the remaining members of Asbury Methodist Men’s Club.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Jack N. Murphree
FULTON – Jack N. Murphree, 74, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born Dec. 21, 1935, in Itawamba County to Clifford and Tular Wilson Murphree. He was a heavy equipment operator in East Chicago, Ill., for more than 10 years. After returning to Itawamba County, he and his brother built Murphree Brothers Meat Processing in Tremont. He worked for JESCO for 18 years and for the Itawamba County Road and Bridge Department for six years. He was a member of the Pine Grove Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Jeremy Pierce officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Earnestine Duncan Murphree of Fulton; one son, Glenn Murphree of Tremont; three grandchildren, Matt N. Murphree of Hattiesburg, and Will and Elizabeth Murphree of the home; one sister, Nellie Reeves of Birmingham; one brother, Morris E. Murphree of Fulton; several nieces and nephews; and a special sister-in-law, Martha Shackelford of Tallmadge, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings.
Pallbearers will be the elders and deacons of Pine Grove Church. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Killingsworth, Roy Cummings, Clyde Wilson, Roger Beachum, Adoyle Taylor, Tommy Chamblee, Charles Beckley and Ronnie Hopkins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.
Zudell Spradling
CAROLINA – Zudell Wiygul Spradling, 87, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 26, 1922, in Itawamba County and lived there her entire life. She was the last surviving child of I.G. “Ike” and Nellie Wiygul of the Carolina community. She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of Carolina Methodist Church. She was married to Randall Omer Spradling for 52 years. She loved her church, gardening, visiting with family and friends, and caring for her grandchildren.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Carolina Methodist Church with Bro. John Foster and Bro. Lance Presley officiating. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty Sullivan (Sammy) and Margaret Mills (Dale), both of Carolina, and Barbara Christian (Thomas) of Peaceful Valley; six grandchildren, Michael Sullivan, Amy Waldrop (Joe), Jennifer Gray, Amanda Grace (Adam), Matt Christian and Shannon Christian; one great-grandchild, Grant Adams; one stepgreat-grandchild, Nicholas Waldrop; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Polly Wiygul, Ollie Ree Wiygul, Rena Grimes, Don Spradling (Pat), Joel Spradling (Eleanor) and Trenton Spradling (Carolyn); and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents; four brothers, William Ephriam (Faye), Gratchard Felse, Fracus Goodwin (Era) and Quinton Roosevelt; and one sister, Carnell Young (Roy).
Pallbearers will be Michael Sullivan, Matt Christian, Don Spradling, F.G. Wiygul, Jerry Wiygul and Alan Herring.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday. The body will lie in state at Carolina Methodist Church from 2 p.m. to service time Thursday.
Memorials may be made to Carolina Methodist Church, 40 MTD Drive, Nettleton, MS 38858.
LaRue Ford
AMORY – LaRue Wilson Ford, 88, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at the Community Hospice-Darlington Oaks in Verona. Born March 7, 1922, she was the daughter of the late John Allen and Julia Thelma Sisk Wilson. She married Hermon Thomas Ford in 1942; he died in 1969. Before her retirement, she worked for Wilson Mfg. and Glenn Mfg. and later babysat in her home. She was a Methodist. She enjoyed yard work, gardening, raking leaves and reading.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in the Young Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Thomas Allen “Tommy” Ford (Gale) of Amory; three daughters, Barbara Holloway of Baldwyn, Jo Chism (Chip) of Aberdeen and Cindy Ford of Smithville; two sisters, Mary Jean Patterson (Odell) and Miriam Ruth Gilmore, both of Nettleton; four grandchildren, Mike Holloway (Alison), Ty Ford (Meredith), Josh Chism and Cory Chism; and two great-grandchildren, Imilie and Jackson West.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Pallbearers will be Terry Patterson, John Gilmore, Brad Gilmore, Prentiss Wigginton, Wade Weatherbee and Douglas Hoots.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Tony Smith
PONTOTOC – Tony Allen Smith, 52, died Saturday, April 17, 2010. A lifelong resident of Pontotoc County, he was born March 6, 1958, to Betty Jo Bland and Allen Smith. He was loved by his family and friends.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Springhill Cemetery in Lafayette County. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his grandmother, Elaine Bland; one daughter, Shana Smith; one grandson, Kulen Espericueta, all of Springville; one brother, Tommy Harrison (Dana); three aunts, Jane Gregory, Sandra Smith (Harold) and Pat Abner (Mike); an uncle, H.C. Bland (June), all of Pontotoc; nieces, Stephanie and Samantha Smith, and Alissa Harrison; 10 first cousins and numerous more family members, all originally from the Pontotoc area.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jo Bland Harrison; his father, Allen Smith; his grandfather, Harvey Bland and wife, Darla Atkins Smith; a son, Klye Allen Smith; and a brother, Timothy Jo Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Harrison, David Colburn and Kulen Espericueta.
Dewayne Wallace
RIPLEY – Dewayne Wallace, 41, died Monday. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home in Ripley.
Emmett Saxon
NETTLETON – Emmett Richmond Saxon Jr., 67, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at Community Hospice in Verona after an extended illness. He was born on Aug. 4, 1943, in Haines City, Fla., to Emmett and Christine Fleming Saxon. He made his home in Nettleton for the past 45 years. He worked for Malone-Hyde and Action for many years. He was a faithful member of CrossPoint Fellowship Church and a member of the Nettleton Masonic Lodge 451, where he was Mason of the year in 2008.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at CrossPoint Fellowship Church in Nettleton with Bro. Tommy Ray Dabbs and Bro. Billy Payne officiating. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery with Masonic Rites. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his daughter, Loressa Saxon of Nettleton; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Shackelford Brown of Nettleton; granddaughters, Hope Whitaker (Chris) and Kayla Brown, both of Nettleton; sisters, Jean Saxon Acree (Harry) and Emmaline Scoggins Mulling (Roger,) both of Ocala, Fla., Paula Manning of Alabama; brother, Ben L. Saxon of Ocala, Fla.; and five great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Saxon, and his parents.
Pallbearers are Keith Bishop, Dewey Harris, Richard Hawkins, Bobby Hendrix, Stevie Humble, Ricky Murphy, Barry Parker and Jim Rutherford.
Honorary pallbearers are all the Crosspoint Fellowship family.
Visitation will be at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time Thursday.
Samuel Berryman
MCKENZIE, Tenn. – Samuel Ray Berryman, 74, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at his home. He was born Jan. 4, 1936, to John W. and Eula Eaton Berryman. He was a building inspector, codes officer and property maintenance for the City of McKenzie. He was a member of McKenzie First Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Methodist Church of McKenzie. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in McKenzie. Brummitt Funeral Home of McKenzie, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Bishop Berryman of McKenzie, Tenn.; two sons, Stephen Berryman of McKenzie and Brian (Pricilla) Farris of Charlotte, N.C.; one sister, Ruby (James Earl) Lambert of Horn Lake; six brothers, Hancel (Evelyn) Berryman of Rienzi, Jerry Berryman of Lockport, Ill., Jim (Joan) Berryman of Ripley, Roger (Tracy) Berryman of Walnut, Billy (Linda) Berryman of Booneville and Rex Berryman of Mooreville; two grandsons, Tyler Berryman and Mitch Farris.
Visitation will be at First United Methodist Church from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday.
Bobbie Gresham
OLIVE BRANCH – Bobbie Liddell Gresham, 68, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. He was born Feb. 26, 1942, in Myrtle to Stewart B. Gresham and Clare Mae Lauderdale Gresham. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired postal worker. He was a member of Central Church in Germantown, Tenn., and he was a deacon for many years at Elliston Baptist Church in Memphis.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany with the Rev. Don Bishop officiating. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Eileen Gresham; one son, Gerry Liddell Gresham; one daughter, MaShanda Dalane Ruff; three grandchildren, Lydia Ruff, Blake Addison and Ethan Gresham; one son-in-law, David Ruff; one daughter-in-law, Chandra Gresham; seven siblings, William “Bill” Gresham, James Gresham, Evelyn Jordan, Reginia Gregory, Sammie Merritt, Lynda Denton, Nancy Chunn and Francis Wooten.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Gresham.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Corinne Harrington
HOUSTON – Corinne Harrington died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.
Pauline M. Young
PONTOTOC – Pauline M. Young, 88, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Pansy Meeks
RIPLEY – Pansy Crawford Meeks, 69, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born May 25, 1940, to Harvey and Mary Faye Derrick Crawford. She was retired from Walmart and she worked part time at the Ripley Public Library. She was a faithful member of Ripley Church of Christ. A loving and caring mother and grandmother, she loved talking about her grandchildren, going to church and being with her friends and family. She had many cousins and friends whom she loved.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Church of Christ with Dr. Patrick Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Tracey Yates (Ray), Michele Elliott (Rob), Leslie Meeks, all of Ripley, and Lizabeth Fortier (Ken) of Whitehall, Mont.; one son, Sonny Meeks (Karen) of Ripley; six grandchildren, Mary Raye Gooch (Grant) of Thaxton, Carol Ann Yates , Robert Elliott, John Fortier and Karson Meeks, all of Ripley, and Will Fortier of Whitehall, Mont.; two great-grandchildren, Levi and Quay Gooch of Thaxton; one sister, Jo Fleming of Holly Springs; two brothers, Boyce Crawford (Kathy) of Slayden and Carl Crawford of Vinton, La.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Collier Meeks; her father, Harvey Crawford; her mother, Mary Faye Derrick Crawford Hurdle; her stepfather, Percy Hurdle; and a sister, Janice Barkley.
Pallbearers will be Bonnie Crawford, Clay Crawford, Jerry Crawford, Sammy Crawford, Victor Crawford, Wade Crawford, Charles Pannell and Dean Pannell.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at Ripley Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ripley Church of Christ, Lads to Leaders Youth Group, 1300 Hall Drive, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Pamela Sprayberry
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Pamela Eloise Taylor Sprayberry, 52, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at her home in Blue Mountain. She was a homemaker and a member of the Blue Mountain United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Bro. Jerry Bond will officiate, and Perry Reed will deliver a eulogy. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Blue Mountain.
Survivors include one daughter, Laura Daniel (Don) of Ashland; one son, Timothy Sprayberry of Ashland; one sister, Kathy Taylor of Ripley; one brother, Edward Taylor of Blue Mountain; four grandchildren, Stephen, Conn, Nicholas and Briar Daniel, all of Ashland.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arlin and Inez Roberson Taylor, and one daughter, Angela Sprayberry.
Pallbearers will be Josh Mardis, Jerry Reed, Bobby Childers, Stephen Daniel, Vernon Reed and Danny Matthews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
E.J. Goddard Jr.
BOONEVILLE – E.J. Goddard Jr., 80, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Phillip Box officiating. Burial will be in the Amory Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 235, Booneville, MS 38829.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4:30 until 8 p.m. today.