Obituaries April 23, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mary Jane Treadwell
RIDGELAND – Mary Jane Treadwell, 75, died Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. She was born Dec. 10, 1934, in Tupelo to George and Blanche Kellum. She graduated from Rolling Fork High School in 1952 and went on to graduate from The Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Memphis in 1955 as a registered nurse. She worked at St. Dominic Hospital and retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi in 2002. In retirement, she worked part time at The University of Mississippi Medical Center Medical School.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, followed by a memorial service at 10 a.m. Monday at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Chapel on High Street.
She is survived by two sons, Rory Treadwell and wife, Nancy, of Madison and Keith Treadwell and wife, Sue, of Brandon; one daughter, Tandi Pevey and husband, Jon, of Crystal Springs; and five grandchildren, Courtney, Jennifer, Keeton, Cameron and Mackenzie.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Mississippi Animal Rescue League.
Thelma Mabry
NETTLETON – Thelma Mabry died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
Albert Ralph Russell
TUPELO – Albert Ralph Russell died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 20, 1916, in Lawrence County to Benjamin and Ella Wilson Russell. He graduated in 1934 from Monticello High School and in 1938 from Mississippi Teachers College (USM) with a Bachelor of Science degree. He taught, coached and/or was principal at Lexie High School in Walthall County, McLain High School in Greene County and Good Hope High School in Scott County. He retired from the Mississippi Public Health Service after 32 years of service.
He served from March 1943 to January 1946 in the United States Army. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant and served as an Infantry Unit commander as a member of the Americal Division, participating in combat in the Soloman and Philippine Islands including the mopping up of Guadalcanal and the assaults of Bougainville, Cebu and Leyte. He was a member of the occupation forces of Japan. He received the following awards and honors: Bronze Star Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars with Arrowhead, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star and Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
He is survived by his children, Stacy (Dixie) Russell of Itawamba County, Frank (Regina) Russell of Tupelo, Rhett Russell of Pontotoc County and Cynthia Russell Easterling of Hattiesburg; 15 grandchildren, Bo (Noel) Russell of Tupelo, Claudia Russell of Austin, Texas, Shay (Holly) Russell of Itawamba County, Allison (Rob) Laher of Corinth, Amanda (Billy) Thacker of Calhoun County, Jessica Russell of Alcorn County, Ryan (Amber) Russell of Corinth, Anna Lauren (Gary) Lauderdale of Lee County, Lacy Russell of Tupelo, Sam Russell of Tupelo, Kellie (Todd) Watts of Columbia, Ashley Russell of Baton Rouge, La., Benjamin (Jaime) Russell of Pontotoc County, Lorrie Russell of Houston, Texas, and Sy Russell (Sarah) Easterling of Madison; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Versie Lucille Brown Russell; his parents; and his 11 siblings, Ottie Russell, Roy Russell, Ola Mae Russell Bass, Benjamin Russell, Ethan Russell, Ellis Russell, Howard Russell, Oscar Russell, Bertie Russell Hemphill, Eugene Russell and Webb Russell.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time.
Avon Whitfield
IUKA – Avon Whitfield, 88, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at his home. He was a member of North Crossroads Community Church and an avid patriot. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 9th Armored Division, 89th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron during the Battle of the Bulge. He retired from TVA in 1983 after many years of service.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Bro. Bobby Christian and Bro. Earl McAnally will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Curtis Whitfield of Iuka; two sons, Joe Whitfield (Carolyn) of Baldwyn and Jack Whitfield of Iuka; one daughter, Theresa Cutshall of Iuka; one sister, Edra Kay of Iuka; three grandchildren, Trey Cutshall (Dena) of Ringo, Ga., Tiffany Lowery (Chris) of Booneville and Whitney Whitfield of Corinth; four great-grandchildren, Hogan Cutshall, Cassidy Lowery, Cooper Lowery and Chloe Cutshall.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Flarra Whitfield; four brothers, Yonley, Odell, Otis and Rephus Whitfield; four sisters, Clara Dean, Mozelle Medley, Gladys Grisham and Maxine Whiteside; and one great-grandchild, Austin Cole Lowery.
Pallbearers will be James Henry Grisham, Freeman Medley, Charlie Cutshall, Steve Barnett, Dr. James Perkins and James Crowell. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Al Flannery, James Pounders, Danny Davis, Wayne Helton, Steve Nunley and Eugene “Peanut” Thorne.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Wilburn Perry
NEW ALBANY – Wilburn Perry, 95, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Union County. He was born Aug. 19, 1914, in Union County to Louis and Ollie Rossell Perry. He was a retired farmer and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a charter member of Ingomar Lions Club, and a member and deacon of Ingomar Baptist Church. He volunteered and served the community in many activities.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Clyde Pound and Dr. Kermit McGregor officiating. Burial will follow in Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Vera Cobb Perry of New Albany; three daughters, Sandi Morris and her husband, Dr. Joe Edd Morris, of Tupelo, Rita Perry of New Albany, and Kathy Broeseker and her husband, Dana, of Safety Harbor, Fla.; one son, John L. Perry and his wife, Paula, of Meridian; grandchildren, Christopher Perry, Jonathan Perry, Tucker Perry, Ian Perry, Dr. Jason Stacy, Dr. Meredith (Joey) Moss, Perry Broeseker, Sarah Broeseker, Daniel Broeseker, Anna Katherine (Scott) Grisham; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Ruby Perry, Thomas Perry, A.G. Perry and Elwood Perry, and by a sister, Mary Evelyn Porter.
In honor of Mr. Perry, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his service.
Memorials may be made to Ingomar Baptist Church or to an organization of the donor’s choice.
Gene Brooks
THOMASTON, Ga. – Beecher Eugene “Gene” Brooks, 70, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at his home. He was a retired inspector for Martha Mills, where he worked for 40 years. He was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Coggins Funeral Home in Thomaston, Ga. Burial will follow in Upson Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a daughter, Kaye Robinson (Mike) of Thaxton; two brothers, William Brooks (Rebecca) and Vance Brooks (Lynn), both of Thomaston, Ga.; one sister, Carol Compton (Mike) of Thomaston, Ga.
Online condolences may be left at www.cogginsfuneralhome.com.
Lee Williams
WEST POINT – Lee Morris Williams, 64, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bennie Norman
BYHALIA – Bennie Norman, 56, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Johnnie Dockens
ABERDEEN – Johnnie Bell Dockens, 67, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at her home. She was born on April 13, 1943, in Mound Bayou to Damon Davis and Millie Marie-Ann Davis. She attended Mound Bayou High School. She later joined Cedar Grove M.B. Church. She married Rosevelt Dockens Sr. in June 1960; they had seven children.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Grove M.B. Church in Aberdeen with the Rev. Danny Gladney officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Rosevelt Dockens Jr. of Aberdeen, Darrell K. Dockens of Cleveland, Ohio, and Anthony D. Dockens of Winnabago, Wis.;three daughters, Janice Martin (Richard) of Atlanta, Ga., Shelia James (John) of Aberdeen and Cynthia Dockens (Pierre) of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; five sisters, Palisteen Whitney of Mound Bayou, Hattie Davis (Arthur) of Gary, Ind., Coreen Melvin of Orlando, Fla., Doris Hall of Milwaukee, Wis., and Linda White Jone (Henry) of Mound Bayou; a nephew who was like a brother, Lionell Davis (Benora) of Mound Bayou; 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Johnathon Anthony Jr., Antoinette, Christina, Amber, Victoria, Tasha, Jajuan, Aliyah, Calvin, Michael and Sophie.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
To sign the guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
Hester Pickle
AMORY – Hester Pickle, 86, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Offie Foster
AMORY – Offie Lee Foster, 71, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. A lifelong resident of Amory, she was born Sept. 30, 1938. She married John Foster in 1956 . A homemaker, she enjoyed fishing, traveling, the outdoors and her family.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Coy Hill and Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, John Foster of Amory; three daughters, Sandra Phillips (William), Diane Hunt (Steve) and Johnnie Jarrell (Jim), all of Amory; one brother, Junior Wright (Fay Dean) of Amory; and one sister, Doris Burks of Amory; four grandchildren, Michelle Burlison (David), Keith Garner, B.J. Phillips and Carrie Phillips; and five great-grandchildren, J.B., Nathan, Stone, Conner and Allie.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Georgia Wright; two sisters, Dessie Brock and Barbara Wright; two brothers, Alexander Wade and Robert Wright; and a grandson, Johnathan Phillips.
Pallbearers will be Billy Foster, Steve Foster, Mark Foster, Butch Foster, Johnny Sloan and Gary Bowen.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Gene Griggs
HOUSTON – Tommy Gene Griggs, 73, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 18, 1937, to Lynn Griggs and Marylene Doss Griggs. He was the retired owner of Gamp&G Motors. He was a Methodist.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Rev. Bobby Brock officiating. Burial will follow at Macedonia Cemetery in Houston. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Diane Griggs; three daughters, Kathy Jean “Kadee” Griggs, Pamela Dianne Ladner and Deana Gentry and husband, Mike; one son, Gene Griggs and wife, Amber; six grandchildren, Kaleb Hager, Chelsea Ladner, Leslie Naron, Mason Gentry, Trey Griggs and Josie Beth Griggs; two sisters, Juanita “Jo” Farr and husband, T.L., and Frankie Earnest; one brother, Earl Griggs; and two aunts, Earline Griffin and Louise Griggs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lynn Griggs and Marylene Griggs.
Tommy T. Howell Jr.
CORINTH – Funeral services for Tommy T. Howell Jr. will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday.
Sue Jarrell
FULTON – Sue Jarrell died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Eudean Hale
HURRICANE – Charlie Eudean Hale, 75, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at his residence. He was a member of Oak Dale Baptist Church. He was an Air Force veteran and a retired truck driver. He served on the County Committee of the FSA and was honored as Outstanding Young Farmer by the Pontotoc Jaycees.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Dale Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Springs Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Ecru is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Bobbie Wise Hale of Hurricane; two sons, Ronnie Hale (Lawanda) of Hurricane and Keith Hale of Austin, Texas; three brothers, Joel Hale (Shirley) of Pontotoc, Zane Hale (Glenda) of Hurricane and Jackie Hale (Jo) of New Albany; two grandchildren, Chris Hale (Alissa) and Jessica Hale; four great-grandchildren, Aron, Bella Grace, Elizabeth and Hayden; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bazil and Ora Montgomery Hale.
Pallbearers will be Scott Hale, Roger Smith, Chris Hale, James H. Hale, Terry Wise and Billy Montgomery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home in Ecru.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningecru.com.
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 Gresham and Clare Mae Lauderdale Gresham. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a postal worker. He was a member of Central Church in Germantown, Tenn. He served as a deacon at Elliston Baptist Church in Memphis for many years.
Graveside services were Thursday, April 22, at Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany. The Rev. Don Wilson officiated. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany was 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 Morgan Ruff, Blake Addison and Ethan Brady Gresham; one son-in-law, David Lee Ruff; one daughter-in-law, Chandra Kay Gresham; seven siblings, William “Bill” Gresham, James Gresham, Evelyn Jordan, Reginia Gregory, Sammie Merritt, Linda Denton, Nancy Chunn and Francis Wooten.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Gresham.

Carlena Crayton
NEW ALBANY – Carlena Pratt Crayton, 87, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.
Sybil Walters Roper
GUNTOWN – Sybil Walters Roper, 86, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A Lee County native, she was born April 15, 1924, to Charlie and Nola Hall Van Buskirk. She was retired from North Mississippi Medical Center.
Private graveside services will be today at Fellowship Cemetery with Charles Covington officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty Sandlin, Pat Stanley and Jeanie Pruitt, all of Saltillo; eight grandchildren, Angie Herring, Robby Pruitt, Collin Pruitt, Brian Walters, Kirk Sandlin, Emily Scruggs, Krisha Boren and Dawn McCarty; one sister, Jo Ann Bentley; one sister-in-law, Frances Van Buskirk; and one daughter-in-law, Patty Walters Parsley; 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Leroy Walters; her second husband, Karl Roper; a son, Larry Walters; a granddaughter, Sandy Sandlin Finkel; four sisters, Mary Duke, Iva Dye, Mildred Davenport and Doris Smitherman; and one brother, J.C. Van Buskirk.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Stephanie McGraw
RED BAY, Ala. – Stephanie Lee Farrington McGraw, 46, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at her residence.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Trinity Assembly of God in Red Bay, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Assembly of God. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery of Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Raider Trulove
RED BAY, Ala. – Raider Trulove, 90, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Golden. She was born Dec. 27, 1919, in Itawamba County to William Clem and Vennie Lou Williamson Funderburk. She was retired from Blue Bell after 34 years. She was a member of Red Bay Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Red Bay Church of Christ with Minister Jeff Horton officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens of Red Bay. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay will be in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Herbert Trulove (Jean) of Red Bay, Ala., and Hubert Trulove (Lynn) of Hackleburg, Ala.; a daughter-in-law, Janet Trulove of Kossuth; 10 grandchildren, Craig Trulove, Dr. Tim Trulove (Bonnie), Brian Trulove, Abby Dallin (Cy), Tim Shope (Miranda), Angela Carlisle (Ben), Boyd Trulove, Jaimie Trulove, Kermit “Chip” Trulove (Keesha) and Justin Trulove (Jody); and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy M. Trulove, a son, Kermit M. Trulove; and her parents, four brothers and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Dr. Tim Trulove, Brian Trulove, Boyd Trulove, Kermit “Chip” Trulove, Justin Trulove and Tim Shope.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dorcas House, c/o Red Bay Church of Christ, P.O. Box 265, Red Bay, Al. 35582.
Lucille Payne
NETTLETON – Lucille Payne, 90, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at Golden Living Center in Amory after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Dorothy J. Johnson
RIPLEY – Dorothy J. Johnson, 53, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home in Ripley.
Johnnie Lee Smith
BALDWYN – Johnnie Lee Smith, 101, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
DeTeena Bender
BALDWYN – DeTeena Bender died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Verna Greene
TISHOMINGO – Verna Mae Shackelford Greene, 96, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home in Iuka. She was born Oct. 3, 1913. She was a homemaker and a retired employee of the U.S. Postal Service. She was a member of Paden Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Mark Howard and Minister Garry Martin officiating. Burial will be in Forked Oak Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Donnie Greene (Lou Ann) of Ripley; one daughter, Hilma Pardue of Tishomingo; four grandchildren, Gary Pardue (Kathy), Cheryl Pardue, Beth Ward (Steve) and Jamie Greene; and one great-granddaughter, Molly Pardue.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvin S. Greene; one son-in-law, Skip Pardue; three brothers, Ellis, Clovis and Levi Shackelford; and one sister, Irene Wroten.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Saturday.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Acie Smith Jr.
HAMILTON – Acie Smith Jr., 64, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Troy Lee James
WYOMING, Mich. – Troy Lee James, 59, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at Calhoun Health Services. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.