Obituaries April 24, 2010

By NEMS360.com

Mae Boatner, New Albany
Cora Carroll, Ashland
Lovice Christian, Baldwyn
Verna Greene, Tishomingo
Michael Hamblin Jr., Byhalia
Wyatt Hutcheson, Guntown
Sue Jarrell, Fulton
Evelyn Johnson, Myrtle
Levi Joshlin, Ripley
Vincent Ladreyt, Tupelo
Thelma Mabry, Nettleton
Annie McGuire, Oxford
Christopher McPherson, Buena Vista
Marvin Miller Jr., Toccopola
Wilbert Null, Corinth
Jerry Pettigrew, Plantersville
Hester Pickle, Amory
David Rayford, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Charlene Swords, Shady Grove
Leland Windham, Ripley
David Rayford
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – David Allen Rayford, 50, died Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at his home in Oklahoma City.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at Union Valley M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the Union Valley Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Marvin Miller Jr.
TOCCOPOLA – Marvin “Bubba” Miller Jr., 70, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. A native of Tula, he was the son of Marvin Miller Sr. and Lucille Perry Miller. He attended school at Toccopola. He was a former employee of the City of Pontotoc and a pulpwood laborer. He loved fishing, hunting, mowing yards, watching westerns. He had a great sense of humor and loved to keep people laughing. He was the husband of Luenell Stokes Miller, who died April 15, 2009. They were married 51 years.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Toccopola Church of the Living God in Toccopola. Bishop Calvin Worthem will officiate. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery in Toccopola. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by four daughters, Tisher Ann Howell, Delphine Cook and Dorothy Jones, all of Oxford, and Melissa Johnson of Pontotoc; five sisters, Luddie Mae Knox of Verona, Vattie (Walter) Moore of Houlka, Annie Lois Miller of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Odell (Henry) Davis and Josephine (Allen) Ross, both of Chicago; one brother, Ottie “Preacher” Miller of Chicago; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and two sons, Morris and Norris “Sausage” Miller..
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today, with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home..
Condolences may be left at www.kennethrobersonfuneralhome.com.
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. today 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 until service time today.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Annie McGuire
OXFORD – Annie Carolyn Reed McGuire, 90, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Born in Oxford, she was the widow of George Harold McGuire. She was a graduate of the University of Mississippi. She was retired from the State of Mississippi Department of Education, where she worked in special education. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma and Phi Mu.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with Rev. Robert Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery in Tupelo.
Survivors include two sons, Roy McGuire of Bruce and Reed McGuire of Oxford.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Lovice Christian
BALDWYN – Lovice Gardner Christian, 90, died Friday, April 23, 2010, at the Brandon Nursing and Rehab Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Mae Boatner
NEW ALBANY – Mae Anise Boatner, 81, died Friday, April 23, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Thelma Mabry
NETTLETON – Thelma Myles “Pete” Mabry, 82, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at her home in Nettleton. She was born Sept. 6, 1927, in Brownsville, Tenn., to James and Isabell Stubbs Myles. She was a former member of Springhill M.B. Church and Jerusalem M.B. Church. She remained a faithful servant at Palestine United Methodist Church in Nettleton until her death. She was a homemaker, and childcare provider.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Palestine United Methodist Church. The Rev. Craig Fields will officiate, and the Rev. Lesley T. Mabry will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be at Jerusalem M.B. Church Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Willie Mae Jenkins of Nettleton and Pam (Ronnie) White of Florissant, Mo.; three sons, Robert (Linda) Mabry, Wayne (Helen) Mabry and Kevin Mabry, all of Nettleton; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grand children, two great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Thomas (Louverta) Myles of Verona, Roosevelt Myles of Nettleton and Jessie James Myles of West Palm Beach, Fla.; four sisters-in-law, Georgia (Oscar) Gates, Arlera (Lee) Cook, Ada Mae Moore and Ruth Mabry; three brothers-in-law, Curtis Mabry, James (Ethelean) Mabry and Robert (Bobbie) Mabry.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Will Mabry, and her parents, six sisters and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Melvin Spurgeon, James Ruff, Jabbar Johnson, Anthony Marion, Sheryl Arnold and Rickey Ruff. Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Lao, Devonte Mabry, Everett Mabry, Cass Denman, Davon Mabry, Chris Long II and Jimmy Evans.
The body will lie in state at the J.W. Porter Chapel from 2 to 4 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Sunday.
Online condolences can be left at www.grayson-porters.com.
Hester Pickle
AMORY – Hester Pickle, 86, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at his home. Born Nov. 22, 1923, he was the son of the late Vertis and Alice Carter Pickle. He was a 1942 graduate of Hatley High School. He married Alma Fooshee in 1946. He was cutting room supervisor for Amory Garment Co. for 48 years, retiring in 1991. During the 1960s, he served the City of Amory as alderman in Ward 4 for two terms. A charter member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, he loved to garden and share his vegetables. He attended First Friends Senior Respite and enjoyed the staff, volunteers and other participants. He enjoyed socializing, entertaining with conversation, giving hugs and singing along with the piano.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Rev. Glyn Wiygul and Rev. Tim Sisk officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Alma Pickle of Amory; two sons, Larry Pickle (Faye Reed) of Amory and Jerry “Horsey” Pickle (Julie) of Missouri City, Texas; one daughter, Janice Pickle of Amory; one brother, Lester Pickle (Linda) of Hatley; two sisters, Eva Nell Hunter of Decatur, Ala., and Martha Word (Ikey) of Wren; four grandchildren, Josh Pickle (Karen), Ivy Kathryn Pickle-Dozier, Matthew Pickle (Ashlin) and Jonathan Pickle; four great-grandchildren, Audrey Reed Dozier, Alissa Pickle, Brittney Alexander and Colton Moffett; a special great-nephew, Branion Woody; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mable Pickle; and a brother-in-law, Mark Hunter.
Pallbearers will be Jim Dye, Thomas Griffith, Larry Palmer, Jimmy Glenn, Lee Miller, Butch Grissom and Mike Hathcock. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Eddie Yoe, First Friends volunteers, and Amory Garment supervisors.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Friends, P.O. Box 117, Amory, MS 38821 or to the St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 1123 Veteran’s Legion Dr., Amory, MS 38821.
Evelyn Johnson
MYRTLE – Evelyn Johnson, 85, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. She was born Oct. 14, 1924, in Union County to Jefferson Dillard and Tilda Mae Stepp. She was a retired factory worker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church at Pinedale.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Glenfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Bro. Ronnie Galloway and Bro. Buba Childers will officiate. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, David Keith Johnson of Kansas and Ricky Johnson (Nancy) of New Albany; one stepson, Bobby Paul Johnson (Wilda) of Arkansas; two daughters, Mary Ann Morrisette (Robert) of New Albany and Sandra McClelen (Larry) of Myrtle; one brother, Earl Dillard of Memphis; two sisters, Anna Loyce Marta of Florida and Faye Turner of Randolph; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Odus Johnson; her parents; three brothers, Joel, Red and Bobby Dillard; and two sisters, Maggie Lou Derrington and Marrie Robbins.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Booze, Neal Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Brian Denning, Jake Russell, Chris Hutson and T.J. Hough.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Sue Jarrell
FULTON – Sue Jarrell, 72, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at her home. She was born Feb. 5, 1938, in South Carolina to Lunsford Owen and Clarcie Mae Johnson George. She was a factory worker and a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. She was an avid reader.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Billy Adams will officiate, and Johnny Jarrell will deliver the eulogy.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Shields and special friend, Daniel Morris, of Fulton; one son, Danny Jarrell of Fulton; one daughter-in-law, Gloria Jarrell; six grandchildren, Courtney Irvin (Matt), Nick Shields, Cole Shields, Heather Martinez (Steve), Chase Jarrell and Llindsey Shields; two great-grandchildren, dylon and Maya Irvin; two sisters, Shirley White (William) of Booneville and Debbie Mitchell (Dennis) of Mantachie; and one brother, Hubert Johnson of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Nick Jarrell; and a son, Christopher Jarrell.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, David, Tim and Mark Mitchell, Jamie and Keith White, Mike JOnes and Buddy Dickinson.
Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. to service time today.
Wilbert Null
CORINTH – Funeral services for Wilbert Null, 82, will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hatchie Chapel Church. Burial will be in Tippah Shiloh Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Charlene Swords
SHADY GROVE – Charlene Graves Swords, 80, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, in Pontotoc. She was retired from Western Electric of Aurora, Ill., and Belden Wire of Pontotoc. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and the Bethany Grove Homemakers. She loved gardening.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Bro. David Barrnett and Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, J.T. Swords of Pontotoc; three children, Mickey Swords (Sylvia) of New Albany, Ellen Self (Larry) of Pontotoc and Randy Swords (Gayle) of Ecru; grandchildren, Cindy Harkness and Robbie Self (Tori), both of Pontotoc, Jeff High (Kim), Eddie High (Donna), Mark Cantrell (Tanya) and Melissa Sprouse (Stoni), all of New Albany, and Mickey Swords Jr. and Chris Swords of Fairfield, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Collin Harkness, Ethan Self, Easton Self, Lauren Cantrell, Olivia High, Zach High, Ross Sprouse, Spencer High, Kinsley Sprouse and Jordon Swords.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Sally Graves; three sisters, Gertrude Payne, Bessie White and Ruby Wray; and a brother, Bonnie Graves.
Pallbearers will be Robbie Self, Jeff High, Eddie High, Mark Cantrell, Layton Sappington and Ray Alexander. Collin Harkness will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Donations may be made to the Shady Grove Baptist Church.
Michael Hamblin Jr.
BYHALIA – Michael Eugene Hamblin Jr., 24, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at his home in Byhalia. He was born Aug. 2, 1985, in Memphis. He was a graduate of Byhalia High School. He was an artist and a carpenter. He made a profession of faith at an early age at the First Baptist Church of Byhalia. He was appointed godfather to Stephanie Berry, daughter of Daniel and Sandra Berry.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Byhalia with Bro. Anthony Langley and Bro. Wayne Gullett officiating. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his father, Mike Hamblin of Byhalia; his mother, Deborah Nolan Hamblin of Byhalia; two sisters, Susan Hamblin Woo (Edward) of Franklin, Tenn., and Hannah Hamblin of Byhalia; his adopted grandparents, Carl and Barbara Long of Olive Branch.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Doyce and Vyrl Nolan, and O.D. and Robbie Hamblin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Levi Joshlin
RIPLEY – Roy Levi Joshlin, 78, died Friday, April 23, 2010, at his residence in Ripley. He was born Sept. 11, 1931, to Kenny Joshlin and Cora Vuncannon Joshlin. He was a member of New Harmony United Methodist Church and a retired sawmill worker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at New Harmony United Methodist Church with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in New Harmony United Methodist Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Inette Nichols (Hugh) of Ripley; five sons, Kenny Joshlin, Charles Joshlin, Glenn Joshlin (Betty) and Roy Howard, all of Ripley, and Terry Joshlin (Jamie) of Hornsby, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, one step great-grandchild, one niece and five nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee Howard Joshlin; his parents; one grandson; four sisters; and one brother.
Pallbearers will be Sammy Mardis, Larry Joe Mardis, Aaron Mardis, Roger Papkey, Gary Hampton, and Wayne Pannell. Honorary pallbearers will be James Brown, Jim Freeze, Donna Jeter, Randy Jeter, Jason Jeter and Randy Vuncannon.
The body will lie in state at the church two hours before service time today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Harmony Cemetery Fund, 1761 CR 615, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Herchel Windham
RIPLEY – Herchel Windham, 77, died Friday, April 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Vincent Ladreyt
TUPELO – Vincent Michael Ladreyt, 46, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at his home. Born Feb. 10, 1964, in New Orleans, La., he was the son of the late Roland Ladreyt Jr. and the late Marion Peytral Ladreyt. He grew up and lived in New Orleans until 1966, when he moved to Tupelo. He enjoyed working on houses, carpentry and electric, and playing with his dogs, Angel, Cleo and Bacchus.
A memorial service will be at 8 a.m. Sunday at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo. A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anne Catholic Church in New Orleans. W.E. Pegues is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his former wife, Amelia Taylor Ladreyt of Tupelo; one sister, Suzanne Ladreyt Parker; one brother, Roland James Ladreyt Jr.; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Ladreyt; five nieces, two nephews, three great-nephews and one great-niece, all of New Orleans.
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Mr. Vincent Michael Ladreyt
Tupelo
Memorial Service
8 a.m. Sunday
St. James Catholic Church

Mrs. Jennifer Leigh Hand Hood
Franklin, N.C./ Formerly of Mooreville
2 p.m. Sunday
Jefferson Street Chapel
Visit: 5 to 8 p.m. Today
Gilvo Cemetery
Jerry Pettigrew
PLANTERSVILLE – Jerry Pettigrew, 67, died unexceptedly Friday, April 23, 2010, at the family business, Pettigrew Cabinet Shop, south of Plantersville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
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Jerry Pettigrew
Union
11 a.m. Monday
St. Luke United Methodist Church
Visit: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Tupelo Chapel
Burial: Union Cemetery
South of Plantersville
Christopher McPherson
BUENA VISTA – Christopher Donte McPherson, 27, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, in Buena Vista as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Cora Carroll
ASHLAND – Cora Carroll, 85, died Friday, April 23, 2010, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Wyatt Hutcheson
GUNTOWN – Wyatt L. Hutcheson, 66, died Friday, April 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was a past employee of Bio-Clinic in Baldwyn and a farmer. He attended the Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Holland officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Roberta Boone Hutcheson of Guntown; three daughters, Tonya Hensley and Jim of Belden, Sonya Pannell and Charles of Dry Creek, and Rose Boone and Rusty of Baldwyn; one son, Matt Hutcheson of Jug Fork; one brother, Henry Hutcheson of Baldwyn; a brother-in-law, Randy Riley of Peppertown; 11 grandchildren, Matthew, Michael and Harley Boone, Matthew Allen and Mia Ainsley Hutcheson, T.J. Pannell, Daniel, Ashley and Reed Hensley, Dakota Reich and Daphane Young; one great-grandchild, Gavyn Boone; his mother-in-law, Marie Boone of Jericho; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Rex Haygood, James Gordon Robison, Billy Robison, Tommy Hoyle Patton, Larry Webb, Wayne Holmes, Art Washington and Randy Riley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.