Obituaries, April 4

Lillie Austin, Corinth

Jimmie Baker, Verona

Pauline Bourne, Booneville

Bernice Easter, Verona

Arzell Gladney Jr., Houston

Homer Harris, Booneville

Henrietta Head, Longview, Texas

Juanita Howell, Saltillo

David Hughes, Nettleton

Mary King, Montpelier

Darrow Moore, Columbus

Vera Owens, Tupelo

Nellie Parsons, Iuka

Leona Patton, Verona

Hal Phillips, Corinth

Sybil Rogers, Mantachie

Minnie Stanley, Booneville

Leola Stribling, Bruce

Bonifaye Vaughn, Golden

Mary L. King

MONTPELIER – Mary Louise Coleman King, 94, died, Monday, April 2, 2007, at her daughter’s home in West Point. She was born Dec. 13, 1912, in Montpelier to the late Sallie Gordon and William L. Coleman. She was a faithful member of Montpelier Baptist Church for many years. She was postmaster for 51 years before retiring. Even after retirement she kept up with the locals, since the Post Office was located in her home. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and shopping. She married Jesse Cantrell King on Sept. 18, 1937; he preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1979.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point. The Rev. Don Bishop will officiate, and the Rev. Eddie Brock will assist. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery at Montpelier.

Survivors include one daughter, Nita Keys Wyman (Robert) of West Point; two grandchildren, Craig Keys and Leah K. Gray; four great-grandchildren, Tommy and Miller Keys, and Alexandra and Cliff Gray; several nieces and a nephew.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, William Gordon Coleman and Hallie Roe Coleman.

Pallbearers will be Mike Farr, John Caskey, Wilburn McCarter, Roy Lee Pate, Marshall Faulkner, Jim Murray, Travis Stewart and Roscoe Filmore Turman.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Palestine Cemetery Fund, c/o Jim Murray, 18515 Hwy. 46 Pheba, MS 39755; or to Cairo Cemetery Fund, c/o Jack Thompson, 5381 Hopewell Road, Cedar Bluff, MS 39741.

Minnie Stanley

BOONEVILLE – Minnie Lou Denson Stanley, 97, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at the Cornerstone Health and Rehab in Corinth. She was born May 4, 1909, in Prentiss County to the late William and Georgia Parsons Denson. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and quilting.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tom Duboise and Bro. Jack Whitley Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Martin Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Imagene Keenum (Roy) of Booneville; five grandchildren, Robert Stanley Jr., Bobby Joe Stanley, Travis Stanley, Norma Anne Stanley King and Kathy Wynette Stanley; four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Ward Stanley; two sons, Earnest J. Stanley and Robert Denson Stanley Sr.; a sister, Elzie Sanders; and two brothers, Shelby Denson and Homer Denson.

Pallbearers will be Billy Stanley, Ricky Stanley, Truman Stanley, Ray Livingston, Charlie Reece and Benny Downs.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Vera Owens

TUPELO – Vera Pauline Wren Owens, 87, died Monday, April 2, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was born April 26, 1919, to the late J.R. “Bob” and Boonie Wren. She was a resident of the Rosewood Assisted Living Facility in Tupelo. She was a retired factory worker and private duty sitter, and a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Tupelo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville with Bro. Rob Garland officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Vicki Owens Schwan (Brian) of Tupelo; one son, Billy Johnson (Margaret) of Tupelo; her twin sister, Era Anderson of Memphis; nine grandchildren, Lynn Johnson Leathers, Mark Johnson, Rhonda Johnson Whitehead, Andy Johnson, John “Rocky” Tittle, Tammy Owens Klueger, Georgiana Owens Griffin, Kati Schwan and Kari Schwan; 21 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Charles Johnson; her second husband, Boyd Owens; two daughters, Martha Pauline Owens and Betty Johnson Latham; and one son, George Owens.

Her grandsons will be pallbearers.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Arzell Gladney Jr.

HOUSTON – Arzell Gladney Jr., 68, died Thursday, March 29, 2007, at his home in Houston.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Palestine Missionary Baptist Church in Van Vleet with the Rev. Claude Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Ruthie B. Gladney of Ackerman; one son, Lamar Gladney of Houston; two daughters, Debra Ann Gladney Gaston of Houston and Annie Ruth Davidson McMillian of West Point; three brothers, Handun Gladney of Houston, Isidore Anthony Graham of Jackson and Henry Gladney of Alabama; four sisters, Willie Etta Holmes of Houston, Barbara G. Perry of Shuqualak, Jonnie Elaine Graham of Greenfield, Ind., and Elizabeth Denard of Detroit, Mich.; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arzell Gladney Sr. and Myrtle Buchanan Gladney Graham; a son, Eugene Gladney; two brothers, James Wallace Gladney and Willie Gladney; and a sister, Rubie Ann Graham.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Nellie Parsons

IUKA – Nellie Ruth Adams Parsons, 70, died Monday, April 2, 2007, at her home. She was a former employee of the Iuka Shirt Company, where she worked for more than 40 years. She later retired from the Tishomingo Community Living Center, where she worked as a cook. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, music and spending time with her grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Harmony United Methodist Church. The Rev. Del Blackman will officiate. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, Richard, Dwayne and Ernest Goss, all of Iuka; two daughters, Kyllie Gonzales of Iuka and Patricia Burbank of Florence, Ala.; three brothers, C.M. Adams and Dalton Adams, both of Iuka, and Bobby Gerald Adams of Florence, Ala.; one sister, Linda Maude Goss of Iuka; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Parsons; her parents, Jim and Vera Adams; and three brothers, Donald, James Ray and Roy Neal Adams.

Pallbearers will be Glen Goss, Kevin Goss, Jeremy Goss, Miles Goss, Azriel Gonzales, Dale White, Johnny Burbank and Deene Rodgers.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.

Memorials may be made to the Harmony Cemetery Fund.

Bernice Easter

VERONA – Alice Bernice Bryan Easter, 86, died Monday, April 2, 2007, at the Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona after a long illness. She was born Oct. 30, 1920, in Monroe County to the late Demuett and Jessie Mae Walls Bryan. She lived in St. Louis, West Memphis and Olive Branch, and in Verona for 35 years. She attended Becker Schools and played basketball. She was an employee of Hunter-Sadler and a member of the Verona Church of Christ. She married James Buford Easter in 1945; he preceded her in death in 2000. She enjoyed traveling, visiting with church friends, going to church activities and visiting with family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Ministers Wayne Cox and David Paden officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.

Survivors include one son, Keith Bryan Easter (Gloria Armstrong) of Tupelo; one granddaughter, Tracey Leigh Easter of Starkville; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, James “Jimmy” Douglas; a daughter, Barbara Kay Easter; three brothers, Dalton, Doug and Durley Bryan; and a sister, Dorothy Bryan.

Pallbearers will be Dexter Butler, Boyd Bryan, Donald “Tootsie” Mize, Bobby Goff, George Wills and Robert Ward “Bob” Howell.

Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.

Leona A. Patton

VERONA – Leona A. Patton, 93, died Monday, April 2, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.

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Sybil A. Rogers

MANTACHIE – Sybil A. Rogers, 87, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Juanita Howell

SALTILLO – Juanita Howell, 76, died Monday, April 2, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of Florence County, S.C., she was born March 15, 1931, to the late Iran Eugene and Ruth Alice Locklair Courtney. She enjoyed boating, fishing and family gatherings, and she loved her dog, Molly. Her family will remember her sense of humor and love of life and family.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Lee Memorial Park with Sammy Lansdell officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four daughters, Nita Bailey (Howard) and Charlene Rickels (Larry), both of Tupelo, Meg Smith (Gayden) of McComb and Pam Bowen of Belden; two sons, Tommy Goodson (Lucy) of Baton Rouge, La., and Collin Bowen (fiancŽe, Shari Butler) of Tupelo; nine grandchildren, Kevin Bailey (Cindy) of Saltillo, the Rev. Chad Bailey (Rebecca) of Jackson, Courtney Key Worley (Jerry) of Macon, Ga., Frank Key (Candice) of Saltillo, Betsey Goodson Smith (Trent) of Monroe, La., Jarrod Smith (Sarah) of Jefferson, Ga., Lindsey Smith (fiancŽ Scott Lemmons) of Jackson, Matt Butts (Becky) of Pontotoc, Brittney Carter (Bryan) of Alaska; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Frank Courtney (Jeanette) of Florence, S.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, H.D. Howell, and two brothers, Eldon and Iran Courtney.

Darrow L. Moore

COLUMBUS – Darrow Lavon Moore, 58, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at his home in Columbus. He was born Nov. 4, 1949, in Kosciusko to Blanche O. Jeffcoat Moore and the late Milton Ray Moore. He was formerly of West Point. He was a long distance truck driver for many years and a member of the Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cassie Lynn Moore.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Huntsville Church of Christ. Burial will follow in the Huntsville Cemetery near Stewart. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Rehannion Canterbury of Meridian and Cristal Moore of Winter Haven, Fla.; two grandchildren, Bailey Houser and Cadence Hart; his mother, Blanche O. Moore of Columbus.

Pallbearers will be Steve Pumphrey, Chris Cox, Chris Rodgers, Stoney Dolheigth, Max Hawes and Evans Norris.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Homer Harris

BOONEVILLE – Homer James Harris, 93, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Pauline Bourne

BOONEVILLE – Pauline Bourne, 77, died Monday, April 2, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jimmie L. Baker

VERONA – Jimmie L. Baker died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at the Meadow Personal Care Home in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Bonifaye Vaughn

GOLDEN – Bonifaye Vaughn, 76, died Monday, April 2, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born April 30, 1930, in Tishomingo County to Robert and Mildred Byram Deaton. She was a lifelong member of Golden Central Baptist Church and the Sunday school secretary. Throughout the years she worked at several factories and partnered in many different businesses with her husband, Jack. She served as a voting poll clerk. An avid gardener who spent many hours with her flowers and plants, she also enjoyed crocheting, and spending time with her family and friends, whom she loved very much.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Golden Central Baptist Church with Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Wendell Vaughn of Las Vegas, Nev.; one daughter, Carla McCalmon (David) of Golden; one sister, Bobbie Scott of Belden; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Vaughn, and her parents.

Pallbearers will be Kane Harris, William Riley, Scott Riley, Jerry Hughes, Wayne Collums and Ronnie Brown.

Honorary pallbearers will be Sport Harris, Jason Hayden and Arthur “Pot” Patterson.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Henrietta Head

LONGVIEW, Texas – Henrietta Edith Kendrick Head, 87, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at her daughter’s home in Longview, Texas. She was formerly of Bruce. She was born July 18, 1919, in Nolan, N.M., to Clifford Clarence Kendrick and Luella Johnson Kendrick. She graduated from high school in Wagon Mound, N.M. She graduated from the St. Joseph Hospital and School of Nursing in Albuquerque, N.M., in 1941. She was a registered nurse. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lewisville, Texas, and the Ruth Bible Class.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Darrell Logan officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery at Banner.

Survivors include two daughters, Sondra M. Wassmann (Jerry) of Columbia, Mo., and Laura D. Briscoe of Longview, Texas; three sons, James K. Head (Cindy) of Lewisville, Texas, Donald R. Head of The Colony, Texas, and Kenneth E. Head (Diane) of Suwanee, Ga.; one sister, Florence Jean Kendrick Harvey of Lubbock, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. James Aubrey Head; her parents; and two brothers, Clarence Dean Kendrick and John Lewis Kendrick.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Head, Robbie Head, Lynn Stewart, Dean Stewart, Robert Wallace and Steve Brown.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Stewart, Brian Stewart, James Christopher Head, Steven Drennen, Brian Drennen, Heath Wassmann, Kyle Wassman, Jared Wassmann and Travis Briscoe.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Donations in memory of Henrietta Head may be made to Operation Appreciation, SMAA-Operation Appreciation, 909 Reel Road, Longview, TX 75604.

David Hughes

NETTLETON – David Hughes, 24, died Sunday, April 1, 2007, at The Med in Memphis. Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, and the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Fields Funeral Home in Okolona. Friends may sign the guestbook online at www.fieldsfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Hal Phillips

CORINTH – Thomas Hal Phillips, 84, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at his home. He was born Oct. 11, 1922, in Alcorn County to W.T. Phillips and Ollie Fare Phillips. He attended Alcorn Agricultural High School, where he played football and wrote for the school newspaper. He received a B.S. degree in 1943 from Mississippi State University and an M.A. degree in 1948 from the University of Alabama. He also attended the Sorbonne and the University of Bordeaux as a Fulbright Scholar. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving from 1943-1946. He served with the amphibious forces and participated in the invasions of Anzio, Elba and Southern France. He was the director of Dixie National Life, vice president of Builders Transportation and a partner with the Phillips Brothers.

He was the author of several books, including “The Bitterweed Path,” “The Golden Lie,” “Search for a Hero,” “Kangaroo Hollow,” “The Loved and the Unloved” and “Red Midnight.” He received several national awards, including the Rosenwald for writing, Saxton Award for writing, Guggenheim Fellowship For Fiction, the Fulbright Award to France and the O. Henry Award. He wrote several screen plays and worked on various films.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors in Corinth. Officiating will be Bro. Lynn Prather, Judge Neal B. Biggers and Gene Box. Burial will be in Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Survivors include three brothers, Rubel L. Phillips (Margret James Phillips) of Jackson, William M. “Bill” Phillips (Joan Mills Phillips) of Corinth, and Frank P. Phillips (Claudette Bridges Phillips) of Memphis; his nephew and caregiver, Bill Phillips Jr. (Shelly) of Corinth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lotta Phillips Hopkins and Bobbie Ruth Phillips; and a brother, the Rev. Harry K. Phillips.

His nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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

Leola Stribling

BRUCE – Mary Leola Coston Stribling, 91, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a retired employee of W.O. Grace Corp. in Corinth. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bruce.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. The Rev. Daniel Hathorne will officiate. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.

Survivors include one daughter, Janice Jarrett (Rex) of Bruce; two sons, Roger Stribling (Walterene) of Southaven and Speirs Stribling of Memphis; one sister, Glennie McKibben of Bruce; four grandchildren, Rhonda Jarrett of Bruce, Keith Stribling and Angie Patterson (Dennis), both of Southaven, and Sylvia Caples (Michael) of Brandon; seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, H.T. Stribling, and her parents, Gaston Coston and Elizabeth Oliver Coston.

Pallbearers will be Paul Brown, Larry McKibben, Don Countiss, Keith Stribling, Melvin Crocker, Jerry Crocker, Thurmon Massey and James Coston.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lillie Austin

CORINTH – Lillie Cornelius Austin, 86, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at the Mississippi Care Center. She was born April 19, 1920, in Prentiss County to the late Vester and Maudie Cornelius. She was a retired factory worker and a member of the North Corinth Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting, embroidering and growing flowers.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Bro. Warren Jones will officiate, and Charlie Browning and Terry Ethridge will deliver eulogies. Burial will follow at the Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Eleanor Roden of Corinth and Dot Oaks of Memphis; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvie Jake Austin; a son, Joe Austin; a daughter, Margaret Austin; two brothers, Leon and R.T. Cornelius; and a sister, Ruby Nunley.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.