Obituaries April 7, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Bobby Dill Orman
CORINTH – Bobby Dill Orman, 68, died Monday, April 5, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born June 2, 1941, in West Point to Arneta Dill Orman and Arthur Noel Orman. He was a Baptist. He was a former employee of Brewsters Refrigeration and Gammel Sheet Metal Company, but he will be most remembered as an employee and longtime friend of Chuck and Sara Ferrell. His friends in the downtown Corinth area will remember him as “The Dixie Hobo” and Bobby “Dill Pickle” Orman. He enjoyed walking around downtown Corinth, visiting with his friends and sharing the “World According to Bobby” philosophy. He loved his cats.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today at Cairo Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery in the Cairo community of Clay County. The Rev. Donald Sculley will officiate. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 12:45 p.m. until service time.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Johnny Orman and Lex Orman.
He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Keith Phillips of Corinth, who were his caregivers; his sister, Patricia Thompson and her husband, Stephen, of Tupelo; one brother, Jason Orman and his wife, Margot, of Corinth; a very special uncle, Milton Dill, and a special cousin, Janice Dill, both of West Point; six nephews, two nieces and a host of cousins.
Memorials can be made to the Cairo Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Jack Thompson, 5381 Hopewell Road, Cedar Bluff, MS 39741 or to American Heart Association, P. O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236 or to a charity of choice.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Betty Markiewicz
LAKE PIOMINGO – Betty “Elizabeth” Markiewicz, 74, died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at her home. She was born June 4, 1935, in Chicago. She grew up in Grayslake, Ill., and graduated from Grayslake Community High School. She was a longtime resident of North Chicago, working for National Press for many years. She later moved to Wisconsin, where she owned three printing businesses in Tomahawk, Schofield and Athens, Wis. She moved to Lake Piomingo in 1999. She enjoyed fishing, bowling, gardening, sewing and crafting.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. today at New Hope Full Gospel Church on Springhill Road with Pastor Chris Stacks officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Tom Markiewicz (Teresa) of Lake Piomingo, Daniel Markiewicz (Beth) of Santa Rosa, Calif., and John Markiewicz of Milwaukee, Wis.; her daughters, Cathy Huber (Rick) of Beach Park, Ill., Debbie Fowler of Beach Park, Ill., and Debbie Olesak of Eggville; her daughter-in-law, Susan Knudson of Fort Collins, Colo.; 14 grandchildren, Donna Brunson (Tim) of Knoxville, Tenn., Josh Birckbichler (Jackie) of Lake Piomingo, Matthew Birckbichler (Jenn) of Lake Piomingo, Andrew Birckbichler of Lake Piomingo, Michael Pinkham of Lake Piomingo, Will Hayward (Kylie) of Saltillo, Bethany Ann Stull (Jeremy) of Arlington Heights, Ill., Frederick Hammann of Santa Rosa, Calif., Matthew Markiewicz of Santa Rosa, Calif., Tracie Lynne Markiewicz of Santa Rosa, Calif., Raymond Markiewicz of Santa Rosa, Calif., Brandon Markiewicz of Santa Rosa, Calif., Marcus Brehm of Beach Park, Ill., and Dana Roberts (Kevin) of Eggville; 13 great-grandchildren, Hailey, Rayanne, Kaleb, Emma, Lacy, Braelyn, Aleigh, Alex, Katlyne, Callie, Brody, Kylie and Amy.
She was preceded in death by her longtime partner, Owen Knudson; her parents; and two great-grandchildren, Scott and Keegan.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Society, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite 1, Jackson, MS 39216.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Helen Gassaway
TUPELO – Helen Louise Gassaway, 63, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 16, 1946, in Union County to L.C. Gassaway and Mary Meachum Caldwell. She joined Red Hill M.B. Church at an early age. She graduated from North Division High School and Milwaukee Area Technical College. She was an employee of WIN Job Service for 30 years. She was a member of Christ the King Church until her health failed her. She relocated back home and rejoined Red Hill M.B. Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Red Hill M.B. Church of Blue Springs with Pastor Marvin McWhorter officiating. Burial will be in Red Hill Cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Kimberley Gassaway; three grandchildren, Kimeisha Gassaway, Damonte Gassaway and L.C. Gassaway; one great-granddaughter, Kimari Jayda Gassaway, all of Tupelo; three brothers, Larry Reed of California, and Dwighte Gassaway and Myron Gassaway of Michigan; five sisters, Sandra Means (Bob) of Alabama, Carolyn Gassaway, Sonya Gassaway, Katrina Gassaway and Christie (Leo) Griffin, all of Michigan; one uncle, Joe Gassaway of Blue Springs; two special cousins, Hattie Walker and Janet Ezell of Blue Springs; two godsons, L.S. Dixon Jr. and Fred Morris Jr. of Tupelo; special friends, Leroy Hatton, Gloria Cook, Pansy Ashford, LaFrance Brookens, and Lillie Gray, all of Milwaukee, Wis.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 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 online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
Arbena Carson
MABEN – Arbena Rodgers Carson, 91, died Monday, April 5, 2010, at home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery in Webster County.
Evelyn Franks
SKYLINE – Evelyn Bates Franks, 82, died Monday, April 5, 2010, at The Green Houses at Traceway after a sudden illness. A Mooreville native, she was born Sept. 15, 1927, to William Austin and Minnie Belle Berryhill Bates. She was a longtime resident of the Skyline community. A wonderful cook, she enjoyed flower gardening and being outside, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Open Door Baptist Church, which she attended until her health failed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Leon Willis officiating. Burial will be in Payne Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Prentis V. Franks of Tupelo; three daughters, Sandra Knight (Mike) of Tupelo, Sue Wright (Bill) of Mooreville and Penny O’Quinn of Tupelo; special friend and caregiver, Phil Ewing of Tupelo; one sister, Tarley Graham of Tupelo; two brothers, Erskin Bates of Tupelo and Lamar Bates of Clarksdale; seven grandchildren, Rusty Knight (Salma) of Cordova, Tenn., Brandy Hogan (Chris) of Tupelo, Alex Knight (Summer) of Nettleton, Jason Wright of Mooreville, Candi Quartaro (Brent) of Tupelo, Kristen O’Quinn of Tupelo, Ashleigh O’Quinn of Oxford; four great-grandchildren, Zoe Wright, Chandler Quartaro, Will Quartaro and Connor Hogan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; seven sisters, Myrtle Hamrick, Addis Bryant, Flossie Booth, Juanita Harris, Tam Mills, Tee Simmons, and an infant sister, Lucy Bates; and one brother, Carlton Bates.
Pallbearers will be Larry Booth, Danny Booth, Foster Booth Jr., Donnie Nichols, Chris Hogan, Jack “Brent” Quartaro, Bill Bates, Greg Bates and Steve Bates.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and will continue 1 p.m. until service time Thursday.
Memorials may be made to a favorite charity of the donor’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
George W. Shirley
SAN JACINTO, Calif. – George W. “Jiggs” Shirley died Jan. 4, 2010, at his home. He was born in New Albany on Feb. 22, 1922, to Vernon and Zelia Owen Shirley. He grew up in the Keownville community. He was a veteran in the United States Marine Corps and a retired businessman. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandson.
A memorial service was held March 27, 2010, in New Albany with several family members attending.
He is survived by his children, Robert Shirley of New Zealand, and Neil Shirley, Terry Shirley, Tommy Shirley, Jim Shirley and Nancy Rockwood (Mike), all of California; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two brothers, Vernon Shirley Jr. (Louise) of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Bobby Shirley (Phyllis) of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Azell Roberts and Etoyal Jones; two brothers, Audrey Shirley and Roy Shirley; a brother-in-law, Houston Roberts; two sisters-in-law, Mary Randolph Shirley and Hazel McBryde Shirley.
Alene Bowles
BRUCE – Alene Ramage Bowles, 93, died Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at the Bruce Nursing Center in Bruce. She was born March 18, 1917, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bruce Church of God of Prophecy.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. Sherman Adams will officiate, and Bro. Robert Earl Alexander will assist. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include one daughter, Ann (Travis) Malone of Bruce; three sons, Franklin (Mary) Bowles of Lexington, Tenn., Billy (Mary) Bowles of Vardaman and Phillip (Gerri) Bowles of Pontotoc; four sisters, Lavenia Dye of Vardaman, Frances Long of Vardaman, Jean Pendergrast of Derma and Naomi Elder of Bruce; seven grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Austin Bowles, who died Sept. 16, 1999; her parents, Joe S. Ramage and Willie Alexander Ramage; a son, Allen Bowles; a sister, Pauline Ellis; and four brothers, Jimmy, Howard, Frank and Lee Ramage.
Pallbearers will be Larry Long, Harold Edmondson, Kim Hardin, Donald Pendergrast, Keith Hardin and Jeff Bowles.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Otis Sullivan
IUKA – Otis Sullivan, 33, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, in Iuka.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Monty Page
BOONEVILLE – Monty Heath Page, 34, died Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at his home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Martha Coats
BLACKLAND – Martha Elizabeth Dees Coats, 64, died Monday, April 5, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a homemaker and member of Oak Ridge Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Eric Franks officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph Lynn Coats of Blackland; one son, Robbie Copeland of Wheeler; one sister, Faye Nichols of Mantachie; one brother, Jerry Dees of Wheeler; three grandchildren, Austin Copeland, Heather Copeland and Cole Ganaway.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Delbert and Mary Elizabeth Bolden Dees; one daughter, Selena Ganaway; and two sons, Johnny Copeland and Gary Copeland.
Pallbearers will be Josh Williams, Graham Vaughn, Blake Dees, Cody Edge, Dillon Armstrong and Austin Copeland.
Betty Summers Cayson
TUPELO – Betty Jean Summers Cayson, 74, died Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A lifelong Lee County native, she was born April 15, 1935, to Charlie Ben and Audrey Love Summers. Earlier in her life, she worked 14 years for Blue Bell Manufacturing and Rockwell Industries but primarily spent her time as a homemaker, taking care of her family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She participated in Meals on Wheels and was a member of Auburn Homemakers Club, the County Extension, and Altrusa Club, where she served in many capacities. Her family remembers her as a wonderful cook, who enjoyed serving others in any way possible. She was a faithful member of Auburn Baptist Church where through the years she taught Sunday School, GA’s and sang in the choir. She was also an active member of the Ladies II Sunday School Class and the amp”Joyamp” Club. She cherished the companionship of all her pets and backyard wildlife throughout the years, especially her beloved dog, Peaches. One of her favorite past times was playing Bunco with the “girls.”
Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Auburn Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Burt, Rev. Bob O’Neal and Rev. Jimmy Henry officiating. Bobbie Holder will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Auburn Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Jeanne Cayson Meek (Alan) of Saltillo; one son, Mike Cayson (Marie) of Starkville; four grandchildren, Benjamin Cayson (Evelyn) of Southaven, Tyson Meek of Pontotoc, Aaron Meek of Saltillo and Alexandria Cayson of Tupelo; her daughter-in-law, Donna Coleman of Tupelo; and many close relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 43 years, B.H. (Red) Cayson Jr., who died Feb. 9, 1996; her son, Benjamin Phillip Cayson, who died July 15, 1995; her brother, Sonny Summers.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Estes, Ben Hardin, Ronny Kimbrough, Terry Miller, Phillip Webb and John Mark Webb.
Honorary pallbearers will be J.R. Brock, Ralph Capps, Carey Carnathan, Lou Cotham and Tison Curbow.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Auburn Baptist Church, 1138 CR 931, Tupelo MS 38804; or Duke University Medical Center, Urology Division, DUMC 3167, Durham, NC 27710.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Rev. Edd Spencer
Reverend Edwin “Edd” Ayers Spencer, a United Methodist minister for 51 years, went to be with his Lord and Master on April 5, 2010.
Edd and his six siblings, who included his twin brother, John, were born in Myrtle to Pat Gray and Elizabeth Rowland Spencer. Each has predeceased him. In World War II, Edd proudly served in the U.S. Navy for three years, where he was stationed in the Pacific Theater. He was called into the ministry in 1949 and served in Bellfontaine, Maben, Benoit, Crenshaw, Ruleville, Tunica, Como and, after retirement, served Pleasant Grove for 13 years. He officiated all his children and grandchildren’s weddings and the great-grandchildren’s baptisms. Edd lived life to its fullest. He enjoyed hunting and gardening (always striving for the best tomato), but most of all he was interested in people. He touched so many lives throughout his life. A former member of Edd’s churches recently stated, “I have had a lot of preachers, but I have had only one pastor, Edd Spencer.” His family will always hold a special place in their hearts for this wonderful man. His strength and unending love will be carried with them forever.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 8, 2010, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Rev. Jeff Lawrence, Rev. Prentiss Gordon and Rev. Smith Whiteside will be officiating and his first-born grandchild, Brandon Vance, will give the eulogy. Burial with Military Honors will be at Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Gladys Wilbanks Spencer, who gave him strength and support in his ministry and life. He is also survived by his two children, Virginia “Genny” Vance, widow of Eddie Vance of Myrtle, and William Ayers (Buddy) Spencer and his wife, Brenda, of Oxford. He is survived by his grandchildren, Brandon Vance (Susan) of Oxford, Vicky Vance of Saltillo, Shannon Demaree (Rodney) of Lenexa, Kan., Ayers Spencer (Andrea) of Southaven, Bentley Denham (Geoff) of Oxford and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one grandson, Jason Vance.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and 10 a.m. to service Thursday at the church.
In honor of Rev. Spencer, United Funeral Service will fly the flag of the U.S. Navy at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Helen Carpenter
BOONEVILLE – Helen Carpenter, 68, died Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
DeAndre’ Johnson
BYHALIA – DeAndre’ L. Johnson, 14, died Friday, April 2, 2010, on Hwy. 78 West at Byhalia.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Matthews M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove M.B. Church Cemetery at Red Banks. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 11:30 to 12:55 p.m. Thursday.
Jackie Grisham
RIPLEY – Leland Jackson “Jackie” Grisham Jr., 69, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a retired alcohol and drug counselor for Timber Hills. He was a faithful, active member of First Baptist Church in Ripley. He served in the Mississippi Army National Guard for six years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Ripley with Dr. Rex Yancey officiating. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Paula Sharon Smith Grisham of Ripley; three daughters, Sharon Nicole Grisham Hutchinson (Todd) of Saltillo, Jacqueline Paige Grisham Cook (Jeffrey) of Columbus and Micah Shalom Grisham Fogerty (Flynn) of Ripley; one son, Leland Jackson “Lee J” Grisham III of Starkville; one sister, Laura Jean Medley (Russell) of Huntsville, Ala.; three brothers, Chester Grisham (Sissy) of Lake Mohawk, Dennis Grisham (Lynda) of Dumas and Kenneth Grisham of La Mesa, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Anna Cates and Sarah Grace Hutchinson, Mary Lauren, Jackson Hilton and Caroline Paige Cook, Avonlea Michele and Joseph Andrew Estes, and Isabella Gabriele Fogerty.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland Jackson Sr. and Margaret Roberta Craig Grisham.
Pallbearers will be Jim Miller, Victor Crawford, Paul Grisham, Tommy Walter, Brian Caviness and Kerry Hill. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Braddock, Sammy Crawford, Bobby Joe Crumpton, Nelbert Lewellen, Bon Garner and the Tom Shackelford Sunday School Class at the First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 a.m. today at the funeral home and then from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Sav-A-Life, P.O. Box 1351, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Ruth A. Patterson
CORINTH – Ruth A. Patterson, 80, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Covenant Baptist Church. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation for family only will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Tammie Rea
NEW ALBANY – Tammie Rea, 51, died Monday, April 5, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 4, 1958, in New Albany.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Anders Lee officiating.
Survivors include her children, Justin (Valerie) Gilliam of Southaven and Brian Gilliam of New Albany; two sisters, Kay (Frank) Rooker of New Albany and Kathy Nanny of Ripley; five grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Breanna, Alexis, Austin Lee and Galaxy Colleen Spenser Gilliam.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.
Annie Mae Nelson
LAMAR – Annie Mae Nelson, 51, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at Briarcrest Extended Care in Ashland.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Serenity Funeral Home in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today.
Jerry W. White
TUPELO – Jerry W. White, 35, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.
Kathy Gomez
NETTLETON – Kathy Lou Gomez, 48, died Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after a year-long illness. A native of Okolona, she was born Oct. 30, 1961, to Willis and Marie Ledlow Fredrick. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, her dog, Rex, and spending time with her family.
Graveside services will be at noon Thursday at Midway Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Marietta with Bro. Danny Shorts officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Ruben Gomez of Nettleton; one daughter, Rachel Camacho of Tupelo; one son, Josh Courtney (Kimberly) of Marietta; her father, Willis Fredrick of Dorsey; three sisters, Janice Fredrick of Mooreville, Willa Sue Davis of Kirkville and Rita Morris of Amory; one brother, Donald Joe Curry of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Chelsea and Alex Camacho, and Kaylee and Shea Courtney.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Marie Fredrick.
Pallbearers will be David Humphrey, Hugo Valencia, Kevin Curry, Chris Williams, Brandon Davis and Jeremy Parker.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Thursday at Midway Free Will Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main Street, Box 1, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Billy Chism
TUPELO – Billy Chism, 67, died Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Evelyn Burks
RIPLEY – Evelyn “Mamaw” Burks, 88, died Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at her home. She was born Nov. 29, 1921, to James Albert and Edyth Bush of Bertrand, Mo. She graduated from high school in Diehlstadt, Mo., in 1939, where she was an all star basketball player. She worked at Brown Shoe Company before she met Lamar Burks whom she married in 1945. She moved to Tippah County and began farming and raising their family. In 1960 she went to work for American Biltrite Rubber Company and worked there until she retired in 1982 with 20 years of service. She was a member of Dumas Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She loved sports, watching her children and grandchildren play sports, and she loved watching the Atlanta Braves on T.V.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Dumas Baptist Church with Bro. Scott Hudson, Bro. Marvin Robbins and Jimmy Benefield officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by five daughters, Janet Gates (Pete), Jean Benefield (Jimmy), Sandy Self (Bill) and Mary Walker, all of Ripley, and Judy McElwain (Tim) of Falkner; three sons, Sidney Burks (Linda), Dwight Burks and Danny Burks (Renaye), all of Ripley; 17 grandchildren, Eddie Burks (Lisa), Jeff Burks (Stephanie), Mike Burks, Lori Rinehart (Patrick), Nikki Dulaney (Freddie), Amber Hancock (Scotty), Christie Clemmer, Heather McCallister (Chris), Danielle Britt (Kenneth), Jimmy Benefield, Stephanie Hopson (Chris), Angie Cobb (Brian), Amy Bingham (Shane), Stacy Walker (fiance, John Westmoreland), Katie Bates (Jonathan), Sarah Sansing (Josh) and Matt McElwain; two stepgrandchildren, Kerry Gates (Annette) and Suzanne Wilkerson (Robert); and 35 great-grandchildren; and her caregiver, Carolyn Emery.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Burks, Jeff Burks, Mike Burks, Matt McElwain, Patrick Rinehart, Freddie Dulaney and Brian Cobb. Honorary pallbearers will be Shane Bingham, Jonathan Bates, John Westmoreland, Scotty Hancock, Kenneth Britt, Chris McCallister, Josh Sansing, Chris Hopson, Jonah Rinehart, Jacob Carpenter and Andrew Dulaney.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lamar Burks; her parents; one sister, Alberta McKinley; two brothers, Kirn Bush and Bernard Bush; and one great-grandson, Cody Rinehart.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Dumas Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cody Rinehart Ministries at Dumas Baptist Church, P.O. Box 661, Dumas, MS 38625 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Earthy Hawkins
RIPLEY – Earthy L. Hawkins, 85, died Monday, April 5, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
Cathy McCrory
TREMONT – Cathy McCrory, 57, died Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.

Ray Crowell
BELDEN – Ray Vincon Crowell, 66, died Monday, April 5, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born on Oct. 16, 1943, in Utica, Mich., to Winston and Hazel Simpson Crowell. He was a resident of Lee County since 1976. He owned and managed Ray Crowell Home Improvement, specializing in vinyl siding. He loved his grandchildren, fishing and old cars.
Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, with Bro. Cecil Pumphrey officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until service time Thursday.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Sally Crowell of Belden; two daughters, Barbara Hann (John) and Laura Nicholson (Jared “Bubba”), all of Belden; three grandchildren, Ginger Nicholson, Amber Nicholson and James Hann; four sisters, Margie Locklear (Ray) of North Carolina, Helen Fredette (John) of Michigan, Jeannie Starnes (Dickie) of North Carolina and Joyce Grair (Allen) of California; two brothers, Marshall Crowell (Judy) and John Crowell, both of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Pam Crowell, on Oct. 21, 2007.
Estelle Kelly
PONTOTOC – Millie Estelle Chapman Kelly, 95, died Monday, April 5, 2010, at the Golden Living Nursing Home in Tupelo. She was a lifelong resident of the Endville/Locust Hill communities of Pontotoc County. She enjoyed tilling soil, working in her flowers, harvesting and preserving vegetables. Before her illness, she enjoyed watching baseball, NASCAR racing and gospel singings.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Ricky Parks officiating. Burial will be in Locust Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Melba Simmons of Shannon, Sherry Hicks of Locust Hill and David Kelly of Endville; eight grandchildren, Angie Sheffield (Mike) of Shannon, Vickie Beard (Jimmy) of Okolona, Monica Estes (Len) of Mooreville, Ryan Kelly (Janice) of Ecru, Michelle Elmore (Ace) of Tupelo, Derrick Hicks (Jessica) of Sherman, Karla Kosar (John) of Atlanta, Ga., and Tim Simmons (Jenny) of Verona; 17 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Floyd; and three sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Timmy Simmons, Derrick Hicks, Shannon Estes, Len Estes, Brent Sheffield and Mike Sheffield.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the Locust Hill Baptist Church.