Obituaries August 16, 2009

Harold Massey
RED BAY, Ala. – Harold Massey, 73, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala. Service arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
Grace Pryor Martin
CALHOUN CITY – Grace Pryor Martin, 87, died Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at her residence. She was a retired payroll clerk from Heathcraft Corp.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Memorial Garden in Grenada.
Survivors include her husband, John W. “Buddy” Martin, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J.Z. and Jewel Fox Pryor, and a sister, Una V. Pryor Doolittle.
Deborah Wolfe
SALTILLO – Deborah Wolfe, 52, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a recent illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Seaman Strickland
RED BAY, Ala. – Seamon Strickland, 84, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
Fran Skinner
RED BAY, Ala. – Norris Fran Skinner, 59, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at his residence. He was a civil engineer for the Alabama Department of Transportation and a member of First Baptist Church in Red Bay, Ala. He enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 4 p.m. on Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Larry Hill and Bro. Kevin Tribble officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Janice Skinner of Red Bay; two daughters, Susan Young (Jeff) of Dennis, Miss., and Kim Wilson (John) of Lexington, Ala.; three grandchildren, Laken Young, Brett Young and Sloan Wilson; and his mother-in-law, Lenette McDonald of Belmont.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Olon and Eva Orrick Skinner, and his father-in-law, Bill McDonald Sr.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Clark, Boyd Lee Tidwell, Richard Orrick, Jackie Humphres, Phillip Orrick and Dean Hubbard.
Honorary pallbearers will be his cousins, golfing buddies and friends at the ADOT.
Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay and until service time on Monday.
Gary Dwight Roberts
BLUE SPRINGS – Gary Dwight Roberts, 61, died Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born April 4, 1948, in New Albany to Carolyn Roberts and the late Ethrel L. Roberts. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in the 9th Infantry during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion and the National Riflemen’s Association. He was a truck driver for VF Jeanswear. He was a member of Ellistown Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ellistown Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Powell and the Rev. Randy Hope officiating. Burial will be in Ellistown Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Willie Jean Harper Roberts; his mother, Carolyn Roberts of Blue Springs; one daughter, Leslie Hatcher (Tim); two sons, Kevin Roberts and Marty Roberts (Michelle); one sister, Linda Bishop (Andrew); one brother, Bennie Roberts; and four grandchildren, Hunter Hatcher, Natalie Hatcher, Kye Roberts and Bella Roberts.
Pallbearers will be Mike Moore, David Dill, Jimmy Grubbs, Tim Powell, Matt Powell and Tommy Hall.
The body will lie in state at the Ellistown Baptist Church from 1 to 2 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society and the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Ralph W. Kneisly
SALTILLO – Mr. Ralph W. Kneisly, 95, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Donnie Lee
Rhea Thompson
ROGERS, Ark. – Donnie Lee Rhea Thompson, 99, of Rogers died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. She was born March 21, 1910, in Union County, Miss., to Agner and Ethel Brownley Boatner. She was a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church in Lowell. She enjoyed cooking and found great pleasure in taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and one sister; her first husband, James L. Rhea; and her husband, Mack Thompson.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Humphreys, and her husband, Thomas, of Rogers; four grandchildren, David Humphreys, Diane Murphy, Kay Hesington and Cindy McDoulett, all of the Rogers area; four great-grandchildren, Christopher Brace, Stephanie Brace, Madison McDoulett and Blake McDoulett, also of the Rogers area, and several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Benton County Funeral Home in Rogers with Pastor Ben Rowell officiating. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. today. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Cornersville Cemetery in Cornersville, Miss.
Arrangements are being handled by Benton County Funeral Home in Rogers. Online condolences may be made at www.bentoncountyfuneralhome.com.
Herston Carl Rowell
Herston Carl Rowell, 81, died Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at his residence in Aberdeen. He was born Nov. 26, 1927, to John Thomas Rowell and Pearl Noe Rowell in Mississippi. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He was a member of Grace Chapel Baptist Church. He retired from Blue Bell Pants Factory. He loved to work in his garden.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. James Hutcherson and Bro. Jackie Laney officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Smith Rowell of Aberdeen; two daughters, Brenda Carol Mixon of Hamilton, Miss., and Rhonda Machelle Mask and her husband, Ricky, of Amory; three sons, Phillip Carl Rowell and his wife, Katie, of Aberdeen, Michael Wayne Mixon and his wife, Donna, of Woodstock, Ala., and Billy Ray Rowell and his wife, Buddie Rose, of Aberdeen; two sisters, Eva Lee Jackson and Betty Lindsey of Aberdeen; one brother, Lacey Rowell and his wife, Rachel, of Houston; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Morine Sheppard Rowell; and two brothers, Don Rowell and Alvin Rowell.
Visitation will be from 2 until 7 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the registry or send online condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Dr. B.O. Moore
AMORY – Dr. Blifil Odell “B.O.” Moore, 91, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. He was born June 19, 1918, in Fulton to the late Theophilus (T.O.) and Florence Gray Moore. He married Ouida Ruth Magee on Oct. 18, 1941. After attending Holmes Junior College and Millsaps College, Dr. Moore graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School in 1947, where he was elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Society. He completed his internship at John Gaston Hospital. In 1949, he moved to Amory, where he worked as a general practitioner of the old school. He could hardly leave his house in Amory without meeting someone he had treated, and in many cases delivered; he delivered 3,000 babies during his 40 years of private practice. He was a captain at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla., from March 1951 to December 1952. After leaving his practice, he served as an emergency room physician. He received a certificate of merit from the American Medical Association for 50 years of dedicated service to the medical profession. He was an avid golfer, making made eight holes-in-one. His was a long and fortunate life. He was a member of the Amory Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Philip Hathcock, James Leo Segars and Bro. Coy Hill officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ouida Ruth Moore of Amory; one son, Gregg Moore and his wife, Cheryl Harrison Moore, of Amory; one daughter, Alida Moore of Oxford; three grandchildren, Shellie Moore Lowden and her husband, Ken, of Cleveland, Tenn., David Moore and his wife, Kimberly, of Amory, and Catherine Moore of Starkville; four great-grandchildren, Olivia and Nolan Lowden and Harrison and Susanna Moore; and two brothers, Enos Moore of Grenada and Wilbur Moore of Huntsville, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Lem Moore and Kenneth Moore.
Pallbearers will be John Comer, Johnny Cadden, Jerry Cantrell, Bo Miller, Hunt Magee, Randy Gray, Larry Palmer and Roger Cadden. Honorary pallbearers will be Hal Rogers, Leon Sprayberry, Bit Blasingame, Dan Kent, Roy Foster, Wayne Howell, Jimmy Vaughan and Arch Justice.
Visitation will continue until service time today.

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