By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tammy Ruff, 50, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
BOONEVILLE – Kylee Gayle Davis, 3 months, died Friday, July 29, 2011, at home. She was born April 26, 2011, to Kyle and Lakin McCoy Davis.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ricky Bishop and Bro. Matthew Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Cains Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by her parents, Kyle and Lakin McCoy Davis; two brothers, Zachary Whitson and Hunter Davis of the home; grandparents, Ronald and Robbie McCoy of Booneville, and Gerry and Ruthie Davis of Wheeler; great-grandparents, Mary Murphy and Arletta Owens, both of Booneville, and Dorothy Boynton of Sandwich, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Carmon Owens, Robert Karns, John Murphy, and J.C. McCoy and Ernestine McCoy.
Visitation will continue until service time today at McMillan Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
ASHLAND – Ennis Leroy Autry, 101, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at the Ashland Health and Rehab in Ashland. A lifelong resident of Benton County, he was born Feb. 25, 1910. He served honorably in World War II and received the Purple Heart. He retired from the Mississippi State Highway Department in 1972 and went on to enjoy 39 years of retirement by fishing, four-wheeling and visiting with family and friends. The old Abel’s store was a favorite gathering spot for Mr. Autry and his friends.
Services will be at 7 p.m. today at the Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery in Ashland. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Shirley Lee Autry; one brother, William Thomas “W.T.” Autry (Mildred) of Hickory Flat; one sister, Josie Whitehead of Millington, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Mildred Jewel Matlock Autrey; his parents, Jeff and Willie Autry; and four sisters, Rivers Dickerson, Clara Bryant, Ruth Moody and Grace Autry.
Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Wilma Massey Brasher
BRUCE – Wilma Stribling Massey Brasher, 88, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at her home. She was born Nov. 12, 1922, in Calhoun County. She was the retired owner of the Bruce Flower Shop and a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will be in the Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Lynn Massey Nix of Big Creek, Jeannie Massey Reid (Tommy) of Coffeeville, Susan Massey Harris (Dr. Mark) of Jackson, Tenn., and Angie Massey Adair (Cliff) of Bruce; one son, John S. Massey of Bruce; 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Ernest Massey and Georgia Brooks Brasher; her parents, O.E. Stribling and Pearl Murphree Stribling; a daughter, Polly Massey Hill; a sister, Edna Myrl Nunnery; and a brother, J.W. Stribling.
Pallbearers will be Chance Adair, Chad Baker, Drew Harris, Caleb Hill, Marshall Hill, Michael Hill, Jacob Magee, Judd Magee, Trey Magee, John C. Massey, Joshua Moore, Mitch Mulkey, Brooks Nix, Jay Nix, Vince Nix and Anthony Palokas.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
OXFORD – Iler Hawkins died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
CORINTH – Jackie Randle Harvell, 60, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in the Dogwood Cemetery.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
SOUTHAVEN – Auther C. Eben, 71, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
ZION, Ill. – Murl Wayne Taylor, 61, died Thursday, July 28, 2011. He was a resident of Carmel House. He worked in the drywall business until losing his leg due to complications from heart disease and diabetes. Although his health was compromised these last few years, he never lost his penchant for life and people. He always had a smile on his face and a talent for friendly conversation with anyone who crossed his path.
Services will be private. Congdon amp& Company Funeral Home of Zion, Ill., is assisting the family.
Survivors include three sons, Rodney (Paula) Taylor, Scott (Shannon) Taylor and Rick (Heather) Taylor; his siblings, James (Mary) Taylor of Wadsworth, Ill., Polly Creekmore of Beach Park, Ill., Dot (David) Dickerson of Mooreville and Larry Taylor of Tupelo; 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Daryl Taylor; his parents, Eddie Clovis Taylor and Velma Exie Taylor; three brothers, Cortez Taylor, Willard Taylor and Carlton Taylor; and a sister, Nell Jones.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.congdonfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Anne Barnes, 60, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Fulton. She was born Nov. 28, 1951, in Hamilton, Ala., to Bill and Willie Barnwell Frederick. She was involved with Girl Scouts and the IAHS band while her children were in school. She worked at Blue Bell, Team and Itawamba Mfg. Co. Her family was the most important thing in her life. She coached her granddaughters softball and basketball teams and spent many summers at Fulton City Park. She loved to fish and spent many hours with her brothers on the water. She loved doing crafts and embroidering with her sister, Elaine. She was a fan of University of Alabama football. Diagnosed with cancer in 2009, she met her disease head-on and fought until the end.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Cedar Tree Cemetery in Hackleburg, Ala.
Survivors include one daughter, Julie Leister (Daniel McMurry) of Fulton; one son, James Kenneth Barnes (Tassie) of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren, Zoey Barnes (Komang) of Montgomery, Ala., Max Leister and Brandi Leigh Anne Leister both of Fulton; one sister, Elaine Cook of Hamilton, Ala.; two brothers, Roger Frederick (Jackye) of McCalla, Ala., and Hayward Frederick of Olympia, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Barnes, in 2004; her parents; two brothers, Billy and Max Frederick; and one sister. Emily Frederick.
Pallbearers will be Daniel McMurry, Maxwell Leister, Kenneth Lynch, Roger Frederick and Brett Frederick.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
RIPLEY – Wrady Dixon “Dick” Williams, 55, died Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was born April 27, 1956, to Elizabeth and Ray Williams Sr. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jeff Moore officiating.
He is survived by his special friends, Magan Pannell and Tonya Brown; his special caregivers, Susan Cappleman and Dr. Troy Cappleman.
Pallbearers will be Amy Sanderson, Tonya Brown, Megan Pannell, Roy Carroll, Cole Robertson, Mece Bennett, Rachel Bell and Perla Brackley.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
HIRAM, Ga. – Beatrice Parker, 85, died on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at her residence. Born on March 1, 1926, in Hamilton, Ala., she was a daughter of the late Sam Allen and Ella Colburn Metzler. She attended Hamilton, Ala., Schools. At a young age, she became the caregiver for her brothers. She worked as a seamstress in the garment factories in Amory, Hatley and Smithville. A charter member and a very faithful member of Meadowood Baptist Church, she was a former children’s Sunday school teacher and a WMU member. Her life was guided by her faith in God, her family and her friends. Mrs. Parker cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed gospel music, gardening, canning and sewing. After moving to Hiram, Ga., in 2006, one of her favorite pastimes was watching people play golf as they passed by the house.
She is survived by a daughter, Pat Allen (Sam) of Hiram, Ga.; granddaughters, Kim Goolsby and Beth Brace, both of Hiram, and Laura Wallace of Dallas, Ga.; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Dewey Allen, Robbie Allen, Dutsy Allen and James Allen, all of Alabama, and Troy Ray Allen of Peoria, Ill.; a sister, Carolyn Hall of Nettleton; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Parker; brothers, Vodry and Verdo Allen; and sisters, Annie Colburn and Virginia Sickle.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Meadowood Baptist Church with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial will follow in Hatley Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Wallace, Jason Brace, Drew Queen, Todd Goolsby, Sam Allen and Daniel Flippo.
The body will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m. until the service hour.
Memorials may be given to Meadowood Baptist Church, 1512 Hatley Road, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Thomas J. “Tommy” Keniston, 43, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, as the result of a motorcycle accident near Batesville. He was a resident of Oakland, Miss. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a computer technician for Complete Computers of Batesville.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Peebles West Funeral Chapel in Oakland, Tenn. Burial will be in the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Germantown, Tenn.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Sue Muntz Keniston of Oakland, Miss.
RED BAY, Ala. – Danny R. Renfrow, 59, died Sunday, July 31, 2011.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Pilot Hill Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and until service time Thursday.
GOLDEN – Mabel Tiffin Griffin, 91, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Golden. She was a native of Red Bay, Ala., and a homemaker. She was a lifelong member of Belmont United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Belmont United Methodist Church with Bro. Greg Forbus officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two children, Nancy Griffin Fortner of Nashville, Tenn., and Hoyt Griffin Jr. (Gayle) of Belmont; three grandchildren, Keith Griffin (Jennifer) of Golden, Laurie Garner (Jason) of Tuscumbia, Ala., and Samantha Snyder (Chris) of Nashville; four great-grandchildren, Abbi Griffin, Kaitlynn Garner, Emily Snyder and Meghan Snyder; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Griffin Sr.; her parents, William Venson and Samantha Modie Patterson Tiffin; four sisters, Anne Barton, Kathleen Hellums, Vergie Bostick and Willard McKinney; and three brothers, Ed Tiffin, Hobson Tiffin and Alex Tiffin.
Pallbearers will be David Tiffin, Bob Tiffin, Gaines Griffin, Joe Credille, Jack Taylor and Buddy Wiltshire.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Belmont United Methodist Church and until service time on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Belmont United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 516, Belmont, MS 38827.
RED BAY, Ala. – Royce Collier, 84, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at Generations of Red Bay, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ila Mae Endter
ABERDEEN – Ila Mae Gillaspie Endter died Saturday, July 30, 2011. She was born Nov. 6, 1915, in Council Grove in Morris County, Kan., to Katie Reese and Walter Gillaspie. She was a 1933 graduate of Council Grove High School and attended Emporia Kansas State Teachers College. She taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in Morris County, Kan. She married Erwin H. Endter in 1939 and they resided in Trona, Calif. She was a receptionist for American Potash and Chemical Company and librarian for a branch library of San Bernardino County in California. They moved to Aberdeen in 1962. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen with the Rev. Truman Thompson officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen will be in charge of the service.
Survivors include two daughters, Carlene Lennard and her husband, Jake, of Amarillo, Texas, and Patti Klock of San Dimas, Calif.; her son, Robert Endter of Mansfield, Texas; seven grandchildren, Brian, Adrienne and Luke Lennard, Amanda and Ted Endter, Christopher and Nicholas Klock; her great-grandchildren, Ashley Durand, Cypress Klock and Brooke Lennard.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Erwin H. Endter; her brother, Ray Gillaspie; and her sister Fern Peters.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
RIENZI – J.D. O’Neal, 72, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at his home. He was born Jan. 28, 1939, to Grover and Ruth Griggs O’Neal. He was a member of Antioch No. 2 Baptist Church. He was the owner of Danny’s Italian Beef restaurants. He enjoyed fishing and anything to do with roosters.
Services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Wages and Bro. Excail Burleson officiating. Burial will in Jumpertown Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Gloria Hall O’Neal; one daughter, Jennifer O’Neal Fleming (Larry) of Rienzi; one son, Jackie O’Neal of Rienzi; one sister, Helen Faye Moore (Junior) of Jumpertown; one granddaughter, Kristen Blaise Fleming; and his special nieces and nephews, Glenda Rinehart, Debra Dixon, Pam Davis, Patsy Napoleon, Tommy Davis and Danny O’Neal.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Louise White; two brothers, Buford and Billy Wayne O’Neal; and one grandson, Hunter Gage Fleming.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Thrasher, Wesley Davis, Jason Sprouse, Tim Hare, Terry Michael and Michael Morrow.
Honorary pallbearers are Roy Brady, Terry Bates, Kerry Davis and Yogi Davis.
Visitation will be 4 to 9 p.m. today and 11 am. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
BLUE SPRINGS – Inita Gail Pannell, 56, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She graduated from North Pontotoc High School and attended Itawamba Community College. She was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Center Hill Baptist Church with Jerry Grammar and Brandon Murphree officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her father, Virgil Herring; her mother, Francis Herring; a sister, Jolene Tutor; a brother, Keith Herring (Lois); two sons, James Pannell (Melanie) and Josh Pannell; a grandson, Levi Pannell; and David Hodges.
Pallbearers will be Steve Tutor, Rony Herring, Jon Herring, Robert Booth, Lane Heard and Wayne “Turkey” Littlejohn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at Center Hill Baptist Church.