Obituaries August 22, 2010

Geneva Perrine
OXFORD – Geneva Payne Perrine, 99, a retired school teacher, died Aug. 21, 2010, at Yalobusha County Hospital. She was born in Lee County. She was the widow of Charles J. Perrine and a graduate of the Mississippi State College for Women with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education. She moved to Natchez in 1945, where she taught in the Natchez City Schools for 25 years and at Trinity Episcopal Day School for five years. She also taught in the Saltillo, East Tupelo and Yocona school systems. She was a member of Oxford University United Methodist Church, where she served on the church administrative board. She was formerly a member of Jefferson Street United Methodist Church in Natchez and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Natchez Children’s Home.
Services will be at noon Tuesday at Oxford University United Methodist Church with the Rev. Claire Dobbs and the Rev. Frank Poole officiating. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Celia Francis Jarvis of Oxford; her brother, Charles N. Payne Jr. of Atlanta; four nieces; three great-nephews; and two great-nieces.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until noon in the fellowship hall of the church.
Memorials may be made to Oxford University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th Street, Oxford MS 38655 or The Natchez Children’s Home, P.O. Box 2028, Natchez, MS 39121-2028.
For online condolences, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
James Pitts
OXFORD – James E. Pitts, 42, a Director of Circulation at the Ole Miss Law Library, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at his home in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Powerhouse in Oxford. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth Goodson
CALHOUN CITY – Kenneth Goodson, 79, died Aug. 20, 2010, at Community Hospice in Verona. He was born Oct. 3, 1930. He was a retired industrial Worker and a U.S. Army Veteran.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Howard Rodgers officiating. Burial will be in New Gauley Cemetery in Calhoun City. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his son Eric Goodson of Calhoun City; his daughter, Deborah Tallent of Calhoun City; and his grandchildren, Bradley Ray Andrews and Carla Paige Walls.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Goodson.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
Frances Morgan
CORINTH – Frances Nix Morgan, 81, died Aug. 20, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center following a long illness. She was born on Jan. 11, 1929, to Verdie Homer and Carrie Higgs Nix in New Orleans. She was the wife of R. Christy Morgan. She attended Central High School in Memphis and graduated from Stuttgard High School in Stuttgard, Ark. She was in the National Honor Society. In 1951, she graduated from Southwestern at Memphis (Rhodes College) where she was a member of Mortar Board, Chi Beta Phi and Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Her main career was being a mom and a minister’s wife, but she also worked at Magnolia Regional Medical Center as Director of Social Services for 21 years.
She served on the Mississippi State Board of Social Workers as well as the Mississippi State Board of Auxiliaries. She was active with the Pink Ladies Association and served as President. She loved flowers and was a devoted member of Four Seasons Garden Club. She was active in the five churches where her husband was pastor. She was honored as a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Women of the Church. First Presbyterian of Corinth elected her a deacon.
A Witness to the Resurrection service will be at 3 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Don Elliot officiating. A private family interment will be at City Cemetery. Hight Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years; her daughter, Caroline Passerotti (Tim) of Eugene, Ore.; her son, Chris Morgan Jr. (Kelly) of El Cerrite, Calif.; her brother, Buddy Nix (Janet) of Memphis; and three grandchildren, Travis Passerotti, Sara Passerotti and Miles Morgan.
Visitation will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to the Deacons’ fund, First Presbyterian Church, 919 Shiloh Road or to the donor’s charity of choice.
Edna Mitchell
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Edna “Skitty” McCullough Mitchell died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, in Pensacola, Fla. at the home of her son, Dr. Ken Mitchell. She was born Oct. 9, 1931, to Glen Lee McCullough and Margaret Long McCullough in Tupelo. She graduated with honors from Tupelo High School and attended Harding University in Searcy, Ark. She married Jack Horace Mitchell and moved to Gasden, Ala. where she raised her family. She was an accomplished pianist and taught piano for many years. She was an active member of the Church of Christ. She was a member of Gloster Street Church of Christ.
Visitation was Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, with services held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Collier-Butler Funeral Home in Gasden. W.E. Pegues was in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Horace Mitchell; her sons, Jack H. Mitchell Jr. of Birmingham, Ala. and Kenneth Paul Mitchell (Jennifer) of Pensacola; her sister, Mary McCullough Formby of Searcy; her brother, Glenn Long McCullough of Tupelo; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
James Miller
TUPELO – James H. Miller, 75, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A Saltillo native, he was born Aug. 4, 1935, to James S. and Ruby Elizabeth Bradley Miller. He worked as a salesman for Wonder Bread for 40 years, retiring in 1998. He was recognized as a dedicated employee, passionate about the service he rendered to his customers. In high school, he played basketball for Plantersville and was an avid sports enthusiast, especially Ole Miss Football. He was a faithful member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church. His family remembers him mostly for his unwavering faith and committment to his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Bert Harper and the Rev. Rusty Miller, his son, officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Hilda Wade Miller of Tupelo; his children, Bradley amp”Bradamp” Miller of Tupelo, Allison Bailey (Dewayne) of Tupelo, Linda Miller of Baton Rouge, La., Ann Bolton (David) of Prairieville, La. and James R. (Rusty) Miller (Cathy) of Tupelo; his sister, Kathryn Underwood of Cox’s Creek, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Aaron Miller, Braden Miller, Andrea Miller, Alyssa Bailey and Carley Bailey, all of Tupelo, Megan Hillensbeck of Prairieville, La., Emily Miller, Andrew Miller and Austin Miller, all of Locke Station.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Miller, Austin Miller, Andrew Miller, Greg Hillensbeck, David Bolton and Dewayne Bailey.
Honorary pallbearers will be W.O. Smith, Jason Bass, Bill Goff, Lyle Gentry, David Taylor, Tommy Carpenter, Harry Speck, Danny Caygle, Carrol Coggin, Randy Witt and Gene Freeman.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Berma Fay Dulaney
FULTON – Berma Fay Wilemon Dulaney, 75, died Aug. 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 13, 1935, in Itawamba County to Leonard and Effie Mae Gann Wilemon. She worked at Charm Step Shoe and Reed Mfg. Company.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Marshall Eubanks and Jeremy Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Maurice Dulaney; two sons, Donnie (Becky) Dulaney of Fulton and James (Brenda) Dulaney of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Aundreas) Brown of Pontotoc, Katie (Richard) Kennedy of Jacksonville, Fla., Lydia Dulaney and Tanner Lewis of Fulton and Laine Dulaney of Fulton; great-grandchildren, Alex, Bria and Jasmine Brown of Pontotoc and Colton Lewis of Fulton; three brothers, Lancelle (Betty) Wilemon of Cahokia, Ill. Romie (Dorothy) Wilemon of Fulton and Russell (Eva) Wilemon of Fulton; one twin sister, Erma (Carl) West of Fulton; one sister-in-law, June Wilemon of Fulton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Laticia Dulaney; and two brothers, Charlie and J.V. Wilemon.
Pallbearers include Allen Dulaney, Steve Wilemon, Lewis Umfress, Jeff Wilemon, Michael West and Mack Fleming.
Honorary pallbearer will be Bill Wilemon.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Annie Spight
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Annie Spight, 69, died Aug. 21, 2010, at Baptist Hospital in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster amp& Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
Barry Armstrong
TUPELO – Barry Curry Armstrong, 63, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at the VA Medical Center in Memphis. He was born April 30, 1947, in Tupelo to Bernice and Dorothy Goggans Armstrong. A lifelong Lee Countian, he attended Tupelo High School and later graduated from Itawamba Community College. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps at an early age and served in combat during the Vietnam War during the years l965-1967. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps League and a lifetime member of the VFW. He spent his working life self employed as a remodeling contractor in the home construction industry.
He was a Baptist and a 32 degree Scottish and York Rite Mason and Shriner, affiliated with Tupelo Lodge # 318. He enjoyed hunting (He was a member of the NRA.), 4 wheelers, his many friends with whom he enjoyed conversation, but especially his grandchildren who he took to breakfast every Friday morning.
Services, with military honors, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Phillip McCoy officiating and Steve Holland delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Wanda Armstrong of Tupelo, to whom he married in Booneville on Oct. 24, 1975; a daughter, Carrie Coggins (John) of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Benjamin McKinley Shurden (Mandolyn) and Chandler Alexis Coggins, all of Tupelo; his father and mother-in-law, Charlie and Peggy Gilley of Tupelo; his sister, Sharon Davis (Bennie); two brothers, Criss Armstrong (Betty) of Pontotoc and Carl Armstrong (Wanda) of Tupelo; a special family friend, Lynn Collier of Tupelo; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Clay Armstrong, Cory Armstrong, Todd Armstrong, Ronnie Armstrong , Kyle Armstrong and T.A. Armstrong.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today and 30 minutes prior to the services on Monday, all at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Tupelo Veterans Memorial Park, P.O. Box 3608, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
John Gilbert
MEMPHIS – John W. “Bill” Gilbert, 94, died Aug. 20, 2010, at his home in Memphis. He was a retired retail accountant, a communicant of St. Paul Catholic Church and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Catholic Church. Entombment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Forest Hill Midtown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors includes his daughter, Martha Gunner (Mike) of Tupelo; two sons, Joe Gilbert (Mary) of Rosharon, Texas and John Gilbert of Memphis; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by wife, Evelyn Gilbert.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Forest Hill Midtown Funeral Home in Memphis followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 1425 E. Shelby Dr., Memphis, TN 38116.
Johnie Murphree
VARDAMAN – Johnie Tallent Murphree, 96, died Aug. 20, 2010, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born Jan. 7, 1914, in Vardaman. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was a member of Taylor Church of God of Prophecy.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Taylor Church of God of Prophecy in Vardaman with the Rev. Sherman Adams officiating and the Rev. Ted Patrick assisting. Burial will be in Taylor Church of God of Prophecy Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Ruthell Reynolds (Billy) of Memphis, Helen Shipman (Tim) of Marshall, Texas and Grace Dugard (Gene) of Vardaman; one son, Raymon Murphree of Vardaman; one son-in-law, Dan Parker of Vardaman; 13 grandchildren, Tommy Murphree, Cathy O’bannon, Steve Parker, Johnie Reynolds, Ricky Reynolds, Joe Reynolds, Angie Weldon, Tony Allen, Terry Allen, Jeff Allen, Don Dugard, Tina Dugard and Jim Dugard; 39 great-grandchildren; and 39 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William “Will” Hosea Tallent and Rissie Idell Warnick Tallent; one daughter, LaBerta Parker; two sisters, Rosie Owens and Ruthie Logan; three grandchildren, Raymon Murphree Jr, Michael Floyd Parker and Billy Mart Reynolds; and two great-grandchildren.
Dennis Sartin
TREMONT – Dennis Sartin, 60, died Aug. 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
Robert Breedlove Sr.
TUPELO – Robert Allen amp”Bobamp” Breedlove Sr., 73, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Tupelo on Sept. 22, 1936, to Carlton Eugene (C.E.) and Lillie Myrtle Heath Breedlove. He was a retired office machinery technician and served as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and studying history.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 53 years, Wanda Robinson Breedlove of Tupelo; one son, Robert A. “Bobby” Breedlove Jr. and wife, Jan of Monore, La.; one brother, Eugene C. Breedlove and wife, Jeannie of Little Rock; two granddaughters, Lauren and Allie Breedlove of Monore, La.; one niece, Martha Melton and husband, Terry of Tupelo; and one nephew, Jack Breedlove and wife, Jo Ellen of Little Rock.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, John Carlton Breedlove.
Pallbearers will be Ed Harrell, Andy Bishop, Max Duke, Bobby Gene Robinson, D.W. Robinson and Wendell Robinson.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Cynthia Farris
NEW ALBANY – Cynthia Anne Brown Farris, 51, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. She was born March 29, 1959, in Syracuse, N.Y. to David Allen Brown and Mary Ann Whittington Brown. She was a member of the Ingomar Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Cary Powell officiating. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Amy Whiteside (Eli), Ellen Thompson (Josh) and Beth Farris, all of New Albany; a sister, Lisa Hicks of New Albany; four grandchildren, Anna Beth Gandy, Carly Thompson, Jaci Catlin and Whit Whiteside; and her parents, David Allen Brown and Mary Ann Whittington Brown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or Ingomar Methodist Church, New Albany.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Sarah Berryhill
NETTLETON – Sarah Berryhill, 62, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Tupelo native, she was born Jan. 29, 1948, to John Hubert and Verna Mae Millwood Berryhill. She worked as a seamstress for Bryant Manufacturing. A longtime resident of Nettleton since 1975, she enjoyed working puzzles, crocheting and watching Food Network on television. She was a member of the Baptist church.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Randy Parchman and the Rev. Robert Fowlkes officiating. A private burial service will be held for the family. W.E. Pegues is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Jody Berryhill of Nettleton; two sisters, Betty Ward (Bennie) of Milington, Tenn. and Jackie Randolph of Fulton; three brothers, John Berryhill (Diane) of Plantersville, Jimmy Berryhill (Leslie) of Olive Branch and Glen Berryhill (Pam) of Amory; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her grandparents, T.W.(Tip) and Quilla Millwood and Joseph and Sarah Elizabeth Berryhill.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 1 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105; or West Clinic Research Center, 100 N. Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Sarah Smith
NEW ALBANY – Sarah Opal Little Smith, 81, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Oct. 29, 1928, in Tippah County to Richard Irvin Little and Minnie Pearl Cook Little. She was a retired employee of Barclay. She attended church services at Graceland Care Center. She was a member of the Baptist church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Roy Childress officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by four daughters, Carolyn Cooksey (Homer), Elaine Gresham (Jimmy), Tressa Hester (Rickey) and Patsy Kidd (Rickey), all of New Albany; three sons, James Smith (Jane), Larry Smith and Bobby Smith, all of New Albany; two sisters, Maxine Fryar and Mattie Mayo, both of New Albany; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Bobby Alton Smith.
Pallbearers will be Gary Yates, Michael Heavener, Allen Smith, Eddie Smith, Dustin Smith and Rickey Gresham.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Dave Dickerson
BRANDON – David Leon “Dave” Dickerson, 76, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at his home. He was born Jan. 1, 1934, in Nettleton to Linwood C. Dickerson and Florence Moore Dickerson. He was a graduate of Ole Miss, where he played football and baseball. He helped the Rebels become SEC football champions in the mid-50s and played in the Sugar Bowl. He was retired as head of International Sales from Ceco Building Systems of Columbus. He was a patient and fun-loving person who enjoyed dancing, golfing and hosting many good times with family and friends at his own “Redneck Riviera.” He could be counted on any time to impart wisdom with his dry-witted humor, and he was well-loved and respected by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Susan E. Dickerson of Brandon; daughters, Eleanor “Sissy” Lasalla of Brandon and Laura Gentile of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; stepdaughters, Helen Lee Morgan of Caledonia, Traci Lynn (James) Martin of Pearl and Staci Leigh Sansing of Brandon; stepson, Richard Earl Morgan III of Brandon; brothers, James (Shirley) Dickerson of Baldwyn, Max Dickerson of Tupelo and Jon Dickerson of Sarasota, Fla.; grandchildren, Cory (Sarah) Linwood Neader, John David Gentile, Mirandia Koenig, John Cort Koenig, Collin Earl Koenig; and great-granddaughter, Emma.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Dot Dickerson; a brother, Bruce Cameron Dickerson; and a son, David Dickerson.
Bessie Napper
RIPLEY – Bessie Pearl Napper, 99, died Aug. 21, 2010, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born Feb. 5 , 1911, to Allen Wilbanks and Lola Lumpkin Wilbanks. She was a member of New Life Pentecostal Church. She was a housewife. She loved her flowers, gardening and most of all, her church and her church family. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of United Daughters of Confederacy, General MP Lowery Camp 1608.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at New Life Pentecostal Church with Bro. Herman Hancock and Bro. Bobby Goode officiating. Burial will be in Blackjack Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Lucille Rogers of Ashland and Reba Hubbard of Ripley; one daughter-in-law, Kay Gideon (Gene) of Southaven; 10 grandchildren, Connie Yarborough (Jimmy) of New Albany, Carol Wilson (Kenny) of Ashland, David Hubbard (Marilyn), Marty Hubbard (Carmen), Lisa Burks (Eddie), all of Ripley, Dwayne Napper (Sara), Ronda Gray (David), all of Southaven, Tina White (Ken) of Olive Branch, Crystal Napper of Memphis and Angela Woods (Mutt) of Olive Branch; 17 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be David Hubbard, Marty Hubbard, Dwayne Napper, Eddie Burks, Jason Hubbard and David Gray.
Honorary pallbearers will be Josh Hubbard, Colt Hubbard, Ben Hall, Matt Hall, Dustin Wilson Aaron Napper and Nicholas Gray.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mancel B. Napper; her parents; three sons, Larry, Donald Ray and James Murray Napper; one grandson, Ronnie Hubbard; and 12 brothers and sisters.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today at New Life Pentecostal Church.
To view obituaries and sign online guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Joann Sims
BOONEVILLE – Joann W. Sims, 74, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Riley Hospital in Meridian. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

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