Obituaries August 25, 2010

Mary Bessler
BOONEVILLE – Mary Bessler, 67, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at her home in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Theo Doss
WEST POINT – Theo Doss, 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at his home in West Point. He was born Aug. 26, 1926, in Woodland in Chickasaw County to Fannie Lou Whitt and William Joseph Doss. He had worked in layout and later as a supervisor for the Babcock amp& Wilcox Company for 38 years. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a member of the West Point Masonic Lodge 40, F&AM. In his younger years he enjoyed bowling in league tournaments, then in retirement he was an avid golfer. Mr. Doss was a veteran, proudly serving his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He married Bonnie Mae Lucas Doss on Feb. 28, 1948, in Houston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church. The Rev. Roy Myers will officiate, and Dr. James Towery and the Rev. Eddie Bullock will assist. Burial with military honors will follow in Arbor Grove Cemetery near Houston. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Lucas Doss of West Point; two daughters, Jeanie Doss of Columbus and Thea Kay Tribble (Steve) of West Point; one granddaughter, Nikki Tribble of West Point; three brothers, Joe Lee Doss (Jeanette) of Houston, Barney Doss (Daisy) of Memphis and Roger Doss of Alvarado, Texas; nieces and nephews, Sandra Bullock, Betty Lynn Campbell, Doug Doss, Debbie Anthony, Linda Holley, Charlotte Messier, Mike Murphree, Jeannie Johnson, Vicki Weaver, Mitchell Doss, Donald Joe Doss, Cathy Lucius, Angie Richardson and Scott Doss; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Pallbearers will be Rodney Johnson, Michael Patterson, Joseph Johnson, Scott Doss, Eddie Bullock and Robert Miller.
Honorary pallbearers will be “The Silver Thin Haired” Sunday School Class; his West Point Country Club golfing friends; and special nieces, Jennifer Bullock and Emily Beyer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Arbor Grove Cemetery Care Fund, 883 CR 93, Houston, MS 38851; or to LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, 50 Dunlap Street, Memphis, TN 38103; or to the Calvary Baptist Church, 460 McCord Street, West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Voncile White
DUMAS – Alice Voncile Whitten White, 76, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 4, 1934, in New Albany to Harvey Earle and Tessie Mae Byars Whitten. She was an active member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School. She was a retired lunchroom manager in the New Albany Public Schools. She was a member of Retired School Personnel and the USBC.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Don Wilson and Rev. Clyde Pound officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by four sons, Earle White (Barbara) of New Albany, David White (Shirley) of New Albany, Jim White (Mary Ann) of Dumas and Jeff White of Dumas; two sisters, Twanda Little of New Albany and Yvonne “Puddin” Macy of Plano, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Joey White, Jeremy White (Laurie), Tracy Darby (Gary), Alan White, Rebecca White, Aaron White and Austin White; three great-grandchildren, Owen White, Reece White and Weston White.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Theodore Eugene White; and four brothers, Tate Whitten, Junior Whitten, Jimmy “Bear” Whitten and Allen Whitten.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Owen, Olin Hall, Roy Hodges, James Dale Hodges, Bernie Johnson and Hilton Richey.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Francis Lusk
OLIVE BRANCH – Francis Ellis Lusk, 65, formerly of Mantachie, died suddenly Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, while on vacation in Greece. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Ruth Humphreys
FULTON – Ruth Humphreys died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at the Hidden Acres Assisted Living Home in Chelsea, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Evelyn Bowen
ABERDEEN – Evelyn Sumner Bowen, 92, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born Nov. 27, 1918, to William Lee Sumner and Maude Gregory Sumner in Okolona. She lived in Aberdeen since 1934. She retired as supervisor from Puckett Sportswear in 1980. She was a member of Aberdeen First Christian Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Dr. George Forbes officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include her caregivers, her nephew and his wife, Ronnie and Jeanette Hall of Aberdeen; a number of nieces and nephews; and three cousins, Mildred Conerly, Charles Sumner and Thelma Ghere.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hugh Hamilton Bowen; three brothers, Willie, Leon and Dillard Gene Sumner; and three sisters, Gladys S. Ferguson, Laverne S. Hall and Odell S. Hollowell.
Pallbearers will be Joe Howard Bowen, Billy Herndon, Leonard Hussey, Ed White, Jessie Tate, Wren West and Bud Bowen.
Honorary pallbearers will be elders and deacons of the Aberdeen First Christian Church and Walter Lann Jr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
To sign the register and leaves condolences online, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Nanette Rainey
WEST POINT – Nanette Dodson Rainey, 93, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at her home. She was born July 25, 1917, in Dossville to George Dodson and Exa Cook. She was a member of First Methodist Church and helped start Pink Ladies and Sally Kate Winters Memorial Children’s Home.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating.
She is survived by her children, George Leach (Nell) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Mahaska Whitley (Tom) of Tallahassee, Fla.; grandchildren, Darryl Leach (Aimee) of Murfreesboro, David Edwin Leach (Jan) of Little Rock, Ark., Frank Whitley and Nanette O’Kelley (Patrick), both of Tallahassee; great-grandchildren, Joshua Casey Leach, James David Leach, Lauren Hudson Leach, Steven Maxim “Max” Leach, Tyler Mahaska O’Kelley, Patricia Braden O’Kelley; great-great-grandchild, Robert Alexander; sister and brother-in-law, Delle and Bill Baker; six nieces and four nephews, including Danny Rainey of West Point; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, including Daniel Rainey and Brooks Rainey MaGee; her caregivers, Liz Ann Butler, Emma McFarland and Elizabeth Denson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David Eli Rainey; and her daughter, Nanette Lou Rainey.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773 or Sally Kate Winters Memorial Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773.
Stevens Lofton
WEST POINT – William Stevens Lofton, 92, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at West Point Community Living Center. He was born Nov. 6, 1917, in Clay County William Neal Lofton and Ruby Anna Stevens. He was a lifelong resident of Beasley community and a member of Palestine Methodist Church. He was a carpenter and a farmer, and he worked at Bamp&W for several years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Palestine Methodist Church with Rev. Cary Sutphin, Ben Rosenkrans, Rev. Harold Robinson and Rev. Larry Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his son, Russell Lofton of Pheba; daughters, Leora Hodnett of Cedar Bluff, Rose Ann Wilson of Cedar Bluff and Deborah Watson of Pheba; a sister, Lucile Embree of West Point; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elsie Lofton; a brother, Andrew Lofton; a sister, Edna Conner; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.
His grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Joey Michel, Hugh Moore, Scotty Wooten, Will Moore, Rodger Coleman, David Coleman, Keith Thompson and Jack Elliott.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home. The body will lie in state one hour before service time at the church.
Memorials may be made to Palestine Methodist Church or Palestine Cemetery Fund c/o Jim Murry, 18515 Hwy. 46, Pheba, MS 39755.
Ray Brownlee
MYRTLE – Everett Ray Brownlee, 82, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at his residence. He was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Myrtle to Everad Raymond Brownlee and Lee Ellis Dodds Brownlee. He was a farmer and a dairyman. He was a member of the Old Oak Grove Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 50 years. He was a Mason for 60 years. He was a member of the Union County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for 30 years and a member of the Union County Co-Op Board. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He loved hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Bobby Butler, the Rev. Tommy Peters and the Rev. Gary Linville officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara McAlister Brownlee of Myrtle; two daughters, Janice Waller (Ken) of Oxford and Anne Gullick (David) of Collerville, Tenn.; two sons, David Brownlee of Memphis and Jim Brownlee of Dresden, Tenn.; two sisters, Ernesteen Thomas and Donnie Sanders, both of Myrtle; two brothers, Johnny Brownlee of Tupelo and Robert Brownlee of Myrtle; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of 43 years, Marjorie Strawn Brownlee; a son, Bill Brownlee; and a sister, Ima Jean Jennings.
Memorials may be made to the Old Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1483 CR 515, Myrtle, MS 38650.
In honor of Mr. Brownlee, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the United States Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Terrell McNutt Sr.
HICKORY FLAT – James Terrell McNutt Sr., 68, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. He was born Sept. 6, 1941, to Fred Adron McNutt and Mary Lou Collins McNutt. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church. He was a retired FFA air traffic controller with Memphis Airport.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Bethel United Methodist Church with Bro. Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will be in church cemeter. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Etta Ware McNutt of Hickory Flat; one daughter, Rhonda Reaves and husband, John, of Hickory Flat; one son, James (Terry) McNutt and wife, Lisa, of Collierville; one brother, Jerry W. McNutt of Memphis; seven grandchildren, Terri Laine McNutt of Memphis, Michael McNutt of Montgomery, Ala., Terra Adams and husband, John Austin, of Blue Springs, and Nick Moore and wife, Ashley, Jessica Ward and husband, Shane, Seth Byrd and Morgan Moore, all of Hickory Flat; five stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren, Trace Ward and Ayden Ward; two special aunts, Sarah Collins and Nilene Rodgers; and special friends, Elaine McNutt of Memphis, Keith Moore of Blue Springs and Steve Byrd of Lamar.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Tracie McNutt Byrd; his parents; and one brother, Ronny McNutt.
Pallbearers will be Bill May, Mike Coward, Bill Holbrook, Bruce Holbrook, Barry Holbrook and Bobby Holbrook. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Hogan, Frank Barlow, Richard Robison (Flat), Jerry Childers, Kirk Childers, Frank Grisamore and Jack Haley.
Visitation will continue until service time at Bethel United Methodist Church.
To view obituaries and sign the guestbook online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Bobbie Ann Verell
ROCKWALL, Texas – Bobbie Ann Verell, 75, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Houston.

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