Obituaries August 28, 2011

Jerry Carpenter
BOONEVILLE – Jerry Lane Carpenter, 60, of Booneville, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2011, at his home. He was born March 31, 1951, to Johnny and Jimmie Hendrix Carpenter. He attended North Mississippi Church of God and Christ and was a disabled carpenter.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at North Mississippi Church of God and Christ with Bro. Curtiss Featherston officiating. Burial will be in the Dodds Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Nelda Grace Williams Carpenter; his mother, Jimmie Carpenter of Booneville; one daughter, Sandra Lynn Carpenter of Booneville; one son, Gary Matthew Carpenter of Booneville; two brothers, Eugene and Edward Carpenter both of Booneville; four grandchildren, Payton Carpenter, Destiny Carpenter, Johnny Carpenter, and Johnathon Staggs.
He is preceded in death by his father, Johnny Carpenter and two brothers, Tommy and Curtiss Carpenter.
Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. today at North Mississippi Church of God and Christ, and until service time on Monday.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Wilma Modena Robertson
FALKNER – Wilma Modena Tapp Robertson, 95, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at her residence in Falkner. She was born Jan. 10, 1916, to the late Thomas Oliver Tapp and Sarah Hodum Tapp. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chip Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Tiplersville.
She is survived by three daughters, Peggy Walker (Walter) of Tupelo, Connie Ralph (Loyd, Jr.) of Ripley, and Machell Kirk of New Albany; three sons, Clyde Ray Robertson (Grace), Dale Robertson (Keely), all of Falkner, and Curtis Robertson (Gloria) of Rockford, Ill; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Verna Holley of Kossuth, Quilla Hightower of Braden, Tenn., and Bernice Davis of Mountain Home, Ark.; two brothers, Cleo Tapp of Braden, Tenn., and Jimmy Lee Tapp of Lindenwood, Ill.
Pallbearers will be Jason Ralph, Travis Ralph, Mark Robertson, Tommy Robertson, Tim Walker and Kirby Robertson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Clyde Robertson; her parents; one son, James Robertson.
Visitation is from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. To view obituaries on-line and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Kenneth Miller
JACKSON, Tenn. – Kenneth Franklin Miller, 80, formerly of Corinth, died Saturday at Morning Side Assisted Living in Jackson, Tenn.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel. Visitation will be prior to service from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. with burial in the City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Union University, c/o Dr. Jerry Tidwell, 1050 Union University Drive or the charity of your choice.
McPeters Funeral Directors in Charge of arrangements.
James Brown
OKOLONA – James Melvin Brown, 63, died at North Mississippi Medical Center on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo.
Vita Walls
IUKA – Vita Walls, 72, of Iuka died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at St. Frances Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. Burial will be at Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Jane Clark
PONTOTOC – Elsie Jane Clark, 54, of Pontotoc died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 22, 1956, to Nobe and Vida Mae Chambers. She married Paul Clark Dec. 18, 1972. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Pontotoc and was employed at Krueger International in Tupelo for 24 years. Jane was a devoted wife, a loving mother and Nanny.
Services will be Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church with Bro. Doug Jones, Bro. Neil Perry and Bro. Jody Rock officiating. Burial will follow in Victory Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today and Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All visitations will be at Victory Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Paul Clark of Pontotoc; three sons, Randy Clark (Tammy) of Marietta, Kevin Clark and Tyler Whitt, both of Pontotoc; two grandsons, Austin and Jacob Clark of Ecru; three granddaughters, Lilah Grace Clark of Marietta, Kylee and Jayci Whitt of Pontotoc; three sisters, Linda Gail Keith (Larry), Ruth Clark (Tony), and Joann Anderson (Randy), all of Pontotoc; one brother, Larry Nobe Chambers of Pontotoc; a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Benny Clark; one brother, Tommy Chambers and one grandson, Ty Clark.
Pallbearers will be James (Red) Keith, Roy (Kojack) Chambers, Zachary Keith, Chad Johnson, Josh Faulkner and Corey Merrell.
Margaret T. Gooding
OLIVE BRANCH – Margaret T. Gooding, 82, of Olive Branch died Friday, August 26, 2011, at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Laws Hill.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Stella Thomason
CENTER HILL – Stella Boyd Thomason, 91, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church and retired from Joyner Fields.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. J.W. Owen officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Charles Thomason, of Center Hill; a sister, Faye McPeake of Pearl; five grandchildren, Shelia Mattox (Norman), Symanthia Guthrie (Allen), Melissa Thomason, Angela Hancock (Shane) and Shawn Thomason, and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lacy Boyd and Minnie Mae Thomason Boyd; her husband, J.W. Thomason; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Thomason; three sons, Donald Thomason, Danny Lee Thomason and Troy Lamar Thomason; a sister, Daisy Lee Felks, and three brothers, Shorty Boyd, Ed Boyd and Henry Boyd.
Pallbearers will be Shawn Thomason, Jim Boyd, Evan Boyd, Keith Herring, Scott Anderson and Ricky Reeder.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Bobby Worsham
CORINTH – Robert Hayden (Bobby) Worsham passed away Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at his home in Corinth after a long battle with cancer.
Bobby was born on Nov. 27, 1941, to Dorothy Hess Worsham and Frank Worsham Jr. He was associated with Worsham Brothers, a construction company founded by his father and his father’s two brothers, Clifford and Leroy Worsham. He worked with Worsham Brothers for 47 years, his entire working career. He was serving as president of the company at the time of his death.
Bobby was active in all aspects of the community. He was a past president and Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He served on the Board of Directors of Magnolia Regional Health Center for 24 years, including a term as President. He was also a past president of the local Boys and Girls Club. He was a past director of the Chamber of Commerce (The Alliance). His college was The University of Mississippi where his love and loyalty remained throughout his lifetime. He served on the Board of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association, and was a life member. He loved his Ole Miss fraternity, Sigma Chi, and remained close to his Sigma Chi brothers.
He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, in Corinth, and served on the Board of Deacons. His experience while earning the ranks of Eagle Scout and God and Country, later aided him in his duties as scoutmaster of the Boy Scout troop at the church.
Bobby faced his battle with cancer just as he faced life: optimistic, positive and cheerful. He had the unique ability to brighten any room he entered, whether at a party, at church or at chemo sessions.
Bobby had a great love for his family. He is survived by his son, Hayden Worsham and Hayden’s wife, Whitney; four grandchildren, Hayden, Priestley, Prentiss and Kate Madden; one niece, Allen Worsham Bradford (Bill); four nephews, Ben Worsham, Mac Worsham, Wesley Worsham (Holly), and Jeremy Glidewell; sister in law, Debbie Worsham; and two uncles, Leroy Worsham, of Corinth and Frank Hess, of Virginia; as well as numerous cousins.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy and Frank Worsham, Jr, his daughter, Hess Worsham, his brother, Hank, with whom he worked closely for 40 years, and a sister-in-law, Mollie McAmis Worsham.
Bobby had a great love for people and they loved him back. His charisma drew people to him and he did not treat their friendship lightly.
Pall bearers are Eddie Gatlin, Hull Davis, Joe Vann, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Hill, Bob Davis, Vic Etheridge, Glennan Grady, Bob Krohn, David Palmer, Bernie Shipp, Tommy Sweat, Jody Crisswell, Joe Ragusa.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the following: First Presbyterian Church Youth Ministry, Boy Scouts of America, or the American Kidney Foundation.
Visitation will be held on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. at McPeter’s Funeral Home. Services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Corinth and will be officiated by the Rev. Don Elliott, and assisted by the Rev. Bill Bradford of Tupelo.
Myrtle Mattox
MANTACHIE – Myrtle Inez Mattox, 83, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at the Meadows. She was born Aug. 1, 1928, in Itawamba County to Delmer and Ida Mae Crocker Whitt. She worked in the food service industry for many years including the McDougal Center at Tupelo. She most recently worked for the Itawamba County Historical Society in Mantachie. She was a member of Mantachie United Methodist Church. She was an avid Bingo player and enjoyed music. She especially loved her grandsons.
Services will be at 11 a. m. Monday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with the Rev. Ronnie Goodwin and the Rev. Joe Senter officiating. Joshua Beane will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Mantachie Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Pat Beane (Randy) of Tupelo; two grandsons, Jacob Beane of Tupelo and Joshua Beane of Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother, Conner Whitt of Mantachie; two sisters, Annie Turner of Saltillo and Betty Reich (James) of Mantachie; and five sisters-in-law, Acel Moore, Vola Senter, and Peggy Whitt, all of Fulton, Jane Whitt of Belvidere, Ill., and Lou Whitt of Mantachie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Mattox, on Aug. 12, 2003; her parents; two sisters, Fleta Green and Cleta Prestage; and three brothers, Hubert Whitt, Billy Whitt, and Bobby Whitt.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James R. Leatherwood
RIENZI – James R. Leatherwood, 80, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Visitation will be Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a rosary and scripture reading at 6 p.m. Other arrangements will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.

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