Obituaries August 31, 2009

Randle Gifford
FULTON – William Randle Gifford, 63, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
Carolyn Brown
MOOREVILLE – Carolyn Mask Brown, 68, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born April 11, 1941, in Shelby County, Tenn., to Arlis and Milvertis (Smith) Mask. She married Billy Gene Brown of Pontotoc on Nov. 24, 1960, and shared 36 joyful years with him until his passing. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Bro. Wallace Strawn officiating. Burial will follow in Carey Springs Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Alissa Brewer (Phillip) of Mooreville; two sons, Billy Brown Jr. (Sheila) of Tupelo and Timothy Reid Brown (Dina) of Mooreville; three sisters, Patricia Dykes of Pontotoc, Belinda McKinney of Hattiesburg and Mary Dykes of Amory; four brothers, Jimmy Mask, Randy Mask, Ricky Mask and Wayne Mask, all of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren, Meghan and Neely Brown of Tupelo, April, Adam, Amber and Aaron Brown of Mooreville, and Jessica and Emily Brewer of Mooreville.
She is preceded in death by her parents and stepmother, Mary Lou Mask, who raised her after her mother’s death; her sister, Martha Stegall; and two brothers, Donald Mask and Tommy Mask.
Pallbearers will be family members.
Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Tom Carr
TUPELO – E-9 Sgt. Major Thomas Jefferson “Tom” Carr, Retired, 87, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at his residence in the Andrew’s Chapel Community after a lengthy illness. A Lee County native, he was born Sept. 5, 1921, to and Mary Cornelia Christian Carr and George Jefferson Carr. He joined the National Guard in 1937 and answered a call to service in the United States Army in November 1940 and served in World War II from 1940 to September 1945 in France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg under General George Patton’s Third Army. He continued in the National Guard until retiring in 1979. He was a member and deacon at Richmond Baptist Church. After retiring from Leggett & Platt in 1981, he worked at the garden center at Wal-Mart. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite for 50+ years and was a past Master at the Richmond Masonic Lodge. He loved gardening, fishing, yard work and traveling.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Clay Anthony and Rev. Marvin Murphy officiating, with Masonic and Military honors. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Crane (Jimmy) of Tupelo and Benita Tatum (Andy) of Fulton; one son, Thomas M. Carr (Sue) of Belvidere, Tenn.; three granddaughters, Jeanine Little (Bobby) of Madison, and Allison and Carla Tatum, both of Fulton; three grandsons, Eric Crane (Angie) of Golden, Brian Carr (Laura) of Oxford and Jon Tatum of Fulton; four great-grandchildren, Madison Crane, Tyler Crane, Logan Crane and Tanner Carr; and one brother, Hoyle Carr.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Carr, who preceded him in death on Nov. 28, 2006; his parents; and two brothers, Demp Carr and Troy Carr.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Richmond Baptist Church Building Fund. Expressions of sympathy may be left at
Malcom Roberts
AMORY – Malcom Earl Roberts, 73, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. He was born Aug. 9, 1936, in Hamilton, Ala., to Mae Pat Stphens Roberts and the late Ivie N. Roberts. He married Jane McCary in 1982. A third-generation jeweler, he owned and operated Roberts Jewelry. He received his training from the Gem City Horological College in Quincy, Ill., and served his apprenticeship in Memphis until returning to Amory in 1969. A member of the Amory Rotary Club, he was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Amory Professional and Retailers Association and was past president of the Amory Jaycees. He was a member of the First Baptist Church where he served as deacon. He enjoyed fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson and the Rev. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Roberts of Amory; his mother, Pat Roberts of Amory; one son, Shawn Roberts of Tupelo; three daughters, Tammie Page (Hal) of Tupelo, Dina Pierce (Gene) of Amory, and April Hitt (Chris) of Oxford; one brother, Richard Roberts (Dawn) of Sulligent; 12 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his father; and a brother, Harold H. Roberts.
Pallbearers will be Charles Killibrew, Gene Haney, Steve Brandon, Len Pinkley, Larry Goudelock and Kevin Trautman. Honorary pallbearers will be the Henry Tire Coffee Club, Voy Cantrell and Don Hightower.
Visitation will continue until 1:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Amory Humane Society, P.O. Box 218, Amory, MS 38821 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821.
Nancy Williams
BLUE SPRINGS – Nancy Banks Williams, 53, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen.
She was a member of Red Hill M.B. Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Red Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. Sparks Banks and the Rev. Daryl Rucker officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Amanda Williams and Jeff Banks of Tupelo; her father, Cluster Banks of Blue Springs; six sisters, Mary Williams, Rosie Banks and Francis Hornbeak, all of Indianapolis, Ind., and Willie Banks, Sherry Rucker and Evelyn Price, all of Blue Springs; four brothers, the Rev. Sparks Banks, Robert Banks, the Rev. Lamar Banks and the Rev. Lurie Banks, all of Blue Springs; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Jimmie Trimble
HAMILTON – Jimmie Trimble, 70, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Bro. John Loden
DORSEY – Bro. John Tyrus Loden, 91, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Community Hospice-Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was born May 24, 1918, in Dorsey to James Allie and Rennie Mae Clayton Loden. In his earlier years, he sold vacuum cleaners and watches so he would have a chance to witness to people. He then began what would be a 62-year career as a Baptist minister. He was a missionary and started churches on the Gulf Coast and Texas. He ministered churches in Mississippi, Alabama and Texas. He locally was the minister at Oak Grove, Ballardsville and Greenwood Baptist Church, where he was a member. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and flowers.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gary O’Neal and Bro. Timothy Loden officiating. Burial will be in the Dorsey Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Evelyn Beachum (Roger) of Dorsey; one brother, Bro. Timothy Loden (Dean) of Tupelo; two sisters, Janie Breeding of Mooreville and Jean Robinson (Frank) of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Eugene Beachum (Amy) and Debra Bailey (Jeff); and four great-grandchildren, Darbie Bailey, Reid Bailey, Eva Beachum and Jonathan Beachum, all of Dorsey.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mae Loden, who died March 9, 2009; an infant son, Donnie Loden; one brother, James Loden; two sisters, Maelene Reschke and Jan Breeding; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be deacons of Greenwood Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Esterlene Morgan
OKOLONA – Esterlene Morgan, 97, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Shearer Richardson Nursing Center in Okolona where she had resided the past two years. Miss Morgan was born in Chickasaw County on July 24, l912, the daughter of the late Thomas C. and Trannie Cox Morgan.
She grew up in the Buena Vista Community of Chickasaw County and lived 69 years in Okolona.
Until her death, she was the oldest living member of the Buena Vista United Methodist Church and was employed during World War II at the Gulf Ordinance Plant in Prairie. Her remaining working life included being a seamstress at Delta Trousers and Indian Creek Apparel. She enjoyed sewing and growing flowers, and was a beloved sister, aunt and friend.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Steve Lampkin officiating. A private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the Okolona Chapel.
Survivors include her two sisters: Ara Mae Garner of Houston and Annie Marie Massey of Aberdeen; her nieces and nephews, Marvin Massey (Mariden) of Tyler, Texas, Lloyd Massey (Jean) of Aberdeen, Robert Garner (Dell) of Houston and LaNelle McMillen (Bobby) of Columbus, and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas C. and Trannie Morgan; her brothers, Lewis and Floyd Morgan; a sister, Maggie Morgan; and one nephew, Jerry Massey.
Memorials may be made to the Buena Vista United Methodist Church, 451 CR 169, Houston, MS 38851.
Sharon Putnam
IUKA – Sharon Putnam, 45, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
Eademon Shumpert
PLANTERSVILLE – Eademon Shumpert, 79, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009.
He was born on Aug. 9, 1930, to the late Jim and Sudie Bell Shumpert in Plantersville. He professed a hope in Christ at an early age and became a member of New Bethel M.B. Church where he remained a faithful member until his health failed. He had been an active member of the brotherhood and treasurer for the Centerhill Cemetery. He was a farmer for most of his life. He later worked and retired from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at New Bethel M.B. Church in Plantersville will Pastor Jack Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Centerhill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Attie Robinson Shumpert; three daughters, Carolyn Ford (Nelson), Ada Shumpert (Melvin) and Sandra Gardner; nine grandchildren, Roderick Pounds (Rita), Maurice Shumpert (Solzhenitsyn), Derrick Shumpert (Jackie), Adrianne Raines (Mike), Stanley Gardner, Nicole Gardner, Valerie Riley, Lisa Gathings (George), and Joe Weatherspoon; his brother, Eddie Shumpert (Lola); his sister, Callie Mae Jones; a sister-in-law, Amy Montgomery; a special cousin, Nellie Foster; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Lemorn Riley; two brothers, Cleophus and Bill Shumpert; and three sisters, Jimmie Gladney, Addie Burt and Annie O’Neal.
Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. today at N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo. The body will be in the church from 1 p.m. until service time on Tuesday.
Bennie Brown Sr.
AMORY – Bennie Henry Brown Sr., 75, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 25, 1933, to Audie E. Brown and Myrtle Ethel Benson Brown in Itawamba County. He graduated from Aberdeen High School. He was a member and deacon of Faith Baptist Church in Amory. He was a Mason and a retired businessman.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen with the Rev. Wade Cook officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of the service.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Senter Brown of Amory; two daughters, Debbie Hull and her husband, Johnny, of Hamilton, and Donna Elam and her husband, Jay, of Smithville; one son, Ray Brown and his wife, Christy, of Amory; five stepchildren, Allen Williams of Valdosta, Ga., Shirle Bruce of West Point, John Williams of Hamilton, Tommy Williams of Aberdeen and Burt Williams of Frankfort, Mich.; one sister, Ruth Smith of Aberdeen; one daughter-in-law, Liz Brown of Amory; seven granchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a number of stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Dorothy Robertson Brown; one son, Bennie Henry Brown Jr.; one grandson, Brandon Brown; one brother, Roy Brown; and one sister, Raye Palmer.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation was Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be sent to Faith Baptist Church in Amory. Online condolences may be sent to

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