Obituaries Dec. 2, 2009

Irene Helms
EUPORA – Irene Helms, 54, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at her residence in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Montevista Cemetery in Webster County.
David Jerome Wright
IUKA – David Jerome Wright, 45, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at his home. He was a member of Mt. Glory Baptist Church and a skilled woodworker. He was the founder and president of the local Ham Radio Club.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Joe Hardwick officiating. Burial will be in Rutledge Salem Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Ivene Wright of Iuka; one brother, Dannie Wright (Denise) of Iuka; three sisters, Ruth Ortner (Mike) of Iuka, Carolyn Coln (Mike) of Corinth and Marcia Haynie (Randy) of Corinth; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, David Wright.
Pallbearers will be Zack Coln, Justin Coln, Jason Ortner, Jeremy Lovelace, Adam Wright, Billy Kiddy, Cliff Cox and Richard Page. Honorary pallbearers will be Colton Haynie, Lamar Bolton, and members of the Ham Radio Club.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Lucille Moore
BIG CREEK – Nancy Lucille McGee Moore left her earthly home in Big Creek on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, to attend a grand heavenly reunion. Mrs. Moore was welcomed at the Pearly Gates by her late husband of 55 years, James T. Moore; her granddaughter, Kimberly Dotson; and her parents, Alma and William E. McGee.
Mrs. Moore spent her life caring for and loving her family. She is survived by four daughters, Margaret Moore Russell, Janice Moore Matthews, Ann Moore Weaver and husband, Steve, all of Big Creek, and her “baby” girl, Debbie Moore and husband, Johnnie Kelley, of Vardaman.
Survivors include include two sisters, Carvie McGee Gore of Thorn, and Doris McGee Haire and one brother, Dempsey McGee, both of Big Creek; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and a host of loved ones.
Mrs. Moore was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church of Big Creek.
The funeral service will be today, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church with Bro. John Hearn officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the American Cancer Society.
Gladys King
ACKERMAN – Gladys Griffin King, 90, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at the Choctaw County Nursing Center. Mrs. King was born March 31, 1919, in Pontotoc County to Ben and Lillie Bell Griffin. She was a homemaker and retired from Spartus Corporation. She was a member of New Zion Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 2, 2009, at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman with Bro. Bob Mamrak officiating. Burial will follow in the South Union Cemetery near Ackerman. Visitation will be held from noon until the service time today, Dec. 2, 2009, at Coleman Funeral Home.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Harold Whittington of Ackerman; grandsons, Len, Steve, Mike and Kevin Henson, Deryk and Alan Whittington; 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. King was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, Elwin King, and a daughter, Natalee King Henson.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Choctaw County Nursing Home Auxiliary, P.O. Box 1039, Ackerman, MS 39735.
Billy Riddle
CORINTH – Billy Riddle, 62, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
David Courtney
BLUE SPRINGS – David “Buddy” Courtney, 78, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Herman Shappley
RIPLEY – Herman Franklin Shappley, 90, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was retired from Kimberly Clark Manufacturing Company. He was a faithful member of the Tiplersville Church of Christ.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Minister Garry Martin officiating. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Shappley Thornton (Benny) of Walnut; one son, Johnny Shappley of Columbus; five grandsons, Michael, Steven, John Mark and Thomas Shappley, and David Glen Thornton; three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Renfrow Shappley; his parents, John and Mary Ethel McCown Shappley; and two brothers, Leslie Shappley and Ambers Shappley.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
James White
THAXTON – James Edward White, 84, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at his home in Thaxton. He was born May 4, 1925, in Mississippi. He was a former resident of Quitman County. He was a farmer.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today at Turnpike Baptist Church Cemetery. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at Turnpike Baptist Church in Pontotoc. The Rev. Kenneth Bishop and the Rev. Jerry Hooper will officiate. Kimbro Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three brothers, Freddie Lee White of Pontotoc, Pete Sigler of California and Robert Sigler of Gulfport; three sisters, Laura Mae White of Pontotoc, and Sammie Joe White and Evie Lois Sigler, both of Gulfport; several nieces and nephews.
David Dotson
GLEN – David Edgar Dotson, 70, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at his home.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Dogwood Cemetery in East Prairie, Mo. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Ruby Bryson
BALDWYN – Ruby Bryson, 97, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Evalee Gurley
SAVANNAH, Tenn. – Evalee Austin Gurley, 98, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at the Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Savannah, Tenn. Burial will be in Wesley’s Chapel Cemetery. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Savannah is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Wesley’s Chapel Cemetery Fund.

Ed Jackson
RIPLEY – Egbert Neil “Ed” Jackson Jr., 40, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at his residence. He was born July 3, 1969, to Neil and Carol Jackson of Ripley. He was a member of Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He worked in construction.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Lic. Richie Lockhart and the Rev. Jody Hill officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Heather Jackson and Hannah Jackson, both of Ripley, Madison Carvin of Brownsville, Tenn., and Carly Jackson of Falkner; one son, Caden Jackson of Ripley; his parents, Neil and Carol Goolsby Jackson of Ripley; two sisters, Debbie Winchester of Cabot, Ark., and Susan Marks of Falkner; two nieces, Amanda and Nichole; and one nephew, Andrew.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Judy Wilbanks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Betty King
EGYPT – Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Hayes King, 75, died suddenly Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at her home in the Egypt community in Chickasaw County. She was born on Dec. 8, 1933, in Tupelo to Jerry D. Hayes and Ethel Hindsman Hayes. She graduated from Tupelo High School and received her B.A. degree in elementary education from Mississippi State College for Women in 1955. She was an elementary public school teacher for many years and was a longtime substitute teacher in the Okolona School System.
One of her great loves was the United Methodist Church, of which she was a lifelong member. She grew up in First United Methodist Church in Tupelo and, at her death, was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Okolona. Her contributions to Methodism were abundant. She was involved in every facet of the music department for over 40 years including church pianist and choir member. She was serving or had served on the Administrative Board, the Worship Committee, Council on Ministries, the United Methodist Women where she was treasurer at her death, a Sunday school teacher, and was the longtime arranger of the altar flowers, many of which came from her yard. She was active in Vacation Bible School, youth programs through the MYF, and was the pianist at the Egypt UMC until it closed. She was active in the Mississippi Conference of the Methodist Church, serving on the Tupelo District Board of Laity, was an equalizing delegate and was a Conference officer of the United Methodist Women.
She was a longtime member of the Lanier Club of Okolona, serving for over 40 years. She acted as reporter for many years. She was presently serving as 3rd District president of the Federated Women’s Club of Mississippi. In 1993, she won the Golden Heart Award from the Okolona Chamber of Commerce. She was a strong supporter of the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra, the Tupelo Community Theatre and the Community Concert Association. An avid conversationalist and gregarious personality, she greatly enjoyed visiting in person or by phone with her family and many friends.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Okolona with the Rev. Bill Harrison, the Rev. Bryan Scarborough and the Rev. Frank Millender officiating. Burial will follow in the King family plot at Oddfellows Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Charles King of Egypt, whom she married Aug. 16, 1955; her son, Albert King and wife, Donna, of Amory; two grandsons, Zak and Eli King of Amory; four sisters-in-law, Mary Hayes of Cookeville, Tenn., Lady Clyde King of Aberdeen, Dianne King of Madison and Sally King Brakmann of Orlando, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jerry D. Hayes Jr. and Dr. Robert Andrew Hayes.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the flower or music fund of the Okolona First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 436, Okolona, MS 38860.
Mary K. Jolly
CORINTH – Mary K. Jolly died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, in Forrest City, N.C.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday.
John W. Nash
TUPELO – John W. Nash, 48, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Margaret K. Kelley
PLANTERSVILLE – Margaret K. Kelley, 91, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Judy Jones
BOONEVILLE – Judy Inman Jones, 48, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Hazie Ruff
PLANTERSVILLE – Hazie Mae Ruff died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.
Judy Bullock
SHANNON – Judy Carol Smith Bullock, 57, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at her residence in the Old Union community west of Shannon after an extended illness. She was born on Dec. 5, l951, in Tupelo to Hubert M. Smith and Ruby Jo Edwards Smith. A lifelong Lee Countian, she graduated from Shannon High School in l971. She was a Baptist and enjoyed carport sales, flea markets and eating out with family and friends. Her family was her priority and greatest love.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Wesley Stephens officiating. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery south of Plantersville.
Survivors include her husband William Hayward Bullock of Shannon; her children, John David Floyd of Shannon, Kevin Bullock (Misty) of Shannon, Bobi Smith (Joey), Brenda Bullock (fiancampé, Dustin Modlin), Shannon Bonds (Brian) and Heather Engle (Kevin), all of Corinth; her sisters, Martha Johnson (Johnny) of Wheeler and Pat Davis (Tommy) of Shannon; her grandchildren, Justin and Jacob Floyd, Devin Bullock, Bayline Bullock, R.J. Baggett, Mitchell Ware, Christin, Kayla and Hunter Martin, Chelsie Robinson (Matt) and Haylie Modlin (Austin); two aunts, Dorothy Jolly and Lilline Ballard; two cousins, Melinda Welch and Bobby McElwain (Lorraine), all of Shannon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Darrell Smith; a cousin, Barbara McCauley; and a grandchild, Destiny Bullock.
Pallbearers will be Robert Johnson, Clay Davis, David Lee, Brandon Lee, Michael Lee and William Welch.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Marcia Whipps
BLUE SPRINGS – Marcia Helen Baldwin Whipps, 74, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at Community Hospice-Darlington Oaks in Verona. She was born on Aug. 19, 1935, in Bozeman, Mont., to Frank Raymond Baldwin and Evelyn Louise Berry Barr. She lived most of her life in Salt Lake City, Utah. She lived briefly in Arizona and moved to the Tupelo area five years ago. She was a celebrated public school teacher and the author of a seminal English textbook, “Building Better English Skills.” Much of her teaching career was at East High School, where she mentored students and teachers and touched many lives. She received her Bachelors and Masters Degree’s in elementary education from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was an avid reader, especially mystery novels, and an artist. She was a sponsor at East of the National Honor Society and Procrastinators Club. She was an Episcopalian and attended All Saints Episcopal Church locally as her health allowed. The last three plus years, she was a resident of Rosewood Retirement Center in Tupelo, where she enjoyed many activities.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Paul Stevens. Her ashes will be scattered in Arizona at a later date. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Mark Whipps and wife, Chassitty, of Blue Springs; her grandchildren, Barry, April, Chelsy, Joseph and Jonathan; her great-grandchildren, Rayven, Emily, Emilie and Christopher.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. to service time Thursday at the Chapel at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Tupelo.
Willie Lee Tynes
BOONEVILLE – Willie Lee Tynes, 78, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was the son of the late Samuel Tynes and Sallie “Babe” Williams Tynes.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wolf Creek M.B. Church in Booneville with Rev. S.W. Shinault officiating. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Corinth. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangement.
Survivors include one son, Willie Louis (Betty) Tynes; two stepsons, Samuel L. Tynes and Robert E. Tynes; two daughters, Evelyn Kaye Tynes and Lisa Miller (Robert), all of Booneville; one brother, William Smith; six grandchildren, LaQuina Tynes, Kim Tynes, Jose Tynes, Jeremy Tynes, Bryant Tynes and Tyrec Miller; four great-grandchildren, JaGracious Moore, Zakiya Tynes, LaByron Tynes and Taylor Robinson; one uncle, Ludy Tynes of Memphis; one special grandchild, Spence Wicks of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Louise Tynes; his parents; two sisters, Ruby Mae Swinney and Virginia Miller; and one brother, Jimmy Lee Haley.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. and family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Nettie Still
WALNUT – Nettie Beatrice Still, 82, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster amp& Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

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