Obituaries Dec. 23, 2009

Melrose Christian Loague
Melrose Christian Loague, 94, surrounded by her family, peacefully passed away from this life at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona, Dec. 21, 2009.
She was born Aug. 3, 1915, to her parents, Samuel Marshall “Bud” Christian and Myrtie Moore Christian of Peppertown.
On March 20, 1937, she married Theron Odell Loague and they raised four children.
Cooking, gardening and sewing were her favorite pastimes. She was a member of the Friendship Homemakers Club for over 50 years, winning numerous awards, including State Garden Leader Record twice. She was a 4-H leader for over 20 years, attending state and regional conferences and being recognized as an outstanding leader.
The most important thing in her life was taking care of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a member of the Friendship United Methodist Church in Fulton.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 23, at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray and the Rev. Martin Jameson officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery in Peppertown.
She is survived by two sons, Billy Loague (Le-Dell) and David Loague (Tammy) of Fulton; one daughter, Nancy Comer (Rickie) of Fulton; one daughter-in-law, Sue Loague Gillentine (Gerald) of Red Bay, Ala.; 11 grandchildren, Missaha Larabee of Tupelo, Staff Sgt. E-6 Samuel Christopher Loague (LaTisha) of Landstuhl, Germany, Larry Loague (Ginger) of Fulton, Patrick Comer (Alisha) of Tupelo, Stephen Loague of Florence, Ala., Bryan Loague (Holly), Dave Loague of Fulton, Jared Comer (Kayla) of Mantachie, Carra Youree (Ben) of Dyersburg, Tenn., Kristin Adams (C.J.) of Pearl and Kelby Comer of Fulton; 13 great-grandchildren, Marcia Larabee of Amory, Marcus Larabee of Tupelo, Rodney Loague of Fulton, Nataly Loague of Fulton, Kaley Beth Loague of Fulton, Mary Kathryn Rose Larabee of Tupelo, Gavin Loague of Red Bay, Ala., Alex Loague of Landstuhl, Germany, Wesleigh Loague of Fulton, Anna Grace Comer of Tupelo, Austin Samuel Loague of Landstuhl, Germany, Abigail Loague and Wyatt Loague of Florence, Ala.; and two great-great-grandchildren, Brayden James Larabee of New Albany and Marli Kate Larabee of Fulton. She has four surviving sisters, Arlene Enright of Dorsey, Varnell Hale of Tupelo, Mildred Rock of Mooreville and Virginia Wayne Miller of Mooreville; and one sister-in-law, Juanita Christian of Amory.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years in 1997; one son, Samuel Ralph Loague in 1977; five brothers, Clyde Christian, Clayburn Christian, Creston Christian, Clarence Christian and Samuel Marshall “Buddy” Christian; and three sisters, Luna Donald, Martha Smith and Flora Mae Rummner.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Walter Calmes
TUPELO – Walter Calmes, 93, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.
Bertha Doss
ABERDEEN – Bertha May Pierce Doss, 85, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at her residence in Aberdeen. She was born April 6, 1924, to Maude Oliver Pierce and Bertha Nash Pierce in Aberdeen. She lived the past 73 years in Aberdeen. She was a homemaker and a member of Aberdeen First Christian Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Dr. George Forbes officiating. Burial will be in Tranquil Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Arvel Gene Doss of Aberdeen; three daughters, Gale Leach of Aberdeen, Patsy Budgins of Meridian and Sandra Thompson of Aberdeen; two sons, Richard Gill of Hamilton and Steve Gill of Aberdeen; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Raymond Pierce and Harold Pierce.
Pallbearers will be Steve Gill, Richard Gill, Elijah Hinshaw, Robert Leach, Walter Leach, Chris Smith, Zachary Leach, Dennis Thompson and A.J. Budgins.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p. m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Sign the register and send condolences on line at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Lawrence Brown
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lawrence Edward Brown, 54, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at the Kansas City Hospice in Kansas City, Mo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Lawrence A. Jones Funeral Chapels in Kansas City. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church Cemetery at Red Banks. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of local arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Serenity Funeral Home.
Donnie O. Greer
SHANNON – Donnie O’neal Greer, 62, took his heavenly flight on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, from his residence in the Brewer Community after an extended illness. A Lee County native and longtime resident, he was born Dec.1, 1947, to Charles O’neal and Ruby Nell Nicholson Greer. He was a 1966 graduate of Shannon High School. He worked 37 1/2 years for Kansas City Southern Railroad as train master. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in his shop. He loved his family and the special time spent with his grandsons. He was a faithful member of Brewer Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and Minister of Music.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Rex Yancey, Bro. Joe Dye and Rev. Tommy Temple officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 41 1/2 years, Connie Greer of the Brewer Community; two daughters, Carron Stanford of Pontotoc, and Penney McCormick and Tim Griffin of Nesbit; his son, Jason Greer and his wife, Ashley, of Brewer; his parents, Charles and Ruby Greer of Brewer; four grandsons, LCPL Andrew Burleson, Will Stanford, Wesley Stanford and Colton Greer; his sister, Risa West and husband, Claude, of Senatobia; his extended family including Claude and Vivian Brown, Butch and Donna Brown, Edwin and Joyce Brown, Debbie Kornegay, and Joyce and Glen Pate.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John Henry and Annie Pearl Nicholson, and Henry Clyde and Minnie Greer.
Pallbearers will be Robert Allen Godfrey, Joe Minga, Bobby Stanford, Randy McCormick, James Stanford and John Chrestman.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kansas City Railroad employees, active and inactive; Men of the Adult III Sunday School Class; and the Brewer Grocery Breakfast Roundtable.
Visitation will continue one hour prior to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Brewer Baptist Church Youth Fund, 302 CR 520, Shannon, MS 38868.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Dora Fleming
TUPELO – Dora Angline Fleming, 84, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Floyd Fleming and the Rev. Ray Ware officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Whitman Fleming of Tupelo; three daughters, Martha Wilson (Lavert) of Saltillo, Shirley Sanders of Tupelo and Dianne Moody (Billy) of Pontotoc; three sisters, Peggy Berryhill of Tupelo, and Minnie Plunkett and Virgie Haley, both of Pontotoc; one brother, Johnny (J.C.) Payne of Pontotoc; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Clara Mae Stegall Payne; her daughter, Ann Collins; a granddaughter, Laura Collins; three sisters, Sara Ann White, Mary Ellen Fleming and Ara Payne; and two brothers, J.W. Payne and Marion Payne.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Ray Stanford, Larry Collins, Mike Collins, Danny Stanford, Jerry Stanford, Steve Wilson, John Wilson and Terry Wilson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Barbara Sutton
VERONA – Barbara Sutton, 74, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 29, 1935, in Siddon to Aubrey and Ruby Switzer. She was married to James William “Bill” Sutton until his death in 1994. For many years she waitressed at various restaurants, Natchez Trace Inn, Holiday Inn and Ramada Inn included. Later in life, her love for children led her in a new direction. She was the nursery attendant at First Christian Church and did child care in homes for many local people. She never met a stranger. She loved her family and served the downtrodden in every way she could. She was an avid Ole Miss Rebel fan and spent countless hours watching them on television and listening to them on the radio. She was a member of the Straight Bayou Baptist Church in Straight Bayou, but for many years she faithfully attended First Christian Church in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Christian Church with the Rev. Ray Morton officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In honor of her love of Ole Miss, her family will dress casually in red and blue.
Survivors include three sons, Bill Sutton and Scott (Pam) Sutton, both of Red Oaks, Texas, and Jarampé Sutton of Tupelo; one daughter, Cydney Petty of Verona, with whom she lived; five grandchildren, Ryan Sutton, Cala Petty, Savannah Sutton, Pierce Lehman and Emilee Sutton; one brother, Aubrey Switzer; three sisters, Linda Hawkins, Jean Fonderon and Maybeline Henderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; two brothers, Virgil Switzer and Bert Switzer; and two sisters, Thelma Cox and Christine Horne.
Pallbearers will be Porter Casey, David Barnett, Jeff Moore, Jeff Hillard, Doug Exline and Ryan Sutton. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of First Christian Church.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 1590 McCullough Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Ethell Foster
TUPELO – Ethell C. Foster, 85, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born May 17, 1924, in Lowdnes County to Tommy C. Cockrell and Martha Jackson Cockrell. She was a member of Springhill M.B. Church in Tupelo. She recieved her B.A. degree from Rust College and her master’s degree from Jackson State University. She taught in the Tupelo Public School System for over 30 years. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Soroity Inc.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Porter Memorial Garden in Tupelo with the Rev. Gary Long officiating. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Palmer E. Foster of Tupelo; three sons, Emmitt (Mary) Foster and Clarence Wayne Foster, both of Tupelo, and Melvin Foster of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three daughters, Jessie Carpenter of Kansas City, Mo., and Susan Stevenson and Martha Garmon, both of Tupelo; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and three brothers.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 8 p.m.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Annette Blankenship
GUNTOWN – Annette Blankenship, 49, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was known for her sense of humor. She enjoyed fishing. She was a Pentecostal.
Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Chuck Covington officiating.
Survivors include three daughters, Kimberly Blankenship and Kayla Blankenship, both of Guntown, and Nickie Wilkins of Savannah, Tenn.; one son, Gregory Blankenship; three grandchildren, Merideth Wilkins, Braden Wilkins and Kylee Wilkins; and her mother, Susan Jones of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Jones.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to service time today.
Bobby Hardy
NEW ALBANY – Estelle Clayton “Bobby” Hardy, 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 31, 1922, in New Albany to William Clayton and Myrtle Velma Pickens Hardy. He graduated from Buena Vista High School in Tippah County. He was an aviation machinist mate in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii. He was a retired salesman, and a member of First Baptist Church in New Albany and the American Legion Post 72.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Rickey Blythe officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Sara Blanche Latham Hardy of New Albany; three daughters, Barbara Nell Hardy of Decatur, Ala., Sarah Jo Blochberger (Jim) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Deborah French Buchanan (John) of Nashville, Tenn.; one son, Bobby Richard Hardy (Retta) of New Albany; one brother, Clifford Don Hardy of Memphis; five grandchildren, Richard Clayton Hardy (Christy) and Andrew Bradford Hardy, both of New Albany, Gavin Jennings French (Margaret) of St. Louis, Mo., Sarah Taylor Savale (Scot) and James Reed Blochberger, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; and three grandchildren, Laura Grace Hardy, Richard Clayton Hardy Jr. and William Thomas Hardy, all of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lola Bernice Rowland; and a brother, Lester Boyce Hardy.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion Post 72, Wayne Neal’s Adult Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church of New Albany, and Harold Russell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of New Albany Building Fund.
In honor of Bobby Hardy, United Funeral Service will fly the flag of the U.S. Navy at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Christina Harnage
FULTON – Christina Ann Harnage, 32, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born Nov. 10, 1977, in Red Bay, Ala. She was a graduate of Tremont High School. She was a CNA at Courtyards Community Living Center. She enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Bro. Billy Adams will officiate. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Jonathan Hawkins and Dillian Hawkins, both of the home; her parents, Chester Harnage (Rhonda J.) of Golden and Patricia Abbott Beam of Mantachie; one brother, Gregory D. Harnage (Heather M.) of Golden; two sisters, Amber Harnage Knight (Mitchell) of Golden and Amy Robertson (Wayne) of Dennis; her grandparents, Willie and Hazel Harnage of Golden; and her fiancampé, Keith Tucker of Fulton.
Her cousins will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Herschel Duncan
LINCOLN, Ark. – Herschel Benton πH.B.” Duncan, 71, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at his home in Lincoln, Ark. He was formerly of Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Rex Ross
BYHALIA – Rex Ross, 73, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, in Cordova, Tenn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Byhalia Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Lucille Carver
POTTS CAMP – Lucille Carver, 70, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at a nursing home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery at Waterford.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Annie M. Chapman
OXFORD – Annie M. Chapman, 79, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford.
Agnes McLaurin
NEW ALBANY – Agnes Riddle McLaurin, 67, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. She was born April 18, 1942, in Blue Mountain to Walter E. Rogers and Aggie Berry. She was married to Dennis McLaurin.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Golden Gate Church of God in Christ. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Denise McLaurin; two grandchildren, Pierre Girley and Rachel Lenoir of New Albany; four brothers, James (Pauline) Riddle, Sammie (Evon) Riddle and Arthur (Lisa) Rogers, all of New Albany, and Jessie (Dorothy) Riddle of Racine, Wis.; seven sisters, Mary Foster, Betty Riddle and Daisy (Andrew) Rutherford, all of New Albany, Mary Clark and Elizabeth (Carl) Anderson, both of Blue Mountain, and Rosie Carter and Jennifer (Dwight) Garner, both of Ripley; and a godson, De Vantre Garner.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Alan Langford
BALDWYN – Alan K. Langford, 53, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1956, in Amory to Doris Jean Riggan Stoker and Albert Isaac Langford. He married Jenetta Louise Hinkle in 1976. He lived in Smithville for 13 years and in Baldwyn for the past four years. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a mill wright for JESCO and Cooper Tire. He enjoyed fishing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Jenetta Louise Langford of Baldwyn; his mother, Doris Jean Stoker of Smithville; three sons, Chris Langford (Allison) of Amory, Alan Langford (Jackie) of Tupelo and Anthony Langford of Baldwyn; two brothers, Kevin Langford of Blue Springs and Paul Langford of Mooreville; four sisters, Wanda Blaylock (Doug) of Greenwood Springs, Beth Holmes (Ricky) of Hamilton, Ala., Pam Morgan (Rick) of Mooreville and Angie Stricklin (Craig) of Guin, Ala.; four grandchildren, Rylee Langford, Kensli Langford, Katelyn Pace and Sydney Langford.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Frank Gambrel, John Chamblee, Rick Holmes, Doug Blaylock, Craig Stricklin and Jeff Kellum.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Judy Parker
BRUCE – Judy P. Parker, 55, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Harold T. Hendrix
BURNSVILLE – Harold T. Hendrix, 85, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. He worked for Genesco Shoe Co. for 32 years. He attended Liberty Hill Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and a Sunday School teacher.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Daniel Spencer, Bro. James Hardin, Bro. Horace McComb and Bro. Brad Essary officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Kathy Cosby Hendrix of Burnsville; one daughter, Melissa Hendrix Essary (Brad) of Burnsville; grandchildren, Korban and Selah Essary of Burnsville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Bertha Hendrix; three brothers: Carl, Jude and Willard Hendrix; and two sisters: Audrie and Otha Hendrix.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Cosby, Keith Cosby, Jamey Hunt, Jared Hunt, Travis Hendrix, Neal Starnes, Gerald Glidewell and Mark Cosby. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Elliott, Ben Massengill, Chuck Clements, Jeremy Blaylock, Scotty Little and Alex Rickman.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Edwin Ross
EUPORA – Edwin E. Ross, 90, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Eupora. Burial will be in Webster Memorial Gardens in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

T.C. Moore
BYHALIA – T.C. Moore, 68, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Mt. Zion Taska M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jetta C. Roberts
EASTVIEW, Tenn. – Jetta C. Roberts, 89, formerly of Amory, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at her home. She was a supervisor at Amory Garment, where she worked for 31 years. She was a member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church in Ramer, Tenn. She enjoyed cooking and sewing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn. Ronnie Sutton will officiate. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Gilmore of Ramer, Tenn., and Sherry Aldridge and husband, Ron, of Amory; two sisters-in-law, Lois Colburn and Kay Colburn; her caregivers, Wanda Cooksey, Debbie Gordon and Joyce Wren; her grandchildren, Gary Gilmore (Kim), Tony Roberts (Lisa), Melissa Wienstein (Ron), Billie Rose (Ryan), Cecilia Miller (Doug) and Cindy Raper; great-grandchildren, Kendra Gilmore, Hannah Jackson (Chris), Camden Roberts, Zachary Raper, Rya Raper, Cailyn Raper, Amanda Miller, John Lee Miller and Jessica Miller; and a great-great-grandson, Ethan Noah Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Roberts; her father, Monroe Colburn; her mother, Oler Colburn; a son, Cecil Roberts; a daughter, Dorothy Riggan; three brothers, Luther Dean Colburn, Harvey Colburn and Gaston Colburn; and a sister, Vivian Gann.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Coln, Terry Pearson, Hubert Barnes, Lee Wren, Dewayne Skinner, Tony Roberts, Gary Gilmore, Steve Colburn, Mickey Colburn, Douglas Wiggins and Chris Jackson.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.

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