Obituaries Dec. 28, 2009

Jim Higgins
ALGOMA – Jim Higgins, 66, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a faithful member and a Deacon at Algoma Baptist Church, the owner and founder of Seafood Junction Inc., a farmer and a graduate of the 1961 class at Algoma High School. He attended Itawamba Community College and was a licensed insurance agent. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing and fellowshipping with family and friends. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army while stationed in Germany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Algoma Baptist Church with Bro. Don Smith and Bro. Chad Higgins officiating. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery with no graveside service. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Carolyn Johnson Higgins of Algoma; his three sons, Gary Higgins (Angie) of Algoma, T.J. Higgins (Kimberly) of Tupelo and Chad Higgins (Danette) of Kansas City, Mo.; four sisters, Sadie Bass (Paul) of Tupelo, Mildred Westmoreland Grisham (Jim) of Pontotoc, Charline Hill of Verona and Blanche Baker (Waymon) of Algoma; two Brothers, J.C. Higgins and Howard Higgins, both of Pontotoc; and eight grandchildren, Stephen, Lauren, Lacey, Sanders, Thomas, Taylor, Samuel and Benjamin Higgins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Beulah Higgins; a brother, Cecil Higgins; two sisters, Elizabeth Stegall and Hazel Wilson; and a granddaughter, Sarah Higgins.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Higgins, Mike Westmoreland, Wiley Wilson, Daniel Stegall, Floyd Lamb, Eddie Baker, Paul Bass Jr., David Higgins, Thomas Higgins, Samuel Higgins and Benjamin Higgins.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of the men’s Sunday School Class at Algoma Baptist Church.
Visitation will continue from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Algoma Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: The American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 or to Algoma Baptist Church, P.O. Box 107, Algoma, MS 38820.

Hugh A. Brown
PONTOTOC – Hugh A. Brown, 96, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at NMMC in Tupelo. He was a member of the Longview Baptist Church, a retired college librarian, a teacher, and a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star in Pontotoc.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Longview Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Morrow officiating. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery with Masonic and Eastern Star rites. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the services.
Survivors include his two sisters, Ann Crane and Freddie McHann, both of Pontotoc; one brother, Eddie Brown of Huntsville, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William F. Brown and Leona M. Russell Brown; his Sister, Agnes Faulkner; and two brothers, Miller Brown and Bill Brown.
Pallbearers will be Hubert Crane, Michael Crane, Donnie Crane, Cecil Crane, Byron Faulkner, Mitchell Brown, Tommy Brown, Billy McHann and John McHann.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon today at the funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the church.
Edna Mae Duncan
CORINTH – Edna Mae Isbell Duncan, 74, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Eastview Pentecostal Church in Corinth. Burial will be in Rock Hill Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 5 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the church.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Ernelinda Crenshaw
OXFORD – Ernelinda Cearley Crenshaw, 86, former Director of Nursing with Heritage Village Corp. in Kansas City, Missouri, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at the State Veterans Home in Oxford, MS. Born in Lafayette County, she was the widow of Albert Williford amp”Billamp” Crenshaw. She was a graduate of the MS Baptist School of Nursing and the American Army Cadet Nurse Corp. A WWII veteran, she served as a nurse in the U.S. Army 148th Medical Detachment. A former resident of Kansas City, Kansas, she moved to Oxford in 1984 and was a member of First Baptist Church, the Yocona Extension Club, and the Readers Guild. She held membership in the MS, KS, MO, and NY Nursing Associations. She was a member of the American National Red Cross Nurse Reserve, and was a former Jr. High School Nurse.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Robert Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Melissa Crenshaw of Bowen Island, BC Canada; a son, Mark Robbins Crenshaw and wife, Beatrice, of Marble Hill, Missouri; and a sister, Wilva Cearley Rogers of Atlanta.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
The family has requested that expressions of sympathy in Mrs. Crenshaw’s memory be made to, VFW Post 3978, 11A C.R. 469, Oxford, MS 38655.
Ida Lou Neal
AMORY – Ida Lou Thompson Neal, 86, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at the Golden Living Care Center in Amory. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born January 24, 1923, to Hosie A. and Ellie Inez Woodruff Thompson. She was married to Jessie Nash; he later died and she married Samuel Neal in 1972. Before her retirement, she was an employee of Amory Garment Co. and she was Baptist. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the Boggan Cemetery with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include several brothers and sisters; and her caregivers, Joey and Suzanne Knight of Amory.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; one daughter, Jessie Lou Nash; and several brothers and sisters.
Lawrence ‘Red’ Shierling
AMORY – Lawrence Greely “Red” Shierling, 85, died Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at the Mississippi State Hospital in Rankin County. He was born February 18, 1924, in Decatur, Georgia to Rick Lively and Carrie Caroline Parker Shierling. He married Gene Bernice Wilson in 1945; she died in 2001. He had worked for Gilmore-Puckett Appliance Store, delivered the Daily Journal and Commercial Appeal and also had a lawn service. He was a member of the North Boulevard Christian Church, and he enjoyed flowers and gardening.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Herbert Sennett officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park .
Survivors include two daughters, Ann S. Johnson (Harold) of Amory and Carolyn Shierling of Glennwood, WA; two grandchildren, Daniel Stoddard and Cindy Johnson; and one great-grandchild, Jennifer West.
He was preceded in death by parents; his wife; one son, Glenn Shierling; two brothers, Elmo and Garnett Shierling; and three infant sisters.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Joe Raper, Reagan Fikes, Tommy Tapp, Buzz Wilkinson, Dr. Melvin Holman, and John Darden.
Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. Bill Rogers.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Harry Darnell Sykes
WEST POINT – Harry Darnell Sykes, 59, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at noon Thursday at the Mt. Hermon M.B. Church. Burial will be the Memorial Gardens Cemetery Carter Funeral Home in West Point in charge of arrangements
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Darrell Brumley
MEMPHIS – Darrell Brumley, 77, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at his home in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.
Bobby Owens
BOONEVILLE – Robert Allen ‘Bobby’ Owens, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at his residence. He was born on February 13, 1930, to Boyd Allen Owens and Sybil Joyner Owens. He was a retired factory worker. He was a member of Crestwood Baptist Church where he served as discipleship clerk and usher. He enjoyed fishing, watching wrestling and watching NASCAR on television.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jackie Spencer and Bro. Tracy Arnold officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Miles Owens of Booneville; one daughter, Ann Owens Cartwright (Floyd) of Booneville; two sons, Ray Owens (Frieda) and Charles Owens (Vonda), both of Booneville; one sister, Vicki Schwan of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Darrell Cartwright (Lisa), Terry Cartwright (Lauren), both of Booneville, Wendy Stephens (Shane) of Tupelo, and Josh Owens (Amber) of Jackson, Tenn.; five great-grandchildren; three step-children, Sue Brown, James Boren (Judy), and John Boren (Carolyn), all of Booneville; and many step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Faye Denson Owens; a grandson, Danny Cartwright; and two brothers, George Owens and Charles Wayne Owens.
Pallbearers will be Terry Cartwright, Shane Stephens, Josh Owens, Timmy Boren, Chris Brown, Rodney Boren, and Brad Boren.
Dorothy Lunday
MEMPHIS – Dorothy Magaline Bellew Lunday died Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital after an extended illness. She was born in Etta, Mississippi on Feb. 10, 1942. She had made Memphis her home since 1950. She worked for Katz Drug Store and retired from K-Mart, Inc. Her heart went out to her job as a phone solicitor for Disabled American Veterans getting donations to aid the veterans of our country. Her life was devoted to her mother and brother.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at at Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery on Hwy. 30 in Lafayette County.
She is survived by her brother, Dewey T. Bellew Jr.; four nephews; one niece; nine great-nephews; five great-nieces; one great-great-niece; her dearest friends, Cathy Bellew Turnbull and Ellen Duncan; two aunts, Ruby Tubbs and Lottie Browning; and one uncle, Buddy Browning.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dewey T. Bellew Sr. and her mother, Mary M. Fiscus.
Visitation will be from noon until 1 p.m. Tuesday at United Funeral Service in New Albany.
Pallbearers will be Greg Pietrzyk, Ken Scott, Ray Chavous, Keith Mullins, Billy Spangenberger, Johnny Schrwer and William Robert Tubbs.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to United Funeral Service %Dorothy Lunday.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Tom McKnight
PONTOTOC – Tom McKnight, 76, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
Arlene Smith
EUPORA – Arlene Hitt Smith, 92, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Philadelphia Cemetery.
Dawn Partlow
TUPELO – Regina Dawn Givhan Partlow, 32, died after a sudden illness Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 in Tupelo. She was born in Tupelo on April 30, l977, to the late Philip R and Jackie Sue Hodges Givhan. She graduated from Tupelo High School in l995. She was a floral designer in the family business, Tupelo Floral, and ran the business upon the death of her parents. A devout Christian, she worshiped at The Church at Trace Crossing in Tupelo and, when visiting in Huntsville with her sisters, at The Rock Family Worship Center. She was devoted to her best friend, her husband, Kevin and was supportive of all his professional and personal pursuits. Together, they were avid Alabama sports fans and often attended many amp”Roll Tideamp” sporting events. She loved children everywhere and was especially fond of her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed computer research and loved and lived life to the fullest.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Pastor Rusty Nelson officiating assisted by Pastor Kevin Wood. Her husband, Kevin, will pay special homage as will other family members. A private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Kevin Partlow of Tupelo, to whom she married Oct. 10, l998; her sisters, Michele Benson (Mark) and Kimberly Aube (Patrick) all of Huntsville; her nieces and nephews, Taylor, Griffin, Camryn, Madalynne, Presleigh, Skylar and Chayse; and her sisters in law, Marlaina Partlow and Libby Partlow, both of Pontotoc, and Haley Robinson (Eddie) of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Jackie Givhan; and her in- laws, Martha and Ben Partlow.
Honorary pallbearers will be her nieces and nephews and her brothers-in-law, Mark, Pat and Eddie.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today only at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Billy Burroughs
NETTLETON – Billy D. Burroughs, 67, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona after an extended illness. He was born on Oct. 17, 1942, in Lee County to Newman and Irene Harlow Burroughs. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton and the former owner of Burroughs Wrecker Service. He was a Baptist and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with Bro. Gary Carroll and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Joanne Worthey Burroughs of Nettleton; his companion, Dianne Tackett of Nettleton; two sons, Ronnie Burroughs (Janet) of Mooreville and Gary Burroughs (Darlene) of Nettleton; one brother, Jimmy Burroughs (Yvonne) of Nettleton; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Newman Burroughs Jr.
Pallbearers will be Rusty Burroughs, Josh Hitt, Ricky Burroughs, Mark Burroughs, Dub Keith, and Jeff Martin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue from noon until service time Tuesday.
Robert Duncan
HAMILTON – Robert Jacob Duncan, 67, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009. He was born on July 28, 1942 to Milas and Elsie Robison Duncan in Marion County, Ala.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Hamilton Memory Gardens with Bro. Danny Duncan officiating. Hamilton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Reba Stovall Duncan; one son, Allen (Leigh) Duncan; three daughters, Debra (David) Stevens, Vickie Duncan, and Amy (Brent) Swan; eight grandchildren, Michael (Sara) Stevens, T.J. Stevens, Dakin Duncan, Jessie (Tyler) Summford, Emily Duncan, Katie Duncan, Matt Duncan and Addie Swan; one great-grandchild, Carson Summford; one brother, Boyd (Judy) Duncan; three sisters, Mary Ann (James) Irvin, Irene (Wayne) Phillips and Becky (George) Fought; and a host of cousins.
L.T. Shannon
SHANNON – L.T. Shannon, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N. L Jones Funeral Directors.
Ruthie M. Marshall
BALDWYN – Ruthie M. Marshall died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Easter Lee Roberts
FULTON – Easter Lee Roberts, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born on March 24, 1940, in Itawamba County to Christopher Columbus and Vebra Marie Harris Roberts. He was a printer operator for news papers and a member of Lakeview Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Billy Burleson and Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in James Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Seth Roberts (Shona) of Fulton; two daughters, Lee Ann Holloway (Gary) of Pontotoc and Amy Brown (Pat) of Fulton; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Lee Lundy; seven sisters, Johnnie Wilson of Smithville, Elizabeth Funk of Hodges, Ala., Gwen Hawkins of Red Bay, Sarah Lesley of Dorsey, Cathy Leathers of Tremont, Jean Bailey of Amory and Linda Wilson of Smithville; and 21 nieces and eight nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a half brother, Coy Roberts.
Pallbearers will be Dalton Brown, Howard Christonson, Dale Mauldin, Clayton Turner, Michael Hughey and Ray Mauldin.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today at the church.
Lina Mae Walker
WEST POINT – Lina Mae Walker died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hopewell M.B. Church in Cedar Bluff. Burial will be in the Hopewell Memorial Gardens. Carter Funeral Home in West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Gerlene Sloan
NEW ALBANY-Gerlene Sloan, 76, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Services in New Albany.
Russell Partlow
PLANTERSVILLE – Russell Partlow, 97, died Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at Vicker’s Personal Care Home in Mathiston after a lengthy illness. He was born August 7, 1915, to Albert Raymond and Fannie Morgan Partlow. He was a member of Plantersville Methodist Church, a WW II Army Veteran and a lifelong farmer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include one niece, Shirley (Charles) Collier of Starkville; two nephews, Carrol (Jane) Coggin of Plantersville and Harold Coggin of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mary Louise Partlow; and one sister Erin Coggin.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Coggin, Jeff Coggin, Marcus Collier, John Estes, Danny Cox and Mike Boggan.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Walter Calmes
TUPELO – Walter Calmes, 93, died Monday Dec. 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was a member of Spring Hill M.B. Church. He was a master craftsman and enjoyed: gardening, fishing, hunting and making furniture. He could fixed just about anything. He was born in Noxubee County to Jeff and Armentra Calmes. He was an vetran of the United States Navy where he served in World War II in the North Atlantic and in North Africa. He was devoted to his family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Spring Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. Gary Long Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Park in Tupelo. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his three children, Johnnie(Christine) Calmes, Luerine Calmes, and Walter Frank (Autry) Calmes; eleven grandchildren, Mattie L. Koger, Zanthia (Henry) Slaughter, Shelia Alexander, Gerald (Cynthia) Calmes, Terry Calmes, Gregory Ray, DeAnna Ray, Erin (Terry) Hamilton, Roderick Ray, and Howard Ray Jr.; a granddaughter-in-law; Wanda Calmes; 12 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; thirteen brothers and sisters; his wife, Estelle Carr Calmes; one daughter, Elizabeth Ray; and one grandchild, Alvin S. Calmes.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today.
Online condolences can be made to the Calmes family at www.grayson-porters.com.
Peggy Mann
BOONEVILLE – Peggy Ann South Mann, 63, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 12, 1946, in Booneville to Luther and Ruth Moss South. She was a retired administrative secretary to the Nursing Director at Northeast Community College. She loved spending time with her family, scrapbooking and playing Bunko.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Eldon McVey officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Mann; four daughters, Merita Kuertz of Memphis, Brenda (Wesley) Burcham of Spartanburg, S.C., Cindy Moore of Barstow, Cal., and Heather Mann of Memphis; two brothers, Luther Armon (Vern) South of Burton, and Orville (Teresa) South of Mantachie; six grandchildren, Margaret and Michael Kuertz, Stephen and Brent Burcham, and Amber and Lesleigh Moore; five great-grandchildren, Kyle Knolton, Jaylen Hudson, Taegan Burcham, Marleigh and Madalynn Mathis; and brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, James Mann, Jack and Jean Martin, Betty Bolt, and Virginia South.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, James Bendall South and William Manuel South.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Glenda Hannah
AMORY – Glenda Joyce Hannah, 56, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born on July 11, 1953, to Yvonne Wyatt and Harvey Roberts in Grand Rapids, Mich. She received her formal education at East Amory High School and her Associate Science degree from Itawamba Community College. She enjoyed a life of traveling around the world with her husband who was in the military for 21 years. She returned to Amory and joined the Jackson Mortuary staff in 1989.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Jackson Mortuary in Aberdeen with the Rev. J.O. Barrentine officiating.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Morris Hannah; one daughter, Doris Michel (Anthony) of Chesapeake, Virgina; three sons, Morris Hannah Jr. of Jamica, Michael Hannah and Justin Hannah, both of Amory; one sister, Barbara Ann Roberts; one nephew, Kenneth Roberts; her grandchildren, Tyler, Kiersten and Jace; and a host of cousins and other relatives.
There will be no viewing.
Family and friends may sign the register from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Hollis Moses
MEMPHIS – Hollis Moses, 57, formerly of Corinth, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Baptist Tipton Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Brush Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

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