Obituaries Dec. 30, 2007

Mary Wingo
PONTOTOC – Mary Wingo, 87, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center-Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mattie Mae Pritchard
TULSA, Okla. – Mattie Mae Pritchard, 80, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, at the St. John Hospital in Tulsa. She was a member of the Harris chapel A.M.E. Zion Church and a former resident of Water Valley.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Green Goshen C.M.E. Church in Water Valley with Pastor Erwin Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge if the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Cloverlean Pritchard and Patricia Telford, both of Water Valley; three sons, Freddie Pritchard and his wife, Dorothy, of Tulsa, Okla., Elsie Junior Pritchard and his wife, Fay, of Indiana and Johnny C. Pritchard of Water Valley.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Monday until service time at the church.

George Moreland
AMORY – George Greely Moreland, 88, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at the River Place Nursing Home in Amory after an extended illness. He was born May 6, 1919, in Amory to the late Joseph Early and Lerah Finch Moreland. He lived most of his life in Monroe County and he attended Quincy and Harmony Schools.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific Theatre. He was a welder by trade and he loved to rebuild old tractors. He was married to Verera Mae Minor. He was a member of the Splunge Masonic Lodge and he was a member of Rocky Springs Baptist Church. He enjoyed wood carving.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Glen Hughes and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.

Survivors include his wife, Velera Mae Moreland of Amory; three sons, Donald “Don” Moreland and his wife, Mary, of Amory, George O’Neal Moreland of Amory, and Rick Moreland and his wife, Mary, of Nashville, Tenn.; one stepson, Joseph Collier of Beavertown, Ala.; one daughter, Dorris Bucci and her husband, Richard, of Greenwood Springs; four sisters, Eddie Jane Moffett and Mable West, both of Smithville, Becky Mitchell of Amory and Laura Coleman of Acworth, Ga.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Nelda Roberts and Mareen Beardon.
Pallbearers will be Masons.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Howard Umfress
AMORY – Howard Neal Umfress, 80, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after several months illness. He was born Aug. 31, 1927, in Lee County to the late Trannie and Frances Dodd Umfress. He lived in El Paso, Texas and in Amory for the past 18 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and has a heavy duty diesel mechanic. He enjoyed working on old cars.
Stateroom services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery near Fulton.

Survivors include one son, Howard D. Umfress of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two daughters, Karen Slaten of Minnesota and Donna Umfress of Abilene, Texas; five sisters, Clara Perry of Fulton, Marie Umfress of Davis, Calif., Eloise Shell of Sikeston, Mo., Nellie Umfress of Santa Monica, Calif., and Margaret Gullien of Fountain Valley, Calif.; two grandchildren, Christopher and Carl; and one great-granddaughter, Sarah.

He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home.

Jack Davis
NEW ALBANY – Jack Simpson Davis, 82, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 10, 1925, to the late Vesta and Cliff Davis Sr. A native of New Albany, he graduated from New Albany High School and earned his BA and MA from the University of Mississippi. He served as assistant coach at Sardis High School, Northeast Mississippi Community College and Natchez High School. He then became head coach and athletic director at Natchez.
He began coaching at the collegiate level as head freshman football coach at the University of Arkansas under Frank Broyles. He later became recruiting overseer for Arkansas when they won the National Championship in 1964. After leaving Arkansas, he recruited for Mississippi State University under Coach Bob Tyler. He then became a recruiter for the University of Memphis and ended his coaching career as a scout for the Canadian Football League. During his retirement in New Albany, he was a substitute teacher at New Albany High School. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of New Albany.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the New Albany City Cemetery. A memorial service will be at First United Methodist Church in New Albany at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Bruce Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends in Wesley Hall immediately following the service. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one niece, Dona Davis Porter; two great-nieces, Bishop Porter of Shreveport, La., and Logan Porter of Oxford; and a special caregiver, Debbie Ayers; .

He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Cliff and Berylyn Davis; and a nephew, Dwayne Davis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of New Albany.

David Turman
MOOREVILLE – David M. Turman, 45, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center. He was born Nov. 22, 1962, in Waukegan, Ill. He attended Mooreville High School where he was in the band. He loved to fish, play dominoes and fellowship with his friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Brian Lawson officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery in Peppertown.

Survivors include his mother, Fannie Turman of Mooreville; two sisters, Linda Clifford of Mooreville and Marcia Cardenas and Mickey of Alberquerque, New Mex.; his fiancée, Susie McLain of Mooreville; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, John Edward Turman; his father, David Edward Turman; one brother, Doug Turman; and a nephew, Joshua Sloan.
Pallbearers will be Roger Clifford, Lynn Stults, Eric Waits, Bobby Lee Clifford, Lee Dykes and Scott Rager.

Jody Mott will serve as an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Leslie Chism
NEW ALBANY – Leslie Vernon Chism, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born July 8, 1924, in Union County to the late Luther B. Chism and Mae Smith Chism. He was a retired truck driver for Merchants Truck Line and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Funeral Service with Bro. Roy Fooshee officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Hodges Chism; four sons, Sammy Chism and wife, Jane, of New Albany, Tommy Chism and wife, Jan, of Myrtle, Ronald Chism of Baldwyn and Rex Chism and wife, Sharon of Hickory Flat; three sisters, Betty Smith and Audrey Foster, both of New Albany, and Mary Jane Busby of Byhalia; three brothers, Marvin Chism, James Chism and Charles Wayne Chism, all of New Albany; 16 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Betty Rodgers, three sons, Vernon, Edwin and Billy Joe; and three brothers, Travis, Harold and Leland.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Elizabeth Batastini
RIPLEY – Mary Elizabeth Barkley Batastini, 79, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at Tippah County Hospital. She was born June 14, 1928, to the late Roy Davis and Katie Derrick Barkley. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jack Bennett and Dr. Rex Yancey officiating. Burial will be in the Tippah Memorial Garden.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Batastini of Ripley; one daughter, Dana Baker (John) of Ripley; one son, David Batastini (Sherri) of Jenson Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Ashley Smith (Johnny) of Blue Mountain, Abbey Mullikin of Dumas, Josh Richardson and Katie Richardson, both of Ripley; two great-grandchildren, Jackson Smith of Blue Mountain and Chloe Page of Dumas; one sister, Betty Scott (Jim) of Falkner; three brothers, Eddie Barkley, Jimmy Barkley (Mary Ruth) and Terry Barkley (Ethelene) all of Ripley; one sister-in-law, Jo Ann Barkley of Ripley; and four nieces and six nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy David Barkely and Katie Derrick Barkley; two brothers, Bobby Barkley and Perry Barkley; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Barkley.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Barkley, Terry Barkley Jr., Jerry Barkley, Trent Barkley, Tim Hopper and Jake Barkley.

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Ina Maurine Baker
OLIVE BRANCH – Ina Maurine Baker, 71, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at Baptist East in Memphis. She was born Aug. 27, 1936, in Lake City, Ark. She was a member of Longview Baptist Church in Olive Branch and retired as a telephone operator for Baptist Hospital-Central and Baptist East after 20 years of service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Barney and Willie Baldwin Rutherford; one son, Danny Lynn Baker; and one sister, Nina Walter.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Wayne Marshall and the Rev. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma.
Survivors include her husband, James Milton Baker of Olive Branch; three sons, Doug Baker of Memphis, David M. Baker and wife, Mary Dawn, of Bartlett, Tenn., and Aaron Baker and wife, Nancy of Terry; two sisters, Ann McAnear of Jonesboro, Ark., and Elaine Milloway of Clarksville, Ark.; nine grandchildren, Nicki Baker, Douglas Baker, Brandon Baker, Jennifer Baker, Grant Baker, Bryce Baker, Danny Baker, Bobby Baker and Misty Kohl; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be James Baker, John Baker, Jonathan Baker, Michael Baker, Donnie Miller and James Warren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Janice Elaine Carter
JACKSON – Janice Elaine Fingers Carter died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, after an extended illness.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Home of Corinth.

LaRue Hampton
AMORY – LaRue Hampton, 59, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Son Funeral Home of Amory.

Era Nix
PONTOTOC – Era Nix, 94, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Oxford. She was born Sept. 24, 1913. She was a very talented seamstress, retiring from manufacturing and then working in the health care industry until age 84. She was the oldest living member of Oak Hill Baptist Church in Pontotoc. She was the widow of Robert “Thurman” Nix.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Baldwin, Nowell and Clark Chapel with Bro. Terry Faulkner, Bro. Sam Yarbrough and Bro. Thomas Littlejohn officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Bobbie Bridges of Pontotoc and Dianne Simmons of Ecru; three sons, Henry Nix of the Troy community, Buddy Nix and Kenneth “Red” Nix, both of Pontotoc; one sister, Loyce Vaughn of Pontotoc; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers; one sister; two sons, Donald Ray Nix and Robert Thurman Nix Jr.; and one daughter, Betty Jean Nix.

Pallbearers will be Bob Nix, Joey Bridges, Danny Bridges, Mitch Nix, Jon Nix, and Chris Bailey. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Barton, Earskin Barton, Charley Barton and Mike Bailey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Cemetery Fund or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until service time on Monday at the funeral home.

Randal Lee Faulkner
ECRU – Randal Lee Faulkner died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at his residence in Ecru. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin, Nowell and Clark Funeral Directors.

Arthur Lee Garrett
PONTOTOC – Arthur Lee Garrett, 51, died Saturday, Dec. 219, 2007, at Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

Sidney Gilley
THRASHER – Sidney Gilley, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at his home in the Thrasher community after a long illness. He was a retired employee of the Booneville Water Department and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II where he received the Purple Heart. He spent his time farming and raising cattle until his health began to fail.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Greg Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Piney Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include his son, Bennie Gilley; one sister, Maxine Farris; a sister-in-law Artie Bell Maness (J.W.); one grandson, Bennie Gilley Jr.; three nephews, Quathion Alderson (Barbara), Gale Mathis and Roger Dale Farris (Martha); seven nieces, Carmelia Carter, Keith, Glenda Brackeen, Theda Kay Darracott (Larry), Renee Gomber (Ken), JoAnn Cutberth (Joe), Debbie Echols (Jerry) and Wanda Robinson (Ricky); eight great-nephews; and six great-nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Alive Anderson Gilley; his wife, Thelma Beard Gilley; two sisters, Gertrude Alderson and Mary Fay Gilley; a sister-in-law, Yvonne Lowery; three brothers-in-law, W.C. Farris, James C. Alderson and Carlene “Dick” Lowery.

Pallbearers will be Quathion Alderson, Roger Dale Farris, Alvin Adams, Carrey Dodds, Durand Windham and Michael Hazelberg. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Carter, Gale Mathis, Cleston Beard, Lloyd Beard, Billy Bearden, Junior Michael, Greg Sanders and Michael Farris.

Visitation will continue today until service time at the funeral home.

Dow Wiginton
BALDWYN – Dow Wiginton, 93, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center. He was the son of Gurley and Illa Robinson Wiginton. He was a retired dairy farmer and he was a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Ray Guin and Bro. Skip Fletcher officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Bobby Wiginton (Margaret) of Baldwyn; two grandchildren, Dinah James of Baldwyn and Mitchell Wiginton (Pam); six great-grandchildren, Justin Wiginton, Camellia Wood, Jeremy Wiginton (Becca), Jacob Wiginton, LeAnna Wiginton and Kesley Wood; one great-great-grandchild, Dawson Tigner; one brother, Elton Wiginton (Alene) of Golden; and one sister-in-law, Nellie Wiginton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nila Wiginton; his parents; his brothers and sisters, Vernon Wiginton, Lillis Strickland, Prescilla Wiginton, Edsel Wiginton and Celestie Underwood.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Wiginton, Jacob Wiginton, Clint Underwood, Cliff Underwood, Mike Scott and David Wiginton.

Danny Lee Eubanks
CORINTH – Danny Lee Eubanks, 57, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at his residence. He was a native of Ft. Benning, Ga., and attended Walnut School until his junior year. He was a graduate of Alcorn Central High School and Northeast Miss. Community College.

He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was an electrician and a 30 year member of IBEW Local 852 where he was a educator in his field. He enjoyed a good life, loved his son and his work. His hobbies included fishing, football, video games with Brad. He was a Christian and a member of Oakland Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Randy Bostick officiating. Burial will be in the Valley of Dogwood Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Brad Lee Eubanks of Corinth; one sister, Mary Ann Eubanks Davis of Corinth; two aunts, A.V. Luna and wife, Bonnie of Knox, and Henritta Creely of Tupelo; Donna Eubanks, the mother of Brad; and nine cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh E. and Christine Luna Eubanks; three brothers, Lester Eugene Eubanks, Hugh Edward “Eddy” Eubanks and Bobby Wayne Eubanks.

Pallbearers will be David Flatt, Robin Clayton, Terry Clayton, Harvey Moss, Jerry Crum and Tracy Clayton. Honorary pallbearers will be Noel Akins and member of the IBEW Local 852.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Beatrice Sanders
WEST POINT – Beatrice Brand Sanders, 78, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at her home in West Point. She was born Jan. 2, 1929, in Clay County to the late Cora Hatchett and John Brand. She was a retired inspector for Knickerbocker and Big Yank and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was married to James Selma Sanders on Jan. 22, 1949. He preceded her in death on July 19, 1999. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, John E. Brand, Randy Brand and Archie Brand.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Bishop officiating. Burial will be in the Memorial Gardens in West Point.

Survivors include one sister, Peggy Shifflet (Charles) of Kennesaw, Ga.; two brothers, Bobby Brand (Linda) of Trussville, Ala., and Wayne Brand (Lucy) of West Point.

Pallbearers will be Michael Powell, Drew Kisman, Ralph Brand, Paul Brand, Jimmy Brand and Brian Gann. Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. and Mrs. Joe Fowler, Mr. and Mrs. William Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Fowler, former Knickerbocker and Big Yank employees.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Program, P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.

Ernestine Fox
OXFORD – Ernestine “Tut” Fox died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at her residence in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Jun Macaso
FULTON – Ponclano P. “Jun” Macaso, 67, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 29, 1940, in Manila Philippines to the late Ponclano M. and Socorro Pineda. He had a Bs degree in commerce at the DeLaSalle College and was certified as a public accountant. He received a heart transplant in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 1, 1997. He cherished every day of life and lived it to the fullest. He was a lifelong Catholic and a member of St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo. He was active in recruiting for organ donors and participated in many groups pertaining to organ donations.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo with Father Henry Shelton officiating. Burial will be in the Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Janie Alexander Macaso of Fulton; one daughter, Joanna Patricia Macaso Dummitt (Mike) of St. Paul, Ky.; five sons, Enrique Meneleo Macaso (Lannie) of Lipa City, Philippines, Edmundo Miguel Macaso (Offie) of Makati City, Philippines, Emilio Macaso of Lapa City,
Philippines, Jose Conrado Macaso (Rachel) of Nashville, Tenn., Ernesto Carlos Macaso (Lynette) of Melborne, Australia; five grandchildren, Luis, Clarissa, Carlos, Isabella and Sophia; one sister, Virginia . Macaso of Mandaluyong, Philippines; one brother, Eduardo P. Macaso (Narcisa) of Mandaluyong, Philippines.

Pallbearers will be Roy Jaeger, Kenny Coker, Ken Clemons, Willie Rushing, Richard Davis, Mike Maynard and Britt McKee.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time on Monday.

James Edward Adams
WALNUT – James Edward Adams, 59, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. He was retired from the Army with a honorable discharge and attended Line Street Consolidated School of Ripley. He enjoyed fishing, having fun and he loved his family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Piney Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. Bobby Geanes officiating. Burial will be in the Corinth National Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Terrell Malone and Kelvin Malone (Celia) all of Montgomery, Ala.; two daughters, Lisa Malone Rentz (David) of Montgomery, Ala., and Tracy Eldridge (Stephen) of Atlanta; one brother, Clifford Adams (Michelle) of St. Louis, Mo.; three sisters, Peggie Greene of Walnut, Dyrisa Johnson (Richard) and Anita Marie Blake, all of Tiplersville; his grandchildren, Tlyssa Malone, Dashauri Rentz, Faquara Malone, Markeese Malone, all of Montgomery, Ala., Aniya Eldridge, Alayisa Eldridge of Conyers, Ga.

He was preceded in death by his father, D.L. Adams; and his mother, Edith Mae Geanes.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.