Obituaries Dec. 7, 2009

Odessa Carr
TUPELO – Inez Odessa White Carr, 96, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at her home after a long illness. She was born on Nov. 19, 1913, in Monroe County to Webster and Reana Scott White. She had been a housekeeper in private homes, a seamstress and a homemaker. She was a member of New Providence M.B. Church, where she had served as a member of the Kitchen Committee, Senior Choir, and Missionary and Deaconess Ministries.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at New Providence M.B. Church with Rev. Elston Charles Kemp officiating. Viewing will be from 11 a.m.-12:55 p.m. before the funeral service. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. Grayson amp& Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a niece for whom she was a guardian, Dessie M. Covington Woods (Sylvester) of Tupelo; a brother, Freazie White (Mattie Lee) of Detroit, Mich.; three sisters-in-law, Lucille White of Pittsboro, Leomia Carr of Egypt, Miss., and Beverly Carr of Chicago, Ill.; two very special family members, Lula B. Harris of Prichard, Ala., and Brenda Woods of Tupelo; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends including Joseph Woods of Jacksonville, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Thomas Carr; four sisters, Minerva Covington, Catherine Gunn, Mildred Wise and Amanda Brandon; one brother, Roosevelt White; and a niece, Mildred Covington Mobley, for whom she also was a guardian.
Arlise Thompson
BURNSVILLE – Horace “Arlise” Thompson, 75, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Grissom Chapel Church. Interment will follow in Grissom Chapel Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue until service time on Tuesday at Grissom Chapel Church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Patricia Hendrix
NEW ALBANY – Patricia Hendrix, 77, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Ruth Nolley
MYRTLE – Ruth Frazier Nolley, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at her residence. She was born June 1, 1940, in Union County to the late Augustus and Mary Jane Riley Frazier. She was a homemaker and the widow of James Virgil Nolley Sr. She was a member of Poolville Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today at United Funeral Service with Rev. Larry Harrison, Rev. Phillip Caples and Rev. Tony Monk officiating. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Myrtle.
Survivors include two daughters, Hazel Carroll (Danny) of Poolville and Joann Caples (Phillip) of Picayune; three sons, James Nolley Jr., Johnny Nolley (Karen) and George Nolley, all of Poolville; one sister, Ann Medlin of New Albany; three brothers, Richard Frazier of Bethlehem in Potts Camp, Clyde Frazier of Enterprise and Joe Frazier of Hickory Flat; six grandchildren, Chris Caples (Megan), Justin Caples, Jamie Carroll, Jeannie Carroll, Amber Henderson and Kagan Nolley.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a half-sister; one brother; and five half-brothers.
Pallbearers will be Chris Caples, Justin Caples, Jason Frazier, Hubert Hale, Jody Porter and Billy Jack Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Ray Nolley and Jack Rogers.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Gladys Rogers
SALTILLO – Gladys Lucille Pardin Rogers, 100, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at the Baldwyn Nursing Center where she had resided the past four years. She was a lifelong Lee Countian and was born in the Mayfield Community on Oct. 11, 1909, to the late Edgar and Lucinda Wood Pardin. She was a homemaker all her life and a master housewife. She and her family founded and hosted the first service of Mayfield Church of Christ in their home. Her life was centered on God and his work through his church and taking care of her family. Not only was she the charter member of Mayfield, she also taught Sunday school to young children for decades as well as baked the bread for communion. She was a spirited lady who touched countless lives.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Mayfield Church of Christ with Minister Clyde Mize and Minister Adam Miller officiating. Her grandson-in-law, Bruce Brown, will deliver family reflections. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is assisting the family.
Survivors include her daughter, Ruth Gunter of Saltillo; three grandchildren, Carolyn Brown (Bruce) of Sylacauga, Ala., Lynn Grammar of Tupelo and Diane Rogers of Plantersville; a daughter-in-law, Sarah Rogers of Plantersville, eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lester; a son, Hoyle; and two grandchildren, Jerry Taylor and Vonda Hawn.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday and from noon-service time Wednesday at the church.
Kevin Stegall
FULTON – Kevin Stegall, 36, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. He was born on Sept. 25, 1973, in Amory to L.B. and Ludy Stegall.
Services will be on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at St. Matthews M.B. Church in Fulton with Pastor Charles Berry officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery in Fulton. N.L. Jones Funeral Home of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of seven years, Lameka Stegall of Tupelo; a stepson, Stephon Bean of the home; four children, Jordan Stegall and Jevante Stegall, both of Fulton, and Tatyana and Synetta Stegall, both of Dorsey; two sisters, Tiffany Stegall of Fulton and Tracy Ashby (Paul) of Tupelo; two brothers, Steven Stegall of Fulton and Levert Jones; and his grandparents, Sylvan and Annie Dale Stegall of Fulton.
Visitation will be today from 2-5 p.m., with family hour from 5-6 p.m.
Joseph R. Troupe
PEARL – Jospeh Randall Troupe, 67, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. He was born in Columbus on Aug. 27, 1942, to the late Marvin Theo and Martha Cox Troupe. He graduated from West Point High School in 1960. He was a U.S. Army veteran who enlisted in 1960 and served 20 years active duty as an Aviation Operations Specialist. After retirement, he established JR Troupe Construction Co. specializing in wood working and custom trim carpentry.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum Chapel in Jackson, Miss., with Rev. Tom Rayburn officiating. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Mary Grace Nabers Troupe, who grew up in Prentiss County; two daughters, Marty Smith of Madison and Sloan Noble of Ridgeland; a son, Mickeul Bryan Gibson of Collierville, Tenn.; a sister; a brother; six grandchildren; and a host of friends.
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, 2 Old River Place, Suite A., Jackson MS 39202. Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m.-service time at the Ag Museum Chapel.

H.R. Redwood Jr.
TUPELO – H.R. “Dick” Redwood Jr., 82, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona.
Harvey Christopher
PLANTERSVILLE – Harvey Lee Christopher, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton. Visitation will be from 5-8 tonight at the funeral home.
Joe R. Bryant
MEMPHIS – Joe R. Bryant died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at his home in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10 a.m.-noon at the funeral home.
Floyd Gardner
OXFORD – Floyd Lamar Gardner, 90, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford.
Funeral services will be today at 11 a.m. at Bellevue Baptist Church in Thaxton. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Bellevue Baptist Church Building Fund, 12770 Hwy. 6 West, Thaxton MS 38871.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Ed Jenkins
BOONEVILLE – Edwin White “Ed” Jenkins, 60, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Avonlea Assisted Living in Tupelo. He was born June 4, 1949, in Jackson, Miss. He was a Baptist. He graduated from Clarksdale, Miss., High School, earned his B.A. degree in 1971 at the University of Mississippi, and received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Mississippi in 1973. He was an attorney and partner in the Comer and Jenkins Law Firm in Booneville for 33 years, Prentiss County Youth Court Judge for over 25 years, past president of the Prentiss County Bar Association, a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, a former member of the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the American Judicature Society, and a member of the Northeast Mississippi Corvette Club. He was an avid show dog owner and a member of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Ronald Michael officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Russell J. Jenkins of Sherman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Russell Jenkins and Virgie White Jenkins.
Members of the Prentiss County Bar Association will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Gloria Martin
HOLLY SPRINGS – Gloria Jean Martin, 50, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Yarbrough Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum amp& Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The remains will lie in repose at the funeral home today from 2-6 p.m. and will lie in state at the church on Tuesday from 10-10:55 a.m.
Tawanda Rhodes
HOLLY SPRINGS – Tawanda Rhodes, 85, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, in Oxford. She was born Oct. 16, 1924, in Union County to E.V. Smith and Fannie Embrey. She was retired from Wurlitzer and was a member of First Methodist Church of Holly Springs.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs with Bro. Justin Curtis officiating.
Survivors include a son, Ricky Rhodes (Paula) of Holly Springs; two daughters, Lutricia Gardner of Verona and Alicia Inman (Marty) of Oxford; four grandchildren, Danny Giroux, Embrey Inman, Justin Curtis and Mandi Gardner (Matthew); and one great-grandchild, Kendall Giroux.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Milton Rhodes.
Visitation will be one hour before the service today.
J.W. Walker
RIPLEY – John Walter “J.W.” Walker, 70, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was a self-employed heavy equipment operator. He was a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying his own plane. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of West Ripley Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War. He then was a member of the Army National Guard and was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Services will be today at 1 p.m. at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Bill Baker, Bro. Randy Hamilton and Bro. Joe McKnight officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include a daughter, Sherri Walker Dickerson (Jimmy) of Ripley; a son, Michael Walker of Ripley; two stepsons, Terry Wood of Springfield, Mo., and Stevie Wood of Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, Cecil Walker of Hernando and James Walker of Memphis; a half-sister, Mary Sue Sides of Ashland; three grandchildren, Ashley Page of Ripley, Austin Walker of Saltillo and Zac Brady of Ripley; two great-grandchildren, Timothy and Sidney Page; eight step-grandchildren, Brandon Wood, Jessica Wood, Zoe and Jonathan Goin Wood, Kala Bryan, Billy Wood, and Justin and Chance Dickerson; two step-great-grandchildren, Timarah and Audrey Stone; and a cousin and caregivers, Doris and Dennis Hopper of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ozean Stewart Walker; his parents, William Walter and Hattie Jewell Cornelius Walker; two sisters, Patti Grisham and an infant; and one brother, Wayne Walker.
Pallbearers will be Mike Love, Homer Richardson, Willie Bryan, Jerry Conely, John Reno and Bobby Joe Carpenter. Honorary pallbearers will be J.C. Walker, Danny Braddock, Audrey Box and members of the American Legion and VFW.
Memorials may be made to Fragile X and FXTAS Research, c/o The Peoples Bank, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley MS 38663. To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Visitation will be today from 7 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Norma Rickman
CORINTH – Norma Jones Rickman, 77, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at her residence. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Oakland Baptist Church Building Fund or Crosswind Ministries.
Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Bert Roach
CALHOUN CITY – Bert Rimmer Roach, 75, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Calhoun Health Services. She was born March 1, 1934, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home with Bro. Frank Sample and Bro. Jerry Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Billy Roach (Sybil) of Calhoun City and Wayne Roach (Wanda) of Derma; three daughters, Alice Williams and Jeany Nichols, both of Coffeeville, and Ann Kirk (Randy) of Grenada; a brother, John Rimmer of Calhoun City; three sisters, Doris Weeks, Frances James and Mary Broughman, all of Calhoun City; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Roach; her parents, Thomas Rimmer and Lila Rimmer; a daughter, Catheryn Sue Roach; a sister, Margaret Ray; four brothers, James C. Rimmer, Charles Rimmer, Billy Rimmer and Tommy Rimmer; and a grandchild, Isaac Williams.
Pallbearers will be B.J. Williams, Mickey Nichols, Mickey Nichols Jr., Nick Ruth, Trent Kirk, Roger Poyner, Kenny Rimmer and Tyler Kilerase.
Visitation will be today from 12-2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Dee Dee Gann
TONEY, Ala. – Danita “Dee Dee” Gann, 46, formerly of Pontotoc, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at her residence. She attended Pontotoc Elementary School and Grenada High School. She was a member of Longview Baptist Church and was a very loving mother, grandmother and aunt.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Burial will be in Cruse Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Mandy Gann; two grandchildren, Darian C. Souter and Clara Elisa Golden; her father, Jimmy C. Tutor (Nita); her mother, Clara Jane Huey; a sister, Trina Joy Chunn (Mike); a godsister, Tonya Hanvey; a brother, Ronnie Tutor; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Curt and Drucilla Tutor and Wes and Mildred Gregory; and her stepfather, John Huey.
Pallbearers will be Shawn Chunn, Cameron Chunn, Austin White and Brad Bridgeman.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Tutor Memorial Funeral Home for expenses would be appreciated.
Visitation will be today from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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