Obituaries Dec. 8, 2009

Carolyn Shook
AMORY – Carolyn Rose Jenkins Shook, 66, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at the Druid City Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She was born Jan. 27, 1943, in Friars Point to Joseph Eloyce and Dessie Marie Peek Jenkins. A resident of Amory, she married William Irvin “Pete” Shook in 1963; he died Dec. 3, 2008. She attended the Mississippi University for Women and worked as an accountant for Nail-McKinney. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Amory, where she was involved with the TV ministry. She enjoyed yard work and watching hummingbirds.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Warren Coile officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Survivors include one son, William Patrick Shook (Mitzi) of Amory; one daughter, Patti Shook Cumberland of Amory; two sisters, Brenda Joyce Hamilton of Amory and Marilyn Suzette Jenkins of Chapel Hill, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, Wesley Robinson (Stephanie), Angela Shook, Holly Shook, Jessica Shook, Emily Shook, Brett Faulkner, Maci Faulkner, Luke Cumberland, Jake Cumberland and Jon-Isaac Cumberland; and one great-grandson, Alex Robinson.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Pallbearers will be Pat Patterson, Pete Patterson, John Callahan, Larry Goudelock, Rodney Summerford, Steve Hunt and Tony Bridges. Honorary pallbearer will be Jimmy Callahan.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday and will continue until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Robbie Pope
Robbie Irvin Pope, 84, of Amory died at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center on Dec. 5, 2009. She was born May 1, 1925, in Sulligent, Ala., to Lawrence Elmer Irvin and Icie Roberts Irvin. She married George Pickle Pope and lived most of her life in Gattman, where she and her husband owned a general merchandise store, Pope’s Grocery. She is the mother of two daughters, Margaret Pope DeVeny (Dan) of Saltillo and Diane Pope Bryant (Buddy) of Amory. She was a member of the Flower Lovers Garden Club.
She had four grandchildren, George Byron Ling (Tammie) of Pace, Fla., James Anthony Ling of Tupelo, Melinda Ling Cruise (Mike) of Saltillo and Ivan O. Bryant III (Lorie) of Amory. She had five great-grandchildren, Hope and Paige Cruise of Saltillo, Jason Ling (Brandi) of Tupelo, Brandon and Anna Brooke Bryant of Amory, and two great-great-grandchildren, Eva Rainey Ling of Tupelo and James Cason Ling of Tupelo.
She is also survived by two sisters, Elouise Parham (Roy) of Amory and Jimmie Langley Turpin of Orlando, Fla., and two brothers, L.C. Irvin of Pine Springs, Ala., and Bobby Joe Irvin (Barbara) of Sulligent, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Arlene Irvin, Ellis Irvin and Earnest Irvin; two sisters, Ruby Knight and Etheleen Hollis; one great-grandchild, Cason Hunter Ling; and a special friend, Dave Fine.
The funeral will be held at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel today, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Warren Coile and the Rev. Charles Coggins officiating. A family graveside service will follow at Haughton Memorial Park. Visitation will continue today until service time.
Pallbearers will be Pete Patterson, Billy Kirkpatrick, Kerry Saylors, Andy Love, Sidney Howell, Rick Gault, Jerry Guess and Howard Boozer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First United Methodist Church in Amory, First United Methodist Church in Saltillo, United Way of Greater Monroe County designated for First Friends, or First Baptist Church in Amory.
Pauline Hightower
WEST POINT – Pauline Arnold Hightower, 65, died, Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at her home in the Mhoon Valley community of West Point. She was born Dec. 24, 1943, in Choctaw County in the Sherwood community to Christine Brooks Arnold and Donald Gaston Arnold. She worked as a paginator for the Daily Times Leader newspaper for 16 years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She married Willie Lloyd Hightower on June 23, 1962, in Carrolton, Ala.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point. Dr. James Towery will officiate, and the Rev. Roy Myers will assist. Burial will follow in Fellowship Baptist Cemetery at Mathiston.
Survivors include her husband, Willie Hightower of West Point; one son, Jimmy Hightower (Nikki) of West Point; five grandchildren, Katlin Hightower, Hailey Hightower, Jessica Parker, Drake Parker and Jacob Hawkins; three sisters, Earline Roberts (Gene) of West Point, Elaine McCool (Clay) of Kingwood, Texas, and Kristie Lantrip (Todd) of Mathiston; two brothers, Donald L. Arnold of Selmer, Tenn., and Kenneth Arnold (Sarah) of West Point.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Lantrip, Daniel Arnold, Patrick Leggett, Steven Alford, Larry Hood and Dustin Arnold.
Honorary pallbearers will be her Calvary Baptist Church family, the Helen Smith Sunday School Class and the Calvary Baptist nursery workers.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 460 McCord St., West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Patricia Hendrix
NEW ALBANY – Patricia Ann Hale Hendrix, 77, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. She was born March 24, 1932, in New Albany to Lester J. and Leona Clark Hale. She retired from New Albany Small Animal Clinic. She was a member of First Baptist Church of New Albany. She was the widow of J.C. Hendrix.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Ricky Blythe officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Terri Houston (Amos) of Pontotoc; two sons, Jimmy Hendrix (Janet) of Nesbit and Dan Hendrix of Montgomery, Ala.; one sister, Peggy Carter of New Albany; seven grandchildren, Jason Hendrix, Sue Lynn Hendrix, Jay Houston, Meagan Hendrix, Tyler Hendrix, Adam Hendrix and Averi Hendrix; and a niece, Susie Moorehead.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two sons, Richard and Don Hendrix.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Joe Bryant
MEMPHIS – Joe Rogers Bryant, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at his residence in Memphis. He was born Nov. 7, 1926, to Frank H. Bryant and Maude Sappington Bryant. He was a retired carpenter. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Ripley VFW.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lamar Grisham officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Inge Hoeff Bryant of Memphis; two sisters, Dorothy Smith and Mary Etta Ballard, both of Ripley; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Josie Bryant; his parents; and several brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be his nephews.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Ruth S. Hurst
IUKA – Ruth S. Hurst, 91, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Southern Magnolia Estates.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Heritage Hospice, 301 E. Waldron St., Corinth, MS 38834.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
James Thomas
HOUSTON – James Robert Thomas, 85, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 20, 1924, in Houston to Charlie C. Thomas and Maggie Jadie Neal. He was a Navy Seaman First Class veteran and served in World War II. He was a retired employee of the Mississippi Department of Transportation and a faithful member of Parkway Baptist Church in Houston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parkway Baptist Church in Houston with Bro. Randy Rhinehart officiating. Burial will follow at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Evelyn Wheeler Thomas; one son, James Boyd amp”Jamieamp” Thomas (Barbara) of Water Valley; two grandchildren, Amelia Wilder (Larry) of Water Valley and Bonnie Tindall (Jarry) of Hattiesburg; two great-grandchildren, Joshua Byford (Ashley) of Hernando and Madalyn Beckham of Hattiesburg; one great-great-grandson, Joshua Max Byford of Hernando; two sisters, Mary Evelyn Pate of Houston and Minnie Jean Denson of Houston; one brother, Paul Douglas Thomas (Evelyn) of Paradise, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and four sisters.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parkway Baptist Church in Houston.
Peggy Hill
STARKVILLE – Rose D. “Peggy” Zimmerman Hill, 93, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Oktibbeha County Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in Amazonia, Mo., on Sept. 4, 1916, to Herbert and Bessie Zimmerman. She spent her early years growing up in Omaha, Neb. She attended Park College in Kansas City, Kan. She married Henry Sawyers Zimmerman, and they moved to Starkville in 1960, where she worked at Mississippi State University. After retiring, she moved to Tupelo. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family and friends. During her lifetime she was active in church activities, 4-H Club leader, Soroptionist Club and women’s clubs.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Starkville. A memorial service will follow at the church. The Rev. Dr. Olen McBride and the Rev. Ron Richardson will officiate. Graveside services will be held in Maryville, Mo. Arrangements are being handled by Welch Funeral Home in Starkville.
Survivors include one brother, James Zimmerman of Onalaska, Wis.; one son, Loren R. Zimmerman and wife, Lynn; two grandsons, Paul Scott Zimmerman (Sykes) and Joel Echols Zimmerman (Suzy); five great-grandchildren, Gatlin, Sarah Bailey, Henry, Loren and Zac.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Henry Sawyers Zimmerman and Ben J. Hill; a son, James Edward Zimmerman; and her parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Sign the online guest register at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.
Beatrice Bell
HOUSTON – Beatrice Harmon Bell, 93, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born June 22, 1916, in Houlka to Nickademous Harmon and Alma Lee Perry Harmon. She was a homemaker and a member of Schooner Valley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Houston Funeral Home with Bro. Harlon Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka.
Survivors include her daughter, Janette Bailey Standifer and husband, Ed, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; her son, Allen Bell and wife, Scarlett, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her sisters, Florence Hill of Pontotoc and Blanch Clarkson of Batesville; her grandchildren, Damon Bailey Jr. and Nikki Bell; four great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Leonard Bailey and James Allen Bell; her son, Damon Dueaine Bailey Sr.; her sister, Estelle Berry; her brothers, Melvin Harmon, Q.T. Harmon, Luther Harmon; and her granddaughter, Sandy Doss.
Pallbearers will be Scott Doss, Trey Bailey, Damon Bailey Jr., Tommy Bray, Brandon Hardin and Adam Bryant.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Virginia Sykes
ABERDEEN – Virginia Flynn Sykes, 90, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Michael Hanson
WINSTON, Ga. – Michael Joseph Hanson, 51, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009. He was born July 23, 1958, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to James Edward Hanson and Linda Pierson Sanders. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and owner/operator of Mike’s Irrigation Company for 25 years. He was Catholic by faith.
In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated. Memorial services will be at noon Wednesday at Hightower’s Memorial Chapel in Douglasville, Ga., with Father Bill Hao officiating.
Survivors are his sons and daughters-in-law, Jeremiah and Ashley Hanson of Villa Rica, Ga., Chad Miller, and Benjamin and Cari Hanson of Winston, Ga.; father and stepmother, James Edward and Sandra Hanson of Tupelo; his mother, Linda Pierson Sanders of Marietta, Ga.; sister, Kelly Ann Johnson of Marietta, Ga.; grandmother, Eleen Pierson Hittner; grandchildren, Zoe Ann Hanson, Alexis Marie Hanson, Nathan Head and Ethan James Hanson, Tyler Miller and Alix Miller.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Albert and Ruth Hanson, and Roger Pierson.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m until the service time Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to the National Psoriasis Foundation, 6600 Southwest 96nd Ave., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97223 or online at www.psoriasis.org/tribute.
Access the online guestbook at www.hightowersmemorial.com.
Sarah Abernathy
KINGSTON, Tenn. – Sarah Greene Abernathy, 92, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, in Waxhaw, N.C. She was born Dec. 19, 1916, in Pinson, Tenn., to Mary Smith and Stephen D. Greene. She was a member of Kingston First Baptist Church. She enjoyed playing canasta. She was a member of the Kingston Canasta Group and the Home Demonstration Club of Roane County.
Services will be at 6 p.m. today at Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge, Tenn., with Pastor Randy Roper and William Choate officiating. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Anderson Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by three sons, Thomas A. Abernathy III, and wife, Dottie, of Kingston, Tenn., Stephen D. Abernathy and wife, Pam, of Waxhaw, N.C., and Richard M. Abernathy and wife, Candy, of Overland Park, Kan.; one brother, James H. Greene and wife, Loretta, of Rockdale, Texas; a sister-in-law, Loraine Abernathy Wessen of Tupelo; her grandchildren, Kim Duncan, Anne Quade, Taylor Abernathy, Adam Abernathy, Andrew Abernathy, Ginny Netherland, Dyannia Glissen, Tina Cantrell and Chuck Renick; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Abernathy Jr., in 1986; her parents; a brother, Walter Greene; two sisters, Louise Phillips and Katherine Brevard; and a granddaughter, Reneampé Anderson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Abernathy, Andrew Abernathy, Taylor Abernathy, Ryan Duncan, Jimmy Greene and Keith Glissen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at Weatherford Mortuary.
Memorial donations may be made to a church or charity of the donor’s choice.
An online guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.
Chris Sappington
PONTOTOC – Christopher Todd “Chris” Sappington, 45, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at his home. He was born July 18, 1964. He was a member of West Heights Baptist Church. He enjoyed raising cattle, pulling horses, and being with his family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc. Bro. David Hamilton and Bro. Jimmy Russell will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Sappington; one stepdaughter, Melissa Wise; his parents, Jack and Dot Sappington; one brother, Jackie Ray Sappington (Jamie); nieces, Kortney Sappington (John Walker) and Dawn Sappington; great-nieces, Alexandra Page and Alice Page; great-nephew, Colton Sappington; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Oleta Helms.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl and Gladys Sappington, and Johnny and Effie Staten; an uncle, Gerald Sappington; and a cousin, Melissa Sappington.
Pallbearers will be Brett Bramlett, Scotty Stegall, Cal Young, Scott Dodson, Kenneth Nowicki and Ronnie Brandon. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Sappington, Scott Martin, Perry Bolton, Rick Holcomb and Ernest Cruse.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at West Heights Baptist Church.
Eva Stogner
CORINTH – Eva Stogner, 73, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Hampton, Va.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Rhoda Joan Harris
SAVANNAH, Tenn. – Rhoda Joan Harris, 55, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Savannah Health and Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Norma Rickman
CORINTH – Norma Jones Rickman, 77, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday.
Memorial donations may be made to Oakland Baptist Church Building Fund or Crosswind Ministries.
Uslie Bowen
IUKA – Uslie Marie Wiginton Bowen, 79, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at the Tishomingo Manor in Iuka.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in the Haynie Family Cemetery in Strickland.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Kevin Stegall
FULTON – Kevin Stegall, 36, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. He was born on Sept. 15, 1973, in Amory to L.B. and Lucy Stegall.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at St. Matthews M.B. Church in Fulton with Pastor Charles Berry officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery in Fulton. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors 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.
Dick Redwood Jr.
TUPELO – H.R. “Dick” Redwood Jr., 82, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. He was born March 10, 1927, to Harry Redwood Sr. and Flora Redwood. He was a World War II Navy veteran, attaining the rank of Seaman 2nd Class. He was born and raised in Columbus and moved to Tupelo in 1953. He was a longtime insurance agent, starting his career with Standard Life. He also worked for Lamar Life and Conseco Life. He was a York Rite Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Robert E. Lee Lodge. He was an active member of All Saint’s Episcopal Church and a Lay Reader. He loved music and he was an accomplished jazz drummer. He loved spending time with his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with military and Masonic honors. Father Paul Stephens will officiate. Private family graveside services will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, Charles C. Redwood and Andy M. Redwood, both of Tupelo; four stepdaughters, Nancy Barnes of Loxley, Ala., Mary Culwell of Silverhill, Ala., Donna (Kenny) Lowry and Carol (Cary) Palmertree, all of Tupelo; one brother, Bob (Joanne) Redwood of Columbus; 10 grandchildren, Tyler (Carrie) Redwood, Chris (Amanda) Barnes, Stephanie Barnes, Tyler (Amber) Culwell, Casey Fairchild, Mark (Belinda) Wilson, Michael (Leah) Wilson, Matthew Lowry, Ashley (Mike) Bogle and Blake Brandon; 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, H.R. “Richard” Redwood III; and his wives, Nell S. Redwood and Dorothy M. Redwood.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Brooks, Al Caldwell, Herb Carroll, Dave Hendrix, Kenny Lowry, Tyler Redwood and Jimmy Gault.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Irene Carroll
NEW ALBANY – Irene Carroll, 80, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born May 27, 1929, to William and Clara Belle Bolen Page. She was a lifetime resident of Union County, a homemaker and a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. She loved her children, grandchildren, her flowers, and cats and dogs. She enjoyed listening to gospel music and to the interchange and going to yard sales.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Glenfield Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Buddy Carroll (Barbara) of Myrtle, Dean Carroll (Leola) of Ecru and Bruce Carroll (Barbara) of Cherry Creek; one daughter, Betty Prather (Bud) of New Albany; one brother, Presley Page of New Albany; 26 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Earnest Carroll; two sons, David Carroll and William Andrew Carroll; one daughter, Louise Robbins; four brothers, Lonnie Page, Leroy Page and Gordan Page; and three sisters, Pauline White, Modine McCain and Millie Holmes.
Pallbearers will be Sammy Carroll, Matt Taylor, Austin Taylor, Brian Carroll, Lee Carroll and Andy Carroll.
Honorary pallbearers will be J.R. Yeager, Tyler Carwyle and Kaleb Carroll.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Emma Smith
SHANNON – Emma Gene Smith died Friday, Dec. 4, 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.
Cassidy Adams
TUPELO – Cassidy Adams died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at his home in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Rev. Lewis McGee
TUPELO – The Rev. Lewis McGee died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Harvie Christopher
PLANTERSVILLE – Harvie Lee Christopher, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 9, 1922, in Lee County to Finnie and Addie Edwards Christopher. He lived most of his life in Lee County. He was a retired tool engineer at Rockwell-Delta in Tupelo and a member of Union Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korea. He enjoyed working with metal and wood, and being with his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with Bro. Jimmy Bates officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Effie Louise Ratliff Christopher of Plantersville; one daughter, Pat Erb (Billy) of Germantown, Tenn.; two sons, Tommy Christopher (Wanda) and Jimmy Christopher (Pam), all of Nettleton; one brother, Davis Christopher (Mae) of Villa Rica, Ga.; three grandchildren, Chris Buskirk (Tina), Lee Christopher (Kimberly) and Adam Christopher (Amanda); five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William Christopher.
Pallbearers will be Perry Christopher, Joey Christopher, Matt Christopher, Jimmy Burroughs, Rickey Burroughs and Steve Clayton.
Visitation will continue from 8:30 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Buddy Easter
AMORY – William Byron “Buddy” Easter Jr., 73, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at the Golden Living Nursing Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Walter Holliday
OKOLONA – Walter Holliday died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at the Clay County Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

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