Obituaries Dec. 9, 2009

Edna Clift
FULTON – Edna Ann Clift, 62, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home in Somerville, Tenn.
Margie Kidd
TUPELO – Margie Elizabeth Kidd, 85, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long illness. She was born Aug. 26, 1924, in Union County to Dave and Birdie Baker Benefield. During her life she lived in Ingomar, Ripley, New Albany and Tupelo. She retired from Day-Brite Lighting in Tupelo and later from Piper Impact in New Albany. She was a Baptist. She enjoyed gardening and listening to preachers on television.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with the Rev. Kenny Adair officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery near New Albany.
Survivors include one son, Larry Kidd of Nashville; two daughters, Birdie Mae Baumgardner and husband, Tony, of Horn Lake and Mary Ann Tucker and husband, Rick, of Southaven; three grandsons, Michael Moore (Melissa) of Southaven, Greg Moore (Angela) of Southaven and Marc Tucker (Susan) of Tupelo; four great-grandchildren, Kaitlin Moore, Kelsey Moore, Garrett Moore and Jordan Moore, all of Southaven; three sisters, Jamie Robins (Earnest) of New Albany, Lottie Sprouse of New Albany and Polly Poindexter of Olive Branch; one brother, Simmie Benefield of New Albany; one sister-in-law, Qualeene Benefield of New Albany; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Earl Kidd; her parents; her stepmother, Wilma Benefield; an infant son, David Jerry Kidd; a sister, Lavada Huffstatler; and two brothers, Fred Benefield and Milton Benefield.
Pallbearers will be Marc Tucker, Michael Moore, Greg Moore, Randy Parks, Wayne Benefield, David Smith, Frank Tucker and Joe Grisham.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Stephen Shirley, Dr. Terry Miller, Dr. William Hardin and all her caregivers at Sanctuary Hospice House.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Emma Stith
SHANNON – Emma Gene Stith 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.
Bill Goodson
TUPELO – William Wren “Bill” Goodson, 86, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at his home in Tupelo. He was born June 9, 1923, in Holcomb to Roy C. and Mary Gattis Goodson. He retired from South Central Bell in 1983. He was a Mason and a Shriner.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Garner-Harper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Tanner officiating. Burial will follow at Holcomb Cemetery.
He is survived by three daughters, Mary Ann Goodson of Tupelo, Susan Wren Goodson of Vicksburg and Mechelle Armstrong and husband, Hampton, of Madison, Ala.; four sons, William W. Goodson Jr. and wife, Rita, of California, Rodney Mainelli and wife, Judy, of McCarley, William E. (Buzz) Goodson and wife, Alicia, of Tupelo, and Steven J. Goodson of Quincy, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Natalie Mainelli, Anna Mainelli, Lindsay Goodson, Will Goodson, Daniel Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Allie Goodson, Callie Goodson and Luke Goodson; one great-grandson, Luke Mainelli; and three sisters, Emogene Reynolds of Memphis, Martha Clark of Holcomb and Faye Albritton of Yazoo City.
He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings, Doug Goodson, Jim Goodson, Perron Goodson, Maxine Hayward, Muriel Ward and Steve Goodson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Floyd McKinzie
NEW ALBANY – Floyd Lee McKinzie, 74, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Beaver Dam M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Clarence Webster
SARDIS – Clarence Webster, 76, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.
Lester Frierson
OXFORD – Lester Frierson, 90, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.
Buddy Easter
AMORY – William Byron “Buddy” Easter Jr., 73, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at the Golden Living Nursing Center in Amory after an extended illness. He was born April 6, 1936, in Monroe County to William Byron and Annie Waycaster Easter. He lived in Memphis and Osceola, Ark., and in Amory for many years. He was a member of Meadowood Baptist Church. He was an employee of Air Cap in Tupelo and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed listening to his police scanner.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include his uncle, Hank Waycaster of Pontotoc; and two aunts, Doris Brasfield of Aberdeen and Boots Weaver of Amory.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Frank Owen, Larry Goudelock, Jason Gallop, Van Ritter, Steve Reeves, Danny Stanford, Sam Roye and Tony Parker.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Terry James
CALHOUN CITY – Timothy Terrance “Terry” James, 54, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at his home. He was born April 5, 1955, in Webster County. He was a graduate of Calhoun City High School, Mississippi State University and Mississippi College School of Law. He was an attorney. He was a county Youth Court referee from 1992-1993 and county prosecuting attorney from 1994-2009. He was attorney for Calhoun City since 1994 and for Bruce since 2008. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association and Mississippi Prosecutors Association. He was a member of the Calhoun City Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Christian Legal Society MCSOL. He was a member of the Calhoun City First Baptist Church, where he taught the Friendship Sunday School Class since December 2001 without missing a Sunday.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Bill R. Baker and the Rev. Dax Summerhill officiating. Burial will be in Bradford Chapel Cemetery in Gore Springs. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Charlotte Naomi James of Calhoun City; one brother, Curtis Harold James III of Calhoun City.
He was preceded in death by his father, Curtis Harold James Jr., and a brother.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Brown, Larry Bratton, Johnny Aven, Kevin Mackey, Henry Lackey and Dr. Frank Evans.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Calhoun County Bar Association and the Friendship Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Thursday.
Carrel Palmer
PONTOTOC – Carrel Cooper Palmer, 76, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. He was born June 28, 1933, in Pontotoc to James Archie and Cubell Cooper Palmer. He was retired from auto sales. He was a Mason, a Shriner and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pontotoc. An avid Ole Miss fan, he enjoyed storytelling and sports.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Dr. A.W. Farnsworth officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Nell Hobson Palmer; three sons, David Palmer and wife, Sheila, of Saltillo, Paul Palmer of Pontotoc and Tim Palmer of Baton Rouge, La.; one brother, Deral McKnight and wife, Patti, of Tupelo; one sister, Barbara McDonald of Pontotoc; four grandchildren, Shawn Palmer, Brian Palmer and Amanda Stegall, all of Saltillo, and McKensey Palmer of Tupelo; three great-grandchildren, Shelby Palmer, Lilly Palmer and Audrey Stegall; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today.
Jennifer Taylor
SOUTHAVEN – Jennifer Lynn Taylor, 40, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Houston.
Virginia Sykes
ABERDEEN – Virginia Flynn Sykes, 90, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born Aug. 7, 1919, to Robert Timothy Flynn and Nell Gray Flynn in Camden, Tenn. She lived the past 67 years in Aberdeen. She was a member of the Twentieth Century Club and the Aberdeen Garden Club. She retired as bookkeeper at Sykes Commission Company. She was a member of Aberdeen First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at The Dunlee Home (301 High Street in Aberdeen) with the Rev. Larry Maugh and the Rev. Charles Coggins officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of the services. She will lie in state at the home from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Survivors include Dottie Barry, Judy Maynard, Beverly Frazier, Lanier Grimm, Warren Barry Jr., Jeff Barry, Frank Hall Jr., Virginia Benefield, Marrion Alexqander, Lanier Bogen, Franklin Evans, Carl Turnage, Smith Turnage, John Turnage, Lee Gray Turnage, Jane Knight and Jacquelyn Saylor; and a goddaughter, Ginny Lee Coggins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene Lanier Sykes Jr.; one sister, Margaret Flynn; and a half brother, John Flynn.
Pallbearers will be Carl Turnage, Smith Turnage, John Turnage, Lee Turnage and Franklin Evans.
Family and friends may sign the register book and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Carol Lewis
RIPLEY – Carol Lewis, 61, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Assembly of God Church on Moore’s Mill Road in Ripley.
Martha H. Pratt
CORINTH – Martha H. Pratt, 85, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, in Corinth.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the West Corinth Baptist Church for senior adult activities.
Flora Harris Bishop
RIDGELAND – Flora Harris Bishop, 88, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, in Jackson. As the sole daughter of the late Luther and Maggie Ruff Harris, she was readied for life with six brothers. Her life took her from rural beginnings in Plantersville to seeing the entire world. From Alaska to China, from the Netherlands to Italy, she traveled extensively throughout her life, visiting with people and spreading her family history and story. Often opinionated and devoutly Baptist, she would let you know exactly what she thought on a variety of subjects. Wise beyond her years and toughened by time, she gave endlessly to those she held dear. She will be greatly missed by many.
She was a longtime member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Ridgecrest held an immense place in her heart and she loved every minute spent involved with her church and its people. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Madison with a service to follow at 7 p.m. There will be a visitation from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Unity Presbyterian Church in Plantersville with a memorial service at 2 p.m. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Ott amp& Lee Funeral Home in Brandon.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Joe Thomas, Bill, Luther Jr. and Rex. She is survived by her brothers, Max Harris of Tupelo and George Harris of Brandon; her daughter, Lauranne and husband, Darrell Gillet, of Idyllwild, Calif.; her son, Burns and his wife, Karen Bishop, of Madison. She has five grandchildren: Evanne Marshall of Marietta, Ga., Beau and his wife, Kimberly Bishop, of Brandon, Cohry and his wife, Liz Osborn, of Temple City, Calif., Johnathan Bishop of Oxford and Joshua Bishop of Jackson. She also enjoyed her four great-grandsons.
Velma Irene “Mama” Dean
AMORY – Velma Irene “Mama” Dean, 103, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at her daughter’s home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bettye Pierce
AMORY – Bettye Pierce, 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.

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