Obituaries December 13, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Roger Johns
IUKA – Roger Johns, 63, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at Iuka Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
Ruth Galyean
CORINTH – Annie Ruth Galyean, 79, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home.
Opal Russell
MYRTLE – Opal Grace Duncan Russell, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Sunshine Inn in Myrtle. She was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Lafayette County to Troy Nelson and Susie Faust Duncan. She was retired from Futorian and was a member of West Tallahatchie Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, reading and going to church. She loved spending time with her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Bobby Casteel and the Rev. Louie Williams officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Charlotte Garrison (William); her son, Barry Russell (Regina), both of Myrtle; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Lamar Russell; and a brother, James Duncan.
Pallbearers will be Ashley Russell, Ryan Russell, Dustin Neal, Matt Neal, Chase Neal, Boston Stout and Kenzie Stout.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Donna Barmore
MABEN – Donna Bingham Barmore, 51, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at her home in Maben.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Double Springs Baptist Church in Oktibbeha County. Burial will be in Clear Springs Cemetery at a later date. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Robbie Vinson
AMORY – Robbie Lou Sanderson Vinson, 78, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. Born on Sept. 10, 1932, in Cordova, Ala., she was a daughter of Artie “Bud” and Liddie Lee Rogers Sanderson. Having a Christ-like spirit of serving others and putting their needs before hers, Mrs. Vinson was a member of Splunge Free Will Baptist Church. She was a retired seamstress from Red Kap. A wonderful and loving mother, her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, were most important to her. Having lived in Amory 46 years, she enjoyed working in her yard, taking in stray animals and listening to Country, Gospel and Bluegrass music. Mrs. Vinson was a supporter of Jewish Christian ministries.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Dale Ford officiating. Burial will be in Lann Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Wade Vinson of Amory; daughters, Judy (Mike) Vandiver and Lynn (Rusty) Murphree, all of Amory; sons, Danny (Dawn) Gazaway of Morehead, Ky., Mark (Betty) Gazaway of Hamilton and Roger (Lisa) Gazaway of Amory; grandchildren, Nathan, Matthew, Anthony, Cody and Kristy Gazaway, Lacy Murphy, Missy Riley, Micky Vandiver, Nina and Will Anders and Aubra and Candra Savage; great-grandchildren, Tristan, Cally, Braydon and Ethan Gazaway, Jessica Riley, Henry, Brianna, Lulu, Alex and Andy Anders, Haley Ricks and Cloey, Travis and Kiya Savage; twin great-great-grandchildren, Alexes and Camren Threadgill; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Renea Gazaway, Virginia Murphree, Ruth Hicks and Emogene Knight.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, James Randall Gazaway; a sister, Betty Kendrick; and brothers, Connie and Lowell Sanderson.
Pallbearers will be Nathan, Anthony, Matthew and Cody Gazaway, Henry Anders and Wayne, Bill and Mike Sanderson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Hwy. 6, Amory, MS 38821 or to the Salvation Army, 527 Carnation St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Pauline Bobitt
OXFORD – Pauline Bobitt, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at Graceland Nursing Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Becky Staggs
RULEVILLE – Becky Kent Staggs, 58, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in Ruleville on July 3, 1952, to Durwood Wesley and Lessie Perrigan Kent. She attended the Ruleville Public School System and graduated from Bayou Academy. She also attended the University of Mississippi and was a graduate of Delta State University. She was a respiratory therapist at North Sunflower Hospital and was owner/operator of Kents Clothing in Ruleville.
Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at Williams amp& Lord Funeral Home in Ruleville with the Rev. Higdon Herrington officiating. Burial was in Lehrton Cemetery in Ruleville. Williams amp& Lord Funeral Home in Ruleville is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by four nieces, Faye Kent Gullette of Sumner, Donna Bright Jackson of Tupelo, Beverly Bright Hood of West Monroe, La. and Lessie Kent Chester of Webb; four nephews, Billy Ray Kent of Sumner, Bob Kent of Cleveland, Harold “Buddy” Bright of Tupelo and Barry Kent of Boyle; one sister, Frances Kent Bright of Tupelo; two sisters-in-law, Doris Kent of Webb and Catherine Kent of Cleveland; and a host of great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her spouse, Fred Staggs; and three brothers, Billy, Bobby and Buddy Kent.
Pallbearers were Billy Ray Kent, Ted Gullette, Tom Chester, Frank Jackson, Buddy Bright, Barry Kent and Bob Kent.
Agnes Porter
HOUSTON – Agnes Mae White Porter, 96, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born Aug. 16, 1914, in Calhoun County to Andrew Jackson White and Betty Thomas White. She was a homemaker and member of New Parkersburg Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with the Rev. Sammy Hardin officiating. Burial will be in Enon Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty (Mickey) Crawford of Hernando; her sons, Charley Van (Erin) Porter of Houston and John A. (Carla) Porter of Houston; her grandchildren, Mike (Charlette) Porter, Gail Porter, Charles (Paula) Porter, Casey Porter, Kelly (John) Lancaster, Mark Crawford, Jill (Russell) Wilson and Brand (Amanda) Huffman; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, John C. Porter.
Pallbearers will be Mark Crawford, Mike Porter, Charles Porter, Chase Porter, Casey Porter and Brand Huffman.
Friends and family may leave a message on our online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Farris Terry
SMITHVILLE – Farris Lee “Buck” Terry, 76, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Guy J. Gravlee Jr.
TUPELO – Guy Justis Gravlee Jr., Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Retired, died Dec. 11, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a lengthy illness. A native of Nettleton, he was born Jan. 8, 1923, to Eva Bryan Gravlee and Guy Justis Gravlee Sr. In 1934, he moved to Tupelo where his father relocated Gravlee Lumber Co. which was established in 1929 in Nettleton.
He graduated from Tupelo High School in 1940, attended Mississippi State and joined the Army Air Corps on Jan. 2, 1942. After completing his primary flight training as a Bombardier at Chickasaw, Okla., with further training at Las Vegas, Nev., and Moses Lake and Walla Walla, Wash., he deployed to the European Theater, flying seventy combat missions as a participant in five separate campaigns across Italy, Southern France, The Rhineland and the Balkans. While serving as an Army Air Corps Lieutenant and Captain, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement and the Air Medal with Nine Oak Leaf Clusters for sustained operational activities against an armed enemy.
Upon release from active duty on Dec. 4, 1945, Captain Gravlee returned to Tupelo and the family business and also began a long and distinguished career in the Mississippi Army National Guard. As a Mississippi Guard officer, he was called to active duty on numerous occasions. Most notably, he was Commander of Troops dispatched by President Kennedy to the University of Mississippi to quell rioting in September of 1962. He was very proud of the fine men who served with him there.
He was also activated as Commander of Troops in response to the Hurricane Camille disaster in 1969. He received the Magnolia cross, the second highest medal awarded to a Mississippi National Guardsman.
Throughout his long and distinguished career in the Army Air Corps and the Mississippi Army National Guard, General Gravlee held a variety of key instructional, command and staff assignments culminating in his promotion to the grade of Major General.
Serving as a deacon, chairman of deacons and Sunday school teacher, Guy was an active member of Calvary Baptist for over 75 years. He served as director of First Citizens National Bank, president of Kiwanis Club, president of Gravlee Lumber Co. and president of the Community Development Foundation. He loved his Lord, his wife, his church, his children and his grandchildren, and he enjoyed attending all of their activities. He loved Tupelo High School sports and Mississippi State sports, particularly “Dudy Noble Field.” He loved his country and was proud to have served in its armed forces.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. David Eldridge and the Rev. Steve Hurt officiating.
His grandson, Luke McAlpin, will present the eulogy. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughters, Lynn G. McAlpin (Jim) and Joy G. Kellum (Mark); his grandchildren, Chris McAlpin (Christie), Luke McAlpin (Genna), Sarah Gravlee Otts (Michael), Tyler Kellum and Darby Kellum; and four great-grandchildren, Kate, Rachel, Megan and Liam McAlpin.
He is also survived by a sister, Mary G.(Mame) Putnam (George); his daughtering law, Myara Gravlee; his sister-in-law, Joan Michaels; and his caregiver, Linda Maynard Riley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 62 years, Joyce Tyler Gravlee; his son, Guy Justice Gravlee III; his sister, Anne Gravlee Gusler; and a great-grandson, Justis Michael Otts.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 501 W. Main St.,Tupelo, MS 38804, to Hope Family Ministries, 2754 Mattox St., Tupelo, MS 38801, or to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mattie Mauney
RIPLEY – Mattie Etta Mauney, 80, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 23, 1929, to John Roberson and Alma Jeter Roberson. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Mauney was a member of Lowery United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lowery United Methodist Church with the Rev. Neil Vick officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Dimple Clemmer (Andy) of Ripley and Georgia Hodges
(Roy W.) of Dumas; four sons, Bobby Mauney (Kathy), Eddie Mauney (Joy) and Kipper Mauney (Joy), all of Ripley and Danny Mauney (Joyce) of Booneville; five sisters, Scottie Thomas, Marie Shinall, Peggy Flake and Betty Farmer, all of Ripley and Polly Pannell of Mooreville; two brothers, R.T. Roberson and Johnny Roberson, both of Ripley; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Mauney; her parents; one daughter, Linda Mauney; one son, Billy Mauney; and one brother, Alton Roberson.
Pallbearers will be Tony Hodges, Dusty Mauney, Jeff Clemmer, Scott Carter, Robby Kelly and Shiloh Mauney.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Tuesday.
To view obituaries online and sign guestbook,
visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Phillip Cox
IUKA – Phillip Clifton Cox, 69, of Iuka, died Dec. 12, 2010, at his home, where he had lived for 10 years. He was born to Otho Lee “Joe” and Sara E. Cox on Feb. 23, 1941, on Court Street in Old Bartlett. He was baptized in Bartlett Methodist Church as an infant. He was very proud of his Bartlett roots.
He was a member of the U.S. Army and competed with the Army Rifle Team in 1960, in Germany where he developed a love for travel. He and his wife of 45 years, Ruth Ellen, made many trips to Europe, England, Scotland and Whales.
He spent 40 plus years as a municipal bond trader. His excitement and passion for the business influenced his daughter, Ellen.
They worked together at Calton & Associates for the past five years. He loved animals, especially his two saddle horses and his 24/7 companion, his German Shepard, Blue.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Bartlett Ellendale Cemetery in Bartlett, Tenn. Memphis Funeral Home-Poplar Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ellen Posey Cox; a daughter, Ellen Whittaker; and grandchildren, Sarah and Daniel Whittaker.
He was preceded in death by his parents;
and a brother, Joe L. Cox of Bartlett. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until
7 p.m. today at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens on Poplar Ave.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.memphisfuneralhome.net.

Emma Wammack
RIENZI – Emma Lee Wammack, 79, of Rienzi, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Desoto.
She was born Oct. 29, 1931, to Lorenzi Dow and Mincie Ann Moore Christian.
She was a member of Carolina United Methodist Church and a retired seamstress.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Diane Couch of Lakeland, Tenn.; four sons, Kenneth Wammack of Booneville, Vernon Wammack of Olive Branch, Randy Wammack of Olive Branch and Richard Wammack of Memphis; 12 grandchildren, Angel McCoy, Nikki Franks, Michael Anderson, Melissa Dickerson, Aaron Couch, Jacob Wammack, Shea Peeper, Trever Wammack, Ryne Wammack, Tucker Wammack, Tyler Wammack and Liberty Wammack; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Howard, Bob and Jake Christian.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Tommie Hughes
ANNISTON,Ala. – Tommie Lacey Hughes, 52, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. She was born Dec. 3, 1958, in Hawaii to Lin Lacey and Margaret Baird Lacey. She lived most of her life in Houston. She was a great mother and grandmother and a loving sister and daughter.
She loved animals. She was employed at BAE Systems, and she was a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro.
Randy Hays officiating. Burial will be in Houston City Cemetery. Southern Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her parents, Lin and Margaret Lacey of Houston; one son, Steven Peacock and Angel of Anniston; one daughter, Stephanie Peacock of Anniston; three grandchildren, Madison, Morgan and Katie Peacock; one sister, Sharon White and Frank of West Point; and one brother, Brian Lacey of Houston.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To sign online guest registry, visit www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.