Obituaries December 5, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mayo Grubbs
SHANNON – Mayo Grubbs, 75, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born September 14, 1936 in Shannon to T.T. and Cornelia Dye Grubbs. He was a graduate of Shannon High School. He married Betty G. Peters on December 6, 1952. In 1956, he graduated from Molar Barber College in Memphis, Tennessee and worked as a barber for many years. In 1964, he was elected Lee County Justice Court Judge and served a total of thirty-six years before retiring. He received his judicial training from the University of Alabama, the University of Colorado, the University of Nevada and the University of Mississippi. He was elected Executive Director of the Mississippi Justice Association in 1970 and authored the “Mayo Manual” in 1976. He was a 32nd degree Mason. He was currently a member of First Baptist Church of Shannon and previously a member of Doty Chapel where he served as music director and deacon for over fifty years.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, working in his shop, talking politics, listening to gospel music and watching sports, especially the Atlanta Braves and the Ole Miss Rebels.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Shannon with the Rev. Phillip Box and the Rev. Bill Adams officiating. Burial will be in Doty Chapel Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Terry M. Grubbs and Randy J. Grubbs (Patricia); six grandchildren, Jennifer Grubbs, Michael Grubbs and Maegan Grubbs, all of Shannon, Anthony Knight (Teresa) of Verona, Tracye Nance (Brian) of Tupelo and John Knight of Amory; four great-grandchildren, Bailey and Tanner Nance of Tupelo and Landon and Lindley Knight of Verona; two brothers, F.T. Grubbs (Opal) of Atlanta, Georgia and Jerry Grubbs (Debra) of Shannon; his sister-in-law, Shirley Hawkins of Nettleton; his brothers-in-law, Ray Peters (Sue), Rex Peters (Evelle), Gary Peters (Anna), Jerry Peters (Judy), Danny Joe Peters (Kathy); special friend and caregiver, Peggy Jackson; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his son, Ricky Eugene Grubbs, his grandson, Terry M. Grubbs, Jr.; his daughter-in-law, Nell Grubbs; his sister, Dorothy Harper; his sister-in-law, Ruby Joyce Barnett; his parents-in-law, John and Wilma Peters.
Pallbearers will be James Oswalt, Mike Bray, Barry Garrett, Phil Gann, Tom Lyles, Jamey Burrow and John Sheffield.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, in memory of Mayo Grubbs, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, Miss 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Warren Kennedy
DENNIS – Warren C. Kennedy, 89, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at his residence. He was a native of Tishomingo County, Miss. and a farmer. He was a minister for Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Savannah, Tenn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, Miss. with Bro. Gene Gist, Bro. Clinton Barnett and Bro. Cecil Woodruff officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery, Dennis, Miss. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Miss. will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Francis McVay Kennedy of Dennis; five children, Mary Francis Bailey (Charles W. Jr.), Sarah Oliver (Edwin), Rickey Kennedy (Lynn), and Patsy Ozbirn (Calvin) all of Dennis and James Kennedy (Janice) of Golden; twelve grandchildren, Anthony, Rodney, Brian, Angie, Patrick, Emily, Stephen, Daniel, Brandon, Kristen, Tracey and Andrew; twenty great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Eaton of Dennis; and one brother, Claude Eaton of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Hamilton and Sarah Francis Crumby Kennedy; a son, Jerry Ray Kennedy; a grandson, Jonathan Kennedy; four sisters, Violet Turner, Effie Kennedy, Jewel Eaton Millstead and Audrey Ables.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Brandon Kennedy, Stephen Kennedy, Bradley Hamm, Rodney Kennedy, Brian Oliver, Patrick Oliver, Daniel Ozbirn and Corey Davis. Honorary Pallbearers will be Anthony Bailey, Andrew Ozbirn, Kristen Davis, Angie Hamm and Emily Gerthung.
Visitation will continue until service time.

Ruby Woodson
RANDOLPH – Ruby G. Woodson, 94, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. Details were incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.
Hiram Hall, Jr.
PONTOTOC – Hiram Hall, Jr., 65, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Details were incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.
Turner Doss, Jr.
PRAIRIE – Turner Doss, Jr., 71, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Details were incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial in Aberdeen.
Lisa McDonald
TREMONT – Lisa McDonald, 43, died suddenly, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral home in Fulton.
Walter Graham
NEW ALBANY – Walter A. “Pud” Graham, 75, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at his home. He was born October 2, 1936 in Pontotoc County to J.A. “Buck” and Blanch Hearn Graham. He was a graduate of Hurricane School, Itawamba Community College, and Delta State University. He was the Alumnus of the Year in 1994 at Itawamba Community College and was a lifetime member of the Alumni Association of Delta State University. He was a veteran of the Army, National Guard and a member of Ingomar Baptist Church. He was a former State Senator and had served as President Pro-Tem of the Mississippi Senate. He was a member of the American Legislative Exchange and received the American Legislative Exchange Award in 1993.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ingomar Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Linville and the Rev. Clyde Pound officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Erma Graham; two sisters, Diane Caples and Wilma Waldrop and two brothers, Dewayne Graham and Lee Graham.
He was preceded in death by his son, Gregg Graham.
Pallbearers will be John Porter, Donnie Gates, Jerry Foster, John Weeden, George Dixon, Jeremy Graham, and Benjamin Douglas. Honorary pallbearers will be Phil Nanney and Eddie Briggs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ingomar Baptist Church and Tuesday from noon until service time.
In honor of Mr. Graham’s service to his country and his state, United Funeral Service will fly the National Guard flag and the State of Mississippi flag during his visitation and service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com
Robert Dixon
OXFORD – Robert Warren “Bob” Dixon, 53, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at his home in Oxford.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford, Miss. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com
Norma Faye Willis
TUPELO – Norma Faye Willis, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at the Golden Living Center after an extended illness. She was born September 13, 1940 to Barner Lee and Venita Payne Christian. She married James Arnold Willis on September 21, 1957. She was a member of Auburn Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, her flowers, ceramics and owned her own hobby shop. She loved spending time with her family and her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Jim Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Priceville Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Terry Bradley (Barry) of Eggville; two sons, Gary Willis (Cecilia) of Saltillo and Steve Willis (Nina) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Jessica Bradley, Sarah Bradley, both of Eggville, Chance Willis and Hayden Willis, both of Saltillo; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruby Christian of Palmetto; Agnes and Leon Smith of Tupelo, Kathleen and Jimmy Hussey from Mooreville, Linal Willis of Auburn, Hayden and Dianne Willis of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Buddy Christian; her sister, Jean Kelly.
Pallbearers will be Larry Kelly, Tommy Smith, Phillip Willis, Mike Willis, Tim Smith and Stan Hussey.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
William Hopper
CORINTH – William Marcus Hopper, 81, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at his residence.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tate Baptist Church with military honors with Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial to follow in Corinth National Cemetery.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Tate Baptist Church and will continue from 10 a.m. Tuesday until service time.
Rudye Cother
TUPELO – Rudye Cother, 92, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 at her residence in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors.
Danny Bennett, Sr.
RIPLEY – Danny Lee “Woodstock” Bennett, Sr., 59, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born on July 27, 1952 to Lee Earl and Mavis Sanderson Bennett in Gainesville, Texas. He was a truck driver for Big M Trucking with 34 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Ripley with Dr. Rex Yancey officiating. Burial will follow in Falkner Cemetery in Falkner.
McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry LaBarreare Bennett of Ripley; two sons, Lee Bennett (Sondra) and Justin Bennett, both of Ripley; one brother, Randy Bennett (Charlotte) of Ripley, one half sister, Joann Wooley (Donnie) of Southaven; two grandchildren, Kye and Tara Lea Bennett, both of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Black, Lewis Wilbanks, Pat Goolsby, Joey Bryant, Ron Sanderson and Patrick Shelton. Honorary pallbearers are Kye Bennett, Sean Atkins, Ricky LaBarreare and his trucking buddies.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and Tuesday from 7 to 9 a.m. at the funeral home; then 10 a.m. until service time at First Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Mychoices Pregnancy Center, P.O. Box 1351, Ripley, MS 38663 or Upward Basketball c/o First Baptist Church, 202 E Pine St., Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign online guest book www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Faye Webb
FULTON – Faye Nell Webb, 72, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at the University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn. She was born July 9, 1939, to Herman and Hettie Kyle Cauthern. She was raised and lived in Itawamba County before moving to Pearl, Miss. in 1964. She lived there before moving to Pontotoc in 1999. She and her husband had moved to Lebanon about three years ago. She was a homemaker and a Baptist in belief. She enjoyed crocheting, oil painting, and her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the McNeece – Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Grover Laird officiating. Burial will be in the Keyes cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, James D. Webb; two sons, James David Webb (Debbie) of Richland, Miss. and Michael Shannon Webb (Stephanie) of Lebanon, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Terra Webb of Memphis, Leslie Gann (Chris) of Mantachie, Justin Shepherd of Jackson, Miss., Andrew Webb and Baylee Webb, both of Lebanon, Tenn.; one great-granddaughter, Amberlynn Gann of Mantachie.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Debra Lynn Shepherd; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at McNeece – Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Delores Gasaway
DENNIS – Dimple Delores Gasaway, 67, met her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Saturday morning, Dec. 3, 2011. She was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church for over 30 years. For the last several years she taught a very lively women’s Sunday school class who loved her dearly. She was often thought of as the model Proverbs 31 woman. She was born on March 25, 1944 in Kennett, Missouri to Chester and Isabell Hill. Later the family moved to Florence, Ala. and eventually to the Holcutt/Paden, Miss. area. Soon after she met Gene Gasaway, the man she would spend the rest of her life with. They were married on Feb. 18, 1961. They later made their home in Dennis, Miss. where they raised two sons, Scotty and Lanny. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She enjoyed fishing, watching her hummingbirds and cooking for her family, but serving and meeting the needs of her family was her true passion. She especially loved spending time with her two grandchildren, Reed and Brittan. Her smile lit up every room and brightened every life. Heaven just got sweeter.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ed Young and Bro. David Gould officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home Belmont, Miss. is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gene Gasaway; two sons, Scotty Gasaway and Lanny Gasaway; daughter-in-law-Heather Gasaway; two grandchildren, Reed Gasaway and Brittan Gasaway; several nieces and nephews and more friends than can be counted.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Willodean Cox.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Cox, Doyle Hill, Gary Gasaway, James Gasaway, Chan Gasaway and Ray Lambert.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Frances Johnson
FULTON – Frances Johnson, 62, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral home.
Ruby Garner
BOONEVILLE – Ruby B. Garner, 69, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at Baptist Hospital in Booneville. She was born Nov. 1, 1942 and was an employee of Red Cap. She was a member of Spring Hill MB Church.
Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Beckley Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Charles Shack officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Bobby Jackson, Tina Garner, Jerry Garner and Gary Brooks; her grandchildren, Chyance Jackson, J.J. Jackson, Shephane Brooks, Nicole Garner, Shantoe Gilmore, Kiyun Tynes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Garner and a child, Kara Garner.