Obituaries for April 2, 2006

Elizabeth S. Lowery

BOONEVILLE – Elizabeth S. Lowery, 74, died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at her home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Wolf Creek M.B. Church with the rev. L.A. Springfield officiating. Burial will be in the Wolf Creek Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include eight sons, James Shinault, Bobby Shinault, Tommy Lowery Danny Lowery, Phillip Lowery, Stacy Lowery, R.C. Lowery and Leroy Lowery; six daughters, Verline Agnew, Marsha Lowery, Sadie McGee, Emma Miller, Brenda Lowery and Chanmie Shinault; two brothers, Willie Shinault and John Wesley Shinault; her grandchildren, NaCole Price, Michelle Lowery, Michael Lowery, Tevin Lowery, Jeffica Taylor, Junior Beene, Josh Starks and Zack Lelsey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.B. Lowery; her father, Jessie Shinault; and her mother, Cynthia Shinault.

Pallbearers will be Leonard Lowery, Ray Lee Lowery, David Shinault, Michael Lowery, Chris Lowery, Travis Price, George Shinault, Willie Miller and Tracey Miller.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dr. Hiram D. Palmertree

BALDWYN – Dr. Hiram D. Palmertree, 65, formerly of Vaiden and Starkville, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at his residence. He was Professor of Agronomy at Mississippi State University and Past Director of the Mississippi State Extension Service. He was recipient of the 1996 USDA's Secretary's Honors Award for Equal Opportunity in Washington, D.C., National Extension System Diversity Award recipient in 1996 and recipient of the 1996 Alumnus of the Year Award at Holmes Community College. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Baldwyn.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Winona with the Rev. Phillip Palmertree, Mr. Danny Cheatham and Mr. Larry McClellan officiating. Burial will be in the Old Plank Cemetery near Vaiden.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Carol Palmertree of Baldwyn; one daughter, Delese Tutor and her husband, Mike, of Booneville; one son, Jason Murray Palmertree of Baldwyn; one sister, Martina Palmertree Mayfield and her husband, James, of Vaiden; three grandchildren, Richard Tyler Tutor, Allison Elizabeth Tutor and Andrew Douglas Tutor, all of Booneville.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Jones, Tim Pepper, Bill Henry, John Wilson, James Mayfield, Mike Tutor, Tyler Tutor, Dalton Garner and Vance Watson. Honorary pallbearer will be Normie Buehring.

Memorials may be made to Old Plank Cemetery Fund, c/o Larry McClellan, 79 Highway 407, Winona, MS 38967 or to the Hiram D. Palmertree Endowment Scholarship Fund, c/o MSU Foundation, P.O. Box 9520, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

Earnest Wigginton

GOLDEN – Earnest Wigginton, 89, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at the Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. He was born Feb. 26, 1917, in Mississippi to Armindy and Samson Wigginton. He was a member of the Chapel Hill Church of God of Prophecy and a retired factory and postal worker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. W.E. Johnson and Bro. Billy West officiating. Burial will be in the Belmont City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ollie Mae Wigginton; two daughters, Linda Ivey and her husband, Tommy, of Belmont, and Diane Wigginton of Golden; one son, Donnie Wigginton and his wife, Judy, of Golden; three grandchildren, Gary Ivey and wife, Paula, Sandy and Casey Wigginton; five great-grandchildren, Audrey and James Higginbotham, Lakyn Ivey, Jade Ivey, Olivia Ivey and Hannah Wood; two great-great-grandchildren, James Dwayne Higginbotham and Terry Lee Higginbotham.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, John, Jim, Nathan, Curtis and Rass Wigginton; four sisters, Mary Clement, Archie Belle Shook, Estella Smith and Lou Ella Wigginton; and one grandson, Dwayne Ivey.

Pallbearers will be Gary Ivey, Travis and Orville Wigginton, Charles Clement, Bobby Joe Smith and Junior Shook.

Joe Hudson

CHALYBEATE – Joe Cecil Hudson, 82, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was a retired truck driver for Roadway Express in Memphis. He was a member of Local 667 International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Memphis. He was a member of the Blue Mountain Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Joe McKnight officiating. Burial will be in the Camp Ground Cemetery in Walnut.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Jo Ray and husband, Wayne, of Tiplersville; three grandchildren, Anita Gunn and husband, Nick, and David Cutberth, all of Walnut, and Brian Cutberth and wife, Tammy, of Memphis; five great-grandchildren, Joshua Brewer, Maribeth and Stephen Ware, all of Walnut, Hudson and Bodee Cutberth of Memphis; two stepgrandsons, Mike Ray and Eddie Ray of Tiplersville; one stepgranddaughter, Kim Ray of Tiplersville; one stepgreat-granddaughter, Sandy Mohundra of Tiplersville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lela Mary Bartlett Hudson; his parents, William M. “Billy Mitt” and Gertrude Brumley Hudson; two sisters, Noami Hughes and Annie Hugh Boyd.

Pallbearers will be Butch Brown, Mike Hughes, Billy Hughes, Woody Nails and Gary Boyd. Honorary pallbearers will be David Cutberth, Brian Cutberth, Eddie Ray, Mike Ray, Joshua Brewer, Stephen Ware, Nick Gunn and Ernie Hall.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today and continue Monday at 7 a.m. until service time.

Tammy T. Brown

RIPLEY – Tammy Tereall Brown, 35, died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at the Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

Barry Fears

BELDEN – Barry Fears, 55, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006. He was born March 13, 1951, to Annie Bell Fears and the late Walter Fears. He was an employee of D.H.L. Delivery Service and a faithful member of the New Direction CLG Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance with Elder Jimmy Copeland officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel Grove Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Estelle Fears of Belden; his mother, Annie Bell Fears of Belden; three daughters, Avia (Greg) McKinney of Belden, Farrah (Tracy) Long and Neidre Fears, all of Tupelo; one son, Jeremiah Fears of Houston; one grandson, Joseph Spratt of Tupelo; six brothers, Patrick, Tracy, Horace and Douglas, all of Belden, Alfred (Jessica) of Saltillo, Albert (Omega) of Redhill; two sisters, Lula Moore and Nora Sykes, both of Detroit, Mich.; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Fears; and three brothers, Lawrence Henry, Walter Jr., and Otha Fears.

Mabel Allison

RIPLEY – Mabel Allison, 93, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was the manager of the Ripley High School Cafeteria for 40 years and was also the owner and operator of Mabel School of Antiques for 25 years at Shady Grove. She was a member of the Shady Grove Methodist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating assisted by Bro. Scott Faug. Burial will be in the Shady Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Jim Allison and his wife, Irene, of Olive Branch; one daughter, Jacqueline Allen and her husband, Wayne, of Waynesboro; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Allison; her parents, Jim and Lillie Godwin Coombs; three sisters, Flora Coombs, Irene Coombs and Frances Coombs Lancaster.

Pallbearers will be J.L. Huddleston, David Allen, Matthew Allen, Lance Prine, Nick Rogers and Chris Rogers.

Visitation will continue today from 7 a.m. until service time.

Evelyn Lyle

HOUSTON – Ruth Evelyn Lyle, 65, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at the Sanctuary Hospital House in Tupelo. She was born July 3, 1940, in Chickasaw County to the late James and Lillian Brandon Gann. She was a member of the Macedonia Methodist Church. She will be remembered as a loving, caring and giving person.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Houston Memorial Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Frank Millender officiating. Burial will be in the Macedonia Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include two nephews, Tony and Timmy Gann, both of Woodland; her caregiver, Danny Whitt of Houston; many friends.

Pallbearers will be Tony and Timmy Gann, Mathew Jernigan, Scott Gann, Patrick Marion, Kenny and Roy Hill and Paul Hill.

Dee Henry

BURNSVILLE – Dee Henry, 44, of Burnsville, died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at the Iuka Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ludlum Funeral Home of Iuka.

Hazel Rogers

CORINTH – Hazel Nadine Hall Rogers, 80, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was a member of the Union Baptist Church. She was married Feb. 7, 1942, in Alcorn County to Robert Edd Rogers. She was a retired employee of ITT. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, scrap booking and spending time with her friends and family.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with the Rev. David Robbins and the Rev. Warren Jones officiating, with the eulogy by Robbie Rogers Coleman. Burial will be in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Robert Collin Rogers and wife, Bettie, of Kossuth; her grandchildren, Gina Rogers Smith and husband, Alan, and Robbie Rogers Coleman, all of Kossuth; her great-grandchildren, Audriana E. Smith, James Slater Rogers Smith, Annaleigh E. Coleman and Darbie Kate Coleman; two brothers, Leroy Hall and wife, Vera, and Earnest Hall and wife, Ethel, all of Rienzi.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Robert Edd Rogers; her parents, J.W. Hall and Ethel Mize Hall; two sons, Kerry Dennis Rogers and Paul Jackson Rogers; two daughters, Judy Ann Rogers and Barbara Nell Rogers; four brothers, Willie Lee Hall, Clyde Hall, Hollis Hall and Ralph Hall; two sisters, Wilma Hall Sims and Annie Mae Hall Beasley.

Pallbearers will be Slater Smith, Alan Smith, Wallace Harper, Jimmy Gurley, Carl Hall and J.C. Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be J.D. Richardson, John Lee Hall, Jimmy Hall, Ricky Stewart, Howard Sims, James Beasley, Melvin Beasley, William Thomas Hall, Walter Hall, James Harold Hall, Gerald Essary, Robert Hall and Eugene Hall.

Visitation will continue today from 1 p.m. until service time.

William P. McMath

COLUMBUS – William P. McMath, 78, died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at the V.A. Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pattman Funeral Directors of Columbus.

Jerry Clark

IUKA – Jerry Clark, 49, died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Destin, Florida. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

Helen Puzek

AMORY – Helen Katherine Turkowski Puzek, 88, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at her home after an extended illness. She was born March 28, 1918, in Waukegan, Ill., to the late Walter and Mary Orlowski Turkowski. She married Larry Puzek, who died in 1992. She lived in Waukegan, Ill., and was a resident of Amory for nine years. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed her family and was a member of St. Helen's Catholic Church in Amory and Queen of Peace Church in North Chicago.

Services will be at a later date from the Queen of Peace Church in North Chicago. Burial will be in the Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, Ill. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the local arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Don Puzek and his wife, Margaret, of North Chicago, Ill., and Tom Puzek and his wife, Amy, of Rhinelander, Wisc.; one daughter, Mary Ann Tyra of Amory; one sister, Cele Gomski and her husband, Leo, of Las Vegas, Nev.; nine grandchildren, Dawn, Laura, Leslie, Wayne, Melissa, Michael, Larry, Amanda and Marty; 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two brothers, Staley and Dan Turkowski.

Memorials may be made to St. Helen's Catholic Church, 401 8th Avenue South, Amory, MS 38821.

Ralph Kennedy

BOONEVILLE – Ralph W. Kennedy, 80, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. He was born March 14, 1926, in Prentiss County to James Garfield Kennedy and Eula Audrey Kennedy. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Midway Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and trapping.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Midway Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Short, Bro. Mike Johnson and Bro. L.A. Springfield officiating. Burial will be in the Little Brown Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Garry Kennedy and his wife, Mary, of New Site; one daughter, Joy Kennedy Harris of Iuka; one brother, Paul Kennedy and his wife, Elizabeth “Ebbie”, of New Site; five grandchildren, Jamey Kennedy, Jimmy Kennedy, Gwen Kennedy, Shannon Jacobs and Spencer Jacobs; eight great-grandchildren; five sisters-in-law, Lucille Phifer and her husband, L.D., of Iuka; Audine Yancy of Rienzi, Florence Gann and her husband, Houston, of Burnsville, Earline Woodruff and her husband, Hayden, of Booneville, and Johnnie Mayo and her husband, Cotton, of Nettleton.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Patsy Kennedy, who died July 5, 2003; his parents; and a grandchild, Tracy Jacobs.

Honorary pallbearers will be the friends and fellowship of the church.

Visitation will continue at the church from noon until service time today.

Martha Lean Foy

NEW ALBANY – Martha Lean Foy died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jones Payton Funeral Directors of Ashland.

Janie Palmer

RIPLEY – Janie Sue Melson Palmer, 66, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at the Tippah County Hospital. She was born Dec. 21, 1939, in Dumas to the late Enoch Melson and Inez Hall Melson. She was a retired seamstress for Barclay. She was a member of the Parks Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.. Monday at the Center cemetery with the Rev. Martin Cox officiating. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Segar and husband, David, Donna Anderson and Sheri Palmer, all of New Albany; one sister, Jennette Ransom of New Albany; two brothers, Jamie Melson and Jimmy Melson, both of New Albany; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Palmer; and one son, Steve Palmer.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday.

Rev. James 'Pete' Wooley

CORINTH – Rev. James William “Pete” Wooley, a devoted servant of the Lord, husband, father and grandfather, died at his residence in Corinth on Saturday, April 1, 2006, after an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 17, 1942.

He married Mary Talley in 1961 and would have been married 45 years in June. Pete was the proud father of two daughters, Deborah, who married Steve Inman, and Rebecca, who married, Rodney Whittemore. Pete's grandchildren, Matthew “Matt” and Laura Kate were the joy of his life.

A devoted servant of God, Brother Pete, as he was fondly called, surrendered to the ministry at the age of eighteen. The first church Pete served as minister was Antioch No. 1. Other Baptist churches Pete ministered were Kemp's Chapel, Antioch Number Two, Overton Hill, Harmony Hill, Lone Oak and Tuscumbia.

At Tuscumbia Baptist Church, Pete had served as minister for the past 27 years, which made him the longest tenured pastor in Alcorn County. During his service as a minister, Pete recorded that he had officiated 832 funerals. Pete also conducted numerous marriages and radio Bible broadcasts.

As an individual who loved to help others, Pete was a founder and co-owner of Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth. Among his many accomplishments, Pete was proud of his degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. He stressed the importance of education for his children, who are teachers.

A servant of the Lord, Pete will always be remembered for the wonderful contributions he made for the Lord in the lived of others.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Tuscumbia Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Winters, Minister Charles Curtis, the Rev. Elbert Ray Bennett and the Rev. Lyndle Davis officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Talley Wooley; two daughters, Debbie Inman and Becky Whittemore, both of Corinth; two sons-in-law, Steve Inman and Rodney Whittemore; two grandchildren, Matt Inman and Laura Kate Inman; one sister, Linda Garrett and her husband, Don Garrett, of Corinth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Avey and Ada Wooley; and a sister, Barbara Ross.

Pallbearers will be Mike Ross, Terry Ross, Matt Inman, Timmy Wilbanks, Donnie Gifford and Bobby Settlemires.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Gertha M. Berry

PONTOTOC – Gertha M. Berry died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter's Mortuary.