Obituaries, Friday, Oct. 31, 1997

AUTHOR: JUDYC

Obituaries, Friday, Oct. 31, 1997

Johnny C. Love Sr.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Johnny C. Love Sr., 62, died Friday, Oct. 24, 1997, at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center. He was born April 16, 1935, in Monroe County to Clarence and Ossie Ward Love. He was a retired construction worker and a member of the Church of God in Christ in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lenior Love.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniel Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. L.T. Howell officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Johnny C. Love Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Aberdeen, and James Love and his wife, Faye, of Pontotoc; one brother, David Love of St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Rosie M. Franklin of Aberdeen and Marie Ward of St. Louis, Mo.; seven grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Mary E. Paden

DENNIS Mary E. Paden, 71, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She lived in California for 20 years before returning to Mississippi. She was a member of Highland Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Highland Baptist Church in Dennis with Bro. Raybon Richardson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Paden of Dennis; two daughters, Carole Howard and her husband, Keith, of San Marcos, Calif., and Annette McAnally and her husband, Stanley, of Dennis; three sisters, Edna Richardson of Salt Lake City, Utah, Myrtle Nichols of Memphis and Tommie Jean Key of Longwood, Fla.; five grandchildren, Tim Howard of Coon Rapids, Minn., Tami Van Den Berg of Escondido, Calif., Lori Odorisio of Flower Mound, Texas, Debbie McAnally of Memphis and Melody McAnally of Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Calvin Choate, in 1979.

Visitation will be at Highland Baptist Church.

Mary Lou Watkins

WEST POINT Mary Lou Watkins, 85, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, at Dugan Memorial Home. The daughter of John and Beulah Tribble Watkins, she was born in the Griffith community of Clay County and lived there until moving to Dugan Memorial Home. She was the bus agent for Continental Trailways in West Point for 44 years. She was a Christian.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Tim Teater officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.

Survivors include one nephew, William L. Watkins of Cedar Bluff; two great-nephews, Cliff Watkins of West Point and Eric Watkins of Tupelo; two great-great-nephews, Jared Watkins of West Point and Drew Watkins of Tupelo; several cousins.

Pallbearers will be A.K. Tribble, George Tribble, James Tribble, Charlie Cliett, Billy Fay Simmons and Coy Gaskin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ubes P. May Jr., David Croft, Rupert Staten, Johnny Durrett, Dr. Andrez Wartak, Dr. Edmund A. Miller and the staff of Dugan Memorial Home.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Red Winders

HICKORY FLAT William Arthur “Red” Winders, 82, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.

Ester Maness

CORINTH Ester Maness, 70, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Grace Moore

BATESVILLE Grace Turner Moore, 89, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997, at the Batesville Manor Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 31, 1908, in Arkansas to Horace and Maude Miller Turner. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was the widow of R.L. Moore.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Sissell and the Rev. Martin Case officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville.

Survivors include one daughter, Colleen Moore Anderson of Hattiesburg; one son, R. Dale Moore of Batesville; one half sister, Jim Oldham of Clarendon, Ark.; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Ina Lee Rowland

SENATOBIA Ina Lee Rowland, 84, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997, at Baptist Hospital Central in Memphis. She was born Aug. 15, 1913, in Maben to Willis W. and Lou A. Jordan Denham. She was a homemaker and the widow of Tom W. Rowland.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs with Bro. Clyde Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Hickory Flat.

Survivors include two sons, Travis Hunsucker of Holly Springs and William H. Hunsucker of Senatobia; one daughter, Beatrice Hendrix of Senatobia; one sister, Cora Bradford of Hickory Flat; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Antonio Morales, Joseph Hendrix, Joe Goolsby, John Hunsucker, Timmy Goolsby and Frank Fisher.

Roosevelt Jeffries

LOS ANGELES Roosevelt Jeffries, 68, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1997, at Community Hospital in Lynwood, Calif. He was formerly of Holly Springs. He was employed in landscaping for the City of Los Angeles. He was a member of the Scripture Way Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles and a former member of the Yarbrough Chapel C.M.E. Church in Holly Springs.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at McIntyre M.B. Church in Holly Springs with the Rev. George Marion officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Karen Jeffries of Los Angeles; six sisters, Celea Mae Jeffries and Viola Thurston, both of Holly Springs, Lula Kate Nunnally of Gulfport, Willie Mae Singer and Nancy Nelson, both of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mary Alice Jones of Memphis; four brothers, Avant Jeffries Sr. of Holly Springs, Edgar Jeffries Sr. of Youngstown, Ohio, Samuel Jeffries of Cleveland, Ohio, and Grant Jeffries of Aurora, Ill.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James W. Parker

BRUCE James W. Parker, 51, died Monday, Oct. 27, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a native of Chickasaw County. He was an employee of Brookwood Furniture Co. in Bruce and a member of West Grove M.B. Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at West Grove M.B. Church in Houlka. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery in Houlka. Hodges Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Parker of Bruce; three sons, David Parker of Houlka, and Jamison Parker and Jeremy Parker, both of Bruce; eight daughters, Barbara Jefferson, Carla Chandler and Linda Chandler, all of Bruce, Marcia McGregory, Patricia Parker, Teresa Woodard and Annie Hill, all of Houlka, and Angela Parker of Houston; his parents, Willie and Elsie Parker of Bruce; four brothers, Wade Parker of Coffeeville, and Timmie Parker, Edward Parker and David Parker, all of Bruce; three sisters, Varie Bailey, Gwenell Parker and Judy Parker, all of Bruce; 11 grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Charlie Barnes Sr.

CORINTH Charles E. “Charlie” Barnes Sr., 64, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, at his home. He was a lifelong resident of Corinth. He was a Pentecostal and a member of Christ Temple Church in Walnut. A musician, he taught music for many years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Christ Temple Church in Walnut with Bro. J.C. Hall officiating. Burial will be in Farmington Baptist Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Frances Hobbs Barnes of Corinth; one son, Charles E. Barnes Jr. of Corinth; two daughters, Debbie Belk and her husband, James, of Michie, Tenn., and Charla Yeager and her husband, Thomas Jr., of Corinth; 10 grandchildren, Shannon Belk, Regina Belk, Timothy Belk, Michael McCollum, Brandon McCollum, Candice McCollum, Latosha Barnes, Crystal Barnes, Ashley Barnes, Timothy Barnes Jr., Thomas Yeager III and Macey Yeager; one great-grandchild, Tyler Belk; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Barnes; his mother, Daisy Barnes; one son, Timothy Barnes; two brothers, James Alfred Barnes and Ernest Barnes; and one sister, Odessa Murray.

Denis H. Turk

Denis H. Turk, 59, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., a former resident of Chappaqua, N.Y., and a resident of Tupelo for the past 10 years. He was an avid car enthusiast and a member of the Mississippi On Wheels Car Club. He was plant manager with Scarsdale Quilting.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Valhalla, N.Y. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of local arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Turk of Ossining, N.Y.; one son, Michael Turk of Boca Raton, Fla.; one daughter, Robin Clark of Somers, N.Y.; one granddaughter, Emily Clark; his stepfather, Robert Kutak of Tupelo.

Memorials may be made to the Mississippi On Wheels Car Club in care of Jerry Palmer, 2501 Confederate Avenue, Tupelo, Miss. 38801.

PEGUES ADADADADADADADAD

Mr. Denis H. Turk

Tupelo

Graveside services

11 a.m. today

Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Valhalla, N.Y.

Mr. Faybon Boatner

Tupelo

Noon today

First Presbyterian Church

Lee Memorial Park

Mrs. Nena Smith

Tupelo

10:30 a.m. Saturday

Jefferson Street Chapel

Plantersville Cemetery

Addie Lee Wilson

WEST POINT Addie Lee Wilson, 94, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997, at the West Point Nursing Home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Clarks Chapel Baptist Church in Okolona with the Rev. L.C. Cook officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter and Son Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four daughters, Virgia L. Jones of Chicago, Lorena Kersey and her husband, Albert, of Mobile, Ala., Deborah Williams and her husband, Leroy, of Booneville, and Kattie Jenkins and her husband, George, of Okolona; three sons, Rev. Floizell Wilson and his wife, Julia, of West Point, Dura Wilson and his wife, Henrietta, of Dallas, Texas, and Leander Wilson and his wife, Joyce, of Okolona; one sister, Armie Rayford of Chicago; 32 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Charles Vaughn

FULTON Charles William Vaughn, 70, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, at an Adamsville, Tenn., convalescent home. He was born March 26, 1927, in Monroe County to Early Coleman Vaughn and Madie Myatt Vaughn. He was a member of East Fulton Baptist Church and a retired employee of American Motors.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Sidney McCloud and Bro. Dewitt Bain officiating. Burial will be in Keys Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Vaughn of Fulton; one daughter, Bessie Cleveland and her husband, Charles, of Golden; four brothers, Richard Vaughn of Gordo, Ala., Ruel Vaughn of Kenosha, Wis., John Vaughn of Hatley and Edward Vaughn of Amory; two stepsons, Andy Wallace and his wife, Becky, of Chelsea, Ala., and Garry Wallace of Fulton; one stepdaughter, Julia Smith, and her husband, Doug, of Brentwood, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Reggie Cleveland, Susan Haynes and Sherrie Provins; two great-grandchildren, Cole Haynes and Drew Provins; three stepgrandchildren, Jared Wallace, Justin Wallace and Casey Smith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rivers Wren Vaughn; one brother, E.C. Vaughn; and one sister, Eunice Vaughn.

Pallbearers will be Reggie Cleveland, Andy Wallace, Garr Wallace, Brad Haynes, Dwight Vaughn and Eddie Vaughn.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 9 p.m. today.

Willis Ramage

EUPORA Willis Ramage, 87, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997, at Webster Health Services in Eupora. He was born Oct. 15, 1910, in Choctaw County. He was a retired employee of Webster County and a member of West Shady Grove Baptist Church in Webster County.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Howard Davis officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery in Webster County.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Ramage of Eupora; eight daughters, Bertha Mae Hendricks and Willie Gene Smith, both of Mendenhall, Brenda Wilson of Raleigh, Judy Burnham of Brandon, Barbara King of McGee, Mary Alice Ramage and Sarah Bright, both of Batesville, and Linda Dean of Weir; six sons, Hilton Ramage and Jimmy Clyde Ramage, both of Mendenhall, Barry Rushing and William Rushing, both of Eupora, Charles Rushing of Greenwood and James Rushing of Hawaii; one sister, Johnnie Herron of Oakland, Tenn.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Bettie Jean Long

MEMPHIS Bettie Jean Long, 56, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 1997, at her home. She was a registered nurse at The Med in Memphis.

Services were Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997. Burial was in Memorial Park Southwood in Memphis. M.J. Edwards Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Tina Long of Memphis; two sons, Gregory Long and Cecil Long, both of Memphis; one sister, Gladys Ann Trice of Shannon; one brother, James Edward Shannon of St. Louis, Mo.; one grandchild.

Dena Wise

PONTOTOC Dena Mae Coleman Wise, 72, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, at her daughter’s home in Cordova, Tenn. She was a retired inspector for Security Signals Inc. and a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Elder E.D. McCutcheon, Elder Larry Wise and Elder Robert Shettles officiating. Burial will be in West Heights Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Willadean Burnette of Holly Springs, Carol Rushing of Cordova, Tenn., and Judy Kimbro and Barbara Burns, both of Memphis; five sisters, Bernice Sullivan of Pontotoc, Lavene Hunter and Bernette Hooker, both of Thaxton, Nadine Hollander of Memphis and Doris Brock of Huntsville, Ala.; one brother, Rayson Coleman of Belzoni; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Robert B. Thomas

TIPLERSVILLE Robert B. Thomas, 80, died Monday, Oct. 27, 1997, at the Tippah County Hospital. He was a Navy veteran and a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 27B. He was retired.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Ball Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. L.G. Bogard officiating. Burial will be in Ball Hill Cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include five daughters, Barbara Blake of Oxnard, Calif., Ramona Thomas Hymon and Dorphine Bridgeforth, both of Memphis, Jimmy Jones of Middleton, Tenn., and Shirley Garrett of St. Louis, Mo.; one son, Robert B. Thomas Jr. of Memphis; two stepsons, Dessie Dentmond and Danny Dentmond, both of Memphis; two sisters, Odella Robinson of Beloit, Wis., and Eleanor T. Moore of Tiplersville; 17 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.

Fletcher Ruff Jr.

ABERDEEN Fletcher Ruff Jr., 52, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1997, at the Aberdeen-Monroe County Hospital. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Tupelo. He attended Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church in Aberdeen. He was employed by the Lowndes County Public School System as a band director and bus driver for West Lowndes High School. He was a 1963 graduate of George Washington Carver High School and a graduate of Rust College. He was a former supervisor at Walker Manufacturing Co. and Penn Tire Co. During the summer, he worked with Lift Inc. He was recreational director of Upward Bound at Rust College. He was a member of the Mississippi Official Umpire Amateur Softball Association, Second Black Eagle Scout, the Mississippi Beckley Club and Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church’s Christian Life Center with the Rev. George Pulliam officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Linette Rucker Ruff of Aberdeen; one son, Christopher Marion of Tupelo; one daughter, Gladys Marion of Tupelo; his mother, Sina Ella Ruff of Tupelo; his stepfather, Willie Lee Coleman of Tupelo; a foster sister, Velinda Denton of Tupelo; five aunts, Robbie Shumpert of North Carolina, Pearl Ruff and Willie M. Pounds, both of Plantersville, Illinois Cox Littleton and her husband, W.A., of Jackson, and Early Mae Cox of Tupelo; one brother-in-law, Roosevelt Rucker and his wife, Gladys, of Memphis; two sisters-in-law, Jessie P. Booker and her husband, Lugene, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Cora L. Nalls of Dayton, Ohio; three grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the mortuary. The family hour will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church in Aberdeen. The body will be placed in St. Paul United Methodist Church’s Christian Life Center one hour before services.

Nena Smith

Nena Smith, 54, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, at her home after a long illness. She was a native of Big Creek in Calhoun County and a longtime resident of Tupelo. She was a retired employee of Wall Lake Door Co. of Tupelo and a Baptist.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Wesley Kingsley officiating. Burial will be in the Plantersville Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Timothy Smith, David Smith and Jamie Smith, all of Plantersville; one sister, Martha Lynn Ratliff of Cowan, Tenn.; two brothers, Jack Hill of Pontotoc and David Berryhill of Plantersville; three grandchildren, Whitney Smith, Donavon Smith and Alexanderia Smith.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Michael Fortson

OKOLONA Michael Fortson, 34, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 1997, at his brother’s home in Jackson. He received his education at the Aberdeen Public Schools. He was an employee of Oakland Manufacturing Co. in Okolona. He was preceded in death by his mother, Willie Lou Bailey Fortson.

Servcies will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church with District Elder Robert Fortson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, Sirreco M. Fortson, Celance M. Fortson and Michael L. Fortson, all of Okolona; their mother, Debra Shumpert Fortson of Okolona; his father, Henry Lee Fortson Sr. of Okolona; four sisters, Evelyn L. Robertson of West Point, Winford Montgomery and her husband, Charles, and Mary Fortson, all of Tampa, Fla., and Laverne Fortson of Jackson; five brothers, Henry Lee Fortson Jr. of Greenfield, Mass., David Fortson of Chicago, Lonnie Fortson and his wife, Ann, of Okolona, and Elder Robert Fortson and his wife, Faye, and John Fortson and his wife, Jackie, all of Jackson.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today and the wake will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today, both at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour before services.

AnneMarie Smithey

NEW ALBANY AnneMarie Clark Lakes Smithey, 28, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Oct. 19, 1969, in Lansing, Mich. She had lived in New Albany for a year. She was a homemaker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Raymond Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Rodney Smithey of New Albany; her father, Jim Clark of Lansing, Mich.; her mother, Audrey Behrens of DeTour, Mich.; her stepfather, Ron Behrens of DeTour, Mich.; one sister, Myra Ostrander of Collingswood, N.J.; three brothers, Steven Ostrander of Lansing, Mich., Eddie Ostrander of DeWitt, Mich., and David Lakes of Holt, Mich.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday.