Obituaries Jan. 13, 2010

Randy L. Aron
RANDOLPH – Randy L. Aron, 49, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at his home.
He was born Sept. 21, 1959, to Theron Lee and Evelyn Basher Aron. He was a lifelong resident of Pontotoc County, a self-employed construction worker and a Baptist. He was a member of the Patriot Guard of Pontotoc County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Glenfield Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doug Horton officiating. Burial will be in Guinn Cemetery in Pontotoc. Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Steven Aron (Amanda); two daughters, Amy Stone (Robert) of Thaxton and Bobbie Garrison (Ryan) of Randolph; one brother, Kenny Aron of Pontotoc; two sisters, Brenda Johnson (Jap) and Sherry Collins; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Amanda Aron; and one sister, Barbara Morton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Virginia Carson
VICKSBURG – Virginia Louise Carson, 89, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the Covenant Health and Rehab. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Minnie Fleming Edmundson. She was a sales clerk for most of her working years and a member of Highland Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home in Vicksburg with the Rev. Bryan Ivey officiating. Burial service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Woodland with Bro. Jerry Gilder officiating.
Survivors include a brother, Freddie Edmundson of Vardaman; two sisters, Polly Keaton of Madison and Catherine Lee of Brandon; three daughters, Barbara Miller of Memphis, Rose Ruth of West Richland, Wash., and Teresa Bartley of Tampa, Fla.; four sons, Eddie Carson of Raymond, Willis Carson of Stevenville, Texas, Ricky Carson of Vicksburg and Sammy Carson of Grapevine, Texas; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Edward Carson; a sister, Laverne Wooten; and a brother, Wesley Edmundson.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of Highland Baptist Church.
William Austin
SULLIGENT, Ala. – William Austin, 91, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Otts Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Gilmer Addition of the Sulligent City Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Dorothy (Leamon) Edgeworth of Amory; and one son, James (Ramona) Austin, formerly of Amory, residing now in Sulligent.
Gerald Picard
WALLS – Gerald Picard, 63, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at Delta Medical Center in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holly Springs Funeral Home.
Bonnie Benefield
SHADY GROVE – Bonnie Eileen Benefield died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She loved her grandchildren and spending time with the Shady Grove Ladies Bible Study group. She dearly loved her sister who was her best friend.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Bro. Keith Benefield and Bro. David Barnett will officiate. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Jeff Benefield (Donna) of Mooreville and Bro. Keith Benefield (Lori) of Sarepta; one sister, Linda Sue Handley (Ron) of Chandler, Ind.; three brothers, Leon Rush (Doris) of Elberfeld, Ind., Earl Rush (Mary Jo) of Princeton, Ky., and Roger Rush (Bonnie) of Fredricksburg, Va.; grandchildren, Cole, Jacob, Kati and Keri Benefield.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Benefield; a son, Benji Earl Benefield; her parents, Aubrey and Myrtle Rush; a sister, Iva Mae Cox; and three brothers, Bill Rush, Paul Rush and Bob Rush.
Pallbearers will be Barry Kidd, Tim Benefield, James Smith, Kenny Scheller, Kevin Handley and Allen Rush.
Honorary pallbearers will be Curt Lewis, Lynn Benefield, Charles J. Kidd, Layton Sappington, Mike Rush and Mark Cox.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the church.
Garry C. Butts
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Garry C. Butts, 53, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, in West Monroe, La. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Erskine ‘Shorty’ Lowry Jr.
PONTOTOC – Erskine Adolphus ‘Shorty’ Lowry Jr., 73, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 7, 1936, in Lee County to Erskine Adolphus Lowry Sr. and Eva Byrd Lowry. He was a retired employee of Avon Manufacturing Inc. and a member of Faith Outreach Church. He loved his church family and going to church. He loved to work on cars, spend time with his family and play with his grandkids.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Bryan officiating. Burial will be at Midway Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Sanderson Lowry of Pontotoc; his daughters, Diana Lowry of Pontotoc and Teresa Lowry of Shannon; a daughter-in-law, Norma Lowry of Calhoun City; his sons, William Lowry of Pontotoc, Tommy Lowry of Shannon, and Kenny (Donna) Lowry of Shannon; his sister, Betty Ann Wooldridge of Tupelo; his grandchildren, Sonya (Chris) Howell of Shannon, Christy (Jason) Sullivan of Shannon, Shea Lowry of Saltillo, Heather Lowry, Curtis Lowry, Malcom Lowry, Amanda Lowry, all of Tupelo, Matt Lowry of Shannon, Michael (Leah) Wilson of Brandon, Mark (Belinda) Wilson of Mooreville, Jessica Sanders of Tupelo and Tony Enis of Calhoun City; and 14 great-granchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, James Lowry; his grandsons, Jamie Lowry and Shun Lowry; his sister, Mary Jane Goodson; and his in-laws, Betty and Dave Sanderson.
Pallbearers will be Eric Plunkett, Chris Smith, Tommy Smith, Charles Fitzgerald, Jeremy Mooneyham, and Randy Mooneyham.
Honorary pallbearer is Frank Smith.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online register at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Mary Wilkerson
HICKORY FLAT – Mary Wilkerson, 69, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010. She was born on April 21, 1940, to Thomas Gordon and Lottie Garrett. She was a cook and attended Hickory Flat United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hickory Flat United Methodist Church with Bro Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Robert ‘Tony’ Clark of New Albany and Austin Wilkerson of Hickory Flat; four daughters, Mary Jo Rutherford of Holly Springs, Myra Clarkson of New Albany, Sherri Smith of Gulfport and Janet Joyner of Hickory Flat; two brothers, Robert Gordon of Myrtle and Tommy Gordon of New Albany; 11 sisters, Martha Rossell, Janie Frazier, Ann Gregory, Peggy Pickens, Carolyn Anthony, Cathy Huffman, Barbara Steward, Brenda Shettles, all of New Albany, Deloris Easter, Pan Foster and Teresa Moore, all of Southaven; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Clark; and her sister, Betty Whitten.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 today at the church.
Murry Hodges
RIPLEY – William Murry Hodges, 71, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at his home. He was an employee of Nance Construction Company and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ripley. He was retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley.
Survivors include one daughter, Christy Miller of Ripley; one son, Rob Hodges (Cheryl) of Blue Mountain; and four grandchildren, Drew, Jacob and Hannah Hodges, all of Blue Mountain and Bruce Miller of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pascal and Lucille Hamblin Hodges; and one sister, Barbara Ann Hodges Gillette.
Pallbearers include Billy Nance, Kerry Nance, David Nance, Michael Nance, Steven Childers and Gary King.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Allen T. Southard
TISHOMINGO – Allen T. Southard, 70, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at Iuka Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Margaret Cranfil
COLDWATER – Margaret Tapp Cranfil, 83, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, in Tate County after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Mildred Harris
OKOLONA – Mildred Harris ,83 , died Monday Jan. 11, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born April 24, 1926, in Covington, Tenn. to R. P. Stewart and Mrs. Wardie Alice Whitehorn Stewart. She moved from Covington to Okolona, where she had resided for the past 40 years. She worked many years for Armour Packing Company and managed the Okolona Country Club for 8 years. She was a Baptist and a member of the Mount Lebanon Church of Covington. She loved her family and many friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jimmy Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Kenneth Wayne amp”Kennyamp” Warren (Diana) of Okolona; two daughters, Shirley Faye Goodwin Butler (Don) of Wren and Alice Sue Goodwin Butram (David) of Okolona; six grandchildren, David Wayne Butram (Paula) of Bartlett, Tenn., Alicia Suzanne Butram of Mantachie, Kimberly Warren of Memphis, Tina Dabbs (Michael) of Wren, Donnyell Hester (Terry) of Nettleton, Donnie Butler of Wren, Allen Jett of Okolona, and Lisa West of Okolona; 10 great-grandchildren, David Lee and Elizabeth Butram, Katie Holliday, Kelly Butram Holliday, Levi, Dyllen and Reed Hester, Chris and Caden Butler and Bowen Dabbs; her best friends, Peggy Ratliff and Charlotte Gray; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Clyde Stewart and Ramon Stewart and her sisters, Helen Hatfield, Velma Stewart, Sadie Jones and Allie Bell.
Pallbearers are Donnie Butler, Allen Jett, David Lee Butram, Levi Hester, Dyllen Hester and David Wayne Butram.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service today at the funeral home.
John D. Patterson
GUNTOWN – John D. Patterson, 58, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn.
Calvin Wesley Staten IV
WEST POINT – Calvin Wesley Staten IV, 27, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at his home. He was born on Jan. 27, 1982, in West Point.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Allen officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery in Webster County.
He is survived by his mother, Sharon Diane Jones of West Point; his daughter, Angela Christine Staten; his grandfather, Cecil Swindol; his grandmother, Jean Staten, all of West Point; and several aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin Staten, III.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Gates, Shane Langley, Ashley Poss, Bryan Beckner, Chris Stewart, William Shrode, Chris Buckle and Randy Bramlett.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Cecil Swindol and Donald Ware.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home.
Christine Davis Sandoval
HAZELWOOD, Mo. – Christine Davis Sandoval, 76, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, in Birdgeton, Mo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Liberty Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Mattie B. Moore
ASHLAND – Mattie B. Moore, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at noon Thursday, at Palestine MB Church in Michigan City, Miss. Burial will be in Samuel Chapel Church Cemetery in Ashland. Serenity Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mary Etta Rowland Petty
BALDWYN – Mary Etta Rowland Petty, 85, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at the Rush Hospital in Meridian after an extended illness. She was a nurse, homemaker and a Methodist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Rowland officiating. Burial will be in the Asbury Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Cheryl Caldwell of Arizona; one son, Rodney Petty of Florida; two sisters, Helen Bishop (Flavis) of Baldwyn and Janie Lee Rowland of Booneville; two brothers, Wesley Rowland of Saltillo and Bobby Rowland of Tupelo; and one grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Frances Heavener Rowland; four sisters, Ruby Williams, Luna Morgan, Hallie A. Pyles and Sara Morgan, and four brothers, Howard Rowland, Cecil Rowland, Finias Rowland and Jimmy Rowland.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
Carl F. Meyers II
AMORY – Carl F. Meyers, II, 64, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the Golden Living Nursing Center in Amory. He was born July 10, 1942, in Winston, N.C. to the late Carl F. and Harriet Smothers Meyers. A world traveler, he enjoyed studying religion. He also enjoyed trains.
Private memorial services will be at a later date. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles Norman Reese
HAMILTON – Charles Norman Reese, 79, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 29, 1930, to Haron Ellis Reese Sr. and Willie Mae Eads Reese in Aberdeen. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He was a retired pipe-liner with Texas Eastern and a Bi-Vocational Minister from 1973 until 1984. He was a Veteran and served in the U.S. Air Force for two years. He was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Center Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Terry Edwards and the Rev. Warren Coile officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Lancaster Reese of Hamilton; two daughters, Norma Reese Springfield of Hamilton and Neita Reese Beard (Brad) of Amory; one sister, Betty Reese Beard (Lee) of Tulsa, Oka.; one brother, Jimmy Ray Reese (Charlene) of Columbus; six grandchildren, Daniel Mitchell Springfield, Caleb Reese Springfield, Lindsay Alyse Brasfield, Taylor Reese Brasfield, Lyndsey Williams and Cole Williams; two great-grandchildren, Kylie Reese Springfield and Kinsley Danielle Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Haron Ellis Reese Jr., Bennie Neal Reese and Kenneth Hill Reese.
Pallbearers will be Lem Holman, Terry Holman, Steve Holman, Russel Sloan, Ronald Sloan and Tommy Sanders.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lynn Reeves and the adult men’s Sunday school class of Center Hill Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Center Hill Baptist Church Benevolence Fund in Hamilton.
To sign the online registry or leave condolences, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Lavaughn Davis
BOONEVILLE – Ellis Lavaughn Davis, 88, of the Dry Creek Community, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010. He died at the Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church (Blackland), a Veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific, a member of the greatest generation and a retired carpenter. He loved his God, his family, his church and his fellow man.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Kelly, Rev. Bennie Napier and Keilty Childs officiating. Burial will be at Box’s Chapel Cemetery.
He is survived by a son, Ronnie Lavaughn Davis (Mona) of the Dry Creek Community; two daughters, Dianne Hodges (Charles) of Dry Creek and Lana Richardson (Harry) of Spout Springs; six grandchildren, Jeff Richardson of Spout Springs, Justin Hodges and Karen Hodges Isbell of Dry Creek, Shaundra Hodges Spires (David) of Ripley, Keilty Davis Childs (Jason)of Blackland, Rondy Jane Davis Rodgers (Daniel) of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; seven great-grandchildren, Brayden Rodgers, Jake and Emmie Childs, Jimmy and Marleigh Spires, Tyler and Sarah Grace Isbell; one sister, Ermie Dee Davis Yancey of Blue Mountain; and many nephews, nieces, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Eula Hughey Davis; their infant daughter, Katherine Davis; his parents, Lunsford and Mary Kent Davis; his in-laws, George and Pearl Saylors Hughey; his brothers, Troy Davis, Roy Davis and Preston Davis; and a sister, Essie Vee Davis Reed.
Pallbearers will be Danny Mauney, Cleatus Robbins, Gilbert Davis, Thomas Davis, Bobby Davis, and Robby Kelly.
Honorary pallbearers are Duane Murley, T. C. Mauney, Charles Melvin Geno, Dalton Garner, Ralph Johnson, Bonnie Bullock, Buck Tatum and Layne Dees.
To view obituaries and sign the guest book on-line, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
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Emma Mae Donegan
SHANNON – Emma Mae Donegan died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Celestine Hill Jones
BRUCE – Celestine Hill Jones died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the Pontotoc Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial in Bruce.
Frances Allen Hathorne
HOLLY SPRINGS – Frances Allen Hathorne, 86, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at her home. She was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Holly Springs where she served as United Methodist Women President and served 15 years as youth coordinator. She was the first black UMW conference treasurer, first black district treasurer and then became the conference treasurer. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She was a retired Coordinator of Alumni Giving at Rust College. She served 63 years of exemplary service and commitment at Rust College before retiring in April of 2009. For more than 30 years, she was executive secretary and treasurer for J. F. Brittenum amp& Son Funeral Home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rust College Doxey Auditorium in Holly Springs with the Rev. F. H. Brown officiating. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J. F. Brittenum amp& Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Maureen H. Jones of Holly Springs; a son, Alan M. Hathorne of Holly Springs; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Hathorne of Yazoo City; five grandchildren, Laurens A. Hubbard of Memphis, Jonathan M. Hubbard of Holly Springs, Ashana D. Parker of Chattanooga, Tenn., Rylyn J. Moore amp& Milya J. Moore, both of Yazoo City; two sisters, Thelma O. Martin of Milwaukee, Wis., Shirlene King of Memphis; and a brother, Eddie Allen of Red Hill.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny M.. Hathorne.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. at the college.
In Lieu of Flowers, contributions can be made to the Frances Allen Hathorne Endowed Scholarship Fund at Rust College, Office of Development, Attn: Dr. Ishmel H. Edwards, 150 Rust Avenue, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
Jean Guntharp
MANTACHIE – Jean Guntharp, 79, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 2, 1930, to Benjamin Otis “B. O.” and Annie Jane Wood Walker. She was a cashier at Walker’s Big Star for many years. She was a member of the East Fulton Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting and loved Ole Miss football.
A private graveside service will be held Thursday at Itawamba Memorial Gardens with Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. McNeece-Morris Funeral Homeof Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Hilda Moore (Charles) and Pat Spradling (Don), both of Mantachie; four brothers, Bill Walker (Cleta) of Fulton, Roy Murl Walker of Clearwater, Fla., Earl Walker of Tupelo, and Wayne Walker (Jo Anne) of Fulton; two sisters, Stella Johnson and Faye Gray (Hilman),both of Fulton; six grandchildren, James Moore (Lorela) of Tupelo, Steven Moore of Meridian, Beth Hallmark (Dudley) and Tonuia Dill (Michael), both of Mantachie, Brandy Crabb of Tupelo and Mark Spradling (Carla) of Mantachie; 10 great-grandchildren, Peyton Moore, Paige Moore, Ryan Taylor,Jody Dill, Summer Dill, James Thomas Crabb, Megan Robinson, Brandon Spradling, Corey Spradling, and Anna Grace Spradling; and four great-great-grandchildren, Morgan Robinson, Taylor Robinson, Haley Spradling and Logan Spradling.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Guntharp, who died February 15, 1985.
Pallbearers will be James Moore, Steven Moore, Ryan Taylor, Peyton Moore, Jody Dill and Benji Gray.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the McNeece-MorrisFuneral Home in Fulton.
Ruth Rogers
DORSEY – Ruth Nell Rogers , 89, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at her residence in Dorsey. She was born September 20, 1920, to Trannie and Vera Woods Loague. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Primitive Baptist Church in Mantachie. She was a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School. She was a homemaker who enjoyed crocheting, yard work, cooking and gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Elder Ken Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include a host of cousins and extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie W. Rogers, who died in 2005; and one sister, Marcelle Haynes.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
James West
MANTACHIE – James A. West, 74, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born July 3, 1935, in Red Bay, Ala., to Lonnie and Airdell Bolton West. He was owner of Mallard Tool amp& Die in Mantachie and had previously worked for Kruegar and Duwest Tool amp& Die in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a Mason and enjoyed farming and raising cattle. He loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Castor Buse officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jeanette West, of Mantachie; three daughters, Sandy Ballard (Stanford) and Susan J. West, both of Mantachie,and Sharon Wilemon (George) of Fulton; two brothers, Harold West of Saltillo and Wayne West (Sharon) of Mantachie; two sisters, Judy Setser and Marilyn Smoot (Roger), both of Brunswick, Ohio; five grandchildren, Heather Pearce Smith, Nikki Ballard, Josh Lucas, Justin Lucas, and Jennifer Lucas; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Edith Fowler; and two infant grandsons.
Pallbearers will be Colin Greenhill, Dwayne Thornton, Steven West, Patrick West, Michael Chandler, Tim Pearce, Gary ‘Buck’ Hall and Jimmy Vanover.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Thursday at the funeral home in Mantachie.
Kathleen Harris
MANTACHIE – Kathleen Harris, 59, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Earline Reaves
RIPLEY – Earline Gaillard Reaves, 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born June 30, 1923, to the late Earl L. Gaillard and Nannie P. Hodges Gaillard. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was a charter member of Century Civic Club She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 11a.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rex Yancey and Dr. Jack Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden.
Survivors include her husband of sixty-six years, Sperry Ellis Reaves Sr.; one daughter, Sherry Reaves Tapp (Tommy) of Amory; two sons, Sperry E. Reaves Jr. (Martha) of Ripley and Lonnie Earl Reaves of Ripley; one sister, Virginia Gaillard McAlister of Ripley; seven grandchildren, Janet Reaves Morton of Ripley, Chip Reaves of Ripley, John Reaves (Rhonda) of Hickory Flat, Teresa Tapp Griffith (Tommy) of Amory, Kristi Tapp Davis (Brent) of Helena, Ala., Kacey Reaves McBride (Micah) of Ripley and Brett Reaves of Ripley; 18 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Jane Cousar of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother-in-law, Carl C. McAlister.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Chip Reaves, John Reaves, Tommy Griffith, Brent Davis, Micah McBride, Brett Reaves, and Dylan Morton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Clifford ‘Junior’ Marlar
BURNSVILLE – Clifford ‘Junior’ Marlar, 72, died Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, MS.
Services will be at 1 p.m.Thursday at Antioch Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon until service time Thursday at the church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Lessie Mae Nugent
MYRTLE – Lessie Mae Nugent died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the Tippah County Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.
Janis James
FULTON – Janis C. James, 62, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born June 30, 1947, in Mobile, Ala. to Chester and Dorothy Scudder Cole. She was retired from the Florida Department of Human Services where she worked as a secretary. Her hobbies were needlework and flowers. She loved horses and dogs.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doug Wilson and Bro. Jeff Lee officiating. Senter Funeral Home in Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Jesse James of Fulton; one stepson, Jeff James (Diane) of La Porte, Texas; two half sisters, Judy Boren (James) and Vicki Scott (Kenneth) of Booneville; and three half brothers, Bobby Cole (Teresa) of Booneville, Wayne Cole (Cathy) of Texas and Dana Scudder.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jimmie James; one sister,Vicky Scudder; one brother, Lee Scudder; and one nephew, Paul Carbaugh.
Pallbearers will be Manterio Green, Neal Buse, Sam Loden, Matt Moore, Brandon Wilburn and John Shelton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Essie Lee Leonard
IUKA – Essie Lee Leonard, 96, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at Iuka Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Jones Chapel CME Church. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Thursday at the church.
Clinta Faye Brumley
HODGES, Ala. – Clinta ‘Faye’ Lawler Brumley, 78, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at Russellville Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Ole Line Cemetery. Hamilton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Lee Simmons
NEW ALBANY – Charles Lee Simmons, 69, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Home in New Albany.

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