Obituaries Jan. 17, 2010

By Judy McGhee

Jeanette Dunning
POTTS CAMP – Jeanette Dunning, 77, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at her home. She was born Jan. 3, 1933, to John and Ina Parks Work. She was the owner and operator of Corner Quick Stop.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be at Bethlehem Methodist in Potts Camp.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph Dunning of Potts Camp; one son, Dwayne Dunning of Potts Camp; one brother, J.B. Work of Potts Camp; four sisters, Jennie Mitchell of Holly Springs, Lula Westmoreland of Cordova, Angness Gordon of Hernando and Ina Faye of Memphis; two grandchildren, Amanda Dunning and John Dunning; and one great-grandchild, Austin Culver.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
John Whitlock
NETTLETON – John Travis Whitlock, 82, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 2, 1927, in Monroe County to John Wesley and Gilley Mayfield Whitlock. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County and a former employee of Day-Brite Lighting Company in Tupelo. He was a farmer, a retired mail carrier and a member of Nettleton First Baptist Church. He enjoyed going fishing and camping.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Nettleton First Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Pounders officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine McCormick Whitlock of Nettleton; one daughter, Cheryl Holley (Wade) of Nettleton; one son, John Travis Whitlock Jr. (Phyllis) of Haleyville, Ala.; one sister, JoNell Cathcart (Glen) of Gallatin, Tenn.; one sister-in-law, Vera Whitlock of Tupelo; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Frankie Whitlock; one brother, Otis Whitlock; and one son-in-law, Johnny Mack Riley.
Pallbearers will be Dub Harris, Glyn Hester, Woody Magers, Roger Morgan, Charles Morris, Joe Peters, Mark Williams and Morris Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Men’s #1 Sunday School Class at Nettleton First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Nettleton First Baptist Church Bus Fund, P.O. Box 427, Nettleton, MS 38858 or to a favorite charity of the donor’s choice.
Family and friends may sign the online guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Irene Bell
BALDWYN – Dollie Irene Bell, 91, died Jan. 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was the daughter of Alonzo and Mary Lou McGaha Nunn. She was born April 28, 1918, in Prentiss County. She was a member of Wolf Creek M.B. Church in Booneville. She was a member of the Mother Board.
Services will be at noon Monday at Wolf Creek M.B. Church in Booneville with the Rev. L.A. Springfield officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Gennie Elizabeth Crump, Mildred Jeanette Warren and Gloria (Willie) Hill, all of Baldwyn; one son, Samuel Lawrence (Rita) Bell of Baldwyn; 19 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Oscar Lee Haley and Bennie C. Bell; one brother, Andrew Nunn; and one sister, Louise Shinault.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. and family hour from 6 to 7 p.m.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Mary Ragin
BOONEVILLE – Mary Ragin, 55, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral of Booneville.
Tammy Lanette Moore
BLACKLAND – Tammy Lanette Moore, 43, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after a sudden illness. She attended Oak Hill Baptist Church. She was employed as a 4 year old teacher’s assistant at Wheeler Head Start for the past 10 years. She was a wonderful Christian lady who loved her family. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, geneology, scrap booking, painting, photography, music, yard sales and her dogs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Brad Ball and Bro. Chuck Boxx officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Danny “Fuzz” Moore of Blackland; one son, D.J. Moore of Blackland; her mother, Gurneal Brock Thompson of New Albany; four sisters, Gail Hamblin (Harlon) of Ecru, Charlene Floyd (Burnice) of New Albany, Pat Love (Carl) of New Albany and Brenda Smith of Waterford; three brothers, Robert Thompson (Diane) of Ingomar, David Thompson (Shelia) of New Albany and Bobby Thompson (Sylvia) of New Albany; two aunts, Eddie Mae Thompson and Margaret Lindsey; her mother-in-law, Betty Moore; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Sammy Moore (Connie), Mark Moore (Cherrie) and Grady Moore (Trisha), all of Blackland; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father, Jim Thompson.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Moore, Justin Moore, Brad Hamblin, Neal Thompson, Norman Thompson, Shane Smith, Blake Thompson and Terry Floyd.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Cary Bennett, Jonathon Roberts, Kevin Oaks and Adam Oaks.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
James Stephen Ginn
CORINTH – James Stephen Ginn ‘Steve’ died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at his home. He was a graduate of Kossuth High School and attended Northeast Jr. College. He established and operated Steve’s Backhoe Services for a number of years. Since then and until his illness, he had been an operating engineer for Local # 624 (Pipeline Companies), working across the USA.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Capp officiating. Burial will be in the Wheeler Grove Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his two sons, Bryant Ginn (Carla) and Byron Ginn (Katey); his mother, Frances Morton Ginn Ramer; one sister, Vickie Ginn Witt; grandchildren, Anna Katlyn Ginn, Joshua Bryant Ginn, Jackson Parrish Ginn, and Seth Paul; the mother of his children, Bettie Jones Ginn; and a special person to him, Deb Brooks.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Orville Ginn; a son, Ryan Blake Ginn; and his grandparents, Olivia Hopper Ginn and Herbert Ginn and Ruby Dilworth Morton and Douglas Morton.
Pallbearers will be Jack Harmon, James P. Lancaster, James Morton, James H. Kuykendall, Fred Haley, Joey Morton, Kerry Ginn and Mike Ginn
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Carolyn Cowan
AMORY – Carolyn Cowan, 75, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 Monday at the funeral home.
Patsy N. Nicholson
BLUE SPRINGS – Patsy Nan Nicholson, 66, died Friday, Jan.15, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born July 24, 1943, in Tippah County to Murray Tildon and Martha Willard Barkley. She made her home in the Blue Springs community and was a member of Chesterville Baptist Church. She was a long-time instructor of Creations, Inc. in Tupelo until her health failed. She loved her family, grandchildren, her great-grandchild, working with flowers and watching and feeding birds.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Ray Morton officiating. Burial will be in Locust Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Tammy Romig (Brad) of Sherman; two sons, Bruce Nicholson (Tammie) and Rusty Nicholson, both of Blue Springs; three sisters, Peggy Smith of Tupelo, Joyce Wilson (Herman) of Plantersville and Kathy Peters (Danny Joe) of Shannon; one brother, George Tildon Barkley of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Brian, Blake, Candice, Tiffany, Dylan, Alyssa and Jesse; one great-grandchild, Eli; and a special aunt, Bess Brazil.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Charles G. Nicholson and Randy Evans; two infant children; her parents; and one sister, Jamie Farmer.
Pallbearers will be James amp”Punkinamp” Matthews Jr., Michael Wilson, David Hill, David Payne, William McCaulley and Jerry McKee.
Visitation will be from 12:30 until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Rodney Royce Roberts
PONTOTOC – Rodney Royce Roberts, 39, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in a hunting accident in Arkansas. A native of Pontotoc, he was born Sept. 10, 1970, to Royce Roberts and Sue Gillespie Roberts. He married Cassidy Overby Roberts on Dec. 18, 2005, and worked as a self-employed TVA contractor. Rodney was a member of West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc where he was active in Children’s Ministry. He was a member of the Pontotoc Country Club and an avid outdoorsman. He was a loving husband, father, son and brother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at West Heights Baptist Church with Dr. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow in West Heights Cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents and his wife, all of Pontotoc; a daughter, Addy Roberts of Clinton; one son, Rhodes Rayburn Roberts; his father and mother-in-law, Charley and Charlotte Overby; two sisters, Teresa McGreger (Terry) and Tammy Morris (Bubba); one brother, Randy Roberts (Marylyn), all of Pontotoc; and a host of dear relatives.
He was preceded in death by his son, Ryder Royce Roberts; his maternal grandparents, Lester and Nola Gillespie; and his paternal grandparents, Ed and Irene Roberts.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to West Heights Baptist Church Upward Basketball Program, 328 W. Oxford Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Rose Marie Abbott
GUNTOWN – Rose Marie Abbott, 61, died Friday Jan. 15, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was a member of the First Independent Baptist Church. She was a housewife, and she loved keeping her grandchildren. She enjoyed working in her flower beds and her yard.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Toby Mears and Bro. Payton Meeks officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband,Wayne Abbott of Guntown; two daughters, Misty Hoard (Larry) of Bartlett, Tenn. and Jodi Braden (Kevin Walls) of Tupelo; five sons, Eric Braden (Lauren) of Tupelo, Wade Braden (Stephanie) of Tupelo, Bruce Myhand (Jill) of Baldwyn, Brad Myhand (Amber) of Pontotoc and Adam Myhand (Lacey Hooton) of Guntown; one brother, John Sanford (Patti) of Tupelo; one sister, Ellen Roberts (Clay) of Belden; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Abbott of Fulton and Donna Boyd of Topeka, Kan.; and seven grandchildren, Jordyn, Jacob, Joe and Michael Myhand, Megan and Kalah Hoard and McAllister Braden.
She was preceded in Death by her parents, Otto amp& Ann Sanford; and her husbands, Michael Braden and Thomas Myhand
Pallbearers will be her sons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Nava Jo Young
TUPELO – Nava Jo Bailey Young, 75, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born March 25, 1934, in Monroe County to Bob and Nola Monaghan Bailey. She was a phlebotomist working for the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a staff writer for the Tombigbee Country Magazine. She was a Baptist and a member of the Nettleton Independent Methodist Church. She enjoyed singing.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Truman Carter officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Britt Young (Angelia) of Nettleton; one brother, Buford Monaghan of Amory; her stepmother, Alene Bailey of Amory; two stepbrothers, David and Jerry Roach of Amory; one stepsister, Joan McCain of Amory; one grandchild, Bailey Young; special children, Tim, Denise, Austin and Eli Causey, all of Amory; special nephews and nieces, Dale, Crystal and Tori Monaghan of Amory; special neighbor, Ester Howell; and caregivers, Linda Lloyd, Opal Trice, Betty Anthony and the Ashbury Court Family.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Tim Causey, J.B. Monaghan, George Monaghan, Tommy Todd, Guy Pettit and Gene Conwill. Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Harvey, Ryan Bowen, Johnny Berryhill, Dick Wright, William Ford, Wayne Reich, Dude Ross, Dewey Monaghan, G.W. Walls, and all of her music making friends.
Visitation will be until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Jimmy Westbrook Jr.
TUPELO – Jimmy Westbrook Jr. died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at his home. He was born on April 21, 1964, to Eddie Mae Westbrook and Jim Westbrook in Lee County. He accepted Christ into his life at an early age. He attended Verona Jr. High School and Itawamba Jr. College, receiving his GED.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Palestine United Methodist Church in Nettleton with Pastor McIntosh officiating. Burial will be at Porter’s Memorial Garden in Tupelo. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors in Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother; his older sister, Glenda (William) Thomas of Lorton, Va.; a brother, Terry (Sonya) Westbrook; a younger sister, Shonda Westbrook; two nieces, Whitney Westbrook and Cortlyn Smith; four nephews, Vanterrius and Devanta Westbrook and Demonie and Rashasd Thomas; five aunts, Earlene Ausborn of Amory, Jerlene Morgan of Memphis, Earnastine Ruff of Nettleton, Pearlie Mae Ryan of Tupelo and Ida Pearl Westbrook of Kansas City, Mo.; five uncles, Ben C. (Teresa) Ruff of Dorsey, Glen (Linda) Ruff of Chicago, David Jean (Cornelius) Westbrook, Hubert (Mattie) Westbrook and Charles Westbrook; and a host of cousins and friends.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon until 1 p.m. Monday at the church.
Jerald Dicks
FULTON – Jerald Dicks, 67, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
Willie Dell Collins
TUPELO – Willie Dell Collins, 88, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at West Point Nursing Home. He was born Feb. 14, 1921, in Winona to Willie and Naomi Collins. He was a WW II Navy Veteran and a salesman for Collins Pest Control.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Laman officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include one son, Terry Collins; three stepsons, Billy Riggs (Mavis) of Nettleton, Jimmy Riggs (Elaine) of Mooreville and Glen Riggs (Barbara) of Bissell; one brother, Oscar Collins (Doris) of Forrest City, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mamie Riggs Collins; one son, Billy Collins; three brothers, Dalton Collins, George Collins and Dorsey Collins; and two sisters, Lois Tullus and Jewel Scoggens.
Pallbearers will be Buddy Collins, Billy Riggs, Darren Riggs, Brian Riggs, Edwayne Peeples and Darel Nicholson.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Katherine Jourdan
BURNSVILLE – Katherine Lee Jowers Jourdan, 76, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 27, 1933, in Tishomingo County to Albert and Lucy Jowers. She was known for her love and devotion to her friends and family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen with Bro. Jimmy Daniel officiating. Burial will be in Temple Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Curtis Jourdan of Burnsville; two daughters, Kathy Baxter of Corinth and Brenda Blanks of Madison; one brother, Leon Jowers of Corinth; seven grandchildren, Bridgett Williams Dailey of Holly Springs, Nicholas Williams of Burnsville, Hunter Blanks of Denver, Colo., Ashleigh and Katie Jourdan of Iuka, Shelby Jourdan of Corinth and Gregory Curtis Jourdan Jr. of Glen; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gregory Curtis Jourdan; and two brothers, Jesse Lloyd and Odel Jowers.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; by phone (901) 578-2805; or online at www.stjude.org/donate.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Bonnie Dye
ELLISTOWN – Bonnie Lee Dye, 78, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at the Baptist Hospital in New Albany, after an extended illness. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed working in her flowers and in her garden.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Irvin officiating. Burial with graveside services will be in the Glenfield Cemetery in New Albany.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, William (Bill) Dye of Ellistown; four daughters, Susie Bates (Paul) of Searcy, Ark., Marsha Ceglarek (Glenn) of Addison, Ill., Jovonna Rainey (B.J.) of New Albany and Tina Pannell of Blue Springs; one son, Tim Hutcheson (Pam) of Carol Stream, Ill.; one brother, Jimmy Raines of Jericho; 18 grandchildren, Glen Hutcheson, Colton Hutcheson, Ben Hutcheson, Derrick Hutcheson, Eric Hutcheson, Rick Hutcheson Jr., Dustin Hutcheson, Samantha Gonzales, Holly Hutcheson, Jade Childers, Katie Ceglarek, Ashton Hutcheson, Gareth Pannell, Gradon Pannell, Hank Armstrong, Renae Polk, Nathen Sorrentino and Tony Sorrentino; and 26 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Claude and Bessie Holcomb Raines; one son, Rick Hutcheson; one sister, Joann Martin; five brothers, Charles Raines, Bill Raines, Jerry Raines, Claude Raines Jr. and Paul Raines.
Pallbearers will be Gareth Pannell, Gradon Pannell, Glen Hutcheson and Colton Hutcheson.
Honorary pallbearers will be all of her remaining grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Charles Brazil
TUPELO – Charles Brazil, 66, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House. A Tupelo native, he was born Oct. 30, 1943, to Robert Edwin and Edna Wilson Brazil. He was a graduate of Belden High School. He worked for many years with Day-Brite Lighting until his health failed. He was a member of Chesterville Baptist Church. He loved fishing.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Sammy Coker and Rev. Dave Jensen officiating. Burial will be in Chesterville Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Edna Brazil of Tupelo; one nephew, Robbie Brazil of Tupelo; three aunts, Louise Holcomb, Ann Lusby and Ann Cheek; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father; and two brothers, Curtis and Danny Brazil.
Pallbearers will be his cousins.
Visitation will be from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
James Maharrey
TUPELO – James William ‘J.W.’ Maharrey, 81, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Mr. Maharrey was born west of Shannon on July 28, l928, to Bennie Harold and Rilla Mitchell Maharrey. He attended public schools locally and joined the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the 101st Airborne in Kawasaki, Japan. A paratrooper and glider pilot, he served with distinction and honor for 6 1/2 years. He was injured during service which ultimately led to 100% disability. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal. He married Mollie Wheeler on June 11, l950, and they made their home for over 55 years in the Winthrop Harbor, Ill. area. Jim worked at U.S. Steel for several years and later worked in concrete construction for Mohawk Construction Co., retiring after nearly 25 years. He was a member of the Zion Church of God. He was a God fearing Christian man who was completely devoted to his family and his country. A patriotic American, he enjoyed telling of his military life, reading history, fishing, conversing with family and friends, motorcycles, gardening, yard work and especially coming home to Mississippi every Christmas to visit family and reconnect with his southern heritage. He and his wife had just purchased a permanent retirement home in Mooreville at his death.
Services with military honors, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Tupelo Church of God with Bro. Jack Ezell officiating. Burial will follow in Gilvo Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel have been entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mollie Wheeler Maharrey of Winthrop Harbour and Mooreville; his son, Thomas Kelly Maharrey of Tupelo; two daughters, Betty Jean Spiller (Phillip) of Winthrop Harbour, Ill. and Sue Johnson (Andy) of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; a sister, Betty M. Buchanan of Crawford; two brothers, Curtis Maharrey (Helen) of Okolona and David Maharrey (Linda) of London, Ohio; a special sister and brother-in-law, Ken and Ann Burnsides of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Vern Hadaway and Mike and Jane McDonald of Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Barbara M. Westbrook and Aileen M. Mobley; and brothers, B.F. ‘Bill’, J.D. ‘Jerry’ and Bennie E. ‘Lum’ Maharrey.
Pallbearers will be Tom Kelly Maharrey, Daryle and David Spiller, Curtis Alan and Donald Ray Maharrey and Tom Carey.
Honorary pallbearer will be Shane Scribner.
Visitation is from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the Church.
Memorials may be made to the Tupelo Church of God, 1813 Briar Ridge Road, Tupelo, MS. 38804.