Obituaries Jan. 20, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ray Addison
OXFORD – Ray Woodson Addison, 72, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at the Regional Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. He was the husband of the late Julia Fudge Addison. He was a retired accountant with Dupont and a member of Yellow Leaf Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Jerry East officiating. Graveside service will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
He is survived by his daughter, Angie Douglas of Kissimmee, Fla.; two sons, Chris Addison of Jacksonville, Fla., and Christopher Addison of Medina, Tenn.; his sister, Mavis Roberts of Medina, Tenn.; his brother, Al Addison of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
Memorial donations may be made to Yellow Leaf Baptist Church, 50 CR 435, Oxford, MS 38655; or the American Cancer Society, 607 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804-3732.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Scottie Stanton
HICKORY FLAT – Scottie Lee Stanton, 51, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, in Hickory Flat. He was born May 9, 1958, in Union County. He was a farmer.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will be in McKay Cemetery in Hickory Flat.
Survivors include his mother, Elaine Briscoe Stanton of Hickory Flat; two brothers, Bobby Stanton of Hickory Flat and David Stanton of Potts Camp; and four sisters, Robbie Hall of New Albany, Brenda Brown of Hickory Flat, Gail Moorman of Myrtle and Holley Russell of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Stanton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ruby Davis
NESBIT – Ruby Jean Davis, 71, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, in Hickory Flat.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Byhalia Cemetery.
Sarah Womble
KOSCIUSKO – Services for Sarah Miriam Womble will be at 2 p.m. today at Jordan Funeral Home Chapel in Kosciusko. Burial will be in Parkway Cemetery.
Charles Morris
CORINTH – Charles Morris, 66, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Troy Whitten
DERMA – Willie Troy Whitten, 78, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at his home. He was born Sept. 10, 1931, in Winston County. He was a retired equipment operator and retail store owner. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Way of the Cross Church of the Nazarene.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Bro. Jimmy Vance and Bro. Howard Green will officiate. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Woods Whitten of Derma; one daughter, Kimberly Whitten of Joppa, Md.; one son, Michael Whitten Sr. (Laura) of Calhoun City; one brother, Travis Whitten of Louisville; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Beamon Whitten and Viola Collier Whitten.
Pallbearers will be Michael Whitten Jr., Troy Allen Whitten, Dustin Belk, Jerry Vance, Wayne Clanton and Barry Clanton.
Mary Lou Spencer
CLARKSDALE – Mary Lou Spencer, 99, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Northwest Mississippi Regional Hospital in Clarksdale.
A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Temple Heights Baptist Church, 1111 Mimosa Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Ewell Weaver
AMORY – Ewell Weaver, 83, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at the Golden Living Nursing Center in Amory. Born in Monroe County on Feb. 9, 1926, he was the son of Major Celdon and Ada Jeanette Vaughn Weaver. He was retired from the Monroe County bus shop. He was a Christian and a beekeeper. He was an artist, enjoyed playing the violin and harmonica, and loved animals of all kinds.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Wayne Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include four nephews, Herbert Weaver of New Orleans, La., N.C. Weaver Jr. (Hazel) of the Auburn community, Jerry Wayne Weaver (Bobbie Jo) of Pontotoc and Steve A. Weaver (Rhonda) of Shannon; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, N.C. Sr. and Edmond Lee Weaver; one sister, Dorsey Weaver; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Chad King, Timothy Little, Benjamin Barrett, Bo Barrett, Benny Dobbs, Greg Norton and Jimmy Brown.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Maxine Cantrell
HODGES, Ala. – Maxine Cantrell, 79, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at Helen Keller Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
Bessie Lee Page
CORINTH – Bessie Lee Page died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at McNairy Regional Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
John H. Jordan
ASHLAND – John Henry Jordan, 77, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 18, 1932, to Ferrell Jordan and Bessie Daniels Jordan. He was a member of Hamilton Baptist Church and a retired factory worker. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Onnie Ralph, Bro. Paul Adams and Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Hopkins Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline Hopkins Jordan of Ashland; one daughter, Kim Potter (Ricky) of Ripley; one son, Hal Jordan (Gail) of Ashland; one sister, Martha Faye Johnson (Ray) of Southaven; one brother, William “Dub” Jordan (Ruth) of California; four grandchildren, Chad Jordan (Kelly) of Falkner, Johnathan Jordan of Ashland, Ed Austin (Nikki) and Lauren Moore (Keith), all of Ripley; 10 great-grandchildren, Devin, Maddox, Jackson and Cooper Jordan, Logan and Landon Green, Leah Moore, and Hunter, Chloe and Karlee Austin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jimmy Lee Jordan and Rayburn Jordan.
Pallbearers will be Chad Jordan, Johnathan Jordan, Ed Austin, Kerry Roberson, Alan Johnson and Vince Jordan. Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony Leatherwood, Johnny Shoffner, Ed Hubbard, Jimmy King, Jerry Hartley, Kyle Strickland and Vernice Clemmer.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries and sign the guest book online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Alton Hall
RIPLEY – Alton Keith “Busty” Hall, 50, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. He was born on Sept. 18, 1959, in Waukegan, Ill. He was a member of Dumas Baptist Church. He went to school at Pine Grove and served in the United States Navy from 1981 until 1991. He was a supervisor at Sam’s Club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Dumas Baptist Church with Bro. Marvin Robbins and Bro. Scott Hudson officiating. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Stacy E. Hall of Ripley; two daughters, Jamie Hall Crumpton (Nathan) of Pontotoc and Crystal Dawn Hall; two sons, Alton Kyle Hall of Ripley and James Adrian Lee Hall; his father, James Alton Hall of Ripley; his mother, Jamie Sue Hensley of Edmonton, Ky.; two sisters, Bobbie Sue Hall of Ripley and Cathy McGowen (Jap) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; one brother, Joey Bauers of Antioch, Ill.
Pallbearers will be Matt Keyes, Wayne Bryan, Ricky Hatcher, Ricky Shinall, Mike Kent and Nathan Crumpton.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Dumas Baptist Church.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to Dumas Baptist Church Mission Fund, P.O. Box 661, Dumas, MS 38625.
Fletie E. Hensley
WALNUT – Fletie Elmer Hensley, 80, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital. She was born April 30, 1929, to Joe Waldon and Ruth James Waldon. She was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Russell Hamm officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Hensley of Walnut; one son, Larry Hensley (Dorothy) of Walnut; five grandchildren, Renae Brock (Tommy Walker) of Etta, Amanda Bryant (John) of Walnut, Scotty Hensley (Amber) of Dumas, Stephanie McDonald of Walnut and Robert Parmely of Corinth; six great-grandchildren, Tony Bryant, Kevin Walker, and Matthew, Montana, Chase and Carley Hensley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Hensley; her parents; one sister, Eula Barbour; and three brothers, E. H. Waldon, Roy Waldon and Troy Waldon.
Visitation will be 4 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries and sign the guest book online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Ralph Goodman
BOONEVILLE – Ralph E. Goodman, 84, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was an office manager with Brown Shoe Company for over 35 years, then a teller with Renasant Bank for 10 years. He was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Booneville, where he served as Lay Leader, Sunday school teacher and on several church boards. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a Master Mason of Lodge 305 and a board member for the local library. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed writing and telling stories and sharing them with his family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Phillip Box, the Rev. Bobby Hankins and the Rev. Bill Kemp officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Catherine Hill Goodman; his daughter, Sandra Jean Goodman (Charles) Carter of Tupelo; his sister, Mary Emma (Chester) Williams of Louisiana, Mo.; two grandchildren, Anne Catherine Carter and Aaron Goodman Carter; two sister-in-laws, Frances Taylor of Trenton, Tenn., and Maxine Horner of Savannah, Tenn.; a brother-in-law, James Alfred Hill of Dyer, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Harold and Mary Florence Davis Goodman.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 235, Booneville, MS 38829.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Bobby Joe Barnett
SALTILLO – Bobby Joe Barnett, 70, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He attended the Light House Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and running his dogs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Merle Floyd and Bro. Ronnie Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Euclatubba Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Sue Barnett of Saltillo; two sons, Tommy Joe Barnett of Macedonia and Dean Barnett (Jennifer) of Guntown; four grandsons, Shannon Barnett, Dustin Barnett, Tyler Barnett and Zach Barnett; one great-grandson, Kalaloa Barnett; four sisters and five brothers, Reba Floyd (Merle) and Edith Patterson, both of Guntown, Ray Barnett (Francis) and Billy Barnett (Ruby), both of Saltillo, James Hoyle (Judy) Barnett of Birminghan Ridge, Roy Barnett (Brenda) of Guntown, Durell (Pam) Barnett of Nettleton, and Delphia Smith and June Butler, both of Coloma, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Gertha Sanders Barnett; one son, Donald Barnett; one brother, Gene Barnett; and one sister, Elise Stanford.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Barnett, Zach Barnett, David Lawrence, Scotty Floyd, Tony Dunaway and Danny Dunaway.
Margaret Bone
HOUSTON – Margaret Leona Dooley Bone, 75, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at Mississippi Care Center in Corinth. She was born Jan. 2, 1935, in Leake County to D.C. Dooley and Lodie Webb Dooley. She was a homemaker and a Pentecostal.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Carthage with the Rev. Larry McDonald officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Charlie Bone (Diana) of Houston and Mike Bone (Teresa) of Randolph; two daughters, Debbie Houser and Dena Diaz (Chad), both of Corinth; 11 grandchildren, Becky Pierce (James), Chad Diaz II, Alana James (Michael), Charlie M. Bone (Amanda) and Max Morgan, all of Corinth, Joshua Morgan (Windi) of Lakeland, Fla., Tosha McGee (Chad) of Houston, Texas, Mick Bone (Erica) of Pontotoc, and Troy Bone and Tristen Bone, both of Randolph; one sister, Dorothy Bessinger, one brother, Danny Dooley; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles “Buddy” Bone; and one sister, Paulette Fortenberry;
Pallbearers will be her sons and grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before service time on Thursday.
Jimmy Taylor
FULTON – Jimmy Toomer Taylor, 71, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born July 29, 1938, to Audie Joseph and Annie Louis Toomer Taylor. He was a 1956 graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School. He had lived the past several years in Tupelo, but was born and raised and lived most of his life in Fulton. In his earlier years, he worked as manager of Wallace-Murray Corp. in Waco, Texas. He later owned Sure-Pak Delivery Service in Tupelo. He was a member of the Parkway Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, talking and sending e-mails to his family and friends. He enjoyed playing golf in his earlier years and playing on his computer in his later years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Paul Brashier officiating. Burial will be in the Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his daughter, Angie Taylor Buse of Germantown, Tenn.; his stepson, Donny Taylor (Bridget) of St. Simons Island, Ga.; four grandchildren, Wilson Taylor Buse and Joseph Conner Buse, both of Germantown, Hillary Taylor of Athens, Ga., and Jill Taylor of St. Simons Island; the mother of his daughter, Marty Taylor of Saltillo; and a special nephew, Phil Taylor of Conroe, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Phil Taylor, Ron Taylor, Rudolph Franks, Mike Taylor, Brock Reese, James Whitehead and Boyce McNeece.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
Carlton Stephens
MANTACHIE – Carlton G. Stephens , 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born March 9, 1931, to D.R. and Ida Estes Stephens. He worked at Dura Crates Containers as a shipping clerk for many years. He then worked at Tupelo Fiber. He was a longtime member of Fawn Grove Free Will Baptist Church. He was an Air Force veteran.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Terry Booker officiating. Burial will be in the Center Star Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Betty Stephens; one daughter, Virginia Carter (Richard) of Hamilton, Ala.; one brother-in-law, Paul Wesson (Rita) of Mantachie; four grandchildren, Matthew, Daniel, Ashley and Tom Stephens; special daughter-in-law, Diane Stephens Roberts (Leland) of Baldwyn; one niece, Andrea Bello (Dr. David) of Orlando, Fla.; two great-nieces, Mia and Zoe Bello of Orlando, Fla.
He was preceded in death by one son, Carlton Michael Stephens, and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Russell Burcham, J.T. Knight, Perry Franks, Phillip Marlin, Ricky Rayburn, David Howell and Ruel Brooks.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday School class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Gene Wells
ETTA – Gene Edward Wells, 74, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Billy Robbins
SOMONAUK, Ill. – Billy Dean Robbins, 76, formerly of Pontotoc, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at Rush-Copley Hospital in Aurora, Ill. He was the son of the late James William Robbins and Mary Lavinia Conlee Robbins of Pontotoc.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. J.W. Owen officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two children, Alesia Denise Burress of Somonauk, Ill., and Darrell Dean Robbins of Oswego, Ill.; four grandchildren, Kevin James Burress, Bryan Allen Burress, Ashley Kristine Robbins and Brittney Nicole Robbins; three great-grandchildren, all of Illinois; four brothers, J.W. Robbins Jr. of Prattville, Ala., Louis Wylie Robbins of Memphis, John Robbins and Dewey Robbins of Barton.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, James, Robert, Halbert, Dempsey “B,” Gene and Wayne Robbins.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Robbins, Bryan Burress, Jimmy Robbins, Lawerence Patterson, John Robbins and Dewey Robbins.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday.
James Stanford
MOOREVILLE – Jessie James Stanford, 84, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at his home in Mooreville after a long illness. He was born Nov. 20, 1925, in Monroe County to Jack and Cordie Brown Stanford. He had lived in Itawamba County for the past 59 years. He was a retired farmer and a member of Fawn Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed working in his garden.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Donnie Riley officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include five daughters, Louise Riley (Kenneth) of Aberdeen, Barbara Wesson of Saltillo, Judy Lawrence of Baldwyn, Shalom “Kay” Morrison (Richard) of Bainbridge, Ga., and Joy Hazard (Alan) of Buckley, Wash.; four sons, Carter Stanford (Elizabeth) of Brewer, Ray Stanford (Velma) of Mooreville, Larry Stanford (Gina) of Harrison, Ark., and Robert Dawkins (Joann) of Kennesaw, Ga.; four sisters, Gracie Weeks (Lester) and Mae Riley, both of Nettleton, Virginia Wiggins (Henry) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Patsy Johnson (Charles) of Tupelo; 27 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bobby and frank Stanford; one son-in-law, Gene Wesson; two granddaughters, Melissa and Melinda Stanford; and one great-grandson, Zach Brock.
Pallbearers will be Dee Riley, Richard Wesson, Carter Stanford Jr., Craig Stanford, Douglas Wesson, Richard Anthony Mosley and Ray Stanford Jr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Barbara Hall
PONTOTOC – Barbara Hall, 59, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at her home. She was born Oct. 30, 1950, to Carl S. Tidwell and Myrtle Bishop in Lafayette County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Serenity Funeral Home in New Albany with Bro. Tim Barber and Bro. Mark Riddle officiating. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery on Pooleville Road at Myrtle.
Survivors include her husband, J.W. Hall of Pontotoc; three children, James (Wendy) Gullick of Myrtle, Kathy (Brian Brinkley) Starling and Rita Valentine, all of Pontotoc; one brother, Richard Von Tidwell of Oxford; two sisters, Lottie Estell Knighton of Oxford and Joan Rogers of Myrtle; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Rickey Holloway
BOONEVILLE – Rickey O’neal Holloway, 50, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Walden Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 until 10 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Lois McGill
TUPELO – Lois Lee Caldwell McGill, 72, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 9, 1937, in Meridian to Willie and Azelia Little Caldwell. She made her home in Tupelo since 1970. She was a member of Cedar Grove Pentecostal Church, where she served as church secretary for 33 years. She had a special love for the Cedar Grove Children’s Church and was an avid reader.
Services will be at 7 p.m. today at Cedar Grove Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Danny Robbins officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Cemetery in Kemper County. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, William “Bill” McGill of Tupelo; two daughters, Kathlene Sullivan (Rev. Dennis Sr.) of Aberdeen and Karrene Ayres (Sidney) of Hickory Flat; one sister, Faye Johnson of Meridian; four grandchildren, Jessica Simmons (Glen) of Corinth, Annah Barnes (Brandon) of Booneville, Dennis Sullivan Jr. of Massachusetts and Benjamin Sullivan of Caledonia; three great-grandchildren, Kaira and Jeremiah Sullivan, and Ty Simmons; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Joe Putt, Clint Hood, Dustin Kitchens, Roy Kitchens, Clay Robbins and Michael Neal.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until service time today.
In lieu of flower, memorials should be made to the Cedar Grove Children’s Church.

Shane Hicks
MOOREVILLE – Terry Shane Hicks, 23, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Starkville. A lifelong resident of Lee County, he was born July 21, 1986, to Terry and Jimmie Hicks. He was a 2004 graduate of Mooreville High School, where he was a member of the basketball team. He was a 2008 graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He spent one semester traveling and studying in Spain. He was in his second semester of graduate school at MSU, pursuing his master’s degree. He was a member of Auburn Baptist Church, where he was active in the youth group. He was attending Calvary Baptist Church. His hobbies were playing golf, snowboarding, playing basketball and attending MSU sporting events, especially baseball and basketball. He was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and LeBron James fan. He enjoyed traveling, especially to visit his aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania. He loved spending time with his family. especially his niece, Abby Grace. His favorite pastime was hanging out with his friends and roommates at “The 505″ in Starkville.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church with Bro. David Eldridge and Bro. Jimmy Henry officiating. Bro. Austin Kimbrough will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Jimmie Benefield Hicks of Mooreville; his sister, April Hicks Gonzales of Tupelo; his niece, Abby Grace Gonzales of Tupelo; his grandmothers, Vickie Hicks of Mooreville and Janie Benefield of Tupelo; his aunts and uncles, Larry and Marilyn Hicks of Mooreville, Phillip and Susan Hicks of Mooreville, Danny Benefield of Smithville, Debra and Doyle Bradley of Mooreville, Judy and Richard Royce of Bethlehem, Pa., Pauline and Barry Smith of Fulton, Lynn and Thomas Mize of Saltillo, and Sonja and Jimbo Byars of Houlka; his cousins, Tracy Wilburn, Kim Root, Jessie Hicks, Lauren Hicks, Tucker Hicks, Carson Hicks, Kim Bradley, Cathy Bradley, Will Smith, Casey Smith, Maegan Mize, Joby Byars and Sawyer Byars; and his special brothers, Gabby Figueroa and Ben Lindsey.
He was preceded in death by his father, Terry Hicks, and his grandfathers, Hubert Hicks and William Benefield.
Pallbearers will be Russ Tally, Lance Tally, Jim Tally, Cody Cayson, Joe Konieczny, Carlos Hereford and Titus Penro.
Honorary pallbearers will be his roommates at “The 505,” Scott DeLoach, Jonathan Chaney, Connor Powers, Sterling White, Ryan Duffy, John Michael Rollins and Dan Mobley; his friends at MSU; the Mooreville High School Class of 2004; and the 2001-2004 basketball teams.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Abby Grace Gonzales Education Fund at Trustmark Bank, P.O. Box 587, Tupelo, MS 38802.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

David Gordon
HOULKA – David Lee Gordon, 51, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be later announced by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Joe Archie
OXFORD – Joe Willie Archie, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. A native of Lafayette County, he was the son of Rob Archie and Lillie Archie. He was a construction worker and loved to go to church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Brown Chapel Church of the Living God in Oxford. Bishop Calvin Worthem will deliver the eulogy. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by three daughters, Patricia Archie and Sharon Bank, both of Oxford, and Mary Anderson of Memphis; 12 grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
The body will lie state at noon today at the church.