Obituaries Jan. 24, 2008

Marie Stubblefield
ECRU – Marie Stubblefield, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 27, 1926, to Beverly O. and Violet Mae Hall. After graduating from New Albany High School, she attended Draughn’s Business College and was employed as a bookkeeper until Retinitis Pigmentosa robbed her of her eyesight. Her primary mission in life, however, was serving in the ministry with her husband, who pastored several Southern Baptist churches throughout North Mississippi. Marie was active in Sunday School and the Ecru Goodtimers Senior Program at Ecru Baptist Church. She enjoyed the Atlanta Braves ball games, cooking and canning home-grown produce, and listening to books on tape.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 24, 2008, at Ecru Baptist Church with the Rev. Barry Littlefield and the Rev. Mickey Gentry officiating. Burial will follow in Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Ecru is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her beloved husband of 56 years, the Rev. Charles L. Stubblefield of Ecru; her two daughters, Beverly Ann Stubblefield and her husband, Edgar Burton Kemp IV, of Slidell, La., and Betty Jean Short and her husband, Billy H., of Ingomar; her son, Charlie R. Stubblefield and his wife, Lecia, of New Albany; five grandchildren, John and Breck Short, Beth Short, Chad Stubblefield, Cody Stubblefield and Collin Stubblefield.

Pallbearers will be her sons-in-law and grandsons: Burt Kemp, Billy Short, John Short, Chad Stubblefield, Cody Stubblefield and Collin Stubblefield.

Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Ecru Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Ecru Baptist Church, P.O. Box 467, Ecru, MS 38841; or Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801; or Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 16 Northtown Drive, Suite 100, Jackson, MS 39211; or Mississippi Library Commission Blind and Severely Handicapped Library Service, 1221 Ellis Ave., Jackson, MS 39209-7328.

Howard Stafford
PONTOTOC – Howard Stafford, 89, affectionately known as “Mayor,” died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pontotoc. Howard was a World War II Army veteran, where he served in the South Pacific for four years. He returned to Pontotoc and owned the Standard Oil dealership for 15 years.

In 1965 he took office as mayor of the City of Pontotoc, where he served 28 years. While serving Pontotoc as mayor, Howard was known for his colorful language and unorthodox approach to getting things done. During his administration, the city taxes were lowered down to 1 mill in 1985 and to 0 mill in 1986. He was instrumental in the industrial revolution in Pontotoc in the early 1960s. When he arrived at City Hall as mayor, there were two factories. When he left office, there were more than 37 in the city and 60 in the county. He was responsible for Pontotoc obtaining its own natural gas system and for a grant that led to the building of Pontotoc City Lake, now known as Howard Stafford Park. He spent his entire life working for the betterment of Pontotoc County.

Howard was an active member of the Yocona Area Boy Scout Council, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors. He received the Silver Beaver Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Howard was a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club. An avid golfer, he enjoyed a good golf game. Howard enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren, and the decisions and accomplishments they made.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc with the Rev. Doug Jones, the Rev. Paul Sims and Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will follow in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his children: Roger Stafford and his wife Fran and children, Shane, Casey and Tucker; Cherie Matthews and her husband Jim and children, Wil, Molly and Josh; Alecia Larkin and her husband Jeff and children, Conor and Annalise; Richard Stafford and wife Kathy and children, Richard, Tristan, Reid Bramlett, Colton Bramlett and Britny Bramlett; Jeff Stafford and wife D’Anne and children, Nolan and Adrian and Blake Shettles. He is survived by his three sisters, Dorothy Ball, Jennie Mae Dowdy and Jewel Spears.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ad and Cora Hanks Stafford; his wife of 62 years, Ruby Ball Stafford; his three brothers, Olives, Gene and Joe Stafford; and his three sisters, Clara Lucht, Ruby Hale and Dallie Stegall.

Pallbearers will be Conor Larkin, Richard Stafford, Wil Matthews, Josh Matthews and Shane Stafford.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Browning Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Boy Scouts of America, 505 Airpark Road, Tupelo, MS 38801; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Shirley P. “Ann” Wilson
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tenn. – Shirley P. “Ann” Wilson, 67, formerly of Tishomingo and the Memphis metropolitan area, passed away in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at home with family by her side following a long battle with non-smoking lung cancer. Shirley was the wife of Billy B. Wilson. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Maybelle Page of Tishomingo. She was born Jan. 31, 1940, and raised in Tishomingo. She lived her adult life in the Memphis metropolitan area. She and her husband moved to Signal Mountain, Tenn., in 2003 to spend more time with their youngest grandson, Shelby Stubblefield.

She retired in 2000 from the federal government after 28 years of service with the Internal Revenue Service at the Memphis Service Center. She was an active member of Longview Heights Baptist Church and its choir in Olive Branch. Most recently Shirley regularly attended the Red Banks Baptist Church in Chattanooga, where she was a member of the Prime Time Singers. She was such a giver of herself and whether you called her Shirley or Ann, family and friends alike will all cherish memories of her big smile, contagious laugh, love of life and strong faith in God.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Tishomingo Baptist Church in Tishomingo. Bro. Robbie Crane and Bro. Tommy Gillon will officiate. Burial will be in Rutledge-Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Billy B. Wilson of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; two daughters, Tami Stubblefield of Signal Mountain, Tenn., and Robyn Wilson of Boulder, Colo.; two sisters, Jewel Edmondson and Ruth Dawson, both of Tishomingo; two grandsons, Chris and Shelby Stubblefield; and many nieces and nephews, whom she loved.

A memorial prayer service and family visitation will be held at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 24, in the Greeting Room of the Sanctuary at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church with Dr. William Dudley officiating.

Visitation also will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Joan Scarangello Foundation to Conquer Lung Cancer. You may honor Shirley’s memory by giving to the research of lung cancer and sharing awareness of the ongoing increase in non-smoking lung cancer, especially in women. Donations should be made in the name of Shirley P. or Ann Wilson to Joan’s Legacy, 27 Union Square West, Suite 304, New York, NY 10003.

Dale Tanner
IUKA – Dale Tanner, 54, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at the Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence, Ala. She was a longtime employee of Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Iuka and loved her job as a cook there. She enjoyed helping with fundraisers for the Eastport/Mill Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Dwight Rivers officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Cherokee, Ala.

Survivors include her husband, Barry Tanner of Iuka; one brother, Jimmy LeFan (Anita) of Cherokee, Ala.; one sister, Tammy LeFan of Cherokee, Ala.; one sister-in-law, Debbie Hellums (Mike) of Cherokee, Ala.; one niece, Emilee Hellums of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; a special cousin, Barbara Jean Sanders of Detroit, Mich.; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Tanner of Cherokee, Ala.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Renfro and Martha Lou LeFan.

Pallbearers will be Todd Williams, John Williams, Clint Robinson, Heath Robinson, Eric Booker and Stephen Williams.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Eastport/Mill Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

Jimmy Dale Spencer
FULTON – Jimmy Dale Spencer, 59, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, at his home. He was born Sept. 23, 1948, in Alabama to Orville and Nellie Trentham Spencer. He was a former employee of Evans Lumber Co. He was an avid outdoorsman and a Baptist.

No service is planned. Senter Funeral Home is in charge.

Survivors include a daughter, Melissa Holt (Tim) of Caledonia; five grandchildren; a stepfather, C.H. Barrett of Fulton; four sisters, Angie Mayhall (Charles) of Golden, Mary Nell Wright of Peppertown, Anna Marie Lockett of Waukegan, Ill., and Nellajean Plunkett of Mooreville; one brother, Bob Covington of Crystal Springs, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ceaser Howard
AMORY – Ceaser “Jig” Howard, 57, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

Don Noel
NETTLETON – Donald L. “Don” Noel, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

James Wall
WALNUT – James Clyde Wall, 64, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, at his home in Walnut. He was a member of Walnut United Methodist Church and faithfully attended Ripley Presbyterian Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of the ship detachment on the USS Randolph which transported astronaut John Glenn after his splashdown from his record-making orbit of the Earth. He served in the Mississippi Highway Patrol for 27 years and was a founding member of the Patrol's Honor Guard. He owned and operated a music store in Starkville, and he was a member of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society. He enjoyed playing and teaching guitar, banjo, violin and fiddle, and he enjoyed photography and calligraphy.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ripley Presbyterian Church. The Rev. William J. Connolly and the Rev. Mary Hutson officiated. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Jamie Roberson Wall of Walnut; one son, John Roberson Wall of Walnut; two sisters, Emma Jerry “Sis” Wall and Pamela Jane Wooten (Junior), both of Walnut; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John William and Agatha Rutherford Wall.

Pallbearers will be William A. Bell, Jack Williams, David G. Stewart, Sunny Vickers, Billie Wright, Mike Bennett, Andy Mullins, Dwayne Smalley, Jimmy Roberson, Robert Bitter and Robert Elliott.

Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Mercy Hospice, Mickey Bell, Ruth Cook and Dr. Dwalia South.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to service time Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made to one of the following: Mississippi State Troopers Association, P.O. Box 78, Jackson, MS 39225; Ripley Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Cooper St., Ripley, MS 38663; Walnut United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 78, Walnut, MS 38683; or Mercy Hospice, 111-A Hospital St., Ripley, MS 38863.

To view the register online, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Edna Heavener
RIPLEY – Edna Reynolds Heavener, 91, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. She lived in Baldwyn until she married and moved to Ripley in 1952. She was a retired seamstress for Blue Bell Manufacturing, a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed working in her flower garden, quilting, knitting, sewing and saving snacks for her grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home. Bro. Randy Hurt and Bro. Tim Latch will officiate. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Steve Heavener (Clara Ann) of Ripley; a daughter-in-law, Bennie Cox of Booneville; one sister, Inez Farmer of North Carolina; her grandchildren, Angie White (James) of Booneville, and Tommy Heavener and Andrea Ketchum (Frederick), both of Ripley; her great-grandchildren, Tyler White, Stephen Heavener, Ava Heavener, Jak Ketchum and Aiden Ketchum.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Ray Heavener; two son, Robert Ray Heavener and Jimmy Heavener; and brothers and sisters, Altie Heavener, Sara Jane Heavener, Paralee Heavener, Ethel Heavener, Kathrine Tyra, William Reynolds, Henry Reynolds and Durant Reynolds.

Pallbearers will be Doyle Simmers, Randy Bennett, Don Heavener, Eddie Chandler, George Heavener and Lyman Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will be William Sanford, Dan Alcock, Bobby Russom, Dr. Charles Elliott, Ronnie Hurt and Maxey Heavener.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.

James Stanford
HAMILTON – James Hiram Stanford, 90, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born Nov. 16, 1917, in Detroit, Ala., to Kelsie Stanford and Willie McKenzie Stanford. He lived the past 65 years in Hamilton. He was a member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church. He was a farmer and an employee of Walker Manufacturing for 22 1/2 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen. The Rev. Freddie Rasberry and the Rev. Dennis Sullivan will officiate. Burial will be in Ross Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Bessie Lou Collins Stanford of Hamilton; two daughters, Carol Porter (Roger) of Anderson, S.C., and Myralene Wilhite (Rene) of San Antonio, Texas; two sons, Cleatis Durell Stanford (Janice) of Aberdeen and Charles H. Stanford (Betty) of Hamilton; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Magdalene Walden and Gladis Stanford; two brothers, Oda Stanford and Gladen Stanford; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be J.P. Angle, Matt Honeycutt, Brandon Angle, Juston West, Jason West, Jeremy West and Tommy Clegg.

Honorary pallbearers will be Billy McLemore, Greely Sanders Jr., Rodger Collins, George Collins Jr., Russell Gilliland, Charles Adkins, Julian Walden, Donnie Walden, J.C. Robinson and Michael Robinson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Ross Cemetery Fund.

Dennis M. Smith
HOUSTON, Texas -Dennis Murry Smith, 89, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, at his home. He was born Feb. 5, 1918, in Ripley to Walter E. Smith and Floy Jeanie Wammack . He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at age 15 to help support his family during the Great Depression. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1937 and helped commission the USS Enterprise (CV-6). A World War II veteran, he saw action in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters, and retired from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer after 30 years of service. He also spent 24 years with the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors in La Grange, Ill. He was transferred to Houston, Texas, in 1974 as a district engineer assigned to the Southern Pacific Railroad. He retired in 1982. He was a Master Mason, a Knights Templar and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine.

Graveside military and Masonic services will be at 12:45 p.m. Friday at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas. Klein Funeral Home of Spring, Texas, is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Olga; two daughters, Sandra Gulledge of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, and Connie Beard of The Woodlands, Texas; one son, David Smith of Spring, Texas; two grandchildren, Kailey and Dylan Smith of Spring, Texas; two sons-in-law, Hal Gulledge and Buddy Beard; one sister, Elwanda Wroten of Blue Mountain; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Medina Shriners Children's Hospital, 550 N. Shriner Drive, Addison, IL 60101.

Peggy Whitten
BELDEN – Peggy Gurley Whitten, 62, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 3, 1945, to the late Zeak and Ferbie Wood Gurley of Dorsey. She was a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Itawamba Community College and Mississippi University for Women. She was an employee of Lanier Clothes for 28 years, an employee of Reed's and most recently an employee of Endville General Store. She was a member of Locust Hill Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. The Rev. Sammy Little and the Rev. David Westmoreland will officiate. Burial will follow in Keyes Cemetery in Itawamba County.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Taylor Whitten of Belden; one son, Chad Whitten (Margie) of Pearl; three grandchildren, Mattie, Morgan and Molly Whitten of Pearl; three sisters, Mary Friday (Willie) of Ecru, Martha Graham of Tupelo and Margaret Loden (Robert) of Fulton; a brother-in-law, Travis Bennett of Fulton; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; one great-great-niece.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Nell Bennett.

Pallbearers will be David Stiles, Jason Steele, Joe Phil Whitten, Eddie Johnson and Linwood Roberts.

Honorary pallbearers will be her friends at the Endville General Store.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

William West
SHANNON – William F. West, 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton.

Correction:
The funeral service for Charlene Jones has been changed. Joint funeral services for her and her sister, Georgia Mae Gibson, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Matthew M.B. Church in Fulton. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of both services.

James Pate
WOODLAND – James Robert Pate, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at Trace Regional Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.

Eugenia R. Smith
FULTON – Eugenia R. Smith, 79, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.

Gene Scott
GUNTOWN – Gene Barry Scott, 66, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at his residence after an extended illness. A native of Mississippi, he was born Oct. 16, 1941, to the late Burt Scott and Maudie Brown Post. He lived in Illinois for several years before returning to Guntown in 1987.

There will be no service. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors on Jefferson Street in Tupelo.

Survivors include his son, Barry Scott of Guntown.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 15 years, Barbara Scott.

Grayce Brown
DORSEY – Grayce L. Brown, 86, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton.

Florence Smith
IUKA -Florence Smith, 109, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Terry J. Spears
CORINTH – Terry J. Spears, 63, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.