Obituaries, Jan. 26, 2006

Anita Alred, Grenada
Monica Barton, Amory
Adam Boren, Mantachie
Pauline Brown, Golden
Susie Chesnutt, Golden
Mary Childers, Red Bay, Ala.
Sallie Clemmer, Ripley
Jessie Cook, Houlka
Charlene Copeland, Booneville
Bama Cossitt, Ripley
Donna Ellis, West Point
John Elzie, Pontotoc
Bit Fortson, Okolona
Jackie Givhan, Tupelo
Beatrice Henry, Saltillo
Amos Jones, Tupelo
James Lawrence, St. Louis
Darrell McKinney, Booneville
Arthur Moss Jr., Iuka
Della Pounders, Hamilton
Troy Rhea, Batesville
Lenore Smith, Red Banks
Florence Stroup, Houston
Jack Turner, Tunica

Anita Alred

GRENADA – Anita Lorene Appleton Alred, 83, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, at the Grenada Lake Medical Center. She was born Jan. 5, 1923. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church. She was a member of the Women's Missionary Union for many years. She taught Sunday School and worked with the Girls' Auxiliary at church and did volunteer work with needy children. Her legacy is her Christian witness in every area of her life.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Friendship Baptist Church with Bro. Jim Matheny, Bro. Johnny Dinas and Dr. Bob Self officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery. Garner-Harper Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Alred Smedley of Grenada; one sister, Maudie Haley of Oxford; numerous nieces and nephews; several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Fulton Alred; five brothers, Glendon Appleton, William F. Appleton, Clarence Appleton, Jack Appleton and Charles Appleton; and seven sisters, Otha Appleton, Magdalene Brown, Mildred Cain, Polly Wilson, Lois Hanks, Elizabeth Scruggs and Rena Mae Beavers.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at the church.

Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist or a charity of the donor's choice.

Della Pounders

HAMILTON – Della Smith Pounders, 94, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2005, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. She was born March 17, 1911, in Cookville, Tenn., to Luin Smith and Mary Baker Smith. She had lived in Hamilton since 1943. She was a homemaker and a member of the Hamilton Church of God of Prophecy.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Hamilton Church of God of Prophecy with Bro. Billy Stevens officiating. Burial will be in McDuffa Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include five daughters, Allene Head and husband, Herburt, and Willene Gilliland and husband, Don, all of Hamilton, Garah Irene Redditt and husband, J.W., of Vicksburg, Linda Gail Basham and husband, Duke, of Oklahoma, and Enzena Ellis of Mobile, Ala.; three sons, Charles Austin Pounders and wife, Jean, and Dea Oskin Pounders and wife, Doris, all of Aberdeen, and Herbert Kenneth Pounders of Hamilton; one brother, Wade Smith and wife, Mary, of Hamilton; 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Daniel Morgan Pounders; and a son, Samuel Rogers Pounders.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. to service time today.

Florence Stroup

HOUSTON – Florence “Fonnie” Loraine Clark Stroup, 99, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born Dec. 3, 1906, in Chickasaw County to George Wesley Clark and Lizzie Martin Clark. She was a retired homemaker and a member of George's Chapel United Methodist Church. She enjoyed fishing, gardening and singing old harp.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Gladwin Carpenter and the Rev. Jeff Gilder officiating. Burial will follow at Elzy Cemetery near Vardaman.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Graham and Loraine Pate, both of Woodland, and Ruth Lovan of Amory; two sons, Robert Stroup and Billy McCoy, both of Amory; two stepdaughters, Louise Mooneyham of Houston and Ruth Orr of Robbinsville, N.C.; 21 grandchildren, numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Arthur McCoy and Robert Smith Stroup; a daughter, Earlene Reese; a son, Leon Stroup; two stepsons, Ruble Stroup and Ralph Stroup; five sisters, Lillie Sanders, Audrey Pettit, Irene Pettit, Minnie Skeen and Mary Nolan; and seven brothers, Joseph Clark, John Clark, Lavirt Clark, Hubert Clark, Henderson Clark, Leroy Clark and Flenoy Clark.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Guests may sign the registry online at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Arthur Moss Jr.

IUKA – Arthur David Moss Jr., 58, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at New Lebanon Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. D.W. Jones officiating. Burial will be in New Lebanon Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur David Moss Sr. of Iuka; two brothers, Bruce Stanley Moss of Clinton and Phillip Wayne Moss of Robinsonville; one sister, Louretta Moss West of Anderson, S.C.

Pallbearers will be Gerald Barnes, Doug Bonds, Dwight Brown, Tony Brown, Bobby Jourdan, Neal Moss, Anthony Robinson and Ben Tigner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Lebanon Freewill Baptist Church Fund.

Troy Rhea

BATESVILLE – Troy Eugene Rhea, 73, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at his home in Batesville. He was born May 12, 1932, to Johnny and Lexie Rhea of Ashland. He was an electrician.

There will be no service. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Home in Batesville.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy H. Rhea of Batesville; four daughters, Anne Perkins of Batesville, Genia Whitten of Vincent, Ala., Diane James of Memphis and Denise Simpson of Missouri; two sons, Troy E. Rhea Jr. of Atoka, Tenn., and Lanny Brasher of Vincent, Ala.; a half sister, Becky Mayfield of Memphis; one brother, Bud Rhea of Savannah, Ga.; 11 grandchildren.

Jack Turner

TUNICA – John Thomas “Jack” Turner, 82, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, at his home. He was born March 27, 1923, in Nashville, Tenn. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a retired rural mail carrier and a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of both the Tunica Lions Club and the Tunica Fire Department. He was the husband of the late Jane Shannon Turner.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Methodist Church with Jeff Pruett and Danny Smith officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Tunica is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Jane Irene Turner Guthrie of Port Gibson; one son, John Shannon Turner of Tupelo; one brother, Philip Duke Turner of Dyersburg, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Austin Turner of Madison, and Shreve Guthrie and Janie Guthrie, both of Port Gibson.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Hamilton, John McKinney, John Wright, Maddox Harris, Jim Sturgil and Mike Balthazar.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Tunica Lions Club.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church Family Life Center, P.O. Box 1226, Tunica, MS 38676.

John Henry Elzie

PONTOTOC – John Henry Elzie, 65, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, at his home. A native of Pontotoc, he was a retired employee of Brookwood Furniture. He delivered newspapers for the Daily Journal for 25 years. He was a member of Pontotoc Second Baptist Church, where he was past chairman of the Deacon Board and Trustee Board, and past church treasurer.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Pontotoc Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Baber officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Elzie of Pontotoc; three daughters, Debra (Rev. Eugene) Vaughn and Amy Lois Elzie (Wade) Bean of Pontotoc, and Frances (Davis) Jackson of Conyers, Ga.; five sons, Joseph Finley, Ronald Elzie and James (Claudia) Elzie Sr., all of Pontotoc, Edward (Ellen) Elzie of Houston, Texas, and John (Teresa) Elzie Sr. of Olive Branch; four sisters, Hattie Wade of Pontotoc, Lillie (Bobby) Hobbs of Detroit, Mich., Maxine (Earl) Hill of Milwaukee, Wis., and Tina Curtis of Atlanta, Ga.; three brothers, Curtis (Lenora) Elzie of Pontotoc, Kenneth Terrell of Milwaukee and Darrin Terrell of Detroit; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and the family hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, both at the funeral home.

Monica Barton

AMORY – Monica Lynn Thomas Barton, 36, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett, Tenn. She was born Aug. 11, 1969. She was a graduate of Amory High School, where she was a member of the band, Panorama and various other clubs. She received the Golden Panther Award. She received her B.S. degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, where she was member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She was an employee of Morrow & Associates in Memphis. She was a member of the Junior League of Memphis and the Memphis/Shelby County Literacy Council. She was a former member of the Rose of Sharon Church of God in Christ in Amory. She later moved her membership to the Greater Community Temple Church of God in Christ in Memphis.

Services will be at noon today at the Rose of Sharon Church of God in Christ in Amory with Superintendent Jessie L. Hutton officiating and Brandon Porter assisting. Burial will be in United Memorial Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, James Barton of Memphis; her mother, Jane M. Tucker Thomas of Amory; one brother, Johnny L. Thomas Jr. of Memphis; her in-laws, Willie and Dorothy Barton of Memphis.

She was preceded in death by her son, Cedric Stemberg Barton, and her father, Johnny Lee Thomas Sr.

Bit Fortson

OKOLONA – Henry Lee “Bit” Fortson Jr., 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006, at the Aberdeen Care Center. He was born May 12, 1914, to the late James Fortson and Cora Fortson. He was a farmer and a member of New Hebron M.B. Church.

Services will be at noon Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four daughters, Evelyn Roberson of West Point, Winfred Montgomery and husband, Charles, and Mary Fortson, all of Tampa, Fla., and Laverne Fortson of Jackson; five sons, Henry Fortson Jr. of Greenfield, Mass., Lonnie Fortson and wife, Ann, of Okolona, David Fortson and wife, Gloria, of Chicago, and John Fortson and wife, Jackie, and Elder Robert Fortson, all of Jackson; one sister, Clytee Fortson of Greenfield, Mass.; 24 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Lou Fortson; a son, Michael Fortson Sr.; and a daughter-in-law, Gwendolyn Fortson.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday. A wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Beatrice Henry

SALTILLO – Beatrice Henry, 83, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at the Graceland Care Center in New Albany after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Saltillo Funeral Home-W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Jackie Givhan

TUPELO – Jackie Givhan, 62, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A native of Louisiana, she was born Aug. 16, 1943, to the late Hardie and Frenchie Powe Hodges. She was a graduate of Northwest State University. She taught school in Louisiana and, after moving to Tupelo, in the Lee County School System. Along with her husband, she owned and operated Tupelo Floral and Gift Shop until her health failed. She was a faithful member of East Heights Assembly of God, where she served in numerous church positions, including Sunday school teacher. She was passionate about serving God, prayer, her children and her grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at East Heights Assembly of God in Tupelo with the Rev. Mark Benson and the Rev. David Lann officiating. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Park. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Michele Benson and husband, Mark, and Kimberly Aube and husband, Patrick, all of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Dawn Partlow and husband, Kevin, of Tupelo; one brother, David Hodges and wife, Rita, of Calhoun, La.; four grandchildren, Taylor Benson, Griffin Benson, Camryn Jade Benson and Madalynne Aube.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip Givhan, on Feb. 12, 2002; her parents; and all her brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Aube, Dwayne Davis, Ray Mattox, Phillip Richey, Delbert Robbins and Tommy White.

Honorary pallbearers will be Griffin Benson and Ben Partlow Jr.

Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Mary Anne Childers

RED BAY, Ala. – Mary Anne Childers, 70, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Oct. 3, 1935, in Franklin County, Ala., to Hubern Hinds and Earnestine Scharnagel Rogers. She retired as a school teacher after 20 years. She was an income tax preparer and a music teacher. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Red Bay, where she played piano and organ. She was a member and former Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church with Bro. Carl Long and Bro. Dwayne McDuff officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Sharon Attaway of Red Bay; two grandsons, Walter Brewer, and Blaine Brewer and wife, Tiffany, all of Red Bay; one great-grandchild, Harlee Brewer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Gilbert Wesley and Connie Childers; and a son, Johnny Wesley.

Pallbearers will be Bill Crutchfield, Bill Nabers, Jerry Frame, Ted Malone, Mike Sparks and Oscar Glover.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 9 a.m. to service time Friday.

Pauline Hope Brown

GOLDEN – Pauline Hope Brown, 53, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was a native of Itawamba County. She was a Christian lady and a member of Walker Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Walker Baptist Church with Bro. Bradley Bagwell officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four sisters, Minnie Torrence, Josephine Gasaway and husband, Gordon, and Nell Wells and husband, Larry, all of Golden, and Margaret Bridges and husband, Benny, of the Halltown community; two brothers, Arlin Brown, and Garlin Brown and wife, Betty, all of Golden; a special great-niece, Mallory Torrence; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Pairlee Brown; five sisters; five brothers; a brother-in-law, Elmer Torrence; and a sister-in-law, Mary Nell Brown.

Pallbearers will be James Ridge, Josh Ridge, William Gasaway, James Spencer, Dustin Osbirn, Jeffery Brown, Tracy Wells and Benny Earl Bridges.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.

Adam Scott Boren

MANTACHIE – Adam Scott Boren, 1 month, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, at the Philadelphia Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. He was born Dec. 21, 2005, in Jackson to Gary and Mary Beth Boren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Mantachie United Methodist Church with Bro. Ronnie Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents; one brother, Luke Boren of Mantachie; his grandparents, Norman and Dianne Knight of Mantachie, and Mary Schrock of Prairie; his great-grandparents, Deck and Loraine Taylor of Fulton.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, John Boren and A.A. Schrock, and his great-grandparents, Ted and Leona Boren.

Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday.

Sallie Clemmer

RIPLEY – Sallie Lou Clemmer, 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at Beverly Health Care. She was a graduate of Blue Mountain College. She was a retired Tippah County school teacher, teaching at Falkner for 37 years. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Iota. She was a member of Falkner Presbyterian Church, where she was a former president of the Women of the Church and a Sunday school teacher.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Connolly officiating. Burial will be in Little Hope Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Rita Braddock and husband, Andy, of Ripley; one brother, William Reed of Whitesboro, Texas; four grandchildren, Leslie Lovelace and husband, Steven, of Olive Branch, Melissa Clemmer of Ripley, and Chad Braddock and Adam Braddock, both of Southaven.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Lester “Judge” Clemmer; a son, Ronnie Clemmer; her parents, W.J. “Bill” and Cora Higgins Reed; six sisters, Ola Simpson, Aline Irvin, Annie Martindale, Icy McElwain, Imogene Hodges and Lillie Reed; and three brothers, Wade Reed, Lytle Reed and Lester Reed.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Butler, Kerry Elliott, Michael Hopper, Mack McElwain, Don Martindale, Willie Harrell and Darrell Reed.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Falkner Presbyterian Church or Little Hope Cemetery, 2840 CR 410, Ripley, MS 38663.

Donna Jo Ellis

WEST POINT – Donna Jo Ellis, 51, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. She was born May 6, 1954, in West Point.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at West Point Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Steve Brown officiating. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one sister, Marilyn Ellis of West Point; one niece, Mackenzie Merritt of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Topsey Cates and Marion Ellis, and a sister, Rita Merritt.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Sanders, Todd Sanders, Laith Alhabbash, Chad Creely, Dennis Elliott and Jimmy Clemons.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Charles Montgomery, Dr. Wail Alnas, Dr. Mark Ray and Jim Shirley.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Charlene Copeland

BOONEVILLE – Mary Charlene Copeland, 79, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born May 19, 1926, in Prentiss County to Arthur “Bud” Barnett and Annie Corbin Barnett. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and a retired furniture manufacturing supervisor. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, growing plants and cooking.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pete McCoy and Bro. Mark McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis Copeland and wife, Telisa, and Jackie Copeland, all of Booneville; two daughters, Brenda Dulaney and Peggy Davidson of Baldwyn; 15 grandchildren, Greg Morgan, Joyce Jones, Billy Dean Lindley Jr., Jesse Morgan, Richard Morgan, Felicia Moore, Mike Moore, Michelle Hess, Charletta Copeland, Pam McKinney, Kayla Gann, Albert Copeland, Rodney Copeland, Bobby Stevens and Shelia Lyons; 20 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Susan Lewis of Guntown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Granville” Copeland, on Aug. 7, 1985; a son, Larry Copeland; her parents; and a brother, Arthur D. Barnett.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Stevens, Mark Shook, Donald Lanier, Albert Copeland, Richard Morgan, Gordon Moore and Dewayne Dildy.

Lenore Smith

RED BANKS – Lenore Smith, 70, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Jessie Cook

HOULKA – Jessie Wilbert Cook died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at the Calhoun County Nursing Home in Calhoun City. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

James Lawrence

ST. LOUIS – James Lawrence died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Amos Jones

TUPELO – Amos Jones died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

Bama Mae Cossitt

RIPLEY – Bama Mae Cossitt, 78, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at her home in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Darrell McKinney

BOONEVILLE – William Darrell McKinney, 60, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Susie Chesnutt

GOLDEN – Susie Chesnutt died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.