Obituaries Jan. 6, 2010

Martha Harber
BOONEVILLE – Martha Pearl Cooley Harber, 85, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at her home after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 15, 1924, in Alcorn County to William Audie and Sarah Effie Taylor Cooley. She was an employee of Prentiss Manufacturing and a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church. She had outstanding love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she enjoyed working in her flowers and yard.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kevin Cooley and the Rev. Doyle Ferrell officiating. Burial will be in Forest Memorial Park.
She is survived by her daughter, Janice H. Coleman (Richard) Godwin of Booneville; her son, Jerry R. (Laura) Harber of Booneville; a brother, W.A. (Linda) Cooley Jr. of Corinth; two sisters, DeLois Meeks and Sadie (Darris) Bowen, both of Corinth; five grandchildren, Shain Coleman, Melissa H. (Scott) Witte, Seana Coleman Bullock, Angela Harber, and R. Casey (Leslie) Harber; seven great-grandchildren, Seth H. Coleman, Michael Taylor Harber, Jack Witte, David Witte, Marley Brasfield, Cole Harber and Hayes Harber; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard G. Harber; two sisters, Nellie Cooley and Louise Winsett; and a brother, Prentiss Cooley.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Edna Thompson
OXFORD – Edna Slack Thompson, 99, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at her residence in Oxford.
Services will be at noon Thursday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford. Burial will be in St. Peters Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford in charge of arrangements
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at East Providence M.B. Church
Olean Ferrell
OXFORD – Olean Ferrell, 97, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Marjorie Spradling
FULTON – Marjorie Jean Spradling, 83, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born June 12, 1926, in Fulton to Burgess and Ethel Wayne Sandlin Gaither. She was a lifetime member of Fulton United Methodist Church, where she was active in many church functions and assisted in the church office. She was retired from BancorpSouth, where she was a loan officer for 42 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fulton United Methodist Church. Bro. Jim Fisher and Bro. Glyn Wiygul will officiate. Burial will be in Fulton City Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Fikes (Ben) of Fulton; one son, Stanley Joe Spradling (Clair) of West Point; five grandchildren, Amy Riley, Whitney Fikes, Melanie Spradling, Will Spradling and Anna Clair Spradling; four great-grandchildren, Macy Riley, Welton Riley, Keely Riley and Abel Spradling; one sister, Mary Alice Grissom of Fulton; two brothers, Fred Gaither of Fulton and Ralph Gaither of Marietta, Ga.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Spradling, Larry Pate, Will Spradling, Don Atkins, Darrell Riley and Welton Riley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.
Allene Head
HAMILTON – Allene Pounders Head, 73, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at Druid City Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She was born Dec. 22, 1936, to Daniel M. Pounders and Della Smith Pounders in Monroe County. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County, where she was a homemaker. She graduated from Hamilton High School and attended Gadsden Business College. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Columbus.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Andy Pearson officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Herbert L. Head of Hamilton; two daughters, Diann Lee and Anita Tennyson, both of Hamilton; one son, Thomas Head and wife, Janice, of Lavergne, Tenn.; three sisters, Linda Barham and husband, Duke, of Mt. View, Okla., Garah Redditt and husband, J.W., of Vicksburg, and Enzena “Sam” Ellis of Hamilton; three brothers, Charles Pounders and wife, Jean, and Dea Pounders and wife, Doris, all of Aberdeen, and Kenneth Pounders of Hamilton; four grandchildren, Tiffany Kay Head, Melanie Dyan Lee, Sarah Elisabeth Tennyson and Lindsey Grace Tennyson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Virginia Kaye Head; her twin sister, Willene Gilliland; and one brother, Samuel Pounders.
Pallbearers will be John Roberts, Chris Ellis, Tony Ellis, Mike Pounders, Grady Pounders and Michael Hyland.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and leave condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Forest Neal Sr.
OKOLONA – Forest B. Neal Sr., 72, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church at Buena Vista with the Rev. Allen Atkinson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Maggie J. Neal; two sons, Tony Neal of Bronx, N.Y., and Frank Neal of West Point; three daughters, Barbara J. Mouse (MIchael) of Nashville, Tenn., Doris Lipsey (Michael) of Pontotoc and Shelia Dearing (William); one sister, Bobbiette Johnson; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Forest Neal Jr.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To access the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Charles Williams
WEST POINT – Charles T. “Tag” Williams, 92, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at the Waverly Care Home in West Point. He was born July 16, 1917, in Baldwyn to Vida Outlaw Williams and Henry Grady Williams. He was a retired Mississippi Highway Patrol officer, serving from 1950-1974. He also worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for six years, then the U.S. Forestry Service for three years. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps in the European Theater during World War II. He was a member of Starkville Church of Christ. He married Vernie Neal William on Jan. 7, 1939, in Monroe County. She preceded him in death on June 17, 1990. He married Melvie Rambo Williams on July 20,1991. She preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2004.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Minister Andy Miller officiating. Mississippi Highway Patrol Burial Honors will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include one daughter, Judy E. Kilmer (Orvin) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; one son, Van Williams (Abbe) of West Point; two grandchildren, Laura Williams and Michael Williams; two sisters, Audrey Coley of Tupelo and Mary Carlton of Atlanta, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Malvern H. Williams, Monroe Q. Williams and Clovis Williams.
Pallbearers will be Troopers from the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Starkville Church of Christ, 1107 E. Lee Blvd., Starkville, MS 39759; or to Waverly Care Home, 315 W. Broad St., West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Nina S. Colin
CORINTH – Nina S. Colin, 94, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, in Ripley.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Charles Allen I
CORINTH – Charles Ray Allen I, 84, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, in Corinth.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Kossuth United Methodist Church, American Heart Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Almos Young
CORINTH – Almos Sanford Young, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
Effie Castile
CORINTH – Effie Lou Castile, 75, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Jimmie Tallie
WEST POINT – Jimmie Lee Tallie, 53, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Albert Banks
WALNUT – Funeral arrangements for Albert A. Banks, 82, are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster amp& Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
Rickco Pate
DETROIT, Mich. – Rickco M. Pate, 37, died Dec. 24, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster amp& Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
Biron Hailey
HOLLY SPRINGS – Biron William Hailey, 48, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, in Holly Springs. He was born Oct. 2, 1961. He was a Pentecostal and a truck driver.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Bro. Steve Wilson and Bro. Frank Feathers will officiate. Burial will be in Rice Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Hailey of Holly Springs; his father, Bill Hailey of Mt. Pleasant; his mother, Evie Hunter (Robert) of Holly Springs; one daughter, Sarah Hailey of Nashville, Tenn.; three brothers, Joe Hailey of Lamar, Wayne Bumpus of Hickory Flat and Michael Stanton of Holly Springs; three sisters, Charlotte Frayser of Hinsville, Ga., Christina Watkins of McRae, Ark., and Katye Vogt of Vidalia, Ga.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Marsha Bailey
CORINTH – Marsha L. Bailey died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.
Wauline McGhee
CORINTH – Wauline McGhee died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.
Richard T. Wax
AMORY – Richard T. Wax, 83, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at his residence.
Services will be 3 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Amory. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue until 2:30 p.m. today at funeral home.
Loyd Rutledge
PINEDALE – Loyd Rutledge, 83, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born June 30, 1926. He was a well-known tractor mechanic and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II, stationed in The Philippines. He was a 32nd degree Shriner and an active member of Rockyford Lodge and the West Union Fire Department. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Baptist Church at Pinedale in Union County. Bro. Thomas Burchfield and Bro. Larry Harrison will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Arnese Stepp Rutledge; his children, James (Ginger), Harold (Frances), Ronnie (Jennifer), all of Etta, Mary C. Parham (Charles) of Mantachie and Ricky (Terri) of Carrolton; three brothers, Billy (Liz), Will Dee and Robert Lee (Shirley) of Etta; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lavelle Rutledge; a brother, Boyd; and a sister, Darnell Cross.
Pallbearers will be Alton Browning, Steven Rossell, Corey Mirfield, Micheal Parham, Matt Yielding and Joseph Rutledge. Family and friends will be honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday, all at Bethel Baptist Church at Pinedale.
Larry Butts
OXFORD – Larry Robert Butts, 58, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Oxford-University United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Oxford-University United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th St., Oxford, MS 38655 or the American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Edna Harbor
LILBURN, Ga. – Edna Pearl Moore Harbor, 89, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Heritage Health Care of Lilburn after an extended illness. A native of Vernon, Ala., she was born April 24, 1920, to George Washington and Birtie Lowella Bolton Moore. She was a longtime resident of Tupelo. She was married to Edgar Owen Harbor until his death in 1983. She worked in several positions at Bankers Trust Savings and Loan. In recent years, she lived near family in Birmingham, Ala., and most recently in metropolitan Atlanta, Ga. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
A stateroom prayer service will be at 10 a.m. today at W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo with Lisa Rish officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Tremont.
Survivors include her nephew and caregivers, Greg and Marsha Huddleston of Norcross, Ga.; and several other nephews and cousins.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Fannie Mae Turner
TUPELO – Fannie Mae Turner, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Cedars Health Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 7, 1926, to Dillard Collier Sr. and Fannie Ruth Collier. She was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. She worked many years for Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mize. She enjoyed working in her yard and growing vegetables in her garden, and she loved her cats.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the J.W. Porter Chapel with the Rev. Billy Perry officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Garden Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two grandsons, Terry Shannon (Debra) and Jerry Shannon, and one granddaughter, Tonya Wilson (Gary), all of Mt. Clemens, Mich.; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Katherine Brown of Tupelo; one aunt, Itha Collier of Mt. Clemens; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Dorothy Webster (Eddie); three brothers, Dillard Collier Jr., John Lee Collier and Charles Edward Collier; and one sister, Virginia Collier.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be made at www.grayson-porters.com.
Georgia Weaver
ST. LOUIS – Georgia Mae Baker Weaver died Dec. 28, 2009, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.

James Kelly
SHANNON – James Edward Kelly, 72, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born on July 29, 1937, in Chickasaw County to William Floyd Kelly and Virgie Ella Rimmer Kelly. He was a Pentecostal and attended Tupelo Bible College. He moved to Shannon in the early 1960’s, where he was the owner and operator of Kelly’s Rentals, Sales and Supplies. Being a farmer, he loved all farm animals and owned many miniature horses and game chickens.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Sammy Raper officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Kathleen Kelly of Shannon; two sons, James William Kelly (Carol) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Jonathan Kelly of Shannon; one daughter, Amy Michelle Kelly Carter of Houston; two stepdaughters, Debbie Kelly of Tupelo and Ellen Gates of Corinth; eight grandchildren, Brandy, Amber, Gabriella, Isabella, Brittney, Devin, Joshua and McKenzie; two sisters, Bobbie Hall of Okolona and Holly Curtis of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jamie; two daughters, Jennifer Kelly Martin and Anna Maria Kelly; one brother, William Kelly; and two sisters, Barbara Martin and Elizabeth Barnett.
Pallbearers will be his sons, grandsons, nephews and great-nephew.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Holland Funeral Directors in Okolona.

Maxine Patterson
PONTOTOC – Maxine McDaniel Patterson died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born in the Evergreen community of Itawamba County, she and her husband, John M. Patterson, M.D., had lived in Pontotoc since 1955. They were married 57 years.
An avid gardener, active volunteer and gifted cook, she was known especially for the beautiful roses she grew and shared with friends and the Pontotoc First United Methodist Church. In her more than 50 years as a member of the First United Methodist Church, she held numerous leadership positions, including trustee; served on committees in various areas of the church; and taught the kindergarten Sunday School class for many years. Her most visible contribution was the arranging of church flowers almost every week for more than 20 years, using flowers from her garden, wild vines she collected and flowers she cut from the gardens of friends.
She was a Girl Scout leader for many years and served on the Prairie Girl Scout Council board. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, she served on the university’s board of directors. She will be remembered for her care for others and her commitment to excellence and attention to detail in all endeavors.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pontotoc First United Methodist Church. The Rev. David Rhea and the Rev. Roger Shock will officiate. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Claire McGee (Bobby) of Watkinsville, Ga., Mary Lise Parsons (Mike) of Dothan, Ala., and Patti Smith (Ritchie) of Memphis; seven grandchildren, Alyson Claire and Robert McGee of Watkinsville, Ga., Raynor and Brennan Clifton, and Rena, John Michael and Anna Parsons, all of Dothan, Ala.; a sister, Pat Hall (Durrell) of Nettleton; and a brother, Eugene McDaniel (Joann) of Nettleton.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Cruse, Terry Donaldson, Dr. Marlin Duff, Dr. Charles Harrison, Ben Howard, Billy Montgomery, Dr. Kirk Shumpert, Tom Shumpert, Mike Simon and Dr. Charles Young.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
The family requests that any memorials be made to Pontotoc United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 308, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

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