Obituaries July 19, 2010

Nakia Hubbard
PONTOTOC – Nakia Renee Hubbard, 35, died Monday, July 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Toccopola Church of the Living God in Toccopola with Bishop Calvin Worthem officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Sonny Clark
RIPLEY – Sonny James Clark, 54, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at his home in Ripley. He was born Sept. 20, 1955, to Bobby Jean Pannell Clark and James O. Clark Sr. He worked for Mike Roberts for twenty-five years as a carpenter before becoming disabled. He loved his motor-cycle and playing his guitar.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Vuncannon officiating. Burial will be in Jacobs Chapel Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Clark of Ripley; his mother, Bobby Jean Clark of Ripley; two daughters, Suzanne Wright (Chris) and Tabitha Clark (Tim), both of Ripley; two sons, Kevin Clark (Denise) of Falkner and Jason Clark (Liz) of Ripley; one stepson, Eugene Dean of Ripley; 12 grandchildren, Chelea Wright, Kaysea Wright, Austin Clark, Taryn Clark, JJ Clark and Josh Clark, all of Ripley, Brianna Clark and Lacy Clark, both of Falkner, James Dean, Abby Dean, Hailey Dean and Caitlin Dean, all of Blue Mountain; and three sisters, Laquita Wilkerson (Ricky), Jeannie Mathis and Charlene Miller (Terry), all of Ripley
He was preceded in death by his father, James O. Clark Sr; one sister, Missy Clark; and two brothers, James O. Clark Jr. and Arvial Daniel Clark.
Pallbearers will be Marshal Decanter, Dean Lowry, Robert Lowry, Dennis Benefield, Eugene Dean, Dale Vandygriff, Jimbo Vandygriff and Mark Pannell.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren and Brandon Clark and Chris Clark.
To view obituaries and sign online register book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Marion Stewart
EUPORA – Marion W. Stewart, 95, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center-Long Term Care Unit in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Eupora. Burial will be in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Charles Gurley
POTTS CAMP – Charles Allen Gurley, 61, died July 17, 2010, at Baptist East in Memphis. He was born Dec. 4, 1948, in Potts Camp to Harvey Uel Gurley and Mary Lois Nelson Gurley. He was a Baptist and worked at the Biltrite Corporation as a traffic/warehouse manager.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in Potts Camp Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Gurley of Potts Camp; his daughter, Georgia Cobbs (Jimmy) of Oxford; two brothers, Edward Gurley and Mitchell Gurley, both of Potts Camp; eight sisters, Margaret Hart, Mary Minor, Joan Gurley, Doris Poole, Sue Rowland, Jeanette Stone, Nancy Green, all of Potts Camp and Pam Gurley of Memphis; and two grandchildren, Madisyn Cobbs and Landon Cobbs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one daughter, Paula Gurley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Greg Pulley
JONESBORO, Ark. – John Gregory “Greg” Pulley, 45, died July 17, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Dewey Davis
TUPELO – Dewey Davis, 76, died Saturday July 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 20, 1934, in Lee County to Jessie Martin and Lillie Irene Kelly Davis. A lifelong Lee Countian, he was a retired firefighter with 27 years of service at the Tupelo Fire Department. He served as Assistant Fire Chief for 15 years and served as interim Fire Chief on several occasions. Dewey worked for Renasant Bank, retiring after 15 years of service. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Plantersville where he was a Deacon, Sunday school teacher and a member of the choir. He enjoyed restoring old tractors, gardening, camping and drinking coffee with his buddies. He dearly loved his two grandchildren and thoroughly enjoyed taking them quail hunting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Plantersville with Bro. Danny Balint and Bro. Bobby Poss officiating. Burial will be in Unity Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Norma Pinkard Davis of Tupelo, two sons, Ricky Davis (Barbara) and Marty Davis, both of Tupelo, two grandchildren Shelby Davis and Nicholas Davis; one sister, Sara Crouch (Larry Jackson) of Memphis; and several nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Nannie Carol Brown; and a brother, Shorty Davis.
Pallbearers are Jesse Neyman, Charles Mathis, Jim Crouch Jr., Brent Crouch, Mac Reedy, David Stanford, Michael Davis and Douglas Davis.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of his men’s adult Sunday school class and all of his coffee drinking buddies.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the Church.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Plantersville Building Fund, 284 Old Planters Road, Plantersville, MS 38862.
Wavy Rakestraw
NEW ALBANY – Wavy Clyde Rakestraw, 93, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at Graceland Care Center of New Albany. He was born Oct. 25, 1916, in Union County to Henry Clay and Clemmie Roberts Rakestraw. He was a farmer and a member of Parks Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Billy Wages and the Rev. Frank Wilder officiating. Burial will be in Parks Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Ruby Rakestraw, Sarah Denning (Gary) and Mary Garcia (Daniel); one son, Benny Rakestraw (Mabel), all of New Albany; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his wife of seventy-three years, Jewel Rakestraw; his brothers, Roy Rakestraw, Ray Rakestraw, Travis Rakestraw, Toyce Rakestraw and Hulon Rakestraw; and his sisters, Pauline Palmer, Birdie Coley, Laveda Miller and Olene Garrison.
Pallbearers will be Perrin Rakestraw, Brian Denning, James Garcia, Terry McBrayer, Casey McBrayer, Gary Denning, Daniel Garcia, Dennis Rakestraw and Eugene Chism.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Fred Whitley
BOONEVILLE – Fred Whitley died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at his home in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Mitchell Brackett
BRUCE – Mitchell Brackett, 22, died July 17, 2010, on Hwy 32 East after being struck by a car. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.
Emma Stanford
BARTLETT, Tenn. – Emma Elizabeth Holloway Stanford, 88, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at her home after an extended illness. A native of Itawamba County, she was born Aug. 25, 1921, to William Riley and Mattie Pugh Holloway. She was a retired employee of Baptist Hospital. She loved her family, her church and working in her flower garden. She was a member of the Bartlett Church of Christ.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mayfield Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors-Saltillo Chapel is in charge of arrangements
Survivors include three sons, Charles Franklin Stanford (Shirley), James Russell Stanford (Barbara) and Danny Lynn Stanford (Jodi), all of Bartlett.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charlie Russell Stanford; and nine brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Charles Stanford Jr., Kevin Stanford, Chad McFarland, Tyler Stanford, Nathan Stanford, Terry Howell, Allen Stanford and Kevin Freehardt.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Saltillo Funeral Home
Memorials may be made in her honor to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Murray Warren
TUPELO – SFC Murray “Doc” Warren, Retired, 84, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany after a short illness. A Pontotoc County native, he was born April 13, 1926, to Joseph E. and Mary Emma Harrison Warren and lived all his life in Tupelo. He was a United States Army Veteran of World War II and the Korean War Conflict. He then served in the Army National Guard. One of the things he loved to do was spend time in his garden, and he especially loved his flowers. He enjoyed his special time spent with his family and grandchildren. He was an avid fan of NASCAR, T.V. Land and the Daily News. He also loved to shop at Walmart, which he did most everyday. He was a member of South Green Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial will be in Brewer Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Kathleen Warren of Tupelo; one son, Kenny Warren of Shannon; two daughters, Ceynia “Cindy” Pleasant of Tupelo and Deb Pickens (Ricky) of Shannon; one sister, Faye McLaughlin (Carl) of Ecru; six grandchildren, Kellie Howell (Russ), B.J. Warren, Emily Long, Chuck Warren (Amber) and Lance Pickens, all of Shannon and Derrian Jade Pruitt of Tupelo; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Maurice Warren; and one sister, Hazel Brown.
Pallbearers will be Billy Joe Warren, Chuck Warren, Russ Howell, Michael Long, Larry Vance, Lance Pickens and Roger Brown.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Almie Pruitt
NETTLETON – Almie Pruitt, 97, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Q.P. Foster
SHANNON – Q.P. Foster died July 18, 2010, at his home in Shannon. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Dean Talley
CORINTH – Dean Talley died July 18, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Lone Oak Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
Fred Stegall
PONTOTOC – James Fred Stegall, 88, died July 17, 2010, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born May 21, 1922, to Jeremiah G. and Jennie Matthews Stegall of the Woodland Community in Pontotoc County. He married Sarah Jo Hardin on June 4, 1949. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and the American Legion Pontotoc Post 16. He was a World War II Navy Veteran.
He retired from USDA and the U.S. Postal Service. He was a musician, gospel music songwriter and singer. He especially enjoyed his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Elder Larry Wise officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Jo Hardin Stegall of Pontotoc; his children, Martha Jo Coleman (Johnny) of Thaxton, Cecil Stegall (Michelle) of Mandeville, La., Brenda McCharen (Johnny) of Thaxton, Debbie Stegall (Charles Roberson) of Pontotoc and Jennie Powell (Kent) of Pontotoc; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Robert, Cecil, Morrison and George; and his sister, Josephine Owen.
Pallbearers will be James Stegall, Jonathan Coleman, Johnny McCharen, Kent Powell, Greg Hall and Terry Jenkins.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Rick Griffin
CORINTH – Rick Griffin died July 18, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Booneville. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Thomas Fly
MEMPHIS – Thomas W. “Tom” Fly, 54, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at the V.A. Medical Center in Memphis after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Michael Ryan Anderson
On July 17, 2010, Michael Ryan Anderson lost his long, courageous battle to cancer in his home, surrounded by loved ones.
Michael was born Feb. 9, 1982, in Exeter, N.H., the son of James Anderson and Linda Anderson.
Michael was employed by VP Buildings. He spent the last eight years battling cancer and doing whatever he could to help with the research of this awful disease. Along with being a very strong, courageous man with a huge heart, he is also known as the “big brother” of St. Jude Children’s Hospital where he found comfort being loved and adored by all. Michael enjoyed riding motorcycles, baseball and living life with those he loved.
Michael is survived by wife, Dina Jourdan; father, Jim and Becky Anderson; mother, Linda Anderson; maternal grandparents, Ted and Mary Flanders; brothers, Jimmy and Bryant; sister, Brooke; and nieces, Kaylynn and Breonna.
Services will be held at Red Banks Baptist Church on Tuesday at 12 p.m. The Rev. Jonathan Childress will officiate. Burial will follow at the Red Banks Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. prior to service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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