Obituaries July 23, 2010

Stanley Mooneyhan
BLUE SPRINGS – Stanley Mooneyhan, 83, died Thursday, July 22, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany.
Joseph Burns
TUPELO – Joseph “Joe” Burns, 42, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010. A Tupelo native, he was born Feb. 3, 1968. He worked as a carpenter. An avid LA Lakers fan, he enjoyed all sports, especially football and basketball. He loved nature and being outdoors. Most of all, he loved his children and his mother. He was strong in his faith and belief in God. He attended Kingsley Chapel Baptist Church and Hughes Chapel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Kevin Hatfield officiating.
Survivors include his mother, Jean, of Saltillo, his children, Jessica Burns, Courtney Moody and Lakan Sides; his sister, Dalana, and his brother, Stewart; and a special friend, Linda Brown.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Terry and Tom.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Walter Baker
MANTEE – Walter Franklin Baker died Thursday, July 22, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Houston.
Q.P. Foster
SHANNON – Q.P. Foster, 86, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at his home . He was born July 25, 1923, to Robert and Johnnie Foster. He was a member of Johnson Chapel M.B. Church in Shannon. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in New Guinea and the Philippines. He worked at Malone amp& Hyde, Goge amp& Well and Allied in Shannon. He had a passion for gardening and raising his own vegetables.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Chapel M.B. Church in Shannon with the Rev. Marvin McWhorter officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangement.
His survivors include his wife, Annie Dillard Foster of Shannon; seven children, Luther R. (Robbie) Foster, Avery L. (Bruce) Trice, Tempie M. (Wardell) Goree, Arthur B. (Amber) Foster, Wanda F. (Bennie) Waller and Ronnie H. Foster, all of Shannon, and Melverta (Charles) Thompson of Okolona; two brothers, Robert (Luverta) Foster and Harry Foster of Shannon: 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren; an adopted daughter, Juanita Trice, and an adopted son, Kelsey Trice; host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Annie Q. Foster Pounds; and two sisters, four brothers, one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today with the and family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Lou Ann Curry
NEW ALBANY – Lou Ann Curry, 53, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Nov. 10, 1956, in McGee to James Estes Curry and Imogene Herrod Curry. She was the retired office manager for the Union County Health Department. She was a member of the New Albany Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the New Albany Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bill Everett officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her father, James Estes Curry (Nita) of Tupelo; a sister, Jeanne Curry Lacy (Tim) of Chelsea, Ala.; a brother, Jim Curry (Deborah) of New Albany; nieces, Margret, Suzanne, Grace and Sarah, and nephews, Myers, Erik and Patrick.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Imogene Herrod Curry.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the New Albany Presbyterian Church.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Regina Gore
AMORY – Regina Harvetta Gore, 49, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Tracie Gillette
TUPELO – Tracie N. Steele Gillette, 31, died Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Mo. A native of Tupelo, she was born on June 23, 1979, in Tupelo to Walter L. and Treva Davis Steele. She was a longtime resident of Cameron, Mo. She worked as an advertising representative for the Cameron Citizen Observer and the Cameron Shopper. She was a happy person, always having a smile on her face. She was a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister and granddaughter. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, and will never be forgotten.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel with Kay Bailey Faulkenberry delivering spiritual reflections and Susan Shumpert Martin delivering personal reflections. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday and afterward.
Survivors include her husband, David Gillette of Cameron, Mo.; three sons, Parker, Carson and Reece Steele of the home; three stepchildren, Justin, Sarah and Halyn Gillette of Missouri; her mother, Treva (Perry) Sheffield of Tupelo; her father, Walter (Linda) Steele of Cameron, Mo.; five brothers, Jesse, Austin and Skyler Steele of Cameron, and Kenny and Mikey Sheffield of Skyline; grandmothers, Jimmie Mae Sheffield of Skyline, Rebecca Wilson of Unity, and Twilia Knosby, Sarah (Walter) Steele and Patricia Gabbert of Missouri.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Perry Sheffield Jr.; her grandfathers, Wayne Merritt, Richard Gabbert, Robert Nolan Sheffield, John Knosby and Vernon P. Davis.
Memorials may be made to the Tracie Steele Gillette Benefit Account, 201 S. Spring St., Tupelo, MS. 38804 or any BancorpSouth branch location.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Thomas Reece
TUPELO – Thomas Rex “Mutt” Reece, 85, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. He was a retired farmer and construction worker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Merle Floyd officiating. Burial will be in the Lebanon Cemetery.
Survivors include three nieces, Janie Pettigo (Vert) of Guntown, Linda Wilson (Thomas) of Plantersville and Ruby Dunnam of Verona; four nephews, Larry Croft (Carolyn) of Saltillo, Kenneth Croft (Debbie) of Palmetto, Randy Croft (Trish) of North Carolina and Tommy Kesler (Cindy) of Baldwyn; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Berry and Viola Reece; one brother, Dick Reece; and two sisters, Kitty Mae Croft and Mildred Kesler.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today.
Marion Bonds
RIDGELAND – Marion Virginia Wynne Bonds, formerly of Holly Springs, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at the Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Visitation with the family will follow the service at the home of S.B. and Frances Gresham.
Elma Robinson
HOUSTON – Elma Williams Robinson, 87, formerly of Madison, Ark., died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 16, 1922, to Will Williams and Mary Hughes Williams. She lived in Winn, Ark., for more than 60 years. She worked as a dietitian and a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Bethlehem M.B. Church with the Rev. Joe D. Reel and the Rev. Willie B. Lairy officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her great-nieces, her caregiver Joann Reel of Houlka, Clara (Johnny) Griffin of Houlka, and Frances Hamilton, Virginia Reel, Polly (Joe) Seals, Shalander (Pastor Stan) Johnson, all of Houston; four great-nephews, David Reel III of Milwaukee, Rev. Joe Jesse Reel of Houston, Danny (Joann) Reel of Houston and Ben (Geraldine) Reel, all of Houlka.
Junior Simpson
HOUSTON – Samuel W. “Junior” Simpson Jr., 82, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at Calhoun Health Services Hospital. He was born Oct. 6, 1928, in Calhoun County to Samuel W. and Selena Wilson Simpson. He was a retired farmer and a Baptist.
Services were Thursday, July 22, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Carl Morris and Bro. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial was in Old Field Cemetery in Webster County.
Survivors include four children, Frona Carter (Arthur) of Houston, Martha Lou Wilson (Robert Earl) of Mantachie, Betty Ann Brassfield of Houlka and Lena Nell Moore (Jimmy Ray) of Vardaman; one sister, Eunice Woods of Crowder; eight grandchildren, Jimmy, Heather and Haley Moore, Jessica, Bridgett and Marcus Carter (Jennifer), and Shonda and Robbie Wilson; six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ella Mae Simpson; one son, Billy Wayne Simpson; and two grandchildren, Joseph Daniel Simpson and Mary Ann Simpson.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Moore, Jim Moore, Caleb amp”Squeakyamp” Criddle, Walter Haire, Sylvester Armstrong and Bob Armstrong. Honorary pallbearers were Marcus Carter, Haley and Heather Moore, and Jessica Carter.
For online registry, visit www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
Willie Northington
MILWAUKEE – Willie “Bubba” Northington, 63, died Friday, July 9, 2010, at St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis. He was born Aug. 20, 1946, to Hoyle B. and Sally Berry Northington. He was educated in the Belden School System. At an early age he joined Paul’s Chapel C.M.E. Church in Chesterville. After moving to Milwaukee, he attended All Saints Catholic Church. He was employed at Cooper Electric for many years until his health failed.
Services were held Friday, July 16, at Krause Funeral Chapel in Milwaukee.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Morning Star M.B. Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Tyrone McIntosh officiating. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Gale: his children, Terrance amp”Ted,amp” Cynithia, Kim and Freddy, all of Milwaukee; five sisters, Katherine Floyd, Betty (George) Pritchard, Sadie Denson, Brenda Scott and Cynithia Northington, all of Tupelo; two brothers, Billy (Phyllis) Northington of Dallas, Texas, and Harold (Evelyn) Northington of Shannon; his grandsons, Thomas and Douglas of Milwaukee; a special niece, Felicia “Gail” McKinney; two aunts, Vernita Lee of Cleveland and Katherine Rogers of East St. Louis, lll.; and one uncle, Willie Berry of Detroit, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a special brother-in-law, James Robert Floyd.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Clara Bennett
BOONEVILLE – Clara Faye Bennett, 78, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 4, 1932, in Prentiss County to Lee Earnest Bennett and Fannie Kathryn Taylor Bennett. She was a member of the South Green Baptist Church in Tupelo, and she was a retired operator for South Central Bell Telephone Company. She enjoyed traveling, sightseeing, reading, sewing and flowers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Hamilton and Bro. Blake McCain officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
She is survived by two sisters, Lucy Garvin of Booneville, and Earnestine Lindley and her husband, Hollis Lindley, of Tupelo; two special friends, Ola Mae Hardy and Minnie Dillard; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, James Bennett and Junior Bennett; and two sisters, Jessie Bennett and Bertha Thornton.
Pallbearers are Mike Lindley, Jim Garvin, Phillip Bennett, Mike Bennett, Kenny Bennett and Paul Bennett.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Will Frazier
PONTOTOC – Willard E. “Will” Frazier, 68, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born in Sharon, Tenn. He served nine years in the United States Navy. He was a member of the U.S. Navy Seals Team 1, a corpsman and a Vietnam veteran. He extracted Scott Carpenter from the Apollo I space mission capsule after a flotation device failed. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, hero and friend to many.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Burial will be in Carey Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Rachel Ann Frazier; three sons, Willard E. Frazier II, David Leith and Dennis Leith; four daughters, Anita Tatum, Pamela Smith, Suzette Garcia and Teresa A. Hill; 19 grandchildren, Jeremy Franklin, Tabitha Gentry, Dana Blount, Kelly Rea, Dustin Hill, Kaitlyn Frazier, Willard Frazier III, Trey Hardin, Hanna Tatum, Marshall Reed, Aleya Valenzuela, Jeremy Scott, Cody Ducat, Karresa Leith, Stephanie Leith, Kerina Leith, Nathan Leith, Ashley Leith, Brooke Leith; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Frazier; two sisters, Judy Barnett and Betty Frazier.
He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Frazier; his mother, Earline Frazier; a sister, Patrica Frazier; a son, J.H. Scott Leith; and a granddaughter, Rea-ann Michelle Franklin.
Pallbearers will be Willard Frazier II, Jeremy Franklin, Forrest Irby, David Leith, Dennis Leith and Jacob Gentry.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dwight Hill and John Blount.
Visitation will continue from noon to 2 p.m. today.
Greg Pulley
JONESBORO, Ark. – John Gregory “Greg” Pulley, 45, died suddenly Saturday, July 17, 2010, at his home in Jonesboro, Ark. He was born June 2, 1965, in Memphis to Dr. Rex and Dorothy Pulley. He attended Nettleton School in Jonesboro, Ark. He graduated from Arkansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science, and a master’s degree in science. He taught math at Arkansas State University. He was a Methodist. He loved his cats, Moser and Turtle.
Services were Wednesday, July 21,oat Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Burial was in the West Heights Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Pulley of Pontotoc; aunts, Sandra Nanney, Phyllis Moore (Johnny) of Pontotoc, Diane Turner of Tupelo and Rhee Williams of Memphis; one uncle, Donald Ray Owen and Barbara of Pontotoc; numerous cousins; two special friends, Andy Davis and Eric Lindquiste of Jonesboro, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Rex Pulley; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Pulley, and Mr. and Mrs. Mooney Owen; and two uncles, Bobby Keith Owen and Bob T. Williams.
Pallbearers were Johnny Moore, Chad Moore, Jeremy Moore, Gary Nanney, Keith Owen, Donald Owen.
Honorary pallbearers were Andy Davis, and Eric Lindquiste.
Donations may be made to the Diabetic Association or Fairview Methodist Church at Hwy. 341 in Pontotoc.
Jasper C. Rigual
GOLDEN – Jasper C. Rigual, 18 months, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, in an auto accident on Hwy. 25 at Fairview. He was born Feb. 26, 2009, in Amory to Jose and Jodi Wilemon Rigual III. He attended Walker Baptist Church.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Walker Baptist Church. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Jose and Jodi Rigual of Golden; grandparents, Jose and Tammy Rigual of Golden, and Sharon Wilemon of Red Bay, Ala.; great-grandparents, Clarice Jackson of Red Bay and J.W. Ewing of Fulton; three aunts, Stephanie Reid, April Wilemon and Martinia Rigual.
Pallbearers will be Stoney Ewing, Daniel Homes, Tracie Blaylock, Jose Rigual Jr. and Abraham Alvarez.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Lenon Swift
WEST POINT – Lenon Swift, 76, died Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion White’s Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Anne McMillen
PONTOTOC – Anne R. McMillen, 68, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, in Pontotoc County. She was a member of Toxish Baptist Church and a retired bookkeeper for Frankie Blackmon Chevrolet. She adored her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Ricky Watts officiating. Burial will be in Midway Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Edwin G. McMillen; one daughter, Michelle Leigh McMillen Hickam (Edward); two grandchildren, Jason Hickam and Amber Hickam, both of Pontotoc; three sisters, Francis Hawkins of Pontotoc, Mary Spence of Bartlett, Tenn., and Martha Jo Owen of Eades, Tenn.; and one brother, Bill Russell of Columbus.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Mildred Reeves Russell.
Pallbearers will be Doug Wilson, Chris Harkness and family members.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Toxish Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Saturday.
Johnathan Hamilton
WEST POINT – Johnathan Hamilton, 36, died Thursday, July 15, 2010, at Baylor Health Care Center in Dallas, Texas.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Tibbee. Burial will be in the Tibbee Community Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Joe Elkin Bates
FULTON – Joe Elkin Bates, 71, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born March 16, 1939, in Mantachie to the late Elmer and Mattie Hurd Bates. He married Jo Elizabeth Senter on March 28, 1959. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fulton. He was employed by JESCO early in his career for a few years. He then worked for Itawamba Community College for 33 years. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Services were Thursday, July 22, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Eugene Digby officiating. Burial was in East Fulton Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Jo Senter Bates of Fulton; two daughters, Tammy (Doug) Cunningham and Elizabeth “Gidget” Haynes; three grandchildren, Rusty (Ashley) Martin, Sam and Maggie Marshall; one great-granddaughter, Mae Caroline Martin; one brother, James (Kathy) Bates; a host of nieces and nephews; a special nephew, Shane Senter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Nell Lesley; and three brothers, Hubert, Guy and Jerry Bates.
Pallbearers were Charles Bates, Kenny Bates, Johnny Lesley, Kane Bates, Adam Bates and Jackie Robinson.
Donations may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House or the First Baptist Church in Fulton.

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