Obituaries, July 25, 2003

Louise Wallace

MOOREVILLE – Louise Armstrong Wallace, 91, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at the Beverly Healthcare Center-Eason after a long illness. She was a native of Itawamba County and a longtime resident of Mooreville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Evergreen Baptist Church. She was the widow of Jess E. Wallace. She enjoyed crocheting and growing flowers.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jerry Estes officiating. Burial will be in the New Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include a brother, Jewel Allen Armstrong of Winnemecca, Nev.; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by several brothers, Hudson Armstrong, Gilbert Armstrong, Terrell Armstrong, Merle Armstrong, Talley Armstrong, Joe Armstrong and Curtis Armstrong; and a sister, Loren Adams.

Pallbearers will be Elmer Ray Wallace, J.B. Boozer, Harry Armstrong, George Armstrong and Tony Armstrong.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.

Regina Freeman

Regina Freeman, 49, died in Tupelo. She was born in Lee County to James Freeman and Odessa Mae Jones Freeman.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Rising Star M..B. Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Runney D. Patterson Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Porter's Memorial Cemetery in Tupelo. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a special friend, Douglas Wells of Tupelo; a daughter, Rokisha S. Freeman of Jackson; a sister, Charlie Mae Freeman Vinson and husband, Larry, of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Kandis A. Freeman and Saderia Freeman, both of Tupelo; a special aunt, Sue Ray and husband, W.M., of Tupelo; three other aunts, Jessie Mae Moore and Lena Mae Cummings, both of New Britton, Conn., and Clara Nell Elzie and husband, Buddy, of Detroit, Mich.; an uncle, Robert L. Jones and wife, Mary, of Tupelo; two nephews, Pete Freeman and wife, Barbara, and Courtney Freeman, all of Tupelo; a special friend, Ira Lee Rupert of Tupelo.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John C. Stanker

GUNTOWN – John C. Stanker, 58, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the VA Hospital in Memphis after a long illness. He was a native of Pennsylvania, a resident of Guntown and a former resident of Ocala, Fla. He was the owner of The Floridian Forge in Ocala, Fla. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four yearas. He attended Unity Missionary Baptist Church east of Saltillo. He was an avid classic car buff and enjoyed all sports. He loved spending special time with his children and grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Shannon Blower and the Rev. Jerry Scheidbach officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Wanda Stanker of Guntown; two daughters, Lisa Kitchens and husband, Travis, of Guntown, and Sherie Blower and husband, Rev. Shannon Blower, of Sharon Circle, Ohio; two sons, Joe Scheidbach of Gardenia, Calif., and Joe Stanker of Washington; two stepsons, Ronnie Scheidbach and wife, Rhonda, of Torrance, Calif., and Rev. Jerry Scheidbach and wife, Becky, of Guadalupe, Calif.; a sister, Barbara Calhoun of Rutherford, N.C.; a brother, Randy Stanker and wife, Dee Dee, of Ocala, Fla.; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William R. Stanker Sr. and Ann Pike Stanker.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons Bible Ministry.

Forrest Nanney

Forrest Andrew Nanney, 66, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was a lifelong resident of Tupelo. He was a retired employee of the U.S. Postal Service after 28 years. He was a member of the Baptist church. He was an avid baseball fan, and a member of the Tupelo Bowling Association and the Commercial Men's Bowling League.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Merle Bradley officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Gann and husband, Jimmy, of Shannon; a brother, Wilber Nanney and wife, Ann, of Fulton; three grandchildren, Samuel Fair and Elizabeth Gann, both of Shannon, and Frankie Foster of Wichita Falls, Texas; one great-grandchild, Chase Allen Foster of Wichita Falls, Texas; special friends and caregivers, Sue H. Little, and her sons, John Timothy Little and his wife, Celena, and their children, Kourtney, Kaitlyn and Kayla, all of Tupelo.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Tracy Nanney, and a sister, Pauline Swisher.

Pallbearers will be Tim Little, Billy Pannell, Mavon Copeland, Herman Farrar, John Marvin Smith and Donald Nichols.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Commercial Men's Bowling League of Tupelo.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Terry Shinault

BOONEVILLE – Funeral arrangements for Terry Wayne Shinault are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Lucille Green

AMORY – Lucille Lily Bell Green, 94, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

James L. Wren

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – James L. Wren, 78, formerly of Booneville, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at the V.A. Medical Center in Indianapolis, Ind. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kessler-Coggins Funeral Home of Baldwyn. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Raymond Odom

ABERDEEN – Raymond Odom, 88, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Pillars of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

John Blunt Jr.

GLEN – John Thomas Blunt Jr., 58, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at his home. He was born jan. 17, 1945, to John Thomas Blunt Sr. and Ara Eula Blunt. He was a retired machinist for the Dana Corp. and an avid hunter.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Corinthian Funeral Chapel with Eddie Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery at Glen.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Blunt; two sons, Travis Blunt of Glen, and Michael A. Blunt and wife, Kimberly, of Corinth; two grandchildren, Alan Lee Blunt and John Andrew Blunt.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald Yancey, Mark Holloway, Hal Holloway, Jeff Holland, Chuckie Knight and Jason Potts.

Memorials may be made to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, 504 N. Dunlap, Memphis TN 38103.

Kelton Hood

BALDWYN – Kelton Hood, 67, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at his daughter's home at Mooreville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

G.E. Morgan

BOONEVILLE – George Esker “G.E.” Morgan, 57, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, in the Yukon Territory of Canada. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Helon Woodley

RIPLEY – Helon Scott Woodley, 85, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the Tippah County Nursing Home. She was born June 24, 1918, in Tippah County. She lived in the Chapman community most of her life. A member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, she was active in all aspects of church life. She was a retired homemaker and seamstress. She also was a longtime volunteer with the 4-H Club, Tippah County Development Club and Farm Bureau, winning numerous local, district and state awards. She served her Lord, community and family well.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ripley with the Rev. Marvin Robbins and the Rev. Terry Vuncannon officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, James W. Woodley of Ripley; three daughters, Betty Shackelford and husband, Lynwood, of Ripley, Linda Bostwick and husband, Dan, of Fort Meyers, Fla., and Patricia Roberts and husband, Wayne, of Grenada; a brother, Robert L. Scott Sr. of Ripley; eight grandchildren, Steve Shackelford, Pam Robbins, Andrea Palmar, Jenifer Meronek, Allen Bostwick, Brandie Ducrest, Breann Bush and Amber Roberts; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and June Scott; two brothers, Ellis Scott and Ira Mitchell; and a sister, Gladys Crull.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and continue until 9 a.m. Saturday. The body will be placed in the church one hour before services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Building Fund, 1510 CR 540, Ripley MS 38863.

Winnie Baker

ECRU – Winnie Baker, 83, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. She was a retired employee of Irwin B. Schwabe Manufacturing and a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with Bro. James Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Ecru City Cemetery.

Survivors include a niece, Anita McMillen of Ecru; a nephew, Doyle Baker of Ecru.

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

Samuel Marshall Jr.

Prominent business and civic leader, Sam Marshall, 87, died at home at Traceway Manor July 23, 2003, after a long illness. Marshall worked for five decades in community development throughout the South.

Marshall was born May 24, 1916, in King George County, Va., the son of Sam P. Marshall Sr. and Margarett Ethel Beazley. Marshall graduated from King George, Va., High School and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon his graduation from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. As president of his college's YMCA, he met his future wife, Edna Erle Waters, of Tupelo at a Christian leadership conference in Black Mountain, N.C., in the summer of 1940. When World War II intervened, the couple married Christmas Day following Pearl Harbor. Returning to his post in Williamsburg, Va., Marshall served in the artillery division at Fort Eustis, Va. After a tour of duty in the 89th Light Division and graduation from Command and General Staff School in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Marshall was assigned as commander of a battalion in Karachi, India, responsible for the aid and evacuation of military personnel in the India-Burma Theater. He retired from the Army with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

He began his career in Tupelo as the first manager of the Tupelo Plan of Agricultural and Industrial Development, the pilot project of what would become the Community Development Foundation of Tupelo and Lee County.

In 1950 Marshall began a 33-year career with the International Mineral and Chemical Corporation when he was hired as manager of the Plant Foods Division in Tupelo. Over the next 17 years he moved to IMC operations in Buffalo, N.Y., Montgomery, Ala., and Fort Worth, Texas, where he was named manager for the Southwest United States.

In 1967 Marshall became international and community manager for customer relations at IMC in Bartow, Fla., serving as his industry's ambassador to hundreds of visitors to the United States. In 1983 Marshall and his wife were guests of the Minister of Agriculture in Japan in honor of the work they had done in training so many of that country's business leaders.

As an executive with International Minerals and Chemicals, Marshall worked tirelessly for a myriad of community charities including the United Way, the Boys Club of Lakeland, Fla., and the Lakeland Junior Achievement Organization. In 1978 he was named Mr. United Way of Central Florida in recognition of his civic achievements. Marshall believed strongly that volunteerism was a key to developing healthy, vital communities. Marshall served on the board of Florida Southern University and was a member of the Kiwanis Club International. Upon his retirement from IMC he returned to Tupelo.

Marshall served for more than 40 years as an elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. In Tupelo he chaired the committee that constructed the educational wing and fellowship hall of the First Presbyterian Church. Marshall was an active Presbyterian elder in each community in which he lived.

Marshall married Edna Erle Waters of Tupelo on Christmas Day 1941. He is survived by his wife, Edee, of Tupelo; his daughter, Kathryn Marshall Arnold of Williamsburg, Va., and his son, Sam P. Marshall III and his wife, Cecilia Miller Marshall, of Oxford; his sister, Louise Temple Bennett of Locust Grove, Va.; and his granddaughters, Allison Landon Arnold, Anne Preston Marshall and Hallie Landon Marshall; and his great-granddaughters, Brittany Taylor Dawkins and Ida Marie Sampson.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo First Presbyterian Church. A memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church. The family requests that memorials be sent to First Presbyterian Church's Outreach Fund. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Sonny Gholston

JACKSON – Herman F. “Sonny” Gholston, 78, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. He was born June 15, 1925, in New Albany. He served two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his discharge, he returned to high school to finish his senior year. After school he played semi-pro basketball for several teams in Memphis. He also worked for the Mississippi Forestry Service; Clark & Faye Construction Company in Memphis; Memphis Transit Co.; and the T.L. James Co. from 1960-1975. He moved to Mississippi in 1962. From 1975-1985, when he retired, he worked for the Blain Company in Mount Olive. Since retiring he has been self-employed in construction. He was a member of Briarwood Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland. Burial will be in Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Sara Joyce Cobb Gholston of Jackson; three children, Stephanie Case and husband, Jim, of Houston, Texas, Timothy Gholston of Opelika, Ala., and Pam White and husband, Jaymes, of Brandon; grandchildren, Joel Dale of Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Okla., Cobby Wallace of Brandon, Forrest Gholston of Madison, Seth Froom of Houston, Texas, Tyler White of Brandon, and Patrick Gholston of Opelika, Ala.; three sisters, Maxine Avent, Elizabeth Hunsucker and Joanne Cox, all of Memphis.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries, P.O. Box 1228, Ridgeland MS or the American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson MS 39213.

Curtis Daniel

NEW ALBANY – Charles Curtis Daniel, 87, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at his home in New Albany after a long illness. He was born Nov. 19, 1915, to the late Raymond Lee Daniel and Winnie Mae Kent Daniel. He was a retired retail grocery owner of Daniel's Big Star for over 25 years. After retiring from the grocery business, he operated Wood's OK Tire Store in Holly Springs, retiring in 1985. He was a member and past president of the First United Methodist Church administration board and a member of the Hugh Clayton Sunday School Class. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a Hamasa Shriner, a 32nd Degree Master Mason for 50 years and a member of the Joseph Warren Lodge. He was an active member of the Civitan Club and a Salvation Army bell ringer. He enjoyed sports, hunting, fishing, and raising and showing Tennessee Walking Horses. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Giles Lindley and the Rev. Leslie Nabors officiating. Burial will be in the New Albany City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Martha Jewell Butler Daniel of New Albany; a son, Larry Wayne Daniel of New Albany; a daughter, Shelby Dianne Daniel Farley of New Albany; a grandson, Doug Farley and wife, Mitzy Thrasher Farley, of Guntown; a great-granddaughter, LeAnn Farley of Guntown.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Edward Daniel; and a sister, Ruby Daniel Melton.

Pallbearers will be Sammy Goodman, Joe Robbins, Bill Smallwood, Bobby Banks, Bill Kitchens, and nephew, Hershel Melton.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Hugh Clayton Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 207 E. Bankhead St., New Albany MS 38652; or Hospice of the North Mississippi Medical Center, 600 W. Main St., Tupelo MS 38801.

Dale Sarsgard

WEST POINT – Dale Sarsgard, 86, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a native of Rutland, Iowa, and the son of the late John and Julia Olson Sarsgar. He had lived in West Point for 50 years. He was a salesman for Swift & Company (later the Russell Company) and a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Bullock Sarsgard, in 1971. He married Jean King Simpson on July 23, 1977.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Russell Fletcher officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Union Cemetery in Humboldt, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife, Jean King Simpson Sarsgard of West Point; two sons, John Sasrsgard of Easton, Conn., and James Sarsgard of Baltimore, Md.; a stepdaughter, Cathy Simpson Pilkinton of Columbus; three grandsons; one stepgranddaughter; three sisters, Esther Ruble of Algona, Iowa, Marvel French of Reinbeck, Iowa, and Verla Ennen of Gilmore City, Iowa.

Honorary pallbearers will be his friends at the First United Methodist Church and former co-workers from Swift & Company and the Russell Company.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 293, West Point MS 39773.

Edward Orrick

FLORENCE, Ala. – Edward Orrick, 62, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at the Helen Keller Hospital. He was a native of Tishomingo and the son of the late Ed and Eva Orrick.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the New Hope Church of Christ in Florence, Ala. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Spry Funeral Home of Florence, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Lowe of Waterloo, Ala., and Lisa Orrick of Florence, Ala.; two sons, Tony Orrick and Stevie Orrick, both of Waterloo, Ala.; five sisters, Louise Nunley, Bernice Wright, Polly Hall and Helen Epps, all of Tishomingo, and Edna Hamm of Cherokee, Ala.; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Nunley, Eddie Nunley, Doug Nunley, Rickey Fraizer, David Hamm and Teddy Day.

Steve Huddleston

MEMPHIS – Michael Steve Huddleston, 44, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at his brother's home in Michigan City. He was a maintenance supervisor for Penske Truck Leasing in Memphis and a member of Macon Road Church of Christ in Memphis.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Johnny James officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Ripley.

Survivors include two daughters, Shanah Michelle Smith and husband, Daniel Shane, of Memphis and Dennena G. Billings and husband, Robert Kerry, of Braden, Tenn.; his parents, William Treadwell and Mable Grace Sanderson Huddleston of Memphis; a sister, Linda Long of Memphis; two brothers, W.D. Huddleston of Memphis and Jimmy D. Huddleston of Michigan City; three grandchildren, Caleb Dalton Smith of Memphis, and Pedan Layne Craig and Landen Robert Billings of Braden, Tenn.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Monica Spratt

SMITHVILLE – Monica Patrice Spratt, 29, died Sunday, July 20, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of New Macedonia M.B. Church, where she served on the choir. She was an employee of United Furniture in Amory.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith Chapel Holiness Church in Athens with the Rev. Harlin Bailey officiating and Pastor Mammie Parks assisting. Burial will be in the Burns Memorial Garden Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a child, Jordan Travon Spratt of Smithville; her mother, Mammie Spratt of Smithville; a brother, Clarence Lee Spratt of Amory; a sister, McLathan Morrow of Amory; a stepsister, Nicole Pack of Amory.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence “Bud” Spratt, and her grandparents, Jimmie and Ruth Edwards, and Clarence Eskar Spratt.

Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

J.B. Blankenship

WEST POINT – James O. “J.B.” Blankenship, 76, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the Collinwood Nursing Home in Plano, Texas. He was a native of West Point and a resident of the Dallas, Texas, area for several years. He was a furniture retailer and furniture manufacturer in Northeast Mississippi for a number of years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a Baptist.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Pam Wigginton of McKinney, Texas; a son, Jimmy Blankenship and wife, Regina, of Farwell, Texas; four grandchildren, Angela Mazzei of Allen, Texas, James Wigginton of Plano, Texas, J.J. Blankenship of Lampasas , Texas, and Glen Blankenship of Stephenville, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Brianna Mazzei of Allen, Texas, Haley Wigginton of Plano, Texas, and Kirby Blankenship of Lampasas, Texas; his former wife, Thomasine Miller Blankenship of McKinney, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maggie Lee Boyett and William B. Blankenship, and a brother, Bobby Blankenship.

Pallbearers will be Brian Mazzei, James Wigginton, J.J. Blankenship and Glen Blankenship.

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

Haywood York

CALHOUN CITY – William Haywood York, 73, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. He was born Jan. 26, 1930, in Calhoun County. He was a retired employee of Caviness Woodworking Co. Iev. Grady Williams officiating. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Ella Mae Dotson York of Calhoun City; two daughters, Brenda Walls and Linda Dye, both of Calhoun City; a son, James Derwood York of Kansas City, Kan.; a sister, Lega Brassfield of Houston; a brother, Gene York of Okolona; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry York and Nolla Hodge York; a son, Kenneth Earl York; and four brothers.

Pallbeaers will be John Dye, Tim Ferris, Bud Russell, Keith Wilson, Horrae Henley and Merl Russell.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. today at the graveside.

Martha Adell Rutherford

RIPLEY – Martha Adell Pittman Rutherford, 64, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at her home in Ripley. She was a retired seamstress for McGregor Manufacturing Company in Walnut and a member of the North Ripley Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Warren Harrell officiating. Burial will be in Little Hope Cemetery near Falkner.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Rutherford and wife, Rita, and Tim Rutherford and wife, Judy, all of Falkner; a sister, Pauline Breedlove of Michigan City; four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon Pittman and Mary Pegram Pittman Jones; her husband, Jimmy Wayne Rutherford; and two brothers, John Pittman and Vernon Pittman.

Pallbearers will be Dustin Rutherford, Shane Rutherford, Jeff Brady, Bobby Graves, Barry Grady and Petie Rutherford.

Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today.

Jessie Pryor

AURORA, Ill. – Jessie Pryor, 93, formerly of Holly Springs, died Monday, July 21, 2003, at the Aurora Manor Rehab and Living Center in Aurora, Ill. He was retired, self-employed farmer and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a member and deacon at Bell Grove M.B. Church of Holly Springs. He was the husband of the late Fannie Martin Pryor.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Yarbrough Chapel CME Church of Holly Springs with the Rev. S.A. Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Jessie Mae Ayers of Holly Springs; two sons, Willie Pryor and Harry Pryor, both of Hazelcrest, Ill.; a sister, Addie Lee Smith of Coldwater; a brother, Sam Pryor of Aurora, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday at the church. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.

Bobby C. Chandler

MANTEE – Bobby C. Chandler, 73, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at his home in Mantee. He was born Feb. 24, 1930, in Webster County. He was a retired Mississippi State Trooper for the Mississippi Highway Patrol. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Mantee Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with the Rev. Doyle Cummings officiating. Burial will be in Clarkson Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Chandler of Mantee; a daughter, Clara Darlene Chandler Mathews of Mantee; a son, Michael Lynn Chandler of Mantee; a sister, Judy Chandler Johnson of Shannon; three brothers, Hughie Chandler of Mountain View, Ark., Billy Gene Chandler of Verona and Charles Chandler of Houston; four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Mantee Baptist Church building fund.

Ailene W. Yarber

SOUTHAVEN – Ailene W. Yarber, 86, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Southaven. She was active in the seniors class at St. Francis Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Coleman Family Chapel in Corinth with Bro. James Wooley officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery South in Memphis.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Yarber of Southaven; two nieces, Teresa Houston of Southaven and Carolyn Gillian of Newark, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her father, Spencer Wilbanks, and her mother, Ollie Wilbanks.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Geraldine Stanford

AMORY – Geraldine Jesca Sargent Stanford, 96, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory after a long illness. She was born Sept. 29, 1906, in Itawamba County to the late William Lester and Ethel Jones Sargent. She lived in Amory for many years. She was a homemaker and an active member of the St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Amory. She married Jefferson Davis Stanford in 1923; he preceded her in death in 1982.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with the Rev. Ed Woodall officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.

Survivors include a son, Lewis Stanford of Kingston, Tenn.; a daughter, Melba Jeane Lauve of Hot Springs, Ark.; a sister, Mae Hester of Amory; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Lanette Allen; and two brothers, Archie Sargent and Ruble Sargent.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and until service time Saturday.

Myrtle Johnson

BELMONT – Myrtle Audry Johnson, 77, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at her home. She was a native of Tishomingo County. She was a retired employee of Blue Bell after 27 years and a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. William McClellan officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Lester Johnson of Belmont; a son, Johnny Mac Johnson and wife, Lisa, of Belmont; four sisters, Edith Dickinson of Golden, and Helen Long, Betty Campbell and Bobbie Newell, all of Belmont; a brother, Howard Sparks of Belmont; two grandchildren, Sabrina Johnson Stamper and husband, Mike, of Germany and Lee Johnson of Belmont.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Berdean Moody, and three brothers, Otha Sparks, Johnny Sparks and Jessie Sparks.

Pallbearers will be Nickey Newell, Jeff Sparks, Jimmy Sparks, Greg Sparks, Delbert Sparks and Larry Moody.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and until service time Sunday at the New Bethel Baptist Church.

Walter D. Melton

WATER VALLEY – Walter D. Melton, 70, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born May 20, 1933, in Marks to Egar and Leona Austin Melton. He was a retired baker for Wonder Bread after 25 years. He was a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with Timmy McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Duffy Melton of Water Valley; a daughter, Pam Melton Shelton of Benton, Wash.; two sons, Ricky Melton of Willow, Alaska, and Jerry Melton of Grand Junction, Colo.; a brother, Gene Melton of Rockford, Ill.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.