Obituaries July 28, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Delores Thompson
BRUCE – Delores Mae Murphree Thompson, 85, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Pontotoc Health Services in Pontotoc. She was born July 3, 1926, in Bruce. She was a retired seamstress for Kellwood in Calhoun City and a member of the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Her favorite hobbies were quilting and taking care of her garden.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Kevin Chrestman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Bruce.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Daniel (Jerry) of Houlka and Mitzi Mize (Jan) of Pontotoc; two sons, Tony Thompson (Cathy) of Starkville and Stanley Thompson (Barbie) of Bruce; seven grandchildren, Julie McCallum, Stacy Deloach, Joseph Thompson, Angie Daniel, Stephanie Mata, Hank Thompson and Jana Mize; 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Edward Thompson; her parents, Colonel Cleveland Murphree and Luna Elizabeth Winter Murphree; a sister, Erma Murphree Ramage; a brother, Buford Murphree; and a grandson, Jeff Daniel.
Pallbearers will be Michael Brown, Mike Deloach, Joey Murphree, Shane O’Bannon, David Ramage, Tommy Ramage, Bobby Thompson, Hank Thompson, Jimmy Thompson, Joseph Thompson, Mark Young and Ronnie Young.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Fund, 7 CR 130A, Bruce, MS 38915.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfunerlahomes.com.

Ruthie Murphy
BOONEVILLE – Ruthie Mae Murphy, 58, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Barton Cemetery in Cherokee, Ala.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jasper W. Russell
PONTOTOC – Jasper W. Russell, 47, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 19, 1963, in Tyler, Texas, to Milburn Starks Russell and Ida Nell Keith Russell. He married Chris Barnes of Florence, Ala., on Aug. 29, 1987. He served in the U.S. Army for 29 years. He served in Afghanistan from 2004-2005 during Operation Enduring Freedom and retired from the National Guard Reserves. He worked as a union electrician. He was a member of Flint River Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala.
A military graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc with Bro. Harold Keith Russell officiating. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Chris Barnes Russell of Florence, Ala.; one son, Brian William Barnes Russell of Florence, Ala.; three sisters, Tina Pickering (Mitchell) of Pontotoc, Ida “Cissy” Groves of Plantersville and Prisscilla Hutcheson of Pontotoc; four brothers, Chester Russell of Pontotoc, Harold Russell (Dawn) of Laurel, Wendell Russell (Tonja) of Pontotoc and Todd Russell (Renee) of Pontotoc; his mother-in-law, Jewel Shuey (Merlin) of Connecticut, his stepmother-in-law, Libby Reynolds of Florence, Ala.; two sisters-in-law, Belynda Taylor of Florence, Ala., and Beth Ables (Jack) of Decatur, Ala.; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Bud Barnes.
The U.S. Army National Guard will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Peggy Johnson
TUPELO – Peggy Marlene Edwards Johnson, 78, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A Tupelo native, she was born July 19, 1933, to Cecil E. and Jessie Gregg Edwards. She attended school in West Point, graduating with honors in 1953. She married Roger Johnson on March 12, 1959, in West Point. They spent the first two years of their marriage in The Philippine Islands where her husband was in Army Security. She loved spending quality time with her grandchildren, talking, reading, and playing games with them. She was an avid reader and always encouraged her children and grandchildren to experience the joy and knowledge that comes from reading. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church where she was a member of the Maranatha Sunday School Class. She was an active member of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and Meals on Wheels. Before retiring, she served 25 years as financial secretary of First Presbyterian Church of Tupelo. She was previously employed by North Mississippi Industrial Development Association of West Point, the Memphis Chamber of Commerce in Memphis, Mississippi Extension Service at Mississippi State University and Mississippi State Employment Service in Grenada.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Ricky Young officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Roger Johnson of Tupelo; three daughters, Gale Johnson Smith of Tupelo, Julie Johnson Whitehead (Howard) of Round Rock, Texas, Heather Johnson Camp (Dr. William Camp) of Lexinton, Ky.; four granddaughters, Sarah Kate Johnson of Round Rock, Texas, Molly Elizabeth Smith of Tupelo, Christian Isabeau Camp of Lexinton, Ky., Callie Marie Spivey (Kyle) of Saltillo; one grandson, Charles William Camp of Lexington, Ky.; one great-grandson, Britton Joel Spivey; sisters-in-law and brother-in law, Frances White of Saltillo, Donald and Ora Johnson of Columbus, Dorothy Johnson of West Point, and Hazel Johnson Pearson of Raleigh, N.C.; several cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles Earl Edwards and James Durrell Edwards; two sisters, Joyce Edwards Wayde and June Edwards Drummond; her grandparents Charles Lewis and Callie Boatner Gregg and John Hampton and Molly Taylor Edwards.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Bobby W. Ford
RIPLEY – Bobby W. Ford, 76, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at his home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home.

Jannie Smith
MARION, Ark. – Jannie Elizabeth Smith, 83, formerly of Shannon, died Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Cross Ridge Community Hospital in Wynne, Ark.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion M.B. Church at Troy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Anthony Funeral Home of West Memphis, Ark., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Smith-Knight of Mansfield, Texas; four sons, Michael Roberts, Angelo Smith of Muskegon, Mich., Cartelyou Rickey Smith of Spanaway, Wash., and Rev. Bruce Smith of Marion, Ark.; four sisters, Mamie Hunter of Muskegon, Mich., Vonilla Woods and Shirley Pulliam of Shannon, and Maggie Ford of Verona; one brother, Ervin Pulliam Jr. of Verona; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Carrie Ward
BALDWYN – Carrie Elizabeth McCay “Momma Susie” Ward, 96, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Magnolia Manor in Tupelo. She was born near Baldwyn in Prentiss County to the late Rev. W.C. and Bertha McCay. She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was a faithful member, Sunday School teacher and choir member. She taught in the Mississippi Public School System for 40 years in Lambert, Marietta and Belmont and retired from the Baldwyn Schools in 1981. She was the widow of Baxter Ward whom she married in 1940. She enjoyed reading, walking, shopping, cooking, singing, gardening sewing, crocheting and especially singing time with her family. She was an avid traveler, both nationally and internationally.
The Celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Baldwyn with Bro. Kenneth Corley, Bro. Robert McCoy and Bro. Keith Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Baldwyn Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Connie Jo Randleman (Dick) of Yadkinville, N.C., and Nancy Daniels (Frankie) of Blue Springs; sisters, Gee Coggins of Nettleton and Annelle Majors (Wallace) of Gulfport; five grandchildren, Gina Bolen (Randy), Cathy Werner (Bryson), Kim Napier (Greg) of Tupelo, David Randleman (Karen) of North Carolina; 13 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; and 20 nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Dorsey McCay, John McCay and Carter McCay
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Baldwyn or Magnolia Manor of Tupelo.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home. The body will lie in state one prior to service time at the church.

Bill Horton
HIGHLAND, Ind. – William H. “Bill” Horton, 87, died on Monday, July 25, 2011. He was retired from Republic Steel. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, vice commander of the American Legion Post 136 and a member of the VFW Post 7881, where he was named Officer of the Day. He was a member of Glory to God Lutheran Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Glory to God Lutheran Church (Gloria Dei) in Highland with Pastor David Trexler officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schererville, Ind. White Funeral Home of Griffith, Ind., is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Norma; his children, Brenda (Gary) Whiteside of Hanover, Ind., and Dr. Will D. (Christina) Horton of Venice, Fla.; his stepson, Paul D. Sims of Hammond, Ind.; his grandchildren, Erika (Jeff) Lambdin, Renee (Steve) McDowell, Shawn (Myndi) Whiteside, Anthony (fiancampée, Amanda) Whiteside and Brandon (Heather) Whiteside; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, AJ Horton and Thomas (Faye) Horton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Ella Horton; his first wife, Eula Tosh; and three sisters, Glen, Ether and Evie.
Friends may meet with the family on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the Glory to God Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Glory to God Lutheran Church (Gloria Dei).

Betty Silva
TUPELO – Betty Louise Silva, 84, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at her residence after a brief illness. She was born Nov. 15, 1926, in Union, S.C., to Olin and Julia James Gallman. She moved to Tupelo from Pleasanton, Calif., nine years ago. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church. She worked as a waitress at various restaurants, was a grocery store clerk, and a domestic and professional house cleaner. Her friends and family were her life.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lolar officiating. A private family graveside service will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church.
She is survived by a daughter, Lynda Jo Madrid (Randy) of Honolulu, Hawaii; a son, Charles William Miller of Richmond, Va.;10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Rebecca Jaeger; and two sons, Richard Miller and Kenneth Miller.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Otis Jones
SHANNON – Otis Matthew Jones, 94, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at the Shearer-Richardson Memorial Nursing Home in Okolona. He was born Nov. 22, 1916, in Monroe County to Sterling and Sederia Blaylock Jones. He was a member of Poplar Spring CME Church in Shannon and a retired farmer. He married Albirtha Griffin Jones on March 27, 1937.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Poplar Springs CME Church with Rev. Dr. Clementine Mays officiating and the eulogy by Rev. Carl Z. Jones. Burial will be in the Jones Memorial Garden in Shannon. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Albirtha Jones; three daughters, Loverta (Thomas) Myles, Margie (Leroy) Fells and Verlean Buchanan; five sons, Otis Lee (Lena) Jones, James E (Ozella) Jones Sr., Jimmy Lee (Joyce) Jones, Rev. Carl Z. (Marjorie) Jones and Willie Earl Jones (friend, Lillie); one grandson reared as a son, William Earl (Patricia) Jones; two sisters, Rebecca Faye (George) Berry and Almelda Crayton; one brother, Albert Jones; 28 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Junette Hughes Jones; a son, Donell Jones; a granddaughter, Letonja Jones; a daughter-in-law, Dreddie Jones; a son-in-law, Tobe Buchanan; a great-granddaughter, Amber Blanchard; six sisters, Laura, Anna Eliza, Mary Emma, Alice Mae, Essie Dean and Vinetta; five brothers, Tom, Bishop, Sterling, Gilbert and Jesse.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Billie Jo Lowry
GUNTOWN – Billie Jo Lowry 71, died unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. She was born on Feb. 7, 1940, to Annie and Benjamin Brevin Humphres. She was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church. She retired from the Salvation Army with over 30 years of dedicated service. She loved spending as much time as she could with her family, traveling, and scrapbooking when she had the opportunity.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Martin Jacks Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of almost 38 years, Murrel T. Lowry of Guntown; two sons, Mike Ivy (Donna) of Florence, Ala., and Dewayne Ginn (Amanda) of Booneville; one daughter, Misty Jacks (John) of Booneville; five grandchildren, Kelli McAfee (Jim), Mandy Ivy, Scott Ivy, Hannah Jacks and Hayden Ginn; one great-grandson, Parker Wade McAfee; a niece, Judy Boutwell (Lorie); a great-niece, Elizabeth Boutwell and a great-nephew, Albert Boutwell.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Joyce Ann Ratliff.
Pallbearers will be John Jacks, Jim McAfee, Tony Lowry, Scott Ivy, Matt Black and Lorie Boutwell.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

G.W. Reynolds Sr.
CALHOUN CITY – G.W. Reynolds Sr., 66, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at his home. He was born March 24, 2945, in Calhoun County. He was a private 1st class in the Mississippi Army National Guard for six years. He was a Baptist. He worked in construction as a heavy machine operator.
Memorial visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Oak Springs Baptist Church. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Reynolds Elliott (Ralph) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Karen Porter (Eric) of Calhoun City; one son, G.W. Reynolds Jr. (Tricia) of Jackson; four sisters, Nina Reynolds of Calhoun City, Agnes Gaskin (Roy) of Pittsboro, Rita Mooneyham (Ricky) of Duck Hill and Angie Bennett (Dennis) of Calhoun City; three brothers, Harold Reynolds (JoAnn) of Bruce, Oren Reynolds (Clara) of Calhoun City and Tony Reynolds of Pearl; five grandchildren, Torri Descoteaux, Trey Descoteaux, Brianna Reynolds, Natalie Reynolds and Tate Porter; one great-grandchild, Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Knox Reynolds and Willie Jean Hardin Reynolds, and a brother, Joe Reynolds.
Online condolences may be made @www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Lottie Mae Hill
OKOLONA – Lottie Mae Hill, 90, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Ray Stephens
SMITHVILLE – Ottis Ray “Pa Ray” Stephens, 81, died on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at his residence. Born on March 21, 1930, in Dorsey, he was a son of the late Orvil and Ruby Stevens Stephens. He was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 1948, and received his degree in Agricultural Science from Mississippi State University. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army as a corporal in the 198th Tank Division during the Korean War. In addition to being a respected farmer and a logger, he was an FFA/Vo-Tech teacher for 20 years in Itawamba and Monroe County Schools. Mr. Stephens was a member of Turon-New Bethel United Methodist Church. In his earlier years, he played guitar in the Hot Licks Band that opened for Elvis several times. A determined man, he enjoyed planting a big garden, farming, tractors, beekeeping, raising chickens, fishing, and listening to old time Grand Ole Opry music. He treasured the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughters, Bridget Lee (Dannie) and Karen Knight (Lee), both of Smithville; sons, Terry Stephens (Alisa) and Tim Stephens, both of Smithville; stepchildren, Sharon Dykes (Tommy), Charlotte Jones (Ricky) and Tim Blake (Susan), all of Nettleton, Tonya Thompson (Tim) of New Albany, Tommy Blake (Teresa) of Nettleton and Amanda Dabbs (David) of Hatley; grandchildren, Kerri Hathcock (Stephen) of Amory, Kassi Lee of Clinton, Wesley Stephens (Elizabeth) of Tupelo, and Zara Duke, Justin Knight, Kasha Stephens, Kyle Stephens and Kara Stephens, all of Smithville; great-grandchildren, Riley Beth Stephens, Seth Stephens, Pearson Duke, Addison Duke and Jack Hathcock; 14 stepgrandchildren and 13 stepgreat-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Carol Stephens.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Wesley Stephens officiating. Burial will follow in Maxey Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Boosie Leech, Andy Gosa, Tim Thompson, David Dabbs, Mike Holloway and Thomas Downen. Honorary pallbearers will be Dow Lindsey, Mike Lindsey, John Murphree and members of the Sunday school class of Turon United Methodist Church.
Visitation will continue until the service hour today.
Memorials may be given to Turon-New Bethel United Methodist Church.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Ernest Walker
OXFORD – Ernest Webb Walker, 86, died Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
A graveside service will be held at a later date. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Maudie Dee
OXFORD – Maudie Dee, 88, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Flint Hill M.B. Church at Etta. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

H. Dane Harris Jr.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – H. Dane Harris Jr., 54, died Monday, July 25, 2011, in Wilton, Iowa, as a result of a helicopter accident while performing the job he loved. He was born in Hot Springs, Ark., on Oct. 30, 1956, to the late H. Dane Harris and Marcella Sellars Harris. An avid golfer from childhood, he won numerous golf titles including multiple city and state championships as a teenager. He received a golf scholarship to LSU and went on to play on the professional golf tour.
Mr. Harris was previously part owner of The Vapors and Belvedere Country Club in Hot Springs. He had many varied interests in his life, one of which was achieving his 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo. He discovered his passion for flying and was an accomplished airplane and helicopter pilot, working in the industry for over 19 years and being recognized as one of the best in the business. His outgoing personality and love of people led him to purchase and revitalize the popular Town Pump in Little Rock. While still managing the Town Pump, he never gave up flying and when someone called, he could not resist the opportunity to fly. In every one of his professional endeavors as well as his personal life, Dane always went out of his way to help people and was a true friend to many.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Ark. Ruebel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy Latture Harris of Little Rock; a son, H. Dane Harris III of Chicago; a daughter, Leigh Alexandra Harris of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a stepson, Michael Greer of Tupelo; a sister, Marcie Heien (William Ball) of Little Rock; nephews Harrison Heien of Fayetteville, Ark., and Christopher Heien of Boston, Mass.; cousins, Danella Grant (Leo) and Fred Austin II (Kathy) of Hot Springs; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Hazel Latture of Hot Springs.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the CareHub Program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital or to C.A.R.E. for Animals. Access the website at www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.

Erlene Carter
HURRICANE – Onis Erlene Carter, 83, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at her residence. She was a retired caregiver. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and pets.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Glen Ervin officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Onice Fay Carter of Hurricane; two sons, Marlton Atlee Carter and Bobby Wayne Carter (Penny), all of Hurricane; three grandchildre, Adam Wayne Carter, Eric Thomas Carter and Johnathan Cody Carter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Nathan Robbins and Naomi Sneed Robbins; her siblings, Cuple Dillard, Donald L. Robbins, Oren D. Robbins and two infant siblings; and a sister-in-law, Elaine Robbins.
Pallbearers will be Lynn Robbins, Laine Robbins, Johnathan Carter, Ray Dillard, Adam Carter and Eric Carter.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Carol McGrath
OXFORD – Carol Lynn McGrath, 68, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford with a memorial service following at 1 p.m. in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Childrens’ Hospital, Wahabi Shrine Center, P.O. Box 2750, Jackson, MS 39207; Tribute Program, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284-8217.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

James Allen Sr.
MERIDIAN – James C. “Shorty” Allen Sr., 92, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Aldersgate Retirement Home. He was a retired carman and worked with Mamp&B Railroad. Mr. Allen was a member of Jones Chapel Church of God. He loved fishing and playing dominos and loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home Chapel in Meridian with the Rev. Don Talley officiating. Burial will be in the Jones Chapel Church of God Cemetery. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his two daughters Sandra Hodgins and her husband, Gary, and Tawanna Wright and her husband, John, all of Meridian; one son James C. “Cowboy” Allen Jr. of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gaynell Allen Barber; his second wife, Hazel Bernice Allen; a brother William Earl Allen; a sister, Hazel Kelley; a great-grandson Drake Hodgins; and parents, William H. and Liddie Allen.
Pallbearers will be Greg Chatham, Tommy Galyean, Jason Hodgins, Tony Creel, Charles Compton and Ray Martin. Charles Neal will be honorary pallbearer.
The family request memorials be made to Jones Chapel Church of God Building Fund.
Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.robertbarhamffh.com
Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James Tatum
OXFORD – James Leon Tatum, 80, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at his home near Oxford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to James Leon Tatum, Sponsor – Chinese Agape Foundation, c/o Holly Machemehl, 209 Palisades, Peachtree City, GA 30269.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.