Obituaries July 3, 2010

Vernell Gaines
TUPELO – Vernell Gaines, 79, died Thursday, July 1, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born May 22, 1931, in Lee County to Marlin Eldridge Parmer and Gracie Lavelle Helms Parmer. She was a retired Quality Inspector for Lanier in Tupelo. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Lee County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Macedonia Baptist Church in Lee County with the Rev. Terry Faulkner officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Pontotoc County. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Joe Wesley Gaines of Tupelo; a sister, Sarah Cleo Cloyd of Tupelo; and a brother, Clyde Marion Parmer of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Wesley Gaines; her parents; and a brother, James Martin Parmer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Virginia Sue Clegg
GEORGETOWN, Texas – Virginia Sue Clegg, 85, of Taylor, died Friday July 2, 2010, in Georgetown, Texas after a brief illness. She was born Nov. 3, 1924, to Juluis and Florence Dunn in Marietta, Miss. She loved traveling, sewing, bingo and belonged to Townwest Church in Taylor. She spent 20 years working as a Nursing Home Administrator and was the owner of Mama’s Taco’s here in Taylor.
Graveside Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 5, 2010, at Booneville City Cemetery in Booneville, Miss. Providence Funeral Home of Taylor, Texas is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Tommie and husband, Grady Whitaker of Denver, N.C., Betty and husband, Ken Edwards of Kermit, Texas, Martha and husband, Robert Scott of Kingston, Mich. and Brian and Carla Clegg of Hutto, Texas; sisters, Julius Lee Morris of Booneville and Patrilla and Bobby Maddox of Booneville; grandchildren, Stephanie and husband, Wade Williams of Galveston, Deanna and husband, Starling Reid of Charlotte, N.C., Jeff and wife, Holly Ward of Cedar Park, Texas, Ernie and wife, Debbie Edwards of Justin, Texas, Judy and husband, James Williams of Kermit, Texas, Virginia Scott of Kingston, Mich., Robert Scott Jr. of Kingston, Mich. and Regina Hodges-Oats of Canton; 20 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Clegg; parents, Julius and Florence Evans Dunn; sister, Beatrice Estes; and granddaughter, Goldie Elizabeth Scott.
Visitation was from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2010, at Providence Funeral Home Chapel in Taylor, Texas
Friends are invited to share their words of comfort in an online tribute at www.providencefuneralhome.com in Virginia Clegg’s memory.
Jim Yarbrough
CAIRO – James “Jim” Yarbrough, 63, died Thursday, July 1, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born Aug. 12, 1946, in Alcorn County to James Odell and Marie Pannell Yarbrough. He was a retired carpenter and a member of New Lebanon Freewill Baptist Church. He was a member of Burton Volunteer Fire Department where he served as training officer. He enjoyed metal detecting, hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Lebanon Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Jack Whitley and Bro. Jack Mac McCreary officiating. Burial will be in the New Lebanon Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Peggy Bryant Yarbrough; his mother, Marie Yarbrough; two daughters, Tabitha Frazier and husband, Guy and Beth McVey and special friend, Wayne Murphy, both of Cairo; two brothers, Gerald R. Yarbrough and wife, Cindy of Burnsville and David A. Yarbrough and wife, Carole of Iuka; his mother-in-law, Letha Bryant of Cairo; one granddaughter, Jordyn Grace McVey; and three grandsons, Jamie, Justin and Joey McVey.
He was preceded in death by his father; one sister, Suzanne; and his father-in-law, Harold Dean Bryant.
Pallbearers will be Shawn Martin, Aaron Stolz, Taylor Walker, Elton Maness, Mike Johnson and Bob Moss.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Burton Volunteer Fire Dept.
Visitation will be until 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Robert Harris
COUNTRYSIDE, Ill. – Robert E. “Gene” Harris, 77, of Countryside, Ill., formerly of Burnsville, died June 30, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at noon, Friday, July 9, 2010, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Burnsville Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brainard Avenue Baptist Church, Countryside, IL.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Lorraine Burns
BOONEVILLE – Lorraine Burns, 89, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Telma Adonis Jackson
TREMONT – Telma Adonis Bradley Jackson, 87, died Thursday, July 1, 2010, at The Meadows. She was born Sept. 3, 1922, to Walter and Ethel Comer Bradley. She transported Headstart kids and sold cosmetics. She was a member of Altar Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping, sewing, quilting, studying her Bible and spending time with her family and friends. She loved playing Bible Trivia, Bingo and Dominoes at the nursing home.
Services will be at 2 p. m. today at the Altar Baptist Church with Bro. Paul Reynolds, Bro. Jerry George and Bro. Patrick Fowler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Margie (Hollis) Fowler of Tremont, Patricia Earnest of Phenix City, Ala. and Martha Jackson of Pontotoc; one son, Tommy (Pat) Jackson of Vina, Ala.; her grandchildren, Frankie Fowler, Jeff Fowler, Phillip Fowler, Ricky Fowler, Lee Parker, Cynthia Lawler, Samantha Chaney, Alicia Waldo, Martha Smith and Mistie Humphres; her great-grandchildren, Jeremy Fowler, Kellie Fowler, Patrick Fowler, Brandon Fowler, Tyler Fowler, Cheyene Fowler, Dakota Fowler, Isabella Fowler, Arry Lawler, Lane Lawler, Justin Rippee, Caleb Rippee, Grace Chaney, Annslee Parker, Brandy Waldo, Savanah Ensey and Austin Humphres.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 plus years, Zelon Hall Jackson; her parents; three sisters, Fleta Martin, Jessie Faye Ables and Dell Jackson; a brother, Billy Bradley; two grandchildren, Joseph Wayne Brown and Zelon Joe Brown; and a son-in-law, Jerry Neal Earnest.
Pallbearers will be Frankie Fowler, Jeff Fowler, Ricky Fowler, Phillip Fowler, Lee Parker, Jeremy Fowler, Patrick Fowler, Brandon Fowler, Tyler Fowler and Austin Humphres.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lane Lawler, Caleb Rippee and Justin Rippee.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today at the church.
James Agnew
UPLAND, Calif. – James Henderson Agnew, 75, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at the San Antonio Community Hospital located in Upland, Calif. He was born Sept. 8, 1934, to Henderson and Adlena Agnew in Tupelo. He served in the Army and fought in combat during the time of the Korean War. While living in Illinois, He worked at Evanston Township High School until he retired as Head of Security in 1999. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Yorba Linda, Calif.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Tupelo with Dr. Jimmy L. Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his children, Donnie, Terry and Ved “Beverly,” all of Chicago, Ill., James (Yolanda) and Katrina (Anthony), all of Atlanta and Trent of New York; four siblings Ermer Lowe of Marlboro, Md., John (Margaret) Agnew of Oxon Hill, Md., Dorothy Mosby of Tupelo and Emmer Adams of Park Forest, Ill.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henderson and Adlena Agnew.
Pallbearers will be Vincent Mosby, Eric Mosby, Mike Adams, Cory Adams, Eddie Dunlap and Darvin Scott.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today.
Thomas Nelms
CALHOUN CITY – Thomas Bryant Nelms, 72, died Thursday, July 1, 2010, at Greenwood-Leflore County Hospital. He was born Feb. 21, 1938. He was a retired factory worker and a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery in Slate Springs. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a granddaughter, Teresa Broughman of Coffeeville; a grandson, Billy Mann of Tupelo; a sister, Carolyn Parker of Calhoun City; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Nelms and Estell Richards Nelms; a sister, Martha Nell Smith; two brothers, John William Nelms and Robert Nelms; a grandson, James Mann; and a great-grandson, Jonathan Broughman.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Smith, Terry Parker, James Broughman, Billy Mann, William Mann and Billy McMahan.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Virginia Newby
RIPLEY – Virginia Heavener Newby, 89, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born April 5, 1921, to Learsley Heavener and Martha Smith Heavener. She was a member of Chapman Church of Christ and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Chapman Church of Christ with Min. Mark Lindley officiating. Burial will be in Chapman Church of Christ Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Gerlene Cissom (Johnny) and Barbara Carter, both of Ripley and Brenda Groger (Anthony) of Denham Springs, La.; two sons, J.C. Newby (Sandy) of Ripley and James Newby (Nora) of Fayette, Ala.; three sisters, Cleo Hall and Valsie Muse, both of Ripley and Ruth Jeans of Dumas; one daughter-in-law, Maxine Newby Holley of Tiplersville; 16 grandchildren, Keith Newby (Robin), Connie Davis (Bryan), Ricky Cissom (Karen), Lisa Russell (Marty), all of Ripley, Mitchell Newby (Wendy) of Tiplersville, Danyale Britt (Kenneth) of Chalybeate, Ryan Hill, Landon Groger, Cooper Groger, Chad Groger, and Chase Groger, all of Denham Springs, La., Scott Newby (Callie) of Arizona, Steven Newby of California, Kristie George (Mitchel), Christie Clemmer and Heather McCallister of Ripley; 27 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Newby; one son, Floyd Newby; one daughter, Ellen Newby; her parents; and two sisters, Lucille Newby and Ruby Cissom.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to service time Sunday at the church.
To view obituaries and sign online register book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Sue Taylor
BALDWYN – Sue Lollar Taylor, 87, died Friday, July 02, 2010, at her home. She had worked at Banker’s Life Insurance for a number of years and later worked at Reed’s Downtown in Tupelo for over 30 years. She was a member of Baldwyn First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Derek Jones and Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Sandy Balty (Jack) and Nancy Wilson (Robert), all of Tupelo; one sister, Eddie Mae Nabers of Kirkville; one brother, Joe Lollar (Martha) of Kirkville; one brother-in-law, Buddy Clark of Huntsville; one sister-in-law, Joan Lollar of Kirkville; her grandchildren, Wendy Reeder, Christi Houston, Jay Carter and Robbie Ligon (Brad); her great-grandchildren, Bo Boyette, Lexi Nash, Taylor Reeder, Blake Houston, Maggie Reeder, Cooper Carter, Wilson Ligon and Gracie Ligon.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alger and Mary Lee Lollar; two sisters, Jeane Lollar and Charlene Lollar Clark; one brother, Wilford Lollar; and a grandson, Chip Wilson.
Pallbearers will be Jay Carter, Bo Boyette, Blake Houston, Mike Lollar, Mark Nabers, Bill Clark, Scott Clark and Tyler Adams.
Honorary pallbearer will be Steve Clark.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Betty Waters
BALDWYN – Betty Waters, 93, died July 1, 2010, at the Tupelo Nursing and Rehab after an extended illness. She enjoyed gardening and cooking. She had retired from Blue Bell Mfg. after 54 years of service. She was a member of Ingram Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Herndon and Bro. Wallace Pannell officiating. Burial will be in Ingram Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Danny Waters (JoAnn) of Belden; one sister, Jeddie Pruitt of Baldwyn; two brothers, J.V. Goodin of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and James Goodin (Jerri) of Baton Rouge, La.; three grandchildren, Teresa Bridges (Jason), Tommy Waters (Susan) and Patrick Waters of Belden; and four great-grandchildren, Hannah and Noah Bridges and Katie and Andy Waters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Waters; her parents, Oscar and Vista Cox Goodin; two sisters, Kay Martin and Nettie Wingo; and two brothers, Herbert Goodin and Alton Goodin.
Pallbearers will be Doug Waters, Mancil Pruitt, Randy Tolar, Johnny Hamblin, Bobby Carr and Ralph George.
Honorary pallbearer will be Doug Pruitt.
Leon Freelon
PITTSBORO – Leon Freelon, 52, died at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Willie Harris
GUNTOWN – Willie Harris, 56, died July 1, 2010, at University Medical Center Hospital in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
Doris Hudspeth
BELDEN – Doris Hudspeth, 81, died Friday, July 02, 2010, at her home after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
James Brawner
BIGGERSVILLE – James William Brawner, 84, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at Dogwood Plantation Assisted Living. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeter’s Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Linda Humphries
RED BAY – Linda J. Humphries, 62, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Clyde Tapp
BALDWYN – Richard Clyde Tapp, 83, died July 1, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was a former Vice-Mayor and Alderman of Baldwyn, loyal Ole Miss Fan and alumni, owner and pharmacist of Tom’s Drug Store for many years and a U.S. State Army WWII Veteran. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Baldwyn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Robert McCoy, Bro. Kenneth Corley and Bro. Keith Williams officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jewel Waters Kirk Tapp of Baldwyn; three sons, Ricky Tapp (Kay), Mark Tapp (Lana) and Hunt Kirk (Kathy); two daughters, Betsy Gibbs and Kelly McCarley (Rickey); daughter-in-law, Barb Tapp Peterson; grandchildren, Adam “Bo” Tapp, Suzanne Erickson (Steven), Shannon Frazier (Tommy), Justin Tapp (Leshae), Brandon Kirk, Logan Kirk, Dustin Kirk, Misty Applegate (Chad), Shea McCarley (Shanna), John Tapp (Rosalina) and Kara Tapp; great-grandchildren, Shaylee Applegate, Ethan Applegate, Coley Davis, Burke Erickson, Payton Tapp, Haley Tapp and Jordan Tapp, Tapp Frazier, Judd Frazier, Porter Tapp, Maddox McCarley and Hayden McCarley; special friends and caregivers, Pam Duncan, Roger McCarley, Larry Dean Hutcheson, Ben Ashmore and Paul Kennedy.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Rice Tapp; his parents, Robert and Gladys Duncan Tapp; a son, Arty Tapp; brother, Jimmy Tapp; and a son-in-law, Bobby Gibbs.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Drug Store Round Table Coffee Friends and the members of the Metal Detectors’ Club.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Baldwyn First Methodist Church, Lebanon Cemetery or Sanctuary Hospice House.
Bobby Baggett
ATLANTA – William Bobby Baggett, 71, formerly of Red Bay, died Thursday, July 1, 2010, at Emory Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Ga. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.
Florine Bowen
BELMONT – Florine Bowen, 83, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Golden.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Belmont United Methodist Church. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the church.
Doris Hill
RIPLEY – Doris Yates Hill, 79, died July 2, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Directors of Ripley.
Edith Hendrix
CORINTH – Edith Hendrix, 93, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at Whitfield Nursing Home in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.
Taylor McCarthy
BALDWYN – Taylor McCarthy, 94, died Friday at his home after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m Sunday at the funeral home.
Elvis Fewell
ECRU – Elvis Fewell, 89, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Ecru.
Alicia Wilson
AMORY – Alicia Ann Wilson, 39, died Thursday, July 1, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Elizabeth Knox
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Elizabeth Knox, 88, died Friday, July 2, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home.
Minnie Rae Pigott
On July 2, 2010, after an extended illness, Minnie Rae Pigott passed from this world to her eternal home.
She was born February 15, 1919, in Dale County, Alabama, near Ozark, the seventh child of Jim and Nora Marley Jernegan. After graduating from Dale County High School in 1937, she was participating in her family’s enterprises, when she met and wed Horris Pigott on July 16, 1940. Their union would last nearly 69 years.
After working and living throughout the Southeast, they established their home in Picayune in 1944. Minnie Rae was a homemaker and an active member of the Harmony Baptist Church and served over 60 years as a Sunday School teacher.
She enjoyed life, especially reading, cooking, fishing, doing crossword puzzles and studying her Bible. She took special joy spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She will be remembered by all those around her, especially her family, for her wry wit, optimism, service and love.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J.J. Jernegan and Lenora Marley Jernegan; and her husband, James Horris Pigott.
She is survived by her five children, Nan (Robert) Scott of Picayune, Mary Jean (Joe) Navoy of Picayune, Bud (Claudia) Pigott of Foley, Ala., Charles (Jessica) Pigott of Tupelo and Larry (Liz) Pigott of Picayune; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; her brother, James Jernegan of Skipperville, Ala. and her sister, Lenora Taylor of Atlanta.
Funeral services will be Monday, July 5, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Flat Top Cemetery under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home.
The Rev. Braque Cutrer will officiate at the service.
There will be no visitation.
Obituary, Register Book, and Driving Directions can be found on the internet page, www.mcdonaldfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations be made to the James Horris and Minnie Rae Pigott Scholarship Fund at Pearl River Community College or the Harmony Baptist Church.

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