Obituaries, July 6, 2003

Melvin Shinall

RIPLEY – Melvin Shinall, 89, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at the Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Johnny Skinner

MEMPHIS – Johnny Hugh Skinner, 61, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at Methodist Hospital Central in Memphis. He was formerly of Tiplersville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.

Patsy Kennedy

BOONEVILLE – Martha Ann “Patsy” Kennedy, 73, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Joseph Rainer

WALNUT – Joseph Devoe Rainer, 96, died Saturday, July 5, 2003. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

Phillip Wommack

NEW ALBANY – Phillip Lee Wommack, 52, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.

Ricky Pounds

BALDWYN – Richard Lynn “Ricky” Pounds, 48, died Thursday, July 3, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was a lifelong resident of the Kirkville community.

Services were Saturday, July 3, 2003, at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Irvin officiating. Burial was in the Kirkville Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Christie Beasley and husband, Bryan, of Marietta; his mother, Betty Pounds of Kirkville; two sisters, Judy Barnes of Kirkville and Brenda Roberts of Baldwyn; two brothers, Larry Pounds and Eddie Pounds, both of Kirkville; a stepson, Mitch Wilson of Fulton; two grandchildren, Morgan Beasley and Madelyn Beasley, both of Marietta; five nephews; one niece.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Pounds.

Pallbearers were his nephews and cousins.

Louise Oliver

NETTLETON – Mary Louise Oliver, 58, died Friday, July 4, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. She was born Dec. 10, 1944, in Monroe County to Jessie and Frances Seymore Yeager. She was a native of Nettleton and a homemaker. She was a member of the Tupelo Church of God for the past 26 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Tupelo Church of God with the Rev. Jack Ezell and the Rev. Sammy Raper officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Ruble Oliver of Nettleton; her mother, Frances Seymore Yeager of Nettleton; a daughter, Delisa Oliver Freeman and husband, Billy, of Nettleton; two sons, Eugene Oliver and wife, Sandra, of Tupelo, and Michael Oliver and fiancee, Crystal Clayton, of Shannon; two sisters, Maggie Snelson and husband, Buddy, and Betty Guin and husband, Kenneth, both of Nettleton; two brothers, Donald Yeager and wife, Anita, of Plantersville, and Larry Yeager and wife, Tina, of Nettleton; three grandchildren, Evan Oliver, Dillon Oliver and Mary Beth Oliver.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jessie Yeager.

Pallbearers will be Donald Yeager, Larry Yeager, Shorty Oliver, Doyle Oliver, Bobby Oliver and Billy Joe Oliver.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. to service time Monday.

Charles Barnett

BALDWYN – Charles Barnett died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at the Alcorn Rehabilitation Health Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Shelia McGarrh

CALEDONIA – Shelia Bailey McGarrh, 43, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born Feb. 28, 1959, to James Carl and Mildred Taylor Bailey. She was a 1978 graduate of Aberdeen High School and a member of Bethel Apostolic Church in Amory.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen with Bro. Malcom Tidwell and Bro. Stanley Blaylock officiating. Burial will be in Easter Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, B.L. McGarrh of Caledonia; a daughter, Nikki McGarrh of Hamilton, Ala.; two sons, Eric McGarrh and wife, Christy, of Amory, and Andy McGarrh and wife, Lawanda, of Shannon; her mother, Mildred Taylor Bailey of Aberdeen; three sisters, Donna Honnoll and husband, Danny, Patricia Morris and husband, Jimmy, and Mary Lois Bailey, all of Aberdeen; two granddaughters, Daphne and Madison McGarrh.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Carl Bailey, in 2001.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Betty Kennedy

ABERDEEN – Betty Booth Kennedy, 89, died Friday, July 4, 2003, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born June 24, 1914, in Pulaski, Tenn., to the late Walter Mason and Lena Will May Booth. She moved to Birmingham in 1922 and lived there until moving to Aberdeen in 1947. She was a graduate of the Misses Howard's School for Girls in Birmingham. She was a member of the Aberdeen First United Methodist Church and the Fidelis Sunday School Class. She was a life member of the Aberdeen Garden Club and the Thursday Sewing Bee. She was the wife of the late Dr. Frank Foster Kennedy Sr., who died in 1978.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen with the Rev. Rusty Keen officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Kay “Cissy” Kennedy Guess and husband, Jerry, of Amory; a son, Frank Foster Kennedy Jr. and wife, Gayle, of West Point; four grandchildren, Mary Clift Hitt, Anna Claire Kennedy, Laurie Guess and Jennifer Guess; a niece, Jane Worrell Whisler and husband, Clayton; a nephew, John Henry Worrell III and wife, Bonnie; her caregivers, Sandra Colburn, Janet Schrock, Dasie Howard and Joanne Holiday.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two sisters, Catherine Booth Worrell and Jane Booth Wheelock.

Pallbearers will be Smith Turnage, Larry Colburn, Buddy Bryant, Tommy Prince, Frank Harrington, Bob Lee, H.L. Dilworth and Ricky Pinson.

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

Memorials may be made to the Aberdeen First United Methodist Church or the Palmer Home for Children.

Tina Taylor

MANTEE – Tina Marie Taylor, 31, died Thursday, July 3, 2003, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born June 7, 1972, in Vicksburg. She was a Baptist.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. William Montgomery officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Survivors include her parents, Joe Lee and Nancy Hamilton; three children, Courtney Marie Taylor and Colton Duane Taylor, both of Indianola, and Greg Campbell of Charleston, Tenn.; three sisters, Tammy Hamilton of Laurel, Wendy Hamilton of Alabama and Melissa Johnson of Gulfport; five brothers, James Riddle of Arlington, Texas, Joe Hamilton Jr. of Bruce, William David Hamilton of Meridian, Jeff Hamilton of Toledo, Ohio, and James F. Hamilton of Mantee; and her grandmother, Ruthie Mae Hamilton of Mantee.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Ethel Carlisle

NEW ALBANY – Ethel Ferguson Carlisle, 89, died Thursday, July 3, 2003, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was born Aug. 27, 1913, in Union County to the late Sam and Dannye McCallum Ferguson. She was a homemaker, a retired employee of Futorian and a member of the Ingomar Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at United Funeral Services Chapel with the Rev. Clyde Pound officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Gerald W. Carlisle of Atoka, Tenn.; two sisters, Marjorie Hyde of Gastonia, N.C., and Mary Lou Young of Nashville; one niece; two nephews; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Carlisle, and two daughters.

Pallbearers will be Olen Coleman, Alex Duron, Buck Gardner, Fred Gilliam, Paul Gilliam and Steve Hargrave.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today.

Giffie Downs

GLEN – Giffie Sitton Downs, 88, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was a native and lifelong resident of Alcorn County. She was a member of Indian Spring United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Nelson Hight officiating. Burial will be in Indian Springs Cemetery at Glen.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Azzly Downs, and Donald and Linda Downs, all of Glen; four grandchildren, Jimmy Downs, Jeffery Downs, Kevin Downs and wife, Shelby, and Karen Cowart and husband, Richard; three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Downs; her parents, James and Sally Sitton; two brothers, Earl and Homer Sitton; and a sister, Cora Sitton.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time today.

Vada Watkins

CORINTH – Vada Helen Watkins, 87, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Charlie Browning, the Rev. Warren Jones and her grandson, Jimmy Jumper, officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Bobby Gene Watkins and wife, Jan, of Boonsboro, Md., and Donald Watkins of Corinth; two daughters, Peggy Holder and husband, Jim, and Carolyn Dunn and husband, Tommy, all of Corinth; 12 grandchildren, Michael Gene Watkins, Robert Watkins and wife, Debbie, Cassie Lancaster and husband, Mike, Jimmy Jumper and wife, Melinda, David Jumper and wife, Tammy, Timothy Jumper and wife, Wendy, Kelly Robertson and husband, Sandy, Chris Watkins, Phil Watkins and wife, Brandy, Andy McDaniel and wife, Charlotte, Lisa Benjamin and husband, Brett, and Tina Dunn; 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Essilean Wegmann; a daughter, Brenda Joyce Watkins; four brothers, Emile Wegmann, Frank Wegmann, Grady Wegmann and Johnny Wegmann; and a sister, Veoni Crum.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Jumper, David Jumper, Tim Jumper, Andy McDaniel, Chris Watkins, Phil Watkins, Robert Watkins and Michael Watkins.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Monday.

Betty Hill

CORINTH – Betty Hill, 75, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at her home. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Vallahalla Cemetery in Bessemer, Ala. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Michael J. Wilson of Birmingham; a stepson, Bobby Hill; two daughters, Cheryl Wilson of Oriental, N.C., and Susan Shae of Memphis; a stepdaughter, Barbara Armstrong of Corinth; a brother, James Mason of Hueytown, Ala.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

James May

HOLLY SPRINGS – James Spight May, 67, died Thursday, July 3, 2003, at his home. He was born Aug. 12, 1936, in Tippah County to George Edgar May and Minnie Jewel Jordan May. He was a member of the Holly Springs Church of Christ and an employee of Holly Tool and Die.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Todd Sanderson officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.

Survivors include a son, Danny May of Owensboro, Ky.; a daughter, Jamie Edwards of Walls; three brothers, Dale May of Holly Springs, Lemuel May of Ashland and Teddy May of Mooreville; two sisters, Leone Pannell of Walnut and Debbie May of Oxford; two grandchildren, Kaylin Potts of Walls and Jennifer Hendrix of Olive Branch.

Pallbearers will be Curtis Cook, Keith Owens, Michael Shoup, Scott Collins, Doug Bragg and Dean Wilson.

Bobby Gene Singleton

VINA, Ala. – Bobby Gene Singleton, 65, died Friday, July 4, 2003, at the Helen Keller Hospital. He was a member, a deacon and a Sunday school teacher at Hurricane Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He was an employee of Chrysler for 30 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with the Rev. J.C. Hand and Bro. Buford Parker officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Elsie Singleton of Vina, Ala.; two daughters, Barbara Brulport and husband, Steve, and Wanda Perkins and husband, Bobby, all of Kenosha, Wis.; four granddaughters, Celena Brulport, Crystal Seitz, Tabatha Forrest and Kristina Forrest, all of Wisconsin; six great-grandchildren, Alexis Seitz, Nathan Pecnick, Dylan Forrest, Zachary Tracey, Shyanne Waldow and Maranda Forrest; two sisters, Retha Hammock of Golden and Reba Holland of Red Bay, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Moses and Altie Singleton, and a brother, William “Bill” Singleton.

Pallbearers will be Steve Scott, B.D. Stacy, Ronnie Cook, Carlos Creekmore, Larry Creekmore and Danny Ray Creekmore.

David Fradieu

FULTON – David Fradieu, 46, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center as the result of a motorcycle accident Friday. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.

Marcus Latch

CORINTH – Marcus Latch, 76, died Friday, July 4, 2003, at the Alcorn Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corinth. He was born Dec. 15, 1926, to Eugene and Annie Bell Johnson Latch. He was a veteran of the Korean War, and a member of the VFW and American Legion. He was a retired, self-employed truck driver and a member of Foote Street Church of Christ.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel with Malcomb George and Charles Curtis Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Gerneal Knight Latch, whom he married Sept. 20, 1952; a son, Michael Latch and wife, Rhonda, of Plano, Texas; a brother, Robert Latch of Memphis; a sister, Ruby Driver of Corinth; a sister-in-law, Luevada Jones of Ramer, Tenn.; 12 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Virlen Adams, Ruth Latch, Eddie Calavey, Irene Felks and Grace McLemore; and four brothers, Cladie, Willie Mac, Benny and James Latch.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Pittman, Andy Greening, Jimmy Whitaker, Johnny Butler, Mickey Singleton and Charlie Curtis Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Page and Herbert Smith.

Visitation wll be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Henretta Bowling

BRUCE – Henretta Annice Bowling, 83, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born May 22, 1920, in Bruce to William Henry and Lena Hughes Thompson. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. She was the widow of William Henry Bowling.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Wayne Cobb and the Rev. Kevin Chrestman officiating. Burial will be in Robbs Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley V. Young and husband, Charles, of Bruce; two grandsons, Ronald D. Young and wife, Lori, of Maryville, Tenn., and Mark Young and wife, Melissa, of Bruce; two great-grandchildren, Autumn E. Young and Bradley L. Wells.

Pallbearers will be Mark Young, Bradley Wells, Stanley Thompson, Tony Thompson, Jan Mize and Jerry Daniel.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Thompson, Jimmy Thompson and Ronnie Young.

David Swift

WEST POINT – David Swift, 60, died Thursday, July 3, 2003, at his home. He was born Feb. 9, 1943, in West Point. He was disabled.

Services will be at noon Tuesday at Carter's Mortuary Services Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Willie B. Lairy officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Survivors include his father, Brack Swift; a son, David Swift Jr.; two brothers, Thomas Swift and Willie C. Swift; a stepbrother, Jesse Oliver; two sisters, Judy Bradshaw and Millie Swift; four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Willie Mae Swift.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Erdile McGregor

COLUMBUS – Erdile Crawley McGregor, 87, died Thursday, July 3, 2003, at Vineyard Court Nursing Home in Columbus. She was born Aug. 28, 1916, in Vernon, Ala., to the late Homer and Docklee Hollis Jordan. She was a Baptist. She was a caretaker and a good cook.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Egger Cemetery near Caledonia. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Curtis Crawley and wife, Janice, of Columbus; two daughters , Joyce Keifer of Caledonia and Peggy House of Columbus; two sisters, Imogene Webb of Columbus and Lena Stockman of Beaumont, Texas; a brother, James Jordan of Aberdeen; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

Ernestine Counce

CORINTH – Ernestine Leora Strickland Counce, 91, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, in Corinth. She and her husband enjoyed operating a neighborhood grocery store in Corinth for more than 50 years. Her customers were her friends. She was the oldest member of the East Corinth Baptist Church, where she attended faithfully as long as she was able. She was always interested in people and enjoyed helping those in need. She enjoyed traveling.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Culp officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Dicky Counce and wife, Paulette, of New Iberia, La., and the Rev. Harris Counce Jr. and wife, Mary Ida, of Corinth; a daughter, Sue Mullins of Corinth; a brother, Harold Strickland of Germantown, Tenn.; two sisters, Maybelle Joslin of New Albany and Dorothy Hamlin of Memphis; 16 grandchildren, Nancy Bailey of Cullman, Ala., Netia Caviness of Ripley, Nebra King of Memphis, Nenna Stubbs of Ripley, Nandra Nabors of Ripley, Jonathan Counce of Lake Charles, La., Phillip Counce of Tupelo, Donna Mahan of Titusville, Fla., Mike Mullins of Cleveland, Chuck Mullins of Grenada, Ricky Counce of Baton Rouge, La., Connie Boudine of Lafayette, La., Christy Schwing of New Iberia, La., Scott Counce of Folsom, La., Kim Thomas of Hattiesburg and Tina Espenan of New Orleans; 42 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Harris K. Counce Sr.; her parents, Richard and Mattie Strickland; two brothers, Dwight Strickland and Gene Strickland; and a son-in-law, Gene Mullins.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jonathan Counce, Phillip Counce, Rickey Counce, Scott Counce, Mike Mullins and Chuck Mullins.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.