Obituaries June 12, 2010

Melody Harlow
PONTOTOC – Melody Jane Harlow, 48, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, after a lengthy illness. She was a member of Horton Memorial Baptist Church. She was a graduate of North Pontotoc High School Class of 1980 and a former supervisor at Ashley Furniture. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Horton Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Owen Hitchcock officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jim Harlow of Pontotoc; her mother, Louise Horton Thompson of Pontotoc; one daughter, Crystal Harlow (Jason) of Palmetto; three sons, Dustin Matthews (Jennie), Reed Harlow (April) and Jackson Harlow, all of Pontotoc; one brother, Gary Thompson (Judy) of Pontotoc; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Thomas Thompson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. All the visitation will be at Horton Memorial Baptist Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.
William White
STARKVILLE – William Vernon White, 75, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a retired mechanic.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with Bradley White officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in Mathiston.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Peay White of Starkville; daughters, Cathy Sabbatini of Oxford and Pam (James) Price of Saltillo; a stepdaughter, Linda White of Pheba; a son, Michael (Gail) White of Greenville; a stepson, Charles Warren Peay of Pheba; a sister, Lorene Brooks of Columbus; his grandchildren, Jonathon and Bobby White, Austin and Ryan Sabbatini, and Jamie Price; his stepgrandchildren, Bradley and Chad White, and Bruce and Aaron Peay; four great-grandchildren, three stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Etta Mae Fisher White; his mother, Oma Forrester White; his father, Robert Franklin White; brothers, James Robert White and Roy Franklin White; his twin infant sister; and a grandson, Jason Patrick Mandolini.
Pallbearers will be Mike Swindle, Nicky Conaway, Ken Norwood, Floyd White, Ron White, Keith Stephens, Bruce Peay, C.L. White, Billy Doss, Chad White and Dwight Ivy.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Eatricehas Ewing
AURORA, Colo. – Eatricehas Price Ewing, 86, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in Aurora, Colo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Wesley Cobb
POTTS CAMP – Wesley Dean Cobb, 77, died Thursday, June 10, 2010, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. He was born Oct. 3, 1932, in Hugoton, Kan. He was a construction worker and a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church in Collierville, Tenn. Pastor Kristopher Morris will officiate. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Duncan of Potts Camp; two sons, Charles Dean Duncan of Lumas, Neb., and Jimmy Dean Cobb of Goodland, Texas; three daughters, Lugean Shannon of Pratt, Kan., Cherri Curtis of Texarkana, Texas, and Julie Hurdle of Lamar; one brother, Gerald Cobb of Albuquerque, N.M.; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Cobb and Evelyn Wilcox.
Kently Harris
GOLDEN – Kently AnaRee Harris, infant daughter of Jason and Michelle Wiygul Harris, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Center in Tupelo.
Private services will be at 4 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Russ Crosswhite officiating. Burial will be in Saucer Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include her parents, Jason and Michelle Wiygul of Golden; one brother, Jason Wiygul Harris; one sister, Emma Grace Harris; her grandparents, Billy and Peggy Harris of Golden, and Jerry and Rhonda Wiygul of Fulton; great-grandmothers, Ollie Ree Wiygul and Louis Harris, both of Fulton; an aunt and uncle, Lacie and Tim Edge of Fulton; and several other aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, John Harris, W.D. and Mamie Campbell, Elmo and Luoma Kent, and Quinton Wiygul.
S. Ruth Arkens
ESCANABA, Mich. – S. Ruth McDaniel Arkens, 86, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at Christian Park Health Care Center. She was born on Dec. 15, 1923, in Tupelo to Ronald E. and Carrie Mae Patterson McDaniel. She attended school at Evergreen until she had to quit in order to work on the family cotton farm. On July 3, 1947, she married Richard Bernard Arkens in Tupelo. Following their marriage, they moved to Escanaba, Mich. She was a member of St. Anne’s Church in Escanaba and played women’s church dartball for more than 30 years. She enjoyed watching T.V. Among her favorite shows were “The Young and the Restless” and Sunday football. She loved her grandchildren and her cat, Coco. She also enjoyed gardening, which she tended with her good friend, Helen O’Donnell, at their garden in Wilson.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A meal will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Rita (Reynold) Nelson of Bark River, Mich.; her grandchildren, Christopher (Tammy) Kimpel Sr. of Fond Du Lac, Wis., and Valerie Nelson (fiancampé, Rick Ross) of Escanaba; her great-grandchildren, Christopher Kimpel Jr., Derec Nelson and Brenden Davis; a brother, Howard (Wilma Jean) McDaniel of Tupelo; two sisters, Sudie Burt and Jodie Laney of Fulton; a sister-in-law, Irene McDaniel of Tupelo; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Bernard Arkens, in 2001; her parents; and a brother, Eugene McDaniel.
Shirley Scott
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Shirley Wammack Scott, 67, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She was born on Sept. 22, 1942, to Zula Smith Wammack and the late Palmer N. Wammack. Formerly of Walnut, she was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Brian Tatum and Bro. Warren Harrell officiating. Burial will be Harmony Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Scott of Russellville, Ala.; her mother, Zula Smith Wammack of Ripley; four sons, Danny Gossett, Tommy Gossett, David Gossett and Donnie Cook; one stepdaughter, Stacy Scott; one stepson, Charles Scott Jr.; one sister, Joy Stafford; four brothers, Joe Wammack, Bill Wammack, Neal Wammack and Travis Wammack; eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father and sister.
Pallbearers will be Shane Wammack, Travis Wammack Jr., Kenneth Jackson, Kenneth Pennington, Randy Waddell and Glenn Gossett.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view online obituaries and sign the online register book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Riley Phillips
BREWER – James Riley Phillips, 83, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. Mr. Phillips was born on Dec. 1, 1926, to Reubin Phillips and Virgie Ashcraft Phillips and lived most of his life in Lee County in the Shannon/Brewer area. He served honorably in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was an industrial machine troubleshooter and repairman in the furniture industry, retiring after 29 years with Futorian Furniture Manufacturing Company. He was a longtime faithful member of the Shannon United Methodist Church, where he was the keeper of the gardens and yard. A former member of the Lion’s Club, he was beloved by his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He could fix anything, make anything and grow anything, and his dry sense of humor is legendary.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Shannon United Methodist Church with Rev. Truman Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Shannon Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Douglas Phillips of Brewer, whom he married Jan. 13, 1945, in Okolona; his son, Dr. Ron Phillips and wife, Sharon, of Fulton; three grandchildren, Todd Phillips (Stephanie) of Fulton, Bryant Phillips (Dana) of Fort Worth, Texas, and Michael Phillips with the U.S. Marine Corps in Quantico, Va.; three great-grandchildren, Laurel, Addison and Luke Phillips; one sister, Sue Collins of the Mitchell Center in Tupelo; and a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be family and church friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel and from 1:30 p.m. to service time Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Shannon United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Shannon, MS 38868.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Lyle Megginson
TUPELO – Gray Carlisle “Lyle” Megginson, 50, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Rachel Groves
RIPLEY – Rachel Maxine Bryant Groves, 63, died Thursday, June 10, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was a retired employee of the State of Mississippi, working as director of United Community Action and Project Homestead for Tippah County. She served as the director of the Tippah County Toys for Tots for several years. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Clay Pritchett and Sis. Kathy Davis officiting. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Terry Groves of Ripley; two daughters, Tami Glissen (Keith) of Falklner and Beth Hudson of Ripley; one stepson, T.J. Groves of Ripley; five grandchildren, Raevan Hudson, Elizabeth Glissen and Mallory Glissen, all of Falkner, Paige Groves of Nokomis, Fla., and Maci Groves of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lytle and Jamie Robertson Bryant, and two brothers, James “Buddy” Bryant and Robert Bryant.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Bryant, Dalton Bryant, Johnny Childs, Rod Greer, Larry Murry, Jimmy Wayne Robertson and Stevie Robertson.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Tippah County Good Samaritan Center, 113 Bails Road, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Flora L. Hoyle
ASHLAND – Flora L. Hoyle, 77, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at her home in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster amp& Son Funeral Home in Ripley.
Billy Pounds
BOONEVILLE – Billy Ray Pounds, 79, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in Corinth. He was born April 26, 1931, in Smith County. He resided and worked most of his life in Prentiss County. He was a food service employee at Northeast Mississippi Community College, a member of Little Brown Missionary Baptist Church and a United States Air Force veteran. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Garry Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.
He is survived by two granddaughters, Sherry McKinney Patterson (Donald) of Corinth and Terri McKinney Knight of Booneville; six great-grandchildren, Kala Davis Eaton (Zack) and Tommy Gooch (Autumn), all of Iuka, Amanda Wheatley of Baldwyn, Jessica Gooch of Corinth, Brittany Wheatley and Terrance Knight, both of Booneville; five great-great-grandsons; four great-great-granddaughters; a special niece, Stacey Barron; and several other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Jacobs Pounds, on Feb. 16, 2001; his parents, Kellous and Florence Holley Pounds; a daughter, Barbara McKinney Howard; and a sister, Cora Lee Easterling.
Pallbearers are Donald Patterson, Zack Eaton, Shanard Wren, Michael Belk and Chris Gooch. Honorary pallbearers are Gene Tennison, Buddy Johnson and Lewis Cleveland.
Lovie Thomas
FULTON – Lovie M. Thomas, 77, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born April 19, 1933, to William Robert and Tula Mae Williams Moore. She was a lifelong resident of the Harden’s Chapel community. She attended New Home Baptist Church. She worked 20 years at Itawamba Manufacturing and worked 22 years at Itawamba County Hospital. She enjoyed flower gardening and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. at the McNeece Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bill Thomas delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the Harden’s Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Joey Thomas (Deborah); one daughter, Dianne Brazile (Jerry), both of Fulton; five grandchildren, Landon Thomas (Candace), Chris Thomas (Sam Mink), Tyler Thomas, Lovie Brazile, Jessica Brazile; three great-grandchildren, Matthew Brazile, John Brazile and Jaden Mink; one sister, Katherine “Kat” Steele of Salinas, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Thomas; three brothers, Guy, Ezell and Farrell Moore; three sisters, Mary McCarthy, Vivian Caldwell and Mary Lou Malone; several nieces and nephews; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Moore, Larry Moore, Eddie Moore, Landon Thomas, Chris Thomas, Tyler Thomas, Richard Johnson and Brad Thomas.
Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Reese, and Matthew and John Brazile.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
Cpl. Thomas Clifford
GUNTOWN – Cpl. Thomas P. Clifford, 66, died Thursday, June 10, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany after an extended illness. A native of Chicago, he was born July 13, 1943, to James E. and Helen Mae Vickers Clifford. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960-1965, primarily in Okinawa, Japan, but also in Hawaii and the Philippines. He was a member of the infantry, a rifleman and a squad leader, and he saw sea duty on the USS Columbus. He was awarded the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal for his years of service. He then began his career in education. His proudest accomplishment was working as a counselor for the Crisis Hotline at The College of Lake County in Illinois. He enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and Bears, and building model airplanes and ships.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Adam Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mayfield Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Linda J. Clifford of Guntown; five children, Kimberly Burleson Little of Tupelo, Rhonda L. Bowles Bazzill of Saltillo, John M. Bowles of Kenosha, Wis., Patricia Clifford of Escondido, Calif., and Gayle Michelle Clifford Miller of Portland, Ore.; his sister, Patricia DiCicco (Tony) of Estero, Fla.; his uncle, William E. Vickers of Zion, Ill.; five grandchildren, Crysta Leigh Burleson, John Derek Burleson, Stephanie Nicole Bowles Lindsey (Brandon), Samuel Jared Burleson and Audrey Erin Burleson; three great-grandchildren, Hunter Reid Lindsey, Aiden Lee Kennedy and Sophia Grace Lindsey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Tommy Patterson Clifford Jr. in 1983.
Pallbearers will be Derek Burleson, Brandon Lindsey, Jared Burleson, Johnny Burleson, Bro. Pete Worthy and Bro. Oscar Buchanan.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Way, Memphis, TN 38105.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Marion Leach
BALDWYN – Marion Diaz Leach, 7 months, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at his home in Baldwyn. He was born Nov. 1, 2009, to Eric Williams and Phillyasia Leach. He liked to play with his toys, and cuddle with his parents and grandparents.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Sandhill M.B. Church in Baldwyn. Bishop C.L. Parks will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Eric Williams and Phillyasia Leach of Baldwyn; his godmother, Elizabeth Williams of Baldwyn; his godfather, John Mark Tyes; his grandparents, Adrene and Tashia Johnson of Baldwyn, Peter and Estella Camanda of Chicago, Frank Williams of Tupelo, and Gloria Welch, Tina Beene and Gary Gidon, all of Baldwyn; his great-great-grandmother, Mary Lee Agnew of Baldwyn; one aunt, Moesha Payne of Baldwyn; three uncles, Anthony Beene and Dequantrae Welch, both of Baldwyn, and Little Adrene Johnson of Memphis; and host of great-uncles and great-aunts, great-great-uncles and great-great-aunts.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Eck amp& Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
Sign the guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.

Lula Ragland
PONTOTOC – Lula Lee Ragland, 88, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 16, 1921, in Pontotoc to Delma Dixon and Martha Dixon. She was a member of New Salem M.B. Church, where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Never Grow Old Senior Citizen Group. She loved to read, watch westerns, especially John Wayne, church and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at New Salem M.B. Church. Rev. Curtis McKinney will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Sylvia (James) Duff and Martha Middlebrook, both of Pontotoc, and Gladys (Billy) Clark of Baldwyn; three sons, M.J. Ragland Jr. and Timmy Ragland, both of Pontotoc, and Larry (Mozella) Ragland of Palmetto; one sister, Ruth Thedford of St. Louis, Mo.; one brother, Cecil (Lella) Dixon of Pontotoc; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today with the family hour from 7 to 8 p.m. today.
William Magers
BALDWYN – William Harvey Magers, 87, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility in Baldwyn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Rev. Bill Smith
TUPELO – William P. “Bill” Smith III died on Thursday, June 10, 2010, while vacationing with his family at Myrtle Beach, S.C. He suffered a cardiac arrest while swimming in the ocean with his granddaughter.
A Portsmouth, Va., native, he made his home in Mississippi and received a B.A. in Speech at Mississippi College in 1959 with a minor in Biblical Studies. He received a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and later a Master of Philosophy from the University of Mississippi. As a Southern Baptist Minister he pastored in Yalobusha County, Clay County, Madison County and Lee County. He served as the Lee County Baptist Associational Director of Missions for 20 years before retiring. After retirement, he continued to serve in mission work in various capacities, including North American Mission Projects, as well as traveling to Honduras and Venezuela to serve in International Mission projects. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he was ordained in 1962.
Bill was very active with his Alma Mater, Mississippi College, and was on the Board of Trustees. He had also served as the President of the MC Alumni Association. Recently, he was named Alumnus of the Year at Mississippi College and was to be recognized for this esteemed honor in October. He was very active in the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club and served as club president in 1973-1974. He later served Civitan International as Governor for the Mississippi North District.
He was an avid physical fitness enthusiast. He enjoyed being with his family, traveling, reading and mission work.
Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. David Eldridge and Dr. John G. Armistead officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary Ellis Perkins Smith; one son, Paul M. Smith (Beth); one daughter, Catherine Smith Cagle (Scott); two granddaughters, Mary Preston Evers and Isabella Scotlynd Smith; two stepgranddaughters, Katie Cagle and Sara Jo Cagle; and two step-grandsons, Matthew Cagle and Xavier Taylor, all of the Tupelo area.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William P. Smith Jr. and Dorothy Gillie Smith of Holland Station, Va.
Pallbearers are Mike Gibson, Junior Roper, Lee Johnson, Jerry Wiese, Arnold Stanford, Dr. Bill Hilbun, Pat Nunnlee and Jimmy Perkins.
Honorary pallbearers will be his Sunday School class and members of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club.
Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and will continue from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 501 West Main, Tupelo MS 38804; or to the Mississippi College Scholarship Fund established by Bill and Mary Ellis Smith, Box 4005, Clinton, MS 39058.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Marlene Gates
PONTOTOC – Marlene Gates, 61, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

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