Obituaries June 27, 2008

Rosie Scaife
MICHIGAN CITY – Rosie Lee Tilmon Scaife, 88, died Sunday, June 22, 2008, at her home in Michigan City. She was a member of Samuel Chapel M.B. Church in Ashland and a member of the choir. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a retired bus driver for the Benton County School System after 16 years.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Samuel Chapel M.B. Church in Ashland with the Rev. Joseph Davis 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 six daughters, Bessie Galmore of Lamar, Ruthie Harris of Memphis, Nadean Scaife and Dorothy S. Parks, both of North Little Rock, Ark., Essie Scaife of St. Louis, Mo., and Annie Scaife of Dallas, Texas; three sons, Leonard Charles Scaife and Arthur Scaife, both of Elaine, Ark., and Nathaniel Scaife of Lamar; 42 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren and 29 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Scaife, and three sons, Frank Mills Jr., Johnny Scaife and James Scaife.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday.

James Young
WEST POINT – James Edward Young, 76, died Sunday, June 22, 2008, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sixteen Section Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Lee Brand will officiate. Burial will follow in Rockhill Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four sons, Roy of Starkville, Tyrone and Eddie, both of Chicago, and Claude Lachon of New Orleans; one daughter, Alicia of Starkville; a special friend, Lillie Johnson; four sisters, Pauline Brooks of Starkville, Jerelean Henley and Cllie Lindsey, both of Chicago, and Sally McKenzie of Little Rock, Ark.; four brothers, George, Clinton and Willie D. of Starkville, and Sam of Chicago; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; eight sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law; a host of nieces and nephews.

The family hour will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the J.F. Carter Memorial Chapel. Visitation will follow from 2 to 5 p.m. today.

Lucille Coleman
FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Lucille Coleman, 72, died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lower Prairie Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Mantee. Burial will follow in Lower Prairie Creek Cemetery in Pheba. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth Coleman of Mantee; three daughters, Valentine Sirmons, Vanessa Williams and Jacqueline Brunson, all of Fort Pierce, Fla.; one brother, Virgil Davidson of Mississippi; one sister, Peggy Flanagan of Mississippi; eight grandchildren.

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

Elvira King
HOLLY SPRINGS – Elvira King, 51, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

D'Aunte Payton
OLIVE BRANCH – D'Aunte “Duke” Payton, 10, died Monday, June 23, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto. He was born Jan. 27, 1998, in Fayetteville, N.C., to Tamara Payton Bowen and Shaheed Salaam. He had completed fourth grade at Potts Camp School. He enjoyed watching cartoons, playing video games and drawing.

Services will be at noon Monday at the Hernando Road Church of Christ in Holly Springs. The Rev. Bennie Braswell will officiate. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Gardens. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Tamara Bowen and Osie Jackson of Olive Branch; his grandmother, Sandra Ambrose of Fayetteville, N.C.; his great-grandmother, Rosie Madora Payton of Holly Springs; two brothers, Tavienne Sanders and Anton’e Bowen, both of Olive Branch; one sister, Meltoria Faulkner of Olive Branch; two special great-aunts, Wanda McNeil and Pamela McNeil; his babysitter, Wesley McNeil of Holly Springs.

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

Darlene Lance
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Darlene Lance, 62, died Saturday, June 21, 2008, at Briarcrest Health Care in Ashland. She was born March 29, 1946, in Chicago to John Terrell and Alberta Spaulding Terrell. She moved to Blue Mountain 11 years ago.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany.

Survivors include one son, Mardric Elliott Lance of Chicago; two daughters, Ka' Ron Nanine Terrell of Chicago and Lanette Cassaundra Terrell of Baltimore, Md.; one sister, Linda Diane (Franklin) Henderson of Blue Mountain; 15 grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

Amanda Wilson-Bobo
BATESVILLE – Amanda Wilson-Bobo, 33, died Thursday, June 19, 2008, at her home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s M.B. Church of Sardis. The Rev. Odell Draper will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Antonio Sander of Memphis; her mother, Mary Wilson of Sardis; her father, Joe Louis Bobo of Chicago; four sisters, Vernesser Wilson of Sardis, Diane Harris of Louisville, Ky., Sylvia Chamberlain of Cahokia, Ill., and Sarah Bobo of New Orleans; four brothers, Ronnie Wilson of Memphis, Willie Joe Bobo of Sardis, Sammie Bobo of Senatobia and Danny Bobo of Jacksonville, Fla.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the church.

Tommy Ballard
DETROIT, Ala. – Tommy Ballard, 66, died Monday, June 23, 2008, at his home. He was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Marion County, Ala., to John Coy and Alma Hawkins Ballard. He was a member of Ballard Baptist Church and a 1959 graduate of Hamilton, Ala., High School. He previously worked at North River Mobile Homes. He previously owned and operated Ballard Grocery in Detroit, Ala.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent, Ala. Bro. Fred Miles and Bro. Mike Miles will officiate. Burial will be in Carter Church Cemetery near Hamilton, Ala.
Survivors include one son, James “Pistol” Ballard (Delores) of Detroit, Ala.; one daughter, Amy Gainey of Hamilton, Ala.; one stepson, Robert McCain of Detroit, Ala.; two stepdaughters, Barbara Webber (Ron) and Mattie South (Benny), both of Detroit, Ala.; four grandchildren, Maegan McCullar (Brandon), Brittany Gainey, Nicholas Ballard and John David Gainey; one great-grandchild, Brandon McCullar; two sisters, June Clark (Jackie) of Hamilton, Ala., and Patricia Armstrong of Amory.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Linwood Ballard and John Coy Ballard Jr.

Hazle Neet
PONTOTOC – Hazle Boss Neet, 86, left this earth suddenly and peacefully Saturday, June 21, 2008, attended by the caring nursing staff at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, where she had rested since the previous Wednesday from a brief but debilitating illness, nurtured by many loving friends.

Ms. Neet was born to Clarence Henry and Cora Been Boss in Yeagher, Hughes County, Okla., on Nov. 17, 1921. The family moved to Tahlequah, Okla., in 1938, where Ms. Hazle graduated from Bagley, Okla., High School, then affiliated with Northeastern Teachers College. She married Fred Neet on Aug. 31, 1939. A registered genealogist, she served many years as Registrar of the Pontotoc Hills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Ms. Hazle was a member of West Heights Baptist Church and a retired employee of the Pontotoc County Chancery Clerk’s office after eight years full time and part time thereafter.

She was predeceased by parents and young son, Gary Dean, brother, Clarence Henry III “Buck,” all of Pawnee, Okla.; sister, Irene Ellis of Memphis; her husband, Fred, of Pontotoc; daughter, Kathleen (Alvin) Radunz of Baldwin, Wis.; and by her younger brother, Dr. Robert Lee Boss, of Edmond, Okla.
Ms. Hazle is survived by her son, Fred Neet Jr. (Susan) of Minneapolis, Minn.; granddaughter, Karan Bates of Mesa, Ariz.; great-granddaughter, Amanda Nichols (John) of Gilbert, Ariz.; great-grandson, Matt McLeod, a student at the University of Arizona; and great-great-granddaughter, Abbie Rose Nichols of Gilbert, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews from coast to coast.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2008, at West Heights Baptist Church with the service to follow at 2 p.m. at West Heights. Burial will follow in West Heights Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Cora Boss Endowment Fund for Young Ministers, c/o West Heights Baptist Church, 328 W. Oxford Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Bobby Betts Sr.
BOONEVILLE – Bobby Lee Betts Sr., 54, died Sunday, June 22, 2008, in Miami, Fla.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Wolf Creek M.B. Church in Booneville. Burial will be in Betts Cemetery in Booneville. S&S Chapel Funeral Services of Denmark, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Lola Sheppard Gean
IUKA – Lola Sheppard Gean, 59, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at her daughter’s home after a long illness. She was born May 7, 1949, to Lorine Adcock Harviel and Omer E. “Fatty” Adcock. She enjoyed dancing at the Corinth VFW, shopping, her animals and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Bro. Scotty Young, Bro. Jason Pellizzer and Father Harry Hughes will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include her mother, Lorine Adcock Harviel of Iuka; one son, Tommy D. Sheppard of Memphis; two daughters, Pamela Perrigo (Jerry) of Booneville and Teresa A. Sheppard of Corinth; one brother, Omer A. Adcock of Iuka; two sisters, Martha Roberts of Belmont and Gaylon Yow of Iuka; eight grandchildren, Joshua Mathis, Ashley Bullard, James Cosby, Trae Perrigo, Bronson Perrigo, Cheyenne Null, Chance Sheppard and Chloe Black; two great-grandchildren, Kaleb Bullard and Marleigh Mathis.

She was preceded in death by her father, Omer E. “Fatty” Adcock.

Pallbearers will be Trae Perrigo, Bronson Perrigo, Don Boggs, Jim Johnson, Joshua Mathis and Keith Adcock.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kaleb Bullard, Chance Sheppard and James Cosby.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; (800) ACS-2345; www.cancer.org.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Christopher Robinson
RIPLEY – Christopher Robinson, 16, died Sunday, June 22, 2008, in Miden, La. He was born Nov. 27, 1991.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery in Ripley with Pastor Curley Rutherford officiating. Foster and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his father, Thomas Adams of Ripley; his mother, Amanda Cox, and stepfather, Charlie “Tim” Cox, of Ripley; one sister, Miesha Robinson of Ripley.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Taylor Maddux
OXFORD – Taylor Hunt Maddux Jr., 57, died recently at his home in Oxford. He was born in Batesville to Hilda and Taylor Maddux. He was a graduate of South Panola High School and a 1973 graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in forestry. He was a retired federal employee of the Farm Service Agency. He was a member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the choir. He was a longtime resident of Oxford.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oxford-University United Methodist Church with the Rev. Claire Dobbs and the Rev. Frank Poole officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Taylor Hunt Maddux III of Oxford; one daughter, Elizabeth Thomas (Greg) of Fairhope, Ala.; grandchildren, Alex and Katie; two sisters, Carolyn Maddux Anderson (Mabry) of Southaven and Genean Maddux Davant (Guy) of Jackson; two nephews, Kenneth and Eric; two nieces, Alyssa and Natalie.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time today in Wesley Hall at Oxford-University United Methodist Church.

The family has asked that memorial donations be made to Oxford-University United Methodist Church Choir Fund, 424 S. 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com for online condolences and guest registry.

Larry D. Harper Sr.
WEST POINT – Larry D. Harper Sr., 56, died Monday, June 23, 2008, at the Central Mississippi Cardiac Care Center in Jackson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Bluff. The Rev. Joe P. Orr will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter's Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Carrie Orr Harper of Cedar Bluff; two sons, Larry Hall and Warren G. Hall, both of Atlanta, Ga.; three brothers, Oliver Harper of Chicago, and Warren G. Harper and Lawrence D. Harper, both of Cedar Bluff; five sisters, Clida Taylor of Hazel Crest, Ill., Patricia Harper of Chicago, Joyce Mosley of Dolton, Ill., Sharon Gosa of Cedar Bluff and Audrey Johnson of Gary, Ind.; four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Hall Harper; his father, Bednago Harper Sr.; three brothers, Adarthus Harper, Bednago Harper Jr. and Herbert C. Harper Sr.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Doris D. Hudson
WEST POINT – Doris D. Hudson, 78, died Thursday, June 26, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 2, 1929, in West Point to Kate Johnson Blankenship and Charles Dickerson. She was a homemaker and an active member of First Christian Church in West Point. She married Roger N. Hudson on June 1, 1947; he preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 2004.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Pastor Larry Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.

Survivors include four daughters, Nancy H. Walker of Philadelphia, Carol H. Taggart (Joe Jr.) of Northport, Ala., Sharon H. Locke (Jimmy) of Daleville, Ala., and Holly H. Pettey (Brian) of Guntown; one son, Kenny Hudson (Wanda) of West Point; 11 grandchildren, Wendy H. Hunt, Amy H. Adcock, Haley H. Bigham, Kelly W. Cheatham, Jennifer W. Phillips, Miller Taggart, Nick Taggart, Katelyn Taggart and Cameron Pettey; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty D. Price (James) of Fulton.

Pallbearers will be Joe Taggart Jr., Brian Pettey, Adam Hunt, David Cheatham, Tracy Phillips, Miller Taggart, Nick Taggart and Gary Hudson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Bowen, Jimmy Locke, Lee Gordon, Dr. T.N. Braddock and Dr. Andrew Kellum; the staff of the Columbus Oncology Clinic; the staff of North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point; the North Mississippi Medical Center Oncology Unit in Tupelo; and the Mary Martha Sunday School Class of First Christian Church.

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

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 208, West Point, MS 39773 or to American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main St. Suite 1, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Lucy Kell Millard
WEST POINT – Lucy Kell Millard, 72, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at Crittenden County Regional Medical Center in West Memphis, Ark. She was born Sept. 14, 1936, in West Point to Nell Kell Millard and Joshua Powell Millard Sr. She was a fourth grade elementary school teacher for 44 years and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Bro. Buck Buchanan will officiate. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one brother, William R. Millard (Dee) of Marianna, Ark.; four nieces and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Joshua Powell Miller Jr.

Pallbearers will be Scott Murrah, Eugene Bailey, Carlisle Campbell, Doug Wood, Ray Millard and Larry Pitre.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 182, Marianna, AR 72360 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Eli Wilson
BRUCE – Eli Glen Wilson, 15 days, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. He was born June 10, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Troy Montgomery officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Bruce.

Survivors include his parents, Christopher Grady Wilson and Jamie Marie Lipe Wilson of Bruce; one sister, Phenelope Rose Wilson of Bruce; his grandparents, Grady and Doris Wilson of Bruce, and Calvin and Marquetta Bridges of Tillatoba; his great-grandparents, Denzil and Kathleen Blount, Shirley Wilson, and Sherman and Fay Nolan, all of Bruce.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Kenny Lipe, and his great-grandfather, Glen “Buck” Wilson.
Pallbearers will be Calvin Bridges and Randy Mann.

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

Lee Robert Spight
RIPLEY – Lee Robert Spight, 72, died Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at his home in Ripley. He was retired from Hunters Maintenance Service in Robertsville, Mo. He was a member of Beulah Land Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James Church of God in Christ with Elder Stephen Hoyle Sr. and Supt. Bernell Hoyle officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Matthews Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Sarah Hunter of Ripley; a half sister, Marie Prather of Ripley; six grandchildren, Marshan Spight of New Albany, Shadrach Spight, Christ Leseur, Johnathan Leseur and Roy Christopher Hunter, all of Ripley, and Teresa Hunter of Baldwyn; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis Spight and Louise Boyd Trotter; two sons, Roy Lee Spight and Lee Junior Spight.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Polly Babb
HOUSTON – Bernice Louise “Polly” Babb, 78, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 29, 1929, in Lamar County, Ala. She was a retired factory seamstress and a member of New Wine Fellowship.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Tommy Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Joe Babb and Marie of Starkville; one daughter, Nancy Gore and Larkin of Houston; one grandson, Michael Babb and Nathalie Marie Khoriaty of Canada; five granddaughters, Sandra Hadaway of Wren, Rosanna Sagely and Dewayne of Starkville, Lee Ann Long and Lisa Griffin and Derrick, all of Houston, and Amanda Burgess and Bubba of Houlka; 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Carlin Johnson and Dorothy of Columbus, and Archie Johnson and Pat of Illinois; one sister, Marie Vaughn of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents, W.T. Johnson and Nancy Omary Johnson; and three brothers and three sisters.

Pallbearers will be Joe Babb, Michael Babb, Dewayne Sagely, Jonathan Hillhouse, Corey Long, Bubba Burgess and Derrick Griffin.

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

Crystal Wooten
BIRMINGHAM – Crystal Cherri Wooten, 16, died Tuesday, June 14, 2008, at her home in Birmingham. She was a native of Oxford. She attended the Lafayette County School System.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Springfield M.B. Church at Abbeville with the Rev. Jerry Malone officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her mother, Shelia Wooten of Pinson, Ala.; one brother, Damian Wooten of Pinson, Ala.; two sisters, Karen Wooten of Pinson, Ala., and LaShundra Blake of Oxford; her grandparents, Katie Smith of Abbeville, and Ethel and Lawrence Wooten of Waterford.

She was preceded in death by her father, Johnny Wooten.

Estelle Burns
CORINTH – Junnie Estell Burns, 80, died Thursday, June 26, 2008, at her home. She was a homemaker and nanny to her family. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church. She moved back to Corinth in 2000 from Cleveland, where she attended the First Baptist Church. She also attended Charjean Baptist Church in Memphis.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth. The Rev. Warren Jones and Dr. Leonard Pratt will officiate. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis.
Survivors include four sons, Dennis Thrasher (Linda), Robert Lee Burns (Mary Ann) and Jim Burns (Karen), all of Memphis, and Bryant Burns (fiancée, B.J.) of Southaven; three daughters, Sandra Grayson (Donald) of Louin, Kim Rippee (Lee) of Hernando and Phyllis Borland (James) of Grenada; one sister, Martha Wilkins (Milton) of Corinth; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Burns of Memphis; 21 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, J.C. Thrasher and James Burns; a son, Jerry Burns; and her parents, Frank and Beulah Taylor.
Pallbearers will be Chris Boozer, Shane Steed, Michael Burns, Jeff Burns, Paul Burns and David Burns.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Adelle Johnson
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Adelle Johnson, 95, died Thursday, June 26, 2008, at Odyssey Hospice in Glendale, Ariz. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.

Douglas Blankenship Jr.
VINA, Ala. – Douglas “Dougie” Blankenship Jr., 18, died Monday, June 23, 2008, in Colbert County, Ala. He was born Nov. 1, 1989, in Michigan to Douglas Blankenship Sr. and Lauri Wood Blankenship. He was a roofer. He attended the First Baptist Church of Red Bay, Ala.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Nathan Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Atwood Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Lauri Salow and Dennis Salow of Vina, Ala.; his father, Douglas Blankenship Sr. of Michigan; two brothers, Dion Joseph of Vina and Brian Joseph of Michigan; three sisters, Dawn Blankenship of Tuscumbia, Ala., and Mary Dolsen and Taylor Salow, both of Vina; his grandparents, Pauline Wood of Indiana, and Wilbur and Anita Salow of Red Bay; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Douglas Wood.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Frances Nowlin
NEW ALBANY – Frances Gilliam Nowlin, 91, died Thursday, June 26, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Nov. 21, 1916, in Union County to William R. and Mattie Bullock Gilliam. She played high school basketball at Macedonia, where she was a member of the team beaten by only one other, placing second in the state behind that team. She retired from the sewing department at Futorian Manufacturing. She was a member of Enterprise Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking for her family, especially for her grandchildren, and watching church services on television.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service with Bro. Rickey Blythe officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Weathers (Gary) of New Albany; one son, Red Nowlin (Charlotte) of New Albany; one sister, Joan Spencer of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Jeff Potts, Ty Nowlin and Brandy Nowlin; three stepgrandchildren, Daryl Weathers, Marc Weathers and Melissa Kinard; three great-grandchildren, nine stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tyrus O. Nowlin; her parents; five sisters, Lurah V. Grisham, Robbie Cynthia White, Eunice “Blondie” Williams, Mary Elizabeth Gilliam and Willie Clay Gilliam; and two brothers, Frank and Thomas Gilliam.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Potts, Ty Nowlin, Billy Spencer, Robert Grisham, Daryl Weathers and Marc Weathers.

Honorary pallbearers will be William Jones, Jim Jennings and E.J. Grisham.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Linda Johnson
CORDOVA, Tenn. – Linda Diane Hurt Johnson, 57, formerly of Booneville, died Thursday, June 26, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. W.C. Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Michelle Hurt and Kristie Johnson of Cordova, Tenn., and Jill Johnson Beene of Booneville; two sons, Gerald Wayne Johnson Jr. and Jeremy Johnson (Stephanie), both of Booneville; one sister, Jean Berryhill (David) of Southaven; one brother, Buddy Hurt (Darlene) of Jumpertown; eight grandchildren, Kyler Hurt, Kensey Johnson, Logan Johnson, Jalon Beene, Brendon Johnson, Zoe Johnson, Olivia Johnson and Jaron Johnson; one nephew, Cory Hurt; three nieces, Ashley Hurt, Julianna Hurt and Roxane Hurt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. and Ella Marie Stokes Hurt; her husband, Gerald Wayne Johnson Sr.; one son, Jason Johnson; and one brother, Leland O’Neil Hurt.

Pallbearers will be Spencer Geno, Chuck Geno, Jimmy Johnson, Gary Johnson and William Johnson.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today and until
service time Saturday.

Martha Evans
OKOLONA – Martha Elizabeth Cook Evans, 73, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. She was born Feb. 2, 1935, in Chickasaw County. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Missionary Board. She was a volunteer at Excel Commons in Okolona and instructor for the PACE class. She loved God, her family and her friends, and enjoyed cooking and sewing.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Okolona. The Rev. Clarence Frison will officiate. Burial will be in the Center Hill Church Cemetery in Houlka. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, Lane (Keron) Evans, Keith (Brenda) Evans and Kenneth Evans; one daughter, Elizabeth Juanita (Larry Sr.) Moore, all of Okolona; two brothers, Jimmie (Ollie) Cook of Tupelo and Eldridge Cook of Lansing, Mich.; one sister, Ozella Marie Cornelius of St. Louis, Mo.; four aunts, Blanche Williams, Jewel Robertson, Sophie Miles and Lenora Butler; one uncle, Jimmie L. (Willie Mae) Harris; special friend, Will Wright of Pine Bluff, Ark.; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Juanita Harris Cook.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Online condolences may be made at www.grayson-portersmortuary.com.

Trudy Flanagan
IUKA – Trudy Gail Flanagan, 60, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at her home. She was a homemaker. She attended Tishomingo High School in Iuka. She loved spending time with family and friends. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Services will be at Saturday at Ludlams Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cedar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Freedom Hill, Ala.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years,
Amos “Buddy” Flanagan of the home; her mother, Marie Bolton of Tishomingo; one son, Timothy “Tim” Flanagan (Kristy) and Brian Flanagan, both of Counce, Tenn.; one daughter, Tammy Bugg (Dwight) of Counce, Tenn.; two brothers, Bobby Joe Bolton of Iuka and Allen Bolton of Tishomingo; three sisters, Vicky Durm of Iuka, Deborah Slayton of Belmont and LaDona Baty of Vina, Ala.; nine grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Asia “Bill” Bolton.

Calvin Zinn
BRUCE – Calvin Zinn, 35, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was a 1991 graduate of Bruce High School. He was father to three daughters.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Church of God in Christ with the Rev. Sinatra Williams officiating. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery at Pittsboro. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Jean Zinn; three daughters, Brianna Brown and Lafashon Logan, both of Bruce, and Calesha Zinn of Oxford; one brother, Bobby Zinn of Mississippi State.

He was preceded in death by his father, Scott Gates.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Kaley C. Bailey
VERONA – Kaley C. Bailey, infant, died Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at the NMMC Women’s Hospital in Tupelo.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona. Pastor Linda Walker will officiate. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her parents, Katera Mason and Christopher Bailey; her grandparents, Shirley Bailey of Okolona, Odessa Mason of Verona, Lee Earl Moore of Okolona and Leandre Buchanan of Verona.

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