Obituaries, June 9, 2004

Jessie Barnes

IUKA – Jessie James Barnes, newborn, died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ at North Crossroads with Bro. Ted Zafeas and Bro. Grant Horn officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Ludlam Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents, Greg and Brandi Barnes of Iuka; two brothers, James Tyler Barnes and Chase Allen Barnes of Iuka; his grandparents, J.E. Barnes, Faye Barnes and Sandra Horn, all of Iuka.

He was preceded in death by his grandparent, Jackie Horn.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Curtis Luna

WALNUT – Curtis Wayne Luna, 62, died June 3, 2004, at Alliance Health Care in Holly Springs. He was a member of Oakland Baptist Church. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force with 28 years of service.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oakland Baptist Church in Walnut with Dr. Sean Tutor officiating. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Joey Luna and fiancee, Nickesha Colson, of Horn Lake; three grandchildren, Bradley Wayne Luna, Brieana Colson and Nicholas Colson

He was preceded in death by his parents, Less E. and Ruby L. Richardson Luna; a sister, Annie Fay Cardwell; and a brother, Herbert D. Luna.

Pallbearers will be Buck Carter, Billy Tubbs, Johnny Story, Ricky Kitchens, David Pierce and Karl Rhodes.

Sonny Newsom is an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will continue from 6:30 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Estelle Boyd

AMORY – Margaret Estelle Adams Boyd, 74, died Monday, June 7, 2004, at River Place Nursing Center in Amory after a long illness. She was born Sept. 6, 1929, in Rock City, Ala., to the late Joseph Clinton and Elsie Dickinson Adams. She lived most of her life in the Quincy community of Monroe County. She married Louis Durley Boyd in 1947; he died in 1978. She was employed by Wilson Manufacturing and Glenn Manufacturing until her retirement. She was a Baptist and a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and cooking.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the Durrett Cemetery in Monroe County.

Survivors include a son, Mike Boyd of Aberdeen; two brothers, James B. “Billy” Adams of Hamilton and Joseph C. “Joe” Adams Jr. of Reform, Ala.; two grandchildren, Chris Boyd and Jason Boyd; a stepgrandchild, Landon Goff.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two brothers, J.D. Adams and Alfred Adams.

Pallbearers will be Jim Adams, Jeff Adams, Earl Boyd, Ben Boyd, Ricky Adams and Ronnie Adams.

Visitation will continue today until service time.

Vanda Petrowski

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Vanda Petrowski, 86, died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at Alliance Health Care in Holly Springs. He was born April 27, 1918, in Shelby County, Tenn., to Leroy Petrowski and Robbie Lee Hill. He was a farmer and a member of Kirks Baptist Church in Collierville, Tenn.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Frank Feathers officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery at Laws Hill.

Survivors include a son, Joseph Petrowski of Memphis; two daughters, Doris Moore of Hickory Flat and Patsy Autry of Ashland; three brothers, Elmo Petrowski and Leon Petrowski of Memphis, and Thomas Petrowski of Red Banks; two sisters, Dot Ham of Collierville, Tenn., and Jewel Gossett of Germantown, Tenn.; five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, John Petrowski, and a great-grandson, Dalton Bolden.

Preston South

SULLIGENT, Ala. – Preston South, 89, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at the Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Guin, Ala. Born in Lamar County, Ala., he was the son of the late Franklin and Addie Osborn South. He lived in the Fairview community most of his life and was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Norwood Funeral Home with Bro. James Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include two sisters, Nellie Christian of Bessemer, Ala., and Annie Ruth Frye of Guin, Ala.; a brother, Johnny South of Winfield, Ala.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Smith, and two brothers, Earnest South and Dexter South.

Virginia Bonds

IUKA – Virginia Bonds, 83, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at the Iuka Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.

Fannie Stanford

IUKA – Fannie Stanford died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

Ronald Tibbett

WEST POINT – Ronald Mark Paul Tibbett, 63, died Monday, June 7, 2004, in West Point as the result of an auto accident. He was born Jan. 19, 1941, in Chicago to the late Elena and Robert Tibbett. He was a filmmaker and journalist, and the founder and director of the Magnolia Film Festival. He was a Presbyterian.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rita Cochrane officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Charlotte Magnussen of West Point; a daughter, Christine Tibbett of West Point; a brother, Bob Tibbett of Chicago.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Magnolia Film Festival, 2269 Waverly Drive, West Point MS 39773.

Evelyn Roberson

BILOXI – Evelyn West Roberson, 90, died Monday, June 7, 2004, at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Biloxi. She was born March 4, 1914, to the Rev. Henry Grady and Ethel Pitts West. She gr-aduated from Ecru High School in 1932 and attended Chickasaw College in Pontotoc. She married James Leonard Roberson Sr. on Nov. 19, 1933; he preceded her in death in 1983. She was a nurse at the Houston Hospital while living in Houston from 1952-1979. She lived in Union from 1943-1952. She and her late husband moved to Biloxi in 1979 to be near her daughter. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Gulfport.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Browning Funeral Home in Ecru. Burial will be at the Ecru Cemetery. Riemann Memorial Funeral Home of Biloxi is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Mannino and husband, Sal, of Biloxi; a son, Jim Roberson and wife, Betty, of Jackson; grandchildren, Ben Roberson and wife, Amanda, of Jackson, Katy Roberson of Ridgeland and Jay Roberson of Oxford; great-grandchildren, Wesley Roberson, Graham Roberson and Alex Roberson, all of Jackson; two sisters, Mable Browning of Pontotoc and Dorothy Townsend of Jackson; a brother, the Rev. Henry G. West Jr. of Henning, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Broughton West, and a sister, Annie Mae Graddy.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time Thursday.

Leo Laster

BATESVILLE – Leo Frankie Laster, 85, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born Aug. 18, 1918, in Yazoo City to James Brown and Mary Frances Deadman Laster. He was a retired carpenter and bridge builder for Illinois Central Railroad. He was a Baptist and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial will be in Sardis Lake Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Magaline Dunn Laster of Batesville; four daughters, Fran Laster Flemons of Clarksdale, Carolyn Laster Walker of Cleveland, Barbara Laster Black of Oxford and Betty Laster Robertson of Batesville; four sons, Paul Laster of Fort Payne, Ala., and Frank Laster, Donald Joe Laster and David Laster, all of Batesville; two sisters, Carlene Laster White and Mildred Laster Morman of Charleston; a brother, Emmett Laster of New Albany; 34 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Amy James

GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Amy Colburn James, 24, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jean Miller

FULTON – Dorothy Jean Miller, 71, died Monday, June 7, 2004, at her home. She was born June 21, 1932, in Mississippi to Harold M. and Edith Steele Gilliland.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home with Bro. Dewitt Bane and Mike Deaton officiating.

Survivors include her mother, Edith Gilliland of Fulton; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Creed of Creston, Calif.; a son, Robert Jon Creed Jr. of Idaho Falls, Idaho; five grandchildren, Mike Wunsch, Bob Wunsch, Steve Wunsch, Issac Creed and Zoe Marie Creed; a sister, Ann G. Pate and husband, Virgil, of Fulton.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold M. Gilliland.

Martha Mayhan

PONTOTOC – Martha Ann Stone Mayhan, 67, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at her home. She was born Oct. 25, 1936, in Calhoun County to Lester Lee Stone and Earlene Goodson Stone. She was a retired factory worker for Glenn Slacks Garment Co. in Bruce. She was a graduate of Ellard High School and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was the widow of Glen Dale Mayhan.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. J.J. McVay and Bro. Benny Hill officiating. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden Cemetery at Bruce.

Survivors include her mother, Earlene Stone of Bruce; four daughters, Lisa Sisco and husband, Billy, of Houlka, Tina Fallin and husband, Gary, of Randolph, Debra Williamson of Olive Branch and Cindy Stone of Vicksburg; four sons, Quinton Mayhan of Pontotoc, Timmy Mayhan of Houlka, Ricky Mayhan of Rienzi and David Mayhan of Arkansas; a sister, Sundra Ivy of Houlka; a brother, Robert Stone of Banner; six grandchildren, Brittany Bailey, Katelyn Fallin, Tara Mayhan, Hayden Sisco, Greg Mayhan and Holly Hodges; a host of great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Joey Ivy, Thomas Earl Goodson, Allen Stone, Junior Turner, Jimmy Swanson, Mike Jones and Johnnie Mayhan.

Audrey Hatley

TUPELO – Audrey Hatley, 83, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Eddie Boutwell officiating. Burial will be in the Unity Presbyterian Cemetery in Plantersville.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas McNinch and wife, Diane, of Guntown, and Kenneth McNinch of Saltillo; three sisters, Ethel O'Barr of Woodland, Mary Alice Williams of Corinth and Vernece Robbins of the Auburn community; two brothers, Hugh Curry of Woodland and Charles Curry of Tupelo; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Hatley; a daughter, Sue Chapman; a son, Gerald McNinch; a sister, Ruby Tutor; and two brothers, Bill Curry and Joe Curry.

Avon Foote

IUKA – Avon Foote died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Earl Norman

BYHALIA – Earl Norman, 49, died Saturday, June 5, 2004, at his home. He was a native of Marshall County.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs with the Rev. Harrison Bronson officiating. Burial will be in St. Matthews Cemetery in Byhalia.

Survivors include two brothers, Bernnie Morris Norman of Byhalia and R.D. Echols Norman of Memphis.

He was preceded in death by his father, R.D. Norman, and his mother, Laura Taylor Norman.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. today.

Lt. Col. Eucie Spencer

TUPELO – Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Eucie Dwayne Spencer, 73, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was a native of Enterprise and a resident of Tupelo since 1969. He was the owner of Spencer Manufacturing at Sherman and an active member of the Gloster Street Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Army veteran with 23 years of service. A flight instructor and pilot, he served in the Korean War and the Vietnam era. He received the National Defense Service Clasp with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palms, which he received twice, the Korean Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal. He served as alderman and vice mayor of Tupelo from 1981-1985. He served as president of the North Mississippi Water Board Association from 1995 to the present. He was a member of the Lee County Shrine Club and the Tupelo Kiwanis Club.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Joe Connell, Bro. Chad Ramsey and Bro. James Segars officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary V. Spencer of Tupelo; a son, Barry D. Spencer and wife, Zen, of Columbus; a sister, Vivian Umfress of Senatobia; three nieces, Kim Day, Carla Gail Martz and Jane Umfress; four nephews, Billy Spencer, Bill Spencer, Steven Spencer and Dean Umfress.

Pallbearers will be Billy Spencer, Bill Spencer, Steven Spencer, Floyd Hale, Fred Murphree and Ken Pruitt.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Sunday school class of Gloster Street Church of Christ – Charles Johnson, Roland Davis, Frank Long, Gary Dick, Walt Baker and Jim Conley.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today and from 9:30 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Gary McCollum

MEMPHIS – Gary McCollum, 53, died Monday, June 7, 2004. Arrangements ae incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home of Walnut.

Carolyn Russell

CORINTH – Carolyn Sue Russell, 71, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at Rosewood Health Care in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 13, 1932, in Corinth. She was a member of Waldron Street Christian Church. She enjoyed baking cakes for others.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.

Survivors include a sister, Nancy R. Johnson and husband, Dr. Gary Johnson, of Tupelo; three nieces, Stacy, Lauren and Leslie Johnson of Tupelo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Burleigh and Clara Benham Russell.

Visitation will follow the services Thursday.

Rufus O. McKewen

CORINTH – Rufus O. McKewen, 80, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.

Bobby Payne

PLANTERSVILLE – Bobby Joe Payne, 70, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at his home after a long illness. A lifelong resident of Plantersville, he was born Jan. 31, 1934, in Lee County to Lee and Mary Price Payne. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a Methodist. He was a retired employee of Gibson Container in Verona and a retired carpenter. A loving husband, Daddy and Pa Paw, he loved his family and his dog, Little Bit. He was an avid gardener.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Aubrey Boren officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery near Nettleton.

Survivors include wife, Faye Langley Payne of Plantersville; a daughter, Amy P. Kent and husband, Paul, of Plantersville; two grandchildren, Beth and Bubba Wiygul; a stepgrandson, Nick Kent; a sister, Martha Acton and husband, Roy, of Tupelo; a brother, Fred A. Payne and wife, Brenda, of Plantersville; his mother-in-law, Margaret Langley of Plantersville; a half sister-in-law, Ozelle Payne of Houston, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Betty Jean Evans; a half sister, Carrie Mae Carson; and four half brothers, “Bill,” “Dutch,” “Gude,” and “Buck” Payne.

Pallbearers will be “Dude” Payne, Carl “Doodle” Moses, David Hipps, William Park, Joey Park and Wendell Robinson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Phil Byram, DeWayne Burroughs, Anthony Geraci, Jimmy Young and Quitman “Fuzz” Loden.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Union Cemetery Fund, c/o Pauline Hawkins, 30010 Hawkins Road, Nettleton MS 38858.

Marcus Pratt

HOUSTON – Marcus Pratt, 14, died Monday, June 7, 2004, at the Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Jimmy Pratt

HOUSTON – Jimmy Pratt, 44, died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Birdie Y. Young

ECRU – Birdie Y. Young, 86, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at Windham House in Ecru. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Billie L. Brigham

COLUMBUS – Billie Leggett Brigham, 82, died Monday, June 7, 2004, at her home in Columbus. She was born March 25, 1922, in Arkansas to the late William Charles and Norma Parks Leggett. She was a 1943 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and the first female pharmacist in Columbus. After moving to Columbus in 1946, she began working with Joe Alford Sr. at Roy's Drug Store. In 1949 they purchased Weaver and Harrington Drug Store, now Alford's Drug Store. She was a member of Main Street Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years. She was a church library volunteer and WIC treasurer.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Main Street Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Robert Schwanebeck officiating. Graveside services and burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Elmwood Cemetery in Blytheville, Ark. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Lee Brigham Aylward and husband, Don, of Cleveland; a son, Newell William “Chris” Brigham III and wife, Karol, of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Brig Aylward of Pace, Ben Aylward of Charleston, S.C., Kelly Brigham of Columbus, and Barton Brigham and Peyton Brigham of Tupelo.

Pallbearers will be Birney Threadgill, James Threadgill, Ralph Billingsley, Richard Watkins, Bob Herron, Dudley Carter, Jim Ford Jr. and Reau Berry.

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

Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children.

Ruth Greenwood

MEMPHIS – Ruth Hurt Greenwood, 91, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at her home in Memphis after a brief illness. A native of Albany, Ky., she moved to Tupelo in 1918. She was a 1930 graduate of Tupelo High School. She also attended the Bowling Green College of Commerce. She worked in Washington D.C., and in 1937 attended George Washington University. She married Robert Greenwood in 1942 in Washington D.C.. After World War II they moved to Nashville, Tenn. She retired from the U.S. Secret Service Department. After retiring she returned to Tupelo in 1978. In 1999 she moved to Lexington, Ky., and, because of health reasons, to Memphis in July 2003. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tupelo and the Mary Stuart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Tupelo. She also served as secretary of the Lafayette Resident Council.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Randy Von Kanel officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 62 years, Robert Greenwood of Memphis; two daughters, Sally Ruth Woollen of Dunwood, Ga., and Alice R. Greenwood and husband, Douglas Hurley, of Germantown, Tenn.; a sister, Elva Huffman of Houston; a sister-in-law, Yvone Hurt of Tupelo; a grandchild, William Woollen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Paul J. Hurt; and a sister, Lola Hurt Upchurch.

Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. to service time today.

Freddie B. Davis

BALDWYN – Freddie B. Davis, 55, died Friday, June 4, 2004, as the result of an auto accident. He was a member of Ruben Chapel CME Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ruben Chapel CME Church with the Rev. S.W. Shinault officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Era Davis of Baldwyn; six sons, Jermaine Bowes of Saginaw, Mich., Scotty Williams of St. Louis, Mo., Alonzo Turner, Anthony Friar and Michael Turner, all of Baldwyn, and Aaron Friar of Booneville; two daughters, Cecilia Davis of Saginaw and Audrey Williams of St. Louis; four sisters, Clara Williams of St. Louis, Joann Plodwen and Cora Mae Cox of Saginaw, and Willie B. Frazier of Greenville; four brothers, Willie Hardy of Baldwyn, Johnny Davis of St. Louis, James Davis Jr. of Neshoba, Texas, and Leroy Douglas of Leland; 14 grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Annie Jean Miller of Baldwyn; his father-in-law, Eugene Friar of Huntsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Davis and Mary Hardy.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today, with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.

Willie V. Campbell

BRUCE – Willie V. Campbell, 85, died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at Calhoun Health Services. He was born Sept. 6, 1918.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Church of God Our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ with the Rev. Ishmel Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Zion Springs Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Rachel Herod and Annie Robinson; three brothers, Ishmel Campbell, D.V. Campbell and Mitchell Campbell.

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Friday.

Etta Jones

BRUCE – Etta R. Jones, 42, died Monday, June 7, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Feb. 1, 1962.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at New Hope M.B. Church with the Rev. Ras Pickens officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery at Woodland. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Tim Jones; a daughter, Merissia Watkins; a son, Taurus Jones; a grandson, Tylan Watson; sisters, Minnie Mhoon, Alice Starks, Ola Calvert, Rose Logan, Mary Watkins, Callie Davidson and Dorothy Watkins (special sister); brothers, Walter Watkins, Paul Watkins, Willie Watkins, R.H. Watkins and Howard Watkins.

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

Marshall Gunn

WALNUT – Marshall Earl Gunn, 41, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at Walnut. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.