Obituaries June 9, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Bernice Paten
OXFORD – Bernice Joiner Paten, 71, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
Services will be held at noon Friday at the Serenity-Martin Chapel in Oxford with Joann Nelson Shepard officiating. Burial will be in Harrisonville Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Family will be present from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Daisy Rowland
BALDWYN – Daisy Belle Ashley Rowland, 91, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Paul Clayton
TUPELO – Paul F. Clayton, 80, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at his home. He was born in Lee County on Nov. 21, 1930, to Homer and Sally Richey Clayton. He lived his entire life in Lee County. He retired from Rockwell International after 20 years of service as a computer operator. He was a member of East Heights Baptist Church. He enjoyed NASCAR, wrestling and time spent with family, especially his great-grandaughter.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Belden Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Laverne Farrar Clayton of Tupelo; one daughter, Sandra Clayton of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Farrar Kelly (Jacky Hare) of Fulton and Paul Wayne Green of Mooreville; a great-grandchild, Trinity Jewl Hare; one sister, Shirley Walls of Iuka; nephews and nieces; and a dear friend, Terry Green of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Tom Clayton; and a best friend, Ray Stevenson.
Pallbearers will be Jacky Hare, Terry Green, Van Stevenson, Johnny Clayton, Ralph Pounds and Guy Harris.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Curnis Faulkner Jr.
BOONEVILLE – Curnis Faulkner Jr., 73, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at his home. He was born March 3, 1938, in Prentiss County to Curnis Faulkner Sr. and Mary Melinda Neeley Faulkner. He was a United States Army veteran. He was a janitor, and he was of the Church of God faith. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, drag racing and traveling. Most of all, he enjoyed his family.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Krech and Bro. Daniel Holloway officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Faulkner, whom he married on July 28, 1960; four sons, John Faulkner (Jenny), Matthew Faulkner (Amy), Daniel Faulkner and Paul Faulkner (Amanda), all of Booneville; a daughter, Leaetta Crabb (Harold) of Booneville; a sister, Emily Frances Swiney (R.B.) of Booneville; three grandchildren, Jesse Crabb, Jada Faulkner and Heather Faulkner; and an uncle, Bob Neeley.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Faulkner; his parents; a brother, Robert Faulkner; a sister, Burblee Copeland; and a grandson, Roger Faulkner.
Pallbearers will be his nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Verble Lee Bowden
MANTACHIE – Verble Lee Bowden, 80, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Sept. 6, 1930, to Marvin and Costell Houston Franks. She started her working career in the restaurant business working at Dudies Diner in the 50s. She was a waitress and a cook most of her life, and her last job was managing Hometown Deli in Mantachie. She was a Baptist. She enjoyed yard work, her flowers and being around her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Dr. John Adams and Bro. Richey Hester officiating. Burial will be in the Walton Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Roger G. Brown (Jane) of Mantachie; two daughters, Vickie Sheffield (Larry) of Mantachie and Rhonda Shumpert (Bob) of Tupelo; one daughter-in-law, Marie Brown of Mantachie; two brothers, Joel Franks of Aberdeen and William Dale Franks of Waskom, Texas; five sisters, Julia Roberts (James) of Mooreville, Jane Mask (Porter) of Shannon, Marilyn Knowles (Scotty) of Nettleton, Carolyn Ratliff (Lamar)of Mantachie and Sue Spurr of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, Cherry Wagster (Bill), Roger E. Brown (Susan), Renae Hester (Richey), Greg Sheffield, Chris Brown (Melissa), Paul Wayne Brown (Holly), Kristin Shumpert and Katie Shumpert; and 10 great-grandchildren, Laken Dunaway, Haley Brown, Ethan Brown, Reed Hester, Neeley Brown, Eli Brown, Joe Brown, Kinzie Brown, Elizabeth Wagster and Amber Wagster.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Bowden; one son, Paul Wayne Brown; and two brothers, James Milton Franks and Bobby Franks.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday night at the funeral home in Mantachie.

Lottie Robertson
EUPORA – Lottie Helms Robertson, 91, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Eupora. Burial will be in the West Shady Grove Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Booker Ruff
SALTILLO – Booker T. Ruff, 68, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

James Bates
RIPLEY – James Lawrence Bates, 66, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital. He was born Sept. 3, 1944, to Lawrence I. Bates and Pattie Etta Hopper Bates. He was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. He worked at American Biltrite for 38 and a half years as a chemist. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home with Dr. Jack B. Bennett and Rev. Terry Ray Vuncannon officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie A. Bates of Ripley; four sisters, Estell Robertson, Patty Grant (David) and Linda Koon (Ray), all of Ripley, and Patricia Talley (Jerry) of Walnut; three brothers, Rhudell Bates (Mildred) of Middleton, Lee Bates (Betty) of Danvers, Ill., and Jeff Bates (Janice) of Falkner; a special nephew, Richard Jeter of Ripley; a caregiver, James Gates; a special cousin, Sharon Mardis of Tiplersville; a caregiver, Jean Goforth; a special friend, Joan Barkley Cox; two godchildren, Stephanie Morris and Jake Barkley; special grandchildren, Chanston Jeter, Morgan Jeter and Easton Gates; 20 nieces and nephews; and 47 great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Kenneth Bates.
Pallbearers will be Billy Hopper, Frank Adair, Ronnie Stewart, Sidney Rainey Jr., Dewayne Hopkins and James Gates.
Honorary Pallbearers will be nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Bettie Wilson
SMITHVILLE – Bettie Marie Stanford Wilson, 60, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at Boulder, Colo., Community Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E. E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Anthony Eacholes
MOBILE, Ala. – Anthony Eacholes, 40, died Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at West Point Civic Center with L.T. Gathings officiating. Burial will be in Yeates Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service today.

James Cayson
MOOREVILLE – James Marvin “Wormy” Cayson, 81, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. A Tupelo native, he was born Aug. 31, 1929, to Clinton and Cera Cayson. He graduated from Mooreville High School. He was a shop foreman for Mid-South Packers for many years. He was an avid stock car builder and racer. He loved horses and was involved with trading and horse training. He brought team roping to this area and was a mentor to many young people in this sport. He was also an avid deer hunter and fisherman.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bishop Wayne Thorn officiating and with musical selections by his grandson, Chance Dickerson. Burial will be in Boguefala Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Jennie Edge (Wayne) of Fulton, Maria Presley (Rick) of Tupelo and Sonya Welu of Sevierville, Tenn.; two sons, Jim Cayson (Connie) and Joe Cayson (Jan), both of Mooreville; 11 grandchildren, Dawn St. Charles (Jim), Tim Edge (Lacie), Kristie Denton (Alan), Nicole Enis (Mark), Justin Dickerson, Aaron Cayson, Cody Cayson (Melissa), Chance Dickerson, Casey Cayson (Mandy), Tyler Cayson and Seth Cayson; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Cayson, who died in 2000; one infant son, Richard Cayson; his parents; one brother, Burton Cayson; one son-in-law, Dennis Welu; and his father and mother-in-law, Jack and Annie Lee Lansdell.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Tony Lewis
GUNTOWN – Anthony “Tony” Lewis, 44, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Syble Bushart
BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. – Syble Bushart died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.

Shirley Harden
NEW ALBANY – Shirley Harden, 49, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Bobby Armstrong
BOONEVILLE – Bobby Hugh Armstrong, 72, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at his home after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 5, 1938, in Jacinto to George and Lema Woodruff Armstrong. He graduated from Rienzi High School and started his professional career in Memphis where he lived for almost two decades. He was a printer at Plough Industries in Memphis and at Aamp&W Printing in Mooreville. Prior to his retirement, he worked for several years at Marathon Cheese Corporation in Booneville. He was a member of Carter’s Chapel Church of Christ. He was known as “Pops” to his grandchildren and “Uncle Bob” to his nieces and nephews. He enjoyed fishing and boating and was a superb water ski instructor. His favorite pastime included grilling his famous steaks for family and friends.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Foster officiating. Burial will be in Carter’s Chapel Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Doris Dean Phillips Armstrong; one daughter, Anita Gay Armstrong Willard (Bill) of Collierville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Cody Armstrong Willard and Alli Bree Willard of Collierville; and one brother, Gale Armstrong (Ann) of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Nelda Grace Armstrong and Dorothy Fay Armstrong; and his brother, Dillard Armstrong.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today.
Memorials may be made to Carter’s Chapel Church of Christ Cemetery Fund, 574 Highway 364, Booneville, MS 38829.