Obituaries March 16, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Charlie Mae Isby
FULTON – Charlie Mae Isby, 94, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Courtyards Nursing Home in Fulton. She was a former schoolteacher for many years. She was a former employee of Eloise Jenkins Motel, Green Hill Grocery and Tombigbee State Park. She was a member of Warren Chapel CME Church in Mantachie.
A life celebration service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Pisgah M.B. Church with the Rev. Albert Copeland officiating. The Rev. Jerry Christian Jr. will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Warren Chapel Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy M. Shumpert of Fulton, Dorothy J. Merritt of Tupelo and Barbara (Stevie) Sharp of Mooreville; two stepdaughters, Gussie (George) Fair of Saltillo and Audrey Daniels of Tupelo; one brother, Loyce (Betty) Cummings of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Ruby Elliott of Mantachie; 10 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby L. Isby; four brothers, Troy, Ruth, Archie and Jewel Cummings; three sisters, Violit Cooperwood, Pearl Rhodes and Gertrude Stone; and one great-grandchild, Monteil Corrie.
Pallbearers will be Tony Shumpert, David Vaughn, Billy Joe Shumpert, Tony Luckett and Walter Wright.
Viewing will be from 4 to 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
Clara Gray
WEST POINT – Clara Francis Gray, 80, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel in West Point. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Leon Sprayberry
NETTLETON – Clovis “Leon” Sprayberry, 84, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at his home after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Nettleton First Baptist Church.
Georgia Rooker
HOLLY SPRINGS – Georgia Lee Rooker, 67, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today.
Online condolences may be left at www.hsfuneralhome.com.
James Hancock Jr.
TUPELO – James Otis Hancock Jr. died Friday, March 9, 2012, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was born in Tupelo on July 22. 1932, to Otis and Geneva Hancock. At an early age he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. He was educated in the Tupelo School System. He left Tupelo at an early age and was employed by many employers. He retired in 1991 from General Motors Metal Fabricating in Flint, Mich. In August 1999 he returned to Tupelo, where he married Tenia Temple Jones on Oct. 16, 1999. He enjoyed fishing, being with friends and family and most of all watching TV, especially old western movies.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Red Hill M.B. Church. Burial will be in the Porters Memorial Garden in Tupelo. Fields Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Tenia M. Hancock; his children, Cynthia (Bobby) Berry, James (Pat) Longs, Marie Hancock and Jacqueline Lee; stepchildren, Vincent Hearst, Coral and Crystal Jones; two nephews, Chester (Patricia) Hancock and Donnell (Shelisa) Goree; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend, James Lockridge of Beloit, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his father, Otis Hancock, and his mother, Geneva Hancock; one sister, Onie Mae Hudson; two brothers, Chester and Robert Hancock; two nieces: Shirley Shivers and Ethelene Bowdens; one nephew, Matthew Montgomery; one stepson, Bobby Hearst; three uncles, Robert and Columbus Hancock, and Knowledge Standifer; four aunts, Lonnie Johnson, Ida Chism, Mittie Hampton and Katie Larkins; one grandson, James Longs, and a special friend, Ulish Gray.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday at the church.
Calvin Sacus III
ABERDEEN – Calvin Sacus III, 37, died Saturday, March 10, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo as the result of an auto accident.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Payne Chapel M.B. Church at Strong. Interment will be at Payne Chapel Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen. The body will lie in repose from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church. There will be no visitation at the funeral home on Saturday.
To send condolences or sign guest book; www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Mary Moore
HOUSTON – Mary Patricia Moore, 55, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at her home. A native of Lamar, Mo., she was the daughter of Stephen Sparks and Martha Thompson Sparks. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Scott Samuell and Bro. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Billy Ray Moore of Houston; her mother, Martha Thompson Sparks; her children, Nancy McGrew and Daniel of Houlka, Steve Moore and Tammy Fowler of Houston, and Bobby Moore and Angie of Houston; her siblings, Rhonda Trent and Calvin of Greenfield, Mo., Kay Sparks of Lamar, Mo., Lewis Sparks of Lamar, Mo., Richard Sparks and Betty of Lamar, Mo., David Sparks and Karen of Greenfield, Mo., May Fleetwood and J.R. of Aurora, Mo., Mark Sparks, of Lamar, Mo.; her grandchildren, Deanna Owens and Daniel, Kim McGrew and Beau Cook, Daniel McGrew Jr., Makayla and Haley Moore; one great-grandchild, Jacob Owens; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Stephen Sparks, and one son, Billy Ray Moore Jr.
Pallbearers include Michael Byars, Daniel McGrew Jr., Steve Moore, Bryan Boggs, Doug Blakeny and Gary Brassfield. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Moore, Daniel McGrew Sr. and Willis Trent.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Saturday.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
Frank Johnson Jr.
ASHLAND – Frank Johnson Jr., 85, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Ashland Health and Rehab in Ashland.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood M.B. Church at Lamar. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. Saturday.
Edward Kesler
BALDWYN – Edward Kesler, 74, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Mary Cummings
TUPELO – Mary Melviney “Mel” Cummings, 93, died Monday, March 12, 2012, at her home. She was born March 28, 1912, to Cornelia “Babe” Adams and Arthur Marion in Plantersville. She was a member of New Salem M.B. Church. She was a retired employee of Long Laundry Company. She was a farmer for many years and also did private home care.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Salem M.B. church in Pontotoc. The Rev. Carl Shack will officiate, and the Rev. Derrick Gibbs will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at College Hill Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary “Mag” Pickens of Verona; one sister, Johnnie Mae Partlow of St. Louis, Mo.; three sisters-in-law, Betty Cummings, Lottie Cummings and Cornelius Cummings, all of Tupelo; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Url Cummings; one son, Samuel “S.P.” Preston; eight brothers, Bo Ruff, Bruce “Blue” Marion, Rufus “Pop” Marion, Johnnie “Red” Marion, Arthur “Brother” Marion, George Marion, Erskin Marion and Henderson Marion; and two sisters, Corine Elizabeth Dilworth and Annie Mae “Sister” Manuel.
Viewing will begin at 6 p.m. and family and friends hour will be from 7to 8 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
Online condolences can be made to the Cummings/Pickens family at www.grayson-porters.com.
Verdie Garrison
RIPLEY – Verdie Leon “Maw-Maw” Thomas Garrison, 88, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at her home. She was born Aug. 24, 1923, in Tippah County to John and Lillie Hall Thomas. She was a homemaker and a member of West Ripley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Bill Baker and Bro. Randy Latch officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery at Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Jeanette Hill (Robert) of Dumas and Dianne “Lulu” Garrison of Ripley; one son, Hollis Garrison (Sissy) of Ripley; nine grandchildren, Renae Koon (Steve) of New Albany, Matt Garrison (Rispie) of Columbus, Jade Garrison of Ripley, Shelley Taylor (Everette) of Ripley, Kevin Bennett (Randa) of Ripley, Dawn Rinehart (Chris) of Dumas, Tim Hill (Jeana) of Ripley, Randy Hill (Renae) of PIne Grove, Pam Bennett (Eddie) of Dumas; 23 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Edward Garrison; her parents; three sisters, Lola Thomas Smith, Mozelle Thomas Garrison and Eremie Thomas Stevens; and three brothers, Lowery Thomas, James Thomas and Daniel Thomas.
Pallbearers will be Steve Koon, Matt Garrison, Kevin Bennett, Chris Rinehart, Tim Hill, Randy Hill, Jimmy Windham and Donald Culver.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Crumpton, Larry Elder, Lavaughn Thomas, Charlie Thomas, James Thomas, Manual Thomas, Billy Joe Greer, Ruben Greer, Everette Taylor and Maw-Maw’s girls: Betty Brown, Kay Crumpton, Sarah Richardson and Norma Taylor.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to West Ripley Baptist Church, 773 W. Cooper St., Ripley, MS 38663; or Gideons International, Ripley Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 4, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Eardist Ware
ABERDEEN – Eardist Bell Ware, 86, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the Community Hospice in Verona. She was born July 10, 1925, to Gus Bell and Lizzie Gladney Bell. She was a lifelong member of New Hebron M.B. Church, where she served in the choir and the Missionary Society. She was a homemaker who truly loved her family.
Services will be at noon Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church with the Rev. Sam Crawford officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Lizzie Carter (Willie) of Chicago, Iola Conner (Albert) of Denver, Colo., and Annie R. Ware of Weir; one brother, Robert Bell of Ben Harbor, Mich.; two grandchildren she reared, Deon Ware (Debra) of Aberdeen and Sharon Ware of Atlanta, Ga.; four other grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert Ware Jr.; a son, Nathaniel Ware; a sister, Ada King; and four brothers, R.C. Bell, Willie Bell, Leonard Bell and Milton Bell.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Charles Heflin Jr.
HICKORY FLAT – Charles Heflin Jr., 47, died at his home.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Northridge Woodhaven Cemetery in Memphis.
Stephanie Hall
NETTLETON – Stephanie Lynn Hall, 39, died Saturday, March 10, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was born Sept. 29, 1972, in Tupelo to Larry Noble Hall Sr. and Lucille Green Hall. She attended Nettleton High School. She was a member of Palestine Methodist Church of Nettleton.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Blackwood Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. George Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Blackwood Grove Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Casey Lucille Hall-Smith and Shominique Yvette Hall-Smtih of Houston; one brother, Larry Noble Hall Jr. of Shannon; two stepbrothers, Alex Owens of Nettleton and Carlos (Tasha) Owens of Tupelo; one stepsister, Courtney Shumpert of Nettleton; two nieces Brittani Lucille Hall and Dominique Trenay Hall of Nettleton; two nephews, Kedrick Montae Hall of Jackson and Quentin Tyrese Hall of Nettleton; her grandmothers, Evie Lee Hall of Nettleton and Rebecca Gunn of St. Louis, Mo.; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her grandfathers, William Hall Sr. and Lundy Gunn.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service time Saturday.
Sign the online guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.
June Wagner
TUPELO – June Wagner, 91, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illness. She was born in Pocahontas, Ark., on Nov. 1, 1920, to Hank Brown and Gertie Barks Brown. She married Willard Wagner, and they made their home in the Tupelo area, where she worked for Hancock Fabrics for many years before retiring. She was a very caring and nurturing person who loved everyone, especially children who she raised while caring for them as a nanny/sitter. She was the first resident of the Senior Citizen Apartments above Barnes Crossing Mall. She enjoyed gardening and loved her family and church. She attended Beech Springs Baptist Church, where she was active until she became disabled, requiring assistance and moving into North Mississippi Medical Center Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
A private family graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tupelo Memorial Park with Bro. Grady Davidson officiating. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Bobby Wagner (Cathy) of Jackson, Tenn.; daughter, Sylvia Lipford (Melvin) of Tupelo; sister, Wanda Sue Lejuene of Hattiesburg; daughter-in-law, Bettie Wagner of Owensboro, Ky.; 11 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Willard Wagner Jr.; and a brother, Charles Brown.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Mary Ann Bryant
BRUCE – Mary Ann Massey Bryant, 65, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was born Aug. 13, 1946, in Banner. She was a 1964 graduate of Bruce High School. She was a retired business woman and a member of Ellard Baptist Church and Women on Missions.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. Steve Murphree will officiate, and Bro. Kevin Chrestman and Dr. Bobby Douglas will assist. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery at Bruce.
Survivors include her husband, Jeff Bryant of Bruce; a daughter, Bethany Bryant Cooper of Eupora; a sister, Patsy (L.H.) Johnson of Banner; three grandchildren, John David Lyles, Will Cooper and Andy Cooper; a nephew, Joe Morris Johnson and family of Saltillo; and a special family member, Gaby Brasher and family of Holcomb.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny Massey and Myrl Arnold Massey Foster; and a brother, Joe Massey.
Pallbearers will be Jason Barefield, Ronald Jenkins, Gary Massey, Larry Dean Massey, Brad Melton and Troy Todd.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Daisy Hall
BYHALIA – Daisy Mae Withers Hall, 84, died Friday, March 9, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church at Red Banks. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
Billie Ray
GOLDEN – Billie Ray, 77, died Thursday, March 15, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
Geneva Hunt
EVERGREEN – Geneva “Jean” Hunt, 83, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at her residence. She was born March 30, 1928, in Sardis, Tenn., to Leonard A. and Hazel Ellis Bridges. She lived most of her life in the Evergreen community. She retired after more than 40 years of service with Reed’s Manufacturing in Nettleton. She enjoyed gardening, her flowers, yard work and especially quilting.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. John “Ben” Raper officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Wesley Hunt (Deloris) of Saltillo; four daughters, Donnis Tooke of Verona, Cathern Underwood (Wayne) of Iuka, Glenda Johnson of Booneville and Gale McMickin (Jeff) of Golden; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; two sisters; and three brothers; and one stepdaughter, Joyce Sullins (Phillip) of Hamilton, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dalton Wesley Hunt, on June 22, 1957; her son, Jimmy Wayne Hunt; two grandchildren, Brian Edward Hammock and Christopher Allen Hammock; her parents; and two sons-in-law, Benny Tooke and Raymond Hammock.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Uras Gillespie
PONTOTOC – Uras Lee Turner Gillespie, 95, died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Sunshine Care Center. She lived in St. Louis in 1946. She worked as a machine operator until her retirement in 1978. She loved working in her flowers and garden.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Dr. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughters, Martha Jean Tiepelman of St. John, Mo., Patricia Joanne Aye of St. Louis County, Mo., Ruth Keller (Stephen) of Bridgeton, Mo.; grandchildren, Christina Lynn Emerson (Grant) of Arnold, Mo., Craig Andrew Aye (Allison) of Fenton, Mo., Todd Jeffery Keller of Overland, Mo., Ryan Andrew Keller of Chicago; sister, Rebecca Turner Holcomb (Boyd) of Pontotoc; sisters-in-law, Atrell Turner of Lake City, Ark., Charla Austin and Gladys Whitworth of Pontotoc; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Lesbon Gillespie; parents, Organ H. Turner and Ollie Mae Johnson; brothers, Kenneth Lee Turner, James Raymond Turner, George Leroy Turner and Jimmie Johnson Turner; and sons-in-law, Daniel Tiepelman and Donald Aye.
Pallbearers will be Craig Aye, Todd Keller, Steve Keller, Jack Millington, Michael McCarty and Ryan Keller.
Honorary pallbearers will be Boyd Holcomb and Austin James McCarty.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Heights Baptist Church fund of choice.
Gerald Swanson
BRUCE – Gerald Wayne Swanson, 68, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 3, 1944, in Bruce. He was a 1962 graduate of Bruce High School. He was a professional licensed surveyor and a member of Bruce Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Jeff Mann and Billy Green officiating. Burial will be in Rocky Mount Cemetery in Pittsboro.
Survivors include his wife, Lana Beverly Ruth Swanson of Bruce; three stepdaughters, Julie (Larry Scott) Starks of Bruce, Kimberly (Anthony) Easley of Bruce and Kerry (Chris) McGregor of Pittsboro; his stepmother, Kathleen Swanson of Bruce; three sisters, Myra Swanson Sullivan of Bruce, Natalie Renae (Rodney) Akers of Pontotoc and Mitzie Jo (Brad) Ward of Pontotoc; and four grandchildren, Karman Starks, Dowden Lee Taylor, Connor Scott Starks and Cailey Grace McGregor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Royce Eugene Swanson and Wilma Louise Smith Swanson.
Pallbearers will be Rodney Akers, Toby Parker, Scott Starks, Jimmy Clay Swanson, Brad Ward and Jerry Wilburn. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Easley, Dan Hardin, Chris McGregor, Jeff Sullivan, A.C. Swanson Jr., Earl Swanson, Jerry Swanson, Jimmy Swanson and Larry Swanson.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Ralph Waller
HOLLY SPRINGS – Ralph Allen Waller, 59, died Friday, March 9, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Holy Family School Auditorium in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Bowens Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in repose at the school from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Saturday.
Bobby Hatfield
BOONEVILLE – Bobby Neil Hatfield, 73, died Monday, March 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 13, 1939, in Prentiss County to Pardon J. Hatfield and Birdie Jones Hatfield. He was a farmer and a member of the Baptist Church. He loved fishing, hunting, equipment sales, auctions and spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Hatfield and Bro. Mike Brazeal officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Garden.
He is survived by two sons, Jack Hatfield of Lanesville, Ind., and Dan Hatfield of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Sendy McDaniel of Fayetteville, N.C.; two sisters, Martha Louise Serrano of Booneville and Peggy Sloan of Pontotoc; and his life partner, Dot Hare of Plantersville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, J.C. Hatfield and Van Hatfield; and a sister, Marie Simmons.
Pallbearers are Danny George, Tom Myer, Rex Layne, Bryan Sloan, Jack Grissom and Mike Hare.
Bobby Burson
EUPORA – Bobby Burson, 59, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Greensboro Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Elton Armstrong
PITTSBORO – Elton Armstrong, 59, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Calhoun City.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Hope Church of God in Christ at Bruce. Burial will be in Clear Springs CME Church Cemetery at Big Creek. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
To leave condolences and sign the guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Wayne Griffin
HOUSTON – Walker Wayne Griffin, 86, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was born March 31, 1925, in Houston to William Wesley Griffin and Era Malone Griffin. He was a farmer and cattleman, and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. He was a charter member of Rhodes Chapel Volunteer Fire Department and a retired member of the Board of Directors for Farm Bureau. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was awarded the Silver Star and a Purple Heart for his service in the Philippines.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Woodland with the Rev. Danny Bryant and the Rev. Wade Mathis officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Woodland.
Survivors include his wife, Corene Hardin Griffin of Houston; his son, Thomas Wesley and Libby Griffin of Brandon; and his grandsons, Thomas Wade and Katie Griffin of Oxford, and Jeffrey Wayne Griffin of Brandon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Juanita Griffin; and his sisters, Lourette Harrington and Vita Gill.
Pallbearers are Wade Griffin, Jeffrey Griffin, Mike Gill, Lee Chrestman, Dale Hardin, Tommy Hardin and Gary Naron. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Rhodes Chapel Volunteer Fire Department.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Fund, c/o Phyllis Nelson, 570 CR 68, Woodland, MS 39776.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Ruth Gillentine
DORSEY – Ruth Gillentine, 89, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.