Obituaries March 21, 2011

June Edwards Drummond
TUPELO – June Edwards Drummond went home to be with the Lord Sunday, March 20, 2011, while being hospitalized at North Mississippi Medical Center after a long and valiant battle with heart disease. She was born June 1 in Tupelo and married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, William Drummond, for 30 years.
She was a leader during her high school career at West Point High School, where she graduated in 1957. She was on the women’s basketball team, assistant editor of the annual staff, homecoming maid, cheerleader and Miss Senior. Active in First Baptist Church West Point, she served as a teacher in Sunbeams and vacation bible schools. June served as Clay County Easter Seals Chairman, Girls Scout Troop Organizer and participated in the Home Demonstration Club and Jaceettes.
The family moved to Tupelo in 1972, and June became dedicated to service in her church, First Baptist Church Tupelo, where she served faithfully in youth and children’s ministry.
Always devoted to her children, she served as homeroom mother for many years, gave the most creative birthday parties, and large Easter Egg Hunts. It was her delight to give special and sentimental gifts to those she loved. June enjoyed crafting as a hobby.
She delighted in her grandchildren to which she committed a major part of her life. Spending time with them playing games, making cookies, traveling and watching them play sports were her most favorite things to do. Her love for her family demonstrated in so many ways, large and small, is what she is most remembered for by her children and grandchildren.
June is survived by daughters, Angela Drummond Miller, Cathy Drummond Cockrell and Desiree Drummond Warren; son, William “Bill” Earl Drummond Jr; sons-in-law, Johnny Miller, Ricky Cockrell and Steve Warren; daughter-in-law, Shannon Hankins Drummond; grandchildren, Chrislyn Miller, Carra Cockrell, Will Cockrell, William Drummond, Mary Cockrell, John Patrick Warren and Macy Frances Warren; sister Peggy Edwards Johnson; and brother-in-law Roger Johnson.
June was preceded in death by her husband, William Earl Drummond; mother, Jessie Gregg Edwards; father, Cecil Edwards; sister, Joyce Edwards Wade; brothers, Charles Edwards and Durrell Edwards; mother–in-law, Fannie Mae Britt Drummond; and her father-in-law, Perrin Hill Drummond.
Visitation will be held today, March 21, 2011, at Pegues Funeral Home, located at 535 West Jefferson Street, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 10 to 11 a.m. before a memorial service to be held at 11a.m., also at Pegues Funeral Home Chapel. A private graveside service for family will follow at Glenwood Cemetery on Green Street and Jackson.
Memorials may be made to the Gardner-Simmons Home for Girls. Please send donations to P.O. Box 935, Tupelo MS, 38802.

Angie Smith
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Angie Hathcock Smith, 43, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Smithville.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Sara Miller
MOOREVILLE – Sara Gail Miller, 42, died March 18, 2011, in Mooreville. She was born June 20, 1968, to Robert Lynn Smith and June Henton Smith in Tupelo. She was a member of Tupelo Church Of God. She loved playing with her grandchildren, playing Bunco, camping and going to yard sales. She was the Mooreville Softball Team’s #1 fan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jack Ezell officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband Johnny Miller; two daughters, Katelyn Holmes and Brad of Saltillo and Kelsey Miller of Mooreville; one son, Ben Miller and his fiance, Stephanie of Mooreville; one sister, Beckey Smith of Tupelo; and two brothers, Seth Smith and Monica of Mooreville and Jake Smith of Mooreville; her parents, Bob and June Henton Smith of Mooreville; her mother-in-law, Linda Floyd and the late Charles Floyd of Saltillo; her father-in-law, Buddy and Nina Miller of Mantachie; and her grandmother, Nell Henton of Tupelo.
She is preceded in death by her grandfather, John E. Henton Sr.; her grandmother, Ladelle Harlow Smith; and her grandfather Leynorice “Screwdriver” Smith.
Pallbearers will be Austin Holmes, Austin Webb, Brandon Reid, Bill Henton, John Henton, Riley Henton, Eric Hoard and Robert Mason.
For online condolences, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Mary Ross
PONTOTOC – Mary Elizabeth Ross, 84, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at her son’s home in the Shady Grove Community. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shady Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. David Barnett and the Rev. Doug Jones officiating. Burial will be in Warren Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her two daughters, Patsy Nolley (Larry) and Melissa “Missy” Russell (Chris); her two sons, Dickey Ross (Doris) and Tim Ross (Marilyn); 10 grandchildren, Tammy Hall, Keith Nolley, Kevin Nolley, Jennifer Horton, Dana Hitt, Jason Ross, Kim Garrett, Corey Ross, Rhett Russell and Rayna Russell; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey and Ila Mae Curtis Dowdy; her husband, Collins A. Ross; her sister, Betty Dean Harkness; and a brother, Waymond Quay Dowdy.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Nolley, Jason Ross, Corey Ross, John Garrett, Stacy Horton and Jimmy Hitt.
Honorary pallbearers will be Collin Horton, Aron Horton, Keith Hill, Matt Hogue and Will Faust.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday, all at Shady Grove Baptist Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Eunice Givens
RIPLEY – Eunice Givens, 83, died March 20, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Huey Lamb
OKOLONA – Huey Lamb, 70, died Sunday, March 20, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Ruth Johnson
McKENZIE, Tenn. – Ruth Elizabeth White Johnson, 83, died March 19, 2011, at her home in McKenzie, Tenn. She was born Aug. 8, 1927, to Arlis and Annie Lakey White in Ripley. She was a retired riverboat cook, working for AEP Electric Co. She was a member of a non-denominational church. She enjoyed cooking and baking cakes for her family and friends. She also loved to go shopping with her friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Pastor Joe McClure officiating. Burial will be in Little Hope Cemetery in Falkner. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, James R. Johnson (Barbara) of McKenzie, Tenn.; two sisters, Lydia Napper (Randle) of Saulsbury, Tenn. and Martha Bedgood (Bill) of Middleton, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Ruth Ann Johnson Fleming (James Jr.) of McKenzie, Tenn and Ricky Wayne Johnson (Sheela) of Puryear, Tenn.; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Johnnie White, Mary Ellen Decanter and Althea Huggins; one brother, George A. White; and one great-granddaughter, Jennie M. Hartsfield.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Buford Franks
GUNTOWN – Buford Franks, 76, of Friendship, died March 18, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was retired and a member of Friendship Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodwork, NASCAR and spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Friendship Baptist Church with Bro Bobby Jarrels officiating. Burial will be in Unity Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Franks of Guntown; four daughters, Reginia Van Briesen and Debbie Sowka, both of Illinois and Patti Franks of Arizona; three sons, Jimmy Franks and Buford A. Franks Jr, both of Arizona and Troy Allen Franks (Velvet) of Guntown; two sisters, Brenda Hunt (Billy) and Shirley Franks of Guntown; brother, Harlon Franks (Hilda) of Guntown; sister-in-law, Lucille Franks of Baldwyn; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Voy and Gertrude Franks; and his brothers, Eugene Franks and Clifton Franks.
Pallbearers will be Brandon, Brett and Greg Hawkes, Wesley Floyd, Devin Dickey and William Martin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Allen Franks, Troy Allen Franks Jr., Rob Rossen, Adam Floyd and Aaron Floyd.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at Friendship Church from 11:30 a.m until service time Wednesday.
Bonnard Eaton
CORINTH – Bonnard Eaton, 77, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Home of Corinth.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Rebecca Parrish
GOLDEN – Rebecca Parrish, 37, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.
Mary Spratt
AMORY – Mary L. Spratt, 45, died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Health Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Betty Jo Stewart
NEW ALBANY – Betty Jo Stewart, 71, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at the Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. She was born Aug. 14, 1939, in Pontotoc County to Perlis Jaggers and Fonzie Rogers Jaggers. She could be described as a Christian lady of compassion, integrity and love for others. She demonstrated this in her daily life with her family, church and community. She had served as a member of the Union County Historical Society board, the Union County Library board and Pilot Club. She was the retired editor of the New Albany Gazette, where one of her favorite service projects was “Sharing at Christmas.” She was an active member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Kermit McGregor and the Rev. Dean Timbes officiating. Burial will be in Eddington Cemetery in Pontotoc County. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Zack Stewart of New Albany; two daughters, Temple Hester (Ken) of Pontotoc and Tarea Stout (Jeff) of Madison; two sons, Jeff Stewart (Vicky) of Collierville, Tenn. and Jason Stewart (Justine) of New Albany; eight grandchildren, Sydney and Wes Stewart, Kate Hester, Zack and Rachel Stout and Kai, Layla and Jon Christian Stewart; and one great-grandchild, Marley Grace Hawkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Jackie Jaggers.
Pallbearers will be Terry Hill, Wes Stewart, Zack Stout, Ken Hester, Jeff Stout, and Don Stewart.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th. Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Coleen Robinson
FULTON – Coleen Cummings Robinson, 97, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Jan. 21, 1914, to Walter C. and Tamsie Mitchell Cummings. She was a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School and worked for Reeds and Blue Bell Manufacturing. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and taught Sunday school classes for over 50 years. She loved flowers, gardening and her cats.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Dr. Don Baggett and Walt Grayson officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her grandchildren, Coleen Thornton (William), Chuck Steele (Shelia) and Laurie Powell; her great-grandchildren, Brandi Powell, Heath Braverman (Angie), Tally Nelms (John Michael), Will Thornton and Maggie Thornton; her great-great-grandchildren, Cash Braverman, Olivia Braverman, Alyssa Nelms and Rylee Nelms; her daughter-in-law, Ann Robinson Stanford; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, L.M. “Buddy” Robinson; her son, Lowery M. Robinson Jr.; her daughter, Jo Ann Steele; a grandson, Grant Robinson; her parents; and her brothers and sisters, W.C. Cummings (Ruby), Ermie Moore (Lloyd), Doris Grayson (Frank), Eola Snipes (Guy), Capitola Bowman (Red), Homer Cummings (Georgia), Greyson Cummings (Mary), William Cummings and an infant brother.
Pallbearers will be Walt Grayson, Dave Grayson, Robert Grayson, Jim Booker, Hank Macknee, Chuck Steele and William Thornton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Gladys Sparks
BELMONT – Gladys Sparks, 82, died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at her home. She was born Oct. 21, 1928, in Tishomingo County to Dennie Curtis and Gertrude Graves Payne. She was an employee of Blue Bell and a member New Bethel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Golden Central Baptist Church with Bro. Jackie Hastings and Bro. Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in the Sparks Family Home Place. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Bryan Sparks of Belmont; four children, Patsy Ann Hastings (Jackie) and Rhonda Bonds (Mike), both of Belmont, Gerry Sparks (Sherry) of Cairo and Kenny Sparks (Sandra) of Vina, Ala.; two brothers, Bob Payne (Mary) and Billy Joe Payne (Doris), both of Belmont; two sisters, Jeanette Barrett of Belmont and Eloise Parker (Elbert) of Vina; 14 grandchildren, Sarah Peppers, Kim Waldrop, Brandon Sparks, Patrick Hastings, Chad Hastings, Andy Sparks, Anna Sparks, Beth Davis, Chelsea Bonds, Austin Bonds, Kalie Sparks, Kendra Sparks, Kasey Sparks and Keenan Sparks; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Wade Sparks; her parents; and four sisters, Lorene Credille, Jewel Pardue, Lenette McDonald and Evelyn Sparks.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Patrick Hastings, Chad Hastings, Andy Sparks, Brandon Sparks, Keenan Sparks, Austin Bonds and Collin Peppers.
Visitation will be until service time today at the church.
Justine Davis
RED BAY, Ala. – Justine E. Davis, 80, died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at her home. She was born Feb. 1, 1931, in Franklin County, Ala. to Hardy and Leona Pounders Scott. She was retired from Wrangler and attended the Pentecostal Faith Church.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. J.C. Blackburn and Bro. Billy Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Berry Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by five children, Brenda Hensley of Golden, Gail Strickland (Athel) of Tremont, Dale Davis (Tammy) of West Point, Keith Davis of Vina and Jeff Davis (Lyndi) of Belmont; nine grandchildren, Patrick Hensley, Amanda Patterson (Daniel), Randy Strickland (Nancy), Larry Strickland (Regina), Chris Davis (Donna), Ben Davis, Dustin Davis, Corry Davis and Morgan Davis; eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Buddy Scott of Red Bay and Clifton Scott of Vina.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hardy and Leona Pounders Scott; three grandsons, Mitchell Davis, Kerry Hensley and Michael Roberts; her brother, Clinton Scott (Jean); daughter-in-law, Joyce Davis; and sister-in-law, Martha Sue Scott.
Pallbearers will be Robert Scott, Terry Scott, Lynn Scott, Justin Scott, Daniel Patterson and Jonathan Scott.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Mittie Tate
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Mittie Hill Tate, 73, of Greenwood Springs (Sipsey Fork Community), died Friday, March 18, 2011, at her home. She is the wife of Dennis Tate. Mrs. Tate was born in Lee County on Oct. 16, 1937, to Herman and Lillie Bell Box Hill. She previously worked at McCoy Manufacturing and Monroe Trouser. In her spare time, she enjoyed sitting with people in the community, working with flowers and crocheting. She was a member of New Center Point Freewill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at New Center Point Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Kelvin Price and Bro. Don Taggart officiating. Burial will be in Pickle Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis Tate of Greenwood Springs; her sons, Donald (Debra) Moore of Winfield, Ala., David (Mary) Moore of Amory and Gary (Sherron) Moore of Amory; one stepson, Gary Bullock of Oseola, Ark.; one sister, Christine (Roger) Galloway of Vernon, Ala; her brothers, Russell (Pat) Hill of Hamilton, Ala. and Pete Hill of Montgomery, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.
Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at: www.ottsfuneralhome.net.

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