Obituaries March 31, 2004

Lee Vone Williams

LAMAR – Lee Vone “Preacher” Williams, 52, formerly of Covington, S.C., died Friday, March 26, 2004, at his home in Lamar. He was a factory worker and a member of St. Luke Church of God in Christ in Ashland.
Services will be at noon Thursday at St. Luke Church of God in Christ with Elder Nathaniel Holleman Jr. 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 a daughter, Felicia James of Holly Springs; a son, Andreco Williams of Ashland; his father, T.W. Williams of Covington, Tenn.; 10 sisters, Gertha Roberts and Mary Bean of Lamar, Bernice Thompson and Ruth Williams of Memphis, Queeny Brown, Ella Maclin and Lillie B. Williams, all of South Carolina, Mary Fayne of Brighton, Tenn., Pearline Williams of Millington, Tenn., and Mattie Willie of Mason, Tenn.; 12 brothers, Cedric Thompson and Willie Henry Thompson of Lamar, James Thompson of Holly Springs, Jerry Lewis Thompson, T.W. Williams Jr. of Memphis, Oscar Williams of South Carolina, Willie Beard of Peoria, Ill., J.W. Williams, Earl T. Williams, Albert Williams, all of Mason, Tenn., Luster Williams of Munford, Tenn., and Willie M. Williams of Covington, Tenn.; eight grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the church and from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Thursday at the church. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.

Georgia A. Finger

WALNUT – Georgia A. Finger, 66, died Monday, March 29, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Jewel Frazier
WATER VALLEY – Jewel Frazier, 94, died Monday, March 29, 2004. She was born April 13, 1909, in Carlton, Texas, to William C. Sims and Zelma Hendricks Sims. She was a member of North Main Methodist Church in Water Valley and an employee of Big Yank Corp. in Water Valley.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Seven Oaks Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred Eakes officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
Survivors include two sisters, Fay Magee of Water Valley and Katie Lee Sullivan of Pensacola, Fla.; two grandsons, Steve Ragon and Mike Ragon, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Noel Frazier, on Dec. 1, 1966.
Pallbearers will be Bill Dawson, Scott Dawson, Eddie Magee, Mike Magee and Steve Ragon.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Mavis Chandler

DETROIT, Ala. – Mavis Clifton Chandler, 76, died Sunday, March 28, 2004, in Fulton. She was born Nov. 9, 1927, in Lamar County, Ala., to the late Thomas and Emma Pugh Clifton. She was a seamstress for Healthtex in Guin, Ala., for many years. She was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and working with flowers.
Services were Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at Otts Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Elvis Carter officiating. Burial was in Carter Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Kenneth Chandler and wife, Jean, of Detroit, Ala.; a daughter, Ann Winsett and husband, Andy, of Detroit, Ala.; a brother, George Clifton and wife, Barbara, of Birmingham, Ala.; a sister, Leona Cooper of Hamilton, Ala.; seven grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oakland Chandler; her parents; a daughter, Alice Knight; two brothers, Troy Clifton and Floyd Clifton; and three sisters, Vernie Stanford, Girthie Clifton and Mae Clifton.

Jacquelyn Dexter

ATHENS, Ala. – Jacquelyn Lee Dexter, 51, died Monday, March 29, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. She was born March 28, 1951, in Frankfurt, Ind. She celebrated her life by being an organ donor.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home in Athens, Ala., with the Rev. Ray Daniel officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Terry Dexter of Athens, Ala.; a sister, Teresa S. Westbrook of Jackson; a brother, Edward Arthur Sides of Tupelo; two nieces, Meghan Sides and Jade Sides; and a nephew, Tripp Streety.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or the Athens, Ala., Humane Society.

Jill McLaurin

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. – Merri Jill McLaurin, 73, died Monday, March 29, 2004, at her home after a long illness. A native of Jackson, Tenn., she was a resident of Germantown and a former resident of Tupelo. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Methodist Church of Tupelo. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Hershel Wiygul officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, E.C. “Mac” McLaurin of Germantown, Tenn.; two daughters, Vicki M. Johnson and husband, Phillip, of Steubenville, Ohio, and Karen M. Clayborne and husband, Allen, of Germantown; a son, Steven C. McLaurin and wife, Betty Harrison, of Lakeland, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Peter Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Samantha Clayborne and Katherine Clayborne.
Pallbearers will be Walter Rhodes, Gray Megginson, Allen Clayborne, Peter Johnson, Jess Mack and Larry Faries.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Walter Rankin

MYRTLE – Walter Lee Rankin, 59, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at his home. He was born Feb. 25, 1945, in Oxford to the late Rufus Guy Rankin and Alaine Hodge Rankin. He was an industrial mechanical maintenance man for Georgia Pacific and a member of Bay Springs Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Macedonia Cemetery with the Rev. Billy Foley officiating. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Rankin of Myrtle; a daughter, Sonia Kay Perkins and husband, Brad, of Thaxton; a grandson, Daniel Shane Perkins.
Pallbearers will be Billy Killough, Wayne Hulsey, Tim Gressel, Ray Coleman, Tommy Barnes and Bob Griffin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Shirley Burns

NEW ALBANY – Shirley Cappleman Burns, 55, died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at Green Oak Manor in New Albany. She was born Jan. 4, 1949, in Spokane, Wash., to Orville and Mary Tolliver Cappleman. She was a retired clerical supervisor for Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore. She was an American Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Danny Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Warren Cemetery at Hurricane.
Survivors include her husband, Michael Burns; her parents, Orville and Mary Cappleman; a daughter, Christine Green of Aloha, Ore.; a son, Daniel Burns of Baton Rouge, La.; three sisters, Louise Thompson, Kathy Brunson and Mary Jo Chauvin; three brothers, Joe Cappleman, Tom Cappleman and Doug Cappleman; three grandchildren.
Visitation will continue until service time today.

James Boyette

HOLLY SPRINGS – James Milton Boyette, 74, died Monday, March 29, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. He was born May 16, 1929, in Tippah County to Asa Marlin Boyette and Dora Jackson Boyette. He was the owner and operator of Boyette’s Grocery and Johnnie Mae’s Restaurant. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Dr. Curtis Ferrell officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Survivors include two sons, Brad Boyette of Booneville and Stanley Byrd of Southaven; two daughters, Hattie Chambers of Collierville, Tenn., and Sandra Alldredge of Holly Springs; two brothers, Marlin Boyette Jr. of Ripley and Bobby Joe Boyette of Tupelo; five sisters, Valerie Huddleston of Collierville, Tenn., Margaret Duncan of Tupelo, and Natalie Grisham, Shirley Conely and Patricia Hamilton, all of Ripley; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Mae Boyette, and a grandson, Johnny Alldredge Jr.

Floyd Brady

NETTLETON – Floyd Brady, 82, died Monday, March 29, 2004, at the Alcorn County Rehabilitation Health Care in Corinth. He was born Feb. 5, 1922, in Lee County to Tom J. and Belle Vess Brady. He was a native of Nettleton, but had lived in Corinth for the past 18 months. He was a retired farmer and factory worker, and a member of Temple Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Nettleton with the Rev. Mike Brazeal and the Rev. Raymond Riley officiating. Burial will be in Gray’s Cemetery near Nettleton.
Survivors include a sister, Edna Brady Minga of Nettleton; a sister-in-law, Clytee Buskirk Brady of Tupelo; several cousins and friends; his special caregivers, Kermit and Eunice Minga of Greenwood Springs.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Major John T. Brady.
Pallbearers will be Earl Kellum, Kermit Minga, Paul Duncan, Joe Minga, Robert Chaney and Charlie Corzine.
Visitation will continue from 8:30 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Adrian Hughey Jr.

CORINTH – Adrian Tyrone Hughey Jr., infant boy, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Graveside services were Saturday, March 27, 2004, at the Rienzi Cemetery with the Rev. John Patterson officiating. Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Adrian T. Hughey and Vanita White of Corinth; a brother, Evorius Ealy of Corinth; a sister, Ashauna Hughey of Corinth; his grandparents, Catherine Marshal and Jimmy Hughey, and Catherine White and Rickey Nunley; his great-grandmother, Annie Marshall.

Royce White

WEST POINT – Royce White, 62, died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, on the job at Babcock & Wilcox in West Point. He was a native of Pheba. He was a general contractor for 20 years and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Brock and the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will be at the Family Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Forrester White of West Point, whom he married March 24, 1961; a daughter, Pamela White Brown and husband, Jay, of Birmingham; a son, Sam White and wife, Carrie, of West Point; four grandchildren, Taylor White and Palmer White of West Point, and Reagan Brown and Collin Brown of Birmingham; three sisters, Rachel Pate and husband, Joe Lee, Ressie Cliett and husband, Ronald, and Rebecca Cox and husband, Rusty, all of West Point; four brothers, Raybon White and wife Martha, Randall “Andy” White and wife, Sandra, and Roby White and wife, Linda, all of Cedar Bluff, and Runal White and wife, Debbie, of Starkville; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lena Burchfield and William E. White, and a brother, Robbin White.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, 50 Dunlap St., Memphis TN 38103 or Sally Kate Winters Home, P.O. Box 1233, West Point MS 39773.

Murry J. Coleman

MARION – Murry J. Coleman died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at the Rush Foundation Hospital. He was employed with the Civil Service Ground Support System. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Marion, a Shriner and a Mason. He was a member of the Lakeview Golf Course.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Marion with the Rev. Steve Jerdon and James Guy officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery. James F. Webb Funeral Home of Meridian is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Marsha Coleman of Meridian; two sons, John Coleman and wife, Joann, of Stonewall and Gary Coleman and wife, Ann, of Marion; seven daughters, Margaaret Ann Delasey and husband, Joe, of Marion, Terry Dasafirck and husband, Allen, of Temple, Ga., Diane Coleman, Jennie Risher, and Debbie Crevitt and husband, Larry, all of Meridian, Heidi Guy and husband, James, of Demopolis, Ala., and Lori Oberstreet of Mobile, Ala.; 21 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and from 1:30 p.m. to service time Friday at the church.

Roy Evans

SALTILLO – Roy Evans died Monday, March 29, 2004, at his home in Saltillo after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona.

Bubba Pomeroy

BRANDON – Shawn Michael “Bubba” Pomeroy, 31, died Monday, March 29, 2004, at the Garden Park Memorial Hospital in Gulfport as the result of an accident. He was a resident of Brandon for the past year. He was a native of Pasadena, Texas, and a former resident of Mooreville. He was a sales representative for Mississippi Bottled Water of Jackson and a member of the Flora Baptist Church in Flora. He was a graduate of Mississippi College in Clinton. He enjoyed sports and playing college softball, and he was an avid Ole Miss and Kentucky fan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Johnny Richardson officiating. Burial will be in the Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of two years, Lee Ann Smith Pomeroy of Brandon; his parents, Mark and Pam Pomeroy of Mooreville; a brother, Marky Pomeroy of Mooreville; his stepgrandfather, Robert Hale of La Porte, Texas; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Marci Smith of Stanford, Ky.
Pallbearers will be Greg Dickerson, Lee Gardner, Brian Rutland, Chris Johnson, Randy Hagar, Jamie Morrow, Buddy Hurt, Chris Williams and J.D. Robinson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Milton L. Smith

TUPELO – Milton L. Smith, 77, died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Aberdeen. He was self-employed for many years before being employed with Kroger, retiring from Kroger in 1999. He was a member of the World Wide Church of God and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Wasp. He loved people and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with the Rev. Danny Foster officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a son, Gary L. Smith and wife, Debbi, of Saltillo; three sisters, Hazel Haney of Wren, Grace Easter of Aberdeen and Penny Thompson of Kosciusko; a granddaughter, Courtney Smith of Saltillo; a special friend, Eunice Witt of Skyline.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Smith, in 1989; and his parents, a daughter and a brother.
Pallbearers will be Ken Hood, Rob Avent, Danny Foster, Danny Stephenson, Larry Hicks, Mike Smith and Joe Foster.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Edward W. Marshall

WARWICK, Conn. – Edward W. Marshall, 68, died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. He was born March 6, 1936. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. He then served for more than 20 years as a police officer on the campus of the University of Connecticut. After retiring, he served Avery Point in Groton, Conn., as a police officer. He moved to Aberdeen in 1996, where he served as a U.S. Marshal at the Federal Court House in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church in the Egypt community. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Elvera Marshall; four sisters, Elizabeth Ann Marshall of North Haven, Conn., Charlene Marshall Goldson of Newport News, Va., and Carol Ann Marshall and Deborah Marshall Thompson of Norwich, Conn.; his father, Burchard Marshall of Jewett City, Conn.; four uncles, Andrew Marshall, Robert Marshall, Harry Louis Marshall and Vincent Marshall; two grandsons, Timothy Hodges and Michael McAlister; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, followed by a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

James Spencer

BATESVILLE – James Alfred Spencer, 63, died Monday, March 29, 2004, at his home in Batesville. He was born Jan. 19, 1941, in West Virginia to Shirley Lee and Amma Mae Lilly Spencer. He was a metal worker for Fulerton Metal.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Enid Lake Baptist Church with Randy Willis officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Pope. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six children; two sisters, Reba Spencer Bradshaw of Missouri and Joanne Spencer Grant of Batesville; a brother, Billy Spencer of West Virginia; numerous grandchildren.

Joseph Burke

IUKA – Joseph Burke, 55, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home.

Celester Carter

NORTH AUBURN – Celester V. “Sis” Carter, 67, died Monday, March 29, 2004, at her home in the North Auburn community after a long illness. She was the daughter of Noel Robbins and Mary Christine Nichols Robbins. She was a retired employee of Red Kap with 15 years of service. She was a Baptist. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, gardening, growing flowers and the mountains.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jimmy Henry officiating. Burial will be in the Lee Memorial park.
Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Billy Carter of North Auburn; three daughters, Sandra McMickin and husband, Terry, and Kim Jordan, all of Tupelo, Emily Wilkerson and husband, Gregg, of Pocahontas, Ark.; a son, Steve Robinson of Saltillo; a sister, Shirley Rouse and husband, Richard, of Saltillo; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren,
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny Robbins and Robert Robbins.
Pallbearers will be B.J. Ratliff, Steve Robinson, Terry McMickin, Tim Rouse, Michael Fager and Drew Jordan,
Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Rouse.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

Lewis Carney

CORINTH – Lewis Edward Carney, 64, died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at his home. He was born Jan. 7, 1940, to Lewis Soluis and Hazel Irene Smith Carney in Alcorn County. He was a self-employed siding contractor, a member of Kendrick Baptist Church and president of Sharps Hunting Club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Family Cemetery in Corinth.
Survivors include his wife, Reval Ann Kiddy Carney of Corinth; three sons, Lawrence Edward Carney, Larry Wayne Carney, and Lonnie Gene Carney and wife, Michelle, all of Corinth; a daughter, Linda Killough and husband, Eugene, of Corinth; a brother, Stanley Rampley of Corinth; a grandchild, Cody Killough.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Mike Childers, Russell Brewer, Lanny Aldridge, Jimmy Taylor, Charles Bain and Brian Bain.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Pate, Jeff Rickman, James McLemore, Jerry Walters, Jeff Barnes, Bobby Roberts, Randy Strickland, Shelby Waldrep, Bill Jones and Todd Barnes.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.