Obituaries May 1, 2008

Arlene Nunley
BOONEVILLE – Arlene T. Nunley, 88, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a retired factory worker and a member of the Woodmen of the World Lodge 60. She was a member of the Church of God faith. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and growing flowers.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Hill and Bro. Ricky Peebles officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Church of God Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Ouida Bishop, Reba McGaughy and Mary Lynn Gargus (James), all of Booneville; three sons, Benny Carol Nunley and Joel Nunley, both of Booneville, and Larry Nunley (Marty) of Prattville, Ala.; one sister, Eva Lambert of Booneville; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Nunley; and four sisters and four brothers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Gertrude McCrae
RIPLEY, Tenn. – Gertrude McCrae, 86, formerly of Byhalia, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Oliver Pennington
PLANTERSVILLE – Graveside services for Oliver Gerald Pennington, 69, who died Sunday, April 27, 2008, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans Garden of the Garden of Memories at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford.

Sue Cure
PONTOTOC – Glenda Sue Cure, 53, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at The Med in Memphis. She was a resident of St. Benard Parish, La. She moved to Pontotoc two years ago after Hurricane Katrina. She worked at Regions Bank.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forrest Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Lester Cure; one son, Grant Senko; one stepson, Lester A. Cure of Louisiana; three granddaughters, Brittiny, Cali and Briann; her parents, Chester and Rose Fontenot; two brothers, Carl and Francis; two sisters, Betty and Rhonda.

She was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Sandi Fontenot, and her father-in-law, Lester J. Cure.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Arthur L. Jasper
CORINTH – Arthur L. Jasper, 64, died Saturday, April 26, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Grayson Funeral Chapel in Corinth with Bro. Lonnell Perry officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Iuka.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian R. Jasper; two sons, Gregory Jasper of Dallas, Texas, and Timothy (Kendra) Jasper of Little Rock, Ark.; one stepson, Kenneth Rutland of Tuscumbia, Ala.; three daughters, Janetta Jasper of Spokane, Wash., Tracy (Jimmy) Bynum of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Valerie Jasper of Dumas, Ark.; three stepdaughters, Kim Woodgett of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Carina Graham and Yolanda Glenn, both of Montgomery, Ala.; three brothers, Felton (Bobby) Tatum of Crossett, Ark., Charles (Phyllis) Jasper of Gould, Ark., and Rickey (Denise) Jasper of Iuka; three sisters, Avistin (Edward) Rogers of Crossett, Ark., Willie B. Jasper of Minneapolis, Minn., and Flossie (Billy) Carter of Iuka; 16 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; an aunt, Ola Mae Anderson of Gould, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillie Bell Flemingston-Jasper; his father, Willie Jasper; and a brother, Albert Tatum.

Castie Cooksey
EUPORA – Castie Irene Cooksey, 88, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. She was born Aug. 12, 1919. She was a homemaker and a member of White Hill Free Will Baptist Church in Webster County.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with the Rev. Charles White and the Rev. Coy Fulgham officiating. Burial will be in Embry Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Bertie Fowler and Ilene White, both of Eupora, Sybile Stone of Fulton and Carolyn Sisk of Mathiston; four sons, Homer Gilbert Cooksey of New Albany, and Robert Cooksey, Woodrow Cooksey and Jerry Cooksey, all of Eupora; 23 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Cooksey; a daughter, Martha Jane Cooksey; and a son, Charles Cooksey.

Ann Whitehead
RIPLEY – Margaret Ann Whitehead, 60, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a former employee of Prentiss Manufacturing Company in Jumpertown, working as a machine operator for 15 years. She was a member of Lowry Methodist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Lowry Methodist Church near Ripley. Bro. Doc Shelton will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne Whitehead of Ripley; one son, Richard Spencer of Ripley; one brother, Ricky Sweatman of Mayfield, Ky.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clinton and Ease Mae Ramer Sweatman.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Whitehead, Randy Whitehead, Greg Whitehead, Michael Watson, Tony Wright, Nicky Wilbanks, Paul Wilbanks and Frankie Wilbanks.

Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the church.

To view and sign the register online, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Verlon Willis
BOONEVILLE – Verlon Willis, 100, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at Longwood Community Living Center after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 10 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sue O'Neal
CORINTH – Sue Vuncannon O'Neal, 55, died Saturday, April 26, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas. She was born Aug. 13, 1952, in Corinth. She was a 1973 graduate of Corinth High School and a 1978 graduate of Mississippi State University. She worked at Corinth Public Library during the 1980s and at Russell Memorial Library in Chesapeake, Va., during the 1990s until 2005. She performed with the Corinth Theater Arts troupe during the 1980s. She enjoyed writing her many friends; organizing family reunions; and sports, especially the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys. She loved her family and all kinds of animals, especially her cats, Stormy and Little Sue.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McPeters Funeral Home with the Rev. Ted Avant officiating. Burial will be in Wheeler Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include one brother, Bill Vuncannon; a sister-in-law, Laura Vuncannon; a niece, Beverly Vuncannon Mills; a nephew-in-law, Brandon Mills; two great-nephews, Cody and Riley Mills; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell Lee and Etta Mae Vuncannon, and a nephew, Russell Lee Vuncannon.

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

Royce Shumpert
BOONEVILLE – Royce Shumpert, 60, died Sunday, April 27, 2008, at his home in Booneville. He was a graduate of Wick Anderson High School and Northeast Mississippi Community College. He retired from Cooper Tire and Rubber Company in May 2004. He received a number of Perfect Attendance and Safety awards. He was a member of Oak Hill M.B. Church, where he served in the Usher Ministry. He was active in all works of the Booneville Baptist Association.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Oak Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. J. Houston Owens officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Louise Simmons Shumpert; his mother, Dorothy Shumpert McGaha; sons, Robert Shumpert of Jackson, Tenn., and Boyce J. Shumpert and Byron Shumpert of the home; daughters, Audrey Smith of Booneville and Zandra A. Shumpert of the home; brothers, Willam Foster, Carl Foster, Reggie Foster and Lee Foster; sisters, Geneva McCain (Oscar) of Grenada, Lois Shumpert of Booneville, Vanessa Star of Milwaukee, Wis., and Charlotte Foster and Irma Foster of Joliet, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchildren; five uncles, four aunts.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lelon Foster; one brother; and his grandparents.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church.

Nadine Gray
DENNIS – Nadine Gray died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.

Daniel A. McIntire
HUMBLE, Texas – Daniel A. McIntire, a native of Gibson, La., and two dear friends, died when the private plane in which they were traveling crashed into the Toledo Bend Reservoir on April 22, 2008.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Carroll and Gilberte McIntire, and his brother Mike.

He is survived by JoAnn of Humble, Texas, his wife of 34 years; his sons, Jeremy McIntire (Mary) of Humble, Texas, and Scott McIntire (Megan) of Tupelo; his daughters, Jodie Guthery (James) of Fort Campbell, Ky., and Lindsay McIntire (Stephen Simmons) of Birmingham, Ala.; his grandchildren, Jaren and Jersey Guthery, and Bronwyn; his sisters, Judy Maclean (Paul) of Houma, La., and Susie Claudet (Gerry) of Thibodaux, La.; his brother, Carroll McIntire (Shelia) of Gibson, La.; and a host of friends everywhere.

All who knew him regarded Dan as a decent, honest, ethical, straightforward, faithful, trustworthy, and hardworking man. To many he was simply a great man. He possessed all of the qualities that most people aspire to, but none of the vices, unless giving 150 percent to get the job done is considered a vice.

Though only 54, Dan had always felt that he had lived a very full and satisfying life. He had been blessed to find his soul mate at the tender age of 14. He had also enjoyed the love and respect of family and friends, and had experienced that special love of being a grandparent. Except for slowing down and retiring to a cabin in Montana, Dan had accomplished everything he had hoped for in this life.

A celebration of Dan's life will be held at the Holland-Harris Funeral Home on Saturday, May 3, at 3 p.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. The funeral home is located at 5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd. in Tupelo.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Dan's name to Angel Flight South Central, 4310 Amelia Earhart Drive, Addison, TX 75001, ATTN: Cindy; or call (972) 458-0020. Dan felt both privileged and honored to be a member of this charitable organization. Angel Flight contacts private pilots who provide free air transportation for those patients whose medical needs require traveling long distances for specialized health care.

Condolences may be e mailed to holland-harrisfuneralhome@comcast.net.

Velma George
BOONEVILLE – Velma Irene “Othermama” George, 101, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at the Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. She was born March 27, 1907, in Prentiss County to Jim Martin and Susan Savannah Fonden Martin. She was a homemaker and a member of Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and traveling.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Walter Downs and Bro. Mark Cagle officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include one son, Danny George (Martha) of Booneville; three daughters, Peggy Rinehart and Regetta Lambert (Lee), both of Booneville, and Jane Bladon (Ron) of Atlanta; two stepdaughters, Eloise Chisholm of Aberdeen and Evelyn Thornton of Booneville; her caregiver and special friend, Nema Reed; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Newt George, in 1955; one son, Johnny George; one daughter, Bobbie Bryan; and two grandchildren, Jackie Bryan and Shelia Bryan.

Pallbearers will be Rolf Rinehart, Johnny George, Mike Coats, Derek Rinehart, John Ivy and Ronnie Martin.

Memorials may be made to Liberty United Methodist Church Building Fund, 136 Hwy 30 E., Booneville, MS 38829.

Mason Brock Davis
SHANNON – Mason Brock Davis, infant son of Jessica Jean Mason and Tony Carroll Davis, died Sunday, April 27, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women's Center.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Babyland in Lee Memorial Park with Bro. Billy Henderson officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents, Jessica Jean Mason and Tony Carroll Davis of Shannon; his grandparents, Madonna Mason of Shannon, and Billie and Tony Davis of Saltillo.

Cleo Miller
WEST POINT -Cleo Neves Miller, 90, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born Aug. 29, 1917, in Columbus to Florence Green Neves and Claude Neves. She was the general office manager for Four County Electric Power Association-Main Branch more than 40 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She came to West Point from Columbus in 1963. She married Charles Franklin “Frank” Miller in late 1962 in West Point. He preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1978.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, James W. Harrison of West Point; two grandchildren, Allen Harrison (Sondra) and Sarah Stevens (Charlie); one great-grandson, Hunter Stevens; sisters-in-law, Kathleen Miller Jaco of Dalton, Ga., Elizabeth Lawshe Miller of West Point and Lorene Madison Miller of Clinton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; and a son, Walter Edward Harrison, in 1990.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Henley, Carl Miller, Cody Miller, Carson Miller, Charles Lippincott, John Albirght and Kenneth Keller.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr.; her friends at First Baptist Church; and her friends at the NMMC Cardiac Rehab Center.

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

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main St., No. 1 Tupelo, MS 38801.

Terry Sykes
TUPELO – Martarius Demechion “Tay” Sykes, 18, died Saturday, April 26, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a car accident. He was born Jan. 23, 1990, in Tupelo. He attended Itawamba Community College. He was a member of Kimble Chapel M.B. Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance. The Rev. Lewis Lockridge will officiate. Burial will be in the Kimble Chapel M.B. Church Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Marquitta Cooperwood, and stepfather, Eric Cooperwood, of Tupelo; his father, James Warren of Michigan; four sisters, LaKiesha Sykes, LaCandice Sykes and Shatoria Sykes, all of Tupelo, and Jameka Warren of Michigan; three brothers, Jeffrey Sykes of Tupelo, James Jr. Warren of Michigan and Jeremy James of Nettleton; his grandparents, Ethel Sykes and Bonnie Warren, both of Tupelo, and Grady Brown of Michigan; his great-grandmother, Bernice Sykes of Tupelo; three nieces, Destini Sykes, R'nya Graice and Kaydance Shields, all of Tupelo; two nephews, Elijah Sykes and Joshua Sykes, both of Tupelo; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Christopher Hammock
GOLDEN – Christopher Allen Hammock, 24, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Feb. 23, 1984, to Raymond Edward and Gale Hunt Hammock in Tupelo. He was a member of Walker House Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery in Mooreville.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Gale and Robert McMickin of Golden; one brother, Christopher Shawn McMickin (Kim) of Fairview; one sister, Chasity DeShea McMickin of Bella Vista, Ark.; his grandparents, Geneva Hunt of Evergreen, and Robert and Peggy McMickin of Vina, Ala.; two special friends, Jackie Thomas and Callie Hartsell; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Edward Hammock, and his grandparents, Dalton Hunt, J.O. Hammock and Reetha Hammock.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Hammock, Kelvin Hammock, William Sweeney, Jason Williams, Robert Williams and Randy Patterson.

Matthew Rogers will be an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Delton Credille
RED BAY, Ala. – Delton Credille, 65, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at the Care Center of Red Bay. He was born April 26, 1943, in Belmont to Roy Washington and Castle Pardue Credille. He was a machine operator for Kings Manufacturing in Corinth.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Rex Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Credille of Red Bay, Ala.; one sister, Linda Pounders of Pontotoc; a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Billy Credille, Charles Credille, Trannie B. Credille and Quinton Credille; and one sister, Shirley Neeley.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Gasaway, Kenny Mercer, Earl Gasaway and David Gasaway.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday.

Charline Moore
BOONEVILLE – Sarah Charline Moore, 88, precious mother of Renee, went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 29, 2008. The celebration of her life will be at 11 a.m. today, May 1, 2008, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Nan Ho Song officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

Charline was born July 28, 1919, in Booneville to Thomas and Ruby Nicholson. She had six brothers and was the oldest of three sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold M. Moore; brothers, Ray, Morris, Heber, Hobart, Quinn and Ellis; and one sister, Ann Morgan.

She was a graduate of Booneville High School Class of 1940. Upon graduation she began working in the local Court House. In 1955 she moved to Jackson and married Arnold Moore. She took a position as a bookkeeper with the Chancery Clerk's office of Hinds County, where she worked for 35 years. She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church and later Van Winkle Baptist Church for many years.

Her main hobby was gardening. She loved planting things and watching them grow. She was a ferocious politician, too – and she had a cat named Sparkey that provided her with many years of love and entertainment.

She is survived by one daughter, ReneŽ Moore; a sister, Geraldine Roden; a niece, Carole Davis, who was more like a second daughter; and a family of wonderful nieces and nephews.

Charline's family recognized the Lord at work through the many people who came into their lives. They would like to offer a special thank you to Linda White and Shannon Smith, who were her daily companions for the last five months. They also appreciate the hard work from all the staff and volunteers at Gilbert's Home Health and Hospice, as well as Dr. Arthur Jones, Dr. Rajef Patel, Dr. Bart Delashmet, and everyone else involved in her health care.

Memorials may be made to the Evergreen Korean Baptist Mission, 302 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, MS 39157.

Leon C. Brong
OXFORD – Leon C. Brong, 89, died Monday, April 21, 2008, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Italy and Germany. He was a life member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was a retired data manager and a member of the United Church of Christ in Melbourne, Fla. He was well loved by those who knew him.

A memorial service was held Thursday, April 24, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his caregivers, Robert and Patricia Munch of Lebanon, Tenn., and Sgt. Robert Munch of Coldwater.

Charles J. Blanton
CORINTH – Charles J. Blanton, 95, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at his home. He was born April 3, 1913, in Alcorn County to Frank and Vonecy Stevenson Blanton. He was a retired carpenter.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Corinthian Funeral Home with the Rev. Merl Dixon officiating. Burial will be in the Center Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Charles M. Blanton (Kay) of Corinth; one brother, T.C. Blanton of Paragould, Ark.; one sister, Ethel Franks of Glen; his grandchildren, Randy Blanton (Mistie), Janet Blankenship (Marty) and Sharlene Giles (Scott), all of Paragould, Ark.; his great-grandchildren, Lexie Blanton, Hunter Blanton, Jacob Giles, Laura Giles and Kristin Moss (Nathan), all of Paragould; a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vera E. Blanton; six brothers, John Blanton, Willie Blanton, Cot Blanton, Judge Blanton, Jim Blanton and George Blanton; and one sister, Eva Phillips.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Young, Phil Young, Royce Jones, Ricky Johnson, Clay Young, Phillip Young, Brad Young and Brice Young.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bud Fontenot
TUPELO – Allan “Bud” Fontenot, 18, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

Myrtle Lee Henderson
ABERDEEN – Myrtle Lee Henderson, 88, died Monday, April 28, 2008, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was a homemaker and a member of New Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Westbrooks Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Louise Williams of Aberdeen; three grandsons raised in the home, Edward Ricky Kyles, Preston Williams and Leonard Kyles; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Friday.