Obituaries May 10, 2011

Kyle Harris
FULTON – Kyle Harris, 22, died Saturday, May 7, 2011. He was born April 20, 1989, in Amory. He was a heavy equipment operator and attended Friendship Methodist Church. He was an avid outsdoorsman
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in Keys Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include mother, Riva Walls of Fulton; father, Ted Harris of Tupelo; grandparents, Gerald and Sarah Lesley of Fulton and Bob and Shirley Harris of Batesville, Ark.; great-grandmother, Mamie Harris of New Madrid, Md.; one aunt, Kristie Meador of Fulton; one brother, William Walls of Fulton; and cousins, Blake, Eric and Elizabeth Meador
Pallbearers will be Brett Turner, Blake Loague, Brandon Loague, Terry Green, Justin Leathers and Dewayne Payne
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Tommy King
OKOLONA – Thomas W. “Tommy” King, 64, died Monday, May 9, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Okolona Chapel.
Gwin Winter
VARDAMAN – Gwin Dale Winter, 67, died Friday, May 6, 2011, in Hobbs, N.M. He was born Feb. 12, 1944, in Bruce, the only child of Doyle Zebedee Winter and Ruby Dorden Winter. He was a 1962 graduate of Bruce High School and attended Northwest Mississippi Community College and Ole Miss before receiving his degree in agriculture from Mississippi State University. He was baptized at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church at the age of 12 where he remained a member until his death. For the last 10 years he was a faithful attendee of the South Jackson Street Church of Christ in Houston. He began his career teaching agriculture in Ripley where he met his wife of 43 years, Gail Hobson Winter. He subsequently taught at Algoma, Randolph and Vardaman High Schools. He was the longtime owner and operator of Winter and Company Feed Store in Vardaman and was an independent cotton buyer. His career revolved around farming. He was most recently employed by Beckett Petroleum and was on assignment in Hobbs, N.M., at the time of his death. He was an active member of his community, having served on the Board of Aldermen for the town of Vardaman, the Northwest Community College Alumni Board and as president of the Calhoun County School Board for two terms. He was a lifelong, loyal Ole Miss fan and loved tailgating in the Grove with his family and friends. An avid reader, he enjoyed following and discussing current events and politics and was true Yellow Dog Democrat. He derived his greatest joy in life from his two sons, Michael and Ryan, and his two granddaughters, Chandler Beth and Allie Grace.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Luskey Green and Bro. Junior Ritchie officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Bruce. Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Gail Hobson Winter of Vardaman; two sons, Michael Todd (Sidra) Winter of Pontotoc and James Ryan Winter and special friend (Jennie McCrory) of Vardaman; his mother, Ruby Gorden Brown Winter of Bruce; his granddaughters, Allie Grace Winter and Chandler Beth Winter of Tupelo; his special friend, Whitney George of Woodland; his mother-in-law, Johnnie Hobson of Ripley; his brothers-in-law, Jim Hobson (Dee) of Dallas and Barry Hobson (Brenda) of Ripley; his nephews, Matt Hobson (Nicole) of Houston, Texas, Chris Hobson (Mimi) of Ripley and David Hobson (Kim) of Ripley; his nieces, Lori Russell (Bobby) of Ripley and Kate Croyier of Dallas; five great-nephews and four great-nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father, Doyle Winter.
Pallbearers will be John Darrell, Alec Hobson, Chris Hobson, David Hobson, Luke Hobson, George Everette McCrory, III, Reed Mitchell, Bobby Russell and Todd Sandroni.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Brown, Early Brown, Emmitt Brown, James Brown, Joey Brown, Larry Brown, William Brown, Rodney Mann, Lenon White, Jimmy Roe Winter, Kenneth Winter and Mike Winter.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Anita Mayfield
NETTLETON – Anita Ann Taylor Mayfield, 55, died suddenly Saturday, May 7, 2011, at her home. She was on Nov. 23, 1955, in Memphis to Gilbert and Martha Ann Reed Taylor. She attended Treadwell High School and cosmetology school in Memphis. She lived most of her adult life in Lee County where she was an independent radio D.J. with her own blues show. A housewife, she was president and leader of the movement to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi. Her passion was blues and folk music, and she was a fan of Bonnie Raitt. She was a skilled songwriter and a former two-time winner of the Gum Tree Festival Songwriter’s contest.
Services will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, George Mayfield of Nettleton; a son, Steven R. Hailey of Guntown; her grandchild, Keeli Addison Hailey of Guntown; a sister, Laura Joe Sweetsir of Greenville, S.C.; her nieces, Michelle and Nicole Grantham of Nettleton, Sarah Earnest of Greenville and Charla Smith of Pontotoc; her nephews, Bobby Sweetsir of Greenville, Gabriel and Joseph Roberson of Guntown, Brandon Granthan of Nettleton and Gage Roberson of Nettleton; and a host of friends.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
William Dickerson
HERNANDO – William E. Dickerson, 71, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parkway Baptist Church. Burial will be in Hernando Memorial Park. Hernando Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Dickerson; two daughters, Gail Cox and Debbie Parkinson; one son, Mike Dickerson; one sister, Doris Church; one brother, Donnie Dickerson; eight grandchildren, Paul Fowler, Rick Parkinson, Brandon Fowler, Tyler Dickerson, Logan Dickerson, Matthew Dickerson, Ashey Bell and Lauren Fowler; and one great-grandchild, Payton Bell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Ollie Dickerson; and one brother, Carl Dickerson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Avola Shelton
JACKSON – Avola Gray Shelton, 92, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Hospice Ministries, Inc. in Ridgeland. She was born one of nine children to Bobby James Gray and Allie Corinne Lamar Gray in Cairo on Feb. 2, 1919. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Jackson. She also was a longtime member of Mrs. Abernathy’s Bible Study Class. Her love for family and her children was second only to her love of the Lord.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of First Baptist Church of Jackson with Rev. Tom Washburn officiating. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in New Albany Cemetery. Ott amp& Lee Funeral Home in Brandon is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her three daughters, Pamela S. Gray of Meridian, Mary S. Levanway (Mike) of Brandon and Penny S. Knight of Jackson; one sister, Betty Sue G. Spencer; two brothers, Warren Gray and Robert Gray; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Byron Shelton in 1993; her parents; two brothers; and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be Tim Gray, Trent Gray, Trey Gray, Jerel Levanway, Mark Knight, Joseph Gray and Byron Knight.
In lieu of flowers, please make any memorials to First Baptist Church of Jackson, c/o Missions, P.O. Box 250, Jackson, MS 39205, www.fbcj.org or to Alzheimer’s Association, MS Chapter, 196 Charmant Drive, Suite 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157, www.alz.org/MS.
Please visit www.ottandleefuneralhome.com for online guest register book.
John McCarthy Jr.
GUNTOWN – John McCarthy Jr., 89, died Sunday, May 8, 2011. He served as an Army Corporal in World War II.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bethany Church in Guntown. Bartlett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Annie Laura; his son, Mike McCarthy and wife, Kim; and his grandchildren, Hanna Mildred and John Marvel.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Winnie Mildred McCarthy; his brother, Taylor; and his sisters, Francis and Hazel.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Memorial or flowers can be sent to Bethany A.R. Presbyterian Church in Baldwyn, where he was a lifetime member.
Mary Young
SHANNON – Mary R. Priest Young, 79, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at her home after an extended illness. She was born May 29, 1931, in Lee County to William Donald and Ella Elizabeth Dozier Priest. She was a native of Shannon, a retired employee of Foamex in Tupelo and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Tupelo. She loved animals and enjoyed working in her yard and visiting friends and family.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with Bro. Bill Farley officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery in Shannon. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Sandra K. Farley (Bill) of Shannon; one son, Randy Kem Whitten (Nell) of Shannon; four grandchildren, Beverly Threlkeld, who was also a special caregiver, Kurt Threlkeld, Justin Whitten and Jonathan Whitten; and one great-grandson, Cade Threlkeld.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Young; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be friends and relatives.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
James Mitchem
ABERDEEN – James Alfred Mitchem, 66, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 30, 1945, to Samuel Alfred Mitchem and Laffon Brown Mitchem Pettry in Noma, W.Va. He lived in Memphis before moving to Mississippi to live for the past nine years. He was a road construction worker for D.B. Johnson in Iuka.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes and Bro. Johnnie Cherry officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Diane Hathcock of Okolona; two daughters, Madrin Griggs and husband, Marvin of Okolona, and Hazel Reynolds of Houston; one son, Chad Mitchem and wife Judy of Houston; seven sisters Edith McQullen and husband, Bill of Ila, Ga., Barbara Lewis and husband Clayton of Bluefield, Va., Wima Redden of Aberdeen, Mary Gorbutt and husband Lee of Amory, Deborah Davis of Aberdeen, Kathy Karusa and husband Walter of Aberdeen, and Sara Mitchem and husband John of Boone, W. Va.; four brothers, Douglas Mitchem and wife Lisa of Aberdeen, Dale Mitchem and wife Marjori of Aberdeen, David Mitchem and wife Julia of Nettleton and Woodie Mitchem and wife Tonya of Hatley; two special friends, Bobby Bowen and Penny Hughes; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Danny Mitchem; and one sister, Farlina Mitchem.
Pallbearers will be J.T. Naron, Marrvin Griggs Jr., Chris Mitchem, Donnie Stacy, Douglas Davis and Scott Carter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Hunter Griggs and Mike Devauld.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
John Sanders Sr.
WEST POINT – John Ruble Sanders Sr., 85, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at his home. He was born Oct. 1, 1925, in Chickasaw County to Daisy Clark Sanders and Frank Sanders. He was a supervisor and later an “A Fitter” for Babcock and Wilcox Company for 30 years and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He married Ruby English Sanders on Sept. 13, 1947, in West Point.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Brock officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery West Point with full military honors. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ruby English Sanders of West Point; one daughter, Pat Davis (Kenny) of West Point; two sons, Gary Sanders (Mabbline) of Sulligent, Ala., and Mike Sanders of West Point; four grandchildren, Tracy Wysack (Ben), Grant Davis, Haley Sweatt (Will) and Heather Sanders; four great-grandchildren, Lola, Eliza and Alec Wysack and Mackenzie Sweatt; daughter-in-law, Shirley White Sanders of West Point; and one sister, Elmer Sanders Carpenter of West Point.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Steven Russell Sanders and Johnny Sanders; three sisters; and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Grant Davis, Will Sweatt, Jack Danovsky, Tommy Simmons, Billy Shirley, Jerald Andrews and Sonny Wills.
Honorary pallbearers will be former co-workers at Babcock and Wilcox Company and his hunting and fishing friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to LeBonheur Childrens Medical Center, 50 Dunlap Street, Memphis, TN 38103 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Jimmy Hall
MEMPHIS – Jimmy Hall, 72, died Monday, May 9, 2011, at the Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Anne Byrd
IUKA – Anne Byrd, 96, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Corinth National Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until noon today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Iuka Public Library at 204 North Main Street, Iuka, MS 38852.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Othell Taylor
MANTACHIE – Eva Othell Taylor, 80, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at United Hospital System-Kenosha Campus. She was born April 7, 1931, in Montgomery, Ala., to Tom Howard and Onnie Quay Wardlaw Brewer. She was united in marriage to James T. Taylor on Sept. 22, 1951, in Zion, Ill. She was employed as a CNA with Shady Lawn Nursing Home for 15 years, but her greatest accomplishment was raising her six children. She loved the outdoors and had a passion for flower gardening. She formed an immediate bond with her canine companion “Rocky,” which was given to her following open heart surgery.
Services will be at held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial will be in the Walton Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three children, Judy (David) Groves Sr. of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Debbie (Archie) Lucky of Cary, N.C., and Danny Taylor of Kokomo, Ind.; four sisters, Lovell Moxley of Chicago, Dorothy Mayhall of Fulton, Dimple Garrison of Red Bay, Ala., and Irma Walton of Mantachie; a brother, Tommy Brewer of Fulton; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband in February 2008; two sons, James Lee and Paul Taylor; a daughter, Karen Fredericksen; a grandson, Bart Groves; and two sisters, Mittie Taylor and Verma Brewer.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home in Mantachie.
Beulah Spencer
CORINTH – Beulah Mae Spencer, 72, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at her home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Billy Hutson and Bro. Donald McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Vanderford Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 12:30 p.m. until service time Wednesday, both at the funeral home.
Harold Davis
BELMONT – Harold Davis, 82, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at his home. He was a native of Mississippi and was a piano rebuilder for 30 years. He was a Baptist, a Mason and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Belmont Memory Gardens with Bro. Randy Buse officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Davis of Red Bay, Ala.; two sons, Joe Davis (Mary) of Belmont and Russell Davis (Teresa) of Vina, Ala.; four daughters, Joy Berry (Don) and Kristy Thompson (Brian), all of Red Bay, Jan Davis of Belmont and Karen Harrison (Tommy) of Picayune; one brother, Harmon Davis of Belmont; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Aldean Davis; a daughter, Susan Davis; a grandson, Ben Berry; and his parents, Jasper “Earnie” and Pearlie Hall Davis.
Betty Hurt
BOONEVILLE – Betty Jane Hurt, 76, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born March 1, 1935, in Tippah County to Johnny and Wilma Michael Carpenter. She was a homemaker, and she was a member of Concord Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, flowers, collecting porcelain angels and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Walker officiating. Burial will be in Paul’s Chapel Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a son, Davey Hurt of Booneville; a brother, Fagin Carpenter (Johnnie) of Ripley; a sister, Inez Criswell of Booneville; two grandchildren, Holley Stroupe (Justin) of Booneville and Camille Easter (Brandon) of Amory; three great-grandchildren, Collin, Payson and Khylie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.M. Hurt, on March 15, 2002; a brother, Joe Floyd Carpenter; and a sister, Elizabeth Stroupe.
Pallbearers will be Lee Jones, Danny Hill, Brandon McDonald, Justin Stroupe, Dennis Stroupe and Brad Wilson.
Samuel Holman
OXFORD – Samuel “BoPete” Holman, 82, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Nellen Fullwood
CORINTH – Nellen Bradley Armstrong Fullwood, 89, died Sunday, May 8, 2011.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the New Hope Methodist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday.
Condolences may be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
Mable West
SMITHVILLE – Mable Moreland West, 80, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at her home. She was born July 20, 1930, to Joseph Early and Lerah Finch Moreland. She attended Becker Schools where she played basketball. She married William F. West in 1947, and worked as a seamstress for McCoy and Glenn Manufacturing. She was of the Baptist faith. An independent lady, she enjoyed listening to bluegrass and gospel music, fishing, gardening and flower gardening. She looked forward to outings with her friends. Her great-grandson, John David, was her pride-and-joy.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today in Calvary Church Cemetery with eulogist Becky Mitchell officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Patti (David) Steele and son, William E. (Pat) West, both of Amory; sisters, Laura Coleman of Georgia, Eddy Moffett and Becky Mitchell, both of Amory; six grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William F. West in 1982; her sisters, Marine Beardon and Nelda Roberts; and brother, George Moreland.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Faulkner, Jason and Brandon Moffett, E.G. Peacock, Shane Wilson and John Strevel.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Mills, Rex Ranson, Joel Pardubsky, Scott and Ryan West and Joseph Strevel.
Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. today to go in procession to the cemetery.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Burl Buse
MEMPHIS – Burl B. Buse, 84, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis after an extended illness. He was born July 31, 1926, to Burl and Maude Buse. He was retired from Freight Line. He was a resident of Aston Nursing Home. He enjoyed yard sales and collecting.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro Castor Buse officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his brothers, Fred Buse (Nell) of Guntown and James Buse (Virginia) of Baldwyn; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Buse; his brothers, Earnest Buse, Albert Buse, Roy Herring, Emmett Buse and Bilbo Buse; and his sisters, Alice Raper and Estelle Wilson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
A.M. Nix Jr.
RED BAY, Ala. – A.M. Nix Jr., 92, died Saturday, May 7, 2011. There will be a private family service. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Loretta Waddle
ALAMO, Tenn. – Loretta Waddle, 61, died Monday, May 9, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.

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