Obituaries May 11, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Theo Hilliard
OXFORD – Theodore “Theo” Hilliard, 105, died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at his home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Mitchell Hogan Jr.
WEST POINT – Mitchell Hogan Jr., 83, died Monday, May 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Lucille Bowen
VERONA – Lucille Bowen, 90, died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at her daughter’s residence in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 31, 1919, to Howard and Marietta Towery Putt. She was raised in the Richmond community and lived in Verona most of her adult life. She was retired from North Mississippi Medical Center, where she worked as a nurse’s assistant for 30 years. She enjoyed reading and watching television, and she loved spending time with her family. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Verona.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her three daughters, Joyce Ferguson of Tupelo, Peggy Reeves (Donnie) of Pontotoc and Diane McKissack of Tupelo; her son, Darnell “Don” Bowen Jr. (Evelyn) of Byhalia; nine grandchildren, Nancy Horne (Tony) of Byhalia, Karen Bowen of Byhalia, Dwayne Bowen of Byhalia, Lacresia Crosby of Tupelo, Dr. Adrian Shook of Owensboro, Ky., Jessie Reeves of Pontotoc, Sonya Witcher of Dorsey, Kristi Russell (Ronnie) of Mantachie and Jennifer McGuirk (Jed) of Shrieveport, La.; 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Darnell Bowen, who died Dec. 8, 1985; two sisters and a brother; her granddaughter, Robyn Meggs; and two sons-in-law, Eddie Ferguson and Bobby McKissack.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Meggs, Blake Meggs, Kevin Crosby, Andy Kimery, Jessie Reeves and Albert McShan.
Dwayne Bowen will serve as honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Marvin Prather
RIPLEY – Marvin Prather, 56, died Monday, May 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
Mary E. Wooten
FULTON – Mary E. Wooten, 59, died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at her residence. She was born Sept. 2, 1950, in West Helena, Ark., to Floyd and Mildred Oneal Lawson. She was a health sitter with the elderly and a member of First Independent Baptist Church of Baldwyn.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Toby Mears officiating.
Survivors are one daughter, Mary Louise Mavity of Carthage; her mother, Mildred Moore of Fairview; two sisters, Marie Johnson of Fairview and Betty Russell of Cabot, Ark.; one granddaughter, Ashley Johnson of Tremont; and three great-grandchildren, Austin, Harleigh and Kylee.
She was preceded in death by her father; a daughter, Sherry Harrison; and a sister, Hazel Mavity.
Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Anna Ruth Simmons
OXFORD – Anna Ruth Simmons, 74, died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at her home in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Anchor Baptist Church, 1009 Hwy. 7 S., Water Valley, MS 38965; or the American Cancer Society.
Steve Megginson
SALTILLO – Steven Paul Megginson, 52, died Monday, May 10, 2010, at his residence. He was born Nov. 17, 1957, to David McNeil and Marilyn Jane Winters Megginson. In 1977, he graduated from Tupelo High School, where he played the drums for the THS Band and developed his skill and enjoyment of woodworking. He was in the plumbing business for 35 years as the owner of Megginson Plumbing which later became Big O Services. He loved his employees and treated them like family. A huge Elvis fan, he placed the first wreath on the Elvis Presley birthplace after his death. He was a big person with an equally big heart, willing to help anyone in need. He was a tremendous supporter of many charitable organizations including the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, The Salvation Army, Gardner-Simmons Home for Girls, The Sanctuary Hospice House, S.A.F.E. Inc., Reach for the Blind, among many others. He was a father figure to many and was known as amp”Big Daddy.amp” He enjoyed hunting for treasures at estate sales, but his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church with Rev. Chad Grayson and Rev. Ricky Young officiating. Jim Johnson and Jim Bain will deliver a eulogy. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Emily Megginson Addison (Michael) of Tupelo; one son, Andrew Megginson (Autumn) of Tupelo; his mother, Marilyn Jane Winters Megginson May (Harold) of Tupelo; two sisters, Kathy Megginson Martin of Tupelo and Amy Megginson Kirby (Chaz) of Tupelo; one brother, Paul Megginson (Jamie) of Brandon; three grandchildren, Tannor Megginson, Carter Megginson and Milly Addison; two nieces, Kelsey Megginson and Malorie Payne; three nephews, Kurt Martin, Dillon Payne and Konnor Megginson; his uncles, Gray Megginson, Bobby Megginson and Doug Winters; his aunts, Margaret Fowler and Sandra Hammack; his stepsiblings, Tara Lyle ( Parker) and Mark May (Amanda); and numerous cousins and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, David McNeil Megginson; his grandmothers, Gladys Megginson and Ruth Winters; and his grandfathers, Paul Winters and Roy Hartley.
Pallbearers will be Jason Maynard, Joey Robbins, Steve Bates, Josh Tollison, Dave Cofer, Courtney Hall and Rick Moore.
Honorary pallbearers will be Chaz Kirby, Steve Hudson and Jim Bain.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Girl Scouts Heart of the South-Megginson Memorial Fund, 1800 West Main, Tupelo MS 38801-3254; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Robbie Kettler
IUKA – Robert “Robbie” Kettler, 46, died Saturday, May 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Burgess Creek Freewill Baptist Church at Paden.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.
Flora Mae Bates
ASHLAND – Flora Mae Fryar Bates, 83, died Friday, May 7, 2010, at Briarcrest Health amp& Rehab in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Ruth Morris
TUPELO – Lanie Ruth Davis Morris, 78, died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of Bethany, she was born July 13, 1931, to Alvis Mitchell and Lola Mae Melson Davis. She was a certified etiquette consultant and retired director of Special Services of Tupelo Public School District. She was a public speaker, and a published writer and poet. She earned bachelor and masters degrees from the University of Mississippi. She was an educator and administrator for more than 33 years. She taught in several states, Germany, and in the Canal Zone during her husband’s military career.
She received her etiquette consultant certification from the Etiquette Institute in St. Louis, Mo. In 1977, she was selected Teacher of the Year for the Tupelo Public Schools. In 1982, she was selected Woman of the Year by the Tupelo Business and Professional Women’s Club. In the early 1970’s she was awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent Office. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Delta Kappa Gamma, and a charter member of Tupelo Toastmasters. In 1989, she earned the level of Distinguished Toastmaster. In 1984, she won State Humorous Speech Contest in Mississippi and in 1994, she placed second at the Toastmaster’s International Humorous Speaker’s Contest for Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. In February of 1952, she married Charles D. Morris. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Andy Ray and Rev. B.F. Lee officiating. Entombment will be in Lee Memorial Park Mausoleum. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Pam Morris Hankins of Tupelo; her granddaughter, Heather Hankins Clark (Ted) of Nashville; three great-grandchildren, Jackson, Katie and Andy Clark, all of Nashville; one sister, Rachel Farris of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Grace Lominick and Helen Turner; and three brothers, Walter Davis, Tom Davis and Ray Davis.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Ray Farris, Ricky Farris, Bob Farris, James Lominick and Shane Bates.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Lana Ware
BRUCE – Lana Grace Ware died Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was born May 8, 2010.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Memory Memorial Garden with Bro. Danny Kelley officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Brandy Nicole Starkey Ware and Justin Lee Ware of Bruce; a brother, Matthew Keegan Starkey of Bruce; her grandparents, Mary Ann Ware of Bruce, Randy Schmitz of Water Valley, and Carol and Steve Starkey of Bruce; her great-grandmother, Kathryn Anglin of Calhoun City and Betty Starkey of Killeen, Texas;
Jack Woodson will be an honorary pallbearer.
Mary Foster
HOLLY SPRINGS – Mary E. Foster, 90, died Thursday, May 7, 2010, at Alliance Healthcare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. today.
Doris Davis
SHANNON – Doris Davis, 84, died Saturday, May 8, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Lisa Palladino
TUPELO – Lisa Palladino, 47, died Monday, May 10, 2010, in Tupelo after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Lillian Hall
DUMAS – Lillian Leila Hill Hall, 103, died Saturday, May 8, 2010, at her home. She was a homemaker and a faithful member of Dumas Baptist Church in Dumas.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Dumas Baptist Church with Bro. Marvin Robbins and Bro. Scott Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Ruth Elizabeth Hall Hatcher of Dumas; two sons, William Roger Hall and Robert Edward “Bob” Hall (Nell), both of Dumas; two sisters, Virginia Bullock and Lois Wallace, both of Dumas; one brother, John Ray Hill (Janie) of Dumas; 14 grandchildren, Gary Hall (Janet) of Memphis, Ricky Hall (Phyllis) of Memphis, Michael Hall (Jerri) of Memphis, Donna Larsen (Ronnie) of Bartlett, Tenn., Paula Stewart (Randy) of Dumas, Barbara Jo Hall of Dumas, Bobby Russell (Kim) of Dumas, Leon Hatcher of Dumas, Walter Hatcher (Patti) of Falkner, Peggy Smith (Kenneth) of Mantachie, Greg Hatcher (Linda) of Gift, Gary Comans (Brenda) of Blue Springs, Terry Brumley (Kim) of Ripley and Chad Hatcher of Lebanon, Tenn.; 29 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James William Hall; her parents, Francis Marion and Grace Moriah Cappleman Hill; one son, James Luther “Luke” Hall; one son-in-law, Joseph Carson Hatcher; three sisters, Nona Hill, Agnes Brock and an infant baby girl; and five brothers, Ellis, Earl, Jack, Dan and Arnold Hill.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Walter Hatcher, Greg Hatcher, Leon Hatcher, Ricky Hall, Michael Hall, Gary Hall, Bobby Russell, Terry Brumley and Gary Comans. Honorary pallbearers will be members of her Sunday School class at Dumas Baptist Church.
Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. to service time today at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Arthur Byers
HOLLY SPRINGS – Arthur Byers, 74, died Sunday, May 9, 2010, in Holly Springs. He was born July 11, 1935, in Little Rock, Ark., to George Byers and Evie Hopper Byers. He was a Pentecostal and a heavy equipment operator.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Scherff officiating. Burial will be in Evangel Memorial Gardens in Holly Springs.
Survivors include his wife, Icy Busby Byers of Holly Springs; one daughter, Cynthia Michaud of Holly Springs; two brothers, J.R. Byers of Byhalia and Melvin Byers of Waterford; one sister, Evelyn Garner of Potts Camp; and two grandchildren.
Odle Davis
IUKA – Odle Davis, 70, died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Glyn Allen Franks
MANTACHIE – Glyn Allen Franks, 77, died Monday, May 10, 2010, at The Courtyards Nursing Home. He was born March 2, 1933, in Itawamba County to Garvin and Alice Powers Franks. He was a member of Lakeland Baptist Church. He worked at Rockwell International for over 30 years and retired from MDOT after 13 years of service. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Danny Rushing and Bro. Curtis Shelton officiating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jeanette Franks; two sons, Tommy (Tangie) Franks and Danny Franks; one daughter, Wanda (Eddie) Leathers, all of Mantachie; four grandchildren, Amber (Chris) Campbell, Heather Russell, Maranda (Nick) Jones and Cody Bruff; eight great-grandchildren, Blake Campbell, Anna Grace Campbell, Chase Russell, Alex Russell, Taylor Joy Belk, Sam Luke Jones, Raylee Jones and Chloe House.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, James Odell Franks and an infant brother.
Pallbearers will be Chris Campbell, Nick Jones, Blake Campbell, Jackie Byrd, David Cates, Johnny Franks, Rodney Franks, Cody Bruff, Chris Franks and Doug Hicks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Louise House
AMORY – Louise Blackston House, 80, died Saturday, May 8, 2010, at the Golden Living Nursing Center in Amory. Born Sept. 30, 1929, in Coffeeville, she was the daughter of John T. and Jimmie Lee Wright Blackston. She lived in Carrollton, Ala., and in the Amory area for 47 years. She was a former employee of Amory Garment Company. She was a member of Pine Grove New Beginnings Church.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Haughton Memorial Park in Amory with Bro. Gary Lindsey officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, James D. House (Brenda) of Smithville; two grandchildren, Chris Padfield (Cristi) and Angela McCabe (Ryan); and seven great-grandchildren, Parker Euer, Noah Frazier, McKenzie McCabe, Savannah Padfield, A.J. Padfield, Mason Padfield and Daphne McGarrh.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, James Hilliard Blackston; and two brothers, Roy David and Sam H. Blackston.
Pallbearers will be Preston Tubb, Robert Vaughn, Don Davis, Chris Vaughn, Chris Roberts, Phillip Thompson, Julian Permenter and Calvin Steele. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Padfield, Leon Steele and Kenny Coxey.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Lola Bass
NEW ALBANY – Lola Joyce McAlpin Bass entered the presence of her Lord on Monday, May 10, 2010 from her home in New Albany. She was born in Pocahontas, Tenn., to the late Eric and Roma McAlpin. She lived a life devoted to her husband and children, and also maintained an antiques business. Her hobbies included various forms of arts and crafts, and interior design. She loved working in her garden.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Timmy Bass, Rev. Louie Williams and Rev. Stephen Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Gerald Ray Bass of New Albany; two brothers, Don McAlpin (Linda) and Lee McAlpin, both of Middleton, Tenn.; a daughter, Tammy Wilkerson (Steve) of Myrtle; eight grandchildren, Cole, Carley and Claire Wilkerson, Bleu Bass (Lana), Logan Bass, Toby Thomas (Steve), Elise Fyke (Harry) and Eric Waldon; three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Lila Lipford, and her son, Randy Bass.
Pallbearers will be friends of the family.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 11, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.