Obituaries, May 12, 2006

James T. Stanley

FULTON – James Troy Stanley, 83, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. He was born Sept. 22, 1922, in Itawamba County to the late Jesse and Lula Belle Lesley Stanley. He was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked most of his life. He was a supervisor at Krueger Metals for 19 years, then worked at Arvin Industries, where he retired. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed being around his family.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray and Bro. Danny Pitts officiating. American Legion Post 51 will present the flag. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Jerry Stanley and wife, Linda, of Fulton; three daughters, Jane Lindsey and husband, Mike, of Smithville, Linda Stanley of Mantachie, and Patti Warren and husband, Mike, of Tremont; one brother, John Stanley and wife, Mildred, of Moorehead, Ky.; three sisters, Verna Kyle of Fulton, Lucille Jernigan of Tupelo, and Earline Newman and husband, Russell, of Aberdeen; 12 grandchildren, Vickie Jones and husband, Jeff, Jennifer Smith, Erik Stanley, Rickey Lindsey and wife, Lise, Amy Cates and husband, Jamie, Kim Penny and husband, Nic, Andy Lindsey, Patricia Mills and Joley Carter; 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ocelle Loague Stanley, on Oct. 25, 1988; two brothers, Robert Stanley and Henry Allen Stanley; three sisters, Gertrude Sheffield, Irene Donald and Alene Aldridge; and his parents.

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

Griffen Wilbanks

NEW ALBANY – Griffen Andrew Wilbanks, 15 days, died Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was born April 24, 2006, in Ann Arbor to Andrew Earnest Paul Wilbanks and Mitzi Jo Hill Wilbanks of New Albany.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Fredonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Aldridge and the Rev. Randy Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents; his grandparents, Jackie and Betty Jo Hill of New Albany, and Randall and Brenda Wilbanks of Ripley; his great-grandparents, Charlie Huffstatler and Loyce Hill, both of New Albany, and Paul Hamilton of Ripley; uncles, Chad Hill, Mitch Lewellen and wife, Krista, Chris Lewellen and wife, Carolyn, and Sandy Wilbanks and wife, Sue; several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Evie Griffen Huffstatler, Rev. Ben Hill, Earnest and Hazel Wilbanks, and Mona Hamilton.

Pallbearers will be Chad Hill, Mitch Lewellen, Chris Lewellen and Sandy Wilbanks.

Memorials may be made to the Transplant Foundation.

Clarence Bobo

OKOLONA – Clarence Bobo, 55, died Sunday, May 7, 2006, at his home. He was born Sept. 12, 1950, in Okolona to the late Gregory Henry Bobo and Carrie Mae Ford Bobo. He was a maintenance worker for Excel in Okolona and will be truly missed by their staff.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Okolona with the Rev. Ezra Cayson officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona. Fields Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two brothers, John Bobo (Mary Lou) of Chicago and Robert Bobo (Allegria) of Buffalo, N.Y.; five sisters, Maggie Stallworth of Dolton, Ill., Martha Faye Rogers of Chicago, Lola Rogers (Herman) of Chicago Heights, Ill., Charlie Wright of Okolona and Claire Harding of Evanston, Ill.; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the church. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Judy Bishop

STARKVILLE – Yuriko “Judy” Bishop, 76, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the Oktibbeha County Hospital. She was born in Tokyo, Japan. She was a retired nursing assistant at Starkville Manor Nursing Home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Welch Funeral Home Chapel with Dan Beardin officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Creek Nations Cemetery in Kilmichael.

Survivors include three special friends, Mineko James of Columbus, Kazuko Pigott of Meridian and Pat Hudspeth of Starkville.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home. Guests may sign the book online at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Lottie Files

STARKVILLE – Lottie Merle Files, 79, died Wednesday, May 20, 2006, at the Starkville Manor Nursing Home. She was a homemaker and a member of Victory Baptist Church.

Survivors will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church in Sturgis with the Rev. Halton Davis Jr. officiating. Burial will be in McClelland Cemetery. Welch Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, R.D. Files of Kankakee, Ill., and William Harold Files of Sturgis; three brothers, Willie Jones of Indiana, and Frank Jones and Fletcher Jones, both of Sturgis; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Dennis Files; her parents, William Clarence and Lavada Sides Jones; a son, Clifton “Tick” Files; and a sister, Geneva Lovvorn.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at the church. Guests may sign the book online at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Earl Collins Jr.

NEW ALBANY – Earl Douglas Collins Jr., 66, died Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at his home. He was born Oct. 28, 1937, in Union County to the late Earl Collins Sr. and Fairey Sue Foster Collins. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Burial will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the West Tennessee National Cemetery in Memphis.

Survivors include his stepmother, Lourie Collins of New Albany; five daughters, Monique Marks (Gerald) of Beloit, Wis., Mercia Smith (Floyd) and Marchelle Luster (Anthony) of Rockford, Ill., Phyllis Williams (Cornelius) and Charlotte Collins Roman (Jurona Sr.) of Jackson; four sons, Gary Collins (Shelia) and Randy Collins of Beloit, Wis., Earl Collins III of Janesville, Wis., and Michael Collins of Jackson; two sisters, Pauline Bannister of Beloit, Wis., and Debrah Collins of St. Louis, Mo.; 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Odell House

WEST POINT – Odell House, 73, died Friday, May 5, 2006, at the West Point Community Living Center in West Point.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Poole's Missionary Baptist Church in West Point with the Rev. James Alvin Richardson Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Poole's Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two brothers, A.C. House and Ivery Lee House, both of West Point; two sisters, Everlyena House-Fox of Indianapolis, Ind., and Catherine Fears of West Point; a special friend, Sarah Mosley of Pheba.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Susie House.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Aaron Wilkins III

HOLLY SPRINGS – Aaron Wilkins III, 58, died Sunday, May 7, 2006, at his home in Holly Springs. He was born Nov. 6, 1947, in Holly Springs to Earye Bridgeforth Wilkins and the late Rev. Aaron Wilkins Jr. He was a graduate of W.T. Sims High School in Holly Springs and a member of the football team. He was a member of Beverly Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a crew chief for the Mississippi Forestry Service.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Chapel CME Church with the Rev. George Coleman Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Earlean Johnson Wilkins of Holly Springs; two daughters, Youlanda Bridgette Wilkins and Jessica Isom of Holly Springs; three sons, Aaron Wilkins IV (Felaine), Carlos Martin and Christopher Odell Wilkins, all of Holly Springs; his mother, Earye Bridgeforth Wilkins of Holly Springs; five sisters, Patty Wilkins and Velvet Barrino, both of Holly Springs, Charlene Bunch of Olive Branch, Shirley Mosley of Memphis and Catherine Wilson of Phoenix, Ariz.; one brother, Milton Wilkins of St. Louis; six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, C.L. Wilkins.

Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Saturday at the church. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.

Lena M. Smith

OXFORD – Lena M. Smith, 74, died Saturday, May 6, 2006, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a native of Lafayette County and a homemaker.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Smith Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Roger Lockridge officiating. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Willie Smith and Robert Smith, both of Oxford; eight daughters, Dorothy Key, Faye Bell, Betty Brown, Jerlean Bruce, Patricia Driver and Perlean Smith, all of Oxford, Minnie Swinney of Abbeville, and Earnestein Ward of Milwaukee, Wis.; three sisters, Curlee Young and Mary Shaw of Alton, Ill., and Mattie Ward of St. Louis, Mo.; five brothers, Andrew Ward Jr. of Oxford, James E. Ward and Robert Ward of Abbeville, Willie Lee Ward of Memphis, and Clayton Ward of Foristein, Mo.; 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Will Smith.

Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Edith J. McConnell

MATTESON, Ill. – Edith J. McConnell, 65, died Sunday, May 7, 2006, at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazelcrest, Ill. She was formerly of Oxford. She was a retired schoolteacher in Chicago and the author of several children's books.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Second M.B. Church with the Rev. Robert E. Fox officiating. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Paul McConnell of Matteson, Ill.; two daughters, Julienna Spivey of Richton Park, Ill., and Paula McConnell of Lansing, Ill.; her mother, Susie Marshall of Oxford; one brother, Eric Rubenstein Marshall of San Francisco; three grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. today.

Vancy Knighton

CORINTH – James Vancy Knighton, 82, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab. He was a member and the oldest deacon at Farmington Baptist Church. He was a member of Corinth Masonic Lodge No. 116 and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was the former co-owner of Knighton Bros. Construction Co. and the retired co-owner of K&K Truck Stop. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed working in the yard.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Farmington Baptist Church. The Rev. Tim Nall will officiate, and Charlie Browning will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, Jimmy Van Knighton of Corinth, Jerry Don Knighton and wife, Sandra, of McComb, and Jackie Knighton and wife, Linda, of Ramer, Tenn.; the mother of Jimmy Van's children, Janice Knighton of Corinth; eight grandchildren, Jay Knighton and wife, Amy, Mia K. Rice and husband, Brooks, Anna Knighton, Jeff Knighton, Amy K. Avent and husband, Brad, Amanda Knighton, Heather Knighton and fiance, Luke Hankins, and Justin Knighton; three great-grandchildren, Rosemary Rice, Brooks Rice and Lillian Hinton Rice; one sister, Hazel Wagner Buck of West Memphis, Ark.; one brother-in-law, Harold Smith and wife, Peggy, of Corinth; two sisters-in-law, Mary Isabell Campbell and husband, Bob, and Sue Knighton, all of Corinth; special friend, Charles Thomas of Corinth.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lillian A. Smith Knighton; his father, Jack Knighton; his mother, Irene Thomas Knighton; and a brother, Tommy Knighton.

Pallbearers will be the deacons of Farmington Baptist Church: Elbert Holland, Tony Marolt, Wayne Shults, Albert Strickland, Brian Gardner and Rodney Mask.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to service time Saturday.

Betty Swimmer

RED BAY, Ala. – Betty Swimmer, 78, died Thursday, May 11, 2006, at the Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.

Marcell Barr

HOUSTON – Marcell “Dra” Barr, 32, died Sunday, May 7, 2006, at the Clay County Medical Center as the result of an accident. He was born Feb. 3, 1974, to Marcell Barr and Elaine Williams. He was a 1993 graduate of Aberdeen High School. He was a truck driver for Paris Trucking. His hobbies included fishing, traveling, and riding his four-wheeler.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Methodist Church with the Rev. Darnell Cherry officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Felicia Barr of Houston; his father, Marcell Barr and wife, Dezzie, of Okolona; his mother, Elaine Williams of Memphis; five daughters, Tashaundria Brown, Shanticia Brown, Drenisia Barr and Sharniece Brown, all of Okolona, and Shaquela Barr of Prairie; one son, Deandre Freeman of Baldwyn; three sisters, Sherry Barr and Tomeika Barr, both of Memphis, and Chandra Williams of Atlanta, Ga.; six brothers, Deonte Williams of Memphis, Henderson Williams III of Aberdeen, and L.C. Johnson, Peter Drayton, Tyrone Donaldson and Jerome Donaldson; a special father and mother, Henderson Williams and wife, Victoria, of Aberdeen; his mother-in-law, Maxine Brown of Okolona; one sister-in-law, Clarisse Brown; two brothers-in-law, Clarence Brown and Robert Brown.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today.

Vearty Weathington-Woodruff

BLUE SPRINGS – Vearty Mae Weathington-Woodruff, 82, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at her home. She was a graduate of B.F. Ford Training School and Foster's Beauty College. She was a licensed cosmetologist and owner of the Ponderosa Beauty Salon for more than 40 years. She was a school bus driver for New Albany City Schools for more than 40 years. She was a member of Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church and the Heroines of Jericho Elisha Court No. 26-A.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Red Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. Willie Bogan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda A. Woodruff of Tulsa, Okla.; three grandchildren, Charlessa L. Woodruff of Starkville, Charles L. Cook of New Albany and Lana B. Graham of Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters, Vanilla W. Cromartie (Dave) of Lynn Haven, Fla., Pearl W. Riggins of Plantersville and Bessie W. Fields of Saltillo; two brothers, Hezekiah Weathington of Chicago and Willie B. Wilson of Kennesaw, Ga.; one sister-in-law, Lassie W. Shawver of Blue Springs; seven great-grandchildren, three godgrandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Joyce Holland

TUPELO – Joyce Holland, 78, died Thursday, May 11, 2006, in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors.

Ruby Morton

BIGGERSVILLE – Ruby Brawner Morton, 89, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the Mississippi Care Center. She was an active member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Bro. Kara Blackard and Bro. Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include one son, Tony Morton and wife, Amalma, of Biggersville; two daughters, Jimmie Hopkins of Decatur, Ill., and Gail Mincy and husband, Lee, of Biggersville; one brother, Billy Brawner of Biggersville; two sisters, Marie Sweeney of Pisgah and Annie Dick of Corinth; grandchildren, Jeff Mincy and wife, Catherine, of Booneville, Karen Fett and husband, Jacob, of Panama City, Fla., Susie Rencher and husband, Scotty, of Decatur, Ala., and Cindy Gahagan and husband, Paul, of Corinth; great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Jamison Allen, Shea Fett, Merideth and Lesli Kate Mincy, Josh and Jordan Rencher, and Terry Nash.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney and Lizzie Brawner; her husband, J.W. Morton; a granddaughter, Kimberly Morton Allen; a son-in-law, Paul Hopkins; two brothers, Curtis Brawner and Robert Brawner; and three sisters, Irene Johnson, Allie Carpenter and Jennie Brewster.

Pallbearers will be Hardwick Kay, Michael Knowlton, Bob Sweeney, Max Brawner, Jimbo Wilkinson, Kenneth Brawner and Dan Carpenter.

Pete Hobbs

IUKA – Clayton Earl “Pete” Hobbs Sr., 75, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. He was a construction superintendent for 25 years. Later he became a commercial fisherman who enjoyed his time on the lake. He served in the National Guard.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Junior Jones and Bro. Tony Curtis officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mai Hobbs of Iuka; one son, Clayton Earl Hobbs Jr. and wife, Margie, of Iuka; three stepsons, Ricky Sanders and wife, Joyce, of Iuka, Robin Sanders of Chicago and Chris Sanders of Dickson, Texas; two daughters, Mary Ruth Hooker and husband, Mark, of Greenville, and Penny Dendy and husband, Phillip, of Iuka; three stepdaughters, Susan Prosperi and husband, Bob, of Ashville, N.C., Sandy Kirk and husband, Phil, of Iuka, and Misty Busby and husband, Michael, of Iuka; one sister, Billie Jean Holland of Iuka; 28 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Ruth Biggs Hobbs; a sister, Faye Lowery; and a grandson, Matt Hooker.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Evalou Humphres

RED BAY, Ala. – Evalou Humphres, 82, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Dec. 14, 1923, in Mississippi. She was an employee of Warwicks in Zion, Ill., for 13 1/2 years. She raised chickens for 16 years. She was a foster parent for 14 years. She was a member of Hurrican Creek Baptist Church and attended Grace Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Ray Stevens and Bro. J.C. Blackburn officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.

Survivors include one sister-in-law, Hessie Humphres of Red Bay; seven nephews, seven nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Luke and Ada Humphres; a sister, Shellie Jackson; and five brothers, Vess Humphres, Arthur Humphres, Bee Humphres, Melvin Humphres and John W. Humphres.

Pallbearers will be nephews and great-nephews, Wade Humphres, Hubert Humphres, Lloyd Humphres, Oneal Jackson, Jonathan Humphres, David Humphres and Jerry Humphres.

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

James Posey

MANTACHIE – James H. Posey, 85, died Thursday, May 11, 2006, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Odis Lee Engle

GUNTOWN – Odis Lee Engle, 59, died Thursday, May 12, 2006, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was born in 1947 to Archie and Velma Engle. He was a Baptist, and a former employee of Krueger and Mueller Brass. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Marty Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Campbelltown Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Russell Engle of Mantachie and Ricky Engle of Guntown; one daughter, Regina Poteet of Tennessee; three sisters, Pearlie Martin and husband, Jerry, Brenda Moore and husband, Billy Ray, and Shirley Moore and husband, Clyde, all of Guntown; two grandchildren, two stepgrandsons; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be his nephews and great-nephews.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Edith Seago

IUKA – Edith Rachel Seago, 81, died Thursday, May 11, 2006, at the Iuka Hospital. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Her granddaughter, Tammy Barnes, will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Iuka.

Survivors include one son, Ray Seago and wife, Sherrie, of Iuka; three daughters, Dorothy Skinner and husband, Jerry, of Iuka, Barbara James and husband, Sam, of Iuka, and Linda Dodd and husband, Ken, of Eades, Tenn.; three brothers, Robert Robinson of Berea, Ky., Talmadge Robinson of Dixon, Tenn., and Jimmy Robinson of Southaven; three sisters, Rebecca Harville of Tupelo, Altha Lambert of Germantown, Tenn., and Georgia Hancock of Ripley; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Ray Seago; a son, Jimmy Seago; her parents, Robert and Minnie Robinson; three brothers, Marvin, Orlando and Fred Robinson; and a sister, Nellie Rickman.

Pallbearers will be Andy Bailey, Dave Pugh, Elvis Kaljic, William Lee Skinner, John Irvine Barnes and Tyler Long.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067.

Hattie Colburn

FULTON – Hattie Adlene Colburn, 87, died Thursday, May 11, 2006, at her home in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Eddie Ashley

FULTON – Eddie Ashley, 51, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 23, 1954, in Red Bay, Ala., to Wrebagene and Vicky Maupin Ashley. He was a lifelong resident of Itawamba County. He was an active and faithful member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He was a certified mechanic. He enjoyed building engines, hunting, fishing and racing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jackie Gray and Bro. Gene O'Brian officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Patti Robinson Ashley of Fulton; one son, Will Ashley of Fulton; one daughter, Lisa Mahan and husband, Tim, of Belmont; two sisters, Connie Harris and husband, Charles, of Ripley, and Rosemary Howard of Fulton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, David and Ronnie Ashley.

Pallbearers will be James Doyle Kent, Harold Holcomb, Dustin Robinson, Charles Credille, Leonard Prien, Rickey Ewing, Tim Steele, Terry Wilemon, Scotty Senter and Ricky Johnson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Robert Ray Jr.

TUPELO – Robert O. Ray Jr., 79, died Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at the Tupelo Nursing and Rehab Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 21, 1926, in Mississippi. He was a retired employee of Illinois Central Gulf Railroad and a member of St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo. He attended the Multipurpose Center for the Elderly in Tupelo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with Sis. Alies Therese and the Rev. Jeep Pepper officiating. Burial will be in Eupora City Cemetery.

Survivors include one uncle, Clyde Ray of Water Valley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Owen Ray and Eleanor Norman Ray.

Nell Bradford

CALHOUN CITY – Nell Bradford, 91, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was born May 8, 1915, in Calhoun County. She was a retired employee of Kellwood Corp. and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Anthony Kay and the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Calhoun City Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Billy Frank Bradford of Calhoun City and George Wayne Bradford of Vardaman; two sisters, Martha Sprayberry of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Julia Jones of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren, Keith Bradford, Chris Bradford, Darla Miller and Valisha Bailey; eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Bradford; her parents, Robert Truman Barton and Victoria Taylor Barton; and three brothers, Clifford Barton, R.T. Barton and Sam W. Barton.

Pallbearers will be Keith Bradford, Chris Bradford, Dusty Ward, Jesse Ward, Bailey Gordon and Robert Miller.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Choir or the Calhoun City Cemetery Fund.

Toni Puentes

CORINTH – Antonia “Toni” Cueva Puentes, 63, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born May 10, 1943, in Robstown, Texas. She had lived in Corinth for 20 years. She assisted the Alcorn County Sheriff's Office and the Corinth Police Department as an interpreter. She was a member of North Corinth Baptist Church.

A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Monday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Bro. Bill Wages officiating. Burial will be in Texas.

Survivors include one son, Freddie Lucius and wife, Dora, of Scottsbluff, Neb.; one daughter, Debbie Lucius Alvarez and husband, Jose, of Corinth; one stepdaughter, Lisa Glidwell of Michie, Tenn.; brothers, Federico Cueva, Juan Cueva, Rene Cueva, Daniel Cueva, Felix Cueva, Robert Cueva and Arthur Cueva; sisters, Teresa Villarel, Maria Villarel, Minerva Cueva, Aldelmira Lorano, Bertha Cueva and Irma Cueva, all of Texas, and Estella Hull of Corinth; four grandchildren, Antonia Cook, Trinidad Cook, Fredrick Lucius and Joshua Lucius.

Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday and after the memorial service.

Mozelle Price

TUPELO – Mozelle Price, 93, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Dec. 25, 1912, in Marion County, Ala., to Traul and Linda Vickery. She was a homemaker and a faithful member of Verona Church of Christ. An avid gardener, she enjoyed cooking, sewing, fixing flower pots for her daughters, and spending time with her family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wayne Cox officiating. Burial will be in Ole Line Cemetery in Hodges, Ala.

Survivors include three daughters, Betty Pilato of Birmingham, Ala., Sara Schweitzer and husband, Gordon, of Shannon, and Linda Dulaney of Baldwyn; five sisters, Wilma Adams of Tallahoma, Tenn., Genelle McDonald of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Tommie Lou Bates of Sheffield, Ala., Alapha Wiggington and Marvalene Young, both of Hamilton, Ala.; two brothers, Dorson Vickery and Wayne Vickery, both of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; nine grandchildren, Michael Wiggington, Rodney Wiggington, Joey Wiggington, Sammy Pilato, Thomas Pilato, Brenda Swinsick, Michael Dulaney, Johnny Miller and Deborah Riner; nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Price; two daughters, Brenda Price and Deborah Ann Price; a son, Arnold Price; a grandson, Timothy Wiggington; three sons-in-law, Ray Dulaney, W.D. Wiggington and Sam Pilato; two sisters, Clara Young and Jewell Burleson; and two brothers, Ray Vickery and Bobby Vickery.

Pallbearers will be Michael Dulaney, Sammy Pilato, Johnny Miller, Rodney Wiggington, Eddie Swinsick, Rob Rogers and Bronson Miller.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Verona Church of Christ or Sanctuary Hospice House.

Annie Mattox

SENATOBIA – Annie M. Hall Mattox, 80, formerly of Verona, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the North Oak Regional Medical Center after a long illness. She was born Aug. 13, 1925, in Arkansas to George and Lula May Hall. She was a homemaker and a member of the Faith Assembly of God. She had worked at the Verona School cafeteria and Tupelo Floral, and retired from North Mississippi Medical Center. She learned to drive at the age of 50 after the death of her husband. She enjoyed playing bingo and dominoes at the Senior Citizens Center, and spending time with her family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Lann officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Spear of Verona; one son, Ray Mattox of Olive Branch; two grandchildren, Ben Spear of Verona and Brian Mattox of Meridian; one great-grandchild, Morgan Mattox of Meridian; three sisters, Betty Schroeder of Louisville, Ky., Edith May of Coldwater and Katie Vanstraten of Senatobia; three brothers, George Hall Jr., Dean Hall and Auther Hall, all of Batesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Mattox; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Ronald Grisham, Joe Hatterick, Tommy Hall, David Hall, Brian Mattox and Ben Spear.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Stephino Hadley

TUPELO – Stephino Hadley died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

Addean Coleman

TUPELO – Addean Gunn Coleman died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at her home in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 13, 1930, in Chickasaw county to the late Joseph Gunn Sr. and Beatrice Morrow Gunn. She was a faith member of Mud Creek M.B. Church. She retired from Marshall Durbin/Purnell's Pride after 27 years. She spent her days reading God's holy word and watching Christian television. She loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mud Creek M.B. Church of Saltillo with the Rev. Sadler officiating. Burial will be in Porter's Memorial Gardens in Tupelo. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three children, Tommy Mabry and wife, Bennie, of Tupelo, Jacquelline Lockridge and husband, Larry, of Saltillo, and William “Bill” Coleman Jr. of Tupelo; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Gunn of Tupelo; a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Joe Willie Lyles

NETTLETON – Joe Willie Lyles died Friday, May 5, 2006. He was born Oct. 5, 1922, to the late Louis and Esbella Lyles. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army from February 1943 until February 1946. He was an active member of New Prospect M.B. Church. He was a retired employee of Action Lane. He will live on in the lives of those he touched.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Prospect M.B. Church in Nettleton with the Rev. George Taylor officiating. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Mary Wren Lyles, whom he married Dec. 18, 1971; one sister, Emma Daniel; two sons, Leon and Larry; a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James; and a son.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today.

Doris Evans

FULTON – Doris Elizabeth Turner Evans died Thursday, May 4, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 8, 1934, in Tupelo to Henry Frankie Ashby and Luella Howard. She lived in Mississippi before moving to Chicago, where she married her first husband, Charles Micheal Turner. She worked at Evans Potato Chip Company for 11 years in Chicago. She moved to Fulton in the 1970s. She worked for Dura Containers in Fulton for 20 years. She was a member of St. Matthew Baptist Church and attended Shiloh CME Church.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew Baptist Church in Fulton with Elder Michael Turner officiating. Burial will be in Fulton Community Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include husband, Billy Evans; three daughters, Carolyn Jones, Barbara Stewart and Teresa Ashby, all of Fulton; five sons, Robert Ashby, Henry Frankie Ashby, Dwayne Ashby and Timothy Turner, all of Fulton, and Micheal Charles Turner (Demetria) of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Martha Majors and Mary Howard Parker (Arvin) of Chicago; 31 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; a host of nieces and nephews; special friends, Sabrina Bailey and Nelda Painter.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.