Obituaries May 18, 2011

Brenda Smart
NETTLETON – Brenda Lee Smart, 47, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, May 14, 2011. She was born May 14, 1964, in Sulligent, Ala., to Russell and Hazel Mayes. She was a member of Doty Chapel Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing, working in the yard, her pets and cooking for her family, friends and for church gatherings. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed making things for her family. Her greatest joys were her husband, her children and her grandchildren.
 Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Doty Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Jim Manley and Bro. John Box officiating. Burial will be in Doty Chapel Cemetery. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
 Survivors include her husband, Marvin Smart of Nettleton; her children, Kimberly Choat (Daniel) of Tupelo, Joseph McBunch (Amber) of Hatley and her twins, Caleb Smart and Caitlin Smart both of the home; five grandchildren, Anna Kathryn Choat, Breanna Nichole McBunch, Peyton Elizabeth McBunch, Madilyn Grace Choat and Emma Kaylee McBunch; four sisters, Claudine Busby, Tonita Dawkins, Donna Bernard and Peggy Ryan; five brothers, Lonnie Plunkett Jr., Craig Plunkett, Kevin Plunkett, Randy Plunkett and Kenny Plunkett; her mother and father in law, David and Patsy Smart of Shannon; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Karen and Jeff Hall of Brandon, Keith and Mel Smart of Mooreville and Brad and Janet Smart of Tupelo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Mike Bray, Tony Smart, James Oswalt, Evan Smart, Brad Smart, Sam Smart, Bryan Hall and Zach Ryan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Stephen Lyles

TUPELO – Stephen “Hank” Lyles, 26, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Wilburn High
VARDAMAN – Wilburn Neal High, 85, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Kosciusko. He was born Sept. 21, 1925, in Memphis. He was retired from the Navy after 23 years of service. He fought in World War II and the Korean War. He was a SHC Chief Petty Officer. He was a charter member of the World War II Memorial and the Navy Memorial. He was a member of Vardaman Masonic Lodge #527, the Fleet Reserve Association 231 in Memphis, the Navy League Council in Meridian and the Naval Institute in Arlington, Va. He had a 50 year Masonic Pin.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Bobby High (Susan) of Vardaman, R.G. Crittenden of Merritt Island, Fla., and Bruce Crittenden (Reta)of Milton Freewater, Ore.; two daughters, Dawn Harris (Michael) of Eupora and Fawn Smith (Joe) of Madison; one sister, Bernice Fader of Hobe Sound, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Shane and Ben Inman, Randy and Casey High, Hope Smith, Tabatha Alexander and Tamara Smith; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Loyce Jones High and Annie Lee Penick High; a sister, Dorothy Eastman; and his wife, Frances Geraldine Gordon High.
Pallbearers will be Bo Duncan, Paul Edmondson, Randy High, Jeff Howell, Ben Inman and Shane Inman.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Ruth Roberts
CORINTH – Ruth Roberts, 66, died. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Ann Whitesides
SHANNON – Anna amp”Annamp” Marie Mangum Hinton Whitesides, 84, died Monday, May 16, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born in Monroe County on Oct. 17, 1926, to Bluford Mangum and Martha Derrick Mangum. She was raised in Hatley and lived most of her adult life in Lee County in the Shannon area. She had lived the last 8 years at Timberlawn Senior Apartments in Tupelo except for a few months at Golden Living Nursing Center. She worked many years as a seamstress at HIS Sportswear in Verona. She was a longtime active member of the Doty Chapel Baptist Church when she lived near Shannon. She was an avid conversationalist, a reader of good books and a caregiver to her family and many friends. She loved crossword puzzles as well as being active in the social life at Timberlawn including amp”Young at Heart.amp”
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jim Manley officiating. Steve Holland will deliver the eulogy. Private burial will follow in Doty Chapel Cemetery east of Shannon. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include her granddaughter, Jamie Barnes Williams of Tupelo; three great-grandchildren, Jeremy Barnes, Sunshine Barnes and Wesley Williams; two great-great-grandchildren, Haley Barnes and Joseph Williams; and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Willie Hinton on Aug. 5, 1985 and Kenneth Whitesides in 2002; and her only son, Sonny Barnes on April 6, 1998.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to Doty Chapel Baptist Church, 232 Shackelford Ave., Shannon, MS 38868. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@ccomcast.net.

Annie Barnes
MOOREVILLE – Annie F. Barnes, 96, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Christine Gordon
PONTOTOC – Christine Gordon, 80, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born June 11, 1930, in Belmont to John Henry and Dela Credille. She was a graduate of Belmont High School. She retired as an inspector from Daybrite Lighting after many years of service. She was a member of New Bethel Church of Christ in Belmont. She enjoyed working in her garden and spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Credille and Rev. Ginger Holland officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Swayne and Pat Cruse (Mike), all of Pontotoc; one son, Donnie Hamm (JoAnne) of Pontotoc; one brother, Paul Credille (Linda) of Byhalia; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Max Gordon; 11 brothers and sisters; and a grandson, Donnie Swayne.
Pallbearers will be Chad Hamm, Corey Cruse, Jason Horne, Chris Horne, Austin Snow, Reid Ray, Ryan Ray and Joey Putt.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Steve Young
TUPELO – Ben Stephen Young, 61, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., after an extended illness. A Lee County native and lifelong resident, he was born July 26, 1949, to Benny F. and Gena Malone Young. He was a graduate of Shannon High School and attended Itawamba Junior College. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Vietnam from 1968 to 1971. For over 30 years he worked as a lab techician for Cook-Coggin Engineers Inc. He also worked in the automotive department at Wal-Mart for a number of years. A 2004 lung transplant recipient, he was active in raising awareness for organ donation. Earlier in his life, he enjoyed fishing with his daughters and was a member of a bowling league in Tupelo. The joy of his life was spending time with his grandson. He attended church at The Orchard.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his his wife of 40 years, Becky Drummond Young of Tupelo; his mother, Gena Malone Young of Verona; two daughters, Shelley Young of Vernon, Ala., and Miranda Lindley (Jason) of Tupelo; his sister, Sandra Gaskin of Verona; his grandson, Preston Lindley; his uncle, Charles Ray Young (Jean) of Houston; his sister-in-law, Barbara Bratton of Rockledge, Fla.; his brother-in-law, Matt Drummond (Cindy) of Tremont; two nephews, Tyler Gaskin of Horn Lake and Ashley Gaskin of Nashville; a niece, Lindsay Drummond of Faulkner; and special friends, Jesse Lowery and Walter Hill, both of Jacksonville.
He was preceded in death by his father, Benny F. Young; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Mitchel Malone and Mr. and Mrs. Bud Young.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Gaskin, Ashley Gaskin, Mike Malone, Tommy Malone, Barry Malone and Brian Aldridge.
Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Drummond, Jason Lindley, Casey Jones, Bobby Williams, Alan Young and David Parker; and the doctors, nurses and staff of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The Mayo Clinic for Organ Transplants; online at www.mayoclinic/development.org; or mailed to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55905.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Charles Wrotten Jr.
BYHALIA – Charles R. Wrotten Jr., 57, died Monday, May 16, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

James Oglesby
TUPELO – James Lee Oscar “Slim” Oglesby, 75, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Annie Richmond
BYHALIA – Annie Catherine Richmond, 58, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis.
Services will be held at noon Thursday at Spirit of Life COGIC in Byhalia. Burial will be in Watson Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Christeen Walker
NETTLETON – Christeen M. Walker, 76, died Friday, May 13, 2011. She was born Jan. 23, 1935, to James Lee and Lizzie Lee Meredith. She was a member of Jolly Chapel M.B. Church in Okolona, where she sang in the choir. She was retired from North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at Jolly Chapel M.B. Church in Okolona with Pastor Raphael Terry officiating. Burial will follow in Jolly Church Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Mary Jo (Eddie) Jordon of Shannon, Eddie Frank (Peggy) Walker of Wichita Falls, Texas, Ruby Nell Dilworth of Shannon, Linda Faye (Romie) Huddleston of Nettleton, Carolyn Denise (Willie) Pierce of Saltillo, Juanita (Roberts) Birks of Shannon, Jimmy Earl (Tomeka) Walker of Baldwyn, Cynthia (Dan) Walker of Shannon and Anthony Walker of Nettleton; one sister, Stella B. Ward; two brothers, Jimmy Lee Meredith and James Lee Ligon; 32 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Frank Walker; one daughter, Barbara Ann Buchanan; a son, William Earl Walker; two grandchildren, Roderick Walker and Marcus Huddleston; a sister, Evelena Babbitt; and four brothers, Ervie Lee Meredith, J.C. Kyles, U.L. “Sonny” Meredith and William Meredith.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Online condolences can be made to the Walker/Meredith family at www.grayson-porters.com.

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