Obituaries May 19, 2008

Lisa Woods Finney
PALMETTO – Lisa Carol Woods Finney, 44, died Saturday, May 17, 2008 at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 14, 1963, in Greenville, Miss., the daughter of Cecil and Earline Keith Woods. She was a 1981 graduate of Mooreville High School and attended Itawamba Community College and Tomlinson College in Cleveland, Tenn. She was a licensed massage therapist and was a member of the American Massage Therapy Association where she served as a vice president. She attended the Orchard United Methodist Church. She was a beautiful lady, a beautiful person and an angel of life. She was always a loving, caring and giving wife, mother and friend. She was a Christian woman who loved God and her family. In her short life she helped many people and will be surely missed by her family and many friends. There are tears of sadness by at the same time there will be tears of joy because we can celebrate as she begins her new journey with Christ our Lord.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Dr. Bryan Collier and Bro. Marvin Eskew officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Ken Finney, whom she married Jan. 19, 1985; her son, Clay Finney; her father and mother Cecil and Earline Keith Woods of Mooreville; sisters Anita Eskew (Bro. Marvin) of Cleveland, Tenn., Amy Worsham (Wayne) of Mooreville; grandmother Rader Keith of Mooreville; father and mother-in-law, Paul and Bonnie Finney of the Palmetto Community; sister-in-law Tanya Robbins (Ricky) of Pontotoc; brother-in-law Kirk Finney (Stephanie) of Pontotoc; aunt Linda Yielding (William) of Mantachie, Sherry Chaney (John) of Delta City, Charlotte Turner (Jim) of Tremont, Laverne Davis (Richard) of Cleveland, Tenn.; nieces and nephews, Tara Simmons (Bert), Ryan Eskew, Aubree Eskew, Austin Eskew, Jon Taylor Worsham, Emma Worsham, Tiffany Robbins, Zach Robbins, Kirklyn Finney, Luke Finney; and a host of cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Leon Keith; grandparents Herman and Lera Woods.
Pallbearers will be Randy Quarrels, David Brevard, Billy Cruise, Marty Leslie, Jackie Edelmon, Kirk Finney.

Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Myrtle Grimes
DENNIS – Myrtle Grimes, 87, died Sunday, May 18, 2008 at Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.

Hubert M. Day
TISHOMINGO – Hubert M. Day, 91, died on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Southern Magnolia Estates in Golden. He was born Aug. 3, 1916 in Barrow County, Ga., to James T. and Ruby Odum Day. He married Berma Long on June 30, 1934. He was a devout Christian and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Tishomingo for more than 50 years where he held many offices. He was a 32nd degree mason and a member of the Tishomingo Lodge #522.

His career with Blue Bell Inc. started in 1935 as a bundle handler in Greensboro, N.C. During World War II he served as a transportation coordinator, rationing gasoline, tires, books, sugar and shoes.

After the war, he transferred to Natchez as an assistant manager at Blue Bell. A year later, he was promoted to manager. In 1953 he was transferred to Tishomingo to start a new plant. It was very successful with a lot of great people loved and respected. He decided this was where he and his family would call home. He retired in 1977 after 42 years, but not without many fond memories. Later that year, he came out of retirement and he and his wife went to Durban, South Africa to start a plant for Blue Bell.

As long as his health permitted, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid golfer, always accompanied by his wife and best friend, Berma.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Tishomingo United Methodist Church with Rev. Rickey Bishop and Rev. Steve Kennedy officiating. Burial will follow in Tishomingo City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Berma Long Day of Tishomingo; three sons, Ronald W. Day (Alice) of Tupelo, Thomas E. Day (Cathi), and Jerry C. Day (Peggy), all of Tishomingo; six grandchildren, Jaclyn Day of Olive Branch, Thomas E. Day II (Pattie), David L. Day (Gwen), all of Tishomingo, Linda Day Thoren (Craig) of Mountain Home, Ark., Darrell Whitaker (Paula) of Oxford and Beth Whitaker of Madison, Wis.; granddaughter-in-law Stacy Day of Red Bay; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James I. Day; a sister, Dorothy Day; a grandson, Douglas A. Day.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Tishomingo United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont. The body will lie in state at the church at 9-10 a.m. Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tishomingo United Methodist Church.

Patricia Lucas
DORSEY – Patricia Fay Lucas, 67, died Sunday, May 18, 2008, at HomePlace in Saltillo after a brief illness.
A Central City, Ky. native, she was born Oct. 26, 1940 to Kenneth and Lillie Marie Casbier Noffsinger.
Survivors include four daughters, Gina Glidewell (Terry) of Saltillo, Penny McFee (Greg) of Newland, N.C., Vivian Hadley (Donald) of Okeechobee, Fla., and Penny Mask (Larry) of Hudson, Fla.; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Howard Lucas.

Stateroom services will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home in Saltillo with Rev. Bobby Holland will be officiating.

W.E. Pegues Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement.
Visitation will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Billy J. Whitehead
NEW CONCORD, KY – Billy J. Whitehead Jr., 74, formerly of Benton County, died Saturday, May 17, 2008 at the VA Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
He was born May 5, 1934 to Sam Whitehead and Leona Rumsey Whitehead. He watched “Thru the Bible with Les Feldick” daily. He was a retired tow boat captain with Waxler Towing Co. in Memphis, Tenn.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Brian Tatum officiating. Burial will be in Medlock Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Whitehead of New Concord, Ky.; one daughter, Terry Stallings of Memphis, Tenn.; three step-sons, Randy Thomas of McEwen, Tenn., Todd Thomas of New Concord, Ky., and Mark Thomas of Springfield, Tenn.; five sisters, Bonnie Carter of Atlanta, Oneal Brown of Walnut, Betty Tomlinson of Walnut, Mae Pearson of Memphis, Tenn., and Sue Harris of Moscow, Tenn.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Visitation will be today from 11 a.m. to service time.

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Hilda L. Harper
MOUNT OLIVE – Hilda Little Harper, 86, died Sunday, May 18, 2008 at Landmark Nursing HOme in DeSoto, where she had lived the last four years. She was born in Covington County, Miss., on April 15, 1922 to Lawrence Little, a 40-year member and former President of the Covington County Board of Supervisors and Dovie Little. She married J.L. Harper, who died in 1972. She received her B.A. from LSU and her M.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi, both in music education. She retired after several decades in teaching public school music in the Covington County Schools. She was a longtime member of the Mount Olive Presbyterian Church, where she was church organist. She was active in church, civic and community affairs but her life was centered around music and her students.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the McNair Cemetery in Covington County with Rev. Bob Schwanabeck officiating. Burial will be in the LIttle/Harper family plot. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Jo Ann Harper of Memphis and Kay Jett of Birmingham, Ala.; two grandchildren, Alyson Jett and John Jett. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother.

Visitation will follow the graveside service at the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Mount Olive Presbyterian Church, Mount Olive.

Clauise Vay White Barnhill
STARKVILLE – Clauise Vay White Barnhill died on Sunday, May 18, 2008, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel of Welch Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband, four children, six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, a brother and two sisters.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville.

Memorial donations may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund.

A guest registry is available at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Faye Malone Spivey
BALDWYN – Faye Malone Spivey, 66, died Sunday, May 18, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 13, 1941, to Mahlon M. Malone and Ruth Evelyn Magers Malone.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was a housewife and an officer of the Mississippi Cabinet for 35 years. One of her greatest enjoyments was traveling with her husband, members of the Memphis Airstream Club for 17 years.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Rev. Stacey Parvin, niece of Mrs. Spivey, officiating. Burial will be in the Baldwyn Masonic Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Herbert L. Spivey; sons Michael (Debbie) Spivey of the Blackland Community and Don (Lydia) Spivey of Baldwyn; six grandchildren, Hayley Spivey, Samuel M. Spivey, Joshua Spivey, Ric Spivey, Mark Spivey and Farrah Crabb; two great-grandchildren, Linleigh and Brady Crabb; sisters, Martha Ruth (Malone) Parvin (Steve) of Starkville, Billie Carmen (Malone) Lambert (Robert) of Los Angeles, Calif., Amelia (malone) Lewellen (Robert) of Raleigh, N.C., Glenda Rowan Turner of Baldwyn; brothers Jimmy Malone of Trezevant, Tenn., Jack (Patsy) Malone of McKinney, Texas, Jerry (Renea) Malone of Corinth; a special mom by marriage, Lura Rowan Malone of Baldwyn. Other family members of special recognition to their Aunt Faye are her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Danny Malone.

Pallbearers will be Samuel Spivey, Ric Spivey, Joshua Spivey, Steven Parvin, Matthew Malone, Austin Malone, Steve Landrum, Eddie Lewis and George Bonner.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday morning prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Box 1, 1800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Robbie Stallings
HOUSTON – Robinette Inmon Stallings, 73, died Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Trace Regional Hospital.
She was retired kindergarten teacher who taught at the First Baptist Church in Houston for 17 years.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church. Bro. Daniel Heeringa will officiate.
Burial will be at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston.

She is survived by her husband, Wesley Dillard Stallings of Houston; two daughters, Debbie Griggs (Rodney) of Woodland, Donna Cliett (Jeff) of Mantee; three grandchildren, Wesley and Dillon Griggs, Abby Cliett; one sister, Clara Harrell (Bob) of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elsie Cleo Herrod Inmon and Robert L. Inmon Jr.

Pallbearers will be Don Harrell, Mike Harrell, John Herrod Jr., David Stallings and Kirkham Dendy.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 201 W. Madison St., Houston, MS, 38851 or Palmer’s Home in Columbus.

Julia Waldrop
RIPLEY – Julia Waldrop, 82, died at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the McBride Funeral Home.

Steve Malcolm Winter
HOULKA – Steve Malcolm Winter, 59, died Sunday, May 18, 2008 at Santuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

He was a factory worker for 27 years until opening Pat’s Salvage Grocery, enjoyed squirrel hunting trips to the Delta, as well as mechanic work and fast cars.
Service will be at 11 a.. Tuesday at the Houlka First Baptist Church with Bro. David Blackwell officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Winter; children Todd (Nancy) Winter and Mark (Gaye) Winter; mother Christine Winter; brothers D.L. Winter and Skip Winter; one sister, Debra Flaherty; grandchildren Walker Winter, Hayden Winter and Mattie Winter.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lorell Winter.
Pallbearers include Ronnie Palmer, Charles McVay, Dustin Eaton, William Boyd McKnight, Mike Winter and Doug Winter. Honorary pallbearers are Joseph Winter, Joshua Winter and Billy Box.

Visitation is 5-9 p.m. Monday and 9-11 a.m. Tuesday.

Fanny Louise (Hill) Dismuke
PHEBA – Fanny Louise (Hill) Dismuke, 81, died Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Fondren Personal Care Home in Pheba. She was retired from the Kellwood Company after 46 years of employment.

Services are 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dale Easley and Rev. John Warren officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.

Survivors include one son, Kenny Dismuke (Brenda) of Calhoun City; grandchildren Ashley Gray and Jonathan Dismuke; brothers James Hill (Johnnie) and John “Bulger” Hill; caregivers Betty Fondren and staff of the Fondren Personal Care Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Dismuke; a sister, Virginia Blue; and her parents, Leo and Virgie Lucius Hill.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Dismuke, Damon Nelson, Jan Hill, Earl McGregor, Randy Dismuke and Jason Hill. Honorary pallbearers are Jeff Hamilton, Jerry Hamilton, Mike Jones, John W. Parker Jr., Bill Davis, Robert Earl McGrefor, Gilbert Denley and Perry Bailey.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vardaman First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Josephine Heidel
TUPELO – Josephine Winnie Heidel, 82, died Sunday, May 18, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel.

Dena Ellzey
TUPELO – Dena Ellzey died Sunday, May 18, 2008 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

William Monroe Lindsey
GOLDEN – William Monroe Lindsey, 64, died Sunday, May 18, 2008, at Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.

Glada Mae Sparks
MARIETTA – Glada Mae Sparks, 87, died Sunday, May 18, 2008, at her home. Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. today at the McMillian Funeral Home. Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillian Funeral Home.

Gene Marshall Crouch Sr.
RIPLEY – Gene Marshall Crouch Sr., 65, died Sunday, May 18, 2008, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 25, 1942 to Lillie Belle Graves Crouch of Pontotoc and Marshall Tolvert Crouch. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a truck driver for Glasco Trucking.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ripley Funeral Chapel with Bro. Scott Rodgers and Tippah County Citizens Committee officiating. Burial will be at Tippah Memorial Garden.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Parks, of Ripley; four daughters, Talana Flake (Kevin) of Ripley, Tanja Jackson (Robert) of Atoka, Tenn., Daphne Young of Walnut, and Amanda Duncan (Craig) of Ripley; three sons, Gene Crouch Jr. of Southaven, Clay Crouch (Vickie) of Senatobia, and Jeffrey Parks (Heather) of Dumas; his mother, Lillie Belle Graves Crouch of Pontotoc; one sister, Barbara Carter (Wayne) of Pontotoc; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Robin White; his father, Marshall Crouch; and one sister, Virginia O’Kelly Bartton.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Monday at Ripley Funeral Home.
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