Obituaries, May 2, 2006

Sybil Follin, Corinth
Charlie Gibbs, Tupelo
Bill Greer Jr., Baldwyn
Jack Griffin, Houlka
William Guyton, Hamilton, Ala.
Bernardo Hernandez, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Mary Hollivay, Hamilton
Lovie Hughes, New Albany
Dick Lanning Jr., Corinth
Marvin Ledbetter, Palmerdale, Ala.
Terry Massey, Tishomingo
Rachel Miller, Holly Springs
Arlyn Nelms, New Albany
Annie Skelton, Slayden
Lurleen Sullivan, New Albany
Robert Warren, Holly Springs
Lee Wilder, Pontotoc
James Wilson, Pisgah

Charlie Gibbs

TUPELO – Charles Henry “Charlie” Gibbs, 79, died Monday, May 1, 2006, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. A native of Brownsville, Tenn., he was born Oct. 20, 1926, to the late Henry Arthur and Maggie May Maxwell Gibbs. He graduated from Haywood County High School and attended Memphis State University, where he played football. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was retired from South Central Bell with more than 30 years of service. He was a past president and longtime treasurer of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club and served as governor of the Mississippi North Civitans. He was also a York Rite Mason and was active while living in Paris, Tenn. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church and served on the Lee County 4-H Advisory Committee. He was an avid fan of the University of Tennessee. He will be remembered for driving the athletic bus for Tupelo High School for more than 10 years, and helping build the sets for Tupelo High School Theater and Tupelo Community Theater.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.

Survivors include one daughter, Debby Gibbs of Tupelo; two nephews, Jimmy McNatt of Memphis and Don McNatt of Nashville; his special friends, Sue Shaw-Smith and Heidi Smith; his wife's brothers and sister, nieces and nephews of Jackson, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 50 years, Joan Gibbs, on August 6, 1996; and a sister, Margaret McNatt.

Pallbearers will be former THS coaches, James Sloan, Larry Harmon, Phil Ferguson, Bob Monroe, Lee Stratton, Ken Smith, Mickey Linder and Ricky Black.

Honorary pallbearers will be Nanci Gray; members of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club; and the BellSouth Pioneers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

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

Bill Greer Jr.

BALDWYN – William P. “Bill” Greer Jr. died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 30, 1933, in Union County. He graduated from Cedar Hill High School in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1960. He was employed by AT&T for 41 years, retiring to the Alpine community in 1994. He was a faithful member of Zion Hill Church. He will be fondly remembered for the great love that he shared with his family, especially his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Faulkner officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Dorthy; one son, Tim and wife, Susan; one daughter, Cathy; one grandson, Matthew; one granddaughter, Katie, all of Belvedere, Ill.; one brother, Donald G. Greer and wife, Dannie, of Joliet, Ill.; one sister-in-law, JoAnn Greer of Henderson, Tenn.; his stepmother, Annie V. Greer of the Alpine community; nieces, Nancy Cheney, Crystal Chapman and Amber Greer; nephews, Randy and Matthew Greer; great-nieces, Ryan Chapman and Erin Cheney; great-nephews, Steven Chapman, Kevin Cheney and William James Wade; numerous cousins; one uncle, Keith Hitt.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mamie Lee Bryan Greer, in 1983; his father, W.P. Greer Sr. in 2000; and a brother, James Larry Greer in 2002.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Dick Lanning Jr.

CORINTH – Garnett Richard “Dick” Lanning Jr., 79, died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at Nancy's Vineyard in Booneville. A native of Corinth, he was a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he played with the Mississippian Dance Band and Orchestra. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was the district manager of General Motors Chevrolet Division in Memphis for two years, then became co-owner, along with his father, G.R. Lanning Sr., of Lanning Chevrolet Company in Corinth from 1952 to 1975. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was past president of the Kiwanis Club, FMC Young Men's Bible Class and the Bill Sharp Sunday School Class. He enjoyed playing tennis, jogging in his earlier years, Big Band music, and being with friends, family and his pets.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Frank Burton officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Cathy Barnes, and Cindy Dickey and husband, Larry, all of Corinth; one granddaughter, Brandy Settlemires and husband, Marty, of Corinth; two grandsons, Kevin Horton of Corinth, and Stan Horton and wife, B.J., of Ripley; one great-granddaughter, Hannah Horton of Ripley; one cousin, Marjorie Waters of Booneville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Garnett and Anne Lanning; a son-in-law, Lowell Barnes; and the mother of his children, Bess Lanning.

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

Memorials may be made to: First United Methodist Church, 901 N. Fillmore St., Corinth, MS 38834; or Corinth/Alcorn County Humane Society, 3825 Proper St., Corinth, MS 38834.

Jack Burt Griffin

HOULKA – Jack Burt Griffin, 89, died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at her home in Houlka. She was born Feb. 15, 1917, in Calhoun County to Sim Lee Burt and Effie James Burt. She was a retired employee of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. She was a member of Houlka Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Houlka Baptist Church with the Rev. David Blackwell officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, Jack W. Griffin of Houlka, Roger and Deloris Griffin of Booneville, and Phil and Mary Griffin of Plantersville; four grandchildren, Burt Griffin, Lynn Keith, Lee Griffin and Lisa Griffin; five great-grandchildren, Whitnie Hill, Will Keith, Kately Keith, Clancy Griffin and Kaylie Griffin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Griffin, on May 15, 1993; her parents; and a sister, Jean Burt Lyles.

Pallbearers will be Burt Griffin, Lee Griffin, Wade Keith, Will Keith, Cris Griffin, Cris Clark and Sam Russell.

Annie Skelton

SLAYDEN – Annie Estelle Skelton, 88, died Monday, May 1, 2006, at the Tippah County Hospital. She was born Feb. 14, 1918, in Slayden to Harvey Skelton and Lillie Rigsby. She was the widow of Samuel E. Skelton. She was a homemaker and a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Slayden.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Adair officiating. Burial will be in the John K. Skelton Cemetery at Lamar.

Survivors include two sons, Randale Skelton of Hickory Flat and Spanky Skelton of Lamar; six daughters, Connie Taylor, Wanda Carpenter and Dorothy Skelton, all of Lamar, Janet Duke of Mantachie, Carolyn Hale of Potts Camp and Lucy Sanders of Olive Branch; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James Wilson

PISGAH – James Woodrow Wilson, 80, died Monday, May 1, 2006, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Lovie Lee Hughes

NEW ALBANY – Lovie Lee Hughes, 50, died Thursday, April 27, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. She was born June 5, 1955, in Holly Springs to the late Jessie James Hughes Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Collins. She was employed at Graceland Care Center in New Albany.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Pine Bluff Myrtle Baptist Church. Burial will be in Gerizum Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three children, Yolanda Rucker, Marcus Rucker and Elliott Collins, all of New Albany; three sisters, Mary Louise Thirsty of Racine, Wis., Pearley Collins of New Albany and Shelia Mosley of Jackson, Tenn.; two brothers, Jessie James Hughes Jr. of Holly Springs and Jeffrey Collins of Jackson, Tenn.; three godchildren, Lee Ann Shaw, Benny Cook and Xavier Adkins; six grandchildren; a special aunt, Paulette Turner; her companion, Curtis Jr. Lipsey; uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lurleen Sullivan

NEW ALBANY – Lurleen Morris Sullivan, 90, died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. She was born Dec. 17, 1915, in Union County to the late Johnie Glover Morris and Myrtle Tidwell Morris. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Olive Branch. She enjoyed her family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. David Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Cambridge Cemetery in Lafayette County.

Survivors include four daughters, Martha Browning of New Albany, Joyce Beaty of Blue Mountain, Genette Beaty of Panama City, Fla., and Deborah Mullins of Columbus, Ga.; three sons, James Sullivan of Olive Branch, Malcolm Sullivan of Water Valley and Larry Sullivan of Horn Lake; two sisters, Mary Sue Long of Memphis and Fay Faines of Batesville; one brother, D.M. “Dude” Morris of Etta; 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, E.A. “Pete” Sullivan; a sister, Doris Churchill; and a granddaughter, Patricia Greer.

Pallbearers will be Mike Browning, Chuck Browning, Tony Browning, Kenneth Sullivan, Greg Alred, Jonathan Beaty and Jerry Lynn Beaty.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Rachel Miller

HOLLY SPRINGS – Rachel Miller, 74, died Thursday, April 27, 2006, at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Holly Springs. She was born June 5, 1931, in Marshall County to the late Horace Henry Miller and Lottie Armstrong Miller. She was a domestic worker in private homes and a member of Jones Grove M.B. Church in Holly Springs.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs with the Rev. S.A. Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden.

Survivors include one son, Henry Miller of Holly Springs; three sisters, Dinah Foster of Blue Mountain, Rebecca Austin of Memphis and Rosie Lee Williams of Sacramento, Calif.; one brother, Horace Miller Jr. of Memphis; one grandchild.

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

Terry Joe Massey

TISHOMINGO – Terry Joe Massey, 34, died Sunday, April 30, 2006, in Itawamba County. He was born Aug. 2, 1971, in Red Bay, Ala. He was a stone mason and a member of Forrest Grove Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Forrest Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Grove Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Anne Massey of Tishomingo; one daughter, Toni Massey of Tishomingo; two stepdaughters, Lisa Upton of Vina, Ala., and Jennifer Enlow of Russellville, Ala.; his parents, Joe A. Massey and wife, Susie, and Linda Sue Harris, all of Tishomingo; his grandmother, Helen M. Wanner; two sisters, Teresa Lynn Cranford and husband, Ray, of Tishomingo, and Lesa Judd and husband, Mike, of Belmont; two brothers, Macky Massey and wife, Tona, of Golden, and Bo Massey of Tishomingo; one stepbrother, Ricky Hicks and wife, Debbie, of Tishomingo; two nieces, Skye Judd of Belmont and Jackie Cranford of Tishomingo; two nephews, Andy Bolding of Belmont and Tyler Massey of Golden; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James I. and Maebell, and Old Man Wanner.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Poole, Eddie Cranford, Brian Stewart, Ricky Gillette, Roger Gillette, John B. Poole, Jerry Massey and Mark Franks.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

William Guyton

HAMILTON, Ala. – William David Guyton, 50, died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at the Marion Regional Hospital in Hamilton, Ala. He was born Dec. 8, 1955, in Lamar County, Ala. He attended Sulligent High School and Cornerstone Fellowship Church. He was a former member of the Alabama Army National Guard 877th Engineering Battalion. He was a truck driver for Road Master in Brilliant, Ala.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cornerstone Fellowship Church with Bro. James Perkins and Bro. Edward Ayers officiating. Burial will be in Easter Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents, W.C. Guyton and Nell Guyton of Sulligent, Ala.; his wife, Jeanie Guyton of Hamilton, Ala.; one son, Joey (Jessica) Guyton of Millport, Ala.; two daughters, Jennifer Allen of Jasper, Ala., and Lita Guyton of Hamilton, Ala.; one brother, Doyle Guyton of Gattman; five sisters, Daisye Nethery, Donna Pickle, Darlene Sorrells and Denise Sanders, all of Sulligent, Ala., and Dorothy Franklin of Jones, Mich.; six grandchildren, Kendra Guyton, Devin Peterson, Summer Guyton, Taylor Guyton, Hannah Guyton and Gage Guyton.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Thorn Allen.

Lee Ann Wilder

PONTOTOC – Lee Ann Wilder, 83, died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven after a long illness. She was a member of West Heights Baptist Church. She was a resident of the Pontotoc Senior Citizens Apartments until moving to Beverly Healthcare in Southaven to be near her daughter.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Tutor Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Vincent officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Dianne Hinnirichs of California and Brenda Donnell of Horn Lake; three grandchildren, Kelley Salasavage of California, Rusty Nash of Alabama and Rodney Nash of Southaven; five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Beulah McCain; her husband, Billy Ray Wilder; a brother, Ruel “Pete” McCain; and two sisters, Gladys Horton and Ruby Short.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Bernardo Hernandez

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Bernardo Arellano Hernandez, 41, died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at the UNC Hospital. He was a construction worker.

Services will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Chapel in Pontotoc with Rocky Tzib officiating. Burial will be in Mexico.

Survivors include his wife, Arminda Sanchez Hernandez; one son, Bernardo Comar Hernandez; one daughter, Viriana Hernandez; his mother, Maria Guadalupe Hernandez; three brothers, Roman Hernandez of Pontotoc, and Isaias and Alejandro Hernandez; two sisters, Macaria Antonia and Semida Hirene Hernandez; two grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Marvin Ledbetter

PALMERDALE, Ala. – Marvin Lester Ledbetter died Sunday, April 30, 2006. He was a native of Jefferson County, Ala., a former resident of New Georgia and a resident of Palmerdale, Ala., for the past 54 years. He was the founder of Ledbetter Foundry Co., which he owned and operated for 60 years. He was a member of Palmerdale Methodist Church for 50 years and had recently joined the Springville Road Church of Christ. He was a generous man who worked hard to support his family.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, Ala.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Ledbetter; two daughters, Alice Lee Collins Breen and Jo Marie (Doug) Martin; five sons, Robert Lester (Dale) Ledbetter, Ray A. (Gail) Ledbetter, Chad M. (Gloria) Martin, Roger David (Janie) Martin and Riley Hill; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Marshall Howard (Bessie Lee) Ledbetter and Leland Cleo (Faye) Ledbetter; one sister, Maudie Faye Withrow; a cousin, Tommy Nix of Aberdeen.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Mary Alice Ledbetter; three sisters, Margie, Mable and Martha; a son, William Russell Ledbetter; a granddaughter, Alice Elizabeth “Lisa”; a grandson, Daniel Lester Gail; a great-granddaughter, Christy Lynn; a great-grandson, Jeffery Daniel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Mary E. Hollivay

HAMILTON – Mary E. Hollivay, 87, died Saturday, April 29, 2006. She was a burial and life insurance agent for Westbrooks Funeral Home/American Burial Association for more than 40 years. She was a seamstress, a mother, a Christian and a member of Sulphur Springs M.B. Church.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Sulphur Springs M.B. Church with the Rev. Henry Mosley officiating. Burial will be in Willis Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four sons, Godfrey (Loretta) Hollivay of Hamilton, and Homer (Sadie) Hollivay, Sam Hollivay and Ossie Dell Hollivay, all of Chicago Heights, Ill.; one daughter, Donna Hollivay; 19 grandchildren; three sisters, Pearlie Sue (Jerry) Moore of University Park, Ill., Lee Anna Foster of Chicago and Ozella Wilcox of Cincinnati, Ohio; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyle Hollivay, in 1975; a daughter, Mary Birdia Lavender, on Jan. 21, 2006; two sisters, Verma Lee and Levada Hodges; and a brother.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.

Arlyn Nelms

NEW ALBANY – Clifford Arlyn Nelms, 78, died Monday, May 1, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 20, 1927, in Potts Camp to the late Jack Nelms and Dovie Forrester Nelms. He worked as a machinist for Wurlitzer Piano Company and in maintenance for Denton Mills. He was a longtime member of the Cornersville Methodist Church and for the last 20 years had been a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. Since retiring, he has enjoyed working in his vegetable garden. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he was known for his ability and his willingness to help others with many general repairs.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Creighton White and the Rev. Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Virginia Lee Nelms; two daughters, Sharon Campbell and husband, Walter, of Florence, Ala., and Angela Stanford and husband, David, of New Albany; four grandchildren, Kyle Stanford and Ashley Stanford of New Albany, Shannon Campbell of Baton Rouge, La., and Neil Campbell of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kendall Nelms.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 113 Highway 15 N., New Albany, MS 38652 or a charity of the donor's choice.

Sybil Follin

CORINTH – Sybil M. Follin died Monday, May 1, 2006, at her home in Corinth. She was a member of Tate Baptist Church and a master gardener of flowers.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Dr. Gregg Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Fabon Follin of Corinth; one son, Ricky Follin and wife, Beth, of Meridian; one daughter, Kimberly Follin of Corinth; three grandchildren, Ryan Follin, Whitney Follin and Jacob Follin.

Pallbearers will be Jack Stewart, Leon Perry, Cray Franks, Richard Tenhet, Norman Wicks and Marvin Hight.

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

Memorials may be made to a local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Robert Warren

HOLLY SPRINGS – Robert Thomas Warren, 24, died Friday, April 28, 2006. He was a deputy sheriff with the Marshall County Sheriff's Department and was named 2005 Officer of the Year. He was a 1999 graduate of Marshall Academy and a 2003 graduate of Class B-32 at the North Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center. He attended Mississippi State University and later the University of Mississippi, majoring in criminal justice. He was honored at Ole Miss by receiving first C.B. Hopper Award for Outstanding Legal Studies Student of the Year in 2005. He was also the owner of Warren's Lawn Service. He served as a guard for the United States Marshalls Service, assisting with prisoner transportation and courtroom security. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

Services were Monday, May 1, 2006, at Christ Episcopal Church in Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents, Susan and Jimmy Warren Jr. of Holly Springs; a sister, Alexis Warren Williams and husband, Clay, of Ocean Springs; his grandmother, Dorothy Warren of Holly Springs; and his grandparents, Roby and Ellen Stegall of Carlsbad, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jimmy Warren; a great-aunt, Mary F. Warren; and a great-uncle, Charles F. Warren.

Pallbearers were Sheriff Kenny Dickerson, Rick Preciado, Bobby Harris, David Cook, James Wright, Eddie Thompson, Jerry Robert, Kelly McMillen, Ellis Stubbs, Danny Hurdle, Jason Burch, David Johnson, Tripp Taylor, Jonathan Burch, Walter Bain, Gary Allen, James McAlexander and James Campbell.

Memorials may be made to the Rob Warren Scholarship Fund for Legal Studies, c/o First State Bank, P.O. Box 580, Holly Springs, MS 38635 or to Christ Episcopal Church.