Obituaries, May 21, 2007

Brenda L. Boyce, Ashland

James Brown, Caledonia

Lee Carruthers, Tupelo

Doris Chapman, Corinth

Robert Donald, Tupelo

Ruthie Mae Hamilton, Mantee

Marie McCarthy, Red Bay, Ala.

Annie McCoy, Iuka

Lee E. Richardson, Corinth

S.Sgt. John Thomas Self, Algoma

James R. Turman Sr., Houston

Robert Donald
TUPELO – Robert Donald, 66, died Thursday, May 17, 2007, at the Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. He was a member of Lane Chapel C.M.E. Church. He attended George Washington Carver High School.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grayson-Porter's Chapel with the Rev. Carl Jones officiating. Burial will be in Porter's Memorial Park.

Survivors include three special cousins, Merline McAllister of Tupelo, Mildred Osborne of Jackson, Tenn., and Carolyn Nesbitt of Paducah, Ky.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cora Lee Jones and Bluford Donald; three brothers, Johnny and Eugene Ward and Willie Donald; and one sister, Cora Lee Donald.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Friends may also sign the guest book at www.Grayson-PortersMortuary.com.

Doris Chapman
CORINTH – Doris Chapman, 89, died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.

James Brown
CALEDONIA – James Othel Brown, 88, died Sunday, May 20, 2007, in Hamilton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Annie McCoy
IUKA – Annie McCoy, 78, formerly of Tishomingo, died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at the Tishomingo Community Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

Ruthie Mae Hamilton
MANTEE – Ruthie Mae Hamilton, 84, died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at her home. She was born Jan. 22, 1923, in Sunflower County to the late Arthur Stokes and Floy Era Bradshaw Stokes. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial will be in the Indianola city Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Nancy Hamilton (Joe) of Mantee, Melba Rivers (Johnny) of Greenville, Virginia Dyson (Joseph) of Lumberton and Dorothy Duke of Wiggins; two sons, Eddie Canoy (Esther) of Picayune and Sam Canoy (Cathy) of Prentiss; two sisters, Mildred Era Bennett of Sumrall and Mary Champagne of Hattiesburg; one brother, Arthur Stokes Jr. of Helena, Ark.; 26 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Irvin Preston Canoy and Mary Lois Canoy; three brothers, John L. Stokes, James Marion Stokes and Little Brother; and two sisters, Jesse Virginia Newsome and Ruby Francis Stokes.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

S.Sgt. John Thomas Self
ALGOMA – Staff Sergeant John Thomas Self, 29, of Algoma, died May 14, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq from injuries received as the result of an improvised explosive device. He was born Nov. 2, 1977, in Tupelo to Robert A. and Jill Long Self. He was a member of Algoma Baptist Church and was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed playing on the computer. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Bro. Don Smith and Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will be in the Turnpike Cemetery. Baldwin, Nowell and Clark Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Jill Long Self, and his stepfather, Terry L. Self; his sisters, Misty D. Gann (Johnny) of Amory and Sandy Pennington (J.T.) of Pontotoc; his brothers, Ronnie Self (Jennifer) of Birmingham, Ala., and Sam Self (Amanda) of Thaxton; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Laron Self of Houlka, and Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Self of Pontotoc; his nieces and nephews, Breanna Gann, Cordell Gann and Courtney and Ashley Gann, all of Amory, Morgan, Brian and Tracy Self of Pontotoc, Dakoda Perrigan of Conroe, Texas, Kaleb Pennington of Pontotoc, Issac Burcham and Reid Self of Thaxton, Tyler Ebert and Paul Clark of Birmingham; his aunts and uncles, Vaughn Long (Little) of Pontotoc, Dianne Barrowman (Don) of Bradington, Fla., Melinda Bell (Mike) of Lake Village, Ark., Josie Scott (David) of Hillside, Ill., Larry “Jr.” Self (Laura) of Lombard, Ill., Tessa Pugh of Houlka, Jane Giles of Sarasota, Fla., and Gary Self (Heidi) of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; and his special friends, Jessica Hester of Oxford, Earl Houston of Memphis and Adam Tunnell of Starkville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert A. Self; his grandfather, Fay Long; his grandmother, Mae Long; and an uncle, Tommy Self.

Pallbearers will be the 314th Security Forces Squadron in Little Rock, Ark.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ted Foster, Dyerl Foster, Matthew Foster, Scott Foster, Larry Foster, Brent Foster, Larry Easterling, Ethan Easterling, Waymon Heard, Randy Heard, Terry Foster, Chris Foster, Sr. Airman Ricks of Tupelo and Sgt. Melave of Scott Air Force Base.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesday before moving to the church.

Memorials may be made to Algoma Baptist Church, P.O. Box 107, Algoma, MS 38820 or to Turnpike Cemetery Fund, 7173 Highway 6 West, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

James R. Turman Sr.
HOUSTON – James Robert Turman Sr., 76, died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at his home in Houston. He was born Sept. 10, 1930, in Houston to David Alma and Letha Jane Turman. He was a retired employee of Allied Enterprises in Starkville. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Edward Knox officiating. Burial will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Woods and Bill of Saltillo; one son, James “Bub” Turman Jr. of Houston; two brothers, David Turman of Clinton and Raymond Turman of Port Arthur, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Joy Turman, on Sept. 3, 1998; and his parents.

Pallbearers will be Walter Turman, Grady Turman, Glenn Jackson, Perry Knox, Henry Myers and Mickey West.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The online registry may be signed at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Lee E. Richardson
CORINTH – Lee E. Richardson, 62, died Saturday, May 19, 2007, at his residence. He was born Sept. 15, 1944, in Corinth to C.B. Richardson and Annie Lee Childs Richardson. He was a graduate of Raleigh High School in Smith County and a U.S. Army veteran. He was as retired printer with Mississippi Polymers, formerly Intex Plastics. He attended the North Corinth Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McPeters Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with Bro. Bill Wages officiating. Burial will be in the Henry Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherra McKinney and husband, Jerry, of Michie, Tenn., and Seresa Houston and husband, Jay, of Corinth; one brother, LeWayne Richardson and wife, Judy, of Louin; two sisters, Linda Thornton and husband, Keith, of Pineville and Grace Daniels and husband, Billy, of Raleigh; and five grandchildren, Samuel and Rachel Devine, Joshua, Leah and Benjamin Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son-in-law, Barry Devine.

Pallbearers will be Keith Thornton, Billy Daniels, Roy Rhodes, Jay Houston, Jerry McKinney and Harrison Childs.

Marie McCarthy
RED BAY, Ala. – Marie McCarthy, 79, died Saturday, May 19, 2007, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Dec. 18, 1927, in Centre, Alabama to Melvin and Eula Long Blanton. She owned the Sears Catalog Store in Red Bay for 20 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she taught the Beginner's Sunday School Class for over 30 years. She was a former Kindergarten teacher at Red Bay School for 10 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred McCarthy; her parents; her grandson, Michael McCarthy; and her brother, William Hollis Blanton.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Rick Murrell officiating. Burial will be in the Red Bay City Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Robert McCarthy and Steve McCarthy and wife, Sherry, all of Red Bay, and Carlton McCarthy and wife, Linda, of Tuscumbia, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Clay McCarthy, Nikolas McCarthy, Kegan McCarthy, Dustin McCarthy, Kevin McCarthy, Marc McCarthy and Joshua Terry.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Brenda L. Boyce
ASHLAND – Brenda Lucille Boyce, 54, died Saturday, May 19, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 28, 1952 to John Robert Howard and Samantha Elliott Howard. She was the widow of Leslie Boyce. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethany Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Bethany Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Boyce (Jessica) and Wesley Boyce, all of Ashland; and two brothers, Wayne Howard of Potts Camp and Bobby Howard of Jackson.

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

Lee Carruthers
TUPELO – Lee Andrew Carruthers died Saturday, May 19, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.