Obituaries May 22, 2010

Hannah Shields
FULTON – Hannah Lee Shumpert Shields, 76, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at Community Hospice in Verona. She was born April 24, 1934, in Lee County to Albert and Fannie Shumpert. She was a member of Pine Grove M.B. Church in Dorsey. She was a retired employee of Purnell’s Pride/Marshall Durbin with 38 years of service. She married Nick Shields on April 27, 2003.
Services will be at noon today at Pine Grove M.B. Church at Dorsey. The Rev. Greg Pegues will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three stepdaughters, Francis Heavens of Tupelo, and Pocahontas (Lincoln) Dillie and Shellyann Shields of Jackson; four stepsons, Mack Tuner Sr., John C. Turner, Nick (Cynthia) Shields Sr., and Walter (Myra) Shields, all of Tupelo; four sisters, Mary Jones and Betty Ruth Neal, both of Verona, Fannie Turner of Fulton and Rosa Shumpert of Canton; five brothers, Andrew Joe Shumpert and Leroy (Farris) Shumpert of St. Louis, Mo., Willie (Dorothy Jean) Shumpert and James (Annie Pearl) Shumpert of Fulton, and Winfred (Belinda) Shumpert of Shannon; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one sister, Marvis Jean Shumpert; and two brothers, Fonzie Shumpert and Climmie L. Shumpert.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
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Dorothy Sawyer
HOUSTON, Texas – Dorothy Sawyer, 80, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at Vitas Hospice Memorial City Hospital in Houston, Texas. She was born Aug. 8, 1908, in Pittsboro.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bruce Cemetery with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Thomas Sawyer of Houston, Texas; a brother, Charles Herring Sr. (Ann) of Bruce; a niece, nephew and several cousins.
Del Hemphill
SLATE SPRINGS – Delbert Lee “Del” Hemphill, 73, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born April 27, 1937, in Lewiston, Idaho. He was a retired captain (0-6) in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was the mayor of Slate Springs. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Calhoun City, Grand Lodge, McKee Lodge in Slate Springs, the American Legion and the Military Officers Association of America.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Dr. Dax Summerhill and the Rev. Fred Hartley will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda R. Hemphill of Slate Springs; three sons, Terry Hemphill of Newport, Wash., Michael Hemphill of Charleston, N.C., and Kurt Hemphill of Mobile, Ala.; his mother, Edna Hemphill of Lewiston, Idaho; one brother, Rodney Hemphill of Lewiston, Idaho; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earnie Hemphill.
Pallbearers will be Brent Parker, Ben Reese, Bo Reese Lindsey, Patrick Knight, James M. Casey, Todd Cospelich, Jimmy Cole and Eddie Helms.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy ball, Johnny Dean, Chodie Myers, A.M. Zeidman, Dale Hays, Dale Weeks, Woody Jones, Jefferson Gilder and Ray Montalvo.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Excel Inc., Calhoun City, MS 38916; or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
David Mask
PONTOTOC – David Lamar Mask, 61, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at the Pontotoc County Hospital. He was born March 11, 1949, in Pontotoc to Howard and Nancy Mask. He was a 1967 graduate of Pontotoc High School. He was a disabled Vietnam veteran who served in the United States Army. He was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church. He was known for his big heart and his willingness to help others.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Bro. Jody Rock will officiate. Burial will be in Valley Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Nancy Mask of Pontotoc; one sister, Shirley (Billy) Dillard of Pontotoc; one nephew, Tim (Tammy) Dillard of Pontotoc; one niece, Angela (Tony) Harris of Pontotoc; four great-nephews, C.J. Dillard, Will Dillard, Dillon Harris and Tucker Harris, all of Pontotoc; one great-niece, Emma Harris of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Lamar Mask.
Pallbearers will be Tim Dillard, C.J. Dillard, Will Dillard, Tony Harris, Dillon Harris and Tucker Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Randolph and Matt Anderson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
Albert Riley
CASON – John Albert Riley, 87, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, he was born Oct. 16, 1922, in Amory to John and Tennie Hester Riley. He married Reba Taylor in 1944. A member of the Cason Baptist Church, he was ordained as a deacon in 1962 and was a church trustee for 50 years. A former employee of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, he retired from Amory Garment Co. after 35 years as head mechanic. He enjoyed gardening, traveling and especially spending time with his family. He had great joy in attending church, listening to bluegrass music and picking the guitar.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Jim Manley and Bro. Shane Crawford officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Reba Riley of Cason; one son, Jimmy Riley (Barbara) of Cason; one daughter, Linda Riley Adams (George Sr.) of Cason; nine grandchildren, April Riley Cook, Timothy Jenkins, James Taylor Riley, Anthony Jenkins, Krystal Riley Kuykendall, George Adams Jr., Johnny Adams, Thomas Adams and Glenda Adams Webster; and 10 great-grandchildren, Chelsea Jenkins, Emily Grace Jenkins, Jenna Jenkins, Liam Taylor Riley, Aidan Tate Riley, Michael Adams, Meghan Webster, Gavin Adams, Brooklyn Adams and Silas Adams.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Lola Hoots Westmoreland.
Pallbearers will be George Adams Jr., Johnny Adams, Thomas Adams, Michael Adams, Taylor Riley, Anthony Jenkins, Nathan Kuykendall and Melvin Webster. Honorary pallbearer will be Timothy Jenkins.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.
Boby Carney
WAYNESBORO – Boby Gene Carney, 64, died Friday, May 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a carpenter and did construction work for 42 years. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was a member of the Mississippi National Guard and the First Baptist Church in Waynesboro.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Freeman Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Smith and Bro. Brooks Barkley officiating. Burial will be in the Hebron Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Olivia “Libby” Carney of Waynesboro; two sons, Joey Carney (Kim) of Eupora and John Carney of Waynesboro; one brother, James Clark Carney of Hattiesburg; four grandchildren, Lauren Carney, Mason Carney, Mackenzie Carney and Drew Carney.
He was preceded in death his parents, Bob and Lydia Carney, and a sister, Ernestine Quail.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today at Freeman Funeral Home.
Steve Holley
BOONEVILLE – Stephen Keith Holley, 45, died Friday, May 21, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 14, 1964, in Prentiss County to Donnie and Linda Hooper Holley. He was a disabled furniture factory worker and a Baptist.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Oaklawn Memorial Park.
He is survived by his father, Donnie Holley of Booneville; his sister, Denese (Phillip) Durbin of Wheeler; two brothers, Daryl (Tina) Holley of Camden, N.J., and Scott (Penny) Holley of Booneville; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Mae Hooper Holley.
Visitation will be 4 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Jean Griffin
TUPELO – Doris Jean Dye Griffin, 77, died Friday, May 21, 2010, at her residence in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born in Shannon on July 17, 1932, to Henry and Loretta Porter Dye. She owned her own day care center for many years and retired from Action Industries. She was a longtime member at Harmony Primitive Baptist Church in Verona. She was a people person who loved everybody, especially her children and their families, and never met a stranger. She was well known for her “Mama Jean” southern cooking and big gatherings for meals and fellowship. She enjoyed fishing and going to Bay Springs and riding the house boat. She fully embraced life and enjoyed living every day of it.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Steve Weaver and Bro. Marshall Boyd officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Jeff McCaleb (Gail) of Pontotoc, Joe McCaleb (Donna) of Southaven, Sheree Murphy (John) of Surgoinsville, Tenn., John Griffin (Amy) of Houston, Texas, Mike Griffin (Connie) of Verona, Renee Fazio of Orlando, Fla., and Dianne M. Griffin of Church Hill, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a special friend and caregiver, Jacky Davis; many “adopted” daughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lamar Griffin; and four brothers, James, Porter, Rufus and Charles Dye.
Pallbearers will be Greg Coggin, Randy Tuggle, Cory Tuggle, Timmy Ellis, Josh Stewart and Josh Dye. Honorary pallbearers will be Edd Herndon, Grant McCaleb, Carl Isbell, Bob Tuggle, Rufus Jean Dye and Ronnie Hood.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday.
Memorials may be made to Survival Inc. P.O. Box 4353 Tupelo, MS 38803 or a memorial of your choice.
Douglas Thomas
COLUMBUS – Douglas Thomas, 36, died Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity CME Church in Columbus. Westbrooks Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Sunday.
Jo Ann Beene
BOONEVILLE – Jo Ann Beene died Friday, May 21, 2010, at her home in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Booneville.
Evelyn Millender
AMORY – Bessie Evelyn Gregory Reedy Millender, 87, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at her home. A lifelong resident of Amory, she was born Oct. 6, 1922, to Joe T. and Willie Maude Locke Gregory. She was a 1939 graduate of Amory High School, attended MSCW from 1939-1940, and was a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in business in 1944. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority, where she served as treasurer. She was a maid in the Amory Golden Jubilee of 1937. She married John A. Reedy in 1945; he died in 1958. She then married Charles David “Dick” Millender in 1960. She was a member of the Canteen Corps, serving troops and German soldiers during World War II. She became one of the youngest Mississippi business women when she purchased Peoples Drug Co. in 1944 at the age of 22. She was a charter member of the Amory Junior Auxiliary, a member of the Century Club, charter board member of the Amory Park and Recreation Dept., a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the Women of the Church and a Sunday school teacher. She was a member of several luncheon bridge clubs. In 1994 she celebrated 50 years in business on the Main Street of Amory. In 1995, she became an Honorary Registered Pharmacist. She enjoyed reading, watching sports, especially Ole Miss, Wheel of Fortune, and her cat, Kitty Cat.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Rev. Sandra Sisson officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Survivors include her husband, Dick Millender of Amory; one son, David Millender (Lynn) of Amory; one daughter, Patricia Reedy McDivitt (Mac) of Amory, four grandchildren, Lee McDivitt, Jeb, Billy, and Mary Evelyn Millender; and her caregivers, Molly Belle Moore, Annie Ruth Beeks, Coach Malcolm Bender and A.J. Parks.
She was preceded in death by her first husband; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Holden, Pete Randle, Jerry Guess, Lee Miller, Hal Rogers, Danny Jones, Michael Farrar, Hobdy Bryan and Bill Griffith. Honorary pallbearers will be employees and former employees of Peoples Drug Company.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 209 4th St. S., Amory, MS 38821 or to the Amory Municipal Library, 2nd Ave. N., Amory MS 38821.
Tommy Pierce
FULTON – Thomas Ray “Tommy” Pierce, 59, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Frank Worden
MERIDIAN – Frank Worden died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at Specialty Hospital of Meridian. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Houston.
Ray Taylor
CHEROKEE, Ala. – Ray Taylor, 65, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Ala. He was a member of Allsboro Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was employed at the Colbert County Water Department. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He loved to attend his grandchildren’s ball games.
Visitation is scheduled for 5 until 8 p.m. at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to service time.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Allsboro Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Rev. J.B. Burns and the Rev. Jody Hill will officiate. Burial will follow in Allsboro Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Larry Parker, Raymond Wallace, Earl Dean Moore, Luther Bishop, Jack Deaton, and John Bedford.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Ortner Taylor of Cherokee, Ala.; one daughter, Melynda Woodruff and husband, Johnny, of Iuka; two brothers, James Taylor and Jack Taylor, both of Cherokee, Ala.; one sister, Fay Moore of Cherokee, Ala.; and two grandchildren, Nathan Woodruff and Chad Woodruff, both of Iuka.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Mattie Lou Taylor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Allsboro Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Randy Mink
AMORY – Randy “Po” Mink, 50, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at his residence after an extended illness. He lived most of his life in Baldwyn. The last seven years, he has lived in the Becker community. He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and cooking. He was known as “Frame Man” to his CB friends. He was a auto frame repairman employed at Bamp&H Body Shop in Nettleton.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Terry Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Melissa Edge Mink of Amory; two daughters, Brandy Edge of Baldwyn and Brandy Sue Swartz (Ryan) of Iuka; two sons, Buddy Mink of Iuka and Justin Ardis of Olive Branch; two brothers, Jeff Mink (Renea) of Alpine and Chris Mink (Cherie) of Baldwyn; two sisters, Lori Johnson of Georgia and Leslie Bean (Jeff) of New Albany; his grandmother, Sylvia Mink of Baldwyn; his mother-in-law, Merle Ardis of Baldwyn; a sister-in-law, Dee Morgan of Baldwyn; 12 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Helen Mink; a granddaughter, Patience Mink; his grandfather, Oren Mink; a brother, Dennis Mink Jr.; brothers-in-laws, Corky Ardis, Robert Morgan, Bink Ardis and Rusty McCarley.
Pallbearers will be Pat Parr, Kenny Simmons, Gary Flurry, Walter Markham, Tony McNutt, Joe Franke and Tom Nelson. His CB friends will be honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to service time today.
John S. Benson
FULTON – John S. Benson died Thursday, May 20, 2010. He was born Oct. 5, 1939, in Itawamba County to Cecil and Sybil Loden Benson. He was employed by Itawamba County Roads District 4 for several years. He was a member of East Fulton Baptist Church and an avid outdoorsman.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Gary Smith, Bro. Grover Laird and Mike Deaton will officiate. Burial will be in New Home Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Hazel Webb Benson; two daughters, Vicki Benson of Richmond, Va., and Sonya Johnson (Mark) of Mantachie; her twin sisters, Betty Cruse of Cedar Hill, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Betty Barron (Rickie) of Verona and Loraine Lansdell of Blue Mountain.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Marcus Wayne Benson.
Pallbearers will be Rickie Barron, Chad Weatherford, Greg Weatherford, Burton Harris, Grady Senter, Oma Davis, Charles Adams and J.D. Wilson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Sunday.
Thurman Purvis
EUPORA – Thurman Purvis, 86, died Friday, May 21, 2010, at the Bruce Long Term Care Facility.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Delta Heights Cemetery in Cleveland. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Matthew Haralson
MEMPHIS – Matthew Christopher Haralson, 29, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

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