Obituaries, May 23, 2005

Martha Ann Leopard

BYHALIA – Martha Ann Leopard, 73, died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at the Alliance Health Care in Holly Springs. She was born in Ripley on Aug. 19, 1931, to Charlie Green Leopard and Onie Smith Leopard. She was a factory worker at Arthur Fulmer and was of the Pentecostal faith. She was the widow of Charlie R. Leopard.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery in Ripley.

Survivors include two sons, Terry R. Leopard and Larry R. Leopard both of Victoria; two daughters, Mary Olgie Seals of Victoria and Rachel Elaine Smith of Ripley; one brother, Simon L. Leopard of Ripley; three sisters, Ruth Sides, Josephine Cook and Etta Thomas, all of Ripley; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

James C. Hays

STARKVILLE – James Craighill Hays, 76, died Friday, May 20, 2005, in Memphis. He was born in Macon, Georgia. He was a forrester with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife for 23 years. He was a fan of MSU baseball and women's basketball. He attended the University of Georgia, was a member of the Lions club and a Gideon. He was a member of the National Rifle Associaton and a Korean War veteran. He was a member of the last graduation class of Boys High School in Atlanta, Ga. and a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Aldersgate Methodist Church with the Rev. Tim Sisk, the Rev. Ron McDougald and the Rev. Walter Goldsmith officiating. Burial will be in the Oktibbeha Memorial Park. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Frances Hays of Starkville; two daughters, Donna Hays Daniel and Steven of Madison and Suzanne Hays Cook and David of Greenville; five sons, Paul Hays and Bonnie and Pete Hays, all of Starkville, Cliff Hays and jennifer of Kosciusko, Norman and Rosane Hays of Tupelo and Jim and Theresa Hays of New Orleans; one sister, Celia Hays Caldwell and Kenneth of Canton, Ga.; several nieces and nephews; 16 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Gertrude Hays, and a sister, Joanne Hays.

Memorials may be made to the Aldersgate Methodist Church or to St. Jude.

Willie Nichols Starling

TUPELO – Willie B. Nichols Starling, 83, of the Eggville community, died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. A lifelong resident of Lee County, she was born May 12, 1922, to Willie Bob and Venia Roebuck Harris. She was retired from Purnell's Pride. She was a member of Eggville Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed raising her children and being with her family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Eggville Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Gerald Gann officiating. Burial will be in the Eggville Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four sons, James Nichols and wife, Lou Ann, of Laurel, Billy Nichols and wife, Hope, of Mooreville, Bobby Nichols and wife, Patsy, and Johnny Nichols, all of Tupelo; one daughter, Beverly Yancey and husand, Bob, of Paducah, Ky.; one stepson, Horace Starling of Mantachie; two stepdaughters, Patsy Duffie of Saltillo and Sherry Kelly of Kentucky; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dee Starling, on Jan. 15, 1999; her parents; three sisters, Eloise Livingston, Mabel Simpson and Mauvoleen Harris; and one brother, Titus Harris.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday.

Gladys Riley

CALHOUN CITY – Gladys Marie Riley, 85, died Saturday, May 22, 2005, at the Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 22, 1920, in Mississippi to the late A.P. Riley and Betty Riley. She was a secretary/bookkeeper for E.L. Bruce Company. She was a lifelong member of Pittsboro Baptist Church where she was church treasurer and a Sunday School teacher. She was also a member of the Pittsboro Homemakers Club.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Buford Usry officiating. Burial will be i the Pittsboro Cemetery.

Survivors include four nieces, Martha Parker andNelda Patton, both of Pittsboro, Joan Cash of Jonesboro, Ark., and Linda Williams of Saltillo; five nephews, Kenneth Harrelson of Calhoun City, Billy Beck of Medford, Ore., William T. Beck Jr. of Walnut Creek, Calif., Hary Sugg II of Pensacola, Fla., and James Sugg Sr. of Springdale, Ark.; 16 great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Maxie Harrelson, Mattie Pilgreen, Lucille Beck and Mary Sugg.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Hayden Martin, Tillman Flanagan, Lonnie Patton, Quincy Parker, Charles Williams and James Sugg.

Dallie Rushell Paine

HAMILTON – Dallie Rushell Paine, 93, died Saturday, May 21, 2005, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be anounced later by Kenneth I. Robertson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

David P. Taylor

AMORY – David P. Taylor, 50, died Saturday, May 21, 2005, in a motorcycle accident in Monroe County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E. E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Helen Taylor

AMORY – Helen Taylor, 49, died Saturday, May 21, 2005, in a motorcyle accident in Monroe County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Bradley Archie

AMORY – Bradley Archie, 7 months, died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Ruby Newsum

NEW ALBANY – Ruby Estell Newsum, 83, died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at the Baptist Hosital East-Memphis, Tenn. She was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Union County to the late George and Ira Williams Swords. She was retired from Futorian Corp. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Terry Rogers and Bro. Kenny Adair officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, William Cody Newsum; one daughter, Swanda Boyd and husband, James, of Nw Albany; one sister, Amy Black of Ingomar; two grandchildren, Brent Mauldin and Lynn Dawe; three great-grandchildren, Scotty Dawe, Stephen Dawe and Taylor Dawe.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pallbearers will be Don Bailey, Ray Bailey, Johnny Newsum, Greg Newsum, Dean Wells and James Boyd Jr.

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

Joe K. Vaughn

BELMONT – Joe K. Vaughn, 87, died Saturday, May 21, 2005, at his residence. He was born June 23, 1917, in Henderson, Tenn., to J.T. and Modina James Vaughn. He was a member of the Church of Christ and was retird from the Mississippi State Highway Department as an instrument engineer after 25 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Inez H. Vaughn; one brohter, Rev. Roy L. Vaughn; and his parents.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Wayne Mitchell and Bro. Jack Maroon officiating. Burial will be in the Belmont City Cemetery.

Survivors inlcude one brother, James T. Maughan o Greers Ferry, Ark.; one sister, Christine v. O'Bryant of Hernando; a special niece, Mary Jo Lundren and husband, Richard, of Westchester, Ill.; a special nephew, Ron Eaton of Westchester, Ill.; six nieces and two nephews.

Pallbearers will be Bro. Jerry Ginn, David McCallam, Don Mitchell, Jerry Moore, Bradley Pounders and Kenneth Pounders.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Heart to Heart Hospice, P.O. Box 875, Belmont, MS 38827.

Ricky Dale Wigginton

DENNIS – Ricky Dale Wigginton, 52, died Saturday, May 21, 2005, in Texarkana, Texas. He was born in Belmont on Oct. 8, 1952, to Buel and Wilma Wigginton. He did service work for Gateway, a division of Champion Homes. He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. He was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Wigginton; and his grandparents, N.C. and ollie Wigginton and Oliver and Florence Wood.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Dustin Smith and Bro. Rod Carter officiating. Burial will be in the Lindsey Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Sue Wigginton of Dennis; his parents, Buel and Wilma Wigginton; his children, Jason Wigginton and wife, Michelle of Saltillo, Lee Poinds, Christi Pierce and husband, Craig, and Kerry Poinds and wife, Jennifer, all of Dennis; two sisters, Jackie Allen and husband, Wayne, of Belmont, and Kathy Carter and husband, Ricky, of Hohenwald, Tenn.; five brothers, Wade Wigginton of Belmont, Danny Wigginton of Fairview, Tenn., Roney Wigginton and wife, Sandra of Golden, Patrick Wigginton of Fulton, and Chris Wigginton and wife, Bretta of Red Bay, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Hunter and Trenton Wigginton of Saltillo, Dunstin Smith, Tyler Smith, Laken Pounds, Brody Pounds and Dustin Farris, all of Dennis; special nieces, Christy Harrell and Misty Byram and three special great-nieces, Nichole, Hannah and Gracie Harrell.

Pallbearers will be Tyler Sith, Steve Smith, Benny Parrish, Gerald Smith, Griff Griffin and Thomas Thompson.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Larvell Flemons

OXFORD – Larvell Flemons died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford.

Stella Gross

OXFORD – Stella Gross died Saturday, May 21, 2005, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges Funeral Home of Batesville.

Jimmy Oliver Bullock

BALDWYN – Jimmy Oliver Bullock,48, died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at his residence after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.