Obituaries May 27, 2011

Kathryn Bullock
TIPLERSVILLE – Eva Kathryn Johnson Bullock, 88, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born July 7, 1922, to Richard Conway and Eva Clara Moore Johnson in Marshall County. She was a homemaker and a member of Harmony Baptist Church for 64 years.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Harmony Baptist Church in Walnut with Bro. Brian Tatum officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home in Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Kay Hobson (James L.) of Tiplersville; one daughter-in-law, Betty Bullock Tomlinson (Jim) of Tiplersville; one brother, David E. Johnson (Betty Jo) of Nesbit; five grandchildren, Paula Bullock Devore, Denise Bullock Sauceda (Juan), Keith Bullock (Missy), Brett Hobson and Alex Hobson (Aya); seven great-grandchildren, Erica Nails and Dean Bullock, Isaiah and Isaac Sauceda, Luke and Bonnie Devore and Vincent Hobson; and one great-great-grandchild, Tessa Lynn Wright.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bonnie Jewel Bullock; one son, Bonnie Dean Bullock; her parents; one sister, Christine Johnson; and one brother, Curtis Conway Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Richard Johnson, Paul Sandlin, Mark Cooper, Brett Hobson, Alex Hobson and Dean Bullock.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Daniel Chunn, Raiford Bullock, Max Bullock, Larry Gunn, Kerry Gunn, Fred Enis, Jackie Gossett, John Ed Brotherton, Jerry Reno, Danny Lawson and members of Sunshine Sunday School Class of Harmony Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 7 to 10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.
An online guestbook may be accessed at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Lorainge Hill
JACKSON – Lorainge Hill, 82, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Center Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Tempie Gunn
TUPELO – Tempie Louise Gunn, 68, died Friday, May 20, 2011, at her home. She was a member of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church where she sang solos in the choir . She was a retired employee of Cedars Nursing Home after 32 years, where she received local and national awards. She was devoted to her family. She enjoyed using her musical gift, cooking, watching Western movies, listening to gospel music and spending time reading the Bible.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at J.W. Porter’s Chapel with Rev. Charles Shells officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include five children, Larry Gunn, Linda (Sherwood) Banks, Willie Curtie Gunn, Catherine Anderson and Sandra (Kerry) King, all of Tupelo; two brothers, Billy (Essie) Simmons of Tupelo and Randle Simmons of Plantersville; two uncles, Jimmie (Jean) Adams and George (Ruthie) Adams; one aunt, Annie Pearl Adams, all of Nettleton; 13 grandchildren; three great-grand children; one god-grandchild; and niece and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Baxter Lee and Frankie Adams Simmons; her husband, Willie L. Gunn; one sister, Dorothy Faye Hendrix; one brother, Alonzo Simmons; two uncles and four aunts.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at J.W. Porter’s Chapel.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Elaine Bland
PONTOTOC – Elaine Bramlett Bland, 96, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at her home. She was a member of Springhill Methodist Church in Lafayette County. She was born April 2, 1915, to Joe and Eunice Bramlett. She married Harvey Bland Sr., on June 22, 1935. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, fishing and reading her Bible.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Springhill Methodist Church with Bro. Tom Sheffield officiating. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Jane Tutor Gregory, Sandra Smith (Harold) and Pat Abner (Mike); one son, H.C. Bland Jr. (June); 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey; one daughter, Betty Jo Harrison; three grandchildren, Tony Smith, Timmy Smith and Nita Gail Tutor; one great-grandson, Kyle Smith; granddaughter-in-law, Dee Smith; four sisters, Gertrude Westmoreland, Bernice Sanders, Mae Long and Mamie Jean Bramlett; and one brother, Jack Bramlett.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the church.

Joe Ridling
RANDOLPH – Joe Ridling Sr., 83, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Wayne Cobb officiating. Burial will be in Bramlett Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Marcia; his sons, Joe Jr. and wife, Carolyn and Jimmy and wife, Deborah; his sister, Sue Aron; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four sisters; two brothers; and his parents, Tom and Bessie.
Pallbearers will be Lynn Rea, Sam Rea, Ben Rea, Johnny Ridling, Tim Bowen and Tony Bowen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Connie Falkner
HOLLY SPRINGS – Connie Mae Bowen Falkner, 80, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at her son’s home in Holly Springs.
Services will be held at noon Saturday at Smith Grove M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Brad Comer
AMORY – Brad Comer, 41, died unexpectedly Friday, May 20, 2011, while working in Taji, Iraq. Born on June 17, 1969, in Tupelo, he was a son of Jody Dewayne Comer Sr., and Mary Joyce Golden Comer. He was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1988, and attended ICC. In August 1991, he joined the United States Air Force where he served for ten years and was honorably discharged as a Senior Airman in October 2000. Following his discharge, he joined the Army National Guard and was based in Tupelo and Jackson. In 2003, he became a professional contractor working overseas and was known for being a great boss. A Christian who was strong in his faith, he was a Methodist. He was a people person who impacted many lives. A wonderful husband, father, and friend, his family and his country were most important to him. The life of the party, Brad’s passion was cooking. He loved music of all types; loved cars, especially Camaros; enjoyed riding his motorcycle; was a great storyteller; and enjoyed going on cruises, especially Disney cruises.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Nelson Johnson and Bro. Dempsey Roland officiating. A reception will follow at the home of James Powell, 50451 S. Harmony Rd., Amory, MS 38821.
He is survived by his wife, soul mate and best friend, Pamela P. Comer; his sons, Alexander Lance Comer and Nicholas Dewitt Comer, all of Amory; father, Joe (Ann) Comer of Sulligent, Ala.; grandmother, Sue Comer of Smithville; brother, Jody Dewayne “Dee” Comer Jr., and his fiancampée, Tiffany Fooshee; and nieces and nephews, Jody and Josh Comer, Skye Gilmer, April and Courtney Fooshee, Wynter Brook Powell, Ashleigh Jordan Mutters and Brody James.
Memorials may be given to a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Billy Jackson
ABERDEEN – Billy Joe Jackson, 73, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. He was born April 26, 1938, to Elbert Matthew Jackson and Maudie Barnes Jackson in Monroe County. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He retired from Walker Manufacturing.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Sister Lounez Scribner officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Rex Jackson and wife, Linda of Okolona and Ricky Joe Jackson and wife, Suwana of Wren; two sisters, Doris Lee and husband, Bob of West Point and Ruth Davis and husband, Charles of Aberdeen; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Richard Dale Jackson; four sisters and two brothers.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until service time today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and send condolences on line at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Maxine Rushing
MABEN – Maxine Breland Rushing, 78, died Wednesday May 25, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on Oct. 2, 1932, to Tom and Nellie Breland in Webster County. She was a retired sewing machine operator for the Monte Glove Company in Mathiston. She was also a long time member of Cumberland Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with Bro. J.R. Eaden officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Valley Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home in Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Tommy Rushing of Maben and Bill Rushing of Maben; one daughter, Rita McClain of Nettleton; one brother, Charles Breland of Vaiden; three grandchildren, Cody McClain, Misty Oliver and Holt Rushing; and four great-grandchildren, Jared, Madison, Zoey and Alana.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clytee Rushing; a daughter, Margie Wilson; and a grandson, Dale Wilson.
Pallbearers will be Cody McClain, John Roberson, Steven Turner, Mickey Whitt and Chris Woodward.
Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Jennings, Charlie Rushing, T.U. Rushing Jr., and Truman Whitt.

Carrie Jarrett
MEMPHIS – Carrie Lee Jeffries Jarrett, 94, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater Kerr M.B. Church in Memphis. Burial will be in Hamilton Chapel Cemetery in Waterford. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 10 until 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Yvonne Hurt
TUPELO – Yvonne Stanley Hurt, 94, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at The Homeplace in Saltillo after an extended illness. A native of Saltillo, she lived in Tupelo 60 years. She served as a volunteer at North Mississippi Medical Center more than 25 years and received a Mississippi Distinguished Service Award in 1983 for her work in the NMMC emergency room. She taught two generations of four and five-year-olds in Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Tupelo, served on three pastor search committees and sang alto in the church choir. She was a member of the Women’s Missionary Union at First Baptist Church, Christian Women’s Club, Literary Club and Women’s Club. She and several friends formed a Thursday “lunch bunch” that frequented Tupelo restaurants for many years.
Services will be at held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Dave Jensen, Dr. Gary Nichols and Rod Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Carolyn Nichols (Gary) of Milton, Fla., Molly Johnson (Rod) of Denver, Colo., and Stanley Hurt (Connie) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Molly Nichols, Beth Nichols McCaddy (Kevin), Hannah Johnson and Nathan Johnson; a great-grandson, Parker McCaddy; numerous nieces and nephews; and her sitters, Cheryl Adams and Janie Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Paul, in 2000; an infant son in 1949; her parents, J.H. and Mattie Gardner Stanley of Saltillo; 12 brothers and sisters; and by her first husband, Carl Estes of Shannon.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Stanley, Lawrence Stanley, Kenneth Stanley, Tommy Ricker; Nathan Johnson and Kevin McCaddy.
Honorary pallbearers will be the kind staffs of The Homeplace and Sanctuary Hospice.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. prior to the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to the First Baptist Church Tupelo FBO Foreign Mission Fund in Mrs. Hurt’s name at the Mississippi Baptist Foundation, P.O. Box 530, Jackson, MS 39205-0530.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Rufus Seals
SHANNON – Rufus Glenn Seals, 71, died Friday, May 20, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Nov. 27, 1939, to James Seals and Lorene Allen Seals in Buena Vista. He was a member of Pine Grove Church and a former member of Pleasant Grove Church. He was a former employee of Sunshine Mills.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pine Grove Church. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Memorial Gardens. Williams Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Ida Cox Seals of Shannon; his mother-in-law, Edna Cox of Shannon; three daughters, Mary Braxton (Derald) of Beloit, Wis., Inger “Woodie” Williams of Shannon and Letesha “Fu Fu” Martin of Shannon; two sons, Steven Seals (Temeka) of Indianapolis and Gary Cox of Guntown; five sisters, Arbedella McAllister of Bellingham, Wash., Yvonne Ray of Chicago, Annie Collins (Larry) of Chicago, Janice Seals and Jacqueline Clark of Rome, N.Y.; one brother, Larry Seals (Annette) of Chicago; 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. The body will lie in state from 5 to 6 p.m.

Rosa Maxcy
CHARLESTON – Rosa Mae Herring Maxcy, 93, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Tallahatchie General Hospital in Charleston. She was born Aug. 9, 1917, in Darling to William Bayless and Rosa Ann Pearson Herring. She was a librarian, a homemaker and a member of Pope Baptist Church. She lived in Enid and was formerly of Lambert.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home with Dr. Gary Berry officiating and Rev. Roger Richards assisting. Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Eleanor Maxcy Bailey (Glenn) of Enid; her sons, William E. Maxcy Jr. (Betsy) of Tupelo and Phillip L. Maxcy (Patsy) of Enid; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Edward Maxcy; four brothers and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be Victor G. Bailey Jr., Eric Brown, Matthew Hale, Jason Nabors, Jimmy Bailey and Frank Herring.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pope Baptist Church, Pope, MS 38658.

Aurelius Gibson Sr.
NEW ALBANY – Aurelius B. Gibson Sr., 77, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home in Ripley.

Jason Williams
ASHLAND – Jason Michael Williams, 24, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, in Leakesville County. He was born March 11, 1987, in Norristown, Penn., to Michele Williams and Charles McKee. He attended Ashland High School and picked up a trade with Armstrong Van Lines Company.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh M.B. Church with Rev. L.G. Bogard officiating. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Ashland is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Michele Williams; two children, Jaymoious Hudson and Xymaria Holland; his grandmother, Louise Williams; his aunt, Mordennia Williams; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and three special friends, Shawtel Reaves “Brick,” Terry Baird and Terry Henderson.
He was preceded in death by one aunt, Jacqueline Williams; and his grandfather, John L. Williams.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.nljones.com.

Sarah Bryant
ECRU – Sarah “Punkin” Reeder Bryant, 89, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born July 26, 1921, in Pontotoc County to Othneil and Maudie Reeder. She married Paul Bryant on April 27, 1941. She was a member of the Cherry Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Cherry Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Don Wilson and Rev. Roger Reeder officiating. Burial will follow in the Cherry Creek Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her four daughters, Paulette Posey, Bonnie Strain and Debbie Herring, all of Ecru and Reeder Wilson (Jerry) of Jackson, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Brandi Posey, Andrea Wilson, Rony Herring, Jon Herring and Jill Herring; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mabel Huffstatler; and a brother, Harold Reeder of Ecru.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul Bryant; and a sister, Lula Mae Rowland.
Pallbearers will be Rony Herring, Jon Herring, Lynn Bland, Mike Reeder, Jackie Reeder and Jordan Montgomery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at Cherry Creek Baptist Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Bora McWhorter
BLUE SPRINGS – Bora G. “Sack” McWhorter, 64, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at his home. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam. He was a member of the Red Hill M.B. Church where he served as an usher and a member of the kitchen ministry.
Services will be held at noon Saturday at Red Hill M.B. Church with Pastor Willie Bogan officiating. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Maurice McWhorter of Wisconsin; two sisters, Annie Hiler of Flint, Mich., and Verline Bedford (Joe) of Racine, Wis.; one brother, Rev. Marvin McWhorter (Celia) of Blue Springs; three sisters-in-law, Maggie Caldwell (Calvin) of Ohio, Jennette McWhorter and Barbara McWhorter of Wisconsin; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Dexter Tennyson
WHEELER – Rufus Dexter Tennyson, 84, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at his home. He was born Dec. 16, 1926, to Rufus Marshall and Rosie South Tennyson. He was a member of Wheeler Baptist Church. He enjoyed yardwork, woodworking and working in his shop.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Johnny Hancock officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Vertie Mae Samples Tennyson; one daughter, Belinda Alexander of Bartlett, Tenn.; three brothers, Wallace Tennyson, Archie Tennyson and Dude Tennyson; and four grandchildren, Kim Alexander, Amy Pazdera, Brian Holloway and Jarred Holloway.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Janet Crowder; his parents; two sisters, Maverine and Christine Tennyson; and four brothers, Truman, Clayton, Herbert and Ellis Tennyson.
Pallbearers are Brian Holloway, Jarred Holloway, Paul Barnes, Terrell Boren, Randy Roberts and Wesley Moore.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Roy Bean
HOULKA – Roy C. Bean, 84, died Saturday, May 22, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a native of Chickasaw County and a member of West Grove M.B. Church. He was a Army veteran of World War II. He loved to hunt, fish and watch wrestling. Most of all, he loved to play his guitar. He worked at Inner Lake Iron in Toledo, Ohio, for 20 years before becoming disabled.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at West Grove M.B. Church in Houlka with Rev. Clyde Knox officiating. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cememtery in Vardaman. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Overia Hollin Bean of Pontotoc; four daughters, Cloteria McCoy and Gloria Williams, both of Toledo, Earlean (John) Morris of Tupelo and Mickie Johnson of Houlka; three sons, Lee Bean of Toledo, Henry (Retter) Bean of Nashville and Gregory Smith of Houlka; 28 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

John Nunley
CORINTH – John Anthony Nunley, 46, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Pastor Charles Cooper and Bro. Melvin Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Booneville. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Vertie Nelson
CORINTH – Vertie Maureen Nelson, 89, died Thursday, May 26, 2011.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church in Walnut with Bro. Larry Dollar officiating. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. today until service time Saturday at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Arvis Cagle
SMITHVILLE – William Arvis Cagle, 75, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Amory.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5o to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Mitzi Carpenter
BOONEVILLE – Mitzi Carole Carpenter, 49, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, in Booneville. She was born Nov. 26, 1961, in Booneville. Before she became disabled, she worked as an office clerk at H and W Pipe Manufacturing Company. She was a member of Smith Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. She enjoyed shopping and watching television.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Krech officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Taylor Carpenter of Booneville; her mother, Carolyn Walker (Joe) of Booneville; two brothers, Michael Miller (Celita) of Booneville and Mitchell Miller (Renea) of Rienzi; two grandsons, Gage Jones and Kross Moore; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tiffany Moore; and her father, Hannon Ray Miller.

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