Obituaries May 3, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

John Underwood
STRONG – John William Underwood, 82, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was born Sept. 30, 1927, in LaGrange, Ky. to Martha Florence Clem and John Melvin Underwood. He was a retired military Veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a farmer in the Strong Community of Monroe County. He was of the Protestant Faith. He married Mary Ella Winburn Underwood on June 8, 1946, in LaGrange, Ky.
No funeral services are scheduled. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Underwood of Aberdeen; and one sister, Sarah Keith of Decatur, Ill.
He was preceded in death by one stepson, Kenneth “Hardtimes” Aldridge.
No visitation is scheduled.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
LaToya Long
VERONA – LaToya Long, 25, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, in Benton County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.
Tommie Warren
PONTOTOC – Tommie L. Warren, 95, died April 30, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 18, 1914, in Lafayette County to John Fleming “Jack” and Annie Mills Lauderdale. She married Wayne L. Warren on Jan. 4, 1938. He preceded her in death on Sept. 28, 1969. She was a member of Church Street Church of Christ. She loved her church and her family.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Jay Street officiating. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery in Lafayette County. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a son, O’Neil Warren (Bobbie) of Thaxton; a daughter, O’Byan Johnson (Henry) of Tullahoma, Tenn; two grandsons, Bill Warren of Pontotoc and Michael Johnson (Kris) of Columbia, Tenn.; two great-grandchildren, Sarah and Zach Johnson; one sister, Faye Russell of Oxford; one sister-in-law, Edna Lauderdale of Nashville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and 13 siblings.
Pallbearers will be Adam Patton, Jeff Collums, Glynn Franklin, Bill Waldrop, Chad Moore and Paul Moore.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Vivian Surratt
BALDWYN – Vivian James Surratt, 85, died at the Tupelo Nursing amp& Rehab Center. She was a retired employee of Prentiss Mfg., and she enjoyed fishing and gardening. She was a member of United Church of God.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home with Mr. Ed Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Baldwyn Masonic Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by three sons, Alec Surratt (Donna) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Bobby Joe Surratt of Baldwyn and Tommy Surratt (Phyllis) of Saltillo; one sister, Mildred Humphres of Kirkville; two brothers, Herman James of Kirkville and Jimmy James of Baldwyn; one grandchild, Tammy Vasquez of Tupelo; five great-grandchildren, Christopher Vasques, Chandler Vasques, Christin Vasquez, Crissa Cruse and Cody Cruse.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cebron Surratt; her parents, Ethan and Grace Morris James; one grandson, Tracy Surratt; and a brother, Robert James.
Pallbearers will be Michael James, Ricky James, Harold James, Eric James, Christopher Vasquez and Cody Cruse.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Christine Roberts
BLUE SPRINGS – Christine Roberts, 81, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Charlie Ozbrin
CORINTH – Charlie Ozbrin died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.
Gladys Smith
BALDWYN – Gladys Adair Smith, 91, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born April 1, 1919, to Lois and Fate Adair. She was a member of the Baldwyn First Christian Church where she served as church hostess for several years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Caraway officiating. Burial will be in the Camp Creek Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her five children, Betty Cornelius (Laddie), Shirley Frost (Jimmy), Carolyn Ellenburg (Kenneth), Wayne Smith (Marcia) and Rick Smith (Christina); eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and her brother, Cecil Adair of Guntown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy Smith; two sisters; and one grandson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dorothy Belue
TISHOMINGO – Dorothy Evelyn Belue, 83, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Tishomingo Manor. She was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Mississippi to Thomas Cleveland Culp and Eller Allen Green Culp. She was a member of Paden Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Wyatt South officiating. Burial will be in Belue Cemetery in Paden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Allen Belue (Mary); one grandson, David Belue (Angie); and one great-granddaughter, Keshia Belue, all of Tishomingo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jut Belue; and her parents.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Luther Whitley Sr.
BOONEVILLE – Luther Raymond Whitley Sr., 85, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at his home. He was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Prentiss County to William Audie Whitley and Cora Alice Livingston Whitley. He was a retired timber cutter, truck farmer and grocery store owner. He was a member of Emmanuel United Pentecostal Church. He enjoyed playing pool and dominoes and watching ballgames and western movies on television.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Hill officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a son, Luther Whitley Jr. of Booneville; two daughters, Bobbie Hughes (Carlie) of Fulton and Mary Helen Adams (Ricky) of Booneville; three grandchildren, Kendell King, Randy King and Chadwick Hughes; two sisters, Annie Mae Barnett and Louise Sherrill, both of Booneville; a brother, Fred Whitley of Booneville; and a son-in-law, Ray King of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Irene Whitley on March 28, 2010; a daughter, Judy King; two brothers, James Marlin Whitley and William Eugene Whitley; two granddaughters, Leslie Inman and Tammy King; and a grandson, James Rodney King.
Pallbearers will be Paul Bennett, Kenny Bennett, Phillip Bennett and his three grandsons.
James Keyser
CALHOUN CITY – James Edward Keyser, 75, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at the Noland-St. Vincent Hospital in Birmingham. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Tyler Sloan
SALTILLO – Tyler Sloan, 20, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, in Union County. He was born Dec. 4, 1989, in Memphis to Tommy and Kristi Ellington Sloan. He was very athletic and loved participating in multiple sports, including football and baseball. He also played church league ball and coached a little league team. After graduation in 2008 from Saltillo High School, he attended Northeast Community College and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. While there, he was awarded a scholarship to Mississippi State University. He was currently a junior at Mississippi State majoring in Occupational Therapy. He was a member of Northstar Church and also attended Parkway Baptist Church.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Terry Ledbetter and Paul Brashier officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include his parents, Tommy and Kristi Sloan of Saltillo; two sisters, Bailey and Madeline Sloan of Saltillo; grandparents, James and Wanda Sloan of Tupelo and James and Billie Ellington of Enid; his great-grandmother, Evelyn Nanney of Tupelo; two aunts, Jamie Taylor (Randy) of Saltillo and Tammye Saxton (Larry) of Canton; one uncle, Marty Ellington (Dixie) of Oxford; and five cousins.
Pallbearers will be Adam Hall, Bryson Kimbrough, Tyler Parsons, Will Nichols, Dee Coleman, Austin Davis, Wesley Wilemon, Drew Chism, Ross Livingston and Wesley Bell.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Elmo Senter
FULTON – Alton Elmo Senter, 80, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born Feb. 27, 1930, in Itawamba County to Thomas Jefferson and Martha Jane Jamerson Senter. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was the owner and salesman of a used car dealership. He always had a smile on his face.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Holsomback and Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Barbara Senter of Fulton; two daughters, Renee (Tim) Ewing of New Albany and Amy (Walter) Ferguson of Mandeville, La.; one stepdaughter, Diane Bathouser of Winzer, Colo.; two stepsons, Kim Turner and Kevin Turner, both of Fulton; three grandchildren, Stephen Ewing (Renee), Carew Ferguson and Avery Ferguson; one great- grandson, Sam Ewing; one step grandchild, Christa Marie Moskal; one sister, Nevil Long of Fulton; and four sisters-in-law, Ruvene Adams and Oleta Senter, both of Fulton, Joyce Senter of Peppertown and Mary Lou Plowman of Gordo, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his first two wives, Sarah Grissom Senter and Elese Nichols Turner Senter; four sisters, Mammie Dell, Azilee, Ozell and Estelle; six brothers, Edgar, Aaron, Bill, Lyle, Hoyt and Etoil Senter; and three brothers-in-law, Hollis Long, Dexter Digby and Roy Williamson
Pallbearers will be Gary Maxcy, Billy Todd, Bobby Thompson, Harold Holcomb, Bobby Bennett and Terry Wilemon.
Rubye Miller
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Rubye Sanders Miller, formerly of New Site and Tupelo, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.
Stella Barrett
IUKA – Stella Barrett, 90, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka. She was a lifelong member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was also very active in the UMW, holding every office available. She was a master gardener and loved working with her flowers and gardens tremendously.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Tim Dixon officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda McCoy of Wheeler, Annette Mars of Cordova and Barbara Shook of Iuka; one brother, Judge Brumley (Euple) of Iuka; one sister, Wanda Puckett of Iuka; four grandchildren, Ronnie McCoy (Deborah) of Baldwyn, Sherry Bradford (Monty) of Memphis, Janette Morgan of Iuka and Melody Senn (Billy) of Killen, Ala; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar E. Barrett; her parents, Jesse and Bertha Brumley; three brothers, Raymond, Eldon and Tony Brumley; and a sister, Lorene Wingo.
Pallbearers will be members of her family.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Monola Wheeler
HOUSTON – Monola Wheeler, 80, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Trace Regional Hospital. She was born Oct. 24, 1929, to the Rev. Melchezidick “Dick” Moore and Sara Cook Moore. She was a native of Broken Bow, Oka. She was a mother and a homemaker. She was a member of Fellowship Nazarene Church of Houston. She received a lifetime achievement award from the Nazarene Church for World Missions for serving others quietly without expectation of recognition.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Fellowship Nazarene Church in Houston with the Rev. David Ching officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Southern Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Cleve Wheeler Jr. of Houston; one son, Terry Wheeler and wife, Marquel of Wellington, Fla.; one daughter, Penny Borbon of Tucson, Ariz.; two brothers, Eugene Moore of Miami, Fla. and Glenn Moore of Houston; six grandchildren, Robert Wheeler, Keith Wheeler, Gary Wheeler, Kristepher Benavidez, Antonett Benavidez and Selena Benavidez; and one great-grandchild, Lance Wheeler.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Bob Moore.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Milton Steill
WALNUT – Milton Steill, 73, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Charlene Siddell
NEW ALBANY – Charlene Janice Ray Siddell, 61, formerly of Pontotoc, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Cora Long
PONTOTOC – Cora B. Long, died May 2, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Ruthie Shaver
BOONEVILLE – Ruthie Trimble Shaver, 53, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.
Murray Moore
TUPELO – Robert Murray Moore Sr., 84, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. A North Mississippi native, he was born July 2, 1925, in the Cedar Hill Community in North Lee County to Perry and Mellie Haygood Moore. He was a United States Coast Guard Veteran of World War II, having served on a Coast Guard cutter during the Allied invasion at Normandy and later served on the USS General Brewster. He was a longtime salesman with Detco Industries based in Conway Ark., working a territory which included both North Alabama and North Mississippi. He loved growing flowers and vegetables. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he was a member of the Holloman-Covenant Sunday School Class.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andy Ray and the Rev. Jimmy Criddle officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lavenia Easterling Moore of Tupelo; one daughter, Debbie McGehee (Richard) of Belden; two sons, Bob Moore (Ginny) of Colleyville, Texas and Jim Moore (Cathy) of Southlake, Texas; six granddaughters, Barry Schuster (Eric) of Greenville, Cheslee Moore of Memphis, Virginia Moore of Southlake, Clara Moore of Southlake, Mellie McGehee of Belden and Rachel Moore of Colleyville; five grandsons, Branton Moore of London, England, Easlin Moore (Samantha) of Madison, N.Y., Evan Moore of North Hollywood, Calif., Curtis McGehee of Belden and Adam Moore of Colleyville; two great-grandsons, Ben and William Schuster of Greenville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dr. Bill Moore; and one sister, Eunice Hamilton.
His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Helping Hands in care of First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Ruby Hendrix
ELDORADO, Ill. – Ruby Jane Hendrix, 89, formerly of Iuka, died April 29, 2010, at Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg, Ill.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.