Obituaries May 31, 2011

Barbara Dixon
ORLANDO, Fla. – Barbara Ann Dixon, 71, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Cneter.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Community Pentecostal Church in Walnut with Bro. Gary Porterfield and Bro. Ronald Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Community Pentecostal Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Brenda Floyd
BOONEVILLE – Brenda Gail Floyd, 55, died Friday, May 27, 2011, in Savannah, Tenn.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time Wednesday.
Hazzel Pruitt
AMORY – Hazzel F. Pruitt, 82, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born April 18, 1929, in Monroe County.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Rose of Sharon Church of God in Christ with Rev. Jesse Hutton officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Smithville. Jackson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, James Beets (Hazel), Jerry Beets (Billie), all of Amory, and Jean Author Beets of New York, N.Y.; five daughters, Annie Pearl Richardson (Bobbie), Wanda Beets, both of Washington D.C., Alpha McKinney (Dudley), Sonya McMath (Xavier) and Jimmie Pruitt, all of Amory; two brothers, Wilbert Beets (Marcella) of Gary, Ind., and Robert Beets of Amory; one sister, Annie Mae Cross (Walter) of Philadelphia, Penn.; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by three brothers.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Family hour will be from 5 to 6 p.m. at Rose of Sharon Church of God in Christ in Amory. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday at the church.
Ronald Coomer
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Ronald Wallace Coomer, 61, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born Feb. 24, 1950, to Guy and Leona Holley Coomer. He was a member of Macedonia amp”Deentownamp” Baptist Church. He was a gospel singer for many years. He sang with his wife at the nursing homes and Ripley Channel 19 Television. He was a retired factory worker.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kevin Purdon officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Amy Fears of Pontotoc; two stepdaughters, Cyndi Smith (Stephen) of Pine Grove and Tina Martin of Tremonton, Utah; two stepsons, George McGrew (Mary) of Canton, Ohio, and Jessy McGrew of Odessa, Texas; two sisters, Sherry Collums of Randolph and Mary Jo Purdon of Pontotoc; two brothers, his twin , Donald Coomer (Betty) of Amory and Glenn Coomer (Zena) of Amory; two grandchildren, Jonah and Luke Fears of Pontotoc; 11 stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren; and a special friend, Linda Boosman.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Teri Coomer; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be J. B. Collum, Terry Coomer, Scott Coomer, Josh Purdon, Jerry Purdon and Kevin Purdon.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
To view obituaries online and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Gordon Hood
NEW ALBANY – Gordon Therl Hood, 48, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. He was born April 16, 1963, in Aurora, Ill., to Trent Hood and Carolyn Ray. He was a member of Island Community Church and was a general contractor.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Glenfield Funeral Home with Rev. Mickey Rainey. Burial will be in Old Glenfield Cemetery in New Albany. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his father, Trent Hood of Memphis; his mother, Carolyn Ray of Illinois; his grandmother, Vergie Hood of Memphis; two sons, Brandon Hood (Kerri) of New Albany and Scottie Hood of Baldwyn; a daughter, Kristina Hood of New Albany; three brothers, Daniel Hood and Trent Hood Jr., both of Illinois, and James Hood of Corinth; two sisters, Trenette Brown and Carlene Ackley, both of Illinois; and two grandchildren, Mason Hood and Callie Hood.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Mitchell.
Pallbearers will be Danny Burch, Joel Burch, Tommy Burch, Glen Hood, Larry Hood and Glen Roseberry.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Red Logan
HOULKA – Billy Joe “Red” Logan, 76, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Darlington Oakes Hospice in Verona. He was born Nov. 9, 1934, in Calhoun County to George Lige Logan and Lula Winter Logan. He was a retired construction worker, a Houlka policeman and Chickasaw County Deputy Sheriff. He played football at IJC (now ICC) and had a scholarship to Mississippi State University.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Schooner Valley Baptist Church in Houlka with Rev. Linn Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Rocky Mount Cemetery in Vardaman. Houston Funeral Home in Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Logan on May 29, 2002; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Don Westmoreland, Sammy Butler, John Albert Logan, Little John Logan, Johnny Butler, Joey Crane, Clay Butler, Chris Simmons and Jackie Mann.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church.
Family and friends may leave a message at the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Tommy James
HOULKA – Tommy Laderl James, 78, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. He was born Aug. 23, 1932, in Calhoun County to William Van James and Mary Belle Lester James. He retired as a foreman after working for a total of 35 years at Shannon and Astro-Lounger. He was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. He was a Korean War Army veteran, having served from 1955 until 1957.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Vardaman in the Reid Community with Rev. Benny Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Poplar Springs Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ina Berene Haire James of Houlka; his daughter, Linda Eaton and husband, Todd Eaton, of Houlka; his son, Tommy James Jr. and wife, Oralia James, of Vardaman; his grandchildren, Courtney Moss and husband, Chris, Haley Chennault, Robin Eaton and Mary Alon James; his great-grandchildren, Joey Moss and Georgia Rae Moss; and his brother, Billy Van James of Houlka.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Chris James, Pat James, Jon Burt, Jackie Griffin, Jason Burt, Roger Griffin, Harvey Hardin and Trent Clark.
Visitation will be until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 271 Hwy 341, Vardaman, MS 38878.
Friends and family may sign and leave messages at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Mark Hess Sr.
BALDWYN – Mark Leo Hess Sr., 72, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at his home in the Jericho Community. He was a Catholic and a retired security guard. He enjoyed watching movies, listening to country music, boating and fishing.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Father Tom Lollar and Bro O’Neal Butler officiating. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Emma Hess of Baldwyn; his sons, Richard Hess (Sherry) of Statesville, N.C., Mark Hess Jr.(Jaquelyn) of Virginia, Stephen Hess (Michelle) of New Albany, Joesph Hess of Statesville and James Hess of Tupelo; his brother, John Hess Sr., of Myrtle Beach, N.C.; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, William Hess II and Conrad Hess.
Special thanks to the North Mississippi Home Heath Care of Ripley.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Norman Clay
ABERDEEN – Norman Clay died Monday, May 30, 2011, at the Aberdeen Care Center. Services are incomplete and will be announced later by Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen, managed by N.L. Jones Funeral Home.
Sonny Burt
GREENVILLE – Jim “Sonny” Harold Burt Jr. died Sunday, May 29, 2011, in Saltillo after an extended illness. He was born April 20, 1933, in Greenville to J.H. and Ethel Burt. He was a lifelong resident of Wayside and a member of Avon United Methodist Church. He was a retired supervisor from Platte Chemical Company, a member of American Legion and former treasurer for Wayside Water Association. As a longtime member of S and W Hunting Club, he was an avid outdoorsman. He served in the army during the Korean War. Known as “Pop” to his grandchildren, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Avon United Methodist Church with Tim Prather officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the Greenville Cemetery. Boone-Wells Funeral Home of Greenville is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Hal Burt (Deborah) of Cleveland and John McLay of Memphis; four daughters, Maribeth Kirkpatrick (Kevan), Laura Wright (Jeff), Susan Pennington (Glen) and Laura McLay Dickey (Zeke), all of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, Sandi and Buddy Burt of Cleveland, Harris and Spencer Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth and Nolen Wright, and Sam and Molly Pennington, all of Tupelo; three sisters, Helen Burt Titler (Dale) of Gulfport, Joan Burt Davis of Wayside and Mary Louise Burt Neely (John) of Austin, Texas; his sister-in-law, JoAnne Mock of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Marian Mock Burt; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Buddy Burt, Harris Kirkpatrick, Rick and Darry Davis, Paul and Jason Oswalt.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church in Avon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Avon United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Sanctuary Home Hospice House in Tupelo: P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Finley Watson
LACKEY – Finley Eugene Watson, 73, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born May 8, 1938, in Clay County to Thomas Jefferson Watson and Louise Watson Watson. He lived in Aberdeen most of his life. He retired after 27 years as a supervisor for Walker Manufacturing Co. He was a member of the Aberdeen First Baptist Church where he was a deacon and did maintenance for the church. He was an Army veteran and served in the Berlin Crisis. He was a member of the American Legion, Masons and Shriners. He enjoyed woodworking, making knives, country music, church and family.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Roy McKay and Bro. R.D. Cline officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Dukes Watson of Lackey; one daughter, Penny Fair and husband, Jeff, of Aberdeen; two sons, Tony Watson and wife, Tammy, of Amory and Mike Watson and wife, Kay, of Amory; six sisters, Thomasine Bateman and husband, James, of West Point, Marie Lepicier and husband, Richard, of West Point, Ann Palmer and husband, Robert, of Maben, Dorothy Staten and husband, Andy, of West Point, Peggy Stafford and husband, Tim, of Starkville and Maudie Walls and husband, Doug, of West Point; two brothers, John Watson and wife, Diane, of West Point and Buddy Watson of West Point; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Anita Howe.
Pallbearers will be James Foote, Jim Reddock, Jimmy Summers, Shelby Carter, David Bourland and Leslie Sullivan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Arthur Brown and deacons of the First Baptist Church.
Contributions can be made to the Aberdeen First Baptist Church or to the charity of choice.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Clara Harrell
HOUSTON – Clara Inmon Harrell, 78, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at her home in Houston. She was born June 14, 1932, in Calhoun County to Robert Inmon Jr. and Cleo Herrod Inmon. She was a housewife and a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Houston.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parkway Baptist Church in Houston with Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be at Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Calhoun County. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Bob Harrell of Houston; three sons, Don Harrell (Sandra) of Iuka, Mike Harrell (Vickie) of Vardaman and Roy Harrell (Danna) of Houston; and seven grandchildren, Lance, Lee, Lana, Todd, Ellen, Sydney and Garrett Harrell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Robbie Stallings.
Pallbearers will be John Herrod Jr., Jeff Cliett, Kirkham Dendy, Rodney Griggs, Lance Harrell and Lee Harrell.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parkway Baptist Church.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
Winnie Gentry
BALDWYN – Winnie Waters Gentry, 93, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Jan. 26, 1918, to Nick and Lorena McGee Waters. She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn. She was the former co-owner and secretary of Waters Funeral Home. She was a charter member of the Baldwyn Woman’s Club and a member of the original Bunko group in Baldwyn in which she was still active. She was the Baldwyn Rotary Club’s Retiree of the Year in 2000. She was known for being the Master Chef of North Second Street. She was known for her home cooking, especially her fried peach pies, and ability to feed numerous guests on a regular basis. She was also an avid gardener and loved quilting. She was known for her generosity and dedication to her community.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church Baldwyn with Bro. Stanley Huddleston and Bro. Kenneth Corley officiating. Burial will be in the Baldwyn Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Janet Nichols (Bobby) of Baldwyn; two sons, Walter Gentry of Baldwyn and Terry Gentry (Vickie) of Baldwyn; one sister, Betty Smith (Ralph) of Guntown; her grandchildren, Chris Nichols (Janice) of Gulfport, Tim Nichols (Annie) of Atlanta, Ga., Kim Gentry of Auburndale, Fla., Jason Gentry (Deanne) of Winter Haven, Fla., Jonathan Gentry (Jennifer) of Lakeland, Fla., Rae-Anne Gentry of Baldwyn and Lara Beth Gentry of Baldwyn; her great-grandchildren, Allison Nichols, Hannah Rose Nichols and Hadley Gentry; and her in-laws, Curtis Gentry (Kate), Edna Wilson (Monk), all of Gulfport, Helen Gentry, Bea Waters and Doris McCarthy, all of Baldwyn, Romona Gentry of Memphis, Mary Katherine Gentry of Clinton and Lindell Waters White of Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.P. Gentry; a son, Enoch Gentry; her sisters, Marguerite Birdsong and Sara Nell Smith; and her brothers, Willard Waters and Ray “Dub” Waters.
Pallbearers will be Simon Spight, Jimmy Cunningham, Leeland Roberts, Jack Hamblin Jr., Bimbo Griffin, Rod Burns, L.R. Burcham, Fred Bennett, Lester Howell and Danny Bishop.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time at the church.
Memorials may be made to the building fund of First Baptist Church of Baldwyn.
Doug Mitchem
ABERDEEN – Douglas Edward Mitchem, 54, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at his home.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Leoda Morrow
PONTOTOC – Leoda Warren Morrow, 74, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at her home in Pontotoc. She was born Jan. 30, 1937, in the Harmony Community in Pontotoc County, the daughter of Walter Hollis Warren and Opal Stone Warren. She was a graduate of Pontotoc High School, Class of 1955. On April 3, 1955, she married the love of her life, William Ralph “Billy” Morrow. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Pontotoc where she sang in the choir and served for a period as Cradle Roll Director. She was a beloved Sunday school teacher at the Graceland Nursing Home. She was a member of the Pontotoc Fine Arts Club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her four children, Kimberly Morrow Childs (Robert Joseph) of Lakeland, Fla., Krista Morrow Achord (John) of Jacksonville, Fla., Kevin Van Morrow of Pontotoc and Kortney Morrow Morris (John “Rusty”) of Huntsville, Ala.; and her 10 grandchildren, Constanza Aileen Childs Roeder (Jeffery) of San Antonio, Texas, William Warren Childs (Christine) of Aberdeen, N.C., Katherine Anne Childs, Haylee Elizabeth Childs and Robert Wesley Childs of Lakeland, Fla., Melissa Morrow Lamb of Atlanta, Ga., Zachary Hinton Morris, Anna Jordan Morris, Micah Joseph Morris and Andrew Stacy Morris of Huntsville, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Billy Morrow; and a sister, Barbara Ann Warren Conlee.
Pallbearers will be Marlin Inmon, Wesley Childs, Zachary Morris, Micah Morris, Andrew Morris, Tracy Conlee, Chad Chism and Jon Ginn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. The visitation will be at the First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be sent to the Pontotoc Bible Teachers Fund, C/O First National Bank, P.O. Box 29, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Wallace Taylor
TIPLERSVILLE – Wallace E. Taylor died Monday, May 30, 2011, at Rest Haven Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Lonnie Dilworth
CORINTH – Lonnie Carl Dilworth, 54, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at his home.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Liberty Cemetery in Kossuth with Bro. Will Luster Jr., officiating. Grayson Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Rosemary Hale
CORINTH – Rosemary Yvonne Hale, 64, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Arrangements are incompelte and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

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