Obituaries May 5, 2009

Barbara Blaydes
PICKWICK, Tenn. – Barbara Blaydes, 74, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She moved to Pickwick 27 years ago from Memphis, where she raised her family and worked as a school secretary.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Charles Blaydes of Pickwick; stepmother, Elsie Burkart of Memphis; son, Steve Blaydes (Linda) of Germantown; daughters, Sherry Newman (Bill) of Somerville, Tenn., Alta Dillon (Tommy) of Mustang, Okla., Karen McDaniel (Howard) of Olive Branch, Frande Young (Greg) of Lexington, S.C.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Arthur and Myrtle Burkhart; a sister, Becky Thomas; and a grandson, Nick Young.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. until service time Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 607 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Isabell Hardy
MOOREVILLE – Isabell Hardy, 84, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born September 7, 1924, to William and Rebecca Niblett Horn. She grew up in the Kosciusko area and had lived in Mooreville the past 50 years. She was a homemaker and the widow of Denville Coleman Hardy. She enjoyed reading, going to church, working jigsaw puzzles and fishing. She was a longtime member of Centerville Baptist Church.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Greg Jones and the Rev. Frank Breaux officiating. Burial will follow in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Ginger Odom of Navasota, Tex., Jenean Smith (Robert) of Mooreville, and Gussie Bass of Dorsey; three grandchildren, Tawnya Langley (Jeff) of Fulton, John Smith (Mandy) of Tupelo, and Weston Smith of Mooreville; five great-grandchildren, Madalyn Keyes, Cameron Keyes, Laken Keyes, Lily Langley, all of Fulton, and Addison Smith of Tupelo.
Pallbearers will be Tony Nichols, George McMullan, Steve Stanford, Joe Curtiss, Gordon Smith and Doyle Horn. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jerry Buse and Grant Shields.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Centerville Baptist Church, 25 Centerville Church Road, Mantachie, MS 38855.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

June Reyon
TUPELO – June Reyon, 87, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was born June 18, 1921, in Oklahoma to Tilden and May Rogerson. She was a member of Park Avenue Christian Church in Montebello, Calif., for many years and served as the church secretary. She was an accounting secretary for a trucking company for many years. She enjoyed tending to her flowers and painting porcelain dishes and glassware. She loved her children and grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Roger (Gloria) Reyon of Saltillo; one foster son, John (Sara) Ferrell of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Sherry (Rodney) Ball of Las Vegas, Shelly (Danny) King of Oceanside, Calif., and Cathy (Jeff) Scott of Colorado; eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil Allen Reyon; and one brother, Morris Rogerson.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Lloyd George Wells
NEW ALBANY – Lloyd George Wells, 89, a retired employee of the Mississippi Forestry Commission, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, North Mississippi.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Church Grove Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge.
Born in Quitman County, he was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the Marine Corps. He was also retired from the National Guard, and also worked at Kellwood. He attended Northside Baptist Church in New Albany, he was a Mason and enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Eula Hall Wells of New Albany; two daughters, Teresa Eichhorn of Ridgeland and Judy Glick of Water Valley; two sons, Billy Wells and George Wells, both of Water Valley; three sisters, Alice Churchill of Water Valley, Pearl Conner and Essie Lee Wells both of Oxford; three brothers, Enos Wells of Humbolt, Tenn., Harold Wells of Phoenix, Ariz., and Buddy Wells of Booneville; 14 grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ida Mae Wells; one daughter, Brenda Dean; and his brother, James Wells.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home.
The flag of the United States Marine Corps will be flown at Waller Funeral Home in honor of his service to his country.
Visit http://www.wallerfuneralhome.com for online condolences and guest registry.

Blanche Green
NEW ALBANY – Blanche Sappington New Green, 56, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 10, 1952 to William and Eunice Browning Sappington. She was a Baptist and a retired seamstress.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will follow in Shady Grove.
Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia Gaines of Pinedale; a son, Kevin New of Ellistown; two sisters, Rebecca (Ricky) Pheasant of Senatobia and Katheryn Price; four brothers, Billy (Betty) Sappington of Pontotoc, Carl Sappington of Walls, Herbert (Linda) Sappington of Southaven and James (Donna) Sappington of New Albany; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Eula Mae Sappington and Sammie Oglesby; and two brothers, Charles Sappington and Claude Sappington.
Visitation will be 6 until 9 p.m. today.
Online condolences may be made at www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Betty Wood Edmondson
VARDAMAN – Betty Wood Edmondson, 61, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 26, 1947, in Calhoun City. She was a bookkeeper for Cannon Motor Co. She was a member of College Hill Baptist Church where she played the piano for many years. She loved to sing.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at College Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Ramage, the Rev. Jimmy Vance and the Rev. Kenneth Armstrong officiating. Burial will follow in College Hill Cemetery in Calhoun City. Pryor Funeral Home, Inc., Calhoun City, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jay Edmondson of Vardaman; three daughters, Deanna (Jason) Davis of Vardaman, Tracy (Ja) Leachman of Bruce and Kelly (Randy) Chrestman of Vardaman; her mother, Kathleen Wood of Calhoun City; nine grandchildren, Taylor Rodgers, Jessica Rodgers, Jaymie Davis, John Grayson Leachman, Lynsey Leachman, Laken Lucious, Jacey Lucious, Payten Chrestman and Colin Chrestman; a special nephew, Scott Wood of Bruce; and many other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Belon Wood; and a brother, Don Wood.
Pallbearers will be Scott Wood, Trent Edmondson, Cody Edmondson, Jason Davis, Ja Leachman and Randy Chrestman. Honorary pallbearers will be Toni Orozco, Darrell Mitchell, Bryan Mitchell, Thomas Langford, Kevin Langford, Shaun Parker, Toby Edmondson and Larry Moore.
Memorials may be made to College Hill Baptist Church Activity Center Fund.

Susie Bishop
PONTOTOC – Susie Mae Bishop, 96, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo. She was born June 4, 1912, to William Henry and Mary Jane Moore Segars. She was married to Paul Bishop for 67 years. She was an excellent seamstress. She used her skills working at the Garment Company in Calhoun City. When her husband was transferred to Grayson, Ala., she managed the Grayson Boarding House, where she prepared homestyle lunches for the employees at the lumber mill. When her parents became ill, she and her husband moved to Pontotoc. She worked at Ram Golf until her retirement. She loved to sew, cook and garden. She raised enough vegetables to supply family and friends. Each summer she helped her nieces and other family members make peach and pear preserves. She was a hard worker who loved her family, all of whom cherish wonderful memories of her laugh, her tenacity and cooking. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pontotoc.
Services will be 3 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ken Hester and the Rev. Ricky Young officiating. Burial will follow in Pontotoc Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include a brother, Charlie (Laura) Segars of Pontotoc; nieces, Bobby (Larry) Young of Pontotoc, Mary (Larry) Simmons of Jackson; great-nephews, Randy (Belinda) Young of Pontotoc, Ricky (Lori) Young of Tupelo, Ronny (Tami) Young of Tupelo; great-niece, Misty Simmons of Jackson; four great-great-nieces and four great-great-nephews, Heather Young, Jay (Ashley) Young, Nathan Young, Nicholas Young, Kyle Young, Kara Young, Madison Young and McKenzie Young; and one great-great-great-nephew, John Asher Young.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Pallbearers will be Randy Young, Ronny Young, Jay Young, Nathan Young, Nicholas Young, Kyle Young and Larry Simmons.
Visitation will be noon until 3 p.m. today.

Claudie Sanders
COFFEEVILLE – Claudie Wayne Sanders, 76, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, North Mississippi. He was born Feb. 15, 1933, in Bruce. He was a trucker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Forgy and Bro. Ed Barlow officiating. Burial will follow in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Teresa Sanders, Peggy (Dennis) Kee and Barbara (Dale) Ghyers, all of McKenzie, Tenn.; a special friend, Louise Gaither of Bruce; a stepdaughter, Lori Gaither of Bruce; two stepsons, Dale Gaither of Oxford and Eric Gaither of Memphis; a sister, Bobbie Jean Wright of Bruce; a brother, Hubert Sanders of Coffeeville; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Albert Sanders and Mamie Doris Bray Sanders; and a brother, Russell Sanders.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Kee, Mat Kee, Nick Ghyers, Mark Ghyers, Joe Winter and Sam Ed Terry.

Edward Hammac
BOONEVILLE – Edward T. Hammac, 73, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 1 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Willie Brooks
OXFORD – Willie “Po-Boy” Brooks, 71, died Monday, May 04, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a retired construction workers. Arrangements are incomplete with Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home.
Ernest Rogers Mundy
GUNTOWN – Ernest Rogers Mundy, 77, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 24, 1931, to Roger Mundy and Willie Irene Rutherford Mundy. He was saved in his early 20s and joined Macedonia C.O.G.I.C. under the leadership of Elder Walter B. Ingram in Racine, WI. He was an active deacon in the church until he moved out of the state.
Services will be 1p.m. Wednesday at the Golden Gate Cathedral Church of God in Christ in New Albany, with Elder Robert L. Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow in the Trinity Memorial Garden in Guntown. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Florine Mundy of Guntown; four daughters, Dorothy Mundy of Guntown, Eloise Green and Cindy (Charles) Ward of Racine, Valeria (Roger) Walker of Maury City, Tenn.; three sons, Ernest Mundy of Racine, Reggie Mundy of Madison, Wis., and Leron Mundy of Guntown; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great- grandchildren; four sisters Veola (Earl) Gunn of Memphis, Ruby Barkley of Racine, Gertrude Proctor of Alamogordo, N.M., and Alma (Michael) Walker of Racine; one brother, Roosevelt (Virginia) Mundy of Delware, N.Y.;
He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Mundy and Roger Mundy.
Visitation will be from 1 until 5 p.m. today. Family Hour will be from 5 until 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service Wednesday.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com

Ted Laher
NEW ALBANY – Theodore “Ted” Francis Laher, 58, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at his daughter’s home in New Albany. He was born June 8, 1950, in Oakland, Calif. He was a former resident of New Albany. He and his wife lived in Vonore, Tenn., where he was employed as a design engineer with S.V.M.S. Inc.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service with a Rosary service from 8 until 8:15 p.m. Services will be 6 p.m. Thursday at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in New Albany. Graveside services will be Saturday at Toqua Cemetery in Vonore.
Survivors include his wife, Alma Keyees Laher of Vonore; daughter, Andrea (Tommy) Taylor of New Albany; sons, Chris Laher of New Albany and Tyler Laher; stepsons, Brian (Amber) Millsaps of Coker Creek, Tenn., Brad (Candy) Millsaps of Vonore; brothers, Tom Laher of New Albany, Tim Laher of Erie, Pa.; a sister, Terry Laher of Memphis; and grandchildren, Austin Taylor, Carson Taylor, Dawson Millsaps and Madison Laher.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur J. and Eunice Hopkins Laher.
Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Center in New Albany.

Marian Switzer
CLEVELAND – Marian M. Switzer, 65, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at University Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Aug. 26, 1943, in Maden Creek Township, Pa., to Kirby Leo Weidenhammer and Carrie Ella Moyer. She graduated from Oley High School in Pennsylvania. She married Charles Wesley Switzer in Blandon, Pa., on Aug. 4, 1962. She moved to Cleveland in 1969. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the First Church of the Nazarene. She was an avid bowler.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Steve Holtz officiating. Ray Funeral Home is in charge. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Double Springs Cemetery in Maben.
Survivors include her husband of Cleveland; son, Neumann Lee Switzer of Nettleton; a daughter, Kathy Smith (Terry) of Greenville; her mother of Morris, Pa.; three grandchildren, Monica Lewis, Kirby Switzer and Austin Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Madison Leigh Lewis and Kaylee Brooke Lewis.
She was preceded in death by her father; and her brothers, Solon Weidenhammer and Kirby Leo Weidenhammer Jr.
Pallbearers will be Kirby Switzer, Austin Smith, Richard Weidenhammer, Josh Weidenhammer, Charles Gilmer and Jeff Stokes.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ray Funeral Home.
Online register book may be viewed and signed at www.rayfuneralhome.net.

Randy Eaton
BOONEVILLE – Randy Dwayne Eaton, 40, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Booneville. He was born Feb. 11, 1969, in Berwyn, Ill., the son of Olive Eaton Jr. and Abbie Gail Lee Eaton. He was a carpet installer and a truck driver. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. He enjoyed raising game roosters, hunting, fishing, baseball, golf and most of all he loved his 6-month-old daughter.
Services will be 3 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Glazier officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Tammy Voyles Eaton, whom he married Feb. 6, 2006; a daughter, Olivia Randi-Lynn “Ollie” Eaton; two stepsons, David Frady Jr. and Devin Frady, both of Corinth; his parents, Junior and Gail Eaton of Booneville; a brother, Bradley Shea Eaton of Booneville; a sister, Angela Kay (Bobby) Donald of Booneville; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, LeeRoy and Dianne Voyles of Michie, Tenn.; and nephew and nieces, Cruz, Brylee, Addeson, Mallie and Kaycee.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marsha Eaton.
Pallbearers will be Billy Wilemon, Rick Wilemon, Mark Kellum, Perry Brigman, Jeremy “Pancho” Smith, Charlie Thompson, Johnny Crum and Roger Spencer.
Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 800 E. Church St., Booneville, MS 38829.
Sonny Chewes
PONTOTOC – Sonny Joe Chewe, 62, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born in Pontotoc to Willie Bea and Otho Chewe. He was a member of East Baptist Church. He enjoyed working in the yard and gardening.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesdayat East Baptist Church with the Rev. Artie Webber Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Shonve (Bradd) Ball and Latonya Chewe, all of Pontotoc; four sons, Anthony Chewe, Charles (Pam) Chewe, Samuel Chewe and Robert Berry, all of Pontotoc; his mother,Willie Bea Chewe of Pontotoc; two sisters, Sylvia (Holly James) Gregory of Pontotoc and Ruby Brown of Chicago; three brothers, Thomas (Arthur Mae) Chewe, Terry (Lena) Chewe and Roy (Gwen) Chewe, all of Pontotoc; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be noon until 8 p.m. today with family present from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arthur Baldridge Jr.
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Arthur Edward Baldridge Jr., 64, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was a retired Memphis police officer with 35 years of service. He was a Christian and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a graduate of the University of Memphis and enjoyed golfing, bowling, motorcycles and University of Tennessee athletics.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Peebles West Funeral Chapel in Oakland, Tenn. Burial will follow in Burrow Cemetery in Galloway, Tenn. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes is in charge.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Baldridge, Arlington, Tenn.; two daughters, Sonya Hawkins of Arlington and Jamie Newcomb of Bartlett, Tenn.; two sons, Arthur E. Baldridge III of New Albany and Jared Maksi of Somerville.
Pallbearers will be family members, friends and present and former fellow police officers of the Memphis Police Department.
Visitation will be 6 until 8 p.m. today.

Lula Virginia Pope
HICKORY FLAT – Lula Virginia Pope, 86, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at her home. She was born in Benton County on Dec. 23, 1922, the daughter of Willie Washington Taylor and Sally Alexander Taylor. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Hickory Flat.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Futral and the Rev. Jason Howell officiating. Burial will follow in Pisgah Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, L. E. Pope of Hickory Flat; three sons, Mike Pope of Blue Mountain, James William Pope of Horn Lake and Gary Dan Pope of Hickory Flat; four daughters, Mary Shoffner of Victoria, Shirley Ann Hays of Oxford, Brenda Gail Knighton of Hickory Flat and Sandra Marie Holmes of Hickory Flat; two brothers, Charles Taylor of Olive Branch and Carroll Taylor of Hickory Flat; two sisters, Jean Cox of Hickory Flat and Jewel Massengill of Ripley; 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, William Washington Taylor; and two brothers, Ralph Taylor and James Taylor.
Pallbearers will be Lynn Rogers, Mike Pope Jr., Daniel Pope, Bob Knighton, Dean Shoffner and Jesse Shoffner.

Dr. David Stratmon Sr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Dr. David L. Stratmon Sr., 84, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at Alliance Health Care. He was born March 20, 1925, in Southport, N.C.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Holly Springs. Burial will follow in Cottrell Memorial Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home is in charge.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian J. Stratmon of Holly Springs; two sons, David Stratmon of Atwater, Calif., and James (Edwina) Stratmon of Durham, N.C.; two daughters, the Rev. Laurice Stewart and Wasilla (Dwan) Jordan of Washington, D.C.; two stepchildren, Lorenzo Guerrero of Memphis and Jeanne Guerrero of Louisville, Ky.; granchildren, Sonya Ali, David H. Stewart, Paul Smith, Savannah Guerrero, Demi and Dru Jordan; five great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Freddie Mae Stratmon; brothers, James, Oliver and Clyde; and sisters, Mabel Mary, Evelyn and Emily.
Visitation will be 7 until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to Rust College in c/o Dr. David L. Stratmon Sr. Scholarship Fund.

John Luther Bailey
CALHOUN CITY – John Luther Bailey, 83, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born June 23, 1925 in LeFlore County. He was a member of New Providence Baptist Church. He was a farmer.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Vardaman with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Lou White Bailey of Calhoun City; two sons, Curtis Bailey of Little Rock, Ark., and John LeRoy (Beatrice) Bailey of Calhoun City; three brothers, Eddie Martin Bailey, James Otis Bailey and Clyde Bailey, all of Houston; one sister, Earlene Williams of Eupora; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John B. Bailey and Mary C. Bailey; and a son, Jimmy Bailey.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today.
Hon. Laura E. Murphy
TUPELO – The Honorable Laura Dean Eaves Murphy, 45, died at her residence in Booneville on Saturday, May 2, 2009. She was born Oct. 11, 1963, in Columbus to Albert W. Eaves Jr. and Lois Dean Bell Eaves. She grew up in Crawford and graduated from Central Academy in Macon. She received her B.S. degree in business administration from Mississippi State University in 1984 and graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2000. A self-employed practicing attorney in Booneville and Tupelo, she concentrated her law practice in family law especially matters involving children and domestic abuse. She most recently served as case manager for the Prentiss County Youth Court, as well as serving many years with the Lee County Youth Court where she was appointed Guardian Ad Litem for many area children. She often quipped that God called her to take care of widow women and children and she did both well. She was a member of the Lee County/Prentiss County and Mississippi State Bar and an active volunteer and supporter of S.A.F.E. Domestice Violence Shelter in Tupelo. She enjoyed all forms of music, the outdoors, but her most important devotion and sacrifice in life was to her four children whom she loved and adored. She was a member of her home Church, Bethesda Baptist Church in Crawford. She will be sorely missed by her family and many friends everywhere.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethesda Baptist Church west of Crawford with Bro. Allen Deas officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her four children: Joseph Murphy, Julie Anna’ Murphy, Vaughan Murphy and her son, Henry Elvis Phipps (Ryan), all of Oxford, and Sarah -Anne Murphy of Booneville; her parents, Lois Dean and A. D. Eaves of Crawford; her grandson, Henry Elvis Phipps of Oxford; her sister, Louise Davis (Ed) of Starkville; her fiance, Ed Jenkins of Booneville; her uncle and aunt, F. D. and Joyce Eaves of New Orleans; her cousin, Mark Eaves of New Orleans; two nephews, Christopher Davis (Coree) of Crawford and Eric Davis of Starkville and numerous friends.
Pallbearers will be Joseph Murphy, Christopher and Eric Davis, Jim Bell, Mark Eaves, Kyle Mills, Carson Kisner, McKinley Holland, Benji Borrelli and Richard Davidson. Honorary pallbearers will be her colleagues in the Lee Co./Prentiss Co. and Mississippi State Bar.
Visitation is from 5 until 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel and from 1 p.m. until service time on Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be made to S.A.F. E., Inc., P. O. Box 985, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Leon Emerson
GLEN – Leon Woodruff Emerson, 90, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She was born Dec. 30, 1918, in Alcorn County to John W. and Dena Woodruff. She graduated from Glendale High School, she attended Miss State University and taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in the Glen community. She worked 10 years for Wurlitzer Co., and was a clerk for the Glen Post Office. She was a member of Sardis Primitive Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, reading, flowers, traveling with her family. She was a friend to all, feeding the needy people in the Glen community.
Services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home chapel with Elder Cecil Woodruff and Elder Gary Cordes officiating. Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Park. Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth is in charge.
Survivors include her daughters, Kay E. Perkins (Jim) of Iuka, Frances E. Ivy (Davy Null) of Glen, Lynn E. Fielding (Cliff) of Iuka; son, John W. Emerson (Adelean) of Glen; sisters, Louise Bain, Dorothy Oakley and Jean Blassingame, all of Burnsville; brothers, R.C. Woodruff of Burnsville and Elder Cecil Woodruff of Corinth; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two foster granddaughters from Russia, Lena Klimcnko and Olya Melnikova; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wimpy Emerson; her parents; sisters, Lillian Childers, Faye Brown; brothers, Homer Ray Woodruff, John Roscoe Woodruff; and granddaughter, Amy Lynn Fielding.
Pallbearers will be Cliff Fielding, Jim Perkins, John W. Emerson II, Davy Null, Terry Perrigo and Jody Emerson. Honorary pallbearers will be Corey Fielding, Cody Fielding, Jimmy Dale Johnson, Cliff Fielding III Donald Arthur Johnson, Billy Wayne Johnson, Kirk Emerson, Steven Perkins, Logan Perkins and John Peebles.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today and noon until service time Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
Charles O. Henderson
GLEN – Charles O. Henderson, 77, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at his home. He was a member of the Burnsville Church of Christ for 42 years, where he served as an elder for 24 years. He was a retired mechanic and used car dealer who was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed basketball and baseball. He attended ball games far and near, and coached Little League for many years. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved his church family and sports buddies.
Services will be 3 p.m. today at Burnsville Church of Christ with Rick Jones and Steven Hodgin officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Earline Henderson of Glen; a daughter, Debbie Lambert (Thomas) of Glen; a son, Eddie Henderson (Melissa) of Burnsville; two grandchildren, Preston Lee Henderson and Emilee Henderson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lucille Henderson.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Parsons, Chester Newcomb, Jackie Beals, Jeff Allred, Nicky Cummings and Wayland Phifer. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Ligon, Ricky Cummings and the men of the Burnsville Church of Christ.
The body will lie in state at the church for an hour before the service today.
Memorials may be made to Sharing Hearts, 501 N. Main St., Corinth, MS.
An online guestbook may be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

John Pearson
BOONEVILLE – John M. Pearson, 88, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at the Landmark Community in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Mathew Gill
VERONA – Mathew Gill, 82, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors.
Faye Woodruff Brown
GLEN – Faye Woodruff Brown, 71, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth. She was a member of Sardis Primitive Baptist Church and worked for the Glen and Rienzi post offices for 32 years, serving part of that time as Postmaster. She was the first female to ever serve as a window clerk at the Corinth Post Office and the first female to deliver mail as a walking city carrier. She married William Floyd Brown on Aug. 1, 1956. She enjoyed decorating her home, cooking and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth with Elder Cecil Woodruff officiating. Eulogy by Elder Steve Leggett. Burial will follow in Indian Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years; a son, William Terry Brown (Brenda) of Glen; daughters, Pamela Harmon (Robin) of Corinth and Kimberly Hardwick (Keith) of Burnsville; grandchildren, Tanner Harmon, Justin Harmon, Nick Brown, Corey Johnson Brown, Hillary Hardwick and Hannah Hardwick; a great-grandchild, Alaila Jade Harmon; sisters, Louise Bain of Burnsville, Dorothy Oakley of Booneville and Jean Blasingame of Booneville; a sister-in-law, Doris Woodruff of Corinth; brothers, Jack Woodruff of Burnsville and Elder Cecil Woodruff (Willa) of Corinth; and many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, J.W. Woodruff; her mother, Dena Burcham Woodruff; brothers, John Roscoe Woodruff and Homer Ray Woodruff; sisters, Leon Emerson and Lillian Childers; brothers-in-law, Wimpy Emerson, Thurston Bain, Smith Oakley, Jack Blasingame and Millard Childers; and sisters-in-law, Gladys Woodruff and Nona Woodruff.
Pallbearers will be Tanner Harmon, Justin Harmon, Nick Brown, Corey Brown, Jackie Woodruff and Jerone Woodruff. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at Magnolia Funeral Home.
Frances Waddell
BOONEVILLE – Frances Waddell, 86, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born May 4, 1922, in Prentiss County, the daughter of Robert E. and Lundy Gray Thompson. She was a factory worker and a homemaker. She was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting and animals.
Services will be at noon today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Walter Downs officiating. Burial will follow in Booneville Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Darlene Owen (Shane) of Panama City, Fla.; a sister, Louise Yarber (Howard) of Memphis; a special niece, Ruth Carroll (Larry) of Booneville; a special great-nephew, Clinton Carroll (Georgie) of Booneville; a special great-niece, Camille Shoffner (Frank) of Booneville; and numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Prentiss Ray Waddell, on Dec. 3, 1977; her parents; two sisters, Vivian Holder Nunley and Verna Christine Barker; and a brother, Gerald Thompson.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today.

Isaac Turner
PONTOTOC – Isaac Turner, 88, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Floy Dyer Nursing Home in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Carroll L. Collins
DECATUR, Ga. – Carroll L. Collins, 52, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Decatur, Ga., as a result of a heavy equipment accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel.
Visitation will be from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel.

Verda Box
BOONEVILLE – Verda May Box, 70, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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