Obituaries, Monday, Aug. 7, 2000
Lois K. West
NEW ALBANY Lois K. West, 92, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2000, at Green Oak Manor. She was born Oct. 17, 1907, in Union County. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Methodist Church in New Albany.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Calvary Methodist Church with the Rev. Dale Whitlock and the Rev. Tom Sheffield officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sisters, Sybil Staten, Annie Mae McGraw, Mary Gray and Edith K. Gafford, all of New Albany; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Carl West; her parents, James Morris King and Clara Wood King; and one sister, Jamie Goodwin.
DUMAS Lanie Lee Chunn Hines, Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at Sunshine Rest Home in Pontotoc. She was born Sept. 8, 1911, in Union County. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Services were Sunday, Aug. 4, 2000, at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Don Wilson officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Charlene Anderson and her husband, George, of Dumas and Jean Jarvis and her husband, Jim, of New Albany; two sisters, Clara Printiss of California and Avinell Snyder of New Albany; two brothers, Austin Chunn of Batesville and James Chunn of Jackson; four grandchildren, Diane Turner and her husband, Tom, of Hinsdale, Ill., Chuck Bratton and his wife, Susie, of Memphis, Steven Jarvis and his wife, Candy, of New Albany and Bryan Jarvis and his wife, Kim, of Tupelo; eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, G.W. “Buster” Hines; and her parents, George Albert Chunn and Mattie Rakestraw Chunn.
Pallbearers were G.W. Self, Wayne Roberts, Glen Ford, Jason Turner, Colby Turner and Curtis Camp.
Clyde H. Wroten
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. Clyde H. Wroten, 84, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at Collierville Health and Rehab Center. He was born Aug. 16, 1915, in Union County to the late Thomas and Lillie Beard Wroten. He was a retired Baptist minister, having served churches in Tennessee and Mississippi. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Horace Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Carmel Thomas Wroten; three daughters, Gayle Latham and Syrita Reeves of Collierville, Tenn., and Saundra Heebsh of Springhill, Fla.; two brothers, Clearon Wroten of Blue Mountain and Lavanus Wroten of Booneville; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today.
William F. Bonds
IUKA William F. Bonds, 50, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at his residence. He was a member of Yellow Creek Baptist Church and was a former EMT with Tishomingo County Hospital. He graduated from Baker High School in Columbus, Ga. A person of great love and compassion, he was devoted to his friends and family and took time to contact them every day.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stanley Magill officiating. Burial will be in Patrick Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Marie White Bonds of Iuka; one sister, Judy Rush of Lawrenceville, Ga.; one brother, James Bonds of Tuscumbia, Ala.; one niece, Brittany Bonds; one nephew, Dillon Bonds.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Bonds.
Honorary pallbearers will be Iuka Hospital ambulance service staff and the nurses in intensive care.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
SARDIS Mary Simmerman, 88, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a homemaker and a member of Hebron Baptist Church. She was the widow of Ed Simmerman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Robbie Simmerman King and Marie Simmerman Cox of Sardis; two sons, Evander Simmerman of Sardis and Curtis Simmerman of Batesville; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today.
MYRTLE Rickey Wayne Jordan, 41, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, in Desoto County. He was born July 1, 1959. He was a factory worker at Taylor-Made in Pontotoc and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. Services will be at 3 p.m. today at United Funeral Chapel with Bro. Tommy Peters and Bro. Frank Wilder officiating. Burial will be in Old Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Swords Jordan of Myrtle; one daughter, Brittney Allison Jordan of Myrtle; his parents, Victor and Alice Quillan Jordan of Myrtle; two sisters, Pam Roberson of Myrtle and Vickie Brown of Louisiana.
Pallbearers will be Lee Jordan, Ronnie Hall, Dan Stegall, Bill Rossell and Ricky Windham.
Bearl Stafford Jr.
OKOLONA Bearl “Jr.” Thomas Stafford Jr., 53, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1947, in Clay County to Bearl Thomas Stafford Sr. and Edna Earl Tumlenson. He was a disabled auto mechanic and member of Okolona First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Lewman officiating. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Laster Stafford of West Point; three sons, Thomas Monroe Stafford and Timothy Dewayne Stafford of Okolona and Tracy Edward Stafford of Houston; one sister, Rosie Mae Kimbrough of Pontotoc; one brother, Darrell Preston Stafford of Houston; five grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jason Laster, Chris Laster, Everett Laster, Bill Houk, Billy Laster and Wayne Laster.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today.
Rev. Earl Ezell
GREENWOOD Rev. Earl Ezell, 65, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at Webster Health Services in Eupora. He was born Nov. 14, 1934, in Greenwood. He graduated from Greenwood High School in 1952 and Mississippi College with a bachelor of arts degree in 1956. He graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1961 with a BD degree. He was ordained and licensed by Calvary Baptist Church in Greenwood in 1952. He served Mt. Vernon Baptist Church from 1952-61, Vaiden Baptist Church from 1961-63, Second Baptist Church in Kosciusko from 1963-68, Meadowood Baptist Church from 1968-82 and Southside Baptist Church from 1982-1996. He was the minister for Sapa Baptist Church from 1997 until the president.
He served on various associational committees in Holmes, Attala, Monroe and Washington Counties. He was president of Pastors’ Conference in Monroe and Washington Counties and vice president of Mississippi Delta Pastors’ Conference. He served on Associational Building Committee for the new mission building in Washington County.
He was a convention board member in the Monroe Association for six years and in the Washington Association for six years. He served on the Executive, New Church Expansion, Assemblies and Grounds and Budget Committees.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cornell Daughtry and the Rev. Bernett Fielder officiating. Burial will be in Sapa Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Zenobia Shurden Ezell of Eupora; his mother, Grace Causey Ezell of Eupora, two daughters, Melanie Flippo of Amory and Gwenda Sanderson of Augusta, Ga.; two grandsons, Dave and Matt Flippo; one granddaughter, Brooke Sanderson; and one brother, Willie Wayland “Sonny” Ezell of Carrolton.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Pansy White Clayton, 87, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at an infirmary in Rowlett, Texas, after an extended illness. A native of Itawamba County, she lived in Tupelo most of her life until she moved to Greenville, Texas, 6 years ago. She was a retired employee of Reed Manufacturing Company. She was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church and a former member of the WMU. She was the widow of Guy A. Clayton.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David Langerfeld officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors include six nieces, Ruby Wilcox of Greenville, Texas, who was her caregiver, Martha Monaghan and Robbi Gomez of Tupelo, Laverne McCullom and Ruth Wood of Verona and Pauline Johnson of West Point; two nephews, Robert Sandefur of Tupelo and Troy Hamm of New Port Richey, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Harrison White and Barcelona Crenshaw White; four sisters, Lillie Belle O’Neal, Ella Hamm, Carra Poole and Jenny Mae Sandefur; seven brothers, Dan Dixon, Eugene, Bill, Hubert, Dalton and J.W. White.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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SULLIGENT, Ala. Robert Wayne Moore, 40, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, from the results of an automobile accident in Beaverton, Ala. He was born March 9, 1960, in Lamar County, Ala., to Shirley McKay Moore and the late Robert Alanson Moore. He attended Sulligent High School and was a member of Crews Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Navy. He worked as a supervisor at Waverly Homes in Hamilton, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Crews Methodist Church. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his paternal grandfather, Murray Moore of Sulligent, Ala.; his maternal grandmother, Isabell McKay of Hamilton, Ala.; his mother, Shirley Moore of Sulligent, Ala.; his wife, Joy Moore of Sulligent, Ala.; two sons, Jared Wayne Moore and Jordan Grant Moore of Sulligent, Ala.; three brothers, Allen Moore and Richard Moore of Sulligent, Ala., and Anthony Moore of Hamilton, Ala.
BLUE MOUNTAIN Ethel Elliott died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.
PONTOTOC Robert Listenbee died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges Funeral Home.
HICKORY FLAT Hattie Box Taylor, 95, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Briarcrest Nursing Home in Ashland. She was a homemaker and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She was the widow of Luther F. Taylor.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Brantley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pinegrove Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Hazel Waldrop of Horn Lake, Maureen Armstrong of Blue Mountain and Mildred Wenzler of Collierville; eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren.
ABBEVILLE Benjamin “Bud J” Thompson, 77, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at his residence. He was a retired custodian for Oxford Junior High School. He was a native of Lafayette County. He was a member of East St. Peter’s M.B. Church and was a foster grandparent at North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ivon Mae Thompson.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at East St. Peter’s M.B. Church. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Wilma Logan of Abbeville; two sons, James Oscar Thompson of Abbeville and Willie B. Thompson of Meridian; three sisters, Dorothy Caine of Memphis, Betty DeBuois and Eva Crosby of Akron, Ohio; one brother, Clayton Thompson of Akron, Ohio; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
RIPLEY Mary Thelma Thurmond, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Tippah County Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of North Ripley Baptist Church. She was the widow of Charles Thurmond.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lamar Grisham and the Rev. Elmer Paseur officiating. Burial will be in Lowry Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Dennis Thurmond of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; two sisters, Gertrude Yancey of Ripley and Doris Hensley of Memphis; two brothers, Allen Childs and D.A. Childs of Ripley.
Pallbearers will be Danny Childs, Wade Carmichiel, Terry Hensley, Kenneth Childs, Johnny Childs and Cleo Wilbanks.
Betty Sue Dees
BOONEVILLE Betty Sue Brown Dees, 63, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was a homemaker and operated a dairy farm with her husband, James A. Dees, who died Feb. 24, 2000. She was a member of Lamb’s Chapel Methodist Church.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Steve Essary and Pastor Jack Ezell officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Dees Floyd and Sheila Dees Robinson and her husband, Kevan, all of Booneville; one son, Joe Dees of Booneville; two sisters, Mattie Frances Calton of Chicago and Mary Carolyn Bridges and her husband, Donald, of Tupelo; two brothers, Tulon E. Brown and his wife, Sophie of Shelton, Conn., and Laron L. Brown and his wife, Clarice, of Jumpertown; five grandchildren, James Floyd, Kevin Floyd, Breanna Dees, Bryson Dees and Jasmine Robinson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Edna Brown; and one brother, James T. Brown.
Pallbearers will be Doug Lewellen, David Bridges, Craig Brown, Ricky Floyd, Bradley Bridges and Kenneth Brown.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today.
LOCUST BAYOU, Ark. Tracie L. Evans Smith, 27, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000. She was a member of Victory Assembly of God Church and was a hair designer.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Victory Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Jerry Ables and the Rev. Stanley Clemons officiating. Burial will be in Plunkett Cemetery. Proctor Funeral Home of Camden, Ark., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Tyson Smith of Locust Bayou; her mother, Lynn Evans of Camden, Ark.; two sons, Tanner Cole and Sawyer Thomas Smith of Locust Bayou; her grandmother, Patsy Brummett of Pontotoc; three aunts, Sharon Evans, Brenda Nash and Lisa Seale, all of Pontotoc; one uncle, Randy Seale of Pontotoc; her father and mother-in-law, Allen and Karen Smith of Hot Springs, Ark.; four cousins, Jamie Chunn, Brandon Seale, Ashley Seale and Tyler Nash.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CORINTH Katie Mae Mathis Fare, 88, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. A lifelong resident of Alcorn County, she was born July 24, 1912, to N. Dee and Quay Wilbanks Mathis. She was a graduate of Kossuth High School and a teacher in Alcorn County for 41 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Leland K. Fare. She was a faithful and active member of Shiloh Baptist Church until her illness.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Shiloh Baptist Church in Corinth with the Rev. Philip Caples officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include several cousins.
Pallbearers will be Steve Wilbanks, Danny Haynes, Charles Mask, Russell Meeks, Joe Turner, Mike Meteer, Bobby Garrett and Bubba Coley.
Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today.
Memorials may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, Highway 72 West, Corinth, Miss.
Dwight Blissard Sr.
OKOLONA Dwight Farris Blissard Sr., 91, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial/Okolona Funeral Home.
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BOONEVILLE Rebecca Anne “Becky” Hall Martin, 51, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, in Nashville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.