Obituaries, Monday, May 25, 1998

AUTHOR: JUDYC

Obituaries, Monday, May 25, 1998

Eugene E. Pearson

WEST POINT Eugene E. Pearson, 91, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at Aberdeen-Monroe County Hospital. He was a native of Dyersburg, Tenn. He resided in West Point in younger years until moving to Memphis, then to Kenton, Tenn., and moving back to West Point in 1982. He was a member of First Baptist Church of West Point where he was a Deacon. He was a retired millwright for Proctor & Gamble of Memphis. He was a carpenter and home builder after retirement. He was a member of West Point Masonic Lodge No. 159 F&AM. He built and lived in the First F.H.A. home in West Point.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary Richardson officiating. There will be a Masonic Rites commemoration. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Memory Garden Cemetery in Memphis.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Russell Pearson of West Point; three daughters, Peggy P. Adams of Dothan, Ala., Jan R. Little of Athens, Ga., and Monica R. Blanton of Hamilton; two sons, Robert Russell of New Augusta and Butch Russell of Jackson; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Lance Russell, Lee Russell, Lonnie Oliver, Gregg Roberds, Keith Blanton, Kenneth Blanton and Bobby Adams.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bible Learners Sunday School Class and the Deacons of First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 794, West Point, Miss., 39773.

Betty Benjamin

NEW ALBANY Betty Gray Benjamin, 67, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. She was born Oct. 24, 1930, in Etta to Washie Franklin Gray and Zona Gilliam Gray. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Kenny Adair officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, C.B. Benjamin of New Albany; two daughters, Judy Goodman of Hernando and Jane Galloway of Blue Mountain; one son, Ricky Benjamin of Nesbit; three sisters, Fern Gaines of Darden, Jimmie Jean Horn of Macedonia and Maveline Coffey of Etta; one brother, Johnny Gray of Ripley; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.

Gladys Lewey

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. Gladys Jarnigan Lewey, 84, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at Red Bay Hospital. She was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with the Rev. Randy Hargett officiating. Burial will be in Dempsey Cemetery.

Survivors include four sons, Talmadge Lewey and his wife, Betty, of Russellville, Ala., Carl Lewey and his wife, Karen, of Red Bay, Horace Lewey and his wife, Pam, of Russellville, Ala., and Norris Lewey and his wife, Brenda, of Red Bay; two daughters, Racine Holt and her husband, Ed, and Berlene Puckett, and her husband, Jim, all of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Reba Thorn of Red Bay, and Arvie Dean George of Tuscumbia, Ala.; two brothers, U.R. Jarnigan of Russellville and Joe Jarnigan of Tuscumbia; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Belcher Lewey in 1996.

Pallbearers will be Torrey Lewey, Brandon Lewey, Chris Berry, Stephen Cantrell and Jon Pruitt.

Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

V.J. Hacker

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. V.J. Hacker, 50, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at Helen Keller Hospital in Tuscumbia, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.

Scott McCain

EUPORA Scott McCain, 37, died Friday, May 22, 1998, in the Griffin community in West Point. He was born Oct. 6, 1960, in Houston. He was owner and manager of Custom Exteriors in Eupora.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Old Cumberland Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Nora Cole McCain of Eupora; his mother, Shirley Love Dutton of Mathiston; his father, John William McCain Jr. of Costa Rica; his grandfather, John William McCain Sr. of Long Beach; and a host of close friends in the community.

Bernice Morris

BATESVILLE Bernice McCullar Morris, 83, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at Batesville Manor Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 16, 1914, in Panola County to James Wesson and Nellie Ruth Crowell Morris. She was a homemaker and a member of Goodhope Baptist Church. She was the widow of Howard Wesson Morris.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Goodhope Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Stubblefield and the Rev. Billy Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Goodhope Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Morris Franks Wells of Senatobia and Joyce Morris Thaggard of Laurel; three sons, James Wesson Morris, Gerald W. Morris and Howard Kelly Morris, all of Batesville; one sister, Mildred Crowell Bailey of Courtland; one brother, Shelby McCullar of Batesville; 19 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.

John Lagomarsino

BYHALIA John Anthony Lagomarsino, 73, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at the home of his son in Byhalia. He was born May 6, 1925, to Benjamin Lagomarsino and Helen Grispinski. He was a Catholic and a service technician. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his wife, June Yuffer Lagomarsino.

A private burial will be held at a later date. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, Dennis P. Lagomarsino of Byhalia, John K. Lagomarsino of Clifton, N.J., and Paul Lagomarsino of Victoria; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

Sophia Malone

BRUCE Sophia Lorna Malone, 97, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at Live Oak Retirement Center in Shreveport, La. She was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church. She was a former clerk at E.L. Bruce Company Store. She was the widow of Edward Enoch Malone.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Charles Nestor officiating. Burial will be in Pittsboro Cemetery.

Survivors include one great-niece, Patricia Mills of Shreveport, La.

Pallbearers will be Bill and Bob Cooper, C.R. Easley Jr., Charles and Ed Liles and Stewart Mills.

Visitation will begin one prior to services Tuesday.

John Cantrell

GATTMAN John Ancil Cantrell, 76, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at his residence. He was born Feb. 10, 1922, in Monroe County to the late Robert Terry and Ola Mae Pierce Cantrell. He was a member of the Gattman First Baptist Church. He was retired from the U.S. Navy having served during World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He was also retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Gattman First Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Seals and Bro. Theron Holliman officiating. Burial will be in Pickle Cemetery in Monroe County. Otts Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Mary O. Cantrell of Gattman; two daughters, Joyce Betros and her husband, E.L., of Columbus and Donna Vaughan and her husband, Joe, of Gattman; one brother, J.C. Cantrell of Aberdeen; seven sisters, Evelyn Woods of Vernon, Ala., Myriam McKay of Gattman, Nell Inman of Shreveport, La., Mae Killian of Aberdeen, Rose Coker, Fae Cantrell and Carolyn Knight, all of Amory; three grandchildren, Kim Uhl, Nikki Hollis and Johnny Vaughan; three great-grandchildren, Chris Uhl, Jake Hollis and Nathan Vaughan.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Cantrell.

Pallbearers will be Greg Uhl, Brian Hollis, Andy Killian, Paul Woods, Robert Ralph Cantrell, Joe Knight and J.T. Woods.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Franks, Eugene Leech, Teddy Joyner, Savage Turner, E.O. Thompson, R.N. Foster, Murray Coleman and Dan Pendley.

George Pugh

BEAVERTON, Ala. George Earnest Pugh, 75, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at his residence. He was born in Lamar County, Ala., to the late Felix and Essie White Pugh. He had lived in the Mt. Hebron community most of his life. He was a member of the Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church with Bro. Jimmy Aycock officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hebron Cemetery. Norwood Funeral Home of Sulligent, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sisters, Ora Lee of Springhill, Fla., Pauline King of Sulligent, Ala., and Hazel Franks of Mantachie; two brothers, John Pugh of Birmingham, Ala., and Roland Pugh of Chelsea, Ala.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Clyde Pugh.

Robert Thompson

MANTEE Robert Lee Thompson, 75, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 8, 1922, in Sparta to Robert Sylvester Thompson and Myrtle Clements. He retired from Houston Ceramic Tile Company as a night watchman. He was a member of Pine Bluff Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Houston Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Lynn Brock officiating. Burial will be in Wake Forrest Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Ellis Thompson of Mantee and Jerry Thompson of Prairie; one sister, Mrs. Fowler Smith of Eupora; seven grandchildren, one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Swindle Thompson who died May 27, 1998.

William West Jr.

STARKVILLE William Thomas West Jr., 77, died Friday, May 22, 1998, in Starkville. He was born in Hazelhurst and had lived in Starkville since 1952. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, he was a musician playing with many big bands. He served in the Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 during World War II in the Burma Theater. He completed his graduate studies in music at Louisiana State University and Columbia University. He served as Director of Bands at Jones Junior College from 1947 until 1952 and at Mississippi State University from 1952 to the late 1960’s. During this time he built the Maroon Band into a premier college band. He founded and served as head of the Department of Music Education at Mississippi State University. Upon his retirement in 1985, after 32 years of service, Mississippi State University named him Professor Emeritus, Band Director Emeritus and Department Head Emeritus. He received numerous honors and awards for his efforts in the field of music education in Mississippi.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 1998, at Welch Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Whiteside officiating. Burial was in Oddfellows Cemetery in Starkville.

Survivors include one sister, Martha Crafton and her husband, George, of Nashville, Tenn.; two daughters, Janet Goff and her husband, Kenny, of Pascagoula and Virginia Brown and her husband, Ed, of Shreveport, La.; three grandchildren, Trey Goff, Kelly Goff and Michael Goff.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne Magee West.

Memorials may be made to Linley Personal Care Home or to the scholarship fund for music education students at Missisippi State University.

Albert W. Britt

PONTOTOC Albert W. Britt, 83, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford after a brief illness. He was born June 10, 1914. He was a farmer and a Baptist. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Simms and the Rev. Johnny DuVall officiating. Burial will be in Anioch Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Britt; one son, James Albert Britt of Ecru; three sisters, Pauline Betts, Katheline Donaldson and Ruthie Brown, all of Abbyville; three grandchildren, James Anthony Britt, Chris Sisco and Crystal Britt; two great-grandchildren, Allen Michael McCord and Destiny Sisco.

Pallbearers will be James A. Britt, Chris Sisco, Shaun Russell, Frankie Kuykendall, Timmy Russell and Michael Gross.

Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Volene Gillespie

PONTOTOC Volene Gillespie, 79, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at her residence after an extended illness. She was born April 4, 1919. She was a homemaker and a member of Hebron Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gerald Finley and the Rev. Jimmy Grubbs officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Larry Gillespie and his wife, Fay, of Oxford, Barry Gillespie and his wife, Carolyn, and Tommy Gillespie and his wife, Debbie, all of Randolph; three sisters, Gladys Ruth Stewart of Randolph, Ona Mae Sewell of Pontotoc and Ophelia Wells of Huntsville, Ala.; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, DeLaine Gillespie.

Pallbearers will be her nephews.

Visitation will be from noon until 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Tranny Hamilton

AMORY Tranny Elmer Hamilton, 90, died Friday, May 22, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 2, 1907, in Monroe County. He grew up in the Splunge community. He had been a resident of Savannah, Tenn., for 40 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Savannah, Tenn. He was a U.S. Naval veteran. He worked as an electrician with T.V.A until retirement. He was a Mason. His hobbies included furniture making.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Edward Puckett officiating. Burial will be in the Lann Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Verna Elline Brown Hamilton of Savannah, Tenn., they were married in 1934; one son, Gary Hamilton of Savannah, Tenn.; one brother, Eldon Hamilton of Greenwood Springs; two grandchildren, Michael Tranny Hamilton and Maggie Elline Hamilton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Thomas Hamilton and Madgie Lou Faulkner Hamilton.

Pallbearers will be Bill Brown, Hilbert Hathcock, Jolly Faulkner, Herbert Mize, Chevreul Harris, Ronnie Boozer.

Marcelle Ledbetter

AMORY Marcelle Caldwell Ledbetter, 68, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born Oct. 30, 1929, in Elora, Tenn. She was a graduate of the Flintville, Tenn. Schools. She had been a resident of Amory for 42 years. She was the owner and operator of The Cloth Basket in Amory for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Amory where she taught Sunday School in the Young People’s Department for 25 years. Her hobbies included gardening, flowers, cooking and sewing.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Amory with the Rev. Terry Ledbetter, Dr. Ron Kirkland and the Rev. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Robert M. Ledbetter of Amory, they were married in 1957; her mother, Vernie Lee McGee Caldwell of Elora, Tenn.; one son, Rev. Terry Ledbetter and his wife, Marla, of Picayune; two stepsons, Mark Ledbetter and his wife, Nancy, of Tupelo and Tom Ledbetter and his wife, Donna, of Wilmington, Dela.; one daughter, Karen Ledbetter Tiffin and her husband, Billy, of West Point; two stepdaughters, Peggy Parham and her husband, Ronald, of Amory and Celia McDonald and her husband, Mickey, of Baker, La.; two brothers, Joe Earl Caldwell of Rogersville, Tenn., and Maurice Caldwell of Flintville, Tenn.; 16 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Lee Caldwell.

Pallbearers will be Steve Caldwell, Mark Clay, Clint Parham, Tim Ledbetter, Clayton Ledbetter, Andrew Ledbetter, David Hatfield, Len Blanton and Aaron Ledbetter.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 269, Amory, Miss., 38821.

Lola Riddle

PONTOTOC Lola Wayne Riddle, 55, died Thursday, May 21, 1998, at her residence. She was a member of Golden Gate Church of God in Christ.

Services will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Golden Gate Church of God in Christ with Elder Robert Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Marie Hester and Teresa High, both of Pontotoc and Mary Green of New Albany; one son, Silas Ray of Pontotoc; one sister, Maxine Sanders of New Albany; two brothers, Billy Fay Robbins of New Albany and Ed Robbins of Racine, Wisc.; 13 grandchildren,

Visitation will be from 1 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.

Ruby Boren Barnes

OZARK Ruby Boren Barnes, 84, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a lifelong resident of the Ozark community in Itawamba County where she was a charter member of the Ozark Baptist Church which was founded over 60 years ago at the home of her parents, Sid and Alice Baxter Boren. She was a Sunday School teacher and church clerk for several years. She was a member of the Houston Community Senior Citizen’s Center and Houston Community RCDC. After attending schools in Itawamba County, she worked with her husband of 63 years, O.B. Barnes, to establish a farming and cotton ginning business in the Ozark, Houston and Kirkville areas of Itawamba County. She was retired from the garment industry with 38 years of service to Reed Manufacturing Company and Marietta Manufacturing Company.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Ozark Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Adams, the Rev. Castor Buse and the Carl Dunlap officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Oscar Bobby Barnes and his wife, Wanda; one grandson, Walter Burl Barnes; two sisters, Vernell Pitts and Girdean Spigner; one brother, Tracy Boren, all of the Ozark community; a host of nieces, nephews, friends, fellow church member and neighbors.

She preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Oscar Burl Barnes, who died June 22, 1997; her parents, Sid and Alice Boren; one sister, Maurine Spencer Waddle; four brothers, Audie Ray, Claude, Luther and Guy Boren.

Pallbearers will be members of Ozark Baptist Church.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Max Taylor, Dr. George Waddle and Ruble Hicks.

The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.

Memorials may be made to Ozark Baptist Church Memorial Fund.

Kevin Agnew

CORINTH Kevin Eugene Agnew, 24, died Thursday, May 21, 1998, at Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Little Zion M.B. Church with the Rev. Donald Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Rienzi Cemetery. Grayson’s Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Phyllis Agnew of Corinth; his father, Harrison Damons of Corinth; four brothers, Rev. Henry Damons, James Damons and Mike Jones, all of Corinth and Bobby West of Milwaukee, Wisc.; four sisters, Kelly M. Agnew, Elenaora Benson, Barbara Walker and Toni Dilworth, all of Corinth.

Visitation will be from 6 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Helon Calloway

PONTOTOC Helon Calloway, 87, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was born Dec. 25, 1910.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Johnny P. Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Black Zion Cemetery.

Survivors include one grandson, Clay Calloway; five great-grandchildren, Natalie Payne, Nicole Crump, Casey Calloway, William Calloway and Maya Callaway; six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl D. Calloway; one son, Billy S. Calloway.

Pallbearers will be Jessie R. Calloway, Dexter Calloway, Louis Clark, Lynn Brown, Ritchie Payne and Randy Payne.

Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today and from 9 until 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Jamie Godwin

Jamie Godwin, 87, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in Calhoun City after an extended illness. A native of Woodland, she lived in the Tupelo most of her life. She formerly represented Stanley Home Products and retired from Kellwood Company in Calhoun City. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Tupelo where she was active in the W.M.U. She was the widow of Herman Godwin who died in 1956.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Gayle Alexander and Dr. Anthony Kay officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.

Survivors include one daughter, Frankie Ann Martin of Calhoun City; one son, Bill Godwin of Tupelo; one sister, Karenza Spratlin of Calhoun City; five grandchildren, Butch Godwin, Kathy Cofer, Rev. Aubry Martin, David Martin and Camilla Pegues; 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Butch Godwin, Rev. Aubry Martin, David Martin, Robert Pegues, Jarrett Martin, Brandon Martin and Clay Godwin.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Etma Phillips

OAK HILL Etma J. Phillips, 73, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Lee County native, she lived in the Oak Hill community most of her life. She retired from Sadler Manufacturing Company in 1983. She was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church where she was a member of the U.M.W.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jimmy Jackson and the Rev. Glen Wiygul officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Bervis L. “Len” Phillips Sr. of Oak Hill; three daughters, Dianne Wigginton and her husband, John, of Tupelo, Judy McGaugh and her husband, Johnny, of Tupelo, and June Lyle and her husband, Butch, of Saltillo; three sons, James L. Lackey of Tupelo, B.L. Phillips Jr. and his wife, Jan, of Jackson and Bobby Joe Phillips and his wife, Linda, of Tupelo; one sister, Mary Young of Gulfport; four brothers, Howard Whitten of Pontotoc, Elmer Whitten, John Whitten and Luther Whitten, all of Tupelo; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey and Heston Whitten.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jimmy Lackey, Brad Lackey, Phillip Lyle, Bryan Phillips, Kirk Phillips and Tim Pearson.

Memorials may be made to Oak Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund.

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Mrs. Etma Phillips

Oak Hill community

11 a.m. today

Jefferson Street Chapel

Oak Hill Cemetery

Mrs. Jamie Godwin

Tupelo

3 p.m. today

Jefferson Street Chapel

Tupelo Memorial Park

Mr. Cratis Blankenship

Tupelo

Graveside services

11 a.m. Tuesday

Wheeler Grove Cemetery