Obituaries Nov. 11, 2009

Jane Bell
WALNUT – Jane Ellen Shackelford Bell, 68, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was a retired teacher with 29 years of service and a member of Tiplersville Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Minister Mike Eaton and Minister Garry Martin officiating. Burial will be in Rucker Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include her husband, Archie Lane “Buddy” Bell Jr. of Walnut; one daughter, Lisa Meeks (Danny) of Tiplersville; one son, Lane Bell (Lynn) of Chalybeate; two sisters, Carol Hurt and Wanda S. Yancey, both of Ripley; five grandchildren, Susan Elizabeth “Libby” Meeks and Landon Tucker Meeks, both of Tiplersville, and Alayna Leigh Bell, Laurie Lynn Bell and Larson Bryce Bell, all of Chalybeate.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd Mitchell and Beatrice May Shackelford.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Beibers, Joe Larry Shackelford, Teddy May, Tim Bell, James Bell, David Yancey, Allen Yancey, Kelly Hurt, David Pickens, Edward Reed and Adron Hodum.
Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Meeks, Larson Bell, Landon Meeks, Donnie Greene, Randy Miskelly and Connie Alberson.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Tiplersville Church of Christ, 24441 Hwy. 15, Tiplersville, MS 38674.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Kalem Benson
GRENADA – Thomas Kalem Benson, 24, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at the Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Burial will be in Elzey Cemetery at Vardaman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Easter Payne
TUPELO – Easter Payne, 88, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of Poplar C.M.E. Church in Saltillo. She was a devoted mother and the widow of John Payne.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Poplar C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Eric Newberry officiating and the Rev. Lawrence McKenzie as the eulogist. Burial will be in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her four daughters, Judy Payne, Loretta (Pat) Payne, Dovie Wilson and John Ella Young, and two sons, Thomas Payne and Charles Payne, all of Tupelo; 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Bud and Dovie Crayton Griffen; one daughter, Core Lee Witherspoon; two sons, Robert Payne and Jimmy Payne; two sisters, Emma Wallace and Sadie Payne; and two brothers, James Griffen and Thomas Griffen.
Pallbearers will be nephews and grandsons.
Viewing will be from 1 until 6 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Memorial Chapel and from noon to service time Thursday at the church.
Online condolences can be made to the Payne family at www.grayson-portersmortuary.com.
Patty Van Camp
HAMILTON – Evelyn Collins “Patty” Van Camp, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at Canon Hospice in Jefferson, La. She was born Feb. 22, 1930, to Walter Lee Collins and Melissa Bolton Collins in Monroe County. She lived in Metairie, La., since 1960. She worked in the medical field as a nurse. She was a member of Our Lady of Divine Providence Church in Metairie.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ross Cemetery in Hamilton with the Rev. George Collins Jr. officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen will be in charge of the service.
Survivors include two sisters, Bessie Lou Stanford of Hamilton and Betty Jo Swanzy of Columbus; one brother, Anderson Collins of Hamilton; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell Dwight Van Camp; one sister, Mable Summerford; and three brothers, L.W. Collins, George Collins and Charles Collins.
Pallbearers will be James Garner, Rodger Collins, Charles Stanford, Cleatis Stanford, Tommy Clegg and Jeremy West.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Sign the register or send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Bishop Harold Pounders
JACKSON – Graveside services for Bishop Harold Cecil Pounders, 66, will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at the McDuffa Cemetery in Hamilton. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of local arrangements.
Mary Laura Sparks
IUKA – Mary Laura Sparks, 86, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in the Sparks Family Cemetery.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Kenny Lewis
FULTON – Kenny Lewis, 46, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at his home in Mooreville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
H.P. Roberts
FALKNER – H.P. Roberts, 71, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, where he had been only eight hours. He had spent 40 days in North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church. He retired from the Tippah County Hospital after 30 years of service. He was born on Aug. 4, 1938, to Henry Roberts and Lessie Gates Roberts Graves.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Unity Baptist Church with Bro. Ronnie Barefield and Bro. Doug Jones officiating. Burial will be in Unity Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Helen Ruth Brady Roberts of Falkner; one daughter, Sandra Kay Byrd (Gerald) of Falkner; one grandson, Benjamin Byrd of Falkner; a special little girl, Claudie Wilkerson; four sisters, Daphine Moore of Ripley, Ruby Chunn of Walnut, Mavis Mullins of Walnut and Polly Newman of Senatobia.
He was preceded in death by one son, Perry Phillip Roberts; his parents; and one brother, Fred B. Roberts.
Pallbearers will be Randy Brady, Tony Brady, Barry Brady, Alan Brady, Joel Bryant and Jason McAlister. Honorary pallbearers will be his Sunday School class.
Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Maybell Fair
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Maybell Fair, 82, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ricky Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery.
She is survived by four daughters, Laura Posey (Marlin), Maxine Fair and Peggy Cleveland (Michael), all of Booneville, and Ruby Lavern Knight of Oregon; six sons, Billy Fair (Lisa) and Richard Fair (Pat), both of Tupelo, Calvin Fair, Randle Fair (Mia), Houston Fair and Jimmy Fair, all of Baldwyn; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death her parents, John and Lydia Brown Miller; her spouse, Lester Fair; one son, Alvin Ray Fair; one grandson, Christopher Ware; one great-grandson, Michael Stacy; one sister; and three brothers.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Evelyn Smyly
MYRTLE – Evelyn Whitworth Smyly died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, after a brief illness. She lived the majority of her almost 89 years in and around Hollandale and later, Leland. She attended Drone’s Business College in Jackson following her high school graduation and went on to hold the position of administrative secretary at the Leland Rural Electric Association for the duration of her career. She enjoyed gardening and needlework. Her crewel and crocheted treasures can still be found at the homes of friends and family across the South. She will be remembered as an independent spirit with a huge heart, quick laugh and love of life.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hollandale Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her sister, Mattie Lee Sandifer of Myrtle, formerly of Clarksdale; her sister-in-law, Hattie Merle Pugh of Leland; and three generations of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marcus and Eglantine Whitworth, and her husband, Eugene E. Smyly.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Martha Dalton
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Martha Graham “Tootsie” Dalton, 93, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at her home in Pensacola, Fla., where she lived with her daughter, Marie Dalton Austin, and son-in-law, Robert Austin. She was born in Corinth and lived there most of her life. Her influence was felt in the social, cultural, civic and religious activities of Corinth.
She taught English at Corinth High School for more than 30 years. She devoted much of her time to extracurricular activities including programs, homecoming and graduation. She wrote and directed the first Senior Follies in 1961 to raise money for a senior trip for all the class members. Her program was so successful that she continued to write, direct and produce more than 20 of these popular variety shows. She was a respected teacher and a friend to her students.
She was selected as Corinth’s Outstanding Citizen in 1983, based on nominations from individuals, clubs and other organizations. She was awarded the first Corinth High School Alumni Association “Distinguished Staff/Faculty Award” in April 2009. She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Corinth, where she donated much of her time and talents for many years. She was the widow of Robert W. Dalton.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church of Corinth. Dr. Don Elliott will officiate, and the Rev. Christy Morgan will assist. The family will gather at 10 a.m. for visitation in the fellowship hall.
Graveside services for family and friends will follow at Henry Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Marie Dalton Austin (Robert) of Pensacola, Fla., and Robin Dalton Stokes of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Marti Neaves of Saltillo, Clint Fuqua of Saltillo, Robin Austin Raval of Culver City, Calif., and Todd Austin of San Clemente, Calif.; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Corinth or to a favorite charity.
Louise Burgess
SOUTHAVEN – Louise Brown Burgess, 94, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at Desoto Healthcare in Southaven. She was born Jan. 31, 1915, in Pontotoc County to Willie and Ida Brown. She and her husband of 53 years, Leroy Burgess, who preceded her in death, were charter members of West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc. A devoted mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, she was a dear sweet spirit who always had a smile for everyone.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Fred Hartley officiating. Burial will follow in West Heights Cemetery in Pontotoc.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Ron Yarber of Southaven; her grandson, Greg Yarber of Santa Fe, N.M.; her sister, Willie Mae Todd of Memphis; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother, James A. Brown, and her husband.
Pallbearers will be Dr. David Hamilton, Tommy Morton, Dan Young, Bobby Forman, Larry Thomas and Jim Reed.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Thursday.

Staci Vail
AMORY – Staci Vail , 43, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Willie Lee Haden
FULTON – Willie Lee Haden, 80, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, in Itawamba County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hathorne Funeral Home in Columbia.
Julie Umfress
SALTILLO – Julie Walton Umfress, 34, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at her home. She was born March 28, 1975, in Tupelo. She was a member of Tombigbee Baptist Church. She worked in the family business.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Terry Paul Graham and Bro. Nick Ulmer officiating. Private graveside services will be in Benefield Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Lauren Walters of Mantachie; one son, Wesley Umfress of Mantachie; her father, Doug Walton of Fulton; her mother, Pat Walton of Saltillo; one brother, Patton Snow Walton of Fulton; a sister-in-law, Jimma Walton Smith of Tupelo; and two nieces, Addi Bell Walton and Avery Walton.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Doug Walton Jr.
Pallbearers will be Mark Collum, John Collum, James Collum, Clay Brown, Kevin Cowart, Seth Collum and Shay Collum.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Julie Walton Umfress Memorial Fund at any branch of BancorpSouth.
Irey Buchanan
TUPELO – Irey “Gene” Buchanan died Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, at his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1943, to Charlie and Beatrice Gardner Buchanan.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Johnson Chapel M.B. Church in Shannon with Pastor Marvin McWhorter officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Comernita Walker and Keshia Scales, both of Tupelo; two granddaughters, Andria Pound and Adrianna Walker, both of Tupelo; three sisters, Beatrice Buchanan of Shannon, and Shirley Dennis and Willie Mae Buchanan, both of Tupelo; three brothers, Elbert (Katie) Buchanan of Tupelo, Eddit T. Buchanan of Shannon and Louis Buchanan of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Tobe V. Buchanan, Charlie Buchanan Jr. and Corsit Lee Buchanan; a special nephew, Chad “Boo” Wallace; a niece, Josephine Dawson; and a nephew, Christopher Buchanan.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
Silvio S. Cesario
TUPELO – Silvio S. Cesario, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo.

Darla Gunter
PONTOTOC – Darla Jean Gunter, 56, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Roger Shock officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Gunter; a son, Chris Gunter; her mother, Cam Henry Weidert; her father, Guyton Henry; two brothers, Charles G. Henry Jr. and Robin Earl Henry, both of Greenwood; one sister, Lesa Fisher of Denver, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, W.C. and Alma Henry, and Bernice and Earl Graham.

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