Obituaries Nov. 13, 2010

Bernice Conrad
HOLLY SPRINGS – Bernice Louise Conrad, 88, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. She was born Jan. 3, 1922, in Mississippi to Walter Mart Taylor and Nettie Wolfe. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Dr. Ferrell and Bro. Randy Smith officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery at Holly Springs.
Survivors include one son, John W. Conrad of Tupelo; four daughters, Connie Hensley, Peggy Teter and Sara Conrad, all of Holly Springs, and Shirley Ellis of Tampa, Fla.; one sister, Ruth Holley of New Albany; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Kriss, Elaine Hensley, Lynn Luna, Jennifer Conrad, Stewart Conrad and Kim Schisler; two great-grandchildren, Alexandra Kriss and Kaitlyn Elliott.
Visitation will begin at noon Sunday.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Henry Boyd Sr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Henry “Juke” Boyd Sr., 76, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Adolphus Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum amp& Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Sunday.

Bobby Joe Wilbanks
WALNUT – Bobby Joe Wilbanks, 72, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Community Pentecostal Church in Walnut. Burial will be in Reeves Cemetery in Middleton, Tenn. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue today until service time at the church.
To leave online condolences, visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Charles Sample
CORINTH – Charles Sample died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.

Mary Lou Tate
AMORY – Mary Lou Crawford Tate, 92, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at Golden Living Center in Tupelo. Born on Nov. 29, 1917, in Hickory Flat, she was the daughter of the late Lemuel M. and Ana Ella Eddings Crawford. She moved to Amory in 1921, where she was a graduate of Amory Schools. She worked at Prairie Ordnance in Prairie from 1942 until 1945 as a telegraph operator in Holly Springs until she married. After her husband died in 1952, she moved back to Amory and worked at Columbus Air Force Base at the Base Supply for 25 years before her retirement. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Amory, where she was a member of the Board of Trustees for a period of time. She loved working for her church and was known as “the bread lady.” She enjoyed crocheting and collecting antiques.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Rev. Warren Coile officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
She is survived by her brother, Wayne Crawford (Ada) of Orange, Calif.; a sister, Jeanette Windham (Joe) of Shannon; numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Quinton Tate; and two sisters, Ardath Bankester and Leola Morgan.
Pallbearers will be Earl Bunch, Dr. Richard Hollis, Phil Roberts, Tommy Crook and Frank Durrett. Honorary pallbearers will be Herman Hester and members of the Friendship Gleaners Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. until the service hour Sunday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at picklefh@att.net.

Billy Short
BALDWYN – Billy R. Short, 73, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at his home. He was born Dec. 28, 1936, to Paul and Clara Ricks Short in Prentiss County. He retired from JESCO. He was a faithful member of Midway Baptist Church. He enjoyed gospel music, camping and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Short officiating. Burial will be in Ingram Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Bernice Short of Baldwyn; one sister, Maxine Williams; four sons; one daughter, Ginger Hamblin; eight grandchildren; one stepson; two stepdaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Marvern Williams.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Short, Freddie Holder, Kenny Williams, Billy Copeland, Gerald Bennett and Jay Moore.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Robert Shipp
BYHALIA – Robert Lee Shipp, 68, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Strickland United Methodist Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Monday.

Chester Washington
CHICAGO – Chester Washington, 58, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Hopewell No. 2 Church in Hudsonville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Johnnie Chism
FULTON – Johnnie Ray Chism, 86, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. He was born March 5, 1924, in Tremont to B.C. and Lela Murphy Chism. He was married to Virginia “Jennie” Ann Chism for 57 years. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a survivor of the USS Perry, which sunk off the island of Palau, and he received several awards for his service. In 2002 and 2008 he attended his ship’s reunions in Branson, Mo., and Charleston, N.C. He owned and operated Johnnie’s Texaco for 25 years. Later he was employed at Moore Chevrolet and then Davis Ford, where he retired. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and an officer in the VFW.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Glynn Wiygul officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.
Survivors include one daughter, Judy McMurry (Joel) of Bartlett, Tenn.; one son, Jimmy Ray Chism (Terri) of New Albany; five grandchildren, Jencie Cummings (Barry) of Bartlett, Tenn., Jamie Ray McMurry (Jennifer) of Hendersonville, Tenn., Jimmy Ray Chism Jr. of New Albany, Anna Olivia Jordan (Phillip) of Arlington, Tenn., and Katherine Leigh Chism of Memphis; six great-grandchildren, Dylan and Madeline Cummings, Jenna Grace and Julia Kate McMurry, Jimmy Ray Chism III (Trace) and Ella Leigh Jordan; a sister, Luna Bostick of Tremont; a brother, Rev. Virgil Chism of Red Bay, Ala.; and special caregiver, Bennie Patton of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie Ann Chism; his parents; two brothers, Bratton Chism and Bass Chism; and a sister, Buna Bostick.
His nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
Donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 2151, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38101-2151.

Woodrow Foster
BRUCE – Woodrow Foster, 71, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.

Jo Anne Culp
FRANKLIN – Jo Anne Culp, 55, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at her home. She was born Nov. 11, 1954, to Eugene and Dorothy Jones Horn. She was the owner of CRS Point of Sale Systems. She attended the Church of Christ. She enjoyed reading, shopping and camping.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Ronnie Livingston and Dr. Rodney Beasley officiating. Burial will be in the Siloam Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Nicole (Justin) Barnett of Nashville, Tenn.; twin sons, Sam and Clay Culp of Franklin, Tenn.; one sister, Debra (Carl) Shackelford of Booneville; and one granddaughter, Abby Green.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Culp in 2007; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Tommy Ketchum
WALNUT – Tommy Ray Ketchum, 46, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at his home in Walnut. He loved his children and grandchildren. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and a jack-of-all-trades.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church with Bro. Dwain Whitehurst and Bro. Neville Vanderburg officiating. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Teresa Mullins Ketchum of Walnut; one daughter, Erica Ketchum (Luke) of Walnut; two sons, Tyler Ray Ketchum and Justin Dale Gross (Kayla), all of Walnut; three grandchildren, Abby Michelle Foster, Jack Lucas Foster and Aydan Dale Gross, all of Walnut; his mother, Ellen White of Ripley; one brother, Randy Joe Ketchum (Rhonda) of Ripley; one sister, Regina Ketchum (Louis) of Ripley; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marshall and Peggy Mullins of Walnut; a special uncle, James L. “Pete” Ketchum of Ripley; a special aunt, Debbie Richardson of Walnut; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Toni Lynn Ketchum; his father, Junior Ketchum; his grandparents, James C. and Irene Thomas, and Hughey and Louise Ketchum.
Pallbearers will be Mark Johnson, Kyle Weatherly, Joey Richardson, Benji Mullins, Allen Woods, Shawn Mullins, Jeff Davis, and Glenn Duce Glidewell. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Floyd Hopkins, Charles Hill and Wayne Davis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Willard Hardwick
CORINTH – Willard Hardwick, 89, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Little Flock Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Bob Morphis
CORINTH – Bob Morphis, 73, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Foote Street Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Valley of the Dogwood Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Johnny Yeatman
MABEN – Johnny Ray Yeatman, 77, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at his home in Maben.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Double Springs Baptist Church in Oktibbeha County. Burial will be in Clear Springs Cemetery in Oktibbeha County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m. today at Mr. Yeatman’s home on the Sturgis-Maben Road.

Harry Rodgers Sr.
WEST POINT – Harry Lee Rodgers Sr., 89, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Nursing Home in Kosciusko. He was born Jan. 9, 1921, in Mansfield, Ark., to Sudie Mae Neely and T.J. Rodgers Sr. He was retired from both farming and the seed business. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
Mr. Rodgers, a tech sergeant, was the recipient of the Silver Service Star Ribbon for his service in the European African Middle Eastern Campaign. He also earned two Bronze Service Stars, one Silver Star and a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster. He served in the First U. S. Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion (Big Red 1), Headquarters Advancing Company, and saw duty in the Algerian-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central European theaters. He was part of the first wave of soldiers to hit Omaha Beach at 7:15 a.m., June 6, 1944. He waded through waist-deep, stormy seas past sand dunes while carrying his radio backset over his head to keep it dry, so that he could radio back to support ships for coordinates to take out the enemy bunkers. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
He married Ivah E. Coburn Rodgers on July 15, 1945, in West Point. She preceded him in death on April 14, 1997.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. R.C. Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Harry Rodgers (Martha) of Columbus and Jeffrey G. Rodgers of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one sister and six brothers.
Pallbearers will be Ted Judson, Richard Smith, John Elliott, Richard South, Charles Brand, Billy Vest, Pete Dexter and Bud Tumlinson.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, Jimmy Bryan, Athen E. Duke and Billy Coleman.
Memorials may be made to West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter, 1212 Old Tibbee Road, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Marshall Morphis
ALGOMA – Marshall Lee Morphis, 58, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a mechanic. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Charles Wright officiating. Burial will be in Williams Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Loyce Morphis of Algoma; his brother, Jerry Ward (Carolyn) of Meridian; three sons, Lee Morphis (Candace) of Belmont, Bryan Morphis of Tishomingo and Will Morphis of Fulton; one daughter, Lisa Hurd (David) of Algoma; six grandchildren, Emily and Lydia Morphis, Alisha, Andi and Lindzie Hurd, and Braden Pardue; special friend and companion, JoAnne West of Becker; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lamar Morphis; a brother, Kenny Ward; and his former wife, Connie Morphis.
Pallbearers will be Phil Weeks, Gene Turner, Billy Derl Aron, Ken Mabus, Joe Hurvy and Tommy Day. Honorary pallbearers will be the Algoma Class of 1969.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.

Onita Smith
ABERDEEN – Onita Mitchell Smith, 90, died Tuesday, Nov, 9, 2010, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Oct. 14, 1920, to Henderson and Lucille “Lucy” Mitchell. She was a member of Midway M.B. Church in Columbus. She attended school in Sulfur Spring of Hamilton and Aberdeen. She loved playing cards with friends and relatives, and love to dance (better known as Fast Fannie). She was a loving, giving and caring lady.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Darden amp& Sons Funeral Home in Amory with a friend and brother officiating. Burial will follow in Burns Memorial Garden in Aberdeen. Darden amp& Sons in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour 6 to 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Sunday from noon to service time.

Lillian Westbrook
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Lillian Westbrook died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at her home. She was born on Sept. 17, 1965, in Indian River, Fla. She was a member of Tabernacle of Faith Deliverance Ministry.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Tabernacle of Faith Deliverance Ministry with Elder Kenneth Bankhead Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Deon (Dorienda) Westbrook of Verona and DeAngelo (Cocoa) Westbrook of Southaven; her mother, Emma Crump of Tupelo; four sisters, Charlie Butler of Tupelo, Doris (Michael) Balls of Columbus, Susie (Willie) Bell of Hubert, N.C., and Roberta Woolbright of Kissimmee, Fla.; three brothers, Willie Earl (Carolyn) Butler of Columbus, James C. Westbrook of Humbolt, Tenn., and Henry C. Westbrook of Jackson; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Hendricks “Henry” Westbrook Sr.; one brother, Curtis Westbrook; one sister, Emma Jean Butler; and one son Darren “Pooh” Westbrook.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time at the church.
To sign the guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.

Merle Vaughan
AMORY – Merle Hill Vaughan, 102, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at River Place Nursing Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

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