Obituaries Nov. 18, 2009

Kim Lee Fletcher
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. – Kim Lee Fletcher, 42, formerly of Van Vleet, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at her home. She was born May 12, 1967, in Columbus to Charles and Jackie Barker Reed of Van Vleet. She had lived in East Prairie, Mo., since leaving Mississippi in 2005.
The body was donated to medical science. No services are scheduled. Shelby Funeral Home of East Prairie, Mo., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents; two sons, Anthony Fletcher of Goldsboro, N.C., and William Fletcher of Saltillo; one daughter, Randi Crook of Okolona; one brother, Jack Reed of Houston; two sisters, Lisa Spears of Houston and Sonya Robbins of Pontotoc; four grandchildren, Abbigail Crook, Madelynn Fletcher, Sadie Belle Crook and Aidan Fletcher; and her companion, Kelly Smart of East Prairie, Mo.
Jack May
PONTOTOC – Ralph “Jack” May, 90, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born April 18, 1919, to William Boyd May and Effie McCarver May. He married Ruth “Cotton” Grisham on Nov. 2, 1940, and they were married almost 60 years before her death. He was a dairy farmer, and director of transportation and a school bus driver for the Pontotoc Schools. He enjoyed fox hunting and was past president of the Pontotoc County and Mississippi State Fox Hunters Associations. He served on the Board of Directors of Pontotoc Hospital for eight years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pontotoc. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. In 1944 he went overseas to England. He was in the 1st Airborne Fighter Group to cross the English Channel at Normandy Beach, and he was in Frankfort, Germany, when the war ended.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. The Rev. J.W. Owen will officiate. Burial will be in West Heights Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Bevill (Rodney) of Pontotoc; one son, Bobby May (Mary Ann) of Pontotoc; granddaughters, LaRose Hunter (Brian), Christy Edens (Ed) and Judy May, all of Pontotoc, and Trudy Roberson (John) of Shannon; two sisters, Hazel Sledge of Macon and Virginia Caldwell of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Pallbearers will be Billy Terry, Scott Moore, Rex Mooney, Mike Montgomery, Gary Moorman and Mike Bailey.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Hardee’s coffee drinkers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803; or First Baptist Church, 31 Washington St., Pontotoc MS 38863; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Bennie Denton
PONTOTOC – Bennie J. Denton, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was a Methodist, a storekeeper and a factory worker.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Troy Cemetery with the Rev. Greg Herndon officiating. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Sherrye Simmons (Billy Neal) of Pontotoc; one son, Mike Denton (Debbie) of Pontotoc; a daughter-in-law, Janet Denton of Pontotoc; one sister, Mary Smith of Hernando; two brothers, Bobby Johnson of Olive Branch and Dan Johnson of Missouri; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Clara Cruse Johnson; her husband, Malone Denton; one son, Neal Denton; three brothers, Bud, Ray and Reural Johnson; one sister, Emmajo Johnson; two granddaughter, Shanda Simmons and Baby Girl Denton; and one great-granddaughter, Chanda Jordan.
Pallbearers will be Scott and Cole Brown, Greg Denton, Chase Denton, David Steward, Wyatt Steward, Ryan Adair and Johnny Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Conner Monaghan
ABERDEEN – Conner Michael-Vernon Monaghan, 1 month old, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009. He was born Oct, 18, 2009, in Amory to Daniel and Laura Mize Monaghan. He was a resident of Aberdeen.
Services will be 3 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Daniel and Laura Mize Monaghan of Aberdeen; his grandparents, Regina and Mark Mize of Rogers, Ark., Susan Monaghan of Bartlett, Tenn., and J.B. Monaghan of Amory; and several great-grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Gatlin Tuttle, Michael Poole, Daniel Caraway and Shayne Reever.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Elizabeth Garner
WREN – Minnie Elizabeth “Neg” Garner, 89, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at her home. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born June 14, 1920, to Frank and Ludie Bell Dixon Grady. She married James Lewis Garner in 1943; he died in 1995. She had worked at the Prairie Ordnance Plant, where she made shells. She was a homemaker and a member of the Grady’s Chapel Methodist Church. She enjoyed yard work, gardening, collecting teddy bears and dolls, making crafts, and talking on the phone with her friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Rev. Harrison Upshaw officiating. Burial will be Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, Danny Garner (Ik Su “Kim”) and Donnie Garner (Cindy), both of Wren; one daughter, Brenda Garner of Wren; a sister-in-law, Arlie Mae Grady of Tupelo; four grandchildren, David Phillips, Shawn Phillips, Su Chin “Susie” Garner Hale and Kieth Garner; four great-grandchildren, Cody Phillips, Cole Phillips, Stone Garner and Conner Garner; and one stepgreat-grandchild, Chase Gains.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother, Buford Grady.
Pallbearers will be Guy Parker, Lann Wilf, Mike Wilf, Terry Garner, David Renfro, Sammy Brown and Ronnie Garner.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Mildred Estis
BARTAHATCHIE – Mildred Benefiel Estis, 96, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born April 24, 1913, to Columbus Marion Benefiel and Ada Mae Gough Benefiel in Fayette, Ala. She was a lifelong resident of the Bartahatchie community. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Methodist Church. She was a former employee of the Gulf Ordnance Plant and a retired seamstress from Glenn Manufacturing.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Bro. Glen Hughes officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Frances Barnes and husband, Herman, of Bartahatchie; nieces and nephews; special friends, Ray and Ann Phipps, Vivian Cantrell and family, and Ellis and Ray Reeves.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clifton Alvin Estis; two sisters, Inthia Humphreys and Annie Mae James; and three brothers, Cordie Benefiel, Elmer Benefiel and Francis Marion Benefiel.
Pallbearers will be Herman Barnes, Neal Humphreys and Ray Reeves. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Dwight McComb.
To access the guest register and send condolences online, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Obra Lee
COLUMBUS – Obra Lee, 58, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in Meridian. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fields Funeral Home of Okolona.
Roy Edward Ray
HAMILTON – Roy Edward Ray, 73, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was born Feb. 5, 1936, to Barton Monroe Ray Sr. and Tommie Ree Reeves Ray in Vernon, Ala. He retired as yard operator at Vista Chemical in Aberdeen. He was the caretaker for Pleasant Grove Cemetery and a member of Hamilton Church of God.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Rev. Jerry Hill and Sister Amy Lowery officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Betty West Ray of Hamilton; one daughter, Melinda Brownlee Blaxton and husband, Ricky, of Aberdeen; one son, Jerry Ray of Olive Branch; two sisters, Evelyn Northington of Baltimore, Md., and Shelby Taylor of Gattman; two brothers, Barton Ray Jr. and wife, Magalene, of Hamilton and Dennis Ray of Gattman; two grandchildren, Ashley Brownlee and Chris Brownlee; two stepgrandchildren, Dustin Blaxton and Celeste Blaxton; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Ricardo, Gaby and Sara Lynn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Sarah Grimes and Nellie Sanders; and three brothers, Howard, Cecil and Larry Ray.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona.
To sign the register and send condolences online, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
James Glissen
WHEELER – James “Ed” Glissen, 80, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of Wheeler Baptist Church. He retired as a traveling salesman from Camp&G Drygoods out of Memphis after 27 years of service.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Chuck Fowler officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens in Baldwyn.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Norma Jean Glissen of Wheeler; one son, Don Glissen (Azlea) of Wheeler; one sister, Opal Shoufner of Corinth; one brother, Bill Glissen (Betty) of Corinth; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and May Glissen, and three brothers, Marshall, Alby and Johnny Glissen.
Pallbearers will be Jackie, Mike, Tony and Jerry Glissen, Keith Jonsey, Thomas Yeager and Cody Hendrix.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. Thursday.
Boyce Boles
CORINTH – Boyce Carlos Boles, 59, formerly of New Albany, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at his home. He was born Jan. 9, 1950, in New Albany to Carl Willis Boles and Mattie Mae Hill Boles. He attended B.F. Ford School, where he played basketball. He then attended W.P. Daniel High School. He was on the first lifeguards at the Shady Dale Park pool.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Holy Temple Church of God in New Albany. The Rev. Franklin James Howell will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in New Albany. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Mattie Mae Boles of New Albany; three children, Tammie (Terrell) Chills of Ripley, and Jacove (Mike) Boles and Crystal (James) Boles of Pontotoc; two brothers, Hubert (Lottie) Boles and Sammie Howard of New Albany; three sisters, Gloria (Vic) Washington, Dorothy Boles and Lula “Sister” Marion, all of New Albany; five grandchildren.
Doris J. Johnston
CORINTH – Doris J. Johnston, 73, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home.
Ken Kirk
TUPELO – Kenneth Henry “Ken” Kirk, 71, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. A Tupelo native, he was born Feb. 26, 1938, to Robert Dixon and Kathryn Still Kirk. He grew up in Tupelo and graduated from Tupelo High School in l956. He attended the University of Mississippi on a football scholarship and graduated from Ole Miss in l960. He played center and linebacker and was co-captain on legendary Coach Johnny Vaught’s national championship team. He was selected to the 1960 All Star Team along with team mates Bobby Ray Franklin, Billy Brewer and Robert Khayat. He also played in the 1960 Senior Bowl, He and his team will be honored on Saturday at the Ole Miss vs. LSU game with the National Championship ring. He went on to play pro football with the Chicago Bears, the Los Angeles Rams and the Pittsburg Steelers. He had a long career as a real estate developer, property manager and construction company owner. He was a world traveler, including Europe and Australia among other destinations. He enjoyed eating great food, was a staple at Romie’s in Tupelo, and loved spending time at pool side. He was an active volunteer and board member of the Alpha House for Boys in Tupelo.
A graveside service with full Ole Miss honors will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Glenwood Cemetery in Tupelo with Bobby Ray Franklin, Bill Cossitt and Chancellor Robert Khayat officiating. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his son, Dixon Kirk and wife, Brett, of Jackson; two grandchildren, Kendall and John Sharp; his brother, Al Kirk (Cindy) of Belden; his daughter-in-law, Susan Kirk of Charlotte, N.C.; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents: his son, Hank Kirk; a brother, Dr. Bob Kirk; and a sister, Gene Still Thornton.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Ray Franklin, Glynn Simpson, Charlie Flowers, Marvin Terrell, Andy West and Bill Cossitt. Honorary pallbearers will be the l959 Ole Miss Rebel Football Team.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Memorials should be made to Alpha House for Boys, 302 Franklin Street, Tupelo, MS. 38804.
Rheno S. Patterson
TUPELO – Rheno S. Patterson, 76, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born on June 18, 1933, to Johnny and Clara Patterson in Whitehall, Ark. He retired from the United States Navy after 20 years, which included serving during the Korean War, four tours during the Vietnam War, and numerous medal and accommodations. He worked for Tecumseh Products, Day Detectives and Action Industries. He enjoyed boxing, football, animals, spending time with his grandchildren, and eating out with family and friends. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Perry Griffith officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Norma Patterson of Tupelo; one daughter, Debbie Westerman of Malvern, Ark.; two sons, Ronnie (Janey) Patterson of Hot Springs, Ark., and Larry (Sandy) Reich of Tupelo; two sisters, Dorothy Lambert of Manila, Ark., and Bessie (Ray) Holt of Rochelle, Ill.; one brother, Clyde (Binita) Patterson of Rochelle, Ill.; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Kathryn Rhodes; three brothers, Robert Patterson, Edward Patterson and David Patterson; and a son-in-law, Paul Westerman.
Pallbearers will be Terry Grantham, Brandon Williams, B.J. Williams, Richard Suddieth, Jim Jennings and Anthony Reich.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Eudora Allen
CORINTH – Eudora Kathryn Roy Allen, 81, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Home of Corinth. Memorials may be made to Kossuth Methodist Church, Hopewell Methodist Church, the Heart Association, the Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Patricia L. Williams
NEW ALBANY – Patricia L. Williams, 69, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 18, 1939, in Aurora, Ill., to Raymond and Emma Hansen Lawrence. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She loved flowers and working in her garden, and she enjoyed crocheting, quilting and puzzles.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Rev. Jerry Bishop and Rev. Terry Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park.
Survivors include five daughters, Cindy Dingman (Larry) of Grand Junction, Colo., Marsha Settlemires of Cotton Plant, Gaye Jarvis (Danny) of New Albany, Gigi Rhea (Ricky) of Cotton Plant and Tammy Self (Brad) of Thaxton; one son, Raymond Watson Strong of New Albany; two sisters, Annette Forbes of Newbern, Tenn., and Kathleen Andrews of Myrtle; one brother, Robert Lawrence of Denver, Colo.; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death her parents; two sons, Phillip and Troy Williams; one sister, Lucille King; and eight brothers, Vance, Raymond, Burt, Richard, David, Larry, Gerry and Butch.
Pallbearers will Cory Wilkerson, Josh Jarvis, Thomas Rhea, James Rhea, Michael Grammer, Layne Dingman, Cole Williams and B.J. Self.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Jim L. Odum
BIRMINGHAM – Jim L. Odum, 79, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, after an extended illness. He was born on Nov. 6, 1930, to Lottie Mae and Willie Odum in New Albany. He attended W.P. Daniel High School, Itawamba Community College and Austin Peay State College in Clarksville, Tenn., where he excelled in all sports. He earned an MBA from the University of Mississippi in Oxford.
After serving in the military in Germany, he returned to Tupelo and joined the faculty and coaching staff of Tupelo High School. In 1961, he became Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce in Amory. While there, he was instrumental in locating two major industries, True Temper and Cramco, to Monroe County.
In 1966, he began his long and successful tenure as Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce in Florence, Ala. Under his leadership and determination, the Chamber of Commerce restored W.C. Handy’s birthplace and established the W.C. Handy Museum, two major tourist attractions in the area. His rapport with the Handy family resulted in obtaining many personal items of W.C. Handy. In working to organize the first W.C. Handy Jazz Festival, he made numerous trips to New Orleans and recruited many well-known musicians to participate. The festival is still a highly successful annual event.
He was also the catalyst for the development of the Alabama State Park system. His vision and tireless efforts led to the construction of the facilities that people from all across the country and even the world, still enjoy today.
In 1986, he joined the Huntsville, Ala., Chamber of Commerce as vice president of Human Resources. He retired from JESCO Inc. in Tupelo as vice president of Marketing. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, where he formerly served on the Administrative Board and various committees. He and his wife, Gloria, moved to Birmingham in 2007. He served as president of the Chamber of Commerce Executives Association of Alabama. He was an avid golfer and a former member of Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club in Florence, and Tupelo Country Club. He was also a Paul Harris Fellow.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Sanctuary of Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook. A visitation will be held in the Parlor immediately following the service. Ridout’s Valley Chapel of Homewood, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gloria Morgan Odum; a daughter, Amy Odum; a son, Andy Odum (Terri); and two grandchildren, Drew Odum and Kathleen Odum, all of Birmingham; and a sister, Betty Osborne of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Wanda.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama at P.O. Box 2273, Birmingham, AL 35201; or online at www.alzca.org.

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