Obituaries, Nov. 19, 2004

Durell Fells

SHANNON – Durell Fells, 74, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church and the church's Brotherhood. He was a retired employee of the City of Tupelo's Water and Light Department.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in Verona with the Rev. Donnell Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Good Hope Cemetery in Shannon. Grayson-Porter's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four daughters, Cynthia and Ben Davis of Shannon, Eyvonne F. Dixon of Detroit, Mich., and Jacqueline Fells and Annette Fells of Shannon; a son, Rencie Fells of Shannon; three brothers, Jessie Fells of Chicago, and LeRoy and Margie Fells, and Edward and Shirley Fells, all of Shannon; four sisters, Ida Mae Collier and Lottie Fells of Shannon, Rennie Oludy of Chicago, and Bobbie and Bobby Howthorne of Chicago; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be members of the Brotherhood at Mt. Zion M.B. Church.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today at the funeral home, with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.

Velda Roberts

MERIDIAN – Velda Lightsey Roberts, 86, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at the Rush Foundation Hospital. She was a retired social worker for the Lauderdale County Department of Human Services. She was a past employee of the Lauderdale County Juvenile Center. She was a member of Highland Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Raymond Leake and the Rev. Robert Allen officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Oxford Memorial Cemetery in Oxford.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Edwin H. Roberts Sr., formerly of Meridian, now living at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford; two sons, Chancery Judge Edwin H. Roberts Jr. and wife, Celia, of Oxford, and Circuit Judge Larry Roberts and wife, Sheila, of Meridian; five grandchildren, Mike Roberts and wife, Ashley, Scott Roberts and wife, Lori, Lisa Roberts, David W. Roberts and Bryan Roberts; three great-grandchildren; one brother; two sisters; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Alma Lightsey; a grandson, Edwin H. Roberts III; and four brothers.

Memorials may be made to the Heart & Hand Inc., P.O. Box 1714, Brandon MS 39043.

Richard Dortch

MEMPHIS – Richard Dortch, 67, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was formerly of Chicago and Slayden. He was a retired crane operator for Independence Tube in Chicago. He was a former member of Hudsonville CME Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Hudsonville CME Church with the Rev. T.G. Isom officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Ida Dora Rankin Dortch of Memphis; seven daughters, Doris Ann Lenior of Evanston, Ill., Janetta Stephens and Carolyn Jones of Memphis, Cathy McGhee of Holly Springs, Lucille Draine of Gary, Ind., Gwendolyn Shepard of St Paul, Minn., and Delois Jarling of Chicago; five sons, Jerome Dortch of Chicago, Lee Dortch, Taje Dortch and Chevon Dortch, all of Memphis, and Richard Lenoir of Albuquerque, N.M.; a stepson, Johnnie West of Arcadia, Fla.; seven sisters, Lurena Brown, Isola Isom, Queen Jones and Gloria Strickland, all of Memphis, Leanna Jones, Essie Jones and Lora Jean Harris, all of Indianapolis, Ind.; three brothers, Timothy Dortch of West Covina, Calif., Robert Dortch of Chicago and Leroy Dortch of Memphis; 22 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday at the church. There will be viewing after the eulogy.

Jackie Stembridge

MANTACHIE – Jackie Stembridge, 58, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Mantachie.

Mae Keel

BRUCE – Mae Lucinda Keel, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at the Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. She was born April 11, 1922, in Calhoun County to Robert Franklin Mooneyham and Vinnie Hanley Mooneyham. She was a homemaker and a member of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Robert Earl Alexander and Bro. Billy Miller officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery in Vardaman.

Survivors include four daughters, Margaret Reeves of Bruce, Janet McCammon of Holly Springs, Judy Keel of Banner and Peggy Pittman of Cadaretta; three sisters, Nellie Russell of Batesville, Edria Logan of Bruce and Faye Hendrix of McAllister, Okla.; a brother, Joe Mooneyham of Texas; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Keel, on May 25, 1976; three sons, Ray Keel, Celbert Keel and Perry Keel; and a granddaughter, Linda Carol Keel.

Pallbearers will be Brad Pittman, Brian Davis, Adam Keel, Brandon Duke, Jeff Oliver and Robert Ales.

Marty Gardner

OXFORD – James Marty Gardner, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at the Veterans Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ruth Westbrook

AMORY – Ruth Sugg Westbrook, 85, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at her home in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Essie Gordon

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Essie Gordon, 86, formerly of Houlka, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at her home. A native of Houlka, she was the daughter of the late Simpson and Birdie Berry, and the widow of Robert Gordon. She was a member of the Gordon Chapel Church of God in Christ in Houlka.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Gordon Chapel Church of God in Christ in Houlka with Superintendent James Pulliam officiating. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery in Houlka. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four daughters, Virginia Burns and husband, Johnny, Jimmie Hester and Dorothy Gordon, all of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Mable Pulliam and husband, Willie Van, of Houlka; five sons, Nathaniel Gordon and wife, Dorothy, and David Gordon, all of Houlka, Daniel Gordon of Grand Rapids, Mich., George A. Gordon and wife, Mable, of Aurora, Ill., and Robert Gordon Jr. and wife, Rowena, of Memphis; a sister, Lera Stewart of Chicago; two brothers, Aaron Berry and wife, Ida Bell, of Houlka, and James Berry and wife, Mamie, of Chicago; 28 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services Saturday.

Walt Phillips

WOODLAND – Walter Montgomery “Walt” Phillips, 81, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was a retired Methodist lay minister and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Houston, where he was a Sunday School teacher. He was a Mason, a Scoutmaster and a member of the Chickasaw Development Foundation.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Houston First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Childs and the Rev. Doyce Gunner officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Dungan Phillips of Woodland; two daughters, Sheila Kay Lowe and James of Hewitt, Texas, and Mary Frances Tisdell and Robert V. Jr. of Houston; a son, William Montgomery Phillips and Carol of Chipley, Fla.; a sister, Sylvia Abrams of Brooklyn Center, Minn.; a brother, James D. Phillips and Libby of Cibolo, Texas; eight grandchildren, Shannon and Chris Fleming, Rob and Mindy Tisdell, Shawn Witt, Angela and Brad Taylor, Betty Mayes, Penny and Kevin Nobels, Brice and Brenda Phillips, and Leann and Larry Bruner; 19 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester Phillips and Sarah Kathleen Jones Phillips.

Pallbearers will be Larry York, Brice Phillips, Rob Tisdell, Brad Taylor, Cory Witt and Chris Fleming.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, P.O. Box 123, Houston MS 38851.

Lizzie Logan

BOONEVILLE – Lizzie Tennyson Logan, 98, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at Booneville Baptist Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was a homemaker and a charter member of Little Brown Missionary Baptist Church. She was a loving mother who enjoyed flowers.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. B.P. Thornton and Bro. Rickey Kelly officiating. Burial will be in the Little Brown Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Ruby Garner and husband, Willie, and Kathleen Hutcheson, all of Booneville, and Ann Lacy and husband, David, of Knoxville, Tenn.; two sons, Hubert Tennyson and wife, Beulah, and Gene Tennyson and wife, Mevoline, all of Booneville; six grandchildren, Jerry, Larry, Jimmy and Mike Tennyson, and Kimberly and Scott Lacy; seven great-grandchildren, Kimberly, Anthony, Scott, Jeanna, Holley, Michaela and Emma Tennyson.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clifton Tennyson; her second husband, Dewey Logan; her parents, Isom and Sarah Grimes; two infant sons, Charles and Homer Tennyson; two sisters, Leona Boren and Willa Mae Pate; and four brothers, Fred, Andy, Clint and Prentiss Grimes.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and Curt and Prentiss Grimes.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Billy Spight

RIPLEY – Billy Wayne Spight, 64, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at the Tippah County Hospital. He was a member of Second Baptist Church. He was retired.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Second Baptist Church with the Rev. R.C. Green officiating. Burial will be in Green Cemetery in Ripley. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Mae Spight of Ripley; a daughter, Cassandra Jackson of Ripley; a son, Oral Spight of Ripley; three sisters, Carolyn Tadros, Catherleen Logan and Vircy Harris, all of Chicago; six brothers, Henry Spight of South Holland, Ill., La Fronzell Spight and Larry Spight of Chicago, Russell Spight of Sacramento, Calif., Richard Spight of Anchorage, Alaska, and Dennis Spight of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren.

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services Saturday.

Herman Walker

BEACH PARK, Ill. – Herman Walker, 68, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at his home after a long illness. He was born June 10, 1936, in Osceola, Ark. He lived in Marietta and Pascagoula before moving to Zion, Ill., in 1957. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He married Myra Parker on April 2, 1977. Together they owned and operated Hickory House Restaurant and Lounge in Beach Park for 18 years. He had owned various others businesses until then. He was a member of the Moose Club, Elks Club, VFW and American Legion. An avid NASCAR fan, he was a fun-loving and giving man.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Congdon Funeral Home in Zion, Ill. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park in Zion.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Myra; three children, Connie, Joni and Brian Walker; three stepchildren, Kimberly Garrett and husband, Russ, of Channahon, Ill., Tina Johnston and husband, Dan Kleinhubert, of Gurnee, Ill., and Robert Johnston and wife, Melissa, of Spring Grove, Ill.; his grandchildren, Scott Garrett and wife, Kristy, Melissa Groff and husband, Kevin, Lindsey, Brian and Adam Garrett, Ashley and Conner Bowcott, Hannah, Bradley, Grace and Owen Johnson, and Cassidee and Michael Box; a great-grandchild, Ethan Groff; a brother, Skip Walker of Beach Park; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Donna Parker of Fulton; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lynn Renee Walker, and his parents, Travis Walker and Zela Maxcy Hunter.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Odyssey Hospice.

Faye Parish

AMORY – Faye Ellen Parish, 69, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory after a long illness. She was born June 30, 1935, in Monroe County to the late William Omer and Minnie Lee Dabbs Jones. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she lived in Hatley, Bigbee and Amory. She was a graduate of Hatley School, where she was salutatorian and played basketball. She was married to Leroy Parish in 1956. Mr. Parish died in 2001. She was a homemaker and an employee of the Gilmore Sanitarium for several years. She was a Baptist and a member of the DAR. An outdoor person, she enjoyed working with flowers, fishing and going to flea markets.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Gary Carroll officiating. Burial will be in the Hatley Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Brenda Falls and husband, Thomas, of Smithville, Patricia Jones and husband, Ronnie, of Wren, and Lisa Chapman, and Shirley Causey and husband, John, all of Amory; 10 grandchildren, Sheree Falls, Steve Falls, Laura Nantz, Jeff Chaney, Shaun Jones, Amy Wright, Bridget Sanders, Cory Kinsey, Carmen Mayer and Hannah Causey; 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her former husband; two brothers, Lockey and Greely Jones; and a sister, Sallie McGinnis.

Pallbearers will be Tony Jones, Mike Kent, Terry Jones, Jimie McGinnis, Mark McGinnis and David Wright.

Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Heckart and Brad Wilson.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Memorials may be made to American Lung Association, P.O. Box 2178, Ridgeland MS 39158.

Rena Fuller

BELMONT – Rena Ivey Fuller, 89, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at the Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. A native of Prentiss County, she was a homemaker and a member of Jordan Hill Church of God of Prophecy.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Donnie Wooten and Bro. James Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery.

Survivors include five daughters, Lois Anderson, and Edna Binger and husband, Bob, all of Millington, Tenn., Rita Dwyer and husband, Raymond, of Tishomingo, Donna Lynch and husband, William W., of Belmont, and Charlene Eaton and husband, Ronnie, of Dennis; four sons, Kennith Fuller of Hermitage, Tenn., Robert Fuller and wife, Jo, of Peoria, Ill., Truman Fuller of Memphis, and Douglas Fuller and wife, Margaret, of Golden; 24 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Charlotte Ivey; her husband, Norman Fuller; a son, Dexter Fuller; and four sisters and five brothers.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Fred M. Harris

RED BAY, Ala. – Fred M. Harris, 74, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at the Red Bay Hospital. He was a native of Red Bay, Ala. He was a factory worker, a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the New Union Missionary Baptist Church and the Eastern Star. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict and a member of the VFW.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Robert Isaacs officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Jetty Roe of Red Bay; three grandchildren, Stacy Wicker and husband, DeWayne, Darrell Roe and Joshua Roe; three great-grandchildren, Tanner Wicker, Madison Wicker and Megan Wicker; a sister, Pauline Humphres of Valles Mines, Mo.; two brothers, Clyde R. Harris of Tremont and John L. Harris of Corinth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. Harris and Virgie Lindley Harris; three sisters, Virginia Turner, Paulie Gillespie and Mary Turley; and three brothers, Conrad Harris, Robert L. Harris and William B. Harris.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Saturday.

Mary Middleton

EUPORA – Mary Ola Murphy Middleton, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was a seamstress and a member of the First Baptist Church in Eupora. She was the widow of Clyde Middleton.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Eupora with the Rev. William Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Choctaw County. Wise Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Annette Minyard of Columbus; two sisters, June England of Kosciusko and Lois Stephens of Natchez; three grandchildren, Lisa Williams and David Minyard of Columbus, and Scott Minyard of Jackson; five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 104 Gold St., Eupora MS 39744.

Connie Stafford

BECKER – Connie Beatrice Redd Stafford, 91, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at Beverly Healthcare in Amory after a long illness. She was born Sept. 12, 1913, in Wesson to W.A. and Ida Bruce Redd. She formerly lived in Sidon and for the past 54 years in Becker. She married P.J. Stafford on Sept. 30, 1933; he died Jan. 22, 1973. She was employed as a seamstress by Amory Garment Company before retiring. She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, reading her Bible and working word puzzle books.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mac Phillips and Bro. Eric Keeton officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park in Amory.

Survivors include a son, Paul Stafford and wife, Helen, of Wren; two daughters, Margaret Sanders and husband, Harold, of Becker, and Faye Jordan and husband, Bobby, of Amory; a sister, Mary Green of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; nine grandchildren, David Stafford, Debra Johannsen, Michael Stafford, Diane Aldridge, Wanda Gilmore, Brenda Cantrell, Brad Sanders, Blake Jordan and Foster Jordan; seven great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, four sisters and one granddaughter.

Pallbearers will be Eric Keeton, Scott Keeton, Blake Jordan, Foster Jordan, Dudley Cantrell, Jeff Gilmore, David Stafford and Bryan Foshee.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Saturday.

William Lee Sr.

CEDAR BLUFF – William Lee Sr., 89, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the UFCW Local No. 1991 Bryan Union Hall in West Point with the Rev. Fluid Carr officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in West Point. Carter's Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include six sons, William Lee Jr., Frank Lee, Garfield Lee, Rev. Elbert Lee, Guy Lee and Albert Lee; three daughters, Betty Mae Petty, Rowena Thompson and Cora Lee; 48 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Lee; his parents, Frank and Annie Lee; a son, Johnny Lee; a daughter, Mary Alice Sample; eight brothers, Elbert Lee, Willie Lee, Henry Lee, Mitchell Lee, Robert Lee, Harry Lee, James Lee and Jessie Lee; five sisters, Quennie Bell Sykes, Mamie Cooperwood, Viola Mitchell, Mary Williams and Virgie.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Charlene Miller

EUPORA – Charlene “Sis” Miller, 67, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 29, 1937, in Crystal Springs. She was a retired restaurant manager.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Purvis officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Webster County.

Survivors include a daughter, Jolene Kemp of Eupora; a brother, George Purvis of Jackson; three grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Ruby J. Davidson

VARDAMAN – Ruby J. Davidson, 87, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at the Trace Regional Hospital in Houston.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Midway Missionary Baptist Church in Vardaman with the Rev. Donald Washington officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter's Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four sons, Curtis Davidson of West Point, Clemmie C. Davidson of Maywood, Ill., Jones Davidson of Altamonte Springs, Fla., and John D. Davidson of Pheba; five daughters, Ruby Moore of Maywood, Ill., Mae O. Veazey of Tacoma, Wash., Corene Talley of Memphis, Cora Jones of Houston and Lois Taylor of Pheba; five sisters, Minnie Bell Conner of Sikeston, Mo., Willie Dell Rattler of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Mable Johnson, Eloice Tubbs and Doris Moore, all of Jackson, Tenn.; 23 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Davidson; her parents, Clifton Jones and Tennessee McKinney-Jones; three sons, George Howard Davidson, Huland Cedell Davidson and Thomas Odis Davidson.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m.. today at the funeral home.

Billy Carter

NEW ALBANY – Billy Ray Carter, 59, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ruth Sweatman

DUMAS – Ruth Allen Tigner Sweatman, 95, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at Beverly Healthcare in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a beloved babysitter. She was a member of Dumas Baptist Church for 58 years and a former member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dumas Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include seven nephews and six nieces; several great-nephews and great-nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Sweatman; her parents, William Henderson and Amanda Caroline Carter Tigner; five sisters, Nan Reaves, Lottie Wilbanks, Mary Clark, Grady Sweatman and Velma Pannell; two brothers, Frank and Lee Tigner; two half sisters, Alice Murry and Callie Clark; and two half brothers, Oscar and William Tigner.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Christopher Washington

VARDAMAN – Christopher David Washington, 25, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo as the result of a motor vehicle accident. He was a water well driller for Parks & Parks Water Well Service. He attended Thorn United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will be in Ellzy Cemetery near Vardaman.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Parks Washington of Vardaman; a daughter, Delainna Washington of the home; two sons, Christopher Washington and Alex Washington of the home; a stepson, Dylan Moore of Houston; his mother, Vicki Cherry Sanders of Houston; his father, Bobby Washington of Houlka; the grandparents who raised him, David and Thelma Cherry of Houston; his grandmother, Irene Washington of Houlka; his great-grandmother, Leatha Long of Vardaman; four half sisters, Angie Tunnell, Stephanie Allen, Carrie Allen and Candace Sanders, all of Houston; four half brothers, Eric Allen, Randy Sanders, Bubba Sanders and Allen Sanders, all of Houston; a stepbrother, Ebb Sanders of Houston.

Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.

Charles Dowdy

THAXTON – Charles Laymon Dowdy, 79, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2004, at the Graceland Care Center of New Albany. He was a factory worker.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home in Ecru. Burial will be in the Ecru City Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Janet Comeaux of Lake Charles, La., and Toni Marie Cobb of Thaxton; two sons, Stephen Dowdy and Ricky Dowdy of Southaven; a sister, Jonell Waters of Ecru; a brother, Larue Dowdy of Ecru; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clark and Ocia Dowdy.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

David Jones

BOONEVILLE – David Earl Jones, 74, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was a retired carpenter, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Tuscumbia Baptist Church. A lifelong Ole Miss fan, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his grandchildren and his church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tuscumbia Baptist Church. Bro. Jason Pilcher will officiate, and Horace Huddleston will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in the Tuscumbia Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Nellie Thornton Jones; two sons and their wives, Jeffrey Davis and Vickie Jones, and Tim and Leann Jones, all of Booneville; four grandchildren, Shelby Jones, Addie Grace Jones, Annika Rose Jones and David Elijah “Eli” Jones; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John David and Earlie Mason Jones, and several brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Charles Loveless, Marion “Red” Hill, Harold Jones, Charles Nichols, Harold Thornton and Steve Loveless.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Shook, Harvey Shook, Jimmy Henderson, Linus Hare, Kevin Hare, Britt Purvis, John Purvis and Steve Garrett.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 9 p.m. today and until 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Lloyd Sparkman

Lloyd Auverne Sparkman entered into life eternal with Jesus on November 18, 2004, while surrounded by his loving family at his Gulfport home.

Born to Woody Theodore and Clara Kolb Sparkman on May 15, 1925, Mr. Sparkman, the fifth of eight children, learned steadfast devotion to family in Webster County, Mississippi. On December 21, 1946, he began his own family by taking Ollie Sue Booth as his wife and companion til the end. Out of their loving union, six children were born. Two sons greeted their father upon his arrival in Heaven. Remaining on Earth to cherish their father's memory are son, Aubrey Keith Sparkman of Austin, Texas; daughter, Susan Sparkman Boney of Gulfport, Mississippi; son, Breland Kolb Sparkman of Long Beach, Mississippi; and daughter, Sparkie K. Spell of Gulfport, Mississippi. Also remembering him are their spouses, his eight grandchildren, five siblings, numerous nieces, nephews, and a multitude of friends. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Sparkman never met a stranger. A devoted provider to more than just his family, his childhood anecdotes and loyal work ethic will live on in the lives and memories of those blessed by his presence.

A graveside service will be held Monday, November 22, 1:00 p.m., at the National Cemetery in Biloxi. Friends may call at the Sparkman family home before and after this service.

In accordance with their father's wishes, the family requests flowers or donations be sent to Robinson Road Baptist Church of Gulfport or Gideons International, c/o Marion C. Long, 12327 Herring Rd., Gulfport MS 39503.

Riemann Memorial Funeral Home, Hwy. 49 North, Gulfport, is in charge of arrangements.

Steve Bradley

BELDEN – James Steve Bradley, 51, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of Faith Tabernacle Holiness Church and a retired truck driver for SAIA.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Inspirational Community Baptist Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Rendell Hill officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his children, Carolyn Triplett of Ripley, Tiwanna Griffin, James A. Bradley Jr., and Vernard Griffin, all of Verona, Karon S. Bradley and Anthony Bradley of Tupelo, and Leonard Cassibery of Sherman; his mother, Daisy Bradley of Belden; four sisters, Annie L. Glenn, Doris Ruff and Mattie Lee, all of Belden, and Dorothy Ray of Memphis; three brothers, Agusta L. Bradley and Ben A. Bradley of Belden, and John A. Bradley Jr.; 36 grandchildren; a special friend, Martha Alexander.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 5 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services Saturday.

MayRee Haynes

DUMAS – Mary D. “MayRee” Haynes, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Calvin Price and the Rev. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.

Survivors include a sister, Mildred Brock of Falkner; a sister-in-law, Sally Derrick of Dumas; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Herman Meeks; her second husband, Taylor Haynes; an infant son; her parents, James and Hazel Mauney Derrick; and two brothers, Hershel Derrick and James Earl Derrick.

Pallbearers will be Darvis Brock, Charles Brock, Scott Derrick, Edward Fuller, Milton Davis and Mark Davis.