Obituaries Nov. 2, 2008

Bobby Conn
FULTON – Bobby J. Conn, 71, died Nov. 1, 2008, at his residence. He was born Sept. 8, 1937, in the Evergreen community of Itawamba County to the late Matt and Mildred Riley Conn. He attended IAHS and was retired from United Shoe Machinery after many years as a maintenance man. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and CB radios.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Brady Ramey officiating. Burial will be in the Gum Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine Conn of Fulton; one son, Bobby Joe “Joey” Conn, Jr. (Kim) of Tremont; two daughters, Cynthia Anzuini (Sam) of Mantachie and Pam Steele of Pleasant View, Tenn.; one brother, Flois Conn (Jo Nell) of Nettleton; two sisters, Dorothy Wilemon (Bill) of Fulton and Betty Sheffield (Martin) of Peaceful Valley; and nine grandchildren, Zack Graham, Kyle Graham, Samuel Anzuini, Rebekah Anzuini, Eugene Conn, Eli Conn, Pauline Conn, Lydia Conn and John Victor Conn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one grandson, Salvatore Anzuini, Jr.

Pallbearers will be Tim Frederick, Scotty Steele, Cory Frederick, Jason Franks, Wade Falls, Randy Wilemon and Mike Conn.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. tonight and will continue from 7 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Johnnie F. Burroughs
AMORY – Johnnie F. Burroughs died Nov. 1, 2008, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home of Nettleton.

Geneva Calley
MUSCLE SHOALS, ALA. – Geneva Calley, 75, died Nov. 1, 2008, at her residence. She was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church and enjoyed sewing and painting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ted Vafeas officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Iuka. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Wilton “Buddy” Calley of Muscle Shoals; one son, Gary Calley (Stephanie) of Killen, Ala.; two daughters, Becky Haley of Hardin County, Tenn. and Kay Sibley (Randy) of Muscle Shoals; two sisters, Polly Umphrev and Colleen Baughman, both of Hardin Co., Tenn.; and three grandchildren, Heather Sibley, Abby Calley and Sterling Calley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Milliard and Edna Collier; and four brothers, Jack, Joe, Ray and Marvin Collier.

Pallbearers will be Mike Brumley, Jon Simpson, Grant Simpson, McCoy Neil, Junior Collier and Winford Collier.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com

Martha Stephens Bratton
WEST POINT – Martha Bratton died on Nov. 1, 2008, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Robinson Funeral Home.

Tisha Olene Kerr Conwill
CAROLINA – Tisha Olene Kerr Conwill, 81, died Oct. 31, 2008, at Golden Living Nursing Center in Amory after and extended illness. She was born May 24, 1927, in Tremont to the late Elzie Thomas and Deaner Lou Harmon Kerr. She had lived in Tremont, Zion, Ill. and in the Carolina Community for 55 years. She married John Allen Conwill in 1949 in Itawamba County, who predeceased her in 1993. She was employed as a seamstress at Amory Garment Company until her retirement. She was a member of Carolina United Methodist Church and the D.A.V. Auxilury in Tupelo. She enjoyed sewing and gardening.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Lance Presley and Bro. Jimmy Criddle officiating. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery in Itawamba County. E. E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of services.

Survivors include three sons, Ray Conwill (Brenda) of Nettleton, Johnny Conwill (Ann) of Pontotoc and Thomas Conwill of Nettleton; 3 step grandchildren, Angel Long (Tommy) of Amory, Jessica Stafford and Shaun McLevain, both of Shannon; and six step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Milton and Burt Kerr; one sister, Jean Fortner; and two grandsons, Jonathan and Wesley Conwill.

Pallbearers will be Dan King, Justin King, Chris King, Mike Farris, Wayne Bennett, and Eugene Conwill.
Visitation will continue at the funeral home today until service time.

James Cosby
CORINTH – James E. Cosby, 83, died Nov. 1, 2008, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was retired from Corinth Machinery Company and was a Methodist. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Normandy Invasion and was a Bronze Star recipient.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Kelley officiating. Burial will be in Hinkle Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Rethia M. Cosby of Corinth; one son, James Cosby (Sherry) of Rienzi; Brenda Counce (Larry) of Corinth; sisters, Bernice Lenich of Okla. and Vera Harrison of Ore.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight.

Josephine Bennett
RIPLEY – Josephine Bennett, 82, died Nov. 1, 2008, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Ripley.

Full service arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripely.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Wanda Louise Davis
IUKA – Wanda Louise Davis, 81, formerly of Greencastle, Ind., died Oct. 31, 2008, at her residence. She worked outside the home in restaurants and factories and was also a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She liked to crochet, play bingo and loved dogs.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jim Foster officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include four sons, Paul Smith (Mary) of Clarksville, Tenn., Robert Smith and Cedrick Fredrick Smith, both of Minooka, Ill. and Michael Smith (Pam) of Bainbridge, Ind.; one step son, Lonnie Davis; five daughters, Kathleen George Brookings of Ore., Evelyn Capps (Robert) of Brazil, Ind., Camie Lady (Bill) of Greencastle, Ind., Kathy Davis (Buford Lambert) of Iuka and Peggy Skinner (William) of Iuka; one step daughter, Melanie Dotson; 19 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and many step grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Davis; her parents, Wilford and Evelyn Boswell; and two brothers, Sanford and Merle Everett Boswell.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Silvers, Terry Silvers, Donnie Davis, Matt Buchanan, Yoda Smith and Johnathan Smith.

Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com

Helen Hildenbrand
TUPELO – Helen Josephine Frye Hildenbrand, 94, died Oct. 31, 2008, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona after a brief illness. She was born Feb. 19, 1914, in Ozawkle, Kan. to the late James William and Myrtle Harper Frye. After her parents’ death when she was a young girl, she was raised by her grandparents, Martha and Hezekiah Harper. She graduated from Lecompton, Kansas Rural High School in 1931 where she was valedictorian of her class. She married Wilbur Merle Hildenbrand on Nov. 8, 1933. She briefly taught school there and was later a homemaker, wife, mother and church and community volunteer the remainder of her life. She had lived in the greater Topeka, Kan. area all her life exept for the last three years. She was a lifelong United Methodist and a charter member of the Shawnee Hights United Methodist Church in Tecumseh, Kan. where she was active in all church programs. She was a 4-H Club leader and school volunteer and had devoted untold hours to the Lecompton Historical Society as a curator, hostess and cook at the Territorial Capital/Lane Museum in Lecompton, Kan. She participated in many area United Methodist Senior Citizens programs including the Stull United Methodist Church where she was a member growing up. She was an avid storyteller and practical jokester, enjoyed crocheting, quilting including teaching others to quilt and making handcrafts. She enjoyed fishing and flowers, particularly iris which she raised and at one time had more than 100 different varieties/colors. She relished her rural Kansas background and was a lontime active participant in Republican Party Poltics in Kansas.

A local visitation celebrating her life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors. There will be no formal local service. A funeral service at the Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with burial in the Hildenbrand family plot at Stull Community Cemetery in Stull, Kan.
Survivors include her daughter, Donna Jean Hildenbrand of Davenport, Iowa; her son, R.M. “Gus” Hildenbrand (Brenda) of Tupelo; one daughter-in-law, Rhonda Hildenbrand of Kan.; nine grandchildren, Stephen Levings (Sheryn), Karen Maxwell (Brad) and Ronald Levings, all of Davenport, Iowa, Mark Hildenbrand (Marion) of Collierville, Tenn., Dr. Brett Hildenbrand (Andi), Amy Counce (Phillip) and Jan Hester, all of Tupelo, Rachel Clutchey of Topeka, Kan. and Rildey Childers of Stull, Kan.; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Richard Lee Hildenbrand; her parents; one son-in-law, Terrence Levings; one great-grandchild, David Levings; and nine siblings.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons.
Memorials may be made to Lecompton Territorial Capital/Lane Museum, 640 East Woodson Ave., Lecompton, KS 66050, St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1400 Clayton Ave., Tupelo, MS 38801 or Shawnee Hights United Methodist Church, 6020 SE 44th St., Tecumseh, KS 66542.

Daisy L. Copeland
TUPELO – Daisy L. Copeland died Nov. 1, 2008, at the Golden Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.

Ellen Odom
AMORY – Mary Ellen Owings Odom, 86, died Oct. 31, 2008, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

William Mart Salley, Jr.
EUPORA – William Mart Salley, Jr., 47, died Nov. 1, 2008, at his residence. He was born April 11, 1961, in West Point. He was Distict 2 Supervisor for Webster County and a member of Eupora Church of Christ.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Hill and Bro. Dan Beardain officiating. Burial will be in Edgeworth Cemetery in Webster. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Ruthie McCain Salley; his parents, Red and Pudge Salley; one daughter, Brandi Salley; one son, Chip Salley (Bethany), all of Eupora; one sister, Michelle Salley Crowley of Nettleton; and two brothers, Ken Salley of Jackson and Peter Salley of Eupora.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Joseph J. Brea
MEMPHIS, TENN. – Joseph J. Brea, 75, died Oct. 30, 2008. He was a United States Navy Veteran, a member of Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce and the owner of Air-Tech Aviation in Olive Branch. He was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan. He was one of a kind, and those who knew him would say just that. His loved ones will never forget him for who he was…Jose Brea. “Shake hands”, “Round Ball, Round Ball”, “Don’t kiss my wife!”, “Caffe!”, “Where’s my bread?” He will forever be missed.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Doty Chapel Cemetery in Shannon. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Brea; two daughters, Deborah Gill of Redlands, Calif. and Sandra Griffith of Nashville, Tenn.; two sons, Edward Brea of Malaysia and Steven Brea of Nesbit; one brother, Albert Brea of Fla.; grandchildren, Tobie Tapper, Kate Gill, Michael Brea, Thomas Brea, Garett Brea, Kalani Brea, Claire Gill, Wilson Griffith, Blair Griffith and Tiare Brea; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Cloyce Crawford
CHALYBEATE – Cloyce Elizabeth Ray Crawford, 91, died Oct. 31, 2008, at Rest Haven Nursing Home. She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of Chalybeate Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Dr. Jack Bennett will officiate, and Dr. Bruce Ingram will assist. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Chalybeate.

Survivors include two sons, Marion Ray Crawford (Martha) of Blue Mountain and Jerry Wayne Crawford (Linda) of Chalybeate; six grandchildren, Becky Crawford Thompson (Tim) of New Albany, Brittney Crawford of Guntown, Charles Crawford of Blue Mountain, Clint Crawford (Tracy) of Blue Mountain, Brannon Crawford of Tiplersville and Bradley Crawford (Amy) of Walnut; one stepgrandson, Sandy Wilbanks (Sue) of Ripley; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey S. Crawford; her parents, Oscar P. and Mary Gladys Powell Ray.

Pallbearers will be Brannon Crawford, Bradley Crawford, Clint Crawford, Jeremy Crawford, Travis Jamieson and Douglas Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Wiggs, Raymond Settle, Paul Lowry, Travis Wilbanks, Deacons of Chalybeate Baptist Church, Sandy Wilbanks, Dr. Tim Thompson and David Hudson.

Visitation was held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Union Cemetery Fund, c/o Jerry Crawford, 4391 CR 201, Walnut, MS 38683.

To view and sign online, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Annie Mack
VERONA – Annie Mack died Oct. 31, 2008, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Alfred A. Laney, Sr.
Evergreen – Alfred A. Laney Sr., 77, died Oct. 31, 2008, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory after an extended illness. He was born Nov. 22, 1930, to Crafton and Vera Laney. After he graduated Hatley High School, he then served in the military. He retired from Metalloy and also worked as a mechanic at T. F Evans Lumber Co in the Evergreen Community.

He was a member of Evergreen United Methodist Church.

He was always a caring and loving person.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Dr. John Robert Burt and Rev. Robert Maxey officiating. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Mary Jo Laney of the Evergreen Community; three sons, Crafton Laney (Marla) of Fulton, Alfred Laney Jr. and Tony McDaniel, both of the Evergreen Community; two grandaughters, Megan and Alli Laney of the Evergreen Community; three grandsons, Nicholas Laney, Jordan Laney and Micah Laney, all of Fulton; four sisters, Ruth Gray (David) of Hatley, Barbara House (Doyle) of Hamilton, Paulette Cates (Hammond) of Amory and Helen Howell (Lynn) of Becker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Beatrice Vaughn and Bonnie Childers; and two brothers, Luther Laney and Cotton Laney.
Pallbearers will be Van Childers, Dewayne Laney, David Cates, Doyle House, J. C. Holloway, Dr. John Allen and Daniel Howell.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Howard McDaniel, Joel Farrar, Matt McDaniel, Joey Childers, Jeff Cates and Charlie Schumpert.

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

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Zane Heavener
WALNUT – Zane “Maw” Heavener, 78, died Oct. 31, 2008, at her residence in Walnut. She was born Sept. 25, 1930, to Euclid Murray Anderson and Jimmie Lee Turner Anderson. She was a member of Tiplersville Church of Christ and the epitome of a homemaker to her children and grandchildren. She was also an integral part of Baptist Memorial Hospital -Memphis for 24 years as a supervisor in central supply until retirement.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Pulpit Minister Garry Martin officiating. Burial will be in Chapman Church of Christ Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Dolph “Paw” Heavener of Walnut; one daughter, Sherry Warmath (John) of Marion, Ark.; two sons, Lionel Heavener (Shelley) and Harv Cross Heavener (Celia), both of Walnut; four sisters, Bobbye A. Meeks of Walnut, Treva Moore (Van) of Ripley, Brenda Noel of Dry Creek and Linda Tigrett (Billy) of Dry Creek; one brother, Glenn Anderson (Shirley) of Somerville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Serena Lee Williams of Jackson, Tenn., Nathan Elliott Warmath of Marion, Ark., Lionel Deen Heavener II of Walnut, Deena D. Heavener Mayo of Wheeler, Tyler Deen Heavener of Walnut, Jenna Zane Heavener of Walnut, Matthew Moreland of Walnut and Kaleb Cross Heavener of Walnut; five great-grandchildren, Hanna Sue Wren Heavener, Hailee Marie Heavener, and Lionel Deen Heavener III, all of Pocahontas, Tenn. and Dylan Mayo and Matti Mayo of Wheeler.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Wanda Bullock; two brothers, James M. Anderson and Jerry T. Anderson; and one son, Larry Delane Heavener.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Elliott Warmath, Wyatt Hardy Nelms, Tyler Deen Heavener, Matthew Moreland, Christopher Tigrett, Matthew Mayo, Wendell Allan Booker, Jr. and Lionel Deen Heavener, II.

Honorary Pallbearer will be Kaleb Cross Heavener
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at Ripley Funeral Home.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.ripleyfuneralhome.com

William Fields Galtney
HOUSTON, TEXAS – William “Bill” Fields Galtney, 82, formerly of Corinth, died Nov. 1, 2008, in Houston, Texas. He was a graduate of Corinth High School and the University of Mississippi. Full service arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.