Obituaries Nov. 20, 2008

Sammie Arnold
RIENZI -Sammie Junior Arnold, 68, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a Baptist and a self-employed mechanic. He loved his family and friends, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Donnie Davis and Bro. Daniel Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Lone Oak Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Jason Arnold of Biloxi; four brothers, Gene Arnold (Betty) of Biggersville, and Olen Arnold (Dorothy), Connie Arnold (Ann) and Donnie Arnold (Paula), all of Rienzi; one sister, Evelyn Smith of Pisgah; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, I.C. and Ruby Arnold; a sister, Ellie Mae Stokes; and a brother-in-law, N.C. Smith.

Pallbearers will be Jackie Smith, Rickey Stokes, Michael Stewart, Joe Arnold, John Stewart and Jeffery Arnold.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.

Ronnie Sanders
BIRMINGHAM RIDGE – Ronnie “Casper” Sanders, 59, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at his home in the Birmingham Ridge community after a brief Illness.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Willie L. Braham
TUPELO – Willie L. Braham, 92, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter's Mortuary.

Mary B. Edwards
SAVANNAH, Ga. -Mary B. Edwards, 82, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, at Coastal Manor in Ludowici, Ga. She was born in Toccoa, Ga., and lived most of her life in Savannah, Ga. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Services were Friday, Nov. 14, in the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home in Garden City, Ga. Burial was in Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Margaret A. Brant; three sons, John A. Edward (Lynda) of Tupelo, and James M. Edwards and David B. Edwards (Robyn); six sisters, Jule Dickerson, Cora E. Camp (Alfred), Lou Dalrymple, Sue Dotson, Joyce Camp (Ben) and Betty Myers (Bill); 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Leslie Minor
HICKORY FLAT – Leslie Earline Minor, 87, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Sept. 20, 1921, in Benton County. She was a member of Winborn Methodist Church and a supervisor at Irwin B. Schwabe. She enjoyed raising vegetables and cooking for the family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will be in Potts Camp Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Glen T. Bounds of Southaven, William “Bill” Minor of Holly Springs and Ray Minor of Waterford; one brother, Alvie Hutchens of Bolton, Tenn.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.E. Minor; and her parents, Andy Hutchens and Alice Barrett Hutchens.

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

Orville Stockton
AMORY – Orville Nelson “Boonie” Stockton, 98, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after a sudden illness. He was born July 19, 1910, in Amory to Robert Nelson Stockton II and Carrie Camp Stockton. He lived most of his life in Amory and in Aberdeen for the past year. He was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1928, and attended Mississippi State University.

He married Ruby Mathews on July 10, 1933, in Amory; she died on Feb. 13, 2001. He was employed as an electrical tech for the Frisco Railroad for many years before his retirement. He was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Amory, where he served on the official board, taught Sunday school and was a lay minister. He enjoyed yard work and his church, and spending time with his family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Amory with the Rev. Glyn Wiygul, the Rev. Sue McGrew and the Rev. Tim Sisk officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery in Amory. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his son, Robert N. Stockton III (Emma) of Aberdeen; his daughter, Anna Lynn Stockton of Aberdeen; his brother, Claude Edward Stockton of Fruitland, Fla.; one grandchild, Laura Stockton Gaskin (Steve); two great-grandchildren, Jason Stockton Gaskin (Jade) and Melissa Rachel Gaskin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; five brothers, two sisters; one grandchild, Melissa Stockton Jacobs; and one great-grandchild, Matthew Lann Gaskin.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Griffith, Bill Griffith, Dr. James Monroe, Dan Griffith, Walter Lann Jr, Rick Gault and Jim Dye.

Memorials can be donated to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 1123 Legion Dr, Amory MS 38821 or St. Mark United Methodist Church, 708 Lake Wood Dr, Aberdeen MS 39730.

Visitation will continue until time for the service to begin.

James Bennett
BOONEVILLE – James V. Bennett, 82, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 24, 1926, in Prentiss County to Lee Ernest Bennett and Fannie Kathryn Taylor Bennett. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a retired automobile body repairmen and a member of Mt. Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening and yard work and, most of all, spending time with his family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Glen Jones and Bro. Elbert Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Annie Mae “Ann” Whitley Bennett, whom he married Feb. 5, 1949; three sons, Kenny Bennett (Janie), Paul Bennett (Beverly) and Phillip Bennett (Kristy), all of Booneville; two daughters, Kathy McAnally of Booneville and Mary Ann Bennett of Franklin, Tenn.; three sisters, Clara Bennett of Tupelo, Lucy Garvin of Booneville and Earnestine Lindley (Hollis) of Tupelo; 12 grandchildren, Cindy Morrison, Eric McAnally, Shaun McAnally, Candace Stanley, Buron Bennett, Ashley McCraw, Dustin Roberson, Kris Witcher, Jessie Bennett, Jordan Bennett , Jonah Bennett and Kathryn Bennett; and seven great-grandchildren, Cade Morrison, Brooklyn Morrison, Kade Witcher, Ashton Witcher, Landon Stanley and Ayla Stanley.

He was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Bennett; his parents; two sisters, Jessie Bennett and Bertha Thornton; and a brother, Junior Bennett.

Pallbearers will be Shaun McAnally, Eric McAnally, Jessie Bennett, Jordan Bennett, Buron Bennett and Kris Witcher.

Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Marlene Brown
IUKA – Marlene Brown, 77, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of Life in the Word of Fellowship Church. She enjoyed making ceramics and spending time with her family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen with Bro. Merle Spearman officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Terry Brown (Melissa) of Iuka and Harold Brown (Carolyn) of Michie, Tenn.; one brother, Earl Gaines (Carolyn) of Burnsville; two sisters, Marie Weathers (Dewayne) of Burnsville and Pearl Curtis (David) of Iuka; 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vester Lee “Jack” Brown; one son, Gene Brown; two daughters, Mary Sue Brown and Julia Wood; her parents, Turner and Laura Gaines; a sister, Jeffie Foreman; and two grandsons, Tommy Eugene Brown and Harold Dewayne Brown.

Pallbearers will be Jackie Brown, Shawn Brown, Dewayne Brown, Joey Brown, Shane Wiggington and Donald Elam.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Wilson and Hunter Stricklen.

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

Donald Pruitt
DUMAS -Donald Milton Pruitt, 77, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Willard Gary
FORT WORTH, Texas – Willard Gary, 87, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at Colonial Gardens in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born in Choctaw County. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Eupora and Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Jackson.

Services were Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with the Rev. Travis Gray officiating. Burial was in the Eupora City Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, James Thomas Gary of Eupora; two sons, Mark Smith of Benbrook, Texas, and Tim Smith of Jefferson City, Mo.; one sister, Joan Doolittle of Eupora; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Nobel Lamar Smith; a daughter, Joan Claire Smith; and a brother, William Maddox.

Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy or the First Baptist Church of Eupora.

Rev. Robert Carr
UNION CHURCH – The Rev. Robert Hamlin Carr, 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at his home. He was born Oct. 6, 1924, in Normal, Ill., to Lester Hamlin Carr and Hazel Alene Dobbs Carr. He was a graduate of Mississippi College and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. A retired minister, he pastored Lake Stanley Mission in Florida, Oak Grove Baptist Church in Yazoo County, Little Bahala Baptist Church in Lincoln County, Union Church Baptist Church in Jefferson County and Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Copiah County. He was an avid golfer.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Copiah County. Brookhaven Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Colleen B. Carr of Union Church; two sons, Steve Carr (Gale) of Thaxton and the Rev. Mike Carr (Donna) of Philadelphia; one daughter, Toni McCoy (Richard) of Pace, Fla.; one brother, Richard “Dick” Carr (Mitzi) of Hudson, Ill.; two sisters, Barbara Peek (Vernon) and Jackie Murrell (Tom), both of Bloomington, Ill.; and nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Lori Gittelman
SALTILLO -Lori Lyn Gittelman, 43, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at her home. She was born Feb. 18, 1965, in Waukegan, Ill., to Donnie and Vivian Geraldine Taylor. She was employed as a dog groomer. She was an avid animal lover and flower gardener.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Mike Deaton officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Gittelman of Saltillo; her mother and stepfather, Judy and Durell Lollar of Mooreville; one stepdaughter, Jennifer Gittelman of Florida; one sister, Renee Hunt (Adam) of Loretto, Tenn.; two stepsister, Marshan Hurndon of Shannon and Melonie McGreger of Mooreville.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Derek Clemmons.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time Friday.

Clayton Young
BOONEVILLE – Clayton V. Young, 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was a retired employee of Brown Shoe Company and a member of Carolina United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his Brown Shoe Company group.

Private family services will be Friday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. W.C. Alexander officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Birdie Mae Alexander Young; one daughter, Loretta (Leamon) Jackson of Booneville; one sister, Dean (Buddy) Ables of Tishomingo; three grandchildren, Tim (Adana) Jackson of El Paso, Texas, Shannon (Scott) Mills of Booneville and Brandon Jackson of Wheeler; three great-grandchildren, Jadon Jackson, Alexandria Jackson and Indya Mills.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Emma Floyd Young.

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

J.J. McDonald
HICKORY FLAT – John Joseph “J.J.” McDonald, 2 weeks, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women's Hospital in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 4, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Faith Baptist Church in Hickory Flat with Bro. Kyle Ivy officiating. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Myrtle. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents, John and Scottie McDonald; a brother, Jacob Lee McDonald; and a sister, Lana Jayde McDonald, all of Hickory Flat; his grandparents, Linda Renick of Hickory Flat, Joe and Renee Cannon of Red Banks, Ceretha Taylor of New Albany, Curtis and Brenda McDonald of Myrtle, and Jimmy Skelton; his great-grandparents, Mary Alice Wakefield of Hickory Flat, Ruth Annis McDonald of Ingomar, Gene Balentine of Olive Branch, and Dave and Angela Cannon of Ashland.

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

Sam Pitts
ECRU – Sam Gates Pitts, 91, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Ecru.

Bernadette Mabry
TUPELO – Bernadette Myers Mabry, 86, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Dec. 16, 1921, in McComb to Clifford Leroy and Loretta Wilhelmsen Myers. A 1939 graduate of McComb High School, she attended the Felt and Tarrant Comptometer School and began working for the government in 1940. She worked as a cost accountant. She and her husband co-owned a paint and craft business in Hattiesburg. She was a talented artist who enjoyed tole painting, oil, watercolor and acrylic painting, and also taught classes. She enjoyed doing all kinds of handwork, sewing and reading. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Andy Ray officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Swindoll of Tupelo; two granddaughters, Pamela Stein (Blake) and Kelly Swindoll of Tupelo; two great-grandchildren, Drew Stein of Starkville and Tupelo, and Zack Stein of Cleveland and Tupelo; one sister-in-law, Laverne Myers of Metairie, La.; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Carl and Bea Mabry of Tupelo; a special cousin, Grace Mary East of McComb.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Llewellyn R. Mabry, on June 22, 1996.

Pallbearers will be Drew Stein, Zack Stein, Blake Stein, Stan Stein, Chris Hill and Gene Newcomb.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 412 West Main, Tupelo, MS 38804.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.

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

Emma Craig
NATCHEZ – Emma Loucretia Vann Craig died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. She was known to her family and friends as “Mamma Johnnie.” She was born Aug. 9, 1909, in Jefferson County, Ala., to Milita Caroline Chapman Vann and Joel Samuel Vann. She was active in the Parent Teacher Association of Mississippi and served as state vice president. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Pilot Club of Natchez. She was a 30-year volunteer Pink Lady at the Natchez Regional Medical Center. In 1993 she was named the state's Ageless Hero and was presented a flag by President Reagan. She was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo until moving to Natchez in 1974 after her husband's death in 1973. She was a tour guide at many Natchez Antebellum homes. She was an active member of Jefferson Street United Methodist Church in Natchez and served on many committees.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Laird Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, H. Vann Craig, M.D., (Elizabeth); two grandsons, Michael Chandler Craig of Natchez and Mark Harris Craig, M.D., (Dianne) of Tupelo; one great-granddaughter, Shelby Katherine Craig; two great-grandsons, David Chandler Craig and James Landon Craig; two great-nieces, Sherry Parker of Starkville and Betty Collum of Maben.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Harris Craig; her parents; a niece, Ruth Penson Davis; and nine siblings.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jefferson Street United Methodist Church Youth Group, Building Fund or Church Organ Fund, 511 Jefferson St., Natchez MS 39120.

Online condolences may be sent to www.lairdfh.com.

Harold Livingston
TUPELO – Harold O'Neal Livingston, 83, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at his residence after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Rodney Counce
BOONEVILLE – James Rodney Counce Sr., 96, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. A lifelong resident of Prentiss County, he was born Dec. 15, 1911, to Hugh and Mattie Rone Counce. He was the owner of Counce Dairy Farm.

He also farmed row crops. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, working for reforestation efforts in west Tennessee. He attended Booneville High School and Mississippi State College. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where he was the senior member and a longtime supporter.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pete McCoy and Dr. John Jacobs officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Armstrong Counce; one daughter, Deborah Brown (Randy) of Lenoir City, Tenn.; two sons, Jim Counce (Judy) of Tupelo and Tommy Counce (Sharon) of Booneville; five grandchildren, Rod Counce III (Regina) of Tupelo, Doug Counce (Eliska) of McKinney, Texas, Gena Counce of Corinth, Joel Counce of Booneville and Lin Mann (Ezra) of Pine Bluff, Ark.; nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons and Glen Boyd, James Pruitt, Billy H. Ward and Curtis C. Miller.

Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 762, Booneville, MS 38829.

James Holder
FULTON – James Marvin Holder, 78, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at his daughter's home. He was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Lee County to John Alexander and Lucy Clemintine Hale Holder. He was employed in air conditioning and refrigeration repair. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church and served as a Baptist minister in the area for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Humphries and Bro. Ronnie Gholston officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of nine years, Betty G. Holder of Fulton; one son, James Ray “Bud” Holder (Fran) of Fulton; two daughters, Debra Card (Butch) of Fulton and Barbara Dill of T:upelo; two stepsons, Ronnie Gholston (Barbara) and Donnie Gholston (Sue) of Pass Christian; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Altie Wren of Becker; two brothers, William “Bill” Holder and Cecil Holder, both of Fulton; special friends, Neal and Carol Branton of Luling, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of 45 years, Nella Vern Johnson Holder; three brothers, Elic, Millard and Melvin Holder; three sisters, Viola Bridges, Irene Harris and Inez Whitaker.

Pallbearers will be Adam Holder, Brandon Holder, Preston Dill, Jack Johnson, Doug Thomas, Jason Gholston, Nathan Gholston, Pat Comer and Michael Taylor.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday.

Justin Armstrong
CORINTH – Justin Lee Armstrong, 18, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth.

Ann Boozer
AMORY – Ann Bourland Boozer died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.