Obituaries, Nov. 30, 2004

Rebecca Arrington, Houston

Stella Brown, Beaverton, Ala.

Lila Buchanan, Corinth

Kim Cunningham, Iuka

Deborah Harbin, Grenada

Dale Hughes, Fulton

Bernard Lasky, Aberdeen

Thelma Mabry, Plantersville

Sharon McAlister, Falkner

Josie McMillin, Ripley

Angie Payne, Mooreville

Dana Sizemore, Aberdeen

Brian Smith, Crump, Tenn.

Stella Brown

BEAVERTON, Ala. – Stella Brown, 87, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at the Sunbridge Shoals Nursing Home in Muscle Shoals, Ala. She was born and lived most of her life in Beaverton, Ala. She was a member of Taylor Springs Free Will Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Taylor Springs Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. C.C. Berryhill officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Norwood Funeral Home of Sulligent, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Ruth Myers and Sam, and Sue Willingham and Neal, all of Tuscumbia, Ala., and Sally Myers of Hanceville, Ala.; a son, Jerry Brown and Pat of Birmingham, Ala.; 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Brown, and her parents, Aler and Lithia Ann Rainwater Smith.

Pallbearers will be Steve Claunch, Wayne Claunch, Kenny Oliver, Don Myres, Sammy Myres, John Montgolf, James Birmingham and Paul Creasy.

Lila Sue Buchanan

CORINTH – Lila Sue Buchanan, 65, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, at her home. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Apostolic Church in Ripley for the last 24 years.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with the Rev. Omega Hall, L.C. Bumpas and the Rev. Pete Wooley officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband, William Taylor Buchanan of Corinth; her mother, Beatrice Downs of Corinth; five daughters, Nelda Sue Cox of Corinth, Connie Ballard and husband, Charles, of Rienzi, and Tammy Pannell and husband, William, Rhonda Vanderford, and Rita Downs and husband, Junior, all of Kossuth; three sisters, Brenda Dancer, Patsy Switcher and Kathie Harris, all of Kossuth; three brothers, Honnel Ray “Buck” Downs of Ripley, the Rev. Gerald “Buddy” Downs of Kossuth and J.D. Downs of Corinth; eight grandchildren, Junior Ballard, Johnny Ballard and wife, Misty, Lane Vanderford, Roe Vanderford, Jay Vanderford, Heath Pannell, Will Downs and Tanner Downs; two great-granddaughters, Ashley Ballard and Briana Ballard; two stepgrandsons, Billy Pannell and Mikeal Pannell; a stepgranddaughter, Brittney Downs.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arvel Downs; two nephews; two sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; a son-in-law, Ross D. Cox; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Garrett and Clytie Buchanan.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Dana Sharon Sizemore

ABERDEEN – Dana Sharon Sizemore, 58, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at her home in Aberdeen. She was born Jan. 30, 1946, in Birmingham, Ala., to Carmen Charline Bales. She was raised by her grandmother, Ida Wright Johnston. She had lived in Aberdeen for the past 35 years. She graduated from Sulligent High School and Vaughn's Beauty College and attended Mississippi University for Women. She was a member of the Sulligent Free Will Baptist Church in Sulligent, Ala. She was a hairdresser and owner of the Beauty Bar in Aberdeen. She was employed at EKA Chemicals in Columbus.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Secrist officiating. Burial will be in Barnesville Cemetery in Barnesville, Ala.

Survivors include a daughter, Shaine Sizemore Donoho and husband, Curtis, of Columbus; two grandchildren, Christian and Tyler Donoho; several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother and her grandmother.

Pallbearers will be Henry Watson, Rick Evans, Leonard Hussey, Mickey Mayo, Robert Williams and Tyler Donoho.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Free Will Baptist Children's Home in Eldridge, Ala., or to Safe Haven in Columbus.

Correction:

The obituary for A.J. Huffman of Houston, which was published in Monday's Daily Journal, contained incomplete information. He was preceded in death by a son, Howard Huffman, and his parents, A.F. “Buck” Huffman and Vida O'Barr Huffman.

Bernard J. Lasky

ABERDEEN – Bernard Joseph Lasky, 95, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. He was born April 23, 1909, in Aberdeen to the late Michael and Rosalie Buchbinder Lasky. He lived in Aberdeen until moving to Ridgeland in 1997. He graduated from Aberdeen High School and the University of Missouri, and did graduate work at the University of Alabama. He was the owner and operator of Lasky's Store. He was a member of the Aberdeen Rotary Club, serving as president and receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship. He was a member of the Masonic Order, receiving his 50-year in 1982. He was a member and past president of Temple B'nai Israel in Columbus and a member of B'nai Brith International. He was a longtime Scoutmaster and an avid fisherman. He and his wife were active in bringing industry to Monroe County and were founding members of the Downtown Merchants Association. He was a kind and fair man who was well respected by the citizens of Aberdeen.

Services were Sunday, Nov. 28, at Temple B'nai Israel in Columbus with Rabbi Valerie Cohen officiating. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Golde Lasky Howell and husband, William B., of Jackson and Marcia Lasky Barron and husband, Robert A., of Las Vegas; two sons, Richard S. Lasky and wife, Nicki, of Tucson, Ariz., and Paul M. Lasky of Columbus; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Dorothy Abromson Lasky, on March 13, 1995, and a grandson, Joseph Lasky, in 1997.

Memorials may be made to the Henry S. Jacobs Camp Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 16528, Jackson MS 39236.

Deborah Harbin

GRENADA – Deborah Goodson Harbin, 48, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at her home in Grenada. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Garner-Harper Funeral Home of Grenada.

Dale Hughes

FULTON – Karl Dale Hughes, 40, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton.

Angie Payne

MOOREVILLE – Angela Jane Burleson Payne, 42, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, as the result of a house fire at her home in Mooreville. She was born Feb. 26, 1962, in Lee County to Paul and Wanda Mears Burleson. She grew up and lived most of her life in the Mooreville and Mantachie areas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She designed and made beauty pageant clothes for young ladies all over Northeast Mississippi. She was a member of a weekly dart team. She was beloved by her family and many friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kerry Nelson and Minister Jimmy Bates officiating. Burial will follow in the Center Star Cemetery at Mantachie.

Survivors include her husband, Mickey Lee Payne of Mooreville; her parents, Wanda and Paul Burleson of Mooreville; a daughter, Rebekah Payne of Mooreville; a son, Douglas Payne of Mooreville; two stepchildren, Anna Brown of Hattiesburg and Cody Payne of Pearl; a sister, Paula Dunaway of Saltillo; a brother, Mike Burleson of Saltillo; three grandchildren; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Belle and Bogan Cummings of Shannon.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Corben Brown.

Pallbearers will be Glen Reeves, Larry Sullivan, Wayne Hatcher, Rickey Hatcher, Steve Welch and Randy Welch.

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

Brian Scott Smith

CRUMP, Tenn. – Brian Scott Smith, 38, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at the Jackson Madison General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. He was formerly of the Hill's Chapel community of Prentiss County. He was a member of the Gaston Baptist Church and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. A Civil War enthusiast and avid Ole Miss fan, he enjoyed all sports and debating politics. The love of his life was his little niece, Emma Grace Stewart.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Magnolia Chapel of Memories, Hwy. 72 E. location (old Oakland Church). Bro. Steve Corbett will officiate. Burial will be in Little Brown Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Laurence of Crump, Tenn., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith of Tupelo; two brothers, Greg Smith of Booneville and Matthew Smith of Oxford; two sisters, Karen Rushing and husband, Taylor, of Beech Bluff, Tenn., and Lara Laurence of San Marcus, Texas; nieces and nephews, Bobbie Rushing, Brandon J. Rushing, Brandi Stewart, Emma Grace Stewart, and Cade and Caleb Smith.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Amos and Forest Sparks Melton, and Elton and Amalie Barker Smith; and an aunt, Sue Melton Mason.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home (new location).

Thelma Mabry

PLANTERSVILLE – Thelma Nichols Mabry, 75, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born April 25, 1929, in Mississippi to Annie Mae Nichols Springer. She was a member of Jerusalem M.B. Church in Plantersville.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Jerusalem M.B. Church of Plantersville with the Rev. R.V. Jones officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Lee-Sykes Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Crawford of Nettleton; two sons, Benny Mabry Sr. and Dennis Mabry of Nettleton; five grandchildren, Benny Mabry Jr., Kettisha Williams, Cortney Adams, Ashley Stewart and Terry Mabry; two great-grandchildren, LeKelsey Doss and Kensley Williams.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ben Nichols and Aubrey Nichols; a sister, Ivory Nichols; and a great-granddaughters, Alayja Adams.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Kim Cunningham

IUKA – Kim Cunningham, 32, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, as the result of a motor vehicle accident near Tishomingo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

Sharon Doris McAlister

FALKNER – Sharon Doris McAlister was called home to be with her Lord on Nov. 29, 2004, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was a homemaker and an extraordinary wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

She was a faithful member of Ripley Primitive Baptist Church for 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Nutt of Falkner.

She is survived by her husband, James McAlister of Falkner; three daughters, Robin McAlister Luttrell and husband, David, of Tishomingo, Regina McAlister Pitney and husband, Nathan, of Falkner, and Rebecca McAlister Hunt and husband, Aaron, of Falkner; her mother, Joyce Hopper Nutt of Falkner; her sister, Kathy Strevel and husband, Mike, of Falkner; and five grandchildren, Drew, Savannah, John David, Cade and Larissa.

Visitation will continue today until 9 p.m. at Ripley Funeral Home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Strevel and Bro. Steve Quarles officiating. Burial will be Falkner Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Strevel, Joseph Strevel, Trey McCoy, Curt Fowler, Joe Morton, Ronny Jo Bennett, Bobby Bennett and Eddie Guynn Bennett.

Josie McMillin

RIPLEY – Josie McMillin died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Rebecca Arrington

HOUSTON – Rebecca Ward Arrington, 64, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at her home. She was born April 15, 1940, in Cleveland to the late R.T. and Pattye Curry Ward. She was a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Houston and the Cosmopolitan Club.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Houston with Bro. Dan Robertson officiating. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Larry D. Arrington of Houston; four daughters, Deanna A. Uhiren and Tony of Houston, Dawn A. Pumphrey and Jack of Canton, Ga., Jill A. Skelton and Curt of Louisville, and Leigh Anna Howell and Thomas of Houston; a sister, Patricia Lowder and Skip of Senatobia; six grandchildren, Audrey Uhiren, Cameron Pumphrey, Ben Uhiren, Truett Pumphrey, Garrison Howell and Grayson Skelton.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Davis, Terrell Davis, Justin Teasley, Doil Moore, Don Clay and Clyde Dyson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lonnie Whitt, Robert Davis, Hal Reese, Blue Logan and the State Farm family.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church or the New Century Club Breast Cancer Fund, c/o BancorpSouth Bank in Houston.