Obituaries November 20, 2010

Melinda Dill
MANTACHIE – Melinda Dill, 42, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
Shelby Ruff
VERONA – Shelby Ruff, 76, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Bobby Files
EUPORA – Bobby Files, 76, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the University Medical Center in Jackson.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Webster County.
Annie Mae King
BELDEN – Annie Mae Crayton King, 96, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 16, 1914, in the Red Hill community to James “Jim” Crayton and Fannie Kimble Crayton. She was a graduate of Rust College and a retired educator for the Lee County Public School System with 42 years of service. She also was employed by the LIFT Inc. Headstart. She was an active member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Belden.
A Celebration of Life service will be at noon today at Hope Church in Tupelo. Interment will be at Porter’s Memorial Garden in Tupelo. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by six children, Melvin Caldwell King Jr. (Deborah) of Pittsburgh, Calif., Mablean Grigsby of Belden, Dorothy Leasy (Joseph) of Belden, the Rev. Marlin Bennett King of Jackson, James Russell King (Vanessa) of Vienna, Va., and Linda Witherspoon (Carlton) of Belden; a stepdaughter, Bobbie McKnight (Mose) of Nashville, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Peggy King of Saltillo; and 25 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Caldwell King, and one son, Bobby Walter King.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. today at Hope Church.
Earlene Jowers
SALTILLO – Earlene Jowers, 79, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at her residence after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 9, 1931, in Lee County to Earl and Lona Zelma Smith Stanford. One of the first women to serve on the Tupelo Police Force, she graduated from the Mississippi Police Academy and retired as a master sergeant with 25 years of service. She was a dedicated officer and enjoyed working for her community and helping others. She enjoyed camping, fishing, and canoeing, but more importantly, she was a devoted mother who loved spending time with her family and taking care of them. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Jim Allen and Bro. Earl Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Linda Tutor Ray (Richard) of Saltillo, Shelia Moore (Larry) of Guntown, Cynthia Crosby (Mike) of Saltillo and Kim Harrison (Gary) of Baldwyn; three sisters, JoAnn Simmons (Carl) of San Diego, Calif., Joyce Parker of Mesquite, Nev., and Janice Lichvar (Michael) of Las Vegas, Nev.; one brother, Donald Stanford (Patty) of Saltillo; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Jowers; two grandsons, Jeff Murphy and Shawn Murphy; and a brother, Jimmy Stanford.
Pallbearers will be Larry Moore, Mike Crosby, Jason Long, John Simmons, Ron Simmons and Sherry Riley-Barnet.
The Tupelo Police Department will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will continue from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Dora Cravens
BOONEVILLE – Dora Cravens, 96, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born on June 10, 1914, in Itawamba County to LK and Etna Nichols Long. She was a retired cafeteria employee and sales lady for Avon products.She was of the Baptist faith. She loved to quilt and crotchet.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Robert Wood officiating. Burial will be in the Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Joyce Knight of Booneville, Sue Rowlett of Houston, Linda Byrd (Bill) of Wheeler, Edith Kurrus of Bartlett, Tenn., and Bobbie Taylor (Kenneth) of Rison, Ark.; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, three brothers and one grandson, Jeff McGrew.
Pallbearers will be James Rowlett, Tony Taylor, Brandon Byrd, Clay, Cayson and Sam Kesler.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Sunday.
Louise Elliott
WEST POINT – Louise Whitt Elliott, 88, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born April 12, 1922, in Chickasaw County to Pearl Nolan Whitt and Braxton Braggs Whitt. She was a homemaker and a member of Siloam Baptist Church. She married Charles Hill Elliott Sr. on Feb. 3, 1940, in Columbus. He preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 2000.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will follow in Palo Alto Cemetery at West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Hilda E. Magers (Charles); one son, Charlies Hill Elliott Jr. (Angie), all of West Point; two grandchildren, Robert Kelsey III and Kim Haughton; two great-grandchildren, Rob Kelsey and T. J. Haughton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, four sisters and five brothers.
Pallbearers will be Bubba Whitt, Kyle Robinson, Russ Walker, Jim Elliott, Jack Elliott, John David Whitt, Chris Habel Jr., Joe Elliott, Lanny Fair and Scott Wolanek.
Memorials may be made to Palo Alto Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Jack Elliott, 9010 Hwy. 47, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Rochelle Campbell
AMORY – Rochelle Finger Campbell, 85, died on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Born on Sept. 20, 1925, in Pittsboro, she was a daughter of the late John Edward and Lois Woodruff Finger. Following high school, she graduated from Wood Junior College with a major in Bible and attended Mississippi State University. In 1946, she married Robert D. “Bob” Campbell in Choctaw County. They lived in Venezuela and Peru until settling in Amory in 1959. Very active in church, she was a member of First Baptist Church and a Sunday school teacher. A remarkable woman, Mrs. Campbell’s children were her life after the death of her husband. She was very involved in her children’s lives and activities, such as serving as a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Amory Band Booster. She enjoyed music , reading and studying her Bible, and she loved to play bridge.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Danny Burks officiating. Burial will be in Enon Cemetery at Ackerman.
She is survived by her daughters, Kathy Campbell of Northport, Ala., and Kerry Campbell (Terry) Cruse of Oxford; son, Devor (Debby) Campbell of Amory; brother, James Edward (Eddie Lou) Finger of Greenville; grandchildren, Kara (Brett) Hobson and Taylor Cruse, both of Oxford, Bob Campbell of Billings, Mont., and Shelly Campbell of Memphis; great-grandchildren, Carsyn and Kensi Campbell, Billings, Mont., and Parker Hobson of Oxford; niece, Cindy Finger Smith; nephew, Jimmy Finger; and caregiver, Jason McCain of Oxford.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Campbell, on July 25, 1963.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of North Mississippi Hospice in Oxford, Bill Barnes and Dr. Roger Ratliff.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service hour today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Mississippi Hospice, 104 Skyline Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Mary Perry
CORINTH – Mary Lena Perry, 94, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Ms. Perry was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Corinth. She was also a member of UDC; a past member and Regent of DAR; a charter member of Junior Auxiliary; and a former chairman of the Corinth City School Board. She was an avid bridge player, a well known local artist, and was very active in her community.
Services will at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Don Elliott officiating. Burial will follow in City Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Dr. Robert H. “Bo” Perry (Louise H.) of Corinth; one daughter, Dianne Anderson (Gary) of Flora; four grandchildren, Maryann Elizabeth Upchurch (Jeff), Emily Louise Coursey (Chad), Robert Houston Perry Jr., and Christian Heidelberg Ford (Angela); and three great-grandchildren, Clayton Ellis Upchurch, Charlotte Louise Upchurch and Meredith Katherine Ford.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Houston and Sammie Farmer Mitchell; her spouse, Dr. Ellis R. Perry; and three brothers, Bingham Mitchell, Beecher Mitchell and Joe Burge Mitchell.
Pallbearers will be Christian Heidelberg Ford, Houston Perry, John Mitchell, Jay Mitchell, Jerry Mitchell and Chad Coursey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Richard Hendrick and Russell Hendrick.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday in the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.
Memorials can be made to the First Presbyterian Church Youth House, 919 E. Shiloh Road, Corinth, MS 38834.
Condolences may be made to mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
Oma Talley
CORINTH – Oma Louise Talley, 76, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in the Shiloh C.P. Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
David Baldwin
TUPELO – David Baldwin died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Bettie Charlwood
GUNTOWN – Bettie Ann Davis Charlwood, 79, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Born on April 22, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Fannie Epting Davis. She was a lifelong resident of the Bethany community, where she and her husband owned Charlwood Dairy Farm. She was an active member of Jericho Baptist Church and a member of the Joy Sunday School Class. She also enjoyed visiting Bethany Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Adron Horne and Bro. Dale Whitlock officiating. Burial will be in Jericho Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Knowles Shaw Charlwood; one son, David Charlwood and wife, Martha; one daughter, Terri Hood and husband, Tommy, all of Bethany; five grandchildren, Sara Johnson and husband, Marshal, of Blue Springs, Amber Elder and husband, Michael, of Pontotoc, Adam Hood and wife, Hannah, of Wilmore, Ky., John Charlwood and wife, Danielle, and Jacob Charlwood of Bethany; four great-grandchildren, Rett Johnson, Olivia Elder, Luke Elder and Reagan Johnson; one niece, Vikki Seay and husband, Buddy, of Blair; one nephew, Paul Davis and wife, Missy, of Meridian.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Tommy Davis; two sisters, Mallie Milam and Pauline Davis; and a daughter-in-law, Annise Pounds Charlwood.
Pallbearers will be Adam Hood, John Charlwood, Jacob Charlwood, Michael Elder and Marshal Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be Rett Johnson and Luke Elder.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International.
Lorena Frederick
IUKA – Opal Lorena Frederick, 85, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at her residence. Mrs. Frederick ran a daycare business for years and was known to many as Maw-Maw Frederick. She cared deeply for her family, her brothers and sisters in Christ, and her flower gardens.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Iuka Church of Christ. Lance Foster will officiate. Interment will follow in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers include Jeff Frederick, Robert Wright, Matt Buck, Terry Parsons, Jerry Blakney and Danny Parsons.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Strickland and husband, Lamar, of Dayton, Tenn., and Angie South of Iuka; one stepson, Tommy W. Frederick of Iuka; one sister, Betty Farris and husband, Gene, of Tuscumbia, Ala.; five grandchildren, Amber Wright, Lisa Buck, Jeff Frederick, Leslie South and Kinsley South; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold H. “Jack” Frederick; a son, James H. Frederick; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ward W. Parsons; and three brothers, Waco, Odell and Berville Parsons.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Memorials may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834; or by phone at (662) 286-6555.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Louise Taylor
BOONEVILLE – Louise Taylor, 87, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. She was born Aug. 25, 1923, to Vaudie Stennett Mayo and Mary Bell Barnes Mayo. She was a member of Little Brown Free Will Baptist Church and a homemaker. She enjoyed reading, gospel music and flowers.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Russell Clouse, Elder Ricky Taylor and Bro. Gene Cullman officiating. Burial will be in Little Brown Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Bruce) Cook of Booneville; one sister, Quida Smith of Chattanooga, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Tammy (Doyle) Holland, Tracey (Denampé) Taylor, Terry (Mike) Kimble, Timothy (Carla) Taylor and Troy Taylor; eight great-grandchildren, Lauren K. Mills, Allie Morgan, Lydia Craft, Kelsey Kimble, Kassie Kimble, Jacob Taylor, Benjamin Taylor and Katie Taylor; and one great-great-granddaughter, Hailey Craft.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus T. Taylor; one son, Wade Taylor; her parents; and one brother, Billy Joe Taylor.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
John Turnbow Sr.
OXFORD – John Dillard Turnbow Sr., 75, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at his home near Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Marvin Hailey
LAMAR – Marvin Daniel Hailey, 76, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in Lamar.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rice Chapel Cemetery in Lamar.
To leave online condolences, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Clifford Montgomery
PLANTERSVILLE – Clifford Montgomery, 82, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an illness of about one year. Miss Montgomery was born in Lee County on June 23, 1928, to Clifford Montgomery and Emma Lou Pettigrew Montgomery. She lived most of her adult life on the Montgomery family farm south of Plantersville where she enjoyed God’s creation, the birds and her flowers. The majority of her working career was with Central Services Association (CSA) where she held many titles. Late in her career there, she obtained an associate degree in computer programming and returned to CSA as a programmer, retiring in l989. She was a pioneer in business for women establishing her own successful insurance business in Tupelo, which she operated until becoming ill. She was active all her life in a nondenominational church which held their meetings in homes. She was active in missions work, especially supporting missionaries and those involved with mission work in their education and ministry. She volunteered many hours to her favorite organization, Sanctuary Hospice House. She lived for others and was a gracious host to many families and friends hosting them in her home in the Union Community south of Plantersville. She was a beloved daughter, sister and aunt to her many nieces and nephews who knew her as “Aunt Tut.”
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Kevin Naillieux and Slade Blend officiating. Steve Holland will deliver the eulogy. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time on Sunday only.
Survivors include her brother, Joe “Papa Joe” Montgomery of Plantersville; her sisters, Helen Montgomery of Plantersville, Lucille “Hon” Brooks of Duluth, Ga., and Lolita Chavez of San Marcos, Texas; six nieces and nephews, numerous great- and great-great-nieces and great- and great-great-nephews; and her special caregivers, James, Lynn and Greg Johnson, and Terry and Mindy Bates.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Mary Frances Oliver and Exie Montgomery; and her nephew, Jimmy Montgomery.
Pallbearers will be Joe Lloyd Montgomery, Johnny Oliver, Terry, Toby and Todd Bates, Terry Russell, Greg Johnson and Chris King.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Kimberly Hardison
CORINTH – Kimberly Denise Mullins Hardison, 42, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in White Sulphur Cemetery in Counce, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Chris Collums
HOMER, La. – Christopher Dee “Chris” Collums, 48, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at his home. He was born Dec. 5, 1961, in Memphis. He worked in tree service. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Homer, La.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with William Alvin Collums officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka.
Survivors include his father, Clint Collums, and his stepmother, Earlene Collums, of Homer, La.; one brother, Michael Collums of Pickwick, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Anne Lester Collums.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Mary Kile
NASHVILLE – Mary Alice Grimsley Kile, 87, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at the Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow in the Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Wilfred Hughes
WALNUT – Wilfred Louis Hughes, 90, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home. He was born Jan. 11, 1920, in Tippah County to Claude and Maude McIntyre Hughes. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was a farmer and a school bus driver for the North Tippah School District for 27 years. He was a member of Camp Ground United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Camp Ground United Methodist Church at Walnut with the Rev. Mary Hutson, the Rev. Wayne Flake and the Rev. Neville Vanderburg officiating. Burial will be in Camp Ground Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Ragan Hughes of Walnut; one daughter, Nelda Hughes of Walnut; one son, Robert Hughes (Cheryl) of Yazoo City; one grandson, Jason Hughes of Birmingham, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents; eight sisters, Mae Fern Prather, Pearl Shappley, Rubye Bridges, Jewel Mathis, Blanche Smith, Pauline Bass, Lorraine Cole and Billie Hodum; and three brothers, Wesley Hughes, Woodrow Hughes and W.C. Hughes.
Pallbearers will be Clifford Porterfield, Randall Porterfield, Ronnie Ragan, Robert Montgomery, Daniel Montgomery and Jerry Ragan. Honorary pallbearers will be Odell Wilson and Ray McKinney.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Camp Ground United Methodist Church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Mary Sisk
OLD UNION – Mary Johnson Sisk, 91, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at Belmont Assisted Living Center in Allen, Texas.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with burial in the Old Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday only at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.

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