By NEMS Daily Journal
AMORY – Todd Gann, 44, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at his home. 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. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
CALHOUN CITY – Jimmy D. McPhail, 74, died Nov. 19, 2010, at his home. He was born Aug. 16, 1938. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Calhoun City, and he was a truck driver for Hardin Trucking for 25 years. He loved his family, his work and anything outdoors.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Henry Lackey officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Linda McPhail; his special nieces, Tiffany (Allan) Clark of Pittsboro, Niki (Darryl) Necaise of Pittsboro, Rhiannon (Shane) Barkley of Saltillo; his grandchild, Lacie White of Saltillo; his cousin, Jeffie Liles of Oxford; his nephew, Michael L’Italian of Phoenix, Ariz.; his great niece, C.C. Clark; and his great-nephews, Cameron Clark, Colbin Necaise, Cane Necaise and Coby Necaise.
Online condolences may be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
MANTACHIE – Melinda K. Dill, 42, died Nov. 19, 2010. She was born Aug. 7, 1968, to Charlie and Billie Strickland Upton. She was a factory worker and an avid crossword puzzle solver.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Henry Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Center Star Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Timmy Dill; her daughter, Cynthia Dill; her father-in-law, Buddy Dill, all of Mantachie; her sister, Amy Witcher (David) of Tupelo; four nieces; and nine nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be David Witcher, Bo Huffman, Thomas Waters, Jeff and Kevin Ashcraft, John Byrd, Britt Sheffield, Dewayne Moss and Buddy and Jody McDonald.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue at 8 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Lanny Royce Spears, 62, died Nov. 20, 2010, at his home. He owned and operated KSS Trucking. At the present, he was the recreational property manager for MG Associates. He loved all outside activities, and he had coached many boys and girls in baseball. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. David Westmoreland and Bro. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Deb B. Spears; two sons, Kevin Spears (Penny) and Shane Bridgman (Holly); one daughter, Shaye B. Winters; five grandchildren, Haley, Trace and Jadyn Spears and Cheyenne and Cody Winters, all of Pontotoc; his mother, Jewel S. Spears; a sister, Virginia Spears; and two special friends, Mike and Michael Greer.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert G. Spears; one brother, James Terry Spears; and an infant sister.
Pallbearers will be Chad Jaggers, David Owen, Dickie Austin, Sam Stewart, David Miller and Tommy Morton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Mary J. Sisk
OLD UNION – Mary Jane Johnson “Mama Sisk” Sisk, 91, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at Belmont Assisted Living Center in Allen, Texas. She was born Jan. 20, l919, in Lee County to Jeff and Eula Tanell Brazil Johnson. Mary graduated from Verona High School in l937.
A lifelong Lee Countian, she moved three years ago to Allen, Texas to be near her primary caregivers, her grandchildren, Resa and Mickey Gilmore. Mary was a businesswoman, owning Sisk Purse Manufacturing Company, making custom ladies’ purses for many years before her retirement.
She and her late husband, Percy Allen Sisk, who died in l992, raised cattle on the Sisk Family Farm in the Old Union Community of Lee County. Traveling was Mary’s great joy. She was an active participant in the Wellness Center programs, especially enjoying water aerobics. She also enjoyed eating out after her workouts. She was the last living member of her family.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Marvin Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her two sons, Bruce Sisk (Carolyn) of Brewer and Joe Allen Sisk (Bonnie) of Old Union; her six grandchildren, who affectionately knew her as “Mama Sisk,” Kim Watson (Tim) and Kay Watson (Ricky) of Old Union, Karen Smith (David) of Brewer, Resa Gilmore (Mickey) of Allen, Texas, Bruce Sisk II (Rachel) of Brewer and Joe Sisk (Michelle) of Old Union; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, James, Pete and Ferrel Johnson; her parents; and her husband, Allen in 1992.
Pallbearers will be Jacob Mallory, Paul Sisk, Mickey Gilmore, Little Joe Sisk, Bruce Sisk II, Ricky Watson, Tim Watson, David Smith and Chad Watson.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today.
Memorials may be made to Old Union Baptist Church, c/o Martha Waycaster, 450 CR 373, Tupelo, MS. 38801.
TISHOMINGO – Jane Gray, 72, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at Red Bay Hospital. She was born in Maud, Ala. to Edgar Ray and Flora Todd Ware. She was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Tishomingo Baptist Church with Bro. Robbie Crane and Bro. Gary Cosby officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years,Wayne Gray; two daughters, Regina Hodges (Steve) of Nettleton and Robyn Cosby (Rob) of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; five grandchildren, Neal Hodges (Stacy), Jordan Hodges, Sarah Cosby, Hannah Cosby and Ty Cosby; and two brothers, Jerry Ware and Lavon Ware, both of Tishomingo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Nancy Ware.
Pallbearers will be Neal Hodges, Jordan Hodges, Tyler Cosby, Jamie Sparks, Jeff Ware, Rob Cosby and Dustin Ware.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the church.
FALKNER – Claris Inez Thrasher, 77, died Nov. 20, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Zola Phillips Marecle, 93, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab. She was a life long member of Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church. She was very active in the church and loved her church family. She was a member of the Women’s Society of Christian Servants at Gaines Chapel. After retiring with 25 years of service at Wurlitzer’s, she worked for several years as a hospitality associate for Comfort Inn. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Services will be at 4:30 p.m. today at Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church with Bro. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Marecle and Rickey Marecle (Margaret), both of Corinth; one grandson, Kevin Marecle (Lindsey) of Starkville; one sister, Alva Harris of Corinth; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bascom Lee and Willie Sumner Phillips; her spouse, William Franklin Marecle Jr.; two brothers, Herman W. Phillips and Roy Lee Phillips; and four sisters, Gladys Taylor, Mary Rutherford, Cleo Laster and Bessie Pounds.
Pallbearers will be Scott Talley, Dean Pearce, Keith Eure, Jim Smith, Stan Horton and Billy Ashcraft.
Travis Little will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be e-mailed to mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
VERONA – Ryan Bristow Pettit, 23, died suddenly Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at his home in Verona. Ryan was born July 7, l987, to Marty and Mimi Moore Pettit. He grew up in Verona, graduated High School locally and attended Itawamba Community College, Meridian Community College and the Nossi School of Art in Goodlettsville, Tenn. He was an adventuresome sort who loved the great outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. He spent a year working in Nederland, Colo. at a ski resort and for the Dam Deli Company there. He loved people, his family and many friends, and he loved sharing special times with all of them. He was an avid water sports enthusiast, enjoying skiing, snow boarding, swimming, fishing and hanging out at area lakes, rivers and ponds. He also enjoyed teaching swimming lessons. He was a lifelong member of St. James Catholic Church. He had countless friends everywhere.
A Funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Monday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lalor and Father Henry Shelton officiating. A private family burial will take place at Verona City Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday after the service in the Church vestibule. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Marty and Mimi Moore Pettit of Verona; his brother, Mack Pettit of Verona, presently stationed with the U.S. Navy at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va.; his sister, Maggie Pettit of Verona; his grandparents, Rudolph and Rebecca Pettit of Verona and Mitzi Bristow Moore of Tupelo; his aunt and uncles, Michelle Pettit Prince, Dink Moore (Jeanna), Len Moore (Donna), Chris Moore (Michelle) and Juli Moore Richardson (Shawn); and numerous special cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, L.O. “Sonny” Moore.
Pallbearers will be his cousins and uncles.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with a Prayer Service in the Chapel at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Ryan Pettit Student Scholarship Fund, c/o Bancorp South, P.O. Box 789, Tupelo, MS. 38802 or at any Bancorp South Branch or to the Kathleen Mitts Scholarship Fund, c/o St. James Catholic Church, P.O. Box 734, Tupelo, MS. 38801.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
TUPELO – Doris Elaine Romito, 80, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany after an extended illness. A native of Arkansas, she was born April 13, 1930, to Cecil and Maggie Cox Priest. She enjoyed working in her rose, azeala and other flower gardens. Also, she was an outstanding Italian cook and loved to read. She was a Baptist by faith.
Private graveside services will be at 11a.m. Monday at Corinth National Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Buddy Priest (Betty) of Blue Springs; one sister, Linda Paden (Elkin) of Pontotoc; her caregivers, her niece, Sandra Russell and husband, Sid of Pontotoc; and several other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vincent Romito; two brothers, Frank Priest and Jimmy Priest; and one sister, Margaret Priest.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the giver’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
DORSEY – Shelby Ruff, 76, died Nov. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born in Lee County to Archie and Ophra Nesbit Ruff Jan. 22, 1934. He was a member of Friendship C.M.E. Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Friendship C.M.E. Church in Dorsey with the Rev. Patrick Head officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by three daughters, Kay Francis Ruff Gardner of Spring Valley, Calif.. Tammy Ruff of Verona and Samantha Ruff Green of Fulton; his grandchildren, Frank Gardner Jr. of Minnesota, Kristie Gardner of San Diego, Calif. and Asya Green of Fulton; and eight great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sisters, Elnois Ruff (Dr. James L.) Tucker of Plantersville, Jercine Ruff (James) Smith of Plantersville, Carolyn Ruff (Bro. Andrew) Green of Chapel Hill, Tenn., Frances Ruff (Sammie) Hooper of Fulton and Evelyn Ruff (the Rev. Leoris) Shumpert of Fulton; and his brothers, Elzie (Jean) Ruff of Plantersville, Ezra Rogers of Richmond, Ind., Larry (Evelyn) Ruff of Florida City, Fla., Hal (Simi) Ruff of Fulton, Charlie (Jewel) Ruff of Fulton, Otis (Carla) Ruff of Woodstock, Md. and Robert Ruff of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Delois Ruff Young and Jewel Dean Ruff; and two brothers, Joe W. Ruff and the Rev. Doyle Ruff.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
IUKA – Braxton Lutrell, 70, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.