Obituaries November 24, 2010

Miriam Dexter Ivy
Miriam Ivy went to be with the Lord on Monday Nov. 22, 2010, in Ludlow at the age of 94.
Funeral services will be at 1p.m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. M.L. Wallace officiating. Visitation will be from 11a.m. until service time at Robinson Funeral Home.
She was born on Feb. 25, 1916, in West Point to the late Lee Roy and Daisy Dexter. Ms. Ivy lived in Clay County until 2000, when she moved to Las Vegas, Nev. to be with her son, where she resided until 2004, when she moved to Ludlow to be with her daughter.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the Rev. M.L. and Jeanette Wallace and Caresse Slater of Ludlow for their loving friendship and wonderful care and support they gave when needed. Also, the family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. J.A. Cloy of Jackson, the nurses and staff of Ms Home Care of Forest and the nurses of Gentiva Hospice for their outstanding, loving and personal care.
Miriam was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Ivy; brothers, Andrew Dexter, Tommy Dexter, Charlie Dexter and Bill Dexter; sisters, Carolyn Cox, Bessie Harman, Jane Thompson; granddaughter, Cathy Adams Abernathy; and great-granddaughter, Sarah Adams.
Survivors include a son, Charles (Denise) Ivy of Las Vegas; daughter, Jean (Rod) Sanders of Ludlow; grandchildren, Suzanne Ferry, Angie (Brent) Shorter, Jennifer (Jeremy) Moore, Jeanette Ivy, Jennifer (Ryan) Breslin, John (Becky) Hepler and Holly Hepler; great-grandchildren, Sabrina Ferry, Brennon, Cayden and Kynlee Shorter and Carolyn Moore; and a daughter-in-love, Caroline James of Las Vegas.
Serving as pallbearers are Wilber Howard, Marion Howard, John Burt Wooten, Charlie Cox, Pete Dexter and Fred Galloway.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, 2500 North State St., Jackson, Ms 39216 or to Palo Alto Cemetery Maintenance, c/o Jack Elliot, 9010 Hwy 47, West Point, Ms. 39773.
Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Della Puckett
IUKA – Della Faye Puckett, 77, of Iuka, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at New Salem Baptist Church. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will continue until noon today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Markle Mabry
AUSTIN, Texas – Markle Mabry, 51, died Nov. 14, 2010, at his home in Austin, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
Marie Phillips
CORINTH – Marie Augusta Lamberth Phillips, 91, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pleasant Hill Methodist Church. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. until service time Friday at the church.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Building Fund, 320 CR 614, Corinth, MS 38834.
Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to send condolences.
Hilda Johnson
FULTON – Hilda Maurine Waddle Johnson, 84, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. She was born July 17, 1926, in Mississippi to Arthur L. and Lela G. Wood Waddle. She was employed by the Itawamba County Hospital for many years. Most of all she loved her God and worshiping him. She accepted Jesus Christ at the age of 14. She attended and was a member of the Salem Baptist Church for 60 years. The remaining 10 years she was a faithful member of Jones Chapel Church at Nettleton. She loved cooking for her family and carrying food to her friends who wre ill. She supported Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong missions faithfully. She traveled to Jinja, Uganda to visit her brother when he was a missionary there.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Salem Baptist Church with Bro. Jamie Basden and Bro. Bill Payne officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Bobby (Sandra) Johnson of Nettleton; one daughter, Martha (Carter) Seawright of Fulton; one brother, William Marion Waddle of Golden; one sister, Mildred Wilson of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Melinda Taylor, Brian Johnson, Jody Basden, Derek Johnson, Jonathan Seawright, Cory Seawright and Trevor Seawright; 12 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren, Kathy Riddle and Nathan McKinney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clester A. Johnson, in 1978; one daughter, Arlene Johnson; three sons, Dillard, Robert and Donnie Lee Johnson; and one sister, Marie Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Brian Johnson, Reid Johnson, Jonathan, Cory, Trevor and Malachi Seawright, Derek Johnson, Richard Taylor, Colton Basden and Kyle Taylor.
The body will lie in state at the church from 9 a.m. to service time today.
Menre Collins Jr.
WEST POINT – Menre Collins Jr., 62, died Nov. 17, 2010, at West Point Community Living Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Stephen Davis
PONTOTOC – Stephen William Davis, 55, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 3, 1955, in California to John and Ruth Wright Davis. He grew up in the Saltillo area and worked in several different factories. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.
A memorial service for the family will be held at a later date.
Survivors include three daughters, Anna Lucas of Pontotoc, Susie Gunnells of Baldwyn and Staci Davis of Tennessee; his parents, John and Ruth Davis of Saltillo; three sisters, Teresa Murphree of Saltillo, Debbie Holbrook of Shannon and Millie Davis of Tennessee; and six grandchildren, Cheyenne Lucas, Dakota Lucas, Landyn Gunnells, Taylor Gunnells, Robert Barkley and Ashley Capps.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, April Davis; and a brother, John Davis.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Peggy L. Underwood
GOLDEN – Peggy L. Underwood, 63, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. She was born June 9, 1947, in Itawamba County to Clovis M. and Cora L. Pruitt Underwood. She attended Bethel Church of God. She was an avid cook, loved her crossword puzzles and enjoyed her flowers.
Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Ricky McMicken officiating. Burial was in Hodge Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Kelly Gray of Fulton; four grandchildren, Dawn Hood, Lincoln Peugh, Jersey Peugh and Leigion Gray; four brothers, Bervin (Nell) Underwood of Nettleton, Murlis (JoAnn) Underwood of Nettleton, Larry (Nola) Underwood of Golden and Troy (Peggy) Underwood of Golden; and one sister-in-law, Judy Underwood of Golden.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four children; Chris Hood and three infants; and a brother, Ervin Underwood.
Pallbearers will be Byron, Terry, Phillip, Tim, Andy and Jon Underwood.
Emogene Simmons
RIPLEY – Callie Emogene Jamieson Simmons, 83, died Nov. 22, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born to L.E. and Mamie Ethel Harrell Jamieson on March 14, 1927, in Ripley. She was married to William Louis “Billy” Simmons on Dec. 14, 1946. They shared almost 65 years of love, laughter and tragedy but always remained devoted to each other. In her early years, she taught school at Buena Vista High School. Later, she was employed at Tippah County Hospital. After her retirement, she was a homemaker.
Emogene was a dedicated Christian, who loved the lord. She was a member of West Ripley Baptist Church. Before her illness, her greatest joys were attending church and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, William Louis “Billy” Simmons; three daughters, Jane Simmons (her fiance, Mike), Becky Montgomery (Don) and Amy Bullock (Karl), all of Ripley; one son, Stacy Simmons (Myra) of Ripley; and nine grandchildren, Leslie Pettey (Johnathan) of Saltillo, Kellie Fryar of Ripley, Andrea Tucker (Travis) of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Marcy Clifton (Shane) of Middleton, Tenn., Callie Richey (T.J.) of Tupelo, Carly McGee (Bobby) of Blue Mountain, Lindsay Bullock of Ripley, Abby Simmons and Emily Simmons, both of Ripley.
She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Edsel Jamieson (Evelyn) of Ripley; two sisters-in-law, Jessie Simmons of Florida and Callis Simmons of Memphis; and one brother-in-law, Pete Simmons (Nancy) of Jonesboro, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, William Louis “Louie” Simmons Jr.; and one great-grandson, Colton Grissom.
Pallbearers will be Joe Jamieson, Bobby McGee, Mike Bennett, Jim Walden, Bobby Dodson, Travis Tucker, Mike Long and Cayson Coleman.
Honorary pallbearers will be her caregivers and the wonderful staff at Tippah County Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit mcbridefuneralhome.com.
James Yarber
BOONEVILLE – James Elbert Yarber, 43, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 19, 1967, in Prentiss County to William Henry and Lela Akers Yarber. He was a painter in the construction business.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Elbert Ray Bennett and Bro. Kevin Yearber officiating. Burial will be in Sumners Chapel Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Yarber; three sons, Tony Bacus, Gideon Ismail and James Yarber Jr.; his mother, Lela Yarber; two sisters, Sandra (Phillip) Bearden and Mae (Larry) Hoard; and two brothers, William Yarber and Allen (Nancy) Hawkins.
He was preceded in death by his father; and one brother, Marlice Yarber.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Tom Weaver
TUPELO – Thomas Jay Weaver Jr., 80, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Mr. Weaver was born in Jacksonville, Ala. on Feb. 5, 1930, to Thomas J. Weaver Sr. and Annie Rollins Weaver. He graduated from Jacksonville High School and Jacksonville State University with a degree in business. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. While there, he met Blanche Ciolek and they were married Feb. 5, l955. He and his family moved to Tupelo in l959.
Mr. Weaver’s working career included stints with the Murdock Company, Purnell’s Pride Chicken and he retired after many years of service as an accountant with the J.J. Rogers Wholesale Company in Tupelo. He was an active communicant at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo, where he coached the softball team for many years. He was active with the American Legion Post 49 and the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club. He enjoyed woodworking, and he was an avid Tuesday night bowler at Rebel Lanes.
A Funeral Mass will be recited at 11 a.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo with Father Tom Lalor and Father Henry Shelton officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Blanche C. Weaver of Tupelo; his children, Becky Weaver Hampton (Bill) of Noblesville, Ind., Tim Weaver (Julie) of Saltillo and Lt. Trey Weaver (Wendy) of Tupelo; his grandchildren, Clay McKissack, Taylor Weaver, John, William and Maggie Hampton, Kyle, Wesley, Tatum and Jaelyn Weaver, Hannah and Bryce Weaver and Hayden Byars; and a daughter-in-law, Debbi Weaver of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Joe on Jan. 27, 2010; and a sister, Margaret Patterson.
Pallbearers will be Kyle Weaver, Wesley Weaver, John Thomas Weaver, Jerry Bristow, Joe Smith and Hoppy Whitaker.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with a Prayer service at 6 p.m. Visitation will also be one hour prior to service Friday at St. James Catholic Church.
Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church, P. O. Box 734, Tupelo, MS. 38802 or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Sam Jordan
RIPLEY – Sam B. Jordan, 79, died Nov. 23, 2010, at his home in Ripley. He was retired from the City of Ripley as Commissioner of Street Department. He also worked as a funeral director for McBride Funeral Home and as an EMT for ambulance services for Tippah County Hospital. He was a member of Bluff Springs Baptist Church in Ashland. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the Korean Conflict.
Services will be at noon today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Smith officiating. Burial will be in Bluff Springs Cemetery in Ashland. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Eula Mae Derrick Jordan of Ripley; two daughters, Connie Alberson (Connie) of Falkner and Ronda Rinehart (Charlie) of Pickwick, Tenn.; one brother, Jessie Jordan of Indianapolis, Ind.; five grandchildren, Brandon Alberson, Brenna Alberson, Jordan Rinehart (Kelly), Maegan Rinehart and Vickie Smithey (Jeremy); and one great-grandchild, Lauryn Smithey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Henry and Effie B. Cox Jordan; one daughter, Dianne Elmore; and seven brothers, Ferrell Jordan, Robert Jordan, Lee Jordan, Earl Jordan, William Austin Jordan, Ray Jordan and Joe B. Jordan.
Pallbearers will be Chris Taylor, Stanley Jordan, Hal Jordan, Gary Phillips, Gary King, Chad Jordan, Johnny Childs and Tony Norwicki.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jordan Rinehart, Brandon Alberson, Jeremy Smithey, Dr. Bob Kelly, Kerry Hill and Mike Harrison.
Visitation will continue at 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Rosie Ford
OXFORD – Rosie P. Ford, 70, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Ruth Palmertree
BALDWYN – Ruth Gordon Palmertree 68, died Nov. 22, 2010, at her home. She was a Baptist. She retired after 32 years of teaching in public schools. She taught in Oktibbeha County Schools, Houlka, Pontotoc, Caledonia and Wheeler. She was a Graduate of Mississippi State University. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Danny Cheatham officiating. Burial will be in Old Plank Cemetery near Vaiden. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include, her daughter, Delese Tutor (Mike) of Pontotoc; her son, Jason Murray Palmertree of Baldwyn; her grandchildren, PFC Richard Tyler Tutor, Allison Elizabeth Tutor and Andrew Douglas Tutor; her brothers, Charles Shelton Gordon and Uncle Tom Barnett of Tupelo; her sister-in-law, Martina Mayfield of Vaiden; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Murray and Virginia Barnett Gordon; and her husband, Hiram Palmertree.
Memorials may be made to Old Plank Cemetery Fund, % Martina Mayfield, 36 County RD 3, Vaiden, MS 39176 or to First Baptist Church Youth Fund, Pontotoc, MS 38963.
Kathy Mathis
BOONEVILLE – Mary Kathryn “Kathy” Burcham Mathis, 53, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 8, 1957, in Booneville. She was a respite care nurse, and she was a member of North Rienzi Church of Christ. She enjoyed NASCAR, reading and traveling.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Wade Davis officiating. Burial will be in Jacinto Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Terry Mathis, whom she married on April 8, 2006; two sisters, Norma Cooksey (L.Q.) and Sue Davis (Wade), all of Jacinto; three brothers, Robert Williams (Joann) of Jacinto, Virgil Burcham (Barbara) of Booneville and Thomas Burcham of Phoenix, Ariz.; her mother-in-law, Varda Cole of Jacinto; and 16 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Brandon Hall; her parents, Julius Goss Burcham and Ida Mae Williams Burcham; and a nephew, Richard Lee Burcham.
Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Bobbie Brown
PONTOTOC – Bobbie Jean Brown, 73, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a retired cook at Graceland Nursing Home and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her two daughters, Laura Jean Mooneyham of Tupelo and Shelia Odom of Bay Springs; one son, William Lee Brown of Starkville; one sister, Wyllodean Cooley of Tupelo; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Robert Lee Pearson and Johnnie Lee Howell Pearson; her husband, William Malcolm Brown Jr.; one sister, Margaret Guyula Davis; and one brother, Billy Joe Pearson.
Pallbearers will be Ben Davis, Jonathan Beard, Nathaniel Enfinger, Doyle Barnes, C.J. Enfinger and Wayne Walker.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.
Allie Orange
OXFORD – Allie Orange, 70, died Nov. 23, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

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