By NEMS Daily Journal
Sudie L. Grisham
BALDWYN – Sudie L. Grisham 85, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was born Oct. 3, 1926. in Tupelo to William Albert and Effie Green Grisham. She worked for J.C. Penney Inc. for 47 years and retired as an office supervisor in 1988. She had been a resident of Baldwyn since her retirement. She was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan.
Services will be at noon Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery, 5668 Popular Ave., Memphis. Bro. Jim Irvin will officiate. Entombment will be in Garden of Eternity Mausoleum. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Shelby Grisham, who died in the Tupelo Tornado in 1936.
The family requests no flowers. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choosing.
PONTOTOC – Zariyah Katrice Thomas, 3-month-old daughter of Amanda Douglas and Richard Thomas, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
GUNTOWN – Stacey Floyd, 76, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
NEW ALBANY – Vera Elaine Cobb Perry, 94, died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at Magnolia Place in New Albany. She was born Nov. 16, 1916, in Union County to John Cobb and May Gement Cobb. She was a homemaker and a member of the Ingomar Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Clyde Pound, Dr. Joe Edd Morris and the Rev. David Laman officiating. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Sandi Morris (Joe Edd) of Tupelo, Rita Perry of New Albany and Kathy Broeseker (Dana) of Safety Harbor, Fla.; a son, John Perry (Paula) of Meridian; four sisters, Evelyn Surratt of Jackson, Marjorie Bell, Ethelyne Wiseman and Ernestyne Wilbanks, all of New Albany; a brother, John Ray Cobb of New Albany; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilburn Perry; a sister, Opal Cobb; and a brother, Douglas Cobb.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the music program of the Ingomar Baptist Church, 1112 CR 90, New Albany, MS 38652; or the charity of the donor’s choice.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
WEST POINT – Mary Agnes Thornton Webber, 94, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at her son’s home in West Point. She was born May 11, 1917, in the Cairo community of Clay County to Elizabeth Loyd and Robert L. Thornton. Mrs. Webber was a homemaker and a member of Palestine United Methodist Church. She married Emmett Benjamin Webber on July 30, 1941, in Houston; he preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 1997.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Eddie Brock officiating. Burial will follow in Cairo Cemetery in the Cairo community. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Cheryl Gibson (Ray) of Dothan, Ala.; one son, Larry Webber of West Point; two grandchildren, Gregory Gibson and Amanda Gibson; and one great-granddaughter, Abagail.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Cliett, Billy Gipson, Steve White, Tim Ray, Gary Brock and Bryant Watkins.
Honorary pallbearers will be nurses and aides of the North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice.
Memorials may be made to Cairo Cemetery Fund, c/o Jack Thompson, 5381 Hopewell Road, Cedar Bluff, MS 39741.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Walter W.C. Pegues, 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at Union County Health and Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
WEST POINT – Carl Leslie McKee, 84, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born Dec. 1, 1926, in West Point to Edna Edwards and Robert McKee. He was retired from General Motors, working in finance with GMAC for 40 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in West Point. Mr. McKee was also a member of the West Point Lions Club, past president of Memphis Rose Club, member of Dixie Rose Club and the Memphis Geological Society. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He was married Nellie Proctor McKee, who preceded him in death on May 29, 2003.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan McKee Skinner (Kevin) and Pamela Gene Taylor, all of Memphis; one son, David Allen of Gulfport; two stepdaughters, Evelyn Cameron of Birmingham and Claire Garrett of Heflin, La.; four grandchildren, Heather Skinner, Patricia Skinner, Austin Skinner and Sidney Taylor; four stepgrandchildren, Leslie Cox, Angela Williams, Michael Garrett and Jennifer Wood.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his daughter, Barbara Allen; and his brother, Kelly McKee.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Edwards, Billy Joe Ayres, Cliff Stafford, Dale Stafford, Michael Cox, Duke Lippincott, Mike Garrett and Michael Garrett.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Ganss, Pat Hudspeth, Joe Pollard, and members of the MSU “M” Club.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 794, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Elizabeth C. Dexter
WEST POINT – Elizabeth C. Dexter, 91, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at Dugan Memorial Home. She was born Oct. 17, 1920, in Clay County to Robert and Fannie Ruth Christian. She was a member of Griffith Christian Church and owner of Dexter Catfish farms.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at West Point Memorial Gardens. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three sons, Bill Dexter (Barbara), Bobby Dexter (Fay) and Don Dexter (Diane), all of West Point; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy H. Dexter; two brothers, T.D. Christian and Chuck Christian; and a granddaughter, Donie Ann Dexter.
Pallbearers will be Doug Dexter, Mike Dexter, Alec Big Soldier, Barry Sansing and Larry Willis.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.
Friends may send condolences online at robinsonfh.net.
BOONEVILLE – Donnie K. “Donna” Kuykendall, 58, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born Sept. 2, 1953, in Chicago. She was a machine operator at Red Kap Industries, and she was a member of the House of Prayer. She enjoyed shopping and dining out.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Wallace officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, James Hollis Kuykendall; a daughter, Alishia Alvarado (Fidel) of Booneville; four sisters, Betty Miller, Sandra Morgan (David), Shirley Johnson and Carol Livingston (Donnie), all of Booneville; four grandchildren, Tony Childers, Adriani Alvarado, Dominic Alvarado and Anthony Alvarado; and an aunt, Elaine Miller.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Mary Miller; and a brother, William Floyd Miller.
Pallbearers are Fidel Alvarado, Steven Morgan, Cody Johnson, David Morgan and Jason Johnson.
Dr. Frank Wiebe
TUPELO – Dr. Frank Adams Wiebe, 71, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born on July 26, 1940, in Lawrence, Kan. He received three degrees from the University of Kansas: B.S. in Business Administration, June 1962; M.A. in Social Psychology, May 1971; and Ph.D. in Business, May 1975. He was a member of the United States Air Force serving on active duty from November 1963 to May 1968, and the active Reserve of September 1969 to July 1974 with captain, the highest rank held. He retired in 2004 after 34 years as management faculty member at five different universities, including his last 25 years as a member of the faculty at the University of Mississippi. He taught a variety of undergraduate, MBA and Ph.D. level management courses. Since January 2005, he was a business counselor for the University of Mississippi Small Business Development Center at the Renasant Center for IDEAs in Tupelo. He also served on the Institutional Review Board of the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Angela Carrington Wiebe of Tupelo; two daughters, Heather Wiebe Grote (Michael) of Columbia, Mo., and Robin Wiebe of Oxford; one brother, John Wiebe (Victoria) of Independence, Mo.; two nieces, Jacque Wiebe Carden of Phoenix, Ariz., and Erica Wiebe of Columbia, Mo.; one aunt, Agnes Withrow of Portland, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo.
Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 706, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – William Kirk, 50, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
FULTON – Michael D. Dabbs died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born Aug. 31, 1949, in Itawamba County to John L. and Erma Dabbs. He was a member of Friendship CME Church, where he served as chairman of the Steward Board, a member of the Trustee Board, and Adult Sunday School teacher. He was a 1967 graduate of East High School in Fulton. His service in the United States Army began when he was drafted in 1968. He served as an infantryman, Military Police, and unit supply sergeant. He received several awards during his career including a Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon. He served a total of 33 years. He retired from the Army/Army National Guard as sergeant 1st class in 2003. He was a member of the American Legion Post 49 and the Mississippi Army National Guard Association. After retirement, he worked at DHL. A member of the Masonic Fraternal Order, he was the Worshipful Master of Abney Lodge 223A in Dorsey. He was happiest around family and friends driving his tractor, working in his garden, and working on anything that needed or didn’t need fixing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church in Verona with Pastor Patrick Head officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship CME Church Cemetery at Fulton. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Geneva; daughter, Stefanie (Willie) Jones of Columbus; sons: Steven (Starlette) Dabbs of Birmingham and Stanley (Shangela) Dabbs of Fulton; four grandchildren, Chelsie, Jaylan, Genise and Madison; three sisters: Monzella Edwards and Lottie (Roosevelt) Blackmon, both of Fulton, and Gwyneth (Willie) Blackmon of Hephzibah, Ga.; two brothers, Johnny Dabbs and Terry Dabbs, both of Fulton; many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Othani Dabbs; and a son, Michael Jr.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck amp& Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Friday.
Sign the online guestbook at nljonesandson.com.
VINA, Ala. – Bobby Lee Cantrell, 76, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Helen Keller Hospital.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. today at Vina First Baptist Church in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., assisted the family.
GOLDEN – James Mordie Williams, 89, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
GOLDEN – James A. “Jim” Works Jr., 59, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a native of Zion, Ill., and owner of Willow Lane Wrecker Service. He was a member of Belmont Masonic Lodge.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Golden Central Baptist Church, Golden with Bro. Robert Wood and Bro. Shawn Davis officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery at Belmont. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife of 40 years, Carolyn Works of Golden; one son, Danny Works (Melissa) of Tremont; two grandchildren, Austin Works of Golden and Marissa Pardue of Belmont; two stepgranddaughters, Haley Overton and Hannah Overton; his mother, Gera Works of Belmont; four sisters-in-law, Christine Allen, Joyce Rich (Bob), Betty Mahan (Winkle) and Geraldine Holcomb (Allen); and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James A. Works Sr.; a brother, Mike Works, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ark and Evelyn Rollins; and a brother-in-law, Charles Allen.
Pallbearers will be Mike Rich, Junior Hutcheson, Don Hall, Greg Allen, Randy Allen, Tim Mahan, David Holcomb, Joey Harville, Allen Holcomb, Donald Reno, Gary Maxey and Jeff Mahan.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Golden Central Baptist Church and until service time on Saturday.
BALDWYN – Avonell Roberts, 86, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
OKOLONA – Juanita Bowens died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fields Funeral Home of Okolona.
Dr. Bob Foster
TUPELO – Dr. Robert Thomas “Bob” Foster, 86, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at his home in Tupelo after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
RIPLEY – Johnny Fay Jumper, 80, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at his home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
BYHALIA – Betty Lee McClellan, 69, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Hardaway M.B. Church at Michigan City. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.