Obituaries, Oct. 11, 2004

Judy Burns

LAKE PIOMINGO – Charlotte Judy Burns died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at the North Miss. Medical Center. She was born Sept. 9, 1922, in Memphis to the late Charles Frank Vance and Gennavive Madox Vance. She was a native of Memphis before moving to Saltillo 11 years ago. She was a professional insurance adjuster employed with McCain-Burns Insurance Adjusters in Memphis. She was named Insurance Adjuster of the Year for 1972 in Memphis and the first female president of the Memphis Claims Association in 1976. She was an avid fisherman and master gardener.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints Episcopal Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Gene Asburry officiating. Private burial services will at a later date. Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Julie Baker and husband, Charles, of lake Piomingo; two sons, Robert N. Burns and wife, Bonnie, of Rosenberg, Texas, and Jeffery T. Burns of Dallas, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Burns, in 2002; two sisters; and eight brothers.

The family will receive friends at the church at 10 am. Tuesday.

Ruth Robertson

CORINTH – Ruth Robertson, 73, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at her residence. She was born June 6, 1931, in Alcorn County to the late Joe and myrtle Gammill, She was a member of the Farmington Baptist Church. She retired from Garan's after 30 years of service. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandkids.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Timothy Nall officiating. Burial will be in the Farmington Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, James Robertson of Corinth; two sons, Danny Robertson and his wife, Donna, of Counce, Tenn., and Sammy Robertson and his wife, Raina, of Corinth; one daughter, Theresa Hotz and her husband, Greg, of Corinth; one brother, Tommy Joe Gammill; one half-brother, Kenneth Gammill; one stepbrother, Charlie Mack Rogers; two sisters, Audrey Garrett and Barbara Anne Patterson; one half-sister, Carolyn McClung; one step-sister, Beatrice Kelder; her grandchildren, Anna Hotz, Daniel Robertson, Kevin Robertson and his wife, Cindy, Dewayne Robertson and Brad Roach; one great-grandson, Cody Robertson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Minnie Bell Gammill; two sisters, Betty Sue Harris and Laverne Follin; one brother, Jim Gammill; one stepbrother, Billy W. Rogers.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Rogers, Joel Griffen Albert Strickland, Bob Hill, Dawson Robertson, Billy Gates and Cody Potts.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Danny Carruth

SULLIGENT, Ala. – Daniel Lee “Danny” Carruth, 24, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004. He was born march 19, 1980, in Marion County, Alabama to Wayne Carruth and Kathy Canterberry Smith. He was a member of the Gattman Baptist Church. He attended the Sulligent schools. He was employed by Cole Manufacturing in Shannon. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Otts Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Daryl Bernard, Bro. Matt Carruth and Bro. Glen Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother and step-father, Kathy and Paul Smith of Sulligent; his father and step-mother, Wayne and Tressa Carruth of Sulligent; his companion, Alicia Hawkins of Sulligent; one daughter, Harleigh Danielle Carruth of Sulligent; four brothers, Tim (Nikki) Carruth of Spring Hill, Tenn., Andy (Jennifer) Smith of Pontotoc, Bryan Whaley of Sulligent, and Rod Whaley of Fairfield, Calif.; one sister, Amanda Smith of Sulligent; his grandparents, Marie Canterberry of Sulligent, Mary Gilmore of Tupelo and Leon and Opal Scott of Gattman; a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Willie and Effie Carruth, Calvin Canterberry and Dewey Edward Smith; one sister, Mary Rose Smith; one uncle Michael Carruth.

Daniel Charles Deegan

PONTOTOC – Daniel Charles Deegan, 23, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, in Pontotoc County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona.

Zulaika Nash

NEW ALBANY – Zulaika Nash, infant daughter of Tracy and Doris Ann Nash, died Sunday, Oct.. 10, 2004, at the Baptist Memorial Women's Clinic in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Hattie Miriam Mize

JACKSON – Hattie Miriam Mize, 92, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at the Manhattan Health Care Center. She was a native of Thaxton. She received her B.S. degree with honors in Education from the University of Mississippi at the age of 54 and taught third grade at North Pontotoc School, retiring in 1972. She was a member of the Thaxton Baptist Church and loved painting and ceramics and was a good gardener with her husband. She moved to Jackson in 1993 to be near her niece and caregiver, Charla Conlee.

Services will be at noon Tuesday at the Thaxton Baptist Church . Burial will be in the Thaxton Cemetery. Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one brother, Dr. Kearney D. Spears of Oakland, Tenn.; one sister, Sylvia Maynard of Oxford; a niece and caregiver, Charla Conlee of Clinton; several other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Olin Mize; three sisters, Addice Tubbs, Elsie Ard and Emma Pearl Spears; and a brother, Dr. D. E. Spears.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the church.

Robert Johnson

HAMILTON, Ala. – Robert Joe Johnson, 57, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at Hatley after an automobile accident. He was born June 1, 1947, in Sulligent, Ala., to the late Wilson and Josie Haynes Johnson. He lived in Marion County most of his lifetime. He was married to Nancy Johnson, who preceded him in death. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He operated R & N Backhoe and Dozier Service. He attended the Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed gardening, his dog and playing the harmonica.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Tommy Wright officiating. Burial will be in the Providence Cemetery in Nettleton.

Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Miller of Manila, Ark., Phyllis Johnson and Joann Johnson, both of Paragould, Ark.; his stepchildren, Sam Finney, John Finney, Tommy David, Jacky Davis, Jimmy Davis, Timothy Williams, Sherry Black, Bertha Underwood, Sue Simpson, Brenda Norris, Glenda Davis and Jennifer Rooker; two brothers, Charles Johnson of Tupelo and Butch Johnson of Nettleton; two sisters, Tollie McCullar and Dorothy McCullar, both of Amory; six grandchildren, Jeremy Miller, Jesse Miller, Kayla Miller, Morgan Miller, Joseph Morgan and Carl Morgan; 34 step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robbie Joe Johnson; his wife, Nancy Johnson; and one brother, James Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Marlin McCullar, Michael Abbott, Eric Abbott, Ronnie Griggs, Darrell Barnes, Jacky Richardson and Michael Welch. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Sickler and Jeff Basham.

Visitation will continue today at the funeral home until service time.

Otis Wortham

THAXTON – Otis Wortham died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany.

Jake Smith

OXFORD – J.T. “Jake” Smith, 89, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of the North Oxford Baptist Church and recently attended Abbeville Baptist Church. He was a Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite. He was the widower of Edith Tabor Smith and also preceded in death by his daughter, Shelby Jene Smith Morgan.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Burial will be in the Oxford Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Edith M. Hayles of Oxford and Mary Morgan Powers of Little Rock, Ark.; two sisters, Christine White of Abbeville and Irene Bryant of Oxford; two brothers, J.C. Smith of Oxford and Johnny Smith of Nashville; three great-grandchildren, Shelby Powers, Gus Powers and Charlotte Powers, all of Little Rock.

Memorials may be made to the North Oxford Baptist Church or the Abbeville Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

David Ray Hester II

TUPELO – David Ray Hester II, 24, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, in a car accident in Pontotoc County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Bill Slaughter

BOONEVILLE – William Henry “Bill” Slaughter, 65, of Wilson, Ark., died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Osceola, Ark. He was born Dec. 15, 1938, in Tishomingo to Robert William and Emma Viola Taylor Slaughter. He was a retired beekeeper and a member of the Wardell Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Tom Doty officiating. Burial will be in the East Prentiss Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Anne Adams Slaughter; two daughters, Renee Akins of Osceola, Ark., and Lori Bridges of McGehee, Ark.; five sons, Harold Slaughter, Michael Slaughter, James Slaughter and Danny Slaughter, all of Wilson, Ark., and Jeffrey Slaughter of Joiner, Ark.; two sisters, Reedie Ruple of Dyess, Ark., and Sarah Campbell of Tyronza, Ark.; five brothers, Taylor “Bug” Slaughter of Tishomingo, L.C. Slaughter of Lepanto, Ark., Bob Slaughter and Jack Slaughter, both of Batesville, Ark., and Stanley Slaughter of Joiner, Ark.; 20 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Homer Slaughter.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and until service time on Tuesday.

Barry Owens

EAST GLACIER PARK VILLAGE, Mont. – Barry McDowell Owens, 49, formerly of Jumpertown, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, Montana. He was born in Prentiss County to the late Kermit and Mavis McDowell Owens. He was a commissioned officer with the U.S. Public Health Service, an Air Force veteran, a former member of the Army National Guard and the Navy Reserves.

Graveside services with full military honors will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Crossroads Cemetery in Jumpertown with Bro. Terry Teddlie officiating. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Katie McCoy Owens of East Glacier Park Village, Mont.; two daughters, Terri Michelle McVey of Jackson, Miss., and Jessi Marie Owens of Jumpertown; one son, Bradley McDowell Owens and his wife, Kimberly, of Honolulu, Hawaii; one sister, Janice Brown and her husband, Gary, of Savannah, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Jordan Reed McVey and Braeden McDowell Owens; a nephew, Jonathan Brown and his wife, Allison.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Odenna Swords

INGOMAR – Odenna Swords, 84, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at the Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany. She had lived most of her life in Union County, Miss. She was a retired restaurant owner and a Baptist. She was the widow of Johnny McDonald Swords.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Mortimer Funeral Home in New Albany with the Rev. Kenny Adair and the Rev. Cliff Jeter officiating. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Jimmy T. Swords of Ingomar; one daughter, Dianne Abernathy of Kentucky; three brothers, Otis Allen and Eugene Allen, both of Ingomar, and J.W. Allen of Ripley; one sister, Elizabeth Roper of Southaven; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Major Milford Franks, Ret.

HOUSTON – Major Milford Reed Franks,Ret., 80, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born August 9, 1924, in Chickasaw County to the late Thomas J. Franks and Irene McGee Franks. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired from the Army after 24 years of service. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Houston.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Houston Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Childs officiating. Burial will be in the Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Laverne Davis Franks of Houston; one daughter, Dee Dee Franks Fouke and husband, Haydon, of Lecanto, Fla.; one brother, J.D. Franks of Philadelphia; one sister, Nancy Davis Williams of Houston; three grandchildren, Caleb Tillman, Danica Long and Erich Rouke.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Danny Franks.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Vance Graham

FULTON – Vance Graham, 87, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at the Courtyards Nursing Home. He was born in Tremont on Aug. 2, 1917, to the late Acker McKelvey and Sophie Pitts Graham. He was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church, a veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He was a retired grocery store clerk.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Donald Graham officiating. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Larabee of Fulton; two grandchildren, Michelle Morgan and Terry Larabee; one nephew and caregiver, Mackey Dozier of Fulton.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Wood, Danny Graham, Larry Pate, Trent Bennett, Jim Witt, Jerry Senter an Charlie McCarthy.

Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until service time today.

David Coleman

OXFORD – David “Red” Coleman, 55, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford.

Joey Duncan

RIPLEY – Joseph Cameron “Joey” Duncan, 17, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley following a long illness. He was born Oct. 22, 1986, in Berwyn, Ill., the son of Charlie and Polly Duncan. He was born with cerebral palsy and a severe seizure disorder; he later developed osteoporosis, scoliosis, gastric shutdown and other complications. He also underwent many surgical procedures. Never able to walk, talk, feed himself or care for himself in any way, he was bedridden all of his life, yet he was able to smile and laugh. He truly was an inspiration to everyone who know him. He was a member of the North Mississippi Special Needs Arc and the Arc of Mississippi.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Ray Vuncannon officiating. Burial will be in Box's Chapel Cemetery in Tippah County.

Survivors include his parents, Charlie and Polly Duncan; a sister, Amber Renee Duncan of Ripley; a brother, Glynn Duncan of Ripley; his grandparents, B.J. and Loyce Heavener of Ripley, and Margaret and Billy Joe Jones of Lemont, Ill.; his great-grandmother, Artie Gurlie of Chewalla, Ill.; several aunts and uncles; two special friends, Freedia Starks and Twila Goolsby.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Glenn Oliver Duncan.

Pallbearers will be Glynn Duncan, Benny Mauney, Fagin Mauney, William Ahlum, T.J. Vanstory and Nick Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Paquet, Onnie Ralph, Demetrius Gibbs, Nick Willis and Jerry Wommack.

Memorials may be made to the Arc of Mississippi, 7 Lakeland Circle #600, Jackson, MS. 39216.

Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today.

Larres Robinson

IUKA – Larres Robinson died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Florine Freeman Cannon

TUPELO – Florine Freeman Cannon, 91, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter's Mortuary of Tupelo.