Obituaries Oct. 18, 2007

Joyce Parvin
ABERDEEN – Joyce Putnam Parvin, 67, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at her home in Aberdeen. She was born March 30, 1940, to Herman Jefferson Putnam and Virginia Faye Carlisle Putnam in Starkville. She lived in Starkville for 60 years and in Aberdeen for the past five years. She graduated from Starkville High School and received her bachelor of science degree in business education from Mississippi State University. She was a homemaker, a volunteer at the hospital and a member of the Garden Club. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Aberdeen and the church choir. She loved her children and grandchildren above all else.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. William E. Harrison and the Rev. Allison Stacey Parvin officiating. A private family graveside service will follow at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. David Woodrow Parvin Jr. of Aberdeen; three daughters, Virginia F. Castillo of Dallas, Texas, Lisa K. Gibbs (John) of Denver, Colo., and Amy L. Henley (Chip) of Aberdeen; one sister, Nancy Claire Baughman (James E.) of Gulfport; three grandchildren, Clay Henley, Blake Henley and Ryan Castillo.

Pallbearers will be Jesse Ballard, Jamie Stidham, Tommy Greer, John Young, Edward Mattox and Lynn West.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.

Donald Azlin
BELDEN – Donald Evoy Azlin, 75, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at the Alive Hospice St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. He was born Feb. 3, 1932, to the late James Hubbard Azlin and Eula Faust Azlin. He was a retired self-employed construction
businessman. He served in the Mississippi National Guard. He was a Methodist and a member of the Belden United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Danny Wilburn officiating. Burial will be in the Belden Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Melissa Sisk and Brian of Brentwood, Tenn.; one sister, Mary Azlin of New Albany; one brother, William B. Azlin of Pinedale; and four grandchildren, Claybrook, Walker, Jack and Riley Sisk, all of Brentwood, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Peggy Scott Azlin; and one brother, James L. Azlin.
Pallbearers will be J.P. Garrett, Fred Collins, Billy Daniels, Don Gadow, Kermit Davis and Randy Hodges.

Erma E. Cryder
TUPELO – Erma E. “Nora” Cryder, 90, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A native of Algoma, she was born Aug. 17, 1917, to the late Bonner Levi and Pearl Kennedy Miller. She was a graduate of Algoma High School. She worked as a waitress for TKE’s for several years. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing and flower gardening. She was a member of Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church.

Services were Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Terry Pierce officiating. Burial was in the Priceville Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Cozette Cryder of Tupelo; one son, James Ray Cryder of Tupelo; one granddaughter, Cathy Cryder of Tupelo; and two great-granddaughters, Cayla Cryder and Christan Holman.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Guy V. Miller.

Memorials may be made to Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church, 1650 N. Veterans Blvd. Tupelo, MS 38804.

Bobby Braswell
WALNUT – Bobby Glenn Braswell, 76, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was affiliated with Murton Street Church of Christ in Memphis. He was a retired carpenter and an U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with pulpit Minister Garry Martin officiating. Burial will be in Marlow Church of Christ Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Campbell Braswell of Walnut; two daughters, Anita Talley (Bobby) of Falkner and Martha Keel (Raymond) of Montgomery, Ala.; three sons, Rodney Braswell (Darlene) of Walnut, Michael Braswell (Connie) of Middleton and Mark Braswell (Sue) of Walnut; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Ester Wilson Braswell; one sister and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Talley, Gary Pankey and Jerry Talley. Honorary pallbearers will be Earl James, Murry Bennett and Ronnie Martindale.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
To sign the guestbook online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Wallace Maddox
MEMPHIS – Wallace E. Maddox, 94, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at Baptist Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. He was born June 29, 1913, in New Albany to the late Edward Maddox and Laura Dillard Maddox. He was a retired steamfitter and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a Baptist and a member of Elliston Baptist Church in Memphis.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Dr. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Rodgers Maddox of Memphis; one son, Henry Maddox (Dorene) of Oakland, Tenn.; one sister, Mae Rodgers of Sardis; two grandchildren, Derek Maddox (Kristen) of Washington D.C. and Deborah Mosley (Bob) of Oakland, Tenn.; five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and three sisters.

Pallbearers will be Derek Maddox, Ian Maddox, Bob Mosley, Joshua Mosley, Morgan Mosley and Roy Maddox.
Jonathon Mosley will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today.

Ruth Whitt
HOUSTON – Ruth Martin Whitt, 81, formerly of Greenville, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at Home Place in Columbus. She was born Aug. 2, 1926, in Houston to Grady Doyt Martin and Clara Bell Houser Martin. She was a retired federal court clerk in Greenville and a member of Parkview Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Arbor Grove Cemetery in Houston with Dr. Daniel Heeringa officiating. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Debby Gard (Patrick) of Columbus; one son, James Wayne “Skip” Whitt Jr. (Janet) of Carrollton, Ga.; one sister, Bonnie Whitt (Lonnie) of Houston; three grandchildren, Whitt and Angie Schwalenberg, Taylor and Drew Pruett, and Remus and Ilona Whitt; one great-granddaughter, Madalyn Schwalenberg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Wayne Whitt Sr., on Jan. 7, 1977; and a brother, Rufus Martin.

Friends and family may sign the guestbook online at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Dorothy Davis
TISHOMINGO – Dorothy McBee Davis, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery in Tishomingo.

Survivors include one son, De Wayne Davis (Dawn) of Tishomingo; one daughter, Shearon Millar (Geoff) of Houston; one brother, Burvil McBee of Iuka; one sister, Rivers Mann of Red Bay, Ala.; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Jewel Henderson
IUKA – Jewel Henderson died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka.

Ceaser Smith Jr.
ABBEVILLE – Ceaser Smith Jr. died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at his home in Abbeville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

Margaret E. Hardy
GUNTOWN – Margaret Elizabeth Hardy, 52, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She was born March 29, 1955, in Lee County to Jimmie and Gladis Copeland. She accepted Christ and was a devoted member of Mt. Moriah Holiness Church until her health failed. She loved spending time with her family.

Services were Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at the Mt. Moriah Holiness Church with the Rev. James Robinson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her father, Jimmie Copeland of Guntown; two children, Shilena Copeland and Jamal Hardy, both of Chicago; two brothers, James (Nadine) Copeland of Broadview, Ill., and Al (Sherry) Copeland of Richton Park, Ill.; one sister, Sabrina Copeland of Broadview, Ill.; two grandchildren, Deontai Young and Taurean Hardy, both of Chicago; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Gladis Copeland.

Johnny Price
ABBEVILLE – Johnny “Sonny” Price, 65, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. He was born July 12, 1942, in Abbeville to Indiana Price and the late Cluster Price Sr. He was a retired employee of the City of Oxford and a member of Providence United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Providence United Methodist Church in Abbeville. Pastor Juanita Booker will officiate. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Indiana Price of Abbeville; one son, Maurice Gillen Price (Latisha) of Grand Rapids, Mich.; brothers, Joe (Elmar) Cancer, Cluster Price Jr. and Joe Baskin, all of Grand Rapids, Mich., Dock (Hattie) Price and Mark (Karen) of Abbeville; sisters, Sharon Price-McEwen (Michael) and Shae Price-Burnette (Richard) of Abbeville; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Maggie Mae Bowle.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Brown, Richard Burnett, Michael McEwen, Tom Gillard, Delon Price, Mark Price, Joe Baskin and Billy Porter.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

David Staser Sr.
PONTOTOC – David Lynn Staser Sr., 66, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at his home. He was born in New Albany, Ind. The family moved to Mississippi in 1974 and settled in Pontotoc in 1977.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pontotoc Apostolic Church with the Rev. Benny Randolph and the Rev. Eugene Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Baldwin Memorial Gardens. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Jo Ann Lovvorn Staser; one daughter, Lee Ann (Byron) Keys; two sons, David (Christy) Staser Jr. and Shenandoah (Katie) Staser; brothers, Michael (Alice) Staser of Lexington, Ind., and Leonard Staser Jr. of Pontotoc; six grandchildren, Lori (Josh) Bennett, Collin Mayo, Michaela Staser, Madison Staser, Brayden Staser and Raegan Staser.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Staser Sr.; his mother, Mildred Foster Staser; and a brother, Donald Frank Staser.

Pallbearers will be Michael Johnson, Derrick Johnson, Kendal Johnson, Shane McGregor, Byron Keys and Josh Bennett.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Dorman, Randy Mayo and Jim Bowman.

Visitation will be at Pontotoc Apostolic Church from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Vonnie B. Wells
CLINTON – Vonnie B. Wells, 86, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. Born and raised in Tylertown, she lived in Jackson before moving to Clinton 32 years ago. She was a registered nurse with the Baptist Hospital Cardiac Care Unit for many years before retiring. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Clinton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Aubrey Wells, in 2004.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Clinton Chapel of Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Lakewood Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Delos Aubrey Wells of Blanchard, La., Kenneth Eugene Wells of Brandon and Dewey Lee Wells of Oxford; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Doris Amacker of Bogalusa, La.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Clinton, P.O. Box 72, Clinton, MS 39060.

Irby Wayne Carpenter
SLAYDEN – Irby Wayne Carpenter, 62, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, in Memphis. He was born Jan. 26, 1945, in Holly Springs to Irby W. Carpenter and Beth Lafever Carpenter. He was the business manager at the Marshall County Corrections Facility. He was a member of the Slayden Baptist Church. He was a Master of the Byhalia Masonic Lodge and a member of the Scottish Rites. He enjoyed playing pool and golf, and competing in barbecue contests.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.

Survivors include his wife, Vickie Watkins Carpenter of Slayden; his mother, Beth L. Carpenter of Ashland; two sons, Irby Wayne Carpenter Jr. of Sturgis and Joseph M. Carpenter of Slayden; one stepdaughter, Crystal Bagwell of Oxford; two brothers, Cary G. Carpenter of Nashville, Tenn., and Paul S. Carpenter of West Point; three sisters, Esther C. (Ecky) Leak of Lamar, Lisa C. Cox of Senatobia and Leigh C. Skelton of Ashland; three grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Joy Bourland
FULTON – Joy R. Bourland, 87, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born Jan. 17, 1920, to the late Newton and Donie Wright Rankin. She grew up in the Cardsville community of Itawamba County. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. She was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a nurse in California. She was also a nurse at the Fulton Hospital, Itawamba County Hospital, Daniel Nursing Home, Itawamba County Health Department and Gilbert’s Home Health Care during her working life. She enjoyed fishing, sewing and flower gardening.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Doug Wilson and Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Bourland Cemetery in the Cardsville community.

Survivors include one son, Tom Bourland of Shreveport, La.; two daughters, Donna Johnson and Anne Loden (James R.), both of Cardsville; eight grandchildren, Joyce Jenkins, Wayne Jenkins (Karen), Bill Bourland, Lee Bourland, Linda Bourland, Amanda Brown (Blythe), Emily Loden and Sam Loden; three great-grandchildren, Hope Jenkins, Roxanne Jenkins and Mikayla Jenkins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Bourland, in 1991; and nine brothers and sisters, George Clennon Rankin, Bailey Rankin, J.I. Rankin, Virgie Rutledge, Henry Rankin, Villie Cauthern, Z.T. Rankin, Shellie Rankin and Mary Christian.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Howard Kirk
CORINTH – Howard Lee Kirk, 65, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He attended Seale and Easom schools. He worked for the Corinth Housing Authority and the Corinth School District. He enjoyed fishing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at South Parkway Church of Christ with Bro. Chris Whitaker officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Nola F. Kirk; two sons, Anthony (Hannatter) Davis and Rodrick A. Kirk of Corinth; one daughter, Lisa M. Kirk of Chicago; three stepdaughters, Shawana (Jerry) Porter, Latoya Burton and Sonya (Allen) Carter; two brothers, James Kirk and Rev. Billy Kirk of Corinth; three sisters, Loyce Kirk, Dorene Kirk and Brenda Kirk of Corinth; grandchildren, Queutin, Marcus, Anthony Jr., Isiah, Jousha, Uuyssa; stepgrandchildren, Roman, Evan, Lakhiah and Jerry; two uncles, James Kirk and Curtis Gunn; one aunt, Alma Walker.

He was preceded in death by his father, Augustine Kirk, and mother, Alberta Kirk.

Pallbearers will be Terry Kirk, James Kirk, Andrew Shinault Jr., Lamar Keith and Jeff Curlee.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Leonard Pratt, Ben Pratt, Daniel Hope, Bill Wegman, Roman Sanders and Josh Wyatt.

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Marie Williams
HODGES, Ala. – Marie Hicks Williams, 75, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at the Russellville Hospital. She was born March 29, 1932, in Alabama to Daniel and Delia McCarley Hicks. She was a factory worker and a homemaker. She was a member of Hodges Church of Christ.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hodges Church of Christ in Hodges, Ala., with Steve Gober officiating. Burial will be in Old Line Cemetery in Hodges. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda F. Williams of Hodges, Ala.; nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the church. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.

Delphia Hankins
ABERDEEN – Delphia Spencer Hankins, 111, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at the Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. She was born July 23, 1896, in Itawamba County to Henry Jackson Spencer and Samantha Fikes Spencer. She had lived in Aberdeen since 1942 and in West Point for the past seven years. She was the oldest living person in the State of Mississippi, the 19th oldest living person in the United States and the 46th oldest living person in the world. She cared for her own home until she was 104. She was a homemaker and a former employee of the Aberdeen Hospital and Dr. Murphree’s clinic. She was a member of the Aberdeen Church of Christ.
A prayer service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen with Dr. Roy McHenry officiating. Graveside services and burial will be in Hardin Chapel Cemetery in Fulton.

Survivors include two daughters, Olema Poss of West Point and Kathryn Crump (Bill) of Aberdeen; one son, W.D. “Toby” Hankins of Aberdeen; seven grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 51 years, Curtis; an infant son; and five brothers, Bobby, Kip, Grady, Chester and Curtis Spencer.

Pallbearers will be Rusty Crump, Kenny Bourland, Shea Bourland, Ben Bourland, Buster Hood and William H. Crump.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time Friday.

Memorials may be made to Dugan Memorial Home in West Point or to a favorite charity.

George W. Randolph
IUKA – George W. Randolph, 57, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at his home. He enjoyed metal detecting and fishing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with John Hardwick officiating. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Lola Randolph of Iuka; one brother, Gene O. Randolph (Toni) of Iuka; one sister, Jewel Randolph Barber (Larry) of Munford, Tenn.; three nephews, Jason Randolph (Sheree) of Iuka, and James and Jonathan Barber of Munford, Tenn.; one niece, Aundrea Barber Arnold (Douglas) of Collierville, Tenn.; three great-nieces, Sadie Randolph, Haley Arnold and Emma Arnold; a great-nephew, Zachary Arnold; an uncle, Noonan Helton (Jane) of Burnsville; a special cousin, Judy Rhodes of Iuka.

He was preceded in death by his father, Owen Randolph.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

William White
WATERFORD – William “Smokey” White, 60, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at his sister’s home in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in the Laws Hill community in Marshall County.

Barbara Nielsen
DREW – Barbara Ellen Smith Nielsen, 57, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2007, at The Med in Memphis. She lived in Oxford before moving to Drew 17 years ago. She was an instructor at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale. She received her master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. She was an active member of Drew United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the adult choir and the Council on Ministries. She was a member of the Drew Garden Club, Mississippi Hospitality Restaurant Association, Mississippi Association of Career and Technical Educators, Mississippi Post-Secondary Marketing Educators and other professional organizations.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. The Rev. Rob Grant and Bro. Brad Sartor will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford.

Survivors include two sons, Erik L. Nielsen (Lenore) of Olive Branch and Will Nielsen of Oxford; one daughter, Kristi Nielsen of Oxford; her mother, Bettie R. Smith of Oxford; two brothers, Vick Smith of Oxford and Danny Smith (Nancy) of Alexandria, Va.; two grandsons, Taylor Vaughters and Trenton Nielsen, both of Olive Branch; one niece, C.J. Withrow of Oxford; one nephew, Christopher Smith of Alexandria, Va.; two great-nieces, Gabrielle and Alli Withrow of Oxford; one great-nephew, Harrison Withrow of Oxford.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Van Smith.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to Tim Gilmore at 111 Oak Drive, Booneville, MS 38829, where they will be disbursed to Barbara’s favorite charities.