Obituaries Oct. 19, 2008

Blanche Green
TUPELO – Blanche Raper Green, 86, died Oct. 18, 2008, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Lee County native, she was born Feb. 21, 1922, to Dexter Cassell and Fannie Idella Horton Raper. She graduated from Belden High School and also attended college. She worked as a plant manager in several states such as Ark., Va. and Ala. After retiring, she moved to Tupelo and lived here for the last 20 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Her favorite flower was the rose and she enjoyed gardening and reading.

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Dr. Randy Von Kanel officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.

Survivors include her four children, Allen Wade Green, Jr. (Judy) of Silver Hill, Ala., Pat Clayton (Jimmy) of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Saundra Dye (Johnny) of Tupelo and Jimmy Dale Green (Libby) of Roanoke, Va.; 12 grandchildren , Anita Jones, Kenny Jones, Alicia Reynolds, Shannon Grubbs, Ronda Tiedman, Rick Clayton, Amy McBryar, Monica Rowe, Brooks Dye, Jamie Green, Sarah Thompson and Jason Green; 12 great-grandchildren, McClain Reynolds, Caroline Reynolds, Lakin Grubbs, Kylee Grubbs, Scarlett Nash, Daniel Clayton, Emily Sanders, Jake Pedigo, Ally Pedigo, Brittany Rowe, Hannah Pruitt and Aaron Pruitt; one great-great-grandchild, Kaiden Clayton; one sister, Bessie Brown of Tupelo; three brothers, Lawrence Raper (Montez) of Tupelo, Elkin Raper (Idell), Otis Raper (Margaret), both of Osceola, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Green; her parents; one brother, Leonard Raper; and one sister, Bernice Richey.

Pallbearers will be Brooks Dye, Rick Clayton, Shannon Grubbs, Steve Rowe, Jeff McBryar, Johnny Green, Sammy Rice and Edward Raper.

Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Green Houses at Traceway, 2800 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Jimmy Johnson
PONTOTOC – Jimmy Johnson, 59, died Oct. 18, 2008, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Verna Mae Clark
IUKA – Verna Mae Clark, 71, died Oct. 18, 2008, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She was retired from Iuka Shirt Factory.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jesse Massey officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, James Danny Clark (Debbie) of Brookfield, Ill. and Chuck Clark (Marlene) of Iuka; one brother, Paul Hendrix of Cherokee, Ala.; three grandchildren, Lacy Clark, Emma Alexander and Morgan Clark; and great-grandchildren, Maddison Bartlett and Camron Alexander.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Clark; and her parents, Charlie and Virgie Hendrix.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday.
Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com

Margaret Boland
CALHOUN CITY – Martha Margaret Terry Boland, 90, died Oct. 18, 2008, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was born May 5, 1918, in Calhoun County and was a member of First Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of The Webb Clinic.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dax Summerhill officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City.

Survivors include one son, Robert Ed Boland (Jackie) of Calhoun City; one brother, Charles Terry (Clara Belle) of Big Creek; one sister, Mary Alice Siedge (Tommy) of Calhoun City; one grandson, Rob Boland (Nikki) of Columbus; and one great-granddaughter, Roni Boland of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her husband, V.J. “Jenks” Boland; her parents, R.R. Terry and Lubie Carter Terry; four sisters, Leavey Stone, Kate Webb, Johnnie Stribling and Jimmie Shenep; and two brothers, Thaddis Terry and Edward Terry.

Pallbearers will be James Stone, Jimmy Brown, Tommy Calhoun, Thomas Doles, Nick Doles and Kirk Nichols.
Visitation will be from 12 noon until service time today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Calhoun City First Baptist Church.

Annie Childers Campbell
WALNUT – Annie Ruth Childers Campbell, 89, died Oct. 16, 2008, at Briarcrest Nursing Home in Ashland. She was a retired business owner of Campbell’s Dress Shop in Walnut and was a member of the Ripley Church of Christ.

Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Campbell Cemetery in Walnut with Min. Glen Fann officiating. McBride Funeral Home of Walnut is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Cobill (Earl) of Walnut; two grandchildren, Robert Cobill (Carrie) of Chauvin, La. and Stephen Cobill of Walnut; three great-grandchildren, James Cobill, Andrew Cobill and Rebecca Cobill, all of Chauvin, La.; and one sister, Natalie Williams of Nashville, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away on Oct. 12, 2008; one grandson, Kevin Cobill; her parents, Robert (Bob) and Maryetta Simpson Childers; three brothers, Hubert Childers, Ernest Childers and Eugene Childers; and three sisters, Hattie Collier, Josephine Patrick and Eunice Childers.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com

Charles Ray Leggett, Sr.
TUPELO – Charles Ray Leggett, Sr. died Oct. 16, 2008, at Darlington Community Hospice. He was born the youngest of three children on Aug. 5, 1939, to the late Della and Dorsey Leggett. He united with a local church in Hattiesburg before moving to Tupelo, where he then joined Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1958, he became a proud member of the United States Navy and retired after 20 years of service, receiving an honorable discharge in Jan. of 1977. After serving his country both actively and as a member of the Naval Fleet Reserve, he was employed with the United States Corps of Engineers for approximately 20 years. His hobbies included photography, viewing movies, fishing and “fixing” things. He also had a love of conversing with others and never met a stranger.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Lane Chapel CME in Tupelo with Revs. Charles and Cheryl Penson officiating. Rev. Luther Minor will serve as Eulogist. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Cemetery in Verona. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

He was survived by his cherished wife, Judy Stovall-Leggett, who he married in Aug. of 1981; three sons, Gregory Charles, Charles Ray, Jr. and Derrick Anthony (Shelia); two daughters, Cherryl Winston and Debra Sumner; one brother, John Leggett (Martha); one sister-in-law, Shirley Briggs (Charles); two brothers-in-law, George Stovall (Betty) and Elmer Stovall (Jane); three God-daughters, Heather and Nyreia Crayton and Jessica Walker; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one son, Jeffery Paul Leggett; and one brother, Terry Leggett.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today and from 12 noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.nljonesandson.com

Yoshiko Asai Ramsey
OXFORD – Yoshiko Asai Ramsey, 72, died Oct. 18, 2008, at her home in Oxford. She was a homemaker and lived in the Oxford area since 1989.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, David L. Ramsey of Oxford; and two sisters in Japan.

A private memorial service was held Saturday. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Wayne Collums
DENNIS – Wayne Collums, 64, died Oct. 17, 2008, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born Dec. 17, 1943, in Shaw to Toy and Lella Petty Collums. He was the postmaster in Red Bay for over 40 years. He was a member, deacon and Sunday School Director at Golden Central Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Golden Central Baptist Church with Dr. Ralph Culp and Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Sandra Collums; two daughters, Michelle Malone (Fiance Greg Garrett) of Russellville, Ala. and Amanda Moody (Jimmy) of Dennis; five grandchildren, Brittany Garrison, Zackary Garrison, Colin Carrison, Kaleb Moody and Nichole Moody; four sisters, Bonnie Litton (Elton) and Robbie Spruill, both of Pontotoc, Terry Bland (Billy) of Senatobia and Rosie Chambers of Sarah; four brothers, Billy Collums (Belva) of Tupelo, Clay Collums (Shirley) of Toccopola, Jimmy Collums (Debra) of Water Valley and Rex Collums (Marion) of Senatobia; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and three brothers.

Pallbearers will be Kaleb Moody, Billy Collums, Clay Collums, Elton Litton, Jimmy Collums, Billy Bland and Rex Collums.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Otis George and the deacons of Golden Central Baptist Church.

Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and will continue until service time today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Golden Central Baptist Church, P.O. Box 196, Golden, MS, 38847.

Casey Young
MOOREVILLE – Casey Alan Young, 21, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born July 26, 1987, in Greenville to Jimmy Doyle Young Jr. and Jennifer Ruth Morris Young. He lived most of his life in the Mooreville area. He was a 2007 graduate of Mooreville High School, where he played football. He was a student at Itawamba Community College and a member of the Tupelo Church of God. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Jack Ezell officiating. Burial will follow in Boguefala Cemetery in Mooreville.

Survivors include his parents, Jimmy Young Jr. of Mooreville and Jennifer Morris Young of Nettleton; one brother, Jimmy Young III of Mooreville; three sisters, Chasity Young of Mooreville, Elanely Young of Knoxville,Tenn., and Alliyah Young of Nettleton; his grandparents, Jim D. Young of Tupelo, Sarah Young of Mooreville and Quinlan Little of Tupelo; his aunts and uncle, Jerome Young, Jenny Causey and Janie Young, all of Nettleton; two cousins, Sharah and Steven Finn of Nettleton.

Pallbearers will be Shane Hester, Tyler Cayson, Jake Lyles, Brantley Whitt, Ben Miller, Webb Lyles, Justin Gifford and Cody Keith.

Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and will continue from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Opal Mann
FULTON – Opal Louise Mann, 70, died Oct. 18, 2008, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Feb. 18, 1938, to Mansel and Emmaline Spencer Lindley. She was a member of the Greenwood Baptist Church where she enjoyed being involved in church activities. She owned Opal’s Flowers and Gifts for many years. She was a CNA for Daniel Nursing Home and Beverly Healthcare and she worked for many years for Super-Saglass. She loved the outdoors, especially gardening and yard work.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gary O’Neal and Bro. Gary Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, George William Mann of Fulton; one son, Jeffrey William Mann (Mary) of Colorado Springs, Co.; one daughter, Theresa Louise George (William Anthony) of Fulton; her father, Mansel Lindsey of Amory; two brothers, Freddie Jo Lindley of Smithville and Roberty Lindley of Amory; six sisters, Mary Johns and Kathy Eaton, both of Steele, Mo., Martha Eaton of Holland, Mo., Carolyn Johnson of Crete, Ill., Anita Stevenson of Greenwood Springs and Barbara Pace of Amory; two grandchildren, Jessica Louise Groves (Matthew) of Fulton and Jeffrey William Mann II of the Evergreen community.

She was preceded in death by her mother; two brothers, Donnie Lindley and Charles Lindley; and her mother-in-law, Esta Harper.

Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Patricia Nunley Foster
TISHOMINGO – Patricia Nunley Foster, 54, died Oct. 16, 2008, at her residence. She was born April 22, 1954 to Dexter and Ruth Gasaway Nunley. She worked in the furniture industry as a supervisor for about 25 years. She was called many things such as “Me-Me”, Mother, Wife, Sister, and most importantly, Friend. Her passion was taking care of her grandchildren and family.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Dr. Bruce Ingram officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 32 and one half years, Billy Foster; three daughters, Kim Cook (Mike) of New Albany, Andrea Senter (Chris) of Tishomingo and Stephanie Adkins (Gary) of Mantachie; one son, John Foster (Daryn) of Paris Island, S.C.; two brothers, Dexter Nunley, Jr. (Barbara) and David Nunley; three sisters, Betty Walton (Mike), Dee Dee Grubbs and Peggy Moran; five grandchildren, Abbie and Austin Senter, Brianna Claire Adkins, Scotti York and Michael Edwards; one great-grandson, Landen York; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, Lester and Dona Nunley; one great-aunt, Frances “Olean” Nunley; two brothers, Tom and Donnie Nunley; and one nephew, Bryan Matthew Walton.
Pallbearers will be Michael Walton, David Walton, Russell Nunley, Jeff Bates, Billy Carson and James Payne.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the family are requested.

Cheyene Nicole Robinson
BOONEVILLE – Cheyenne Nicole Robinson, 7 months old, died Oct. 18, 2008, at her residence after an extended illness.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Liberty Cemetery with Bro. David Kreach officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her father, Luke Robsinson; her sister, Kassey Robinson; her grandparents, Jim and Carolyn Robinson and Albert Baldwin; and her aunt and uncle Chad and Diane Robinson, all of Booneville.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. this afternoon at McMillan Funeral Home.

Paul M. Hall
HAMMOND, ILL. – Paul M. Hall, 74, formerly of Booneville, died Oct. 16, 2008, at Regency Hospice in Dyer, Ind.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.

Service arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Ruby Sue Flores
TUPELO – Ruby Sue Flores, 56, died Oct. 17, 2008, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Rhonnie Free
OKOLONA – Rhonnie Hugh Free, 64, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, at his home in Okolona. He was born Feb. 11, 1944, in Corinth to Cyrus and Dorothy Goodman Free. He owned and operated Equal Manufacturing Company in Okolona for more than 15 years with his wife, Tommie Nell. An avid conversationalist, he enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables for his family and numerous friends, and attending sporting events.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with the Rev. Jimmy Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include two sons, Cyrus Dale Free of Clanton, Ala., and Patrick Shawn Free of Wellington, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Debbie Ausbern (Dennis) of Okolona; and one sister, Becky Meeks (Perry) of Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Tommie Nell Whitlock Free, in 2002; and a brother, Charlie Hugh Free.

Visitation will continue one hour prior to service time today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Condolences may be e-mailed to holland-harrisfuneralhome@comcast.net.

Dean Rutherford
BALDWYN – Dean Rutherford, 69, died Oct. 18, 2008, at his residence after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Water’s Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Lonzo E. Taylor
FULTON – Lonzo E. “Rack” Taylor, 80, died Oct. 18, 2008, at his residence. He was born April 4, 1928, to the late Ellis and Beulah Butler Taylor in Itawamba County. He was retired from Charm Step Shoe. He was a member of the Plainview Church of Christ and was an avid turkey hunter and outdoorsman.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Plainview Church of Christ with Min. Tom House and Min. Lyndell Fikes officiating. Burial will be in Saucer Creek Church of Christ Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Bettie Taylor of Fulton; three sons, Ronnie Taylor (Carol) of Belmont, Kenneth Taylor of Nashville, Tenn. and Mark Taylor (Rosa) of Fulton; one daughter, Barbara Tucker (Jimmy) of Fulton; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dexter Taylor of Golden and Junior Taylor of Belmont; one sister, Lela Engle of Fulton; and a host of half-brothers and half-sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Michael Lonzo Taylor.

Pallbearers will be Tony Thomas, Brent Taylor, Benjamin Taylor, Jason Franks, Lee Robinson and Jeremy Clark.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Gary Coleman, Dean Moore, Terry Moore, Ricky Orear and Bud Engle.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight and from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church.

Eddie Whitmon
PENSACOLA, FLA. – Leonard Edward, “Eddie” Whitmon, Jr., 50, died Oct. 12, 2008, in Pensacola, Fla. after a sudden illness. He was born in Tupelo on July 7, 1958, the son of Leonard E. Whitmon, Sr. and Sarah Jane Brooks Whitman Guess. He grew up in the Tupelo area and lived much of his adult life in the Mid South where he did mechanic and carpentry work. He last lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he was actively engaged in the rebuilding efforts there after Hurricane Katrina. He lived in the Pensecola area the last six months. He was a Baptist.

Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at the Oakhill Cemetery near Saltillo. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Heather Taylor (Will) of Blue Springs; three grandchildren, Garrett, Lacey and Mason Taylor; two sisters, Jane Starling of Saltillo and Judy Stephens of Tupelo; one half-brother, David Brooks of Canada; four nieces and nephews, Jody Cantrell (Kayla), Crystal Gray, Chad Chapman, Jr. and Nickolas Stephens; and his cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Buddy Brazil, O’Neal Bailey, Terry Carlock, Paul Gibbs, Jerry Rea and John Wayne White.

Vaudeen Edgeworth
DETROIT, ALA. – Vaudeen Edgeworth, 92, died Oct. 18, 2008, at her residence. She was born July 23, 1916 in Lamar County, Ala., to the late Walter Alonzo and Mary Frances “Molly” Hawkins Poore. She was a member of Detroit Church of Christ and served as Sunday School Teacher at the church for many years. She worked for many years at the lunchroom at Detroit Schoo, Detroit Slacks and the Detroit City Hall. She enjoyed gardening.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Detroit Church of Christ with Mr. Will White and Mr. Hoyt Hathcock officiating. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Betty McCracken; Richard and Polly Bow, all of Detroit, Ala.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, James Oliver (Wynona) Poore of Tupelo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clevis Edgeworth; one son-in-law, Wilford McCracken; three brothers; and three sisters.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and will continue from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home Monday.