Obituaries, Oct. 24, 2006

Sarah Walton
BYHALIA – Sarah Bogan Walton, 93, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at Delta Medical Center in Memphis. She was born Oct. 21, 1913, to the late Sye Bogan and Zula Richmond Bogan in Marshall County. She was a homemaker and a member of Issac Chapel CME Church in Byhalia.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Issac Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Willie Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Sinai M.B. Church Cemetery in Byhalia. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of more than 72 years, George Walton of Byhalia; two daughters, Anita Moore (Arvern) of Holly Springs and Evelyn O. Thompson of Memphis; one sister, Ellen Bogan Bell of Holly Springs; a sister-in-law, Maggie Bogan of St. Louis, Mo.; an aunt-in-law, Susie Matthews of Byhalia; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Wednesday at the church. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.

Barbara H. Haddon
SALTILLO – Barbara H. Haddon, 61, of the Birmingham Ridge community, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Bobby Davis
RIPLEY – Bobby Davis died Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, at the Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Jay L. Tucker
NETTLETON – Jay Lester Tucker, 89, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born Dec. 19, 1916, in Winfield, Ala., to Jim and Ann Goodwin Tucker. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton and a member of South Nettleton Baptist Church. He was a retired farmer and employee of Diveney Construction Company of Tupelo. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and hunting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Wayne Higgins officiating. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Edge (Bud) of Baldwyn and Ann Skelton of Nettleton; two sons, John Tucker (Betty) and Bobby Tucker (Brenda) of Nettleton; one sister, Modene Tackett (Joe) of Tupelo; 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene Booth Tucker; his parents; five sisters; and six brothers.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Pettigrew, Johnny Collier, Jonathan Collier, Nathan Collier, P.J. Mauney, Roy Raley, Bobby Tucker Jr. and Jonathan Garrett.
Visitation will continue from 8:30 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Billy R. Hyde
FULTON – Billy Roy Hyde, 77, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis. He was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Mathiston to the late Q.V. and Edna Box Hyde. He was a tool and die specialist at Onsurd Cutters in Libertyville, Ill. He was a Baptist. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a lifelong member of the VFW. He was a dedicated, loving and caring father. He enjoyed cooking, grilling out and watching baseball, especially the Cubs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Garry O’Neal officiating. Burial will be in the Dorsey Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Donald Hyde (Kathleen) and David Hyde (Sherry), both of Fulton; three daughters, Judy Densmore (Doug) of Zion, Ill., Wanda Dunn (Robert) of Golden and Rosemary Ison (Greg) of Fairview; a half brother, Henry Arnold of Mooreville; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Millie Hyde, in 1977; a sister, Mary Jane McMillen; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Greg Ison Jr., David Roy Hyde Jr., Heath Allan Dunn, Robert Eugene Dunn II and Dale Ledlow.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Dorothy Eloise Chunn
MEMPHIS – Dorothy Eloise Chunn, 85, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at her home. She was born Oct. 12, 1921, in Union County to the late James and Beulah Treadaway. She was a retired saleslady.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Saint of Texas; two sons, Jerry Chunn and Tommy Chunn, both of Memphis; two brothers, Carey Treadaway and James Treadaway, both of New Albany; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Chunn, and her parents.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Doris M. Kirk
VERONA – Doris M. Kirk, 45, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Ruth Hanratty
CORINTH – Ruth Marie Hanratty, 66, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at her home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church. Father Tom Burns will officiate. McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Charles Lapinsky (Katherine) of Lakewood, Ohio; one sister, Patricia Davis (Harold) of Brook Park, Ohio; one niece, Diane Semon of Austin, Texas; two nephews, Robert Semon of Northfield Center, Ohio, and Paul Semon of Willowick, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Hanratty; her parents, Charles and Helen Lapinsky; and two sisters, Helen Lapinsky and Frances Semon.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until Mass on Wednesday.

Florence A. Purcell
HOLLY SPRINGS – Florence A. Purcell, 94, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. She was born Sept. 18, 1912, in Ashland to Claude A. McGill and Lillian Smith. She was a member of Ashland United Methodist Church and a homemaker. She was the widow of James T. Purcell.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ashland United Methodist Church with Bro. William Kemp officiating. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four nieces, Faye Morrison of Memphis, Frances Gresham of Holly Springs, Jeanne Cutrer of Dripping Springs, Texas, and Rosalie McLeod of Biloxi; one nephew, Jerry McGill of Tampa, Fla.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Friday.

Jimmy Lambert
CORINTH – James Nathan “Jimmy” Lambert, 69, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Polly Dickerson
CORINTH – Polly Jones Dickerson, 81, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at her granddaughter’s home. She was born Sept. 9, 1925, in Webster County to the late Loyd and Lizzie Sutton Jones. She was a telephone operator for BellSouth, retiring with 25 years of service. She later worked as a bookkeeper for Versie’s. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, fishing, and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Thomas Loyd “Tommy” Dickerson of Corinth; two sisters, Bonnie Dunne (Pat Dunne Sr.) of Greenville and Nettie Lamb of Corinth; seven grandchildren, David Ludlam, Michelle Carlyle, John Ludlam, Stephen Ludlam, Thomas O’Neal “Little Tommy” Dickerson, Danny Dickerson and Lauren Plemons; 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert “Bob” Dickerson, in 1978; and two children, Rachel Ludlam and James Larry Dickerson.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees BellSouth Telephone Company.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 12:30 p.m. to service time Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Judy Davis, 6508 N. Shiloh Road, Corinth, MS 38834 or the American Heart Association.

Fred Washington
HOULKA – Fred Washington, 81, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, at his home. He was a member of Washington Methodist Church and a farmer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with the Rev. Junior Ritchie and the Rev. Gerald Finley officiating. Burial will follow in Old Cooke Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Estelle Washington of Houlka; three sons, David Washington (Ouida), Philip Washington and Dean Washington (Lee), all of Houlka; five grandchildren, Robert, Justin and Wylee Washington, and Beth Evans and Amy Kounce; seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Minnie Miller Washington; two sisters, Opal Washington and Leona Ritchie; and a brother, Wallace Washington.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Washington, John Ellis Washington, Arnell Fleming, Dale Galloway, Ronald Washington, Charles Washington, Chris Ritchie and Van Belk.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Louise Holmes
BYHALIA – Louise Holmes, 86, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, at her home in Byhalia. She was born Sept. 5, 1920, in Jackson, Tenn., to the late John Henry Miller and the late Pearl Reed Miller. She was a homemaker and a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Moscow, Tenn. Bro. Wade Taylor and Bro. Parlow will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Lesley Holmes of Collierville, Tenn., and Thomas Holmes of Warsaw, Mo.; three daughters, Christell Burchette of Williston, Tenn., Lillie Pearl Hailey of Byhalia and Opal Barnes of Elmira, N.Y.; 22 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Holmes, and a son, Curtis F. Holmes.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Millican
VESTAVIA, Ala. – Mary Wilson Wood Millican, 72, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006. She was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church. An avid bowler, she enjoyed bowling leagues and traveling. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Millican.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home in Hoover, Ala., with the Rev. Bobby Scales officiating.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty Hancock (Dean) of Tupelo, Virginia “Ginny” of Los Angeles, Calif., and Pat Berry Jackson (Jack) of Hoover, Ala.; grandchildren, Josh Hancock of St. Louis, Mo., Jon Jon Hancock and Katie Hancock, both of Tupelo, and Sammy Jackson of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Donald Clayton Wood of Knoxville, Tenn.; one sister, Sarah Wood Mullins of Huntsville, Ala.; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alabama Kidney Foundation or the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi.

Charles G. Bradley
BALDWYN – Charles G. Bradley, 28, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

James Beasley
CORINTH – James W. “Arkie” Beasley, 73, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, at his home in Corinth. He was a retired employee of Salerno Bakery and a retired truck driver.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hight Funeral Home with Bro. Warren Jones officiating. Entombment will be at Forrest Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Gwen Hill (Mitch) of Ripley; two sisters, Ruby Harper (Wallace) of Corinth and Ann Richardson (J.D.) of Ripley; one brother, Melvin Beasley of Walnut.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse W. and Annie Hall Beasley; a sister, Gladys Essary; and a brother, Edward Beasley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Roger E. Guernsey
TUPELO – Roger Emens Guernsey, 57, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A native of Worcester, Mass., he was born April 5, 1949, to the late Emens and Louise Turner Guernsey. He graduated from Worcester Academy in Worcester and then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree. Most of his life was spent in New England. He retired as a self-employed career consultant. After retirement, he moved to Tupelo, where he had lived the past two and a half years. He was a 30-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous, which had a tremendous impact on his life. He enjoyed sailing, traveling and spending time with his cocker spaniel, Phylicia.
A memorial service will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sanctuary Hospice House with the Rev. Randy Gillespie officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 10 months, Jun Chen (Annie) Guernsey, in China, and her son, Chaoran; a special friend, Anita Baltzersen; two aunts and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Pamela.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Vella Moore
FULTON – Vella Moore, 89, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 24, 1917, in Alabama to William and Lettie Garrett Loggins. She was a member of Friendship Methodist and a homemaker. She enjoyed working in her yard. She was the widow of Erby Moore.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Friendship Methodist Church with Bro. Bobby Hankins and Bro. Harold Manning officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Methodist Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Burt (Tommy) of Amory and Lurene Walton of Fulton; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Myrtle Loggins of Northport, Ala.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Burt Jr., Richard Rushing, Willie Rushing, Michael York, Austin York and Billy Joe Sheffield.
The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. to service time today.