Obituaries, Oct. 25, 2004

Kathleen Watkins
VERONA – Kathleen Fields Watkins, 68, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 8, 1936 to the late Willie and Carlillian Fields. She was a member of the Chandler Temple C.M.E. Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chandler Temple C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Charles Shack officiating. Burial will be in the Verona Cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Dorothy Brinker of Verona; two brothers, Willie Jr. Fields and Lawrence (Hazel) Fields, all of Verona; four daughters, Linda (Chester) Knowles, Brenda Watkins, Beverly (Edward) Hawkins, and Sherry Watkins, all of Verona; two sons, Jeffery Watkins and Terry Watkins of Verona; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Johnnie Long; four brothers-in-law.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; one son; and her husband.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Robert Earl Cook
WATER VALLEY – Robert Earl Cook, 76, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at his residence in Water Valley. He was retired as a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the Oxford Church of the Nazarene where he served as a Board Member. He served as a foster grandparent for eight years at the North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford. He served as a cook in the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining the rank of Corporal. He enjoyed reading and possessed a great love for his dog, Sammy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with Dr. Wayne Stallings and the Rev. Tom McClain officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Flat Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Mae Burke Cook of Water Valley, with whom he celebrated 52 years of marriage on April 16 of this year; two daughters, Sandra Hipp of Oxford and Cindy Dunn of Water Valley; one son, Kenneth L. Cook of Olive Branch; one sister, Lottie Fay Phillips of Oxford; one brother, Kenneth Cook of Starkville; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Louie Eaton
JUMPERTOWN – Louie Eaton, 70, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at his home after an extended illness. He was a retired farmer and a Baptist. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, Bluegrass music and decorating his yard for Christmas.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Greg Warren, Bro. Pete Wooley and the Honorable Joey Langston officiating. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Patty Sue Lancaster Eaton; two daughters, Kathy Morrison and husband, Wayne, and Lisa Phillips and husband, Mike, all of Jumpertown; one sister, Helen Johnson of Jumpertown; four grandchildren, Cherie Maldonado, Brian Lee, Shannon Phillips and Brittany Phillips; two great-grandchildren, Courtney Moody and Mary Elizabeth Lee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Mary Michael Eaton; a son, David Louie Eaton Jr.; a sister, Cindy Hastings; four brothers, James Edward, Sam J. Hershel and Charles Eaton.
Pallbearers will be Terry Hallmark, Aaron Davis, David Mooney, Ellie Wren, Billy Hugh Eaton, Trent Eaton, Russell Oxford, K.B. Robinson, Trent Moore, Coe Moore, Garvin Davis, Johnny Johnson, Darvis Eaton, Sammy Eaton, Jimmy Dale Green and Anthony Michael.
Visitation will continue until service time today.

Marie Coleman Jones
HOLLY SPRINGS – Marie Coleman Jones, 82, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, at the Alliance Health Care System in Holly Springs. She was a member of the Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Red Banks and a member of the Missionary Society. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Red Banks with the Rev. S.A. Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Alice Jones of Holly Springs and Rosetta Jones Gipson of Chicago, Ill.; one son, James Jones of Seattle, Wash.; three sisters, Johnnie Jones of Chicago, Ill., Mable Hope of Aurora, Ill., and Allie Watson of Red Banks; one brother, James Coleman of Memphis; 19 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Jones; and a son, Jessie Jones.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 10:55 a.m.

Ethel B. Matthews
HOLLY SPRINGS – Ethel B. Elliott Matthews, 62, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at her home in Holly Springs. She was a member of the Beverly chapel C.M.E. Church in Holly Springs and a former member of the Shiloh M.B. Church in Ashland. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at noon Tuesday at the Beverly Chapel C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Ruben Pegues officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Donald Matthews and Charles Matthews, both of Holly Springs, and Jerry Matthews of Memphis; two sisters, Girtha Richards and Cindy Pinson, both of Holly Springs; one brother, Joe Gene Elliott of Holly Springs; one grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wheeler “Bo” Matthews; and one son, Terry Matthews.
Pallbearers will be Reggie Elliott, Olanda Elliott, Rodney Elliott and Lenwood Richard. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Elliott, Jerry Matthews, Donald Matthews and Charles Matthews.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and at the church on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.

Sandra McNeely
MYRTLE – Sandra Kay McNeely, 48, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at her residence. She was born June 6, 1956, in Honolulu, Hawaii to Leland J. Thompson and Kathryn Willard Thompson. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Donnie Schuman officiating. Burial will be in the Gerizim Cemetery.
Survivors include her parents, Leland J. Thompson and Kathryn W. Thompson of New Albany; her husband, Jerry R. McNeely of Myrtle; two brothers, Jimmy R. Thompson Sr. of Ecru and Charles L. Thompson and wife, Marilyn, of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Zandra Kay NcNeely; her son, Jerry NcNeely Jr.; and one sister, Barbara Holder.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Thompson Jr., Tracy Thompson, Scotty White, James McNeely, Donnie Jarvis and Terry Willard.

Cody Spencer Byford
COFFEEVILLE – Cody Spencer Byford, 16, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, at his residence in Coffeeville. He was born Oct. 7, 1988. He was a 10th grade student at Grenada High School. He was a member of the Grenada High School Band Tuba Section, the Yalobusha County 4-H Club and active at Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and was an award winning barrel racer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Emmanuel Baptist Church with Dr. Clarence Cooper officiating. Burial will be in the Harbour Cemetery. Garner-Harper Funeral Home of Coffeeville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Jimmy and Lisa Harbour Byford of Coffeeville; one sister, Casey Byford of Coffeeville; his grandparents, Mrs. and Mrs. Gale Harbour and Mr. and Mrs. James Byford, all of Coffeeville; his great-grandmother, Mrs. Tressie Waldo of Coffeeville; and his Godparents, Dr. Clarence and Darlene Cooper of Grenada.
Pallbearers will be Barry Baker, Craig Baker, Brandon Harrison, Max Benoist, Will Hill, Brent Johnson, Tommie Hill, Jeremy Byford and Clarence Cooper III.

Larry Cox
EMPORIA, Kan. – Lawrence “Larry” E. Cox, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at the Newman Regional Health Center. He was born Jan. 4, 1926, in Nettleton, Miss., to Otis Cox and Eva Adams. He was a truck driver for Dolly Madison Bakery and a member of the Life church of Emporia. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Company E, 222D Infantry.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Life Church with Pastors Tony Lantz and Reg Larson officiating. Burial was in the Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Charter Funerals of Emporia, Kan., was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Cox of Emporia, whom he married in 1944 in Nettleton; three sons, Larry L. Cox and Kelly L. Cox, both of Emporia, and James L. Cox of Los Angeles; two sisters, Pearlene Petty and Nellie Reeves, both of Tupelo; seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth Cox and Guy Cox; and a grandson, Loren L. Cox.

Willie Blake
OXFORD – Willie Blake, 92, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Miss. in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford.

Lucille Sullivan
BOONEVILLE – Lucille Sullivan died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Genia Phillips
DENNIS – Genia Phillips, 103, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rev. James E. Welch
SHERMAN – Rev. James E. Welch, 75, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, a the North Miss. Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born June 13, 1929, in Van Vleet and was raised in Sherman where he was a graduate of Sherman High School. He graduated from Clark Junior College and Mississippi College and had also attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Throughout his 57 years in the ministry, he pastored 11 churches in Mississippi and Tennessee, the longest being HIllcrest Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn., where his son currently pastors. His lifetime in the ministry included a multitude of revivals and counseling for many people from his congregations. He retired in December of 2002 and had currently remained a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church in Pontotoc County.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E Pegues with Dr. Tommy Vinson and the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Sherman Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Lucy Vinson Welch of Sherman; one daughter, Sharon Murphy and her husband, Larry, of Jackson, Tenn.; two sons, Jim Welch and his wife, Carol, of Vidalia, Ga., and Dr. Jerry V. Welch and his wife, Debbie, of Jackson, Tenn.; one brother, Earnest Lee Welch of Sherman; five grandchildren, Lauren Brooke Murphy, Alex Vinson Welch and Emily Kay Welch, all of Jackson, Tenn., and Stephen Andrew Welch and Tyler Dean Welch, both of Vidalia, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hardin Lee Welch and Mamie Earnest Welch Bruce; his stepfather, Bill Bruce; one sister, Mamie Nell Richey.
Pallbearers will be Tom Tindall, Terry Wood, Marlin Inmon, Gaston Jones, Frankie Daniels and Will Pugh. Honorary pallbearers will be the ministers from the areas in which he had served.
Visitation will be fro 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Annie Langley
CALHOUN CITY – Annie Inez Langley, 72, of Big Creek, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at the North Miss. Medical Center. She was born in Pheba on Feb. 8, 1932. She was a retired factory worker and attended Grace Southern Baptist Church in Calhoun City
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carl Morris officiating. Burial will be in the Pheba Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Dale Langley of West Point, Frankie Langley of Big Creek and Sammy Langley of Starkville; one daughter, Charlotte Marie Hadden of Big Creek; two brothers, Joe Arick of West Point and Mike Arick of Starkville; six sisters, Lisa Lintrell and Barbara Armstrong, both of West Point, Laura McCullough of Starkville, Maggie Butler of Mantee, Bessie Robertson and Ann Ernest, both of Cumberland; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Everett Arick and Annie Laura McCluskey Arick; and one sister, Helen Canterbury.
Pallbearers will be Randy Langley, Ben Langley, Bradley Langley, Billy Goodman, Danny Ray and Dave Parvin.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Gina Carr
CALHOUN CITY – Regina “Gina” Chandler Carr, 45, of Bartlett, Tenn., died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at her residence after a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 5, 1958 in Calhoun City. She was a former teacher for the Memphis City Schools and also taught in Bruce and Holly Springs.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Pryor funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Burial will be in the Calhoun City Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Vic Carr of Memphis; one stepdaughter, Terrye Traylor of Memphis; one brother, Michael Chandler of Eupora.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Reginald Lawrence Chandler and Evelyn Brusso Chandler; and a sister, Tesa Chandler Benson.
Pallbearers will be J.R. Denton, Brandon Chandler, Mark Mooneyham, Jeff Traylor and David Allen Morgan. Honorary pallbearers will be Popie Pope, Bobby Webb, David Brower and Rob Boland.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Lekedran Tucker
MEMPHIS – Lekedran Juandrez Tucker, 22, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He was a member of the Ruffin Grove M.B. Church in Como and was an avid music lover.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ruffin Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. Timothy Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother and father, Amelia and Stanley Bradford of Memphis; one sister, Natalie Bradford of Memphis; four brothers, Cedric Clay Sr. and Devin Clay, both of Sardis, Marcus Tucker and Markevious Bradford, both of Memphis; his maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Clay of Sardis.

Hancel Underwood
BALDWYN – Hancel Underwood, 87, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at the North Miss. Medical Center after an extended illness. He was a retired electrician and a member of the Palestine United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Evans officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Estrelda Underwood of Baldwyn; two sons, Wayne Underwood and his wife, Margrit, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Earl Underwood and his wife, Elaine, of Guntown; four grandchildren, Jeffery Underwood, Mary Chilcutt, Sherry Lynn Howard and Jason Underwood; four great-grandchildren, Colton Underwood, Shayla Underwood, Hunter Chilcutt and Grace Underwood; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Fronia Birchiet Underwood; and a sister, Ruby Smith.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Gladys Estelle Horton
TUPELO – Gladys Estelle Horton, 94, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at the North Miss. Medical Center after a short illness. A Lee County native, she was born June 14, 1910, to the late Dennis H. and Annie Brooks. She was a lifelong resident of the Tupelo area and was retired after many years in retail sales. Her husband, Donald Phillips Horton, preceded her in death. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading and working word-find books.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Bryan Collier officiating. Burial will be in the Beech Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Horton Everett of Tupelo; a daughter-in-law, Teresa Horton of Prattville, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Anthony Everett and his wife, Marcy, of Hattiesburg, Cathy Davis and Christy Miller and her husband, Steve, all of Tupelo, Donny and Ronny Horton, both of Memphis, Shelly Wainwright and Robert Horton, both of Prattville, Ala.; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Albert Horton Jr.; and one brother, Dennis Elbert Brooks.
Pallbearers will be Shane Horton, Donny Horton, Ronny Horton, Robert Horton, Anthony Everett and Nick Everett.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bobby Ray Davis
IUKA – Bobby Ray Davis, 72, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at the Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence, Ala. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He had a deep love for his family and a very special love for his wife. He enjoyed traveling and socializing with his patrons at his and his wife’s restaurant “Ellie’s Snack Bar.”
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. James Strange and Bro. T.E. Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Rutledge Salem Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Mary “Ellie” Davis; one son, Mike Davis and wife, Bertha, of Iuka; four daughters, Kathy Ross and husband, Tony, and Sandra Davis and husband, Eddie, all of Iuka, Carolyn Farr and husband, Tommy of Rienzi, and Gail Keymon of Savannah, Tenn.; two brothers, Jerry McKee an wife, Juanita, and Earl Wayne McKee and wife, Linda, all of Tishomingo; one sister, Betty Shuthe and husband, Chris, of Melbourne, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, Neisha Carpenter, Tina Walker, Greg Ross, Rayanna Davis, Jessie Davis, Joey Davis, Sherry Roach, Amy Humphries, Candace Keymon, Paul Farr, Jennifer Roach and Christy Wilkerson; eight great-grandchildren, Seth Walker, Noah Carpenter, Olivia Davis, Michelle Davis, Joseph Davis, Jonathan Roach, Samantha Roach and Bryson Wilkerson.
Pallbearers will be Danny Dexter, Joey Holt Terry McKee, Kenneth Mobley, Adam South and Phillip South. Honorary pallbearers will be Joel Holliman, Donald Joe Holt and Eddie Woodruff.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hershel Davis; his stepfather, Howard McKee; his mother, Bessie McKee; and one sister, Emma Jean Davis.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Rosemary M. Kinard
CEDAR BLUFF – Rosemary McQuien Kinard, 66, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at her home in Cedar Bluff. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Hildred Farned
OKOLONA – Hildred Harris Farned, 89, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at the North Miss. Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial/Okolona Funeral Home.

Lonnie Bryan Jr.
RIPLEY – James Lonnie Bryan Jr., 39, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at his home in Ripley. He was a member of the Palmer Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Randy Hamilton officiating assisted by Bro. Tim Dixon. Burial will be in the Blue Mountain Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Jean Thomas Bryan and special friend, Martin Ellis, both of Ripley; is father, James Lonnie Bryan Sr., and his wife, Linda, of Ripley; two sisters, Ginger Mercer and special friend, Terry Wilson, both of Ripley, and Patricia Hall and husband, Joey, of Blue Mountain; one stepsister, Shelia Gregor of Olive Branch; one stepbrother, Marvin Shoults of Lexington, Tenn.; two nieces, Alicia Hall of Blue Mountain and Christine Mercer of Ripley; two nephews, Chase Hall and Jody Miller and wife, Shauna, all of Blue Mountain; two special aunts, Mary Nell Beasley of Sherman and Linda Glidewell of Bruce; two great-nieces and two great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents,, Jessie and Pearl Bryan and Lester and Opal Thomas.
Pallbearers will be Brent Sanders, Willie Bryan, Gary Bryan, Jody Miller and Lee Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Heritage Hospice.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Molly Jordan
MYRTLE – Molly Lou Craig Jordan, 77, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at her residence. She was born May 24, 1927, in Imboden, Arkansas to the late William Lonnie Craig and Laura Vernice Depriest Craig. She was a homemaker and a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Jason Marlin officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Jordan; four sisters, Marie Bolen of Charleston, Gwen Dye of Starkville, Marian Horton of Senatobia and Betty Coggins of Dubach, La.; one brother, William Lonnie “Bill” Craig Jr. of Adrian, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Wilma Davis, Katherine Lindsey and Jimmie Nell Shettles; and one brother, Carol L. “Toby” Craig.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.