Obituaries October 10, 2010

Roy Owen
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Roy Glen “Spook” Owen, 79, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at his home. He was born Nov. 25, 1930, in Union County to Luther Owen and Nadine Kelly Owen. He was a Veteran of the Korean War having served in the U.S. Army. He was a retired salesman for Sears in Memphis. He was a Mason and a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Byhalia with the Rev. Oscar Geeslin officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Renee’ Barton (Rex) of Bartlett, Tenn. and Stephanie McKee (Arlan) of Collierville; a son, John Owen (Cathy) of Waynesville, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Amanda Holcomb, Michael Holcomb, Ashley Goudy, Halle Owen, Chad Barton, Heather Owen and Jeff McKee; and six great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Skylar, Jonathan and Christian Holcomb, Saige Jennings and Jaxson Heimer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Joyce Jarrett Owen; a sister, Mary Earl Davis; and three brothers, Jamie Owen, Willard Owen and Lawrence Owen.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
In honor of Mr. Owen, United Funeral Service, Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Mae Thompson
MONTPELIER – Mae Olga Cliett Thompson, 97, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born Feb. 16, 1913, in Montpelier to Myrtle Merideth Cliett and Ira Pipkin Cliett. She was a homemaker and a member of Palestine United Methodist Church. She was married to Lee Howard Thompson; he preceded her in death on Feb. 27, 1978.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Palestine United Methodist Church with the Rev. Cary Sutphin officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery in Montpelier. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, H.M. Thompson of Montpelier; one grandson, Graham Thompson of Asheville, N.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Lavonia Guyton Cotton.
Pallbearers will be Jim Murray, Mike Shinn, Russell White, Robert Gaskin, Roy Lee Pate and Gary Brock.
Honorary pallbearers will be the nurses and staff at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Palestine Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Mr. Jim Murray, 18515 Hwy 46, Pheba, MS 39755.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Jerry Taylor
BOONEVILLE – Jerry Lee Taylor, 54, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at his home. He was born March 13, 1956, in Booneville to Travis Harding Taylor and Clara Montine Clark Taylor. Before becoming disabled, he was a punch press operator at FMC. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Fairview Church of God with Minister Don Green and Bro. Marshall Tennison officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Church of God Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Webb Taylor, whom he married on March 26, 1982; two sons, Joseph Lee Taylor (Erica) and Zachary Grant Taylor, both of the home; his mother, Clara Taylor of Booneville; a brother, Marshall Wayne Taylor (Shirlee) of Booneville; a grandson, Samuel Lee Taylor of Booneville; his mother-in-law, Betty Webb of Booneville; a brother-in-law, Anthony Webb (Sandra) of Booneville; two sisters-in-law, Debra Webb Tolar (Randy) and Cindy Webb Christian (Emanuel), all of Booneville; a special nephew, Brian Taylor (Melissa) of Booneville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; his grandparents, Marshall and Martha Taylor and Joseph and Ada Clark; and his father-in-law, Ray Webb.
Pallbearers will be Brian Taylor, Brian Stuart, Josh Christian, Justin Miles, Daniel Webb and Brian Arnold.
Honorary pallbearer will be Jesse Miles.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service today.
Brinda Newton
CORINTH – Brinda Joyce Newton, 61, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2010, at Mississippi Care Center.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Charlie Browning officiating. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Norbin Stone
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Norbin “Sally Lemons” Stone, 97, longtime Tupelo resident, church and civic leader, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, in Huntsville after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Services are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, 2010, at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo.
William Burns
AMORY – William Edward amp”Blueamp” Burns died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. He was born Dec. 30, 1939, to Louis and Josephine Burns. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. He attended M.C.T.S. School in Amory, and he was a former employee of Gilmore Puckett Lumber Company and Morris Ready Mix. He was a hard worker and helped many in the community.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, at St. James UM Church with the Rev. Johniel Henry Jr. officiating. Burial will be in United Cemetery in Amory. Darden amp& Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Josephine and Joanna Burns, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three brothers, Elder Shedrick (Lillie Mae) Burns of Smithville, Harold Lane Burns and Norris Allen (Ruth) Burns, both of Amory; four sisters, Jessie Mae (Cornelius) Lowe of Amory, Gloria Jean (Charles) Marshall of St. Louis, Mo., Gynell (Sammie) Hughes and Youlanda (Willie Floyd) Meaders, both of Amory; and a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today; family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services on Monday.
Arthur Boyd
TREMONT – Arthur Boyd, 65, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 6, 1945, in Belmont to Theodore and Valeria Stacy Boyd. He was the assistant manager for Deer Container in Fulton for 20 years; he worked as shipping clerk for Mueller Brass for 14 years and served in the National Guard.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Fairview Holy Church of Christ in Belmont with Bro. Murlin Johnson and Bro. Kevin Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Tremont. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Boyd of Tremont; three brothers, Hollis Boyd (Maxine) of Hackleburg, Ala., Thomas Boyd of Russellville, Ala. and T.H. Boyd Jr. (Elaine) of Golden; two sisters, Lovie Rouse (Truman) of Ardmore, Okla. and Wanda Barrett of Belmont; and host of very special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, T.H. Boyd Sr.; his mother, Irene Boyd; three brothers, Larry Boyd, Stanley Boyd and Herman Boyd; one sister, Lera Mae Boyd; and three nephews.
Pallbearers will be Matt Ball, Adam Ball, Chris Kelton, T.H. Boyd III, Stanley Boyd Jr. and Anthony Boyd.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today and continue until service time Monday at Fairview Holy Church of Christ.
Rafeal Garcia
TUPELO – Rafael P. Garcia, 37, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was a native of Guatemala and had resided in the United States the last several years. He received an agriculture/animal science degree, and he was a veterinarian in his native Guatemala. At his death, he was working in the auto repair business in Hamilton, Ala.
Private services will be held today in Tupelo. Services in his native Guatemala will be held at at later date. Holland Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of local arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Amerita Norildu Garcia Crus of Guatemala; and special friends, everyone who worshiped with him at the First Baptist Church Latino Mission.
J.B. McCullough Jr.
J.B. McCullough passed away peacefully in his sleep Oct. 8, 2010.
The son of the late Jonathan Bell McCullough Sr. and Alma Ophelia Floyd McCullough, J.B. graduated from Pontotoc High School in 1939. He entered the naval aviation training program in Pensacola, Fla., in June 1943. Upon graduation, he transferred to the United States Marine Corps and served as a Marine aviator in the South Pacific until November, 1945. Returning to Pontotoc, he entered the veterinary medicine program at Auburn, Ala. In December 1950, his Marine Reserve squadron was recalled for service during the Korean Conflict until November 1953. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1970.
After graduation from Auburn in 1956, J.B. began a private veterinary medicine practice and later served with the United States Department of Agricultural until his retirement in 1994.
Dad will be remembered for his unwavering belief that if something was worth doing, it was worth doing right, and of course, his way was invariably the right way. Mother was the one who verbally instructed us constantly. So often, her instruction was to observe our father’s actions, his selflessness, his attention to detail and his sacrifice for his family. Our father’s decisions were never about his own advancement but always about providing for his family. While Dad cherished his memories of his parents, his brother and his early life in Pontotoc, his chief joys in this earthly life were his wife, three children and grandchildren. He looked forward to being free of his earthly body. He loved his Lord and eagerly looked forward to rest in heaven.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Mary Ruth McCullough.
He is survived by his children, Douglas B. McCullough (Betsy) of Clinton, Joyce M. Ivy (Biff) of Sevierville, Tenn. and Jonathan Alan McCullough (Neoto) of Pensacola, Fla.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Samuel Floyd McCullough (Ruth) of Pontotoc.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at the Pontotoc City Cemetery with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Louise Smith
ARLINGTON, Tenn. – Louise Imogene Washington Smith, 83, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at her home in Arlington. She was a member of Hickory Withe Baptist Church in Memphis and a retired Food Service Assistant at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. She enjoyed flea markets.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jody Rock officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Smith of Arlington; two daughters, Ann Russell (Jackie) of Pontotoc and Kay Adele-Jaber (Mohammand) of Memphis; three sons, Larry “Smitty” Smith (Mary) of Memphis, Michael Smith (Cindy) of Minnesota and Timothy Smith (Terra Lee) of Arizona; two sisters, Leita Kemmer (Roy) of Marvel, Ark. and Freida Reynolds (Charles) of Batesville, Miss.; two brothers, Daniel Washington of Drew and Herman Washington (Bobbie) of Batesville, Ark.; two brothers-in-law, James Smith, of Kingsport, Tenn. and Hess Walls of Drew; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bud and Trilby Johnson Washington; her husband, Lawrence “Nookie” Smith; two sisters, Enda Chandler and Ruby Jean Walls; and three brothers, James Washington, Norman Washington and Alva Ray Washington.
Pallbearers will be Gene Russell, Chris Smith, Cody Wray, Braden Wray, Shaun Smith, Christian Smith, You-sef Adele-Jaber and Amiir Adele-Jaber.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Barry Dobbs
PONTOTOC – Barry Lynn Dobbs, 44, died Oct. 7, 2010, in Pontotoc. He was an employee of Auto Zone for 15 years. He liked old cars and motorcycles. He truly loved his family. He was a member of West Heights Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Gina Dobbs of Ecru; his children, Alicia Dobbs and Rayburn Dobbs of Ecru; his parents, J.E. and Janie Dobbs of Pontotoc; his brother, Gary Dobbs (Linda) of Algoma; and his sister, Mellanie Ferguson (Matthew) of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, J.A. Dobbs and Ausborn Morphis; his grandmothers, Erma Dobbs and Estelle Morphis; his cousins, Kevin Bryant and Chad Dobbs; and his uncle, Leroy Dobbs.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Alice Donegan
SHANNON – Alice L. Donegan died Oct. 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She worked for the North Mississippi Medical Center for about 25 years, retiring in 1995. She enjoyed taking people to different places everyday. Everyone would always say she was a taxi driver for the hill. She loved to travel from town to town. She joined Poplar Springs at an early age and had been there until the end. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren; she knew how to make them laugh. She was a strong black lady and had a sweet word to say to everybody. She will be missed by all.
Services will be at noon Monday at Poplar Springs CME Church in Shannon with the Rev. Dr. Clementine Mays officiating. Burial will be in Richardson Cemetery at Poplar Springs. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Sylvester Donegan; three children, Jimmie Isaac Jr., Angles F. Loving (Charles) and Sylvester Donegan Jr., all of Shannon; two sisters, Annie M. Brooks and Reo Bogan, both of Shannon; one godson, Carl Jones; and one goddaughter, Joyce Richardson; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at N.L. Jones Funeral Home of Tupelo. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Monday.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit nljonesandson.com.
Herman Lewis
OKOLONA – Herman Devan Lewis, 82, died suddenly at his home near Okolona Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. He was born in Chickasaw County on May 16, l928, to Frank and Nora Rape Lewis. A lifelong Chickasaw Countian, he was employed for over 45 years by Chickasaw County where he worked on the road crews, operated heavy equipment and did a multitude of functions on behalf of the Board of Supervisors. He was a master backhoe operator and dug hundreds of graves over the years in Chickasaw County. He loved the land and its produce and was a cattleman and avid gardener. He was a trader, a great storyteller and a master mechanic and craftsman. He enjoyed his yard animals and dogs. He was a legendary figure in the Shake Rag Community just South of Okolona. He was a member of the Boones Chapel United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Wayne Thorn officiating. Burial will follow in Boones Chapel Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Nancy Lewis of Okolona; two granddaughters, Lenzi Lewis of Houston and Lacey Lewis Hand and her husband, Jonathan, of Okolona; a great-grandson, Devan Hand of Okolona; and a sister, Dollie Posey of Okolona.
He was preceded in death by his only son, Eric Lewis on Aug. 19, 2009; his parents; and six brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Mike Lewis, Ed Lewis, Jamie Lee Posey, Bill Rish, James “Bubba” Joyner, Wayne Hamric, Jonathan Hand and Cecil Lewis.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Malinda Brister
OXFORD – Malinda Brister, 77, died Oct. 9, 2010, in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.
Freddy McCrory
EUPORA – Freddy Lee McCrory, 41, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, in Kentucky.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Larry Tutor
TISHOMINGO – Larry V. Tutor, 62, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 24, 1948, in Mississippi to R.V. and Valder Wayne Clark Tutor. He was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church and a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during Vietnam.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tishomingo Baptist Church with Bro. Robbie Crane and Bro. Todd Cecil officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Dean Tutor of Tishomingo; two daughters, Tina Brooks (Glenn) of Macon and Gayla Bennett (Jeremy) of Bruce; one stepson, Justin Martin (Candace) of Belmont; four brothers, Jerry Tutor (Rhonda) and Dale Tutor, both of Bruce, Herman Tutor (Janie) of Houlka and Ricky Tutor of Banner; one sister, Candy Tutor of Banner; five grandchildren, Corey Brooks, Garrett Brooks (Bonnie), Brooke Bennett, Chasey Bennett and Kinsley Martin; one great-grandchild, Riley Brooks; his father and mother-in-law, Troy and Myra Dean of Tishomingo; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Perry Tutor.
Pallbearers will be Garrett Brooks, Craig Tutor, Scott Tutor, Charles Wayne Tutor, Donnie Tidwell and Ronnie Greene.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the church.
Rodney Hammock
GOLDEN – Rodney O’neal Hammock, 35, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at his home. He was born Dec. 16, 1974, in Red Bay to O’neal and Kathryn Gasaway Hammock. He was a machine shop operator for 11 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Walker Baptist Church with Bro. David Holcomb and Bro. Billy Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Walker Baptist Church Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his daughter, Marissa Hammock of Golden; his parents. O’neal and Kathryn Hammock of Golden; and a sister, Mary Ann Patterson (Randy) of Golden.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Heather Arnold Hammock; and his grandparents, J.O. and Reetha Hammock and J.C. and Vera Mae Gasaway.
Pallbearers will be Keith Letson, Michael Letson, Brian Sides, Jose Rigual, Hollis Buchanan and Jeremy Pounders.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today and continue until service time Monday.
Christine Rogers
HOOVER, Ala. – Margie Christine Rogers, 87, formerly of Dennis, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at her home. She was born Oct. 13, 1922, in Dennis. She was a member of Hoover Church of Christ and a former member of Liberty Church of Christ in Dennis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Ron Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Lawrence H. Rogers Jr. of Pelham, Ala.; her grandchildren, Kristi Rogers-Raley (Steve) of Helena, Ala. and Lawrence H. Rogers III of Pelham, Ala.; her great-grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew and Emily Raley of Helena, Ala.; and her brother, Charles Tuggle (Jean) of Trussville, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Lawrence H. Rogers Sr.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Lindsey, Allen Lindsey, Jerry Lindsey, Jerry Moore, Don Lee and Lindsey Lee.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Sara Jones
TUPELO – Sara Jones died Oct. 7, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Ollie Maddox
BOONEVILLE – Ollie Lee Wilemon Maddox, 96, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ronald Arazan
MICHIGAN CITY – Ronald William Arazan, 56, died Oct. 8, 2010.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

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