Obituaries October 20, 2010

Dr. Hanley Hasseltine
RIDGELAND – Dr. Hanley Erwin Hasseltine, 62, died at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, La., on Oct. 16, 2010, following a courageous confrontation with liver disease. An admired and respected surgeon in Jackson since 1978, Dr. Hasseltine was the third generation of his family to practice medicine. “Hanley not only had the hands of a great surgeon, he had the heart of a great man,” said one of his former patients.
Dr. Hasseltine was born in Corinth in 1948 to Dr. Lee Hasseltine Sr. and Dorothy Hanley Hasseltine. He was educated in Corinth public schools and graduated from Corinth High School in 1966. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1970 and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. His next way station on life’s journey was the University of Mississippi Medical Center from which he graduated in 1974. He completed his internship and residency in otolaryngology at UMMC in 1978 and that same year went into a solo practice which continued until his death. During his more than three decades as a physician and surgeon, he practiced in St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, Mississippi Baptist Health System, Surgicare of Jackson and River Oaks Hospital. He served in administrative leadership positions in addition to his work with patients.
As one might expect of a skilled surgeon, he enjoyed working with his hands, especially woodworking. An enthusiastic sailor, Dr. Hasseltine was a longtime member of the Jackson Yacht Club. On the spiritual front he was a member of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church and harbored a genuine spirit of unselfish service. Nowhere was Dr. Hasseltine’s devotion to service more apparent than in his work with the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout in his youth, he continued to work in Scouting throughout his life, even as Scoutmaster of the Mississippi troop that went to the World Jamboree in Australia in 1988. The Andrew Jackson Council of the BSA named Dr. Hasseltine a recipient of its Silver Beaver Award, which recognizes lifetime distinguished service to community and to Scouting.
Dr. Hasseltine is survived by his wife, Ellen Pendergrass Hasseltine; a daughter, Suzanne H. Eskrigge (John) of Jackson, and a son, Hanley E. Hasseltine Jr. (Cam) of Germantown, Tenn. He is additionally survived by four grandchildren, Worth and Grace Ann Eskrigge, and Hayes and Hastings Hasseltine. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Dr. Lee L. Hasseltine Jr.
There will be a graveside service in Corinth at Henry Cemetery on Thursday, the 21st day of October, at 2 p.m. and a memorial service in Madison at St. Matthew’s UMC on Saturday, the 23rd of October, at 11 a.m. Visitation at the church will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Local arrangements are by McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Andrew Jackson Council of the Boy Scouts of America located at 855 Riverside Drive, Jackson, MS 39202 or to St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, located at 7427 Old Canton Road, Madison, MS 39110.
A life has ended, but the end is also the beginning. Fare thee well, kind doctor.
Danny Funderburg
CALHOUN CITY – Danny Gore Funderburg, 55, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. The son of Ervin and Nancy Cannon Funderburg, he was born Feb. 22, 1955, in Vardaman and lived in Calhoun City his entire life. He was born with Down Syndrome. He was well known throughout Calhoun City for his friendliness, caring and giving.
Danny was always concerned about the sick, and his comments were “I pray for you.” His love for everyone would always shine through because they were his “cousin.”
He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He attended Calhoun City School and Calhoun Academy. He went to work for his dad at the age of 16 at the Funderburg Garage.
At the retirement of his dad, they put in a store in Calhoun City, CC Blouse, which was Danny’s store. His desire was to work and meet people. His testimony for the Lord was giving out small booklets with Bible verses of comfort, assurance and salvation at his store.
He loved reading his Bible and gospel music. His sport was swimming.
He is survived by his parents, Ervin and Nancy Funderburg; one sister, Pam Funderburg Burt; brother-in-law, Britt Burt; a very special nephew, John Graves Burt; aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Brad Funderburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Graves Cannon.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Calhoun City Fire Department, P.O. Box E, Calhoun City, MS 38916.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Fleta Swiney
RED BAY, Ala. – Fleta Mills Swiney, 76, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Oct. 13, 1934, in Red Bay. She attended Grace Baptist Church.
Graveside services w ere Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay with Bro. Mike Haynes officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are her husband, Samuel Swiney of Red Bay, Ala.; one son, Chuck Mills of Red Bay; two stepchildren, Jean Peters of Baldwyn and Jeanette Newton of Guntown; one sister, Trillia Bishop of Red Bay; five grandchildren, Barry Lofton and Samantha Mills, both of Red Bay, Amber Martinez of Mexico City Beach, Fla., and Jonathan Peters and Charlie Peters, both of Baldwyn; three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and special family members, Delores and Keith Daily.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Clovis and Julia Bernice Nix Creekmore.
Pallbearers were Keith Daily, Barry Lofton, Chris Strickland, Bud Strickland, Josh Daily and Mark Carlton.
Christopher Crain
BIRMINGHAM – Christopher Lee Crain, 24, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. He was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses faith. Everyone who knew him loved him.
Services were Sunday, Oct. 17, at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, Ala.
Survivors include his mother, Cindy Stringfellow; his father, Jonny Crain; his grandparents, Mary Ann Crain, and William and Betty Stringfellow; three half sisters, Crystal, Holly and Angelina; aunts and uncles, Lynn and David Stephens, Kurt and Susan Crain, and Wayne and Nina Stringfellow.
Barbara Ford
ETTA – Barbara Urania Hudson Young Ford, 99, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Dec. 3, 1910, in Union County to William Joseph Hudson and Maggie Russell Hudson. She was a school teacher until 1941 when she became a full-time wife and mother. She was a correspondent to the New Albany Gazette for the Etta community for over 30 years. She was a member of the Pinedale Homemakers, the UMW and Salem United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Salem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rex Wilburn and the Rev. Kyle Ivy officiating. Burial will be the Salem Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Shelby Bishop Hare (Tom) of Etta; two grandchildren, Thomas Young Bishop (Debbie) and Kristopher David Bishop (Jennifer); and two great-grandchildren, Barbara Morgan Bishop and Hanna Elizabeth Bishop.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Guy Young; her second husband, Doug Ford; a sister, Melvie Steele; and four brothers, George Hudson, Monroe Hudson, Nelson Hudson and Hubert Hudson.
Pallbearers will be James W. Hudson, Ronnie Steele, Kenneth Hoover, E.C. Jackson, Carlton Wallace, Charles Collier, Richard Lawrence and Danny Morris. Honorary pallbearers will be Winford Hudson, Wayne Hudson, Sammie Lee Hudson, Mack Bishop, Tom Bishop and Dean Burchfield.
Memorials may be made to the Salem United Methodist Church at Etta.
The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. today.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Bertha Farris
CORINTH – Bertha Beatrice Wilkins Farris, 88, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to leave condolences.
Frances Talbert
OXFORD – Frances Eleanor Selzer Talbert, 96, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. A native of Independence, Iowa, she served as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. She was the oldest member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She was a retired founding dietitian with the North Mississippi Regional Center.
Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Father Joe Tonos officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today, followed by a rosary service, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
Survivors include six daughters, Eugenia LeBlanc (Randall) of Luling, La., Suzanne Talbert of Oxford, Elizabeth Croisdale (Bob) of Vicksburg, Patricia McCarthy (Bill) of Columbia, S.C., Mary McArthur (Steve) of Charleston, S.C., and Virginia Hickey (Bill) of St. Paul, Minn.; one son, Michael John Talbert (Jane) of Eupora; four sisters, Lucille Nichols of Chillicothe, Ohio, Katherine Barrows of Columbus, Ohio, Josephine Astel of Peavley, Mo., and Helen Wheeler of Columbus, Ohio; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Stubbs Talbert, and three brothers, Robert Selzer, Lawrence Selzer and John Selzer
Memorials be made to the Clayton Stevens Fund, 416 South 5th, Oxford, MS, 38655 or The Frances Talbert Memorial Garden at St. John’s Catholic Church, 416 South 5th, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com leave online condolences.
Louise Hirter
WEST POINT – Louise Blansett Hirter, 79, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. Mrs. Hirter was born Jan. 11, 1931, in Clay County to Sallie Liza Russell and Ollie M. Blansett. She worked as a waitress and later as an Avon saleslady. She was a member of West End Baptist Church. She married Floyd Andrew Hirter on March 6, 1970; he preceded her in death Dec. 29, 1998.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at West End Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Mathena officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Marie Linder (Perry) of Gilbertown, Ala.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one brother, Omar Neil Blansett (Barbara) of Pheba.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Weston Smith, and a brother, Bennie F. Blansett.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Tyson, Dusty Welford, Paul Clardy, Mark Stafford, Dickie Haga and Chase Sikes.
Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandchildren, Bea and Eddie Giles, and the deacons of West End Baptist Church.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home and 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at West End Baptist Church in West Point.
Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, P.O. Box 388, West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Anderson Miller
VINA, Ala. – Anderson Miller, 62, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
Jennifer Simmons
BOONEVILLE – Jennifer D. Bell Simmons, 41, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 27, 1968, to Robert and Maxine Bell. She was a member of Emanuel Church of God in Christ in Tupelo until moving her membership to Burning Bush Church of God in Christ in Booneville. She was a 1987 graduate of Tupelo High School. She received her CNA certificate from Northeast Community College. She worked at Gilbert Home Health.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Burning Bush Church of God in Christ with Elder Jeremiah Penro officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas F. Simmons, and children, Charles M. Bell, Latricia C. Simmons, Joshua E. Leach and Donna A. Welch (John), all of Booneville; her parents, Robert and Maxine Bell; six brothers, Robert L. Bell Jr., Roderick L. Bell, Adrian Z. Bell (Deborah), Marcus A. Bell (Kiesha), Felix C. Bell (Cheryl) and Bryant L. Kirk; one sister, Zaneta M. Henry (Raphael); a special sister, Vanessa B. Barnes; and grandmother, Florence Reese, all of Tupelo; her mother-in-law, Martha B. Pierce of Booneville; eight grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today with a family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home in Booneville. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com
James McClung Sr.
TUPELO – James A. McClung Sr., 71, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born April 10, 1939, in Fulton to Jim and Lizzie McClung. He attended Miracle Life Ministries. He was a United States Army veteran. He was a longtime roofer and worked many years for Dan Dunn Roofing. He loved to hunt and fish and was an avid deer hunter. He enjoyed cooking catfish for his family and friends and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Park with Bro. Gregory Bolden officiating, Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Vickie (David) Heathscott of Searcy, Ark.; one son, James McClung Jr. of Shannon; three sisters, Odell Bailey of Verona, and Betty Jo Harris and Carol Barrows both of Medford, Ore.; four grandchildren, Misty Danley, Tisha Heathscott, Autumn McClung and Andrew McClung; three great-grandchildren; his lifelong friends, Charles and Margie Ricks, and his hunting and fishing buddy, Larry Scott.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Judy McClung; two brothers, Charles McClung and Rhuben McClung; and two sisters, Melverdie Waddle and Frances Morgan.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Scott, Bryan Hall, Donald Johnson, Josh West, David Smith and Luke Raushe.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit wwwleememorialonline.com.
Earline Harris
BOONEVILLE – Essie Earline Bolton Harris, 82, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born March 17, 1928, in Red Bay, Ala., to William Edgar Bolton and Esther Lee Coats Bolton. She was a member of the West Booneville Church of Christ. She was a homemaker, and she also worked in a caster manufacturing plant and a drapery factory. She enjoyed flowers, visiting, watching television, traveling and senior citizens bingo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Daniel Holloway officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by eight children, Martha Christian (Paul) of Tupelo, Hilda Kalbes (Mark) of Wausau, Wis., Etta Floyd of Booneville, Louis Harris of Tupelo, Jimmy Harris of Booneville, Tommy Harris (Wanda) of Marietta, Eddie Harris, and Mark Harris, both of Booneville; a sister, Nadine Worley of Booneville; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Harris; a daughter, Patty Harris; and her parents.
Lorette Beard
NEW ALBANY – Lorette Hall Beard, 88, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born July 12, 1922, in Union County to Hickland and Ruth Thomas Hall. She was a sewing machine operator for Irwin B. Schwabe. She enjoyed cooking, babysitting, yard work, and working in her flowers. She was a member of Fairfield Presbyterian Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service with Rev. Tim Green officiating. Burial will be in Candy Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Beard; her parents; four sisters, Opal Armstrong, Ruth Crumpton, Wilma Jones and Rosie Goddard; and two brothers, James Hall and Rupert Hall.
Pallbearers will be Carl Goddard, Dan Goddard, Jimmy Goddard, Bill Spruill, Tony Sheffield, Paul Goddard.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Junior Dee Wright
FULTON – Junior Dee Wright, 85, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Dogwood Plantation. He was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Itawamba County to John Dee and Verna Exie McFadden Wright. He was a retired meat inspector for the Mississippi department of Agriculture and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He was a veteran. He was an avid fisherman and coin collector.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jackie Gray and Bro. Bobby Amos officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.
Survivors include one son, Donny Wright of Searcy, Ark.; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Wright, Jonathan Wright, Levi Wright and Selah Neal; two great-grandchildren, McKenzie Wright and Nate Neal II; and one sister, Neva Gaddy of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gracie Wright, in 2004.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Bennett, Larry Digby, Levi Wright and Jonathan Wright.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.
Hinton Taylor Jr.
CORINTH – Hinton Taylor Jr., 68, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.
Willie B. Cunningham
CHICAGO – Willie B. Cunningham, 65, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in Chicago.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Baptist Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.
Visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com to leave online condolences.

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