Obituaries October 29, 2010

Hazel Rutell
MENA, Ark. – Hazel Knoop Monaghan Rutell, 93, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at her home. Born in Peotone, Ill., she was a daughter of William and Freda Knoop. She loved the Lord and had expressed her desire to be with him.
She moved to Mena in 1970 with her husband Ted Monaghan, having lived in Michigan, California, Maine, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Illinois, and working personally for Henry Ford in the Ford Dealerships. After retiring, they settled in Mena to own a cattle and horse ranch near the Ouachita River. Ted died in 1985. She married Woodrow Rutell in 1995 and called Mena home. She loved and was loved by the people she met and always welcomed them into “her family.”
She was active in many of the local women’s clubs, including the Lioness Club. A member of First Methodist Church, she served as an adult Sunday school teacher for many years. Her love for horses and animals led to a very active role in “For the Sake of Animals.”
She was a treasured sister to Shirley Yowell, Fern Jones and brother, George Knoop. She was a very special aunt to many nieces and nephews in the Knoop, Monaghan and Rutell families.
In addition to her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by her husbands, Ted Monaghan and Woodrow Rutell; sisters, Loraine Seeman and Florence Thompson; and brothers, Maurie and Ahron Knoop.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 30, 2010, in Providence Cemetery in Nettleton with Mr. Bill Monaghan officiating. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Nancy Lippincott
Nancy Lippincott, 90, known affectionately as “Mimi Lippincott” to her grandchildren, died peacefully in Grenada on Oct. 26, 2010, from complications with multiple myeloma. She was born on Jan. 19, 1920, in Itawamba County to Pernie Jane Webb Maxey and Calhoun Walker Maxey.
She had nine siblings all of whom predeceased her. They were John Ellis Maxey, Evie Ethel Lyle, Ruby Estelle Sample, David Dee Maxey, Jewel Pauline Jackson, Willie Mae Davis, Andrew Jackson Maxey, Mable Maureen Anderson, and Earl Maxey.
Her husband of 40 years, John Duke Lippincott, predeceased her in 1981. She is survived by five children, 17 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Her children are John Maxey Lippincott, D. Phil. (Oxon.) of Scobey, James Rodney Lippincott of Scobey, Nancy Lippincott Ashley ((William B.) of Dallas, Robert Gary Lippincott (Bonnie Lacey) of New Orleans and Dr. Charles Kenneth Lippincott (Lisa Zitelli) of Tupelo.
Nancy graduated from Springhill High School and lived her adult life in Grenada and Scobey. She ran the Grenada Produce grocery store on South Commerce Street for 24 years. Later she worked at the Grenada hospital as a Nurse’s Aide caring for newborn babies for another 24 years. She has resided at Providence Assisted Living in Grenada since June 2009.
She had been a member of First Baptist Church since 1941 and a longstanding member of the Ruth Sunday School class. She was a member of the Grenada chapter of the DAR. The Maxeys from Virginia were among the first eight families to settle Itawamba County in the 1830’s.
Her greatest legacy to her family was her Christian faith and character and her desire for honesty and excellence in all things. She modeled un-possessive love and contagious laughter. When asked how she accounted for so much attention from her four grown sons and daughter, and all her grandchildren, she replied matter-of-factly, “Well, they would not be here if it were not for me!” She stood on a foundation of faith, laughter and good food.
She enjoyed crocheting, making plum jelly, and her 1-2-3-4 cake. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed having tomatoes, figs and pecans to share with neighbors and friends.
Her greatest achievement was keeping peace within the family by not asking questions and always providing something good to eat!
Pallbearers will be John Maxey Lippincott, James Rodney Lippincott, Robert Gary Lippincott, Charles Kenneth Lippincott, John Duke Lippincott II, Alexander Berry Lippincott, John Kenneth Lippincott and Christopher Walker Lippincott.
Visitation will be at Garner-Harper Funeral Home today from 5 to 7 p.m.
The memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010.
Burial will be at the Scobey Community Cemetery following the memorial service. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Lippincott home place afterwards.
Memorials may be addressed to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, Grenada, MS.

Nick Nichols
MANTACHIE – Mac Danny “Nick” Nichols, 71, passed away at home with his family by his side on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010. He was born March 13, 1939, in Mantachie to William and Zona Sheffield Nichols. He served in the U.S. Air Force and moved to Arlington, Texas, in 1984. Nick was a diesel mechanic and motorcycle enthusiast who was known in the industry as “Mr. Motorcycle.” He was a seven-time world record holder in drag racing. His latest project was builder/rider of a Bonneville race bike. He was a member of South Oaks Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge, American Motorcycle Association and Alpha Crime Watch. He received the General Motors Manager’s Award in Detroit, Mich.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Greg Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Gwen Nichols of Arlington; children, Jacqueline Mikolaczyk of Grayling, Mich., Jeffrey Nichols of Arlington, Nicole Patrick of Arlington, Trey Patrick and wife, Cati, of Snyder, Colin Patrick and wife, Jenny, of Dallas; brother, Tim Nichols and wife, Katherine, of Mantachie; grandchildren, Amanda Meyers of Silver Springs, Fla., Katherine Mikolaczyk of Grayling, Mich., William Dotson of San Angelo, Abigail Patrick and Owen Patrick of Dallas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice Gift of Love, 306 E. Randol Mill Rd., Ste. 700, Arlington, Texas 76011, (817) 461-2614; or Colon Cancer Alliance, 1200 G St., NW Ste. 800, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Josephine Miller
VERONA – Josephine Miller, 80, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 12, 1930, in Ecru to John and Ollie Hooper Sr. She was a member of Chandler Temple CME Church and later joined Second Baptist Church in Verona. She was married to the late Isaac Miller.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Second Baptist Church in Verona with Rev. Larry Stone officiating. Burial will be in the Verona Cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangement.
Survivors includeher godchildren, James Blanchard of Verona and Shelia Blanchard of Ttupelo; a special goddaughter, Ebony Blanchard of Jackson; a special godson, Perez Dillard of Tupelo; and one stepson, Fritzgerald Miller.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Willie Pool
HOLLY SPRINGS – Willie Lee Pool, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith Grove M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the Yarbrough Chapel CME Church Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
Mary Palmer
HOLLY SPRINGS – Mary Katherine Palmer, 92, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
Flora Burns
SALTILLO – Flora Dell Elder Burns, 95, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, after an extended illness. She was born May 21, 1915, in Guin, Ala., to Charles R. and Louise Hughes. She was a career teacher in the Lee County Public School System, teaching at Cedar Hill and Saltillo Elementary Schools after her graduation from Blue Mountain College. She held elementary (1954) and secondary (1946) permanent professional licenses from the State of Mississippi. She retired from her teaching career in May 1977 after 30 years of service in Lee County and several years of teaching in Alabama. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Saltillo and Order of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Burns had no children of her own, but loved every child with whom she had contact during her long teaching career. She remembered each of them fondly and could tell anyone who asked each of their names, parents’ names, brothers and sisters names, and would make a positive comment about each one.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with the Rev. Tim Green officiating. Visitation will begin at noon Saturday at the funeral home.
Survivors include her stepson, Walter Burns Jr. (Sandra) of Tupelo; her stepgranddaughter, Rebecca Burns Biddle (David) of Lubbock, Texas; two stepgreat-granddaughters, Emma and Claire of Lubbock; eight nephews and nieces; and a dear friend, Carolyn Crouch (Bobby) of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clyde Elder; her second husband, Walter Burns Sr.; and her parents and seven brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Crouch, Michael Crouch, Rodney Crouch, Ronnie Dunaway, Rocky Dunaway and Franklin Dunaway.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Saltillo United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 146, Saltillo, MS 38866.
Lois Anne Borden
OKOLONA – Lois Anne Hansell Borden, 93, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 at the Home Place Assisted Living in Saltillo, where she had resided the last few years. Mrs. Borden was born on Nov. 10, 1914, in the Egypt community of Chickasaw County to Dr. B. Devan and Pauline Mitchell Hansell. A graduate of Okolona High School, she attended MSCW and graduated from the University of Mississippi where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. She received a B.A. in Music and Voice and sang all over the state and frequently on WREC in Memphis. She taught public school music for several years in the Okolona School System, where she was beloved by her students. She was an Okolona/Chickasaw County community leader and volunteer much of her life. She served as past president of the Okolona Twentieth Century Club and was a recipient of the Okolona Chamber of Commerce “Golden Heart” Award. An avid golfer and bridge player, she was a longtime member of the Okolona Country Club. A consummate writer, she was active in expressing her opinions about local, state and national politics through years of “Letters to the Editor” submissions in area newspapers. She was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church and, in later years, was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Okolona. She was admired, loved and respected by young and old alike throughout her life.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona with Rev. Sandra Sisson officiating. Eulogies will be delivered by her son, Lee, and longtime family friend, Mary Jo Anderson. Burial will follow at Oddfellows.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the Okolona Chapel. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Survivors include her daughter, Polly Anne Borden Stroup (Bill) of Tupelo; her son, Lee Hansell Borden (Randall) of Spring, Texas; her grandchildren, Lee Anne W. Ramsdell of Memphis, Joseph Edward Wiygul (Tish) of Memphis, Anna Stroup Thames (Ryan) of Atlanta, Georgia B. Connell (James) of Atlanta and Edward Shannon Borden of Tupelo; seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Lee “Son” Borden Jr., and her parents.
Pallbearers are Jody Wiygul, Shannon Borden, Bill Stroup, Andy Anderson, John Andrew Gregory, Thomas Carnathan and Houston Minniece.
Memorials may be made to Faith Haven, P.O. Box 835, Tupelo, MS 38801 or to Palmer Home for Children, 2608 Main Street, Columbus, MS 39701.
Rose Ramage
OXFORD – Rose Elizabeth Ramage, infant, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time.
Memorials may be made to The Autism Solution Center Inc., 9282 Cordova Park Rd., Cordova, TN 38018 or the Tribute Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Percy Barnes
JACKSON – Percy Anthony Barnes died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home of Corinth.
Lavora Holomon
TUPELO – Lavora Traylor Holomon, 81, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 3, 1929, to Henry and Ozella Traylor of Plantersville. She joined New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Plantersville, where she remained a faithful member until becoming physically unable to attend. She was always asked to send her sweet tea and green beans to special dinners at church. She was a loving and kindhearted lady to everyone she met. She loved taking care of her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who looked forward to going to grandma’s house after school. She loved collecting porcelain dolls and listening to her favorite gospel music.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bethel M.B. Church in Plantersville with Pastor Jack Shelton officiating. Burial will follow in Center Hill Cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Joann (Barry) Ledbetter of Verona, Rachel (James) Ford of Tupelo, Janice (Henry) Mitchell of Plantersville and Hosie (Catherine) Holomon Jr. of Memphis; two nieces and one nephews raised by Mrs. Holomon and other family members, Terry Traylor, Sherry Traylor Edwards and Ruthie Faye Trimble; a special friend thought of as a daughter, Brenda J. Tynes of Tupelo; three sisters, Pearline Bell of Plantersville, Lou Jean Ruff of Amory and Floyd Frances Whitfield; one brother, Jimmy Traylor (Sallie) of Milwaukee, Wis.; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hosie Holoman Sr.; her parents; two brothers, James and Richard Traylor; two sisters, Annie Ruth Shumpert and Mary Helen Frierson.
Pallbearers will be Hosie Holomon III, Keyonte Holomon, Tim Frierson, Willie Clifford Whitfield, Dexter Weatherspoon and Archie Smalls.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. A memorial service will be from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandson.com.
Lillie Johnson
TUPELO – Lillie Mae Johnson, 81, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at the Tupelo Nursing and Rehab Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 30, 1929, to Willie B. and Virgie Mae Turner. She was a member of Hopewell M.B. Church in Belden.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell M.B. Church in Belden with Bishop Clarence Park delivering the eulogy and Rev. Curtis McKinney officiating. Burial will be in the Old Union Cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daugher, Gale Ewing of Tupelo; one son, Earmon (Peggy) Johnson Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Willie B. “Bubba” Turner Jr.; one niece, Dorothy Ellis; one nephew, Charles Goodman; and one sister-in-law, Ozella Turner.
Visitation is from 3 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
James A. Bramlett
WEST POINT – James A. Bramlett, 65, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at the West Point Community Living Center. He was born on Feb, 9, 1945, in Green County, Prattville, Ala., to Mazie Lee Davis Bramlett and Virgil Preston Bramlett. Mr. Bramlett worked as an industrial electrician and maintenance for 30 years. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, where he was a deacon. He was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1962-1969 during the Vietnam War. He later served in the Naval Reserves for 13 years. He was a member of the VFW for 45 years. He married Ann Blansett Bramlett on Oct. 11, 1996, in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Hebron Cemetery near Pheba. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Blansett Bramlett of West Point; two daughters, Cindy Chism and Malinda Coleman both of Columbus; three sons, David Bramlett of Hattiesburg, Johnny Nix of Jackson and Martin Coleman (Sarah) of Starkville; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; one sister, Barbara Pitts of Tupelo; two brothers, Stanley Bramlett (Elizabeth) and Prentiss Bramlett (Marion), all of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Virgil Preston Bramlett Jr. and Paul Bramlett.
Pallbearers will be Billy Gipson, Bobby Lang, Ed McIntire, Don Permenter, Jerry Lantrip and Carl Wofford. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons and members of Trinity Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Hebron Cemetery Fund, c/o Hebron Baptist Church, 6230 Henryville Road, Pheba, MS 39755.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Della Gunn
ABERDEEN – Della Earnestine “Baby Ruth” Sykes Gunn, 82, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at her home in Aberdeen. She was born March 13, 1928, to Abel Sykes Jr. and Lena Vasser Sykes. She was a homemaker and a member of New Hebron M.B. Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church with the Rev. Sam Crawford officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six daughters, Christine Orr of Prairie, Elaine Gunn of Aberdeen, Norma Clay of Aberdeen, Jeanette Swindall of Aberdeen, Ovie Williams (Bennie) of Calumet City, Ill., and Lamonica Calvert (Johnnie) of Okolona; one son, Darrell Gunn (Priscilla) of Aberdeen; two sisters, Lartha Ree (Mark) Collins of St. Louis and Aggie Kyles of Elgin, Ill.; 31 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Will Gunn, and three sons, Curtis Kent, Willie Walker and Stacy Gunn.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Broxie W. Smith
HOLLY SPRINGS – Broxie W. Smith died Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. She was born Oct. 23, 1930, to James Hudson and Ora Lee Bryson in Benton County. A devoted and dedicated Christian, she accepted Christ as an early age at Sandhill Baptist Church. She later joined Macedonia CME Church in Ashland.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ashland High School Auditorium with the Rev. Robert Odum officiating. Burial will be in the Macedonia Church Cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Ashland is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, William Smith of Michigan City; 11 children, Sammie (Tammie) Williams of Columbus, Ohio, Rosie Williams of Ashland, Jannice (Bobby) Bostick of Ashland, Jammie Williams of Ashland, Rickey Williams of Ashland, Alexander Williams of Ashland, Cloudiaette Williams of Blue Mountain, Kenneth Williams of Ashland, Shirley Scruggs of Lamar, Annie (Michael) Bostick of Ashland and Bruce (Lisa) Williams of Ashland; 31 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Sylvester “Jack” Hudson and Charlie Hudson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Macedonia Church in Ashland. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Saturday.
To sign the guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
Lizzie Hopper
CORINTH – Lizzie Margaret “Aunt Lizzie” Roberson Hopper, 94, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Medical Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Ernest Sellers
RICHTON – Retired Col. Ernest Clyde Sellers, 80, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at his home. He was a retired manager of Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Army Reserves. He also was a member of the Army National Guard. He was a cattle farmer and served as director of the Board of the Southeast Mississippi Livestock Association. He loved his family and enjoyed taking care of his livestock.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Richton United Methodist Church. Jones and Son Funeral Home of Richton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Elizabeth “Prissy” Sellers; his two sons, Lura (Cathy) Sellers of Richton and David (Thu) Sellers of Hattiesburg; three daughters, Dee Rasberry of Hattiesburg, Lisa (Mike) Murphree of Tupelo and Tonya (Eddie) Cochran of Richton; one sister, Margie (Joe) Sumrall of Hattiesburg; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lura and Josie Sellers; a brother, Otho Sellers; and a grandson, Matthew Rasberry.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mississippi Chapter, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011.
Wesley Belford
HOLLY SPRINGS – Wesley Belford, 85, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Beverly Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Saturday.
Malessie Dawson
MEMPHIS – Malessie Mae Jones Dawson, 82, formerly of Holly Springs, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at her home in Memphis.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the House of Prayer Church of Lord Jesus Christ in Memphis. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8:30 p.m. today with the family present from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday.
Christine Forbes
STEWART – Christine Westbrook Forbes, 65, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Addren Barnett
HOUSTON – Addren Barnett, 71, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at DCH Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was born Nov. 3, 1938, in Calhoun County to Fred Franklin Barnett and Emmie Olean Gibson. He was married to Wilma Etherall Deaton. He was a member of Thorn Church of God.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston with Bro. Arnold Amason officiating. Burial will be at Ellzey Cemetery in Vardaman.
He is survived by three sons, William Barnett Jr of Houston, Bobby Barnett (Lisa) of Atlanta, Ga., and Jerry Barnett (Maranda) of Houston; three daughters, Cathy Brassfield (Marty) of Houston, Tina Gordon (Curtis) of Houston and Patsy Crenshaw (William) of Mathiston; one brother, Harvey Dale Barnett (Jeanie) of Houston; three sisters, Verna Dees of Kosciusko, Evelyn Pettit of Houston and Mavis Collums (Arnold Gene) of Houlka; three grandchildren, Kayla Hiner, Destiny Crenshaw and Lexi Crenshaw; and one great-grandchild, M.J. Hiner.
He was preceded by death by his parents; one sister Pearlie Higginbotham; and two grandchildren, Justin Edward Brassfield and Michael Jacob Brassfield.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Saturday.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
Charley Huffman
DRUMMOND, Tenn. – Charley Huffman, 61, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at Covington Manor. He was born July 1, 1949, to Farris Huffman and Ruth Huffman Brasher. He was a Pentecostal and a bricklayer.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Dewayne Herring and Bro. Greg Moss officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery at Vardaman.
Survivors include three sisters, Margie Sanders of Houston, Bobbie Pine (Billy) of Drummond, Tenn., and Sherry Kelly (Mark) of Shelby Forrest, Tenn.; three brothers, Conway Huffman (Fairy) of Houston, Donald Huffman (Bertha) of Bartlett, Tenn., and Maynard Huffman (Barbara) of Drummond, Tenn.; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gordon Huffman; and a sister, Mary Huffman.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Online registry is available at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
Gladys Graham
NEW ALBANY – Gladys Louise Pannell Graham, 84, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. A native of Guntown, she was the daughter of Booker Pannell and Irene Starks Pannell. She was a member of Union Prospect M.B. Church, where she was a mother to all. She loved sewing, cooking, flowers, babysitting, and people in general. She was the widow of Henry L. Graham, who died on Oct. 4, 2010.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Union Prospect M.B. Church in Blue Mountain. The Rev. John Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Union Prospect Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by four daughters, Mary (Willie) Harris and Ann (J.W.) Rutherford, all of Blue Mountain, Vera (Terrance) Bibbs of Waynesboro, Pa., and Denise (Earnest) Peairs of Oxford; one son, Larry Payton of New Albany; 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; one daughter, Mae Ellen Graham; one son, Charles Payton; and one granddaughter, Lisa Payton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Union Prospect Church.
Wendy Pritchard
OXFORD – Wendy Lee Evans Pritchard, 37, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.
Willie Randle
PRAIRIE – Willie Randle, 69, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lake Grove M.B. Church at Prairie. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Sunday.
Virgie Lee Fields
PRAIRIE – Virgie Lee Ivy Fields, 73, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 20, 1927, to C.D. Ivy and Chinella Brownlee. She was a member of Union Baptist Church. She retired from Bryan Brothers after 33 years. She enjoyed gardening.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Union Baptist Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Verlean Fields, China Mae (Timothy) Gillespie and Diane Fields, all of Prairie; three sons, John (Shirley) Fields of Prairie, Willie Fields (Rita) of Kansas City, Mo., and Robert Fields (Sheryl) of Pontotoc; three sisters, Geneva (Joe) Walker of Prairie, Pat Lee Gladney and Lucille Gladney, both of Stockton, Calif.; three brothers, Willie (Thelma) Ivy of Prairie, and James Ivy (Quinesther) and Roger Ivy (Katie Ruth), all of Stockton, Calif.; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.

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