Obituaries October 31, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Leslie McKee
WEST POINT – Leslie McKee, 84, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
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Eugene Christian
TUPELO – Eugene Delano “Ed” Christian, 75, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born February 12, 1936 to Thomas Marlow and Virginia Stokes Christian. He was a veteran of The United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. He worked many years with both Tupelo Body Shop and Roper Toyoto. The last few years he was self-employed and owned and operated Christian Body Shop. He was a Mason, a Shriner and a member of the American Legion, Post 49 for 25 years. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed wood working and donated many hours to his church, community and friends. He was a historian of the local Native Americans and wrote many articles that were published in the Daily Journal.
Services with military honors will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. David MacKain officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Bobbie Ellis Christian of Tupelo; three sons, Kevin Eugene Christian (Cheryl) of Tupelo, Michael Allen Christian (Elizabeth) of Mantachie and Stephen Matthew Christian of Tupelo; one daughter, Angeleah Dupre (Darrell) of League City, Texas; 14 grandchildren, Andrew, Ian, and Cameron Christian, John and Caleb Palmer, Courtney and Chelsie Christian, Erin Cantwell, Leiken Wallace, Steffan Jayne and Caine Christian; one great-grandchild, Colton Leanord; two sisters, Virginia Ingellis (Fred) of Tupelo and Frances Mitchell of Eggville; one brother, Marlow amp”Buddyamp” Christian of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one sister.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left at
Darell Johnson
RIPLEY – Darell Johnson, 64, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Euclee Hoots
AMORY – Euclee Phillips Hoots, 95, died on Friday, October 28, 2011, at Oak Tree Plantation. Born on Nov. 5, 1915, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of W. M. Hoots and Lillie Bell Tubb Phillips. She was in the first graduating class of Hatley High School in 1935. She married Lawrence Trice Hoots in 1940. Retiring in 1984, she had worked as a seamstress with Glenn Manufacturing. She was a member of Smithville Baptist Church and the Ruth Whitehead Sunday school class. Passionate about her family and keeping in contact with them, she was especially proud of her grandchildren. Preferring to be outside on her porch, Mrs. Hoots enjoyed vegetable gardening, reading, and working crossword puzzles.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mac Phillips and Bro. Wes White officiating. Burial will follow in Hatley Cemetery.
She is survived by sons, Douglas Hoots (Peggy) and Phil Hoots (Glenda), of Smithville; grandchildren, Renee Vineyard (Steve), Smithville, Van Hoots (Alisha), Amory, Michael Hoots, Memphis, and Clint Hoots (Prissy), Fulton; great-grandchildren, Lindsey Vineyard and Cameron Pierce of Amory, Ashton Hoots, Fulton, Emily and Megan Vineyard of Tavares, Fla.; and her caregiver, Sue Majors.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Trice Hoots; sisters, Azalee Duvall, Retta Lann, Dellie Samples, and Rennie, Verna, Vona and Velma Phillips; and brothers, Carlton, Gurdon, Bill and Sherman Phillips.
Pallbearers will be Van Hoots, Steve Vineyard, Clint Hoots, Michael Hoots, Prentiss Wigginton, Jimmy Phillips. Honorary pallbearers will be her nieces, Eloise Harrison, Dimple Kiser, Francis Faulkner, Nell Justice; and nephews, Glenn Duvall, and Don, Dennis, Mac Phillips; the Staff of Oak Tree Plantation; and the Staff with Community Hospice.
Memorials may be given to Smithville Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 72, Smithville, MS 38870 or to a charity of choice.
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Lowell Poff
HICKORY FLAT – Lowell Dudley Poff, 45, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. He was born Oct. 14, 1966 in Tippah County to Joel Dudley Poff and Sue Thornton Poff. He was in sales at TCI Automotive in Ashland and was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Michael Baker and Bro. Marcus Vanevery officiating. Burial will be at Bluff Springs in Ashland. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Teresa Hunter Poff, of Ashland; his parents, Joel and Sue Poff, of Ashland; two daughters, Casey Poff, Shannon Poff; stepdaughter, Pam Feathers, all of Hickory Flat; two brothers, Scott Poff (Paula) and James Barber (Angie) of Ashland; two sisters, Debbie Poff and Sharon Hopkins (Danny) of Ashland; and a grandson, Hunter Byrd.
He was preceded in death by a niece, Amber Poff; grandparents, Jim and Ella Poff and Edward Thornton.
Andrew Elliot
GUNTOWN – Andrew Joseph Elliot, 20, died Friday Oct. 28, 2011 at the North Mississippi Medical Center as a result of an accident. He was a fast food employee and a carpenter. He loved skate boarding and taking pictures.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Oneal Butler officating. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Tona Prince (Ronnie) Rich of Guntown; fathers, David Elliot of Mt.View, Calif. and Andy Gallegos of Lodei, Calif.; two sisters, Savanah and Sydney Alday; one brother, Jacob Alday, all of Tracey, Calif.; two stepbrothers, Jeffery Karr and Dillon Duke both of Guntown; and the love of his life, Sara Michelle Morris of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Sierra Prince; and one uncle, Joseph Duke.
There will be no visitation.
Harold Holley
BOONEVILLE – Harold Holley, 81, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 at Graceland Nursing Home in Oxford. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.
Colleen Dill
AMORY – Mary Colleen Dill, 78, died on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at her residence. Born on April 14, 1933, in Quincy, she was a daughter of Thomas Melvin Roberts, Sr., and Alva Lillian Victoria Waycaster Roberts. She was a graduate of Greenwood Springs High School, Class of 1951, where she was an outstanding basketball player. She had worked as a secretary for Red Kapp Industries. Widowed at a young age, she was proud of raising her three daughters and sending them to college. A woman of faith, she was a member of Meadowood Baptist Church and the Ruth Sunday school class. Enjoying music of all kinds, especially gospel, bluegrass, and country, she played the guitar, mandolin, and piano. Having a strong love for her family and friends, she was known for being strong, caring, giving, and an artistic lady. She enjoyed quilting and sewing for her grandchildren. An unselfish person, she was passionate about The Angel Tree so that all children would have a good Christmas. A member of the Downey Girls birthday group, she enjoyed their time together celebrating birthdays and taking trips together.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt, Bro. Dale Funderburg, and Bro. Trey Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery. E.E. Pickle is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughters, Deborah “Debbie” Culver (Bert) of Amory, Vicki Dobbs (Benny) of Hamilton, and Sherry Dill of Amory; sister, Juanita Funderburg of Amory; grandchildren, Terri Wilbanks (Josh), Tyler Jarrett, and Tori Jarrett, all of Amory, Payton Dobbs (B.B.) and Hallie Dobbs of Hamilton and Freddy Culver of Memphis; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Olivia, and Juddson Wilbanks all of Amory; and Paxton and Preslee Dobbs of Hamilton; and a special nephew, Eli White.
In addition to her parents, Tom and Sue Roberts, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Dill, and a brother, Thomas Roberts, Jr.
Pallbearers will be Roger and Scott Riley, Eric White, Tommy and Tom Roberts, Tony Dill, Dan Nash, Andy and Daniel Carruth, Dennis Mitchell, and Zach Trantham. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons, Tyler, Payton, Paxton, Josh, and Juddson, and Eli White.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Because of her love for music and her belief in its inspiration for Christians, in lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Meadowood Baptist Church Music Ministry, 1510 Hatley Rd., Amory, MS 38821, or to Center Hill Baptist Church Music Ministry, PO Box 59, Hamilton, MS 39746.
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Frances Sanders
OXFORD – Frances Ross “Cotton” Sanders to all who knew her, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at Yalobusha County Nursing Home in Water Valley. A Webster County native, she was born Oct. 15, 1923 to Herman H. Ross and Pearl Williams Ross of Eupora. Her favorite things in life centered around her family and friends. Gardening, traveling, and having a good time were her favorite hobbies as well as being a charter member of Maben Garden Club. She took great pride in being a business woman.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Maben. The Rev. Randle Poss and the Rev. Tommy Temple will officiate.
Burial will be in Maben Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family wishes to express deep appreciation to her special care givers, Emma Jones and Michelle Young.
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
She was a loving mother to three daughters, Judi Caldwell (Bill) of Oxford, Joy Skelton (Joe Edd) of Houston, and Jane Fineman (Stan) of Washington, D.C., other survivors are three grandchildren, Lauren Caldwell, Jessica Caldwell and Ross Skelton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Lloyd Sanders of Maben.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Maben or Maben Memorial Gardens Cemetery Fund.
Visitation will be at 2 p.m. today at the church.
Antonique Thomas
TUPELO – Antonique Danielle Thomas, 37, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 20, 1973 to Dock and Shirley Thomas. She was a homemaker and a member of Lane Chapel C.M.E. Church in Tupelo. She attended Tupelo public schools.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at N.L. Jones Funeral Chapel with Pastor Leo Wright officiating. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery in Tupelo.
Survivors include two daughters, Tiara D. Thomas and Brandi Thomas of Tupelo; two sons, Lamar Thomas of Decatur, Ill. and Brandon Thomas of Tupelo, a brother, the Rev. Douglas Turner (Mable) of Tupelo; two devoted aunts, Kathy Coker and Lannie Word of Tupelo; three uncles, Carl Mosley (Louise) of Okolona, Dewitt Turner (Catherine) of Lake Elsinore, Calif., and Troy Thomas (Mary) of Tupelo; a special nephew Chris Turner of Tupelo, her best friends, Danielle Neely and Marilyn Adams of Tupelo; Cousins, Kelvis Salters and Justin Coker of Tupelo; Jimmy Word who was like a brother, of Tupelo, Tashunda Conlee of Pontotoc, Carlos Copeland of Tupelo, Carlton, Carlton Watkins of Tupelo, Cathy and Catina Henry of Huntsville, Ala., Keith and Patrick Turner of San Bernardino, Calif., numerous extended family members and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dock and Shirley Thomas; grandparents, Hezzie and Geneva Mosley of Tupelo, the Rev. Marshall and Vera Thomas of Tupelo; great-grandparents Joe and Emma Mosley of Tupelo, Tasker and June Elliott of Tupelo and an uncle Kimball Mosley of Tupelo.
Maxine Sanders
BELMONT – Maxine Pendegraph Sanders, 78, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Golden Central Baptist Church with Bro. Robert Wood and Bro. Shawn Davis officiating. Burial will be in Allen Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are her husband of 27 years-Ray Sanders of Belmont; six children, Judy Humphries (Steve) of Belmont, David Sanders (Inez) and Jeff Sanders (Fran) all of Huntsville, Sandra Crowson (Terry) of Ardmore, Tenn., Steve Sanders of Phoenix, Ariz. and Diane Cannon (Roger) of Summerville, Ala.; eight grandchildren, Adam Humphries (Stephanie), Amy Gober (Lee), Josh Sparks, Becky Sparks, Caleb Sparks, David Sanders, Terra Crowson and Rachel Sanders; eleven great grandchildren; one sister, Pat Moore (Clyde) of Belmont; special nieces, Elizabeth Moore, Penny Raper and Tammy Holmes.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Danny Sparks and Tim Sparks; two sisters; three brothers; and her parents, John G. and Mattie Pearl Lindley Pendegraph.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Collum, Mickey Collum, Brent Raper, Josh Sparks, Adam Humphries, Eric Humphries, Haskell Sparks and Lee Gober. Honorary pallbearers will be Caleb Sparks and Doyle Pendegraph.
Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. today at Golden Central Baptist Church and until service time on Tuesday.

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