Obituaries October 5, 2010

Rachel Walker
COLLINS – Rachel Murphree Walker, 69, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. She was born March 10, 1941, to Cleo and Martha Murphree. She attended school at Algoma in Pontotoc County, where she was an All-State basketball player for three years. She owned and operated Rachel’s Beauty Shop in Collins for 50 years. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Collins , where she served in the Women’s Missionary Union and Sunday School. Her love for children was shared through her work in Mission Friends, RA’s and GA’s. She served as the WMU director for the Covington-Jeff Davis Baptist Association. She and her husband, Halbert, enjoyed traveling, visiting all 50 states, Canada and Mexico. She also enjoyed tending her plants and flowers. She was a beloved wife, daughter, mother and grandmother, and a lovely and Godly role model for her children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Collins. Burial will be in the Collins City Cemetery. Billy M. King-Colonial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Halbert R. Walker of Collins; one son, Dr. Jeff Walker and wife, Julie, of Brandon; one daughter, Cindy Walker Breland and husband, Shane, of Brandon; four grandchildren, Jacob Walker, Jordan Walker, Cole Breland and Emily Breland; four sisters, Mamie Saxon, Shirley Stegall and husband, Charlie,, Pat Bailey and husband, Jay, and Ruth Riedl; two brothers, Billy Murphree and wife, Sharon, and Gerald McVay and wife, Marie; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Cleo Murphree; her mother, Martha Murphree McVay; her stepfather, R.A. McVay; two brothers, Farris and Glen Murphree; and two brothers-in-law, Otis Saxon and John Riedl.
Cal Wright
ALVARADO, Texas – James Calvin “Cal” Wright, 40, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, as a result of the tropical storm flooding in Texas. High water overwhelmed him as he communicated with rescuers from his truck near a low water crossing. He worked for a steel mill in Midlothian, Texas, for 26 years.
His body was cremated, according to his wishes. Midlothian Funeral Home of Midlothian, Texas, assisted the family.
He is survived by two sons, Troy Wright of Dallas, Texas, and Marc Wright of Alvarado, Texas; three grandsons, Alec, Eden and Michael; his mother, Barbara Houston of Southaven; his father, Neil Wright of Sikeston, Mo.; three sisters, Rae Marie Barnett (Tim) of Mount Hermon, Nicole Kessinger (Danny) of Southaven and Renae Hornback (Keith) of Sikeston, Mo.; two brothers, Michael Wright of Alvarado, Texas, and Scott Vanlandingham of Southaven; several nieces and nephews; and many family members in the New Albany and Ripley areas.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bill and Jewel Wright of Ripley, and Doris Davis and Gene Davis of Memphis.
Watson Lambert
BOONEVILLE – John Watson “Hoss” Lambert, 83, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at the Mississippi Care Center in Corinth. He was a member of the Tuscumbia Baptist Church and a retired carpenter. He was a U.S. Army veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tuscumbia Baptist Church with Bro. Jason Pilcher and Horace Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in the Tuscumbia Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Bullard Lambert; two daughters, Deborah Burcham and Donna Inman, both of Booneville; one son, Rod Lambert of Booneville; two sisters, Peggy Nabors of Booneville and Earline Rinehart of Natchez; three grandchildren, Heather (Luke) Ledbetter, Tiffany Inman and Dustin Inman; and two great-grandchildren, Lucas and Tate Ledbetter.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Moline Hare.
Pallbearers will be Luke Ledbetter, Nick Bullard, Mike Rinehart, Sammy Allred, Wayne Whipple and Jimmy Shook.
Visitation will continue until 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Karen Hodum
CORINTH – Karen Diane Hodum, 43, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home of Corinth.
Elva Stephenson
TUPELO – Elva Stephenson, 88, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Darlington Oaks Hospice. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Nellie Joyce Smith
WATERFORD – Nellie Joyce Smith, 76, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, in Collierville, Tenn. She was born Aug. 11, 1934, in Potts Camp. She was a nursing assistant at the Care Inn and a member of Abundant Life Worship Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Cliff Waldrop officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery at Holly Springs.
Survivors include one son, Raiford Graham of Olive Branch; six daughters, Peggy Waldrop of Victoria, Becky Ferrell of Collierville, Tenn., Debra Tomlinson of Waterford, Penny Bolden of Holly Springs, Sandra Gamblin of Ripley and Kandye Barkhurst of Waterford; one sister, Helen Loyce Smith of Bartlett, Tenn.; a stepbrother, Marvin Culver of Evansville, Ind.; 21 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie McCallum and Minnie Bursell McCallum.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To access the registry, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Nue Turnipseed
OXFORD – Nue Wimbish Turnipseed, 91, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010. at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. She was a retired secretary with the State Department of Education. and the widow of Malcolm Russell Wimbish Sr. and John W. Turnipseed. She was a member at First Baptist Church, the Skipwith Historical and Genealogical Society, and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 88, where she was past Worthy Matron.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until noon at First Baptist Church, with services following at noon with Rev. Robert Allen and Rev. David Ard officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Sebren (William) of Tullahoma, Tenn.; one son, Malcolm R. Wimbish Jr. (Paula) of Clinton; two stepdaughters, Sue Harral of Seabrook, Texas, and Richie Ard (David) of Oxford; five grandchildren, Stephanie Beck, Shawn Jones, Suzanne Leopold, Rus Wimbish and Jennie Wimbish; five stepgrandchildren, Michele Reguera, Mary Leigh Harral, Ashley Harral, Lori Gardner and Mandy Arman; seven great-grandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund or First Baptist Church Jail Ministry, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; or Skipwith Historical and Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1382, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visit the website at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Betsy Gibbs
BALDWYN – Betsy Rose Tapp Gibbs, 58, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Community Hospice House in Verona after an extended illness. An avid Ole Miss and NFL fan, she loved her family, friends and pets. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Baldwyn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Robert McCoy and Bro. Keith Williams officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her mother, Jewel Waters Tapp of Baldwyn; her brothers, Rick Tapp (Kay) of Baldwyn, Mark Tapp (Lana) of Booneville and Hunt Kirk (Kathy) of Baldwyn; her sister, Kellie McCarley (Ricky) of Baldwyn; a sister-in-law, Barb Peterson (Mike) of Hernando; her in-laws, Bob and Patsy Gibbs, and Kathy Milford (Chris), all of Adamsville, Tenn.; many nieces and nephews; special friends and caregivers, Jennie Senter and Tess Mason.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Gibbs; her parents, Clyde Tapp and Virginia Rice Tapp; and a brother, Arty Tapp.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, 2400 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Henry Graham
NEW ALBANY – Henry L. Graham, 87, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at the Graceland Care Center in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Austin Parmer
TUPELO – Austin Lee Parmer, 23, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, in Lee County as the result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born on April 23, 1987, in Tupelo to Janice Marie Whitten Sloan and Clyde M. Parmer Jr. A lifelong Lee County resident, he attended Tupelo High School. He worked as a truck driver for Hodges Construction Co. and was the self-employed owner of Austin’s Lawn Service. He loved all outdoor activities. He was an avid deer hunter and member of the Vern Branch Hunting Club near Bay Springs. He enjoyed bonfires, loved visiting and get-togethers with family and friends, riding four-wheelers and fishing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Kevin Rea officiating. Burial will follow in Auburn Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday, all at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include his parents, Janice Whitten Sloan (Tim) of Jackson, Tenn., and Clyde Parmer Jr. of Saltillo; his grandparents who had a large part in his upbringing, Dot and Clyde Parmer Sr. of Saltillo; his brothers, Ben Parmer of Saltillo and Rusty Clement (Amber) of Tupelo; his girlfriend, Brittany Burchfield of Tupelo; his aunts and uncles, Denise and Jeff Johnson of Saltillo, Mike and Sunnie Parmer of Belden, Suzy Parmer (Johnny Wigington) of Mooreville, Gail and Kenny Gregory of Tupelo, Mike Whitten of Tupelo, Ricky Parmer (Amy Hall) of Tupelo, Deb Parmer of Tupelo; his immediate cousins, Nikki Parmer, Gracie Owen, Karli Rodgers, Stormi Brown, Jenny Gregory, Jill Gregory and Keith Whitten; special friends, Jerry and Robin Rodgers, and Matt and Drew Rodgers; a niece and nephew, and several other cousins.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Rea, Matt Burchfield, David Pappa, Chris Moses, Josh Kennedy, Chris Posey, Dustin Williams, Chris Gilland, Alex Thompson, Andy Hodges and Johnny Otts.
Memorials are encouraged to be made to the Austin Parmer Memorial Fund at any Trustmark Bank or mailed to 5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Mabel Walker
TIPLERSVILLE – Mabel Ruth Graves Walker, 80, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Tippah County to Thomas Lee and Lillie Jewel Curle Graves. She was a retired EKG technician for the Tippah County Hospital and a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Edd McCafferty officiating. Burial will be in Tiplersville Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Dianne Taylor (Dennis) of McKenzie, Tenn., Judy Meeks (Jimmy) of Tiplersville and Pam Akins of Ripley; one son, Rickie Holmes (Rhonda) of Sherman; 12 grandchildren, Buford Taylor (Krista), Lori McDade (Eric), Matt Holmes, Mandy Caviness (Bryan), Morgan Akins (Leigh), Lisa Hall (Kevin), Jessie Meeks, Neal Meeks (Jackie), Ben Meeks, Sarah Harrington (Jonathan), Lee Meeks (Stephanie) and Ryan Meeks; 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Joseph Walker; her parents; three brothers, J.C. Graves, Bonnie Graves and Curtis Graves.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Palmer, Bobby Walker, Larry Davis, Bobby Goode, Benny Walker and Raymond Jackson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Mary Ann Ray
WALNUT – Mary Ann Ray, 66, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Sept.15, 1944, to Thelma and Agnes Kimball Brewer. She was a member of Ashland Church of Christ and a homemaker. She retired from Damp&L Manufacturing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Marlow Church of Christ with Minister Jeremy Northrop and Minister Don Roberson officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Curtis Ray of Walnut; one son, Otis Ray (Patricia Ann) of Walnut; two sisters, Frances Edwards of Trenton, Tenn., and Peggy Pickle of Columbus; two brothers, James Brewer of Linden, Tenn., and Barry Brewer of Dyer, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Tracy Ray, Michael Ray, Ethan Ray, Jonathan Ray, Joshua Ray and Josh Brooks; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Tracy Lynn Ray, and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Tracy Ray, Michael Ray, Jonathan Ray, Joshua Ray, Josh Brooks and Jeff Roberson.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at Marlow Church of Christ.
To view obituaries and sign the guestbook online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Ashley Sartain
NORTHPORT, Ala. – Ashley Mansell Sartain, 29, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She was born May 13, 1981, at ECM Hospital in Florence, Ala. She was a 1999 graduate of Red Bay High School and received a B.A. degree from the University of Alabama in 2009. She was a talented artist and a member of Liberty Church of Christ in Dennis. She loved her cat, Abby.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Ron Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Jason Sartain of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; stepdaughter, Bayley Sartain of Birmingham, Ala.; mother and stepfather, Cindy Lee (Don) of Vina, Ala.; father, Tim Mansell (Melony) of Leighton, Ala.; one brother, Lance Mansell (Deanna) of Victorville, Calif.; grandparents, Curtis and Jean Majors of Vina; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Sammy and Dinah Sartain of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; stepbrothers, Lindsey Lee (Whitney) of Dennis and Peyton Lee of Hernando; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Pat and Billie Mansell; and great-grandparents, Rube and Ethel Humphres, Arlin and Eula Stacy, and Arzina Hill.
Pallbearers will be Lindsey Lee, Robert Cashion, Don Mitchell, Jimmy Moody, Errin Day and Patrick Mansell.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home and until service time on Thursday.
John Yarbrough
BALDWYN – John Douglas Yarbrough, 82, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was an employee of Paul Smithey Construction. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and raising goats.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Bro. Frank Wilder officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Eula Mae Smithey Yarbrough of Baldwyn; one daughter, Susan (Steve) Watson of Baldwyn; one son, Jerry D. (Myra) Yarbrough of Baldwyn; two sisters, Clarice Bryson Watson and Jenny Sue Epting, both of Baldwyn; three grandchildren, Joey (Diana) Watson, Tanya Roberts and Melissa Sharp; five great-grandchildren, Corey Watson, Kaitlyn Watson, Raven Watson, Ayden Roberts and Christopher Sharp.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Douglas and Tishie Lou Hamblin Yarbrough; and three sisters, Dolly Hardy, Mildred Miller and Mable Russell.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Jimmy Miller, Gerry Epting, Johnny Epting, James Robert Bryson, Jeff Duval and Tim Smithey.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Randle and Paul Smithey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Dr. Robert Mathis
CORINTH – Dr. Robert E. Mathis, 78, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a native of Corinth and a graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry. He was a dentist for more than 50 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the church choir.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will be in Farmington Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Mathis of Corinth; three sons, Dr. Phil Mathis (Cindy) and Mark Mathis, both of Corinth, and Andy Madden (Susan) of Livermore, Calif.; two daughters, Meg Scales (Jon) of Starkville and Liza Butler of Corinth; one brother, Jimmy Mathis (Jeanella) of Tucson, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lexington B. and Eleanor Byrd Mathis.
Family will receive friends in the Welcome Center of First Baptist Church following the service.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or the First Presbyterian Church of Corinth.
For online condolences, visit www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
Charlotte White
BOONEVILLE – Charlotte Faye White, 72, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Lexington, Tenn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Church of Christ Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Walton Dunn Sr.
TUPELO – Walton B. Dunn Sr., 92, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Lawrence Holloway
CHICAGO – Lawrence Holloway, 61, formerly of Holly Springs, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, in Chicago.
Services will be at noon today at St. Paul CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Ayers Cemetery at Lake Center. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. today.
Gene Earl
AMORY – Gene Earl, 66, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Patsy Massey
RED BAY, Ala. – Patsy Louise Massey, 61, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.

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