Obituaries October 7, 2010

Catherine Koon
BLACKLAND – Catherine Hughes Koon passed peacefully in her sleep at her home at 7:55 a.m. on Oct. 6, 2010, after a long illness. She was a member of the Jumpertown Church of Christ and a retired factory worker.
Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Roberts and Bro. Calvin Barber officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include two children, Jennie Ballard (Truman) and Cecil Koon Jr. (Louise), both of the Blackland community; one sister, Quida Hughes Parker of Pascagoula; three brothers, Donald Marion “Don” Hughes (Liz) of Hazelhurst, Eugene Hughes and Wade Hughes (Linda) of Jumpertown; special friend, Cathy Hrecko; four grandchildren, Richie Koon (Debbie) of Belleville, Ill., Karen Lott (Duncan) of Booneville, Kathy Ballard Aycock (Anthony) of Blackland and Terry Ballard (Jennifer) of Mooreville; 11 great-grandchildren, Jason Aycock, Justin Aycock (Haley), Heather Ballard Williams (Josh), Corey Ballard, Zane Lott, Kristen Koon, Cody Koon, Ben Kingsley, Betsy Kingsley, Casey Lott (Amanda) and Bryce Lott; three great-great-grandchildren, Garrett Williams, Audrey Williams and Cade Lott.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Koon; her parents, Leonard and Frences Lauderdale Hughes; three brothers, Robert Hughes, Bill Hughes and Leonard “Noon” Hughes; and one brother-in-law, Durwood Parker.
Pallbearers will be her great-grandsons.
Visitation will be today from 4 until 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home.

Tammy Cooper
CALHOUN CITY – Tammy Lynette Cooper, 37, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, at the Grenada Lake Medical Center. She was born Dec. 5, 1972, in Greenwood. She was an employee of Bowater Paper Mill in Grenada and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. John Ward officiating. Burial will be in Elzey Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include her husband, David Cooper of Calhoun City; one daughter, Lisa Marie Anglin of Oxford; her mother, Carolyn (Allen) Williams of Calhoun City; two sisters, Charlotte (Tom) Dillaman of Burkburnett, Texas, and Cathy (Mike) Williams of Baldwyn; one stepsister, Constance Williams of Calhoun City; one stepbrother, Nathan Williams of Calhoun City; five nieces, Courtney Williams, Ashley Williams, Cassandra Dillaman, Amanda Williams and Jayla Walls; two nephews, Kenneth Melton and Michael Williams.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Edward Fisk, and her grandparents, Noel and Josephine Criddle.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Williams, Aubrey Criddle, Doug Hutchinson, Doyle Criddle, Tim Moss and DAvid Hood. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Duggan, Michael Cooper, Chris Terry, dewayne Carter, Jerry Howell and Mike Christman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
Oscar Gordon Jr.
ABBEVILLE – Oscar Gordon Jr., 63, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Jeffries Chapel M.B. Church at Abbeville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum amp& 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 noon to 12:55 p.m. Friday.
Frances Mitchell
OXFORD – Frances Hillman Mitchell, 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. Born to Inez and George W. Hillman in Bessemer, Ala., in 1918, she graduated from Sheffield High School in Sheffield, Ala., in 1934. She was married for 66 years to the late Henry R. Mitchell Jr. Mrs. Mitchell was active in the ministry of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. She was a published poet, an accomplished seamstress, gardener and sailor. She had a true servant’s heart which sprang from a life devoted to Christ.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Taylor Moore and the Rev. Penny Sisson officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Henry R. Mitchell III (Debbie) of Ocean Springs, Jane Mitchell Mazurkiewicz (Bob) of Canton, Ga., and Paul D. Mitchell (Joyce) of Oxford; her sisters, Marie Smith and Betty Chambers of Florence, Ala., and Madeline Foust of Charlotte, N.C.; and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother and two sisters.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the Parrish Hall.
Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy Christian Boarding School, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745 or Paralyzed Veterans of America, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 96010, Washington, DC 20077.
To sign the online condolence registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Connie Swinney
BALDWYN – Connie Lane McNutt Swinney, 50, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven. She was retired from the furniture business and she was a Baptist. She enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. William Copeland and Bro. Steven Sprinkle officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald Swinney of Baldwyn; one brother, Tony (Martha) McNutt of Baldwyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Barbara Bishop McNutt.
Pallbearers will be Butch Presley, Roy Baswell, Ray Alexander, Mike Morris, Troy Harris and Bob Garrison.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Samantha Nunley
BYHALIA – Samantha Josephin Nunley, 20, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at noon Friday at Friendship Assembly. Burial will be in Blocker Cemetery at Olive Branch. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church.
To view the online obituaries, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Ruth Gamble
HOLLY SPRINGS – Ruth Vorder Bruegge Gamble, 86, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Slayden Baptist Church at Slayden. Burial will be in the Slayden Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the church.
Margaret Davis
MANTEE – Margaret Ann Hurst Davis, 59, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at her home. A native of Mantee, she was born Nov. 27, 1950, to Roy and Oara Swindle Hurst. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt and in spite of her suffering, she could still find a smile.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bobby Brock officiating. Burial will be in Pine Bluff Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Roger Davis; three daughters, Lesley and Randal Baldwin, Vikki and Jimmy McDonald, all of Pontotoc, and Megan Davis of New Albany; two sons, Rickey and Ronda Davis, and Randy Davis, all of Pontotoc; 12 grandchildren, Kyra, Taylor and Logan McDonald, Destiny Tackett and Riley Baldwin, Zachary and Alex Davis, Adrianna, John Gray and Lauren Davis, Colee and Marissa Davis; one sister, Gladys and Donald Moore of Mantee; one niece, LaDonna Griggs of Thaxton; one nephew, Brant Moore of West Point; her mother-in-law, Bessie Faye Davis of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
To access the online registry, visit www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
Elva Stephenson
TUPELO – Elva Alice Stephenson, 88, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona after a lengthy illness. She was born Feb. 4, 1922, to Jim and Mary Brown in Kentucky. She was a member of Cedar Grove Pentecostal Church. She loved gardening, fishing and spending time with her family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ricky Pierce officiating. Burial will be at Walton Cemetery in Peppertown. There will not be a graveside service. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughters, Terri Riley Woolven and husband, Monty, of Richmond, Dixie Kelly and husband, Danny, of Alabama, and Donna Jenkins and husband, Doyle, of Alabama; one son, Jim Stephenson and wife, Jewel; one sister, Dorothy Petrey; one brother, Delbert Brown; her granddaughters, Stephanie Riley, and Christy Berryhill and husband, Jody; seven additional grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Earl Lee Stephenson, and her parents,
For online condolences, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Roxie Singleton
VINA, Ala. – Reba Roxie Holland Singleton, 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Ala.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home. The body will lie in state from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
James Plaxico Sr.
ABERDEEN – James Plaxico Sr., 60, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Manuel Carter
BELMONT – Manuel C. Carter, 43, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
William Burns
AMORY – William Edwards “Blue” Burns, 70, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Hansel Crane
OKOLONA – Marion Hansel Crane, 58, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. Mr. Crane was born in Pontotoc County on April 14, 1952, to Grafton and Ophelia Brassfield Crane. He grew up in the Longview community and had lived the last 35 years in Chickasaw County. He worked many years in law enforcement with the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department. He was formerly Town Marshall for Verona and was employed by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Before becoming disabled, he was a truck driver in the logging industry. He was a member of the Carnation Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Eric Boykin officiating. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery in Pontotoc County. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Jenny Russell (Dustin) of Okolona; his son, Joey Crane (Mandy) of Okolona; the mother of his children, Susie Morgan (Jerry) of Okolona; four grandchildren, Abbi and Olivia Crane, and Emma Kate and Suzannah Russell; a sister, Margie Brown of Longview; two brothers, Nunan Crane (Ann) of Chesterville and Robert Crane (Mary Jo) of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Miller Brown.
Pallbearers will be Sheriff Jimmy Simmons, Wade “Tank” Nicholson, Clifton “Bugg” Thomas, Bill Hanna, Dusty Hester, Chris Russell and John Albert Logan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802. Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Patsy Massey
RED BAY, Ala. – Patsy Louise Massey, 61, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Sept. 19, 1949, in Franklin County, Ala. She was a homemaker and a member of New Union Missionary Baptist Church.
Services were Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. W.D. Humphres officiating. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are her husband of 39 years, Hack Massey of Red Bay; two sisters, Debbie Scott Roberts (Danny) of Red Bay and Brenda Scott Clements of Tremont; two stepbrothers, Bill Elrod (Joyce) of Red Bay and Bob Elrod (Maggie Pearl) of Golden; one stepsister, Helen McKinney (Willis) of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Ozell Quinn Scott.
Pallbearers were Danny Roberts, Derek Attaway, J.R. Clements, Steven Clements, Bradley Petree and Larry Attaway.
Bill Tucker
NEW ALBANY – William Major “Bill” Tucker, 48, died Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. He was born Nov. 26, 1961, in Jackson to Reba Tubbs Tucker and the late Major Edwin Tucker. He was the owner/operator of The Windshield Doctor. Mr. Tucker was the vice mayor and the Ward 4 alderman of New Albany and a member of New Albany Rotary Club. He was on the board of directors of the Union County Development Association, Main Street Board, Union County Heritage Museum and the Mississippi Municipal League. He was a Mason, a Shriner and a member of First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of New Albany with Rev. Rickey Blythe officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park in New Albany. United Funeral Service will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Kelly Banks Tucker of New Albany; three sons, Will, Rob and Sam Tucker, all of New Albany; his mother, Reba Tubbs Tucker; a sister, Mary Tucker Holmes (Spencer) of New Albany; a brother, Dr. Pat Tucker (Suzanne) of Corinth; his parents-in-law, Bobby and Patricia Banks; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Anderson, Jay Herrington, Brent Henderson, Don Staten, Alan Ray and Mike Stepp. Honorary pallbearers will be New Albany Mayor and the Board of Alderman, Jim Owen, Dr. Sam Creekmore, Dr. Brad Scott and Dr. Tim Thompson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at First Baptist Church of New Albany.
In honor of Mr. Tucker, United Funeral Service will fly the flag of the City of New Albany during his visitation and service.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or First Baptist Church of New Albany.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com,
Geneva Walker
RIPLEY – Geneva Pannell Walker, 76, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at her home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. To view and sign the online register book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Essie Doss
NETTLETON – Essie Doss, 79, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fields Funeral Home of Okolona.
Georgia Smith
SHANNON – Georgia Mae Smith, 81, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at the Cedars Greenhouses in Tupelo. She was born on June 4, 1929, to Rilla Stone and Cleodis Dean. She was educated in Shannon and Monroe County School Systems. She was the founder of Smith’s Dairy Bar and Little Kings and Queens Daycare. She provided 48 years of great customer service and quality care for the community’s children. She was a faithful member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo with Bro. Dan McCollum officiating. Burial will be in Old Shannon Cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Curtis Robert (Flora) of Shannon and Ed (Nell) of Bloomingdale, Ill.; one sister, Mazie Culpepper (Lonnie) of Anniston, Ala.; one uncle, Otis McKinney of Douglasville, Ga.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E.D. Smith; one daughter, Beverly Hampton; one brother, L.J. Anthony; and one son-in-law, Alfonso Hampton.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
To sign the guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
Franklin Jaynes
IUKA – Franklin Jaynes, 91, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at his home. He was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of Iuka Lodge 94 F&AM; a member of the charter class of Corinth Scottish Rite Consistory in 1957; and a member of the Eastern Star.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with the Rev. Aubrey Boren officiating. Burial with Masonic rites will be in Snowdown Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Juanita King (Don) of Iuka, Phyllis Thorn of Iuka, Lovenne Stevens (James) of Baldwyn and Frankie Pannell (Robert) of Booneville; grandchildren, Tabitha Reece, Eddie Thorn, Terry Jaynes, David Taylor, Sabrina Arnold, Salina Bryant, Christy Scott, Norman Walls, Tammy Walls, Ginger Stockton and Tony Smith; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Elizabeth Jaynes, and a daughter, Sara Myrtle Smith.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Alice Donegan
TUPELO – Alice L. Donegan, 76, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Robert Kelly Sr.
ABERDEEN – Robert Kelly Sr., 89, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Union M.B. Church. 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 6 p.m. Friday. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

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