Obituaries, Saturday, June 24, 2000

AUTHOR: JUDYC

Obituaries, Saturday, June 24, 2000

Rosie Burton

HOLLY SPRINGS Rosie Mae Myers Burton, 62, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at St. Francis Hospital. She was a member of Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. She was a boat builder at Polar Craft in Olive Branch.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. S.A. Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, John D. Burton of Holly Springs; four daughters, Vanessa Scruggs, Vivian Burton, Dwyanda Burton and Lisa Burton, all of Holly Springs; three sons, Eddie James Myers, Michael Myers and Dexter Burton, all of Holly Springs; two sisters, Mamie Hill of Byhalia and Ruby Sanders of Memphis; five brothers, Mark Rowe of Los Angeles, Curtis Boyce of Olive Branch, Tommy Myers and Sam Myers of Memphis and Earl Myers of Birmingham; 17 grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

Jerry Lambert

IUKA Jerry Lambert, 50, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Iuka Hospital. He was a member of Iuka Baptist Church and the Iuka Lion’s Club. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was preceded in death by his mother, Billie Ruth Lambert; his maternal grandparents, Bert and Ella Davis; and his paternal grandfather, Albert Lambert.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Iuka Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Manley and the Rev. Ron Plymel officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery with full military honors. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Lambert of Iuka; his father and stepmother, Hugh and Betty Lambert of Tishomingo; two sons, Michael Lambert and his wife, Darci, of Tupelo and Joe Lambert and his wife, Kay, of Iuka; his grandmother, Lela Lambert of Burnsville; three sisters, Pat Arnold and her husband, Edward, of Iuka, Debbie Barnett and her husband, Jimmy, of Burnsville and Vickie Simpson and her husband, Jim, of Birmingham; four grandchildren, Denver, Steven, Mecail and Nichole Lambert; 13 nieces and nephews and three great-nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Terry Johnson, Charles Swimmer, Roger Sanderson, Gary McNutt, Toney Mobley, David Barnett, Lonnie Davis and Billy McKissick.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Iuka Lion’s Club and Chris Evans.

Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Iuka Lion’s Club or the American Cancer Society.

Arlis Littlejohn

PONTOTOC Arlis Littlejohn, 81, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born Dec. 23, 1918, in Union County. He was retired from Borden Dairy and was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Littlejohn and the Rev. Ted Burcham officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Eva Littlejohn of Pontotoc; three sons, Thomas Littlejohn and Ricky Littlejohn and his wife, Melody, all of Pontotoc and Larry Littlejohn and his wife, Jere, of French Camp; seven sisters, Dorothy Fredrick of Memphis, Katie Robertson of Decatur, Ala., Nadene Harris and Elaine Medders, both of Mathiston, Maxine Shinall of Pittsboro and Ilene Taylor of Eupora and Eleanor Clark of Grenada; two brothers, Tom Littlejohn of Cornelia, Ga., and Avalon Littlejohn of Eupora; four grandchildren, Joshua Littlejohn, Mark Littlejohn, Kenny Littlejohn and his wife, Jo, Claire Littlejohn; two great-grandchildren, McKayla Littlejohn and Matthew Littlejohn.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Littlejohn, Mark Littlejohn, Kenny Littlejohn and Greg Laprade.

Visitation will be from 8:30 until 10 a.m. today.

Esther Bolton

BOONEVILLE Esther Lee Bolton, 96, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Alcorn Care Inn in Corinth after an extended illness. She was a homemaker and a member of Gaston Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Bolton; her parents, Sim and Rosie Coats; two sisters and five brothers.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Milton Koon and the Rev. Ben Parman officiating. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Nadine Worley and her husband, Nelson, and Earline Harris, all of Booneville; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will last until service time today.

Johnnie Bell

ABERDEEN Johnnie B. Gates Bell, 66, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at Aberdeen-Monroe County Hospital.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Red Bud M.B. Church with the Rev. Roosevelt Foard officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Leonard Bell of Aberdeen; six sons, Rayford Darden of Okolona, W.C. Bell of Prairie, James C. Bell, Leroy Bell, John Willie Bell and R.C. Bell, all of Aberdeen; four daughters, Emma Bowers and Maxzine Johnson of Tupelo, Ada Johnson and Stella Cook of Aberdeen; her mother, Era Mae Gates of Okolona; four sisters, Blenzine Powe, Annie Heard and Eliza Kyles, all of Okolona and Bobbie Lee Whitley of St. Louis; 36 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; two special granddaughters from the home, Sharanda Bell and Amanda Johnson of Aberdeen.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Mae Bell; and one son, James Gates Jr.

The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.

Virnelle Chambers

SARDIS Virnelle Carlisle Mosley Chambers, 55, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a homemaker and a member of Truslow United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Hickey officiating. Burial will be in Surette Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, William B. Chambers of Sardis; two daughters, Sissi Mosley LeDoux of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Angel Mosley Sing of Independence; one son, William Brooks Mosley of Longbeach; two sisters, Shirley Carlisle Dover of Sardis and Doris Carlisle Carpenter of Tunica; 11 grandchildren.

Tresia Robinson

CORINTH Tresia Robinson, 45, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Jamie Cummings Jr.

EUPORA Jamie Cummings Jr. died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo from the results of an automobile accident. He was born April 11, 1977 in Webster County. He was a factory worker at Franklin Furniture Company

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Wise-Nowell Funeral Home with the Rev. Willie Richardson officiating. Burial will be in Aspa Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ramae Cummings of Eupora; his mother, Linda Mitchell of Eupora; his father, James Lidell Cummings Sr. of Stewart; two daughters, Britnie Cummings and Makala Cummings of Eupora; three sisters, Karen Allen, Crystal Cummings and Torey Cummings, all of Eupora; one stepbrother, Russel Mitchell of Lance, Mich.; one stepsister, Stacy Ross of St. John, Mich.; his stepmother, Evelyn Cummings of Stewart; his stepfather, Everett Mitchell of Eupora; his paternal grandparents, Sheirley and Grace Cummings of Stewart; his maternal grandparents, Alice and Andrew Allred of Eupora.

Jim Souter

PONTOTOC Jim Souter, 73, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at his residence. He was a native of Pontotoc. He was a retired farmer and a member of Springville Chapel M.B. Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Naylor C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Jimmy Stewart officiating. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include five daughters, Lottie Heard, Diane Souter, Kathy Sisk, Bonnie Souter and Karen Stockard, all of Pontotoc; three sons, Jimmy Souter, Steve Souter and Larry Souter, all of Pontotoc; two sisters, Mary Souter and Irene Heard of Pontotoc; one brother, Levert Souter of St. Louis; 19 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Autry Souter.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with family hour from 7 until 8 p.m.

Eugene Prather

NEW ALBANY Eugene Prather, 68, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at his home. He was born Dec. 4, 1931, in Pocahontas, Tenn., to the late Arthur Prather and Elsie Porterfield Prather. He was an employee of the City of New Albany and was a member of the Church of God.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Albert Decanter and the Rev. Raymond Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.

Survivors include five sisters, Geneva Hale of Myrtle, Betty Moss, Fannie Prather and Rosie Prather, all of New Albany and Lisa Howell of Tupelo; four brothers, Amos Prather of Myrtle, Ray Prather of Sterling, Okla., Melvin Prather and Bobby Prather, both of New Albany.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Jean Prather and one brother, Jamie Prather.

Pallbearers will be Nicky Prather, Tommy Hale, Gary Moss, Harvey Prather, Paul Howell, David Robertson, Johnny Hale and Michael Howell.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. today.

Mildred H. Hale

Mildred Dale Hale, 85, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at her daughter’s residence in Dallas after an extended illness. She was born May 29, 1915, in Pontotoc County to the late Alexander Hamilton Hooker and Rhone Dillard Hooker. She was a homemaker and had lived in Tupelo for most of her adult life. She was a longtime member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Tupelo, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and served as a Sunday school teacher and choir member. She was a former member of the Thursday Culture Club and the Homemaker’s Club. She was know widely as an excellent cook with her specialty hot coconut cakes, for her handiworks and her caring spirit towards family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Milton Hale, who died in Oct. 20, 1998.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Herschel Wiygul and the Rev. Don McCain officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her only daughter, Sandra Hale Bruns and her husband, Alfred, of Dallas; two granddaughters, Frances Bruns Yoder and her husband, John, of Dallas and Charlotte Bruns Fronta and her husband, Kevin, of Austin, Texas; her Tupelo caregivers, Jimmie Kent and Mary Kilgo; and her Dallas caregiver, Janice Powell.

Pallbearers will be her nephews and cousins, Dr. Phil Hooker, Jimmy Gamblin, Kenny Scott, Barry Hopson, James Hulett Hale and John Ray Beasley.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today in the Christian Life Center at the church.

Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2434, Tupelo, Miss., 38803.

Lee AD Lee Ad Lee AD

David D. Parker

Tupelo

2 p.m. today

Lee Memorial Chapel

Lee Memorial Park

Visit: noon – service time today

Mrs. Mildred D. Hale

Tupelo

3 p.m. today

Wesley United Methodist Church

Visit: 1 p.m. – service time

at the Christian Life Center

at Wesley UMC

Mr. William Edward Reifers

Fernandina Beach, Fla.

Formerly of Okolona

2 p.m. Sunday

St. Therese Catholic Church

Okolona

Oddfellows Cemetery

Visit: 5 – 8 p.m. today

at Okolona Funeral Home

Mr. Richard L. Sweat

Belden

Arrangements Pending

Rosetta Golden

STARKVILLE Rosetta Verhine Golden, 95, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Starkville Manor Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 11, 1904, in Murrah, Ky. She was a longtime member of Lollars Grove Baptist Church. She was a retired dietitian for the Birmingham School System and was a homemaker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lollars Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Stanley Dorroh and Charlie Pollard officiating. Burial will be in Lollars Grove Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Mildred Golden Behnke of Birmingham and Joy Golden Pollard of Starkville; one sister, Iva Knox of Birmingham; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.

Lucille Owen

PONTOTOC Ethel Lucille Caldwell Owen, 86, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a retired garment factory worker and a Methodist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Tom Sheffield and the Rev. W.T. Dexter officiating. Burial will be in Jernigan Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Dorothy Pulley, Sandra Nanney, and Phyllis Moore and her husband, Johnny, all of Pontotoc, and Diane Turner of Tupelo; one son, Donald Owen and his wife, Barbara, of Pontotoc; two sisters, Gladys Winters of Houston and Doris Adcock of Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Robert Caldwell of Pontotoc and Dorman Caldwell of Little Rock, Ark.; 12 grandchildren, Greg Pulley, Gary Nanney, Keith Owen, Troy Owen, Regina Owen Carter, Renee Owen Stephens, Jessica Owen Gaston, Ashley Owen, Natasha Turner Carpenter, Glenn Moore, Chad Moore and Jeremy Moore; 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Presley Caldwell and Betty Price Caldwell; her husband, Mooney Owen; a son, Bobby Owen; two brothers, Frank Caldwell and Horace Caldwell; a sister, Francis Caldwell Pitts; and two sons-in-law, Rex Pulley and Rex Nanney.

Pallbearers will be Neal Turner, James Lawrence Caldwell, Rodney Crawford, Raymond Owen, Spencer Gaston and Ken Carter.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Vetress Porter

HAMILTON, Ala. Vetress Porter, 60, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Red Bay Hospital. She was born Feb. 10, 1940, in Itawamba County to Willie Q. Johnson and Cora Johnson. She was a homemaker and attended the Church of God.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Marshall Green and Bro. Oliver Ayers officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, R.D. Porter of Hamilton, Ala.; three daughters, Flora Ann Barrett and her husband, Elmer, and Flora Jean Haynes, all of Alamo, Tenn., and Sharon Kay Edwards and her husband, Travis, of Belmont; four sons, Tommy Porter and his wife, Gladys of Alamo, Tenn., Paul Lewis Porter of Red Bay, John Lesley Porter of Memphis and Mark Porter and his wife, Tina, of Alamo, Tenn.; one sister, Jeanette Oaks of Belmont; seven brothers, Jake Johnson and Melvin Johnson, both of Fulton, Alton and Tulon Johnson, both of Golden, Johnny Johnson of Fulton, Jimmy Johnson of Mantachie and Tommy Johnson of Golden; 18 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two children, Levera Jane Porter and Walter Lewis Porter.

Pallbearers will be John D. Johnson, Stevie Gann, Wayne Pipkins, Stony Ewing, Elmer Barrett Jr., John Porter, Tim Edwards and Greg Edwards.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today.

Eugene Payne

ABERDEEN Bro. Eugene Payne died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at Aberdeen-Monroe County Hospital. He was born Dec. 12, 1921, in Monroe County to the late John Henry and Gurlena Payne. He became a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church and later moved his membership to Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church with Pastor Willie S. Mosley officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Jackson Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Dessie Payne, to whom he was married in 1940; five sons, Eugene Payne Jr. and his wife, Berneice, of Aberdeen, Raymond Payne and his wife, Mae, of St. Louis, Curley Payne and his wife, Annie, and Jesse Jake Payne and his wife, Mary, both of Aberdeen and Micheal Haynes of Tupelo; five daughters, Jessie Lee Gates and her husband, B.J., Viola Holiday and her husband, Earnest, Dorothy Fort and her husband, Sammie, Irene Cunningham and her husband, Joseph, all of Aberdeen, Linda Haynes of Kansas City; three sisters, Lillie Mae Blanchard, Louise Payne, both of Aberdeen and Rosie Lee of West Point; two brothers, Willie Mack Payne and John Henry Payne and his wife, Elizabeth, of Aberdeen; 34 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Arie Lou Young; one daughter, Cherry B. Ivory; three grandsons, Asley Ford, B.J. Gates Jr., and Curtis Lamont Payne.

David D. Parker

David D. Parker, 39, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at the University of Tennessee-Bowlds Medical Center in Memphis after a long illness. He was born Dec. 2, 1960, in Delhi, La., to the late A.G. Parker and Lois Hill Finlayson. He moved from Tallulah, La., to Lee County in 1977. He was employed more than 15 years in the family grocery business, B&L Grocery in Verona. He was a member of East Heights Baptist Church in Tupelo. He was an avid bird watcher, a member of the Audubon Society and participated in the state of Mississippi Bird Christmas Count. He enjoyed all sports.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Ledbetter officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte, of Tupelo; one son, Cory B. Parker of the home; his mother, Lois Hill Finlayson of Verona; one sister, Sylvia Rugg, and her husband, John, of West Monroe, La.; two stepsisters, Billye Jo and Sara Ann Finlayson of Tallulah, La.; one stepbrother, Charles Finlayson of Tallulah, La.; his grandmother, Della Hill of Tallulah, La.

He was preceded in death by his father; and his stepfather, Bill Finlayson.

Pallbearers will be Mark Sanders, Craig Sanders, Wayne Riddle, Steve Webb, Allen Jolley and Chuck McCullough.

Memorials may be made to the Greater Mississippi Area Chapter National Hemophelia Foundation, P.O. Box 13608, Jackson MS 39211.

Russell Wiles

GUNTOWN Russell Wiles, 70, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.

Effice Smith

OXFORD Effice Smith died Friday, June 23, 2000, at the VA Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany.

Richard L. Sweat

BELDEN Richard L. Sweat, 59, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona.