Obituaries, Sept. 11, 2006

Elmer Earl Boyd
BENTONIA – Elmer Earl Boyd, 73, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at the V.A. Hospital in Jackson. He was born in Hamilton March 14, 1933, to the late James Boyd and Hazel Kendrick Boyd. He lived the last 15 years in Bentonia. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a retired self-employed contractor.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Scott Carter officiating. Burial will be in the Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include four sisters and two brothers.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Ruby Price
UNITY – Ruby Cook Price, 89, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at the Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie after an extended illness. She was a seamstress for many years and the oldest member of the Eggville Church of Christ. She loved her flowers, her gardening and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Leon Willis, Bro. Delbert Turner and Bro. Castor Buse officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Elwood Price of Unity; two sons, Michael Price and Randy Price, both of Unity; one sister, Jewel Posey of Guntown; four grandchildren, Maria Hutcheson and her husband, Thomas, Allison Price, Ashley Price and Jon Price; one great-grandchild, Tyler Hutcheson; and a special friend, Evelyn Whitaker Hill.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ova Roper Cook; four sisters, Luna Elliott, Nellie Benefield, Helon Cook and Audrey Cook; and three brothers, Jess Cook, Walter Cook and Charlie Cook.
Pallbearers will be David McCullough, Halton Elliott, W.C.. Cook, Bobby Posey, Judon Posey, Tom Hutcheson and Jon Price.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Maudean Pollan
EUPORA – Maudean Crowley Pollan, 81, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center-LTCU in Eupora. She was born Aug. 13, 1925 in Webster County. She was a retired health care worker and a member of Lebanon Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with Bro. Jeep Pepper and Bro. Roger Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Rita Pollan Thompson of Gore Springs, Donna Pollan McGary of Eupora and Linda Gail Pollan Ballard of Mathiston; one sister, Jesse Faye Hunter of Eupora; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Herman “Dirty” Pollan; her parents, Maud and Era Crowley; one brother, Aubrey Crowley; and one sisters, Quida Carroll.

Aamari Shumpert
FULTON – Aamari Shumpert died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.J. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Ozelle Sanders Murphy
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Ozelle Sanders Murphy, 84, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Fair Haven Retirement Center in Birmingham, Alabama. She was born in Aberdeen July 12, 1922 and was the youngest daughter of the late John Turner and Ozelle Brown Sanders. She later lived in Booneville, Burnswick, Ga., and Panama City, Fla., moving to Birmingham in 1978. She graduated Aberdeen High School, attended Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus and graduated Miss Wiley’s Business School in Memphis.
She was a member of McElwain Baptist Church, Samford Auxiliary, the Birmingham Rose Society and on the board of Birmingham’s Shepherd Center East. She was also a long-time resident of Panama City, Fla., where she was a member of Saint Andrews Baptist Church and active at Gulf Coast Community College where her husband served as vice-president.
Graveside services and burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen with the Rev. R. D. Cline officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Murphy Mauldin and son-in-law, Dr. Jack L. Mauldin, and two grandsons, Scott and Steve Mauldin, all of Birmingham; three nephews, Tom Somers and his wife, Mary Ann, of Birmingham, John Somers and his wife, Bee, and their children, Nathan and Hayley Somers, all of Germantown, Tenn., and David Somers and his son, Joshua, of Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Nathan Murphy in 1998; two sisters, Lucille Sanders Somers in 1990, and Nell Elizabeth Sanders in 2006; and by a brother-in-law, James Thomas Somers Sr. in 2002.
Memorials may be made to Fair Haven Retirement Center, 1424 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35210, or to McElwain Baptist Church, 4445 Montevallo Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, or to Shepherd Center East, 118 N 84th St., Birmingham, AL 35206, or to the donor’s favorite charity.

Joe Ochodnicky
IUKA – Joe Ochodnicky, 71, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

John W. Thompson Sr.
SHANNON – John W. Thompson Sr., 68, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at his home. He was a member of Macedonia M.B. Church in Buena Vista.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the H.L. Coleman Church of the Living Christ Center in Haven Acres. Burial will be in the Johnson Chapel Cemetery in Shannon. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include seven children, John W. Thompson Jr., Jessie Thompson Sr., Pauline Clark, Tim Thompson Sr. and Bryant Thompson Sr., all of Shannon, Linda Walker of Aberdeen and Rose Blake of Memphis; his mother, Joella Thompson of Tupelo; five siblings, Bonnie Ward of Verona, Henry Ella Smith, Tyrone Thompson Sr., Brenda Jenkins and Jackie Thompson, all of Tupelo; the mother of his children, Annie Thompson of Shannon; 28 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to services at the church.

Keith Turner
CORINTH – Lionel Keith Turner, 48, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. He was a former employee in the customer service department for Quebecor World in Corinth and Clarksville, Tenn. for 29 years. He was a member of the Horn Hunting Club. He enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. He loved his family and friends.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Phillip Caples officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda Parker Turner of Corinth; five sons, Dustin Keith Turner and wife, Amanda, Brandon Keith Turner, Prentiss Keith Turner, Lucas Keith Turner and Jackson Keith Turner, all of Corinth; one daughter, Heather North Pike and husband, Steve, of Baldwyn; one grandchild, Caleb Pike; his mother, Mary Reece Turner of Corinth; one sister, Vickie Lewis and husband, Tom, of Corinth; his mother-in-law, Linda Parker Eubanks of Glen; his father-in-law, Orville Parker of Chicago, Ill.; 16 nieces and nephews; and other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Prentiss Lane Turner Sr.; his father-in-law, Enoch Eubanks; and a nephew, Chris Stevens.
Pallbearers will be Bill Phillips Jr., Hugh McDaniel, Craig Null, Michael Turner Jr., Nathan Brown and Jeremy Stevens. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Stewart, Reed Turner, Lane Turner, Cody Parker, David Turner and Paul Ross.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for the immediate family at AmSouth Bank.

Reggie Hunter
THAXTON – Reggie Hunter, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of Thaxton Baptist Church. He was a school bus driver, a farmer and a factory worker before retirement. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and an avid domino player.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Jimmy Russell and the Rev. Billy Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the Thaxton Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Lavene Coleman Hunter of Thaxton; one daughter, Sherron Westmoreland of Pontotoc; one sister, Nylee Coleman of Thaxton; four grandchildren, Jennifer Coleman and husband, Jeff, Melissa Littlejohn, Lori McGloflin and Leslie Monaghan and husband, Dan; eight great-grandchildren, Kallie, Hunter and C. J. Coleman, Blake and Whitney Littlejohn, Maranda McGloflin and Drew and Ben Monaghan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Randal and Mary Jane Bennett Hunter; a daughter, Delores Bruce; a sister, Wava Benjamin; and three brothers, Elwood, Caycie and Rodney Hunter.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Johnny Coleman, Jerry Coleman, Steve Coleman, Deline Hunter, Glen Hunter and Randy Benjamin.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Thaxton Baptist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

John L. Elliott
HICKORY FLAT – John L. Elliott, 83, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. He was born July 1, 1923, in Hickory Flat to John Luther Elliott and Ruth Daniel Elliott. He was in timber sales and with the U.S. Forestry Service for 28 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Clyde Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Reba Jean Taylor Elliott of Hickory Flat; one son, Larry Lane Elliott and his wife, Rita, of Hickory Flat; one stepson, Charles Wayne West and his wife, Shelia, of Hickory Flat; one daughter, Johnnie Louise Roberson of Ashland; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Louise Hensley
PONTOTOC – Louise Hensley, 75, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She enjoyed working with flowers, listening to gospel music and the Bible on tape. She loved her family and friends.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Danny Rushing officiating.
Survivors include three children, Bettye J. Logan, Mary Lou Kneeland and Eric Hensley; three grandchildren, Jeanie L. Graham, Johnny R. Graham and Jessica Cloinger; two great-grandchildren, Marcus Graham and Kayla Cloinger.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ramos Hensley.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Ernest Fortner Sr.
ASHLAND – Jams Ernest Fortner Sr., 89, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, in Ashland. He was a retired inspector for the Mississippi State Highway Department. He was a member of Bluff Springs Baptist Church in Ashland. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II 31st Infantry-Dixie Division. He retired after 20 years from the 108th Armored Calvary and finished his 30 years with the National Guard.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Bluff Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Faron Ash officiating. Burial will be in the Bluff Springs Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, James Ernest Fortner Jr. and his wife, Barbara Jean, of Como; one sister, Connie Curbo of Olive Branch; two brothers, Charles Benjamin Fortner of Ashland and Raymond Fortner of Nashville, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Allen and Ann Elizabeth Poff Fortner; his wife, Barbara Hill Hubbard Fortner; and one daughter, Diane Wolford.
Pallbearers will be Robert Fortner, Rick Fortner, Tommy Fortner, Marc Fortner, Shane Fortner, Jimmy Fortner and Brian Gresham. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Mack Bingham and Arthur McMullen.
Visitation will continue today from 7 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Joe L. Spencer
EAST BEND, N.C. – Joe Lacey Spencer, 85, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born Oct. 2, 1920, to the late Ewing Lacey and Mary Abbott Sullivan Spencer. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW Post 5194. He was a Master Mason, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Sons of the American Revolution, EPES Society, Grand York Rite Bodies of Mississippi, the Sons of the Confederacy, and the American Legion Post 57. He was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Gentry Family Chapel in Yadkinville, N.C. Burial will be in the Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with full military honors by Yadkin VFW Post 10346 and Masonic Graveside Rites by Yadkin Masonic Lodge 162 A.F. and A.M.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Spencer (Michael Regan) Jester of East Bend, and Carolyn Spencer (Donald Jr.) Branch of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a grandson, Jason Grant Jester; several nieces and nephews; and a large extended family in Mississippi.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Elaine Nanney Spencer.
Memorials may be made to Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery or Music Fund, 2401 Nebo Road, Yadkinville, NC 27055 or First Baptist Church in Okolona.

Lloyd Tucker
BATESVILLE – Lloyd “Doll” Tucker, 73, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. He was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Ripley, Tenn., to Horace E. and Mary Alice Keltner Tucker. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral home with the Rev. Terry Floyd officiating. Burial will be in the Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Craft Tucker of Batesville; one daughter, Cindy Tucker Russell of Monticello, Ark.; four sons, Billy Tucker of Courtland, Timmy Tucker of Water Valley, Chuck Tucker of Batesville and Jerry Tucker of Tupelo; one sister, Louise Tucker Tatum of Ripley, Tenn.; one brother, James Tucker of Ripley, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.