Obituaries Sept. 12, 2010

Gilda McCauley
BOONEVILLE – Gilda Jane McCauley, 54, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Mt. Olive Church of God. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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 the funeral service Monday.
John Tutor
FALKNER – John Wiley Tutor, 69, died Sept. 10, 2010, at his home. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a member of Soul’s Harbor Apostolic Church in Walnut and a U.S. Navy Veteran. He worked as a general foreman and safety man in dam and bridge construction across the U.S. including the Libby Dam and the Tombigbee Waterway. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his bride, restoring tractors and trading horses.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jesse Cutrer officiating. Burial will be in Finley Cemetery in Lyman.
Survivors include his wife, Paula Jones Tutor; three children, John Wilsie Tutor and his wife, Kathy of Lyman, Brett Allen Campbell and his wife, Lisa of Lovelock, Nev. and Brandie L’ni Tutor Saucier and her husband, Clint of Biloxi; two stepchildren, Kelly Gates and his wife, Tiffany of Blue Mountain and Joshua Rodgers of Falkner; one sister, Ruth Dell Britt Willette of Falkner; three grandchildren, Felisha Campbell of Fallon, Nev, Chloe Lima and her husband of Bend, Ore. and Aldyn Louise Saucier of Biloxi; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Candy Phillips Tutor; and his brothers, Harold Keith Tutor and James Ruben Tutor.
Pallbearers will be Trent Carter, David Carter, John Paul Pannell, Jimmy Windham and Jimmy Parks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Soul’s Harbor Apostolic Church in Walnut.
Willie Givhan
TUPELO – Willie S. Givhan, 81, formerly of Belden, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at the Golden Living Center on Eason Blvd. in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Jimmy Hale
NEW ALBANY – Jimmy C. Hale, 58, died Sept. 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany.
Eleanor Jaggers
OKOLONA – Eleanor Cole Jaggers, 90, died Sept. 11, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 8, 1919, to W.T. and Maude Thompson Jaggers in Okolona. She died in the same house where she was born and lived her entire life. She attended Okolona Public Schools and received her high school diploma from Okolona High School in 1937. She received a BS degree in Secretarial Science in 1941 from Mississippi State College for Women (MSCW) in Columbus. She worked one year for the Farm Security Administration in Little Rock, Ark. transferring to Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville, Tenn. (1942-1947). She later worked in the Tupelo TVA Office (1947-1974) and completed her 34 year career in West Point.
In Okolona, She served the First Baptist Church in positions as secretary, Sunday school teacher and church organist from 1976 to present. She made lasting friends through her work at the church and community friends at the Twentieth Century Club, Homemaker and Sunshine Club and the Pilot Club. She was an avid traveler, visiting Europe and surrounding countries, and she toured almost every State in the U.S. Her chief hobbies and interests were playing the organ at the First Baptist Church and visiting friends and family. She loved her caretakers very much and enjoyed fishing and eating out with them.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with her pastors, Dr. Randy Lewman, Dr. Roy McHenry and Bro. Eric Boykin officiating. Burial will be in the Jaggers Family Plot at Oddfellows Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her first cousin, Harold S. Thompson and his wife, Rosemary, previously of Egypt, now living in Saltillo; and her beloved caretakers, Judy and Delane Walls of Okolona.
She was preceded in death by her parents, W.T. Jaggers and Maude Thompson Jaggers.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Rogers, Tommy Rogers, Delane Walls, Brad Walls, Gib Wise, Phillip Ray and Hal Thompson.
Memorials should be directed to the First Baptist Church , 201 W. Main St., Okolona, Miss., to the North MS Medical Center Cancer Patient Fund, 830 S. Gloster, Tupelo, MS. 38801 or to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38802.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Arthur Rhodes
LEXINGTON, Tenn. – Arthur Alton Rhodes, 84, of Lexington,Tenn., died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Jackson, Tenn. He was a retired pipefitter, and he was retired from the United States Army.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Reeds Chapel with Bro. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow in Sand Ridge Cemetery. Reeds Funeral Home of Lexington, Tenn. is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Small Rhodes of Lexington; a son, James E. Rhodes of Pigeon Forge; a brother, Ike Rhodes of Lexington; a sister, Lessie Williams of Eads; two grandchildren, Robert and David Rhodes; and two great-grandchildren, Layton and Logan Nguyen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Bessie Brazil
FALKNER – Bessie Shelton Brazil, 77, died Sept. 2, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was retired from Blue Bell/Red Kap, and she was a member of New Life Pentecostal Church in Ripley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Life Pentecostal Church with Bro. Herman Hancock and Bro. Bobby Goode officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, David E. Brazil of Falkner; three daughters, Kim Waller (Gary) of Louisville, Ky., Deborah Wood (Bill) of Ripley and Jennifer Hunt (Micheal) of Stafford, Va.; two sons, James Wes Hill (Belynda) of Pontotoc and David A. Hill of Holly Springs; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, H.W. and Jettie Beard Shelton; four sisters, Nyleen Lewellen, Lila Lindsey, Willard Wilbur and Billie Jean Cogan; and one brother, Rufus Shelton.
Pallbearers will be Chad Holcomb, Sammy Ford, Andrew Hill, Robert Burns, Micheal Hunt, Blake Pharr, Logan Waller and Eddie Brazil.
Visitation will be from noon until 12:30 p.m. today at the church.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Natalie Lindsey
WHEELER – Natalie Ann Lindsey, infant daughter of Adam and Monica Lindsey, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at the Med in Memphis.
A private graveside service will be held at Ingram Cemetery with Bro. Rickey Bishop and Bro. Chuck Hampton officating. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her parents; one brother, Kolby Lindsey of the home; grandparents, Pete and Cathy Lindsey of Wheeler and Randy and Dinah Hill of Baldwyn; great-grandparents, Dot Hill of Baldwyn and Esther Lindsey of Wheeler; and two aunts, Crystal Rutland and Mallory Hill, both of Baldwyn.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, James Lindsey and J.V. Hill and Thurman G. and Mary Ann Pope Clayton.
Johnny Campbell
CORINTH – Johnny Campbell, 40, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Puddie Ruff
TUPELO – Puddie Eason Ruff, 84, beloved Tupelo educator, coach, mother, grandmother and civic leader died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at DeSoto Health Care Center in Southhaven. She was born on June 21, 1926, in Tupelo to Clifton Cochran (C.C.) and Margaret Burrow Eason. She graduated from Tupelo High School and received her degree in Physical Education from the University of Mississippi.
She married Guy Philp Ruff on Oct. 16, 1949, a marriage of 55 years until his death on April 2, 2005. She taught physical education for 25 years. Her early years were at Plantersville and Lawhon School in East Tupelo with her last 21 years at Tupelo High School. She was a tennis coach of extraordinary stature. Her career total included 150 wins and 6 losses (.960). She and her teams won 19 district championships and were the State 5 A champions in l985-1986. She was singularly honored by being named National Tennis Coach of the Year in l984 in a ceremony in Albuquerque, N.M. Her coaching legacy included 33 players who went on to play college tennis on scholarship including David Randle who played at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. She also taught private swimming lessons in Tupelo for 50 years.
She loved the outdoors and being a mother, grandmother, housewife and sister after retiring. She loved working in her yard and extended conversations with family, friends and sports enthusiasts. She was totally devoted to uplifting the Tupelo spirit as one of the city’s great cheerleaders. A lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, she enjoyed bible studies, and she also was active for years in the Pastor’s Sunday School Class at Calvary Baptist Church.
A service celebrating her life will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo with her son in law, the Rev. Bob Cargo and the Rev. Andy Ray, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Tupelo, officiating. A private burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her four children, Phil Ruff (Norma) of Tupelo, David Ruff (Nancy) of Germantown, Missy Ruff Flanagan (Jim) of Hernando and Margaret Anne Ruff Cargo (Bob) of Atlanta; 13 grandchildren, Adam Ruff, Bess Ruff, David Ruff Jr. (Mary Kylie), Emily Witcher (Jay), Daniel Ruff, Jonathan Ruff, Anna Eason Harney (Ken), Mary Kathryn Merrifield (Chris), Robin Flanagan, Hace Cargo (Sally), Missy Cargo, Eason Cargo and Callie Cargo; four great-grandchildren, Lindsey Ruff, Benton Ruff, Ben Merrifield and Tripp Witcher; a brother, Paul Eason of Tupelo; and several nieces, nephews and in-laws.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cliff and Margaret Eason; her husband, Guy; a son, Robin; two sisters, Myra Leake and Doris Joyner; and a grandson, Ben Flanagan.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, David, Hace, Adam, Daniel, Jonathan, Eason and Robin.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday only in the Gathering Room at First United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Friends of the Park, c/o Tupelo Sports Council, P.O. Box 3608, Tupelo, MS to help renovate and maintain Tupelo’s tennis infrastructure.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors @comcast.net.
Guy Langford
NEW ALBANY – Guy Columbus Langford, 89, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at his home. He was born July 19, 1921, in Union County to Isaac Columbus Langford and Viola Grubbs Langford. He spent most of his life in Union County. He was an automobile mechanic and truck driver for Langford Lumber Company. He later worked for Union County Maintenance until he was 84. He was a 50 year Mason, a Scottish Rite, a Shriner, a member of Eastern Star and a member of Hickory Flat Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the the Rev. Horace Thomas officiating. Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Martha Smith Langford; a brother-in-law, James Smith; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Cobb and Ruby James; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son; a sister, Jettie Wise; and two brothers, Clyde Langford and I.P. Langford.
Pallbearers will be Danny Jordan, James Byers, Ralph Wise, T.W. Cobb, Tim Smith and Roger Langford.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children, 815 Market Street, Galveston, TX 77550 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Kermit Brown
BURTON – Kermit Hannon Brown, 90, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at his home in Burton. He was a retired farmer, a Protestant, a Merchant Marine and a U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran of WWII.
Services will be at 4 p.m Monday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Andy Hicks officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin Johnson and Charity Elizabeth Barker Brown; two sisters, Ethel Ola Brown and Grace Lee Brown; and six brothers, Elihu Morgan Brown, Koker Uriah Brown, Dewey Benson Brown, Ural Lander Brown, William Presley Brown and Ernest Luther Brown.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
James Little
SMITHVILLE – James Robert Little, 80, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at his home. Born on July 18, 1930, in Monroe County, he was a son of Winsford and Ronie Taylor Little. He honorably served his country as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army following World War II. For 21 years, he taught auto mechanics at the Vo-Tech at Amory High School, owned Little’s Gin and was a farmer. He was a member of Smithville Baptist Church and a former member of First Baptist Church in Amory where he taught a Sunday school class. A wonderful person whose work was his hobby, he loved his family and enjoyed crossword puzzles. He was vice-president of Gaines Trace Water Association and a member of the School Teachers Retirement Organization.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Wes White officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jimmie Little of Smithville; daughters, Cynthia (Jim) Duncan of Hot Springs, Ark., Carol (Bob) Carey of Alaska and Cathy Roberta Little of the home; sisters, Lalia Brown and Arweda Wright of Fultondale, Ala., Dorsey (James) Parker of Iuka, Margie (Johnnie) Burt of Smithville, Linda (Dail) Sanders of Columbus, Ruby (Mark) Anderson of Texas, Faye (Phil) Sargent of Smithville and Sonya (Wayne) Oliver of Florida; grandchildren, Eric (Julie) Cruber of Washington, D.C., Alison Langston and Dan Conner of Arkansas; great-grandson, Grayson Langston of Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Evelyn Welch, Mary Ellen Bunn and Lubie Fikes; and his stepmother, Ruby Little Fletcher.
Pallbearers will be Dewayne Pickle, Jack Horne, John Holland, Ralph Dill, Glenn Devall and James Parker. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Wayne Holland, Johnnie Cadden, Huey Little, Billy Glasgow and Herbert Little.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Amory.
Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Beulah Bushnell
BOONEVILLE – Beulah Lormand Bushnell, 89, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at her son’s home in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Carlie Bradley
CORINTH – Carlie Nash Bradley, 96, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at Dogwood Plantation Assisted Living.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial will be in City Cemetery in Corinth. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church.
Ann Wouldridge
FULTON – Ann Wouldridge, 64, died Sept. 11, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until today at Sandy Springs Baptist Church.

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