Obituaries, Sept. 26, 2006

Bro. Clevert Berryhill, Greenwood Springs
Mary Caver, Baldwyn
Inez Christian, Fulton
Marie Gilmer, Pontotoc
Willie Gregory, Pontotoc
Rose Hamilton, Metairie, La.
P.N. Harper, Tupelo
Dick Hunter, Pontotoc
James Kimble, Tupelo
Janeth Lambert, Booneville
Grace Morris, Nettleton
Ottis Pettit, Salinas, Calif.
Robert Rice, Tupelo
Charles Sanders, Corinth
Lola Tucker, Middleton, Tenn.
Albert Watson, Houston
Peggy Woods, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Grace Morris

NETTLETON – Grace Morris, 74, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at her residence after an extended illness. A Lee County native, she was born March 6, 1932, to the late Edward and Fannie Tackett Hester. She enjoyed writing, gardening, fishing, art, but most of all, spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Baptist church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Jimmy Tackett officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Jake Morris of Nettleton; three daughters, Cathy McCrory (Robert) of Tremont, Vicky Gunter (Mike) of Plantersville and Jenny Davis (Barry) of Nettleton; one sister, Eddie Ruth McWhorter (Fred) of Troy; eight grandchildren, Cindy Sartin and Robbie McCrory of Tremont, Mike Gunter and Nikki Gunter of Plantersville, Andy Gunter of Plantersville, Jackie McCrory of Tupelo, and Shad Davis and Byron Godwin of Nettleton; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Andy Morris; and two brothers, Pete and Loyd Hester.

Pallbearers will be Cindy Sartin, Robbie McCrory, Mike Gunter, Andy Gunter, Jackie McCrory, Shad Davis, Nikki Gunter, Jesse Jetton, Byron Godwin, Stephanie Gunter, Mikey Gunter, Josh Gilmer and Martha Duckworth.

Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Bro. Clevert Berryhill

GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Bro. Clevert C. Berryhill, 72, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, he was born Oct. 12, 1933, in West Point, Tenn., to the late Clebert Lee and Girtie Jeanette Brewer Berryhill. He was a member of the New Center Point Freewill Baptist Church. He was the pastor of the Taylor Springs Freewill Baptist Church. He previously pastored the New Center Point Freewill Church, as well as several other churches, and had served as the minister for the Alabama Freewill Baptist Association. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean conflict. He enjoyed gospel singings and had previously sung with The Joymakers. He was a Mason. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Services were Monday, Sept. 25, at the New Center Point Freewill Baptist Church. Bro. Kelvin Price, Bro. Dale Ford and Bro. M.H. Hollis officiated. Burial followed in the Pickle Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent, Ala., was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Tate Berryhill of Greenwood Springs; one son, David Cole Berryhill (Tina) of Caledonia; one daughter, Sherie Pate (Roger) of Amory; seven grandchildren, Zack Berryhill, Nick Berryhill, Courtney Berryhill, Katie Berryhill, Jacob Berryhill, Dustin Burnett and Cody Pate; two stepgrandsons, Keith Pate and Braxton Pate; one stepgreat-granddaughter, Anna Thomas Pate; five sisters, Etna Richey of Florence, Ala., and Edith Jester, Syble Berryhill, Ola Staggs and Mary Allen, all Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Kenneth Berryhill; and two sisters, Opal Reed and Dorothy Berryhill.

Pallbearers were Steve Spencer, Mitchell Puckett, Joe Brown, Joe Easter, James Easter, Billy Ray Phillips and Doc Warren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Taylor Springs Freewill Baptist Church or the New Center Point Freewill Baptist Church.

James Kimble

TUPELO – James “Bubba” Kimble, 68 died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, at the Magnolia Manor in Tupelo. He was a member of Hopewell M.B. Church and a former employee of Milam School.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hopewell M.B. Church with the Rev. Curtis McKinney officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sisters, Earon Crosby of New York and Lula M. Jackson of Gary, Ind.; two brothers, Turner Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis., and Earlie Kimble of Rochester, N.Y.; two sisters-in-law, Glaydis and Virginia Kimble; a special friend, Tarrence Albert; a host of nieces and nephews and special cousins.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Wednesday.

Charles Sanders

CORINTH – Charles Ray Sanders, 63, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a resident of Alcorn County. He was an employee of the produce department at Wal-Mart and a member of Wenasoga Church of Christ.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel with G.W. Childs officiating. Burial will be in the New Danville Cemetery at Rienzi.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald Sanders (Tammy) and Randy Sanders, both of Corinth; one daughter, Tammy Hutchenson (Nickey) of Corinth; three brothers, J.W. Sanders (Edith) of Corinth, Billy Sanders (Audrey) of Rienzi and Bobby Sanders (Sunny) of Pontotoc; five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Jessie James Sanders; a special friend, Betty Fowler; and four brothers, J.C., Troy, Ray and Floyd Sanders.

His nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Ottis D. Pettit

SALINAS, Calif. – Ottis D. Pettit, 76, formerly of Pontotoc, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, at the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 21, 1930, in Houlka to Nathan and Bessie Morgan Pettit. He had lived in Salinas since 1956. He was a machine operator in the agriculture industry.

Services were Monday, Sept. 25, at the Healey Mortuary Chapel in Salinas with John Dierolf officiating. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Poplar Springs Cemetery in Calhoun County with the Rev. Darrell Sanderson officiating. Baldwin, Nowell & Clark Funeral Directors of Pontotoc is in charge of this service.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Pettit of Salinas; two sons, James Pettit and Danny Pettit of Salinas; two sisters, Jeanette Davidson (Jake) and Pauline Washington of Houlka; two brothers, Leon Pettit (Bernette) and Raymond Pettit (Marie) of Houlka; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a half sister, Mattie Belk; and two half brothers, Andrew and Jimmy Pettit.

Pallbearers will be Scott Washington, Zane Davidson, Paul Washington, Jimmy Moore, Joe Moore, John Vance, Eddie Williams and Austin Williams.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Mary Sue Caver

BALDWYN – Mary Sue Grisham Caver, 78, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility after a long illness. She was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Wheeler to Julia Pearl and Wesley Grisham. She was a graduate of Wheeler High School and a member of Wheeler Primitive Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charlie Ransier officiating. Burial will be in the Baldwyn Masonic Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Becky Clemons of Belden; two sons, Steve Caver of North Little Rock, Ark., and Mitch Caver of Baldwyn; one grandchild, Allison Cox of New Albany; two great-grandchildren, Carley Beth Adams and Miles Christian Cox; two sisters, Dot Bullard of Tupelo and Martha Jean Stocks of Maryland; one brother, Max Grisham of Knoxville; two stepgrandchildren, Chris Clemons and Scott Clemons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Caver; her parents; and a brother, Wesley Waters Grisham.

Pallbearers will be David Hill, Terry Caver, Bonnard Eaton, Danny Bullard, Brad Bullard and Sidney Duncan.

Cliff Cox will be an honorary pallbearer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Baldwyn Nursing Facility Activity Fund, c/o The Baldwyn Nursing Facility, 739 S. 4th St., Baldwyn, MS 38824.

Dick Hunter

PONTOTOC – Terry “Dick” Hunter died Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, at the Pontotoc Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Mortimer Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Peggy Woods

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Peggy Ann Rhodes Woods, 74, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, at Gardens Court Nursing Home in Palm Beach Gardens. She was a former resident of Abbeville and a member of the First Baptist Church of Abbeville. She was a homemaker. She was the widow of Jimmy Woods and Robert R. Dowdell Sr.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Randy Hope officiating. Burial will be in Abbeville Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Sandra G. Rhodes of Melbourne, Fla., Donna J. Self of Durham, N.C., and Peggy A. Corbett of Merritt Island, Fla.; three sons, Robert R. Dowdell Jr. of Palm Beach, Fla., David F. Dowdell of Titusville, Fla., and Mark T. Dowdell of Cumming, Ga.; two sisters, Charlotte Forest of Jacksonville, Fla., and Barbara Nelson of Harmontown; one brother, Francis Rhodes of Atoka, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Marie Gilmer

PONTOTOC – Marie Jernigan Gilmer, 94, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at Vicker's Personal Care Home in Starkville. She was born March 9, 1912, in Pontotoc County. She was a homemaker and a member of Springville Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was a member of the Homemakers Club and AARP.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Dr. Kermit McGregor officiating. Burial will follow in Springville Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Sara Foster (Dr. Bill Foster) of Starkville; one son, Dr. Robert W. Gilmer Jr. (Rachel) of Tallahassee, Fla.; three grandchildren, Kathy Foster of Vicksburg, David Gilmer of Florence, Ala., and Steve Gilmer of Atlanta, Ga.; one great-granddaughter, Shalae Gilmer of Florence, Ala.; one great-grandson, Chase Gilmer of Florence, Ala.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. “Buck” Gilmer, in 1981; and her parents, Bernard and Elise Gooch Jernigan.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Randy McWhirter, Steve Cummings, Earl Ashley, Joe Foster, Jerry Foster, Henry Tunnell and David Poyner.

Visitation will be from 12:30 to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Springville Cemetery Trust Fund, 104 Derby Shire, Starkville, MS 39759.

Inez Christian

FULTON – Velda Inez Christian, 89, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at Daniel Healthcare Inc. She was born Nov. 4, 1916, in Itawamba County to the late Andy and Mae Thomas Lesley. She was a member of the East Fulton Baptist Church. She worked in the kitchen at Edna Phillips Personal Care Home, Daniel Nursing Home and the Fulton Hospital. She also worked in several garment plants. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, yardwork and especially her great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. DeWitt Bain officiating. Burial will be in the Walton Cemetery.

Survivors include one sister, Buford Sue Bennett of Fulton; one stepdaughter, Elois Parrish of Illinois; two grandchildren, Carol Griffin and Chris Zerbes (Dorie); five great-grandchildren, Josh Christian, Anthony Christian, Seth Williams, Austin Zerbes and Christina Griffin; a special friend, Lynn Leech and family; a granddaughter-in-law, Dana Christian; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Christian; a son, Carl Christian; a stepson, Etoyle Christian; a grandson, Shane Christian; three brothers, Garfield Lesley, Connon Lesley and Coalman Lesley; a sister, Halovee Haynes; a daughter-in-law, Norma Christian; and her parents.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Janeth Lambert

BOONEVILLE – Janeth Dean Lambert, 51, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Albert Watson

HOUSTON – Albert Curtis Watson died Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, at the North Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.

Lola Mae Tucker

MIDDLETON, Tenn. – Lola Mae Tucker, 59, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, in Tippah County. She was born June 25, 1947. She was a sewing machine operator at Benchcraft in Blue Mountain for 27 years. She was a member of Piney Grove M.B. Church at Chalybeate.

Services will be at noon Wednesday at Piney Grove M.B. Church with Pastor Henry Calvert officiating. Burial will be in Ball Hill Cemetery in Tiplersville. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Doris Arlena Tucker of Nashville, Tenn.; two sons, Alton Dwight Foote and Ollie Andrew Tucker, both of Middleton; three sisters, Dora L. Buford, Nora L. Jackson and Sarah E. Boyd, all of Nashville; one brother, Lee Jr. Foote of Tiplersville; two grandchildren, Ceddricka and LaShawn Tucker.

Visitation will begin at noon today at the funeral home, with a wake from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

P.N. Harper

TUPELO – Price “P.N.” Harper, 80, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Athens, Ala., to the late Robert W. and Myrtle Reed Harper. He was a graduate of Athens High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was in the grocery business all his life. He worked for the A&P Tea Company for 27 years and retired from Malone & Hyde in 1990. After retiring, he farmed, raised cattle and fished. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, the Mississippi Cattlemen's Association and the Lee County Shriners. He was a 32nd degree Mason in the Hewitt-North Birmingham Masonic Lodge No. 519 and had received his 50-year pin in 1998.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and the Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Woodham Harper, whom he married Dec. 23, 1950; two daughters, Elaine Gillespie (Jeff) of Endville and Karen Metcalfe (Ricky) of Tupelo; three grandsons, Whitt Gillespie and Jake Metcalfe of Starkville, and Jordan Metcalfe of Tupelo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Macklin and Fred Harper.

Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Troy Maxcy, Ricky Jackson, Murry Coward, Bobby Briscoe, Phil Poe, Bobby Witt, Bob Kelly and Gerald McGill.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Reeves-Twitty Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Robert E. Rice

TUPELO – Robert Eugene Rice, 80, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, at home after an extended illness. He was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Lonoke County, Ark., to the late Louis Ellsworth and Shellie Hicks Rice. A 1942 graduate of Lonoke High School, he went to the University of Arkansas where he graduated in 1948. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He retired from Tennessee Valley Authority after 34 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Wesley Fellowship Sunday School Class, and served as past chairman of the Administrative Board. He was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program, a member of the Shepherd Center and a past president of the TVA Retirees Association. He had also been a member of the Tupelo Symphony Board. Earlier in his life, he was an active volunteer in Scouting. He and his wife, Liz, enjoyed traveling extensively during his retirement.

Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Tupelo Memorial Park, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andy Ray and the Rev. John Sudduth officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Moss Rice of Tupelo; four children, Lynn Rice Audenaert (William N. Audenaert) of Madison, Ala., Robert E. “Rob” Rice Jr. (Linda Wells Rice) and William L. “Bill” Rice (Ann Wofford Rice) of Tupelo, and Lee Rice Smith (Albert E. Smith Jr.) of Summerville, S.C.; 11 grandchildren, Neal Audenaert (Michelle) of College Station, Texas, Brian Audenaert of Madison, Ala., Drew Rice (Elizabeth) of Jackson, Beth Ann and Lydia Rice of Tupelo, David, Marion and Emma Rice of Tupelo, and Bert, Sarah and Mollie Smith of Summerville, S.C.; a sister, Betty Magie of Cabot, Ark; and a brother, Bill Rice (Lois) of Lonoke, Ark.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to: Meals on Wheels, 2800 W. Main St. Tupelo, MS 38801; The Shepherd Center, P.O. Box 1725, Tupelo, MS 38802; and Tupelo Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 474, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Willie A. Gregory

PONTOTOC – Willie A. Gregory, 80, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a farmer.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Rusty Miller officiating. Burial will be in West Heights Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Lyna Smith Gregory; three daughters, Lynda Smith and Sarah Ferguson of Pontotoc, and Dixie Bowles of Cordova, Tenn.; one son, Harold Rigsby of Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister, Lucille Hester of Pontotoc; one brother, J.D. Gregory of Pontotoc; five stepchildren, Gerald Dillard, Paul Dillard, Donna Deaton, Bondie McDonald and Patricia Davidson; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Myrtle Gregory; a daughter, Ginny; his parents, Tom and Mary Agnes Gregory; and one brother and one sister.

Pallbearers will be Scott Bowles, Lance Bowles, Pete Huey, Anthony Huey, Terry Duke, Eddie Duke and Brian Cobb.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Ross Burgess, Doug Wilson, Harry Culpepper and Alvin Hester.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today.

Rose Hamilton

METAIRIE, La. – Rosa Lee “Rose” Hamilton, 68, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at Walden Health Care Center in Kenner, La. She was born April 24, 1938, in Plainview, Texas, to the late William A. Goldston and the late Gladys Burton Goldston. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her friend and former spouse, Cleveland Sonny Hamilton of Conway, Ark.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.