Obituaries Sept. 29, 2008

Lucille Malone
HAMILTON – Lucille Malone, 84, died Sept. 27, 2008, at her residence. She was born Nov. 4, 1923, to Lewis Williams and Ethel Blair Williams in Lamar County, Ala. She was a life long resident of Hamilton and was a member of Mr. Hebron Primitive Baptist Church. She graduated from Hamilton High School and Andrew Jackson University Business College in Nashville, Tenn. She retired as a seamstress in the garment industry.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with Elder Cris Hollingsworth officiating. Burial will be in the New Prospect Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Edna McCann (Ken), Norma Shannon (Jim) and Nova Pounders (Gerald), all of Hamilton; five grandchildren, Anita Knight, Nancy McCann, Kenny McCann, Samantha Autrey and Doug Pounders; nine great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kary McFarland Malone; three sisters, Hannah Pullen, Celia Napier and Ozie Honeycutt; and two brothers, Bert Pennington and Will Pennington.

Pallbearers will be Kenny McCann, Dusty Morris, Bill Autrey, Ivan Taylor, Sonnt Crow and Dean Honeycutt.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Doug Pounders, Dennis Knight, Eric Sellers and Leroy Blair.

Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. yesterday at the funeral home.

Randy Lewellen
WHEELER – Randy “Lew-Lew” Lewellen, 39, died Sept. 27, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was employed by Garner Farms and Bob's Auto Repair. He loved riding four wheelers and playing dominos.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Andy Shelton officiating. Burial will be at Prospect Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Mazelle Lewellen of Wheeler; four sisters, Lynn Powell (Larry), Becky Pruzek and Tessia Jones (Jason), all of Wheeler, and Sandra Speck of Guntown; two brothers, Bob Lewellen (Becky) of Wheeler and Thomas Lewellen (Shannon) of Okinwa, Japan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lewellen.

Pallbearers will be Kevin King, Mack Garner, Mitchell Garner, Scotty Enis, Mark Mayo and Dusty Hutcheson.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Lola Rae Houpt
TUPELO – Lola Rae Houpt, 85, died Sept. 26, 2008, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 12, 1922, in Algoma, the daughter of the late Robert and Sarah Astin Flaherty. Formally of Randolph, she was a homemaker and a member of Carey Springs Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing, working in her garden, especially her rose garden, and spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed spending time with her three great-grandchildren.

Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mortimer Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rev. Ricky Murphy and Rev. Tim Tutor officiating. Burial was at Carey Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Mortimer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Martha Cornett (Bill) of Tupelo; one granddaughter, Pattie Leslie (Kenneth) of Tupelo; one grandson, Rev. Time Tutor (Melissa) of Mantachie; three great-grandchildren, Brandi Murphy, Morgan Leslie and Dustin Tutor; and two sisters, Lillian Walker of Petal and Lorene Fant of Meridian.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Houpt, who died in 2006; one sister, Ora Kesterson; and five brothers, Buck, Walter, Ervin, Bobby and Cleland Flaherty.

Pallbearers were Dustin Tutor, Kelby Comer, Jimmy Houpt, Andy Houpt, Jerry Keel and Randy Walker.

Visitation was held Saturday evening.

Glen S. Sturdivant
EUPORA – Glen S. Sturdivant, 82, died Sept. 27, 2008, at his residence. He was born Dec. 23, 1925, in Webster County. He was a retired Trucking Contractor and a member of First Baptist Church in Eupora. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in World War II.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Doyle Cummings and Rev. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be at Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Virginia Beaird Sturdivant of Eupora; two daughters, Diane Taylor or Richardson, Texas and Tami Jones of Eupora; one son, Bobby Sturdivant of Carthage; ten grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Jack Jackson
BOONEVILLE – Leroy “Jack” Jackson, 82, died Sept. 26, 2008, at his residence. He was born Dec. 29, 1925 in Ripley to the late Clovis and Annie Jackson. He was a retired chrome polisher. He served in World War II. He enjoyed going to church and singing gospel music. He attended Fountain of Life Faith Church with Pastor Buddie Cornelious and his wife Rosemary.

Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Funeral Services Chapel with Minister Jane Dillingham officiating. Burial was at Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jackson; one daughter, Tracy Berryman (Roger) of Walnut; one step-daughter, Bernice Davis of Birmingham, Ala.; one step-son, Eugene Bryant of Calif.; one sister, Viola Jones of Hickory Flat; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lora Van Jackson; and two sisters, Helen Trimm and Leola Clayton.

Pallbearers were Brian Jones, Danny Jones, Matt Jones, Mark Jones, Phillip Gadd, Buddie Ray Cornelious, Rickey Cornelious, Russell Trimm, Jimmy Trimm and John Trimm.

Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Katye Snipes
NEW ALBANY – Katye Hall Snipes, 89, died Sept. 28, 2008 at Traceway Retirement Community House in Tupelo. She was born in Ark. on Dec. 16, 1918, to the late Charlie Houston and Willie Mae Tranum Hall. She was a Physician's assist with Dr. David Ellis and Dr. James Thornton before retiring. She was a member of First Baptist Church in New Albany.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at United Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Sumrall officiating. Burial will be at Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara K. Snipes Murphy of Indianapolis, Ind.; one son, Eric D. Snipes, Jr. (Layne) of Tupelo; two brothers, Roy Hall and Bobby Hall, both of the Ingomar Community; four grandchildren, Melanie Ard (Barry), John Snipes, Kim Murphy and Robert Murphy; two step-children, Kim Fly (Brian) and Traci Bramlett (Steve); and two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Hannah Ard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eric D. Snipes, Sr.; one grandson, Jason Snipes, one daughter-in-law, Dianne Snipes; five sisters, Grace Hall, Kathleen Knott, Lois Taylor, Earnestine McCown and Virginia Farris; and two brothers, Paul and Buddy Hall.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice or The Jason Snipes Memorial Scholarship Fund, Union University, 1050 Union University Drive, Jackson, TN 38305.

Minnie Deason
FULTON – Minnie Ola Conwill Deason, 83, died Sept. 28, 2008, in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.

Mike Richey
TUPELO – Michael Chapman Richey, 92, died Sept. 27, 2008, at the Mississippi State Veteran's Home in Oxford, where he had resided the last 18 months. He was born in Lee County on Nov. 6, 1915, to the late Fletcher Lee and Bessie Lee Hendrix Richey. He married Helen Bickerstaff Richey on Dec. 25, 1935 and she preceded him in death on July 3, 2002. He was a veteran of the United States Army Air Force, serving as an aircraft mechanic in Pacific Theater and India during World War II. He worked as a storekeeper, butcher and in construction many years before being elected in 1961 as Tupelo's Street Commissioner. He was elected four consecutive times and was once appointed a term for over 24 years of service. Many Tupelo streets were paved and widened during his administration. He was a faithful member of the Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church since 1935. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish and York Rite Mason affiliated with Tupelo Lodge #318 and was a Shriner and Knight Templar. He formerly served on the Boards of the Regional Rehabilitation Center and the Tupelo Children's Mansion and was a member of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club. He enjoyed the outdoors, rasing and caring for his horses and doing for others. He and “Miss” Helen often opened their East Tupelo home to neighbors and area children, cooking wonderful meals and visiting. He was especially fond of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and his many nieces and nephews. He was a beloved Tupelo civic leader and a friend to many.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church with military honors. Bro. Terry Pierce and his nephew Bro. Terry Richey will officiate. Burial, with Masonic rites, will follow in the Oakhill Cemetery. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Shetler (Joe) of Old Hickory, Tenn.; one son, Charles Richey (Jeannie Marie) of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Michelle Flatt (Fred) of Tupelo, Michael Johnson (Faith) of Pontotoc, Melanie Adkins of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Candace Haynes (Kim) of Tupelo, Carey Richey (Annette) of Mesquite, Texas and Clay Richey (Daletha) of Tupelo; 17 great-grandchildren, Bryan and Jordan Flatt, Tamara, Brandon and Marissa Johnson, Michaela and Andrew Adkins, Kelley Young (Michael) Brandi Rodgers (Brandon), Christopher, Timothy and Abigail Haynes, McKenna Richey Sanderson, Johnny and Della Richey and Savannah and Chasity Richey; three great-great-grandchildren, Michaela and Rachael Young and Austin Rodgers; two sisters. Zana Schlosser of Pensacola, Fla. and Marjorie Potts (Guy) of Knoxville, Tenn.; a special sister and brother-in-law, Billie and Ed Crider of Tupelo; Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife; seven siblings, James, Lee and Sidney Richey, Virginia Estelle Rice, Minnie Will Goodson, Rebecca Ferguson and Mary Bess Hill; and his parents.

Pallbearers will be Donnie and Phillip Richey, Al Rice, Richey Lynn, James Vandevander, Paul and John Paul Crider and Lawson McClellan.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Men's Bible Class of Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 9:30 until service time on Tuesday at the Church.

Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38801 or to the Tupelo Veteran's Park Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 3608, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Norma Reece
BOONEVILLE – Norma Gail Reece, 55, died Sept. 27, 2008, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Neville Gillard
FULTON – Neville Germaine Gillard, 45, died Sept. 27, 2008 at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Mar. 25, 1963, in New Orleans to Isaac and Oradine Jarreau Gillard who died in 1972. He grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Kennedy High School there. For the last 23 years, he lived in Tupelo and Plantersville before moving to the Hopewell/Keyes Community of Itawamba County five years ago. He worked for many years for the E.R. Carpenter Company and for the last 10 years he was employed as a materials handler for Comfort Air in Tupelo. He served four years in the United States Army. He was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo and grew up in Corpus Christi Catholic Church in New Orleans. He was very proud of his New Orleans Cajun heritage, including Mardi Gras and was an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints and LSU Football. He enjoyed NASCAR, reading and studying the Bible and the fellowship of friends. His life centered around his only daughter, Sarah, whom he adored.

A prayer service will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Father Henry Shelton officiating. A Mass will be held later in the week at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in New Orleans with burial in Jefferson Parish there.

Survivors include his daughter, Sarah Elizabeth “Deanie” Gillard of Baldwyn and her mother, Ann; his father, Isaac Gillard (Miriam) of New Orleans; three brothers, Gerard Raymond Gillard (Maria) of Phoenix, Ariz., Drexel Michael Gillard of Washington, D.C. and Kevin Gillard (Vicki) of Fulton; two step brothers, Elmore Bechet of Harahan, La. and Curtis Bechet of Monroe, La.; one step-sister, Gwendolyn Bechet of New Orleans, La.; three nephews, David, Daniel and Dominick, all of New Orleans, La.; one niece, Alicia of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a host of friends, co-workers and neighbors who loved him very much.

Pallbearers will be Robbie Medcalf, James Olive, Jamie Adams, Nelson Gray, Jerry Crunk and Tim Jeanes.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army Food Pantry, 527 Carnation Street, Tupelo, MS, 38802 or to a Food Pantry of your choice.

Lola M. Grice
NEW ALBANY – Lola M. Grice, 90, died Sept. 24, 2008, at her residence. She was a member of Watson Grove M.B. Church where she was a member of the Mother Board Ministry and a former Sunday School Teacher. She graduated from UCTS, she served her Country as a World War II Veteran and she attended Bethune Cookman College in Orlando, Fla. She earned her bachelor's degree from Rust College in Holly Springs and was employed by the Union County Public School as a school teacher She inspired many lives while teaching in Booneville, Beaver Dam School and in New Albany City Schools where she retired. She is the widow of Lagrone “Jack” Grice.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Watson Grove M.B. Church with Rev. Avence Pittman, Jr., Pastor and Rev. Ronnie Gibbs officiating.Burial in Hillcrest Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Effie A. Grice of Memphis, Tenn. and Martha R. Grice of Jackson; one sister, Annie Pearl “Dumpy” Canady of Peoria, Ill.; four grandchildren, Winfred Ankton (Barbara) of Marion, Ark., Tiffany Newby, Larry “Lawrence” Newby and Marissa “Rudy” Grice, all of Memphis, Tenn.; eight great-grandchildren, Christopher, Collin, Whitney, and Brittany Ankton, Olivia Harris, Jessica and Brooklyn Swift, and Myla Gardner; a very special nephew, Edwin “Tootie” Nash (Barbara) of Memphis, Tenn.; one sister-in-law, Sarah Harris of New Albany; and a close friend of the family, Robbie Fugh of Memphis, Tenn.

Visitation will be tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and until service time on Tuesday at the church.

Charles Adam, Sr.
SALTILLO – Charles “Chuck” Adam, Sr., 85, died Sept. 27, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born June 8, 1923 in Chicago, Ill. to John and Barbara Adam. He was a WWII Army Veteran and had retired from FMC and Hampton Inn. He was an avid reader and a member of St. James Catholic Church.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lalor officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Sherri Adam of Saltillo; three sons, Charles Adam, Jr. (Eleanor) of Pa., Anthony Adam of Texas and Stephen Adam (Ermone`) of Ill.; two daughters, Elizabeth Parker and Kristin Tarbell and fiancŽ Philip Forman of Tenn.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to DePorres Delta Ministries, Inc.

Visitation will be 6 P.M. – 8 P.M. Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church.

Braylin Easter
AMORY – Braylin Uriah Easter, three day old infant of Brandon and Camille Easter, died Sept. 27, 2008 at LeBohner Children's Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.

Fred C. Morgan
WEST POINT – Fred C. Morgan, 76, died Sept. 28, 2008, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 13, 1932, in Choctaw County to the late Madie Vanlandingham and James Clyde Morgan. He established Morgan Construction Company in 1964 and was a member of Chirst United Methodist Church. He was a veteran having served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He married Betty McKinley Morgan on March 30, 1956, in the Panhandle Community at Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church in Choctaw County.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Hunter and Bro. William E. “Buck” Buchanan officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Betty McKinley Morgan of West Point; one daughter, Sarah Juckes (Mark) of Houston; two sons, Jimmy Morgan (Liz) of West Point and Anthony Morgan of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Dana Morgan and Allison Morgan; two sisters, Beth Boggan and Martha Wilson (Woody) of Ackerman; three brothers, Hubert Morgan (Jimmie Dean) of Louisville, Dan Morgan of Richland and Ricky Morgan (Sherry) of Weir.

He was preceded in deah by his brother, David Morgan.

Pallbearers will be his nephews, Adam Boggan, David Morgan, Scott Wilson, Stephen Smith, Scott Smith and Daniel Wilson.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Christ United Methodist Church Men's Club, Gideons and friends.

Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 1230 Oak Drive, West Point, MS 39773 or to The Gideons International, P. O. Box 661, West Point, MS 39773.

Visitation will be tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Atha M. Foster
BILOXI – Atha M. Foster, 80, died Sept. 26, 2008, to be with his loving wife of 55 years. he was born April 10, 1928, in Maben.After serving with the United States Navy he returned to Mississippi and began his studies at Mississippi State University. While attending Mississippi State he married the love of his life, Elizabeth Jo Foster.They married June 25, 1953.He received his Masters degree in education and started his teaching career with the Biloxi Public School System.He taught U. S. History and Government for many years before retiring from the Biloxi Public School System.”Pop”, as he was called, could often be found offering his many words of widsom to his family.He volunteeredcountless hours helping the Disabled American Veterans organization and holding numerous offices at the state and local levels.He attended Popp's Ferry Baptist Church in Biloxi.

Survivors include his children, Michael D. Foster (Barbara), Rodney L. Foster, Anita Denham (Rick), and James “Barney” Foster (Naomi); one sister, Winnie (Joe) McCaskill of Oxford; his brothers, Paul Foster of Raleigh, N.C. and Don Foster of Westpoint; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death on May 31, 2008, by his wife, Elizabeth Foster; his parents, Atha and Lou Ella Foster; brothers, Granville Foster, James “Chops” Foster and Larry Foster; and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Braddord-O'Keefe Funeral Home, Howard Avenue, in Biloxi.Burial will follow in Biloxi National Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Mr. Foster's grandsons, Derek Foster, Robert Foster, Jonathan Foster, Daniel Foster, James Foster, and James Still.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Popp's Ferry Baptist Church, 2000 Popp's Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 39532.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.bradfordokeefe.com.

Benita Robinson
RIENZI – Benita Robinson, 31, died Sept. 28, 2008, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.