Obituaries Sept. 30, 2010

Grace Fortner
BALDWYN – Grace Fortner, 78, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was retired from Lucky Star Industries. She enjoyed fishing, music, doll collecting and spending time with her family. She was Church of God faith.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pentecostal Faith Church in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Jimmy Massey officiating. Burial will be in Hill Crest Memorial Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Judy Credille (Ray) of Belmont, Linda Scott (Butch) of Guntown and Shelia Barrett (Dorce) of Booneville; two sons, David Elrod (Brenda) of Red Bay and Tim Elrod of Baldwyn; seven sisters, Dessie Dees, Jessie Cleveland and Pearline Garrison, all of Red Bay, Emma Dietz (Mark) of Houston, Texas, Wilma Darby (Rodger) of Mooreville and Evaline Lovette (Jean) of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; two brothers, Z.L. Vick (Joyce) of Red Bay and Oneil Vick (Jan) of Hamilton, Ala.; 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hob and Rose Vick; one sister, Bessie Young; and one granddaughter, Pam Elrod.
Pallbearers will be Ken Elrod, Steven Floyd, T.J. Floyd, Randy Credille, Jamie Credille, Chuck Scott and Doug Hannock.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
Keith Strawbridge
EUPORA – Keith O’Neal Strawbridge, 57, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at his residence in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Reed’s Chapel Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Lillian Estes
TUPELO – Lillian “Sissy” Reedy Estes died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Avonlea Assisted Living and Retirement Community. She was born March 4, 1914, to Newsom Luther and Purney Lee Scribner Reedy. She was a lifelong resident of Tupelo and a faithful member of the First Baptist Church and the Ruth Sunday School Class. A graduate of Tupelo High School, she was employed with Malone and Hyde and retired after 25 years as manager of the Quality Stamp Store. During her employment, she received numerous recognition awards for her exemplary performance. She loved spending time with her family and friends who appreciated her contagious joyful spirit.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. David Jensen and Dr. Gene Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include four sisters, Geneva Collins of Tupelo, Glynn Servis of Albuquerque, N.M., Peggy Curtis (John) of Selmer, Tenn., and Barbara Prude (Cooper) of Tupelo; one brother, John Reedy (Merlene) of Tupelo; one brother-in-law, William “Dub” Cross of Tupelo; many nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and great- and great-great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 42 years, Walter M. Estes; her son, William Reedy amp”Billamp” Estes; one sister, Dessie Cross; and three brothers, Clyde Reedy, Dewey Reedy and Bill Reedy.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Roger Reedy, Sam Reedy, Tom Collins, Steve Cross, Butch Godwin, Stanley Reedy, Paul Reedy, Steve Urist and Kelly Cofer.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 100 N. Church St., Tupelo MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Eula Prather
MYRTLE – Eula Bea Chism Prather, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was born Aug. 21, 1935, in Itawamba County to Frank Boyd Chism and Azley Young Chism. She was employed by Gilberts Home Health as a certified nurse’s assistant. She loved her family, enjoyed helping others, working in her flowers and going to church. She attended Victory Life Center in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. Raymond Bishop officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Speck (Gary) of Myrtle; her goddaughter, Susan Hall of Myrtle; a son, Harvey amp”Budamp” Prather (Betty) of New Albany; a godson, Nickey Prather of Kansas; a sister, Rubye Thompson of Myrtle; two brothers, Bill Chism of New Albany and Bob Chism of Myrtle; five grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Amos Holloway Prather; four sisters, Emma Jean Chism Prather, Edna Chism Malone, Loeva Chism Stepp and Stella Chism Baker; and a brother, Ellie Hugh “Buck” Chism.
Pallbearers will be Brian Chism, Roger Baker, Tim Hall, Danny Patterson, Terry Chism, Adam Howell, Tony Hall and Paul Howell. Honorary pallbearers will be David Robertson, Ben Sanders, Justin Speck, Marc Hall, Brady Hall, Eli Speck, Kyle Robertson and Nickey Prather.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Larry V. Williams
BALDWYN – Larry V. Williams, 62, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at his residence after an extended illness. He was an employee of West Body Shop in Verona. He liked restoring old cars and carpentry. He loved his grandchildren dearly.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Sammy Scott and Bro. Larry Dunaway officiating. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Barbara Williams of Baldwyn; one daughter, Samantha Warren (Phillip) of Saltillo; three sons, Richard Williams of West Memphis, Ark., Ronald Williams of Louisiana and Freddy Leister of Austin, Texas; three granddaughters, Tiffany Leister of Mantachie, Barbara Jean Warren of Saltillo and Rhonda Williams of Booneville; two great-grandsons, Benjamin Rodgers and Aiden Warren, both of Saltillo; three sisters, Annette Jones of Memphis, Carolyn Glenn (Ray) of Rowlette, Texas, and Patty Elliot (Jim) of Winter, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Francis Williams, and one grandson, Bradley Warren.
Pallbearers will be Steve Hardy, Miles McDonald, Tim West, Gary Cartwright, Steve Sandborn and Keith Phillips.
Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. until service time today.
Eunice Johnson
RIPLEY – Eunice Murley Johnson, 93, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. The first of 12 children, she was born March 30, 1917, in Tippah County Robert Hamilton and Nina Mae Wallis Hurley. She retired from Biltrite Corp. and enjoyed caring for small children for several years following her retirement. She and her family were charter members of Christ United Methodist Church in Ripley. Her true calling was teaching and mentoring children, but she was also a lay speaker and served in many elected and appointed positions within the church and the district.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. Scott Falgout officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include one daughter, Sandra Pumphrey of Ripley; one son, Ronnie Johnson (Trish) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Melanie Tutor (Nathan), Chris Burks (Brett), Marty Windham (Valerie) and Marc Windham (Lindsey); eight great-grandchildren, Rachel and Rebecca Tutor, Bryson and Wesley Burks, Kiersten Windham, Emilee Nall, Blaine and McKayla Welker; four sisters, Hazel Huneycutt, Eula Bryan, Evelyn Johnson and Linda Bishop (Curtis); five brothers, Pascal “Pat” Murley, Dennis Murley (Peggy), K.J. Murley (Annie), Archie Murley (Linda) and Harold Murley (Joyce); two sisters-in-law, Lela Mae Johnson and Mardell Murley Nance; and friends, Rachel Michael, and Beverly, Heath and Tom Moffitt.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Euclid Harold Johnson; her parents; and two brothers, Breland and Leland “Red” Murley.
Her grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Friday.
Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, c/o Bobby Shelton, 593 E. Walnut, Ripley, MS 38663 or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Lois Couch
BIG CREEK – Lois Leatrice Couch, 80, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a retired rural mail carrier and a member of Calhoun City First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek.
Survivors include two sons, Mike (Toby) Bennett of Derma and Bill (Melissa) Hankins of Eupora; a brother-in-law, Ralph Hutchins; four grandchildren, Emry Bennett, Mandy Bennett, Laura Hankins and Lindsey Hankins; and one great-grandchild, Makoto Bennett.
She was preceded in death by her husband, B.B. Couch, and her parents, Edward Terry and Ada Stribling Terry.
Online condolences may be left at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
Larry Jeffries
ABERDEEN – Larry Jeffries, 61, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born Dec. 24, 1948, to Larry Daniel Jeffries and Bertha Imogene Atteberry Pounders in Conran, Mo. He lived in Monroe County for the past 43 years. He graduated from The Law Enforcement Academy in Laurel and served in the U.S. Army. He was the pastor at Egypt Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Kay Jeffries of Aberdeen; one daughter, Brittany Griffith Wedel and husband, Chuck, of Egypt; one son, Christopher Griffith of Aberdeen; his mother, Bertha Imogene Atteberry Pounders of Portageville, Mo.; three sisters, Linda Faye Thacker and husband Ray, Sharon Kay Darnell and husband, Maurice, and Donna Lynn Durbin and husband, Mike, all of Portageville, Mo.; two brothers, Lannie Jeffries and wife, Doris, of the Quincy community and Donnie Jeffries and wife, Sheila, of Portageville, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Daniel Jeffries.
Visitation will be from 3:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To sign the online register and leave condolences, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Lucille Cliett
WEST POINT – Lucille Coggins Cliett, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at the Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. She was born July 6, 1933, in Clay County to Mattie Freshour and Charlie Coggins. Mrs. Cliett was a homemaker and had worked as a caregiver at Dugan Memorial Home. She was a member of West Point Church of God. She married Spurgeon Andrew Cliett Jr. on May 1, 1952, in West Point. He preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 2008.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Wayne Mathis officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Andy Cliett (Cindy) and Timmy Cliett (Karen), all of Cedar Bluff , and Bobby Cliett (Alisa) and Charles Cliett (Nan), all of West Point; five grandchildren, Chris, Stephanie, Jerimie, Robbie and Charlie; one great-granddaughter, Meagan; two sisters, Geneva Bruce of Swaledale, Iowa, and Ann Wybenga of Anchorage, Alaska; three brothers, James Coggins of Atlanta, Ga., Gene Coggins of Visalia, Calif., and Ralph Coggins of West Point.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister, Charlsie Mae Walker.
Pallbearers will be Jody Guest, Richard Mathis, Chris Cliett, Robbie Cliett, Terry Cannon and Charlie Cliett.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. T.N. Braddock, the staff of Dugan Memorial Home and the staff of Community Hospice of Verona.
Memorials may be made to Sally Kate Home for Children, P.O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773 or to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Roy Bryan
BALDWYN – Roy Carlton Bryan, 82, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a retired crop and cattle farmer. He was a member of Ingram Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Water Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Russell and Bro. Bobby Carr officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Eula Murley Bryan of Baldwyn; two children, Beneta (Larry) Hutcheson and Carl (Carol) Bryan of Guntown; grandchildren, Brian Hutcheson and Kellye Bryan; stepgrandchildren, Timmy Bryan and T.C. Childress; seven stepgreat-grandchildren, Brett, Coley, Darby and Shelby Childress, Ana, Ali and Savannah Bryan; three sisters, Dorothy (Gene) Michael of Tennessee, Annie (E.J.) Murley of Ripley and Shirley Bryan of Pontotoc; three brothers, Percy (Helen) Bryan of Joliet, Ill., Jim (Carolyn) Bryan of Crossville, Tenn., and Hoyle (Jerri) Bryan of Fulton; sisters-in-law, Neva Bryan of Booneville and Joannie Bryan of Elmwood, Ill,; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Percell and Alma Smithey Bryan, and three brothers, W.J. Bryan, Henry Bryan and Harold Bryan.
His grandsons and nephews will be pallbearers.
Mary Patterson
OXFORD – Mary Kimmons Patterson, 94, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at Hermitage Gardens in Oxford. Born in Oxford, Mrs. Patterson was the widow of James R. Patterson. She earned a master’s degree from Columbia University and pursued a career in teaching. She recognized the value of reading and worked as an early reading specialist. Mrs. Patterson attended College Hill Presbyterian Church and St. Paul’s Methodist Church.
Services will be at noon Friday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Alan Cochet officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday.
Survivors include two sons, James R. amp”Jim” Patterson Jr. and his wife, Jean, of Senatobia and George G. amp”Patamp” Patterson of Oxford; and one grandchild, Karen Patterson of Houston, Texas.
Memorials may be made to College Hill Presbyterian Church, 339 CR 192, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign the online condolence registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Doris Michael
BOONEVILLE – Doris Lynn Michael, 63, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born April 23, 1947, in Salinas, Calif. She was a machine operator in the clothing manufacturing industry, and she was a Baptist. She enjoyed canning, fishing, flowers, and watching sci-fi programs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ricky Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Sammie Michael; two sons, Charlie Durham (Donna) of Booneville and Jimmy Don Durham of Missouri; two daughters, Trish Durham of DeKalb County and Donna Hughes (Terry) of Gainesboro, Tenn.; a sister, Belinda Jimemez (Manuel) of Salinas, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Michael (Andrea) of Jumpertown; eight grandchildren, Chad Durham, Channing Durham, Joey Cantrell, Nikki Cantrell, Crystal Barnes, Mercedes Durham, Jonathan Durham and Terry Hughes; two great-grandchildren, Brandon Barnes and Lindsey Barnes; two nephews, Sammy Durham and Jason Durham; two great-nephews, Tylar Durham and Austin Durham; and five special friends, Kathy Cagle, Stacy Durham, Lucretia Knotts, Chris Knotts and Eddie Cagle, all of Baldwyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorris and Wanda Miller Elam; and two brothers, Robert Lee Elam and Terry Elam.
Pallbearers are Tylar Durham, Jason Durham, Bubba Williams Wayne Hall, Ray Hall and Michael Hall. Honorary pallbearers are Sammy Durham and Austin Durham.
Leonard Bell
ABERDEEN – Leonard Bell, 82, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church in Aberdeen. Burial will be in New Hebron Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Lillie Russell
BOONEVILLE – Lillie Faye Russell, 62, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Olive Church of God. Burial will be in Jones Cemetery in Jacinto. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
Jerry Cagle
IUKA – Jerry Cagle, 56, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at his home.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Asphalt Rock Baptist Church. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Asphalt Rock Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1120, Cherokee, AL 35616.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Billy Childs
CORINTH – Billy Lane Childs, 77, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, in Memphis.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Corinth City Cemetery. Hight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Charlie Wood
GOLDEN – Charlie Wayne Wood, 70, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson. He was born March 18, 1940, in Itawamba County to Charlie B. and Mary Irene Hood Wood. He was a farmer and a member of Plainview Church of Christ.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Fairview Cemetery. Bro. Tony Wood and Bro. Jackie Wood will officiate. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Alene Hester of Nashville; two brothers, Vernon Wood of Golden and A.C. Wood of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.
Marie Henderson
CAIRO – Marie Stringfellow Henderson, 93, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at Marshall Medical Center-South in Boaz, Ala.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cairo Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 12:45 p.m. to service time today graveside at the cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cairo Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Jack Thompson, 5381 Hopewell Road, Cedar Bluff, MS 39741.
Cheri Tollison
JACKSON, Tenn. – Cheri Spossey Tollison, 42, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. She was born Aug. 28, 1968, to the late Al Spossey and Joanna R. Spossey in Charleori, Pa. She studied law and graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1994. A staff attorney for the State of Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, she was actively involved in Girl Scouts and the Republican Party.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Promise Church in Jackson, Tenn.
She is survived by her husband, Greg; two children, son Joey and daughter Jillian; and two sisters, Lori McLaughlin and husband, Lee, and Kristi Ramsey.
Mary Attaway
IUKA – Mary Edith Attaway, 91, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka. Burial will be in Carpenter Cemetery in Iuka.
Roy Witt
VERONA – Roy Witt, 58, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at his home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Velma Whisenant
NEW ALBANY – Velma E. Whisenant, 82, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at Union County Health Care Center. She was born Aug. 18, 1928, in Union County to Edger Howell and Vera Mae Dye. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Harmony Baptist Church and the Quilt Club.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Glenfield Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Robert Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include three sons, Winfred Wray Whisenant (Pat) of York, Ill., Ronnie Whisenant (Wendy) of Arley, Ala., and Tommy Whisenant (Marnelle) of New Albany; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Winfred W. Whisenant; four brothers, Roger Howell, J.D. Howell, Tom Howell and William Ole Howell.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.

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