By NEMS Daily Journal
LOS ANGELES – Ottis Randal “Randy” Ragland, 58, died suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Visitation will precede the service from noon until service time at the funeral home.
The family has requested memorial donations be made to Friends of the Family at www.fofca.org or by calling (818) 988-4430.
Visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com for online condolences and guest registry.
Billy Joe Phifer
CORINTH – Billy Joe Phifer, 78, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery.
BOONEVILLE – Zelma Hortense Morgan, 93, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at The Landmark Community in Booneville. She was born April 28, 1917, to Curtiss and Fannie Koon Morgan. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She was a fourth grade teacher in the Prentiss County and Booneville School Systems until her retirement, and she is still loved by her former students. She enjoyed going to church and visiting with her friends and family.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the County Line Cemetery.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and an infant brother, Matthew.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9956.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Sammy Lou Franks
WHARTON, Texas – Sammy Lou Franks, 84, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at her residence following a sudden illness. She was born in Old Gulf, Texas, on Sept. 1, 1926, the daughter of the late Sam B. Franks and Beatrice Wise Franks.
Ms. Franks has been a resident of Wharton since 1944 and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wharton. In the early 1950’s she worked for the U.S. Food Stamp Office, then with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an Assistant County Office Clerk for over 14 years until her retirement in 1988. She was active in the First United Methodist Church for many years. She served on many church committees including the Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and worked with the children’s Logos program. She was also one of the founding members of the Pilot Club in Wharton. She enjoyed helping her family and working for her church.
Services were held Sunday, Sept. 12, at the First United Methodist Church in Wharton with Rev. Polly Standing officiating. Burial followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Wharton. Wharton Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her niece and husband, Carol and Jim Thompson of Wharton; her nephews and their wives, Michael and Stacy Franks of Katy, Texas, and Fred Steven and Marie Franks of Lompoc, Calif.; cousins, Sybil and Joe Lynn of South Bend, Ind., Robert B. and Charlotte Wise of Birmingham, William G. and Claire Wise of Gulfport, James H. Wise of Madison, Ala., Shirley Wise Brown and Christine Wise of Sulligent, Ala.; great-nieces, Kelly Thompson, Joni Thompson, and MaryAnn Eubanks; and one great-great niece, Claudia Eubanks.
Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Fred Wise Franks and a great nephew, Aaron Barrett Thompson.
Pallbearers were Jim Thompson, Steven Franks, Michael Franks, Lester Bashaw, Nick Koten and Mike Feyen. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Lynn, Robert Wise, William Wise, Jim Wise, members of her Sunday School Class, the church choir, and all former and current members of the Pilot Club.
In lieu of usual remembrances the family requests memorials to the First United Methodist Church, 1717 Pioneer, Wharton, TX 77488.
CORINTH – Barbara Yvonne Driskell Wilson, 56, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at her home.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Freedom Community Church in Russellville, Ala. Burial will be in Franklin Memory Gardens in Russellville. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home and from 1 p.m. to service time Wednsday at Freedom Community church.
Memorial donations may be made to Hope Lodge, 1104 Ireland Way, Birmingham, AL 35205.
Leave online condolences at www.magnoliafuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Olen Priddy died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Thomas N. James
BIRMINGHAM – Thomas N. James, M.D., M.A.C.P., 84, an internationally-known cardiologist, died Saturday, Sept. 11. 2010, at his home in Birmingham, Ala. He was born in Amory on Oct. 24, 1925, to Naum and Kata Evanova James. He took his medical doctorate from Tulane University in New Orleans, and served two years at the United States Army hospital in Osaka, Japan, at the end of the Korean War, leaving the Army with the rank of captain.
In 1955 he began a long and fruitful professional life, combining a deep passion for medical research with patient care, teaching and administrative responsibilities. He enjoyed long associations with the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans; the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit; the University of Alabama at Birmingham; the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; the American Heart Association; and the World Congress of Cardiology. Most of these he served at various times as departmental chairman or president. He was honored with over 200 awards and invited lectureships all over the world. His legacy includes 472 publications, over half a million photomicrographs, and the training of two generations of cardiologists.
He retired to Birmingham in 2004, when declining eyesight compelled him to turn off his beloved microscope for the last time.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Ala. Interment at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Ala., will be arranged later.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gleaves Tynes James; a sister, Mary James of New York City; a brother, Norman, of Amory; three sons, Mark and wife Marine Le Minor, of Auckland, New Zealand, Terry and wife Loryn, of Birmingham, Ala., and Peter and wife Gigi, of Sterrett, Ala.; and grandchildren Matthew, Sara, Tommy, Elizabeth and Alexis.
Dr. James was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Helen Pipher; and his brother, Philip.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the charity of choice.
Mary Evelyn Johnson
BALDWYN – Mary Evelyn Johnson, 82, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County after a brief illness. She was born Feb. 4, 1928, to Vester and Viola Hogue Hall. She was a homemaker and member of the Jericho Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro Jimmy Russell officiating. Burial will be in Jericho Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Diane Boatner (Ray) of Guntown; one son, Eddie Johnson (Ginger) of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Melissa Miller, Jeffrey Boatner (Marissa), Corey Johnson and Kelli Boatner; great-grandchildren, Chandler Raines, Lexi Miller and Jayce Boatner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a goddaughter, Stephanie Diane Raines; brothers, Boyce Hall and Boyd Hall; and sisters, Annie Jean Thornton and Lanie Hamblin.
Pallbearers will be James Billy Hall, Dennis Guin, Larry Johnson, Jeffrey Boatner, David Mayben Jr. and Billy Ray Hamblin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
FULTON – Bertha Mae McGrone, 84, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
NEW ALBANY – Cleo Duncan Ivy, 97, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born on May 31, 1913, in Union County to E.A. and Mary Lou Duncan. She received her high school diploma from Toccopola Smith-Hughes High School in Pontotoc County in 1932 and immediately entered the teaching profession at Blue Springs, where she remained for three years. While at Blue Springs she met and married Newt L. Ivy and through the years during summer vacations and night courses, she completed her college work and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1959 with a degree in education. She also became certified in Library Science.
After leaving Blue Springs, the Ivys went to the Center School System, where they worked together for 26 years until the school closed in 1961. They then went to East Union Attendance Center for a two-year stay, after which Mr. Ivy retired. Mrs. Ivy continued in her school career as librarian at the Myrtle Attendance Center for one year before joining the W.P. Daniel High School faculty in New Albany, where she remained for 10 years as librarian and social science teacher.
As librarian, she was a participant in the Mississippi Library Association for 25 years. She was active in organizing the Student Library Assistants of Mississippi (SLAM). Under her direction, the W.P. Daniel High School Library Club won the Louisiana SLAM Merit Award in 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970. The club placed first in the Donald Dana Scrapbook Award four times; second, four times; and third, one time.
Mrs. Ivy was awarded the Freedom Foundation Valley Forge Honor Certificate in 1969 for outstanding achievement in bringing about a better understanding of the American way of life. In 1971, she was presented the Valley Forge Teachers Medal by the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge.
Mrs. Ivy retired in 1973 after 43 years in education and devoted her energy to her three greatest loves – her church, her family and her flowers. For several years she served as Sunday school teacher of the Adult Women’s Class at Hillcrest Baptist Church and was also active in the church’s senior citizens organization, the Golden Moments Club. In recent years she rejoined Center Baptist Church, where she had been a member before joining Hillcrest in the mid-60s. Another of her many interests was flower gardening. For many years she was a member and president of the Dogwood Hills Garden Club.
For the past year, she has been a resident of Magnolia Assisted Living Home in New Albany and in recent months, Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
As a teacher, church member, community servant and beloved family member, she led a life of service and self-sacrifice that blessed the lives of many.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Baptist Church in New Albany with Rev. Dean Timbes, Rev. Billy Lee Foley and Dr. Kermit McGregor officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by a son, Darrell Ivy (Mary Alice) of New Albany; a daughter, Sherrell Settlemires (Rickey) of Ripley; a sister, Ruth Moore (Irwin) of Fulton; five grandchildren, Rob Ivy (Kerry) of Brentwood, Tenn., Alison Moore (Lance) of New Albany, Will Ivy of Nashville, Tenn., Scott Settlemires (Lisa) of Ripley, and Ivy Settlemires of Tampa, Fla.; five great-grandchildren, Maggie, Jake and Elizabeth Moore, and Kate and Cole Ivy; and her caregiver for the past five years, Sharlene Willard.
She was preceded in death by her parents, E.A. and Mary Lou Duncan; her husband of 39 years, Newt L. Ivy; a brother, William Duncan; a sister, Anna Sanderson (Bennett); and a grandchild, Chad Aaron Settlemires.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9pm today, Tuesday, at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Wednesday. To leave online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com
TUPELO – Catherine Winters Hahn died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, in Mississippi. She was born Aug. 3, 1933. She grew up in Webb in Tallahatchie County and graduated from West Tallahatchie High School.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at East Heights Assembly of God Church on Hwy. 6 in Tupelo. Family and friends will conduct the service. Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home of Hernando was in charge of the arrangements.
AMORY – Richie Burdine, 47, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
BELDEN – Francis Leon Roper, 88, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born to Gladys and Leonard Roper on June 27, 1922, in the Unity community. They soon moved to Lee County, and he lived in Belden for the remainder of his life. He was a graduate of Belden High School. He married Mary Norton of Ripley on April 4, 1944. She preceded him in death on Feb. 18, 2003. He was a longtime member of Belden Baptist Church and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled Veterans of America. In World War II, he served in the 10th Armored Division under Gen. George S. Patton. He fought in France, Belgium and Germany before being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart. After returning from the war, he farmed and owned and drove a school bus, which was the last private school bus in Lee County. Later, he owned Roper’s Well Repair and then drove for the Third District of Lee County before retirement.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Don Baggett officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Cemetery.
He is survived by his daughter, Bonnie Webb, and husband, Jerry of Belden; a grandson, Trice Webb and wife, Laurie, of Tupelo; a granddaughter, Tracey Williamson and husband, Nolan, of Madison; five great-grandchildren, Allison Webb of St. Petersburg, Fla., Taylor Barefoot and Katelynn Barefoot of Tupelo, and Mary Leigh Williamson and Brad Williamson of Madison; a brother, W.C. Roper, of Belden; sisters Dollie Whitney of Osceola, Ark., and May Morris of West Memphis, Ark.; a brother-in-law, Will Edd Norton and wife, Laura, of Ripley; a sister-in-law, Opal Mauney and husband, T.A., of Lewisville, Texas; special friends, Mickey and Ken Scott of Baldwyn; and faithful caregivers, Nancy Kelly and Rebecca McClain.
Pallbearers will be C. J. Roper, Johnny Webb, Eddie Norton, Jay Morris, Ken Scott and Reuben Greer.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Belden Baptist Church, P.O. Box 92, Belden, MS 38826 or a charity of the giver’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
SMITHVILLE – Joyce Faye Dill, 65, died on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at JMS Burn Center in Augusta, Ga. Born on July 14, 1945, in Itawamba County, she was a daughter of Mary Magdalene Leech Cody and the late Carney Cody. She attended Amory High School, where she was a cheerleader and played basketball. She retired from True Temper after 26 years and had previously worked at Amory Garment. She was a member of Faith Outreach in Okolona. A compassionate, giving, loving and unselfish mother and grandmother, she was a great role model for her family. She enjoyed dove hunting, bream fishing and deer hunting. She taught her children how to hunt and fish, was a great cook and was a loyal supporter of all her family’s sports events. She enjoyed gospel music, watching Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen and Paula Dean cooking. She was a member of the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Jimmy Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in Young Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by her daughters, Teresa Dill-Johnson of Amory and Lisa (David) Hester of Smithville; son, Chad Dill of Fulton; mother, Mary Magdalene Cody of Amory; sister, Loyce (Sonny) Riggan of Smithville; grandchildren, Jeremy, Dillon and Bethany Flurry, Cody Johnson, and Jon David, Jerrin and Jayci Hester.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas Cody, and Mr. and Mrs. Vester Leech.
Pallbearers will be Randy Hood, Darryl Bryant, Scott Flurry, Frank Boozer, Bobby Harper and Michael Leech.
Visitation will continue until the service time today.
For those who prefer, memorials may be given to SE Firefighters’ Burn Foundation, 3614 Dewey Gray Circle, Bldg. C, Augusta, GA 30909.
Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Lexie S. Bigham
MARRERO, La. – Lexie S. Bigham, 103, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, in Marrero, La. A native of Pontotoc County, she worked at Woolworth and Westside Shopping Center as a floral designer. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Marrero.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Harmony Baptist Church in Pontotoc with the Rev. Dan Young officiating and the Rev. Owen assisting. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McDonald Funeral Home of Picayune is in charge of the arrangements. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, L.J. Bigham and wife, Mary Alice, of Marrero, La., and Charles Bigham and wife, Faye, of Jackson; two grandchildren, Jimmy Bigham and wife, Beverly, and Davey Bigham and wife, Vickie; seven great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeremiah Elisha Stone and Annie Pyle Stone; her husband of 58 years, Leon Monroe Bigham; three grandchildren, Jerry Bigham, Lawrence Bigham and Wanda Bigham; three sisters, Elsie Mounce, Opal Warren and Lomie Anderson; and two brothers, Virgil Stone and Vester Stone.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Harmony Baptist Church in Pontotoc.
Obituary, register book, and driving directions can be found on the Internet page, www.mcdonaldfh.com.
James W. Morris
GUNTOWN – James W. “PeeWee” Morris, 87, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at his residence in the Camp Creek community after an extended illness. He was a retired employee of Rockwell (Delta) International with 23 years of service. He was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. He enjoyed bird hunting, fishing and spending time with children and grandchildren. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Bob Cossey and Bro. Martin Jacks officiating. Burial will be in the Camp Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Agnes Hamblin Morris of the Camp Creek community; one daughter, Judy Gibson (Jimmy) of Camp Creek; one son, Riley Morris (Susan) of Guntown; one sister, Sarah Benjamin of Baldwyn; two sisters-in-law, Tootsie Morris and Ordeen Morris Arnold, both of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Amy and Ken Norwood, Lisa and D.J. Williams, Anna and Nathan Smith, Taylor Gibson, Mandy and Chris Watkins, Jud Morris and Abby Morris; great-grandchildren, Samuel, Jack and Will Norwood, Emma Gibson, Pate and Rhet Phillips, Rush Watkins and Elija Scales Morris.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence A. and Bessie Murdock Morris; two brothers Jack and Charles Morris; and a brother-in-law, Fred Benjamin.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Roberts, Elvis Starling, Jack Benny Greenhill, Mitchell Watson, Dr. Jacob Cunningham and Curtis Greenhill.
Honorary pallbearers will be Carl McKissick, J.T. Cartwright and Billy Roberts.
PONTOTOC – Kent Anderson, 67, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Charles John Claffey, 87, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. A native of New York, he was born Sept. 26, 1922, to Lila Shaw Claffey and Earl Almon Claffey. He was a member of the Congregational Church. He graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., with a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree. He obtained registration in the State of Tennessee as a professional engineer and was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He went to work in 1944 at the Manhattan Project, Y-12 Plant, Oak Ridge, Tenn., for the Tennessee Eastman Corp. He worked 53 years in mechanical engineering in Oak Ridge. After retiring from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Lockheed Martin Energy System Inc.), he became interested in all sports, especially football and ice hockey. He also enjoyed reading and was interested in technical publications and the scientific field.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory. Bro. Ferman Anderson will officiate. Burial will follow at Old Union Cemetery in Okolona. Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen Frances Matthews Claffey, whom he married on Dec. 15, 1951; nephew, Herbert Earl Richardson of Colma, Calif.; niece, Melanie Ann Matthews Claffey of Mantachie; great-niece, Kathryn Michelle M. McCoy of Pearl; great-nephew, Corey Matthews Dill of Mantachie; great-great-nieces, Ashley Nichole Matthews and Hannah Frances Madison McCoy; great-niece, Brittany Anne Dill of Mantachie; great-nephews, James Allen Richardson of Norwood, N.Y., and Robert Earl Richardson of Madrid, N.Y.; two great-great-nephews, and two great-great-nieces of Madrid, N.Y.; two special “granddaughters,” Lily and Jessica Ghazizadeh of Richardson, Texas; and their parents, Shannaz and Dr. M. Mahmoud Ghazizadeh.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marian Claffey Richardson; and nephews, James Allen Richardson and John Madison Matthews IV.
Pallbearers will be Jerry B. Howell, Charles L. White, Talbot K. White, Melvin Horihan, Saeid F. Davain, Sadeq Davani and Glen Rudd.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Old Union cemetery.
MARIETTA – Jerry “Jam Up” Barnes died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at his residence in the Ozark community. He was born in Kansas to the late Roy and Minnie Lowe Barnes. He was the retired owner and operator of Barnes Used Cars in Baldwyn. He was a Methodist. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Dempsey Rowland officiating. Burial will be in the Ozark Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Thornton (Dewayne) of Ozark and Terri Moody (Nelson) of Springhill, Tenn.; two sons, Ricky Barnes (Jenny) and Tony Barnes (Sharon), all of Ozark; grandchildren, Megan Barnes, John Bryan Barnes, Payne Thornton, Bryce Thornton, Cody Barnes (Morgan), Dustin Barnes, Zac Barnes, Haley Hall, Molly Hall, Madison Moody, Jeremy Moody, Carson Moody and Austin Black; one sister, Janeil Harbor of Ozark; special niece, Marti Black (Mike) of Ozark; and his caregivers, Ernestine Johnson and Mae Crayton.
Pallbearers will be Joe Lollar, Paul C. Spigner, Larry Gorden Bishop, Billy Wallace, Harold Pearce, John Marvin Smith and Jim Maxcy.
NETTLETON – Mary Belle Fowler Knight, 50, died on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at her residence. Born on Jan. 7, 1960, she was a daughter of the late Harriel and Dessie May Gray Fowler. A praying lady, she was a member of Professors of Jesus Christ Church in Nettleton. She was as a seamstress for Superior Products. A sweet lady with a big heart, she loved her family and grandchildren, and enjoyed sewing, flowers, gospel music, traveling, fishing and dining out.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Professors of Jesus Christ Church with Bro. Eddie Clayton officiating. Burial will follow in Wiygul Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, John A. Knight Jr. of Nettleton; daughters, Dessie Page of Baldwyn and Amy Ann Knight of Kentwood, La.; sons, Rufus Lee “Bubba” Boggs of Nettleton and Brian Knight of Kentwood, La.; sister, Dizzine Ann Sartin of Tremont; brother, Curtis Lee Fowler of Nettleton; and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be David Fowler, Joe Sartin, Mike Page, David Tartt, Bud Thomas, Nick Holley and Arlis Loden.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the service hour today.
The family requests donations are given to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.
Memories and condolences may be shared at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – David Eugene Smith, 65, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 4, 1945, in St. Louis, Mo., to Rubin M. Partee and Ruth Harrison Partee. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a self-employed painter. He was a member of the American Legion, the Kiwanis, the Civitan Club and the Apostolic Revival Center in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel of New Albany with the Rev. Steven Denton officiating. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Smith of New Albany; three sons, Randy Shane Jumper (Ashley) of New Albany, Randy C. Jumper (Lisa) of Pontotoc and Cody Austin Jumper of Pontotoc; a brother, Floyd Smith (Sharon) of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Kaleb Shane Jumper, Kylie Marie Jumper and Brayden Kyle Jumper; a niece, Lisa Smith, and a nephew, Richard Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents and uncles, James and Charles Harrison.
Pallbearers will be John David Johnson, Ray Hugh Jumper, Randy C. Jumper, Cody Jumper, Shane Jumper, Richard Smith and Joey Mardis.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Apostolic Revival Center, P.O. 622, New Albany, MS 38652.
In honor of Mr. Smith, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.