Obituaries September 18, 2010

Viola Hood
ABERDEEN – Olive Viola Hood, 74, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Dec. 20, 1935, in Pennsylvania. She was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen, where she was a homemaker.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Center Hill Cemetery with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of the services.
Survivors include one daughter, Debra Morris and husband, Jimmy, of Aberdeen; three grandchildren, Jimmy Morris, Nicholas Morris and Crystal Morris.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Howell Wayne Boyd.
Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. Sunday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and leave condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Susan Hannah
OXFORD – Susan Varas Hannah, 64, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 96929, Washington D.C. 20077.
To leave online condolences, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Richie Burdine
AMORY – Richie Burdine, 47, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. He was born March 6, 1963, in Jackson, Tenn., to Mattie and Richard Burdine. He graduated from Lee High School in Columbus and he worked as a carpenter for many years in Bethesda, Md. He enjoyed sports, playing cards, talking, joking and laughing with his friends.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Susie L. Darden Memorial Chapel at Darden amp& Sons Funeral Home of Amory. Elder Shedrick Burns will officiate. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery. Darden amp& Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Mattie and Richard Burdine; four sons, Jeremy Bishop Burdine and Michael Bishop Burdine, both of Jackson, Antonio Bishop Burdine of Tampa, Fla., and Tyler Burdine of Chicago; three daughters, Tambra Washington Burdine and Kendra Burdine, both of Jackson, Tenn., and Princess Burdine of Chicago; five brothers, Ira Burdine of Houston, Texas, Richard Burdine of Washington D.C., Timothy Mackey and Terry Mackey, both of Jackson, Tenn., Trey Mackey of New Orleans; eight sisters, Trina Mackey, Frankie (Keith) Taylor and Milliekin T. Spearman, all of Jackson, Tenn., Sabrina (Ricky) Robinson, Sondra McGregory and Nanette Pratt, all of Columbus, Rea Burdine of Houston, Texas, and Nathanette Burdine of Maryland; one grandchild; eight aunts, Frankie Nell (Narvel) Coleman of Shuqualak, Lottie (David) Fouse of Nashville, Tenn., Ruby (Wayne) Dotson of Chicago, Bertha Burton, Zula Bond, Mary Burton, Hannah Brown and Marie Thompson, all of Jackson, Tenn.; eight uncles, Ben Burton of Jackson, Tenn., J.T. Burdine and Lashann Burdine, both of Waukegan, Ill., James “Big Daddy” (Jo Mary) Burdine of Detroit, Mich., Warren Douglas Burdine of Smithville, Tenn., Rudolph Burdine of Syracuse, N.Y., Charlie V. Burdine of Chicago and Frank Burdine Jr. of Amory.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Callie Mae Burdine, and Mr. and Mrs. Burney.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Sunday.
Linda D. Williams
SARDIS – Linda D. Williams, 41, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Peter’s M.B. Church in Sardis. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Junior McNeal
VERONA – Junior McNeal, 70, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at Community Hospice Inc. in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Floree Price
HOLLY SPRINGS – Floree Matthews Price, 83, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Zion CME Church in Benton County. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Sunday.
George Starling
BOONEVILLE – George Quinton Starling, 81, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, at his home. He was born Jan. 4, 1929, to W.T. and Irma Starling in Mississippi County, Ark. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in occupied Japan. He was a commercial and residential builder, working in several states. He moved back to Booneville six years ago after living in Livingston, Texas, for 25 years. He was a Christian. He loved his family, and he enjoyed working on his old tractor and VW convertible, and playing the guitar.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors will be in Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Judy (Jimmy) Morgan of Booneville and Janice (Winford) Holland of Pikeville, Tenn.; two sons, Jerry (Debra) Starling of Booneville and Danny Starling of Dacula, Ga.; three brothers, Bob (Genice) Starling of Judisonia, Ark., Larry (Dixie) Starling of Joiner, Ark., and Don (Paulette) Starling of Guntown; 11 grandchildren, Scott (Tiffany) Starling, Kandi (Casey) Jackson, J.J. (Shannon) Holland, Jamey (Tina) Holland, Ginger Holland, Jonathan Holland, Christy Morgan, Joby (Tanya) Morgan, Chad (Christy) Starling, Courtney Starling and Cody Starling; and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lillian Cartwright Starling, in 1970; his second wife, Katharine Golden Starling, in 2005; his parents; two sisters, Jean Barnes and Ann Dean; and one brother, Bill Starling.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Ray Crabb
BALDWYN – Arden Ray Crabb, 70, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He owned and operated a tree service. He served in the Mississippi National Guard. He was a member of the Apostolic Church in Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Eldon McVey officiating. Burial will be in the Siloam Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Annie Oneta Lancaster Crabb of Baldwyn; one son, Arden Ray Crabb Jr. (Renee) of Baldwyn; one daughter, Kathryn Rinicker (Rick) of Baldwyn; one brother, Boyce Crabb of Baldwyn; two sisters, Audrey Pettigo (C.L.) and Joyce Watson (James), all of Baldwyn; three grandsons, Zachrey Shane Hernandez, Brenden Rinicker and Conner Rinicker; one granddaughter, Katelyn Rinicker; two stepgrandsons, Erik Wilson and Marlin Bedford; two stepgranddaughters, Erica Wilson and Keeley Fowler; and one stepgreat-granddaughter, Chasity Brown.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Floyel Crabb, and a sister, Yvonne Crabb.
Pallbearers will be Harold Tollison, Tommy Harp and Eric Wilson.
Frank Riley Sr.
TUPELO – Frank Allen Riley Sr., 82, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 14, 1927, to Harris D. and Louise Allen Riley of Tupelo. Following graduation from Vanderbilt University in 1949, where he served as president of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, he attended one year of law school at the University of Mississippi before serving five years of active duty with the United States Navy during the Korean conflict. Following his release from service as a Lt. senior grade, he completed his law studies, graduating from the University of Mississippi’s School of Law in 1957 with a juris doctorate. He practiced his entire legal career in Tupelo, where he was senior partner of Riley, Caldwell, Cork amp& Alvis, PA. He also served as City Attorney for the City of Tupelo during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
In 1961 Mr. Riley was named general counsel for the Bank of Tupelo, which then had four branches. He remained in that role for 37 years, during which time the bank grew into Bank of Mississippi and then BancorpSouth. He was instrumental in the modernization of banking laws in Mississippi, including those which made it possible for Mississippi banks to expand beyond the borders of the state. He testified before Congress on matters pertaining to federal banking law, and he served on the bank’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He retired in April 1998.
He was active in the Mississippi and American Bar Associations throughout his legal career, having served as president of the Mississippi Young Lawyers Section, member of the American Bar Association’s General Practice Council and chair of its Mississippi Fellows. He was recognized by the Mississippi State Bar in 2007 for his 50 years of law practice.
Mr. Riley served his community and state in various capacities. He served on the Board of Directors of Yocona Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and received the Silver Beaver for his service to scouting. He also served on the Oren Dunn Museum Board of Directors, the Community Development Foundation, the Lee County Council of Governments, and as president of both the Tupelo Rotary Club and the Community Concert Association. He and his wife chaired Traceway Manor’s capitol campaign steering committee and volunteered at the Good Samaritan Free Clinic and Meals on Wheels. A devoted Democrat, he also served on both the Lee County and Mississippi State Democratic Party’s executive committees. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Tupelo.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Tupelo with Rev. Andy Ray and Rev. Raigan Miskelly officiating. A private family burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Anderson Spight Riley of Tupelo; his son, Frank Allen (Kelly) Riley Jr. of Madison; two grandchildren, Frank Allen Riley III and Julia Lee Riley of Madison; two cousins, Lee (Dr. Tommy) Sweat of Corinth and Dr. William “Billy” (Christine) Riley of Meridian; a sister-in-law, Peg Riley of Nashville; two nephews, Steven Riley of Nashville and Mark Riley of Atlanta; and one niece, Margaret Riley Sisson of Fayetteville, Ga.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Harris D. “Pete” Riley.
Visitation will be from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. today at Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo. Additional visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time Sunday in the Gathering Room at the First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church’s Helping Hands Ministry, 412 West Main, Tupelo MS 38801; Good Samaritan Free Clinic, 420 Magazine St., Tupelo MS 38801; Tree of Life Clinic, 2306 Parkway Drive, Tupelo MS 38804; or United Methodist Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels, 2800 West Main, Tupelo MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Robert McCoy
OKOLONA – Robert Eulon McCoy, 80, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. He was born June 23, 1930, in Prentiss County to O.C. and Sarah Adeline Phifer McCoy. He was a member of Gatlin Street Church of Christ, where he was song leader for 40 years and served as church treasurer. He grew up in the Burton community, attended Burton Elementary School and was a graduate of New Site High School. He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College. Mr. McCoy was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954. He was a resident of Okolona for the past almost 51 years. He served on the Okolona City Council from 1981-1985 and the Okolona Housing Authority as president from 2005-2009. He was a member of the Tri-State Flywheelers Club. He enjoyed riding old tractors and working and was known for his gardening. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchild, Denver McCoy.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Gatlin Street Church of Christ with Minister Malcom George, Minister Chris Carter and Minister Doyce Britt officiating. Burial will be in East Chickasaw Memorial Garden. Visitation will be today from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ruth McCoy of Okolona; two daughters, Donna Steele (Algene) of Henderson, Tenn., and Martha DeVargas (Tony) of Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren, Rob McCoy (Cristin) of Mooreville, Chris McCoy (Natalie) of Union, and Jessica Steele and Anna Catherine Steele, both of Henderson, Tenn.; a great-grandchild, Denver McCoy; a sister, Mavis Holley (Charles) of Corinth; a brother, Jimmy McCoy (Connie) of Booneville; a sister-in-law, Maxine McCoy of Iuka; a host of nieces and nephews; and special neighbors, the Tommy Ivy family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Travis McCoy.
Pallbearers will be Rob McCoy, Chris McCoy, Jerry Hall, Ken McVey, Bob McComb, Andy Anderson, Lee Edens and Ed Edens.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Henson David Coleman, Billy Busby, Bobby Beard, Sid Whitlock, Tommy Ivy, Nelson Lee, Jaime Darnell, all employees of E-4 Cattle Company and members of the Tri-State Flywheelers Club.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Allie T. Graham
FULTON – Allie T. Graham, 84, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born April 20, 1926, in Itawamba County to Edgar Gilbert and Dora Lee Adams Graham. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a Baptist. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and listening to country music.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Paul Graham and Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Laverne Graham; one daughter, Annette Graham of Fulton; two sisters, Merlene Hughey of Cordova, Tenn., and Rema Baumister of West Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Stella Jackson; and five brothers, Gilbert, Noah, Bryson, Landon and Gene Graham.
Pallbearers will be Andy Graham, Richard Pierce, Milford Blalock, Mark Collum and Matthew Graham.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Sunday.
Mario Ortiz
JUMPERTOWN – Mario Ortiz, 20, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.
Ella Mears
TUCSON, Ariz. – Ella Fountain Stone Mears died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, in Tucson, Ariz. She was born on Dec. 22, 1928, in Oxford to James Bates Stone Jr. and Martha Pillow Greene Stone. She grew up in Oxford and attended the University of Mississippi. She married Paul Allen Mears on Sept. 4, 1949. The family moved to Tucson in 1962. Mrs. Mears was active in her church’s prayer chain and mission programs as well as the DAR and UDC organizations.
A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 17, at the 22nd Street Baptist Church. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is assisting the family locally.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Paul Mears; two sons, Paul Jr. (Penny) and Phillip (Becky); a daughter, Mary Evelyn McEnaney (Rick); and seven grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Caring Ministries Inc., 820 W. Calle Sur, Tucson, AZ 85705.
Joyce Sparks
BELMONT – Joyce Marie Pardue Sparks, 71, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at her residence. She was born March 9, 1939, in Tishomingo County to Carvis and Lois Martin Pardue. She was a member of Belmont United Methodist Church and a homemaker. She loved being a Mamaw to Alex and Kirk, and watching them play sports. She was an avid golfer, a wonderful cook, an excellent basketball player in high school and a great friend to all who knew her. She loved going on bus tours.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Greg Forbus officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Greg Sparks (Lauren) of Golden; two grandsons, Alex Sparks and Kirk Sparks, both of Golden; one sister, Barbara Cross of Belmont; one brother, Kenneth “Bud” Pardue (Sue) of Dennis; seven nieces, Stephanie Cross of Pine Lake, Ga., Debbie Nale of Russellville, Ala., Karen Walker of Macon, Ga., Lisa Clarin of Corinth, Tracy Eubanks (Scott), Amy Goss (Eddie) and Melissa Alexander, all of Belmont; four nephews, Michael Cross, Marty Pardue and Wesley Pardue, all of Belmont, and Wade Pardue of Columbus; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lex Sparks; her parents; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Audie and Lera Sparks; and two brothers-in-law, Tommy Cross and Delbert Sparks.
Pallbearers will be Michael Cross, Phil McCreary, Wesley Pardue, Marty Pardue, Wade Pardue and Scott Eubanks.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
John L. Cherry
OXFORD – John L. Cherry, 77, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Ray Walls
HOULKA – Ray Walls, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at his son’s home in Houlka. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a truck driver, a barber, and the owner of Jo and Ray’s Fish and Steak House in Grenada before becoming disabled. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, and being with family and friends.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel of Pontotoc. Bro. Mitchel Morphis will officiate. Burial will be in Old Cooke Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Dennis and wife, Shelia, of Houlka, Rickey and wife, Romona, of Houston, and Tim Walls of Pontotoc; the mother of his sons, Jeanette Ray of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Clelon and Nancy Walls; three sisters, Ommie Morgan, Annie Jo Dearman and Ruby Chapman; and one brother, Troy Walls.
Pallbearers will be Scotty Walls, Rickey Walls II, Stacy Brents, Rex Smith, David Wayne Wiggs and Matthew Wright.
Visitation will continue from 9 to 10 a.m. today.
Syvilla Rieves
WREN – Syvilla Jackson Rieves, 93, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born Aug. 25, 1917, in Tupelo, she was a daughter of the late James Bonnie and Nellie Mae Hall Jackson. She was a graduate of Wren High School Class of 1936. She had lived in Amory before moving to Wren in 1963 and for the past few years lived at River Place Nursing Center in Amory. She married James Martin Rieves in 1936. Mrs. Rieves worked in apparel merchandising, retiring after many years. She also worked for 27 years with World Book Educational Products. She was a member of First Baptist Church, the 20th Century Club of Amory and the Wren Culture Club (Wren Library Club) and served as past president of the Amory Frisco Club.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Allen Simpson and Bro. Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Rieves Payne and her husband, William “Bitsy” Payne, of Wren; her sister, Rebecca Young of Nettleton; two grandchildren, Glen Payne (Kay) of Little Rock, Ark., and Beth Payne of Wren; two great-grandchildren, Morgan and Rieves Payne.
In addition to her parents and husband, James Rieves, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Chesley Hulon and John Russell “Ted” Jackson; and husband, A.E. Collins.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Cheek, Bill Cheek, Eddie Wamble, Joe Rieves, Hal Rieves and Bruce Bartley. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Bartley, Patrick Cheek, Kinley Jackson, David Jackson and John C. Jackson.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to Pilot Scholarship, c/o Lurlene Adams, 501 11th Ave. N., Amory MS 38821; Wren Library, c/o Charlotte Watham, Aberdeen MS 39730; or a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at picklefh@att.net.
Elner Palmer
NETTLETON – Elner Palmer, 100, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jacob Price
OXFORD – Jacob Price died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at his home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
T.C. Cummings
EUPORA – Talmadge “T.C.” Cummings, 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, at his home in Eupora.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel of Eupora.

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