Obituaries September 2, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Bill Griffin Jr.
William Lee “Bill” Griffin Jr. entered this world on April 29, 1950, the first born son to the proud parents of William “Billy” and Betty Griffin, followed by his brothers: Jimmy, Richard (deceased), and Walter. Bill passed away of natural causes at home on Aug. 28, 2011. Bill is survived by his daughter, Amber Griffin Terry.

Bill was a proud 30-year friend of Bill W., an adoring father, a faithful church member, a patient counselor, a fair judge and an excellent cook. He had a playful, optimistic outlook toward life and considered himself to be in the business of making things better, whether it was the jelly he gave away every Christmas or his battle with leukemia. Bill often said of his leukemia, “It’s the best kind to have, if you are going to have one.”

Cooking was his passion. Bill was known by many simply as “The Jelly Man.” He enjoyed making others smile with his homemade jellies and gourmet sauces made from old family recipes with his own special touch. Bill will be dearly missed by his church family at Christ United Methodist Church in Blackland, where he selflessly gave his time and talent, often baking homemade bread for communion services.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Christ United Methodist Church in Blackland with Reverends Walter Downs and Keith Gaughf officiating.
Donations in Bill’s honor may be made to Christ United Methodist Church in Blackland.

Correction:
The obituary for Margaret Linda Rutledge Sims, published in Thursday’s Daily Journal, contained an incorrect name. The officiating minister’s name is the Rev. Michaele Wood.

Howard Long
CORINTH – Howard Long, 84, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown, Ohio. Burial will follow. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no visitation.

Rakeyta Rhyan
MOSCOW, Tenn. – Rakeyta Komaneich Rhyan, 30, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, on North Slayden Road near Concord Road in Slayden.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Greater Works Deliverance Ministries in Collierville, Tenn. Burial will be in Williams Temple Church of God in Christ Cemetery in Moscow, Tenn. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2:30 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.

James Pargo
ABERDEEN – James Lee Pargo, 73, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at Community Care Center of Aberdeen.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Belle Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery at Aberdeen.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
To access the online registry, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Rubert L. Staten
CEDAR BLUFF – Rubert Lawson Staten, 78, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at the Regency Hospital in Jackson. He was born June 30, 1933, in the Una community of Clay County to Myrtle Lawson Staten and Dilworth Staten. He began working at Bryan Foods, then later with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector for 35 years, retiring in 1995. Mr. Staten was a member of Griffith Christian Church and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He married Frances Ivy Staten on Aug. 7, 1953, in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Dr. Mims Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Palo Alto Cemetery near West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Frances Ivy Staten; one daughter, Emily A. Black (Billy) all of Cedar Bluff; one son, Jimmy Staten (Debra) of Pearl; Six grandchildren, Christina McCoy (Nathan), Robby Staten (Ruth), Katie Stafford (Clayton), Michelle Cheney (John), Robert Black and Cody Staten; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Crosswhite of Prairie and Sally Pate of West Point; two brothers, Paul Staten of Aberdeen and Durward Staten (Nita) of Okolona.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Robby Staten, Cody Staten, Robert Black, John Cheney, Clayton Stafford and Nathan McCoy.
Honorary pallbearers will be William L. Watkins, David Croft, Gary Pumphrey, Ray Pumphrey, Ralph Elliott Jr., Edmund A. Reid, Coy Gaskin, Oliver Wright, Carl Gillespie, David Boyd, Tommy Golson, Bobby Russell, R.B. Davis, Kenneth Ricks, Jack Wilson, Dr. Edmund A. Miller, Brett Miller, Rita Castle and the Cardiac Rehab Group.
Memorials may be made to Palo Alto Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Jack Elliott, 9010 Hwy. 47, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Nunn
ACKERMAN – Dorothy McGlothin Nunn, 90, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at her home in Ackerman.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Clear Springs Baptist Church in Choctaw County. Burial will be in French Camp Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.

Virgil Spearman
SHANNON – Virgil Spearman, 89, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home in Verona. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Richard Young
ABERDEEN – Richard Lee Young, 66, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 10, 1945, to Herbert Young and Minnie Hodges Young in Prairie. Baptized at an early age, he was a member of Baptist Grove in Prairie. He was a longtime employee of Monroe Kut until his recent retirement. He was full of life and had a way of making everyone smile.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Aberdeen. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his life partner/friend and mother of his children, Mary Helen Ward; three daughters, Connie Ward Hodges (Fred) of Aberdeen, Contessa Ward Fields (Chris) of Oxford and Contrena Ward of Tupelo; seven sons, James Ward of Pensacola, Fla., Larry Ward, Ron Ward, Chris (Vetta) Walker, Terrell Ward, Onassis Ward and Mario Ward, all of Aberdeen; four brothers, Herbert Young and John Earl Young of Michigan, Henry Young of Aberdeen and Lindsey Randle of Prairie; two sisters, Cathy Stevison of Indianapolis, Ind., and Lucy Jean Holt (Greg) of Washington D.C.; a special aunt, Martha McMillian of Prairie; a special momma, Virgie Dell Rodgers of Aberdeen; 14 grandchildren, including Rondarrian, Richard “Lil Richard” and Marcia “Kelly”; six stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, David Young; and three sisters, Ethel Nixon, Mary Bell Hunter and Willa Young.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To access the online registry, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Loraine Armstrong
TUPELO – Mary Loraine “Lo” Bishop Armstrong, 86, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at her residence in the Heardtown area of Tupelo. She was born on June 29, 1925, in Trezevant, Tenn., to Homer Rogers Bishop and Madge Bishop. Mrs. Armstrong grew up in the Memphis area and moved to Tupelo in l954. She attended Calvary Baptist Church most of her adult life and worked a few years at Radiology Associates. A housewife, she was known for her well manicured yard that she always enjoyed keeping, playing bridge and reading.
A graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Park with her grandson-in-law, Bro. Jason King, officiating. The family will receive friends immediately after the service at the gravesite. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Cheryl A. King (Jerry), Jean Russell (Jeff) and Jane Smith, all of Tupelo; her grandchildren, Wesley Webb (Casey) of Verona, Christy King (Jason) of Oxford, Ala., Mary Kathryn Russell and Ben Russell, both of Tupelo, Brian Smith (Cheyenne) of Brandon, Shelley Smith of Brandon, Colton Armstrong and Shaunna Armstrong, both of the Union community; three great-grandchildren, Graham King, Grace King and Aubrey Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; seven siblings, her husband, Everett “Pete” Armstrong, on April 10, 2009; and her son, Rick Armstrong, on April 13, 2007.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be made to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Elmer Bogan
OKOLONA – Elmer Lee Bogan, 63, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born April 29, 1948, to George Bogan Sr. and Essie Mae Bogan.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Jolly Chapel M.B. Church in Okolona. Burial will be in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery at Okolona. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Undra Bogan of Tupelo and Jasmine Dukes of South Caroline; five sons, Roderick (Cortney) Bogan, Quarn (Brittney) Smith, Roderick (Nikki) Davis and Don Stevenson, all of Lakeland, Fla., and Steven Smith of Prairie; a sister, Betty Kyles of Racine, Wis.; three brothers, Joe Lee (Thelma) Bogan of Detroit, Mich., James A. (Lillie) Bogan of Aberdeen and Leonard Bogan of Okolona; a sister-in-law, Virggu Bogan of Okolona; two great-grandchildren; special friends, Tina (Billy) Richardson of Lakeland, Fla.; special cousin, Johnny Ezell of Okolona; a special niece, Tarnesha Bogan of Okolona; a special nephew, Willie Bogan; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Orlando Bogan; a granddaughter, Rodeja Davis; a sister, Madie Wells; and brother-George Bogan Jr.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Ruby Foote
MADISON, Ala. – Ruby Middleton Foote, 95, died on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at Valley View Health and Rehab. Born on Dec. 27, 1915, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late James Franklin and Lonie Brown Middleton. Before retiring, Mrs. Foote worked as a seamstress in the local garment plants. Looking to Jesus Christ for direction and wisdom, she was a member of East Amory Baptist Church. A kind and gentle woman, her family was most important to her and she cherished the times spent with them. She enjoyed listening to Gospel music.
She is survived by her son, Harrell Foote and his wife, Sarah, of Huntsville, Ala.; grandchildren, Sonya Kindall, Sharon Wall, David Grammer, Scott Foote and Rhonda Thomas; eight great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Foote; son, Billy Foote; daughter, Bobbie Foote Grammer Wall; grandson, David Grammer; sister, Ruth Smith; and brothers, Jelks, Hollis, Alton, Raymond, Ray, Paul and L.B. Middleton.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Pastor Roger Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Paul Middleton, Scott Foote, Randy Tice, Hubert Winston, John Wardlaw and Austin Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Linda West
FULTON – Linda Sue West, 52, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. She was born Aug. 2, 1959, in Punta Gorda, Fla., to Willie Alton and Hazel Earline Beam Harnage. She was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. She loved being with her family, children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Adams officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Lori Little (David) of Peaceful Valley and Lacey West of Ryans Well; her parents, Willie and Hazel Harnage of Fairview; four brothers, Chester Harnage (Rhonda), Sammy Harnage (Kathy), David Harnage (Veronica) and Jimmy Harnage (Erin), all of Fairview; two sisters, Brenda Orrick (Ronnie) of Fairview and Vickie Brasel (Ricky) of Fulton; two grandchildren, Cooper and Cassidy Little; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony West.
Pallbearers will be Todd Ladewig, Patrick Orear, Lowery Little, David Little, Jason Dingler and Mitchell Knight.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Louise Porter
INDIANAPOLIS – Mary Louis Guyton Porter died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at her home. She was born July 14, 1953, to Loretta Carruth Bogan and the late Leroy Spears in Ripley. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined St. Luke AME Zion Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John M.B. Church in Ripley with Minister Jerome Rogan officiating. Burial will be in St. John Church Cemetery in Ripley. Foster amp& Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald Porter; a son, Keynon Guyton (Jennifer) of Indianapolis, Ind.; her mother, Loretta Rogan, and stepfather, Dewitt Rogan Jr., of Ripley; six sisters, Lorine (Ralph) Pate, Linda (Paul) Simpson, Cheryl (Troy) Johnson, Janice Dillard and Melissa (Terry) Montgomery, all of Ripley; and Vanessa (Keith) Mosley of New Albany; five brothers, Bobby Rogan, Charles Rogan, Michael (Jo Ethel) Rogan, Dewayne Spears and Frederick Spears, all of Ripley; five aunts, Jess Carruth, Vannie (James) McKenzie, Christine Barnett, Josephie Storey, Lorine (Mel) Carter; one uncle, Sammie (Jauanita) Carruth; four grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Fannie Springer
NETTLETON – Fannie Floyd Springer, 98, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in Tupelo. She was a former employee of the Nettleton Primary School System for a number of years. She loved sewing and cooking. She was an active and devoted member of the Palestine Methodist Church in Nettleton.
A Life Celebration Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Palestine United Methodist Church with the Rev. Maurice McIntosh officiating. Burial will follow in the Mullins Cemetery at Nettleton. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Gilbert (Cora) Springer Sr. of Peru, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Gilbert Springer Jr., Richard Springer, Bobby Springer and Timmy Springer, all of Peru, Ind., Teresa Stewart of Tipton, Ind., Barbara Austin of Blue Springs, Mo., and Jacqueline Springer of Tupelo; a host of great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Springer; her parents, Dewitt Boose and Mary Lou Jackson; one brother, Albert Jackson; and one sister, Verma Lee Guy.
Pallbearers will be Richard Springer, Bobby Springer, Brice Austin, Timmy Springer, Regionald Springer, Gilbert Springer Jr. and Wayne Mabry.
The body will lie in state from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel.
Online condolences can be made to the Springer family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Kisha Ross
MOOREVILLE – Kisha Allie Eileene Ross, 29, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at the North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford after a sudden illness. She was born Nov. 10, 1981, in Corinth to Nelson and Paula Bain Ross.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Wayne Thorn officiating. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother Paula Hopkins Ross of Mooreville; her grandparents, Scott and Eileene Thompson of Mantachie; one aunt, Connie Cayson (Jim) of Mooreville; three uncles, Scott Hopkins of Nashville, Tenn., Randy Hopkins (Paulette) of Mantachie and George Ross of Oregon; cousins, Maverick, Dallas and Keaton Hopkins of Mantachie, Brandon and Justin Hopkins of Nashville, Christie Denton (Allan) and Aaron Cayson of Saltillo, and Casey Cayson (Miranda) of Amory; two very special cousins, Frances McNair of Corinth and Mary Brawner of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her father, Nelson Ross; her grandmother, Della Ross; her grandfathers, Allie Ross and Grady Hopkins.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Hopkins, Josh Green, Casey Cayson and Aaron Cayson.
Visitation will be at from 5 to 8 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
In lieu of Flowers, memorial donations may be made to North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford.

Esther Cutberth
WALNUT – Esther Swindle Cutberth, 89, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Christian Church. Burial will be in New Salem Baptist Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
Benny Walls
OXFORD – Benny Ray Walls, 49, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Oxford Church of Christ. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Tuesday at the church.
Online condolences can be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

Annie Coker
ELLISTOWN – Annie Bell Coker, 94, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Tammie Williams
LIBERTY HILL, Texas – Tammie DeLane Williams, 44, died June 18, 2007, in Liberty Hill, Texas.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery at Cedar Bluff. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10:45 a.m. to service time today at the graveside.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Frances Gore
EUPORA – Frances Mann Gore, 78, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.