Obituaries September 20, 2010

J.W. Blasingame
KOSCIUSKO – J.W. Blasingame, 86, retired insurance agent, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Kosciusko.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today in Old Cumberland Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Bettie Peel
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Bettie Peel, 57, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at Spectrum Health Special Care Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was formerly of Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Robert Dukes
HOUSTON – Robert Dukes, 59, died Sept. 18, 2010, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Angela Vanlandingham
TUPELO – Angela Vanlandingham died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors.
James Baker
BANNER – James Ellis Baker, 59, died Sept. 19, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born March 31, 1951, in Memphis. He was a member of Banner Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army and the Mississippi National Guard and worked for the North Mississippi Regional Center in the engineering department. He was also a farmer and cattleman. His favorite hobby was woodworking.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rex Ard officiating and the Rev. W.R. Harrelson and the Rev. Bill Riley assisting. Burial will be in Banner Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Gail Smith Baker of Banner; his son, Joseph Chad Baker and wife, Traci Hill Baker of Pittsboro; his brother, Thomas Edwin Baker and wife, Lucinda of Banner; a very special daughter and foster child, Kristie Hawkins of Water Valley; and a brother-in-law, Walter “Buddy” Jones of Red Oak, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Guy and Lila Fay Edwards Baker; and his sister, Lola Catherine Oliver Jones.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Baker, Randy Baker, Donald Camp, Keith Camp, Thomas Camp and Bobby Earl Edwards.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Jimmy Brown
BYHALIA – Jimmy Houston Brown, 22, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at his home. He was born on May 7, 1988, to Kevin Brown and Marcie Brown. He was a heating and air technician. He loved horses and playing music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Melvin Shackelford officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Tippah County. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Marcie Brown and husband, Michael of Ripley; his father, Kevin Brown of Byhalia; one sister, Patty Louise Childers and husband, Jake of Ripley; one brother, Christian Conner Brown of Ripley; his grandparents, Stella and Jerry Ambrose of Ripley and Jimmy H. and Pat Brown of Byhalia; one great-grandfather, Troy Brown of Mantachie; one aunt, Karen Tutor; four uncles, Mark Mavity, Ken Ambrose, Mark Brown and Chet Brown; and two special cousins, Barry Brown and Patrick Brown.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Brown, Barry Brown Jr., Chet Brown, Devin Markle, Cory Sanderlin, Calob Sykes and Jake Childers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries and sign online register book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Frankie Norman
BELDEN – Frank E. “Frankie” Norman III, 43, son of Frank E. and Pat Wheeler Norman, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 2, 1966, in Tupelo. He was a lifelong resident of Belden, a 1985 graduate of Tupelo High School and a member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church. He was an avid fan of Mississippi State football, the Dallas Cowboys, the Atlanta Braves and Nascar. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at West Jackson Street Baptist Church with Bro. Bert Harper and Bro. Nathan Harper officiating. A private graveside service will be at Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Frank and Pat Norman of Belden; two sisters, Kathy Wammack of Belden and Monia Beasley of Tupelo; four nieces, Mariann Wammack, Lee Wammack, Lindsey Beasley and Sara Kathryn Beasley; two nephews, Patrick Beasley Jr. and Brayden Wammack; and special friends, Eric Castillo and Connie Hershfelt.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank Sr. and Gwen Wallis Norman and Annie Mae and Hardy Prentiss.
Pallbearers will be members of Dennis Bonds Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 3149 Players Club Parkway, Memphis, TN 38125 or to West Jackson Street Baptist Church, 1349 West Jackson Street, Tupelo, Ms 38801.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Troy Tate
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Troy Lee Tate, 76, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 2, 1934, in Monroe County to Joe and Donnie Neal Tate. He was a diesel mechanic, truck driver and timber cutter for many years. He was a member of New Center Point Freewill Baptist Church and loved witnessing for the Lord. He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at New Center Point Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Edward Puckett, Bro. Don Taggart and Bro. Kelvin Price officiating. Burial will be in Pickle Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Tate of Greenwood Springs; two sons, Mikey (Connie) Tate of Greenwood Springs and Mark (Donna) Tate of Baker, Fla.; two daughters, Gail (Robert) Guyton of Sulligent and Michele (Jerry) Blaylock of Greenwood Springs; and his grandchildren, Amber (Brian) Atkinson, Nathan (Carrie) Lucas, Josh (Ashley) Lucas, Kevin (Charity) Tate, Kyle (Lindsay) Tate, Luke Blaylock, Tate Blaylock and Caleb Tate.
He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Isaiah Atkinson, Josh Silas Atkinson, Hannah Lucas, Noah Lucas and Abigail Tate; a special child, Garrett Barnes; five step great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mina Lee Potts of Mobile, Ala. and Betty (Edward) Vann of Mobile, Ala.; a brother-in-law, James Buse; and a sister-in-law, Janice Tate.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Donnie Neal Tate; his brother, Clayton Tate; and his sister, Gena Buse.
Frank Picone
FULTON – Frank J. Picone, 91, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at The Meadows in Fulton after a short illness. He was born July 3, 1919, in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Joseph and Elizabeth Ventura Picone. He was a member of Smithville Baptist Church and enjoyed working at his service station.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Ocala, Fla. (352) 622-8181.
He is survived by his daughter, Ruthann (Bob) Tidwell of Fulton; two sons, Frank (Beth) Picone Jr. of New York and Raymond (Betty) Picone of Newton, N.J.; one brother, John Picone of Palisade Park, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of 66 years, Ruth Picone.
Condolences and personal messages for the family may be left at www.forestlawnfuneralhome.com.
Dewey Stults
SALTILLO – Dewey O’Neil Stults, 78, formerly of Saltillo and a Lee County native, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, in Benton, Ark. Most of all, he loved seeing his two grandchildren, watching TV and talking about his farming and fathering in times past. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of the Saltillo Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Breaux officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Methodist Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Saltillo is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his three children, Robin Stults, Tim Stults and Christina Scruggs; two grandchildren, Colton Stults and Sarah Kate Stults; and one sister, Christine Peach.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fate and Vernon Stults.
Pallbearers will be Reggie Gable, Sammy Peach, Larry Wigginton, John McCustion, Jamie Franks, Gregg Scruggs, Carrol Scruggs and Jimmy Stephens.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home in Saltillo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Elizabeth VanWinkle
BOONEVILLE – Elizabeth Ann amp”Bethamp” Lanier VanWinkle died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at her home in Booneville. She was born April 6, 1948, in Memphis to John A. and Dorothy Stone Lanier. She loved spending time with her granddaughters, traveling and fulfilling her bucket list. She was loved by her many friends and family.
A memorial service, with reception to follow, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Christ Presbyterian Church, 6860 Craft Road at Goodman Rd, Olive Branch, MS 38654, 662-895-7035.
She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Jay VanWinkle; her sisters, Jean Curbo and Frances Gillpatrick (Jim) of Olive Branch and Anita Lanier of Abbeville; her daughter-in-law, Kim VanWinkle; and her granddaughters, Gracyn and Leven of Jackson, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her son, Michael Lynn VanWinkle.
Beth made a gift of her body for medical research.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Frances Barnett
SALTILLO – Frances Faye Martin Barnett, 76, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at her home. She was born Oct. 20, 1933, to John and Ester Martin. She was a member of the Lighthouse Assembly of God. She enjoyed spending time with her family, yard sales, gardening and flowers. She also enjoyed watching Christian programs on TV.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral home with Bro. Merle Floyd and Bro. Bobby White officiating. Burial will be in Euclatubba Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Ray Barnett of Saltillo; four sons, Ricky Barnett (Carol) of Amory, Randy Barnett (Peggy), Sammy Barnett (Mary Ann), both of Guntown and Gary Barnett (Debbie) of Saltillo; her sisters, Jessie Briscoe, Jewel Martin (Homer) of Saltillo, Carolyn Tarrets of Indiana, Kristen Loucks of Illinois; brother, John Martin of Saltillo; grandchildren, Kristy Barnett, Corey Barnett, Aaron Barnett, Ashley White (Doug), Melody Barnett, Megan Barnett, Tracey Barnett, Tori Barnett, Kennedy Barnett, Connie Lancaster (Shannon), Brent Barnett (Erin), Dewayn Barnett, Mike Barnett, Brianna Barnett, Dawn Patterson (Mike) and Jeanie Huffstatler; 11 great-grandchildren, Lexie White, Kendal Bailie White, Cayden Lancaster, Austin Lancaster, Ashley Lancaster, Stetsen Harlow, Ethan Barnett, Hunter Patterson, Harley Barnett, Lennon Barnett and Adalyn Barnett.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Barnett; a brother, Sam Barnett; a sister, Jay Bell Hankins; and a brother-in-law, Buddy Briscoe.
Pallbearers will be Corey Barnett, Aaron Barnett, Brent Barnett, Dewayn Barnett, Doug White, Shannon Lancaster and Mike Patterson.
Agnes Ronowski
BOONEVILLE – Agnes Geraldine Hopper Ronowski, 59, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Blackland Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Hattie Sneed
PONTOTOC – Hattie Mae Sneed, 88, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Lee Waldon
WALNUT – Lee Boyd Waldon, 62, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born Oct. 17, 1947, to Roy Lee and Overa Hodum Waldon. He was a Methodist and a logger.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at Lowry Methodist Church with Bro. Doc Shelton and Bro. Billy Studdard officiating. Burial will be in Lowry Methodist Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Moore Waldon of Walnut; three sons, Jerry Lee Waldon of Walnut, Tony Boyd Waldon of Pearl and Stony Ray Waldon of Walnut; one daughter, Regina Gunn (Jeff) of Walnut; four brothers, Jimmy Waldon (Faye), Danny Waldon, Dennis Waldon and Randy Waldon (Connie), all of Walnut; three grandchildren, Joshua Holley (Michelle), Kaytlin Holley and Samantha Lee Waldon, all of Walnut.
Pallbearers will be Steve Turner, Buddy Mathis, William Alvie Bell, Bubba Henson, Rocky Hurly and Dewayne Spencer.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Ray Smith, Tony Spencer, Arlon Mathis, Mitchell Mathis, Dennis Harrison, T.A. Hopper and Ethan Hurt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, James Harold Waldon.
Visitation will be at 5 p.m. today and until service time Tuesday at Lowry Methodist Church.
To view obituaries online and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Brookelyn Young
EVERGREEN – Brookelyn Darlene Young, infant daughter of Jessie Johnson and Landon Young, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Women’s Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Camp Cemetery in Amory with Bro. Write and Bro. Upchurch officiating. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Jessie Johnson and Landon Young of Evergreen; brother, Sean Young of Peppertown; grandparents, David and Rhonda Johnson of Baldwyn, Ellis and Helen Carter of Evergreen, Geraldine and Boyd Fleming and Elizabeth Johnson, all of Baldwyn; four aunts, Miranda Jernigan of Aberdeen, Tracey Johnson of Amory, Emily Johnson of Baldwyn and Constance Young Williams of Evergreen; an uncle, Bradley Dickens of Dorsey; her godfather, Anthony Gray of Mooreville; and her godmother, Brooke Holcomb of Mantachie.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Darlene Young.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

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