Obituaries September 21, 2010

Richard Hall
DUMAS – Richard Allen Hall, 42, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at Walnut. He was born Dec. 25, 1967, in Ripley to Thomas C. and Betty Self Hall. He was a member of Dumas Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dumas Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Baker, Bro. Michael Baker and Bro. Marvin Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Union County. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Thomas C. and Betty Self Hall of Dumas; two sons, Trey Hall and Morgan Hall, both of Booneville; two sisters, Donna Guinn (Keith) of Jackson, Tenn., and Lisa Mauney (Neal) of Ripley; a special friend, Vickie Porterfield of Walnut and her children, Madison, Bradley and Jeremy Porterfield.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Timothy C. “Stan” Hall.
Pallbearers will be Eugene Chism, Carl Self, Danny Hall, Gerald Hall, Johnny McCauley and Billy Joe Self.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Dumas Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, Ripley Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 4, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Bettie Gilmore
TUPELO – Bettie Frierson Gilmore died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
Dewey Stults
BENTON, Ark. – Dewey O’Neil Stults, 78, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, in Benton, Ark. A native of Lee County, he was a former resident of Saltillo. 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. today at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with Rev. Frank Breaux officiating. Burial will be at the Oak Hill Methodist Cemetery.
He is survived by his children, Robin Stults, Tim Stults and Christina Scruggs; and two grandchildren, Colton Stults and Sarah Kate Stults.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fate and Vernon Stults, and a sister, Christine Peach.
Pallbearers will be Reggie Gable, Sammy Peach, Larry Wigginton, John McCustion, Jamie Franks, Gregg Scruggs, Carrol Scruggs and Jimmy Stephens.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Merron Cooper
NEW ALBANY – Merron Edward Cooper, 72, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Sept. 29, 1937, in Union County to Willey Finely Cooper and Irene Lucy Jane Warren. He was a retired minister and pastor.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Lonnie Smith, Rev. Steve Gearin, Rev. Stanley Jeter and Rev. Skipper Jeter officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Shelia Graham Cooper of New Albany; two daughters, Kathy Marie Marcum (Walter) and Carra Irene Cooper, both of New Albany; three sons, Rev. Charles Edward Cooper (Tina), James Merron Cooper (Charlene) and Jeffery Keith Wright (Deanna), all of New Albany; three sisters, Ruby Elois Jeter of Merryville, Tenn., Betty Sue Ward of Greenwood, La., and Gladys Marie Charleston of Memphis; a brother, Jimmie Dale Cooper of New Albany; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Gary Cooper, Finlay Cooper, Vince Cooper, Gary Ward, Rodney Ward and Bobby Dale Jeter.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Henry Frazier
NEW ALBANY – Robert Henry Frazier, 66, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at his residence. He was born April 1, 1944, in Union County to the late L.Q. Frazier and Avie Ethel Smith Frazier. He was a retired employee from Mohasco Manufacturing, and business owner and operator of R.H. Frazier Trucking. He was a member of the Academy Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Larry Harrison officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Mavis Frazier of New Albany; a daughter, Bonnie Frazier Nutzell (David) and their son, Joseph Nutzell, of Memphis; a son, Robert Wayne Frazier (Robbie), and their daughters, Sheyanne and Lauren Frazier, of New Albany; two sisters Marie Frazier Hutcheson (David) of Tupelo and Martha Hitchcock (David) of New Albany; four brothers, Lamar Frazier (Janie) of New Albany, Hank Frazier (Shelia) of Blue Mountain, Thomas Frazier (Ellen) of New Albany and Hayse Frazier (Susan) of Blue Mountain.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and twin sons, Raymond Ray and Robert Ray Frazier.
Pallbearers will be Michael Harrison, Clint Frazier, David Frazier, Allen Rodgers, Wayne Harrison and Kurt Fryer.
Visitation will be from 5 till 9 p.m. today, Sept. 21, 2010, at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
MSgt. Harry Jennings Sr.
OXFORD – MSgt. Harry K. Jennings Sr., 85, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford.
Graveside services will be Wednesday at Forest Hill Cemetery East, 2440 Whitten Road, Memphis. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the Veterans Home, 120 Veterans Drive, Oxford, MS 38655; or North Mississippi Hospice, 104 Skyline Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.
Billy Rutledge
OXFORD – William Travis “Billy” Rutledge, 88, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at his home in Oxford. He was the son of George Reedy and Lyla Rinehart Rutledge. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Booneville. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, where he served as an aviator in the South Pacific. Upon returning from his service, he taught private piano in Booneville. He used his GI Bill to attend the University of Southern Mississippi, where he graduated with his bachelor and master degrees in piano performance. He taught in the Kuehnle School of Music in Natchez and taught in the music department of Co-Lin Community College in Wesson. In 1961, he returned to his home town of Booneville and later became the chairperson of the Music Department of Northeast Mississippi Community College, where one of his favorite activities was accompanying the annual Northeast musical. He was elected as the president of the Mississippi Music Teachers’ Association. He touched many lives with his musical ability and instruction, and has left a legacy of music for his children.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by three daughters, Leah Shollenberger and her husband, Jim, of Oxford, Melanie Epperson and her husband, Michael, of Memphis, and adopted daughter, Tina Long of Oxford; and one granddaughter, Tia Mapes of New York City.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Jane Tutor Rutledge; and his parents.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Angela Vanlandingham
TUPELO – Angela Maria Vanlandingham, 42, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. She was born July 8, 1969, in Tupelo to Andy Ellis and Evelyn Baldwin. She loved riding 4-wheelers in Splunge area and hanging out with all of her friends and cousins. Most of all she loved her mama, her kids, grandkids, especially Katie Bug, and her Dunkin Doo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Dan Wilemon officiating. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her three daughters, Casey McCuller, Melissa Vanlandingham and Katie Rose Vanlandingham, all of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Dawson McCuller, Kaylie Vanlandingham, Braden Vanlandingham and Annabelle Vanlandingham, all of Tupelo; her mother, Evelyn Baldwin of Tupelo; her father, Andy Ellis (Barbara) of Shannon; one sister, Candy Walls of Blue Springs; one brother, A.J. Ellis of Shannon; her grandfather, Carl Kingsley of Tupelo; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Marjorie Kingsley, James Ellis and Ruth Ellis.
Pallbearers will be Nicky Nichols, Larry Riley, Todd Reese, Rusty Reese, Craig Reese, David Riley and David Jennings.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to service time Wednesday.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Ethel Williams
RIENZI – Ethel Ilene Robbins Williams, 97, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at North Rienzi Church of Christ. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to leave condolences.
Hattie Mae Sneed
PONTOTOC – Hattie Mae Sneed, 88, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born at Lafayette Springs on Feb. 15, 1922, to Lester A. Mitchell and Model Gafford Mitchell. At the age of 2 her family moved to Texas, and she returned to Mississippi when she was 16. She married Oscar Ryland Sneed in 1941, and they made their home in the Hurricane community where she was a faithful member of the Union Church of the Nazarene. After Mr. Sneed’s death in 1998, she continued to live at home until she became a resident of Union County Health and Rehab due to failing health. An activity she loved at the facility was playing Bingo, but her greatest enjoyment there was being able to attend all the worship services which she loved. Her love of flowers was evident. Her yard was beautiful from early spring until late fall, and she could often be found working in her flowers, although she never considered it work. She always had a beautiful bouquet to take to neighbors or someone sick in the community. In her later years, she became an avid reader, and her Bible was her favorite book. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and neighbor.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at Union Church of the Nazarene in the Hurricane community with Rev. Joe Morse and Rev. Cecil Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Nazarene Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two sons, Ryland Sneed (Peggy) of Oxford and Harold Sneed (Denita) of Pontotoc, and one daughter, Jo Hale (Jackie) of New Albany; six grandchildren, Ginger Murray (Steve) of East View, Tenn., Heather McClendon (Rob) of Oxford, Allison Sneed of Oxford, Patrick Ryland Sneed (Kayla) of Oxford, Arlissa and Carly Sneed of Pontotoc; one stepgrandson, Jay Hale (Lizzy) of Atlanta, Ga.; three great-grandchildren, Casey James, Luke Bonds and Katie Beth Murray; one stepgreat-granddaughter, Scarlett Hale; one sister, Betty Armstrong (Cecil) of Lubbock, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five brothers, Robert Mitchell, Ralph Mitchell, S.T. Mitchell, Billy Mitchell and James Mitchell; and two sisters, Clayene Hickey and Mary Webb.
Pallbearers will be Billy Russell, Patrick Sneed, Martin Sneed, Kenney Hickey, Kenny Mitchell and Norman Sneed.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Union Church of the Nazarene.
Memorials may be made to Union Nazarene Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Beverly Cummings, Renasant Bank, P.O. Box 270, Pontotoc, MS 38863; The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803; or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Emma Jarman
CORINTH – Emma Vadine Mathis Jarman, 82, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at the Mississippi Care Center of Alcorn County in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Camp Ground United Methodist Church in Walnut. Burial will be in Camp Ground Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the Camp Ground United Methodist Church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Bessie McShan
HOUSTON – Mary Elizabeth “Bessie” Tucker McShan died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Montgomery Mortuary in Houston.
Clayton Vinson
TUPELO – Ottis Clayton Vinson, 98, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at the Greenhouses at Traceway. She had celebrated her 98th birthday on Sept. 18, 2010, with her daughter, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and her great-great grandchildren and had a wonderful day.
Mrs. Vinson was born on Sept. 18, 1912, to R.W. and Mattie Clayton. She attended school at Mt. Vernon and Belden. She married Roy Vinson in 1929 and they shared 58 happy years together until his death on July 1, 1987. She worked for many years in the garment industry and was a very accomplished seamstress. She attended Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, where she was the oldest member of the church. She loved her Lord, her church and her church family.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Bro. Doug Westmorland officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Frances Stephenson of Belden, and a daughter-in-law, Faye Vinson of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Vinson; a son, Wayne Vinson; a daughter, Virginia and her husband, Tommy Gibson; a son-in-law, Ray Stephenson; a grandson, Greg Vinson; a granddaughter, Linda Gibson Sartain; a great-grandson, Shaun Lowry; four sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be her great-grandsons, Shawn Summers, Landon Summers, Darrell Cooper, Gregory Vinson, Timothy Sartain, Colm McCool, Kyle Sapp, James Stephenson and Bradley Hamblin.
Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews, Jerry Clayton, Joe Clayton, Danny Raper, Edward Raper and Kenneth Herring.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Neil Coombs
RIPLEY – Cora Neil Hensley Coombs, 99, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born Oct. 13, 1910, in Saulisbury, Tenn., to Willis and Maude Hines Hensley. She was a teacher at Macedonia School in Union County and a homemaker. She was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church. The B.H. and Neil Combs Scholarship Fund has been set up for a student attending Blue Mountain College and planning to become a teacher.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. William J. Connolly and Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include one daughter, Billye Ruth Carter (Thomas) of Crestview, Fla.; one daughter-in-law, Layne Coombs of Ripley; one sister, Margaret Giles of Holly Springs; five grandchildren, Tim Coombs (Debbie) of New Albany, Mark Coombs (Jackie) of Corinth, Reed Carter of Crestview, Fla., LaDonna Walsingham (Joe) of Clermont, Fla., and Nanette Davis (Brock) of Marietta, Ga.; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billie H. “Hezzie” Coombs; her parents, Willis and Maude Rines Hensley; one son, J.W. Coombs; and four sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Coombs, Chip Coombs, Johnnie Coombs, Roy Tate Coombs, Bobby Shan Shelton, Mike Farrow and Steve Farrow. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff and employees of Golden Living Center.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the B.H. and Neil Coombs Scholarship Fund, c/o Mary Childs, The Peoples Bank, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
James P. Bevins
VINA, Ala. – James P. Bevins, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Billy Ruff
TUPELO – Billy Wayne Ruff, 35, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center as the result of a motorcycle accident. He was born Nov. 12, 1974, to Robert Wayne and Nancy Shumpert Ruff in Fulton. He was a 1993 graduate of Shannon High School and a member of the North Green Street Church of Christ in Tupelo. He enlisted in the United States Army and served one tour in Haiti. He later enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard with the 1-198th Armor. He recently returned from his second tour in Iraq. Upon returning in March, he was promoted to Master Sergeant. He received several prestigious awards including the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Mississippi War Medal.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at North Green Street Church of Christ in Tupelo. Bro. Daniel McCollum will officiate. Burial will be in the Friendship CME Church Cemetery in Fulton. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Robert Wayne Ruff and Nancy Shumpert Ruff Watts; a son, Rashad Ruff, of the home; a daughter, Jaden Ruff, of Tupelo; a brother, Marc Whitfield, of West Point; a sister, Brittany Ruff, of Tupelo; and a niece and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Archie and Ophra Ruff, and Willie B. and Annie Lee Shumpert; three uncles, Joe W. and Rev. Doyle Ruff, and Willie Lee Shumpert; and one aunt, Deloris Ruff Young.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Eck amp& Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
Sign the online guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.
Buster Young
BOONEVILLE – T.C. “Buster” Young, 79, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at Scott-Del Cottage in Booneville.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Garden.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests memorial donations to the Carolina United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2001 Ninth St., Booneville, MS 38829.
Mary Roby
TUPELO – Mary Frances Roby, 85, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Ollie Parham
AMORY – Ollie Parham, 94, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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