Obituaries September 23, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Lavell Whiren
TUPELO – Lavell Palmer Whiren, 91, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at The North Mississippi Medical Center. A Bigbee native, she was born Aug. 3, 1920, to John Talbert and Mary Cordelia Lancaster Palmer. She is the sole survivor of seven siblings. Before moving to Tupelo in the early 80’s she lived in Slovack, Ark., where she worked as a nurse’s aide. She was a dedicated volunteer with Meals on Wheels and took people to the doctors and shopping.
From early childhood she was formed by the Scriptures and lived her life around the word of God. She loved working in her yard and gave special attention to her roses. She was a devout Catholic and member of St. James Catholic Church. She was a delightful person to meet and to know. She was known for telling you exactly what she thought. She had great respect for her priests and supported them by her affection and prayers. She bore her suffering with great faith and dignity joining her suffering to Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. Everyone who knew her loved her and will miss her dearly. “She was a pistol.”
A Mass for the Deceased will be 10 a.m. today, Sept. 23, 2011, at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lalor officiating and Father Henry Shelton assisting. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one stepdaughter, Randi Saba of Bull Shoals, Ark.; two stepsons, John Whiren of Warrenton, Mo., and Kenneth Whiren of Hashett, Mich.; three nieces, Gloria Whiren of Carlisle, Ark., Nell Young of Pontotoc and Ruby McNeil of Memphis, Tenn.; three nephews, Dan Palmer of Memphis, Tenn., Paul Whiren Jr. of Houston and Phillip Norton of Las Vegas, Nev.; and many others.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John G. Whiren, in 1975.
Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. today, Sept. 23, 2011, at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church, 845 Lakeshire, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Troy D. Criddle Sr.
WEST POINT – Troy Dempsey Criddle Sr., 92, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born Jan. 27, 1919, in Chickasaw County to Dollie Staggs and Ell Criddle. He was a retired burner at Bamp&W with 30 years of service and a member of West End Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW. He married Dola Francis Thompson on May 13, 1943, in Houston.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Mathena officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Sunset of Angels Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Dola Thompson Criddle; three daughters, Barbara Wilder and Linda Henderson (Victor), all of West Point, and Patsy Slayton (Buster) of Starkville; two sons, Troy D. Criddle Jr. (Jane) of Saltillo and Tommie Lee Criddle (Teresa) of West Point; 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Armarie Ashby of Vardaman; one brother, Floyd Criddle (Dot) of Philadelphia.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Katherine Criddle Morton Calvert, on Feb. 7, 2003; a great-granddaughter, Brittany Morton; six sisters and five brothers; and a son-in-law, Ricky Wilder.
Pallbearers will be Chad Wilder, J. D. Morton, Gregg Morton Jr., John Turner, Brian Turner and Troy Criddle III.
Honorary pallbearers will be Skipper Wilder, Wesley Criddle, Jarriott Bennett, Gregory Bennett, Bro. Mike Mathena, Dr. Andrew Wartak and Nurse Amy Hawkins, and the staff of North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, P.O. Box 388, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

James Blaylock
TUPELO – James Olen Blaylock, 62, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 12, 1948, to B.M. and Vernie D. Peoples Blaylock. He liked to play cards, dominoes and shoot pool. He was a Baptist by faith.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at Family Worship Center with Rev. Wesley Kingsley officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his son, James Blaylock of Meridian; one stepson, Tim Foster of Tupelo; five brothers, Ray Blaylock, Douglas Blaylock, Charles Blaylock, Bobby Blaylock and Billy Blaylock; three sisters, Barbara Reynolds, Wanda Dill and Peggy Bailey; eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marilyn Blaylock; and one sister, Fay Blaylock.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Roy Alexander
CALHOUN CITY – Roy Dexter Alexander, 64, died Wednesday, Sept. 211, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. He was born Aug. 1, 1947, in Houston. He was a retired accountant. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Derma, Woodmen of the World and MORA.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City.
Survivors include one daughter, Courtney Gulledge (Kyle) of Oxford; one son, Corey Alexander of Calhoun City; one grandchild, Keegan Alexander; and a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Dexter Alexander and Doris Bingham Alexander, and an aunt, Clemmie Hensley.
Pallbearers will be Charles Lee, Tommy Gordon, Jerry Baker, Jimmy Brown, Roger Waters and Lonnie Aldridge.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Loudean Martin
MANTEE – Artie Loudean Jennings Martin, 89, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at the Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Martin owned and operated Martin Grocery on Main Street of Mantee for over 40 years before her retirement. She was a lifelong resident of Mantee, a faithful member of Mantee Baptist Church and a dedicated Christian. She was born Oct. 12, 1921, in Chickasaw County. She married Cleo Martin on May 16, 1941.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mantee Baptist Church. Burial will be in Pine Bluff Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Tucker Martin (Joyce) of Jackson, Tenn.; her sisters, Mae Jennings Shaffer of Madison, Jean Jennings Hunter (Gene) of Houston, Texas, and Dorothy Jennings of Meridian; her sister-in-law, Mable C. Jennings of Houston, Texas; her grandchildren, John Martin (Tricia) of Jackson, Tenn., Leigh Bullock (Terry) of Philadelphia and Joycelyn Hase (Jeremy) of Ramstein USAFB, Germany; and her great-grandchildren, Parker Bullock, Coner Hase and Collin Hase.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan Wyatt Jennings and Coy Lee Dendy Jennings; her husband, Cleo Martin; her son, Jacky Martin; her brothers, Milburn Jennings, Clifton Jennings and Curtis Jennings; and her sister, Lottie Jennings White.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Mantee Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be directed to Mantee Baptist Church.
Friends and family may leave a message at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Gladys Lovelace
IUKA – Gladys Lovelace, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

Dallas Wigginton
GOLDEN – William Dallas Wigginton Sr., 89, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Southern Magnolia Estates. He was a native of Tishomingo County. He was a sewing machine mechanic at Blue Bell for 25 years and at Winfield for 20 years. He was a member of Old Bethel United Methodist Church for 75 years. Mr. Wigginton served his country in the U.S. Air Force in the South Pacific from 1943-1945. He was a member of Bay Springs Masonic Lodge, a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the American Legion.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Old Bethel United Methodist Church with Bro. Bobby Hankins and Bro. Earl McAnally officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife of 70 years, Gladys Ivy Wigginton of Golden; his daughter, Peggy Montgomery and husband, James Montgomery, of Golden; two grandchildren, Mike Montgomery and wife, Tammy Montgomery, and Mitzi Ramsey and husband, Vance Ramsey, all of Golden; five great-grandchildren, Austin Ramsey, Carly Ramsey, Ty Ramsey, Kalee Montgomery and Abby Montgomery; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, William Dallas “Bill” Wigginton Jr.; four sisters, Onilee Ivy, Gladys Fuller, Maggie Castleberry and Canzady Montgomery; and six brothers, Rufus and John Tanner and Charnel, Tommy, Vivian and Dennis Wigginton.
Pallbearers will be Randy Ivy, Vance Ramsey, Austin Ramsey, Ralph Montgomery, Merle McAnally and Michael Joe Fuller. Honorary pallbearers will be Tulon Rushing, Tom Embrey, Bobby Castleberry, Claude Keeton, Clyne Pounders and Travis Wigginton.
Visitation will continue today at the church until service time.

Willard House
SALTILLO – Willard House, 91, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He retired from Super Sagless Mfg. An avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed riding four-wheelers, playing guitar and singing. He was a devoted Christian and a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Felix Hutcheson Jr., Bro. Bobby Holland and Bro. Toby Mears officiating. Burial will be in Jones Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Lena Wimbs House of Birmingham Ridge; one daughter, Mary Lynn Carter (Roy Dean) of Birmingham Ridge; grandchildren, Teresa Wilson and Tony Carter (Pam) of Birmingham Ridge; great-grandchildren, Bryan Carter of Lackland Airforce Base, San Antonio, Texas, Nikkiah “Nikki” Shae Carter and Ashley Wilson Burgett of Birmingham Ridge; great-great-grandson, Dalton Burgett of Birmingham Ridge; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Stacy Myers.
Pallbearers will be Larry Campbell, James Enis, Nickey Carter, Phil Richey, Brad Carter and Mark Timmons. Honorary pallbearers will be Marion Calmes, Mike McBrayer, Ronald Payne, Edward Bullock and Ray Thomas.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home.

Leo Allen
BLUE SPRINGS – Francis amp”Leoamp” Allen, 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Nov. 17, 1922, in Saltillo to William David and Estell Parker Allen. He was a sergeant of the U.S. Army, stationed in Okinawa during World War II, where he received the Bronze Star and the Battle Star. He was a retired farmer and a retired supervisor and security guard for Day Detectives. He was a member of Fairfield Presbyterian Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Fairfield Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs with Bro. Steve Graham officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Wise, and a son, David Leo Allen (Connie), both of Blue Springs; three grandchildren, Jessica Gray (Brad) of Hickory Flat, David Matthew Allen of Blue Springs and Michael Heath Allen of Mountain City, Tenn.; and two great-grandchildren, Jake Carr and Chloe Carr; and a brother, Bro. Bill Allen of Scottsboro, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth amp”Wayneamp” Adams Allen, and a brother, Carl Allen.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Allen, Heath Allen, Gary Allen, Josh Allen and Brad Gray.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today Friday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at Fairfield Presbyterian Church.
In honor of Mr. Allen’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U. S. Army flag during his visitation and service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Tammy Wright
BOONEVILLE – Tammy Renee McVey Wright, 45, died March 25, 2011, in Alcorn County. She was born June 5, 1965, in Iuka. She was disabled, and she was a Pentecostal. She enjoyed music and doing things for her son.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Hayward Burcham and Bro. Russell Lormand officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
She is survived by a son, Cody Brandon Wright of Booneville; her father, Billy McVey (Hilda) of Booneville; her mother, Louise McVey of Amory; a brother, Kerry McVey (Jill) of Booneville; a sister, Sherry Baker (David) of Amory; five nephews, Joshua Baker of Booneville, Jarrod Baker of Tupelo, Javan Baker of Phoenix, Ariz., Jamie McVey (Henderson) of Corinth and Jordan McVey of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Julius McVey, Josephine McVey, Elvis Jackson and Valker Jackson.
Pallbearers are Larry Jackson, Lanny Jackson, Kenny Jackson, Kenny Bennett, Ben McAnally and Jeff McVey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Faye Barnes
WALNUT – Lela Faye Barnes, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at her daughters residence. She was born Aug. 2, 1932, to Huey Limon Barnes and Josie Shaw Barnes. She was a member of Mt. Zion Non-Denominational Church. She was a seamstress.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gerald Grissom officiating. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery.
She is survived by five daughters, Shirley Tucker Shaw (Freddy), Debbie Britt, Alice McNabb and Mamie Sue Tucker Tyndall, all of Ashland, and Mavis Ann Tucker Hunt (James) of Walnut; three sons, Kenneth Huey Thomas Tucker and Danny Tucker, both of Ashland, John William Wren Jr. (Tracey) of Falkner; five sisters, Billie Doris Sexton and Carolyn Melton, both of Walnut, Annie Marie Vanderender of Meridian, Kay Youngblood of Victoria and Mildred Grisham of Iuka; one brother, Travis Barnes of Chalybeate; five stepchildren, Donald Wren, Albert Wren, Billy Wren, Cleve Carroll and Wayne Coleman; 16 grandchildren , 31 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Edward Jimmy Daniel Tucker.
Visitation will be 4 until 8 p.m. today Friday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Betty Jo Marshall
TUPELO – Betty Jo Marshall, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A Missouri native, she was born May 4, 1926, to Joe and Fern M. Hillme Johnson. In 1996, she moved from Idaho and made Columbus her home. She was a Nazarene by faith. Her passion was taking care of her home. She loved to cook, read and take care of her dogs, Baby Jake and Harley. Her favorite past-time was spending quality time making memories with her family.
Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Bryan Ficher officiating.
Survivors include her daughter, Reba Triplett (Bob) of Tupelo; one son, Ernie Jacobsen (Donna) of Columbus; four grandchildren, Gina Fremont (Cory) of Tupelo, Jill Triplett of Nashville, Tenn., Matt Jacobsen (Kelly) of Beirut, Lebanon, and Niki Jacobsen Torres (Patrick) of Austin, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Colton and Cade Fremont of Tupelo, Maya Grace Jacobsen of Beirut, Lebanon, and Charis Annette Torres of Austin, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Clyde Jacobsen Chet Marshall; and one brother, Gene Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Cory Fremont, Colton Fremont, Cade Fremont, Herb Wall, Tony Roehrick, Matt Matthews, David Turner and Jim Nielsen.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Ruby Spight-Davidson
WEST POINT – Ruby L. Spight-Davidson, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Dugan Memorial Nursing Home in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Baptist church in West Point. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Gertrude Gatlin
EUPORA – Gertrude Edwards McGovern Gatlin, 92, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at Hospice Ministries of Mississippi in Ridgeland..
Services will be at noon Saturday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Edwards Springs Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Tony Berry
BRONX, N.Y. – Billy Fred amp”Tonyamp” Berry, 68, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. He was a native of Pontotoc County and the son of Willie Baxter and Madie Jo Berry. He lived in New York for over 40 years and was employed by New York Flooring. He loved his model cars collection, fishing and hunting. A great cook, he specialized in deep frying fish.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at East Baptist Church in Pontotoc. The Rev Terry Baber will officiate. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery in Houlka. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one son, Sean Dell Berry of Manhattan, N.Y.; four sisters, Ada Simmons of Bronx, N.Y., Carnell Carroll of East Elmhurst, N.Y., Faylean Pulliam and Madie Powell, both of Pontotoc; two brothers, Rush (Mary) Berry of Pontotoc and Erskin (Kate) Berry of Bronx, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Pearl Berry of Pocono, Pa.; and a brother-in-law, Everette Glaspie of Bruce.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Henry E. Bell
IUKA – Henry E. Bell, 84, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at his home. He was a retired employee of American General Insurance Company and a member of the Iuka Gospel Chapel.
Services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Iuka Gospel Chapel with Bro. Greg Woodruff officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery-East in Memphis. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Dottie S. Bell and Lorene Bell; his parents, W.T and Odie Mae Bell; his brothers, Carter, Maloy and Raymond Bell; and a grandson, Brandon Duggan.
Survivors include three daughters, Canda Bell Russell of Bartlett, Tenn., Deborah Bell Christian (Chris) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Theresa Bell Cleveland (Lanny) of Iuka; one brother, Paul David Bell of Millersville, Mo.; two sisters, Vida Mae Bell of Sikeston, Mo., and Wanda Reid of Wichita, Kan.; five grandchildren, Hillary Muratori, Michael Duggan, Tracy Moore, Bradley Cleveland and Logan Cleveland; three great-grandchildren, Maggie Esquibel, Cole Duggan and Tate Muratori.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Iuka Gospel Chapel and from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Forest Hill Funeral Home in Memphis, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. Monday at Forest Hill Funeral Home-East.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the hospice of your choice.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

E.L. Walls
TUPELO – E. L. Walls, 74, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after an extended illness. A Pontotoc native, he was born Dec. 14, 1936, to Bera and Annie Mae Simmons Walls. He served eight years with the 155th Unit of The National Guard. He loved spending time keeping his car clean and drinking coffee with his buddies. He was the former owner of Tupelo Bus Lines. By faith, he was Pentecostal.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Mark Williams officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 56 years, Sue Walls of Tupelo; one daughter, Debbie Merchant (Doug) of Nettleton; two sons, Terry Walls and Perry Walls of Tupelo; one brother, Wayne Walls (Sue) of Baldwyn; one sister, Jo Maroney (Jerry) of Daleville, Ala.; one sister-in-law, Doris Mayhall of Fulton; three grandchildren, Susan Smith and (fiancampé, Toby Lansdell) of Nettleton, Chris Merchant (Sunny Traylor) of Nettleton and Brad Merchant (Bre) of Nettleton; seven great-grandchildren, Mikey Smith, Braden Merchant, Katlin Smith, Lexi Merchant, Briley Merchant, Luke Merchant and Jonathan Merchant.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Carl Brandon; and an infant son.
Pallbearers will be Brad Merchant, Chris Merchant, Doug Merchant, Mikey Smith, Toby Lansdell and Matt Merchant.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Deacon Lee Elliott
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Deacon Lee Chester Elliott, 67, formerly of Ashland, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at his home in Rochester, N.Y.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ashland Church of Christ. Burial will be in the South Ashland Church of Christ Cemetery. J.F. Brittenum amp& 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 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. Saturday.

Walter Meinz
BLUE SPRINGS – Walter “Smokey” Meinz, 67, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Leonard Jones
NEW ALBANY – Leonard Jones, 55, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a former employee of the City of Verona for a number of years. He was a member of Beaver Dam Missionary Baptist Church. He was the husband of the late Mary Louise Ray Jones.
Life celebration service will be at noon Saturday at the Beaver Dam Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Bennie Cobbs officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery in New Albany. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Jackie (Michell) Jones of Indianapolis; his mother, Annie Mae Jones of Tupelo; five stepchildren, David (Shirlene) Ray of New Albany, Henry (Myra) Ray of Washington state, Catresia (James) Jones of New Albany, John (Shelia) Ray of Columbus, Ohio, and Ann (Antwain) Graham of New Albany; three brothers,. Henry Jones of Tupelo, Kennedy (Cynthia) Jones of Tupelo and Eddie Jones of Florida; four sisters, Annie Wilma (Joe) Jones, Annie Lee Walton, Daisey Mae Tompkins and Gorgia Ann Jones, all of Tupelo; five sisters-in-law, Mary Smith of New Albany, Dorothy Carruthers and Clemmie Jones, both of Tupelo, Jamie Wilson and Annie Lois Cook, both of New Albany; two brothers-in-law, Rickey Ray and Bobby Ray, both of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Saturday.
Online condolence can be made to the Jones family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Henry Boyd Jr.
MEMPHIS – Henry Boyd Jr., 48, formerly of Holly Springs, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at the Veterans Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the Adolphus Chapel CME Church Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum amp& 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 from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Ruby Carter
SOUTHAVEN – Ruby Irene Carter, 93, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. She was born Aug. 21, 1918, in Benton County to James Hubert Taylor and Beaulah Perkins Taylor. She was the retired owner of Ruby’s Store in Holly Springs, which she operated for more than 40 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in Temperance Hill Cemetery in Potts Camp.
Survivors include three sons, Kenneth Stanton of Hayesville, N.C., William Tim Weatherford of Holly Springs and George Weatherford of Olive Branch; two daughters, Dorothy Chumney of Red Banks and Gail Carter Bennett of Ashland; a sister, Warrene Floyd of New Albany; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dee Roy Carter, and her parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Access the guestbook at www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Florence Falkner
HOLLY SPRINGS – Florence Bowens Falkner, 80, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Adolphus Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum amp& 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 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. Saturday.

Wanda Bullard
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Wanda Elizabeth Bullard, 63, formerly of Booneville, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at South East Georgia Health System in Brunswick, Ga. She was born April 24, 1948, to George and Carmen Cole Bullard. She was a member of the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Mississippi State University and a special education teacher for Glynn County Middle School.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home with Elder Benny Burcham officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
She is survived by two sisters, Saundra (Billy) Smith and Bill Lowery, both of Booneville; two nieces, Tori (Sherry Porterfield) Smith and Beverly (Benny) Burcham, both of Booneville; and three nephews, Brad (Crystal) Smith, Mark and Greg Lowery, all of Booneville.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister Inez Wages.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Randy Walls
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Randy Walls, 61, died on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. He was born Dec. 8, 1949, in Monroe County to Mildred Cooper and Elmon A. Walls. He graduated from Mississippi State University with degrees in psychology and industrial engineering. He retired from Infinite Energy in Gainesville, Fla.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in West Point with Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his parents; a son, Benjamin M. Walls (Kristen) of Albany, Ore.; a daughter, PO 2nd Class Leah Bluestone Walls of Norfolk, Va.; a sister, Dr. Melinda Walls Pilkinton (Sam) of Columbus.
Friends may send condolences online at robinsonfh.net.

Ruby Seldon-Benton
BYHALIA – Ruby Jane Seldon-Benton, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Royal Chapel CME Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Tommy Boler
FALKNER – Tommy Dean Boler, 53, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, as the result of a motorcycle accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Joyce Childers
RIPLEY – Joyce Marie Hall Childers, 69, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital. She was born March 8, 1942, to Cecil Franklin Hall and Ada Leearl Davis Hall. She was a member of Springdale Baptist Church and attended Unity Baptist Church. She retired with 17 years of service from Tippah County Hospital as secretary/purchasing clerk.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Maurice Pinkston and Bro. Ronnie Barefield officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Lee Earl Childers of Ripley; two sons, Mitchell Childers and Daniel Childers, both of Ripley; three sisters, Doris Moffitt and Sarah Johnson, both of Ripley, and Virginia Diamante of Manila, Philippines; four brothers, Perry Hall and John David Hall, both of Falkner, James Hall of Steens and Larry Hall of West Point; one grandson, Jake Childers (Patty) of Ripley; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Bell and an infant sister, Nancy Hall; and one brother, Frank Hall.
Pallbearers will be her nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be her nieces.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Tessa Scott
CORINTH – Tessa Marie Scott, 9, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth.
Visitation will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Real Life Church on Shiloh Road in Corinth.

Billie Jean Hutcheson
FULTON – Billie Jean Pettigo Hutcheson, 62, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2001. She was born on Jan. 19, 1949, to William and Christine Floyd Pettigo. She was a Christian. She enjoyed her flowers, gardening and being with her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Jerry Hogue officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include her special friend and companion of 27 years, Bobby Wallace; one daughter, Tina Hutcheson of Mooreville; two sons, Tim Hutcheson (Anna) of New Jersey and Michael Hutcheson of Pratts community; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mae Hinds of Guntown and Emily Bell of Baldwyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Billy Wayne Hutcheson; a granddaughter, Mandy Bone; and a sister, Vivian Thrasher.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Nellie May Wilson
RED BANKS – Nellie May Wilson, 87, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at her home in Red Banks. She was born Aug. 8, 1924, in Marshall County to Willie Randolph Harris and Clara Harper Harris. She was a homemaker and a member of Coldwater Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Carey Chapel Cemetery at Mt. Pleasant.
Survivors include three sons, William A. Wilson, Robert W. Wilson and Alan D. Wilson, all of Mt. Pleasant; three daughters, Patsy Houston and Cathy Cartwright, both of Mt. Pleasant, and Linda F. Wilson of Collierville, Tenn.; two sisters, Eva Moss of Fisherville, Tenn., and Beatrice Yeager of Slayden; 25 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Franklin Wilson; her parents; two sons, Billy Wilson and Curtis Wilson; and a daughter, Joann Willis.
Pallbearers will be Scotty Rhynes, William Earl Watson, Chris Starnes, j.R. Wilson, Brandon Starnes and Steven Summons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Access the guestbook at www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Carnathan
OKOLONA – Thomas “Peanut” Carnathan, 78, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Okolona Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at Okolona Presbyterian Church.

Frances McEwen
ABBEVILLE – Frances Marie Tucker McEwen, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at her home on Woodson Ridge near Abbeville.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society, P.O. Box 1674, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Jeanette Simmons
RED BAY, Ala. – Margaret Jeanette Glover Simmons, 72, formerly of Sledge, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at her home in Red Bay, Ala.
Graveside services were Thursday, Sept. 22, at Longtown Cemetery at Crenshaw. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville was in charge of the arrangements.