Obituaries September 9, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mary Louise Jones
NEW ALBANY – Mary Louise Ray Jones, 68, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a loving wife, mother and friend. She was a member of Beaver Dam Missionary Baptist Church, where she once served as a member of the choir.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Beaver Dam Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Bennie Cobb officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard Jones of New Albany; four children, David (Shirlene) Ray of New Albany, Henry (Myra) Ray of Washington state, John (Shelia) Ray of Columbus, Ohio, and Ann (Antwain) Graham of New Albany; two brothers, Rickey Ray and Bobby Ray, both of New Albany; four sisters, Mary Smith of New Albany, Dorothy Carruthers of Tupelo, Jamie Wilson of Blue Mountain and Annie Lois Cook of Jackson, Tenn.; a great-aunt, Margert Ball of Illinois; nine grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family hour will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Beaver Dam Missionary Baptist Church.
Online condolences can be made to the Ray/Jones family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Annie Stokes
NEW ALBANY – Annie Marie Scruggs Stokes, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at her residence. She was born Aug. 2, 1934, in Panola County to Noel Foster Scruggs and Evelyn Sanders Scruggs. She was co-owner of Stokes Supermarket for 37 years. She enjoyed traveling with her family, and spending time with her children and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Brownie Toil officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park in New Albany. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years James “Moose” Stokes of New Albany, a daughter, Theresa Children (John) of New Albany; six grandchildren, Caleb Children, Josh Children, Carry Children, Culled Stokes, Anna Claire Stokes and Linda Stokes, all of New Albany, five great-grandchildren; and her two caregivers, Christine Watts and Anna Howell.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sons Ronald Clayton Stokes and James Keith Stokes.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Rev. William M. Kelley Jr.
OXFORD – The Rev. William Marvin Kelley Jr., 72, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. A native of Arlington, Tenn., he was the son of the Rev. William M. Kelley Sr. and Delilah Winfrey Kelley. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as a hospital corpsman. He was the retired pastor of Bethel M.B. Church in Pontotoc. He has also served as pastor of Philadelphia M.B. Church and East Providence M.B. Church, both in Oxford, and Woodland M.B. Church of Brownsville, Tenn. His other ministerial service included serving as president of the Congress of Christian Education of the Tallachatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist District and president of the Pontotoc District Congress of Christian Education. He was a member of Flint Hill M.B. Church of Etta.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Philadelphia M.B. Church in Oxford. Dr. Clennon Saulsberry will officiate. Burial will be in Flint Hill Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby S. Kelley of Oxford; two daughters, Karen D. Kelley (John) of Sacramento, Calif., and Cheryl M. Kelley of Memphis; three sons, William “Billy” Kelley III of Sacramento, Calif., Kent T. Kelley (Tamara) of Atlanta, Ga., and Rev. Marvin A. Kelley (Alicia) of Memphis; two sisters, Littie B. Green of Vernon Hills, Ill., and Marjorie Terry of Memphis; three brothers, Robert J. Kelley of Glasgow, Scotland, Augustus W. Kelley of Beaver Creek, Ohio, and Dr. Andrew L. Kelley of Jackson, Tenn.; and 10 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Second Baptist Church in Oxford.

Ruby Henry
OXFORD – Ruby Wright Henry, 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at her residence in Oxford. Born in Lafayette County, she was a Baptist and a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Shannon Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Kingdom Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Henry Simmons (Danny) of Oxford, Ann Henry Beard (Garry) and Brenda Henry Joyner (Johnny) of Dyersburg, Tenn.; four sons, Thomas Lewis Henry (Nina) of Oxford, James H. Henry of Oakland, Tenn., Ricky L. Henry (Lisa) of Oxford and Randy L. Henry of Memphis; one brother, James Carmel Wright of Batesville; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Henry, and a son, Donald O. Henry.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
The family has requested memorials be made to: Kingdom Cemetery, c/o Bobbie Clark, 41 CR 443, Oxford, MS 38655 or to Calvary Baptist Church, 15 CR 207, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an the online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Smith Simmons
BOONEVILLE – Smith Simmons, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.

Susan Darwin
CORINTH – Susan Darwin, 51, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Alice Shell
TUPELO – Alice Ruth Crayton Shell died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 10, 1950, in Lee County to Rufus “Buddy” Crayton and Rennie Mosley Crayton. She was a lifelong member of Hopewell M.B. Church. She was a member of the choir and served as choir director until her health failed. She was a member of the Mission Society and Sprint Runners, and she was youth director. She was a member of the Inspirational Community Choir and Amory Community Choir. She began the Hopewell Drill Team and Drama Team. She was coach of the Belden Stompers softball team and a member of the Belden United Community. She was a retired employee of Lanier Clothes and a Tupelo Public School District bus driver. She was a graduate of the old South Belden School Class of 1968. She was married to John Shelly, who preceded her in death. They had two children. She later married and divorced Jesse Shell.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the H.L. Coleman GPD Convention Cemter with Pastor Curtis McKinney Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two children, Elder Bridgett “Bam” Shelly and Pat (Heather) Shelly, all of Belden; two grandchildren, Honey Shelly and P.J. Shelly; five brothers, L.C. Crayton (Dorothy), Hugh Martin Crayton, Marvin “Sonny” Crayton (Barbara) and Thomas Crayton, all of Tupelo, and Henry Lewis Graham (Gladys) of New Albany; three sisters-in-law; a host of godchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today with a family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck amp& Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the convention center one hour prior to service time.
To sign the guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.

Willie Harper
ABERDEEN – Willie Arthur Harper, 75, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Sept. 2, 1936, in Bigbee to Jeary Lee Harper and Betty Mae Walls. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton. He was employed as a construction superintendent with Hays Construction Co., where he worked for more than 40 years, retiring earlier this year. He accepted Christ at an early age at East Springhill M.B. Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Greater New Prospect M.B. Church at Nettleton. Pastor Leon Griffin will officiate. Burial will be in Mullen Cemetery in Nettleton. Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Janice Walton Wright of Amory; one brother, Leo Harper of Nettleton; three sisters, Alice Marion and Glenda Denman (Michael) of Nettleton and Geraldine Ponder of Chicago; three grandchildren, Pvt. Debra Walton, Mary Orr and Kevin Childs, and one stepgranddaughter, Latoya Griffin; four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend, Shirley Marshall of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joann; a stepdaughter, MarilynGgriffin; and a stepgranddaughter, Shontina Hinton.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

John Hayes
ASHLAND – John Leslie Hayes, 37, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Micheal C. Sudduth
TUPELO – Michael Craig Sudduth, 32, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, as the result of a single motor vehicle accident. He was born in Tupelo on April 22, 1978, to Carla Gwin Curry and Terry Craig Sudduth. He had been employed by Triple P Farms in Verona and in area furniture plants including Bauhaus where he was working at his death. His hobbies included team roping, fishing and hunting, supporting Ole Miss sports and spending time with his children.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery west of Shannon.
He is survived by his father, Terry Sudduth (Melinda) of Tupelo; his mother, Carla Curry Potts (David) of Kenton, Tenn.; his children, Kallin Tripp Sudduth, Carley Faith Sudduth, Kaylee Madison Sudduth and Kylee Sudduth, all of Lee County; his grandmother with whom he lived, Barbara Floyd of Saltillo; his grandfather, Charles Curry of Palmetto. his fiancampée, Keeli Fowler of Saltillo; siblings, Christopher Lowery Sudduth, Jessica Lynn Sudduth, Amanda Joyce Sudduth and Dustin Craig Sudduth, all of Tupelo, Charles Curry Potts (April) of Mantachie, Charles Curry and Justin Curry of Palmetto; a special aunt, Jenny Murry of Saltillo; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Pallbearers will be Justin Curry, Glenn Harrellson, James Whitley, Davis Irwin, Tory Cox and Harold Ferguson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ashley Roberts, Ethan Hatcher, Shawn Timmons, Brunson Brown, Matt Turner, Gregory Vinson, Kallen Sudduth, Ryder Wallace and Kobi Curry.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Richard Nasce
TUPELO – Richard H. Nasce, 46, died suddenly in Lee County on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. He was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on Oct. 22, 1964, to Thomas Anthony Nasce and Catherine Frances Widman Nasce. He moved to Starkville at age 15, graduated from Starkville Academy and attended Mississippi State University. He married Mitzi Lynn Adams of Fulton on June 20, 1987, and they made their home in Tupelo. At his death, he was employed as a certified food service consultant for Sysco Memphis LLC. Previously, he had been employed by the Keebler Company. Mr. Nasce was an active member of the Belden Baptist Church and enjoyed golf and music, especially the electric guitar. An extremely social and genial man, he enjoyed good conversation and was a master cook known for his lasagna. He was proud of his Italian heritage and was a great animal lover, especially his dogs and pet guinea pig.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Gary Gray officiating. Private burial will follow in the Adams family plot at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Fulton. Visitation will be from 1 p.m.-service time Saturday only. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mitzi Adams Nasce of Tupelo; his daughter, Hayley Nasce of the home; two brothers, Tommy Nasce (Kim) of Florence, S.C., and Bill Nasce (Bea) of Yonkers, N.Y.; two sisters, Mary Lou Nasce Alvarado (Jose) of Holt, Mich., and Joanne Pugni (Mike) of Yonkers, N.Y.; his mother in law, Wanda Adams of Fulton; his brother-in -law, Gregg Adams of Fulton; his sister-in-law, Lori Little of Hanover, Md.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Anthony; and his father-in-law, Kenneth Adams.
Honorary pallbearers will be all his special buddies in area restaurant businesses.
Memorials may be made to Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 1185, Tupelo, MS 38802 or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Ruby Leach
HICKORY FLAT – Ruby Leach, 94, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at Graceland Care Home in New Albany. She was born May 6, 1919, in Mississippi. She was an employee of the Benton County Schools cafeteria and a member of Winburn United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Cemetery in New Albany.
Survivors include one son, Larry Leach of Hickory Flat; two brothers, Collins Reed of Marion, Ark., and Donald Reed of Tupelo; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Leach; her father, Eugene Reed; and her mother, Ethel Thompson Leach.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Helen White
BOONEVILLE – Helen F. White , 92, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born Oct. 14, 1918, to Wister and Lula Estelle Gann Finch. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Booneville and the church choir, Woman’s Club and United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was a member of the Girls Scouts of America and a den mother for the Cub Scouts of America.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Booneville with Bro. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years, W. B. “Bill” White; one daughter, Judith W. Overall of Booneville; one son, Bill (Paula) White of Madison; two sisters, Margaret Conway of Memphis and Kay Swicord of Franklin, Tenn.; one brother, William George Finch of Rossville, Tenn.; and five grandchildren, Jeri (Jason) Potts of Booneville, Will White, Sarah Grace White, Rob White and Mary Madeline White, all of Madison.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Dimple Hall.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon until service time on Saturday at the church.
Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church or Prairie Girl Scouts Counsel of Tupelo.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Ruby McGee
OXFORD – Ruby Bernice McGee, 92, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at East Providence M.B. Church in Oxford.

Mays Tallant
TUPELO – Carl Mays Tallant, 88, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A native of Attala County, he was born Feb. 27, 1923, to William Jennings and Eula Underwood Tallant. He graduated from East Tupelo High School in 1941 as valedictorian of his class. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service, where he held various positions in the Mississippi State Association of Letter Carriers from local offices to state president. During World War II, he was in Bridgeport, Conn., building aircraft. While there, he graduated from Bridgeport State Trade School. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church for 61 years.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Cathy Rankin (Darrell); one son, Scott Tallant (Phyllis); four grandchildren, Nat Duncan (Carrie), Brett Duncan, Walt Duncan and Candace Duncan; and two great-grandchildren, August and Grant Duncan.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Hazel McCarty Tallant; his daughter, Sandra Tallant Duncan; his parents; two brothers, Rex Tallant and Ralph Tallant; and one sister, Joyce Lamb.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Nat, Brett and Walt Duncan; his nephews, Bob Lamb, Barry Tallant and Randy Pickens; and Thomas L. Rankin and Ben Rankin.
Honorary pallbearers will be The SEC Round Ball Sixers; Leon Malone, Byron Sneed, Joe Kilgo, Billy Burks and Bill Tallant.
Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mary Alice West
TUPELO – Mary Alice Feemster West, 76, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Feb. 9, 1935, to John Houston and Ruth Newman Feemster. She grew up in Corinth but moved to Tupelo, where she graduated from Tupelo High School in 1952. She then attended Itawamba Community College and the University of Mississippi, where she pledged Delta Gamma Sorority. She received her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State College for Women in 1956. Her life was spent taking care of her family whom she greatly loved.
A private service for the family will be held Saturday at W.E. Pegues with Rev. Jim Curtis officiating.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, James A. West of Tupelo; her three children, Anna Howard of Pontotoc, Will West (Elizabeth) of Tupelo and John West (Sonya) of Fulton; eight grandchildren, Ashley Carmack, Alexia Long, Robert Howard, Alex West, John David West, Joseph West, Houston West and Mary Collins West; three great-grandchildren, Peyton Finch, Parker Swords and Manning Swords.
Public visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Nellie Gullick
OLIVE BRANCH – Nellie Wise Gullick, 92, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at her son’s home in Olive Branch. She was a member of Bethany Primitive Baptist Church and a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, growing flowers and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Larry Wise officiating. Burial will follow in the Shady Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Glen Gullick (Linda) of Olive Branch; three daughters, Patsy Knight of Olive Branch, June Bright (Dan) of Coldwater and Sherri Smith (James) of Water Valley; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry David Wise and Mahalia Jane Shelton Wise; her husband, B.F. Gullick, a sister, Lillian Goggans; a brother, Fred Wise; and a grandson, Derrell Gullick.
Pallbearers will be Joey Coward, Edmund Brown, Sloan Sparrenberger, Mike Scroggins, Adam Nichols, Jacob Sparrenberger and Brandon Faust.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Bryson Smith
PONTOTOC – Willis Bryson Smith, 47, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was the owner of Smith Construction. He was a certified preventative maintenance tech and a certified HVAC/R tech. Besides having a strong passion for helping others, he enjoyed everything having to do with motorcycles.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Michaele Wood officiating. Burial will be in Warren Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Smith of Pontotoc; a daughter, Samantha Rose Reynolds of Pontotoc; two sons, Neil Wright and Craig Reynolds of Pontotoc; his mother, Genola Tallant Smith of Pontotoc; a brother, Allan Smith of Pontotoc; two sisters, Laura Miller and Darline Smith-Smothers of Memphis; and two granddaughters, Olivia and Kailan Reynolds of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willis Terry Smith.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Courtney Fluker
MEMPHIS – Courtney Fluker, 2, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the Greenleaf Church Cemetery in Waterford.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.

James Gattis
TISHOMINGO – James “Cotton” Gattis, 56, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

Corrieleen Cuff
CORINTH – Corrieleen Cuff, 76, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mason St. Luke Baptist Church in Corinth. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Grayson Funeral Service in Corinth.
Online condolences can be made to the Cuff family at www.grayson-porters.com.