Obituaries, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000

AUTHOR: JUDYC

Obituaries, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000

Ethel E. Hardwick

WALNUT Ethel E. Hardwick died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Hugh M. Turner

NEW ALBANY Minister Hugh M. Turner, 64, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

Alton Meadows

RIPLEY James Alton Meadows, 79, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was a machinist with Ripley Parts for 22 years before retirement and was employed at Footcaress for 15 years. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Ripley, where he served as Sunday school teacher and deacon. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Nobles Meadows and Effie Edge Meadows.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Albert Wilkerson officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian Dollar Meadows of Ripley; three sons, David Meadows and his wife, Virginia, of Tupelo, Derek Meadows and his wife, Sherrye, of Blue Mountain and Joel Meadows and his wife, Judy, of Columbus; one sister, Carolyn Carter of Corinth; five grandchildren, Jonathan Meadows of Tupelo, Jennifer and Jessica Meadows of Columbus, Craig and Emily Meadows of Blue Mountain.

Pallbearers will be William Griffin, Bill Mason, Craig Meadows, Jonathan Meadows, Gerald Thurmond and Brian Thurmond.

Honorary pallbearers will be his Sunday school class at First Baptist Church.

Audrey Wright

Audrey Beatrice Wright, 82, formerly of Water Valley, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Cedars Health Care Center. She was born Nov. 1, 1917, in Calhoun County to Thomas Jefferson Prestage and Minnie Lee Martin. She was a seamstress at Big Yank Corporation for 32 years before retirement. She was a member of Mt. Liberty Church in Calhoun County. She was a foster grandparent with the Oxford Retardation Center. She was the widow of Woodrow Wright.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with Clark and Chad Logan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Liberty Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Jeffie Gatlin of Tupelo and Sue Logan of Saltillo; one son, Billy Wayne Wright of Moro, Ark.; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Harold Prestage, Barry Prestage, Larry Prestage, Terry Prestage, Dayton Prestage and Leotis Prestage.

Memorials may be made to Cedars Health Center, 2800 West Main Street, Tupelo, Miss., 38801.

Wayburn Jackson

NEW ALBANY Wayburn Art Jackson, 77, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Jan. 8, 1923, in Union County to the late Jessie Homer and Nina Myrtis Jackson. He was a disabled veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 72 and New Albany Church of Christ.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today at United Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jerry Burkhart officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Iva Tyer Jackson of New Albany; two daughters, Betty Fernando of New Albany and Barbara Jackson of Pontotoc; two sons, Kenneth Jackson of Memphis and Robert T. Jackson of Ashland; two sisters, Jo Ann Swords of New Albany and Elizabeth Kerr of St. Louis; one brother, Wayne Jackson of Pontotoc; 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Joe Allen Jackson; and one brother, Fayne Jackson.

Pallbearers will be members of American Legion Post No. 72.

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Rickey Gurley

VERONA Fire Chief Rickey Joe Gurley Sr., 47, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at his residence. He was born March 23, 1953, in Tupelo. He had been a resident of Verona for more than 25 years. He had served with the Verona Fire Department for 25 years, the last 20 as fire chief. He also worked for 16 years at West Wrecker Service and for Williams Service Station. He had a distinguished career in fire service that included the building of a new fire facility in Verona. He was active in teaching young firemen how to be good firefighters as well as teaching and helping establish area emergency medical services. He was a member of the Mississippi Firefighters Association and the Mississippi Fire Chiefs Association. He was in the North Mississippi Corvette Club and enjoyed weight lifting. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Verona. He was known for his attitude of “encourage-not discourage” and will be long remembered by all for his generous spirit and many kindnesses.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park with fireman’s honors.

Survivors include his son, Joe Gurley and his mother, Pat, of Verona; his parents, M.B. and Joan Gurley of the Evergreen community; one sister, Debbie Reeves and her husband, Bill, of Evergreen; his nieces and nephews, Curt Reeves and his wife, Pam, Brooke Reeves, Trey and Hunter Speakes and Chris and Becky Barber.

Pallbearers will be David Homan, Mike Burns, Jerry “Ozzie” Ozbirn, Steve Vandevander, Doug Lamb, Gerald Jones and Ron Whittie.

Honorary pallbearers will be present and past firefighters from all area departments.

Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Verona Fire Department Benefit Fund, P.O. Box 416, Verona, Miss., 38879.

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Chief Rickey Gurley

Verona Fire Department

1953 + 2000

2 p.m. today

Lee Memorial Chapel

Lee Memorial Park

Willie Windom

JACKSON, Tenn. Willie Windom, 68, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at Methodist LeBonheur Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Irma Garrett

Irma Todd Garrett, 88, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a retired nurse’s aid and was member of Union Nazarene Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Union Nazarene Church with Bro. Joe Morris and Bro. J.T. Pannell officiating. Burial will be in Union Nazerene Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Ecru is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Gene P. Garrett of Tupelo and Robert H. Garrett of Palatine, Ill.; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delmer E. “Doc” Garrett; one brother, John H. Todd; and one sister, Melanie Todd.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today.

Opal McComb

MATHISTON Opal Reed McComb, 80, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Webster Health Services in Eupora. She was born Feb. 16, 1920, in Choctaw County. She was a retired clerk at J.C. Penny after 20 years of service and a member of the Church of Christ in Columbus.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Mathiston with the Rev. James Grady Dorroh officiating. Burial will be in Spring Valley Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, W.O. “Bill” McComb of Mathiston; and one brother, Everette Reed of Columbus.

Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Costell Franks

MANTACHIE Costell Franks, 87, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at her residence after an extended illness. She was born May 12, 1913, to the late Rotchford and Lesba Graham Houston. She was a member of Fawn Grove Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and worked in several area restaurants as a cook until six years ago. She was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting for the public. She was an avid conversationalist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Grady Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Walton Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Joel Franks of Aberdeen and Dale Franks of Dallas; six daughters, Verble Bowden of Mantachie, Julia Roberts and her husband, James, of Tupelo, Jane Mask and her husband, Porter, of Shannon, Carolyn Ratliff and her husband, Lamar, of Mantachie, Marolyn Knowles and her husband, Scottie, of Nettleton, Sue Spurr and her husband, Charlie, of Plantersville; one sister, Lera Mae DeVaughn of Mantachie; 17 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Franks, who died in 1964; two sons, James “Bonnie” Franks and Bobby Franks.

Pallbearers will be Roger Edward Brown, Chris Brown, Paul Brown Jr., Gregg Sheffield, Jason Franks and Cory Franks.

Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today.

Latham C. Brasher

HOULKA Latham C. Brasher, 80, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 30, 1919, in Calhoun County to Virgel Brasher and Lois Tutor. He was an employee of Chickasaw County for 20 years before retirement and was a farmer. He was a member of Rockey Mount Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Houlka Funeral Home with the Rev. Linn Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Collums Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ella Tutor Brasher of Houlka; one daughter, Evelyn Stegall of Pontotoc; two sons, Jimmy Brasher and his wife, Martha, and John Brasher, all of Houlka; two grandsons, Tony Brasher and his wife, Wilma, of Houlka and Terry Brasher and his wife, Kim, of Pontotoc; five great-grandchildren, Amanda and Billie Ann Brasher of Houlka, Nonnon, Tinsley and Ashley Brasher, all of Pontotoc; two stepgreat-grandsons, Charles Foster of West Point and Patrick McGonagill of Pontotoc.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Tutor, Sam Russell, Robert Earl Brasher, Charles Foster, Curt Brasher and Arnold Gene Collums.

Edna Rodgers

SALTILLO Edna Hankins Rodgers, 83, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. A Lee County native, she lived in Saltillo most of her life. She was a member of Mayfield Church of Christ. She formerly worked at Play Craft in Saltillo, Milam Manufacturing, Lucky Star Industries, Rosato’s, Blue Bell, Custom Fashions and Mississippi Samples. She was the widow of Dempsey D. Rodgers, who died Feb. 12, 1990.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Clyde Mize officiating. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Dye and her husband, Jimmy, of Saltillo; one son, James Rodgers of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Priscilla Dye Young, Terry Rodgers, Martin Rodgers and Greg Rodgers; six great-grandchildren, April Rodgers, Amanda Rodgers, Kadance Ann Young, Jeffrey Todd Young II, Jake Rodgers and Alex Rodgers; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Timothy Rodgers; one granddaughter, Kimberly Rodgers; and one great-grandson, Kevin Rodgers.

Pallbearers will be Paul Hankins, Bobby Dale Hankins, Martin Rodgers, James M. Baker, Carl McKissack and Charles Baker.

Charles J. Johnson

Charles J. Johnson, 69, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a six month illness. A Lee County native, he lived in Carr Vista for 15 years. He was a retired line foreman with TVA. He was a member of Beech Springs Free Will Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed the outdoors, his farm and family, especially his grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Earl Langley officiating. Burial will be in Beech Springs Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Allred Johnson, to whom he was married March 5, 1954; two sons, Ray Johnson and Terry Johnson and his wife, Derise, all of Tupelo; one sister, Nell Dallas and her husband, Raymond, of Shannon; four grandchildren, Alex Johnson, Brooke Johnson, Tyler Johnson and Julianne Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Annie Keith Johnson; two sisters and two brothers.

Pallbearers will be his nephews, Frank Marshall, Larry Marshall, Rodney Marshall, Kenneth Robinson, David Robinson and Dewayne Clayton.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 pm. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Beech Springs Free Will Baptist Church.

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Mrs. Edna Hankins Rodgers

Saltillo

3 p.m. today

Jefferson Street Chapel

Springhill Cemetery

Mr. Charles J. Johnson

Tupelo

2 p.m. Monday

Jefferson Street Chapel

Beech Springs Cemetery

Mrs. Ruby Harper McCord

Tupelo

Services Were Held

11 a.m. Saturday

Jefferson Street Chapel

Bethel Cemetery

Mildred Ballard

AMORY Mildred Gresham Ballard, 92, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was a native of Caledonia. She was a graduate of West Point High School in 1929. She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Baptist Church and Egypt Baptist Church. She was a resident of Egypt for 40 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stanley Ballard and Dr. Troy Land officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.

Survivors include five daughters, June Nash and her husband, Pete, of Smithville, Pat Young and her husband, Gene, of Daphne, Ala., Jeanette Striedel and her husband, Hank, of San Marcos, Calif., Carolyn Finney and her husband, Wayne, of Tupelo and Shirley McKinnis of Pelham, Ala.; three sons, Eddie Ballard and his wife, Ruby, of Pickensville, Ala., Henry Ballard and his wife, Jimmie, of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Rev. Stanley Ballard and his wife, Beth, of Dayton, Ohio; one brother, Rufus Elbert Gresham of Brandon; 28 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus “Mr. Rufe” Elbert Gresham and Minnie Bell Stanley Gresham; her husband 36 years, Henry J. Ballard, who died Sept. 19, 1965; two children, Jane Sizemore and Richard Wayne Ballard; and three sisters, Louise G. Davis, Willie Mae Richter and Elmer Vandevender.

Pallbearers will be Kelly Nash, Richard Ballard, Tony Brand, Howard Ballard, Henry Ballard Jr., Curtis Finney, Michael McKinnis, Kiley Moody, Benjy Nash and Steven Stridel.

Honorary pallbearers will be her other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons, P.O. Box 661, West Point, Miss., 39773.

Norma A. Miller

WEST POINT Norma A. Miller, 81, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Clay County Medical Center. She was born April 10, 1919, in White Pine, Tenn., to the late John Morris Miller and Bonnie Nichols Miller. She lived in Shaw for 55 years until moving to West Point four years ago. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was active in the Children’s Department at First United Methodist Church in Shaw for many years. She was a beautician.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Nowell-Robinson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Russel Fletcher officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Survivors include two brothers, John Morris Miller Jr. of Jasper, Ala., and C.M. Miller of West Point; three sisters, Charlotte Durdin of Chattanooga, Tenn., Vivian Lott of Lake Worth, Fla., and Sarah Love Howell of Starkville.

Pallbearers will be C.M. Miller Jr., Al Lozes, Walter Newell, David Howell, Paul Lott and Benny Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. T.N. Braddock and Dr. Robert Lott.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Monday.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Shaw or a favorite charity.

Vera Bell

BOONEVILLE Vera Victoria Cox Bell, 80, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at Corinth Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Aug. 7, 1920, in Seneca, S.C., to Jesse M. and Mary E. Kennedy Cox. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Corinth. She served as a nurse in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following her discharge, she continued her nursing career as a civilian up until her retirement. In the late 1980′s, she was active in the adult literacy program in Parachute, Colo. In 1998, she was a finalist in the Mr. and Mrs. Mississippi Nursing Home Pageant. She enjoyed doing needle point. She was also an avid reader, with particular interest in history and the Civil War.

Graveside services will be at 5 p.m. today at the Mormon Cemetery with Bishop John Larsen officiating and Ralph Bush, Mickey Wood, Don Cole, Ned Floyd and Danny Stites assisting. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four children, Randy Piersky and his wife, Becky, of Booneville, Rita Roach and her husband, Don, of Fairbanks, Alaska, Ron Piersky and his wife, Karen, of St. Louis and Robin Gibson and her husband, Jimmy, of Woodbourne, N.Y.; two sisters, Helen Knowles of Belton, Mo., and Jesse Crawford of Toccoa, Ga.; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Piersky, Chad Piersky, Johnny Floyd, Jonathan Loveless, Andrew Murphy and Jared Saylors.

Visitation will be from 3 until 4:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Charles Vawter

FLORENCE, Ala. Charles Edmond Vawter, 92, formerly of Corinth, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at E.C.M. Hospital. He was born Oct. 2, 1908, in McComb to the late Charles E. and Florence Vawter. He was employed with the Atomic Emercy Commission in Oak Ridge, Tenn., before retiring from ITT Telcomm in Corinth. He was a member of Woodmont Baptist Church and the Goodwill Club of Northwood Methodist Church. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Corinth until moving to Florence.

Services will begin at 3:30 p.m. today at Greenview Memorial Chapel in Florence, Ala. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Forrest Memorial Park in Corinth with the Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. A short service will follow burial with the Rev. Drew Jamison officiating. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the local arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Janice Vawter Lard and her husband, Jack, of Florence, Ala.; one brother, Richard Vawter of McComb; four grandsons and their wives, Michael David and Bobbie Lard of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jeffrey Alan and Rhonda Lard of Florence, Ala., Charles Neal and Rebecca Lard of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Bradley Wayne and Nancy Lard of Birmingham, Ala.; seven great-grandchildren, Josh, Alan and Ashley Lard, Clint Patterson, Dylan, Tyler and Chris Lard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Wall Vawter; and two sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Goodwill Club of Northwood Methodist Church or Woodmont Baptist Church, both in Florence, Ala.

Tony Tanner

BALDWYN Tony Tanner, 44, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a cutter for River Oaks Furniture in Baldwyn and was a Baptist. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. O’Neal Butler officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Pam Tanner of Baldwyn; his mother, Eloise Tanner of Baldwyn; two stepsons, Trent Glover and Joey Glover of Baldwyn; one sister, Janice Bullock and her husband, James, of Baldwyn; two nieces, Tammy and Jessica Bullock of Baldwyn.

He was preceded in death by his father, Troy Tanner.

Pallbearers will be Bill Gibson, Bud Tanner, Bill Tanner, Donald Wayne Taylor, Jeff Duvall, Tony Taylor, Tommy Bullock and Larry Bullock.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today.

Sonny DePoyster

BOONEVILLE W.B. “Sonny” DePoyster Jr., 73, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis. He was born July 21, 1927, in Tishomingo to W.B. DePoyster Sr. and Annie Nuel Defoor DePoyster. He was a retired barber and a member of First United Pentecostal Church of Booneville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. His hobbies were buying, selling and trading.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Clyde Hicks and Bro. Larry Hill officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Dorothy Mae Harris DePoyster; one daughter, Linda Smith and her husband, Gary, of Booneville; three stepchildren, Martha Williams and her husband, Johnny, of Senatobia, John Haven and his wife, Ruth, of Devine, Texas, and Nell Furr of Senatobia; three brothers, Cayce DePoyster and his wife, Reba, of Booneville, Billy DePoyster and his wife, Grace, of Corinth and Bobby DePoyster and his wife, Nelda, of Glen; two sisters, Inez Johnson and Patricia Harvel of Corinth; two grandchildren, Tim Smith and his wife, Tracey, of Sevierville, Tenn., and Natalie Renison and her husband, Anthony, of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; four great-grandchildren, 14 stepgrandchildren, six stepgreat-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Hoyle Lambert, Johnny Nichols, James Young, Chester Jackson, Bill Isbell and James Southern.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.