Obituaries

Bryan S. Cook

UTICA — Bryan S. Cook, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, River Region Medical Center, Vicksburg, He was born in Star. He had been a resident of Vicksburg for 25 years. For the past 15 years he had been a resident of Utica. He was a retired machinist at R. G. Letoureau Co. e was a member of the Hyland Masonic Lodge where he was a Worshipful Master of the Lodge. he was also a member of the Scottish Rites. He was a member of the Woodlawn Baptist Church and also an ordained deacon.

Services were at 10 a.m. Jan. 13 at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg with burial in Green Acres Memorial Park in Vicksburg. Rev. Kent Campbell, Rev. Gerald Crimm and Rev. Andrew Cook officiated.

Survivors include one son, Joe Cook of Vicksburg; one daughter, Carolyn Rose Chaney Coale of Amory; two sisters, Olive Sparkman of Zackary, La., and Betty Crum of Beaumont, Texas;two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Lillie Cook; three brothers, John Cook, Sherwood Cook and J. H. Cook.
Pallbearers were members of the Hyland Masonic Lodge. Honorary pallbearers were Senior Saints of Woodlawn Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Senior Saints of the Woodlawn Baptist Church.

Ora Parham

ABERDEEN – Ora Taylor Parham, 89, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born Feb. 17, 1913, in Greenwood Springs to John Wesley and Ludie Carter Taylor. She attended Greenwood Springs High School. She was a member of Aberdeen First United Methodist Church.

Services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Andy Cotten officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Mays of Aberdeen; a sister, Marie Gray of Amory; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Parham of Aberdeen; three grandchildren, Mike Mays, Angela M. Winders and Nanette Ott; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cyril Eugene “Slim” Parham; a son, David Parham; two sisters; and one brother.
Pallbearers were Dale Ott, Daniel Ott, Michael Winders, Charles Wayne Winders, Walter Lann Jr. and Owen Tubb. Honorary pallbearers will be Dillon Ott, Dalton Ott and Isaac Winders.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or a favorite charity.

Mary Nell Riner

ABERDEEN – Mary Nell Reaves Riner, 95, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Amory. She was born April 2, 1907, in Spring Valley, Ala., to the late William Steven and Hattie Johnson Reaves. She moved to Aberdeen in 1940 and had lived in Amory for the past two years. She was a homemaker and the widow of Tom Neal Riner, who died in 1972. She was a retired employee of T.I.L. Garment Plant and a member of the Hamilton Church of Christ.
Services were at 11 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers Otis Duncan and Elbert Wheat officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Garden in Aberdeen.

Survivors include four daughters, Marjorie Martin, Grace Guin and her husband, Hubert, Janie Carlock and Patricia Gayle Carlock, all of Hamilton; a son, Charles Oneal Riner of Plantersville; two sisters, Minnie Kimbrough and Willie Isbell of Tuscumbia, Ala.; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three daughters, Betty Glynn, Dorothy Dodd and Doris Copeland; two grandsons, Audie Martin and Frank Dodd; and a great-grandson, James Charles Ray Wooten.
Pallbearers were Chuck Riner, Matthew Hood, Michael Evans, Thomas D. Davis, Sam Copeland and Neal Guin. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Murff, Billy Brown and Jim Dodd.

Donnie L. Hall

HAMILTON – Donnie L. Hall, 41, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. He was born Oct. 16, 1961. He was a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church of Hamilton.

A memorial service was at 1 p.m. Jan. 12 at Valley Chapel United Methodist Church in Hamilton with the Rev. Benjamin Wax officiating.

Survivors include his mother, Margie Hall of Hamilton; his father, Dave E. Hall of Hamilton; five brothers, Johnnie Earl Keaton of Virginia, David A. Hall of Hamilton, James R. Hall of Okolona, Kerry James Hall of Hamilton, Roger Dale Hall of Kansas City, Mo.; seven aunts; two uncles.

Louise G. Ritchey

OKOLONA – Mary Louise Ritchey, 72, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Calhoun County to the late Walter and Ora Lee Cantrell Gulledge. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okolona and active in the Women's II Sunday School Class and the Joy Group. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and cooking.

Services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Okolona Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Ray and Bro. Randy Hays officiating. Burial was in the East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby G. Ritchey of Okolona; four children, Martha Callahan and her husband, Reggie, and Lynda Pumphrey and her husband, Richard, all of Houston, Carl Ritchey and his wife, Angela, of Okolona, and Jeanie Smith and her husband, Jack, of Hatley; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four brothers, Alvin Gulledge, George Gulledge, James Gulledge and Bobby Gulledge, all of Calhoun County.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Jessie Mae Reedy.
Pallbearers were Stanley Gulledge, Gene King, Tommy Rogers, Gibb Wise, Derryl Williams and Swain Angle. Honorary pallbearers will be the Women's II Sunday School Class from First Baptist Church and Mary Scruggs.
Memorials may be made to the Baptist Children's Village , c/o 201 West Main Street, Okolona, MS 38860.

Asie Mize

GATTMAN – Asie Cantrell Mize, 91, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at her residence in Gattman. She was born Aug. 22, 1911, in Monroe County to the late James Henry and Maggie Howell Cantrell and was a lifelong resident. She was a homemaker and a retired employee of the Greenwood Springs Lunchroom and Seminole Manufacturing Company in Aberdeen. She graduated from Greenwood Springs High School with the Class of 1930. She was a member of the Sulphur Springs Primitive Baptist Church and loved to cook and quilt. She was preceded in death by her husbands, George Marvin “Jack” McKay, Troy Wallace and Thomas Chester Mize.

Services were at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home in Aberdeen with Elder Armond Ritch officiating assisted by Elder Bobby Collins. Burial was in the Roberts Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Edna McKay West and her husband, Dudley, of Gattman; three grandchildren, Jerry West, Stan West and his wife, Kim, and Susan Burks and her husband, Dallas; four great-grandchildren, Greg West, Brad West, Cole Burks and Evan Burks; a number of nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Isom A. Cantell, Iron F. Cantrell, Issac W. Cantrell and Garland Imogene “Gene” Cantrell; three sisters, Audrey Louise Cantrell, Mary Catherine Long and Avis Edna McDaniel.
Pallbearers were Felix Cantrell, Dale Long, Richard Long, Wayne McDaniel, Gary Long and Ronald Cantrell.

Pete Brewer

FULTON – Charles “Pete” Brewer, 63, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Dec. 15, 1939, to the late Odis Brewer and Lois Bishop Brewer. He was an employee of Mueller Copper Tube for the past 23 years and a Mason. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Services were at 2 p.m.Jan. 9 at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Tim Winters and Bro. Wallace Strawn officiating. Burial was in the Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Crumpton Brewer of Fulton; a daughter, Linda Harbin and her husband, Gerald, of Fulton; a brother, Herman Brewer and his wife, Barbara, of Fairview; a sister, Elouise Conwill and her husband, Wayne, of Amory; a grandson, Bradley Brewer of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ulice Brewer, and his parents.

Edna Collum

ABERDEEN – Edna Jane Collum, 77, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at The Courtyards in Fulton. She was a native of Mississippi and a former resident of Hatley. She was a retired inspector for Glen Manufacturing Company with 25 years of employment and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlon Collum, in 1953.

Services were at 3 p.m. Jan. 9 at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Tom Johnson and the Rev. Billy Credille officiating. Burial was in Lindsey Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Arlin Collum and his wife, Delaine, of Aberdeen; a stepdaughter, Grace Brown of Kenosha, Wis.; two stepsons, Forby Collum and his wife, Barbara, of Vina, Ala., and Howard Collum of Millington, Mich.; a sister, Miza Johnson of Fulton; two grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren.
Pallbearers were Edward Harrison, Thomas Stacy, Adam Stacy, Joel Duncan, Tony Beam and Tommy Johnson.

Barbara Ledell

ABERDEEN – Barbara Ann Ledell, 42, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 5, 1960. She was a homemaker and member of First Missionary Baptist Church.

Services were at 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at the First Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Willie A. Davis Sr. officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen.

Survivors include her husband, Bennie Ledell; a son, Bennie Ledell Jr. of Aberdeen; a daughter, Fannie Kyles of Tupelo; her mother, Mary Williams of Aberdeen; four brothers, Clifton Williams of Wren, Ricky Kyles of Aberdeen, Leonard Kyles of Memphis and Johnny Kyles of Atlanta, Ga.; her grandmother, Myrtle Henderson of Wren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Bennie Ledell.

Robert Martin

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Wright Robert Martin Jr. died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003. He was born April 14, 1916, in Black, Ala. He lived in Pensacola, Fla., for 86 years. He was a retired locomotive engineer for the Frisco Railroad with 39 years of employment. His hobbies include fishing, gardening, fixing things, recycling and taking care of his dog, Sue. He was an honest, hard-working, Christian man and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Services were Thursday, Jan. 9, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Pensacola, Fla., with Pastor Ron Lentine and the Rev. Al Butler officiating. Burial was in Peaceful Acres in Opp, Ala.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Helen Worthy Martin; a daughter, Susan Martin of Amory; a sister, Louise Dorsey of Opp, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wright R. Martin Sr. and Sue Hamby Martin; and two brothers, Joe L. Martin and Roy H. Martin.

Olean Jones

ABERDEEN – Olean Hood Jones, 80, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at the Clay County Medical Center in West Point. She was born April 27, 1922, in Nettleton to Wiley and Elizabeth Dukes Hood. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. She was a supervisor for the Longnecker Corporation and a member of the Church of Christ.

Services were at 1 p.m. Jan. 11 at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Robert Earl Fowlkes and Minister Norm Morgan officiating. Burial was in the New Prospect Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Hazel Morris and Margaret Gann of Aberdeen, and Sherrell Gill and her husband, Bobby, of Hamilton; a son, Earl Jones and his wife, Betty, of Hamilton; two sisters, Vera Pearson Willis of Winterhaven, Fla., and Lottie Chadwick and her husband, Lloyd, of Joiner, Ark.; a brother, Doris T. Hood and his wife, Maurine, of Memphis; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Will Henry Jones; a son, Harold Jones; five brothers; and one sister.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Hood, Jerry Hood, Wayne Hood, Phillip Hood, Ricky Chadwick and David Chadwick. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Ed Miller and Dr. T.N. Braddock.

William Plunkett

AMORY – William Earl Plunkett, 46, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory after a sudden illness. A lifelong resident of Amory, he was born Dec. 24, 1956, to the late William Thomas and Shelby Jean Pickle Plunkett. He attended Hatley Schools. He was an employee of Southern Bedding Manufacturing in Verona before retiring. He married Gayle Hallmark on Oct. 4, 1974.

Services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Wilburn, Pastor Matt Stomprud and Bro. William Brown officiating. Burial was in the Hatley Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Gayle Plunkett of Amory; two daughters, Tina Oliver and her husband, Dewey, of Amory, and Amanda Plunkett Christian of Hatley; a brother, Donald Plunkett of Scobey; a sister, Tammy Morris of Amory.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Thomas Eugene Plunkett.
Pallbearers were Dutch Vaughn, Nick McDaniel, Aaron Spence, Adam Oliver, Thomas Moody, Clyde Moody, William Brown and Brad Taylor. Honorary pallbearers were Timmy Pickle, Dewayne Pickle, Terry Pickle, Michael Keller, Bobo Keller, James Nix and Stephen Sprouse.

Ellis Parker Jr.

AMORY – Ellis Parker Jr., 48, formerly of Amory, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, in Kentucky. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

John H. “Jake” Powell

John H. “Jake” Powell, 86, died Thursday, December 26, 2002, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis. Born Oct. 31, 1916, in Nettleton, he was son of Kelly and Hardie Patterson Powell.
He graduated from Amory High School in 1937 and attended Jones Junior College. He was a major in the U.S. Army with the 3rd Division, 748 Tank Battalion during WW II. He also served in the Mississippi and Indiana branches of the National Guard. He was a member of American Legion Post 189 in Indiana.
He was the original owner of the former John Powell Chevrolet in Williamsport, PA. He was a past president of the Lions Club in Walkerton, Ind., a board member of the Pennsylvania Automobile Dealer’s Assoc. and the Lycoming County New Car Dealers Assoc., a member of the Williamsport Chamer of Comerce, and the Williamsport County Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne, on Dec. 22, 1996.

He is survived by five sons, John Kelly with whom he resided in Atoka, Tenn., George L. of Montoursville, Robert W. of Erie, PA., James A. of Williamsport,PA., and Charles A. of Montoursville, PA.; two daughters, Kathryn Ann Lute of Rochester, N.Y., and Jane H. Lewis of Arnold, Md.; a brother, Lewis C. of Baker, La.; 16 grandchildren; and two great-granchildren.
John was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Williamsport.
A graveside service was held Monday, Dec. 30. at 12:30 p.m. in Montoursville Cemetery with the Rev. Andrew Kurovsky officiating.