MADISON – Richard Preston Garrett, 18, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2009, at University Medical Center in Jackson

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R. Preston Garrett
MADISON – Richard Preston Garrett, 18, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2009, at University Medical Center in Jackson. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 6, 2009, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Natchez Trace Funeral Home in Madison. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jackson at 10 a.m., with a visitation held one hour prior. Interment will follow in Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery.
Preston was a proud and devoted father, and was engaged to be married. He loved to spend time with his family and friends. Preston had attended Terry High School, where he flourished in the sport of soccer at that time. He had a passion for music, especially writing chord progressions, and also was an avid fisherman. Preston “became the best of a man that I know of,” said his father, Richard Alex. “He finally got his wings”–Chet.
Preston is survived by his fiancampée, Andee McCarty of Jackson; son, Preston Tucker Cole Garrett, of Jackson; mother, Darla Brumley and husband, Mike, of Madison; father, Richard Garrett and Michelle of Ripley; brothers, Billy Jacob Garrett of Madison, Alex Brady Garrett of Ripley and Justin Hawthorne of Vicksburg; stepbrother, Michael Seth Brumley of Caledonia; stepsisters, Nicole Song Brumley of Caledonia, and Georgia and Felicia Norton of Blue Mountain; grandparents, Chet and Renee Holman of Byram, Jim and Mabel Garrett of Flora, Johnnie P. Dean of Ripley and Bill LaComb of Jackson; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, a trust fund for Preston Tucker Cole has been prepared at Bank Plus.
Bishop Lee Robins Sr.
GUNTOWN – Bishop Lee Ollie Robins Sr. died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at his home in Guntown. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Eura Mae Poole
RIPLEY – Eura Mae Poole, 86, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 2, 1922, to Ike Cheatwood and Annie Windham Cheatwood. She was a member of Whittentown Baptist Church. She was retired from Community Action in Ripley and had worked at Tippah County Hospital as a nurses aide.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Hamilton and Bro. Stacy McKee officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Leona Bridges and Betty Burks (Dwight) of Ripley, and Irene Jeter (Denver) of Hattiesburg; two sisters, Maxine Quinn of Ripley and Amy Barham (Jarvis)of Decatur; one brother, Ellis Cheatwood (Lucille) of Potts Camp; six grandchildren, Melynda Smith of New Albany, Greg Bridges and Lee Alan Bridges of Ripley, Mark Jeter of Hattiesburg, Tony Akins of Ripley and Shannen Box of Hickory Flat; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ross W. Poole; her parents; one daughter, Mary Nell Strickland; one sister, Louise Booker; three brothers, John Cheatwood, Robert Cheatwood and Lee Cheatwood; and two grandchildren, Billy Ross Bridges and David Keith Jeter.
Pallbearers will be Ken McCoy, Greg Bridges, Lee Allen Bridges, Tony Akins, Mark Jeter and Evan Box.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Ruby Pannell
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Mae Pannell, 82, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the Longwood Manor Nursing Home in Booneville. She was born Oct. 15, 1926, in Prentiss County to Luther Fryar and Lula Judd Fryar.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Wolf Creek M.B. Church in Booneville with the Rev. L.A. Springfield officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Jeffrey Lee Fryar of Booneville; two sisters, Hattie Ann Miller and Willie Fae Fryar of Booneville; five grandchildren; a goddaughter, Lisa Tynes Miller, and three godgrandchildren, Tyree Miller, Bryant Tynes and Jose Tynes, all of Booneville; special friends, Shirley Pierce, Tracey Copeland, Tina Edmond and Ruby Peoples.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today and the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Thursday.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
A.J. Hodges
CALHOUN CITY – Andrew James “Fat” Hodges Jr., 85, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at his home. He was born May 25, 1923, in Montevista. He was a retired farmer and a member of Bentley Baptist Church. He was a 100 percent disabled U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a Mason and a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Montevista Cemetery in Webster County.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Orr Hodges of Calhoun City; one son, Don Hodges (Alcee) of Clinton; two grandchildren, Michael Hodges (Rebecca) of St. Joseph, Mo., and Jennifer Gregg (Brent) of Brandon; three great-grandchildren, Megan Hodges, Austin Gregg and Dalton Gregg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew James Hodges and Annie Wade Hodges; a sister, Glidwell Hughes; and a brother, Gerstle Hodges.
Pallbearers will be Lynn Barry Hodges, Michael Hodges, Brent Gregg, Harvy Dann Orr, Danny Jean Orr and Charles Hugh McFall.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Conner, Barney Wade and J.W. Rodgers.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday.
Joe Williams
PONTOTOC – Kenneth R. “Joe” Williams died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Vivian Waddle
BELMONT – Vivian Delena Harris Waddle, 93, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Southern Magnolia Estates at Golden. She was born April 28, 1916, in Prentiss County to Andrew and Mittie Swinney Harris. She was a homemaker and the owner of Waddle’s Grocery. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Belmont.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Trent Jaudon and Bro. Jack Maroon officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Sue Williams (Spencer) of Grenada and Lucretia Alexander (Jack) of Belmont; four grandchildren, Cindy Ponder (Rusty) of Brandon, Connie French (Rodney) of Ridgeland, Karla Clement (Clay) of Fishers, Ind., and Van Alexander (Kim) of Hernando; six great-grandchildren, Katie French and Sarah French of Ridgeland, Karlee Ponder and Reed Ponder of Brandon, and Caitlin Clement and Kylie Clement of Fishers, Ind.; a brother-in-law, L.D. Searcy; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, A.J. Waddle, in 2001; an infant daughter; two brothers, Troy Harris (Quida) and Guy Harris (Audrey); and two sisters, Ona Stacy (Luther) and Nellie Searcy.
Pallbearers will be Rodney French, Rusty Ponder, Clay Clement, Van Alexander, Jimmy Searcy and Larry Harris.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
John W. Bell
RIPLEY – John W. Bell, 73, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster amp& Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
John Barnes
PERRY, Fla. – John William Barnes, 45, died Monday, May 4, 2009, in Gainesville, Fla., after a brief illness. He lived in Perry, Fla., off and on since 2003. He worked in carpentry, auto mechanics and construction. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and all outdoor activities.
Graveside services will be Friday at Grush Cemetery in Perry, Fla. Bro. Billy Gipson will officiate. Joe P. Burns Funeral Home of Perry is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Jennifer Barnes of Perry, Fla.; his mother, Rosa Mae Kirkland of Nashville; one son, John Henry Barnes of Perry; three daughters, Taylor Cheyenne Barnes and Tabitha Paige Barber of Perry and Wendy Red of Tupelo; two brothers, Ronnie Barnes and Donnie Barnes of Nashville, Ga.; three sisters, Alice Speckhart of New York, Pam Woods of Perry and Shirley Boyer of Nashville, Ga.; three grandchildren, Chad William Red, Scottie Eugene Red and Justin Michael Red; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Franklin Barnes Sr., and a brother, Buddy Barnes.
Sandy Finkel
SALTILLO – Sandy Sandlin Finkel, 39, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. A native and lifelong resident of Saltillo, she was born Feb. 10, 1970, to George Samuel and Betty Walters Sandlin. She worked as a medical assistant at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., before returning home. She then continued her career at the OB-GYN Associates and the Surgery Clinic of Tupelo. She loved music and camping and enjoyed spending time with her children, friends and family. She was a member of Covenant Life Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. A.B. Kuiper and Steve Yeoman officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Sandlin Grace Finkel; her son, Bram Finkel; her parents, Sammy and Betty Sandlin, all of Saltillo; her brother, Kirk Sandlin (Angela) of Marked Tree, Ark.; a niece, Taylor Sandlin; her special friend, Paul Cummins of Saltillo; the godparents of her children, Sonya and Richard Hill of Saltillo; the father of her children, David Finkel of Saltillo; a stepbrother, Jessie Huske, and a stepsister, Krista Huske, of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Cecil Sandlin.
Pallbearers will be Richard Hill, Tim Kelly, Hugh Rice, Dayton Bentley, Dale Brock and Robby Sandlin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
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Mrs. Isabell Hardy
Mooreville
10 a.m. today
Jefferson Street Chapel
Andrews Chapel Cemetery
Mrs. Sandy Finkel
Saltillo
10 a.m. Thursday
Saltillo Chapel
Fellowship Cemetery
Visitation: 5-9 p.m. today
Thomas McKelroy
BRUCE – Thomas Arthur McKelroy, 61, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born Oct. 22, 1947, in Bruce. He was the president of Merchants amp& Farmers Bank in Bruce and a member of the Bruce First Baptist Church. He was a 1965 graduate of Bruce High School, a 1969 graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in banking and finance, and a 1980 graduate of the Southern Methodist University Banking School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the MSU Bulldog Club, Mississippi State Alumni Association, Bruce Rotary Club and the Harley Owners Group, Memphis Chapter.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Emily McKelroy of Arlington, Tenn.; one son, Jay McKelroy (Jennifer) of Arlington, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, S.Q. McKelroy and Hortense Spratlin McKelroy; and his wife, Julia McKibben McKelroy.
Pallbearers will be Paul Tyler, Bill Cooper, Clay McWilliams, Robert Edward Oakley, Guy Nowell, Charles McKelroy, Mike Jones and Art Spratlin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Rodney McKelroy, Robert McKelroy, Roy McDowell, Hugh Mitchell Cannon and Bruce Rotary Club members.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
John Pearson
BOONEVILLE – John Myrvis Pearson, 88, formerly of Lambert, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at the Landmark Community in Booneville. He was born Sept. 16, 1920, in French Camp to John Wayman Pearson and Minnie Belle Dunn Pearson. He served in World War II as a captain and pilot bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps 95th Bombardment Group. He was a POW in Germany for a year. For his heroic military service, he was awarded a Purple Heart, POW Medal, Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, American Defense Medal and the European Theater Operations Medal. He was a member of Marks Presbyterian Church, Air Force Association, Sons of the Confederacy Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, VFW and Retired Officers Association.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Marks Presbyterian Church in Marks with Dr. Laurie Jones officiating. Burial will be in French Camp Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include nieces, Margaret Ann Pearson Moore of North Carolina and Lynn Pearson of Covington, Tenn.; and cousins, Pearl and Earl Millsaps of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Edith Pearson Barham; and two brothers, Delayon Pearson and Lester Pearson.
Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. to service time today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Maxie Gordon
PONTOTOC – Maxie Gordon, 66, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.

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Mr. Maxie Gordon
Pontotoc
Arrangements incomplete

Mrs. June Reyon
Tupelo
Memorial Service
At a later date
Charlie Morgan
PLANTERSVILLE – Charles Lindley “Charlie” Morgan, infant son of Carey Morgan and Kayla Brock Morgan of Plantersville, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Center in Tupelo.
A graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m. today at the Eggville Cemetery with Minister Leon Willis officiating. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Carey and Kayla, of Plantersville; his brother, John Marlin Morgan of Plantersville; his grandparents, Debbie and Jim Garrison of Auburn, Karen Brock of Plantersville, and Tim and Sherry Brock of Eggville; and great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Herbert McEwen
OXFORD – Herbert Casey McEwen, 44, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford.
Carroll L. Collins
OXFORD – Carroll Lynn Collins, 52, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Decatur County, Ga., as the result of a heavy equipment accident. He was born Oct. 1, 1957, in Immokalee, Fla., to Lynn Collins and Betsy Collins. He lived in Florida and Mississippi most of his life, spending many of his last years in the Oxford area. He had lived in Decatur County, Ga., for about a year. He was a heavy equipment operator for Active Minerals in the metro Atlanta area. He enjoyed fishing and all outdoor activities.
Services will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors. A private burial will follow at Guinn Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Survivors include his four children, Christy McGregor (Chris) of Pontotoc, Eric Collins (Jessica Criddle) of Shannon, Amy Wray (Chris Sisco) of Pontotoc and their mother, Donna McGloflin, of Pontotoc, and Taylor Collins and her mother, Cheryl Byrd, of Oxford; two brothers, Pat Collins and Mike Cummings of Georgia; three sisters, Tammy Collins Spriggs, Susie Brown and Dora Browning, all of Florida; his mother, Betty Collins of Florida; 14 grandchildren; two sisters, Tammy and Susie of Florida, and Pat and Mike of Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lynn Morris Collins and Wanda Miller. and a sister, Lynnie Collins.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to service time Thursday.
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Marion Young Jr.
ABERDEEN – Marion Young Jr., 60, died Thursday, April 30, 2009. He was born March 6, 1949, in Aberdeen. He was a member of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. He graduated from West Amory High School in 1967, and attended the Rust College and Mary Holmes College. He was drafted into the U.S. Armed Forces in 1970. After returning home, he joined the National Guard Unit in Aberdeen. He was a member of the William H. Beamon American Legion Post 231 in Aberdeen, serving as past commander for two years and as Post Adjutant for the past 15 years. He was employed at Tecumseh Products in Verona.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Julia Irons; his father, Marion Young Sr.; his sister, Verneta Young of Aberdeen; his brothers, Charles (Gloria) Young of Chickasaw, Silvester (Bellie) Young of Aberdeen, Dexter (Joyce) Young of Verona and Jimmie L. (Mary) Young of Holly Spring; one uncle, General Young; his aunts, Helen Young, Leon AlliGood and Nellie Lane.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Katie Gray Young; his grandparents who raised him, Elnora and Nelson Young; and his brother, Phillip Young.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Bobby Wilbanks
CORINTH – Bobby Wayne Wilbanks, 68, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth.
Sara Stallings
PONTOTOC – Sara Stallings, 89, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 1, 1920, in Mississippi, where she lived and worked for many years. During her earlier years she owned a grocery store and then worked in the retail clothing business. She worked at Betty’s Draperies in Pontotoc for many years before retiring.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Pettit officiating. Burial will follow in the Baldwin-Nowell Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Randy Deloach of Sardis; three sisters, Jeffie Bridgman, Mildred Parrish and Mattie Owen, all of Pontotoc; two brothers, J.C. Sexton (Teresa) of Sardis and Claude R. Sexton (Martha) of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude R. and Sara Sexton, and one sister, Ruby Burress.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Opaline Ray
PONTOTOC – Opaline Ray, 85, of the Black Zion community, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 21, 1923, in Pontotoc County to Virgil Hall and Dosha Kennedy Hall. She worked in the furniture manufacturing industry for several years before retiring. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church, the Eastern Star and Woodmen of the World. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Armstrong officiating. Burial will follow in the Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Jo Donaldson (Billy) of Black Zion; one son, Billy Ray (Linda) of Pontotoc; one brother, Ancel Hall (Billie Sue) of Pontotoc; four grandchildren, Joey Donaldson (Michelle), Chris Ray (Nikki), Steven Donaldson (Sherry) and Josh Ray (Bethany); six great-grandchildren, Trey and Joey Carpenter, Gus Donaldson, Taylor and Will Donaldson, and Kristin Ray; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gambrell Ray; a brother, Travis Hall; and a sister, Ophelia Self.
Pallbearers will be David Hall, Greg Hall, Chuck Hall, Lynn Buchanan, John Alvin Ray and Donald Ray Owen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Irene Frierson
OXFORD – Irene Annette Frierson, 39, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford.
Verda Box
BOONEVILLE – Verda May Box, 70, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born April 3, 1939, in Prentiss County to Lindsey Hubbard and Geneva Haney Hubbard. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed flowers, gardening and working crosswords puzzles.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Reda Short of Booneville; one son, Robert Smith of Rienzi; four brothers, Alvin (Galdy) Heathcock of Booneville, Henry (Margie) Hubbard of Corinth, Robert Lee (Arby) Hubbard of West Memphis, Ark., and Arthur Hubbard of Independence, Mo.; four grandchildren, Shelly Short, Kelly Short, Tonya Short and Jason Bates; 10 great-grandchildren, Devin Johnson, Kierstin Boggs, Ryan Smith, Bryson Asher, Blade Asher, Tyson Asher, Blakland Short, Chastin Short, Zacky Bates and Austin Bates.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Yonna Bates; a brother, Willy Hubbard; four sisters, Martha Bridges, Flora Putt, Sally Hubbard, Mary Ruth Hubbard and Searler Hubbard; two grandchildren, Landrea Bates and Crystal Bates.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Tovar, Yulas Smith, Elton Hubbard, Jordan Bridges, Weston Henderson, Braxton Barnes and Bobby Heathcock.
Edward Hammac
BOONEVILLE – Edward T. Hammac, 73, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. He was born April 27, 1936, in Alabama to Solomon P. Hammac and Wilma McCall Hammac. He was a truck driver and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, singing and watching old western movies.
Services will be at noon today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. William Copeland and Bro. Johnny Wayne Bridges officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Baggett Hammac; two sons, Eugene Hammac (Arvey) and Jerry Hammac (Brittany), all of Brewton, Ala.; four stepsons, Ray Forshay (Tammy) of Memphis, Clinton Adams and Shane Adams of Blackland, and Jeremy Adams (Alisha) of Booneville; four stepdaughters, Lori Barnes (Tony) of Rienzi, Tracy Adams of Blackland, Tammy Adams of Baldwyn and Elizabeth Adams of Memphis; two sisters, Kathleen LaSalle and Barbara Jean Hammac of Flomaton, Ala.; and 16 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bobby Hammac; and a granddaughter, Brooklyn Adams.
Pallbearers will be John Brumley, Johnny Bridges, Bob Vasquez, Jeremy Adams, Tony Barnes, Chris Floyd, Steve Adams and Carthel Morgan.
Charles Franks
FULTON – Charles “Salty” Franks, 71, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 24, 1937, in Itawamba County to Lucian “Brove” and Mellie Hallmark Franks. He was a retired truck driver for Webb Trucking Inc. He enjoyed storytelling about trucking. He loved to be near his family and friends, yet his mother was dearest of all.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Burleson and Bro. Clifton Baine officiating. Burial will be in Clover Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Mellie Franks of Fulton; three brothers, Clovis (Glenda) Franks and Jimmy Franks, both of Fulton, and Paul (Juanita) Franks of Mooreville; two sisters, Patsy (Bill) Burleson of Evergreen and Peggy (Mike) Mabus of Tremont; seven nieces, Sandy Smith, Cindy Pettigrew, Merry Price, Monica Franks, Christy Franks, Sarah Johnson and Clara Rock; two nephews, Ricky Franks and Natchez Burleson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lucian “Brove” Franks.
Pallbearers will be Mike Mabus, Natchez Burleson, Kenny Hallmark, Robin Steward, Ricky McDonald and Danny Yielding.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Weaver, Sammy Painter and his coffee drinking buddies at the Peppertown Restaurant.
Benford Thompson
OKOLONA – Benford Carlton “Ben” Thompson, 65, died suddenly Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at his home in Okolona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today.
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Master Charles “Charlie” Morgan
Infant son of Carey and Kayla Morgan
Plantersville
9:30 a.m. today
Graveside-Eggville Cemetery
Hon. Laura Eaves Murphy
Booneville/Tupelo
2 p.m. today
Bethesda Baptist Church, Crawford
Church Cemetery
Visit: 1 p.m. to service time
Mr. Carroll Lee Collins
Georgia/Oxford
6:30 p.m. Thursday
Tupelo Chapel
Visit: 5 p.m. to service time Thursday
Mr. Benford “Ben” Thompson
Okolona
Private family service
Visit: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday
Tupelo Chapel
Isaac Turner Jr.
HOULKA – Isaac Augusta “Gus” Turner Jr., 88, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at the Floy Dyer Nursing Home in Houston. He was a farmer and a member of Cooke Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Tommy Inmon and the Rev. Junior Ritchie officiating. Burial will follow in Williams/Gershorm Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Johnny M. Turner; one daughter, Rhonda Turner; three sons, Donald Gus Turner (Mamie), Jimmy Tim Turner (Gail) and Garry Lynn Turner (Terri); eight grandchildren, Martha Sue Turner, Mike Ford (Kim), Melissa Caldwell (Tony), Leeann Lesley (Rob), Dixie Turner, Justin Turner, Tanna Turner and Gerren Turner; eight great-grandchildren, Jesse, Mary, Katy, Silas, Ellie, Abbie, Abella and Cali; two nephews, James H. “Shorty” Turner and Fred Smith; several nieces and several stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac Augusta Turner Sr. and Elizabeth Dye Turner; three brothers, Jim Turner, Roy Turner and Rosco Turner; and five sisters, Mae Jaggers, Hassie Turner, Norma Lou Bivens, Lillian Smith and Lavada Turner.
Pallbearers will be Gary Turner, Don Turner, Mike Ford, Gerren Turner, Danny Lyles and Tim Turner.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Verna Ainsworth
PONTOTOC – Verna Pearl “Mamaw Pud” O’Bannon Brady Ainsworth, 88, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was a charter member and the oldest member of Black Zion Pentecostal Church. She was a retired seamstress and a dedicated prayer warrior. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling and working for the church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Black Zion Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Mark Riddle, the Rev. Jody Riddle, the Rev. Richie Jones, the Rev. Lane Galloway and the Rev. Danny Washington officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Sina Brady Riddle (T.L. Riddle) of Pontotoc; three sons, Ronald Brady (Lynn Brady) of Pontotoc, and Delmas Ainsworth and Gary Ainsworth of Louisiana; two adopted daughters, Frenche Gray of Olive Branch and Louise McKinney of Guntown; her grandchildren, Rev. Mark Riddle (Kathy), Rev. Jody Riddle (Robyn), Janet Riddle Washington (Rev. Danny Washington), Lori Dawn Jones (Richie Jones), Bobby Lynn Brady, Jeff Brady (Rhonda), Pam Thompson, Michelle Moorman, Brady Shane Moorman (Jimmie Lee), Chris Moorman (Mechell), Larry Bernard “Bo” Brady Jr. (Darlene), Sheela Brady, Rev. Lane Galloway (Belinda), Allison Clingan (Jason), Crystal Myers (Christian), Chad Simmons (Katie) and Adam Simmons (Quinn); 20 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; a special friend, Dr. Steve Montgomery.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Rufus Commodore “Bob” Brady and Rev. Lloyd C. Ainsworth; three sons, Bobby M. Brady, Larry B. Brady and Kenny Ainsworth; and two daughters, Marilyn Brady Kilgore and Reatha G. Brady.
Pallbearers will be Ben Riddle, D.J. Washington, Cody Riddle, Jesse Washington, Randy Gray, Josh Robbins, Cole Moorman and Blake Clingan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Nicole Gray, Devan Brady, Maddie Moorman, Mackenzie Moorman, Teneille Cornelius, Drew Cornelius, Madalyn Harkness, Abigail Harkness, Karly Brady, Jace Clingan, Cheyenne Harlow, Christopher Meyers, Ella Kate Simmons, Kaden Washington and Brady Gray.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Black Zion Pentecostal Church.

Judy McGhee