Obituaries 31, 2009

Walter Lee Allen II
MOBILE, Ala. – Walter Lee Allen II died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at his home in Mobile. He was a scholar, teacher, artist, writer of prose and poetry, and an entrepreneur. Born in Itawamba County, Mr. Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Walter L. Allen Sr. and V. Bernice Graham Allen, and his brother, James Webster “Jack” Allen. The Allen family is descended from the family of Thomas Jefferson, and includes patriots in all United States wars since the Revolutionary War. His youngest son recently completed service in the United States Peace Corps. Mr. Allen was a proud veteran and supported veterans causes and charities all his life.
Survivors include sons, John Allen (Joan) of Huntsville, David Allen (Cheryl) of Tuscaloosa and Walter Lee Allen III (Tinatin) of Mobile and Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Surviving brothers and sisters include Hubert Allen (Mary) of Golden, H. Glen Allen (Mary Jean) of Peachtree City, Ga., Quana Clements of Bessemer, Ala., Marilyn Leary of Fulton, Linda Therrell (Bill) of Fairfield, Ala., and Nina Duffel (Larry) of Tarrant City, Ala. He was the first cousin of country music legend, Tammy Wynette.
Mr. Allen was raised in his father’s saw milling camp in Itawamba County and later in his coal-mining camps at Sipsey and Empire in Walker County, Ala. His father was the first partner of Heman Drummond and together, they pioneered strip-mining, due to the shortage of men at the outbreak of World War II.
After service in World War II, Mr. Allen graduated from the University of Alabama. In Tuscaloosa, Mr. Allen developed real estate property and started several businesses.
In 1960, Mr. Allen returned to school earning a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Florida State University. He later completed course work for his doctorate at Florida Atlantic University. He owned art galleries in West Palm Beach and in Mobile on Government Street. Mr. Allen’s art is held in many private and public collections, including an eagle commissioned for the lobby of the Unesco Building in New York City.
Mr. Allen turned his energies to writing, having completed more than 20 volumes of poetry and short stories. He was writing his autobiography, Slaton Hill, at the time of his death. Mr. Allen succumbed at his home, attempting to save his works in an accidental fire.
Funeral will be in Fulton on Jan. 2, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Senter Funeral Home, with burial to follow in the family plot at Salem.

Kenneth Foster
MT. PLEASANT – Kenneth Shane Foster, 42, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at his home at Mt. Pleasant. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Ken Moore
FULTON – Ken Darren Moore, 49, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 10, 1960. He worked for Dura-Crates for 12 years and started DNM Specialities 14 years ago. He was a born-again Christian. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting Indian artifacts.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton.
Survivors include his wife, LaDawna Moore of Fulton; one daughter, Kayla Moore of Fulton; three stepchildren, Christopher “Moose” Gilmore, Cricket Brown and Kimberly Buchanan, all of Fulton; his parents, Billy Moore (Nancy) of Lebanon, Tenn., and Linda Ann Dozier Wilson (Mike) of Fulton; his grandparents, E.C. and Annie Lois Dozier of Fulton; one brother, Grant Daniel Wilson of Fulton; a half sister, Marla Moore of Lebanon, Tenn.; his mother-in-law, Carolyn Beasley of Fulton; three grandchildren, Codi Lee Sellars, Stephen Daniel Austin and Aaliyah Cheree Austin; eight stepgrandchildren; and a nephew, Garrett Cade Wilson of Fulton.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Jessie McNeely
OXFORD – Jessie Kate Mooney McNeely, 83, a homemaker, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at Northeast Atlanta Rehab in Atlanta, Ga. Born in Lafayette County, MS, she was a member of Temple Heights Baptist Church. She was devoted to her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Steve McNeely officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Howard McNeely and wife, Kuen, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Steve McNeely and wife, Suzzanne, of Lynchburg, Va., Gary McNeely of Corinth, and Dennis McNeely and wife, Bonnie, of Roswell, Ga.; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Howard McNeely.
Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Shipp Cemetery, c/o Nannette Sissell, 23541 Hwy. 6 E., Batesville, MS 38606.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Charles R. Green
SALTILLO – Charles R. Green, 86, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. He lived most of his life in the Unity community, but had moved to the Beech Springs community approximately seven years ago to be closer to his family. He was a lifelong member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church but attended the First United Methodist Church in Saltillo. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. In his younger years, he was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. In his later years his main pastime enjoyments were going to Hardee’s and then fellowshipping with his dominoes buddies. He proudly served his county in the U.S. Army until being medically discharged from the service.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Tim Green officiating. Graveside services will follow in the Unity Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Corinne Young Green of Beech Springs; one daughter, Lottie Cruber of Beech Springs; one son, Johnny R. Green of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Dawn Hester (Don), Mandy Murff (Jim) and John Michael Green; six great-grandchildren, Brooke, Garrett, Rivers, Emery, Montana and Macon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Adrian Bedell and Alma Samantha Green; five brothers; two sisters; and his son-in-law, Jimmy Cruber.
Pallbearers will be James Cates, Johnny Dye, Sonny Phillips, Sammy Rice, Wade Green and Don Hester.
Honorary pallbearers will be his domino buddies.
Memorials may be made to the Saltillo First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 737 Old Hwy. 45, Saltillo, MS 38866.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Iva Downey
NEW ALBANY – Iva Dener Downey, 87, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at the Graceland Retirement Center in New Albany. A native of Booneville, she was a resident of Somerville, Tenn., before moving to New Albany. She was a Baptist and a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Peebles Main Funeral Chapel in Somerville, Tenn. The Rev. Carl Meyer will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery on LaGrange Road in Somerville. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Dale Hoskins of Somerville, Tenn., and Daniel Hoskins (Polly) of Hickory Flat; one sister, Nancy Kee (Charlie) of Somerville, Tenn.; three brothers, Lee Thompson of Jackson, Tenn., Alfred Thompson (Shelia) of Selmer, Tenn., and Wilmer Thompson (Velma) of Oakland, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Association of Somerville, Tenn.

Linda Spencer
CORINTH – Linda J. Spencer, 63, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Lone Oak Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today and continue Friday until service time.
Malinda Montgomery
WEST POINT – Malinda Montgomery, 84, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at her home in West Point. She was born Nov. 3, 1925, in West Point to Mary D. Turley Montgomery and John Franklin Montgomery Jr. She was a florist and antique dealer for a number of years. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church EPC.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church EPC with the Rev. Steve Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery at West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her cousins, Gordon Hazard, Jack Hazard, Malinda Foti and Missy Peel Wall.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be the elected officers of First Presbyterian Church EPC.
Honorary pallbearers will be Katie Y. Lenoir, Donna M. Reese, Betty Edwards and Candice Woods.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Renate Cranford
SARDIS – Renate Ursula Guttman Cranford, 64, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at her home in Sardis.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to North Shore Animal League, 25 Davis Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Mary Anne Ward
BOONEVILLE – Mary Anne Ward, 77, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Booneville, where she was a Sunday school teacher for the Upper Room Sunday School Class, a lifetime member of the United Methodist Women and served on various committees in the church. She was a retired school teacher after 27 years of teaching in the Mississippi School System.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church with Bro. Phillip Box and Bro. Adam Gordon officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Coach William B. Ward Sr.; one daughter, Jimmie Ellen “Gigi” Brumley and husband, Charles, of Corinth; two sons, Bill Ward Sr. and wife ,Paula, and John Andy Ward and wife, Rebecca, all of Booneville; seven grandchildren, Ashley Brumley, Patrick Brumley, Emily Ward Johnson, Trey Ward, Trent Ward, Anna Kathryn Ward and Jay Ward; and two great-grandchildren, Ward Johnson and Cailyn Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Lawrence Gullett Sr. and Mary Barbara Fugitt, and two brothers, James Lee Gullett and William L. Gullett Jr.
Pallbearers will be Trey Ward, Trent Ward, Jay Ward, Patrick Brumley, Seth Herren and Foster Gullett.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church in Booneville.

Nell Tucker
AMORY – Iris Nell Faulkner Tucker, 73, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born March 1, 1936, to Lenard and Viola Miller Faulkner. She married Harold J. Tucker in 1982. Before her retirement, she worked for Green Enterprises and Amory Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting, crafts, baking and sewing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tim McMillan officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Harold J. Tucker of Amory; one son, Jeffery Capps of Amory; two stepsons, Keith and Kenny Tucker, both of Fulton; two daughters, Debra Capps Swenson of Cordova, Tenn., and Jennifer Capps Fondren of Amory; one stepdaughter, Sandra Kay Tucker of Amory; one brother, John Faulkner of Kenosha, Wis.; three sisters, Avis Davis of McRae, Ga., Sue Hoots of Laurel and Brenda Tucker of Brandon, Fla.; five grandchildren, Chris Perry, Alicia Capps, Ashley Swenson, Brooke Fondren and Shawn Cantrell; eight stepgrandchildren, Trevor Tucker, Haley Tucker, Betsey Tucker, Leann Tucker, Austin Tucker, J.J. Gordon, Michael Stanford, and Eric Tucker; one great-grandchild, Caden Cantrell; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Gene Faulkner; and one sister, Annis Raines.
Pallbearers will be Chris Perry, James Maxey, Pete Jenkins, Keith Tucker, Steve Jenkins and Donald Kimbrough.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Mary Ann Crosby
ABERDEEN – Mary Ann Rowell Crosby, 70, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. She was born April 18, 1939, to James Kelcy Rowell and Mary Edna Clark Rowell in Smithville. She was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen and a member of Grace Chapel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Lounez Scrivner officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Reeda Barnes and husband, Paul, and deborah Wendler and husband, Michael, all of Aberdeen; one son, Thomas Crosby of Aberdeen; one sister, Martha Jean Morrison and husband, Walter, of Pontotoc; three brothers, Ken Rowell and wife, Janet, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Darrell Rowell of Birmingham, Ala., and William Temple of Jackson; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry Reed Crosby; and one son, Jerry Lynn Crosby.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Parish, Jimmy Williams, Wayne Dew, David Wendler, Jimmy Spruill and Jerry Spruill. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Crosby and Nathan Barnes.
Visitation will be from 3 until 8 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and send condolences on line at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Mattie Choate
IUKA – Mattie Jewell McCoy Choate, 90, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She grew up in the Holcut community. She was a retired employee of W.S. Brown and Co. She loved singing and listening to gospel music.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Donnie Waldrop officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Wilson Choate; a daughter, Jean Choate Smith; a son, Tommy W. Choate; her parents, Robert L. “Bob” and Tersie L. Phifer McCoy; two brothers, Roy McCoy and Granville McCoy; two sisters, Hazel Gentle and Cline McCoy; and an infant brother.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Choate Brown of Iuka, Martha Choate Bonds (Aaron) of Corinth and Teresa Choate Smith (Sam) of Corinth; nine grandchildren, Benny Brown (Pam), Lorie Brown Bowles (Stan), Natalie Bonds Mallard (Robbie), Eric C. Bonds (Christy), Joey Smith (Regina), Steven Smith, Nikki Smith Monroe, Angie Smith Harmon (Tracy) and Anna Evans (Tony); 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Eric Bonds, Robbie Mallard, Tracy Harmon, Joshua Brown, Stanley Bowles and Joey Smith.

Wilma Graves
GUNTOWN – Wilma Kathryn Graves, 82, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at the Jaquith Nursing Home in Jackson after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Helen Thornton
JERICHO – Helen W. Thornton, 80, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was a member of Jericho Baptist Church. She was a former employee of Mohasco and an employee of the East Union School Cafeteria. She loved flowers and gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Jericho Baptist Church with Bro. Marvin Robbins, Bro. Rickey Blythe and Bro. Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial will be in the Jericho Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Mitzi Benjamin and Tim of Baldwyn; one stepdaughter, Wanda Quirarte and Cesar of Memphis; three stepsons, Rickey Thornton, Fred Thornton and Tim Thornton, all of Memphis; four sisters, Charlene Letson of Baldwyn, Margaret Blythe of Baldwyn, Jean East of Germantown and Juanita Little of Olive Branch; three brothers, Merle Wilhite of Baldwyn, G.C. Wilhite Jr. of New Albany and Wayne Wilhite of Jericho; one grandchild, Jennifer Mims and Cory of Baldwyn; three great-grandchildren, Hailey Mims, Anna Mims and Jaxon Mims.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Grover C. and Flora A. Butler Wilhite; her husband, Fred Thornton; two sisters, Obera Hall and Ruth Smithey; and two brothers, Loyd Wilhite and Carl Wilhite.
Pallbearers will be Chris Witt, Jim Wilhite, Mike Wilhite, Ronnie Blythe, Kenny Wood, Bryan Morris, Bobby East, Jeff Little and Nathan Miller.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Friday.

Thomas E. Swale Sr.
RED BAY, Ala. – Thomas E. Swale Sr. died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Helen Keller Hospital.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Garlin Brown
GOLDEN – Garlin Dee “Little Bud” Brown, 66, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born Jan. 7, 1943, in Lawrence County, Ala., to Grady and Pairlee Letson Brown. He was a born-again Christian and a member of Walker Missionary Baptist Church. He was a self-employed logger before becoming disabled. A loving husband, daddy and PaPa, he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Walker Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Donnie Wooten and Bro. David Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Betty Pearson Brown of Golden; four daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Steve Stanford, Wanda and James Ridge, and Laura and James Spencer, all of Golden, and Jessica and Michael Young of Red Bay; his grandchildren, Garland West, Dean and Kodi West, Chelsea West, Joshua and Amanda Ridge, Kevin and Clay Ridge, Beth and Jon Spencer, and McKenzie, McKayla and McKenna Young; six great-grandchildren, Briley, Dalton, Grayson and Harleigh Ridge, and Gage and Khloe West; his twin brother, Arlin “Big Bud” Brown of Golden; three sisters, Minnie Lou Torrence of Golden, Margaret Bridges (Benny) of Halltown, Ala., and Nell Wells (Larry) of Belmont; a host of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Josie Gasaway and Pauline Brown; other infant brothers and sisters; a sister-in-law, Mary Nell Brown; and a brother-in-law, Elmer Torrence.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Pearson, Raymond Brown and Brian Page.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and continue until service time Saturday at the Walker Missionary Baptist Church.

Bertie Price
NEW ALBANY – Bertie E. Bryant Price, 90, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Graceland Care Center of New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Ripley.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Edith Renfroe
TUPELO – Edith Schultz Renfroe, 83, died Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a short illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
G.C. Blount
RIPLEY – Golon Calvin “G.C.” Blount, 86, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was retired from Bell South with 36 years of service. He was a member of Springdale Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Dr. Rex Yancey, James Blount and Billy Blount officiating. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. at City Cemetery in Oxford.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lila Overstreet Blount of Ripley; two daughters, Wanda Dickerson of Ripley and Beverly Hall (Greg) of Pontotoc; two sons, James C. Blount (Pat) of Saltillo and Billy G. Blount (Mary) of Knoxville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Bradley Dickerson (Barbara) of Alexandria, Va., Elisa Dickerson of Franklin, Tenn., Kadie Hall (Michael) of Thrasher, Corey Blount of Saltillo, Ken Fortier (Libbi) of Whitehall, Mont., Brett Fortier of Anaconda, Mont., Jessie Hall of Pontotoc, and Michael Blount and Samuel Blount, both of Knoxville, Tenn.; eight great-grandchildren, Anna Grace, Mackenzie, Addison Dickerson, Elisa Clair Young, Lila Katherine Hall, Alex Hall, John Fortier and Will Fortier.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and Elizabeth Billingsley Blount; a sister, Marvell Bayzie; and three brothers, Gaylon Blount, Gilmer Blount and A.C. Blount.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Dickerson, Corey Blount, Michael Blount, Samuel Blount, Ken Fortier and Greg Hall.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Lula Hall
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Lula Francis Dill Hall, 85, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley. She retired from Ripley High School Cafeteria with several years of service. She was a member of Academy Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Lyndle Davis and Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Wells Chapel Cemetery at Blue Mountain.
Survivors include seven daughters, Alma Nance (Rilly) of Ripley, Billie Kennon (B.C.) of Paducah, Ky., Martha Hall of Blue Mountain, Judy Heckl of Lexington, Ky., Sandra Carmichiel (Wade) of Ripley, Donna Schmitz (Kenny) of Blue Mountain, Lisa Richardson (Paul) of Ripley; one son, Terry Hall (Caroline) of Blue Mountain; 17 grandchildren, Kerry Nance, Ronida Nance, David Nance, Michael Nance, Crystal Hutchinson, Ben Kennon, Dena Grisham, Sean Smith, April Dutille, Lori Stuart, Jerry Miller, Sandy Hopkins, Jason Hall, Brandy Rutgers, Heather McRoberts, Joshua Richardson and Katie Richardson; 29 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Nathan Dill of Hernando.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lee Hall; her parents, Bailey T. and Maggie Rushing Dill; one great-grandson, Justin Nance; and four sisters and five brothers.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Kieran Garner
NEW ALBANY – Kieran Garner, 8, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Lester Jean Martin
HOLLY SPRINGS – Lester Jean Cox Martin, 65, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chulahoma M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 5:30 p.m. Friday. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 p.m. Saturday.

Lt. Col. James Martin
OXFORD – Lt. Col. James W. Martin, 90, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at his home in Oxford.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Interfaith Compassionate Ministry, 904 North Lamar or Lafayette County RSVP 107 Courthouse Square.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

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