Obituaries April 1, 2009

Opal Ballard
BALLARDSVILLE – Opal Justice Ballard, 94, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness.
She was a lifelong member of Ballardsville Baptist Church, which she loved dearly and attended until her death. She taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and was always relied on to accommodate visiting preachers and their families with her home and table.
She loved to work, and whether it was in the home or outside, she gave the job her all with laudable results. She grew bountiful flowers and vegetable gardens, was a highly skilled seamstress, and never said no to a request for help. She always put others first. She showed great compassion toward animals. To say she was a life force would not be an exaggeration.
During her last years, when all her friends were gone and she mostly housebound, she bore it all with grace and appreciation for what she had.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Thomas Ballard; her parents, Tran and Dolly Mae Justice; a brother, Cecil Justice; and a son-in-law, Travis Gray.
She is survived by her son, Dan (Sandra) Ballard, and daughters, Ann Ballard and Emily Ballard Gray; her four granddaughters, Tia (Mark) Gilbert, Kristie (Jonathan) Lauderdale, Betsy (James) O’Neal and Anna (Reed) Nelson; and seven great-grandchildren; and her brother, Milford Justice.
Important in her life were her caregivers, Earlene Walker, Ruth Reese and Bonnie Clayton. Her dog, Spot, was her constant companion. She will be missed.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Christian, Julian Cook, Steven Thomas, James O’Neal, Reed Nelson and Jonathan Lauderdale.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, April 1, at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Bro. Thelbert Hill will officiate. Burial will be in the family cemetery. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Ballardsville Baptist Church, 100 Ballardsville Road, Tupelo, MS 38804; or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

William Braddock
OXFORD – William L. Braddock, 55, formerly of Ripley, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mildred Horton
GRENADA – Mildred “Billie” Horton, 84, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the Grenada Living Center. She was born Feb. 23, 1925, in Gore Springs to Walter Roy and Carrie Anne Lipe Martin. She was a member of Grenada Presbyterian Church and was retired from the United States Social Security Administration.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Chapel of Garner-Harper Funeral Home in Grenada with the Rev. Matt Schilling officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband William Thomas “Will” Horton, whom she married in October 1952; one son, Charles R. Horton (Butch) of Brandon; a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Horton of Guntown; three brothers, Walter Martin of Brandon, Harvey Martin of Petaluma, Calif., and Bobby Gene Martin of Gautier; four grandchildren, Chris Horton (Abby), Chad Horton (Shannon), Will Horton II and Carrie Anne Horton; four great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Recie, Kealeigh and Chloe Horton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Thomas Pritchard Horton; and a sister, Margaret Gordon.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. to service time Friday.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Grenada Presbyterian Church, The Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Connie Twitty
PONTOTOC – Connie Russell Twitty, 99, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Graceland Health Care in Pontotoc. She was born Aug. 31, 1909, in Alabama to William and Margaret Russell. She was a member of Buchanan Baptist Church and an accomplished seamstress. She loved working in her flowers and especially enjoyed her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with the Rev. Andy Russell officiating. Burial will follow in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Twitty (Edna) of Tupelo and William Twitty of New Albany; seven grandchildren, Judy Warren (Mike) of Oxford, Rick Mooneyhan of Pontotoc, Lynn Burwell of Gulfport, Shelly Gandy (James Ray) of Hickory Flat, Richard Twitty (Lisa) of Selmer, Tenn., Russell Twitty (Rhonda) of Madison and Ree Hester (Dr. Chris) of Tupelo; 13 great-grandchildren, Dr. Craig Warren of Toledo, Ohio, Joseph Burwell of Gulfport, Destin Mooneyhan of Tupelo, Anna Burwell of Gulfport, Jacob Burwell of Gulfport, Mallory and Madison Twitty of Ramer, Tenn., Drew Buckholts of Holly Springs, Hunter and Jackson Twitty of Madison, and Reese, Beck and Hamp Hester of Tupelo; two great-grandchildren, Brayden Warren of New Albany and Dalton Warren of Oxford.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, Elmer S. Twitty; a sister, Earleen Smitherman; three brothers, Holley, Jim and Albert Russell; a daughter, Pat Mooneyhan; a son-in-law, Boyce Mooneyhan; a daughter-in-law, Ann Twitty; and a great-grandson, Ben Warren.
Pallbearers will be James Ray Gandy, Richard Twitty, Russ Twitty, Rick Mooneyhan, Dr. Chris Hester and Mike Warren.
Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Lamar Jackson
NEW ALBANY – Leon Lamar Jackson, 64, died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Aug. 9, 1944, in Benton County to Leon Jackson and Vivian Kiddy Jackson. He worked at Union Wholesale Grocer Company for 18 years, then he started his own grocery business, Jackson’s Super Market, which he operated for 22 years. He was a member of Flat Rock Baptist Church. He loved and enjoyed his grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Bill Everett officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Rock Cemetery at Blue Mountain.
Survivors include one son, Britt Jackson (Kari) of New Albany; two sisters, Sue Dillard (Larry) of Booneville and Lavon Dunnam (Allen) of New Albany; three grandchildren, Ethan Jackson, Dylan Jackson and Marley Jackson, all of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Ray Tune, Scott Dunnam, James Kilgore, Randy Dunnam, Drew Horn and John David Horn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Ishmael Patterson
CORINTH – Ishmael Emanuel Patterson, 29, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, in Acton, Tenn. He enjoyed art and singing.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. today at Hopewell M.B. Church with Pastor Gabe Jolly III officiating. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Virginia and Daryle Peake; two sons, Jeremy McGee and Jermiah McGee; two brothers, Patrick Patterson, Micheal Patterson, Dewayne Peake and Brandon Fannon; three sisters, Jennifer Patterson, Iesha Fowler and Michelle Patterson; his grandmother, Shirley Williams; seven aunts, Rosie Patterson, Heidi Thompson, Della Patterson, Ann Hill, Brenda Tucker, Mary Ragins and Darlene Porter; and an uncle, Anthony Williams.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Patterson; a brother, Joey Patterson; and his grandparents, Louis E. Williams, and Georgie and Robert Gilmore Sr.

Mary Jane Davis
BELDEN – Mary Jane Maxcy Davis, 88, died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Ellis Harris
ABERDEEN – Ellis Elmer Harris, 93, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born March 17, 1916, to Greenie Grady Harris and Arbie Maude Roebuck Harris in Lee County. He has lived in Monroe County for the past 80 years. He graduated from Wren High School and furthered his education at Draughon’s Business College, Mississippi State College (MSU) and Alabama Polytech (Auburn). He was a deacon emeritus and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church of Aberdeen. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the American Legion for 62 years. He owned and operated Aberdeen Furniture and Appliance Company until his retirement in 1983.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Aberdeen First Baptist Church with Bro. Roy McKay and Bro. Chris Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Vergie Mae Miller Harris of Aberdeen; one daughter, Rosalind Harris Morris of Clinton; one sister, Pauline Griffin of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; three grandsons, John Morris (Angela) of Tunica, Jason Morris of Lewisville, Texas, and David Mooris (Julie) of Bolton; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jenny Ruth Harris; and his twin brother, Ellie Elvin Harris.
Pallbearers will be Walker James, Tommy Plunkett, Jim Reddoch, Mike Bunch, Jim Ballard, Jerry Smothers and Gene White.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Aberdeen First Baptist Church Sunday School class directed by Bob Kelly and the young adults Training Union class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To sign the online register book, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Wilma McGregor
HICKORY FLAT – Wilma Clifton McGregor, 56, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Byhalia. She was born April 6, 1952, in Holly Springs. She was a nurse and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cornerstone Baptist Church with Bro. Jimmy Wilbanks and Bro. Bill Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery at Hickory Flat. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne Lamar McGregor of Hickory Flat; one son, Steve McGregor (Katrina) of Hickory Flat; four daughters, Angie Wooten (Billy) of Myrtle, Kristie Glasson (Chad) of New Albany, Niki Wicker (Stephen) of Hickory Flat and Stacy Dillard (Andy) of Ecru; her mother, Marjorie Perkins Clifton of Hickory Flat; 11 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Henry C. Clifton, and granddaughter, Madison McGregor.
Pallbearers will be Chad Glasson, Andy Dillard, Drew Wooten, Ty McGregor, Stephen Wicker, Billy Wooten, Will Wooten and Tristan Glasson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brad Clifton, Brian Clifton, Blake Clifton and Jerry McGregor.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Andrew Waweru
ACTON, Tenn. – Andrew Lee Waweru, 19, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, in Acton, Tenn. He enjoyed soccer, fishing and hunting.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Rest Cemetery with Pastor Robert McGee officiating. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Benson and Angela Darlene Waweru; one son, Zakhian Patterson; two brothers, Andrew Waweru and Richard Waweru; two sisters, Wanjiku Waweru and Jasmine Sander.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Rosie Irons.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Carl H. Mackey
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Carl H. Mackey, 66, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at Hospice of West Alabama. He was a former resident of Northeast Mississippi. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa and a member of John Hogue’s Sunday School class. He worked in building maintenance at the federal courthouses in Miami, Fla., and Tuscaloosa, and at the Tuscaloosa Country Club. A loving father and husband, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South in Tuscaloosa with the Rev. Carl Wells and the Rev. Gill McKee officiating. Entombment will follow in Magnolia Mausoleum.
Survivors include his wife, Martha A. Ransom Mackey; three daughters, Jennifer Mackey Hutson (Robert), Karla Swanigan (John) and April Vest (Shane); one son, Matt Mackey (Tammy); one sister, Shirley Fitzgibon; two brothers, Tommy and Davis Mackey; and his grandchildren, Zac and Evan Swanigan, Miranda Mackey, and Caleb, Charlotte and Colbie Mackey.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Ann Martin; a daughter, Roxanne; his parents, Carl T. and Elizabeth Mackey; and a sister, Barbara Mackey Sanders.
Pallbearers will be Geary Hewett, Dee Pace, Wayne Carter, Larry Tucker, Jimmy Oswalt and Jack Sullivan.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Moore’s Bridge Hunting Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

John Mobley
RED BAY, Ala. – John William Mobley, 80, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at the Helen Keller Hospital. He was born June 29, 1928, in Vina, Ala., to Sterling and Ludie Peck Mobley. He attended Bible College in Springfield, Mo., for two years. He was a member of Vina First Baptist Church. He was a factory worker for 47 years, having been an employee of Mueller Brass for 15 years.
He leaves a great legacy as a servant of God. He always showed great wisdom and discernment, teaching many through instruction, and his own example, to love and follow God. He served several churches throughout the years as a deacon, songleader and Sunday School teacher. He also helped start many churches while living in Illinois. He always worked hard wherever he saw the need and showed love and kindness as a truly great son, brother, husband, father, granddaddy, popaw and friend.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Steve Ledbetter and Bro. Jerry Swimmer officiating. Burial will be in the Red Bay City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Elois Mobley of Red Bay; four children, Linda Garrison (Danny), John Thomas Mobley (Tracy) and Leisa Mobley, all of Red Bay, and Deborah Verchot (Ed) of Springfield, Va.; one brother, Hubert Mobley of Lexington, Ky.; one sister, Eulajean Hester of Vina, Ala.; eight grandchildren, Jena Dillilngham, Edgar Verchot, Kristy Blunt, Josh Garrison, Lori Carpenter, Eric Verchot, Anna Mobley and Ethan Mobley; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and eight brothers and sisters, Ralph Mobley, Edith Osbirn, Wilburn Sterling Mobley, Elizabeth Moomaw, Frances Griswold, Nellie McDonald, Jack Mobley and Charles Mobley.
Pallbearers will be Edgar Verchot, Eric Verchot, Josh Garrison, Mark Blunt, Jimmy Shewbart and Brian Moomaw.
Visitation will continue until service time today.

Millard Sappington
BOONEVILLE – Millard Burns Sappington, 81, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at Longwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. He was born Feb. 21, 1928, in Pontotoc to Vardaman and Mary Vance Smith Sappington. He was a Christian. He was a farmer and U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and watching television.
Services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ray Hall and Bro. Chuck Boxx officiating. Burial will be in the Corinth National Cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Wes Sappington (Betty) of Marietta; one sister, Reba Stevens of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, James, Raymond and Wayne Sappington.
Pallbearers will be Mike Stevens, Gary Martin, Greg Sappington, Danny Stevens, Mark Stevens and Marshall Stevens.
Felix Johnson
WEST POINT – Felix Johnson, 90, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born Feb. 16, 1919, in Starkville. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Samuel Messina officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Kehl Johnson of West Point; one son, Charles Johnson (Teresa) of West Point; three daughters, Helen Louise Langford of West Point, Virginia Lynn Kyle (Tom) of Columbus and Mary Ann Britt (Tim) of Starkville; a daughter-in-law, Yolanda Johnson of Biloxi; one brother, William E. Johnson of Chipley, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Felix Alan Johnson, and his parents, Olive Myrtle Fulton and Felix Ernest Johnson Sr.
Pallbearers will be Tim Britt, Tom Kyle, Kevin Johnson, Jonathan Johnson, T.J. Kyle and Christopher Johnson. Dr. T.N. Braddock will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 617 E. Main St., West Point, MS 39773.

Maxine Landry
MARION, Ark. – Eleanor Maxine Rucker Landry, 78, formerly of Ripley, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Crittendon Regional Hospital in West Memphis, Ark. She was a retired bookkeeper for American Electric Contractors and a Methodist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Marion United Methodist Church in Marion, Ark. The Rev. Wayne Clark will officiate. A graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Ripley Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Doug Landry (Cindy) of Marion, Ark.; one sister, Earnestine Principi of New Albany; and two grandsons, Andrew and Logan Landry of Marion, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earnest Rucker and Elizabeth Garnier Gaillard Rucker, and two sisters, Elaine Spencer and Sarah Lou Rucker.
Pallbearers will be Doug Landry, Logan Landry, Drew Landry, Taylor Key, Jeb Stewart, Jackson Stewart and Perry Principi.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at Marion United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Marion United Methodist Church, 88 Military Road, Marion, AR 72364.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Winnie Birmingham
NETTLETON – Winnie Lou Birmingham, 87, died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Glen Henry
BALDWYN – Winfred “Glen” Henry, 66, died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

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