Obituaries April 10, 2009

Lenora Elliott
TUPELO – Lenora Elliott, 69, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.

Keith Cappleman
FALKNER – James Keith Cappleman, 58, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 22, 1950, to Harold Brinkley Cappleman and Ellen Jean Jeter Cappleman. He was a member of Little Hope Primitive Baptist Church.He was in sales for 22 years. His last business was Southside BBQ in Ripley. After closing his restaurant, he was employed as maintenance supervisor at Hardeman County Schools in Bolivar, Tenn. He was a veteran of the Mississippi National Guard.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Clinton Barnett and Elder Gene Gist officiating. Burial will be in Little Hope Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Lonette Jackson Cappleman of Falkner; one daughter, Courtney Jean Cappleman of Memphis; one son, Casey Cappleman (Jenny) of Ripley; one brother, Bruce Cappleman (Martha) of Jackson; and a special cousin, Sharon Gentling (Greg) of Rochester, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Scott Cappleman, Larry Lancaster, Brad Rinehart, Rod Davis, Kenny Jeter and John Stubbs Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Hardeman County Maintenance Department.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little Hope Primitive Baptist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Patty Reaves, 4340 CR 400, Falkner, MS 38629.
To view obituaries online and sign guestbook, visit
www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Stefen Dotson
BURNSVILLE – Stefen Pony Dotson, 19, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, in Iuka as the result of an automobile accident. He was a member of Chapel Hill Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports and playing pool.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Cremation will follow.
Survivors include his mother, Jennifer Crafton (Jimmy) of Burnsville and his father, Tim Dotson (Brittani) of Burnsville; his grandparents, Delores and Charles Twitty of Iuka, and Louise Dotson of Burnsville; two brothers, Ethan Twitty of Burnsville and James Tober Dotson of Corinth; one sister, Faith Rogers of Burnsville; and a special friend, Stevie McCrary of Glen
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard Dotson.

Pallbearers will be Nicholas Williams, Wes Dotson, Bud Dotson, Toby Hollander, Jimmy Barnes, Blake Walker, Brad Mock and Jonathan Surrat. Honorary pallbearers will be Will Wright and Billy Don Hamm.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Vernon Easley
GRENADA – Roy Vernon “Lefty” Easley, 85, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the Grenada Living Center. He was born March 31, 1924, in Calhoun County. He was a retired farmer and a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Grenada. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served as a pharmacist’s mate on the USS Kingman. He was a member of the American Legion.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Easley, the Rev. Bob Self and the Rev. Shelton Bryant Easley officiating. Burial will be in Duncan Hill Cemetery in Calhoun City.

Survivors include his wife, Estelle Bryant Easley of Grenada; two daughters, Laura Helen Rodgers (Danny) of Houlka and Judy Brown (Michael) of Bruce; three sons, Harvey Gene Easley (Gracia) of Grenada, Jimmy Easley (Charlotte) of Covington, Ga., and Richard Earnest Easley (Carol) of Calhoun City; two brothers, Grady Easley of Bruce and P.H. Easley of New Port Richey, Fla.; nine grandchildren, John Vernon Easley, Vince Easley, Shelton Easley, Michael Easley, Heather Head, Kyle Easley, Candice Lowe, John Murphree and Ginger Gore; 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Price Huckaby Easley and Vergie Ward Easley; a sister, Irene Easley; and two brothers, Harvey Andrew Easley and Howard Easley.

Pallbearers will be Bro. Shelton Easley, Michael Easley, Kyle Easley, John Murphree, Jock Easley and Robert Lee Easley.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Melvie Gulledge
RED BANKS – Melvie V. Norfleet Gulledge, 86, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at Select Specialty Hospital in Memphis. She was a member of Land Mark Temple in Holly Springs, where she was a Sunday School teacher, Bible Class teacher, missionary, altar worker and Prayer Band leader. She was a retired seamstress for General Motors in Detroit, Mich., where she worked for 10 years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Isom Chapel CME Church of Holly Springs with Elder Robert Harris Sr.
officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Henry
Gulledge of Red Banks; seven daughters, A. Belinda Gulledge, Clareatha Williams, Gloria Gulledge, Rowena Gulledge and VeEsther Gulledge, all of Detroit, Mich., Geraldine Looney of Romulus, Mich., and Eva Harris of Belleville, Mich.; one son, Willie Gulledge of Farmington Hills, Mich.; two sisters, Dotsie Carter of Detroit and Maxine Freeman of Chicago; and 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10:30 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Irene Bing
BYHALIA – Irene Woods Bing, 62, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. She was born Oct. 28, 1949, in Louisville. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Assembly of God. She was a loving mother, wife and grandmother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Friendship Assembly of God Church with Bro. Virgil Scherff officiating. Burial will be in Byhalia Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Bing of Byhalia; three sons, Jerry Davis Bing of Kentucky, Larry Bing of Oxford and Carl Bing of Batesville; one daughter, Anita Shoffner of Byhalia; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Larry Otto Woods and Lanita Dickerson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

Herman Todd Jr.
ECRU – Herman Wayne Todd Jr., 30, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, in Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Ecru.

J.W. Caldwell
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – J.W. Caldwell, 80, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Stonecrest Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Bryleigh Taylor
NEW ALBANY – Bryleigh Ann Taylor, 23 months, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was a very special little blessing. For her age she was intelligent and very creative with her playtime.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethel United Methodist Church in Benton County with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Jeniffer Newton Taylor of New Albany; her father, William Gyle Taylor Sr. of Pontotoc; two sisters, Kayla Joyce Taylor of Pontotoc and Hannah Nicole Lessel of Hickory Flat; three brothers, William G. Taylor Jr. and Zachery D. Taylor, both of Pontotoc, and Andrew McCain Lessel of Hickory Flat; her grandparents, Bro. Donald E. and Patricia Ann Newton of Hickory Flat, Terry Lynn Waldo (Milton) of Pontotoc and James C. Taylor of Waterloo, Ala.; her great-grandparents, Donald E. and Maureen Armstrong of Blue Mountain and Camille Floyd (Joe) of Godley, Ill.

Pallbearers will be Scott Taylor, Johnny Taylor, Tim Jones and Johnny Miles.
Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday.

Memorials may be made to the New Albany Fire Department, 107 Cleveland Ave., New Albany, MS 38652.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Betty Johnston
EUPORA – Betty Joe Wood Williams Johnston, 77, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. She was born Aug. 8, 1931, in Webster County. She grew up in Stewart and graduated from Kilmichael High School. She worked many years in Indianola at Lewis Grocers. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church at Eupora.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Indianola City Cemetery with the Rev. Trey Harper officiating. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Land of Greenwood and Karen Steinwinder of Starkville; one sister, Barbara Wood Elkins of Eupora; two brothers, Charles M. Wood of Jacksonville, Ark., and Ronnie Wood of Eupora; four grandchildren, Mary Kendall Land, Jacob Land, Anne Howard Steinwinder and Barrett Steinwinder.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ralph Jack Williams and James Johnston Jr.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Starkville Academy, Pillow Academy in Greenwood, Eupora First United Methodist Church or Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Booker Carter
PRAIRIE – Booker Thomas Carter, 69, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at the Regency Hospital in Jackson. He was born Nov. 26, 1939, in West Point.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lake Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Prairie with the Rev. J.P. Orr officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Viola Johnson Carter; two daughters, Jacqueline C. Houston of Jackson and Debbie J. Dogan of Prairie; three brothers, James M. Carter of Prairie, Theotis Carter of Cleveland, Ohio, and Dewell Carter of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Francis Carter, and one son, Melvin L. Johnson.

Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

William Harris
BYRAM – William Henry Harris, 94, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, in Byram. He was born Dec. 18, 1914, in Clay County to Henry and Eugenia Harris. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a member of Mt. Pisgah M.B. Church. He was retired.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Pisgah M.B. Church at Tibbee with the Rev. Donald Wesley officiating. Burial will be in the Tibbee Community Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Service of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Norby Wayne Harris of Jackson; seven daughters, Frenchie Louise Franklin of Bellwood, Ill., Hilda Marie Collins of Maywood, Ill., Shirley Mae Stallings of Broadview, Ill., Miraea H. Gavin of Byram, Sharron Harris-Alexander of Bowie, Md., Irish R. Harris of Byram and Mary Fenton of Starkville; one sister, Frances Powers of West Point; 23 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty B. Harris; his parents; two sons, Bobby Lee Harris and William Elliott Harris; one brother, Lewis Stephen Harris; and one sister, Willie Maude Perry.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.

Clinton Armstrong Jr.
STARKVILLE – Clinton Lee “C.L.” Armstrong Jr., 66, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 7, 1945, in Calhoun County. He was a longtime resident of Lafayette County before moving to Starkville. He was a member of Clear Springs CME Church at Pittsboro. He was retired.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Church of Christ at Bruce. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge of the arrangements.

Brian Holleman
TUPELO – Brian Holleman, 28, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 22, 1980, in Memphis. He attended W.P. Daniel High School in New Albany. He attended Golden Gate Church of God in Christ and Good Shepherd Church at a young age. He was a member of Faith Deliverance in Guntown and used his musical gift playing drums at church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Golden Gate Church of God in Christ in New Albany. Elder Frank Cameron will officiate. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his father, Nathaniel Holleman of Ashland, and his mother, Cellastine White Holleman of Tupelo; two brothers, Nathaniel Holleman of California and Mario Holleman of Tupelo; two sisters, Ruby McShan and Nadolyn Holleman of Tupelo; his grandparents, C. Cottrell Turner of New Albany and Nathaniel Holleman Sr. of Memphis.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Danny Harlow
NETTLETON – Billy Daniel “Danny” Harlow, 50, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus after a long illness. He was born April 4, 1959, in Lee County to Billy and Mary Smith Harlow of Nettleton. A lifelong resident of Nettleton, he was a self-employed carpenter and a member of Limestone Baptist Church. He enjoyed going hunting and fishing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Gary Carroll and the Rev. Don Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents; one daughter, April Flurry (Cory) of Nettleton; one son, Landon Harlow of Nettleton; one stepdaughter, Summer Childers (Jason) of Aberdeen; one stepson, Chris Capps of Nettleton; one brother, Robert Harlow of Nettleton; one grandson, Sebastian Flurry; one stepgranddaughter, Bailee Childers; and three nieces, Laken, Autumn and Tabitha Harlow.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Tony Harlow.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.tisdale-lannmemorial.com.

Earl Loftin
BALDWYN – Earl N. Loftin, 86, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A native of Olive Branch, he was the son of Edgar A. and Mary Stevenson Loftin.

He had lived in Baldwyn for 60 years. He graduated from Carson High School and attended Hinds Junior College. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University with a B.S. degree and a master’s degree. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 3rd Infantry in the European Theater in Anzio, Italy and France. He was a retired businessman, farmer and teacher in the Baldwyn School District. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Baldwyn. He was an avid bird hunter and fisherman. He loved his family and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Napier officiating. Burial will be in the Campbelltown Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Louise Jones Loftin of Baldwyn; one daughter, Lynn Loftin Pounds (Don) of Southaven; two brothers, Thomas Loftin (Judy) of Starkville and Eddie Loftin (Nancy) of Magee; grandchildren, Wes Pounds and Katie Pounds; and his caregiver, Virginia Grice.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Robert Donald Pounds; and a sister, Catherine McNair.

Pallbearers will be Tom Stotts, Billy Glover, Bubba Pratt, Jodie Mears, James Downs, Jimmy Cunningham, Mike Martin, Joe Blassingame and Fred Bennett.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Dorothy Balius
BOONEVILLE – Dorothy Mae Strange Balius, 74, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Baptist Hospital in Jackson after a long illness. She was a member of Wheeler Church of God and a retired registered nurse.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Dean Speed, Bro. Kevin Balius and Bro. James B. Strange officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Kim McKinney (Harold) of Booneville; three sons, Paul Davidson (Debbie) of Booneville, Bro. Kevin Balius (Angela) of Neshoba and Andrew Balius (Ruby) of Flora; one brother, Bro. James B. Strange (Mae) of Booneville; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Anthony “Bob” Balius; her parents, Melvin Lee Strange and Sadie Peak Strange; and a sister, Gwen Skelton.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday.

Charles McClain
VARDAMAN – Charles Franklin McClain, 76, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at his home in Vardaman. He was born Feb. 9, 1933, in Ripley to Duncan McClain and Jack Ellis McClain. He was a retired farmer for Cook Farms and a member of the Thorn Church of God.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Thorn Church of God with Bro. Arnold Amason and Bro. Frank Samples officiating. Burial will follow at Elzey Cemetery in Vardaman. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Grace Vance McClain of Vardaman; two daughters, Rena Smith (Danny) of Starkville, and Jeana Chandler of Vardaman; three sons, Ricky McClain (Debbie ) of Bruce, and Jerry McClain and Robert McClain (Angie), both of Vardaman; five sisters, Shirley Reed, Joyce Moore and Beverly Barkley, all of Ripley, Linda Alexander of Vardaman and Pat Power of Memphis; three brothers, David McClain and Joe McClain, both of Ripley, and Billy McClain of Chicago; five grandchildren, Cody McClain, Lori McClain, Anna Smith, Lisa Smith and Anderson Chandler.

He was preceded in death by a son, Danny McClain; his parents; and two sisters, Elizabeth Faulkner and Sue Hardin.
Pallbearers will be Don Hooper, Kevin Stafford, James David Long, Tim Moore, John Reed and Gary Reed.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Friends and family may visit and sign the online register at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Robbie Brewer Jr.
WEST POINT – Robert F. “Robbie” Brewer Jr., 41, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Beacon Hospice in Longview, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home.

Verner Hudson
PONTOTOC – Verner Hudson, 84, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Wes Ford
RIPLEY – Don Wesley “Wes” Ford, 38, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at his home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.

Geneva Dorrough
PONTOTOC – Geneva R. Dorrough, 82, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc after a six-year illness. She was born March 24, 1927, in Booneville. She was a homemaker and a member of Northside Baptist Church at New Albany. She enjoyed having yard sales, and she loved all sorts of chickens and farm animals.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Marvin Ward officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany.

Survivors include one daughter, Rita Spears (Tim) of Thaxton; one sister, Brenda Hill (Harold) of New Albany; one brother, Jimmy Ellis of Mantachie; grandchildren, Beth Allen and Michael “Bo” Hill; and great-grandchildren, Justin, Colt, Landon, Natalie and Anna Margret.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Basha Ellis and Olga Mae Ellis; her husband, James T. Dorrough; one daughter, Batsy Hill; one son, Jerry Gault; and four brothers, Chesteen Ellis, J.B. “Jake” Ellis, Tulon Ellis and Talmadge Ellis.

Pallbearers will be Tim Spears, Harold Hill, Justin Hartfield, Colt Hartfield, Bo Hill and Mike Allen. Landon Hill will be an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m.
today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Stefanie Smith
BURNSVILLE – Stefanie Seay Smith, 30, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka as the result of an automobile accident. She was a member of Farmington Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her daughter.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Tim Nall officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Brad Smith of Guys, Tenn.; one daughter, Morgan Smith of Guys, Tenn.; her mother, Jeanette Rea Jackson of Killen, Ala.; her father, Wayne Seay of Burnsville; her in-laws, Vernon and Kathryn Smith of Corinth; her grandmother, Arby Rea of Phil Campbell, Ala.; a half brother, Casey Seay of Corinth; a half sister, Shelia Ann Bradley of Raleigh, N.C.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Rayburn Coggins
TUPELO – Charles Rayburn Coggins, 70, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long illness. He was born Oct. 9, 1938, to Clarence Butler Coggins and Robbie Coggins. He graduated from Pontotoc High School in 1957, and attended Itawamba Community College and Memphis State University. He began a long career in the family farming operation. He later was a salesman for farm chemicals. After retiring from farming and sales, he started a family business which became PHI Fabric Warehouse and continues to be operated by the Coggins family. He was a faithful member of Harrisburg Baptist Church before his health failed. He loved the land and its produce; all God’s creations; working, especially with his tractors; and being with his family and sharing big meals.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with the Rev. David Smith, Dr. Forrest Sheffield and the Rev. David Langerfeld officiating. Graveside services will follow at the Coggins family plot at Valley Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Alexander and the Rev. Glen Ross officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Jone Nix Coggins, whom he married Dec. 23, 1961, in Pontotoc County; three sons, Nickey (Tammi) Coggins, John (Carrie) Coggins and Ronald (Angela) Coggins, all of Tupelo; two daughters, Jona Rae Collum (Mike) and Anna Riggs (Brian), both of Tupelo; 11 grandchildren, Zack Coggins, Sara Kay Millican, Nicholas Coggins, Ben Shurden, Chandler Coggins, Cody Coggins and Claire Coggins, Micah Collum and Tanner Collum, Anna Wesleigh Riggs and Bo Riggs; one sister, Ozelle Hipp of Olive Branch; a sister-in-law, Ann Coggins of Pontotoc; his aunt, Nancy Mask of Pontotoc; and his special caregiver, Millie Nichols of Mantachie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Marion Coggins; a granddaughter, Rachel Rae Collum; and a brother-in-law, Stanley Hipp.

Pallbearers will be Murry Coward, Kevin Coward, Clayton Turner, Paul Backstrom and Joe Owens, and grandsons, Zack Coggins and Ben Shurden. Honorary pallbearers will be Dave McCormack, Gill Simmons, Banks Livingston, Joe Criddle, Ken Houston, Bobby Briscoe, Bob Fulgham, Espie Greer, Bobby Bass, Doug Hawkins and the Pontotoc High School Class of 1957. Junior pallbearers will be his grandsons, Bo Riggs, Nicholas Coggins and Cody Coggins.

Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802 or to Harrisburg Baptist Church Building Fund, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Condolences may be e-mailed to holland-harrisfuneralhome@comcast.net.

Maxine Mitchell
TUPELO – Maxine Fox Mitchell, 85, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Linden, Texas, to Charlie and Ethel Fox. She was a lifelong resident of Natchez until she moved to Tupelo in 2003 to live with her daughter, Scarlett Mitchell Fyke, and grandson, Paul Jackson Fyke. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ in Natchez and the owner/operator of Maxine’s Beauty Salon. Her hobbies were coin collecting, antique shopping and flea markets. A loving wife, mother and grandmother with an outgoing personality, she always had a smile and will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Dr. Bryan Collier and Bro. Jay Stanley officiating. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Natchez City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Saturday only.

Survivors include her daughter, Scarlett Mitchell Fyke, and her grandson, Paul Jackson Fyke of Oxford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy James Mitchell, on June 28, 2001; her mother, Mrs. R.C. Lambert; and two brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be made to The Orchard, P.O. Box 3216, Tupelo, MS 38801; or First Baptist Church, 311 Mobile St., Saltillo, MS 38866.

Condolences may be e-mailed to holland-harrisfuneralhome@comcast.net.

A.D. Grafton
OXFORD – A.D. Grafton, 86, a longtime resident of Clarksdale, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

Jimmie Carter
WOODLAND – Jimmie Lynn Carter, 64, died Thursday, April 9, 2009. He was born Dec. 28, 1944, in Floydada, Texas. He was a retired carpenter and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a Baptist.
A private family graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Woodland Cemetery. Bro. David Nelson will officiate. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Nietta Roach Carter of Woodland; three daughters, Stephanie Carter of Woodland, Rhonda Miller of Sicily, Italy, and Kaye (Benny) Borst of Montpelier; one son, Jimmy Duke (Lian) Carter of Woodland; 10 grandchildren, Stephen Carter, DeKota Ray, Mary Margarette Miller, William Miller, Eliana Carter, Adrian Borst, Elisha Carter, Anna Borst, Megan Allen and Kayla Allen; one brother, Gregory Carter of Austin, Texas; one sister, Brenda Ratner of Pasadena, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Zinnie O. Carter and Gladys Helena Wieland Moore.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Jasper Williams
TALBOTT, Tenn. – Jasper Ervin Williams, 77, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at his home, Talbott, Tenn. He was born June 18, 1931, in Shaw to Jasper and Ruth Lyon Williams. He retired with the State of Tennessee Employment Service. He opened and managed the first Holiday Inn in Morristown in 1966; managed the Ramada Inn in Morristown; and operated Ervin’s Restaurant in White Pine, Tenn. He was a member of Panther Springs United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir. He served in the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry in Korea from 1951-1952.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Mike Hunter officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Bluff Methodist Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Katheryn Gilreath Williams of Talbott, Tenn.; two daughters, Mona Jank (John) of Johnson City, Tenn., and Lynn Tuner (Johnny) of Hurley; three grandchildren, Beth Williams (Jon) Hendren of Banner Elk, N.C., Diana Turner of Hurley and Samuel Turner of Augusta, Ga.; two great-grandsons, Aaron and William Hendren of Banner Elk; one sister, Rebecca Ruth Boyd of Brandon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son: Darryl Ervin Williams; and a brother: Osborne Williams.
Pallbearers will be Henry Applewhite, Keith Blair, Bryan Guin, David Orman, Samuel Turner, Robert Blair, James Law and Steve McKee. Honorary pallbearers will be Roland Lyon, William Levin Watkins, A.K. Tribble and Ed Lee Lyon.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Cedar Bluff Methodist Church, c/o Mary Rose Lyon, 419 McCord Street West Point, MS 39773; or to charity of the donor’s choice.

Al Van Besien
OXFORD – Al Van Besien, 72, professor of Geology and Geological Engineering at University of Mississippi, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at his home in Oxford. He was born in Anamosa, Iowa. He was a graduate of Notre Dame. He recieved his master’s degree from the University of Missouri and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He was member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and an associate professor of geology and geological engineering at the University of Mississippi. He previously worked as director of the U.S. Department of Energy, Carbondale Mining Technology Center.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Laura Gettys officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Monday at St. Peters Esiscopal Church. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Carol J. Van Besien of Oxford; and two sons, John C. Van Besien of Peterborough, N.H., and Matthew Van Besien (Rosanne) of Houston, Texas.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 113 S. 9th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

 

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