Obituaries April 11, 2009

Wayne Todd Jr.
PINEDALE – Herman Wayne Todd Jr., 30, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born on Feb. 20, 1979, in Memphis, Tenn., to Wayne Todd Sr. and Brenda Todd. He worked in the furniture industry most of his adult life and was employed at Southern Dreams in Ecru. He worked in a dairy barn in his young life with James Royce Jumper.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with Rev. Bubba Childress officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery in Union County. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Erica Cobb Todd; his parents; his sister, Christy Rutledge (Doug); his grandfather, Tim Foley of Germantown, Tenn.; nieces and nephews, Grace Rutledge, Grant Rutledge, Frank Rutledge, Levi Cobb, Eli Cobb, Jordan Parker, Hunter Clifton, Avery Clifton, Lane Clifton and Cody Clifton.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Troy and Delma Todd, Alma Foley and Miriam Foley.
Pallbearers will be Heath Crawley, Bobby Connell Jr., Billy Dillard, Gerald Dillard, Stan Burks and Brian Cobb.
Honorary pallbearers will be Grant Rutledge, Frank Rutledge, Levi Cobb, Eli Cobb, Jordan Parker, Cody Clifton, Lane Clifton, Hunter Clifton and Adam Dillard.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Lynda Barkley
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Lynda Marie Saunders Barkley, 49, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at her residence. Born April 9, 1960, in Prentiss to Robert Earl Saunders and Martha Laverne Saunders, she was an Administrative Secretary for the New Albany City Schools. She was a member of New Albany Associate Reform Presbyterian Church, The 4 Circle at the Church and former President of the Women of The Church organization.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the New Albany Associate Reform Presbyterian Church with Rev. William B. Everett officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Barry Alan Barkley; son, Jared Ethan Barkley; mother, Martha Laverne Saunders of New Albany; father, Ret. Colonel, Rev. Robert Earl Saunders and stepmother, Lorraine K. Potter Saunders of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Martha Lynn Saunders Landrum (Wesley) of Charlotte, N.C.; brothers, Robert Earl Saunders Jr. (Lisa) of Wasburn, Tenn. and Paul David Saunders (Joyce) of Wayne, Neb.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the New Albany Associate Reform Presbyterian Church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com

Verner Hudson
MYRTLE – Verner Hudson, 84, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Myrtle.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Hooper and Bro. Kenneth Bishop officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Hudson of Myrtle; two sons, Jimmy Hudson (Ruby) of Thaxton and Roy Hudson (Sandra) of Pinedale; four daughters, Lora Mae (Harold) Cobb of Ingomar, Jane Perkins (Stanley) of Pinedale, Margaret White (Freddie) of Thaxton and Frances Applewhite (Todd) of Oxford; four nieces; seven nephews; one sister-in-law; one brother-in-law; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Zoma Hudson; brothers, Leroy, J.T., James and Jesse Hudson; and sisters, Jewel Hudson and Lizzie Mae Watson.
Pallbearers wil be Joey Tharp, Walter Bishop, Billy Applewhite, Hunter Applewhite, Richard Taylor and Larry Schmitz.
Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Cobb and Zane Moody.
Visitation will continue from 12 to 2 p.m. today.

Hilda S. Miller
DALLAS, TEXAS – Hilda S. Miller died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the Stone Bridge Alzheimers Special Care Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Pete Armstrong
TUPELO – Everett “Pete” Armstrong, 88, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House where he had resided the last five weeks. He was born Nov. 21, 1920, in Bruce to the late George Milton and Eronia Tiner Armstrong. He grew up in Calhoun City but moved to Tupelo as a young man where he was employed as an order buyer for Mid South Packers. He and Ferrell Spicer later formed S & A Livestock near Belden. He became a successful farmer and cattleman and later founded Tri-County Stockyards. He became a legendary cattleman throughout the Mid South teaching and mentoring literally hundreds of young cattlemen and cattlewomen. A professional livestock consultant, he served as President of the Mississippi Cattleman’s Association and later served on the Board of Directors of the National Cattleman’s Association. He was inducted into the Mississippi Cattleman’s Hall of Fame in 1997, and served on numerous national, state and local agricultural boards and was a strong supporter of the Animal Science Department at Mississippi State University. An avid conversationalist, he was a strong man in stature and character and his many good deeds have blessed countless persons in his long, fruitful life. He was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo where he loved to attend and worship.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday from the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Dr. Bryant Barnes and Bro. David Eldridge officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Loraine “Lo” Armstrong of Tupelo; three daughters, Cheryl King (Jerry), Jean Russell (Jeff) and Jane Armstrong Smith, all of Tupelo; grandchildren, Wesley Webb (Casey), Christy Russell King (Jason), Brian Smith (Cheyenne), Mary Kathryn Russell, Shelly Smith Ginn, Benjamin Keith Russell and Colton Armstrong; great-grandson, Graham King; and two sisters, Corrine Armstrong of Memphis, Tenn., and Grace Jackson of Jacksonville, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Rick “Tex” Armstrong; and three sisters, Marie Armstrong, Virginia Cook and Libby Tutor.
Pallbearers will be Vaudry Edge, Mitchell Scruggs, Bill Mattox, Andy Williamson, Steve Scott and Jimmy Ray Parrish.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and will continue from noon until service time on Monday.
Memorials may be made to the Pete and Rick Armstrong Endowed Scholarship in Animal Science, C/O MSU Foundation, P.O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762; or to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Don Ford
RIPLEY – Don Wesley “Wes” Ford, 38, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at his residence. He was a self employed car dealer.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the McBride Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Bobby Wesley and Bobbie Akin Ford of Ripley; one sister, Suzanne Ford Robbins (John) of Tupelo; his grandmother, Robbie Ford of Ripley; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Timothy “Tim” Ford; and his grandparents, W.T. and Annie Akin and Leland Ford.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com

Ila Henry
PONTOTOC – Ila Doveer Henry, 95, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Mortimer Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Arlin Smith
CORINTH – Arlin Smith died April 10, 2009, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home.
Visitation will begin after 4 p.m. today at Brush Creek Baptist Church.

Raymond Orrick
VINA, ALA. – Raymond Orrick, 96, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Florence, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.

A.D. Grafton
CLARKSDALE – Alfred Davis Grafton, 85, died Friday, April 9, 2009, at the Mississippi State Veteran’s Home in Oxford where he had resided the last few years. Mr. Grafton was born in Clarksdale on April 11, 1923, to the late George M. Grafton Sr. and Ollie Davis Grafton. He graduated from Clarksdale High School and served in the United States Army Air Corps as a Fighter Pilot during World War II. After his honorable discharge from serving his country, he began his career with South Central Bell Telephone Company retiring as Supervisor after 37 years of service. He married Beatrice Imogene “Jean” Coggins in Clarksdale on June 9, 1946, who later preceded him in death on Feb. 22, 1997. He was a lontime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarksdale, the Elks Club and the Telephone Pioneers. He was a patriotic American who enjoyed life fully and contributed much.
Graveside services with Full Military Honors will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Oakridge Cemetery in Clarksdale. Visitation will follow the graveside service. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his son, Richard Davis Grafton (JoAnn) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; grandsons, Richard Jason Grafton of Brandon, Bennett Williams Grafton of West Memphis, Ark. and William Temple Grafton Jr. of Birmingham, Ala.; a great-granddaughter, Meredith Ann Grafton; a great-grandson, Brantley Davis Grafton; a brother, George M. Grafton Jr. of Germantown, Tenn.; and a brother-in-law, Jimmy Coggin (Margaret) of Dayton, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean; a son, William Temple “Bill” Grafton Sr.; and his in-laws, Richard and Maude Temple Coggin of Verona.
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi State Veteran’s Home Fund, 120 Veteran’s Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655.

Jaunita Duke
CHESTERVILLE – Jaunita “Sis” Duke, 81, wife of Cecil Duke, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Edna Tate
NEW ALBANY – Edna Tate, 88, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the Community Hospice House in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
J.W. Caldwell
MURFREESBORO, TENN. – Joseph Wesley “J.W.” Caldwell, 80, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the Stonecrest Medical Center in Smyrna, Tenn. He was born Aug. 9, 1928, in Union County to the late Luther W. Caldwell and Pearl Lee Caldwell. He was a regional service manager for Western Auto. He was a member of the Fellowship United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Billy Lee Foley officiating. Burial will be in the New Harmony Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Gullick Caldwell of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; four daughters, Joann Alexander (Jim) of Alexandria, Ala., Janis Patterson (Bobby) of Watertown, Tenn., Darlene Weaver (Clay) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Becky Polsson (Dan) of Oglethrope, Ga.; one son, Joseph Wesley Caldwell II (Lisa) of Allen, Texas; one brother, Roy Caldwell (Shirley) of Blue Springs; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Lenora Easley and Pauline Kelly.
Pallbearers will be Clarence Kelly, Wes Caldwell, Paul Weaver, Leland Caldwell, Kevin Carter and Jacob Carter.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com

Tulon McKee
IUKA – Tulon Bostick McKee, 73, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 18, 1935, to E.C. and Mary Lou Milford McKee. He served in the United States Army for two years. Following his military service he worked for Brach’s Candy Factory and Sears and Roebuck Co. in Chicago, Ill. He later returned to Iuka to begin a long career in dairy farming. Following retirement he still had a love for cattle and gardening. He was a member of the Tishomingo Cattleman’s Association and a member of Spring Hill United Methodist Church. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. With his outgoing personality, he will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Rev. J.B. Burns and Rick Foster officiating. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his son, Tulon McKee Jr. (Christy) of Corinth; daughter, Louise May (Pat) of Memphis, Tenn.; four brothers, Witt McKee (Betty), Ray McKee (Joyce), Clay McKee (Lajetta) and Billy Wayne McKee (Jeanie), all of Iuka; six sisters, Millie Nunley of Joliet, Ill., Rivers Bates of Iuka, Frances Wilson (Albert) of Iuka, Evelyn Whitehead (J.L.) of Dennis, Blondia Strachen (Willard) of Glen and Dot Timbes (Dean) of Alabama; one grandchild, Toni Steele of Corinth; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Charles Burns, Jimmy Trussell, Jimmy Smith, Charles Pardue, Jeff Schroeder, James Short, Dr. Ben Kitchens and Sidney Whitehurst.
Honorary pallbearers include the med of Spring Hill United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 607 West Main Street, Suite C, Tupelo, MS 38801, or by phone at (800) 227-2341.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com

Ellie Germany
OKOLONA – Ellie Germany, 70, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors.
There will be no local visitation.

Jeannette McKinney
MANTACHIE – Jeannette McKinney, 84, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the Courtyards Living Center in Fulton after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Bill Pound
LONGVIEW – Bill Pound, 66, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a sudden illness. He was born May 30, 1942, in Pontotoc County and later married Rosemary Ferrell on April 12, 1962. He was the retired Plant Manager of Cumulus Fibers. He was a member of Longview Baptist Church where he was chairman of the Deacons and taught Sunday School and Training Union. He also served on the Pontotoc County Baptist Association Board.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Longview Baptist Church with Rev. Clyde Pound, Rev. Tony Morrow and Rev. Johnny Sykes officiating. Burial will be in the Longview Cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell & Clark Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Pound; his mother, Bertha Frost Pound; one son, Chuck Pound (Wendy); and one daughter, Crystie Hensley, all of the Longview Community; brothers-in-law, Odis Ferrell and Harold Ferrell (Sarah); sister-in-law, Loretta Lambert (Billy); sister, Regena Boyd (Barry) of Longview; brothers, Andy Pound (Dolly) of Bermeg, Ga., Rev. Clyde Pound (Lynda) of Ingomar, Tommy Pound (Patricia), Keith Pound (Janice) and Mitchell Pound (Debbie), all of Longview; grandchildren, Kyle Pound, Kelsey Pound, Daniel Hensley, Ashley Hensley and Reed Hensley; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Pound; and his mother and father-in-law, Lewis and Bertha Ferrell.
Pallbearers will be Andy Pound, Tommy Pound, Deith Pound, Mitchell Pound, Rev. Clyde Pound and Barry Boyd.
Honorary pallbearers will be Deacons of Longview Baptist Church and Billy Putt.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and will continue from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

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