Obituaries April 13, 2009

Aileene Brisco
Aileene Adams Brisco passed away Friday, April 10, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House.

She was born September 27, 1917, in Pontotoc, Mississippi. Her parents were Marshall T. and Willie Fletcher Adams. She began her education in Pontotoc city schools, attended Bellhaven College and graduated from the University of Mississippi. She completed her education by attending Emory University where she earned the Master of Library Science Degree. For the next few years she held a number of library positions, working for the Jackson Public Library, the University of Mississippi Library, and in the Memphis Public School System in order to support her growing family while her husband, Dr. Lawrence H. Brisco, completed his education. After moving back to Tupelo, in 1955, she devoted her time to raising their four children and serving her church and community as an active volunteer. She served First Methodist Church by working in the church library, by being Circle Leader, Bible Study Leader, and President of the United Methodist Women, and as a member of the Altar Guild. She was a charter member of the Pilot Club, and a member of the Tupelo Junior Auxiliary, the Tupelo Garden Club, the Hoe and Hope Garden Club, and the North Mississippi Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary, of which she served as President. She also enjoyed participating in several literary/social clubs, the Mutual Culture Club, the Peripatetic Club, and the Rootery Club of Pontotoc. She genuinely enjoyed all of these activities because she was truly a “people person”, one of whom it can be said that she “never met a stranger”. However, the primary focus of her life was her family. She wholeheartedly supported her husband and her children in their many activities serving as Brownie Scout Leader, Club Scout Den Mother, Homeroom Mother, PTA President, carpool driver, cupcake baker, etc., etc. She was happiest when picnicing, gathering driftwood, or driving the ski boat on the Tennessee River at Pickwick, or gathering extended family and friends together for fried chicken dinners on Saturday, prepared by her longtime housekeeper, Christean Kimbrel.
Those who loved her will miss her unconditional support, her cheerful, optimistic outlook, and her willingness to do whatever she could do to help in any situation. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Lawrence H. Brisco, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall T. Adams, and her brother, Judge George F. Adams.
She is survived by her four children, Beverly Chappell (Joe), Lawrence Brisco, Jr. (Lisa), Marshall Briscoe (Barbara), and Tish Overley (Ralph)…and six grandchildren; Mary Beth Chappell, Amanda Chappell, Adams Briscoe, William Briscoe, Lauren Briscoe, and Evan Overley.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that any memorial gifts be made to the Lee County Library, Sanctuary Hospice House, or United Methodist Senior Services.
Memorial Services will be – 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at The First United Methodist Church in Tupelo with Rev. Andy Ray officiating. A Private Burial Service will be held at the Union Cemetery Northwest of Belden. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Funeral Home and after services in The Gathering Room of First Untied Methodist Church.

Maxine Bar
OKOLONA – Maxine Bar died Saturday, April 11, 2009, in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Elizabeth Banks
OKOLONA – Elizabeth Banks died Saturday, April 11, 2009, in Okolona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Mary Kirk
IUKA – Mary Catherine Jones Kirk, 77, of Iuka, Mississippi, left the Tishomingo Community Living Center early Sunday morning, April 11, 2009, and went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was born August 9, 1931, in Memphis, TN, to Thomas Howard and Laura Carrie McKee Jones. She worked for years as a waitress at restaurants in and around Iuka, and was the owner and operator of the Pine Slab Restaurant in downtown Iuka from the late 1970’s to the early 1990’s. She was a longtime member of the Iuka Baptist Church, and a caring friend to many in the Iuka community.
Visitation is scheduled for 6:00 until 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 14 at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Funeral Services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, at the Iuka Baptist Church, officiated by Bro. Ray Kirk, Rev. Dr. Ronnie Hatfield, and Jay Grisham. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers include Dr. Al Flannery and the staff of the Tishomingo Community Living Center.
Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka, MS is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include 1 son, Bro. Ray Kirk and wife, Eva, of Fulton, MS; 2 brothers, Charles Jones and wife, Nena, and Connie Ray Jones and wife, Elizabeth, both of Iuka, MS; 3 sisters, Louise Barnett of Tishomingo, MS, and Dorothy Clark and Jeanette Wilson, both of Iuka, MS; 5 grandchildren, Reid Kirk and wife, Amber, of Hernando, MS, Carolyn Kirk of Tulsa, OK, Jonathan Kirk of Fulton, MS, Jay Grisham and wife, Jessica, of Pearl, MS, and Ryan Kirk and wife, Laura, of Corpus Christi, TX; a special friend, Lamar Murrah of Iuka, MS; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Talmadge Kirk; a daughter, Denise Grisham; 2 brothers, Bill and Gaylon Jones; and 2 sisters, Odell Pharr and Lorene Bishop.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering at the Iuka Baptist Church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com

David Forten
CHICAGO, ILL. – David Forten died Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Chicago, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Maydell Williams
WEST POINT – Maydell Williams, 96, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Melton Lee Sparks
HAMILTON, ALA. – Melton Lee Sparks, 82, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Hamilton, Ala. He was born January 17, 1927, in Belmont, MS to Willis V. and Maggie Isabell Scott Sparks. He was a truck driver and charter member of Gravel Springs Missionary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Gravel Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Hamilton, Ala., with Bro. Ronnie Geary officiating. Burial will be in the Gravel Springs Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Betty Sparks of Hamilton, Ala.; five children, Linda Taylor (Jerry), Leila Lindsey (Eldon) and Martha Bowling (Billy), all of Hamilton, Ala., Lou Ellen Cann (Lewis) of Avenger, Texas, and Paula Sellman of West Point; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Audrey Nunley, Myra Sparks and Peggy Adams, all of Belmont; four brothers, James Sparks, Bryan Sparks and Billy Wayne Sparks, all of Belmont and Dalton Sparks of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronald Lee Sparks; two sisters, Reba Henley and Elaine Sparks; four brothers, Willie Joe Sparks, Kellus Sparks, Ross Sparks and Hautis Sparks.
Pallbearers will be Randy Taylor, Keith Bowling, Stephen Sparks, Laddie Davis, Hunter Bowling and Devon Sellman.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
George Moore Jr.
OKOLONA – George Moore Jr., 61, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at his residence in Okolona. He was born June 22, 1947, to the late George Moore Sr. and Della Gillespie Moore. He was a member of Chapel Grove Church and a former employee of the Houston School District. He was a kind hearted person who would help anyone and everyone.
Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Shazzan Moore of Houston; one son, Alvin Moore of Prairie; five sisters, Odessa Lowe (Eldridge), Florence Moore, I. Jones, Angelane Houston (Rudolph) and Gwendolyn Sanders of Shreveport, Ill.; three brothers, Ray, James and Bennett Moore; two grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Geneva Baker and Yolonda Cannon; one brother, James Moore; and one grandson, Alvin Moore Jr.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Juanita Duke
CHESTERVILLE – Juanita Virginia “Sis” Duke, 81, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the Community Hospice in Verona. She was born in the Auburn Community on Oct. 3, 1927, the daughter of the late Luke and Evie Kingsley McKinney. She married Cecil Duke of Chesterville on June 11, 1949, and he survives. The Duke’s made their home in Memphis, Tenn., for 28 years where she was employed in the clerical department of Marx and Bensdorf Mortgage Company. She graduated from Draughons Business College there and also taught at Hammond Hill Baptist School from 1975 to 1980. After returning to the Duke family farm in Chesterville in late 1979, she owned and operated the Honey Tree Day Care Nursery on Chesterville Road from 1981 to 1996. A member of the Chesterville Calvary Baptist Church, she enjoyed arts and crafts, canning and her flowers.
Services will be at 4:30 p.m. today from the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Wesley Stevenson officiating. A private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Cecil Duke; two daughters, Cynthia Duke of Chesterville and Lisa Duke Paul (David) of Philadelphia; a son, Richard Duke (Sulema) of Chesterville; seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Kellie, Angela and Andrew Duke and Jessica, Christopher and Meghan Paul; one sister, Mary Lehman (Dale) of Douglas, Ariz.; two brothers, L.J. McKinney (Margie) of Holly Springs and Bob McKinney (Barbara) of Okolona; two sisters-in-law, Martha McKinney of Shannon and Letty McKinney of Memphis, Tenn.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Horace and Bill McKinney.
Visitation will continue one hour prior to service time today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Chesterville Calvary Baptist Church, 106 Doe Run Road, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Alma Cox
NETTLETON – Lelia Alma Cox, 90, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at her residence in Monroe County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Ozella Hughey
RIPLEY – Ozella Rutherford Hughey, 90, died April 12, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a retired seamstress with ABC Manufacturing in Ashland for a number of years. She was a member of the Beech Hill Church of Christ. She was a very smart and talented lady. She was able to play several musical instruments by ear and also by sheet music.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Minister King McCarver officiating. Burial will be in the Beech Hill Cemetery near Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 73 years, Dee Hughey of Ripley; one daughter, Patsy Hughey Morrison (Darrell) of Ripley; and one sister, Edna Rutherford Metcalfe of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J.W. “Jim” and Sally Hobson Rutherford; two infant sons; three brothers, Claborin Rutherford, E.H. “Dickie” Rutherford and Mansel Rutherford; and two sisters, Glennie Mae Rutherford and Gertrude R. Graves.
Pallbearers will be Harry Ward, Josh Ward, Don Ward, Wayne McGill, Gerald Clark and Rick Cisowsky.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com

Mark Owen
ALPINE – Thomas Mark “Mudd” Owen, 45, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at the Resthaven Nursing Home in Ripley after an extended illness. He was an auto car hauler and a member of the Jericho Baptist Church. He enjoyed NASCAR, bowling, billiards, fishing, Mickey Mouse and his dog, Ginger.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Marvin Robbins, Bro. Bobby Robbins and Bro. Robby Rowland officiating. Burial will be in the Camp Creek Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Myrtle Mae Owen of Alpine; sister, Frances Morris (Frank) of Alpine; niece, Felisha Rowland (Robby) of Ripley; great-nieces, Tuesdae Rowland and Page Rowland of Ripley; and his special friend, Betty Owen of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his father, Holbert Owen; and sister, Shirley Jett.
Pallbearers will be Ray Gibson, Gary “Red” Pannell, Ronnie “Duck” Pace, Jeramie Pannell, Donnie “Yard Dog” Potts, Bennie “Spider” Lindsey and Mike Adair.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Dee Barnes
AMORY – Willie Dee Barnes, 94, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at his son’s residence after an extended illness. He was born Sep. 23, 1914, in Vernon, Ala., to the late Addie and Lola Pearl McGee Barnes. He married Nettie Mae Northington in 1937, who later died in 1993. He lived in Amory and later moved to Smithville. He opened as Plant Manager for Monroe Trouser Manufacturing Company in Smithville in 1953 and retired in the early eighties. He was employed by the Longenecker family for 47 years and was a United States veteran of World War II, a Mason, a member of the Eastern Star and he attended First United Methodist Church in Amory. He enjoyed sports, traveling and farming.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Charles Coggins and Bro. Lloyd Minor officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery with Masonic Rites. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Don William Barnes (Carolyne) of Smithville; two grandsons, David Barnes (Jennifer) and Don William Barnes II (Allyson), both of Amory; five great-grandchildren, Elora, Joshua, Fletcher, Haedyn and Ava Barnes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers; and four sisters.
Pallbearers will be Don Barnes II, David Barnes, David Strawbridge, Jim Young, Rae Murphree and Harry Northington.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joshua and Fletcher Barnes.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Willie Gardner
BOONEVILLE – Willie Crafton Gardner, 88, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after a brief illness. He was a member of East Booneville Baptist Church where he served as deacon for over 50 years. He was a World War II Army veteran and a retired employee of the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at East Booneville Baptist Church with Bro. Gerald Hodges and Bro. Jim Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ruby Tennison Gardner of Booneville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Mary Lee Wilburn Gardner; one sister, Annice Summers; and four brothers, Carlton Gardner, Buddy Gardner, Kelly Gardner and Jim Gardner.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Joe Driver
ETTA – Joe Driver, 80, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Sereneity Funeral Home of Oxford.
Tony L. Basden
RIENZI – Tony L. Basden, 41, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, in Tippah County. He was a member and pastor of Tobes Chapel Pentecostal Church and a self employed roofer for 25 years. He loved to study his Bible, raise cattle, play baseball and basketball. He loved spending time with his family and friends at Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Biggersville Pentecostal Church with Bro. Russell Hamm officiating. Bro. Tim Watson will deliver the eulogy and comments will be shared by Bro. Shane Shepard, Bro. Jamie Basden, Bro. David Basden and Bro. Donnie Davis. Burial will be in the Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Christina Basden of Rienzi; sons, Corey Basden and Wesley Basden (fiancé Marina), both of Rienzi; father, Walter Basden of Rienzi; sister, Tammy Talley (Kenny) of Kossuth; niece, Jennifer Talley; special nephew, Zachary Pierce; and special uncles, David Basden and Jerry Basden.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Basden; grandparents, Grady and Cordelia Basden and Guthro and Janie Parvin; and his mother and father-in-law, Brenda F. and Rayburn Chapman.
Pallbearers will be Roy Lawson, Chris Basden, Jeff Basden, Eric Basden, Bro. Morte Smith, Doug Johnson, Mike Lee and Danny Spears.
Honorary pallbearers will be all first cousins and Tobes Chapel Church family.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. Monday and continue until service time Tuesday at the church.

Bertyce Daws
BOONEVILLE – Bertyce Montgomery Daws, 92, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was the widow of Herbert Harold Daws Sr., her husband of 63 years, who died on Oct. 1, 2006. Born in Itawamba County on Jan. 6, 1917, to David Booker and Willie Lee Waddle Montgomery, she grew up in Belmont. An English and Latin teacher with a degree from Blue Mountain College, she taught at Cleveland School in Kemper County, Belmont High School, New Sit High School and Booneville High School. Before her health failed, she often served as pianist for school and church groups. She was a charter member of Crestwood Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jackie Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Willinda B. Daws of Booneville; one son, Herbert Harld “Harry” Daws Jr. of Scottsdale, Ariz.; one sister-in-law, Elia Griffin Daws of Centreville, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one sister, Bessie Montgomery; and one brother, Walton Montgomery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Melvin Weed
PRAIRIE – Melvin Andrew “Peas” Weed, 92, died, Sunday, April 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 4, 1917, in Chickasaw County to the late Savannah Earl Dill and John Andrew Weed. He was a farmer and registered Paint Horse Breeder and was a member of McCondy Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corp serving during World War II in the European Theatre of War. He married Lucy Jeannette Boyce Weed on Feb. 14, 1936, in Chickasaw County and she predeceased him on Dec. 14, 2007.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Lynn Brock officiating. Burial will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery in Houston. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Bobbie Ann Weed, Kay W. Howard, Nancy Cheryl Weed, Linda Wilson, all of Prairie and Penny Hamblin of Houston; six sons, Bill Weed and John Weed, both of Dallas, Texas, Donald Avery Weed, Tony Weed, Melvin Ray Weed and Carl Weed, all of Prairie; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marcelene Stevenson of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and his sons, James “Jobo” Weed and Charles Weed.
Pallbearers will be Tim Weed, Dustin Weed, Scott Howard, Reed Howard, Terry Henley and David Moore.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m today at the funeral home.

Ruby Lee Simmons
WEST POINT – Ruby Lee Simmons, 89, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at the Sharkey-Issaquena Nursing Home in Rolling Fork. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvery Funeral Home of West Point.

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