FULTON – Marjorie Easley Caviness, 81, formerly of Houlka, died Monday, April 13, 2009, at Dogwood Plantation in Fulton after a long journey with Alzheimer’s. She was born Aug. 23, 1927, in Marks to Wade E. Easley Sr. and Mary Opal Easley. She graduated from Houlka Attendance Center in 1946 and attended Northwest Community College in Senatobia, where she met the love of her life, James P. Caviness. They married Jan. 20, 1948, in the Dean’s office and moved to Memphis upon graduation. She worked for Baptist Memorial Hospital for 13 years until they had their only child, Paula. They moved five years later back to Houlka, where she taught school as a Reading Aide and James taught Math and Science. They were totally devoted to the school and all the children they were privileged to teach. She retired when James died in 1984. She spent her time being a grandmother to Liza and Lindsey, and enjoyed gardening and working for her Lord. She worked for God every minute of every day and dearly loved Houlka First Baptist Church and its members.
She will lie in state today from 10 a.m. until the 4 p.m. service time at Houlka First Baptist Church. Services will be officiated by Rev. David Blackwell and Rev. Bobby Long. Burial will follow at the Collums Cemetery in Houlka.
Pallbearers will be Mark Cooper, Burt Easley, Dillon Easley, Bob Easley, Chuck Easley, Jimmy Kinard and Skip Winter. Honorary pallbearers include Richard Chrestman, Johnny McClendon, William Alvin Collums and Donnie Washington.
Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her only child, Paula Cooper, and her devoted son-in-law, Mark, of Fulton; three brothers, R.A. Easley and wife, Rhea, Charles Delane “Charlie” Easley and wife, Doris, and Wade Easley Jr. and wife, Joann, all of Houlka; a sister, Mary Kinard of Hernando; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Easley of New Orleans, La., and Sue Easley of Houlka. She leaves precious grandchildren, Marjorie Elizabeth “Liza” Cooper of Nashville, Tenn., and Lindsey Nell Cooper of Fulton. She was blessed with 14 nieces and nine nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, James Caviness; three brothers, Rev. Buford S. “Boots” Easley, Donald B. Easley and Theo M. Easley; one sister-in-law, Ann Easley; and one brother-in-law, Roy H. Kinard.
She lived a rich and long life due to her “3” special boys, Dr. Thomas Wooldridge, Dr. Charles King and Dr. Ricky G. Parker.
Friends and family may sign the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
MYRTLE – Laura Mae Hale, 90, died Monday, April 13, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Dec. 23, 1918, in Arkansas to Sailaus and Ola Henderson Boulas. She was a homemaker and a member of Enterprise Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Steve Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty Harper of Blue Springs, and Dorothy Butler and Ola Mae Moody of Myrtle; 17 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Dossie “Doss” Hale; two daughters, Geneva Cobb Mardis and Dossie Mae Hale; and two grandchildren, Randy Cobb and Bonnie Cobb Williams.
Pallbearers will be Danny Cobb, Don Cobb, D.J. Cobb, Phillip Pannell, Donny Moody and David Moody.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
CORINTH – Howard Lamar Walker, 47, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at his home. He enjoyed fishing, visiting with friends, playing board games, collecting model cars and, in his youth, playing basketball.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Freedom Fellowship with the Rev. Patrick Moore officiating. Burial will be in Wheeler Grove Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three brothers, Hilbert Walker Jr. of Corinth, Henry Lewis (Gloria) Walker of Selmer, Tenn., and Preston Walker of Corinth; two sisters, Doris Jean Walker of Corinth and Dianna (Donald) Alexander of Iuka; and a special friend, Gretta Strickland.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hilbert D.L. Walker; his mother, Mary Lee Renfro Walker; and two sisters, Linda Sue Walker and Sherry Denise Walker.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
NETTLETON – Lelia Alma Berryman Cox, 90, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at her home. She was born July 2, 1918, in Itawamba County to John W. and Annie Virdell Smith Berryman. She married Julius Cox on March 22, 1938; he preceded her in death on April 30, 1959. She lived in Columbus and in the Nettleton area for 50 years. She was employed by Wilson Manufacturing for a number of years. She also cooked fish for the Country Squire. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren, and was known for her pinto beans and cornbread.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Mike Tucker officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery in Itawamba County.
Survivors include her son, John W. “Bill” Cox (Cissy) of Blue Mountain; five daughters, JoNell Cox of Nettleton, Peggy Minor (Lloyd) of Amory, Judy Nanney (Ricky) of Nettleton, Sue Clark (Thomas) of Shannon and Jean Cox Bogan of Tupelo; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one brother, Jack W Berryman; and two sisters, Alta Attaway and Gladys Hester.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Cox, Wade Minor, Randy Minor, Corey Merrell, Wally Combs, Brent Cary, Terry Holland and Tyler Minor.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Hester, Jerry Attaway, Morris Williams, Alex Arratia, Wesley Francis, PFC Sanders MZ, Devin Merrell, Cartavous Bogan, Anthony Minor, Aaron Minor, Jamey Holland, Jeremy Holland and Jayvionne Bogan.
Visitation will continue today until service time at thhe funeral home.
WEST POINT – Deborah Jean Temple, 54, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born Aug. 2, 1954, in West Point.
Services will be at noon Thursday at the Third Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Al Lathan Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Betty Temple of West Point; one son, Kody Temple of Lawrenceville, Ga.; two daughters, Luciana Temple of Robinsonville and Nivea Temple of Lawrenceville, Ga.; two brothers, Ira L. Temple and Ronnie L. Temple, both of West Point; five sisters, Carolyn Swoope, Mary L. Allen and Barbara Anderson, all of West Point, and Brenda Sampson and Melevine Temple, both of Los Angeles, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Temple Sr.; and two brothers, Freddie B. Smith and William Temple Jr.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ECRU – Sylvia Harris, 51, died Monday, April 13, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was born July 25, 1957, in New Albany. She joined St. Paul M.B. Church at an early age. She was a graduate of North Pontotoc High School and of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She was a former employee of Cooper Tire.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Paul M.B. Church at Ecru with the Rev. Raymond Shugars officiating. Burial will be St. Paul Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Kashira Harris of Memphis; her mother, Lucy Harris Judon of Ecru; three brothers, W.T. (Doris) Judon Jr. of Ecru, Hubert (Shelia) Judon of Newport, N.C., and Charles (Louise) Judon of New Albany; two sisters, Clara (Pinkie) Judon of Ecru and Chandar (Rickey) Dowdy of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her father, W.T. Judon Sr.
MATHISTON – J.J. “Midge” Fuller, 71, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at Parchman. He was a pulpwood hauler.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Crossroads Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Stovall and the Rev. Shorty Carden officiating. Burial will be in DeWeese Cemetery in Choctaw County. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Linda (Jimbo) Fuller, Teresa (Rodger) Williamson and Gail (Melvin) Hathcock, all of Mathiston, and Lisa (Rodger) Fuller of Ackerman; four sons, Eddie (Melanie) Fuller, Henry (Beth) Fuller and James “Tater Tot” Fuller, all of Mathiston, and Richard (Mandy) Fuller of Tickfaw, La.; one brother, Roy (Janelle) Fuller of Mathiston; 20 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Fuller; two brothers; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be at the Fuller residence at 3169 Reed Road near Crossroads Church.
BOONEVILLE – Drewery Matthew “Tooter” Windham, 69, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Lee Montgomery Sr.
DETROIT – Lee Allen Montgomery Sr., 58, died Monday, April 13, 2009, at his home in Detroit, Mich. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
TUPELO – Lenora Doss Elliott, 69, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 11, 1939, in Starkville to Robert and Willie Bell Doss. She was a former employee of the Holiday Inn in Starkville for 15 years. In 2000 she moved to Tupelo, where she was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. A people person, she loved spending time with family and staying active planting flowers.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five children, Willie Mae Doss of Tupelo, Mary Outlaw of Columbus, Virgil Doss (Michelle) of Verona, Patty Henderson (Andrew) of Columbus, Shery Wells (Douglas) of Tupelo; one sister, Bessie Davis (Rev. George) of Starkville; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Elliott; her parents; one son, Charles Doss; and one sister, Mary Priscilla Doss.
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Thursday.
Online condolences can be made at www.grayson-portersmortuary.com.
TUPELO – Darren Westbrook died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
La Marcus King
HOUSTON – La Marcus King, 16, formerly of New Albany, died Monday, April 13, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Eva T. Simmons
HAMILTON – Eva T. Simmons, 101, died Monday, April 13, 2009, at the Loyalton Assisted Living in Biloxi. She was born Feb. 28, 1908, in Monroe County to James Thomas Simmons and Florence Arvey Simmons. She was a resident of Columbus before moving to Biloxi in 1996, where she lived at the Loyalton Assisted Living Facility.
She was the last charter member of the Hamilton United Methodist Church, where she was active until moving to the Coast. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School. She worked at the Sunflower Grocery Store and Midland Shirt Factory until she felt the call to take care of sick family members. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Roger McGrew officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include her nephew, Billy Don West of Biloxi; her nieces, Alice Louise Glenn of Garland, Texas, and Mona Hagan of Whitehouse, Texas; four great-nephews, Gregory West of Starkville, Timothy West of Edwardsville, Ill., Jason West of Biloxi and David Glenn of Garland, Texas; great-nieces, Linda Green and Kathy Nichols of Garland, Texas; and many great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Era Simmons West and Stella Halbert; four brothers, Onro Simmons, Travis Simmons, Marvin Simmons and William Simmons; and her nephew, Thomas H. West.
Pallbearers will be Martin Wilson, Johnny Hull, Walter Hugh Wilson, Robert Tucker, Dick Barrentine and Bo Robinson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hamilton United Methodist Church, 40027 Hamilton Road, Hamilton, MS 39746.
Online condolences and guest registry are available at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Sadie Mae McGee
BALDWYN – Sadie Mae McGee died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
NEW ALBANY – Samuel Hickman, 83, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home in New Albany.
CORINTH – Joseph Landon Marsh, infant, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. He was born April 10, 2009, to Joe and Jodie Marsh. He was loved by his family and church family and friends.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Kara Blackard officiating. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Joe and Jodie Marsh of Tylertown; two sisters, Allie Grace Marsh and Elisheva Marsh of Tylertown; his grandparents, Deborah Glidewell (Wayne) of Corinth, and Sharon Ann Hardy (Jack Allen) of Southaven; his great-grandparents, Buck Marsh of Corinth, Frances Jones of Corinth, Allie Hardy of Horn Lake, and Joseph Lamping (Willie) of Atlanta; an aunt, Amanda Jalla (Javeed) of India; two uncles, Daniel Marsh of Corinth and Jack Hardy (Brittany) of Southaven.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Tommy “Mushy” Marsh; and his great-grandparents, Ruth Marsh, Pete Jones, Jack Hardy and Carol Lamping.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Joseph Marsh Memorial at any Trustmark Bank.
BILOXI – James Michael “Jim” Hill died unexpectedly on April 5, 2009, while conducting business in Austin, Texas. He was vice president of Tidal Basin Government Consulting of Alexandria, Va., and was active in recovery programs associated with recent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. He spent his youth in Tupelo and graduated from Tupelo High School in 1963. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1972 and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree in 1974. In addition to activities on the Gulf Coast, he held positions as commissioner/director of Planning and Development for West Haven, Conn., Montclair, N.J., Allendale, N.J., Meridian, Tupelo and Russell County, Ala. A recent assignment was senior consultant with Dewberry-Goodkind Inc. as FEMA Group Lead for Orleans Parish and the City of New Orleans, supervising numerous post-Katrina recovery projects. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1966-September 1969 as a Military Policeman and a combat officer in Vietnam as 1st Lt. in the 1st Cavalry. After his service he remained a life member of the First Cavalry Association and he was a past president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 647.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m.Thursday at the Pass Road Chapel of Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home in West Biloxi. Burial with military honors will follow in the Biloxi National Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife Mary Alice Carlton Hill of Biloxi; one son, Michael Blair Hill of Tupelo; and two daughters, Ashley Hill of Oxford and Morgan Hill of West Haven, Conn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Janelle Patey McComb and Roy McComb.
Friends may visit one hour prior to service. To view and sign the register book online, visit www.bradfordokeefe.com.
WEST POINT – Alexander Heard died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at the Clay County Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
CORINTH – Dola Gray Isbell Kiddy, 82, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Joe Westmoreland, Jr.
PASCAGOULA – Joe Westmoreland Jr., 53, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Pascagoula. He was born July 16, 1955, in Tupelo. He was the owner and operator of Dixie Glass on Market Street in Pascagoula. He had a true love of horses and hunting, and a natural desire to help other people.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home in Escatawpa with a memorial service following at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela Westmoreland; his children, Sean (Crystal) Westmoreland of Pascagoula and Chad (Jill) Westmoreland of Madison; his grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jordan, Luke, Allie, Reese and Juliet; his parents, Joe and Betty Westmoreland; two brothers, Kenneth Westmoreland and Eric (Dale)Westmoreland; a sister, Denise Westmoreland (Paul) DuBois; and his mother-in-law, Maggie Hughes.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Gail Westmoreland; his grandparents, Birdell and Elzie Holcomb, and Lorene Harris; and his father-in-law, Max Hughes.
To access the online register book, visit www.heritagefuneralhome.us.
RIENZI – Horace Earnestine Corbin, 81, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis. He was a member and deacon at Danville Baptist Church. He was a farmer and a carpenter. He loved his family and friends, and enjoyed spending time with them. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing, raising cattle, helping people and, most of all, doing church work.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth with Bro. Mike Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Danville Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ruby Jewell Corbin of Rienzi; one son, Keith Eric Corbin (Linda) of Rienzi; two grandchildren, Matthew Corbin and Tyler Corbin; two great-grandchildren, Chase Corbin and Alanna Bascomb; two stepgrandchildren, Brad Suratt (Wendy) and Chris Suratt (Lindsey); four stepgreat-grandchildren, Adam, Lilly, Ethan and Maddie Suratt; one brother, Howard Corbin (Bobbie) of Prentiss County; three sisters, Evelyn Crowe (Jack) of Prentiss County, Maxine Settlemires of Corinth and Dorothy Roseberry (Rayburn) of Birmingham, Ala.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dillard Corbin; his father, Sherman Corbin; his mother, Ollie P. Lovell Corbin; and two brothers, Chestine Corbin and Eugene Corbin.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday.
OKOLONA – Maxine Barr died Saturday, April 11, 2009, in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
HOULKA – Marianne Barrentine, 79, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 2, 1929, in Mariaschein, Czech Republic. She married Prentice Edward Barrentine Sr. on July 28, 1948. She was the site manager in Houlka for Three River’s Meals on Wheels. She was a member of Springville Baptist Church.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Algoma Baptist Church. Bro. Don Smith will officiate. Fellowship will follow the service at the church.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Mae Traylor of Houlka and Cathy Anna Cook (David) of Okolona; two sons, Prentice Edward Barrentine Jr. (Sandra) of Locust Hill and Dennis Walter Barrentine (Helene) of Albany, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Cheryl, Dennis, Amanda, John Michael, Angela, Matthew, Emily Roxanne, Nicholas, Katie and Emily Elizabeth; seven great-grandchildren, Scott, Casey, Daniel, Breana, Cody, Brandon and Savannah.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Prentice Edward Barrentin Sr., and her parents, Rudolph Anger and Anna Anger.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday.