Obituaries April 15, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mrs. Y.C. Rockett
WATER VALLEY – Mrs. Y.C. Rockett, 67, died Monday, April 11, 2011.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Everdale M.B. Church in Water Valley. Burial will be in Oakridge Cemetery. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 8 to 9:50 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Pearlean Hill
AMORY – Pearlean Hill, 50, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

John A. Hawn
CALLAO, Va. – John Alson Hawn, 90, died Nov. 29, 2010. The son of the late John and Della Hawn, he was born in Belden and raised in Saltillo. He was retired from the FBI. He was a Merchant Marine veteran of World War II and a retired member of the Coast Guard Auxilliary and the FBI Communications Association.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hill United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Beech Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Maxine Mason Hawn; three daughters, Anne Hawn Smith of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Janice A. Hawn (Lee Alloway) of Falls Church, Va., and Mary Beth Hawn (Bobby McGuire) of Aylett, Va.; one brother, Victor Hawn (Ruth) of Saltillo; five grandchildren, Houston Brantner Smith, Alexa Smith Bishop, Tara Messa Lumsden, Corbett Messa and Travis Coad; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-granchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Alvin, Garlan, Loyal and Ronald Hawn; and two sisters, Lois Hamner of Saltillo and Dorothy Stanley.

Lucille Hall
JERICHO – Lucille McGill Hall, 97, died Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at SAnctuary Hospice House. She was a factory worker and a member of Jericho Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Frederick and Bro. Stevens officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Donald B. Hall (Brenda) of Pisgah, Ala.; one stepson, Archie Hall (Sarah) of Baldwyn; one sister-in-law, Gladys McGill of Jericho; one brother, Clarence McGill of Trenton, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Jeff Hall of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sonia Hall of Mesa, Ariz.; three stepgrandsons, one great-grandchild, Jeffery Hall; six stepgreat-grandchildren; seven nieces and 12 nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lois Hall; her parents, George and Martha Hogue McGill; and two sisters and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Rowan, Jeff Hall, Douglas McGill, Wayne McGill, Fred Hall and Frankie Hall.

Gertrude Wheeler
HOUSTON – Gertrude Beatrice Hill Wheeler, 96, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Meadville Convalescent Home in Meadville. She was born March 2, 1915, in Chickasaw County to John Gregory Hill and Ora Dell Wooten Hill. She was a former employee of Kelso, Seminole and Prairie Arms, and a former sitter with the sick. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and grea-grandmother.
Services will be at noon today at Houston Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Rhodes and Rev. Ron Ball officiating. Burial will follow at Macedonia Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home in Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughters, Kaye and Victor Scott of Roxie, and Evelyn Thomas of Water Valley; her grandchildren, Jamie and Barbara Thomas, Jennifer and Joshua Beach, and Amanda and Adam Flynn; her stepgreat-grandchildren, Amelia and Larry Wilder, and Bonnie and Jary Tendall; her great-grandson, Jaxson Beach; her stepgreat-great-grandchildren, Joshua Byford and Madalyn Beckham; a stepgreat-great-great-grandson, Joshua Max Byford.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Boyd Wheeler; and her son-in-law, James Robert Thomas.
Pallbearers are Larry Wilder, Jamie Thomas, Josh Beach, Billy Porter Griffin and Josh Byford.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today at Houston Funeral Home.
Friends and family may leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Patricia Selman
HOLLY SPRINGS – Patricia Ann Davis Selman, 55, died Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at her home in Holly Springs. She was the assistant chief of the Holly Springs Police Department. She was a member of Christ Temple Church of God in Christ in Holly Springs, where she was an usher, a member of the choir, assistant Sunday School teacher and president of the youth ushers. She was a member of LEAPS, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Mississippi Gang Association, Mississippi Association of Women and Law Enforcement and a former member of the Mississippi Police Chief’s Association.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Eddie L. Smith Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs. Elbert Albert Pass will officiate. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Gardens in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three children, Patrice Woods of Memphis, April Selman of Holly Springs and Antonious “Tony” Selman of Holly Springs; her mother, Arsie Nell Hoyle of Holly Springs; two grandchildren, Brittany Selman and Tyler Woods of Memphis; four sisters, Paula Clark, Rosita Carter and Elaine Woodson, all of Holly Springs, and Phyllis Davis of Memphis; and a brother, Lee Henry Pegues of Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Christ Temple Church of God in Christ. The body will lie in state at the multi-purpose building from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Saturday.

Jewell Champion
ECRU – Jewell Shettles Blackwell Champion, 85, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born May 24, 1925, in Pontotoc County to Cecil Shettles and Opha Russell Shettles. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cairo Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Tom Sumrall officiating. Burial will be in the Old Glenfield Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Rae Blackwell Whitlock and Judy Boatner (Arliss), both of New Albany; a son, William Clyde Blackwell (Dana) of Caddo, Okla.; a sister, Bessie Smith of Tupelo; a brother, Robert Shettles of Harmontown; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; the husband and father of her children, James Blackwell; her husband, J.W. Champion; a grandson, Rick Whitlock; and two sisters, Margie Swords and Marie Dupont.
Pallbearers will be Ron Sanderson, Michael Stephens, Lee Sanderson and Josh Sanderson.
Memorials may be made to American Kidney Fund, 6110 Exec. Blvd./Ste 1010, Rockville, MD 20852; Cairo Baptist Church, Ecru; or Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Bobby Griffin Jr.
GREENVILLE – Bobby Lewis Griffin Jr., 58, died Friday, April 8, 2011, at Delta Regional Medical Center. He was a native of Okolona.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Union Grove Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Roberts & Sons Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by a son, Laron Griffin of Jackson; a daughter, Lai Griffin of Greenville; his mother, Mary Boyd of Okolona; three brothers, Lee T. Griffin and Gladney Griffin, both of Okolona, and Maurice Griffin of New Albany; five sisters, Hawatha McCaskill, Florence Wofford, Mariam Dobbs, Francine Griffin and Elizabeth Bell, all of Okolona; two grandchildren.
Visitation will begin after 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.at Roberts & Sons Mortuary.

Bobby Walker
PONTOTOC – Bobby Gene (Calhoun) Walker, 57, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a native of Pontotoc and the son of Georgia B. Ware and the late Carl Calhoun. He was a member of Usher Valley United Methodist Church. He loved people and making them laugh, gangster movies, broadcasting baseball games and other events, and the Pistons and the Lakers.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Usher Valley United Methodist Church. The Rev. Domini Henry will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Eloise Walker of Houlka; one daughter, Seqouia Williams of Pontotoc; three sons, Brandon Walker, Kasar Latham and Isiah Walker, all of Grand Rapids, Mich.; his mother, Georgia B. Ware of Pontotoc; three sisters, Patsy Wilson and Alice Montgomery, both of Pontotoc, and Sarah (Henry) Currie of Houston, Texas; eight sons, Jake (Donna) Walker of Grand Rapids, James (Mary) Wilson of Oxford, Joe Ware, Melvin (Shirlena) Ware, Robert (Freda) White and Johnny (Essie) Ware, all of Pontotoc, Willie (Brenda) Ware of Plantersville and Gearld Ware of Memphis; four grandchildren; and a very special aunt, Lue Ethel Foster of Pontotoc.
Visitation is from 1to 6 p.m. today with family present from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mario Lumpkin
HOLLY SPRINGS – Mario A. Lumpkin, 31, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at Hwy. 178 West/Martin Luther King Drive in Holly Springs.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Doxey Auditorium at Rust College in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at Rust College from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday.

James Lackie
ABERDEEN – James Acker Lackie, 80, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born April 12, 1931, in Aberdeen to Ellis Lackie and Foree Hill Lackie. He was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen. He was retired from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. He had been with the department since 1964 and had worked under five sheriffs. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with Bro. Mark Thornton and Bro. Ricky Jones officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ila Dean Berry Lackie of Aberdeen; two daughters, Darnell Bowler and husband, Steve, of Smithfield, Va., and Libby Rooks and husband, Tony, of Hamilton; one son, Kenneth Lackie and wife, Barbara, of Hamilton; one sister, Ann Woods and husband, Leon, of Hamilton; one brother, Rodger Lackie and wife, Charlotte, of Hamilton; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Marion Hill Lackie and Tommy Don Lackie.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie McCandless, Todd Lackie, Tony Rooks Jr., Greg Lackie, Patrick Rooks, Kyle Reeves and Nathan Reeves. Honorary pallbearers will be all Monroe County, past and present, sheriffs, policemen and Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Joe Shackwell
HOUSTON – Joe Shackwell, 63, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Cairo, Ill.
Services will be Saturday at Upper Prairie Creek Church in Woodland. Burial will be in Upper Prairie Creek Cemetery. Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today.

Adrian Dilworth
BOLIVAR, Tenn. – Adrian Noel Dilworth, 38, died Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at his home in Bolivar, Tenn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery at Kossuth. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jarvis A. McKinney
AMORY – Jarvis Adare McKinney, 59, died Monday, April 11, 2011, at home in Amory. Born May 22, 1951, in Smithville, he was the son of the late Andrew and Beulah McKinney. Mr. McKinney attended the West Amory High School. He did construction work on the road for many years until he started working locally with Sanderson Plumbing prior to his disability. He enjoyed football, basketball, and baseball, spending time with his family and friends, and listening to his music.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Susie L. Darden Memorial Chapel at Darden & Sons Funeral Home in Amory. Rev. Dr. Steve McKinney will officiate. Burial will follow in the New Hope No. 2 Cemetery at Smithville. Darden & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his three daughters, Shelia Stratton of Smithville, Jackie Meaders-Booth of St. Louis, Mo., and Dianne McKinney of Huntsville, Ala.; one brother, Theodis (Earnestine) McKinney of Smithville; one sister, Theoma (George “Tank”) Osborn of Burlington, Iowa; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild; four stepchildren, a host of stepgrandchildren, ; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Elaine Nichols.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today. The body will lie in state in the chapel from 11 a.m. until service hour on Saturday.

Mytina Sloan
SMITHVILLE – Mytina Sandlin Sloan, 35, died on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, as a result of an automobile accident in Monroe County. Born on June 12, 1975, in Monroe County , she was a daughter of Tommy Sandlin and the late Elizabeth Earnestine Herron Sandlin. She was a graduate of Sulligent High School. A very caring, giving and sweet lady, she was a homemaker who cherished the time spent with her family. She married Ronnie Ray Sloan on June 28, 1996. She was a faithful member of Cason Baptist Church and active in Emmaus Group, nursery, Vacation Bible School, and the Heaven and Hell Ministry. She enjoyed cooking, camping at the waterway and outdoor recreation.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. today at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Shane Crawford, Bro. Sammy McMillen and Bro. Jerry Oakes officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Ronnie Ray Sloan of Smithville; her daughters, Kimberly Sloan and Kelly Sloan, both of Smithville; her son, Lane Sloan of Smithville; her father, Tommy Sandlin (Edith) of Sulligent; her sisters, Marcie Pearce (Dwayne) of Smithville and Mechelle Vance (Jeff) of Sulligent; nieces and nephews, Cory Vance, Zack Vance, Jennifer Vance, Amy Alexander, Cara Thompson, C.J. Thompson, Libby Sloan, Lillian Alexander, Max Alexander, Cole Sandlin and Cortney Houlk.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her brother, Coy Sandlin, and her niece, Kimberly Suzanne Thompson.
Visitation will continue at funeral home until time for the service to begin.
Memorial donations may be made to Cason Baptist Church, 30018 Cason Road, Nettleton, MS 38858 or People’s Tabernacle Church, 335 Buck Jackson Rd, Sulligent AL 35586.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Glynn Robinson
WEST POINT – Daniel Glynn Robinson, 84, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born July 11, 1926, in Choctaw County, Ala., to the late Wilma Boney Robinson and Lauson Daniel Robinson. Mr. Robinson was a cattleman and formerly operated Glynn Robinson Stockyards. He was of the Methodist faith. He loved baseball and working cattle on his ranch. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during World War II. He married Jean Fisher Robinson on Sept. 13, 1969, in Kosciusko.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the New Lusk Cemetery near Butler, Ala. Burial will follow. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Fisher Robinson of West Point; five sons, Danny Robinson (Becky) of Petal, Ronny Robinson (Donna), William Glynn Robinson (Sharron), all of West Point, Kenny Ellison (Patsy) of Hohenwald, Tenn., Bob Ellison (Karen) of Petal; three daughters, Debra Hampton (Toby) of Monticello, Fla., Connie Hixon (Lamar) of Ringgold, Ga., Katrina Bracken (Johnny) of Winter Haven, Fla.; 19 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Laura Bambarger of Eutaw, Ala., and Bobbie Higginbotham of Lawrenceville, Ga.; two brothers, Tommy Robinson of Robertsdale, Ala., and Ray Robinson of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; and a special daughter-in-law, Beth Robinson of Cedar Bluff.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and one sister, Wilfred Robinson, Vera Farmer and Jimmy Robinson.
Pallbearers will be Danny Robinson, Ronny Robinson, William Glynn Robinson, Kenny Ellison, Bob Ellison, Dud Hughes, Jim McIlwain and Luke Lummus.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236 or to Amercian Diabetes
Association, 16 Northtown Dr. Suite 100, Jackson, MS 39211.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Gregory Estes
NETTLETON – Gregory Steven Estes, 41, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at his residence. He was born July 9, 1969, to Paul and Sandra Estes in Pontotoc. He was a member of Limestone Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his miniature horses as well as other animals.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Chapel with Bro. Tommy Ray Dabbs officiating. Burial will be in The Garden of The Redeemer at Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Noah Estes and Steven Estes; his sister, Niki Caldwell and husband, Brent; his parents, Paul Estes and wife, Sandra.
Pallbearers will be Ben Brown, Wayne Brown, Brent Caldwell, Mike Brown, Billy Kennedy and Paul Kent.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
For online condolences visit www.leememorialonline.com.

David Carruthers
PALMETTO – David Lee “Billy” Carruthers died Thursday, April 7, 2011, at the Darlington Oaks Hospice House in Verona. He was born Aug. 18, 1946, to James and Carrie Mae Carruthers. He was a member of Holy Temple Church in Pontotoc.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Chapel Grove Holiness Church with Elder George Hadley Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Nina Mae Carruthers; two sisters, Zelma (Bonnie) Williams and Lucille (Earnest) Ivy; a son, Charles T. Betts; a stepson, Charlie Gilbert; one grandson, Latavious T. Betts; two brothers, George Carruthers and Jimmy Dale Carruthers; a special nephew, Larry (Georgia) Mcphearson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Juanita Ramsey, Earlene Fitapatrick, Louise Hardin and Carrie Lee Wilson; three brothers, Bobby Lee (Donnie) Carruthers, Henderson (Tina) Carruthers and Howard Carruthers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Lenteen Todd
TUPELO – Lenteen “Lynne” Todd, 85, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A native of Fulton, Ky., she was born March 7, 1926, to Lennis and Mary Shuck Williams. During World War II, she served as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy. She worked as a bookkeeper and also as a real estate agent. She lived in California for over 20 years and had lived in Tupelo the past 14 years.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Father Tom Lalor officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Todd (Regina) of Tupelo and John W. Frederick (Lee Ann) of Pensacola, Fla.; two brothers, Jimmy W. Williams of Pahrump, Nev., and Bob Williams of Jackson, Tenn.; four grandsons and one granddaughter; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Frederick Miles; a sister, Geraldine Clayton; and two brothers, Boyd E. Williams and Joseph Williams.
Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-3517 or online at www.SupportVeterans.org.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Rev. James Rackley
PONTOTOC – The Rev. James Victor “Jimmy” Rackley, 68, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at his residence. He was a retired Presbyterian minister and a member of the Mississippi Presbytery. He was a Mason and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. He had coached Little League baseball, and umpired and called football games at Hamilton High School for more than 20 years. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, and deer hunting.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. David Smith and Rev. John Dudley officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Rackley of Pontotoc; his parents, Calvin and Kathlyn Rackley; two daughters, Cheryl Nunn of Memphis and Le Ann Johnson (Steve) of Mathiston; three sons, Tim Nolen (Stacy) of Hamilton, Toby Rackley of Hamilton and Jason Hill of Pontotoc; one sister, Joyce Odom (Reg) of Pontotoc; a brother, Mark Rackley of McDonald, Pa.; nine grandchildren, Brittney Mitchell (Michael), E.J. Nolen, Jamye Kelsey, Michael Peterson, Shea Peterson, Logan Nunn, Daleh Rackley, Cody Johnson and Morgan Spivey.
He was preceded in death by his son, Tory Rackley.
Pallbearers will be E.J. Nolen, Tommy Ware, Ben Rackley, Michael Mitchell, David Rieland, Troy Tumberlinson and Charlie Stanford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.

Leo Sims
TUPELO – Leo Sims died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Marcus Ruff
TUPELO – Marcus Carroll Ruff died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 29, 1960, in Chicago to Elzie L. Ruff and Mertha Shumpert Ruff. He grew up in Wheaton, Ill., and graduated from the Wheaton North High School. He attended Jackson College in Jacksonville, Fla. After moving to Mississippi to live he united with the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Nettleton.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Billy Perry officiating. Burial will be in Heavens Gate Memorial Garden. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his parents; three grandchildren, Kieya, Khiyel and Constance; seven brothers; Donaldson Shumpert (Margaret) of San Francisco, Calif., Fredrick Shumpert and Craig Ruff (Christine), both of Carol Stream, Ill., Jesse Eugene Ruff of Detroit, Mich., Timothy Ruff of Nettleton, Richard Daryl Ruff of Gary, Ind., Eric Ruff of Studio City, Calif.; one sister, Elsa Ruff Black of Virginia Beach, Va.; a host of aunts, uncles, and numerous first cousins.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Sign the guestbook online at www.nljonesandson.com.

Muriel Waldrop
PONTOTOC – Esther Muriel “Mama Muriel” Waldrop, 91, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Community Hospice in Verona. She was a charter member of Old Union Church of the Nazarene.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rev. Cecil Russell officiating. Burial will be in the Union Nazarene Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two daughters, Madge Jones of Shannon and Shirley Mooneyhan of New Albany; one son, Wayne Smith (Margaret) of Mooreville; three sisters, Rudele Graham of Thaxton, Reba Sneed of Tupelo and Cuple Kelly of Fulton; one brother, Collins Waldrop of Thaxton; six grandchildren, Tony Jones, who was her special caregiver, Rodney Mooneyhan, Mike Jones, Rhonda Watson, Joel Smith and Lee Anne Reich; 11 great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and her lifelong friend, Verna Lee Russell.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Washington Waldrop and Elizabeth Naomi Russell Waldrop; her infant daughter, Sandra Faye; a grandson, Ricky Jones; three sisters, Bertha Waldrop, Autice Fuller and Ethel Brown; and five brothers, Laymon Waldrop, Victor Waldrop, Dalton Waldrop, Preston Waldrop and Winston Waldrop.
Pallbearers will be Michael Jones, Tony Jones, Rodney Mooneyhan, Jacob Jones, Joel Smith and Jamie La Castro.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.

Dorothy Benson
BREWER – Dorothy M. Benson, 78, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

Freddy Kennedy
HOULKA – Freddy Dean Kennedy, 64, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at his home.
He was born June 9, 1946, to Willie Dexter and Virdie Louvena Kennedy. He was a truck driver for over 20 years. He was a Baptist. He loved all of his family, watching NASCAR, camping, fishing, watching golf and all his dogs.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church in Shannon.
McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Martha Penson Kennedy, whom he married Jan. 8, 1970; one brother, Wayne Kennedy (Martha) of Houlka; and two sisters, Hazel Grammer of Shannon and Betty Donahue of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, his twin Alma Henry and Hasseline Mills; and one brother, Stanley Kennedy.

Catherine Dennis
WALNUT – Catherine Dennis, 44, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.