PLANTERSVILLE – Mary Kate “Kitty” Morgan, 84, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. Kitty was born in Houlka, Chickasaw County, on Dec. 16, 1924, to the late William Dillard Williams and Sally Kate Yarbrough Williams. She graduated from Shannon High School and married her husband, H. Roy Morgan, on July 12, 1946, in Plantersville.
While Roy served in the U.S. Army during World War II, Kitty worked in the Munitions Plant in Prairie as a Bomb Inspector. She began her working career as a Depot Agent in Shannon for the GM&O Railroad. She later worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Garment Industry at Hunter-Sadler and Glenn Manufacturing Co. She retired from the staff of the Mississippi Employment Security Commission and later worked at the Fashion Corner in Tupelo as a saleslady.
Mrs. Morgan always partnered with her husband in the family farming operation east of Plantersville. She and Roy collectively served in various capacities with the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation for almost 50 years. Kitty was presently serving as President of the First District Farm Bureau Women’s Organization and served many years on the State Board. She loved the land and all God’s creation and volunteered countless hours for years educating children in the Lee County Schools about farm life and the value of the land and its produce. She was a beloved Mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many throughout the Mid-South. Kitty was at her best with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Meow.” She was a longtime member of the Unity Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, April 18, 2009, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Dr. Clay Anthony officiating. Steve Holland will deliver the eulogy, and family members will pay special tribute. Burial will follow in the Unity Presbyterian Church Cemetery east of Plantersville.
Survivors include her daughter, Daryl Morgan Webb and husband, David, of Plantersville; two grandchildren, David Alan Webb of North Little Rock, Ark., and Morgan Files and husband, Chad, of Plantersville. two great-grandchildren, Jud and Webb Files; two sisters, Tony Carlock (Myrl) of Saltillo and Sarah Hall (Archie) of Baldwyn; three sisters-in-law, Bernice Morgan Ruff (Ben, deceased)) and Mary Davis Morgan (Curtis, deceased), both of Plantersville, and Connie Morgan (Hugh, deceased) of Verona. Many special friends including her Estes Fish and Steak Restaurant family, the staff at The Meadows in Fulton, and her Farm Bureau family locally and statewide.
She was predeceased by her parents; and her husband, Herman Roy Morgan, on Jan. 26, 1988.
Pallbearers will be Mike Barber, Jamie Rogers, Mac Reedy, Steve Estes, Danny Webb, Billy Evans, Jim Houston and Marc Posey. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews: Frank Hall, Fred Hall, Michael Carlock, James Morgan, Randy Morgan, Mike Morgan and Greg Ruff, and nieces Ginger Logan and Kathy Calderon.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today. Memorials may be made to Unity Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Mac Reedy, 1998 South Eason Blvd, Tupelo, MS. 38804.
HALEYVILLE, Ala. – Alex Ray Meeks, 51, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, in Monroe County. He was born Nov. 2, 1957, in Mississippi to Imogene Smith Gilliam and the late Frances Meeks. He lived in Wetumpka, Ala., Birmingham and Haleyville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and throwing darts.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at the New Hope Cemetery with Bro. Darrell Sanderson officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Imogene Gilliam of Hamilton; his fiancée, April Nelson of Haleyville; two sons, Alex Ray Meeks Jr. and Christopher Nelson; three brothers, Donald Ray Meeks and Robert Meeks, both of Huntsville, and Douglas Keel of Hamilton, Ala.; four sisters, Daphne Alred (Danny) of Amory, Mary Ann Buchanan of Huntsville, Frances Jean Altmon of Florida and Donna Bozsmen of Birmingham.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frances Meeks.
Pallbearers will be Douglas Keel, Roger Phelps, Danny Alred, Don Earls, Shannon Carter and Steve Braden.
Visitation will be from noon until 1:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
IUKA – Harris Rutherford, 79, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at the Tishomingo Community Living Center in Iuka. He was a member of the Iuka Lodge 94 F&AM. He was a Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. He was retired from the Ford Motor Company.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. J.B. Burns officiating. Burial will be in Rutledge Salem Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Fred Rutherford (Cheryl) of Tupelo and Richard Rutherford of Iuka; two daughters, Corinne Smith (Jimmy) and Donna Ramsey (Jimmy), both of Iuka; one brother, Lamar Rutherford (Evalena) of Iuka; five grandchildren, Carrie Bridges (Matt), Amanda Johnson, Anna Rutherford, Grant Smith (Cindy) and Emily Smith; two stepgrandchildren, Michelle James (Jimmy) and Jimmy Ramsey Jr. (Tammy); and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Rutherford, and his parents, Fred and Effie Rutherford.
Pallbearers will be Larry Cox, Frank Williams, Curtis Seago, Frankie Murphy, Norman Hamm, Richie Rast and george Rutledge.
Memorial donations may be made to the Rutledge Salem Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Dorothy Mattie Wright, 89, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at Cedars Health Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 18, 1919, in Portageville, Mo., to Mack Warren and Omega Cheasey. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in West Point for 43 years. She moved to Traceway Manor in 2004.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. R.C. Bryan officiating. Burial will be in the West Point Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Noel Wright III (Barbara) of Olive Branch and Nathan Wright (Susie) of Germantown, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Matt Wright (Missy) of Lakeland, Tenn., and Kacie Miller (Josh) of South Asia; three great-grandchildren, Chloe Wright, Quinn Wright and Lyla Joy Miller.
She was preceded in death by her husband, N.M. Wright Jr., on Sept. 17, 1997; and a granddaughter, Ashley Wright.
Memorials may be made to Ashley S. Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, 2095 Appling Road, Cordova, TN 38016.
DENVER, Colo. – Brenda Elaine Thompson died suddenly Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Denver, Colo. A native of West Point, she was the daughter of Wayne and Ozelle Thompson, who preceded her in death. She was a nurse who had a special gift for working with the elderly and with those needing rehabilitation. She worked at medical facilities in Columbus, Starkville, Gulfport, Tupelo and Tampa, Fla., and most recently at Park Forest Care Center in Denver. She was a beloved mother, sister and good friend to all who knew her. She loved her cat, Sophia.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Palestine Methodist Church in Montpelier with the Rev. Cary Sutphin officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Corie LaRae Peay of Denver; two sisters, Hilda Love (Ted) of Tupelo and Sharon Berry (Wallace) of Starkville; two nephews, Michael Berry and Blake Love; a niece, Katie Berry; and a stepson, Butch Peay.
Pallbearers will be Butch Peay, Steve White, Jonathan Barkley and Mark Barkley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Hugh Moore, Billy Barns and Robbie Robinson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palestine Cemetery Fund, c/o Jim Murry, 18515 Hwy. 46, Pheba, MS 38755.
MICHIE, Tenn. – Nola Inez Helton, 98, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was a member of Michie Baptist Church. She enjoyed watching basketball and baseball.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth with Bro. Brian Rainey officiating. Burial will be in Michie Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Helton (Pam) of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Monte Keith Helton (Janice) of Madison, Ala.; two grandchildren, Melissa Kelly Helton and Bradley Helton (Peggy); and two great-grandchildren, Braden Keith Helton and Carden Henry Helton, all of Huntsville, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Franklin and Anna Young Manuel; her husband, Harry Helton; and three sisters, Allie Manuel, Abby McKinnon and Ina McIntyre.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Tulon C. West
FULTON – Tulon C. “Poodle” West, 79, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born March 20, 1930, in Mississippi to Monroe and Nola Stacy West. He was an employee of a furniture factory and a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. An avid outdoorsman, he loved spending time with his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Adams and Bro. Jason Watts officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Terry West (Sandy) of Fulton; one daughter, Kim Floyd (Eric) of Fulton; one daughter-in-law, Linda West of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Christy West Hodgin (Michael), Lacey West, Morgan Floyd, Trey West, Bradley Floyd, Courtney Hutcheson and Lori Little (David); five great-grandchildren, Cassie Little, Logan Junior, Cooper Little, Ally Hodgin and Bella Hutcheson; special friends, Riller Jacks and Donnie Bowden.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Bobbie Nell West; one son, Tony West; and five brothers, Lyon, Doc, Pete, Wayne and Jules West,
Pallbearers will be Daris White, Jason Johnson, Bobby Wayne West, John Schmidt, Dwight White and Terry Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Glasgow Trucking employees, Charles Booth, Hugh Mitchell, Richard Houston and John Rankin Lock employees.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Sunday.
CORINTH – Rodney Carroll Sloan, 42, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, in Hardin County, Tenn. He was a studio musician who enjoyed playing multiple instruments. He also enjoyed reading, studying history and reading the Bible.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie Jones and Bro. James Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Janira Essary of Corinth; his father and stepmother, David and Joan Sloan of Walnut; one brother, Denny Ray Sloan (Gretchen) of Memphis; one sister, Tina Sloan Kornegay (Nathan) of Walnut; one niece, Hanna Sloan of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arch and Loveta Essary, and E.W. and Pearl Sloan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Joyce Dillard Burton, 74, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at her daughter’s home. Arrangements are incomplete and Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
VINA, Ala. – Lucille Horton, 94, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at Helen Keller Hospital. She was born Jan. 11, 1915, in Franklin County, Ala., to James Benton and Georgia Stout Gober. She was an employee of Blue Bell for 25 years and a member of Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church in Vina, Ala., with Bro. Dan Hindman officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three children, Roy Horton (Maxine) of Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Bob Horton and James Horton, both of Burnout; one sister, Lois McCalpin of Cooper, Texas; two brothers, Marlin Gober (Christine) and Burlion Gober (Willie Mae), both of Burnout; seven grandchildren, Pam Andrews (David), Melissa Self (Mike), Sandy Wilson (Blake), Eric Horton, Gina Raper (Donald), Tony Horton (Lynette) and Tammy Duncan (Byron); 13 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy A. Horton; her parents; and a daughter-in-law, Ruby Horton.
Pallbearers will be Tony Horton, Anthony Horton, Eric Horton, Tyler Duncan, Joshua Andrews and Heath Thorne.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
TUPELO – Rubye Wheeler Allen, 94, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at the Cedars Health Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Palmetto CME Church. She was a retired teacher of Lee County schools and Pontotoc County schools.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Palmetto CME Church with Elder Leo Wright officiating. Burial will be in the Palmetto Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Rita Ewing of Tupelo, Altharene Edwards of Chicago and Dorothy E. George of Memphis; her grandchildren, Eddie Ewing Jr. (Marcia) of New Albany and Daphne Ewing of Memphis; her great-grandchildren, Kentavious Ewing, Chelsea Ewing, Kamal Ewing and DeAndre Ewing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel L. Allen, and her brother, Gilbert Wheeler.
The body will lie in state from 3 to 6 p.m. today and a family hour will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Stephen Lynn Holliday, 33, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at his residence. He was born Oct. 14, 1975, to Kay Walker Holliday and the late Ronnie Joe Randall Holliday. He was a construction worker until becoming disabled. His love in his life was his family, and he had a strong love for children.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. View Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Hurt officiating. Burial will be in Criswell Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Kay Walker Holliday of Ripley; one brother, Joey Holliday (Machelle) of Ripley; a special niece, Leigh Ann Childers of Ripley; a great-niece, Caleigh Childers of Ripley; and a great-nephew, Caiden Childers of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ronnie Holliday.
Pallbearers will be Stanley Brock, Clay Braddock, Alan Estes, Tony Walker, Todd Myers, James Allen Holliday, Kendall Cooper, John Estes Jr., Franky Stanton and Jay Childers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew Holliday, Blake Holliday, M.J. Stanton, Paris Prather, Anna Ivy-Prather, Caiden Childers, Caleigh Childers and Cody Taylor.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at Mt. View Baptist Church.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Charles Edward “Ed” Bishop, 69, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at Dogwood Plantation in Fulton after an extended illness. He was born in Algoma in Pontotoc County on Aug. 27, 1939, to Alvis Bishop and Christine Tutor Bishop. He graduated from Algoma High School and attended Broadcasting School in Memphis. He served as a private in the U.S. Army and, after being honorably discharged, became a member of the Mississippi National Guard, retiring as 1st sergeant. He was activated during Desert Storm. He married Peggy Crowson on June 2, 1967.
He began his broadcasting career at WSEL in Pontotoc. In l966, he joined the staff of WTWV and served in various capacities there until his retirement in 2008. He was first a weatherman at WTWV. He later served as a reporter, an anchor for the nightly news and host of the Noon Show for many years. At his retirement, he was serving as Program Director for WTVA/WLOV/WKDH. He was a beloved member of the broadcasting staff at WTVA and touched many lives in his 42-year career there. He enjoyed singing and sang tenor in a gospel quartet out of Memphis for many years. He was a loving family man and enjoyed fishing and deer hunting with his grandsons, and flying kites on the beaches of Florida with his granddaughter. He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Kevin Wallace and Bro. Ray Ware officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Monroe Cemetery in Algoma.
Survivors include his daughter, Debbie Beasley of Tupelo (fiancé, Gary Hall); his mother, Christine Tutor Bishop of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, Zach Beasley (Rachel), Casey Beasley (Amanda) and Jenni Beasley (fiancé, Miller Vance), all of Tupelo; two great-grandchildren, Sydney Hill and Colby Beasley; his sister, Lora Mae “Sis” Stegall (Jimmy) of Pontotoc; one niece, Christi Wallace (Kevin) of Pontotoc; one nephew, Scotty Stegall (Martha) of Tupelo; several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alvis; an infant sister, Betty Jean; and a brother, Tommy Bishop.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Stegall, Zach Beasley, Casey Beasley, Gary Hall, Scotty Stegall and Rick Beasley. Honorary pallbearers will be present and former employees of WTVA, WLOV and WKDH.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice organization of the donor’s choice.
IUKA – Pearl Lee McMeans, 106, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She was born Aug. 24, 1902, to L.P. “Seat” and Lizzie “Sally” Barnett Morris and was raised in the North Crossroads community in Tishomingo County. She married Everett Elmer McMeans on Dec. 13, 1919.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Fairview Community Church with Bro. Jimmy Daniel officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six grandchildren, LeeEtta Davis and Richard Davis (Sandy), both of Iuka, Billy Davis (Terri) of Boerne, Texas, David McMeans (Patsy) of Collierville, Tenn., Betty McGaughy (Bill) of Corinth and Connie Frazier (Greg) of Shelbyville, Tenn.; a granddaughter-in-law, Lupe Davis Bowers; 19 great-grandchildren, 21 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett McMeans; one son, James Clinton “J.C.” McMeans; one daughter, Bonez McMeans Davis; her daughter-in-law, Laura Cummings McMeans; her son-in-law, Albert Jone Davis; two grandchildren, Shirley Gail Davis Bourland and James Everett Davis; three sisters, Bulaha Honeycutt, Bea Young and Lula Johnson; and three brothers, Dossie, Millard and Olen Morris.
Pallbearers will be her great-grandsons, Chris McMeans, John Bourland, David Davis, Brad Davis, Brett McMeans and Matthew Davis.
Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Davis and Tyson McMeans.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
MANTACHIE – Jamie E. Underwood, 85, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie.
BRUCE – Helen Louise Horn Jenkins, 72, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at her home. She was born Nov. 27, 1936, in the Pine Valley community. She was a retired employee of Weyerhaeuser and a member of Concord Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Concord Cemetery with Bro. Bill Williamson officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Donna Tharpe of Bruce; one son, Clay Jenkins of Bruce; two sisters, Dessie Dunn and Bessie White, both of Bruce; four grandchildren, Tony Jenkins, Gabriel McClure, Christian Jenkins and Brandi Tucker; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Jenkins Jr., and her parents, Thomas Lafayette Horn and Viola Black Horn.
Pallbearers will be Tony Jenkins, Clay Jenkins, David Hill, Charlie Hill, Jerry Dunn and Thomas Dunn.
RIPLEY – Bobby Gene Heavener, 66, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at his home in Ripley. He was retired as superintendent of the City of Ripley Gas Department with 29 years of service. He was a member of the Mississippi National Guard for four years and a member of the North Ripley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Lamar Grisham and Bro. Randy Latch officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy McCown Heavener of Ripley; his mother, Lorine Wooley Heavener of Ripley; one daughter, Anita Gail Heavener Ledbetter of Ripley; two sons, Bobby Don Heavener (Carol) of Ripley and Michael Brent Heavener (Cindy) of Blue Mountain; one sister, Janie Ruth Holley of Ripley; one brother, George Neil Heavener (Beverly) of Tiplersville; five grandchildren, Jessica Lee (Jamal) of New Albany, Josh Heavener, Haley Heavener and Katelyn Murphy, all of Ripley, and Faith Heavener of Blue Mountain; one great-grandchild, Jaklyn Lee of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his father, Talbert Heavener.
Pallbearers will be William Thrasher, Terry Ray Wooley, Lonnie Heavener, Glenn Michael, Gary Canerdy and Sammy Ballard.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Norman Webb Sr.
IUKA – Norman Webb Sr., 68, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at his home. He loved to spend time with his family and friends, and enjoyed gardening and working around his house.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Robbie Crane officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mable Ray Webb of Iuka; his mother, Etta A. Webb of Kentucky; three sons, Norman Gene Webb Jr. (Terry) of Florence, Ala., and Larry Eugene Webb and Billy Ray Webb (Jennifer) of Iuka; two brothers, James E. Webb (Geneva) and Don Webb Jr. (Carol), both of Illinois; four sisters, Mag Dustin (Bill) and Pat Webb, both of West Virginia, Mary Carey (Neil) of Alabama and Brenda Lay (Lindon) of Kentucky; eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donnie Webb Sr., and two brothers, Shelby and Homer Webb.
Pallbearers will be Norman Webb Jr., Larry E. Webb, Billy Webb, Danny Ratliff, Norman Webb III and Zoltan Stefko.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald G. Ray, Donnie G. Ray, Don Webb Jr., Ricky Webb, Donaven Webb and Jacob Webb.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Evergreen Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.