Obituaries April 22, 2009

Frankie Kendall
VARDAMAN – Billy Frank Kendall, 46, died Monday, April 20, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 7, 1962, in Houston. He worked in utility management. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with Bro. Jeff Gilder officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Jean Kendall of Vardaman; one daughter, Alana Howell of Jackson; one son, Billy Kyle Kendall of Malden, Mo.; one sister, Lisa Kendall of Vardaman; one brother, Michael Kendall (Kimberly) of Vardaman; four grandchildren, Michael Gage Hill, Seth Raine Hill, Hayden Blake Kendall and Lillian Morrow; and two special nephews, Kyle Kendall and Forrest Kendall.
Pallbearers will be David Marshall, Junior Vanlandingham, David Gene Walters, Ken Walters, Randy Bush, Ronald Jordan, David Bush and Aubrey “Bubba” Criddle.
Honorary pallbearers will be Marty Criddle, Bobby Joe Hardin, Jim Massey, Thomas Roy Parker, Adam Huffman, Jordan Mahan, Jonathon Haire and John Odum.

Patty Winner
IUKA – Patty Winner, 67, formerly of Mill Hall, Pa., died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at her home. She enjoyed attending her church and watching and feeding animals.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two brothers, Pasquallie Peluso (Carol) of Pennsylvania and Vincent Frank Peluso (Flora) of North Carolina; five sisters, Anna Marie Welch (Alvin) of Golden, Peggy Peluso, Karen Pellater (Gary), Phyllis Heisley (Gary) and Mary Probst (Dale), all of Pennsylvania; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Winner, and her parents, Vincent and Lillian Peluso.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Antioch Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Helen Fooshee
CORINTH – Helen Virginia Fooshee, 91, died Monday, April 20, 2009, in Corinth. She was a native of Mississippi. She was a member of the First Methodist Church for many years and a member of the senior Sunday school class. She worked in the garment industry at the pants factory and at the hosiery mill. She loved her family and friends, and enjoyed working in her garden, cooking, camping and traveling. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Andy Cotton officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Bobby Fooshee (Sherry) and Tommy Fooshee (Brenda Gail); one sister, Vida Bell Bingham; four grandchildren, Benjamin Fooshee, Trace Fooshee, Matthew Thomas and Rebecca Leigh; three great-grandchildren, Alexandria Fooshee, Robert Fooshee and Hope Fooshee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Brown Fooshee, and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Benjamin Fooshee, Trace Fooshee, Matthew Thomas, Russ Elam, Russell Elam and Ricky Burgess. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Whitfield Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.

Walter J. Mosley
TUPELO – Walter J. Mosley died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Charles E. Pollard
STARKVILLE – Charles E. Pollard, 54, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at his residence in Starkville. He was a retired cargo specialist for Exxon Mobil. He was a member of Meadowview Baptist Church and a Mason. He was a dedicated Christian and a loving father.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Meadowview Baptist Church with the Rev. Jason Middleton officiating. Burial will be in the Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery in Mathiston. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughters, Caroline and Lauren Pollard of Starkville; his mother, Joy Pollard of Starkville; one sister, Rita Gallagher (Kevin) of Bartlett, Tenn.; two brothers, Bob Pollard (Brenda) of Starkville and John Pollard of Dallas, Texas; one grandson; and nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
The online guest register can be accessed at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Ryne Wilhite
NEW ALBANY – Ryne Wilhite, 19, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, in Chilton County, Ala., as a result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Kindra Hughes
BOONEVILLE – Kindra Kay Hughes, 31, formerly of Pontotoc, died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born May 23, 1977, in Flint, Mich. She was a bank teller and a quality control inspector. She was a Christian. She enjoyed reading her Bible, running, dancing, gardening, cooking, writing poetry and football. Especially, she loved her children.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Charity Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Bro. Marvin Ward officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a son, Tristan Gilbert of Pontotoc; a daughter, Kirstyn Gilbert of Pontotoc; three brothers, D.J. Henson Jr. (Jodie) of Flint, Mich., and Greg Tutor (Polly) and Jerry Tutor, all of Pontotoc; three sisters, Samantha Warren (Thomas) and Deloris Stewart (David), all of Pontotoc, and Sharon Conklin (Doug) of Charleston, S.C.; her parents, Mamon J. “Joe” and Bobbie Marise Tutor of Pontotoc; her grandparents, Ruby Mae Marise of Corning, Ark., and Earl and Daisy Miles of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Brandie M. Henson; her grandparents, Richard Marise, Lona Tutor and Ivy Tutor; two aunts, Ruby Ann Marise and Rosie Marie Marise; and an uncle, Richard E. Marise Jr.

Estell T. Smith
RED BAY, Ala. – Estell T. Mayfield Smith, 87, died Monday, April 20, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Jan. 16, 1922, in Red Bay, Ala., to John Oscar and Maxie Nave McDonald Thorne. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She was previously a member of Lakeview United Methodist Church in Minden, La.
Services were Tuesday, April 21, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay.
Survivors include one son, Jimmy Mayfield (Lavell) of Red Bay; one granddaughter, Cris Mayfield Nichols (Trevor) of Red Bay; one great-grandchild, Adam Mills; one brother, J.W. Thorne (Eupal) of Red Bay; two stepgrandchildren, Janice McNatt and Mark Armstrong (Cindy); six stepgreat-grandsons, Cort Armstrong, Jason Oliver, Kirk Armstrong, Erik Armstrong, Clay McNatt and Levi McNatt; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Emeric “Doc” Mayfield and Darroll Smith; three brothers, Leslie Thorne, Junior Thorne and Elmer Lee Thorne; and a stepgrandson, Bob Armstrong.
Pallbearers were Brad Ivy, Trevor Nichols, Adam Mills, David Ivy, Paul Thorne and Jerry Thorne.

Aaron Cole
BOONEVILLE – James Aaron Cole, 70, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at his home. He was born Nov. 30, 1938, in the Altitude community in Prentiss County to James William and Delar Cole. He married Virginia Ann Gray on June 13, 1963. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He worked at the Marathon Cheese Corporation for 26 years and at Plumrose for 10 years until his retirement in 2000. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, being outdoors, building anything and raising chickens and quail. He had a great love for all animals. He was a member of the East Marietta Baptist Church in Marietta.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ray Hall officiating. Graveside services and burial will follow at Zion’s Rest Cemetery in New Site.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Virginia Ann Cole; two daughters, Jeanie Glessner (Darrel) of Junction City, Kan., and Kim Lindsey (Scotty) of Booneville; one son, Jim Cole (Jamie) of Fort Carson, Colo.; one brother, Jerry Cole (Bettye) of Jackson, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Jade (fiancé, Brad White), Tyler and Dara Glessner of Junction City, Kan., Madison and Cole Lindsey of Booneville, Andrew Cole of Pontotoc, Shane and Kristin Cole of Fort Carson, Colo.; and a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Cole; his mother, Delar Cole; an infant brother, Odell Cole, and brothers, Oscar Cole, Ray Cole and Austin Cole; three sisters, Geneva Fetty, Pearl Taylor and Judy Williams.
Pallbearers will be Brad White, Johnny Thornton, Karey McAnally, Charlie Durham, David Wayne Riddle and Don Dawson.
Visitation will continue until service time today.

Selmer Smith
FLORENCE, Ala. – Selmer “Hoss” Smith, 80, died Monday, April 20, 2009. He was a dozer operator and a member of Gravely Springs Baptist Church. An avid fisherman and gardener, he shared his harvest with everyone. He had a great sense of humor.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Spry-Williams Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Greg Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Gravely Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Geneva Baskins Smith; two sons, Gerald Smith (Rhonda) of Tishomingo and Wade Smith of San Francisco, Calif.; two daughters, Sue Lindsey (James) and Cathy Laster, all of Florence, Ala.; five brothers, Dick Smith, Delmer Smith, Ray Smith, Roland Smith and Ottis Smith Jr.; two sisters, Helen Tirey and Biddie Mae Kelley; his grandchildren, Michelle Dickens, Russell Laster, Charles Lindsey, Karlie Smith and Luke Smith; and three great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Edward Laster.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Dickerson, Michael Laster, Randle Vaden, Horace Daniels, Andy Evans and Russell Laster.
Honorary pallbearers will be Orlan Winborn, Willie Bird and Lloyd Green.

Dee Harris
AMORY – Vester Dave “Dee” Harris, 79, died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after a short illness. He was born Jan. 25, 1930, in Nettleton to Walter Dave and Noma Hawkins Harris. He lived all of his life in the Amory area. He married Cordie Mae Humphries in 1956. He worked as a machinist at Fabrivalve/ITT before his retirement. He was a member of the East Amory Baptist Church. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, woodworking and working with his animals.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Mike Todd and Bro. Stan Blaylock officiating. Burial will be in the Hatley Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Cordie Mae Harris of Amory; two sons, Vester David Harris (Carol Elaine) and Brent Alan Harris (Karen Lynn), both of Amory; one daughter, Sherry Dale Sayset (Lonnie) of Orlando, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Machelle Sayset, Lonnie Sayset, Tiffany Camilli, Jonathan Sayset, Alisha Reese, Carissa Griggs, Korey Harris, Kasey Harris and Holley Harris; and five great-grandchildren, Alexia Reese, Clayton Griggs, Vence Camilli, Andrew Sayset and Lily Sayset-Gorsch.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, twin Lester T. Harris, Otis Harris, Chester Lee Harris and J.C. Harris; and two sisters, Helen Bunch and Jewel Benton.
Pallbearers will be Korey Harris, Ronnie Griggs, Drew Plunkett, Lonnie Sayset, Chris Harris and Ricky Harris.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Schanzzan Moore
HOUSTON – Schanzzan “Sally” Moore, 41, died Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Jan. 13, 1968, to Ruthie Moore and the late George Moore Jr. She attended Houston schools and was a former employee of Aircap, Super Sagless and Cooper Tire. She was a member of Clarks Chapel M.B. Church. She enjoyed making people laugh.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Clarks Chapel Church with burial in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Ruthie Moore of Okolona; a daughter, Laura Bowers (Kefie) of Okolona; her grandmother, Lillie Mae Gates of Houston; three sisters, Bernice Moore and Shirryl Gates, both of Okolona, and Donna Moore of Tupelo; four brothers, Alvin Moore of Prairie, Greg Moore, Donny Moore and Tony Moore, all of Okolona; and two grandchildren, Jacri Moore and Maikyah Bowers.

Spencer Burleson
PLEASANT GROVE – Spencer Burleson, 77, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born Dec. 16, 1931, in Mooreville to Leroy and Annie Estelle Clark Burleson. He was a lifelong resident of Shannon and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He worked for Pennsylvania Tire, for SunGas, where he drove a transport truck, Borden’s Ice Cream, and Empire Gas Company, where he retired at age 62. Along with his brother, he also worked his family farm, raising cattle and catfish. He enjoyed fishing and cooked the best catfish ever. He loved to play Uno and really loved to win. He was a caring man with a beautiful sense of humor and an unconditional love for others. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David Langerfeld and the Rev. Danny Rushing officiating. The Rev. Marion Holley will serve as honorary minister. Burial will be in Shannon Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Mary Catherine Clark Burleson of Pleasant Grove community; one daughter, Pamela Casto and husband, Rusty, of Pleasant Grove; two sons, Kevin Burleson of Pleasant Grove and Clay Burleson of Bossier City, La.; three stepdaughters, Cathy Davis and husband, David, of Pleasant Grove, Dianna Vinson and husband, Larry, of Golden, and Tina Caden and husband, Larry, of Belleville, Ill.; one sister, Ella Williams of Moline, Ill.; 11 grandchildren, Melissa Duvall, Amanda Roth, James Vinson, Brandon Casto, Tracy Casto, Matt Davis, Amber Howard, April Reid, Brett Davis, Joshua Jolley and Janice Caden; and four great-grandchildren, Dakota, Ella, Ayden and Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Catherine, Irma and Vera; and a brother, Roy Lee.
Pallbearers will be Matt Davis, Brett Davis, James Vinson, Joshua Jolley, Roy Burleson and Billy Wayne Hall.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Christian Women’s Job Corps, 530 West Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Walter R. Hubbard
TUPELO – Walter Richard Hubbard, 67, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, in London, Ontario, Canada, where he had temporarily resided the last three years. He was born June 20, 1941, in the Bissell community of Lee County to John Arthur and Cleo Estelle Phillips Hubbard. He lived here as a youth and graduated from South High School in Springfield, Ohio. He joined the U.S. Army and served in the infantry in Korea between 1959-1962. After his active service, he served more than 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring as a master sergeant. He received his formal education at Troy State University, earning a B.A. degree in accounting. He later received his Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Ind. He retired from the Internal Revenue Service after 30 years as an auditor.
He was a minister for many years in the Christian church, formerly serving as associate pastor of Central Christian Church in Memphis and pastor of Clayton Presbyterian Church in Clayton, Ind., Sherwood Christian Church in Greencastle, Ind., and First Church of Christ (Disciples) of London, Ontario. At his death he was the interim pastor of Tillsonburg United Church of Canada in Tillsonburg, Ontario. He served as co-director of the Indianapolis CROP Walk and president of Mill Creek Optimist Club. He lived in Memphis for 15 years and later in Birmingham and Indianapolis. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Christian Church of Tennessee. He enjoyed studying biblical archaeology, golf, the outdoors, especially camping, and life to the fullest.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with the Rev. Dr. Glen Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in the Hubbard Family Plot at White Zion Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Survivors include his wife, the Rev. Catherine “Cathy” Colton Hubbard of Memphis; his four children, Dennis, Gary, Cassandra and Greg; five grandchildren; one brother, John Robert Hubbard (Sylvia) of Hattiesburg; two aunts, Edna Wheeler (Billy Fred) of Verona and Kate Hubbard Witcher of Bissell; one uncle, Wallace Phillips (Sue) of Winfield, Ala.; one niece and one nephew; and a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Williams, Phil Wheeler, Brad Wheeler and other friends.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Sandra Burns
CORINTH – Sandra Kaye Burns, 49, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born Aug. 18, 1959, in Savannah, Tenn. She worked in retail and was employed at Walmart and Goody’s. She was a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Kara Blackard and the Rev. Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Wheeler Grove Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Roger Burns of Rienzi; her mother, Barbara Easley of Savannah, Tenn.; her father and stepmother, Scott and Joyce Easley of Savannah, Tenn.; sons, Brad Burns (Faye) of Charlotte, N.C., James “Bubby” Garner (Megann) of Booneville and Will Burns of Rienzi; his grandson, Randall Brandon Garner; one brother, Sammy Easley (Sissy) of Savannah, Tenn.; two sisters, Shelia Cox (Butch) of Savannah, Tenn., and Scottina Young of Adamsville, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Justin Little, Brandon Bobo, Doug Burns, Josh Richardson, Glen Seabrook, Blake Easley, Brett Dicus, Dustin Talley, David Carnell and Rodney Little.
Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday.

Charles Henderson
CORINTH – Charles Henderson died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.

David B. Fortson
CHICAGO – David B. Fortson, 60, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. He was born May 13, 1948, in the Egypt community near Okolona to the late Henry Lee Fortson Sr. and Willie L. Bailey Fortson. He was a 1966 graduate of the Fannie Carter High School. He lived in Chicago for 40 years. He was an employee of Garfield Exterminating and Douglas Press.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zion Springs M.B. Church with Dr. Henry Gladney officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four brothers, Henry Lee Fortson Jr. (Teresa) of Greenfield, Mass., Lonnie James Fortson (Jeanette) of Egypt, and John Fortson (Jackie) and Elder Robert Fortson (Chiquita), all of Jackson; three sisters, Evelyn Robertson of West Point, Mary Fortson of Tampa, Fla., and Laverne Fortson Sterling (Amos) of Jackson; a brother-in-law, Charles Montgomery of Tampa, Fla.; a godsister, Linda Eubanks of Jackson.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today.

 

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