Obituaries April 23, 2009

Eunice Williams
PONTOTOC – Eunice Williams, 82, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Geneva Hobson
HOULKA – Geneva Hobson, 93, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at her residence in Houlka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Lou Ollie Hood
AMORY – Lou Ollie Hood, 90, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Nettie Whitten
AMORY – Nettie Marlene Egger Whitten died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Amory.

Q’Milla Lovelady
OXFORD – Q’Milla Hill Leake Lovelady, 85, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at Azalea Gardens in Oxford. She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of North Oxford Baptist Church. She was a former Pink Lady at the Oxford-Lafayette County Hospital. She was the widow of Victor Lovelady and was previously married to Charlie Leake.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in North Oxford Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Charlie M. Leake (Laura) of Ponchatoula, La., and Ray Leake (Nancy) of Abbeville; one brother, Bob Hill of Ridgeland; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to North Oxford Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 1700, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visit the website, www.wallerfuneralhome.com, for online condolences and guest registry.
Dr. Debra Calvert
TUPELO – Dr. Debra McCotry Calvert, 55, died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a 1971 graduate of West Point High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville, Ky., in 1978; her master’s degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford in 1987; and her Ph.D. degree in educational leadership from Mississippi State University in Starkville in 2001. She was a special education teacher in the Covington City School District in Covington, Ky., from 1978-1983. She was a sixth grade math, science and social studies teacher in the Tupelo City School District from 1983-1987 and guidance counselor from 1987-1992. She was principal in the Nettleton School District from 1994-2004. She was director of Special Education for the Tupelo City School District from 2004-2009.
She was a member of Good News Church in Tupelo and an active leader in many Christian, educational and community endeavors. She was a well-known motivational speaker, entrepreneur and educator. She was a devout Christian woman and dedicated wife and mother, who put only God before her family. She will be remembered as a courageous woman concerned with the welfare of others.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Good News Church in Tupelo. Burial will follow in the Yeates Chapel Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Minister Tillmon Calvert III of Tupelo; two sons, Darius Lamont and Marcus Bradford; five grandchildren, Monteria, Sade, Marcus Jr., Mckail and Daylin, all of Tupelo; her mother, Annie Bell McCotry of West Point; five brothers, William “Bill” McCotry, Willie McCotry Jr., Bobby Lane and James Lane, all of West Point, and Darnell Lane of Chicago; five sisters, Willie Mae James, Georgia Ann McCotry, Linda K. Young and Jeannie Montenia McCotry, all of West Point, and the Rev. Dr. Essie Clark-George of Chicago; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Willie McCotry Sr., and two brothers, Jerry and Ray Mark McCotry.
Visitation will be from 1:15 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Good News Church.

Vera Fitts
PONTOTOC – Vera Fitts, 94, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at her home. She was born July 5, 1914, in Union County. She attended Liberty School in Union County. She married Wayne Fitts on Dec. 2, 1933, and they celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Dec. 2, 2008. She was a member of Liberty Church in Pontotoc County for 75 years. She loved her family, her flowers, quilting, her church, and taking care of her family and church family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Liberty Baptist Church in Pontotoc County. Bro. Tommy Inman, Bro. James Lewis and Bro. Harvey Sewell will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne Fitts; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Rhodie Pickens; four brothers, Birdis, Dewey, Willis and Woodie Pickens; and three sisters, Bertha Turner, Ina Fitts and Cornila McGregory.
Pallbearers will be Billy Bagwell, Billy Creel, Eddie Killough, Bobby Jones, C.W. Moore and Jimmy Pennington.
Honorary pallbeares will be Albert Stevens, Tommy Pennington, Dalton Fitts, Joe Fitts, Johnie Martin and David Edmondson.
Visitation will continue until 2 p.m. Friday at Liberty Baptist Church in Pontotoc County.

Chris Norris
LUMBERTON – Christopher “Chris” Norris, 51, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, in Houston, Texas. He was born Oct. 23, 1957, in Las Cruces, N.M. He was a creative and skilled mason in Tupelo. He worked many years with carnival companies in the Southeast United States. He loved his family and friends. He had the knack of helping them relax, laugh and enjoy being together. He will be missed greatly and remembered lovingly.
There will be no service at this time.
Survivors include his wife, Tammy Forcier of Lumberton; his son, Justin Phillip Norris, his daughter-in-law, Samantha Clark, a grandson, Nathan Onyx Norris, and a daughter, Lisa Rae Benson, all of Tupelo; his father, Nathan Norris, and stepmother, Francine Saccio, of Tucson, Ariz.; his mother, Sharon Pelphrey Walters, and two brothers, Jonathan L. Norris and Stephen W. Norris, of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Charlotte Rae Norris of Elgin, Texas; one niece, Tina M. Norris, and one nephew, James W. Norris, of Tucson, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Wendy Benson.

Crystal Taylor
IUKA – Crystal Taylor, 51, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth.

Thelma Creely
AMORY – Thelma Scott Creely, 101, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bishop Jessie Moore
CORINTH – Bishop Jessie Moore, 66, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at his home. He attended Easom High School. He was a former employee of Buckeye Feed Mill and Wurlitzer. He was the founder and apostle of Jesus Deliverance Tabernacle Inc., and a promoter of WKCU Sunday morning gospel program.
Services will be at noon Saturday at True Holiness Church with Bishop Ervie Wood officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Dell Williams Moore; three sons, Michael Moore of New Albany, and Rev. Patrick (Brenda) Moore and David T. (Jennifer) Moore, both of Corinth; one daughter, Kimberly (Bobby) Moore Dilworth of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his father, Sammie Lee Moore; his mother, Nettie Mae Crooms; a daughter, Delora Jean Moore; and a son, Tracy Moore.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Dr. Travis Pierce
AMORY – Dr. Travis Manning Pierce, 85, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. He was born April 8, 1924, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Marvin Travis and Ella Ophelia Robinson Pierce. He lived in several places before moving to Tupelo in 1932. He married Gene Stratton Carr in 1945 in Lincoln, Neb. He graduated from Tupelo High School and worked as a bookkeeper for Gulf Refining Company in Tupelo. He entered the Army Air Corps and received his pilot’s wings on Sept. 8, 1944, at Luke Field, Phoenix, Ariz. After instructor’s school, he trained for and became a B-17 first pilot and later a B-29 co-pilot. He served in the Air Corps until 1946. He later served at Keesler Field and then was assigned to Kearns, Utah.
After the war, he managed Joyce Optical Service for two years and he went on to attend the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis and received his Doctor of Optometry Degree. He established his practice in Amory for many years before forming a partnership with Dr. A.F. Hodges until his retirement. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Amory, serving as a deacon and Sunday School Department director. He was past president of the Mississippi Optical Foundation and past president of the Mississippi Optical Association. He was past president of the Amory Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, a 50-year member and an honorary member. He served on the Amory Board of Adjustments from 1960 until June 2003 and with the American Legion for 50 years. He enjoyed hunting, golf, gardening, Native American artifacts, arrowhead hunting, building bluebird houses, listening to jazz music and working crossword puzzles.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson and the Rev. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Gene Pierce of Amory; two sons, Bruce Pierce (Carolyn) of Wichita, Kan., and Philip Pierce (Debbie) of St. Louis, Mo.; three daughters, Pamela Sullivan (David) of Columbus, Patti Edwards (Wayne) of Meridian and Charlotte Markow (Paul Sr.) of Huntsville, Ala.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Reese, Bud Everett, Ken Vaughn, Dan Rogers, Larry Palmer and Tommy Parish.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821; Amory Rotary Club; or the Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060.

Marion Floyd Jr.
CORINTH – Marion Floyd Jr., 53, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at his home. He loved his children and grandchildren, and enjoyed his dogs, fishing, and drinking coffee with his friends.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church with the Rev. Lamar Walker officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Delbra Jean Floyd; three sons, Darnell Durr, Marrino Floyd and Marciano Floyd; one daughter, Amber Parker; one brother, George (Sylver) Floyd; 14 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Minnie Floyd; his brother, Willie D. Gardner; his sisters, Susie Mae Clark, Lucille Elliott, Mary E. Alexander and Lenora Simmons.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Louise Smith
HOUSTON – Noma Louise Smith, 85, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. She was born Aug. 30, 1923, in Houston to Lewis E. Smith and Pearl Perry Smith. She was a retired employee of Houston Ceramic Tile and a member of Faith Bible Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will follow at Macedonia Cemetery in Houston.
Survivors include a son, Jerry Smith (Vicki) of Houston; and a sister, Oma Knox of Senatobia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Smith, on Jan. 1, 1994; three brothers, Dan Smith, Charles Smith and Connie Smith; a sister, Annie Jewell Parks; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Chris Hester, Billy Mortimer, James A. Pettit, Shane Pettit, Eddie Wiggs and Gary Naron.
Family and friends may sign the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Ryne Wilhite
NEW ALBANY – Ryne Keith Wilhite, 19, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident in Chilton County, Ala. He was born Aug. 26, 1989, in Tupelo. He was a graduate of New Albany High School, where he played football. He also was on the football team at Northeast Mississippi Community College and currently on the football team at Faulkner University. He was very active in the Baptist Student Union . He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Baptist Church in New Albany. Burial will be in the Martin Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Nyla Davis Jumper of Booneville (fiancé, Ben Shappley of Ripley); his father, Ronnie Wilhite, and stepmother, Holly Wilhite, of New Albany; a half sister, Alexandria Wilhite of New Albany; two stepsisters, Hope Jumper Barkley and Halley Jumper Kirkman, both of Ripley; two half brothers, Cooper Wilhite of New Albany and Colt Jumper of Booneville; one stepbrother, Cassidy Jumper of Booneville; his grandparents, J.R. and Freida Davis of Walnut, and Boyd and Helen Wilhite of New Albany; his stepgrandparents, Betty and Lance Phillips of New Albany; his aunts, Rhonda and Kenny Dowdy, Sonya and Joey Devers, and Ashley and Jason Harrelson; his uncles, Kerry and Sonjie Davis, and Lance Jr. and Shai Phillips; his cousins, Tyler Dowdy, Kristen Devers, Carrie Davis, Wesley Davis and Jaxxon Harrelson.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Dale Jumper.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Wayne Johnson
MANTEE – Welty Wayne Johnson, 89, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at the State Veterans Home in Kosciusko. He was born Sept. 17, 1919, in Mantee to David Wesley Johnson and Edna Scott Johnson.
He was a former Webster County supervisor for 20 years, serving as president for eight years. He was a former member of the Board of Directors for Natchez Trace Electric Power Association. He was a member and deacon of Mantee Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Battle of the Bulge and in the European Theater.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mantee Baptist Church with the Rev. Bo Farrior officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mantee. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sadie “Nick” Saxon Johnson of Mantee; a daughter, Waynette Clark (Jerry) of Mantee; a son, Cecil Johnson (Peggy) of Mantee; two sisters, Virginia Duncan and Glenda Duncan, both of Mantee; a brother, Max Johnson of Mantee; five grandchildren, Trent Johnson, Brian and Mimi Clark, Landon and Jennifer Clark, Morgan and Tina Clark, and Shanan and Mark Boyd; five great-grandchildren, Kerrigan Clark, McCulley Johnson, Eli Johnson, Cohen Clark and Brenlee Clark; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Olar Johnson, Owen Johnson, Boyce Johnson, Tom Johnson and Jimmy Johnson; and two sisters, Earlene King and Lois Caradine.
Pallbearers will be Trent Johnson, Mark Boyd, Brian Clark, Morgan Clark, Jim Johnson and Jody Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Memorials may be made to the Mantee Baptist Church, P.O. Box 164, Mantee, MS 39751.
Friends and family may sign the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

James Shirley Sr.
WEST POINT – James Arthur “Jim” Shirley, 70, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at his home in West Point. He was born July 10, 1938, in West Point to Agnes Shepherd and William Travis Shirley. He graduated from West Point High School and received his bachelor of science degree from Mississippi State University, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., and received his commission in the United States Navy. He was a naval aviator who served for six years on active duty and 20 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring with the rank of Lt. Commander.
He served as director of industrial development for Delta Council in Stoneville. He received his MBA from Delta State University in 1975. He was an educator who taught math in the Lowndes County and West Point public school systems. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He previously served on the administrative board and was a Sunday School teacher.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Bishop officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Julia Campbell Shirley; his son, Art Shirley (Becky) of West Point; his daughters, Susan Shirley Valentine (Phil) of Nashville, Tenn., and Beth Shirley Stone (Jim) of Tupelo; eight grandchildren Will and Drew Shirley, Carr, Campbell and Douglas Valentine, and Jimmy, Ann Douglas and Katherine Stone; his brothers, Milford Shirley of Pensacola, Fla., and Robert Shirley (Mavis) of Madison; and his sister, Betty Shirley Riser (Bill) of Jackson, Mo.
Pallbearers will be Bob Wyman, Eugene Bailey, Doug Wood, Jimmy Wood and his grandsons, Will Shirley and Carr Valentine. Honorary pallbearers are his grandsons, Drew Shirley, Campbell Valentine, Jimmy Stone and Douglas Valentine.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will lie in the church from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Broad St., West Point, MS 39773.
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 were Wednesday, April 22, at Charity Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Bro. Marvin Ward officiating. Burial was in Randolph Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jonathan Hughes; 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.

John Barnes
BRUCE – John Henry Barnes, 95, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at the Calhoun County Health Services Hospital in Calhoun City. He was born May 4, 1913, in Calhoun County. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired employee of the E.L. Bruce Co. and a grocery store owner. He was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, chairman of the ushers and secretary of his Sunday School class. He was a member of the Bruce Lions Club and the VFW.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Annette B. Woodson (Jack) of Bruce; two grandchildren, Margaret Long (Trent) of Bruce and Natalie White (Kevin) of Prattville, Ala.; four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlsie Earlene Spratlin Barnes, on July 7, 2003; and his parents, Ralph Barnes and Dora Ann Morgan Barnes.
Pallbearers will be Justin Ware, Tom McKelroy, Trent Long, Ralph Barnes, John Benton Long, Roy McDowell, Kevin White and Jim Cowsert. Honorary pallbearers will be the Bruce First Baptist Men’s Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home

Charles Henderson
CORINTH – Charles Homer Henderson, 74, died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at his home. He was born March 3, 1935, in Alcorn County to Henry and Sybil Henderson. He was a retired maintenance employee for the Ramada Inn and a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed collecting clocks.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in the Wheeler Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his sister, Rosetta Jones (Earl) of Grenada; two brothers, Jimmy Henderson (Patricia) and Jerry Henderson (Cindy), all of Corinth; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laverne Henderson; his parents; and a brother, Henry Lee Henderson.

Jeanette P. Austin
PONTOTOC – Jeanette P. Austin, 76, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.

Joey Easterling
SOUTHAVEN – Joseph “Joey” Easterling, 27, died Sunday, April 19, 2009. He was a man who loved God, his wife, daughter and family. He was a computer programmer for NYK Logistics in Memphis. He was a member of Life Fellowship Church in Olive Branch and actively involved in youth ministry in several area churches.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch. Burial will follow in Autumn Woods Memorial Park Cemetery in Olive Branch.
Survivors include his wife, Cassie James Easterling of Southave; a daughter, Laken Montana Easterling of Southaven; his mother, Margie Anderson of New Albany; his father, Jeff Easterling of New Albany; his grandparents, Charles and Marjorie Barkley, and Charlie and Clifford Easterling, all of New Albany; his sisters, Emily Cobb and Marc Cobb, both of New Albany; numerous aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Foundation.

Mary Clark
JACKSON – Mary Elizabeth Clark, 53, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. She was born April 22, 1955, to the late Mary V. Clark and Sharon Thomas Clark. She attended West Clay County High School. She spent the last 20 years in Jackson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pleasant Ridge M.B. Church with the Rev. Foot officiating. Burial will be in Upper Prairie Creek Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her father, Sharon Thomas Clark of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two sisters, Patricia Morgan of Tupelo and Darlene Townsend of Houston; five brothers, Adam Clark (Martha) of Houston, Larry Clark (Mary Lucille) of Pontotoc, Eddie Wayne Clark (Mary Elizabeth), Rufus Clark (Peggy) of Okolona and Thomas Clark (Viniece) of Montpelier.
Kenneth Jourdan
SALTILLO – Kenneth Gabe Jourdan, infant son of Gary Don Jourdan and Kitda (Shelane) Hanson, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at his residence. He was born Feb. 27, 2009. He was greatly loved by his parents, friends and extended family.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Bobby Holland officiating. Private graveside services will follow in Fellowship Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Kitda (Shelane) Hanson and Gary Don Jourdan, of Lake Piomingo; two sisters, Skylar McKenzi and Lakyn Grace Jourdan, both of Saltillo; his grandparents, Kenneth “Kenny” Charles and Judy L. Hanson of Lake Piomingo, and Fannie Mae Jourdan of Saltillo; his great-grandmother, Winnie Banker of Saltillo; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jerry Don Jourdan; and his great-grandparents, Charles Hanson, and Buddy and Ruth Barnes.
Pallbearers will be Brian Landphere, Wendell Jourdan and Ricky Dial.
Honorary pallbearers will be Shaun Barnes, Todd Patterson, Ronnie Barnes, Ronnie Yoe and Gary Barnett.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home in Saltillo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Ray Long
TUPELO – Arthur Ray Long, 87, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born May 21, 1921, in Sardis to A. C. and Evie Herring Long. He attended Sardis High School, where he lettered in all sports. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater, primarily in The Philippines. Upon his discharge, he had attained the rank of sergeant. After the war, he returned to complete his education, earning his degree in physical education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1950. After he graduated in May, he married Mildred Lovern Long in July 1950.
A dedicated educator, he began his teaching and coaching career with the Mobile, Ala., School System. He later joined the Corinth High School Warriors as head coach. In 1963, after winning the Big 8 Championship, he was named Coach of the Year by the Mississippi Broadcasters’ Association. In 1966, he became principal of Denman Jr. High School in McComb, serving until 1976. He then moved to Tupelo, where he served as an assistant superintendant until his retirement in 1985. Along with his wife, he enjoyed volunteering in the community for many years with Meals on Wheels and with his church, First United Methodist Church of Tupelo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Andy Ray officiating. Burial will be in Middleton Cemetery in Louisville.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mildred Long of Tupelo; one daughter, Suzanne L. Trott (O’Neal) of Gautier; one son, Stan Long of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Jana Hoobler (Ben) of Gautier, Elise McMasters (Trey) of Shannon, Justin Trott (Tracey) of Pueblo West, Colo., and Elizabeth Long of Tupelo; and six great-grandchildren; his twin sister, Daisey Benham of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Richard Warriner, Lee McAllister, Bob Gatlin, David Moody, Cliff Hancock, Mark Moody, Trey McMasters and John Vaughn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 412 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Ireta Daniel
NEW ALBANY – Willia Ireta Daniel, 87, died Monday, April 20, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Dec. 25, 1921, in Union County. She worked as a seamstress and upholsterer in the furniture industry. She was a member of New Albany A.R. Presbyterian Church.
Services were Wednesday, April 22, at New Albany A.R. Presbyterian Church with the Rev. William B. Everett officiating. Burial was in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Gay (Joe) of Ripley; her grandchildren, Patrica Mosley (Mason) of Lexington, Tenn., Melissa Bourne (Vince) of Jackson, Tenn., Jennifer “J.J.” Harris (Matt) of New Albany, Jessica Maffett (Cory) of Pontotoc and Christian Gay of Ripley; eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alonzo Snipes and Velma Young Snipes; her husband, William Edward Daniel; her son, Jerry Daniel; and a brother, Houston Snipes.
Pallbearers were Milton Campbell, Whitey Roberts, Larry Treadaway, Eddie Prescott, Robin Bostwick and Joe Fennel.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Coffee Girls Club, Eddie Bramlett and Terry Templeton.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Jessie Taylor
CEDAR BLUFF – Jessie Lloyd Taylor, 83, died Wednesday, April 11, 2009, at University Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

 

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