Obituaries April 26, 2009

Robert Boynton Smith
AUSTELL, GA. – Dr. Robert Boynton Smith, devoted husband, father and friend, passed into the loving, comforting and waiting hands of both his creator and savior on Friday, April 24, 2009. Born September 20, 1931 in Bath, SC and growing up in nearby Augusta, Ga., Bob served honorably in the United States Marine Corp. before graduating from Presbyterian College in 1954. Dr. Smith then completed graduate degrees at both Union Theological Seminary (1957) and Edinburg (Scotland) Theological University (1961). The ensuing 30 years were fruitfully spent in pastorates in several churches, notably in Mississippi and Texas. A portion of 1979 was spent abroad at Oxford University (England) furthering his education. In 1986 he was named President of World Neighbors, a worldwide self-help organization. During this time Dr. Smith traveled extensively throughout South America, Asia, India and Africa working to improve the way of life around the world for multitudes. From 1989 until his retirement in 2003, Dr. Smith worked at The Board of Pensions of The Presbyterian Church, serving as Special Envoy to the President. Dr. Smith is survived by his wife of 55 years and lifelong companion Rita, grateful sons Buckner and Boynton and his wife Elizabeth Smith, granddaughters Adair and Amelia Smith, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Visitation will be held at Pegues Funeral Home, 535 Jefferson St. in Tupelo from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28. Services will be held the following morning, Wednesday, April, 29 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, Tupelo, Ms. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Presbyterian Homes of Georgia, 2000 East-West Connector, Austell, GA 30106, tel.770-819-7000

Billie Bevil
HORN LAKE – Billie Joyce Bevil, 78, died Friday, April 24, 2009, in Pontotoc. A General Motors retiree, she was a member of Grace Nazarene Church in Memphis, Tenn.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Thaxton Baptist Church with burial following in the Warren Cemetery in Hurricane. Brantley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Brotherton; sisters, Bobbie Roden and Donna Pettit; brothers, Danny and M.G. Russell; granddaughters, Bridget Brotherton Martin and Bethany Brotherton; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Randy Bevil.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the church.
Marty Evans
OXFORD – Marty James Evans, 85, died Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Baptist Memorial Hospital North MS. Born in Tallahassee, Fla., he served as a Sergeant in the United States Army Medical Corp during World War II. He was a member of Yellow Leaf Baptist Church who enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a retired tow boat captain with Stokes Towing.
Funeral services will be Monday at 3 p.m. at Yellow Leaf Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry East and Mr. Tres Evan officiating. Burial will follow in Yellow Leaf Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Johnston Evans of Oxford; one daughter, Diane Evans Goza (Milton) of Grace; one son, Marty James Evans Jr. (Veda) of Enid; one sister, Charlotte Narron of Ontario, Calif.; seven brothers, Grady Evans of Clanton, Ala., Mike Evans of West Monroe, La., Howard Evans of Lexington, Tenn., Ted Evans of Crystal Springs, Coy Evans, Bobby Evans and Lamar Evans, all of Greenville; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday at the church.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Evans’ memory may be made to The Gideons, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214; or to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 45250-0301.
In honor of Mr. Evan’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Army is being flown at Waller Funeral Home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit http://www.wallerfuneralhome.com

Von Elliott
HICKORY FLAT – Elizabeth “Von” Yvonne Gatlin Elliott, 66, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at her residence. She was born Feb. 3, 1943, in Munford, Tenn., to Rob and Elizabeth Wiseman Gatlin. She married her husband, Franklin D. Elliott on Dec. 29, 1961, and were married for 47 years. She was active in both church and community. She was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church where she served as board member and was a member of the Choir, Ladies Circle and Leadership Committee. She loved all major holidays, especially Christmas and Easter. She loved children and each year she made 30 to 40 Easter baskets to perfection, filled with love for children of the church and community, making sure all children were treated equally. She worked at Piper Impact for 25 years and she loved gospel music. She loved life and her life was her family. She was a role model for many young people. She was a woman of strong faith, courage and strength and was filled with God’s love. She had a full community of friends whom she loved dearly. She was a lady who will me sorely missed.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Marie Brown and Bro. Keith Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Methodist in Hickory Flat. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Frank Elliot; one daughter, Donna Poppelreiter of Saltillo; one son, Frank Elliot Jr. (Danielle) of Hickory Flat; one sister, Bobbie Turner of Moro, Ill.; two brothers, Calvin Gatlin of Atoka, Tenn. and Richard Gatlin of Hernando; six grandchildren, Terry Elliott, Kayla Jumper (Beau), Austin Speck (Kathryn), Allison Elliot, Tyler Speck and Owen Elliott; one great-grandchild, Clayton Speck; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Martha Sawyer, Annette Cross and Cammie Mae Smith; three brothers, Barrett Gatlin, Bill Gatlin and Jerry Dean Gatlin.
Pallbearers will be Randy Busby, Elliott Richardson, Roger Brown, Harold Busby, Stanley Vanzant and Ken Turner.
Jamie Cross will serve as honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfunerlservices.com
Eva Roby
AMORY – Eva Dora Donald Roby, 96, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born Dec. 3, 1912, in Itawamba County. She was married to the late Floyd Arlin Roby. She was a member of the Hatley Primitive Baptist Church. A master cook, she enjoyed being with her family and she loved to sew. She enjoyed gardening, telling jokes, making people laugh and music. She was an avid Elvis fan and number one fan of her son, Jimmy Dale Roby’s, music.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Bigbee Baptist Church with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Dorsey Memorial Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three grandchildren, Garon Roby, Sharon Gail Sargent (Rob) and Michael Shane Roby; three great grandchildren, Lauren Roby Knight (Hunter), Robert Brandon Sargent and Shannon Gail Sargent; one great-great-grandchild, Jaxon Cade Knight; and special friends, Robert and Betty Kozlowitz, Rachel Segovia, Guy and Nellie Green and Lorene Roby.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Jimmy Dale Roby; two brothers, Charlie Donald and Lyndon Donald; three sisters, Billie Duncan, Jeriene Walton and Mary Walton; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Ted Donald, Sidney Kozlowitz, Brandon Knight, Hunter Knight, Mike Sargent and Dusty Thompson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Guy Green, Daniel Sargent, Robert Kozlowitz, Thaniel Sargent, and Travis Loden.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Bigbee Baptist Church, 808 Walnut St., Amory, MS 38821.

Garvin Vinson
OXFORD – Garvin Lee Vinson, 87, died Friday, April 24, 2009 at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Born in Oxford, he served as a Gunnery Sergeant E6 US Marine Corp during World War II. He was a member of Temple Heights Baptist Church and retired Athletic Dietitian at the University of Mississippi.
Funeral services will at 11 a.m. Monday at the Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry East officiating. Burial will follow in the Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Anne Vinson of Oxford; three daughters, Barbara Tise of Oxford, Shirley Danford of Oxford and Donna Roberts of Oakland; two sisters, Ruby Hall and Doris Vinson, both of Oxford; one brother, Curtis Vinson of Petersburg, Va.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family has asked that memorial contributions in Mr. Vinson’s memory be made to State Veterans Home, 120 Veterans Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655.
In honor of Mr. Vinson’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Marines is flying at Waller Funeral Home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit http://www.wallerfuneralhome.com

Annie Bridgman
PONTOTOC – Annie Bridgman, 80, died Saturday, April 25, 2009, after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin, Nowell & Clark Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mildred Egger
AMORY – Mildred Reed Carter Egger, 94, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jane White
MANTACHIE – Jane White, 73, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at the Community Hospice Darlington Oaks in Verona. She was born Oct. 20, 1935, in Bruce to Curtis and Ivy Sims Williams. She grew up in Clarksdale but lived a number of years in Topapola, Water Valley and Marks. She was a graduate of Clarksdale High School and attended nursing school in Memphis, Tenn. She managed the Ramada Inn in Oxford for a number of years and worked in Administration at the Quitman County Hospital in Marks where she later retired. She was a member of Sylvarine Baptist Church in Water Valley. She was the widow of the late Kelsie Reed White, who preceded her in death on March 17, 1996. She was briefly a resident of Mantachie, where she had moved to be near her daughters.
All services will be private.
Survivors include three daughters, Kim White of Clarksdale and Deborah Bentley and Brandi White McCleese (Benjamin), all of Mantachie; one sister, Faye Ellen McCloud of Kalamazoo, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Alicia McGinnis and Kelly McGinnis, both of Hernando, Heather Bentley of Clarksdale, Ryan Bentley of Mooreville, and Allissa McCleese, Mary-Scott McCleese and Reed McCleese, all of Mantachie; and four great-grandchildren, Alli McGinnis, Hunter Grant Bentley, Kylie McGinnis and Jacie McGinnis.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and one great-granddaughter, Kaia Lane Weatherly.

Evelyn Delong
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. – Evelyn Delong, 87, died Saturday, April 25, 2009, at the Hospice Quality Care in Dell City, Okla. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Dewdrop Johnson
FULTON – Dewdrop Johnson, 80, died Saturday, April 25, 2009, at The Meadows. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
Bertha Leach
CHICAGO, ILL. – Bertha Lee Simmons Leach, 75, formerly of Holly Springs, died Monday, April 20, 2009, at the Loretto Hospital in Chicago, Ill. She was a member of Greater St. John Baptist Church in Chicago, Ill. She was a former missionary and a retired Claims Clerk Adjuster with Railroad Retirement Board.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Grey’s Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs with Rev. Joe T. Lester officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six daughters, Karen Scott, Phyllis Earl, Wanda Leach, Deirdre Leach, Renee Leach and Valerie Leach, all of Chicago, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carolyn Simmons and Janice Simmons, both of Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, Girard Simmons of Kansas City, Mo. and Hosie Simmons of Knoxville, Tenn.; and a special caregiver, her grandson-in-law, Larry Hammond of Chicago, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Leach.
Visitation will be from 12 to 12:55 p.m. Monday at the church.

Bobby C. Reeves
FULTON – Bobby C. Reeves, 62, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at his residence. He was born Nov. 21, 1946, in Tupelo to William Curtis and Maggie Liola Rogers Reeves. He was a member of Hardens Chapel United Methodist Church. He was the former owner of Reeves Texaco Station in Fulton. He was retired from Mueller Brass and a member of Local Union. He was a veteran of the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. He enjoyed and loved his grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Harold Manning officiating. Chris Johnson will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the Hardens Chapel Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Lindsey Reeves of Fulton; one daughter, Kristie Reeves of Fulton; two sons, Robert Reeves (Trisha) and Bob Alan Reeves, both of Fulton; grandchildren, Colin Reeves, Alley Reeves, Rustin Reeves, Ravin Reeves, Chris Jordon and Vini Montes, all of Fulton and Bradley Reeves of Gulf Shores, Ala.; two sisters, Shirley Jean Wouldridge and Mayola Massey (Jimmy) of Red Bay; one brother, Roger Doyle Reeves (Christeen) of Fulton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
His nephews will serve as pallbearers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kenneth and William Madison Reeves; and sisters, Galene Thomas and Patsy Ann Schepper.
Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. until service time today.

Bonnie Warren
GOLDEN – Bonnie Mae James Warren, 98, died Friday, April 25, 2009, at her residence. She was born April 9, 1911, in Saltillo to the late Alfred Clark and Cammi Rachael George James. She was a school teacher at Golden and Belmont for 22 years and she was a homemaker. She was a charter member of Golden Central Baptist Church for 74 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Golden Central Baptist Church with bro. Mickey Trammel and Bro. Jerry Ginn officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Peggy Sparks; son-in-law, Harmon Davis; eight grandchildren, Sondra Bullen (Phil), Judy Carroll (Frank), Larry Davis (Wanda), Rick Sparks (Shelia), Cherryne Greene (Paul), Randy Sparks (Teresa), Cyndi Strickland (Terry), Sam Paul (Gary); 21 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E.R. Warren on Feb. 13, 1989; her daughter, Janet Davis; grandson, Gary Davis; four sisters, Lela Easterling, Lucille Thrasher, Beatrice Ginn and Lula “Sister” Peterson; five brothers, Daniel Arthur James, Joe James, Robert James, Claudis James and John Earl James.
Pallbearers will be Rick Sparks, Randy Sparks, Larry Davis, Frank Carroll, Phil Bullen, Paul Green, Terry Strickland and Gary Paul.
Her great-grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6 a.m. until service time on Monday at the church.

Marie Miller
BOONEVILLE – Marie Robinson Miller, 81, formerly of Memphis, Tenn., died Friday, April 24, 2009, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab in Booneville after a brief illness. She was a former employee of Hawkins Equipment and Tri-State Glass in Memphis and also a member of Carolina United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Dwain Whitehurst officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Robin Comella (Steve) of Collierville, Tenn.; one son, Mike Miller (Jana) of Ft. Worth, Texas; two brothers, Bill Robinson of Germantown, Tenn., and Bob Robinson of Cordova, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, David Miller and Rebecca Miller.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Pauline Robinson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Monday at the funeral home.
Tracy Olson
Tracy Jo Futato Olson, 38, went to meet her Lord on Friday, April 24, 2009, in Houston, Texas, after a long fight with leukemia. Tracy was a devoted wife and loving mother. She greatly valued service to others, her close family, and many friendships. Tracy was a 1988 graduate of New Albany High School. She attended Mississippi State University and the Mississippi University for Women where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She worked at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi, and in the New Albany Schools during her nursing career. Tracy was active and loved dearly in her community. She was a member of the New Albany Garden Club and the Historic Northside Garden Club. As a member of the New Albany First United Methodist Church, she served on and chaired multiple committees.
Tracy was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Matt and Delois White of Brooksville, Mississippi; her paternal grandfather, Joseph Futato; and her father in law, Ray Olson, both of New Albany.
Survivors include her loving husband, Jeff Olson, and her precious daughter, Kristen Olson, of New Albany. They were the light of her life. Other survivors (all of New Albany) include her parents, Richard and Gabby Hall and George and Pam Futato; mother-in-law, Ellen Olson; grandmothers, Ann Futato and Etna Wood; sisters, Angie Futato Everett (Joseph) and Kalee Beth Hall; brother, Andy Hall (Clare); brother-in-law, Brian Olson (Deana); one niece and three nephews who all referred to her as “Aunt T.”.
Tracy was a strong Christian with enormous faith. Her charming, giving, loving spirit and her gift of humor will continue to bless all who knew her.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 28, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Wesley Hall, New Albany, Mississippi.
Memorial Service and Celebration of Tracy’s life will be held at First Methodist Church, New Albany, Mississippi, on Wednesday, April 29, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Bruce Taylor, Dr. Giles Lindley, and Reverend Leslie Nabors officiating. United Funeral Service is in charge of all arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Bo Hamilton, Brian Ketchum, Bob Monroe, Wick Morris, Brian Olson and Don Stroud.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Mississippi Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America or the building fund of First United Methodist Church in New Albany, Mississippi.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com

E. Ray Timbes
BOONEVILLE – E. Ray Timbes, 66, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at his home after a brief illness. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, retired owner of Timbes Electrical and a United States Marine Corp Veteran. He loved fishing and cooking for people.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Matt Wilburn, Bro. Jamie Basden and Bro. Seth Kirkland officiating. Burial will be in the Oaklawn Memorial Park. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Timbes; one daughter, Tiffany Shirley (Scott) of Pleasant Grove, Ala.; one son, Chris Basden (Christie) of Rienzi; two sisters, Ester Bryant (Jim) of Summerville, Ga. and Joyce Carr (Don) of Jacksonville, N.C.; three grandchildren, Caleb Shirley, Callie Basden and Carleigh Basden; stepmother, Mable Timbes of Booneville; two stepsisters, Shirley Tabler and Oneta Cole, both of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E.B. and Annie Mae Timbes; and his mother and father-in-law, Grady and Cordelia Basden.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Monday, both at the funeral home.

 

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