TUPELO – Lenore Burcham Irby Cook, 78, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. A Mooreville native and lifelong resident of Lee County, she was born Oct. 26, 1930, to Arthur E. and Lena Mae Brooks Burcham. In 1949, she graduated from Mooreville High School. She lived most of her adult life in Tupelo. She worked keeping medical records for Dr. Kirk and Dr. Caldwell, and later for Internal Medical Association, where she retired in 1987 after more than 30 years of service. She was an avid worker of crossword puzzles and enjoyed reading and watching her soap operas on television. She married James M. Irby who died in 1963. She then married Martin Douglas Cook in 1986. He preceded her in death in 1992.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, James Irby (Cathy) of Panama City, Fla., and William M. Irby (Jackeleene) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Thomas Irby (Leah) and Tyler Irby of Panama City, and Richard Diaz and Sikiu Diaz of Lawton, Okla.; two great-grandchildren, Montana and Bianca Diaz.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
GRENADA – Sandra Ann Penn died Monday, April 27, 2009, at Grenada Lake Medical Center. A native of Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of Neville Vaughan and Ina Cobb Wilkins. She was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and worked in banking most of her life. While living in Booneville, she was very active in the Junior Auxillary.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Garner-Harper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Lynn K. Barker officiating. Burial will follow at Oddfellows Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, William Penn of Grenada; one daughter, Stephanie Williford (Joey) of Booneville; three grandchildren, Abigail, Joseph and Isabel; one nephew, Neville V. Wilkins III of Nashville; and grandnephew, Cole Wilkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Neville V. Wilkins Jr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
NEW ALBANY – Vera Mary Velasco Mitchell, 70, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at her home. She was born June 20, 1938, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Joseph and Victoria Verdone Velasco. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Lou Zemek officiating.
Survivors include her husband, John Houston Mitchell; one daughter, Gina Lankin (Mitchell) of New Albany; three sons, John Joseph Mitchell and Edward Alan Mitchell, both of North Carolina, and Richard David Mitchell of Florida; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Peter Brian Mitchell.
Pallbearers will be Vance Witt, James Stanford, Mark Pannell, Mike Pannell, Danny Jordan and Jimmy Hamlin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
BOONEVILLE – Brenda Gail Kendrick, 58, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center after a long illness. She was born Jan. 21, 1951, to Jewel McCreary Taylor and the late Earl Taylor. She was a member of Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church and a graduate of New Site High School. Before becoming disabled, she was a talented floral designer. She had a great love for children and her pet boxers, and she enjoyed baking, shopping and being outdoors. Throughout her life, she kept a positive attitude and always thought of others before herself, especially her sons.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Rickey Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Randel Gene Kendrick; two sons, Derek and Clint Kendrick of Booneville; her mother, Jewel Taylor; one sister, Ann Taylor of Booneville; three brothers, Benny, Rickey and Jimmy Taylor of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Taylor.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Chase Jr., Michael Williams, Rodney Taylor, Jeremy Harris, Gerald Rowland and Jimmy Enis.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
PONTOTOC – Annie Boyce (Clowers)Bridgman went to be with her Lord on April 25, 2009. She was born on May 12, 1928, in Pontotoc County to Dolph and Ella Mae (Hill) Clowers. She was a homemaker and loving mother. Her greatest joys were her Lord and her family. She was a member of the Fairview Methodist Church.
Services were Monday, April 27, 2009, at the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kerry Powell officiating, assisted by Bro. Tom Sheffield. Burial will follow at Pontotoc Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Lamar Bridgman of Pontotoc; one son, Danny Bridgman (Diane) of Pontotoc; one daughter, Anita Tutor (Tony) of Pontotoc; four grandchildren, Dana Harrison (Tommy), Daniel Bridgman, Jonathan Tutor (Kim) and Beth Tutor; four great-grandchildren, Alissa Harrison, Andrew Bridgman, Jade Bridgman and J.T. Tutor; one sister, Willie A. Miller; one nephew, Buddy Clowers; and one niece, Lisa Cagle.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Marvin Clowers.
Pallbearers were Daniel Bridgman, Andrew Bridgman, Jon Tutor, Tommy Harrison, Buddy Clowers, Steve Bridgman and Freddy Bridgman. Honorary pallbearer was J.T. Tutor.
CALHOUN CITY – David Earl “Crock” Walls, 54, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at Calhoun Health Services. He was born June 13, 1954, in Vardaman. He was a member of New Liberty Baptist Church. He was disabled.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at New Liberty Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Harmon and the Rev. Dale Easley officiating. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Griffin Walls of Calhoun City; three daughters, Tonya Blount of Bruce, and Sherry Walls and Kathy Griffin (Jonathan), both of Calhoun City; four sisters, Peggy Hood and Gail Gore (Johnny), both of Vardaman, Annette Vanlandingham (Nelson) of Bruce and Reva Martin (Larry) of Houston; four grandchildren, Kala Blount, Justin Blount, Braxton Griffin and Jase Griffin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Colon Durell Walls and Tillie Lorene Dye Walls, and three brothers, Kenny Walls, J.D. Walls and Mike Walls.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Dye, James Foster, Chester Ray Dye, Billy Walls and Junior Lee Walls.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
CALHOUN CITY – Paul Lester Douglas, 51, died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He attended Vardaman High School and served in the U.S. Army.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Daniel Temple Church of God with Wanda Hill officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangement.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Douglas; two daughters, Achia and Ashley Douglas; his mother, Mae Wilda (Lee) Holmes of Vardaman; his father, Acie (Dorthy) Douglas of Vardaman; two sisters, Carolyn (Sammie) Mims of Houston and Thelma (Victor) Buchanan; six brothers, Albert Douglas, James (Tomi) Douglas of Tupelo, Rufus Douglas of Olive Branch, Raymond (Paula) Douglas of Ecru, Carl Douglas of Vardaman and Kenneth (Caranette) Douglas of Olive Branch.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Glenda Rose.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
MARIETTA – Carl Hood, 78, died at his home in the Houston community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
CORINTH – Funeral arrangements for Lorene Spencer, 77, are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home of Corinth.
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Lester Evelyn Mitchell DeLong, 88, died Saturday, April 25, 2009, at the Hospice Quality Care in Dell City, Okla. She was born Feb. 6, 1921, in Amory to Arthur and Daisy Mitchell. She married Ross Edwin DeLong Sr. in 1952; he died in 1983. She was a member of the Meadowood Baptist Church in Midwest City, Okla. She volunteered at the Midwest Regional Hospital. She was president for several terms of AARP in Midwest City and she was a mall walker for many years. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and singing at the nursing home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include one son, Ross Edwin DeLong Jr. of San Antonio, Texas; two daughters, Margaret Pederson (Paul) of Luther, Okla., and Linda K. Young (Richard) of Arcadia, Okla.; six brothers and one sister; six grandchildren, Dr. Shannon Reed, Kendra Pedersen, Tamela DeLong, Ross Erick DeLong, Dr. Rob Cunningham and Bradley Cunningham; and three great-grandchildren, Austin DeLong, Sophie Reed and Cooper Cunningham.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Pallbearers will be Ross Erick DeLong, Richard Young, Earnest Mitchell and other family members.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.
RIPLEY – Wesley L. Gibens, 74, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 11, 1934, to Wesley Franklin Gibens and Flora Stroupe Gibens. He was a member of North Ripley Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher. He was employed part-time at Walmart in Ripley. He loved gardening; plants and flowers; talking to and helping people; and all of his grandchildren very much. His life revolved around God, his family, his church, gospel music and his work.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Harrison, Bro. Lamar Grisham and Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.
Survivors include wife, Omega Bryant Gibens of Ripley; one daughter, Janet Turner (Michael) of Ripley; two sons, David Gibens and Allen Gibens (Kristie), both of Ripley; three sisters, Loufain “Lucy” Coburn (Bob) of Venice, Fla., Loyce “Molly” Roberson of Ripley and Patsy French (Ron) of Irondale, Md.; one brother, Royce “Hop” Gibens (Geraldine) of Dumas; five grandchildren. Jennifer Harrison (Kenny), Mandy Null (John), Brandon Gibens, Courtney Gibens and Jesse Gibens, all of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Danny Gibens.
Pallbearers will be Jim Roberson, Kerry Roberson, Mark Gibens, Steve Gibens, Paul Gibens, Chuck Cason and Ronnie French.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bro. Jimmy Curle, Charles Bryant, John Brotherton, Senior Adult Sunday School Class of North Ripley Baptist Church, his grandchildren and employees of Walmart.
To view obituaries on-line and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
BURNSVILLE – Byrdie Alred, 93, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home in Iuka. She was a lifelong member of Chapel Hill Independent Methodist Church and a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking for her family, gardening, yard work and fishing.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen with Bro. Scotty McCay officiating. Burial will be in Whitehurst Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Allred (Jo) and Jack Alred (Joyce), both of Glen; one daughter, Bonnie Strickland of Iuka; one brother, Roy Johnson of Glen; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Alred; a son-in-law, Ellis Strickland; and her parents, Carrol and Belle Johnson.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Chapel Hill Independent Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Jeff Allred at (662) 427-8329.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Virginia Stennett Bishop, 81, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at Landmark Nursing and Rehab in Booneville after a long illness. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and a retired employee of Blue Bell after 32 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Pete McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Don Stennett of Booneville and Ronald Stennett of Sherman; three sisters, Moiez Nanney, Evelyn Ramey and Nona Faye Johnsey, all of Tupelo; one brother, Charles Lauderdale of Tupelo; two grandsons, Brian Stennett and Brad Stennett; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Donnie and Edna Stell Lauderdale; her husbands, Guy Stennett and Victor Bishop; and one sister, Louise Wilburn.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Thursday.
Peggy K. Hutcheson
BELMONT – Peggy K. Hutcheson, 70, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at her home. She was born March 18, 1939, in Mississippi to Cletus and Willie Mae Nelson Kennedy. She was seamstress employed at Blue Bell for 25 years. She was a member of Belmont United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Greg Forbus officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 49 1/2 years, Harold Hutcheson of Belmont; one sister, Ida Mae Harris of Birmingham, Ala.; one brother, Layfaette Kennedy of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Sheryl Boughman; and two brothers, Paul Kennedy and Junior Kennedy.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Martha L. Brasher
HOULKA – Martha L. Brasher, 67, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday.
CORINTH – Eula Mattox Wilhite, 80, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at her home. Better known as “Ma-Maw” and the Cake Lady, Mrs. Wilhite is famous for her coconut cakes. For the past 20 years, Mrs. Wilhite has been associated with the Hitching Post Restaurant. She made homemade desserts for the restaurant along with baking at home for her many customers. During the holiday season she made at least 11 cakes per day, not including the pies. She was always making cupcakes and cookies for the great-grandchildren’s school parties. Not only did she bake for them, she enjoyed having them stay with her.
Her baking began at the age of 4 when she would sneak to the creek and get her mother’s flour and sugar for her cakes and had an oven dug out in the side of a bank and make her brother help her cook.
She donated cakes to benefits; some would bring as much as $500 and then they would sell them by the slice. One did not go to her home without having a piece of cake or slice of pie and coffee, did not matter how busy she was. She was always giving to those in need or just because she wanted to. It was impossible to get ahead of her. She always was one step ahead in giving. She was also known for her care packages she gave weekly and monthly.
Mrs. Wilhite was an active member of Union Baptist Church and enjoyed attending Monday night singing at a neighboring church. Most of all she enjoyed having her family around. She loved her Lord and her family and never failed to let them know.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Union Baptist Church. The Rev. Rayborn Richardson will officiate, and Danny Mattox will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth V. Wilhite, and Jimmy Lee and Judy Wilhite, all of Corinth; one sister, Kate Meekins of San Angelo, Texas; five grandchildren, Kathy Inman (Clay), Julie Goodrich (Cliff), Lee Bo Wilhite (Angie), Clint Wilhite (Jennifer) and Kenny Wilhite (Jenessa); six great-grandchildren, Rope Inman, Pecos Wilhite, Kota Wilhite, Wyatt Wilhite, Chism Goodrich and Savannah Wilhite; and her special neighbors, Joyce Mattox and Kathryn Mills.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, H.V. Wilhite; one sister, Lottie Mattox Bradley; four brothers, Herman Mattox, Leon Mattox, Ellis Mattox and Bill Mattox; and a granddaughter, Debbie Wilhite.
Pallbearers will be Lee Bo Wilhite, Clint Wilhite, Kenny Wilhite, Will Bradley, Cliff Goodrich and Clay Inman.
Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons, Rope Inman, Pecos Wilhite, Kota Wilhite and Chism Goodrich.
Visitation will continue until prior to service time today at Union Baptist Church.
ABERDEEN – Edgar Lee Flournoy, 67, died Sunday, April 26, 2009, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. He was born March 29, 1942, to James A. and Myrlene McMickin Flournoy in Tremont. He worked in logging and sawmilling. His faith was Church of God. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and going to auctions.
Services were Tuesday, April 27, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Tim Winters officiating. Burial was in Pine Grove Church of God Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Melissa Green of Fairview; one son, David Flournoy of Fairview; three grandchildren, Kayla Roberts, Kelsy Roberts and Drew Roberts; his father, James A. Flournoy of Pontotoc; eight sisters, Joan Knect of Belmont, Alice Emerson (Robert) and Louise Hamm (Roy), both of Red Bay, Ala., Bonnie Watson (Homer) of Vina, Ala., Tressa Guntharp (Frankie) and Kay West (David), both of Fulton, Katherine Wood (Larry Joe) of Golden and Shirley Pounders (Douglas) of Tremont; three brothers, Frankie (Tonya) and Tim Flournoy, both of Pontotoc, and Michael Flournoy (Amy) of Algoma; special friend and caregiver, Edith McKissach of Mantachie.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Myrlene Flournoy; two sisters, Jean Collier and Joyce Harrison; one brother, James Edward Flournoy; and his grandparents, Judd and Rosie McMickin.
SALTILLO – Billye Jean Hankins McNutt, 77, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on April 11, l932, in the Auburn community of Lee County to George Lloyd and Myrtle Hankins. She grew up in Lee County. She attended Northeast Mississippi Junior College in Booneville, graduating in l971. In l973, she graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a degree in nursing. She was a master nurse, working many years at the Clay County Medical Center in West Point, where she resided much of her adult life. She served a number of years as Director of Nursing there and later worked extensively in home nursing. She was instrumental in supporting the nursing program at MUW and was honored with a scholarship program named in her honor. She was a member of the Emmanuel Assembly of God in Nettleton. She enjoyed reading, especially her Bible, and traveling with her husband across the USA.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Phil Wood officiating. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at West Point Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her four sons, Jimmy McNutt (Carolyn) of Titus, Ala., Artie McNutt (Penney) of New Hope, Ala., Mark McNutt of Saltillo and John McNutt (Denise) of Hazel Green, Ala.; 11 grandchildren, Susan Pickard, Charlotte McNutt, Brandon Tockrus, Christina Bolton, John Cramer, Geoffrey McNutt, Mark McNutt Jr., Samantha McNutt, Justyn McNutt, James McNutt and William McNutt; three sisters, Fay McDonald of Tupelo, Hazel McDonald of Plantersville and Shirley Robbins (Delbert) of Tupelo; two brothers, Bobby Hankins of Tupelo and Terry Hankins of Plantersville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James G. McNutt Sr., her parents; and two brothers, Hoyle and G.L. Hankins.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, James, Mark, William and Justyn McNutt.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time on Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Assembly of God, P.O. Box 305, Nettleton, MS 38858.
SHANNON – Kolten Lane “Hootie” Tackitt, 9-month-old son of Corey D. Tackitt and Nikki LeiAnn Russell, died suddenly Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at his home west of Shannon. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church west of Shannon. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
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