Obituaries April 30, 2009

Norris Mathis
OXFORD – Norris Dean Mathis, 51, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at his sister’s residence in Oxford. He was a native of Lafayette County and a member of New Hope M.B. Church. He loved building things, doing carpenter work, fixing small appliances, dancing and gardening.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. The Rev. Elton Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Latasha Tidwell of Tupelo and Latonya Curry of Waterford; two sons, Chris Brown of Water Valley and Morris Vaughn of Coffeeville; two sisters, Mary Williams and JoAnne Mathis, both of Oxford; four brothers, Jerry Mathis, Clayton Mathis Jr., T.C. Mathis and Dennis Mathis, all of Oxford; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton Mathis Sr. and Everlean Mathis.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Martha Brasher
HOULKA – Martha Lou Brumley Brasher, 67, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a Baptist and a member of Schooner Valley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will be in Collums Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Brasher of Houlka; two sons, Tony Brasher and Terry Brasher, both of Houlka; five grandchildren, Amanda Ward of Houston, Anonna Brasher and Tinsley Brasher of Ridgeland, Billie Brasher of Houlka and Ashley Brasher of Randolph; one great-grandchild, Bryanna Ward of Houston; two stepgrandchildren, Charles Fostor and Patrick McGonagill; one stepgreat-grandchild, Madison Fostor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Myrtle Brumley.
Pallbearers will be Patrick McGonagill, Joey Ward, Sam Russell, Ricky Burgess, Lee Burgess, and Richard Thacker.
Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. today.

Glynda Stewart
CALHOUN CITY – Glynda Taylor Stewart, 66, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at her home. She was born Aug. 20, 1942, in Calhoun City. She was a homemaker and a member of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross. She loved to play bridge.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Scott Wright officiating. Burial will be in Calhoun City Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, R.B. Stewart of Calhoun City; three daughters, Donna Lovorn (Andy) and Becky Keeton (Jamie), both of Calhoun City, and Betty Bryant (Tony) of Bruce; one brother, Jimmy Taylor (Melba) of Calhoun City; six grandchildren, Kelly Lovorn (Kim), Kim Lenard (Barry), Jennifer Weeks (Donnie), Keith Bryant (Ashley), Heather Collums (Dewayne) and Jody Bryant.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard Taylor and Vivian McKelroy Taylor; a sister, Susan Strider; and a brother, Bobby Taylor.
Pallbearers will be George Mart Mounger, Jimmy Ball, Mike Beasley, Jerry Moore, Jess Moore and Paul Moore Jr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 14, Calhoun City, MS 38916.

Kenneth Baldwin
SALTILLO – Kenneth Leroy Baldwin, 69, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was a Baptist and a retired stocker for Shoney’s.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. John Stevens officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Baldwin of Saltillo; two sisters, Marilyn Walters and Donna Baldwin, and two brothers, David Baldwin and Russell Baldwin, all of Ohio; his mother-in-law and stepfather-in-law, Bettie and Cliff Miller; his father-in-law and stepmother-in-law, Billy and Janice Mills; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Albert and Virginia Jewel Baldwin, and one brother, Roger Baldwin.
Visitation will continue until service time today.

Lorene Spencer
CORINTH – Lorene Hancock Spencer, 77, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at her home. A native of Alcorn County, she was born Feb. 2, 1932, to Larry and Lessie Rogers Hancock. She worked in the garment industry. She was a member of Strickland Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Corinthian Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Wages officiating. Burial will be in Lone Oak Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Howard J. Spencer (Billie) and Terry Wayne Spencer (Beverly), both of Corinth; two daughters, Linda Jo Spencer (companion, Mary) and Joyce Harris, both of Corinth; grandchildren, Markettia Tharp, Bobby Worsham, Ronnie Harris, Gary Harris, T.J. Spencer and Austin Reed; a foster granddaughter, Connie Bowers; six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Howard Spencer; one daughter, Carolyn Worsham; her parents; one sister, Irene Essary; and one brother, Billy Hancock.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Worsham, Billy Spencer, Danny Spencer, Craig Hancock, Dominic Trevino and Billy Morris.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. today and continue Friday until service time.

James H. Davis
IUKA – James H. Davis, 71, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church, where he was a song leader for many years. He enjoyed fishing, and he loved spending time with his family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. John Shamblin and Bro. Doug Christy officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Davis of Iuka; two sons, Danny Davis (Janice) of Iuka and Donny Davis (Melodie) of Russellville, Ala.; one stepdaughter, Kristy Oden (Jared) of Tuscumbia, Ala.; five grandchildren, Nathan, Morgan, Emily and Mark Davis, and Addison Oden; one uncle, Clarence Davis of Alexandria, La.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Emma Lou Davis; his parents, Burt and Ella Davis; and two sisters, Christine Barnett and Billie Lambert.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Barnett, Steve Barnett, David Barnett, Gary Littlejohn, Mark Davis, Nathan Davis, Bobby Gist and Leonard Welch.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to New Prospect Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Wayne Jones
CORINTH – Wayne Jones, 63, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth.

Paul Lee
MANTACHIE – Paul Wayne Lee, 51, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, after a sudden illness. He was born June 20, 1957, to Lois and Lucoy Robinson. He was employed at MTD as a fabrication engineer. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, grandchildren, who were the sunshine of his life, and friends.
No public service will be held. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge.
Survivors include one daughter, Maria Wilson (Billy) of Evergreen; three sons, Michael P. Lee (Bridget), P.J. Ryan and J.J. Austin, all of Mantachie; one brother, Robert E. Lee (Pat) of Pratt; grandchildren, Christopher Smith, Terry Smith and Gracie Ryan; in-laws, Donna Dill, Jamie Dill, Wanda Waters (Tim), Tammy Dill (Tim) and David Howell (Debbie), all of Mantachie; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra; his parents; and a sister, Sarah Skelton.

Carl Hood
MARIETTA – Carl Hood, 78, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at his home in the Ozark community. He was born Oct. 20, 1930, to Lawrence and Ruthie Mills Hood. He was a retired employee of Super Sagless Manufacturing and a retired farmer. He was a member of the Ozark Church of Christ. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching ball games and spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Carl Dunlap and Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include four nieces, Jan Loague (Roger), Patty Sheffield (Brad), Carla Pettigo (Jimmy) and Cerrie Franks (Jimmy Dale); seven great-nieces, Jessica Upton, Brandi Tyra (Andy), Renea Sheffield, Sarah Sheffield, Hailey Pettigo, Jaisey Pettigo and Kayla Loague; three great-nephews, Clay Franks, Eli Franks and Wesley Loague; one great-great-nephew, Anthony Upton; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Hood.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kelton Hood and Truman Hood; and a sister-in-law, Faye Hood.
Pallbearers will be Brad Sheffield, Jimmy Pettigo, Jimmy Dale Franks, Roger Loague, Rickey Cooper, Mitchell Hood, Randy Hood and Keith Mills.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eli Franks, Clay Franks, Anthony Upton, Wesley Loague, Eulon Hood, Gene Hood, Clinton Hood, Joyce Hood, Wayne Hood and Wade Culver.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

L.D. Bevill
CALHOUN CITY – L.D. Bevill, 89, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at his home. He was born May 5, 1919, in Chickasaw County. He was a retired employee of Pennaco and a member of Reedy’s Chapel Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post 50 and the VFW.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Gladwin Carpenter, the Rev. Bobby J. Poss and the Rev. Billy Little officiating. Burial will be in Reedy’s Chapel Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda Bevill of Calhoun City; two daughters, Clara Reynolds and Shirley Spencer, both of Calhoun City; one sister, Pauline Conner of Pontotoc; one brother, Ray Bevill of Houston; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, W.L. Bevill and Jennie Adams Bevill; a grandchild, Zachary Reynolds; and four sisters and five brothers.
Pallbearers will be Robert L. Easley, James H. Easley, White Baker, William Easley, Tom Reedy and Don Reedy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2009.

Mary Green
MEMPHIS – Mary Omeiza Green, 15 days old, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at her home. She was born April 13, 2009, in Memphis to Pamverly Green.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Piney Grove M.B. Church Cemetery in Pontotoc. Pastor Chad Payton will officiate. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Ashland is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Pamverly Green, and her father, Marvin Asemah, of Memphis; her grandparents, Noisel and Mary Green of Pontotoc; four brothers, Joseph, Tyrone, Brandon and Nick Asemah, all of Memphis.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Omeiza and Joseph Asemah.

Clara Mills
RED BAY, Ala. – Clarissa Clara Mills, 87, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at the Care Center of Red Bay. She was born Dec. 10, 1921, in Itawamba County to Stephen Laton and Tyrena Mayhall Chesnutt. She attended the Church of God.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Robert Wood officiating. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery at Golden.
Survivors include one daughter, Clara Delores Daily (Keith) of Red Bay; one grandson, Dr. Josiah Daily (Shannon) of Cullman, Ala.; one great-grandson, Josiah Carter Daily; a special daughter-in-law, Fleta Mills Swiney (Samuel) of Red Bay; three stepdaughters, Inez Prestage of Madison, Ala., Jeanette Orrick of Red Bay and Mary Boozer (F.B.) of Smithville; one stepson, W.T. Mills (Bobbie Sue) of Zion, Ill.; one niece, Jonie, and three nephews, Danny, Steve and Kelly.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Mills; a granddaughter, Clarissa Hope Daily; two stepsons, Herbert Mills and Morris Mills; a stepdaughter, Minnie Gillette; and two brothers, Sherman Chesnutt (Susie) and John K. Chesnutt.
Pallbearers will be Chuck Mills, Danny Chesnutt, Steve Chesnutt, Michael Brown, Bud Strickland and Bill Brown.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope Daily Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Community Spirit Bank in Red Bay, Ala.

Kolten Tackitt
NETTLETON – Kolten Lane “Hootie” Tackitt, 9-month-old son of Corey D. Tackitt and Nikki L. Russell Morton, died suddenly Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at his home in Nettleton. “Hootie” was a precious little boy who was full of life, laughter and love. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends who loved him dearly.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church west of Shannon with Bro. Fred Hartley and Bro. Dean Moody officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Corey and Nikki; his grandparents, Lanelle Tackitt of Shannon and Kenneth Morton of Nettleton; his uncles, Jerry Tackitt of Shannon, John Russell of Clarksdale and Chris Morton of Nettleton; his aunt, Margie McElwain of Shannon.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jerry Tackitt, and his grandmother, Barbara Dale Morton.
Pallbearers will be Robert Ray, Josh Williams, Brandon Ethridge, Josey Sloan, Michael Davis and Travis Hester.
Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Aaron and Jacob Jones.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time today at the church.

Elmer H. Samuelson
TUPELO – Elmer H. Samuelson, 74, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.

Mae York
MEMPHIS – Mae Jones York, 91, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009. She was born Sept. 24, 1917, to Charles Luther and Mary Frances Pittman Jones. She was retired from customer service at Woolco. She was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth with the Rev. Richard Doyle officiating. Burial will be in Memory Hill Gardens in Memphis.
Survivors include one son, Cletus L. York Jr. (Ann) of Kingston Springs, Tenn.; two daughters, Cecile Mitchell (Ernest) of Anchorage, Alaska, and Carolyn Huff of Memphis; one sister, Poe Faulkner of Chewalla, Tenn.; her grandchildren, Dennis Mitchell, Terri Mitchell, Cindy Davenport, Angie Armstrong, Mike York and Brian Huff; her great-grandchildren, Lydia Mitchell, Owen Mitchell, Rebecca Zacher, Cameron Zacher, Joseph Zacher, Adam Devine, Logan Devine, Joshua Armstrong, Bethany Armstrong and Amanda Nash; and one great-great-grandchild, Melody Rose Nash.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus L. York Sr.; and her parents, six brothers and two sisters.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Harold Jones
CORINTH – Funeral arrangements for Harold Wayne Jones, 63, are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.

Margie Jones
OXFORD – Margie McEwen Jones, 68, died Sunday, April 26, 2009, at her home in Oxford. She was a native of Lafayette County. She was a retired line operator and a member of Hurricane Creek Primitive Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association building in Oxford with Elder Joseph Porter officiating. Burial will be in the Hurricane Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Russell Jones of Bangs, Texas; two sisters, Erma M. Campbell of Oxford and Ann Howell of Detroit, Mich.; seven brothers, Pate McEwen, William McEwen, David McEwen and George McEwen, all of Detroit, Mich., Jimmie McEwen of Memphis, Jeff McEwen of Oxford and Calvin McEwen of Plant City, Fla.

Bill Creekmore
BOONEVILLE – William A. “Bill” Creekmore, 66, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Jean Anderson
CORINTH – Jean Vassar Anderson died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at the Dogwood Plantation Assisted Living. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Bert Coleman Jr.
CORINTH – Bert M. Coleman Jr. died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.

Patricia King
CORINTH – Patricia Elaine Puckett Wright King, 63, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, where she had lived for five weeks. She was born June 21, 1945, in St. Louis, Mo., to Cornelius Boyd Puckett and Sarah Puckett. She lived in Missouri and in several Mississippi towns before moving from Kosciusko to Corinth four years ago. She had been disabled since 1990. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Hatley. She married Marvin Lee King in 2002.
A private family burial service is planned. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin, of Corinth; three sons, John Wright of Huntsville, and Christopher Wright and Tony Wright, both of St. Louis; two brothers, James E. “Jim” Puckett and William “Bill” Puckett, both of St. Louis; a sister, Virginia Joyce Marsh of Houston, Texas; her stepmother, Margie Puckett of Kosciusko; and her grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Hatley Cemetery Fund, 60128 Hatley Cemetery Circle, Amory, MS 38821.

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