Obituaries April 6, 2009

Betty Sue Shirley
SALTILLO – Betty Sue Watts Shirley, 78, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at her residence in the Natchez Trace Villas after an extended illness. She was born in New Albany on Sep. 1, 1930, to the late Clinton Wallace Watts and Madge Lucille Bramlett Watts. She was a master homemaker and had lived 35 years in Lee County. A member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo, she was a devoted and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt to her family. She was a hard worker who enjoyed her flower beds and collecting angels. She will be missed by a grateful family.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors where Bro. David Eldridge officiated. Her son, Billy Ray Spence delivered family and spiritual reflections. Burial was in the Shirley family plot in the Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph “Bill” Shirley of the Natchez Trace Villas in Saltillo; a daughter, Teresa Ann Sowell (Michael) of Shelby, N.C.; three sons, Travis Lamar Spence of Lewisville, Maine, Billy Ray Spence of Shelby, N.C., and Wallace Daniel Spence of Chesterville, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Headley of Huntsville, Ala.; and a sister-in-law, Pat Hogue (Jerry) of New Albany; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Gary Glen Spence; and two brothers, Charles and Jerry Watts.
Pallbearers will be Bob Shirley, Brad Shirley, Michael Sowell, Bryan Sowell, Randy Willis and Brandon Spence.
Visitation continued until service time at the Tupelo Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Roy Snipes
TUPELO – Roy Snipes, 71, husband of Catherine Snipes, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

Donnel Timbes
BURNSVILLE – Donnel Wayne “Duck” Timbes, 65, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at his residence. He was a charter member and deacon of Harmony Hill Baptist Church. He was a member of the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department for 32 years and was Chief for many years and up to his passing. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed hanging out and tinkering in his shop.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen with Bro. Seth Kirkland and Bro. Billy Paul Feltman officiating. Burial will be in the Harmony Hill Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Timbes of Burnsville; two daughters, Ciji Marlin (Scott) of Iuka and Cindi Bonds (Bradley) of Burnsville; two sisters, Joyce Rorie (John) of Burnsville and Nell Brown of Iuka; four grandchildren, Austin Martin, Albanie Marlin, Caroline Bonds and Connor Bonds.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clay and Iness Timbes.
Pallbearers will be members of the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department.
Honorary pallbearers will be Cleston Burcham, Mike Brown, Norbert Coleman, Randle Walls, Bill Hardin, Sherman Woods, Anthony Williams, Ricki Enlow and Nikki McCrae.
Memorials may be made to the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 475, Burnsville, MS 38833.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com

JoAnn Cox
TUPELO – JoAnn Mitchell Cox, 78, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 23, 1930, in Blue Mountain to the late Ruffin Hilliard Mitchell and Ina Mae Godwin Mitchell. She was a graduate of Blue Mountain College and a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Harrisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jack S. Cox of Tupelo; daughter, Cyndy Cox McGuire (Buz) of Macon; son, Jeff Cox (Donna) of Tupelo; sister, Sandra Mitchell Harris (Richard) of Franklin, Tenn.; and five grandchildren, Owen McGuire, Ann Hamilton, Ferris McGuire, Mitchell Cox and Matthew Cox.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruffin Hilliard Mitchell and Ina Mae Godwin Mitchell.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House; or the Lee County Library.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com

Peyton L. Sims
HOUSTON – Peyton Lee Sims, 4, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the Pickwick Lake after a sudden illness. He was born June 24, 2004, in Tupelo to the late James Nathaniel Sims and Brandy Lee. He was a member of Parkway Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Brandy Lee of Booneville; his legal guardians, Jerry and Vickie Black of Houston; one brother, Aden Paul Gaskin of Grenada; grandparents, David and Barbara Sims of Houston and Robert and Linda Lee of Booneville; three aunts, Jessica “Deka” Black of Houston, Pam Johnson of Hamilton, Ala. and Christy Kelly of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Nathaniel “Nat” Sims.
Pallbearers will be Marcus Fisackerly, John Paul Fisackerly, Jeremy Akins, Dustin Belk, Ross Stewart and Lyle Stewart.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Larry Munn
ABERDEEN – Larry Munn, 56, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. 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.

Frances Harris
CORINTH – Frances Harris, 80, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at her daughter’s home in Somerville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth.

Audie Stevens
SALTILLO – Audie W. Stevens died Sunday, April 05, 2009, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Lyle Hansberger
PONTOTOC – William “Lyle” Hansberger, an accomplished businessman, engineer, sportsman and family man, passed away Friday, April 3, at the age of 87.
Hansberger, founder and CEO of Ram Golf Corp., was born on Dec., 1921 in the farming-town of Worthington, Minn. and grew up there.
After a very modest upbringing in Worthington, where Hansberger had to walk two miles in the snow every day just to make it to school (so he always told us), Hansberger lunged into the bright-lights and the big city of Minneapolis. The prestigious Dunwoody Institute had no idea who they had in their hands.
After receiving an engineering degree from Dunwoody and at the onset of World War II, Hansberger was recruited by IBM to help the U.S. government during wartime. Well, we won the war and Hansberger had to find something else to turn his attention to.
Golf–that was it– fascinated Lyle, as well as his brothers; Bob, Al and Jim. Bob served as a consultant mainly due to a small project he was working on after graduating from Harvard. Bob was working on a small project company known now as Boise Cascade. Al, followed by Jim later, were integral men in the development of a list of golf companies that eventually became Ram Golf.
Excellence doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes down to the Hansberger family. Lyle was always acknowledged as being “the inventor” in the family. His inventiveness and excellence shined through after Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus won a majority of his golf championships using a putter invented by Lyle named the “Wizard 600.” This putter is documented as being the most valuable golf club ever created.
If you were to sit inside of the personal home office of Lyle Hansberger, you would see exactly this: a picture of most of the Hansberger men holding up the antlers of trophy elk that they had recently taken in, a picture of Lyle with some of the greatest golfers (his employees) in the world—like Tom Watson, Gary Player, Raymond Floyd, Gene Littler, as well as the great Nancy Lopez and Judy Rankin. Also, you would see numerous plaques that Lyle received, all awarding him for accomplishments he made in areas relating from international public service to local public service. What stands out the most in his office is a picture that stares you straight in the eyes. It’s a picture of the greatest woman in the world, his wife. The quote, “behind every great man, there is a great woman,” is the epitome of Lyle’s life. Clytee, or “Tee,” as he affectionately called her, always brought him back to earth and helped him corral his universe.
A time warp into the life of a man that was very calculated, precise, and caring, starts us out at his youth and continues on into his final years.
Lyle became a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO,) in 1960. The mission of the YPO is to recognize successful business people worldwide. During a 10 year span, Lyle went to almost every country in Europe, as well as countries outside of Europe including; Australia, New Zealand, South Zealand, South Korea, South Africa, Taiwan and Japan. His mission was to represent the U.S. as an ambassador for trade to all foreign countries.
Lyle’s skills as an engineer, as well a seasoned ambassador and businessperson, only heightened the value of the Ram Golf Corporation that he was running along-side with his brothers Al and Jim. Incidentally, a company known as Colgate-Palmolive (yes, the toothpaste and soap company,) made an offer that couldn’t be refused to Lyle and his team. So, Ram Golf was sold to Colgate-Palmolive.
The honeymoon didn’t last long. Along with any marriage, you have to know the person that you are marrying at present, and future. Otherwise, you are looking at an ugly divorce. Colgate-Palmolive might have been known for cleaning up after people’s messes, but they found themselves in a situation where they basically wanted an annulment.
After a short deliberation during the hunting trip in Mackay Bar, Idaho, the Hansberger men made a decision. “We’re going to buy our company back for a fraction the cost that they paid for it and turn it back into a profitable business.” The signature Cheshire-cat-Hansberger-grin started with Lyle and ended at the other end of the Hansberger men. The Mackay Bar, Idaho snow of 1982 felt like gold leaves.
Soon after, the company became profitable again. Al, who was at the Chicago plant, and Lyle, who was at the Pontotoc, Miss. plant, continued business as usual until 1998. In 1998, the company was sold to Taylor Made.
Lyle was proud of what he had done and was always proud of his family and supporters. They include his predecease mother and dad: Floyd and Edith Vail Hansberger; brother, Robert, “Bob” Hansberger; sister, Jean Norby;
The presently living and striving family include: wife, Clytee S. Hansberger of Pontotoc; children, Thomas Lyle Hansberger (Shirley) of Pontotoc. Gerald Lyle Hansberger (Deborah) of Barrington, Ill., Patricia Hansberger Rivera (Julio) of Birmingham, Ala., Lisa C. Hansberger of Tupelo, Kenneth Joey Underwood of Pontotoc, Susan Hansberger of Tupelo. The grandchildren are: Jeffrey Hansberger (Karen) Mark Hansberger, Lisa Hansberger, Todd Hansberger (Renee’) Cristina Rivera, Alexander Rivera, Melissa Ratliff (Spencer) Brent Ratliff (Liz) Carrie Anderson (husband T.J.) Emalee Underwood, there are also three great-grandchildren. The siblings include: Dorothy Austed of Souix Falls, S.D., Allan Hansberger (Beverly) of St. Charles, Ill.James Hansberger (Pola.)of Orlando, Fla. There are also a host of nieces and nephews. The family would also like to acknowledge Lyle’s special caregivers: Robin Kelly, Rhonda Lea and Betty Coats.
A celebration of Lyle’s life will be at 3 PM Tuesday, April 7, 2009 from the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with family and friends offering expressions of gratitude. Visitation will be from 5PM-8PM today (Monday) at the 5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd. Chapel.
Condolences may be e mailed to holland-harrisfuneralhome@comcast.net
“Lyle,” “Grandpa,” “PeePaw,” “Willie,” and as his wife “Tee,” who always called him, “Shugar,” will carry on in our hearts forever.

Willie R. Rodgers
GULFPORT – Willie R. Rodgers, 77, died Friday, April 3, 2009, in Gulport. He was a native of Eupora and had been a resident of Gulfport since 1960. He retired after 24 years of service in the United States Air Force, having served during the Vietnam War. He then worked for the Gulfport VA in the dining hall and paint shop, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the Gulfport Heights Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and in many other positions over the years.
Local services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wise Funeral Home in Eupora. Burial will then follow in the Montevista Cemetery in Eupora. Wife Funeral Home is in charge of all local arrangements.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, Jo Ross Rodgers of Gulfport; his children, Linda Dunn of Hattiesburg, Charles Rodgers of Gulfport, Kim (Pam) Rodgers and Rita Rodgers, all of Hattiesburg; his sister, Laverne Kolb of Eupora; three grandchildren, Bengamin Dunn, Ross Dunn and Skylar Rodgers, all of Hattiesburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucinda and Homer White Rodgers; and his sister, Myrtis Seawright.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home in Eupora.

Joseph Lee
FULTON – Joseph Lee, 71, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at his residence after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.

Bertha Wiginton
BOONEVILLE – Bertha Wiginton, 87, died Thursday, April 2, 2009, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Antoinette Kozlowitz
AMORY – Antoinette Marie “Toni” Kozlowitz, 56, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after a sudden illness. She was born June 9, 1952, in Iron Mountain, Wis., to Catherine Badini Lequia and the late Leo Joseph Lequia. She lived in Waukegan, Ill., and in Amory for 20 years. She married Robert Lee Kozlowitz in 1987, who survives. She was a member of the Region III Club in Amory and the First United Methodist Church. She loved giving and she enjoyed visiting family and friends. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Don Baggett officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Lee Kozlowitz of Amory; her mother, Catherine Badini Lequia of Amory; three sons, George Johnson (Tanya) of Amory, John Johnson (Jana) of Fulton and Kenneth Johnson (Mary Ann) of Nettleton; one daughter, Francesca “Fran” Coleman (Brent) of Fulton; two sisters, Mary Lequia of Amory and Theresa Hurley of Amory; and seven grandchildren, Ashley Johnson, Derek Johnson, Drake Johnson, Alexis Johnson, Makayla Johnson, Cayson Coleman and Olivia Coleman.
She was preceded in death by her father; and two granddaughters, Madison L. Coleman and Andrea R. Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Harold Johnson, Cayson Coleman, Scott Hurley, Dewayne Hurley, Michael Abbott and Caleb Hester.
Honorary pallbearers will be her friends at the Region III Center in Amory.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. and will continue until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Region III Center, 317 N. Main St., Amory, MS 38821.

Ivia Mae Westmoreland
PITTSBORO – Ivia Mae Westmoreland, 85, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Bridges Chapel with Rev. Tommy Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in the Clear Springs Cemetery in Big Creek. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Lee Westmoreland (Annette) and Cornell Westmorland Jr., both of Milwaukee, Wis.; two daughters, Dorothy Westmoreland and Mary Rushing, both of Pittsboro; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Copeland.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Mattie Mae Westmoreland; three brothers, Albert Moore, Leo Moore and James Moore; and one sister, Bertha Smith.
Visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. today at the chapel.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.bellmemorialfuneralhome.com

Ray Edwards
OKOLONA – Ray Edwards, 67, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors of Okolona.

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