Obituaries April 7, 2009

Larry Munn
ATHENS – Larry Boyd Munn, 56, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen after a sudden illness. He was born July 10, 195, in Amory to Lois Bailey Munn Anderson and the late Cecil Boyd Munn. He was a lifelong resident of the Amory area. He married Dianne Wright in 1971. He was a 30-year employee of Condea-Vista before his retirement. He was a member of the Becker Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, his family and friends, and his dog, Arch.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. David Jay and Bro. Randy Spencer officiating. Burial will be in the Howell Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Dianne Wright Munn of Athens; his mother, Lois Anderson of Aberdeen; one son, Jason Munn (Heather) of Athens; one daughter, Shanna Buse (Matthew) of Mantachie; a stepbrother, Randy Anderson (Mary) of Aberdeen; two sisters, Reda Bird (Mike) of Aberdeen and Brenda Baty (Richard) of Hamilton; one stepsister, Gail Runnels of Amory; and two grandchildren, Jacob Munn and Macy Buse.
He was preceded in death by his father; one sister, Diane Webb; his grandparents, Elzie and Lillie Bailey, and Ernest and Leona Munn; and his father- and mother-in-law, Marlin and Ida Francis Wright.
Pallbearers will be Shawn Bird, Anthony Bird, Justin Bird, Shane Baty, Chad Baty, Josh Baty, Chris Webb and Dillion Tate.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lonnie Rea, Jerry Wayne Eastman, Jimmy Brewer, Mike Langford, Gary McFarland, Ronald Plaxico, David Thompson, Freddie Phillips, Orbie Dale Ashley and Doug Stillwell.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Becker Baptist Church, P.O. Box 83, Amory, MS 38821.

Peyton Sims
HOUSTON – Peyton Lee Sims, 4, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Pickwick Lake. He was born June 24, 2004, in Tupelo. He was a member of Parkway Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Brandy Lynn Lee of Booneville; his guardians, Jerry and Vickie Black of Houston; one brother, Aden Paul Gaskin of Grenada; his 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.

Michael White
WEST POINT – Michael Scott White, 24, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at his home in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Rodney Hudson
IUKA – Rodney Hudson, 35, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

Bertha Wiginton
BOONEVILLE – Bertha Mae Wiginton, 87, died Thursday, April 2, 2008, at her home. She was born July 20, 1921, in Prentiss County to Arthur Covella Hughes and Esta Marie Hall Hughes. She was a factory worker and a Baptist. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, fishing and working in her yard, and she loved the great outdoors.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Casey Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Lucille Magallian of Coral Gables, Fla.; a granddaughter, Mitzi Carpenter of Booneville; two grandsons, Mitchell Miller and Michael Miller, both of Booneville; seven great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband, Howard Wiginton; a son, Hannon Ray Miller; and four brothers, three sisters and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.

Marion Jernigan
LOUISVILLE – Marion Walker Jernigan, 64, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at the Louisville Care Center. He was born June 22, 1944, in Van Vleet. He was a retired truck driver and a member of Parkway Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Franklin Lowe officiating. Burial will be at Asbury Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Paula Griggs of Macon; three sons, Danny Jernigan of Ackerman, and Kari Jernigan and Tommy Jernigan, both of Macon; six brothers, C.V. Jernigan of Freemont, Calif., Paul Jernigan and Robert Jernigan, both of Houston, Jimmy Jernigan of Fulton, Oren Jernigan of Pensacola, Fla., and Lynn Jernigan of Brandon; one sister, Beth Porter of Houston; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Collin Jernigan; his mother, Mary Heard Smith Jernigan; one brother, Tom Jernigan; an infant sister; and a grandchild, Caleb Griggs.
Pallbearers will be Mark Lowe, Curt Jernigan, Robby Jernigan, Joe Jernigan, Bryan Jernigan and Wayne Jernigan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Willie Wicker
HOLLY SPRINGS – Willie Thomas Dunn Wicker, 99, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at Christopher’s Assisted Living Center in Holly Springs. She was born Sept. 11, 1909, in Winborn to Walter and Lucy Collier Dunn. She married Richard Fenton Wicker in 1928. She graduated from Blue Mountain College after her husband’s death when she was 58 and earned a degree in education. She taught at the Potts Camp School District until retiring in 1979. She was a member of Winborn United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Winborn Methodist Church. Burial will be in Pisgah United Methodist Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Dr. Worth Dunn (Ann) of Tampa, Fla.; her children, Dr. Richard Fenton Wicker (Louise) of Virginia Beach, Va., and Dr. William Walter Wicker (Nella) of Oxford; a daughter-in-law, Dr. Carrol Wicker of Hattiesburg; grandchildren, Richard Wicker III (Kiki) of Fredericksburg, Va., Dr. Stephen Wicker (Wendy) of Ithaca, N.Y., David Wicker of Virginia Beach, Dr. Carolyn Wicker of Dallas, Texas, William “Billy” Wicker (Beverly) of Reston, Va., Lynne Wicker of Dallas, Jennifer Wicker McRaw (John) of Meridian, John David Wicker of Pullman, Wash., and Emily Wicker of Cary, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Sofia and Sebastian Wicker, Alex and Elena Wicker, and Collier and Anne Preston McRae; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers, Collier, Herbert, Jack and Walter Dunn; and a son, Dr. Ralph Thomas Wicker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Teny McCostlin
JACKSON – Cebert “Teny” McCostlin, 87, formerly of Bruce, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at Hospice Ministries Inc. in Ridgeland. He served as a petty officer 1st class in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired from Weyerhaeuser after 28 years. He was a member of Broadmeadow Methodist Church in Jackson. He was an avid golfer and sportsman, and enjoyed playing baseball.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Rex Wilburn and Grady Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Lee McCormick McCostlin of Jackson, whom he married March 14, 1944, in Pittsboro; one daughter, Mary Helen Bowen (Bo) of Jackson; one grandson, Michael Bowen of Jackson; and two sisters, Maxine Mooneyham of Bruce and Pauline Inman of Lubbock, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, H.D. “Bud” McCostlin and Dezzie Alred McCostlin; a brother, Odell McCostlin; a sister, Evelyn Listenbee; and an infant daughter, Shelia Ann McCostlin.
Pallbearers will be Jim McCostlin, Ronnie Mooneyham, Charles McKelroy, Robert McKelroy, Rodney McKelroy, Wayne Edwards, Phillip Pettit and Billy Fred Murphree.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jason McCostlin, Bradley McCostlin, Brooks Collins, Tommye Covington, Fred Hawkins and Lynn Murphree.

Ronnie Collins
PONTOTOC – Ronnie Charles Collins, 58, formerly of Winnfield, La., died Friday, April 3, 2009, in Little Rock, Ark. He was born in Shreveport, La., to Dan and Katherine Collins. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Coral Sea. He loved his parents, his family and God, and he enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Marcus Coward officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Daniel Collins of Palestine, Texas; one daughter, Sherry Collins Rodriquez of Elkhart, Texas; one brother, Danny Collins of Pontotoc; one sister, Kathy McMillen of Pontotoc; three half brothers, Neal Crane of Virginia, Joe Robert Collins of Louisiana and Jimmy B. Collins of Louisiana; two half sisters, Ethel May Collins and Betty Joe LaCrouix; five grandchildren, Paige Danielle Collins, Christian Lane Collins, Conner Trace Collins, James David Rodriquez and Stacie Elizabeth Rodriquez; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two half brothers, Lee Collins and Huey Collins; and a half sister, Lena May Collins.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from noon to service time Thursday.

Roy Snipes
TUPELO – Roy Madison Snipes, 71, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a long illness. He was born Aug. 2, 1937, in Tupelo to Roy Roger Snipes and Claudia Kathleen Snipes. He graduated from Tupelo High School and from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of arts degree in English. He was formerly a flight attendant for Pan American Airlines and retired as a flight operations manager after 25 years. He lived all over the country during his life and taught school earlier in his career. He was a Catholic and a parishioner at St. James Catholic Church. An avid Ole Miss sports fan, he especially enjoyed following Rebel football.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Father Tom Lolar officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday only.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine “Cathy” Carmichael Snipes of Tupelo; his sister, Kathleen Snipes Lawson of Tupelo; his niece and nephew, Sharyn Davis (Richard) of Brookhaven and Roger Lawson of Brandon; four stepchildren and numerous stepgrandchildren; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church, P.O. Box 734, Tupelo, MS 38802.

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 December 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. After the sale to Taylor Made, Lyle devoted most of his time to the ERAC Board at Mississippi State, as well as to “the farm.”
Lyle was proud of what he had done and was always proud of his family and supporters. They include his predeceased 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 (Reneé) 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. Special acknowledgement is given to Frank and Stanley Patterson.
A celebration of Lyle’s life will be at 3 p.m. today, April 7, 2009 from the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with family and friends offering expressions of gratitude.
Condolences may be e-mailed to
“Lyle,” “Grandpa,” “PeePaw,” “Willie,” and as his wife “Tee,” who always called him, “Shugar,” will carry on in our hearts forever.
Memorials may be made to the Restoration Place Homeless Shelter in care of any Renasant Bank.

Ronald Johnson
CORINTH – Ronald Gene Johnson, 62, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at his home. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a retired owner of an amusement business. He loved his family and friends, and enjoyed working in the yard and meeting people.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Warren Jones officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Maggie Johnson of Corinth; two sons, Daniel Johnson and Robert Johnson (fiancée, Melody Wilbanks) of Corinth; grandchildren, Matthew Johnson, Andrew Johnson and Zachary Johnson; one brother, David Johnson (Debbie) of Louisville, Ky.; one sister, Anita Kyle (R.C.) of Sugarland, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, D.C. Johnson, and his mother, Patricia Daniels Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Harry Brooks, Brandon Bishop, David Johnson, Jimmy Langston, Jerry Beatty and R.C. Kyle.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Frances Harris
CORINTH – Frances Harville Harris, 80, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at her daughter’s home in Somerville, Tenn. She was a member of New Hope Church of Christ and a homemaker. She loved her family and friends, and enjoyed reading, church activities, baking, cooking, doing charity work, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at New Hope Church of Christ with Minister Terry Smith and Minister Dan Green officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Church of Christ Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Stephen Harris (Roberta) of Clinton, Tenn., and Hal Harris of Corinth; a daughter, Sandra “Sandy” Harris Jarrett of Somerville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Jason Harris (Jessica), Jeremiah Harris (Ashley), Jonathan Harris, Hallie Harris, Hayden Harris, Shawn Jarrett (Stephanie), Emily Wolfe, Shannon Green (Dan) and Carlie Harris; 11 great-grandchildren, Nathan and Katelyn Hamilton, Sarah and Mary Jarrett, Joseph, Abagail, Lydia and Hannah Green, Jaiden and James-Ethen Harris, and Elisabeth Harris; a sister, Stella Burcham of Booneville; three sisters-in-law, Ella Newcomb, Joyce Newcomb and Billie Harris; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.E. Harris; a son, Jeffrey Harris; a daughter, Brenda Susan Harris; a son-in-law, Terry Jarrett; her father, Benjamin Franklin Harville; her mother, Willie Mae Greer Harville; a brother, Harold Harville; three sisters, Lorene Vick (Orville), Christine Roach (James) and Maurine Hemby (Albert); her father-in-law, Marvel A. “Marvin” Harris; her mother-in-law, Ludie Mae Harris; four brothers-in-law, Leon Burcham, Cecil Harris, M.C. Harris and Vester Newcomb; and a sister-in-law, Myra Ann Harris.
Pallbearers will be Jason Harris, Jeremiah Harris, Jonathan Harris, Shawn Jarrett, Hayden Harris, Tony Burcham.
Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Taylor, Archie Harville, Wayne Fowler, Joe Story and Travis Little.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Audie Stevens
AUBURN – Audie Weader Stevens, 86, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after a brief illness. A Lee County native, he was born Sept. 10, 1922, to James Oscar and Saddie Potts Stevens. He was a farmer and a pulpwood cutter, a small engine mechanic, and a retired employee of F.M.C. He enjoyed working on his old cars. He especially loved his grandchildren. He was a member of Hughes Chapel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Ray Bennett and the Rev. Keith Benefield officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Stevens (Betty) of Saltillo and Gerald Stevens (Sandra) of the Auburn community; two sisters, Ruth Brown of Dorsey and Sue Stevens of Tupelo; one sister-in-law, Betty Stevens of Belden; five grandchldren, Elizabeth Campbell (Matt) of Marietta, Paul Cummins of Auburn, Dale Stevens of Fellowship community, Gail Stevens of Tupelo and Wade Stevens of Auburn; nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 65 years, Burie Quay Stevens, on June 18, 1998; one grandson, Little Gerald Stevens Jr.; one brother, Earnest Stevens; and three sisters, Wilma, Delta and Alice.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Pyle, Michael Norris, Wade Stevens and Jason Livingston.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at

Ray Edwards
OKOLONA – Hillery Ray Edwards, 67, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at his home near Okolona after a sudden illness. He was born May 25, 1941, in El Dorado, Ark., to Romie Edwards and Ivy Eva Edwards. He served in the U.S. Army between 1962-1965 and was honorably discharged. He attended Itawamba Junior College. He had lived in rural Chickasaw County since 1983.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Minister Doyle Britt officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Survivors include his wife Jewell “Judy” Edwards of Okolona; his daughters, Stacie Cook of Tupelo, Shelia Turner (Wesley) of Eggville and Regina Cybolski (Martin) of Virginia; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a stepdaughter, Billie Sanders (Richard) of Mustang, Okla.; a brother, Mark Edwards of Fort Wayne, Ind.; six sisters, Betty Pratt of Searcy, Ark., Imogene Benton of Little Rock, Ark., Patsy Jacobs of Fort Wayne, Nelda Neal of Underwood, Ind., Linda Gregory of Tupelo and Frances Ruch of Cartersville, Ga.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Dan Edwards and Raymond Edwards; a sister, Melba Edwards; and a brother, Troy Edwards.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10:30 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association, c/o Katherine Young, 202 W. Margin St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.

John O’Shields
Tupelo – John O’Shields, 68, died Monday, April 6, 2009, after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.

Earnest Madkins
BRUCE – Earnest James Madkins, 69, died Friday, April 3, 2009, in Bruce. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.


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