Obituaries Aug. 26, 2010

Bobbie Ann Verell
ROCKWALL, Texas – Bobbie Ann Verell, 75, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, after a long illness. She was born on Nov. 7, 1934, to Alton and Mary Womack. Her greatest joy was to be surrounded by her children and grandchildren playing cards and eating teacakes. Heaven will be a brighter place with our sweet angel adding to its grandeur.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Carl Morris officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mantee.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Thomas H. Verell Jr.; two children, Thomas A. “Al” Verell and wife, Karen, of Round Rock, Texas, and Cheryl Ann Swick and husband, Randy, of San Angelo, Texas; two sisters, Jackie McQuary and husband, Bill, of Memphis, and Sarah Edwards and husband, Ed, of Fort Worth, Texas; one brother, Dan Womack and wife, Sylvia, of Mantee; seven grandchildren and a great-grandson, Brandon McQueen; Nick Verell and wife, Amanda, and son, Jake; Heather Verell; Mallory Swick; Riley Swick; Owen Swick and wife, Cathy; and Evan Swick; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alton and Mary Womack; a sister, Mary McWilliams; and a brother, Don Womack.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit www.MemorialFuneralHomeHouston.com.
Mary Bessler
BOONEVILLE – Mary Ellen Barton Bessler, 67, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at her home in Booneville. She was born March 5, 1943, to Dewey and Mary Eaker. She was a homemaker, and she loved animals, especially her three dogs, Chachi, Sweetie and Jazy.
A visitation service will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday at McMillan Funeral Home with cremation to follow.
She is survived by her husband, Francis “Frank” E. Bessler; three daughters, Theresa (Tim) Austin of Mt. Vernon, Ill., Belyn (Terry) Pierce of Tupelo and LaNae (Jeff) Marier of Douglasville, Ga.; two sons, Tony (Delbert Beckwith) Castillo of Birmingham, Ala., and Chris (Shannon) Castillo of Grey Court, S.C.; four sisters, Dorma Mueller, Wilma Jene Butler and Lorene Cox, all of Illinois, and Lettie Simmons of Missouri; several stepchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a husband, Lindell Barton; her parents; three brothers, Junior Eaker, Ray Eaker and Warren Eaker; and one sister, Velma Angel.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Memphis Cunningham
PRAIRIE – Memphis Lee Cunningham, 79, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at her home in Prairie.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Baptist Grove M.B. Church in Prairie. Burial will be in the Baptist Grove Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six sons, Roosevelt Cunningham, Gus Cunningham and Catrin Cunningham, all of Indiana, Alonzo (Terri) Cunningham of St. Louis, Mo., Anthony (Charlotte) Cunningham of Texas and Cory Cunningham of Baton Rouge, La.; six daughters, Sally (Leroy) Bell of Austin, Texas, Anne Louise Mabry of Colorado, Mary (Larry) Spratt of Amory, Lois (Stafford) Cox of Southaven, Caroline Cunningham of Oxford and Cassandra Cunningham of Colorado; four brothers, R.C. Carter of Tupelo, and Joe (Georgianne) Carter, W.C. Carter and Willie (Doris) Carter, all of St. Louis; 29 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Ruth Humphrey
TREMONT – Ruth Humphrey, 95, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at the Hidden Acres Assisted Living Center in Chelsea, Ala. She was born Jan. 1, 1915, to John Canon and Ova Horn Humphrey. She lived most of her life in Birmingham, Ala. She was a civil service worker until retirement and the third person hired at Columbus Air Force Base. She modeled for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York in her earlier years. She was a very bright and beautiful woman. She was the granddaughter of Andrew Jackson Horn.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Asbury Cemetery in Tremont. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sister-in-law, Mary B. Humphrey, and her niece, Mamie Humphrey, both of Biloxi; her cousins, Doug Horne (Carol) of Tremont and Dot Maxcy (Troy) of Tupelo; special friends, Jo Jarrett and Mike Jarrett, both of Birmingham.
Pallbearers will be Doug Horne, Bear Horne, Stewart Maxcy and Troy Maxcy.
Frances F. Ward
CORINTH – Frances F. Ward, 84, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Herbert Graham
RIPLEY – Herbert J. Graham, 74, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born Feb. 3, 1936, to Herbert Graham Sr. and Willie Lou Graham. He joined Second Baptist Church at an early age and later joined Terry Street Church of Christ, where he remained until his death. He worked as a carpenter for many years until his health failed. He was a hardworking and outgoing man.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Terry Street Church of Christ with Bro. Jeffrey Bohanna officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sisters, Judy Alexander (William Jackson) of Ripley, Minnie Biggs of New Albany and Bonnie Buckley of Memphis; one brother, Willie D. Graham of New York; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Millie Ann Wright and Margie Lee Cook.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Sue Mixon
HOUSTON – Sue Jean Lambert Mixon, 78, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. She was born Sept. 23, 1931, in Calhoun County to Harrison Richard Lambert and Maudie Marler Lambert. After graduation from Bruce High School, she moved to Houston and was employed by Rice Stix. She married Bertie J. Mixon in 1953. Mrs. Mixon was a beautician, a Christian and a member of Houston First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today Thursday at Houston Funeral Home with Dr. Daniel Heeringa officiating. Burial will follow at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston.
Survivors include her brothers, Charles A. Lambert and wife, Joyce, of Coldwater and Bobby J. Lambert and wife, Scarlet, of Jasper, Ark.; her sisters-in-law, Jane Lambert of Coldwater, Pauline Drane of West Point and Margaret Stafford of Philadelphia, Pa.; her brother-in-law, Tommy Lee Mixon and wife, Jo, of Arlington, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bertie J. Mixon, on Oct. 8, 2008; her parents; five sisters, Johnnie Ward, Omie Hall, Francis Colston, Evelyn Hunsucker and Jimmie Collums; and one brother, Leon Lambert.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Friends and family may leave a message on the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Nancy Gullick
ETTA – Nancy Lee Green Gullick, 70, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Mary Pierce
IUKA – Mary Elizabeth Pierce, 71, died Tuesday Aug. 24, 2010, at the Tishomingo Community Living Center.
A memorial service will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the home of Earl and Jessica Pierce. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences can be made at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Tony Tumbler
ABERDEEN – Tony Tumbler, 56, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Funeral Home in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

Betty J. Thompson
AMORY – Betty J. Thompson, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at River Place in Amory. 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.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at picklefh@att.net.
Annie E. Spight
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Annie Evelena Tye Spight, 69, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. She was born April 28, 1941, to John Wesley Tye Sr. and Pearleana Barkley Tye. She was a lifelong member of St. John M.B. Church in Ripley. She was an employee of Bobby Mays & the Coombs for more than 20 years. She was a member of the St. John Choir and the Heroines of Jericho.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. John M.B. Church in Ripley with the Rev. G.T. Thompson officiating. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Louis Spight of Blue Mountain, whom she married Sept. 1, 1956; one brother, John Wesley Spight Jr. of Trenton, N.J.; two aunts, Nannie Gunn of Peoria, Ill., and Ruby Clemmer of Ripley; two brothers-in-law, Robert (Odessa) Spight of Ripley and Lawrence Spight Jr. of Blue Mountain; six sisters-in-law, Lula Martin and Mary Spight of Memphis, Betty Simmons, Minnie (Johnny) Hatch, Sarah (Elmer) Johnson and Betty Spight, all of Blue Mountain; three special nieces, Tiffany, Kelany and Ivy Fields of Blue Mountain; and special friends, Mary Hill, Junior and Mary Elliott.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Guss Lee Tye and Charles Rutherford; her in-laws, Earnestine and Lawrence Spight Sr.; a brother-in-law, Henry Spight; and a sister-in-law, Martha Jean Spight.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

David Poff
ASHLAND – David Jerrell Poff, 73, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis. He was born May 16, 1937, in Ashland to James Washington Poff and Ella Hardy. He was the owner of Poff’s Grocery, a Baptist and a U.S. Army veteran.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Farron Ash officiating. Burial will be in Bluff Springs Cemetery at Ashland. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Mark Poff (Beverly) of Lamar and Eric Poff (Jade) of Tunica; one daughter, Vikki Barber (Ken) of Ashland; four brothers, J.W. Poff of Southaven, John Edward “Buddy” Poff of Bartlett, Tenn., and Dewey Poff and Joel Poff, both of Ashland; one sister, Arlene Gibson (Carl) of Slayden; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Amma Christine Poff, and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Carl Gibson, Stanley Poff, David Gibson, Jeff Poff, Herbert Luther, John Luther, Butch Poff, Scott Poff, Lowell Poff, James Payne and Keith Payne.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Billy Craft
EAGLE LAKE, Texas – Billy Craft, 92, formerly of Gainesville, Ga., died May 6, 2010, at his home in Eagle Lake. He was born March 6, 1918, in Ellisville to Stanley and Ruth Craft. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. After being wounded during the war, he began his career with the U.S. Postal Service, serving 30 years before his retirement. An avid rock and gem collector, he was often invited into area schools to give programs on rock collecting and techniques of jewelry design. He enjoyed designing jewelry, and giving his family and friends pieces of his work.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Grays Cemetery in Nettleton with the interment of his ashes immediately following.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jo Craft, who grew up in Nettleton; a stepdaughter, Glenda Blair of Eagle Lake, Texas; his grandchildren, Darren Pryor and Dedra Jones of Frankston, Texas, Brian (Kim) Blair of Fort Worth, Texas, and Greg Blair of Eagle Lake, Texas; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Billy Joe Craft; and his five sisters and his four brothers.
Travis Lindsey
FULTON – Travis Wayne Lindsey, 66, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a long illness. He was born April 25, 1944, in Itawamba County to Travis Kelvie and Mary Ellen McDowell Lindsey. He was employed in the furniture industry. He was saved by the grace of God. He loved traveling and enjoyed being around family and playing with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Harold Ozbirn and Bro. Eddie Boutwell officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Betty Rogers Lindsey of Fulton; one son, Terry (Susan) Lindsey of Fulton; one daughter, Teresa Gail (Jeff) Dodson of Mantachie; his mother-in-law, Lillian Rogers of Fulton; one brother, David (Eloise) Lindsey of Golden; grandchildren, Brian Gregory Denson and Kaylee Beth Dodson of Mantachie, T.J. Lindsey of Belmont, Amanda Fleming and Amy Spearman; great-grandchildren, McKaylia Denson, Etan Denson, Braxton Denson, Levi Fleming, Hunter and Gracie Spearman; one niece, Vicky McCarly of Red Bay, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dale Lindsey; and a niece, Kim Swindle.
Pallbearers will be Gary Lee Gasaway, Mike Rogers, Patrick Rogers, Timmy Rogers, Chris Williams, Toby Williams, Todd Rogers, Kyle Ozbirn, Kelly Ozbirn, Kevin Ozbirn and Brad Pettigo.
Honorary pallbearers will be Therman Rogers, James McDowell, Carlton Graham, Billy Harris, Lonnie Senter, Ricky Mink, Kelly Moses, Jimmy Timbs, Alvie Gene Timbs and Roger Crane.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday.

Gerald Nix
MYRTLE – Gerald Dean Nix, 69, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. He was born Dec. 24, 1940, in Union County to George Burton Nix and Zelma Inez Johnson. He was a retired, self-employed auto mechanic and a member of Neely Baptist Church. He loved the simple pleasures of life, spending time with family, fishing and camping.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Glenfield Funeral Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Bobby J. Casteel officiating. Burial will be in Old Glenfield City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Jean Nix; two daughters, Debbie Burch (Tommy) and Sarita Curtis (Michael), all of New Albany; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one brother, Burton Nix (Ann) of West Point; three sisters, Verdel Swords (Clark) of West Point, Kathy Breland (Ricky) of Mathiston and Peggy Jumper of Senatobia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Gerald Wayne Nix and two infant sons; and one sister, Nora Ruth Grisham.
Pallbearers will be Kristopher Burch, Charles Nix, Jimmy Nix, Nathan Curtis, Stephen Nix and Chris Todd.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Willie Jo Martin
AMORY – Willie Jo Martin, 92, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Teresa Barnett
OKOLONA – Teresa Ann Griggs Barnett, 51, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Grannie Garner
BOONEVILLE – Mary Francis “Grannie” Garner, 77, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Charlie Young
AMORY – Charles H. “Charlie” Young, 74, known by many as “Mr. Sunshine,” graduated from this life to Eternal Life with his Lord, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010.
Charlie was born in Richwood, W.Va., in 1936 to Clyde and Violet Young. He graduated from Richwood High School and served two years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Charlie worked 26 years for the Arundel Corporation. During that time he met and married the love of his life, Billie Adams in New Martinsville, W.Va. From there, they, along with their new daughter, Charity Lea, moved with Arundel Corporation to Mississippi to construct lock and dams for the Tenn-Tom Waterway. Upon completion of that project, they decided to make Amory their home.
In 1980, they opened and operated Sunshine Sports for 16 years, later turning it into Sunshine Outlet, Sunshine on Main and Charlie’s Antiques.
Charlie was a Christian who loved the Lord and served Him at Faith Baptist Church and also in the public eye of the Amory community. He loved and adored his wife, children and grandchildren, enjoyed music, DIY projects, yard work, leading music and being an active member of his church.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Billie Adams Young, and daughter, Charity Young (Steve) Gallop, all of Amory; son, Chuck (Emily) Young of Nashville, Tenn.; sister, Joan (Gerry) Smith of Delaware; and four grandchildren, Mackenzie Gallop, Madison Gallop, Shelby Young and Cameron Young. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother.
A “Graduation” service for Charlie Young will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Wade Cook and Dr. Jim Harrington officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Bill McDaniel, Roger Carroll, Mike Carroll, Ed Hunter, Chuck Kennedy, Jimmy Downs and Rodney Parish.
Visitation will from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith Baptist Church, Amory 38821-0202, Gideons International, Amory, MS 38821-0661, Sav-A-Life of Amory 38821-0544, or First Friends of Amory, 38821-0540.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at picklefh@att.net. Arrangements for the Young family are in the care of E. E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory; 256-2644.

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