Obituaries August 1, 2009

Colin Cockrell
TUPELO – Colin Lee Cockrell, 29, died Thursday, July 30, 2000. He was born Dec. 12, 1979, in Tupelo. He was a member of Lakeland Baptist Church. He was employed as a supervisor and truck driver for W&W Pallets. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed horseback riding, water sports and racing.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Bro. Danny Rushing and Bro. Tim Winters will officiate. Burial will be in Stephens Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Louise Ward of Fulton, and Donnie and Charlotte Cockrell of Mantachie; four sisters, Shannon Harbin (Roger) of Fulton, Michelle Allred (Steve) of Marietta, and Sonya Johnson (Delton) and Tonya Justice, both of Mantachie; one brother, Bradley Smith (Ramona) of Mantachie; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Pallbearers will be Elmer Gilland, Adam Johnson, Mike Woolven, Jody Berryhill, Shae Collum and Russ Gorden.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Clifford Gilreath
ABERDEEN – Clifford Lee Stanford Gilreath, 81, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at University Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Nov. 8, 1927, to George Elam Stanford and Maggie Tate Stanford in Monroe County. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She was a beloved mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Roy McHenry officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Mae Martin and husband, Johnny, and Geneva Coker and husband, Steve, all of Aberdeen; six grandchildren, Michael Martin, Kevin Martin, Daniel Martin, Corey Gill, Josh Coker and Drew Coker; five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence E. Gilreath; a son, Gene Gilreath; and two brothers and five sisters.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Dee Kirkpatrick
ABERDEEN – Glendred Adelia “Dee” Kirkpatrick, 82, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. She was born Aug. 25, 1926, to Glen W. Shipley and Pansy Erickson Theobald in Nelson, Neb. She lived the past 62 years in Aberdeen. She retired after 30 years as a sales clerk at Maier’s Jewelry. She was an active member of Faith Presbyterian Church, where she served as president of the Women of the Church for many years. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. David Harrell officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Billie Dee Henson and husband, Mike, of West Point and Nancy Kay Burnett and husband, Ken, of Amory; three sons, Thomas Glen Kirkpatrick and wife, Donna, and John Bruce Kirkpatrick and wife, Christie, all of Aberdeen, and James Kirkpatrick and wife, Cheryl, of Lexington, S.C.; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Beam Kirkpatrick; and two brothers, Bruce Shipley and Glen Shipley.
Pallbearers will be Henry Hammack, Andy Allen, Charlie Field, Deedy Harrington, Walter Lann Jr. and Walter Lann III. Honorary pallbearers will be Imogene Hudnall, Bebe Morris and Margie Field.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to: Faith Presbyterian Church, 210 Meadowview Road, Aberdeen, MS 39730.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Junita King
MEMPHIS – Junita King died Wednesday, July 29, 2009.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tishomingo Cemetery. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Russell King.

Bently Beckham
CORINTH – Bently A. Beckham, 71, died Friday, July 31, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center after a long illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with military honors. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday.
Memorials may be made to the Salem Christian Church Building Fund.
Betty Collins
COLUMBUS – Betty Sue Page Collins, 66, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, in Columbus after a brief illness. She was born in Tupelo on May 21, l943, to Bill and Judy Smith Page. She grew up in East Tupelo and lived there until moving to Columbus in l973, where she lived until her death. She was a member of Schaefer Baptist Church in Columbus. Retired at the time of her death, she had worked for years as a medical transcriptionist at the Columbus Family Medical Clinic. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing , cooking, and making her house a home for family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Fred Hartley officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
Survivors include her husband, John Collins of Columbus; a daughter, Lynne London Elliott (Jeff) of Southhaven; two sons, Joe London of Tupelo and Wendell Smith of Wesson; a granddaughter she raised, Kali Deloach of Columbus; four other grandchildren, Jonah and Josh London, Terin Bivens and Mason Smith; two sisters, Billie Allen (Beavers) of Hazelhurst and Jimmie Valdez (Gene) of Elkhart, Ind.; her mother-in-law, Juanita Collins of Shannon; her brothers-in-law, Tommy Collins (Carolyn) and Gary Collins (Angie), all of Shannon. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Judy Logan; and her father-in-law, Veron Collins.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Weber, Jerry Duckworth, Bryant Howard, David Deloach, Wendell Smith and Chris Gee.

Joyce Underwood
MANTACHIE – Joyce Jane Rieves Underwood, 60, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. She was born April 29, 1949, in Itawamba County to Eula Bea Sheffield and the late William Hugh Sheffield. She was a member of the Ozark Methodist Church and a retired school teacher at Mantachie Elementary. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed playing with her grandsons.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with the Rev. Joe Coggins and Bro. Castor Buse officiating. Burial will be in the Ozark Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry Underwood, of Mantachie; two daughters, Hannah Carroll (Adam) of Mooreville and Hayley Rieves of Mantachie; the father of her children, Robert Rieves; two stepdaughters, Tabitha Underwood and Fara Adams (Gary); one stepson, Jerry Underwood Jr.; her mother, Eula Bea Sheffield; three brothers, Danny Sheffield (Judy), Roger Sheffield (Jennifer) and Eric Sheffield (Missy), all of Mantachie; one sister, Rhonda Ruth (Mike) of New York; two grandsons; six stepgrandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Pallbearers will be Terry Jones, Jimmy Hendrix, Tony Campbell, Jimmy Young, Paul Poteet and Paul Underwood.
Honorary pallbearers will be her Bunko buddies.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Joyce Rieves Underwood Scholarship Fund, c/o BancorpSouth, P.O. Box 8, Mantachie, MS 38855.
Stanley Lindsey
PONTOTOC – Stanley Lindsey, 65, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at his residence in Pontotoc. A native of Pontotoc County, he was the son of Toy Lindsey Sr. and Modine Oneal Lindsey. He was a member of College Hill CME Church and an Army veteran. He was an exceptional cook who loved to dress, all sports and spend time with his family.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Pontotoc Second Baptist Church. The Rev. Ernie Wright will officiate. Burial will be in College Hill Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by four daughters, Evangelist Sabrina (Derrick) Daniels and Shanelle Thomas, all of Montgomery, Ala., Michelle (Gerald) Comer and Latrice Lindsey, all of Chicago; four sisters, Verna Lindsey of Pontotoc, Gracie (Lenard) Cooper of Chicago, Laverne Givhan of Kansas City, Mo., and Lela Green of Tupelo; three brothers, Toy (Bessie) Lindsey Jr. of South Chicago Heights, Ill., Larry (Diane) Lindsey of Pontotoc and Kerry Lindsey of Chicago; and six grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Nita Tennyson Hunt
TUPELO – Nita Tennyson Hunt, 60, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at her residence. She was born Jan. 21, 1949, in Pontotoc to R.C. and Elaine Tennyson. She was raised in the Auburn community before moving to Tupelo in 1968.
As an active member of Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo, Nita never missed an opportunity to share her love of Jesus to others through the many ministries she worked with. She was the happiest when she was volunteering in the bed babies’ nursery at the church. For the past 20 years, she has watched numerous children grow up within her church. Harrisburg was her second home and family.
Growing up playing varsity basketball at Mooreville High School, Nita loved watching the Tupelo Golden Wave Basketball teams but especially the Lady Waves. No game was too far away for her to go support the Waves and Lady Waves. Also, an avid Mississippi State fan, Nita watched the Bulldogs in every sport possible and attended many games. She loved to watch them play basketball, football, softball and baseball.
Her greatest joy in life was her two grandchildren, Joshua and Shelby. You could find her anytime on the sidelines of t-ball, baseball, soccer, basketball, flag football and football games, cheering for Joshua. She was especially proud to watch him play on the Alcoa High School state championship football team in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He was her “little man” and her pride and joy. She was so proud of her “little princess” Shelby and watched her for many years as she became an accomplished dancer. Their Gamma was at many dance recitals and dance competitions. They both share a love for being a cheerleader. Gamma loved seeing Shelby cheer for Alcoa High School and at four state championship games. She was so proud of her grandbabies, and they meant the world to her. The three of them share so many memories that will last a lifetime.
Services will be Sunday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at Harrisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Forest Sheffield, Bro. Wayne Thorn and Bro. Tim Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Elaine Tennyson Oxford (Bobby) of Blue Springs; one daughter, Vikki Hunt Dillard of Alcoa, Tenn.; one son, Stephen Lamar Hunt of Jackson, Tenn.; one grandson, Joshua Stephen Dillard of Alcoa, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Shelby Lynn Dillard of Alcoa, Tenn.; one brother, Richard Lynn Tennyson (Pam) of Ackerman; and one nephew, Rick Tennyson of Ackerman. She leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, whom she dearly loved. Nita was a family oriented person and enjoyed every moment she had with her family.
She was preceded in death by her father, R.C. Tennyson.
Pallbearers will be Rick Tennyson, Bill Tennyson, Heath Pruitt, Tim Pruitt, Johnny Tennyson, Scott Henderson and Marcus Hester. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Morrison/Edwards Sunday School Class and the members of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Visitation will be today, Aug. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and Sunday at 1 p.m. until service time at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like for donations to be made to the Harrisburg Baptist Church building fund.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Jean Pettis
TUPELO – Jean Pettis, 72, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at her home after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Velma Harrison Cheney
PONTOTOC – Velma Harrison Cheney, 74, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 17, 1934. She was a graduate of Algoma High School and a Baptist. She was loved and will be missed by her family and many friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Joe Epting and Bro. Gerald Finley officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery in Pontotoc.
Survivors include one daughter, Pam Harrison Tutor; one son, Tommy Harrison (Suzanne); grandchildren, Craig Tutor (Stephanie), Daniel Tutor, Justyn Tutor, Andrea Harrison, Anna Harrison, Andy McGregor and Alex McGregor; great-grandchildren, Claudia and Layla Tutor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, W.D. Pennington and Lurene Pennington; a brother, W.G. “Dub” Pennington; and a great-grandson, Harrison Tutor.
Pallbearers will be Craig Tutor, Daniel Tutor, Justyn Tutor, Andy McGregor, Parker Gregory and Casey Jackson.
Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Elaine Nichols
ST. LOUIS – Dannie Elaine McKinney Nichols died Sunday, July 26, 2009, at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Sept. 12, 1943, in Smithville to Andrew and Beulah McKinney. She graduated from West Amory High School in 1964. She married Earvin Lee Nichols on June 7, 1964. They moved to St. Louis, where she became a member of Faith Hope Charity Church of God. She answered the call to preach and served as assistant pastor, preaching her last service on July 5, 2009. During the years she was a homemaker and a businesswoman. A loving person, she was always willing to help people in any way she could. She loved Jesus, her husband, her family and her friends.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul CME Church in Smithville. Burial will be in New Hope No. 2 Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Earvin L. Nichols; a sister, Theoma Osdorn (George) of Burlington, Iowa; two brothers, Theodis McKinney (Earnestine) of Smithville and Jarvis McKinney (Laura) of Smithville; two brothers-in-law, Pastor Leartist Nichols (Doretha) of St. Louis and Pastor John H. Nichols (Nettie) of Washington D.C.; five sisters-in-law, Minnie Nichols of Milwaukee, Mattie Bray of St. Louis, Lottie Nichols of St. Louis, Judizm of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Ela Nichols of St. Louis; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul CME Church in Smithville.

John Edwards
TUPELO – John Henry “Sam” Edwards, 70, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of the Palmetto community, he was born June 19, 1939, to Lawrence Edwards and Fannie Edwards. He was a graduate of Mary C. Wade High School in Verona. He was formerly employed by Hancock Farma for many years. Later he worked for Marshall Durbin Farms until his health failed. He sang with the Dixie Tones for many years. He loved to hunt.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Palmetto CME Church with Elder Leo Wright officiating. Burial will be in Palmetto Community Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn S. Edwards of Tupelo; two sons, John Shey Edwards and Jansen O’neal Edwards, both of Tupelo; two daughters, Jacqueline Scott and Janice Edwards, both of Tupelo; three brothers, Eddie J. (Victoria) Edwards, Clyde R. Edwards and Obie Edwards, all of Tupelo; three sisters, Fannie R. Freeman of St. Louis, Mo., Leora Edwards of Verona and Minnie (Robert) Jamison of Tupelo; five grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Howard (Emma) Standifer and Harold (Maxine) Standifer of Smithville; two sisters-in-law, Daphine Whitfield of Smithville and Merlin McLeod of Detroit, Mich. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home for family only and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today at Palmetto CMe Church for the public. The family hour will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Ruth Hamblin
SALTILLO – Ruth Hamblin, 76, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Wisconsin. She was a housewife and a member of the Pentecostals of Saltillo. An avid baseball fan, her favorite team was the Atlanta Braves. She enjoyed cooking for her friends and church family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. David Boyd and Bro. Lonnie Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews; and her caregivers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kifton Hamblin, and a daughter, Ruth Gerou.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Priest, Shane Priest, Kevin Hall, Ricky Floyd and Joe Floyd.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Eldora Long
TUPELO – Eldora Long died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.

Clifford Lambert
BURNSVILLE – Clifford Lambert, 82, died Friday, July 31, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Shirley Dodds-Robinson
BOONEVILLE – Shirley J. Dodds-Robinson, 67, died Friday, July 31, 2009, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Lloyd Traylor III
KODAK, Tenn. – Lloyd Samuel Traylor III, 53, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, in Sevierville, Tenn.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oak Grove Cemetery in Iuka. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Charlie Kennedy
BOONEVILLE – Charles Earnest “Charlie” Kennedy, 54, died Friday, July 31, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Cason Hosch
SULLIGENT, Ala. – Cason Hosch, 29, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, in Fulton.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sulligent First Assembly of God. A private graveside service will be at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

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