Obituaries August 10, 2013

Harold Hubbard Livingston
Harold Hubbard Livingston, a resident of Tupelo, MS since 1982, died on August 8, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice after an extended illness.

Harold was born on May 28, 1948, in Troy, Alabama to Willard Wise and Ann Key Murphree Livingston. His family moved to Montgomery, Alabama when Harold was a child.

Harold graduated from Sidney Lanier High School. He attended the University of Alabama graduating with a BA degree in History followed by a BS degree in Commerce and Business Administration. While at the University of Alabama, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity. Upon his graduation from the University of Alabama, Harold was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He retired as a major in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1990.

He began his banking career with Union Planters Bank in Memphis. He then went to work for Central Bank, now known as Compass Bank, in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1982, he left Birmingham to become the Commercial Loan Administrator for The Peoples’ Bank and Trust Company (Renasant Bank) in Tupelo. Harold was a graduate of the LSU School of Banking and ended his career as Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer for Renasant Bank.

In addition to his banking career, Harold served as President of the Tupelo Kiwanis Club and also served two terms as a member of the vestry of All Saint’s Episcopal Church. He served on the Board of Governors of Tupelo Country Club and was active in the Boy Scouts of America, Troup 12.

Harold loved the outdoors, his profession and Alabama football, but most of all he loved his family and friends.

On the day Harold was born, he brought smiles to the family who welcomed him. His grandfather, (Judge Ed Livingston, Alabama Supreme Court) looked at Harold’s white hair and remarked, “Now, this is Smokey!” The nickname followed him for the rest of his life.

Known for his kind, calm manner, Smokey was dearly loved by his friends and family. His reserve and common sense made him highly respected within the banking community.

Harold is survived by his wife of thirty years, Carolyn; one stepson, Michael Perri (Katie) of Tifton, Ga.; a granddaughter, Reagan Perri; his son, Captain Cooper Livingston, USAF (Jocelyn) of Clovis, NM; and his daughter, Elizabeth Johnson (Will) of Jackson, Tennessee.

Harold is also survived by his siblings, Willard W. Livingston, Jr. (Margaret), Edwin K. Livingston (Louise), Ann L. Ray and Amy L. Goff (Randy); and five nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at All Saints Episcopal Church on Sunday, August 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Monday, August 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with The Rev. Paul Stephens and Rev. Stanford Adams officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice or All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Tupelo.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Mittie W. Hussey
Andrews Chapel Community – Mittie Almeadie Westmoreland Hussey, 101, one of Lee County’s most beloved, respected and oldest citizens, died Friday, August 9, 2013, at North Miss. Medical Center after a brief illness. “Miss” Mittie was born July 28, l912 in Lee County to James Thomas and Mittie Almeadie Smith Westmoreland. She grew up in the Richmond area of Lee Co. on a family farm with four brothers and four sisters. She became an excellent seamstress at an early age and was allowed to cut dresses off any of the bolts of cloth in her father’s country store. Mittie attended Richmond, Plantersville and Itawamba Co. public schools and graduated from Tupelo High School. She attended MSCW in Columbus for one semester but the Great Depression prevented her going back to complete her degree. Mittie married William Christopher “Mr. Will” Hussey on May 5, 1934 and they were sweethearts until his untimely death from lung cancer on Feb. 21, 1963. Mittie was a pioneer Renaissance woman with her first employment with Mr. Harry Martin at Community Development Foundation where she provided early leadership in developing the RCDC’s in the area as well as Home Demonstration Clubs. Her working career included over three decades as office manager for Truck Center where she introduced one of Tupelo’s first computer systems and other technological advancements. At age 72, she was called out of retirement back to CDF where she introduced new bookkeeping systems and setting up their first computer system. She retired to the Hussey Farms at age 79 where she held forth the remainder of her stellar life loving the lands of her native area, gardening, sewing, visiting her countless friends, doting over her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and being the matriarch at her beloved Andrew’s Chapel United Methodist Church where she faithfully served in many capacities, including longtime secretary, for well over 80 years. She was honored by local media on her 100th birthday for her active membership in the Wellness Center of North MS Medical Center. Mittie loved to travel the US, dressed to the “nines”, loved her home and was completely engaged in the lives of her family, friends, her community, State and Nation. She was a diehard Mississippi State fan and a loyal Democrat. Her century-plus-one year of life marked her as the consummate Proverbs 31 woman. A grateful family and community express gratitude for her energetic, progressive, loyal and spirited earthly pilgrimage.

Mittie’s life will be celebrated at 3 PM Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Andrew’s Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Joe Lawson and her cousin, Bro. Doug Westmoreland officiating. Steve Holland will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 PM-7PM today (Sat.) at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 2 PM-service time Sunday at the Church.
Survivors include her son, Herman Hussey (Margie) of the Andrews Chapel community; seven grandchildren, Christi McMinn (David) of Cookeville, TN, William Lamar “Duke” Hussey of Oxford, MS, Cheryl Davis of Batesville, MS, Anita Pate (Mike) of Tupelo, MS, Herman Earl Hussey, Jr. of Auburn, MS, Julie Hussey of San Diego, CA, and Chris Hussey (Natasha) of Andrews Chapel community; nine great-grandchildren, Brandy Davis, Andrea Gibson (Michael), Michael Pate, Will Pate, Hanna Hussey, Taylor Hussey, Eli Hussey, Della Rae Hussey, and Jett Hussey; two great-great grandchildren, Brian Davis and Dalton Davis; sister, Evelyn Nanney of Tupelo; sister-in-law, Rebecca Flin of Atlanta, GA, and Audry Westmoreland of Mantachie; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her late husband, William Christopher Hussey; son, William Lamar Hussey who died July 15, 1998; siblings, Alwyn Westmoreland, Melvin Westmoreland, Jewel Riley, LeMaye Kiriluk, Dewease Elliott, J.T. Westmoreland, and Jimmy Boyd Westmoreland.

Her nephews will be pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Harry Martin, Chuck Imbler, Rev. Robert McCoy, Rev. Sammy Washburn, Rev. Ron Stephens, Johnny Long, Dr. Ricky Parker, and Dr. George Housley.
Memorials may be made to Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, 1412A Hwy 371, Tupelo, MS 38804. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

‘Slick’ Hurd
PONTOTOC – Charles Wayne “Slick” Hurd, 52, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. A native of Pontotoc, he was the son of Walter Golden and Robbie Hurd. He was a member of Friendship MB Church. He loved to ride four-wheelers and his horses.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Friendship MB Church. The Rev. Terry Baber will officiate. Burial will be in Golden Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Hurd of Pontotoc; one son, Charles Bralyn Hurd of Pontotoc; four sisters Taffy Bradford and Charlene Davis, both of Pontotoc, Glenda Knight and Lizzie Golden, both of Beloit, Wis.; and two brothers, Bobby Hurd and Mark Hurd, both of Pontotoc.

Visitation will be from 1 until 7 p.m. today, with family present from 6 until 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

Barry Weston
MANTEE – Barry Alexander Weston, 81, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 19, 1931, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to George and Dorothy Alison Weston. Before he became a naturalized U.S. citizen, he served from 1949 to 1955 in the Canadian Army, in Canada and the Far East. He married Brenda F. Oglesby Wallace of Columbus in West Monroe, La., on Aug. 2, 1986. He was employed by JWI as a salesman for 36 years, retiring in 1995.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home. A private family memorial service will be held at a later time in Mantee.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda F. Weston of Mantee; his daughter, Sandra Weston of Wetumpka, Ala.; his sister, Dorothy De La Fosse of Toronto, Ontario Canada; four stepchildren, Todd Wallace of Union Springs, Ala., Marty Wallace of Columbus, Jed Wallace of Camden, Tenn., and Gaye Wilson of Mantee; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

James E. Eichenser
ABERDEEN – James “Jimmy” Edward Eichenser, 85, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory. He was born Jan. 24, 1928, in Dunlo, Penn., to John Eichenser and Anna Oceptic Eichenser. He was a resident of Monroe County for 28 years. He was a member of West Chapel Church of Christ. He retired from U.S. Steel after 38 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as a railroad conductor in World War II.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at West Chapel Church of Christ in Westville with Bro. David Highland and Adam Pearson officiating. Burial will be in Sarter Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Patricia Taylor Eichenser; one son, William P. Pastorelli (Kathy) of Hamilton; one granddaughter, Lily Pastorelli of Hamilton; one brother-in-law, Woodie Taylor (Ann) of Aberdeen; and one cousin, Jack Wertz (Dianne) of Amory.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be William Pastorelli, Woodie Taylor, Wayne Blair, Richard Law, Bryan Law, Darron Covington and Evan Burks.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Grover T. Neal
ABERDEEN – Grover T. Neal, 75, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. He was born June 11, 1938, in Aberdeen to William Arthur Neal and Minnie Beulah Lockhart Neal. He was a life-long resident of Aberdeen. He was a painter and a member of the Pentecostal Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home with Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.

Survivors include four sisters, Minnie Brown, Earline Garner and Mary Dahlem, all of Aberdeen, and Margie Gilbreth of Homerville, Ga.; a brother, James William Neal of Aberdeen; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Cleveland Neal and Jessie Neal; and one sister, Madine Gray.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Alyce Scoggins
LONG BEACH – Alyce Scoggins, 62, and a resident of Long Beach, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Gulfport. She was a native of Mississippi and had been a resident of Long Beach for the past 12 years. She was a loving wife, devoted mother and a faithful friend to many.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 12, at First United Methodist Church in Long Beach, where family and friends may visit 30 minutes prior to the service. Riemann Family Funeral Home of Long Beach is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Wesley A. Scoggins of Long Beach; her sons, Phillip Peyton (Terry) Scoggins of Seattle, Wash., Wesley Nowlin Scoggins and Joseph Kameron Scoggins, both of Long Beach; her parents,

Gordon and Nita Phillips of Franklin, Ky.; and her brothers, Gary Phillips of Franklin, Ky. and Pete (Mary Beth) Phillips of Tupelo.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Annie Scoggins.

The family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2159 E. Pass Road, Gulfport, MS 39507.

Tributes may be offered at www.riemannfamily.com.

Jerry Weathers
ECRU – Jerry Weathers, 68, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 20, 1944, in Alabama to William and Leona Lee Provins Weathers. He enjoyed fishing, playing music and singing. He was a retired auto technician.

Memorial services will be at noon today, Aug. 10, at Center Hill Baptist Church in Ecru with Bro. Brandon Murphy officiating. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge.

Survivors include two sons, Tim Weathers of Ecru and Bill Weathers of Pontotoc; three sisters, Vicki (Kerry) Davis, Brenda Edge, and Debbie Little, all of Ecru; a brother, Gary (Brenda) Weathers of Union City; three granchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jerry Lee Weathers; and a brother, David Weathers.

Dorothy Reynolds
WATERFORD – Dorothy Lay “Lucy” Reynolds, 72, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at her home in Holly Springs.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Mt. Comfort CME Church in Waterford. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs is in charge.

Visitation will be 2 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and 2 until 2:55 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Garlon Stroupe
RIPLEY – Garlon Rice Stroupe, 84, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 8, 1929, to Leonard and Ruth Simpson Stroupe in Benton County. He was a carpenter; a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean Conflict; and a member of the American Legion Post 81. He was a founding member of the Shady Grove Water Association and was presently serving as president. He was a faithful member of Beech Hill Church of Christ. His hobbies were gardening and welding. Most of all, he enjoyed playing with his grandsons.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Minister King McCarver and Minister Donnie DeBord officiating. Burial will be in Beech Hill Church of Christ Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Ronald Stroupe (Jennifer) of Ripley; four grandsons, Griffin, Jase, Bricen, and Colee Stroupe, all of Ripley; one brother, Hal Stroupe (Eleanor) of Holly Springs; three sisters, Sandra Graves (Jimmy Dan) of Ripley; Brenda Williams of Southaven; and Grace Floyd of Ashland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Hugh Childers Stroupe; his parents; one son, Gregory Kim Stroupe; one brother, Neil Stroupe; and one sister, Carolyn Jordan.

Pallbearers will be Barry Hobson, Greg Ward, Eddie Joe McMillin, Mike Griffin, Robert Lee Scott, Ron Sanderson, Jimmy Pipkin and Richard Bryant.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jackie Lence, members of the American Legion Post 81, and classmates of Shady Grove High School, Class of 1947.

To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Shirley Spencer
BOONEVILLE – Shirley Ann Spencer, 71, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Oct. 26, 1941, in Tennessee. She was a machine operator at Prentiss Manufacturing Company, and she was a member of Church of Christ. She enjoyed writing letters, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. today, Aug. 10, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Krech officiating. Burial will be in Casey Creek Cemetery.

She is survived by five sons, Samuel Spencer (Leigh Ann) of Burnsville, Wesley Spencer (Glenda), Richard Spencer (Sue), Danny Spencer (Joyce), and William Spencer, all of Booneville; a daughter, Barbara McKinney (Barron) of Booneville; a sister, Mary Sue Glass of Tennessee; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Norris; her parents, John and Mary Glass; two brothers, Willie Glass and Roby Glass; and a sister, Edna Stegall.

The family requests memorial donations to go toward funeral expenses.

Brandon White
CEDAR BLUFF – Brandon Lee White, 26, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Starkville. He was born July 20, 1987, in Berrien Springs, Mich. to Georgetta Powell and Terry Scott White. He was an Emergency Services Disaster Cleaning responder and was a member of Agnostic faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Services will be 3 p.m. today, Aug. 10, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Sister Beverly Edge officiating. Burial will follow in Enon-Big Springs Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Alyxzhandir White of Tupelo and Samuel White of West Point; his parents, Georgetta White and Scott White of Cedar Bluff; maternal grandparents, Alma M. Powell of Cedar Bluff and the late Billy E. Powell; paternal grandparents, the late Sharon and Allen White; two sisters, Brandy Wofford of West Point and Rebecca Cox of Moss Point; and fiance’ Katie Dunn of West Point.

Preceding him in death was his brother, Michael Scott White.

Pallbearers will be Allen Stewart, Brandon Cook, Kenny Cox, Chris Coleman, Dustin White and Rodney Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Woodfin and Jake Willis.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Howard Tanner
CHEROKEE, Ala. – Howard L. “Son” Tanner, 79, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at Helen Keller Hospital.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Douthitt Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home in Iuka.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Cynthia Scott
BELMONT – Cynthia Ann “Cindy” Scott, 52, passed away suddenly Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at her residence. She was born Jan. 11, 1961, to Hareston and Nana Faye Johnson Scott in Aiken, S.C. Formerly of Saltillo, she grew up and spent most of her life in Saltillo until recently moving to Belmont. She was a graduate of Saltillo High School in 1978. She began her career in helping others at the NMMC. Ready for a change, she moved to Alabama in the furniture industry. She was always ready to help any and everyone who needed it. She was a family person and a loving sister. She enjoyed life, her tomato garden, and her dog, Max. She attended Euclatubba Batist Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Scotty Witcher officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery.

Survivors include one sister, Teri Posey (Glen) of Saltillo; one brother, John Scott of Satillo; two nephews who she called her boys, Justin Posey (Hannah) of Shreveport, La. and Jordan Posey of Saltillo; and numerous aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; paternal grandparents, Horace and Annie Doris Scott; and maternal grandparents, Leonard Mark and Gertrude Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Jordan, Justin and Glen Posey, Randy and Tim Franks and Dave Ashton.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Joann Bowen
ABERDEEN – Joann Bowen, 69, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at the Aberdeen Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Jean Riddle
BOONEVILLE – Mavis Jean Riddle, 61, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Holley Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Bean
PONTOTOC – Mary L. Bean, 68, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements will be announced later by Serenity Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Zema Williams
ABERDEEN – Zema Marie Pickle Williams, 96, a former resident of Aberdeen, passed away Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Gulfport. She was born Jan. 8, 1917, to Lem and Mellie (Roberts) Pickle of Monroe County. She was married to Billie Williams for 45 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Aberdeen.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home of Aberdeen with the Rev. Billy R. Williams officiating.

Survivors include three children and their spouses, Billy Richard and Rebecca Williams of Madison, Sandra Diane and Ed Ranck of Gautier, and Danny Wayne and Sharon Williams of Columbus; six grandchildren, Mark and Matthew Williams (Shea), Stephanie Harper, Cory Williams (Becky), and Lacey Williams Breen (Dallas); five great-grandchildren, Drew, Melody, and Lindsey Williams, Zoe Williams and Cayden Breen; a number of nieces and nephews, who affectionately called her Aunt Zema.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three sisters, Fleta Easter, Lema Doran and Angelia Pickle (infant); six brothers, Clarence, Grafton, Ardie, Leo, R.T. Pickle (infant), and Braymon (infant); and a grandson, Keith Harper.

Honorary pallbearers will be the nurses and other staff members of the Lakeview Nursing Home in Gulfport

Friends may visit from 9 a.m. until service time Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Aberdeen or to the church or charity of your choice.

Frances Jenkins
NEW ALBANY – Frances Jenkins, 80, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

Alice West
ASHLAND – Alice Valena West, 75, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Bluff Springs Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.