Obituaries August 11, 2009

Lurene Morris
FULTON – Lurene Morris, 92, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at Dogwood Plantation. She was born Aug. 17, 1917, in Kirkville to Grady and Callie Lee Yeager Davis. She was a member of Harden’s Chapel Methodist Church. She worked in the ASCS office in Fulton and at Gilliland’s Drapery Shop. She was an avid rose gardener.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Tommy Winders and Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Jane Lee Harris (Larry) of Fulton; one son, Dave Morris (Jan) of Fulton; five grandchildren, Derek Sheffield (Susan), Amanda Bundy, Justin Sheffield (Misty), John David Morris (April) and Mary Leigh Morris; four great-grandchildren, Wes Sheffield, Christian Sheffield, Bayleigh Sheffield and Rheagan Morris.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Hardie Morris.
Pallbearers will be John David Morris, Derek Sheffield, Justin Sheffield, Louie Bigham and Wes Sheffield.
Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. to service time today.
Hayden Newman
GUNTOWN – Hayden “Spider” Newman, 71, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. He was the retired owner of Newman Auto Sales.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Ronnie Livingston officiating. Burial will be in the Sumner Chapel Cemetery.
He is survived by one brother, Roy Newman (Judith) of Baldwyn; one sister-in-law, Jorene Newman of Booneville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elton Hunter and Allie Maxine Pharr Newman, and two brothers, James Newman and Joe Newman.
Pallbearers will be Ken Williams, Tanner Newman, Jerry Dunahue, Jeff Dunahue, Winston Young and Jim Armstrong. Honorary pallbearers will be Bryan Newman, Hunter Newman and Spencer Newman.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Alma Boatner
NEW ALBANY – Alma Louise McNeely Boatner, 87, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at Union County Health and Rehab. She was a homemaker and a former employee of Stratford Furniture Company. She was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church, the Senior Hilltoppers Choir, the Sanctuary Choir and the Joy Sunday School Class.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Dr. Kermit McGregor officiating. Burial will be at Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Arliss Boatner (Judy) of New Albany and Barry Boatner (Pat) of Lancaster, Pa.; four grandchildren, Margo Sanderson (Ron) and Shannon Stephens (Michael), all of Ripley, Bo Boatner (Denise) of New Albany and Kimberleigh Boatner of Lancaster, Pa.; five great-grandchildren, Lee Sanderson, Joshua Sanderson, Anna Kathyrn Fitts, Jamey Larson and Steven Larson, all of Ripley; a special brother-in-law, Leland Whitehorn of Myrtle; and two special sisters-in-law, Rudell Murry of New Albany and Mary Boatner of San Antonio, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin McNeely and Vera Churchill McNeely; her husband, George Boatner; and one sister and one brother.
Pallbearers will be Jason Blackburn, Mark Garrett, Bradley Littlejohn, Chris Rowan ,Tim Swann and Randy White. Honorary pallbearers will be the Joy Sunday School Class.
The body will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to the Music Ministry at Hillcrest Baptist Church.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Stephen E. Fuller
OXFORD – Stephen E. Fuller, 62, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born on April 4, 1947, in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School and attended Kansas State College. He was an air route traffic controller in the U.S. Naval Air Reserve from 1966-1972. He worked at Tension Envelope Corp. from 1969 until retiring as general sales manager in 2006 after 37 years. He lived in Germantown, Tenn., for 22 years before moving to Oxford. He enjoyed boating, spending time with his family and friends, and tailgating in The Grove at Ole Miss. He was a member of the Oxford-Ole Miss Rotary.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Father Joe Tonos officiating. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Donna Brown Fuller of Oxford; one son, Patrick Spencer Fuller (Carrie) of Oxford; his mother, Mary Martha Fuller of Overland Park, Kan.; his brother, Charles Lowery Fuller (Cynthia) of Overland Park; his sister-in-law, Anita Fuller; nieces, Carrie and Kristin, and his grandson, Brooks Brown Fuller.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Spencer Fuller II, and by his father, Kenneth Spencer Fuller.
Memorials may be made to the Oxford-Ole Miss Rotary Christmas Store Fund, P.O. Box 1826, Oxford, MS 38655; or to a favorite charity.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Bobby Joe Hughes
AMORY – Bobby Joe Hughes 78, dearly loved father, grandfather and brother, passed away Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after a long illness.
Bobby Joe Hughes was born Jan. 14, 1931, in Amory to Cletus Edmond and Callie Ethel Ford Hughes.
Bobby served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1950. He married Ezra Irene Sheffield July 2, 1950. Bobby and Irene moved to Zion, Ill., in the early 1950’s, where they raised seven children. Bobby worked at American Motors in Kenosha, Wis., until his retirement in 1986. After his retirement, Bobby and Irene moved back and forth between Illinois and Mississippi before settling in Amory in 1996. Bobby loved tending to his vegetable garden, fishing, and spending time with his family and playing cards. Bobby was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Waukegan, Ill.
Services will be 1 p.m. today, August 11, 2009, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial will be in the Young Memorial Gardens in Smithville.
Bobby leaves behind three daughters, Brenda (Gary) Degler and Patsy (Norman) Dreyer, both of Amory, and Dorothy Hughes (Scott Bandeko) of Camdenton, Mo.; three sons, Nicklos (Kathy) Hughes of Zion, Ill., Johnny (Darnell) Hughes of San Antonio, Texas, and Jerry Hughes of Amory. He also leaves behind five granddaughters, Erica Hughes, Teri Lynn Hughes, Jennifer Hughes, Jessica Irene Harris and Brittany Taylor; eight grandsons, Jeffrey Degler, Michael Hughes, Jerry Hughes II, James Hughes, Ryan Hughes, Christopher Harris, Mark Dreyer and Chris Law, as well as nine great-grandchildren. Bobby is also survived by two sisters, Juanita Funderburk of Amory and Iuta Kreuser of Bella Vista, Ark.
Bobby was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ezra Irene Sheffield Hughes; his son, Richard G. Hughes; his parents, Cletus Edmond and Callie Ethel Ford Hughes; an infant sister, Lina Lee Hughes, and his sister, Bonnie Mae Carpenter; five brothers, Ronald (Runt), William Arnold (Bill), Russell, Donald and Jack Hughes.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Jeffrey Degler, Michael Hughes, Jerry Hughes II, James Hughes, Ryan Hughes and Christopher Harris.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Martha Burke
JACKSON – Martha Ann Jones Burke, formerly of Memphis, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at the age of 79 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was a 1948 graduate of Hutchinson High School in Memphis. She attended Southwestern College (now Rhodes) in Memphis. She was a loving wife and mother of six children, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was a devout member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Jackson, where she was a Eucharistic Minister and Minister to the Sick. She also served as a volunteer at St. Dominic’s Hospital in the Critical Care Unit for 19 years. She was an avid golfer at Colonial Country Club and involved in the Meh Lady Luncheon/Bridge Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Hale Jones and Lewie Manker Allen Jones of Memphis; two brothers, Robert Hale Jones Jr. of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and Lewis Allen Jones of Memphis.
She is survived by her son, Robert O. Burke Jr. (JoAnn) of Jackson; and five daughters, Martha Rossie (Rusty) of Lakeland, Tenn., Catherine Crews (Billy) of Tupelo, Louise Rainey (Patrick) of Orlando, Fla., Susan Smith (Phillip) of Germantown, Tenn., and Gina Richardson (John) of Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
Her family would like to thank all her loving friends, priest, parishioners and doctors who have helped her along her life’s journey, especially Dr. Paul Seago, her oncologist, the caring nurses and staff on the 5th floor of St. Dominic’s Hospital, and her lymphadema therapist, Kim Yates.
A Mass of Remembrance will be at St. Richard’s at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 11. A burial service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. Wright amp& Ferguson Funeral Home of Jackson is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Dominic’s Cancer Center in Jackson, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, or the charity of the donor’s choice is appreciated.
Talma Duke
MATHISTON – Talma Burdine Duke, 83, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be 10 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in the Bowles Cemetery in Choctaw County.
Dr. Charles R. Parker
CORINTH – Dr. Charles R. Parker, 69, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at his home. He was a member of Oakland Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army, Airborne Division. He was a retired pharmacist and physician with many years of service. He was a devoted husband and a loving father and grandfather.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Dr. Randy Bostick officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Iuka.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Juanez Bugg Parker of Corinth; one son, Kenny D. Parker and wife, Andrea, of Chicago; four grandchildren, Jacob Hunter Meeks of Corinth, Nathan Webb of Memphis, and Jackson Parker and Charles “Chase” Parker, both of Chicago; his stepfather, Darrell Peugh and wife, Jean Ann, of Panama City, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Glenn Bugg and wife, Sandra, of Tuscumbia, Ala.; two nephews, Brent Bugg of Tuscumbia and Kevin Bugg and wife, Cara, of Raleigh, N.C.
He was preceded in death by a son, Brady Kyle Parker; a daughter, Laurie Parker Webb; and his parents-in-law, Sidney and Ruth Bugg.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Angela Poland
BELDEN – Angela Grillo Poland, 93, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at her residence after an extended illness. A native of Bound Brook, N.J., she was born Jan. 8, 1916, to Alfonso and Anna DeBlanco Grillo. A 1934 graduate of Bound Brook High School, she attended Trenton State Teacher’s College, where she graduated in 1938. She taught physical education for six years in New Jersey from 1938 to 1944. During World War II she served as a 1st lieutenant in the Women’s Army Corp as a physical therapist stationed at Lawson General Hospital from 1944-1946. After the war she was stationed at Percy General Hospital in Battle Creek, Mich., from 1946-1947. She was married April 24, 1948, to Maj. Eustis “Pete” Poland Jr. From 1952-1953 she taught kindergarten in Ft. Benning, Ga. In 1956 her family moved to Tupelo. She was director of Head Start from 1967 to 1971. She was a member of the Northeast Mississippi Art Association, where she served as past president. She was an active member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Paul Stevens and the Rev. Gene Asbury officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Pete Poland III (Belva) and Paul Poland (Sandra), all of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Mandy Meek (Scott) of Conway, Ark., Kelly Marlin (John Michael) of Tupelo, Michael Poland (Natalie) of Blue Springs and Jonathan Poland (Lane) of Starkville; five great-grandchildren, Sarah Grace Meek, Madison Meek, Charlie Meek, John Luke Marlin and Jake Marlin; two sisters, Mary Krysiak of Lakehurst, N.J., and Dolores Gumerlock of Bound Brook, N.J; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years, Maj. Eustis “Pete” Poland, on May 1, 2009; a sister, Aurora Frey; and a brother, Joseph Grillo.
Pallbearers will be Frank Anger, George Bobo, Jim Newell, Jack Phipps, Harry Collins, Andrew Battaile and Joe O’Callaghan.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in parish hall at the church.
Memorials may be made to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 608 Jefferson St., Tupelo MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Roger N. Ford
MADISON – Roger Neil Ford, 40, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, in Southaven.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wright amp& Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife, Renee Ford of Southaven; daughters, Olivia Ford, Mckenna Ford, Madden Ford and Anarose Ford, all of Madison; a son, Cameron Ford of Ridgeland; a brother, Brian Ford (Dana) of Madison; a nephew, Garret “G” Ford of Madison; his mother and father, Wesley and Pat Ford of Flora; his mother- and father-in-law, Jan and Terry Goin of Tupelo; sisters-in-law, Lora Moore (Steve) of Southaven and Grecia Goin of Tupelo; a brother-in-law, Eric Goin of Tupelo; 10 nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Helen Roberson
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Helen Lois Roberson, 57, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at her home. She was a native of Marshall County and a former resident of Mt. Pleasant. She was a homemaker and a devoted member of Eagle Ministries Church in Somerville.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Peebles West Funeral Chapel in Somerville with the Rev. Larry West officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery in Laconia, Tenn. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Harry H. Roberson.
Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to Eagle Ministries in Somerville, Tenn.
Tom O’Sheilds
CLEARMONT, Fla. – Tom O’Sheilds, 69, formerly of Tupelo, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at the Mike Conlee Hospice House in Clearmont, Fla. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Billie Jean Crouch
PONTOTOC – Billie Jean Crouch, 71, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at her home. She was born Dec. 17, 1937, in Hickory Flat to Pearl Goolsby and Media Thompson. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Roger Bridges Sr. of Potts Camp, J.D. Crouch of Thaxton and James Crouch of Etta; three daughters, Nancy Bridges of Pontotoc, and Janice Phillips and Media Stewart, both of Randolph, Texas; one sister, Vada Gurthie of West Union; 24 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Edgar Medrano
BYHALIA – Edgar Antonio Medrano, 16, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident in Marshall County. He was born Dec. 13, 1992, in Jerccuaro Guanojuato. He was a Catholic.
Holly Springs Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Survivors include his father, Epifanio Balanos Aguilar, and his mother, Ignacia Medrano Aguilar, and three brothers, Gustavo Medrano, Hugo Medrano and Jose Medrano, all of Byhalia.
Grace Carson
ASHLAND – Grace M. Carson, 81, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at the Graceland Care Center in New Albany.
Services were Monday, Aug. 10, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial was in the Blue Mountain Cemetery.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Tommy L. Gillard
OXFORD – Tommy L. Gillard, 49, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford.
Lora Weathers
BELMONT – Lora Weathers, 88, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at her home. She was born Oct. 9, 1920, in Tishomingo County to Newton Cephie and Ollie Credille Wigginton. She was an employee of Blue Bell for 30 years and a member of Fairview Holy Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fairview Holy Church of Christ. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are one son, Dean Weathers of Belmont; one daughter, Ruth Mathieu (Rex) of Belmont; one grandson, Brandon Mathieu of Paducah, Ky.; and one brother, Charlie Wigginton (Joyce) of Red Bay, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard A. Weathers; her parents; and two brothers, Buel Wigginton and Waymon Wigginton.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at Fairview Holy Church of Christ until service time on Wednesday.
Randall Jones
CORINTH – Randall Jack Jones, 54, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mary Ann Eason
TUPELO – Mary Ann Eason, 81, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after an extended illness. She was born on June 28, 1928, in Martin, Tenn., to M.H. and Earlene Cantrel Smith. She married James Paul Eason on Oct. 8, 1950. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Tupelo. She was a member of the garden club and bridge club. She enjoyed making ceramics and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bruceton Funeral Home in Bruceton, Tenn., with Rev. James S. Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery in Bruceton. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Polly Callis (Lynn) of Jackson, Tenn.; her son, Joseph Eason (Jan) of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Maggie McCalmon and Sarah Grace Callis, both of Jackson, Tenn.; her sister, Nancy Lynch of Camden, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Paul Eason; a son, Jim Eason; a daughter, Rozanne Eason; a grandson, Thomas Andrew McCalmon; and a brother, Horrace Smith.
Pallbearers will be Shane Lynch, Dennis Eason, Hal Eason, Keith Eason, Bobby Stanfill, Dennis Street, Lee Smith and Brent Wiles.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Michelle Young
MYRTLE – Michelle Louise Foster Young, 35, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service. Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.

Georgia Long
CORINTH – Georgia Ann Fields Long, 85, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at her home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.

Sue Walker Andrews
PONTOTOC – Cora Sue Walker Andrews, 61, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at her home. She was a homemaker and a wonderful mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Bro. Gary Wright will officiate. Burial will be in Carey Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Donna Walker Luther of Ecru; two sons, Dean Walker and Donnie Walker of Ecru; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a very special niece, Debbie Henry.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Minnie and Noah Henry; a son, Darren Walker; her granddaughter, Jessica Patterson; her husband, Donald Walker; and three sisters, Ann Bivens, Sammie Whitt and Brenda Hunt.
Pallbearers will be Pat Tackitt, Billy Shane Gann, Vince Walker, David Haws, Chad Walker and Carey Finney.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today.
Josephine McKinney
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. – Josephine McKinney died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo. She was formerly of Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

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