Obituaries August 13, 2009

Lavelle Moses
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Lavelle Moses, 95, formerly of Fulton, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at the Chatuge Nursing Facility in Hiawassee, Ga. She was born Jan. 12, 1914, in Itawamba County to Ausbin and Lynn Robinson Fowler. She was a Baptist. She worked in a shirt factory.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Nelson Moses (Carol); one granddaughter; one brother, Wayne Fowler; and two sisters, Estelle Dulaney and Garmilla Senter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Otto Moses, in 1987.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time Friday.

Jeffrey Briggs
COLUMBUS – Jeffrey Lane Briggs, 43, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Jim Gregory
NEW ALBANY – James Curtis “Jim” Gregory, 63, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at home after a long illness. He was born June 8, 1946, in Union County, where he was raised. In 1960 he moved to Aurora, Ill. In 1981 he founded Jim’s Transmission in Aurora. In 1987 he opened A-1 Transmission in Salem, Ind. In 1993 he moved with his family to New Albany and opened up A-1 Transmission. In his spare time he loved to fish on charter fishing trips. He also loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Catherine “Cathie” Gregory; his sons, James C. Gregory Jr. (Jennifer) of New Albany, John M. Zinzer (Suzanne) of Aurora, Ill., TSgt Dale R. Gregory of the United States Air Force of Cheyenne, Wyo., Patrick B. Gregory (Charlotte) of Ashland and Brandon K. Gregory of New Albany; his daughters, Mary Ann Snyder (Jeff) of Marseilles, Ill., Viola Lynn Gregory of New Albany, Angela N. Hutcheson (Derek) of Myrtle and April M. Nunnelee (Kirk) of Starkville; 11 grandchildren, Dawn Ledue, Erica and Alex Gregory, Matthew, Jordan and Nathan Zinzer, Brittani Skelton, Chelsea Rhea, Memory, Alexa and Caden Hutcheson; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler Gregory and Alyssa Skelton; his brother, Bonard “Bud” Gregory of Aurora, Ill.; and extended family, John Norbert Zinzer of New Albany, Jeffery M. Zinzer (Jonde) of New Albany, Ruby M. Grommes (John) of Hinckley, Ill., and Yvonne Brozenec of New Albany; special uncle, Jr. Edwards, and special aunts, Mattie Potts, Ann Hall and Linda Edwards, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by Grandma Audie; his mother, Josephine “Josie” Edwards; his father, Grady Gregory; his sister, Barbara Jean Harris; his daughter, Bonnie Lou Gregory; and his father- and mother-in-law, John and Mary Jane Zinzer.

Mittie Davis
NEW ALBANY – Mittie Hazel Davis, 90, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Aug. 2, 1919, in Itawamba County to the late John and Pearl Wardlow Nanney. She was the widow of Elton Davis. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Tom Henry officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany.
Survivors include two daughters, Paula Apostal of San Marcos, Calif., and Connie Lister of Escondido, Calif.; one son, Gayland Davis of Tucson, Ark.; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Clara Greer
AMORY – Clara M. Greer, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at her home. 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.
Bobby Joyner
BALDWYN – Bobby Fowler Joyner, 72, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at his home after a long illness. He was born Feb. 12, 1938, to Guy and Lois Joyner. He was the Northern District Constable, serving Lee County for 14 years. He was a member of East Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He was a cattle farmer, and he raised horses.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Adams officiating. Burial will follow at East Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Flossie Davis Joyner of Baldwyn; four daughters, Jan (Doyle) Bryan, Mitzi (Tim) Nelson and Joy (Glen) Lytal, all of Baldwyn, and Jill (Phil) Holt of Belden; grandchildren, Wesley (Jessica) Nelson, Josh Bryan, Nicole Lytal, Hope (Chet) Jones, Jon Adam (Ann) Bryan, Shay (Matt) Heatherly, Benjamin Nelson, Brooke Lytal, Jacob Bryan, Tyler Nelson, Hannah Beth Conwill and Jeffery Holt; three great-grandchildren, Amelia Nelson, Hastin Nelson and Hunter Heatherly.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Robert Agnew, Charles Brigman, Mitchell Pannell, Buck Edge, Ellis Wayne Bishop and Billy Joe Grisham.
Honorary pallbearers are his fellow Lee County Constables, Phil Gann, Ted Wood, Henry Lyles and the Lee County Circuit Clerks and Judges.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to East Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 185 CR 1503 Baldwyn, Ms. 38824; or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Perry Wayne Claunch
BURNSVILLE – Perry Wayne Claunch, 62, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at his home. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Robert G. Smith Lodge 412 F&AM. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Doug Christy officiating. Burial with military honors will be at South Crossroads Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Faye Whitehead (Martin) of Ecru and Laura Lee Derrick (Johnny) of Corinth; one brother, Ray Claunch of Madison, Tenn.; two sisters, Louise Ryan of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Mary Rebich of Richmond, Calif.; four grandchildren, Anthony Dalton Whitehead and Lauryn Faith Whitehead, both of Ecru, and Daniel Derrick and Jonathan Derrick, both of Corinth; the mother of his children, Sherry Claunch of Corinth; and a special friend, Barbara Claunch of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Claunch and Lillian Hazel Claunch; his brother, Carl Claunch Jr.; and his sister, Dorthea Enlow.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to a local DARE program.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Adell Young
ABERDEEN – Adell Young, 75, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home.
L. Wayne Morgan
BOSSIER CITY, La. – L. Wayne “Papa Wayne” Morgan died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at his home in Bossier City, La. He was born Feb. 18, 1936, in Amory to Grady and Liga Mae Morgan. He retired as a SMSgt from the U.S. Air Force after 29 years of service. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked in the oil field industry for 27 years. He enjoyed golfing, bird hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family. Over the years he owned and trained numerous excellent hunting dogs that he cared for greatly, but his favorite would end up being his faithful friend, Bandit. His family and friends will miss his dry humor and wit.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. today at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel. Gregg Smith, a longtime friend, will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Judy; his children, Gail Simmons and fiancé, Chuck, Teri Rhodes and husband, Dusty, and David Morgan and wife, Jana; children by choice, Vikki Reed and husband, Jason, Ronna Andrews and friend, Bobby, and Scott White and wife, Sharon; brother, Jimmy Morgan and wife, Sarah; sister, Patsy Greenhill and husband, Doug; grandchildren, Josh Pilkinton, Kimberly Andrews, Matt Rhodes, Chris Andrews, Ashley Moser, Morgan Simmons, Dyllon Baker, Courtney Andrews, Logan White, Jay Stephens, Jordan White, Nikky Reed and Mason Morgan; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Fred Morgan-Hester; and a friend of 40 years, Dean Copple.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to The National Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.

Ruby Mathis
PONTOTOC – Ruby Naomi Hitchcock Mathis, 96, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at Sunshine Nursing Home in Pontotoc after a long illness. She was born Oct. 7, 1912, to David Allen and Mary Alice Wardlow Hitchcock. She was a lifelong resident of Pontotoc. She was a homemaker, wife and mother. She enjoyed working with her flowers, cooking for her children and grandchildren, seeing new places and having lots of company.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Rocky Watts and the Rev. Fred Hartley officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forrest Cemetery.
Survivors include her seven children, Annie Ruth Elliott of Grenada, Joan Dunlap (Barnes), Mary Flanagan (Doug), Olivia Rush (John), Ben Mathis, David Earl Mathis (Myra) and Eddie Joe Mathis, all of Pontotoc; 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, E.J. Mathis; and four brothers, Chester, Dean, Walker and Mathew Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be Mike Dunlap, Ronnie Dunlap, Gary Cook, Chad Montgomery, Steven Carter and Johnny Rush.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Willie Stepp-Ivy
WEST POINT – Willie Ann Stepp-Ivy, 90, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at the West Point Community Living Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Pisgah Waverly M.B. Church. Burial will be in Lee Hill Cemetery in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Minnie Ola Pearson
BRUCE – Minnie Ola Pearson, 87, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at her home. She was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Calhoun County. She was a former employee of Kellwood and Glenn Slacks. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m.today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Windell Lancaster and the Rev. Tracy Griffin officiating. Burial will be in New Gauley Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include one daughter, Pat Parker (Morris) of Bruce; two sons, Marvis Goodson (Betty) and Phillip Goodson, both of Calhoun City; one sister, Ruby Moore of Calhoun City; five grandchildren, two stepgrandsons, seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, E.W. Goodson and W. J. Pearson, and her parents, Joseph Savannah Keenum and Annie Bell Bennings Keenum.
Pallbearers will be Richard Winter, Mickey Hutchins, David Sutherland, Gilbert Denley, Mike Denley and Joe Cowsert.

William H. Page
TISHOMINGO – William H. “Bunk” Page, 65, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a farmer and a lifelong resident of Tishomingo County. He was a loving husband, a devoted father and grandfather, and a loyal friend.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Tony Curtis officiating. Burial will follow in Rutledge Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carolyn Malone Page of Tishomingo; two sons, Richard Page (Kim) of Iuka and Scott Page of Tishomingo; one daughter, Sharon Page South (Marvin) of Tishomingo; one brother, James Ray Page (Carolyn) of Iuka; six grandchildren, Luke South, Jacob South, Sheridan Page, William Page, Gracie Brown, and Ava Page, all of Iuka; and an aunt, Quay Hunt of Sheffield, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Olen and Cleo Page.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rutledge-Salem Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

William Ragland
NEW ALBANY – William Clifton “Clif” Ragland, 82, formerly of Pontotoc, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 6, 1927, in Pontotoc County to Exter Ragland and Willie Ann McKnight Judon. He was a member of Holy Temple Church of God in Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Holy Temple Church of God in Christ with Bishop Charles Ferrell officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Verlene Pulliam Ragland; his children, Joe Edwards of Racine, Wis., James Dean, Richard Smith, Ruby (Georgia) Godwin, Annie Jean Smith and Lee (Georgia) Smith, all of New Albany, Joyce White of Pontotoc, Jerry Dean (Jean) of Huntsville, Ala., and Earl Dean of Tupelo; his sisters, Annie Marie (Mac) Knox, Christine Jackson, Gaynel Finley and Willie Mae Bailey of New Albany; a brother, Synic Judon III of Tupelo; a sister-in-law, Lula Ragland; a special nephew, Chris (Leighanne) Knox of New Albany; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grnadchildren, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Stan Gilbert, Timmy Finley, Bernard Judon, Alex Bailey, Jerry Dean and Earl Dean.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Georgianna Whitfield
PRAIRIE – Georgianna Whitfield died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Alton Hodges
OLIVE BRANCH – Alton Ray Hodges, 78, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. He was born Nov. 28, 1930, in Tippah County. He retired from Sears in 1989. He was a member of Longview Heights Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Longview Heights Baptist Church in Olive Branch. Brantley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Nell Bromley Hodges; three children, Amy Hodges Darby (Paul), Ty Allen Hodges (Lee Anne), Todd Wray Hodges (Kristy), and six grandchildren, all of Desoto County; three brothers, Joe Hodges of Batesville, Ross Hodges of Blue Springs and Donald Hodges of New Albany; two sisters, Eloise Hines of New Albany and Cloyce Hogue of Dumas.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday at the church.
Donations may be sent to Longview Heights Baptist Church in Olive Branch or Southern Baptist Educational Center in Southaven.

Armando Roberto
MEMPHIS – Armando Flores Roberto, 24, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, as the result of a car accident on Cayce Road. He was born Aug. 12, 1985, in Mexico. He was a Catholic.
Holly Springs Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Survivors include his father, Hector Flores Morinda of Mexico; his mother, Rosa Roberto Casemiro of Mexico; a brother, Ruben Flores Roberto of Memphis; and a sister, Sura Roberto of Mexico.

Sammie Sanders
OKOLONA – Minister Sammie L. Sanders died May 14, 2009. He was born Jan. 26, 1936.
Services were Thursday, May 21, at Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church in Peru, Ind. The Rev. E.J. Lacy officiated. Williams Memorial of Okolona was in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include a special friend, Mary Sanders, and an aunt, Pinkie Adams.
Pallbearers were Donnie Isham, Marvin Ryder, James Shewmake, Richard Stevenson and Jessie Webb. Honorary pallbearers were the Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church Brotherhood.

Tulon C. Hughes
IUKA – Tulon C. Hughes, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.

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