Obituaries August 14, 2013

Judy Riley
SALTILLO – Judy Dietrich Riley, 23, went to be with the Lord , Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born in Hinds County on Feb. 14, 1990. Judy was a very dedicated and loving mother to her daughter, Rayleigh.

She worked as the key holder of Dollar General on West Main Street in Tupelo.

Mud riding, hanging out at the creek and sitting around campfires with her friends were the things she enjoyed most. She attended Northstar in Saltillo.

A celebration of Judy’s life will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Northstar Church in Saltillo with the Rev. Jeff Flinn officiating.

Graveside services will follow at McNeil Cemetery.

W.E. Pegues is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include her beloved daughter, Rayleigh Riley of the home; Rayleigh’s half-brother, Andrew Riley; her mother and stepfather, Deborah and James E. Posey of the Birmingham Ridge community; her father, Joseph Duane Dietrich of the Birmingham Ridge community; one sister, Kira Dietrich Sudduth (Patrick) of Tupelo; one brother, James M. Dietrich of Saltillo; one stepbrother,
James L. Posey of Saltillo; her maternal grandparents, James and Johnnie Robbins of Richland; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Betty and James Vernon Dietrich.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Sudduth, James E. Posey, Byron Smith, Brian Reed, David Robbins, Joseph and James M. Dietrich and James Lee Posey.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Northstar Church in Saltillo.

Memorials may be made to her funeral account in care of W.E. Pegues Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1488, Tupelo MS 38802.

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

Virginia Rogers
MADISON – Virginia Frances Rogers, 91, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at Baptist Hospital, Jackson, surrounded by family.

There will be a visitation at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland today, Aug. 14, 2013 from 11 a.m. to noon with a service following at noon. Burial will be at Lakewood Memorial Park.

She was a resident of The Home Place, Madison. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Dr. Foy Rogers, in 1989. She was a native of Pontotoc County and attended Longview School. She attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary during the time Foy was in seminary there. She and Foy married in 1940 and she assisted and supported him in the Southern Baptist ministry in churches and with the Home Mission Board in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and other states. She was a genuine Christian lady and loved spending time with her church friends in support of mission activities to further the Word of Christ. When she met someone she wanted to know if you were a Christian because of her adamant belief and straightforwardness.

She is survived by two sons, Dr. Jerrell (Brenda) Rogers and Randy (Debbie) Rogers; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a long time member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

The family would like to thank the staff at Baptist Hospital and Hospice Ministries for their attentive and compassionate care for Frances in her last days.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 7469 Old Canton Road, Madison, MS 39110.

Beatrice Williams
BELLS, Tenn. – Carrie Beatrice Emison Williams, 87, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at Bells Nursing Home in Bells, Tenn. She was born June 26, 1926, in Crockett County, Tenn., to G.A. Emison and Lailah Belle Skipper Emison. She married Hiawatha Williams on July 31, 1943, and was a loving housewife, mother and grandmother.

She was a member of Cypress United Methodist Church for 60 years and worked 14 years for Alamo Fashion Shoppe. She moved to Tupelo in 1997 to be near her daughter. She became a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Tupelo.

She is survived by her son, Randy Allen Williams (Betty) of Bells, Tenn.; her daughter, Edwina Wood (Charles) of Tupelo; grandchildren, Susan Geiger (Tony) of Jackson and Chuck Wood (Millie) of Mantachie; three great-grandchildren, Carter and Will Wood, and Emison Geiger; and a niece, Charlotte Emison Naylor of Bells, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother, Herschell Emison.

Services were Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Brownsville-Bells Funeral Homes Chapel in Bells, Tenn., with the Rev. Donnie Riley officiating.

Burial followed at Marlowe Cemetery in Liberty Hall community.

Pallbearers were Chuck Wood, Carter Wood, Tony Geiger, Curtis Sullivan, Steve Bailey and Gary Spraggins. Honorary pallbearers were Will Wood and Joe Wayne Spraggins.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Marlowe Cemetery Fund.

Dorris Smith
ASHLAND – Dorris Gene Smith, 80, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Rainbow Health and Rehab Center in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home in Somerville, Tenn.

Ladd Stokes II
FULTON, Ky. – Thomas Ladd Stokes II, 68, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at the home of his daughter in Jupiter, Fla. He was born on Jan. 8, 1945, in Humboldt , Tenn. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fulton, Ky., and a selfemployed salesman.

He is survived by three children, Ellen Sanchez-Garcia of Jupiter, Fla., Courtney Mason of Mayfield, Ky., and Troy Stokes of South Fulton, Tenn.; his mother, Carlene (Caldwell) Stokes Jolley of Fulton, Ky.; six grandchildren, Arabella
Sanchez-Garcia, Sterling Sanchez-Garcia, Paxton Pair, Allyson Pair, Tommy Stokes and Laney Stokes; and a sister, Susan Bostleman of Auburndale, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Ladd Stokes; and a son, Thomas Ladd Stokes III.

A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at First United Methodist Church in Fulton, Ky.

The Rev. Keith Long will officiate.

Hornbeak Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be at the church from 4 p.m. until the service hour.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 200 Carr St., P.O. Box 1386, Fulton, KY 42041.

Online tributes can be left at www.hornbeakfuneralchapel.com.

Herbert Spivey Jr.
BALDWYN – Herbert L. Spivey Jr., 73, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at his residence. He was born April 25, 1940, to Herbert I. Spivey Sr. and Sue Landrum Spivey. He married Faye Malone on June 28, 1959. He was a lifelong resident of Baldwyn except for his service in the U.S. Army, then serving with NASA in Huntsville. He was the retired owner of Mississippi Cabinet which he founded in 1969. He enjoyed being a licensed ham radio operator since the age of 14. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Baldwyn.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 14, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating.

Burial will be in the Baldwyn Masonic Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Mike Spivey (Debbie) and Don Spivey (Lydia), all of Baldwyn; five grandchildren, Haley, Josh, Sam, Ric and Mark Spivey; one stepgranddaughter, Farrah Kelly; stepgreat-grandchildren, Lynleigh and
Brady Crabb; cousins, Ray Gentry and Steve Landrum; and a special friend, Cynthia Mink.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a special cousin, Lanny Outlaw.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Mary Franks
BOONEVILLE – Mary Luznah Inman Franks, 87, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be in Zion Rest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Virginia Newby
BOONEVILLE – Virginia Jobe Newby, 88, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Longwood Nursing and Rehab in Booneville. She was born March 30, 1925, to John and Clara Shepard Jobe. She was retired from Prentiss Manufacturing after 47 years. She was a member of Concord Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 14, at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville with Bro. Robert Walker and Bro. Buddy Marshall officiating.

Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Sharon (Bobby) Smart of Booneville; four stepdaughters, Earlene (Wayne) Benefield of Ripley, Addean (Buddy) Marshall of Jumpertown, Leila (Buford) Hopper of Kossuth and Peggy Brown of Ripley; 12 stepgrandchildren; 22 stepgreat-grandchildren; three stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Judy Windham of Ripley.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bonard Michael; her second husband, Earl “Mutt” Newby; six sisters; three brothers; one stepgreat-grandson; and a special friend, Ruby Tittle.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Edward Lewis
SALTILLO – Edward T. “Mr. Ed” Lewis, 84, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a long illness.

A memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Chesterville Baptist Church. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will follow in the Thursday
edition.

Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. to service Friday only.

Rufus Davis
SELMER, Tenn. – Rufus C. “Dave” Davis, 93, passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at his home. He was born in Tishomingo County on Nov. 6, 1919, to Mack and Mattie Davis. He graduated from Belmont High School. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in France with the 4th Armored Division as a half-track driver. He was in the timber business and managed Wallace E. Johnson’s lumber business in Holly Springs. He later moved to Memphis and was in the motor carrier business as a salesman and terminal manager. Before retirement he worked for Forest Hill
Funeral Home as a salesman and counselor. He was a past president of the Memphis Traffic Club.

He was an avid golfer and bowler, having won numerous tournaments in both. He was also a master storyteller and loved being with his friends and family. He was a member of First Baptist church in Selmer, Tenn., and the Gilley Sunday School Class.

Services will be at 2 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 15, at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville with Bro. Shannon Phillips officiating.

Burial will be in Forest Hill East Cemetery in Memphis.

Survivors are his wife of 28 years, Irene Beasley Davis; four sons, John M. (Jill) DeBona of Atlanta, Ga., James W. Davis of Warner Robbins, Ga., David (Cheryl) Davis of Jacksonville, Fla., and Don (Torri) Davis of Collierville, Tenn.; one brother, Warren Davis of Gering, Neb.; four grandchildren, John M. (Gina) DeBona, Ashley (Grant) Deal, and Samuel and Nicholas Davis; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and four sisters, Bernice Davis, Hazel Reno, Helen Nelson and Dorothy Durrance.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

Condolences can be made at

www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Walter Embrey
GOLDEN – Walter Willis Embrey, 86, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. He was born May 29, 1927, in Iuka to William and Carrie Maxwell Embrey. He was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years. He was a carpenter, worked at the railroad for 11 years and was a former employee of Tiffin Motor Homes.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today, Aug. 14, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. James Rutledge, Bro. Dean Warren and Ricky Beam officiating.

Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife, Mauree Beam Embrey of Golden; three daughters, Sue Johnson, Willa Mitchell (Stanley) and Debbie Franks (Andy), all of Golden; one son, Eugene Embrey (Stephanie) of Golden; one sister, Bobbie Loper of Arkansas; five grandchildren, Susan Monroe (Scotty), Clint Johnson, April Crum (Donald), Scottie Mitchell and Sheena Wood (Joey); six great-grandchildren, Hayden Monroe, Cassie Monroe, Courtney Crum, Brody Crum, Chyanne Wood and Adrianna Wood; a special sister-in-law, June Embrey; special caregiver, Tracy Hale; special friend, Charles McFadden; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Willie Mae Robinson, Mattie Faye Barnes, Dovie Pearl Parrish and Zella Rae Steele; six brothers, Erskin, MT, Kenneth, Coleman, George and an infant brother; and a son-in-law, Dan Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Embrey, Frankie Embrey, Johnny Embrey, Tom Embrey, Gary Beam and Terry Beam. Honorary pallbearers will be Clint Johnson, Scottie Mitchell, Hayden Monroe, Brody Crum, Joey Wood, Donald Crum
and Scotty Monroe.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Gualterio Bradley
BELDEN – Gualterio “Grunt” Bradley, 47, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Oak Grove Baptist Church in New Albany. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Frances Jenkins
NEW ALBANY – Frances Jenkins, 80, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

She was a very active member of Watson Grove M.B. Church and had a special love for her Sunday school teacher, Sis. Bernice Bailey.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Watson Grove M.B. Church with Pastor Avenue Pittman Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her children, Lily Kidd (Melvin) of Racine, Wis., Loretta Jenkins-Willis of Atlanta, Ga., and Amy Jenkins Cadeau of Opelika, Ala.; her sisters and
brothers, Johnnie Mae Pannell of Indianapolis, Ind., Pete Reeves (Oletha) of Louisville, Suezell Mosley, Ella Mae Caldwell (Baker), Annie B. Jordon (Bobby), Cassie Fay Cook of Ackerman, Archie Pearl Potts and Christene Woods (Junior) of New Albany; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a special niece, Ezzie Reed; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Gary Brasfield
BOONEVILLE – Gary Neal Brasfield, 51, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Illinois.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Pisgah United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from noon until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church for two hours prior to the service Friday.