Obituaries August 16, 2013

Mary Alice Stanley
SALTILLO – Mary Alice Stanley, 84, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center, Hospice. Mary Alice was born Dec. 13, 1928, to Paul Clayton and Myrtle Corrine Dugard Lanphere. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Saltillo. Mary Alice had worked as a seamstress for Playcraft and as a cook for many local restaurants. Well-known for her cooking, she worked at places such as Mrs. Delby’s and Barbara’s Restaurant in Saltillo. She also was blessed to work with Bud and Charlene Fletcher as a nanny for their children, Chad and Misty. She found great comfort and joy in caring for them, her family, friends and others.

A celebration of her life will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Ken Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Beech Springs Cemetery.

Mary Alice’s survivors include her daughters, Katherine Nichols (Tim) of Mantachie and Diane Patterson of Saltillo; three grandchildren, Kim Smith (Mark) of Saltillo, Leslie Pitts (Wes) of Mantachie and Nina Barnes (Brad) of Saltillo; eight great-grandchildren, Tyler, Ben and Abbie Katherine Smith, Ella, Darby and Georgia Pitts, Neil May (Stephanie) and Molly Bass; three great-great-grandchildren, Taylor, Alexis and Miles; her brother, Doug Lanphere (Lela) of Saltillo; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Stanley; her parents; her sister, Sara Barnes Chase; brothers, Pud, Paul, Jake and Russ Lanphere.

Pallbearers will be Lindsey, Paul Wren and Rusty Lanphere, Perry Stanley, Jerry Burns and James Barnes.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, Aug. 16, 2013, at the Saltillo Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to New Beginnings International Children’s & Family Services, 2164 Southridge Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801 or the Gideons International, P.O. Box 1073, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Derek C. Shumpert
TUPELO – Derek C. Shumpert passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at his home.

A life celebration service will be will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Donell Nichols will officiate. Burial will follow in Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by is daughters, Lavell Woods and Sarina Woods, both of Tupelo; his parents, Dorothy (Pinky) Shumpert of Tupelo and Henry Clifton Mallard Sr. of Decatur, Ala.; six brothers, Rickey Shumpert and Clint (Frances) Shumpert of Tupelo, Herman Shumpert of Tupelo, Chris Shumpert of Tupelo, Joe Mallard of Decatur, Ala., Paul Cribb of Alabama; six sisters, Kay Cowley of Tupelo, Georgia (Leon) Jones of Madison, Ala., Darlene Mallard and Barbara Mallard of Decatur, Ala., Jacqueline Renae Lipsey of Tupelo, Syrumaine Bradley of Verona; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Saturday.

Online condolences can be made to the Shumpert family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Tom Berry Jr.
MICHIGAN CITY – Tom Berry Jr., 61, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at St. James Church of God in Christ in Grand Junction, Tenn. Burial will be in Samuel Chapel Church Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to service time Saturday at the church.

Roger Hurley
SKYLINE – Roger Lee Hurley, 68, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at his residence in the Skyline community of Lee County after an extended illness. He was born on Jan. 5, l945, in Kenosha, Wis., to Grady Hurley and Charlie Pate Hurley. He moved from Illinois to the Tupelo area in 1981. He was a longtime tool and die employee of Daybrite Lighting before retirement and the owner of rental housing in the Tupelo area. He loved working on cars, fishing as long as the hook wasn’t baited, and enjoying play time with his grandchildren. A member of the Assembly of God faith, he loved laughter and Hank Williams music.

His life celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug.17, 2013, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with private burial to follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel.

Survivors include his children, Susan Quinn, Peggy Hurley (Moe), Paulette Guttierrez and Amanda Hurley Dunbar, all of Tupelo; a special son, Huriel Alday; five grandchildren, Renae and Cristina Guttierrez, Aaliyah Hurley, Desman Watkins and Jasman Watkins; his mother, Charlie Hurley of Amory; a special friend and caregiver, Gene Wheeler of Skyline; two brothers, Mike Hurley (Judy) and Ronnie Hurley, all of Amory; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Grady; his wife, Emily Hurley, who died Dec. 22, 2001; a sister, Judy Posey, and a grandchild, Devante’ Hurley.

Memorials may be made to the Tupelo/Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 1185, Tupelo, MS 38802 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Alma McGee
BALDWYN – Alma H. “Sis” McGee, 101, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at her residence in Baldwyn. She was born Oct. 19, 1911, to Luke Burress and Maggie Holland. She attended the old Asbury School, where she completed the eighth grade.

She accepted Christ at an early age and attended New Tabernacle M.B. Church. She later joined Living Word Tabernacle.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at New Tabernacle M.B. Church in Baldwyn with the Rev. Willie Donald officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors includes two daughters, Pastor Carol (Elder Willie O.) Donald of Guntown and Evely A. McGee of Baldwyn; two sons Alfred (Sue) McGee of Tupelo and Michael (Shelia) McGee of Baldwyn; 19 grandchildren; three special grandchildren, Ileshia M. Williams, Eiyessic M. Donald and Elyssa M. Donald; a special niece, Mary Nell McGee; and a special daughter-in-law, Margret Robinson of Memphis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmo McGee; a son, Roger McGee; and seven brothers.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today and family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.

Harry Adair
NEW ALBANY – Harry Adair, a true Mississippi basketball coaching legend, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. He was born in Ingomar on Jan. 30, 1933, to Henry and Dolly Williams Adair. A 1951 graduate of Ingomar High School, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Sarah Waugh, in June 1952. He always enjoyed coaching basketball, his family, especially his grandchildren, raising horses and helping his son, Jeff, train horses for the public. He was a member of Ingomar Baptist Church where he served as deacon and Sunday School superintendent.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Clyde Pound officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

He received his B.A. and Master of Education degrees from Mississippi State University. His first coaching job was at Hurricane for one year and then he took the job at Algoma for two years, both in Pontotoc County. His girls went to state in his second year at Algoma. His next move was to Hatley, where he won five state titles and four Grand Slam titles. He coached here for 12 years, taking his girls team to state 11 of the 12 years. His high school record with girls was 397 wins and 68 losses. He carried his boys’ team to state in 1969 and his record was 266 wins and 131 losses. He was selected North All Star Coach in 1968. He was principal at Hatley the last three years before going to Northwest Mississippi Community College. He also had a winning nine years at Northwest where his lady Rangers won a National Championship in 1983 and second, third, and fifth place finishes in the national tournament. They claimed five North Division championships, four state and region crowns and had a winning record of 236 wins and 28 losses. He was Coach of the Year four times in his high school career. He was elected president of the Mississippi Association of Coaches in 1974-75, giving him a lifetime membership in the MAC. He served in numerous positions in the MAC and the Southeastern Coaches Association. He was named NJCAA Coach of the Year in 1983, Region 23 Coach of the Year four times and Mississippi Coach of the Year four times. He retired from public schools in 1987, completing 25 years of coaching and a total of 30 years with the Mississippi State Department of Education. He and his wife built and lived on her home place in Ingomar after retiring. He was inducted into the State of Mississippi Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988 in Jackson. He coached in private school at Calhoun Academy for two years, continuing his winning record with 101 wins and 31 losses. He was elected Union County superintendent of education in 1991 and served from 1992 to 1996 before retiring again. He was inducted into Northwest Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

He is survived by his four sons, Phil Adair (Pam) of Hatley, Cliff Adair (Angie) of Bruce, Jeff Adair (Pam) of Ingomar and Tony Adair (Karen) of Senatobia; two brothers, Bro. Kenny Adair (Lavene) of New Albany and William Adair (Glenda) of Ingomar; a sister, Jane Cole (James) of Vernon, Ala.; eight grandchildren, Clint Adair (Hannah) of Bartlett, Tenn., Emily Simmons (Lane) of Starkville, Chance and Candice Adair of Bruce, Mallory Adair of Ingomar, Kayla, Madison and Kallie Adair of Senatobia; a great-grandchild, Hatley Adair of Bartlett, Tenn.; a brother-in-law, Jerry Waugh (Sharon) of Kiln; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; two daughters, Alesia Dale and Harrilyn Virginia Adair; and a brother, Carl Adair.

His sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, or Ingomar Baptist Church in New Albany.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Shirley Oliver
RED BAY, Ala. – Shirley Ann Oliver, 72, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Red Bay Hospital.

Graveside services will be at noon today, Aug. 16, at Red Bay City Cemetery. Burial will follow. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.

Geneva Welch
DERMA – Geneva Welch, 56, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Porter’s Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Double Springs M.B. Church in Bellefontaine. The Rev. Calvin Worthem will be officiating. Burial will be in the Double Springs Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge.

She is survived by her husband, Willie D. Welch of Calhoun City; two daughters, Courtney Welch and Anjelicia Welch, both of Calhoun City; one brother, Eugene Stevens (Jacquelin) of Pheba; three sisters, Linda Worthem (Calvin) of Thaxton,

Donna Williams (Eddie) of Calhoun City and Vickie Williams of Big Creek; and two grandchildren, Malaysia Armstrong and Sanasia Vance.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Hattie Windfield
PONTOTOC – Hattie Deal Lusk Windfield, 105, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. A native of Chickasaw County, she was the daughter of Jim and Sugga Deal. She was a member of Robbs Chapel M.B. Church, where she was on the mother’s board, past church secretary, past choir president, usher and past Sunday school teacher. She loved flowers, gardening, canning and fishing.
Celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Robbs Chapel M.B. Church in Robbs. The Rev. William Davidson will officiate. Burial will be in Robbs Chapel Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by six grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 59 great-great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Jessie Lusk and Raymond Windfield.

Visitation is from 1 to 7 p.m. today with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Harper Sizemore
PHEBA – Harper Sizemore, 81, passed away, on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. He was born Aug. 21, 1931, in West Point to Carrie Mae Harkins Sizemore and Floyd Sizemore. He was a carpenter and a member of Pheba Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He married Bobbie Harpole Sizemore on April 29, 1955.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Hebron Baptist Church in Pheba with the Rev. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow in Hebron Cemetery at Pheba. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbie L. Sizemore of Pheba; one daughter, Amanda Lou Goodson (Perry) of Calhoun City; two sons, George Warren Sizemore (Marsha) of Brooksville and Timothy Wood Sizemore (Beth) of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Marie S. Butler of Dallas, Texas; and one brother, Tommy Sizemore of Pheba.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Robert Champion, Dale Bigham, Sonny Sizemore, Myron Foster, Bill Cox and Eddie Strickland. Honorary pallbearers will be Perry Goodson and Nick Phillips.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Hebron Baptist Church.

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

Derek Beard
MEMPHIS – Derek Neil Beard, 44, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Memphis.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Red Banks. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

The body will lie in repose from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the church. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Annie Gibson
LAMAR – Annie Lee Gibson, 86, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Ashland Health and Rehabilitation.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at South Ashland Church of Christ. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church, with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

William Horton
GRENADA – William Thomas Horton, 89, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. He was born Aug. 7, 1924, in Grenada to L.P. and Gertrude Horton. He was a letter carrier with the United States Post Office for 36 years before retiring at age 55. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, primarily in the Mediterranean. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Aug. 16, at Garner-Harper Funeral Home in Grenada. The Rev. Tom Potter will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.

Survivors include a son, Charles Horton (Butch) of Columbia; a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Horton of Baldwyn; a sister, Helen Horton Wiggins of Greenwood; four grandchildren, Chris, Chad, Will and Carrie Anne; and nine great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Recie, Gramm, Jack, Charlie, Maryclaire, Kealeigh, Chloe and Kinsey.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred Martin “Billie” Horton; his son, Thomas Prichard Horton; his sister, Susie Lee Chamberlain; and his brother, Prichard Horton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 2150 Country Club Road; First United Methodist Church, 161 Line St., Grenada, MS 38901; or a charity of choice.

Bennett York Jr.
CALHOUN CITY – Bennett Van York Jr. passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in Calhoun City. He was born Aug. 26, 1965, in Memphis to Dr. Bennett Van York and his wife, Nan Moore York. He grew up in Hattiesburg and was a graduate of Hattiesburg High School and the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He was known for his brilliant mind and giving heart. A true gentleman and patriot, he was full of love for those less fortunate and in need. He will be dearly missed by his wife, children, family and many faithful friends.

He worked in real estate development, and among many other projects, was instrumental in the development and operation of an outdoor advertising company and many self-storage projects. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg.

He is survived by his wife, Victoria Hopper York of Chicago; daughter, Mary Abigail York of Hattiesburg, whose mother is Sonia Smith York of Hattiesburg; son, Bennett Van York III of Chicago; parents, Dr. and Mrs. Bennett Van York of Hattiesburg; grandmother, Mrs. Paul M. Moore Sr. of Calhoun City; sister, Susan Paige York of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; brother, John Tyler York (Charlotte Sonnier York) of Hattiesburg; nephew, Lars Thomas Losee; niece, Ella Nell Losee, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; niece, Anne Moore York of Hattiesburg; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. York, and Paul M. Moore Sr.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church in Calhoun City. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.
A celebration of the life of Bennett V. York Jr. will be held on his 48th birthday, Monday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Canebrake Country Club in Hattiesburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the following organizations: Hub City Humane Society, 95 Jackson Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39402; Aldersgate Mission of Main Street UMC, 712 N. Main St., Hattiesburg, MS 39402; or National Institute of Mental Health, Gift Fund, 6001 Executive Blvd., Room 6101, MSC 9655, Bethesda, MD 20892-9655.

Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.

Bobby Fair
TUPELO – Bobby Lee Andrew Fair, 72, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Feb. 11, 1941, in Saltillo to Sank George and Fannie Mae Fair. He was a self-employed mechanic for many years in Racine, Wis.

He is survived by one son, Bobby Wayne (Nora) Fair of Tupelo; one daughter, Shilet Datsun of Racine, Wis.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Kathryn Cobb (Evangelist Roosevelt) of Tupelo; a nephew, Lee Hill; a niece, Annie Fair Shells, who were reared in the home; a nephew, Kevin Fair; a niece, Aretha (Ree Ree) Lockridge Davis; two sisters-in-law, Gussie Fair and Sarah Fair, both of Tupelo; and two brothers-in-law, James Armstrong of Blue Springs and Calvin Shells of Tupelo.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Jesus New Testament Church with Pastor Hayes Long officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

Sharod Vaughn
FLOWOOD – Sharod Damarcus “Slim” Vaughn, 22, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Formerly of Oxford, he was the son of Monica Vaughn and Benjamin Douglas. He was a member of Clear Creek M.B. Church in Oxford, where he sang in the Youth Choir and was on the Praise Team. He loved basketball, cutting hair and people. He was a graduate of Oxford High School.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Clear Creek M.B. Church. The Rev. Eddie Goliday Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Garden of Memories. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Monica Vaughn-Sulton of Flowood; his father, Benjamin Douglas of Powder Springs, Ga.; his maternal grandmother, Altha Mae “Jackie” Vaughn of Oxford; his paternal grandmother, Mary Douglas of Powder Springs, Ga.; two sisters, Shaquita M. Vaughn of Flowood and Terika Douglas of Tupelo; and two brothers, Rashad Vaughn of Oxford and Shaquille O. Vaughn of Flowood.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:55 p.m. Saturday at Clear Creek Church.

Malcolm Rhea
MACEDONIA – Malcolm Eugene Rhea, 84, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at his residence. He was born July 31, 1929, in Union County to James V. and Floy Reeves Rhea. He was a retired brick salesman and a past president of Mississippi Home Builders Association. He was an active board member of B.C.M. Water Association and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Louie Williams and the Rev. Billy Foley officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by a daughter, Belinda Rhea Davis, and a son, Gary Rhea (Nancy), both of Macedonia; a granddaughter, Hailey Rhea Davis of Horn Lake; a sister, Nina Rhea Work of Holly Springs; and a brother, Gerald Rhea of Brownsville, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Haskell Shirley Rhea; two brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers will be David Reeves, Kevin Cooper, Jimmy Shirley, Brian Knight, Chris Knight, Cliff Sojourner, Michael Sojourner, Rod Work, Patrick Rhea and Ricky Moody. Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult Men’s Sunday Class of Macedonia Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at Macedonia Baptist Church.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit untiedfuneralservice.com.

Harvey Cooper
WALNUT – Harvey Edward Cooper, 72, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born Feb. 10, 1941, to Isom Cletis and Mary Etta Miller Cooper. He was a member of a nondenominational church and a retired sawmill operator.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 16, at New Life Mission Church with Bro. Clyde Davis and Sis. Kathy Davis officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Cooper of Walnut; two daughters, Aleatha Barclay (Jason) of Ramer, Tenn., and Sarah Stewart (Mickey) of Myrtle; two sons, Lee Cooper (Wendy) and Stephen Cooper, both of Walnut; four grandchildren, Desire Ward, Hunter Cooper, Tyler Barclay and Logan Stewart; four sisters, Joyce Golden and JoAnn Ward, both of Senatobia, Pat Chambers (Bobby) of Thaxton and Becky Sowell (Tim) of Hernando.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Bonnie Wilson.

Pallbearers will be Jason Barclay, Mickey Stewart, Bobby Chambers, Tim Sowell, Scooter Corbitt and Stanley Dirlam. Honorary pallbearers will be Scotty Watson and J.C. Dirlam.

To view obituaries online and sign a guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Helen Tessmann
FURRS – Helen Christina Tessmann, 91, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 30, 1922, to Peter Jensen and Caroline Jacobsen Jensen. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Racine, Wis., and retired from Western Publishing Company.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Steve Cohea officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter: Bunny Calloway (Dexter) of Furrs; two grandchildren, Diane Calloway Lawson (Eric Stogner) and Ken Calloway (Sonja Webb); two great-grandchildren, Max Lawson and Val Lawson; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter William Tessmann; her parents; and five brothers, Robert Jensen, Carl “Charlie” Jensen (Luella), Roy Jensen (Thelma), Walter “Dolly” Jensen (Helen) and Earl Jensen (Beverly).

Pallbearers will be Joe Upton, Richard Calloway, Billy Dillard, Gordon Johnson, Max Lawson and Val Lawson.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Bonnie Wilson.

Pallbearers will be Jason Barclay, Mickey Stewart, Bobby Chambers, Tim Sowell, Scooter Corbitt and Stanley Dirlam. Honorary pallbearers will be Scotty Watson and J.C. Dirlam.

To view obituaries online and sign a guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Sammie Judon
NEW ALBANY – Sammie Lee Judon, 84, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at his home. He moved from Mississippi to Evanston, Ill., and joined Springfield Baptist Church. He served as usher president and also served as state and zone of Illinois president for several years. He served a total of 50 years as an usher. He was employed by Wyeth Laboratories for 39 years in Skokie, Ill. Upon retiring he moved back to Mississippi in 1991 and joined Pleasant Grove M.B. Church, where he also served as an usher, member and president. He lived a fruitful life.

He is survived by his wife, Annie Judon of New Albany; daughters, Brenda Handy of Waukegan, Ill., and Cherelle Scott of Atlanta, Ga.; a son, Keith Scott of New Albany; one sister, Mary Frances Judon Keys (Charles) of New Albany; four sisters-in-law, Jacqueline Scott of Opelika, Ala., Beatrice Haith (Leon), Hattie Mims (Wesley) and Mary Hanson (Willie), all of Evanston, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Andrew Scott Sr. (Joanne) of Opelika, Ala.; a special nephew, Michael Scott of Opelika, Ala.; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his twin daughters, Vernabell Williamson Judon; sisters, Odessa Vaughn and Flossie Owens; a brother, Willie T. Judon; sister-in-law, Lowester Judon; and brothers-in-law, Tommy Vaughn and Leroy Owens.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church with Pastor Thomas Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Cherry Creek Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.

George Barber
OXFORD – George D. Barber, 80, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of local arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Oxford-Lafayette County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1674, Oxford, MS 38655 or Yocona Area Boy Scouts Council, 505 Airpark Road, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com

Gene Morris
ABERDEEN – Gene Morris, 88, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 5, 1925, to Lon Morris and Zadie Marie Tubb Morris in Monroe County. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He retired from Monroe County Co-Op.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Hatley Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Essie Mae Benefield Morris of Aberdeen; one daughter, Jean Byrd of Hamilton; two sons, E.C. Morris of Aberdeen and Johnny Morris (Brenda) of Smithville; 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Tony Lee Morris and Jerry Wayne Morris.

Pallbearers will be Darryl Byrd, Chris Byrd, Mike Byrd, David Reiland, Matt Wade and Jon Weeks.

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Lois Robinson
RIENZI – Lois Wayne Robinson, 60, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at her home. She was born Nov. 11, 1952, to Bonnie and Vera McVey Knight. She was a retired mail carrier and a member of Rienzi Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing and spending time at home with her family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 16, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Tyre Titus and Bro. Johnny Hancock officiating. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Thurman Robinson; one daughter, Kelly Crowe (Randall Carpenter); three sons, Brian (Amanda) Coker, Darrell (Regenne) Robinson and Craig (Shannon) Robinson; one sister, Clara Yarbrough; three brothers, Howard (Mary Belle) Knight, Richard (Peggy) Knight and Wilford (Mary Ann) Knight; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth Harris, Devin Robinson, Justin Robinson, Alec Robinson, Tyler Coker, Megan Robinson, Lakin Robinson, Caitlyn Coker and Forrest Crowe; and four great-grandchildren, AryAnna Mullins, Victoria Harris, Isabella Harris and Kyra Harris.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pallbearers are Devin Robinson, Justin Robinson, Alec Robinson, Tyler Coker, Aaron Hughes and Austin Tucker.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Gary Brasfield
BOONEVILLE – Gary Neal Brasfield, 51, passed away suddenly Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Fox Lake, Ill. He was born Dec. 28, 1961, in Booneville. He was a truck driver and automotive mechanic, and he was a member of Pisgah United Methodist Church. Cooking was his hobby, and he took great pleasure in preparing food for his family and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 16, at Pisgah United Methodist Church with Bro. Kerry Powell officiating. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his mother, Frances Brasfield Tigrett (Irving) of Pisgah; two daughters, Candace Brumley (Jason) and Chasity Miller (Aaron), all of Booneville; two brothers, Ray Knight (Penny) of Rienzi and Douglas Knight (Bella) of Gilbert, Ariz.; four sisters, Virginia Davis (James) of Rienzi, Pat Gahagan (David) and Kay Palmer (Joe), all of Pisgah, and Wanda Brasfield (Charlie Austin) of Corinth; three grandchildren, Weslee Brumley, Maecee Miller and Finlee Miller, all of Booneville; the mother of his children, Shelia Rodgers of Booneville; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, and great-great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny M. Brasfield Jr.; his grandparents, Vera and M.C. Johnson, and Tilda and Morris Brasfield Sr.

Pallbearers are Brad Palmer, Benny Gahagan, Jason Knight, John Goldman, Brandon Palmer, Jimmy Humpal, Walter Lawson and Frankie Brasfield.

The body will lie in repose at the church from noon until service time today.

Spiven Johnson
AMORY – Spiven “Spider” Johnson, 69, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Riverplace Nursing Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral
Home of Amory.

Bobby Lambert
BOONEVILLE – Johnny Oscar “Bobby” Lambert, 75, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Garden.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Richard Wood
AMORY – William Richard Wood, 85, died on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the Golden Living Nursing Center in Amory. Born June 8, 1928, he was a son of the late Audley Mark and Hettie Roxalana McCullough Wood. He married Irene Frederick in 1950. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Before his retirement, he worked in the textile industry for 35 years. He attended Meadowood Baptist Church. A Mason, he was a member of the J.A. Mayfield Masonic Lodge in Amory and a member of the York Rite. A loving husband and father, he enjoyed spending time with his family; carpentry; wood work; fishing; and attending gospel singings.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 16, at the Meadowood Baptist Church in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery with Masonic rites. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Irene Wood of Amory; one daughter, Carolyn W. Williams (Jerry) of Amory; two sons, Williams F. Wood (Carol) of Raleigh, N.C., and Stephen Wood (Carolyn) of Laurinburg, N.C.; two sisters, Marie Beachum of Tupelo and Evelyn Randle of Nacogdoches, Texas; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Frank Owen, Melvin Parker, Roger Parker, Jim Beachum, Bob Beachum and Winslow Cox. Honorary pallbearers will be Masons and his Sunday school class.

Visitation will continue until 12:15 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose from 1 p.m. until service time at the church.

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Howard Proctoc
MIDDLETON, Tenn. – Howard Proctoc, 90, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Grace Healthcare in Cordova, Tenn.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Middleton City Cemetery in Middleton, Tenn. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 12:30 a.m. to service time Saturday at the cemetery.

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

Thelma Null
BARTLETT, Tenn. – Thelma Louise Jones Null, 92, formerly of Walnut, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at King Daughters and Sons Home in Bartlett, Tenn. She was born Nov. 10, 1920, to Leslie Arthur and Willie Mae Eakes Houses. She was a Baptist and retired from National Electronics after 26 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ron Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery in Walnut.

She is survived by one daughter, Louise Curbow of Bartlett, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Deborah Nance (Michael) and Cindy Curbow; three great-grandchildren, Michael Nance, Adam Nance (Katie) and Noah Nance; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ottis (Stout) Null; three sisters, Lillian Wilbanks, Virginia Edge and Lucille Caviness; four brothers, Marlin, Edward, Edmon and Eugene Jones.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel.

To view obituaries online and sign a guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Robert Hunkapiller
BOONEVILLE – Robert Noel Hunkapiller, 64, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at his home.

No visitation or services are scheduled. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Perry Robinson
WEST POINT – Perry Wayne Robinson, 55, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 11 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 17, at Siloam M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Eunice LeSure
HOLLY SPRINGS – Eunice Dianne Terry LeSure, 65, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell

Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

The body will lie in repose from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Mary Randle
PRAIRIE – Mary Louise Randle, 77, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at her home in Prairie.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Lake Grove M.B. Church in Prairie. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

The body will lie in repose at the church from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday.

Janet Brock
RIPLEY – Janet Brock died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

  • Bill Gammill

    Some of the obits from the paper are not shown here. Why? I use the online obits often in posting prayer concerns to our church family. Thanks.