Obituaries August 17, 2009

Jane Mayben
FULTON – Carolyn Jane Mayben, 63, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born March 13, 1946, in Tremont. She had worked for Genesco and Daybrite. She was a member of the World Wide Church of God. She loved her grandchildren, her church family and flowers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gary O’Neal officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery south of Tremont.
Survivors include two daughters, Machelle Tubb (Kenny) of Peppertown and Sonya Sheffield (Bill) of Golden; her mother, Ruby Dale Childress of Tupelo; one brother, Steven Michael McNiece (Nancy) of Fulton; two sisters, Dorothy Cockrell of Fulton and Rivers Shaw (J.W.) of Birmingham, Ala.; and seven grandchildren, Jessica George, Alanna Gray, Justin Riley, Tony Gray, Billy Gray, Kodi Sheffield and Sidney Sheffield.
She was preceded in death by her father, Arvin McNiece, and one brother, Robert McNiece.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and sons-in-law.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Corbit Shelby Carper Jr.
OXFORD – Corbit Shelby Carper Jr., 55, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Visitation was Sunday at 1 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home, with funeral services following at 2 p.m. in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Huntington Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018.

Dot Johnson
STARKVILLE – Mr. Dot Johnson, 91, died at his home in Starkville on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Center Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5-8 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Services will be conducted by Joel Hudson and Don Vaughn.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at Center Grove Baptist Church or to the Palmer Home for Children in Columbus, Miss.
Visit the Welch Funeral Home Web site at www.welchfuneralhomes.com to sign the online guest register.

Vermon Malone
ABBEVILLE – Vermon Malone, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Jeffrie Chapel M.B. Church in Abbeville. Burial will be in Owens Cemetery in Abbeville. Visitation will be Monday from 5:30 until 7 p.m. at Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.

Donald Gilbert Cherry
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Donald “Don” Gilbert Cherry, 78, of Savannah, Ga., died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Hospice Savannah.
Mr. Cherry was born in Washington, D.C., to the late William Cherry and the late Dorothy Cherry. He was a member of St. George Episcopal Church and was in the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from Mississippi State University and worked for 30 years as a civil engineer with the United States Corps of Engineers.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jimmie Gossett Cherry of Savannah; one daughter, Debbie Cherry Duncan of Savannah; three grandchildren, Ty Duncan of Atlanta, Ga., and Jami and Kelly Duncan of Savannah; one niece and one nephew of Maryland.
The funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ripley, conducted by Brother Bill Connolly. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Hospice Savannah, PO Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416-0190.
Gamble Funeral Service of Savannah is in charge of arrangements.
Please share your thoughts about Mr. Cherry and his life at www.gamblefuneralservice.com.

Evelyn Potts Smith
NEW ALBANY – Evelyn Potts Smith, 90, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. She was born July 8, 1919, to the late Mark Lowery Potts and Minnie Mae Grisham Potts. She retired from Futorian-Mohasco Furniture Mfg. Co. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church and a lifelong resident of Union County. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved helping others and lived life to the fullest. She was a member of the Red Hat Club.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Donnie Schuman. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Taylor (Kelly) of New Albany; two daughters-in-law, Louise Smith of Corinth and Sue Smith of Memphis; one son, Oscar Lee Smith of Myrtle; one sister, Earsteen Cook of New Albany; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a special cousin, Thressa Harris.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oscar Samuel Smith; three sons, Robert S. Smith, Joe S. Smith and James Smith; three sisters, Grace Smith, Annie Dodds and Frances Kidd; and a brother, Everett Potts.
Pallbearers will be Matt Fitzgerald, Smith Veal, Taylor Veal, Luke Taylor, Mike Potts, Andy Lewis and Albert Powell.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservi.com.

Selma Patricia Knorr Lawler
ABERDEEN – Selma Patricia Knorr Lawler, 88, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at her residence. She was born Jan. 6,1921, in St. Louis, Mo., to Rudy Knorr and Hilda Hinzell Knorr. She had resided in Aberdeen for the past 63 years. She was a retired secretary for Hartzell Fan. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with R.D. Kline officiating. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Donnie Lawler and his wife, Kay, of Aberdeen; and two grandchildren, Kim Lawler of New Orleans, La., and Bubba Lawler and his wife, Elyse, of Columbus.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph Lawler; and a son, Ronald Neal Lawler.
Pallbearers will be David Thompson, Rob Davis, Donnie Mobley, Milton Hartley, Carl Stahl and Lamar Pruitt. Honorary pallbearers will be John Gilreath and Dugan Memorial Home employees.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Monday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Evelyn Glass
SALTILLO – Lena Evelyn Long Glass, 77, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at the Darlington Community Hospice House in Verona after an extended illness. She was the last surviving child of John Marley and Lena Sory Long. She was a retired LPN with North Mississippi Medical Center and a member of the Mayfield Church of Christ. She had been living with her daughter for the past two years before moving to the Darlington Community Hospice House.
Services will be at 3 p.m. on Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Adam Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Saltillo City Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Carol T. Price of Saltillo; a son, Earl G. Thompson of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Maria Hutcheson (Thomas), Jon P. Price, Kendra Patterson and Samantha Thompson; and one great-grandchild, Tyler Hutcheson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, C.W. Glass; the father of her children, Earl Glen Thompson; a daughter, Judith Cochran; six sisters, Nell Jackson, Irene Pounds, Susie McDonald, Faye Ledbetter, Doris Mabry and Jane Suddeth; and three brothers, Jim Long, Will Long and an infant.
Pallbearers will be John Mabry, Bill Long, David Long, Phil Suddeth, Mike Suddeth and Tim Suddeth.
Visitation will be Monday from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Lorene Austin Edwards
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Lorene Austin Edwards, 79, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at Covington Manor Retirement Center in Covington, Tenn. Mrs. Edwards was a former Corinth resident.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home in Somerville, Tenn.

Elmer Hurst
CORINTH – Elmer Hurst, 79, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at Regency Hospital in Meridian.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth with Bro. Roger Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Falcon Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Monday and from 1 p.m. until service time at Magnolia Funeral Home.

Seaman Strickland
RED BAY, Ala. – Seaman Strickland, 84, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born May 31, 1925 in Red Bay, Ala., to Sam and Roxie Bentley Strickland. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Red Bay. He served on the Red Bay Fire Department for 34 years and was Fire Chief for several years. He was a former councilman for the City of Red Bay.
Services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Coye Marbutt officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one son, Danny Strickland (Judy) of Red Bay; two grandchildren, Lisa Strickland Clark of Fruithurst, Ala., and Jeff Strickland (Victoria) of Talladega, Ala.; five great-grandchildren, Adam Strickland (Elizabeth) of Carrollton, Ga., Ashley Strickland of Lineville, Ala., Corey Clark and Tyler Strickland, both of Fruithurst, and Bryannah Strickland of Talladega; two great-great-grandchildren, Camdyn Grace Presley and Logan Strickland; and two nieces, Linda Blanton of Pleasant Site, Ala., and Yvonne Mitchell of Nashville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth Seale Strickland; his parents; and his sister, Eulon Strickland Collum.
Pallbearers will be Harold Strickland, Scott Tepper, Thomas Mitchell, Donnie Seale, Adam Strickland and Jeff Strickland.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. on Monday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, and until service time on Tuesday.

Harold Massey
RED BAY, Ala. – Harold Lloyd Massey, 73, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was employed at Winfield Manufacturing and was a member of Community Center Baptist Church in Red Bay, Ala. He was a member of the Army National Guard.
Services will be at 4 p.m. on Monday at Community Center Baptist Church in Red Bay with Bro. Lowell Baggett officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann Massey of Red Bay; three children, Lisha Ezzell (Dexter) and Lori Sims (Jimmy), all of Red Bay, and Phillip Massey (Janie) of Belmont; three grandchildren, Dane Ezzell, Jade Ezzell and Kaleb Sims; and one sister, Ruth Middleton of Brownsville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Lee and Marietta Tilley Massey; and his stepmother, Mary Massey.
Pallbearers will be Riley Pilkington, Ricky Hopkins, Barry Lofton, Dexter Ezzell, Jimmy Sims and Dane Ezzell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Baggett and Alton Barksdale.
Visitation was from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay. The body will lie in state at Community Center Baptist Church from 1-4 p.m. today.

Ralph William Kneisly
SALTILLO – Ralph William Kneisly, 95, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness. Mr. Kneisly was born Oct. 27, 1913, to the late Ralph Aaron Kneisly and Jeanett Shafer Kneisly in Springfield, Ohio. He spent his youth in Dayton, Ohio, graduating from Steele High School on June 15, 1931. He married Marrietta Shoup on March 2, 1935. He operated and owned a confectionery and restaurant from 1936 until 1940 and worked for General Motors until 1941. He then worked at Apex Tool & Die Co. making sights for bombers during World War II. At the end of the war he became a salesman of decorative fabrics in the Southeast. He moved to Avondale Estates, Ga., in December 1947.
In late 1948 he joined The Alf Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, which sold furniture fabrics. As a minor stockholder in 1963, he bought out the other company stockholders. He moved to Tupelo in February 1975 and remained the sole owner of The Alf Co. until 2001 when he sold the company and retired at age 87.
He was a Mason for 60 years, a Civitan for 30 years, a member of CDF of Tupelo and First United Methodist Church, and had been active in volunteer work until 2009 when he became partially handicapped.
He married Wilma Reeves on June 26, 2004. He enjoyed golf, big band and country music, traveling, visiting relatives that scattered from Seattle, Wash., to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, and his grandchildren.
Services will be at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with the Rev. B.F. Lee and Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. Entombment will be in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today and from 3 p.m. until service time on Tuesday, both at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma Reeves Kneisly of Saltillo; his daughter-in-law, Jeanne Kneisly of Pratts Community; his grandchildren, Craig Kneisly (Cara) of Katy, Texas; Jody Kneisly (Jodie Lynn) of Pocono Mountains, Pa.; Nathan Kneisly of Jackson, Tenn., and Natalie Kneisly of Saltillo; and five great-grandchildren; two stepchildren, Debbie Arrington (Richard) of Little Rock, Ark., and Wayne Maxey (Pamela) of San Diego, Calif.; three stepgrandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife; his sons, Randy Kneisly and Robert Kneisly; four brothers; one sister; and a granddaughter, Marie White.
Honorary pallbearers will be his golfing buddies and the members of the Holloman/Covenant Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or Good Samaritan Clinic, 420 Magazine St., Tupelo, MS 38804.

Lilyan Whitehead Rogers
PLANTERSVILLE – Lilyan Whitehead Rogers, 91, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at Page Green House at United Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo. Mrs. Rogers was born Sept. 28, 1918, in Plantersville to the late James Granville Whitehead and Lillie Lee Ruff Whitehead. The lifelong resident of Plantersville spent most of her professional life as a cotton broker, owning Rogers Cotton Company for many years. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Plantersville and the Pilot Club of Tupelo. She traveled extensively with the Pilot Club as well as traveled with the Merrymakers from Harrisburg Baptist Church. She and her friends enjoyed shopping, eating out and were always dressed to the nines. She will be sorely missed by a grateful family and many friends.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Plantersville First Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Balint officiating. Burial will be in the Rogers family plot at Plantersville Cemetary. Visitation will be from 5-8 tonight at the Tupelo Chapel and from 1 p.m. until service time on Tuesday at the church. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Malcolm “Bubba” Rogers (Diane), Rodney Rogers (Melinda) and Barbara Mask (Charlie), all of Plantersville; nine grandchildren, Jason Rogers (Jill) of Plano, Texas, Matt Rogers (Amanda) of Plano, Texas, Molly Rogers of Birmingham, Ala., Mitch Mask (Catherine) of Memphis, Tenn., Amy Forrest (Bud) of Tupelo, Joe Mask of Tupelo, Clay Mask (Lora) of Tupelo, Hilary Nichols (Bryan) of Paducah, Ky., and Dr. Scott Rogers (Shelly) of Salt Lake City, Utah; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Rogers, on Feb. 17, 1994; three sisters, Mary Lee Whitehead, Jo Wilbur and Sarah Clay Walker; and one brother, James Whitehead.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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