Obituaries August 19, 2009

Naomi Tubbs
OXFORD – Naomi Lee Faust Tubbs, 94, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at her home in Oxford. She was born in Lafayette County to Hubbard Oliver Faust and Jessie Pearl Holleman. She was a retired caregiver at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church for over 70 years. More recently she was a member of First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Clear Creek Baptist Church with Dr. Robert Allen and Dr. Eric Hankins officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge.
Survivors include four daughters, Virginia Metzger of Newport, Ark., Erma Goodman (Richard) of Oxford, Trixie Rogers (Lynn) of Tupelo and Debra Bryson (Larry) of Oxford; two sisters, Marie Walker of Oxford and Ruth Tillman Love of Hot Springs, Ark.; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lenard Tubbs; one sister, Bertha Ayles; two brothers, Johnnie Faust and Charlie Faust; a grandson, Barry Todd Rogers; and her parents.
Memorials may be made to The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 800 Avery Blvd., STE 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157; First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655 or Clear Creek Baptist Church, 50 CR 313, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com for online condolences and guest registry.
Jeannie Taylor
HOLLY SPRINGS – Iva Jean “Jeannie” Taylor, 70, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at her home in Holly Springs. She was born March 20, 1939, in Holly Springs. She was a Baptist and a factory worker for ITT Thompson.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Clear Creek Baptist Church in Holly Springs. Bro. Jim Polk will officiate. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, James Ed Taylor of Holly Springs; two sons, Ricky Lee Taylor and wife, Marsha, and Johnny Glenn Taylor, all of Holly Springs; two daughters, Loretta Carpenter and husband, Bradley, and Karen Sexton and husband, Dale, all of Holly Springs; one brother, Alton Allen of Holly Springs; two sisters, Myrtis Skelton of Lamar and Bonnie Skelton of Holly Springs; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvie Allen and Gracie Canady.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
Truett H. Allen
EUPORA – Truett H. Allen, 78, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Eupora. Burial will be in the Webster Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be today at the funeral home.
John Barringer Jr.
OXFORD – John “Big Man” Barringer Jr., 100, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at his residence.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Kenneth I Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today, with family present from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Sonny Pardue
DENNIS – William D. “Sonny” Pardue died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Red Bay Holy Church of Christ. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation is at the church and will continue until service time today.
J.B. Burks
ETTA – J.B. Burks, 84, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 at his home. He was born June 6, 1925, in Durant, Okla., to Southern Higgs and Delia Mae Busby Burks. He served with the 4th Marine Division during World War II and received a Purple Heart for his service at Iwo Jima. He was honorably discharged as a corporal. He was retired from J.E. Love Co. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Kyle Ivy and the Rev. Jeff Lawrence officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Milam Burks of Etta; one son, Jim Burks (Pam) of Collierville, Tenn.; one sister, Kathryn Taylor (Clyde) of Oakland, Tenn.; two grandsons, Jon Bryce and Blake Burks.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ellen Morris and Esther Norwood.
Pallbearers will be David Gullick, Jerry Morris, Terry Norwood, Robert Norwood, Donnie Milam and Lee Milam.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Verrell Thompson
PONTOTOC – Verrell Darcy Thompson, 71, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. He graduated from Randolph High School in 1956 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps, which he dearly loved. He lived in Memphis and Southaven for many years and worked as a mechanic and brake repairman. After becoming disabled, he returned to Randolph. He attended Church Street Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Jay Street officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forrest Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Ginger (Anthony) Allison of Nesbit, Penny Head (Larry) of Southaven and Shirley Beshears (Shannon) of Horn Lake; five grandchildren, Brandon, Corey, Logan, Jeannie and Shelby; two sisters, Celestine (George) Jones and Nelda Anderson of Randolph; one brother, Norris (Geraldine) Thompson of Randolph; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Eulice and Josie Parham Thompson; and three brothers, Wendell Thompson, Robert Thompson and Philip Thompson.
Pallbearers will be George R. Jones, David Thompson, William Thompson, Mark Fitts, Larry Salmon and John Collins.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday.
Kyle Williams
BOONEVILLE – Kyle Eugene Williams, 71, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at his home. He was born June 4, 1938, to Wesley Lee and Hattie McClain Williams. He was retired from McClendon Cheese. He was a member of Charity Christian Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Baker officiating and Bro. James Marks assisting. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Alice Maness Williams; two sons, Michael (Megan) Williams of Booneville and Terry (Tiffany) Williams of Hills Chapel; three brothers, Luther Williams of Walnut, Carlyle Williams of Hernando and Grady Williams of Blackland; and three grandchildren, Jordan, Timothy and Kyle Williams.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday.
Anthony Wadkins
IUKA – Anthony Wadkins, 53, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at his residence.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Snowdown Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 a.m. to service time today. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Snowdown Cemetery Fund.
Catherine Keenum
ECRU – Catherine Keenum, 79, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at her residence. She was born Oct. 14, 1929, in Hardeman, Tenn., to Arlie Paul and Nannie Grace Hayden Kiestler. She was retired from Vendo in Aurora, Ill.. She is the widow of James E. Keenum.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Marvin Ward officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include three daughters, Debbie Kimbro (Rick) of Pontotoc, and Joy Jackson (Randy) and Teresa King (Eddie), both of Montgomery, Ill.; one sister, Mildred Reed of Memphis; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Eddie King Jr., Michael King, Steven King, Brad Jackson, Alex Jackson and Gary Halcomb.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Jimmy Pennington
WOOD RIVER, Ill. – Jimmy Devoy Pennington, 55, died Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, in Litchfield, Ill. He was born April 29, 1954, in Pontotoc to Thomas A. and Billie F. Craig Pennington. He was a mechanic for the St. Louis Postal Service
Services will be private. Gray Funeral Home of Wood River, Ill., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one grandchild; his companion, Sharon Wells of Wood River; one sister, Deborah Green of Wood River; two brothers, Allen C. Pennington of Wood River and Danny (Darla) Pennington of Mississippi.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Rebecca Green.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Sue Miller
AMORY – Mada Sue Harden Miller, 95, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Cora Bishop
BOONEVILLE – Cora Lee Bishop, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born Oct. 3, 1920, in Booneville to Mack and Maggie Lee McVey Bishop. She was a retired machine operator for Blue Bell. She was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed gardening and flowers.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Wallace and Bro. Russell Lormand officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by a son, Grady McAnally (Delores) of Illinois; a daughter, Clara Quay Holliman (Billy) of Booneville; a sister, Inez Jones of Booneville; grandsons, Kenny Bell (Rachel) and Mike McAnally (Ruthie), all of Booneville; granddaughters, Frances Dixon (Quinten) and Sharon Cain (Andy), all of Booneville; four other grandchildren of Illinois; special children, Jennifer Dodds Johnson (Jeremiah) and Heather Dodds Essary (Brandon), all of Booneville; a daughter-in-law, Sue McAnally of Corinth; special friends, Teresa McCoy and son Derek, of Booneville; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harmon McAnally, on October 7, 2001; a son, Charles McAnally; her parents; a brother, Rex Bishop; and three sisters, Maybelle Simmons, Eula Willisand Edith Felks.
Pallbearers are members of Kirkville Masonic Lodge 517.
Fred B. Roberts
TEXARKANA, Texas – Fred B. Roberts, 79, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at the Texarkana Nursing Center in Texarkana, Tenn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday.
Harold Jones Jr
SALTILLO – Harold Lee Jones Jr, 52, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, as the result of an accidental drowning at Lake Piomingo. He was born on May 20, 1957, in Thompson, Ga., to Harold Lee Jones Sr. and Virginia Wilkerson. He grew up in the Mormon faith and later joined the Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Air Force between l975-1976, honorably discharging as an E-4. He studied psychology and criminal law in college. He worked in the tire business for almost 27 years all over Mississippi, including14 years at Southern Tire in Tupelo.He most recently worked at Southern Refrigeration in Tupelo. He loved to fish and shoot guns, and he was an avid Atlanta Braves fan.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro.Castor Buse officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include three daughters, Amanda Jones Burrell (Jason) of Columbus, Janet Denton (Sam Haynes) of Nettleton and Barbara Ann Thomas (Alan) of Cash, Ark.; his mother, Virginia Wilkerson Jones of Dearing, Ga.; his aunt, Barbara Rogers of Dearing, Ga.; a special friend, Joyce Reeves of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Nicholas Blake Jones, Everett Thomas, Dixie Thomas and Bailey Cole Deaton; two brothers, Glen Lonnick of Augusta, Ga., and Johnnie Ray Jones (Tonya) of Southwest, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his father and his wife, Lajuana McCaine Jones who died on March 24, 2006.
Pallbearers will be Josh Press, Cliff Winders, Jessie Cummings, Michael Garner, Matt Sudduth and James Garner. Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Southern Bell Refrigeration, Sam Haynes, Jason Burrell, Alan Thomas and Tim Shewbart.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
Evelyn Smith
NEW ALBANY – Evelyn Potts Smith, 90, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 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.
Services were Monday, Aug. 17, 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 were 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.
Paul W. Dillard
PONTOTOC – Paul W. Dillard, 56, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at Sardis in Panola County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Col. Van Bell
NETTLETON – Col. Van D. “Ding Dong” Bell, 91, one of the most decorated man in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps, was laid to rest on Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at 11 a.m. in a full military funeral in Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C., attended by his family and Pentagon personnel.
Col. Bell died June 3, 2009 at North Mississippi Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Hilda Shumpert of Nettleton, and two sons, Lt. Col. Douglas Bell and Sgt. Sam Bell, and their families.
A grateful nation acknowledges this great American with gratitude for service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, spanning 39 years active service, indeed among the elite of “America’s Greatest Generation.”
Bill Ethridge
SHANNON – William Albert “Bill” Ethridge, 61, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, on the Ethridge family farm west of Shannon. He was born on July 2, 1948, to Albert Ethridge and Hazel Pickering Ethridge. He graduated from Shannon High School in l966. He lived all his life in Shannon and a lifelong member of the Pontocola Baptist Church. He was a self-employed master farmer and trucker, owning Ethridge Farms and W.A. Ethridge Trucking Company. He was a great outdoorsman and loved the land of Chiwappa and Coonewah Bottoms he farmed. He enjoyed bird hunting, deer hunting and fishing, when not tilling the soil or trucking. He embraced life with all the gusto one human being could muster, had hundreds of friends, and was always ready and willing to spend quality time among his family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Fred Hartley and Bro. Sammy Hardin officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include his three sons, Bill Ethridge Jr. (Renea), Michael Ethridge (Tuesday) and Scotty Ethridge (Jenni), all of Shannon; his grandchildren, Brandon, Brook Shoupe (Chris), Mace, Wesley, Will, Blake, Loxley, Nick and Rebecca Rainey; his very special friend and caregiver, Denise Carnathan (Scott, Lisa, Christy and their families); and two sisters, Patsy Ethridge and Wanda Scruggs, both of Shannon.
Pallbearers will be Wesley and Brandon Ethridge, Kevin Stokley, Michael Clark, Gary Sullivan and Joey McFarling. Honorary pallbearers will include all his close friends, farming buddies and extended family.

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