Obituaries August 2, 2009

Martha Huggins
EASTVIEW, TENN. – Martha Carol Henderson Huggins, 61, died Saturday, August 1, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial East Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., after an extended illness.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Eastview, Tenn. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James Roberts Sr.
PONTOTOC – James Lamar Roberts Sr., 93, died Saturday, August 1, 2009, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. He was born March 6, 1916, in Pontotoc County just South of Algoma, as the oldest child of Andrew Jackson Roberts and Hattie Lou Davis Roberts. He was educated in the public schools of Pontotoc County and Dora, Ala. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. He married Dorothy Bishop Roberts in Algoma on Oct. 23, 1937. He was employed for several years by Hugh Turner Logging and Timber Company. He was employed by Pontotoc County for Third District Supervisor Hugh Turner and Fifth District Supervisor Wood Berry Harris. He was employed by Carpenter Ford Dealership from Sept. 1945 until its sale to Sneed Motor Company in 1972, serving as a mechanic and then service manager from 1963 until 1980, when he opened Pontotoc Gulf Service Station, operating it until his retirement in 1989. He served as Ward Two Alderman of the City of Pontotoc from 1975 until 1989. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 60 years, serving as head usher for 30 years, and as a member of the Men’s Club, Men’s Bible Class and the Administrative Board. He was a master mechanic and craftsman with a strong work ethic and he was devoted to his family, church and community. He loved his customers and serving the public and he was a master gardener.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Pontotoc First United Methodist Church with the Reverends Roger Schock, Kenneth Corley, John E. Warren and Mayor Jeff H. Stafford officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of more than 71 years, Dorothy B. Roberts; his daughter, Joanne Roberts Bradley (Jerry); his son, James Lamar Roberts Jr. (Rose), all of Pontotoc; his granddaughter, Dr. Jerri Lamar Kantack (Keith); great-granddaughter, Emma Driscoll Kantack, all of Tupelo; his sister, Anne Roberts Thurman of Hernando; three step grandchildren, Pat Harrison of Collierville, Tenn., Ava Jordan of Columbus and Kim Bowles of Ackerman; brothers-in-law, Nickey Bishop (Iva Jo) of Pontotoc and James S. Donnaud of Orange, Texas; and a host of cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, James Lamar Roberts III on Feb. 19, 1973; his wife’s parents, T.I. and Ruth P. Bishop; a brother-in-law, Paul Bishop; and a sister-in-law, Juanita B. Donnaud.
Pallbearers will be his cousins, Keith Roberts, Royce Roberts, Randy Roberts, Rodney Roberts, Wayne Blansett, Neal Davis, Ted Davis and Tracy A. Davis.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Mayor and Board of Alderman for the City of Pontotoc, as well as all former Mayors and Board Members and all City officials and employees, past and present, Max and Hattie Lee Akins, Jim Sneed, Patti Stark and the Reverend John E. Warren.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the First United Methodist Church; or to a donor’s chosen charity.
Laura McCaskill
TUPELO – Laura Rhudy McCaskill, 96, died Saturday August 01, 2009, at Cedars Health Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Phillip Mauney
RIPLEY – Charles Phillip Mauney, 56, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at the VA Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Ripley Funeral Home.
John Edwards
TUPELO – John Henry “Sam” Edwards, 70, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of Tupelo, he was born June 19, 1939, to Lawrence Edwards and Fannie Edwards. He was a graduate of Mary C. Wade High School in Verona. He was formerly employed by Hancock Farma for many years. Later he worked for Marshall Durbin Farms until his health failed. He sang with the Dixie Tones for many years. He loved to hunt.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Palmetto CME Church with Elder Leo Wright officiating. Burial will be in Palmetto Community Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn S. Edwards of Tupelo; two sons, John Shey Edwards and Jansen O’neal Edwards, both of Tupelo; two daughters, Jacqueline Scott and Janice Edwards, both of Tupelo; three brothers, Eddie J. (Victoria) Edwards, Clyde R. Edwards and Obie Edwards, all of Tupelo; three sisters, Fannie R. Freeman of St. Louis, Mo., Leora Edwards of Verona and Minnie (Robert) Jamison of Tupelo; five grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Howard (Emma) Standifer and Harold (Maxine) Standifer of Smithville; two sisters-in-law, Daphine Whitfield of Smithville and Merlin McLeod of Detroit, Mich. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren.
Beth Graham
BLACK ZION – Mary Elizabeth Chisholm Graham, 55, died Saturday, August 1, 2009, at her residence after a lengthy illness. She was born May 23, 1954, in Tupelo. She attended Tupelo High School and Northeast Mississippi Junior College. She worked at Tupelo Foam for over 17 years and had worked with her husband at Shannon amp& Graham Eye Clinic in Pontotoc for the past 10 years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and an avid Mississippi State fan.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David Eldridge officiating. Burial will be in White Zion Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Philip Graham of the Black Zion Community; her mother, Wilma Chisholm of Tupelo; two brothers, Jim Chisholm and Vic Chisholm (Jan), all of Saltillo; her nephews, Drew Chisholm and Jake Chisholm (Jill); nieces, Nicole Boyd, Britney Graham, Dawn Hopkins, Stephanie Hale and Amber Graham; and great-nieces, McKenna and Molly.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Chisholm; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Williams and Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Chisholm.
Pallbearers will be Ron McCafferty, Philip Jamieson, Bubba Bass, Danny Roebuck, James Bryan and Jay Gallman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Wayne Fugitt
TERRY – Wayne Fugitt, 70, died Friday, July 31, 2009, at his residence. A native of Fulton, he had lived in Jackson for 39 years. He was a design engineer and, in 1978, he started Southern Time and Alarm, now known as S.T.A. Security, which is currently run by his son, Wendell. He served in the U.S. National Guard and was a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with burial following at Rosemont Gardens Memorial Park. Chancellor Funeral Home of Byram is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his son, Wendell Fugitt (Charynne King) of Hattiesburg; daughters, Darlene Uptagrafft (Raymond) of Guntersville, Ala., and Keva Wilmoth (Jack) of Terry; sisters, Ouida Gentry of Florence and Dean Gaddy of Fulton; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Fugitt.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today and will continue from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be signed at www.chancellorfuneralhome.com
Gay Pernell
NEW ALBANY – Lovie Gay Pernell, 63, died Saturday, August 1, 2009 at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born December 22, 1945 in Greenville, SC to the late John Nance and Lovie Mimms Nance. She was a retired employee of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County, and a homemaker. She was a member of the Glenfield Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Lowery officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Adair (Rick) of New Albany; two sons Ed Ferrell (Amanda) of Madison and Brian Ferrell (Ginger) of Birmingham, Ala.; a brother, John Nance (Rita) of Greenville, S.C.; six grandchildren, Justin Adair, Chance Ferrell, Annalise Ferrell, Ethan Ferrell, Jack Ferrell and Ben Ferrell.
Visitation will be 12 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
An online registry can be accessed at www.unitedfuneralservice.com
L.B. Spruill
MONTE VISTA – L.B. Spruill, 74, died Friday, July 31, 2009, at his residence in the Monte Vista Community.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Monte Vista Baptist Church in Monte Vista. Burial will be in the Monte Vista Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Jewel Bailey
PONTOTOC – Jewel Dowdy Bailey, 87, died Saturday, August 1, 2009, at her residence. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Rev. David Barnett and Rev. Buster Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the Shady Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Ecru is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn McWhirter (Nickey) of Pontotoc; two sisters, Mildred Kidd (Gerald) of Pontotoc and Joyce McMillen (Jack) of Senatobia; two brothers, Van Dowdy (Lucille) of Shady Grove and Melvin Dowdy (Vaneta) of Cairo; two grandchildren, Dawn Cooper and Brock McWhirter (Mellanie); and three great-grandchildren, Madison McWhirter, Britt Cooper and Nick Cooper.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Milt and Nannie Mae Buchanan Dowdy; her husband, Joe Bailey; her granddaughter, Shelly Lynn McWhirter; her great-grandson, Russell Bailey “Russ” McWhirter; one sister, Ruby Swords; three brothers, Travis Dowdy, Roy Dowdy and Troy Dowdy; and her sister-in-law, Louise Dowdy.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Bailey, Jeff Dowdy, Kenny Dowdy, Tony Browning, Murl Bailey, Bill Bailey, Lavurl Robbins and Milburn Browning.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and will continue from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Ecru.
Erma Winfield
OXFORD – Erma Winfield, 88, died Saturday, August 01, 2009, at her niece’s residence in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford.
Shirley J. Dodds-Robinson
BOONEVILLE – Shirley J. Dodds-Robinson, 67, died Friday, July 31, 2009, at her residence. She was born Dec. 5, 1941, in Booneville to Robert Earl Dodds and Zelma Estelle Hare Dodds. She was a machine operator in the furniture manufacturing industry and she was a member of New Site Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting, dogs, bird watching, talking on the phone, and most of all, her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robbie Johnson, Seth Dodds and Josh McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, James Arthur Robinson; six sons, Jeff McCoy (Angel) of Booneville, Rick McCoy (Tracy) of Fulton, Mark McCoy (CJ) of Booneville, Jason Robinson of New Site, Tony Robinson(Kim) and Craig Robinson (Christy) of Booneville; her mother, Estelle Dodds of Booneville; a brother, Donald Dodds (Debbie) of Booneville; two sisters, Dorothy Ann Crum of Kossuth and Bobbie Jean Jones (Raymond) of Booneville; 13 grandchildren, Josh McCoy (Courtney), Brittany McCoy, Candice McCoy, Samantha McCoy, Serena McCoy, Lauren Lambert (Bryson), Justin Bullard, Chelsea Bullard, Justin Robinson (Tabetha), Joey Robinson (Misty), Timothy Robinson (Stefani), Justin Griffin, and Chance Robinson; and eight great-grandchildren, Bryleigh Lane McCoy, Riley Mac Lambert, Maddix Lambert, Jimmy Lane Robinson, Jamee “Ally” Robinson, Summer Laine Blades, Bo Allen Robinson and Jadyn Alise Robinson.
She was preceded in death by her father; two brothers, Ruble Dodds and Carroll Dodds; and a sister, Yvonne Phillips.
Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Mrs. Ruth Galloway, 202 E. Skyline Dr., Booneville, MS 38829; or a memorial brick may be purchased for the West Clinic, 2001 State Dr., Corinth, MS 38834, phone (662)286-3694.
Charles Kennedy
BOONEVILLE – Charles Earnest “Charlie” Kennedy Jr., 54, died Friday, July 31, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 1, 1955, in Booneville, to Charles Earnest Kennedy Sr. and Lucille Goff Kennedy. He worked as a general laborer and a sales clerk. He was a member of East Booneville Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and most of all, his grandchildren.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Holcomb and Ronald Michael officiating. Burial will be in the Lebanon Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Cherry Arnold Kennedy, whom he married on April 4, 1975; a son, Jay McKinney (Dana) of Tuscumbia, Ala.; a daughter, Jody Davis (Ernest) of Booneville; a sister, Susie Lyons of Saltillo; and eight grandchildren, Devin Wright, Noah Wright, Joseph Davis, Christopher Davis, JaAnna McKinney, Savannah McKinney, Jansen McKinney and Tristen McKinney.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Memory Dawn Kennedy; and by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Randy Michael, David Elliott, Bug Presley, Greg Oakley, Kevin Keller, Ricky Prather and Dewayne “Heavy” Thornton.
Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852-9813.
Thestle Patterson
GOLDEN – Thestle Patterson, 88, died July 31, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born April 17, 1921, in Tishomingo County to Benjamin and Samantha Harrison Patterson. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Red Bay, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will be in the Ridge Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala. is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her nieces, Regina Sparks of Golden, Martha Logalbo of Killen, Ala., and Peggy Woods of Golden; her nephews, Jimmy Patterson and C.K. Patterson, both of Red Bay; her sister-in-law, Lillian Patterson of Red Bay; and several other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and nine brothers,Arthur, Aubrey, Rabon, Charles, Odis, Adis, Leo, Henry and Delmer Patterson.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Jean Pettis
TUPELO – Jean Greene Pettis, 72, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at her residence after a sudden illness. She was born Sep. 11, 1936, in Memphis, Tenn., to Lester George and Beulah Louise Meadows Greene. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She married Dr. James Leighton Pettis Jr. on Jan. 28, 1956, and for the past 47 years made their home in Tupelo. During this time, she was extremely involved in our community. She started Special Olympics in Tupelo, volunteered with the Tupelo Children’s Mansion, Board Member of Safe, Inc. and a founding Board Member of the Sanctuary Hospice House. She was also past-president of Tupelo Junior Auxiliary, serving twice as chairman of the annual Charity Ball. She was also past-president of the Christian Woman’s Club. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and served as past-president of the Women of the Church, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was full of life and enjoyed tennis, bridge, cooking and reading. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend to all.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Tom Groome officiating. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. at the St. Peters Cemetery in Oxford. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Dr. James Leighton Pettis Jr. of Tupelo; four children, Jim Pettis (Susan) of Jackson, Brenda Warren (John) of Memphis, Libby Carlock of Atlanta and Leigh Anne Luther (Gripp) of Huntsville, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, Scott Warren, Ashley Warren, Elizabeth Pettis, Catherine Pettis, Caroline Pettis, Neill Luther, Leighton Luther, Keller Carlock, Leighton Carlock and Thomas Carlock.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Henry Dodge, Hugh Luckett, Michael B. Gratz Sr., Chuck Embler, Greg Megginson, Tommy Elliott, Dr. John Elliott, Gripp Luther and John Warren.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Gaines, Dr. Benton Hilbun, Dr. Swan Burrus, James Williams, Heywood Washburn, Billy Moore, Benny Randle, Dr. John Ed Harris, Dr. Lee Rogers, Dr. Joe Chappell, Dr. Merrick Wyble and Dr. Marion Winkler.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Jefferson Street, Tupelo, MS 38804; or the Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo, Mississippi 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

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