Obituaries August 2, 2013

Milton Starnes
OXFORD – Milton Robert Starnes, 93, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his home in Oxford. Funeral services will be Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Allen and Rev. Derrick Starnes officiating. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m. at the church. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Born in 1919 in Denmark, Miss., Mr. Starnes served in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant in the 44th Troop Carrier Squadron during World War II. Prior to retiring, he was president and owner of Rebel Motor Freight and served as president of the Mississippi Trucking Association. Mr. Starnes served Oxford as an Alderman, as president of the Lafayette County Soil Conservation and as president of the Lafayette County Cattlemen Association. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Oxford Shriners and was a Mason. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Starnes found joy in bird hunting and saw the beauty in his dogs during the hunt. In 1989, he and his favorite dog, Rock, won the Arkansas State Quail Championship. He never met a stranger, was a devoted family man and cherished his wife of 69 years, whom he referred to as his “rock.”

Special thanks are given to Rosie Hawkins, a caregiver.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Pilcher Starnes of Oxford; two daughters, Gloria Starnes Armbruster and her husband, Jim, of Greenville, S.C., and Dee Starnes Hey and her husband, Ladd, of Jackson; two sons, Mike Starnes and his wife, Laura, of Palm Springs, Calif., and Bobby Starnes of Olive Branch; one sister, Louise Ragland of Oxford; seven grandchildren, Jill Armbruster of Columbia, S.C., Jimmy Armbruster of Greenville, S.C., Mary Barker Baker of Germantown, Tenn., Craig Hey and his wife, Christopher, of Birmingham, Ala., Brian Hey of Memphis, Tenn., Whitney White and her husband, Mitchel, of Olive Branch and Chase Starnes of Jackson; and five great-grandchildren, Mary Sinclair Hey of Birmingham, Ala., Eliza Becket Hey of Birmingham, Ala., Ethan Baker of Germantown, Tenn., Parker Leigh of Olive Branch and Olivia White of Olive Branch.

In honor of Mr. Starnes’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Starnes’s memory may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit the website www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.

Lee Coggin Jr.
PLANTERSVILLE – Ernest Lee Coggin Jr., 96, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born July 2, 1917, in Nettleton to Ernest Lee Coggin Sr. and Lois Smith Coggin. He grew up in Nettleton and graduated from Nettleton High School in 1935. June, as he was referred to by his family and friends, worked in the family business, Coggin Grocery, at an early age until his retirement in 1986, a job which brought him great pleasure. He was a World War II veteran and after his military service he moved to Plantersville and lived there until 2007 when he moved to the Traceway Retirement Community. He was a member of Plantersville United Methodist Church and was blessed and honored to be able to open and close the church for over 50 years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Plantersville United Methodist Church with past and current ministers officiating. Burial will be in Plantersville Memorial Cemetery. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his son, Larry Lee Coggin (Bettye); granddaughter, Laura Sappington (Larry); great-granddaughter, Kathryn Anne Sappington; sister, Nan Coggin Rogers; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hilda Doris Rogers Coggin; two brothers, Hal Coggin and Sam Coggin.

Pallbearers will be Richard Coggin, Don Rogers, Mike Dickerson, Malcolm Rogers, Jamie Rogers and Charlie Mask. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Plantersville UMC Senior Adult Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to Plantersville United Methodist Church or to the Traceway Retirement Community.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Billy Bowdry
BALDWYN – William “Billy” Bowdry, 81 died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born July 3, 2013, in Lee County to Elbert Bowdry and Mary B. Swinney Bowdry. He worked at Major and Poole Welding Company and more than 27 years at Mid-South Packer in Tupelo. He was a member of Sandhill M.B. Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sandhill M.B. Church with the Rev. Danny Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Virginia Nevels Bowdry of Baldwyn; two sons, Frederick (Bertha) Bowdry of Tupelo and Elbert Bowdry Jr. of Baldwyn; six daughters, Matilda (Lamar) Standifer, Myrtle (James) Edward, Lisa (Charles)

Henderson and Teresa (Leon) Grady, all of Baldwyn, Mary Bowdry of Southaven and Melinda (Jared) Bolton of Guntown; one sister, Rosalyn (Charlie) McCoy of Tupelo; one brother, Murrary (Martha) Calomese of Baldwyn; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and three brothers.

Visitation is from 1 to 5 p.m. today and the family hour is from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Thester Cooper
MEMPHIS – Thester Jones Cooper, 86, formerly of New York and Holly Springs, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at Graceland Nursing Home in Memphis.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home 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 at the funeral home from 12:30 to 3:55 p.m. Saturday.

Roger Avant
WEST POINT – Roger H. Avant, 65, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Community Hospice House in Verona.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 2, at Bluff Creek M.B. Church. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Eunice Rucker
TUPELO – Eunice P. Rucker, 62, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 26, 1950, to Georgia Ann Reed and Johnny Clyde Sanders in Pontotoc County.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at Agnew & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Verona with Evangelist Wanda McGee officiating. Burial will be in the Porter’s Memorial Garden in Tupelo. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home in Verona is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, John Rucker of Verona; three daughters, Virginia Rucker (Danny), Kenyon Rucker (Roy) and Latonuia Rucker (Eric), all of Verona; three sons, Christopher Rucker (Barbara) of Pontotoc, Stevenson Rucker (Nancy) and Desmond Rucker (Cicely), both of Verona; her mother, Georgia Ann Reed of Sandusky, Ohio; one sister, Mary Jones of Tupelo; one brother, Andre Sanders of Sandusky, Ohio; one aunt, Irene Reed of Chicago; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, three sisters and one brother.

Visitation is from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Jack Townsend
HOUSTON – Booker T. “Jack” Townsend, 90, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Aberdeen Care Center. He was born July 31, 1922, in Clay County to Booker T. Townsend Sr and Ollie Rosenburgh Townsend. He was a farmer and a bus driver, and a faithful member of Ebeneezer M.B. Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Eberneezer M.B. Church with Rev. Spencer Gunn officiating. Williams Memorial in Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include daughters, Arlesha Guss of St. Louis, Mae Emma Bowers of Tupelo, Faye Williams (Johnny) of Houston and Mardell Cooper (Willie) of Tupelo; sons, Jimmie Townsend (Mary) of Nettleton, Q.C. Townsend (Mary) of Aberdeen, Willie Graham (Lounette) of Tupelo, Humphrey Graham (Mary) of Houston; sister-in-law, Annie Townsend of Okolona; 13 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Louise W. Kelley
SPRING, Texas – Louise Weatherly Kelley passed away Monday, July 29, 2013, in her home at The Village at Gleannloch Farms at Spring, Texas. She was born July 17, 1920, in Pontotoc. She was a longtime resident of Tupelo, where she was employed by the Mississippi Department of Health. Later she and her husband, John C. Kelley Sr., managed the Dreyfus Jewelry Stores in Tupelo. She was a prominent member of East Heights Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and assumed various leadership positions. She was also very active with the Eastern Star of Tupelo. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading and travel.

A graveside service will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her son, John C. Kelley Jr. of Miramar Beach, Fla.; her daughter, Shirley Ann Kelley Hunter of Spring, Texas; granddaughters, Jennifer Hunter Franson and Melissa Hunter Trascher of Houston, Texas, Amy Elizabeth Kelley of Collierville, Tenn.; grandson, John Bradley Kelley of Collierville, Tenn.; great-grandson, Nolan Gregory Hunter Yeager of Houston, Texas; and great-granddaughter, Eliza Louise Kelley of Collierville, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ira Dexter Weatherly; her mother, Nora Ann Brandon Weatherly; her brothers, Ike and Leon Weatherly; her sister, Floyce Weatherly Arnold and Juanita Weatherly Harrison.

Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Dorothy Crayton
FULTON – Dorothy Louise Green Crayton, 87, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born to Leonie and Lula Roberts Green on June 7, 1926. She was a member of Solid Rock Pentecostal Church. She was the head cook at Stouffer’s in Northland Mall in Detroit, Mich. She also worked at Michigan Bell Telephone Company until her health began to fail.

Services will be at noon today, Aug. 2, at Pine Grove M.B. Church in Dorsey with Rev. Dr. Leotis Tucker officiating. Burial will in Pine Grove Church Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four sons, Sylvester Green (Valeria), Russell Crayton, Marcel Crayton and Dwyane Crayton; one daughter, Sheila Stewart (William); 22 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchilren; three brothers, L.E. Green (Alice), O’Neal Green (Ann) and Lonnie Green; one sister, Sarah Gassaway; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston Crayton; her parents; two sons, Dennis Crayton and Preston Crayton Jr.; one grandson, Sylvester Green Jr.; one great-granddaughter, Sylkieta Green; five brothers; and three sisters.

The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. today.

Buck Pettit
HOUSTON – Vester Clark “Buck” Pettit, 75, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. A Houston native, he was born Oct. 8, 1937, to Clarence Pettit and Audrey Mae Clark Pettit. In his earlier career he worked for the Coca Cola Bottling Company. He later worked with Chickasaw County and retired after 30 years of service. He was a dedicated member of Pearson Chapel Church. An avid gardener, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards and dominoes with his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Peggy Ruth Dodson Pettit; his four children, Jerry Pettit (Tammy), Linda Pettit McKell (Stewart) of Tupelo, Mike Pettit (Christy) and Sharon Pettit Stevens (Mark) of Houston; 12 grandchildren, Chris Hill (Ellen) of Shannon, Lance Pettit of Houston, Anna Hill Wozinak (Anthony) of Scottsdale, Ariz., Mark Allen Stevens of Houlka, Shane Pettit of Orlando, Fla., Cyndell Linley of Houston, John Taylor Stevens of Houston, Laken Pettit of Tupelo, Makenzie Pettit of Houston, Anna Ragen Pettit of Houston, Eric Smith (Kathi) of Houston and Amanda Smith of Tupelo; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, James Marion Pettit (Norma), Delbert Pettit (Helen) and Prentiss Pettit (Treacer); two sisters, Louise McGee (Doc Wayne) and Virginia Spencer; and many nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Oneal Pettit and Mervin Pettit; four sisters, Olene Vance, Ruby McCardle, Pearlie Dulaney and Jean Walters.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Houston Funeral Home. Bro. Scott Samuel will officiate. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Dulaney, Kenneth Funderburk, Jimmy James, Joe Loftin, Jimmy Pettit and David Gene Walters.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Houston Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Pearson Chapel Church, 512 County Road 24, Houston, MS 38851 to help rebuild the sanctuary that burned July 26, 2013.

Friends and family may sign the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Jeff Burnette
FULTON – Jeffrey Scott Burnette, 47, of the Peaceful Valley community, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his home after a sudden illness. He was born Jan. 17, 1966, to William Benjamin Burnette and Nina Sue Bennett Burnette. He worked at Super Sagless and True Temper. He was currently working in the construction business. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and throwing horse shoes. He was a Baptist in belief.

Survivors include his father and mother, William and Nina Sue Burnette; one brother, William Duane Burnette (Marie); one niece, Priscilla Burnette; all of the Peaceful Valley community.

Visitation for family and friends is from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Aug. 2, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Johnny Grammer
FULTON – Johnny Grammer, 62, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his residence in Fulton from a sudden illness. A Tupelo native, he was born Aug. 9, 1950, to Otis and Shirley Grammer. He grew up in Tupelo and lived his early married life in Tupelo before moving to the Brewer community where he and his family lived for 15 years. He and his family moved to Fulton 13 years ago, where they presently reside. In 1970, he completed his basic training with the U.S. Army and served with the U.S. Army Reserves until 1974. For 20 years, he bravely served with the Tupelo Fire Department as a fireman, retiring in 1996. A man of Christian faith, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed his time with his family. He also enjoyed playing golf.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Phillip Holley and Larry Holley officiating. Burial will be in Doty Chapel Cemetery with firefighter burial honors.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Teresa Holley Grammer of Fulton; one daughter, Tracie Grammer of Fulton; two sons, Dusty Grammer of Nettleton and Jason Grammer of Little Rock, Ark.; four grandchildren, Lauren Knight, and Caden, Cydney and Zachery Grammer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Tommy and Charles Grammer.

Pallbearers will be Josh Holley, David Zinn, Darrell Zinn, Austin Lindley, Joe Minga, Aubrey Williams and Rickey Nichols.

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

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

Morris Rush
WEST POINT – Morris Dale Rush, 56, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. 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.

Queen Ester Glover
WEST POINT – Queen Ester Blair Glover, 72, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Union Star M.B. Church. Burial will be in Union Star Memorial Gardens. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Earnest LeSure Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Earnest LeSure Jr., 68, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at his home in Holly Springs.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Hopewell No. 2 M.B. Church of Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today and the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today, both at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday.

Nell Shaw
TUPELO – Nell McCalman Shaw, 97, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice after a brief illness. She was born in Hazen, Ark., on Jan. 17, 1916, to Mac and Mary McClure McCalman. She grew up in Whitehaven, Tenn., and graduated from Whitehaven High School in 1933, having just completed her 80th class reunion. She was very athletic and, at 6-feet tall, an All-State basketball player. Her earliest working life included time at Paramount Pictures in Memphis.

In 1936, she moved to Coffeeville, where she lived her entire adult life before moving to Tupelo in 1996 to be near her daughter. She married Alfred Shaw Jr. on April 30, 1939, and remained his sweetheart until his death on Feb. 9, l969. She was the Chief Clerk for the ASCS office at the time of her retirement, a career that spanned over 35 years. She was a longtime faithful and active member of the Coffeeville United Methodist Church, where she held virtually every office including Sunday school superintendent, Administrative Council and Pastor Parish Relations chairperson, church secretary and UMW leadership Houses. She loved following all sports, was a Manning boys junkie although she never forgave Peyton for going to Tennessee, and loved the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs and Duke University basketball team. A member of the Oxford Chapter of the DAR, she was an “original” Steel Magnolia, loved traveling and toured the 48 contiguous states but never made Hawaii because “there wasn’t a bridge going there.” She was a learned and avid reader and read the Bible “religiously.” She was a patriotic American and a hard core “Yellow Dog” Democrat. Hers was a full, blessed and exciting life.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Coffeeville United Methodist Church with private burial to follow in the Shaw family plot at Elam Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon-service time Saturday at the Coffeeville United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ed Woodall will officiate and John Caldwell and Queda Denly will deliver the eulogies. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, has been entrusted with all arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Sue Shaw-Smith of Tupelo; granddaughters, Heidi Smith of Starkville and Angela Tenpenny (Michael) of Knoxville, Tenn.; two great-granddaughters, Anna Kate and Lauren Tenpenny of Knoxville; special cousins, Jane Davis and Elizabeth Caldwell of DeSoto County; and numerous nieces, nephews and great- and great-great-nieces and great- and great-great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: her husband; an infant son, Hubert Isom Shaw in 1948 and Alfred Irvin Shaw III in l970; and five siblings, Mary T. McCalman, Bill McCalman, Bess McCalman Whitaker, Roy McCalman and Forrest McCalman.

Memorial may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802; Coffeeville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 185, Coffeeville, MS 38922; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net or for questions concerning the services, call (662) 840-5000.

Mark Cockrell
MANTACHIE – Mark Anthony Cockrell, 52, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at his home. He was born April 5, 1961, to Jimmy O. and Johnnie P. Short Cockrell. He was a graduate of Mantachie High School and received a drafting degree from Itawamba Community College. He was a member of Lakeland Baptist Church and a warehouse manager in the fabric industry. He enjoyed yard work and was an avid NASCAR fan.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 2, at Stephens Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Teresa, of Mantachie; and one son, Neil Cockrell, of Mantachie.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Billy “Bird” Hughes, Paul Poteet, Lee Jones, Donnie Cockrell and Bradley Smith.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Virgie V. Piktel
DUMAS – Virgie V. Pannell Piktel, 81, went to her Lord on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. She was born Aug. 22, 1931.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gene Coltharp, Bro. Randy Estes and Stevie Pannell officiating. Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery with no graveside services.

She is survived by three children, Steve (Denise) Pannell of Park City, Ill., Marsha (David) Williams of Antioch, Ill., and Dean (Peggy) Pannell of Lakeland, Tenn.; three sisters, Dovie Robbins of Blue Mountain, Pauline Shinault of Pine Grove and Delilah Loveless of Dumas; one brother, Bill (Ruth) Fair of Ripley; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Obie and I.C. Mask; sister, Dimple Downs; husbands, Fred Pannell and Edward Piktel; one grandson; and one great-grandson.
Pallbearers will be Chris Cox, Chris Garrison, Nick Larson, Jr. Robbins, Randale Robbins and Wade Downs.

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

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

Richard Freeman Jr.
OXFORD – Richard Freeman Jr., 49, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Harrisonville M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Amy Vest
NEW ALBANY – Amy Audrey Hill Vest, 98, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. She was born Nov. 1, 1914, in Appleton, Ark., to John Alexander Hill and Etta Louellen Wiley Hill. She was a practical nurse and a homemaker. She was the oldest member of New Albany Church of Christ. She loved quilting, cooking, garden work and Atlanta Braves baseball.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 2, at New Albany Church of Christ with Minister Ray Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by one daughter, Betty Jean Young (Terry) of New Albany; one son, John Robert Vest (Nola) of Brentwood, Tenn.; two sisters, Ola Kelly of Essex, Mo., and Emogene Dollar of Sikeston, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond Vest; one son, Jimmy Ray Vest; two sisters; and three brothers.

Pallbearers will be Johnathan Vest, Jeremy Vest, Jim Vest, Phil Young, Matthew Young and Steve Todd. Honorary pallbearers will be Eli Young, Tyler Vest and Jimmy Vest.

Visitation will be from noon to service time today at New Albany Church of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Christian Home of Morrillton, Ark.

To leave an online condolence, visit www.unitedfuneral.com.

Johnnie Duncan
TUPELO – Johnnie Ruth Collier Duncan died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Margaret King
IUKA – Margaret King, 92, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.

Jean Staten
WEST POINT – Jean Turner Staten, 78, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Memorials may be made to Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society, P.O. Box 85, Columbus, MS39703; or to West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter Rescue Program, 1212 Tibbee Road, West Point, MS 39773.

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

Deborah Davis
NEW ALBANY – Deborah Jean Davis, 62, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born March 24, 1951, in New Albany to Marvin Wallace Davis and Gwyndelene Butts Davis. She was a retired office employee of Futorian Manufacturing in New Albany. She was a Baptist.

Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Terry Cutrer and Rev. Charles Stubblefield officiating. Burial will be in the Martin Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She was survived by her parents, Marvin Wallace Davis and Gwyndelene Butts Davis of New Albany; and her sister, Marcia D. Davis of New Albany.

Pallbearers will be Colt Doom, Tommy Wilhite, Robby Hall, Michael Hall, Ronnie Colburn, Tom Haynes and Billy Wood.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Jane McGregor
HOUSTON – Jane Woods McGregor, 75, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Community Hospice Darlington Oaks in Verona after a long illness. She was born Jan. 21, 1938, in Jackson to R.L. Woods and Martha Crawford Woods. She was a graduate of I.A.H.S. in Fulton. She received her B.S. degree from Mississippi State University and her master’s degree in Counseling from the University of LaVerne in California. She retired in 1998 after 30 years of being a teacher and guidance counselor. She was a member of the Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines at Hot Springs Village, Ark.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Patrick Collins officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Ann Kooi; one son-in-law, Keith Pounds; one daughter-in-law, Mary Ann McGregor; seven grandchildren, Amanda Spencer, Ashley Pounds, Allison Pounds, David McGregor, Matthew McGregor, Bryce

McGregor and Harley McGregor; and one great-granddaughter, Lily Belle Spencer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James McGregor; her parents, R.L. and Martha Woods; her son, Robert David McGregor; and two daughters, Melissa English and Elizabeth Pounds.

For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Franklin Windham
BOONEVILLE – Brewer Franklin “Manzy” Windham, 71, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the First Baptist Church in Booneville. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the service Saturday.

James Hale
PONTOTOC – James Roy Hale, 80, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

James Cooper
NETTLETON – James Elvin Cooper, 67, died suddenly Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his residence. He was born on Oct. 10, 1945, in Itawamba County to Elvin “Dago” and Earline Cooper. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton. He was a retired salesman of J.J. Rogers & Sons and Long Wholesales of Tupelo, and a member of the Tupelo Church of God. He enjoyed going fishing and hunting.

Services will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Jack Ezell and the Rev. Samuel John Raper officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Faye Oliver Cooper of Nettleton; two daughters, Melissa Ritter (Mark) of Nettleton and Becky Smith (Roger) of Mantachie; two sisters, Nancy Hammond (Rich) of Evergreen and Rhonda Enlow (Jeff) of Richmond; five grandchildren, Nikki Hill (Michael) and Bubba Ritter, both of Nettleton, Austin Reeves of Bartahatchie, Jessica Reeves and Katelin Smith, both of Mantachie; and four great-grandchildren, Tyler, Kaley, Dakota and Ally Claire.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Michael Hill, Mike Culver, Jerry Hall, Greg Thrasher, Chris Gillentine and David Gillentine. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Oliver, Doyle Oliver, Ruble Oliver, Billy Joe Oliver and Jerry Sheffield.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday. There will be no visitation at the funeral home today.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Emily Cobb
BLUE SPRINGS – Emily N. Cobb, 86, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.

Lee Coggin Jr.
PLANTERSVILLE – Ernest Lee Coggin Jr., 96, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born July 2, 1917, in Nettleton to Ernest Lee Coggin Sr. and Lois Smith Coggin. He grew up in Nettleton and graduated from Nettleton High School in 1935. June, as he was referred to by his family and friends, worked in the family business, Coggin Grocery, at an early age until his retirement in 1986, a job which brought him great pleasure. He was a World War II veteran and after his military service he moved to Plantersville and lived there until 2007 when he moved to the Traceway Retirement Community. He was a member of Plantersville United Methodist Church and was blessed and honored to be able to open and close the church for over 50 years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Plantersville United Methodist Church with past and current ministers officiating. Burial will be in Plantersville Memorial Cemetery. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his son, Larry Lee Coggin (Bettye); granddaughter, Laura Sappington (Larry); great-granddaughter, Kathryn Anne Sappington; sister, Nan Coggin Rogers; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hilda Doris Rogers Coggin; and two brothers, Hal Coggin and Sam Coggin.

Pallbearers will be Richard Coggin, Don Rogers, Mike Dickerson, Malcolm Rogers, Jamie Rogers and Charlie Mask. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Plantersville UMC Senior Adult Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to Plantersville United Methodist Church or to the Traceway Retirement Community.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Betty Montgomery
TUPELO – Betty Montgomery, 64, beloved wife of Dr. Charles Montgomery, mother, grandmother and celebrated educator and community leader, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be recited at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo. A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to the Loyola University Institute for Ministry Extension, c/o St. James Catholic Church, P.O. Box 734, Tupelo, MS 38802.

A full obituary will follow in Saturday’s paper.

Edward Dixon
COLUMBUS – Edward Thomas “Pete” Dixon, 60, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Touchette Regional Medical Center in Centreville, Ill. He was born April 26, 1953, to Horace and Emma J. Bean Dixon.

Services will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 3, at Shiloh Full Gospel Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus with Rev. Sammie Lyons officiating. Burial will follow at the Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Columbus. Fields Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Ollie Lou Harris Dixon of Columbus; daughters, Carlinda Nolden of Belleville, Ill., Termilder Sherrod and Tymeshia Harris, both of Columbus, and Vickie Harris of Starkville; one son, Hiram Harris of Columbus; mother, Emma Jean Dixon of Washington Park, Ill.; sister, Sandra Dixon of Marion, Ill.; brothers, Melvin Lamar Dixon and Michael Wayne, both of Washington Park, Ill.; and eight grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Carter’s Funeral Services in Columbus.

Jimmy Martin
SALTILLO – Jimmy Martin, 58, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born Jan. 11, 1955, in Ruleville. He was the previous owner of Short Stop Grocery in Mooreville for over 25 years and currently employed at Hunters Haven. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, especially turkey hunting, working outside and camping. He was a classic car enthusiast and a member of the Possum Trot Kruzers, Heart of Dixie

Firebird Association and North Mississippi Cruisers car clubs. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandson, Dax.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 2, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Green officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Lynn Sullins Martin of Saltillo; his daughter, Jennie Martin Zarta (Tommy) of Memphis; his grandson, Daxton James “Dax” Zarta of Memphis; one sister, Shirley Simmons (Wayne) of Senatobia; and very close friends, Allen Whitman and Tommy Malone.

He was preceded in death by his father, James W. Martin Sr.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Malone, Mike Malone, Ted Wood, Allen Whitman, Billy Sheffield and Scotty Parker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a college fund for his grandson, Dax Zarta, at Trustmark Bank.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Theresa Lahey
CORINTH – Theresa Ann Lahey, 44, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.

A graveside services will be Sunday, Aug. 4, in West Frankfort, Ill. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

George Brady
MIDDLETON, Tenn. – George Brady, 67, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Jackson-Madison General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday.

Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Clovis Russell
THAXTON – John Ezekiel Clovis Russell, 93, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a member of Union Nazarene Church and also attended Sand Springs Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion. He was a retired farmer and timber harvester.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Union Nazarene Church with Dr. David Ard, Bro. Keith Benefield and Bro. Joe Morse officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara (Bob) Gardner; two sons, Jimmie (Barbara) Russell and Wendell (Lynn) Russell; five grandchildren, Shawn Gardner, Melissa Prewitt, J.R. Russell, Amber Hale and Tonya Flournoy; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Quinn Quillian of Thaxton; one sister-in-law, Marie M. Russell of Thaxton; and two brothers, Eberl Russell and Junior Ray Russell, both of Memphis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.H. and Lena Willard Russell; his wife of 67 years, Marie Allen Russell; two brothers, Clay Russell and James Norris Russell; and a grandson, Russ Gardner.
Pallbearers will be Frankie Flournoy, Rance Prewitt, J.R. Russell, Tommy Quillian, Berlon Quillian and Kenneth Russell.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Union Nazarene Church Cemetery Fund.

Mary Nell Fooshee
ECRU – Mary Nell “Myrt” Stephens Fooshee, 86, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at home. She was born Sept. 4, 1926, to Ollie H. and Nellie Sue Ballard in Nashville, where she grew up. She married John Dick Stephens and they made their home in Ecru and raised six children. She retired from Ram Golf after 35 years. She cherished all her friends and time spent at Ram Golf. Her joy in life was providing for her family. She enjoyed gardening and cooking for everyone who came to her home. She will be greatly missed.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Ecru United Methodist Church. Bro. William Montgomery will officiate. Burial will be in Ecru Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Ronnie Stephens of Ecru and Richard Stephens (Rosie) of Pontotoc; two daughters, Brenda “Breezy” Moody (Lynn), Wanda Childers (Mike), Deb Horton and Celia Belk, all of Ecru; grandchildren, Pam Stephens,

Rodney Moody (Gretchin), Stephanie Coomer (Scott), Ryan Moody, Shane Turk (Patty), Nikki Childers, John Dillion Horton, Kelley Belk, all of Ecru, Amber Patterson (Scotty), John Richard Stephens and Collin Stephens, all of Pontotoc; seven great-grandchildren; stepsons, Ken Fooshee (Paula) of Blue Springs, Terry Fooshee (Margie), Ronald Fooshee (IKitty) and Kevin Fooshee (Jan), all of Ingomar; stepdaughter, Janet Brown of New Albany; 23 stepgrandchildren; 37 stepgreat-grandchildren; eight stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and brothers, R.C. Ballard of Texas, Earl Ballard and Jackie Ballard (Judy), all of Nashville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie H. and Nellie Sue Ballard; brother, Ollie H. Ballard Jr.; husband, John Richard “Dick” Stephens; husband, Kenneth N. Fooshee; and stepson, Danny Stephens.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, all at the church.

  • The-Facts

    TO: Lee Memorial Great Job today! Thanks Billy Curl & Sammy Reed, You guys are the best hands down.