Obituaries August 21, 2009

Amy Jean Rhoden
Amy Jean Rimes Rhoden of Columbia died early morning on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg after a brief illness.
She was born Oct. 4, 1915, in Fernwood in old Pike County to Ella Elizabeth Crawford Rimes and John Henry Rimes. She was the youngest of eight children.
She and her family moved to Tylertown where she attended school and graduated from Tylertown High School at age 15. She attended Hillman College (now a part of Mississippi College), where she was selected a beauty; graduated from Pearl River Junior College; was a fine tennis player; and won a Charleston dance competition.
She married Thomas Arny Rhoden of Columbia on Aug. 18, 1935, and lived in Columbia, where Arny was the business manager of the Columbia Training School and Gardner Hospital.
During this time their first child, Rebecca, was born. Arny took a position as an investigator with the U.S. Treasury Department and they moved to Decatur, Ga. From there the family was transferred to Washington D.C. and then New York City.
During their year in New York City, Pearl Harbor caused Arny to enlist in the U.S. Army as a 2nd lieutenant, and the Rhodens moved to Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, S.C., where he was in training. A transfer to the Port of New Orleans had Arny, as a major, serving as Chief of Port Intelligence until the war’s end, later ending his career as colonel.
While in New Orleans, second child, Thomas Henry Rhoden, was born in 1944.
After the war ended, the family moved to Columbia, Miss., where Mr. Rhoden became a Gulf Oil distributor, and the family had two more sons, Richard Earl Rhoden and James Coleman Rhoden.
Amy Jean and family all were members of First Baptist Church in Columbia, where both she and Arny were very active, he as a teacher and deacon, and she as a teacher and librarian. She worked with the 5-year-olds in Sunday School for 51 years and was the church librarian for many years. She was still active with the library until her death at 93. She purchased, proofread and processed thousands of books, even after she was in her 90s.
She had a lifelong love for books and reading. Her love for poetry began at an early age. She had an infectious sense of humor, a positive and tolerant disposition, and strong devotion to family. Amy Jean was a wonderful and beloved wife, mother, friend and citizen.
Amy Jean was a member of the first Mississippi Ethics Commission, the Democratic Election Commission, the Marion County Jury Selection Committee. She oversaw and coordinated voting poll staffing and training. She was the first woman to serve on a federal jury in the Southern District of Mississippi.
She was a longtime member of the Columbia Culture Club, the Pleiades Club, the Columbia PTA, and a charter and sustaining member of the Columbia Junior Auxiliary.
She and Arny, who died in 2003 at age 90, celebrated both their 50th and 65th wedding anniversaries.
Survivors include children, Rebecca Rhoden Kent and husband, Allan, of Tupelo, Thomas H. Rhoden and wife, Sharon, of Jackson, Dr. Rick Rhoden of Jackson, and James C. Rhoden and wife, Karen, of Columbia.
Eight grandchildren: Kevin Kent and wife, JoAnne, Keith Kent and wife, Laura, Kathryn Kent, all of Tupelo, Thomas Rhoden and wife, Nicole, of Jackson, Jeffrey Rhoden and wife, Britton, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Matthew Rhoden and wife, Lauren, of Medford, Mass., Chad Rhoden and wife, Rhonda, of Madison, and Courtney Shepard and husband, Jack, of Columbia.
Ten great-grandchildren: Amanda Kent, Richard Kent, Rimes Kent, Jacob Kent, Anna Kent, Lily Rhoden, Sophie Rhoden, Luke Rhoden, Briley Rhoden and Madeleine Rhoden.
Services will be at First Baptist Church in Columbia with the Rev. Bryant Barnes officiating at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. immediately preceding the service.
Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Library, 425 Ford St., Columbia, MS 39429.
Hathorn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia.

Cheri Bala
SALTILLO – Cheri Lynn Bartlett Bala, 33, beloved wife of Jim Bala, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, as the result of a motor vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 45 in Lee County. Cheri was born on March 10, l976, in San Diego, Calif., to Joe and Linda Gale Harville Bartlett. She lived most of her life in the San Diego area before moving to the Tupelo area in 2005. She attended East Heights Assembly of God on Briar Ridge Road. She was employed in food service at Tupelo High School and worked part time at Burger King in Tupelo. Cheri had a kind and generous spirit, always putting others before herself. She loved her family, her friends and her pets, and was especially fond of spending time with her nephews. She is a bright light gone out of our lives to be with the angels eternally. She will be sorely missed.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with her pastor, Bro. David Lann, officiating. Burial will follow in the Auburn Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from noon to service time Sunday, all at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include her husband, Jim Bala of Saltillo; her parents, Joe and Linda Bartlett of Mooreville; her brother, Billy Joe Bartlett and wife, Kerry, of Mooreville; her nephews, Devon and Dylan Bartlett of Mooreville; her grandparents, Lucille Barber of Saltillo, and Joe and Betty Bartlett of Wilson, Okla.; her father-in-law, Nestor Bala (Rebecca) of Milltown, N.J. ; a sister-in-law, Joanne Acala, and a brother-in-law, Mark “Jay” Bala, and their families of San Diego, Calif.; a special childhood friend, Jeanette Tiangson (Mel) of San Diego, Calif.; numerous aunts and their families.
Pallbearers will be Chris Gregory, Billy Bartlett, Jeff Harville, Mark Bala, and Devon and Dylan Bartlett. Honorary pallbearers are Leonard Machusak, Tommy Gregory and Mel Tiangson.
Memorials may be made to East Heights Assembly of God, 1921 Briar Ridge Road, Tupelo, MS. 38804.

Rev. Wade Taylor
MEMPHIS – The Rev. Wade Taylor, 67, went to his heavenly home and his precious Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, following a heart attack.
He leaves to treasure his memory his beloved wife of 49 years, Barbara Sykes Taylor; his mother, Louise Taylor; one sister, Sandra Cook; his three sons, Tracy Taylor and wife, Dene, Tim Taylor and wife, Carla, and Troy Taylor; one daughter, Terry Kimble and husband, Mike; seven precious grandchildren and one adorable great-granddaughter.
The Rev. Taylor was an Associate Pastor of Gracewood Baptist Church. He served several churches in Memphis and the Mid-South for almost 50 years. His love for God and preaching His word was his highest calling. His great love for his family and others was a shining example in his daily life.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time at 3 p.m. Saturday at Gracewood Baptist Church, 8551 Getwell, Southaven, MS 38672. Family request memorials be made to Gracewood Baptist Church.
Memphis Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visit the website at www.memphisfuneralhome.net.

Lillie Northington
SULLIGENT, Ala. – Lillie Mae Northington, 77, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent, Ala. Burial will be in the Gilmer Addition of the Sulligent City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Visit the website at www.ottsfuneralhome.net.

Riley McCoy
BLUE SPRINGS – Riley Keeton McCoy, 1, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was the infant son of Amanda Pruitt and Doug McCoy of the Red Hill community.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Jay Tidwell and Bro. Dennis McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Jericho Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents; one brother, Guyton McCoy of Blue Springs; his grandparents, Johnny and Christy Shannon of New Albany, Eric and Kim Pruitt of Baldwyn, and Dennis and Jean McCoy of Blue Springs; great-grandparents, Dennis and Janice White of the Jericho community, Annie Catherine Daniels of Blue Springs, and Doug and Olivia Pruitt of Baldwyn; great-great-grandparents, Jetty Pruitt of Baldwyn, Ruth White of Jericho and Sarah McCoy of Blue Springs; uncles and aunts, Will Pruitt, Dennis McCoy Jr., LaQuonda McCoy, Shiro Osborne, Jayma McCoy, Bart White, Julie Boatner, Angelia Pruitt and Renee Hale; host of cousins; special friend, Susan Dempsey.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Eric Jerome McCoy; and his great- great grandparents, Leland White, W.D. Pruitt and Merle Daniels.
Pallbearers will be Bryce and Dylan Berbette, Bart White, Hank White, Clay Hall, Ben Shannon, James Coleman, Mario Harris and Dennis McCoy Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of the Little Eagles Daycare.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home.

Laverne Pharr
GOLDEN – Laverne Pharr, 77, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
Delma Edwards
OXFORD – Delma Edgar Edwards, 87, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Born in Lafayette County, he was a private 1st class in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired field technician with the USDA Sedimentation Lab. He was a 32nd Degree Mason of the O.D. Smith Lodge; Grand Master of Blue Lodge in 1985; and a member of the VFW, the Exchange Club of Oxford and the Lions Club. A member of Oxford University United Methodist Church for 58 years, he served as head usher for 25 years.
Service will be at 11 a.m. today at Oxford University United Methodist Church with the Rev. Claire Dobbs and the Rev. Frank Poole officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the church Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Alta Ruth Edwards of Oxford; two daughters, Wanda Edwards Aldy (Ronnie) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Donna Edwards Arrington (Jerry) of Castalian Springs, Tenn.; a son, Rodney Hall Edwards (Cindy) of Springdale, Ark.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Oxford University United Methodist Church, 424 S. 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655; or to the American Heart Association, 2170 Business Center Drive Suite 1, Memphis, TN 38134.
Visit the website, www.wallerfuneralhome.com, for online condolences and guest registry.

Pauline Jones
FALKNER – Pauline Jones, 94, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at her residence in Falkner. She was born April 5, 1915, to David Daniel Hill and Sallie Gunter Hill. She was a member of Ripley Church of Christ. She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, canning vegetables and cooking. She loved to travel and had visited every state in the United States. Prior to moving to Falkner, she lived in Texas, where she managed a store at one time.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Patrick Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden.
Survivors include five nieces, O’Neil Phillips of Dade City, Fla., Bernice Mills of Eads, Tenn., Linda Ray Ladd of La Mesa, Calif., Dorothy Gregory of Iuka and Sherry Kitchens of Rayville, La.; and two nephews, Mike Hill of Tunica and Frank Hill of San Angelo, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Talmadge Jones; her parents; three sisters, Christine Smith and husband, Leon, Dorsie Ford and husband, Sam, and Connie Aldridge and husband, Willie; five brothers, Kennon Hill and wife, Buena, John M. Hill and wife, Lizzie, Harvey Hill and wife, Louella, David Daniel Hill and wife, Clara, and Ray Hill and wife, Blanche; two nieces, Virginia Nance and Catherine Craig; and four nephews, Edgar Hill, Jerry Smith, Kenny Hill and William David Hill.
Pallbearers will be Kyle Smith, Carl Lee Nance, Carl Nance, Tom Phillips, James Houston and Donnie Greene.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Allie Mae Parker
CORINTH – Allie Mae Gilton Parker, 95, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to Pinevale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834; or Freed-Hardeman University, c/o Foote Street Church of Christ, 903 Foote St., Corinth, MS 38834.

Mae Cox
WEST POINT – Mae Rubye Cox, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at her home in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Star Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Joy Pannell
NEW ALBANY – Joy Ray McCollum Pannell, 72, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Sept. 30, 1936, in Thaxton to Ray and Thelma McCollum. She was a Baptist. She was a retired nurse and worked for many years in New Albany, Ripley and Medlin Clinic in Blue Mountain. She loved camping, fishing and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. John Staggs officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Pannell; two daughters, Denise Davis and Kathy Williams (Ed, all of New Albany; grandchildren, Justin (Jennifer), Christopher and Benjamin, all of New Albany; one great-granddaughter, Isabella, of New Albany; one stepson, Randy Pannell (Johnnie) of Dorsey; four stepdaughters, Sherry Treadaway (Tony), Diane Pannell, Sandra Gailor (Tim) and Robin Delashmit (Craig), all of New Albany; 11 stepgrandchildren, eight stepgreat-grandchildren; one niece, Jennifer Byars (Wade) of Carrollton; two great-nieces, Torie and Tabby; one great-nephew, Clint.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Billy Joe McCollum and an infant brother.
Pallbearers will be Mac Porch, Joe Porch, Don Hobson, Brett Hobson, Blake Hobson, Jay Bailey, Bilbo Bailey, Bozy Porch and Bill Bailey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Annie B. Lowery
IUKA – Annie B. Lowery, 91, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in the Tishomingo Cemetery in Tishomingo.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

M.C. Clemons
FULTON – M.C. Clemons died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.
Archie Caldwell
RED BAY, Ala. – Archie Lee Caldwell, 64, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital. He was retired from Ameritech Telephone Co. in Columbus, Ohio, and had worked for Page Chevrolet for three years. He was a member of Red Bay Freewill Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Red Bay Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Mark McCraney officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Geraldine Caldwell of Red Bay, Ala.; two daughters, Jessica Lehr (John) and Jina Caldwell, all of Columbus, Ohio; a stepson, Bert Bostick (Katie) of Red Bay; one sister, Nell Ezzell (Kenneth) of Ashland City, Tenn.; and three grandchildren, Cameron Lehr, MacKenzie Lehr and B.J. Caldwell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, C.C. and Osie Cox Caldwell, and two brothers, Jack Caldwell and McRae Caldwell.
Pallbearers will be Gary “Sluggo” Page, Jimmy Lovette, Johnny Berry, Ken Lindsey, Terry Barksdale and Thurl Engle. Honorary pallbearers will be J.M. Page, Ross White and Eugene Dunlevy.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Vera Lewis
TUPELO – Vera A. Lewis, 91, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Rev. Mark Morgan Sr.
DREW – The Rev. Mark Alan Morgan Sr., 55, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, in Tupelo after a brief illness. A native of Onega, Kan., he was born Nov. 8, 1953, to Judson Taylor and Mertie Delores Neill Morgan. He served as a bivocational minister since 1979, pastoring churches in Arkansas and Mississippi. He also worked as a grocery store manager and painting contractor, and recently began selling insurance. He was currently the pastor of Webb Baptist Church in Webb, where he had served the past 17 years. He was a 32nd degree Mason and served as past Master for Drew Lodge 459. He was past president of the Drew Chamber of Commerce and the Drew Rotary Club. An avid history buff, particularly of the Civil War, he also enjoyed the study of geneaology, and sword and antique collecting. His greatest passion was serving God through serving his church and family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Webb Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Sumner, Dr. Lowell Ingram and the Rev. Truman Scarbrough officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Debbie Fields Morgan of Drew; five children, Lora Gipson (Michael) of Saltillo, Mark Morgan Jr. (Joanie) of Saltillo, Shannon Morgan of Oxford, Erin Morgan of Hattiesburg and John Morgan of Cleveland; his sister, Judith Bledsoe (Francis) of Strong, Ark.; his brother, Bruce Morgan of Little Rock, Ark.; his grandson, Noah Daniel Gipson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Judson T. Morgan II.
Pallbearers will be Gary Shepherd, Ronnie Tackett, Ron Parr, Less Hopson, Troy Smith and Don Word. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Webb Baptist Church and members of the Drew Masonic Lodge 459.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Ray Funeral Home in Cleveland. The body will lie in repose from 12:30 p.m. until service time Sunday at Webb Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Webb Baptist Church, P.O. Box 250, Webb MS 38966; or the North Central Baptist Association, 1045 Fairfield Ave., Grenada, MS 38901.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

J.D. Shumpert
NEW ALBANY – J.D. Shumpert, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a member of Pine Grove M.B. Church and a veteran of the United States Navy.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. J.C. Humphrey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Paulette Shumpert; six sons, Joe, Felix, Donald, Chad, James and Alex; seven daughters, Margie, Thelma, Faynetter, Jeanette, Louise, Valarie and Lisa; four sisters; 47 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law and five sisters-in-law; a special son, Scottie; and a special friend, Walter.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.

Eric Lewis
OKOLONA – Eric Neil Lewis, 50, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, as the result of an automobile collision on Highway 45 in Lee County. He was born on Feb. 28, 1959, in Chickasaw County to Herman and Alice Frances “Nancy” Lewis. A lifelong Chickasaw countian, he was retired from the 3rd District of Chickasaw County, where he was a master mechanic and heavy equipment operator. He had been employed the last nine years as a supply deliverer for the North Mississippi Medical Center. He loved the outdoors and his farm in Chickasaw County, where he raised cattle and hay. An avid deer hunter, he also enjoyed fishing. He was a good man who will be missed by many.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Wayne Thorn officiating. Burial will follow in the Boone’s Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Herman and Nancy Lewis of Okolona; two daughters, Lacey Lewis Hand and husband, Jonathan, and Lenzi Lewis, all of Okolona; one grandson, Devan Hand of Okolona; and several cousins.
Pallbearers will be Mike, Jerry and Ed Lewis, Bill Cherry, Robert Martin and Wayne Hamric.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the Okolona Chapel.

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