Obituaries August 25, 2009

Ottis T. Stark
MANSFIELD, Mo. – Ottis T. Stark, 84, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at a revival in Memphis.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to Bro. David Terrell Ministries, P.O. Box 4800, Dallas, TX 75208.
Mary Kay Garrison
SOUTHAVEN – Mary Kay Whaley Garrison, 68, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at her home in Southaven. She was born Feb. 16, 1943, in Bethlehem to Ware Whaley and Ell Rhea Cook. She was a Methodist and an operator for AT&T.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Methodist Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her brother, Robert Whaley of Coffeeville.
Oddie M. Robinson
FLINT, Mich. – Deacon Oddie M. Robinson, 74, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Foss Avenue Baptist Church in Flint, Mich. Burial will be in Flint Memorial Park Cemetery. Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home in Flint is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10:30 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
James E. Lewis
FULTON – James Edward Lewis, 77, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at the Northeast Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 16, 1932, in Itawamba County to Floyd and Tula Adams Lewis. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and Fairview Masonic Lodge 457. He retired from Day-Brite Lighting, where he worked in maintenance. He was a U.S. veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict as a military policeman in the Panama Canal Zone from 1953-1955. He was an avid fisherman and gardener. He loved his dog, Otis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Martin Jameson and Bro. Tracy McMillen officiating.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kathleen Johnson Lewis; two daughters, Janet Graham (Johnny) and Lori Gray (Jeff), both of Fulton; one son, Jim Lewis (Chris) of Fulton; his grandchildren, John Graham (Brandy), Amber Ramirez (Luis), Josh Graham, Matt Lewis, Blake Thompson (Ryan), Alisha Kent (Nicky) and Ceburn Gray; his great-grandchildren, to whom he was “Pawnanas,” Hope, Braden, Kylee, Megan, Graham and Jaycee; one sister, Gola Wayne Earnest of Tupelo; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Eunie Lewis; a great-grandson, Grayson Wiygul Kent; a brother-in-law, Lee Earnest; a sister, Nellie Fern Lewis; a stepbrother, Nick Jarrell; a nephew, Michael Dees; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ethel and Mannie Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Jon Tatum, Billy Trotter, Bill Howell, Chip Prestage, Macky Nichols, Jerry Summers, Doyle Johnson, Huey Johnson and Glenn Reeder. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Faith Keepers Sunday school class.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Fund of Bethel Baptist Church, 445 Bethel Church Road, Fulton MS 38843.
John H. Westcott
FULTON – John H. “Rocky” Westcott, 73, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
Dora Ruple
PONTOTOC – Dora Retha Ruple, 84, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at her home. She was born July 18, 1925, in Covington, Tenn., to Coral E. and Nancy Ann Wilson Pittman. She was the widow of Samuel Box, who died in 1977. She then married Bill Ruple; he later died. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God. She enjoyed cross-stitching, playing on the computer, eating out and NASCAR.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tim McMillan and Bro. Robert White officiating. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include five sons, Horace Box (Julia) of Manilla, Ark., Calvin Box (Paula) of Amory, Elmer Box (Pam) of Belmont, Donald Box (Patricia) of Amory and Gary Box (Brandy) of Columbus; four daughters, Doris Dean of Pontotoc, Patty Brush (Jimmy) of Tupelo, Joyce Itzen (Ronnie) of Wing, Ala., and Melba Cox of Fulton; 34 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, 20 great-great-grandchildren; and two nephews and three nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, four daughters, five sons, two granddaughters and one great-grandson.
Pallbearers will be Jody Box, Brandon Gray, Toby Gray, Michael Gray, Randall Hester and D.J. Hester. Honorary pallbearers will be Cory Box, Justin Fletcher, Trent Long and Tracy Gillespie.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Polly Klaesen
FULTON – Sarah Pauline “Polly” Klaesen, 65, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi medical Center after a short illness. She was born Jan. 26, 1944, in Rome, Ga., to Samuel Newton and Bessie Pauline Touchstone Youngblood. She traveled to various places with the amusement park industry in her early years. She later worked at Itawamba Manufactoruing Co. and cooked in various restaurants. She loved to cook and she enjoyed playing bingo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Phil Benton officiating. Burial will be in the Tilden Community Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Maria Klaesen of Valley, Ala.; one daughter-in-law, Lynn Klaesen of Fulton; one stepson, Rudy Junior Klaesen of Fort Pierce, Fla.; two brothers, J. Max Youngblood of Birmingham, Ala., and Samuel Newton Youngblood Jr. of Guin, Ala.; one sister, Patsy Ann Gann of Birmingham, Ala.; eight grandchildren, Matthew Klaesen, Mikayla Klaesen, Marty Klaesen, Bubba, Dalton, Hayden, Jackie and Sharron; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Randy Klaesen; a brother, Guy Youngblood; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Lorene W. Breland
MATHISTON – Lorene W. Breland, 90, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at her home in Mathiston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery in Choctaw County.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
Vessie Herring
GALLOWAY, Tenn. – Vessie Helen Herring, 80, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was born July 22, 1929, in Marks to Pinkey Harrison and Rena Allen Holley. She was a retired waitress.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Charles Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Old Glenfield Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Sherry Jones of Lakeland, Fla.; one son, Billy Harville of New Albany; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Percy Harville and Chester Harville.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Naomi Littrell
MEMPHIS – Naomi Brantley Littrell, 87, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was born May 8, 1922, in Wyatt to Carey Freeman and Christine Hunt. She was a Baptist and a legal secretary.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bellvue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. Graveside service and burial will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Edward Littrell of Memphis; three nieces, Carey Brisendine, Marie Strain (Lee) and Barbara Helton (Raymond); one nephew, Eddie Freeman (Jeanna); two stepsons, Vince Littrell and Krieg Littrell; a sister-in-law, Aileen Freeman; and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
Barbara Burnett
RIENZI – Barbara Burnett, 55, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Rienzi Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles R. Smith
CORINTH – Charles R. Smith, 76, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at his home. He was born March 7, 1933, to Robert and Corinna Smith. He retired as area manager for Mississippi.State Employment Security Commission from 1965 to 1995. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1950, and received a bachelor of science degree in 1959 and his M.Ed. in 1963. He was a teacher at Farmington High School in 1959-1960 and principal at Farmington Elementary School from 1961-1965. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. He enjoyed fishing and gardening, and he loved cars, boats, music, his family and “Kendrick Ridge.”
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers G.W. Childs and Ferrell Hester officiating. Burial will be in Fraley Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Bullard Smith of Corinth; sons, Gregory Smith and wife, Joyce, of Corinth, Timothy Smith and wife, Deborah, of St. Louis, Mo., and Jonathan Smith and wife, Sherri, of Tampa, Fla.; sister, Norita Page of Corinth; grandchildren, Caige Smith, Caleb Smith, Chance Smith, Jon Paul Smith, Taylor Smith and Tyler Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Houston McKinney
RED BAY, Ala. – Robert Houston McKinney, 72, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at his residence. He was born May 7, 1937, in Alabama to Thurman and Gates Davidson McKinney. He was a driver for Tiffin Motor Homes for 10 years.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Ebenezer Cemetery in Vina, Ala., with Bro. Nathan Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Pansy McKinney of Red Bay; four children, Kathy Page (Anthony), Dony McKinney (Maybrus), Gary McKinney (Holly) and Tim McKinney (Angie), all of Red Bay; one sister, Lula Abston of Vina, Ala.; one brother, Zollie McKinney of Detroit, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, Gregory Blanton, A.J. Blanton, Kanah Holland, Daniel McKinney, Misty McKinney, Grant McKinney, Jennifer McKinney, Morgan McKinney, Hannah McKinney and Lee Alan Page; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Ray Brown
RED BAY, Ala. – Ray Brown, 71, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.
Ruby K. Moore
CALHOUN CITY – Ruby K. Moore, 91, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. She was born Oct. 6, 1917, in Calhoun City. She was a former employee of Grenada Hosiery Mill, working as an inspector for 20 years. She also was a former employee of Ben Franklin. She was a member of New Gauley Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting, baking and giving back to the community.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Burial will be in New Gauley Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include one niece, Pat Parker of Bruce; two nephews, Marvis Goodson and Phillip Goodson, both of Calhoun City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Moore; her parents, Joseph Savannah Keenum and Annie Bell Bennings Keenum; and two sisters, Annie V. Murphree and Minnie O. Pearson.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Jay Noe
GATTMAN – Earlie “Jay” Junior Noe, 69, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent, Ala. Burial will be in Pine Springs Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Laverne McCary
OKOLONA – Alice Laverne Williams McCary, 81, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at Floy Dyer Care Center in Houston. She was born in Aberdeen on April 22, 1928, to the late Luther M. and Ruby Sanders Williams and lived most of her life in the Okolona area. She married J.B. McCary on Jan. 22, 1947, and he died May 30, 2007, after 60 years of marriage. She grew up in the Methodist faith and was a member of Faith Outreach Church at her death. She worked many years as a school bus driver for the Okolona Public Schools and in the cafeteria at Okolona Elementary School. A master saleslady, conversationalist and entrepreneur, she was a collector of novelties, an artist and enjoyed writing poetry. She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and a lover of dogs, especially Sissy, Sammy, Molly, Missy, Fruit Loop and Joey, her beloved dogs. She will be sorely missed by a grateful family and community.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today from the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with her pastor, Bro. Jimmy Bryan, officiating and Bro. Jonathan Childress assisting. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the Okolona Chapel.
Survivors include her four children, Mark McCary (Lisa) of Houston, Barbara Lanton (Alan) of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Donna Rose Holladay of Okolona and Ruby Danforth (Darryl) of Okolona; nine grandchildren who affectionately knew her as “Mamaw,” Kelly, Tim, Lucas, Jamie, Justin, Ronnie, Rachel, Dustin and Nicholas; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Sue Carlisle of Okolona and Valerie Reifers (Tommy) of Greenwood; two brothers, Luther M. “Son” Williams Jr. (Jenny) of Okolona and the Rev. Ron Williams (Betty) of Aberdeen; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Angela Williams; a brother-in-law, Buck Carlisle; a niece, Nan Christian; and a nephew, Chuck Carlisle.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Hindman, Darryl Danforth, Jamie Eubank, Justin Holladay, Alan Lanton and Nicholas McCary.
Memorials may be made to the Tupelo/Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 1185, Tupelo MS 38802.
Anita Dailey
CORINTH – Anita L. Dailey, 39, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at TV 53. Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Darnell Cox
ABERDEEN – Darnell Cox, 41, died at the Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Jon Bailey
SALTILLO – Glenda Jon Marcy Bailey 67, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a former employee of Bill Williams Sporting Goods and a member of Mayfield Church of Christ.
Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. today at Mayfield Church of Christ with Bro. Adam Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mayfield Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Danny Bailey of Saltillo; two sons, Neal Haygood (Cathy) of Saltillo and Vince Haygood (Robin) of Sherman; one daughter, Amy Beth Haygood Ware (Keith) of Winona; eight grandchildren, Zack, Lori, Leslie, Bo and Emerson Haygood, and Hagen, Katy Kendell and Hannah Hayes Ware; one stepson, Don Bailey (Anita) of South Pontotoc; one stepdaughter, Lisa Greene Walt (Billy) of Franklin, Tenn.; four stepgrandchildren, Daniel, Nathan and Anna Bailey of South Pontotoc, and Wyatt Greene Walt of Franklin, Tenn.; two brothers, James “J.E.” Marcy of Mooreville and Danny Marcy (Cathy) of Eggville; two sisters, Pat Herring and Dean Wood (Russell), both of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and grandparents; a grandson, Ben Vincent Haygood in 2000; and a brother-in-law, James “Pete” Herring.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m.till service time today at Mayfield Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Irene Foard
OKOLONA – Willie Irene Foard died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Callie E. Edwards
SHANNON – Callie E. Edwards, 97, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. She was a member of Johnson M.B. Church and the church’s Mother Board Ministry.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Chapel M.B. Church with Pastor Marvin McWhorter officiating. Burial will be in the Palmetto Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Johnny Edwards Jr. and wife, Estella, of Shannon; one brother, Wilbert “Sonny” Harper and wife, Dorothy, of Los Angeles, Calif; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
Arnie Davis
FULTON – Arnie V. Davis, 78, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

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