Obituaries August 25, 2011

Margaret Loden
FULTON – Margaret Gurley Loden, 73, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at The Meadows in Fulton after a brief illness. She was born on July 27, 1938, to E.C. “Zeak” and Ferbie Wood Gurley in Itawamba County. She attended Friendship Grammar School and graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School. She was employed at Senter Drug Store and Charm Step Shoes, and she was co-owner of Loden Butane Gas Co. Inc., where she was employed for 25 years, retiring in August 2000. She was an active member of Big Oak Baptist Church south of Peppertown, serving in various positions for more than 60 years. She enjoyed caring for the needs of others; one could say that she was born to serve others. Her family was her life, being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her husband of 50 years, Robert, was the love of her heart. Most of the time if you saw one you would see the other.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Doug Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Loden of Fulton; one daughter, Janice Sullivan (Wayne) of the Richmond community; one son, Dr. Julian D. Loden (Elizabeth) of Belden; one grandson, Eric Grissom (Brooke) of the Dorsey Community; three great-grandsons, Gavin, Noah and Zeke; two sisters, Mary Friday (Willie) of Ecru and Martha Graham of Tupelo; three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Wingate of Blue Springs, Fleda Payne of Fulton and Brenda Gambrell (Lindy) of Tupelo; one brother-in-law, Travis Bennett of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Nell Bennett and Peggy Whitten; granddaughter, Dana Grissom Cockrell.
Pallbearers will be Charles Lesley, Gerald Bennett, Ray Fowler, Chad Whitten, Scotty Hughes, Lindy Gambrell, Ronnie Johnson, Jeff Wilburn, Aaron Loden and Harry Anthony.
Honorary pallbearers will be former employees of Loden Butane Gas Co. in Dorsey and current employees of L&L Propane Gas Co. in Red Bay, Ala.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to the Dana Grissom Cockrell Scholarship Fund, c/o Itawamba Community College, 601 W. Hill St., Fulton, MS 38843.
Online condolences may be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

John Cameron
NEW ALBANY – John Albert Cameron, 66, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Janie Crane
MEMPHIS – Janie Gay Crane, 89, died Aug. 22, 2011. She was a member of Ellendale Baptist Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the past Worthy Grand Matron for the State of Tennessee, past Worthy Matron, O.K. Houck 229 O.E.S. and a member of Bartlett O.K. Houck 216.
She is survived by her sons, John Gay (Susan) of Tallahassee, Fla., James Gay (Fran) of Falkner; stepson, Ed Hettinger (Jan) of Bardwell, Texas; stepdaughter, Sharon Crane of Byhalia; sisters, Walne Speck of Memphis, Mary Louise Ludlow of La Porte, Ind.; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John T. Gay Jr. after 47 years of marriage and her second husband, John H. Crane after five years of marriage; brother, William (Bill) Smith and her sister, Nina S. Murry.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens on Germantown Road. Burial will follow in Forest Hill East Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers memorials to American Cancer Society through the Eastern Star. Make checks payable to Grand Chapter of Tennessee. Mail checks to: Jean Vincent, 1007 Hyndsver Road, Martin, TN 38237.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.memphisfuneralhome.net.

Frances Walker
MEMPHIS – Frances Boggan Walker, 50, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at The Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. A Tupelo native, she was born March 4, 1961, to Roy Boggan Jr. and Ruby Nell Filgo Boggan. A 1979 graduate of Tupelo High School, she then went on to Mississippi State University where she graduated in 1983 with a degree in interior design. She then moved to Memphis, where she worked as an administrative assistant for Davidson Hotel Company for 24 years. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis and grew up attending St. Luke United Methodist Church in Tupelo.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke United Methodist Church with Dr. Rick Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Kate Walker of Memphis; her parents, Ruby Nell Filgo Boggan and Roy Boggan Jr. of Tupelo; her sister, Kathryn Cayson (Mike) of Tupelo; two nieces, Emily Cayson of Tupelo and Marshall McGahey of Memphis; her mother-in-law, Susan Russell of Memphis; her sister-in-law, Evelyn McGahey (Jem) of Memphis; her aunt, Carolyn Boggan of Tupelo; her uncle, Roy B. Filgo of Okolona; several cousins.
Pallbearers will be Mike Cayson, John Boggan, Steve Boggan, Scott Martin, Jem McGahey and Dr. Jeffery Boyd.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the W.E. Pegues Funeral Home, Jefferson Street Chapel, 535 W. Jafferson St., Tupelo.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Agnes Belue
MARGERUM, Ala. – Agnes Ferrell Belue, formerly of Tishomingo County, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011.
A memorial service will be at noon today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will follow in Morris Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; by phone at (901) 578-2805; or online at www.stjude.org/donate.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Tommy Houston
HOUSTON – Thomas Robert “Tommy” Houston, 52, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born March 23, 1959, in Chickasaw County to Dan Houston and Betty Jean Eaton Durham.
Services were Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jimmie Nell Russell Houston of Houston; his two sons, Chris Laster (Jessica) of Van Vleet and Chuck Laster (Chelcy Pruett) of Houston; his mother, Betty Jean Eaton Durham; his daughter-in-law, Misty Laster; four grandchildren, Jaxson, Brianna, Cole and Casey Laster; two sisters, Tammy Price (Bebo) of Okolona and Amanda Scarbrough (James David) of Houston; eight nieces and nephews; 18 great-nieces and great-nephews; one great-great-nephew; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Billy and Nell Turner.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dan Houston; two brothers, Mike and Danny Houston; one nephew, Chad Houston; and his stepfather, Robert “Bob” Durham.
Honorary pallbearers were Wade Clifford, Dr. Edward Gore and Carl Laster.
Pallbearers were Buddy Eaton, Duck Gann, Rooster Gann, Dalton Gann and Bobby Fuller.
For online condolences visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Becky Jourdan
TISHOMINGO – Becky Jane Jourdan, 81, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at her residence. She was a member of South Crossroads Baptist Church. She retired from Blue Bell after over 35 years of employment, and later retired from Vanity Fair and H.I.S. She enjoyed painting and gardening, working in her yard and cooking.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka, officiated by Bro. Mike Neighbors and Bro. Randle Jourdan. Interment will follow in New Lebanon Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Hubert Jourdan of Tishomingo; one son, Bob Jourdan of Tishomingo; one brother, Rudoph Bonds of Tishomingo; one grandchild, Regina Brockett-Enos of Tishomingo; and five great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Rachael, Nicholas, Ashley and Jessica Brockett, all of Tishomingo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Van and Ed Bonds; three brothers, Wilford, Earl and Russell Bonds; and one sister, Billie Louise Moss.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the New Lebanon Cemetery Fund.
An online guest book may be accessed by visiting www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Georgia A. Carter
ABERDEEN – Georgia A. Carter, 79, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at the Aberdeen Care Center. She was born Oct. 15, 1931, to Tommie Lee Buchanan and Rosie Lee Buchanan. She was a homemaker and a cook. She was a member of Baptist Grove Church and the church choir.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Baptist Grove Church with the Rev. Joseph Lampkin officiating. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Willie “Joe” Carter of Aberdeen; one daughter, Wanda Carter of Aberdeen; three stepsons, Willie E. Carter, Charlie Carter and Henry Carter (Lulu), all of Brockton, Mass.; two sisters, Nellie Gettis (William) of Okolona and Christine Darden (Bobby) of Gulfport; a special sister-in-law, Daisy Buchanan of Okolona; five brothers-in-law; three grandchildren, Willie Carter, Jaboris Carter Sr. and Ronnie Snow.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Patricia Pounds
PLANTERSVILLE – Patricia Ann Kilgo Pounds died on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Amory. The 12th child of Major and Cathrine McIntosh Kilgo, she was born May 11, 1959, in Lee County. She was a former teacher with the Fulton Head Start. She attended New Chapel United Methodist Church in Plantersville, where she was a member of the choir. She enjoyed spending time with the children that she taught. She loved writing, going to church and singing in the choir, and fishing.
Life celebration service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel at Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary with Pastor Willie Thornton officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Church Cemetery in Verona. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survived by her husband of 27 years, Edward Pounds of Plantersville; three children, Edward Pounds Jr. of Plantersville, William N. Pounds of Plantersville, Krisha Renee Pounds of Booneville; two brothers, Charles (Carnel) Kilgo of Tupelo and Majore (Bearnice) Kilgo of Chicago; two sisters, Mable Rine of Chicago and Jewell Spencer of Tupelo; one aunt, Mary T. Burks of Shannon; seven sisters-in-law, Daisy Blair of Plantersville, Joyce Hughes of Fulton, JoAnn Pounds of Tupelo, Myra (Johnny) Mabry of Fulton, Eunice (Robert) Pound of Fulton, Linda K (Jessie) Shumpert of Fulton, Barbara Jean Shumpert of Nettleton; several nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends from 3 until 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel.
Online condolences can be made to the Pounds family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Troy Hilton
STAR – Troy S. Hilton, 86, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. He was born in Star on Feb. 19, 1925. He graduated from high school in a class of three students. After graduation, he joined the Navy and served in World War II. After the war, he moved to Clarksdale, where he met his wife, Ann. They were married for 56 years. He lived in various places including Phoenix, Ariz., and Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wesleyanna Methodist Church in Star. Burial will follow in Wesleyanna Cemetery. Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home of Ridgeland is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his daughter, Daphne Weirich (Mike) of Salem, Ore.; hia sons, Stephen Hilton (Sylvia) of Foley, Ala., Kevin Hilton (Maria) of Bridgewater, N.J., Patrick Hilton (Delia) of Brandon and Greg Hilton (Cindy) of Vicksburg; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284 (800-242-8721 www.heart.org).
An online register book may be signed by visiting www.wrightfergusonridgeland.com.

Angela Terrell
WEST POINT – Angela Louise Terrell, 41, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Calvert’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

R.T. McIntosh
WREN – R.T. McIntosh died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Basil L. Fain
FULTON – Basil Lee Fain, 92, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Born Oct. 18, 1918, in the Blue Springs community, he was the son of Lemuel Paul and Artie Rebecca Bedwell Fain. He was a graduate of Tupelo High School and attended Louisiana State University on a football scholarship and earned his degree from Memphis State University. He also attended Auburn University, the University of Tennessee and the Florida Southern College of Lakeland, Fla. A U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, he served as an instrument flight instructor and was awarded many service ribbons and medals. He was a member of the American Legion Post 49. He had a long working career, teaching science almost 20 years in the Lakeland, Fla., Schools and was elected president of the Pope County Teachers Association for two consecutive terms. His last position was teaching with the Division of the Blind at Tupelo Rehabilitation Center, retiring at age 67. He was also a member of the Lions Club and a longtime member of First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Gayle Alexander and the Rev. Chad Grayson officiating. Burial will be in New Home Cemetery in Itawamba County.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda S. “Suzy” Fain of Fulton; three daughters, Shelli Marie Pafford (Bill) and Linda Kaye Robinson (Greg), all of Lakeland, Fla., and Lacie Lee Fain of Fulton; his sister, Dena Mae Kull of Silver Springs, Md.; five grandchildren, Bethany Marie (Doug) of Winterhaven, Fla., Robby Fain of Lakeland, Fla., Scott Michael Pafford of Tallahassee, Fla., Bradley Kyle Pafford of Lakeland, Fla., and Brittany Marie Pafford of Boca Raton, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Kitty Holladay.
Pallbearers will be Frankie Wallace, Freddy Wallace, Scott Pafford, Bradley Pafford, Don Long and Robert Long.
Honorary pallbearers will be Phillip Long, Will Hollday, Dane Kull, Tony Wallace, Robby Fain Robinson, David Kull, Larry Smith, Timothy Holladay, Patrick Wallace, Van Allan Wallace and David Puckett Jr.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Ruthie G. Spraberry
CALHOUN CITY – Ruthie G. Spraberry, 87, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at her son’s home in Pell City, Ala. She was born July 9, 1924, in Pittsboro. She was a homemaker and a member of the Calhoun City First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City with the Rev. Wayne Gullett officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City.
Survivors include two sons, Donald E. Spraberry (Mollie) of Pell City, Ala., and Ricky Spraberry of Calhoun City; one brother, Carlton Cleveland of Pittsboro; one granddaughter, Lauren Crain (Chesley) and one grandson, Brian Spraberry (Amy); two great-grandchildren, Hunter Spraberry and Liam Spraberry.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles (Gene) Spraberry; and her parents, Oscar Cleveland and Effie Knight Cleveland.
Pallbearers will be Brian Spraberry, Chesley Crain, David Robinson, Robert Spraberry and Joey Lee.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 94, Calhoun City, MS 38916.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Evelyn Andrews
WEST POINT – Evelyn J. Andrews, 89, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
Joseph Kennedy
HOULKA – Joseph Wayne Kennedy, 61, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at his home after a long illness. He was born Sept. 25, 1949. He was a retired truck driver. He enjoyed fishing, camping, four-wheeler riding, truck driving and helping others. He loved his family the most.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Jimmy Stewart and Bro. Lynn Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Casey Creek Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Kennedy of Houlka; two daughters, Melissa Hicks (Thomas) and Penny Washington, both of Houlka; one son, Tony Priest (Patricia) of Ecru; two sisters, Betty Donahue of Tupelo and Hazel Grammer of Shannon; four grandchildren, William Priest, Sammy “Lil Big Man” Washington, and Tiffany and Martha Edington; sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha Jane Kennedy, Elaine and Jim Sanders, Virtie May and Gary Alford, and Mike and Judy Priest.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Dexter and Verdie Laveeny Kennedy; two brothers; Freddy and Stanley Kennedy; three sisters, Haseline Mills, Alma Henry and Earline Kennedy; and one son, Joseph Wayne Kennedy Jr.
Pallbearers will be Tony and William Priest, Ricky and Pete Smith, Steve Duke and Leslie Cloinger.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie, Terry, Alvin and Charlie Duke.

Donald Harrison
OXFORD – Donald Harrison, 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Willie Woods
POCAHONTAS, Tenn. – Willie Roosevelt Woods, 31, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at Bolivar General Hospital in Bolivar, Tenn., as the result of an automobile accident.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Souls Harbor Church in Walnut. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Friday until service time Saturday at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

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