Obituaries August 27, 2013

Martha Anderson
TUPELO – Martha Boyd Brady Anderson peacefully moved to heaven on Aug. 26, 2013. She was surrounded by family and friends during the two weeks of her illness. She was born July 10, 1931, to Tom and Mamie Sue Brady in Memphis. She was the beloved wife of Andy Anderson. They were married 63 years and were completely devoted to each other. She was a faithful member of Harrisburg Baptist Church. She raised a family of seven children and lived in Memphis, Grenada and her last 36 years were spent in Tupelo. She was truly the matriarch of the Anderson family. She had a card ministry that touched the lives of hundreds of people. She also was known for placing gospel tracts everywhere she went. She was fun loving and people oriented. Her life was selfless and she devoted all of her time and energy to the care of her husband and children.

She was married to the love of her life Gerald Lamar (Andy) Anderson. Her children were Susan McMahan of Tupelo, Deborah Ransom (Richard) of Tupelo, Rev. Ken Anderson (Candy) of Clinton, Becky Coe of West Point, Bonnie Herrington (Chuck) of Tupelo, Toby Anderson (Jeannine) of Brandon and Stacy Willingham (Matt) of Saltillo. She had 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Harrisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating.Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Chad McMahan, Jeremy McMahan, Joe Geiger, Brennan Anderson, Tyler Anderson, Charlie Herrington, Nick Coe, Brady Anderson, McCarty Anderson, Kori Creel and Matt Ellis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Day School at Harrisburg Baptist Church.

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

Sgt. Justin D. Johnson
TUPELO – Sgt. Justin Daniel Johnson, 27, died suddenly Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at his residence in Starkville. Justin was born July 27, 1986, in Baton Rouge, La., to Danny Johnson and Karen Keith Lampton. He was a 2004 graduate of Tupelo High School. He continued his education at Mississippi State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology in 2011. While at MSU, he was a member Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and participated in intramural and fraternity sports. At MSU, he won the prestigious Sonny Montgomery Award.

He was inspired by his grandfather and father’s military service and joined the Mississippi National Guard. He served his country in the Mississippi National Guard with two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, both as part of the 288th Sapper Company out of Houston. His medals were numerous including the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign medals, the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal (twice), the Combat Action Medal (twice), the Army Commendation medal (twice) among others. He was cited several times by his military superiors for his bravery in combat. After his two deployments, Sgt. Johnson transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves.

In addition to his military service, Justin enjoyed fishing, all sports especially all things Mississippi State for he rarely missed football games in the fall, water sports, listening to music and spending time with his family and friends. He had recently returned to Mississippi State for further study toward his goal of obtaining a BSRN in nursing. A grateful community, state and nation salutes Sgt. Johnson for his courage and bravery in combat, in service to his community, state and nation.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. Battle buddies from the 288th will reflect on his life. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park with full military honors.

Survivors include his father, LTC Dan K. Johnson, U.S. Army Reserves, retired, and his special friend, Hilda Roberts, both of Tupelo; his mother, Karen Marie Keith Lampton and her husband, Rick, of Abita Springs, La.; brother, Douglas Lampton, OCS, Quantico, Va.; sisters, Maggie Kimble and Bonnie Phillips; grandfather, Sonny Keith; grandmother, Mary Kay Keith; aunts, Kathy Chavez, Kay Cole and Cheryl Johnson Bowie (Shelton); cousins, Andrew Bowie (Cathleen), and Brian Bowie. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Judson Johnson and Lottie King Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Mississippi National Guard Soldiers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the 288th Sapper Company, Houston and any military personnel.
Memorials may be sent to The Wounded Warriors Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) or to the Tupelo Veterans Park, Tupelo, MS.

Online condolences may be made to the family at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.

Sidney Joanne Stephenson
ACKERMAN – Sidney Joanne Stephenson., 76, a housewife, passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Mrs. Stephenson was born Nov. 27, 1936, in Choctaw County. She was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church near Weir.

Funeral services for Mrs. Stephenson will be held today, Aug. 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church near Weir. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service today at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman is in charge of all arrangements.

Mrs. Stephenson was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Stephenson; an infant son, Sidney Stephenson; and her parents, Walter Sidney and Earline Quarles Black.

She is survived by her son, Joey Stephenson and wife, Lisa, of Ackerman; a daughter, Angel Harbin and husband, Terry, of Tupelo; a sister, Dot Wear of Ackerman; an aunt, Jean Hutchinson of Weir; and four grandchildren, Sidney Harbin, Peyton Harbin, Taylor Stephenson, and Christin Peterson.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Avon Lea and the Sanctuary Hospice House of Tupelo for the care provided to Mrs. Stephenson during the final days of her life. They request all memorials be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House 5191 West Main Street Tupelo, MS 38803, in memory of Mrs. Stephenson.

To sign the guest registry, visit www.colemanfuneral.com.

Vasco Keith
CORINTH – Vasco “Preacher” Keith, 74, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born Feb. 5, 1939. He attended Scale Street School. He was a retired employee of Kimberly Clark and a member of East Fifth Street M.B. Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Pleasant Grove Church at Dennistown. The Rev. Richard Wade will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia Mae Owens-Keith; children, Rev. Anitha F. Keith, Ivory B. Keith, Phyllis Keith-Young; his grandchildren, Vasco B. Keith, Jesica Keith, Anica M. Young, T’Kyra N. Young, Artez Williams, Briana Weedles, Isaiah Keith; two grandchildren whom he adopted, Lorna S. Keith and Cortez T. Keith; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Roscoe Keith; his parents, Charlie and Mary Lou Keith; and siblings, Lem McKinnie, Charlie Keith Jr., James Keith, Robert Keith, Clemmon Keith, Mae Elizabeth Gates, Annie Lukie Greer, Lazy Neil Keith, Clara Floyd and Linda Davis.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Diane Stevens
BATESVILLE – Diane Simmons Stevens, 55, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at her home in Batesville.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in McIvor Cemetery in Batesville.

Visitation will be from 9 until 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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

Catherine Price
RED BANKS – Catherine Marye Price, 39, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today, Aug. 27, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Ed Carnathan
AMORY – George Edwin “Big Ed” Carnathan, 69, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2013, at his residence. Born Nov. 2, 1943, in Sulligent, he was a son of the late Johnnie W. and Neva Mangum Carnathan. He married Lynne Pope in 1982. He attended Hatley High School, was of the Baptist faith, served in the Mississippi National Guard, and retired in 1994 from Vista Chemicals as a master electrician with 25 years of service. A big man with a lot of love, he enjoyed being with his family and was a great friend to many people. A man of many talents and a big heart, he was often found helping or giving advice to his friends. He enjoyed yard work and his dogs, Tator Bug and Sissy.

He is survived by his wife, Lynne Pope Carnathan of Amory; children, Keith Edwin Carnathan of Guy, Tenn., Cassie Pace Hester (Danny) of Nettleton and Benjie Barrett of Hatley; sister, Velma Williams (Carl) of Smithville; grandchildren, Olivia Dawn Carnathan of Guy, Tenn., Bo Barrett (Tammy) of Wren, Ben Barrett of Jackson, Mari Caitlyne Minga (Mitch) of Splunge; great-grandchildren, Luke, Colin and Dakota Barrett; special friends, Steve Turner and Carroll Moffett; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters, Joan Mills and Thelma Foster; and one brother, Jerry Carnathan.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Haughton Memorial Park with Bro. Jim Manley officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery at 12:45 p.m.

Donations may be given to the Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Highway 6, Amory, MS 38821; or to a charity of choice.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Anita Stacy
AMORY – Anita Kirby Stacy, 69, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born April 17, 1944, in Memphis, she was a daughter of the late Helen Gordon. She married Larry R. Stacy on April 28, 1978. She grew up in and attended school in West Memphis, Ark. She was of the nondenominational Christian faith and believed in speaking her mind. She and her husband were long haul truck drivers before retirement. She valued family and friends, honesty, respect and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, hunting, fishing, flower gardening, taking care of her animals and crocheting.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Stacy of Amory; sons, Auda Wilson (Rhonda) of Hatley, Andrew Wilson (Debbie) of Amory, Mitchell Stacy (Elizabeth) of Ash, N.C., Terry Harold Stacy (Angie) of Old Dock, N.C.; sisters, Lola Jean Steele of Smithville and Milla Gay Walker of Mt. Home, Ark.; brothers, Milton Morris of Tampa, Fla., and Elton Kirby of Mt. Home, Ark.; grandchildren, Emily Payne, Blake, Kelsey and Collin Wilson, Amanda Braddock, Sarah Hatcher, T.C. Stacy, Michelle Shumway, Jennifer Sasser and Jeffrey Stacy; 18 great-grandchildren; special friends, Trudy “Maw Maw” Stacy, Linda and Brenda Steinke and family; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a son, Tony Wilson; a sister, Joyce Gordon; a daughter-in-law, Pam Stacy; a father-in-law, Randle Stacy; and a niece, Lisa Kirby.

A celebration of life service will be at 11a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Kevin Crook and Bro. Randy Stacy officiating. Burial will follow in Siloam Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eric Coker, Chris Jones, Mark Osborne, Brian McCollum, Casey McCollum, Thomas Riley, Jason Stacy and A.J. Griffin. Her grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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

Donations may be given to the Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Highway 6, Amory, MS 38821.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Bobby Street
BYHALIA – Bobby Street, 50, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Byhalia.

Services will be at noon Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Union Valley M.B. Church of Byhalia. 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 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Wednesday.

Sarah Bial
OXFORD – Sarah Elizabeth Bial, 17, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident in Panola County. She was a student at Oxford High School and a member of the National Honor Society. She had a heart serving others, and she had a soft heart for animals. She enjoyed traveling, writing, rock climbing and hanging out with her brother and sister.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Taylor Moore and the Rev. Marian Fortner officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge.

Survivors include her father, Joseph Bial of Arlington, Va.; her mother, Leigh Solomon of Oxford; her sister, Lauren Bial; her brother, John Bial; her grandparents, Jeff and Sharon Solomon, Joseph Bial Jr., Gayle Nemeth, William F.

McCartney and Gail McCartney; her aunt and uncle, Amy and William Whitehead and their children, Will, Jack and Audrey; and her aunt, Holli Laone and her daughter, Anna.

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Memory Makers of Oxford Inc., Bill Arnold, 2318 West Wellsgate Drive, Oxford, MS 38655; or Oxford-Lafayette County Humane Society, 413 McElroy Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.

Leave online condolences at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Marlin Posey
BOONEVILLE – Marlin Ray Posey, 70, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at his home. He was born May 11, 1943, to Lula Pearl and Durman D. Posey. He was a member of Wheeler United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Ricky Bishop and Bro. Jimmy Glover officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery.

Survivors are his wife, Laura Mae Posey; two daughters, Theresa (Donnie) Walthers and Amanda Ann Posey, both of Booneville; one son, Marlin Edward (Patricia) Posey of Booneville; one sister, Dorthy (Homer) Stevens of Booneville; five brothers, Luther (Eve) Posey of Hamilton, Ala., Tommy (Brenda) Posey of Booneville, James Edward (Deborah) Posey of Saltillo, Johnny (Jean) Posey of Friendship and Elvis Dewayne (Joyce) Posey of Booneville; two grandchildren, Jennifer

Walthers and Juanita Dawn Thompson; four stepgrandchildren, Elisha McNeese, Johnnie (Chelsey) Walthers, Benny Walthers and Joshua Leon; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Laura Posey, Nadine Pace and Mary Smith.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home and until service time on Wednesday.

Condolences can be made at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Naomi Barnes
MOOREVILLE – Naomi Barnes, 79, passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Expressions of sympathy and condolences may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Ruby Mullins
VINA, Ala. – Ruby Mullins, 89, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Vina, Ala.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay.

Burial will be in Old Burleson Cemetery in Vina. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Leon Spicer
HOULKA – Leon Spicer, 77, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Care in Tupelo. Arrangements are incompmlete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Robert Birks
SHANNON – Robert Birks, 60, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

Zechari McKinsey
BOONEVILLE – Zechari Leona McKinsey, newborn daughter of Paul and Sonya McKinsey, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at The Med in Memphis.

Graveside services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Fairview Church of God Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pamela Campbell
ASHLAND – Pamela Gail Campbell, 52, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at her home. She was born Oct. 1, 1960, in Ripley. She was a member of Bluff Springs Baptist Church and a Justice Court clerk.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Aug. 27, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Bro. Gerald Hodges and Bro. Frank Feathers will officiate. Burial will be in the Ashland Church of Christ Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Reuben Campbell of Ashland; her mother, Kay Roberson of Ashland; her father, Floyd Roberson Jr.; one son, Stephen Campbell (Candice) of Lewisburg; three daughters, Brandy Kay Griffin (John) of Falkner, Mandy Gail Owen (Michael) of Falkner and Amy Potts (Donnie) of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren, Madison Griffin, Zack Campbell, Drayton Potts, Addison Potts, Hunter Griffin and Kason Owen.

Pallbearers will be John Griffin, Jackie Creasie, Stephen Campbell, Michael Owen, Chris Campbell and Arnie McMullen.

Honorary pallbearers will be Judge Brody Childers, Judge Gary McBride, Richard Griffin and Terry Campbell.

Sammie Clark
BLUE SPRINGS – Sammie Evelyn Clark, 70, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Henderson County Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to leave condolences.

Joe Edd Murrah
HAMILTON – Joe Edd Murrah, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at his residence in Hamilton. He was born Nov. 29, 1937, to Edwin Murrah and Elsie Dobbs Murrah. He retired from the United States Air Force.

Graveside services with military rites will be at 4 p.m. today, Aug. 27, at Fig Hill Cemetery with his grandson, Brian Adams, officiating. A memorial service will follow immediately after the graveside service at Hamilton Independent Senior Living Community Building. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Jodee Adams and Melinda M. Lyles; five sons, Keith Murrah, F. Joe Murrah, Jesse Van Gunda, Michael Van Gunda and Mark Murrah; one sister, Susie Perkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Lydianne Murrah.

An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Margaret Bullard
IUKA – Margaret S. Bullard, 73, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at her residence.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka.

Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Visitation is scheduled for 5 until 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association by calling (212) 315-8700, or at www.lungusa.org.

Leave condolences at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.