Obituaries August 28, 2009

Ralph Sanford
MANTEE – Ralph Lee Sanford, 83, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at the VA Resident Home in Kosciusko. He was born Aug. 27, 1926, in Webster County to William L. Sanford and Johnnie Estelle Pate Sanford. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was a retired salesman for Union Camp and a member of Mantee Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Mantee Baptist Church with Bro. Bo Farrior officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mantee. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy S. Forrester of Mantee; two sons, Ralph David Sanford and William “Billy” F. Sanford of Mantee; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Stout Sanford; two brothers and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Heath Sanford, Lance Sanford, Bill Gilliland, John Carter, Johnny Burton and Jake Huffman. Honorary pallbearers will be Conner Burton and Carson Gilliland.
Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Collier
BEEVILLE, Texas – Margaret Anne Johnson Collier, 59, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, at Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. Margaret was born Oct. 17, 1949, in Tupelo. She was the fourth of seven children. Margaret was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and Christian who faithfully served in all the churches of which her husband was pastor. Margaret was a retired employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and was employed by Windham Independent School District as a teacher.
Margaret had two great passions, learning and loving her grandsons. She returned to school later in life and achieved her dream of earning her college degree and teacher certification. She graduated with honors in 2007 from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. At the time of her homegoing, she was six hours from her Master’s degree. She was also the proud grandmother of four grandsons. The joy of her life was spending time with “her boys.” She was eagerly awaiting the birth of two more grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with her husband, Rev. Warner Collier Jr., officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery south of Plantersville.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 41 years, Warner Collier; five children, Warner (John) Collier III and wife, Catherine, of Tyler, Texas; Jason Collier and wife, Angela, of Alvin, Texas; Melissa Seal and husband, Eddie, of Corpus Christi, Texas; Elizabeth Collier of Beeville, Texas; and Matthew Collier of Beeville, Texas; and four grandsons, Warner Collier IV, Jacob Collier and Aaron Collier of Tyler, Texas, and Luke Seal of Corpus Christi, Texas. She is also survived by three brothers and two sisters, Bert Johnson, Jr., John Johnson, James Johnson, Sharon Ellis and Brenda Collier, all of Lee County, Mississippi.
In addition to her parents, Bert and Mable Gandy Johnson, Margaret was preceded in death by one brother, Frank Johnson. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Hicks, Michael Johnson, Gregory Johnson, Justin Johnson, Paul Bailey, David Bailey, Brian Keith and Anthony Baggett
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Correne Bishop
BALDWYN – Correne Bishop, 85, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at home after an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Horace Omer Bishop. Correne was born on Jan. 31, 1924, in the Pratt community of Lee County to the late James Harrison and Ollie Lemons Griffin. A member of the Pratt Christian Church since 1951, Correne served in many capacities as a Sunday School teacher, coordinator of children and church social events and was active in the North Mississippi Ladies Fellowship. For many years she participated in the Lee County Home Demonstration Club. A skilled and enthusiastic homemaker, Correne loved cooking, crocheting, quilting, walking, and vegetable and flower gardening. She and her family were well travelled across Europe and the Americas. But most of all she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with a wonderful and caring sense of humor. Even as recently as a week ago, Correne teased her grandson about wanting to ride with him on his Harley.
Services will be held at Pratt Christian Church on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. with Bro. Joe Carraway officiating. Burial will be in the Pratt Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements
Survivors include two daughters, Dr. Sandra Sexson of Atlanta, Ga., and Lynn Bishop of Jackson; two grandchildren, Dr. Kristen Sexson Tejtel of Seattle, Wash., and Ryan Sexson of Atlanta, Ga.; a son-in-law, Dr. William Sexson; a grandson-in-law, Daniel Tejtel; two great-granddaughters, Hannah and Madeleine Tejtel; and two siblings, Paul Griffin and Luna Bailey of Baldwyn. Correne was preceded in death by two brothers, Herschel and Cecil Griffin, and three sisters, Hazel Nelson, Mollie Prentice and Ruby Griffin.
Memorials may be made to the Pratt Christian Church Building Fund.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. The body will lie in state an hour before the funeral service at the church.

Eademon Shumpert
PLANTERSVILLE – Eademon Shumpert died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Velera Rodgers
FULTON – Velera Mae Rodgers, 90, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born April 23, 1919, in Alabama to William Presley and Mellie Beatrice Early Morris. She was a homemaker and had worked for Blue Bell Manufacturing for many years. She was a member of the Southern Hills Church of Christ. A wonderful mother who lived for her children, she enjoyed quilting, yard work, flowers and cooking.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Minister Clyde Mize and Charles Riley officiating. Burial will be in the Saucer Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Bobby Gene Rodgers (Lanell) of Fulton and Stanley Dale Rodgers (Joyce) of Unity; two daugthers, Ruth G. “Gerri” McMellon and Della Faye Justice (Ray), both of Fulton; one son-in-law, Dwight Rikard of Fulton; one daughter-in-law, Johnnie Bea Rodgers of Marietta; one brother, Bloyce Morris of Fulton; two sisters, Betty Taylor and Plumer Francis Timms, both of Fulton; 11 grandchildren, Todd Rodgers, Donna Mason, Randy Rodgers, Tammy Bowen, Angie Thomas, Aprylle Guin, Shane Rodgers, Pamela Walters, Kimberly Comer, Philip McMellon and Heather Freeland; and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, G.C. Rodgers; two sons, Gordon Royce “Dub” Rodgers and MacUtah Rodgers; one daughter, Phyllis Ann Rikard; two sisters, Dean O’Rear and Faye Hutchinson; one brother, Eddie Morris; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Shane Rodgers, Randy Rodgers, Philip McMellon, Todd Rodgers, Nathan Rodgers, Justin, Thomas, Bradley Thomas and Chance Rodgers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Shane Rodgers, Dalton McMellon, Landon McMellon, Wesley Rodgers, Dillion Arriola, Dakota Arriola, Alec Comer, Reed Comer, Josh Tiner, Blake Thomas and Clayton Mason.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Edgar Phillips Jr.
TUPELO – Edgar Phillips Jr., 59, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Oxford to the late Edgar Phillips Sr. and Evline Phillips. He was a member of Mt Pleasant Chesterville M.B. Church and an employee of Oliphant Painting Company. He was a jovial person who loved cooking, gardening and talking.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt Pleasant Chesterville M.B. Church. Rev. Henry Vaughn will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Betts-Phillips of Tupelo; one son, Marlon (Jennifer) Phillips of Buckeye, Ariz.; one stepdaughter, LaQuanta Bette of Tupelo; one stepson, Cameron Beckley of Tupelo; three sisters, Fronnie Market of Taylor, Mary Wortham and Peggy Brown both of Oxford; three brothers, Jimmy (Katherine) Phillips of Indianapolis, Ind., Percy (Bonnie) Phillips and Leodis Phillips of Oxford; and his father-in-law, Clarence Edwards of Tupelo.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the Roberson Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford and from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Roberson Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc.

Hazel Crane
BELMONT – Hazel Pounders Crane, 77, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at her residence. She was born Dec. 14, 1931, to Barney and Mae Mauldin Pounders. She was retired from Blue Bell after 35 years. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church and a very loving mother, grandmother and person in general.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Belmont with Bro. William McClellan officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are three children, Linda Poores (Jessie), Bruce “Bud” Crane (Janet) and Tommy Crane (Marilyn), all of Belmont; two sisters, Jewell Savage and Ella Hellums, both of Golden; five grandchildren, Phyllis, Jeff, Nikki, Kim and Devon; three stepgrandchildren, Samantha, Jess and Lynlea; five great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Kyle, Tori, Mary and Olivia; five stepgreat-grandchildren, Ashley, Tabatha, Briana, Shea and Addy; and six stepgreat-great-grandchildren, Kain, Austin, Harleigh, Kyleigh, Maddison and Trevor.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Crane; her parents; her father- and mother-in-law, Lonnie and Alma Crane; a granddaughter; and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Ricky O’Rear, Matthew Hill, Jessie Poores, John Michael Tacker, Nicky Newell and Lee Johnson.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at New Bethel Baptist Church until service time on Saturday.

Stephen Molohon
BALDWYN – Stephen Molohon, 52, formerly of Louisville, Ky., died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was retired. He attended Parkview Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Pratt Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 7 1/2 years, Susan W. Molohon of Baldwyn; one daughter, Lauren Molohon of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters, Debbie Priddy and Margaret Edwards, both of Louisville, Ky.; two nieces and two nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
Arnie V. Davis
FULTON – Arnie V. Davis died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at his home. He was born Oct. 5, 1930, to the late Steve and Laura Davis in Itawamba County. He was a member of the Pine Grove M.B. Church. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1959 in the Korean War. He was SFC.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pine Grove M.B. Church in Fulton. Pastor Greg Pegues will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Davis; three sons, Donald Davis, William Sanders and Vernon Sanders; two daughters, Sharla Daniel and Aneesha Davis, all of Detroit, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Billy, Shiyara, Keke, Lashina, Bailey, Eric and Malique; two sisters, Magell Davis and Ella Mae Gillespie; three special nieces, Andoria Smith, Jasymne and Shelbi; his caregivers, Gwen Davis and Butch Davis, and Brianne Rogers; two special cousins, Trish and Robert Blackmon; two godchildren, Kanda and Kenvee Blackmon.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; a daughter, Laura Davis; special aunt and uncle, Warnie Mar and Rommie D. Green; his stepmom, Johnnie Davis; and a brother, Verett Davis.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home.

Myrtis Hicks
VARDAMAN – Myrtis Mitchell Hicks, 87, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. She was born Aug. 29, 1921, in Calhoun County. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vardaman. She assisted her husband in farming, collected the water bill payments for the town of Vardaman for many years and babysat for many area families.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman. The Rev. Dale Easley will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include three daughters, Monette Gann (Hubert) and Frances Simmons (James), both of Vardaman, and Sara Swanson of Oxford; two grandchildren, Angela (John) Williams and James “Jim” Swanson, all of Oxford.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Howard Hicks, on April 22, 1975; her parents, Thad Simon Mitchell and Frances Emma Roberts Mitchell; two brothers, Lonzo Mitchell and Henry Mitchell; a sister, Lottie Mae Vanlandingham; and a son-in-law, James Franklin Swanson.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Stafford, Bill Edmondson, Tim Hicks, Calvin Barnett, Derrick Taylor, Kirby Thames, Chip Moore and David Mitchell.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 173, Vardaman, MS 38878.

Clara Wilhite
NEW ALBANY – Clara Belle Crumpton Wilhite, 63, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was born July 14, 1946, to the late Wade Senson and Gracie Ellen Frazier Crumpton. She was a member of Pooleville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Larry Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, James Loyd Wilhite of New Albany; her daughter, Connie Potts (Charles); her son, James McDonald (Jessica) of New Albany; two sisters, Mae Donahue (Buddy) of Myrtle and Frances Rutledge (Harold) of Pinedale; four brothers, Leon Crumpton and David Crumpton, both of New Albany, Donald Crumpton (Peggy) of Mantachie, and Lamar Crumpton (Sue) of Paw Paw, Ill.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Eugene Crumpton.
Pallbearers will be Joe Rutledge, Frankie Donahue, Sandy Dye, B.J. Tanner, David Wayne Crumpton, Todd Crumpton, Randy Potts and Junior Rutledge.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Margaret Whiteside
NEW ALBANY – Margaret Marie Mooney Whiteside, 78, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born Nov. 14, 1930, in Cotton Plant to the late Jessie and Linnie Cook Mooney. She was retired from Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County and also retired from her more recent job at Walmart. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and the widow of Jimmy Whiteside.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Terry Rodgers, Rev. Joe Young and Rev. Nate Lutterman officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Williams (Ira) of New Albany and Maggie Ailes (Mike) of Muncie, Ind.; four sons, Bill Whiteside (Mary) of Pontotoc, Jerry Whiteside of Siera Vista, Ariz., Randy Whiteside of Tupelo and Mark Whiteside (Janet) of New Albany; 19 grandchildren, Billy, Misty, J.K., Courtney, Mackenzi, Alexandria, Staci, Holly, Toya, Jeremy, Josh, Desiré, Matthew, Chris, Casey, Jack, Amanda, Jeremy and Wayne; 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Dovie Crayton
TUPELO – Funeral services for Dovie D. Crayton will be at noon Saturday at the Church of the Living God in Tupelo. Trial Bishop Emma J. Morrow will officiate. Burial will be in Porters Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born March 30, 1935, in Tula to Elder Booker T. Wortham and Elder Emma Mayes. She joined the Church of the Living God in Tupelo at an early age. She moved to Chicago, returned to Tupelo, and rejoined the church in 1988. She attended Carver High School and Jewell Academy in Nashville, Tenn. She married Clarence Babbitt. She later married John Allen Crayton.
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, John Allen Crayton; her daughter, Minister Joyce Flemons; her son, Minister Donald Babbitt; four granddaughters, Trina (Lonnie) Hollingsworth, Denise Rochelle Freeman, Yolanda James and Tisha Stewart; six grandsons, Marcus (Creasha) Babbitt, Quincy Babbitt, Prentiss Babbitt, Demetris Babbitt, Dexter Babbitt and Ronald Babbitt Jr.; 28 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, Keontay Freeman; one brother, Cleness Wortham; two sisters, Ella Mae McIntosh and Emma Jean (Marion) Morrow; her special friend, Sis. Ruby Russell.
She is preceded in death by her parents, one son, two sisters, three brothers, one granddaughter and one great-grandson.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today, with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today, at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home.

Eurezie Mosley Sr.
NEW ALBANY – Eurezie Mosley Sr., 96, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, at his home. He was a member of Mallalieu United Methodist Church, where he served as a deacon, treasurer and ward leader. He was a member of the New Albany Lodge 171 and a veteran of the United States Army.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mallalieu United Methodist Church with the Rev. Clyde Jamieson officiating. Burial will be in Mosley Chapel Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include six children Willie Arthur Mosley (Willie) and Robert Mosley (Shelly) of Racine, Wis., Thomas Mosley and Preston Mosley (Sarah) of New Albany,Barbara Crain of Kenosha, Wis., and Linda Mosley of Memphis; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Ludell Tubb
AMORY – Ludell Estis Tubb, 93, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after an extended illness. She was born July 14, 1916, in Amory to the late Charlie Lee and Ellie Estell Guyton Estis. She married Dred Tubb in 1936; he died in 1995. She graduated from Hatley Schools and was retired from Amory Garment Co. She was a member of the Meadowood Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing, gardening and gospel music.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt and Rev. Lloyd Minor officiating. Burial will be in the Hatley Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Ellihue Tubb and Doyle Dred Tubb (Jo Ann), both of Amory; two grandchildren, Tammy Tubb Martin of Amory and Sherry Elizabeth Tubb Miller of Gainesville, Ga.; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Verlie Demple Tubb; one brother, Charlie Eldon Estis; and two sisters, Lee Estell Estis and Ida Ozell Estis LeMint.
Pallbearers will be Rex Coker, Tracy Martin, Ray Reeves, Carl Dove, Billy Sizemore and Sam Roye.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Meadowood Baptist Church, 1510 Hatley Rd., Amory, MS 38821.

David Voyles
SMITHVILLE – David Benjamin Voyles, 23, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 27, 1985. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was a recipient of the Duty to God award. He was an Eagle Scout and a student at Itawamba Community College.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tupelo with Bishop Nels Thorderson and Gene Voyles officiating. Burial will be in the Kennedy Chapel Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Gene L. and Arcola Kennedy Voyles of Smithville; three brothers, Michael, Craig, and Alan Voyles; five sisters, Michelle Bond, Maria AhMu, Lei Ann Finch, Christene Rich and Laura Voyles; and 20 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe and Mattie Voyles, and Lando and Ethel Kennedy.
Pallbearers will be Michael Voyles, Craig Voyles, Alan Voyles, Michael Bond, Oliver AhMu, Jason Finch, A.J. Rich and Chris McKissack.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Amory.

Glenn Sherfey Sr.
SHANNON – Glenn Allen Sherfey Sr., 86, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at his residence after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues funeral Directors. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Darnell Cox
ABERDEEN – Darnell Cox, 41, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at the Central Mississippi Medical Center. He worked for the State of Mississippi.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen. The Rev. Avis Shelton will officiate. Burial will be in Palo Alto Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Thelma Lee Cox; six brothers, Willie Charles (Loretta) Cox, Richard (Betty) Cox, James (Hazel) Cox, Albert (Lillie) Cox, Larry (Marilyn) Cox and Derrick (Rosalind) Cox; five sisters, Flora (Curtis) Outlaw, Dorothy (Roosevelt) Fears, Thelma Lou Cox, Nichole Cox-Shaw and Felecia (Chad) Lenoir.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willie B. Cox.
For online guest register, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Marie Lauver
BALDWYN- Marie Lauver, 89, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She as born in Texas to Hamilton Joseph and Olivia Smith Conner. She was a housewife and member of Jericho Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jericho Baptist Church with Bro. Marvin Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Jericho Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Ann Burns (Jerry) of Jacksonville, Fla.; one daughter-in-law, Jan Lauver Rakestraw (Jack) of the Alpine community; two grandsons, Christopher Scott Lauver and John Paul Lauver II; two stepgrandsons, Wesley Gargus and Patrick Gargus; three granddaughters, Annette Kidwell (George), Vicki Alvarez (Martin) and Michelle Isley; great-grandchildren, Robert P. Roberts (Inga), Christopher W. Roberts (Rose), Taihler R. Wynkoop, Michael Femoyer and Misty Femoyer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Paul Lauver, and her son, John Lauver.
Pallbearers will be George Kidwell, Jack Rakestraw, Christopher Roberts, Patrick Gargus, Miles McDonald and Wesley Gargus.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Hogue, David Williams, Dwight Hall, Robert Byrson, John Hamlin and Billy Hardy.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

James V. Chism
MOBILE, Ala. – James V. “Chiz” Chism, 94, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, in Ocean Springs. He was the owner and operator of Chiz’s Motel and Restaurant in Tupelo for many years. He was a member of Seven Hills Baptist Church in Mobile and a longtime member of Wade Baptist Church in Wade. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Colonel on the Mississippi governor’s staff. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ocean Springs Chapel of Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home. Rev. Mike Staton will officiate. Burial will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Chism of Ocean Springs; two daughters, Donna (Chip) Mercier and Sherry (Coy) Bell; two sons, Butch (Mary Ann) Chism and Larry (Janet) Chism; 10 grandchildren, Jeremy Chism, Lisa Chism, Thomas Chism, Rhett Chism, Michelle Hartley, Heather Mercier, Ashley Martinez, Leah York, Anthony Seymour and Joey Seymour; 17 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
To view and sign the guest register, visit www.bradfordokeefe.com.

Billy Wayne Martin
TISHOMINGO – Billy Wayne Martin, 50, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at his residence. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont,

Shirley Ann Henry
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Shirley Ann Henry, 73, formerly of Fulton, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at her residence in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, Tenn., after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.

Eric Compton
IUKA – Eric Compton, 35, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident on Hwy. 72 in Glen. He was a member of Local 852 IBEW in Corinth. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved spending time with his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Bro. Kenneth White will officiate. Burial will be in Carpenter Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Compton of Iuka; his mother, Dorthey Compton of Iuka; one son, Eric Riley Compton of Iuka; two daughters, Brett Compton and Haylee Compton, both of Iuka; one sister, Valerie Crawford of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jackie Compton, and his grandmothers, Georgia Mae Compton and Florence Atkins.
Pallbearers will be Mike Franks, Steve Parrish, Ron Lacks, James Brumley, Greg Wren and Mark Strickland. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Williams, David Simons, Jacob Osborn and David Compton.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Jim Williams
EUPORA – Jim Tom Williams, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Lollars Grove Cemetery in Webster County.

Frances Worden
HAMILTON – Frances Stone Worden, 78, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 17, 1931, to Jasper Denny Stone and Annie Virgin Graham Stone in Shawnee, Ga. She lived the past five years in Hamilton.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Kenneth Blanton officiating.
Survivors include four daughters, Carlotta Smith of Hamilton, Carrel Donnell and husband, James, of Springfield, Ga., and Florence Durance and husband, Melvin, and Roxiann Engel and husband, Billy, all of Clewiston, Fla.; 16 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Victor Josh Worden; and a daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Williams.
Memorials may be made to a local Hospice or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
For the guest register and condolences, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Charlie Burns
TUPELO – Charles W. “Charlie” Burns, 60, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Betty Sparks
HAMILTON, Ala. – Betty Sparks, 80, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.

Irene Lyles
OKOLONA – Irene Foard Lyles, 57, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born Oct. 31, 1951, to Willie E. Foard and the late Josephine Townsend Foard. She was a former employee of Indian Creek and Rose Hill.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Plain M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her father, Willie E. Foard of Dallas, Texas; three daughters, Katrina Howard (Ruben II) of Houston, Texas, Angie N. Foard of Oxford, Ala., and Rokisha Foard of Columbus; two sons, Reggie D. Foard and Sheffrey Foard, both of Columbus; two sisters, Lessie (Levester) Cannon of Florence and Shirly Foard of Dallas; three brothers, Rev. Willie Foard (Overia) of Prairie, Rev. Roosevelt Foard (Leomia) of Aberdeen and James E. Foard of Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Andrew Ward Jr.
OXFORD – Andrew Ward Jr, 85, died Monday, Aug 24, 2009, at Quince Nursing and Rehab Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Smith Chapel CME Church. Burial will be in East St. Peters Cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Burcham
VENTURA, Calif. – Ruth Hagen Burcham, formerly of Glen, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, in Ventura, Calif.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Hill Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the family and 1:30 to service time Saturday for the public.

Nancy Williams
BLUE SPRINGS – Nancy Banks Williams, 53, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

Jeff Baswell
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Jeffery Lane Baswell, 29, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Jeffery Baswell Funeral Fund in care of Magnolia Funeral Home.

Billy Burroughs
AMORY – Arthur Billy Burroughs died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

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