Obituaries August 30, 2009

Martha Sue Ringley
Mantachie – Martha Sue Ringley, 67, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was born on Sept. 4, 1941, in Bristol, Tenn., to Mike and Zelda Stevenson. She was a member of the Meadowbrook Baptist Church and she was an assembly line operator at Super Sagless for over 20 years. She enjoyed fishing, taking care of her flowers, seeing the sights down the Natchez Trace and spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be 4 p.m. Monday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include one son, Bobby (Shelia) Mulligan of Plantersville; her special friend and companion, J.R. Harbin of Mantachie; two step-sons, Roger (Shannon) Harbin of Fulton and Eddie (June) Harbin of Amory; one son-in-law, Johnny Westmoreland of Fulton; one sister, Betty Yon of Red Banks; one brother, Mike (Audrey) Stevenson of Southaven; 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Teresa Westmoreland and a grandson, Sean Jason Taylor.
Pallbearers will be Jason Mulligan, Christopher Mulligan, Josh Mulligan, Arlis Loden, Joey Glover, Sean Portilla and Johnny Westmoreland. Honorary Pallbearers will be her two grandsons that are currently serving in the United States Army and are stationed in Iraq, Jamie Westmoreland and J.J. Westmoreland.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today and 3-4 p.m. Monday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Don Livingston
HOUSTON – William Donald Livingston, 74, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 3, 1935, in Lee County to Roy Livingston and Lois (Dolly) Whitt Livingston. He was a U. S. Army veteran and served his country in the Cuban Crisis. Retired Vice President of Purchasing and Facilities at Franklin Corporation and a member of First Baptist Church in Houston.
Services will be at 4 p.m., today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jonathan Childress officiating. Burial will be in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda Doss Livingston; two daughters, Joy Earp (Jamie) of Houlka, and Gail Pettit of Houston; one son, Anthony Livingston (Dalonda) of Houston; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Gene Livingston (Peggy) of Atlanta, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Dolly Livingston; and one brother, Thomas Parker.
Pallbearers will be Derek Earp, Dex Earp, Levi Livingston, and Alex Livingston.
Visitation will be today from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. service time at the funeral home. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.

Malcom Roberts
Amory – Malcom E. Roberts, 73, died Saturay, Aug. 29, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangments are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Catherine Bowen
Blue Springs – Catherine Melinda Bowen, 18, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany. Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m. at United.

Bro. John Loden
DORSEY – Bro. John Loden, 91, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Community Hospice-Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Gad Kitchens
KIRKVILLE – Gaddis Lamar “Gad” Kitchens, 89, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 23, 1920, in Itawamba County to Wes and Minnie Johnson Kitchens. He was retired from Horner Walford Box Plant in Tupelo and was a member of the Gilmore Chapel Methodist Church. He was a Shriner and a member of the Kirkville Masonic Lodge No. 517 where he received his 50-year pin. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II where he received four battle stars and a number of awards. He marched over 3,000 miles across Europe en route to Austria and was awarded a bronze star for his service at the Battle of the Bulge. He was an avid gardener and bird hunter and enjoyed watching sports. He was known for being the best-trained bird dog trainer in the area as hunters from several states would bring their dogs to him.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Tim Jones and Bro. Ray Guin officiating.
Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Dovie Kitchens, of Kirkville; four brothers, J.W. Kitchens of Booneville, Wilburn Kitchens of Tupelo, James Kitchens (Phyllis) of Mantachie, and Haskel Kitchens (Carol) of Dorsey; one brother-in-law, Charles Hale (Judy) of Kansas City, Kansas; five sisters-in-law, Della Jean Bleedsoe (Lee) of Zion, Ill., Mitzi Woodrow (Gary) of Mantachie, Hazel Kitchens and Lois Kitchens both of Kirkville, and Louise Kitchens of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; a special great-niece, Whitley Hale of Kirkville; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Phyllis Ann Kitchens; his parents; his stepmother, Pearl Kitchens; two sisters, Burton Moreland and Varnell Kitchens, and nine brothers, Marvin, Harley, S. A. “Tint,” Earl, Elmie, Dexter, Ullie, Bob, and Talmadge Kitchens.
Pallbearers will be Hoyle Pounds, Tim McClung, Roy Garrison, Randy Hale, Douglas Kitchens, and Barry Kitchens.
Tim Moore will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Virginia Irene Nabors
RIPLEY – Virginia Irene Nabors, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at her home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home.

Samuel Steven Jordon Edwards
OKOLONA – Samuel Steven Jordon Edwards, newborn infant, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Fulton City Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Simpson Graves
ASHLAND – Hazel Simpson Graves, 95, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a lifetime member of Beech Hill Church of Christ.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home. Ministers King McCarver and James Horton will officiate. Burial will follow in Beech Hill Church of Christ Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Martha Ann Graves Freeman of Ripley; one son, Jimmy Dan Graves (Sandra) of Ripley; one brother, Milton Simpson (Ernestine) of Ashland; five grandchildren, Michele Graves (Scott), Sonjie Davis (Kerry), Dana Chapman (Rodney), Patricia Ann Bowen and Julie Graves; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, L.G. Graves Jr.; her parents, Robert and Lillian Dickerson Simpson; and two sisters, Helen Harrison and Earon Graves.
Pallbearers will be Rodney Chapman, Scott Graves, Wesley Davis, Greg Harrison, Tommy Simpson and Coleman Simpson.
Visistation will be today from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
To view and sign the online guestbook, go to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. Memorials can be made to Beech Hill Church of Christ at 6077 Hwy. 4 West, Ripley, MS 38663.

Virginia Mae Woods
OLIVE BRANCH – Virginia Mae Woods, 54, died at her home in Olive Branch. She was born April 2, 1955, in Mt. Pleasant. She was a Mormon and a homemaker.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
She is survived by three daughters, Aimee Harris of Olive Branch, Kimberly Woods of Potts Camp and Lacie Toledo of Red Banks; one brother, Charles Watkins of Olive Branch; and six sisters, Ruth Ann Lewis of Olive Branch, Judy Anne Boloden of Algoma, Charlene Wilson of Savannah, Tenn., Lorraine Spencer of Holly Springs, Lawanna Shoffner and Samantha Fitch, both of Olive Branch; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Anderson Watkins and Mary Leejean Carpenter.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John R. Woodley
Ripley – John R. (Jack) Woodley, 82, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at his residence in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Vernice Smith Coffman
Corinth – Vernice Smith Coffman, 84, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at her home in Corinth. Funeral service will be Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Fairview Community Church, Tishomingo County. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation is today from 5-9 p.m. at McPeters Funeral Home and Monday from 10 a.m. until service time at Fairview Community Church.

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