Obituaries August 30, 2013

Missy Barnett
Missy arrived into the loving arms of her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ on Aug. 28, 2013. Being diabetic most of her life, she battled numerous health challenges with her disease, but lived life to its fullest. She fought with an inner strength and steadfast Christian faith this past year and was an inspiration to so many during her lifetime. Heaven rejoices as she has regained her voice and is praising her King.

She was born on Dec. 18, 1957, in Tupelo to Sally and Robert Cline Moore.

After graduating from Tupelo High School in 1976, she married Kenneth J. Barnett Jr. on Aug. 1. She became involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Association and was always an advocate for better diabetes control and believed it necessary for a longer healthier life. Her diabetes spanned 50 years and afforded her many opportunities to assist others in understanding its impact and how best to manage the disease.

Missy enjoyed most of all serving the Lord in song, prayer and Bible study. She was a 10-year student of Explorer’s Bible Study, a national study program, and held various local leadership positions within the program. She was co-founder of the Banner Ministry at First Baptist Church, Tupelo, and was instrumental in designing the banners through prayer and tedious handiwork required to beautifully and reverently present the names of the Lord. The banners were and still are an inspiration to all when presented during worship services, weddings and special church events.

Missy also coordinated and chartered the MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers Ministry, for Tupelo and organized and officiated the first local Beth Moore Ministry telecast for women’s Bible study. Always a student of the Word, she led numerous Wednesday night Bible studies, The Book of Daniel being her favorite. She also authored an unpublished book about her life, adding chapters as life presented its many challenges.

Additionally, Missy, along with her husband, managed and owned a family business in Holly Springs. Moore’s Phillips Grocery was owned by her family for over 50 years and was awarded the second best hamburger in America for 1989 by USA Today newspaper. She also was a student, collector and merchant of antiques during that period. She was a well-respected home interior decorator and loved guiding clients in decorating their living space with new and existing family items. She and her husband worked together as a team in construction and amenity selections for their client’s new homes under construction or being remodeled.

Missy also was involved with the National Foundation for Transplants and with her team of supporters, held several local fund raising events to offset medical expenses associated with a transplant when available. She was on the waiting list at UAB for a pancreas and kidney transplant, now the funds can be used to assist others in need of a transplant.

Missy loved spending time with family members and friends and always assisted them in their need as a true friend and consoler when necessary. Her love further extended to a lifelong joy of cooking, sewing personally and professionally and she also loved canvas painting and now these will serve as a reminder of her many abilities to us all.

The family expresses a special thank you to Harrisburg Baptist Church staff, its faithful members, and especially all the members of the David Langerfeld Sunday School class for all their prayers, assistance and love each has shown.

A homemaker, faithful wife, student of scripture and a blessing to all who knew her will be missed but within each of us is her life, sweet smile and her own special way of touching us all.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth J. Barnett Jr. of Tupelo; two brothers, Bob Moore (Tommie) of Tupelo and Bill Moore of Austin, Texas; her brother-in-law, Brad Barnett (Cindy) of Tupelo; her mother-in-law, Irene Barnett of Tupelo; six nieces and nephews, Matthew Moore, Whitney Moore Robinson (Chris), Warner Moore, Cassidy Barnett, Jon-Michael Barnett and Peyton Barnett.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Sally McDonald Moore.

A celebration of Missy’s life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Harrisburg Baptist Church with Rev. David Langerfeld and Dr. Gale Alexander officiating. A graveside service will follow at Potts Camp Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 30, 2013, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

DeLois Harbor
DeLois Harbor, 60, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 28, 2013.

She is survived by her best friend, Gail Cook; father, Loyce (Mary Alice) Harbor; mother, Sue Harbor (Kermit) Minga; brother, Mike (Patsy) Harbor; and a host of nieces and nephews.

DeLois was known to friends and family as “Dee.” She was loved by all who knew her and her personality insured that no one was a stranger for long. Dee battled a breathing issue for many years, but didn’t let it stop her from doing the things she loved. Whether it was watching crime shows on T.V., shopping for purses, eating catfish, scuba diving or going to the movies, Dee enjoyed it all. Dee especially loved working as an RN at Summit Medical Center. Since 1979, she worked in the Med Surg, Intensive Care and Recovery departments, where she excelled in patient care. In recent months, Dee went on her dream vacation to Italy, where she enjoyed the sights of Rome, Venice and Florence. At an early age, Dee made a profession of faith and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Baldwyn, and was taught to treat others kindly and with respect. Dee will truly be missed by all.

Visitation with family and friends will be today from 4 until 8 pm at Hermitage Funeral Home in Nashville.

Funeral service will be Saturday, Aug. 31, at 2 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with visitation prior to service. Interment will follow at Pratt Cemetery in Baldwyn.

Paul Freelon
BIG CREEK – Paul Jerome Freelon, 50, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Zion Springs M.B. Church in Bruce. Burial will be in the Zion Springs M.B. Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce will be in charge.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Freelon of Big Creek; one son, Paul Freelon Jr.; three daughters, Crystal Freelon of Tupelo, Ashayla Pierce of Calhoun City and Ashley Freelon of Big Creek; three brothers, Ricky Freelon of Bruce, Johnny

Freelon of Houlka and McKinley Bounds of Water Balley; two sisters, Janice Herrod of Big Creek and Loretta Barr of Oxdord; and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.

Carolyn Buggs
HOULKA – Carolyn Buggs, 73, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at her home in a house fire.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 30, at Trinity Outreach Church. Elder Huggins will be officiating. Burial will be in Thompson Chapel Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur Franklin Buggs of Houlka; three sons, Eddie McCauley and Dennis McCauley, both of Houlka, and Arthur Buggs Jr. of Pittsboro; four daughters, Gwendolyn Bronson of Kansas City, Mo., Delois Bell of Jackson, Clemmie Paden of Harvey, Ill., and Gaynell Buggs of Jackson; two sisters, Nellie Lovings of Texas and Bertha Strong of Kansas City, Mo.; 21 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Leler Walker
OKOLONA – Leler Thompson Walker, 83, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory. She was born April 12, 1913, to Lincoln and Charity Thompson. She was a member of Chapel Grove East, president of the Usher Board and treasurer of the Missionary Society. She was a former employee of Shearer Richardson.

Services will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Chapel Grove East with the Rev. Lee Brand officiating. Williams Memorial is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Dinna Eddie (Eliza) of Okolona; and three sons, Freddie Thompson (Patricia), Robert Walker (Willie Jean), all of Okolona, and Richard Walker (Flora) of Nettleton.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today.

Farris T. Smith
WALNUT – Farris Thurmond Smith, 85, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at his home in Walnut. He was born Jan. 25, 1928, to Vester Smith and Thelma Campbell Smith Ferrell. He attended Marlow Church of Christ and retired from Memphis Fire Department. He was a Mason and a member of the American Legion. He served in the Navy during World War II.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today, Aug. 30, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Min. Rodney Hilliard officiating. Burial will be in Marlow Cemetery.

He is survived by two daughters, Debra Joyner (Terry) and Pam Hilliard (Ronnie), both of Walnut; one son, Farris Phillip Smith of Walnut; two sisters, Ila James of Walnut and Charlotte Allen of Falkner; one brother, Jimmy Smith (Dianne) of Walls; seven grandchildren, Rodney Hilliard (Mendy) of Falkner, Jeni Linkous (Jamie) of Memphis, Jeff Hilliard (Dawn) of Memphis, Lisa Meeks (Jason) of Corinth, Randy Hilliard (Danielle) of Walnut, Tony Hilliard (Lacey) of Memphis, Mike Smith of San Francisco, Calif.; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Clara Faye James Smith; one granddaughter, Ashley Joyner; one sister, Gin Wilson; and one brother, L.P. Smith.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Hilliard, Tony Hilliard, Randy Hilliard, Jamie Linkous and Cody Hilliard. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeni Linkous, Lisa Meeks, Mendy Hilliard, Dawn Hilliard, Danielle Hilliard, Rodney Hilliard, Michael Smith, Jason Meeks and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.

To view obituaries online and sign a guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Maxie Russell
PONTOTOC – Maxie Day Russell, 80, passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Coen House at Traceway Manor. She was born Sept. 30, 1932, in Pontotoc. She was a devoted wife and mother of seven children, and an experienced seamstress.

She worked for Sears and most recently as a 20-year employee of Walmart, where she enjoyed greeting and welcoming customers. Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, singing and studying God’s word.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 30, at West Heights Baptist Church. Bro. David Hamilton will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Garden. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include seven children, Teresa Chism (J.C.), Steve Russell (Sherry) and Ben Russell (Amanda), all of Pontotoc, Twyla Loftiss (Johnny) of Coldwater, Patty Stouffer (Stu) of Richardson, Texas, Pam Starkey of Charlotte, N.C., and Nina Konzack (Michael) of Spring, Texas; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Patrick “Dewey” Day.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mack and Maggie Day; her husband, Clifford Ray Russell; grandson, Adam Chism; and four siblings, Glover Day, Troy Day, Sue Day Oakes and Shelby Day.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Chad Chism, John Russell, Luke Russell, Ian Konzack, Alex Konzack, John Loftiss III, Brennan Russell and Adam Russell.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to West Heights Baptist Church of Pontotoc.

Charles Seger Jr.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Charles Seger Jr., 61, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at his home. He was born July 17, 1952, in Union County to Charles and Hazel Armstrong Seger. He was a long-haul truck driver.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Lighthouse Baptist Church in New Albany. Bro. Joe Gullick will officiate. Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Seger of Blue Mountain; three children, his caregiver, Michael (Amanda) Seger of Blue Mountain, Kevin (Cindy) Seger of Alabama and Karen Seger of New Albany; his siblings, Marie Barrows and Betty Ruth Hutcheson of Ashland, and David Allen Seger of Union County; and seven grandchildren.

Leon Spicer
HOULKA – Leon Spicer, 77, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Unit in Tupelo. A native of Chickasaw County, he was the oldest child of nine born to James and Clorine Hill Spicer. He was a member of Hope Church in Tupelo. He was employed with Union Camp Manufacturing Company for over 20 years. He then started his own small appliance repair shop. He loved to work on small equipment, fishing, his grandkids, people and quoting scriptures, especially his favorite, John 16:33.

A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc. The Rev. David Ball will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Hense Spicer of Houlka; five daughters, Lollie Jones of Houlka, Jenna (Calvin) Mitchell of Waynesville, Ga., Laverne (W.C.) Vance and Debra Potter, both of Pontotoc, and Angela (Curtis) Smith of Atlanta, Ga.; five sons, Ronnie Spicer of Houlka, Leroy (Layde) Spicer of Pontotoc, Jerry (Tonde) Spicer of Brunswick, Ga., Marvin (Octavia) Spicer of Wilmington, N.C., and Terry (Francine) Spicer of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Ether (Dexter) Golden of Houlka; one brother, Clarence Spicer of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 28 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Magalene; brothers, Fletcher, Willie, Lee, Arthur, Phillip and Arzell; and one grandson, Gabriel Mitchell.

Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jimmy Loden
MARIETTA – Jimmy Dale Loden, 72, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. He was born Nov. 30, 1940, to Iven Loden and Lona Lesley Loden. He retired from Marietta Butane after many years of service. He was a member of Marietta United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, going to church, visiting with family and friends and babysitting his grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Marietta United Methodist Church with Bro. David English and Bro. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial will be in Marietta Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Loden of Marietta; three sons, Kip and Julie Loden of Madison, Jason “Tug” and Missy Loden of Marietta, Bronson “Weasel” and Teresa Loden of Marietta; granddaughters, Crissen and Neon Shive of Mandeville, La., Bethany Loden of Starkville, Libby and Ivy Alice Loden of Marietta, Olivia Loden of Marietta; grandson, Blake Loden of Marietta; great-granddaughter, Lilah Dimple Shive; sister, Peggy and James Stockton of Fulton; brother, Don and Cam Loden of Mantachie; sisters-in-law, Nan and Jim Long of Mantachie, Bonnie Sheffield of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Iven Loden; his mother, Lona Loden; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Varnell Sheffield; and a brother-in-law, William “Pookie” Sheffield.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Wilburn, Gerald Lesley, Charles Lesley, Gaylord Loden, Buddy Stovall, Tim Trulove, Neon Shive, Jim Long, Johnny Long and Gary Loague.

Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Marietta Butane Gas Company and members of Marietta United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday at Marietta United Methodist Church.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Darrian Bobo
FULTON – Darrian O’Nash Bobo, 43, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. He was the son of Martha Ann Gates Bobo and Robert Joe Bobo. He was member of Friendship CME Church and a former employee of Gibson Containers. He was a 1989 graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School. He enjoyed hanging with his special friends, especially his nieces and nephews, Trae, Sham and Artasia Bobo, and great-niece, Annsley Bobo whom he loved dearly.

A life celebration service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Friendship CME Church with Pastor Patrick Head officiating. The Rev. J.L. Bobo will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his mother, Martha Bobo of Fulton; two sisters, Renee Bobo of Fulton and Kimberly Shumpert of Plantersville; one brother, Tyrus Bobo of New Albany; his nephews and nieces, Trae, Sham, Artasia and Annsley Bobo, all of Fulton, Toot, Telisha, Nicole and Whitney, all of Plantersville; his grandfather, Leon Gates of Tupelo; a special great-aunt who was like a mother to him, Odessa Green of Fulton; four special cousins, Glenda Faye Rogers, Harold Green, Alisha Rogers and Brittany Rogers, all of Fulton; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Arthur Pannell, David Vaugh, Mirese Jones, James Ruff, Billie Joe Shumpert and Benard Shumpert. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerome Witherspoon, Reggie Bobo, Chad Pounds, Samuel Scott, Rodney Kolheim and the IAHS Class of 1989.

 

Viewing will begin at 2 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel with family and friends hour from 6 until 7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Saturday.

Online condolence can be made to the Bobo family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Gracie Lavada Enis
PONTOTOC – Gracie Lavada Enis, 97, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at her home. She was born April 15, 1916, to Curtis and Mary Alice Brownlee Glover. She married James Boyce Enis in Wheeler on Oct. 26, 1934. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a Christian and a Freewill Baptist.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Jimmy Glover and Lee Swallows officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Forrest Cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by nine children, James Alonzo Enis (Nelda) of Pontotoc, Eva Neal (Larry) of Red Bud, Ill., J.B. Enis (Linda) of Wheeler, Kenneth Enis (Jolene) of Red Bay, Ala., Earline Leslie (James) of Pontotoc, Mary Swallows (Donnie) of Quion, Ill., Jimmy Ray Enis (Donna) of New Albany, Nita Ridings (Jackie) of Nettleton and Larry Enis (Denise) of Shannon; 18 grandchildren, Tim Enis (Tammy), Tommy Neal (Kay), Kim Wagner (Shane), Carla Enis (Tim), Scotty Enis (Misty), Jimmy Enis (Melanie ), Michael Enis, Tony Enis (Vicki), Lisa McGee (Ricky), John Thomas (Regina), Brandon Leslie, Mary Beth Swallows (Tara), Lee Swallows (Marcy), Jamie Swallows (Michelle), Susie Stoddard (Kenny), Charles Tyler (Ranada), Brandi Russell, Summer Childers (Jason); 36 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law, Edna Glover, Ruth Glover and Merle Glover.

She was preceded in death by her husband on July 21, 1978; four children; one grandchild, Sissy Enis; four sisters; five brothers; a daughter-in-law; a sister-in-law; and a granddaughter-in-law.

Her 11 grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice, 422-A E. President, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Condolences may be made at www.baldwinnowellfh.com/admin.

Arthur Evans
ABERDEEN – Arthur Evans, 72, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Ruby Collums
PONTOTOC – Ruby V. Collums, 92, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. She was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will follow in the Guinn Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survivors by her children, Tony Collums of Albuquerque, N.M., Keith Collums (Rhoda) of Braunfelds, Texas, Ann Davis (John) of Oxford, Marie Collums of Pontotoc and Genice Tutor (L.V.) of Randolph; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dempsey Collums; her parents, Escar and Effie Castleberry; two sisters, Lila Tutor and Ollie Bell Morris; two brothers, Bernis Castleberry and Gerald Castleberry; and a daughter-in-law, Jeanette White Collums.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in honor of Allyson Jo Kelly, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Dennis Hilliard
OXFORD – Dennis James “Cookie” “Kooky” Hilliard, 52, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at his residence in Oxford.

Memorial services will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 31, at Tobby Tubby M.B. Church Fellowship Hall. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Ernestine Blair
HOLLY SPRINGS – Ernestine Carter Blair, 59, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Newell Chapel CME Church at Victoria. 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 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Saturday.

Willean Porter
HOLLY SPRINGS – Willean Miller Porter, 76, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at her home in Holly Springs.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the New Hope M.B. Church Cemetery at Laws Hill. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Robert Noble
WEST POINT – Robert T. Noble, 78, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

George Powell
EUPORA – George H. Powell, 99, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 30. at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Reeds Chapel Cemetery in Webster County.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jean Messer
TUPELO – Nella Jean Humphres Messer, 74, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 21, 1938, in Vina, Ala., to Dewey L. Humphres and Lydia Margaret Holland Humphres. She was a retired employee of Herndon Chiropractic Clinic, where she worked as a clerk. She was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church in Tupelo.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Aug. 30, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Lewis Bridges and the Rev. Tony Monk officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband. Billy Messer of Tupelo; two daughters, Beverly Lynne Phillips of Starkville and Linda Gail Jordan (Byron) of Waynesboro; two sisters, Lily Blackburn of Montgomery, Ill., and Arlene Fradenburg of Red Bay, Ala.; and seven grandchildren, Courtney P. Cintron, Kyle Phillips, Tamarie Phillips, Crystal Phillips, Christopher Phillips, Matthew Phillips and David Jordan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Bo Phillips; a sister, Irmarie Humphres; and two brothers, Virdo Humphres and Leo Humphres.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Mary Jeanes
FALKNER – Mary Elizabeth Roberts Jeanes, 77, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born Aug. 29, 1936, to Edward Marlin and Ida Elizabeth Moore Roberts. She was a Baptist and retired from American Biltrite Corp. after 39 years of service.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Trent Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Unity Baptist Church Cemetery.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Brennan (Pat) of Ripley and Lisa Bates (Mike) of Falkner; one son, Ricky Jeanes (special friend, Susan Strickland) of Ripley; one sister, Elosie Roberts of Monroe, La.; two brothers, Wayne Roberts (Jeanette) of Walnut and Gerald Roberts (Perrin) of Charleston; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Matt Thornton.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.

To view obituaries on-line and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Mary Ellen Byrd
WEST POINT – Mary Ellen May Byrd, 90, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at H.C. Watkins Memorial Hospital, in Quitman. She was formerly of West Point and most recently of Hattiesburg. She was born June 27, 1923, in Calhoun City to Alma Elon Foster May and Ubes Pittman May Sr. She worked as a dietitian for West Point Public School System and later for West Point Nursing Home and Dugan Nursing Home. She was a member of West End Baptist Church. She married Oliver Carroll Byrd on Sept. 11, 1943, in West Point. He preceded her in death on March 19, 2003.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Bro. Jerome Key officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery at West Point. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Elaine Byrd of Hattiesburg; two sons, Thomas Carroll Byrd (Ann) of Biloxi and Oliver Wayne Byrd (Karen) of Quitman; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Katherine Elon May Byrd Dill of Columbus; and three brothers, Ubes Pittman May (Janice), James Adrian May (Pat) and Harley Eugene May (Betty), all of West Point.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and one sister, William Jefferson May, Cecil Allen May and Annie Ophelia May Young.

Pallbearers will be her nephews.

Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, P.O. Box 388, West Point, MS 39773.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.

Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Cleveland Leatherwood
PRAIRIE – Cleveland Leatherwood, 67, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Karmonos Hospital in Detroit, Mich.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at The Chapel of James H. Cole in Detroit, Mich. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Adolphus Wren
NETTLETON – Adolphus “Bug” Wren died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. He was the son of Willie Frank Wren and Annie Pearl LaGrone Williams. He was parented by his maternal grandfather and grandmother, Booker T. and Hannah LaGrone in Chicago. He worked at Eljer Manufacturing of Shannon for 39 years. He received an award for missing only five days in 35 years. After retirement he loved to work outside and spent many hours in his yard. He developed a skill for cutting hair and opened his own barbershop and would give free haircuts to children at the start of school. He also opened his own park.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at New Prospect M.B. Church with Pastor George Taylor officiating. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Avis Wren; two children, Sondra (Jackie) Jones of Russellville, Ark., and Rondey Wren of Nettleton; his grandchildren, Marquis and Rokita Walton of Nettleton, Tony and Michael Jones of Russellville, Ark.; one great-grandchild, Rhylond, of Nettleton; his mother, Annie Pearl Williams of Chicago; sisters, Dorothy Louise Wren, Michelle Thornton, Debra Sherry Williams and Sara Williams, all of Chicago, Gayle Hardy and Geraldine Bailey of Milwaukee,Wis., Angela Thornton of Birmingham, Ala.; brothers, Robert Thornton and Erick Williams of Chicago; and other brothers and sisters who were reared with him, Dorothy Merritt of Chicago, Ida Lou Miller of Henson, Nev., Lorine LaGrone, Vernell (Carl) Cassidy and Booker LaGrone, all of Chicago, Sykes LaGrone (Margie), Sammie Lee (Clara)LaGrone and John T. (Mary) LaGrone of Nettleton.

Bobby Bingham
EUPORA – Bobby Cornelius Bingham, 35, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Mt. Union M.B. Church. Burial will be in West End Cemetery in Eupora. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.

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

Enoch Sargent
CORINTH – Enoch L. Sargent, 87, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 30, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Lone Oak Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the funeral home.

Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to sign the online guestbook and leave condolences.

Carita Embree
WEST POINT – Carita Lucile Embree, 93, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born April 1, 1920, in Clay County to Ruby Anna Stevens and William Neal Lofton. She was a member of First Christian Church.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis with the Rev. Kirby Lloyd officiating. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a son, Walter Lofton Embree of Hollywood, Fla.; a daughter, Gloria Cox of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren, Lynette Portera, Rhyannon Embree, Gavin Embree, Catlin Berry, Demetria Embree, Jasmine Burgess and Elijah Embree; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Walter Embree.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at Robinson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.

Friends may leave an online condolence at robinsonfh.net.

Scott Young
DAVENPORT, Fla. – Scott Taylor Young, 49, formerly of Booneville, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 22, 1963, in Booneville to Norman Young and the late Genevieve Massey Young. He was a graduate of Booneville High School and attended Northeast Mississippi Community College. Upon moving to Florida he worked at Orange Lake Resort and became a longtime Disney cast member at Walt Disney World.

He made the world a better place, bringing love and laughter to everyone he met. He had a heart of gold and went out of his way to help others. He loved spending time with his family and friends, riding his motorcycle, watching the sunrise over the ocean, and his cat, Bojing.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at McMillan Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. A previous service was held in Orlando at First Baptist Church where he was a member.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie Hernandez Young of Davenport, Fla.; his father, Norman Young of Booneville; two sisters, Becky (Donald) Harris of Booneville and Norma (Paul) Hamilton of Roswell, Ga.; and four nieces, Mandi Harris of Southaven, Kristen and Michelle Hamilton of Roswell, and Jennifer Hamilton of New York City.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and his grandparents, Rid and Myrtle Massey, Lila Tays Young and Frank Young.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital at lebonheur.org/ways-to-help or a charity of choice.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Dolph Heavener
WALNUT – Dolph “Paw” Cross Heavener, 84, died Wednesday, Aug/ 28, 2013, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. He was born July 8, 1929, to Dolph Bud and Sarah Cross Heavener. He was a member of Tiplersville Church of Christ and an electrician.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Garry Martin officiating. Burial will be in Chapman Church of Christ Cemetery.

He is survived by one daughter, Sherry Warmath (John) of Marion, Ark.; two sons, Lionel Deen Heavener (Shelley) and Harv Cross Heavener, both of Walnut; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Imelda Zane “Maw” Anderson Heavener; one son, Larry DeLane Heavener; and five sisters, Stella Heavener, Frances Mauney, Hermie Lewellen, Jessie Adams and Anna Lois Lewellen.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Heavener, Jay Thorson, Rav Stubblefield, Wyatt Nelms, Art Clanton and Kaleb Heavener.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.

To view obituaries online and sign a guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Gladys Hefner
RIPLEY – Gladys Olivia Myers Hefner, 90, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born May 10, 1923, in Arkansas. She was a housewife and a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Myrtle.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Raymond Bishop officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by three daughters, Emma Hugh Foreman of New Albany, Lillie Olivia Ryder of New Albany and Emma Pearl Cornelius of Pontotoc; two sons, Rickey Hefner of Ripley and Harold Hefner of Pontotoc; three brothers, Richard Bledsoe, Bill Myers and Fred Myers; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Belton Huge Hefner; and two sons, Freddie Owen Hefner and Charles Earl Hefner.

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

For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Alvis Barnes
RIPLEY – Alvis Ray Barnes, 53, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in the Union Church of Christ Cemetery in Ripley.

Visitation will be from 5 ro 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Richard Hopper
RIPLEY – Richard T. Hopper, 69, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at his home. He was born Aug. 17, 1944, to Claude E. and Kitty Beesinger Hopper in Ripley. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a Baptist.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Dr. Jack Bennett will officiate. Burial will be in Tiplersville Cemetery.

Survivors include five sisters, Shirlee Cardwell and Lila Logan (John), both of Memphis, Jenette Carpenter (Joe Keith) of Ripley, Peggy Dixon (Bobby) of Cherokee, Ala., and Rita Childress of Ripley; four brothers, Billy Hopper of Olive Branch, Claude Jr. Hopper (Mavelle) of Centerville, Ga., Robert Hopper (Judy) of Hernando and Ricky Joe Hopper (Sandra) of Walls; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters-in-law, Mille Hopper and Donna Hopper; one nephew, Donavan Childress; and one great-niece, Samantha Stewart.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.