Obituaries August 31, 2013

Robert Birks
SHANNON – Robert Wayne “Sonny” Birks died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Shannon. He accepted Christ at an early age. He was baptized at Jerusalem Baptist Church and remained a member his entire life. He attended Shannon and Nettleton schools. He was a self-employed tractor and truck driver. He enjoyed working outside.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Jerusalem Baptist Church with the Rev. Craig Fields officiating. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Jaunita Walker Birks of Shannon; his parents, Mozell Curry of Shannon and Lee Ellis Birks of Guntown; four children, Demethra Rochell Birks, Shandon Hodges-Birks and Michael Christopher Birks, all of Chicago, and Detrick Benard Birks of New York, N.Y.; two stepchildren; two sisters, Mary Coleman and Pearl Isby of Shannon; 13 grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; two aunts, Viola Foster of Plantersville and Shirley Marshall of Nettleton; an uncle, Clyde Morris of Chicago; and a special cousin and friend, John Thomas Morris Jr. of Nettleton.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.

Sarah Doxey Tate
TUPELO – Sarah Doxey Tate Greer, 80, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long illness.

A service celebrating her life will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time on Friday only at the Tupelo Chapel. A full obituary will follow in Sunday’s paper. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Betty Pulliam
HOULKA – Betty Lou Pulliam, 70, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Community Hospice in Verona. A native of Chickasaw County, she was the daughter of Dave Hamilton and Louise Chambers. She was a member of Trinity Church Of God in Christ in Houston where she served on the mother’s board. She loved traveling, shopping, her grandkids and, most of all, going to church.

A celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Trinity Church of God in Christ. Elder Glenn Huggins will officiate. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery in Houlka. Kenneth I Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Leroy Pulliam of Houlka; two daughters, Valerie (Jessie) McGregory of Okolona and Sherron (Tony) Horton of Saltillo; four sons, Gary (Tina) Pulliam of Pontotoc, Michael Pulliam of Houlka, Steven (Denise) Pulliam of Tupelo and Clifford (Beverly) Pulliam of Houston; one sister, Betty (Larry) McAlister of Houlka; one brother, Willie Lee Hamilton of Beloit, Wis.; 23 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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. today, 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 9 to 10 a.m. today 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.

Chester Burt
NETTLETON – Chester Burt, 87, died on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a son of the late Phil and Birda Rogers Burt. He attended school in the Pleasant Grove School System. He joined the U.S. Navy and faithfully served his country during World War II from 1944 to 1946. He was of the Methodist faith and a member of Palestine United Methodist Church where he served as trustee and a member of the male choir. He loved his pastor and church family. A farmer by trade, he later became an employee of Pennsylvania Tire Company in Tupelo and then True Temper Sports of Amory until he retired. He enjoyed working in his garden and serving the community out of all of it.

He loved his wife and his family members.

He is survived by his wife, Willie Lue Arnold Burt of Plantersville; one daughter, Rita Arnold of Plantersville; one brother, Roger Burt of Nettleton; and one sister, Oddie Mae Clemons of Fulton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Martell Burt and Elmore Burt; and one sister, Fannie Lagrone.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Palestine United Methodist Church in Nettleton with the Rev. Maurice McIntosh officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Dorsey. Darden and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday with a family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Palestine United Methodist Church in Nettleton.

Alvin Mann Jr.
CALHOUN CITY – Alvin William Mann Jr., 51, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. He was born Dec. 1, 1961, in Vardaman to Alvin Mann and Barbara Gentry. He was a farmer for Johnson Farms and a member of Bentley Baptist Church.

He is survived by his special friend for 33 years, Shirley Clayton of Calhoun City; three sons, William Corey Clayton and Chris Clayton, both of Calhoun City, and William Kirby Mann of California; his mother, Barbara Gentry of Coffeeville; a sister, Teresa (James) Broughman of Coffeeville; two brothers, Billy (Melinda) Mann of Pontotoc; and Arvin Rochell of Ruleville; two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Mann.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. The Rev. Howard Rogers will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Valley Cemetery at Mathiston.

Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Davis
GUNTOWN – Barbara Davis, 63, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born April 4, 1950, to James and Georgia Smith. She was a Baptist and a retired employee of Adair Carpets. She enjoyed flower gardening, hummingbirds and her pets.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Bobby Robbins officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Jeff Davis and Allen Davis of Guntown; sisters, Carolyn Hood (Mitchell) and Lisa Kelso; brother, Robert Smith (Rebecca); grandchildren, Molly Pettigo (Jason), James Brandon Davis, Austin Davis and Cassidy Davis; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, James Luther Davis.

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

Patricia Dykes
PONTOTOC – Patricia Ann Dykes, 68, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born July 15, 1945, in Panola County to Arlis and Mary Lou Mask. She was a longtime seamstress in the furniture industry. She was a Baptist. She enjoyed going to auctions and making homemade rugs.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 31, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tommy Moore officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Survivors include her longtime friend and companion, Ricky Tackitt of Pontotoc; her children, Michael Dykes of Oregon, Bobby Dykes of Atlanta, Ga., Tracey Monts (Tim) of Houlka and Micky Dykes of Pontotoc; two sisters, Mary Dykes (Ira) of Aberdeen and Belinda McKinney (Pat) of Vicksburg; three brothers, Jimmy Mask (Christa), Ricky Mask and Randy Mask, all of Pontotoc; six grandchildren, Brittney Monts, Tasha Monts, Tim Monts Jr., Katelyn Monts, Madison Monts and Brandon Monts; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Diane Dykes; one great-granddaughter, Saylor Haze; two sisters, Carolyn Brown and Martha Stegall; and three brothers, Donald, Thomas and Wayne Mask.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today.

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

Nina Burnette
FULTON – Nina Sue Burnette, 65, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Care after a short illness. She was born Sept. 4, 1947, to Bill and Bertha Cockrell Bennett. She had worked at Reed’s Manufacturing and Air Cap, and as a mail carrier. She was a Baptist in belief. She loved growing flowers and vegetables and giving them to her family and friends. She was a loving and kind woman.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Willis Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, William “Bill” Burnette; one son, William Duane Burnette (Marie) of Peaceful Valley; two grandchildren, Priscilla Burnette of Peaceful Valley and Carey Messer of Mantachie; three brothers, Hershel Bennett (Gwenda) of Nettleton, Terry Bennett (Sherry) of Mantachie and David Bennett of Illinois; and two sisters, Jo Ann Deaton of New Albany and Hazel Mask (Leon) of Nettleton.

She was preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey Burnette, who died July 31, 2013; and her parents.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Online condolences and a guest book may be accessed at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Leler Walker
OKOLONA – Leler Thompson Walker, 83, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory. She was born April 12, 1930, 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 today, Aug. 31, at Chapel Grove East with the Rev. Lee Brand officiating. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

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

Donna Morris
AMORY – Donna Lynn Morris, 54, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo. Born Feb. 22, 1959, in Elgin, Ill., she was the daughter of the late William Francis and Elizabeth Jane Cates Miller. She attended school in Mooreville, and lived the last 34 years in Amory, working for the Monroe County Department of Human Services for 12 years. She attended First Assembly of God and her faith was a guiding part of her life. A very loving, big hearted, giving and caring person, Donna enjoyed being with her family, especially her granddaughter, Libby. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, painting and collecting antiques.

She is survived by her sons, Scott Morris (Melonie) and Cody Dapp, all of Nettleton; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Morris.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Gary Wayne Miller.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 31, at Haughton Memorial Park with Bro. Robert Bingham officiating.

Pallbearers will be Jason Thorn, Dutch Vaughn, Larry Cates, David Pickle, Adam Stacy and Dr. Roger Ratliff. Honorary pallbearers will be the Royal Rangers of First Assembly of God in Amory.

Visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Donations may be given to the Amory Humane Society, 1316 Old Hwy. 6, Amory, MS 38821.

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

Esco McFall
CORINTH – Esco McFall, 87, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at his home.

A private valley service will be today, Aug. 31. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.

Frankie Lacy
DUMAS – Frances M. “Frankie” Lacy, 63, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Lela Unruh
OKOLONA – Lela (Mrs. LaVern) Unruh, 73, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus after a brief illness.

A service celebrating her life will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, at Okolona Mennonite Church.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church.

A full obituary will follow in Sunday’s paper. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Sandra Fountain
HOUSTON – Sandra L. Fountain, 59, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at New Wine Fellowship Church. Burial will be in Houston City Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Cleore Phillips
BYHALIA – Cleore Sanderson Phillips, 92, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at her home in Byhalia.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Doxey Auditorium on the campus of Rust College in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Union Valley Cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at Rust College from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Sunday.

Jack Roberts
CORINTH – Funeral services for Jack Roberts, 78, will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Floyd Fleming
RANDOLPH – James R. “Floyd” Fleming, 62, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Mark Wright
PITTSBORO – Mark Wright, 31, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at his home. He was born May 3, 1982, in Tupelo. He was a carpenter and a Baptist. He was a loving son, brother and uncle.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. Will Turner will officiate, and Bro. Robert Earl Alexander will assist. Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetery in Calhoun City.

He is survived by his mother, Kay Baker Wright of Pittsboro; one sister, Paula Patton (Tommy) of Pittsboro; one brother, Bryan Wright of Pittsboro; his grandmother, Josie Baker Heath of Houston; nieces, Briana Wright of Vardaman, and

Torie and Abbie Patton of Pittsboro; and a nephew, Brennan Wright of Vardaman.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Earl Wright; and his grandparents, Ervin Cleo Wright, Mable Spratlin Wright and Rubel Baker.

Pallbearers will be Chase Clements, Cody Clements, Matthew Haire, Randy Kellum, Kalem Lafayette, Davin McCammon, Jeremy Ray and Cody Weeks.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

For online condolences, visit www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Bill Eifers
FRANKSTOWN – William “Bill” Eifers, 77, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at his home in Frankstown. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Regina Watts
DUMAS – Regina Watts, 52, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.