Obituaries August 5, 2009

Jim Grisham
RED BANKS – James Abby “Jim” Grisham, 72, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Minister Jerry Grammer officiating. Burial will be in Little Hope Cemetery in Falkner.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Twilton Lockhart
MEMPHIS – Twilton Nathaniel Lockhart, 73, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at his sister’s residence in Taylor.
Services will be at noon Thursday at Mt. Hope M.B. Church in Taylor. Burial will be in Yocona Cemetery in Taylor. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Cane Creek M.B. Church in Memphis.
Arvaria Evans
FREEPORT, Ill. – Arvaria Evans, 93, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, after an extended illness. She was born in Chickasaw County to Mitchell and Lucy Reed. She had lived in Freeport, Ill., for the last 15 years. She was a member of the New Providence M.B. Church. She was married to the late Gussie “Son Jack” Evans for 52 years.
Services will be at 11a.m. Saturday at the New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ in Freeport, Ill. Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Willie Mae Staples (Elmore) of Verona; two sons, Bobby Evans (Ann) of Freeport, Ill., and Billy Evans of Lexington, Ky.; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 32 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, four sisters, three brothers, one grandchild, and one great-great-grandchild.
David Hollis
MABEN – David Wayne Hollis, 50, died Friday, July 31, 2009, at his home in Maben.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Maben United Methodist Church in Maben. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Lois Geno
BOONEVILLE – Lois Ann Yates Geno, 89, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville following an extended illness. She was born May 14, 1920, in the Jumpertown community to Clovis M. Yates and Eliza Michael Yates. She worked for a brief time at Brown Shoe Company, but most of her life was spent rearing her children and others. She was a member of Oakleigh Church of Christ, and she served the Lord faithfully.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Elmo Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Geno Cemetery.
She is survived by four daughters, Patsy Keenum (Thomas), Peggy Jobe (Ernest), Sheila Bolden and Diane Wilson (Elmo), all of Booneville; a son, Manuel Feak Geno Jr. (Judy) of Booneville; three sisters, Martha Jumper (Douglas), Sadie Hardin (Gerald) and Linda McCreary; a brother, Clovis Guy Yates; eight grandchildren, Tommy Keenum, Melissa Pittman (Scott), Allison Byrd (Stephen), Mark Jobe (Stacee), Tracy Bolden, Joseph Johnsey (Leanna), Hope McCoy (Jonathan) and Manny Geno (Beth); 14 great-grandchildren, Caleb Rowell, Janna Duvall, Jon Thomas McCoy, Eli McCoy, Clayton McCoy, Haley Brook Geno, Bennett Geno, Josey Byrd, John Mark Jobe, Mary Kate Jobe, Lana Kate Johnsey, Joey Johnsey, Annelise Johnsey and Jack Johnsey; four stepgrandchildren, Judy Blain (Curt), Brian George, Melisa Depew (Robert) and Trevor George (Ashley); 11 stepgreat-grandchildren, Hannah Byrd, Jonathan Byrd, Gabe Prater, Kyra Prater, Amanda Blain, Cara Blain, Preston George, Dawson George, Alisa Depew, Anna Jones and Dallas Jones.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Feak Geno; and three sisters, Olivene Green, Kass Brumley and an infant, Ernestine.
Pallbearers are grandsons, Tommy Keenum, Mark Jobe, Joseph Johnsey and Manny Geno; great-grandson, Caleb Rowell; and great-nephew, Heath Harris.
Mager DeSollar
DYERSBURG, Tenn. – Mager Bryant DeSollar, 73, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Gene McVey
FORT PAYNE, Ala. – Robert “Gene” McVey, 73, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at Dekalb General Hospital in Fort Payne, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Joe Rhew
HOLLY SPRINGS – Joe Rhew, 74, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. He was born Jan. 9, 1935, in Hickory Flat. He was a warehouse supervisor at the Holly Springs Utility Department and an employee of Wurlitzer for 29 years. He was a Baptist and a member of the First Baptist Church of Holly Springs. He devoted his life to his family. He enjoyed playing several musical instruments, and fishing and hunting.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Dr. Curtis Ferrell and Bro. David Jordan officiating. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery at Potts Camp.
Survivors include one daughter, Terri Jackson and husband, Dale, of Holly Springs; one sister, Jo Edith Hudson and husband, James, of Memphis; two brothers-in-law, Ronnie Lewis and wife, Shelia, and Sammy Lewis; and one sister-in-law, Gayle Jordan and husband, David.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Lewis Rhew; a son, Joseph Michael Rhew; two grandchildren, Hailey and Bailey Rhew; and his parents, Joseph Rhew Sr. and Arvie Smith Rhew.
Pallbearers will be John David Strickland, Tracy Shaw, Mitch Tomlinson Jr., Eddie Jeffries, Jimmy Jackson, Jonathan Moore, Chuck Thomas and David Woods. Honorary palbearers will be employees with the City of Holly Springs Utility Department.
Mitch Orear
HOUSTON – James Mitchell Orear, 58, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at his home in Houston. He was born July 22, 1951, in Fulton to Luman C. Orear and Joyce Faye Russell Orear. He was a retired insurance agent for A.I.G. and a member of New Wine Fellowship Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at Ellzey Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include two sons, Jeremy Orear of Houston and Jon Orear of Grenada; two daughters, IT3 Amber Orear with the United States Navy in San Diego and Michelle Oates (Thomas) of Grenada; a daughter-in-law, Denise Orear of Grenada; four grandchildren, Natalie Orear, Alexis Orear, Katherine Orear and Maria Oates; and the mother of his children, Ann Harbin of Grenada.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luman C. Orear and Joyce Faye Griffin; a sister, Beverly Orear; and a brother, Bob Orear.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the online register at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Thomas Carrithers
RED BAY, Ala. – Thomas Carrithers, 86, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at Huntsville Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
Raymond E. Patterson
PONTOTOC – Raymond E. Patterson, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 6, 1928. He was a retired tool-and-die maker and farmer. He was a member of Palestine Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Matthew McGrew officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Magalene Munlin Patterson; his children, Dianne Patterson, Laura Inmon (Butch), Danny Patterson (Brenda), Don Patterson (Sandy), Cliff Patterson (Debbie) and Sidney Patterson; his grandchildren, Don Craig Patterson (Bridget), Allison Clingan (Jason), Eric Inmon, Courtney Rackley (Jason), Donna Mitchell (Philip), Tracy Patterson, Rusty Patterson and Zachary Patterson; nine great-grandchildren; a special great-nephew, Ryan Winter; numerous nieces and nephews; siblings, Methal Hodges, Max Patterson (Doris), Donna Murphy (Ed), Doug Patterson (Patsy) and Lynn Patterson (Lynda); one sister-in-law, Mary Furr Patterson; and two brothers-in-law, Enoch Gregory and Lajoyce Munlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Artileen Patterson; two brothers, L.T. Patterson and Kenneth Patterson; a sisters, Marjorie Sanders and Jane Gregory; and a brother-in-law, Royce Munlin.
Pallbearers will be Don Craig Patterson, Jason Clingan, Eric Inmon, Jason Rackley, Philip Mitchell, Rusty Patterson, Zachary Patterson and Ryan Winter.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday.
Johnny Wooldridge
BALDWYN – Johnny “Bulldog” Wooldridge, 48, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was a member of Norris Chapel Baptist Church. He was a retired factory worker. He enjoyed hunting, riding four-wheelers and his dog, Boo., and he loved his grandson, Dawson, dearly.
Services will be at 2 Thursday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Ray Guin and Bro. Skip Fletcher officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Dinah James of Baldwyn; two daughters, Tia Wooldridge and Camellia Stinson (Ellis), both of Baldwyn; his mother, Billi Griffin of Baldwyn; one sister, Margaret Crumpton (Gary) of Ecru; and his grandson, Dawson Tigner of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by his father, Otis Wooldridge.
Pallbearers will be Mitch Wiggington, Charles Pounds, Keith Pounds, Tim Duncan and Donald Nabors.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday.
Kelly Armstrong
HOUSTON – John Kelly Armstrong, 69, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009. He was born on July 3, 1940, in Chickasaw County to Alfred Thomas Armstrong and Lucille Robbins Armstrong. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a Mason.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Elkin Heair officiating. Burial will be at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one son, James Kelly Armstrong (Jondalyn) of Johnson City, Tenn.; two daughters, Greta Armstrong Paden of Houlka and Babette Armstrong Griffin (Billy) of Houston; two granddaughters, Larendi Armstrong and Isabella Griffin; four grandsons, Michael Armstrong, Nicholas Holland, Jaycob Paden and Elijah Griffin; two great-grandsons, Joseph and Jonathan; five brothers and three sisters; the mother of his children, Lou Armstrong; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Pallbearers will be William Skelton, George Langford, Ricky Langford, Chad Armstrong, Dickie Davis and Casey Skelton. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Mack Byars and the domino players.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Trudy Rhyne
FULTON – Trudy Rhyne, 78, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Glen Nichols
PONTOTOC – Glen Ladell “Pancho” Nichols, 51, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, in Woodstock, Va. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

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