Obituaries August 8, 2009

Becky Long
PLANTERSVILLE – Rebecca “Becky” Wesson Long, 63, died Thursday, Au. 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 13, 1946, in Lee County to Forrest and Lera Bradley Wesson. She lived most of her life in Lee County and was a resident of the New Hope community east of Plantersville. She married Jerry Long on June 13, 1963. He died Dec. 1, l998. A homemaker, she was a member of the Brewer United Methodist Church. She loved sports and was a stellar softball player in her heyday. She greatly enjoyed being with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved fishing, with her favorite spot being Moon Lake in the Delta, and traveling. She was closely connected with the Renasant Bank family and traveled extensively in the United States and abroad the last few years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with the Rev. Truman Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday, all at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include her daughter, Susanne Lindsey (Jamie) of Shannon; her son, Brad Long (Tabitha) of Plantersville; her grandchildren, Will Sullivan of Plantersville, Shelby Lindsey and Jacob Lindsey, both of Shannon. Alan Estes (Tiffany) of Amory, Justin Estes (Anna) of Richmond and Steven Estes of Plantersville; a sister, Jo Ann Cayson (Maxie) of Tupelo; a brother, Erskin Wesson of Tallahassee, Fla.; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Wesson of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; a daughter, Carolyn Long Sullivan, on Aug. 13, 2002; her grandson, Joshua Sullivan; her parents; her sister, Melinda Wesson; her brother, Gene Wesson; and a sister-in-law, Delayne Wesson.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Page Box Jr.
RIPLEY, Tenn. – Page Box Jr., 65, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at his home in Ripley, Tenn., after a long illness. He was born Feb. 6, 1944, in Aberdeen to the Rev. Page and Grace Jones Box. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1962. He earned a bachelor of science degree and a master’s degree in agricultural economics at Mississippi State University. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Blue Key, ODK, the Maroon Band and Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and he served as a cadet colonel of the MSU ROTC. After graduating from MSU he was employed by Dow Chemical Company and later worked for Elanco Chemical Company. In 1973 he and his wife moved from Memphis to Lauderdale County, Tenn., where he co-owned and operated the John Deere Tractor Company in Ripley, Tenn. He later founded Page Box and Associates, an independent insurance agency, which he operated for 20 years until retiring in 2007. Active in his community, he was president of the Tennessee Soybean Association, president of the Exchange Club, and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Rotary Club, Masonic Order, Shriners, Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Council.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Ripley, Tenn. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Garner Funeral Home of Ripley, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Ann Ware Box, whom he married on July 3, 1966, in Aberdeen; his daughter, Jennifer Hudson and husband, Mike, of Bartlett, Tenn.; two sons, John David Box and wife, Sharon, of Jackson, and James Box and Rose of Montreal, Canada; five grandchildren, Jake and Sydney Warren of Bartlett, Tenn., and Emily, Miriam and Walker Box of Jackson; a sister, Elizabeth Box Price and husband, John, of Park Hill, Okla.; a brother, David Oliver Box and wife, Nell, of Boulder, Colo.; an aunt, Billie West of Prairie; nieces and nephews, Joye Price of Austin, Texas, Jonathan Price and wife, Sarah, of Austin, Allison Wible and husband, Chad, of Denver, Colo., Kristen Pearson and husband, Mark, of Austin; six grandnieces and grandnephews; and numerous cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814; or The Page and Grace Jones Box Memorial Scholarship, Mississippi United Methodist Foundation, 581 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS 39157-8784.

Jimmie Lou Tedder
PONTOTOC – Jimmie Lou Tedder, 69, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at the Tupelo Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born Dec. 5, 1939, to Ruth Keith and William Bell. She was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother who loved her family and friends. She enjoyed bingo and fishing.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Harvest Time Church of God with Bro. David Hall officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Phyllis (Billy) Walker; one son, Dennis Wayne Patterson; three granddaughters, Shannon Walker, Brandy Patterson and Susie Stutsy; three grandsons, Chad Ruth, Chad Walker and Mikey Shelton; 18 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Cathy (Joe) Nix, Amanda (Joseph) Winter, Debra (Josh) Russell, Dean (Amber) Patterson, Amye Patterson and Melissa Ruth; and one niece and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, James Murphee; two grandsons, Brad Ruth and Chris Walker; three stepchildren, John (Jessica) Patterson, Renee Patterson and Paul Patterson.
Visitation will be from 2:30 t0 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Randy Russell
TUPELO – Randy L. Russell, 45, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 6, 1963, in Kennett, Mo. He was a car dealer.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at The Orchard in Tupelo with Brian Collier and Randy Cruse officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Summers Russell of Tupelo; his mother, Barbara Harville (Jesse) of Hernando; his father, Harvey Russell of Plantersville; his grandchildren, Macy Lynn, Maggie Mae, Mason, Taylor and Alexis; a stepdaughter, Stephanie Littrell; a stepson, Craig Waddle (Bree) of Guntown; six sisters, Terry Houston (Glenn) and Missy Archer (Jody), both of Olive Branch, Penni Rhett (Robert) of Columbus, Amy Williamson (James), Sandy Day (Jamie) and Morgan Russell, all of Plantersville; one brother, Chance Russell of Plantersville; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Glenn Houston, Robert Rhett, Jody Archer, James Williamson, Jamie Day, Rob Blankenship, David Tate and Ron Turner. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Harvey Russell Autoworld.
Visitation will be at The Orchard from 10 a.m. to service time today.
A college fund for Macy Lynn in honor of Randy has been set up at BancorpSouth-Industrial Branch, ATTN Candace Dulaney, P.O. Box 789, Tupelo, MS 38802; (662) 678-8058.

Devin Smith
MANTACHIE – Devin Craig Smith, 19, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center as the result from injuries suffered from a four-wheeler accident. He was born May 1, 1990, in Tupelo to Craig and Sherry Freeman Smith. He was a member of Boguefala Baptist Church in Mooreville. He was a 2008 graduate of Mantachie High School, where he played football and baseball. He attended Itawamba Community College. He enjoyed bow hunting, duck hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. David Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Craig and Sherry Smith of Mantachie; one sister, Tori Smith of the home; his grandparents, Stanley and Fay Smith, and Judy Freeman; his great grandmother, Ruby Reynolds; one uncle, Brett Freeman, all of Mantachie.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Freeman.
Pallbearers will be Austin Thompson, Bradley Adams, Wes Weaver, Tyler Gordon, Dustin Whitaker, Ben Wallace, Michael Dickinson, Marty Dickinson, Dustin Tutor and Jason Guin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Carlos Pettigrew
CAYSON – Carlos Pettigrew, 94, a longtime Tupelo resident, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at his residence in the Cayson community of Monroe County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Annie Ruth Williams
PONTOTOC – Annie Ruth Williams, 73, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born in Calhoun County to Trusty Zinn and Mae Ella Zinn. She was a member of Houlka Second Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Mother’s Board, choir and kitchen committee, a deaconess and secretary of the Missionary Board. She was a dietitian for North Mississippi Medical Center for 30 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Houlka Second Baptist Church. The Rev. Douglas Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Houston. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Lamanuel Williams of Pontotoc; five daughters, Diane Williams, Willistein Kyles, Lavonia (Charles) Lackey, Deloise (Samuel) Ford and Tawana Williams, all of Pontotoc; four sons, Donald (Betty) Williams of Houston, Texas, JW (Teresa) Williams and Martin (Deondra) Williams, all of Pontotoc, and the Rev. Douglas Williams of Southaven; two sisters, Bernice (Joe) Kent of Buffalo, Ky., and Margie Holt of Louisville, Ky.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday with family present from 6 to 7 p.m., all at the funeral home.

Hal Burroughs
ABERDEEN – Hal D. Burroughs, 86, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial in Aberdeen.

Homer Blansett
WEST POINT – Homer Wilson Blansett, 63, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at his residence. He was born on Sept. 30, 1945, in Houston to Earnest Wilson and Leona Cannon Blansett. He was a member and past Master of the West Point Masonic Lodge 40. He was retired from the U.S. Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8). He served three tours of duty in the Vietnam war and spent three years on a support ship during the war. He was senior instructor of a fleet training group in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and also part of a fleet maintenance activities group in Norfolk, Va. He was Chief of Security at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Norfolk, Va. He received numerous awards, including four Navy Achievement Medals, two Purple Hearts, Combat V with two Gold Stars and a Combat Action with four Bronze Stars among many others. A loving husband and father, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was beloved by all who knew him.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Byron Davis officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Leona M. Blansett; son, Homer Blansett Jr; daughter, Tammy Lynn Blansett, all of West Point; sister, Virginia McFarley of Hamilton, Ala.; five grandchildren, Logan Storm Blansett, Darbie Leigh Blansett, Sierra Lynne Dickert, Savannah Leigh Dickert and Nickolaus Scott Hodges; adopted son, Tony Starlin, adopted daughter, Terri Starlin, and three adopted grandchildren, John Tyler Starlin, Shane Patrick Starlin and Michael Alan Starlin; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Charles Jackson and William Lee Blansett.
Pallbearers will be Lawrence Seery Dickert, Robert Brand, Keith McBrayer, Mark Kinard, Tony Starlin and John Starlin. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Dragoo, Ben Harmon, James Burleson, Charles Peay, Richard McBrayer, Marvin Bensend, John Portera, Glen Rhea, Dr. Billington, Dr. Cox, Dr. Whitecar, Dr. Miller, T.A. Duke, Frank Portera, Marion Sumner, Raymond Winters, Hal Hill, Charles Eubanks and Donald Eugene Carlisle.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, V.A. Regional Office, 1600 E Woodrow Wilson Ave. No. 113, Jackson, MS 39216.
Inez Sappington
BOONEVILLE – Inez V. Sappington, 87, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at the Iuka Hospital. She was born Jan. 11, 1922, in Tishomingo County to W.N. and Jenie Beard Adams. She was owner of Inez’s Drive Inn since 1972. She was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Robbie Crane officiating. Burial will be in Allen Line Cemetery.
Survivors are her daughter, Vivian Cunningham of Booneville; a grandson, Timothy Cunningham of Booneville; two great-grandchildren, Tonya Tindoll (Eric) of Booneville and Dustin Cunningham of Australia; one great-great-grandson, Colton Tindoll of Booneville; one brother, Kenneth E. Adams (Mae) of Tishomingo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Pace; her parents; and one sister and seven brothers.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, J.T. Adams, Mike Adams, Ulas Adams, Danny Adams, Dossie Adams and James C. Adams. Honorary pallbearers will be Willis Page, Troy Dean, Max Ray Whitehead, Lavone Ware, Dustin Ware and Stanley Page.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today and until service time Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Memorials should be made to Allen Line Cemetery Fund, c/o First American National Bank.

Claudia Colvin
SALTILLO – Claudia Burnice Colvin, 92, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 25, 1917, to Henderson and Ruth Colvin. She was a member of the Antioch Church of Christ. She enjoyed crocheting, and she loved and enjoyed helping her family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Ministers Clyde Mize and Darrell Beard officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery.
Survivors include a niece and several great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ernest and Ellis Colvin; and two sisters, Rosezine and Mildred Colvin.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Gullett, Terry Miller, Tracy Miller, Eric Henry, Cory Gullett and Donnie Hamblin.

Vernita Bryant
RIPLEY – Vernita R. Bryant, 85, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at her residence in Ripley. She was born Sept. 8, 1923, to Fred Rainey and Fannie Ayers Rainey. She was a member of Rogers Chapel Church. She was an employee of Foot-Caress and a nurse’s assistant.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Russell Hamm officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden.
Survivors include one stepdaughter, Phyllis Russell (David) of Ripley; and one stepson, Phillip Bryant of Ripley; one granddaughter, Summer Russell of Ripley; two sisters, Virginia Swinford of Ripley and Peggy Garrett (Charles) of Nesbit; one brother, Sid Rainey (Betty) of Ripley; a special niece, Sharon Mardis, and a sister-in-law, Betty Rainey, who were her caregivers; six nieces and nine nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Bryant; an infant daughter, Jackie Ann Hill; her parents; a sister, Billie Ruth Rainey; and two brothers, Marshall Rainey and Gene Tate Rainey.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Swinford, Mickey Garrett, Sidney Rainey Jr., Mike Love, Audrey Box and Jimmy Hill.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Shirley Graves
RIPLEY – Marion Shirley Graves, 90, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was retired from American Biltrite. A member of Beech Hill Church of Christ, he was a dedicated Christian who loved God, his family, his church family and his friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Beech Hill Church of Christ with Minister King McCarver officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery in Ashland. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Nell Crawford (Bonnie) of Germantown, Tenn., Jane Kuykendall (Malcolm) of Belmont, Jean Kuykendall (Milton) of Hernando and Marilyn Windham (Denny) of Booneville; one sister, Helen Miller of Ripley; nine grandchildren, Gail Reed (Mark), Teresa Patterson (Don), Chuck Crawford (Tamara), Brad Kuykendall (Kim), Alex Kuykendall (Andrea), Jeannie Treadway (Jay), Ryan Kuykendall (Jennifer), Justin Windham, Erin Windham; a special friend, Daphne Stephens; and two caregivers, Marie Robertson and Dorothy Moore.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Ann Lee Day Graves; his parents, Lewis Gamble and Rosa Hobson Graves; and four sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Justin Windham, Ryan Kuykendall, Jay Treadway, Alex Kuykendall, Brad Kuykendall, Chuck Crawford, Mark Reed and Don Patterson. Honorary pallbearers will be special friends, Clovis Cox and Bill White; and his Club House and McDonald coffee buddies.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be made to: Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834; Tippah Benton Freed-Hardeman Associates, c/o Jo Martin, 131B CR 317, Tiplersville, MS 38674; or Magnolia Bible College, P.O. Box 1109, Kosciusko, MS 39090.
To sign and view the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Claude Mae McElwain
RIPLEY – Claude Mae Skinner McElwain, 94, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a former Veterans Administration officer. She was a member of Falkner United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. Dan Darling officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley.
Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn M. Wilkins (Jimmy Wilkins Jr.) of Gainsville, Ga.; four grandchildren, Maelyse Webb (Kyle) of Memphis, Meg Turner (Frank) of Charlotte, N.C., and Nikki Law (Griff) and Jimbo Wilkins (Denise), all of Gainsville, Ga.; five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernice Lee McElwain; one son, Joe Mitch McElwain; her parents, Berry Mitchell and Sudie A. Medford Skinner; and sisters and brothers.
Pallbearers will be Johnny McElwain, Tim McElwain, James McElwain, Titus McElwain, Hugh Butler, Hugh Walker, Sonny Wilder and Parks Richardson.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to: Falkner United Methodist Church, c/o John McElwain, 580 CR 400, Falkner, MS 38629.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

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