Obituaries August 8, 2013

Tennessee T. Pitts
MURFREESBORO, TENN. – Tennessee T. Pitts, 95, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Keller Landing in Tuscumbia, Ala. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Brandon Lee White
WEST POINT – Brandon Lee White, 26, of West Point, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Starkville. Funeral services were incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Joe Smith
MYRTLE – Joe Smith 79, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Union County in New Albany. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Emmett Bigham
PHEBA – Emmett J. Bigham, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2103, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Leon White
MOOREVILLE – James Leon White, 83, passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 17, 1930, to Jack and Ruly Johnson White. He previously worked at Lee County Road Department and Tupelo Ford Tractor. He was a welder and metal worker. He enjoyed auctions, gardening and watching wrestling with his wife, Syble.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Mark Tutor officiating. Burial will be in the Boguefala Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Syble White; three sons, Rick White (Linda), Randy White (special friend, Dee), and Andy White (special friend, Pam), all of Mooreville; five grandchildren, Brandon White (Wendy), Shun White, April Dawn White, Coby White and Austin Veasey; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his sons, Lottie White; two sisters, Audra Hammock and Mary E. White; and his parents.

Pallbearers will be Brandon White, Shun White, Austin Veasey, Shelby W. Moore, Jim Cayson and A.G. McReynolds. Honorary pallbearers will be William and David Hammock, Mack Henry, Harold Christian, Bob Stembridge, Stoney Robertson and Ron Frost.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.

Online condolences may be shared at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

William E. Shelby
COLDWATER – William E. “Toby” Shelby of Coldwater passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Jeffersonville, Ind. He was born March 30, 1952, in Greenville, the son of the late Luther G. “Lu” Shelby and Elizabeth M. “Bette” Shelby, who survives.

Toby graduated from Greenwood High School, Class of 1970. He attended the University of Mississippi where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and graduated with a bachelor of accountancy degree. After college he married his college sweetheart, Lemoyne Lott, and they settled in Walls, where they remained married for many years and raised their daughter, Chaille.

He was a CPA and financial healthcare consultant who started his career at Coopers & Lybrand in Memphis, followed by positions with Union Planters Investment Banking and The MED. Toby was also a member of the HFMA, where he had many friends and gave his time generously. At the time of his passing, Toby was working as the CFO of a local hospital in Charleston, Ind.

A tireless football fan with a lovable personality, Toby led friends and family in supporting the Ole Miss Rebel football team from the top east corner of the south end zone at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – convinced that although his team might not win every game, they definitely could not prevail without him standing in this very position.

If it could be said that he loved anything as much as his daughter, Chaille, and the Ole Miss Rebels, his love for all animals and the great outdoors would be close behind. Toby was an Eagle Scout and State Archery Champion, and loved to spend as much time outside as possible, whether fishing, whitewater rafting or playing golf.

In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a brother, George Melvin “Mel” Shelby; a great uncle, Walker Stansel; and a great aunt, Nel F. Stansel. Surviving in addition to his mother, are his daughter, Chaille Larie Shelby and her fiancé Brandon Scott Brown, of Oxford; brothers, Luther Lynn Shelby, of Coldwater and Robert Leslie Shelby, of La Crosse, Wis.; former wife, Lemoyne Lott of Walls; and girlfriend Maureen M. Timon of Cincinnati, Ohio.

A service of remembrance led by Dr. Rusty Douglas, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford, with visitation prior to the service, from noon until 2 p.m.

Those who wish to remember Toby in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Ole Miss Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 355, University, MS 38677, or over the phone (662) 915-7892; or Oxford Lafayette Humane Society, 413 McElroy Drive, Oxford, MS 38655. Please mention that the gift is in memory of William “Toby” Shelby with acknowledgements sent to Chaille Shelby. You may also send condolences to the family online at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to friends, co-workers and the community for their continuous love and support in this difficult time.

Eva Jo Johnson
BELMONT – Eva Jo Johnson, 83, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at the Red Bay Hospital. Services will be at 5 p.m. Friday at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Belmont. Visitation will be 4 to 5 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Allen Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, will be in charge of arrangements.

Wendell Weaver
AMORY – Claude Wendell Weaver, 79, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born October 13, 1933, he was a son of the late Hal and Hazel Hull Weaver, and he married Muriel Maye Hamilton in 1952.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Before his retirement, he was an agent for Woodmen of the World and a Frito-Lay distributor. He was a former music director for Getwell Baptist Church and also served as deacon and music director for Calvary Baptist Church. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding, and riding his tractor. He enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Cory and his dogs, Monti, Oso and Rascal.

A Celebration of Life service will be 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Thompson (Jeff Dodson) of Mantachie; one sister, Joy Knox of Atlanta; one brother, Hal Weaver (Frances) of Amory; grandson, Cory Thompson; special friend, Doris Hathcock; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one brother, Stanley Weaver; and one daughter, Stephanie Weaver.

Pallbearers will be Jason Dodson, Brad Hamilton, Glenn McCarver, Richard Thompson, Phillip Bailey and Harold Hathcock.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Bernard Hays
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn.– Bernard Hays Jr., 56, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at his residence. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Thomas F. Barney
SHADY GROVE – Thomas Frederick Barney of Shady Grove, 72, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo.

Services wiill be 11 a.m. Friday at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Bro. David Barnett and Bro. Kevin Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in the Shady Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge.

Survivors include his wife, Jamie Barney; two daughters, Robin Washburn (Tim) and Karen Herndon; two sons, Mark Barney (Libby) and Jay Barney (Tonya); grandchildren, Chad Herndon, Madison Bass, Kaitlyn Barney, Abigail Bass,

Savannah Barney, Riley Barney, Quinn Barney, Jacob Newell and Abbygail Pauley; two brothers, Timothy Barney and Rich Barney; and father, Thomas Edward Barney.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Marie Barney; and a brother, Mike Barney.

Pallbearers will be Marty Swords, Andy Swords, Tim Washburn, Ron Palmer, Jimmy Shultz and Donald “Mack” Coker.

Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Lucy Flaherty
HOUSTON – Lewellyn Lillian “Lucy” Gerosa Flaherty, 61, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at her home in Houston.

She was born April 19, 1952, in New Orleans to Louis Gerosa and Estel Benton Gerosa.

She was a scale operator at Prairie Bluff Landfill in Houston and a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Darrell Sanderson officiating. Burial will follow at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Curtis Flaherty of Houston; her daughters, Penny Allred of Vero Beach, Fla., Sherry and Larry Jamison of Natchez, Sheila and Sam King of Bosie, Idaho; her sons, James Edward Floyd III of Lake Charles, La.,

Casey Floyd of Morgan City, La., Wesley and Paula Flaherty of Boise, Idaho, Brian and Vickie Flaherty of Belmont, Shelby and Fawn Flaherty of Siro, Okla.; her brothers, Larry Gerosa of New Brunsville, Texas, Roy Pomez of New Orleans; her grandchildren, Stephanie and Don Butler, Christina Jamison, Joshua Newman, Anna and Ty Billings, Alisha Newman, Courtney and Curtis Flaherty, Ashley Allred, Alayna Flaherty, Bishop Flaherty, Gary Gray, Casey Floyd Jr., Katie Floyd, Caleb Floyd, and her seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Buddy Pomez; and her mother-in-law, Thelma Flaherty.

Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Arlene Horton
UNITY – Arlene “Aunt Lene” Kerr Horton, 97, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born June 4, 1916, in Prairie County, Ark., to Rev. Chester C. and Ora Bell Hill Kerr. She moved to Lee County in November 1929.

She has been a member of Unity Baptist Church since Nov. 6, 1930, and enjoyed teaching Sunday School and playing the piano. After the death of her sister, Edith, she continued with the good job of mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to both family and friends. She used the skills she had learned working for years at Playcraft Manufacturing to make wedding gowns and clothing for family. She enjoyed playing basketball in her younger days, crocheting, quilting and gardening.

She was a former secretary of the Unity RCDC.

Survivors include nieces, Hilda Franks (Harlon) of the Unity and Gloria Smith of Illinois, Christine Kelly of Memphis, Peggy Wright and Jean Beggs, both of Tupelo; nephews, Paul Smith (Barbara), James Horton (Barbara), Gerald Horton and

Jackie Horton (Rita); great-nieces, Laura Bast (Bill) of Unity and Lana Lansdell (Clay) of Saltillo; brother, Troy Kerr of Arkansas; adopted grandchildren, Ben Bast, Josh Bast and Anna Brooke Lansdell; special caregivers, Lisa Coggins and

Lorie Hinds; and several in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clasford Horton; her parents; her sister-in-law, Lee Kerr; brother, Alton Kerr (Mary); sister, Edith Smith (Lawrence); nephews, Melvin Smith and Sammy Smith.

Lou Staggs
NEW ALBANY – Lou Staggs, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center-New Albany. She was born May 24, 1932, to Lee Beasley andOdie Box. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will follow at McKay Cemetery in Hickory Flat.

Survivors include a son, Ricky Staggs (Patricia) of Hickory Flat; a daughter, Margaret Swords (Charlie) Pontotoc; two brothers, Junior Beasley of Byhalia and Ray Beasley of Hickory Flat; a sister, Evelyn Childers of Hickory Flat; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her spouse, J.T. Staggs; and a brother, Neil Smart.

Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Steven Owen
VARDAMAN – Steven Anthony Owen, 56, of Vardaman, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. He was born August 16, 1956, in Miami, Fla., to Stanley Owen and Almeda Sue Breedlove Owen. He was a self-employed carpenter.

Visitation will be 6 until 8 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City. There will be no funeral service. Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City.

He is survived by four sons, Steven A. Owen Jr., Gary Owen and Robert Owen, all of Vardaman; and Johnathon Owen of Texas; three sisters, Michell Flowers of Delltonia, Fla.; Terry Sparkman of Orlando and Lea Paneca, Miami; one brother, Sandy Owen of Miami; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Online Condolences may be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.

Bobby Oliver
BELMONT – Bobby Gene Oliver, 39, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at his residence. He was born Nov. 27, 1973, in Fulton to Audrey Oliver and Virginia Crocker Oliver. He enjoyed fishing, weedeating, tinkering on things, and loved spending time with family and friends. He was known for being a loving and caring person.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton. Services begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Virginia Oliver of Golden; a son, Jeremy Oliver of Baldwyn; daughter, Taylor Oliver of Baldwyn; two brothers, Tim Oliver of Golden and Mark Oliver (Janey) of Belmont; nephew, Wyatt Oliver of Belmont, and niece, Emma Oliver of Belmont.

He was preceded in death by his father, Audrey Oliver.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com

<b>Carolyn Smith</b>
TUPELO – Carolyn “Tolly” Smith, 75, passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at her residence after an extended illness. An Itawamba County native, she was born March 24, 1938, to Hershel and Sophia Reed Wheeler. In 1955 she graduated from Itawamba High School and on July 23, married her husband of 58 years, Gary Smith. Together they owned and operated Smith & Brumley Athletic House in Southaven for 30 years.

She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed shopping. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and cherished time spent with them. She was a member of West Main Church of Christ.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Minister Doug Greenway officiating and eulogy by Terry Brumley and Craig Bean. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Smith of Tupelo; two children, Vicki Dye (Jimmy) of Tupelo and Tim Smith (Rhonda) of Brandon; five grandchildren, Jeremy Green (Keely) of Tupelo, Jason Smith (Keri) of Morton, Jamie Smith (Bridgett) of Nettleton and Amanda Parham and Allison Smith both of Vicksburg; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Jackie Brumley of Columbus, Betty Jeffcoat (Bill) of Murry, Ky. and Molly Smith (Doug) of Fulton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings, Reva Gurley, Louise Barnes, Basil Wheeler, Jo Bean, Terry Wheeler, Junior Wheeler and Yvonne Rogers.

Pallbearers will be Joe Reed Brumley, Tim Wood, Jeff Rogers and Shane, Bronson and Braxton Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Smith, Jamie Smith, McKenzie Smith, Mandy Parham, Jeremy Green and Tyler Green.

Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

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

Annie H. Palmer
SMITHVILLE – Annie Holland Palmer, 83, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 24, 1929 in Arkansas, she was a daughter of the late Arthur D. and Lillie Bell Sanders Hester.

She grew up and attended school in Arkansas, later moving to Crowder, Miss., and living the last 46 years in Smithville. She retired from the Smithville Garment Co. and was a member of Wildwood Chapel Baptist Church. A people person, she never met a stranger and enjoyed spending time with her family. She enjoyed crocheting, often making things for friends and family, and keeping a diary.

She is survived by her daughter, Frankie Sloan (Terry), Amory; sisters, Lillie Mae Bullard (Jr.) of Pope, Frances McCain, Smithville; brothers, John Hester, Anderson, Ind., and Paul Hester (Wanda) of Marks; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Franklin Holland.

A Celebration of Life service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory with Bro. Chuck Moffett officiating. Burial will be in Young Memorial Garden. Pallbearers will be her nephews.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5-8pm Thursday.

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

Jalayne Sartain
FULTON – Jalayne Gay Sartain, 49, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 23, 1963, in Fort Meyers, Fla. She attended Itawamba Community College where she was on the Dean’s list and received an associate’s degree. She recently was accepted into nursing school.

She attended Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She enjoyed playing the guitar, being outdoors, bird watching and collecting birdhouses.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. service time Thursday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Services will begin at 2 p. m. at the McNeece-Morris Chapel with Bro. Tim Holsonback officiating. Burial will be private.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Chickie Dee and Robert Williamson of Memphis; her father and step-mother, Thomas and Nancy Lester of Florida; five children, Aliesha Sandstrom of Sweden, Eric Hicks of Millington, Tenn., and

Autumn Sartain, Tehya Sartain and Brandon Sartain, all of Fulton; one stepdaughter, Laura Beth Sartain; three-plus grandchildren, Isabel, Anabel, Abigail, and one on the way; two sisters, Raleen Potter of Michigan, and Brandi Lawlor (Ciaran) of Collierville, Tenn.; one brother, Chris Lester (Krystal) of Illinois; and nephews and nieces, Calvin Potter, Logan Potter, Amber Jover, Krystal Kent, Conor Lawlor and Carter Lester.

Online condolences may be shared at http://www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com/.

Ezell Moore
FULTON – Homer Ezell Moore, 89, of the Peppertown community, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Services will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at http://www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com/.

Helen R. Rogers
RIPLEY – Helen Maxine Rooker Rogers, 79, of Ripley died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born April 25, 1934, to Frank Pitner and Violia Nancy Jane Wilkerson Rooker in Blue Mountain. She was a seamstress for Sunshine Fashions before she retired and a member of Blue Mountain Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Visitation will continue 7-10:30 a.m. Thursday and noon until 1 p.m. service time at Blue Mountain Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Bros. Joe McKnight and Danny Finney will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Steven Hugh Jeanes of Ripley; step-daughter, Ione R. Neal, Lakeland, Tenn.; sisters, Louis Crum and Ruth Barkley of Ripley; grandchildren, Tonya Jeanes Hardin, Anthony Jeanes, Jennifer Shettles and Amber Jeanes; step-grandchildren, Mike Neal, Robert Neal, Victor Rogers, Pauline Middleton; six great-grandchildren, a special niece, Jan Grahm of Tupelo, a special nephew, Rudy Dixon, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Rogers; her parents; a son, Jimmy Jeanes; brothers, James and Berdie Rooker; sisters, Beatrice Cagle, Christine Frazier, Inez Reed; a granddaughter, Rita Wydra; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Stanley Dickinson, Mike Neal, Rudy Dixon and Alton Bridges.

Memorials may be made to Blue Mountain Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, P.O. Box 35, Blue Mountain, MS 38610.

Charles L. Stafford
WEST POINT – Charles Lewis Stafford Sr., 82, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Rush Specialty Hospital in Meridian. He was born Sept. 8, 1930, in Clay County to the late Ellie Mae Shirley and Henry C. Stafford. He retired from B&W with 40 years service as a weld specialist. He was a member of Siloam Baptist Church where he was a deacon.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Siloam Church with the Rev. Doran Henry officiating. Burial will be in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Robinson Funeral Home in West Point and 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margurite Edwards Stafford; sons, Lewis Stafford (Martha Gail), Cliff Stafford (Cathy) and Mark Stafford (Beverly), all of West Point, Steve Stafford (Venessa) of Biloxi; brother, Robert Earle Stafford of West Point; sister, Mary Evelyn Johnson of Savannah, Ga.; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Marty Stafford, Gabe Stafford, Dale Stafford, Richie Stafford, Larry Stafford and Bob Edwards. Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Sunday School Class at Siloam Baptist Church and fellow workers at B&W.

Memorials may be made to Siloam Baptist Church, 2686 Hwy. 47, West Point MS 39773 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236.

Friends may leave online condolences to robinsonfh.net.

Ruby R. Childress
FULTON – Ruby Roberts Childress, 99, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 22, 1914, in Tremont. A member of World Wide Church of God for many years, she enjoyed reading the Bible, going to church, working in her garden and spending time with her family.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Scott Nicholson officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Mike McNiece (Nancy) of Fulton; daughter, Rivers Shaw of Alabama; two granddaughters, Michelle Tubb (Kenny) of Fulton, and Sonya Gray of Dorsey; two grandsons, Johnny Shaw and Ricky Shaw of Alabama; great-granddaughters, Jessica George and Alanna Gray of Fulton; and great-grandsons, Justin Riley, Tony Gray and Billy Gray of Fulton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom Childress; two daughters, Dorothy Cockrell and Jane Mayben; and a son, Robert McNiece.

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

James D. Clay
TUPELO – James David “Mose” Clay, 86, passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Celebration of life service will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Celester Davis officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel.

Online condolences can be made at www.grayson-porters.com.